The Story Egg Review – Teach Kids About the Easter Story!

My family and I are Christian, so holidays like Easter take on special meaning for us as we consider the role Jesus played on Resurrection Sunday. So I was very excited to get the chance to try out The Story Egg, a book and activity that helps teach kids about Easter!

The Story Egg takes kids through each day of Holy Week, starting on Palm Sunday and leading up to Easter Sunday. The activity uses seven stacked, hand-crafted wooden nesting Eggs, each with its own corresponding story in an illustrated hardcover book. You can open an egg each day with your children or read the whole thing at once!

The Eggs cover the following days of Holy Week:

  • Palm Sunday
  • House of Prayer Monday
  • Teacher of Love Tuesday
  • Give and Take Wednesday
  • Last Supper Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Easter Sunday

Note that there is no corresponding egg for Easter Sunday – that’s because when you open the seventh egg (representing the stone that was rolled in front of the tomb), it’s empty!

We started with our daily readings last night at dinner and my kids (ages 8, 6, 4, and 3) were really interested. I can tell this is going to be a family tradition for years to come!

 

 

Interested? Check out The Story Egg’s website for more information and to order!

Microsoft’s New Game: “Sea of Thieves” Now Available + $100 Giveaway!

Microsoft just released a brand new game today called Sea of Thieves! This shared-world adventure game lets you be the pirate you’ve always dreamed of in a world of danger and discovery. Explore a vast ocean in which every sail on the horizon means a ship filled with real players who may be friends or foes. Form a crew and voyage to treasure-filled islands, face legendary creatures, and test your mettle in epic ship battles against other pirates. Doesn’t that sound exciting?!

Right now you can get this game FREE with the purchase of an Xbox One X! Or you can try your hand at getting it free by entering the Savings.com giveaway running through Friday, March 23rd HERE. By entering, you’ll have a chance to win one of ten $100 gift cards to purchase the game.

For even more action, you can RSVP for and join the #SDCSeaOfThieves Twitter party at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on Thursday, March 22nd for a chance to win $500 in gift cards!

Giveaway details: Starts Tuesday, March 20th at 12:00 am ET and runs through Friday, March 23rd at 11:59 pm ET. Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 gift card to cover the cost of purchasing Sea of Thieves. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (3/26) via the email address they used to enter. See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

Aprons for Men, Women and Kids Only $4 Each!

I am a BIG fan of Flirty Aprons and super excited to see this sale! They have the cutest designs for women and super awesome aprons for guys too. Flirty Aprons put a modern and fun spin on the apron so that you can keep yourself mess-free while baking, cooking or manning the barbecue grill and still show a bit of fashion flare. Right now Flirty Aprons is having a Spring Cleaning Sale in which you can save up to 86% off regular prices!

They’ve got items priced at just $3, $4, or $5 each including a wide variety of adorable aprons as well as kitchen tools.

Standard shipping is only a flat-rate $2.50. No coupon code is necessary to grab these deals, but they’re only good through March 21st or while supplies last so you’ll want to HURRY!

Check out Flirty Aprons HERE!

Diono Radian rXT Convertible Car Seat – The Only Car Seat You Will Ever Need!

Diono Radian rXT Convertible Car Seat Review

If you are looking for a car seat that provides exceptional safety features and can be the only car seat you will ever need, meet the Diono Radian rXT Convertible Car Seat! The Diono is a convertible car seat so it allows you to use it rear facing as well as forward facing. The weight limit is 5-40 lbs for rear facing and then up to 65 lbs for forward facing toddlers.

But it doesn’t stop there, it then can be transformed into a booster seat that can hold up to 120 lbs. It is a 3-in-1-design that all parents can appreciate. You invest in one seat and it works the entire time your child neats extra safety when they travel!

Diono radian rXT car seat plum

For my husband and I, we are always on the hunt for a car seat that provides top-notch safety features. We want to make sure that our little boy is protected everywhere we go, as much as he can be. What I love about the Diono brand is this seat is made from steel for extra safety, and the integrated steel frame is wrapped in a thick engineered plastic that can withstand a severe crash force. It also has reinforced sidewalls, which adds even more protection, and is surrounded by EPS foam to really add that extra layer of protection. If you are on the hunt for a car seat that will really provide that safety you desire, you should really consider the Diono brand!

