Friday, April 18, 2014

Our Favorite Bible Story Books

Before giving these suggestions, I'd just like to say that no matter what Bible story book you choose for your child, always always read it with a critical eye because very few are 100% accurate. Be ready to change the text when reading to a younger child or discuss the inaccuracies with an older child. Without further adieu, here are our favorite Bible Story Books for children...

"Mrs. Lee's Stories About God's First People" and "Mrs. Lee's Stories About Jesus"... Although these two books are harder to find a copy of, both of them are great bible story books and worth it even if you have to look around to find a copy. She tells the stories accurately, (That's saying a LOT! I think these are the only books I've found that didn't need any altering to be true to the text.) in a language easily understood by children without dumbing them down. I love both of these books! They're very, very minimal on illustrations though, so they wouldn't work as a VERY first bible story book, but we started using it around age three as our boys were able to listen to a short story without pictures. I just wish she had more books to cover the rest of the bible- these two basically cover Genesis and Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sarah's Amazing Transformation!

You may remember in my "What's all the Fuss about Essential Oils?" post that I referenced a sweet friend who's suffered from migraines 5 days out of 7 for over 20 years that is now off her meds, migraine-free, and couldn't be happier. Today I wanted to share a little more of her experience with you. I asked her if she minded, and she said she was happy to write out a testimony to share:

I have been mostly bedridden for 5 years. I almost permanently lost my legs and have had 3 back surgeries, much therapy, heavy pain pills, chiropractic, vibration machine and massage to get me somewhat walking. I have been in and out of my wheelchair, and needing heavy doses of morphine off and on. I have also been having migraines since I was 9 years old and have tried everything under the sun, including changing my diet many time with no help. I was up to at least 5 migraines a week. I'm now 31 days migraine free and prescription drug free!! I'm walking like a normal person, actually going places and enjoying life!! No longer to I have to have my husband carry me to the bathroom!! I can do everything for myself and I'm taking care of my family again!! God has handed me my life back on a silver platter called YL oils!!

She's also been sharing updates via FaceBook during her first month of using the oils, as she just couldn't believe the changes she was seeing. Here are some of them: 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to Organize Right Start Math Manipulatives!

Isn't it fun to get packages in the mail? I love getting school supplies like this! This is the box we got from Right Start Math...

After receiving it I wondered how in the world I'd organize all that stuff in a way that was uniform and accessible. I googled it and checked on Pinterest trying to find a storage system I liked and kept coming up short. After looking at a variety of storage containers from several different stores, I ended up finding JUST the perfect thing, and the price tag was minimal. I imagine I'm not the only mom who has wished for a good Right Start organization system, so I thought I'd share what I came up with.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Right Start Math Review

We have been using Right Start Math this year, and are loving it! Right Start takes a unique approach to math that just makes sense to me and I love seeing my son do well with it. (Here he is with little brother tagging along.)

Here is a glimpse into their philosophy:
  •  "Informal mathematics should precede paper and pencil work. Long before a child knows how to add fractions with unlike denominators, she should be able to add one half and one fourth mentally." Instead of putting lots of abstract worksheets in front of a Kindergartener, we're working hands-on with quality manipulatives. A lot of them. 
  • "The only students who like flash cards are those who do not need them." Amen to that. We use games, not flash cards, for practice. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Luxury Baths in a Bottle!

I've never been a big "bath person", but one of the perks of our new house is a nice big bath tub. Since I was pregnant, tired, and sore, Since it seemed like a pity to let it sit there unused, I thought I'd give the bath thing a go. After doing some intense research (you know, Pinterest style) I found all sorts of recipes for bath salts and bath soaks. Although it seems nice to make all that, I've got plenty of projects on my plate right now and wanted something simpler, and this is what I came up with...

Luxury Baths in a Bottle!

If you want to take a relaxing, skin-nourishing bath without lots of chemicals (which are pretty much every store-bought bath product), you need to look no further than the following basic ingredients: baking soda, milk, salt, and oatmeal. If you really want a treat then add in some essential oils too.

You can find lots of recipes for specialized bath salts and other concoctions on Pinterest, but for the most part, the good ones all utilize some combination of those ingredients. So I decided to just make some Bath Bottles instead. Here they are:

As pretty as they were in glass, I later opted for plastic containers because they're easier and safer to use with wet, slippery hands. (If you decide to make these, I share my free, printable labels at the end of this post!) Here they are:

To use them, simply grab what you need. Here's what each one is good for...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Join Young Living! (Part 3)

This post is for anyone who is ready to start using therapeutic-grade essential oils in their home! I already shared what all the fuss is about essential oils and why I chose the Young Living brand.

Here's the scoop...  If you'd like to place a retail order or sign up as a wholesale member, CLICK HERE. (My # 1546126 should be entered in.)

If you want to sign up as a wholesale member, what will it cost? All that's required is to buy a starter kit (ranging from $40-$150), and then you're IN!

Why sign up as a wholesale member? Because you'll get a 24% discount!

Do you have to order a minimum amount? Nope! Just order what you want, when you want it.

Do you have to sell anything? No, it just makes you a wholesale buyer.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit! Woo hoo! (Part 2)

This is PART 2 of a three-part series. If you missed yesterday's post, "What's all the Fuss About Essential Oils," I recommend going back and reading it first. As promised, today I'll tell you about the Essential Oils starter kit I bought. After researching essential oils, I couldn't wait to start using them. I was so excited to receive my starter kit in the mail!

I got the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, which included the Everyday Oils Collection (10 of the top-selling YL oils) , a diffuser to use them in, plus a bottle of Stress-Away, a couple product samples and introductory guides. I think this is the way to go if you're ready to get started using oils because it includes a nice variety of them to be able to really start using them in lots of different ways.

And here's how to use these wonderful oils: