Monday, October 31, 2016

The Cascades {Pembroke, VA}


It was a four mile hike.  At the crux of the fall season we ventured through winding trails, stone steps and wooden bridges with four kids in tow. 


They did great. The kids kept pushing on. They knew that once they made it to the two mile mark- they would be greeted with the largest waterfall they've ever seen- 69 feet high! (It's true- I haven't taken them to Niagara Falls yet- I'm so ashamed.) For them- this was a big deal. My oldest son's jaw almost hit the ground when he turned around that last bend and finally witnessed the huge, gushing waterfall- it was bigger than he had ever imagined. 


The trail follows a bubbling brook which creates a beautiful, scenic experience. Also, along the one side of the creek we found a wide variety of mushrooms. 

The kids kept wanting to jump in. I'll admit, the kids were not the only ones that were tempted! We finally told them that once they made it to the large waterfall, they could take a dip.



One cool find along the trail was a trilobite fossil embedded in a rock. Actually, we found piles of fossils that we hope to bring to our local natural history museum and have checked out. Of course, as a young earth creationist, we will certainly have different views concerning how old it is. 

Well, the kids made it! The cascades! And yes, we rewarded them with a quick, shallow wade---and--- another two mile hike back to the parking lot, haha! They didn't amazing, I'm super proud of them. If you are ever in the Virginia Tech area and are into hiking, I suggest you go for it!


The Cascades, Pembroke, VA
 (Near Virginia Tech)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

How To Talk To Your Cat About Gun Safety {Review}

Are you worried about having guns in your home? Afraid that your cat will become too curious? I mean, curiosity did kill the cat, didn't it? How To Talk To Your Cat About Gun Safety will answer burning questions that cat owners all across the country have been asking themselves. 

What is the right age to talk to my cat about firearms?

Is it even legal for my cat to own a gun?

Is it wise to teach my cat how to use a gun?

Aside from the burning issue of gun safety, the author addresses other hot topics including:

Evolution

Abstinence

Online Safety

Drugs

Puberty

Post Apocalyptic Survival

Satanism

Who is this book for?
I have no idea. At first I thought this book was written by an ultra-right-wing conservative trying to push their beliefs in a humerous way. But, once I got into the book and looked at their fake website, fake author bio and fake story about how these books got started I starting thinking this book is completely mocking right wingers. I guess I don't have enough of a sense of humor to get it. If I had to take a guess as to who the real author is I would go with Jack Black. I mean, why not?

If you have a sense of humor and like cats then I guess this book is for you? Maybe? Try it out and let me know what you think, cause I'm lost. Especially the anti-semetic remarks, I just don't get it.





Disclaimer: Thanks to Blogging For Books for providing this book for review. All thoughts expressed here are my own. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook {Review}


Read and Share: Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook is a perfect book for beginners. Young readers find joy in being able to 'read' with the help of images. I am not opposed to this concept. It builds confidence and gives them the courage to read a book that might otherwise seem intimidating. Some schools of thought frown completely on this style of teaching. They suggest giving the child no colors, no images, no hints and have them memorize phonetics first, before even attempting to read a phrase, sentence or a book. I disagree. I am a strong believer in immersion. I immerse my children in books, usually way above their reading level. By doing this, they are exposed to challenging vocabulary at a young age.

With books like this, I encourage them to read as much as they can and then I help with the more difficult words. The pictures placed sporadically throughout the page help immensely because even though they might struggle through a few hard words, they can breathe a sigh of relief when they can figure out the picture words, and know that they got those words right.

The book is divided into different sections from both the Old and New Testament based on certain Bible events and characters. For example, The Flood, Abraham's Family, Jesus' Life, Saul Becomes Paul, to name a few. Within these sections are several stories which include a sweet cartoon image with the Biblical reference to the story. The opposite page is a short, one-page version of the story with three different images scattered throughout. For example, in the story of David and Goliath, the images were Goliath, stones and slingshot. My daughter loved reading through these stories, images and all!

