Music in the Air {Day 57}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 57

Scripture Memory: “My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.” Psalm 71:23

    Do you like to sing? Music adds so much to life. Well, I should say, good music adds much to life. What kind of music do you listen to? Are the words uplifting? Do the songs inspire you to serve God more – or less?

 Studies have shown that children who listen to classical music from an early age learn better. It has also been proven that people learn better if the information is set to music. Advertisers use music to entice you to buy their products and they come up with catchy “jingles” that you can’t forget because they know you are more likely to spend money on that which is familiar.

Music that Inspires

Yesterday we talked about the importance of “cleaning out the trash.” But it is just as important to fill your home with good music, music that is uplifting, {music that inspires} as it is to remove that music which is sensual and immoral.

 I have an under the counter radio/ CD player in my kitchen. I also love to plug in my Pandora radio station {Selah or David Carnes} and play beautiful music. I love to listen to it while I cook and clean. Playing gospel music or Christian praise music can have an impact on your entire day. It will lift your spirits and keep you in focus of what really matters.

    Play music quietly while the children play or do their schoolwork. Keep the music going all day and you will be surprised at how it changes the atmosphere in your home.

And finally, music is very important during family worship. If you have not already, purchase several copies of a good music book that has songs kids and adults will enjoy singing.

Our favorite songbook to use during family worship is actually a book that was printed in 1952 called Happy Songs for Boys and Girls. Don’t let the title fool you – there are classics like Lift Up the Trumpets and Dare to be a Daniel that both parents and children can enjoy. (My youngest child’s favorite is Lift Up the Trumpets.)

Let inspiring music become a part of your life and the lives of your family members and you will find that “making a joyful noise” is something you do all day long!

What music inspires you?

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{Paper Bag} Baby Bird in a Nest Craft

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I originally found this craft over at Kangaroo Boo Blog and adapted it for my needs.

When I first saw this craft, I totally fell in love with how sweet it was. I love birds – in fact, I collect birds and you’ll find them tucked on shelves, in corners or on paintings all around my house!

I used this craft for one of my children ministry programs – for about 80 children – this year at campmeeting.

Baby Bird Nest Craft

Materials {per child}

  • 1 brown lunch bag
  • 1 blue Easter egg
  • orange construction paper
  • black Sharpie marker
  • brown shredded paper
  • glue or a glue dot 

Begin by carefully rolling the edges of the brown paper bag down into a next shape. Depending on the age of the children doing this craft you may or may not want to roll the lunch bag into a nest shape for them.

Add shredded brown paper to the center of the nest. I found brown paper shreds in plastic bags at the Dollar Tree. You could also use a shredder to cut up some brown construction paper.

Use a Sharpie marker to make “eyes” on the wide end of the blue egg. Cut out a small beak from orange construction paper. I just free handed these with a pair of scissors. I used a single glue dot for each beak and that worked really well. I love glue dots!

Place your baby bird in the nest and your done!

I love working with children and finding great crafts to correlate to the lesson. This craft could be used for a number of Bible illustrations or as a homeschool craft for a story book or nature study!


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Car Camping Essentials plus a Free Printable Checklist

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess

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You can find all of the camping related posts on A Virtuous Woman here.

I know I’ve said this before, but I love camping! Camping, backpacking, hiking… if it involves being out in nature I’m a sucker for it!

For me, waking up in a tent, breathing the fresh air, cooking over a campfire…. it doesn’t get much better than that! What better, more wholesome way to spend time with your family than camping?

My Top 5 Car Camping Essentials

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So today I wanted to share with you my absolute essentials for a great camp out!

1. Good Food

I talked about my desire for good food while camping a few days ago when I shared 25 of the Best Camping Recipes with you.

But seriously. Who wants to eat bad food? Some of my personal all-time favorites?

While there are times when I prepare our camp food on the propane stove, there’s just something about cooking over a campfire that makes everything taste better. Even if a little ash does get in the food!

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Just remember, if you are planning to cook over a campfire, bring a grate to set across the fire {unlike me} and use designated cookware – it won’t be the same after using it over a fire. Cast iron works well and you can also find great pots and pans for camping at Wal-Mart or your favorite camping supply store.

