Nice or Kind?
Are you a nice person or a kind person? Is there really even a difference? Once someone said there was a stark difference between being nice and being kind. The difference had to do with the person's intention.
Here is the explanation they gave. If someone was being kind they would tell you (politely) something you didn't know about yourself but needed to know. Such as, "You have a booger on the tip of your nose." The person's interests were for your well-being not theirs.
If someone was being nice, they would tell you something to make themselves look good in your eyes. For example, they would compliment you on your outfit but really they did not like it. Their compliment to you was aimed to make themselves look good to you. It was not genuine or sincere.
Here is an article we found that goes deeper into this subject that you may find of benefit to you. We provide it as a kindness to you not because we are nice (wink wink.)
Think about it Thursday. Are you a nice person or a kind-hearted one?
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We appreciate having a doctor "in the house" to help our families get healthy and be healthy. This time around Dr. Deepa Sukumar advises us on simple food facts with some really good tips. You can connect with her at www.gracemdconnect.com.
*Buy the freshest foods available. They will have the best taste and highest nutrient (i.e., vitamin) content. Spend the most time in the produce section in the supermarket. Choose a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables for your children.
*There is little evidence that organic foods have higher nutritional quality than conventionally-produced foods. Both organic and conventional farming supply nutritious foods when selected as part of a well-balanced diet, which should be rich in fruits and vegetables.
*When choosing bread, pasta and cereals for your family, go for whole grain.
*Food like strawberries, spinach, apples, grapes, peaches, pears, potatoes, cherries, tomatoes, celery and nectarines need to be washed thoroughly before eating.
*Consider using frozen or canned fruits and vegetables as an alternative or supplement to fresh produce. These foods maintain most of their nutritional value and may also reduce pesticide exposure as compared to fresh produce.
*Avoid foods that contain more than five ingredients in the label, artificial ingredients or ingredients you cannot pronounce.
*Eat a variety of foods to ensure a balanced nutritional intake and to lessen contamination from any one source.
*Always wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with a dish brush, but do not use soap or other detergents.
*Peel fruits and vegetables before eating and throw away the outer leaves of leafy vegetables. Some nutrients and fiber may be lost when produce is peeled.
*Trim fat from meat and skin from poultry and fish because some pesticide residues are concentrated in fat.
*Make sure that apple juice and cider are pasteurized, to reduce the risk of food-borne illness such as E.Coli O157.
Dr. Sukumar is a Board Certified Pediatrician and is available via video for medical consults from the comfort of your home.
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Spoiler alert – the following is a story of redemption. Read only if you want to know and are ready for some “inside information.”
When I was 12 years old something significant happened to me that changed my life for the better. It so impacted me that it was evident to others who commented on my happy disposition. They said things like, “You always have a smile on your face...Every time we see you, you are smiling.” Funny thing is, I didn't realize there was a constant smile on my face that garnered attention. (It was a little embarrassing to be honest.)
That smile inside is still there and reflects on just about everything I do and think. You see at 12 years old I was sitting in church with my Mom. The Pastor said Jesus was standing at the door of our hearts knocking. He went on to say that if anyone wanted to open the door to their heart and let Jesus in to come down to the front of the church. I did.
The next Sunday I was baptized. Sitting in the balcony throughout the rest of the service, there was a tingling feeling all over my body – from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. It was something I had never felt before. It was as if my insides were being washed by His Spirit. This was one of the most pivotal times in my life.
The Lord asked me to share my salvation story with you. Jesus is still knocking on the doors to hearts. He is still the Lover of our souls. Nothing has changed. But when I said, “Come in Jesus,” everything changed for the better.
If you want to know more, reach out to us on our “Contact Us” page.
#happyinside #loverofsouls #redemption #church #baptized #Jesus ##angels #mystory #Hisstory #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme
Born To Shop
All the Moms who like to shop - listen in (or rather read on) because I have a tip for you no matter what part of the country you live in. If you love to shop and you love to get a bargain there is an invaluable resource you are sure to love as much as this mom does. In fact, when I give new Dads and new Moms this tip they are ever so grateful.
