Tuesday, November 15, 2016

35 Ways To Celebrate Your Children

By now your kid's school is probably having a Parent- Teacher Conference , or maybe is having one soon. I am sure that just like me you are anxious of how well ( or bad) your child did. Most of you are also excited to share on how little Johnny scored so high in Reading and how well they did on Math. I've been there, all of the above. I can't wait to show off my child's report card.  There's also a homeschool momma who sometimes feels inadequate because well, she doesn't have any school given certificate to show off.

Your kids are more than just their good grades and their perfect scores. We live in a world of self entitlement because we missed the little things. The small but important things.  Where everything has a certificate. A trophy. A participation award. We only share what is "share worthy" .  We love showing our "highlight reel" and skip the "hidden chaos". There are far more ways to celebrate your child than a certificate. There are far more things in your children's lives that you should be proud of.



. I encourage each and everyone of you parents out there, to be proud and celebrate these:

1. When our children learned how to pray and pray for others.
2. When they stood up for what is right.
3. When they sat beside another girl/boy in the cafeteria who sits by themselves.
4. The first time they cleaned up their toys without being told.
5. When they are proud of their faith.


6. Those times when they worship at church with great abandon.
7. The first time they apologize without being ask.
8. When they went home hungry because they shared their favorite lunch with a classmate
9. Not wanting to have a birthday party but instead host a toy drive for less the unfortunate people.
10. When they finally understand gratefulness.
11. When they see past skin color.
12. They happily and gleefully shared how their day went.
13. Day by day you always complain about how messy they are when they eat? The day when they cleaned their mess up and it is just because they love you.
14. When they look at your face in awe.
15. They call you beautiful momma and handsome dad, because well..we adults are often hard on ourselves.
16. That moment after a very tiring day from work and you get a bear hug and wet kisses from them.
17. The I LOVE YOU'ssss.
18.When they want to do chores for you because they want to earn money.
19. They spent that money on you.
20. They remind you to give thanks before eating,when you forget.
21. When they praise others.
22. They get ready for bed or their day on their own.
23. They wave to the person driving the car that is waiting for them as they cross the street.
24. When they stand up for someone who is being bullied.
25. When they show you that it is not about competition but about having fun and building friendships.


26. When your Pinterest fail cake got a lot of "wows" and "yums".
27. They try to take care of you when you are sick.
28. That breakfast they made for you. It may not be edible but hey it's the thought that counts.
29. When they remind you that "you are the best mom or dad " ever.
30. They cry when you cry.
31. They give your boo- boos a kiss and a shopkins band aid.
32. They want to be like you when they grow up.
33. When it was their turn to tell you "Mistakes are okay..."
34. When it was their turn to tell you "It's just spilled milk , we can clean it up together" ...on those days that you don't have it together.
35. They tell you " mommy look at me " "dad...come look" ..because when they did something they are proud of. YOU are the first person they want to tell.




Be proud of your kids! They are given to you. because you are the perfect parents for them, It is not just on "school performance" or "after school activities" that you need to be proud of.  These may seem mundane to you but they are definitely worth a Facebook or an Instagram post too.






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Monday, November 14, 2016

Giveaway : Where Jesus Slept?

Just like how we love to collect precious and cute Christmas ornaments, we do love to read and collect copies of great Christmas books. Couple of years ago, we wrapped several books for our kids because they got so excited  opening presents. To keep our little munchkins from unwrapping presents we decided to wrap books that they get to read that night. It was truly a fun experience and I plan on doing it again!

Here's a cute and awesome book for Christmas! Graphics and illustrations are colorful and engaging. The repetitive nature of the book makes it easier for young kids to learn new words! I did a question and answer portion while reading the book and they got so excited to say the answer. I asked questions like " So where did Jesus sleep again?" " Who is Jesus's mother ?" and "What do you call the person who takes care of the lamb" ?

It also became a teaching moment for me. I told the girls how great our Lord is! For sending us a wonderful gift, Jesus. How humble is Jesus, our King to sleep in a stable! He is the One true King and yet he was born in the most humble way. They also asked about the gift the three Kings offered baby Jesus. There is a lot of point of discussions in the book. It is not about Santa Claus, the book delivered the message of what Christmas is about in a simple way. Scriptures are provided too and I appreciate that part too!


 About the book:

 “This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so-young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.
 Format: Jacketed hardcover , 
32 pages
Trim size: 10x10 
Page count: 32 
 Retail price: $16.99
 Reading age: 4-7 

About the author: 

Norma Lewis is the author of ten books. She lives in Grand Haven, MI, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag. They both love spending time with her six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to twenty. Illustrated by Katy Hudson.


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Friday, November 11, 2016

Giveaway: The Blessings of Unity

Back when me and hubs were dating, I was delighted to know how much he values a great marriage. He told me , not just once that even though we have kids, we always need to constantly work on our marriage. Because if there is no "him and I", there will be no family. Family starts with unity of a marriage. Unity, does not mean the absence of hardships or disagreement but unity in facing those challenges under God's grace and love.

