10 Winter Activity Ideas for Families

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10 Winter Activity Ideas for Families

Since it is one of my goals this year to spend every Sunday doing a family activity, I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to make it fun {rather than “painful” as others sometimes find it}.  Some of these we’ve tried, some don’t really fit my age of kids–but in the interest of providing some cool ideas for my peeps, here you go:

  1. Game night.  I know, this is kind of a no-brainer go to activity, but seriously, if you pick the right game, you can totally learn a lot about your kids {the way they think, the funny things they say, etc.}
  2. Movie night.  This gets particularly fun when your kids get a little older.  Alternate who gets to pick the movie {you can rent or go to the movies, your call}.  That way, you can pick some classics that they would never even know to pick on their own, and they will go along with it, because they know that they’ll get to pick the next week.
  3. Visit a museum.  We tried out the LeMay Car Museum and it made the boys giddy.  Be a tourist in your own city–I bet if you look, there are a couple of museums you didn’t even know existed.
  4. Go out to dinner.  Try something new–choose a different theme:  Mexican, Italian, Japanese.  It’s a chance to expose the kids to different foods without having to prepare them yourself.  Wahoo.
  5. Kids cook.  If your kids are old enough, let them pick a recipe out of one of your cookbooks.  Get all of the ingredients and let them make the dinner.  Then, enjoy it together as a family.  It might change their perspective to be on the other side of the table after preparing the meal.
  6. “Date night.”  If you have more than one kid, try dividing and conquering.  It will allow each kid some one on one time.  Take them to dinner or even just ice cream–but make it just about that one child.  Your spouse can take one of the kids too.  {It may require a sitter for the other kids, but they’ll get their turn eventually too.}
  7. Volunteer.  Choose a cause as a family that you can volunteer all together.  Maybe one night a month you all serve dinner at a soup kitchen, walk the dogs at the humane society, or stock the shelves of a food pantry?  It will teach them the importance of charity and give you valuable time together.
  8. Go to a concert.  Depending on your city, there could be a ton of cheap/free concerts going on.  It may not be a headliner, but it might give them an appreciation for live, unaltered music.
  9. Teaching night.  Pick a skill that you have that you have never really focused on teaching them before, maybe it’s baking bread from scratch or changing the oil in the car.  Either way, you spend time and you impart you finite wisdom.
  10. Look at photo albums or watch home videos.  I mean, seriously, unless you schedule a time to sit down and look at them, they just collect dust.  Looking at or watching them together will bring up some pretty funny commentary.

Now go make some memories,

~Mavis

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The $20/$20 Challenge: My Friend Jane Shares Her Pantry Pictures

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Jane4When I issued $20/$20 Challenge, I knew my readers would show up in full force. What has been an awesome surprise is that my friends are joining in the fun, too! Today my dear friend, Jane, from Thy Hand Hath Provided {you know, the one with the AWESOME cookbook}, shares her pantry pictures:

Jane1A few years ago, I was much more of a purest in terms of eating local and in season produce year round as much as possible.  With a growing family and a baby in the house again, I’ve had to make some food compromises in order to stay sane.  We still garden, can and freeze a lot of our food but we’ve also been making good use of stores like Costco to make sure there is plenty of healthy food and snacks on hand for our busy household of six.

Jane3Our old house came with a narrow pantry but the shelves were not the best.  My husband built new ones so we could make better use of the space.  Our pantry holds canned goods, canning supplies, kitchen appliances we don’t use every day, potatoes, squash, honey {from our bees}, some homeschool supplies and a mishmash of other items.  I’m so thankful for this space!

Jane6We have two freezers in addition to the one above our fridge.  The upright holds extra freezer meals, frozen veggies, zucchini bread, venison from a friend, pork from our pig, and a few convenience items for quick lunches when we’re short on time.

Jane8Our chest freezer holds more frozen veggies, frozen jam and pesto, the rest of our pig, lard, etc.We don’t have much of dry goods pantry other than standard baking supplies.  I try to buy what we need as we go (rice, oats, etc.) because our toddler loves to get into my cupboards and distribute items throughout the house.