No matter the size of your brood, their gender, or age you will gain from this resource. There are consignment events that pop up twice a year from coast to coast. Moms like us can find bargains for our families at a fraction of the big box price. From sporting equipment, to clothes, to decor items, even including clothes and shoes for us Moms.
I stumbled upon it while pregnant with my first baby and have sought these out like a flea seeks blood or a cat seeks a lizard or my husband seeks out a cold beer after mowing the lawn. These events are that necessary when you have kids.
Don't confuse these with consignment stores. They are completely different (pretty much). Go to: https://consignmentmommies.com and type in your zip code where prompted. A list of "pop up consignment events" in your area will appear. A pop up consignment event is only around for a few days - 2, 3, or 4 days at the most. They happen in the Spring and in the Fall. Now that you know where to find them, happy shopping, ya'll!
#borntoshop #happyshopping #peaceloveshop #angels #angelbooks #booksforkids #whereisyourangel #consignmentevent #loveit #angelwatchingoverme #necessary
Around here we call the middle day of the week “Wingsday”. It has a special angelic ring to it that we like.
Something else we like around here are tips that make sense and make life less messy. This tip has made our homes more organized. Do you know how chalk sticks just seem to multiply when you have kids? We seem to have them coming out of our ears. I asked our neighbor, who has a 4-year-old, if she wanted more chalk sticks and she echoed my multiplication sentiment and gave a polite, “We're good.”
How do you keep all those chalk sticks in one organized neat space without making a mess? We have a solution for you that you probably have around your house. An empty Lysol or Clorox cleaning wipes container. When Emerald Nuts came in the green plastic container those worked really well too.
We put all the chalk in the empty containers. Then when the kids want to get them out, they open the lid and either pour out or pick out what color they want. I wrote in black sharpie on the outside of the container what the contents were, “chalk,” so there would be no confusion in the house. Clarity brings calm. Would you agree?
We hope this Wingsday tip has given you a good solution to your chalk multiplication mess. Do you have another idea for chalk? Let us know on the Contact Us page.
#wingsday #angels #tip #chalk #clarity #noconfusion #calm #kids #kidsbooks #angelbooks #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme
Need a daily dose of encouragement? It's something we all need and something we may not get enough of. But oh, encouragement does a soul so good. From a pick me up, to an adda girl, to getting focus, encouragement delivers what the doctor ordered.
We have loads of encouragement for you on our Pinterest page on the Sound Advice Board. It was encouraging for me to re-read some them day!
Here's a few for you too:
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.
No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.
It's easier to build up a child than to repair an adult. Choose your words wisely.
The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.
We aren't called to shine our own light; we are called to reflect His.
For more, including family tips and ideas, hop on over to:
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Funny Bone Friday
Yay, it's Friday! We found some funnies and fun to think abouts to jump start your weekend and share at the dinner table.
A clear conscience is usually a sign of a bad memory.
Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is it naked or homeless?
If a mime is arrested, does he have the right to remain silent?
If money doesn't grow on trees, why do banks have branches?
Why can't you hear a Pterodactyl going to the bathroom? Because the "P" is silent. (This is dedicated to all the boys reading this.)
Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.
My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine.
By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.
A day without laughter is a day wasted.
May your weekend be filled with laughter!
#funny #laughter #dinnertablefun #joke #fun #angels #angelbooksforkids #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #lol
Won't You Be Mine?
In keeping with tradition, we have an angel poem for you honoring all things love this Valentine's Day.
by Evangeline B. White
This angel on my shoulder
tells of love that knows no bounds.
He is a constant reminder
that God's love is all around.
When I'm awake or when I sleep
I know I am safe and sound.
So on this Valentine's Day
I lift my voice to say
"Thank You God for Your love always!"
