Beauty of Midweek Date Nights


Do you remember when you started dating your special pookie whoo? You would call him up and see if he wanted to grab a bite to eat. You didn’t care that it was in the middle of the week. You didn’t care that you had to get up the next morning for work. It was all about sneaking in some time to be with the one you treasure.

Now that we have kids, it feels like we can only go on dates on the weekends. We have work the next morning, I have to get a child ready for school, and two others kiddos to juggle the rest of the day. Planning a date in the middle of the week seems unthinkable.

Until your babysitter isn’t available on the weekends for an entire month. That’s when you stop and take what life hands you. The beautiful, midweek date night. Plan something simple, and take the time for you and your sweetheart to reconnect. The most important thing is spending time together. 

Whether it’s a weekend, morning date, or a Wednesday night, take the time. You will recharge your batteries, and you’ll be ready for the rest of the week.


Do you enjoy midweek date nights? Have any date ideas that are perfect for the middle of the week? We'd love to hear them.

Happy Dating,

Amanda

Summer Scripture Challenge & Free Printable


It’s the time of year for flip flops, swimming, and trying to keep the kids busy. My spring is spent looking for ideas to keep the kids busy during summer. So far we have VBS, art lessons, swimming, play dates, and the library on the agenda. I’m sure there will be more to fill up our long summer days.

One thing I don’t want to forget is our summer scripture challenge. This summer I’m challenging the kids to memorize one scripture verse every week. If they memorize all the verses, I will do something special for them. Maybe a special dinner, or we might go on an outing as a reward.

Print Your Scripture Challenge

It’s another way to encourage the kiddos to learn Bible verses. Memorizing them now will help them recall the scripture when they are older. “Bring them up in the way they should go.” Right?


If you want to except the Summer Scripture Challenge, we would be delighted. I have a free printable for you to hang on your fridge or wherever you like. 

Comment below if you are joining in the challenge. I’d love to hear how it goes as summer progresses. 

Happy Summer,

Amanda

Attitude Adjustment

I did an experiment on the family a few weeks ago. No need to call the authorities. It was an attitude experiment.


Lately, I noticed that my fuse has been short with the kids. Whenever I'm upset, my husband is easily upset as well. 

One night when giving the kids a bath, they began splashing water and got my shirt pretty wet. Usually I would scold them and tell them to keep the water in the bathtub. 

Instead I paused. I could see all four sets of eyes staring at me. How would I react? 

I slowly formed a grin on my face and told my children that it wasn't time for my bath. In a light-hearted way, I told them not to splash me. My husband had a smile on his face, and the children did as well. 

Do I set the tone for the entire family? 

Whenever I eat healthy so does my husband. If I exercise, he will too. When I give compliments, my children speak kind words to one another. 

The man may be the head of the house, but I'm the barometer. Whether I like it or not my house looks to me to be the example of moodiness or nerves of steal. 

This may not seem fair for such emotional creatures to have such responsibility, but we were made for it. At an early age we should be taught how to manage our emotions. After all, we have crazy hormones every month, and we don't kill anyone who looks at us the wrong way. 

Setting the attitude bar in our home is an aspect we have control over. There are so many factors in the world that we cannot control. The attitude we allow in our home is something we can keep in check. 

The next time I notice a bad mood or people needing an attitude adjustment, I will look at myself first. Am I projecting love, kindness, and positive thoughts? If not, I can change. I am the attitude barometer.

What are your thoughts? Have you noticed similar responses to your attitude in your home?

Amanda

Book Review and Activities: How to Train a Train

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My kids love this book. The other night my youngest son asked for a pet train. I didn't know what to say. Mostly because I wanted him to go to sleep. After reading How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton, it seems possible to own a train of your own. 

How-to books are all the rage right now, and it has spilled over into children's picture books. This how-to guide will direct your child in the correct way to bring home the right train. I love the part about how to capture your train. 

Read this book with a huge imagination, and it will reward you with endless possibilities. 

Activities:
*Set up a train zoo. Gather all the toy trains and make little habitats for them. Give each train a name.
*Make a map of where the trains like to work and play.
*Have a train race.
*Make a train out of a cardboard box. Have the kiddos decorate and color it.
*Bring out the musical instruments for a locomotive sing-a-long. 

Happy Reading,

Amanda


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Recipes: Pinned and Approved

Finding recipes on Pinterest isn't a problem. Finding recipes that taste good is a different story. I've tried and pinned so many that my board is looks like a recipe book. Here are few of my favorites. I'd love to hear if you have a favorite recipe that you found on Pinterest.



The hubby and I have completely revamped our lifestyle. As a result we have added in a few smoothies to the recipe rotation. Whole Yum has a great recipe for a peach smoothie. It's refreshing, and I love that it adds green tea as well.


Is there anything better than cheesy bread? Nope! This is one of the kids' favorite recipes. You can add lean chicken or pepperonis and make this recipe from Crunchy Creamy Sweet a one dish dinner.


We seldom have cake at our house, but when we do it's limoncello lemon cake from Liv Life. It pairs beautifully with a hot cup of tea or coffee. It's a pretty cake and would be perfect served for brunch or at a summer picnic. 


Homemade hamburgers are a big deal at our house. Sometimes we want to change it up a bit. To get the kids interested in patty melts, we call these beauties hamburgers on sandwich bread. Sara's Home Life recipe is perfect for a fast and kid friendly dinner. We add thousand island to the grown up version. Delish!


Hello fast, easy, and tasty. We tried this recipe from The Frugal Girls, and found a winner. I would use less onion than what it calls for in the recipe, but that's because I'm not a huge onion fan. For the kiddos, put the sloppy joe in a hot dog bun and sprinkle with cheese. It's easier for their little hands to hold, and they are more likely to eat something that looks like a hot dog. I added a dollop of Greek yogurt to my open faced sloppy joe, and it was great.

What recipes have you found on Pinterest that are worth sharing? Follow me on Pinterest for more fantastic ideas.

Happy Cooking,

Amanda

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