This book is packed with more than 90 Bible stories and would make an excellent gift for a young reader!




Disclaimer: Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for providing this book for review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood {Review}



Wouldn’t it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions—an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:

—Self-acceptance
—Self-care
—Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations
—Generosity
—Presence
—Forgiveness


In addition to the devotions, these beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!


MY THOUGHTS

The keyword in the title is JOYFUL. What mother doesn't hope to provide more joy within their home? Each of these 40 devotions challenge us mothers towards living a more joyful life.

Powerful.

The author digs deep. Causing you, on day one, to look at yourself. At who you are. So often we are so focused on our kids, our family, that taking the time to stop, and focus on ourselves, not in a selfish way but in a way that God can minister to us.

Each devotion begins with a scripture. The author then expounds on the scripture leaving us with challenging thoughts or ideas and then concludes with a prayer.

Then the fun begins. It has been said that coloring can be relaxing, therapeutic even. Each day, opposite the devotion, you are presented in a cute coloring page. The coloring pages
are seemingly hand drawn which definitely gives this book it's character! Color while you rehearse the scripture or pray about what the Lord wants to speak to you that day.

Overall I find this book to be just what the doctor ordered for many mothers. It would make a great gift for yourself or any mother wanting to rekindle the joy in her life.


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                     Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Litfuse. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

One Small Donkey (Review)


Snuggle up in front of a warm, cozy fire this Christmas and teach your tiny tot that though he is small, he too can do big things for God with the sweet board book, One Small Donkey

This story follows a donkey who feels inadequate as he sees large horses prancing about. He wishes he were quicker and not as slow when his master calls for him. He trudges through and makes his way to Bethlehem. His reward? Witnessing the birth of an ever so special gift, God's son.

This book presents the story of Jesus' birth in a way that a young child can understand. The pictures throughout the book are bright and creative and the cover sparkles with gold. Any young child would be thrilled to open this book on Christmas morning!


Disclaimer: This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers. All opinions stated here are my own.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Berenstain Bears Christmas Fun Sticker and Activity Book By Jan and Mike Berenstain {Review}


Yes, another Christmas review, but bear with me because there is bound to be at least one kid on your Christmas list that will light up over this!

The Berenstain Bears Christmas Fun Sticker and Activity Book

Taking a long trip to Grandma's house and need something to keep the little ones entertained? Planning a dinner out at a restaurant and fear that your kids will become restless? This activity book is written for children ages four through eight, and rightly so. Some activities are certainly geared towards writers such as the crossword puzzles, word searches and fill in the blanks. Some of the other activities would be fun for the older bunch but also doable for four and five year olds, like the dot-to-dot puzzles, coloring pages and patterns. The stickers, of course are perfect for all the ages within this range. I appreciate the variety, the vibrant colors and of course the lovable Bear family that we all know and love. This would make an adorable gift that won't disappoint!



Disclaimer: This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers. All opinions stated here are my own. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ready, Set, Find Christmas {Review}




Pre-readers and young learners tend to be drawn to books where they have to look for hidden objects. I know mine always were at that age. Whenever we read one it seems like they thought they were getting away with something since it wasn't a book that technically was "read." Little did they know, this type of book was preparing them for basic reading skills down the road. The concept of searching is an integral aspect of reading, whether kids realize it or not. Seeking phonetic clues, trying to figure out the meaning of a homophone by reading it in context or looking at punctuation to get the feel of a sentence. Seek and find books are a great way to encourage kids to excited about books, and Ready, Set, Find Christmas is perfect for the holiday season. 

The story follows Mary and Joseph as they prepare for the birth of God's Son. There are five sections in this book, each with a cute colorful tab providing easy access for little hands. Each section includes a portion of the Christmas story beginning with Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem and finishing off with the wise men finding Jesus. Every section has eight items for young ones to look for. I am impressed with the quality of the pages as well as the illustrations. Another book that would make a great Christmas gift!



