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A Lesson In Confidence

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How old was your little one before they started ordering things for themselves or asking cashiers questions instead of asking you to ask the cashier a question for them?

 

Today, as we drove through a fast-food drive-thru, I decided it was time for my almost-7-year-old to order his own kid’s meal and paying for the meal himself {with my money, of course}. I didn’t tell him my plans until we pulled up to the speaker and I rolled down his window instead of mine.

 

At first, he tried to act shy and say he didn’t want to order his meal, but when he realized I wasn’t going to do it for him, he spoke up.

 

“Uhm… yes… I would like a chicken nuggets kid’s meal for a boy with yogurt and chocolate milk, please!”

 

As we pulled up to the first window to pay, the cashier had a big smile on his face and chuckled when my son told him, “My Mom is making me do this.” He gave the gentleman a $20, got his change, and even took the time to count it out to make sure he got the correct change {don’t worry, I didn’t make the people behind us wait while the soon-to-be 1st grader counted out $15+ in change}.

 

He gave the same explanation to the woman at the second window when she handed him the meal and his drink. I laughed and waved to her as she complimented my son and told him he must be a big boy to be old enough to order his own food. He gave her that “aren’t I cute”, dimple-filled smile and we were on our way.

 

I know that such a small gesture seems an odd choice for a blog post, but as we drove away, my son commented on how nervous he was when we first pulled up, but he was happy he got to get his own kid’s meal and wants to do it again next time. To me, that was such a beautiful lesson for his six-year-old self. He gained confidence in speaking to older people and it was a really nice, as a parent, to hear him practicing his manners. I’m strict on him addressing his elders as “ma’am” and “sir” and I loved being able to see him do this without having to be prompted.

 

So, how old was your child when they gained this confidence? I made sure that my son knows he is not to talk to strangers if his family is not present, but will be encouraging him to speak up from now on. I’m hoping this will shape him into a confident young man who isn’t afraid to let his voice be heard. :)

 

Gabby Homemaker

Redbox Movie Review: God’s Not Dead

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This past week brought some excellent Christian-themed movies to Redbox and I couldn’t have been more relax on Sunday with my hubby, a good movie, and a bowl of popcorn between us.

 

One of the movies we reserved from Redbox this past weekend was God’s Not Dead. Now, many of you may not have heard of this movie, but I heard about it a few months ago and have been awaiting its Redbox debut ever since.

 

The gist of the movie, God’s Not Dead, is a high school graduate starts college and one of his first professors is a self-proclaimed atheist who aims to skip over the religious portion of his course by convincing all his students to sign a piece of paper that states “God is dead”.

 

Unable to say such blasphemous things about God, new student, Josh, refuses to complete the assignment resulting in a rage-filled Professor Radisson challenging Josh to prove that God does exist and convince is fellow students that they were wrong to sign the statements. Josh is allowed only 20-minutes at the end of 3 consecutive classes to present his argument. If at the end of the 3rd class he has not convinced a majority of the students to withdrawl their claim that “God is dead”, Professor Radisson will fail him for the Christianity portion of the course which counts as 30% of his final grade.

 

God’s Not Dead is an amazing movie that I highly recommend. The challenges that Josh faces with everyone around him telling him he shouldn’t go forward challenging the professor. It really does a good job at portraying the struggles you will face when you stand up for what you believe in when everyone around you is putting you down.

 

Available now at a Redbox near you – God’s Not Dead.

 

Gabby Homemaker

VeggieTales Celery Night Fever DVD Review & Giveaway

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Have you ever sat down and really watched the “kids shows” that are on television these days? It wasn’t until my son {my oldest child} gt old enough to watch TV that I realized that just because a cartoon appears to be child-friendly, doesn’t mean it is. Many are full of bad language, violence, and even sexual innuendos. Those aren’t topics any child should be exposed to, especially not my 6-year-old!

 

That distrust for cable television is why I, and many parents like me, absolutely love VeggieTales! Every VeggieTales production is family-friendly, Christianity based, and can be trusted to entertain your child without exposing them to questionable materials. Those dancing/singing vegetables teach valuable lessons in every show, movie, and song they ever appear in, as well as promote healthy lifestyles and strong relationships with God. VeggieTales shows and movies are child-themed entertainment you can feel good about letting your little one watch and listen to.

