Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mia Hamm Interview + LeapBand Giveaway

As you remember we had a blast at our #fitmadefun party a couple of weeks ago! The kids had a great time!
I was excited to send some interview questions to the famous soccer player, and mom of 3, Mia Hamm and ask her questions about how we can help kids stay healthy and fit and also make it fun!! She says a lot of great things...

Lets get our kids out there and get them 60 minutes of daily physical activity each day!  It's not always easy, but it is so good for them!

I am excited to be able to give one of my readers a LeapBand this week!  Whoever wins is going to LOVE it! If you don't win it is a great birthday present or even an awesome Christmas present!

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I am so excited for conference this year, but it is always a challenge to keep my kids busy and happy during that time.  Since I have 3 that will most likely be needing my attention I knew I needed to come up with something for them to do.  I remember when I was a kid I didn’t have to watch the Saturday session except for the prophets talk, and on Sunday I had to stay in the TV room the whole time and be reverent.  My parents would have coloring books and puzzles for us to do and we loved it.  We like our kids to listen to most of it or at least be in the room.  I usually just print off the Conference Packets that you can get online, but my kids {especially} the younger ones struggle with them and get bored after awhile.  I looked at the packets this year and took a lot from them for this project.  Also after seeing a lot of fun ideas on Pinterest I came up with a mixture of a bunch of them to help my kids have a good time during conference.

Here is how I put it together….
I printed off the pictures of the 12 Apostles and the 1st Presidency {So 15 pictures} and taped them to 15 lunch sacks! I got the pictures from the my Conference game here.  I know that we might not hear all the Apostles, but after the Priesthood Session we will take the ones off that won’t talk and just put “Other” on the bag!  You could also just put numbers on them.
These will be sitting out in the morning when they wake up along with a yummy breakfast {Not sure what yet…Any suggestions?}
Here is what is in each of the packets {you can pick any apostle in any order}…

#1 President Monson  I printed off {since he talks more than once} three little coloring activities that have to do with him from the conference packets here.GMC pg 3 Agreement 001
 #2 &#3 A New Puzzle from the dollar store {I actually got two}GMC pg 3 Agreement 002 #4 Eye Spy Pictures from hereGMC pg 3 Agreement 003 #5 Conference Bingo {They can be playing this throughout the whole 2 days} found here.GMC pg 3 Agreement 004 #6 Pop some Popcorn and just listen to the talk while eatingGMC pg 3 Agreement 005
#7 A Painting Project {I just bought some wooden animals from the Dollar store}GMC pg 3 Agreement 006 #8 Cut and Color a Paper Doll Chain of the General Authorities I got hereGMC pg 3 Agreement 007
#9 Make your own Mr. Potato head I used it from here.  You will also need a plastic cup, dirt and grass seeds!GMC pg 3 Agreement 008
#10 Sunflower Seeds – Need I say more! My kids love to open these up and eat them! GMC pg 3 Agreement 009
#11 Straw Weaving – I saw this on Pinterest and am excited to try it.  It originally came from here. I would recommend having it ready so you can show them really fast and continue listening.  GMC pg 3 Agreement 011
#12 Coloring Books and New Crayons GMC pg 3 Agreement 012
#13 Apostle Match Up that I got from here GMC pg 3 Agreement 013
#14 Play With Animals {I might even put some cars in for my car loving 3 year old} GMC pg 3 Agreement 014
#15 Playdough  GMC pg 3 Agreement 016
I spent about $12 dollars total for all 4 kids.  I am using my own Playdough and animals.   I am going to have a blanket for each kid to sit on and a plastic placemat for when they paint or play with their playdough.  I hope this works.  I am excited to sit and listen to conference and have the kids happy.  In between sessions we are going to go outside and get some energy out!  I hope you all have a wonderful conference in a couple weeks!

Check out this awesome blog hop with some great ideas!!!
Even more General Conference Activities and Ideas

 We hope that our activities and ideas will help to enrich your family's General Conference experience! For more ideas and recipes, check out April's General Conference round up for 13 additional posts!
Resources for teaching children about following the prophet
Tips to prepare for inspiration
Quiet Time with Doh Vinci                  
Personal Progress Scavenger Hunt

Temple Memory Matching General Conference Packet
Busy Mom General Conference Journal 
General Conference Fun Bags

Monday, September 22, 2014

Black Bean Burgers + BlendTec Giveaway!

