Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Healthy Living Link Party # 113


Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party # 113


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We are looking for two hosts , if you are interested to become a Healthy Living Link Party Host send me a message and I will send details your way!
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Join our HEALTHY LIVING LINK PARTY PINTEREST BOARD .Collaborate with us and we would love for you to pin with us. Pin your healthy living related post , recipes, giveaways, reviews and more! If you like to join our collaborative board,  you can email me at abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com or comment below! 
  We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!! Have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.



The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.
We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!

 Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week


 A Bountiful Love  



Urban Naturale
 


Day By Day In Our World  
 
     


    Honey Dijon Summer Garden Potato Salad
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    Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Easy Mustache Royal Icing Cookies

    I've always been intimidated with Royal Icing. I have a separate Pinterest board dedicated just for Royal icing. I've tried making it, I failed. It is just way too overwhelming for me ( and no it is not the cleaning part). It was either to stiff or too runny. Then one day, Lily and I are browsing through Instagram's baking videos. She was so interested in cookie decorating!

    She asked me if we can make cookies, so she can decorate. How can I say no to that? I always enjoyed getting our girls involved in the kitchen ( and again no, not the cleaning part). To my surprise, I bravely took all of my supplies and conquered this. It's about time to give it a try again. Let me first throw it out there that these cookies are not as close as the "professionally made by bakers". However, these cookies are :

    1. Full of memories of me and our youngest baking together.
    2. Will be eaten by little kids who look up to their "mommy baker"
    3. Delicious.

    What I certainly love about this sugar cookie recipe is that they do not need to be chilled. It is very simple and delicious on it's own.




    Ingredients:


    Sugar Cookies:

    1 Cup unsalted butter
    1 Cup granulated white sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    1 egg
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    3 cups all purpose flour

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350° F.
    Using a mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes.
    Beat in egg, vanilla and almond extract.
    In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour.
    Add the dry ( flour mixture) ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time.
     If the dough looks stiff for you  , place it on a clean surface Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
    I divided the dough into 2 batches. Roll it out onto a floured surface and cut with your mustache cookie cutter. I rolled it out to 1/4 " thickness
    Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes.
    Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.


    There is no need to chill the dough , it came out really good.



    Royal Icing:

    Ingredients:
    4 cups confectioners Sugar
    2 tbsp Meringue powder
    6 tbsp water

    Materials Needed:

    Etching tool or toothpick
    Squeeze bottles
    couplers
    12 inch disposable bags
    Edible marker
    #3 Wilton tip




    Directions:

    Have all of your materials ready.



    Mix all ingredients on low speed for 7-10 minutes or until the icing loses its shine. Add more water by the teaspoon if it appears too stiff.

      
     Place some of the icing into a disposable pastry bag fitted with a #3 tip and outline the outside of the cookie.  Save some icing for the flooding. Just make sure to cover the bowl with moist paper towel.


     You’ll want to make sure that the outline is pretty well set before moving on to flooding the cookies.


    Using a spray bottle , spray water into the remaining icing until the icing reaches an almost liquid consistency. Pick some icing up with a spoon and let it drizzle back into the bowl – the drizzle should disappear into the bowl within 10 seconds. Place the icing into a squeeze bottle. Now you are ready to flood the cookies.


    Squeeze in the icing to almost fill the inside the cookie.Using an etching tool or  a toothpick , gently distribute the icing to empty spots. 


    The cookies need to dry completely before adding the designs.I did let them sit overnight. Before I added the "hair" design using an edible marker. You can also use the royal icing ( piping consistency). I just do not have any black coloring on hand.


    I am happy with the way it turned out. Of course , it does not look nearly as nice as the "professionally baked royal icing cookies that I love to watch on Instagram. BUT it is perfect for non-bakers like me. Easiest to boot!


    Our five year old will for sure agree.




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    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 63

    Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 63

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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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    6 Of The Craziest Things Moms Want For Mother’s Day




     
      
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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Healthy Living Link Party # 112


    Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party # 112

    Just a quick note:

    We love to feature you! We also love to share your content and give you a shout out on our social media accounts. However, some of you do not have their social media accounts visible. Make it easy for us to feature you and follow you too! We would also love to pin your posts , providing a tall graphic with text will help with your reach.

    We are looking for two hosts , if you are interested to become a Healthy Living Link Party Host send me a message and I will send details your way!
    abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com

    Join our HEALTHY LIVING LINK PARTY PINTEREST BOARD .Collaborate with us and we would love for you to pin with us. Pin your healthy living related post , recipes, giveaways, reviews and more! If you like to join our collaborative board,  you can email me at abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com or comment below!

    Join our Healthy Living Link Party Collaborative board.

      We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!! Have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.



    The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.

    We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!

     Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week

    A Bountiful Love  




    Urban Naturale

    PIN-IT

     


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    SIMPLIFIED Rules of the Party: 

    • Link up only healthy living related post --> recipes, tips, guidelines, giveaways, etc.  
    • PIN THE FEATURES.




    By adding your link to this blog hop gives A Bountiful Love and all the Co-Hosts permission to share your posts and pictures via social media. Emails are obtained ONLY TO NOTIFY participants of the next link-up and for that reason only. You may opt out of these emails by unsubscribing from them at any time.

