Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Packers take the Positive Path!


On a better note for the NFL, the Packers made a $200,000 donation to the Green Bay Police Department! 

While all the negativity around the knee taking in the NFL, I love to hear a good, heartwarming story of the NFL giving back in a positive way.  And of course, it's great to hear that it's my beloved Packers!  Please check out the article about their donation HERE.  I would love to see the players, personally filling up the Police Departments side of donations so the department can get these matching funds!

Of course, if you haven't read my first article about this, here's the article on Taking the Knee to the NFL. Now will the rest of the NFL league follow suit and do something positive in our country?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Take a knee to the NFL!

Try as I might, I just can't keep my mouth shut about the NFL players that are taking a knee during the National Anthem before games.  On one hand I definitely don't agree with what they are kneeling for at all, but I'm not going to rant about that one in this post.  That flag that they are disrespecting, has given them the freedom to have their opinion and express that opinion.  Here's where I rant:

Source for photo and list of players

Players are expressing their own personal opinions on the job!!!  Yes that's right, they are in the employ of their NFL team.  Now I have lots of opinions, that I would love to share with people all the time, but sometimes, it's not appropriate. 

I worked as a Music Therapist in a nursing home where people were dying. There were so many times where I would be called to their bedsides to play music for them to sooth and calm them.  I personally, would have rather prayed with them or played hymns in their dying moments, but I couldn't.  So many times, I would have loved to share what Christ can do for them, and lead them to a personal relationship with Christ in their final moments, but that wasn't my job! That was my belief and opinion, and wasn't allowed to share that on company time.

When you are representing an employer, you have to represent them in a manner, becoming of the company.  In this case, those players, although they have an opinion about our country, are representing their team, the club, the NFL and our nation, and should be setting an example, becoming of an athlete.  If they show boat, or show unsportsmanlike behavior on the field, they are fined or even removed from the game.  This should also stand true of their own private, personal agendas!

In the next few weeks, I actually hope that the NFL and different team owners will take note and penalize these players who choose to show disrespect to others and our nation on the field!  How shameful that this is what is representing our country, and not the heroes that gave their lives to give us the freedom to have our own opinions.  I hope that sponsors, continue to drop their money to these players!  I hope that the fans will put their money where their mouths are, too.  Don't go to the games!  Don't buy merchandise!  Speak up to your teams and give them your opinions through your wallet!  Let's all take a knee to these players that are making the entire game look bad!!

Here's a list of the players that I know of so far that have kneeled and you should be "kneeling" for in your wallet:
  • Colin Kaepernick - 49ers
  • Brandon Marshall - Broncos
  • Marcas Peters - Chiefs
  • Arian Foster - Dolphins -  raised his arm
  • The entire Seahawks team - locked arms in protest
  • Martellus Bennett - Patriots
  • Devin McCourty - Patriots

On a side note, I LOVE football!  I LOVE the game!  I have two sons that play, one on the college level, so this isn't a bash on football.  It's actually a plea for the NFL to clean up their acts and make this horrible image right!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Two-In-One WunderKeys Games

If you saw my previous post on Spinners for WunderKeys Games you'll know that I'm pretty pumped about getting my new spinners.  Of course, I had to come up with some more games to use during my WunderKeys Preschool Piano Lessons.  This one is actually two fold.
 
What you will need:
  • White Dry Erase board
  • Dry erase marker
  • Magnetic Finger Friends
  • Magnetic spinner
What to do:
1.  For our patterning portion of lessons, we first divided our white board with a marker in to 5 parts with the middle coming to a point. (I promise, this is the most difficult part!)
2.  Next put one Finger Friend in each section.
3.  Ask student to sort all of the Friends in to each section.
4.  Keep this board for the Game Time at the end.

5. For game time, place the spinner in the middle of your sorted sections.
6.  Have the student spin the spinner.  Whichever Finger Friend it lands on, she needs to name it and show us that Friend.

Version 1: After they name the Finger Friend, have them put their playing piece on the WunderTown Game board on their house.
Version 2: After they spin and name the Finger Friend, have the student play that Finger Friend on the piano.
The possibilities for my new spinners are endless!  The kids just love them!

Two-In-One WunderKeys Games

If you saw my previous post on Spinners for WunderKeys Games you'll know that I'm pretty pumped about getting my new spinners.  Of course, I had to come up with some more games to use during my WunderKeys Preschool Piano Lessons.  This one is actually two fold.
 
What you will need:
  • White Dry Erase board
  • Dry erase marker
  • Magnetic Finger Friends
  • Magnetic spinner
What to do:
1.  For our patterning portion of lessons, we first divided our white board with a marker in to 5 parts with the middle coming to a point. (I promise, this is the most difficult part!)
2.  Next put one Finger Friend in each section.
3.  Ask student to sort all of the Friends in to each section.
4.  Keep this board for the Game Time at the end.

5. For game time, place the spinner in the middle of your sorted sections.
6.  Have the student spin the spinner.  Whichever Finger Friend it lands on, she needs to name it and show us that Friend.

Version 1: After they name the Finger Friend, have them put their playing piece on the WunderTown Game board on their house.
Version 2: After they spin and name the Finger Friend, have the student play that Finger Friend on the piano.
The possibilities for my new spinners are endless!  The kids just love them!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Got Music Lessons?

