Free Printable: Color Wheel

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Kids love to play matching games! One of the Champ’s favorites is his “sun” game. We pin clothes pins around a wheel to make a “sun.”

The first of these matching wheel games we played was color matching.

To make the game: Simply print out the wheel on card stock. Cut out the Wheel and color labels. Glue color labels to eight clothes pins.

To play the game: Have your child match the color word to the color on the wheel.

This is one of my favorite activities to do with the Champ while I am folding laundry. He can sit in the floor and play the game while I call out the colors to him.

Download my FREE Color Wheel Printable!

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Bible Journaling for the Non-Artist

A couple of years ago, I never would have imagined myself enjoying Bible Journaling. I am not much of an artist. I don’t have pretty handwriting. I cannot draw beautiful pictures. This was not the right means of worship for me.

These were all lies the enemy whispered to me. Over the next year, I learned that Bible Journaling was not about skill. It was about finding a way to worship the Lord.

There are several ways to Bible journal even if you cannot draw!

Stamps.
I personally have not used stamps in my Bible. However, they are very popular when it comes to Bible journaling and I love using stamps for scrapbooking. Among my friends who use stamps in their Bible journaling endeavors, StazOn ink seems to be the favorite ink. Much like scrapbooking, you can use cling stamps that adhere to a clear stamp block. This allows you to easily see where you are positioning your stamp. You can also purchase pretty date stamps to record when you designed each page.

Stencils.
Stencils are great because you can use them with various types of media. You can use pencil, pen, colored pencil, watercolors, etc. with your stencil to create a beautiful image. You can even cut out a shape out of a piece of paper and use that as a stencil.

Washi Tape.
Washi tape is a special craft tape that originated in Japan. It looks and feels like masking tape. It comes in a variety of colors, designs, and widths. There are even tapes that are scalloped and reminiscent of lace. You may use a single strip of washi tape as a border (or layer a few of various widths. Or, use several strips to make a pretty background.

Stickers.
If you are uncomfortable with your own handwriting and are also nervous about the bleed through that you risk with paint and ink, there are so many stickers to choose from. You can use alphabet stickers for lettering or tons of pretty embellishments. Flat stickers work best for Bibles; however, you can find various 3D stickers that may add a little extra pop to your page. Be warned: it is very easy to find yourself addicted to the sticker aisle at Hobby Lobby.

Tracing.
One of the best things about the onion thin paper in Bibles is that you can see images through the paper. First, find a black and white clipart image that you like and resize the image to fit the margin of your Bible. Then place the image under the page you would like for it to be on and trace the outline. You can then use your colored pencils and paints to further decorate the page.

Find a Font.
You can dress up your own hand writing by adding some embellishments to it. Darken the down-strokes, add highlighting, or play with different types of pens.
Whenever I need inspiration for a font, I turn to Pinterest. Search terms such as “Hand Lettering,” “Full Alphabet,” “Typography,” or “Handwriting Fonts.” My Pinterest board has several fonts pinned already. With a little practice, your lettering will improve.

Write Instead of Draw.
If you are still uncomfortable with the tips above, you can still journal. Simply highlight the text and write out your thoughts in the margins. Using different colored pencils to write can make your margins a work of art!

What unique ways do you use to illustrate your Bible?

Check out all of my past posts in this series:
Why I Love Bible Journaling
Bible Journaling: My Routine
Bible Journaling: Tools of the Trade Part 1
Bible Journaling: Tools of the Trade Part 2
Bible Journaling on a Crayola Budget

*Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means that if you click on the link and purchase the item, I may receive a small compensation with no added cost to you. I only recommend products that I personally use or believe my readers will love!

Am I a “Grown Up?”

Adult Card2On Tuesday nights, the Coach has a night class. My typical routine is to take him into school before lunch, and pick him up in the evening so that the Champ can get a car ride home with his daddy before bedtime. A couple of weeks back, as I was strolling around campus with the boys I overheard a couple of freshmen talking about their moms as they were skateboarding in the quad.

“She can’t tell me what to do. I am an adult. I live on campus by myself and everything.”

I chuckled at the statement. This boy was ten years younger than me and had more confidence in his adulthood than I had in mine.

I frequently ask the Coach when my adult card will come in the mail because I simply don’t feel like a “grown-up.” Even though I am married, paid bills for six years, have completed my degree, held a couple of “big girl jobs,” and have two children, I still feel as if I am a little girl playing house.

