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Friendship Lesson for the Kiddos! #HalloweenTract

If you’ve never enjoyed the challenge of teaching children week after week, you may not quite get how big of a challenge it is.  However, if you have children you definitely get it.  Whether you are looking for non-scary ways to celebrate Halloween with your children or simply want an alternative to the traditional, I’ve found a great Halloween Tract to ‘hand out’ or just to get to teach your own children.  Let the Little Children Come has some awesome products, I especially love these little pumpkins they have!

This little craft product has so many great lessons!  Is there anything better than candy?  With the inside of each panel of the pumpkin comes a message that s essential for our children and ourselves!  It can be a challenge to come up with new and interesting projects.  This one is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or anytime for the Fall!  Perfect time to get yours ordered so that you are ready when September gets here!Friendship Lesson for the Kiddos!

Good friends listen to each other!

Have the children take turns with a ‘friendship item’ telling one thing they like about themselves.  This has two purposes; it builds the child up while teaching the children to find good things about others.

Next, ask the children to say something they like about another child.  In order to avoid everyone picking the same person, I suggest having the sit across from one another; definitely consider splitting up the children from their ‘normal’ group of friends, and having them pick something about the child across from them.

Making this quick and fun will help ensure that the kids maintain attention.  As you begin a craft or some other fun project, challenge the kids to try extra hard to listen to what people say when they speak.  You have no planted the best seed to help the children get on track to listen to others!

This little game goes perfect with the adorable little pumpkins featured and they are the perfect Segway into the lesson taught inside each side of the craft.  There are so many wonderful ways this fun little game can teach valuable lessons!

Looking for more great lessons for the little ones?  Or for the little one in you?  Check out what optical illusions can teach you!  If all this fun doesn’t lower your stress, this will so have some fun and enjoy life!

Originally posted 2017-07-01 06:59:48.

Feeling Lucky? @LugzNYC & an Herbal Foot Soak!

Shoes are absolutely awesome and most days I really like wearing them and then there are other days. Unfortunately, nobody lets me go barefoot and frankly I’ve seen the bottom of my feet after running through a parking lot and I really do not love that.  However, since society and filth dictate the necessity for me to wear shoes,  at least I feel like I’m barefoot sometimes. Let’s face it, our feet are made to walk.  *Queue the Boots are Made for Walking song to now be stuck in your head.  Your welcome. LOL*

My new Lugz Seabrooks are a great break from the dress shoes that I have to wear to work sometimes. They make me feel like I’m not wearing shoes at all sometimes except my feet are protected and stay clean. LOL Isn’t that nice? With the canvas on the outside, they are easy to wipe clean which makes them perfect for any kind of chores!  I love that I can work in the garden in them, hose them down and dry them in the dryer then wear them again with nearly anything!  Lugz Seabrook’s can go from the playground and casual dress to (in the right color) business in just a dusting of a hand towel and a change of clothes!  

Ahh, promotional items!  I did get these for free in exchange for this review.  However, my opinion is my own.  To that note, here are the things I don’t like…  Typically, I wear running shoes.  I always have.  This is the very first pair of shoes I have ever owned in this type.  It takes some time for your feet to adjust if you don’t normally wear shoes without support.  That’s it.  That’s my only complaint.  That being said, I will definitely be getting more shoes in this style in the future.  While they won’t be the shoes I wear for walks and runs, they will definitely be on my feet quitte frequently!

After a long day at work or play, we should all find a way to treat ourselves.  So, below is a fabulous way to make a simple foot bath to soak your feet in and relieve emotional stress at the same time!  What could be better after a long day when time is of the essence?

Hate your big feet?  Here’s a little tidbit I came across that I thought I would share.  The Karo Batik people of Indonesia find larger feet far more sexy, but then perhaps they aren’t bombarded with media telling them what to think!  So, ladies and gentlemen, perhaps if media didn’t control our opinions as if we were sheep we would all be loving big feet!  Until then, that’s a thought to keep in our arsenal!  I have big feet, I say it’s because I’m so tall I need the help with my balance.

