Friday, March 6, 2015

Noah Is a Grape?

Veggie Tales is a family favorite for us! We love those walking, talking, clapping with no hands vegetables. Bob, Larry and all their friends are back with a brand new dvd, Noah's Ark: A Lesson in Trusting God.

Noah and his family, along with a zoo full of animals, take an adventure aboard an orange slice ark. After 40 days and nights of rain, everyone's faith has been tested, and they're ready to jump ship. Will they chart a new course, or will they remember to trust God's promises?

Noah's Ark has always been one of my favorite Bible stories. And with our love for Veggie Tales, this movie was so much fun. You definitely want to add this to your video library!

To win a copy of Noah's Ark: A Lesson in Trusting God, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Duck Commander Devotions for Kids {Giveaway}

My One Word for the year is water. To drink more water and to drink in the Living Water. Part of my action plan has been having devotions before bed each night. I've been using The Duck Commander Devotional.  I love this devotional. It gives a Scripture for each day, short devo from one of the Robertson clan and a prayer. If you watch the show Duck Dynasty, you will really love it because each person's personality comes out in their devotions.

Recently Korie Robertson, wife to Willie, and her mom, Chrys Howard, have written a new Duck Commander devotional. The Duck Commander Devotions for Kids!

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My son reading Duck Commander Devotions for Kids to my nephew.
Duck Commander Devotions for Kids. #duckdynasty #duckcommander #kids #devotions #parenting
My nephew even had on his camo!

This fun illustrated devotional has a Scripture for the day, short devotional and prayer just like the grown-ups version. This bright colored book also includes an action plan. Something you can do with your kids to further their study of God's Word and to apply it to their life.

Check out what Korie and Chrys have to say about it:

The Duck Commander Devotions for Kids is becoming one of my favorite devotionals for family and kids! Use this devotional for your bedtime devotions, morning devotions, dinner time devotions, or anytime! Your kids will love it and you will be giving them a firm foundation of faith.

To win a copy of Duck Commander Devotions for Kids, complete each task in the raffletopter below.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

One Word 2015 {MONTHLY UPDATE}

It's that time again! Time to check in with each other on our One Word. {To read about my One Word, click HERE.}

1) Drinking water - My goal of drinking 80-100 ounces of water a day is so easy on some days and on others, not so much! I am using Waterlogged to help me keep track. Most days I end up right at 80 ounces. There have been a few days that I had to squeeze in a glass of water at night to hit 80 ounces. I still carry my Tervis tumbler around with me every where I go. It helps keep my water cool and always having it with me helps me to drink throughout the day.

In January, I didn't crave pepsi too much. In February, I did. I even 'cheated' and had a few on weekdays. But I am striving to not do that and stick to water on weekdays. One day I was having a really bad day and felt like I just really needed a pepsi. So I got one. Then God gave me a God-spanking. I shouldn't feel the need to turn to pepsi, or anything else, when things are bad. I should turn to God. So now when I am feeling stressed or upset or like I need a pepsi, I try to take deep breaths and pray.

2) Living Water - My goal of getting in the Word more has been such a blessing! She Reads Truth reminding me to get in the Word again. I love their reading plans. Some of my favorite plans have been the Hymns plans and the Ruth plan. If you are looking for a Bible reading plan, or for a way to get in the Word when you are on the go, check out She Reads Truth. They have wonderful encouragement following the Scripture reading for the day. I have my regular quiet time each morning. I've started journaling my prayers again, which I love to do. Then at 1pm my alarm on my cell goes off from

Before bed I grab my Gratitude Journal and my Duck Commander Devotional. I love my gratitude journal from Money Saving Mom. It gives a space for me to list something from the day that I am grateful for. This practice of pausing before bed to reflect on my day and find something to be grateful for has taught me that there is always something to praise God for. No matter how hard the day may have been, there is always reason to thank God. {Money Saving Mom's Gratitude Journal is currently sold out. When it becomes available again, I will give your more info. You will love it!} Then I read the daily devo from Duck Commander Devotional. This is so fun. Not only do you get a Scripture verse and encouragement, but if you watch the show Duck Dynasty, you know the family member's personalities and you can see that come out in their devotions. It really is fun.

All in all I am doing very well with my One Word for the year. Yet as in all things, there is always room for growth. I look forward to growing with this word, drinking WATER and Living WATER, throughout the year.

How did you do in February? Did you stick to your One Word (or New Year's resolution/goal)? Where did you struggle? Where did you feel success? Share in the comments how you are doing!

*Check back tomorrow for more about the Duck Commander Devotional and a giveaway!

Linking with:
Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Establishing a Bedtime Routine {Giveaway}

We all know how important routine is. One thing new parents learn fast is to establish a routine, especially a bedtime routine. Children thrive with routine. Even pets understand it. Our Boston Terrier is blind, and we think going deaf, but she knows where things are from memory and she understands our routine for what to do and when to do it. Many adults even do better with a regular routine. {Me!}

Here are some tips to establishing a bedtime routine with your little ones:
  • Separate your evening into two parts. The first part should have family fun. Dinner, of course. Then watch a family friendly tv show together, play a game together, go for a walk, work on a puzzle, have a tickle fest, just do something fun as a family. This builds the bond of family and lets your child have some move around time, not just sitting in front of electronics.
  • The second part of your evening should be calm. Bath time, a light snack, then a quiet activity like reading a book. We love to light candles every night and if the tv is on, it is quiet, not blaring loud. You can even play calming music. Having things quiet and calm helps prepare us for bed.
  • Always include God in your routine. The routine that children have early on will carry with them for many years to come. My family's routine is very similar to the routine I had growing up. My kids are now teenagers, but it's the same routine we've always had. Including God early on will help your children establish a place for bedtime devotions in their life. Have devotions, even if it is only reading one verse, a short chat about it and prayer. Just make sure to include God!
  • Have their bedroom ready. Keep their bedroom as clean as you can. I know, I know, with little ones it's impossible really hard. Try doing a bedroom clean up before dinner. If their room is free of distractions, it is easier for them to go to sleep. The bed should be clear of clothes and toys so that they can go right in and sleep.
  • Stick to your routine. As much as you can, stick to it. It cannot become routine if it changes each day. Sometimes our routine will need to be flexible, like for mid-week church services or maybe an older child's sporting event. Help your little one ease into those times, like reading 1 book instead of 2 or maybe waking them up an hour later in the morning.
Remember, your child will thrive with a routine. More importantly, your child will thrive spiritually when you add God into that routine.

I want to share Words to Dream On, a book of bedtime Bible stories and prayers. Each story includes an engaging title, a bedtime blessing (a short summary thought), words to dream on (a brief Bible verse), and a sleepy time prayer (a good night prayer tied to the theme of the story). It also includes a letter to parents that gives ideas for establishing a good bedtime routine with young children and tips for reading aloud to children at bedtime.

Words to Dream On will make a great addition to your family library and your bedtime routine. To enter to win a copy, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Blessings in the Snow

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings..

1726. God's safety when I had to drive in the snow. {Me driving in the snow normally leads to panic attack!}

1727. A calm Saturday at home.

1728. Watching the snow fall from inside our warm home.

1729. Heat. The temperatures have been bitter cold. I am so grateful for our heated home.

1730. My church.

What are you praising God for? I love rejoicing with you. Please comment below.