Family Joy Blog Linky Party #50

Happy Sunday! While so many people have been getting snow and ice, we have some rain over here. Rainy days can be the best… listening to the pitter patter and snugging inside 🙂 Whatever weather you have going on, let’s grab some computer time and join in on our link party!

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Party invite(4)

party hosts (2)

 

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

recent joys #50

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Basic Invite
Sammy Approves:The Ultimate Rainy Day Kids Activities
Ava’s Alphabet: 5 Fun Rubber Ducky Games & Activities
Pursue Your Project: Thrift Store Shopping What You Might Find
Smiling Notes: How To Travel Like A Pro with GPSmyCity App

Mel Claire: Mimi’s Homemade Yeast Rolls
Love Inspired Details: Words Tweens Should Know and Understand

Keys To Inspiration: 8 Books Creatives Will Love

 

features #50

The Scrap Shoppe Blog: 10 Indoor Boredom Busters for Kids
Clean & Scentsible: How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets
Spoonful of Flavor: One Pot Lemon Chicken Tortellini Soup with Greens
Silver Foodie: Mollie’s Amazing Vegetarian Chili
The Real Thing with the Coake Family: Easy Parmesan and Garlic Cauliflower Recipe

Intelligent Domestications: Super Mom Apron Sewing Project

Rain On A Tin Roof: Power Tools 101: How to Use a Heat Gun

Refresh Living: DIY Spice Rack with Test Tubes

 

most clicked link #50

 

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Words Tweens Should Know and Understand

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Humble- not proud: not thinking of yourself as better than other people We all know someone, and I’m sure your tween does too… who is amazing at something. It’s clear that they have talent or their gifted in a particular area. We all have strengths and weakness, but our attitude about them make all the difference!
So, ask your tween- hect ask yourself, how do you feel when someone is the opposite of humble? Meaning- full of themselves, bragging, praising their talent, maybe even putting others down to highlight their success. My opinion, it’s a real turn off and it makes me not want to be around them.
Yet, someone who has been taught to be humble responses with grace, good manners (like a simple thank you) and doesn’t want to keep all the attention on them or their achievement.
So much more desirable in a friend in my opinion 🙂

Perseverance- continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition.
It’s really hard… or I can’t do it, I just can’t- anyone ever hear these words? Whether it’s school work, sports, learning something new life can get hard! But, the power lies in our decision to persevere. If we are teaching our kids this from an early age, we help to ingrain this mindset for their future.
The sweetest of victories of course comes when you see their face or hear those words- I DID IT! The hard work, or frustration of past failed attempts become a memory in the past because they persevered.

Unconditional – not limited in any way: complete and absolute
You know how you just know some things throughout life? I think it’s important for our kids to understand and know the full meaning of unconditional love. Nothing they ever do will take away our love as their parents- that is a powerful statement. So although most of us know this, assigning the word unconditional gives them further depth on the gravity of our love.
I like to use this word when my daughter seems really upset about something she’s done, when I see she could benefit from a little reassurance… just because mom is angry about your choice- my love for you is unconditional and will never change!

Genuine-truly what something is said to be; authentic; sincere.
I think it’s so important for our babies (I know, I know- far from actual babies) to know that there’s only ONE of them. That’s the beauty in being your authentic self. In every way, be sincere and do what say you’re going to do. One of my biggest pet peeves is interacting with people who are superficial. If you really think about it, they’re usually just trying to be someone else…  someone their not, and that will always show through.

Empathy-the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
This is how we are creating a generation that shares compassion, love and mercy. Teaching our kids to pretend they are in someone else’s shoes- feeling their emotions.
But this needs to start early and continue throughout tween and teen years. Altering the “self” first thinking and shifting the focus to how others feel and experience is a process. It doesn’t come natural for most, which is why we as parents need to take on this responsibility of teaching empathy 🙂

 

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #49

Welcome back to our party! Hope everyone had a restful holiday and enjoyed some family time 🙂 We are ready to resume the fun of our link party. Add any of your family friendly new blog post and make sure you have share buttons readily available. Personally, I’m looking forward to start seeing some adorable Valentines Day stuff!

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Party invite(4)

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

recent joys #49

Thinking Outside The Pot: Incorporating Family Into Your Exercise Routine
Sammy Approves: 37 Incredibly Easy Family Goals
Ava’s Alphabet: Ava’s Alphabet Best of 2016
Pursue Your Project: DIY Child’s Wooden Toolbox From Pallets
Smiling Notes: 10 Time Saving Hacks & Tips To Kickstart A Healthy New Year

Mel Claire: Instant Pot Lemon Thyme Slow Cooker Chicken
Love Inspired Details: A Year Of Reflection-Questions to Ask Your Kids

Keys To Inspiration: New Year & A New Page

 

features #49

 

