Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: February 2016

A Few of My Favorite Pictures of My Children

I had the hardest time choosing just one of my favorite pictures of my kids.  So I chose six.  Honestly, I could have chosen so many more.   But I love these pictures because they show my children’s beautiful eyes.  Big C with her dark brown eyes and Little M with his beautiful blues.  These pictures also show their gentle and fun-loving spirits.

I am so blessed to be their mommy.  I could just eat them up! (eek!)

Mommy Monday Link Up Party || Week Five


Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a weekly themed link party where we share a parenting topic and you share your thoughts on it – then we all link up our posts here. It’s a great way to get your blogging wheels greased up and spinning again if you’re struggling with writer’s block!

Get Inspired

This week’s prompt is to share your favorite photo(s) of your children. Get writing and share your goals with us this week!  Want to get ahead? Next week’s prompt will be to share your favorite crockpot recipe. When you share your posts on Mommy Monday, your link is shared on two blogs and our Pinterest board.

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Snippets of Faith
Snippets of Faith shares a sweet story of how her son showed such a beautiful Act of Kindness all on his own.  You’ll definitely want to read it.  I pray that my children have a heart like this as well.  

Get to Know Your Hosts

Mandi blogs at Sweet Tiny Blessings and is a mama to two wonderful kids. She blogs about faith, family, and healthy living.
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Trisha blogs at Making It Home and is also a mama to two kiddos! She blogs about family, crafting, military life, and more.
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BellyMoms Maternity and Nursing Wear + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of BellyMoms and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding BellyMoms are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

I can’t believe it’s been over 2 years since I’ve been pregnant or nursed.  The days seem so long, but the years fly by.  I remember finding comfortable but cute and stylish clothes at an affordable price was hard to do.  So I’m happy to share with you BellyMoms!

BellyMoms provides pregnant and nursing moms with the finest collection of nursing tops, nursing dresses, nursing bras, maternity swimwear, labor gowns and belly belts that complete your entire wardrobe for your entire pregnancy and beyond.  Check out their exciting clearance sale for some great items! Get 20% off your entire purchase of $50 or more by using code: ILIKEBELLYMOMS

BellyMoms is offering you a chance to win the Mia Maternity and Nursing Top – Cowl Neck with Long Sleeves Top.

BellyMoms Mia Nursing Top

This gorgeous top is perfect for at work or home.  It can be worn during pregnancy, nursing and beyond.  It is made of 70% Rayon and 30% Polyester.  The cowl neck drapes to hide your growing curves.  Fashionable dots and stripes pull down at neckline for nursing access.  The soft and comfy fabric stretches through pregnancy and comes in small, medium and large.  This black and white top can be purchased for $48.00 at BellyMoms.com.  Stay connected with BellyMoms on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all their latest styles and sales!


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Healthy and Delicious Oroweat Bread + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Oroweat Bread and received coupons and a gift card to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Oroweat Bread are my own and were not influenced by other sources.


I am a sandwich lover!  And what makes the best sandwich is, of course, the bread.  Sometimes it’s hard to find a healthy slice and still taste delicious, but I found one!  Oroweat Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread contains 21 grams of whole grains per slice.  It is only 90 calories and does not contain any high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavoring.  Mmm!  So good!  My whole family loves it!  Oroweat bread is available in the Western US.

Would you like a chance to try this delicious and healthy bread for free?  Oroweat is providing you a chance to win 3 coupons (each valid for $5 off your purchase).  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Don’t forget to stay connected with Oroweat on Facebook.

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The Legend of the Easter Robin + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on Propeller Consulting and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding this children’s book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.


Have you ever struggled teaching your child about the true meaning of Easter?  Do you get wrapped up in the Easter Egg hunts and Easter baskets and wonder how that all relates to the miracle of Easter?  I know I have.

The Easter season has been such an important and favorite part of my years.  It’s a time of renewal, forgiveness, new life, and a chance to grow stronger in faith and closer to our Savior.  But I have hard time explaining this to my daughter in a way that she’ll understand.  I certainly love it when there are books to guide me through it.