As fall rolls around, many parents are beginning to think about what their child's schedule will look like in the fall, and trying to figure out what sports, classes and of course, music lessons will be added to their schedules. 

As a homeschool parent and piano teacher, I'm thinking of this for my own kids as well as, putting together my fall music lesson schedule.  As a part of getting my fall lesson schedule together, I have carefully put together a policy as well as a schedule.  Then the fun begins!  I give my students (and their parents) a chance to tell me what their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices are for lessons each week, and then I try my best to give them that schedule.  Not always easy, but this year, it seems to be coming together nicely.

Along with my past students, I'm also taking new students.  It's always nice to add a new student or two to the mix of students I currently have.  I teach piano, trumpet or drums (must have piano experience for drums) to beginning - intermediate levels for ages 3-103!  I love the challenge of a beginner student.

So how about you?  Do you have your kids enrolled already for music lessons for the fall.  Just an fyi, most music teachers like to get those lesson scheduled long before fall, so be sure to get yours scheduled today! Here's my info if you happen to be in the Northern Idaho area:

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Homemade Campfire Starter

 
I've been making my own Campfire Starter for at least the last 15 years.  Somewhere along the way, someone shared this idea with me, and I've done it ever since.  Not only is it made out of recycled materials, but it works really well to start a campfire! 
Dryer lint

 All year long, I collect all of my dryer lint and dryer sheets in a ziplock bag I keep by my dryer.  Then before we go camping, I get that bag out to make the fire starters.

I always have all kinds of egg cartons around.  Most people know we have laying hens, so they save their egg cartons for us.  I fill a bunch of them with all that lint and sheets.   There's no science to this, just stuff it in there.
 Shut the cartons and voila!  You've got your fire starter ready.

I pack a few of these egg into a Rubbermaid along with a bunch of extra lint. just in case.  Once I get to the campground and we are trying to start the fire, I cut the egg cartons with a scissors into halves or thirds.  You can light the egg carton or part of the insides with a lighter and your fire will start right up!   Because of the egg carton, it keeps burning for a while, so your wood has time to start up.  So cheap, but so necessary for campfires! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

College Survival Kit

I am very proud to say, I have two kids that are headed to full-time college this fall, at two different colleges, and both of them are on college teams!  One of the joys of having a college athlete, is that they head to college an entire month early to begin training for their sports!  It's a rough time for this Mom, who's heart is breaking, but for you, it's great, because I'm going to share what I did to pack them each a College Survival Kit to take with them to school before you're getting your college students ready

I got so carried away with my purchases that I couldn't fit it all in, but if it's microwave popcorn, it doesn't really count, does it?

First side of College Survival Kit
 


Second Side of College Survival Kit

 
First, I ordered a container to give them all the goodies!  I wanted it to be cute and functional for my kids once they emptied out all their gifts.  I got the Double Duty Caddy in Charcoal Links to match my daughter's dorm room and in Digital Camo for my son's dorm room.  (I really love the Digital Camo!!) I love this container because it has two big pockets on either side of the handle, as well as 4 mesh pockets on the ends.  (Works great on the desk, in the bathroom and in the camper for all those paper plates, etc.)

Then, I made a huge list of all the things that I thought might be helpful to them that they wouldn't think to get until it was too late!  Here's my list:
  • Snacks (my daughter said that she couldn't live without animal crackers, so that's what they got!)
  • Chapstick
  • Sewing Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • 3m Hangers
  • Tool Kit
  • Thermometer
  • AA & AAA batteries
  • Lint Roller
  • Stain stick
  • Pain & Cold meds
  • Duct Tape
  • Charging cord
  • Cough drops
  • Cold Medicine
  • Ibuprofin
  • Aced
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band aids
  • Neosporin
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Gum
  • Tic Tacs
  • Birthday candles
  • Lighter
  • Ear Plugs
  • Febreeze
  • Post-It Notes
  • Flip-Flops
  • Journal
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Erasers
  • White Out
  • Food Container (I got a set of 2 at Dollar Tree, so they can put left overs in the frig)
Of course, I didn't get everything on this list, but as I was shopping, I had something to jog my memory for things to get.  Most of my items I got from the Dollar Tree and Staples. 

One of the items I'm most excited and proud of is a pill box I adapted.  I found these 7 day pill dispensers at the Dollar Tree.  I've seen people put fancy pictures of the pill boxes on each day, but I was worried that my kids wouldn't know what each was used for and how many to take. 

I put the ailment: pain, vitamins, menstrual pain (my son didn't get this, although it works great for back pain), migraines, cold medicine, allergy stomach and pain & fever.  I then put the dosage and how many to take.  In the Cold medicine box, I put a pre-packed pm cold pill and daytime cold pill, as well as a cough drop.  I wanted to give them a week's worth, but at least they know what to get themselves if they get sick.  I printed these up on white address labels and then just cut them to fit. 



I may not want to say good-bye soon to my kids, but at least I've been able to give them a practical and meaningful gift to take with them.  I know that every time they go to grab an item from this kit, they'll know that I love them and thought of them ahead of time!

I am an Independent Thirty-One Gifts Consultant, so I do make a commission from all sales from my website.  I do not in anyway receive any sort of compensation from Dollar Tree or Staples.