Friday, April 21, 2017

Winter in Florida

Winter Robin that is.

Friday 7:34 p.m.

7 lbs 10.8 oz

Monday, April 3, 2017

Quick Tips: Preparing a Child's Heart for Easter

Today author and speaker Crystal Bowman shares her tips for preparing a child's heart for Easter. Crystal is a mother, grandmother and the author of over 75 children's books, many of which have won awards.

Preparing Your Child’s Heart for Easter
When pictures of the Easter bunny decorate store windows, and Easter egg coloring kits are stacked on end caps, children know that Easter will soon be here. In our secular society, it can be challenging to help young minds understand and appreciate the true meaning of Easter. Here are a few tips for parents who desire to keep the celebration of Easter about Jesus.
· Choose one or two children’s books by Christian authors who tell the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection with kid-friendly language. Read the books at mealtime or bedtime, then talk about the story to make sure your children understand that Jesus is alive.
· In addition to sweet treats, add meaningful items to an Easter basket such as a small Bible story book, a devotional book, or stickers from a Christian bookstore.  
· Attend an Easter pageant as a family to allow children to experience the story of Easter through a dramatic presentation. 

Easter is the celebration of new life, new 

hope, and fullness of God’s love poured out 

through the blood of Jesus on the cross. So 

celebrate and share the message of Easter 

with the little ones God has placed in your 


You can learn more about Crystal and her books on her web page
You can order Crystal's books from amazon here
A complete list of her books is here. Why not add one to your child's Easter basket this year?

Other Quick Tips You Might Want to Read are:

Fresh Starts
Keeping Your Mind Strong

Friday, March 17, 2017

Quick Tips: Fresh Starts

Author Davalynn Spencer , who loves to write "inspirational romance about cowboys who aren't afraid to fight for (and find) faith, fresh hope, and lasting love," shares tips for a fresh start during this dreary months.

Quick Tips: Getting a Fresh Start

As spring approaches, I’m inclined to envy what I see happening in nature around me. Oh for a fresh start, a do-over, new growth. Is it possible? Can we regenerate like the flowers and trees in our yards? I believe the answer is yes.
· Forget about New Year’s resolutions and start a Spring Supplement, listing physical, spiritual, and relational areas in which you’d like to see growth.
· Set aside a new time of day—morning, afternoon, or evening—for spending a few quiet moments alone with the Lord. A new time may result in a new perspective.
· Put feet on your focus. Get moving physically with a new walking route, a new exercise routine, or a new exercise partner. Music can be an inspiring companion.

Spring is our annual reminder that life really does go on. It reminds us of God’s promise of revival and redemption—a great refresher course and another chance to hear Him say, “It’s not too late.”

You can connect with Davalynn on her website.Or find out more about her books here and here.

Other Quick Tips You Might Want to Read are:

Keeping Your Mind Strong

Friday, March 3, 2017

Fun Friday: Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Life has been so crazy that I am simply going to share the recipe we are having tonight when another family comes over in a bit.

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
4 chicken breasts
2 cans Rotel tomatoes
1 large can corn undrained
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
2 envelopes ranch dressing mix
1 tsp chili powder
2 8 oz pkg cream cheese

Place the uncooked chicken in the bottom of the crock pot. Top with the Rotel, corn, beans, dressing mix, cumin and chili powder. Stir to mix. Top with cream cheese. Cook on low for 4-5 hours stirring occasionally. Shred the chicken before serving. Can serve over rice or baked potato or use as a dip.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Helpful Ideas for $1

This blog post has some really helpful ideas from the Dollar Tree. What can you add to the list?
Read here

Monday, February 20, 2017

Quick Tips: Showing Kindness Everyday

February is a month where thoughts to turn relationships, but really, focusing on relationships and kindness should be a year round theme. Author and speaker Linda Gilden shares tips for showing kindness every day.

Showing Kindness Every Day

My three-year-old opened the kitchen door and screamed, “Come here! Quick!” I hurried back inside.

“What’s the matter?” I asked expecting blood or worse.

She pointed to the kitchen cabinet. She had arranged seven folded potato chips. In our family, folded potato chips say, “I love you.”

Small acts or words can change the course of someone’s day. Be alert for ways you can encourage others with small deeds.

  • Be aware of things that are special to your friends. It might be folded potato chips but it could be the corner piece of the brownie, the front seat in the car, a single flower.
  • Some people respond to acts of service rather than gifts—unload the dishwasher, come to a meeting early to help set up chairs, wash the car without being asked, cook and take dinner.
  • Use kind words and make sure your body language matches them. Often because of our upbringing we say the right thing, but our slumped shoulders, rolling eyes, or stance indicate otherwise. Make it a habit to brighten someone’s day with heartfelt, encouraging words.

Many times the little things make the biggest difference!

Linda Gilden is a writer and speaker living in SC. She believes in the importance of finding everyday ways to encourage others. She is the author of 11 books many of which are about encouraging others. connect with Linda and find out more about her books and speaking engagements through her webpage HERE

A few of the books you may want to read:

Other quick tips you might want to read are:
Keeping Your Mind Strong