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FHE Picture Binder

A couple of years ago, I made this for Christmas:

I just went through old church magazines and found any pictures that were full-page, or fairly large. I cut them all out and glued them on construction paper.

Then I put them in sheet protectors and put them all in a binder.

Since that time, the Church has produced an even better version of a picture book called the Gospel Art Book, including 137 pictures for only $3.50! (free shipping too!) I ordered one a few weeks ago and love it!

It comes as a spiral-bound book, and I had the idea to maybe take it apart so I could put the pictures in sheet protectors like my binder above. The only reason being that as the kids handle the book and point at the pictures, etc. the pages may not hold up very well. We'll see......

I am excited to use it for FHE, and I am also wanting to see if I can fit in a little mini daily devotional using these pictures to teach with.....more on that later!

I LOVE these Ottomans!


My dear Mother has ottomans like these in her house, and when we moved, this was one of the first things on my list of "must-haves"! Especially with kids! Here are a few reasons I love them:
1. They just add to any decor, and come in a variety of colors.
2. The lids come off, and you can store things inside!!!! Like blocks, books, balls, trains, cars, trucks, and even little weird toys that don't have a home. They keep things out of sight, and yet very accessible.
3. They aid in the quick-clean moments of life. Like when a friend calls and is on their way over, and you have toys all over the place. Just grab an ottoman, make a clean sweep, plop on the lid and dear friend is none the wiser.
4. When you sit on the couch, you can sit back, kick your feet up, and relax. (Don't forget the bon-bons!)
5. When you have a lot of people over and not enough places for them to sit, you can use them as stools!
6. When they are not too stuffed with toys, your silly little ones might fin…

Animal Matching Fun!

LM recently got these animal toys for his Birthday. And he got THESE animals cards for Christmas. Combining the gifts from these 2 holidays provided an afternoon of animal fun!

First, we talked about what each animal was, and then he matched the animals up to their matching cards.

But the fun didn't end there. We then set them up in a semi circle, and used a little blue bowl as a boat. Doing things Noah's Ark-style, he would go from card to card and pick up the animals for their boat ride. Then he would return them safely to their homes. (Rest assured: no animals were harmed in this jovial process.) :)

FHE: Be an Example

Song:I am Like a Star (Children's Songbook pg.163)


Scripture:1 Timothy 4:12 

Activity: With yellow paper, cut out a few big stars. On them, write names of people in the scriptures who were good examples to those around them. One by one, have the child choose a star and listen as you tell the story. If you have pictures of these stories, show them as you tell! Then talk about how we can be good examples.


Treat:Fruit Smoothies (this is a favorite around here, and with summer approaching, this will most likely be an FHE treat often!)

In a blender, add any combination of the following (depending on how you like it and what you have on hand!): milk, juice, ice, yogurt, fruit: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, etc. Blend and enjoy!

Tips: Ice is good because it makes it nice and cold, especially if your fruit wasn't frozen. And the more ice you add, the thicker it becomes. The banana helps make it creamy. The yogurt and/or juice gives it a lot more sweetness, but …

Scripture Picture Books

I made these Scripture Picture Books 2 years ago for LM for Christmas, but thought it might be fun to share again. 
I cut out pictures of the Savior from old church magazines, and combined them with some of my favorite scriptures about the Savior that I typed up and glued on cardstock. I put them all in a couple of mini photo albums and I let LM look at them while we study the scriptures together as a family.

Thank You for the Gift - Cards

After LM's Birthday, we made thank you cards for his friends and family who gave him gifts. We used those same finger paints with which he created that stunning parrot portrait. This time we cut up the dried paint pages into small rectangles.

Then we glued on 2 pieces of cardstock strips, and 2 small cardstock triangles for the bow on top. Then we wrote on the card and sent them to all the generous gift-givers!

Impressive Roses

Quite a while ago, for Valentine's day to be exact, my dearly beloved husband gave me some roses. Now, that is  impressive, to be sure. But even more impressive is the fact that he hand-crafted them out of tissue paper! What?!?

Though I post this long after the fact, it is simply too amazing and impressive not to share with the blog world.

He may just have to start being a main contributor to my blog!

When you give the 3 year-old the camera....

