Sunday, April 12, 2015

Review: The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs by John C. Maxwell

When I had the opportunity to review the book The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs by John C. Maxwell, I thought this was a great book for my husband who is working to move up in the managerial world. So, I let him read it and in a little twist he is providing his honest review in exchange for this free book from Book Look Bloggers. So here is a review from Mr. B. :)

I found many helpful things in this book. Some of the helpful insights that Maxwell provided were:
- Don't manage your time, manage your life. Maxwell writes about how you can't make more time. There's only 24 hours in the day and the best thing is to try to make the most of your time as a leader. Many people try to say things like, "I need to make time" or "I need to find the time", but these things are not possible because you still have the same tasks you need to do. It's more about taking the time to do the things you need to do.
- Maxwell writes that people who manage themselves poorly undervalue themselves by doing what others want them to do. They put too much time into what other people think are important and not enough time and effort into what they think is valuable and important. This jives with me because of my own job where I am told that what I think is important isn't and I need to do something else. My time is wasted in many cases because I'm not as effective as I could be.
- Maxwell adds that people also ruin their effectiveness by doing unimportant things. He gives a rating for things you need to do based on terms of importance and urgency that is very helpful to follow.
- Maxwell says that people reduce their potential by doing things without coaching or training and basically just flounder through whatever it is they are doing. They aren't able to do things as well as they could if they would simply ask for help. They say you don't have to reinvent the wheel. If someone else knows a fast and effective way of doing something, why not just take their lead and make it work for you? They also say Rome wasn't built in a day so take your time to do what you need to do, don't rush into it.
- Another key insight that I really liked was Maxwell's saying, "Don't send your ducks to eagle school." This basically means that each person was made a different way. Some people work better in groups, some as individuals. Don't try to give people things that they aren't good at. Challenge them, but not to do something that they just can't do. If you try to do something that you just can't do and you fail, give it up and do something that you can do and do it well.

In closing, there were 26 lessons in this book and above I only showcased a few. I'm sure that for leaders of all types they would read this book and find something that works for them and would help them to build themselves as better leaders. I endorse this book and challenge other leaders to learn and take from it what they can back to their organizations and I can almost guarantee that it would make the effectiveness higher and help those in the organization to be more likely to reach their potential.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Craft - Fingerpaint Flowers

When I looked up at the art wall and saw snowmen, turkeys, and Christmas trees, I knew it was time to do a spring time craft.
For this simple craft, I just drew some stems with green markers and then let the boys go at it with the finger paints. This was Little K's first time really finger painting on his own. He ate the paints at first (don't worry, they are non-toxic of course!) but realized they did not taste too great and continued painting. T-Rex must cover the paper with paint. You almost can't tell that his are flowers any more, but that's ok! I love how they turned out and it was so quick and easy!

T-Rex's painting:

Little K's painting:

I would love to see crafts that you've done with your little ones! Feel free to share them in the comments!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lessons I've Learned From My Mother

It's been a while since I've done a "Lessons I've Learned..." post. My mother just turned 60 on Friday, and we had a big surprise party for her. Though her silly family tried to make it a joke, my sister had put out slips of paper and they were to write something they loved about my mom. It was "60 reasons to love her". I thought this was a nice idea, and it got me thinking about lessons I've learned from my mother.
So, the next installment in my series..."Lessons I've Learned From My Mother". Love you, Mom!

- Always have faith. It may sound cliche, but if God brought you to it, He'll bring you through it.

- Know how to have fun and laugh. It's important to be able to let loose sometimes!

- Every once in a while, some retail therapy is nice. Just don't overdo it.

- You are never too old for hugs from Mom!

- You may not be the best of friends with your children when they are young (especially when they are teenagers!), but you are still their mom. They still love you!

- It's very important to take some time for yourself once in a while. Whether that means that retail therapy or taking an hour at church every week to be alone with God, it's vital.

- Always be there for your kids. They may be grown up, but they will always be your babies.

