Overstuffed: May 2017 Overstuffed

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

6 Ways to Eliminate Summer Boredom {free printables}

The school year is almost over for us. I'm totally in my end-of-year school mom phase which means I am done packing lunches, done nagging about homework, and done waking up early. Every year at about this time I start to seriously wonder if I can really hold on for just three more weeks.

I dream about being able to sleep in past 6:30 am. I dream of packing lunches for the beach and not for school. I can't wait to stop worrying about homework!

So, yeah, I'm very excited for summer! The first few weeks are always perfect—but then the boredom starts to set in.

Eliminate summer boredom with this awesome printable summer activity pack | free printables | summer reading for kids | vacation planning | road trip journal | cleaning checklists for kids | summer activity bucket list

Soon enough, I'll start hearing those three dreaded words on a regular basis:

"Mom, I'm bored!"

Which is why I am so excited about this summer printable pack that some of my favorite bloggers and I have gotten together to make. There are 6 great printables to help eliminate the summer boredom and help your kids to have a fun summer and stop telling you that they are bored all the time!

Family Summer Printable Pack

6 free printables to help make your summer easier and boredom free!

Vacation Checklist from Katelyn at What's Up Fagan's?  

Nothing's better for eliminating the boredom than going on vacation! Even if it's just for a couple days, you want to make sure you're ready and that you leave things in order so you don't dread coming back. Katelyn's vacation checklist helps you to do everything you need to do before you leave.

Reading Journal Printable from me!

I am passionate about summer reading, and one of my favorite things is to help my kids get the most out of their summer reading. One of the things I do each year is make them a reading journal out of a cheap composition notebook with this writing guide to help them write great summaries of the books they've read.

Summer Activity & Bucket List from Katie at Clark's Condensed

One of my favorite things to do with my kids at the beginning of the summer is to make a bucket list of all the things we'd like to do. It's nice to hang it up on the wall and find something new to do whenever you hear the "I'm bored!" words. Katie has a list of activity ideas and a printable bucket checklist for you to write the things you want to do and check them off when you're done.

Kid's Cleaning Printable from Hilary at Pulling Curls

Let's face it, chores don't go away in the summer and kids should still be doing them. These printable checklists will help them stay on top of it with step-by-step instructions so they don't forget anything and so they have more time for the really fun stuff!

Summer Reading Printable from Annette at Tips from a Typical Mom

Reading—in my mind—is the single best activity for summer (besides maybe reading at the beach). Annette has some fun reading charts and a reward system to help kids keep track of what they read this summer.

Road Trip Journal from Jen at Your Everyday Family

We've done road trip journals before, but I LOVE what Jen has put together here and we will definitely be using this one for the handful of road trips we have planned for this summer.

To download:

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6 bloggers have teamed up to make your summer easier. Get your free summer printables today!

Friday, May 05, 2017

3 Unique Gifts for Moms

Finding the perfect gift for Mom on Mother's Day can be a bit of a challenge sometimes. I know my mom loves to get letters from us more than anything, but sometimes you want to get her something else, you know? While every mom is different, it's nice to be able to find something unique that they probably won't have gotten for themselves.

I recently received a box of three fun gifts that I think all moms would love to receive, and I'm excited to tell you all about them.

Mother's Day gift ideas—3 unique gifts your mom will really like. Pampering spa gifts and an unexpected DNA test that she would never buy for herself!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media

3 Unique Gifts for Mom

1. 23 and Me Ancestry DNA Test

This is one that I am so excited about. My mom (and my dad) both did this test a few years ago, and my mom LOVES to go on her phone and show me all the results. My brother also recently did it, and I have now sent mine in and am waiting on the results. It will be really cool to compare.

Find out where your DNA comes from around the world with a 23andme DNA test. Great gift for Mother's Day!

23andMe is a genetic test—you send in your saliva in the kit they send you (it has prepaid postage, so it's easy peasy), and then you will receive a full genetic report back. You will find out where your DNA comes from around the world in a percentage breakdown by region. They will continue to refine your genetic results as more and more people take their test, so your report may become more detailed over time, which I think is really cool. You'll get an ancestry timeline traced through the generations and find out during which generation each ethnicity was introduced into your genetic makeup.

Doesn't that sound so cool? And it's definitely something your mom will love. I already know how much my mom loves it, after all!

Order your test here: 23andMe DNA Test

If you purchase a test before 5/14/17 you will receive $20.00 off your test (no special code needed).

2. Vichy Mineral 89 Face Moisturizer

This face moisturizer combines mineral rich water with hyaluronic acid which helps to fortify the skin against environmental factors and keep it looking young. Now, every mom I know certainly wants to look younger and loves to try new beauty products.

