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Are Kids Welcome in Your Church?

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Yesterday was Good Friday, the day that we believe Jesus was crucified and died on the cross for us, and as a Catholic family we observe that day and go to mass.  Since my husband had to work, I thought we would go to mass with my mom to her church…a church I attended as a child.  Let me preface this story by saying we don’t take the rules of the church lightly and we do our best to observe the teachings of the church in our daily lives.  

On our way to church I again reminded my kids, ages 6 and 4, what Good Friday was about, how sad of a day it was, and that I would need them to be on their best behavior.  To their credit, I really didn’t think they were bold.  I mean they weren’t statues, but they weren’t doing things that were very distracting either.  And I have no problem taking them out of mass if I believe they are being unreasonable…I have done it before, but this just was not one of those days and I didn’t see that it was necessary.

The parish that we went to seemed to be very different than ours.  My kids were the only ones their age in the entire church…something I couldn’t believe.  My mom assured me that there were kids and that the children’s mass was a lot of fun, but to me that didn’t excuse others for being as cold as they were yesterday.  There is no “children’s mass” on Good Friday, nor should there need to be.  

At our church there are kids in just about every pew at all masses and they are welcomed with little smiles or waves by others throughout the mass.  Yesterday was NOT like that.  I felt so uncomfortable and unwelcome.  It was very sad to me.  I don’t believe the priests felt this way at all and were happy to see the kids there, but it was pretty clear that the majority of the people attending the mass did not feel the same way.

My purpose being there was not to anger or distract others.  I was there for the same reason as everyone else, except I had my children with me…my lively, happy kids who don’t fully understand the meaning of Good Friday or even the troubles of our everyday life.  

With church attendance falling to its lowest in four decades among Catholics, I would think that seeing young families and children in church would be a good and promising sign, not something that is frowned upon by others.  Could feeling unwelcome be part of the attendance problem?

Have you ever had this happen to your family?  How did you react?

But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~MATTHEW 19:14

 
 
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Top Educational FREEbies 4/18

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Even though my kids aren’t homeschooled, I love using all the wonderful educational resources available to keep their minds active and teach them about the places we travel, holidays, or just reinforce their learning at school.  Thanks so much to How to Homeschool for Free for putting together this fabulous list of educational FREEbies.  Whether you are a teacher, homeschool your kids, or are just looking to supplement their education, you’ll love this list of FREEbies :)

FREE Curiosity Files Series from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine ($125 value)

Printable KISS Grammar Workbooks - for multiple grade levels

Short Vowel Picture Sorts (for Pre-K – 2nd Grade Students)

Free Kindle Books For Children – The top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids!

Agnitus Learning Program - Free for teachers! Tablet-based learning program with games for students 2-6 years old (available on Kindle, Android, and iOS)

37 Ways To WOW A Math Student - free book from Math Four!

FREE Earth Day Printables for 1st and 2nd Grade

Completely Free Foreign Language Curriculum Options - several different ones for different languages!

FREE 1 month access to A+ Interactive Math Family Math Package

FREE Math Speed Wheel Sheet from Math Essentials

Free Piano Lessons from Zebra Keys

 
 
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Michaels Craft Store Coupon – 30% Off Entire Regular Price Purchase!

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There’s an awesome new Michaels craft store coupon today!  Print your coupon, or show it to the cashier on your phone, to save 30% off your entire regular price purchase through tomorrow 4/19/14.

Michaels is a great place to stock up on last minute Easter basket stuffers too, so this coupon comes just in time!  There are all those great $1 bins filled with your kid’s favorite Disney and Marvel characters and lots of other $1 items such as crafts, stickers, coloring books, and much more scattered throughout the store.  With your 30% coupon all of those items will drop to only $0.70 each!

<< Print your 30% off Michaels craft store coupon! >>

 
 
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Top Educational FREEbies 4/11

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Even though my kids aren’t homeschooled, I love using all the wonderful educational resources available to keep their minds active and teach them about the places we travel, holidays, or just reinforce their learning at school.  Thanks so much to How to Homeschool for Free for putting together this fabulous list of educational FREEbies.  Whether you are a teacher, homeschool your kids, or are just looking to supplement their education, you’ll love this list of FREEbies :)

Free Kindle Books For Children – The top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids!

