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Christmas In July Week 2!

5 1/2 months til Christmas!!!  Our angel is getting antsy to start giving back and thought we would get a head start by celebrating Christmas in July!

Here are message 6-10 of the 15 messages that we will be giving out over the next few days.

As with all of our suggestions, feel free to make them your own.  Many of the things you are already doing can be incorporated into your personal messages.  We are currently learning scripture.  Our angel’s message could be fun games to help our kids memorize the specific scripture for that week.  

MESSAGES 6-10

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DIY IDEAS:

Message 6:  Check out our blog at http://www.yourchristmasangel.com/kids-christ/ ‎ on how our lemonade stand was used to make money to give to missions during our VBS 2013

Message 9:  Look how cute this is!!  If your child is interested in being a pen pal, look at the “code” to use from one pen pal to another.

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For more DIY’s and creative message ideas visit our Christmas in July board at http://www.pinterest.com/heartboxllc/christmas-in-july-a-summer-to-give/

What ways have you found to give back this summer?  We would love to hear how your summer of giving is going!

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Christmas in July Messages 1-5!

5 1/2 months til Christmas!!!  Our angel is getting antsy to start giving back and thought we would get a head start by celebrating Christmas in July!

Here are the first 5 of the 15 messages that we will be giving out over the next few days.

As with all of our suggestions, feel free to make them your own.  Many of the things you are already doing can be incorporated into your personal messages.  We are currently learning scripture.  Our angel’s message could be fun games to help our kids memorize the specific scripture for that week.  

MESSAGES 1-5

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Our ole trusty friend Pinterest has great DIY for our messages above.   How about a DIY sidewalk chalk recipe?

 Click this link to see how? http://www.princesspinkygirl.com/diy-sidewalk-chalk/2/#_a5y_p=1726220

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 For more DIY’s and creative message ideas visit our Christmas in July board at http://www.pinterest.com/heartboxllc/christmas-in-july-a-summer-to-give/

What ways have you found to give back this summer?  We would love to hear how your summer of giving is going!

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Christmas In July!

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Looking for ways to have fun in the sun with your kiddos?  

The Christmas Angel is celebrating Christmas in July with fun ways to give back this summer.  Stay tuned for 15 messages we will post from the angel that are just a few creative ways we can love others.

 

 

Preventing Summertime Blues

The idea of summer sounds FANTASTIC especially in the fridged cold of winter or even 20 or less days before school is out but we as parents really know what is coming:

Kids sleeping in til 10
Empty Pantries
A destructive house
“Im bored” syndrome
And….being flat broke

Hopefully with this blogpost I can give you a few pointers so you do not pull your hair out in the weeks to come….hopefully.

Pinterest is our friend and I am eternally grateful for all of you that are extremely organized and have had summer planned since last summer. From all of us who are hyperventilating knowing we are going to start busting it- we rely on you and we say THANK YOU!

TOP 5 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR SUMMER

1.  Have your kids make a list of everything they want to do- see if they can reach 100.  As parents go through the list and pick and choose what is best for your family.  Knowing DisneyWorld, The Beach, and every kid movie is on the list  you will need to edit their list :)  If you think NO WAY can we come up with those ideas here is one already made up for you! (thank you http://www.simplyhelpinghim.com/2012/06/09/simple-saturday/)

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2.  My kids are rotten so to save my sanity and them becoming even  more rotten we will have “treat day” once a week.  One day a week, lets say it is Wednesday, my children will get a treat.  It could be ice cream, chickfila, a movie, or even a small toy.  This is the only day I will spend unnecessary money on them.  This is helpful because they look forward to Wednesday and it keeps the “I want I want” down to a minimum.  You can even change it up.   Wednesday treat could be a surprise that they look forward to but will not know until the day of.

3.  Set rules ahead of time for chores so the house doesn’t become a chaotic mess and STICK to it.  Ok, I must admit the stick to it part I have not done good with in the past but I must become a stickler (note to self)!!  I found all kinds of great chore calendars over at The Clever Pink Pirate!  Check them out by clicking on the link below.

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4.  Use the summer to give, love and serve others.  Most importantly in planning this summer think on how we as a family can focus on others?  In 2011 we started a Christmas in July **4 Weeks of Summer Giving**!  The activities are centered around giving  and serving others through “summer” type projects.  Here is a calendar of events to help you get started.  Do not feel like you have to do 4 weeks or even do them all through the month of July… spread them out…maybe do one a week.  Check this link out (http://www.yourchristmasangel.com/kids-christ/) to see last years post on our lemonade stand.  Visit my pinterest board www.pinterest.com/heartboxllc for more creative ways to give.  summergiving2013

5.  Be intentional!  As always do not let these 8-10 weeks fly by and have nothing to say for them.  Although as parents we get tired and frustrated but THIS is our time with our kids.  Knowing that they will not be in the house every summer lets make this summer memorable and with intentional teaching.  The best teaching is biblical centered and not worldly centered.  What ways as parents can we use this summer to point our children upward?  I would love to hear your comments!

Intentional living to be continued………Post to follow!

May Madness

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Recitals

Artshows

Test/Finals

Field Day

Graduation

End of the year parties

Teacher’s gifts

and Of Course…..Mother’s Day

May has to be the busiest month of the year.  In my opinion busier than December and in a completely different way.  At least for Christmas they start “preparing” months out…..May is a fire hydrant of “to dos” thrown at us so we can end up at the finish line.  This finish line is ultimately our kids favorite day of the year THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  Sooooo….it is only fitting that Mother’s Day falls right slapped dab in the middle of all the chaos!

The pain of packing the last 20 lunches and 20 snacks (times 3 in my house)….

The pain of actually caring to sign brother and sister’s homework folder….

Spelling homework?  Whats that?

Reading Log??  We are still logging our reading this late in the year?

And my personal favorite:  Jeans with holes and/or too short due to a growth spurt in the late winter.   No way will I be buying new jeans this late in the year.

So don’t feel bad being celebrated MOMS!!! We Deserve It!  It take a mom to get through the madness of May!

 

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