Thanks for being there for me, Mom!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review: What Am I Supposed to Do with My Life?: God's Will Demystified

It's a question that we have probably all asked ourselves at some point in our lives. "What am I supposed to do with my life?" If we are Christians, we will also often ask "What is God's will for my life?" Author Johnnie Moore approaches these questions in his book What Am I Supposed to Do with My Live?: God's Will Demystified. Johnnie explains that God's will should not be difficult for us to find. In fact, we should not have to search for God's will at all. God's will is more about becoming who we are supposed to be. God fashioned us to do something, to have a purpose. God's will is this purpose. In his book, Johnnie addresses how our own will is at war with God's will, why "waiting on God" is not helpful in finding God's will for us, how to make decisions when presented with different paths, making a commitment and pursuing our dreams. Johnnie's book explores what the Bible says about God's will for us and confirms very much so what the pastor at my church has been teaching for years, as Johnnie Moore says, "The will of God is more about who you are than where you are or what you do. You don't find it, you become it."

I received this book for free from the Book Look Bloggers program (Thomas Nelson Publishers) in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

My First Bad Review - "That was just plain NASTY!" - Hemp Pro 70 Plant Based Protein Powder from Manitoba Foods

I received a free sample from Swaggable in exchange for my honest review. Read on and you will see that this is perhaps my most honest review ever! I have never written a bad review about any products I have received, so this is a first.

Hemp Pro 70 is made from organic hemp protein. Hemp is a plant, and as soon as you taste this it is pretty obvious. When I opened the pouch, my first reaction was that it smelled a bit funny. I also thought it looked like dirt. I combined it with some milk, which I regretted within a few seconds because I just wasted milk. After I took that first sip, I knew there was no way I was going to suck this down. Not only did it not taste like chocolate, it tasted horrible! I can't really even describe it. Maybe it tasted like I was drinking dirt and grass? I would definitely not recommend this. It only has 14 grams of protein, so if you find a shake mix with whey protein or some other kind of protein that tastes much better you probably will get more protein. My husband has a whey protein mix that has 25 grams of protein and tastes much much better than this junk! I am sure glad that I was given this as free sample from Swaggable in exchange for my review because I would have wasted my money!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Quaker's Popped - A Great Snack for Little Ones!

I was so excited to get my first Bzz Kit from Bzz Agent! In exchange for my honest review, I was given a few samples of Quaker's Popped Rice Crisps to try.

When the package came in the mail, my 2-year-old, "T-Rex" was excited too! He wanted to rip right into the package!

He was even more excited when he saw what was in the package!

His immediate reaction? "Mommy, I want some!"

So we tore into the first kind, which was the Cheddar flavor.

They were the perfect size for his little hands. His 13-month-old little brother, "Little K" loved them too!

The Cheddar had a good flavor. It was not too overpowering. I thought that I would love the Caramel since I love sweet, but these were not as appealing to me. I think it was because they tasted more like rice cakes to me than the Cheddar or the Sour Cream and Onion which tasted more like chips.

Sour Cream and Onion were my favorite. Though there was not as much seasoning as I am used to on most chips. They are also gluten free, which is a plus for many out there who are concerned with gluten allergies (which I am not). My kids love them! My daughter asked if we could get some more for free. I told her no, that's all the free ones. She asked if we can buy some sometime. We may do that!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Little Bunny's Bible - A Review

I had an opportunity to review Little Bunny's Bible by PJ Lyons and Melanie Mitchell through the BookLook Bloggers program. They provide free books to bloggers in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.
This books was published by Zondervan.

I was waiting to get an opportunity to review a Bible type book for toddlers, as the one we have is all paper so it's not really appropriate for my two-year-old as of yet. This book has many Bible stories and it is made of a board book material so it's great for my two-year-old and his little brother! My two-year-old was immediately impressed with this book. He said, "Bunny!" right away and now he won't even let me get my hands on it to look at it for a review! It has a soft cover with a cute bunny on the front. Inside are colorful painted illustration and rhyming text that provides a great summary of Bible stories in a way that will be interesting to toddlers. The stories included are the creation story, Noah and the ark, Daniel and the lion's den, the story of Jonah, the story of Jesus' birth, the parable of the shepherd counting his sheep, the miracle of Jesus feeding thousands, and the story of Jesus' death and Resurrection. I feel that these are appropriate stories to share with a toddler to introduce them to the Bible. My son enjoyed sitting on my lap and listening to the stories. He liked the pictures and pointed out things that he saw. This is a great book for toddlers! I highly recommend it!