Thursday, March 23, 2017

Free worksheets to help keep track of your fitness & wight loss progress

Fitness is so far out of my comfort zone.  I've never liked exercising and I really love cookies and ice cream.  So if you were hoping for some fitness or weight loss advice sorry I'm not the girl to ask.  You can checkout my motivation pinterest board for some awesome ideas.  

I started to get serious about working out in January (new years resolution!) and I've really enjoyed it.  Yeah never thought I would say that.  However, the numbers on the scale have not moved at all unless you count it going up!!! Yeah almost 3 months and I weigh the exact same.  So I know there are changes happening and I feel so much better even though the scale isn't showing the results. So I decided to make a few worksheets for myself to track things better (weight, inches, goals, and water.) One thing I really need to do better is drinking water so I included that as well.  I thought they might be useful to some of you so download whatever ones work for you.
Here's a quick break down of each.  Sorry there isn't a great picture of these...I tried screen shots and taking a picture.  I'll try to fix this and update.  You can click on the download link to see the actual worksheet.

The Fitness Goal tracker has a place for the decide how often to check in.  I did include a box for weight and then 3 empty spaces.  add your own goals (# of push up, no desert for the week, etc) or leave them empty.  The bottom has a spot for your goal so you always have that in mind.

 We did a weight loss challenge as a family last year (actually we measured by body fat percentage loss) and I really liked this way.  My weight again didn't go down much but I lost inches and body fat.  It was pretty exciting see.  We used this website to calculate (Its on the worksheet for a quick reference). When I did a search it seemed to be the most accurate one I could find but use whatever you want or just keep track of the measurements.  This is just a starting and an end date.  In between I checked a few areas like my waist and thighs but give yourself a few months before calculating again.  

 Finally the water tracker.  I put mine in a sheet protector and use a white board marker to check off each glass of water.  

If you have any tips, favorite workouts, recipes, etc.  Let me know!  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cute and Easy Egg Carton Flower Craft

Here's an adorable kid's craft perfect for spring or earth day.  It was inspired by this post.  
Its pretty simple. Grab an egg carton and cut out as many squares? as you need.  Paint them however you want.  We used kids washable paint but regular acrylic works too.  Poke a hole through the bottom of your flower and push the pipe cleaner through.  I just bent the top a little to secure it.  Add them to a vase and now you have a cute bouquet of flowers to decorate your table!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Make your own babysitting kit

This is an activity I just did with my activity day girls.  There are 14 of them between the ages of 8-11.  Some are getting ready to start babysitting on their own but most are a little too young.  I'll go more into the activity below.
Most of you probably don't need an idea for activity days but many of you are mothers that use a babysitter.  This would be really fun to put together for you own kids next time you go out. Believe me this will stop the crying and complaining and you might be a little sad they want you to leave.  Just Kidding but your kids will love it because mine are so excited about this.
Also if you have a daughter that babysits it would be fun to create a kit for her to take to her babysitting jobs.  
I used a gallon sized Ziploc bag for cost (remember the 14 girls!)  but if you are doing this for your family or have fewer girls I would have loved to get a cute canvas bag or something a little bigger and sturdier. However, I didn't realize being able to see into the bag can help build up excitement.  So whatever you have works.

 Here's what we added to our bags and they were encouraged to add a few things from home as well.  Everything was very inexpensive.  Some ideas to add would be a board game, a favorite toy, coloring books, snacks, etc.

A fun game to add to your kit is Don't eat Pete.  You can find it here.  For our activity I gave each girl the black and white copy to color.
This is a worksheet we used for our activity but may be useful to you as well (there are 2 sides).  We talked about some of their favorite songs and added them as well as other ideas for games and activities.  On the back there is a spot to add some notes about safety and anything else you think they need to know.

Download here.   I printed this double sided

kit labels
You can download the labels for the bag here. We attached them with washi tape just for fun.

