April 27, 2016

Counting Blessings by Eileen Spinelli {Review + GIVEAWAY}

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It's so rewarding watching our little ones learn. I remember when my son first began counting–I was so overjoyed. As he grows, I also want to make sure that he can take those counting skills and use them to also add up the many blessings that God gives us day in and day out. Author, Eileen Spinelli, has recently released an endearing board book called Counting Blessings that helps remind children about those very same blessings.

Children count along from 1 to 10, following the sweet rhyming text by beloved author Eileen Spinelli and the cute and cuddly illustrations by Lee Holland. Along with counting, this padded cover board book teaches children to see the blessings in life. With whimsy and joy, Counting Blessings captures the attention of young children, filling their minds with numbers and their hearts with happiness.

Chizi's Tale by Jack Jones {A Heartwarming Story with a Powerful Message}

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Once in a while there is a story that comes around that truly touches my heart. I love animals and so does my son, so Chizi's Tale has become a remarkable reading experience. The book tells a heartwarming story about the unlikeliest bond between a baby rhino and humans.

When a baby rhino is found abandoned and sick, park ranger, Colin Saxon decides to take him in and care for him like he is part of the family. Sounds like something you'd see in a fictional movie, right? The amazing thing is that this book is actually a true story!

April 26, 2016

A Book of Small Prayers for Tiny Hands ~ My Little Prayers by Diane Le Feyer

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We've recently been introduced to our first book in the My Little series called My Little Prayers. With "My Little" in the title, of course you can only guess that this a series written specifically for children, but there is also another reason. You see one of the other most noteworthy aspects of this particular collection is that the books are really small, perfect for my son's tiny hands. I remember when it arrived–I open up the box to find this precious little storybook, and thought "how adorable!"

DIY Project: Transform Old Wooden Doors From Drab to Fab

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A couple of years ago we were finally blessed with a home of our own. We had viewed over 100 homes (that's a lot, I know) before finding the right one. It is an older home, but we loved that the previous owner had added a lot great updates to it. From day one we've had big dreams, which involved multiple design and small renovation jobs to make it our total dream home. Of course those big dreams do require tons of free time (if you're doing them yourself) and a lot money to buy the materials.

We're the kind of people who prefer doing things ourselves. I mean after all, these kinds of projects could be a lot of fun, especially when you see the fruits of your labor. Since we're not natural born home remodeling professionals, we sometimes have to do a little research here and there. One day I was perusing Pinterest for inspiration on an idea that I'd thought about doing, when I came across several raised panel door projects. I'm not sure why these images came up, because I was researching something totally unrelated, but perhaps it was a sign.

April 24, 2016

Purex Plus Clorox 2 Review and GIVEAWAY {Two Winners}

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Ahh Laundry! With a toddler and my husband's work items, it seems as though we are washing clothes every other day. Just when everything gets folded and put away, there are a few more loads to tackle.

We use several different brands of detergents, and Purex happens to be one of our favorites around here. I have been using this brand for a really long time. It works great and it isn't overpriced. One of my favorites is their Free and Clear formula, especially for my son's clothes. It works great and doesn't irritate his sensitive skin since there's no added fragrances or dyes. Of course, sometimes the laundry needs a little more "oomph" especially when it comes to getting tough stains out.