10 Disney Frozen Party Ideas – Food, Games and Fun!

10 Disney Frozen Party Ideas
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Last Friday we had a fabulous Disney Frozen Pajama Party with Lexi’s 3rd grade Homeschool Group.
(The group is called Classical Conversations - sadly we were missing two of the girls.)

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Alexis wanted me to do her hair like Elsa’s coronation.

So this was our version.

(I followed this video >> here <<. There is ribbon in her bun but it’s hard to see.)

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Pizza was on the menu but is not show below.

Here was our menu:

Frozen Blue Punch

Blue Party Punch with snow<<<click on the link for recipe

Frozen Olaf in a Bag

Frozen Olaf's Nose

Frozen Snowballs

Frozen Snowman Snack Mix

Frozen Sven's Ice Chips

The Craft

While waiting for all the girls to arrive, we cut snowflakes out of coffee filters.

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The Games:

Pin the Nose on Olaf

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 Hot Teacup

(played just like “Hot Potato” to the tune of “Let It Go”)

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Mirror Mirror On the Wall  - Who’s the fairest of them all?

(Have each girl sit on their pillow. One girl stands in the middle and says “Mirror, mirror on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all?” Then she hands the mirror to one of the girls in the circle. The girl looks in the mirror and says ” girls with brown hair or girls with a dog or girls with white socks…”  All the girls that fit the description get up and switch seats – the girl left without a seat gets the mirror and continues the game.)

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 A Scavenger Hunt

(I used lyrics from the Frozen Songs, for example: “Love is an open _____.”
So the girls look for an open “door” to find the next clue.
All of the clues were found >> here << as free printables)

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Movie Time!!!!

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We had such a fun evening together!

The girls danced around the room singing all the songs in unison.  Our family feels incredibly blessed to have these girls in our lives.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

** Back in 2009, I had a Cinderella Party for Lexi.  If you are interested in seeing how I did that one – click here.

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Women Living Well Book Club – Chapter 14 {When Moms Lose Their Temper}

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Let’s Discuss Chapter 14

Do you struggle with losing your temper –you are NOT alone!  Long ago I turned to the book of Proverbs in my Bible, grabbed a highlighter, and marked every.single.verse that referenced how I am to communicate with others (there’s a TON of verses between chapters 10 and 31 regarding our speech).

Some of the verses I both marked and committed to memory are:

“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”  Proverbs 13:3

 “A quick tempered man does foolish things.”  Proverbs 14:17

 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  Proverbs 15:1

“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.”  Proverbs 17:27

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”  Proverbs 29:11

 

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In this video, I discuss “when mom’s lose their tempers” and our children’s perspective of us:

(if you cannot see this video – click here)

Ask your children to fill in these blanks for you:

My mom is______________.

Everyday she likes to _______________.

When she is angry she  ________________.

My mom makes me feel _______________.

One thing I wish my mom knew about me is __________________.

I encourage you to ask your kids to fill in these blanks – to get the temperature of your home through your children’s eyes.  Of course, sometimes moms are unpopular for not letting the kids eat candy, making them do chores and homework or saying no to certain activities and as a result they may say something negative –that’s not what I’m talking about here.  This is about getting to our children’s hearts and giving our kids a safe haven and a place where they can be honest, so we can hear their truth.

Let’s ask our children to tell us our story.  Listen. Learn. Love.  And know – none of us are perfect. We all must turn to the perfect one – Jesus – to help us in our battle with our flesh.  Let’s apologize to our children when we lose our tempers.

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Discussion Questions:

1.) Do you struggle with your temper?  If so, what is it that tends to set you off?

2.)  Look at Galatians 5:22-25.  What qualities are mentioned in verse 22 that you could apply to these tense situations?

For Extra Discussion go to the Forum and click on the thread that says “Chapter 14″

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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Walk with the King,

Courtney

The Winner of the Pottery Barn Giveaway is…

The winner of the Final Giveaway – a Pottery Barn Wall Art and Pillow is…

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Walk with the King,

Courtney

My Girls Night Out with Candace Cameron Bure

I apologize that my comment system is not working right. I am in the process of having it fixed. It appears comments are either going to a spam folder or disappearing all together. I apologize :(

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Last week Candace Cameron Bure (aka – DJ Tanner from Full House) came to my hometown in Ohio to stay at my “real life” friend’s house – Clare from Peak313.com.

I’m sure Clare will have lots of fun pictures on her blog soon from their weekend together.

Anyhow, on Friday evening Ruth from TheBetterMom.com drove in from out of town and Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen (who is also a “real life” hometown friend), came over and we had a Girls Night Out!

