Friday, November 20, 2015


It was a long week and midweek I woke up with congestion and a cough plus add a little exhaustion in the mix.   I just wanted to come home on Friday and not worry about dinner.  

Someone from my church unaware that I was battling a head cold made me homemade chicken soup!!   BLESSED!   

This is how the Holy Spirit works!   He nudges someone to do something!   This for instance wasn't anything huge but for me today it was exactly what I needed.   THANK YOU JESUS for loving me and taking care of me.   

Now we can just pray for this cold to exit and no more germs in the house!  

Book Review: "Goodnight Manger" by Laura Sassi

Book Description:

Goodnight, Manger, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jane Chapman, tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to lull Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth. It's bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a manger could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels' joyful hosanas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it's just too loud. Until Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd Baby into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars. With sweet, rhyming text in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction SiteGoodnight, Manger offers a unique twist on the classic manger tale, deftly weaving together the comforting and familiar routines of bedtime with the special magic and wonder of the manger story.

Book Description:
I enjoyed Laura Sassi's "Goodnight Ark" about Noah's Ark and this was is also adorable.  I love the simple way Laura explains the story but yet keeps it fun with the rhyming.  This story is a great addition to share at Christmas time and is perfect for the younger aged kiddos.  

This book has humor and left me questioning what it really would have been like in the stable when Jesus was born.   Laura add's a lot of humor with how she envisions living in a stable from animal noises to itchy straw for Jesus's bed.  

Make sure you add this book to your Christmas reads.   Save 30% on Christmas shopping on Zondervan by using the code below:

Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.   All opinions expressed are 100% mine and I was not paid for this review.   

Book Review: "The Christmas Cookie" by Dandi Daley Mackall

Book Description:
The Legend of the Christmas Cookie tells the story of a young boy named Jack who learns from his generous mother the story behind the Christmas cookie. The family who began the tradition of baking the special cookies gave them to the needy and shared the story of the very first Christmas. This sweet holiday book offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves and encourages them to share the true tale of Jesus’ birth. A delicious recipe is included on the jacket flap so readers can make their own Christmas sugar cookies.

My Review:
I loved this story!!!   As soon as I started reading it my mind started thinking about how I could share this story in a Christmas program way.   I was picturing my kids church kids holding up different cookies and telling the birth of Jesus with them... makes me excited for Christmas.... and hungry for cookies! 

In this adorable story the author tells the history and purpose of the Christmas cookies... to share the birth of our Savior JESUS!  The author writes that draws in emotions.    The illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, has many pictures that help a person feel the emotions that the author writes about from missing his dad, to jealousy, to hope and joy while sharing the Christmas story.   

My kids, 4 and 8 years old, enjoyed this story as well.   They were asking to bake cookies when the saw the recipes on the last page. Unfortunately for them it was too close to bed time but since snow is falling it might be a great morning for it.  

I recommend sharing this story with your family this Christmas!   This book is from Zondervan and remember to save 30% using the coupon code below:

Thanks Zondervan for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How To Make Christmas 2015 Your Most Magical Yet

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With just over a month to go until the big day arrives, it’s time to kick your preparations into top gear. Start making the plans today, and there’s no reason to think this won’t be the best Christmas ever.

Whether you dedicate your life to religion or not is unimportant. We all want to enjoy the festivities, and here’s everything you need to know.

Christmas isn’t just about December 25th; it’s about the entire build-up. There’s no better way to get the excitement bubbling than by transforming your home into a personal Winter Wonderland.

This doesn’t necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg. Decorating the tree can be a great activity to enjoy with the kids too. Moreover, you could make your own crafts to add extra personality to the fun.

Another nice option is to invest in a nativity scene sculpture. Come December 25th, your children can place the baby Jesus in his manger to celebrate the tradition.

Material items aren’t the most important thing about the festivities. However, it’s one area that causes more frustration than any other. We all appreciate the joy of seeing someone we love smile as they unopen the present. And that’s exactly the situation we’re hoping for.

It’s especially true when buying for our little ones. These gift ideas for boys 10 to 12 years old should help you source the perfect present. Seeing their faces beam will put an even bigger smile on your face.

One of the most important things to remember is that price and value are two different things. Happiness is something that money can’t buy. If you can achieve this with a thoughtful present, nobody could ask for anything more.

The Dinner
The roast dinner is the king of dinners. Quite frankly, the Christmas dinner is the king of roast dinners. It’s not just one of the tastiest meals of the entire year; it’s one that carries more family significance than any other.

It’s an iconic moment of the day. This is what Christmas is all about. Great company, great food and the silliness of cracker jokes and other fun activities. Compliment it with a great wine, and you’ll be set to have the perfect dinner.

For many, this is the section of the day that will define the success of Christmas 2015. Get it right, and you’ll be set for the perfect day.

Don’t Forget The True Story
A great Christmas is built on family traditions. But it’s equally important to remember the story of Christmas and why we celebrate December 25th in the first place.

Taking some time to appreciate the birth of Jesus will brighten up your day. Meanwhile, you can encourage the kids to get involved with books from Zondervan. With a 30% discount currently running, you have no excuses.

The influence of religion can help us lead better lives all year round. But it’s particularly important at these times of celebration. Do not forget it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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