The Daily Dash: April 17, 2014 feat. FamilyLife Resurrection Eggs

On today’s episode of The Daily Dash, I featured the 20th Anniversary Edition of FamilyLife’s Resurrection Eggs:


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While I’ve known about Resurrection Eggs for years, I’ve never incorporated them into our family’s Easter routine until now!

While I wish I would have started earlier in the days leading up to Good Friday, our travel plans simply didn’t allow it this year.

However, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy and learn from the lessons packed into this age-appropriate tool.

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To learn more about and purchase Resurrection Eggs for your family, you can visit the FamilyLife website.

As you know, our family is HUGE fans of the ministry of FamilyLife, participating in everything from their Weekend to Remember marriage weekends to their Love Like You Mean It Marriage Cruise.

While FamilyLife did send me a set of the Resurrection Eggs to experience with my family, I was not compensated or coaxed in any way to write this post, nor are there any affiliate links. I just wanted to share a fantastic resource for parents wondering how to share the Easter story in a more tangible way with their kids!

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What Goes Unnoticed…

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I’ll be the first to admit; I’m not a stellar homemaker.

But I should get an A for effort.

Perhaps if I spent as much time cleaning as I do inventing ways to clean (not to mention spreadsheets & systems for keeping track of cleaning), my home would be better off.

But alas, such is not the case.

Yet something struck me today: No-one really notices when the house is clean, but they sure do make a stink when the house is dirty!

Let’s face it, your expect the house to be clean. So when you see what you expect, nothing miraculous happens.

But as soon as that first spec of dust, that first stray hair or that corner pile of dirt emerges, all hell breaks loose.

Then it dawned on me: we parent in much of the same way.

We have certain expectations of our kids, and when they meet those expectations, no celebration ensues. But when our kids disappoint us, fall short of our expectations, or worse yet, deliberately disobey us, boy do we know how to hit them where it hurts.

Guilt. Shame. Disgust.

All those things we never like to admit we experience as parents, much less inflict upon our kids, yet it happens.

A mentor once told me she kept a picture of her kids as toddlers always displayed close by her phone. There’s something about our kids at that age that just brings a smile to our faces, regardless of what trouble they’d gotten into just minutes earlier. Looking at that picture before she answered her phone always put her in the right mood.

However, as our kids age, we fail to smile simply because the enter a room. In fact, more often than not, we find a reason to chastise them the minute they enter our presence. Following that logic, it should come as no surprise that so many teenagers stop wanting to hang around their parents. After all, who wants to spend time with people that overlook what we do well and choose to focus only on our faults?

Just like I need to spend more time appreciating the things I am doing well around our home rather than focusing on areas where I’m lacking, I need to apply equal effort to noticing where my kids are thriving rather than honing in on those areas where they might not be living up to my standards.

So what does all this mean?

Set standards & communicate values, but most importantly, show love. By training your eyes & ears to look for opportunities instead of disappointments, you just might be surprised at how your kids will in turn surprise you.

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Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 3 Video Journal

We’re back with our Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 3 video journal!

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In case you missed it, you’ll want to watch our Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 1 & Day 2 video journals here first.

The 2014 Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise took place February 10-14, 2014. I had the privilege of being the official blogger for this year’s cruise, which basically meant that I had the pleasure of not only experiencing all the cruise had to offer and then coming back and sharing our first hand experiences with you.

Day 3 was REMARKABLE!!! Not only did we finally make it into the sun, this girl with a broken foot actually made it into the beautiful ocean waters of Grand Turk! Booyah!

Though we planned on just staying on board and lounging by the pool while everyone else went off on excursions, the lure of the turquoise sea was too much for me. You’ll have to watch the video for proof, but it was glorious.

Oh, and did I mention I made it down the water slide too? Yes, I know, saying it was a monumental day is probably a bit of an understatement…

We were LITERALLY the last people to get back on the ship (you never want to be THOSE people, and yet it was so hard to drag me out of the water (literally & figuratively icon wink Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 3 Video Journal . Luckily, everyone around and on board was so gracious and helpful. We made it just in time for another PACKED night of sessions and activities. Here’s a glimpse into our Day 3 video journal:

Come back each day this week to see a new Family Life #LoveLikeYouMeanIt Marriage Cruise video journal.

If you already know you want to be a part of the 2015 cruise, you won’t want to wait long…

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Through March 14, you’ll find the BEST discount offered ALL YEAR on the 2015 Family Life marriage cruise. That’s right, they’re offering a Buy One Get One Half Off promo when you use the discount code MARCH. You can even save up to $1000 off their luxurious suite packages!

Head over to the Love Like You Mean It Cruise site and book now!

Get more information (& deals) on all the Family Life Marriage Events & watch ALL our daily cruise video journals.

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Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 2 Video Journal

It’s time for our Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 2 video journal!

