Thursday, March 31, 2011

Teaching Your Child To Read


I'm using this book (Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons) with our daughter and I'm LOVING IT!  How did you teach your child to read?  I highly recommend this book.

Reading unlocks an endless world of possibilities!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Day I Heard My Four Year Old Swear


I was sitting on the couch, half-listening to my four-year-old daughter mumbling to herself as she went potty (a normal occurrence).  Normal until I heard those words come out of her mouth:

"What the H*ll!" 

For a moment I thought I was hearing things (or hoping I was).  "What did you say?"  I asked her to come see me.

She repeated what I dreaded she had said.  Of course, in all fairness, she had no idea what she was saying or why it was wrong.  I explained why it was wrong and stressed the importance of her not saying it again. 

When she went to bed I cried.  I know that it is mostly due to pregnancy hormones wreaking havoc on my body at the moment, but I think it was more than that.

It reminded me of several things:

1. As parents, we only have control over what our little ones hear, say, and do ... only so far.  We can do everything in our power to shelter them from hearing bad words, seeing questionable things, etc. and they will still fail us.

2. It stressed the importance of our high calling as Christan parents.  How we should continue to monitor what they watch on television. 

3. She will be a teenager one day!  My husband gently reminded me that this is only the beginning of our teaching and training. She will be a teenager one day (heaven help me)!

4.  It got me thinking, because that is what us mommies do best.  What can we do as parents?  How do we know that we are doing our very best?

PRAY

Pray without ceasing for their little souls.

Pray specifically.

Pray fervently.

Pray sacrificially.

Pray unconditionally.

Pray faithfully.


LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Be the example they need to see!  Do they see you praying?  Reading your bible?  Speaking kind words?  Living a life of patience and humility?

GODLY MEDIA RESOURCES

There are so many godly resources out there!  Here are a few of our favorites:

1) Veggie Tales (If you have never watched a Veggie Tales DVD you are missing out.  Just sayin'!)

2) Really Woolly Kids (I received this DVD in the mail from Day Spring and my kids love it!  We have a bible hour every morning and they always request to watch this.)

3) Seeds Family Worship Cd's  (Scripture set to music!  We have all 5 of their Cd's and have them all over the house and in our cars.)

4) Cedarmont Kids DVD and Cd's (Awesome.  Period.)

What do you do as parents?  What do you think is important?  Do you have any good resources to recommend?






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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rice Crispy Easter Eggs To Make With Kids



Last year our family made these fun treats!  
Here's a different option for YOUR FAMILY
to try and love this Easter.



Kellogg's Rice Krispies 
Easter Egg Treat Recipe:

  (Ingredients)

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10oz.,about 40) regular marshmallows
  OR
4 cups  miniature marshmallows
6 cups  Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
1 1/2 cups  semi-sweet chocolate morsels or milk chocolate morsels
5 teaspoons shortening
  Multi-colored sprinkles

and other fun recipes like these:




Our Easter Egg Hunt Last Year


I'm linking this post to Beauty & Bedlam!



Don't forget to check out my current giveaway!  (Candace Cameron Bure's new book: Resphaping It All)

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Reshaping It All Review And Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed.  Jennifer from Joy Ever After is the winner.  Please email me with your name and mailing address (curly2880atyahoodotcom).


Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, by Candice Cameron Bure with Darline Schacht is by far one of my new favorite reads!  It is more than that, it was life-changing for me.  It is a practical book that I will pick up over and over!  You can purchase a copy here on amazon.   

Have a chance to WIN YOUR OWN COPY
at the end of my review!


I don't know if you are like me, but I get super board with long book reviews.  I will try to make this short and sweet...  here's my TOP 10 REASONS I loved this book (in no particular order).

MY TOP 10 REASONS I LOVED THIS BOOK!

1)  I love reading about how we can keep our bodies trim and fit for God's glory.  I am passionate about women's health.

2) I love how this book talks about reshaping our spiritual life and our physical bodies.  I believe that there is a connection (and should be) as christian women!

3) Such an easy read!  It normally takes me forever to read a book.  I read this one in less than 3 days.  Couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to pick it back up!

