Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Book Review: Secrets Kids Know

I promised a few book reviews, where does the time go???

I received a copy of Secrets Kids Know... That Adults Ought to Learn  by Allen Klein for free in exchange for a honest review of the book. It is always a pleasure to receive a new book.  Review books get special priority in my limited reading alone time, so I enjoy the privilege of doing so!

Allen Klein is a self-professed "Joyologist" whose mission is to spread joy and teach others to do the same.  I can honestly say, his genuine happiness, and love for making others smile can be felt as one reads the book.

This simple to read, though thought provoking book, will touch your heart and inspire you to examine your own life.  Remember the joke book giveaway?  How many times does a 4 year old laugh in a day? 400 times is the answer. On the other hand, 40 year olds laugh about 4--maybe!

There are strains and responsibilities, for sure. However, we are called to be like little children. To view God's world with innocent joy and wonder.  How sad it is that we lose that so readily!

Klein's book is part information, part inspiration, and part how to get your childlike mindset back.  In the seriousness of living in the "real world" we adult forget that it is the same world that wowed us as children and left us rolling on the floor in laughter.

This book was a pleasure to read and is so nicely laid out. The format aids us busy, serious adults with too many "important tasks' on our docket to easily read a chapter here and there and learn from a master of joy, Allen Klein. At the end of each chapter is a section of tips and tricks so the reader can learn to "Grow Down."  Tired of trying to grow up?  Wish you hadn't been in such a rush to be a "grown up"?  This book is for you!

I am thankful to have been given this book and fully intend to read it a second time!  When life is seemingly difficult and the carefree days of childhood too distant of a vague memory, this book was a breath of fresh air!  I needed this and truly need to sit down and try Mr. Klein's method to recapture my joy!  Thank you, Allen Klein, for the privilege of discovering this sweet and honest little book.

Need a nice little stocking stuffer that will keep giving through out the year?  Pick up a copy of Secrets Kids Know--the Adults Ought to Learn by Allen Klein!  {Speaking of Christmas shopping, please remember to check out the Mom Shop Hop and buy from some hard working moms this year!}

How do you keep your childlike ways?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Mom Shop Hop--A Holiday Shopping Guide

Welcome to the first ever Mom Shop Hop.  Each of these shops is run by a hard working mom.  Please check out some very special gift ideas and share this post with your friends. Remember, sharing is caring. So give these special mamas some love! Linking up with Kelly, another hard working mama for Seven Quick Take Friday--There are kind of #7QT here! :) 

 Agnes & Dora with Amanda and Meleah
 "Agnes & Dora is clothing for everyBody. It's clothing for wives and moms, sisters and daughters, for the woman that's constantly busy running from one thing to the next, for the woman that wants to be comfortable in her clothes - and who would like to look cute, too. We fell in love with Agnes & Dora. We love the styles, we love the fit, we love the prints, and we love the quality. These are clothes we actually get excited about! We took the plunge to become reps so we could share these clothes with you. We're here for you! Just let us know what you need."

It's a struggle any mom of boys is familiar with-- walking into a clothing store and being surrounded by adorable prints, fashionable colors, and a variety of textures, themes, and styles. Then walking across the store to the single aisle dedicated to boy clothes in an assortment of neutrals and the same repeated themes.

Determined that her son could look cute and masculine, Michelle began making her own clothes for her toddler, and made by michelle was born.

Any of these unique, quality designs are suitable for little boys or girls--classy enough for family or holiday photos, yet comfortable and durable enough for playing outdoors.

Now featuring Thanksgiving and Christmas shirts, as well as our popular sibling shirts!
For the month of November, use coupon code GOBBLEGOBBLE for free shipping on any order!

