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Friday, April 21, 2017

How Moms Can Inspire Their Heart and Soul

Sometimes I think it was much easier to raise kids back in the day. I often wonder how less complicated it was to be a mother sans social media..Facebook and Pinterest to highlight. Before I had kids, I have a whole lot of things to say on how I will raise our perfect kids in a perfectly clean house. I've day dreamed about my now husband, coming home to a perfectly groomed , nicely dressed wife and a warm home cooked meal from scratch. I had a vision of me, always patient and kind to our kids. I was in a reverie of a perfect me.

Guess what? With one child , I was NOT perfect ( ugh..and will never be!) BUT I was still able to catch up with everything. I still have a whole lot of opinion on being a mom and a wife. Life is still good! It looked like I was cutout for motherhood. All I think about was how to baby proof our house, how can I be an advocate of breastfeeding ( without shoving it down people's throat), how can I make that project I just saw on Pinterest ( and even make it better) , how can I perfectly orchestrate my post on Facebook ( and thank goodness, I was not on Instagram yet at that time).



Life happens. Life can suck. We were financially challenged during those recession times  back in 2008. It took a while to recover. We had our second child. A lot of things happened in between too. We recovered and we were blessed in so many ways. I gave my life to Christ. While being faithful does not give you immunity to stress and problems.  Life also has a way of teaching you lessons. Though life can suck , it is not about how bad your situation is. It should be about how you will handle it. My walk with the Lord is not always splendid. Truthfully, there are Sundays that I was just too tired to go to service. I am not consistent with my devotional and bible reading...and the most challenging of all...is to walk the talk. It is hard to gracefully raise kids.

Carpools, work, appointments , school events/home works , community events, after school events/practices , meals , school lunches, bills , sickness , chores and making sure to raise a responsible and decent human being --- That is too much right? I am sure I have forgotten some responsibilities!  I am only a mother of two..two young girls and I was worn out. Lost sometimes, I would cry to my husband when I didn't know how to discipline my girls. I got so busy working on my own. I was too tired , depleted and I just know that heart is NOT in the right place. I have lost my drive on motherhood. I suddenly thought, "I am not cut for being a great mom".

I forgot that even if life can suck, I can choose to live life more abundantly. I have forgotten to ask my Heavenly Father for help! I am pulled into many different directions and I have forgotten to realize that I have a choice. I have neglected the fact that I can rest on God's love. I had let my soul dry up.




Here's 7 ways how moms can inspire their heart and soul.


1. Rest into Christ.

As moms, we are performance driven. I bet you do have one of those nice and fancy planners so we can always fill it up with our "To Do's" and check it off when we have successfully done the task. I sometimes do more planning than doing.  It feels like a hamster on a wheel. We need to rest in God. Fall in love with God. Whatever it is that the season of motherhood is calling you to, rest in His Word.

Read: Matthew 11:28



2. Be proactive in guarding your heart.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 that prayer will guard our hearts. Through praying and communicating with God , comes peace from God. Peace that comes from trusting God that He is in control. You got this mom because God is for YOU. Guard your heart from anger and criticism. Guard your heart from what is coming in. Our mind will always be a battlefield but our hearts can be our shield.

3. Unlpug

Unplug for a while. Set a specific day or time. The enemy has it's ways in our mind. When we scroll into our feeds looking into people's curated and staged posts/photos..we unconsciously and silently compare our lives to theirs. It can wear you down. Sometimes, instead of being happy for others we tend to forget what could be the story behind every photo.  

4. Use Social Media wisely.

While I suggested to unplug, I also like to add..following the right people. I do love Instagram! Most especially those IG accounts that proudly displays their mouthwatering healthy meal plans and meal preps. I honestly wonder how do they do it! BUT I love that part of Instagram because it gives me a whole lot of ideas and inspiration.

Follow , Christian and Godly women or account too. Here's a few of my favorite Inspiring Instagram accounts:

LifeWay Women ( @lifewaywomen)
Thrive Moms (@thrivemoms)
She Reads Truth ( @shereadstruth)
Focus On the Family (@focusonthefamily)
Women of Faith (@womenoffaith)
Women Living Well ( @womenlivingwell)

5. Read  the Bible.

So how do we rest and trust in the Lord if we do not know God. To know Him is to love Him. Know Him through the Bible. Set a specific time and a day to do Bible reading. I specifically love it in the morning while the girls are sleeping. If that does not happen in the morning, find a way to make it happen in that day. You can also journal and write Bible passages that you can memorize and know by heart. Reflect on those verses , not just on difficult days or when your soul needs feeding..reflect on good days too. Praise Him with awe!

6. Music

Quiet your mind too by listening to good and relaxing music. You can listen to yoga music , nature sounds or whatever hits your fancy. I personally love listening to yoga music, Enya , Etta James , some Indie music and worship songs!! See my favorite worship songs HERE.

 Berthold Auerbach
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life "


7. Find an activity that clears your mind.

Find that simple activity that lifts your mood. That activity that you certainly love to do. I love to read and journal. I also find coloring and doodling pleasing. I love to use gel highlighters on my Bible and I doodle and draw too using colored pencils. Keeps my mind off of unnecessary things. It quiets the mind.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

40 Non Candy Easter Egg Fillers


One of the things I enjoy about Easter is the Easter Egg-hunt that we do for our girls. While we enjoy attending Easter egg hunting activities in our community and church , we love to do our very own Easter egg hunt. I remember when Lucy was younger , we prepared an Easter egg hunt for her in the park.  We also did a couple here at home , both of our girls enjoyed it! We filled their eggs with candy treats and non candy treats. Giving treats may be an issue with parents of kids with allergies. Some parents just prefer to NOT give candies to their kids.