The Legend of the Easter Robin is one of those books.  When Tressa begins to worry about the Robin’s eggs in the nest outside, Gran reminds her to rely on the creator.  As Gran and Tressa color Easter eggs,  Gran tells a special story of the Easter robin.  With beautiful illustrations throughout the book, your child will learn a lesson of compassion and faith.

Photo Credit: Propeller Consulting

This beautiful Easter story is geared towards children ages 4 to 8.  You can purchase the same book my children received for $16.99 here.  Check out the trailer to learn more! Stay connected with Zonderkidz on Facebook and Twitter for all their latest books!

Propeller Consulting is providing a copy of The Legend of the Easter Robin as a giveaway!  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. You are not eligible if you won the same book on another blog.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Birthday Boy Turns 2 Daniel Tiger Style

My baby boy turned 2 last week.  Part of me is sad to see the baby years pretty much over, but I’m so blessed to have experienced them.  He’s learned an abundance this year, including, walking, talking, climbing and almost jumping.  Maybe this year he’ll learn to sleep.  This mama hopes so!

Little M has challenged me in so many ways.  I’ve expressed before that there have been many times where I’ve fallen to my knees for the Father’s hand.  I’ve cried tears of defeat and felt exhaustion longer then I expected.  But Little M is also the sweetest and most polite child.  He gives me hugs and kisses, tells me he loves me, and says please and thank you without ever being prompted.  He loves his snuggle time, too!

This past weekend, we celebrated another year Daniel Tiger style.  We kept it very simple, except for the beautiful Daniel Tiger Cupcake Cake Grandma made for him.  How awesome is this!  And it was delicious, as well!

We celebrated at a local playground spending time and playing with family and friends.

It was such a beautiful day and filled with lots of love!  Happy birthday sweet, boy!

Random Acts of Kindness With Children

Doesn’t it make you feel so special when someone does something so generous for you?  Especially when you didn’t even ask.  This has happened several times to our family.  Some acts of kindness have been “small,” like paying for my coffee at Starbucks.  Or the stranger who says, “you’re doing great mom.”  And other acts of kindness have been HUGE, like the time my kindergarten class put together money to help with hospital bills after Big C got sick.  Or the time my Bible study ladies and MOPS group took care of my family when I was on bed rest.

I have received countless kindness acts from so many people.  I wish I could repay them all.  But, I know that those who truly show kindness, they don’t want anything in return, they want you to pay it forward.

For me, there seems to be a big difference in showing kindness to someone I love and have a personal relationship with, then there is to show kindness to a complete stranger.  It’s a different feeling that comes with it.  Not that either one is better then the other, because I believe God calls us to care for everyone.  It’s harder for me to give to a stranger the way I would give to someone I love.  It takes me way out of my comfort zone.  But I don’t want it to be like that and I definitely want it to be something easy for my children to do.

There are simple acts of kindness I teach my children.  Things like . . .
holding doors
giving hugs to comfort a friend
letting a friend go first
praying for someone
making someone laugh
sharing
using manners
and so much more

And sometimes we do kind acts that take more preparation or time.  Around Christmas time, we collect items for needy families or buy a gift for a child who doesn’t have any.  Big C is currently saving money to donate to a non-profit organization that helps children with special needs.  I am so proud of her.  She has saved up almost $10 since Christmas time.

Another way I try to teach my children compassion is by giving to the poor and homeless.  We have someone very close and special to us that has lost almost everything, including his home.  We like to prepare lunch or snacks for him whenever we can and we like to include Bible verses or pictures to make him smile.

“You don’t forget who your brother is – when you know Who your Father is.” Ann Voskamp

Mommy Monday Link Up Party || Week Four


Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a weekly themed link party where we share a parenting topic and you share your thoughts on it – then we all link up our posts here. It’s a great way to get your blogging wheels greased up and spinning again if you’re struggling with writer’s block!

Get Inspired

This week’s prompt is to share your favorite Random Acts of Kindness you do with your children. Get writing and share your goals with us this week!  Want to get ahead? Next week’s prompt will be to share your favorite picture of your children and tell us about it.  When you share your posts on Mommy Monday, your link is shared on two blogs and our Pinterest board.

