Sunday, April 9, 2017

My Experience With Inner Peace #PrinceofPeace


My church, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, is inviting everyone to find peace during Holy Week and Easter by following the Prince of Peace and his example. Mormon.org will include ideas and resources for people to find their own inner peace through eight principles of peace that Jesus Christ lived and demonstrated during his life here on Earth:
  • Faith
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • Repentance
  • Gratitude
  • God’s Word/Scripture
  • Prayer
  • Hope 

All of the Easter materials on Mormon.org will be available in English and Spanish.This campaign launches on March 31st and can be followed with the hashtag #PrinceofPeace.

Here are some other great articles on Holy Week...
Easter: https://www.mormon.org/beliefs/easter
Palm Sunday: https://www.mormon.org/beliefs/palm-sunday
Good Friday: https://www.mormon.org/beliefs/good-friday
Resurrection of Jesus Christ: https://www.mormon.org/beliefs/resurrection-of-jesus-christ

Tatiana and her beautiful smile. Make a picture with this filter to share with others how Christ brings peace to your life.

MY PERSONAL STORY OF INNER PEACE

When I was pregnant with my third child, Tatiana, my family of 4, almost 5, was struggling with finances while we were living in Winchester Bay Oregon. We had moved into a little trailer on the same property as The Rusty Frog, a store that sold frog trinkets, chainsaw carvings, etc. We had been promised by our landlord when we moved in that we would be able to put my husband, Brian's, Shopbot, computer controlled router, in one of the back rooms so that we could make our living making wooden things that were carved. This never came into fruition and we were faced with a hard decision. To move somewhere else and sell Brian's Shopbot and other things or stay and try to make the best of things. My daughter was born, we were having trouble paying the bills and our semi-new Honda Civic had been repossessed.

About that same time we got an invitation to Brian's sister's wedding at Walt Disney World in Florida. We placed our trust and faith in our Lord and prayed about our situation. The spirit gave us the feeling to drop everything, go to the wedding, and move to Florida. So that is what we did. We sold off as much as we could, put the rest of our stuff in storage at a friend's place, and bought plane tickets to Orlando bringing only what we thought we needed as essentials.

When we got there we rented a vehicle for a few days, got settled in a hotel, bought two bicycles and a bike trailer that seated our two small boys, and season passes for the whole family for Sea World. The wedding was beautiful and I am so glad we got to make it there to be a part of it. After the wedding was over we lived in Orlando for several years, we got on government assistance until Brian found a job and we moved into a condominium down the street from the Mall and Grocery Store.

Until we got a car, we would bike all over Orlando to get groceries, go to medical appointments, and all the way to Sea World as a family. I would have Tatiana in a baby carrier with a sunhat and sunscreen while I biked with the two boys in the covered bike trailer that doubled as a stroller. Sometimes we would also take the city bus. It was great getting out of the house and hanging out with dolphins all weekend and the kids loved it.

While in Orlando my daughter, Tatiana, was diagnosed with a brain tumor (Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma) stemming from her optic nerve and engulfing her pituitary and carotid artery. We were very fortunate to be in Orlando when she was diagnosed because we received exceptional medical care for her and had the best brain surgeon, Dr. Eric Trumble. We were definitely in the right place at the right time. We hoped and prayed that things would go well with the surgery and for Him to guide the surgeon's capable hands.

When she was operated on to resect the tumor she was only 6 months old. We were told that worst case she might not regain her sight and that she might only live a year because it had metastasized to the brain lining. Dr. Trumble assured us though that he had gotten the majority of the tumor out and cut the blood supply to it without severing the optic nerves. We had faith in the Lord that everything would be fine.

Tatiana's life was riddled with multiple medical problems and hospital visits/stays. She had seizures, total blindness, cerebral palsy, and numerous endocrine issues. This, however, did not dampen her sweet spirit. She was a gorgeous little girl with a head full of red curly locks and bright blue eyes. She loved hugs and blowing kisses to anyone she met. Even getting poked with needles and prodded by nurses didn't get her down. She would always make me smile. She was the happiest, most loving child we have ever met and we love her so much!

Our beautiful Tatiana lived for 6 whole years! We attribute her longer life to faith, a lot of prayer, Dr. Trumble, and a special healing device we called the light box, a precursor to FLO De-stressing Technology, that we took her to. She never had to go through radiation therapy or chemotherapy and the tumor never grew back. She passed away suddenly because of lobar pneumonia. Here is the post I wrote of her passing.

We are so glad to have had her in our lives and that she got to be a part of our family. We miss her dearly, but we know she is in heaven and we will meet her there someday. I am so grateful for Christ and our Heavenly Father and the blessings they have given my family. Knowing that families are forever and that the Lord is always there for us even in times of trial and hardship brings my family and I inner peace.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver Book Review


My family had the privilege of trying the Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer from Peggy Consolver - Author for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool Bible study curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Peggy Consolver is the author to Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer. She was wanting to write about the Gibeonites of Joshua 9 and 10 from the Bible. In 2010 she received the fantastic opportunity to go to the city of Khiret el-Maqatir, Israel on an 18 day archaeological excavation with a team of archeologists from Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) and people like herself who volunteered to become amateur archeologists. This city meets the most criteria for being the Biblical city Ai from the Old Testament. She learned a lot on her trip there and what she experienced there brought her story to life. Here is a little more about her trip in her words.

Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer is a story that takes place in Gibeon, a Canaanite city north of Jerusalem. This story is told through the eyes of a thirteen year old Canaanite shepherd boy named Keshub as he: braves predators that want to harm his flock, learns the skills of a warrior, deals with the persecution from bullying and sibling rivalry, and proves himself among his older brothers. A shepherd and a potter's son, he wishes he could travel and see the world full of adventure like the caravanners that stop and tell of things beyond his small valley. Keshub has to make some crucial decisions on what to do, who to help, and what he actually believes. These decisions shape his life and who he becomes. This book follows Joshua's biblical story of the Hebrew/Israelite invasion and conquest of Canaan from the totally new perspective and point of view of the Gibeonites who by deception and trickery survive the attack.

Book, scripture, and bookmark.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

I am not as well versed in the Bible as I would like to be and this story, even though not new to me, was needing a refresher. So, I was grateful that the bookmark which came with my copy of the book and the back of the cover of the book gave reference to the particular scriptures and verses in the Bible that I needed to re-read for background. The parts I remembered of the story was Joshua leading the Israelite people to the Promised Land/Canaan while eating manna in the desert along the way and the Battle of Jericho where the wall came down with the sound of trumpets from the army. I didn't remember the story of the Gibeonites very well and so I am glad I read Joshua 9 and 10 before reading Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver.

There are some neat extras to go along with this book. At the end there is a letter from the author to readers about digging deeper and learning more and some discussion questions for small groups. There is also a Study Guide webpage of extras, including: links of things to read, videos to watch, and maps to look at. I loved learning about bow making and Israeli Mammals. The more in depth 48 page Study Guide, Digging Deeper into HIStory, is also available online to purchase separately. A small glimpse of it is available to download free from the webpage as well.

I enjoyed reading the book and it definitely opened my eyes to what it may have been like for the Gibeonites. The main character, Keshub, was very interesting to read about and learn of his way of life, family, friends, and things he learned along the way while growing in his faith and becoming a man.  I loved the imagery of the text. My mind's eye was flooded with what it might have looked like. This book has historical and scriptural fact, supported by archeological evidence & research integrated with artistic vision and ingenuity that breathes life into the text. It takes you on a great adventure back in time and builds your understanding of Bible history and geography. I highly recommend this book!

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The Study Guide, Digging Deeper into HIStory, is available on Amazon.com for $12.99 for the paperback and $2.99 for Kindle.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Memoria Press Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set Review



My family had the privilege of trying the Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set from Memoria Press 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.

Memoria Press is a family-run publishing company that produces simple and easy-to-use classical Christian education materials for home and private schools. It was founded by a woman named Cheryl Lowe in 1994. They currently have preschool through ninth grade in most of their curriculum and some through twelfth grade. They also cover subjects in: Classical Core Curriculum, Latin, Classical Studies, Christian Studies, Logic & Rhetoric, Phonics & Early Reading, Penmanship, Literature & Poetry, American & Modern Studies, Writing & English Grammar, Science & Math, Greek, Modern Languages, Educational Resources, eBooks, Special-Needs, and Art & Music.




Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set is a great curriculum which covers epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, known to be contributed by the Greek poet Homer. The Iliad is about the Trojan War (think Trojan Horse and the Fall of Troy). The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus who is trying to get home from the Trojan War and meets/battles all sorts of fantastical mythical creatures and Greek gods/goddesses along his 10 year journey.

This set includes an Iliad book, student guide, teacher guide and DVDs & Odyssey book, student guide, teacher guide and DVDs. The books are the Samuel Butler translation and have black and white line drawings throughout. The Student Guides are put together by Stephen Musick and both have vocabulary words (Identify Places and Characters), comprehension questions, quotations, and discussion questions for each book/chapter. Both consumable workbooks also have an Appendix with: Genealogies, Alternate Names, Friends and Foes, Weaponry and Armor, Ship Terminology, and Character References. The Teacher Guides are also put together by Stephen Musick and cover: Drills to do with your student, Background summary of the book/chapter, Discussion Help, answer key to workbook pages, Questions to Mark for study of the Test for students, Teacher Notes, and Essays & Assignments for each book/chapter. There is also appendix with the same information as the workbooks and Tests to give to the student with answer keys. The Instructional DVDs are taught by the instructor, Sean Brooks. These give further background information and culture of the time period, as well as the themes that dominate these great epics.  Geared towards 7th through 12th grade it introduces students to these epic poems. This set is great for middle/high school language arts and literature and would be fabulous along with an ancient history course on the Greeks. It is a wonderful addition to a classical christian homeschool curriculum.

Memoria Press Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set

Complete Set includes:
  • Iliad (447 pages, 24 books/chapters with a preface and character chart at the beginning)
  • Iliad Student Guide (64 page consumable workbook: covers all 24 books and has additional information in the appendix)
  • Iliad Teacher Guide (66 page teacher manual: covers all 24 books, workbook answers, appendix with same info as workbook, plus 10 pages of tests and keys, etc.)
  • Iliad DVDs (5 DVDs, spanning the introduction and all 24 books)
  • Odyssey (358 pages, 24 books/chapters with a preface and character chart at the beginning)
  • Odyssey Student Guide (68 page consumable workbook: covers all 24 books and has additional information in the appendix)
  • Odyssey Teacher Guide (68 page teacher manual: covers all 24 books, workbook answers, appendix with same info as workbook, plus 12 pages of tests and keys, etc.)
  • Odyssey DVDs (6 DVDs, spanning the introduction and all 24 books)

Delbin reading the Iliad and working in the student guide.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

Memoria Press was very generous in sending us the entire Iliad & Odyssey set, even though they knew my student would not get through more than one title during the review period. I love how both sets actually come with the reading texts. This is super convenient if you do not have them already in your home library.

