Paper Plate Tambourine

I know what you’re thinking.

No way! A paper plate tambourine? I DO NOT need more noise in my home!

But sometimes a little noise can create a little more sanity. When the kids are busy and playing, you have time for that hot morning coffee and magazine ¦time to check your email ¦time to visit the bathroom alone. Just wear ear plugs!

IMG_1837 copy

Paper Plate Tambourine

Seriously though, this craft is easy and will keep the little ones entertained for quite a while.  Kids  who are marching along, pretending to be musicians in a parade are pretty darn cute! Paper plate tambourines  allow  children to explore music and rhythm, without breaking your bank.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper plates
  • Glue Dots
  • Corn or beans (about 1/4 cup)
  • Bells (optional)
  • Washi Tape
  • Markers


Fold the paper plate in half and begin to seal the edges with Glue Dots. Of course you could use regular glue or even tape, but Glue Dots are easy, effective, and mess-free.


Continue sealing the paper plate until just a small opening is left, then invite  your child to pour in a handful of corn and a few bells.


Seal the rest of the plate completely, then wrap the edge of the paper plate with colorful washi tape.


Invite your child to decorate their tambourine with markers or stickers.


Invite your child to shake, tap, and drum their new tambourine!

Paper Plate Tambourines

More DIY Instruments for Kids

If you liked this craft, you may also enjoy:

The post Paper Plate Tambourine appeared first on Kids Activities Blog.


LDS Missionaries In Fatal Car Accident In South Africa

On December 23rd, Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission passed away in a car accident. Three other missionaries were in the car with Elder Latu at the time of accident and sustained minor injuries.

Shortly after the accident Church spokesman Eric Hawkins issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened to share news of the death of Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu, age 19, from the Auckland New Zealand Tamaki Stake, Clover Park Ward. Elder Latu died of injuries sustained in a car accident on Friday, December 23rd. Elder Latu was serving in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission.

He was with three other missionaries, all of whom are being treated for minor injuries. We pray for the family and loved ones of Elder Latu. May they be comforted and sustained in their time of mourning and loss.

We are heartbroken at the loss of one of our missionaries and we are praying for Elder Nofo-I-Lelenga Latu’s family.”

This is the fourth passing away of a full-time LDS missionary in 2016.

Please pray for the Latu family and for all those who have been affected by the accident. Our sincerest condolences go out to the Latu family. We’re grateful for the incredible sacrifices of missionaries around the world to bring the Gospel to God’s children.

The Best Holiday Gifts for Kids of All Ages

Sometimes finding gifts for the little one’s on your shopping list can be the greatest challenge. But if you are looking for some unique gift ideas this list of The Best Holiday Gifts for Kids of All Ages will definitely take the pressure off!

You can find everything from cool scooters to doll houses to even sock monkeys on this shopping guide!

All kids love a way to get around and these gift ideas will keep them off their feet!

Smart Balance Bike – Racer – $80.99 + Free Shipping

Razor Jr. Twisti – $61.99 + Free Shipping

Push Around Buggy by Step2 – $53.99 + Free Shipping


Here are a few other ideas on two, three and four wheels!


Razor California Longboard – $99.99 + Free Shipping

Razor DXT Drift Trike – $181.99 + Free Shipping

Razor Jr. Lil Crazy – $94.49 + Free Shipping


If you have a doll house on your shopping list, here are a few fun ideas!


Contemporary Deluxe Townhouse – $121.49 + Free Shipping

Storybook Mansion – $184.99 + Free Shipping

Monster Mansion Doll House – $120.99 + Free Shipping


These play sets will keep your kids busy all day!


Wooden Wonders Downtown Deluxe Parking Garage – $99.99 + Free Shipping

Waterfall Junction Train Set & Table – $220.49 + Free Shipping

Timbers in Color – 270 pc (Box) – $33.99 + Free Shipping


Looking for fun & fitness?  Here are some ideas:


Fun and Fitness for Kids Air Walker – $134.49 + Free Shipping

Fun and Fitness for Kids Weight Bench – $109.99 + Free Shipping On Sale!: $129.99

Fun and Fitness for Kids Trampoline – $74.99 + Free Shipping On Sale!: $99.99


Here are a few other really unique ideas for kids.


