Summer is finally here!!! It’s time for vacation! When packing for a vacation, I’ve found there are 5 items that kids need, but are commonly forgotten.
Sunglasses – With all the time kids spend in the sun, sunglasses are VERY important. Your kids only get one pair of eyes and it is important to take care of them. If your kids get to pick out their sunglasses or jazz them up with some fun stickers, they might be excited about wearing them.
Towel – Even if you are not planning on going to the beach, you never know when you will come across a stream worth dipping your toes in. Kids like to get messy! Let it happen! Towels are also great for having picnics or keeping little bodies warm.
Sunscreen – Just like sunglasses, sunscreen plays a crucial part in keeping kids safe from the sun! Many times, it is thought that if you’re child is in the pool or in the shade, they don’t need sunscreen. This is WRONG! Whenever your child is outside, they should be wearing sunscreen!
Home Object – For kids, it is hard to be away from home, even for short periods of time. Having an object that is a reminder of home can be a big comfort. This can be something like a blanket or pillowcase. It could also be a book or stuffed animal. It’s better to bring something small, so it doesn’t take up too much room (but definitely not too small where it gets lost).
Summer Workbook – Yes, school is “over”. But you never stop learning!!! I love giving kids summer workbooks, which are not intended to challenge a whole lot. The purpose is more to keep the skills that they learned this year fresh in their minds. If you don’t have a summer workbook, another thing I like is a summer journal. Have kids simply write about their day or give them a prompt. they’ll get creative from there!
Traveling with kids is an adventure, but hopefully packing these items will make your vacation go a little smoother! Happy Summer!
PB & J sandwich…….ahhh. Scrumptious! What is your favorite part of the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich? The peanut butter? The bread? Well, mine is the jelly!!! But of course, I get sick of only eating jelly on a sandwich or a biscuit. So, I love jelly rolls! A jelly roll is simply a cake/bread with jelly and powdered sugar………..My mouth is watering! I’ve tried so many recipes and this is BY FAR my favorite!
Ingredients (yields about 8-10 servings):
1 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of water
3/4 cup of flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
Powdered sugar (estimated 3 handfuls for coating and sprinkling)
3/4 cup of jelly
How To Make Jelly Rolls
Heat oven to 375°F. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper with shortening.
In an electric mixer, beat eggs on high power until thick. Beat in sugar gradually. On low power, combine baking powder, salt, and flour. (It is good to have the bubbles in it). Pour into pan.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of cake comes out clean.
Sprinkle powdered sugar all over a kitchen towel (Don’t rub in). Remove cake from parchment paper, and flip onto towel. Starting from the narrow side, roll the towel and cake in a tight spiral. Let cool for 25 minutes.
Unroll the roll. 🙂 Remove the towel as well. Spread the jelly everywhere around the cake!!! (This is fun for me). Roll the cake back up and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar for decoration.
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” – Exodus 20:8
Sundays. Sundays are wonderful days because we go to church and worship our Lord! Church can be enjoyable for adults, but for kids, church can be boring! That’s ok! Church doesn’t have to be painful for kids. Church should be a fun time of getting to know Jesus. If your child needs something to do, try these suggestions.
Draw What I Hear – Have your child use a prayer journal (notebook specifically for church) to draw what they hear the preacher saying or reading. Maybe they write down some key words or phrases and find what it means for them.
Bible Study Book – There are so many good devotionals and study books out there! These books have Bible related activities and many good verses to meditate on. For some of my recommended books, click HERE or HERE or, for my absolute favorite, click HERE.
Join A Small Group – Most churches offer Bible study small groups for kids. These groups may be offered during the church service or before. Either way, a small group of children all talking about Jesus is a great way to keep your child interested in church.
Daily Prayer or Meditation – Using a prayer journal (as described in previous bullet), have your kid reflect on a verse of the Bible relating to the message. Also, a prayer to say can develop a reverent spirit in your child, so maybe they can pay better attention in church.
The most important thing about church is your child’s relationship with Jesus. As young children, it’s hard to pay attention when someone is saying words you don’t understand. Yes, as your child gets older, it is important to pay attention in church. My theory is: as long as they are learning about Jesus and strengthening that relationship, it’s all good.