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In case you missed it, you’ll want to watch our Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 1 video journal here first.

The 2014 Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise took place February 10-14, 2014. I had the privilege of being the official blogger for this year’s cruise, which basically meant that I had the pleasure of not only experiencing all the cruise had to offer and then coming back and sharing our first hand experiences with you.

Day 2 was a whirlwind at sea. No, not a weather whirlwind, but an experience whirlwind! My Type A personality kicked in and I wanted to take advantage of EVERYTHING!

I think the point of Family Life providing so many options for its guests is to make sure to have something for every personality. However I obviously took that to mean I can’t possibly miss one session icon wink Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 2 Video Journal

My husband was a trooper for keeping up with me and even making me go to a session I didn’t think I ‘needed’. Watch our Day 2 journal to find out exactly which session that was:

Come back each day this week to see a new Family Life #LoveLikeYouMeanIt Marriage Cruise video journal.

If you already know you want to be a part of the 2015 cruise, you won’t want to wait long…

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Through March 14, you’ll find the BEST discount offered ALL YEAR on the 2015 Family Life marriage cruise. That’s right, they’re offering a Buy One Get One Half Off promo when you use the discount code MARCH. You can even save up to $1000 off their luxurious suite packages!

Head over to the Love Like You Mean It Cruise site and book now!

Get more information (& deals) on all the Family Life Marriage Events

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Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 1 Video Journal

Going on our first Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Cruise this year, we honestly had no idea what to expect. That’s why my husband, Rick, and I will be bring you day by day video journals from their 2014 marriage cruise!

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The 2014 Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise took place February 10-14, 2014. I had the privilege of being the official blogger for this year’s cruise, which basically meant that I had the pleasure of not only experiencing all the cruise had to offer and then coming back and sharing our first hand experiences with you.

To be honest, we weren’t sure if this was going to be a vacation or a marriage seminar…but it was truly the best of both worlds. Not only did we capture all the seminars, performances & cruise activities, but Rick & I also recorded a nightly video journal. Here’s a glimpse into Day 1:

Come back each day this week to live out our Family Life #LoveLikeYouMeanIt Marriage Cruise experience right along with us!

But if you’re already convinced that you’ll want to be a part of the 2015 cruise, you won’t want to wait long…

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Starting today and running through March 14 you’ll find the BEST discount offered ALL YEAR on the 2015 Family Life marriage cruise. That’s right, they’re offering a Buy One Get One Half Off promo when you use the discount code MARCH. You can even save up to $1000 off their luxurious suite packages!

Just head over to the Love Like You Mean It Cruise site and book now!

Get more information (& deals) on all the Family Life Marriage Events

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Britton’s Mr Peabody Movie Birthday Party

We celebrated my son Britton’s 8th birthday on March 1 with a Mr Peabody Movie Birthday Party.

The new Dreamworks Animation film Mr. Peabody & Sherman doesn’t come out until March 7, 2014, but when I was offered the chance to give away 100 #MrPeabody tickets to my readers for a preview of the film on March 1, I saw a unique opportunity.
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A movie preview is to gauge interested amongst the movie’s target demographic, so what better way than to have a bunch of 2nd graders give their honest opinion? And thus, our Mr Peabody Movie birthday party was born!

Regal Green Hills Cinema offers kids’ birthday party set-ups, so before the preview we all gathered for cake and presents.

Since we couldn’t find any Mr Peabody themed cakes, we got creative with his iconic bow tie to come up with this clever cupcake cake. Don’t you just love it?!

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Even the parents enjoyed the sweet treats!

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We had plenty of time (and room) to celebrate Britton’s birthday and open presents before heading in to the theater.

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We invited all the boys from Britton’s class at school as well as some family friends, all of whom we’re so excited to get to see Mr Peabody & Sherman a week before the rest of the world.

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The reaction was unanimous – not only did the movie far exceed my expectations, but EVERYONE loved it! You’d expect that from the kiddos, but all of the parents who stayed for the movie (most of whom were dads) thought it was one of the best kids’ movies they’d seen in a long time.

I especially liked how there were equal amounts of humor directed towards both the younger and older audience members, without pandering to either demographic.

There were so many laugh-out-loud, quotable moments and the story-line never had a lull. Honestly, I can’t wait to see it again.

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The only thing missing was daddy, who’s busy on the Winter Jam Tour!

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Bottom line is that I can’t believe my baby is already 8. This sweet, funny, and loving little boy is growing up so fast. He still possesses the power to change the world with his compassion and generosity…that is, if he doesn’t get distracted by that short-term memory he inherited from his mom…

Squirrel!

Happy Birthday Britton. It’s a daily joy to be your mom and I learn so much from looking into your eyes each morning.

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Sibling Love: #SiblingLove Twitter Party on 2/25

The topic of love is not a new one for February, but how much thought do you give you sibling love?

