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Monday, March 31, 2014

Unilmited Water




Greetings it is another week in eating healthy and learning to live
a new lifestyle. I wanted to talk about water this week. Before
I began my healthy lifestyle I hated drinking water. I always had
some sort of juice or sugary drink added too it. I thought I didn't
like how water tasted. That just doesn't makes sense that our bodies
would be made of water but I didn't like water. I don't think God
would do that. What I did was teach my body over years of abuse
not to like water. The first few days I thought I'd never be able to
do it. I went cold turkey and swore off  any other drink but water as
my sole source. It was hard at first. I had to force it down. I would
put it in a cup with a straw and sip on it all day long. I knew my
body needed it. I knew this was the healthy way so I pushed through.

I have recently had a diagnosis of GERD. Well I guess it's been a
year actually. GERD is when you body produces an over amount of acid
in the stomach that cause heart burn or other discomforts. Mine got so bad
that it caused my esophagus to become swollen. I had so much pain it
felt a little like a heart attack but I knew that wasn't what it was. It took
some time for it to heal. It was about a month before I was eating real food
and not liquids. In fact I found I could eat cantaloupe and ate that for
just about every meal.  So part of my healthy eating has to do with this I
needed a change but change can be hard . It took me some time to begin
really figuring things out.  Now I have to tell you once I embraced
drinking water I stopped needing medicine for GERD
and I barely even notice I have this issue anymore. I really notice
a difference when I drink a nice amount of water that day to a day I
don't drink as I should. I have a terrible habit of not drinking at all.
I will realize about 12 noon sometimes even later that I haven't had
anything to drink all day. So water and drinking has to be a thought out
thing for me. Without it I feel tired, I can have GERD attacks and
I sometimes feel hungrier. It's like my body confuses hunger for thirst.

These are all things I'm figuring out about myself as I go. Now water
can get tiring at times . I have found that adding different fruits to it
can give it a little zest once in awhile and help change things up but still
be healthy for me. Here are a few recipes I'd like to try or have tried.

Apple Cinnamon Water Recipe

Strawberry Basil Water

Raspberry Lime Water

Naturally Flavored Water

Of course there is no substitute for water. Clear and pure.
Once a day I allow myself one alternate drink. Some days
I don't drink anything but water. Other days I might have milk,
tea or a soda if we are out and about. Very rarely do I drink
soda anymore at all. That one day limit has really made a difference
in my weight loss journey course water has no
limit. It is great the way it is.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hopping Along the Easter Blog Hop- Week 1

Tots and Me
;

Spring is here, well, supposedly. I am still waiting with great
anticipation to really experience "spring." I guess it is fortunate
that Easter (or Resurrection Sunday) is later in the month this year.
Not only is there the chance that it may be warmer so we can do
our Egg Hunt outdoors, but we have more time to get ready.

We would like to welcome you to the first week of the Hopping Along
to Easter Blog Hop! What is Hopping Along to Easter? Well, it is a
weekly blog hop that will last from now through the Friday after
Easter. Each week there will be a new topic related to the celebration
of Easter. We would love for you to come back each week and check
out the current topic.  We ask that you compose a related post
answering the question, or share an old post that fits the theme.
Please include the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop Button or
a text link back to the hop, and head on over to any of the co-hosts'
blogs to link up. Your post be as long or short as you want it to be.
 We will be choosing a co-host from those who link up a relevant
post during the week.  The co-host will have the linky on their blog
for the following week.

Please take the time to visit the blogs of those who have linked up.
 Leave a comment.  Follow them.  Wish them a Happy Easter.
Don't forget to follow the hostesses.  We will gladly stop by
your blog and follow you back.

Here is this week's question:

What do you do to prepare for/get
ready for Easter?

Do you have anything special you do to prepare yourself,
your family, your home for this holiday. During Christmas
we spend a lot of time buying and wrapping presents, sending
Christmas cards, baking cookies or making candy, decorating
our homes.  What do you do to make Easter special?

We are looking forward to reading your posts, visiting your
blogs and following you.


(Please be aware that irrelevant posts, links to your main blog
instead of a specific post and giveaways will be deleted. Please only
link up posts relevant to the weekly theme. Thank you for your understanding.
)

I am having difficulty with the linky so if you would like to link
up click the graphic above to join in.

