The “Mommy… I’m BORED!” Buster Board

Seriously… I’ve already heard it multiple times and school’s only been out for 2 days!! “Mommy… I’m BORED!!!” Oh heavens.

Time to take action!

I’ve got a ton of cute ideas pinned on my Pinterest Summertime board (and the Mommy…I’m Bored board), but my kids don’t know how to access that (thankfully?), so that does little to keep them from coming and tapping me every 10 minutes to complain that they’ve got nothing to do. Oh, what to do, what to do?

I'm Bored Activities for Kids

{Insert royal trumpets sounding} SOOO… I created this printable for the kiddos to reference on their own whenever they’ve got the “I’m Bored” Blues! The first column is activities they can do by themselves, the second column is things to do with a sibling or friend (although a lot of items on either column could be done alone or with a friend).

Print, laminate (if desired), and post it on the fridge where they can easily see it. Problem solved. (Or so I’m pretending!) 😉

I'm Bored on the Fridge

And since I know I’m not the only parent out there with the same problem, I thought it a worthy cause to break my internet silence and share it with y’all. lol. 🙂 So I’m including a free printable for y’all… as always, just cuz I love ya!

Click HERE to DOWNLOAD the I’M BORED file!

{And speaking of breaking internet silence, I’m also hoping to find some time (soon) to start sharing some information with y’all that I’ve recently learned about regarding planning for your financial future! It is SO AWESOME and SO AMAZING! I can’t believe it’s not more known! But now that I know about it I’m definitely going to try and spread the word. So stay tuned for some financial features!!}

But back to the list… I tried to use pretty generic ideas that any kid anywhere could do. But here are some things I’ll clarify and that you may want to have on hand and ready to go as they use the list:

  • PERLER BEADS… these are awesome to have on hand. You can find Perler Beads, like THESE on Amazon, or they are also at craft stores.You stick the beads on a plastic pegboard to make a design, and then lightly iron it to melt the beads together.  My girls LOVE doing these and they can occupy HOURS, I tell you. HOURS! 🙂 My girls have THIS PET SET and love it!
  • A Money Job is simply a job they can do around the house for some money. We have a list of them printed out for them to see, but you can always just make some up on the fly.
  • Print out some “Learn to draw” pages from off the internet (Google search) to have ready for them to grab.
  • PONY BEADS are great to have on hand for making necklaces, bracelets, or even decorating crafts.
  • Keep PLAY-DOH on hand (homemade or store bought)… and I’ll try and upload my play-dough mats soon, but you can probably Google some too! Just don’t forget to laminate them, or they’ll get all gunked up and need to be tossed. (Speaking of laminating… I totally recommend getting your own laminator! THIS is the kind I have and I love it. Not very expensive and saves TONS on not having to reprint things!)
  • Here’s a link to instructions for SALT PAINTING. Super cute and very easy set-up.
  • Here’s a link to the MARBLE RACE TRACK (it uses pool noodles… keep those on hand too! There are TONS of things to do with them!!)
  • And I can’t find my link for the tin foil river, but basically, you just take a loooonng length of aluminum foil and curve the edges up (lengthwise) into a “U” shape, then fill with water down the length of the foil and have them race things down it… sticks, homemade boats, bottle caps, anything small that floats. 🙂

I think everything else is typical ‘around the house’ stuff. So by just keeping a few things on hand–ready for when it strikes their summertime fancy–you’ll be a happy, sane Mommy. (Living in denial is a wonderful thing.) 🙂  HAPPY SUMMER!!!!

Feature Guest Post: Helping Hands Milk Bank

Happy Friday y’all! Today we’re veering a bit off topic from our usual food storage/preparedness themes to bring you a guest post from Bethany at Helping Hands Milk Bank. This is a wonderful program that works to help premature infants that are struggling to survive by nourishing them with nutritious breast milk (as opposed to having to use formula or cow’s milk). I’ve opted to share this information because 1) I just have a soft spot in my heart for newborn babies… especially those struggling for their lives, and 2) this website reaches just the sort of people who may be able to help: healthy moms with good hearts. So please forgive me for the divergence and we will return to our regular food storage topics next week :), but for now please give a listening ear to Bethany and the work of Helping Hands. {Enjoy your weekend!}

If you are a nursing mom or know a nursing mother, you can help!

Helping Hands Milk Bank is stepping-up its efforts to find mothers who have excess breast milk they can donate to help critically ill premature infants. Breast-feeding mother or not, you can also help by spreading the word to find those mothers who can donate.

Baby Teag: One of the premature babies helped by the milk fortifier

Because of the extreme vulnerability of preemies, they need the help of nursing mothers who live a relatively-healthy lifestyle.

Helping Hands collects mothers’ excess breast milk and sends it to its parent company, Prolacta Bioscience, where it is processed to create the first and only breast milk fortifier made from human milk (not cows) for premature babies in intensive care units. The fortifier is added back to natural human milk to provide added protein and other vital nutrients for the babies.

{Prolacta Bioscience is a for-profit company dedicated to cutting edge research and products to save the lives of preemies. A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that Prolacta’s fortifier (Prolact+ H2MF) clinically reduced the odds of developing NEC (a major threat preemies) by 77% in premature infants weighing 500g – 1250g (<2.76lb) at birth. You can learn more about their work at Prolacta.com.}

The entire donation process can be done in the privacy and comfort of home. Helping Hands allows busy mothers to apply online in about 15 minutes. All necessary materials and cost of shipping are covered. The application process (about 2 weeks) requires no donor travel and ensures that mother and infant health come first.

Why else should you donate, besides the opportunity to help save infants lives? Helping Hands makes your donation work twice as hard. In collaboration with Prolacta, for every ounce of qualified breast milk collected through HHBM, $1 is contributed to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in support of breast cancer research.