4) I grew up watching Candice on Full House.  I love seeing what a beautiful woman of God she has grown up to be!  She is truly beautiful inside and out.

5) At the end of each chapter you will find a section called "The Pantry: Chocked-Full of Food For Thought".  The pantry is organized for readers on the go, who want to flip open the book and grab something to chew on.  It has 6 quick parts:

a) The Main Ingredient (A quick re-cap)
b) A Slice of Advice (Candice answers fan mail)
c) A Pinch of Practicality (practical application)
d) Food for Thought (verses used in the chapter)
e) The Candy Dish (A special quote)
f) From My Stove to Yours (AWESOME HEALTHY RECIPES)

6) Candice is honest about her past struggles with an eating disorder and her spiritual walk.  Very candid and someone you are sure to relate to in many ways.

7) She has a bunch of pictures in the middle!  I'm such a visual person that I loved this section.

8) It is much more than a biography, but a truly motivating tool that will be able to put you back on the right track toward a better physical and spiritual fitness regimen that really lasts!

9) She offers a biblical perspective on appetite and self-control that really encouraged me.  I love to eat... but Candice really speaks direct about our sin of gluttony and why we overeat. 

10) Candice says, "Diets usually fail for one or all of these three reasons:

a) No pain No Gain.  We choose to sprint instead of training for the long run.
b) We're Spoiled.  We try to change only the food that we eat instead of changing our mind-set.
c) Lack of Conviction.  We don't truly believe that the benefits are worth the effort it takes to get us there."

Which one are you?  Are you looking for a practical, inspiring, life-changing book that will be sure to get your spiritual and physical back on track?  Have you been struggling for years, only to be left more depressed and discouraged.  Pick of this book!

HOW TO WIN YOUR COPY (each thing you do below will earn you a comment- please make sure you leave a separate comment for each thing you do!!!):

1) Tell me why you would like to read this book.
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Winner will be chosen using random.org this Friday!  Good luck...



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Saturday, March 26, 2011

You Are Loved Beyond Measure!


Did you know that you are loved beyond measure by a good and great God!  Psalm 139 

When others tell you that you will be defined by your many failures, He says that you are more than a conqueror through Him.  Romans 8:37 

When the enemy whispers deafening destruction within your ear, He says, I Am... and speaks above the lies of the devil with hope.  Satan has to flee.  Exodus 3:14

He is a God at hand; and not far off.  He desires sweet fellowship with you.  Jer. 23:23



He will allow you to rest in peace, in the midst of any billowing storm.  Psalm 23:2



He prepares a table before you in the midst of your enemies; you have nothing to fear because of His perfect love. Psalm 23:5

He casts down everything that exalteth itself against Himself.  He is able to allow your thoughts to be reigned, as you submit to Him! 2 Cor. 10:5

The Lord is mighty to save.  He takes great delight in you. He rejoices over you with singing and is able to quiet you with His love!  Zephaniah 3:17



Just a little reminder today... that even when man forsakes you, God will never abandon you.  A word of hope! 

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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Breast Milk Baby. Is it really necessary?



At first glance, this baby doll really disturbed me.  Berjuan Toys, the company that has always supported the development of small children by producing interesting, engaging dolls, continues its tradition with the release of this innovative baby doll, The Breast Milk Baby.  Then I watched this mom's viewpoint (click here).  She had some great points.

On the other hand, do I think that our 4 and 5 year old little girls need to have a $99.00 doll to practice with? I don't think it is necessary, but is it wrong? I'd have to say that the flower nipples on the halter top the little girl wears is a bit creepy.


Man, and does it have people up in arms!  Like any controversial topic, it has definitive conflicting views. 

Some people say, "what about bottle tops that our babies practice with?  They are shaped like a woman's breast and nobody has a problem with that." 

A lot to think about. 

The United States Health Resources and Services Administration has made it a national goal to have at least 75% of all mothers breastfeeding for at least six months by 2010.  So is this just another marketing tool? 

My thoughts...

