November 19, 2018

A is for Australian Animals: Learn About 38 Fascinating Creatures From Down Under

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We always enjoy reading books about animals, and the latest addition to our home library had us armchair traveling all the way to the other side of the world to learn about some of the amazing creatures from down under. A is for Australian Animals is a fantastic picture book that uses each letter of the alphabet to introduce a collection of fascinating animals who are native to Australia.

November 13, 2018

Bring Out Your Creative Side with Ellie Claire Deluxe Signature Journals #GiftGuide

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Journaling has always been a favorite pastime for me. Not only can I get my thoughts out on paper as a way to express my innermost feelings, but it's also a wonderful opportunity to write noteworthy memories that have happened in my life. This is especially important, since I ultimately want to pass my writings down to my son. In addition to journaling about my day to day life experiences, I also like to partake in Bible journaling. Sometimes I receive a word from God that I feel compelled to jot down. Other times I'll come across a scripture passage that happens to have a special meaning to me in that point in my life, and I'll want to notate it for future recitation.

November 11, 2018

What About Kid's Ministry? Practical Answers to Question about Kids Ministry {Book Review}

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As a mother, one of my main goals in life is to disciple my child, so that he will be a devout follower of Christ and develop a lifelong relationship with Him. While I don't actually lead a children's ministry, I always enjoying reading what experts and leaders have to say. I had just finished reading What About Kid's Ministry? Practical Answers to Questions about Kids Ministry. What initially stood out for me was the book's summary on the back cover, since it not only appeared to be geared towards those who work in leadership, but to parents, as well.

November 8, 2018

Made by Maxine: A Picture Book to Inspire Young Makers #STEAM

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Have you heard the news? Today is National STEAM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), and we've been having fun exploring all kinds of hands-on activities to celebrate. From mixing dyed liquids to make different colors, to building tall stacks of blocks, to architectural creations using Magformers, there are plenty of great ways to help young children participate in STEAM activities that are both educational and fun. Since we also love to read, I couldn't forget to include some of our favorite themed books to commemorate the celebration.

October 30, 2018

Autumn Craft Finds from the Dollar Store

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Arts and crafts are one of the many highlights of our week! Sometimes we're painting, sometimes we're gluing, other times we are molding clay objects. The time we spend doing all of these activities provides the perfect opportunity for my son to stretch his creative ability and build up on his fine motor skills. Oh, and of course, we always have tons of fun, too!

There's no shortage of craft ideas out there. Just a quick trip to Pinterest will give you more than enough creative inspiration to get started. There are also plenty of places where you can grab budget-friendly art supplies to make these ideas come to life. I personally enjoy perusing the craft aisle of the local big box stores, and of course while I'm out, I can't miss a quick visit to the dollar store. While I tend to be picky and choosy with what I purchase at dollar stores, I can actually find some pretty cool stuff there.