Sunday, May 18, 2014

We Are Moving On...To WordPress!

Do to my disappointment here on Blogger I have decided to move my blog over to WordPress. Please come visit us at our new place!

Hope to see you all there!

God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A little rant on Google Adsence, Momma Bear is not happy!

A little bit annoyed right now!

I have been using Adsense with Google on my blog and all the money I have been making with it has been going into my boys' savings accounts.

I got an email yesterday saying my account was under investigation and would be disabled until things were straightened out. So I fill out all the questions they make you answer and was told they would get back to me.

I got an email today and found out they DENIED my account!

Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what did you do and how did it turn out?

I am one upset Momma bear!!

Thank you all in advance!

God bless,
Jacque Heaton

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Building Up the Temple Sunday School Lesson with Craft!

This was such a fun lesson and my Sunday School class LOVED it!!

Above is my six year old son's beautiful work of art!

The lesson I used, was to teach the children was how the Church is not a building rather; it is made of God and His people. God is our foundation and we are the building blocks.

For a fun song to go along with this craft I used "Building Up the Temple," as it is a cute song with fun body movements that help to get wiggles out.

Click each photo so you can print them in the correct sizing. It is best when printed on cardstock as that is much thicker than regular paper. Have the children color them first and then cut them out. 

The dotted lines are tabs that you fold and use to glue the 2 side and roof together. If you are using color crayons make sure to tell the kids not to color on the tabs as the glue will not stick due to the wax.

There are so many ways this craft can be applied that your imagination is the limit!

Please, if you are going to share this project, keep in mind that I have drawn this out myself and hold the copyrights to it. So if you are going to share this craft make sure to give us the credit and link back to this sight. Thank you in advance!

Hope you all have a wonderful time with this, I know my Sunday School kids really did!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Wishing My Momma Wonderful Mother's Day!!

A Mother's Day poem for my Mom!
by Jacque Heaton

There is so much I would love to say
On this special Mother's Day,
To write the words of my love for you,
It seems it should be easy to do.
How can I write of all the years of love
 that you have given me?

The sacrifices that you made,
The many prayers that you have prayed,
The sleepless nights of what will be,
The teaching and guidance you have given me.
How can I write of all the years of love
 that you have given me?

"Thank you" is nowhere near enough
For showing me how to be both tender and tough.
The world has not always been kind.
When I needed shelter and love, it is you I can find.
How can I write of all the years of love
 that you have given me?

I am so truly, incredibly blessed,
To have loving arms where I have often found rest.
The arms that rocked me nightly to dreams.
Snuggled next to your heart, oh so long ago it seems.
How can I write of all the years of love
 that you have given me?

I was not always the best daughter to you,
My teenage years prove that to be true,
Not knowing at times why I made you cry,
Now that I'm a mom too, I understand why.
How can I write of all the years of love
 that you have given me?

My two beautiful boys who love their Grandma so,
Quinton always asking, when to Grandma's will we go?
A box of treasure found with Grandma, put in a special place,
Is opened over and over again bringing joy to his little face.
How can I write of all the years of love
 that you have given me?

Thirty-three years ago, your first Mother's Day, the two of us did share. 
Years of being my mother, I know I caused a few gray hairs.
All that we have gone through, would I change you for another?
Nope, not a chance, noway at all! You are my wonderful Mother!
I have done my best to write of all the love that you have shown,
I love you, love you and so proud to call you my own!

I LOVE YOU MOMMA!! Happy Mother's Day!!!

To all Moms here is a fun video because mom's are amazing and need to watch this!
Dear Moms!! An Open Letter to Moms from Kid President

God bless,
Jacque Heaton

Monday, May 5, 2014

Lady Bug Facts For An Organic Garden

Ladybugs are also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are an awesome defense for your organic garden. Each ladybug can chow down on up to 80 aphids a day and can eat as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. They mainly eat aphids, but they will also eat other small, soft-bodied insect larvae, insect eggs, and mites. They can also assist with pollination in areas where bee populations have decreased.

Usually the life cycle from egg to adult requires about three to four weeks, or up to six weeks during cooler spring months

Releasing your Lady bugs:
  • Buy your Ladybugs locally and ask that they be fed prior to your purchase. This will help as they will be more likely to bed down as they are full instead of looking for food right away. 
  • It is best to refrigerate (Not Freeze) your lady bugs for 1 day; this does not hurt them at all, but does make them lethargic for the first day or two. 
  • Release your Ladybugs at night into a moist garden, if the garden is too dry the ladybugs will fly away.

Keeping/Attracting Ladybugs:
  • In a large spray bottle, dissolve 1 cup of sugar into about 4 cups of water, add 1/4 of a cup of honey. Shake the mixture vigorously to mix all ingredients thoroughly. Spray on plants. Lady Bugs are attracted to the sweet mixture.
  • LBs love flowers and herbs so integrate them into your garden; Dill, Fennel, Feverfew and Cilantro
  • Keep a pretty dish or bird bath and add rocks into it so the LBs can sit around the water and have a nice drink and so that they don’t have to fly elsewhere to find a water source.
  • Give your LBs a place to call their own! They can be easily build if you are a do it yourselfer or call around to your local garden shops and see if they may have some in stock.

