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The Family Life Blog is our mini-journal about ideas, strategies tried and tested in the trenches of parenting in topics like pregnancy, babies, toddlers, celebrations, healthy eating, traditions and dads. It...

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May 18, 2023

World Longest Castle Burghausen adventure trip

accommodation youth hostel jugendherberger burghausen travel

World longest castle Burghausen Germany nestled between Salzach river and Wöhrsee at Austrian border Parker outdoor has great team activites

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May 18, 2023

Mountain Mining Metals Adventure

Check out a trip I stumbled into and onto and would love to take my family on. The boys will love this adventure for the whole family...a real mine to experience!

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May 17, 2023

Mountain Mining Metals Adventure South-Tirol


A Mountain Mining Metals Adventure experience learning mining metals like lead in the South Tirol Mountains like the middle ages STEM engineering ingenuity

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Aug 04, 2021

Video-Subtitles with KAPWING: Easy Video Caption Capture

Kapwing Studio for subtitles

Video-Subtitles Kapwing auto generate subtitles and captions video's audio into text easy read along with any video, no sound volume needed, easy user friendly

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Apr 28, 2017

Just a FEW hours left and ASM doors CLOSE!

There are less than 4 hours till the doors to ASM close FOR GOOD.


>> Click on the link and grab your spot in ASM7 before you miss out forever:

And when you sign up there is a special immediate bonus for members

P.S. In less than 1 hour, the ASM team is going LIVE with tons of successful ASM members to share their stories. After you join ASM, join them LIVE under member success hangout

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Apr 26, 2017

Do You Live in Europe?

You from Europe?

Do you live in Europe? If so, then join Jason Katzenback and Rich Henderson from Amazing Selling Machine today at 12PM Central Time for a special live webinar covering the European Opportunity.

If you missed it, no worries there is another chance to get answers to any questions you might have--just click the link at the bottom to read further.

Don’t live in Europe? Then go ahead and grab your spot now for tomorrow’s special live FAQ webinar about ASM7. This is your chance to ask any question you want about the ASM7 opportunity or about selling on Amazon and get REAL, LIVE answers from multi-million dollar Amazon sellers.

This opportunity is Global. in Europe in America in the WorldClick here to register for tomorrow’s FAQ webinar, got some questions, get some answers:

From our Family to yours

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Apr 24, 2017

A FEW Days and it'll be Gone--Don't Miss It!

Now is the time to change your life forever. Only for the next FEW days, the completely updated Amazing Selling Machine program is revealed and AVAILABLE to you! Click the link at the bottom, watch Video4.

For over a year and a half, top Amazon Sellers have been testing the program and its strategies to make sure it’s absolutely perfect to help even more people achieve their business dreams.

These Sellers have made millions using this program, and now it’s been updated and improved by incorporating the BEST strategies and tactics that are working RIGHT NOW on the $135 billion platform. click now the read more link below.

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we don't want you to miss out and regret inaction, click here before it's too late and the doors are closed to getting ASM program for you and your family. this might be just the right fit for you!

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Apr 23, 2017

Big Name Brands = No Clue!

Big Brands have no idea what they're doing--They are literally Clueless...

...this is a Great opportunity. Here is the new way to rank at the top of Amazon.

By now, you’ve hopefully checked out the first two mind-blowing videos about grabbing your piece of the $135 BILLION per year on Amazon that Matt Clark and Jason Katzenback have released…

And, I know, I get it. You’re likely wondering, “But how do I compete with big name brands on Amazon?”

This physical product thing seems complicated at first, but then once you understand just a few things, this whole new world opens up to you.

You see, Matt and Jason have found that big brands have NO CLUE how Amazon really works.

But after YOU watch this third video, you will be armed with a step-by-step system to take a brand new product to the TOP of Amazon (even for the most competitive search terms): Click on the link at the bottom of this blog entry

In this new video, they reveal the brand new, cutting-edge Amazon ranking system they’ve developed called the Listing Launch Formula 4.0.

It’s crazy how simple grabbing top spots are on Amazon is when you see this…

See you there! To Your Success"Go As Far As You Can See, And When You Get There, You'll See Farther"

click this link now, get started before this opportunity passes you by...

