My Brother’s Keeper Bible Study Limited Time Offer

I want nothing more than my kids to love God and each other. That’s why I love this new bible study, My Brother’s Keeper


My Brother’s Keeper: Learning to Love Your Siblings God’s Way

Have you ever seen a bible study that’s specific goal is to teach your kids God’s plan for their relationships with one another? That’s one of the reasons this 4 week bible study is so cool! Here are some quick details about the study:

  • Comes in a Junior Level for ages 5-8 and a Youth Level for ages 8-12.
  • Scripture references are listed so you can use whatever translation of the Bible that you have chosen for your family.
  • Despite different age levels, all of your kids will go through the same topics each day.
  • Explores 10 different stories of siblings in the bible seeking to find God’s plan for this unique relationship.

Sounds like a great bible study, right? Well you can buy a single version for $8 or you can get both versions (Jr Level & Youth Level) in a Combo Pack for only $14!

Order your copy of My Brother’s Keeper today!

But hurry because the prices will increase significantly on March 23rd!

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How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You: Book Recommendation

This past weekend I had the privilege of hanging out with one of my favorite people, Rachael Carman. Rachael and her husband Davis own Apologia Educational Ministries which among other things publishes most of the science textbooks we use in our homeschool.

While I love their science curriculum, what I really love about Rachael is that she often speaks right to the heart of things I’m dealing with in my own family.

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You Book

This weekend we celebrated the launch of her latest book, How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?: What God wants us to hear when we talk to our kids.

Have you ever said and of the following things to your kids:

  • Are you EVEN listening to me?
  • What were you thinking?
  • Be quiet.
  • I know how you feel.
  • Stop running.
  • Let’s go!

I think we all have certain phrases we use over and over with our kids, probably so much so that they don’t even pay attention to what we are telling them.

One day when Rachael was dealing with a particularly difficult child she was struck by her own words.

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Are you hearing but not obeying what God is trying to tell you? If you find yourself convicted when you speak the same phrases to your children over and over it could be that God is gently (or maybe not so gently) trying to get your attention too.

In How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?, Rachael shares numerous stories from her own life and how God used those moments to help shape her. At the end of each short chapter she shares a moment of introspection with several questions to help dig deeper into each chapter.

As with the rest of Rachael’s books this book is easy to read and the chapters are short, which is perfect for a busy mom.

I highly recommend this devotional book so grab a copy for you or your favorite mom today. It’s available on Kindle and in print.

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Kidde Smoke Alarm Giveaway!

This post is in partnership with Kidde, all opinions are my own.

When you renovate your home, it is easy to focus on the big things, like floors, paint, or appliances. But one important thing you should not overlook is the smoke alarm. Even if you’re not renovating it is important that your smoke alarm is always functional, including the batteries!

Did you that last year in Florida 43% of the homes that had fire related deaths either did not have a smoke alarm, or the alarm was not working properly?

On January 1, 2015 new smoke alarm regulations went into effect for the state of Florida. In accordance with the building code, homeowners whose homes are currently equipped with battery-powered smoke alarms must install 10-year, sealed-battery smoke alarms when replacing outdated alarms.

Personally, I love these sealed alarms, like the ones from Kidde. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been woken up by the sound of an alarm with a dying battery! I’ve actually pulled a smoke detector out of my ceiling because I couldn’t get it to stop chirping in the middle of the night and I didn’t want it to wake the baby.

Unfortunately many people do the same thing and wait a day or longer to replace the battery in the alarm, which is super risky.

A 10-year, sealed battery smoke alarm is great because you don’t have to worry about chirping batteries or frequent battery replacement, and it is tamper-resistant.

For Florida homeowners who are repairing or updating their homes (a “level 1” alteration as defined in the Florida Building Code), you can use a 10-year sealed-battery alarm instead of retrofitting the area with smoke alarms powered by the your home’s electrical system.

Any time I don’t have to mess with electricity I’m happy. After replacing almost every outlet and switch in our house I avoid electric work if I can!

Did you know that a ten-year sealed-battery smoke alarm costs around $25-50 at your local home improvement store or online? It is estimated that consumers will spend $40 replacing batteries in a smoke alarm, so not only are you safer, you are saving money too!

Every three hours someone dies in the U.S. from a home fire. Many of those deaths are preventable! I personally know two people who have lost their homes to a fire, thankfully their families were safe, but 114 people in Florida last year were not as fortunate and lost their lives in a home fire.

If your home was built before 2004, chances are your smoke alarm needs to be replaced. I recommend purchasing a 10-year, sealed-battery smoke alarm by Kidde.

Kidde has a wide range of products that will help keep your family safe and they are affordable too!

If you are a Florida homeowner you can learn more about this new legislation here.

For my Florida resident readers I have a great giveaway for you.


One Florida reader will win a Kidde 10-year, worry free smoke alarm. The features are below:

  • It’s Always On: 24 hr/day, 7 day/week protection from smoke and fire
  • Decade of protection: sealed lithium battery provides 10 years of continuous power
  • Maintenance-free, hassle-free: never replace a battery during the alarm’s operating life and no need to worry about the batteries being removed
  • Goodbye late night low battery chirps: an end-of-life chirp tells you when it’s time to replace the alarm
  • Location-based attributes make it simple to select the right alarm for the right location in your home
  • Money savings: no batteries to buy and replace every six months, save up to $40 over the life of the alarm
  • Quick and easy installation: simply twist the alarm onto the mounting bracket and it activates

To enter please leave a comment. Giveaway is to Florida residents only and ends February 27, 2015.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Family Movie Night

It’s family movie night time!

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My kids absolutely love family movie night! After watching Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on a flight last month I knew my kids would love to see it.

In Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Alexander never has a good day. From getting gum in his hair to being made fun of online, nothing ever seems to go right for poor Alexander.  On the eve of his birthday he wishes his whole family could have a bad day.

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Throughout the rest of the movie the entire family experiences calamity after calamity, much of which is quite comedic. What I loved about this movie is that through these catastrophes the family learns that no matter what happens you can get through it if you have strong relationships. Alexander reminds everyone that the bad days help them appreciate the good ones, which is a great message, especially for kids who tend to focus on the bad instead of everything good.

As I suspected, my kids absolutely loved this movie and have been asking to watch it again and again!

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Ignore Cora’s strange smile- she was mad she didn’t get to hold the movie for the photo! 🙂

One fun way to “do” family movie night is to plan several activities, games, and/ or snacks that go along with the theme of the movie.

Alexander is based off the book that many of us probably read as kids, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Reading a related book is a great way to get movie night started!

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In the movie, Alexander’s parents throw him an Australian themed party, so we had fun with some Australian themed activities.

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Building a crocodile. (These 3-D puzzles are awesome for kids and make great gifts!)

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Sydney Opera House Lego build!

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My husband has actually been to the Opera House, so this was an especially cool lego set!

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Crocodile ring toss was the highlight of the afternoon, Cora wanted to take the croc swimming but it was a little too chilly for the pool!

And of course, don’t forget the snacks! My kids wanted kangaroo burgers, but had to settle for something a little less exotic!

And ice cream sundae station is a great themed snack to go along with the birthday party!

We really enjoyed this movie and I loved the positive message about family relationships! Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is available on DVD and Blu-Ray February 10th, so start planning your next family movie night today!


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