Monday, May 22, 2017

Turning Your Neighborhood Into A Community

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As parents, one of our biggest concerns is where we live. We want to live in a neighborhood where our kids feel safe, and where we feel safe letting our kids go out and explore. It is an inherent want and if you don’t believe us, then go and ask your neighbors. We all want to have a neighborhood that feels like a community. The big question is how?

Well, given the neighbors you have spoken to also have the same wants and needs, you are already halfway there. You are already bonding with the community quicker than you thought possible, and making in-roads to working alongside them. You see, having people in your neighborhood that also want to strengthen the community and encourage it to be a safe and fun place for people to live, especially kids, is the key to achieving it. After all, the rest of it is just suggesting ideas and seeing what takes.

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A New Kind Of Library
Whenever we think about libraries, we always think about books. A place where we can go and borrow a book. Well, how about running with this concept and setting up other types of a library in your neighborhood. It could be a toy library, so that the kids who live there can check things in and out, like lego sets or bicycles. Why not have a tool library too, where the adults can share lawnmowers and leaf blowers. All you really need for this to work is the space to do it, so check with your local community center.

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Upgrade Your Park
One of the things all parents do when moving to a new area, or even looking at ways to improve their current area, is to look at the park. It is mega important to have a big open space where their kids can go and play, to explore the outside and interact with other kids and things. It is imperative to a kids imagination and growth. Look at what the latest trends being set by http://pdplay.com are and you’ll quickly see that you could get a natural playground installed in your neighborhood or one made out of recycled materials. This means you could do your bit for the earth while also making your neighborhood a better place to live for your kids. Win-win.

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Go Greener As A Community
There are little things you can do that make a big difference when it comes to improving your community. Planting trees are one, move away from allotments and start sharing gardens and vegetable patches is another. Both of these will help kids get more in touch with nature and teach them how to be more self-sufficient. For ideas on how to start a communal veggie-patch, https://www.treehugger.com has got a some great ideas. Of course, this isn’t the only way to go. Neighborhoods in Portland have seen the residents begin clubbing their funds together in order to buy solar panels in bulk at a discount price, reducing the carbon footprint of their neighborhood, as well as the amount they pay out in utility bills. It’s genius. But not only that, having a greener neighborhood is a surefire way to create a nicer neighborhood, especially for parents who want the best fro their young ones. So, it could be something to bring up with your neighbors.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book Review- "My Bible Adventure- through God's Word"

Book Description

Travel through God’s Word all year long! The greatest stories in the Bible come alive for kids in My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word. Watch your children develop a relationship with God while reading amazing stories of faith.
Written by pastors, children’s ministers and leaders who have a heart for helping children become lifelong believers, My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word is a perfect tool for introducing your children to weekly devotions. Cute art and simple storytelling naturally lend themselves to early readers who are starting to read on their own. With tangible takeaways and prayers at the end of every Bible adventure, your children or grandchildren will grow in their faith as they read My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word.
Help your child engage his or her faith in new, meaningful ways through the wisdom and insight in My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word. By starting the habit of studying the Bible at a young age, your young believer is signing up for the adventure of a lifetime!
My Review:
Thank-you BookLook progarm for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honests review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.  
This kids bible contains 52 well-known bible stories!  The illustrations are fun for everyone who looks at it.  My favorite part of this kids bible is the easy prayers for the kids to recite.  I like how this bible has many different leaders who wrote them out.   It is nice to see different correlations that each pastor or leaders make for the kids so it can relate well to that age group.   
My one criticism is the length of the stories.  I feel like you hear the story and then they have another section called "Today's adventure" and it is like hearing the same story again.  The book is meant to do each devotional through the week so I guess it makes sense but my children like to go through one whole story each  night so it seems very repetative for us doing it that way.  I would recommend spreading it through the week so when you come back the next night you can ask them if they remember any of the details of the story.   So it creates a great discussion opportunity.  The book also has the pray with me section and take it with you section for each story.   Thse two sections are short and could be discussed one time together.   

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book Review: "Jesus Loves Me" A Sing- Along Book

Description: Read or sing along with your little one’s favorite song! Jesus Loves Me pairs sweet, snuggly illustrations with the text of the familiar children’s song. This newest board book in the beloved Sing-Along series also features a padded cover perfect for little hands and is sure to delight children and parents alike.
My Review:
Thank Zondervan for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.  

