February 22, 2018

The Next Big GOOD Thing!

Posted on February 20, 2018 by in Good Stuff

We have found a great NEW magazine…

Yes, we are a digital magazine promoting another digital magazine – because it’s that good!

It’s called Simplify Magazine and it’s a GOOD READ in our opinion.

Their 1st issue covered Happiness.

The 2nd covered Health and Wellness.

And the 3rd is titled Stress and Overwhelm.

All 3 issues are Good Reads for anyone, not just parents of young families. And the best part is – it’s really affordable!

Here’s an excerpt from their 1st issue that we enjoyed called “What Living Danishly Taught Me About Happiness” by Helen Russell.

Families Living Danishly

At the start of 2014, I gave birth to a baby boy, and it was this experience that really won me around to the advantages of “living Danishly.” Our neighbors left a wooden stork outside our house, as is the custom in Denmark, to warn the mail delivery person to tread lightly for a while—and I came to learn that Denmark is a great place to have kids.

Parents get 52 weeks of leave to share between them so men don’t miss out on spending time with their kids and the business of childrearing is shared more equally. So after two weeks of paternity leave post birth, my husband went back to work before tying up loose ends to take 10 weeks off to care for our mini Viking. Because a dad taking time out, fully paid, to look after his child is recognized as something that’s important and so is encouraged. As a result, fathers bond with their babies far sooner than those cramming in quality time at weekends.

Lego Man (that’s where he works) learned how to change nappies, how to do bath time and bedtime, and how you can feel like you’re going insane by 2 p.m. on a Tuesday when all you want is an hour’s uninterrupted sleep. And maybe a shower. He came to understand how looking after an infant 24 hours a day can be hugely rewarding but that it’s also relentlessly tough. He knows that, some days, all you need is for someone to come home and say: “You’re doing a great job—have some ice cream!”

And then we both went back to work, since kids are guaranteed a place in high-quality state-run day care from six months of age in Denmark, the cost 75 percent subsidized via taxes. All this at a time when friends back home have had to give up their jobs as they can’t afford child care. Because it’s totally doable to have a family and a career, 85 percent of Danish mothers return to work, and domestic chores are shared more equally between the sexes. It’s as if Danes recognize that caregiving is just as important as breadwinning—and it doesn’t matter who’s doing what.

Children also get to grow up free in Denmark. Preschoolers play outside, come sleet or snow, and are encouraged to run, jump, fight, and fall (often, if my own is anything to go by) without anyone rushing in to arbitrate. The idea of the “terrible twos” and “threenagers” are alien to Danes, who class toddlerdom as trodsalder, or “the boundary age,” when it’s accepted that pushing the limits is normal rather than naughty. This makes meltdowns in the mall or that awkward moment when your three year old defecates in a friend’s playhouse (just for example…) far more bearable—and no one gets judged.

Living Danishly…Anywhere

Of course, living in the land of Nord isn’t all a hippy-haven cakewalk. The weather’s terrible, the 50 percent tax rate takes some getting used to, and Denmark faces many of the same problems as the rest of the world—but these are countries with none of Denmark’s advantages.

From my research and experiences, I’ve come to the conclusion that the pollsters were right: living Danishly can make you happier.

So, at the end of our first year, we decided to stay—and now we’re in our fifth year. We’re happier. We’re more relaxed; we have our priorities straight; and we trust more. Oh, and I’m expecting twins next week.

But you don’t need to emigrate to get a slice of the happy Dane action.

Everyone can live a little more Danishly by prioritizing leisure, pleasure, and family. So leave work on time. Eat that pastry. Block out time for a hobby. Play with your kids, letting them get muddy and even fall down occasionally.

Remember the simple things that make you happy—seeing friends or family, lighting a candle, brewing a fresh cup of coffee, or just having a bacon sandwich. See? You’re feeling better already.

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The “SECRET” to life is so simple…

Posted on February 6, 2018 by in Letters to My Children, The Good Life

 

 

I spent the first 58 years of my life trying to find the “SECRET” to life…

I thought I had found it so many, many times with each and every epiphany or aha moment I had. Each time I thought I had finally uncovered the “SECRET” missing piece in the puzzle of life and now things would finally get better. And I would feel good – for a day or two. Then I would ease back into real life and dirty laundry and forget all about the pearl of wisdom I had just learned.

