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Our Monthly Parenting Meeting | Five Facet Review

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In this video I’m talking about a monthly parenting meeting we have called The Five Facet Review. It’s basically us just checking in with each other on how are children are doing in five different areas: PHYSICALLY, SOCIALLY, MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY.

 

 

Below I’ve including a free printable that I use to keep track of what was discussed in each meeting. At the top I write in each of the kids names( if you have more than three kids you can double up or print a second page on the opposite site. Then fill in each box with a certain problem, strength, solution, goal, prayer, idea, etc. Print this sheet and keep it in your planner, home binder, or a safe place where you can review it on a regular basis.

 

Click here to download your free Monthly Parenting Meeting worksheet!

 

PARENTING AND MARRIAGE BOOKS WE LOVE

Love and Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

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April “No Pressure” Menu Plan

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The only thing I hate more than cooking is meal planning. Seriously, I would rather do laundry or clean the bathrooms. However, this task must be done so I’m going to suck it up and do it…every month. I’m doing this as a blog post to keep me accountable and on top of this task every month. I’m not going to add to much pressure on myself by being locked in to making each dish on a specific day. I’m just going to find recipes on Pinterest and some of my go-to’s and place them in the calendar…on any date. When  I’m ready to meal plan for the week( usually on Thursday, then grocery shop on Saturday) I’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Click on the links below of anything that sounds tasty or go straight to my Pinterest board and scroll through the photos.

 

APRIL MEAL PLAN PINTEREST BOARD(CLICK HERE)

4.1 PASTA SALAD

4.2 CHICKEN FRICASE

4.3 PICADILLO

4.4 PULLED BEEF AND TOSTONES

4.5 LEFTOVERS

4.6 CHICKEN AND RICE

4.7 FRENCH BREAD PIZZA STICKS

4.8 COPY CAT ZUPPA TOSCANA

4.9 HAM & CHEESE SLIDERS

4.10 TOMATO/SPINACH PASTA

4.11 SWEET POTATO BACON HASH

4.12 LEFTOVERS

4.13 BEEF AND BROCCOLI NOODLES

4.14 CHICKEN FRIED RICE

4.15 BEEF & POTATO AU GRATIN

4.16 TERIYAKI CHICKEN RICE BOWLS

4.17 TURKEY SWEET POTATO SKILLET

4.18 GRILLED CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

4.19 LEFTOVERS

4.20 PESTO CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

4.21 SAUSAGE FOIL PACKETS

4.22 RICK’S CHILI

4.23 SHEET PAN CHICKEN & VEGGIES

4.24 SPAGHETTI

4.25 BEEF QUESADILLAS

4.26 LEFTOVERS

4.27 LAYER TACO DIP

4.28 PORK CHOPS

4.29 HOMEMADE MAC & CHEESE

4.30 CHICKEN PARMESAN

 

 

2018 Easter Celebration Planning

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Sometimes I feel like I’m doing a whole lot of fluff when it comes to making Easter meaningful. To our family Easter is the reason for our faith. Christ rose from the grave so that all would come to know Him and be forgiven. We now have to opportunity to be a part of His royal family and spend eternity with the Creator. THAT’S A BIG DEAL! I  want to make our celebration more than just bunnies and candy. Those elements are fun and I love adding them to our activities, but there has to be more.

This year I created a holiday printable to plan the activities I want to do this year. I love this printable because I can use this for all the holidays we love. I narrowed it down to different categories and activities that we are interested in: BOOKS, CRAFTS, FOOD, ACTIVITIES, MOVIEs, and of course you have to include BUDGET, MONEY SPENT, and PURCHASES.

Budget

I try not to get crazy when planning our holiday celebrations. Over the past several years I have purchased all the cute little trappings in the Target dollar spot and the Walmart bins. No budget, no plan, just picked up random items that the kids threw away a few days later. This year we are in the process of building our first home and moving to Ohio until the house is finished so I came cutting way back on little trinkets for the holidays.

Food

For all the major holidays I use my Holiday Meal Planner to organize what we will be serving. We don’t usually have people over or do a lot of cooking on Easter, but I like to make it special nonetheless. This year the theme is keep it simple…one main dish, a few sides, and I’m still trying to decide on a dessert and if I will make a special drink for the kids.

 

Easter Books

I try to have at least one holiday themed book in our bookshelf. Last year I purchased The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story and this year I purchased two more for our collection. The kids are getting older, but I have several nieces and nephews to pass these down to in the future. I love having my oldest read these to the boys while I’m cooking or doing a chore.

 

Crafts and Activities

This will be our first year using the Christ-Centered Easter Countdown from The Dating Divas, and I’m super excited! I love everything on their site and this pack does not disappoint. The kit contains activities for two weeks and includes a banner, activity cards, conversation starters, a board game, invitations, snack bag toppers, coloring pages, Easter scavenger hunt, and more!

Movies

I purchased the enitire What’s in the Bible? series last year and love how all my kids enjoy watching these videos. The inside covers include review questions and you can find coloring pages and more on the Jelly Telly website. This year I plan to rent Twas the Night Before Easter on Amazon Video and HOP just for fun!

 

 

 

I’m praying that through our discussions and family activities my kids will enjoy learning about the true meaning of Easter.

What are your plans for Easter? Do you keep it simple or go all out? Let me know in the comments!

 

2018 Planner Lineup

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This year I am trying to simplify my 2018 planner routine. Not all of the items you see in the video will be typical planners. Some are just notebooks that I keep ideas in or notes for projects I’m working on. I use The Happy Planner system because I love the functionality, price range, colors, options, and durability of their products. It really makes planning and staying organized more enjoyable!

Planners Mentioned:

click on links below to view planners (affiliate links below)

Mini Happy Planner

Classic Happy Planner

Big Happy Planner

Planner Dividers

Planner Hard Covers

Favorite Pens

Hammermill Paper (fav paper)

Sticker Paper

 

Mini Happy Planner

My mini of Homeschool- on- the – go planner holds all my ideas for schooling the kids outside the house. Teaching can be done in the grocery store, at a restaurant, in the bank, and just walking around Target. I want to make sure I’m using some of our time out t teach my kids our to interact with other adults, learn how to make returns, deposit checks, order food, or add the cost of items so that we stay under budget. This planner as it all and I love it!

 

Classic Catch All Planner

This planner layout is the newest addition to my planner family. I decided that I wanted to keep track of different areas in my life but keep them together in one planner. In addition to my monthly and weekly layouts I added a section for Health using the Wellness Extention pack, Home section is for my cleaning schedule and meal planning calendar, Business section is for keeping track of anything I want to complete that month for my blog, Youtube, social media, and one of our other businesses that I help run. I also have a Morning Time section, Fun section, and This week section to keep track of my to do lists.

Classic Bible Study Planner

One of favorite ways to study the Bible is with this planner. Every month I use  The Binder Co’s free Bible Study to journal my thoughts and prayers everyday.

 

Classic Notebook

Sometimes you just need a notebook! This planner is for one of our businesses that require me to do research, take online classes, and keep lots of notes. I love have all this in one place that I can separate with dividers and folders.

 

New Home Planner

Since we are in the process of building our first home I knew I needed a place to keep all our ideas, appointment dates, and extra paperwork. I set this planner up by rooms and keep filler paper to brain dump and sketch the different ideas we have.

 

Teacher Lesson Planner

I keep all out weekly and daily plans in this planner. I love the size and the space I have in this teacher planner. It’s perfect for keeping track of all three kids school lessons.

 

I’m working on filming individual videos for each other these planners, but if you have a question in the meantime just leave a comment below!