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VenturianTale Birthday Party! (Happy Birthday Aybra)

VenturianTale Birthday Party!

Can we just pretend for a moment that it is NOT May and I put this birthday post up months ago? Aybra’s actual birthday was in March. – For her birthday she requested a VenturianTale theme. For those who are not familiar, VenturianTale is a Youtube gaming channel and just so happens to be her favorite one.

VenturianTale Birthday Party Free Printables by Life as a Convert

VenturianTale is a pretty popular channel among kids her age, but like 99.9% of other Youtube channels it doesn’t have party decorations available. Bummer, right?

Nah! No problem!

I made Aybra’s decorations. Luckily for me their logo is pretty basic and the colors are common. (blue background, red triangle, yellow “V”).

I could not find an image of their logo that was suitable for my needs, so I made my own copycat version of their logo. This was the foundation for all other decorations.

VenturianTale Birthday Party Free Printables by Life as a Convert(Download)

I used various sizes of this image on top of a blue table cloth as confetti. I made and printed everything last minute, so I didn’t have time to do this, but wanted to add some of them to red cups.

The menu was surprisingly difficult to figure out. VenturianTale is composed of 4 different kids (Jordan, Isaac, Ciera, and Bethany). Their last name is Frye. I knew that we would be having “French Fryes” but I couldn’t decide what else to make with it. I ended up making quite a few different food labels to choose from.

Like other birthdays, I tried to incorporate the theme into the food. I used their names and things unique to their channel to create labels for the food. I served hamburgers, hot dogs, and some sides. Hardly any of the party guests recognized the references, but Aybra was happy with her VenturianTale Birthday and that is all that matters.

VenturianTale Birthday Party Food Menu Printables

Her grandpa made her cake and I did my best to decorate it. It definitely tasted better than it looked! I also made her birthday banner (link to download at the bottom of this post) but probably could have printed it out at 50% of its original size and/or figured out a way to get two images on one page. It ended up being quite large, but still fine. I saved it to re-use for Losh’s party coming up soon.

Aybra only asked for Five Nights at Freddy’s plushies. From the time I put them on my Amazon wish list to the time I ordered, the price went up significantly, so she ended up getting only one from me (Foxy). My sister bought her Freddy and she has been carrying one with her all the time. She got plenty of other presents and didn’t seem to mind that she had to wait for the rest of the collection. I think this VenturianTale Birthday party scored right on par with her puppy birthday party from last year.

Aybra's 8th Birthday Party - VenturianTale Birthday Party

I did take quite a few pictures, but apparently not of the other decorations or food! This happened to be a large party compared to our normal parties, and I was quite distracted. (I usually try to get pictures before the guests arrive, but the food was being grilled and wasn’t ready until after many people were there)

Prepare for cliche….

“I can’t believe she is 8 years old”. It really does seem like just a moment ago she was a tiny baby in the NICU, and now here she is half-way grown! I’m so blessed to have her in my life. She has never been a girly girl, but with the age 8 came a slight change in her. She has a sudden interest in some girly things and I couldn’t be happier! Losh’s party is coming up next and he is still undecided, but leaning towards Batman for a theme.  Guess I better prepare for that!

Do you have any cute Batman party ideas? 

Do your kids watch VenturianTale?

Downloads:

Birthday Banner:

Blue and Yellow Printable Birthday Banner

Food/Menu Labels, Blank label, Small logo, etc:

Food/Menu Labels and other Party Printables

Copycat Logo:

Copycat Logo

Family Home Evening Brownies (Mormon Brownies)

Family Home Evening Brownies (Mormon Brownies)

Last month Aloshua did what he does every year around this time; he took brownies (amongst other treats) to his “students”. I realized in the midst of opening boxed brownie mixes that I did not have a homemade recipe for brownies. I asked my Facebook friends to help remedy that for me and this is what I got in return:

Family Home Evening Brownies - Mormon Brownies Recipe - by Life as a Convert

I have tasted and approved this recipe, and even my oldest son, Kaia, loves it. I typically don’t find a homemade recipe I love on the first try, but when I realized it came from a Mormon (Mormon’s know their brownies) I realized why it was so good!

Family Home Evening Brownies (Mormon Brownies)

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Pour into an 8x8 pan that has been greased on the bottom only.
 
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Make your own brownie mix:

This past Wednesday was my turn to teach Activity Day Girls. No activity is complete without the addition of a snack. I decided to make these brownies into cake pops (another post on that later) and because our lesson involved planning a Family Home Evening lesson, I deemed these “Family Home Evening Brownies” (no family home evening is complete without snacks either!).

