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!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Little K's Incredible Journey - 1 YEAR OLD!!

You're one year old! It's been an incredible year with lots of growing and learning. At 1 year old, you can walk (EVERYWHERE!), climb up on the couch (as well as other places where you are not supposed to climb), throw a ball, stack two blocks on top of each other, and push cars around the floor while making "vroom" sounds. There's a whole lot more you can do, but Mom can't remember EVERYTHING!

You also love to sing. When we sing karaoke, you sing along. Mom sings "Let it Go" to you to help you get to sleep and sometimes when you are ready for a nap you will start singing "Go Go...". Your list of words is ever growing. The other day you were playing with your Daniel Tiger plush and I could have sworn you said, "Daniel Tiger". You can sign and say "more" at the appropriate times. You can also sign "milk" when you want mom to feed you, but most of the time you just reach up and climb in her lap.

At your checkup, we found that you are the biggest of our three children at one year old! Your big brother better watch out, though he's been growing pretty quickly too!

You had a great first birthday party. The theme was Knights/Dragons.
This was the sign that was on the door:

The bottom part said "Sir...has just turned one!"

Mom, Big Sis, and T-Rex even made a castle wall for your birthday decorations. It turned out really well and we still have it hanging up even though your party was Sunday and it is now Wednesday. Mom thinks we should take it down. Maybe we'll put it in your room.

You can see some of Little K, T-Rex, and even Big Sis' artwork on the wall as well.

We got a How to Train Your Dragon cake for your birthday. It was from Hyvee. They make delicious cakes. (They did not pay Mom to say that!)

And you even got a smash cake, though you weren't too interested in smashing it.

Mom has a whole lot more pictures of you from your party, but she doesn't share those on her blog. She will share them with you when you are older to help you remember these fun times! You are growing up so fast!