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41 Weeks

Here I am, still holding on. 41 weeks pregnant and a mess of emotions.

I usually don’t write directly from the heart but I need to. For me, for you, maybe for someone you know. I just need to write before this babe arrives. Lucky you, you get my jumbled pregnancy thoughts. I’ll probably edit this again once my brain is functioning so come back….

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What God is Doing

As a parent one of my goals is to instill gospel lessons and values in my kids. Is this an easy feat? The answer is clearly no. No, it’s not easy to teach lessons on a regular basis and make them interesting for little kids. It can be down right exhausting and often leaves me feeling like a complete failure.

I just can’t do it all, all the time. We have ups and downs. Times the kids really enjoy learning about scripture stories and times where I’m not sure they heard a single word we, the parents, said. It can be rewarding but often just frustrating. Ugh.

Please tell me we aren’t the only family that struggles with bringing scripture stories to life and holding our kids interests.

Luckily I have recently found a book that share many resources to help us teach our family lessons from the Old Testament!

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Unreal Halloween Treats Review

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year I absolutely adore it. The fun, tricks and obviously the CANDY!!

I know, I know. Trick or treating is for kids but lets be real I eat my fair share and buy extra candy to give out. It would be a shame to run out so I really do my best to have a full stash for the kids.

Have you ever read the ingredient lists on regular brand name candy? For a long time I had no idea what was added to a variety of food.

Recently it was discovered that one of my nephews is allergic to red food dye. Since then I have been extra diligent with reading labels. Did you know basically everything has red food coloring? I did not. Seriously I found red dye in a package of noodles. You really have to watch carefully. My eyes have been open now and it makes me quite uneasy.

With Unreal Candy I didn’t have to worry about dye because they are colored with vegetables. Yeah!! That’s right. Natural food coloring. That is something I can get behind. Seriously, look at the gorgeous colors of Unreal’s Candy when compared to Smarties.

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Does your family have other dietary needs? Maybe you are trying to fill your body with the best food but you still have a sweet tooth. Guys, Unreal is for you!

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Back to School with Usborne Books

Back to School is always an exciting time of the year.

Whether your child is starting a new grade or starting school for the first time there are lots of wonderful things to look forward to. All of these new changes happen at once which is not anĀ  easy transitiion especially if your child doesn’t know what to expect.

I found some amazing books to ease your kids into attending school, getting them excited to return, books that will inspire them to ask questions and dig a little bit deeper. Half the battle of getting your child to read is to find books that they are truly interested in. Below I have shared a bit of everything meaning there is something for everyone.

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How To Have A Successful Lake Trip According To Toddlers

We just got back from our annual trip to the Family Cabin. We had so much fun and loved every minute we were down there for. I wish we could have stayed longer and had even more adventures. Oh well, maybe we will get to stay longer next year.

As my kids are getting older they are become quite the adventurers and use their imagination constantly. The whole time we were at the lake the kids had a blast and we let them enjoy it to the fullest. Here are their tips to insure your kids have the best time ever.

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Love Is All Around Canada Book Review

When I first received this book I thought it would be about Canada and how much we love our beautiful country. One read through and I quickly determined it was about Canadians. As a whole we are wonderful amazing people who open our hearts and homes to many.

“Love’s all around, if you just pay attention, in people and places too many to mention. Go look at the park, on the street, at the mall. You’ll see love all over. It’s big and it’s small!”

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Spark Your Child’s Imagination Though Reading Aloud

There is a whole big world out there filled with magic and adventure. I don’t know about your family but we have not been able to see all of the corners of the earth and beyond. However we have found a way to ignite our imagination and explore more than I ever thought possible.

Now for the best news. You can have this same experience in your own home.

That’s right.

Grab your kids, a blanket, turn off your phone and open a book. The world is yours.

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The Intentional Bookshelf Review

In our home we love to read. We read in the kitchen during breakfast. We read in the living room snuggled up by the fireplace. We read in our beds. We read under tents. We read just about everywhere.

We love reading!

Before my first was born I knew that I wanted a home filled with books that inspired, transported and transformed my kids. What I didn’t know was what books I should add to my shelves. There are so many great options and alot of not so great ones. Starting from square I found myself completely overwhelmed. Have you been there too?

I wish I would have read “The Intentional Bookshelf” in the beginning. It would have helped me to get started off on the right foot.

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Cara’s Kindness Book Review

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As a parent I have sat down with my husband and discussed what our goals were for parenthood. What we wanted to unsure our kids understood and what kind of people we wanted to raise. When it came down to it our main goal was to raise kind individuals.

People that think of others needs and go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Kindness makes a huge difference in day to day life and has the potential to transform various situations.

In Cara’s Kindness, Kristi Yamaguchi strives to show kids the importance of being kind. Kindness comes in many different forms and I love the variety that she wrote It can be as simple as sharing your snack, teaching someone a skill, helping someone when they are unable to help themselves or simply becoming a friend.

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