The Krafty Owl: 2017 Life Planner
Haley’s Vintage: 25 of the Best & Easy Instant Pot Recipes
Growing Up Gabel: Borax Snowflake Crafts For Kids
The Lazy Gastronome: Pork Tamales- A Mexican Tradition
Grounded & Surrounded: 6 Ingredient Gingerbread Energy Bites

Emmi’s Cookinside: Tiramisu Cake

Meaningful Spaces: Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Left In Knots: Warm Wool-ish Mittens

 

most clicked link #49

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A Year Of Reflection- Questions To Ask Your Kids

I remember a few years back, I was feeling guilt for a few experiences I wish I could have protected my daughter from. Nothing huge or life changing, just things I wish didn’t take place. As I pondered, guilt’d, wanting to rewrite some of history- it hit me like a brick!
I wonder if she remembers, if so how much and does she recall the whole story. As I began to ask myself these questions it was becoming clear the answer was probably not. Every person has their own perspective and the only way I really know is to ask her.

I expanded that idea to included other memories, it really had me thinking. So I came up with a short list of questions to ask my daughter about what SHE remembers- what exactly stood out enough for her to storage in her long term memory?

**What is the BEST thing you remember about last year?

**What is the FUNNIEST thing you remember?

**Tell me something CRAZY you remember!

**Is there anything you think MOMMY could do better?

**Did anything make you really SAD this year?

**What did you do this year that you felt PROUD of yourself?

*Once the discussion begins, you may be surprised what else comes out.

I love that these questions provide a direction but are open enough that your kiddo can expand. I wanted this to spark conversation, so I also shared memories myself.

My daughter loves when I get personal, and she really seems to add “my” memories to her long term to share with me later, hehe 🙂

Hope you enjoy these starter questions, and the cool thing is they can be ask as a reflection on multiple years. Kids really do remember things we may feel is odd and I think it’s always neat to gain insight into their little minds!

Don’t forget to write these down each year as they would be so cool to look back on years down the road!

 

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #48

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Party invite(4)

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

Recent Joys #48

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Immaculate Peppermint Brownies
Sammy Approves: Families Can Give Back During The Holidays
Ava’s Alphabet: Letters To Santa
Pursue Your Project: Holiday Spiced Popcorn For Christmas
Smiling Notes: How To Start A Blog In 5 Simple Steps

Mel Claire:Vintage Christmas Mantle Decor
Love Inspired Details: Last Minutes Ideas For Spreading Christmas Spirit By Giving

Keys To Inspiration: DIY Merry Christmas Wooden Sign

 

Features #48

 

Just Measuring Up: How To Make a Spectacular Advent Calendar
The Mandatory Mooch : Dipped Oreo Reindeer Cookies
Pink Peppermint Designs: German Class Glitter DIY Monogram Ornaments
A Porch With A View : A Forest Of Walnut Trees For Christmas
Citizens Of Beauty: DIY Whipped Shea Butter Body Scrub

Inspiration For Moms: Kitchen Before and After Reveal

Crystal & Co.: Santa No Bake Christmas Cookies

Growing Up Gabel : Hot Cocoa Mug Ornament

 

most clicked link #48

——–3 Boys & A Dog: 12 Road Trip Activity Sheets——–

 

 

 

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Last Minute Ideas For Spreading Christmas Spirit By Giving

Giving at Christmas seems to go hand in hand with the true meaning of Christmas. God gave us his son Jesus at Christmas and what better way to share in the spirit of the holiday by giving back 🙂

Here’s some last minute ideas for GREAT places to donate!

World Vision I truly love their organization. They have a gift catalog that allows you to choose from buying a goat, providing clean water, giving cold weather accessories or feeding a family in America.

https://donate.worldvision.org/ways-to-give/gift-catalog

St. Jude Here’s a line from their How We Began Page that I think just speaks to the heart of St. Jude’s…”families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live”

https://www.stjude.org/

That really is so true, and I can only imagine the relief those parents must feel in that situation. You can donate online, or at some retailers. Justice has a campaign where you can round up your change. Think of that old change jar back in the day, if everyone would simply round up their change that “jar” would add up fast!

Samaritan’s Purse I first became of this non-profit when we started making Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes, but they have so much more! Like World Vision, they have a Christmas catalog which allows you to specify where you would like your donation to go.

The catalog offers everything from blankets, to stuffed animals that say Jesus loves me, to eye surgery for a person who is blind, and many more.

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/gift-catalog/

Ronald McDonald House Charities

From their about us page, “RMHC provides vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide.”
We had a friend, who personally uses their housing while their daughter was receiving treatment. She was so grateful for this charity. Eliminating extra stress, so a family’s focus can remain on treatment and healing.

http://www.rmhc.org/

Giving can be an activity the whole family gets involved in. Browse through the catalog together, or set a goal for a donation amount and pick a couple charities. Remember that giving to others in need is truly an act of love and kindness. You may never realize the full impact you have had on someone’s life.

