A Toddler BUSY BAG Swap, Coming Soon

Hello Folks!

It’s been pretty quiet here at By Quiet Waters.  Life continues to be full, hard and good, oh so very good.

The kitchen remodel is complete with just a few finishing touches to be completed, and 3 additional cabinets to be installed.  Now that I can settle into a more complete back to school fall rhythm I’m ready to take on a couple of projects.  Seems like most of my ideas are centered around a certain precious grandchild who has jumped with both feet into busy busy toddler hood.

So, after looking around online for toddler busy bag ideas I’ve decided to host a toddler busy bag swap.


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There will be 12 slots and I hope that you will join us!  Please share this post with any moms or grandmas of busy toddlers and lets work together to create some delightful activities to keep those precious ones busy!

I’ll be opening up the swap and sharing all the details next week, September 25th!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comments, or email me at byquietwaters at gmail.  Hope to see you here next Thursday!

This Week’s Menu

Menus have not been posted here for quite awhile, actually we haven’t made a menu in a while.  The remodel threw me for a loop and we’ve really been winging it.  Now school is in full swing and the kitchen is nearly complete, so I’ve made a menu and am posting it here to make it simple to access.

Here it is.  September 15-20 Menu

Sunday (Cook bacon, make quiches to warm Monday morning)


Quiche & melon

Chicken Nuggets & Macaroni/Cheese + veggies

Fried Chicken by Builder


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Packed Lunches with Sandwiches & food from “kit bags”

Spaghetti, bread & salad by Sunshine (a couple of the kids are cooking each week)

Wednesday (chicken in crockpot for Friday soup)

Pancakes, juice


Dinner at church (parents night at AWANA)

Thursday (debone chicken, make broth)

Eggs & Toast, fruit

Packed Lunches with Sandwiches & food from “kit bags”

Tomato Soup, Bread

Friday (prep veggies for soup, make apple crisp)

Pancakes, Fruit

Loaded Baked Potatoes

Chicken Soup, Bread, apple crisp

Soups! Sausage Tomato Soup

Sausage Tomato Soup

1/2 lb favorite ground sausage or meat

1 med Onion, chopped

1 28oz can diced tomatoes

1 14 oz can broth (beef, veggie, chicken depending on sausage)

1 14oz can tomato sauce

1tsp dried basil

1/2 t dried oregano

Mozzerella cheese shredded to sprinkle on top

Brown ground meat with onion in a sauce pan.  Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer.  You can make this ahead of time and keep hot in the crockpot for an easy dinner after a busy afternoon.

My Princesses learn books, a review

My Princesses learn books arrived in my mailbox yesterday.  Two very cute pink and purple covered books with illustrations of pretty little girls and all that is flowery.

My Princesses Learn

Learn to Share

my princesses learn to be brave

Learn to be Brave

To be honest, I am put off by the princess theme in Christian literature.  These two books are a little different from what I have been seeing, enough so that I’m putting them aside for when my granddaughter gets just a little older.

My Princesses Learn to Share is written by Amie Carlson, and is illustrated by Heather Heyworth.  As I sat down to look over the books my granddaughter joined me and became very interested in the illustrations of the children.  We had fun talking about the eyes and the expressions on the faces, which seemed to encourage my sweet kitty to make faces herself.  She’s a bit too young for the storyline of the books, but I was delighted as I read them myself.  In Learn to Share the 2 friends in the story begin to fight over a favorite item, the mother of one then weaves in the  story of the boy with loaves and fishes.  The story wraps up with the 2 little girls understanding the concept and value of sharing.

In My Princesses Learn to Be Brave, written by Stephanie Rische and also illustrated by Heather Heyworth, the 2 girls in the story, Grace and Hope, encounter a playground bully.   One of the girls remembers the story of Esther and after telling it to her friend, finds a creative way to build a bridge to friendship with the bully.

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As I mentioned, I’ll be setting these books aside for a bit, as I think they are best suited for girls closer to 3 years and older.  I appreciate the opportunity to review these two books and recommend them to you.  Thank you to the Tyndall Blog Network, who sent these books to me in exchange for my opinion.