By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Family Focus, It Worked 4 Me, The Journey of Motherhood
If you want your kids to do something, turn it into a game. It’s simple but the best ideas usually are right? Want an easy game idea? Read on.
Its called the “opposite game” and the rules are simple: agree to say the opposite of what you mean.
Me: Ashlyn, I don’t want you to clean up those books you left on the floor there. In fact, I want you to walk away and leave them there for the rest of the day, that would make me VERY happy!
Ashlyn: No mom I won’t clean up the books!
Me: Good, I didn’t think you would.
Ashlyn: (cleaning up the books) I don’t like this game.
Me: Neither do I and I am very sad to see those books off the floor by the way.
Get the idea? The beauty of this came is that not only is it fun, but it requires some brain power (converting everything you say into an opposite is tricky business). If you really want to be a stinker, this is a great time to suggest that you will make ice cream sandwiches for lunch . Ashlyn and Hunter are 6 and 8 and play this game really well. My guess is that 5 year olds could follow it too. Kids younger than that may struggle with the concept, so test it out in a fun way to see if it is something they are ready for before you start spewing promises that may bring on the tears once they realize you were only kidding!
What about you? What is your favorite way to make daily jobs fun?
Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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Posted Friday, July 13, 2012
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By Rachel Steele | Category: The Journey of Motherhood
My five year old loves Star Wars. When I say loves, I mean loves, plays, dreams, breathes Star Wars. I recently sat down with him to watch a suspenseful scene from one of the episodes in which Yoda battles it out with Count Dooku. We watched the scene together, but really I just watched him. He intently stared at the screen, never blinked, and swung his battery-operated light saber in sync with each of Yoda’s swipes. I wondered why he thought Yoda was so cool, why he would probably become Yoda’s padawan and leave me in a heartbeat for a distant planet like Naboo, to start his sacrificial life-long training as a Jedi.
Why would an elderly, stumpy, wrinkled and bristly-haired creature with rat ears and toad skin, not to mention his tattered potato-sack attire, dyslexia, delayed speech, and scoliosis, cause a preschooler to yell, cheer, and karate chop in excitement? I wasn’t quite sure at that moment, but I was pretty sure it was not his good looks.
It got me thinking about what characteristics he possessed and what made him so cool because, let’s face it, Yoda IS cool, regardless of your age, he can rock your face off. There are two traits that come to mind when I think of the little puce green machine. One is patience and the other is wisdom. The more I thought about these two, the more I realized how much they go hand in hand. I struggle with patience on a daily basis. I would love to be able to say that I’ve learned over the years to be a patient person, but I’d be lying. I’m not patient, but I’m working on it, and the more I try to be, the more I learn from it. Too often, I tend to push and pull on God, and don’t wait for his timing. I think I know better than him and although I would never say that, my actions show it. And then things don’t work out and I think I’m being punished or get discouraged and give up. If I had been patient and passed the reigns to Him, I would see what He really has in store for me. It always, always, turns out far better than I imagine if I stop demanding to be the driver and move over to the passenger seat . Besides, this way I can enjoy the wind in my hair and the amazing scenery while riding shotgun in God’s chariot. Giving up control and waiting on Him is the one of the most difficult things, but also the most enlightening.
So, as my good friend Yoda would say…Ahh, A Virtue, Patience Is…Wisdom, You Gain !
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:4-7
I am a mother of 2 boys, wait take that back, 3 boys including my husband. I grew up in Southern California, was transplanted to the Midwest, and live past the big oak tree, left at the fork in the road, and right into the middle of nowhere. I have a degree in Fashion, love contemporary and modern decor, and appreciate the Arts. My husband was born and raised in the Ozarks. His fashion sense includes 4 drawers of t-shirts, believes the only thing worthy enough to hang on the wall should come from the taxidermist, and also appreciates the Arts; the art of saw milling, the art of goat herding,the art of brush hogging, and the art of morel mushroom hunting. Amazingly, we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary. God is Good, All the Time! I blog about my lessons learned as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend at Dreams of Perfect Design. I like to share little snipits and snapshots of my everyday adventures, in hopes that maybe, just maybe, it will impact someone else’s life.
Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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By Ashley Devonish | Category: Creating a Home, Organize Me!
Our oldest two children (Hunter age 8 and Ashlyn age 6) have shared a bedroom for about a year. It began when our in-laws brought us the bunk bed my husband used as a child and set it up in Hunter’s room. It didn’t take long before Ashlyn was joining Hunter each night and pretty soon they both discovered they preferred to room together. After several months of this routine we put Quinten into Ashlyn’s bright pink and orange room. This hodge podge arrangement didn’t feel ideal. Ashlyn’s clothes and toys were still in her room where Quinten slept and Quinten’s clothes and toys were in Hunter’s room where Ashlyn and Hunter slept. It was time for a change. We decided to move both Hunter and Ashlyn into Ashlyn’s room as it was the larger of the two and let Quinten have Hunter’s room. However, Ashlyn’s room was just a tad to girly to work for Hunter. . . time for gathering ideas.
Before: Orange, Pink and a whole lot of girl!
The goal was to create a shared room for Hunter and Ashlyn that would fit them both in design and space. I began by searching Pinterest for ideas on shared rooms. I got some good ideas there, however as you might imagine, most shared rooms are for children of the same gender. I needed to figure out not only how to arrange furniture, but find a color scheme that would work well for a boy and a very “girly” girl.
It was a fun challenge and I am really thrilled with how it turned out, let me show you what I did:
-We started with Dove Tail Grey from Sherwin Williams (I can’t overstate how fantastic the customer service was at our Sherwin Williams store). Covering up a bright pink and orange color with grey was a huge change. I really felt that the grey would look great but I was so relieved when it it was up on the wall and looked as good as I had hoped. This grey has beautiful depth and was neutral in the perfect way—a great backdrop for bright colors to shine in other areas of the room.
-Next we decided to maximize the room’s space by adding two loft beds. I searched our local Craig’s List for used loft beds and was thrilled to discover a local craftsman making custom beds with a price point that was right in the ballpark of the used frames I was finding. Choosing loft beds allowed us room for each child to have a desk under their bed. One desk was found at a thrift store and the other (which amazingly matches the first, isn’t the Lord nice like that?) was found on Craig’s List. The funky orange desk chair also came from a thrift store.
-Because I was looking for a color scheme that was both gender neutral and flexible, I opted for primary colors. With this in mind, I searched for their bedding on eBay using the keyword “vintage” in my search. I discovered a great Raggedy Ann spread for Ashlyn and Star Wars comforter for Hunter. Both had strong primary colors with a white/light background so I felt they worked well together while allowing them each to have their own personal tastes represented. When Ashlyn’s spread arrived I realized that an edging had simply been sewn around three sides of a flat sheet turning it into a bedspread. It was a simple way to create a bedspread and something I will keep in mind for the future ! Because it was so thin, I decided to turn Ashlyn’s spread into a duvet cover by sewing another sheet to it along three sides, adding some button holes to allow closure to the forth side and stuffing her comforter inside.
-The primary colors in the room were reinforced with the toy storage bin that I refinished using Chalk Paint from Stylish Patina and tissue paper balls hung from under their beds. I also used some of my left over Chalk Paint for the frame of a corkboard as well as a chalk and dry erase board (which used to be an art easel before we took it apart ,cut off the legs and mounted them on the wall).
-Because floor space was limited, we moved their dresser inside the closet and removed the closet doors replacing them with a curtain and cable rod purchased from IKEA.
-The last fun embellishment for the room was a growth ruler from a local mom run company called Keepsake Rulers and the accompanying vinyl wall lettering was purchased from a family run business called All American Sign in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Previously my children each had their own growth chart. I was able to transfer their heights and dates onto this one location and it is fun for the kids to see how their growth compares at different ages. I also love that we could take it with us should we ever move (unlike a door frame which is what we used when I was growing up).
The final result was a room that is both functional yet fun, practical yet playful.
If any of you have kids that share a room I would love to hear what you have done with the space to make it work well for your situation!
Posted Monday, July 9, 2012
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