Monday, December 30, 2013

OxiClean(TM) 2in1 Stain Fighter Liquid

As a Smiley360 member I got to try OxiClean(TM) 2in1 Stain Fighter Liquid for free, and absolutely loved it. It has replaced three other liquids for me. It has so much to offer all in one bottle which has fully impressed me. Not only does it fight stains, but it brightens whites and colors. No more color safe bleach, no more regular bleach, and no more seperate stain fighting liquid. As far as stain fighting liquids this one has all the rest beat. It sure has surpassed my expectations by far and shown me that there is a stain fighting liquid that does what it says it's going to do.
Here's a couple videos I'd like to share with you all:








Disclaimer: As a Smiley360 member I was given a sample of the above mentioned product. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

FRANK's® RedHot®

Check out FRANK's® RedHot® sauces. I have used the Buffalo sauce and Sweet Chili sauce in a variety of dishes including:

FRANK’s® RedHot® Buffalo Chicken Dip  & FRANK's RedHot Sweet Chili® Cream Cheese Dip

Frank's has a wide variety of sauces the two above mentioned sauces are just two included in the variety. I love the versatile taste. A little bit packs a big punch and your mouth tingles with all the flavor sensations being taken in at once. It's truly a tastefully exploding sensation for your mouth and something to spice up any meal or dish.


Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned products for free as a Smiley360 member, however, all opinions expressed are solely my own.

Monday, December 23, 2013

CAREFREE® ACTI-FRESH® Liners

CAREFREE® ACTI-FRESH® Liners

This is a product for women that I can't stop raving about. Whether you have a weak bladder or need something for those in-between days this is a product that does everything the box says. Super absorbent, fresh feeling, and discreet. You barely know they are there, and are all around wonderful.


Disclaimer: I received a free sample of the product mentioned above as a Smiley360 member in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Beyond Resolution

ISBN: 978-1-921633-74-4

::Description::
Samara lives a life filled with fear. After being discarded and beaten by her trouble making boyfriend, she takes one easy out after another. Her choices lead her down the road of self-destruction, into the degrading world of stripping and a life spent looking over her shoulder. Until an encounter with a stranger on a Kings Cross Street provides the catalyst for a life changing event that leads her back home.
Resolution is the last place in the world Jed wants to be. One drastic decision has led him to the Island resort and back into strained contact with his brother, Flynn.
From the bright lights of Sydney to the blue waters of Resolution Island, Beyond Resolution is a story that provides a window into the joy of forgiveness, trust and peace.



::My Thoughts::
This is book two in the series, but I didn't feel lost at all. I do however want to go back and read book one because I feel like there are a lot of little things that will fall into place easier after reading it.
Samara takes a downward spiral in life, making bad choices that she is utterly ashamed of. But when life presents a stranger that can lead her down the path of forgiveness she can't help but to be lead.
I got swept up in this book after reading just a few chapters. I found it hard to put down because I could not wait to see what would happen next. This book definitely has the suspense factor going for it.
Samara finally follows the path to God and tries to right all the mistakes in her past. On her road to personal forgiveness she is able to cross many obstacles that had been holding her back mainly within herself. This book is a perfect example about how not only do we need to forgive others but forgive ourselves. We all make mistakes, and we all have a past no matter good or bad. It's also an excellent example on how we need to just trust God. The path to getting there won't be easy, but it isn't impossible once we take His hand.
All in all a very good read. I would love to read the other book in the series and see how the characters start, and end up.


::Book Trailer::




If your interested in this book you can find it for purchase HERE




Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday 12/09/2013

Oh so glad to be back with Happy Homemaker Monday! Sorry for the delay in getting this up. It's been a crazy day! We had a two hour delay this morning and me and the kiddos took the opportunity to sleep in an extra couple hours. Even though it set some of my to-do list behind I can't even begin to tell you how much needed it was. Nobody really got to sleep in over the weekend! LOL

Credit: Sandra @ Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Photo used for purpose of Happy Homemaker Monday only :)

::As I Look Outside My Window::
It's getting dark already at 4:16pm and snow covers everything. Still it's peaceful even though very cold. I knew it was coming as I do every year. Funny thing is me and hubby were talking just a couple weeks ago how it was nothing like winter and now here we are. :)


::Right now I am::
Typing up this post while the kids enjoy their after school snack. I've been busy today so this is my first chance to sit down and get this post typed up.


::Thinking and pondering::
About how sometimes things don't always work out how we plan them or expect them. But just because they don't work out our way doesn't mean they aren't working out the way God means for them to be. Been trusting him more. I've realized that He knows what is best for us and He will get us through it. His hand is always outstretched. I just need to quit forgetting that and reach out and grab it rather than trying to carry the weight on my own shoulders.


::On my bedside table::


::On my TV tonight::
How the Grinch Stole Christmas with the kiddos


::Playing on the radio::
Nothing at the moment


::On the menu for this week::
Monday- cheesey pigs in a blanket, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese
Tuesday- Beef stew & grilled cheese
Wednesday- Homemade chicken and noodle soup & turkey wraps
Thursday- busy day and going to see a Christmas movie at the old theater in town so probably out to eat
Friday- not sure yet, need to plan the new menu and write out the grocery list
Saturday-
Sunday-


::On my to-do list::
I've mostly gotten everything done earlier which was why I was so busy. I had:
  • laundry (wash, dry, iron, fold, and put away) still have some more of this to do though as it's never-ending. LOL
  • dishes
  • sweeping
  • vacuuming


::What I am sewing, creating, knitting, or crocheting::
Nothing at the moment although me and the kids will be working on felt ornaments in a few as one of our Advent Activities


::My simple pleasure::
Cuddling up with my boys and just snuggling. I'm enjoying these days while I can because they are growing so fast on me. I'm not ready for it at all. LOL


::Lesson learned this past week::
It's a lesson I learn almost constantly. Let go and let God. He is there with a hand held out just waiting for me to grab on. I'm constantly getting stuck up in life's troubles and I feel the need to try and control situations. I need to remember though that I don't have to do it alone. He's there waiting to help me. Once I let go and let God things feel so much better, and I can't tell you the weight that is lifted off my shoulders.