#angelonmyshoulder #whereisyourangel #wherewillyourangelbe #love #valentinesday #God #always #angelbooks #booksforkids #familymoments
The Angel Mission
When you hear the word "angel" what does it conjure up in your mind or soul? Good thoughts? Uncertain thoughts? Bad memories? More than likely it evokes a positive feeling.
Let me introduce you to our vision here at Where Is Your Angel?™ We are humbled to have our book series bring hope to those facing seemingly hopeless situations and provide tender, meaningful moments for families as well. Angels inspire, give hope, and last for a lifetime.
Our message is simple: making moments more meaningful. Whether a holiday, sickness, disappointment, ordinary day or a celebration; life is better with an angel.
The first book the series teaches about identity. Not physical identity but a moral identity. Kids are learning what matters most is being known as “honorable,” “honest one,” “greatly loved,” and more. Kids are learning how to forgive one another and be kind. (A lesson adults can learn too! Have you driven down the road lately??)
So far the angels have given comfort to kids who face insurmountable loss. They have met kids in their darkest moments with comfort and love like the warm embrace of embers on a cold dreary night. Some of the stories that warm our hearts and bring tears to our eyes include girls who lost their father in a fire. Shortly after the fire that took their dad's life, the girls were read the first book by a neighbor and were introduced to the angel. They were just hugging it and getting comfort for their loss.
The grandmother of an autistic teenage girl wanted desperately to connect with her via a meaningful gift. The grandmother bought this book. Showed the girl the story and the angel. The autistic girl gave the angel the green light and said the angel could stay.
Our mission is simple: helping families (and schools) make meaningful moments that matter. That is the filter we use in whatever we do. Is this going to make it more meaningful for the kids, the families, the adults, the teachers, and the public?
Need more meaning in your life? Introduce our series of angel books into your home too. Let the message in the pages of the books linger in your heart and settle in your mind. More than just a book series. Its stories that last forever.
#angelwatchingoverme #whereisyourangel #meaning #vision #kidsbooks #angelbooksforkids #angels #schools #parents #families #moments #memories
Setting Him Up For Failure
Picture this scene and think about how you would answer the question. We are all at a live event in a room full of parents and spouses and the speaker asks us, “With a show of hands, how many of you set your kids/husband/wife up for failure?” Would you raise your hand? In all honesty, mine would have to go straight up.
Here's my confession. Just the other night I set my husband up for failure. He could even cry out, “FRAMED!” and it might be true. Even though I gave him a pep talk before asking him to do something it didn't really matter.
The short version confession goes like this. I asked my husband to go to the grocery store to get 3 items and gave him coupons for those items. The sale was expiring that day so it couldn't be put off. We were having a party the next day so my time was tied up getting the house ready. He reluctantly agreed saying he needed to get coffee any way.
He went to the store and got to the counter with items and coupons in hand. The items rung up and then he realized he changed his pants and left his wallet at home. Did I mention he got to the store 20 minutes before they closed? Somehow, someway the cashier said she would paid for his groceries. He promised to go back and repay her the next day. When he came home he had 2 bags of groceries. One bag of what he went there to buy and one bag of someone else's groceries!! (Lord, have mercy!) In the check out confusion the clerk handed him the extra bag.
This is kind of a funny story (and when my husband retells it the story is absolutely hysterical) but the message behind it is serious. I know asking my husband to go to the grocery store - especially with a coupon - is a recipe for failure. We've tried several times. Each time with almost the same result. To keep peace in the family and harmony in the grocery shopping it's best when done by me.
Knowing what someone is good at and encouraging that is better than setting the bar so high on unrealistic expectations that both parties end up frustrated and failure ensues. The same is true with kids.
As parents we have had many, many years of experience cleaning and picking up rooms. Kids are still learning. It's best to cut them some slack when they don't do it as perfect or as quick as we'd like. We can always raise the bar within reason. The health of their hearts and our relationships are more important than a spotless room (or an “easy” grocery trip).
#failure #raisethebar #groceries #coupons #kids #husbands #relationships #confession #question #sabotage #success #angels #peaceloveangels #harmony #angelbooksforkids