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Apr 22, 2017

Hear an Amazon millionaire’s secret to product sourcing

What if I told you that you could sell any product you want with just your laptop?

Cell phone cases, workout gear, kitchen products, literally anything.

Our family is working on a third product and with Matt & Jason's Amazon sellers help and support through the ASM program it is global from your laptop with your own brand and from the comfort ofyour home. It is completely doable. Just follow the program's video teaching, what the successful Amazon sellers are doing and showing us, and yes, a little each day focused on your future on the side of your full time commitments of work and your family can work for you to.

This is your chance to watch Video 2 in this 4-part opportunity

Find High-Quality Products in Just a Few Minutes

Discover how easy it is to source any product in the world in just a few minutes. Plus, see inside the LIVE Amazon account of an Amazon millionaire.

In fact, in this new video, you’ll hear from a regular guy who sells millions of dollars worth of products on Amazon and sources nearly everything from China.

BUT, here’s the crazy part – he’s never stepped foot in China.

He runs the entire business right from his home.

See how he does it now click the read further link at the bottom

You may not know this yet, but there’s a massive opportunity on Amazon right now. I want you to be the FIRST to know what’s changed and why right now is such an amazing time to get started building a business on this platform.

Discover how to source any product from anywhere in the world AND how to automate nearly the ENTIRE business leveraging Amazon’s own resources: Jump to the bottom and clink the link now for this second video

Enjoy! From our Family to Yours

P.S. Oh yeah, one more thing...the Amazon millionaire I mentioned is actually showing you inside his REAL, LIVE Amazon Seller account in this video. Unbelievable!

This will give you a great Live Product Demo on what it is like to be successful as an Amazon seller.

If you forwarded the first video please also forward this email or the link directly to your friends, family or business associates that you think want to get their own business started with real physical products following Matt & Jason's team of successful Amazon sellers.To Your Success, "Conceive It! Believe It! Achieve It!" You Can Do It.

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Apr 21, 2017

Amazon at $135 Billion sales per year

You won’t believe what’s coming…Video 1

We are so excited for you and ASM7 re-opening and re-launch,

Matt and Jason from amazing selling machine have a 4 part video launch series they are sharing on how to get started with making a profitable online physical products business partnering up with Amazon.

Click continue reading link at bottom of this blog to watch Video 1

Build a Real $100K Per Month Business on Amazon

Discover the proven process to build a wildly successful business leveraging the power of the $135 billion retailer Amazon. Plus, get 100 hand-picked product opportunities FREE!

Many of you already know that our family is working on 2 products live with Amazon through the program that Matt and Jason teach step by step with successful Amazon sellers through video modules. You can see our product websites at and

Matt and Jason have tested every tactic and strategy they could find.

And they’re sharing what they learned with you. Right here.

Amazon makes $135 BILLION per year in online sales, and they’re just beginning to scratch the surface.

With the information they share, you have the opportunity to build a REAL and profitable business that’s completely yours.

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>> Click link of continue reading below to learn the NEW way to choose RED HOT products to sell on Amazon right now… Plus: To show you how many crazy opportunities there are right now, they’re even giving you 100 hand-picked product opportunities for FREE.

Their program launch closes within the next week.

Forward this email or the link directly to any friends, family or business associates that you think might be interested in getting their own business started with real physical products following Matt & Jason's team of successful Amazon sellers.

Click below link continue reading and secure your spot and watch the video

From our Family to yours and...To Your Success,

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Oct 16, 2015

Get Your Financial Future: ASM Doors Are Closing

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Oct 15, 2015

Inspiration Success Stories Real People

ASM business model success stories of real people just like you and me.

Extra cash...Extra time...Do whatever it takes! You deserve it.

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Look inside the lives of real people who've built real businesses leveraging the power of Amazon: Click below link Watch and Get Started

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Real people share stories about starting physical products businesses…and what they say will bring you to tears: Click the following link and see this video and sign up to change YOUR life and Your Family's life

I hope these real stories of Real People Partnering with Amazon, people like you and me starting a successful business will INSPIRE you and Encourage You to GO For It!

I believe in you and your success!

