LEGO Creative Challenge: My 10 week Building Challenge for you!

LEGO Creative Challenge: My 10 week Building Challenge for you!

Are you TIRED of your kids wanting nothing but screen time or hearing “I’m bored” over and over again? Try this LEGO Creative Challenge!

LEGO Creative Challenge, Get set for a creative Summer with 10 weeks of building prompts

Each week, you’ll receive 10 LEGO building prompts designed to develop imagination and creativity. Build each day or all at once.

It’s so easy to fall into the “screen trap.” Use the challenges to get your family creating and playing IRL, instead of only in a virtual reality.

If you’re ready for inventive play, sign up now
only $9.89 for 10 weeks of building!

LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge

Remember: it will be delivered via e-mail. You won’t need to go searching for it.

Join me in a 10 week challenge!

TOGETHER we will help our kids develop problem solving tools and creativity through play.

Join the Swordfights & Starry Nights facebook page to share projects and check in!

LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge

LEGOs have been found to help kids in so many ways!

LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge

LEGO Creative Challenge starts right now!

Here’s how it works

  • You’ll receive 10 emails from me (plus a bonus email at the end). They’ll come to your inbox once a week for 10 weeks.
  • Each email will include 10 creative building prompts for you to use throughout the week.
  • The challenges are guided yet open-ended, giving you the opportunity to create and invent by playing on strengths of the builder. Yay for positive building!

Need more LEGOs? Here’s a great set for starting the challenge: LEGO Classic Creative Brick Box

LEGO Creative Challenge, Avoid I'm Bored Syndrome with these fun, clever building prompts, FREE 10 week challenge

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$10 at Target: it’s all about the tray

$10 at Target: it’s all about the tray

Welcome to the $10 at Target link-up! I’m co-hosting this linkup with some blogging friends and each month we’ll share our recent finds from Target for $10 or less. We’d love you to join in the fun! Link up with us below then check out what the other co-hosts have found this month as well!

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

Usually when I’m walking toward the Target Dollar Spot, I might have some general ideas of what I want, but usually nothing very specific. Not the case this time! I’d seen pictures of a tray from the Dollar Spot and I wanted one! So, I headed over with a mission. And I almost failed.

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

Apparently I wasn’t the only person who liked this tray. I ended up really searching through things to find the last remaining, and hidden, trays. They were both bright pink, and I really wanted a different color. {Color change project coming soon…}

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

During the search for the tray, I found a blank sign that I loved! The color was great but the flat paint was really scuffed and scraped. I still loved the shape and it’s the Dollar Spot so nothing’s expensive. I decided to go ahead and get it for a teacher gift project.

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

Next I found some little triangle sticky notes that will work really well in my planner. I like having notes of different sizes I can move around and it’s hard to find really small ones. Usually I end up cutting up bigger ones, but this is easier and prettier.

My kids have asked various times if they could put glow in the dark stars on their ceilings. I’m not crazy about the idea because I don’t want to end up picking adhesive off the ceiling before I can paint again. (Been there, done that) I liked the variety in this pack so I thought maybe I could make them into a hanging decoration. Still fun and “glowy,” no sticky leftovers.

Last I grabbed a grow-your-own Sensitive Plant kit. In the past we had a Venus Fly Trap and my kids loved it! I thought we could try another sensitive plant and see what we get.

How did things total up?

Tray $3.00
Blank Sign $3.00
Sticky Notes $1.00
Star Pack $1.00
Plant Kit $1.00
Tax $0.62
TOTAL $9.62

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

$10 Target Link-Up Party!

Meet your hosts!

Check out what they’ve found for the $10 at Target Link-Up too!

Stephanie | wifemommyme.com
Beth | ourprettylittlegirls.com
Becky | bybmgblog.com
Tif | brightonabudget.com
Christine | swordfightsandstarrynights.com
Ashley | ashleynewell.me
Emily | threeboysandagirlblog.blogspot.com
Shani | sunshineandmunchkins.com
Sarah | foxysdomesticside.com
Johannah | johannahsirois.blogspot.com
Stephanie | thegiftygirl.com
Kristyn | everyonessleepingbutmom.com
Danielle | sparklesandlattes.blogspot.com
Jess | secretsofasahmom.blogspot.com

See what $10 can get you at Target. Check out what we've all found this month for $10. What did I find? It's all about the tray.

What have you found at Target recently?

Link up below!


Wondering when the next $10 at Target Link-Up will be?
Join the community and I’ll let you know!

3 ways to conquer your crazy schedule

3 ways to conquer your crazy schedule

Is your schedule looking as overwhelming as mine? Try these three things to conquer your crazy schedule and take back your life!

Make a list of priorities

Often in life, we get bogged down by all the stuff that fills up our time. There’s so much to do! Laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, homework, more laundry, housework, carpools- the list goes on… and on.

How can defining your priorities help your schedule? When you’re getting overwhelmed, hopefully it can help us remember what’s really going to matter at the end of the day. Sometimes, it’s easy to lose track- especially when choosing between something we need to do and something we really want to do.

For example, I *might* get a little caught up when I’m working on craft projects. It’s easy for me to get sucked in and blow other things off- which is fine sometimes! The trouble comes when I have to choose between continuing my project (because it’s a critical moment!) or, say, starting dinner. The choice is easy when written down in black and white, but when caught up in the  moment, it might feel harder to choose.