::Looking around the house::
Kids are finishing up their after school snacks and watching their after school cartoon. We are about to start on homework, crafts, then dinner, baths, a quick movie, and bed.


::From the camera::
Nothing at the moment. It's been such a crazy time I haven't even snapped one picture. I can't believe it myself. Just goes to show how we can get so carried away. It's one of the things I'm trying to work on.


::Prayer list::
Our family
My parents
My husband's job that things stay steady right now. We are really depending on it.
Friends going through a difficult time.


::Bible verse/devotional::
But in every case, what “Let go and let God” comes down to is this: We need to let go of our own will. We must claim as our own the incredibly hard prayer that Jesus prayed: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42). We need to let go and let God do what God wills. This submission will lead to peace and joy, even when the way is difficult. “Father, I place my life in Your hands!” (Luke 23:46).
http://www.guideposts.org/bible-resources/learn-to-let-go-and-let-god


So with that I'll leave you all to the rest of your evenings. If you would like to join in with Sandra's Happy Homemaker Monday head on over to her blog and link up. It's so much fun and nice to connect with others.
But I better head off for now there's much to be done still at my house. I hope to catch up with all of your posts later tonight once everyone is settled and I have some quiet time as I do so enjoy visiting each of you. :)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Home Warranty Tips

So as you all know me and hubby have been doing research into buying our own home. While we aren't ready just yet it doesn't hurt to look around and go ahead to see what's out there for the price. We don't care to have a bit of work ahead of us when buying a house. It's to be expected as you will pay quite the price to have everything your looking for and for it to be move in ready. So while we save we research, and we look. It's exciting to see houses, what they are selling for, what they have sold for, how they are renovated, etc.



One thing that is kind of scary though is it would be so hard to purchase a home and then have something suddenly go wrong with it. So we are definitely going to be getting a home warranty when we purchase. That way if something major or even minor goes wrong we aren't looking at a huge financial setback. It's always a good idea for a homeowner to protect themselves as much as possible. Because once you take that buying plunge it's yours good and bad.



Years ago we started out buying a starter home. Being young and excited for the venture we entered into a contract sale where we would rent for the first two years and if we decided upon buying after that all the money paid would be deducted from total cost of the house. It was a pretty sweet deal but as our family grew and the house did not we started having issues. Our AC unit went out, our refrigerator started having issues, and our stove was also having issues. Thankfully it was covered under the seller's home warranty and it was all fixed. Appliances are a major financial setback when you aren't expecting to replace them. Nothing lasts forever after all.



We decided against buying the house anyway even though we loved it, it was just too small with no room for adding on.
But it was an eye opener for sure. So this time when we take the deep plunge to purchase a home we are going to do it right and have our own home warranty. There are so many companies out there that offer great contracts. One of them is Choice Home Warranty and they have a really helpful Facebook page too.

As I know a lot of you out there are also about to take the homeowners plunge here's a few facts about having a home warranty you may find very valuable:

  • Home warranties insure against repair and replacement costs for appliances and other components of a home that quit working. They can be purchased for any home, no matter what its age.

  • A warranty helps assure the buyer that he won't have to buy new appliances or other covered items if they fail a month after closing. Warranties are often purchased at closing, but can be acquired any time.

  • The cost of a home-warranty policy varies. A basic policy is similar among the major providers, even though the items covered sometimes differ. Evaluate coverage by jotting down covered items in a column on the left side of a blank sheet of paper. To the right, make a separate column for each policy, and check off the items that are covered by each provider's basic policy. If you must purchase coverage for some systems separately, jot down the price.

Here's some articles you may also find helpful:

Home Warranty: Why get one now?
http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/homestyle/12/30/toh.home.warranty/

How to Determine if You Need a Home Warranty
http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-if-You-Need-to-Buy-a-Home-Warranty




Disclaimer: I was compensated to write this article, however, all opinions expressed are solely my own.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

365 Pocket Devotionals Inspiration and Renewal for Each New Day

  • Imitation Leather: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (September 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141438789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414387895


  • ::Description::
    Learn to walk more closely with God each passing day! 365 Pocket Devotions is a convenient, easy-to-carry, quick-access book containing daily reflections on topics like trusting God, making wise choices, and loving others. Each day begins with an inspirational, thought-provoking reading and ends with a promise from Scripture. A new edition in the popular 365 Pocket series that has touched so many lives, 365 Pocket Devotions is created specifically for those who want daily devotional time with God. (Adapted from the perennial favorites The One Year At His Feet Devotional and The One Year Walk with God Devotional.)


    ::My Thoughts::
    I really love this little book. For such a tiny book it holds so much inspiration and hope. Most devotionals are split up by day or month, but not this one. This handy devotional is just numbered by day: Day 1,2,3,4, etc. It is so easy to read a devotional per day. It doesn't even take five minutes, and after reading my devotionals it lifts my whole day up. There are personal questions that have you thinking throughout the day which I also like about this book.
    It's also very soft to touch and light-weight. It also happens to fit easily into a purse, glove compartment, etc., making it impossible not to take with you.
    And handily it has a built in bookmark ribbon so you don't have to worry about losing your place.
    When you lead a busy hectic life and you find yourself needing God's word this is the book for you. It has been for me at least, and I've been raving about it to everyone who will hear. It gives me the faith and inspiration I need for my day. Each devotional is only about three paragraphs at most yet hold so much meaning in so short of a read. As someone with a busy life who is always on the go I need something I can take with me that is small but easy to read.
    There is a topic index in the back if your needing some of God's loving word regarding a particular circumstance in your life. That is one of my favorite features about this devotional. This book in my opinion has it all. Easy to carry, quick to read, and finally for those of us with busy lives there's a book that will still nourish us with God's word daily. And last but not least this book leaves us with a promise that will have our heart filled all day long.