Act Now, Click the link and get in before doors close tonight Midnight.

"It Ain't Over, Until I Win"--Les Brown

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Oct 14, 2015

Amazon 100Billion Build Your Family Run Business...Take a piece!

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Countless lives have been changed by this program. Now it's your turn: copy paste this here or simply click through the link below

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Sep 21, 2014

Posture Training and Weight Loss?

Just thought I would drop a quick line at the end of the weekend on an interesting question about training, weight loss and posture.

I was pushing our youngest in the stroller today after Church and my eldest son and I were talking about holding our posture, standing straight up shoulders chest and actually keeping our abs tight as we walked. Breathing took some practice but it got both of us thinking of what a great idea whenever we are out walking to hold our posture tall and solid with our core getting some training. Even every step was a mini training exercise.

I bet we could get our metabolism kicking in a bit and with that comes some weight loss on a gradual program that we don't even notice the workout.

Food for thought..try out some walking with good posture and holding your core--all your abs tight with every step.

Tomorrow 30 day push ups continues. Keep up with yours.

You Can Do It

Till then..

Sep 18, 2014

Ab training quick start

Hey Dads and Men out there,I have started wit a quick ab training program similar to what I have outlined for a 30 day push up goal.

Step 1: Start with a doable but slight stretch to your push up numbers. If it is 2, or 5, or 25 or 50. Awesome..that is a great start. We will work on ramping up our metabolism for some cutting and healthy weight loss.

Today's start--I went for 60 to reach up to 120, you could start a t 6 and climb up by two's 6,8,10..10,12,14..14,16,18...and end at 30 or 40 depending on the goal you have set for your own personal success.

You Can Do It!

Keep it up, just 1 day at a time.

Next steps are to incorporate some core work, weight training and cardio spreading out a bit through your week...but always just 1 day at a time.

talk to you soon,

Sep 13, 2014

Overcoming Challenges Day By Day...

Ever wondered what it takes to overcome challenges and obstacles that you face each day.

I think about it quite often but usually a lot when I am smack dab in the middle of a challenge or a problem I need to figure out.

I wonder if there is sure fire way to make sure you can always overcome the obstacle you are facing, maybe a 3-step program that we could follow as soon as our vision starts to fade away from our goal or our sights start to get 'blocked'.

I came across a little strategy that is more of a psychological curve ball to our thinking and how we approach problems and obstacles to keep our minds on track and avoid the wavering stages of thought and actions.

TRY THIS......The next obstacle or challenge that pops up out of nowhere to distract and dissuade you from pursuing your goal, look at: the problem to be solved, the obstacle to be surpassed, the challenge to be triumphed over,


An Opportunity!

That is it!

Here is an opportunity for me to learn something new.

Here is an opportunity for me to make a wise choice.

Here is an opportunity for me to share.

Here is an opportunity for...

Have a great weekend.

You Can Achieve What you set your mind to.

Keep Striving, Keep Smiling & Keep Believing!

Sep 10, 2014

Fitness Success Challenge! How Did You Do?

Hey Guys,Today is a day of accomplishment. I will be the first to admit that it wasn't smooth all the way through on my goal to hit 100 pushups in 30 days. I had a few extra days 'missed' which I have convinced myself were needed days of rest. Despite the bumps along the road I have successfully reached 100 pushups in close to 30 days.

I started at 45 on the first day and always tried to go for 3 days with day 4 as a rest day. It got a bit tough to keep with the challenge on top of work and it took me an extra 8 days for this fitness challenge...but success in the end.

I hope you were able to run with your goal and feel the benefits and at least 1 positive reflection from your own challenge.

NEW CHALLENGE: 3 sets of pushups per day on the same 30 day pushups fitness challenge.

Here is the breakdown Beginner to Advanced...

Beginner: Start at 2 on Day 1 and 30 days reach 25 You Can Do It--25 in 30 Days!2,2,4,-4,6,6,,-8,8,10,-10,12,12,-14,14,16,-16,18,18,-20,20,22,-22,24,25....

Intermediate: Start at 25 on Day 1 and 30 days reach 50

You Can Do It--50 in 30 Days!25,25,27,-27,29,29,-31,31,33,-33,35,35,-37,37,39,-39,41,41,-43,43,45,-45,47,50....

