Perfect Score PB&J Kids Snack

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Perfect Score PB&J Kids Snack

In school, most children try to get gold stars for things they do. But they ought to know that the greatest gold star comes from God Himself. Matthew 25:21 implies that when we get to heaven, God Himself may say to us, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of your master.” Let’s remember that the greatest gold stars on earth come from loving God and treating others like we would want to be treated…and they can bring the best rewards from God when we get to heaven!

While enjoying their PB&J snacks, encourage children to look for ways they can get gold stars from God by following the Golden Rule!

 

Ingredients:

• Soft white bread like Wonder Bread

• Creamy and easy to spread peanut butter

• Jelly

• Star shaped cookie cutter

• Sandwich bags

 

Preparation:

Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for each child. Trim crusts. (Store in plastic bag until ready to use.)

With the cookie cutter, have each child cut as many stars as possible from the sandwich.

 

Mary Kate Warner

Mary-Kate is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove ( http://www.christianitycove.com/). You can often find her writing about Christian Parenting, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, Faith and inspiring children to love God. Follow her at @SundaySchoolGal, Facebook, Google+ & Pinterest

 


21 Day Listerine Challenge Results

Full Disclosure: I received products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

21 Day Oral Healthy Challenge

Last month, I shared with you how I was going to take the 21 Day Listerine® Challenge.  My goal was to brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash twice a day for 21 days.  After all, they say you have to do something for 21 days before it becomes a habit.  I even got my kids involved on the challenge.  3 of them faithfully filled out their daily printable checklist that I made them, and they used up the whole bottle of Listerine® Smart Rinse.  :)  I guess that’s what happens when we use it so regularly.

My Results

I was already good at brushing twice a day, but despite being told many times by my dentist, I’ve always been bad at consistently flossing.  As for the rinsing, that was basically non existent.  The best thing I took away from this challenge was flossing so much more regularly.  In fact, I was put to the ultimate test.  After about 2 weeks of being on the challenge, my dentist called and wanted me to come in for a cleaning.  I had been put on the waiting list when they had to cancel my appointment a couple of months ago.  How ironic that they happened to call while I was on the Listerine® 21 Day challenge.  ;)  I went to my appointment and I received a glowing report.  My dentist was saying how I was doing such an amazing job with flossing and how I should keep up the good work. SCORE.  That was good to hear!  My gums are much healthier now.  My gums no longer bleed when I floss either.  I’m still not crazy about using the mouthwash, so I don’t do it as often as the challenge suggests, but I’m doing it more than I was.

My Kids’ Results

Listerine Challenge Complete

My kids would always brush their teeth before bed, but I was kind of bad about making sure they did it twice a day or even ever flossed or rinsed.  The ones who took part in this challenge did an amazing job!  They finished every single day.  I loved seeing them so motivated to floss.  They were so cute.  And you know what?  They are still continuing with the habit.  Yay!

 

As you can see from the printable below, she had used it well.  :)

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Don’t Forget

Listerine® has an amazing promotion going on right now, where if you go to their Facebook page,  they will help children in need, by making a $5.00 contribution to Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America® program.  All you have to do for them to donate this $5 is post a “Swish Selfie” to the Listerine® Facebook page.

If you do decide to post a Self Swishie, you will be entered into a contest each week that you post a selfie picture.  You’ll have a chance at winning $500 if your picture gets the most votes!

What’s Your Favorite Listerine Product?


Why Our Kids Need Modern Day, Real Life Heroes

(This post is sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  This post contains affiliate links)

Why Our Kids Need Real Life, Modern Day Heroes

Heroes.  In this day and age, it can be  hard to find anyone famous that is worthy to admire, can’t it?   I remember when we were picking names for our children, I never wanted to name them after anyone.  You just never know what skeletons that person has hiding in their closet.  Do I really want my child named after them, if they do?

Even though we know that every person alive has to have some kind of fault, that doesn’t mean that they’re not worthy to be admired and looked up to.  But, who is “good enough” to point our kids to?  We can’t look to most modern day TV.   We can’t look to most modern day music either.  Who, then, can we look to?

What Makes a Hero?