Disclaimer: This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Acorn Treat


Fall is in full color around here. We just returned from a gorgeous four hour hike to a waterfall in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was unreal being surrounded by the yellow, red and orange trees towering over us while hiking along a rushing creek. 

Of course, we are a homeschooling family. 

Nerds. 

So we don't say that the leaves are "changing color" since clearly leaves don't change. They simply lose their chlorophyll revealing the color that was there all along. Hmm- A spiritual metaphor, maybe? 

We having been keeping busy this fall, pumpkin picking, baking with pumpkins and enjoying the cooler weather. 

 I also let the kids pick out one, fun fall themed treat to create off Pinterest. 
This fall they picked these cute acorn treats. Only three ingredients are needed. Hershey Kisses, Mini Nutter Butters and Mini Chocolate Chips.


Simply twist the Nutter Butters in half, use the side with the peanut butter on it to attach to the Kiss. Melt some of the Mini Chocolate Chips and use as a glue to glue a Mini Chocolate Chip, "stem" on the top. And you are done! The kids loved making these, but loved eating them even more!


Find the recipe they used, here.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Night Voyage {Review}


Be whisked away on a journey that I am certain you have never experienced before. Daria Song brings the concept of adult coloring books to a whole new level in her book, The Night Voyage. Following a young girl who is left alone on her birthday with a pile of gifts to ease her mind, you will be entertained by her sense of adventure,generosity and playfulness. Taking her faithful cat along for the ride, she embarks on a mission of kindness when the conductor of her toy train comes to life.

This book will provide you with hours of fun. The index of the book provides you with a picture index of the coloring pages found within the book. Each page is so beautifully created, allowing you to let your own imagination go wild as you color between the lines. I am impressed with the quality of this book from cover to cover and am convinced that you will be too!


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Taming The Ink Beast


Have you ever found the perfect online printable only to remember you are almost out of ink? Your printer technically still works and you know that the “low ink” warning will give you a few more decent pages. You Read More At Our Homeschool Forum.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury {Review}


Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury is more than what I was expecting in a bedtime storybook. What I didn't realize was that this book is a bedtime devotional, which is an added bonus. While reading to your child at night is an excellent habit to instill in your young one, establishing a Bible reading routine is even more important. I appreciate how this book includes a a presentation page for those who want to give this book as a gift.

It is well laid out with a complete table of contents listing the thirty devotionals. You are then greeted by an introduction for the parents explaining the importance of establishing a bedtime routine. Before you get to the meat of the book you will find two pages where you can write your own prayers for your child. 

Each night you will have about five minutes of material to share with your child. Each devotional starts out with a short Bible verse and a simple, down to earth explanation that a child could relate to. The next page shares a whimsical poem either that relates to the topic. If a Bible character is mentioned in the poem, such as Noah or Moses, then the following page will encourage the child to read all about that character in the Bible, references included. After that, you will find another entertaining poem for children with a prayer that your child can pray on the opposite page. The final page of each devotional includes a "Bedtime Treasure." This includes a concluding statement, thought provoking question and prayer. 

I appreciate how well thought out this devotional is. It engages young children in the truths found in the Bible in a way that they can understand. It also provides a routine so that each and every night they know what to expect, great for little ones and their parents to enjoy together!

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Booklook Bloggers. All thought expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Night of Great Joy {Review}


A Night of Great Joy by Mary Engelbreit is a sweet rendition of the Christmas story. Presented in the form of a children's play, the message of the birth of Jesus is brought to life through beautiful, colorful illustration. When I was responsible for getting the preschoolers in our church dressed up as sheep, shepherds and the like for the Christmas program I would try not to stress over the details. 


"They're kids," I would tell myself, "whatever they do up there on stage, will be cute!"