Free App Friday - 29 completely free apps on 4/11/14

FREE Themed Word Searches for 1st – 3rd graders

Complete Math Curriculum for all grades through Khan Academy

Free Cursive Handwriting Practice Worksheets (download sheets individually to avoid having to create an account)

FREE Lapbooking & Notebooking Resources - everything you need to start creating your own lapbooks and notebooks for whatever subject your child is interested in

Completely FREE Christian-based preschool curriculum from Motherhood On A Dime

Mammal Themed Math Worksheets For 2nd – 4th Graders

FREE online videos that cover all of the main phonics rules (over 1,200 vocabulary items)

Children Of Ancient Rome Free PDF eBook

FREE McGuffey’s Primer Copybook (and you can get all of the McGuffey’s Reader books here)

Teach With Movies – free lesson plans based on movies and film! This website would pair perfectly with an Amazon Prime membership.

 
 
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Children’s Place Easter Deals – Up to 30% Off!

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WOW!  The deal got even better…today only, 4/11/14, you’ll get FREE shipping with every order too!

With how busy things have been around here the past few weeks, I didn’t get around to getting my kids Easter outfits yet!  I told my husband that and he said, “Oh no!  What would we do without new Easter outfits!” as many husbands probably would.

So with all the birthdays and parties in the last few weeks over I started my search where I usually do – at The Children’s Place website.  And just like many times before that’s where my search ended too!  There was a fabulous sale with adorable clothes!

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I found this beautiful dress for my daughter…

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And this coordinating button-down shirt for my son.

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I also got a few other fun accessories for my munchkins all totaling just $46 with shipping.  AND I got back $20 Place Cash to use on a future purchase :)

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To grab a great deal use code MORESALE3 at checkout to save 30% Off on Your Next Purchase of $60 or More, 25% Off on Your Next Purchase of $50 or More, or 20% Off on Your Entire Purchase!

<< Shop this great Children’s Place sale! >>

 

 

 
 
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Wilton Mini Easter Cookie Cutters Only $7.25

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Looking for a cute gift to give someone for Easter?  How about some yummy cookies right from your kitchen!  They’ll be super festive with this set of Wilton Easter mini cookie cutters for only $7.25 at Amazon.  Shipping will be FREE with Amazon Prime or Super Saver Shipping orders over $35.

Easter cookie cutter set

Each cookie cutter is about 1.5 inches and you’ll get 12 of them in the set.  There is also a set of 24 Easter cookie cutters for $11.99.  

Not in the cookie mood?  The cutters can also be used for other crafty projects using clay or even as stencils ;)

<< Shop for your Easter cookie cutters >>

Keep in mind that Amazon prices can change at any time.

 
 
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Top Educational FREEbies 4/4

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Even though my kids aren’t homeschooled, I love using all the wonderful educational resources available to keep their minds active and teach them about the places we travel, holidays, or just reinforce their learning at school.  Thanks so much to How to Homeschool for Free for putting together this fabulous list of educational FREEbies.  Whether you are a teacher, homeschool your kids, or are just looking to supplement their education, you’ll love this list of FREEbies :)

Free Kindle Books For Children – The top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids!

Free App Friday - 33 completely free apps on 4/4/14

Interactive Sight Word Reader from Educents

How To Help Children Improve Their Memory & Learn More Using Memory Pegs

Easter Scriptures Handwriting Practice Copywork

Free Printable Everyday Math Books From The 1920s - 2nd – 8th Grade

Antonyms Worksheets - 98 activities and puzzles bundle

Math Games Multiplication Download - PC Only (Windows Vista/7/8/2000/XP)

Greek and Latin Root Words Flash Cards

Free Frozen Themed Math Worksheets - Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication available to download

FREE Earth Day Printables & Worksheets (must create an account and log in to download worksheets; many of the worksheets are completely free)

Printable Mandarin Chinese and Spanish Flash Cards from Parents.com

Three NASA Imagers units to teach Understanding Light, Remote Sending, and Biodiversity

 
 
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GIVEAWAY: Win a Baby Shower Gift Set from Miss Maddie’s Closet!

