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Oreo Pancakes- Happy Birthday Jesus Pancakes

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Happy Birthday Jesus
2017 Christmas



Every Christmas morning we make pancakes!  We add a candle to each of our plates and we sing, "Happy Birthday" to Jesus!   It is one way we keep Christ in Christmas.   I love trying new recipes as well and my kids feel spoiled that this was breakfast!   We have had a big variety of pancakes consisting of: banana, cinnamon roll, birthday cake, carrot cake, chocolate and peanut butter, and whole wheat banana.  
This year this recipe came from Kirbie's.   It was fairly simple to make but I did ask my hubby to come and help me make the whipped topping while I was still making the pancakes.  That was simply to get done sooner as the kids are obviously super excited to be done with breakfast!  


Oreo pancakes were a hit and they asked me to save the recipe! 


Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

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One of the Christmas presents my kids unwrapped was play tickets to see "Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas."  It was an adorable play and I hope my kids remember it forever.  We even sang some Christmas songs at the end of the play but to top it all off they got some autographs of the cast.

100 Favorite Bible Verses for Children

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Book Description

100 Favorite Bible Verses for Children includes best-loved verses for children and parents to learn together. The verses are in various translations and are paired with fun devotions and prayers. Full of charming animal illustrations, this is an excellent choice for families who want their children to learn God’s Word and apply it in their lives.
My Review Thanks for coming to read my review.  Thanks, Booklook program for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.  
One goal to set for my kids and I for 2018 is some scripture memorization.  I have never made it a priority and I would really like to memorize myself but show my kids the importance of it!   I know God will use it if I hide his word in my heart.  I think this book is going to help us greatly do just that.  
I plan on utilizing this devotional book not only for the prayers and devotion but really as a guide to help us memori…

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No "Elfin" around Kiah Loves Chewy.com

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Happy Pawlidays from Kiah!!!   We wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  
Kiah is teasing you in these pictures with her serious face.  She is still learning to love herself when the camera is pointed at her.   (Ok she was mad at me because I put the elf hat on her!) 
Thanks Chewy.com for sending Kiah some Victor Premium Dog Food in cans!   I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% my own. 
As you can see she ate it up quickly.   There was no stopping her for any more pictures once she started eating!  I had tortured her enough with the hat and making get her pictures taken.  

Victor canned dog food is easy to open and appears very moist and easy to get out of the can.  
So a case of 12 cans will run $28.99 on chewy.com!  

Coobie Seamless Bra Review

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Coupon:USE PROMO CODE USFG TO SAVE 30% OFF COOBIE SEAMLESS BRAS - THE MOST COMFORTABLE BRA EVER!
So I'm currently wearing a pink Coobie Seamless Bra!   It is ve comfortable and I am excited to try some of their other bras.   They all look very fitting and comfortable.   As a woman, it is challenging to shop for bras.  You want comfort yet would still like some curves!  I mean I am super short so if I look super flat am going to be taken as a kid even more!  (Yes you can laugh at that!)

I love tt this company has the comfort we need but also some fun colors!  It is nice to have a variety of colors and prints to chose from.  I recently lost some weight so it was needed to get some new bras.  I wanted comfort and I knew I have found a good match because nothing has the uncomfy underwires!   They have many other designs that I am excited to order and try!   Go take a look as you will fall in love with the comfort and look!   These bras are very affordable as well so win-win scenario!  

Happy Birthday Jesus

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Happy Birthday Jesus!!!   This year we made Oreo pancakes and we all loved them.  Fairly simple recipe and it was easier for me since my husband helped make the whipped topping.  Yum!!!  
I love this tradition that we have and my Pinterest pancake board is filled with ideas.  We have tried so many different kinds of pancakes over the years and always seem to love them all.

White Christmas Gift

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My loves

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Christmas Eve service was beautiful and I sadly didn't get any pictures at church.  Boo. This one at home did turn out nice though!