I pulled out a tube of lip balm from my pocket the next day. When I went to twist it up, it wouldn’t come up anymore. For the first time in my life, I finished a tube of lip balm before it was washed in a pants pocket, lost, melted in the car, or eaten by the dog. Somehow, this empty tube of lip balm felt like a real sign of my becoming a “grown-up.”

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There are various definitions of adult: no longer young, not childish or immature, fully grown or developed, mature. I suppose by those worldly definitions, I am definitely a grown-up.

However, am I spiritually grown-up?

“It’s difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand. Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature- for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:11-14)

“However, we do speak a wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, a wisdom God predestined before the ages of our glory. None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthinas 2:6-8

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Perhaps I have been living on the milk of the word for too long. It is tempting to be spoon fed the basics of the Christian faith from the pulpit. However, have I neglected my pursuit of spiritual maturity? Have I been seeking out the more complex aspects of the Word? In order to mature in wisdom, I should be seeking the wisdom of God.

Much like adulthood, spiritual maturity does not come with a card in the mail. But, it will be apparent in the way we live our lives and walk out our faith.

But unlike adulthood, we will never be “fully grown or developed.” We must constantly seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and continue to grow in knowledge over the course of our lives.

Prayer for My Thought Life

Lord,

I cannot hide the thoughts of my heart from you, Lord (Jeremiah 23:24). Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).

Help to cast away my anxiety and turn to you in everything (Philippians 4:6). You know my needs and will provide for me. Help me to not seek the things of the world, but to seek the kingdom of God (Luke 12:29-31). When I cry out to you in my trouble, you will save me from my darkness (Psalm 107:13). You will deliver me from my troubles when I cry out to you (Psalm 34:17-18).

You tell us that an angry man stirs up strife and a furious man abounds in transgression (Proverbs 29:22). Help me to not be quick to anger (Ecclesiastes 7:9) Help me to not be envious of others or self-seeking because evil exists where envy and self-seeking exist (James 3:16).

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Plam 51:10). Help me to be spiritually minded, so that I may have life and peace (Romans 8:6). Give me the wisdom to be pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy (James 3:17).

Renew the spirit of my mind (Ephesians 4:22-24). Help me to be of good cheer in times of tribulation because You have overcome the world (John 16:33) and your comforts delight my soul (Psalm 94:19).

Amen

Home Remedies: Sore Throat

coldLast week, my family was struck with a series of illnesses (strep, pink eye, ear infections, and a flu-like virus). So, I have been trying various home remedies for sore throat, dry cough, and congestion. Here is my analysis of ten home remedies (plus one suggested by the Champ).

Hot Chocolate

This was one of my favorite means of relieving both sore throat and dry cough. I attempted drinking hot chocolate made with water and with milk. The hot chocolate with milk seemed to provide the longest lasting relief. Perhaps, the milk coated my throat better.

Ice Cream

We look for any excuse to eat ice cream at our house! The ice cream did provide sore throat relief. However the downside to ice cream is that it tends to disappear quickly (and has the unwanted side effect of increasing our waistlines). I found the most relief with a mint cookies and cream shake (mint has been suggested as a home remedy).

Yogurt

We mostly ate yogurt to help relieve side effects from our antibiotics. However, the yogurt also provided some sore throat relief. Be sure to get a non-citrus variety for maximum comfort.

Steam Room

The most effective means of getting rid of my dry cough was creating a sauna in our bathroom. I closed the bathroom door, turned the hot water on high in the shower, and sat next to the shower for five to ten minutes. The best part about this method is that it works as a decongestant as well. We tried this one time with the Champ, and he did not like the steam. Other variations of this method may include a humidifier or simply taking a warm shower.

Chicken Soup

We let the Champ pick out “fun soup” at the grocery store to hold on to in the event of illness striking. He picked noodles in the shape of Frozen characters. However, his poor throat was too sore to consume the noodles. He did drink a little of the broth. The chicken noodle soup was pretty effective against my sore throat for at least thirty minutes of relief. It was one of the few non-dessert foods I was able to consume at the height of my illness.

Honey

The Coach’s grandparents are bee farmers, so we consume a lot of honey at our house. Anytime the Champ is “sick,” he demands a spoonful before bed. This works better for us than cough drops for him because there is a much lower choking risk.

