Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: July 2013

Her Personality Traits

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.  
Proverbs 22:6
When I think of personality traits I want Baby C to have, it’s the traits I see in our Father.  I want her to be loving and caring, helpful and encouraging, trusting and obedient.  I want her to have an honest and giving heart, too.  I see many of these traits in Baby C already.
Other traits that I see in Baby C is her independence and adventurous spirit.  As well as, her humor and friendliness.  Baby C is gentle and kindhearted, too!  She is a beautiful child of God, on the inside and out!
What personality traits would you love your child to have?

Nuby Clik It Cup {Review}

 I wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Nuby and the Clik It Cup are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Nuby has just launched the new Clik It Cups and Baby C was one of the firsts to test it out.  The insulated cup offers leak proof technology that you can see and hear so parents wont have to worry about spills and leaks.  The No-Spill insulated Cool Sipper keeps liquids fresh and cool and helps protect furniture from a sweating cup.  The cup was made to make feeding and handling easier with it’s valveless and leak resistant design.

The silicone spout is uniquely designed to prevent drips and spills while being delicate and gentle on your child’s gums and emerging teeth.  The pressure sensitive Touch-Flo feature regulates fluid intake with sucking action of your child.  The spout closes when sucking action decreases, ensuring a leak resistant cup.

Baby C loves the fun design her cup came in, calling it her “fancy cup.”  And I love it for it’s spill-proof design and it’s easiness to clean.  The Clik It cup Baby C has is perfect for children 18 months and older.

Be on the lookout, because these cool cups will be available at Target on July 29th!  Stay connected with Nuby on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all their latest products, giveaways and contests!

Eating Out With A Toddler

We never know what we are going to get when we take Baby C out to eat.  Sometimes she is quiet and content and other times, I can’t even enjoy my food.  There have definitely been some lessons that I have learned each time.

  • Arrive early enough so we don’t have to wait to be seated.
  •  Always bring a snack.
  • Use a high chair.
  • And bring an extra, empty sippy cup to pour her milk in.

Normally, when all those bases are covered, our out to eat experience is so much more pleasurable.

As you can see above, we didn’t apply all of these rules that night at dinner.  And Baby C was not on her best behavior, to say the least.  That was one of the most stressful dinners we ever had.  And poor Pop (who was in town visiting) had to put up with it.

What are your tips for eating out with a toddler?

Open {Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Thomas Nelson and will be receiving promotional items to thank me for my time.  Thomas Nelson supplied me with the information in this post.

Doesn’t it feel great when you find a book that really inspires you? Something that really gets you motivated to live and love better? 

Author and speaker, Craig Gross, is helping men and women all over the country do just that.  In his new book, Open, Craig is letting you discover a life of freedom, confidence and success by being honest and transparent with people you truly hold dear.

How would getting more “open” benefit YOU in your life and relationships?

Hear why Craig believes this message of “openness” for FAMILIES is so important:

“Open” is for families because “Open” is for everyone. Yes, accountability is helpful for individuals; it can help men become better husbands and fathers and women become better wives and mothers, and accountability can help young believers grow into a more mature faith. But beyond showing the individual benefits of accountability, “Open” shows that an honest, forgiving, caring, consistent, and respectful dialogue within a group dynamic–including families–serves only to make that group stronger and closer together. Your family relationships are forever and will outlast all others–why not make them open?
– Craig Gross, author of Open

How Open Are You? How willing are you to share your true personality with others? Do you trust other enough to let them see the real you? Take the quiz to find out how Open you really are!


 Craig Gross is an author, speaker, pastor, and revolutionary. He shot to prominence in 2002 when he founded the website XXXchurch.com. Craig is the author of nine books. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, Jeanette, and their two children, Nolan and Elise.
Preorder Open via ThomasNelson.com before the street date of July 30.  Thomas Nelson is also offering a special freebie pack.  Get inspired and energized with this new, life-changing book, Open, by Craig Gross, available wherever books and eBooks are sold.  One blessed reader will receive a signed copy of their own.  Fill out the Raffleopter form below to enter!

Being The Change

 

Welcome to the July 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Inspiring Change in Others.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they inspire others to make positive changes in their lifestyles. If you have tips to share, feel free to comment on all of the posts! And maybe you’ll walk away with a few tips you can use in your own life.

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It was just 3 short years ago when I didn’t understand the “green” lifestyle.  I wasn’t educated, nor did I care to be.  But through some crazy and scary experiences, God brought me many blessings and a new passion, living a more green and healthy life and encouraging others to do the same.

Sometimes, encouraging others isn’t so easy.  In fact, some just don’t care or don’t understand.  And that’s okay.  Because I understand, I was in that same place not too long ago.  There have been times when my passion has taken over and I’ve probably came across as thinking I know more, but the truth is, I don’t.

I love Love LOVE learning about healthy, green and eco-friendly products and simple lifestyle changes that I can make everyday.  And I try to put each one into practice as much as I can.  It is my hope that by making these choices and sharing with others my passion, that they will want to be that change, too.

Another way I try to encouraging others to live a healthy life, is by writing.  Some of the topics I’ve written about that maybe you would enjoy, include the following:

I’ve also created a Facebook Fan Page, called Encouraging Healthy, where I share healthy tips, recipes, giveaways and and encourage others to live healthy!  I would love to have you!  

