Grinch’s Grow Your Heart Breakfast

This morning, I put together this little breakfast. I love the Grinch Grow Your Heart program and all that it represents. If you aren’t familiar with it, it basically is a program that encourages good deeds around Christmas-time and then gives books to underprivileged children. It’s super easy! Just go to their website and put in the three good deeds that your child did and submit it. Random House books then will give a child a book.

There are lots of activities that you can print out and do on the website. My children love the Bingo game. It has a bunch of different good deeds that they can mark off. Some of them are: call or spend time with your grandparents, make a card for your teacher, play with someone who seems lonely, help make dinner, clean your room, plus many more.


I made bacon hearts, heart-shaped cinnamon rolls, strawberry milkshakes. I also served green grapes and watermelon.


I printed out the Bingo game and we talked about what they were going to do.

This is a fun little activity that helps the children be motivated to do kind things and that benefits others in more ways than one.

I hope you’re having a nice start to your holiday season!

Christmas Countdown

December 1 is right around the corner. We usually start our Advent readings on that day. We also will start the Grow Your Heart challenge again this year. December always feels so full of activity. Since December is so busy, I thought I would re-post a few things from last year to give anyone out there a head start in getting ready.


What we do for Advent

Grow Your Heart

Teacher Gifts

Snowmen Oreo Balls

I have a few new things planned for this December that I hope to get to share with you.


Grow Your Heart

Pretty much everyone has read How the Grinch Stole Christmas or at least seen the movie. Well, since I can feel a little Grinchy about Christmas this new Grinch Good Deeds Grow Your Heart program is perfect for me. .

Along with our daily Advent scripture reading, we will be racing to do as many good deeds as we possibly can for the next 24 days. The best part of all is that at the end of the 25 days,you can send in your good deeds letter and Random House and First Book will donate a book to a family in need in your own community. How great is that?!good-deeds-letter

There are lots of printables on  There is even a printable activity book.

We introduced the whole thing to our children last night at dinner. I made Grinchy Spicy Broccoli and Chicken Casserole, Grinch Cookies, and they had Grinch Punch (Lime Sherbert and Ginger Ale) too.

We read the book and we went over the Good Deeds Journal. They got started right away doing as many good deeds as they could.


“Then the Grinch thought of something
he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought,
doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas…perhaps…
means a little bit more!”

Hopefully, this along with our daily Advent reading will make the holiday seem more like it should. I would love to think that my own little Whos would celebrate Christmas even if the Grinch had stolen all that we think makes up Christmas; that their spirits wouldn’t be dulled by a lack of presents or a tree. I want love to shine through this season just like it did all those years ago in a simple stable.