HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND OUR 2016 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS 'KIDS' CALENDAR


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The Holiday Season is here!  I love this time of year and being a mom makes it even more awesome.  Sharing Christmas traditions with my two little birds, and creating new ones with them as well makes me so happy.  

Below are a couple of Christmas traditions that we love.  

  • CHRISTMAS TREES IN DETROIT:  The Christmas Tree lighting downtown Detroit in Campus Martius Park.  This usually happens mid-November, and it's a great way to get the holiday season started.  We usually put up our tree around this time as well.  This is our 2nd year going to the Christmas Tree lighting and it's always a lot of fun!  
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  • CHRISTMAS VILLAGE:  A visit to Frankenmuth, Michigan early November to get a couple Christmas ornaments, swim (which is fun anytime), eat a delicious chicken dinner, start some Christmas shopping, and spend some time together as a family. My girls chanted 'Christmas Village, Christmas Village' as we drove through downtown Frankenmuth and it made me so happy seeing both of them filled with joy. This year was our first time going and we will definately continue this tradition. 
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  • BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  Christmas morning we sing 'Happy Birthday' to Jesus.  We usually eat Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and I put candles in each of their cinnamon rolls and we put the nativity scene on the breakfast table.  I tell them the story of Jesus birth and why we celebrate Christmas and then we sing and blow out candles.  We have been doing this for about 4 years and it's a great way to get our focus on the reason for Christmas which is Jesus...before we dive into opening gifts and running around with cousins.  
  • PICTURES:  Christmas pictures with Santa and awkward family photos.  Sometimes it's just easier to laugh, act silly, and be ourselves instead of trying to pose anyone for a Christmas picture.  These have been really funny over the past two years.  

These are the four big ones that I would like to make sure I continue doing with my littles but something I would love to start is the 'random acts of kindness' calendar.  I know it's important to always be kind but this is a great way to keep your kids and even yourself accountable and ensure you are doing things above and beyond to show love and kindness through the holiday season.  I've attached a copy of the calendar I created for my girls this year.  

Random acts of kindness 'kids' 2016  

Random acts of kindness 'kids' 2016  

Is there a holiday tradition that you love to do with your family?  We would love to hear from you and see if there is anything else we should add to our own list.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year!

HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE BANANA MUFFINS


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How to make Gluten Free Banana Muffins:

In an effort to prepare healthy snack and breakfast options for my girls we have tried a couple of different gluten free recipes and tweaked them along the way.  This is one of our favorites. It's also so much fun to bake with my girls.  We love trying new things and working together.  

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. Almond Milk (I like to use the Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk by Silk)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract (pure organic is the best)
  • 3 tbsp. of honey (we buy raw honey from Eastern Market...you can substitute agave syrup, any honey that you prefer, or maple syrup as well)
  • 1 cup of almonds (ground in the food processer so they become an almond flour consistency)
  • 1/2 cup of Gluten Free Oat Flour (I usually buy the Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Step By Step

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  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Smash the bananas in a large bowl (this is the step that my daughters love to help with).
  • Add your wet ingredients (honey, eggs, vanilla, almond milk) and mix well.
  • Slowly mix in the ground almonds, oat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • Prepare muffin tins with parchment paper, paper baking cups, or cooking spray to ensure the muffins do not stick.  
  • This recipe will make 12 muffins.
  • Pour in the prepared muffin tins and back for 30 minutes.  
  • Allow to cool and ENJOY.  
  • We love putting a little peanut butter on ours as well.  Perfect for a quick snack or breakfast on the go.  

We hope you enjoy making these delicious muffins.  Let us know if you have a favorite gluten free recipe to share or if you did anything different with this recipe to make it even more delightful.  Happy baking!  

ELECTION DAY 2016 - LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED


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QUIET TIME this morning in this beautiful place made me think about so many things.  This beautiful fall weather, the start of a brand new week, and how thankful I am that we are FINALLY wrapping up the 2016 election tomorrow.  I've been pretty quiet throughout this election season and I just wanted to share a couple of things that have been on my mind:

  • VOTE. It's such a privilege to be able to vote and I hope everyone takes the time tomorrow to do so.
  • Voting is very personal and you should not try to sway, bully, or manipulate people around you into voting for a specific candidate.
  • BE KIND to one another regardless of who they voted for. This has been such a nasty election, there have been a lot of hurtful things said, and I cannot wait for that to end.
  • Don't be afraid to vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson...if a third party candidate receives at least 5% of the votes they will receive federal funding for future elections, have equal ballot access in most states, they will be able to join future debates, and most importantly give us another option to vote for in the future. Of course we know that neither one of these candidates is going to win this election but voting for a third party is sending a message. 

Pray.  If you feel unsure about who to vote for, or nervous about the future of our country give it to God.  He knows what's going on right now and who is going to win the election tomorrow.  

I want to share the article below.  You can click on the title below to be taken to The Gospel Coalition website.  I love C.S. Lewis and I thought this was a great article. 

C. S. LEWIS, CHRISTIAN NON-PARTISANSHIP, AND ELECTION 2016

'The results and winners of the 2016 election will pass away. The kingdom of God will not.' - T.Kidd


Remember to laugh and enjoy life.  After tomorrow this election will be over and there will be something else to worry about.

These videos are just funny and remind me about what a mess this election has been.  I'm simply posting these videos with no agenda but I want to remember this 2016 election and I think these are creative and interesting ways of remember what happened this year.  


HAPPY VOTING FRIENDS!

It will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings.  Feel free to post any last minute opinions, videos, or articles below...I would love to hear what you have to say.