We started with the Iliad, which is the first epic poem in the sequence. It is also longer than the Odyssey so we have been trying to pace ourselves well. Each of the 24 books/chapters within each epic take about an hour to an hour and a half to read.  As instructed in the teacher guide I had Delbin, my son who is 16, start with drills and then read the book (which are what these epic poems are divided into instead of chapters) we were on in the Iliad aloud to me. This was good practice of his reading, speaking, enunciation, projection, and pronunciation of words. We then had a discussion about what was read and went over some comprehension. After this he would watch the corresponding DVD lesson. The DVD is great for the auditory/visual learner, is informative and professionally done. It is a great break from the book work and is a lot like sitting in a typical classroom with the instructor in front teaching. The DVD videos are each about 30-45 minutes in length. After his reading and watching the DVD lesson, he worked through the student guide pages for the book/chapter we read. Delbin would then mark down notes to help him study for the tests. We did not get around to doing the optional essays and assignments from the teacher guide, but may circle back to this at a later date.

Memoria Press Iliad DVDs.

This curriculum is extremely thorough and comprehensive. I remember learning this in school myself, but not to this extent. I learned a lot that I didn't know. Delbin being new to this, enjoyed the learning as well.

I highly recommend the Memoria Press Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set to anyone who is homeschooling or doing supplemental work at home. These would also be great during Summer Vacation if you don't homeschool. The classical christian curriculum is some of my favorite literature curriculum in my eclectic homeschool ways. Everything that I have tried so far from Memoria Press I have loved. They have wonderful curriculum for k-12 homeschooling. Thanks again Memoria Press for being so generous in giving us the opportunity to look over the whole set. We can't wait to start The Odyssey next in this set!!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

SmitCo LLC Scented Secret #Scrapbook Kit Review #Mermaid #Ocean #Sealife #Stickers #Girls #Tweens


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SmitCo LLC has several different diaries with lock and keys and other diary sets in Emoji and Diva themes, several different nail art sets to provide hours of fun, 3 unique princess dress up sets, and jewelry and jewelry sets in: rose gold, gold or rhodium plated, as well as very popular stretch sets for little girls. These are all affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12. Great for birthday or Easter.

SmitCo LLC Scented Secret Scrapbook Kit is a really neat scrapbook that can be locked with a 4 digit passcode that comes with the kit. It comes with awesome scented stickers, craft tape, sticker jewels, feather pen and a pencil pouch. There is a total of 114 pieces in this set. This is great for a birthday gift or a sugar free solution to fill an Easter basket with. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

INCLUDED IN THE SET:
  • Scented Secret Scrapbook (60 pages) with 4 digit passcode lock
  • 1 sheet Scented 3D Stickers
  • 2 sheets of Scented Stickers
  • 1 sheet of 24 Self Adhesive Jewels
  • 1 Feather Pen
  • 1 Craft Tape
  • 1 Pencil Pouch

Teela having fun with the SmitCo LLC Scented Secret Scrapbook Kit.


Our Thoughts:
This Mermaid and Sealife themed Scented Secret Scrapbook Kit is super cute. My 8 year old daughter Teela loves to draw pictures in it and use the scratch 'n sniff stickers, jewels, and tape which reminds us of washi tape to decorate it with. This can be used as a scrapbook, picture/photo album, journal, and/or diary. Teela loves that she can personalize it herself and make it her own. She also thinks that it is cool that it locks so that her older brothers can not see her journal entries. The required passcode to open it makes it perfect for her to keep everything inside a secret. The scrapbook and stickers are both scented with a sweet smelling fragrance that to us smells like grape. Some of the embellishments can fit inside the pencil pouch to keep it all neat. The fancy feather pouf pen with a pink heart is delightfully girly as well. The passcode numbers for all of these scrapbooks are the same and you can not change it, however. My daughter loves this kit and was even using the prism sheet that came in the box as a background for the items to cut out shapes to glue in the book as well. *Does not come with the scissors in the second picture. This was a great early birthday gift for my daughter!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2Cellos Score Album Review and #Giveaway #MovieScores #Soundtrack #2Cellos #LondonSymphonyOrchestra


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2Cellos are made up of the Croatian cellists, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. This classical crossover dynamic duo and international sensation has taken instrumental music by storm since their distinctive video version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” rocked YouTube with millions of hits in 2011. They have already created three very popular high-energy albums for Sony Music Masterworks: a self-titled debut album, IN2ITION, and Celloverse.

In their forth album, Score, these two instrumentalists take a different path exploring the more traditional side of classical music. Joining them for this album is the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor/arranger Robin Smith at the helm. This was a dream come true for the 2Cellos to perform with. In Score, 2Cellos take us to the movies with theatrical scores such as the May It Be from the Lord of the Rings and the Schindler's List Main Theme. Sulic and Hauser also co-produced Score with Nick Patrick which has produced for such greats as Jackie Evancho, Il Divo, and Placido Domingo.

