Win Chris Tomlin’s “Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship” {Review & Giveaway}

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We have a little rule in our family. No Christmas trees, no Christmas music, no Christmas anything until after Thanksgiving. It's so easy for me to miss out on the beauty of today if I'm always looking to tomorrow. However, when I had the opportunity recently to review Chris Tomlin's latest Christmas CD, I kind of broke my own rule. But you know what? It was worth it. {Scroll down to enter the giveaway!} Chris Tomlin is best known for his praise & worship music, and his latest CD … [Read more...]

Black Friday Deals & Steals

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Who doesn't love a good deal? I do! But I do not like to bother with all those people and lines and limited inventory, so I do almost all of my Christmas shopping online. So I want to share with you a few Black Friday sales that do not require you to leave the house! These companies all provide products that I stand behind and personally use. I would not waste my time promoting products that aren't of the best quality and family-oriented. Grapevine Studies has their Birth of Jesus … [Read more...]

Great Books to Give Children for Christmas {Guest Post}

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Unlike toys that break and lose their appeal after a few days, great books will stay with a child from the cradle to the grave. I'm over at Year Round Homeschool today, sharing some great books to give your children (or the children in your life) for Christmas or any time of the year. From my post: Growing up I didn’t care for dolls or toys at all really. Give me a book and I was the happiest kid on the block. I vividly remember the Christmas my aunt gave me Little Women, unabridged. … [Read more...]

6 Christ-Centered Family Christmas Traditions

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Growing up, Christmas was all about Santa Claus. We didn't have a nativity; we didn't celebrate Jesus' birth; and Advent was not in our vocabulary. I'm not upset about that. That's just the way it was. But as I've matured in my faith and God has blessed us with children, I've come to the conclusion that any time the world recognizes and celebrates Christ in any way, I need to be a part of that celebration. I need to be in on that conversation, spreading truth and speaking the Gospel wherever … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas from the Tidwells + What’s in Store for 2014

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Merry Christmas! It's Christmas, and I will be taking a blogging break to enjoy time with my family. I'll be back later this week but wanted to leave you with a recap of my latest posts + news about a little of what you'll be seeing on Growing in His Glory in 2014 + a family Christmas picture for your viewing pleasure :) Recap of latest posts In case you've missed them, here are my most recent posts: 7 Time Management Tips for a Joyful Christmas Dress-up Gifts for Children {Unique Ideas for … [Read more...]

Create Memories with these Gift Ideas for Children

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As a child, my fondest gifts were those that involved either one or both of my parents. Perhaps that was because my love language was quality time, but I have vivid memories of attending a New Kids on the Block concert for my 10th birthday {yeah, I know} , of going to many Atlanta Braves baseball games, of trips out-of-state, and seeing plays like Cats, Les Miserables, and The Lion King on Broadway, all with my family. Even simple experiences like going fishing or playing softball and soccer … [Read more...]

10 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes: Start a New Family Tradition

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Traditions. I have fond childhood memories of Christmas time, most of which center around food--particularly sweets. Both of my grandmothers were excellent cooks: 1 for her cakes & pies, the other is still known for her Christmas candies. My mom is also a culinary extraordinaire, which leaves me without a chance. I can either carry on the family tradition in some small way or drop the ball. I want to preserve our family's longstanding tradition of cooking excellence and start a new … [Read more...]

Decompress This Christmas: It’s OK. Really.

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I'll be the first to admit that I'm glad it's Christmas time. And not for the obvious reasons either. No, for me, Christmas is about decompression. It's the hiatus from Bible studies and regular appointments, the break from school and other activities that you're just.about.burned.out.from. The Christmas holiday is that small window of time when you can be at home (or not) just because. You have nowhere you have to be. The kids (and Mama) can sleep in, stay in their pajamas, eat breakfast at … [Read more...]

Dress-Up Gifts for Children {Unique Ideas for Christmas}

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Join me each Thursday in December as I will be sharing some unique Christmas gift ideas that move beyond Toys-R-Us, won’t break the bank, will outlast 2013, and, hopefully, create beautiful memories for your children. Not a day goes by that my little girls don't dress up. While the sky's the limit for what or who they become, they typically pretend to be princesses, fairies, kitty cats, or Princesses Hildegarde & Sofia. The stories they create as they prance around in flowing gowns or … [Read more...]

7 Time Management Tips for a Joyful Christmas

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There's nothing slow about December. Finding time to take a shower is tricky with all the flurry of activities the holidays bring. Time can become your biggest enemy during the holiday season. If you let it. Last week, Time and I duked it out. A lot. I burned the candle at both ends, and, yes, I suffered the consequences. I struggled with my attitude toward my family. I drank way too much caffeine. I overindulged in bad foods. I let important things--like my prayer time--slide. And, of … [Read more...]