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32 Stay-At-Home Date Ideas (Plus links to 350+ more ideas!)

When my husband and I were first married, we were both working full-time and had no kids, so each week we would head out to dinner or a play or a concert or a movie . . . date nights were so fun and easy!
Fast forward 9 years and three kids under the age of 6. We have a student loan debt the size of Alaska (thank you Physical Therapy school) and can’t afford a babysitter every weekend. Plus, I don’t want to leave my 4 month old baby with just anyone!
So, we have had to be creative with our dating life. We still make it a priority to set aside one night a week where we turn off the computers and focus on just being together. Here are some of our favorite at-home date ideas that we have tried (and loved!)!
Plus . . . even if you don’t like these ideas, there are links to approximately 350 MORE date ideas at the bottom of this post. You have no excuse! That will take care of date nights for the next 7 years! You are welcome. :)

1. Play “Would You Rather?” You will learn a lot about a person that you never knew when they are faced with a crazy question . . . you can find a lot of questions here.

2. Forget Wine and Cheese . . . how about a Chocolate Tasting night? You can get all the info right here, along with a cute printable to make it happen.

3. Watch a sports game together (or record one on the DVR and watch it together later). Eat nachos and hot dogs and cheer for your favorite team. Make bets on who will win and choose a fun prize for the winner.

4. Give each other massages. Use Google or You Tube to learn some proper techniques and get to rubbing!

5. Have a “finger foods only” dinner and feed each other.

6. Invest in an ice cream maker or a bread maker (you can actually get some pretty decent ones for really cheap at a local thrift store or consignment store) and invent your own concoctions.

7. Go on a picnic. If it’s warm enough, try to go outside (even if it’s in your own backyard). And if it’s too cold, spread a quilt out on the floor, make some sandwiches, and keep your picnic indoors.

8. Have a karaoke night! Find songs with lyrics on You Tube and sing your heart out. This is funniest if you can find some heart-wrenching ballads to belt out. :)

9. Decorate mugs for each other. You can pick up mugs at the Dollar Store and use a sharpie marker to decorate it. It will be such a fun reminder of how much you love each other as you drink from it each morning (oh, how I love cute, cheesy love!)! Here is a cute example.

10. Play the Newlywed Game! See how well you really know one another. Have prizes for every correct answer. You can check out some fun questions here.

11. Make Homemade Donuts. This recipe for Homemade Spudnuts is my favorite and it makes a TON so you can totally share some with the neighbors (or eat them all yourself . . . I won’t judge).

12. Have a Video Game night. Seriously, I did this after we had been married for a couple months and we stayed up playing video games until 3 am . . . and my husband pretty much knew then that I was the best wife ever.

13. Make it a theme night! Choose a theme and center everything you do around it. For example, if you choose an Italian theme, you could eat spaghetti and gelato, then watch a movie like The Italian Job or Life is Beautiful. Some other fun theme ideas: Mexican, Asian, Christmas, Kid’s theme, 1950’s (or any decade), etc, etc.

14. Have a romantic candle light dinner. It doesn’t matter if you are eating hot dogs and macaroni and cheese . . . anything eaten by candlelight is romantic (like our Crazy Dinner!)

15. Have a Fondue Night. Don’t have a fondue machine? No worries! You can melt chocolate or other dipping sauces in a slow cooker or even on your stove top! Check out my favorite Rocky Road Fondue dip.

16. Host a Book Club . . . for two! Check out two copies of the same book at the library and discuss the book as you read it.

17. Have a Homemade Pizza Night. We love to do this with our kids, but it would be fun to do with each other. Here is our favorite homemade pizza crust recipe.

18. Write out the story of how you met (and fell in love). Better yet- video tape it! Your kids and future posterity will be so grateful and it is so fun to go back and read (or watch) years down the road. It’s amazing how much you will forget!

19. Have Breakfast in Bed (even if it’s a night date! Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite meals!). Pull out the TV trays and go out all. Here are some of our favorite breakfast ideas!

20. A Year In Review. It’s always so fun to go back and remember all the things that have happened in the last year. Use this printable to easily record and remember all that has gone on in the last 12 months.

21. Make marshmallow guns and have a marshmallow war. Buy some PVC pipe from a hardware store and make your guns. Then have an all out war!

