Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!
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Summertime Projects to Promote Family Learning and Bonding - Part 3
Homemade Healthy and Natural Ice Cream
When you are sweating under the hot sun, few things are
better than a cold bowl of ice cream. Here
is what you need to make your own home made, healthy and delicious snack.
-1 cup of organic milk or half and half -12 tablespoons of salt (rock salt works best) -Ice cubes -1 pint sized ziplock bag -1 large freezer ziplock bag -½ cup organic fruit or berries -Crushed nuts (optional)
First, fill the small bag with milk, fruit puree, and
crushed nuts, then seal it. Next, add
the salt and ice cubes to the larger bag until it is nearly full.All you need to do now is put the smaller bag
into the larger bag, and shake it for about ten minutes.When you are done, you will have a bag of ice
Because there is no added sugar
and all ingredients are natural, this homemade ice cream will be much
healthier, not to mention fresher, than the kinds you would buy at a
store.By changing the fruits and adding
spices you can make a variety of different flavors.A few to consider are apple cinnamon,
strawberry-banana, something fun like pear-lime-mint, or anything else you
A fun game can be for you to
make a batch of ice cream without letting your kids know, and then they will
need to guess what flavor it is.This
ice cream is perfect for a weekend treat, as a way to celebrate completing
their found art project, or just because it is so hot out.
The nice weather and extra family time are what make summer
summer.With crafts and projects like
these, your family can bond and have a great time while they learn, protect
their favorite memories, and eat delicious snacks.
This post was written by Ryan, who enjoys picking out the
perfect kids footed pajamas
for his nieces and nephews cooking, and helping families find new travel
The Armistead family taught our children a lovely blessing to sing at the dinner table. It is sung to the tune of the children's classic song, Are You Sleeping?
God our Father God our Father Once Again Once Again We bow our heads to thank you Bow our heads to thank you Amen Amen
We love this blessing, and we've recently adapted it to involve younger children and guests. Instead of everyone singing each phrase twice, we sing it as an 'echo prayer'. One child leads the song, starting with the first phrase, "God our Father". The rest of the table echoes. Then the leader leads the second phrase , "once again", before waiting for the table to echo. And so forth, until the whole blessing is sung.
It's an easy way to remind our children (and ourselves) to give thanks to our Provider and Sustainer throughout the day.
Reader Question: I am in charge of creating 74 goody bags for an upcoming marriage retreat for my church, and I am in desperate need for some frugal, creative ideas on what I could put in these bags. In the past I know people have put little candy bars, a bag of microwave popcorn, a couple of packs of hot chocolate, tea bags etc so I was looking for ideas that might be something similar, but maybe a little different too. Would you have any fun thoughts on this?
A Few Ideas: Visit www.likemerchantships.blogspot.com - Meredith does a fantastic time being incredibly hospitable on a budget.Our women's retreat coordinators wrapped the following things in a cellophanebag: a mininotebook, a pen, a candle, peppermints, chocolate kisses,and a colored paper quote/scripture. A friend just suggested packing candies that correspond to questions: an almond joy - share a joyful moment in your marriage, a hershey kiss - something about your first kiss, snickers - laughs, lifesavers - when your…
My two boys LOVE legos, so they naturally end up scattering lego creations and random lego pieces throughout the house. Last weekend, we converted their closet to be a LEGO WORLD. Now they can store lego (and knex) pieces in their lego world, they have instructions for all of their kits in a ziplock bag, and they have a place to display their favorite ships. And I have a mostly lego-free kitchen and living room!!