    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    A Bride for Keeps

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764211684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211683



  • ::From the back of the book::
     Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.

    Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there.

    Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?




    ::My Thoughts::
    Let me just start by saying if your a fan of historical fiction that keeps you guessing, particularly when it comes to romance...this is the book for you. I enjoyed this book immensely and was sad to see it end. The plot left me on the edge of my seat guessing what would happen next. The tension between Everett and Julia was so strong the reader can definitely feel it. The author did a fantastic job of bringing everything to life in this novel. Clearly both characters have unmistakable feelings for each other, but due to their unfortunate pasts neither of them will express their feelings.
    Poor Everett put his hope in mail order brides only to have himself left being jilted by every one of them.
    Julia having a frightening past with love is extremely leery of marriage. However becoming a mail order bride will help her escape the life where she isn't appreciated.
    When both characters come together they finally agree upon a marriage in name only, but as feelings surface things are no longer as easy as they thought their arrangement would be. I won't deny that I've seen this plot type time and again, but the twists this one takes makes it new and exciting. I honestly did not know what would happen. I would go into greater detail but I don't want to spoil anything.
    This is a very inspirational romance and it is very easy to get swept away in the historical setting. I felt as if I was right there alongside the characters. I found myself siding with each of them on separate occasions as well as becoming frustrated with each one of them at times. This book is the perfect example of faith and how God will work everything out to your own good. It was all in all an amazing read, and one I won't soon forget. I can't wait to see more from this author.


     ::About the author::
    Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. Her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. Learn more at www.melissajagears.com


















    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    What Your Dreams Are Telling You

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chosen Books (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800795652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800795658



  • ::From the back of the book::
    Why Waste One-Third of Your Life Only Sleeping?
    Have you ever wanted to receive wise advice about a business proposal, a relationship or a direction in life? Tonight you will have several dreams. Did you know they could contain the very advice you need?
    It's true.
    Join dream interpreter Cindy McGill as she shows you that sleep is so much more than just a time to rest your body. If you pay attention, you can uncover a secret weapon for success--and the keys to unlocking your full potential.

    Not only is it possible to remember your dreams, but when properly interpreted, they bring guidance, hope and strength to achieve what may seem impossible. Here Cindy gives you the tools for discovering and decoding these hidden messages, including

    -- how to get the most out of your dreams
    -- historical and present-day examples of life-changing dreams
    -- common dream themes and what they mean
    -- 3 steps to discover the genuine message from your dreams
    -- a quick-reference guide to common dream symbols
    -- how to reawaken your dream life

    Solutions to your problems can come on any given night. It's time to listen to what your dreams are telling you.




    ::My Thoughts::
    Definitely an eye opening read!
    Dreams...it's something we all have, and we all try to make sense out of most of them. Usually our dreams are too complex, or we chalk them up to nothing more than a dream as we sleep. However, who knew that every dream good and bad had such a deeper meaning? Every little action or object in a dream can actually have a deep meaning. God speaks to us through our dreams. Our dreams are meant to give us advice, solve problems, and guide us.
    This book has been a wonderful read for me. I have learned many things about dreams, and sleep in general that I did not know before. It has been eye opening. This book shows you many examples of common dream themes, what they mean, and how to discover the message of your dreams.
    I love that this book gives examples of dreams, follow up of what actually happened, and explaining what that dream meant. This book also gives historical examples as well as the present.
    The writing is very easy to understand and not at all hard to follow. I would say this book is perfect for those of you, like me, who dream often and then think about their dreams but don't know what to make of them. All of us are different and because of that even if we all had the same dream it could mean different things to each of us.
    There are many object examples, theme examples, and a takeaway section to each chapter. There is also a handy dream journal in the back of the book so you can start recording your dreams and interpreting them.


    ::About the author::
    Cindy McGill has interpreted thousands of dreams at expos, festivals, workshops, radio and TV. She travels internationally, teaching on the subject of dreams and dream interpretation and leading "dream teams" of interpreters to events such as the Olympics, Sundance Film Festival, and Burning Man. In 2011, she was featured in Dreams, A Documentary, which chronicles live dream interpretation encounters that took place at the Sundance Film Festival at Park City, Utah, and won awards at various independent film festivals around the world.



    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Chosen Books in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    The Promise Box Review

  • Series: Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310335124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310335122


  • This book was highly intriguing. I had no idea what would happen next, and I was left guessing at the end of each chapter. I could not wait to see how things would end up!
    Lydia Wyse leaves her Amish roots and comes back to bury her mother. Once back her Amish roots call to her and she yearns to know God, and return to her community. As a book editor, her publisher sees the opportunity for a new book...one all about Amish life. So in order for Lydia to stay she must write a book on the Amish.
    While in West Kootenai, Montana, where single Amish men stay for six months and leave as grooms, Lydia meets Gideon Hooley. As Lydia and Gideon fight against their childhood they also find themselves with sparks flying between them. However, they both have much to work through. Lydia is just not sure if she is able to choose between her life as a book editor, and Amish life. As both want to forget the hurt of the past and move forward with their futures it had me on the edge of my seat to see if they would end up together or not.
    I must say this book was just wonderful. Each character is highly unpredictable, especially Lydia and Gideon. Trying to overcome your past hurts can be extremely difficult but it has to be done in order to move on with the future. Getting back on the right path with God can be the first step in finding what you are looking for and the author did a fantastic job of reminding all of us of just that fact. I highly recommend this book. It was very realistic with emotions, descriptions, and I felt like I was right there with the characters. It definitely pulled me in, and I can't wait to read the other books in the series. This is the second book of the series Seven Brides for Seven Bachlors but I have not read the first one either. I was in no way lost and this does great as a stand alone book. I will definitely go back and read the first one however to get a greater depth of the other characters, and will look forward in more to come after this!




