Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this post. Affiliate links are in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Live Love Lead: Your Best Is Yet To Come! Book Review

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Brian Houston, founder & global senior pastor of Hillsong Church, has written more than 12 books. His latest book, LIVE LOVE LEAD: Your Best Is Yet To Come!, inspires us to follow Christ as He guides us on our journey through life. Brian Houston shows us how to LIVE fully, LOVE completely, and LEAD boldly  - the hallmarks of Jesus' time on earth.  This book tells Houston's and Hillsong's story throughout their ups and their downs, but never faltering from their faith in Christ. His wisdom, encouragement, vision, and passion for living a faith filled life gives us a roadmap of sorts to our living as Christ did.

I love the book LIVE LOVE LEAD: Your Best Is Yet To Come!! The book has so many powerful and inspiring messages that are so profound. They are messages that I really needed to hear. Houston is so very honest, sincere and full of humility in telling about his life. The faith lessons and biblical truths surrounding his life-tested personal experiences are refreshing, empowering, and enlightening. Even though I am from a different Christian church denomination than the author of this book it was definitely well worth the read and quite fascinating to learn about the pastor behind the Hillsong music that I have been loving listening to.

Taya Smith of Hillsong United speaks about the book:

Live Love Lead Testimony video:


If you purchase Brian Houston's Live Love Lead before 9/31 there is a free song download from Hillsong Worship’s upcoming album, LOVE ON THE LINE (limited # of downloads, first come, first serve basis).

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free to facilitate this review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Organic India Tulsi Tea Review

Organic India Tulsi Tea & Psyllium Products
I received these products for free from Organic India and Moms Meet to facilitate this review.

Tulsi also known as Holy Basil is an herb prized in India for its healing power. Organic India's Tulsi Teas include three varieties of Tulsi leaves: Rama, Vana, and Krishna. Each variety has a slightly different look, taste and smell and when combined, create a perfectly balanced herbal infusion with an array of health benefits. This tea is GMO and gluten free. This tea is very good hot or cold. Tulsi is an adaptogen, which means it lessens stress and helps boost immunity. It energizes, soothes, relaxes, builds stamina, aids digestion, balances metabolism, balance energy levels, and uplifts mood. It is also abundant in antioxidants and is anti aging. This tea is USDA certified organic and Kosher and Halal certified. Can also be purchased in lots of different flavors in boxed, bulk, and loose leaf variety. The boxed variety is what I got to enjoy. It has 18 individually wrapped tea bags per box for freshness that can be easily taken with you to enjoy. Organic India recommends that women who are pregnant, attempting to conceive, or lactating consult their healthcare practitioner before consuming Tulsi (Holy Basil).

Tulsi Original Herbal Tea - I like the original a lot. It has a nice herbal flavor. This tea is caffeine free, but energizes me throughout my day without the caffeine withdrawal!

Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea - This delicate feminine herbal tea is a blend of Tulsi leaves and organic rose petals, balanced with soothing chamomile flower, the natural sweetness of organic stevia leaf, and a touch of lemon myrtle leaf, all infused with the essence of rose. This fragrant floral bouquet is wonderfully rich and exotic for the senses. I love how, if I close my eyes, it magically transports me to a English rose garden every time I drink a cup.

Tulsi Raspberry Peach Tea
- This caffeine free tea is wonderful for stress relieving and detoxifying. Warm spicy Tulsi, succulent raspberry, and aromatic peach, accented by a touch of elderberries, hibiscus flower, and black currant leaf; combine to create a fruity, fragrant infusion that brightens my day. I love this tea both hot or cold and it is so good with a splash of lemonade in it too!

Tulsi Pomegranate Green Tea - This special blend is made with delicious pomegranate (which is rich in vitamin C), sweet hibiscus flowers, tart elderberries and notes of refined citrus that is combined with Tulsi and organic green tea. This energetic blend will invigorate you and improves digestion, while cooling and refreshing your senses. This tea has 13 mg of caffeine per serving (8 oz) because of the green tea that is added. A 8 oz cup of coffee is around 90-400 mg depending upon how and where it's brewed, so this tea is considerably less. Green tea is antioxidant rich. Antioxidants help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. This tea is one of my favorites with its vibrant tango of flavors for my taste buds.

