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“The Greatest Gift” episode of The Garden cartoon includes a free lesson

Many thanks to Garden Productions for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Purchase “The Greatest Gift” episode of The Garden cartoon and get a free lesson

I just spent a bit over 10 minutes watching an adorable cartoon episode from The Garden cartoon series available for download. This episode does a great job reminding the younger viewers about the true meaning of Christmas. With easy mentions of scripture relating to Jesus’ birthday and how we can give joy to others, this is a great short watch and with the Christmas Episode special, you get a free gift!

Butch Hartman, the creator of Nickelodeon’s animated shows: The Fairly Odd-Parents, Danny Phantom and Tuff Puppy is the creator behind THE GARDEN! You may even recognize the voice of Lenny (James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on ‘THE CLONE WARS’) and the voice of Lucy is Cristina Milizia (the voice of Jessica Cruz/Green lantern, Poison Ivy from ‘Batman’ to name a few).

The Garden Series Synopsis

The Garden is a Christ-centered children’s cartoon series aimed at teaching your kids the Gospel in a way they can understand. It features LENNY THE LION and LUCY THE LAMB—two best friends who work inside a magical garden where ANYTHING can grow! Each story revolves around them having to accomplish their goals by learning a Bible story or an original song. “The Garden” will take your kids right along on these adventures, too! Over 40 episodes set to release!

*Special – Download the Christmas episode: The Greatest Gift for $1.99 and get a free lesson to download along with your purchase! Currently available of PureFlix and YIPPEE TV! App coming soon!

Download the special here -> https://www.gardencartoon.com/shop

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The Importance of Scheduling ‘Mom & Dad Time’ — And How to Ensure the Routine Sticks

Parents have just 32 minutes to themselves each day, with many having to actually hide from their children in order to get some time alone, according to one survey conducted by the meal delivery service Munchery. While scheduling a relaxation break as a couple can seem nearly impossible, however, there are a multitude of benefits involved in doing so aside from simply recharging. From the value of taking a break together from time to time to how to actually make doing so a habit that sticks around, here’s what you should consider if a busy household has left you in need of a break for some Mom and Dad time.

The benefits of alone time — together 

Spending quality alone time can feel like an impossible feat with a busy household to run, though there are a multitude of benefits that come along with carving out some well-deserved alone time. “Many of us internalize [the message] that parenting trumps all [and] everything is pushed aside,” says Minneapolis clinical social worker Marit Appeldoorn. “But this [time] is not a luxury, not dispensable. We really have to give ourselves permission to do our thing, even if it’s just 10 minutes with a cup of coffee. It’s good for physical health, mental health and really, really good for our parenting.” 

However, while alone time is important for each parent individually, spending time with your partner alone is just as important — especially if one or both parents are away at work or a busy family schedule has made regular date nights a thing of the past. Not only is making time for each other a great way to reconnect and spend time doing something that you both enjoy doing together, but it can help in maintaining a healthy relationship and/or marriage, too. Through uninterrupted time spent together, parents can communicate, laugh and have fun together.

How scheduling can help

When looking to make designated couple time a priority, actually writing it down and carving out the space in your planner or calendar can help greatly. Not only will this give you something to look forward to, but will ensure you don’t forget about it, either, and will allow you to organize childcare arrangements well in advance. Whether you choose to have a date night once a week or a weekend getaway every few months, planning ahead will allow you to effectively make ‘Mom and Dad’ time a priority, even with the busiest of schedules. While making time to have an uninterrupted dinner together can be a great way to spend time as a couple, mixing up your options can make for an exciting date — even if it’s a short hike, an afternoon movie, or the occasional weekend away. Making time to relax together can also be done in the most literal ways — such as by taking the time to get a couples massage. With a range of packages and options for couples that allow for focus on the areas that need it the most, like the feet, face, head, neck and shoulders, there’s no question that a couples massage can make for the ultimate way to relax and unwind together. And, with options that take as little as thirty minutes, scheduling a couples massage can be one of the most flexible ways to spend time together during a busy week.

Getting a moment to yourself as a parent can be a major challenge, nevermind coordinating alone time with your partner, though doing so can be very beneficial to yourself and the relationship as a whole. By making it a priority to plan out and schedule time alone — whether it’s a dinner or a weekend getaway, you can take a well-deserved break to recharge and have fun together.

Parenting

The TODO Game is an award-winning game that promotes meaningful conversation

The TODO Game is an award-winning game that promotes meaningful conversation

Turn off the TV and video games and grab a game the entire family can get into. From entertaining toddlers to bonding with the teens, the ToDo Game is an award-winning Australian activity cards that promote meaningful conversations and the best part is that there are no winners or losers. Let your TODO card guide the game play.

Choose from babies, couples, toddler and family edition. Each box has 30 activity cards. Read and do that activity and that is it! Each activity lasts from 20 minutes to an hour, so you can choose the best time of day that works to get together as a family. Older kids can help younger kids with their cards and parents, friends and teens can bond over the family edition.

For example, our first toddler card I pulled had an activity called, The Great Outdoors. It asked us to take a walk in a nearby garden or park and collect various items. We were to collect 12 items in total and come home and use large paper and glue to create a live collage with our items. The advance option had us pasting and labeling items. This can easily be done for the younger kids with the older kids or parents help. Shop the TODO card games online and start connecting as a family!

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Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pure Flix – Win a 3 month subscription

Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pureflix

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is an August debut on Pure Flix. Pure Flix streams faith and family-friendly media that changes lives, inspires hearts and lifts the spirits of members like you and those you love. Start streaming these great shows today with a subscription or enter below to win a 3 month streaming subscription at the end of this post.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is based off of its New York Times Bestselling book written by Dr. Meg Meeker about a successful businessman whose daughter decides to marry a missionary. Dad and daughter (Abby) had dreams of working together once she graduated business school, but she took a missionary trip, fell in love and her plans changed. Dad suddenly feels like he has been replaced by her new fiance (Oz) and has a very hard time letting her go! She has plans to leave on a 3 year mission in another country after marrying Oz, rather than taking the job with her Father. Meanwhile, Dad has 2 other daughters he loves and perhaps should get to know better and prepare for them to grow and leave home as well. This relatable film is a must-see for Dads and daughters!

We learn that parenting is about allowing your children to discover their own gifts and own path in life by seeing past your own expectations! Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pure Flix starting August 1st!

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