Bible Journaling – Acts 4:12

So we are on our third verse for the #scripturememorychallenge for our church.

Acts 4:12 ESV:

“And there is Salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

We joined forces with our friends, the Bookholdt’s, to do our memory video this past week. The verse gets explained in more detail:
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Marc goes by Booky in these vids, and his son Justin is behind the camera. I can’t say I’ve ever had more fun memorizing scripture before! Lol.

So besides that vid, Eleanor and I did Bible journaling videos as well. I put mine to music and I think she’s going to narrate hers… we shall find out once I embed the vids.

So far, I’m mostly sticking to pens and lettering (poor lettering)… but I’m learning a little each time. I may branch out and put a sticker on it next time. Lol. Eleanor got a little crazy with misting, but that’s been her favorite thing for a while.

We are kinda tryin’ to get on a schedule so we hope to have a journaling vid or two every wednesday.

 

 

 

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So here are the flix. We hope you enjoy them and we hope you’ll join us in bible journaling and scripture memory.

 

Have a blessed week!

Stay tuned for some scrapbooking on Friday!

 

xo, Fitty

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12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 3 – Easy sewing – Christmas Pillow Makeovers!

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For Day 3 of the 12 crafts of Christmas, Roo and I decided to jazz up the living room by covering up the ugly with festive! So we wrapped our pillows in Holiday fabric!  This is one of the easiest sewing projects as well as one of the quickest.

Pillow Covers

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You will need:

  1. Festive Fabric
  2. Hello Kitty sewing machine.  Or boring plain sewing machine with nothing decorative on it at all.
  3. Coffee. We ran out today.  I don’t know how I let this happen. Someone bring me coffee.  Thanks.
  4. Pins

These are pillow sham style so they are completely removeable, so you can take em off and wash em.  Or maybe you leave em on all year because you’re that type of peeps.

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Here is our Day 3 vid…  sry for the nighty time… but that starts at like 4:30 so it’s hard to avoid sometimes…  we promise to do some of these in the daytime when people are alive.  🙂

 

Tune in tomorrow for stuffed Christmas Tree Ornament making!
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12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 2- Cinnamon Stick Reindeer

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Today’s craft is very special because it is hosted by CRAZY CAT and KOOL KITTY! Roo’s friend Brielyn joined us for a fun day of crafting! Or is it Cool Cat and Krazy Kitty…  or Cook kitty and Crazy kat?  If you can figure it out during the video let us know.

Cinnamon Stick Reindeer

You will need:

  1. Cinnamon Sticks
  2. Hot glue gun
  3. Black and White acrylic paints
  4. Twigs or toothpicks for antlers
  5. Cat ear headbands to wear
  6. Ribbon or twine for reindeer scarves
  7. Cotton if you want fluffy tails
  8. Pickles and pulp free OJ for snacking

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Thanks for watching!  Join us tomorrow for HOLIDAY PILLOW MAKEOVERS!!

 

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In case I never said Thank You…

As school started this year, as did the flood of peanut related posts on facebook and the sort. Bloggers gathered defenses and armed themselves with angry parents to defend their rights to peanuts anytime anywhere! I read post upon post, article upon article of people claiming they have been violated in the rights department because PB&J can’t tag along to school. I have sat jaw-dropped at some comments like, “Why do the rest of the kids have to suffer due to a small percentage of peanut allergic kids.” and “No normal, healthy child should ever have to lower their bar of standards to accommodate another child’s inability to meet a ‘basic set bar of expectation.”

So basically, some of these people are saying Peanut allergic children are weaker humans and should be locked away from society if it causes even the slightest inconvenience for a small portion of the day to other “normal” children. And some aren’t quite as angry, but still annoyed at little. I get it. Just getting homework done for school is a feat in itself. Now you have to alter your lunch life as well.

Let’s throw it out there. I had no idea about food allergies before my daughter was diagnosed. I was so overwhelmed and anxious when I found out that I was up all hours of the night researching for months and months. What does this mean? What did I do wrong when I was pregnant? How did this happen!? What do I do now? But I’m not here to get into that now.

I was also very tempted to post my rebuttal list to all these maddening articles I’ve been reading. But I decided that was already taken care of by a lot of other allergy kid parents. I decided that what needed to be done at this time was to point out all the people in my life that have not shunned us for the annoyance of having us around. To all the people who have no problem going out of their way to keep our daughter safe. I may not thank them enough because it really truly means so much!

