You are U-Neek

It’s summer vacation here and while we get to slow down a bit from a busy school year schedule there are still places to go and things to do.  This past week the girls  finished up a session of swim lessons at the local community pool.

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  One was excited to go each and everyday. The other said daily she was not going to lessons, though when her class was called she would get in the water.  For one the lessons at her level came easy, the other struggled with the ones in her class. Then came the last day of classes and the handing out of skill sheets and certificates indicating completion of the level. As I had observed their lessons over the past 2 weeks I knew only one of them would be receiving a passing certificate and the other would be upset.  I hadn’t been wrong that she was going to be upset at the need to repeat her swim class level again the next time, though nothing prepares a mama’s heart for those kinds of tears. 

This situation presented an opportunity to share with her that she is unique. We talked about her class and in what areas she struggled and then I mentioned the areas she had excelled .  The areas she had shown her true unique personality and spirit.  By the end of the conversation she was smiling and joyfully recited a verse we had been memorizing all year…

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Psalm 139:14 ESV

Later in the day I found that same child playing with her current favorite toy, this adorable little mouse named Jazzmine from Dayspring‘ s U-Neeks line. A small but mighty reminder of how God made us each unique.

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As a mama of young children I love this line of plush toys, cards, notebooks, encouragement notes, bracelets, cups, stickers, coloring sheets and more that Dayspring has put together. Each adorable and somewhat quirky U-Neeks character is truly unique. From the one-eyed mustached Mustachio to the blue haired Dweeber, each U-Neek has it’s own personality which shines through as a reminder that we are all unique, fearfully and wonderfully made by God.

“U-NEEKS are about, helping kids discover during those key years, who God made them to be.”

“U-NEEKS are here to point them back to God, back to their creator, to discover how God made them and for what purpose. Once they discover not just that they are different or U-NEEK, but even more importantly that God made them in an amazing and wonderful way!” ~Bob Perryman
{DaySpring’s Senior Product Marketing Director}

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I had the opportunity to check out first hand some of the U-Neek products by Dayspring. I selected a small plush for each of my girls which came with an attached tag that shared their best friend, Life Verse and the things that make them unique. Each girl also got an elastic bracelet sized just right for a child’s wrist that says I AM U-NEEK, has a bible verse reference and a word that goes with the verse. Dayspring even has you covered beyond plush toys and bracelets. They have a full line of cards just perfect for sending to the special children in your life and even for your children to share with their friends. Don’t forget to pick up stickers as well (some glow in the dark).

Of all the products we had the chance to check out my favorite has to be the Encouragement Notes. They come in a booklet of 32 full color notes that are easy to tear out. Each note features one or more U-Neeks Characters and has a blank space on the back for writing a note. These are perfect to tuck in a lunch box, backpack or leave in a special spot to remind a child how special they are. My girls have been known to carry these notes around all day and sleep with them under their pillows at night.

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If you would like to check out the U-Neek product line you can find them in stores at Walmart and Hobby Lobby from June 15 – July 14, 2014.

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You can also check out the U-Neeks app for Android and Apple phones and tablets in the Google Play Store and on iTunes. This let’s your child create their own personal U-Neek profile card, shares information about individual U-Neek Characters and has 3 fun games. You might just find yourself playing as well.

DaySpring-UNeeks-Gameplay: http://youtu.be/fBH4vYBtoXU

**Disclaimer – I recieved a selection of U-Neek products to learn about and use. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are completely my own **

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Resource for Talking to Your Children About God

As I was browsing Pinterest I came across this image from Christianity Cove

This resource has some good suggestions on how to talk to your children about God using everyday situations. Some are geared to younger children while others are much more appropriate for older children.

I want to thank Christianity Cove for making this image available for sharing. Please take some time to check out Christianity Cove and the other resources that they have available.

The original image posted above came from How To Talk About God With Your Kids by Christianity Cove

A Child Training Bible Giveaway over at Raising Olives

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I was really excited when I came across the Child Training Bible on a number of blogs over the past few weeks. I just had to share about this resource and Raising Olives’ giveaway.

To find out more about the Child Training Bible visit their website.

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To read one families review and for a chance  to win a complete Child Training Bible visit Raising Olives blog post http://raisingolives.com/2012/04/child-training-bible-giveaway/

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