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  • DIY Flavored Marshmallows

    During the cold, cabin fever-y days of January, we're always looking for little ways to brighten our day! Making these fun marshmallows is just what we need some days!

    This is the most simple way I've found to make cute flavored marshmallows. Get a container of whipped topping and let it thaw out a bit.

    Then spread it out in a pan.

    Next add some sprinkles or crushed peppermints, even mini chocolate chips or flavored extracts would be fun too! I haven't tried food coloring but that's on my list to try as well.

    And fold it in.

    Put the pan in the freezer and let freeze until it gets nice and hard.

    Once hard, break out your favorite cookie cutter shapes.

    When cutting through, wiggle it a bit so that the filling stays in the cutter and you can just pop in on top of your cocoa with your finger. My kids usually put the cutters in and I do the wiggling it out.

    Add these to your favorite hot drink for some extra flavor and cuteness!

    My kids also enjoyed just scooping it out by the spoonful and adding extra sprinkles. 

    Here's to surviving the winter days! 

  • Simple Ways to Include Your Kids in Everyday Tasks

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    One thing I've really worked on this past year is including my boys in what I'm doing at home. Whether it's laundry, dishes, cleaning or cooking. There never seem to be enough hours in the day so including them in the things I do gives us that time to talk and feel connected. 

    It also teaches me patiences like none other. ;)

    And I feel like including them in cooking requires the most patience. But they really love to be included. So I set aside times that I plan to include them. And I mentally prepare for it to take much longer than expected. :)

    I also pick something that doesn't require too many steps to include them in.

    Muffins are a good example.

     With cooking, getting this customized 'sous chef' apron from Minted just filled my 5 year old's little cup and added that 'extra special' factor for the times he helps me in the kitchen.

    pssst here's where you can grab one for the little sous chef in your life! Only $28 with free personalization!

    Other simple ways to include your kids in everyday tasks:

    (Note: My kids are 5 and 3 so that's the skill level I'm working with)

     

    Dusting: put socks on their hands and assign them an area that doesn't have anything breakable

    Dishwasher: let them be the one to put away the silverware

    Dinnertime: let them set the table for you

    Laundry: have them match up all the socks

    Sweeping: let them hold the dustpan

    Groceries: let them help you carry lighter things in and put things away

    Picking up: make them responsible for their own toys

    Is there something you do to include your kids that you find helpful? Share in the comments!

  • Twenty Eighteen Resolutions + Printable

     

    I really love to reflect back + look forward when one year ends and another begins. It brings perspective and helps me grow. Every year, I really enjoy writing out one sentence prompts of things I want to strive towards. 

    Here's what I said for 2018:

    Do the next right thing

    It's one of those coined phrases but on days where I feel overwhelmed, it really helps to say this to myself. Just do the next right thing. One step at a time towards days filled with doing the right thing. Maybe it's laundry instead of instagram, maybe it's a nap instead of laundry. 

    Try Staying Organized

    As a flighty, right-brained creative, I drive the struggle bus on this one. But I'm gonna keep on trying. Give me  all the lists and calendars.

    Enjoy holding my babies at bedtime

    I caught myself rushing through bedtime a lot last year. Just ready for some free time. I want to savor their littleness and hold them a little longer and little tighter. 

    Create community around me

    Invite more people over. Fill my table more often. Be intentional. 

    Go somewhere new

    For our 10 year anniversary hopefully!

    Give my time more generously

    This may not be my season to be a big financial giver but that doesn't mean I can't be generous. I want to see and meet needs by being generous with my time.

    Start praying, stop worrying

    Meaning stop worrying in it's tracks by praying. 

    Be present and engaged

    Stick to my office hours and really enjoy my people when I'm not working.

    Accept my season

    And flourish and grow where I am. In motherhood, in marriage, in friendships, in location.

    Spend my time wisely

    The overall underlying theme for me.

    And my word to focus on this year is: Joy

    Choose it. Be it. Spread it.

     

    Hey 2018, I'm looking at you with glittering eyes. 

    Here's a printable 2018 resolution prompt for you to download for yourself!

    Fill it in and hang it somewhere you can see.

    Click here to download 

  • Merry Christmas from the Goodmans

     

    When my kids remember their childhood Christmases, of course I want them to remember making cookies with mom, dancing to records, reading books by tree light, being granted all their requests for cocoa and how good it feels to give a gift to your sibling. But most of all I want them to remember a home filled with love because of the One who first loved us.

    Merriest Christmas to you and yours.

    And huge shoutout to my husband, who I had no clue could take snaps from our phones and turn them into this!

  • Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Pie

    Easy but delicious and pretty is the name of the game when it comes to pies for me.

    So I start with store-bought dough and roll it out. 

    And in this kind of pie you pre-bake the crust. So poke a bunch of holes it in and

    make a pretty design on the crust all just using a fork.

    Take your second, pie dough and cut out whatever shape you want to put on top of your pie.

    For a Christmasy look, I chose stars.

     

    Don't bake them as long as the pie crust takes, just watch them til they look done!

    Then add sprinkles and powdered sugar!

    While the pie crust bakes, make your two ingredient filling!

    All it takes is dark chocolate and whipping cream!

    Once the pie crust is cooled, just add your filling and let it chill.

    Add your decorations before you're ready to serve!

    Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Pie

    Ingredients

    Store bought pack of 2 pie crusts

    Bag of dark chocolate chips

    1 C Whipping Cream

    Directions

    Bake pie 1 pie crust according to package. Use second crust to make decorations.

    While crust is baking, combine dark chocolate with whipping cream over heat until smooth.

    Pour into pie crust and let cool. Once chilled, add decorations.

    Best served with chocolate loving friends.