Other Bug facts for an organic garden:
  • Solutions of dish soap and water sprayed in a mist on the plants will also prevent pests from harming them.

Natural Pesticides:
  • The old school methods of using spray mists of diluted vinegar/water solutions, neem oil.
  • Soap and water solutions may take longer, but will do the job with no harm to the environment.
  • A garlic and pepper mixture placed in the soil or eggshells placed around the plants will deter many insects.
  • Bacillus thuringiensis, a naturally occurring bacteria that disrupts the digestion of caterpillars and other leaf-eaters. You can also use horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps and garlic and/or hot pepper sprays.
Happy Organic Gardening!
God bless,
Jacque Heaton

Friday, May 2, 2014

Gardening with the Kiddos!

I am so excited about Spring! I love it! Here in Idaho Spring and Fall are definitely my favorite seasons with all the wonderful weather and nature's beautiful colors; Spring's flowers and Fall's leaves. Another thing I love about Spring....Gardening!! It is one of my favorite pass times. 

Growing up we almost always had a garden and I have to say working in the garden with my mom, brother and sister are some of my favorite memories. These are the kind of memories I want to pass on to my boys! There is something so gratifying about sitting down for a meal and knowing where it came from and all the hard work that went into it before it ended up on your plate or in your bowl.

I know many people could care less about organic and non-GMO, however I like knowing that my food is the same as it was over 100 years ago. Yes it is a lot more work and worth it all. So I did my research and found that the Natural Grocers in Boise, ID had a beautiful array of organic non-GMO seeds and I bought a lot of them…maybe too many but we will figure it all that out as we plot out the garden. I have some great ideas for vertical gardening (thank you Pintrest!)

So what are we planting? 
Scarlet Nantes carrots, White Libson onion, Crimson Sweet watermelon, Speckles Butterhead lettuce, Salad Bowl Blend lettuce leaf, Marvel of 4 Seasons Butterhead lettuce, Stevia, Minnesota Midget melon, Utah celery, Early Prolific Straightneck squash, Homemade Pickles cucumber, Blue Lake BP beans, Gold Rush BP beans, Royal Burgundy BP beans and Alfalfa sprouts! I'm so excited!

Here are my awesome helpers! Making the same memories I love so well!
(Excuse the messy shelf in the background, things are in messily organized mode, due to getting things ready for the move this summer. But who could resist such cuties in this picture? Not to mention that I could care less about a mess when my babies are making memories!)

I had a bit of a hard time getting them to stay still long enough to get clear pictures as they were so excited!

Quinton's latest smile, he takes after me I guess. I tend to smile so big I can't see! Ha!

All planted, labeled and watered!

If you are going to use cups as we did above make sure to poke wholes in the bottom of each cup to allow for draining and not over watering the seeds.

One thing I have found out about to keep an organic garden bug to add bugs! Lady Bugs that is, they are great for keeping aphids at bay and like bees they help to pollinate your garden. It's best to get ones you can buy at a local nursery. Local lady bugs are more likely to make your garden their home if they are familiar with the environment.

Keep an eye here, on The Home of the Heaton's Blog, as I will be adding my next post all about how to keep your garden organic with out all the pesky pests.

Happy Spring all!!
God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

Monday, April 28, 2014

Homeschooling My 6 Year Old 1st Grader: George Washington Carver

Quinton just had to write a mini story on George Washington Carver (c. 1864–1943).

 So we stopped to take the time to watch a documentary on him, Carver being born a slave was able to, literally, start from the bottom and become one of the best agricultural scientists of his time, despite the fact that he was black. After reading about him some and watching 2 mini documentaries, Quinton looks at me with the saddest eyes and asked:

"Mom why was there ever slavery?"

So I told him that there were a lot of greedy people who wanted people which they turned into slaves so they wouldn't have to pay them and many slave owners were very cruel and didn't care about the people. Then I explained that there were slave owners that were good, but it is not good to own people as if they were furniture. He continued to ask about slavery so I did my best to answer the questions in a way he would understand.

Next thing I know he is all teared up, and tells me; "Mom people are people no matter their color, God loves everyone. Slavery is evil and I am so glad it is illegal now because it would break my heart to see anyone a slave no matter what their skin color is."

Have I mentioned today how much I love this little boy and his amazing heart? I am one blessed momma!

For everyone here is the link to the site we went to, it has a great written bio on him and video biographies of him: Click the link to visit the page we just used.

This is his short bio Quinton wrote on him (GWC stands for: George Washington Carver)

"G.C.W. found 100s (hundreds) of ways to use peanuts. G.W.C. was a teacher that helped black people study plants like sweet potatoes. G.W.C. helped black people learn to be farmers and how to get the most out of their crops" -Quinton

God Bless!
Jacque Heaton