Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Jesus Today: Devotion for Kids Review and Giveaway #JesusTodayKids #FlyBy

About Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you. Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children's hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine. Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him. Adapted from the ECPA 2013 Christian Book of the Year-winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures. It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.

Hardcover: 368 pages
Age Range: 6-10 years

About Sarah Young:
Sarah Young's devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah's writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today, Jesus Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence -- each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

I'm enjoying reading this devotional with my 9 year old son before bedtime. He says it's good and it teaches you about Christ. He noticed there's a bird on the cover and one on every page, and he wondered why they chose a bird. We had a good discussion about how God used birds in the Bible. He's also asked some questions about some of the devotions we've read, so this book has been has been a great starting point for some great discussions. I have really enjoyed the message of hope offered in each devotion. My family is going through a tough time right now and I look forward to reading this every night and seeing what I need to hear from God. It always leaves me with a sense of peace and I take away something I can use to help me get through the next day.

If you would like to find out more about this book, you can check it out on their:
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016


You know how I'm adding new topics to my blog; well, I read some ideas for blog topics and one of them was to let your readers get to know you better and let them know about your day. Since I also talk about heart healthy topics, I decided to tell you about my exercise routines.

So, every weekday, I try and go on a walk. On vacations, I go on a walk every morning, sometimes with my kids, sometimes alone; it just depends on if they want to go on my walk or not. If my daughter goes for a run, then my younger son has to go with me. On school days, if I don't have a job, I walk my son to school and back. If I do have a job, then I have to walk at the end of the day, once I drop everyone off at home and get changed. I get tired of walking the same way every day, so I walk a different way every day. I walk for either 30 minutes or 40 minutes. One of the ways I walk, they're building a housing complex, and a FedEx building, so it's been fun watching their progress every week. I enjoy walking outside, and feel refreshed after my walks.

Also, twice a week after my walk, I do back exercises. My back gets sore often, so my doctor gave me several back exercises to do. Sometimes my younger son will slide up next to me and do the back exercises along with me.

What kind of exercises do you like to do?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

My Week

My week subbing wasn't too bad, but life at home wasn't so good. My poor younger son, has a cold now. We thought it was just his allergies since he couldn't take his medicine last week while he had the stomach bug, but it turns out he has a cold. Then, my older son got a cold too. I also had a lousy day yesterday, which I'll expand on in the post.

On Monday, I subbed in a third grade class at my son's school, so that was nice, and I knew most of the students. We had a Youth Success week here in Oceanside, CA so on Monday some 4th or 5th grade presenters came into our class to talk about how the kids shouldn't bully others and how they can make a difference in the world and how they should strive for their dreams. Everyone was given a blue ribbon saying something about making a difference, and then given 2 extras to give to someone else(not in the class), who makes a difference in their life. Well, unfortunately, most kids just gave the ribbons to their classmates and it just became a popularity contest, rather than going out in the community and making other people feel great about the difference they're making in the world. I hope that some of the message about making a difference still got through, especially since they had other activities related to this theme throughout the week.

On Tuesday, I was in a kindergarten class that I've subbed in before. The teacher wasn't expecting me because the training had been moved and she didn't realize it. Her training wasn't until the afternoon, so the school hadn't found a sub for a first grade class yet, so I subbed there until one showed up and then went back to the kindergarten class. The class was really well behaved, although the first grade class wasn't. One nice thing about being in the first grade class though, was we went to the computer lab and I saw a lady I hadn't seen in awhile. We used to attend the same church, but both attend different churches now. It was nice to catch up on each other's lives.

On Wednesday, I was in a 3rd/4th combo. class that I've subbed in before. The class was pretty well behaved, and since it was a short day, we spent most of the day learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and completing projects about what they learned.

On Thursday, I was in a Chemistry class at the high school, and it was the best high school class I've ever been in! The kids all quieted down when I stood to take attendance and give them their instructions for the day. Most of the students worked on their assignments and those that didn't, still kept the noise level down.

On Friday, I was in a kindergarten class at my son's school. The kids were all pretty good and I actually enjoyed my day in the class.

