Friday, May 5, 2017

Armed With Truth Temporary Scripture Tattoos Review & Giveaway #armedwithtruth

Armed With Truth Temporary Scripture Tattoos.

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Armed With Truth is a wonderful company that gives you little reminders of God's Word, truth, and promises through temporary tattoos that you can wear. These have scriptures and words that are great for inspiration and memorization. The tattoos are safe & non-toxic, made in the USA, and made with soy based ink. Most of the scriptures are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Readers Version, NIRV. Typically these temporary tattoos last about 3 to 5 days. This gives you enough time to memorize the Scripture before you apply the next one.


There are different packs that you can choose from. The verse packs come in packs of 10 scripture verses that surround a theme, like: Fearless, Identity, Missions, Kids, Christ Like, Blessed (The Beatitudes), etc. The Designer series are made by letter artists that share a biblical truth. Greek tattoo packs are favorite words from the New Testament in original Greek. There is also a custom pack where you can pick a favorite verse and Armed With Truth will make you 50-100 temporary tattoos with that verse in about three weeks to hand out to family, friends, and colleagues.

How To Apply:
  1. Clean and dry the area of skin.
  2. Remove the clear plastic protective sheet.
  3. Press tattoo firmly onto clean dry skin with text facing down
  4. Hold wet cloth against back of tattoo, press down and make sure to wet it thoroughly.
  5. Wait 30 seconds (don't rush). 
  6. Peel off paper backing.

Armed With Truth Temporary Scripture Tattoo Packs.

What We Thought:
Armed With Truth water transfer tattoos are a gentle and beautiful reminder of our favorite scriptures, words, and thoughts that help us to reflect about The Word of God often. We loved how easily these temporary tattoos could be applied to the skin. They are a great way to keep The Lord in your heart and mind all throughout the day.

Not Grow Weary Designer Series Tattoo.

We received the Kids pack and the Designer series Not Grow Weary by Joseph Alessio. The Kids pack has 10 different Scriptures that are easy for kids and others to memorize. Verses include: Psalm 136:1, Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 56:3, Psalm 119:105, John 3:16, Hebrews 13:8, Hebrews 11:1, James 1:17, Philippians 2:3-4, Deuteronomy 6:5 all in NIRV. Not Grow Weary by Joseph Alessio pack comes with two tattoos of this design. I love the imagery of the spears and stars from Nehemiah 4 where the men building the wall are instructed to take night shifts, both building and guarding the builders, and held their spears "until the stars came out". The verse is Galatians 6:9 and I love what it says. It reminds me to do good and be happy and energized when doing so.

Me with the Not Grow Weary Ink on my arm.

I wore the Not Grow Weary tattoo on my arm and gave my daughters each a verse of scripture to wear on theirs as well. This was a wonderful experiment and my daughters enjoyed being able to participate. My daughter Zari even did some copywork all on her own with the verse she had and wrote it all down on a page for part of her homeschool.

Zari doing homeschool copywork from the Armed With Truth tattoo.

I am glad that these look authentic without being the real deal. I can't stand needles and so temporary tattoos are great for me. I can also change it up and wear a new one when I want to.

We received many compliments from people while we were wearing them and some of these became conversations about belief. I was glad to have had the opportunity to bear my testimony to these people about my faith and what I believe in. These are a great conversation starter and I recommend them highly.

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this product 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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

ArtAchieve Entire Level II Review


My family had the privilege of trying the Entire Level II from ArtAchieve for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

ArtAchieve is produced by John Hofland (a teacher of art, language arts and theatrical stage design) has online art lessons that teach anyone to become an artist or how to teach art regardless of previous instruction or knowledge. John bases these art workshops on unique things he has seen in his family's many travels all across the globe.

ArtAchieve Entire Level II Art Classes

The Entire Level II bundle has fourteen distinct lessons that we received and a brand new fifteenth lesson that was added after we signed up. These start from a beginners level. Even the most novice won't have any trouble starting here. These lessons have a lesson description page that is located on their website (under Art Lessons, Art Classes: Level II in the pull down menu, and click on each lesson picture) that tells you about the lesson, list of supplies needed, suggestions for cross-curricular connections to explore, and the estimated time to complete the lessons.

