Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Monday, August 22, 2016

How to be Smart

Every child wants to be smart. Parents all over the world want their child to stand on top of the world. There are a lot of 'best practices' and methods to parenting. But how do you teach a child to be the smartest? What scale should we use?

Dr. Kathy Koch loves seeing children flourish and helping parents make it happen—and it’s never too late to start. Now is the time to help your child be all that God designed him or her to be.

Find hope in 8 Great Smarts. You’ll be empowered and equipped with new language and creative ideas for how to:

Accept and affirm your child’s unique smarts
Motivate your child to learn and study with all 8 smarts
Reawaken any "paralyzed" smarts
Redirect misbehavior in new, constructive ways
Guide your child spiritually, relationally, and to a good career fit

By providing a clear explanation of the eight kinds of intelligence and how to nurture these “smarts” in our kids, Kathy is helping pave the way for a lifetime of success and fulfillment as kids learn to master their unique skills and God-given callings.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Grateful Hearts

“I think the trick to having a thankful heart is thinking about the things that make us happy, rather than the things that don’t.”

In this heartwarming story between a mom and a son, they explore how to give thanks for things around them and being content.

In this day and age, children of society are being raised in a "me" environment where everything is about self expression. If I feel like it, I will do it. 

In an article I read this morning, a 12 year old is criticized for hunting big game. Even though I don't condone her actions and do not agree with her opinions, I still do not feel like I should judge her for her actions. 

Rather than pointing fingers, we should feel content for the things around us. 

This inviting addition to the best-selling God Gave Us series, helps little ones to understand how giving thanks warms hearts and brings joy.

More than Gold

The summer Olympics are happening again and this time, it's in Brazil! Time and time again, the headline news flash different athletes as happy or sad, winning gold, silver or bronze for their country.

Countrymen are on the edge of their seats, cheering for their representatives as they make a mark across history. Is this wrong? Of course not! Is this the top priority in life? Of course! Or is it?

David Boudia begs to differ. Although in his early career, he did chase after the gold just as these current athletes are.

What's the difference?

In the intervening years, he’d changed the focus of his quest from seeking glory for himself to giving glory to God. In Greater Than Gold, Boudia provides a behind-the-scenes access to the rarefied world of world-class athletics while also showing readers that when they place their hope in God, they receive what they’ve been seeking all along.

Read about how one of America’s most heralded young divers, David Boudia twice went for Olympic gold, training obsessively and whole-heartedly for success. In his first Olympics, he failed miserably, not winning a single medal. Four years later saw a different story: he mounted the podium twice, winning both gold and bronze.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Korean Recipes!

Imagine! Korean recipes in graphic novel form! I loved it from the moment I opened the book. I actually wanted to review it because my brother loves eating Korean food and I got the book for him.

He didn't actually read it so I read it. It had all the recipes I ever wanted and how to do it in picture form. This is much better than word form. Sometimes you have no idea how a recipe would turn out, but it is nice to see how the person is making it step by step in color!

In these playful but exact recipes, you’ll learn how to create everything from easy kimchi (mak kimchi) and soy garlic beef over rice (bulgogi dupbap) to seaweed rice rolls (gimbap) and beyond. Friendly and inviting, Cook Korean! is perfect for beginners and seasoned cooks alike who want to try their hand at this wildly popular cuisine.

One Big Turkey

I'm fond of board books now. One Big Turkey is no difference. I love how the board books feel: hard and smooth with lots of cutesy pictures and full color! I love that the words and sentences are short and brief.

Children will count along with big turkey, squirrel, and their forest friends all the reasons they have to be grateful. Sweet, rhyming text will help children count everything they have to be thankful for, including food, friends, full tummies, and most of all, God! This board book presents parents with an adorable and simple way to teach their children about giving thanks.

With sweet rhyming verse, lots of fun images to count, and warm, charming artwork, this book will surely be a favorite every holiday season!