Dinner time is a great way to let time stand still for a bit and really connect with your family. Yes… that means no phones at the table. I know we are all at different stages in life. Some of us are cutting dinner into bite size pieces for our little ones and others are parents of teenagers with crazy schedules, or are empty nesters and may be sharing a meal with friends. How do we make dinnertime special and fun? It is easy to get lost in the repetition of life and not take advantage of these special everyday moments. BTW – Did you know that most of our fondest memories are centered around the home?
I found this gem of an idea on Joel & Kitty’s Blog here and thought I would give it a try with my family. My head is filling up with random comments already… I’m thinking about shaving my head bald. I’m starting to itch so bad. Potatoes smell like flowers. Pigs can fly if they want to. I ate so much peanut butter, my mouth wouldn’t open. My life starts today. Only two people are going to heaven (me and___). I stole a cookie from the cookie jar. (Google Random Sayings for help)
It can be tweaked for most age groups and would be a good way to add some fun and socializing to our dinner tables.
Simply tape or use a Post It Note to place comment securely on the bottom of each plate and that is the comment they have to incorporate into dinnertime talk. Keep the notes private. If no one catches it 5 pts. Then for every other comment you catch you win 1pt. The winner of the Table Talk conversation takes home a treat or a round of applause or a family song, sung in their behalf, etc… you get the idea. Fun! Fun! Meal time may never be the same!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. How will you celebrate your Mom and the other women in your life? And don’t forget… it’s your day too! Today I thought I would share a little something we are making at Pebbles in my Pocket to help the day feel extra special. Many of the creative ideas are available as ready to go gifts and DIY Kits…Banners, handmade cards, treat containers and flower arrangements (instore and pebblesinmypocket.com). Or use these pictures for inspiration and use the paper you have on hand. Happy creating!
Conference Weekend may have passed, but I am remembering the words that have stayed with me… that literally spoke to my soul. I am trying to walk 5 miles each day and try to get at least three of those miles in the morning. Usually I give up by day 2, but this time, I have my Conference Podcasts and my Scriptures on Audio and I have looked forward to MY TIME for two days now… I am sensing a good habit. This morning I listened to Elder Holland’s talk again and cried as I walked. Crazy huh? When Elder Holland spoke on Sunday Afternoon, I found myself feeling the spirit so strongly. We can do this! We can do hard things. We can be thankful for our blessings. We can help one another on our journey back to our Heavenly Father. I can feel heaven cheering. Please feel free to download this quote for free this week. I hope you enjoy it and place it somewhere in your home to be enjoyed by your family… framed on a wall, taped to a bathroom mirror, child’s room, etc. You can find it here
I feel blessed to be Mom to my five daughters. I have spent many years being involved in YW and loving the girls of all ages and enjoying every moment of it. I also understand our kids (all of us really) are fighting tough battles and I think it helps to surround ourselves with messages of goodness whenever possible.
That is why I love these handy little 3×4 cards that can be attached to a card or a sweet treat to let them know you are thinking of them or they were missed from an activity. The cool thing is each design can be printed in 3×4, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 8.5×11, 11×14 too, making them perfect for framing and gift giving to help remind them of our Heavenly Father’s love for each of us. You can find the downloads in the Sugardoodle shop here.
It was hard for me to say goodbye to Easter in March this year… So much to learn and feel during this season and wish it had stretched into April and warmer weather.
I am looking forward to General Conference Weekend… Three more sleeps and we will be making yummy meals and listening to words that will guide and lift us. How blessed we are! I used to think I needed to take notes on everything and would spend more time writing down thoughts than actually listening. Somewhere along the way, I learned that by praying to be touched by the spirit while I watched or listened to Conference, I may know what is personally meant for me, at this time in my life. I spend my time listening and take fewer notes and for me the experience has become more personal.
April brings us our Visiting Teaching Message “We are Daughters of our Heavenly Father“. It brings me a lot of comfort knowing that I am His. In the store I own Pebbles in my Pocket in Orem Utah, we make an affordable Visiting Teaching Message and Treat each month that goes along with the theme. It’s a fun way to treat your sisters. They are also available at pebblesinmypocket.com. Many times, sisters will order together and share the minimal shipping cost. You can find them here.
I hope you enjoy this weekend. Stop by and say Hi when you are in our area. I would love to meet you! Take care! Brenda