    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    Happy Homemaker Monday - 10/28/2013

    It's been a couple months since I've gotten to participate in Happy Homemaker Monday and I am so glad to be back, I can't even begin to tell you how glad! Well, I could, but then I'd just bore you. haha
    Things have been completely insane around here and finally things are starting to slow down enough to where I can get back to regular blogging. I am so glad!
    So firstly I'll start with joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday. If you want to join in head on over to her blog and link up! :)

    photo is from Sandra @ Diary of a Stay at Home Mom



    ~::As I look outside my window::~
    Sunny but cold outside. All the leaves are falling off the branches faster than I'm used to, but there are plenty of birds and squirrels coming to eat the food put out for them. The grass is still mostly green with a few brown and yellow patches here and there. All the frost from this morning has melted away. Here's a look at our weather this week:




    ~::Right now I am::~
    Sitting on the couch while my youngest takes his nap. I've been doing laundry all morning and the normal day to day chores. Gilmore Girls is playing on the TV.



    ~::Thinking and pondering::~
    About how busy this week is going to be. Tonight there's a Halloween school carnival at my oldest son's school, tomorrow is karate practice, Wednesday I'm babysitting, Thursday is errand day, karate practice, and Halloween (trick or treating), and luckily nothing is going on for Friday just yet. Hopefully it stays that way. Also thinking how nice it would be to have hubby home. He has been working non-stop all the time lately and it's been hard to handle as we are barely seeing him. It's been a big adjustment and one we all are not taking to well. It's been very stressful.



    ~::On my bedside table::~
    The Hanging Tree by: Michael Phillip Cash
    Stillwell Manor by: Michael Phillip Cash
    going to the library this week so I'm sure this list will grow. I also just finished about five books, so I'll get some reviews up for those :)



    ~::On my TV tonight::~
    Gilmore Girls
    Bones
    The Voice



    ~::Playing on the radio::~
    The radio is off at the moment



    ~::On the menu for this week::~
    Monday- porkchops, steamed baby carrots, rice
    Tuesday- chicken casserole, biscuits
    Wednesday- pizza pasta casserole, garlic bread
    Thursday- (shopping day) something out as we won't have a lot of time
    Friday-
    Saturday-
    Sunday-


    ~::On my to do list::~
    Washing and ironing Lucas's Gi
    Change bed linens
    Cleaning windows and shelves
    Mopping kitchen and bathroom floors
    Vacuuming living room, and bedrooms
    Give Gizmo a bath
    Organize kitchen cabinets
    Organize living room shelf (sadly it's become our dumping ground and all things are getting put there when we come inside as it's right in front of the door. I'm going to clear it off today, and set it back to rights)
    normal day to day chores


    ~::What I am sewing, knitting, or creating::~
    Not much of a chance to do anything lately. I've been lucky to find time to read or even sit for more than fifteen minutes lately. LOL
    I am hoping to start on some crafts soon, especially since my local Walmart finally started carrying fabrics! I'm very excited about that fact.


    ~::My simple pleasure::~
    Hot cup of freshly brewed tea and any kind of chocolate. :)


    ~::Lesson learned this past week::~
    You can't always do what pleases others. You have to put yourself and family first. When times get hard people will give you all kinds of advice, some good and some bad. If they truly care about you they have good intentions. Trust God and trust your heart to do what is best for you and your family. You can't please everyone. Everything worth having is worth fighting for at some point or another in life. Life isn't life without some struggles here and there, but God holds our hand every step of the way, and you are NEVER alone in anything, even when it feels like it.


    ~::Looking around the house::~
    Some dishes in the sink I need to get done, living room needs a little picking up from the kids coloring in here before school this morning, Levi is napping, Gizmo is laying on my feet, and I'm about to make BLT's for lunch.


    ~::From the camera::~
    Nothing this week. Sorry :(



    ~::On my prayer list::~
    • Our family as we go through some financial struggles.
    • Me and hubby, we have had some tough times the last few months. It has been extremely difficult as we have had to get used to some changes that have not been easy on any of us.
    • Family and friends for good health. It seems like everyone around us is getting sick, and I know how rough that can be. We were all sick for about two weeks and actually spent my son's whole fall break being sick! It took a huge toll on us, but I am thankful we are all back to normal now. Praying for everyone else's good health.
    • Family and friends who are going through some personal struggles.



    ~::Bible verse/Devotional::~
    John 5:30
    "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    Raising Boys by Design

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731685



  • ::Description::
    A book about how to help your son become the man God created him to be. Find out what is really going on inside your son's brain and build a HERO who values Honor, Enterprise, Responsibility, and Originality. In this book you will learn how to strengthen your sons character, and overall well being. Find out what your son needs from you and develop healthy thoughts and emotions that fit with his brain chemistry. Questions at the end of each chapter will give you personal insights into your son, and the book overall a deeper understanding of raising and understanding your son.



    ::My Thoughts::
    As a mother to two young boys I am always interested in parenting books, especially when focused on boys obviously.
    This book was very interesting to me because it explains how boys develop, think, and differ from girls. Boys think differently, develop different, and while both girls and boys may go through some of the same struggles in life those struggles are approached differently. This book explains in depth how to talk to your son about self-discipline, technology, sexuality, education, emotions, and how to be a HERO:

     Honor: adhering to truth, values and principles beyond self
    Enterprise: working at important things whether they seem small or large
    Responsibility: carrying important things and people throughout life
    Originality: being a dreamer, a thinker, an explorer in the world
     
    While I did feel there weren't enough personal stories from the authors to relate to I still took a lot away from this book. There are a lot of things I can tell will come in handy later on, and even stuff that I can apply to my sons at their ages now 2 & 5.
    It never hurts to absorb all you can as a parent when it comes to parenting. I love how this book addresses various topics in depth with questions at the end of the chapters for parents to ask themselves about their son. One of the main problems I see that parents face when their children get older is their children tend to stray. I hope and pray that does not happen with my sons. I think a lot of it has to do with lack of communication, nurturing, and understanding. Even if you are the best parent in the world teen years are very hard to come by. We all went through them, and as good as some of my times were I don't think I would go back. So it's important for parents to always stay involved and to know how their children are feeling. Because boys and girls while equal are not the same at all. They are different in their own God given rights not just in the way they look, but their behaviors, emotions, actions, thoughts, etc.
    I love how the book talks about what a boy needs to learn from both his mother and father, and how to create a Biblical journey from your son.
    This book is a mix of both scientific and biblical examples and advice. I enjoyed it even though it did feel a little dry at times. I can see myself re-reading this book many times over the years, however, because in these times we are in it is very important to nurture our children and set out a good path for them.
    I would recommend this book for a parent with a son of any age.
     
