Thursday, May 25, 2017

Evidence Based Happiness ~ Guest Post

This is Cheryl and her cutie daughter. Cheryl blogs at Gracefull-Parenting.  She's been kind enough to share this awesome blog post with us ! Her description of life is : Parenting's an adventure. Add adoption, autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, CVID, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and it becomes a wild ride with extreme highs and lows.   ~ Thank you Cheryl for sharing with us ! Please go check out her blog ! 


My daughter and I have a routine. Everyday on the drive to school we talk through what her day is going to look like. It goes something like this : 

MOM~ What kind of day are you going to have today, Lia ? 

LIA~ An amazing, fantastic, wonderful day ! ( This is after month of practice. In the beginning the answer was, " I don't know. " BZZZ wrong answer ! )

MOM~ How are you going to feel when you walk into class today ? 

LIA~  Strong and smart !

MOM~ What happens if there is a surprise quiz today ? 

LIA ~  I'll ace it.  'Cause I'm smart ( did you hear that positive declaration?!)

MOM~ What things do you see during your day ? 

LIA~ I'll see people who are alone and ask them to play. 

MOM~ I like your day ! That sounds like an amazing, fantastic, wonderful day! 

Now some people might say : " That is silly. You can't just tell yourself your going to have a great day and then have one. What if something bad happens ? "

To that I say, of course you can plan your attitude. We do it everyday. The kind of day you will have is based on what you expect. 

For example, look around the room you are in and find 3 red objects. Now without looking, tell me what is blue in the room. I know, that's not fair, I told you to look for red so you did. You looked for what I told you to look for and ignored everything else. 

And every day my daughter and I tell each other to look for the happy things, and every day we find them.

My amazing grandmother used to tell me that " Happiness is a Choice. " It took me years to discover the truth behind the simple saying. 

For example, two people washing up dishes after dinner, with different attitudes, are having two entirely different experiences. One is miserable and can't wait for the chore to be over so that they CAN BE happy. The other IS ALREADY happy and knows they will be happy after they finish as well. WE CHOOSE.

Attitude is not thrust upon us by some unknown force. We are that force. We choose the attitude. 

So everyday that my daughter and I plan for a happy day, we find it. It isn't perfect; bad things still happen. But we find the good in each day. Because it is there ! The evidence is all around us. We simply EXPECT to see it. 

I challenge you you to try it. Who knows ? Today may be an amazing, fantastic, wonderful day for you too.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Living Scriptures Review and Coupon Code

 Congrats to the Giveaway Winners ! They are announced in the widget below, have all been contacted and their prizes have been sent ! Read on to learn more about Living Scriptures Streaming Option and get your 50% off first month coupon code ! Happy Parenting ! Love, JL~

Here's the link to the coupon code for 50% off your first month in case you get impatient ~ I know I do when I see a good deal !
Also ~ the Giveaway is at the bottom ;)

I am so excited ! When my babies were little, we went to the Latter Day Harvest store in Nauvoo. We are in the Nauvoo Stake and it's one of our favorite places in the world ! While we were browsing around the store looking for fun things for our kiddos, to help teach the Gospel in our home , we noticed that Living Scriptures was set up at a table near the front of the store. They were signing people up for their DVD's and CD's and you got a lot of free goodies when you signed up. This was perfect for us ! Since we don't live in Utah, we don't get to just run to a store and grab cute teaching things for the Gospel. Now we had the opportunity to have DVD's in the home that the kids would enjoy! So we signed up ! 

Fast forward to now, the kids are almost 16, 15, and 13. We now receive the DVD's in the mail that are geared towards older kids and adults, DVD's about the Prophets ( which is also good for little kids! ) and The Docudrama of the Restoration etc. 

A few weeks ago, we found out that Living Scriptures is now streaming all of their videos and more, for only 10 bucks a month. SCORE!!!!! I am so excited to be able to share this with you... and to give you a 50% discount for the first month of streaming ! Let me tell you more about it! 