My Thoughts:
I love 2Cellos. They are fantastic and exceptionally talented. Their music is always epic and grand. I have loved their previous tracks so much because they are unique, energized, fun, and demand an audience. These tracks are what makes 2Cellos stand out in the classical world.

Score is a fabulous album. It is full of gorgeous music and I believe that 2Cellos and the London Symphony Orchestra performed them beautifully together. I am in love with the musical scores of great movies and TV, but find myself wanting more from 2Cellos Score. 2Cellos insanely intense sound and impressive high-stamina do not radiate throughout this album. However; even though this strays from 2Cellos normal, I still love Score. This album would be great played at a dinner party or Soiree.

Track Listing:
  1.  Game of Thrones Medley (from Game of Thrones)
  2.  May it Be (from The Lord of the Rings)
  3.  For the Love of a Princess (from Braveheart)
  4.  Love Story (from Love Story)
  5.  Cinema Paradiso (from Cinema Paradiso)
  6.  Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
  7.  Love Theme from The Godfather (from The Godfather)
  8.  My Heart Will Go On (from Titanic)
  9.  Rain Man Theme (from Rain Man)
  10.  Cavatina (from The Deer Hunter) 
  11.  Malena (from Malena)
  12.  Schindler's List Main Theme (from Schindler’s List)
  13.  Titles from Chariots of Fire (from Chariots of Fire)
  14.  Now We are Free (from Gladiator)

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cave Tools Stainless Steel Multipurpose 5 Hook Rack Review: #BBQTools #WorkTools #Utensils #SpringCleaning


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Cave Tools is a great online store to find BBQ: tools & accessories, charcoal grills, recipe books, apparel, and gift ideas. They have a great selection of things from tool sets & grill baskets to grill racks & a portable charcoal grill. Find your barbecue and grilling needs at Cave Tools!

Stainless Steel Multipurpose 5 Hook Rack Features:
  • 5 Hooks
  • Durable Stainless Steel for Indoor/Outdoor Use
  • Multipurpose: Perfect for Hanging Anywhere...
    • Hang Near the BBQ/Deck for: Spatula, Tongs, Fork, Grill Brush, Grilling Gloves, etc.
    • Hang on the Work Bench or in the Shed/Workshop/Garage for: Wrenches, Saw, Level, Gardening Tools, Hammers, etc.
    • Hang in the Kitchen for: Utensils: (Slotted Spoon, Spatula, Spaghetti Fork, Ladle, Tongs, etc.), Whisk, Pot Holders, Oven Mitts, etc.
    • Hang in the Bathroom for: Towel Rack, Shower Pouf, Loofah, Bath/Shower Body Brush, Soap on a Rope, etc.
    • Hang in the Bedroom for: Scarves, Jewelry, Ties, Belts, Head Bands, Headphones, etc.
    • Hang for Pet stuff: Collars, Harnesses, Leashes, Leads, Halters, etc.
    • Hang in the Hallway/Foyer for: Keys, Purse/Bag/Backpack, Hats, Umbrellas, Scarves, Light Jackets/Coats, etc.
    • Hang in the Utility/Laundry Room for: Mop, Broom, Duster/Microfiber Cloths, Dust Pan, Scrub Brush, Fly Swatter, Squeegee, Lint Brush/Roller, etc.
  • Comes with Screwdriver and Easy Installation Kit
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Our Thoughts:
The Cave Tools Stainless Steel Multi Purpose 5 Hook Rack is a versatile and functional hook rack. It can be hung in a number of places in or out of the home to organize a variety of items. The hooks on this rack are screwed into the metal plate instead of welded for added strength. It is well crafted, great quality, and looks fairly sturdy.

The easy installation kit comes with a very nice looking screwdriver & wall mount: screws, anchors, and screw caps. You will need a drill to drill holes for the installation. If you are installing this on metal or wood you will probably want to buy additional hardware. I recommend using pop rivets for sheet metal or wood screws for wood. I did notice that when you handle the shiny mirror finish the stainless steel it does show fingerprints on it easily. A brushed stainless steel version as well would be a great option. The whole installation is very quick and takes little time once you figure out where to put it.

We thought that the Cave Tools Stainless Steel Multi Purpose 5 Hook Rack is indispensable! It is wonderful for Spring Cleaning! We recommend it to anyone wanting to organize their things better. We; however, don't think one is enough. Maybe one for every room in the house plus one in each of the out buildings on our farm might be more like it 😁

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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. Affiliate links can be found in this post. Thank you for your support of this blog!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reba McEntire Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope Album Review & #Giveaway #SingItNow #Reba


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I love Reba McEntire. She is a wonderful country western singer. This album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, is Reba's first gospel album. It is a collection of hymns and songs that come from bluegrass, contemporary, country, and old gospel. It is made up of two whole CDs packed with music. Some you may have heard before, other you may not have. There are songs about doubt, fear, sadness, praise, compassion, surrender, trust, faith, hope, and love. Some are upbeat, some are sad, some are just Reba singing her soul out and others have gospel singers singing with her in the background.

My favorite tracks include a few songs on each CD. I love I'll Fly Away because of the wonderful fiddle in it too. I also love Reba's rendition of Swing Low Sweet Chariot. She rocks this one out. The next song is a lovely arrangement with piano and Reba's sweet voice. Softly and Tenderly features Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood as well as Reba's vocals. I love the title track, Sing It Now. It is one I hadn't heard of until now and I am so glad I did. There is a God is one of my favorites because it is so true! You can not look around at the good Earth and not know this!