Matching Family PJ's- new Tradition

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Merry Christmas!!!  What traditions do you have for Christmas?   This year I ordered matching Jammie's to be opened on Christmas Eve to wear to bed.  We opened them up early so I had time to wash them.  I ordered these off a website called PatPat... I don't recommend them.  It took weeks to ship so I'm thankful I ordered them early November.  They are soft so that is good!

Teachers have fun!!

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Do you ever look at those funny "awkward family" photos online?  Well, my school has a tradition of taking these funny pictures for each grade level.   It makes the last day before Christmas break more fun!   We all are wearing our festive sweaters and getting in the Christmas spirit. 
This year made me really thankful for the my coworkers.  I couldn't do my job without them.  

Flash back

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Look at how adorable these two kids are!   They sure are growing up!  Makes me emotional a little bit just looking and knowing how fast time is going. 

Merry Christmas from the Flanigan's

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Merry Christmas 2017
I realized I never ordered enough pictures to send them out to everyone. Oops.  
We are praying that you and your family enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.  Jesus we praise you that you love us no matter what... unlike Santa who makes a list of all the bad things! 



Every Child Needs a Craft Bucket: Here's What You Should Add

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Children are curious and creative and they love to get messy making things and playing. When they are very little, this sort of activity would be confined to paints and crayons with paper, but when they are a bit older, they can use more things to fully express themselves.


Learning to play and create on their own is really beneficial for children, especially 5 year olds who are starting to find a little bit of independence and explore their own interests. Giving them a craft bucket or box, filled with things they can use to create and play is a perfect way to give them all they need to have a fun afternoon and really flex their imagination.


Here’s what every young crafter will need:
Pencils, Crayons and Felt Tips


The absolute foundation of any craft bucket are the things that will allow your children to draw and design: pencils, crayons and felt tips. These are really cheap (there’s no point in getting expensive ones at this age) but they will give you child everythi…

Adored 365- Book Review

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In an ever-changing world, we can be certain of one thing: we are beloved by God. Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women tackles tough topics girls face, from bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight. Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. With honest, poignant, and sometimes humorous text, every page will speak to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. Perfect for everyday use, Adored will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance. Gift givers will love this highly designed book featuring a beautiful, foiled cover, and two-color interior pages. My Review Not only is this a great book resource for young ladies but also older ones as well.   We all have a desire to feel loved and sadly this world has…

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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QUICK OVERVIEW:
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…

Six amazing home remedies for acne

Very few people are lucky enough to live their life without acne breakouts. However, for the most of us, acne has threatened to ruin our day more than once in our lifetimes. Acne is often called skin breakout and this results in painful and prominent pimples, black and whiteheads and skin inflammation and redness. Lots of research shows that acne can lead to extreme forms of stress in people, especially with teenagers. There are a lot of home remedies you can try out when you catch acne symptoms early. These remedies are cheaper, natural and do not harm you in any way. Mint Mint is a natural coolant and it also helps clean up your clogged pores. Most cases, your dead skin cells and dirt mix with the excess oil secreted and clogs up your pores. This results in acne. When you can clean up the pores regularly, you prevent acne from intensifying. You can make a paste of mint and yogurt and apply it all over skin as a mask. Tea tree oil Tea tree oil is becoming the favorite for skin care exper…

An illustrated guide to the types of knives

A sharp knife which is the right shape and size is an essential tool for every kitchen. A perfect shaped knife not only gives better grip and control but also make chopping easier and safer. Even though there are plenty of choices available in the market, finding a right knife can often be a real task. The right choice would be to have different kinds of knives for different chopping needs as they are designed to best serve a particular use. Numerous uses of knives range from being used at a dining table like butter knife; to be used in the kitchen like paring knife; to be used as weapons like daggers; to be used by travelers and hikers like a pocket knife and some others. In earlier times, the knives were made from a rock, bone, flint, and obsidian, but with the advancement in technology, knife blades nor being made of iron, copper, steel, bronze, cobalt and titanium alloys, obsidian, plastic, and obsidian.  Though, obsidian is rarely used in the kitchen as it is known to be the sharp…