Savvy Chic

tidbits, thoughts, and ramblings. . .with a Mormon twist

My favorite Christmas light show! December 2, 2008

Filed under: fun,savvy thoughts — savvychic @ 5:49 pm

I LOVE Christmas! There are a lot of things that make Christmas wonderful.  Watching Christmas light shows has become a family tradition for us.

It is absolutely incredible what people can do.  These are a couple of favorite light shows.  We’re sure glad we can watch it in the computer rather than have the neighbor across the street!  Enjoy!

TransSiberian Orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmgf60CI_ks

Amazing Grace:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOyN9CawB8w

 

fun halloween photo October 31, 2008

Filed under: children,fun,kids,savvy thoughts — savvychic @ 8:01 pm

I saw this idea in Family Fun magazine–take a picture of your ghouls and jack-o-lanterns with a post it note over the flash.  It turns the photo the color of the post it note!  Having a light source (like the candle in the pumpkin) creates an additional fun effect!

 

Unique baby gift September 8, 2008

Filed under: baby,frugal,fun,kids,savvy thoughts — savvychic @ 9:32 am

Looking for a unique baby gift to give a friend? Want something fun for your scrapbook? How about a letter from the President of the United States of America welcoming your new baby!

This is for real! I received a letter after my second baby and just requested a letter for my third. The only requirements are that you make the congratulatory request AFTER the baby is born and that the baby was born in the past 12 months. (There may be more rules, but these are probably the only ones you need to be aware of.)

To receive a congratulatory letter from the President for your baby, you will need to submit the following information:

1.Name and home address of baby
2.Baby’s birth date
3.Your name, daytime phone number, and your email address

Just go to this website:
https://app1.whitehouse.gov/greetings/baby

Notes:
*Let your husband know that you’ll be receiving a letter from the White House so he doesn’t get overly excited and rip open the letter in a non-scrapbook-friendly way.

*It takes about 6 weeks to get the letter after you have requested it.

*You can only submit one request per day, so don’t go too crazy!

 

summer school links June 2, 2008

Filed under: children,fun,kids,thrifty tips — savvychic @ 10:27 pm
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Here are a list of links that I’ll be pulling from for home summer school for my kids.  I want to keep their minds engaged throughout the summer.  There is a mix of things–from FHE lessons that can be used as “values” lessons to cool web videos about money and bees.  Of course, we will be spending most of our time outdoors, or reading books from the library, or building forts out of tables and sheets.  But, these websites help with the creativity and add to the experience!

http://www.ldslivingmagazine.com/subs/show/6
http://www.360financialliteracy.org/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/alienempire/metropolis.html   (termites, bees, and a puzzle)
http://www.youtube.com/njbeemaster (This is a collection of videos that show beekeeping–however, I haven’t previewed them yet)

http://www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us/index.asp?nid=722 (This is a page with links that could make for some interesting lessons)
http://www.jif.com/recipes/rec_kids.asp (a collection of kid friendly peanut butter recipes for our cooking classes)
http://www.kidsafeid.com/cardmake1.asp (for making a child ID card–child safety)
http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,31-1-15-1,00.html (a huge list of family fun activity and education links)

http://www.nwf.org/backyardcampout/games.cfm (camping out is one of our themes this summer)
http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/littlecritter/index.htm (little critter paper dolls)
http://collectdolls.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxhome.com%2Fmyfairlady%2Fnot%2Fscn3%2Fpaper.htm (My Fair Lady paper dolls)

http://www.dltk-kids.com/ (a great preschool craft site)
http://www.momsminivan.com/index.html (travel games)
http://www.kidsgardening.com/ (lots of gardening info and activities)
http://guitar.about.com/library/blguitarlessonarchive.htm (free guitar lessons)

http://ac6v.com/help.htm#LIC (Ham radio sites)
http://storynory.com/ (free audio stories)
http://www.starfall.com/ (preschool–learn to read)
http://rainforestmaths.com/ (awesome math site for elementary grades)

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/kids/things_to_make/ (this is a great kids heritage paper craft page)

I hope you find something here that helps you with your summer plans.  Send me links you find fun and helpful!

 

How to Be Romantic February 7, 2008

Filed under: fun,savvy thoughts — savvychic @ 9:11 am

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What “being romantic” means varies widely from person to person, but at its core, romance involves doing something to express affection in a meaningful yet unexpected way. A true act of romance requires creativity and sincerity, often inspired by love (either its presence or its possibility). While harboring affection for someone might be easy, translating it into romance usually is not. There are millions of romantic ideas in books, movies and on the Internet, but true romance comes from within. Here’s how to get in touch with your inner romantic.