     
    This book is available in:   Paperback   Kindle   Nook   ...and more!
     
     
    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    K5 Learning - an onling reading and math program! Bloggers wanted!

    K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program. If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    K5 Learning Review Opportunity

    K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students.  I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program.  If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their  open invitation to write an online learning review of their program. - See more at: http://www.k5learning.com/review-k5#sthash.Jd5REho4.dpuf

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     Tapbooty is an app where you can play games and turn your booty coins earned into real-world rewards. I personally did not like this app. The games and app froze up constantly and then it got to where it wouldn't even log me in saying repeatedly that I angered the Booty Cat. After contacting Tapbooty Support and getting the run around with no help multiple times before finally never hearing from them again I gladly erased this app from my phone. The only pleasing thing about the app was the Booty Cat was quite adorable and amusing. I got to try Tapbooty as a Smiley360 member in exchange for my unbiased review/opinions, all of which expressed are solely my own. If you want to try Tapbooty feel free to give it a try, and who knows, maybe you will have better luck than I did? And if not at least you got to see a very amusing cat character shake it down. :)

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Enter to win a Goosebumps Hollywood Vacation...




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    I'm proud to be a BzzAgent so I can be in the know about opportunities like this and share them with all of you, and hope you try for it. How great would it be to win an all-expenses-paid vacation to Los Angeles, CA!

    Sunday, October 6, 2013

    The Quarryman's Bride ~ Review

  • Series: Land of Shining Water
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764206207


  • ::Description::
    Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were engaged to be married. However, a horrible disaster that took the lives of Emmalyne's young sisters put a stop to that immediately. An age old tradition of the Knox family states that the youngest daughter will not marry but instead take care of her parents in their old age. As Emmalyne's heart sinks she cannot bear to let her parents down and takes on the selfless act of giving up her one true love and future to honor her family's tradition.
    The Knox family moves away taking with them all of Emmalyne's hopes and dreams but leaving behind her heart. After eleven years circumstances bring the Knox family side by side working with the MacLachlan family and Emmalyne's and Tavin's paths cross again. The only question to remain is will true love conquer all?


    ::My Thoughts::
    I LOVED this book. This was right up my alley and I enjoyed every minute of it. True love at it's best. I felt the author did a fantastic job on the whole novel. Even explaining day to day duties will take you inside the feelings of Emmalyne and other characters in the novel. In the 1800s, before, and likely after family traditions were often put above all else. Very few dared to go against age old traditions and instead accepted them as their lot in life good or bad. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen with Emmalyne and Tavin throughout the novel. Honestly I couldn't read a page fast enough to find out what would happen next. The other characters in the novel such as Fenella, Emmalyne's mother, etc., were also just as interesting. There are a few surprise character's included but it helped boost the story and make it all much more intriguing. This book is filled with happiness, sadness, devastation, intrigue, and love at both it's worst and finest. I can't wait to read the other novels in the series. I felt the entire novel was completely believable and I didn't have trouble following any of it. I definitely recommend this book to all you historical Christian romance readers or just historical romance readers in general! I was right back in the 1800s with this novel and couldn't wait to see how things would turn out.


    This book is available in   Print   Kindle   Nook   Audible   ...and more! Make sure to check for other forms! :)


    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

    Sunday, August 25, 2013

    Should you self-publish your book?

    How to get the book that’s “in you” out to the world
    You’ve got a book in you—you’re sure of it. Whether it’s an amazing story, or solid expert advice, you know others would benefit from the book you’re already writing in your head.
    So, what is the best way for you to go about getting this book out to the masses? You’ve got a few options; we’ll walk you through them here.
    Traditional PublishingGetting your book published has never been tougher—if you go the traditional royalty publisher route. Traditional, or “royalty” publishing, works like this: you (or more accurately, your literary agent) queries a publishing company with a book proposal. If the publisher “buys” your book, they’ll offer you an advance (sometimes) and a small cut of the book sales proceeds. In return, they’ll edit the book, cover the costs of production (including the cover), printing, and so forth. But this also gives them editorial control and more sway in your brand management. The publisher handles distribution—getting your book into stores and online sellers—and book promotion, handling some marketing, but leaving a larger chunk to you than you might expect.
    Self-PublishingSelf-publishing is a risk you, the author, take on in full. You can expect to pay all publishing costs: editing, design, printing, marketing, advertising and distribution. Because of this, you also have control of the product: you have final say on the cover, the content, and marketing plan. Once the expenses are paid, the author receives the profits from sales. The risk to you is greater, but so is the reward.
    Self-publishing, as the name implies, can be a lonely job—you are on your own, often being funneled through a cookie-cutter type system. You’re doing it all by yourself. You’ll learn by making mistakes, and some of those “lessons” can be expensive. You may just want to write, but a self-published author also serves as business manager, brand manager, and more.
    Self-Publishing with an Experienced TeamThere is a third option in the new world of publishing: you can self-publish with a team.
    Hiring a team of publishing professionals can make the self-publishing process much easier, less lonely, and increase the quality of your end product greatly.
    You’ll also avoid costly mistakes by relying on the book professionals’ expertise. And you’ll be able to hand off much of the “book business” tasks so that you can focus on being an author—while still retaining control of content and the overall process.
    Working with a self-publishing team like Kickstand Books is like hiring a personal concierge when exploring a new area. Having traveled this way before, this team can steer you in the right direction, help you make good choices, and take care of details that you, the author, might prefer not to handle. The team at Kickstand prides itself on the white glove service offered to each author, creating quality products every time including top design, printer negotiations, and more behind-the-scenes tasks most authors would prefer to leave to someone else.
    Self-publishing can be a challenging yet gratifying option for authors, especially when they have a team of professionals working with them.

