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3 Ways to Spend Quality Time Together Outdoors

August 9, 2017 By · No Comments

 


Enjoy those summer days with your kids, whether they are in school or about to go back to school. Those summer days can quickly come to an end as they get busy with their own lives, get ready to graduate and/or eventually move away. You want to capture and freeze those times when you get it. I know you are probably thinking you have all the time in the world. I know, I was you at one point. Make the most out of them.

I’m the mom to five, so trust me when I say I am going through all these phases all at once. I just had my oldest join the military, move away and comes to visit whenever he can. I also have a Senior in high school, she gets to come home after lunch so we use that time wisely. I also have two others in school and one at home. This means my time can be all over the place, but it also means I can make sure each one gets that valuable time they need with me.

This week we picked one day to go to the park. You’ll see in the photos that we had a good time. Continue to read to find out 3 ways you can spend quality time outdoors with your family.

  1.  Go for a Walk– Every day I either walk with one of the kids to the mail box or to the store. The store is across the street and we normally need something anyways. This gives me time to talk with them and learn how things are going. It also tells my child that they are important and I want to hear about their life. Now that school is back in session that is so important to make sure they know you care.
  2. Picnic at the Park– My Senior and I knew we wanted to take Nicoli (he’s 4) to the park one afternoon, so we made a date. I prepared a quick lunch, nothing heavy since we knew he’d want to play hard. Make sure to bring things that are on-the-go and light if you are walking. So in our lunch was sandwiches, applesauce, grapes, water (mom) and both of them got Danimals on the go snacks. Nicoli is currently obsessed after seeing them on tv he thinks Bongo is going to jump out of them.

    While preparing for the park you also want to make sure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather. If it looks like it will rain make sure to bring a light jacket just in case. If it looks hot you don’t want them in a sweater.  Always make sure to touch the playground equipment before allowing them to go on them. Just because they are plastic does NOT mean they won’t heat up (they will). Finally, keep them hydrated, even if the sun is behind clouds it can be hotter than you anticipate.

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The Beginner’s Bible: Teaches Stories From the Bible

January 3, 2017 By · 14 Comments

Disclosure: I was sent this book for review purposes. I do have affiliate links throughout this post, if you click on them I might make a few pennies.

Introduce Your Child to the Bible with The Beginner’s Bible

The Beginner Bible

The Beginner’s Bible  (purchase it here) will introduce your young child to the bible in short, easy to read stories from the bible. Each story is short and made so that your child will understand it with colorful pictures on each page. Follow along as you journey through the beginning of life (Adam & Eve), sail down the Nile with baby Moses (in his basket) to Noah’s Ark.

Beginner's Bible

About the Beginner’s Bible:

The Beginner’s Bible has been a favorite with young children and their parents since it was released in 1989 with over 25 Million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more year to come. Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-red text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stores come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner’s Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner’s Bible was named 2006 Retailer Choice Award winner in Children’s Nonfiction.

My Kids & The Beginner’s Bible:

The Beginner's Bible Noah's Ark

When we got the Bible in the mail the kids were excited to flip through it. Before moving back out to Indiana I was a Sunday School teacher and taught a class from age 4-15. My kids enjoyed re-living the stories I had once shared with them in my own class and now were reading about in their book. I loved it because now Nicoli, who was too young at the time will have stories to go through with his siblings even when I’m not at home. Since they already know them they will enjoy sharing their thoughts and memories of what I taught with him.

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Say & Pray Devotions are a Great Way to Start the Day

November 11, 2016 By · 5 Comments

Disclosure: We were sent the book in order to do a review. 

Get Your Child off on the Right start with Say & Pray Devotions

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Say & Pray Devotions book is a great way to start your little ones day off on the right start. Each morning my little Nicoli has looked at his book. Every day he tells me something new, I find it really interesting to hear each of his little stories. Even though I have read to him a few times he changes the story and still has a good message behind it if you really listen. What a great way to introduce them to positive feelings and the bible.
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Little Live Pet Turtles: Hot Christmas Gifts 2016

November 6, 2016 By · 3 Comments

Little Live Pet Turtles for Your Little Ones

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Lil Live Pets Turtle Tank for Swimming

Little Live Pets Turtle will Make a Great Christmas Gift

These adorable creatures are hitting every child’s wish list this Christmas. Little Live Pet Turtles  (find the turtles here) seem to be all the rage this year for kids between the ages of 5 and 15 years. I know my nieces and nephews have bought a few Little Live Pet Turtles and frogs over this past year. Why are they a hit? There isn’t much telling, but you might start to think about it being the next best thing to the actual live turtles that you would but at the pet store. Let me tell you, I kind of wish that’s how we would started our first pet here in this house.

Our Live Pet Turtle

For now we have Squirtle (Yes, my oldest is a Pokemon fan), our actual live pet turtle that lives in a fish tank in our dining room. I got her for my oldest son when he graduated high school. It was the only thing he asked for and I thought it made a great graduation gift. Sadly, he won’t be able to take her with as he joins the Army. (at least not yet)  The kids love to go in and watch her swim around and she even likes to take food from my fingers. But for those little ones, you have to be careful.

Here’s a few reasons you might want to start off with the Little Live pet turtles:

1. They won’t get their fingers snapped when trying to feed a real, live turtle.
2. No salmonella poisoning to worry about.
3. If they get tired of being pet owners you won’t have to worry about selling it or continuing to raise it.
4.  The Little Live Pet Turtle walks and swims just like the real thing.

Sounds great right? So now you are probably wondering exactly why you would want to get your child one of these “crazed” toys that have made it to the Hot Christmas Gifts for this year. They are cute! On land the wobble around on their fins, in water they take off swimming like an actual turtle does.
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Get Your Kids Cooking with Curious Chef

August 23, 2016 By · 18 Comments

Disclosure:  Curious Chef products were sent to us in exchange for an honest review. Pics and opinions are our own. By the way, Nicoli loves cooking with them.

I’m the mom to five kids which means sometimes I’m not always around to do up the cooking. I could be dropping off someone to a school activity, picking up from a sport or running out to get some groceries. It is always so much easier to instruct one of the older children to start or finish a meal so it can be just finishing when I get home. This is why I believe in teaching children young that they can cook for themselves even after they move away. Curious Chef allows young children to help out in the kitchen with their own utensils that are meant just for them. Don’t think just because it is a “child’s item” means they are fake plastic that will break. They actually look really nice and they can cook with them, with force even.

Baking a pizza with Curious Chef

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