Don’t Spill the Blessings! Another Fun Family Home Evening Idea

Don't spill the blessings

Lately my kids are all about the classic game,Don’t Spill the Beans. My two-year-old calls it Don’t Drop the Beans, so cute! If you aren’t familiar with this game, it’s a cause and effect game where you take turns dropping beans into a swinging “pot” but if you put too many beans in the pot could spill on your turn! The first one to get rid of their beans wins. Although my kids seem to think it’s more fun to spill the beans and gather them in a mini mountain. Due to my kids apparent fascination with spilling the beans I decided to base a Family Home Evening around this simple kid’s game. Except this time we are playing Don’t Spill the Blessings and the real goal is to help our kids understand

1) that blessings from Heavenly Father are directly correlated with obedience to His commandments

2) that He loves us and gives us commandments out of love and

3) that He wants to give us SO many blessings they can’t be contained and end up spilling.

Opening Prayer

Scripture: D&C 130: 20 – 21

There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven

Song: Keep the Commandments (click link for music)

Lesson:

The way you approach this will depend on the age of your kids. I have very young children who don’t like to sit still for the lesson part of family home evening so feel free to adjust if you have older kids. I started this family home evening by pretending we were getting in the car for a drive. The analogy is taken from Carole M Stephen’s conference talk, If Ye Love Me Keep My Commandments. If you have older kids you might be able to just read a quick excerpt from her talk. You can find it here. Either way, I highly suggest going over it in preparation. It’s a wonderful talk! Remember, this is just for your own convenience and to help others out with family home evening. You don’t have to follow it exactly. To quote a song, Listen to the still small voice. He will guide you. :)

Please sit on the couch, we’re going for a pretend drive. Good job. Now let’s all put on our seat-belts. Click. Click. Click. Good! Why do we wear seat-belts?

To keep us safe

So we don’t get hurt

Because it’s the law

If it wasn’t the law, would mom and pop still put you in seatbelts? Of course we would! Why?

Because you want us to be safe

Why?

Because you love us!

That’s exactly right. We love you SO much! We would never want you to get hurt. That’s why we put you in car seats and seat belts.

Does Heavenly Father ask us to do a lot of things?

Yes.

Like what?

Go to church

Pray

Pay tithing

etc.

Why does He ask us to do all of those things?

Probably a blank stare. Ha ha!

Do you think it’s because He loves us and wants to keep us safe?

Yes!

Alright can someone read this quote from Carole M Stephens?

His Commandments are a manifestation of his love for us and obedience to his commandments is an expression of our love for him

“His commandments are a manifestation of His love for us and obedience to His commandments is an expression of our love for Him.”

Did you know that when we receive a blessing from Heavenly Father it is because we obeyed one of His commandments?

K, it’s time to play Don’t Spill the Blessings! The beans represent blessings and every time we place a blessing on the pot we have to say a commandment and a way we are blessed when we follow that commandment.

Examples: paying tithing – having enough for our needs, getting baptized – receiving the Holy Ghost, Praying – Receiving comfort

Play as long as you want!

Closing Song: Count Your Blessings (click link for music)

Closing Prayer

I hope this is helpful. I’m planning on trying it AGAIN in a couple of weeks. My kids were SO excited to play the game they had a hard time with the lesson at the start. ha ha. Sometimes family home evenings go really well and sometimes they don’t. But I trust that if we keep doing them our family will be better for it. Good luck and I would LOVE to hear how it goes at your house :)

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How any mom can finish her to do list + an easy craft

63% of professionals use to-do lists, at least according to a linkdn study published in 2012, but, according to the same study, only 11% of those professionals complete them. Can I get an amen to that?

As a stay at home mom I have to be self motivated and organized or my home gets chaotic…fast…like faster than Michael Phelps in a crocodile infested swimming pool kind of fast. One of the best tools in my arsenal? The to-do list, and while there are definitely days I don’t get through my to-do list. Lately there are more and more days where I rock it.

Here are my easy tricks for getting through your to-do list:

How to finish your to do list - stay at home mom

1. Don’t “overlist” yourself: If you aren’t getting through your list, put less things on it. This seems obvious, but for type A overachiever types (like myself) it’s not. No, you are not failing at your list because you are failing at life! You’re just over-scheduling yourself. I try to limit my list to 5 or 6 items.

2. Don’t make your list too rigid: My husband plans his day out by the hour, school from 8-10, work from 4-4, lunch from noon – 1 etc. But as mom’s (or stay at home dad’s) our lives just aren’t that predictable. Every single task is interrupted, there are hungry kids (who were just fed an hour ago), stubbed toes (that can only be healed by a kiss), peed pants, is it nap time already? You get the picture. It’s OK to have a few items that have to be completed at a certain time, but try not to get overwhelmed if it’s 2 pm and you’re not done yet. There are so many things we do as moms that can’t be quantified or checked off in a list. Healthy happy kids are the goal, not five satisfying check marks.

How to finish your to do list - busy moms

 

3.  Keep it consistent: For the most part my list looks the same from day-to-day. It’s part of my routine, and the fact that it is pretty similar day-to-day means that when I inevitably get distracted I can get back on track once the distraction is over, rather than wandering off and starting something else entirely. This tip is HUGE for me. Seriously, if you only pay attention to one of these tips, I would start with this one.

4. Start your list in the morning: Have you ever had a morning where you were too tired to get out of bed so you let the kids watch Daniel Tiger while you caught an extra thirty minutes of shut-eye? How did the rest of the day go? Was it easy to get back into your usual routine and be productive? I’m not saying days like that don’t happen. We’re human after all, but if you are looking for a productive day then it’s a lot easier if it starts out that way.

5. Keep your list in a visible place: My to do list is on the baker’s rack in my kitchen. It’s front and center. I see it multiple times every day, so when I’m distracted or zoned out (now what did I come into the kitchen for?) I can see my list and get going. I don’t know if it’s my right-brained self or what, but I get side tracked easily. This tip helps me “re-rail” quickly when that happens…. like fifty times a day…

So, now that you’ve read my easy tips for how to get through your to do list. Here’s my super easy way to make a reusable white board to do list.

First, take an 8 x 10 piece of paper, I used butcher paper, and crumple it up into a ball.

wadded paper

Then, smooth it out as best you can

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Place it into a picture frame, mine came from the dollar store

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And you are done!

How to be a productive stay at home mom

Grab a dry erase marker and get to do-ing. You can do a traditional to do list. Or you can even play a game with yourself. Check out this tic-tac-to-do list I made. Once you’ve accomplished three things you win! Wooo hooo!).

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And it can be used for many purposes. I actually do my home pre-school on it before writing my to-do list in the morning.

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Moral of the Story: Getting stuff done is hard. But you can do it! Go grab a to do list and feel productive :)

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