A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Save BIG With Sweet End-of-Summer Savings Event at Dayspring! @Dayspring #IllustratedFaith

**Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

Ah, summer... it was nice while it lasted but as they say--- all good things must come to an end, and summer is no difference. And if you're like me, you're looking forward to those final summer days rolling into the best season of the year--- fall! The pumpkins, the apples, the fashion, the baking... oh I love it all!

But before we jump into fall--- it's time to end the summer on a high note! What better way to do that with an AMAZING SALE! Good news! Dayspring has us covered! They just launched their Sweet End-of-Summer Savings Event, and let me tell you... these deals are too good to miss!

There are many great deals in this sale, but none are better than the Illustrated Faith Sale! Select products are up to 70% off! Take a look at some of these great deals:

  • Previous Devotional Kits $15! 
  • Stamp Sets $4!
  • Washi & Washi Stickers $2!
  • Letter, Number and Heart Stickers $2!
  • Tabbies and Paper Clips $2!
  • Paper and Clear Cut Pads $2!
  • Water Color and Acrylic Paint Sets $10!
Seriously, these deals are AMAZING! I have personally never seen the paint sets priced this low! The acrylics are my personal go to- great colors AND quality! Stock up on all of these must haves before they run out! Remember, these are also ideal for planners, card making and so much more... not JUST Bible journaling! Head on over to check out all of the Illustrated Faith Deals or to see more great sale categories!

Because these prices are already so low, no further discounts can be applied... however, add any regular price Illustrated Faith products to your cart and use IFSHIPSFREE and the free shipping will apply to your whole order! 

Calling All Whovians: A Look Inside the Latest Dr. Who Nerd Block { + A Giveaway Hop}

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**Product received for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 
A few months ago, I introduced you all to the latest theme to come to the Nerd Block collection: Dr. Who!

Now, if you know a Dr. Who fan... you know that they tend to be a dedicated group. In my experience, there doesn't seem to be an in between for Dr. Who. You either don't want it... or you're a megafan! And for the mega fans, this block is a MUST see. In case you missed it, here are the details:

Attention, Whovians! Nerd Block and BBC are partnering to bring you the Doctor Who Official Block! Straight from Gallifrey, we're packing the mini-TARDIS full of wibbly wobbly merch, exclusive wearables, and collectible items just for you. Experience the time-bending magic of getting officially licensed and exclusive items from your favorite Time Lords. How will we fit so much awesomeness into one Block? It's much bigger on the inside! Every other month, you'll get a brand new assortment of hand-curated timey-wimey exclusives you won't find anywhere else. All for just $49.99, including shipping!

Unlike other Nerd Blocks, this particular block is a bi-monthly subscription... but I assure you when you see what's inside you'll agree it's well worth the wait! So... what are we waiting for!? Let's look inside!

  • Dr. Who Tee. This is the one thing you can always expect to find inside your Dr. Who Block... a fun, new t-shirt. The design will change each month, but you'll always have a new one coming!
  • Sonic Screwdriver LED Torch. Now, you may recall there was another in last month's block as well, but this is a different one- based on the 12th Doctor's Second Screwdriver.
  • Dr. First Book. My kids LOVED this book and they aren't even big Dr. Who fans! It is definitely a really fun addition to every Dr. Who Collection.
  • Tritan Water Bottle. This is perhaps my favorite item in this latest block... really great design for every Whovian to share their love of the Doctor on the go...and great quality too!
  • Tardis Exclusive 4.5" Vinyl Figure. Another really great addition to every collection!

As you can see, Nerd Block once again knocked it out of the park with this fun Dr. Who Block! Want to get the next one? Head on over to learn more and check it out now!And one very lucky reader is going to win a mystery Dr. Who item! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day with a DIY Tooth Fairy Pillow

Did you know that today, August 22, is National Tooth Fairy Day!?

