Thursday, October 20, 2016

Getting a Home Ready for a New Baby

Getting a Home Ready for a New Baby
A new baby is on the way and you’ve begun decorating the nursery and clearing away clutter in your house. Chances are you are also working on enhancing your home in other ways as well. There are furniture pieces you can’t do without, such as purchasing a new crib (unless this is your second child). You may also be implementing calming elements, such as cooler tones on the walls that’ll have a calming affect on a baby. Plus, who can wait to organize the closet with all of those fun baby accessories?! All of these elements combined will not only enhance the appearance of your home but will create a tranquil environment for when the new baby arrives.

Clear clutter and begin to decorate  
If you haven’t already done so -- even if the nursery is currently being used as a place to store boxes or other elements -- go ahead and start sorting and organizing. When you’re able, set up the nursery and implement new toys, diapers, books, and other supplies and clothing that your baby will need. Of course don’t forget about favorite elements such as handmade tutu dresses. As you clear away clutter, you’ll have a darling room and other interior spaces that will be organized and ready in time for the baby to arrive.

An organized closet will help a lot when the baby comes home from the hospital. You can organize clothing according to size and color, or both if you prefer. Setting up a way to easily find clothing when things get chaotic will be easier on the mother. Plus, it’ll also make it easier to find the perfect outfit for a special occasion. Baby headbands, toddler hair bows, and ruffled baby bloomers are just a few accessories that will be fun organizing and showing off in your baby’s closet.
How to clean furniture
It’s not only important to incorporate new décor pieces and furniture to add to your comfort, but cleaning your furniture is also something else to consider. The reasoning behind this is because cleaning your furniture will eliminate any potential products that may have soaked into your sofas or other furniture.  Clean your furniture with water or a dry duster instead of adding more scents or potentially dangerous products that a baby shouldn’t be around. Environmentally safe products and clean furniture will ensure that your baby doesn’t suffer from any allergies when he or she comes home from the hospital.
Calming elements for a tranquil room  
What kind of calming elements would you like in your home when you are most likely up late rocking the baby to sleep and feeding him or her too? A durable and soft rocking chair will be your best friend while rocking and feeding your child. Other elements such as calming colors on the walls or perhaps even an indoor water fountain will create a calming atmosphere that will appeal to your sense of sight and sound.

Sleep right along with the baby and calming décor pieces will create just what you need – a place of solace when a newborn baby is getting used to her new environment, and you’re getting used to having a new baby in your home too.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book Review: "A Royal Christmas to Remember"

With the arrival of the most spectacular winter in years and Christmas only a night away, Princesses Joy, Grace, Faith, Charity, and Hope find themselves in the midst of a scene right out of a holiday fairytale in this newest adventure in the Princess Parables series A Royal Christmas to Remember. But then the threat of bandits in the village lead the king away from the castle on Christmas Eve! Suddenly, the bandits come crashing into the castle. Praying to God for courage and safety, the princesses are soon rescued by five brave knights and then do some rescuing themselves. The next day, the princesses go to the village to see how they can be of help to the people, discovering that the true meaning of Christmas is honoring and giving glory for the greatest gift of all.

My Review:
My 9 year old daughter has loved this series for awhile now and this book did not disappoint!   We truly enjoyed the princesses heart change during the story.   They were once focused on their presents but then they were selfless and gave their gifts away because of the big problem within the story. 

There is drama and action in this hard covered story book.  Pictures are delightful and the author keeps you turning the pages with some on the edge of your seat problems the princesses faced.  

If you are looking for more Christmas stories this season then pick this one up!  It is not just for girls as my 5 year old son loved it too.  

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

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel

In the newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, the cubs discover there’s more to angels than wings and flowing white robes!
It is almost Christmas and there is finally snow in Bear Country. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are ready for some winter fun! But when they can’t decide what kind of snowbear to build, Honey Bear’s snow angel gives the older cubs a great idea. Soon the cubs have built a Christmas snow angel. Later, as they warm up with some hot cocoa, Mama and Papa give the cubs a little lesson about some very special angels and the work they do for God.
My Review:
One thing that my kids seem to want to know more about is angels and this was a cute story that shares some stories about angels.   After the story is complete there is some scriptures to guide your family in discussing angels with your kids.  Some of the stories in the back that you can discuss with your kids include: Angels ascend and descend from Heaven in Jacobs dream, and angel appearing to Gideon, and angel bringing food to Elijah in the wilderness, Daniel in the Lion's den, helping Peter get out of prison, and in revelation.  
The angel story in this book is of course the Christmas story.   I love that the bears made a snow angel... once snow flies here I know we will be trying our best to create an angel. 
Pick up this book now as you start preparations for Christmas season! 
Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book to review in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.   

Book Review: Ready, Set, Find Christmas

Get ready to follow Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. They are in a hurry! Mary is expecting the baby Jesus and they need your help to find many things along the way. This holiday board book is perfect for young children who will love finding the 48 objects hidden on the pages while reading the classic story of Christmas, accurately retold and with scripture references. On your mark, Ready-Set-Find!

My Review:
This adorable board book will be the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas!   The creative portion of this book is the seek and find pictures on each page while you still to read about the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Birth!  

The art is absolutely adorable, as they use cartoon like characters.   This is a book that is geared for younger children from infant to 4.  I do have a 5 and 9 year though and we still had fun searching for the pictures as well as enjoying the story.  

This book is also a great addition to any Christmas routine you might have with your kids.  

Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.  

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional is perfect for little cubs settling down for a good night’s sleep. Including a devotion for each day with a reflection, Scripture, and a Bear Prayer for the End of Day from Brother, Sister, and even Honey Bear, these 90 reflections on simple Christian truths such as God loves us, love one another, be courageous and kind, and much more are the peaceful way to end a busy day.
Bear Country friends will be featured throughout in simple artwork from the Living Lights brand.

My Review:
I am highly enjoying reading this devotional every night with my kids on each side of me.   If you read my blog often you know I love the Berenstain Bear book series.   
The book is a hard cover book and each devotional is one page.  It is geared for children 4-8 years old however I think older children will enjoy it just as much.
My favorite feature is how they end the devotional, a prayer from one of the characters from The Berenstain Bears!  The prayers are very short and they always have a creative rhyme! The rhyming feature makes my kids want to repeat the prayer so it is easy to apply the prayers to ourselves.  There are pictures scattered through out the book as well. 
Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.   All opinions expressed are 100% mine and I wasn't paid for this review.  

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