1) I still don't think I'll ever purchase one of these dolls. 
2) I think the little girl's mommy is the best example of breastfeeding if she chooses to feed her child that way.
3) Yes, breastfeeding is natural.  But what about women that struggle with it?  Like me (read my story here). 
4) Why not just stick with the bottle with little girls?  For all we know, it could very well be "breast milk or formula" in the bottle..
5) Final thought... little girls are too young to breastfeed (in my opinion) if they have to put on a halter top with flower-shaped nipples.  Let little girls be little girls!  They already grow up too fast!


Okay, time to hear from you.  What are your thoughts?




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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thank You Mommy!


There are days... and nights... and days... and nights... that seem to drag on.  The mundane.  The same routine. 

The dark mommy-circles under the eyes tell it all. 

The whining.

The fighting.

The disobeying.

The unthankfulness.

The sickness.

The messes to pick up.

The days that seem to drag on.

The lack of adult-interaction.

The feeling that I might be missing out on, something?


But then I see their little faces, and I know... oh yes, I know, it is all worth it.  I LOVE being their Mommy.  I LOVE every moment, the good and the bad.

Thank you to all the Mommies out there!  You are doing a wonderful job.  I saw this on facebook and had to include it in a blog post: 

So you ask...Do I work? Uh yes, I work 24 hours a day. Why? Because I am a Mom. I am an alarm clock, a cook, a maid, a teacher, a therapist, a nanny, a nurse, a handyman, a security officer, a photographer, a counselor, a chauffeur, an ATM, a jungle gym & a comforter. I don't get holidays, sick pay or days off. I work through the DAY &... NIGHT. I am on call at ALL hours. Re-Post if you are a proud Mom!!

What does being a Mommy mean to you?


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Monday, March 21, 2011

26 Ways To Feel Pretty (A to Z)




A-Z 
(Practical Ways To Make Yourself Pretty As A Women Of God)

Always check your inner beauty FIRST.  Without being beautiful on the inside, we can't fool anyone (at least not for too long) on our outward appearance.  Psalm 139:23-24 says to examine ourselves before the Lord.  Check in with Him daily.  Read His Word.  Memorize scripture.  Pray.  Confess your sin (1 John 1:9) Meditate on His truths.  A guaranteed beauty tip!


Prayer: "Dear Lord, help me to SHINE YOU, and not ME.  


Help my very countenance reflect You, everyday." 
Be careful!  Watch your sugar and salt intake.  Sugar can age you and salt can make you feel bloated and swollen.  Do you want to look like a wrinkled old lady or a blown up balloon?  Avoid these 2 enemies!

CrySometimes we need to just have a good cry!  Ever just seem so frustrated, so stressed, so overwhelmed that led to crying?  You felt better after, huh!  See Link and snippet from article : In other words, we cry-and need to cry-in order to rid our body of hormones that can be toxic to our emotional and physical well-being. Excess stress hormones take a toll on immunity, weight gain, and mood.  Crying is just one of the parasympathetic nervous system's methods of reducing the arousal levels in our sympathetic nervous system's management of our reactions to pain, crises, flight or fight and even intense joy.


Don't compare and have realistic expectations.  We have a tendency as women, to compare ourselves with others.  How do THEY keep their house so clean?  They always seem so put together, so spiritual?  Why can't I be like that?  The Lord has us in the place and situations we are in for a time.  Do your very best, with the resources you have, to glorify Him.  We will all travel at different paces, have different life experiences, and lead different walks of life.  Embrace your life, and be content where He has you now.  


Exercise.  There are so many wonderful benefits to exercise.  It makes you healthy, gives you that rosey-cheeked glow, and strengthens your heart.  Don't have time?  Make time.  Go for a walk with your kids.  Play games with them indoors, like "Let's see who can jump up and down the longest" or "how many jumping jacks can you do, Susie?"  What about having them do an exercise DVD with you?  My daughter loves doing that.  If you have the energy, wake up and do it first thing in the morning.  You will find you have so much energy for the day!  Exercise also raises those wonderful things called endorphins.  Suffer from depression?  Seasonal blues?  Just by exercising 20 minutes a day, can help you feel a little better.  Endorphins are the body's natural mood medicine!  Cool, huh!