Warm
Blessings,

Nikki
Friday, March 28, 2014

Random Field Trip

 




1. Over the weekend we decided we all needed a day out. It was finally
warm so we took advantage of that taking a little trip to a local Park.
The park has a small museum for kids to touch and explore. I saw an
ad in our local homeschool group email and it said that our Nixon Park
was going to have a special Ocean day. A marine biologist would be
there and we would be able to do many activities and learn all about the
ocean. The idea of thinking of the ocean and the warm sun sounded
grand to me. 







2. Of course the old standbys are the museum were still a hit with
the little kids. I love that they can touch and explore. They had a big
tub with water and different organisms and animals inside. The kids were
allowed to dig in it gently and locate the various creatures. 






(even the big one likes puppets) 

 



3. They had various other exhibits to explore like the
X-rays below .....





and a couple of little live critters.









4. My favorite was this giant felt board. They had laminated ocean pictures
that the kids could place on it in anyway they would like. 








They took some time playing with that. 





I secretly want a giant felt board in my house. Do you think I
could add it down the hallway. (grin)







5. There were other activities as well. We were able to do some Ocean Art and
take a story walk. The story walk was awesome. We went out to one of the
trails and a book page was posted at the start. As we would walk we
would see signs like the one below and be able to read the story. This is
the last page. We made it.

 

 

 It was so nice to get out and about. I am sure we will make a trip
to Nixon Park again .


The Pebble Pond



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lego Challenge 7 Results are In !!



Lego Challenge 7 Results are in. My kids were to create a
bridge. My son age 8 didn't get into trying out the strength like I had
hoped but he did create a pretty neat bridge below.

He has the bridge there with stairs and a railing. The blue Legos represent
water , green grass and the grey rock. He placed some Lego people to
show the path . He also has a little grey trash can there by the side
entrance to the bridge. Great Job Spirit.








My daughter Sweet Pea did the little hands challenge. She
created a table for her people but then started adding "food" to
the top. So its hard to tell its a table anymore but adorable all the same.
She added a lego girl and horse to her dinner table.





If you completed the challenge this week link up with us. Otherwise
snag the next one and we will see you in April.





Now it's your turn. Link up and share your creations. We can't wait to see
what you have come up with and before you run off . Don't forget to
snag your Lego Challenge #8  Here are the details to participate.

Would you like to join us? A new challenge will be posted on the
next due date which would be April 25th .
1. Present the challenge to your kids and have them make their creation.

2. Take a photo of what they come up with and have them write a little
about their creation.

3. Create a post on your blog with their challenge and set it to live
on  April 25th  If you do not have a blog contact me in comments
and I can give you information to email it to me for your child's challenge
to appear on my blog.

4. On April 25th come back here and Link up to the challenge and find out what
The new challenge will be.

5. Include a link to my post please. :)

6. You might also want to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss
any challenges....  Lots of ways to follow me on my side bar to the right.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Chinese Art and Ocean Animals



What does Chinese Art and Ocean animals have in common
well nothing other than that is the art we created this week.



This week in our Art history we took a look at Chinese art. We
learned about artists that would paint with one color typically black.
We watched some videos on how each leaf is painted with one stroke.
So we tried our hand at making some bamboo pictures. The kids are
familiar with what bamboo looks like in real life as our neighbor used
to grow it in his back yard. They would often go over and play with stalks.

This is Spirits age 8





I tried my hand at it and then allowed Sweet Pea age 4 to paint
on it too. Sweet Pea is 4 years old.





Over the weekend we went to a local park who was having
 special Ocean weekend. A Marine biologist came out and talked
with the children. They did many activities which I'll share later this
week. The park has a mini museum attached to it. Below the kids
are working on a pair of sea turtles. They look simple enough to create.








Sweet Pea's turtle age 4







Spirits Turtle Age 8






We also did some fish printing. It was really cool to do.
They had these large rubber fish and the kids painted colors
onto them. They also had a starfish and other options.










Of course Sweet Pea did hers all in pink as usual.
Once they were done being painted the kids took a piece of
paper and gently pressed it over the top of the fish.