Need an amazing foot soak? Check the Herbal Foot Bath below!  Catch Lugz on their SiteFacebook, Instagram & Twitter for awesome updates & more!

Not enough time for a full soak? My suggestion is to make the mixtures in something you can seal, then wipe down your feet and prop them up for a while!

Herbal Foot Bath

Soften feet & Relieve Stress

All In One

¼ Cup Carrier Oil: this can be olive, coconut, almond etc. Whatever you like!

15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Below are some concoctions you may find helpful:

lavender and/or chamomile – For Calming

bergamot and/or sweet orange – To Uplift You

* clary sage and/or sandalwood – To help you Find The Moment

* eucalyptus and/or peppermint – To invigorate you

*ginger – For Warming

*jasmine – For Sensuality

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Originally posted 2017-05-01 00:00:17.

Benefits of Hugging

Bonus Benefits of HuggingMy Thoughts On The Book

We all know that a good hug from someone that loves us can make the world a little better, especially as children.  I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is an adorable little book with all sorts of hugs.  I love it because not only is it adorable, it is also great for encouraging affection.  They suggest it as a part of bedtime routine and I agree that it would be a wonderful way to end the day with your little one!  It’s a quick read and easy enough that they will begin recognizing words and such, which is always a fantastic benefit!  I’ve shared below some of the other benefits of hugs, specifically for children.  There are also some others that were interesting to learn that benefitted adults and elderly persons, but I kept myself focused for once.  LOL

Benefits of Hugs

Hugs increase feelings of:

peace

relaxation

security

love

motivation

attention

They can also reduce:

behavioral issues in children

pain

anger

blood pressure

IM GOING TO GIVE YOU A BEAR HUGABOUT THE BOOK

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.

About the Author: Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are grown now.

About the Illustrator: Tim Warnes has been illustrating children’s books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children’s illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he’s not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.  Visit Tim.

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Originally posted 2017-02-05 13:00:40.

Turkey Day Giveaway Hop

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away?

Now is the time when we all start thinking about our Thanksgiving Feasts and Black Friday Shopping sprees. Anderson’s Angels, This Mamas Life, The More The Merrier and Woven by Words, are very excited to help give you a jump start on your Christmas shopping! We’ve teamed up with over 20 other wonderful bloggers, to bring you another great giveaway event! Each blog has gathered a prize package of $25 or more for The Turkey Day Giveaway Event!growing-up-at-the-flower-shoppeWhen I was a little girl, my Granny opened her own flower shop, Cathy’s Flowers and Gifts.  She opened it with plenty of handmade, amazing items.  My Pa-Pa would do the woodwork and my Granny would paint each one by hand.  To me, each piece had so much love in them.  They were beautiful and I greatly wish I had some of those pieces in my home today.

My cousin and I would go to the shop with Granny quite often.  We would ‘work’ by filling balloons with sand to anchor balloon bouquets and stuff and seal envelopes for whatever purpose they served.  We would ‘earn’ our lunch and get to go across the street by ourselves on our lunch break, we were very grown up you see.  We also had the privilege of eating way more Hershey’s Kisses than our parents knew about or desired to allow us to have.  LOL.  To this day, I absolutely love those little things!  They are definitely my kryptonite!

Almost 30 years later, Granny’s shop has grown and morphed.  The little shop she had now has three florists and even does events!  No longer does Granny & Pa-Pa make so much of the merchandise by hand and the name has changed to Cathy’s Flowers and Events but the love that one feels in that shop is still the same.

cathys-flowers-and-eventsI’ve had the privilege of helping to decorate very elegant houses for the holidays, assist in decorating and staffing some of the most beautiful weddings ever.  My favorite Uncle is the owner now and he is also an award winning florist who is amazingly talented!  I love helping him, even when he goes all neurotic stressed out crazy during events and Valentine’s Day.  LOL.  Don’t worry, only the staff and family get to see that side of him.  LOL

So, in homage to my awesome family and their amazing talent, I gave away to one  lucky winner a $30 gift code to order flowers from FTD!  It’s time to decorate for Thanksgiving and I’ve got some amazing examples they were willing to share from Cathy’s so I hope you enjoy the eye candy!  If you are ever in the region, it’s worth a drive to pick up some awesome flowers and decor for your home or even as gifts!  You can also check them out on Facebook.