Wooden Block Set with Carrying Bag – $38.99 + Free Shipping

Prehistoric Playset with Play Mat and Storage Container – $50.99 + Free Shipping

Blockbeard’s Balance Pirate Ship Playset – $31.99 + Free Shipping


And every kiddo needs a sock monkey, right?  Look at these adorable options.


Star Wars Darth Vader Sock Monkey – $30.99 + Free Shipping On Sale!: $38.00

Batman Sock Monkey – $40.99 + Free Shipping On Sale!: $54.00

Harry Potter Sock Monkey – $36.99 + Free Shipping – On Sale!: $48.00


There are so many great gift ideas for the entire family at Blue Digger!  Finish your shopping today!

Other Gift Guides to Check Out:

The post The Best Holiday Gifts for Kids of All Ages appeared first on Kids Activities Blog.

Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Out of 2 Million Pounds of Ice

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

It’s Christmas time in Orlando, Florida and I am walking through a life sized ice display loaded with iconic Charles Schulz characters. Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Charlie Brown have all materialized out of two million pounds of frozen water and have taken up residence at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Central Florida where it may be 80 degrees outside but inside ICE! it’s a frigid nine degrees!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

Come along as we explore this art exhibit and watch Charlie Brown uncover the true meaning of Christmas….

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

As this classic story unfolds, guests will have a chance to expereince some interactive elements of the ice display including these ice slides…

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

As well as the “One the Blocks” ice bar for those guests 21 and older.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

You even have the opportunity to watch the ice artisans from Harbin, China carving live!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Completely Out of Ice

This entire experience is happenng right now at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida as part of the “Christmas at Gaylord Palms” offerings.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms runs through January 1st, 2017. Tickets and packages are on sale now. For more information visit

I was a guest of Gaylord Palms for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated to write this article and all opinions are my own.

The post Charlie Brown Christmas Display Carved Out of 2 Million Pounds of Ice appeared first on Kids Activities Blog.

Why I Can’t In Good Conscience Vote For Donald Trump


As a Christian, I cannot vote for Donald Trump in good conscience.

Here are seven reasons why.

*My religious views and values play into most of the reasons I will not vote for Trump as President of the United States. If you don’t share my religious views (and even if you do), you may disagree. And that’s ok. I respect your right to have a differing opinion. Hopefully this article will help you understand why I cannot feel good about voting for Mr. Trump, because of my Christian beliefs.

1) My church leaders have encouraged “Latter-day seek out and then uphold leaders who will act with integrity and are wise, good, and honest.”

Source: 2014 First Presidency letter

I don’t believe Donald Trump’s behavior embodies integrity, wisdom, honesty nor goodness. I would do my best to show love and respect for Donald Trump if I met him in person. But when it comes to casting my vote for who will become the next leader of the United States of America, I cannot in good conscience uphold Donald Trump’s presidency. I feel doing so would be a clear contradiction to the direction I’ve received from church leaders. (FYI, The LDS Church takes a neutral stance on political candidates and parties, see Political Neutrality video)

The recently released First Presidency letter in 2016 says something very similar,

Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in various political parties, and members should seek candidates who best embody those principles.

I don’t think Donald Trump is the presidential candidate who best embodies gospel principles. From three in-person experiences I’ve had, I’d say someone like Evan McMullin better embodies the principles the Gospel stands for.

2) 2 Timothy 3:1-5 encourages Christians to turn away from “lovers of their own selves” etc.

Source: 2 Timothy 3:1-5

The Apostle Paul in his second epistle to Timothy wrote

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Do any of these attributes apply to the behavior displayed by Donald Trump? Have you ever seen Mr. Trump act boastful, proud, self-absorbed, disobedient, unholy, accusational, fierce, highminded, pleasure-loving, betraying, or unthankful? If so, and if you believe the teachings of the Bible, then it goes to reason that you should “turn away” from Mr. Trump.