Advanced: Start at 45 on Day 1 and 30 days reach 100

You Can Do It--120 in 30 Days!50,55,60,-60,65,70,-70,75,80,-80,85,90,-90,95,100,-100,105,110,-110,115,120....

Take Day 31 as your 'test' day to put your 30 days of strength and fitness training to the test and go for your goal!

I would love to go on this new journey with you and maybe our next goal will be running 3 sets on each day and then really pushing ourselves together with going for 25 one hand pushups in 30 days......something that really stretches ourselves, our beliefs and of course it will push our fitness and strength training.

One day off and then we begin...

You Can Do It!

See you tomorrow.Have a great day

Sep 05, 2014

Double Fitness Challenge Success

It's peeling away day at a time.

Successful today training for a mud run and I was able to squeeze in one set for the push ups challenge hitting 95 which I will admit was tough and starting it was the difficult part plus the last 5-10.

Another 95 and then I will hit the 100 in just a bit over the 30 days.

I hope you are keeping on and renewing your resolve each day--getting closer every time.

95, then 100! I can do it and.. You Can Too! Keep Focused and Believe in just one more try.

Keep training--Every little bit helps, every calorie peels away with each step.

Talk to all of you again real soon

Keep striving, Keep Driving...You Can!

Sep 04, 2014

Final Stretch for 1st 30day Push Ups Goal

Hey Everyone,I am pulling in to the final stretch on my 1st 30day push ups goal. I hope you have been working at your fitness 30day goal as well.

I will admit that I had a few days of rest along the way. I am approaching my days at 95 push ups in one go so I am planning to hit 100 over the weekend...then I will start a new 30day fitness goal.

Keep up the good work. You can do it and achieve each goal you set.

Along the way we might hit a couple of bumps in the road. Keep going even if you take an extra break here or there--see the whole journey and the goal destination.

Talk to you again and I will try to keep myself scheduled with you.

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Aug 11, 2014

1st week 30day goal on track to hit 100 push ups

Good morning guys,A little slip up yesterday I missed out on carrying through with day 7 at my 2nd day at 55 push ups.

This is a great little workout plan, a training routine that I think will work out today I will refocus and normally it should be a day off but I am going to get right back on track with my 2nd day of 55.

I will take the next 3 to hit my 60 twice and finish with 65 then take my day off--I actually caught myself considering pushing extra sets. I may have to sleep on that one.

Guys, keep it up, You Can Do It!

Take it one day, one training session at a's just a couple of minutes. I even tried it at in between training breaks while doing dishes. It worked...

Go For It, Keep going and I will see you, tomorrow.

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Aug 10, 2014

mens fitness 30 day exercise plan

Workout plans are tough to get into my daily schedule, but I finally got started with a 30 day goal to do 100 push ups...and no diets or diet plans.

I find it is always a challenge to put an exercise plan in place especially with all of the responsibilities I have with work and my family and finding time with each of our 6 kids.

Men, fitness and healthy eating is important for us to keep stress under 'some' control. Doing a gym workout plan is great, invigorating and a real boost to strength training with some great workout routines and I do love the idea of sometimes having a work out routine for men that we can do at home with no equipment, no weight lifting and I feel like we can be our own personal trainer--we will become our own 'home gym equipment'.

I invite you on a journey to up your fitness with an easy fitness and exercise plan that we can do together and even help shed a few pounds as a healthy weight loss program.

30 days to do 100 push ups...Are you up for it?

Let's do it together, a work out plan of 3 days on and 1 day off by repeating the number of pushups for 2 days and increase it by 5 for the next 2 training days the 4th day is always a day off of doing any push ups on your road to achieving your 30 day goal.

For 100 push ups in 30 days we can start with 45 on day 1

For 60 push ups in 30 days we can start with 5 on day 1

For 25 push ups in 30 days we could start with 2 on day 1

Drop a comment on which 30 day goal you are starting with and if you want a bit of extra challenge in the exercise program you start with try 2 or 3 sets for each workout day...add a core workout routine for your abs between sets as your 'set break'. There are lots of home workouts for men and this one doesn't take a lot of time, only a few minutes and you are done and your metabolism just got a boost.

