How to Watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

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When I found out that Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood would only be available on Netflix until July 1, 2016 I was so sad! I know it may sound silly, but Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has sentimental value to my family! It really is a part of our lives and a part of our hearts! Season 2 came to Netflix at just the right time! Episodes 1: The Tiger Family Grows and 2: The Baby is Here were just what we needed to help our son adjust to his new baby sister. Throughout the pregnancy we watched the episodes and talked about the changes that were about to happen in our family. I had a Scheduled C-Section planned so the day that we were going to go into the hospital to have the baby, we watched these episodes together. He even got his new baby sister a present and painted her a picture just like Daniel Tiger did for baby Margaret. When ever my daughter touches my son’s hand he says, “Look mom! She is holding my paw, just like Daniel Tiger!”

Help your toddler be excited about the new baby in the family by having them pick out a gift for the baby.
My son holding his present for his new baby sister while he watched Daniel Tiger on the day she was born.
Painting a picture for his new baby sister helped my toddler adjust to this change in our family. Daniel Tiger made a picture for his baby sister too!
Here he is painting a picture for her. I love how he sticks his tongue out when he is concentrating.
Siblings, and best friends meeting for the first time. Doesn't get cuter than that!
This was when he first met her at the hospital.
"She is holding my 'paw' just like Daniel Tiger!"
My mom helping him hold his sister. He was holding her “paw.”

Aside from our emotional connection with this great show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood teaches kids how to deal with everyday situations. The cute jingles in this show create a fun environment that kids respond well to. We sing at least one if not more every day! Some of our favorite jingles are:

  • One more time and then we’re done.
  • That was fun and now we’re done.
  • Stop and listen to stay safe.
  • While you wait, you can play, sing or imagine anything.
  • Use your words, use your words.
  • When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four. 1-2-3-4.
  • When you got to go potty, Stop, and go right away.
  • Flush, and wash and be on your way.
  • You can be a big helper in your family.
  • When you’re sick, rest is best, rest is best.
  • You gotta try new foods ’cause they might taste good.
  • Grown ups come back.
  • Thank you, for everything you do!

Somehow when you sing these jingles, amazing things happen! It can turn sticky situations into a game. It is like magic, really! We love the show. It will be really sad to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood leave Netflix. So When I found out, I thought, “Where else can I watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood?” Here is what I found out:

I did the research so you don't have to. Find out where you can watch Daniel Tiger now that it has been removed from Netflix.

