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Budget Friendly Entertainment

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This week I wanted to share with you 3 budget friendly ways for entertainment.

Our family is on a tight budget and we have to find economical ways to go out. Here are a few ways we save…

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1. Free

One way we go out is to find free activities such hiking, walking, going to the beach, swim at our community pools, etc.

In our community, there are often free family activities such as Music In The Park, Movies On The Beach, etc. I am sure if you check your local paper you too could find free community gatherings.

Also, check out businesses to see if there are free days for county residents (i.e. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seymour Lab, etc.)

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2. Reduced Price

Another way we go out is finding reduced priced activities.  For instance, one of my co-workers sent out an email for employees to purchase Great America tickets for $10 each. They are regularly $39.99 each. Also, their parking fee is normally $25, however, if you purchase a pass on line in advance, it is only $20.

Locals discounts are a great way to save funds. Many businesses will offer discounted meals activities and free parking for locals on specific days/times. For instance, the Scotts Valley cinema has $5 movies all day on Tuesday.

Coupons are also a great way to find a deal. You can find them online or in the newspaper.

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3. Sweepstakes

Another way we go out is we enter sweepstakes or contests that offer free tickets.

Two weeks ago, we went to Raging Waters for free, because I won four passes from Bay Area Parent. The tickets are normally $42.95 per person. In addition, I saw an online special they were running where you could buy a pass on line for just $29.99.

I thank the Lord that I have won tickets to such places as Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Roaring Camp, Raging Waters, and Santa Cruz County Fair, because every little bit helps.

These are just a few ways we find budget  friendly entertainment. I’d love to hear from you…

What are ways your family save money on entertainment?

Blessings, Rebecca

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Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries

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JUNE HUNT is Founder and CSO (Chief Servant Officer) of Hope for the Heart, a worldwide biblical counseling ministry started in 1986. The ministry provides biblical hope and practical help in 27 languages and over 60 countries. She also hosts the award-winning radio program Hope In The Night. . Her numerous books include Seeing Yourself Through God’s EyesHealing the Hurting Heart, and Bonding with Your Teen through Boundaries.

Combined, the broadcasts air on nearly 900 outlets worldwide. One of the world’s leading biblical counselors, June is also an accomplished musician, popular speaker and top-selling author dedicated to presenting God’s Truth for Today’s Problems.

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Review

As a mother of a tween and a teen, I was riveted by all the sound biblical/parental advice given in June Hunt and PeggySue Wells’ book Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries! I struggled to put it down. I am excited to share my thoughts on it as well as offer you a chance to win your own FREE copy of Hunt’s book at the end of this post!

The first part of their book is devoted to explaining what are healthy boundaries and their benefits. In the second half, Hunt and Wells discuss tough topics such as lying, anger, cheating, cliques, wardrobe, disrespectfulness, gossip, tattling, whining, homework hassles, peer pressure, substance abuse, stealing, tardiness, etc. Each issue is thoroughly reviewed with an example and prudent tips are given on how to handle each situation.

Each page spoke to me as a Mom, because I’ve faced and may face trials in our family. Hunt and teach us how to draw and maintain boundary lines in order to build strong relationships with our precious children. While reading the chapter on back talk, my daughter said something sassy and rolled her eyes at me as if on queue. I put my book down, and tried implementing their simple recipe for respectful communication…and it worked!. Now, I have the tool to maintain the behavior until it becomes part of her character.

One of my favorite chapters is about bullying. As a society, it’s become epidemic as evidenced on many talk shows, social media, news and self-defense classes offered. Hunt and Wells give practical advice on how to look for signs of bullying, and what to do if your child is being bullied or is a bully.

Like you, I want to raise my son and daughter with strong godly character. Using sound tools such Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries helped me to be a better parent. So, if you too are looking for practical tips with spiritual insight, I highly recommend Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries!

Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this book review; just passing on a Good Read.

Giveaway!

Now it’s your turn to read Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries as we’re giving away a FREE copy. I’d love to hear from other Moms and Dads seeking to raise their children with godly character. Simply comment below on what boundaries you set and how do you implement/maintain them? Your name will then be placed in a drawing.

On September 14, 2015, we will randomly select a winner. The winner must supply his/her mailing address to us no later than September 21. One Free copy will then be shipped directly to the winner’s address provided.

Giveaway

Amazon $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Like to read? Giving away Amazon $50 Gift Card. Take a look through my children’s book on Amazon and leave a comment stating which one you like the best, or suggest a topic you or your child would like to read. A random winner will be chosen on April 30, 2015.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE! AND THE WINNER IS…MAMAMUSEME! Congratulations! Please e-mail me your mailing address, and I’ll ship it. Thanks everyone for entering!

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A Time For Everything

A TIME FOR EVERYTHING

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. – Ecclesiastes 1:1

One of the things I love about Spring is everything comes alive. The sun peaks out of its winter blanket, the flowers bloom, newborns arrive and the outdoors brim with activities.

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I muse watching my pre-school class frolic with insects. It’s especially fun teaching them about the miracle of metamorphosis where a caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly. When we read Eric Carle’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” they burst out with laughter after the hungry caterpillar eats too much and is bulging.

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Spring also hosts Easter which makes me believe God can take dead things and make them alive again.

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I don’t know about you, but for me it’s often hard to look for the rainbow when you’re in a storm.

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As the season progresses, I’ve made a conscious effort to look for God’s hand at work in nature, my life and other’s lives.

I saw His work in nature during my husband and I’s recent visit to Rio Del Mar Beach to study the Bible. As I watched the waves crash, I remembered in His Word, God tells the ocean how far to go.  Amazing!

As we soaked up the sun, God blessed us with a pack of humpback whales that spy hopped and cleared their spouts as they passed by.

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Then, there is His work in my life. Lately, I believe the Lord is teaching me to be thankful in all situations. My son, Austin, read II Timothy to me a few days ago where Paul reminds us that if we have food and clothes, we ought to be content. Ouch! True confession – I have a restless heart that longs for more, and often must remind myself to be happy with what I have.

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Finally, there is His work in the lives of others as evidenced in the life of Bethany Hamilton whose story was portrayed in the movie, Soul Surfer. She was viciously attacked by a shark and lost her left arm as a result.

Fast forward ten years, she’s married, has a baby boy, continues to surf, and is filming a new movie. It’s awesome to see how God is working in her life!

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Today, as I think about the various seasons, I’m reminded that God has taken my highs and lows, and weaved them into a colorful tapestry called life. I pray He’ll continue to give me insight into His plan and purpose for me and my family. I eagerly await His beckon, “Come and taste that the Lord is good.”

Reflection: Ask God to remind you of a season in your life He’s brought you through. What did you learn as a result?

Prayer: God, please help me to embrace the seasons of life as they are a part of your plan.