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I am constantly challenged to find recipes that use the frozen and canned food we have on hand instead of getting sidetracked by new recipes that require me to buy all the ingredients at the store.  I put together a cookbook a couple years ago that helps me do that.  We feel incredibly blessed by the bounty we have on hand.  I try my best to share it with others by taking meals to people going through difficult times.

Thank you, Mavis for sharing your bounty with others.  I love your generous heart!

Blessings,
Jane

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Are you getting your pantries camera ready? You can participate in the $20/$20 Challenge by simply sending in pictures of your pantry. Find out more about the $20/$20 Challenge: Show Your Pantry – Fill a Pantry!

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I hope you are doing well. :) Happy Sunday everyone,

Mavis

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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure – Old Chair

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I stopped by the Goodwill on my way home from running errands the other day and spotted this rather nice dinning room chair for $3.99 + tax. The fabric seat was a bit stained and the chair really was not my style, but it was in good shape, so I snatched it up.

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I had been on the lookout for a good, sturdy chair for my daughter’s desk {which I bartered with Girly Girl for earlier this summer} and I knew with a little paint and fabric, I could make this thrift store find work. After all the chair was in great shape and about 10 times better than the folding chair she had in her room. ;)

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I knew we had a can of black spray paint in the garage, so after I removed the seat cushion from the chair,  I sprayed 2 coats of paint on to the chair and left it outside to dry.
removing old fabric from seat cushion

The bedding and drapes in my daughter’s room are grey and white, so when I popped into the Joann’s fabric store I was hoping to find something on sale that would work so this $3.99 chair didn’t turn into some huge and crazy expensive project. ;)  Luckily their home decor was on sale for 60% off and I was able to snag the 5/8 of a yard that I needed for $9.99 + tax.

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When all was said and done I spent about an hour working on this project and $15.33 for the fabric and chair. I think it fits perfectly in her room, don’t you? Finding good furniture at thrift stores can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, but if you hang in there, eventually you’ll find what you’re looking for.

~Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 1/24/2015

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Friday Night at the Movies – Living on One Dollar and Salam Neighbor

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Recently, I stumbled on a small non-profit film production company that documented living on $1.00 a day  in rural Guatemala for 8 weeks.  I watched the first documentary Living on One Dollar {available on Netflix} just last weekend and thought it was an amazing {and heartbreaking} look into the lives of extreme poverty. to date, the documentary has raised more than $90,000 to alleviate poverty.

Now, these college buddies are filming Salam Neighbor {right now, as I type this}. It will document the EXTREME poverty and living conditions in Syria.  This time, they are living for one month along side Syrian refugees.   They are posting on social media sites regularly as they film, like Facebook and Instagramif you are interested in following along until the documentary is available.

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I thought the first film was super interesting, and I expect Salam will be as well.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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My Goals for This Year – Week 4 of 52

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1. Get Organized. Bottom line, I need to get it together.

Remember that space in the garage I was suppose to organize last week? It didn’t happen.

iPhone screen2. Run, walk or crawl a Marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k race this year.

Other than walking Lucy, I didn’t get a whole lot of extra walking in this week. The HH came back from his trip sick and I haven’t been feeling super hot lately so I don’t want to push it. Because basically, if I get sick, the whole house shuts down. Ha!

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3. Remodel our Master Bathroom, Master Closet and Monkey Boy’s Bathroom.

So apparently NO ONE likes tile counter-tops. Hmmm. How is it possible I am the only one not bothered by grout lines? We have always had tile counter-tops and I have never had a problem with staining or keeping them clean. But, I am going to talk to Chino and see what other surface is in my price range.

4. Finish Every Room in Our House.

Completed so far:

  • Monkey Boy’s Bedroom
  • The Girls Bedroom

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5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself.

When we first bought our house, I imagined putting a couch, a small coffee table, a tv and a desk in the spare bedroom and using it as my own personal cozy office. Like the kind you see in magazines. So far that has not happened. Right now the room is just a boring space filled with extra furniture, grow lights and craft supplies.