  1.  I searched on Amazon Prime Video, and sure enough it is there, but it is only available till June 30, 2016 so that doesn’t do us much good. This morning my friend let me know that Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is still available on Amazon Prime Video! When I checked a few days ago it said Seasons 1-5 were included with my prime membership until June 30. While this was true, it was a little misleading. I thought that this meant that Danel Tiger would no longer be available after June 30.⇓ 2016-07-01 07.29.10 When I checked it out today, this is what I found! I am so glad I was wrong! ⇓ 2016-07-01 07.37.12 Not only is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on Amazon Prime, but they added Season 6! This is great news! Since Amazon Prime is a valid option now,  here are some details on becoming an Amazon Prime member. Amazon Prime membership is only $10.99 per month and includes Prime Video, free two day shipping on all Amazon Prime products and more. My family has really enjoyed having this service. You can click here to sign up for a free 30 day trial . ⇓
  2. Of course there is the obvious, watch it on PBS. PBS is a free local station available to you on your TV if you have an antenna. You can get one here. Unfortunately we live too far away to receive a signal for this station. We live way on the edge of town so I think our circumstances are pretty rare. This may very well be a viable option for you.
  3. DVDs: There are several Daniel Tiger DVDs available on Amazon. I might have to buy the Big Brother Daniel DVD for my son.
  4. There are a couple of online forums that have Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood available, but in many cases you have to watch them on your phone, which drains your battery. Also your phone use is limited when your child is using it, which can be annoying. I have everything on my phone, my grocery list,  budget, To Do list, email, podcasts etc. I really do not prefer this method, especially since screen time for my toddler means I better be getting stuff done. For example, since my grocery list is on my phone, it kinda defeats the purpose of  distracting him with a quick show (on my phone) while I get it organized (on my phone). Too bad it can’t be in two places at once.  You could let them watch it on your computer or laptop, but then you have to worry about them pressing buttons they aren’t supposed to, or accessing sites you didn’t want them on. My solution to this problem is Chrome Cast. We got a Chrome Cast as a Christmas gift from my sister and brother in law a couple of years ago, and it has completely changed our TV watching experience. It just plugs into the HDMI port on the back of your Flat Screen and is powered by a USB. From your phone or iPad, you can ‘cast’ Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and several other streaming sites to your TV. You can also cast ANY WEBSITE from your computer directly to your TV. All you have to do is use Google Chrome Browser instead of the other popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox. When you use Google Chrome, a Casting option appears in the upper right corner of your browser, you just click on it and select the TV you would like to cast it to. Your phone or computer doesn’t even have to be in the same room as the TV. If my son has completed all of his morning tasks and I am still getting ready for the day, I can cast a show onto the TV downstairs for him while I finish my make-up upstairs. I can even use my phone for other things as it casts in the background. Your streaming experience is so much better on the TV than on a tiny phone or iPad screen, and you don’t have to worry about your child pushing buttons they shouldn’t on your computer or laptop. If you don’t get this now, I recommend buying it for a family Christmas gift. It is so worth it!
  5. PBS Kids website – As far as I could see there are only about 4 full episodes available at a time. They also have short clips in the PBS Parents page.
  6. Hulu Plus– This is a good option except it only includes Season 1, but it is better than nothing. The cost is $7.99 per month. which is comparable to the $8.99 that Netflix charges a month.
  7. YouTube: Full episodes are available here, but are $1.99 per episode. There are a couple of playlists that look worth checking out. Keep in mind, content on YouTube is constantly changing so what is available one day, may not be the next.

After all of this research, I think we will probably end up using our chromecast to watch playlists of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on YouTube. seasons 1-6 on Amazon Prime Video.  I may buy some DVDs of our favorite episodes on Amazon. DVDs are always nice for road trips too where streaming is not available. I hope you found this information helpful!

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“Thank you, For Everything you do!”

Healthy Snacks You Can Buy Online

Here are some of the top items I recommend for healthy snacking. Don’t feel like battling the crowds at the grocery store? Want to purchase them now before you loose the motivation? You know when you go to the grocery store you are going to see all the tempting cookies, ice cream and potato chips. Avoid all that distraction by shopping online. Did you know that with Amazon Prime you get free 2 day shipping? In just a few clicks, these healthy snacks could be yours! Click the links below each picture and put them in your Amazon Prime shopping cart. Not a Prime Member? Click here for a free 30 day trial.

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Cashews
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Craisins
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Dole Pineapple
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Mrs. Dash
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Triscuits
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V8 V-Fusion

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Top 11 Quick and Healthy Summer Snacks

 

Such Great Ideas for Healthy Eating!You are as busy as a bee and hunger strikes again! We have all been there. The question is, do you run to the pantry, or your drawer at work, and grab whatever processed garbage you can find, or do you try to find something healthy? Perhaps if you had a list of delicious healthy ideas you would stop going for that Twinkie or Ding Dong. Wouldn’t that be convenient? Oh wait! There is a list of healthy snacks right here at your finger tips! Now you can eat healthy snacks and get back to work instead of sinking into a food coma.

 

Quick Throw Together Snacks:

