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Merry Christmas!!!


 

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

This is my last post until after Christmas.  I’m taking the next few days off of reviewing and blogging to spend time celebrating our Saviour’s birth with my family.

May you have a blessed Christmas season!!!!

God bless!

This is a picture of my children after church where Christian was Joseph and the girls were Angels.

 

**All content is copyrigh 2010 by Sarah at Growing For Christ

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More Christmas Presents (if you are my SIL don't read any further!)


This is a set of two bibs, two burp clothes and a diaper wipe holder that I made for my SIL and brother.

Now for Bethanne, I finally completed this baby doll bunting.  I found it last Christmas on the Moda Bake Shop site and couldn’t wait to make if for her for this Christmas.  The baby doll bunting was easy to make the only part I didn’t do was the quilting (I tied Bethanne’s) and instead of sewing up the closure I used hook and loop closure.  The bulk wouldn’t fit under my presser foot and the hook and loop works just fine and now she can use it as a baby doll blanket if she wants to.

I can’t wait for her to open this on Christmas morning.

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Tomoson Reviews: Gaddy Nipper Crayons; Rough and Tough Dump Trucks (and giveaway)


 

Tired of those same ol’ same ol’ crayons?  I know my children are and Gaddy Nipper Crayonshas just the thing to solve that issue.  This mom of two recycles Crayola brand crayons into works of art that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, especially since they are non-toxic.

Packaged ready for gift giving these crayons will delight just about anyone who enjoys coloring or crayons.  There are a wide variety of themes to choose from Eiffel Tower, silly swirl snowflakes, mustache, tea pots and many more.  The sizes of the crayons vary depending on what set you buy, the rough and tough dump truck set measure 2.25″ by 1.5″.

These are some awesome crayons that would be great for a gift, stocking stuffer or party favors.  They are a great deal beginning at $2.95 and going up – she’ll even make a custom set  for you including your child’s name.  So go to Gaddy Nipper Crayons and see what else is available.

Giveaway!!!

$10.00 Gift Certificate to be used in Gaddy Nipper’s Etsy shop

Open to U.S. Residents and ends January 3rd, 2011

Make sure to leave a way to contact you so if you win I can notify you – you will have 48 hours to respond then a new winner will be picked.

Must do #1 first

#1 Go to Gaddy Nipper Crayons and look around then come back and tell me what you’d like if you win

#2 Friend Gaddy Nipper Crayons on Facebook and come back and leave a comment telling me.

#3  Follow me on GFC (see left side bar) and leave a comment; if you are already are leave me a comment telling me so.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com and sponsored by Favorite Wigs Shop Name Brand Wigs at Low Prices! Large Wig Selection of Estetica Wigs, Quality Wigs. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

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Trip to COSI, December 3rd


**If you are reading this on any site other than Growing For Christ you are reading stolen material.

On December 3rd the children, my mom and I took a trip to COSI which is about a 50 minute drive from our house.  A good time was had by all.

My mom was the only one who was allowed to ride the high wire bike:

Christian in the new, updated water play area for children grades K and under:

One of the special exhibits featured Clifford the Big Red Dog.  There were lots of hands-on activities and  while it was geared for younger children all three of mine really enjoyed it.

All three posed in the cutout snowman on the way out of COSI (next year’s Christmas card?):

There was another neat exhibit where you had to follow clues on your map, it looked like an archaeological dig.

We took in a science show that talked about how lights light up, and what chemicals you need for certain colors.  Hannah volunteered for part of it.  Click on the link to watch the side ways movie.

Hannah\’s experiment

Bethanne got to volunteer during the weather show.  She got to demonstrate what happens as pressure builds inside of something.  Again click on the link to view the video.

Bethanne\’s Experiment

The next picture is showing what happens to Christmas lights when viewed through prism glasses:

**All content is copyrighted 2010 by Sarah at Growing For Christ

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Tomoson Reviews: Python Printable Games; Camel Race Bible Trivia Game


 

This is a fun and exciting game for children to play while counting down the days to Christmas, play it all month or play it the week of Christmas to drive home the real reason for the season.  Christmas Bible trivia for kids is an excellent way to get both their minds and bodies moving as they play the Camel Race Bible Trivia Game from Python Printable Games.

For $6.95 you’ll get the game delivered directly to your email inbox and then all you need to do is print the game cards and board.  The board consists of 10 papers with the numbers 1 through 9 plus a picture of Baby Jesus in His manger.  The object is to answer enough answers (move ahead one space) or do enough actions that will get you to Baby Jesus.  Whoever does that first will win the game.  Some of the trivia are “What was the name of the angel that told Mary she was going to have a baby?” or “Why was Jesus born?” while the actions are like this: “Your camel needs a nap.  Snooze here one turn.”

