Sunday, July 24, 2016

How to Give a Bedroom a Jungle Theme



Ever since The Jungle Book hit the cinema screens, kids and adults alike have fallen in love with wild animal and safari themed bedrooms. If you don’t have much time, a few posters of jungle creatures will probably suffice, but if you want to be a bit more creative, go the extra mile and create a beautiful jungle themed bedroom with gorgeous bed linen from threel.co.uk.
Colour Schemes

Jungle-themed rooms work well with greens and browns, but if you would rather take inspiration from the African plains, stick to reds, golds and oranges, with a few touches of green here and there.
Jungle Print Walls

Instead of plain, painted walls, experiment with wallpaper to create a fun jungle theme. Leopard print or zebra striped wallpaper is a fun way to start. Papering the entire room in spots or stripes might be a bit much, but one feature wall, perhaps behind the bed, would look very cool. 

If you can’t hang wallpaper, use paint to create the same effect. Zebra stripes are easy to paint: all you need is some black paint. Paint leopard spots or tiger stripes using some brown and orange paint: a piece of sponge makes a useful print tool if you don’t have time to hand paint each spot. 
Safari Stencils

Stencils are a quick and easy way to add some jungle-themed images to a bedroom. For a child’s bedroom, look for animal stencils. Add a border around the walls, or stencil animals and jungle plants at random intervals. For an adult’s room, look for jungle images or African-inspired prints to decorate walls and furniture. 
Jungle Accessories

Use accessories to give your bedroom a jungle theme. Bed linen and throws are a quick way to do this and there are lots of great designs to choose from. Kids will love simple, colourful animal print duvet covers with matching curtains, whereas an adult room would benefit from a more sophisticated feel.

A zebra print rug on a polished wood or laminate floor would look great, but coir matting is also a nice touch for a jungle themed room. Cushions in jungle fabrics and colours, bedside lamps and rattan blinds can all be used to compliment your jungle theme.
Safari Artwork

Do you have a steady hand? If so, have a go at painting a mural on the wall. Pick one of the walls in the room and turn it into a feature wall. Trace out your design using chalk to help you get the composition right, and then use acrylic paint to complete your artwork. 
Jungle Murals

You don’t need to be artistic to create a wonderful mural. It is now possible to buy large murals that stick on the wall. Look for murals of photographic quality, so you can fall asleep in the jungle, surrounded by prowling animals and lush vegetation. 



A jungle theme is a fun choice for a bedroom, but if you decide to paint animals or a mural on the wall, be aware that it will take several coats to cover up your artwork when you get bored of the theme.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Book Review: "I Believe in Jesus- Leading your Child to Christ" by John MacArthur


Book Description

Discover how to lead your child to Christ.

It's the most important conversation you'll ever have with your child, but that doesn't make it easy. The gospel is simple enough for little ones, but has kept theologians debating for years. So when it comes to explaining the Good News to your son or daughter, where do you start?

In I Believe in Jesus, John MacArthur walks children though the gospel of Jesus in a way that is easy to understand, and equips parents, grandparents, teachers, and loved ones to share the familiar story of God's love.

By opening the door to conversations that lead to salvation, this picture books has the potential to change lives forever.

My Review:
This was an easy book to read and it paints a very clear picture for kids and parents to easily discuss the elements on the page to make sure the child understands what decision they could be making.   That decision to follow Christ is a big one that will impact them forever so making sure you have ample time to discuss this book further in details is a must.  I don't recommend it being a bed time story as that will not give you the time you need to take on it.  

The author, John MacArthur, takes you through the gospel very well from creation to birth of Jesus, to His sacrifice.   I like the last few pages as it lays out what salvation is and means.   

The author includes scriptures on almost every page which is nice to relate the whole story back to Biblical references.  However, it would have been nice if there was more guidance for parents on how to lead their child to Christ and what the next steps would be.  I feel like there could be some major improvements in this area. 

Overall I think this is a great resource for parents who are unsure on how to lead their child to Jesus and his love and forgiveness.   





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Book Review: "Brave Girls- Beautiful You"



Book Description

Body image and self-esteem are major issues for young girls today. This devotional for tweens helps them appreciate themselves and grow up to be comfortable with who God made them to be—inside and out.




My Review:

I really liked the back cover description so let me start my sharing that! 

"Here are a few things you will find in these 90 Devotions:

-Real beauty is not about trying to be like everybody else.

-God designed me to be just the way I am, right this minute!

-God wants to show a unique kind of beauty to this world through me... there's only one me! 

