Motivate Your Child Review!

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In parenting circles, there’s a lot of information about behavior modification. Personally I’ve used MANY different behavior modification systems.  And you know what I found?  With each sticker, card, and ticket positive change does occur…but it does not last!  How exhausting!

 

The key to changing bad behavior is to get at the heart.  The heart of your child that is.

 

Motivate Your Child

 

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If your looking for an easy, light-hearted “I’m ok, you’re ok” read to help with child rearing, Motivate Your Child is NOT for you!

 

However, if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves, whole heartedly read and digest Biblical truths to inspire moral and spiritual development in your children, this book has your name on it!

 

“Moral and spiritual development increase internal motivation.  Amazing thing happen when you teach and train your child in those two areas.  Specific parenting strategies will adjust common relating patterns, and you’ll watch the changes take place in your child’s heart.”

 

Motivate Your Child‘s heart-based approach consists of 21 chapters that instruct you on how to move your child through three levels of thinking:  themselves, other people and considering God and His word. The ultimate goal is to develop the conscious to do what’s right because it IS right over the gain of a physical reward.

 

Motivate Your Child Chapter 1

Motivate Your Child Chapter 2

 

“Why do you do what’s right?”,  what is the typical response?  Most children will say, “So I don’t get in trouble.”

 

“Behavior modification requires that you give a reward that’s greater than the desire to do something different.  You’re simply compensating a child for doing something she’d rather not do using something she wants.”

 

“Children who are internally motivated tend to do things for different reasons.  Instead of getting something out of their actions, they ask the question, “What’s the right thing to do?”  That kind of motivation comes through a different parenting approach.  We call it a heart-based approach to parenting.  It teaches internal motivation of children and takes advantage of the work of the conscience and the Holy Spirit.”

 

In addition to identifying poor behaviors, practical real life family situations are presented.  I appreciated reading these as it made the ideal of a heart-based change seem attainable.

 

“The conscience gives four promptings:  do what’s right, deal with wrongs, be honest, and care about others.”

 

 

“A trained conscience feeds off of the Scriptures.”

 

The section on correction also instructs parents on the goal of having their children not fear correction, but embrace it!  That may seem a bit contradictory, but looking at the process of restoration it makes sense.

 

First Question:  Confession “What did you do wrong?”
Second Question:  Getting to the Heart, “Why was that wrong?”
Third Question: What are you going to do differently next time?
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It’s easy to see this model of training seeks to restore and edify the child instead of knocking them down.

 

This leads into the next topic of honesty and how it builds “The Integrity Package.”  (I wonder how many adults even have this!)  Plus honor, compassion, initiative (without yelling)….and that’s only the FIRST part of the book!

 

The second half of the book will guide and help you “encourage and stimulate spiritual development in your children….as you build relationships, share scripture and practice faith”.

 

Authors Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN also encourage intentional, weekly family time and share example from three VERY different families.  I relate so well to the family with the wide age gaps!

 

“Always remember that your job isn’t to produce results.  It’s to be faithful and allow God to produce the fruit.  You want to have a clear conscience before God in your own life regarding your parenting.  Where you’ve failed, ask forgiveness from God and from your children.”

 

 

Our experience:

I have to admit that this book has been a godsend in this season of life. There’s a tremendous amount of information to sort through in each chapter.  I found myself needing to move slowly to absorb each nugget and prayerfully apply it to my family.  Due to this fact, I feel it’s best to have my husband read this book too.  Since we are on the same page spiritually, we plan on going through it chapter by chapter to present a unified front in the journey of parenting.

 

You can also order Motivate Your Child from Amazon!

 

 

The National Center for Biblical Parenting was birthed in the early 90s in the hearts of Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. Their families worked together in church ministry but it because clear that they had a powerful message that reached the hearts of families. Although they had no idea how big the ministry would develop,they knew that their heart-based, practical, biblical approach was strategic for helping Christian familes reach their full potential.

