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    4 Ways Exposure To Animals Benefits Your Kids

    Kids love animals. Why wouldn’t they? Whether they’re cute and cuddly, large and stately or creepy and crawly we’ve always held a particular fascination with the creatures with which we share the planet. As responsible parents it’s up to us to ensure that even if we’re not necessarily animal lovers ourselves, we still take the time to ensure that our kids interact with animals as often as possible. This may mean taking in a pet for the whole family to love and nurture. This will teach your kids all about taking responsibility for a living creature. It will help them to manage their time and prioritize taking care of their pet over playing games or hanging out with friends in ways that will pay dividends when they grapple with the responsibilities of adolescence and adulthood.

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    Even if you decide that your household and a pet may not be a good fit, it’s still beneficial to ensure that your kids engage in activities that involve meaningful encounters with animals. Whether it’s taking them for pony rides, going to a petting zoo or devoting a bright and sunny afternoon to bird watching, kids get a lot of of interacting with animals. For example…


    It teaches them about the natural world and our role within it


    We live in an era where we can no longer turn a blind eye to the effects that our lives have on the planet around us. Our industry, transportation and animal agriculture have had a profound effect on the planet and the other creatures we share it with.


    Getting to learn more about animals, their lives and their habitats helps kids to form a greater understanding of the natural world and our place within it. It helps them to consider the ways in which the choices we make in everything from the food we eat to what we do with our garbage affect the local environment and the world at large.


    It teaches them empathy and compassion


    All kids benefit from empathy and compassion and spending time with other living creatures helps them to become more empathetic in an age where it’s easier than ever to be self-centred and egocentric. Learning how to handle animals and interact with them responsibly in ways that will not frighten or hurt them is an important skill and one that will help them to grow into more empathetic and compassionate adults.


    It can be a great emotional pick me up


    When you’re feeling down, interacting with animals (especially when it’s in a natural or outdoor setting) can be a great pick-me-up for your mental health. All kids experience negative emotions like frustration, anger, stress and sadness and it’s our responsibility to teach them how to deal with these emotions responsibly.


    It teaches them where their food comes from


    Finally, good health starts with a good diet and encouraging kids to interact with animals helps them to better understand where their food comes from. Whether it’s meeting a dairy cow or a hen it can help them to better understand how the quality of life that the animal enjoys can affect the taste and nutritional properties of the food they eat.


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    5 Reasons Why Bowlmor Is Great Entertainment For Families

    I would like to thank Bowlmor Lanes for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

    As a kid I started bowling at the age of 9 my cousin use to take me to Yankee Stadium bowling alley. Things were a lot of different then there were no bright lights, no music, no disco ball, no bumpers and you had to tally your own score manually. Now that world is long and gone making bowling a fun activity for all.

    For our son’s birthday week one of the places we took him were the Bowlmor Lanes. Here are 5 reasons why Bowlmor is great entertainment for families:

    1. Bowling is for all ages
      Whether you are 4 or 94 with automatic bumpers that go up as you go for the most inexperienced bowler.
    2. Onsite Birthday Cake
      It was my son’s birthday week so we decided to turn it into a celebration you have the option of buying a cake onsite we brought a chocolate chip cake that was just the right size for 4 of us.
    3. Great Food
      No longer are the days of just getting a hotdog. Bowlmor have an array of various foods to chose along with a kids menu and you don’t have to bowl and be hungry another great feature is that you can order right from the screens in front of you.
    4. Great Exercise
      Believe it or not bowling is a form of exercise it gets kids out of the house and helps develop strength in their arms, learning how to balance a ball and throw in the right direction. Did you know that just 3 games burn about the same amount of calories as walking a mile.
    5. Encourages Social Skills
      We live in a digital age where children are into gadgets it’s refreshing to see kids interacting without screens in front of their faces. It teaches kids how to take turns and work together as a team.

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    Family Fun At Liberty Science Center

    When it comes to family fun with my kids I do a mixture of educational, adventurous, and just plain ole fun. We headed out to New Jersey to visit the Liberty Science Center.


    This was our first time going and it won’t be our last. We got invited to a blogger breakfast where we were in the middle of a toilet paper blizzard and ate some delicious ice cream made with liquid nitrogen (don’t try this at home).


    What made this day more spectacular is that there are two new exhibits one is Doc McStuffins and the other was Sherlock Holmes.

    The exhibits

    Doc McStuffins

    The exhibit through imaginative play and hands-on activities children learn important life lessons about health, wellness and compassion. By teaching about good hygiene, exercising and eating well in such an engaging way, we are showing kids that caring for themselves and for others can be fun. And, along the way, they will be learning about science. They get to put on doctor’s jackets, pick up a stethoscope and perform checkups. Just in time for winter break this exhibit will be here until January 27th.