Hundreds of High Quality Videos and Audios ~ 
Animated Stories of the Book of Mormon

Animated Stories of the Old Testament

Animated Stories of the New Testament

Animated Hero Classics

Modern Prophets

The Docudrama of the Restoration

Visit Israel ( hubby and I really enjoyed this one... very interesting )

Kids 10 Commandments 

Dramatized Audio Stories ( these are super fun to listen to at bedtime )

* Over 3000 activity pages with puzzles, mazes, and more in downloadable, printable books featuring their favorite characters from the movies !
* Over 2000 quiz questions testing their skills and what they have learned from the videos ~ these quizzes are interactive and super fun ! 
* Over 200 hours of audio stories featuring American history, Scriptures stories, classic family tales and more !
* Over 80 FHE lessons all planned out for you! 

Anywhere you have internet access ~ you can enjoy all of this ! Plus you can download things to your device and take them with you offline ! How perfect is that for car rides etc ?? 

How could you not want all of this for only 10 bucks a month ??? 

Go check it out... using this link : LIVING SCRIPTURES COUPON CODE !   and enjoy 50% off your first month !!! 

I can't tell you how much my family has loved Living Scriptures. Ever since our kids were little, it was so fun to be able to pop in a DVD and know that they were watching beautiful things, things that were good and virtuous and taught them the Scriptures and more. They loved taking the coloring and activity pages to church to use quietly while in Sacrament when they were to young to really pay attention. Long car rides were fun with the CDs with family stories and more. Now it is so much easier ! You can just access it anywhere, anytime !!! 

You won't regret spending that ten bucks a month..... 


There will be 3 winners chosen ! 
Prizes are as follows : 
Docudrama of the Restoration : The Heavens are Opened DVD

Docudrama of the Restoration : New York : The Church Restored

The Modern Prophets : John Taylor

Here's where you enter and don't forget to share this blog post and Pin it ! :)

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Happy Parenting! Love, JL~ 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Memorize The Living Christ as a Family and a GIVEAWAY


During April 2017 General Conference President Russell M Nelson stated this : 
" It was this very statement of the Prophet that provided the incentive for 15 prophets, seers and revelators to issue and sign their testimony to commemorate the 2,000th  anniversary of the Lord's birth. That historic testimony  is titled " The Living Christ ". Many members have memorized it's truth. Others barely know of its existence. As you seek to learn more about Jesus Christ, I urge you to study " The Living Christ." 

What a wonderful thing to do as a family ! We are blessed to have many resources to help us to learn and memorize The Living Christ as a family. Maybe take it a week at a time during FHE and spend 15 minutes working on it. Here are some fun resources and a GIVEAWAY WOOT WOOT !!! 

Happy Parenting !
Love, JL~ 


Family Home Evening ~ Why is Jesus Christ Important in my Life

Here is the entire pack for FHE etc..... ~

This is an amazing activity pack from Discover the Scriptures ~

Printable Download of The Living Christ from Little Kit Designs on Etsy !

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Once There Was a Mom ~ Book Review and GIVEAWAY !


Dear readers, I am about to tell you something you may not know.......
Being a mom is HARD !!!! 
Yep, bet you didn't know that !

But it is so worth it ! Deseret Book has done it again ! I just can't get over how great their books are ! For Mother's Day 2017 they have released this book by the amazing Emily Watts. Not only does the book talk about all the sweet and wonderful things about being a mom.... it also talks about the hardships. And the guilt. But in the end.... it is always so worth it ! 

Emily Watts is a frequent Time Out for Women speaker and the author of other great books, a lot of them on mothering. She knows what she's talking about ! The book is precious and the illustrations are fantastic. 

As soon as it came in the mail , I sat down with my two daughters who are 14 and 12. I read them the book and we all said " AWE " so many times ! They are little mothers at heart already and they can't wait to one day have this honor. It was fun to sit down and share this with them. I have it sitting on top of  my entertainment center now, ready to celebrate Mother's around the world on May 14th ! 

Don't you just love this quote from the book ? It's so true ! Our children are definitely the stars in our skies. They are our everything and this book shows that ! It's incredibly loving, yet so real !

What mother hasn't wondered this ? I know that I worry about this constantly. Being a mom with a chronic disease isn't easy. Being a mom who is perfectly healthy isn't easy ! We all tend to beat ourselves up ~ Are we doing enough ?

That is one reason I love this book so much. After this quote.... Sister Watts tells us why it is enough. Why every little thing we do for our kids and every little prayer we utter for them, is enough.

Every mother needs this book. It is a beautiful reminder of how hard and how amazing motherhood truly is.

