Creating a Giving Spirit by Blessing Others

I want be generous. I want my kids to be generous too.                           It doesn't always come naturally to give. Sure, giving out of the overflow is not too hard, but giving when it involves sacrifice, that is not so easy. I figure the best way to become truly generous is to just keep on giving! The 30 Day Giving Challenge is underway. Many are joining in to bless others every day during the month of November. My little family is going along for the ride too. I'm not sure how or what I will blog about during this challenge. It...
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More ideas for card-making with kids (using recyled and re-purposed materials)

During our two-day card making fest, we came up with a few ideas for recycling odds and ends to make pretty cards to share. Here are some of them to get you going. I'd love to hear what ideas you have for making cards with recycled or re-purposed materials. Please share them in the comments section so we can all benefit! (The more kid-friendly, the better.) Use buttons for the center of flowers We used construction paper for the petals, but I think scraps of fabric would be awesome for this! You could also simply draw the petals on. Another...
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An “I’m Thankful for you because. . .” card

A sweet (and earth-friendly way) the kids can show love and gratitude to special people in their life. How to make a Heart Tree, “I’m Thankful for you because. . .” card: First, make a card from a paper sack and cereal box (follow my instructions here) Paint or draw a tree trunk and branches on the front of the card. (Alternate option: use thin twigs for the tree.) Cut out small heart shapes from a magazine and glue close to tree branches. Having some heart/leaves on the ground would be lovely too. On the front write: I’m thankful for...
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How to Make a Stained Glass Window Card

I am currently buried under card making supplies. Supplies of the recycled and re-purposed kind. In preparing for an upcoming post on Keeper of the Home, the kids and I had a two-day card making fest. It wasn't supposed to go on that long, but since I didn't put everything away, it just kept going! I ended up with much more than I could include in a single post, so I'm going to share the overflow here. First up is a quick tutorial for making your own Stained Glass window card. It's fun, frugal, and a little different. Supplies: Crayons...
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Cranberry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy and nutritious. We really enjoyed these cookies! This recipe is adapted from Sue Gregg's Kamut cookie recipe in her Dessert book (page 102). ½ cup dried cranberries ½ cup (1 stick) organic butter 1 egg 1 cup Sucanat (evaporated whole sugar cane juice) Read more about Sucanat here 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla 2/3 cup wheat flour (freshly ground if possible) This is where you could use kamut. 11/2 cups rolled oats, ground to make 1 cup. ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup oats (old-fashioned, not quick cooking) ½ cup chocolate chips or...
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A Creation Dinner (Learning the Days of Creation with Food)

I LOVE making learning fun. Anything that gets us away from dreary worksheets has me excited! The following is how we started world history with my oldest child a few years ago. I've been thinking about doing it again and thought I'd share it here. (The pictures are not wonderful -I'll update when I take new ones). If you read my old blog, you may have seen this before. This is an enjoyable activity for any Christian family (homeschool or not). Image by Duchesssa In Lorrie Flem’s Book, Welcome Home Daddy, she describes a special dinner which corresponds to each...
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The Importance of Giving Children Undivided Attention

The Importance of Giving Children Undivided Attention | aDelightfulHome.com
It has been impressed upon me just how important it is to spend FOCUSED one on one time with each child, everyday. Kids don’t just want attention, they need it. If they don’t receive it from us, they will look for it elsewhere. They will also use negative attention seeking behavior to engage us when we are not filling them up with positive attention regularly. Who wants that? I’m at home with my kids almost all the time, but that doesn’t mean I am constantly giving them attention. In fact, it is easy to be so busy with cooking, cleaning,...
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My Favorite Floor Cleaner (Homemade and Non-Toxic)

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Image courtesy of Microstock Photography This homemade floor cleaner is citrusy and fresh. And it's natural to boot. I LOVE it. It's also great for cleaning the counter tops. Oh yeah, it's super easy to make! Citrus Floor Cleaner Recipe adapted from The Naturally Clean Home Karyn Siegel-Maier 1 gallon hot water 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap 15-20 drops sweet orange essential oil 8-10 drops lemon essential oil Pour soap and essential oils into a large container (can divide between two half gallon jars). Fill with hot water. Pour some into a spray bottle to keep for cleaning the counter...
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Easing into Exercise: Establishing the Workout Habit

Image by Timtak We all know how good it feels to exercise regularly. But for many, it is one of the first things to be bumped off the to-do list. We use many excuses in order to avoid exercise, one of the greatest being “I don’t have time”, quickly followed by, “I’m too tired”. How do I know? I’ve used those excuses myself! The good news is, once you get past the excuses and start exercising regularly, it doesn’t take long before you feel the benefits. Give it a chance, you will WANT to workout. It's true. What do you...
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