Have you read 7 Habits of Happy Kids with your children yet? I love pretty much everything about this book. The illustrations, the stories, the font, the colors, and of course the messages! This week I am making preparations for the next semester of school, and our family nights. We usually use these 7 habits throught out the year, but I wanted to make affirmations for my kids to put on their walls, so they can recite them every day while we are working through these habits. There are suprisingly few resources out there for this book, and none of them really fit what I had in my mind.
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It's December 27. The holiday season for the most part has passed. We moved to the area about a year ago, and my brother is staying with us, but other than that we have no family. Christmas Eve, a family we have grown very close to called and we ended up getting together for dinner and games, and then they stayed for my families skype call with grandpa reading Luke 2, and those who had performed missions sharing Christmas stories from their mission.
Christmas day was beautiful, and I hope it was for you as well. We didn't go as overboard as I was starting to think we had done. Each of the kids ended up with full stockings, a couple of gifts from us, and one from each sibling. AND they LOVED every. single. gift. There was not one unappreciated gift and for that I am thrilled. Each child put real thought into each others gift, including mine. And this year my hubby stepped up his game. In previous years I had kids asking... "mom, why didn't you get anything? " NOT THIS YEAR!!
BUT... my favorite part of the day was our church service. We had a wonderful music program, which I was able to participate in this year. The song selections were perfect, the performances were wonderful. The spirit and message of Christmas were both very strong and clear.
This is one of the songs I sang, but with an all women's choir.
Are you feeling JOYFUL this holiday season? A lot of people don't, and then they feel guilty for NOT, and then they resent the season even more!
I love this season, this year things got a little out of control!! Let me go back a bit...we started doing "experience" Christmas', a few years ago. This year we are at home and I have had to remind myself to simplify the season. I forgot to get the blasted Christmas pajamas, so last night I had to venture out to barfmart. After I finally got everything that I had previously forgotten I got in line at 9:30 pm. After 20 minutes in line I remembered food. Apparently we are supposed to eat food on Christmas, or at least Christmas Eve so we can have left overs. So I went to get all the food and got back in line. This time the line was at least twice as long. I found myself really thinking, do I even care about Christmas pajamas? Would it have been that big of a deal if we didn't have the pajamas? No. No we don't have to have them, my kids would have survived without the pajamas. I also realized I didn't make one gift this year. Typically we only give the kids 1 or two gifts aside from stocking stuffers, and at least one of them is home made. This year it was simpler to buy their gifts, but I found my self missing that quiest time working on something that comes from the heart. I stayed in line because we needed the groceries I grabbed anyway, and I knew that things would just be worse the next day.
What has given me joy this season? A service focus. We did better this year than any other thinking about how to #lighttheworld. One of my favorites was donating books to the Childrens Hospital in our area. I was hoping we would get to read to them, but it's flu season so the hospital wouldn't allow that. Still, the person that took our gift was so sweet to my kids. I loved the work my children went to, to select their books. My oldest parted with his favorite childhood super hero book, and it was hard for him! After a lot of thought he decided to write a special note inside the book, to make sure these scared or worried kids would know that they are Children of God.
Snuggling my kids and reading books (in Christmas Jammies), making gingerbread houses, surprisingly warm weather and a hike to go with it, My oh so pretty, very simple Christmas tree ( which we put colored lights on this year). Simple things are what bring me joy. I don't care about the presents and would really be happy to just cancel that part of the holiday.
The Great Imitator.... Lyme disease mimics hundred of other diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis(MS), Chronic Fatigue, and Epstein Barr Just to name a few. A few years ago I watched some random show about some people who were bed ridden, thinking they had MS, or some other illness, and later being diagnosed with Lyme. These people were able to get treatment after decades long struggles.
This year my little girl was bitten by two ticks on the same walk, and lyme disease is pretty prevalent in the ticks in our area. Of course my mind flashed back to this show, and I saved the ticks in the freezer. The thing is, you can have Lyme disease without the "red bulls-eye". You can carry it for years and not even know it's sitting, waiting in your body.
Two days ago I learned that this amazing woman, Judy McKenzie, was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She has had one health issue after another (remember Lyme disease mimics), and one miracle after another to go with it. She's had people tell her she's crazy, and attention seeking. I know her as a fighter, and loving mother. She was preganant with her 1st miracle child, when I lost my second. Judy should not be able to get pregnant at all; however, she now has not 1, but 3 beautiful miracle children. I remember at our husbands graduation, when we saw each other for the first time after I lost the baby, a huge embrace that has bonded us permenantly. That hug meant the world to me, when other people were afraid to be around me, unsure of what to say or do.
