Friday, March 20, 2015

Nursery Singing Time Ideas

I felt that I needed to share my ideas for Nursery Singing Time.

I am the designated singing time leader in my ward (congregation) for Nursery, and I LOVE IT! I have been in this calling for 2 years now, and in that time I have come up with ideas to make singing time fun and interactive for the little ones.

Here are a few things that I have made for the list of songs that we sing each week.

Bracelet Bells: made from colored pipe cleaners and small silver bells. We use these when we sing, If You're Happy (children's songbook page 266).

Sunbursts: cut out using my Cricut, laminated with the clear shelf liner, and large popsicle sticks. This is for Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam (children's songbook page 60).

Stars: I found there cute stars in the Super Little Singers CD that I bought. I printed them out on yellow card stock and laminated them with the clear shelf liner and used large popsicle sticks. We use these when we sing I Am Like a Star (children's songbook page 163). You could also use these for Twinkle Little Star.

Ribbon Wands: I used small dowels, I found them at Michael's, with 3 different shades of blue ribbon and pinned on top with a thumb tack. The kids love these, but I always have to remind them to wave them down low to mimic water, as we use these when we sing "Give", Said the Little Stream (children's songbook page 236).

Egg Shakers: I used plastic eggs filled with beans, they make more sound than rice. I hot glued the eggs shut. We use these when we sing Do As I'm Doing (children's songbook page 276).

I also like to let the kids choose the songs instead of me. So I've made a few things to help with that.

Music Sticks: I painted large popsicle sticks in different color, and wrote the songs on each stick that we sing each week. I try to give each kid a turn to pick a stick.

Fishing: I found pre-colored fishes in the Super Little Singers CD that I printed, cut and laminated. I wrote on the back of each fish a sing. Each fish also has a paperclip on it. I also made a fishing stick using a dowel, ribbon and magnet. This is also a big hit with my little ones.

Music Flowers: This is my newest way for the kids to pick the songs. I found pre-cut foam flowers at Joann's. I painted large popsicle sticks green for the stems and wrote the songs on each of them. Hot glued the stems to the flowers and put them in a cute little basket to carry. Go HERE for the tutorial to make them.

Here is a list of songs that I teach each week.

"Give," Said the Little Stream
I Am Like a Star
Do As I'm Doing
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
If You're Happy
Book of Mormon Stories
Head, Shoulders

I also have a reverent song that gets the kids ready for their lesson time, which is I Am a Child of God. But just before we sing I will give each kid a "reverent" sticker. For my older nursery kids I also do a wiggle song to get them ready for the reverent song, which is My Hands (children's songbook pate 273).

Each class takes me about 10-15 mins, which is recommended. It allows the teachers to get ready for the next part of their schedule.

I have a few other ideas that I plan on making, so once I have those made I will share. But for now this is all I do.

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Music Flower Tutorial

With Spring here I wanted to make a new way for my nursery kids to pick the songs that we sing each week. So I came up with music flowers, here's how to make them.

pre-cut foam flowers
large popsicle sticks
1 sheet sticky back yellow foam
1 sheet sticky back orange foam
green paint
small basket

The first thing I did was paint the popsicle sticks green.

Then I cut out the orange and yellow middles and stuck them to the pre-cut flowers.

I then wrote the songs on the back of the sticks and hot glued them to the back of the flowers.

Voila! There you have super cute music flowers that the kiddies will enjoy! Mine loved them!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

New Etsy Item

I'm totally excited to announce that I finally have finished a new item to add to my shop! Ya, I know it only took forever to do it but better late than never, right? haha

I will now be listing the Bapron in my shop.

my adorable baby modeling the 6-12 month bapron.

Here is the bapron, a bib and apron combo for babies and toddlers. There will be 2 sizes available, M (6-12 months) and L (2-3T) it could possibly fit a 4T toddler if they are small.

Oh they are also reversible!

This one will be listed in my shop. The Medium size will be $12 and the Large will be $15.

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March doTERRA Promo

It's a new month and that means new promos from doTERRA!!

First off this month's savings is the OnGuard foaming hand soap. You can save 10% on the concentrate and 2 dispensers.

Product of the month is a 15 mL bottle of Wild Orange with an LRP order of 125PV or more.

The other amazing offer for this month is for Deep Blue.

Earn a FREE 5 mL Deep Blue oil AND Deep Blue Rub with an order of 200PV from March 1 - March 31.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Be Prepared - February: Foil, Trash Bags & Paper Towels

Told you I'd be back with more info for February's emergency preparedness.

