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Dinner Prep-A Task For The Whole Family

I enjoy getting the whole family busy in the kitchen.  Conversation flows like water and I am able to see my kids from so many angles.

Determined, silly, competitive, enthusiastic, learning.

More than that, when we all pitch in, dinner is on the table with the ease that only teamwork can bring.

Giving kids tasks to help get dinner ready gives them a sense of accomplishment and they become part of the team rather than a bystander.

Giving kids tasks to help get dinner ready gives them a sense of accomplishment and they become part of the team rather than a bystander. Click To Tweet

With a tribe of kids from ages 4 to 15, we cover a wide range of activities available.

Ages 3-4 (My triplets are 4 and they love helping out in the kitchen.)

  • Help measure ingredients for salad dressing, meat rubs or marinades.
  • Help remove stems from fresh herbs.
  • Rinse dry beans before prep
  • Wash vegetables before prep
  • Tear salad for salad prep
  • Throwing away wrappers or dumping bowl full of scraps
  • Add silverware to table


Ages 5-10 (My 7-year-old loves helping me measure out ingredients and makes a mean garlic bread)

  • Read easy recipes and help prepare marinades or salad dressing
  • Learn to do a rough chop on vegetables for soups or kebabs.
  • Shred cheese for various dishes
  • Add plates to the table

Ages 10 and up (My 10 & 12-year-old love baking and have claimed “their” signature dish)

  • Help prepare pasta or rice
  • Make guacamole
  • Prep vegetables for stir fry
  • Bring family style dishes to the table

How do you get your kids involved in everyday cooking duties? There are many benefits that come with empowering kids in the kitchen.  The biggest benefit our family has experienced is the desire to eat at home instead of eating out. Cooking with your children will reap many rewards. For more research on these benefits click here

Flattering Curves Ahead

Morning conversation with my 13-year-old.

Flattering curves ahead. 

There are 3-4 basic body types that find their uniqueness in each girl/woman. When we spend our time wishing, we were a different body type we zap out the ability to shine in our individuality and personal God given beauty.

Pick out 4-6 things that you LOVE about your body. Focus on these things. Thank God for them. What are the few things you do not like so much about your body? What could you do to improve those things? Pray and ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you.

Thank God for creating you just the way you are…uniquely beautiful. There is NOONE like you. Embrace that and SHINE.


Power of a Praying Parent Book Review


I have had this book for at least 12 years. My oldest will be 13 this month. 
I love this book because there are times when you just don’t know what to pray for you children. In such a harsh world, how do you protect them at all times? 
This book helped me come to the realization that I can not, but that God could and would. 
I am not naive to think this would keep all bad from happening. I do think however that in the bad God provides a peace that surpasses understanding and that he also provides guidance on how to handle each situation we are faced with. 
This is a book that I keep close during my quiet times, one that I have given to many friends and one that I highly recommend. Power of a Praying Parent

Product Description

Stormie Omartian’s mega bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 8.2 million copies sold) is re-released with fresh cover designs to reach those eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives.
After decades of raising her children along with her husband, Michael, bestselling author Stormie Omartian looks back at the trials, joys, and power found in praying for her kids. In 30 easy-to-read chapters, Stormie shares from personal experience as to how parents can pray for their children’s
  • safety
  • character
  • adolescence
  • peer pressure
  • school experiences
  • friends
  • relationship with God
This resource will encourage readers in the parenting journey whether their kids are three or thirty-three.

From the Back Cover

Why leave your child’s life to chance when you can give it to God?
Award-winning singer and songwriter Stormie Omartian and her husband, Michael, spent 20 years raising their children…and learning the power of praying for them. Now, in 31 short, easy-to-read chapters, Stormie shares how you can pray through each stage of your child’s growth, from early childhood through adulthood.
Learn how to turn to the Father and place every detail of your child’s life in His loving and capable hands:
* safety 
* character development 
* peer pressure 
* school 
* marriage 
* friends 
* relationship with God 
* family relationships 
* adolescence 
* career choices
Whether your child is three or thirty-three, it’s never too late to discover the joy that comes from being a part of God’s work in his or her life.

About the Author

Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author (more than 23 million books sold) of The Power of a Praying® series, which includes The Power of a Praying® Wife Devotional and The Power of a Praying® Woman. Her many other books include Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On, The Prayer That Changes Everything®, and Praying the Bible into Your Life. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married more than 39 years and are the parents of two married children.