To my family! THANK YOU! Every family party I go to, my mom or my sister check with me so they can make something special for my daughter to eat. My father-in-law (Poppy) buys ingredients she can have so that he can make her a special batch of rice krispie treats. My sister always has a safe brand of ice cream handy when we have parties so she won’t feel left out. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law buy her a GIANT bag of Yummy organic lolli’s every year so she always has travel snacks. Thank you to my Aunts and Uncles who avoid putting out bowls of nuts on holidays! Thank you for all the seperate bags! For all the questions! They don’t have to, but they do.

To my friends! THANK YOU! When they have birthday parties for their own kids, they make sure nothing is made with peanuts and they make sure her goodie bag is filled with treats she can actually have. It’s enough to plan a party, but to have to take time to account for my daughter on top of all of it. It’s a lot to just even remember to do that. And they invite us again, instead of telling us to stay home because it’s too much of an inconvenience to the other kids to have my daughter there. Thank you to friends in different states who’ve invited us for weekends and made sure their homes were safe. Thank you to those who even went as far as to whip up a special batch of dairy, egg, and nut free brownies! And again, I don’t expect it, but they do it.

Even at church and small group, THANK YOU! They always check with me when they aren’t sure of something. I have a dear friend who always has something safe for my daughter to eat when we go to her house. THANK YOU!

To every restaurant that ever made her a special meal that required pots and pans to be washed or fries made seperate… or grills to be cleaned in order to prevent cross-contamination. THANK YOU! To all the pizza places that make her special pizzas! To every chef that comes to the table to make sure he knows just what foods can’t come in contact with hers. To every waitor or waitress that takes the time to make sure everything is safe or is just honest that it’s probably better she eat the food in her lunch box instead. Even to the people who take my phone calls ahead of time checking if there are is a peanut free cooking area because peanut and peanut oil is not as containable as the other allergens. THANK YOU! Nobody likes to be that person at a restaurant… that person that asks a million questions when the place is hopping. So sincerely, THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to her former pre-school for checking with me on everything from facepaint to detergent!

And there are many more people that I’m probably leaving out..

But at the end of the day, this is my problem. It’s my husband’s problem. It’s my daughter’s problem. It doesn’t have to be my family or friends problem. But they make it theirs because they love us. They wait till we leave to bust out the Reese’s on Halloween. They wash their hands and faces frequently just in case. Just like we would accommodate them if it meant keeping them in our lives. They understand what community is and what it’s like to look out for one another.

I’m not thanking them because this all makes my life easier (it does), I’m thanking them because they care enough to do it without being asked. And I don’t have all the answers. Because you can’t find them. There are so many theories to why the percentage of kids with food allergies has grown so much. You don’t know what kind of reaction your kid will have. This time it could be a rash, next time a swollen throat. Kids have died from allergies that were thought to be “mild.” So the only way to be 100% safe is total avoidance. And there’s no way to do that completely. And I’m sure if there was even a .01% chance something could kill your kid, you’d sure as heck avoid it!

So again, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who was even thought to look out for my daughter’s well being. To everyone who makes her feel included and cared for! You can’t know how much it means to us! We love you!!!

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x-posted to The nut free home school

In case I never said Thank You

As school started this year, as did the flood of peanut related posts on facebook and the sort. Bloggers gathered defenses and armed themselves with angry parents to defend their rights to peanuts anytime anywhere! I read post upon post, article upon article of people claiming they have been violated in the rights department because PB&J can’t tag along to school. I have sat jaw-dropped at some comments like, “Why do the rest of the kids have to suffer due to a small percentage of peanut allergic kids.” and “No normal, healthy child should ever have to lower their bar of standards to accommodate another child’s inability to meet a ‘basic set bar of expectation.”

So basically, some of these people are saying Peanut allergic children are weaker humans and should be locked away from society if it causes even the slightest inconvenience for a small portion of the day to other “normal” children. And some aren’t quite as angry, but still annoyed at little. I get it. Just getting homework done for school is a feat in itself. Now you have to alter your lunch life as well.