2. Wet-Nap Hand Wipes

When you are camping… well, let’s just put it this way… camping can get pretty messy. Whenever I’m camping it just seems like my hands get dirty so fast!

And I’m the grown up. The problem comes mostly from having limited {or no} access to running water. Which is where Wet-Nap Hand Wipes come in sooo handy!

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And then there’s the kids. Roasted, gooey marshmallows? Someone is bound to get all sticky! {By the way, my girls went crazy over the citrus scented Wet-Nap Wipes. I mean, they really went crazy over it!}

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Swimming in the lake before dinner? Wet-Nap! 

Playing with the dog who was also playing in the lake… and decided to roll around in the sand before tackling you for a belly rub? Wet-Nap, please.

No joke, I love Wet-Nap Hand Wipes – not only do they moisturize with aloe but they’re soft like cloth! So, they are gentle on faces and hands… perfect for moms who like clean kids. Not to mention they smell soooo good!

They also may or may not be good for wiping off the sticky crud on your table cloth from the last time you went camping. Ooops.

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Whenever we go on a hike {camping or no camping} I always take Wet-Nap packets along because they are easy to carry and sometimes you just want clean hands before you dive into that trail mix! {By the way, be sure to check out my tips for hiking with kids.}

I also keep a supply of these packets in our first-aid kit because, well, you just never know! 

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And in case you were wondering, Wet-Nap Hand Wipes are available for the incredibly low price of $1.97 at Wal-mart. And since I know you want to try these out for yourself, here’s a coupon you can use for $0.55 off {while supplies last}! You’ll probably find them in the napkin aisle, but at my local Wal-Mart they were in the beauty/ toothpaste section

3. A Book to Read and Games to Play

Camping is a great way to disconnect from the outside world {i.e. the internet and cell phones} and really connect with your family. It’s also the perfect time to sit back and relax and enjoy a good book while the kids splash in the lake {or creek}.

My current read: Susan May Warren’s When I Fall in Love. It’s the perfect read for summer time – it’s set in Hawaii after all and while camping and relaxing, why not curl up with a fun book? {P.S. Be sure to enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown contest!}

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When we’re camping I always pack a few games for us to play. Our family loves to play games! It’s such an easy way to laugh and enjoy each other’s company. Some of our favorites:

4. My Dog

Camping isn’t the same unless I get to bring my sweet Caroline with me. She’s so much fun to camp with! We rescued Caroline from the pound almost two years ago. She went on a 24 mile backpacking trip with me and the girls when we’d only had her three weeks and she was UH-MAZING! She even wore her own backpack and carried her own food and water.

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She loves camping. She loves playing in the lake. She loves to hike. She’s the perfect dog. She’s soooo obedient. Caroline always comes right back to me when I call her.

I love her. 

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5. A Hat

Last but definitely not least. I always bring a good hat with me. I pack hats for the kids. A hat is essential to ensuring I have a good camp out.

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Not only does a nice cap keep the sun off my face, but it hides my hair. Because, for us at least, we often camp where there is NO running water. Which means my hair doesn’t look so great. But you’d never know it when I wear a hat! Which means I’m not so self-conscious about my appearance.

I also like for my hats to be dark colored {brown or black} so they don’t show the dirt so bad – see #2.

In the winter when we go camping, I always pack winter hats to help us stay warm and I insist that everyone sleep with their winter hats on to hold in that body heat!

Free Printable Car Camping Checklist

Now, for the free printable Car Camping Checklist. I know you’ve been dying to download your own copy!

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I laminated my copy of the checklist so I can use it over and over again. I printed it onto card stock to make it sturdier too. Did you know that if you use a Sharpie {or any other permanent marker} on your laminated page it won’t rub off – but then you can erase it use a cotton ball and nail polish remover to take it off!

How to Download

  1. Follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram if you can. Or Pinterest. Thanks!
  2. Download the Car Camping Checklist here. 

What is on your Camping “Must Haves” List?


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