Tulsi Honey Chamomile Tea - This caffeine free tea is wonderful for stress-relieving, relaxing, and having restorative benefits. It is great to calm anxiety and settle stomachs. The Chamomile flower blossoms and honey have a perfect smooth flavor to soothe me before I sleep.

Tulsi Red Mango Tea -This luscious tropical blend of caffeine free African Rooibos (redbush tea) leaf, chamomile flower, and India's sacred Tulsi is infused with India's favorite fruit, the succulent mango. It is stress-relieving, nurturing and gives transformative energy because of its high antioxidant content. This herbal tea has a lovely fruity taste with less tannin than black or green tea.

Tulsi Peppermint Tea - This caffeine free tea is stress-relieving, refreshing, cooling, invigorating, and restorative. The ambrosial peppermint has soothing properties that help calm anxiety, settle stomachs, and aid in digestion. I love peppermint tea and this one is especially delicious with the added benefits of the Tulsi. I love this tea hot or cold with mint leaves and/or lemonade.

Bonus Items:

Organic Psyllium - This is a whole husk Psyllium that is derived from the seeds of the herb Plantago ovata. This bulk-forming dietary fiber contains both soluble and insoluble fiber that naturally supports the complete gastrointestinal system to provide you with better digestive and heart health. This is the only Certified Organic Psyllium fiber supplement on the market today. Promotes healthy elimination and regularity. Serving size is 1 tablespoon per day in a 10 oz glass of water, juice, or your favorite beverage, stirred with an additional glass of water as a chaser to ensure proper hydration. 68 servings per container. This is a Kosher, gluten free and non GMO supplement. For adults and children over 12 years. Best taken before or between meals. I love that this is organic and better for me than other fiber supplements.

Organic India Shopping Bag - Classic tote for taking to the grocery store and being eco-friendly because it is reusable and washable. Lightweight and durable.

Organic India Mason Jar Glass Tumbler - This vintage 20 oz glass Mason Jar tumbler is perfect for on the go and comes with a lid and reusable straw. It has the Organic India logo printed on it.

Organic India has over 20 delicious flavors of Tulsi tea, herbal supplements, herbs, herbal coffee, gifts, and other wellness products. You can check out the company for yourself on their social networks too: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

Save 20% on Organic India products by using the code kiwi20. This code is for one-time use only. Start shopping now. One box of Tulsi tea retails for $5.99. Organic Psyllium retails for $15.99.

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received these products for free from the sponsor of Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer to facilitate my review. As a Moms Meet Blogger, I agreed to use these products and post my opinion on my blog, which is posted above. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.

The medical information provided on this blog is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional (for instance, a qualified doctor/physician, nurse, pharmacist/chemist, and so on). I am not a medical professional, just a mom with a opinion. Even if a statement made about the natural remedy is accurate, it may not apply to you or your symptoms. I am only suggesting that you should try it for yourself and see if helps you. People are all different and outcomes could vary drastically.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

YWAM Publishing Heroes of History Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life and Unit Study Curriculum Guide Review

My family had the privilege of trying the Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life book and Unit Study Curriculum Guide from the Heroes of History series by YWAM Publishing for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

YWAM (YOUTH WITH A MISSION) Publishing is a nonprofit organization that produces and distributes books that help Christians make a difference in the world by giving a portion of every dollar spent to buy books through YWAM Publishing to children and adults in other countries that are in need. Their books focus on evangelism, educational training, prayer, discipleship, and mercy ministries.

