Enjoying Life’s Moments: SMASH BOOK A Different Use 17


HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

For all you Mom’s out there – ENJOY THE DAY and I Hope you’ve been ENJOYING the Moments with your Family! I know there are many out there who may not be biological Mothers, but I KNOW as women, you have touched SOMEONES life and have been and influencing factor to their growth as a person, so, that’s Mothering with Loving Care and example, and THAT Makes you just as LOVED and deserving of this HAPPY day as well! I HOPE You know that!!!!!

 

Today, I decided to share with you a little bit of a different Enjoying Life’s Moments.  I’m at an “early mom” stage of life still, I’m still LEARNING HOW to BE a mother (Well not so much a mothers as a guiding trainer to bring my babies up in the way that honors and serves the Lord – as we ALL know – its NOT an easy job – no matter what stage you’re in!)

I wanted to show you another way I use my SMASH book.  You can use may different journals or books out there, but I’ve become a fan of the SMASH brand.  There is also the DITTO books, Simple Stories Books and FotoMatr books that can help you achieve the same looks and feels!

 

Anyway, I hope you have a FABULOUS Day and Always Enjoy The Moments

 


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17 thoughts on “Enjoying Life’s Moments: SMASH BOOK A Different Use

  • Laura Pinto-Nguyen

    Thank you Megan for the inspiring words of journaling so many things on these books and help people reflect on different things. I have a 9 year old boy and an-almost 8 year old girl and I truly think that books are out there to help us parents out when we feel a little lost on parenting or even maybe confirming that we are doing something right. When hearing about your little “defiant” boy, it made me think of mine as well. I think that realizing that our kids love us sometimes make those hard days a little easier. There is a book from Gary Chapman called “The Five Love Languages of Children”. It’s an amazing book and you can find it at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Five-Love-Languages-Children/dp/1881273652/ref=pd_sim_b_4

    but I would check your local library first as Gary writes several of these books that can be anyone’s staple books in the house and are easily available in any library.
    Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  • Linda

    Megan – great Mother’s Day video! I am a sad Mom this AM because we just left our younger daughter 5 hrs away near Philly. She graduated yesterday and is determined to make it on her own, even if her history teaching job will take awhile to find.
    I love the idea of parents having a plan for what they want their kids to know before leaving the home! I came upon it while homeschooling. I learned that it is wiser to be intentional about what skills, values, beliefs you want to instill, rather than depending on the public school to perhaps agree with you. For example, besides teaching our daughters how to change a tire, we taught them about managing finances. Sadly, too many “graduates” can’t even figure what 50% off means, let alone any of the other important things you need to know in life.
    I did have a list and that is what I need to make something happen – I can forget things if they are not in writing!

  • Scootingranny

    What a lovely, uplifting video from a very admirable young mother! My kids are all grown but I babysit my youngest grandchild and I am definitely going to check out those books. My daughter and SIL have two older sons and they adopted two younger children (siblings) last year. The youngest they got at 6 weeks so her scars are few, her brother who was 2 1/2 when he came to live with them, he had already been in five “home situations” incuding one year with a drug-addled birth mother and four foster homes. He has emotional (and some physical) scars that still need healing, so these books may help my daughter and SIL, too. Thank you so much and I hope you have a fabulous Mother’s Day!!

  • Melanie

    We have been using the 123 Magic book for over a year an half now and it has really helped us! I have a 4 & 5 year old boys & have a defiant one & a whiner… It has not solved all of those issue but it has helped. Good luck & thanks for the post! Happy Mothers Day!

  • Kathy Tracy

    Happy Mother’s Day Megan. I love this idea and plan to send my daughter this video. She has 4 children (my awesome grandchildren) the ages of 3mos, 5, 11 & 13. I think your tips could be a true inspiration to her. Thank you and I still look forward to opening my email and finding a message from Above Rubies Studio!
    Have a blessed day!

  • Christeen Baker

    Happy Mothers Day to you too Megan. I had a wonderful day with my family. I loved your story on your kids training. When mine were little I used a similar book that was around at the time called Todldler Taming – it saved my sanity lol. Re Smash books I just received my order after waiting 5 weeks and I bought the international one to use on a six week European holiday we are going on starting this Friday. I intend to write/stick – just smash on a daily basis a memory of everything we do. Now after watching your video I think I need a scrapband to hold it all together lol.

