Family Home Evening Lessons For A Whole Year!

My church has set aside Monday night as Family Home Evening – a time for families to study the gospel together and to do other activities that strengthen the family spiritually, create family memories, and increase unity and love. Whether or not we have the same beliefs, I think it’s a great idea to have a night dedicated to your family,

I don’t know who created this, but it looks like it took a lot of work! And if I knew who created it, I would credit them. But thanks to Shyla for sending it to me. Click HERE to download a packet of Family Home Evening lessons already planned out for a whole year. Hooray for making things easier :)

Aloha Friday #10

Kailani at An Island Life does Aloha Friday and here is what she has to say:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question to you is:

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

My answer?

Yummy waffles!

Wordless Wednesday – Unplugged

We are a little to overstimulated around here….no TV today!

For more Wordless Wednesday, check out 5 Minutes For Mom!

The Pritikin Diet/I Should Totally Write A Diet Book

I’ve heard about the new diet rage – The Pritikin Diet. Of course, there is a book to go along with it – The Pritikin Edge: 10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life. I found a little excerpt online about the 10 essential ingredients. They include eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains; avoiding fast-food restaurants and high-calorie beverages; portion control; not smoking; and eliminating stress. This is groundbreaking! Who knew that eating healthy foods and avoiding fatty foods could be so good for you?? (Yes, this is sarcasm) I’m totally writing a diet book. The Cammi Conspiracy: 10 Ways Diet Books Are Tricking You Into Spending Your Money On Them.

We all know the basics. It’s the doing it part that’s hard…. I know I need motivation to keep me going. So c’mon – share with me! Who is on a New Year diet? Are you having success? What are you doing?

Tuesday Toot – I’m Just A Painting Machine

I have been busy finally decorating my house. I know we’ve lived here for 2 years, but having 3 kids under 5 doesn’t leave me with much extra time! So the 2 rooms I’m currently working on are:

The Kids Bathroom

I still need to paint the opposite wall blue, but I’ll be getting to that today! I’m exceptionally proud of myself for painting the ‘Rub A Dub Dub’ on the wall. Who needs vinyl lettering?? I also want to get really motivated and do tile above the shower in a few weeks.

And Bubba’s Room!

I just need to hang the curtain and switch the lamp shade to Bubba’s room. Up next – the master bedroom! Stay tuned….

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Big Girl, Tiny Bed

Chloe has graduated from her crib to a new toddler bed. Who knew such a tiny bed could make her such a big girl? She loves it! Thanks Chelsea!

On All Fours

Stolen (by invitation of course!) from Jenni at Jiggety Jigg!

Four Places I go over and over again:

1. Bug’s Elementary School
2. Wal-Mart
3. My laundry room
4. My pantry – usually for some piece and quiet. The kids never think to look there!

Four People who email me regularly:

1. My hubby
2. Yoga for Every Body – Although I have yet to try one of their great new yoga poses….
3. Facebook – which includes a lot of people. Don’t you just love Facebook??
4. Pottery Barn – can’t afford anything in the catalog, but still read it faithfully

Four of my favorite Places to eat (apart from home):

1. Macaroni Grill – I’ve ordered the same thing for years, Penne Rustica with a raspberry Italian soda.
2. Happy Sumo
3. Ruby River – I enjoy it even more because my hubby is so happy there!
4. Wendy’s – because 99 cent deliciousness from my car window is just what I need sometimes!

Four places I’d rather be now:

1. Villa Pelicano – Cabo San Lucas. Greatest. Vacation. Ever.
2. Bliss Spa – I’ve never been there before, but I LOVE their products!
3. Out on the dance floor
4. Anywhere warmer than the 36 degrees outside…

Four favorite TV shows:

1. Grey’s Anatomy
2. 24 – I’m so glad it’s back on. Hooray! Did anyone watch it last night???
3. The Hills/any other “scripted” reality TV show – I’m guilty. What can I say?
4. Anything on the Food Network or HGTV.

Four movies I could watch over and over again:

1. Happy Gilmore – “Your fingers hurt? We’ll now your back’s gonna hurt ’cause you just pulled landscaping duty.”
2. My Best Friend’s Wedding
3. Shall We Dance/The Wedding Planner – I will always be a J to the L-O fan.
4. The Incredibles – Because I have to. Boo watches it twice a day.

Four people I’m tagging:

You, you, you, and….you.

Musical Monday – Jason Mraz Ft Colbie Caillat – Lucky

"Lucky" Official Video With Colbie Caillat

Next Time, I’m Taking Pictures

Seen in the checkout line at Wal-Mart:

A man pushing a cart full of Doritos (probably 7 or 8 bags) and 4 gallons of skim milk. Why the skim?? :) In front of him – A man pushing a cart with 2 warehouse size boxes of diapers in different sizes, 3 cases of beer and an orange vest. Yes, this was the entire contents of their carts. Maybe I’m the only one amused?


Did anyone catch Private Practice last night? It was a heart-breaking episode. (And one of the best so far if you ask me) A mother with 3 young children, the oldest with autism, comes to the office worried about cold symptoms her younger son is showing. They had just gotten back from Switzerland, where the oldest son was receiving therapeutic treatment for his autism. The mother is adament that her son’s autism came from vaccinations. Trying protect her younger sons, she chose to forgo vaccinating them. It turns out the cold symptoms are not from a cold. It’s measles. The entire practice has to go into quarantine. Unfortunately, the sick boy dies. But you knew he was going to. The writers were trying to make a statement.

It was eye-opening to see just how quickly a problem can escalate and just how contagious these diseases we have been protected from really are. They showed the fear of the pregnant women in the practice. Their baby could be born with birth defects from a single instant. I’m personally pro-vaccination. I don’t believe there is enough scientific or conclusive evidence that vaccinations do in fact cause autism. MMR’s also do not contain thimerosal, the mercury based preservative that is suspected of causing autism. Since there are still so many questions about the cause of autism, I don’t think it’s fair for others to choose to expose society to death from preventable diseases. However, I do think parents should make an informed decision about anything that goes into your child’s body.

I know how touchy of a subject this is. I can’t imagine the pain a mother would feel for her child having such a trial in life.

Did you see the show? What did you think?