This can be a hard issue to deal with. Keep Jesus in the center always!
Today is Veteran’s Day! As Americans, we owe our safety to God and to those people that put their lives on the line for their country. Your children, most likely, know someone (Anyone!) that is or was in the military. So today, we’re writing a thank you letter!
First, get the address or find a time when you could drop off the letter to this person. If you don’t have a person in your life who was/is in the military, there are many organizations that will send your letters to deployed soldiers. My favorite organization is Operation Gratitude!
How To Write A Thank You Letter To Veterans(Layout):
Dear Hero, – Yes! Veterans are heroes! Make this known to your kids and ask them why these people are to be respected. This is also a great way to compliment these people on their gift of the time and lives.
Thank you for your service to your country. – Thank these Veterans for their bravery. Have your child tell the veteran how they have impacted their lives. Tell your child to speak from their heart. For me, that would be, “You are a true inspiration and a blessing to our country.”
I hope you are doing well and I pray for you everyday. – Send the veteran well wishes. What a great way to spread Jesus’ word, too. Even if this person already knows Jesus, who doesn’t like to know that someone is praying for them!
I am forever grateful. – We are! We owe our freedom and safety to these people (and God). Have your child tell them that they appreciate them!
Love, Your Child
Here’s An Example Letter:
Dear Brave Veteran,
Thank you so much for your service to your country. You are a great role model for me and I look up to you. I pray that you are having a great Veteran’s Day and I really honor you. I am forever thankful for your courage and selflessness. May God bless you!
This is an activity that proves one true statement: We need God!
At least one egg per kid
An open area
Clothes that can get messy
Procedure (this sounds like a science experiment):
Go into that open area. Talk to your kids about how sometimes life can be frustrating. Sometimes we get caught up in life and want to do things on our own. Read Matthew 19:26 with your kids. Ask when there was a time in their day/week when they wanted to do something their way, not God’s way; a time when they wanted to do it on their own.
Place an egg in your child’s hand. Ask them to try to do things on their own by squeezing the egg (with one hand). It won’t work. Explain that in life we may not like God’s plan for us, or at least we think we don’t, but God knows what’s best for us.
Then, ask them what God can do. God can do all things! Now have them use both hands and thumbs to squeeze the egg. (Hopefully) They can do it! Prepare for an explosion!!! Just like when we let God guide our life, we can do all things. This reveals our true potential. Jesus wants the best for us and we should listen to His plan for us.
This is a great way for kids to understand God’s power and His plan for us! Sorry this is on a Wednesday! Have a blessed day!
This is a super cute craft that was brought to my attention by one of my dear subscribers and friend, Mary T. It’s very fun and it allows kids to express their individuality. These tags can be used for a gift tag (To and From) or a decoration to hang off of a door handle.
Simply cut a tag shape out of Kraft paper. I went with the flower theme, but you can always make something else. Maybe an initial? I cut a flower out of construction paper (honestly, just the petals). I glued buttons and glitter on it, but you can do more than that. Use household items to create your masterpiece. When you’re done, punch a hole in the top. Punch hole reinforcements are great for making sure they don’t rip. Tie your favorite ribbon by inserting it through the hole and knot it at the top!
Perhaps even give your kids a theme, like ‘summer’, and see what they come up with. The point is, just be creative and let them go from there. Enjoy!
Getting picky eaters to eat ANYTHING can be a challenge, and most of the time it isn’t healthy. One trick I’ve learned is the food rainbow. This works very well especially if your kids like to be independent.
Challenge kids to make their own meal with all the colors of the rainbow. Bonus points for healthy items! Of course, you’ll have to set some boundaries because candy comes in many colors, you know! The point of this activity is to give kids the freedom to choose things they like or try new things that seem appealing to them. It makes them feel like they’re in control and I’m not just eating what Mom or Dad wants.
You can put your own spin on this challenge, too! Try blending colors by making a peanut butter and banana burrito for the colors yellow and brown. Make it original!
Don’t forget to tell me your trick to feeding your picky eater in the comments section!