Previous Posts: February 2015

Nathanael Learns–Hearts

Of course I had to do an appropriate themed Nathanael Learns for Valentines Day. I saw this via KinderCrafty on YouTube Jessica has so many wonderful ideas which enhance your child’s learning experience.

You can tell straight away that she used to be a teacher but what I love is the ideas that she presents you are perfect for stay at home mums like myself, you don’t need to go out and buy specific items that you have never heard of Jessica just presents everyday items in a creative fun way for your children. Can you tell how much I love her channel!

Valentines

So obviously Nathanael at 15 months can’t weave a heart, but as this heart opens up it is perfect for him, he loves to look inside things and underneath things and its a perfect tool to talk about God’s love for us.
As Lent begins in only a few days and we approach the most visible demonstration of God’s Love, we sat and read our beloved The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones.

You could also pop some chocolates in for a gift to friends or even for Nathanael’s age a toy car would be the perfect size to fit in here. For 50p you can make two of these hearts, and I really think they are versatile to learn at home or within a group.

Let me know in the comments below what you’re up to for Valentines Day

Blogging Through The Bible Exodus 25-30

There are parts of the Bible that have me gripped, on the edge of my seat can’t wait to turn the next page to find out what happens, to see what God is going to do. There are others that I struggle to read, and a few more I quickly skim read I know its shocking right but then I do call for honesty on my blog!

That was what it was like for me for these chapters of Exodus a few years ago, I would read it, but I didn’t know how on earth it applied to a Christian in todays modern world. That was until I jouryned through Beth Moores bible study on A Woman’s Heart God’s Dwelling Place.

I could give you a synopsis but honestly I would be lifting her words from the page and that’s plagiarism plus I highly recommend that bible study for anyone wanting to go deeper in their relationship with God. Beth is able to take these detailed chapters and expound on why they are so important for any believer today.
So if your looking for more detailed explanation of why the tabernacle is so important and how it “illustrates God’s persistent desire to relate to His children” you must pick up this bible study!

Empties Part 2

Can you believe my last Empties post was back in October, you can catch up with that post hereIn a quest use up products before I purchase more and more my empties series documents me getting rid of my stash of too many products so lets dig through my rubbish!

Empties Part 2

Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream – A sample sent by Sephora, isn’t readily available in the UK
Max Factor Clump Defy False Lash Effect – Simply the best mascara in my opinion
Bioderma Anti Redness Care – Loved this moisturiser perfect for sensitive skin
Yes to Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipes – Battery Acid is more gentle than this stuff would never repurchase
Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes – Slightly better than the Carrots one but wouldn’t repurchase
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – Good but not as good as Bioderma
Garnier Eye Make Up Remover
Original Source Cranberry and Honey Daily Scrub
Bath & Body Works shower gel in Carried Away
Victoria Secret Luscious Crush Tangerine & Passion Flower Fragrance Mist
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
Dove Maximum Protection in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena

Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille scrub – loved this scent and great scrub
Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Honey Bath – the perfect indulgent bath
Rimmel Brow This Way
Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator
Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask
Clarins Multi Active Cream sample
Superdrug Dry Shampoo in Chocolate Brownie
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
– I bought this in the lightest shade and its still too dark shocking!
Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer – I again got this in the lightest shade and its still too dark!
Dior Miss Dior perfume sample
Burberry My Burberry perfume sample
Chloe Roses de Chloe perfume sample
Ellie Saab perfume sample
Hugo Boss Jour sample

Paul Smith Portrait for Women – Loved this fragrance

Nathanael Reads – 2

Welcome back to a brief overview of the books which Nathanael and I are reading through this week. This is a short but sweet post! Would love to hear what books you and your children are reading this week, let me know in the comments below!

Nate Reads 2

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones
Elmer by David McKee
It Takes Two to T’wit T’woo by Paula Knight and Guiliano Ferri
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
In the Jungle by Emily Bolam
Spot Loves His Mum by Eric Hill
Spot Loves His Dad by Eric Hill

Exodus Chapter 21

Ok a bit of a random chapter to pick for Blogging through the Bible but entertain me. I say its random, if you open up your own bible the chapter may be headed up as Hebrew Servants. In CJB it is headed as Mishpatim Hebrew word for rulings.

I don’t know about you but when I get to these Chapters of Exodus I tend to zone out, donkeys, lambs, an ox running about, what should you do if your slave wants to stay with you, it doesn’t seem to relate to me in my present day circumstances.
Till I came across this

Exodus 21-25
Although this verse concerns female slaves, some Hebrew fathers would rather have their daughter become a second wife or slave to a wealthy neighbour than someone in their own social class or a man of lower means.
I think we can gain some good principles for marriage in this verse;

Food – We are no longer living in the 1st Century where cooking was a woman’s job a man is just as capable of cooking as a woman and lets face it they tend to get more credit for it when they do a man is a chef, a woman is a cook but I will try to hold back the injustice of it all and move from the kitchen to my point. What are we feeding our husbands? What are we talking to him about? Our are conversations focused on the positive, are we encouraging him regarding his work and role as a husband? Are we grateful for how he provides for us? or are we more likely to complain and nag?

Clothing – Now we tend not to sit at a loom and create our husbands garments as they would have in times gone by but I think we can still use this principle – Are we sheltering and protecting our husbands? Do we support him socially? Are we interested in his hobbies and pursuits? Or do we openly criticize him with girlfriends and gossip about his failings exposing him to the judgement of others?
I have shared before how work colleagues thought that Luke was the “perfect” guy but that was simply because I would never share my arguments or complaints with them.

Marital Rights – According to my bible commentary this doesn’t mean sex and apparently it means “living quarters” I think the authors of my bible commentary are ultra conservative and don’t want to mention the S word. Are we available to our husbands in every sense of the word or do we reject him and put off his pursuit of us?

When I read these verses this way it really challenged me on how I am as a wife, there are aspects of this that I would score top marks, others that require improvement – (I am such a complainer!) But its all a work in progress I think 5 years married is still newly weds!