June Reading Round Up: Erin’s Favorite Reads

It’s finally summer… which means I’ve had more to read.  Here are my favorite book pics from the last month: Secrets to a Happy Life by Bill Geovannetti I’ve read a lot of “get happy” books but none were as inspiring as my friend Bill Geovannetti’s new book.  Bill set out to answer the question “is contentment possible” and in doing so, he explains how Christians can find joy in each and every situation.  You’ll find yourself turning towards Christ and finding your joy in Him and through Him instead of through the worldly places where people tend to seek happiness.   When God Intervenes by Dabney Hedegard Oh. My. Goodness.  Dabney’s story is a real life miracle story and it’s so incredibly powerful and inspiring that you can’t help but praise God as you read.  I am not kidding…. you have to read Dabney’s story.  You’ll be blown away at her strength, tenacity and hope in spite of incredible odds.  What a powerful testimony about the miracles of the God we serve.     In Plain View by Olivia Newport As you probably know, I’m a HUGE fan of Olivia Newport’s.  She blew me away with her debut, The Pursuit of Lucy Banning and continued to do so int he next three books she wrote.  And In Plain View was no exception.  It’s a fascinating story with characters I adore (oh, Rufus Beiler) and lots of fun facts about Amish culture and the Revolutionary War.  I loved it.     Bridging Two Hearts by Michelle Ule I love a good love story and Michelle Ule’s debut is a...
Pin-Tastic Summer Week 5:  It’s 4th of July Week!

Pin-Tastic Summer Week 5: It’s 4th of July Week!

Welcome to Pin-Tastic Summer Week 5. If you’re just joining us, please click over to read the Pin-Tastic Summer intro post and then join us for some summer fun. This week’s theme is: This weeks activities include: * Monday: Fourth of July Pinwheels * Tuesday: Independence Day Flowerpots * Wednesday: Red, White and Waterbeads * Thursday: Homemade Peach Lemonade * Friday: Parade Bikes   MusicWeek Shopping List If you’d like to prepare ahead so you have all components on hand, here’s this week’s shopping list. Fourth of July Pinwheels Construction paper in varying shades of red, white and blue small push pins scissors dowels Independence Day Flowerpots Red, White or Blue plastic pots (We got ours at walmart Potting soil Red, white or blue ribbon Red, white or blue flowers 4th of July pinwheels (from above, optional) Red, White and Waterbeads A large plastic tub or small swimming pool several bags of waterbeads, soaked, preferably in red, white and blue shades. (I got ours at Joann Fabric but you can get them at Hobby Lobby, Michaels or Amazon.) Homemade Sparkling Peach Lemonade 10 lemons 5 peaches 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 2 cans ginger ale Parade Bikes Red, white and blue streamers Red, white and blue ribbon a bike Tweet it! It’s 4th of July Week on Christian Mama’s Guide. Click over to get five fun and easy Independence Day activities.  http://wp.me/p33YCp-sI Click to...
Music Week Day 5:  Box Lid Guitars

Music Week Day 5: Box Lid Guitars

Welcome to The Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-Tastic Summer! If you’re just joining us, click over to our intro post to find out what we’re doing and to see what other crafts, activities and projects we’ve done. This week, we’re having Music Week. Scroll down to learn how to make box lid guitars and then click here to find out what other awesome musical activities we’ve done this week.   What you need: Box lid–we used those cardboard things that come in the ends of an iPod box but any box lid or similar shaped item will work. Rubber bands (confession:  I used hair bands because I didn’t want to go to the store to buy rubber bands.) markers and (if you dare) glitter glue What to do: Color and decorate the box lids Add the bands at different strengths (ie. double wrap some, leave some loose) Turn on some music and play along. Tweet it: Rock out by making your own guitar using a box lid and some rubber bands. #summeractivities. http://wp.me/p33YCp-sA Click to Tweet...
Music Week Day 4:  Bubble Disco

Music Week Day 4: Bubble Disco

Welcome to The Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-Tastic Summer! If you’re just joining us, click over to our intro post to find out what we’re doing and to see what other crafts, activities and projects we’ve done. This week, we’re having Music Week. Scroll down to learn how to have a bubble disco and then click here to find out what other awesome musical activities we’ve done this week. What you need: Bubbles Music A dancing kid What to do: Start the music (We used the “summer days mix” on Songza) Start blowing bubbles Have your kids dance while they pop ’em. Repeat. Tweet it: Need something to do on a hot summer day?  Try having a bubble disco.  #summeractivities. http://wp.me/p33YCp-sv Click to Tweet...
Music Week Day 3:  Dancing Ribbon Rings

Music Week Day 3: Dancing Ribbon Rings

Welcome to The Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-Tastic Summer! If you’re just joining us, click over to our intro post to find out what we’re doing and to see what other crafts, activities and projects we’ve done. This week, we’re having Music Week. Scroll down to learn how to make the Dancing Ribbon Rings and then click here to find out what other awesome musical activities we’ve done this week.   What you need: Bracelets (I got mine in the kid’s section at Target for $2.99) Ribbons Dance music What to do: Cut the ribbons into 2-3 foot pieces (approx) Have your kids choose two bracelets.  Carefully tie the ribbons around the bracelets. Turn on the music and dance, letting the ribbons flow. Tweet it: Make dancing ribbon rings and add color and movement to your afternoon dance party.  #summeractivities. http://wp.me/p33YCp-sq  Click to Tweet...
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