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3 Family Easter Traditions

March 8, 2016

Do you have some favorite Easter Traditions?  3 Family Easter Traditions

Are there certain family Easter traditions you and your kids look forward to every year?  As time goes on, I find myself and my husband making more of an effort to bring Christ into Easter.  

I’m so excited to share this amazing #hallelujah video.

We make more of an effort to make sure the Easter Bunny isn’t the focus.  The Easter Bunny actually comes on Saturday at our house.  The gifts left in the basket do have lots of fun candy – but the gift is always pointing to Christ.

I am so excited to share 3 Family Easter Traditions you can start this year that help bring your family closer to Christ.

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Fun Family Activities

February 2, 2015

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 We decided a while back that we were going to take our Friday nights back a little while ago.  We were going to schedule that time for our family.  We would either make or pick up pizza (depending on the day and if I actually remember to make it), and then watch a movie.

Sometimes we like to mix it up and so something a little different.  We play games, or make a fun treat.  The other day the girls and I were at Walmart (I think we go there at least once a week, lol), and we saw they had The Boxtrolls movie.  We decided it’d be a fun new movie to grab and watch.  I knew for sure my older kids were going to love it.  We also couldn’t pass up on the great deal Walmart had on the 10 pack Pop-Secret Homestyle popcorn.  (Side note: This popcorn is AMAZING.  I don’t really love over buttered popcorn, and this is perfect.  Slight butter/salt, and not over doing it at ALL!  It was perfect for our fun little treat for the evening.)

The Boxtrolls and Pop-Secret

We wanted to have a fun treat for the middle of the movie.  So, I grabbed one of the 10 pack Pop-Secret popcorns, and got that all popped up.  Then, I decided that it’d be super fun to just grab whatever random thing we had around and let the kids create their own popcorn treat.  I thought this went along PERFECTLY with the movie.  The Boxtrolls often find things and make something new with them.  We had a variety of chocolate chips, red hots, gummy hots, pretzels and sprinkles.  The kids loved it!  It was a little Popcorn Bar that was such a fun thing for the kids to pick and chose what they wanted.

Pop Secret Popcorn Bar

Fun and easy creations were made from this fun Popcorn Bar.  Loving this idea.  We’ll be doing it again!

Pop Secret Popcorn Bar Treat

The Boxtrolls is such a fun movie.  It’s so fun to see the amazing claymation that is done, and the story line is fun, and I think it has a great lesson.  I thought it’d be super fun to grab some clay, and have the kids pick their favorite character or part from the movie and re-create them with their own clay.  Then we went ahead and baked them up.  It was SO fun.  The kids LOVED it.  The best part of all?  It wasn’t a huge messy project (if you’ve been reading my blog, you know how much I hate big messy projects from this post).

Family Fun with Clay

We loved mixing this up and really spending time together creating something new.  I am so excited to let the kids play with clay again, and create.  I loved seeing what they chose to make from the movie too.  It was fun to see the character they wanted to make.  Fun family Night Activities by Simplistically Sassy

I love this weekly time we carve out for our kids.  Life is crazy and busy and we’re running here and there, and rushing off to bed to make sure everyone gets enough sleep, etc.  Friday nights are our nights.  I think if you just really want the time, you can make the time.  You can create fun memories, and just sitting together for a movie allows kids to sit with you, and have your attention and interest on something that they like.  

The Boxtrolls is a great family time movie.  Try doing your own family night.  Grab The Boxtrolls from Walmart (while supplies last) and some 10 Pack Pop-Secret Homestyle Popcorn.  Make it a night, and get creative.  Have some fun and just ENJOY being together!!!  It’s worth changing things up. 

Fortify Your Family

January 21, 2015

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I am so excited to be a part of this awesome Blog Tour.  I also love getting books that are uplifting and can benefit and help my entire family to draw closer to our Savior.  