22. Break a record! Find a record in Guinness Book of World Records and spend the night trying to break it. Try doing it together as a team or make it a competition and compete against each other to see who has the better record.

23. Pop some popcorn and watch YouTube videos all night. Ask friends and family for recommendations or find some of the most popular ones. We were cracking up at some of the funny stuff on there!

24. Have a living room campout. Make indoor s’mores and tinfoil dinners in your oven. Make a tent out of forts and pull out your blow-up mattress and sleeping bags.

25. Have a snowy night party (winter time). Sneak outside (if you have kids, make sure they are asleep) and build a snowman or have a snowball fight. Come back inside when it gets too cold, make hot cocoa and warm up under some big blankets . . .

26. Have a movie marathon. Pick a theme (whether it’s an actor, genre, or series) and watch as many as you can. If you fall asleep, you can always pick up where you left off in the morning. :)

27. Babysit for a friend. If you have kids, offer to watch a friend’s kids while they head out on a date and then trade them the following weekend. If you don’t have kids, watch some kid movies, play with Play Doh, and eat chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. Don’t have any friends with kids? You could always try dog-sitting! :)

28. Take some personality tests and compare your results. Here are some good ones: Jung, True Colors, The 5 Love Languages, and The Color Code.

29. Play Twister! See how tangled up you can get . . .

30. Bubble bath for two. Need I say more?

31. Break out the board games. Make it interesting by adding a rule that the loser of each game has to lose one piece of clothing. :) Guarantee your husband will play Yahtzee like his life depends on it just so he can win.

32. Play this fun Love Match game using personal things from your relationship.

 

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A few of our favorite blogs . . .

We are SO excited to share our latest Blog Land adventure with all of our FABULOUS readers! It combines two of our FAVORITE things – creative blogs and PINTEREST! Who out there is a Pinterest-aholic like WE are?  Whew!  Glad to see so many admitting it!  That’s the first step! Well, we are going to help you become even more of a Pinterest fan . . .
We KNOW how crazy life gets and you don’t always have time to check out the newest posts on your favorite blogs… so we have done all the work FOR you!  After jumping on the Pinterest Train, as did many of our blogger friends, we all hit upon a GENIUS idea – why not gather our FAVORITE blogger friends, share a board, and pin the BEST of the best from all of our sites once a week?  {Told you it was genius!} The best posts featuring DIY crafts, photography, beauty secrets, yummy food, fashion tips, creative date ideas, party themes and SO much more!
It’s your “One Stop Shop” for all things creative!
We are calling it the, “Top 12 Websites To Follow” Board.  We aren’t kidding… we HIGHLY suggest that you immediately start following ALL of these talented bloggers Pinterest boards!  WE sure are!  We love looking through what they pin every week… they have some pretty good taste!
…and you should all DEFINITELY start following our “Top Twelve Websites To Follow” board!
You will definitely want to repin all the FABULOUS pins that are already on there! Ready to meet the other bloggers that we so HIGHLY recommend? You just might see a familiar face {AKA yours truly} in the bunch…
Six Sisters’ Stuff is a website written by six sisters full of easy family recipes, fun crafts, family ideas, and so much more! Busy moms and dads love the kid-friendly and fast dinner ideas using real ingredients you always have on hand. New recipes and ideas are added daily! Be sure to stop by and join the sisterhood! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken}

I’m Jen. Welcome to Tatertots & Jello, where I love to share creative tutorials and inspiration every day. I’m a busy mom of 4, and you can usually find me knee-deep in my latest project. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Nautical Teen Room with Rustic Beach-Inspired Weathered Wall}

The Dating Divas provide ALL sorts of creative ways to spice up your marriage!  A website that posts FUN & creative date ideas {that are budget-friendly}, super cute DIY crafty presents, ideas for THAT room… and much, much more! Your marriage will be rockin’ in NO time at all! This website has quickly become the #1 “Go-To” marriage resource for couples everywhere! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Love On The Run}
My Sister’s Suitcase is a website created by two sisters, currently living 462 miles apart, who share a love of all things creative! You’ll find lots of inspiration here, from home decor, DIY projects and creative upcycling, to simple kids activities, budget-friendly gift ideas, and darling printables. There’s a little something for everyone in My Sister’s Suitcase! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Spring Globe Upcycle}