 

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My Mary Kay Facial

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It’s been a long time since I’ve gone out of the way to pamper myself.  Life is just plain busy and it isn’t something I consciously think about.

 

One of those pampering items on that list is makeup.  I get around to wearing it once a week for church and for the occasional holiday.  Because of that, my eclectic makeup bag is filled with “whatever’s on sale”.

 

One day Mary Kay consultant, Cheli Sigler,  put out a call for a wide variety of models.  Reading through the list, I saw ” green-eyed model”.  Since I fit that bill, I jumped at the chance to do something for myself.

 

 

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My Mary Kay Facial

 

Picking an afternoon, Cheli and I sat down for a facial with plenty of “mom talk” and laughter.  Time just flew by as she demonstrated Mary Kay’s hand and facial products and I got to try them for myself.

 

I should mention that long ago (19 years!) I did use Mary Kay products.  Since that time, Mary Kay has a condensed version of their skin care line with their main product now being a 3-in-1 cleanser/toner/scrub.  Less bottles, less work — how easy is that?

 

The end result was my face felt fabulous!  Cheli then picked out some neutral colors for lipstick, eye shadow and blush.  I loved the resulting natural and non-made up look.  My skin had an even glow to it without the usual uneven redness.  Best of all, my face didn’t feel heavy and overloaded with concealer screaming to be washed off.  When I got home, my kids even noticed how fresh I looked.

 

That night, I did a total no-no.  I fell asleep with makeup on.  Now, normally I would have woke up to my face being broken out. (Acne on an older lady? YES!) While I did need to wash my face in the morning, there was not any blemish issues. I’d say that’s quite impressive!

 

Since I had used Mary Kay in the past, I remembered about how much the makeup cost at that time. Being penny conscious, I kept thinking that in 19 years Mary Kay MUST be considerably more expensive.  I was absolutely shocked to learn that the makeup really had not risen much in price!

 

I’m so glad I gave Mary Kay another try!  If you don’t have a Mary Kay representative, visit Cheli Sigler at her website, Facebook or Twitter.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

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The Electrifying Nervous System Review

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The Electrifying Nervous System is the first of nine books in the God’s Wondrous Machine series by Master Books and geared towards lower and upper elementary levels.

 

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Author and homeschool mom, Dr. Lainna Callentine states:

“This book was a culmination of two reinforcing factors in my life:  my passion for the life sciences and my desire to see those same sciences presented in a technical but biblically accurate way.  Some may feel that the Bible has no bearing on science and only serves to dilute or confuse our understanding of it.  This book does not present science apart from the Bible but in light of it.  Others may feel that science, especially anatomy and biology, have much more to say about God and the bible than this book offers.  I believe indeed it does.  This would require a much broader investigation across multiple disciplines to fully develop.”

The Electrifying Nervous System Review

 

Starting with a color-coded tri-level vocabulary and pronunciation list, we start our journey of the brain literally at the beginning.  1700 BC and one of the earliest mentions of brain injury!

 

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Subsequent fact packed chapters include:

 

  • Seeing is Believing
  • The Basics of the Nervous System
  • Anatomy & Physiology:  The Brick & Mortar of the Nervous System
  • The Developing Brain
  • A Case for the Brain
  • The Gate Keeper:  The Blood Brain Barrier
  • The Great Stabilizer:  The Backbone
  • It’s Simply Automatic
  • Take Good Care:  Health Facts
  • Facts:  The Wacky, the Weird, and Wow

 

 

In reading over this book, my kids and I were amazed at the real life account of Phineas Gage, the intricacies of the brain and nervous system, and the functions each area of the brain controls.

 

“History tells the story of the past.  Over time, we have learned a great many things about how the brain works.  Our knowledge of the inner workings of the brain continues to grow.”

 

Also included:

 

Development of brain from birth to adulthood

 

The backbone and its function

 

Fight or flight response and other reflexes

 

The importance of sleep

 

Foods that help the brain function

 

Careers in Neuroscience and more!

