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It’s Time for Family Fun Friday and I am Co-Hosting!

Welcome to Family Fun Friday! Monica and I are SO glad you stopped by! Whether you have come to take a look at the great ideas that our bloggy friends have posted, or you have come to do some posting of your own, we thank you for joining us!

I have been having a wonderful full life at home these days! This has been a wonderful full week! It all began with a trip away with my husband on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate our anniversary a little early. What a blessing it was! We then hosted some dear friends for a Memorial Day BBQ. And, this is the FINAL WEEK of school for my daughter. We have finished our work for the year and are ready to close the lesson planning book. I haven’t filled her in yet…but tomorrow, we are packing up the books and celebrating!!! It will be time for our annual breakfast out together. 🙂

I am also grateful to report that I was able to post two posts this week! The schedule is smoothing out and I am getting back on track! Thank you for all of your patience! 🙂

I am grateful to be a co-host with Monica from Happy and Blessed Home. She has graciously included me in her Family Fun Friday Party and I am so thankful! Monica’s blog provides such wonderful ideas and encouragement for those of us raising children in our homes. Check it out!

We sincerely look forward to seeing all of your great ideas that you link up here and hope that you find some great ideas as well!

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If you’re a mom keep reading because we have some wonderful fun ideas to inspire you with your little ones and family. My blogging friends are linking up craft ideas, fun in the kitchen, preschool & homeschool ideas, and ways to spend time as a family.

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As always we had a wonderful turnout last week with SO MANY wonderful ideas. If you’d like to “bookmark” these ideas for later on PINTEREST here’s a handy button to help you keep track of this list of ideas. To PIN a specific blogger’s post please click through and PIN their post directly from their site. Thanks!


On Mondays I’ve been posting encouraging words for MOMs. If you’d like some encouragement I recommend reading my latest post “Embrace” which will encourage you with the importance of giving and getting 12 hugs a day!

Baby Kiss photo by "red floor" at stock.xchng

Baby Kiss photo by “red floor” at stock.xchng

On Wednesdays I post on the preschool alphabet we are studying. I’ve been working hard on a new Zoo Animals bundle and it’s ready! Click here to get your FREE Zoo Animals Bundle.


If you’d like to join our family in our Preschool alphabet study, you can download my FREE Preschool Planner and see my Free Printables. Sign up via e-mail to receive all my printables. Subscribe to Happy and Blessed Home by Email.

On Fridays I host Family Fun Friday so you can meet all my blogging friends and get great ideas.

AND, if you haven’t met her already, please meet my co-Host Diane Haller from MyLifeAsRobin’s Wife. Diane is a volunteer co-host and she is awesome. She’ll be checking out your blog posts and commenting along with me and she helps me pick the top posts. We’ll be working together to help promote this link party! Please make sure to stop by Diane’s Facebook page and give her a “Like” when you have a chance.


Thanks to all my blogging friends for linking up last week at Family Fun Friday. I have a special YouTube Video for you at Thank You All My Blogging Friends! So many great ideas, crafts and things to do! If you link up, you permit me to use your pictures/ideas as part of future posts and/or social media. The party has grown so much that I’ve decided to increase the number of participants to 200 and then I will select a winner of some FREE jewelry. This will likely mean I’ll award a prize every other week. We had over 100 bloggers link up last week. You all are amazing – you bless my socks off with your awesome posts!

Some examples of the jewelry I am giving away. Your link-up and/or comment is your entry to WIN. BTW, I can make wedding party custom jewelry – contact me if you’re interested. 🙂

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Now on to some fabulous posts for moms. Our Featured Bloggers:

Featured Bloggers:

1. It’s not very often that I read a blog post and start to cry, but this one really did me in. I was crying tears of joy for this mother, Penny Lane, who is the mom to two precious baby girls. Her story walks you through how she decided to be a stay at home mom. I realize that becoming a SAHM is not the path for every mom but her testimony truly resonated with my personal experience. Check out her post – she’s actually also a rocket scientist.



2. Siena at Ducks in a Row has some wonderful ideas for Family Fun in her post for Staycation Fun in your hometown. Looking for great ideas? Check out her post: “12 Great Ideas for a Simple Summer


3. Six Sisters Stuff shared this Awesome list of 50 Things to do with Kids this Summer. Now you’ll never run out of fun things to do!

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4. My husband loves Mexican food and I love making casserole dishes because the leftovers mean I can cook less often! Mostly Homemade Mom shared this delicious recipe for a Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Doesn’t it look amazing?

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5. Emily from Teachable Mom ments shared a heartwarming post about being the mom of a little boy. With two boys of my own I can completely relate. If you have a little boy in your family I think you’ll be encouraged by her post. She writes, “I have this boy – this wild, almost four year old, sword wielding, dirt digging, hose spraying, LOUD, train track building, matchbox car hoarding, ball throwing, tape measuring, block organizing, tender-hearted boy.”


6. Mums Make Lists shared Real Books for Babies. Reading is always a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. I think you’ll enjoy her ideas for inspiring children to develop a love of reading.



Thanks again for all your wonderful ideas! I hope these Family Friendly and Fun ideas inspire you.



1. Link your blog post. Posts need only be family friendly and/or fun. To increase your chances of being featured at next week’s link party, link a post that is fun for two or more members of your family to do together.

2. Please follow Happy and Blessed Home on Facebook – I post updates for FREE books and other giveaways there that you’ll miss otherwise. Please leave a comment if you’re a new follower so I can follow you back.

3. ROLLING FACEBOOK LIST: If you did not link up last week, please add your link to the “Like My Facebook Page” party. This is a rolling list – you will not need to add to it every week.

4. Help other bloggers find this link party by either adding a link to your post or placing a button on your site. This is not required but very helpful.

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5. Visit as many blogs in the HOP as you can! Try to leave a comment on at least two other posts.

6. Win Jewelry! Posts qualify for five entries and comments with an idea for family fun counts as one entry. After we have 200 ideas for family fun, I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner of FREE jewelry.

7. Tweet, pin, Facebook, and help spread the word if you can.

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I pray you are blessed by this effort to share ideas on having Family Fun.

In His Grip,



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