June 25, 2013

Summer Reading Book Swap!

It's officially the summer before Kindergarten in my house. That means playing outside, river days, camping, and lots of reading! We just got the latest installment of George Brown Class Clown. We were both over the moon when the box came in the mail, and that got me thinking. I have participated in some swaps before, but why not have a swap for the kiddos. And a book swap at that. I don't know about your house, but in mine, checking the mail is a treat, and it's even more exciting when we get the little key to open the "package box". 

So here's all the details. 
I think that to make this truly about the kiddos, we should let the kids pick for the kids.
 Most kids books are fairly inexpensive, so lets try to keep it under $6. All of my favorite books come from the used book store for $1.
 My kids love all kinds of books, on all kinds of topics, if your kiddos have a specific genre or topic they are interested in, let me know. 

To sign up, email me at sillybeautifullife@gmail.com
Child's name:
Reading level:
Topics of interest:

Return these back to me by July 26, 2013 if you would like to join the fun!


June 3, 2013

Bet On Your Baby Giveaway!

  Today I have a super fun giveaway for you! I have only caught some of the new show, Bet On Your Baby, but it is hilarious. So today, I'd like to give you a chance to win free diapers! {as a mom with one still in diapers, I wish I could win.} I'm going to make this giveaway super easy. All you have to do is complete the Bet on Your Baby quiz above, and comment with your percentage {mine was 57%} and leave your email address in your comment. The prize is 3, not just one or two, but 3 packs of Luvs diapers. Once I choose the winner, a coupon book for the free packs will be sent straight to you. If your a tight budgeted mom like me, that's 3 weeks of not buying diapers, which means you can splurge somewhere else! For an extra entry, pin this giveaway and come back and comment with a link to your pin.

 This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only.

May 2, 2013

The Christian Parenting Handbook Giveaway

My house is currently a war zone. 5 has been the toughest year yet, and the defiance is through the roof. While I'm being honest, I tend to lose my patience by bedtime. When all you hear is "no" all day long, it wears you down. I really need a change, and at the same time, I was given the opportunity to review The Christian Parenting Handbook. I am absolutely certain God had this all planned. The ideas, and solutions in this book are exactly what I needed.
This book is all about using tips and techniques backed by the bible to raise our kids to be accountable. The book teaches us parents how to change our children's thinking, into a more Godly awareness. Being accountable for the choices and actions they are making is one thing, but this book focuses on changing the hearts of our children. 
I have already started implementing some of these techniques with my babies, and I'm seeing a slow improvement. Having these tools has been amazing. I can't wait to see more progress, and let you all know about it! Until then, I have a huge giveaway for you all today! I have been blessed to give away 5 amazing parenting products.

Prize 1:

Set of 5 Parenting Shifts eBooks
by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller,  RN BSN
The Parenting Shifts Series gives specific parenting advice for that particular age group. A team of experts, working together with Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN, have collaborated to bring you the best in a heart-based approach to parenting at any age. Wherever you are in your parenting journey these books will help you move forward with confidence and effectiveness.
Set Includes:
 The Baby Adventure (Birth to 12 Months)
 Toddlers on the Move (Ages 12-36 Months)
 Preschool Explorers (Ages 3-5 Years)
 Elementary Foundations (Ages 5-8 Years)
 Cultivating Responsibility (Ages 9-12 Years) 

Prize 2:

One free Biblical Parenting University online class! Read more about it!

Prize 3:
Disciplemaking at Home:
Raising Kids to Follow After God 
by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller,  RN BSN
Parents have a job to do–pass the faith on to their kids. This book will show you how. Parents are the primary spiritual and moral trainers of their children and much of the everyday work of family life is the classroom where children learn. Here's what you'll learn in this book. 
You will learn
•  Fun ways to pass the faith on to your kids.
•  How to use spontaneous moments to teach children what the faith is all about.
•  A biblical understanding of the conscience.
•  How to develop internal motivation in kids.
•  A plan to help children take responsibility for their part of an offense.
•  Ideas for teaching kids to take initiative instead of relying on parents to get things done.
•  Ways to move from behavior modification to a heart-based approach.
•  Tools to develop integrity in a child.
•  How to get kids to be others-focused instead of self-focused.
Prize 4: (The book that has changed my household!!)

The Christian Parenting Companion Guide
50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child’s Life
by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller,  RN BSN
The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. Each lesson contains advice from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller in a 5 minute audio tip and then offers teaching, an assignment, a Bible verse, and a prayer to help you apply each idea or strategy in your family.
You will learn
 A practical tool to stop children's arguing
 How to separate firmness from harshness
 A strategy to help children change their hearts
 Ways to teach kids to add energy to family life
 Solutions for sibling conflict
 The relational side of parenting
 What to do when parents don't agree
 How to help kids who are blamers
Prize 5: 

Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, in You and Your Kids Lesson 1 Complete Package: Includes Lesson 1 on Video, as an MP3, includes Study Guide pages, and the Kids Honor Club Children’s Program.

Honor is a biblical concept that changes the way people think and the way they treat others. Honor is a relationship term and teaching honor in the family equips children with the relational tools they'll need for the rest of their lives. This package gives you instructions for both parents and children so that honor can transform the culture in your home.

Tons of great prizes right??? I am so excited for all you parents out there. I am loving all of these extras, along with the book. I feel so blessed to be able to share with all of you!



April 29, 2013

Things Daddy Says (or didn't say)

So this week, Daddy didn't say anything that I can remember. This week has been hard. Hubs is so close to being done with school, and it is definitely the dark before the dawn right now. So daddy didn't say squat worth a laugh this week. However, Bo said something that knocked me right off my rocker. Here's how it went: 
Boden puts his hands down his pants- "Mommy, I have a pee pee. Do you have a pee pee mommy?"
Me- I sit in silence wondering what in the world I can possibly say to that. "Uhhhh, kinda Buddy." T
That was all I had, I didn't know what to say. 
The next morning, he saw me getting out of the shower. Boden- "where's your pee pee Mommy?"
Again, speechless. 
Are there really ever right words for moments like this? 

April 15, 2013

Things Daddy Says {again}

Hubs is going to school to be a Sheriff Reserve right now. It is this major time consuming part of our life. It takes so much time, and so much of our thoughts. It's a lifestyle. But anyways... Hubs and I were sitting at the dinner table talking about the remaining things he needs. If you haven't analyzed cop stuff, everything is basket weave. We had another awesome conversation! (I love our chats.) 
Hubs: I need a notebook cover. 
Me: Basket weave? 
Hubs: they have Basket weave everything. Basket weave hummingbird feeder, basket weave romper, basket weave men's Tungsten wedding band. 
Me: I'm getting you one. You'll be all basket weaves out.
Hubs: I'll have so much basket weave, they'll start calling me the dream weaver! 
The things that we say. Seriously, I'm glad there aren't hidden cameras in our house! 
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