August 30, 2016

Time for Bed, Sleepyhead: The Falling Asleep Book by Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

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When children are having a fun-filled day full of energetic play, it's sometimes difficult for them to understand why they also need to sleep. When they're especially young they may feel as though they are going to miss something if they do go to bed. We've recently been reading a new book, Time for Bed, Sleepyhead written by child psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel G. Amen. The idea behind the book is that it is supposed to offer various techniques to explore our little one's imaginations and at the same time help them drift off to sleep.

August 29, 2016

RETHINK the Water You Drink

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Although we're in the homestretch of summer and kids are heading back to school, the weather is still quite warm hot in our neck of the woods. We had just visited The Great New York State Fair this past week, and the temperatures were stifling. Seriously, it was pretty brutal! Besides slathering on the sunscreen, we needed to make sure that we were getting our mega doses of water intake to prevent dehydration.

We always do the right thing by recycling, but as we guzzled down each bottle throughout the day I began to realize how much plastic we had accumulated just by keeping hydrated. At home, we use a special filter for our water, so the need for plastic water bottles is pretty slim. Of course during our day trips we sometimes have no choice when we run out of the supply we brought from home. The great thing is, there are companies out there who realize this and have begun taking the initiative to help consumers reduce their carbon footprint by offering alternatives to plastic water bottles. RETHINK Water is one of those companies!

August 18, 2016

The Big Picture Interactive Flip Over Books for Kids: In the Beginning/The Great Flood

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Back in July we were introduced to the Little Bible Heroes series from B&H Publishing. This series has a pretty neat feature that I really like–it's a Flip Over Book. Not only do children receive one story in each book, but two. Once the first story is finished, they can flip the book over to reveal a second one. It's such a clever idea to keep those reading activities flowing for the little ones. Just recently we've also been reading another Flip Over Book from the same publisher that actually belongs to the The Big Picture Interactive series. The Big Picture Interactive series is part of the Gospel Project for Kids and their goal is to connect Jesus throughout the stories in the Bible.

August 16, 2016

Effortless Meals to Get You Out of the Kitchen and Back to Spending Time with Your Family

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Can you believe we're already midway through August?! Seriously, where does the time go? As much as I love Autumn, I'm still trying to soak up whatever summer is left as much as I can. Depending on where you're reading this from, you may be gearing up for your kids to be heading back to school as early as next week (maybe even this week in some areas).

Whether you work out of the home or are a stay-at-home parent, having a few options for quick and easy meals is a must. Perhaps it's been a long day at work and you just want to relax, or you simply want to hurry up and get outside to enjoy some of that late afternoon sun. Either way, sometimes many of us need a break from cooking lengthy meals at the stove. That's what I like about Jennie-O's new Sun Dried Tomato Turkey Breast and All Natural Turkey Breast Tenderloin. I'm able to come up with easy meals that are pretty effortless, so I can enjoy the more important things in life, like spending quality time with my family.

August 12, 2016

NKJV Color Code Bible Review + GIVEAWAY

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Color coding scripture as part of a Bible study is very common these days. To be honest, it really is a great idea. At the same time, I'm always worried that I'm going to ruin my Bible by using the wrong highlighters and risk ink running through its fragile pages. Perhaps that's why I'm really liking the newly released NKJV Color Code Bible!

Full of bright colors, memorization aids, and the never-ending truth of God’s Good News, the Color Code Bible is an exciting new way to study God’s Word. Over 1600 passages are color-coded on important faith themes. The first New King James Version for Kids highlighted in full-color, this Bible will be simple for kids to read and understand.