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Miss Maddie’s Closet is your one stop shop for stylish boutique accessories!  They strive to carry an array of quality, handmade, and stylish items for babies and children.  

Be sure to find Miss Maddie’s Closet on Facebook!  There you’ll keep up-to-date on new products, giveaways, coupons, and more!

Thanks to Miss Maddie’s Closet, one lucky reader will win a Baby Shower Gift Set
which includes a handmade diaper clutch, wipes case, bib, and burp cloth
made with ultra cuddle soft minky fabric and trendy cotton print!

To enter simply follow the Giveaway Tools form below.
This giveaway will end 4/2/14 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

 

This giveaway is part of Saving by Design’s 15,000 Fan Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see all TWENTY giveaways here.  Come join the fun!

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GIVEAWAY: Win an Adorable Little Girl’s Easter Bunny LOVE Outfit Set!

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Southern Roots & Combat Boots was started by Jennifer during her husband’s deployment to Afghanistan to keep her occupied.  As a mother of three kids she has enjoyed personalizing items for them and many others across the world for over two years now.  If you have an idea that you want brought to life simply send a custom listing request and Jennifer can help make that dream a reality for anything from outfits to custom bedding. 

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One of the newest additions to her store is this ADORABLE Easter Bunny LOVE outfit set that includes a shirt, tutu, and matching headband available in sizes NB through Girls 6!  These colors scream Easter and who doesn’t love a soft, cuddly, plush bunny?  The shirt is light pink and the tutu and elastic headband has all of the colors from the applique fabric.  Watch as your little one twirls with delight in this precious outfit.  Can you imagine how cute your Easter pictures could be?!

Be sure to like the Southern Roots & Combat Boots facebook page and follow them on Pinterest!

Thanks to Jennifer, one lucky reader will win an Easter Bunny LOVE outfit set!

To enter simply follow the Giveaway Tools entry form below.
This giveaway will end 4/1/14 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

 

This giveaway is part of Saving by Design’s 15,000 Fan Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see all TWENTY giveaways here.  Come join the fun!

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Top Educational FREEbies 3/21

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Even though my kids aren’t homeschooled, I love using all the wonderful educational resources available to keep their minds active and teach them about the places we travel, holidays, or just reinforce their learning at school.  Thanks so much to How to Homeschool for Free for putting together this fabulous list of educational FREEbies.  Whether you are a teacher, homeschool your kids, or are just looking to supplement their education, you’ll love this list of FREEbies :)

Free App Friday - 19 completely free apps on 3/21/14

Elementary Geometry Interactive Math Software from A+ TutorSoft

Reading Eggs FREE 14 Day Trial

How To Draw Birds PDF eBook

Anatomy Arcade - free flash games and videos that make basic human anatomy come alive!

LEGO Chemical Reactions - chemistry activity using LEGO bricks to represent atoms bonding into molecules and crystals

FREE Science Experiment Notebooking Pages

Free History Curriculum options

Mi Vida Loca – free Spanish curriculum from the BBC

Free Interactive Music Theory Drills from FiveJs

Book Adventure - free quizzes and prizes for books kids read offline

Free Kindle Books For Children – The top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids!

 
 
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GIVEAWAY: Win a Collection of Board Books and Puppet from Barefoot Books!

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Barefoot Books is an independent publisher started by two mothers specializing in carefully crafted children’s books, CDs, games, puppets, puzzles and gifts that celebrate enduring values and inspire creativity.  As a small, passionately committed team, they bring expertise, enthusiasm and close attention to every product they make. At the heart of everything they do are their core values: imagine, explore, create, connect, and give back.