    Leave a comment: If you've published a book, tell us about your experience. What worked, what didn't  What did you learn? If you’re thinking of writing a book, do you plan to self-publish it? Why or why not?

    Friday, August 9, 2013

    Little Blessings Bedtime Stories and Prayers

    • Hardcover: 128 pages
    • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (April 19, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1414381115
    • ISBN-13: 978-1414381114

    ~::From the back of the book::~
    Make bedtime memorable and meaningful with this special collection of four favorite Little Blessings stories. All the stories and prayers tell of God's love and help kids learn to thank God each day. As they drift off to sleep, they will be assured of God's protection and comforted by his love.


    ~::My Thoughts::~
    We have always been a fan of Little Blessings. I grew up with Little Blessings as a child, and I am so happy and proud that my children enjoy Little Blessings as much as I did (and still do).
    This book turned out to be no exception and is quickly a family favorite for bedtime reading.
    This charming children's book is filled with four bedtime stories that are sure to make bedtime special for your little one. The stories include:

    • Bedtime Blessings
    • Thank You, God!
    • Blessings Everywhere
    • God Loves You
    Each story rhymes which makes the story more engaging and easier for children to remember. The stories all include a lesson in blessings, thankfulness, seeing blessings everywhere, and teaching God's love. They are all just the right type of stories to read to your young one before bedtime. Each story is short enough so that it isn't too long to hold your child's attention but long enough to captivate your child in the stories and illustrations.
    All of the illustrations are on glossy paper and are drawn vividly, colorful, and chock full of detail that you and your child can enjoy together.
    I highly recommend this book, and in our case made bedtime so fun and easy. Our children often request this book as their bedtime story and want all the stories read before bedtime. They greatly enjoy pointing out details in some of the pictures and the words are put in a way that they can easily understand.
    I would say this book is perfect for ages 2-7, and enjoyable for parents as well. :)

    To purchase this book for your child please click HERE

    Books in the Little Blessings line
    • Prayers for Little Hearts
    • Questions from Little Hearts
    • Bedtime Stories and Prayers
    • What Is God Like?
    • Who Is Jesus?
    • What about Heaven?
    • Are Angels Real?
    • What Is Prayer?
    • Is God Always with Me?
    • Why Is There a Cross?
    • What Is the Bible?
    • Who Made the World?
    • The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers
    • The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers 2
    • God Loves You
    • Thank You, God!
    • Many-Colored Blessings
    • Bed Time Blessings
    • God Created Me! (a memory book of baby's first year)


    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    Fast, Fresh, Juicy Fried Chicken...thanks Kroger :)


    As a busy mom, meal time can sometimes be a challenge. Especially when those hectic crazy days rear their ugly head throwing us all a bit off our axis. On those days I am all too glad to grab a quick bite to eat, but always feel a bit guilty when I realize my kids aren't really getting a very healthy meal. 
    Now I have found a way thanks to BzzAgent that I can make meal time simple by serving a classic family favorite! Fried Chicken!

    I know what your thinking, fried chicken takes a lot of prepping, it's messy, it can splatter when you cook it, it dirties dishes, how can this be easy?
    I am pleased to say that the Kroger Deli now serves fresh cooked, ready-to-eat, fried chicken.

    As skeptical as I was about it at first, my mouth watered after taking the first bite. The chicken is so juicy and moist, while still crispy on the outside. It was perfectly cooked and a big crowd pleaser. 
    It makes meal time simple and tasty without having to spend a fortune. I also had the chance to try the kettle cooked BBQ chips

     and a beverage that often goes perfectly with this meal...Coca Cola!

     It makes a perfect lunch, dinner, or easy alternative to planning a family picnic!
    We had never tried anything from the Kroger deli aside from lunch meat on occasion but we were very pleased and will definitely not be overlooking the Kroger deli in the future.
    How can you argue with a fantastic meal at a low price?



    Disclosure: I received a complimentary coupon to try the above mentioned products as a BzzAgent. All opinions expressed are solely my own.



    Happy Homemaker Monday - 07/22/2013

    Hello everyone! It has been weeks since I've gotten to participate in a Happy Homemaker Monday. Things have been a whirlwind around here preparing for back to school, and I took some much needed time off to unplug and spend time with my family.
    I do hope you have all been doing okay though, and I am glad to be back. I missed blogging and catching up with you all. If you want to join in with all of us posting for Happy Homemaker Monday you can head on over to our lovely host Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and join in the fun :)


    ::The weather::
    It's very cloudy, but temps are cooled this week which is a nice reprieve from the usual heat and humidity. We've been getting a lot of rain this summer which has been so nice compared to last summer's drought.










    ::Right now I am::
    Sitting on the couch by my boys. Lucas is playing on the kindle and Levi is coloring. I've got all the windows open letting the cool breeze rush in which feels heavenly.


    ::Thinking::

    • About all that's ahead of me today.
    • About how I am so not ready for my baby boy to start Kindergarten. It's definitely going to take me getting used to because this year he'll be going all day. Last year preschool was only half day so it wasn't very long at all. I will still have my littlest at home but it's definitely going to be different.
    • I have a few more things to get on the school list and then we'll be set to go.

