BEST QUIET BOOK for CHURCH!! The Friend Magazine-Hacked!


IMG_5265.2015-02-04_145520 This week hasn’t gone quite as planned. This poor little cutie has the flu.  After being a parent for 10 years this is the first time I’ve EVER had this unwanted guest at my house.  If you’ve never had it, it usually comes on quickly.  The symptoms can be as follows.  

  • High Temperature 
  • Severe aches in your joints and muscles
  • Pain and tiredness around your eyes
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
  • Headache

The diagnosis was confirmed by a Flu test.  

She was prescribed Tamiflu which is an anti-viral medication.  I about choked when I was told that it would cost $250.00!!!!! Seriously? I had to call my Uncle Johnnie.  He is a family physician and I needed his opinion on the medication.  He said that it reduces the symptoms of the flu by about 1 day.  One day?!=$250?  Uh, no. Maybe if my kiddo was a sick elderly person or a tiny infant but this is a robust healthy 7 year old.  I decided to let the virus take its natural course, give her lots of fluids and rest.

In the mean time, this busy Mom is going stir crazy!!! I’m at home, no trip to the gym.  What is a girl supposed to do besides clean and sanitize? Haha! 

I decided that it was time to update our Sunday Quiet Books.  So, I thought I would share this fun little tradition.  I started doing it because I found that the Friend Magazines got used for about a week at our house and they were manhandled and destroyed.  By doing our little “Friend Magazine Hack” you’ll get tons more use with each magazine and have happy, busy, quiet children at church or wherever you choose to take them. 





  1. Gather your old Friend Magazines
  2. Open to the middle page.
  3. Lift ends of the staples and remove them.
  4. Turn over the magazine.
  5. Cut at the fold at the crease.
  6. Place pages in plastic sheet projectors
  7. Use DRY ERASE markers to write and color
  8. Clean up with baby wipes or with WHITE BOARD care spray if the marker is left on for an extended period of time. 

TIPS: Pick age appropriate pages. Separate bag for markers and baby wipes. The thicker the sheet protectors the easier they are to clean. Rotate them as often as you’d like. Let the kids help choose what they’d like to have in them. 



April Thompson is 37 years old and lives in Houston, Texas. She and her husband have four children. She loves trying new things, including sports, foods, and crafts. She is a homemaker, blogger, hair and makeup artist, and personal trainer and currently serves in the Young Women’s auxiliary. She loves teaching the youth about the Word of Wisdom, health and fitness.

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