Friendship.  Cultivate your friendships with other women.  Go out for that cup of coffee.  But choose your time wisely and never "at the expense" of another person.  Only edify and encourage.  Have fun! 


Go on regular dates.  Date your husband every week!  No, it's not just for teenagers or young-courting couples, ready to get married.  It's for married people, ESPECIALLY!  Think of creative ways to "date" without spending a lot of money.  See some ideas:  HERE.


Hygiene. Brush your teeth, shower, and cloth yourself first thing in the morning!  I know, we just had that discussion above about not having enough time.  NOW you are telling me to do all that first thing.  Yes.  It will make you feel better for the day.  It also shows your children a good example, of how their mom takes care of herself (by being a good steward of her body) and also, shows your Husband, that you take your homemaking job seriously.  That you just don't sit around in your pajamas all day, watching TV, and doing nothing.

IntimacyMake love to your Husband.  (GASP).  It's okay.  That is one of the benefits of marriage!  Pick a day (in your head and don't tell him).  Plan all day.  Think about ways you can surprise him after the kids go to bed.  Write ideas down on paper.  Send him flirty texts.  Check out my friend Monica's, Pillow Talk, when you are done reading this post, for some great ideas.


Jeans (the SKINNY kind).  Do you have a weight-loss goal in mind?  Stick to you goal.  Hang a pair of your skinny jeans in your closet "front and center" to remind you of your goal.


Keep tabs on your HEALTH.  Get regular check ups.  Has it been awhile since you had a full-blood-work-up done?  Have you ever?  You might suggest having them check your thyroid levels, sugar levels, Vitamin D levels (they found that my friend was VERY deficient)!


Laugh, smile, hugs & kisses.  There is a cute, older lady at church, that hugs and kisses EVERYONE she sees.  She just puts a smile on my face every time I see her.  She leaves a lipstick stain on my cheek, but I don't care.  She sure knows how to put a smile on my face and warm my heart!  She even said that receiving a kiss raises your hemoglobin levels!  Who knew.  BUT, when I say hugs and kisses... lets just focus on our family, shall we?  After all, the ones closest to us are sometimes the hardest to love.  Laughing and smiling raises your endorphins too!  


Make a new purchase.  With your husband's approval, of course.  Don't go crazy.  Pick a time when you have a little extra cash.  Be frugal, but buy something you really enjoy.  Maybe go to a local thrift store.  Purchase your favorite perfume?  By a new pair of high heels?  Whatever makes YOU, feel pretty.  Maybe some new lingerie?


Never let yourself get too H.A.L.T.  I read a post once that said, never let yourself get too HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY, or TIRED.  So true!  We have the ability to turn into a monster when we are any of those things!
Open your curtains.  The winter can give us SERIOUS BLUES!  When there is a sunny day, open up all of your curtains.  Let some sunshine in.  Soak up some Vitamin D!  It's good for you (in moderate amounts)!


Pamper day.  HAVE ONE!  Pick a day during the week to pamper yourself.  It doesn't have to be the same day each week.  Do things throughout the day, as you have time.  Maybe do some extra shaving, plucking, tweezing and clipping.  Lotion your legs, arms, face.  Clip your toe nails.  Scrub your feet.  Lotion them and paint your nails.  After the kids go to bed, put on a nice, warm facial mask.  Maybe take a bubble bath?  It will rejuvenate you!  Sometimes, I like to take a second shower at night, just so I can stay in there as long as I want, without being interrupted.  I turn the water up really really WARM and stand under it, letting it run down my face.  Haaaaaaaaaa!


Quiet time.  Find some time, whether it is 2 minutes, or 2 hours, to have some quiet time in your home.  Turn off all electrical devices that make any noise.  Sit quietly.  Read books.  Lower all voices.


Relax.  Don't be so uptight!  Have fun.  Learn to be more laid back.  Stress can add YEARS to our life!  It also has the ability to cause major health problems.  SOOOOOO, learn to let things go, and roll off your back.


Sleep. Get a good night sleep!  So important for health and even weight loss!


Tone and tighten up.  Add some strength training exercises into your day.  Lifts some weights.  Do a short video.  Lay on the floor and raise your baby up and down.  (Just watch out for that DROOL!)  hehe.