Each morning before my husband leaves for work, we make an effort to study the scriptures.  As you can imagine this doesn’t always happen nice and quietly while everyone sits and listens, lol.  The effort is made, and the younger kids seem to maybe be learning that someday they’ll have to stop poking and once they can read, it’ll help a lot.  My husband and I really want to make our family scripture time into a morning devotional.  We haven’t done it as detailed as we’d like because of the focus time of our kids.  That is why I’m SO excited about this new book by Nicole Carpenter.  

When I first got the book I wasn’t too sure what to expected, but was so excited to find that the book is divided up into weeks (obviously), but then each week is broken up into days.  There are thoughts and scriptures that can be shared and discussed with each day.  I think this is a great idea for any age family.  You can always gear your discussion towards your kids needs and what they can understand.  It’s a great opportunity to take time and teach kids, and learn from kids, and from your spouse.  

I know that taking the time to strengthen our families and grow closer to our Savior will only add to our day and to our lives.  We will all be better, and even if we have a hard day, starting the day out by trying to bring Christ into our lives will always help our lives be better, our perspective be happier, and our faith to be unwavering.  

Purchase this book:  Amazon or Fortify Your Family Website.

What Matters Most

March 8, 2013

I was recently shown this video that went right along with a message I wanted to share. Take a moment to watch it, it has an amazing message, that anyone and everyone can gain something from.

I’ve been thinking lately about taking the time to say “I love you” to my kids.  I feel that it’s so important to take a moment (or two, or three, or five) each day, and tell my kids that I love them.  Sometimes I do this quietly as they sit on my lap.  Sometimes, I do it when they’re driving me nuts and I make sure everyone hears that they’re driving me insane, but I love them.  Sometimes it’s in action.  Making sure that they know you love them in a genuine way, and not just in passing is essential.

I heard the saying a while back, “People are more important than things”.  Oh, that’s so hard to remember sometimes, lol.  I’m always saying, “Just a second, just a moment”.  I’ve been trying to stop making the kids wait.  It’s only going to take a moment to stop reading my Facebook messages to get one of the kids a drink of milk, or the toys down from the closet that they’d like, or helping them do a simple task they haven’t quite managed yet.

It’s in the small and simple things that love is shown.  Taking time and effort to help them, to snuggle up with them, to BE with them, to tell them … that is what matters most.

I have been reminded of several people that have helped me remember what is important.  I want to tell you about each of them for just a moment.

Logan is a sweet little boy with SMA.  You can check out his awesome Facebook Page, Fundraiser Page or his awesome Blog to find out more about SMA.  Logan is just a few days older than my sweet little Emma.  I “met” Logan’s mom through a parenting website, and have been inspired as I’ve read Logan’s story.  The Ruth family is truly living so fully, as much as they can.  Logan is such a happy little boy, whose joy seems to jump through the pictures that are shared.  Here is a picture of Logan and his older brother Lucas.

Logan and Lucas in their hats I got to make them.
 

The next little boy who I’ve very recently learned about is a little boy named Mitchell.  You can see his Facebook Page, and here is a news article that my local news did on him.  It’s so heart breaking in some ways to read about Mitchell, but inspiring (again) at the same time.  The strength that his family has is amazing. ** In the time that I first started this post, and to actually posting it, Mitchell actually passed away.  I wish his family peace and comfort at this time.  They have written many inspiring messages on their FB page in the last few days.

The next little boy is one that I knew.  I’m deeply touched by him and his courage and his family.  Caleb was our sweet neighbor for a couple years.  He passed away almost a year ago.  He has truly touched my heart. You can read about sweet little Caleb here on his blog.  My friend, and Caleb’s mom still updates it.  On the side you can see a link to start at the beginning of Caleb’s story so you can find out why Caleb is so special.

Caleb as Captain America Halloween 2011
 

I find it so amazing that when we have hard things happen, the strength that we somehow muster to get through it.  I told the story a while back about our little Jack.  You can go read it here.  He’s our little miracle.  I think back to those times that he was in the hospital, and all that was going on and I’m amazed at how calmly we were able to go about all of it most of the time.

Jack after coming home from the hospital.

How do you spend time telling/showing those you love that you love them?  How have you come to appreciate what you have and who you have?