I had to share this yummy recipe with you today.  Theses are by far one of my favorite dinners.  Even my kids like it!  Adding the fresh picked corn was a great addition to the meal! YUMMY!
Black Bean Burgers
{Printable Version Here}
  • 2 C Black Beans mashed
  • 1 c Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 C Salsa
  • 2 t Garlic
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Cooked Rice

Combine all ingredients.
Make patties out of mixture.
Place on griddle and cook until crisp.  Add lettuce, tomatoes, add other hamburger ingredients. I topped mine with homemade pico!  Place on lettuce or bun.

Happy Eating!

I've teamed up with some other awesome bloggers to offer you this great giveaway.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

LDS General Conference Fall Blogger Giveaway - Over $400 in Prizes

Fall Conference Giveaway

The fall session of LDS General Conference is right around the corner. I have teamed up with 11 lovely bloggers to share some of our favorite products and general conference traditions. From quiet activities to help your littlest ones during the talks to products that will help you look and feel your best, we have some great prizes! Come back tomorrow for a round-up of our general conference traditions! For this giveaway, we each chose some of our favorite LDS and local business items to give back to our readers, just to say thanks for all of the encouragement, comments, and time that you take out of your busy day to check in with us. We really appreciate it! Thank you for for how you #sharethegood with us and hopefully we can share some with you as well! Meet the bloggers who are taking part in this giveaway: meetthebloggers  
Now on to the prizes! We are so happy team up with so many companies to provide prize packages for four lucky winners! We are giving away two gift cards to Deseret Book along with a package full of goodies for children and a package full of goodies for adults. Enter in the Rafflecopters below! There are THREE SEPARATE giveaways so please be sure to scroll all the way down and enter each one!
a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway LDS-themed signs from Addyson Lane Boutique
 Your choice between two signs from Addyson Lane Boutique ($20). These are going to look gorgeous hanging in your child's room! Sew Surprising Felt Paper Dolls 
 You know your little ones will love these - perfect quiet time activity! Sew Surprising is giving away one non paper doll with THREE outfits, winner's choice. Doll's hair color can be customized. Value is $22. You can check out all the doll/outfit options on Sew Surprising's web-site or Facebook page. Posh Society - elegant accessories for young ladies 

  Adorn your little darling with a beautiful new accessory from The Posh Society. Winner may select a Crystal and Pearl Bow ($25) or a Pearl Crystal Headband ($35) - both pictured above. The bows will be attached with velvet ivory elastic or ribbon. Fizzy Pop Crafts
 These DIY kits by Fizzy Pop Crafts are amazing! Easy to put together and your kids will love them (you may want to keep one for yourself!) Usborne Books

You can never have too many good books! Rachael's Book Nook is giving away a $20 Usborne Gift Certificate. 
  Faith in God Downloadable Journals

These downloadable journals from A Lively Hope are ideal for helping your child complete the Faith in God program! Winner may select from the boy or girl version. Doh Vinci                             

 Kids ages 6 and up can become 3D designers with this DohVinci Deluxe Styler Kit from Play-Doh. 4 Deluxe Styler design tips and 3 Deco Pop tubes are included with a guide to inspire your next 3D masterpiece! This is a fun, quiet time activity! 
  a Rafflecopter giveaway Sweet Salt Clothing

Check out the new fall fashions at Sweet Salt Clothing with a $65 Gift Card! Sweet Salt has a great line of basics as well the latest styles for all shapes and sizes. Thrive Food Storage

 The winner of this giveaway is about to get a major food storage boost! This package from Thrive is worth over $75. Sego Lily Soap
Someone is going to be spoiled with this SoapMaker's Favorites Gift Basket from Sego Lily Soap. It includes: Six beautiful handmade soaps. These soaps are gentle and luxurious, and perfect for sensitive skin. Comes in Lemongrass, Hinoki Wood, Sour Watermelon Candy, Pink Sands, Autumn Spice, and Lavender Vibrance. One handcrafted pine soap dish. Keeps your soap dry between uses so your soap will last a long time. Three all natural lip balms. Gently soothe and protect your lips with Avacado Oil, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter. Flavored with essential oils. Contains no mineral oil or Petroleum! Comes in Doublemint, Orange Cream and Chai Spice flavors. Christmas Ornament from Ringmasters

This ornament from Ringmasters Jewelry and Gifts will look beautiful on your tree this year!                 
Michael Vey

 Our winner will receive the 1st book in a 7-book series for young adults by #1 bestselling author Richard Paul Evans. "To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special - just the kid who has Tourette's syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special. He has electric powers ..." Fall is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book! Best of luck to all our fans! Be sure to check back in for our round-up of conference traditions! 


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