I love that the liner notes have not only some color pictures of Reba, the name of the songs, who they are written by and how to find the original, but some very personal thoughts from Reba herself. I absolutely loved reading these about each song. They gave me a small look into the lady that I have idolized since I was small.

If you love good gospel music and Reba McEntire, this album is definitely for you!

Track Listing:
Disc: 1
  1. Jesus Loves Me 
  2. Oh, How I Love Jesus
  3. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  4. Oh Happy Day
  5. Amazing Grace
  6. I ll Fly Away
  7. In The Garden / Wonderful Peace (Medley (featuring The Isaacs)
  8. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  9. How Great Thou Art
  10. Softly And Tenderly (feat. Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood) 
Disc: 2
  1. Sing It Now
  2. Angels Singin
  3. God And My Girlfriends
  4. Hallelujah, Amen
  5. There Is A God
  6. I Got The Lord On My Side
  7. Back To God
  8. Angel On My Shoulder
  9. From The Inside Out
  10. Say A Prayer

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Laura Story Open Hands Album Review and Giveaway #OpenHands #FlyBy


I received this album free to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Open Hands is a beautiful praise and worship album all about the Savior. It is sung by Grammy award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author, mom, and worship leader, Laura Story. The theme throughout is about putting our complete trust and faith in our Lord God so that when we are lost, broken, in pain, and depressed, He can comfort us, show us the way, and give us hope.

Laura Story has a lovely voice and the accompaniment is magnificent. This album is beautifully written and performed. The title track, Open Hands, which Laura sings with Third Day's Mac Powell, expresses perfectly how we need to offer up freely for Him  to take our burdens from us so that we may have Open Hands, letting go of everything, surrendering to Him, and holding nothing back. I absolutely love the song Death Was Arrested. It is a wonderful Easter song about Christ's sacrifice for us all, taking the sins of humanity upon Him, releasing us from this bondage. Give You Faith brought me to tears. It struck a chord in me and was made me very emotional. This whole album is glorious! The words and music capture my heart and speak deeply to me.  I can listen to this CD over and over again!

Track Listing:
  1. Death Was Arrested
  2. Open Hands
  3. You Came Running
  4. Give You Faith
  5. For The Love of My King
  6. Awake My Soul (A 1000 Tongues)
  7. Whisper
  8. Every Word You Breathe
  9.  Majesty
  10. Extraordinary
  11. Grace Abounds

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Monday, March 13, 2017

SmitCo LLC: #Affordable #Easter And #Birthday #Gifts For #Girls And #Tweens Ages 2 To 12

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Quality, affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12. SmitCo LLC has several different diaries with lock and keys and diary sets for girls in Emoji and Diva themes, as well as several different nail art sets to provide hours of fun.

A huge hit is the brand new Mermaid themed scrapbook kit as well as 3 unique princess dress up sets.


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Dragonkyn Book Review

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Dragonkyn” Summary:
Marc used to think he was pretty ordinary, but he also used to think ice cream trucks didn’t sell ice cream and dragons were just fairy tales. Now he knows better. With skin that can’t be burned and strange powers he can’t explain, Marc soon discovers the truth: he is part dragon. And as he joins his fellow dragonkyn, his closest friends could quickly become his greatest enemies.

About The Author:
Nathan Smith Jones graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English Literature. The fourth of eight children, he is the author of the Children’s book, “The Boy Who Ate America,” and several other novels and screenplays. He lives with his wife and five children in Utah.

My Thoughts:
Dragonkyn is a action packed young adult fantasy book about a kid who learns that he is part dragon. This 224 page chapter book held my attention from start to finish and is a fairly fast read. This book does not have any profanity or sex, but it does have a lot of violence.

I love the way the dragon powers manifest themselves in the main character, Marc. His transformation is incredible! I also love how the author portrays the Firespew, Erifice and the Vibe. They are thought provoking and extremely cool. I thought that it was neat that the Dragonkyn had a vast array of different powers like: telekinesis, morphing, clairvoyance, telepathy, esp, dragon armor, healing abilities, Firespew (fire breathing weaponized), Erifice (a sort of dragon mind speak with harmless fire), Vibe (a vibration within, the source of all dragon powers and connection to all Dragonkyn to all matter), etc.

The author is wonderful at the character development and capturing the essence of being a teen, even a teen that has to undergo abnormal changes and meet a whole new race of people, his people, the Dragonkyn and the tribe of Dragonkyn in his area called the Sorceron. I also love that there were some strong female characters as well. I love how the mystery unfolded. I cannot wait for the next book in the series because this one has left me with so many questions!

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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. Affiliate links can be found in this post. Thank you for your support of this blog!

FreezEasy Electric Pressure Cooking 101 Class


I would love to tell you all about a semi-new course that Erin Chase of FreezEasy and MyFreezEasy has put together for all of us that want to learn the ins and outs of cooking with an electric pressure cooker, or Instant Pot as most people know them as. The Electric Pressure Cooking 101 Class consists of 4 modules to teach you about everything you should know about your Instant Pot, how to use the functions, cooking basic ingredients in it, and recipes to make with it.

