Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Free Journaling Prompts for Kids Part 5

List #5

What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
If you could be any animal draw what you would be and write what the best thing about being that animal would be.
Do you think you are lucky? Why?
List five things you have to be happy about:
What is your favorite thing about Primary?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Draw pictures about your favorite holiday and explain why it’s your favorite.
If you were a STAR, what kind would you be? A rock star, movie star, star athlete, writer, artist, designer, software engineer, engineer?
What is your favorite place to just be?
What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
I can’t wait to be an adult because . . .
Write a letter to your 19 year old self about your goals.
What did you learn today?
What is your perfect day like?
Draw a picture of your face showing how you feel today.
This is the last of my list until My Holiday Journal Prompts come out next month.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Accordion Books

Do you have pictures you'd like to add to your journal but they just won't fit? If you want to use one large picture fold it accordion style, saving the back page to glue into your journal. Or, if you have a lot of smaller pictures, too many to fit your page, consider gluing them to a piece of cardstock folded accordion style.

You can try out different shapes, folded in different ways.




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Free Journaling Prompts for Kids Part 4

List #4

What is your favorite subject in school? What is your least favorite?
Would you like to own a candy store? What kind of candy would you sell?
Name your three best friends and write one thing you like about each one.
Draw a map of your house. Where is your bedroom? What do you like most about it?
Do you earn money for chores? What are your chores? What do you do with your money?
What was your favorite bedtime story when you were little?
What is your favorite board game to play? Why?
Do you like to go camping? What is your favorite part about camping?
Have you ever cooked something? What was it and how did it turn out?
What is your favorite thing to do in the wintertime?
Who do you look like the most in your family?
What was the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? What do you remember about it?
What’s the most exciting adventure you’ve ever had?
Have you ever met a famous person? Write about it.
What kind of games do you play with your friends?
Name your grandparents. Write one thing about each of them.
Do you have a favorite aunt or uncle? Write something about them.
Do you have a special skill or talent? List them all and who taught you.
Have you ever entered a competition? What happened?

Go ahead parents, you can use some of these prompts. Sharing the answers would make a fun family home evening.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Journaling Bookmark Collection

 This is just a sample of the kinds of things you can use to bookmark your journal:

paper clips of all kinds--with or without ribbon
binder clips--add decorative tape if you like
miniature clothes pins--they come in colors now
people binder clips I found in school supplies
a mouse with a really long tail
magnetic bookmark
bookmark with charms--I use Halloween charms on HP books

For tabs:

round stickers--either 2 together or folded over the page in half
decorative tape folded over
more paper clips

I saw this idea on Pinterest a year ago, of course the designer's bookmarks are so much cuter. Her website has complete instructions. Here's a link to her website

Scary Monster/Crazy Teddy


Crocheted by a friend
Some people like to use
elastic headbands. They keep
journals holding together


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

FREE Journaling Prompts for Kids Part 3

List #3

What has been the happiest day of your life so far?
Do you think there is life on other planets? Explain.
Describe how to make peanut butter.
How many brothers and sisters do you have?
What is your Dad’s job?
What is your Mom’s job?
What is your job?
How many cousins do you have? Can you name them?
If you could have a pet what would it be?
Do you remember losing your first tooth? What happened?
If you were in a fairy tale which one would it be? What happens next?
Have you ever done volunteer work? What did you like about it?
Have you ever done a secret good deed? How did you feel?
What is your favorite family tradition?
What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
What has been your favorite family vacation so far?
Have you ever been sick? What happened?
Do you have a favorite TV show? Write about it.
Have you ever flown in an airplane? Write the story—where did you go?
Who wrote your favorite book? Why do you like this book?
Who is the President of the United States right now? Would you like to be President?
            What would you do if you were the President?

List #4 next week

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Journaling Doors

 Doors add a little fun to quotes or messages to yourself.

Make a pattern from any shape by placing one edge on a fold of cardstock and cut. You can trace or photocopy your pattern to another piece of cardstock and cut out.

This would make a great idea for choices you have to make. List the choice on the outside and write the consequence inside. Might be fun for kids to see cause and effect.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FREE journaling Prompts for Kids part 2

As promised, here is Journal Prompts for Kids List #2:

What did you do in Scouts/Activity days when you went last?
What did you learn in Primary this last week?
What would you do if you woke up and discovered you were the size of a grasshopper?
What would you do if you learned how to become invisible?
Draw a picture of yourself as a dinosaur. What kind would you be and why?
Read an Article of Faith and write about what it means.
What do you like most about summer?
List three things that make you happy.
Do you have a nickname? What is it? Why is it your nickname?
What is your favorite book? If you could meet one of the characters, who would you
like to meet? Why?
What is your favorite season? Why?
What is the silliest thing you’ve ever done?
What is the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten?
If someone gave you a million dollars what would you do with it?
What toys or games did you like when you were little?
What are some of the rules in your family?
What happens when a rule is broken?