To make a long story short, Judy's insurance is not going to cover her treatments. I will be creating a GoFundMe for her after her next appointment, and treatment plan has been created. In the meantime, I am donating all of the profits from my essential oil sales to Judy for the next couple of months. You can order here mydoterra.com/justtheessentials
Judy is going to be able to use essential oils to support her recovery from Lyme. Essential oils have been found to be both antibacterial and anti-viral. In addition they can support pain management, as well as bring positive feelings. Judy will be using a myriad of oils, in conjunction with conventional treatment, to support her recovery.
If you are an oil user, consider purchasing through my site for the next few months so that the profits can go straight to her. If you are not an oil user YET and have questions please contact me, email@example.com
It's Christmas!! You probably noticed back in October, before Halloween, that it is Christmas! Honestly the earlier Holiday decor is put out in the stores, the more I start dreading the holiday, which is so IRRITATING! I mean I really love Christmas. I love that we celebrate the birth of the Saviour of the World, and why not in winter. It doesn't matter to me that this isn't ACTUALLY is birthday. However, I have grown DESPISE the commercialism that surrounds this season. When my oldest child was 4, before he had any siblings, we had our AHA moment. We SOOO over did it on the toys, and were definitely trying to compensate for my morning sickness, and his lack of sibling. Since then we have put a TON of effort into creating more meaning in our holiday season through service, and stories, and quality time spent together with only a few special gifts.
A few years ago I purchased a fantastic advent calender from World Market... or maybe it was Costco.... ANYWAY. At first we would put little toys in it and a scripture. One year I printed a Nativity picture and cut it into a 24 piece puzzle., another year I sewed a felt Nativity set and placed those pieces in each door, along with a Random Act of Christmas Kindness (RACK). You've probably seen a few RACK calenders floating around pinterest.
At this point we are taking a trip every other year with some service element to it, but this year we will be at home. I printed a calender and filled it in with a fun activity, and a small act of service for each day. Then put those on a little slip of paper and into our advent cubbies. There is sometimes a little candy and a few days has been a ticket for a gift that I had already purchased and wrapped. After I got all that done I found out about the #Lighttheworld movement and just felt I had to add it into our advent. Put together by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints, it fit perfectly with the tone I have been working toward for this season. Each day has a simple idea for ways to serve people... such as "Jesus honored his parents and so can you. " It always lists a few ideas of ways you can perform that act . There is even a child version of this program that you can print in calender form and hang on their wall.
Have you heard yet about #lighttheworld? I hope you will visit the website and add whatever service you can into the remainder of your month. It's such a wonderful way to bring you out of the holiday blues, and if you are missing someone important to you, what better way to honor them than by serving mankind. #Lighttheworld
Are your kids getting bored yet? Make them some scented playdough!
I have an exciting offer for essential oil through the month of July! I want to pay for the enrollment of anyone who wants to order product in July. All you have to do is place a 100 PV order in the month of July and I will cover the enrollment cost which gets you wholesale pricing! There are a a few kits that include enrollment, so if you purchase one of those kits I will send you sample key ring as well as a spiral bound Modern Essential Book. This book is an awesome resource that will help you figure out what oils to use for which complaint.
In addition, if you maintain a Loyalty Reward Order of 125 PV for the following 3 months, I will send you an additional $50 in product following the last month of the promotion. That order will also qualify you for DoTerra's product of the month club each month, as well as earning your own product credit of at least 10 points each month! That's a lot of free product people, and cause for far to many exclamation marks on this post!!!
Here is the link to enroll for a wholesale account.
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Many a home educating mom are currently sitting on their computers looking for next years curriculum. I just want to give a shout out for 3 things. Thomas Jefferson Education, Charlotte Mason Education, and Right Start Math. I will talk about the first two later, but today I want to talk about Right Start Math. We have experimented with several different math programs, starting with Saxon, it's a great program, but it didn't help create a love for math, which should be the goal in younger ages. Then we moved on to Singapore (bleh), Math U See, fantastic, but I wasn't settled still, Math Mammoth (eh), and now Right Start.
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