3) 2 Timothy 1:7 explains that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear”

Source: 2 Timothy 1:7

The Apostle Paul also explained to Timothy

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

I’ve heard some say the reason they are voting for Trump is because they don’t want Hillary Clinton to become President- in this case their behavior is guided by their fear of a Clinton presidency.

I recently saw a news story claiming that Russia would engage in nuclear warfare if the USA does not elect Trump. Likewise, if this influenced you to vote for Trump, you’d be voting out of fear, instead of “love”.

The faith vs. fear teaching is central in Christian teachings. For Latter-day Saints, faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the Gospel. Fear is the antithesis of faith. Where fear resides, faith does not.

Faith is a choice to trust in God and His promises for protection. Fear is to rely on the arm of flesh for protection. If we are doing what is right and trust in God, we have no reason to fear.

4) Traditional values are central to American prosperity

The prosperity the United States has enjoyed historically, has come because of traditional American values, not in spite of them. The Christian values of freedom, selflessness, service, honesty- all of these are values that engender trust and support among our allies. Violating these values and principles violates the trust and good will that many countries around the world have toward the USA. I don’t believe Mr. Trump to be the best ambassador of traditional American values. I believe his presidency would harm our relationships of trust and good will with many countries.

5) I cannot encourage a leader who commits sexual assault

The recent video that surfaced showed one instance in which Donald Trump admitted- even boasted to making sexual advances on women- including married women. He even alluded to using forceful persuasion to get women to commit fornication/adultery with him.

If this was the only reason to not vote for Trump, this would be enough.

And it was for many people.

After the video was released dozens of leaders around the country denounced their support of Donald Trump.

And this was just one video. Since the video was released several women have come forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. At least one of the participants in the Miss Universe/etc. beauty pageants has come forward explaining how Donald Trump would barge into the women’s changing room unannounced.

I cannot vote for someone who sexually harasses women and prides in it. I wish it didn’t have to sound so harsh, but I think the video speaks for itself.

According to Christian teachings, sexual sin is an abomination. Alma told his son Corianton that sexual sin was

an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost. (see Alma 39:5)

6) I don’t feel inspired when I watch Donald Trump

I see Donald Trump inspiring hatred and fear- division and disrespect. Some of Donald’s most passionate supporters have acted on the “inspiration” he’s given them. It’s scary. America has worked hard for decades to get dispel racism and division. Let’s not revert to our more divisive past.

In contrast I have felt inspired while watching Evan McMullin vouch for the integrity of this nation. After his speeches I feel more inspired to be good, and to do good.

Also, Donald Trump does not have a glowing countenance. What I mean is that when people do good and are good, their countenances can shine.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (see Matthew 6:22-23)

Here’s an interesting video of Donald Trump:

We can’t say he didn’t warn us..

7) There is a better option: Evan McMullin

I’ve heard the argument that a vote for third party is a wasted vote. Sorry to disagree with you, but I believe this is a faulty argument. A mentality like that could get America into a lot of trouble.

There is a real path to victory for a third party candidate, and that is to deny the two major candidates the 270 electoral required to become the next President, which would push the decision to the House of Representatives.

Read this:

If no candidate receives a majority of Electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most Electoral votes. Each state delegation has one vote. (see

If Evan McMullin gains the six electoral votes in Utah and Gary Johnson gains the five electoral votes in New Mexico, there is a very real possibility that Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Evan McMullin will be the three Presidential candidates sent to the House of Representatives for a vote.

I believe Evan McMullin has a real chance because of the controversies surrounding the two major party candidates. Also, McMullin worked for the House of Representatives as one of the chief policy directors.

Is there a chance the House of Representatives would elect a level-minded candidate like Evan McMullin to become the next President of the USA?


Bridal Photography in Louisiana – Nottoway Plantation and Resort – Eye Wander Photo

We had the pleasure of photographing beautiful bride Meghan McCune at Nottoway Plantation in the spring of this year. As you look through this bridal session, you will see the elegance and grace that she carries is quite radiant. We found ivy walls and the white ball room at Nottoway to be perfect. We ended the shoot on top of the levee of the Mississippi river in amazing light.

Nottoway Plantation White Ballroom

Nottoway Plantation White Ballroom