Now, I must admit that before having kids, I never planned to do the whole tooth fairy thing. My parents never did it when I was a child, and well..I just never realized that it was something that kids actually believed- just something cute to say.

That changed when my son lost his first tooth and declared he had to put it under his pillow for the tooth fairy. Well, naturally I just had to go with it! But it's fun and exciting...and so we decided to embrace it!

And today in celebration of Nationanal Tooth Fairy day, I came up with a fun little craft to make it even more special!

DIY Tooth Fairy Pillow

  • Small Piece of Felt (Any color)
  • White Felt.
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Stuffing
  • Ribbon for Hanging (if desired). 
  1. Cut the white felt into the shape of a tooth. Sew onto what will be the front of your pillow, leaving the top open as a pocket.
  2. Now, assemble your pillow. I typically use a larger piece of felt and just fold over to keep it simple, or cut to equal size squares.
  3. Start sewing with a simple stitch along the outside. To do this stitch, you will bring the needle over and through the opposite side of the fabric diagonally. Repeat, making sure each stitch is tight. Continue to do this until 3 sides are complete. Don't worry if it's not perfect... it adds character! This is also a great beginning sewing project for kids! 
  4. Stuff the pillow with your stuffing. Sew the final side.
  5. If you'd like to hang this on the bedroom door rather than under the pillow, add some ribbon for hanging. Otherwise it's done!
When your little loses their next tooth, put the tooth in the pocket, and the tooth fairy will come by and replace with their dollar!

How will your little ones be celebrating National Tooth Fairy Day?

Monday, August 21, 2017

100 Favorite Bible Verses: A Book Review

**Book received for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

What's your favorite Bible verse?

We all have those verses that we go to time and time again. Maybe it's a verse that brings us comfort, or joy. Maybe it's a verse that we can relate to on a deeper level. I always love hearing what Bible verse everyone loves the most, as I think it can truly help us get to know people on a deeper level.

For me, there are several that I go to and would consider favorites, but if I had to choose just ONE I would go with Esther 4:14-

 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

What is yours?

Today, I'm excited to share with you a new devotional that celebrates some of those classic favorites throughout the Bible. With 31,102 verses throughout the entire Bible, there are certainly a lot to choose from, but this book narrows it down to 100 popular Bible verses:

Often readers don’t know which Bible verses to start with, and this book curates 100 best loved verses, each with a short application. It is also a great tool for Bible memorization. With content that is both timeless and encouraging, readers will love to read 100 Favorite Bible Verses and take to heart some of the most compelling messages in the Bible.

To be entirely honest, I expected this book to be more of an art book... I thought each page would simple have the verse written out with pretty illustrations around it... something to pick up when you needed a little inspiration. In fact, that was my plan...to use it as inspiration for Bible journaling- giving me specific verses to start with. While it was in part that, it DOES also feature short readings to go along with each verse as well, which is a great way to truly get us thinking even deeper about these verses. The illustrations are simple, but beautifully done so if you're a visual person like myself, it will be a huge plus. The readings are short so perfect to pick and up and read here and there as you are able throughout the day! For me, it really has been a great resource for journaling as well. It gives me a verse to go to, and some thoughts that can help inspire me as well.

100 Favorite Bible Verses is available to purchase now.

Do you have a favorite Bible Verse? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Aging Grandparents: Helping Your Family Cope With An Alzheimer's Diagnosis

As our parent’s age, our families are faced with the effects of their changing health and living situations. While this is a natural part of life, that doesn’t make it any easier. Alzheimer’s in particular can be a difficult diagnosis to cope with, especially if you have children. Over 5 million people are living with this disease in the United States, and its behavioral impact can be felt by the whole family.

The first time your parent forgets their grandchild’s name can be painful to say the least. This comes with a host of complications. You need to determine their long term care plan, explain these changes to your children, and make sure everyone is coping emotionally.

And it may all feel like too much.

Fortunately, you are more capable than you think, and there are specific steps you can take to make these changes easier on your family. Start with empathy and compassion to gently approach this transition.