Steps

  1. Break the monotony. Many people associate the beginning of a relationship with romance, excitement and inspiration because everything is new. You’ve just met this person and the relationship is unfolding–what will happen tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Will he call? Will we kiss? Will she visit? But after the relationship is established, we settle into a routine, and nothing is new anymore. To be romantic, to reintroduce the excitement that characterized the beginning of the relationship, do something different, something that your partner wouldn’t expect. The more out of the ordinary, the better!
  2. Court them. Pretend that you and the person just met, and you want the person to fall for you. What would you do to impress them? To show them that you’re interested? To win them over? Treat your partner like they’re single, like you’re trying to earn their affection and trust. The opposite of being romanced is being taken for granted. No one wants to feel like they’ve already been “caught” and it’s over and done with. Put on a show! Stay on your toes! The most romantic ideas come to people when they fear they might lose the one they love. But you don’t have to actually be on the verge of losing someone in order to tap into that mindset!
  3. Make it personal. Romance is not “one-size-fits-all”. The stereotypical icons of romance (roses, candles and chocolate) can only go so far. Think about what really gets that special someone excited. Recognize what makes your partner unique, and find/do things for them that only they would appreciate. What are their quirky (perhaps secret) interests, obsessions and fantasies? Whenever they’re shopping, talking, or watching a movie, what makes their eyes light up? Pay attention! Being romantic means acknowledging how special a person is, and that means demonstrating that you know–better than anyone else in the world–what makes them unique.
  4. Focus on the little things. Romance can be practiced every day, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or grand. In fact, sometimes the most romantic moments are simple, spontaneous and free. There are millions of ways to say “I love you” and “I’m lucky to have you.” Think of the world as your medium. You can write it, say it, sculpt it, look it, hide it, shout it, paint it, kiss it, fold it, grow it, touch it, and express it in unlimited ways. Make it a habit to find a new way to be romantic every day. Be creative and have fun with it!
  5. Be sincere. To make someone feel appreciated, you have to really, truly be thankful for their presence in your life. Maintaining that sense of gratitude takes conscious effort. It’s easy to forget how amazing someone is when you see them every day, but if you constantly remind yourself how lucky you are to share your life with that person, every day will be the most romantic day of your life.

Tips

  • If you’re still a loss for ideas (or have some to share), check out How to Come up With Romantic Ideas.
  • Don’t assume that the person you’re romancing is just like you. A night of ballroom dancing might be the most romantic thing in the world to you, but your partner might feel otherwise. Remember that no matter how close the person is to you, he or she is an individual, not an extension of yourself. Surprise your partner by doing something you’d never normally do on your own, just because you know it’d make them happy.
  • If your partner doesn’t seem to appreciate your efforts, it’s not that you’ve failed to be romantic; it’s that your partner has failed to receive your affection. Maybe they’re not accustomed to being romanced, or maybe they’re distracted by other stresses in their lives. If you feel rejected, don’t just give up. Talk to the person about it.
  • Don’t forget to laugh! There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing your partner’s face light up with laughter. If making yourself out to be a bit of a goof is what it takes, do it and then laugh together!

Warnings

  • Being romantic doesn’t mean being obsessive. There’s a difference between expressing appreciation and expecting a person to devote all of their time to you in return. You’re an individual, not just one half of a relationship, so don’t be consumed by your efforts to romance someone else. You can be romantic and be yourself at the same time.

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The Superman Tales: The Deer Princess September 2, 2007

Filed under: books,children,fun,kids — savvychic @ 2:39 pm

The Deer Princess

Created by two adorable boys

Illustrated by the older son and his mom

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 Once upon a time there was a wonderful world and a princess and animals.

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There was an evil witch that cursed the princess and she became a deer. Even though she was very poor, she wasn’t lonely. She had all the animals around her.

A special dragonfly made her antlers his home. He only landed in antlers of deer that were poor and cursed. Butterflies also flew all around her head.

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A huge tornado came, sent by the witch. It wasn’t just a tornado though. Eagles swarmed through the sky too.

They weren’t just eagles, they were amazingly strong eagles. There were 389,000 valiant eagles soaring, destroying the tornado and saving the land.

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These eagles had another great quality–they were sent from Superman! Superman had a great car–the Magic School Bus!

One of the eagles looked different than the rest. Turns out, it was Superman’s magic bus!

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The land where the deer princess lived was running out of food. A hummingbird came to the princess’s rescue and fed the deer and all the other animals.

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The witch was intent on destroying the princess. She created a poisoned apple. In disguise, she gave the princess the apple. The princess deer fell into a deep sleep.

