Monday, August 24, 2015
A couple of months ago, four friends went away for a weekend to a lodge with a very friendly giraffe. I've never seen a giraffe like Gerry. Head over to Petit Elefant to read about our weekend adventures at Caracal Lodge with a giraffe who was more interested in hanging out with us than with his giraffe family!
Monday, August 10, 2015
I recently wrote a post on Tommy Nelson about getting your kids off tech and outside, not because I'm an expert at it, but because, as my son gets older and he is drawn more and more to tech, it gets increasingly difficult. How do you balance tech time with encouraging your children to go outside? Do tell!
Monday, August 3, 2015
It's funny how certain things invoke certain memories. It's citrus season in S. Africa right now. All the oranges that dot the side of the road take me back to my childhood days of visiting grandma and making a trip to the local Orange Julius. With that memory in tow, I set out to find a recipe that was reminiscent of those days. Sharing more over at Petit Elefant. Join me there!
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Guess what? Tommy Nelson has a new devotional book! The cover of Bedtime Devotions With Jesus is just adorable, isn't it? There's a lot of devotional books out there so I'll highlight the things I love about this one and what sets it apart from the others.
- Each devotion was written by a different person from churches all over the U.S. I love how this creates variety.
- Each devotional has a Scripture, a devotion, a prayer, and a simple one liner at the end to ponder.
- The graphics are very appealing to 4-6 year olds.
- I always love a good hardcover, especially with cute bears on them!
As with any devotional book, it's a perfect time for parents and kids to sit down together to be in God's Word, learning and growing. How beautiful to think on God's promises right before bed!
I have one copy of Bedtime Devotions With Jesus up for giveaway courtesy of Tommy Nelson! Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends August 6th at 11:59 PM CST. Enter through Rafflecopter below!
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Bedtime Devotions With Jesus from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
It's another cute board book giveaway! Noah's Noisy Zoo is sure to be a hit with the babe in your arms. The text is simple, but the beautiful, vibrant pictures of animals are sure to be good eye candy for your sweet tot. The owls are my favorite. I mean, just take a look. You'll see what I mean.
I love the fit together cut-outs that will intrigue young ones to touch and feel the shapes. A sensory experience for sure!
I have one copy of Noah's Noisy Zoo up for giveaway courtesy of Tommy Nelson! Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends July 30th at 11:59 PM CST. Enter through Rafflecopter below!
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Noah's Noisy Zoo from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
I own the adult version of Jesus Calling as well as the children's devotional, so I was super excited when Thomas Nelson also released a Jesus Calling for Little Ones! It could be my obsession with super cute board books, but I think it goes beyond that. This little book for 0-4 year olds is a smaller, simpler version of the beloved Jesus Calling books that have challenged and encouraged me and my kids over the years.
This sweet little book is a perfect way to instill Biblical truths in our young ones starting from a young age. From talking about being created in His image to the closeness of God's presence to thankfulness, this book is packed with so much! It's a must for your children's library! Check out the flipbook to see what I mean!
I have one copy of Jesus Calling for Little Ones up for giveaway courtesy of Tommy Nelson! Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and ends Thursday, July 23rd at 11:59 PM CST.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Jesus Calling for Little Ones from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
We had a great, relaxed time on Saturday celebrating American Independence Day in South Africa! We started with some patriotic pancakes, cooked by moi, designed by Emma G. A bring and bbq in the late afternoon provided an assortment of cuisine the complimented our desserts, berries on skewers and fruit tart made with homemade lemon curd!
Card playing was part of the entertainment while waiting for the meat to finish. Other entertainment included some Hell's Fury fireworks. You take what you can get when fireworks aren't in season. Sparklers were enjoyed by every age. We ended the evening with a game of Capture the Flag, organized by my very own Emma Grace. Our team won, not that I'm competitive or anything.
If you celebrated, I hope your fourth was as festive as ours!
Friday, July 3, 2015
The 4th of July brings so many happy memories to my heart. It's one of those holidays that I feel the need to celebrate no matter what country I'm in. My American friends, as you begin your festive gatherings tomorrow, we'll have already enjoyed our barbecue and fireworks show. That's right. Fireworks are a must. You can read more about why my American roots go deep at times over at Petit Elefant. I hope you all have wonderful Independence Day celebrations!
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Differences are everywhere. It's what makes us beautiful and unique. It's also what can be difficult. Join me over at Tommy Nelson as I share three ways we can teach our kids to appreciate the differences in all of God's creation!
Thursday, June 25, 2015
I just finished reading Donald Miller's newest book, Scary Close. He takes a very up close and personal look at relationships and intimacy. He's raw and real about his own life, his own mistakes and learnings that have led him to believe true intimacy is scary. Why? Because it takes a vulnerability to be the true you and let yourself really connect with others. It takes "dropping the act" to be known. That can be scary, but like the tagline on scaryclose.com says, "When you're good at relationships, you're good at life." Relationships are worth it.
I found Scary Close to be an enjoyable read packed with punches that caused me to stop and ponder. There's some incredible truths with a depth that can easily be missed if you don't pause and process. There were two main parts of the book that I found challenging as I examine my own life. The first was the chapter on the five kinds of manipulators. Ouch. He was spot on with describing them. It was when he mentioned that we're guilty of all of them at some point and that we need to work to keep them in check, that I realized I needed to be in tune to my words and actions. Manipulation destroys relationships, and I don't want to be the cause of destruction at any time.
The other thing that impacted me was when Don talked about his friend, Bob, and how, in the height of Don's relational difficulties, Bob told him that he was good at relationships. That's not how Don felt, but Bob was speaking to the potential, and you know what it made Don do? Rise up, and be good at relationships. I want to be someone that speaks to the potential in others.
After reading this book, I feel challenged to let myself be "scary close" to others. True intimacy is a blessing that should never be taken for granted. Even though it's vulnerable, it's worth it.
Two thumbs up, Don Miller. Thanks for your vulnerability as you revealed the deep parts of your heart and let us in on your learnings. Go read it, guys. Seriously.
Good news! I have one copy of Scary Close up for giveaway courtesy of Thomas Nelson! Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and ends Thursday, July 2nd at 11:59 PM CST. Enter through Rafflecopter below!
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Visit ScaryClose.com to download a free soundtrack! There's some awesome artists on there!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Scary Close from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.