Apple Stamp DIY Teacher Appreciation Card

This Apple Stamp DIY Appreciation Card is just the craft for you and your little buddy to show appreciation to your teacher this year. Ever feel like you just want to do something a little extra special for your child’s teacher, but all the ideas have been done before? That’s how I felt one year, when my kids were both in preschool. They only attended preschool 2 days a week, so the rest of the time we played and crafted at home.

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Warm Quinoa Salad–Comforting and Fresh

What is a winter salad? It’s the dish perfect for when you want the freshness of spring but the chilly temperatures still make you longs for comfort food. This Warm Quinoa Salad will satisfy those longings on a cold day.

As we enter the “spring territory” with the daylight savings, our brains switch to warm, green, fresh. But what happens more often than not is that we are still stuck in the thick of winter with its chilly temperatures and snow. To make a compromise for these conflicting desires, try Warm Quinoa Salad. Warmth of quinoa and sweet potatoes and green freshness of kale are truly the opposites that bring peace and comfort to my salad loving soul on this chilly day.

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THINGS I LOVED IN FEBRUARY

I’m starting a series of blog posts at the end of each month called “Things I loved” to remember and reflect on the highlights of the past month.

Do you practice reflection and gratitude? Winter months can be so dreary and monotonous that sometimes it’s hard to find one good things about them. The winter blues set in, and we get grumpy and dissatisfied. But nobody wants to feel this way. We need a little push, a little reminder that even in the darkest month, there were bright moments that cheered our soul.

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As the month of February is coming to its end, I want to sit down and reflect on the lovely things that made my heart happy this month.

Things I loved in February:

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VERY SIMPLE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Cold winter months call for comfort food, and what comfort food is better than a simple Chicken Noodle Soup? Nothing beats the warm soothing broth, thick with veggies, tender chicken meat, and noodles.

If you have just 5 basic ingredients (chicken, carrots, celery, onion, noodles, and water) you can make this soup in ONE HOUR and enjoy for days!

Simple Chicken Noodle Soup

When I was little, one of the very first things my mom taught me to make was soup. It’s the easiest, yet probably the most versatile dish you can survive on for many cold months. Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic, and undoubtedly every family has their very own recipe they proudly call “the best”. I won’t bestow this title on my soup, but only state that this recipe is as easy as it is delicious. ‘Nuff said!

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Ewok Valentines (FREE Printable)

If you have a Star Wars fan on our hands, then these Ewok Valentines will surely make their day! Even more than that, they will love making them with you for their friends and sharing those funny sounds the goofy Ewoks make!

My son and I were trying to come up with a homemade Valentine last year that would use a Hubba Bubba bubble gum. As we were brainstorming and humming “Hubba bubba hubba bubba” to ourselves, it occurred to us that it was so similar to the sound that Ewoks made in the Return Of The Jedi! And so the idea for Ewok Valentines was born!

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My First Year of Blogging: 5 Big Lessons

My first year of blogging has been a fun ride! No, it hasn’t been all roses and fireworks, of course, just like no other new endeavor is. But it certainly was exciting!

It’s hard to believe but my 1 year anniversary of starting a blog had come and gone so fast, I barely had time to blink! On January 31st I posted my first blog post and…took that scary step off the diving board in to the unknown of the online business of blogging.

I have learned a lot during my first year of blogging. Like a LOT a lot. Some of it was awesome and useful information, and some was just painful but absolutely necessary for my growth.

Here’s the run-down of 5 biggest lessons I learned in my first year of blogging.

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Winter Bucket List

Winter Bucket List?? Really? What’s that? It’s a remedy for winter blues, that’s what it is!

As the confetti after a fun New Year’s Eve celebration settles, and we realize that the holidays are finally over, there usually comes a lull in our activities and mood. That’s when we pull out our craft supplies and come up with a list of fun things to do in winter!

Winter Bucket List

Inspired by our annual Summer Bucket List, our family came up with a Fall Bucket List last year, and it was a great hit! We all looked at it to see what we could do on week-ends or evenings after school, so there was no shortage of ideas.

No, we did NOT do all the things we wrote down, but it was never our intention. I have to admit that we create seasonal bucket lists simply for inspiration and as an interactive way to brainstorm ideas of fun things to do as a family.

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New Beginnings

Hello, 2019!!

The beginning of the year is always filled with so much potential and promise. Just as I open the pages of my new planner, this new year opens the doors to new possibilities and new adventures. Empty pages are exciting and oh so inviting to write down your new ideas and plans, aren’t they?

I say “ideas and plans” intentionally. I stink at resolutions, and so it never really appeals to me to make big promises. Honestly, I much rather prefer thinking about it in terms of having an “IDEA” and then coming up with a “PLAN” to execute it. Setting simple smaller goals and working toward them throughout the year sounds much more appealing to me. I guess I just really like simplicity but with a dose of realism, of course.

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Practical Ways to Practice Hospitality This Holiday Season

The holidays are here, and it is truly one of the best times to try to practice hospitality in your home.

First of all, during this festive time, there are so many reasons and excuses to get together! Friendsgiving, baking Christmas cookies, watching holiday movies, Ugly Sweater parties, Winter Solstice celebrations, decorating the house, trimming the tree, New Year’s Eve parties are just a few to mention.

Take advantage this holiday season and surprise someone with an invite to a simple cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy the fellowship! It will bring joy, warmth, encouragements, connection, and countless other benefits of practicing hospitality to you and your guests.

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