 

Jamielyn runs I {heart} Nap Time, a creative lifestyle blog sharing easy recipes, DIY projects on a budget, holiday crafts, tips and techniques. I Heart Nap Time was recently honored as the top 20 craft blogs on Babble. Her days are filled with lots of snuggles, crafts, e-mails, avoiding the ever-growing pile of laundry, play dough, sneaking bites of chocolate and wondering, “Is it nap time yet?!” {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Jello Cookies}

 

The Letter 4 is an inspiration blog. We have a love for creating beautiful things whether it be a craft, recipe, hair tutorial, or tons of free printables we share! We love to laugh and have a passion for giving back. Come get your inspiration fill and laugh along with us over at The Letter 4. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Make Your Own Photo Props}

 

We are awestruck by all the amazing women around us do. We always seem to be asking, “How Does She do this, or How Does She do that?” While none of us is perfect, we all seem to be striving to become better. We are constantly gathering inspirational women together to search and share for ideas to make us all better mothers, better wives, and better women. Join us for recipes, crafts, fashion tips, holiday ideas, party decor, budgeting ideas, and much more at HowDoesShe! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Summer Reading Star}

 

A place to find all things good! Lil’ Luna is filled with fun, easy and inexpensive crafts, recipes, printables, and DIY projects for any and all occasions! Come on over to find loads of inspiration on all things creative. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Vintage Lemonade Stand}

Inside BruCrew Life is a fun baking blog shares a love of desserts through cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more. Here you will find creative and simple recipes to recreate in your kitchen using baking mixes and sprinkles. Come on over and Bake. Eat. Repeat. as we share life with you. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Tiramisu Brownies}

 Somewhat Simple is the place to get creative inspiration for your home and family – featuring DIY projects, simple crafts, and yummy recipes. Somewhat Simple is also the home of Strut Your Stuff Thursdays, one of the hottest blog link parties full of fabulous inspiration and amazing giveaways. Be sure to visit {somewhatsimple.com} and get ready to be inspired. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Dry-Erase Glass Calendar}

 

Healthy Mom’s Kitchen is a resource for moms who want to feel empowered and full of energy each day! Nisha and her team of guest bloggers provide natural health and weight release solutions, from relaxing homemade bath salts to delicious healthy food your dinner guests will RAVE about! Don’t worry – you won’t be spending all your time in the kitchen.  HMK gets real about balancing healthy lifestyle with hectic mom schedules. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Healthier Tuscan Multigrain Grilled Cheese & Sprouts Recipe}
Kara’s Party Ideas is THE place for all things party! Search through thousands of party ideas and party theme categories {and even submit your own parties to be highlighted and featured}, purchase all the party supplies you will ever need in one place via Kara’s Party Ideas online shop, see how to create amazing parties and follow easy party tutorials as you watch the Kara’s Party Ideas Show, download the Kara’s Party Ideas App for on-the-go party planning needs, and flip through the pages of the brand new Kara’s Party Ideas Book {hitting shelves this fall} – All in one place at www.KarasPartyIdeas.com! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Princess Party}

Now that you have fallen in love with all of our Blogger friends… don’t forget to follow all of their Pinterest boards and ESPECIALLY our “Top 12 Websites To Follow” board so you will be able to keep up with the BEST ideas we all come up with! If you don’t have a Pinterest account, leave a comment below & we will send you an invite!  Beware… it’s VERY addicting!

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100+ Busy Bag Ideas

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When I lived in Missouri, a big group of Mom’s planned a busy bag and they turned out so cute! My girls have been getting a little restless so I decided that I wanted to make my own. There are so many cute ideas I wanted to share with you some that I found!  Click on the link below the picture to see how they made them!

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Such cute ideas for busy bags from Mothersniche

Busy Bag Exchange: Preschool Bags from Second Story Window
Second Story Window Pre-K Busy Bags

Snow Flake Busy Bag Ideas

Making this green I Spy bottle for my kiddo for St. Patrick's Day

I Spy Search


Toddler Busy Bags by Second Story Window


List of 20 Cute Busy Bag Ideas and How to Organize a Group Busy Bag Swap


Motherhood on a Dime Busy Bags

Great Ideas for a Busy Bag!

