Saturday, April 25, 2015

Selah's Baptism 2015

HAPPY MOM DAY!!!  My daughter decided she wanted to be baptized on Easter Sunday!  She is only 7 years old but she knew she was ready and wanted everyone to know she was a follower of Christ! 

Here she is telling the church why she wanted to be baptized.  I can't remember everything she said but I do know she mentioned, "I love JESUS, and I want other to love him too."   

 Here she is getting ready to go down into the water...

Here she is coming up as a new creation in Christ! She was all smiles!

I was very proud of my daughter and I did not shed a tear until I watched it later on video.   I feel very blessed to have been there to help baptize her as well.   If you have the opportunity to help with your kids it is a great experience.   

We had 6 baptisms that day and it was very powerful to watch and be there for each of them.  

Book Review- "Noah's Voyage"

Noah’s Voyage tells the story of a brave and faithful hero of the Old Testament. Written in the I Can Read level two standards, with age-appropriate vocabulary and concepts, young readers read about Noah, a simple man with great faith and trust in God. When God asks Noah to follow his directions, build an ark, and put two of every animal on it, Noah and his family do what they are asked, knowing God would not steer them wrong.
This I Can Read! series of Bible stories makes use of the unique features found in the NIV Adventure Bible such as “People in Bible Times” and “Did You Know ”.

My Review:
This is a great retell of Noah building his ark with great pictures from David Miles.   I know most kids love hearing about all the animals going in a huge boat but I like to discuss with my kids the importance of following God's directions and being obedient to his calling.   There are going to be times when the world thinks you are crazy when you do certain things that God asks you to do.   For example when our family moved from Wisconsin to Iowa it really did not make a lot of sense but we knew it was where God was positioning us and calling us.  Or the time I quit my full time job after having my daughter when my husband did not have a good paying job... but truly God directed us to be obedient in this calling.  
I want my kids to truly see how hard it must have been for Noah as the rest of the world laughed and mocked him but then how great his reward for following God's directions! It truly is a great lesson to learn, so make sure you get beyond the animals in this book.  
Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review an all opinions are 100% mine.  Find this book for only $3.99 on Zondervan.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

10 Important Qualities to Look for in an Au Pair

It is becoming more and more commonplace to enlist the services of an au pair simply because so many mums have joined the workforce. Whether they are professionals expanding their careers or simply working to bring a little extra income to a stretched family budget, the results are the same. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs doing. If this is your first time looking for an au pair, you might not know where to turn or how to choose the right one who will fit well with your family. When asked, most mums find the following qualities vital in an au pair. This should help you on your quest.

1) Love of Children

Of course the very first quality that an au pair should have is a love for children. You can spot right away if she is just paying lip service to her fondness for little people. If you feel this particular au pair doesn't really have the fondness for children she says she does, keep looking.

2) Patience

An au pair should be patient because those little angels can be downright devils from time to time. If she lacks patience your children will try her beyond her limits to cope. This is never a good thing for your au pair or your children.

3) Honesty

If you can’t trust an au pair alone in your home, how can you trust her with your most prized possessions, your children? At the first sign of dishonesty, you should seriously consider finding someone else for the job. You certainly don’t want your children being exposed to anyone who is less than honest.

4) Clear-cut Values

An au pair should have clear-cut values and should know right from wrong. Since this person will be spending more waking hours with your children than you will, it is imperative that she model a high sense of values for them to learn by.

5) Calm Under Pressure

When children are in the mix, there is always bound to be some new excitement going on. One child fell and skinned her knee whilst the neighbor down the way socked your little boy in the tummy for some unknown reason. If your au pair is excitable, it will make the situation much more difficult for your little ones to handle.

6) Considerate

An au pair should be considerate of others and should be able to impart this personality trait on young children. If you have trouble finding just the right person, you can find a great number to choose from online at sites dedicated to au pairs. It is easy to find an au pair with with the qualifications you are looking for since there are so many to choose from.

7) Energetic

Keeping up with children requires a great deal of energy. When searching for just the right person for the job, make sure she has enough energy to run after them day after day.

8) Structured

In order to function in this confusing world we live in, children need structure. The au pair you choose should be extremely structured so that your children will feel safe in her presence.

9) Firm

There may be times when your children will need to be scolded. An au pair should be firm but gentle at the same time. Children do well when given rules to live by and if they break the rules they should be punished, but gently. An au pair should be able to ‘stick to her guns’ but in a non-threatening manner.

10) Good Listener

And finally, an au pair should be a good listener. Children love to talk and if an au pair is astute, she will even hear things the child isn't saying. If something is troubling your child and you are not at home, it is up to her to get to the bottom of the problem and sometimes the only way to do that is to ‘read between the lines.’

So there you have the 10 qualities you should look for when choosing an au pair. Your children deserve the very best so make sure that’s exactly what you have. It may take a bit longer to choose just the right person, but you should settle for nothing less.

Ozeri Deluxe Stainless Steel Milk Frother Review

The Ozeri Stainless Steel Milk Frother, Whisk and Frothing Pitcher Set provides everything needed to whip up and serve delicious and picture perfect frothy foam in as little as 10 seconds. Petite yet powerful, the Ozeri Milk Frother is perfect for steam-free cappuccinos, lattes, espressos, hot chocolates, shakes, frappes and other milky drinks. The Ozeri Frothing Set includes an elegant 12 oz (350 ml) Frothing Pitcher made of 304 high-quality Stainless Steel that features a forged pouring spout and sturdy handle. The powerful motor in the Ozeri Milk Frother spins at over 15,000 RPMs and activates instantly with results in 10 to 20 seconds. The Ozeri Milk Frother foams all kinds of milk (whole/regular/skim milk, soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk) alike for fluffy hot cafe lattes or cold chocolate malts in seconds. The Ozeri Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Set is made of food and drink-safe materials, and ships with the electric frother, stand, extra frothing attachment, pitcher and 2 AA batteries. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

My Review:
I have a husband addicted to coffee so I knew he would love this frother to add one more tasty treat to his morning ritual...Jesus and Coffee!  

This frother is not only EASY to use but is is very simple to clean too!   Those are two important things I look for when making a purchase because if it is challenging to use or clean I know I most likely won't use it.  I am also a fan on how quick it works!   You only need to use it for seconds and wowzers there is your foam!  

The look is great with stainless steal which is so common in kitchens that it fits in and looks great!  I also like all the ways you can use this product from coffee, hot chocolate, malts, gravy, frappes, and cappuccinos.  

Price is very good on this gadget especially with two attachments and the mug! It is on sale right now for $30.21 with free shipping HERE  I also enjoy the stand that comes with it so it can look neat on our coffee shelf...yes we have a coffee shelf because my husband uses many alternate ways to make coffee.   

I also had fun and put my Chocolate a day vitamin in my coffee!  (look for that review and giveaway soon)  This picture just showcases the foam so beautifully it makes me want to go have some coffee right now...and I am laying in bed ready to go to sleep.   

Thanks Ozeri for sending me this milk frother for free in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% mine and I was not paid for this review.   

Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Bonfire of 2015

We have had several beautiful days this spring!   It sure was fun to enjoy our first campfire and roast some smores!  

I have come to the conclusion that my 7 year old is much messier then her 4 year old brother.   Now I will admit that I did have the jumbo marshmallows so it was a challenge to keep your face clean but she sure does win the messy face contest! 

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