Monday, January 17, 2011

New Year Resolutions

January 17th marks "Ditch New Years Resolutions Day," but if you're like me, you procrastinated setting those resolutions and you're just now getting started! (Granted, hubby and I were sick the first bit of the new year and with school starting... yeah... it just didn't happen right away)
Some things I would like to do this year include:
  • developing (and sticking with) a more regular workout program
  • becoming more organized when it comes to meals so we end up eating more healthily
  • making time for crafts
  • work on being more kind, more optimistic, and more humble
  • find ways to serve others
As for the first two, here are some great resources that I've found and that I'm excited to play around with a little more:

Exercise TV - from what I can tell, you can watch workout videos for FREE on this website. I actually did one today! I haven't used very many workout videos in my lifetime, but of those that I have used, Leslie Sansone's walking videos are my favorite. They are simple enough that I do not get frustrated trying to follow what the people on the screen are doing. Leslie has a special enthusiasm that helps me to stay motivated. Also, the folks she has in the videos are real people - not overly muscular or overly showy in what they wear. There are workouts for various fitness levels, and you don't need any equipment or a whole lot of space.

Meals Matter - you can create an account on this website and use it to plan our your meals! You can access recipes or even store your own recipes. It looks like there are all sorts of cool tools and resources, and creating an account is FREE!

The other goals are, of course, a little harder to plan out and somewhat more personal.

Some crafts I plan to work on include the File Folder games I wrote about in my last post. I have a crocheted scarf I started about... 2? years ago that would be nice to finish. I might even tackle a skirt pattern that I bought (along with the fabric for it) approximately 6 years ago. We'll see.

Finally, my effort to become more Christlike will be aided as I review and incorporate lessons from the most recent General Conference. Lately, listening to these and other inspired talks has helped me to want to live a better life. Additionally, they turn me to Christ - and remind me that it is only by Him, through Him, and of Him that I can work toward my true potential as a daughter of God.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quiet Activities

Last night, I went to a Relief Society activity where we made "File Folder Games."

I had never heard of them, but as I do not have any preschool-aged children (or any children, for that matter), it makes sense! File folder games are little learning games/activities directed (from what I've seen) at preschoolers. There are all sorts of kits and downloads to be found online, and you can find games ranging from color matching to religious themes. The one I worked on last night was called "Jesus Calms the Storm." It is a word-matching game based on Luke 8:23-25 (NIV, originally, but the KJV works too), and the object is for your preschooler to match W-words. Find it here.

A variation on the file folder game idea that I would like to try is to create family history file folders. Using family photos and whatever information you have on the life of various relatives and ancestors, you could put together a file folder for select individuals, or for an entire family group. I think children would enjoy something like this, particularly if they do not see grandparents or others on a regular basis.

One of the best parts about these file folder games is they are easy to make! You can print some pre-colored, or color them yourself. Do a little cutting, a little gluing, and laminate it, and you'll have a great activity to entertain your children at church, educate them at home, or even keep them busy on long car rides.

Here are some links to some other websites with patterns you can download:
Plan of Salvation game (note: the "Judgement" and "Resurrection" symbols should be in the opposite order)
Family Tree file folder
Christian Preschool Printables
Crafty Chic File Folder Games
File Folder Heaven
File Folder Fun