I think to get to that answer it requires answering these 7 questions:

  1. Is God first in their life?
  2. Do they demonstrate the fruits of the spirit?  (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness)
  3. Do they give more than they take?
  4. Are they brave?
  5. Are they selfless?
  6. Have they committed their lives to God’s will?
  7. Are they devoted to doing God’s work?

Wow, that’s a tough pill to swallow isn’t it?  How many of us are all of these things all the time?  I know I’m not.  Who, then, has most of these qualities, most of the time?

There’s really only one man who can replicate these qualities all the time.  That is Jesus Christ.  That means, to be a hero to be looked up to, we really need to be just like Jesus.  Isn’t that what we, as Christians should be aiming for anyway?

Why Do We Need These Modern Day Heroes?

1.  To Teach Our Children How to Respect

We need someone to respect.  Our American culture seems to be severely lacking in the “respect department”.  We are living in an “As long as it makes you happy, it must be OK” society.  I strongly disagree with this point of view and I aim to teach my children not to follow along with it either.  Instead, my desire is to give them examples of who is worthy of respect and teach them how they can respect them.

2.  To Give Our Children Examples of Who to Emulate

We need someone to challenge us.  Someone who is not afraid to do what is right in the eyes of God, even if it is hard.  We need someone who daily seeks God’s face and someone whom you can see God’s love pouring out of.  These are examples of who I want my children to look up to.

Examples of Modern Day Heroes

1.  Pastors

We are so blessed to have a pastor who emulates all of these qualities that are outlined above.  He is not afraid to say what needs to be said to the congregation and is not afraid of offending others.  Even though he’s not afraid of offending, he’s strong enough to realize that he has to say things that not everyone agrees with (making him brave).  He’s a true example of someone who is actively seeking God’s will daily and you can see it by the fruit in his life.

2.  Kirk Cameron

He started out as an atheist American actor most famous for his role in the American sitcom, Growing Pains, but then God got a hold of him and he’s been blazing a trail ever since.  He’s been a part of making movies (Left Behind series & Fireproof for example) to encourage Americans to pursue God’s best for their lives.  He also travels the country teaching others how to share their faith and live out a gospel centered marriage and family.  He’s a great example of using the talents God has given him to further His kingdom.

3.  Tim Tebow

He was born in the Philippines to Baptist missionaries.  His mother had gotten ill and it was recommended that he be aborted, but due to their strong Christian faith, his parents refused and decided to go forth with the pregnancy, despite the possible outcome.   In college, he made headlines when he wrote his favorite Bible verse, John 3:16, under his eye in black. His tradition of bowing down on one knee and praying after each touchdown, now known as “Tebowing,” has been adopted by school kids.

More recently, Tebow and his mother, Pam, were featured in a 2010 Super Bowl ad for Focus on the Family. In the 30-second spot that aired on CBS, Pam Tebow recounts Tim’s traumatic birth, in which doctors recommended that she abort her baby because of potentially deadly complications.  Tim is best known for his strong faith and his amazing stand against abortion, even though he’s also well known as a former NFL quarterback.  He’s not afraid to share with the world all about the God he serves.

4.  Dr. Ben Carson

“Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home with dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper, and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream until his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered and today is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over 39 years.”

He is very active in the media, where he is a large proponent in reversing Obamacare.   He recently published a new book One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future. In it, he offers a bold plan to stop the country’s slide into fiscal and moral decay. He is definitely a man following after God’s will for his life.  He speaks of his faith often and is an excellent example of someone who gives freely of himself.

Would you like the chance to hear Ben Carson in person?  He’ll be at the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, SC, March 20th through the 22nd and also the Cincinnati, OH convention being held April 24th through the 26th.   If you’d like to attend his session, the cost is $10 per person.  I hear he is an amazing speaker and well worth the time and money spent.  For more spotlights on Ben Carson, go here.    

Attend a Great Homeschool Conventions Conference

If you’re looking for a homeschooling convention to attend, one of the biggest and best ones to attend is Great Homeschool Conventions.  They have 3 great locations to choose from:  Cincinatti, OH; Greenville, SC; and Ontario, California (in 2015, they’re coming to Texas!).  They have THE BEST speakers, and the biggest vendor halls!  They cover all the bases by including comedy, spirituality and practical learning, too.  They have sessions for teens and a children’s program as well.  If you’ve ever considered homeschooling, it’s time to make plans to attend and order the tickets now!