Hospitality and Your Family {Day 53}

Hospitality and Your Family {Day 53} @ --- By creating meaningful traditions, however small, your children will have cherished memories for a lifetime.

From Chaos to Calm: Day 53

Scripture Memory: “Rejoice with them that do rejoice.” Romans 12:15

Sometimes being really hospitable takes planning. By keeping a monthly calendar and making notes for yourself ahead of time, birthdays and special occasions won’t sneak up on you.

Hospitality and Your Family

     I have known women who seem to live for the next birthday party! They plan and they decorate and just have it all together when the party time comes. And then there are women like me, who just always seem to remember to plan too late. By making a chart of important dates to remember, you can quickly plan your month. You’ll remember to send those cards in the mail a week in advance and bake that cake and order the supplies for the party ahead of time. You won’t feel rushed and the gifts will be purchased well in advance.

     Kids always love a good birthday party. If you are able to invite friends and decorate the house with a theme and do theme games and party favors, I want to encourage you to do so. It is a lot of fun!

If birthdays in your house are generally a small family affair, they can still be special. Bake a special cake. Blow up balloons. Decorate with streamers. Make a big deal of it!

Creating Traditions

By creating traditions that you keep year after year and year round, your kids won’t grow just remembering the Big Christmas Get-Togethers, they will cherish those memories of mama baking the birthday cake, of her love and care that went into planning and the fun times that were created.

-- By creating meaningful traditions, however small, your children will have cherished memories for a lifetime. @

Further more, who says that you can’t go all out for Holidays that are “smaller” such as Valentines Day or St. Patrick or July 4th. Decorate the house. Make holiday crafts with the kids. Plan foods that you can prepare each year and make it a tradition! Why are Christmas and Thanksgiving and Easter the biggest and best? Find ways all year long to create special memories that will last a lifetime.

If you have not already done so, today I want you to make a Birthday/ Anniversary/ Special Occasion chart and place it in the calendar section of your Household Notebook.

P.S. This is My Life Weekly Planners come with a Special Occasions {Birthday and Anniversary} Calendar!

How do you show hospitality to your family?

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Lunch Boxes #1 {Fresh Fruit and Salad}

Fresh and Easy Lunch Box Ideas @

Today’s lunch box was so simple to put together. I’m a big fan of packing quick and easy lunch boxes when we’re on the go.

Easy Lunch Box

We ate this particular lunch beside the pool, but it would work equally well at school, work, at the park, or even at the ice rink!

What I Packed

  • Fresh Green Salad
  • Blueberries
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Sandwich {not pictured}
  • Water Bottles

The salad was left over from our dinner the day before. It was a mixture of green leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce, fresh parsley and cilantro, cucumbers, and grape tomatoes. I added a serving of ranch dressing below the greens and did not toss it together until we were ready to eat. That way the greens did not wilt.

Fresh blueberries and strawberries are in season right now and so we seem to always have them in the fridge! I also brought along simple sandwiches made with our favorite sandwich slices. An afternoon by the pool can really work up an appetite!

Of course, this lunch was packed in my favorite Easy Lunch Box containers.

What’s your favorite way to eat salad for lunch?

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L is for Lemonade Stand

ABC's of Summer Fun {L is for Lemonade Stand} @

Summertime and lemonade just seem to go together. Don’t you think? So, there’s no way I could do a summer fun series without including a Lemonade Stand! Here are some ideas to help your little entrepreneur get started. PLUS, some fun free printables to download!

Lemonade Stand Ideas

Lemon Goodies to Bake

Perfect Lemonade Recipe

The Perfect Lemonade Recipe @

This recipe comes from Paula Deen over at Food Network.

The Perfect Lemonade

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Heat one cup of the cold water until hot. In a 1 gallon container, place sugar and hot water, and stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water  to make one gallon.Stir until well mixed. Add slices of lemon to lemonade.

Serve lemonade over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon slice if desired.

Printable Lemonade Stand Kit {15 Pages}

Printable Lemonade Stand Kit @

How to Download

  1. Follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram if you can. Or Pinterest. Thanks!
  2. Download the .pdf file for the Lemonade Stand Kit here.
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