Here is what you will be learning:
  • Module 1: Your Electric Pressure Cooker - all about the: buttons, lid, insert, and cooking speeds. cleaning and care.
  • Module 2: A Deeper Look at the EPC Cooking Functions - tips and tricks for the following cooking methods and settings: Soup, Porridge, Poultry, Meat/Stew, Beans/Chili, Rice, Grain, Steam.
  • Module 3: Learn How to Cook Different Types or Categories of Recipes - learn how to better understand how to cook these types of meals: Grains - Rice, Pasta, Oatmeal and other grains; Beans, Potatoes, Roasts, Soups & Chilis, Freezer Meals, and Vegetables.
  • Module 4: The First 10 Meals You Should Make in Your EPC - cooking demos for the first 10 meals or ingredients you should make in your EPC. You'll make:
    • Week 1: Brown Rice, Hard Boiled Eggs (Egg Salad), Dry Beans (Cuban Black Beans), 40 Garlic Clove Whole Chicken, and Three Bean Chili (Ground Beef based)
    • Week 2: Steel Cut Oatmeal with Berries, Butternut Squash-Apple Soup, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, ​Steamed Broccoli, and Chive Crusted Beef Roast with Red Potatoes
    • BONUS: Meal Plan & Shopping List digital downloads for Making These 10 Meals


The class and video lessons are short and to the point so you can take your time and learn at your own speed. You can watch as many of the videos as you like when you can and even come back and pick up where you left off! We know that you have a busy schedule, so learn as your schedule allows. Before you know it your EPC (Instant Pot) will be helping you save time preparing and making dinners at home for your family!

Secure your spot in the online class now and save money! Register now and get the whole package for only $12!!

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I wrote this post to let my readers know about this great opportunity and deal. I received the course free to facilitate a review later in the year. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Cat In The Hat Knows a Lot About Space! DVD Review


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The Cat In The Hat Knows a Lot About Space! is an adventure which finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick,  Sally, and fish on a journey through space in the Space-ama-racer in search for a flying robot dog. While they are there they assist with Operation Rover Repair, when they find out Astronaut Audrey's robot dog Space Rover got entangled in space junk while trying to explore a part of the Solar System. Together, they survive many obstacles and have to work together to make it safely back to the Space Station and Earth!

My Thoughts:
We love Dr. Seuss in my house. We have a large collection of books and I am trying to build my collection of DVDs. The Cat In The Hat Knows a Lot About Space! will be my second DVD for the collection that I hope to grow.

This DVD is from the Dr. Seuss TV series on PBS Kids of The Cat In The Hat Knows a Lot About That! and now that this series is also on Netflix we are enjoying it even more since we don't own a TV. My favorite character has to be Dr. Twiggles. He is quite cooky, but knows his trees very well. I love the Cat in The Hat too of course. Martin Short does a great voice for him :) We love how the show teaches about different things in each episode. I always learn something that I didn't know or had forgotten.

The Cat In The Hat Knows a Lot About Space! is an hour long special that was broadcast on PBS Kids on December 26, 2016. It is now available on DVD. As is with most Dr. Seuss there is a lot of rhyming, but this is not overdone. The characters sometimes are musical and break into song. The lyrics to the songs are catchy and fun. I loved how this movie taught to: work together, cooperate, help each other, problem solve, and never give up. These are such important life lessons. Also, I love how polite and nice everyone are with each other, especially the children with the parents and vice versa. They always ask their mother whether it is OK to go on adventures with The Cat In The Hat even though they know she is going to say yes every time.

I recommend this film for ages two to eight. My daughters who are 6 and 8 enjoyed this so much.  As an adult and parent I love these for the educational content and fun learning environment. The Cat In The Hat Knows a Lot About Space! is sure to please. 

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this product 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.

Kong Wobbler Toy for Dogs Chewy.com Review


We received a large Kong Wobbler from Chewy.com free to facilitate this review.

The Kong Wobbler Toy for dogs is a great way for your furry friend to play. This treat dispenser has a small opening that when pushed, rocked, wobbled, or rolled can release a reward for your dog. The Kong Wobbler will keep your puppy dog occupied for hours. It is a wonderful toy for playtime providing both mental challenge and physical activity for your dog. Not only is it an engaging activity for your dog it is also entertaining for the whole family to watch the Wobbler in action.

Kong Wobbler Features:
  • Easy to fill and clean; twist open dispenser; top unscrews from base
  • Dispenses food and treats for hours of fun; prevents rapid eating
  • Use as a mealtime feeder for dogs that eat too quickly and scarf food
  • Entertaining wobble action
  • Give IQ-building fun time to your doggy genius
  • Made of FDA food-approved high strength plastic polymer
  • Recommended by vets worldwide
  • Dishwasher safe; top shelf
  • Comes in two sizes: Small (fits ½ cup of food) and Large (fits 1 cup of food)
  • Large measures 7 x 6 x 10.5-inches; suitable for dogs weighing 25-pounds or more
  • Small measures 6-inches tall by 4-inches wide; suitable for dogs up to 25 pounds
  • Made in the USA

How to Use:
  1. Twist off top to open.
  2. Fill Wobbler dish with dry dog food, small Kong snacks or your dogs favorite small treats making sure your dog notices you doing so. Make sure the snacks or food is small enough to fit through the opening easily.
    • For treat dispensing fun, add a handful.
    • For mealtime feeding, feed normal amount, up to 1 cup per filling.
  3. Twist top on tightly.
  4. Encourage dog to rock Wobbler to dispense reward. Let them sniff the opening. Demonstrate to them how to push it until it dispenses some treats. Make it fun and exciting for your dog. They will quickly learn to use their nose and paws to move the Wobbler around. When they get the toy to dispense treats, praise them. Repeat as many times as needed. (for better motivation use toy when dog is hungry)
  5. Discourage chewing.