This happened hundreds, probably thousands of times before one day I realized how simple the secret was…

The big “SECRET” is simply love. It’s so simple. It’s right there in front of us and we miss it. Jesus gave us the one commandment that would make life work for us… “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31

It’s said to make the world go round, because it does. Love is the only true power there is. Money, influence, and fame are but tiny, tiny things when compared to love – real love.

What is money? Here today, gone tomorrow, but love – that’s a big deal!

Love will take you places money can’t buy. Love will make you feel like a million bucks even if you don’t have two nickels to rub together. Most people will never see a million dollars, but everyone – absolutely everyone can give and recieve love. That’s the big “SECRET”.

I will never take my eyes off of love again, because it’s what makes life worth living. It’s so simple kids – please don’t miss it.

Lynn Dale

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12 Strong

Posted on January 26, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

It’s a rip roaring war movie for the new millennium.

Like the star studded powerhouse movie “The Longest Day” did for the greatest generation, this movie represents and depicts the best in today’s American youth.

After all… old men start wars while young men fight them.

This movie occurs shortly after the attack on the World Trade Centers. Members of a peacetime green beret team get the news of the attacks in various ways and you can see through the expressions on their faces as they change into warrior mode. They all want to be the “Tip of the Spear” to get some payback on the people responsible for the 9-11 attacks. As members of this team prepare to deploy and say goodbye to there various loved ones, one of them explains that a soldier has two families, one you say goodbye to and one you fight beside.

This team are the first American soldiers to land and fight in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. Their mission is to locate, capture, and/or kill the mastermind of the 9-11 attacks. They are sent to enlist the aid and friendship of members of the militia Northern Alliance tribe. Relationship problems beset the team from the outset, but fortunately there is a short little man from the CIA on scene to calm things down with full duffle bags of American money.

The mission continues with plenty of small arms fire, tanks, and B-52 bombers pulverizing the Taliban. There are several unsung hero’s in this movie, but I don’t want ruin the movie plot by telling you who they are. The highly trained modern soldiers are forced by circumstances to ride horses into battle against Soviet era tanks. Only one was a skilled rider, so he was faced with all of the usual challenges for newbie horsemen.

Heroes are men facing impossible circumstances and successfully prevailing despite incredible odds, and that is the whole message of this movie.

This was an excellent war movie.

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If You’re Suffering – Try This!

Posted on January 18, 2018 by in Good Stuff

If you have arthritis – this is an awesome product…

It is a topical product that is supposedly safe for even 12 year olds that actually works great! My daughter uses it too and loves it. She likes the fact that it has no scent like some joint creams do. “Even though my body feels like I’m 90 sometimes, I don’t have to smell like it!”

Google it yourself to investigate it like we did or just ORDER it… if you happen to be one of the few people that it doesn’t work for the money back guarantee means you haven’t lost anything for giving it a try.

It can be purchased online from Amazon or at your local drug store.

This is not an advertisement, it’s a review of a product that works.

It’s a good find!

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There are problems… constantly.

Posted on January 16, 2018 by in Letters to My Children

Things break, sickness happens and money runs out. We get diseases and we hurt and things don’t go as we planned. It’s always something!

Something that we don’t like. Something we’ve been trying to change that never seems to be getting any better. And if it’s not something happening to us – it’s happening to those we love. Life happens and it’s not all GOOD STUFF. People won’t always get along, they will get sick and times won’t always be good, but most of life is good. Far more good happens than bad.

Learn this. There are parts that hurt… a lot of them.

This is what trials and tribulations look like. They are the problems that happen in our lives and the sooner you figure this out, the better off you’re going to be. Once you figure out that life consists of peaks and valleys, you can go forward bravely.

When you know there will always be something going on you don’t like – everything becomes okay.

It’s your new normal and it doesn’t bother you anymore for the most part. That’s why Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33King James Version (KJV) We are told to cheer up because it really is alright. This (whatever it is) will pass and we need not let it bother us too much because we know the end of the story – and it works out pretty well for us.

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Stolen Jesus

Posted on October 23, 2017 by in Book Reviews

Jami Amerine starts the book out with such a heartfelt statement that you can’t help but be drawn in, because there but by the Grace of God go all of us.