This is the result of both pictures below. The kids loved this
activity and I think would have made more if allowed.



 
 
 


Come and link up with us. We would love for you to join us
in sharing our weekly art.



 





Check out some of the other Bloggers co-hosting this fun
Hop each week.





Warm Blessings,

Nikki


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Daniel Plan - Book Review




The Daniel Plan 40 Days to a Healthier You

By Rick Warn
Daniel Amen
and Mark Hyman
Published by Zondervan



Book Description  : 
Revolutionize Your Health … Once and for All
During an afternoon of baptizing over 800 people, Pastor Rick Warren
realized it was time for change. He told his congregation he needed to
lose weight and asked if anyone wanted to join him. He thought maybe
200 people would sign up, instead he witnessed a movement unfold as
15,000 people lost over 260,000 pounds in the first year. With assistance
from medical and fitness experts, Pastor Rick and thousands of people
began a journey to transform their lives.
Welcome to The Daniel Plan.
Here’s the secret sauce: The Daniel Plan is designed to be done in a
supportive community relying on God’s instruction for living.
When it comes to getting healthy, two are always better than
one. Our research has revealed that people getting healthy together
lose twice as much weight as those who do it alone. God never meant
for you to go through life alone and that includes the journey to health.
Unlike the thousands of other books on the market, this book is not
about a new diet, guilt-driven gym sessions, or shame-driven fasts.
The Daniel Plan shows you how the powerful combination of
faith, fitness, food, focus, and friends will change your health
forever, transforming you in the most head-turning way
imaginably---from the inside out.




My thoughts on the Daniel Plan:

As many of my readers know I have recently been working on
living a healthy lifestyle and working to create a life plan that
works for me. At any chance I can get I have grabbed books on
the topic of healthy living and weight loss. I feel there is so much
to learn. It can be difficult to determine sometimes what works
for me. I am learning from trial and error.

The Daniel plan promotes Clean Eating which is something
I have already been doing. The book talks about how food is
medicine for your body, which I have truly come to believe.
I cringe at the thought of all the fatty , processed foods and
chemicals I put into my body over the years. A good rule of
thumb to use is if you can't read the ingredients or if there
are more than three then it's probably not good for you. You
want to eat Real Whole foods. Over time your body will
tell you want it wants and doesn't want. I have been eating
mostly clean now for about 3 months and I can tell you when
I don't eat clean or veer off from my food plan then I feel
literally sick. That is proof that my body is rejecting these
chemicals. Before it accepted it as what it was but now
it knows that this is the good stuff and it refuses to except
the bad anymore. The Daniel plan did clear a few things up
for me such as the specific fats I should avoid and also
the types of oils to use. There were some I wasn't sure about.


Another thing the book suggests that I already find I do is to
work on your weight loss within a group. It says to "use the
body of Christ as your support. "  I belong to several online
groups and one in particular has become a great support to me.

Now I did pick up other things from the book that were really
useful to me. I like they way that it is suggested to set goals for
yourself. Yes I have long term goals and each time I complete a
goal I reward myself . However it is suggested here that you choose
one word for the week. Then work on that word for that week and
then the following week choose another. My word for the week
might seem odd but for this week it is REST. It has been a stressful
week or so and I feel I need to focus on giving my body the sleep
it needs. So my focus this week is making sure I get to bed on time
and getting that time to refresh each day. I really like the weekly
goal . I think it helps at least to move forward on the thing I
want to work on the most that week. It could be endurance,
strength, accountability, water and so on.

The other idea I really like is the spin on exercise. Exercise can
feel like a chore. Something else to add to your to do list. The
Daniel plan encourages you to think of fitness like a kid. To think
of it as play. They use the letters from play as an acronym .

P- Prayerful movement
L- Loosening breaks
A- Active games
Y- youthful strength training.

You can read more from the book to find out what each of these mean.
In reality I sit a lot with homeschooling and writing online.
When I read that for every 3-4 hours sitting it's like smoking a
pack of cigarettes a day, well Ouch. I sure don't want that. I like the
idea of taking stretching breaks and prayerful movements during the
day. An active way to talk to God. I think I can implement this with
my kids as well who also spend a lot of time sitting and reading .

