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!   









Book Review: "Time for Bed Sleepyhead"



Ten-time New York Times bestselling author and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen teams up with artist Gail Yerrill to create a book that helps facilitate sleep. Time for Bed, Sleepyhead pairs whimsical illustrations with storytelling techniques to tire your child’s imagination in order to help them settle down at bedtime and fall asleep.

Read aloud the story of little bear and his friends as they have a big day at the beach, then return home to eat dinner, take their baths, and head to bed, falling gently to sleep alongside your little one.

My Review:
This cute animal story has very whimsical and love-able friends throughout! Some of the animals almost have a stuffed animal type of look to them which makes you fall in love with them so much more.  

This book even has a line that reminds parents of a discussion to have with your kids, "Do I have to go to bed, Momma?" Little Bear Asked,"  "Oh, yes! Sleep is very important. In fact it's one of the most important things you'll ever do!"

I must be one blessed mom because for the most part my kids go to sleep in the evenings fairly well.   I know some parents who struggle every night to get their beauties to sleep.   I can't promise that this story will get them to fall asleep but I can tell you that if you pause after the above line and talk about how important it is too sleep you might have some children re thinking their schemes for staying up the extra few minutes.   Sleep is when our bodies grow, sleep is when our body heals, God told us we need to rest!   So make sure you take some time to help teach your children the reason we need to sleep to help them understand what their body needs.  


 
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