The additional items you should be collecting are:

  • axe
  • paper towels
  • trash bags
  • foil
You're probably wondering thinking, huh? Why these items? Ok, an axe you would need to be able to cut things down. But paper towels? Trash Bags? Foil?

Let me tell you that these things would serve you in ways you probably never would have thought of.

Foil: has many uses. Let me name a few.
  • line containers for increased insulation: it will help keep food hot longer or colder
  • great for covering things
  • you can cook things in them, you know the hobo style meals you make while camping
  • you can make a funnel with foil, probably best to use the heavy duty foil for that
  • you can sharpen scissors
  • make a solar cooker
Paper towels: what would you use paper towels for?
  • use in your garden when planting
  • wrap your clean produce after it has been washed to keep fresh
  • use as a strainer
  • soften brown sugar
Trash Bags
  • use as a poncho
  • protect your sleeping bags and pillows
  • use as a tarp
  • stuff with leaves to make a pillow out of it
  • use to catch water in
  • white trash bags can be used to signal for help
So not as un-useful as you might have thought, huh?

I didn't buy the expensive ones, bargain brand will do just fine.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Be Prepared - February: Grains

It's February! How did you do in collecting your items for January? I wanted to share with you before I got into what we need to do for February, my awesome finds for the January items.

Small can of instant milk, and egg powder from Emergency Essentials

Large cans of instant milk and powdered cheese also from Emergency Essentials

I found the toothbrush kits at the dollar store and the soap at target for less than $1.

These are for the 72 hour kits, I also found these at the dollar store.
Now, onto what we need to do for February. This month we are collecting grains: wheat, rice, corn, etc. Grains are such an essential staple for any food storage. You need to make sure that you are collecting enough for each member in you family.

You can collect flour or hard/soft wheat kernels. Freshly ground wheat is one of the most nutritious foods we can eat. It's a great source of fiber and it is fairly inexpensive.

What you need to know for collecting wheat: A minimum of 200 lbs per adult is a general guideline to use. You can even go up to about 350 lbs per person max. The thing is that you don't want to be short of have an excess that you may end up wasting. I will be the first to admit that I'm no good with math so I have found a couple of sites that have done some math and give some great examples. Living Prepared has done a great example for a family 4. He has done a breakdown of how much wheat a person may consume in a year. I even found an online calculator that can help you determine how much you need.

So, using the calculator my family of 5 needs about 600 lbs of wheat for 1 year. That sounds like a LOT but when an emergency hits, it will be just right!

Where am I going to store 600 lbs of wheat?! That is a very good question. I don't have a lot of space and here in Arizona it gets hot, so storing it out in a shed is not an option, unless it has its own air cooling system. Something to look into for the future. I'm going to need to get creative in my storage place, but I discuss that at a later time.

When collecting your grains make sure you're storing the grains that your family will use and eat. Don't just store anything just to store it. Be smart about it.

Here are a few other things to consider for storing grains.

Rice: There are different kinds of rice. Long grain white rice is a popular rice to collect and it usually available in bulk through the emergency preparedness sites. But if you prefer the other types of rice collect that and make sure it is stored correctly to last. Brown rice is very nutritious, but the downside is that it does not keep as well as white rice. You may want to consider brown rice as a 3 month food storage item and not long term. Again figure out what you need, use the calculator that I mentioned above as a guide to help you out.

Corn: you can collect kernels that you can grind to make up cornmeal or use to make popcorn. Or get already made cornmeal to store.

Oats: How much oatmeal will my family need? Do I plan to use it for breakfast daily and in many other recipes? Or will I use it primarily for cookies? Are questions we should ask when storing oats. Not everyone uses oats. Again only store what you need. Side note: a #10 can holds about 12 cups of oats.

Most importantly make sure you are rotating your food storage and replacing items. Use your food storage, it doesn't have to only for an emergency. By using it you will gain a better understanding of how to use it so that when a disaster does strike you aren't scared of how to use it.

I will touch back later this month with the other items on the list that we should be collecting.

February preparedness file.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentine's Day Wreath

It's been a while since I posted a craft on here. 

The other day I was at the dollar store and they had their Valentine's Day stuff out and I saw red rose bouquets with hearts and the the idea just hit me that I needed to make a wreath using those flowers. I didn't have a wreath for Valentine's Day and it was probably time that I make one.

I bought a stick wreath, those flowers, foam glitter hearts that I also found at the dollar store, wood letters, and went to work. 

I painted my letters first so that they would dry as I was gluing the flowers. I placed my flowers and the hearts and then glued in place. I had found a ribbon bow at Michaels, it was badly made so I re-tied it so that it looked prettier.

Once the letters were dried I glued them into place with foam hearts next to them. Here is my final result.

I loved how it turned out!!

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