Rather than expecting everything to run smoothly, I would remember that I was working with kids, young kids, and that their parents were going to be watching with pride for their children. Not once, do I remember every, single, child acting perfectly, but the families watching were certainly blessed! Engelbreit does an amazing job portraying this very concept in her illustrations. In one picture, two children are fighting over a prop. In another, one child is having an uncomfortable time sitting on his knees. I love the authenticity shown in the pictures. It made me laugh as I remember laughing at my mother in law's church one year when young Mary, the mother of Jesus began undressing baby Jesus and hitting him on the manger in the middle of the play. I was in tears. It was hilarious. All the kids kept on singing as if nothing was going on. It is just one of those memories you won't forget and Englebreit has used the theme of a children's play in a way that I think readers can relate to in a special way. 

I must also mention that the cover of the book is gorgeous. It is a hardback book with a cover that is decorated in glitter. This certainly would make a wonderful Christmas gift!


Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Booklook Bloggers. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Night Revive Retinol Serum {Valentia Review}



What does your evening routine consist of? Are you a nighttime shower person? A face washer? Or do you simply go to bed and hope your mascara doesn't create a monstrous mess on your face by morning? Well, if you are anything like me, just going to bed doesn't cut it. My skin certainly isn't what it used to be and absolutely needs some TLC, even if just a little. Valentia has just released their new Night Revive Retinol Serum. This particular formula has been created to help fight wrinkles. It hydrates your skin, encouraging smoother, rejuvenated skin.

The best part is, it is super easy to incorporate into your evening routine because it isn't necessary to apply each and every night. Actually, it is only recommended to use this serum every two to three days, at least until your skin adjusts. Once your skin gets used to the product, you can start using this each and every night, but you will be enjoying the benefits anyways so you'll look forward to applying it before hopping into bed. 

Since I have been using this product, I haven't noticed any changes yet but I do plan on giving it some time. Even though I haven't seen a dramatic reduction of wrinkles, I do have dry skin and I love applying natural products that will help hydrate my skin. This serum's lid doubles as a dropper so you can apply just a small dab of the product each night. A little bit goes a long way. It has a nice smooth consistency and I am excited to have another natural, Valentia product to add to my daily routine!  





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Friday, October 7, 2016

Bring Your Bible To School Day {Alternate Date}

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Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are preparing for Hurricane Matthew to hit. For students in hurricane-affected states who are facing school closures but still want to participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day, the alternate date is Thursday, October 20.

This brings about a good point: Any day can be a day you organize your friends to bring your Bibles to school together!

By signing up during the month of October for Bring Your Bible to School Day (even if you missed the official celebration), you can download a free how-to guide for teens, parents, pastors, and elementary students. It's full of helpful information that will help you organize a day to take a stand for religious freedom and bring your Bible to school with your fellow classmates.

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

NKJV Study Bible {Review}



I am beyond elated with my new Bible. That's right, MY new Bible. So many of the books and Bibles that I have been reviewing have been for my kids but I finally went ahead and picked one out for me, and I couldn't be happier. When my NKJV Study Bible arrived in the mail, it felt like Christmas morning. I opened the package and was impressed with the quality packaging of this Bible. This would make a perfect gift for you, a friend, spiritual leader, or anyone who wants to delve deeper into God's Word. 

The cover is a rich, turquoise, leathersoft, material. This Bible is thick and heavy. As it should be since it includes many, many study helps. Which I love. It includes the following:

* Over 15,000 clear, readable, verse-by-verse study notes

* Bible times and culture notes

* Word studies with Strong's numbers

* In-text maps and charts

This is only a portion of what is included. This Bible is extremely reminsciant to my old, falling apart study Bible. It has a cross-reference section down the middle of each page. About one-third of the page, the bottom portion, includes your study notes. Every once in a while, a word is highlighted on the very bottom of the page with the Hebrew or Greek word included along with the Strong's reference. It then expounds upon the word and oftentimes includes cross-references. The only difference between this Bible and my old study Bible is that this one does not have as many Strong's numbers included. My former Bible included the numbers within the text whereas this one is only included within the word studies sporadically found throughout the Bible. Even though there are less in this Bible, the study of the words expounded upon is more involved.

