September 29, 2015

Young Women Activity- Box of Lies

As I've mentioned before I work with young women in my church, ages 12-18.  Each Wednesday we meet together and typically we're trying to do a lot of good for ourselves, others, and our God.   Each month we're specially preforming a service to others.  Often times we're learning a new skill (I've taught them lots of sewing- ha), or we're learning about safety or, generally, trying the better the world or ourselves.

That's literally a lot of growth and good we're putting out there.  And I love it -- however, I felt like we just needed to spend one night where we're having a lot of fun, getting to know each other-- and well, learning to lie a little...




If you're a big fan, like me, of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, then you may have seen his game they made up, Box of Lies.  Literally, the first time I saw it, I thought, "We should totally do this as an activity.  It would be So fun!"  Last week we finally did it!

Here's how we played the game.

FIRST, I made the board.
I was seriously struggling with how to make the board.  Mostly, because my go-to for all things is sewing.  And I was envisioning this fabric draped over PVC pipes, with a hole cut out.  It wasn't going well in my mind.  When I talked it over with some friends, my friend immediately said, "How about a science tri-fold board?"  I was like, Ah-HAH ingenious!  

So, I headed over to WAl-mart, picked up a black board.  I sat down at the table to try to determine how high the hole should be, then traced a big rectangle on the board.  Then, I cut that out with an exact-o knife.

Next I markered in each side with a silver or gold sharpie.  This made the holes really pop out and made my team names easy -- Gold team and Silver team.


For about three months I've been collecting boxes.  A lot of these came from the ReStore.  Plus a few from friends.


For what was inside I tried to get as creative as possible!  Mostly, I just went to the toy room and went for the most random collections I could think of.  Below are a few examples: A centipede, wearing Belle's princess dress, sitting inside Cinderella's glass slipper.  A rubbery Brontosaurus, wearing a jockey hat.  Olaf and R2D2 talking inside a pink baby crib.  A stem engine with a conductor and a brush.
 Before we started I read to the girls, the Official Rules:

Up front are a bunch of boxes containing objects no one has seen before.  
Taking turns each side will select a box, open it on your side of the table, out of view of the other person.
Once the object is out of the box, you look at your opponent and tell them what's in the box. 
You might be lying, you might be telling the truth.
Your opponent has to guess if it's a lie or a truth.
If you guess correctly you get a point.
Guess wrong, your opponent gets a point. 
Whichever team has the most points at the end of the the time, gets a Million Sugary Snacks!!!
The Looser gets nothing!
Let us begin!
I divided the girls up into groups, Silver and Gold.  Once each girl selected her box and sat down, I had them answer a simple math question.  Whoever answered it correctly First, got to go first.

This game was so fun and so random. 
 Just like I hoped it brought lots of laughing and we all had fun.

September 24, 2015

The Swingset Skirt (with More sizes)


Oliver + S has just re-released one of their most popular patterns. The Swingset Skirt!


I was thrilled to be a pattern tester again.  I tested out the size 5 Swingset Skirt. It fit like a charm on my girl.


This beautiful circle skirt is fully lined and has a great potential to be reversible.  Wouldn't that be fun, two skirts for one?  The top of the skirt is so darling with the elastic and the cute bow at the hip.


This darling skirt made for a perfect photo shoot for my newly turned 5 year old birthday girl!



She really loves this twirly skirt and was a little grumpy I made her wait until her birthday for her to officially wear it.


We took some shots around our neighborhood. Everywhere we went she bounced and skipped enjoying how her skirt twirled. 


I took her over to our little lake to feed the duckies, planning on getting a lot of cute shots, but unfortunately my battery died, right after these shots.


Lastely, I leave with this darling shot, where little sister decided to jump in, purse monkey and all!


For more, check out the pattern Here.

September 1, 2015

Book Review: Good Pictures Bad Pictures

Thanks to the recommendation of my sister, I recently picked up the book Good Pictures Bad Pictures from my local library. As soon as I brought it home, I sat right there on the floor and read the entire thing cover to cover to myself, to see what it was all about, and if I felt comfortable reading it to my children.  I did immediately.

The book is written for 7-9 year olds, boys and girls.  My husband and I sat down with our two oldest boys (1st and 4th graders), every Monday night for three weeks, read and spoke about a couple chapters at a time, for about a half an hour at a time.



I really loved this book. The entire book is simply illustrated and written in a conversational pattern, between a mother (and father) and his son.  They are sitting together discussing what good pictures are, and what bad pictures or pornography are.


She explains what bad pictures are and what an addiction is.   The mother explains the brain and why it is important to protect our brains from seeing images like that. And how these bad pictures can trick the brain and begin an addiction.


She explains the "feeling brain's" curiosity and helps make a plan in case these images are seen. 


In today's world, this topic cannot be taboo.  
There needs to be an open discussion and a deliberate plan to protect our innocent young. 
I recommend this book wholeheartedly!