July 25, 2016

A New Children's Read for the Upcoming Autumn Season: Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn

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Here we are winding down the month of July. Time sure flies when you're having fun! While summer officially ends in the middle of September, many folks consider back-to-school time the end of the season. Of course others may try to squeeze in those warm weather days as long as they can. I can't say that I blame them! Either way, autumn will be here before we know it. To be honest it's actually one of my favorite seasons, so I do look forward to it. It's the cold winter weather afterwards that I can do without. Being a bunch of bookworms here, we'll also be introduced to brand new books that welcome in the change of season. In fact, we've already gotten a head start with our latest read, Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn.

July 22, 2016

I Can be Kind: My First Book of Manners by Amie Carlson

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Learning proper manners is a very important aspect of growing up. Of course when children are really young there will be a few slip ups here and there. It just takes a little practice on their part and diligence on ours to remind them. As parents we owe it to our kids to instill proper values that will allow them to grow into caring and respectful young adults. That's why I really like the new book we've been reading, I Can be Kind: My First Book of Manners.

Zacchaeus and Jesus by Dandi Daley Mackall {A Tyndale Kids Flipside Story}

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When it comes to reading Bible stories to my little one, I love being able to share the ones that recount how someone's life got turned around by following Jesus. One such story is the tale about Zacchaeus. He was a tax collector in the city of Jericho who collected from the poor to better the rich. He was lost, but this all changed on the fateful day that Jesus came into town and saved him. Zacchaeus soon realized the error of his ways and strived to make things better by giving back to the poor instead of taking from them. What a great story! I've recently been sharing it with my son by reading his new picture book, Zacchaeus and Jesus.

July 19, 2016

Dabbawalla Bags: Fun and Adorable Backpacks for Preschoolers

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I don't know if it's just me, but summer seems to be flying by so quickly. I was just at the store the other day and wouldn't you know it, they had all of their back-to-school items out. As much as I love the autumn season (it is actually my favorite), I'm trying to soak in the warm weather months as long as possible. After all, summer is my second favorite of the four seasons.

When it comes to family outings, no matter the season, I always make sure to pack a bag with all of the essentials that we'll need for the day–sunscreen, bug spray, towels, extra clothes, etc. Honestly, you never know when you're going to need something, so why not have it on hand. Even when we just get out to run a few small errands, I still make sure to pack a small bag with all of the basic reinforcements such as snacks, a water bottle, books, and a few small toys. With a toddler, you can never be too prepared if you know what I mean.

July 17, 2016

All Things Bright and Beautiful {Picture Book Giveaway} #FlyBy

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All Things Bright and Beautiful–many of you out there may be very familiar with this precious children's hymn written by poet, Cecil Frances Alexander. For those who may be just hearing about it for the first time, the hymn was written back in 1848 and is part of Alexander's book, Hymns for Little Children. Throughout the years this hymn has become a favorite for Christian congregations and families everywhere.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.