50 Jar Gifts: idea #26 – Football Season

jar project from JoAnn Fabric and Crafts

Many families have a rich tradition for football season. There are bound to be some great stories centered around the game. Maybe one of these sports themed jar ideas would help to start the story telling process during the next half-time or drive to or from the game. My sister and I both played volleyball in college and our parents came to almost every home game and many of the away games. It would be interesting to know what their favorite memories are of that season of our lives. Maybe I should take the football theme and tweak it for volleyball and find an occasion to use it as a bridge to learning their memories of BYU volleyball. How about your family? Do they have a strong sports tradition?

Mason Jar Football Brownie Treats By Courtney Whitmore, on eHow.com

from Kasey Kilpatrick via pinterest put a team scarf and nail polish in the school colors in a jar

Football Cozy via blovelyevents.com

sports shaped cookies in a jar from the decorated cookie

If this idea inspires you, let me know. I’d love to share your project here too.jar gift logos27

Want some more ideas? Visit my Pinterest board dedicated to jar gift ideas.

Birthday Traditions

lighting mom's 90th birthday cake

Iris’s 90th Birthday Party video

With my mind being on birthdays recently I started thinking about birthday traditions. A Google search brings up lots of hits on traditions for kids but not so many for grown-ups. As I think back in my life and can see how easy it is to let birthdays slip by without doing much to really celebrate the day. Some people are great at making sure they have fun celebrations in their life. Some families have well-developed birthday traditions. My family isn’t one of them. So this is an area I could use some work on. Maybe it comes from my family culture. My mom is very practical and recently my dad said that he didn’t know how to celebrate. It seems to me that birthday traditions don’t necessarily need to be fancy or expensive but it takes planning and effort to make sure they become traditions. I also think that sometimes birthday traditions need to evolve to meet the families changing needs.

Last year I had lots of fun celebrating by birthday 50 times during the year. I want to do more in the coming years to develop some good adult birthday traditions. With my birthday coming up in May it is time to start thinking about some new traditions. Do you have any suggestions? What birthday traditions do you have or wish to start with your family?


Liebster Award for TellingFamilyTales – Part 2b


Liebster-Blog-Award (Photo credit: dont ✗ kaysiao)

I’m finally getting to the next step in the requirements for my Liebster nomination. On this step I have to come up with 11 questions to ask those that I nominate for a Liebster. So here goes.

  1. What is a favorite story from your childhood?
  2. What is your favorite toy from childhood?
  3. What is your favorite toy now?
  4. Tell us about a favorite family tradition.
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat?
  6. Which do you like best, dark, milk or white chocolate?
  7. What is your favorite color?
  8. If you had an extra $1,000,000 what would you do with it?
  9. Where would you go for a dream vacation?
  10. Name five things in arms reach.
  11. What is your favorite color?

That wasn’t quiet as painful as I thought it might be. The next step, linking 11 blogs to nominate is going to take some work. I’ve not spent much time yet checking out other blogs. Now I’ll have to do it and that will be a good thing.


Gift Idea #46 – Story Box

idea numbers46This gift idea was inspired by this post on Design Mom. Guest Aunt Kelly Wilkinson made a story box for her sister as a gift before her first baby was born. I think this could be adapted for other situations. What Kelly did was take a wooden cigar box and decorate the outside with pretty images. A wooden box would be wonderful but other types of containers could be used also.

Inside she and a few friends put handwritten cards with story prompts. This cards can be used by her sister or in the future her sister’s children to start stories from their mother’s life. Children love to hear stories about their parents lives. This idea could also be used with grandparents or other extended family. The story prompts could also be generic and then the story box could be used by anyone to generated memories of their lives. The story box could be the start of a new family tradition that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Gift Idea #32 – Family Trivia Game

idea numbers32I love this idea that I stumbled across on Martha Stewart to create a family trivia game to be played at a family gather such as after dinner. Just put together a set of questions ahead of time about your family members and see how much fun everyone will have guessing the answers and learning new facts and stories about their family.

There is even a little Trivia Booklet you can download to put your quiz questions in. I bet that this game will become of treasured family tradition for many years to come. Have fun with this idea!

Gift Idea #30 – Family Home History

idea numbers30Many families have a home they have lived in for many, many years. If your family is one of them, consider putting together a history of your family home. It can be interesting and enlightening to see the role a house can play in your families history and the memories made there.

I did a small book about the home the my mother and most of her siblings were born in. This home was built by her father and when it was time to sell the old family home she had a really hard time with the idea. I put together the book in hopes that it would help her be more at peace with selling the home. I’ll post about this project sometime.

Gift Idea #19 – Restart an Old Family Tradition

idea numbers19Family traditions are a great way of connecting us together in our current family and to those of past generations. Is there an old tradition that you or another family member remembers from the past that could be reintroduced today? One way would be to have a family brainstorming session and come up with a list of traditions that have been lost for one reason or another. Then vote on which tradition you would like to start doing again. It may be that the old tradition needs to be adjusted for today’s circumstances but if it has its roots in the past will help connect your family today with your family of the past.