. . . you get this: 

Which, actually, is quite a good picture of me. 
You see, that unnaturally bright glare on my face covers up any and all facial blemishes including but not limited to the dark circles under my eyes from a less than desired amount of sleep.
The acute brightness of my face actually aids in the process of making my hair appear silky and shiny, chic and smooth.
And there's something about that angle that makes my right arm appear as dainty as a porcelain doll. I just may have LM take all my portraits from now on!

Anyone else? Photographer for hire!!

Mini S'more Pops

One of our recent Family Home Evenings included a treat called Mini S'more Pops. They were so much fun 
that I'd thought I'd share! Get 3 bowls. One for mini marshmallows, one for melted chocolate chips, and one for crushed up graham cracker crumbs. Use a skewer or toothpick and get a mallow, dip it in chocolate and roll it in the crumbs. Then scarf! Yummy!

Homemade Sensory Tubes

We recently purchased year-passes to a child discovery museum in our town. We've been there a few times and love it! I saw some sensory tubes there that were fun for LB and his growing dexterity.

They looked pretty basic, and I knew there had to be a way to create something similar for him at home. I sat one day munching on my Honey Roasted Peanuts, and then it hit me. Ah yes. Use the plastic peanut tube! So I did!

 I put some colorful Easter grass in the tube along with a little bit of uncooked rice. It is fun to look at, and the rice makes fun sound. LB has fun with it as he and tube like to roll around on the floor.

Right now we only have this one empty Peanut jar. But there will soon be more because I'm chowing down the peanuts in those other jars like nobody's business! But let's be honest. I rarely need an excuse for eating anyways. ha ha.


LM had his very first dentist appointment a few days ago. He did great! And it was very helpful that at our Library's Storytime a few weeks ago, it was all about taking care of your teeth. LM even got to make his own pearly white smile!

Amazing Painting

LM got some finger paints for his Birthday. On the front of the box is a picture of a parrot. Every time he saw the box he would tell me how he wanted to paint a bird. We finally got the paints out a while ago and I let him go to town painting several papers with random strokes and a hodge podge of colors.

I don't know how it happened. And I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it for myself.

When I went to gather up all his painted papers, I found this:

Which looks AMAZINGLY like this:

I'm fairly sure that with his 3 year old skills he didn't really mean to paint a bird . . . or did he?
Either way, I dare say it's right up there with the Mona Lisa! Amazing.

FHE: Faith is Like a Seed

Song: Faith (Children's Songbook, p. 96)


Scripture:Alma 32:42-43

Activity: (You will need: Pot, soil, seeds.)
Talk about how faith is like a seed. In order for it to grow, it must be nourished and cared for. Plant seeds and care for them throughout the week and watch them grow!

Treat: Apple Pizzas
Ingredients: Apple Sauce Cream Cheese Cinnamon Hamburger Buns or Biscuits or English Muffins.
Directions:  Put apple sauce, cream cheese, and cinnamon on toasted hamburger bun halves. Toast them for about twenty more seconds. Yummy!

Color Picture Matching

Memory is a fun game for Pre-Schoolers, but it's even more fun when you are turning over pictures of yourself . . . or your baby brother!  For this fun Memory game, I found pictures of each of my boys emphasizing different colors and printed them off on cardstock. I used my digital scrapbook program to add the colored borders, but you could even use construction paper. I had these printed clear back around Valentine's Day, and forgot about them! But perhaps it was meant to be, because they were a perfect addition to the boys' Easter Baskets!

Home Organization Notebook

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I enjoy the freedom to be able to do what I want to do when I want to do it. But I also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that I used my time effectively and accomplished things that needed to be done.
Basically, What works for me is system that allows for flexibility, spontaneity, and unexpected change while also providing a solid, routine structure to ensure that I succeed in accomplishing what is important to me. 

And so  I present to you: 
My  Home Organization Notebook!
I actually tried to make one of these about a year and a half ago, but got so caught up in putting every possible thing that I might possibly like to have in it that I never finished it and lost steam in creating it.

This time around, I decided to simply put into this binder the things I actually wanted, needed, and that would fit MY life, MY family, and MY (perhaps odd) way of thinking and organizing. Therefore, this is NOT a binder of all t…