Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Do you like cereal?

My children sure do. A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to receive VIP coupons for General Mills cereal. For my children this is a huge treat for them as we don't normally eat cereal in the morning, but this gave me an opportunity to try something different for them. Their favorite so far is the Honey Nut Cheerios.

General Mills
announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.

Here's some info about cereal for you:

Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children´s diets.

Other cereal benefits:
  • Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children´s diets.

  • Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child´s diet today.

  • More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.

Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score
higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.

For more information about kids and cereals, please visit Cereal Health and Wellness.

Right now if you visit here you will find a $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals. If you choose to participate we will also provide you with VIP coupons for 4 boxes of General Mills cereal to help your family come together at the breakfast table every morning.

So if you are looking to change some things up...why not try a new cereal. It's the perfect time with a $1 coupon. :-D

(General Mills provided me with the coupons/free prouduct, information, and gift pack through MyBlogSpark)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Here's the Rest

I know it's been a week or so since I said I would post the rest of these. So sorry, but here you go. Here is a picture of Beloved's parents with all 8 grandchildren in the annual Christmas PJ pic. Although, Special K wasn't in hers. :-D

Then it was on to my parents house where I got to see my sister. (2 times in a month...that's a record!)

Since my Sister was in town we decided to go to the "White Princess Store" to search for Sweet E's flower girl dress. She had so much fun, but was frustrated because she couldn't take the dress home.

Grandma had fun watching and holding Special K.

Not the best smile from Sweet E, but it's still a cute picture.

The newest happening is that Sweet E cut her hair. Enough that I had to cut about 5 inches or so off. Her beautiful long hair is now gone. I know it will grow back but it hadn't been cut in over 2 years. Oh well...let's just say her scissors are no longer left in her school box. She has to ask for them. I haven't downloaded those pictures yet (the before and after). And I haven't decided yet if I want to post them or not. We will just have to wait and see I guess.

Oh, I should also add that a few nights ago we had a long, long night. We had an issue with the drains in the house and ended up having the drain water from the tub (upstairs) come pouring out of the toilet and tub in the downstairs bathroom. It them proceeded to drip down into the basement onto everything that shouldn't have gotten wet. We are praying that the issue is taken care of now. We just have to wait and see on this issue as well. Anyway, I pray that you are all having a wonderful God-filled weekend. Blessings!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

This and That

Hard to believe these pictures where taken before the holidays. With the first good snowfall Beloved and the children had some fun in the snow. This fort for example. :-D Big T loved playing in it.

Sweet E liked the fort but was busy making a stash of snowballs to store inside the fort.

Beloved did most of the work. I think he shoveled all of the snow out of the backyard to build the fort. ;-D Bless his heart, because a few days later it rained and rained. Eventually the rain won out and the fort was gone. I was hoping for more snow after all the work they did so they could add to it, but it just wasn't the case. (But we do have more snow now...they just haven't had time to build another one yet.)

Since we actually had Beloved home for a 3 day weekend (2 weeks in a row) the children took advantage of it. :-D Leg*s are a favorite with the children and the adults as well.

Then there is the matter of playing train too. The children just love it!

I have many, many more pictures to post, but it is 1 am and I need to get to bed. I stayed up because hubby had to be at work by 2 am and I wanted to see him off. So now that he has left with coffee in hand I am heading to bed. Blessings to all!

Monday, January 04, 2010

The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers

Title: The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers 2
by Carla Barnhill; illustrated by Elena Kucharik
Age range: 3-6 years old
Publisher: Tyndale
Price: $14.99 (hardcover)

(***Disclosure: Mama Buzz and reviewers, received a complimentary copy of this game and rocket for review purposes.**)

From the back of the book:

The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers 2 is full of more easy-to-understand devotions for your little one, and pairs each day's lesson with beautiful Little Blessings art. Your preschooler will join Kaitlyn, Zoe, Parker and Jack--and together they will learn to walk with God in everything they do each day!

When I received this in the mail I immediately knew how I was going to incorporate this into our daily lives. I homeschool my children and since we start off everyday with prayer I figured this would be a perfect way to have a short devotional as well. The children love the pictures and I love that the devotionals are a perfect way to start off our day.

There is a theme/title for each day with a verse from the Bible below it. For example on January 4 it's titled "Fantastic You" and the corresponding verse is Genesis 1:31, NIV. "Have you ever felt like nobody likes you? We all have days when we feel ignored or picked on or left out. But do you know who thinks you're amazing every single minute of every single day?......." And they always end with a saying like "When God looks at me, He likes what he sees."

I have used this as a springboard for short discussions with the children. It's even more rewarding when the children bring up a question later in the day pertaining to the devotional. There have also been days when a devotional seems to have been hand picked just for us that day. It's funny how God does that sometimes. :-) So, I would recommend it to a family with preschoolers to help start off the day right. :-D