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Christmas Present Ideas for Your Favorite College Student

When your son or daughter goes off to college, somehow they seem to become a new person virtually overnight. One day they are dependent on you for everything from doing their laundry to driving them to school and suddenly they are living an independent lifestyle and have become a person you really don’t know anymore. Their basic personality traits are the same, but their likes and dislikes have evolved, making it difficult to buy anything for them that you are certain they will appreciate. Why not get a bit of help from around the Web. Check out some Christmas present ideas for your favorite college student.
Personalized Jewelry with Meaningful Gemstones


If there is one thing which can be said of Millennials is that they are people who seek meaning in life. Where previous generations looked at accumulating wealth, this generation of young people are after doing something important with their lives. Millennials want to make an impact on the world they live in, and yes, it would be nice t…

365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids Book Review and GIVEAWAY

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How do I know the Bible is true? What does it mean when the Bible talks about the kingdom of God? How can God be three persons at the same time? Help the kids in your life find answers to the questions they ask and deepen their faith along the way with 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids, a unique daily devotional full of biblical answers to curious questions about God, the Bible, and Christian faith.




365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids is a tremendous tool for every Christian home! Through a daily devotional, questions about God, the Bible, and faith are answered in a loving way that points children to God’s plan and His love. Parents will appreciate the thorough research and accuracy for this wide range of theological, historical, and faith topics. In addition to faith topics, this devotional addresses topics such as Christian traditions, the historic growth of Christianity, how to become a Christian, and what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. A helpful and co…

Interesting Ways to Teach Your Children about Holidays

One of the things you’ll often hear people complaining about on social media is that kids today just don’t seem to understand tradition and the meaning behind some of our most cherished holidays. Some of those holidays are national holidays and others have deeper roots in various faiths. For example, Christmas is obviously a Christian holiday while Passover is from the Jewish tradition. These are holidays that each respective religion holds to be among the most important and why we should teach our children what they mean to people of those faiths. The same holds true of other holidays we celebrate. Kids should know what it is we’re doing and why we hold these days special. Post Holidays to Discuss in a Visible LocationThe first thing you should do is take time to look at holidays month by month to find those which you feel the kids should learn about. Some days may be religious in origin, some may be national holidays, and others may just be fun days like Groundhog Day. Post a calenda…

Oriental trading Christmas time

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Merry Christmas



Our church, Riverside Foursquare Church, opened their doors last weekend for the Christmas walk.  We had free cookie decorating, crafts, and a bake sale.  
Thanks to Oriental Trading for helping us have the right supplies for 100's of kids to walk through and make a craft.  We made the "God Made you Unique" ornaments as well as the ornaments with sparkly stickers.  The kids loved making them and I liked that they were easy and mess free!   YAY for no mess because you all know that the cookie decorating was a big enough mess.  
Not only did we have the church open but we had our nonprofit tea shop, Royal Tea opened.  Again we are so thankful for Oriental Trading.  We were able to decorate using the beautiful "Noel" and "Joy" light up signs.   Next, to the Christmas tree in the shop, it was very festive. I really love these sings!  I like how they look when the lights are low!  Oh, Christmas time you make my heart happy!  




Cub Scout Caroling

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Titus is in cub scouts and his pack did some Christmas caroling last week.  They did a great job singing songs and I love that they were able to do songs with a true Christmas meaning. 


Chewy.com Mug Review

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Do you love new mugs as much as I do?  I know I don't need anymore but I love new ones! Thanks, chewy.com for sending me this dog mug in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% my own. 
First, with it being December I expect slower shipping but this arrived the following day!!  I was super shocked but wanted to give a shout out of the fast response time this company does for it's orders and kudos to the shipping companies working so hard. 
The first thing I did with my mug was brewing my favorite tea- www.royaltea.org I love the Pacific Coast Mint, White Tip Jasmine, Happy, and well really I haven't found one I don't enjoy.   
The pictures of the dogs are all very cute as different patterns are used.  My kids immediately tried to pick one that resembled our dog the most.  
The mug is not dishwasher safe but since I don't have one that is no big deal but I was disappointed to read it isn't microwave safe.  I…

Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained During Christmas Break

The Christmas Break is a great time to bond with your children by spending more time with them than you can do during your usual hectic schedule. The festive season is exciting for the whole family but most of all for the children who look forward to receiving their gifts and playing with them. With kids, the anticipation can play tricks on them which is evident in their behavior at times. They also have a tendency to get bored easily and this leads to them misbehaving in wild and unpredictable ways that can get them into trouble. Here are a few ways to keep your kids occupied during the Christmas season to avoid trouble developing at home. Making Silly FacesYou can get the paint out and join in as a family to draw big, silly clown faces or if you don’t like the mess, then they can take turns to draw angry faces at the Rage Maker web site. There are plenty of free online games that are safe for kids of all ages to play and will keep them occupied for many hours. For Kids Who Love to Read…