I think one of the best ideas in a long time are the new painting places that are popping up. Most of them advertise some kind of byob, but you can certainly byo(soda) if you want. My friends and I recently tried one and it was SO much fun! It was relaxing, too! We all learned some painting techniques, brought home our own work of art and munched while we painted. Many of these painting storeso offer classes for little ones (minus the alcohol of course). I highly recommend. Here are a few of the options out there:
See if there is one in your area!
I have recently been introduced to the FitBit. It was a gift and it is super fun!
You all know I am a fitness/health guru. I am constantly trying to find the best workouts, chiseling muscle routines, healthy eating plans, and diets. Through all of this I have become a healthier person. I no longer think that I will be prettier if I am a size negative zero. I really only thought like that for a year a few years ago. I now know that I have a 10-15 pound range and both ends are very healthy. One end may be more muscle and one more thin, but both are ok. I know what I need to do to be my healthiest, I know when I don’t do that, accept it and start new the next day. I have plans on using my interest in these areas to become a personal trainer.
Enough of that ramble.
Even though I have come to this realization for me, I also know I need accountability so I don’t go crazy with laziness or gluttony. 😉 The FitBit is great for that. It keeps track of everything! I can track my calories burned and eaten, how much sleep I get and its quality, my activities and how many steps I take in a day. I am currently around 13,000 steps a day. 🙂 You can also link up with friends and have a healthy health competition.
I highly recommend this for EVERYONE. Such a great gift and tool and toy. 🙂
Check out their website.
Some pictures of desserts from the last couple months…
Another great devotional from Bible Gateway NIV devotionals for moms. 🙂
Listen to the Stones
Additional Scripture Readings: Proverbs 1:5
When Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, crowds cheered, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38). The Pharisees ordered Jesus to tell the disciples to be quiet. Jesus replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40). Surely Jesus meant that the good news of his coming was so overwhelming that, if human voices failed, the most ordinary, inanimate objects of the earth would have to shout his praise.
In the same way, if we miss God in the big picture, he will be sure to make himself known in the plain, the small and the near. The ordinary stones of our lives are ready to tell us something important. They praise a God who is ever-present. They bless the name of a God who cares.
Like the unexpected note that picks up our spirits. Or the nearby parking space when we’re in a hurry with a baby and toddler in tow. Or the hug from a friend that says, “I understand.”
In life’s tough times, evidence of God’s care may seem to evaporate. But his presence in daily moments is there nonetheless—if we’ll just listen to the stones.
My calm, sweet little girl has caught a coughing virus. It is keeping us all up at night. The dr. prescribed her with some mild steroids to help her asthma which is going crazy with the cough. Nice weather + 10 days of school left + beautiful weather + confinement to the couch + asthma medicine + no sleep at night = calm child bouncing off the walls = crazy mommy. HA! 🙂