Get to Know Your Hosts

Mandi blogs at Sweet Tiny Blessings and is a mama to two wonderful kids. She blogs about faith, family, and healthy living.
Visit her blog: Sweet Tiny Blessings



Trisha blogs at Making It Home and is also a mama to two kiddos! She blogs about family, crafting, military life, and more.
Visit her blog: Making It Home


Ready to Share Your Posts?

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  1. Please link back to one of the hosts (either with a text link or our handy-dandy button) from your blog post or a link parties page on your blog to help spread the word! The more, the merrier!
  2. This link party is meant for you to network with your fellow bloggers! Please take the time to visit and comment on the two to three posts linked before you. Then share on at least one social media channel. It’s more fun when you share the love! (The hosts will comment on the last 2-3 bloggers that link up.)
  3. By linking up, you give us permission to use photos from your post should you be chosen as a featured blogger.
  4. If you’ve written a post in the past that fits the theme, please feel free to link that – we don’t require fresh content to be used every week.

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Teaching My Kids About Responsibility

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Pley and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced by other sources.


When Big C was a toddler, I took care of all her wants and needs.  I cleaned her room, put away toys, made her bed, did her laundry, etc.  If she lost something, I would always find it for her or we would find a replacement item, especially with toys or pacifiers.

Now that my daughter is 5 years old (insert tears here), she has taken on so much more responsibility. She makes her bed, gets dressed for the day and for bed by herself, she cleans out the car, puts her toys away and takes care of the things she loves.

Like most children, responsibility didn’t come naturally to her, she had to be taught.  She had to learn hard lessons, too.  At one point, her room was a disaster.  She often cried because she couldn’t find what she was looking for.  So, we worked together to clean her room, and she began to find things she forgot she even owned.  After that day, I began reminding her to put her toys back where they belong when she was finished.

She doesn’t always keep up with this, so every once in a while I help her get reorganized again. Another idea that has really helped Big C learn responsibility, is giving her a commission.  She has a list of chores, such as, clean her room, clean the car, get dressed, pick up toys, and more.  At the end of each day, we check off any chores she completed.  At the end of the week, she gets 25 cents for each check.  This has been such a motivator for her and it has definitely been a turning point in responsibility.

When children have way more toys then they need, it can become very overwhelming for a child to take care of them all and teaching responsibility can be a challenge.  A great way to keep toys to a minimum but still have a variety, is using Pley.com.  Pley is an online toy library where kids can play with the coolest toys, for as low as $9.99, which reduces clutter and helps the environment.

Photo Credit: Pley

Pley also teaches responsibility because these toys don’t necessarily belong to your child.  So your children take good care of them, then the toys can be returned in good condition and be shared with other children.  Pley offers an assortment of toys that your child can choose from, including legos, doll clothes, electronics, and an assortment of preschool toys!

My First Valentine’s

Preschool has been such an adventure for Big C.  She enjoys everything she does there.  The teachers always make the holidays so much fun for kids.  And this is Big C’s first time experiencing Valentine’s Day as a class.

I had so many lollipops left over from her Frozen birthday party, that I needed to find a way to reuse them.  So I took to Pinterest to see what ideas I could find for lollipop valentines.  And here is what we came up with.  By the way, I am not very crafty and things never turn out how I imagine them. So I needed something simple.

Big C and I shopped the consignment store for a Valentine shirt and hair bow.  This is what she picked out.  She got all dressed up and we posed for the picture.  This one was the best one out of the bazillion shots we took.  I then used PicMonkey to create the “Happy Valentine’s Day” heart.  I also had “Love, Cayla” at the bottom.  But as you can see, Walgreen’s did not do a very good job of cropping my picture.  And when I asked them to redo it, they said they couldn’t.  I’m happy that I could at least use the pictures.

Of course Big C’s awesome teachers needed a special Valentine, too!  Again, simple but useful is my motto.  I found these cute and free, printable tags from Happy Money Saver for this one!  We purchased mason jars with straws and big chocolate hearts.  Though it didn’t turn out like the picture, we made it our own.

What Valentine crafts do you do with your kids?

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