Marriage is hard.  When you have a disagreement with a friend or a co worker, it is easier to dismiss that person and not talk to them for a few days. In marriage..you can not do that. I am not a marriage consultant by any means but I believe that marriages fail because they have little to no tools to save their relationship. Married life can be both the source of your greatest happiness and greatest hurt.

This book, The Blessings of Unity is a must read not just for newly weds but also to those who have been married for a long time. On the beginning pages, a questionnaire is provided for both husband and wife. The book is scripture base. I really appreciate the whole thought of the book to walk in Christ and let Him be the center of our marriages. I specially like the chapter on handling disagreements and differences in opinions. Those small differences can lead to a huge blow out.




About the book:

The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating Godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts:
1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit, and
2) Learning and applying the concept of unity. Unity is achieved when a man and woman strive for agreement with God by processing His Will on every decision and in every issue.

Through Biblically centered discussions of discord, division, unity, discipleship, and prayer, and through exploring Biblical examples of unity, Richard Case offers husbands and wives practical and spiritual advice for working together in unity in the Spirit so that they can more perfectly present themselves to God for his divine approval.

Paperback,  138 pages
Publisher : Elevate Faith
To purchase the book : The Blessings of Unity

 About the author/ministry:

Before his current role in developing retreats and serving this ministry, All for Jesus, Richard Case worked for many years with Fortune 500 companies in management and consulting roles. He holds a BS in Management and Finance from Bradley University, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a seminary Masters degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Richard has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars; he has hosted a radio show and is a published author. Richard and his wife, Linda, answered the call from the Lord to Abide in Him through the Spirit. Together, Richard and Linda have started up several churches that remain strong today, and have served as interim pastors of troubled churches, bringing reconciliation and new vision to these situations. Richard and Linda began conducting marriage retreats in 2001. Richard and Linda currently live in Castle Rock, CO.


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Blogger Spotlight Link Party # 40

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party # 40

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Thank you  for making the last party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!  There's a few and awesome changes on our linky party, first we are opening up our BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY for everyone, so you all can pin your great posts! Second, we simplified our rules ..everybody loves simple right?

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30 Activities To Do With Your Kids in November 
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Healthy Living Link Party # 88


Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party # 88

We are simplifying the rules of the party! Why make it complicated to enjoy a link party when we can keep things simple? You are still welcome to share as many links as you want, both old and new. And of course we would still love to meet you, we appreciate follow backs and a link back on our party however it is not required.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Giveaway: Say and Pray Devotions

Simple, short ,colorful and right on point. Perfect devotional for our young and inquisitive kids. I am an advocate of reading to your young children and teaching God's word is very important for our family. Not only kids will learn simple everyday words but every page has a very simple , short scripture. In fact, you can do scripture memory verse easily and fun if you will incorporate hand gestures on each passage.

Every page is colorful and engaging. If you are a parent of young kids , I know you will appreciate a thick and sturdy book. Our youngest will constantly remind me to read her devotional to her. Her eldest sister owns one and we have a family devotional. She was really excited to own one and it is perfect for her age. She is four years old , however our 6 year old daughter enjoyed it too. This cute and colorful kid's devotional teaches about God's word, gifts and love. And you know what's great too aside from the message of this book? It is a prefect size for a stocking stuffer!




About the book:
Bestselling children’s author Diane Stortz has sold nearly 300,000 books—Bible storybooks, devotionals for children, and more. This brand-new title, Say & Pray Devotions, is the perfect beginner devotional for little ones.

Parents who already know and love the Say and Pray Bible will love Say & Pray Devotions as it helps their youngsters continue to engage their faith in a personal way. Featuring the same fun style of artwork and the educational elements as Say & Pray Bible, this devotional for little ones will teach the basics of identification and comprehension while sharing biblical principles for life. Each devotion offers a topical message to help little ones learn and follow biblical principles.



For ages : 1-4 yrs old
Format : boardbook, 40 pages

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Cake Bites

Great things, comes in small packages. Yes indeed! This small , rich and moist cake bites are just perfect for an after school treat , a school lunch treat or just an anytime treat if you are having a sweet tooth. I'm sure that ( just like me), it will be challenging to control our portions but this is what is amazing about the size of the bites! You can just have a piece or two, it will for sure hit the spot.

Sweet treats are my nemesis. Cutting on sugar is hard! BUT doable :) I am into moderation though , as you can see. I still love making cupcakes, cakes and cookies! They are mostly for our kids (ahem!). We went cold turkey on adding sugar and creamers to our coffee. That was a big sacrifice for me, I love flavored seasonal creamers!

Back to these scrumptious small bites of cakes. Hop on over to My Joy Filled Life to grab the recipe.




These small heavenly treats stays moist even after we stored them in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days.


Kid and husband approved! Get the Cake Bites recipe, HERE.


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Blogger Spotlight Link Party # 39

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party # 39

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Thank you  for making the last party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!  There's a few and awesome changes on our linky party, first we are opening up our BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY for everyone, so you all can pin your great posts! Second, we simplified our rules ..everybody loves simple right?

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