Painting! 

A homeschool project for the little ones. Painting stop lights on egg cartons. We are learning about how to be cautious. They are so cute in daddy’s shirts! 

Pinterest Suspended My Account 

Pinterest suspended me for “hate speech.” Nothing I ever posted was hate speech. I never attacked anyone. 99% of my Pinterest was recipes and baby pictures. I never violated the policies stated above. They have no appeals process. Years of pins, just gone.

Art and Children

A useful tool I have found in our homeschooling is to teach children at a young age to draw using shapes instead of lines. On the left is a typical child’s drawing, something you would see from your average 4-6 year old. On the right is the same child’s first attempt at drawing using whole shapes instead of outlining with lines. Can you see the amazing improvement from the first to the second? It only takes about 5 minutes to demonstrate this to your child but it will dramatically increase their artistic ability in the coming years as they train their mind to see whole shapes and more acuaretly represent what is THERE as opposed to interpreting objects and then representing them abstractly with outlines. 
Happy drawing! 

I Have Calmed and Quieted Myself…

Glow in the dark ring toss

Fun with fire. Love that smell! 

Nature names, tree climbing, watching the moon and stars and scripture study.

Psalm 131:2 “But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”

A Favorite, Low Cal, Treat


It’s the duty of every woman to watch her figure closely. It’s a hard task, especially as you age and have more babies but it can be done! Don’t ever give up! Even when I gain extra weight I get right back on that low cal horse and keep riding! 
This is one of my favorite low cal treats. One tablespoon of Baileys Irish Cream Coffee Creamer and a can of Zevia Cream Soda over ice. Super yummy and only 25 calories! 
Another low cal treat similar to this is to add a tablespoon of whipped topping to a can of Zevia Ginger Rootbeer over ice. It tastes a lot like a Rootbeer float for only about 30 calories, sometimes less depending on your whipped topping. So treat your self! 

Family Friday 

Food, family and our once-a-week, wholesome screen time. Tonight we had pineapple sunshine cake and watched Bringing Up Bates and The Time Machine. 

Cooling Off


The best way to use your outside play structure when it’s in the 90s. Turn it into a water park! 😀

Gum Drop Engineering Project 

Some gum drops and toothpicks create a fun engineering project for kids of all ages. My 9 year old boy especially loved it and showed quite a talent for creating structures. He also took these photos. 

I spent 3 bucks on the gum drops and toothpicks and this entertained all 5 of my children, ages 13-2, for HOURS. Worth every penny. 

It also makes a great travel project for evenings in hotels when you want to entertain children on a low budget, with easy to find things, for long periods of time. 

Pro tip: if you want to eat the gum drops later you need to use plastic toothpicks, the wooden ones leave behind tiny shards of wood making the gum drops useless for consumption unless you like throat splinters. 

Scriptures for Camping

 

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My family and I enjoy camping in the summer time and we are lucky to live only 10-20 minutes from world famous camping locations. I decided recently to put together some scriptures related to the Camp of Israel, relaxation and creation to look up and read together as a family around the camp fire. Much thanks to Bible.Knowing-jesus.com for helping me locate these scriptures!

Exodus 13:20

Then they set out from Succoth and camped in Etham on the edge of the wilderness.

Exodus 18:5

Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was camped, at the mount of God.

Numbers 2:2-34

“The sons of Israel shall camp, each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ households; they shall camp around the tent of meeting at a distance.

Numbers 2:17

“Then the tent of meeting shall set out with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camps; just as they camp, so they shall set out, every man in his place by their standards.

Genesis 31:25

Laban caught up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsmen camped in the hill country of Gilead.

Genesis 32:21

So the present passed on before him, while he himself spent that night in the camp.

Numbers 1:52

“The sons of Israel shall camp, each man by his own camp, and each man by his own standard, according to their armies.

Numbers 9:17-18

Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp. At the command of the LORD the sons of Israel would set out, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud settled over the tabernacle, they remained camped.

Exodus 16:13

 

So it came about at evening that the quails came up and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.

Exodus 19:16-17

So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.

 

Genesis 2: 2-3 “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”

 

Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

 

Psalm 61:1 “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”

 

Psalm 62:1-2 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

 

Isaiah 40:28- 31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Hebrews 4: 9-11 “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.”

My Interview at A La Modest!

I recently had the pleasure of an interview with Rachel at A La Modest! She is such an amazing lady, please check out the interview as well as her blog and resources! You can read it here

Doughnut Ya Know I Love You?


Homemade sugar and cinnamon doughnuts for breakfast. Double dusting of cinnamon and brown sugar because that’s the way we roll. 😀 I found the recipe here. A benefit of being a Proverbs 31 woman is that I’m up before the sun and breakfast is never a cold cereal affair 😀
“She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” Proverbs 31:15

Just A Regular Tuesday 

Rocking little sister to sleep 

Old fashion, honey and pumpkin cornbread with our dinner. 

Sweet sleeper in a tutu AND an apron LOL! 

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