 

Originally posted 2016-11-02 00:01:52.

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Dings On Your Car, A Quick and Easy Fix Sponsored By #ChipEx

full-chipex-paint-kitTo many of us, our vehicle is an extension of ourselves.  Our personality, tastes and lifestyle plays a huge part in which type of vehicle we choose to drive.  The Chief absolutely loves classic Toyota Camrys.  I’m not real certain why, other than he says it’s a tank (and it really does seem to be) and it’s incredibly safe.  He actually spent a few years searching for just the right one and when he found it, he was super disappointed to realize that it was in Virginia.  We live in Arkansas, so that’s very far away!  But, as I’m sure you know, I love him very much so I packed 2 of my Monkeys and we took off on a road trip.  It was a great drive and a fabulous road trip!  We had so much fun, even got to try out Skinny Pop Popcorn on the way!   We got it home to him with no issues, it was fabulous and he was elated.

Fast forward a few years, life has taken it’s toll and it now has a paint chip taken out thanks to some lovely person dinging the door.  I don’t know why, but for whatever reason that car seems to have a big red flashing light telling every other car to attack it.  LOL.  But again, it’s a tank, so it doesn’t dent easily.  As a matter of fact, after being rear ended on 5 separate occasions, it still has no dents!  It does have that paint chip though, and a nice sized blue scuff from a door hitting it.  So when Chipex approached me about their paint chip repair service, I LEAPED at the chance!  A DIY that could get rid of my husbands paint chip, why yes, thank you!

full-chipex-paint-kitIn order to obtain the correct color, you have to match your paint.  For Chief’s car, I looked up the paint color from the manufacturer.  Unfortunately, I forgot that it had been repainted, so the color is slightly off.  On the bright side, it’s white so You really can’t tell unless you either know or look closely.  The directions for the product were simple and easy to follow and I was completely finished within 20 minutes.

Aside from having to wash your car before you apply it, everything was in the kit.  The directions were very clear and simple to follow.  As you can see from the picture, it did very well to help with the chip.  However, it was not very helpful on the skid mark on the door.  I do believe if I get a paint brush that I can do a better job and plan to do so in the future.  Overall, I really liked ChipEx.  It was a simple way to fix small chips in the paint without having to either just live with it or go and get a new paint job.   chipex

In addition, they also sent me Screen Wash.  While I haven’t had the opportunity to try it out yet, I am looking forward to doing so!  I’m hoping it helps this fall!  It says that it’s professional grade and given the quality of the paint, I do not doubt that claim.

5 Easy Ways to Help Prevent Dings on Your Vehicle

  1. Teach the Monkeys!  When I was a kid, we were taught not to touch cars, to be careful with things around the car and to take very good care of it.  Teaching the kiddos to respect vehicles (and of course all property) will not only start them on the right track, but it could be what inspires them NOT to throw a ball towards the vehicle!
  2. Parking far Away.  While it can be a pain to walk further, remember that people are less likely to park beside you and ding your car if you park further back in the parking lot.  When I was a child my parents had a show car, they always parked as far away from anyone else as possible when they went to stores.  We had to walk, but it was good exercise!  These days, it seems like we are seeking out ways to walk more since everything is so sedentary, so you’ll get an added bonus with this one!
  3. Look and guesstimate how far the door on the car beside you will open.  If it’s close enough to hit easily, you may want to park elsewhere.
  4. Glance in for car seats in the car next to you.  We need space to put the little ones in cars so we often have to extend the door in order to get them secured.  If there is a car seat, make sure they have more than enough room to leave the door open while strapping the little ones in without hitting your car.  If not, you probably should move to another space.
  5. Look at the height of the vehicle you are parking next to, if it is another vehicle similar in height to yours and if your car has protective rubber door moldings those moldings may protect your car’s doors, but SUV’s and truck doors are taller and may cause dents higher than your moldings can protect, move to another spot.