Use the vichy mineral 89 face moisturizer as part of your skincare regimen

I've been using the Vichy Mineral 89 face moisturizer and I really like it. I like that you can use it as a regular moisturizer or as the first step to a more regimented skin care. Like many busy moms I don't have a lot of extra time to spend on lots of skin care products so this quick moisturizing (you simply spread two drops of the serum with outward movements from the middle of your face) with Vichy Mineral 89 after I wash my face has worked well. And I can tell a difference. I don't know if I look younger, but my skin sure feels softer and more hydrated!

Order yours here: Vichy Mineral 89 face moisturizer

Between 5/1/17 and 6/30/17 get 20% off and free shipping on any order with the code BABBLE.

3. Sabon Butter Hand Cream

Moms use their hands a lot for things like washing dishes, scrubbing toilets, and pulling weeds. Those hard working hands are going to need some TLC, and Sabon Butter Hand Cream is the perfect thing for that.

Sabon butter hand cream is enriched with shea butter

Sabon Butter Hand Cream is enriched with shea butter which helps to heal, hydrate, and reduce inflammation. It smells so good, too! This tube is almond with a bit of vanilla and since vanilla is my go-to scent it's perfect for me. There are many other scents available, too, like citrus blossom, lavender rose, and jasmine. It feels really fancy and my overworked hands are happy when I use it. I'm sure any mom will love it!

Order yours here: Sabon Butter Hand Cream

All three of these items will make unique and interesting gifts for your mom, whether it be for Mother's Day, mom's birthday, or just because. Most moms I know will love to receive products to pamper themselves, and the DNA kit is a really great one that many will not purchase for themselves but would love to do.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

May 2017 Visiting Teaching Handout

Picking a quote from the April 2017 General Conference to take to my sisters for May visiting teaching is the hardest thing for me. There are so many wonderful talks and so many great lessons I personally learned from Conference that it's really hard to choose!

This month, I settled on Elder Holland's talk, "Songs Sung and Unsung." As many of you know, I am a singer, so this talk really spoke my language. On top of using a metaphor that I could really relate to, I loved the beautiful message of being an important part of something larger than ourselves, of learning God's will for us, and knowing that we each bring special and unique gifts to His work.

May 2017 visiting teaching printable handout | Quote from April 2017 General Conference Jeffrey R. Holland's talk "Songs Sung and Unsung." | God is determined to make of us more than we thought we could be

I think sometimes I forget how much God has in store for me—that He has plans for the gifts and talents He has given me. That I don't have to be perfect to start with, because He will take me as I am and mold me.

I particularly loved the quote:

“Come as you are,” a loving Father says to each of us, but He adds, “Don’t plan to stay as you are.” We smile and remember that God is determined to make of us more than we thought we could be.
Quote from April 2017 LDS General Conference by Jeffrey R. Holland, Songs Sung and Unsung

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Monday, May 01, 2017

April 2017 General Conference Study Bookmarks

Last April I made these General Conference study bookmarks, and I really enjoyed using them as a way to study the General Conference talks when my Ensign came. I didn't get around to doing them in October because we were on our sabbatical and everything was a little topsy turvy, but I enjoyed them so much I decided to make them again for this past conference.

I know that a lot of you used them for May visiting teaching last year, too. It's a great idea, since we are supposed to be choosing a conference talk for our May visiting teaching visits anyway. I hadn't originally thought of that!

April 2017 General Conference study bookmark | study all of the talks from April 2017 LDS General Conference | visiting teaching idea for May 2017

(That's the Ensign for the last April conference...I'm still eagerly awaiting my copy for this year!)

The bookmarks helped me study because I like the visual reminder and the ability to check things off a list—both of those things really help motivate me!

How to make General Conference Study Bookmarks

1. Download the printable

In order to download the printable file, just put your email into the form below and it will be sent directly to you. If you are on a mobile device, click here to see the form.

2. Print it out

The bookmark is designed to be two-sided. Print it out onto one side of your white cardstock, then reload the paper and print it on the other side. Every printer is a bit different, so make sure you know how to load the paper so it prints in the correct orientation! It should match up perfectly, though I did have trouble with my new printer in getting it aligned just right. But even though it didn't quite match up, I was able to cut it out without issue.

Alternatively, you could glue two papers together to get your front and back.

This bookmark is great for studying the talks from the Ensign for April 2017 General Conference

3. Laminate (optional)

I really like laminating things, so I laminate my bookmarks. They are less likely to rip or get ruined by spilling food or drink on them if they are laminated. I also like to use a dry erase marker or sharpie to keep track of which talks I have studied already.

I have this laminator, which is quite inexpensive. I use these laminating sheets and a small paper cutter.

4. Add a ribbon (also optional)

To make it look extra bookmarky and pretty, I like to punch a hole at the top and add some ribbon. I left space on the printable so you can do that if you'd like.

I printed one for me and one for The Maestro. He's more of a listen to the talks kind of guy, but he might use the bookmark here and there. I'm also definitely going to take one to my visiting teachees this month, too!

I hope you enjoy your bookmarks.

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