To learn more and apply, visit HelpingHandsBank.com. Follow Helping Hands Milk Bank on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/hhmilkbank and Twitter @hhmilkbank.

Thank you for your time!

Feature Friday: Our New Baby!

This is our new baby: the SUN OVEN! It is SO cool! We’re so excited to welcome it into our home and make it a part of our lives. 🙂 I am going to LOVE not having to heat up the kitchen so much anymore during this blasted heat. This bad boy can cook basically anything I would cook in the oven as well as anything I would cook on the stove (aside from doing any sort of sautéing or frying up food). I’m so excited to start using it! I’ll keep you posted with some of our fun solar cooking adventures.
Anyway… just wanted to introduce our new little one. 😀

Our New Baby…
Baby’s First Bath…
All clean and ready to play!
Welcome to the family! 🙂
Want one too?! Check out the information HERE!

Cookbook Sale!

Happy Monday everyone!! I know this is more of a Frugal Friday post, but I just wanted to pass on the awesome sale I just came across. Shop Taste of Home has $5 Cookbooks (!!!) on sale starting yesterday and going until one week from today (Monday, May 2nd). We’re talking big, hundreds of pages, hard cover cookbooks for only $5!!

Shop Taste of Home

{If you’ve seen the ad on my sidebar before and clicked over to it, I apologize that there probably wasn’t a $5 sale going on at the time. I just realized the error and contacted the company about it. And now they’re doing a new sale! Woohoo!!!!! That is SOOO AWESOME!!}

So anyway… check out all the amazing cookbooks. Many of them usually retail for around $25 and you can get them for JUST $5! Did I mention they’re only $5?? (Can you tell I’m a little excited?!) I have a thing for cookbooks. I just love to collect them. Especially good ones! I love finding new inspiration for food storage meals, I love to give them away as gifts, and I just love what they represent– time in the kitchen with family, friends, and delicious food! 🙂

Anyway, go and browse. Hopefully you’ll find something that pleases your palate. 🙂 And enjoy your week!! (I won’t be posting again this week, but continue to browse and enjoy all the various topics and good luck in your preparedness efforts!)

Feature Friday: A “Safer” Garden

Happy Friday everyone! Weekend here we come! Woohoo!

Shop Now! Safer®Brand Organic GardeningBut first, I want to give a quick shout out to a new sponsor: Safer! This company has some awesome products for the garden (and lawn, and houseplants,etc)… and just like you would guess from the name, they’re all organic and natural! I don’t know about you, but I always figure that if I’m going to be putting this much time, money, and effort into my garden, I really want to make every effort to make sure I’m using products that are going to be good and healthy for me and my family. I desperately try to avoid putting any chemicals on my crops. I fight pesky bugs with Diatomaceous Earth (which they sell, although not food grade… just for plants and animals); I use crushed eggshells to keep the little caterpillars off my lettuce (but they’ve got a great caterpillar killer); and I always try now to make sure I’m using quality soils and fertilizers (which obviously they have as well) that are going to help my garden blossom and bloom so we are left with only delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Shop Now! Safer®Brand Organic Gardening

So if you are concerned at all with the quality and care of your garden, you have GOT to check these guys out. And not only will you get 10% off your online order(!!), but you can also get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $45! Sweet! I LOVE free shipping because then I’m better off than if I had driven to a local store! I didn’t have to drive anywhere! 😀

You can find them by clicking on the ad above, or there is a permanent ad in the sidebar to the right. So go check them out for all your garden, lawn, houseplant, and even pesky bug problem needs and enjoy your Safer garden!

Feature Friday: General Conference Packets!

{Update: Click HERE to view/download the newest, latest and greatest Conference Packet. Enjoy!}

It’s that time of year again! Spring is in the air and General Conference is right around the corner! I’ve been busy working on some new packets to help keep these little ones (and even the not-so-little ones) occupied and focused so we can enjoy Conference as well. (A little preparation goes a long way!) 🙂 I made a packet for Nursery/Sunbeam aged kids, another for the Junior Primary ages and another for the Senior Primary ages. (Those last two are just because I love you… seeing as I don’t have any kids that old yet! :D) Hopefully there’s something here for everyone’s needs. I’ll probably add another one for the youth as well, but I don’t have that put together yet. So check back soon for that one if you need it. I’ll also add some links at the end sometime soon to some other great sites with helps for Conference as well.

But even with all these packets and activities, remember that the best preparation we can do is through prayer and opening our hearts to be able to hear and feel the messages we need. There is such a need for spiritual guidance in these crazy times. Hopefully we’ll all be able to come away from next weekend with the answers we seek.

And now, without further ado, here are the conference packets for the little ones…

April 2011 General Conference Packets:

  • Nursery/Sunbeam Conference Packet: Click HERE
  • Junior Primary Conference Packet: Click HERE
  • Senior Primary Conference Packet: Click HERE

Here are some other great helps…

Packets:

Activities:

Conference Games:

Family Ideas:

I hope these help you enjoy your conference weekend!

Feature Friday: Eggshell Seed Starting Pots

This is a super super cute idea I came across… using eggshells as a starting pot for your crops! It would be super fun to do with the kids, especially with Easter right around the corner! You could dye the eggs first and put cute designs on them, and then fill them up with some wonderful soil and plant your little seed. What a fun family project, eh?!

Let’s all say it together… “Ahhhh… How CUTE!”

And then when it’s time to transplant your little seedling, you simply crack the shell gently in your hand and plant the entire thing, shell and all, into the ground.
Here’s a link to an awesome tutorial: Eggshell Seed Starters

Have a Happy Weekend!!