Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: God Gave Us Angels


God Gave Us Angels
By Lisa Tawn Bergren
We just received this book in the mail and of course we had to read it as soon as it arrived. I will say that I am not a huge fan of this book after reading it for the first time. I do not like that they misspelled words to try to make it cutesy. When you are teaching your child how to read you do not needed added things to confuse them. The story its self was ok. I was not overly impressed with the explanation. Honestly we weren't really that overly impressed with anything that has to do with this book. We probably won't read it again as it won't become a favorite and it is definitely something we wouldn't really recommend to anyone either. We are super picky about the things we read and spend or time with so this very well may be something that someone else will love but for us it is not and we will pass the book along to another family and hopefully they'll enjoy it more than us.

I did receive this book free from the publisher for my honest review and am under no obligation to give a good review.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Non Toy Gifts

I don't know about ya'll but in our house we are acquiring way too many toys and with the holidays coming up I'm kind of cringing at the thought of adding even more to our home. Since we bought our new home our son's toys have expanded from his room into their very own room. Our third bedroom has been taken over as a toy/playroom.
This is just one view of his room. He also has those pull out drawer bins (two of them) and a lego table that we made him. His toy room is getting a bit ridiculous. I know its our fault and the fact that everyone loves him and spoils him around his birthday and holidays but we've been thinking it just can't go on like this forever. We also know we can't be the only parents who think this way and that others out there prob need ideas that are not toy related. We have also been thinking that post people don't need things and have been looking at getting our adult family members gifts that are just useless knick knacks but other things as well. Here is our list and ideas so far :)

Kids:

  • Art Supplies
  • Play Doh
  • Craft kits
  • Bath Supplies
  • Subscriptions- magazines, monthly crafts, etc. (kiwi crate, Citrus Lane, Bluum Box just to name a few of the subscription boxes out there)
  • Gardening Tools/supplies
  • Recipes & Ingredients
  • BOOKS! (one of our personal faves! LOL)
  • Clothes (these are always helpful)
  • Shoes
  • Fishing Gear
  • Games/Puzzles (great family time activities!)
  • Memberships- Zoo, museums, aquariums, etc. (this is actually on our wishlist! lol)
  • Events- movie tickets, sports events, Disney on ice, etc. (also on our wishlist)
  • Activities (gift cards to these places rock)- mini golf, bowling, skating, etc. 
  • Restaurant Gift cards- to their favorite restaurant, for ice cream, a cupcake place, etc.
  • Lessons- horse riding lessons, karate lessons, dance lessons, gymnastics, etc.
  • Items needed for lessons- like Nathan needs gear for his karate class still
  • Experiences- tickets for train rides, horse rides, hot air balloon ride,  helicopter ride, swimming with the manatees, etc. 
These are just some of the ideas we have for the kiddos so far. What are some of ya'lls ideas?!?!

Here is what we have in mind for adults:

  • BOOKS! (you're never too old for books!)
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Fishing Gear
  • Memberships
  • Event tickets
  • Activity Gift Cards
  • Restaurant Gift Cards
  • Experiences- Nascar Driving experience (my sister and I just used this as a gift), sky diving, hot air balloon ride, etc. 
  • Services- massage, mani/pedi, spa day, etc. 
  • Delivery services- flowers, cookies, chocolate covered strawberries (we love to send these!), dinner supplies (I think we're going to send out steaks to a family this year woohoo meat LOL)
Again these are just some of the ideas we have in mind :) We would love to hear your ideas!

We are also the family who likes the four gift Christmas list instead of going all out and spoiling our child with unneeded things. :)  Anyone else out there in internet land who thinks the same way?