YWAM Publishing has two popular book series; one called Heroes of History and the other called Christian Heroes: Then & Now; in which true stories are told of real people that lived in our history. In the Heroes of History series we learn about great men and woman who changed the course of history. In the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series we learn about ordinary people who have put their trust in God and in doing so accomplish extraordinary things. Both of these book series help us as: parents, teachers, and caretakers; give our children wholesome biographies to read or be read to that teach good character traits, values, and virtues.You can read more about them at:

Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life Book

The Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life book by Janet & Geoff Benge is part of a series of 26 biography books called Heroes of History by YWAM Publishing. This book tells the true life story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, a character that I remember when I was younger from reading the "Little House on the Prairie" book series that she had written about her life. I also grew up watching the TV series too about her also called "Little House on the Prairie" and although the books and TV series were different in some ways they both had great stories and taught wonderful values. This book from YWAM Publishing about Laura Ingalls Wilder teaches great character traits, values, and virtues too. It chronicles her and her families life from the big woods of Wisconsin to the Indian country of the Great Plains from 1867-1957. You also get a good feel for how the West grew and transformed into farms, towns, and railroads as Laura herself was plunged into the midst of it all. It is a total of 15 chapters and 193 pages long. The book is even more of an eye opener how trialing her life was and how she still endured to the end with a positive attitude.

Hardtack: a very hard to chew biscuit cracker the pioneers and soldiers ate. Our dog loved them!

The Unit Study Curriculum Guide that is paired with the Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life book that I received was in the physical format on CD. I want to make note that YWAM Publishing is in the process of changing all of their Unit Study Curriculum Guides from physical versions to digital versions that are downloadable to your desktop. The Unit Study goes in depth to help you go above and beyond the book and explore other areas that pertain to the material like: crafts, cooking, art, and writing assignments; has questions to ask your children to see if they comprehended the reading, and quotes to use as copywork to enhance handwriting or memorization.

Here is the Unit Study Curriculum Guide Contents:
Part 1 -
Introduction (how to use the study)
  1. Key Quotes (great for copywork, memorization, theatrical presentation, or art display)
  2. Display Corner (an area designated for hands on display of items relating to the reading)
  3. Chapter Questions (questions that enhance the reading: vocabulary, factual, 2 comprehension, and 2 open-ended)
  4. Student Explorations (essay questions, creative writing, hands-on projects, audio/visual projects, arts & crafts)
  5. Community Links (field trip ideas)
  6. Social Studies (places, journeys, terms/vocabulary, geographical characteristics: mapping, timeline: plotting historical events, conceptual questions)
  7. Related Themes to Explore (science, literature, folk culture, geography, history)
  8. Culminating Event (sort of a show and tell ending, ideas include: literary, clothing, music, food, oral presentations, displays)
Appendix A: Books and Resources
Appendix B: Answers to Chapter Questions
Appendix C: Social Studies Reproducibles

Part 2 -
Continuation of Appendix C: Social Studies Reproducibles

Zari in a pioneer looking dress and apron.

I read the book to my two youngest girls who are 4 (almost 5) and 7. They enjoyed listening to me read about Laura Ingalls Wilder. After each chapter we did the comprehension questions from the study guide. We had fantastic discussions about pioneer and country life and I could tell they were loving learning about her as I haven't read the Little House book series to them yet or had them watch the TV episodes (I know! I am going to get on this a.s.a.p.). Their little inquisitive minds were filling with questions and I knew after we finished reading the book that they still hungered for more to learn. From the many, many suggestions of the study guide we also made hardtack (a kind of hard cracker/biscuit made from flour and water that our dog loved more than us), grew our own root vegetables: potatoes (ours didn't take 4 months like it said it might), and dressed up in similar fashion.

Growing Root Vegetables: Potatoes

I love that the Little House series has so much to offer for homeschoolers and this book and study guide adds to the list of awesome curricula out there. There is literally thousands of things you can do with this and it can be expanded upon exponentially. In the coming months we will be delving deeper into the unit study to help my daughters learn even more about Laura, her family, pioneers, American Indians, and frontiersmen & frontierswomen. We love YWAM Publishing Heroes of History and will be back for more!

Heroes of History Book Series

YWAM Publishing Heroes of History Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life book:
Regular Price: $9.99 YWAM Price: $7.50 
YWAM Publishing Heroes of History Laura Ingalls Wilder Unit Study Curriculum Guide:
Regular Price: $9.99 YWAM Price: $7.50 for CD and $5.49 for downloadable.

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