Communicating With Your Children

Explaining why grandma or grandpa is having more difficulty remembering things, repeating themselves, and behaving in general can be a difficult conversation to start with your child. But remember to stick with what feels natural. They may ask you questions about why this is happening to their grandparent. Answer them, but remember that you do not have to explain the medical diagnosis in detail.

One of the best steps you can take to help your children is to encourage normalcy. While the family dynamic may change slightly, find activities that you can all do together. This will help your child get used to the situation slowly. And if this doesn’t seem to help, don’t hesitate to hire a counselor.  

Showing Support For An Aging Parent

With or without Alzheimer’s, your parent would have been going through a life transition during their aging years anyway. With more than two thirds of U.S. health costs going toward treating chronic illnesses, this cost makes up 95% of health care costs for older Americans, according to the 2013 State of Aging and Health in America. This is why long term care is so important, especially when your parent has a disease like Alzheimer’s. So, whether you are your loved one’s primary caregiver or if they live in an assisted living community, there are steps you can take to show your support.

One of the best ways you can show your love during this transition is to simply be present. Visit them often, bring them flowers, and engage them in conversation. Despite their diagnosis, they are still a central member of your family and should be treated as such. Ask them how they are doing and show that you are there for them -- through the good days and the bad.

Above All: Act With Compassion

The golden rule of family care, acting with compassion is key. Your parent is still the same person they were before their diagnosis, and they should still be a part of their grandchildren’s lives.

But remember to go easy on yourself and still practice essential self-care.

“Caring for someone with Alzheimer's could be the toughest job you ever have,” according to alzheimers.gov. “It's important to stay physically and emotionally healthy when you are providing care. It is not selfish to worry about your own health -- taking care of yourself means you will be there for the person who needs you.”

When your family works together to take care of each other, as well as your aging parent, you can create a healthy, loving environment for everyone to cope with these life changes.

Fearless Parenting: A Book Review.


Let's be completely honest... there is a LOT of fear in this world we're living in. Perhaps for no one more so than parents. I've always been a worry-er so it's nothing new for me, but it seems like in everyone I've talked to, becoming a parent has a way of reminding us all about the bad that's going on in the world today. We look around us and see a world and chaos...a world we want to protect our children from.

We see hatred in situations like those in Charlottesville. We see increases in crime. Just this past week there was a threat of violence towards our local high school. As parents, it makes us want to lock up our children and never let them out of the house. Never mind the drugs and other negative influences that seem to be starting at an earlier and earlier age. Yes, it would be so easy to just let this fear overrule our parenting and have us living in constant fear of allowing our children to experience the world.

But if we are to be the salt and the light... well, what good can we possibly be if we are hidden?

Still, how do we get past those fears and start to parent fearlessly? In their new book Fearless Parenting, George Barna and Jimmy Myers explore just that:

Fearless Parenting
by George Barna and Jimmy Myers

We long to bring up our children as good Christians and good citizens, but it's an uphill battle. In a culture of rampant narcissism and moral anarchy, righteous living isn't easy and isn't popular. If we want to see our children grow up with their faith intact, we cannot afford to simply react, making it up as we go along. We must approach parenting with intentionality and consistency. In this hopeful book, world-renowned researcher George Barna and nationally respected counselor Jimmy Myers offer a plan of action to raise healthy, godly children in our morally bankrupt culture.

For those parents like myself who truly have wondered what it would take to put their kids in life size bubbles before sending them out--- this book is for US. It is a great read that will help us to not live- or parent- in constant fear. It looks at both facts and research and real life experiences and stories to truly relate to us on all levels. I actually really appreciated this multi sided aspect of things because while I tend to be lead more by my emotions, it's great to have those numbers and research too...something that others may need more!

Are you ready to start parenting without fear? Fearless Parenting is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers.

Do you feel like you're parenting in fear? What tips have you found to help? How can this book help?