Understand and be flexible.  Understand, that no matter how we plan our day, or our agenda... it usually gets shaken up.  Kids wake up early from naps.  People get sick.  Unforeseen trials hit families.  Learn to be flexible and trust God.


Vacation.  Has it been awhile since you and your hubby went on a vacation without the kids.  It is okay to do!  It will be good for your marriage, and good for the kids.  Do YOU need some time away?  Even just an overnight somewhere is great!


Wear some flirty clothes.  For your HUSBAND only.  AFTER the kids go to bed.  Put on a flirty top.  Where something he really LOVES on you.  Spray that perfume or lotion he adores.


X-press yourself. Do something YOU enjoy every day.  Whatever it is.  Write a post.  Read a book.  Listen to some of YOUR music.  Send an encouraging note to a friend.  Whatever makes you feel alive, and does not interfere with your family, go ahead and do it!  It's okay.


You need to check your fiber.  Not getting enough fiber in our system, has a way of "backing up the plumbing"!  This can leave us feeling bloated, tired, and irritable. 


Zip up your mouth.  A GOSSIP is very unbecoming.  She is also known to be crude and cruel.  Have your conversation honest among men and God!  You will make yourself more beautiful for it!




Did you find any of these tips helpful?  Are you ready to do some beautifying?  Then won't you comment below? And please feel free share this post, if you think it will help other MOMS you know.  Just kindly link back to the source (Ordinary Inspirations).

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What do YOU do to make yourself feel PRETTY as a Woman of God?

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Why We Are Sending Our Daughter To Public School (A Re-Post)



You might remember my post, Are Homeschool Moms Just Control Freaks?

In it I confessed my desire to home educate my children.  I also shared the pros and cons of public and private education.

When I found out that my wonderful husband did not share my same passion for homeschooling our children, I was crushed!  But then, we discussed that we would pray about it.  

Ahhhh yes, Lord, please change Tim's heart.  I've prayed this for 3 months now.  Guess what?  Did you know that the Lord has a sense of humor?  Oh yes He does.  In just the past couple days, God has done a complete 180 turn of MY HEART!  I am at total peace about actually sending our daughter to either Private or Public school next year.  Homeschooling is indeed, OUT, for next Fall! (Lord willing). 

I cannot explain it, but you've been there...  Where the Lord speaks to you through His Word, and the Holy Spirit confirms things.  He showed me that this was the path He had for our family at this time.  He released me from my fears, my anxieties, my worries about what other "home-educated-moms" would think of me.  He showed me these things:
  • I love your Riley more than even you do.
  • I have a plan for her life.
  • You will still be a wonderful Mommy, even if you send her to school.
  • You will still be in my will.
  • You can STILL be her teacher, her number one cheerleader, her everything, even if she goes to school!

I'm actually excited about it!  I so had MY HEAD wrapped around home schooling, that I'd never given the other 2 options much thought.  I was convinced, that I had the desire to teach her, so I must need to home educate, right?  No.

I will still be her teacher as I lovingly come along side her as she does her homework.


I will still be her teacher when I discipline and correct her.


I will still be her teacher when we discuss real-life events that occur at school.

I will still be her teacher when I pray, and instill God's Word in her heart, daily.



It's been totally eye-opening people!  Do I still think home-educating her might be an option for the future?  Oh yes.  But not now.  It's not in God's plan for our family and it's okay!

So dear friend, please know that after you have prayed about it as a family, and move forward with the decision God has given you, you will be in His perfect will as you are obedient to Him!

We are not all cookie-cutter Christians.  We are not all cookie-cutter families, either.
What are your thoughts?  Have you been wrestling and wrestling, wondering what you should do for your children? 

Put the guilt-trips aside, and trust the Lord.  He will show you.  He will guide you.  He will tell you.  He will give you a perfect peace!

I love being their #1 teacher... see for yourself:
















I love being their Mommy... a great and high calling to raise them up in the Lord!

(Since writing this post last year, my husband and I have decided to send our daughter to our local public school up the road.  I will be involved and pay careful attention to what is going on.  We just don't have the funds for private schooling.)

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