Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Review: Jesus a 365 Day Devotional

 Book Description: 
Jesus isn’t just found in the New Testament of the Bible—mentions, whispers, and echoes of Him can be found throughout the Bible. There are hundreds of clues and promises about Jesus in the Old Testament, which are fulfilled in the New Testament. Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional helps 8-12 year olds understand these revealing verses about Jesus from the beginning of the Bible to the end. Each devotional includes a Scripture, an explanation, and a prayer for reflection to help children discover that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  Jesus is a promised fulfilled for all of us. God promised he would send a deliverer, and He did. Jesus is ready and waiting for you.
My Review:
Each devotional in this book is one page and very easy to read and understand.  I have been reading one page each night with my two kids aged 5 and 9 years old.   My nine year old is able to read it independently as well and comprehend it all.   
There are a couple things in regard to the design with the book that I disliked.  First the pages have dark and light blue on it with blue writing.  It is a smaller font and blue on blue is challenging to read when my eyes are tired in the evening.  The other thing is still with the pages, they are very dry and rough type pages. Very minimal things but wanted to note them.  
Overall the content in this book is great for kids and adults alike.  There is always scripture at the top, a story in the middle, and lastly a quick sentence prayer to end it.   
Thank you Zondervan for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% my own. 






Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review: God's Little Lambs Bible

Bible Stories for God’s Little Lambs is a storybook Bible written just for little ones. With a padded cover and simple, accessible text by Julie Stiegemeyer, children will learn about God’s love through stories such as Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Big Fish, and Jesus Welcomes the Children. With soft brushstrokes and warm colors, Qin Leng provides illustrations readers will love to cuddle up with at bedtime or any time of the day.

My Review:
This book is recommended for kids aged 3-8!  Each story is about 3 pages and each page has a couple small paragraphs so you can read each story within a couple minutes.  We are about half way done with the book as we are reading one story each night before bed.  My favorite feature is at the bottom of each story there is a little declaration or prayer that I have my kids repeat with me to kinda seal it, which I think is  helping them learn to pray more.  So far my favorite story in this bible is Moses and the burning bush as sometimes that story is left out of children's stories. 

This book is being released soon...September 27th!  Zondervan has it for sale on their site for $12.99 but on Amazon you can pre order it for only $8.70.  

Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.   All opinions expressed are 100% mine! 



PermaLeaf® Review


Product Overview
Our Cedar Topiary Spiral Tree will be an instant hit no matter where you place it. Standing at 2 feet, our artificial topiary will brighten up your entrance and will bring elegance to the space. Our artificial greenery requires no pruning and will continue to refresh your porch or deck with its intricate details for years to come.
My Review:
Thank you to PermaLeaf® for sending me this free topiary spiral tree for free in exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.  

I picked this spiral tree because I find trees like this super fun!   I know how challenging it can be to train a real tree to do this so this one will be easy for me to maintain!  Since this is an artificial tree I will never have to worry about it over growing our losing the neat spiral shape which means I will never have to prune it!   This little gem is perfect for outside on the deck!  It just makes it more inviting when it is on the deck.   I have also placed it inside at church as well just to add some fun decorations.  

I have had this this cedar topiary for a couple weeks and so far it is great.  I believe that it will have years of life which will add vibrance to any space.  PermaLeaf® also has plants with fun lights among other plants in different shapes and sizes.  Be sure to take some time looking around their site finding what you can add to your spaces whether inside or outside! 

Catalogue Shopping: Shopping Made Easy


Shopping has evolved in the last two decades. You might not remember this, but there was a time when retailers or shopping stores only opened five days a week for eight hours a day, usually opening at 9AM and promptly closing at 5PM. There were even stores that took half day schedules once a week, for inventory!
The retail industry landscape has indeed changed. These days, retail shops are open all week, often extending beyond office hours. Competition has grown, making retailers more innovative with their offerings – sales, ads, promotions and many more.
Add in the presence of the Internet and the effect has been revolutionary.
The shift of power has been transferred to consumers. Shoppers now have a choice where to shop, what to shop, what time to shop and can even demand a refund if they are unsatisfied with their purchase. The Internet provides them a retail shop open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and gives them the convenience to shop in the comforts of their own homes.
This brought out the best of the retail industry. It has gone from a purely commercial service to a sophisticated experience with customers front and center demanding only the very best – the best items and the best customer service. Having more choices to choose from, retailers need to stay on their toes to be ahead of the game – and this truly made such a huge impact on how consumers view the shopping experience today.
There are now even online shopping  catalogues with credit! It’s like opening a credit account at a store where you can shop for items and pay for it later, or pay it in terms with corresponding interest. Shopping web sites have truly made it easier for consumers. They give consumers a variety of options and eliminates their reasons not to shop.

Why not shop when all barriers have been taken off?
You cannot go to a store? Shop online!
You don’t have a budget for it this month? No problem – shop now, pay for it later!
With catalogue shopping making things easier, here are a handful of tips to be able to maximize your shopping experience:
1. If you are shopping for clothes, make sure you have your correct size. Compare your measurements to their sizing chart as it may differ from the usual sizing charts of other retailers.
2. Look for samples on how a certain dress or type of clothing looks when worn.
3. Compare prices with other web sites to check if you are getting the best deal.
4. Utilize the “zoom” button. Zoom in items you wish to purchase to be able to really see the fine details. If the online retail store doesn’t have that, it’s time to look at another web site.
5. Before checking out, search for coupon codes online. Most online stores offer coupons – and any opportunity to save more is welcome.
Shopping these days has never been so easy – consumers need to be discerning on how they choose to spend money on!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Chalk the Block Le Claire


So we have been doing this on the first Friday of the month in my fun little town.   It is one of my favorite things and I hope people are encouraged by it!   We love sharing hope and love!   









 
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