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A Blissful New Year

So, we’ve been painfully absent from Impress Your Kids since the new year began. For me, the new year seems to have just started because my daughter’s birthday is done! Starting at Thanksgiving, we have a holiday or birthday every week till the 3rd week of January! *whew* It’s tiring!

(Oh, but was her birthday ever fun! Click over to my daily blog to see more of her party!)

Now that our party is done, the gifts are almost put away and I only have dishes and laundry to do, we will turn our attention back to crafts, the alphabet, scripture memory and yes, the old blog! However, I want to clarify that just because we aren’t doing an ABC craft, it doesn’t mean I’m not trying to impress God’s truth or love onto my daughter. In fact, as a public schooled kid, my biggest times of learning (academically AND about God, etc.) were when my parents let me skip school and go on a retreat or head downtown for a big event.

Our family has done so much these last few weeks, Lydia may not have learned a scripture or made a craft, but she has been soaking up family. And making special memories. And even in our crazy scheduled lives, I pray her heart is being molded into what God desires for it to be.

OK. Didn’t mean to get all mushy there. I really came here to tell you about my new blogging gig! I’m going to be a contributor on Blissfully Domestic. Whaaat? You don’t read Blissfully Domestic? family-bliss-contributorIt’s a big huge beautiful online magazine about uhm…the domestic life. All written by the women who live it. I’ll be posting weekly in the Family Bliss section. I’ll let you know when I post, I’d love for you to come over and read along!

I guess that’s it! I’m back to scouring the internet for more letter X crafts before Lydia wakes up!

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We’re Growing!!

Guess what? We’re one of WordPress’ Growing Blogs on November 27! I have no idea what that means but isn’t it cool?!

Thanks for hanging out with us and helping us grow!



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Real Quick…

Just found THE CUTEST Thanksgiving crafts from my friend Isabel at

I think it’s time for Thanksgiving-table-craft-take-two!


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I’ve Got the Loot!!

What a fun giveaway! Thank you to everyone who read, looked around, subscribed and left us so many great comments! We’re excited about getting to know some of you and see what fun stuff you and your kiddos do. If you blog about crafts or other great ways you impress your kids, please send us the link, we’d love to steal your idea be inspired by you. (Hey, maybe we could start a weekly link up with crafty posts?! Hmmm…)

Anyway, without further ado, the winner of the Jesus Storybook Bible AND the bucket o’crafts is…

Kaye from Riding Bicycles!

And Kaye, Lydia is so jealous of the crafts you’re going to receive. She did NOT understand why we were not going to keep this stuff for ourselves. I have to admit, I’m kinda jealous, too! I’ll be emailing you asap but if you see this first, email me your snail mail and I’ll get your prize right out.

thanks again to bloggygiveaways for hosting all these fun giveaways!

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Bloggy Giveaway!

Welcome to Impress Your Kids! We are Amanda and Leigh, two sahms who just want their kids to think we are the coolest thing since TIVO. Actually, we’re just two moms who want to impress God’s Word on their kids. We try to do so by using crafts, stories, activities and anything else we can think of. And because we’re addicted to the internet, we blog about it.

This is really a blog to keep us accountable to teaching our kids and to help each other be more creative. So, if you need some creative, crafty ideas, stick around and see what we’ve got going on!


We’re giving away two of our favorite things—

First, is The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones. This is THE best Bible story book to help you plant God’s Word in  your kiddo’s heart. Most kids’ Bibles are watered down cartoon versions of Bible Stories. NOT this book. Each story, humorously told and beautifully illustrated “whispers” Jesus’ name. (For more info, I wrote a big review of it here.) Believe me, you will LOVE this book.

The second part of our giveaway is a BUCKET O’ CRAFTS (ok, it might not be a bucket…). That’s right, a big pile of the finest construction paper, pipe cleaners, pom poms and lots of other stuff you’ll need to have a crafty time with your kids (and hey, even do some of the crafts you see here on Impress Your Kids).

Sound good? So to win the book AND the bucket o’ crafts all you need to do is leave a comment. It can be any comment (but comments that sound like you read our post and/or browsed our blog are especially appreciated!). If you subscribe to our feed, leave another comment and you’ll get a second entry. If you grab our little Impress Your Kids button (it’s the green one on the top of our sidebar) and post it somewhere on your blog you can get a third entry!

Make sure you leave a valid email address and that you live in the US or Canada, too. We’ll announce our winner on Friday! Thanks to Bloggy Giveaways for hosting all these fun giveaways!

(ps–we’ve got giveaways going on on our own blogs, too. Click on our names below to check them out!)



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A New Thing

I told you about my bbb, Leigh? The one who saved me with some good Q verses?

Well, we met almost a year ago when we did a swap online. We connected immediately because we both crush on Harry Connick, both have January 06 babies and basically think the same about tv, family and God. (You know, the three most important things in life.)

When I started this blog, Leigh was really excited about it. She’s been wanting to do something with her son (same age as Lydia, remember?) and this is exactly up her alley. Because oh yeah, I forgot to mention she’s uber-crafty.

She emailed me this week and said she was starting the Letter A with her son. They’re going to do “And God is able to shower all kinds of blessings on you.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 as their verse. Isn’t that a great one? I was going to ask her to make sure to post on her blog about it so I could steal see her ideas. Then, I thought, why not post them here?! So, I asked her to start posting what she’s doing here at Impress Your Kids, too! I’m so excited to see what God moves her to do and what she and her son create together!

The next few days she’ll post, we’ll add some info to the “about me” page, etc. So, look for those changes! And don’t forget to visit Leigh at her bloggy home away from home, My New Thing.

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