Simple RAOKs You Can Do While Driving

We live reeeeally far from our work/church/school, so we spend a LOT of time on the road.

I was recently trying to take inventory of the ways I am working to teach my children about kindness and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that most of the kind things we are actively doing each day happen in the car.

This is good because #1 – The children are physically contained and are mostly an attentive audience (because you can only play the license plate game so long, yah know?), #2 – The children are learning how to love and serve others as Jesus did, and #3 – I am not spending a lot of extra money or going on any extra outings that require a lot of forethought and supplies (ie. that time I tried to do 30 RAOKS for my 30th birthday and ended up stopping after 7 because I was so overwhelmed and broke – lol!).

The ideas I am about to share are great because they work quite naturally into the life you are already living!  It will be easy for you to add these simple RAOKs (Random Acts of Kindness) into your family’s daily adventures.

My personal favorite thing to do while driving is look for cars that are trying to move into my lane.  I LOVE seeing someone’s blinker on because it is an opportunity for me to wave them in front of me so that they can get where they need to go.  I talk to my kids about being a thoughtful driver who pays attention to the needs of others on the road.  We can get so focused on getting where WE are going that we forget to have an attitude of a servant – quiet, humble, and in search of ways to be make someone else’s life better.

This kind of calling on our lives does not have to get in the backseat once we get behind the wheel. :-)

So I made a little FREE Printable featuring 9 easy RAOKs to do while driving for you to print and then leave somewhere safe on your dashboard as a reminder to bless others as well as inspire your kids to do the same.

car RAKS

Happy RAOK-ing While Driving! :-)

Adorable FREE Printable Valentine (and it’s HEALTHY)

There are so many Raisins why Jesus loves you FREE Printable Valentine at Happy Home Fairy!!I really wanted the boys to hand out Valentines this year that were both healthy and Christ-centered.

And these little yogurt-covered raisins are SO popular with the kids in our preschool (but you can use plain raisins too).

raisins valentinesI thought they came out pretty cute. :-)

Especially that the message is one we ALL need to hear.  Jesus – singing over each of us, counting all the ways He adores us (Zephaniah 3:17).

Would you like the FREE Printable?

There are so many Raisins why Jesus loves you FREE Printable Valentine at Happy Home Fairy!Get it HERE.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Easy Valentine Gift Ideas for the Teacher

Easy Valentine Gift Ideas for Teachers

Happy Baby has extreme sensitivity to light, so anytime I turn the light on in his bedroom in the mornings or whenever we walk outside, he has a really hard time adjusting.

The last couple of days when I have gone outside to get my little man from the pick-up area after school I have found him wearing a pair of sunglasses.

His teacher’s.

She loves him so much she sacrifices her own need to beat the Florida sun beams in order to serve Happy Baby.

That’s Gospel Love right there!

It is only fitting to strive for opportunities to bless the people who bless my children every school day, so here are my favorite, inexpensive, and fun ways to show your child’s teacher some love this Valentine’s Day.

happythoughts21It Takes a Big Heart to Shape Little Minds (Free Printable) – Happy Money Saver

Bag of Chips ValentinesYou’re All That and a Bag of Chips (Free Printable) – My Three Monsters

sm-sock-valentine-2You Knock My Socks Off, Valentine (Free Printable) – The Crafting Chicks

Free-Valentines-Printable-for-TeachersHershey’s Bar Wrapper (Free Printable) – Club Chica Circle

Valentine-for-Teachers-367x500Have a Colorful Valentine’s Day (Free Printable) – My Frugal Adventures

mint“You were MINT to be my teacher!” (attach to box of Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies)- Source

Riesens-Teacher-Gift-Riesens-Why-I-Like-You1‘Riesens’ Why I Like You (Free Printable) – One Creative Mommy

Free-Teachers-Valentines-Day-Card-e1360695836440Thank You ‘A Latte’ for All that You Do (Free Printable) – Jolly Mom

measureYou Measure Up (Free Printable) – Capital B

pinkI’m Tickled Pink That You’re My Teacher (Free Printable) – Homes.com

love_not_germs_2Spread Love, Not Germs (Free Printable) – Simply Sprout

Lip-Balm-Valentines-Day-Gift-4Valentine’s Day EOS Lip Balm Gift (Free Printable) – Tried & True via eighteen25

burts beesBee My Valentine (Free Printable) – Polkadot Chair

Happy Valentine’s Day Teacher Gift-ing! :-)

Roll-A-Christmas-Tree Game – FREE Printable!

roll a christmas tree game - FREE Printable at happyhomefairy! love this!

