Dec 20 2014

#Christmas Printables

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Dec 19 2014

Journey to Bethlehem Event

Roman Solider on the outside of the gate to Bethlehem

We went to the Journey to Bethlehem Event with Jake’s cousins family a couple weeks ago.  It was a really neat event by the Greenville Nazarene church.  When you arrived you signed in and received a token to pay your taxes to the Roman soldiers once you arrived at the city of Bethlehem.  Before going into the city you watched a short video sharing the history behind the event and preparing you for what will happen once inside the city.  The event is free and well worth going through with your family.  They do it every year.

They had about 12 booths that you could go to each one doing something different.  At each booth you got a treat (like bread that would be eaten during that time) or bead to put onto your necklace or you made something (like a toy from that era).  There were animals you could pet, hot chocolate, a manger scene, and so much more.  We have wanted to attend this event for the past few years, but always had a conflict on the weekend they did it.  Thanks Luke and Kristen for inviting us to come with you.  We had a great time and it was a wonderful learning experience for the kids too!  It was really nice to attend an event that reflected on the original meaning of Christmas.  This event had to take a lot of time and energy from many people to make happen.  Thank You!

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Eating a homemade cookie and listening to the lady tell a story!

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Making a toy out of wood and string – fascinating!

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As always the animals were a hit with the girls!

Journey to Bethlehem Event

Angels making the announcement to the shepherds.

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A live camel, the girls really wanted to go for a ride or at least pet it!

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Dec 19 2014

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Balloon and poinsettia plant from my husband and daughters!

It has been a little more challenging these last few months with the herniated disc in my neck.  It gives me a whole new appreciation on many things in my life.  I am very blessed to have a loving husband and caring kids that have pitched in numerous times on items I usually take care of these past couple of months (cooking, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, wrapping Christmas gifts, and so much more)!

Earlier this week I had my second epidural steroid shot in my neck.  The last shot had two weeks of side effects and I had a tough time bouncing back from it so I was really nervous about getting another one a week before Christmas.  Thankfully with the help of the doctors this second shot has been much better!  I was able to take nausea medicine as soon as the nausea hit me so I didn’t get as sick from the shot.  Also, we figured out after the procedure that I had an allergic reaction to the adhesive from the tape they used during the shot.  Thankfully, we now know what caused the reaction so we can treat it accordingly.  Jake and the girls surprised me with a balloon, plant, tasty treats, and Dunkin Donuts this week after my shot.  So sweet and thoughtful of them!  Love my family!

Even though I am more tired, stiff, and sore after the shot I can already tell it will not be as long of a recovery this time around (thankfully).  I am praying that this will be the last epidural shot I will need to completely heal my neck.  I am ready to get off the pain medicine and start living life normally again.  I have come along way since October and hopefully I will be back to normal soon.  I am truly grateful for all the family and friends who have prayed and encouraged me throughout this journey, you mean more to me than you will ever know!

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 The girls brought home a “Get Well Soon” balloon for me.  Thankful for their thoughtfulness!

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The red poinsettia plant is beautiful and festive this time of year!

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Since I wasn’t as nauseous this time around Jake surprised me with Dunkin Donuts for breakfast the morning after my shot!  Thanks Babe!  You’re the BEST!

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Dunkin Donuts to share with the family!  Can you tell I like chocolate from his selection!?

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Dec 19 2014

The price to download these books is currently $0.00 (although the price may change at any time, please confirm prior to downloading).  The ebooks are specifically for Kindles, however, you can click here and download the free application that allows you to read Kindle ebooks on your PC.

Download a free copy of Homemade Christmas by Tawra J. Kellam and Jill Cooper

Download a free copy of Beautify Your D.I.Y. – A Guide to Gorgeous Natural Gifts by April Anderton

Download a free copy of Evernote – How to Use Evernote to Organize & Simplify Your Life by Andy Williams PhD  (Side note regarding the Evernote program itself – Our family has been using Evernote for several years now to share our grocery list as well as gift ideas and lists of books we are looking for so everyone in the family can see it. That way if my husband is already at the store he can see what we need and pick up items from that store without me making an extra trip, it’s really nice and convenient to use! It also comes in handy at the used book store to check to see if there are any books available that you have been looking for.  So if you are looking for this type of program to help you get organized and save time this may be a great book to read!)