  • Deb

    Thanks for the great idea, Megan. I am at the next stage, where my kids are starting to leave. I graduate my first child next weekend with two more to follow in the next 3 years. The time goes so fast! I still need to remember to cherish those moments for all to soon they will be gone!
    Another great book that I was given when my kids were a lot younger is called Watchman on the Walls. http://www.amazon.com/Watchmen-Walls-Praying-Character-Child/dp/1576733734 It is a great book to pray certain character qualities for our children. I still use it.

  • Judy Goodson

    My daughter used the Baby Wise book when her son was an infant – she was a total novice, and really needed help. What wonderful results she got from using the principles from this book. Her son is now 7, and is such a great kid, and, as a baby, bedtime was a joy, and he was happy and could entertain himself at a very early age.

  • Patty Smith

    Megan, I appreciate how you want to raise your little ones. I don’t know what church you worship in but I saw a program yesterday that made a real impression on this grandma. I wish I had heard what Dr. Stanley had to say when I was raising my own children. His comments are not doctrinal but are Biblical and I believe you would appreciate hearing it. If you’re interested, here is where I found it today online. Listen to the whole 30 min and you will get great ideas on teaching your babies.
    http://www.intouch.org/broadcast/this-week-on-tv

  • Peggy Whisenhunt

    Happy Mothers Day. Has been a wonderful day at my house. I wish I could have had my children with me. Allthough I am a grandmother, your showing young mothers about those books is so wonderful. I think it is a harder job today to raise children than in my day. Keep on inspiring and helping all of us.

  • Mrs. Linda

    Megan, great Mother’s Day video! I am a sad Mom this AM because we just left our younger daughter 5 hrs away near Philly. She graduated yesterday and is determined to make it on her own, even if her history teaching job will take awhile to find.
    I love the idea of parents having a plan for what they want their kids to know before leaving the home! I came upon it while homeschooling. I learned that it is wiser to be intentional about what skills, values, beliefs you want to instill, rather than depending on the public school to perhaps agree with you. For example, besides teaching our daughters how to change a tire, we taught them about managing finances. Sadly, too many “graduates” can’t even figure what 50% off means, let alone any of the other important things you need to know in life.
    I did have a list and that is what I need to make something happen – I can forget things if they are not in writing!

  • Mrs. Linda

    Megan – good Mother’s Day video! I am a sad Mom this AM because we just left our younger daughter 5 hrs away near Philly. She graduated yesterday and is determined to make it on her own, even if her history teaching job will take awhile to find.
    I love the idea of parents having a plan for what they want their kids to know before leaving the home! I came upon it while homeschooling. I learned that it is wiser to be intentional about what skills, values, beliefs you want to instill, rather than depending on the public school to perhaps agree with you. For example, besides teaching our daughters how to change a tire, we taught them about managing finances. Sadly, too many “graduates” can’t even figure what 50% off means, let alone any of the other important things you need to know in life.
    I did have a list and that is what I need to make something happen – I can forget things if they are not in writing.

  • Jan

    Bringing your children up in the ways of the Lord is the only way to parent. You impress upon them the ways of our Lord and Savior while they are young and receptive and have brains like sponges. When they get older you may see rebellion from them but the seed has been planted and it will return to them. I am an older Mom two boys -or should I say Men.One is 23 and the other is 18. They have rebelled many times but even in that rebellion I see and hear glimpses of God!

  • Joan Peters

    Megan, may God richly bless and keep you and your family as you are obedient to Him in sharing what others need to hear. I really do appreciate you. Keep up the good work.

  • Cassandra L

    Loved this video about smash books. Have always wanted to get one and use it but haven’t come up with how I wanted to use them and I really like your ideas so now I have a very good reason to do the same. Your videos are always so inspiring and even if I can’t see myself doing the same type of things you do, they do the most important thing of inspiring me to JUST DO – no matter what it is. Thanks so much for all the time you take to make these videos. We know they are not easy to do (even though you make it look that way!).