We are starting an In the beginning lesson about creation at home. Each “day” will be broken into two nights. The first night we read the verses from the Bible, talk about it, and then have a coloring page for it. The second night we will talk about what we learned the night before and have another coloring page. I found the coloring sheet here along with lesson plans and other crafts. There are so many things you can do with your kids for crafts but right now coloring pages are my best friend. Just print them out and the boys have a project, they love to color so it’s a hit at our house. The second nights coloring page is just a number that will be decorated with what happens that day of creation. For example the number one will be colored with light (sunshines, light bulbs, whatever they want to use to represent light) this can be colored, you can use stickers, or have them cut decorations from colored construction paper and glue it to the number. (Cut a sunshine shape from yellow paper). On our fridge we are making a 7 days of creation collage where we will hang each page in order to represent what God did that day. Here you can find the second night coloring number.
Also this week, I finally found the Bible my grandmother gave me when I was six years old & passed it down to Logan.
Ohhh my gahhh 😳 guys this was literally the hardest, longest, most dreaded project that I have ever had but it was also the most wanted with the best outcome evaaa!! I have been wanting to paint our pine boards white for at least a year now. First I had to talk Cliff into it and get him to the point of being ok enough that if I actually paint he’s really ok, because once I start there’s no turning back 🙈 I kept telling him “just trust me”. But even after having him ok it still took awhile to start mainly because I knew what it was going to take to complete and wasn’t sure if I really had it in me. Honestly I didn’t. One of my best friends did, she kept telling me she’d help but I just kept saying we will, then finally she just took off work, told me the days and said “go get the paint!” There is no way I would have started nor been able to finish without her, so Nicolette 😘 thanks for being the best!
My mom ended up going out of town during fall break 😵 so we weren’t only painting we were taking care of babies while painting. (do not ever attempt) I stayed up Tuesday and Wednesday night after the boys went to bed trying to get a head start on taping and getting started on the walls so that by Thursday when she came the living room walls were finished, we just had to do the top of the two tall walls and living room ceiling. So we worked Thursday for a few hours then finished Thursday night after the boys went to bed. Being on scaffolds with little ones is impossible so we just had to wait. Then tackled the kitchen walls and ceilings Friday all day 😫. But we did it and now it’s finished and I can’t even begin to tell y’all how much I’m loving it. Here are a few before, during, and afters 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙(ignore my missing outlet cover 🙈)
We celebrated Saturday evening with a girls night eating sushi and watching the Bama game then a shopping trip to TJ•Maxx & Hobby Lobby . We had such great intentions on dressing up, fixing our hair, and having a legit girls night but we were so exhausted (and sore) that leggings won and I’m not even sure if I brushed my hair 🙈
I’m about 90% finished but there are still a few projects and small changes I’m making so I will give updated pics in a later post because I will be doing a post on my very simple and easy DIY shelves 👌🏻 I just need a few days of sleep first 😂
• We used just barely over 2 gallons of Valspar Reserve in Bistro White and had to paint all of it with brushes. I tried rolling with a regular roller and a 3 inch roller but neither were working well sooo each board was individually painted 😐. The dark trim and ceiling are stained with Minwax dark walnut interior stain that we applied with socks. Just slip the sock on your hand (on top of gloves) and rub.
Of course today is Monday and it’s rolling in crappy as usual. Logan has been up sick at his stomach since about midnight 😷🤒
So this year I’m pretty much leaning towards ditching trick-or-treating all together. Unfortunately we live in a screwed up & evil world that’s full of weirdos and you just have no idea who that is in the mask beside you or what’s going into your candy bags. I hate that I feel like this 😕 but each year gets a little worse and honestly right now trick-or-treating is more trouble than it’s worth with three littles. Of course I’m not going to let a holiday slip by festiveless. I’m actually really excited about what I have planned this year, I fully expect it to be much more enjoyable than the past years.
The boys will have a boo basket filled with black & orange goodies and the supplies needed to make costumes. It will have candies and ingredients to bake Halloween themed sweets that are easy enough for little helping hands and of course some decorations that they can hang around the house. I’m hoping to time it so that we do have time to trick-or-treat at the grandparent’s houses since the boys will get to dress up then come home to bake goodies. I have been scrolling Pinterest for a few weeks and have put together a few of my favorite finds.
Marshmallow Ghosts super simple and the boys love mini marshmallows. I want to do a spooky looking dinner so when I saw these Monster Meatball Subs I thought they would be perfect, we will all devour a meatball sub and again they seem simple enough. These card-stock bats are a cute, inexpensive, diy craft that I can make ahead of time and place in the basket so all the boys have to do is pick the place on the walls to stick them. And who doesn’t love a fresh donut? So these Vampire Donuts will be a great (and easy🙌🏻) hit for my kids.
Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween this year 🎃🕷 right now we’re anxiously awaiting Friday to have another Disney Jr. boo for you Halloween all day 🤗
Ok so I know I am not the only one obsessing over the bleached bottom flannel. I have seen them floating around insta shops and Pinterest since, last year maybe? I dunno maybe longer, either way I’m still loving it. I finally got around to diy’ing one. There are plenty of cool etsy shops that sell these if you aren’t feeling up to it but this is a pretty simple project.
First get a flannel, thrift stores or kid section clearance racks, or one of you (or your hubbys bc this look is good oversized too) I have one-to-many flannels so I just grabbed one from my closet.
Tie the bottom half with a rubber band, sleeves included, go up as high as you want the bleach to go.
My bleach mixture was approximately 3:1 with water. Lay the flannel over into the liquid stopping right at the band. Mine sat in the bleach 15-20 minutes. Darker color shirts may take a little longer and also the longer it sits the whiter the bottom half will get so the time pretty much depends on the look you’re after. When you take it out step outside and rinse it really well to help ensure the bleach not spreading in the washer. I held it by the tag so that I could rinse downward with the hosepipe. Once it’s rinsed out good toss it in the washer for a quick wash. And that’s it 👌🏻 easy peezy lemon squeezey guy (yes I am quoting Kung Fu Panda)
all the heart eyed emojis insert here.
As a mom of three we stay pretty busy all the time and if we aren’t on the go we are home with usually all three boys asking or crying for something, we slip when it comes to bringing God into our all day every day lives. Usually because I just don’t have time, I know I am not the only mom that feels like that, am I right? But really that’s just another excuse. We come up with so many excuses. Some Sundays I’m trying to get ready but both of the littles are crying all morning and won’t let me out of their sight, each wanting held. But just because we don’t make it out the door that Sunday doesn’t mean we should just forget it all together. Because really living your life for God doesn’t end around noon that one day of the week anyway. As a mother my job is to teach and raise my children and I can’t do that correctly if we aren’t keeping God in our daily lives. So something Iv started is our “Church at home” on the Sundays we miss church we have a lesson and craft and on Wednesday evenings because we usually don’t make it out of the house, through the week we read a bible story each night and talk about it, we are reading this Beginner’s Bible New Testament right now. Logans biggest question right now is prayer and not knowing what to say sometimes. I have a few ideas on crafts for that I will share later (once I get them made 🙈)
Also another great way to bring God in is through music, which is my favorite and fun for kids so I will have a playlist together soon.
This week we did a very simple 10 things God wants that I printed from here. Logan did great with it, we started off by him reading one at a time and then went back to discuss each individually. Of course Layton is two so he pretty much stood in the chair and scribbled but he’s there and listening wether we realize it or not, because a little later we were in the playroom and he brought me his paper and said “Geezus!” When we were finished I asked Logan for 3 things he learned during our lesson.
My goal is to make this a weekly post, I hope this helps at least one mama out there to find a way to teach your little ones while also learning yourself, to have and give a fun and simple lesson and craft on those days we don’t make it out the door. And not only for weeks we miss the sermon but each week also to have little studies at home. This is our job and our children need us for it now more than ever, don’t let this world teach them right from wrong!
🙏🏻 Logan has been teaching Layton how to say his prayers and peeking in on them is the sweetest thing ever. Layton buries his face into his hands and whispers everything Logan says. “We’re sorry for when we are bad, we will be better!”
Ok mamas, this is one of my favorite meals to cook. (Ask Cliff he’ll tell you we have it weekly 🙈) it’s easy, convienent, and quick. Oh, and it’s pretty healthy so that’s good too! Prep may take 10 minutes and cooking is 15-20. Oven cooking is my favorite just because I can pop it in and walk away, opposed to stove top where you’re standing there cooking while your toddler pulls everything out of your panty and your baby is crying at your feet. It’s like they do those things because they know you are busy. Hell brakes loose during prep time but as soon as I pop it in the oven they go on about their ways not making a sound 🙄
Anyways, this meal. Super easy. I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. We always have chicken, always have onions, and usually always have peppers, I buy the trio packs.
- pack of chicken (cubed)
- diced onion
- 3 diced peppers (I use a red, yellow, and orange)
- zucchini, cucumber, fresh green beans, whatever else you want 😂 (I used cucumber this time because I had it)
- Olive oil
- Spices (I use Mrs.Dash &a garlic salt)
Mix everything so that it is evenly coated with oil and spices and pop it in a preheated oven 500• for 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness of your chicken)
We like to add a little soy sauce to ours for extra taste, not much though because we’re trying to keep it as healthy as we can 😉 This goes really well with a side of rice but most nights we eat it like it is. It’s delicious and everyone loves it. It’s also a great meal that can be reheated. Right now football practice is right in the middle of our evening interrupting dinner time so I cook around 3:00pm so that me and the kids can eat before going to practice and it’s ready for Cliff when he comes in from work. I love when he calls and says what were your plans for dinner? And I can say it’s on the stove 👊🏻👊🏻
Give this one a try busy mamas, you’ll be glad you did 😘