Have the kids make up questions for each other. Have them make up questions for you. They want to hear your story too.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pockets, envelopes and bags, Oh My!

Journaling really doesn't require spending money. I made mine from a 50 cent composition notebook. You can add all sorts of doo-dads if you like. Some of them I made and some I bought. I have a bad habit of collecting doo-dads for hobbies for like the last 30 years, so I have a lot of stuff just laying around the house.

Go on a treasure hunt in your home and see what you can collect! I raided my scrapbooking supply first, for stamps, stencils, and cricut cutouts; then gift wrap and recycled cute wrapping paper, small gift bags and paper ribbon; then painting supplies for brushes, water colors, and wall stencils; my embroidery stash for thread and needle, old buttons, and some of my own designs to paint instead of stitch; my grandkids art supplies for glitter, my old box of ribbons, lace and rickrack; and pictures my grandkids have made for me.

Here are some ideas for pockets, envelopes, and bags. Enjoy!

I layered pieces of ripped
cardstock and attached
with tiny brads

I crossed strips of paper ribbon
and attached with buttons

2 baskets made from cardstock
1 envelope made from cardstock
1 envelope purchased
Book of Mormon pocket
for favorite scriptures
Denim pocket from cardstock
wrapped pocket from

Purchased envelopes above
envelope from cardstock
You can add color and design
to purchased and
homemade envelopes

Book of Mormon
Pocket type 2

This one opens with real scriptures
copied inside.
Left side is glued,
right side is only glued at edges
so it can hold more of your
favorite scriptures
Assorted Gift Bags I found:

They can hold pictures, cards, programs, playbills, or tickets.
Use a size that fits with your journal so that some of your
treasure is visible from the top.
Just FYI-- I make separate pages from cardstock or art paper for my artwork and insert them wherever I happen to be in my journal. I like to keep the lined pages for writing because they are thinner and don't stand up well to paint. I sometimes post photos to those pages or something small. I doodle with any type of pen that won't bleed though the page, or with colored pencils.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Free Journaling Prompts for Kids

Are you stuck looking at empty pages and can't figure out what to write about? Are the kids bored of writing in their journals?

I've collected lists of journal prompts that I will share with you on this blog. I will post many lists in order to keep each post from being too long and cumbersome.

Collect some of your own prompts specific to your kids. Add a sense of humor. Appeal to a child's natural imagination. Write down some of their questions.

Take time to write down some of the funny things they say. These are priceless treasures! Here are a few prompts for this week. Enjoy!

Journal Prompts for Kids
The part of Me that I like best is . . .
My favorite thing about school is . . .
All about my Family—draw each member of your family and tell one thing you like
            about them.
My best friend is . . .
5 things I like to eat are . . .
My favorite place to eat is . . .
My favorite places to play:
List some favorite books and movies:
My 5 favorite toys are:
What did you do on your summer vacation?
Draw pictures of shapes you see in the clouds.
When I grow up . . .
What happened today?
What is your favorite Primary song?
What is your favorite scripture story?
Who is your favorite Book of Mormon hero?
My favorite Super hero is . . .
List two good things that happened this week.
Write about something that scared you.
What are you proud of?
What is the weather like today?
If you were a Super hero, what would your special power be?

Stay tuned next week for another FREE list.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

EMMA: A Latter-day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison

It has been my pleasure to read and review this story. Yes, it is a modern, LDS version of Jane Austen's novel, Emma. The plot and the names are familiar and comfortable like baggy jammie pants and hot chocolate.

But, Rebecca H. Jamison goes the extra mile. Her story is rich in details from the setting to really likeable, red-blooded characters, with their own flaws, insecurities and aspirations. One of the lessons learned in this story is about assumptions we make when we don't know both sides.

There are many lessons we learn from Emma. My favorite ones are the insights she gains into the Atonement, insights that few people understand.

This is one of those quotable books that you can not only share with your daughters and granddaughters, but I'd highly recommend that you do and discuss the questions at the end.

Here are two of my favorite quotes:

"When have you ever done something great without being scared?"  ~Hank

"Start designing your future--you can't do anything to change your past."   ~Harri (aka Harriet)

Rebecca H. Jamison Biography

Looking for love? Rebecca H. Jamison would love to set you up with that special someone, but you’re better off reading her books. She has a terrible track record as a matchmaker.

