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The Great Big Super-Duper Easter Basket GIVEAWAY!!!

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Thank you Zondervan for sponsoring this awesome EASTER giveaway!   I am thrilled to bring you this fun 4 book giveaway for kids aged Pre-K through 4th grade!   The titles include Faith Builders Bible, Angels in the Bible Storybook, Think, Act, Be like Jesus, and 7 Days of Awesome!  
Let me briefly share about each book before you enter the easy giveaway.
First we have "Think, Act, Be Like Jesus" I reviewed this book back in December and you can read it here. This 90-Day devotional, written by Oak Hills Church pastor Randy Frazee, is part of the church-wide Believe campaign and encourages children to follow the footsteps of Jesus. Think, Act, Be Like Jesus; A Believe Devotional for Kids shares the message that the more you believe, the more Jesus can change you from the inside out to become the best person you can be.


The next title you can win is, "7 Days of Awesome."   I love this cute title with picture on the cover!   A brief overview of this book: 

With a Dr. Seus…

Flu Symptoms in Toddlers and Young Children: What to Look Out For

Children and toddlers are prone to getting colds and coughs all the time thanks to their developing immune systems. In some ways this is good for them, as their immune system will get stronger as a result enabling them to better fight off the germs and viruses that they come into contact with. But, how do you know when it is more serious than just a common cold? Flu is a virus that manifests itself in a much similar way to the common cold initially, but can make the patient feel very unwell and last for a number of weeks. If you think that your child or toddler may be suffering from a case of the flu, here are the symptoms which you should be looking out for.
Feverish
It’s not uncommon for children suffering from the common cold to have a bit of a high temperature, but if they’re suffering with the flu it will be a lot more noticeable. If your child is burning up and very feverish, complaining of feeling cold but sweating at the same time and alternating between high fever and chills, …

Happy Birthday J

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This post is very bitter sweet for me!   I was so happy to attend this little guys day but my heart is sad as I know good byes are soon to come.   Okay... that sounds way worse then it truly is as our friends are only moving to a different state not death!   Had to make that clear... but my heart is feeling a loss.  
You see this little guy is friends with my kids but his mama is definatley a huge support to my husband and I both.   Always fun to have around and has totally blessed our ministry here!   It is hard to think of them not being here. 
I keep asking God whey the season of life he has had me in latley is a lot of good byes because I am very exhausted of saying good bye to friends.   It will be a glorious day when we reconnect in Heaven!  
So as much as I will be praying for their move, to a new state, new church, new friends, new schools I am also asking God to keep us connected and heal my sad heart!   Pray with me! 

Book Review: "London Art Chase" Faith Girls

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Book Description: In London Art Chase, the first title in the new Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series, readers meet 10-year-old twins Mia and Maddie and their adorable little sister, LuLu. All the girls are smart, sassy, and unique in their own way, each with a special little something that adds to great family adventures. There is pure excitement in the family as the group heads to London for the first time to watch mom, famous singer Gloria Glimmer, perform. But on a day trip to the National Gallery, Maddie witnesses what she believes to be an art theft and takes her sisters and their beloved and wacky nanny Miss Julia, on a wild and crazy adventure as they follow the supposed thief to his lair. Will the Glimmer Girls save the day? And will Maddie find what makes her shine? My Review: Thank-you 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.   Well my 8 year is turning into a book worm!  …

Warm Spring Weather in February!!!

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I had a great time with the kiddos when it was near 60 degrees in February!   It was amazing!   Love this warm weather in February even if my kids are still desperately wanting a big snow storm and snow day from school.   
This winter has been everything else except snow and cold!   HA!   We have had rain and even tornado's in December... very strange!   The kids however did get sleds and a build and Olaf set that are still in the boxes because we have had no opportunities to use them.  

Craft Street Design Review

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About Craft Street Design:

If you believe in having meaningful words in your ever busy, distracted lifestyle so that they remind you to take the time to focus on the important things, this site is for you. Here you’ll find motivation and inspiration for the mom, wife, boss, sister, free spirit, and entrepreneur in you.

At the core, Craft Street Design is about meaningful words. Like those special recipes that remind us of the warm family get togethers, or the encouraging words of wisdom that will help our little ones when they are far from home or the motivational quotes that allow us to dream & achieve our goals.

