When Sherry approached me to review her new book, The Girl’s Guide to Life, I was excited, because I wrote along side her for our church women’s blog. She’s amazing lady! Earlier, she’d given me her book, The Girls’ Guide to Your Dream Room which was a good read. In it, she shares with her readers fun ideas to jazz up your daughter’s bedroom.
The Girl’s Guide to Life is chaulked full of biblical advice for girls (ages 10-12 years-old) on life lessons such as how to find and keep friends, make good grades at school, and stand firm when temptation appears. It’s sprinkled with bible passages to encourage our young women. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me personally as my daughter, Alicia, entered junior high this year and struggles with most, if not all, of the issues. I especially enjoy at the end of each chapter Sherry poses relfective questions for the our girls which help them work through life challenges. In addtion, there are simple DIY craft ideas such as a faric prayer journal and fun facts to review.
Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this book review; just passing on a Good Read.
Sherry Kyle is the author of books for tween girls, including a Gold Mom’s Choice Award winner, and new and upcoming releases The Girl’s Guide to Life and Love, Lexi: Letters to God. She also writes novels for women set along the coast of California where she makes her home with her college sweetheart and their four children. When she’s not writing, Sherry spends her time reading, having coffee with friends, and decorating her beach home. You can visit her at www.sherrykyle.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest Please welcome Sherry!
5 Benefits of Sharing a Meal with your Family
What is your favorite time of the day?
For me, it’s dinnertime. I enjoy gathering my family around the table to enjoy a good meal. We chat, eat, laugh, and many times have important discussions about life.
There are many benefits of sharing a meal with your family, but these five stick out in my mind:
- A time to reconnect. We live such busy lives. Taking the time to share a meal lowers stress and bonds the family together.
- Healthier eating. Let’s face it, a well-thought out meal is good for the health. Studies show kids eat more fruits and vegies when they eat at home.
- Overall health. Studies show sharing a meal with our kids results in less obesity, leads to less behavior issues, and helps kids achieve higher grades in school.
- Sense of community. Cooking, setting the table, and cleaning up are all things kids can participate in to help the family work together.
- A time to share God’s Word. Reading the Bible or having a family devotion after a meal teaches kids that God is the center of your lives and builds faith.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers.”
Dining room table Before
Our dining table received a makeover this past weekend. The top of the table had tons of wear, and I wanted the table to match the chairs. So I dove into the world of chalk paint and purchased Annie Sloan Graphite and Dark Wax.
Usually you don’t have to sand the furniture before painting using Annie Sloan’s products, but the woman who sold me the dark wax suggested I sand the top of the table and only use the dark wax on the top to give it a rich, mahogany color.
Noah, my seventeen-year-old son, sanding the table
Next, I painted the base Graphite, an almost-but-not-quite-black. More like a matted dark gray. By the next morning, I noticed the table needed a second coat for that more solid-instead-of-rustic look I was going for.
After that dried completely, I put on a coat of dark wax over the graphite to darken it even more.
The following day, I added one more coat of dark wax to the table’s surface since it will get a lot of wear and tear from my big family.
Here’s the final look. The wax will take 30 days to cure, but we can enjoy the table as long as we use placemats and coasters.
Dining room table After
How often do you eat a meal with your family?
Now it’s your turn to read The Girl’s Guide to Life as we’re giving away one FREE copy. We need at least 10 people commenting in order to ship a complimentary book. So, please encourage your friends to comment below as we’d love to hear from other Moms and Dads seeking to raise their tween daughters with godly character. Simply tell us about a life lesson you’ve shared with her growing up. Your name will then be placed in our drawing.
On Feburary 22, 2016, we will randomly select a winner. The winner must supply his/her mailing address to us no later than February 29, 2016. One Free copy will then be shipped directly to the winner’s address provided.