Happy Buddy and I played this fun and easy game this afternoon.

All you need is some paper, dice, crayons, and the FREE Printable game (see below for download).roll a tree gameroll a christmas tree game

**Click HERE for your FREE Printable Roll-A-Christmas-Tree Game**

Have fun with your kiddos. :-)

Happy Roll-A-Christmas-Tree Game-ing!

Summer Service Ideas – FREE Printable

While your kids are draping themselves over chairs complaining that there’s nothing to do, gently encourage their little hearts to go and be a blessing to someone.

Here are a few ways we like to serve in the hot months of summer…summer serve ideas at happy home fairy.jpg

Our favorite is to bring cold water bottles to the garbage men – I learned that one from my sweet dad!

Click HERE for your FREE Summer Service Printable

Happy Summer Service-ing! :-)

A Garden of Friendship – FREE Printable!

garden of friendship - a free printable tag with adorable poem about friendship! attach to a bouquet of flowers and deliver to a friend! love this!.jpg

I love to leave small surprises on my friends’ doorsteps – a happy reminder when they come home that they matter and are loved.

Here is my latest little doorstep blessing and it has a FREE Printable too {{knuckle bumps}}!

garden of friendship 1.jpgI scored these adorable plush and bendable flowers at The Dollar Tree.

garden of friendship 2.jpgThen I printed the above tag (see below for download) and wrote a short note of encouragement to a friend on the back.

garden of friendship 3.jpgI wrapped the flower around that special friend’s doorknob and my mission was accomplished.

This would also work well with a bouquet of real flowers – I just happen to like fake ones because they don’t require any watering.

:-)

Love it?

Click HERE for your FREE Printable Garden of Friends Tag!

Happy Garden of Friendship-ing! :-)friendship week at Happy Home Fairy - cute ideas and inspiring ways to be an awesome friend

*Poem Credit – Melody Carlson, excerpted from her book, Sisters At Heart.*

Last-Minute Father’s Day Printables

adorable collection of last-minute free printables for father's day! these are perfect!Father’s Day is THIS Sunday!

If you’re slapping your forehead thinking -

What in the world am I going to do??  There’s no time to be creative!  I’ve got to entertain kids all day this summer!

Well, do you have a printer?

And maybe a morning to go grab a picture frame or necktie or gift card from Target (I mean, you’re probably going there anyway, right?)?

Then I’ve got you covered, sweet momma.father's day printable 11

If you go with a new tie, you must add this adorable FREE Printable from The 36th Avenue.father's day printable 3

Does your Happy Hubby love Mountain Dew?

Add this FREE Printable from Poofy Cheeks and call it a day.

father's day printable 2Check out this super sweet Fill-In-The-Blank FREE Printable from Alice and Lois.

father's day printable 4Or this adorable FREE Printable Questionnaire from Paging Supermom.

father's day printable 5Print THIS.

Add your child’s handprints.

Frame it.

Thank Catch My Party.

father's day printable 8If you have kids who like to color (I can’t relate), give them THIS from Tried and True Blog and let them glam it up for their daddy.

father's day printable 7Or print this giant poster from Confetti Sunshine and fill it up with lots of encouraging words for some happy Daddy wall love.

father's day printable 10Do your kids have a super handy Daddy?

I love this FREE Printable Home Depot card from Detail Oriented Diva.

father's day printable 9Take a photo of your Happy Buddies with this FREE Printable banner from Paging Supermom.

father's day printable 1Is your hubby hooked on hashtags?

Buy him something he wants and slap on this FREE Printable from Girl Loves Glam.

dad pizza cardMy hubs is #obsessed with pizzas.  We made THIS FREE Printable for him last year.

And ladies, let’s be honest.

We all know what our men really want for Father’s Day.

(And every other day of the year – teehee.)

So slip THIS FREE Printable in your hubby’s pocket and you’ve just given him the best gift ever.

:-)

Hope this helped y’all in some small way.

Happy Father’s Day Printable-ing!