• Expressing Gratitude
    Family Time,  Holiday Fun,  Thanksgiving

    Give Thanks

     20 Ideas for Expressing Gratitude “In every thing give thanks.” While I believe most people would agree with me that gratitude supplies joy, I think it’s fair to say that, sometimes, gratitude in every thing can feel challenging. I love the reminder to give thanks in all things. While I am grateful for my challenges, it can be hard, especially in the moment, to feel that or to keep gratitude in mind. It’s the kind of gratitude I want to pass on to my children. With that goal in mind, it’s something I’m consistently working toward. While creating a simple gratitude list is a good expression of giving thanks, there…

  • Around the World Dinner (or Dessert) Series
    Around the Wold Dinners,  Family Time

    10 English Cuisine Ideas

    Around the World Dinner (or Dessert) Series 10 English cuisine ideas for an English dinner or dessert, as part of a series of around the world family meals. Share an English dinner (or dessert) with your family. For ideas of when you might plan an English family meal, check out my original post, Around the World Dinner (or Dessert). Definitely, my focus is on creating an experience as a whole rather than being exact with recipes from a specific location. I wan’t to reiterate that I’m not expert in around the world cuisine or English dining. Still, I have collected a list of English recipes and ideas our family uses…

  • World Family Dinner
    Family Story,  Family Time,  Life Story

    Around the World Dinner

    Family Dinners from Around the World Gather as a family for dinner (or dessert) to enjoy a new cuisine from around the world. For myself, the main goals of an around the world dinner are to enjoy a family meal together (or dessert), open up a conversation, and possibly learn something new. Also, it’s a simple and inexpensive way to introduce the family to new food and possibly a new location. What is an around the world dinner? A dinner inspired around a specific cuisine, either a country, or possibly smaller (or larger) demographic, depending on your preference.  How to include an around the world themed family dinner into your…

  • Why & How to Create a School Year Theme for Your Family
    School

    School Year Theme

    Why & How to Create a School Year Theme for Your Family Why and how to create a school year theme for your family? First, why? Creating a family school year theme can help unite the family with a specific goal or focus for the school year. Additionally, it may encourage the kids in that goal or focus throughout the school year. The family has something common to remember and draw strength from. Also, with a united theme, the family can encourage each other in their efforts. Second, How? Start with thinking over concerns or goals you have for your kids? Have there been any new transitions from last school…

  • Back to School Traditions
    Family Time,  School

    Back to School Traditions

    Creating Back to School Memories Creating back to school traditions can lead to lasting memories. Additionally, back to school traditions may help ease that transitional time. I really enjoy having my kids’ home during summer break and I look forward to summertime. As summer draws to a close, I want to help create pleasant memories for my kids return back to school. Through creating traditions that celebrate, with the kids, their return to school, I have come to look forward to those celebrations and traditions. (It helps me prepare too.) 5 simple traditions we have enjoyed for creating back to school memories: One on One Time with Back to School…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Summer Interview Kids
    Summer Vacation

    Preparing for Summer Fun at Home

    Interview with my kids What memories do you want to create this summer? The past couple of summer’s I’ve planned themed days for summer vacation- it’s worked out really well! Last year our themed days were: Movie Monday with Mom (I select a movie and add an activity, dinner, snack, or treat           that goes along with the movie and time spent chilling together.) Thinking Tuesday (Where we learned something new or a new skill) Water Wednesday (We go swimming at the lake or pool, or some kind of water sport,         or even visit a splash pad.) Trip Thursday (We don’t take a trip…

  • Outside Family Memories
    Family Time

    Get Outside!

    Capturing Memories How do you like to spend time outside with your family? What outdoor activities do you enjoy together? Is there an outdoor activity you personally enjoy that you can share with your family or with a friend? With the warmer weather, I’m enjoying spending more time outdoors. Additionally, spending time as a family outdoors is a great place to strengthen family bonds and create memories. Have you documented those outdoor memories? Take pictures of your favorite outdoor activities: group and individual activities. Admittedly, I don’t always think to pull out my camera in the moment. However, I am grateful for the moments I have captured with my camera.…