 

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This 78 pages book is packed with eye catching photos, graphics and information all from a Biblical Worldview.  This is one series I’ll be keeping an eye on!

 

In addition to the text, a parent lesson planner is available that contains worksheets and tests.

 

Check out what other Moms of Master Books reviewers are saying about The Electrifying Nervous System.

 

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Planning your own Homeschool Elementary Science Co-op

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Science labs are one of the most neglected areas in homeschooling.  Fortunately, with a little planning this can be overcome by starting your own homeschool science co-op!

How to Start your own Homeschool Elementary Science Co-op

 

You will need:

  • a group of 2-3 families to start.  Obviously the number of children involved will have some bearing on the number of families to include
  • a home to meet in or a plan to rotate homes
  • a calendar to schedule your meetings every two weeks for approximately 2 hours at a time
  • a mutally agreeable curriculum

 

I’m sure you could do this with other science curriculum.  But, since I have the most experience with Apologia, I will be using that as my example.

 

Apologia offers some great hands-on, Charlotte Mason approached, Creation based sciences geared for homeschool use that are easily doable in a co-op setting.

 

For the homeschool elementary aged crowd, choose from Astronomy, Botany, Flying Creatures, Swimming Creatures, Land Animals, Physics/Chemistry or Anatomy.

 

Once you’ve decided on which book to do and where to meet, it’s time to consider the actual labs.  You have one of two choices.  You can either do a sign up sheet for needed items between families OR save yourself time and purchase a pre-made kit.  Rainbow Resources is one retailer that sells these kits.

 

Now you are ready to get started!

 

Over the course of the next two weeks, have your child read the chapter, or in the case of younger children, read to them and work through the journaling questions and activities.

 

Another nice option is to use Apologia’s notebooks for journaling, drawing, review, copywork and lab sheets in conjuction with the text.  Again, this isn’t necessary, but it is nice.   This notebook also makes a very nice portfolio for those families that do an end of the school year review to send to their respective school district.

 

When you come together as a group for the labs, appoint one Mom to take the lead.  Spend a few minutes orally reviewing the chapter.  Next, either tackle the mini-book from the notebook or the experiment(s).   This is easier than it sounds.  All the steps involved with the labs are clearly written and easily executed.   When you do the labs, allow enough time (and help) for everyone to fill out their lab sheet.  This helps with skills the student will definitely need when they get to middle and high school.

 

Co-oping your science is a great way to ensure you don’t skip those experiments, loose track and focus in your homeschool…and it’s just plain FUN!

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Teaching High School History and Literature with Tapestry of Grace

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Teaching high school History and Literature is easy with a program like Tapesty of Grace! This is our 6th year using this curriculum and I wouldn’t dream of using anything else to teach History, Literature and Geography within the same time period with my two oldest, avid readers!

 

To begin with, the weekly reading choices are laid out for you in the Teacher’s Guide. Choose which books you will use, and gather them together.  (I frequently use the library or Amazon.com to get titles that are out of print at a very good price.) Then, break the assignments down into daily readings that fit with YOUR schedule.  Copy the weekly discussion questions with corresponding maps and away you go!

 

Once your week is completed, sit down with your highschooler for a time of discussion over that week’s reading. Don’t worry about needing to read everything your children do. The Teacher’s Notes have everything you need. (But, you may enjoy reading the literature selections too.  Consider it continuing education!)

 

This year we are utilizing Year 3, my favorite,  the 1800’s!

High School History and Literature with Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Unit 1

 

For this unit, we wove our way through The French Revolution, Napoleon, Early Industrial Revolution, Reviewed the US Constitution, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, War of 1812, South America, Simon Bolivar, James Monroe and The Congress of Vienna.

 

Plus we got a taste of Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Verdi and Wagner while looking at Neo-Classical and Romantic artists.

