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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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Smart Games Review Party

We received three new games from Smart Games and had a game night!! We had tons of fun and loved each and every game. The kids and even the adults had a great time. Each of the games were fun but also focused on different skills. They were the perfect balance of fun and education. In fact I don’t think the kids even knew they were learning skills.

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5 Books to Help You Talk About Babies With Your Kids

Currently I am 36 weeks pregnant. The last few months, especially the last few weeks, I have had a ton of questions about babies from my kids. My oldest is almost 5, right in the middle of the million question phase. I wanted to answer his questions but I also wanted to handle them appropriately.

I was nervous.

I wanted to be honest with my kids. I most definitely wasn’t going to make up a story about a stork bringing the baby to our door but where was the line. Well… that lead me to telling them the truth, not the whole A-Z truth but the honest to goodness truth.

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Christmas Gifts for the Whole Family

Family is the most important thing in the world to me! I love my hubby, adore my kids and treasure our extended family. We are very blessed.

The majority of our family lives very close to us which is a blast. We get together often and just enjoy our time together. Some of my favorite get togethers are when we are doing something together. It doesn’t have to be something massive or an activity that takes planning. Just quality time spend together doing something enjoyable.

Christmas time has become the perfect opportunity for us to gift our kids fun things to do together. Occasionally we have themed their gifts to compliment/complete each other. Some years are bigger and some years smaller.

Is quality family time important to you? Would you like to add to your stash of things you can do as a family? I have the perfect list for you.

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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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I Finally Took the Leap

I did a thing.

An awesome and exciting thing.

I have finally made the jump into selling Usborne books!

Our shelves have been slowly filling up with them and we are constantly checking them out from the library. We absolutely adore these books. Both the kids and I have found ourselves diving into them and loving all of the wonderful things that we have learned. Every book we have read has been so well done and prompted much laughter, many questions and discussions.

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As my kids are getting older and starting to read themselves I knew that our home library needed to expand so they could freely explore various topics without daily trips to the library. We will always go to the library but there is something about going to your own shelves and finding love.

I want our kids to be able to devour their favorite books until the bindings can no longer stay together. I want my son to carry his books down by the river without me worrying about library fees. I want books to be a part of their life. Their everyday life.

You know, the life that includes curling up with a blanket and chocolate chip cookies with your favorite book. Mountains of pillows and piles of books that almost seem to reach the ceiling. A semi disaster in a mom’s perspective but magical as a kid. This is the life I want for my kids.

I would give my kids the world if I could. I can’t so instead I will give them books that will transport them around the world and through time. Books that will stretch their imaginations and expand their knowledge. I can’t answer every question my little’s have however I can teach them how to find the answers they seek and where to look.

Usborne is already a part of our life and I can’t wait to bring it to the homes of many wonderful families. Follow along with us here for deals and discounts! I have extra special deals for those that host an online party in the next two week. Double Points!!! Yeah, more books for you, from me.

 

Moving at Christmas!

December is generally a crazy time of year for people around the world. In our house we decided to make this year a little extra crazy. You know, for fun!

We moved!

That’s right. During our holidays we are packing up, moving, unpacking, celebrating Christmas and finishing renovations at our current place to get it ready for new renters. To say we are a bit crazy is an understatement.

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In the end I am sure everything will turn out just fabulously. That is if I have any hair left!

Have you moved with little’s in tow? What were your secrets for success? You must have secrets.

Below are my top moving tips. I saved them just for you!

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Our Family Halloween 2016

When I was in College I got a job at our local Value Village. It was the perfect job for a student. It was close to my house and I was able to get great clothes for an awesome deal. The position that I started at was a Costumologist!!

What is a Costumologist, you ask? Why, its the greatest thing ever. For two months I was able to dress up daily and help people assemble fabulous costumes. Many people like purchasing costumes ready to go which is fine but I love the challenge of creating costumes. I love hunting for the perfect pieces to create a one of a kind costume. Its a blast and saves quite a bit of cash.

Over the years I have come up with some pretty great costumes and I wish I would have taken pictures of all of my fun creations.

Since I have been married we have always dressed up together and now we involve our kids. It can be quite a challenge to come up with a family costume but it is completely worth it. I’m not sure how long my kids will cooperate with our Halloween fun. I hope it lasts forever but I know our time is ticking so we have to make the most of it every year.

Both my husband and I love Disney so our costumes generally are Disney movie themed. This year we choose the classic tale of “Peter Pan.” We dressed the kids as Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and Smee. Obviously we had to go as Peter Pan and Wendy.

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Don’t we look great!

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