My hand is raised up high to admit or maybe proudly say that I often like to hum, sing, or whistle to Jesus loves me. I remember rocking my babies when they were itty bitty and doing this song.   I will admit that I really only know the first verse of the song but in this book, there are 2 other verses that made me smile.   

Here is another verse, "Jesus loves me! This I know, as He loved so long ago.  Taking children on His knee, saying, "Let them come to me."  I won't tell you the third verse in this book but it is even better so you should go get a copy.  Zondervan is selling this book for $8.99.  

This book is a nice board book that can be enjoyed by the younger or older kids alike!   The song and music are also at the end of the book.   My daughter wants to learn to play this song on her ukulele. 

The pictures in this book portray Jesus as a buck.  It is kinda odd for me to look at animals in this way.   I mean the whole book really is adorable with the animals it just kinda made me giggle a little.  


Finding Your Escape

Life can get super hectic sometimes - seriously. Especially when you've got a life to lead in the workplace as well as kids to look after as and a relationship to keep healthy. That's just the things we have to do and the things we have and can plan for - other spontaneous life events can rear up for better or for worse. This is just a part of life and will only add to its hectic pace. There isn’t much you can do to stand in the way of the pace of modern family life at work and at home.

The home itself can be super hectic. We go there to escape the outside world and with frantic partners and hyper kids - the inner workings of a family home can be just as hectic as the outside world - on occasion. The home needs to be a place of relaxation, otherwise, it will lose a huge primary use. We need to be able to chill in the home and if we can't? Stress will only build up. You either need to make your home a place where you can escape from the outside world - or you need to find your own escape. Either way - you need to do something to ensure that stress doesn’t take over.
You don't need to be told this, surely - but stress is a killer. We feel stress because of our survival instincts. Stress fills our brain with worry and our body with adrenaline which leads to those anxious and nauseous feelings you may feel when stressed out. It also leads to other short-term woes like headaches and colds. Repeat stress is bad for the body - it's like flooding the engine of the car. Repeat stress can raise the blood pressure of your body, it can lead to stroke and it can cause heart disease as well as bring on a whole heap of other nasty ailments.

So how do you deal with stress? Well, we need to find our escape. A clean home is the first thing we can do and this helps our minds in many ways. A clean and organized environment lends itself well to a peaceful mind. Of course, this involves a fair bit of work which you might not feel like performing, but the results of it are worth it. Once the home is clean and a place we can chill in, we can start to escape easier. Sometimes, just sitting around in the relaxing environment of a clean home is enough. Sometimes, you need a hobby - joining a reading club like paperback swap could help and you can learn more about paperbackswap here. Hobbies are important as they keep the mind busy and productive. Finding your escape is about looking into your own interests and see what relaxes you most.
An escape? It could be sitting around, playing a guitar, reading, cooking or watching the TV - as long as you’re happy and take the time to decompress - anything can be an escape.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: "Greenies Freshmint" Dog Treat


Description

Complete oral care is important for your dog’s total body health and can add years to their lifespan. Greenies Canine Dental Chews are proven to clean dogs’ teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath, and maintaining healthier teeth and gums. Designed for daily treating, these dental chews are low in fat and nutritionally complete for adult dogs.
Key Benefits
They're the #1 vet-recommended dental chew with the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance for plaque and tartar control.
One dental chew a day helps clean your dog's teeth by using their natural chewing action to wipe away plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of teeth and cleans teeth faster than a toothbrush
Highly soluble ingredients help Greenies break down quickly for easy digestion, making them more digestible than premium dry dog food
Highly palatable and great tasting chews
Teenie chews for dogs 5-15 pounds to offer the most appropriate texture and hardness for dogs with a variety of bite-force capabilities. 


My Review
I was unsure if my dog would enjoy the taste of a treat that is for dental hygiene but she gobbled it up very quick! These toothbrush shaped treats are softer than I expected which I think makes them even tastier for my dog!   

I like that these treats are the number one dentist recommended treat for dental hygiene.   I will be honest and admit that I am not one that brushes my pets teeth or worries too much about them.  I know that some dog breeds do have more dental problems than others so this might be a good solution to start right away before problems arise.  

Kiah has had one each day for about seven days and I really do think her breath is more pleasant.   Since her teeth looked pretty good before I can't report any changes in the look.  


 
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