 

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History Book List:

 

Sightseers – Paris 1789

Spy for Liberty

Battle of Waterloo

Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier

The Gift of Music

Thomas Jefferson, Architect of Democracy

Courage Undaunted

The Great Little Madison

The War of 1812

The Congress of Vienna

Simon Bolivar

James Monroe

 

 

Literature Book List:

Scarlet Pimpernel

Oliver Twist

Romantic Poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Gordon, Byron)

Faust

The Mutiny on the Bounty

 

 

You’ll want to check back in a few weeks for Unit 2.  The boys are reading Les Misérables and enjoying it much more than Unit 1!

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Homeschool Planet Review

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Homeschool Planet is the most intricate, flexible, all-encompassing homeschool life planner you’ll ever need!

 

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This unbelievable online tool has so many helpful options which can be tailored to your individual and family needs!  It can be utilized on a desktop computer, tablet or smart phone too!

 Plan with Homeschool Planet!

 

 

After adding basic information about your students, (name, grade, picture), choose to track attendance or add special notes.

 

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To start the scheduling process, click on a date on the calendar and add a class, birthday or any other appointment, chore or sport.

 

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Add your classes with the color coding of your choice.

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Within the class field add frequency, time, assignments, grades and hours.

 

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Calendar view of schedule:

 

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Calendar View with time slots:

 

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Planner view of schedule:

 

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Once these items are set up, you can choose the options to view your schedule by the day or week and either virtually or in print. Since I have multiple children, it was easier for me to print a weekly schedule listing all our to-do’s and lesson plans.  I wish I had a color printer as the schedule would be that much more eye catching than my very functional black and white version.

 

Everyday you’ll get a reminder asking if you need to reschedule or change any details about a given assignment.

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What’s extra special about this program is that it can be used just for parents as a scheduling tool or as a way to incorporate independence for your older children.  With just a click of the mouse you can choose to have a daily schedule emailed or texted to the phone or email of your choice.

 

Our thoughts:

There’s so much to this program!  The planning capabilities and flexibility are endless!  To-do’s, shopping lists and even transcripts!

 

At first, all the options were overwhelming until I “wore” the program for awhile and became accustomed to the features that fit our family the best.  I also like the reschedule feature.  Due to our ever changing schedule, I have had to use it – a lot!  Getting onto the desktop computer to tweak things through out the day is a bit tricky.  And although it didn’t work so well on my smart phone (I have an older model Android), I would imagine that it would be PERFECT on a tablet.

 

Homeschool Planet retails for $65/year or $6.95/month and is available only through Homeschool Buyers Co-op.  Give it a 30 day trial for FREE!

 

Check out what other crew members are saying about Homeschool Planet!

 

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Motivate Your Child Giveaway

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A camera, book bundles and gift cards – oh my!  Could you use one of those?  Of course you could!!! You’re just in time to enter and could be one of three winners!

Enter the Motivate Your Child Giveaway!

 

To celebrate the release of Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told,  members of the Launch Team are sharing a wonderful giveaway filled with a Go Pro Camera, $50 Mardel Gift Card, $25 Amazon Gift Card, and book bundles from both the National Center for Biblical Parenting and Thomas Nelson Publishing! Three winners will win prizes with a total value of nearly $800!

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Here’s what you could win:

GRAND PRIZE  ($500+ value)

Go Pro HERO3+ Silver Camera ($300 value)

HERO3+ Silver captures gorgeous, professional-quality 1080p60 video and 10MP photos at speeds of up to 10 frames per second. Built-in Wi-Fi enables you to use the GoPro App to control the camera remotely, preview shots and share your favorites on Facebook, Twitter and more. Compatible with all GoPro mounts, you can wear it or attach it to your gear for immersive POV footage of your favorite activities. It’s waterproof to 131’ (40m) and built tough for all of life’s adventures. Combined with stunning low-light performance, high-performance audio and an ultra wide-angle glass lens, HERO3+ Silver makes capturing and sharing your life easier than ever.

