Risk and the Fear of Failure – A $25.00 Cash Giveaway!

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Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I will argue that there are very few failures in life – except for the failure to do anything in the first place (or take the risk).  If you fail Read the full article…

Happiness Is ________Seeing my Daughter Grow and Develop

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In my Our Love For Books Week, I wanted to show  you how proud I am of my 4 year old daughter. She has found her love for books! We read this book so much, she has the entire thing memorized.  She recited the entire book for her Suzuki Violin teacher.  She had a bit Read the full article…

Love of Books Week – Reading of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever

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Here is our first video installment of our love for books week! Today, my 8 year old, Hadyn, is reading an excerpt from Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Cabin Fever.   Hadyn inherited his love for books from his Dad.  I began teaching Hadyn to read and write when he was 5.5.  By the Read the full article…

World Book Day – A Blog Shoutout Children’s Book Authors

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I’m into celebrating World Book Day (Thursday March 7)- even though it’s a European thing.  To celebrate, this week, I’m talking all books – all week! Yea! So, since this is my normal blog shoutout day, I’m going to give a shoutout to those little known Authors who delight our Children each and every day! Read the full article…

Setting Monthly Goals – Making A Commitment to Art

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Mama Smiles of Joyful Parenting is over in her part of the blogosphere setting monthly goals.  I thought that was a great idea.  I never make New Years Resolutions – simply because things change, priorities change – and I have always thought it was just a waste of time.  However, I loved the idea of Read the full article…

Blog Shoutout! Week of February 25th

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Thank you Honestly, I cannot believe we are at the end of February.  Where does the time go? My head is spinning right now with all the stuff I need/want to do.  Yikes!  But before I get into that, I want to do a shout-out to all those awesome blogs out there who have tempted Read the full article…

How Should I Love Thee? Affirmations of Hope

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I will never forget my Mother saying to me…               You know, Lisa, every time somebody knocks you done – you just bounce back up.  Boompt! I had never thought about it until just then.  My adult life has definitely been filled with it’s share of ups and downs.  For me it’s been about Read the full article…

I Want to be a Mommy – Some Benefits of Attachment

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Attachment Parenting is one of those trigger words.  Typically, people feel strongly one way or the other. Personally, I can see a whole lot of the advantages and also some of the drawbacks. So, I’m not going to use that trigger word.  I’m going to use the word Attachment!  Haha! My daughter is so cute!  Read the full article…

Competition vs. Cooperation

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This has been weighing heavily on my mind recently.  Everywhere I go, it seem that like there is competition Boy scouts.  In the pinewood derby, the kids make cars and race against EACH OTHER At Church – The most reverent kid sits in the first chair, and the least reverent kid sits in the last Read the full article…

The Still Small Voice

Have you ever listened to your inner voice, and, as a result taken a leap of faith?  Maybe you delved into something so outside of your comfort zone that nobody really understood.  Maybe it was something you have been thinking about for some time. I do that a lot.  Maybe it’s because I have no Read the full article…