On Saturday, I had a horrible day. It was extremely busy and just about everything went wrong. We went grocery shopping, then I had to start dinner in the crockpot. I cleaned the kitchen, made the kids' lunch, went back to cleaning, ate my lunch, made the Costco list and went to Costco. On the way there, we were waiting at a stoplight, when a motorcycle tried to pass. He hit my passenger mirror, which made a loud noise that made me jump, and the plastic part of the covering that he broke off flew at me(luckily my window wasn't down far), so that made me jump too. Then, he drove off! We tried to see where he went, but since he split lanes he was hard to follow. We didn't see him, so decided to turn and found him at the next light. We could tell he knew he hit us because he was looking at us in his mirror and then when we pulled up, he looked right us and seemed to know we were going to tell him he hit us. Thankfully, he pulled over and we saw that he broke off the bottom part of the plastic covering of the mirror and cracked the plastic all the way to the back. He said he would buy us a new one and let us know when he did. He was a young Marine, who was very polite to us, and even shook our hands and called me "ma'am." He said to give him a week, so I hope we hear from him. When we got back from shopping at Costco, I had to make smoothies for our snack, put the Costco stuff away, make the dessert, make waffles for the week, finish cleaning, and finish the rest of the dinner. Well, I burned myself on the waffle iron, and while sweeping the floor, my Swiffer broke, so I had too sweep and mop on my hands and knees with only the bottom part of the Swiffer in my hands. Of course because I had so much to do, by now, I was just done. I kept going, but I just sobbed and begged someone to help me. I didn't get the help I needed, so I just kept crying and complaining, which of course, didn't help the situation. So, I ended up losing my voice! Well, I guess now I can't complain anymore!

So, how was your week?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Grocery Shopping for Vegetables

Another topic I'm going to talk about on my blog is Heart Healthy Changes. I've written before about how we had to switch to a heart healthy diet a couple of years ago because my husband passed down the heart disease genetics to my son. My son and husband both have high cholesterol, so we had to make major dietary changes in our lives. Everyone is our family exercises and is either normal weight or under weight, so the only change we had left to make was diet. I thought we ate pretty healthy before, but I was amazed at how many changes we had to make.

So, the first change I'm going to talk to you about is vegetables. I know vegetables aren’t everyone’s favorite food, especially if you’re a kid, but they are good for you and a very important part of your diet. Here are some tips from the American Heart Association on how to shop for fruits and vegetables. It’s important to buy plenty of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The ones that are deeply colored throughout, like spinach, carrots, peaches and berries are higher in vitamins and minerals than vegetables like potatoes and corn. If fresh isn’t available, you can buy frozen or canned as long as they are in water without added sugars, saturated and trans fat or salt. I am glad that you can buy frozen because sometimes I need something fast, and don’t have the time to cut the fresh vegetables. Frozen vegetables are affordable too and sometimes even go on sale! I always stock up when they do.

Beans, peas, oranges, bananas, strawberries and apples are good sources of fiber. Whole fruit is much better at providing fiber and satisfying hunger than fruit juice. Fiber is also an important part of your diet.

Raw vegetables are good for snacks; some examples are carrot and celery sticks, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and cauliflower. We like to dip them in a low fat homemade dip (I will share that recipe another time) or low fat Ranch dressing. Sometimes on a Sunday, I will cut up enough vegetables for several days of snacks to save time during the week. You can also use canned fruits, dried fruits (without added sugars), and gelatin that contains fruit for dessert, rather than having baked goods or sweets.

Talk to your doctor before having grapefruit, grapefruit juice, pomegranate and pomegranate juice because they may interact with cholesterol-lowering medications. I know my husband can’t have those fruits for that reason; there’s a warning label on his medicine.

On Wednesday I shared a recipe for Garlic Oregano Zucchini. That gives you an idea how to eat your vegetables, and have them taste good too.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Garlic Oregano Zucchini #Recipe

One of the new topics I decided to post about is recipes. I love finding new recipes on other blogs for my family to enjoy , so I decided to post recipes that my family enjoys on my blog. So, here's a recipe for Garlic Oregano Zucchini.

