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Friday, March 27, 2015

Keeping Christ In Easter (celebrating with kids)

Every Christmas, we are reminded to keep "Christ in Christmas". What about keeping Christ in Easter? It is true that the words don't flow quite as smoothly, but the message is just as important!

Easter weekend, from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, should be a celebration! In fact, why not include the Last Supper in the celebration, too? The entire week before Easter Sunday could be filled with fun activities, with homeschool centered around Christ, His death, and Resurrection!

http://www.clarissarwest.com/2015/03/keeping-christ-in-easter-celebrating.html

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kid's Arts & Crafts

Love finding new art and crafts resources and ideas to do with your kids?
Here is a huge list of arts & crafts ideas for kids!
 
Click the photo at the bottom of this post and it will bring you to a list of blogs sharing about arts and crafts! Enjoy!

http://www.clarissarwest.com/2015/03/kids-arts-crafts.html

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beyond The Mask - The Movie

http://www.clarissarwest.com/2015/03/beyond-mask-movie.html
Behind The Film
I got to watch this movie before it releases in theaters, so that I could tell you all of the reasons why you should go watch it! Christian homeschool graduates and their families have come together to produce an amazing action-packed adventure that will impress any history lover! Beyond the Mask is a film from Burns Family Studios and will be in theaters April 6th... but only if YOU buy tickets online NOW.

You see, they have over 700 theaters lined up, but the theaters will only play the movie if they get a set number of tickets pre-sold for the movie! Each theater needs to sell about 65 tickets so that this Christian movie will be played across the nation.

With all of the less-than-godly films in theaters and coming out of Hollywood, we need to support the efforts of those who put their God-given talents to work producing quality Christian films. The story behind this film is inspiring and such a breath of fresh air.

The story behind this film accurately portrays Christian homeschooling families and their desire to allow their children to grow up to be hardworking and creative adults. It is a message of hope and encouragement to the young families striving to raise their children in the way of the Lord, while believing in their children's talents and strengths. This is proof that allowing your children to study and learn according to their interests is truly beneficial and can lead to strong, confident adults.

Monday, March 16, 2015

5 Ways To Fight A Virus

My family of nine got hit with a horrible virus recently. Though we try to live a healthy lifestyle, we admittedly had been slacking when it came to using our tried & true natural ways to keep the sickies away.

My husband was exposed to a virus at work and it hit us hard! It was 'the works'... including a head cold, chest cold, sore throat, fevers, body aches, and stomach bug! It took almost 2 weeks for it to run its course through our family, with each family member being sick for about 2 days each (those of us with weak immune systems were sick longer).

http://www.clarissarwest.com/2015/03/5-ways-to-fight-virus.html

We turned to our natural remedies. These 5 ways to fight a virus are things we rely on to keep the sicknesses away when used intermittently. It is always a good idea to give your body a break so that you do not build an immunity to the products and have them lose their boosting powers! And, when you have been slacking like we had been, you can easily start them up again when a sickness hits to help your body fight a virus.

I have an autoimmune disorder, so I do not take immune system boosters, like elderberry. I do try to eat foods that are nutrient-rich and take probiotics, since I believe in maintaining a healthy gut to stay healthy and/or fight a virus! I also love diffusing beneficial essential oils to clear the air of impurities and harmful bacteria.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cultivating a Love of Babies

My mom loved babies and children. I think she is remembered for her love of babies and for protecting the innocent! She taught us that a baby/child is precious and should be put first before adults. She cultivated a love of babies in us and encouraged pretend play of mothering and homemaking. This was one reason she invested in dolls and accessories like the American Girl products!
http://www.clarissarwest.com/2015/03/cultivating-love-of-babies.html

Monday, March 9, 2015

What is Homemaking?

The word homemaking may mean different things to different people.

To me it means "making a home".

It doesn't mean decorating with the latest trends, buying the newest furniture, or keeping the cleanest house.
What Is Homemaking?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Home Education Update

This year I have 3 full-time students and a few preschoolers. My oldest preschooler (3) is certain that she must also do "school" every day that the big kids are. My middle preschooler (21-months) is busy, busy getting into all sorts of things while I am distracted teaching the big kids. The youngest preschooler (9-months) is mostly content, thankfully! Having started our new school year in January, we are still finding our groove.

http://www.clarissarwest.com/2015/03/home-education-update.html

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Keep Baby's Wipes and Diapers Organized!

After 10 years of having children, always with 2 or more babies in diapers, I've changed hundreds (if not thousands!) of diapers in my lifetime. Since Abigail is severely disabled and delayed and will be in diapers for the rest of her life, I will be changing diapers for many more years, even after I am done having babies.

I currently have 4 kids in diapers! I guess you could say I'm an expert diaper-changer. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Promise From God ~ 1 John 4:15 & 16

1 John 4:15 & 16
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Look On The Blog!

I have been redesigning and creating my blog header/logo the last few weeks. If you have noticed, you have probably been thinking I have multiple personalities with how often I have been changing my logo!

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