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Raising smart successful children is tough...

We've been through a lot in the last 5 months. We've moved to a new city, the kids are attending a new school, and my husband a new job. AHHH!!!  It's been hectic to say the least.

Now that we are kind of settled I've just been trying to teach my children valuable lessons when I can. Lately I've felt the kids being too dependent on devices and not really wanting to help out around the house. I've felt very frustrated and just tired of yelling and repeating myself over and over and over again!!

My mom gave us a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Jr. kit she got from work. She thought it was a financial game. It's something I wanted to do with the kids but since we were moving and going through everything the last 3 years I never really got around to it. We've moved 3 times in the past 3 YEARS!! We would see the box sitting around and the kids would say "I want to play that" and I'm like "yeah we'll get to that".

Cut to maybe a year …

Science Fun Explosion

We tried to make Elephant Toothpaste!

The kids had such a blast and it was a fun family activity to do together.

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a little Mother's Day art

Happy Mother's Day weekend!!

I told my kids Mother's Day is the one day a year we are appreciated. But, seriously sometimes it can feel like that.

I wanted to create something graphically for mothers this weekend.

When I think of motherhood I think of babies naturally. That moment when you meet your tiny baby and the only thing there is to do is love and kiss on them (and feed them and change them ect) This stage goes by all too quickly. 




This next piece I asked my husband to sketch me a mom and her daughter, I wanted just their backs and originally I had thought of like a beach scene, with long flowing dresses, but once I saw his sketch I thought it just looked like a mom and her daughter at the Kentucky derby.  It turned out kind of perfect because my mother loves horses and the derby.  My parents always love going and so I knew I wanted to incorporate a photograph. I even like it in b&w. 
To all you mothers out there, happy Mother's Day! 






Honoring Mother's for Primary Singing time

Happy Mother's Day Week!

I am so excited for our primary children to sing their mother's day medley found here. It is really beautiful!

Hopefully the older kids will sing so loud and the younger kids will remember some of the words. (Fingers crossed)

So, for mother's day sharing time in primary I decided we will get to know our children's mothers a little better. I have asked the mom's to provide me with a fun fact, a unique talent, or anything interesting about them (preferably one their child doesn't know so we can all be stumped) and their favorite primary song. I will put the mom's names on the board.

I made these Nesting dolls with my cricut. You can find the cricut simply charmed cartridge here. It has lots of great holiday cuts.



I will print out the fun fact and their favorite primary song and tape it to the back of these dolls and I will hide them around the room. I will have the children find them one by one and we will try and figure out which mom…

Primary Singing Time : Quick Song Ideas

I made a few stuffed toys for my primary kids to pull out songs for days when we need a wiggle song, days where we need a reverent song, and later on in the year for our primary program.


When I was thinking of what to do, I mostly had in my mind, "What items do I have on hand?" So, that's why these are random.  A Wiggle Worm Minecraft looking cube, A reverent Robot, and a Frog.
 I made this with felt brown squares and a green anti fleece fabric, I also had this fabric I cut out the flowers and sewed it to the top. Each of these stuffies has stuffing inside as well as a pocket to hold the wiggle worm songs.
A velcro opening that easily opens and closes so the kids can pick a song.
This would also be fun for a hot potato game while singing.
I found these worms on my circuit cartridge. It's called the Lovely Floral Cartridge  It saved me a lot of time from having to create my own on the computer. I just cut them out with my scrapbook paper and put the song on the back. …

April Primary Singing time: Beautiful Savior

This weekend for Easter I decided I will begin teaching the children Beautiful Savior, our April Song.

Since Conference is coming up and I will have one less Sunday to teach I want to begin early to teach parts. What better time then on Easter?

I am kind of excited because I love this song. My goal is for the children to appreciate the song and words, and in order for them to do that they need to learn the words pretty well. We have a majority of younger primary with only about 4-5 senior primary so it's a challenge trying to teach both different age groups.


This Sunday, I am excited to introduce my echo puppet, The Nephite:
That's my husbands arm by the way...wouldn't want anyone thinking I have a super hairy arm... YIKES.


I found it on Amazon, by Sunny Toys HERE. Most of their 28" dolls are pretty pricey so I was excited to find this one for around 23$.  I feel like mine had free shipping but the link has a $7 shipping charge. It's worth the price because it'…

March : Primary Singing Time Free printable & Game Idea.

