Thursday, February 26, 2015

An Interview with Kara Killmer from Beyond the Mask

Our family can't wait for the release of Beyond the Mask in theaters next month. We have already secured our ticket reservations and will be watching this action packed Christian adventure film in a theater near us. If you, too, want to experience this movie in a theater while at the same time voting for family friendly films with your dollar, then be sure to secure your tickets here.

But just to help get you a little more excited about the film, I thought it'd be fun to put together a little interview with Kara Killmer, the lead female actress in Beyond the Mask.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

How We Celebrate the 100th Day of School


We celebrated the 100th Day of School this year because my Kindergartner had a 100's chart where he was keeping track of the days of school. Because of that, I figured we should make a big deal about getting through 100 days of school, so here's how partied.


The kids were greeted with a 100 treat for breakfast that I made out of part of a pretzel rod and two Oreos. (This will be the one day a year they get not just one, but two Oreos for breakfast.)

I told them that I had another surprise for them but that they would have to wait until I got ready for the day first. They happily worked on various 100 Days of School worksheets while I showered and dressed.

Once I was ready, I told them to all go to the school table and then I would show them their surprise.

And boy, were they surprised. In fact, it was completely reminiscent of April Fool's Day a couple years back.

Sadly, it was, once again, not the reaction I was expecting when I walked around the corner!

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Quick Fix to Getting the Tangles Out of Your Little Girl's Hair




My daughter has gorgeous red hair that I am completely envious of. We've let it grow for quite some time now because she really wanted long hair. I'm glad I listened to her because I really do love it long.

What I do not love is the tangles that come with having her hair long.

Oh, my. I really do not love that part.

In fact, the other day, it was a total rat's nest because she's not able to comb through it properly by herself and I try to avoid it all costs by just having her pull it back in a ponytail. But the neglect came back to bite me when I finally got around to combing her hair out. (Truth be told, only because we were headed to the salon in two days to get it trimmed and the embarrassment of neglecting it that much would have booted me right out of that salon.)

After a half hour of painfully working through her hair one section at a time and nearly a quarter of a bottle of conditioner (I should have opted for the "no tears" kind because let me tell you, we were both ready to cry a river after that) we were done.

Now I could march my proud little self into that salon and get my baby girl a proper hair cut.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Fueling a Child's Innate Spark


While it is true that as Moms we only have one go around per child in their growing up years, what's also true is, each day is a fresh start on that journey.

I love that because while I may sometimes lose sight of the big picture, I can always refocus and get back on track.

One of the things that is so empowering about motherhood is the very fact that we are shaping lives. Sure, each child comes wired with his or her own DNA, personalities, interests and challenges, but the incredible thing about being a mom is that we get to be the one to fan the flame that lies, sometimes hidden, in each and every child.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Picture Books Perfect for Winter

I love books. Most days I go through the day wondering when I can steal just a few minutes of time to sit down and read one of the several books I have started. (Anyone else read more than one book at a time?)

We are a family of readers and considering how much my husband and I love to read, it's no surprise that our children devour books faster than we do. (Maybe because they have so much more free time on their hands than we do??) 

I love times when I can snuggle up on the couch with our kids to read books together. They love it too and Winter is naturally a perfect season to devote more time to reading with them because the weather generally isn't too favorable outside.

Every time I come across one of our "winter" books, I think I really should take the time to share our favorites with you. So, here's our top 10 favorite winter reads.
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