Hi! I am Karrie, a wife, a homeschooling mom of 3 kiddos, and a mompreneur running my own essential oils business. Are you looking for natural alternatives for your family? Cleaning supplies without toxic chemicals? Would you like to sleep soundly and have lots of energy? I do and that is how I came to doTERRA. Since having kids, 2 with nut and environmental allergies, I have been working on creating a healthier household. After reading and learning about all the things that have caused the increase of allergies in our children, I am convinced that getting back to the basics of food and cleaning products are just a part of what we can do to protect our kids from the variety of things they are bombarded with on a daily basis, not to mention all the germs! Plus with the rising costs of healthcare I am confident when I go to my medicine cabinet that I am getting top quality essential oils than can help my family naturally rather than the antibiotics and drugs doctors hand out like candy. I would love to help you discover all the wonderful benefits of essential oils. They have done wonders for my family and I am sure you will love them too. You can visit my website at www.oils.karriemarie.com for the latest specials and blog posts. 

As holiday season approaches, doTERRA offers some unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list. doTERRA introduces 2 holiday blends sure to purify the air and tantilize your senses with the inviting fragrances of the season. A slim and sophisticated clutch with the Beautiful Captivating Blend rollerball touch for yourself when you want to feel BE-YOU-TIFUL. For the new mom this holiday season, an adorable Whale diffuser for the baby's room or the new Kumo diffuser for any women who wants to relax and unwind during the hectic holiday season. There's something for everyone. To shop, go directly to https://www.mydoterra.com/karriemarie

I am Anne from Kidderbug Kreations where I sew and embroider gifts for all ages.  All of my items are handcrafted with love so you can give the perfect gift for your loved one. My goal is to provide people quality items that are useful and beautiful at the same time and make gift giving easy and fun.  You can find helpful information on healthy living, happy gifting at www.facebook.com/kidderbugkreations/ or www.instagram.com/kidderbugkreations/ and join my Facebook group at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/129339737402286/



Ashleigh Simons Designs provides high-quality, reusable planner stencils.  In recent  years, planners have become a trendy way of both organizing your appointments, events and to-do lists and a creative way to document your everyday life.  Stencils offered by Ashleigh Simons Designs are an affordable way to add embellishments or productivity elements to almost any planner. More information can be found at www.ashleighsimonsdesigns.com

Elayne at Annunciation Designs creates Catholic cards and goods with hand-lettered designs. Find beautiful greeting cards for Sacraments and sweet notes, Catholic baby swaddles, toddler graphic t-shirts, necklaces, and more! annunciationdesigns.etsy.com, annunciationdesigns.peterssquare.com, facebook.com/annunciationdesigns, and instagram.com/annunciationdesigns.


Hi! My name is Anita and I'm a Premier Designs Accessory Stylist. Premier Designs is a christian company and people are the heart of what we do. The jewelry is handmade made in the USA and all backed by an incredible golden guarantee. Support of my business supports my family, specifically my 10 month old baby boy. I can thank you enough for taking a look at my website. Please let me know how I can serve you! Contact me and mention Mom Shop Hop for a special, secret discount!

My name is Aleesa and there is this sweet little shop called SaongJai {sounds like= song jeye} that I run. It means two hearts in Thai and called that name for the two hearts of Jesus and Mary also because my sister and I love to make rosaries together and that is how this handmade Catholic goods shop all started out. I love to illustrate super cute little saints and make printables and rosaries with the images. The cute custom saint rosary sets can be ordered for ANY saint! Use discount code SAVE20 for 20% off.

Aurelius Cabrini is the little gift shop connected to Veils and Vocations blog.  A Catholic shop for faith and fun, our goal is to provide high quality, reasonably priced, handcrafted items to enrich your life and home.  Aurelius Cabrini specializes in vocation peg dolls, vintage handkerchief baby bonnets, baby corsages and boutonnieres, printable stationary, and handmade rosaries.  We are currently growing our chapel veil collection, specializing in starter veils as well as veils for toddlers and young girls. Custom orders are always welcome. We have shops on Facebook, Peter's Square, Catholic Mommy Blogs, and Etsy.  Please join our brand new VIP customer group for discounts, updates, and secret sales.  Use coupon code: MOMHOP17 for 15% off your order.

Telos Art is a mix of art and design inspired by truth, beauty, and goodness. Here you can find liturgical calendars, hand painted jewelry, art, and design. Right now there is a BOGO offer good through December 1, buy one liturgical calendar poster get one free. Follow @telosart on Instagram or sign up for the newsletter for information on new products!

Do you have a "mom shop"?  Leave the link to you shop in the comments and then share this post!  Thanks.