I say "no" to my kids way too often. I know that I need to relax and lighten up a bit and I'm trying to do that while still keeping some discipline, but its something that I have to work at . . . realizing that its okay for there to be messes to clean up or for my day to have some side tracks to the schedule that I try to keep. Over the weekend, I got to work on it. I bought a new shelving unit ... Read More about Saying Yes
A friend at church was talking about her family making gratitude lists during November which inspired me. Tonight for Family Home Evening, we talked about what it means to be thankful. We then used a big piece of butcher paper to start our list of things we're thankful for what's become on of our favorite Thanksgiving gratitude activities. We went around the circle about 4 ... Read More about Thanksgiving Family Activity
I grew up with a mom who really knew how to do it right! She could visualize a costume, find some stuff at a thrift store and scavenge around the house to put together an awesome homemade Halloween costume. I have never worn a purchased Halloween costume & I loved that. As a kid, I wasn't always aware of everything that went into it (I'm sure it was a lot!), but I always loved the results. ... Read More about Homemade Halloween Costumes
Back in my college years, I was great at getting up early. I would stay up late studying or hanging out with friends and get up early to get to all the early morning classes in my full schedule. When the schedules worked in my favor, I could be done with my full-time course load by 10:30am by starting with those early classes. These days, age is catching up with me and its much harder to get up ... Read More about Why I love 5:00 A.M.