• 3 Ways to share Journal
    Life Story

    Journal Sharing?

    3 Ways to share your personal journal Journal sharing? Share your personal journal? Isn’t it “personal” for a reason? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Firstly, when I write in my personal journal it is for me. Why share your personal journal? Selectively sharing entries from your personal journal is a beneficial tool in sharing a piece of your story with someone else. In addition to what I show and how much of what I share, I’m selective in who I share part of my journal with and how I share it.  How I share my journal: Relate Stories: While I can recall some stories without my journal, I find that through…

  • A Simple Idea for Helping Kids Pack
    Family Time

    Packing for your Kid’s Trip

    A Simple Idea for Helping your Kids Pack With summer trips comes helping your kids pack. Summer break usually involves some type of individual trip for at least one of my kids, whether that’s going to camp or a trip to visit family. This summer is no different. My goal is to help my kids learn how to pack (and to return home with their belongings). While, I do have a child that is able to pack completely independently, I’ve found a simple idea that works well to help aide a child who may still benefit from some guidance. Originally, I came up with this idea when my son was…

  • Kid's Perspective of Moving
    Moving

    Moving Interview

    From a Kid’s Perspective I interviewed my two oldest children (separately), to get their perspective’s on moving. While, every kid is different, and my children’s perspective’s will defer from that of other kids, in some ways they may be similar. Recently, posting about moving with kids, got me thinking it might be helpful to include my kid’s perspective’s. First, my oldest, whom I refer to as teen, can remember the past 4 moves well. Next, my second child, I refer to as buddy remembers the past 3 moves. Within a couple weeks of our last move, I interviewed both of them. It should be noted, that our last move was…

  • Who's who for a bride or groom
    Family Story

    Family You’re Joining Album

    Who’s who for a new or soon-to-be bride or groom A new or soon-to be bride or groom also gains additional family. Thinking back, I can remember how confusing placing new family members was at first. A Family You’re Joining Album can help alleviate some of the guess work of how your new relatives are related. Recently, I came across my husband’s Family You’re Joining Album. My mom gets the credit for this idea. Shortly before my husband and I were married, she gifted my husband with his album. After he’d meet family member’s, of mine, it was easy to later look up and see how they were related to…

  • Timeline
    Life Story

    Timeline of Your Life

    Why & How to Create Your Personal Timeline 3 reasons why to create a personal timeline: A timeline provides an overall visual of your life. While adding events to your timeline, it may help you recall additional events, experiences, and stories. It can become a useful reference for recording events and memories of your life. What you’ll need: You only need a paper (Either a large piece of paper, or multiple papers) and pencil to get started. I have a FREE download link below for a timeline you can print, if you would like to use that.  How to Create your personal timeline: Create a key that works for you.…

  • Create a Wide Margin Scripture Journal
    Scripture Study

    How to Create a Wide Margin Scripture Journal

    Creating your own wide margin journal is well worth the small effort it requires. There are many options available for purchasing a wide margin journal. I have nothing against purchasing one and I feel there are some good options out there. Ultimately, I decided to create my own. To read more about how I’ve used a wide margin scripture journal and what I like about making my own CLICK HERE. Looking to create your own wide margin scripture journal? What You’ll Need: Notebook (I bought mine at a dollar store- it’s a composition notebook) Pen or pencil (I use a pen) Colored pencils Scissors Glue stick Printed wide margin scriptures…

  • Scripture Journal
    Scripture Study

    Scripture Journaling

    Using a Wide Margin Scripture Journal When I first saw the idea of a wide margin scripture journal, I thought it was a clever idea. Having my notes on the side of the scripture verses appeals to me. After creating my own journal and using it for a while, I have found it helpful in my personal scripture studies. 3 ways a wide margin scripture journal has helped me in my scripture studies: Using the journal helps me slow down and take more time to ponder the few verses on the page. For instance, it allows space for me to define words helping me gain a clearer understanding of them…

  • Tips for Moving with Kids
    Life Organized,  Moving

    Moving with Kids

    Part 3 of 3 in a Moving Series Regardless of whether the kids are excited about the move or not, it’s a big change for them. Planning and preparing can go a long way to help the kids with the transition.  I’ve moved with a variety of ages of children over the years of our moves. I’ve had an infant for couple of moves. I understand many of the challenges that come alongside moving with kids. Before and During the Move First, this is probably a given, but talk with your kids about the move. Let them know what to expect. Also, share with them things they have to look…

  • summer learning activities
    Family Story,  Summer Vacation

    Summer Learning Ideas

    Ideas to get you Started Planning some simple summer learning activities can create lasting memories. Find ideas that spark your children’s interest and utilize skills you have (or would like to grow). Moreover, you don’t need to be skilled in a subject to learn more about. I’ve included a list of possible ideas. Starting with, some of our past planned learning activities.  Past learning activities we’ve enjoyed: Art: I started with basics of art. We did a few separate lessons, including: the color wheel, shading, texture, line, space, perspective. My kids really enjoy art lessons and so this summer we’ll have a day dedicated to art. We may go over…

  • Summer Learning Planning
    Summer Vacation

    Summer Learning the Kids will Actually Look Forward to

    Planning Summer Learning Activities What sparks your kids’ interest? What skills or knowledge base do you have that you would like to pass on to your kids? What skills or knowledge would you like your children to have? Planning lessons, ahead of time, for summer vacation creates new learning opportunities and opens additional possibilities to create lasting memories. Before planning, I like to consider my kids interests and what I’d like them to know. Additionally, I consider what skills I have. Still, I don’t necessarily need to be skilled in an area for them (us) to learn. Often, an area I have some skill in is one I would like…