Healthy Eating Options – Thrive Foods

Two of my kiddos needed another jump-start on healthy eating. Spring is the perfect time for this as more and more fresh fruits and available at a great price. My son specifically asked for a chart with 8 cups of water on it! He hates drinking water, so I jumped on it to add any encouragement for him to drink more fluids.Healthy Eating Charts - Simply Fresh Designs.com

Besides increasing our water intake, another thing we are doing to eat healthy is to replace crackers and cereal snacks with fresh or freeze-dried fruits and veggies. Fresh is amazing, but I don’t always keep it stocked up and prepared for on-the-go snacks.fruit-num-num

Right now, until March 21 is one of the best sales for Thrive Foods. March Madness is going on and everything is on sale up to 50%. You can order on this sale (while supplies last!!) until March 21.

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Some of our favorites (we’re newbies at this or I know we’d have more favs!):
Mangoes
Sliced Strawberries
Pineapple
Apple Slices
Grapes

I’m excited to try (upon recommendations from friends):
Instant Milk (best instant milk out there people!)
Freeze-dried Yogurt bites
Chicken
Coconut Snackies

They have:
big cans (#10 food storage size) …
pantry cans (if you want just a little to try) …
or Snackies size (for on-the-go).

One of my favorite ideas Thrive has is the Q.
This is an automated shopping Queue that helps you stock up on food storage a little at a time.
So if you set your budget to $50+/month, it will add items from your queue to send each month set on that budget.
You can plan ahead and edit the lists, but it’s a good way to stay on top of food storage needs.
Sure, it would be nice to spend $2,000 on a bunch of food storage, but in my world, that’s not going to happen.
Little by Little.
SIMPLE stocking up.

Here’s to Healthy Eating this Springtime!

Updates to 4×6 Prophet & Apostle Quiet Book

I suppose there is one benefit of being sick… resting on my bed with a laptop on a Sunday gave me a few minutes to put together these pages. As more information becomes available about these 3 newly called apostles, I’ll update the info on their cards. For now, enjoy learning about these new apostles.Documents

Download 4×6 Quiet Book of Prophet & Apostles

And if you have a few minutes, listen to this Mormon Channel Conversation with Elder Rasband and his wife. I loved learning that one of his gifts is having dear friends and one of her gifts is loving others!

*New* Prophet & Apostles Prints Freebie

We are in the middle of a huge move out of state but I squeezed in this additions to the prophet & apostles General Conference Message & Name Card with the 3 newly called apostles. I’ll try to put together the new info for the apostles 4×6 quiet book when I have a restful moment.

4x6-name-card-web Download: 2015 4×6 *NEW* Prophet & Apostles Name Card

Every General Conference we frame the following print and write (in wet-erase marker on the glass) the conference talk topic under each apostle/prophet to have hanging in our home for the next 6 months. What a great way to keep the word of God close to our heart and mind!
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Download: 2015 16×20 *NEW* Prophet & Apostles General Conference Message Print

P.S. I’m starting to put all the freebie downloads for quiet books and such on Dropbox as a public folder. Feel free to download anything in that folder for personal or church use.

General Conference Fall 2015

Due to the recent passing of apostles L. Tom Perry and Boyd K. Packer, we anticipate that new apostles will be called during General Conference Fall 2015 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the past, my family has written the conference message topics on the glass of a 16×20 framed Prophets and Apostles print.

I updated the style and layout for the new changes. Shortly after the new apostles are announced, I’ll update and share this as a freebie. Just wanted to share!
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Hearts Bound Together

Red hearts hanging over grey wood background

‘God Hears and Answers Prayers’

Receiving answers to prayer has been on my mind lately.
I believe in the Power of Prayer.
I know that Heavenly Father answers prayers.
A prayer of mine was answered today.
It wasn’t necessarily on my time-table…
but answers come.

God is very good to us.
He blesses us in so many ways.
Wanted to share a freebie that I love about prayer.
by Henry B. Eyring, October 2001 Prayer
It teaches me there is POWER in prayer.
(Click image and save as for full-size 3×4 image – I like to print 2-up on a 4×6 as a little handout for note enclosure)
Henry B. Eyring on the power of Prayer! Love... courage...peace - no matter what the future brings!

Also, new in the shop, God Hears and Answers Every Child’s Prayer… with a bit of shine!
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Family Tree Print

Recently, I’ve been reminded of the importance of connecting with our ancestors.
Our connection to them is eternal.
Knowing their photos, their lives, their triumphs, and challenges can strengthen us.
I believe they are cheering us on from the spirit world
in hopes that we will endure to the end as they tried to do.