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One of the reasons I am drawn to Candace is because of how faith and family oriented she is.  I just love her genuine heart and solid beliefs.

So here’s how our evening went.  First we had dinner.

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Then we had dessert.

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Check out this cake!

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Miss Fitness aka Peak313 loves to eat off everyone else’s plates – here she’s caught in the act!

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Then we had a group photo taken.

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Then we went for a walk away from the crowds and sat down together and visited for an hour… and took more pictures.

People recognized Candace as DJ Tanner but did not overly imposed.  Candace politely paused for a photo with strangers and then went back to chatting with us.

 

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Being the crazy bloggers that we are – we were all instagramming on the spot!  Janelle and I snuck into a selfie of Clare and Ruth – and the funniest part – Candace picked up my phone and took a photo of us!!!  :)

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Then we went back to Clare’s house where Clare swiftly changed into her pajamas and we all got comfy on the couch talking.  Over the course of our long evening together, we covered every topic under the sun.  Hanging with Candace was like hanging out with an old friend.  Her “girl next door” personality and humble transparency makes her easy to love.  She is clearly a woman who has God at the center of her life.

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Faithful readers, will you please be lifting Candace up in your prayers?  She lives and works in a challenging and unique culture.  I am so grateful for the place God has planted her and for her courage to be honest about her faith.   Please pray that God opens doors for her, protects her family and gives her strength as she balances her family, work and ministry.  And when you see new projects she is working on, please support her —facebook, tweet and share it with your friends. To God be the glory!

Walk with the King!

 

 

Last Week

Last week was a VERY busy week.  So my Opposite World post is on hold and I thought I’d just share a little of my life with you all.

First, Alex got his green belt –hooray!

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Then we had a playdate with homeschool friends –which put my kids on cloud 9!

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The next day I dropped my kids off at my parents house in the morning and Keith and I went on a little ride:

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Now I must admit. I’m not a natural biker chick…I did this to make my husband happy.  He bought me the jacket.  I on the other hand, have some fears –but I love him, and it’s a give and take relationship.  I love doing life with him and it’s good to be pushed out of my comfort zone every once in a while.  It was fun!  Keith rode a Harley while we were dating so I knew when I married him he was a Harley riding type of guy…but being a mother puts a whole new perspective on riding.

But I did get some ice-cream which made it worth it! lol!

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A few hours after riding, Keith and I hopped in the car and drove south to Williamsburg, Virginia for his business conference.

 

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Then I gained three pounds in 3 days eating at these business luncheons and dinners.

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My husband is in the bucket truck industry.  So they showed their trucks on Monday while I served Rita’s Ice! Yum-o!  One evening they had spectacular fireworks.

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While we were there the Anything Book Club launched over at Good Morning Girls.org – woohoo!!!  So I was able to find a few quiet moments every morning to steal away with the Lord –it was glorious!

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Then –we drove 8 hours home – through the beautiful mountains of West Virginia.

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We picked the kiddos up at my parents house and later attended a graduation party at a bowling alley!

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So –I’m tired!  And my writing brain is all cluttered!  I am grateful that this coming week is a SLOW week!  I may or may not post an Opposite World post tomorrow…we shall see :) !

Chime In: What have you been up to?

Walk with the King,

 

Side Note: Many of these images were shared on Women Living Well’s

Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

this week.  

I’d love for you to follow me there if you aren’t already.

I’m also on Pinterest.

 

Slowing Down {In Opposite World}

Slowing down in opposite World

2 weeks ago, my family went on vacation.  One of the things I looked forward to were the walks on the beach.  My plan was to walk briskly for about 30 minutes daily to enjoy the sand beneathe my toes, the water splashing on my ankles and in the process burn some calories.

So I announced to the the family I was going on a beach walk -”who wants to come?”  My daughter cheered and grabbed her bucket and off to the beach we went.

Little did I know that her plans for the beach walk were nothing like mine. 

As we stepped out onto the sand she saw a seashell, so we examined it and dropped it into the bucket. We went 2 more steps and there was another beautiful seashell, into the bucket it went…2 steps more and another pile of shells were there to admire.

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10 minutes later and we hadn’t even left the beach in front of our condo –and I got anxious. 

Okay Lexi, that’s enough picking up shells – let’s walk a little.” (this was not going as planned –I wanted to burn calories and be productive –which meant we need to move it!)

I began to walk but she was 2 steps behind.  “Lexi, can you walk faster?”

She couldn’t –she was enamored with the sea shells.  So I suggested we walk in the water and get our toes wet.  Lo and behold –a jelly fish. 

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So of course, we had to stop and check it out, take a picture.  Have mercy!  Can we not just walk?

So we walked  and there were other kid’s sandcastles to stop and look at, kites flying, dogs running on the beach, birds swooping into the water to catch a fish, and dolphins – yes, we saw a school of dolphins close to the shoreline.

30 minutes passed and Alexis was having a ball…but we had barely walked 100 yards.  She was simply taking it all in.  And I on the outside pretended to find this all interesting but on the inside was thinking –I need to”walk”! Bah!

Then she said something that went against every fiber in my body.

“Mom, can we just sit down right here and talk?”

Sit down on a walk???

Hmmmm…a mini-tug of war played in my soul…

then I sat.

And we talked.

Nothing profound.  But vastly important in my little girl’s world.

How hard it is as mothers to simply slow down –Opposite World bids us to move it!  Get those kids signed up for soccer, piano, gymanstics, basketball, football, baseball, –you name it, it feels like everybody’s doin’ it!

Opposite World tells us to get our calendars full –stay on the move.  If you don’t –your kids might miss out or they won’t be cool or they won’t learn important life lessons or they won’t be socialized or they won’t, won’t won’t –who knows what won’t happen –just don’t take your chances on finding out what won’t happen! Get movin!

But then, I think of the times when my children are the happiest. Like when I jumped on the trampoline last week with my son.  10 minutes of jumping and my son’s arms were wrapped around me crowning me “the best mom ever“!  Or at bedtime, when I’m reading a book out loud and I say I’ll read an extra chapter – *boom* – the “best mom ever” title comes out of nowhere!

Or when I tell the kids they can sleep in their sleeping bags in the family room or it’s game night, ice cream sundae night, or movie night.  *Boom* -I morphe into the best mom ever.

So why is it that we feel the need to run run run run run our kids all over God’s green earth to keep them happy?  Opposite World says this is what kids need – move it! 

And a dear friend tells me –when she stops running…she gets depressed.  Cause life is hard and it hurts and she keeps busy to keep her mind off of her pain.

 Ann Voskamp writes:

The six kids rouse.  we race. The barn…and hurry.  The breakfast…and hurry.  the books, the binders…and hurry.   In a world addicted to speed, I blur the moments into one unholy smear…Hands of the clock whip hard.  so I push hard and I bark hard and I fall hard and when their wide eyes brim sadness and their chins tremble weak, I am weary…

The hurry makes us hurt.

And maybe it is the hurt that drives us on?  For all our frenzied running seemingly toward something, could it be that we are in fact fleeing –desperate to escape pain that pursues?

~One Thousand Gifts pg. 66

 Dear sweet mamas of little ones who are on summer break…

Slow.

Down.

Sit with your kids and enjoy a fresh watermelon or a warm sticky s’more.

Swing on a swing, throw balls, pick flowers, jump on the trampoline, shoot a hoop, draw with the chalk, and count stars.

Don’t let your to-do list and hurry –hurt.

Opposite World is a hurting world.  We need to offer them the rest that they can find in Jesus. They don’t have to run run run all over God’s green earth to find meaning –they just have to run into the arms of the maker of the earth.  And there –they’ll find rest.

Jesus said – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

And so our lives should look different. Because when we run after Opposite World, we run right past hurting people.  We miss the signs of a weary husband who needs encouragement or a lonely child who just wishes we’d linger in the sand for a while.  We miss seashells and seagulls and seeing into the hearts of loved ones and lost ones.

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“Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:6

I’m on this journey with you –together let’s commit to slowing down for the summer.  Linger over God’s word. Linger over chapter books and summer smoothies and popsicles and catching fireflys.

Chime In: Friends, as I shared in the above story.  Slowing down is so very hard for me.   How have you overcome this temptation to hurt in the hurry?

Walk with the King,

 

 

 

In Loving Memory…

My Aunt Lori lost her battle with cancer this weekend.

So this is in loving memory of her…
(this picture was just taken 6 weeks ago as she sat across the table from me at my Grandmother’s 90th Birthday party).

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And here she is at Christmas with my uncle and cousin – such a beautiful family inside and out!

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Aunt Lori was a faithful wife, loving mother and never had an unkind word to speak.  I was always so glad when she walked in the door.  I enjoyed our long talks – she was a tender and caring listener.  She always made me feel loved.

I love her and already miss her.  Please keep my uncle and cousin in your prayers this week – my heart is breaking for them. And please remember her family and my family as we grieve together.

Losing a loved one is sobering, so I will not be blogging this week.

 Walk with the King,