Overall, I am thrilled to begin using this as my main Bible. I plan on using this one on a daily basis and even bring it along with me when I go out. Note, this Bible is huge. I am used to carrying a large Bible and have a large diaper bag to carry it in. If I am going out on a date or somewhere without the baby and am only bringing a purse, I will most likely bring a smaller, pocket Bible. This Bible is intended to be used for personal study and I imagine many people would not want to carry this large Bible around. It depends on your preference. 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Booklook Bloggers for a copy of this book. All opinions stated here are my own. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

5 Fall Unit Study Ideas



Homeschooling children of different ages is challenging. I've tried sticking to grade level appropriate textbooks with history and science. It doesn't work. I'm spending all. day. long. teaching a wide variety of topics, making my head spin. 

I sit down to teach my oldest about explorers, a younger one about the good old U S of A and the kindergartner about community helpers. Before you know it, it's going on three in the afternoon. I haven't even started science yet.

Combining history and science has been a game changer. The kids have become more engaged and feed off one another. I teach each one in an age appropriate manner, but they are all learning about the same subject, at the same time. Not only has this unified our homeschool but saved my sanity. 

This fall, I plan to finish up our core textbooks that we have been trudging faithfully through the past few months and embark on some unit studies, to "take a break" of sorts. Listed below are a few unit study ideas if you are itching to break free from the mundane and try something new this fall.

5- CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration For Kids








4- SQUANTO
The Legend of Squanto Audio Drama









3- PILGRIMS
















1- JOHNNY APPLESEED
Johnny Appleseed


































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Monday, October 3, 2016

The First Step In Starting A Homestead






Homeschooling went longer than usual. I sleepily open the fridge to make dinner only to notice that I never thawed any meat out that morning. Do I panic? I grew up walking to the grocery store in the suburbs. Picking up a meal or missing ingredient was never a big ordeal. Now that I'm a country girl, I am forced to designate one day a week to drive half and hour to town. "Running to the store," is not a part of my daily routine. Surprisingly, I don't panic. Yes, a few years ago I would have. I would have stressed out until my husband walked through the door and mumbled something about going out for pizza. Yet this time, I calmly take a step back and figure something out. 

       HOW DO WE BREAK THE CYCLE OF DEPENDENCE?


Photo Credit: Morguefile

How am I able to stay calm? How am I able to not be dependent on the grocery store and pre-packaged foods or meals when in a bind?
Well, it certainly didn't come easy. When times get tough and the stress is through the roof, it is easy to sit back and let others do the work for you. It's so much easier to run through the drive thru of Little Ceasars than it is to make a pizza of your own. 

Or Is It?

I once watched a television special where a famous chef sent a family member to a fast food joint to pick up some food. Meanwhile, he stayed at home and taught the mom and daughter
how to make a quick, easy and healthy meal. Unknown to the family, his point was to prove that the women could make the meal quicker than the family members could go and get the food. When the dad and son arrived home, the girls had a meal ready at the table for them to enjoy. 


IT'S ALL  ABOUT TRAINING YOUR MIND


Photo Credit: Morguefile

I learned quickly to force myself to be creative when times were tough. The days when the morning sickness was at it's worst and the emotions were running wild, I still had to suck it up and make a meal for my family. When we had only two pennies to rub together I would enter the ingredients that I had in the pantry into the Pinterest search bar and let other people's creativity carry me through that night. 

When the going would get tough, I would try my hardest to not give in, but learn. 

We can't do it all. Many have gone before us and have little nuggets of wisdom that we can glean from  What we need to realize is that we don't need to pretend we have it all together. If we want to take that first step towards self-sufficency, we need to get off our high horse and...

BE WILLING TO LEARN

Once we come to grips with the fact that we need to humble ourselves and learn from those who have gone ahead of us then we are ready to embark on something great. If we think we have it all figured out and aren't willing to take the advice from those who have succeeded or from those who have made mistakes then we will cause ourselves more stress than needed and maybe even dig ourselves into a hole, we never can seem to get out of. 