10 Felt Ideas Perfect for Busy Bags

6+ Play-dough Busy Bag Ideas #freeprintable (Day 27) 31 Days of Busy Bags & Quiet Time Activities @ AllOurDays.com

6 Play Dough Busy Bag Ideas


10 Ideas for the Busy Bag Swap

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Cute Sensory Bags!

 

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Mini Busy Bag Exchange

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50 Road Trip Ideas for Kids!


This summer we are taking our 5-year-old and 3-year-old on a road trip up to Donnelly, Idaho, for a family reunion (never heard of it? I hadn’t either until I married my husband!). It is about a 9-hour drive from our home . . . our kids get pretty bored after about 90 minutes in the car, so I am a little nervous. I asked some of our Facebook readers to share some of their traveling secrets and the response was so awesome that I had to share some of the great ideas with you!

Our sister Kristen is actually traveling across the country today, moving her family from Missouri to Utah. They have made the long drive a couple of times before, so she is a Road Trip expert! She gave me a couple of ideas and activities to help keep kids busy. These ideas are for kids of all ages- some are obviously geared towards younger or older kids, so choose what works best for you and your traveling companions.
Also, if you have any road trip tips, I would love to hear them! Feel free to share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

1. Print off this cute state license plate check list and see who can cross them all off the fastest!
2. Buy some of these Window Markers and let the kids go to town on the back windows. Wipe them clean with a baby wipe.

3. Use an empty DVD case to pack a small pad of paper and colored pencils inside. The hard case also makes the perfect writing surface!
4. Give your kids glow sticks, glow necklaces, or glow bracelets when traveling at night (I found lots at the dollar store). They will love how they glow and it is like a personal night light.
5. Play the Lines and Dots game (you can print it off here, along with instructions on how to play if you don’t know).
6. To play the Lines and Dots game in #5, you will probably want a clipboard or hard surface for your kids to write on. Bring stickers and markers and let the kids decorate their own clipboard (I also found some clipboards at the dollar store).

7. Make these easy Pencil Pouch I-Spy bags before you leave.
8. Have a small child that is too small for an I-Spy bag? Give them a special “I-Spy Mission” You can print it off here!

9. There are websites that will allow you to type in your starting destination and ending destination and it will tell you all the interesting and fun places to stop on the way!  You might try google maps or mapquest.com for fun ideas.
10. Go to your local library and check out some audio books on CD. The kids love to follow along in the book and Mom doesn’t get car sick trying to read to the kids! A family favorite for my sister is Harry Potter.

11. Wrap a couple of small toys or trinkets from the Dollar Store. Wrap them in old wrapping paper and let the kids choose one every couple of hours. It’s great to use as incentive to keep your kids good in the car! :) Our mom used to do this when we were little and I still remember how excited I would get about unwrapping something!
12. At the check out at the store, purchase one of those candy-filled toys. They are kind of expensive (I never let my kids buy them), but for long trips, they are awesome! We have bought a candy-filled camera and when you push a button, a little candy pops out. We have also bought an electronic sucker spinner and a battery-operated fan that was filled with candy. These silly toys entertained the kids for at least 40 minutes! Definitely worth the dollar or two to buy them!
13. Here is a fun site with tons of printable Mad Libs for Kids. Sometimes we do these as a family and my kids love to choose the craziest words they can think of.
14. Make a Stained Glass Window Picture.
15. Put together a Craft Kit before you leave and let your kids’ imaginations go wild while you drive.

16. Buy a inexpensive cookie sheet and then make this Magnet Board on the Go! My kids love to play with magnets.
17. Using that same cookie sheet, you can use it as a hard surface for coloring (the edges keep the crayons from rolling away), playing Matchbox cars, Legos, or keeping other small items from falling on the floor. It’s like their own personal play surface.
18. Purchase some cheap magnetic letters and numbers from the dollar store and let the kids spell words on the cookie sheet. Also attach pom-poms to magnets for more fun magnet toys.
19. Bring some pipe cleaner and let them use it to bend it, make shapes with it, mold stick people with it, make jewelry, etc, etc.
20. Pack some little snack bags with Froot Loops cereal and let the kids string it on the pipe cleaner (it’s much easier than yarn). Doubles as a great snack!