Let’s throw it out there. I had no idea about food allergies before my daughter was diagnosed. I was so overwhelmed and anxious when I found out that I was up all hours of the night researching for months and months. What does this mean? What did I do wrong when I was pregnant? How did this happen!? What do I do now? But I’m not here to get into that now.

I was also very tempted to post my rebuttal list to all these maddening articles I’ve been reading. But I decided that was already taken care of by a lot of other allergy kid parents. I decided that what needed to be done at this time was to point out all the people in my life that have not shunned us for the annoyance of having us around. To all the people who have no problem going out of their way to keep our daughter safe. I may not thank them enough because it really truly means so much!

To my family! THANK YOU! Every family party I go to, my mom or my sister check with me so they can make something special for my daughter to eat. My father-in-law buys ingredients she can have so that he can make her a special batch of rice krispie treats. My sister always has a safe brand of ice cream handy when we have parties so she won’t feel left out. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law buy her a GIANT bag of Yummy organic lolli’s every year so she always has travel snacks. Thank you to my Aunts and Uncles who avoid putting out bowls of nuts on holidays! Thank you for all the seperate bags! For all the questions! They don’t have to, but they do.

To my friends! THANK YOU! When they have birthday parties for their own kids, they make sure nothing is made with peanuts and they make sure her goodie bag is filled with treats she can actually have. It’s enough to plan a party, but to have to take time to account for my daughter on top of all of it. It’s a lot to just even remember to do that. And they invite us again, instead of telling us to stay home because it’s too much of an inconvenience to the other kids to have my daughter there. Thank you to friends in different states who’ve invited us for weekends and made sure their homes were safe. Thank you to those who even went as far as to whip up a special batch of dairy, egg, and nut free brownies! And again, I don’t expect it, but they do it.

Even at church and small group, THANK YOU! They always check with me when they aren’t sure of something. I have a dear friend who always has something safe for my daughter to eat when we go to her house. THANK YOU!

To every restaurant that ever made her a special meal that required pots and pans to be washed or fries made seperate… or grills to be cleaned in order to prevent cross-contamination. THANK YOU! To all the pizza places that make her special pizzas! To every chef that comes to the table to make sure he knows just what foods can’t come in contact with hers. To every waitor or waitress that takes the time to make sure everything is safe or is just honest that it’s probably better she eat the food in her lunch box instead. Even to the people who take my phone calls ahead of time checking if there are is a peanut free cooking area because peanut and peanut oil is not as containable as the other allergens. THANK YOU! Nobody likes to be that person at a restaurant… that person that asks a million questions when the place is hopping. So sincerely, THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to her former pre-school for checking with me on everything from facepaint to detergent!

And there are many more people that I’m probably leaving out..

But at the end of the day, this is my problem. It’s my husband’s problem. It’s my daughter’s problem. It doesn’t have to be my family or friends problem. But they make it theirs because they love us. They wait till we leave to bust out the Reese’s on Halloween. They wash their hands and faces frequently just in case. Just like we would accommodate them if it meant keeping them in our lives. They understand what community is and what it’s like to look out for one another.

I’m not thanking you because this all makes my life easier (it does), I’m thanking you because you care enough to do it without being asked. And I don’t have all the answers. Because you can’t find them. There are so many theories to why the percentage of kids with food allergies has grown so much. You don’t know what kind of reaction your kid will have. This time it could be a rash, next time a swollen throat. Kids have died from allergies that were thought to be “mild.” So the only way to be 100% safe is total avoidance. And there’s no way to do that completely. And I’m sure if there was even a .01% chance something could kill your kid, you’d sure as heck avoid it!

So again, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who was even thought to look out for my daughter’s well being. To everyone who makes her feel included and cared for! You can’t know how much it means to us! We love you!!!

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APPLE CHIPS: The easiest Healthy Snack you’re not making!

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Can you tell we like apples around here? Simplist snack ever! INGREDIENTS: APPLES. That’s it. just…. apples… even if you just have one apple, you can make a whole tray of chips! But if you have two, go for it! Unless you wanna practice on one first. That might be a good idea.

You’ll need parchment paper, a couple baking trays, and a mandolin for best results. Actually, for any results, you’ll need these things. haha heh…. well, only because they will burn without the parchment, and you really need to get the thin slice a mandolin can offer to achieve the proper chiplikeness. And I’m sure you have a baking tray or cookie sheet lyin’ around somewhere!