Chewy.com is a great place to find items for your dog or cat. They have a great selection of food and treats, bowls and feeders, health and wellness products, flea & tick products, toys, cleaning and potty training products, grooming products, leashes and collars; beds, crates and gear, litter, etc. They conveniently ship 200+ brands of pet food and other stuff direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. They have competitive prices and offer free 1-2 day shipping on any order of $49 or more. They have 24/7 customer service, just call and ask your question(s). Chewy.com is also dedicated to supporting non-profit organizations that help animals in need.A portion of sales are donated to these great causes.

Prince playing with the Kong Wobbler.

Our Thoughts:

We received the large sized Kong Wobbler for our dog. We used this treat dispensing toy with our large dog, Prince. We followed the directions and waited when he was hungry to try the Kong Wobbler out. He was fairly interested in the whole process and what we were doing. We tried some small treats at first that we had around the house that would easily fit through the opening. The toy was simple to fill.

We then showed Prince the Wobbler in action and how it worked. He got pretty excited when it released the treats onto the floor. Then he decided it was his turn to try and nudged it with his nose. It wobbled back and forth and he jumped back in enthusiasm. It was highly enjoyable for the whole family to watch! My daughters were giggling uncontrollably at the sight.

The Kong Wobbler is a great toy for dogs! It helps your pup get both physical and mental exercise. We recommend the Kong Wobbler to anyone with dogs. Chewy.com is a great place to find the Kong Wobbler and other great items for dogs and cats!

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Get the Kong Wobbler at Chewy.com. The large is $15.91 and the small is $13.49. (prices are accurate as of the date of this post)

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received product for free to facilitate my 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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course from Herbal Academy Pre-Registration Savings!


I received this course for free to facilitate a review along the way.

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course is brought to you by the Herbal Academy. Transform your kitchen with herbal fermentation! Did you know that herbs can enhance the art and science of fermented foods and beverages? Explore the realms of herbal fermentation and discover new ways to capture the beneficial qualities of herbs with the help of life-supporting microorganisms through fermentation and homemade brews. In The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course, the Herbal Academy will teach you a unique way to share your passion and curiosity of herbalism with others!

This new course will explore how to incorporate herbs into popular home ferments like water kefir, kombucha, and lacto-fermented vegetables and even how to make herbal beers and ales. The exclusive video tutorials, printable charts, and written lessons in this course guide you through the exciting process. The course includes exclusive recipes to get you started!

Pre-registration is happening now before the course starts on March 7th! If you pre-register you will save on the course cost. I have pre-registered for the course and and you can also join me in learning about making fermented foods and drinks with herbs to enhance taste and flavor. I am most excited for this course mostly to learn how to make my own Kombucha, Water Kefir, and Lacto-fermented Herbs and Vegetables. This will be a great resource for beginner and advanced home brew and ferment hobbyists alike.

Here is the course overview:
The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy


Pre-registration runs now through March 7th at just $99! After March 7th, pre-registration will close and the course will be available for $119 – $149.

At checkout, you can choose to upgrade your registration with the beautifully-designed fermentation tutorial and recipe guides! Take these durable, laminated instructions into the kitchen with you while you prepare your herbal ferments to help guide you through the process and inspire you with exclusive recipes!

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I wrote this post to let my readers know about this great opportunity and deal. I received the course free to facilitate a review later in the year. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zaycon Fresh Is Looking For Influencers! Also A Chance To Save!


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Home School in the Woods HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages Review


My family had the privilege of trying the HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages from Home School in the Woods 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.

Home School in the Woods is a family run business that creates Christian based history curriculum for homeschooling. This curriculum immerses your student in the topic. It is very hands-on with lapbooks, timelines, recipes, art, creative writing, notebook projects, dramatized audio theater, maps, crafts, projects, re-enactments, file-folder games, vocabulary to learn, etc.

My family got to pick one of four different HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study curriculum: Ancient Egypt (3100 BC to 30 BC), The Middle Ages (400 AD to 1500 AD), Renaissance & Reformation (1100 AD to 1660 AD) and their newest Ancient Greece (6000 BC to 146 BC). Home School in the Woods will also eventually be expanding the series to include studies of Ancient Rome which will be out in 2018! We had already reviewed Ancient Egypt and loved it, so we decided to pick a new one and settled on The Middle Ages because it is sounded like such a fascinating subject. As I have said before, my whole family are history enthusiasts. We also love learning about different cultures and even though we were not new to learning about The Middle Ages, this study didn't disappoint and we learned a lot on the journey.

There are icons that help along one side and buttons that link to nice clear photos of the finished projects.