“Let me assure you, I am a disaster. I have some inadequate parenting stories (not bad as in Child Welfare bad, but certainly not Mom of the Year stories), some of which I will share with you in the coming pages.

There are crayon drawings on my walls. There are currently four basketfuls of laundry on the dining room table and a mountain of dirty dishes in the sink. Some days I make beautiful meals, and lots of other days we get take out. Sometimes it’s McDonald’s.

I can’t be your hero or teacher – no one would want a hero who was such a hot mess. On the bright side, at least you won’t be distracted from the goal of coming face-to-face with Jesus Christ.”

See our excerpt in the magazine HERE.

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GOOD Does Come

Posted on September 14, 2017 by in Letters to My Children

Today as we live in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I am reminded GOOD does come.

 

With all of the suffering and loss – GOOD does come, I promise. Every single horrible thing I have endured in my life has at some point brought good with it. Cancer and various losses come to mind, as well as Sept 11th of course.

I made many changes in my life (GOOD changes) as a result of all of those and many other tragedies. Hard times really do make the GOOD TIMES seem even better.

So don’t despair – whatever your current problem is…

Eventually you will see GOOD come out of it one way or another, because eventually GOOD always does come.

 

 

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Posted on September 12, 2017 by in Movie Reviews

 This is some GOOD stuff here…

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Watch the trailer HERE.

This New York bestseller became a movie and it is a GOOD one!

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana… and an East Texas honky-tonk… and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda… an upscale New York Gallery… a downtown dumpster… a Texas ranch. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

What the stars had to say about it…

“I’m honored to share in telling Debbie’s story and to be part of this beautiful effort to perpetuate the legacy of her work.”

—RENÉE ZELLWEGER, ACTRESS

“It’s a rare opportunity for an actor to be blessed with a role so soulful. To embody Denver’s spirit was at once an emotional challenge and an extreme privilege, learning the story of a man who came from so little and gave so much.”

—DJIMON HOUNSOU, ACTOR

“Working with an excellent cast and crew to help tell the story of Ron’s challenging personal journey was a creative joy.”

—GREG KINNEAR, ACTOR

It is an excellent movie, we give it two thumbs up!

As most of you know, we only review things that we believe are good. If we don’t have anything good to say, we just don’t say anything at all and remove the post.

This movie is worth spending your money on in our opinion.

It’s a heartwarming tale about real life and the wisdom some people are able to glean out of it. Based around a true story, the actors really do a great job of bringing the characters to life. I wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t some awards given out that are truly deserved.

We both went into the movie with our own perceptions of what we thought we were going to see and we both left surprised. It probably would be classified as a “chick flick”, but my husband said he really enjoyed it.

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20 Ways to Make EVERY DAY Better!

Posted on September 6, 2017 by in Book Reviews

It’s a How To Book

Make simple, practical changes that cause really GOOD results…

 

20 Ways to Make EVERY DAY Better

by Joyce Meyer

This is a common sense approach about how to make the most of your life, your faith and your time on this earth. In her usual fashion, the author honestly shares her spiritual journey with the reader so that you know other people have the same troubles, doubts and fears that you do. It’s written in bite-size chapters making it a great early morning or late night read so that you have time to ponder the principals she’s sharing.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I will admit that I struggled in life with emotional ups and downs until I finally accepted that no matter what I think, or how I feel, or what I want or do not want – God’s Word is the truth, and I have to believe it more than anything or anyone else. If you are willing to take that step of faith right now, you can say goodbye to most of your bad days!

Why do I say that? Because most of the time, when we are having bad days it is because we are thinking something that doesn’t agree with God’s Word, feeling something that doesn’t agree with God’s Word, or wanting something that doesn’t agree with God’s Word. I had countless bad days because the devil made me think and feel guilty about something that I had repented of and God had forgiven me for and forgotten.”

It’s a book full of wisdom, so it’s a GOOD read in our opinion.

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9 Minutes of Carols

Posted on December 9, 2016 by in Christmas Carols

This is our version of a phone APP to help you enjoy the GOODNESS involved in spreading cheer by singing. Many, many thanks to all the people who have made this possible! If you like this post, please share with your friends and we will add more songs as the years go by.

CLICK HERE and scroll to play all of the carols uploaded so far.

To all who posted these materials, thank you. You will be responsible for sharing Christmas joy for many years to come.

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