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Celebrate Earth Day Everyday!

The Earth is what we all have in common.

Earth Day is not considered a “religious day” however … why not? Really, when you think about it; isn’t part of our “job” or responsibility, as Christians, as humans, to take care of the Earth that our God created? He created the Earth FOR US! so YES! It is our job to take care of it!

This is GOD’s Earth and he is loaning it us! and don’t we care more for items that aren’t ours?! I mean, I know I do; if I am borrowing my mom’s car, I am so careful with it, extremely careful! This Earth will be our children’s and our children’s children someday, we need to do what we can to care and love it!

You must treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It is loaned to you by your children.” An African proverb that is a saying of the Kikuyu of Kenya, who have long had a keen sense of their responsibility to care for the earth.

Below are a few ideas to help care for our our planet:

  • Save the water bottles and buy a reusable water container. It is estimated that more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day.
  • Save electricity – turn some lights off or switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Don’t waste food – make a meal plan, for breakfast , lunch, dinner and snacks – then stick to it! If you have a plan, you are less likely to waste food; which saves money and less trash. however, if you do throw food away, you can make a compost. Composting means recycling nutrients back into the ecosystem, which keeps food out of landfills and waterways and enriches the soil!
  • Ride your bike or walk instead of using your car. Is there at least one errand you run this week, that you can bike/walk to? Or take the bus!
  • Reusable cleaning products – hello NORWEX πŸ˜‰
    • seriously though, for just antibacterial counter spray, I would buy at least one bottle at $5 (for easy math) a month. $5 x 12 months equals $60 a year for just 1 bottle of cleaning spray (and this is generous because many household use more). AND THEN the bottle you empty has to be recycled (hopefully) or thrown away. And your wasting! If you use one Norwex cloth, it is half this cost and helps the environment!
  • Save some Water:
    • when brushing your teeth or washing hands, turn the facet off.
    • Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.
    • Install a rain barrel. Can use this water for your garden or lawn.
    • Maybe skip the daily shower, you can save gallons and gallons of water.

Really there are so many ways to help our planet, its just putting some effort and time into figuring what will work for you! Biking might not work for you or you might not have space for a compost but you could cut down to shower every other day or instead you add a few more dollars to your trash pickup to get a recycling canister. There are ways to help, you just have to do it!

Together if we all can make one change, just one, it will make a difference! Imagine what we can do as a community when we all care…We can make big things a reality! Thanks for reading friends and have a blessed day!

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When Our Kids Get Angry

As a parent, caregiver, neighbor, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc. if you have any children ANYWHERE in your life, you have seem get angry. And boy can they get angry!

Children express emotions, including anger, in multiple different ways. With our oldest, we never really know when she’s angry, she is 12 and I honestly don’t know if I have seen her angry. Although she did come home from basketball with her dad and said “hey dad sorry I got mad at you at basketball practice” and funny, but not, he was like “ah i never even knew you were mad at me” This is our anxious one, who is a people pleaser, and is very HARD to read emotionally. LOL, but this is NOT true of her sister, our middle child. Man this girl will tell you like it is and if she is mad, she WILL let you know. If she doesn’t express it through her words, you can see her tears, hear her stomping, or screaming “ughhhhhh” and her brother (our youngest) is very similar! But with him being 5, he is not great about thinking before he acts when he is angry yet, so this can involve hitting, a work in progress with him.

In reading this article ” How to Stop Your Child’s Angry Cycle” by Tricia Goyer , I learned some things that you don’t often think about when trying to help your angry child, here are a few points that stuck with me:

  1. We often try to lecture our children or teach them a lesson in the midst of their angry cycle β€” right when they cannot think rationally. Our best efforts at correction will likely not get through when our child is in this highly emotional state; harsh discipline often make things worse
  2. We can teach children to recognize and stop their own angry cycles using the three R’s
    1. Recognize: Identify the thought that came before the emotion.
    2. Reflect: Think about how accurate and useful the thought is.
    3. Redirect: Change the thought to a more accurate or helpful one
  3. The author ends this article with the different age groups and what to keep in mind with each age.
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To read the full article, check it out at Focus on Family : https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/your-childs-emotions/how-to-stop-your-childs-angry-cycle?utm_campaign=When+Kids+Get+Angry+%2B+%E2%80%98Wonder+Park%E2%80%99&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl_focusenews

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Defending Life

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Tonight this was on Our local Christian radio and I was intrigued! Intrigued by the point of view that was shared but backed up by truth!

People who are pro-life believe that ALL humans, including the unborn, have a right to LIFE! Do you not believe that all humans have a right to life? A right to live?

Just putting a pebble in your shoe πŸ™πŸ»

For more information check out: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life

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Christmas Kids Crafts

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a restful weekend, I know how crazy this time of year can be, remember to make time for yourself too friend πŸ™‚

My youngest, KC, LOVES to do crafts! seriously this is one of the ONLY things that can keep him sitting still for more than 10 minutes πŸ˜‰

So I found these easy ornaments on Parents.com and thought I’d share: https://www.parents.com/holiday/christmas/crafts/glitzy-ornament-gifts/

Tree Ornament

I also found some clear, plastic bulbs and he filled them with all kinds of fun stuff for his sisters and grandmas πŸ™‚ seriously they cost $2 to make

MERRY CHRISTMAS! May your Christmas and New Year be filled with Blessings!

~Your Working, Blessed Mom

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Kids Body Aches

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We have 3 kids, 2 of which play a lot of basketball! Our whole family loves basketball πŸ€But this summer just being active outside and then when the girls started playing on their basketball leagues this fall, they were complaining of soar heels. So we started giving them ibuprofen after practicing or before a game, but I hated to just keep giving them medicine.

So I did some research and sounds like this is pretty common in 6-12 year old. I found some stretches they could do and that resting and/or icing helps as well. However, one thing I have tried for them is the good, ole’ Epsom salt soak. I found this Epsom salt specifically forΒ  aches and pains, my girls tried it and said it worked GREAT! We soak at least once a week, especially after a Saturday full of basketball games.

Found great info on Healthline:Β Healthline – more info on heel pain

**And please be cautious that heel pain can be something more serious, such as a fracture, Achilles tendinitis, Plantar fasciitis and something else. Please always refer to your child’s healthcare provider for direction on your child’s health. (Please know that I am NOT a professional and I am just sharing, a simple suggestion, that worked for our family. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any question you may have regarding a medical condition.)

One quote I love from this article on https://www.healthline.com/:Β “As children grow, they may encounter various pains and strains. It’s your job as a parent to encourage rest, healing, and recovery”.

I added the Amazon link below to purchase these Epsom salts:

Dr Teal’s Therapeutic Solutions Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution 6 Lb Bag

Dr Teals have some other great Epsom salts, however I have not had the chance to try them yet, however I am anxious to try the Eucalyptus and Lavender..and it’ll be just for me πŸ˜‰

Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Eucalyptus and Lavender, 2 Count – 3lb Bags, 6lbs Total

AGAIN – Please know that I am NOT a expert or healthcare professional.Β Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any question you may have regarding a medical condition.

Please know that as an Amazon Associate, if you purchase any of the suggested items above, I earn from those purchases. And I thank you for the support!Β 

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October 31st (otherwise known as Halloween)

So over the years Halloween, has become my least favorite “holiday”. I’m not sure why, I used to love dressing my kids up in costumes and getting FREE candy! But the more I seeΒ  Halloween decorations, it feels like it just gets more “evil like” every year and I am not into that.

So below are some options to try and maybe start a new family tradition:

  1. Movie Night – check these out! some for the real young ones and some for your older kiddos. And if you are looking for even cheaper, head to your local library and find them there.

2. Hotel – this really only works well when the 31st falls on a weekend, but go to a hotel for the night that has a pool or water park.

3. Visit a pumpkin patch, pick up a pizza, then go home and carve the pumpkins out.

4. Have a family game night! This is defiantly a budget friendly option $$$

5. Camp out and tell scary stories! Vote on whose was the scariest!

Here is a link to a post about tips on how to tell the scariest (of course, know your audience and if there are young kids, keep it G rated…just a suggestion for your future self πŸ˜‰Β  Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

http://positivewriter.com/how-to-tell-a-scary-story/

6. Visit an orchard – many will have specials for Halloween night, that don’t require dressing up. Check you local orchards and farms.Β 

7. Check out your local churches! There are great opportunities to take advantage of a fun,clean environment with lots of great activities! Typically they have a snacks or even a free dinner – talk about budget friendly! πŸ™‚ $$$

7. My favorite – have a date night and leave the planning to the babysitter πŸ˜‰

Have a blessed week friend! No matter what you decide to do this week, look for the blessing!

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Another Summer Season

In the past, our summers still consisted of a pretty defined schedule, because while my husband and I are both working, we had to bring our kiddos to babysitters (usually family) but with drop offs and pickups, we had to have a schedule; which I am sure many of you can relate too! And my kids HATED it! However, with me working from home, this summer, we had a little bit more flexibility, , which was VERY helpful, it was honestly quite great!!Β 

However, I STILL had to work and that was something the kids had to get used too; that even though I am home, I’m home working.Β 

But being a WAH (work at home) mom, we still didn’t have family vacation all summer πŸ˜•Which is tough because majority of my female family and friends do not work, so they can plan all kinds of fun things and vacations… (mommy guilt = βœ…check ) but we make the most of what we have, looking at the blessings and enjoying the time I do have off πŸ‘πŸ»

Below are a few fun times our family had this summerπŸ•πŸ–πŸš²β˜€οΈ