Sunday, December 30, 2018

Save 25% on Your Pier 1 Purchase! {Ends Tonight - 12/30}

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I wanted to share this amazing deal that's going on at Pier 1 until 11:59 pm CT.

I love Pier 1, and this would be a great time to start early on Valentine decor shopping, or purchase that perfect piece of furniture you've been saving up for!

All you have to do is enter code OFF25 at checkout. This coupon code is good for regular-price-only items.

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Valentine Decor 

Furniture By Category

Or you can shop clearance holiday decor and use code FREEHIP49 to get free shipping on orders over $49. Offer ends tonight at 11:59 CT.

Such a pretty festive wreath - now only $19.98.

And so much more.

 If you love Pier 1, now's the time to shop!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Fun Activities For Kids During Winter Break {Guest Post}

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Fun Activities For Kids During Winter Break

Winter Break can be a hard time for parents to keep the kids actively learning but also having fun and enjoying their break. Here are some simple ideas and things to do to keep the kids busy all winter long.


Playdough is such a simple activity and if you make it at home it can be a fun math and science activity too. The recipe is really simple and if you store it correctly it will last a lot longer than store bought dough.

Give your kids some cookie cutters and let them have fun molding and creating new things.

Art Day

Get out all the art supplies and let the kids have total control over a drawing or a picture. Kids don’t get much time to be totally creative anymore so this would be fun to use their skills to draw or create something cool. You could even look up cartoon character drawings online to help give them ideas if needed. Let them water-color or even have a painting day!

Practice Reading/Math Skills

It’s always a good idea to keep the learning skills up while on break. Something easy and fun for the kids to do is a wordsearch like this Christmas word search. Kids will practice their reading and spelling skills as they search for the words. 

Click the image below to download the word search.

Check out for more learning resources, games, and activities just like this word search!

This is a guest post from aims to empower parents, teachers, and homeschoolers to help their children build essential skills and excel. With over 12 million members, provides educators of all kinds with high-quality learning resources, including worksheets, lesson plans, digital games, an online guided learning platform, and more.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Gift Ideas for the Guitar Player

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All of these gift ideas remind me of my hubby. He's a great guitar player and gifted singer and has faithfully used his talents to serve in the churches we've attended over the 24 years we've known each other. In fact, he's pretty much my favorite worship leader!!!

If you also have some special guitar players in your life, here are some unique gift ideas I found from Uncommon Goods. I hope you find the perfect gift. :)

Happy Shopping!

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This looks so cool - you can create your own custom picks using items like old credit cards.

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You can find more guitar gift ideas, including jewelry, journals, and even baby toys by visiting Uncommon Goods.

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

When Do I Love You? By Tommy Nelson Books {Book Review}

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When Do I Love You? 
Written by Tommy Nelson Books
Illustrated by Marta Cabrol


Animals declare their love and devotion for their little ones in all kinds of ordinary and not-so-ordinary places.

About the Book

In When Do I Love You? each 2-page spread begins with the question, "When do I love you, little ___________?" Blanks are filled with all kinds of animals such as duck, moose, dog, raccoon, and more. Each answer points to somewhere the animals go together or something the animals do together. Examples include riding in a truck, sitting in a caboose, sailing on a boat, walking through the city, and so on.

Here's an example of what the first two sentences on each page look like:

When do I love you little dog?
When we're trotting through the fog!

Text continues with two more rhyming sentences that either assure the little ones of their parent's love and devotion or explain the fun they'll have together.

Here's an example of what the last two sentences on each page look like. These are from the same page as the first two sentences above:

If the air gets thick and we cannot see,
I'll call your name. You can count on me.

After reading through 9 different little animals, you come to the very last page which shows a human mama holding her toddler. It's the perfect ending with the mama telling her child that she'll love her today, tomorrow, whenever, and forever!

My Thoughts

Sweet book with a heartwarming message. All children need to be assured of a parent's or guardian's love, and this book gets the message across in a fun, child-friendly way.

With only 20 pages and simple, rhyming text, this book is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. And it's great for reading any time of the day!

I love the charming illustrations. They're simple with a touch of whimsy. Plenty of color, yet the colors are muted and have a chalk-like appearance which gives the book a cozy, rustic feel.

This particular story doesn't mention anything about God, which is totally fine. However, after reading the book, it could be an opportune time to mention God's perfect love for us. If I could go back in time and snuggle my kids while reading this book, I might ask something like, And do you know who loves us the most? God does! Or something like that.

Board books are such wonderful gifts for new moms or moms-to-be. I'm so glad relatives gave my kids lots of books - such a treasure and worth keeping forever. :) When Do I Love You? is a winner in my opinion.

Book Rating: 5 stars.

Purchase the book here. 

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Monday, December 03, 2018

Christmas Ornaments for Book Lovers

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Do you have an ornament tradition? We do. Every year right before we decorate our Memory Christmas Tree, I give my kids new ornaments. 

This year I'm LOVING the book ornament I got from InkandShrinkSwag!

I ordered a mixed stack book ornament from InkandShrinkSwag for my daughter this year, and I LOVE it. My daughter's a book lover like me, and one of her favorite series is The Maze Runner series. So glad I found this Etsy shop to personalize her 2018 ornament!

My kids opened their ornaments over Thanksgiving break, and the book ornament was a huge hit!

Pictured above is my daughter's ornament. I really love the way it turned out!

Below, I've listed a few more book ornaments that I found on Etsy. I've not ordered any of these, but I thought I'd share a variety of ornaments to fit all the different types of book lovers out there. Etsy is usually one of my first stops when I'm looking for neat, unique ornaments for my kids. 

I wish I could've posted sooner, but I didn't want to give away any surprises should my kids have happened to see. So, if you love any of these ornaments, you'll have to order SOON! 

Just click on the shop names to view each ornament and more!

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These would be super cute for the teachers on your Christmas list.


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