 ChipEx has generously offered to give one lucky winner a ChipEx Bundle!  It would make an awesome Christmas gift for that car lover in your life!
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Originally posted 2016-10-20 13:29:23.

32G #CustomUSBDepot Turbo Charger Review

 

CustomUSBDepot Turbo Charger Review I don’t know about you, but waiting for my phone to charge when I want to do something is the absolute worst for me!  I have very little patience, and while I recognize fully that patience is a very good trait I don’t seem to have gotten it down yet.  I’m a work in progress, my patience has improved but is not yet perfected.  That being said, any product that lessens my need for patience is a friend to me.  Speed chargers are the bomb, I love them.  I love that in half (or sometimes less) of the time I can have my phone or device back up and running.  Doesn’t matter if I don’t need it, it matters if I can’t have it.  LOL.  I know, another problem I have is being a spoiled brat.  Keep your judgements to yourself please.  haha.

I recently got to try out the Custom USB Depot Turbo Charger.  It has a switch on the side so that it will work with either Android or Apple devices so that is fabulous.  At the Zoo, we prefer multi-tasking tools!  I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and due probably to both the age and the amount of things I had downloaded, it goes dead a lot and takes what I feel like is an eternity to charge.  The Turbo Charger plugs into my existing wall charger as a USB portal and sped up the charging process by about half the time.  This is awesome!  Since I’ve had the charger, I gave in and updated my phone.  I purchased a Samsung Note 5 which comes with a turbo charger.  However, I use my USB Depot Turbo Charger with an old USB cable on my computer so I have been using the Turbo Charger on it and it works great here too!

The charger comes in a silicone case that you can attach to your key chain.  Now let’s all take a moment an acknowledge my awesome keychains, I just got the stone sea turtle and I am always a supporter of speaking out against domestic violence.  I also have a charm keeper on it, but I couldn’t figure out how to get that in there too.  LOL.  I’m a little in love with my keychains.  Anyway, having the USB Turbo Charger on my keychain is awesome for many reasons, but my favorite is that it makes it easy to keep up with.  No matter where I go, I have it and since it is super light it doesn’t make much difference in weight on my key chain.  Even if I don’t have the USB device in the case, it’s not a pain to have on my key chain.  Overall, I really enjoy the speed and convenience that the Custom USB Charger has brought.  Easy, lightweight, convenient.  All a busy woman’s friend!

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Originally posted 2016-08-18 06:11:35.

#un-ashamed Healing Our Brokenness & Finding Freedom From Shame

UnashamedI don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve read that women are taught from a young age to be ashamed.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe that a certain amount of shame is very necessary and is actually a good thing, but at some point I, personally, developed way more shame than I need.  To the point that it interferes with my life and my happiness.  Unashamed is meant to help us let go of those negative feelings and find the joy and peace that God intends for us.  I had that once but have lost it, not necessarily from shame but as it turns out that isn’t really the important part.

About the book:

Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame offers hope to

those struggling under the burden of shame. This book shines the life-giving light of the

gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, directing our attention

to the God who promises to forgive and restore us—no matter what.

authorAbout the author:#

Heather Davis Nelson (MA, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a writer, counselor,

and speaker. Heather writes regularly at HeatherDavisNelson.com and has been a

featured writer at the Gospel Coalition, as well as a contributing author to the Journal of

Biblical Counseling. She and her husband are parents to twin daughters and live in

southeastern Virginia.

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Originally posted 2016-06-29 08:00:03.

Bling: Free Movie

Bling

The superhero adventure BLING has something for the whole family! Action! Comedy! Romance! Robots! Big Robots! Monkey Robots! Evil Robots! (did we mention robots?)  For a limited time, you can download Bling for free on Google Play.

