FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #7

August 29, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

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Lesson #7: “Give” Said the Little Stream

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: “Give” Said the Little Stream

Scripture: Mosiah 2:17

Lesson: Talk about the importance of service and that when we do service it is showing our Heavenly Father that we love Him. Discuss ways we can serve others around us.

Activity: Do some kind of service act such as making cookies for a neighbor,      leaving extra change at a laundry map, or a love note for someone.

Closing Prayer

Treat: Popsicles

 

Xo,

Aubrey

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #6

August 22, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

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Hey mamas! Thanks for all your amazing feedback on these lessons! I’m working out some bugs with my website so that these can get e-mailed right to you! Don’t forget to use hashtag #mamahoodfhe if you post a pic while using any of these lessons, I’d love to see! Love you all!

Lesson #6: Love One Another

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Love One Another

Scripture: John 13:34

Lesson: Tell the story of the Good Samaritan (Scripture reference HERE). Ask how we can love those in our family and ways we can help them. Talk about how sharing is showing that we love someone.

Activity: On strips of paper, write down things we can do to show love to our families. Create a chain to help us remember to love each other.

Closing Prayer

Treat: Homemade fruit smoothie

Xo,

Aubrey

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #5

August 15, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

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Sorry I’m a little late posting this lesson! If you’re new around here, welcome! We are on lesson #5 of my toddler family home evenings and you can find more under the “family” tab! (and if you have no idea what FHE is go HERE). Remember, everything is linked up!

Lesson #5: Follow the Prophet

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Follow the Prophet

Scripture: Amos 3:7  

Lesson: Explain what a prophet is and why it’s important to follow what he asks us to do. Tell the story of your favorite prophet in the scriptures and then tell how we have a current prophet. (Show a picture if possible)

Activity: Memorize the prophet’s name or other apostle’s names.

Closing Prayer

Treat: No-Bake Cookies (My healthy recipe is HERE)

 

Enjoy!

Xo,

Aubrey

 

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #4

August 8, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

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Lesson #4: I Have a Body

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Do as I’m Doing

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Lesson: Explain that each part of our body has a special job. What can we do with our eyes? Ears? Mouth? Hands? Feet? Talk about the importance of exercising, eating healthy and keeping the Word of Wisdom. Pretend and do actions such as brushing your teeth, sleep, and washing your hands. If there’s time talk about Daniel 1 and how Daniel was blessed for keeping the Word of Wisdom.

Activity: Do sidewalk chalk and trace each other’s body’s out on the driveway. My two year old LOVED this when he realized the shape of his body was traced on our driveway!

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Closing Prayer

Treat: Strawberries with powdered sugar

 

*Remember that everything is linked so if you forget how the primary song goes or don’t have your scriptures on hand, just click on it!

 

Xo,

Aubrey

God Needs Brave Moms

August 3, 2016 in Family / Love Notes

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The other morning I woke up with half of my mouth swollen. One of the joys of pregnancy is inflammation of your gums and they can easily get infection…so when I went in for an emergency dentist visit, that was my diagnosis.

“Are you sure you’re not pregnant?” she said.

“Nope. But I have been the passed year.”

I was calculating the other day how long my body has had pregnancy hormones. It’s been almost a year and my journey gets to continue. I don’t talk the details too much because I’m in the middle of it and it’s pretty tender to me, but this week I’ve had some kind of doctor appointment every day and Friday will be my 5th surgery this year. I’ve been told that my body can get pregnant easy but has a hard time carrying and might need medical intervention to get my babies here. We are currently waiting to hear back from some tests and know exactly which steps to take. It’s been quite a road for our little family.

But I’ve come to learn that it all really is okay.

Why?

Because God needs brave moms and if this is what I have to go through to become brave, I’ll do it.

So bring on more needles, surgeries, weight gain, more bad news and empty feelings. I got this. Being far from family has been difficult but we have a village here helping us every step of the way and my heart is filled to the brim with gratitude for those who have helped in so many different ways. (You know who you are, I love you!!)

EVERY mom person has some kind of “hard” to go through. My heart aches as I watch those who go through such heart breaking tragedies. I believe that our trials are tailored to us specifically and as I learn of what others go through, I gladly take my load because so many people have it pretty tough. You can’t compare trials but you can have compassion for others and gratitude for your own.

So maybe hard is okay. Maybe hard teaches us more than anything else would. Maybe it’s shaping us into someone better. And maybe… just maybe, all of this will teach me how to be brave.

Xo,

Aubrey

(These thoughts sparked after listening to a segment of THIS amazing talk.)

Lips

August 1, 2016 in Lipstick

I’m currently all heart-eyes over this new Lipstick that lasts 18 hours without smudging or coming off when you kiss your babes! I’m a distributor for Lipsense, not to make money, but mostly so that I can hook my friends and fam up with it!  If you’re interested in getting your lips on some e-mail me at themamahoodblog@gmail.com or fill THIS form out! (colors are below)

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Xo,

Aubrey

 

COLORS:

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FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #3

August 1, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

Hi friends! I know it’s been awhile since I started posting my toddler FHE lessons. I wanted to get a good feel to see if people were actually using them and after a bunch of requests to keep posting them, here we are! To make them easier to find, just click the dropdown on my “family” tab and there will be a section just for these lessons. I hope that helps!