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #47

It’s party time! I seriously feel like I’ve blinked and a week has pasted by, anyone else feeling that way?! I’m so excited for Christmas- I’m really a kid inside and I’m on the countdown 😉 I’m planning on doing some holiday baking tomorrow and finishing up the wrapping. Onto the linky party!
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Party invite(4)

party hosts (2)

 

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

Recent joys #47

Thinking Outside The Pot: Diary Of An Autism Mom #2
Sammy Approves: How Kids Can Learn Kindness Through Conversation
Ava’s Alphabet: Cranberry Oatmeal Pecan Bars
Pursue Your Project: Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments
Smiling Notes: 15 Unique Gifts for Coffee Lovers

Mel Claire:Meat Balls & Spaghetti Squash
Love Inspired Details: Classroom Christmas Paper Crafts

Keys To Inspiration: Christmas Home Tour 2016 Pat 1: Living Room

 

Features #47

 

Just JP: The Secret Life Of Pets Movie Night with DIY Popcorn Bar
Clean & Scentsible : Kids Christmas Crafts
The Gold Lining Girl: Soft Molasses Ginger Cookies
Garden Matter : Handwritten Tea Towel Gift
My Life From Home: Peppermint Body Scrub

Atta Girl Says: Front Porch Decorating Ideas For Christmas

Bomb Shell Bling: Christmas Countdown Service Chain

Flamingo Toes : Vintage Style Winter Wonderland Wreath

 

most clicked link #47

——–The Apple Street Cottage: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town——–

 

 

 

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Easy Paper Christmas Classroom Decorations

Decorating your classroom on a show string budget! My students LOVE to walk in and see new things around the classroom. For the holidays I always try and add something new. This year, my challenge was to create some festive cheer with practical no money.

Here’s what I came up with:

Self Standing Paper Trees

Umbre Cone Trees

According Folded Paper Trees

Paint Chip Sample- Christmas Lights

Candy Cane Paper Chain

 

It’s such a little joy to see their faces light up with such small touches around the room. Of course, these paper crafts could be done around the house just as easily- and the best part… they’re practical free!

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #46

It’s officially December and our family is booking up the calendar for the month. It really is my favorite time of year! Tonight is our church Christmas tree lighting and party so I’m really looking forward to that. Something so simple and beautiful about turning darkness into light 🙂
Now, onto our party- please have share buttons on your site. Not only do we want to share your fantastic ideas but so do others. If there’s no buttons readily available, it becomes much more difficult. We all want to support one another and share the love!

 

 

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Party invite(4)

party hosts (2)

 

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Recent Joy's #46

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Homemade Cinnamon Nutmeg Ornaments
Sammy Approves: Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips
Ava’s Alphabet: Easy Beaded Wreath Ornament
Pursue Your Project: Cake Balls for a Special Gift Treat
Smiling Notes: How to Eat Homemade Gourmet Meals without Cooking

Mel Claire: Crockpot Potato Leek Soup
Love Inspired Details: Washi Tape Ornaments

Keys To Inspiration: 10 Modern Christmas Printables

 

 

Features #46

 

Sadie Seasongoods: Patchwork Flannel Draft Stopper
Lipgloss & Crayons: How Moms Can Help Other Moms
Clean & Scentsible: Homemade Christmas Ornaments-Popsicle Stick Sleds
Nap Time Creations : Easy DUPLO Organization with DIY Bags
The Professional Mom Project: Fantastic Podcast for New Bloggers-Part 1

Garden Matter: How to make A Sugared Fruit Centerpiece

Worthing Court: Christmas In My Farmhouse Breakfast Nook

Tired and True Blog : Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

 

most clicked link #46

——–Courtney’s Cookbook: Quick & Easy Roasted Carrots——–

 

 

 

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Washi Tape Ornaments

Raise your hand if you love washi tape! Washi tape ornaments are a fun way to bring color, pattern and variety to your tree.

diy-ornaments

Gather your supplies:

*Box of clear ornaments
*Package of washi tape
*Optional- package of glistening snow to put inside

I bought all my stuff from Michael’s, on sale and with a coupon of course 😉

I came across a Christmas pack with variations of teal and blue, which fits into my color scheme perfectly. In the cart it went, next to the package of ornaments.

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First, I wanted something inside each ornament, so I poured the snow inside. I actually liked to hollowness of them but ultimately decided to give the eye a little more to look at.

Next, layout those rolls of tape. i like to have a clear visual on all my resources 🙂 Depending on how many roles you have- there can be many color and design combinations.

My daughter and I made these together which was fun really fun because we inspired each other to create new patterns and color combos.

I did choose to wrap the washi tape slightly overlapping itself to ensure it wouldn’t un-peel.

I like the idea of making each one unique, but another option would be to make a uniform set. You could even make a package and give them away as a gift!

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