21. Make this Homemade Gak before you leave.  It really takes only 2 minutes to throw together, doesn’t leave a mess behind, and provides lots of entertainment!
22. Print off this Travel Scavenger Hunt- here is one for preschoolers and one for older kids.
23. Make some fun file folder games and put them all together in a binder for easy traveling.
24. Find some toy catalogs or magazines. My kids LOVED looking through all the ads at Christmas time full of toys. Here is a fun one you can subscribe to for free.
25. Purchase some Fruit By The Foot snacks. I know that they aren’t healthy, but my kids love that they are so long and it takes them forever to eat it. Plus, it’s a special treat that they know they only get for special occasions.

26. Print off these cute paper dolls before you leave. If you wanted to, you could attach them to magnetic sheets and use them on your cookie sheet.
27. Purchase a new coloring book and crayons. Oh, the power of a new coloring book! :)
28. Bring a roll of aluminum foil and let the kids make animals, people, shapes, etc. Just don’t let them bunch it into balls and start a throwing fight. :)
29. Make a trip notebook. Give each child a new notebook and let them draw pictures, put in stickers, take notes, tape in tickets or other paraphernalia from your trip. Add pictures you took from your camera at the end of your trip for a fun keepsake.
30. Play Road Trip Bingo. Have little prizes for the winners.

31. Make your own Dry Erase Board using a cookie sheet and then bring along some dry erase markers and a rag to use as an eraser.
32. Using the Pandora App, listen to a kid or family-friendly channel with music your whole family will like. We love the Disney channel. Or find some fun kid-friendly CD’s that you will all enjoy.
33. Play the game 20 Questions as a family.
34. Make your own binder of activity pages. Fill a 3-ring binder with clear plastic sleeves. In the sleeves, put blank papers, and some simple games (hangman, tic-tac-toe, word searches, find the hidden pictures, and connect-the-dots). Use a 3-ring pencil bag to hold the dry erase markers and a rag to use as an eraser. The kids can doodle and play for hours, then wipe the sleeves clean.
35. Another special treat that my kids like are Ring Pops. They last forever and the kids love wearing them on their fingers.

36. Play Car Color Bingo- this bingo game is great for all ages!
37. Leave your house before the sun comes up (we are hoping to pull out at 5 am). My kids usually sleep until 8 am, so I am hoping that we will get at least a good hour or two of driving in before they wake up.
38. Give each child an inexpensive disposable camera (or maybe a kid-safe or old digital camera, if you have one) and let them document the vacation and road trip themselves.
39. Purchase some sticker books or activity books from the dollar store. My kids are obsessed with stickers- they love sticking them on their whole body. Give them some new stickers and let them go crazy! They may also want to put the stickers on a notebook or on paper.
40. Make some paper bag puppets and then put on a puppet show. This site has a TON of ideas for paper bag puppets.

41. Make your own Hedbanz game. We play this game at a lot of family parties and it would be a fun game for all ages to play in the car. You basically draw a card and without looking at it, put it on your “headband” (we have made headbands out of posterboard and then just tape the card on the front). You then have to ask other players questions about what is on your card (and they can only give yes or no answers) and try to guess what it is before time runs out. It’s kind of a fun twist on 20 questions.
42. Play Would You Rather. Here are some funny adult-based questions and here are some funny questions for kids. After asking my daughter a couple of these questions, she likes to invent her own questions and then gets the giggles so bad that we have to stop playing. :)
43. Make a Cootie Catcher! This one comes with fortunes and this one is blank so you can make your own.

44. Make Road Trip Behavior Clips. I love the idea of rewarding good behavior!
45. Check out these Travel Tickets and Reward Tickets! Give each child enough tickets in a small baggie (one ticket for every half hour of driving). Collect a travel ticket every 30 minutes and when the tickets are all gone, you have arrived! I also love the idea of the Reward Tickets and trading them in for books, playtime on the iPad, a new toy, a snack, etc.

46. This is a fun game for mom and dad to play in the front seat while the kids are busy in the back . . . it’s a Road Trip Questionnaire. Print it off and get to know each other even better than you thought you did! You could also ask your kids these questions.

47. Play this Road Trip Scavenger Hunt! This is one of the most creative ideas I have seen. Some of the items you look for are hilarious!