For March in Primary I decided to make my own game.

I will place the charm bracelet on the chalkboard and then as the lucky charms are found we will place a charm on one of the links in the charm bracelet.

I can't decide if I want to hide all of the lucky charms before primary begins and then pick a few individuals to find a lucky charm then we will sing the song on the back or have the children pick a lucky charm have someone leave the room and then hide the lucky charm, then when the child comes back into the room we will sing the song louder the closer they get to the charm or softer the farther away we get.

Either way, I thought hiding lucky charms and finding them was a cute way to incorporate St.Patrick's day into one week for March.

The printable is 4 sheets. I cut it out pretty carefully, but you don't have to. You also could probably cut a slit in the charm ring and then slip it onto the charm bracelet.

I hope you like it, I am excited to try this with the kids!

Little pranksters in our midst....

This morning my husband was late to work looking for his wallet, he cancelled his debit card with the bank shortly after. He came home at lunch looking everywhere for it, I was sure it was gone at this point.  After he'd checked with the last store he'd been to, and behind the stove, which I was sure it would not fit back there, It was no where to be found.  The kids came home from school and I don't know what made me think to ask "have you seen daddy's wallet?" To which my 7 year old replied "Clara has it" this all unfolded with a matter of minutes as I then asked my 5 year old where the wallet was. I followed her into her room and then in her closet where she picked up the wallet from the ground. I could not believe they took his wallet and hid it from him. 
My 7 year olds idea of course. I could not keep from giggling. 
"It's not funny" giggling softly.
 "Why are you laughing then?" My 7 year old asks.   
I had to, of course do…

Do I have enough contour??

Every time I watch a contour video, tutorial, whatever you want to call it I just have to laugh a little bit.  I love the ones that make fun, it's really kind of silly, but also kind of amazing, right?

I'm so thankful to be a woman and so thankful for make up which is a wonderful tool.

Sometimes I almost feel like it's deceiving as I watch reality shows like the Bachelor. In the early morning these women who have zero make up on look completely different then when they've caked on the contour.

I'd like to hear some men's side of the story. Of dating a women they've never seen without make up and then finally it's like ahhh.....

Is it that dramatic? I don't know. To me it seems so.  On the other hand I like to imagine things to be a lot more dramatic than they are, it's more exciting.

However when I try to contour I don't notice THAT much a difference as I suppose that's what make up is meant for, not to change your face to look like Ki…

The last time my heart melted was because....

There are so many miniature moments throughout my days that melt my heart, that they are sometimes hard to recall.   I try to keep a journal but I am not persistent enough to record all of life's meaningful moments.  I do however try to post those moments on facebook so at least I have them recorded somewhere for my memory.

I love this age with my kids. I love the toddler age, my little one turning 2, my middle child 5, establishing her independence and fashion sense. Some days she's 5 going on 20. My oldest of 7 years old is getting so big and smart. The other day told me about how songs are science because of the sound waves to your ears and that's how we hear them.  Those moments really shock me.

But the last time my heart truly melted was because of this moment


It was dinner time, hence the food.  We are all sitting around the table well, mommy and daddy were sitting, the kids standing, hopping around as if it hurts to sit on their behind. I'm sure I remind everyon…

Nursery Singing Time, in my bag.

I made a music bag for primary/nursery singing time. I think most of the items will be for nursery kids and they will take turns pulling out items and we will sing the songs that go along with the items.

Hopefully this will help you, all of these items I had on hand.


 Sewed out of Fleece I appliqu├ęd the note to the top, adding ribbons for straps. My 5 year old thought it was cute.


 These I found from Pinterest HERE and printed them out. I think I will use them for the older kids "Do As I'm Doing".
 These I also found on Pinterest HERE that I printed and laminated for songs like "I have two hands, Hinges" etc. The kids can pick out of the bag.

 For "I am a child of God" I have tiaras/crowns. I tried to add a blue for a boy and black.  We don't have a lot of kids in nursery so this will be plenty.  I took a skewer that I had cut it in half and cut off the sharp tip. I hot clued it with fold over elastic I had available and it seemed to work really w…