    ::On my reading pile::
    Many books! I actually have about five books I need to get a review typed up for not to mention what's on my TBR pile. I just finished Brood X by Michael Phillip Cash and it was incredibly creepy. I will never look at Cicadas again that's for sure. lol


    ::On my TV::
    Catching up on some episodes of America's Got Talent when hubby gets home. It's one show we love to watch together.
    Other than that I'll be catching up on some episodes of Bones and tonight is an all new episode of The Fosters.
    I haven't been watching much television as of late. Been "unplugged". :)


    ::What I found while surfing the net::
    Nothing lately. I haven't really had the chance to be online lately.


    ::On the menu for this week::
    Monday- homemade cheeseburger macaroni, steamed seasoned red potatoes, corn on the cob
    Tuesday- Salisbury steaks, mashed potatoes, steamed baby carrots
    Wednesday- grilling day (grilled cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans)
    Thursday- pizza take out (shopping day)
    Friday- 
    Saturday- 
    Sunday- 


    ::On my to do list::
    • Laundry (the one chore that always needs done)
    • Dishes
    • Sweep and mop kitchen and bathroom
    • Vacuum carpets
    • Change bed linens
    • Drop off due items at the library
    • Setting up doctor and dentist appointments for the boys


    ::In the craft basket::
    Nothing at the moment.


    ::Looking forward to this week::
    Spending time with family. We have much planned for this week as far as family activities. Visiting the splash park, picnic, grilling, fair, etc.


    ::Looking around the house::
    All the windows are open, a nice cool breeze is blowing in making it comfortable, the wind chimes are blowing (I love that tinkling sound), the kids are being wonderfully good today and other than what chores I listed there isn't much else left to do.


    ::From the camera::
    Nothing this week


    ::On my prayer list::
    Family and friends who are going through a rough time right now in varying circumstances.


    ::Bible verse/Devotional::
    I read this devotional on biblegateway.com and wanted to share:

    Let’s Sidetrack Perfectionism

    Colossians 1:21–23
    Additional Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 22:33; Romans 5:10
    When Caesar Ritz opened his Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1898, this fastidious man sat at every table in the dining room, measured its height to the exact centimeter and adjusted the legs if needed. He slept in each bed in the hotel, one per night, and threw out the mattress if he didn’t sleep well. Caesar Ritz was a perfectionist.
    How many of us are perfectionists? We so often get hung up on serving a regimen of perfectionism rather than serving the God of grace. When our eyes are focused on our unattainable standards of performance, we miss his best for us. We are, in effect, rewriting his requirements.
    When Paul writes that God will present us “holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:22), he doesn’t mean that we must somehow, some way, make ourselves perfect. That’s God’s job. But God promises that one day, through the grace of Jesus’ death on the cross, we will stand perfect before him.

    Monday, July 8, 2013

    Centrum Flavor Burst Multivitamin Chews

    Centrum Flavor Burst Multivitamin Chews

    I admit I was skeptical about trying these vitamins. I take vitamins on a daily schedule normally to keep up good health. However I don't usually like the taste. Usually I down a vitamin with a glass of water hoping to taste nothing at all and just to get it over with.
    I haven't tried a lot of the vitamin chews on the market so I was a bit skeptical. I always hear that vitamin chews are milky, chalky, and never taste what they claim to taste like.
    I was pleasantly surprised after my first Centrum Flavor Burst Multivitamin dose. Honestly the name Flavor Burst fits these vitamins perfectly. It is filled with flavor and I did not at all detest taking it. It was kind of fun, like I was getting a treat or something without needing to worry about any fatty repercussions like I would with fruit snacks. Chock full of vitamins it's something tasty that benefits me.
    Centrum Flavor Burst Multivitamin's are filled with B vitamins to help support your energy requirements, and are also filled with vitamins C, and E to help support your immune system (a plus for all you moms out there). And it's fun to take! I almost feel like a kid again! :)



    Disclaimer: I received a free sample of the above mentioned product as a smiley360 member. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Wishing on Willows

    Publisher:  WaterBrook Press (March 19, 2013)
    Language:  English
    ISBN-10:  0307730409
    ISBN-13:  978-0307730404


    ::Book Description::
    Robin is a widowed mother to a young son. Before the death of her husband their plans were to open a cafe, but she lost her husband unexpectedly right as life began to grow inside of her. Throwing herself into motherhood and a cafe where she has sunk her heart and soul Robin manages a successful cafe while giving the local charity One Life a place to meet. Helping others through their grief gives Robin a sense of purpose. More than a cafe Willow Tree is a place where people go for friendship, purpose, and help.
    When Ian McKay, from McKay Condominiums, shows up to build condominiums right where Willow Tree Cafe stands Robin does everything in her power to keep that from happening. As the owners around her sell to McKay, Robin holds her ground refusing to give up the place that has helped so many, including herself.
    The mayor and half the town are for the condominiums and Robin can only do her best to fight against Ian. However on their journey battling against each other they begin to develop feelings for one another. Robin feels like she will betray her late husband just by feeling such memories and does her best to fight against them. But as time goes on will she be able to keep her feelings at bay?


    ::My Thoughts::
    I really loved this book. I felt so badly for Robin at first. She is such an incredibly strong character in the book who manages a cafe, motherhood, and a charity alone. As the book went on I was frustrated with Robin a bit because she was so stubborn, and became very rude at times. However with the hand that was dealt to her it was a bit easier to understand.
    Ian I did not like at first. He didn't care what he had to do to acquire the businesses he needed to put the condominiums. He seemed very greedy and self centered. However as the novel carried along he was the most caring and considerate character in the whole novel. It was very hard not to like him. Especially after more was revealed about him. He never quit trying with Robin and started approaching things in a more than fair way. He was by far my favorite character because of his caring and even chivalry. He came to the rescue for Robin on more than one occasion.
    This book was a fantastic read. There was drama, intrigue, sadness, happiness, romance, and the book flowed nicely. I didn't get lost at all even though the book does give perspectives from different characters. Amanda is certainly a colorful character in the novel even though she is a minor character. As Robins sister in law she tries very hard to see to Robin's happiness even if she is going through a tough time herself. She gives a bit of tough love in a way which is hard not to admire.
    I definitely recommend this book to all who love romance. It definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat anticipating what will happen next, and certainly keeps you on your toes at all times. God's presence is throughout this book and really makes you think about blessings, even disguised ones.