As a Barefoot Books Ambassador, Natalie is able to share these wonderful educational and fun items to families in her area at home or though online parties, local events like craft fairs or festivals, fundraisers such as school Book Fairs, and baby shower registries, and can build her Barefoot Books team too.

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Natalie’s top 5 reasons that she loves Barefoot Books…

  1. I get to share this company with my children, 5 year old twin boys and a 3 year old lil’ man. They love the books and enjoy helping set up my Barefoot booths at events.
  2. I love that this company because it was started by 2 mothers. 
  3. These multicultural books are appropriate for ages newborn to 12 years old, so my family can grow up Barefoot.
  4. Barefoot Books is eco-friendly
  5. The engaging content, beautiful illustrations, variety of formats and layers of learning that Barefoot Books offer just appeal to me and what I want to offer my children and customers.

Take a look at Natalie’s Barefoot Books website!  Don’t forget to like her Barefoot Books facebook page too.  I’m sure you find something you love.   And through 3/31/14 you can use promo code FIRST2014 to get 20% off your entire order!   You’ll also get FREE shipping with orders $60 or more :)

Thanks to Natalie one lucky reader will win a collection of
Clare Beaton’s Board Books and a Bunny Puppet valued at $50!  
Perfect for your child’s Easter basket or a baby shower gift!

To enter simply follow the Giveaway Tools entry form below.  
This giveaway will end 3/28/14 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

 

This giveaway is part of Saving by Design’s 15,000 Fan Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see all TWENTY giveaways here.  Come join the fun!

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Sheet of Jamberry Nail Wraps! {4 Winners!}

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Did you know I’ve been a Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant for 2 years now?  I just love my Jams! :D

Jamberry Nail wraps are a solid film covering that can be applied directly to the nail to achieve a look not found anywhere else.  This special material is both pressure and heat (blow dryer) activated to create a water tight bond to your nail.  The shields are made in the USA and are non-toxic with no harsh chemicals.

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This new nail treatment can be applied in just fifteen minutes at home.  With over 300 styles available (including Jamberry Juniors for the munchkins, NCAA licensed wraps, holidays, sports, and sorority) and the ability to create your own, these designer nail wraps are made to last up to 2 weeks on fingers and 6 – 8 weeks on toes.  Unlike traditional nail polish, they won’t chip and require no drying time.  It’s so easy to achieve a professional, salon look at a fraction of the cost!

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Take a look at some of the benefits.  All nail wrap sets…

  • can be applied in 15 minutes
  • can be removed in 5 minutes
  • have enough wraps for 2 to 3 applications (or more depending on nail length) on fingers and/or toes
  • last 2 weeks on fingers, 6 – 8 weeks on toes
  • are NOT nail polish so they will not chip
  • have no harsh chemicals and are latex-free
  • are vegan and gluten-free
  • are made in the USA 

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In addition to their wraps, Jamberry also offers professional nail lacquer.  Jamberry Lacquers provide a rich and extensive palette of the widest range of colors and effects without the use of Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutylphthalate (DBP), Camphor or Formaldehyde Resin.  It’s made in the USA, gluten free, cruelty free, and Vegan friendly.  

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Since Jamberry is a direct sales company, there’s also the opportunity to host a party (in person or online) to earn FREE wraps!  Or you can become a consultant and earn some easy cash just for showing off your nails.  At only $99 to get started this was an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up!   Join the Jammin’ by Design team (hehe!) and we’ll work together to help you earn your maximum potential.  Since Jamberry Nails is so new to the direct sales market you’ll get in on the ground floor and watch your team quickly grow.  

Through 4/4/14 I’m happy to offer 15% off all Jamberry orders placed with me!  This is in addition to Jamberry’s Buy 3 Get 1 FREE ongoing promotion!  Just contact me to place your order and with any questions or to request a sample too :)

I’d love to give you the chance to try Jamberry wraps for yourself!  Four lucky readers will each win a sheet of Jamberry Nail wraps in the style of their choice!

To enter simply follow the Giveaway Tools form below.  
This giveaway will end 3/26/14 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

 

This giveaway is part of Saving by Design’s 15,000 Fan Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see all TWENTY giveaways here.  Come join the fun!