Truthfully, I really do not mind filling the eggs with candies. Some of it. Moderation.. so to speak. Luckily , there are tons of small things and toys that you can use to fill the eggs up. You can buy it in bulk ( amazon or oriental trading) , you can also pick them up at your local party store! Most of the items below can also be found at Dollar Tree . If you do not have a Dollar Tree store  or .99 cents store near you , I have provided links through Amazon. You can sign up for Amazon prime , free 30 day trial to get free two day shipping. If you wish to not continue the subscription, you can cancel it anytime. You can read why I love Amazon Prime subscription, HERE.





If you are looking into not filling their Easter Eggs with treats or thinking of what to mix in with the treats, here's 40 things that you can use to fill up those Easter eggs.


Disclaimer :  Some of the items in this list are not suitable for kids 3 yrs old and younger...they are too small and could pose a choking hazard.


1. stickers
2. stamps
 
3. small beads for accessory making crafts
4. small playdough
5. loom rubber band
 

6. washi or fun tapes
7. hair bows
8. hair clips
9. expandable washcloths
10. grow toys
 

 11. non toxic nail polish
 

12. small hand sanitizers
13. kid coupons ( ex. 1 hr of tablet time , ice cream date with mom/dad)
14. lip glosses
15. seeds - you can both plant them together.
16. small fun erasers
17. small slinky
18. Toy soldiers
19. light up gem rings

20. small car toys
21. Shopkins
22. socks - fun socks!
23. Band-aids - their favorite characters
24. Barbie doll clothes - you can find these at dollar stores too!
25. Tops that spin
26. Pokemon

 
27. Sticky hands
 

28. snap bracelets



29. small construction truck toys
 

30. puppet fingers



31. wind up toys
32. small bubbles
33. key-chains
34. small cookie cutters - for their playdough
35. small puzzle pieces
36. pom poms
37. legos
38. tsum tsums
39. ugly pets

 
40. marbles


How about you? What do you usually put in your Easter eggs?  






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Friday, April 7, 2017

Top 6 Bible for Kids for Your Easter Baskets

Easter is just around the corner! Last year , we got home a day before Easter Sunday. We just came back from Philippines and we were exhausted. We always do something special for the kids on Easter, but coming home tired and not having enough time to put things together made it very challenging. My husband bought two ready made Easter Baskets for them. They are cute and full of candies! I don't mind the candies in moderation. I like to put variation on our Kid's baskets. We always make sure to remind them, what Easter Sunday is all about.

This year, I will be putting more books and DVDs in their baskets. This year, we started a really great Bible Devotional that we use every night. Lucy, our eldest also uses Everyday with God Devotional.
Aside from Easter related books and DVDs, adding Bibles to your kids Easter basket is a great way to introduce God's word or to strengthen their relationship with God. Here's my top 6 Bibles for both young and older kids.


 

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1. Once Upon A Time Holy Bible

The NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible highlights six great stories from the Bible on 24 full-color inserts. Each story is told on four pages in full-color, illustrated splendor, and contains the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV).

Our girls loves Disney stories and princesses. Owning a Disneyland Annual pass, we are always at the happiest place on Earth. I am sure that even if your kids are not into Disney princesses , they will surely ask if they are real or if they are based on real life. That is why I absolutely love , Once Upon A Time Bible. Not only will it captivate young readers or young children because of the similar looking characters , graphics and colors..well..it is based on TRUTH. Real heroes and stories of faith directly from the Bible. 

Format: Hardcover
Size:8.50 H x 5.50



 

Pair this with Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time.” The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible, beautifully illustrated with fantastical artwork by Omar Aranda. Each captivating story is told in a way that will get children excited about reading the tales of real heroes of the Bible.


Format: Hardcover
Size:11.13 H x 8.75 W

 2. Minecrafters Bible , NIrv

For Minecraft loving kids! This Bible takes advantage of the popularity of world-building games, to engage children with the Word of God. The Minecrafter’s Bible, NIrV includes 24 full-color pages plus the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible, written at a third grade reading level.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 8.50 H x 5.0 W

3. The Beginners Bible

We started both of our girls with The Beginner’s Bible®. It has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. This version has been redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come.

You can read my full review of The Beginners Bible , HERE.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 7.80 H x 6.50 W



Pair this with  The Beginners Bible Activity Book , it provides young children with mazes, connect-the-dots, word puzzles, matching games, and more, all using beloved characters and stories from The Beginner’s Bible.

4. Under The Sea Holy Bible

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Following the popular underwater theme, sparkling fish images will delight children as they learn of God’s love and all of creation. The NIrV is written for a third grade reading level and ideal for kids ready to explore the Bible for the first time on their own.

You can read my full reviews of Under The Sea Holy Bible , HERE.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 8.60 H x 15.40 W



5.Veggietales Bible

In the VeggieTales Bible, Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all their VeggieTales friends invite children to join them and get to know the Bible. In this full-text New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) Bible, each feature is specially designed to help children understand and love God’s Word.

You can pair it with :  Everyday with God Devotional 
 Read my full review, HERE.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 8.88 H x 5.60 W


6.Love Letters From God, NIrv Holy Bible

The NIrV Love Letters from God Bible, with letters written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp, includes 80 love letters from God written especially for the reader and the full text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV). This translation is the perfect way to introduce children to the Bible and God's great love for them.

I was given the pleasure to review the book , Christmas Love Letters from God  it is also a great gift addition . Read my full review, HERE.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 8.50 H x 5.0 W **






Other great books that should be in your Easter baskets!

The Berenstain Books -Easter Sunday

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3 yrs old



 The Berenstein Bears - Easter Fun sticker and Activity Book

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3 yrs old




An Easter Gift For Me

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3




Promises For You - Coloring Devotional

Age Range: 8 and up







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