-Real beauty is becoming who God wants me to be, and it begins with loving Him and the people around me. 

This 90 day devotion is split into the following chapter:

1. Beauty Basics

2. Radiant Reflections

3. Works of Beauty

4. Beautifully Clothed

5. Kingdom Fitness

6. Creative Beauty

The first chapter, Beauty Basics, is all about seeing the beautiful gifts all around us. From looking at the things God gives us after we simple accept the free gift God has given us to making sure we understand we are in God's forever family. 

Chapter two, Radiant Reflections, is all about being comfortable in who we are. God has created us each for a special purpose so this chapter is to make sure we are not comparing or becoming jealous of others and are happy with what features and gifts we have. 

Chapter three, Works of Beauty, is a great chapter to get your daughter thinking of others and having a kingdom mind focus while serving or loving others. It is meant to get you thinking about ways to bless others and share Christ's love!

Chapter four, Beautifully Clothed, is all about being aware of how we present ourselves and making sure our wardrobe as well as attitudes are honoring to God! It is presented in a loving way and will hopefully shape young minds so that in a world that portrays girls as sexy rather than beautiful they will reflect back to this and not fall into the worlds ideas!

Chapter five, Kingdom Fitness, is a chapter to help each of us understand that the body we do have does need to move and have fun! 

The last chapter, Creative Beauty, is going to leave one last impression on the importance of celebrating God's creativity.   The chapter will look at nature and help us to connect to God through his creation! 

This book is a great one to do with your daughter.  Each daily devotion starts with scripture, then a couple paragraphs to share a story regarding the scripture, and then it ends with a prayer starter.   The daily devotionals do not take very long to complete but will leave your daughter lifted up and confident as she grows closer to here Daddy, God!   


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Summer Fun with Oriental Trading



Oriental Trading Summer Party!!!  

The kids are home on summer break and you might have heard the phrase, "mom, I'm bored!"   As parents we probably hear it often but Oriental Trading has so many fun items to help entertain the kids or even throw a fun summer bash for them!
First, I'm sure they would love some glow in the dark sunglasses to add some fun in the evening when maybe they are out by the bonfire or catching fireflies.  

Plus Oriental Trading has so many fun outdoor games to choose from.   I found this really affordable LaCrosse set as well as a giant snakes and ladder game.   I think all little kids will find it fascinating to take an indoor game and bring it outside!  




Last but not least they have jumbo dice so you can play any dice game outside like Yahtzee or doubles! 


There is so many more items that Oriental Trading has to offer including more glow in the dark items, other summer games for outside, and of course awesome party decorations for tons of themes!  





I was paid for this post!   I am delighted to share the wonderful products from Oriental Trading and believe this company has some great deals for your summer fun!   Enjoy!  

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ways to Praise for Less

I’m always amazed at the number of women who line the walls of the nail shops I visit.  No matter where in the country I am, from here at home to Las Vegas, I’m sure to see certain types when I enter a shop.  Actually, with such updated techniques and amenities, it’s not even chic to say shop, is it?  Nail spa seems the correct word, and rightly so.  I just love diving into the warm waters of the spa chair when I go for a manicure and pedicure.  When I see that the owners offer such a comfort, it makes me think they really take the client’s relaxation seriously.  
In Las Vegas you’re likely to see anything, and the nail salon is no different.  But what’s cuter than the Mommie and Me day?  It’s so cute to see mothers and daughters dressed alike.  You’ve heard the expression dressed to the nines?  Well, these pairs were twinned to the tens!  Pink bows, glitter and tutu’s all over the place.  It really helps a young girl to see how special she is when she is singled out for praise and special pampering.  And with Groupon Coupons you can offer her that special treatment at a salon for less.

I’m always looking for great deals and you just can’t beat those offered by the folks at Groupon.  It’s like they had moms and wives like me in mind when they invented this.  All over Las Vegas - Centennial Hill, West Sahara,  anywhere, you’ll find a top quality salon offering all the services you need and up to 75% off regular prices.  I don’t know about you, but Vegas usually keeps more money than it gives out, so finding a way to pamper and praise yourself and your mini-me at such low prices for such high standards is a blessing.  You can get everything from a Mojito mani-pedi, to a full treatment of reflexology, skin treatments, hair extensions, eye lash thickeners, the works.  And you don’t have to cram a bunch of paper coupons into your wallet.  That’s more room for you winnings.  Just show the online coupon code when you get there and they’ll subtract the rest.  
 
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