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Superman came rushing through the sky. He used his special sleeping-waking powers and woke the princess up.

Another tornado appeared. But this wasn’t a bad tornado–it was Super Prince! Superman welcomed his friend Super Prince to the scene.  Using his supersonic curse-detecting vision, Superman saw that the deer was really a princess.

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Superman told Super Prince and Super Prince offered to marry the deer princess. As they were married, Super Prince kissed the deer and the deer transformed back into a beautiful princess. The spell was broken!

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After the wedding, Superman flew to the witch’s lair, and tied her up. He gave her a choice to be good or to be turned into something very small. She decided to be good.

The witch, Superman, Super Prince, and the princess all became friends and they lived happily ever after.

The End

© 2007 SavvyChic

 

Ways to Increase Laughter in Your Home August 24, 2007

Filed under: children,fun,kids,savvy thoughts — savvychic @ 7:06 pm

Inspired by the Ensign article, “The Power of Laughter,” Sept 2007, p32.

We need to laugh more!  Laughing has so many benefits–phyically, mentally, spiritually, in every way.  It has been said that while children laugh on average 400 times every day, adults only laugh about 15 times.  So, find your inner child.  Play.  Don’t be so serious.  And LAUGH!

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Here are some ideas to get you started:
 
*Pretend you’re the tickle monster and go on a tickle escapade–(be careful and do not over-push your parental boundaries though or the laughter will not be happy laughter!)

*With permission–tape record the tickling of a sibling (hehe) for a predetermined amount of time.  Beware: 5 minutes is a very long time!  Listen to the recording whenever you feel the need to be cheered! (hehehaha. . .The recording of my sister tickled by yours truly is a prized possession and will make anyone in my family laugh just thinking of about it!)

*Run out of toilet paper and humbly ask for help–always good for a snicker or two.

*Really play with your kids without worrying about anyone watching you.

*Stand in front of the mirror and make faces.

*In cahoots with someone else, face each other and have the following serious conversation:
Person A: This is a very solemn occasion.
Person B: Indeed it is.
A&B together: Ha. . .Ha. . .Ha
No one is allowed to smile, snicker, or even think a happy thought during this conversation.  Just try it!

*Have your little ones put on a magic show!  (My favorites are the disappearing tricks–“Now you see it! Just a minute while I leave the room. . . Now you don’t!)  Record it and show it again years later when it is plainly obvious to them how “magic” their tricks were.  It’s soooo cute!

*Have your child lay on the ground with their hands over their head.  Sing the following words to an upbeat tune of your own:

A tickle a day keeps the doctor away. 
A tickle a day keeps the doctor away. 
A tickle a day keeps the doctor away. 
A tickle, a tickle a day!

*Play chubby bunny: place a large marshmallow in your mouth and say “chubby bunny”.  Repeat until you can get nothing more than “Uuu-yy oo-yy”.  Of course, there is no swallowing or chewing of the marshmallows in between turns.  (Only play this with a child who is likely to be able to do this carefully–there is a choking hazard!)

*Play a Cranium game–one with play dough, charades, and wiggling.

*Play Twister.

*Read a funny children’s book.

*Listen to what your kids say–they say the funniest things! (I try to write these things down and then send them in a family newsletter.  It is the most popular part of the letter.)

*Make an indoor fort with the dining table, pillows, and blankets.  Act out the part of a princess in distress and let your kids rescue you from the broccoli eating dragon.

*Record your princess in distress and knight in shining armor act.  Watch it later.

*Create a maze on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk.  Try to navigate it–hopping on one foot, or pretending to be a crab, or walking backwards and only able to look to one side. . .

*Draw pictures of each other.

*Make cartoons of the family.

*Read a joke book aloud.

*Have a water fight.

*Give your kids a camera and head outside for a funny photo shoot.  Bring props.

*Have a watermelon seed spitting contest

*Camp out in a kitchen table fort with popcorn, and a fun game.  Sing a few silly camp songs. Make s’mores in the microwave.  Tell funny stories.

*Look at a family photo album together

*Make a batch of popcorn and toss the kernel into the air one by one and try to catch the pieces in your mouth.  Or toss them into a partner’s mouth.

*Make cookies together, eat a few out of the oven and deliver some to friends–just cause.  (save a few to eat when you get home.)

*Blow bubbles.

*Pretend to trip–for some reason, that always gets the kids laughing.

*Play in the rain and splash in the puddles.

*Just laugh!  And enjoy being with each other!

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For more to read, see this article on LDS Image!

If you’re still need of a good laugh, this is an absolutely hilarious post that is guaranteed to make you laugh.  Warning:  it is really funny!