I will post a copy of the full 30 day workouts for you and a sample core workout routine and some video to help you...check out our dads page for men, dads and husbands

You Can Do It!

Start with where you are at and join in--you CAN do it

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Mar 09, 2013

All About Easter

All about Easter--our Christian faith, our relationship with Jesus, how we celebrate with our kids,our family, building family traditions and enjoying God's free gift of salvation in His Son

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Feb 16, 2013

Dad running with Marathoners...

Men, Husbands Bachelors and Dads, What was I thinking...Hey, Running is a great way to get fit or just to get a bit of exercise. 20 minutes a couple of times a week is great for toning your muscles and getting some fresh air and charging up your cardiovascular system. Eat some good light 'charging' foods like bananas and light sandwiches work great before heading out(pretty good post recovery food too.

I went out for a run with a few colleagues yesterday after some class sessions and today I am feeling many muscles I had forgotten about(I know it will go away with time). So I found out on the 'run' my runners had triathlons, an ironman, 2 marathons, 2 half marathons 100km race and some 'shorter' long distance events and some strong man challenge events between them. I felt small but challenged at the same time. WOW!It felt good and exhausting, I pushed myself to the limit and can still talk about it.

Gentlemen, start slow and steady and build yourselves up.You don't need to push to the limit.

Every little bit helps build your body up and you will feel rejuvenated, stronger, healthy, filled with clearer purpose, more energized, more productive as your natural body endorphins course through your body.

Dads and Husbands, Keep it up.

You can do it. It is worth it.

Men, Start with 20 minutes and Happy training.

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Feb 15, 2013

Special SHMILY for my wife on Valentines

Valentines is a special celebration day in our family. Growing up we handed out valentines cards at school and at home and Mom and Dad gave a nice Valentines Card to each other and chocolates and flowers. We have a big party for each other and our kids. This year I made a cheesecake with whipped cream icing and 9 cupcakes piping out a red pink icing to say I Love You to my wife with S.H.M.I.L.Y. letters one on each plus some Mozart Kugeln chocolates and sprinkles. I will add up some pictures of what I 'whipped' together. Of course I gave a single red rose and a Valentines card too.

I hope you had a great Valentines Day and made your Valentine feel special and gave some praise to our God in Heaven who hand picked the two of you

Happy Valentines Day

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Feb 15, 2013

Cheese cake For Valentines Day for Her

My Valentines cake for my beautiful wife was cheese cake with whipped cream icing decorated with pink piped icing and cupcakes spelling S.H.M.I.L.Y, sprinkles and chocolates as decorations. Check out the recipe under awesome anniversaries that I used, which worked great with an extra half cup of ground cookies and 3/4cup of gently melted butter.

Maybe a quick cake as a post Valentines weekend celebrationfor tonight or tomorrow evening with fresh fruit... Just a thought

Have a wonderful day

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Feb 12, 2013

Making Fun Kids Birthday Parties

Our 7 Success Steps Checklist making your Kids birthday parties great and full of fun memories for you & your birthday child without the stress

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Feb 12, 2013

Star Wars Birthday Party for Kids

Jedi Kids Free Swordplay

Our star wars birthday party full of ideas for games, Jedi robes and Jedi light sabers with sword play training and games our 9yr boy had lots of fun with his friends for his birthday

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Feb 12, 2013

Themed Star Wars Birthday Decorations

Yoda lightsaber picture for pinning sabers

Star Wars Birthday Decorations were a key to our son's Star Wars themed 9th Birthday party making it memorable with Jedi knight pool noodle lightsabers, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi robes

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Feb 12, 2013

Fever in my baby--Got Scared!

Last night we got a bit of a scare with a high 'shaking' fever in our 4 year old. We were up a bit late so the kids weren't in bed at their usual 'earlier' bedtime. This was a blessing in disguise as our 4 yr old had already fallen asleep and I had already put him into his bed. My wife went and checked in on him maybe 1/2 an hour later and was scared and concerned as he had a high fever and had shakes in his hands and through some of his body. He was fighting some kind of infection inside his body. We got the butt depositories, and cooled him down with a washcloth and gave him some Gatorade to replenish his electrolytes.