 

I’ve yet to find a VeggieTales movie that my little ones don’t like and the newest release, Celery Night Fever, is no different. Celery Night Fever features the lovable duo, Lenny and Bob, as The Groovy Brothers – a band who broke apart back in their prime and come back together 30-years-later to help save Celery Park. The general theme of the movie is FORGIVENESS and teaches a beautiful lesson of sticking by your friends.

 

VeggieTales Celery Night Fever introduces Terry Crews as “Bruce Onion”, the bad onion who plans to turn Celery Park in to a parking lot. Every song in this cute children’s movie is unbelievably catchy and sure to be stuck in your head for weeks {in a good way… if that’s possible}.

 

VeggieTales Celery Night Fever can be found on the VeggieTales website, as well as in a store near you. This adorable movie would make a great gift for any child and an excellent addition to our little ones’ Christmas list.

 

 

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I’m Back!

 

For the first time in over a month, I am finally able to get on the internet using my laptop! Being an internet junkie, it’s been a long, rough summer not being able to just grab my computer and surf the web.

 

As some of you may have noticed, I was also unable to blog. Like many bloggers in regards to their own blogs, one of the main reasons I started Gabby Homemaker is because I like having an outlet. Writing is very therapeutic for me and NOT blogging has been kind of stressful. I love being able to connect with readers and brands. I look forward to trying to products and sharing them with friends, family, and readers. Not having my usual writing platform has been driving me nuts and I am happy to inform you all that I do not plan to let that happen again any time soon :)

 

So gear up, guys! I’m going to be bringing you some great products, fun crafts, delicious recipes, and of course, some random stories of my crazy beautiful life.

 

Thanks for your patience!

 

Gabby Homemaker

New TV Series On The Hallmark Channel – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

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 Disclaimer: In exchange for this post, I got to watch an un-aired episode of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and an entry into a cool contest. Trust me, though, this didn’t alter my opinion in any way :)

 

I think you can reference The Hallmark Channel to almost anyone and they’ll know exactly what kind of movie or show you’re describing. Hallmark has built their entire image producing “wholesome”, family-friendly products, shows, and made-for-TV movies. While they are all unique in their own ways, you can be sure you’re going to be happy with what you get.

 

That being said, The Hallmark Chanel has rolled out with a new original series called “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” about 4 postal detectives who team up to deliver mail that would otherwise be deemed undeliverable. Each piece of undeliverable mail takes these unique postal detectives on a unique journey from solving crimes to reuniting lost loves.

 

One of my favorite thing about The Hallmark Channel’s new series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is that it incorporates Bible scripture in to each episode, often being referenced by the postal detectives as they work to solve their cases.

 

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” airs on The Hallmark Channel on Sundays at 8/7c.

Alone Yet Not Alone Book Review

 

Alone Yet Not Alone Book Review - Gabby Homemaker

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample to facilitate my review.  This in no way influenced my review & all opinions are 100% my own.

 

As any avid book reader will tell you, a movie is never as good as the book it was based off. Don’t get me wrong, I think many come close, but one’s mind can visualize a story way more than any camera and special-effects computer can do. That is, after all, why God gave us such amazing imaginations.

 

For this reason, I love to read the books that movies are based off. While many prefer to read the book before they see the movie, I am the opposite – I prefer to watch the movie first; or at least the preview. This allows me to better visualize the book as I read it. It’s also fun to put a famous actor’s face to each character.

 

My favorite types of books involve God and true stories of how He’s helped others through rough times. We all go through hard periods in our lives and it’s always nice to read about how God’s love can help us through anything. That’s exactly what Alone Yet Not Alone is all about.

 

Alone Yet Not Alone is the true story of one family’s struggle to survive through the French and Indian War. During the Penn’s Creek Massacre, two sisters, Barbara and Regina, are taken from their homes and cast into an unfamiliar world – an Indian tribe. Scared and misplaced, these young girls hold strong to the fact that they’re never alone because God is always with them. They trust in God and turn to him often to get them through rough and confusing times. Raised by the Indians as Indian children, Barbara and Regina continue to pray and hold on to their beliefs as they search for one another in their strange new world.

 

I don’t want to give away the ending, but I can promise you that this is a great read for everyone in the family. Alone Yet Not Alone is written for children 8 and up which is great because it allows young readers to be engaged in the story and learn about history without even realizing they’re learning!

