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Monday, August 30, 2010

Family Home Evening: Obedience

You can't do much of a Family Home Evening lesson with a 2 year old & an 8 month old, but we're giving it our best shot! Tonight we talked about obedience ie. when mom & dad say to do something or to stop doing something, do what you're told! Yes, he's only 2 but hopefully he got the message at least a little bit.

To re-inforce the concept, we played red light - green light using some laminated signs that I made. We got the whole family involved & Evie had a blast being rolled in the stroller. Both kids were laughing & having a great time & it was just plain FUN!

Something Fun Every Day . . . #12

Well, this one might sound a bit strange & came about totally by being spontaneous. Chase had a mouse pad that he was putting on his head & then letting drop to the floor. So, I showed him how to put it on his head and try to keep it there by balancing it & holding very still. Then we took turns putting it on our heads & I showed him how I could walk & keep it on my head which he was very impressed by ;) It might sound silly but I remember doing this kind of thing with books when I was older & having fun with it, so it might be just a fun little activity for any age.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

YW Activity: Make Your Own Spa

We did a fun activity this week with our church youth group -- a make-your-own spa. The girls got to make & enjoy as many of these treatments as they wanted to/had time for. Then, they got to take home the list of recipes & a few sachet envelopes with the milk bath recipe in them to enjoy at home. Here's the list of recipes we used:

Make-Your-Own Spa

Creamy Oatmeal Facial Cleanser

½ cup oatmeal

2 Tbs. heavy cream or milk

Grind oatmeal into a flour using a blender. Mix with cream & smooth over face. Rinse well.

Facial Steam

Boil a pot full of water. Boil for a minute or two then remove from heat. Cover & let steep for 5 minutes – if using herbs. (If desired, add citrus fruit slices &/or herbs after boiling)

Pore Cleaning Strips

1 Tbs. knox unflavored gelatin

1 ½ Tbs. milk

Mix 2 ingredients and microwave for 10 seconds until slightly warm. Apply with a clean cosmetic brush to nose & chin area (avoid delicate eye area). Rinse brush immediately. Allow mixture on face to dry for 10 to 15 minutes to form a stiff film. Peel off film.

Sweet Oil Scrub

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

2 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar

Mix ingredients in a bowl. Apply to skin in a circular motion for a minute or 2. Rinse with a warm cloth and water. The cleanser will feel greasy but after you rinse and pat dry, skin with be super silky soft! Also great to remove eye makeup!!

Foot Spa

7 cups water

2 cups milk

½ cup sugar

2 Tbs. lotion

Mix the water & milk and heat on stovetop to as hot as your feet can take. Mix the sugar and lotion in a separate bowl. Put the milk mixture in large bowl and soak your feet for at least 10 minutes. Massage the sugar and lotion mixture in your feet to exfoliate. Rinse with clear water & pat dry. Apply some additional lotion to your soft feet.

Hand Treatment

2 Tbs. oil (baby, vegetable, olive)

3 Tbs. sugar

Mix together, rub into hands & then rinse with warm water.

Oatmeal Milk Bath

1 cup corn starch

2 cups powdered milk

½ cup baking soda (increase if you have hard water)

½ cup finely ground oatmeal

Process oatmeal in blender until finely ground. Add powdered milk & process until well mixed. Pour into a bowl, add corn starch and baking soda, mixing all ingredients very well. Add 3 Tbs (or more, if you like) to your next bath to soothe your soul and soften your skin.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Something Fun Every Day . . . #11

Breakfast around here is usually a very laid back deal . . . cold cereal is pretty fancy for us! But today we had a special breakfast with Chase's favorite: Swedish pancakes! You should've seen his face light up when I told him we were going to have pancakes for breakfast. He sat in his chair waiting (impatiently) the whole time I was making them until he got his first one which he gobbled up quickly!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Something Fun Every Day . . . getting caught up!

We took a HUGE break due to illness and traveling for my Gold Canyon convention & my youngest sisters' wedding. But now that we're back, I thought I'd share some ideas that we've used in the last month or two (how long has it been?). There will be more to come, but at least this is something for now:

Chase's favorite thing in the world is letters since his very first fit in the store when he saw a bag of foam bath letters when he was 16 months old. I found magnetic letters at Target in their $1 bins & just couldn't resist. So, we bought up 4 packages and got a white board to stick them to. Yes, its the new favorite toy around our house & we play with it together by me spelling out words & sounding them out for him.

The park is always a great option when the weather is good. Chase LOVES to go to the park & I don't take him nearly as often as he'd like. But once in a while, he gets to enjoy it!

I tried my very best to make things a little better while I was sick. Chase took one end of the couch & I took another, sharing the blanket. It didn't last all that long, but the little while that it did last was very nice. We spent a lot of time watching cartoons, too!