*And if you have no idea what FHE or Family Home Evening is, you can read more about it HERE)

Our family is so far from perfect, but something that helps our home feel happy is by always having family night every Monday. I made these lessons using primary songs and followed the primary manual. They are as simple as can be, which for this stage in our lives has been perfect.

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Lesson #3: Families Can be Together Forever

 

Opening Prayer

        

Opening Song: Families Can be Together Forever (music: HERE)

        

Scripture: (Proclamation to the World) The Family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Lesson: Ask each child to go around in a circle saying everyone’s names and their favorite thing about them. Talk about why families are special to us and why we need to love our families. (When our family did this we went around in a circle saying things that we loved about each other). Explain how our families can be together forever.

        

Activity: Go outside and play together as a family OR draw a picture of the whole family.

        

Closing Prayer

        

Treat: Banana splits with M&M’s on top to represent each person in their family.

I have LOVED seeing the pics you’ve sent me from your family nights! If you post them tag #mamahoodFHE so I can see! Love you all!

Xo,

Aubrey

Lake House

July 29, 2016 in Adventures

The other day we woke up before the sunrise and drove to our friend’s lake house. If there is anything that is my “escape” it’s definitely wakeboarding. We had such a good time! I feel so grateful for our Texas friends who have become our family and the memories we’ve shared with them while living here.

Here’s a few pics from that day!

 

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Xo,

Aubrey

I’m back + 4th of July in Squares

July 12, 2016 in Family / Uncategorized

Hello world!

This blog has been on a pretty big break recently and I can’t say that I’m mad about it. It is exactly what I’ve been needing and has allowed me to get through a few things going on in our crazy busy lives recently.

In a nutshell, we travelled for about a month, sent Shey’s (my husband) parents off to be mission presidents in Mexico, celebrated my baby sister’s wedding, bought our first home in a small town in Texas, lost another pregnancy + found out some hard news that I’m not ready to talk about yet, started potty training, made homemade limeade everyday, and have had so many angels help us in so many different ways.

So I hope you’ll stick with me as I try to get back into the groove of writing again. The passed few years I’ve been writing about everything motherhood. I still will write about that since it’s a huge part of me and my little boy is my whole world, but that topic stings just a little bit right now. The passed few months I’ve had this nagging feeling to open up a little bit more about my family and the life we choose to live. It’s nothing extreme or out of the ordinary. It’s actually a pretty simple life. We find the biggest joys out of the smallest things and we choose to live a way that makes us happy.

If you’re new here, welcome! You will find that this blog is pretty raw, and as you get to know me I would love to get to know YOU. If you’ve been here awhile, I hope you like the new transition and would love to hear your feedback!

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I won’t lie, the time I miss home the most is the 4th of July. There’s something about Utah during that time that is so magical. (plus… the 24th is like round 2! Can’t beat it!) But this year ended up being so much fun. The day of the 4th a big Texas storm came rollin’ in, so we had a “re-do” with the parade and more fireworks on the 9th! Shey’s brother stayed with us one of the nights and we’ve been swimming our lives away! The city’s fireworks happen to be at a perfect view from our porch so it was the perfect ending to the best week!

Here was our 4th in squares:

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I hope you all had the best 4th of July!

Xo,

Aubrey

Mama’s Night Out

July 6, 2016 in Events

I’m a big believer that if you want to really do something or you feel passionate about something…you just DO IT! You push insecurities and feelings of inadequacy aside and just try. Something that I’ve secretly always wanted to do was throw my own event. So when I got the craving to learn how to water color cookies + meet up with some mama friends I decided, why not go all out and invite anyone who wants to come!? We had about 80 cute mamas come out and it turned out so fun! This event was for a charity called SHARE which helps moms who have had infant/pregnancy loss. So it kind of came full circle for me since I was going through another miscarriage during the event. I felt like I could somehow give what I was going through a purpose or meaning.

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(photography by the beautiful @dianaputnamphotography)

It all came together thanks to my girl Caitlin from Peachy Details. She has been one of my closest friends from day one of this whole motherhood journey and it was so fun partnering with her on this event! (I’m not sure how we forgot to take a picture together the entire night, we were both kinda running around… so this blurry iPhone one will have to do.) I love her so much!

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We had so many amazing vendors who came, Sarah from The Dainty Pear gave a wonderful speech, and Ali from Plum Cakery taught the class. A HUGE thank you goes out to Atrium Weddings for letting us use their venue. It turned out perfect and they helped us so much with everything!

More than anything, it was so amazing to meet and be with so many of YOU! You made it happen just by coming and being apart of it all! If you came, I would love any feedback you have! Maybe we could make this a yearly thing? 😉

Love you all!

Xo,

Aubrey

 

BONUS: I wanted to remember those who came so my cute sis went around and took some snapshots of a few of you that came!

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