NCBP Book Bundle ($115 value)

The Christian Parenting Handbook  and Companion Guide

Parenting is Heart Work

God’s Awesome Story

Hero Training Camp Children’s Curriculum

Thomas Nelson Book Bundle ($90 value):

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst  Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill

The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill

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FIRST PRIZE ($165 value)

$50 Mardel Gift Card

NCBP Book Bundle ($115 value)

The Christian Parenting Handbook  and Companion Guide

Parenting is Heart Work

God’s Awesome Story

Hero Training Camp Children’s Curriculum

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SECOND PRIZE ($115 value)

$25 Amazon Gift Card

Thomas Nelson Book Bundle ($90 value):

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst  Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill

The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill

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Homeschool Burnout: One Mom’s Struggle & How She Overcame

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I surveyed the Mom in front of me:

Weary, stressed out and frazzled.  Unable to plan the next week’s assignments and dreading the drive to another co-op function.  The thought of changing out of her p.j.s was just overwhelming.

This mom was exhibiting some of the classic signs of homeschool burnout.

One Mom’s Struggle with Homeschool Burnout & How She Overcame

Since spending many hours talking and praying with moms facing burnout, I know the symptoms all too well.  And, for the past 12 years I have guarded my “home educating territory” fiercely against it.

Equipped with this knowledge made my next revelation all the more shocking….

That Mom I was looking at was ME!

There.  I said it.  IT WAS ME!  I was looking at my very own reflection!

Those eyes were tired, those shoulders weighed down, those eyebrows drawn into a tight frown.

How did I get here?

Burnout occurs for a myriad of reasons:  not enough support, a difficult child, unstable living conditions, poor health, hectic lifestyle….the list goes on.

I began to assess our life.  What was it?  What was at the root of this burnout?

I realized that the root was simplicity.  I needed a simpler life.  But what exactly was that?

It was time to set it all aside for a time of prayer.  God understood my need and what the answer looked like.

“Lord, what is simple?  What does a simple life look like?”

 

I believe the simple life is full of joy.  It’s not a “yipee hot diggety”, skipping and singing show tunes kind of happiness.  It’s a deep down contentment inspite of circumstances.

“Things” and situations can rob us of this joy and in retrospect, I had been robbed, raided and turned inside out!

Sitting down, I made a list of things that are joy stealers…

  • Papers, papers, papers
  • Clutter
  • Excess Processed Food
  • Excess caffeine
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of sunshine
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Too much media
  • Paying bills
  • Too much noise
  • Not enough time alone

Surprisingly, nothing related directly to homeschooling was on this list! Hmmm….somethings going right! We would continue on our homeschool journey and that was a “joy adder”!

Some of the items I was just going to have to “bit the bullet” and handle – like bill paying.  I was very pleased to see that the majority of my “stealers” were things I had a degree of control over.

I knew that unraveling this ball of mess was still going to take some time. But I also knew where I needed to start… and that was learning how to play the game differently!

Overcoming Homeschool Burnout

 

In the months since I wrote this down on paper, I HAVE learned to play the game differently.  Same scenarios, however my response has changed.

Instead of allowing negativity to take hold and weigh me down, I reach out for prayer and take to the outdoors and exercise.

Instead of buying yet another organizing gadget, I purge clutter on a regular basis.

Instead of waiting for my house to be quiet, I go to sleep earlier – sometimes wearing ear plugs to ensure a solid night’s sleep.

Instead of doing it all, I directly delegate and forgo micro managing.

Instead of agonizing, I let go of that which is beyond my control.

Since doing these things, I am much more able to handle the bumps in the road that in reality are just temporary disturbances in the light of eternity!

 

 

 

 

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NuNaturals Pure Liquid Flavored Syrups Review & Giveaway

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It’s a new year and time to change some of those bad habits.  For many of us that means cutting out sugar.

 

But, you don’t have to forgo sweet altogether!