    You can find this book in   Print   Nook   Kindle



    Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    Persecuted The Global Assault on Christians ~ Book Review

    • Paperback: 416 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 12, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1400204410
    • ISBN-13: 978-1400204410


    ::From the back of the book::
    A woman is caught with a Bible and publicly shot to death. An elderly priest is abducted and never seen again. Three buses full of students and teachers are struck by roadside bombs. These are not casualties of a war. These are Christian believers being persecuted for their faith in the twenty-first century.
       Many Americans do not understand that Christians today are victims in many parts of the world. Even many Western Christians, who worship and pray without fear of violent repercussions, are unaware that so many followers of Christ live under governments and among people who are often openly hostile to their faith. They think martyrdom became a rarity long ago.
       Persecuted refutes these assumptions. This book offers a glimpse at the modern-day life of Christians worldwide, recounting the ongoing attacks that rarely make international headlines.
       As Western Christians pray for the future of Christ's church, it is vital that they understand a large part of the world's Christian believers live in danger. Persecuted gives documented accounts of the persecution of Christians in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations. It contains vivid stories of men and women who suffer abuse because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and tells of their perseverance and courage. 
       Persecuted is far more than a thorough and moving study of this global pattern of violence--it is a cry for freedom and a call to action.


    ::My Thoughts::
    This is a very well researched book detailing the persecution of Christians around the world. People often take for granted our religious freedom. The fact that we can publicly go to church, wear crosses, carry our bibles, etc. But things aren't so simple underneath it all. Every day Christians are persecuted because of their love for the Lord. 
    This is definitely not a book for the faint of heart, the stories and accounts are true. It takes a journalistic approach on going into details and explaining some of the accounts that have happened to Christians all over the world. 
    Living in the USA where our religion is sometimes mocked but generally accepted I admit I have taken for granted our freedom of choice. I hadn't realized some of the things that have went on in the world today in fact, and that do go on every single day. 
    But don't let me turn you off of this book, even though the circumstances are devastating I admire the courage and perseverance of the Christians that did suffer because of their abuse. The fact that they kept on and did not give up, and we all know God was with them every step of the way. This is a very moving and inspiring book. One I would recommend every Christian to read, particularly if you are freely able to express your faith in Christ.
    There are many facts to find in this book that you will find appalling, but will open your eyes.

    This book is available in  Paperback   Kindle   Nook   and more...



    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson, in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

    The Christian Alphabet

    • Hardcover: 80 pages
    • Publisher: Love the Dove Publishing (October 17, 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0985792809
    • ISBN-13: 978-0985792800


    ::From the back of the book::

    Teaching Children about Jesus, Prayer, and the Bible

    • Do you know your Christian ABC's?

    The Christian Alphabet Book is a unique, visual, and enjoyable way to learn the basics of Christianity. "Love", the dove from above, guides you from A to Z with special Biblical lessons of love for all ages.

    • What is more important than a firm foundation of faith?

    Similar to learning to read from knowing the regular ABC's, one will be inspired to know, love, and serve God by learning The Christian Alphabet.

    • Share the Gospel with your Children

    Jesus told Peter, in the gospel of John, to "feed my lambs." The Christian Alphabet Book will help all teachers of children feed their little lamps spiritually. Give those you love this book to help spread the Good News about God's everlasting love and life.

    The Christian Alphabet Book is more than just a children's book. It is a book that families can cherish together while sharing its timeless messages that give Glory to God.


    ::My Thoughts::
    This is truly a wonderful book for children. Not only does it help teach ABC's but this book teaches about Jesus, the bible, and prayer.
    There are questions, exercises, and tips throughout the book to help your child delve deeper into their Christian faith.
    This makes a perfect book for parents, caregivers, Church teachers, etc.
    Symbols are provided throughout the entire book to help explain what each symbol means should your child ask you, or if you want to explain to them in easier words.

    My children 5 and 2 adored this book. They had plenty of questions to ask throughout, it helped brush up on their ABC's, and helped teach them more about Jesus, prayer, and our Christian faith. They loved "Love" the dove who is on every page with a basic lesson or activity for your child to participate in.
    Everything is well laid out in this book according to the letters. Such as if your child wants to talk about Heaven just simply go to the H pages. If your child wants to learn about Prayer simply turn to the P pages.
    It's wonderful for reference, study, and reading for fun.
    The illustrations are colorful and will hold your child's attention with their vivid details. If your children have any questions about any of the illustrations explanations are found in the back of the book so you can easily give them answers to their questions.
    I loved how the book was laid out with everything easy to find, you won't find yourself hunting through page after page to find certain references or answers to your child's question. It's something you can read with them or if they are old enough, that they can study on their own. I would recommend it more for children ages 4+, or for children just learning about Christian faith. This is the perfect book for a child learning about Christianity. My two year old didn't have any trouble staying interested in it and was asking a lot of questions regarding the illustrations. My five year old was more able to comprehend what everything meant and took away a lot more meaning, but it was something that we ALL enjoyed nonetheless.

    Our book came with a wonderful CD singing the Christian Alphabet which my children took to immediately and wanted to listen to it over and over again. There are other songs such as Jesus Loves Me, Silent Night, and Amazing Grace. Some of our favorites. They can also be found on the website: www.TheChristianAlphabet.com

    This book is available as Hardcover on Amazon as well as http://thechristianalphabet.com/
    A big plus is if you visit thechristianalphabet.com you will find other personalized Christian gifts available!




    Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book through BookCrash in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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