I highly recommend Broke T Honey! It is so much better than honey at the grocery store. It is raw honey and contains no chemicals or additives.

Warm Milk and Honey

I was not excited about trying this combination because I prefer my milk cold and unsweetened. However, I drank a cup of this before bed and my cough was greatly reduced throughout the beginning of the night.

Mock Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a traditional alcoholic British drink (derived from India) used to relieve sore throat. We do not consume alcohol in our house, so a traditional hot toddy (made with whiskey) would not work here. But, the main non-alcoholic components (honey, lemon, and clove) are all great for sore throat.

Mock Hot Toddy
1 TBS Honey
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp clove
1 cup hot brewed tea
1 TBS lemon

Stir all ingredients together for three minutes. Strain and serve warm.

Gargling Saltwater

I attempted to do a warm saltwater gargle. However, this did not seem to help the back of my throat much and I do not like the aftertaste that a saltwater rinse leaves behind. I also had trouble not coughing long enough to gargle.

Hot Tea

I love hot tea! My favorite herbal tea for sore throats is “I Love Lemon” by Bigelow. I add in a tablespoon of honey and this seems to be a great combination for sore throat. The steam from the tea also works as a decongestant.

Spaghetti and Breadsticks

This was the remedy suggested by the Champ (age 3).  A suggested remedy we did not try was garlic, so maybe he was on to something here. I went to Fazoli’s and bought him a kid’s meal. The effect was minimal; however, the breadstick was his first “meal” in three days.

 

*All of these methods were used to bring comfort to my family members. However, I am not a medical professional. This information should not be considered medical advice. Please see a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

** Please note that I get a small percentage of sales from the Amazon link above. However, I drink a lot of Bigelow tea and I am personally recommending it to my readers.

Free Printable: I Have, Who Has Colors

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One more “I have, Who has?” game! This time, we are reviewing colors.

Traditional Rules: Pass out all of the cards. Player one reads their first card. The player that has the next color goes next. Play continues until all cards are called.

Example:

  • Player One: “I have red. Who has yellow?”
  • Player Two: “I have yellow. Who has blue?”
  • Player Three: “I have blue. Who has green?”

The game can be played with 2-11 children.

Single Player Rules: Lay all but one card on the floor face side up. Read the remaining card out loud. Have your child find the next card and continue until all of the cards have been picked up.

Example:

  • First card reads: “I have red. Who has yellow?”
  • Find the next card: “I have yellow. Who has blue?”
  • Find the next card: “I have blue. Who has green?”

For more practice, have the child find an object in the room that matches their card. For example “I have red, like our couch. Who has yellow?”

Download my Free I have, Who Has-Color Review Cards.

See my past posts for Alphabet, Shape, and Number review.

I recommend printing on cardstock and/or laminating the cards to make them more durable. I use a Scotch Laminator.

Bible Journaling on a Crayola Budget

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If you think that you would enjoy Bible journaling but are worried that it will not fit into your budget, don’t worry about costs. Journaling is a creative process and when it comes to budgeting for it, we can get creative.

For me journaling is more about the process than the final results, so using simple supplies was not much of an issue.

The biggest initial expense in Bible Journaling is buying a “Journaling Bible.” These are special Bibles that have a wider margin and thicker paper than traditional Bibles. If you are like me and are living on a shoestring budget, even the $25 Bible seems like a big amount. In this case, you can read the passages from any Bible (or online if you do not own a Bible), then journal in any journal or notebook that you already own. My first week of journaling was done on plain copy paper and my son’s art paper.

There are no required tools for journaling. You can simply use your Bible, journal, and a pen or pencil. However, most people want to create a more colorful page. I started out by using tools that I already had around the house. I used regular pens instead of the nice archival pens. I used five of my son’s crayons as highlighters. I also had a box of Crayola colored pencils and an off brand children’s watercolor set.

I did have a little bit of supply envy after getting on Pinterest and reading blogs by others that do Bible journaling. So, I started a wish list and asked for supplies as Christmas and birthday presents. As I received these products, I noticed that my pages looked a little nicer. However, they were not necessary to build the relationship with God that I get through Bible journaling. For reference, the top image on this page was done with the Champs art supplies. The bottom image was done with the supplies listed in my last post.

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