Because of my desire to share my ancestor’s lives with my family,
I decided to redesign my family tree prints to display in my home.
I wanted to share them with y’all to display in your home.
Your family will have the opportunity to become more familiar with ancestors.
Didn’t we all love to go to grandma’s and see the pictures of ancestors from the olden days?
We are bound together with them in ways we don’t understand.
As our children learn more about those who came before them,
they can gain a greater respect for their family name and moral responsibilities
as a member of that family.

Anyhoo… on to the fun photo part…
Introducing!

*New* in the etsy shop today.

Digital Family Tree Prints
Custom & Design your Own

This 4-generation tree is my favorite. Those photos from the early 1900s are splendid. I LOVE my family!
I’m working on gathering photos of my husband’s side of the family so we can hang ours side-by-side.
Custom Family Tree Digital File ... simplyfreshdesigns.com

Custom Family Tree Digital File ... simplyfreshdesigns.com

Please see individual listings for more details about the Custom & Design your Own Family Tree listings.

Also Updated: Simply Fresh Designs Etsy Store Policies which also explains more about buying and downloading digital files.

#shareGOODNESS print

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This new #shareGoodness Print is based on a message shared by David A. Bednar’s “To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood,” BYU Campus Education Week devotional, August 2014.

This print will help remind youth and adults alike to use social media in a positive way.
It shares ideas for ways to Shine your LIGHT!

Display this print in your home.
Use the print as a handout to accompany #shareGoodness video during family devotional,
seminary or institute classes
youth weekday activity
or Sunday Lesson.

“Elder David A. Bednar has invited us to #ShareGoodness through social media. Every time you post simple, genuine messages and links, you help lift and strengthen those who see them. Counter negative posts with positive ones. If a friend is down, say something to cheer them up. Post links to articles and videos that reflect your values. Create your own stories that show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ. Highlight the good in every situation. Speak from the heart. Be yourself.”

#ShareGoodness Tips

1. Use your own genuine voice and pictures.

2. Be positive as you share the goodness from your own life.

3. Respect the rights of others.

(https://www.lds.org/youth/video/sharegoodness?lang=eng)

You will receive (9) #ShareGoodness 16×20 prints in .jpg form. (colors shown)
(can easily be cropped to the following sizes 11×14, 8×10, 5×7, 4×6)

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Healthy Eating Charts for Kids

Many moons ago one of my healthy-eating sisters had this idea for a fridge-chart to encourage kids to eat more healthy foods each day. I ran with that idea and eventually came up with this next set of free downloads.

{There are 2 downloads links… click on the main chart images to download the zipped folders … or find the download links at the bottom of this post}

This chart is especially for Littles (age 2-5). The idea is to encourage them to eat various healthy foods each day. I laminated the 8×10 chart. Laminated all the 4×6 food circle sheets, trimmed them to circles. You can attach the circles to the chart once the child has tried that food. Use mounting putty or velcro dots to attach the circles. Every day… or every meal (whichever applies!) remove the circles and start over.

My kids enjoyed finding the food circle and sticking it on. This system helped my 3-year-old try Quinoa (this was a HUGE deal!!!) It helps us keep things positive and fun at dinner-time.
Healthy Eating Charts for Kids only at SimplyFreshDesigns.com

Healthy Eating Charts for Kids only at SimplyFreshDesigns.com

I soon realized that many circles of food and many children = lots of possible circles on the floor + not enough circles of same foods for my 6 kids unless I printed them each a set which = yet, even more circles all over my house. So… to simplify (and also for use for my older tweens), I included our most-likely-to-eat foods on one chart. I laminated these charts and we can use wet-erase markers or stickers to mark foods eaten for the day/week.
Healthy Eating Charts for Kids only at SimplyFreshDesigns.com

I would recommend using these charts for a few weeks at a time when your kids need a little extra encouragement to eat those healthy foods! Long-term, I imagine they will lose their zest and become monotonous for little kiddos. So… hide them away, and bring them out in a few months when fresh produce is available in-season.

Free Download links:
8×10 Super Food Chart for All Ages (Little circles)

8×10 Super Food Chart for Littles (ages 2-5)

*** Thanks to Kate Hadfield for the Doodle People and accompanying images. She has given me permission to share these as a freebie with ya’ll. Thanks Kate! (p.s. Go check out all her cute doodle images that have oodles of uses!)

*Disclaimer… I realize this is not a complete list of healthy foods… and perhaps some would disagree on how healthy some are. If you find you need other foods, I have included a few extra blank large circles so you can add your own foods that fit your family’s health needs and wants. Please share ideas in the comments and perhaps I’ll make a version 2 to share.

Go Forth and Eat Well!

Now Available: ‘Family Rules’ and ‘Love At Home’ Print

Just wanted to let y’all know that I’ve updated the ‘Family Rules‘ and ‘Love at Home‘ digital files and they are now listed in the Simply Fresh Designs Etsy Shop. Wahoo… Happy End of Summer to you!
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