ArtAchieve Entire Level II Parts

The majority of these lessons have 4 parts that you can see under your account in ArtAchieve after purchasing: warmup, PowerPoint of the lesson, video of the lesson, and a printout of the drawing. The warmup basically lets you take a square of lines and copy it to your best ability into a blank square that is under it. The PowerPoint of the lesson goes into more depth about the object or art that the lesson is based on and a little bit about the country/culture it is from. The video of the lesson has the list of needed supplies for the artwork, tips to help you draw, and a how to explaining how to draw it line by line. All the art is open to creative interpretation, but there is the drawing printout to help you visualize what the final art should look similar to.

The Entire Level II bundle is composed up of these lessons:
  • Lesson 1: The Swedish Dala Horse (suitable for grades 3-adult)
  • Lesson 2: The Korean Wedding Duck (suitable for grades 4-adult)
  • Lesson 3: The Japanese Goldfish (suitable for all ages)
  • Lesson 4: The Elephant from Ghana (suitable for all ages)
  • Lesson 5: The Ukrainian Cat (suitable for grades 3-adult)
  • Lesson 6: The German Nutcracker (suitable for grades 4-adult)
  • Lesson 7: The Sri Lankan Landscape with an Elephant (suitable for grades 2-6)
  • Lesson 8: Tessellations: Repeating a Pattern to Create Original Art (??suitable for grades 1-adult)
  • Lesson 9: The Ukrainian Rooster (suitable for grades 3-adult)
  • Lesson 10: Hiding Butterflies (suitable for grades 2-adult)
  • Lesson 11: The Mexican Mask (suitable for grades 4-adult)
  • Lesson 12: The Russian Fortress--Color Value and Analogous Colors (suitable for grades 3-adult)
  • Lesson 13: The Polish Szopka (suitable for grades 3-adult)
  • Lesson 14: The Mermaid from Denmark (suitable for grades 3-adult)
  • Lesson 15: The Weaving from Thailand  (brand new art lesson we did not get)

Teela and Zari doing art with ArtAchieve Entire Level II.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

This is our second time with ArtAchieve and we love their homeschool art curriculum! We did the ArtAchieve Entire Level I experience last year and loved it so much that we wanted to do the Entire Level II this year. I had my girls who are 6 and 9 do the: Swedish Dala Horse, Korean Wedding Duck, Japanese Goldfish, and Elephant from Ghana so far. We have been enjoying the art lessons for kids and adults. My daughters had a lot of fun with this art and especially loved that they could follow the directions and then decorate and color/paint it how they wanted to. I love how differently the art came out for the same lesson. They are all so unique.

I love that you do not have to buy a lot of art supplies to do the ArtAchieve lessons. The 4 we did required a #4 & #6 round watercolor paintbrush, watercolor paper, multiple colors of bottled acrylic paints, a fine tipped black magic marker, masking tape, 2 sheets of color laser glossy paper, and washable markers. I used one of my cups for rinsing brushes and a plate for a palette and we just did our art on our wooden table so we didn't need the Masonite for a painting board. All of these things I already had lying around and in our art supplies at home.

There were a few things that would have made ArtAchieve even better. The lesson description page that I mentioned above would have been great if it also was available in downloadable PDF format so that we could easily access it offline too and also could print it out. Having the age or grade levels each lesson is suitable for on the lesson description would also be helpful. I also noticed that three of the lessons (Korean Wedding Duck, Ukrainian Rooster, Russian Fortress) did not have a downloadable/printable drawing/warmup. The videos and PowerPoints are not downloadable either, so we cannot view them offline. I wish we could have unlimited access to the art lessons purchased without expiration. These things would have made it better since our internet connection is slow.

ArtAchieve Entire Level II Art

These drawing lessons for kids and adults are very educational. They are packed with a lot of neat information about geography, social studies, history, science, literature, writing, music, cooking, etc. in the extra cross-curricular connections and art lessons themselves. We loved learning not only the art, but about the culture and countries represented as well.

I highly recommend ArtAchieve art lessons to anyone that wants to learn to draw or needs a great homeschool art curriculum! These classes are a wonderful way to learn. They are great for all ages.

