I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books

I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books

When I was a kid, I remember having a book that was written with me as the lead character. It was a personalized story about myself and my next-door neighbor friend on an adventure for my birthday. To my best recollection, it was about going to “Birthday Land”, or some similar thing. I haven’t seen that book in a very long time. I would love to have it again if my mom kept it somewhere. Honestly, though, I had kind of forgotten about it until recently. A company called I…

Local Library Story And Craft Time

Local Library Story And Craft Time

Growing up, I remember visiting our local library often. My mom would take us to pick out our books. We didn’t have a TV, so books were a source of entertainment. I loved going to the library, and nowadays, you hear how important reading is for kids. I do visit the library now with my own children, although not always on a frequent basis. This week though, I took my two youngest to our local branch for the weekly story and craft time. This was a new experience for us….

Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

One of the things many people value about the holidays are having family traditions for Christmas to share with their kids. You know the things like cookie baking, gift-giving, volunteering, Christmas-caroling, decorating, etc. I don’t know your kids in particular, but my children enjoy craft projects and making things. I found a DIY Christmas ornament project I decided to try with them this year. We had decided we shouldn’t spend money on buying new Christmas decorations this year. But this seemed like a nice way to add some new ornaments…

When Your Child Has A Tonsillectomy

When Your Child Has A Tonsillectomy

The ENT (ear/nose/throat) doctor tells you that your child needs to have a tonsillectomy. Now what happens? Often for parents, your hearts may start beating a little faster, and lots of thoughts race thru your heads. Many questions can pop up, and a certain amount of uneasiness from not knowing what to expect. “Helpful” acquaintances may regal you with their own not-so-pleasant experiences. Parents may also turn to their friend Google to try to find out details. Preparing yourself for what to expect when your child has a tonsillectomy is important. But you want to…

Our First Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Our First Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Christmas is my favorite holiday! And this year, we added a new family tradition. We are extending the love, and cheer, and excitement of receiving gifts to some children in need! You may remember a post I wrote back in September called Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas. In it, I explained how the Operation Christmas Child program works. Well, now I decided it was time for our family to fill our first shoeboxes! So last Friday, we all went out shopping together as a family. I had a few little…

Fall Wreath-Making Fun At A Michaels Craft Class

Fall Wreath-Making Fun At A Michaels Craft Class

Have you ever considered taking a class at Michaels craft store? Maybe you haven’t tried it because you weren’t sure if it was worth your time. Or maybe you didn’t know if you would enjoy it.  Well, please reconsider! Recently a friend and I had a lot of fun taking a free class at Michaels craft store. And we got to take home some pretty new decor to brighten up the front door! We learned how to construct our own fall wreath. It was a first-time experience for both of…

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Traditions are an important part of a person’s childhood memories. They also influence how each of us raise our own families. So I believe we need to create good traditions for our kids. Doing a 5K run together is a fun, healthy tradition that can be enjoyed as a family.  Last year my son and I participated in our first 5K Color run together. This past weekend we were able to do it again. It’s a family-friendly event, that even strollers are allowed in. Participants may run or walk based on…

Kids in the Kitchen Making Homemade Popsicles

Kids in the Kitchen Making Homemade Popsicles

This summer I kept seeing recipes for homemade popsicles, but I didn’t have a popsicle mold. Well, the other day I ran into Michael’s to get some glass bottles for my bathroom decor that I knew were on clearance. Of course when I am in the clearance aisle, there is no grab and go! I had to look around too. I noticed they also had a ton of popsicle molds on clearance also, and decided to get one. When I checked my receipt, I saw they had rung up for…

Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas

Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas

Sometimes in America, we forget how fortunate and blessed we really are. One of our pastors at church reminded us again of this fact recently. He said that if you have $10,000 net worth, then you belong to the 3% most wealthy in the world! So in actuality, if this applies to you, than you are quite rich, regardless of whether you live from paycheck to paycheck trying to pay the bills. It’s easy to compare ourselves to others, and think we don’t have much.  But probably most of us…

Family Joy Blog Linkup Party #26

Family Joy Blog Linkup Party #26

Hey Everyone! Here we are again, ready to share great blog posts together! Last week we had 174 linkups at the party! I particularly enjoyed some of the recipes that were shared. I chose to share some of the links I liked on my facebook page. You can also see who got featured from last weeks’ party. Please join us again and invite other bloggers and friends you have. Let’s make this party even bigger than last week!