Remember, learning takes time. Just because we want to homestead doesn't mean we need to go completley off grid, growing all our own veggies for the year our first year and baking everything from food produced soley on our farm. Yes, we want to get there someday but it's not going to happen overnight. We have to take one step at a time or we might get overwhelemed and give up. Kind of like my kids trying to tackle cleaning their messy rooms. 

Start small. Learn a skill. Master it. And use it. Then move on to a new skill. Slowly, you'll get there and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment when you do! Feel like you've tried and failed? Keep trying. Farming, homesteading and the like, especially if you weren't raised in it requires a new mindset and determination. With practice, you'll get there. One day you'll look at yourself in the mirror and realize that you truly do live on a homestead!


This is the first (of hopefully many) loaves of bread we made with grain that we milled ourselves!


What is Your Biggest Challenge In Starting A Homestead?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Take the Bible Challenge with Odyssey Adventure Club

How much do you know about the Bible and its influence on our culture, history–and the whole world? Focus on the Family and Bring Your Bible have teamed up to create a quiz to test how much you and your kids know about the Bible.

Take the quiz to find out! 

Don't forget to mark your calendars to celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6. 

Bring Your Bible to School Day

Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. 

Sign Up 

And be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.
By signing up, you’ll receive a free guide with tips, downloadable posters, sticker and T-shirt designs, information on your legal rights, and other fun, interactive activities. Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey!



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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.


Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Why We Teach Our Kids To Read


We told our children, when they were young, there was one reason why we were teaching them to read. Obviously reading is important, if not necessary, to survive in our culture but that is not the reason. 

We want them to be successful individuals. Ones that will not simply survive but thrive in their communities. But that is not why we were teaching them to read. 

Reading encourages the imagination and stimulates the brain in a way that mindless entertainment never can, this is just a bonus. 

We flat out told our children, that they were to learn to read, so they could read the Bible. Plain and simple. The Word of God is what will stand when the world is on fire. When trials and troubles come, the Word of God will bring comfort, healing and hope. 

Even in pre-reading days, we memorize Scripture, as a family to get the word of God in their little hearts. And, once they begin to read, we give them their very own Bible. 

My two oldest have already reached this milestone. It has melted my heart to see them reading their Bibles on their own, seeking and learning on their own accord. 

My daughter has been looking up to her brothers eagerly awaiting the day that she can have a Bible of her own, not just a storybook with Old Testament stories. 

Well, the time has come. She is in the beginning stages of reading, and I found the perfect Bible to present to her. 



The Beginner's Bible: Holy Bible in the King James Version, is everything that I hoped it would be as far as a first Bible goes. This Bible has large print, perfect for a beginning reader. It has the complete King James Version text and also includes full page illustrations throughout the book. It has a thick, solid cover that I hope will last many years to come. 


I look forward to this seeing her learn and grow with her first complete Bible!



Disclaimer: This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Mindfulness {A Journal Review}


About The Journal

Mindfulness: A Journal provides the user with a series of simple journaling prompts designed to nurture a positive, calming framework to approach the day. Each of the writing prompts provides the user with space to examine one's self and ponder some of the basic tenets of mindfulness. The journal can be completed at whatever pace the user prefers to work at (daily, weekly, etc) and features inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout, as well as introductory material on the practice of mindfulness and a list of resources for further reading.

Disappointed:

This book claims to have a totable, giftable package. I thought that literally meant that it was wrapped in a creative box or package that would be enticing as a gift. I guess all it means is that the journal is in a book form making it easy to give as a gift- not really sure. I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. Journaling was a happy past time of my youth and I was hoping this book would inspire that habit once again. This book was leaned too much on the New Age side for my liking. Quotes included in this book such as "stop, breathe and be," quotes on meditation and the concept of purifying the mind was too much for me. As a Christian, this book does not jive with me. Others might enjoy it, but not me. 

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Blogging For Books. All opinions stated are my own.