  1. Yogurt and Granola. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Pop the top off a yogurt and sprinkle on some granola. My favorite yogurt with granola is strawberry. If you have a little time, you can cut up a banana, and a few strawberries too, to make the yogurt even more filling and delicious. This also makes a yummy breakfast.
  2. Crackers with Cottage Cheese. Spoon a teaspoon of cottage cheese over whole wheat crackers and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash .This spice mix packs a great punch of flavor, and doesn’t contain salt! Definitely a winner in my book. In case you have never heard of Mrs. Dash, you can find it here. I like the Original flavor. Growing up we used to eat this on Ritz Crackers, but now I use Triscuits as a healthier option.Top 11 Quick and Healthy Summer Snacks. Yum!
  3. Green Smoothie. The key to a good fruit smoothie is the right ingredients. Start with frozen tropical fruits including Strawberries, mangoes, peaches, pineapple, grapes etc. It is usually cheaper when you buy it in bulk.  Add a leaf or two of washed kale. Some people are deterred by the green color of the smoothie, but kale has such a rich green color, I think it is just beautiful.  Add a dollop of low fat plain or strawberry yogurt to make it nice and smooth. Pour in at least a cup (8 oz) of V8 juice. Just make sure you use the right type of V8. The V8 Splash flavors contain high fructose corn syrup so steer clear of them. I always use the V8 fusion flavors. I like the strawberry banana,  mango peach, and strawberry pineapple flavors best. My favorite thing about V8 is that each 8 oz serving contains 1 whole serving of fruits and vegetables! You can almost get your five daily fruits and veggies all in one cup! Can you tell I like V8? Blend it all until its nice and smooth. It’s like drinking pure energy!
  4. Bagel with Tomato. Toast half of a whole wheat bagel and spread 1TBS low fat whipped cream cheese over the top. Top with a slice of lean lunch meat and sliced tomatoes.  Eat open faced. This snack is filling yet doesn’t weigh you down. Delicious!
  5. Warm Peanut Butter Drizzled over Apple Slices. Since it’s a warm snack, it’s nice to eat this one at night when the munchies set in. Just plop some peanut butter in a mug and microwave for about 30 seconds. Drizzle it over sliced apples and eat with a fork. Sprinkle some mini dark chocolate chips or granola over it if you are feeling dangerous.Top 11 Quick and Healthy Summer Snacks. Yum!
  6. Cottage Cheese and Pineapple. I like to use low fat cottage cheese and Dole  pineapple in pineapple juice. This snack reminds me of my childhood summers. My mom and I used to eat this together. Just mix the pineapple and cottage cheese together and enjoy. Be sure to add the pineapple juice too! It is super refreshing and gives you a burst of energy. I hear that people like to have cottage cheese with peaches or mixed berries too, but I have never tried That. Maybe that will be my next adventure.
  7. Chocolate Banana Shake. I love Breakfast Essentials! They are quick, filling and delicious. They taste even better as a shake. Just toss 1/2 a banana, one cup of ice, one cup low-fat milk, and a packet of rich milk chocolate breakfast essentials into a blender, and it creams up real smooth like a milkshake. Sometimes I even drink it as a recovery shake after a taxing workout. Can’t go wrong with this one. If you don’t have banana’s on hand, no biggie, throw in some strawberries, or mixed berries instead. My Bella Rocket Blender works great for this shake. Since it is a single serve blender, it is less mess to deal with when I am done.
  8. Homemade Trail Mix. In a small bowl combine ¼ cup each of raw almonds, craisens, and unsalted cashews. I like to toss this mix in a small kids cup with lid, you know the ones you get from restaurants? Yeah, we are “those people” the ones that take the kids cups home. We wash and reuse them. Don’t judge, they are super convenient.  It fits conveniently in the cup holder in the car, or even in your stroller. If you aren’t taking this on the go, try adding a few dark chocolate chips for a little extra flavor.Top 11 Quick and Healthy Summer Snacks. Yum!Prep Ahead of Time Snacks:
  9. Hummus and Veggies. The hummus I purchase the most is probably Sabra brand. You can find it at some stores for around $4. I like the roasted pine nut flavor. You can eat this with all kinds of veggies. My favorites are baby carrots, sugar snap peas, red or yellow bell peppers (the green ones aren’t as good), celery, jicama, cherry tomatoes, broccoli etc. Here is where the prep comes in. Slice up a couple days worth of veggies and place them nicely on a plate so they look appetizing. Having it all prepped will help you to actually eat it. Remember, you are a busy person, and you don’t want the thought of meal prep to deter you from eating healthy when hunger comes creeping in. Believe me, it will be worth it!
  10. Guacamole and Veggies. At first I thought this would be weird, because Guacamole was intended to be consumed on crunchy corn chips or a greasy taco right? But I went to a church activity where they served only veggies instead of chips, so I thought I would give it a try. Boy was I pleasantly surprised by the amazing flavor of the guacamole on the crisp veggies. Plus if you are already planning to chop up veggies for hummus, just make a little extra for the guacamole and you are good to go. I always make my own guacamole. Just mash an avocado with a fork and add some lime juice to help keep it fresh. Leaving a pit in the guacamole helps with this too. You can add some sea salt and pepper or even some diced tomatoes or onions if you are into that.
  11. Hard Boiled Eggs. My son loves these, and I can let him snack on these guilt free! Just place some raw eggs in a pot and cover them with cold water until the water line is one inch above the eggs. Boil the water. Once you have reached a rolling boil turn off the burner and let the pot sit for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs carefully with tongs and allow them to cool before refrigerating. I also like to eat this as egg salad on wheat toast. To make the egg salad, dice the egg and mix in a little plain yogurt, mustard and lemon pepper.