For the lesson, I made each girl a ziplock bag containing all of the dry ingredients. Attached to the bag was the list of the additional needed ingredients along with baking directions.

This is the tag I attached. Click on the image to download it. I printed off 6 to a page and used quart size ziplock bags for the dry ingredients.

Family Home Evening Brownies

Do you make homemade brownies? If so, is your recipe similar? 

I’m itching to tweak this recipe a little to make fun combinations like peanut butter brownies and cream cheese brownies. Yum yu

Scripture Writing Challenge (Feb 2016)

Scripture Writing Challenge (Feb 2016)

One thing I like to do with my children is have them copy scriptures.  You would be amazed how many scriptures they have learned simply by copying them into their journals. Not only are they learning (and memorizing!) God’s word, they are also practicing penmanship.

In a world where everything is done on computers, I find it nice to put some ink to paper. I also have a Bible Journal of my own and write in it along with them. For February I wanted to create a unique Scripture Writing Challenge for myself, my children, and any others who may want to join in. On top of the scriptures we do for school, I wanted to add another scripture each day – focused on one theme:

 Love. 

Here is February’s Scripture Writing Challenge: LoveFebruary 2016 - Scripture Writing Challenge - Love - By Life as a Convert

(Click to download

Don’t forget to pin this image and print it out!

The idea is simple: Write the scripture. One scripture per day. Every day for the month of February.

Scriptures Used: 
1. Mark 12:30
2. Mark 12:33
3. Matthew 5:43
4. 2 Corinthians 8:3
5. 2 Corinthians 8:7
6. Jude 1:21
7. Proverbs 7:18
8. Proverbs 8:17
9. Ephesians 2:4
10. Ephesians 5:2
11. 1 Thessalonians 4:9
12. Romans 13:10
13. Romans 12:9
14. Luke 7:47
15. Deuteronomy 6:5
16. 1 Peter 3:8
17. 1 Peter 3:10
18. Psalms 145:20
19. Hebrews 13:1
20. 1 John 4:18
21. 1 John 4:7
22. 1 John 2:15
23. 1 John 4:19-20
24. 1 John 3:18
25. John 15:9
26. John 13:34
27. 1 John 4:10
28. John 14:23
29. John 15:9-10

Do you have a favorite scripture (or quote) on love? If so, share in the comments.

If you aren’t religious, then I challenge you to write one quote about love everyday in your journal. 

 

Arkansas 4-H Record Books – Tips & FAQ

Arkansas 4-H Record Books

It’s that time of year. The first week of January is the due date for White County Arkansas 4-H Record Books to be turned in to the extension office. Now is the time when parents are frantically searching through their records of what their child did and scouring their social media for images related to their childrens’ projects. Talk about a stressful time! I gotta say, any sane parent would have kept track of this stuff in one simple place through the entire year.

I did that in 2015..

Or so I thought.

White County Arkansas 4-H Record Books Tips FAQ

As was recommended, I purchased a small pocket calendar and wrote down what I remembered as it happened. I also kept track in my daily life planner. Except I forgot to write down a lot. Not only was I missing information when filling our record books out, I realized that it is very difficult to go through every single page of a daily life planner to find information.

No way am I putting myself through that when 2016 Arkansas 4-H Record Books are due. Instead, I taped a piece of paper on the inside of my pantry door and I am keeping track of everything on that piece of paper. It’s easier than writing on a calendar, plus I can date the activities as they happen. It’s only January 8th and we already have 1 meeting attended, talks given, and a service project done! No wonder it is hard to keep track of an entire years worth of work.

I have noticed a trend every time Record Books are due.. There are tons of questions regarding how to fill them out and what information is needed. I have created this printable with some tips and frequently asked questions for filling our your Arkansas 4-H Record Books:

Arkansas 4-H Record Books - Tips and FAQArkansas 4-H Record Books – Tips and FAQ (PDF)

Arkansas 4-H Record Books Download:

If you need copies of the record books you can find them by following these links:
Arkansas Cloverbud 4-H Record Book
Arkansas Junior & Senior 4-H Record Book

If you were in 4-H what would your project be? 
I was not in 4-H when I was younger, but I think I would have chosen Arts and Humanities, or Citizenship. My kids are doing Animal Science, Technology, and Environmental Stewardship.