Motivation Monday

Hi guys! I hope you had a great weekend. Do you believe in a week it will be Christmas?! It is such a wonderful time of year. I love all the decorations, lights, and Christmas music. One thing I have learned from past Christmas’s (is that the correct punctuation?) is not not to let myself get caught up in things and stress out. Not to allow buying gifts, making the perfect cookies or rushing around to steal the joy out of the season.

We try to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, our family and making memories. I think Christmas has become so commercialized that people forget to slow down and use the time to just be. Just he with your family. Just be at home. Just take time to relax and reflect. I hope you take some time to just be. To enjoy the season and have some fun. To let loose a little. Don’t worry about the house, sit down and play with your kiddos.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I will finish up posting things this week and have the Thinking Tree giveaway on Wednesday at noon Eastern. After I announce the winner I will be taking two weeks off. I may post things here or there, but not much! I’ll talk to you all later! Mandy

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What’s Up Wednesday

Hi there, we have been a little busy this week, how about you?

We started out on Saturday with LH’s first gymnastic competition. The whole team did really well. They each placed in several different events and they won first place for team. They were all so excited to bring home a trophy to the gym.

Since we have had a rough time getting back into our school routine from being sick. We decided to make the rest of December more relaxed and just focus on math, reading and cursive writing.

Yesterday we took it really easy. Lol. We got a nice amount of snow so…..we took a snow day and the boys played outside pretty much the whole day. They had a lot of fun. They slept well last night too!

Anything new with you all? Are you taking it easier or trying to get things tied up before Christmas break?

Don’t forget tomorrow is the Facebook live Thinking Tree review and then the giveaway will be 24 hours after. Make sure to take time to join us live or if you can’t make it to the live be sure to watch it later and make comments to be entered into the giveaway. Talk to you later! Mandy

Thinking Tree Giveaway Announcement!!

Hi guys, I am so sorry I haven’t been able to get the giveaways scheduled until now. I also need to apologize because I am only going to the able to schedule two this month due to all the illness we had. Don’t worry, we weren’t contagious. Lol

Anyway, since I am not able to do the three giveaways this month like planned. I will have two in December and two in January! How’s that?

The first giveaway will be this Thursday the 14th at 12:00 noon Eastern time and the second giveaway will be Wednesday the 20th at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. Like always, to enter, just comment or ask a question on the live Facebook video. You will have 24 hours to make comments so everyone has a chance to see it and get in on the giveaway. I will announce the winner after the 24 hours are up. Here is the Facebook link.

We truly appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers while we were sick. Talk to you all soon! Mandy

Motivation Monday

Hi guys!! I think we are all better now….at least for the most part. Lol. I hope you all are doing well.

Do you believe it is almost Christmas? This year has flown by. I’m curious, do you stress over all the Christmas activities and gift getting and giving? I used to, but then I realized that this is the time of year to remember all the blessings and joy God has given to us. Yes, things may be frustrating, maybe you aren’t where you planned to be in your kiddos schooling or your stressed over the money you don’t have to buy gifts, you feel like you don’t have enough time to get things done….and so on.

Guess what, first of all you are not alone. Second, don’t worry about it. Things will fall into place and you know what, if they don’t, then they don’t. Don’t allow it to get you down. Don’t allow frustration and fear or disappointment to drag you down. Look at what you have, beautiful children, a roof over your head, food in your bellies and a God that loves you more than you can comprehend. Sometimes it is difficult to see the blessings in our lives. If that is you right now, try to be thankful for the air in your lungs, for your heart beating for any one small thing. I pray you can find something to be thankful for and that you have a fun time with your family this Christmas season. Talk to you soon, Mandy

P.S. Watch for a video announcement this week on our Facebook page.

Motivation Monday

Christmas season is here!!! As hard as it is to believe, it really is here. The time to celebrate Christ’s birth, to be with family and a time of giving.

Giving is such an amazing blessing. I love to give things to people. I think I get more joy out of it than the person I am giving it to. Lol.

There is just something about giving that feels so wonderful. I think it has to come from God giving His son to us. He gave a sacrifice that I don’t think many of us would be able to do. In that gift, He gave us so much I don’t know that we even comprehend everything.

I do know that blessing others with a gift of any kind will bless you more than you may realize. Even a smile could change someone’s day. I remember one time when I was working at the store called Fashion Bug…if you remember it. My boss was really hard on me. Any slight mistake and she would yell at me or say something condescending.

A customer saw this happen one day and I was trying so hard not to cry. She looked at me, gave me the sweetest smile and said, “don’t worry, things will get better.” She made feel so much better and she was right. Shortly after that my boss started being nicer to me. She was never really nice, but I didn’t dread going to work when she was working too.

So, even if you can’t give something physical remember to give a smile, kindness and most of all love. You may not know the affect it will have on someone. You may save a life….or at least help them through something just by showing kindness and love. I hope you have a great week! Talk to you later, Mandy

What’s Up Wednesday!

Howdy! Have you started your Thanksgiving break yet? We did today. The boys decided to work hard Monday and get all their work done and then a Christmas play on Tuesday and that was it. It was a cute play called, “Where’s Rudolph?” The producer actually wrote the play and was very proud of it. The cast were all kids and they were from kindergarten age to eighth grade. It was an anti bullying theme. They did a great job and we all really enjoyed it.

Today we are getting the house cleaned up and some baking done for tomorrow and then hopefully some time to just relax. Tomorrow we will go to my grandmother’s for a big Thanksgiving dinner. We usually go to my Aunt’s house after, but it will be strange this year because she passed away in August and we won’t be having that dinner tomorrow night. Although it will give us more time to relax at home…it will be a bit sad and odd not to go there.

I always look forward to the weekend after Thanksgiving. That’s when we get our Christmas tree and start our Advent story. I guess I will tell you more about how all that goes next Wednesday. I hope and pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Talk to you later! Mandy

Logitow, an Up and Coming Interactive Toy

Logitow is a neat combination of mixed realities. They sent us a sample to try and it is a really fun and exciting concept.

There is a key block that connects via Bluetooth to your phone or tablet. You use the Logitow app to watch as your physical creation is also being built on your screen as you build. Your creations can even become animated! There are different building challenges to complete or you can build in your own creative world. WYH said, “this is the best thing ever!”

If you use The Thinking Tree journals, but don’t like to use Minecraft as part of the lessons because they are completely on the computer or tv with no physical building, you may really like Logitow. With these blocks they would be able to complete the Minecraft build, but with physical blocks and in their own world in the Logitow app where it can be saved.

We look forward to watching Logitow grow and expand their building blocks and app. They even have specialty pieces that create unique shapes and designs. They are still in the crowd funding stage so they need some help. Here is their indiegog page if you would like to get your order in during the early stages. Please share this post to help spread the word about Logitow.