Friday, December 9, 2016

Weekend Links

This Week:

What I Made: We finished our Pin the Scarab game for Lydia's party, as well as her piƱata.  But most of that was on my husband.  I also finally finished the kids' ornaments.  Don't know what took me so long this year.  :-)

What I'm Reading:  I'm doing a review on The Prayer Saturated Family.  I love the 30 Day Guide in the back.  It's given me some great ideas.

What I'm Doing:  Lydia is performing with her jazz class this weekend so I'm looking forward to that.  They're going to look so cute!

What I'm Watching:  I've been catching up on Once Upon a Time and have discovered a new show "Speechless."  Very funny!

What I'm Enjoying:  Peanut Butter Blossoms... date night... our Christmas Book Advent... going back to the gym... 

What are you up to?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Prayers & Answered Prayers {Review}

Prayers and Answered Prayers is a sweet little prayer journal for tweens and young teens.  This journals is well designed with an interactive format.  Inside the glittery cover is a journal with split pages, the top half for praying and talking to God, and the bottom half for thinking about how God talks back.  Each page has a thought provoking question or idea to journal about with a corresponding thought below.  The cover is well constructed and the pages have made from quality cardstock. 

This prayer journal would make a wonderful gift or stocking stuffer with the girl in your life ages 9-12.  The prompts are age applicable and the design is just fun!  Scripture is beautifully woven throughout the journal and the format is perfect in introducing the idea of prayer journaling.  I feel confident that my 9 year old daughter will enjoy this journal as much as I do and I can't wait to share it with her.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Frugal Family Winter Fun

Winter is here and with it, new ways to enjoy the season as a family.  But with the holidays upon us, we getting even more creative with our finances and looking for ways to have some frugal family fun.    So besides all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas, if you're looking for inexpensive ways to spend time together as a family, here are 8 fun ideas to get your creativity flowing:

1. Build a snowman--We all have a creative side when it comes to snowmen and no two are ever alike.  Maybe yours has a fancy scarf while your chid's has funny facial features.  Get creative.  Maybe even make a contest out of it.  For an extra touch of creativity, fill spray bottles with colored water to add detail.

2. Go sledding--We haven't done this the past couple of years, but my kids love it.  It's a great way to burn off some energy and spend time together at the same time.  Make a day of it with turkey sandwiches and hot cocoa too.

3. Have a snowball fight--While you're at it, why not start a snowball fight too?  See who can make the best snowballs or the best baracade to hide behind.  Divide into teams, boys against girls or parents against kids.

4. Make snow ice cream--We don't get a lot of snow so we tried this for the first time just a few years ago. With just a few ingredients you can make a fun winter treat that even the kids can be involved in.  And it's cheap!

5. Look at Christmas lights--Load up the kids in the car with some hot cocoa and some Christmas music and you're all set for an adventure.  Make a game out of it.  Have a scavenger hunt while you're looking.  Who can spot the Grinch?  Which houses have a Nativity Set?  How many candy cane trees will you see?

6. Go on a hike--Yes, it's snowy, and windy.  But you know what?  We can still enjoy the vitamin D.   Getting out for a little sun and fresh does us all some good.  And there's still plenty of places to hike and enjoy this time of year.

7. Go ice skating-- Confession time... I've never been ice skating.  I've just never lived somewhere that it's been a possibility.  But how fun does that sound?  Holding hands around the skating rink... laughing... listening to Christmas music... and getting some fresh air.

8. Service Santa--This one sounds like so much fun and could really happen any time of year.  Instead of buying gifts for each other, why not do service projects for each other?  Draw a name, do chores for each other, surprise each other with gifts of service, and try to keep it a secret all at the same time.     We've already drawn names this year, but I totally think we're doing this one next year.

What are your ideas for Frugal Family Fun in the Winter?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Cookie Collab/ Cooking with Kids

Who doesn't love to bake during the holidays? My kids certainly do. Watch me try to corral my three kiddos while we share our classic Peanut Butter Blossom recipe. MsDanaRyan: Christmas Cookie Playlist: C O N N E C T subscribe at read at like me on follow me on Contact us for business inquiries, reviews and collaborations: FTC DISCLOSURE: This video is not sponsored. Music Attribution: Deck the Halls by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Artist: I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

We celebrate Thanksgiving with Grandma eating, playing, and breaking out the board games.  Plus many reasons to be thankful this year!

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