 

The best part is that Alone Yet Not Alone has been made into a visually striking movie that will be released on June 13, 2014!! See the trailer for the movie below:

 

 

As you can see, Alone Yet Not Alone is shaping up to be an amazing movie that’s sure to captivate even non-believers. I can’t wait for it’s release!  Religious movies don’t seem to come out of Hollywood very often and this is definitely going to be one that gets people interested. I really like that’s its based on a true story and provides a little bit of a history lesson all in one movie.

 

Good news!  I’ve been given the green light to offer one lucky reader their very own copy of Alone Yet Not Alone!  This is one of those books that the whole family will enjoy reading and you’ll want to share with all your friends and family. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

 

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The Amazing Spider-man 2 – Coming To Theaters May 2!

 

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If you ask your little one who their favorite super hero is, they’ll probably respond with Batman, Superman, Spider-man, or someone similar. How many children would cite Jesus Christ as their favorite super hero, though?

 

Before the days of television cartoons and comic books, our Savior, Jesus Christ, was considered the ultimate super hero. He helped those in need, stood up for what’s right, and laid his life on the line for those that he loved. If you think about it, all modern day super heroes are based off Jesus Christ in one way or another.

 

John 15:12-13

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12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

 

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, or just don’t have a small child to constantly remind you, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming to theaters on May 2. In this newest installment of the ever-popular Spider-man series, we find out super hero, once again, battling villains (like The Rhino) and fighting the life-long struggle between good and evil – a battle that has been fought by many since the beginning of time.

 

Just as Spider-man must overcome his fears and fight for what is right, children often find themselves struggling to overcome these same obstacles. This makes The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie release the perfect time to talk to your little ones about how God says they can surmount such obstacles in their own lives. For help with this discussion I turned to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide. This awesome PDF is packed full of discussion topics and questions that help families make the connection between Spider-man and The Holy Bible. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide will help you and your family open the lines of communication and serve as a very useful learning tool that will surely help your little ones better understand how God would prefer them to behave.

 

In addition to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide, I have the intense pleasure of offering one lucky reader their very own The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Prize Pack which includes a t-shirt, a phone case, and a paper mask

 

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Composting: How To Feed Your Plants With The Food You’re Already Throwing Away!

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Composting is the new and improved way of fertilizing the soil. It’s easy to compost and it’s also eco-friendly. By composting, you can stay free from artificial fertilizers which reduce the nutrients in the soil. Also, you can guarantee better plant growth in your garden.

 

What To Compost

Compost can include most biodegradable garbage or trash. Some of the items you can easily compost include fruits, vegetables, egg shells, newspapers, papers, straw, hay, hair, ashes from the fireplace etc.

 

What Not To Compost

Some of the items you should not compost include walnuts, twigs, leaves, ash from coal or charcoal, dairy products, oils, fats or grease, meat, pet waste etc. Most of these items are not compost materials since they release chemicals which may destroy the nutrients in the soil. Other items such as dairy products release odors in the soil which attract pests and other harmful insects which can harm plants in the garden. Also, don’t compost older sick plants since they may transfer the diseases or pests to the new plants.

 

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Different Types of Composting

There are different types of composting which include:

  • Aerobic composting – This type of composting involves using waste products such as grass or any green compost materials. Aerobic composting allows the growth of bacteria which increase the temperatures in the soil.
  • Anaerobic composting – With this type of composting you simply grow bacteria that don’t require air to survive but improve soil fertility.

 

Benefits of Composting

  • Composting is a sure way to control infestation of pests that lead to diseased plants. This is because through composting, the soil is enriched and enough moisture is retained to prevent pests.
  • With composting, you don’t need artificial fertilizers which may destroy the soil nutrients
  • Composting allows creation of humus. This is because, through composting, there is increase in the production of bacterial that helps in the break down of organic materials and fungi.
  • Composting is very eco-friendly since it protects the soil and inhibits production of gases such as methane which destroy the environment.
  • Unlike artificial fertilizers, composting is easy and cost –efficient which comes in handy for amateur gardeners.

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus

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Just when you thought hummus couldn’t get any better – BAM; someone goes and turns it into a dessert!

 

As crazy as it sounds, cookie dough hummus is a real thing and actually quite delicious! I ran across it one day on Pinterest while I was searching for different things you could make with chick peas {I bought a bunch one day when I decided I would no longer BUY hummus since I could make hummus at home for a fraction of the price}.  I couldn’t believe there was such a thing as dessert hummus, but I knew I just HAD to have some.

