Category Archives: Family Activities

“EQTM”

Every once in a while your kids ask you to do things that you don’t really want to do, but you do it anyway because you love them and you know it means a lot to them. Here is one of those moments. We made Lip Balm! My oldest daughter got this as a birthday present and has been dying to try it out. All the girls got to participate at least by sitting and watching close by.

Yay! I get brownie points for an EQTM, an “Extra Quality Time Moment.” How is your day going? Are you making time for that “Quality Time Moment” that matter so much? Or even an Extra Quality Time Moment? You can do it! It only takes a couple minutes and a good book or really looking them in the eyes and asking about them. It’s hard sometimes, trust me I know, but it is the simple things honestly that are the most meaningful.

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Learning Geography with our Homemade Map Tablecloth!

We’ve been using this tablecloth a lot lately and we’ve had a lot of fun with it. These girls are characters!

Update: We love doing World Wide Wednesday Dinners!

We are trying this slowly but surely and are finding it is really wonderful for our family. Things that are making it successful for our family are:

  1. Keeping the actual meal pretty simple, nothing too extravagant unless I really feel like it. Last night we had Curry Chicken, something that I was going to make anyways. (Whatever you are making find out where it originates from if you don’t already know and have that country be what you talk about.)
  2. We explained to the kids where it originated from… Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh and had them find these countries on the map.
  3.  We watched a little 1 1/2 min video on youtube of people eating curry in India and then one more 2 min video to show what it is like walking the streets of Delhi, India.  It was great!
  4. This spurred conversation and questions. For instance we noticed typically this dish is eaten without forks or knives! Also, the kids wanted to know about the street vendors and the carriage bikes.
  5. Also, I haven’t done this yet but I want to go online and buy a Children’s World Atlas so we can look up the country while we are eating and read a few facts about the country each time. I want to just get one used so if it ends up getting a little food on it, it is okay. 😉

Also, If you repeat a country, no prob.  Just see who can remember what you learned about this country last time and build on that to learn more.

Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant at all. If you make it too extravagant you are probably missing the point that it is mainly about just having fun learning and communicating with your family.  Make it simple and fun enough that its something you look forward to and enjoy. We are loving it!

Ending result was it was inspiring and enjoyable.  Once again opening our eyes to the expansive world beyond what we think is the norm. There are so many different amazing cultures, places, and people we can learn and be enriched from! We are excited to continue this!

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Princess Dress Cupcakes

Here are my girls and I making chocolate princess cakes the other day as a after dinner dessert.  They love any little attention and anything directed towards princess’. We had been researching on pinterest Frozen’s Elsa Barbie cakes for my daughter’s birthday party this summer prior to dinner so we had it on our mind. It was so easy and the girls loved it!

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Potty Training My Little Princess

Back in the eighties, you could buy baby underwear with ruffles at every store and mall. Now it is not so easy. My friend gave me the idea the other day as I was telling her about my latest adventure in trying to potty train my daughter. She said the ruffled panties her Mom bought here got her potty trained in a day! That was good enough inspiration for me, time to get sewing!

Keeping it Together

Now that I’ve had my baby and am trying to figure out a plan to one keep sane, two take care of everyone including my spouse, and three do some things for myself, I am afraid my extra curricular projects have slowed down. Hopefully this phase is temporary because I really love enjoying a full life of learning new skills and developing talents rather than being on mommy duty 24-7. It is both exhausting and to be honest not fulfilling. So, I am hanging in there.

Here is a small project I did this week. I researched all the free/ low cost indoor play facilities in the area, pasted the info for each place on a note card and organized them into a little wallet-sized coupon folder by day they are available. I will keep this in the glove compartment of my car so that when I need to get out of the house with my kids because they are driving me crazy, I won’t have to spend time finding out what is available, all the info will be ready for me in this little folder in the car. Beautiful.

I also put together a mommy survival bag for the car that the author of Happy Housewife recommended that will help a mom keep things together in a emergency situation.  You can never be too prepared as a mom, might as well set yourself up for smooth running wherever possible.