A parent can read the question or action card while the children answer or act in the order agreed upon, oldest first, youngest first, etc.  To make the game more lasting would be to laminate all the pieces and then store them in a folder, pulling it out year after year.  The cards are in color as is the paper that has Baby Jesus on it.  A neat game for a wonderful time of year as we celebrate the Saviour’s birth.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

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Tomoson Reviews: Python Printable Games; Christmas Printable Paper Dolls


 

Remember the yester years when young girls played with paper dolls and they were all the rage on all of Christmas wish lists?  Even if they aren’t all the rage now, with all the electronic gadgets, young and old girls still enjoy the flair of old time fun with paper dolls and Python Printable Games has made a very cute set. 

Whether you’re looking for something fun for all the children to do (I guess some would let their sons use these too) or you just want to travel back to your days of paper doll cutouts then these would be a nice way to combine Christmas with printable paper dolls.  They are priced at just $6.95 and you’ll get 14 pages of paper doll cutouts – 7 in black and white to color as you see fit and another 7 already colored in.

If you have a laminator then this would be a great time to pull it out and create lasting paper dolls for your young daughter.  The age listing says 5 years and up and with the lamination these will last her awhile as she enjoys something you did as a girl.  I will mention that as with most paper dolls the doll is in her underthings and the girl then adds the clothing.   There is a selection of both pant outifts and dresses/skirts, one outfit reminds me of something Santa would wear and another of his elves.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

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Tomoson Reviews: Python Printables; Printable Christmas Games MEGA-pack


 

If you’re looking for something for your children, you and your spouse, a church function or an office party to add some fun to your party or just your day then look no further than Python Printables and their MEGA Pack of Christmas printables suitable for all ages!  The MEGA Printable pack contains 70 Christmas games and for a low price of $19.95 you’ll be getting a bargain and just print what you need and save the rest.

There were a couple games that were geared for a more adult game however the majority of the games were suitable for all ages including my 6 year old.  My 4 year old could do some of the games with help from his older sisters or myself.  With instant download you can begin printing and playing almost as soon as you pay and print!

The 70 games include some of the following:

  • Christmas printable dolls
  • puzzles
  • mad libs
  • trivia
  • coloring
  • synonym games
  • printable thank you notes
  • and much, much more.

If you head over to Python Printables you can check it out for yourself and even visit their free printable page or the free printable color pages page so you can see for yourself what quality these pages are and print off a few to see just how easy it all is.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

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Contest Winners!!!


I apologize for the delay in posting my winners but here are the winners for the two contests that I had running!

Learning Workroom winner is Marie at Our Best Daze

Big Paw Designs winner is Christine at Our Homeschool Reviews

Winners have been contacted.

Congratulations!!!!

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2nd Annual H.S. Craft Fair


I’ve organized our home school groups craft fair for the last two years and the children have really enjoyed it.  I’m already kicking around ideas for next year’s fair, including letting parents make things and whole families selling and turning it into our nightly meeting so we can get the word out more and get more people coming in.

The craft fair really helps the children learn the value of their work, entrepreneur skills and money skills.  This year my girls sold cookies in jars, gift tags, Christmas cards, Whatever Bars, leftover foamy ornaments that didn’t sell last year, and glass ball ornaments.  One of the other fun things is that they can buy from others but this also creates the issue that they wanted to spend the money as soon as someone bought something so I had to really guard the money to ensure they had some left when we were finished.

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MamaBuzz Tour: Tales from the Throne Book 1 "Where the Jewels Are" by Diana Symons


I’m always telling my girls that they are Princesses – not the Cinderella or Snow White or even Fergi kind – but a real life, bona fied Princess because their Father is a King!  What a beautiful way in getting girls and even boys to realize their true worth and what they really need.  While we know there are things we want and that’s okay but we need to learn to also keep our wants in line with our financial abilities and in line with the Lord’s.

A very easy read, begining readers would enjoy reading this by themselves with help from a parent or a parent could enjoy reading it as part of girl time bonding or as a family read.  The chapters are short and easy to get through so if you’re reading it before bed it’s easy to read a chapter a night.  The illustrations are simple but yet beautiful in the black and white, they remind me of engravings of old and my girls really enjoyed them.

Unlike other fairy tales with scary magic and make believe ogre’s there is none of that in this story.  Diana Symons has done a wonderful job in making this Christian children’s book really Christian – not just with a stamp of Christian on the cover to sell it – I look forward to getting the rest of the series as they become available.  A wonderful story and a powerful character building book is all wrapped up in the covers of Where the Jewels Are.

You can purchase Where the Jewels Are for $5.99.  You can add Diana Symons as a friend on Facebook and follow KingdomPen on Twitter.

If you want to see what others have to say visit MamaBuzz.

**This is a MamaBuzz Review.  I was provided a copy of  Where the Jewels Are in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

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