We're always on the lookout for family-friendly movies that appeal to a broad range of ages. We're hoping to see Incredibles 2 this summer and just heard about a movie called SMALLFOOT, a spin where yetis find people and are amazed that they aren't a myth! SMALLFOOT doesn't hit theatres until September 8, 2018, and I haven't reviewed the content yet, but the preview looks promising and entertaining. See for yourself!
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I cannot even tell you how many conflicting online articles and blog posts I've read regarding essential oils. I think every person interested in EO use should have this book as a starting point- it's a wealth of information presented without bias or sales pitches! No guilt or pressure, rather a presentation of facts born from research.
“War Strikes” is the 46th book in The American Adventure series. This book is set in Seattle, Washington, in 1941-c. 1942. Historical events cover the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Japanese Internment camps, which are not covered with any gruesome detail, but mentioned and discussed as it impacted the lives of children and families living in the time frame. Character issues that are addressed include racism, coping with sadness of saying goodbye to friends, and making sacrifices for those you love.
Although I typically try not to reveal too much of the plot in my reviews, I feel the need to elaborate a bit on how subject matter such as WWII and Japanese Internment Camps can be covered in a tasteful, gentle, yet honest manner. These books are told from the viewpoint of children, usually around middle-school in age, but keep in mind this book was published in 1999 and the historical fiction context excludes much behavior one may expect to read about in a book about middle-school kids now. The children in this book have family friends who are Japanese, they have known this family who runs a hotel for a few years. When Pearl Harbor’s attack was announced, the children began to recognize the racist comments and propaganda against Japanese people, even those that are American citizens.
We hear how their Japanese friends, the Wakamutsu family, are fearful the husband/father will be imprisoned. We learn that the Wakamutsus choose to burn any belongings from their homeland, even old letters from relatives, because they do not want to be considered suspect. Eventually, the entire Wakamutsu family is informed they will be relocated to a camp. The main characters take over the management of the hotel business for their friends, but do write to them and are able to visit them once. The family was staying at muddy fairgrounds with thousands of other Japanese families and individuals. The Wakamutsu family is an example of being honorable, kind, and respectful despite hardships. While a deeper look into the conditions this family may have endured may have revealed it would be extremely challenging, I feel the gentle introduction of the subject is appropriate for my children ages 5-11.
We have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. I have learned more about American History through these engaging chapter books than I probably did in all of the years I attended elementary school.
The first chapter of this book caught my interest. I was hoping for a refreshing, encouraging read that focused on grace. I'm sorry to report that I did not find this book to be what I was looking for. The upbeat, vibrant, conversational tone of the first chapter faded into a book which made many true statements, but continuously left me feeling as though I disagreed on some deeper level. I found it extremely challenging to pinpoint where and how I disagreed with the author until about a third of the way into the book. The first three chapters of the book were dedicated to expounding on the concept of grace itself, more or less and I enjoyed them. By the end of the book, I had decided I could not recommend this book.
I was working on this recipe for a while but the texture wasn't quite what I'd hoped... until TODAY! Yum! I'm so excited with how these turned out. They were not dry or crumbly- they held up to being dunked in our soup for lunch. My 5-year-old asked me, "Can you make another batch... well, two more batches?"
I adapted this from an old gluten baking-powder biscuit recipe my mother used to make. They were quick biscuits you could whip up at the last minute without a lot of fuss. I had to fuss a little to get the flours right, but the end product is so worth sharing!
2 Tbsp. flax meal
4 Tbsp. water
1 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Flour*
1/2 cup white rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill stone ground)*
1/4 cup tapioca flour (aka tapioca starch)*
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shortening (I use Spectrum Organic All-Vegetable Shortening)
3/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
*You can get decent results using Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour for the full 1 3/4 cups of flour in this recipe, but it wasn't AS good by far.
1. Stir together flax meal and water in small bowl and set aside. Preheat oven to 450° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray it with baking oil.
2. Stir/whisk together the baking flour, rice flour, tapioca flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Cut in shortening. (Cutting in means using a pastry cutter or a fork to smash a solid fat until less than pea sized and distributed throughout dry ingredients.)
4. Stir milk and flaxseed/water mixture into the large bowl. Use a tablespoon to take generous scoops of dough and drop onto the prepared pan.
5. Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or until you can just start to see a few edges turning golden. If you bake it longer, you'll get more of a golden-crisp outside with a soft inside. Either way is delicious so you can control if you want softer (8 min) or crisper outside.
A few date night ideas that won't break the bank or take a load of planning and prepping.
1. Go for a Walk Together
Choose the time of day, location (we enjoy state parks and near lakes, but downtown might be your thing!), and make sure you dress comfortably and don't rush. It's beautiful to walk in different seasons-both weather seasons and seasons of life- with the one you love.
2. The Shopping Date
It's only a treat to shop without the kids if you take the time to enjoy each other's company. When my husband and I run errands together, it can go a few different ways depending on the scenario. First, it can be mundane, boring. Naturally, since buying peanut butter and floss isn't particularly exciting... Secondly, it can be stressful, especially if there is a time restriction and a long list. Third, it can be a lot of fun if we loosen up. I let my husband gawk when we walk by the toy aisle. He loves to push the noisy toy buttons. I take the time to look around at the items not on my list and comment on the hilarious things a person can notice in a store if they take the time to be attentive. We let each other splurge on an item that's under $5. Just because.
3. Have Dinner In and/or a Movie In
Yes, in. If you've got kids and are able to have them babysat off location- maybe at a close friend's or relative's, then you've got your own home to yourselves. While sometimes it's nice to get out of the house for some new scenery, it can be really, really awesome to enjoy the house to yourselves. If you don't want to cook and are able to pick up take-out or order delivery, go for it. I love being able to pause the movie we're watching if we need more popcorn. My husband makes kettle corn that rivals... actually, beats movie theatre popcorn. You can snuggle much more closely and comfortably on a couch, futon, or bed at home watching a movie than you can in those theatre chairs.
4. Slow Dance in Your Living Room or Bedroom
My husband was taught the acronym K.I.S.S. to mean "Keep it simple, Stupid." when he was young. Now, I disagree with the original definition, but I sure like the acronym. How about "Keep it Stresslessly Simple." I know I just made up a word there, but it works. Build a campfire or sit at a coffeshop that has a fireplace. Hug each other for more than 20 seconds. Listen when the other person tells you about their very ordinary day. Offer compliments and encouragement. Oh, and kiss like it may be the last time you can kiss your spouse. Be grateful for the memories you have and can create together.
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I am not much of a blog reader. There's only a couple I check on occasion:
Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
If you like nummy recipes, or have special dietary needs (or both!) check it out. ALL of her recipes are Vegan, and many can be made gluten-free. I stumbled upon it when searching for dairy/egg free treats to make for my kiddo and have gotten hooked on several recipes. Okay, "hooked on" doesn't portray it well enough. How about "addicted to"? That's more fitting. Will definitely be going back for more!