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    Friday, May 5, 2017

    How to Introduce God's Word to your Toddlers

    I grew up thinking that I will for sure go to hell. ( no joke!) .  I did not see Jesus as our Savior. I went to a Catholic school all the way through high school. I was pretty much involved in church, went to children's catechism and Legion of Mary as a teenager.  I also grew up watching relatives and family members go to church , attend processions and host prayer meetings.Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with those. I just did not have a relationship with Jesus. I now have a different view of our Jesus.

    What we need to do is to lead the way to know God. They say, the first five years of life is very important when it comes to the development of reading and speaking. The first five years are also important for them to know that God's word..the Bible is not a set of rules.  We need to write in their hearts and minds that they do not have to be good so God will love them and that if they misbehave, God will stop loving them.

    I always believe that you can never start to early when it comes to teaching young ones about God's word. About His love and unending mercy. His amazing grace. I take this very seriously. Our children belong to Him, entrusted to us. We hope that one day they will become the citizen that our Heavenly Father called them to be. We just can not teach them how to behave properly in the church. We can not just pack our bags with "busy bags", hoping that they will be occupied for the rest of the service. We need to equip them starting at an early age.

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    Can a toddler really grasp it? Will they be able to absorb God's word?  YES !  Let's first discuss the cognitive development of a toddler .When your child was an infant they  learned about the world around them by touching, looking, manipulating, and listening. As a toddler, the learning process is more  thoughtful. His grasp of language is increasing. His memory and intellectual abilities develop. Their learning is through imitation as well. Toddlers can choose a book , can repeat words , can tell what the story of the book is ( in their own words and understanding).

    Invest in a great Beginners Bible.

    At this stage, they love to see pictures! Make sure that it is age appropriate. If you are not decided on which Bible to get, you can first check it out at your local library. We use The Beginner's Bible Book.

    Perfect Bible for Young Kids


     Simple crafts

    Do some fun and simple crafts with them. Pinterest is such a wonderful tool for this kind of stuff. Not just recipes! I saw this cute and fun activity for Noah's Ark . See It HERE. It doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.


    Devotional night

    Start a nightly devotional with your family. You can involve toddlers! It doesn't have to be formal or at night. We prefer to do it at night before we go to bed because everybody is relaxed and calm after a shower or bath.Our mornings are usually busy and we do not want to hurry this very important time of ours together. If mornings work for you..do it and be consistent as much as possible. If you still do not know how to do family devotional with a toddler, READ THIS from Intentional by Grace.

    How to do devotionals with a toddler

    Worship Songs

    Our girls love worship songs. It makes my heart happy and I can't help to smile everytime they sing a worship song. You can listen to Spotify or you tube. Here in our area , we listen to radio station 89.7 KSGN .Here's a few songs that our family loves!

    10 Worship Songs that will Lift your Spirit


     Simple Lesson at Home

    Again, I will give credit to Pinterest. There are tons and tons of Bible base lessons and activities. Some are free , and some are complete curriculum that you can purchase. I suggest to just start with the free ones, to see what works for you and your toddler.  Just look at this fun lessons from Steadfast Family. Just poke around her blog and I am sure that you will be inspired!


    Reading- Board Books

    Both of our girls, love board books. Through reading you are not only helping them to love reading and speaking but  it also strengthens your relationship with  them. It helps develop their cognitive skills. It open up a whole new world to them. It matters what we read to them too, so why not add Bible base board books to your collection.

    We got these books and even though our youngest is already 5 yrs old, she still loves it! Pages are very sturdy for babies and toddlers! Colorful, modern and cute illustrations will keep them entertained. I also love that the illustrations are right on point and not too busy! Simple words yet straight to the point--the truth.


    About the book:
    Retail price: 6.99
    Children will learn that God asked Noah to build a big boat; that it rained and rained for days; and that God saved Noah and the animals, placing a rainbow in the sky. They will learn to count the animals two by two and will discover the many colors of the rainbow. Both books feature the vibrant artwork of Susana Gay. Uncluttered pages make animals and objects stand out, helping to build a child’s vocabulary as the parent or child names zebras, fish, bears, and more. These board book keepsakes are fresh, simple, and uniquely crafted for today’s families.


    About the book:
    Retail Price 6.99
    In the Beginning, tells the story of Creation in just one hundred words, highlighting key moments for little ones. Children will learn that in the beginning, everything was dark. Then God said, “Let there be light.” He created the seas and the land, the sun and the moon, all the creatures on the earth . . . and us! And then God rested.

    About the Authors: 
    Susana Gay is an award-winning graphic designer and the owner of Threehaus, a branding and design studio in Winter Park, Florida. Susana collaborated with her seven-year-old son, Owen, to create Noah’s Ark as a gift for a family baptism. Owen retold the story and sketched some of the fun and friendly scenes. Working with Owen, Susana polished the text and created the art. They followed Noah’s Ark with In the Beginning, resulting in a series of unique and beautiful introductions to favorite childhood Bible stories.

    DISCLOSURE: I received one or more of the products/services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it in my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this is in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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    Winner:
     Maria Dizon
    Fontana, CA 



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