Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cozy Up with Some Good Books

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend was quite a cute book. Henry needs a friend, and his parents help him to find one. I love that they go to the pound to find a dog. My husband and I had a good time searching many local pounds for out dog. I think it would be fun someday to take my daughter to the pound just to visit the dogs.

The pictures in this book are adorable. I will look forward to reading this book many more times to my daughter!

 Thanks to BookLook Bloggers Henry Hodges Needs a Friend.

My mom was talking to me a while ago about people who cook a lot in a pressure cooker. I have to admit that this made me a little curious. When I saw, The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book: 500 Easy Recipes for Every Machine, Both Stovetop and Electric was available to review, I wanted to check it out.

What impressed me about this book is how fast you can cook a meal in a pressure cooker. No waiting all day for the meal to get done.

What I didn't like is that I need a special pan to use these recipes. Yes, I did already know that! I did wish that there were pictures in this book. I like being able to see a picture of a recipe that I am thinking about making.

Thanks to Blogging for Books The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book: 500 Easy Recipes for Every Machine, Both Stovetop and Electric.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

Capture the Moment: The Modern Photographer's Guide to Finding Beauty in Everyday and Family Life makes me wish that I had more photography skills. I am challenged by this book to try to improve on the pictures that I do take.

I love all the pictures that are included in this book. We are told the settings that were used by the photographer. I am challenged to think about the surrounds for the picture, the lighting for the picture, and about telling a story with the picture.

I would encourage anyone who wanted to take better pictures to pick up this book to read.

Thanks to Blogging for books for a copy of Capture the Moment: The Modern Photographer's Guide to Finding. Beauty in Everyday and Family Life.

I enjoyed getting to watch my husband read The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country to Esther. He said, I didn't know that Berenstain Bears is Scriptural. If anyone has an explanation of when this changed?

A long book for my little one, but I did enjoy the story. I enjoyed that Papa Bear served in the Army and marched in the parade. Also, the bears decorating their bikes reminded me of stories and pictures that I have seen of my dad when he was little decorating his bike for the parade.

Fun book for the fourth of July. Will be read again before then!

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country.

Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments is a great resource for parents who want to use Scripture when talking to their children.

The book is divided into may different topics that a child might struggle with from forgiveness to anger. These topics are something that we as parents could even use in our own lives.

Thanks to Moody for a copy of Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Esther is 9 months!

Weight: 17.5 pounds- Not sure you have gained much but have gotten a lot longer. 

Social: You are very attached to mommy and daddy. There have been a few times in the nursery that you have made it through a whole service without crying. You warm up to others, it just takes you a while.

Likes: You love to stand and jump, with assistance.

You like getting solid foods. You would just eat Cheerios if you were allowed.

You like to be outside, but hate a lot of wind.

Dislikes: Tummy time. You will roll until you almost get to your belly, scare yourself, then roll back over.

Firsts & Milestones

On your 9 month birthday, you started waving. You cracked yourself up and wanted to wave all the time. 

Um, yes, my daughter is chewing on a fly swatter. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special is a great book to read to a child who doesn't understand why one of their friends may be a little different.

The bears are encouraged to show love and try to help their friend fit in with them.

Definitely gonna be using this book as a teaching tool some day. Until then, this is a great read!

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special.

My husband said to me the other day that we need to eat more salads, so I decided to get Salad Love: Crunchy, Savory, and Filling Meals You Can Make Every Day to review.

I love the story behind why the man wrote this book. He wanted to make salads that he could make at his desk at work. I do agree that the salads would be pretty simple to make. On the other hand, I would probably have to drive an hour to a specialty grocery to buy ingredients. The book does encourage me to think outside of the box from my boring salad!

Thanks to Blogging For Books Salad Love: Crunchy, Savory, and Filling Meals You Can Make Every Day.

A Harvest of Hope was a fun read to revisit the people in the city of Blessing. I love the simplicity of the time period. How fun would it be to get together as a town and to play a baseball game. The comradery of the people in the town is encouraging.

Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of A Harvest of Hope.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Mortgage Update

Breakdown of Extra Money

  • Change- $17.50
Once again, I didn't do a very good job of breaking down the money. We ended up with a little extra in our budget and that is where most of the extra came from. 


Since our update in March, we have been able to pay $632 from our principle. Giving us a total of $5,154 for our year so far. $846 to go before July in order to hit our goal of 6 grand this year. 

I honestly thought that we would really struggle to get close to 6K this year. That was the amount that we paid off last year, but I was subbing a decent amount at the time. Choosing to stay home with Esther I thought would slow us down. We have two more months to go and I will do my best to make sure that we hit our goal! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

 Duck Commander Devotions for Kids has been a fun book to read Esther at night. We always read her a Bible story before bed, and this book provides a nice alternative. There is a Bible verse given, a story, and a very practical application given. 

This book will probably be more beneficial as she gets older, but right now this momma likes having a little different format for reading our bedtime Bible story.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for our copy of Duck Commander Devotions for Kids.

I love the book The 5 Love Languages. Scott gave me a hard time while dating that I gave him this book to read before I told him that I loved him.

I have looked forward to reading The 5 Love Languages of Children for a while. Although, the recommended age for truly figuring out a child's love language isn't til 5, I think it is good to think about how I can show Esther love.

I really liked the chapter about how to discipline a child with the knowledge of their love language so that you make them feel loved while disciplining them. Not something that I had thought a whole lot about before.

Thanks to Moody for providing me with The 5 Love Languages of Children in exchange for an honest review.

I recently heard about a lady at my church who has chickens and eats about 5 meals of eggs a week. I saw The Perfect Egg: A Fresh Take on Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night as a book to review and I immediately thought of her family.

The recipes in this book are definitely not just eggs for breakfast. I tried the recipe for Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Wasn't super impressed. :(

I love that there are pictures of every recipe. That is the kind of cookbook that I like! I like that it has a hard cover as well.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of The Perfect Egg: A Fresh Take on Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night.

 Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will is a book that I had requested on a while ago. Never came available when I had credit with them. So when I saw that I could review the book through Moody, I jumped on the chance.

I think the main thing that stuck out to me in this book is that we stress so much now about what God's will is. There are a ton of options and we have to weigh all of them. Our ancestors grew up and did what their parents did because that is what they knew to do. They married a Christian in their community because those were their options. We are a society of options. Not always a good thing!

He also impressed the fact that 1 Thessalonians 4:3 says, "For this is the will of God, your sanctification." Sounds a lot more simple to seek sanctification than to search every option at every turn.

Thanks to Moody for a copy of Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will.
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