48. Give your child a new pack of markers and let them go to town on coloring this Intricate Coloring Page. I would have loved something like this when I was little!
49. Play Alphabet-athon and see who can get the most points. I have never even heard of this game (it’s kind of like Scattegories), but I know that we will be playing it (at least me and my husband will!).
50. Make a Travel Treat box to keep the mess and snacking to a minimum. Hopefully my kids will not eat all their food with the first hour! Ha ha!

Well, here’s hoping that your road trip (and mine!) is a complete success!
Happy Traveling!

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Our cookbook makes a wonderful gift (and it’s priced right at less than $18!) . . . you can check it out HERE.

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The Versatile Blogger

We received the Versatile Blogger Award!  My cute friend Whitney linked this to us and we are so excited!
The rules of accepting the award are as follows:1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.

Thanks Whitney for this award!  You have such a cute family and so many darling ideas!  We don’t know much about the blogging world yet, so we are so happy!  We’ll be following your blog!
2.  Tell 7 things about yourself.
Well, since there are six of us that should take up the bulk of this!
1.  Camille is the oldest.  She manages to cook, clean, sew, craft, shop, manage church callings and look gorgeous all while taking care of her cute son and daughter!  Her husband is a physical therapist and they love spending time together as a family.
2.  Kristen is currently living in Missouri while her husband is in medical school.  She is the president of a club at her husband’s university over all of the student body!  She runs marathons, triathalons, 5ks, and pretty much any race she can find all while raising her two darling daughters!
3.  Elyse is currently living in California as a summer sales widow.  Her family will be relocating to Provo in the fall for her husband’s master’s program.  She loves to play with her cute little boy, go on walks, exercise, and bake!  She’s hoping her husband hits it big this summer because she has a lot of decorating plans in mind!
4.  Stephanie is currently a junior in college.  She is very busy working two jobs and maintaining a social life!  She definitely knows how to shop and has an amazing wardrobe to show for it!  She loves herself some Grey’s Anatomy or any other chick flick.
5.  Lauren is a senior in high school.  She is a student body officer, dating machine and cute tennis player!  There are very few moments where she is sitting around with nothing to do!  She always looks cute, even for always being on the run!
6.  Kendra is the youngest, and from what I’ve been told, the prettiest! :)  She is a sophomore in high school and will be an officer this year with Lauren.  She is the stylish one in the family!  We always know what trends are in after hanging out with Kendra! She is very athletic and is a very competitive soccer player.
7.  We have the best, most loving parents in the world!  They are so patient to put up with all 6 of us.  I don’t know how my dad didn’t give us away after all the fights over borrowing clothes, curfew and boys.  We look up to them and love them so much!
3.  Pay it forward and award the Versatile Blogger to 15 recently discovered new bloggers.
Nikki over at Chef-n-Training has some AMAZING recipes!
Abby at  My Yellow Sandbox is a new favorite! We’re addicted to her 30 day hair challenge!
We LOVE the Dating Divas!  So many good ideas on how to date your spouse!
Eisy Morgan has so many cute ideas!  From beauty tips to decorating!
Flamingo Toes has the CUTEST Anthropologie knock-off jewelry and accessories!  Love these tutorials!
Eat, Pray, Love, Craft has some of the most darling home decorating ideas and tutorials!
Amanda over at Deja Vu Crafts has tons tutorials from crafts to repurposing!
We could spend HOURS looking at Nifty Thrifty Things!  So many awesome ideas!
Tater Tots and Jello has some of our favorite recipes!  We have tried so many of their tutorials and other ideas! This doesn’t really count because it isn’t a “new” blog, but it’s a fave!
Our cousin-in-law, Katie, has an awesome blog called Notes From a Very Red Kitchen.  This girl can make just about anything and is so creative!
Activity Mom has TONS of great ideas to entertain your kids on a budget!
Obsessed with Uber Chic for Cheap.  I wish I had an eye for fashion like this girl!  Best of all, she does it on a budget!! Love it!
Mandi at Vintage Revivals makes knock-offs that are better than the real thing!  Love everything on this blog!
Lolly Jane Boutique has some awesome ideas for organizing in style!  Would kill to have their skills!
Lil’ Luna is such a fun blog!  Tons of craft ideas, recipes and more!
Check out all these fun links!  Thanks again, Whitney!