His fever has come down and he got some sleep during the night--not so much for me, but that is part of parenting, isn't it. We need to watch him a bit carefully today but wow, talk about getting a quick scare when you don't expect it.

I will write up some more detail on fevers. Pay close attention to how each of your children react with their discomforts or when they are sick. Our 4 yr old never whimpers around when he is sick or not feeling well and will actually put himself straight to bed, but our 2 yr old will let everyone know that he is not feeling well. Go with your instincts. Another tool in your parenting cabinet is always a good addition.

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Jan 10, 2013

Wrestle-Mania 5 at home

What a way to end off the day. A long and hard day at work running 4 exams, 2 full on higher level packed in lessons in Thermodynamics and electromagnetic waves parallel plate thin film analysis, 2 short runs home and back, backing digital info and a 25 minutes weight workout.

After dinner, 4 boys against Dad. It became a combination of 'dubbed' in-house Karate action films, shirts came off and wrestlemania on the bed followed. It was a lot of fun all 4 brothers taking on Dad--the 2, 4, 6 & 9 yr olds had a blast and so did Dad.

Stages of play went from words across the table to contact sport 'play-fighting'

They sure are getting strong. I better keep on working out. A short morning workout 15 minutes before the day starts and a 20-30 minute weights workout in the middle of the day.

I will write some pages on our Dads and sons play, and also some workouts you can try at home before your day starts and a short weights workout for the middle of your day. (I'll try getting up some video for you)

Until then..Can you find 15 or 20 minutes in your day for a bit of fitness? Could you squeeze in 10 minutes for your boys? Let me help you and encourage you...

You Can Do It!

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Jan 08, 2013

Double-Stroller Double-Flat

Today our double stroller had a double flat-->both back tires went flat while taking our two youngest home after picking up our kids from school. Well, we will have to take the back stroller wheel unit, axle and all off. We have a babywelt stroller that is used daily. Rain of shine, snow or sleep, pavement, grass or gravel--we put our strollers through extreme testing. Loading them up with kids or groceries.

Our 2 and 4 year olds helped Dad disassemble the wheel base, remove both of the wheel inner tubes , find the hole and patch it up. We used a regular no-name brand tire tube repair kit that came with rough sandpaper, patches and rubber cement--easy to use. It was a fun learning experience for all of us and a pretty easy do-it-yourself mini-project.

We will get some pictures up and post a video on all the fun we had, boys working together fixing a flat tire.

Have a great day.

Dec 26, 2012

Christmas Eve Christmas Day Stockings: Huge Hit

We had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Celebrating Christ's birth, Santa Claus and the true meaning behind the true spirit of Christmas is challenging but very fulfilling.

We changed up our Christmas eve dinner celebration this year instead of having our turkey dinner celebration with inviting other families over to our home we went out to the Salvation Army celebration in town where they put on a dinner and play for their Christmas eve service. It was encouraging to see our children behaving very well and being helpful with the clean up afterwards.

Christmas day: Stockings for the children--> and they were packed up with different items from tangerines, toothbrushes, kinder chocolate, Santa chocolate, gum and some small wrapped gifts to fit in their stockings--a few ended up taped to their stocking. Our Christmas Day celebration splits into a kind of five part program with the children:--1st Daddy reads a Christmas Story to the whole family while sitting snuggled on the family couch in the living room with all our Christmas lights on.--2nd we sing Christmas songs together, we sang around 10 or 12--3rd we eat some breakfast, we had Cinnamon French toast casserole(check our family-life-parenting site healthy eating tab under food fun healthy eating tip #5--4th we took Santa's gift and letter off of the tree, our eldest read the letter and then we each in turn took a picture off of the tree and described what we saw, what we are grateful for and offered a prayer about it and included what we can truly be grateful for.--5th we each in turn had our Santa Stockings with the rest of the family watching and being excited with us

This took the whole day(we weren't going anywhere) and we even squeezed in short naps for everyone(we all needed it), our children responded well to being helpful, grateful for their blessings and exercising patience. Admittedly it was fun to see our 2 yr old and 4 yr old ‘lugging’ around the house their filled up stocking which looked like half their size.