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You may have noticed that a lot of the ingredients repeat themselves. This cuts back on waste. I like to try and keep these items on hand so I can pull them out at a moment’s notice.  I hope this gives you some inspiration to eat healthy and feel good! You can do it! What are your favorite healthy snacks? I would love to hear from you.

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Independence Day Scripture Straw Rockets

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Incorporating Scriptures into Holiday Celebrations:

At Christmas time last year I decided to try and focus our holiday celebrations more on Christ. We did lots of fun scripture activities to help us remember the Reason for the Season.  I loved it so much that I have been trying plan activities to do together for all the Holidays we celebrate throughout the year. These scripture activities do not replace all the other Holiday shenanigans and festivities, they simply enhance them. Here is the Independence Day Activity I put together.

How to Make Independence Day Straw Rockets:

This activity is super easy to make and lots of fun! I will provide you with a free printable which includes scriptures related to our great Country the United States of America. Each scripture will be made into a straw rocket to be launched and then read. I got the idea for the straw rockets from the awesome blog The Pleasantest Thing. Check it out! You can either spread the 7 scriptures out throughout the week, launching one a day leading up to the 4th of July, or you can do them all in one night for a Family Home Evening Lesson. This might even be a fun Sharing Time activity in Primary since there are 5 Sundays in July this year. (July 3rd is a Sunday.) Click the link below to download the Scriptures.

Free Printable Download of Independence Day Scripture Straw Rockets

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Once you have printed out the scriptures, you will need to gather scissors, scotch tape and straws.
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Cut the scriptures out along the dotted lines.
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Have your kids color the back sides of the scriptures.
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Make your straw Rockets out of the scriptures, and you are good to go! Click here to get the instructions to make the straw rockets. The only difference in instructions is you will be using the scriptures you already cut out instead of cutting the printer paper into 12 pieces as found in step 1. in this blog post.

This activity is geared toward Toddlers, because that is the stage of life that my family is in right now, but it can be adapted for older children as well. I have included additional resources for Parents to make it easy to expand upon the daily scriptures for a more in depth lesson. Adapt the activity to suit your families needs. You can keep it simple with the single verses, or you can add depth by utilizing the resources for additional activities including, coloring pages, a song, additional readings, a video, and cute stories from the Friend Magazine. I really enjoyed researching these scriptures and additional resources! I feel so blessed to be a part of this great Country! God Bless America! Happy 4th of July!

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Click the links below in the Parents Additional Resources section to print out these fun activity pages to accompany the scriptures.

Parent’s Additional Resources:

  • Psalms 33:12-  One Nation Under God- Recite the Pledge of Allegiance and learn about it’s History.
  • 1 Nephi 13:12-  The prophet Nephi saw Christopher Columbus in a vision. Explore hidden objects in a coloring page of Christopher Columbus here.
  • Galatians 5:13- We have been blessed with Liberty, and are invited to serve one another. Do service for someone today and sing/listen to the Song: I am Trying to Be Like Jesus
  • Nahum 1:7- The Lord is a strong hold in the day of trouble. We can pray to Him in time of need. -Read  The Answer, a short story about a boy who received an answer to a prayer when he was afraid.
  • 3 Nephi 11:8- When Christ was on the earth he taught ” Other sheep I have that are not of this fold” as found in John 10:16. View a 3 minute video of Christ’s Sermon about His other sheep. After Christ was resurrected, He visited His other sheep  in the Americas as found in 3 Nephi Chapter 11. This chapter is one of my very favorite chapters of scripture.
  • John 8:12-  As we admire the pretty lights from the fireworks this year, remember that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World. Check out this Light of the World Coloring Page
  • Leviticus 25:10Did you know this scripture is written on the Liberty bell? Read 10 Fascinating Facts about the Liberty Bell here.

