With Valentine’s Day this Thursday, I thought I’d round up some fun and simple Valentine-themed crafts and activities you can do with your kiddos to celebrate the day!
Have you ever been out shopping, looked down, and found a fun, painted rock? A group in Oklahoma City (405 Rocks) paints little stones and leaves them around the city for folks to find and brighten their day! The kids LOVE finding these! You can make your own friendship rocks like these from Red Ted Art!
To get the whole family in on the fun, Makoodle has a ton of ideas for Valentine’s Day-themed Minute to Win It games! Like this conversation heart relay!
Have a classroom you need to entertain? You can throw this game together super fast! Its a “punch a prize” Valentine from Paige’s Party Ideas!
Want to send something to your kiddos’ grandparents? This card from The Best Ideas For Kids is perfect! And its super easy!
And for those more adventurous mommas that don’t mind mess, here’s two-ingredient Valentine slime just for you from There’s Just One Mommy!
What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day crafts to do with your kids? Share in the comments below!
I’m still going on the low-carb bandwagon, mainly because I had a little bit of a hiccup in January. I was literally sick for 21 days out of the month. TWENTY. ONE. DAYS. Now, to clarify, I wasn’t running a fever or had the flu. But I battled a sore throat, ear infection, cough, congestion, runny nose, and headaches for the entire three weeks. It wasn’t until last weekend I actually got some relief. Anyway, since I’m back doing low carb, I decided to try a recipe I pinned on Pinterest a while back for a microwave Keto cheesecake in a mug! Woohoo!
Here’s what I used:
~2 oz cream cheese, cubed
~ 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
~1/2 teaspoon stevia
~1 large egg
First, I put the cream cheese in my mug and popped it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Then, I added the vanilla and Stevia.
After that, I added the egg. I had to stir a for a hot minute to get the batter smooth, so remember that if you try this!
Then, the mug went back into the microwave for another 90 seconds.
After that, I put the cheesecake onto a small plate and refrigerated it for an hour. When it was done, I added some whipped topping and strawberries.
Y’all…this was…in a word: DISGUSTING.
OMG this is probably one of my biggest Pinterest fails EVER. Seriously. It was so freaking gross. It legit just tasted like creamy eggs. I took one bite and then threw it all in the trash.
One of my favorite shows in high school was MTV’s Cribs. It was basically a total ripoff of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous–another one of my family’s fave shows growing up. Anywhoo, the hilarious momma over at That’s Inappropriate thought it was time for some reality on reality TV and did her own spoof of those programs and LAWD it is so relatable:
“I do endless amounts of laundry in here and, if we’re honest, its completely soul-sucking.”
Agreed, honey. AGREED.
One of my goals this year is to FINALLY read my Bible allllll the way through. I actually found a great reading plan on Pinterest and Huff the Hubs and I have been reading the passages at night, together. I’m telling you, if you want to help build up the foundation of your marriage–read your Bible together. Its done wonders for HtH and I. Now, there have been some nights we’ve missed reading them together. Sometimes kids need extra cuddles at night, lunches need to be prepped for the next day, or one of us is so exhausted we pass out before the other one comes to bed.
When those situations happen, I’ve been improvising when I feel rushed. The ONE moment in the day I get peace is when I shower. Mostly because I make a conscience effort to do it while the kids have their allotted tablet time. They have their screens and I have a nice, hot, uninterrupted shower. I’ve been opening my Bible app and listening to the audio of the Scripture while I shower. I’m able to focus and really hear what’s being said. Its awesome!
Maybe there are a lot of things you have on your mind and feel like there is no way you can possibly remember all of them when you’re finally in a quiet place to pray. Last year, I wanted to be sure I prayed for my family–immediate and extended–as much as possible. I grabbed a few popsicle sticks and wrote their names on them. I placed them in a small jar by my bed and every day I’d grab a few sticks out of the jar. I pray over each person by name. Then, when every stick had been taken out of the jar, I placed them back in and started over the next day.
I also added in other things I wanted covered in prayer (wisdom for our finances, friends, and anytime I got a prayer request for someone who was ill I added their name as well) and put them in the jar. This was a great way for me to stay disciplined and also just to remember everyone!
The Bible app also has several daily devotionals and reading plans that can help you with whatever your spiritual goals are this year. I hope and pray that you reach your goals and feel uplifted by whatever plan you choose!
Do you have any goals related to your spiritual walk? Share in the comments below!
While doing the Keto diet, I honestly haven’t missed bread *too* much. But there are days when you just want a little carby-somethin’ to satisfy a craving. I’ve made Keto rolls before and I REALLY like them, but I didn’t have the time to make them the other morning. Thankfully, after consulting Pinterest, I found this:
I gathered my ingredients and set to work!
~3 tbsp almond flour
~1 1/2 tbsp melted butter
~1/2 tsp baking powder
~1 egg white
Mix up all the ingredients in a microwave-safe mug:
Then pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds:
I waited a few minutes before popping it out of the mug and then I cut it in half–it actually looked like a real English muffin!
I thought it was pretty good, but it was super dry. I smashed up a raspberry and spread it on top like a jam and that helped a lot!
Was this absolutely delicious? Not really. Would it work if I was deep in the throes of a bread craving? Eh, maybe. Personally, I think I’ll stick to baking the Keto rolls!
Have you ever tried this recipe? What did you think? Share in the comments below!
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to start waking up before the kids so I could have time to workout, shower, and read my devotional before they swarmed me with demands for chocolate milk and Storybots. I did okay for a hot minute, but then life happened. Huff the Hubs would suggest staying up to watch something on Netflix or I’d need to finish a load of laundry that didn’t get done, or I was just so excited to have five freaking minutes to myself that I’d scroll through Pinterest or Facebook only to find I didn’t go to bed until midnight. Needless to say, finding time during the day to workout proved very difficult.
Huff the Babe goes down for a nap around 1:30 everyday but Huff the Tot doesn’t take naps anymore. We tried doing “Timer Time”–quiet time in her room for about 30 minutes so I could have a little bit of quiet/time to run on the treadmill but she just ended up under my feet, asking me what I was doing fifty times. Mommy needed something for her to do.
The other day, I overslept and didn’t get my morning workout in. I decided I’d do it during HtB’s nap time and tried to think of something that would keep HtT busy for 30 minutes while I worked to get “shredded” with Jillian Michaels. I remembered something I saw on Instagram and decided to give it a shot.
HtT loves playing salon and painting my nails. I figured I could keep her busy and help her work on some fine motor skills all at the same time with this neat activity!
I traced my hands (well, I made them a tad bit bigger than my actual hands, just to have a bigger painting space) and cut them out of cardboard. I let HtT pick out different colors of nail polish from my stash and she set to work while I worked up a sweat in the other room. This worked WONDERS, y’all! She was occupied, she was creative, and she worked those little muscles in her hands! When she finished painting the nails, she even drew rings and bracelets on them! She later told me, “That was fun, Mommy! I want to do a feet one now!”
Well kid, I’ll probably be sleeping in soon so looks like you’ll get your wish!
How do you keep your kids busy when you want to workout/blog/scream into a pillow? Share in the comments below!
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