This recipe is quick and easy to make and only has 6 ingredients.

You need to mince the garlic and slice the zucchini.

In a large skillet, cook and stir the garlic in oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Garlic always smells so good while it's cooking!

Add the zucchini, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 4-6 minutes or until the zucchini is crisp-tender.

Here's the cooked zucchini, ready to be served.

Garlic Oregano Zucchini
Yield: 4 servings

1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 medium zucchini, sliced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

In a large skillet, cook and stir the garlic in oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the zucchini, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 4-6 minutes or until the zucchini is crisp-tender.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

By the way, if anyone knows how to make a printable version of a recipe on a blog, let me know, thanks.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My Week

This has been a very interesting and busy week. We had a lot of rain, for us, here in Southern California! We need the rain, so we're grateful for it, but it caused lots of problems, and rainy day schedule at school is never fun.

On Monday, I had a good day in a first grade class. There is a nice older lady that volunteers in this class every day, so she makes subbing in there pretty easy. I usually have to ask the kids questions about their routine and I get tons of different answers and arguments sometimes, but because she's in the class, I just have to ask her. She's a very kind lady and we get along well. The teacher I worked with all last year is at this school also, so all 3 of us spent our lunchtime together, enjoying each other's company and catching up.

On Tuesday, I was at the high school in a History class I've subbed in before. There's a co-teacher in the class so she runs the lesson and I just assist. We were in the computer lab because the students were starting on a stock market project. The kids were actually pretty well behaved. I followed the co-teacher around during the first period so I could listen to her directions to the students and her answers to their questions. Then the rest of the periods, I was able to help the kids get started and answered their questions. It was a pretty good day, other than all the rain. As soon as the bell rang to go home, it just poured! No one wanted to leave and go out in it, and when they did they all ran screaming!

On Wednesday I was in a third grade class. The kids were a little talkative, but not too bad, and at least they weren't rude or disrespectful. They actually did pretty good because their lunch was shortened by a lot because it changed to rainy day schedule. We had an extra 25 minutes, so I read them a book and then we played Around the World. They had never played that game before and they really enjoyed it. Then, we did the math assignment the teacher had left and since it was an early day it was time to go home. They actually said, "Aww, we don't want to go home!" I'm glad they had a good day.

On Thursday, I did not have a good day at all. I was a roving sub, so I was in 3 different classes that day. When we first arrived in the office, the secretary was frazzled because they had changed the order of the meeting so she had to change everything she had typed up for us. I went to a first grade class, and they were so talkative! I had kids turn their cards, thinking that would get them to see I'm serious, but they didn't change their behavior. I was glad when it was time to move to the next class. We had 20 minutes in between, so we all ate our snacks in the teacher's lounge. We headed to our kindergarten classes, where half of us were informed that it was our lunchtime! It was only 10:45 and we had all just eaten our snacks! I have hypoglycemia and need to eat every 2 hours, so this would never work. The teachers thought maybe I could switch with a sub that had a later lunch, so I went to the office. The secretary talked to the people in the meeting, but they all said they were giving me the mandated 40 minute break and if I didn't eat during that time, that was my choice. So, I took my break, worked in the kindergarten class, which was awesome - the kids were so well behaved. When I went to the second grade class, I ate my lunch there while the kids worked on a math paper. Then my phone rang; it was the school nurse from my son's school. He was in her office and wasn't feeling good. My dad wasn't home and they only have one car. My oldest son was on his way home from school, and luckily he was only 20 minutes away, so he picked him up. In the meantime, my dad came home so they picked up my daughter from school. My younger son did end up throwing up at home, and he had a fever. It's so sad to see him sick.

On Friday, since my son was sick, I stayed home with him. Luckily I didn't have a sub job yet, so I just rejected any that came along. He was exhausted, but not throwing up anymore, so he just rested all day. I reconciled a bank statement, recorded who I received Christmas cards from, and caught up on email.

On Saturday, my son had some energy back and was feeling happy again. I cleaned all morning and afternoon.

How was your week?