I feel that the Daniel plan is a good place to start if you are just
starting out in your healthy lifestyle or even if you are just seeking
more information on this new way of living. Ultimately no book is
going to be able to do this for you. You are going to have to do the hard
work. It can give you instructions but it's really all about You.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki













Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free
from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review
bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.
The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this
in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,
Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and
Testimonials in Advertising.”
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Using Pinterest to Plan...

Homeschooling with Pinterest



I started using Pinterest some time ago. Most people use their pinterest
page to gather pictures of ideas they would like to some day use. They
use it to collect pretty pictures of various colors, outfits they might like
to buy or home improvements that they may one day do or perhaps just
to dream about what life could "look like" for them. I use pinterest as
a place I can archive ideas I can use in our homeschool. At the
moment I have 296 boards and the  majority of those boards are for
educating my kids and for helping me to make a plan for their education.


Nikki's Pinterest


Let me tell you first how it is organized. At the top right now of
my Page you will find Easter Activities. Then right away I  begin with
Toddler ideas, into Preschool which then goes into ABC themed ideas.
These themed ideas can be used with varying ages. I like to use these
when we want to work in a unit study of some kind or if we are doing a
literature based activity say on Apples. Then I might use the apple theme
to find other ideas to do along with our story books for that week. These
themes are great fun for the kids and many times the older kids jump in on
them as well. I made sure when creating boards that I was pretty specific so
I wouldn't have to wade through a lot of things I didn't need when looking
up a particular unit or theme. Below is an example of only a few of the boards
that  begin in ABC order. There are many more all the way to Z. 










After those  pages. I begin the pages for Math , Science, History and
Literature. Each Specific in content.  I did a little revision and moving around
over there so it may not look exactly like the example below but you get the
idea of the various tops that are represented. 








This is some of the Science and History Boards. After those topics
I have boards on various interests the kids might have. Like arts,
Music and wire sculpture to name a few. 






Of course pinterest wouldn't be pinterest if I didn't use some of the space for me.
So,  I go into resources that will help me homeschool, Activities for the various
 Seasons, Holidays, Recipes, there are a few there on cleaning and home
management. All things that homeschooling Mommas need.   This is an
example of some homeschool helps and then going into seasonal activities. 





As I move to the end of my pinterest I have bible study materials for
the kids and for myself. Then some group boards I share with other
people to end the fun.

Now how does all this pinning help me. Well , I have been
homeschooling for awhile and I come across many great resources.
It can be hard to catalog them and save them when you need them. I
might see something for a native American study but it is no use keeping
it now since we won't be using that for another 2 years. Most of the time
those resources were wasted because even if I did save them to my computer
often times I'd forget that I even had them. Pinterest has made saving those
things for a later time much easier to index.


When I am ready to plan my lessons. I will open the boards that might be
helpful to me. Sometimes that might be one board such as Native American
Study and other times I might open  more than one. Say I'm doing a lesson
on plant life. I can open Strawberry board, Dandelions, Nature Study, Farm,
Trees, and perhaps Biology. Maybe even Pond or even Art if I want to draw
some plant life. It can broaden from there from the kids interests.

Once I have my ideas then I begin clicking the links to the topics that seem
to fit our study. If they do not fit I move on and if they do I add them to
our weekly plan. Many times there are free downloads. I will print those
and then add them to our weekly file. It has made planning so much easier.

If for some reason I can't find a particular topic or can't find anything that
will fit. I can type in the search engine of pinterest and it will share
many more picture links to the various topic that I may be needing.

That is how I use my pinterest. I use it as an index for saving many of
those great ideas. If you want to learn more about how others
 Homeschool with Pinterest. Click on the link provided.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki





6 Goal Soccer



It's been awhile since I posted a new game for Healthy Me.
I used to work at our local before and after care program and
was introduced to many physical education type of activities. I
wanted to use Healthy me as a place to record them and later
print out so that I can keep a list of those game ideas. As well
as a place to record our health lessons. Today's game is called...


Game: 6 Goal Soccer

Number of players- You must have at least 12 kids playing.
If you have less kids you can play with less goals.