Here is a little snippet from a  great talk that  Sister Watts  gave at Time Out for Women , and it gives you a little idea of how great she is :

I pray that each one of you precious mothers out there has a beautiful Mother's Day this year and every year. I pray that you give yourself a break, and know that you are doing your best and that is enough. I hope that you will consider getting this sweet book and sharing it with others.

You can purchase it here : DESERET BOOK
Happy Mother's Day !
Love, JL~

For a chance to win a copy ~ Enter here !!! Good Luck ! Happy Parenting !

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Living Scriptures Coupon Code !

Did you know..... that LIVING SCRIPTURES now has the option to stream the entire library - movies, music, FHE, coloring pages etc etc etc - anywhere you have internet access - for only $9.99 a month ???? How crazy cool is that ??? 

Less than ten bucks people ! Every family needs this ! 

Head over to LIVING SCRIPTURES and enjoy 50% off your first month... compliments of Living Scriptures and LDS Parenting :) 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Repentance and Listening to the Spirit

     A few days ago I sat down with the kids to have our Gospel lesson for the day. We were discussing the steps of repentance, which is one of the things that the Prophets have asked us to teach our children. So I'm talking to the kids and all of the sudden, I felt the Spirit whisper to me, tell the kids about a big mistake you made... well of course I wanted to say, NO! But I followed the prompting and I told the kids about a time where I had made a big mistake and I had to go through a big repentance process. I wanted them to know that it wasn't a scary thing to repent. It is a gift!

I was always a little afraid of repentance when I was younger. I know that's so silly, but I was truly worried! When I went through this big repentance process with the help of an amazing branch president who loved me and was patient with me and taught me so much about repentance, I was so excited to learn that repentance is not scary in any way! It's such a gift. I wanted my children to know, that we are so incredibly blessed by this gift. As I was talking about the mistake, the repentance process and how I felt after I had completed the process, I was really excited to see how much this story was touching my children. I think they actually loved me even more, to see that I totally messed up!

I still wasn't sure why Heavenly Father wanted me to share this with my kids. It's definitely not one of my better moments in my life! Well, I found out later that day, why Heavenly Father asked me to share this. I was shocked when about ten minutes after our lesson, one of my kids came in to my room and asked to speak with me. They were able to ask a question about something that they weren't sure was good or bad. They wanted me to help them to go over the steps for asking Heavenly Father whether something is right or wrong. I was happy to show them the Scripture D&C 9 : 8-9 and we were able to quietly discuss the steps and they were able to study it out and ask Heavenly Father whether it was right or wrong. They were also able to talk to me about whether or not I felt it was a mistake and that they needed to repent for it. I was so thankful that they felt safe to come to me and discuss this with such a calm manner. I'm really blessed that way with my kiddos. They aren't shy in any way about what they discuss with me! Sometimes I laugh because it's a bit TMI! The child was able to tell me that they were happy that I shared the story with them today because it made them feel really good about coming to me and talking to me about this issue.

We have to make sure that each day we, as parents, are asking our Father in Heaven what we need to teach our children that day. I try hard to remember each night to specifically ask Him what I need to teach our children the next day. We homeschool and so I'm blessed with that extra time to do a Gospel lesson each day but I know that not every family is able to do that. So one thing I truly recommend, is praying especially for inspiration on what to teach your children for Family Home Evening each week. He will give you the answers of exactly what your children need to hear ! I'm so thankful that I have a Father in Heaven who truly cares about my kids and helps me to know what to do while raising them. Of course I still screw up big time ! But He is patient with me and thank goodness, so far, my kids have been pretty patient with me too ! :)

Happy Parenting ! Love, JL~

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER !!!!!! Congrats to Carrie M who won the book! Drawing was done using as always :) Thanks to everyone who entered !!! 

I was so excited when DESERET BOOK asked me to read and review Sheri Dew's new book ' Worth the Wrestle '. I love Sheri Dew !!! This book didn't disappoint ! I did a review post on it HERE so go check that out ! 

I finally received my actual print copy of the book last week so I'm excited to be able to give that away to a reader ! Will it be you ??? 

It's easy peasy to enter.... just go read the review post and then come tell me that you read it in the comments here ! :) 

Here's the link for the review post again : REVIEW POST !!!!!

Enjoy and good luck ! I will draw for the winner using on April 21st ! :)