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I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day art project with the girls today.  There are so many amazing ideas on Pinterest…I thought instead of just pinning things online, it was time to actually do them!

We painted using bell peppers and potatoes!  It was fun and not terribly difficult.

We used bell peppers and potatoes to create art projects!

We used bell peppers and potatoes to create art projects!

The supplies:

1 bell pepper

2 potatoes (one for each girl)

plates

paint

knife

cookie cutters

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The peppers were easy…just cut it open and paint!  We used a sponge brush at first but it was much easier to slap it on with our fingers.

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The pepper painting finished product!

The pepper painting finished product!

The potatoes were a bit more tricky, but still not too bad. First I sliced the potato long ways to create the biggest area to use.  Then I used a shamrock cookie cutter.  I pressed down pretty hard.  Then cut around the cookie cutter.  When I took the cookie cutter off, there was a perfect shamrock shape…NO artistic ability needed!  (My kind of crafting!)

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The potato finished product!

The potato finished product!

My kids had fun with it.  I didn’t spend a fortune on supplies and they thought it was SO COOL to do something a little different than plain old paining.

If  you are looking for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day cake recipe check this one out that I did last year….here is the link.

Try it out, have fun and enjoy!  I know we did.

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Day 12 was about singing!  The bible verse is from

Psalm 68:4 says,

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!”

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Our elf was in our surround sound and DVD player!  I thought this was fitting for the verse about singing.  He told the girls that one of the best ways to praise God was to sing to him.  That day was so much fun.  When we were out running errands, I blasted the Veggie Tales CD in the car and the girls (and me too) were singing bible songs at the top of our lungs.  They had so much fun, they sang praise to  God!  As we were singing Kares asked me what some of the words meant.  I realized that she has been singing all of these words, but never really knew what the song was about.  So it was nice to turn down the music an explain the songs to the girls.  I hope it will be more meaningful the next time we sing them.

Elfie asked the girls also to do some random acts of kindness today. He suggested going to the store to find some inexpensive ornaments.  Then to hang an ornament on the doors of our neighbors.   He even left a little tag to attach to the ornaments.

Click here for Kindness Elf day 12 and for the kindness elf day 12 tags.

Okay, I am going to be honest again. We were able to go to the store to get the ornaments.  But it was such a busy day and a little bit rough dealing with a cranky kid or two!  So we did not get the ornaments finished and delivered.  So I will post our finished product next time.  I explained to the girls that things happen, we tried, and we are sorry we didn’t get it done today.  It was priority number one the next day!

 


I am updating again!  My kids are really enjoying the elf, are yours?  My little one, Kailani asks each day, “What message did Elfie send today?” and I love hearing that!  Kares likes to read them too.  Our elf is never really naughty, just silly.  I don’t want to teach my kids to be naughty, but I do want them to have fun. Our elf was in the fruit basket, hanging from the light, in the bathroom…nothing to crazy, but fun still. I want the focus to be Jesus, not the silly elf. Here are some hilarious blogs about some people who go over the top! Click here for 1 Click here for the other

Day 9  We were still on vacation.  Elfie was hiding in my suitcase. (Smart there, he stayed in my suitcase so that I didn’t forget to bring him home!)

 Luke 16:10

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.

Sometimes the smallest little acts of kindness and love can make the biggest difference. Today they had to try to hold the door open for someone.  Let them go through first (and do it with a smile)! Sometimes the little things, turn into big things.  The more you do kind and loving things, the more you act like Jesus!

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Day 10

Elfie was hiding in the bathroom. He drew the girls a Christmas Tree on the mirror.  It was really cute.

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Today’s verse was from Acts 20:35

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Today Elfie asked the girls to donate some food to those in need.  We talked about helping others and how we are able to help others.  We can help by donating some food from the grocery store and not expect anything in return.

Kindness Elf Day 10

Christmas has turned into a focus on presents, that I wanted my girls to GIVE than RECEIVE.

I am so glad that we are doing this bible study.  My girls are learning the bible, focusing on Jesus, and doing kind things for others.  They have really enjoyed it too.  Are your kids liking it?  Leave a comment and let me know!  Do you have suggestions for a bible verse?  Let me know!


Day 7 is from  from John 15.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

My girls have had a hard time getting along lately (as all siblings do).  So I thought this was perfect.  Elfie explained the bible verse, saying that God loves us NO MATTER WHAT.  Their act of kindness today was to tell each other how much they loved one another.

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Day 8

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We went away for the weekend.  Elfie met the girls at the hotel in the morning!  What a great surprise!  This verse is from Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Elfie brought the girls a sweet treat for this sweet bible verse!  I wanted them to have the experience of kindness too.  Elfie was doing random acts of kindness for them.  They were instructed to use sweet words just like Jesus today.

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Today Elfie was caught fishing!  He was fishing for some goldfish next to the real pet fish!

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The bible story John 6:1-14 is one of my favorites.  It is about how Jesus fed thousands of people with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread.  This is a story my girls have heard many times, but they still love hearing it!  It also teaches such a wonderful lesson about sharing and about faith.  These two things are so important and things that I don’t think anyone does near enough.  Share what you can with others, and ALWAYS have faith in Jesus, he WILL work miracles.

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To get the word document for day 6  Click kindness elf 6