Is focusing on craft projects bad? Of course not. Are there times it could be the top priority? Yes! Having a list of priorities can help you change gears and focus on what’s most important for the moment.

To Do List

There’s a reason to do lists have been around for so long. They work! They can help you focus on getting your must-do list done more efficiently so you can move on your want-to-do list. It’s a great place to group priorities and get organized.

There are so many ways to make lists. Paper and pencil, an app on your phone, a wipe board, or countless other ways- which one should you choose? Start with something that seems to fit your life, then swap out if it isn’t working. There’s no right or wrong way to do this- just start experimenting!

Learn

There are may places to learn and grow! As you explore various aspects of your life, priorities become more clear and you find ways to balance your schedule and life.

There’s a free training event coming up designed just for women and moms like you and me. Yes, FREE. You don’t have to find a sitter, book a room or get a flight for this training. You can watch right from home!

The Mom Project - Twitter Promo

March 1st-3rd, 2017, there will be a summit titled The Mom Project. It’s a virtual summit created to empower and equip moms like us in areas of motherhood, business, finances, self-care, and more.

You can CLICK to register for free now using my link!  I’m excited to be affiliated with this awesome opportunity!

Why The Mom Project?

The Mom Project will help you develop your priorities and find ways to be more efficient. You will leave this three day event ready to take on 2017 challenges like never before. Some of our topics include:

  • Self-Care for the Busy Mom
  • Empowerment for Women to Live in Their God-given Purpose
  • How to Pursue Your Passion While Deep in Your Motherhood Journey
  • Reaching Millennials:  Being Authentic vs. Being Relevant
  • Image and Personal Style Discovery: Your secret weapon to 10x your confidence and attract your ideal client

…and so much more! We have over 20 amazing speakers ready to pour into you and your growth for three days!

If you are ready to get beyond being motivated but become motivated to act, join me at The Mom Project 2017 Summit!

CLICK TO REGISTER NOW!

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Win 2 Tickets to the Utah Dance Film Festival

Win 2 Tickets to the Utah Dance Film Festival

I’m excited to be teaming up with the Utah Dance Film Festival to give away 2 complimentary tickets to the event this weekend. Scroll down to enter!

The fourth annual Utah Dance Film Festival will be held at SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah on February 24th-25th, 2017. This two-day event will screen over 50 films from seven different countries and give attendees the opportunity to participate in dance and film workshops, sponsored by The Utah Film Commission.

The weekend will culminate with the Awards Showcase, featuring the winning films from the festival. Also, audiences will enjoy live performances from SALT Contemporary Dance Company, Jen Pendleton’s Falling State performing group, Hip Hop group, Millennium The Company SLC, under the direction of Kylie Bronk and Utah County’s Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company.

Check out Utah Dance Film Festival on Instagram HERE

Learn more about the event HERE

Purchase tickets and see the full event listing on the
Utah Dance Film Festival website

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Share with your friends- if they win, you can talk them into taking you! 😉

Top Five Shared Posts of 2015

Top Five Shared Posts of 2015

See which of my posts were shared the most in 2015.  What was your favorite?

2015 was busy around here!  I’ve loved getting to know my readers and would like to share your favorite posts.  Thanks for your support this year!

#1- Rebecca McKinnon’s Famous Ginger Cookies

I’m not that surprised these came in first- they’re AMAZING!

Becky's Cookies IG

#2- Make Cinnamon Spice Ornaments to Spruce up Your Holidays

This is one of my favorites too!  These smell SO amazing!

Cinnamon SpiceOrnaments TW

 #3- Things We Say To Our Kids Bingo

We’ve had fun with this one at our house!

Things We Say to Our Kids BINGO

#4- Santa: When They Stop Believing

Santa (1)

 

#5- 2015: Important stuff happened.  Write it down.

Printables to fill out to record the year’s memories.

2015- Write It Down TW

Two posts tied for runner up:

 

Homemade Laundry Soap for Hard Water

Homemade Laundry Soap

and…

“Can We Sit Together for Family Dinner”

Family Dinner for FB

 

There you have it!  I’m looking forward to another year of blogging and getting to know all of you!

If there’s anything you’d like me to focus on- anything you’re struggling with or interested in- please let me know!  Comment below or send me an email.  Thanks!

Oops!  A strong arm put a hole in the wall?  Fix it!

Oops! A strong arm put a hole in the wall? Fix it!

It might not be the plan but sometimes we’re stronger than we think.
Fix that hole in your wall so it will look good as new!

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What You Need

Spackling- I like THIS KIND because it’s pink when wet and turns white when dry.  No guessing!

Self-Adhesive Wall Patch (here’s one)

Scraper- THIS would work for small to medium holes

Sandpaper or Sanding Sponge like this

Or, get a kit like THIS and supplement any other supplies needed.

First, scrape off the excess mess and clean up/sand the edges.

Fix Hole in the Wall 2

Stick on the self-adhesive wall patch.

Fix Hole in the Wall 3

Use your putty knife to spread the spackling.

Get it as flat and smooth as you can.

Fix Hole in the Wall 4

If you got the pink kind you can watch it dry.

(because you have nothing better to do, right?)
Or, check back later to see the progress.

Fix Hole in the Wall 5

When it’s completely dry, sand it nice and flat.

Fix Hole in the Wall 6

Brush away the dust and you’re ready for painting!

Fix Hole in the Wall 8

Yay!  Much better!

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