Thursday, May 9, 2019

Butterfly Essential Oils for the Cold Season

Butterfly Express Essential Oils - Aspire

My youngest was coughing all through the night and congested with a miserable head cold. This was right during soccer season, so of course, on the field, she could barely run due to not being able to breathe. She was absolutely miserable and of little help to her soccer team.  I was desperate to help her find relief.  During the nights I would put a stinky rag around her neck, a little trick I learned from my mom.  The stinky rag includes Vicks vapor rub and rubbing alcohol poured on to it then pinned around her neck.   This is great at opening up airways during the night, but who wants to walk around with a stinky rag around their neck during the daytime.

Enter essential oils. I am extremely new to essentials oils but I thought I would give them a try.  I had heard about Butterfly Express from a good friend so I did a little research.  I wanted a quality product without additives and according to my research Butterfly Express fit the bill, they are therapeutic grade essential oils without added chemicals.  One of my top reasons for choosing Butterfly Express was the quality, the second was that they are not an MLM company so no signing up required. I can order how many I want when I want.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Win a One-Year Subscription from Groovy Lab in a Box!

Win a One-Year Subscription from Groovy Lab in a Box!

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Each month, they send out a themed box filled with investigations that are fun and hands on. The investigations culminate into an Engineering Design Challenge, where your STEMists must apply what they've learned from the investigations (and use their critical thinking skills) to complete the challenge. The boxes contain everything you need to complete all of the activities, including a groovy retro-themed lab notebook. The box activities are supplemented with their a Box web portal where your children will find videos, interactive and additional activities. Head over to Groovy Lab in a Box's website to learn more about this great service!
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Friday, March 15, 2019

What You May Not Know About St. Patricks Day

Every year on March 17th, the Irish and non-Irish join together to celebrate the feast day of Ireland's patron saint, Patrick.   For many the day is about Leprechauns, chasing rainbows, gold, shamrocks and green.  It is such a fun day to dress up in green, eat green foods, and decorate with shamrocks, but do you really know where the holiday originates from? Do you know that St. Patrick was not actually Irish?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

24 Stories of Christmas Day 9

December 9
“In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called.” Jeremiah 23:6

Ornament: Basket with bread and fish
Scripture: Matthew 14:14-21

Oh hush thee, my baby; A story I'll tell,
How little Lord Jesus on earth came to dwell;
How in a far country, 'way over the sea,
Was born a wee baby, my dear one, like thee.

Lullaby baby, lullaby dear
Sleep, little baby;
Have nothing to fear.
Lullaby baby, lullaby dear.
Jesus will care for his little one here.

The story was told by the angels so bright,
As round them was shining a heavenly light.
The stars shone out brightly, but one led the way
And stood o'er the place where the dear baby lay.

Lullaby baby, lullaby dear
Sleep, little baby;
Have nothing to fear.
Lullaby baby, lullaby dear.
Jesus will care for his little one here.

The shepherds here found him, as angels had said,
The poor little stranger, no crib for a bed.
Down low in a manger so quiet he lay,
This little child Jesus, asleep on the hay.

Lullaby baby, lullaby dear
Sleep, little baby;
Have nothing to fear.
Lullaby baby, lullaby dear.
Jesus will care for his little one here.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

24 Days of Christmas Day 8

December 8
“Lift up your heads, o ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.” Psalm 24:7,10

Ornament: Boat

Stilling the Storm by Ted Henninger

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play.
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of Peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had roll'd along th' unbroken song
Of Peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair, I bow'd my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song,
Of Peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep;
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With Peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing, singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.!

Why the Chimes Rang
by Raymond MacDonald Alden

There was once, in a far-away country where few people have ever traveled, a wonderful church. It stood on a high hill in the midst of a great city; and every Sunday, as well as on sacred days like Christmas, thousands of people climbed the hill to its great archways, looking like lines of ants all moving in the same direction.

Friday, December 7, 2018

24 Christmas Stories Day 7

December 7
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Isaiah 40:11

Ornament: Candle
Scripture: Matthew 5: 1-16
By Harry Anderson

It came upon the midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heav'n's all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still thru the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heav'nly music floats
O'er all the weary world.
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hov'ring wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

24 Days of Christmas Day 6

December 6
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David.”
Jeremiah 33:14-15

Ornament: Fish 

Picture By: Harry Anderson 

“Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to have lived in the days of the Savior? If you had been there, would you have heeded His call “Follow me”? Perhaps a more realistic question might be, “If the Savior were to call you today, would you be just as willing to leave your nets and follow Him?” I am confident that many would. But for some, it may not be such an easy decision. Some have discovered that nets, by their very nature, are sometimes not so easy to leave….
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