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I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.

I essentially grew up as an only child; I have three half brothers, but they were all out of the house by the time I was two. So when it comes to mediating the relationship between my own kids, I don’t have a ton of personal experiences to draw from.

Perhaps thats why I felt the need to write The Secret of Sibling Love on Vanderbilt’s Children’s Wishing Well blog this month.

My kids are in a unique stage of life (ages 8 & 9) where they are developing their own way in life, yet still looking to me for guidance & direction. While I can share lessons on love, kindness & compassion with them, I believe there truly are unique lessons that can be taught to them when it comes to loving their sibling.

So my fellow Tommy Nelson mommies and I will be hosting a Twitter Party on exactly this topic on Tuesday, February 25 at 8pmCST/9pm EST!

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Just RSVP over on FaithGateway.com in the comments section so you can qualify for one of the many gifts we’ll be giving away during our #SiblingLove Twitter Party.

So whether you are a sibling, have siblings, or one day want to give birth to siblings, I guarantee you’re going to get something out of this family event! (And God knows we all need to learn and grow from each other, so the more voices that can contribute to this conversation, the better!)

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Family Life Marriage Cruise 2014: Pre-departure thoughts

It’s February 8, 2014 and I wanted to share some pre-departure thoughts about our Family Life Marriage Cruise before we head out to Miami on Monday:

If you’ve followed our marriage journey over the past year, then you know we’ve been walking a path neither my husband nor I could have ever imagined.

But if you also read “Why you won’t be getting a Christmas Card from us this year“, then you know we’re working hard AND walking hand in hand towards not just a healthier and happier marriage, but a THRIVING marriage.

So if you hadn’t heard, I’m thrilled to now share that my husband, Rick, and I will be attending the Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise 2014.

I honestly don’t know what to expect. While we’ve been to and served at multiple Weekend to Remember events, we’ve never taken five days away from our kids to not only go on vacation, but to also re-invest into our marriage.

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So while the Family Life Marriage Cruise 2014 will be a first for us, we also hope to take you along with us. We know many of you may have considered attending this marriage event, but really didn’t know what you’d be getting into.

Well through the power of blogging, video & social media, you’ll now get a front row seat into everything the Family Life Marriage Cruise offers, from the speakers & entertainment to the ship & its amenities.

But I need your help! Leave a comment below letting me know what you most want to know about the Family Life marriage cruise and I’ll count it a privilege to serve as your eyes and ears over the coming week.

Find out about all the Family Life Marriage Events (& the experiences we’ve had and the discounts they’ve given us to share with you!)

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Family Life Marriage Events

We have such a special place in our hearts for the Family Life marriage events.

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We attended our first Family Life Weekend to Remember right after we were married ten years ago and now we’re getting ready to attend our first Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise over Valentine’s Day 2014.

Whether you’re looking for a registration discount code or simply want more personal insights into these marriage events, I’ve gathered all our Family Life experiences into one place for exactly that reason!

Of course, as we continue to experience more events for the coming years (as I know we will!), I will continue adding those updated experiences here, as well as pass along any savings tips I can to you.

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Family Life Weekend to Remember

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Do You Make Time for Kid Dates?

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Do you make time for kid dates?

You know what I mean right? I’m talking one-on-one time with just you and one of your kids doing something THEY want to do, not just taking them along with you on an errand somewhere.

The funny thing is, when you take the time to study your children and then intentionally invest in their lives on a one-on-one basis, the return is immeasurable icon smile Do You Make Time for Kid Dates?

Making time for kid dates these days can be difficult, especially when you consider that it’s tough for moms to even go to the bathroom by ourselves.

But I’m here to plea with you to consider doing exactly that.

Sometimes I get really creative with our kids’ dates, like when I came up with an American Girl Doll Scavenger Hunt to surprise my daughter with the new Saige doll or when I planned a “Girl Mom Weekend” to Atlanta to spend time together and talk about the transition from little girl to young woman.

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Other times I keep it simple and just take my son on a picnic to his favorite tree near our home or we catch a movie and grab some ice cream afterwards (and yes, even though I love my kids, I still find a deal, take them to a matinee, or use my rewards points so it doesn’t have to break the bank).

Regardless of whether you have one child or seventeen, finding those moments to spend individual time with each child has a multiplying effect.

However you decide to spend time individually with your kids, never forget the immortal words of Nike: “Just Do It!”

Here are just a few simple ideas for your individual kid dates:

  • Take them to dinner at their favorite restaurant (even if it’s not as healthy as you’d like)
  • Learn a new hobby together
  • Get rid of all technology and spend time alone in nature together
Do you set aside time each month for special time with your kids? If so, I’d love to hear some of your kid date ideas below!

To read my full post on Making Time for Individual Kid Dates, head on over to the Wishing Well blog.

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