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The Most Surprising People God Told Us to Follow – “What would our life look like if we got our awe of God back?”

Would the Real Christian Woman Please Stand Up? – “Show us what it’s like not to hide in the darkness anymore.”

To the Woman Still Longing to be a Mom – Beautiful, beautiful post and prayer for those of you longing to be a Mom.

God is For You – “The only thing God wants from you are the chains that are holding you back.”

Clothed in Shame  – Another very good post in the modesty debate.

I Have the Perfect Body – For any Moms feeling shame or embarrassment about their bodies.

Curious George Birthday Party

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I cannot believe that the Wingman is now TWO years old!!  Every day I am just so amazed that God gave him to us.  I am so, so thankful for these past two years with my precious boy.

At two years old, some of the Wingman’s favorite things are: Daddy, trucks, gorillas, bugs, tractors, airplanes, and….Curious George.

I decided to throw him a Curious George party!  It was an absolute blast and the Wingman had a lot of fun!

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I had so much fun preparing the food and themed snacks.  I can’t take any of the credit though….I found this wonderful blog post on Pinterest.  So a big thank you to Jonesing to Create!!  :D

Our snack table consisted of…

  • George’s Juice
  • Professor Wiseman’s Water
  • Charkie’s Cheezits
  • Chef Pisghetti’s Pizza Dip (the blog post was right…this dip was amazing!!  I got a lot of raving reviews on it!)
  • Hundley’s Ham Sandwiches (crackers, cheese, and sliced ham)
  • Gnocchi’s Nectarines
  • Allie’s Apples (with caramel dip)

Thanks to her blog, I had those adorable themed printables to go with each item.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it, but I had a small folding table set up outside with a red plastic tablecloth, two bunches of balloons, and a big George balloon.  That’s where I set up activity bags for each guest.  Inside each bag I put one of these Play-Doh Party Bag Dough, 15 Count (assorted colors) as well as Hand Clappers Party Favors, 8ct.  Next to the bags were giant bubble wands for each child.

These made for great favors!

We also have access to a great discounted party rentals place so we were able to rent a small bounce house for more than half off.  The kids had a blast jumping in the bounce house!

Last but not least, we got the Wingman this adorable Curious George shirt, which he loved.

It was a great party and it was so worth the work.  I loved seeing the Wingman’s face light up as he saw all the George items. :)
-Bonnie
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Unintentional Hiatus

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Hi friends!

I apologize for the lack of posting!

Today I am getting ready for the Wingman’s birthday party (someone tell me HOW is it possible that my little guy is two years old now??), but I hope to be back to posting very soon.  First up will be a recap of the Wingman’s Curious George party. :D

I hope you all are doing well!

-Bonnie

Mom’s Night Out

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It started in January when the base chapel was offering a movie night for Moms.  We watched Mom’s Night Out and they had tons of movie snacks and drinks.  It was a great night!!

So I thought….why stop there?  We should totally have a monthly Mom’s Night Out!  The next month, we started up our group and it has been so much fun and a great night out.

February – Favorite Things night!  I hosted a Favorite Things party, in which everyone had to bring their favorite snack to share as well as their favorite thing ($5 or under) for a gift exchange.  Each person brought 3 of their favorite things.  As everyone arrived, they wrote down their name on 3 pieces of paper and put it in the bowl.  When it came time for the exchange, everyone drew 3 papers and they are the people they would give their favorite things to.

I brought earrings from Gordman’s as my favorite thing.  It was kind of a 2 for 1, because I love earrings and I love Gordman’s.  Other favorite things that were brought were Eos chapstick, mascara, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, cupcakes, Throat Coat tea, etc.

We also played the game What’s On Your Phone? (I took ideas like this from online and created my own) and a Guess the Favorite Song game.  I had created a playlist with everyone’s favorite songs and we guessed who had picked each song.

It was a wonderful evening and a great start to our Mom’s Night Out!!

March – The group went to see the new Cinderella movie!

April – Sip and Paint.  Several of us went to one of those places that teach you how to paint.  I was very nervous because I have just about zero artistic ability, but it was so fun and it’s true that they make it easy so that literally anyone can do it!  We painted a field of tulips and enjoyed half priced wine!

May – One of the ladies had been to this board game cafe and suggested it for one of our night’s out.  It was SO fun.  They have over 1,000 board games to choose from as well as a wide assortment of beverages to enjoy.  We played Apples to Apples, Farkle, and Marrying Mr. Darcy.  Seriously, such a great night.  I definitely think that this board game cafe will be featured again in one of our night’s out. ;)

June – This month we are going to get massages!!!  I am way too excited about this, because I have never had a real massage before.  We’ll be going to the local massage school so it’s at a discounted price.

What do you think?  What kinds of things have you done on ladies night?

-Bonnie

Book Review: How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird

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As much as I have talked about being intentional, it is still hard for me to get to know the people right next to me in my own neighborhood.  I have gotten to know my next door neighbor (yay for Mommy friends!!) and have chatted with the neighbors on the other side of our house….but that’s it.

Amy Lively’s book has some great suggestions and practical tips for getting to know your neighbors.  She even talks about ways to do that if you’re an extrovert…and ways to do it if you’re an introvert.

Her book was convicting, as I realized again that it is sometimes easier for me to love my figurative neighbor rather than my literal neighbor.  And her book was also exciting, as I came up with new ideas to love my neighbors.

From hosting a block party, to starting a Bible study, to creating a neighborhood watch, Amy has a lot of practical ideas to implement, as well as other resources and sources of encouragement.  Check out her site here.

I recommend this book if you have ever wondered how you can love your neighbors well…without being weird. ;)

Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review.

-Bonnie

300 Posts and a Giveaway! – CLOSED

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WHAT??  It’s our 300th post!!

And it’s time to celebrate!!!

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Who is up for a little giveaway?  :)

Remember Paparazzi jewelry that I posted about?
My latest obsession?
Well today you can win a $15 gift
certificate to shop Paparazzi!

Check out some of the awesome jewelry!

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(Note: I cannot guarantee that these exact pieces
will be available, as the winner will be shopping
from Jesskia’s Jewel’s Paparazzi inventory.)

To see some of the pieces I have purchased,
check out this post!

To enter:

1.  Leave a comment on this post telling me what your
favorite kind of jewelry is (earrings, necklaces, etc).

2.  Visit Jes’ Paparazzi site and leave a comment with
the link to a piece of jewelry that catches your eye.

3.  Comment on another post here on Life With You.
Leave a comment here with the name of the other post you
commented on.

So there are THREE ways to enter.  Please leave a separate
comment on this post for each entry that you complete.

One winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to
shop Jessika’s Jewels inventory.

Giveaway will close on June 11th.  The winner
will be drawn using random.org and announced on the 13th.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED