Valentine's Day is coming up SOON!
I try to make Valentines for my kids to give out that have a Bible verse or other scriptural theme.
This year I've come up with these Bible Verse Valentines that feature Proverbs 17:17
What you'll need:
Other Valentine printables:
Thank you to everyone who helped with suggestions for the back-to-school survival kit for college students!
I decided to go with a “self-care” theme, and I'm excited to show you what I included!
The other things I added in were:
Cosmetic Bag filled with toiletries, essential oils, lip balm, lip gloss, nail polish, lotion
Prepaid gift card
I know this was a girly package, but for guys, you could do pretty much the same thing; just trade out the items for a manly version and trade the Schick Quattro disposable razors for one of the men's varieties.
I hope this self-care package will help brighten up a rough college day, and I hope you got some ideas of how you can create a nice back-to-school gift for a college student you know!
(Don't forget you or a student you know can still enter the Schick Summer Selfie sweepstakes and be entered to win $10,000 toward college tuition! Details here.)
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.
I've compiled these ideas based on his current interests, so if you're wondering whether the 4 year old in your life would truly like these, I know my little guy would definitely say yes!
These would really be appropriate for kids anywhere between age 3 and 5.
You can find purchasing information for each item by clicking on its photo below.
1. Ride-on motorcycle
We are SO into motorcycles at our house, and a ride-on would absolutely MAKE HIS DAY!
2. The bounce house would definitely be one of those big splurge gifts. When you consider how many endless hours of fun it would provide it would pay for itself in the long run.
3. Castle blocks
This is something that we already own (it was a previous gift) and it gets a lot of use by my (almost) 4 year old.
Every boy needs a set of wheels! A scooter is the perfect riding toy for a child who can't yet ride a bike.
5. Bouncy Ball
This is another toy we already own which gets HOURS AND HOURS of use!
6. Baseball pitcher and tee
This is about the age where my boys start showing an interest in sports. A tee is perfect for getting them started and then they will have the automatic pitcher for when theyare a little more advanced.
His older brother just got one and I know he would get a kick out of having his own. What is so fascinating about these I don't know, but they seem to love watching them scurry around. They like to make mazes for them out of blocks!
8./9. Soccer ball and goal
It is so cute to watch kids this age kick a soccer ball! They can get pretty good when they practice! My little guy wants to play on a team at the Y as soon as we will let him.
10. Kiwi Crate subscription
We got a sample box and we all loved it (including mom!) It was the perfect thing for doing a project without wearing out a small attention span. Mom loved it because we did a project without dragging out thousands of supplies. Having the exact amount of supplies meant that once the project was completed, the mess was already cleaned up.
One fun thing we like to do with the kids at Valentine's Day is have them give a small gift to their grandparents.
This year, we were given the opportunity to pick out some things at Family Christian to make a small gift basket for them.
We found a plaque in the clearance section that will go nicely in Grandma's newly painted kitchen! We also found some lovely notecards with the words to “Great is they Faithfulness” on them.
For Grandpa, we found Valentine's Day chocolates with Bible verses on them and a coffee cup to go with it.
But of course the part that Grandparents love the best is the pictures of their grandkids!
Everything we do around here has to be super-simple, but we strive for cuteness all at the same time!
So I snapped one “regular” picture of the kids and glued it onto construction paper. I wrote We Love You…
That was the front of the card.
For the inside of the card, I snapped a picture of the kids holding their arms open wide, glued it to the inside, and wrote “This Much!”
I am sure Grandma and Grandpa are going to love their gift from the kids!
Thanksgiving is just a couple days away. Things will slow down around here from now till Christmas. I'll be posting a bit here and there, but I really want to focus on just relaxing, spending time with my family, and meditating on God's goodness.
I hope you all are are having a stress-free holiday season so far! It's not about having everything decorated perfectly or making the most-complimented dishes for the parties you attend. Let go of expectations that rob you of the joy you will have when you meditate on the blessings God has given you.
Now, I don't want to take anything away from what Thanksgiving or Christmas is all about. I don't want to encourage you to focus on things.
I hope you don't go crazy and buy tons of things at Christmas just for the sake of buying them.
But the fact of the matter is
1. We are all shopping for the few gifts that we are planning to give
2. We would all like to pay the lowest prices possible for those things
3. Right now is when the best sales are.
I have been pointing out some of the best deals on my Facebook page, but there are tons more that I could mention but haven't for the sake of not seeming like all I care about is more things.
Do you want to see all the insane deals I find, though? Just during the big sale season from now till Christmas, I'll be sending out emails in real time as I find the lowest prices on things. If you want to see all the deals, here's how it will work:
1. Sign up with your email address and I'll put you on a special “Christmas deals” email list.
2. I will send out multiple emails a day with each crazy deal I find.
3. I will put the actual deal in the subject line so you can decide whether you want to open it or simply delete. (Example: Lincoln Logs Set $11.99)
4. After Christmas I will delete the email list so you don't have to worry about receiving tons of deal emails all year. (Unless you want to. (?) Let me know what you'd like to see happen with that.)
What kinds of things are you looking for? Let me know so I can keep that in mind as I'm sending out emails!
Someone emailed me the other day asking if I knew where they could get a printable Halloween tract to hand out this weekend. I didn't. So I made one!
I know you can order Halloween tracts from various places, but if you're like me, you never think about it until it's too late to order and receive them in time. Thus, printables to the rescue!
I am not even going to go into the question of whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween, but just for the record, our family chooses not to. “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness” seems clear enough to me. Yes, millions of people are celebrating Halloween “just for fun” and are not out to worship the devil. But many are. I'd prefer not to associate myself with the evil that is going on behind the scenes. (A good book that we have for our kids is called “Mommy, Why Don't We Celebrate Halloween?” It may even help you think things through for yourself.) I'm not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't do; I just hope that you have put thought into why you do or don't participate in certain activities and have evaluated them under the light of God's Word. Where your decision falls is between you and Him.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, regardless of what your family chooses to do, the fact of the matter is that millions of people are taking their children out for a night of trick-or-treating. Dozens of children and parents will be showing up at your door. If you are a Christian, you have a responsibility to spread the gospel to every creature. You may not be able to spend an hour witnessing to every person who comes to your door, but you can send the gospel home with them!
If you're typically a “stay away from home on Halloween so I don't have to pass out candy” type of person, let's change that this year!
Go buy some candy, print some tracts, and be ready to give the Gospel to dozens of people with whom you would otherwise have never crossed paths!
A few thoughts:
1. Please, please, please do not just give a tract without giving some candy! Do you honestly think a disappointed child who was hoping for some good candy wants to read your tract? Do you honestly think a parent with a disappointed child wants to read your tract? (I know most of us around here are trying to be healthy, so if you can't stand the thought of giving candy, get some little prizes – pencils, little plastic animals, superballs, etc. to hand out. But to be honest, the parents apparently don't care if their kids get candy, and that's probably what they really want anyway, so you might just want to give them the candy!)
2. It would be good if you could attach the tract to the candy or prize in some way. (Put them in a baggie together or punch a hole in both and tie together with a ribbon.) If the parents didn't come to the door with their child and they see a tract when they look through their child's candy bucket, they may not know you actually gave them something else. If you google “Halloween tract”, you would not believe how much of what comes up is people on atheist forums mocking the tracts that their kids get from people who are too stingy to give them candy. “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness” and people who hate God will always find some reason to mock, but let's eliminate as many of their reasons as we can!
3. It would be doubly good to make up 2 candy/tract packets – one that says “For You” and one that says “For Your Parents”. Put some of the good kind of candy in there – the kind that parents raid their child's stash for – and you will make their night! They may actually want to hear/read what you have to say when they see that you put effort into doing something thoughtful for them.
4. I tried to leave a little room on the back of the tract so that you can write your personal or church contact info on there. If someone is truly interested in receiving the gospel, they need a place to find more information! Don't leave them to figure it out on their own.