If you don’t know what a mandolin is:

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You don’t have to get the biggest and baddest, mine is a fairly cheap one from walmart and it does the job like a champ! So bottom line, you need to make super thin slices. You don’t want apple chunks! You want chips! Even though my friend Amanda’s mom always told me via Amanda “Chips make chunks.” That’s advice for a different sort of life lesson. not for making snacks.

Anyway, back to making these instead of just letting your kids consume the 5lb bag of sour patch kids. I find about one medium size apple fills up a tray. So I usually do two apples and two trays at a time.

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Sidenote: Apples are on the dirty dozen list of produce that gets megadoses of pesticides and the sort, so if you can splurge for organic, please do. Either way, wash em real good. I sliced mine from bottom to top, seeds and all! It makes for a pretty star shape in the middle and the seeds just kinda fall out on thier own. And no apple tree has ever grown in the stomachs of those who’ve swalled apple seeds so no worries there. Spread out your slices on your trays and try not to overlap. They do stick together so some slight edge overlap is ok, just don’t pile em up on top of each other. Set the oven to 200° Bake on one side for 40 mins or so. Then flip em’ and bake another 40 mins. I have noticed a difference in baking time with different apples. The first time we made these, I used fuji apples. They needed about 45 mins on each side. Last time I used Braburn and they only needed 35 mins each side. They were also not as sweet so we added some cinnamon. So use your judgement, when they start turning light brown, it’s time to take them out. They may be still a little soft, but they harden up as they cool. So far, the fiji apple chips were the sweetest and definitely our favorite. With absolutely nothing added to them. Plain apples, no sugar, no cinnamon… I couldn’t believe how sweet they tasted on thier own after baking them. This is that kinda snack that people try at your house and then go home and immediately try to make for themselves.

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If your end result looks like potpourri, you probably did it right. If your end result looks like potpourri, you probably did it right. And maybe you’ve been making these for years and I’ve just arrived in the “now” Either way, Cheers! God Bless!

New Jersey Scrapbook

So in order to learn about New Jersey, we’re putting together a kinda scrap book. We started it on ART day last week and it’s going to be a more long term project. We’ll add to it as we get more information. (I know what you’re thinking… isn’t every day ART day?) The answer is yes. Every day is ART day in some fashion… but since thursdays in middle school were with my fav Art teacher Mrs. Falk, I’ve just designated that day to be Art day here.

I used one of these binder handbooks that have just a kraft kinda cover so you can paint em, or glue stuff to em… really anything. You could even wallpaper em if you want.
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I honestly haven’t been to a craft store in a while, so I’m not sure if other brands make these… in this size. But you could also get one that’s already got a pattern on it… Or just use a regular old binder with the clear pocket in front to add a title. Anything!

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Eleanor decided she wanted to paint it like the beach because that’s her favorite part of New Jersey. So she made a sky… a little bit of grass… the water…

And then she got the idea to add some shells that were in the Hermit crab cage. And we actually did get em from the Jersey Shore, so it was perfect.

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And then I introduced her to modeling paste. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

SHE’S NOW ADDICTED. to modeling paste.

It started as just making some texture for the sand at the bottom… then it turned into a way to glue on the shells… it was everywhere! But that’s ok, because that’s why Grandpa made us these craft tables for easy clean up! Plus this sewing mat I have just ends up being a paint, glue, mess catcher anyway. But don’t worry too much about your kids doing any damage with modeling paste. It gets almost gummy when you wet it, so it peels off of most surfaces.

So anyway, now she wants to use modeling paste for everything. She used it in place of a glue stick in the book to attach paper to paper…

but hey, it’s her book so I let her do whatever she wanted!

And of course she topped it off with pink Color Shine and pink glitter.For the inside front page, we drew a picture of New Jersey and colored it.

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Yes, that’s modeling paste holding on that “Home sweet Home” card…

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So far her favorite thing she learned was the the State fruit was the blueberry… because she loves to eat em and one of her buddies Connor calls them Bloobs… I should ask him how he spells that.. Bluebs? Seems like I can get in trouble with that one…

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She can’t seem to remember who the Governor is, but the capital sticks a bit better. lol.

So anway, it’s a work in progress… we’ll update when we get more in there.

Happy MONDAY!

God Bless New Jersey!