The 'gimmies' are tough with such an overabundance of stuff available but we don't want our family to miss out on each other and on the true meaning of Christmas. What a precious gift that God gave His Son to come to Earth as a baby to live among us for a short time and share His Word and Life with us.

We hope that you and your Families have had a Blessed and wonderful Christmas time

We will post pictures how we used our tree to spark thoughtfulness and being grateful. We will add pages of content to give you some ideas we think are worth trying for your next celebration to get back the true meaning and focus of Christmas, still enjoying gifts but not being consumed by them.

Merry Christmas

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Dec 14, 2012

Chistmas Coookies 'Easy Peazy' with our 4yr old

Just made a batch of dough--butter cookies or as they say in Europe Spritzgebäck. This was a quick 'make the dough for me honey' request quite early in the morning. What to do...I asked our 4 yr old to help me, and he loved it. I will have to post a video of how we worked together to make our cookie dough. Making the dough is easy and quick, with only 1 kg of flour + 1 Tbsp of backing powder, 300g sugar, 3 eggs and 500g butter-->that's it, crater mountain it all and use your hands. Kids love to use their hands squishing all the ingredients together in their hands. Kids love to decorate so I whipped up a quick icing. (featured in our Family-Life-Parenting site Celebrations page link to 'zuckerglasur' icing glaze) You can make the dough in about 10-15 minutes chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes(we chilled it during breakfast and then took it out) Our 2 yr old even helped out making cookies with some Christmas cut-outs and of course dough was eaten up as well.

Have fun, and Merry Christmas

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Aug 16, 2012

Fun Filled Celebrations and Family Traditions

7 fun filled celebrations to build lasting memories and meaningful family traditions

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Aug 16, 2012

Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Oma's vanilla buttercream icing made with pudding from scratch is not too sweet and tastes better than the bakery. Trust Oma on this one.

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Aug 16, 2012

Wedding Anniversary Gifts By Year

Traditional and modern wedding anniversary gifts listed by year for a themed focus to build your anniversary gifts and ideas around for your next celebration of your wedding anniversary with your love

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Aug 16, 2012

Easiest Richest Tasting Cheesecake Recipe

Easiest, richest and best tasting cheesecake I have been making for family & friends for the last five years

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Aug 16, 2012

Top 10 Fun Dating Ideas

Top 10 Fun Dating Ideas great valentines day suggestions to fuel your relationship romance with your special valentine

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Aug 16, 2012

5 Awesome Romance Ideas

5 Awesome Packed Romance Ideas to supercharge your relationship with suggestions and great fun ways to show love

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Aug 16, 2012

Love In A Marriage Recipe

Basic ingredients to our recipe for keeping love in a marriage and building a happy marriage takes lots of kisses, kindness, laughter, listening love, faith, loyalty and time together in our busyness

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Aug 16, 2012

Sweet Buttercream Icing For Cakes

Sweet buttercream icing for cakes that is easy to pipe and ice cakes for 1st time and pro bakers.

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Aug 16, 2012

Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

This tasty cream cheese icing recipe is a rich tasting creamy & sweet frosting great for cupcakes, birthday cakes and those just because cakes.

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Aug 16, 2012

Cake Recipe From Scratch

Easy cake recipe from scratch that is filling and great with buttercream or cream cheese frosting forany celebration with family and friends.

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Aug 16, 2012

Rice Krispies Treats

Quick & Easy original rice krispies treats ready in less than 15 minutes, great snack for family and friends at birthdays and seasonal celebrations.

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Aug 16, 2012

Spinach Dip Recipe with Bread Boat Bowl

Quick & tasty cream cheese and spinach dip recipe great for any celebration

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Aug 16, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake Great For Thanksgiving

Pumpkin cheesecake, quick great rich tasting Thanksgiving or anytime cheesecake

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Aug 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato -- sweeter than pie

Easy to make -- Thanksgiving sweet potato, you'll love this side dish so much you will want to have it at all your big family celebrations

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Aug 16, 2012

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes are Not just for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner but great for any celebration or just as a potato casserole during the week.

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