Materials needed: Something to indicate goals if you don't have
them. A good thing to use for this exercise for goals is cones to
mark the spaces. Each side will have three goals. You can move them
around to various areas if you like or if you have more kids playing you
can add more goals. You will divide your playing area in half and
then you will set up the goals. Don't space your cones to far apart a
very small goal is in order for this exercise. Perhaps about a foot wide.
 You will also need 3 soccer balls for each team. Six balls
altogether. You can use more or less.

How to Play: Each team will have 6 players on it.
Three of the players will guard the three goals on their
side of the field. Those goalies will count how many balls sneak
through their goals. The game does not stop if a goal is made.
 Each team will have three players running and kicking to get balls into the
goals on the opposing teams side. If they get a goal the goalie can leave
their goal and toss the ball to the other side, however it can be a risk
if your goal is unguarded as another opponent may be able to get a goal
off of you too. No one is assigned to any particular goal you can score
in any on the opposing team. The game ends after a certain time
deemed by the adult. The winning team has scored the most goals
and you can switch places and play again.


This is a fun way to get all kids involved and playing.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Nutrition Monday





Welcome to Nutrition Monday. If you know me in real time then
you might know that I am working on losing weight and beginning to
make healthy lifestyle changes. It has not been an easy road so far
but I keep learning new things every day. Most of my life I have put
myself last. I was under the belief that God wanted me to be a servant
and He does want that but He also wants me to take care of the body
He gave to me. This is a hard concept for moms to come to sometimes.
We are the nurturers and generally caretakers. We push ourselves to the
back and take care of everyone else. What I have realized is that if I
don't care for myself then I can't be the best for those that need me the
most. So , I wanted to share myself with you and my journey. Each
Monday I will share a lesson learned or my emotions in this journey.
Monday will be about ME.

To begin with I wanted to tell you about my beginning a little.
I didn't start out in life as overweight. In fact I started out pretty
skinny. My mom often says that she could put her one hand around
my bony leg. That may be so but there was an insecurity in me that I
am not sure where it came from. I didn't trust myself or my abilities in
anything I did. I was shy and I felt like nothing I did was good enough.
I felt like I had to do everything perfectly or not at all. At first I tried so
hard for that perfection but as you can imagine perfection isn't possible.
Over time those emotions really took over me and placed me in the spot
I am in today. I don't blame anyone for the choices I have made. I made
them myself . It has taken me a long time to feel ready, ready to accept
who I am inside and accept that I can't be perfect in any one persons
eye or even my own.  I feel like suddenly I woke up and here I am
not recognizing me. I'm ready to make the changes in my life now but I
am so used to living this old lifestyle that I had no idea how to change.
It all seems simple enough doesn't it but if you don't know then you
can't change. I have a lot to learn. The more I soak in and read the
better I can do for me.

And so here I am, Ready and willing . I wanted to create a statement for
my journey that reflects me and what I am going through. I think it might
help to keep my  mind motivated because this road isn't going to be
easy or even be able to ever end. It's a lifestyle change that works for me.


"I will love myself enough to live healthy and fight for the right
of imperfection. I will keep my eyes focused on my goal because
tomorrow would be another day wasted"

No more I'm start tomorrow. It all starts now and his moment forward.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Virtual Refrigerator- Art History


This week my son age 14 created this drawing of Notre Dome.
He has in the past studied the building and decided to draw it
for his architecture project.


 




My  8 year old has been studying Ancient Chinese art.
We looked at various symbols of Chinese art and learned
that the dragon art comes from various animals. He is a symbol
for power and strength and so emperors often wanted to have that
as their symbol. Usually those dragons had five claws, Nobles
wore dragons with four claws and commoners could wear 3 clawed
dragons. My son created this garment. It is his attempt at a Chinese
dress. He was to create his symbol and he choose his own style of
dragon. We did a crayon resist. I was going to have him cut out the
garment but we never got there.







Sweet Pea (4)  tried to make this crayon resist too. She drew shapes
with blue crayon and then did a purple wash.





 

Come and link up with us. We would love for you to join us
in sharing our weekly art.



 

Check out some of the other Bloggers co-hosting this fun
Hop each week.






Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Star Chronicles Giveaway ($275 Value)

 
 


On March 31 the bible based Study of the 12 Constellations
will be released. I am in the process of reviewing it right now.
My kids are enjoying a different God given perspective of the stars.
written by Dawnita Fogelman. It  comes with coloring pages for the little
ones and notebooking for the older kids. It's a study that all the ages of
your children will enjoy! Come back to learn more at the end of March.
 

star chronicles giveaway  


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Star Chronicles Giveaway

To celebrate the upcoming release of Star Chronicles, I am excited to be
joining the Star Chronicles Launch Team in sharing this fantastic giveaway,
a perfect compliment to the Star Chronicles study and just plain fun
for your homeschool! 

Here's what you can win: 

Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars (paperback) $20

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope, sponsored by the following blogs:
Ben and Me, Our Simple Kinda Life, Tots and Me,
Marriage, Motherhood and Missions, Acorn Hill Academy,
Family, Faith and Fridays, Our Homeschool Studio, As He Leads Is Joy,
Angels of Heart, My So-Called Homeschool Life,
Best Homeschool Academy by Mom to 3+2 Adopted Sibs,
There Will Be a $5 Charge for Whining, Life Off the Paved Road

 $60 Astronomy and Space Unit Study and Lapbook +

$30 gift certificate from A Journey Through Learning

 $42.50 Nature Study Bundle from Shining Dawn Books,
including: Captivating Clouds, Remarkable Rain,
and Flying Creatures of the Night

$27 Moonfinder by Jay Ryan

$15 31 Organizing Utility Tote  in Sea Plaid

 $30 DVD Collection from 2 Kingdoms/Cathy Friedlander,
including Seed Messiah, He Calleth Them All by Their Names,
I Want to Explore, Raton Pass Hummingbirds,
But Ask Now the Beasts, and Tzon El: Our Zionist Dream $80


A total value of $275!

Enter to win!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. Residents of the U. S. and
Canada (excluding Quebec), age 18 and older only. See Rafflecopter
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Good Luck,

Warm Blessings,
Nikki
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dear Readers...

 

Dear Readers,                                                                                 
 

I'm sick again. It has been the worst winter for me . I tend not to
get sick very often but this year. Oh my I have had everything. At
least it feels like everything. Just when I dig myself out of feeling
a mess with household duties, kids , lessons and church activities
well it happens again. I find myself  in the same situation.I'm slightly
confused by that since I have been eating healthy. I have been
exercising and losing weight and yet my immune system seems
to be out on vacation. Maybe I need a multivitamin but I'm not even
sure where to start with that. Any suggestion on resources would
really help. There is so much going on in our household right now.


Yesterday we went to BJ's wholesale. I am awe. It can be so expensive
to buy food for a family of 6. I really am loving the bulk items. Usually
if we buy a box of popsicles for example then each family member gets
one. As you can imagine this can add up. Buying in bulk is exciting to
me. I can now provide more for my family at a better price. It really
makes sense for us. I wish I had joined  sooner. You can check at
BJ's for a store near you.

We also ran yesterday to look for a sofa. A new to us one. We looked at
new ones but I just couldn't fit it into the budget right now.  I searched
around and we found one that would work. Princess sat on the old one
 it and  went right down in the middle with her feet wiggling in the air. It
was a funny site for sure. Poor kid. This morning the trash pick up took
the sofa and next week they will take the love seat. We are allowed one
big pick up per week.

There is so much I could chat about but starting to feel like I need
a rest again. So I'll sign off her but wanted to send you a little
chat note so you know that I'm thinking of my little blog.


Hope all are well.

Nikki
Friday, March 14, 2014

Egglo Entertainment Products - Review



Each year our church sponsors an annual egg hunt for our community
and church family. This event has generated quite a crowd for our
small town and I have been the coordinator for the last Oh my
7 years or more. I open the church for crafts and games an hour before
the hunt so we can minister to the children and then we hunt for eggs.
I had never heard of Egglo Eggs before or Egglo Entertainment. It is
an Egg Hunt program designed to keep Jesus  the focus of Easter. Now
we have always kept Jesus our focus with the activities but the hunt that
was a difficult one to keep about His love and light....





I decided to try this one out with my  family first to see if I
thought it could be used with our group of children. I received
for review purposes from Egglo Entertainment these products.


Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs - $9.99
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure  (storybook) -$9.99
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book audio download)-$2.99
Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls- $4.29
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide- 14:99


This product is for children approximately 4-13 years of age.
My children using this program are ages 4, 8, and 14. 




The Egg-cellent Adventure Storybook and
Audio Download

About the book:



Our story starts out in the home of a family just like ours, with messes
and children running around. The family is together preparing for their
Easter celebration. Hardy, Anastasia, dog Zeke and their cousin, Pascal are
so excited for the egg hunt that evening and can hardly wait till the event
occurs. Mom explains to the children that they will have to wait and she tells
them all about the Glowing egg hunt that will take place. Mom wants to tell
her kids more about Jesus but they are just to anxious and excited about the
eggs. So she sends them to the attic to find a board game. While they are in
the attic their adventure and scavenger hunt begins. They come across a
treasure chest and a colorful glowing egg. As they touch the egg out appears
two scrolls. One of the scrolls has a bible verse for them to ponder on
their journey and the  other one gives them a clue as to the destination that
they may be exploring. Before they know it they are exploring places such as
the pyramids in Egypt, Easter Island, and an under sea adventure. They
cross a scary rope bridge and run from volcanic lava from an active
volcano. As the children go on their adventure each of the scrolls
help them work through the next situation and teach them a lesson
 from the bible . A lesson they can use to improve their character. Their
treasure hunt finally ends at the cross of Jesus and with this bible verse.

"In Him was life and the life was the light of men.
In light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.


John 1:4-5

The children realize that what they were seeking all along was the
treasure that is not of this world, The love and life of Jesus Christ.




How we used the storybook:


My children gathered around the sofa and my oldest son Superboy
read the story to the little ones. They love to be with their brother while
he reads to them. Later on another day they sat and listened to the audio.
Sweet Pea (4) had a hard time following the story and really understanding
the verses but I do think it is always good for little ones to hear them. One
day it will make sense to them and the pieces will come together. 







The Egg-cellent Adventure Program Guide


The program Guide is a 60 page curriculum for your Glow in the Dark
Easter Event. This guide will help your family or your church prepare for
your activities or event. The guide contains coloring pages, bible verse scrolls,
snacks, discussion cards, invitations, and various other activities. The guide
gives you step by step instructions for setting up your event. Now as I told
you before I have been doing egg hunts for several years. Typically I don't
decorate a whole lot. In the past we would do some streamers in the door way
and a few spring flowers around the gym area where our activities take place.
I really liked the printable eggs. I can print those out and tape them on the
walls around the room. There are also blank ones that the children can create
their own art on paper eggs. Now there are plenty of other options out
there that have to do with glowing. It's a little late this year to set up a
 glow event for us.  For snack every year I bake sugar cookies and allow
the children to decorate them. I was happy to see some
different snack options.



Our Snack at home:

 We decided to try the light of the world snack. Now we were supposed to
have pretzels but we forgot that part. The kids didn't care at all. They
dipped their marshmallows in and created fork torches. We then
discussed what it means for Jesus to be the light of our worlds. It is also
suggested to add sprinkles but the kids choose not to use them.




More on The Program Guide 


The guide gives you ideas for the opening program and devotional.
There is an object lesson, game ideas and questions written for you
to ask the children. Get them thinking about the real meaning of Easter.
After those section you have pages and pages of printable that you
can use for your activities. Many ideas there that you can do with your kids.










Glow in the Dark Eggs and Treasure Scrolls


For your $9.99 you receive a box of 12 Glow in the dark eggs.
The eggs come in a nice little cardboard box which I found nice
for storing. They come in blue, pink, green and yellow. Each
egg has a cross on the front of them.  Now your eggs don't come
glowing you have to charge them yourself . They will
charge in various lights but the best light source was the sun. The
eggs seemed to glow longer after exposure to the natural light. We
tried at first to put them under the lamp light but the glow ended before
our egg hunt was through. We had rain that particular day. I tried using
black light too but our black light is a bulb and not the long lights so it
was difficult to activate all of the eggs. I don't have as fancy of a digital
camera so I was unable to take a photo of the glowing eggs but lucky
I was able to obtain one through the crew so you can see what the
glowing eggs look like.