Raised By Wolves Apparel:

If you are looking for cute patriotic apparel for your little ones, check out my friend’s shop Raised By Wolves Apparel! These shirts are perfect for the 4th of July. There are so many creative designs both patriotic and otherwise.

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Don’t you just love this shirt?

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Visiting Teaching Handout June 2016

The month is more than half over! How has June flown by so fast? I thought things were supposed to slow down after the school year was over, but life is just busy, busy, busy! Have you had a chance to do your visiting teaching this month yet? Hopefully I can make it a little easier on you by providing a free printable download of a quote from this month’s message, Temple Ordinances and Covenants.  I printed mine out on card stock and slipped a Crease-less Hair Tie on it. I like to use a paper trimmer to make the cuts perfectly straight.

Free Printable Download for Visiting Teaching!
Click the link below for a free printable download of this handout.

June 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout.

Just print it out on card stock, add a Crease-less Hair Tie and you are ready to go. Follow a quick tutorial to make the Hair Tie yourself, or you can purchase some cute ones here. Get free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime.

I really love that the Visiting Teaching Messages this year have been focused on the Family. I chose this quote from the message because it reminded me of the covenants I made when my husband Anthony and I were married in the temple almost 6 years ago! We were not only sealed or “Bound” to each other, but were bound with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We made promises to each other and to our Lord and Savior. Here we are on our wedding day!

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We recently received some names of deceased ancestors that need sealing ordinances performed. My Aunt was kind enough to share them with us after doing all the leg work herself to find them! I look forward to going to the temple with Anthony and kneeling over an alter with him to perform these sacred ordinances as proxy. I wonder how long they have been waiting for this. I feel so blessed to be sealed to my husband for time and all eternity, and be able to participate in temple work to bless others. Every time I go to the temple I have a strengthened resolve to keep my covenants and be worthy of promised blessings. Because of Temple Covenants, Families can be Together Forever!

Here is a sneak peak of the July Visiting Teaching Handout! Check back soon for the free printable download!
Here is a sneak peak of the July Visiting Teaching Handout! Check back soon for the free printable download!

 

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Creaseless Hair Tie Tutorial

Have you tried using these Crease-less Hair Ties yet? They are awesome, especially in the Las Vegas Summer Heat! Today we had a high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit! Once you try these Crease-less Hair Ties, you will never wear an ordinary hair tie again.  I wear one of these bad boys in my hair or on my wrist pretty much ALL OF THE TIME!

When I am busy mopping the kitchen floor, or building blanket forts with my son, my hair goes up into a quick “Mom Bun” to keep me from over heating. When I give the kids a bath, up it goes again so my long hair doesn’t get soaked. When I’m done I pull it out and my hair is as good as it was before. There are no ridiculous creases to deal with! I also put my hair up in a Crease-less Hair Tie every night before bed, and even after being in my hair for several hours, there is no crease! These things save you so much time straightening or curling out left over creases. You can purchase them online, or at the store, but in my researching, they are usually way over priced at $1+ per Hair Tie! They are super cute, but expensive, so I thought, “I bet I could make them for way less.” I decided to try it, and was excited to be able to make my own Hair Ties averaging at $0.25 a piece. Here is a simple tutorial on how to make them on your own too.

First lets start with the supplies you will need to make these Crease-less Hair Ties.

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You will need a ruler, fabric shears, fold over elastic, and matches.  You can purchase the fold over elastic here. That’s right! You only need four supplies! No sewing or gluing!

 

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Cut the elastic to 9 1/2 inches long.
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Fold the elastic in half, matching up the open ends.
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Fold the elastic over your index finger, almost in half again.
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Wrap the elastic around your finger forming a “P” shape.
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Pull the end of the elastic through the loop and pull lightly.
Pull the knot gently, working it toward the open end until the knot is secure.

To View a Time Lapse Video click here.

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Use a match to seal the ends.
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And then you have a beautiful finished product.

I hope you enjoyed this Tutorial! If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below! Enjoy your new Hair Ties!

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Balsamic Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

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If you are anything like me, your summer is sprinkled with barbecues, receptions, showers, parties, and traveling. While I thoroughly enjoy all of the delicious food that comes along with these great events, my scale does not. And to be honest, I am eating a scrumptious Apple Fritter from Winder Farms as I type this up. Also tonight we plan on going to the World’s Best Corndogs Food Truck for dinner. That’s right, I have been known to splurge from time to time. Today is definitely not an A+ in the book of health.

In between the parties, and junk food however, I like to try to feed my family some healthy meals. But who likes health food that tastes like wood, or dirt? Nobody! That’s why I love this Balsamic Chicken and Vegetable Stir fry! It is healthy and has a great flavor. So tonight come join us at the corndog truck, and maybe tomorrow you can make this healthy dish for dinner.(We had it last night!) Hope you Enjoy it!

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Whisk together the Italian dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey and crushed red pepper in a medium sized mixing bowl.
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Marinate the chicken in this mixture for a few hours or overnight. I have marinated it for as little as 5 minutes, and it turned out fine too.
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Warm the coconut oil over medium heat before placing chicken evenly in the pan. Reserve the remaining marinade for latter.
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Use tongs to flip chicken when it is done cooking on one side.
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When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the pan and place it in a separate dish.
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Add remaining marinade to the pan and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes until it gets nice and thick.
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Pour in the frozen stir fry vegetables and coat evenly with the marinade.
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Continue to fry for about 10 minutes, rotating frequently until vegetables are tender.
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Place the chicken back in the pan and serve warm over rice or quinoa.

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 5-6 Chicken tenderloins
  • 1/3 Cup Light Italian Dressing
  • 3 ½ Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs Honey
  • 1/8 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 Tbs Coconut oil
  • 1 lb Bag of Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables (any brand)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the Italian dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey and crushed red pepper in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Marinate chicken in this mixture for a few hours or overnight. I have marinated it for as little as 5 minutes, and it turned out fine too.
  3. Heat the coconut oil over medium heat before placing chicken evenly in the pan. Reserve the remaining marinade for later.
  4. Use tongs to flip chicken when it is done cooking on one side.
  5. When chicken is cooked through, remove it from the pan and place it in a separate dish.
  6. Add remaining marinade to the pan and let simmer for 5-7 minutes till it gets nice and thick.
  7. Pour in the frozen stir fry vegetables and coat evenly with the marinade.
  8. Continue to fry for about 10 minutes, rotating frequently until vegetables are tender.
  9. Place the chicken back in the pan and serve warm with white rice or quinoa.
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My Mother’s Handprints on My Heart

Today I want to talk a little bit about my favorite Stay at Home Mom, my sweet mother. She was the first person who left prints on my heart. There is a little part of her in me. When I was little, I wanted to be just like her. I wanted to be a mother. Being a Stay at Home Mom was my life goal and ambition. She was such a great example to me. As a Stay at Home Mom, she contributed much more to the family by being home than she ever could have by having a job and contributing financially. No amount of money, or elevated lifestyle could have replaced her. I loved having her there. I am so grateful for her sacrifice. When I was little she wrote this beautiful poem from a child’s point of view.

Handprints

Through the years my hands leave prints
at first they’re as cute as can be.
Until I climb upon your lap
and leave jelly prints on your knee.

You get mad at first, then look into my face
and cannot help but to smile.
You thank the Lord for your precious child
and wished you’d felt that way all the while.

I smile back at your loving face
That smile absorbs right through.
At that moment I know that you love me
and you know that I love you too.

Together we learn that material things
are not what matter the most.
even though your knees have been soiled
by my jelly and my toast.