Rebecca grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. In between college and graduate school, she served a mission to Portugal and Cape Verde.

Book Summary for Emma: A Latter-day Tale

Title: Emma: A Latter-day Tale
Author: Rebecca H. Jamison
ISBN: 978-1-4621-1260-9
Price: $16.99/$19.99
256 pages

Short Blurb: Emma's her name and matchmaking is her game! Quirky life coach Emma wants to help her first-ever client, a lonely nanny named Harriet. But all of her attempts at matchmaking result only in embarrassing miscues and blunders, leaving the pair disheartened and confused. This modern take on the Jane Austen classic shows that sometimes the greatest match is the one we make for ourselves.

Cover Blurb:
NOT Looking for Love: Single woman (23) seeks best friend to chat on the phone, shop the clearance racks, watch chick flicks, try out messy cooking projects, and eat Dove dark chocolates.

Emma isn’t so good at the whole life-coaching thing. Her first client ended up with a broken heart and is threatening to relapse in her bad habits. Now Emma has problems of her own to deal with, and all those problems start with one name: Justin.

Justin is her best friend, so it’s hard for Emma not to feel betrayed when she suspects he is falling for her childhood rival. And she knows she’s losing him despite her best efforts. No matter how much she tries, she keeps running up against obstacles. How is she supposed to help other people when she’s drowning in her own failures?

Fans of Jane Austen’s Emma will love this modern retelling of the classic romance novel. Fall in love with Emma’s latter-day tale of redemption, forgiveness, and the quest for true love.


To buy:


It was amazing how much more snow Phil could pick up with his shovel than I could with mine. He cleared three feet of the driveway before I was done with one.

“When we’re done, if you have time, you should come in and meet Harri. I think you two will get along.”

Phil stopped and looked at his watch. “I’m planning to do a couple more driveways before it gets dark.”

“I’ll go get Harri now if you’re in a hurry. She wants to meet you.”

Phil leaned on his shovel. “Harry is a she?”

 “Her real name is Harriet. She moved here a couple months ago and she’s hardly met anybody. I think you’ll like her.”

Phil threw his head back, laughed, and started shoveling again. “I thought you were trying to introduce me to your new boyfriend.”

“You think I would be out here shoveling snow while my new boyfriend stays inside?” I grabbed a handful of snow and threw it at him. I didn’t mean to hit him in the face, but that’s where it landed.

Phil wiped the snow off his face and grinned. “I wondered why you were dating such a loser.” I expected him to throw a snowball at me, but he just stood there. “So you don’t have a boyfriend?”

I giggled a little at his awkwardness. “Nope. Harri doesn’t either.”

Phil threw another shovelful of snow away from the driveway. “So you . . . I mean, you and your friend are . . . available?” Phil didn’t open his mouth enough when he talked. That was the one thing about him that always distracted me. I couldn’t help staring at his mouth.

I had to force myself to look into his eyes. “Why is that a shock, Phil? Every woman in that house right now is available. You can take your pick—Harri, me, or Barbara. You’re surrounded by single women.” It was safe to assume Phil wouldn’t pick me. I was at least three inches taller than he was, and it was a rare man who dated a taller woman.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Journaling with Kids Part V of The Magic of Journaling

I have 16 grandchildren ranging in ages from newborn to 11 years of age. Grandsons outnumber granddaughters and each child is so unique and miraculous.

Not all of them like to read and write, but all of them like to create. For three of my grandkids reading is a struggle and for different reasons. The fact is, reading isn't easy for everyone. The same goes for writing.

But the need to create seems to be universal. I haven't met a child yet who doesn't enjoy drawing pictures.

From about twelve months of age, the tiniest hands love to hold any type of writing instruments (I'm sure they prefer the non-washable kind) and create--awkward scribbles at first--but create nevertheless.

My objectives in starting my grandkids in journals is two-fold: First, journaling provides them with practice in reading, writing, and drawing. Second, journals provide a safe haven for self-expression and experimentation. Writing and drawing allows us to put our feelings and emotions into words and pictures. It's very therapeutic.

Start by collecting supplies in a central location: glue, scissors, tape, crayons, colored pencils, water colors, paint brushes, stickers, and whatever else you feel safe letting your kids use with supervision. I gave the kids choices of paper for the cover of their journals and helped them to cover over the journals with clear contact paper. This makes the journals a little more durable. We used 50 cent composition notebooks. I stock up during the back-to-school sales.

In return for helping the kids make journals of their very own, they agree to write or draw in them once a week.

We went from books like these:

To these: