I'm Smart and Strong and Brave!

There's nothing like listening to your kids talk when they think you aren't listening. I like to think it's one of those little gifts that God gives us to repay us for all the times we have to scoop brown ">There's nothing like listening to your kids talk when they think you aren't listening. I like to think it's one of those little gifts that God gives us to repay us for all the times we have to scoop brown "boats" out of the tub and wipe vomit out of our cleavage....more

What I Like About You

This is going to be a bit of a stray from my usual topics, but it's something I think is important so just hold on to your hats! Let's start with a little bit of background... I grew up in a pretty big family. My twin sister and I were the oldest of seven girls (and no brothers, it was all estrogen in that house!). My next oldest sister is 8 years younger than me, and the youngest is 16 years. So we were definitely the older sisters of the family by quite a bit....more

Dove and unstoppable girls

My girls and I had an opportunity to be a part of "Girls Unstoppable" with Dove. It was such a cool experience! We went to the Dove Self-esteem tool kit and downloaded an activity. We chose Mutual Complimenting because, to be totally honest, it's been a bit of a rough summer and every day there seems to be a knockdown, drag-out fight with name calling and all kinds of other things sisters do to best get on each other's nerves. I decided it would be nice for them to say something nice about each other for once....more

Climb Every Mountain (or aquaclimb as it be)...

While we have been home this summer, we have enjoyed our community pool. It is great for kids--there are two waterslides (one slow, one fast), great diving boards, a baby pool and plenty of space for millions of kids to spread out. And it has two of these aquaclimbing walls near the deep end. Last year, try as she might, Hannie couldn't quite conquer it. Well, she was only 6 and her arms and legs were not quite strong enough to get herself all the way to the tippy top. And it's all she's talked about this year in the car rides over to the pool....more

Building Blocks

As my niece heads off to college this fall, it was nice to spend a bit of time with her this summer. We took her to Zion with us last year, and she joined us on our Yellowstone trip this year. My sister and I couldn't help but wonder if this would be one of the ">As my niece heads off to college this fall, it was nice to spend a bit of time with her this summer. We took her to Zion with us last year, and she joined us on our Yellowstone trip this year. My sister and I couldn't help but wonder if this would be one of the "last" family trips....more

Dove Self-Esteem Toolkit

I really appreciate companies who do more than just sell a product and worry about "the bottom line." I wasn't aware that Dove had a Social Mission, and that it is all about positive self-esteem for girls. Perhaps it's because I have five girls, and Drummer isn't old enough to even say self-esteem, let alone have or not have it, but it feels like girls (and women!) struggle with body issues and feelings of self-worth more than the male half of the population....more

Mother/Daughter Self-esteem Craft Activity Idea

How do you instill a strong sense of self-esteem in your daughter? As a mother, how do you help her love and recognize all of her good qualities? Dove® and Jess Weiner have teamed up to create a self-esteem toolkit that can help. They want to help encourage the girls in your life to embrace their own unique beauty. The interactive website helps you choose from a variety of activities based on age, your role (i.e. mother, teacher, mentor), number of girls, and what self-esteem topic to focus on. ">How do you instill a strong sense of self-esteem in your daughter?...more

"Let's Make Girls Unstoppable" (sponsored)

I've loved Dove ever since the day my big brother went off to college, and my sister and I could finally have that soft, creamy bar in our shower rather than the harsh deodorant soap we'd had previously. Ahhh... I loved Dove even more when they rolled out their campaign for real beauty several years back. By that time, I was already mother to one little girl, and I could foresee the challenges I would face as she grew up and was assaulted by the images in media and popular culture....more

Girl: Unstoppable

Dove is on a mission:To make girls unstoppable.6 out of 10 girls stop doing what they love...why? Because they feel bad about how they look.I hate that! In an effort to help them feel good inside, and buoy them up from the throes of the world around them, Dove has put together a little toolkit full of fun activities that will bring you and the girl in your life closer together, while also bolstering her self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. ">Dove is on a mission:To make girls unstoppable.6 out of 10 girls stop doing what they love...why?...more

Being Like a Little Child

Mt. 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 St. Hippolytus, St. Pontian, August 13, 2013 ...more

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