 

Surprisingly, if you have chick peas, you probably also have everything else you need in your pantry to make some delicious cookie dough hummus. All you need is:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus
 
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A delicious cookie dough hummus from Culinary Adventures in the Kitchen
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Recipe type: Healthy Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup nut butter (I use natural peanut butter)
  • ¼ cup almond milk (or soy, or rice…) you may not need the entire amount, start with a bit and then add, if necessary
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (you could use honey or maple syrup…)
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Blend everything, but the chocolate chips, in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Pour hummus into a bowl and stir in chocolate chips.

 

I can tell you – everyone who tried it liked it and were genuinely surprised to hear that it was a healthy snack! My little brother was literally shoving it into is mouth {until I revealed what it really was and then he acted as though I’d tricked him into eating healthy food LOL!}.

 

This is one of those snacks you can feel good about eating late at night. When your brain is craving sweets, you can munch of this filling chocolate chip cookie dough hummus and not regret it in the morning! :)

 

Gabby Homemaker

Have A #HoneyBakedEaster This Year With HoneyBaked Ham

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample to facilitate my review.  This in no way influenced my review & all opinions are 100% my own.

 

As much as I love to cook, holidays are always hectic for me and I happily hand over the reigns to anyone who wants to take on the task of preparing the meal for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll help where I can, but I much more prefer for someone else to take on the responsibility of preparing such an important meal for the family.

 

This year, I a going to be leaving the job of cooking to the professionals at HoneyBaked Ham.  From the green bean casserole to the perfectly glazed spiral ham, HoneyBaked Ham takes all the worry out of making the perfect meal by providing some of the most delicious pre-made meats and side-dishes that you can find.

 

The HoneyBaked signature glaze is generously drenched over their moist ham and tender turkey to produce some of the most mouth-watering meats I’ve ever tried.  The crunchy coating on each slice makes your taste buds dance with delight and the flavors can be found throughout the entire chunk of meat, not just on the outside.

 

HoneyBaked Ham - Gabby Homemaker

HoneyBaked Easter - Gabby Homemaker

 

While HoneyBaked offers a large variety of side dishes, I grabbed some of my family’s favorites for our #HoneyBakedEaster – garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, scalloped potatoes, and baked beans. All but the baked beans came frozen and heated up in the oven in less than an hour. The baked beans were found in the refrigeration section of the store and I heated them in the microwave before serving.

 

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I think my favorite thing about these side dishes is that you can taste how fresh all of the ingredients are. The green bean casserole, for example, was made with crisp green beans. I’d only ever had green bean casserole from canned green beans and it was a delight to my taste buds to bite into the HoneyBaked green bean casserole to taste the fresh green beans and crunchy fried onions. Both potato dishes were obviously made with fresh potatoes and real cheese. The baked beans blew me away with the large chunks of HoneyBaked ham that paired beautifully with the rest of our #HoneyBakedEaster dishes.

 

HoneyBaked Easter - Gabby Homemaker

HoneyBaked Easter - Gabby Homemaker

HoneyBaked Easter - Gabby Homemaker

HoneyBaked Easter - Gabby Homemaker

I am very happy to report that all of the HoneyBaked goodies were a hit!  Everyone boasted about how juicy the meats were and how tasty the sides were. I am definitely going to have to let HoneyBaked handle the cooking more often. You don’t even have to order ahead! Just walk into your local store and let the knowledgeable employees know what you need. The store I visited – Alexandria, VA – was filled with friendly staff that was more than willing to help me choose what to have for dinner, how to prepare it, and how to store the left-overs.

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But wait – there’s more!

 

HoneyBaked also offers some of the most delicious desserts like cheesecake, cooked apples, and pies – including the pie we tried, Apple Caramel Walnut Pie. Talk about the perfect end to a perfect meal! The flaky crust was covered in gooey caramel and a hefty amount of chopped walnuts that provided the ideal topping for the tender apples found throughout the pie. I loved that the folks at HoneyBaked didn’t skimp on the filling like many other pre-made pies.

 

HoneyBaked Easter - Gabby Homemaker

HoneyBaked Easter - Gabby Homemaker

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  • $2 off sliced and glazed whole turkey
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Good luck and HAPPY EASTER!

Gabby Homemaker