Full of silly slapstick comedy that fills little ones with giggles, Bling is an adorable animated cartoon full of love, laughter and adventure.  At times, it will even have you feeling bad for the villain, but don’t worry that passes quickly. LOL.

Lowly theme park mechanic Sam dreams about his childhood sweetheart Sue. With the

misguided belief that only a bling ring can win the girl of his dreams, Sam plans the most

perfect night to propose to his one true love. But when super-villain Oscar shows up with

an evil scheme involving a ring of his own, Sam’s plans are thrown into utter disarray.

After mistaking each other’s rings for their own, Sam teams up with his robot

superheroes to track down his engagement ring and save the city… learning that it’s not

about the size of the bling, but the size of your heart.

If you don’t have a google account, don’t worry.  You can easily set up a gmail account and you’ll be ready to go.  No need for iphone users to miss out!

Click here for Your Free Copy of Bling on Google Play

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Originally posted 2016-03-16 12:59:22.

Classic Kids Songs #LaurieBerkner

FavoriteKidsSongsAt the risk of sounding old fashioned, I miss the simple songs of my youth.  The ones sang with joy and happiness and no known sinister message or lesson.  It seems like these days the songs teach our children the wrong lessons, or at least the songs we sing with them from the radio and such.  I have greatly enjoyed hearing these kids songs, most from a much simpler time.  I think they’ll make you feel the same as you sing along with them.  Take the time to listen to this adorable collection and you’ll be singing and dancing along with your little ones without ever having to worry about any negative side effects (aside of course from constantly hearing the same song over and over, as children tend to do).  Check out the Laurie Berkner Band and you’ll find a new love for these old classic songs of our youth.

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Laurie explains, “I made my first recording, Whaddaya Think Of That? because I wanted families to have a way to listen at home to the songs I was singing with their kids in the classroom, especially the ones I had written, which they wouldn’t have know otherwise.  I included traditional songs, too, because I wanted some of the music to be very familiar.  With each consecutive album, my own originals became more and more of what the kids wanted to sing, so I got away from recording the traditional songs I grew up with.  Now, with Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs, I’m doing the opposite and exploring many of the songs that were so formative for me and helpful in my early days as a music teacher.”

A former preschool teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started marketing her music more than fifteen years ago from her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records.  She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the “kindie” music genre and was crowned “the undisputed queen of kindie rock” by USA TodayThe Wall Street Journal noted, “Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups.”

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Originally posted 2015-11-16 00:01:49.

Children’s Book of Adventure

What a fun andChickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy Willow Trees and Two-and-A-Half: A Children's Book of Adventure exciting book!  I enjoyed going through the book and enjoying the adventure!  It was wonderful to share with the little one!  So many opportunities to teach her about traveling, friendship and adventure of course!  While the time hasn’t come where I can take her physically on adventures, I love that I can take her with words and pictures.  Through these pages we got to go to see many things, both real and pretend.  While this fun little book is targeted toward ages 4-9, I feel like it is never too early to expose my little Cub to any appropriate book.  I want her to have the best chance I can give and a huge part of that includes books.

Children love to explore; it’s intuitive. And they tend to struggle when asked to confine their activities and behaviors to our adult-imposed rules and paths. Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half is a vibrantly and exceptionally well-illustrated adventure book meant to inspire children to follow their urges to explore and to appreciate diversity. The book starts off when “One day a little brown monkey with dazzling olive green eyes, a friendly smile, and a long curly tail asked his father if there was more to the life than just hanging around with other monkeys and eating bananas.” Before long he meets a lovely grey cat and a majestic blue pelican each on their own quests. Together, they explore a foreign island and when their journey takes them into a private swath of land, they befriend a local dog who takes them further than they ever imagined.

Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half emphasizes several significant values, which help us subsist and ultimately thrive: learning through independent exploration, the need for friendship, the importance of respect and tolerance for other cultures, languages, and lifestyle diversity, along with a healthy understanding of the powers of mother nature.
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Originally posted 2015-11-15 00:01:09.