About our founder:


I’m Pratima Aravabhoomi, pronounced pruh-TEE-muh AH-ruh-VAH-BHOO-mee, a former Apple consultant who designs meaningful quotes into stylishly simple wall art.
Inspired by the moment that changed my life, I couldn’t help but wonder if meaningful quotes had the same effect on other people as it had on mine. I researched and found that many successful people …

Dental Care Tips for Children Up to 6

Making sure that your kids look after their baby teeth is just as important as ensuring that they look after their adult teeth when they come through. Improper care of baby teeth can lead to toothache, fillings, and even the need to have teeth removed which can be both painful and traumatic for a child. Teaching children good oral hygiene should start as soon as possible in order to make sure that they develop good dental care habits that will stay with them for life. If you’ve got young children and want to make sure that they take good care of their teeth, we’ve got some easy and fun tips. Visit a Dentist EarlyMany parents put off taking their child to the dentist early as they’re worried that their child will be fearful. Some parents won’t take their children to the dentist as they have a phobia themselves. However, the best thing that you can do for your child is to make sure that you take her to the dentist within a matter of months from cutting her first tooth, ideally under the…

Book Review: "The Legend of the Easter Robin"

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Book Description: This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Dandi Daley Mackall. With new vibrant artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Easter Robin tells the story of Tressa, whose grandmother reveals to her the story of a small robin who saw Jesus struggling and soared to help him. This Easter tale reminds Christians everywhere how much Jesus sacrificed for us and how much he loves us.
My Review: I woke up this morning and heard the birds chirping!   Spring is coming!  Tomorrow we are expecting the temperatures to soar into the 60's...this is awesome for Iowa.  It seems fitting that with the warm temps I share this book which will be the perfect book to add to your library for Easter time!   
I was not familiar with the legend of the Easter Robin.   This story originated from th…

Obesity in Canada

Obesity is a chronic as well as a progressive condition, similar to high blood pressure or diabetes. Obesity is characterized by additional body fat that can affect or threaten your health. Several organizations, including the World Health Organization, the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Obesity Network, now consider obesity to be a chronic disease.

In Canada, one in four adults and one in 10 kids have clinical obesity. This means around 6 million Canadians are currently living with obesity and may require immediate help to maintain their weight.

Obese children are at a greater risk of becoming obese adults and can suffer from a number of health consequences, including elevated cholesterol levels, blood pressure and stress. Examining trends in childhood obesity is significant to assess ways to decrease its burden. Obesity rates among youth and children in Canada have almost tripled in the last 30 years.Health Issues for Obese Children Obese children experience both physical a…

Book Review: "Holy Bible" Princess Style!

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Book DescriptionPurple, pearls, and princesses! Little girls will love this brand-new version of the International Children’s Bible®. The ICB® contains Bible text at a third-grade reading level, and the cover is decorated with the popular purple-and-pearl trend little girls will love. My Review: Thank you Booklook program for sending me this bible free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.  I have a girly girl and her mouth dropped open wide when she saw this fancy pretty princess looking Bible!   It has a crown with fancy looking pearls attached and sparkles throughout the entire cover. 
When you open the Bible there is more purple and sparkles on the presentation page. This Bible also includes a "Family History" and "Why should I read the Bible" sections.

After you get past those couple pages you reach a really fun time line with pictures. Once you go a little further there is a prefa…

Book Review: "I will Follow Jesus" Bible Storybook

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Book DescriptionI Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook, written by Judah and Chelsea Smith, will help your children learn about the most important relationship they can ever have. This Bible storybook will show your kids the characteristics of Jesus. My Review: "I will Follow Jesus" is a bible storybook for kids aged 4-8.   It has a presentation page if you would like to gift this book for a special occasion.   This Bible storybook goes through many major stories in the Old and New Testament.   I like how this Bible focuses on different people and tells their stories.   Some key people this Bible discusses includes: Moses, Hannah, Ruth, Daniel, Esther, Women at the well, Philip, Paul, and many more!    I enjoyed reading the letter to parents to hear Judah and Chelsea Smith's heart on creating this Bible.   They said, " Our desire is to translate the gospel for children in a way that they can grasp, to help them grow in their faith from a young age, and to inspire them to …

Parenting: Encouraging Your Kids To Be Healthy & Happy

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As a loving parent, a happy and healthy child is all that you could ever ask for. This is something that can easily be taken for granted, so it’s imperative that you are responsible at all times.

There are many factors that fall into the category of nurturing a healthy child. By paying attention to all of the necessary elements, there’s no reason that your kid won’t enjoy the best childhood possible.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Encourage Healthy Eating

Child obesity is a full-blown epidemic in the Western world and helping your child avoid it starts with a healthy diet. All children are different, and you may encounter a few problems along the way. However, it’s your responsibility to ensure that they are eating as they should.

Sticking processed foods in the oven may feel quick and easy. But those ingredients cannot form the basis of a healthy diet. Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might first fear, especially if you use a slow cooker. As well as s…