    Sherlock Holmes
    Through this highly interactive exhibit you try to solve a murder mystery by looking at clues throughout the exhibit. Visitors will get to peek into the study where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his renowed detective stories before traveling to the bustling International Science Exhibition and 221B Baker Street. My kids enjoyed looking for clues and stamping the passport. By the end of the exhibit my son said that he is fascinated with forensic science.

    We also saw a laser show in the planetarium that was done with holiday music. We saw a real bee colony, toured the skyscrapers, explored the world of germs and my favorite exhibit called Eaten or Be Eaten which is their mini-zoo featured fish from the New York waters, turtles, moles and more….You also get to pet some of the animals.

    About Liberty Science Center
    Liberty Science Center is a 300,000 square foot not for profit learning center. They have the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, 12 exhibition halls. a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, 3d theater, tornado wind simulator, k-12 classrooms and labs.

    We had a jam packed fun filled day and I know that you will too! They also host cool birthday parties!

    Tickets: $22.75 adult
    $ 18.75 child


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    Trying Your Hand at Gaming In the New Year

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    Most of us won’t have engaged with gaming since we were kids or teens, gripping onto the controller of our Nintendo 64, first edition Xbox, or first edition PlayStation. It tends to be something that we feel a little nostalgic about. But even if you put down the controllers in the nineties or noughties, the gaming industry has continued to develop and there are still plenty of people your own age or older who engage with gaming on a regular basis. Why not join back into their ranks throughout the new year? There are all sorts of benefits that come hand in hand with it! Here are a few that might interest you!


    You Could Find a New Hobby


    Fewer and fewer us are engaging with hobbies that we genuinely have an interest in. Instead, many of us will spend hour after unproductive hour procrastinating and scrolling through social media explore pages and feeds. Instead, spend your time doing something that you genuinely enjoy! By trying out gaming you could find a new hobby that you genuinely look forward to engaging with in your free time.


    You Could Meet New Friends


    The gaming community is huge and constantly expanding. Whether you’re socially confident in the day to day world or a little more shy, gaming can prove to be the perfect opportunity to expand into a new social circle and meet more friends. You can play online with people from around the world, making new connections and chatting or forming bonds as you go along. Just remember to be vigilant when checking that people online are who you really think they are and don’t exchange personal details that could lead to identity theft or fraud.


    You Could Expand Your Skill Set


    While most gamers engage with gaming for the fun of it or for the social aspect, you can build up your personal skills at the same time. Many games boost your skills in real life as well as in the virtual realm. RPGs require that you place yourself in another’s shoes and make decisions that are best for them in their realm and personal circumstances – this encourages empathy on a day to day basis. Puzzle games require foresight, the use of logic, and quick decision making. Most games improve your hand eye coordination, and some games can even encourage you to lead a more active lifestyle.


    You Could Win a Little Money


    Casino games like those at can provide you with the fun of gaming alongside the opportunity to win money in the process. Of course, you need to remember that any money laid out in these kind of games can’t necessarily be taken back – you always risk the chance of losing it. But if you are successful, you could take more home than you initially placed down, making a nice profit. So, make sure that you never bet anything unless you can genuinely afford to lose it and to try to quit while you are ahead!


    You Could Make a Career Out of It


    If you happen to be particularly good at gaming, you could actually make a career out of it. Gaming is a fast growing industry and there’s a whole lot of money being funnelled into the area. Here are just a few career options that can stem from your interest!


    Working for a Games Company


    Games companies require all sorts of staff members to get games up and running and exposed to the public effectively. If you have a particular interest in gaming, you could take courses in aspects of the field such as game development, or you could take courses that could help you to work in other areas of gaming companies, such as marketing and advertising.


    Working in the Media


    Alternatively, if you have a way with words, you could work in gaming media, reporting on new launches, reviewing new releases, and interviewing big names in the gaming field for publications or blogs. Experience in gaming helps to provide you with insight into the subject as well as a familiarity with gaming technique and jargon that can connect you with your readership.


    Being a Professional Gamer


    If you’re really good at a particular game, you could become a professional gamer. These individuals tend to attend Esports events and competitions, play games with audiences of spectators, or post live action footage of them playing games on video streaming sites such as Youtube. If gamers are directing their attention to you, gaming companies are likely to sponsor you or pay you to play, review, and advertise their games.


    There really are plenty of reasons that you should give gaming a try coming into the new year. The benefits tend to outweigh any negatives or preconceived notions that you might have about gaming and if it’s not for you, you can at least say that you gave it a try!

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    The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Review

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


    Book Description
    The Spirit of God illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the baptism of Jesus and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikker. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

    My Opinion
    My son was extremely fascinated by the pictures in this Bible. This Bible version was easy for my 7 year old to understand he read the NIV version of the Bible but at 7 he is still not able to fully grasp what the bible says especially the old Testament. This is a great children’s Bible for the family to read. This helps  to summarize the chapters in the Bible.

    About the author
    Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens and her family and friends.

    To learn more and view a free sampler click here.