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 ! 

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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 !
LIVING SCRIPTURES COUPON CODE !
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..... 

NOW WHO WANTS TO WIN A DVD FROM LIVING SCRIPTURES ??????? 

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



CONGRATS TO KELLY FOR WINNING THE PRINT! LOOK FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS ON LDSPARENTING NEXT WEEK ! :) 

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~ 

RESOURCES : 






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



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




DISCOVER THE SCRIPTURES LIVING CHRIST ACTIVITY
This is an amazing activity pack from Discover the Scriptures ~



HERE'S THE GIVEAWAY !!!!
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 !


CONGRATS TO DEBORAH ! SHE WON THE BOOK ! LOOK FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS ON LDSPARENTING NEXT WEEK ! :) 



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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