Activity Days: This covers one of the service requirements (learn and show you can take care of younger children.).  Most of my girls are young and not ready to babysit yet but I don't think this skill applies only to babysitting but I knew they would love making this kit.  We discussed how they can use their babysitting kits now with their younger siblings.  This requirement is under service so they brainstormed some times they could "babysit" at home such as when mom is making dinner or is sick.  We talked about keeping the younger kids safe (chocking hazards, watching them closely, following rules, and what to do if there is an accident).  Also bring up when babysitting its their job to "actively" watch and play with the child and cleaning up after they are done.  We used the worksheet above for them to take notes.  It would also be fun to play some of the games if you have time.
After this we assembled our kits and they had a few minutes to color their game.  We finished by making some easy dirt cup treats. (pudding cup, 2 smashed oreos, 1 gummy worm).

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Such a Big Miracle" Free Nursery Printable

After our 2nd child (Olivia) we had a lot of problems having our 3rd baby.  We struggled for several years with infertility and multiple miscarriages.  When Olivia turned 5 1/2 we finally had our little Reagan...our little "miracle" baby.  
 Through all the complications, tests, losses, heartache I learned a very important lesson, every single baby is a miracle.  I know we all know this but just think how many things have to fall into place and go just right to get that little one here. It really makes you realize how amazing it all is.  

 My little Reagan is now 3 and still as sweet as the day she was born.  I made this sign for her room when she 8 months old.
She just moved into a room with her sisters and as I pulled this off her wall it brought back a flood of memories.  It is a little scratched up and fading so I want to fix it before I hang it back up.  When I made this I also made a few printables to go with it that I sold in my etsy shop and decided those needed some updating too (you can find them at the end of the post...they are pretty cute).  This time I decided not to list them but share them with you for free.  I love them and hope you can find one that works for the little miracles in your life.

To Print:
Click on the picture.  Right click to save to your computer.
Print at home or send it to your favorite place to print pictures.
If printing at home I like to copy and paste (or insert) in a word document.  Size and print on cardstock.  
These are formatted to fit an 8x10 frame.



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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Scrapbook Sunday #1

Every week I'm going to try and share some of my completed scrapbook pages.  I'll share where I found the products I used and maybe a few tips and tutorials along the way.  I like to make my pictures the focus of the page while also making them quick and cost efficient.  So they are not super elaborate but are still very cute and share our story.  I hope this will inspire you (and me!) to start printing your pictures and saving your memories.

Sweet Shoppe (happy Camper-free)
 Sweet Shoppe (Thrive-free)
 background sweet shoppe (the one I used is discontinued but find a similar one here free)  flowers & tag-free download

My quick tip: Kits are a great way to get started.  I love that there are coordinated paper and embellishments in one spot.  Often they are something I never would have thought to put together.

Find out more about the software I use here (and there is a discount code!)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

Growing up my siblings and I all learned how to make cookies at a young age. We all had our favorites kinds...oatmeal, applesauce, and my favorite was plain old chocolate chip cookies.  One of my sisters loved baking (her talent is incredible!)  and this is her cookie recipe.  I'm not sure where she found it, she was like 12 and this was way before pinterest and probably even the internet.  Okay now we just sound old.  Anyway they are called ultimate chocolate chip cookies and seriously they are that good.  I'm suppose to be on a diet and I'm pretty sure I ate at least 10 yesterday (I have no self control!!!)  Enjoy!

Ultimate Chocolate chip Cookies
3/4 cup Crisco
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
mix in this order.  Blake at 375 degrees for 8-10 min.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Don't Eat Pete Spring Edition

This is a holiday version of the classic Don't Eat Pete game.  If you've never played here's a quick how to:  Print off the board game...cardstock works best.  Place one piece of candy (m&m's, Cheerios, or whatever you have) on each of the little birds.  Send one person to out of the room and quietly decided which of the birds is going to be Pete for that round.  Lets say you pick the one in the center.  Have the person come back into the room and eat one of the pieces of candy off each bird UNTIL they pick up the one chosen as Pete (in this case the one in the center).  When they pick up this candy everyone yells "Don't eat Pete!" and their turn ends.  Add candy to the ones taken on the last turn and play as many times as you want picking a new Pete each time. 

I make one in color so its already to go or you can print the black and white one and color it yourself.  Its a fun activity for your kids.  Mine loved coloring their own, especially with the cute little patterns on each one.

Download your copy here

Have fun!

adorable graphics used with permission from here.