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5 Simple Activities To Help Your Kids Unplug This Summer

This week I asked my girl to share some fun and simple things that her and her sisters like to do during their spring and summer breaks.  Just like your kids, my kids love time watching TV and catching up on their social media accounts.  But as a Mom I want to help them learn balance between those things and learn margin for their own lives.  It’s just as important for kids as it is for adults. Now that our Spring Break is approaching, my sisters and I are looking forward to having free time to do some of our favorite spring & summer activities.  I’ve done these activities growing up with my sisters and with my cousins.  Not only do we have a blast but they are some great ways to get us out of the house and away from electronics for a short while. So, if you’re looking for some fun activities for your kids during the break, here are five great ideas that my sisters and I have always loved doing as the weather warms up…

Simplifying Life in The Kitchen: Simple Mason Spice Jars

I love finding ways to simplify my life, but I especially love finding ways to simplify in the kitchen.  I’ll freely admit that I’m not a big fan of cooking, but the fact that my family needs to eat every day keeps me cooking away.  Other than using my “Meal Planning” tool, having a well ordered kitchen helps get dinner on the table quickly. So when I find something that simplifies the meal-making process, I can’t be any happier. In our current home, I have just a few bottom kitchen cabinets and then open shelving above the counter.  Since I didn’t want my spices disappearing in a bottom cabinet, I knew I would need to place them on the open shelving above the counter. Now, while I am all about keeping things simple, I don’t think that means we have to forgo the aesthetics of our home.  I think we can still have purposeful things in our home and yet beauty to balance them out. I honestly didn’t want to be looking at all my various sized spice jars and containers.  Some were in plastic…

My #1 Tool For Simplifying Meal Time

Let’s be honest.  Who exactly likes planning out meal time?  Sure, we all like eating the food, but making a plan for how it’s going to get into the house and onto the table is a completely different matter. Up until recently I found myself flying by the seat of my pants when it came to planning meals, especially dinner.  On the good days I usually had a general idea about I was going to make, praying the whole time that I actually had all the ingredients in the pantry. The not so good days would find me rummaging through the pantry and fridge praying that by some small miracle I could come up with a creative and nutritious meal for my family. Honestly, there were days it came down to serving cereal for supper.  Yes, I’m one of those mom’s too…

3 Ways to Instill Thankfulness In Our Children

Our oldest daughter was just shy of two years old.  We sat in my in-laws living room watching her amidst all the boxes, wrapping and bows.   It was so much fun to see her having so much fun. The last present was deposited into her chubby little arms.  Her lips puckered pensively, trying to figure out where to open the package first.  With one swift pull she ripped paper down the side.   And there it was.  A beautiful toy, shiny in all it’s newness. She stared briefly up at us, back down to her new toy, and then this word………More?  I was baffled.  The child had everything her little heart could want.  Piled around her were toys, clothes, coloring books and videos. When she realized that “more” was not forthcoming she expressed herself as any child wanting more, does.   She leaned back and pitched an absolute fit!  Tears, snot, arms and legs were flying everywhere.  It was not a pretty site. (Excerpt From “Simplifying Christmas: 4 Tips To Simple Giving.”)  After that year we decided a new strategy was in order.  Not only in our gift giving but in the lessons we were (or were…