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Disney Frozen Movie Deal! Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Only $19.96! {Reg. $44.99!}

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Hurry over to Amazon to get the Disney Frozen Blu-Ray/DVD Combo for only $19.96…that’s 56% off the regular price of $44.99!

I’m so excited to see this Frozen movie deal!  We’re going to enjoy some family downtime this Friday night and this takes care of the movie we’ll be watching.  The kids are going to be so excited :)

<< Get your copy of Frozen now! >>

Remember, Amazon prices can change at any time!

 

If you haven’t signed up yet, now is a great time to get the Amazon Prime Free Trial and enjoy free shipping on ANY order for the next month!  Trying Amazon Prime today (3/19/14) will lock in the $79/year rate that will increase to $99/year tomorrow ;)

 
 
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GIVEAWAY: Win a Complete First Year of Infant Headbands!

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There are so many wonderful “firsts” when a new baby enters your life and there’s no doubt you want to capture every moment in a photo.  If you have a little girl, then the perfect outfit, and of course accessories, is a must for all these special memories!

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Nicole, owner of Banana’s Bows N Bands, recently became a first time mom to her beautiful daughter, Annabella.  Since her birth (and quite honestly as soon as she found out she was going to be a girl), Nicole has been buying headbands and bows for her from local vendors and Etsy shops alike.  It wasn’t until recently that she started to make them for herself and thought she would give a go at starting a shop of her own.

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Head on over to the Banana’s Bows N Bands Etsy shop to see the most adorable headbands and more for your little princess.  All listings can be customized, so please don’t hesitate to contact Nicole for different colors, sizes, or anything else that you can think of.  Use code SBD10 through April 30, 2014 to save 10% on your entire order too!  Also be sure to become a fan of the Banana’s Bows N Bands Facebook page for additional discounts and announcements :)

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One of my favorite items is the Complete First Year of Headbands which includes beautiful Newborn , New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & 1st Birthday headbands.  How perfect for all those special occasions and holidays your little one’s first year!

Thanks to Nicole, one lucky reader will win a Complete First Year
of Infant Headbands and a $5 coupon to be used in the
Banana’s Bows N Bands Etsy shop…a $50 value!

To enter simply follow the Giveaway Tools form below.
This giveaway will end 3/25/14 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

 

This giveaway is part of Saving by Design’s 15,000 Fan Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see all TWENTY giveaways here.  Come join the fun!

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Crocheted Frozen Elsa Easter Basket! {2 Winners}

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Amy’s Crafty Little Creations is made up of the many handmade items that owner, Amy, makes.  She loves to craft!  Everything on her page is handmade by her including crocheted hats, scarves, cowls, afghans, pillows, lovie/security blankets, and Easter baskets/gift baskets.  Amy also does cross stitch, plastic canvases, light up glass blocks, wreaths, and diaper cakes.  You can see many of her past creations in her Facebook albums.  If you do not see what you are looking for and would like to special order something, just contact her.  She would be happy to make it for you! :)

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With Easter right around the corner, Amy’s Crafty Little Creations is making handmade crocheted Easter baskets.  There are many styles available including Frozen Elsa, Ana & Olaf, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Rapunzel, Monster High, Mine Craft Creeper, TMNT, Hello Kitty, Batman & Robin, Spiderman, Superman, Minions, Monsters Inc., Cowgirl Hat/Cowboy Hat, One Direction, Football (NFL), Baseball (MLB), NASCAR, and WWE.  

One of her most popular baskets now is the Frozen Elsa Easter Basket.  This basket has tulle, rhinestones, and snowflakes all over it. It’s perfect for any little girl who loves the movie Frozen!

And guess what?  Thanks to Amy, two lucky readers will each win
an Elsa Easter Basket/Gift Basket valued at $30!

To enter simply follow the Giveaway Tools form below.  
This giveaway will end 3/24/14 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

 

This giveaway is part of Saving by Design’s 15,000 Fan Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see all TWENTY giveaways here.  Come join the fun!

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