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FHE: The Peanut Butter Boy Story

I thought that it would be fun to share some of my favorite Family Home Evening ideas. The Peanut Butter Boy is a FHE lesson that mom used for us, but I also found it on Sugardoodle and that is the story that I am posting on here (but I think that mom’s is the exact same). I used to love this story because it was so fun to smear PB on the boy’s face. :) It’s an easy object lesson that even Nursery-aged kids understand.

Prep for this lesson:
-Find clipart (like the one above) or draw your own image of a little boy (if it is easier, you could just do his face). Copy it onto cardstock and laminate it.

Materials needed for this lesson:
-Laminated picture of boy
-Peanut butter (or if you want, you could use cheese whiz or marshmallow creme . . . something that can be smeared on and then wiped off)

Story:
One day, Nathan’s mother told him to take the garbage cans out to the curb so the garbage men could empty them, and to please remember to put the lids on tightly to make sure the dogs didn’t get in the trash. Nathan took the cans out, but ran off to play with his friends…never stopping to put the lids on securely. A couple of hours later, Nathan came home. He found papers, watermelon rinds, and other trash all over the yard.

How do you think Nathan felt? Because he disobeyed his mother, Nathan felt unhappy. He knew that by doing something wrong, it was as if he had dirtied his spirit. (Smear some peanut butter on Nathan.)

Nathan sometimes helped his mother with work around the house. He really tried to be good, but sometimes it was difficult. One time he and his brother both wanted to play with the same to. They yelled at each other and hit one another. Nathan won because he was bigger, but he had hit his brother and hurt his arm.

What did Nathan do that was wrong? What do you think happened to Nathan’s spirit when he did this? (Smear some more peanut butter on Nathan and explain that his spirit doesn’t look very good any more because it has been smudged even more.)

One day, Nathan left school late. As he was leaving, he noticed how cold it was getting. He saw a scarf hanging on a hook by the door. It would help to keep him warm on the way home. Nathan took the scarf. He knew it was not his, but no one saw him take it, and he could return it the next morning.

What was Nathan doing wrong? Because he was borrowing something that belonged to someone else, without asking, he was adding another smudge on his spirit. (Add some more peanut butter).

The next morning Nathan had to hurry to school, and he forgot the scarf. The teacher told the class that a scarf that belonged to one of the children was missing. She asked if anyone knew where it was. No on said a word. Nathan felt bad because he had taken the scarf and had forgotten to return it. After the other children left, the teacher asked Nathan if he had seen the scarf. Nathan did not want anyone to know what he had done, so he told her he had not seen it.

How did Nathan make his problem bigger? How is Nathan feeling now? By lying, Nathan made himself unhappier. (Smear more peanut butter on the boy).

None of the smears that are on Nathan’s spirit are too dirty for Nathan to clean up. How can Nathan feel happier and clean his spirit? (By repenting).

To clean his spirit, Nathan needs to repent for disobeying his mother. What must Ben do to repent of this? (Go through the steps of repentance relating to this mistake. Clean away some of the peanut butter from the boy).

What must Nathan do to repent for being unkind to his brother? (Go through steps of repentance and remove more of the peanut butter).

How can Nathan repent for borrowing something without asking? (Go though the steps of repentance and remover more of the peanut butter).

What must Nathan do for not telling the truth? (Go through steps of repentance and remove the remaining peanut butter).

How do you think Nathan felt after he repented of his mistakes? How did repentance change Nathan’s spirit? When we repent, we free ourselves of sad feelings and we make our spirits clean and pure like they were when we first came to earth when we were born.

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50 Easy Birthday Cake Ideas

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When we were small my Mom always made our birthday such a big deal. I remember in Jr. High walking to the bus stop seeing my Mom already at the bus stop with a card table covered in balloons. On the table she had donuts for all the kids at the bus stop. She is just awesome like that. I felt so special! This was just one birthday. She made every one of my sister’s feel special for each of their birthdays.

Now that I have kids of my own, I love birthdays even more! One of my favorite things is making cakes.  I have no idea how to use fondant (it is on my bucket list though) so I like making cakes that I can use with just plain frosting and other things. I had SO much fun finding all of these cakes! Hope they help you!

Birthday Cake Donuts

Birthday Cake Donuts

 

pizza cake with toppings

 

Nemo Cake

 

 

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