Diono Radian rXT Car Seat

My husband installed it in our 4Runner and it fits really well. I love the height of the car seat, as it allows Clay to be able to look out and see as we travel and it keeps him safe. The sidewall on the head area is a nice layer of protection to protect his head if we were to get into an accident. It will help him getting knocked around as much.

As for comfort, this is one of the nicest car seats I have personally felt and tried out. The fabric is a nice velour with mesh so it allows it to breathe well and has a lot of cushions to give your child a nice comfy ride. You can hand or machine wash which is really nice. In case of a spill or your child gets sick you can wash it. They do recommend to line dry to help protect the shelf life of the fabric.

I highly recommend the Diono Radian rXT Car Seat! We have been using it for awhile and couldn’t be happier!

 

How Volunteering Can Make Your Family’s Easter Celebration More Meaningful

How Volunteering Can Make Your Family’s Easter Celebration More Meaningful

When your kids talk about Easter, is their focus on egg hunting and eating chocolate? Doing something charitable can bring more meaning to the day. Your whole family can enjoy celebrating Easter in an alternative manner this year and reap the benefits of doing good things.

Why volunteering is good.

Many people recognize the benefits to others when it comes to volunteering. However, doing things outside of yourselves can benefit your whole family. As Create the Good explains, working to help a charity encourages family members to refocus on what is important in life. It brings you together for a common cause and demonstrates to your children what their priorities should be. If your little ones are very young, you might even invite an aging relative to help with childcare, which provides an opportunity for your senior loved one to contribute while enjoying family time. The more, the merrier!

Age appropriate.

Some organizations restrict volunteers by age. For those youngsters who can’t participate in the regular volunteer work, ask if there are other options. If nothing else, they can still do something charitable by donating toys or clothing to an organization. Allow your child to help with the selection and dropping off the items.

Communicate.

When deciding what charity to help and what activity to participate in, talk with your family members to find out what interests everyone. Ask each member what feels worthwhile and choose an activity that fits for you all. GreatSchools recommends discussing whether an outdoor project is preferable, such as cleaning up a nature preserve, or if everyone prefers to stay inside, such as volunteering at a local museum. If there are competing interests, call organizations to explore needs to help in your decision, and whatever is skipped this time is an option for your next volunteer commitment.

Volunteer Hands

Volunteering Ideas!

Here are some suggestions for your charity-oriented, family-friendly Easter celebration.

Animal shelters and rescues.

Many rescues and animal shelters work very hard to try to provide animals with homes and better lives, and oftentimes they need assistance. Many children enjoy interacting with animals, so this type of volunteering is a natural fit. On-site volunteer opportunities at animal shelters are widely varied, from walking pets, to cleaning kennels, to sorting donations. Typically, there are off-site options, too. Some rescue groups and shelters need help with designing promotional materials, organizing events, or just making phone calls. Ask what the opportunities are to find a niche your family can meet.

Nursing homes.

Elderly people love children, and children love grandmas and grandpas, so nursing homes are a natural choice when you’re looking for family-friendly volunteer opportunities. Remember some nursing home residents don’t receive visitors, so it’s a great outreach to seniors in need. Your children can play games with seniors, sing songs, or just enjoy chatting with them.

Food pantries and soup kitchens.

Serving meals to those less fortunate is a terrific reminder to those blessed with an abundance. Smaller children may be better off shopping for donations to a food pantry instead of serving at a soup kitchen, but both options provide plenty of teachable moments. Take opportunities to explain about hunger, homelessness, and doing without. If you don’t know where to find a local food bank, check online or reach out to local authorities.

Local libraries, parks, and museums.

These nonprofit organizations typically have more work than workers, even if they are government funded. Children can stack books in libraries, pick up trash at local parks, or help with behind-the-scenes work for museums such as filing or sorting. Ask at individual organizations for what opportunities are available.

Celebrate Easter together!

Make Easter an event that isn’t just centered around eggs and candy. Look for opportunities to do something together that benefits your community. A charitable act is a terrific alternative

How Volunteering Can Make Your Family’s Easter Celebration More Meaningful