Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fun Recipe Blogs!

Here are some new fun recipe blogs that I've been searching through now and again.  Enjoy!

This is a fun recipe blog by the Boyer sisters!

Yummy recipes from my sister-in-law Shannon!

This is a fantastic new cookbook!  Definitely some great recipes in here!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Order and Cleanliness Make You a Better Person ~ Scientific Evidence!

I have always found the "Broken Window Theory" to be fascinating.  One broken window on a street of well-kept homes can lead to more disorder, filth and graffiti, potentially changing the entire neighborhood into a rundown, dirty area.  This has now been proven by a team of Dutch researchers to affect personalities and stereotypes.  I think this applies within our homes as well - one dirty dish leads to two, which leads to crumbs not wiped off the counter, leading to wrappers dropped on the floor, and so on and so on - and pretty soon, you have a mess!

Check out this article for more proof that, yes, order and cleanliness will make you a better person!

And to further your efforts, you may want to post one of these nifty signs in one or more areas of your home:
(Signs courtesy of www.mysafetysigns.com)

I could use this one as a homework motivator! Get it done faster in a clean and orderly environment!

I have 4 boys...need I say more.

A nice reminder that, yes, it only takes a minute!  This counters the "I don't have time" excuse.

Yes, clean it up and then keep it that way.  A good one for bedrooms and garage lockers.

No meals on wheels in our home!  Keep a little reminder around for treats and drinks to stay in the kitchen.

Put it on the car dashboard, the bedroom doors, or just hold it up at family dinner.

Can't wait to see the boys' reactions to these fun little signs!  :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Handmade Handbags ~ Etsy

I love fun handbags!  They are so useful for so many purposes - library books, knitting, scriptures, planner, cameras, outdoor sports - the list goes on!  Instead of spending big $$ on extra bags, check out the cute handbags on etsy.  I remember when there were hardly any - now they have thousands from which to choose! 

Cute iPad/Kindle bag from XcessRize Designs ~ $55 ~ lots of different color choices for this one!

Janine King Designs - I love every bag I have from her!  This cute owl bag is only $29.99!

Messsenger Bag from JHFabricCreations ~ $38 ~ adjustable strap, cute polka dots!

Versaille Pink Mini Bag ~ $30 ~ dance2yarn etsy store
 Have a great weekend!  We woke up to snow, it is still snowing, and more snow is projected for the weekend.  It is crazy!  Can't wait for a little longer taste of Spring ~ hopefully soon!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Easter Books

With Easter around the corner, I thought I would post some book ideas that I've found to be helpful in preparing myself and my family for this special day.  Many of the ideas could be used daily; I've taken two or three here and there and used them to fit our situation each year.  Enjoy!

A Christ-Centered Easter: Day-By-Day Activities to Celebrate Easter Week

This wonderful idea and activity book has great daily activities to commemorate your Easter Week.

21 Days Closer to Christ

21 Days Closer to Christ

A beautiful book with great thought-provoking questions, scriptures and journaling activities.

The Gift of the Atonement: Favorite Writings on the Atonement of Jesus Christ
Various writings of the apostles and prophets concerning the Atonement.  These are good to use at Sunday dinner, Family Home Evening, or as a daily devotional in your home. 

Inviting Him in: How the Atonement Can Change Your Family
A good book explaining how the atonement of Jesus Christ can strengthen your family's relationships.  Good chapters - this book is easy to put down and pick up again, which is nice when you want to ponder over some of the messages read.

Friday, April 1, 2011

LDS General Conference Ideas

Here are some good ideas that you could use during this weekend's LDS General Conference.  I love to "be prepared" with everything I need for the weekend so that I can focus on what matters most - listening to our Prophet and Apostles speak.  Click on the pictures to link to the websites!

April 2011 General Conference Notebook

This is a nice reference for young men and women up to adults.  Worth checking out!

Good ideas from http://www.visitingteaching.net/ - Download this great journal page there!

Great article from the LDS Church News on "How to Apply General Conference to Your Life"

“Decide now to make general conference a priority in your life. Decide to listen carefully and follow the teachings that are given. Listen to or read the talks more than once to better understand and follow the counsel. By doing these things, the gates of hell will not prevail against you, the powers of darkness will be dispersed from before you, and the heavens will shake for your good.” – Paul V. Johnson, “The Blessings of General Conference,” Ensign, November 2005, 50.


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