Before Amen by Max Lucado

Before Amen

Thank you to Family Christian for sponsoring this post and allowing us to read your 2015 Book of the Year! "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy....I need you! I need to talk to you Mommy!" The little one yells as he races through the house full speed ahead. This is a usual occurrence at our house, but when they are this excited to talk with Mom I know it's got to be good. I sit the laundry down,  turn my dishwater off and I get down to their level so that I can hear what has their little hearts racing. I often wonder what goes through God's mind when I call out to Him. He is our Father, you know? So, I'm sort of thinking He probably drops whatever He is doing the minute He hears our calls/cries. As a parent I encourage and expect my children to come to me when they have a problem. I'm the parent and I'm here to help them with whatever it is that they are dealing with. It's my duty as a parent to take care of my children and to make sure that their needs are met and they are happy. But, what about … [Read more...]

Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe


If you like mushrooms then you are going to love this recipe! We think these would make a great appetizer for football parties or other gatherings as well. Enjoy! Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 25 minutes Total: 45 minutes Servings: 2 INGREDIENTS: 12 Organic Button Mushrooms 4 oz Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese, Softened 3 Applegate Naturals Uncured Good Morning Strips Bacon, Finely Chopped 1 Small Shallot, Peeled and Finely Chopped 2 Organic Garlic Cloves, Peeled and Minced 2 Tablespoons Organic Green Onions, Chopped 1 oz Frigo Crumbled Blue Cheese (1 tablespoon Red Wine- optional) Salt & Pepper INSTRUCTIONS: 1.) Preheat oven to 400°F 2.) Rinse each mushroom and dry with paper towels. Gently break off stems and finely chop. 3.) Covered with a paper towel in the microwave, cook 3 strips bacon (the 3rd is for you to eat while you cook) until lightly brown and crisp. Remove from the microwave and set aside. In pan, add shallots and garlic and sauté until lightly … [Read more...]

Round Robin Giveaway- $15 Starbucks GC- $300 in Prizes!

Round Robin 300 Giveaway Jan31

We know how hard it can be to get the day started (especially those dreaded Mondays) and so we thought we would give you a little incentive---COFFEE! Not just coffee though...FREE COFFEE! That's right... We are each giving away a $15 Starbucks Gift Card! Our Prize: We are giving away a $15 Starbucks Gift Card! We’ve made entering SUPER simple! How to Enter: Leave me a comment below. Tell me – How you like your coffee, and what you do to get your day started? You can also comment on any of our other posts for an additional entry (one entry per post you comment on). Come back and leave me a comment with the title of the post you commented on. You can do this for each post you commented on. (This is an optional entry method and not required, however it will get you more entries). Follow on Instagram- We thought we'd give you more optional entries. Follow us on Instagram and then leave your Instagram name in the comments below so we can verify if you win. (This is an … [Read more...]

More Deals From Educents

educents-noahs ark

We have a few more great deals from educents to share with you today! Hurry, these won't last long! *This post may contain affiliate links. Printable Handbook If you're struggling, this book will help your homeschooling experience. Expires 1/23. Noah's Ark Building Block Set Your little ones will walk in Noah's steps to build an Ark big enough for Noah and all the animals. This building block set includes 12 pairs of animals and Noah himself! Expires 1/30. Homeschool Visual Arts Program Bring more art into your busy homeschooling schedule with arTree digital magazine, video lessons and presentations. ArTree will introduce students to famous and contemporary artists every month. Expires 1/30. … [Read more...]

Fun Valentine’s Day Craft

Fun Valentine's Day Craft

My boys and I love doing crafts together. We were hoping to make a fun Valentine's Day craft that wouldn't take too much effort. This craft was so simple that even our 4 year old could do it! Items Needed: Paper Plates Scissors Stapler (or strong tape). You could also use a hole punch and put ribbon or string along the edges. Markers and other items to decorate The joy of this project is that you can decorate it however you like, with whatever items you like. We chose Valentine's Day doilies, markers and ribbon. Step 1 Grab 2 paper plates. Cut one in half and leave the other intact. Step 2 Flip one of your paper plate halves over and staple it to the front of the paper plate that was not cut. (See photo below). Be sure to staple around the edges well so that candy and treats do not fall through any small holes. Step 3 Decorate! This is the fun part because you can use your own creativity and decorate however you like. We stapled ribbon across the top of … [Read more...]

5 FREE Valentine’s Day Printables

Valentine's collage

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? My boys and I have been gearing up for this day. We've been busy in the kitchen coming up with delicious sweet treats and now my boys are preparing their Valentine's Day cards for their friends. We wanted something different this year and since my boys love their games so much we thought we would put together a fun gaming Valentine's Day card, but we didn't want to keep it all to ourselves...we are sharing the printable with YOU! (These are great when printed on cardstock). That's not all though, your children will have great fun coloring this super cute printable! If you are looking for fun activities for your child this Valentine's Day this activity is so cute and so much fun! My boys love matching activities! Decode the secret message below using the letter key at the bottom for a special surprise Valentine's Day message! And don't forget about our FUN Valentine's Day Word Search! Your child is bound to have loads of fun with this … [Read more...]

Time Management Tips

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We could all use some time management tips, right? It's the new year and I'm sure there are many of you that have vowed to better manage your time into the new year. Managing your time can be one of the most difficult things to master. It's not easy to balance everything that needs to get done, and still get it all done in a timely manner. This post will go over a few great ways to start managing your time easily and efficiently without getting stressed. Planning o   Use an Organizer By using some sort of organizer you will be far better off when it comes to getting things done, yes lists are still needed, but organize them by date on a calendar of some sort. You can purchase planners at many stores, or use a desk calendar for a more permanent fixture. There are also many online printable calendars that can be put into a binder that work well. You’ll want to begin by making a list of things that need to get done on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It may work best to … [Read more...]

Riding Safe in Style with Graco Travel System


A while back Graco sent me their awesome new travel system, however I had to wait a bit for my sister to give it a try with her new baby before I could really give it an honest review. So, I got to spend a little quality time with my cute little nephew to bring you t his review (I'm the winner here!) Graco Modes™ Sport Click Connect™ Travel System This new travel system is sold exclusively at Babies "R" Us. The system is sort of like an all-in-one and would make a great baby shower or new mommy/baby gift. The Graco Modes Sport Click Connect travel system can be used every day and will work from the time baby is born until baby outgrows the stroller. It really is a money saving system and I just wish we had one of these when our children were younger. Graco Modes Sport Click Connect Travel System is the car seat/stroller combo that truly grows with your child from an infant to a toddler. These strollers are very stylish and provide 10 different riding options. Included in the … [Read more...]