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In addition to Level II, there are four more levels. Level I is appropriate for ages 5 and up, Level II for ages 7 and up, Level III for ages 9 and up, and Level IV for 10 and above, although if you are a beginner at art you might want to start with Level I. These can be bought separately, together, or even as individual lessons. If you buy individual levels you will be saving money as a whole than buying the lessons separately. The cost of purchasing all the lessons in Level II individually is $75. By purchasing the Entire Level II bundle you save $18.22, and pay only $56.78, or just $3.78 per art lesson. This gives you 1 year license.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” Review


My family had the privilege of trying the Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” from Drive Thru History® for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Drive Thru History® is a great DVD series that makes history fun. There are four different captivating series to choose from: Ancient History, American History, The Holy Land, and The Gospels. These bring the history to life and engages the viewer in an exciting adventure and learning. Dave not only tells us about the history, but also the archaeology, geography, and art surrounding the people, places, and events that have defined our world and the Christian faith.


Dave Stotts is our entertaining tour guide that hosts Drive Thru History®. He has spent the last 20 years in the professional film and documentary production which has taken him to nearly 30 countries to shoot and edit works. He loves shooting and editing films, videography, writing, media creation. Storytelling is the driving force behind his work.

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is the forth and newest in the Drive Thru History® DVD series. This eighteen episode DVD Set is jam packed with nearly 9 hours of information on 3 DVDs about the birth, ministry, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ taken from locations recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In this series, Dave Stotts travels to 50 ancient sites in Israel on a driving tour. This also includes a 118-page study guide that goes through all of the 18 episodes. This discussion guide has summaries of each episode, quotes and scripture, 5 thought-provoking questions for each episode, further reading, and the "Side Road" that contains a small paragraph of information that relates to each episode, with beautiful images and graphics.

This DVD Set Includes 18 packed 30-minute episodes:
  • Episode 1: The Historical Landscape
  • Episode 2: The Announcements
  • Episode 3: Jesus is Born
  • Episode 4: Jesus Grows Up
  • Episode 5: Jesus Starts His Ministry
  • Episode 6: Jesus Returns to Galilee
  • Episode 7: Jesus Begins His Miracles
  • Episode 8: Jesus Teaches with Authority
  • Episode 9: The Sermon on the Mount
  • Episode 10: Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee
  • Episode 11: Jesus Travels North
  • Episode 12: A Final Trip to Jerusalem
  • Episode 13: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
  • Episode 14: The Last Supper
  • Episode 15: The Trial of Jesus
  • Episode 16: The Crucifixion of Jesus
  • Episode 17: The Resurrection of Jesus
  • Episode 18: Who is Jesus?

Screenshots from the DVDs.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

We love The Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”! My family of 6 have been watching these with me. Even though they are geared from a 5th grade level to adult my daughters who are 6 and 9 have enjoyed these as well. We have learned quite a bit along the journey and it has been an awesome one at that.

This product far exceeded our expectations. It comes with a colorful slipcase sleeve over a hard covered, DVD case sized, book that holds the three DVDs inside, two inside the front cover and one inside the back cover. The study guide is encased inside as well with full color glossy pages. It gives a very professional overall look.

We love that these episodes testify of Jesus of Nazareth with solid evidence that Dave uncovers about the New Testament and Christ. With his infectious enthusiasm and humor Dave's charm is irresistible. These episodes are also extremely visually engaging and full of rich content. Each episode is family-friendly, fascinating, intriguing, and compelling. I would imagine that nothing could compare to the Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” experience, except for if we had visited the Holy Land and surrounding areas ourselves.

This has been an amazing experience, especially throughout Holy Week! We have loved being a part of it and we felt as if we were there firsthand! Each episode has a summary of the last and then goes into more information. My sons liked it when Dave talked about his rig, the Land Rover as well. There is an amazing amount of information in each of these and I loved all the background scenery of ancient sites and ruins and music that set the stage for Dave's lessons. There were also great graphics, special effects, and reenactments of Jesus' life tucked in as well. I liked how he had the names of important places come up on the screen when these were in the background so we knew where he was at while he was lecturing. We did however notice that there was a picture of Jesus being baptized by sprinkling. We believe in baptism by immersion...so this was discussed by my family in depth later for the younger ones to understand this better.

After each episode we have gone to the study guide as a family and read and discussed together about what we have learned throughout the weeks. The Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” have inspired us to dig into the New Testament as a family further. This has given us more of an appreciation of the history behind it. It has been eye opening to say the least.

I highly recommend The Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”! The Gospels curriculum is great for Christian families who wish to teach their children history from a Christian worldview. My kids are homeschooled, but I know of a lot of my non-homeschooled friends' families that would love this series as well. This is great for a small group study, homeschool curriculum, church study, Family Home Evening Bible study, and Sunday School study.

So...Buckle up and get ready because you are in for an exciting ride!


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