My print on your knee will wash out you see
but the print that you leave with me
Will stay in my heart forever
and for all eternity.

My Mom has definitely left prints on my heart. I am glad that my mom taught me to be there for my kids through the thick and the thin, just like she was there for my siblings and me. Being a Mom is not always the most glamorous or clean job. But my mom instilled confidence in me. I have never once doubted my decision to be a Stay at Home Mom.

Being home has meant that I have been beat and battered by every tantrum, sickness and sleepless night. Although when I think of it, I wouldn’t want anybody else there in my place for each of those moments. No one else could possibly love my kids as unconditionally as I do. I have loved them through their naughty fits, picked them up when they fell, kissed them when they were hurt, and cuddled them close through their endless whimpers.

It can be the most physically exhausting and emotionally draining thing you will ever do, but it can also evoke such strong feelings of love that you never imagined were possible. Being a Stay at Home Mom has also meant that I have been there to see my sweet son’s very first intentional smile,  first words, first steps. I was there to see my daughter discover her hands, react to new foods with a funny face, and learn to pull herself up to standing position. I have been there for all of their new discoveries. I cherish those moments, and wouldn’t trade them for the world.

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Barbara Bush Gave a beautiful Commencement Address at Wellesley College on June 1, 1990.

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.

I will never regret putting a career on hold for my kids. There will be plenty of time for that when they are up and out, grown and gone. Right now they are growing and changing so fast. I don’t want to miss out on their life, and I don’t want them to miss out on me. I like to think they want/need me around.

My mom kept just about everything from school when I was little. I have several binders full of Memories from Elementary, Middle and High School. As I was looking through them a few years ago, I found a questionnaire from elementary school. As I read it, I was so proud of my 6 or 7 year old self.

Q:What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: A Stay at Home Mom

The desire to be home with my children has penetrated deep in my heart my whole life. I have never even considered my years as a young mother any other way. Before my now Husband and I got engaged, I had a conversation with him about it. I asked him what he thought about Stay at Home Moms without disclosing my opinion on the matter. I needed to know that my husband would be supportive of that decision without my convincing. If he said he thought that Mom’s should continue to work, it honestly would have been a deal beaker for me. I remember exactly where we were when we had the conversation. We were drivingin his car  and I was super nervous about bringing up the subject. I really liked him, and I wanted it to work out between us. I gathered up my courage and we talked about it. I was so glad when he said that his mom was a Stay at Home Mom and he always liked having her home. He said that he would want that for his kids too. That was just one of the many reason’s I married him.

I am so grateful for all Stay at Home Mom’s out there making the world a better place by raising the next generation. I am grateful for the example that Stay at Home Moms set for me as I was growing up. I am grateful for my Mother in Law who raised my amazing husband, and I am especially grateful for my Mom and her dedication to stay home with us kids. We are pretty dang lucky to call her ours. Her influence didn’t stop with us. Like I mentioned before, she left prints on my heart, and now I am leaving those same prints on my children. How lucky am I to be living this dream!

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Hanging out on the grass with my Beautiful mom and daughter. I love spending time with my mom. I just can’t get enough of it!

 

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New Logo

Did you notice my new Logo?

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Isn’t it amazing?

I just wanted to give a shout out to Bryson Seastrand for designing this for me! He is so good at what he does, and is so easy to work with.

Designing logos is really an art. I love how the BLOG Tag is tilted sort of like a SOLD sign on a house. It really matches up with the house theme I was going for. Look at his attention to detail too! Don’t you just love that little door knob and door mat?

When I brought my sketch to him, he really helped to capture my vision. He was so good at improving my ideas while still honoring them. He took my vision and elevated it.

He is very professional and knows what he is doing. He did a great job asking me the right questions to pinpoint my hierarchy of needs in creating a Logo.  It is more complicated than you would think. There is a lot of problem solving involved, and he did it beautifully. I couldn’t be happier. Thank you Bryson!

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If you would like him to design a logo for your business you can contact him at editedforcontent@gmail.com.

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My Secret Weapon for Teaching Small Children

 

Some of the best conversations you will ever have with kids is sitting around the table. This morning as M and I were eating breakfast, he asked me:

M: Mom, What does save your voice mean?