What are some ways that you inspire change in others?

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Visit Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival!
Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

Little Miss Independent

While many moms are trying to foster their child’s independence, I sometimes try to hold my daughter’s back.  Even when Baby C was younger, she’s always had a fearless, I-can-do-anything, attitude.  I love that about her, but sometimes I want her to just be a mama’s girl and cuddle up close.

Once in a while, she does want me to do things for her.  She used to want me to draw pictures for her all the time.  I would do it once and then tell her it was her turn to try.  And activities like Play-doh can be a little tricky for her, too. 

But when it comes to dressing or climbing high playgrounds, she wants to do it herself.  And when it’s time to drop her off in the nursery, off she goes with tons of excitement, not tears or fears.  I wish I had her fearless attitude and independence!

How do you foster your child’s independence?

The Blessings Jar Book and Coloring Pages {Review and Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional
item to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Tommy
Nelson and The Blessings Jar book are my own and were not
influenced by other sources.  

Since becoming a Tommy Nelson Mommy and being able to review christian books with my daughter, The Blessings Jar, is by far my favorite book so far.  The beautiful illustrations themselves captured my heart.  And the message that the book teaches is so important.

The Blessings Jar, an over sized board book, is perfect for children ages 2-5 that teaches the importance of being thankful.  It also celebrates the bond between grandchildren and grandparents.  And reminds us of all the wonders God has placed around us. 

Baby C was excited to read and review her new book.  The pictures were so captivating and the lesson was simple, yet so important.

Cheesing!

Below is a synopsis provided Thomas Nelson’s website:

Alexa Grace is having a bad day, but then Grandma arrives with something special for “Grandma’s Little Punky Grace”—an Ebenezer jar that she thinks is very peculiar. Grandma explains that an Ebenezer is a “stone of help” and represents God’s blessings. Alexa Grace wonders if she can fill the jar with some of God’s blessings. She goes on the hunt with her furry Newfoundland puppy and Grandma, and Alexa Grace’s new blessing jar soon overflows with God’s wonders.

You can purchase the same book Baby C has for $12.99 at TommyNelson.com
or choose from a variety of other faith products.  Tommy Nelson is
offering one blessed reader a copy of The Blessings Jar book for
your little one.  Stay connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  


In addition to the giveaway, everyone can download  The Blessings Jar coloring pages!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Free Photos Right To Your Door

I wrote this post on behalf of Groovebook and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All reviews and opinions regarding Groovebook are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

If you are anything like me, you have over a thousand pictures of on your phone.  (Yes!  I’m not kidding.)  And their probably all of your children.  I have photos that go as far back as when Baby C was less than 6 months old.  That’s over 2 years worth of photos.

I am so thankful to have found the Groovebook App that allows me to select 100 photos a month and get them mailed to me for just $2.99.  It’s so easy!  Here’s how it works:

  • Download the FREE Groovebook App to your phone
  • Upload up to 100 pictures per month
  • Receive a keepsake photo book of your photos within 7 – 10 business days

The books are made with quality photo-paper and perforated edges so that you can use the photos in a scrapbook, frame or any other way you please.

Here is the best part.  Your first book is FREE when you use this coupon code  
SWEETTINYGROOVE

Stay connected and learn more about Groovebook by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube

Do you have lots of photos on your phone like me?
(I hope the free code above will help)

Nuby Bath Letters and Numbers {Review}

I wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All reviews and opinions regarding Nuby and the Bath Letters and Numbers are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Baby C was thrilled to open up the box and see bath time letters and numbers.  She couldn’t wait to take a bath.  She has so much fun pointing out the alphabet and numbers wherever we go, that I knew this would be a perfect toy for her.

This set, made of soft foam, comes with 36 letters and numbers that float and stick to the wall.  Not only is it great for letter and number recognition, but as your child develops new skills, they’ll enjoy spelling and number facts too! 

We had fun spelling our names until we realized the set only comes with one of each letter, so having two sets might be more fun with older kids.  This set is made for children 18 months and older. 

You can purchase the same Bath Letters and Numbers Baby C has for $6.99 at Meijer and BuyBabyDirect.com or choose from a variety of other Nuby bath toys.  Stay connected with Nuby on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

Potty Training . . . It’s Coming Along

We’ve been trying to potty train Baby C since February.  Though we never had complete success, we accomplish so much since then.  She loves to sit on the potty, flush and wash her hands.  She uses her words to tell me either she needs to go or she went.  So, since she was able to verbalize it, last week I decided to take in some great advice from both my cousin and from my friend, Lisa at Expandng.

Last week I put Baby C in her big girl undies and tried to make potty training as fun as possible.  (Don’t ask me what dancing around in tap shoes and an umbrella had to do with it, but I rolled with it).  I told her if she needed to pee-pee or pooh-pooh, she could sit on the princess potty.  She loved that idea.  
We had many false alarms and accidents all week.  And I was about to give up, when Saturday morning she told daddy she had to potty.  And surprise!  She peed in her princess potty!  I was overjoyed to say the least.
She doesn’t go consistently, so I’ve decided to keep her in training pants while she continues to learn to vocalize her potty needs.  But I’m so thankful for the advice and how far she has come.  I know she’ll succeed when she is ready. 

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