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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Anything Goes Link-up #21



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Here are a few of my favorite posts from last week's link-up:



Easter lesson resurrection for kids



Strawberry-Lemon Custard Pie


Have you ever tried a green smoothie?  We love them in our house!  If you aren't sure how to make a green smoothie, be sure to check out Green Smoothie 101 at Healthy Disney Family.


Quick and easy tips to make a delicious green smoothie every time

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Friday, April 11, 2014

We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards Review

Disclaimer: I received the Parenting Cards for free to facilitate this review.  All views and opinions are my own.  


I was so excited to have the opportunity to review the We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards!  I've had my eye on the We Choose Virtues products for awhile now.  The parenting cards are a perfect fit for us.  The cards are sturdy, colorful and contain a lot of helpful information.


The front of the cards include:
  • The virtue written in large print
  • A cute character that helped C get an image of the virtue in action
  • A quick catchphrase to help the kids understand what the virtue means
  • A quick phrase that tells what the virtue isn't.  e.g. "I am not...rough, harsh or loud."
  • A Bible verse that correlates with the virtue.

The back of the cards contain so much useful information:
  • Virtue user challenge: A challenge for the whole family to put the virtue into practice.
  • What to say after "I'm sorry" to help children identify their mistake and what they can do better next time.
  • Teacher moments for Kind families: ideas for opportunities to practice the virtue in everyday activities
  • The Kids of VirtueVille:  A description of the character or the virtue.  C loves these!  

We decided to focus on one virtue per week.  To help C get excited it I let her choose the first focus virtue.  After carefully reading through each card, she chose gentle.  I couldn't help but feel a pang of guilt when she chose that card.  Gentle is definitely a virtue this mamma needs to work on.  I hate to admit that but I've got to be real with you.  There are many days that I feel like C doesn't listen until I shout at her.  We had a nice talk about how I will gladly work on being more gentle and that to succeed I need her to be obedient.  Her listening skills have improved and I have found myself yelling much less.    

To practice being gentle with her hands we played Jenga.  It was a great hands on way to cement our learning.  

Each day we read the catchphrase and verse for our virtue of the week.  We also looked for opportunities to practice our virtue as much as possible.  C loved being gentle while holding an egg.  

When we got these cards I thought the focus would be on building virtue in C.  I was so wrong.  I benefited as much if not more from our weekly virtue focus as C did.  I think we can all benefit from looking for more opportunities to practice virtues in our daily life.  

For more information on all of the wonderful product options from We Choose Virtues, visit www.wechoosevirtues.com  You can find the parenting cards under Shop > Tools for Families. 

Do you have any tips for instilling virtue in children?  I would love to hear them in comments below!  Thank you so much for visiting Joy Focused Learning.

~Angela







Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Anything Goes Link-up #20



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This week I'll be featuring posts from the past two link-ups because I wasn't able to do features last week.  Here they are:

We plan on doing school in some form during the summer.  I loved reading Family, Faith and Friday's post: Summer School? Seriously?




C recently discovered tying knots and she has been trying strings to everything.  I admit that it drives me a little crazy but I try to remind myself she is just excited to practice a new skill.  I bet she would love to learn the different knots in the free printable from Growing in God's Grace.



I think we can all benefit from these tips to save money on clothes for your family from Aspired Living.  

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If you aren't familiar with Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, be sure to visit her site! She makes so many wonderful resources for homeschoolers and they are very affordable. One $15 fee gives you access to all of her member's only printables. She also offers freebies!  Be sure to check out this post with 80+ Homeschooling Resources!

Over 80+ Homeschooling Resources To Help You Plan Your School Year - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

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  • Homemaking
  • Parenting
  • Recipes
  • Crafts
  • Reviews
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I have a few simple requests:
  1. Link back to the linky within your posts.  You can use the button above or a simple text link.
  2. Visit atleast two other links and leave a comment.  I would love if you mention you found the post through the Anything Goes link-up but that isn't required!
  3. Share the link-up in some way to help it grow.  You can share it through whichever social media platform you choose.  The more people visit the linky, the more traffic it will generate for all of you! :) 
Link up using the tool below!  Thanks so much for visiting Joy Focused Learning!


~Angela



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Anything Goes Link-Up: The Extra Late Edition

Hi everyone, I'm so sorry the Link-Up hasn't been posted yet! I'm working today and I didn't realize it was linky day. I'll do extra features next week but for now I just want to get the  party started.