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6. Create a Vegetable Garden.

It’s official. I’ve decided to install 4 raised garden beds just outside the patio door. Now I just have to map out what I’m going to plant and I’ll be ready to go!

7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden.

thrift store chair

8. Limit my personal spending to $100 a month.

I stopped by the Goodwill on my way home from running errands and picked up this dinning room chair for $3.99 + tax. The fabric seat was a little stained and it really wasn’t my style but I’ve been looking for a good, sturdy chair for my daughter’s desk so I went ahead and purchased it. I bought some fabric from Joann’s and plan on turning it from trash to treasure later today. :)

Total spent so far this month $81.64.  Still have $18.36

thrift store donation

9. Purge… Weekly. Find 10 things each week to donate to the thrift store.

This week I donated:

1 Old printer
1 Opened package of glossy printer paper {I bought the wrong stuff}
1 Humidor {Someone gave it to my husband 5 years ago and he has never used it, shhhh!}
1 Leopard hair clip and matching headband I found under a cabinet {must have been the previous owner’s}
3 Matchstick holders
1 Colonial Williamsburg Calendar
1 Melamine plate

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10. Read 1 book a week. - My goal is to read 52 books this year 

I whizzed though Henry Buskin’s book on Johnny Carson and absolutely recommend it to anyone who is a Johnny Carson fan. Talk about an interesting character. I thought the bits about his finances in the early years of the Tonight Show were fascinating and how seemingly uninteresting money was to him. He worked in exchange for suits! {I can think of a few things I would work for, Panera being one of them}. :) Anywho, I loved the book and read it in like 2 days. It’s a keeper.

anne nichols primitive turket hooked rug

11. Slow Down. – Do one thing for myself each week.

I finally finished the primitive turkey rug I’ve been working on since last summer, and I love how it turned out! I did make one mistake though. Can you see it? I was going to fix it, but decided not too. ;)

12. CanningI’d like to open my pantry at the end of the year and have rows and rows of home canned goodness staring back at me.

So far this year I have made: Cranberry Orange Marmalade and Blueberry Lemon Jam

Did you set any goals for this year? If so, how are they coming along?

~Mavis

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Chipotle Pulls Pulled Pork From the Menu

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Are you a Chipotle fan?  If so, I am sure you have heard by now that they recently put up signs in about 1/3 of their stores saying that carnitas would not be available.  No carnitas stems directly from a suspension of one of the Chipotle pork suppliers.  The suppliers were apparently in violation of the Chipotle’s animal welfare standards.  According to an article on NPR, the exact violation is unknown–though, it could have something to do with the farrowing crates {confining the pigs} or slatted floors {rather than deeply bedded floors the pigs can dig around in}.  Either way, until they are up to compliance, Chipotle will be looking for a new supplier, and not serving pork in the meantime.

I personally LOVE Chipotle, and support a business who stands up for and by what they believe in.  {If you are new to the Chipotle philosophy, there is a quick 20 minute documentary about their business standards that is free to stream on Netflix, called Inside Chipotle.}

What do YOU think, do you like knowing where your food comes from?  Will you be more inclined to eat at Chipotle now that you know they put their money where their mouth is…literally?

~Mavis

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Word of the Day: Alimentary  Definition: Pertaining to nutrition.  Used in a sentence: The alimentary canal carries the food through the body.

Hello Friday! Anyone have any plans for the weekend? My goal is to plant the remaining trees in the upper garden, put a second coat of paint on my daughter’s bathroom and to map out my garden now that I know where I’ll be starting it. Fingers crossed I can get everything done.

The HH continues to be sick, he was coughing so badly last night I think if this thing lasts another day or two he should probably go to the doctor’s office. I tried suggesting this to him this morning but he just rolled his eyes at me. What is it with men? Sheesh! He said he does fine during the day but when he lays down the coughing starts up again. I went through this last year so I know how crummy it feels. Poor thing. :(

Well, I hope wherever you are, you have a well rested weekend,

Mavis

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