 

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NuNaturals has been supplying the best alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners without the worry of chemicals, preservatives or nasty aftertaste!

 

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Pure Liquid Flavored Syrups that are calorie and carbohydrate free have just been added to their collection.

 

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Check out the yuminess I made!

NuNaturals Pure Liquid Flavored Syrups

 

Nothing says “yuck” more than vanilla protein powder.  “YUCK”!  If I’m going to drink a protein shake, I’d much rather have chocolate….. so, when I ran out of chocolate protein powder, I made my own.

 

 Mocha Protein Shake (without chocolate protein powder):

  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 4-6 oz coffee of choice
  • 6-8 Ice cubes
  • 1 tsp NuNatural Cocoa Syrup
  • Add to blender, blend well and enjoy!

 

 

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Trying my hand with a baked treat, Oatmeal Chocolate Muffins made with NuNaturals Clear Stevia Liquid and Cocoa Syrup. Bite sized treats!

 

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Next, a cool  Cocoa Mint Smoothie Shake. This smoothie is made with NuStevia Mint Cocoa Syrup and is super MINTY!  I discovered that it’s best made using less syrup and increasing amounts as necessary. McDonald’s Shamrock shakes have NOTHING on this one!

 

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Here’s a Chocolate Coconut Iced Coffee for those iced coffee lovers!  With NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup, this is fabulous with no worries as to empty calories or potential blood sugar rushes!

 

 

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I’ve wanted to make Chia pudding for awhile.  This  Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding was a nice change from the normal, sugar laden variety.  This version, made in two layers, is very good!

 

Can you tell, my little helper helped me with this creation!

 

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Eat your veggies!  It’s easy with a delicious Low Carb Salad Dressing.   This one uses NuStevia Reb 99 Stevia Extract and whips together in no time!

 

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Giving a nod to my Vegan and Gluten Free friends, we tried Black Bean Brownies made with NuStevia Simple Syrup.

 

They smelled wonderful as they cooked. Though met with mixed results,  3 out of 6 gave them a thumbs up.

 

 

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Why give up ice cream when you can have  Healthy Banana Chocolate “Ice Cream” ?  Utilizing NuStevia Cocoa Syrup, this “ice cream” was super easy and super yummy!

 

 

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Rounding out this review are two of our favorite ways to consume NuNaturals flavored Stevias. Peppermint in hot tea and Cherry Vanilla in Seltzer Water.  Delicious and no artificial flavoring induced headaches or nasty aftertaste!

 

 

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See some of the other dishes I have made with NuNaturals.

 

Are you ready to try some make some positive changes in your life?

 

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As an additional bonus for Tales of a Homeschool Family readers, receive a 15% off discount of your entire order (excluding other discounts) when you order through the NuNaturals website.  Enter code BLG0615 at checkout.  This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL JUNE 30, 2015 .

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I’ll be posting my review soon.   I’m really looking forward to implementing some of the gems I’ve learned so far. Read on!

Motivate Your Child:  A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told

 

I am excited to share with you about a new book I’m reading this month – Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Isn’t that what you want for your kids?
$150 preorder

God’s Word gives us a better way to parent, one that builds strong internal motivation in children. When parents change the way they parent, kids change the way they live.Motivate Your Child is a practical book that explores a theology of internal motivation and then gives parents real-life solutions to equip their kids for life.

This is the newest book by parenting experts, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN from the National Center for Biblical Parenting (NCBP), also authors of The Christian Parenting Handbook.
In order to motivate parents to Pre-Order the book, the NCBP is offering a $150 package of resources for FREE! There are video, audio and print items that can be used on a variety of devices. You can learn more on the Book Website.

 

You can Pre-Order the book now from any retailer, and then follow the instructions below.
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INSTRUCTIONS: Purchase the book. Email the receipt to gift@biblicalparenting.org. The NCBP will send you the link and a special code to access these downloadable products. This offer is good until January 31, 2015.

 

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