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Treasure Scrolls


The treasure Scrolls come in a package of 12. The scrolls fit nicely
into the egglo eggs. There are also paper scrolls with in the program
guide. The scrolls are based on these verses 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,
Deuteronomy 6:5, proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 5:16 and 28:20, John 1:4, 1:5,
3:16, 8:12 and 12:46. There are 12 verses in all. You can see the package
of scrolls in the photo below.








How we used the Egglo Eggs


I set up the hunt one evening . It had been raining so I charged
the eggs under regular lamp light. We have a large room that we
use for just hanging out in so this was perfect for our hunt. Since
there were 12 eggs and 3 kids participating I wanted them to be able
to find more eggs. So I placed the scrolls in the egglo eggs and then
put the stickers that came with the package and some candy in some
non glowing eggs. I had not gotten our Easter tub just yet from the
attic so we used plastic bags to gather our eggs. I turned the lights out
and had the kids locate 4 eggs each that were glowing. We stopped
there in the dark with our flashlights and read the verses trying to
remember what each one meant or what we thought they meant to
us and how we can apply them to our lives.  We sat in silent prayer
over Jesus life and resurrection. Then the light was on
and they were able to pick up the rest of the eggs.



Our prayer time there in the dark really helped us set the mood
for keeping our focus on Jesus through our activities. We also
prayed after the hunt thanking Jesus for our  gifts.






More Easter Ideas with Egglo Eggs.

I really can  see using these eggs in various other ways in
ministry. I thought of a few here.

1. Put other bible verses in the eggs and tell the story of Jesus
Resurrection or even his birth. I am sure you have seen the resurrection
eggs. We have those that tell a story with an item inside of each. You
could transfer those to the eggs with the verse to look up and then use
your bible to tell His story.



2. For younger children you could place a picture of the new
testament stories in each egg and hide one per evening for your
child to find as an opening to a story. A fun way to get them
excited. I am thinking it would be fun to do this right before bed
time . They can find their egg and then settle in for their story.
The egg can glow for them as they head off to sleep.
(This one is highlighted because its my favorite.)


3. Place one word of a bible verse into each egg. Have the children
locate the eggs and then open the eggs to find the words to the
verse. Have them try to unscramble the words  to create the bible
verse.

4. I thought it would be great to turn the eggs into fireflies.
I think it could be associated with Jesus and following his light.
When we try to catch the fireflies we look for the light just
like we look for the light of Jesus. You can simply put pipe
cleaners around the egg to create antenna and add sticker wiggle
eyes so each child could take home a firefly to remember to seek
the light of Jesus.

5. Put rice inside the eggs and use them in an evening Easter program
Shake them along with one of your songs. It would  make a
wonderful ending to the program. The kids could wear other
glow lights as well.


These are just a few I am sure I could think of more as I work
with my children learning about Christ.




Ideas not for Easter


1. Put sight words in the eggs and find them then read them.

2. Use them for some glowing activities with the Story Green Eggs
and Ham


If you would like to find more ideas for using Egglo Eggs. I created
an Egglo Egg Pinterest board. You can find that board by following
me on Pinterest. The button is on my sidebar. I have moved the Easter
boards to the top for you to easily locate.



My Thoughts

The kids really enjoyed the Egglo Experience. The activities kept
them engaged and learning about Jesus. The only thing I was unsure of
was the magic that was placed in the storybook. I also would have loved
for them to visit some places that had a biblical purpose. Overall though
the kids loved the Glowing Eggs and it created an excitement to the
activities that would keep the children engaged. I am still trying to figure
out how I could use the glow eggs with the large group of kids I have but
there is not doubt I can figure that out. I am thinking perhaps a separate
glow event would be in order. It's a little late for me to plan that big of
an event for this year but I hope to add this in next year if it's in our budget.
If nothing else we may order at least two more sets of eggs so the kids
here at home have their own dozen.

 I'm not the only one with a pinterest board  Egglo Eggs is on  Pinterest too.

You can find Egglo Entertainments at various other social media as
well Facebook , Twitter , Instagram (although it looks like they are
just beginning ), You Tube and Google +


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Warm Blessings,

Nikki
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