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Be a “Good Book” Worm!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. With children returning to school this month we’re reminded of the importance of having a good education, and much of this happens through books. Today, we’re going to learn about a very special Book. In fact, it’s the only Book that is actually alive! That’s right! So grab your supplies and let’s all become “Good Book” Worms. What you’ll need: Construction or card stock paper (preferred due to its weight) – two different colors or patterns...

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Fun Days Menu

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

Fun days and fun food.  Don’t you just love to have a day with your children or grandchildren just to have fun, be silly, play games, or watch funny movies? I used to love to sneak and stand by the door of my children’s rooms to hear them playing—to hear their laughter and the joy in their voices. Today as a grandmother I love to do the same things with my grandsons.  My 7-year-old is so funny. I love hearing his jokes that he thinks are so hilarious, but they don’t make any sense. I still laugh. He does some of the funniest tricks in the pool and we play like we’re fish. We hear that “laughter is the best medicine” and I know this is true.  Of course to go along with these days we need fun food....

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The Exploding Chocolates

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The Nazis once tried to kill British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with chocolate. According to a retrospective in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, “Adolf Hitler’s bomb makers coated explosive devices with a thin layer of rich dark chocolate, then packaged it in expensive-looking black and gold paper. The Germans apparently planned to use secret agents working in Britain to discreetly place the bars—branded as Peters Chocolate—among other luxury items taken into the dining room used by the War Cabinet during the conflict.” Fortunately, British spies discovered the plot before the chocolate could explode. This story highlights the power of chocolate and its rich, creamy texture. What better temptation to lure someone into a trap than chocolate? The world’s love affair with chocolate can be traced back to the Mayans and Aztecs. The Aztecs believed that cacoa beans, which are used to...

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Décor that Educates!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

There’s nothing more American than baseball and apple pie. Summer’s long afternoons that stretch into late nights make it prime time for some celebrating. Whether you look forward to grilling out or making s’mores over an open fire, summertime’s fun gives us hope as winter wears on. There’s nothing more fun than celebrating baseball games with our boys or going to get popcorn and hotdogs at the baseball field hosting our favorite teams. This set of lamps brings the nostalgia and baseball memories front and center to their rooms! This particular time of summer, we also look forward to celebrating our yearly traditions. Some folks travel with family and friends to a particular vacation spot at their favorite beach, lake or amusement park. Others may look forward to relaxed mornings and extended evenings with late sunsets. Decorating our homes...

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Fruit – Good for the Body and Soul

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got “just 18 summers” to create lots of memories with our loved ones. Summer is the season for fresh fruits! The Bible has something to say about fruit in Galatians 5. Today, we’ll focus on these verses as we discuss the fruit of the Spirit while enjoying the produce chosen by your child. What you’ll need: Seasonal fruit Sour cream (1-1/2 cup) Brown sugar (3T) A dish for the fruit and dip Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy going with you to choose different...

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

School is out and summer is here, so let the fun begin! I grew up in the time period when most moms did not work outside the home and we spent summers with them at home, but it was not a lazy summer. My grandfather had a big farm, so there was a lot to do when the crops came in. We worked, shelling beans and peas, shucking corn, and picking all kinds of berries and fruits for jams and jellies, but as I look back, those were some of the happiest times of my life. We spent time together talking, sharing laughter, and hearing stories from times past. We had cousins who came to spend the summer to help work the garden, and we so looked forward to their visits. Yes, we did work, but we also had...

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