Books For Easter 2017

Am I the only one that still feels like Easter should be a month away, if not more? Where did March go? But with just over a week left, it’s the perfect time to finish up your Easter shopping with some books. We all want our kids to learn more about following Jesus, so why not place a book in their Easter baskets with that candy?

I’ve got one book recommendation for each age group – preschoolers, early readers, tweens, and teens. If you have a girl in your life, these books are great additions to their book collection. Fresh new books, reading outside in the sunshine – perfection. (Now we just need sun here in Northern New York!)

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The Proverbs 31 Woman – The Original Pinterest Mom

We’ve all seen it. We get on Pinterest and see photos of these amazing supermoms and their perfect crafts, school projects, and perfect meals with all prepared with a smile. Plus it all coordinates and her house in the background of every photo is spotless. Even her laundry room is cute! How in the world are we – normal, every day, clinging to Jesus and a cup of coffee moms – supposed to compete with that?! So then we go to the Bible and find the Proverbs 31 woman. Hello! She’s the original Pinterest mom! Seemingly perfect and untouchable.

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{giveaway} Dear Magazine

I could not be more excited about this magazine! As my daughters have grown, we have noticed a real gap in the magazines for young teens. There are some great ones for little girls and some great magazines for adults. But something for teens and young women? Something beautiful and of highest quality, with interesting content? There was nothing.

Until now! I’m so happy to introduce Dear Magazine, published by Jenny Keliher.

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So, who is Jenny? Daughter of Well Planned Gal Rebecca Keliher, Jenny is a young woman who has been taught to chase her passions and use her talents to God’s glory.

In an effort to reach teenagers world-wide with the message that they are dear to God, Jenny has created Dear Magazine. This beautiful product combines Jenny’s heart for the Lord with her love for literature, baking, and design.

Designed for young women ranging in age from thirteen to twenty-one, Dear covers everything from faith to fashion, from relationships to entertainment. But nothing about these topics fits the societal norm. Instead, each article reminds young women that everything they do should reflect the dear woman God has created them to be.

So what can young women expect in an issue of Dear Magazine? Here’s some examples:

– the biography of a historical hero, beginning with Amy Carmichael
– women’s awareness topics
– do-it-yourself sections
– recipes
– fashion tips
– spiritual growth encouragement
– encouragement and advice for growing in maturity
– discussions on relationships with friends and family
– entertainment suggestions

Would you like to learn more? Feel free to explore www.mydearmag.com to see a preview of Issue 1. I’m so excited for this magazine to become a part of my daughters’ lives. I’m even more excited that I have a one-year subscription to give away! Just enter below!

 

 

 

Five Things Friday: the Hope edition

5 things newOn My Heart: Moms. Being a mom. Being a mom to daughters. Being a mom to teenager daughters. It’s so hard. Obviously we’ve not been promised a life of ease but wow. Some days, I grit my teeth until my head aches and channel my disappointment into cleaning rather than spew out the angry words that are running through my head. I pray. I clean. I fume. I clean. I pray that God will use the moments that I allow them a little slack in the line, so to speak, for them to make their own decisions. And I pray that when they don’t make the decision I wanted them to make, that I wouldn’t hold onto the disappointment. Just like learning a newborn’s cries and weaning a demanding toddler, parenting teens is a process of mistakes and grace and moving on.

On My Mind: Honestly? New curriculum. We switched math programs this week for the two older girls. It was a process (that word again!) but I think it will be worth it. I’m looking ahead to fall already and thinking through my options. Even though Addie won’t turn 5 until Oct. 1, she is totally ready to start school. I’m thinking over all the fabulous phonics and kindergarten curriculum I never had the chance to use with the others. If you could recommend any phonics curriculum, what would it be? I would love something fun, thorough and pretty all-inclusive.

On My iPhone: Pinterest. I’ve reinstalled the black hole of distraction! What am I doing?! I don’t know. So far, it hasn’t been that bad. I’m loving Spotify and a bit more freedom in choosing what I want to listen to.

On My DVR: We had a bunch of free movie channels this past weekend, so we took the opportunity to record a bunch of movies we haven’t seen. The Butler, 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips, Moms’ Night Out … and others I can’t remember. It will take us forever to work through all of them but it’s nice to have so many movies to choose from.

On My List: I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of a pre-release copy of Hope For The Weary Mom and am looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you (although I know it’s good already!); our church starts it’s Upward basketball season this weekend – there are some excited girls in this house!; another edition of My Favorite Things and I think this one might be surprising!

{review} The Desperate Diva Diaries

I have a hard time finding books that both my older girls like to read. Lael likes reading and is pretty agreeable when it comes to books. But Alyssa – my ourdoorsy girl – does not like reading as much. A book style she has enjoyed is the ‘Dork’ and ‘Diary’ books. I love that she found something she likes to read but the content? Not always so great. From snotty characters to disgusting content, I’ve tried to keep those books pretty limited around here.

When I was offered a chance to check out a book in a similar style, but told from the perspective of a Christian girl, I jumped at it. Although the author, Angie Spady, is one I wasn’t familiar with we have fallen in love with this new book series! Here’s what the publisher says about this great new book:

Meet, Catie Conrad – a typical, tween, Christian girl with, oh, the weight of the world on her shoulders. And if it isn’t bad enough that no one seems to understand the social pressures of being the greatest at everything, donning the latest fashions, and carrying the trendiest technology, Catie’s dad is about to uproot her and her family to an Indian reservation during spring break for his job. Throw in a school dance, a major art contest, and an arch nemesis known only as Miranda Maroni and there’s bound to be an epic meltdown of biblical proportions. Or, maybe not…Finally a voice in the tween genre that is relatable and no less humorous for girls aged 9 to 12 by author Angie Spady. The first book in a new series titled Desperate Diva Diaries, Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters chronicles both the small triumphs and general mishaps of sixth-grade Christian want-to-be diva, Catie Conrad. While her Christian journalist father is often a co-conspirator to making Catie’s life interesting with mission trips and church projects, Catie never ceases to realize God’s hand in all situations.

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The Desperate Diva Diaries, Catie Conrad: Faith Friendship and Fashion Disasters! is an excellent example of a fun book with great values. Catie’s adventures and thoughts are written in the popular diary style, with lots of sketches and drawings to keep things interesting. The graphics really are great! I love this style of writing for tween girls because it gives them opportunity to “hear” how the character processes situations. Whether it be Catie’s quiet admission that her mom is usually right and she should be more thankful or her loud , heavily illustrated frustration over THE dress she has to have – Catie shares from the point of view of a girl that’s just trying to love Jesus and figure out how to serve Him.

IMG_2161I would recommend this book to girls ages 9-13. There is a bit of middle school drama, with boys and crushes and mean girls, but Catie processes everything from a Christian worldview. Both of my daughters – even the one that doesn’t enjoy reading – really enjoyed this book, so much that they’ve asked when they can read the next one in the series!

So if you’re looking for books for your tween daughter, keep an eye on Angie Spady. She is publishing some great books!

{I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}