Download a free copy of Cool Kids Cook – Gourmet Everyday by M. L. Obermaier

Download a free copy of The Practice of Practice by Jonahton Harnum

Download a free copy of Frugal Family Activities – How to Keep the Children Busy All Year Without Spending a Fortune (More for Less Guides Book 13) by Annabelle Stevens and Carolyn Stone

Download a free copy of My Dad is a Superhero by Lily Lexington

Download a free copy of Herbal Medicine – 100 Key Herbs with All Their Uses as Herbal Remedies for Health and Healing by Christine Adams M.D. PhD

Download a free copy of Mangia! Classic Italian Recipes by Gabriella Lepore

Download a free copy of Meet Amazing Americans Workbook 40 by Like Test Prep Meet Amazing Americans

Download a free copy of Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes – 35 Recipes to Make Delicious James and Jellies from Scratch by Hillbilly Housewife

Download a free copy of Janie and the Magic Box Christmas by Julia Dweck

 

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Dec 18 2014

Space Scouts is a monthly educational subscription club for kids who love Space.  Each month your kid will receive a package in the mail from Space Scouts including a new place to explore in space, space exploration, science, and astronomy.  Roxy and Jett will join them as they scout out the galaxy around us through hands-on discovery, learning activities, and exciting challenges.  Every package will include magnets, stickers, toys, and more fun!

We received the first two months of the Space Scout subscription!  The girls were super excited to get the packages in the mail!  Here are more details on the items we received in each package:

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First Month’s Space Scouts Package:

  • Metal Space Scouts Lunchbox
  • Space Scouts Solar System Poster
  • Space Scout Puzzle
  • Constellation Postcard & Startup Kit
  • Stickers
  • Constellation Chart
  • Activity Sheets – What is a Scout and Things You Might Find in Space
  • Introduction to Space Scouts Letter
  • Wikki Stix (twistable, stickable, buildable, playable, one-of-a-kind creatables – self sticking no glue necessary)

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Second Month’s Space Scouts Package:

  • Ursa Major Postcard
  • Bionic Claw
  • Scout Fun – About Astronauts
  • Ursa Major & Big Dipper Expoloration Plan
  • Roxy and Jett Magnet
  • Two Astronauts
  • Sticker Scramble
  • Astronaut Activity Sheets
  • Stickers

Our girls really enjoyed getting the Space Scout packages and all the goodies.  They had fun reading the space information, doing the activities, and playing with the toys.  One of our girls, especially, is a big space fanatic so some of the activities were fairly easy for her.  It didn’t take long for our kids to finish all the space activities.  I don’t think the activities are suppose to take a huge amount of time, but a lot of the information they have already learned through us and school so they may be at the top end of this type of program.

It is a wonderful program with a lot of great information, activities, and goodies.  If your child is just getting into space this is a wonderful program for them to learn more.  Although if your kid has been into space for several years they may be more advanced for some of the activities.  Either way it is a great learning tool or a refresher.

If your child is into space you can check out the Space Scouts monthly program.  Space Scouts is a fun, educational experience where each month builds upon the previous. Price is affordable at $11.95 per month + $3.00 shipping. Discounts for multi-month purchase. Space Scouts is designed for kids age 6+.

Visit Space Scouts website to learn more! What’s even better is you can get a 20% discount – when you use promo code USFAMILY20 at checkout.  The promotional code gives you a 20% discount on initial purchase of any Space Scouts subscription plan.  The code expires on December 31, 2014 so sign up soon.

 

A special thanks to US Family Guide and Space Scouts for sponsoring this post!  Any specific product information was provided by US Family Guide and Space Scouts, however, the opinions expressed in this post are our own.  We received a complimentary products  for sharing information and our family’s experience.

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