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10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs and a Place of Respite

Let's face it, life is busy.  No ifs, ands, or buts.  Yet, there's nothing like a little meditation to relax the mind, body and spirit.
Sometimes I kick back and relax with a warm mug of my favorite chai tea.  Sometimes I join a friend at a yoga class and other times I just relax in my comfy chair with a good book.  Calming my spirit has been a focus of late with so much going on in my life.  I'll be honest Summer 2018 wasn't the best for me.
My faith has really helped me as I navigate the challenges the year has thrown my way.  There were several quiet moments I sat in prayer just praying for the strength to stop crying. My mind was cognizant my tears were doing little to remedy the hurt of my current situation. My heart at times felt broken.  My body weak. The emotional battle was taking a toll on me physically and spiritually.
The Bible has always been a respite for me.  I escape in its tales of courage, hope, perseverance and wisdom. The Book of Proverbs has always b…
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Check out the September Releases from Faith Words #sponsored

I am so excited to share some of the September releases from Faith Words books.  Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Group, offers some of the most inspirational reads for readers of all ages.

Let's start with Give Them Jesus by Dr. Dillon T. Thornton. When Hubby and I moved from Cali to his home state, we joined the church he attended growing up.  I was accustomed to large places of worship with multiple service times.  This church was a small church on a huge lot with one worship service.  Never would I have imagined this small group of worshippers would play such a huge role in my life. They have over the course of the last 17 years become my family.

We meet every Sunday for worship service at 10 A.M., Sundays at 9 for Sunday School,  Wednesdays at 6 P.M. for Mid Week Bible Study and Thursday evenings for choir rehearsal.  That's it and that's all.  

Our oldest member is in her 90s and she taught many of the parishioners when they were kids.  I remember the first assi…

Ever Wonder How Many Babies Are Born Every Day?

My kids are fans of "Did You Know" books.  You know those books full of random facts.

We recently received a review copy of the book Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention.

The book by author and TedX speaker Christopher Lloyd is definitely a "Did You Know" book and a pretty interesting read.

Christopher Lloyd presents Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention (10/16/2018; ISBN: 978-1-9998-0283-7; Hardcover $21.99; What on Earth Publishing) – a comprehensive look at the history of Earth, from the Big Bang to the ways in which we can shape the future, for readers ages 10–14.

Each chapter of this educational and entertaining narrative focuses on a different period and travels the globe from a legendary Chinese Empress said to have invented silk, to researchers figuring out how ancient Egyptian embalmers really got the brains out of …

Healing the Soul of a Woman by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer is one of my favorite writers.  Her books are so inspirational and she gives it to you straight.  I am honored to partner with Faith Words to give away one copy of "Healing the Soul of a Woman", Meyer's latest book.

Far too often we hear stories of sexual and violent assaults against women and girls of all ages.  The wounds of abuse linger long after the assault but there is hope.  There is healing.

Can a woman who has been deeply hurt by life’s circumstances be healed, heart and soul? If she has been wounded by a man she loved and trusted, can she love and trust again? As a woman who endured years of abuse, abandonment, and betrayal by those closest to her, Joyce Meyer can answer with a resounding “yes!”

An internationally renowned Bible teacher-- Joyce not only shares Biblical truth-- but she also draws on her own history of abuse to show women how Christ’s redeeming love heals emotional wounds and brings joy to life.

Joyce's bestseller Beauty for Ashe…

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic + your chance to win a 4-pk of tickets

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience when Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic comes skating into a city near you. 

Be charmed by a cast of over 50 of Disney’s unforgettable characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many of the Disney Princesses. 
Relive the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Sing-along to over 30 songs during moments from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Dory, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more in a show to leave your whole family captivated with memories to last a lifetime.

We have been to several Disney on Ice performances and the kids ALWAYS have a great time.  I remember going when I was a kid and it's nice to carry on the tradition with my kids, my nieces and my nephews. 
The kids always have a great time and we are looking forward to seeing Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic at Oracle Arena.  There's a BART s…

The September Swago Board is here!

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during on their September Swago Board, which runs from September 10th through September 17th at 9am PT! 

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:
Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, September 17th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
Be mindful of the patterns and their correspondi…

6 Tips to Minimize Back to School Stress: College Edition

Another school year has begun and we are off to a GREAT start.  As exciting as heading back to school is, it can also be quite stressful. Those good habits you help your kids develop now will come in handy later when your kid heads off to college.

My niece started college this year and there has been a little anxiety and understandably so.  College, just like any other back to school experience can be a little stressful.

Here are six tips to help minimize back to school stress for your kid whether they're just starting kindergarten or heading off to college like my niece.

1. Gather Your Supplies
My kids were scouts for all of one, maybe two years.  The one takeaway is ALWAYS BE PREPARED.  Ever wonder why back to school shopping season starts BEFORE the school year? It's so parents can buy their kids most of the supplies they'll need before heading back to school.  Trust me there's nothing worse than a late night trek to Wally World for a poster board and a glue stick for a…