Me: It means, if you are sick, you shouldn’t talk too much, or sing or yell. You should rest your voice so you don’t lose it.

M:  oh.

Then he sings a line from a primary song, If the Savior Stood Beside Me:

If I listen with my heart, I hear my save your voice.

I started laughing. The Lyric goes:

If I listen with my heart, I hear my Savior’s Voice.

Did you ever get words mixed up in a primary song as a kid? My husband used to sing the song Love One Another and wonder what a shalmeno was.

By this shall men know (shalmeno), ye are my disciples.

I love Primary Music. We sing primary songs together at bedtime. We listen to primary music when we are feeling happy. It cheers us up when we are grumpy, and comforts us when we are scared. Big M sings it while he plays with his toys, and in Primary at church. It is a pretty big part of our lives. You can listen to it for free here.

I’ve had the opportunity to teach my son’s Sunbeam class in Primary a few times over the past few months. I call it an opportunity because that is what you call something you don’t want to do, but you do anyways because you know it’s the right thing to do. Besides, I don’t have a real reason not to, other than the fact that it is exhausting. Let me tell you though, It Is EXHAUSTING! I don’t care who you are, or what special activities you have planned. By the end of class you have a headache, and need a nap. The kids probably do too.

Three and four year old kids are tricky. One cute boy  in my class today was almost in tears mumbling, “I want my mommy!” over and over again. I have had him in my class a few times before and he never had any trouble. To assess if he really needed his mom, I asked him a couple questions like, “Do you feel sick? Do you need to go to the bathroom? Do you want a hug? My son even sang Grown ups come back from Daniel Tiger to him. I finally got him to come back and sit down by bribing him with fruit snacks. He didn’t say another word about his mom after that! Smart kid! He must have remembered that I always bring fruit snacks to class.

Since I have been subbing in Primary, I’ve come to find out how lucky these kids are. They have an amazing song leader. She always comes so prepared with the best activities to get the children involved in the music. She is so patient, and you can tell that she really loves the children she teaches. The kids kept raising their hands, she would call on them, and they would say, “I was just stretching.”  There were a lot of kids stretching today. M was one of the lucky ones who got to participate today, and he loved every minute of it.

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He was wearing a “Thinking cap.”

After Singing Time was over, it was time to go to the classroom. Last night I had all these high hopes for an amazing lesson. I even took a picture of all the supplies I had gathered to help it go smoothly. I packed my secret weapon, and was ready to go. Every teacher needs one of these. Are you ready for it? drum roll please… A Magic Beanbag! This thing has super powers. Really, it does. It’s saved me many times while teaching primary classes. Who ever has the magic bean bag can talk, and everyone else must listen to them. I ask a child a question, throw them the bean bag, they answer, and throw it back. Everyone wants a turn, and they know they have to be reverent to get a turn. Usually this works beautifully. USUALLY.

Kids are kids though, and 3 hours is a long time for them to sit still. When one of them makes a fart noise, they all make fart noises. Then you are surrounded by a chorus of tiny human fart machines, and you are trying your best not to laugh. You have to constantly outwit them. Sometimes it’s just too hard to convince them that talking about scripture stories is going to be more fun than jumping, yelling, or heaven forbid, making fart noises. Enter in the snacks. This is the real reason I agree to Substitute for Primary. I’m in it for the Pretzels.

Sometimes, you think they didn’t learn anything because they were so rowdy during the lesson, then they surprise you with, “When I am sad, I can pray to Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost will help me be happy again!” Or one day when the lesson is about their Eyes, you ask them what they learned and they reply, “Walruses!” You get real creative and say, “Yes, You are right! You are thankful Heavenly Father gave you eyes, so you can see beautiful things like walruses!” Then there are the moments when you have these four little 3 year old boys tip toeing through the hall reverently with their arms folded. It doesn’t get much cuter than that. Today the lesson was I have feelings. I experienced the whole spectrum of feelings today with these kids. It’s always an adventure, that’s for sure. It’s a good thing they are so cute!

What things do you do to keep sane teaching primary? What is the funniest thing you have heard a student say? Please Share!

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