The Project Passport World History Studies are a virtual trip through history. These are recommended for grades 3-8. There are two different versions you can purchase, a CD version or a digital download version. With the CD version everything that you access and print is on the CD. With the digital download version you download a zipped file, place all of the contents into a folder on your computer, and access it by the start.htm file that is in that folder. We received the digital download version. This "trip" is supposed to last roughly 6-12 weeks depending upon how quickly everything is completed. For Each Project Passport World History Study you make a passport and "luggage" folder to hold some of the stuff you print off and make along the journey. Each "trip" has 25 chapters called "stops", where you observe action-packed events and meet fascinating people along the way. At each stop you come to there will be "Guide Book Text" which is information for the student to read about a certain topic explored and a "Travel Itinerary" that covers the project choices and directions. There are also helpful icons that let you know what you will be doing and color photos of all the completed projects so you know how they are supposed to look like when finished. There are a lot of printables of information and projects to do. Masters are available for all printables. There are so many things to do on the trip, for example: creating a "Scrapbook of Sights" (notebook for storing the notebook projects), dining on local cuisine with the "Dining out Guide" (recipes to create food and drink that was popular in the area at the time), taking pictures ("Snapshot Moments in History" scrapbook timeline), reporting on important people and happenings (a newspaper creative writing assignment - In The Middle Ages study it is called "The Medieval Times"), making "souvenirs" to remember your stay (craft/art projects), dressing like the locals (clothing of the era: fun dress up craft), making a lapbook, playing games (file-folder games), collecting postcards, listening to tour guides (dramatized audio theater - there are 7 of these), and so much more!

We found that there was a lot of preparation that needed to happen before getting started. There is a lot of things needing printed, items needing prepared for crafts and other projects, and general preparation of materials before one can begin the journey. The Travel Itinerary and Travel Planner: Quick Stop Itinerary helps with this a lot!

You will need a few items to get you through the lessons:
  • Working Printer
  • Color and Black Ink for the printer to cover all the printing that will be happening
  • White and Colored Printer Paper
  • White and Colored Cardstock (this is best, but admittedly we didn't have any of this and used only white printer paper and it worked OK)
  • One 3-Ring Binder for the Guide Book (teacher binder for Introduction, Travel Tips, Travel Planner: Quick Stop Itinerary, Travel Itinerary, Guide Book Text, and Additional Resources)
  • One 3-Ring Binder for the Scrapbook of Sights (student binder for all notebook projects)
  • Colored File Folders or Colored Pocket Folders with Fasteners
  • Scissors and/or an X-acto Knife (when using an X-acto Knife you will need a thick piece of cardboard or self healing mat to use as a cutting surface)
  • Crayons, Markers, or Colored Pencils to color the pictures, if desired
  • Glue
  • Other Craft supplies specified for each of the different projects that your student wants to do

This is what the HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages covers:
  1.  Laying the Foundation – Part I: Introduction
  2. Laying the Foundation – Part II: Barbarians in the South & East
  3. Laying the Foundation – Part III: Barbarians in the North & West
  4. Everyday Life – Part I: Family
  5. Everyday Life – Part II: Clothing & Food
  6. Everyday Life – Part III: Community
  7. Everyday Life – Part IV: Crime, Punishment... and Entertainment
  8. Business – Part I: Towns and Guilds
  9. Business – Part II: Merchants, Trade, and Exploration
  10. Science and Invention
  11. Education
  12. The Arts
  13. Medicine and Disease
  14. The Church – Part I: History
  15. The Church – Part II: Church and other Religious Events
  16. The Church – Part III: Monastic Life
  17. The Crusades – Part I: The Big Four
  18. The Crusades – Part II: Other Crusades
  19. Knights and Chivalry
  20. The Vikings – Part I: Viking Life
  21. The Vikings – Part II: Era of the Viking
  22. Battles, Wars, and Conflicts – Part I: The Muslim Invasions
  23. Battles, Wars, and Conflicts – Part II: Eastern Europe
  24. Battles, Wars, and Conflicts – Part III: England
  25. Final Stop - Packing Up!

Teela coloring the Scrapbook of Sights Cover.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
I enlisted my daughter Teela who is in 3rd grade this year to learn about The Middle Ages since she loved doing the Ancient Egypt study before. This is supposed to be for 3rd through 8th graders so most of the projects she did very well on. She did need my help with some of the more advanced projects and writing assignments and it took her a lot longer to get through some of the stops than it might have taken for my older boys. I learned quite a bit too while helping her with this study.

Teela making a puppet show with the Medieval Stick Puppets.

This study, like the first we did, was jam packed with information. I am glad that I already had experience doing this type of program because everything seemed to go faster. The instructions are not hard, but there is a lot of things to set up and print out initially and throughout the program....so be aware of that and set some time aside initially to get things done so you are not overwhelmed. We still have not gotten through all the stops, but we have enjoyed everything that we have done thus far. I love that it is from a biblical Christian perspective too.

Wassail making is fun and delicious!

Teela really liked our project time together. She loves art and making things. She especially loved making the stick puppets clothed in costume of the era. She even put on a puppet show with our puppet stage. We also made some very yummy Wassail with the Dining out Guide recipe, which everyone enjoyed. We very much enjoyed the audio tour too. We are learning a lot along the stops and are enjoying every moment. These are so much fun!

I highly recommend the Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages from Home School in the Woods. This is great for anyone homeschooling who might need some help with teaching The Middle Ages in a highly educational, fun, and very hands-on way. This would also be perfect for those wanting something fun to do with their kids in the summer time. I am looking forward to reviewing more from Home School in the Woods in the future!

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You can purchase the download version of the HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages for $33.95 and CD version for $34.95.

Download the scope and sequence, listen to a sample audio tour, see photo examples of projects, and watch a video of "What is a Project Passport" when you click the link above, to get more of an idea about the program.

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HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study Reviews

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