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EOS (all natural organic lip balm, the perfect stocking stuffer)

 

eos lip balm

I have been wanting to share these eos with you for a while but you know, I have way to many awesome things to post about all the time and my kids keep me busy so I never have enough time to post. But Costco.com is running a great deal on eos with a coupon right now and free shipping so I had to hurry and post about this little gem so you could get some and stuff them in your stockings for all your lip balm, chap stick loving kiddos. This stuff is 100% natural and 95% organic, so when your toddler eats this they will LIVE, yahoo! My toddler has gotten his little hands on too many of these already and eaten, yes you heard right, eaten the whole thing. That’s what kids do right, eat lip balm. So now you mama’s don’t have to worry you can buy your kiddos eos and if they get eaten, no big thing. Last year my girls started asking for these eos so I had to check them out for myself and when I did I was pretty impressed so I got my girls a few last Christmas and now they are in the history books, my girls love them, my toddlers love them, and I love them so they are a winner at this house. Here’s the link on Costco.com for this set, it’s for 6 lip balms, this is a great deal considering at say Target they are around $3 each. I also found THIS other set on the Costco website which is 3 eos lip balms and 3 eos lotions, we’ve used the lotion before too and love it as well. It’s perfect to slip into your purse or a back pack to help keep those dry hands moist and fresh. The hand lotion is only 97% natural so I don’t know if it’s safe if it gets eaten you’ll have to check that out. Happy eos to you this holiday season, I hope you love em like we do.

eos lip balm and lotion

Goal Setting (to kick the school year off)

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I know you can’t read the little papers but these are our goals for the school year. Each Monday night our family comes together for a Family Night where we spend time together. I had a good friend tell me about her family setting goals and I thought that was such a great idea, thank you Heather. So for Family night a couple weeks ago I gave all the kids a slip of paper and had them write down three goals for the school year. My husband and I participated too. It’s important to me that my kids see me do the same things I ask them to do. Here’s what we wrote down…

  1. An educational goal (something they wanted to accomplish learning wise this year ex. master times tables)
  2. A spiritual goal (something spiritual they wanted to learn or read or focus on during the school year ex. read from the scriptures 10 minutes a day)
  3. A physical goal (some way they wanted to physically push their body ex. healthier eating, more exercise etc.)

They all wrote down their goals twice and one piece of paper went in an envelope that we will open at the end of the year and one piece of paper was for them to keep so they could work on those goals throughout the year and refer back to it.

This was a great activity to do with my kids. Goal setting is so important and teaches kids so many great things. Setting a goal, working hard at it, being persistent and then eventually accomplishing it is an awesome lesson for kids (and adults) to learn. I am excited to open that envelope up at the end of the year and see who reached their goal. This may just become a new tradition at this house we’ll see how it goes this year.

Joy

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This picture brings me so much JOY, every time I see it my heart just melts. Everything I hold very dear and consider my all time favorites are in this picture. My time has been consumed with these 8 little ones lately, with a new baby and it being summer there hasn’t been a lot of spare time to blog. I promise I haven’t forgotten about this blog of mine (it’s one of my favorites, remember?) I’ve just been enjoying this sweet family of mine. This picture has reminded me to take time and enJOY these little people who belong to me because all to soon they will be big. I am grateful that as hard, and crazy and wild as things sometimes get there’s more Joy and fun and love to add making this life of mine a pretty great ride.