Friday, February 17, 2017

Bible Review and GIVEAWAY: The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition

The bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, is celebrating its phenomenal success with this beautiful clothbound gift edition. The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. From Noah to Moses to the great King David––every story points to Jesus. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle––the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation––and at the center of their story too.

My Review:
I am in love with this new gift edition of the Jesus Storybook Bible.   Blue is my favorite color so this cloth covered hard covered Bible is perfect.   This kids version is one of my favorites because no matter what story you read it always references back to Jesus, old and new testament always point to Jesus our Savior!  It is also a Bible that covers more than the average children's Bible... There are many stories that made me reflect on the content.   

I just noticed that Zondervan also has a curriculum guide for this storybook bible!  They have one for the New and Old Testament!   I have already used this Bible for children's church so I am thinking the material they have prepared to go along with the stories would be perfect for any Sunday School setting.  

If you need a Bible to read with your child then consider this one!   It has so many stories that it will last you a long time and your child as well as you will be learning more and more about Jesus and how everything points to Him!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!   Please enter to win this bible by using the easy rafflecopter form below!   ENJOY and I wish you all could win a copy! 

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Smit Co. Review!

Mom won some brownie points today when Selah got this Top Secret Journal Set from Smit Co. LLC.   This neat package comes with a journal, a 2-in-1 secret message pen, and a sweet LED light, and stickers!   
My daughter immediately was having a good time with the journal... so much that her brother was becoming very jealous of him.  This was a nice surprise for my daughter but this would make a fun gift for a birthday or Christmas.  

I remember writing in a journal when I was a kid.   I did write a lot of secrets in mine so here is a good question for parents... Do you read your child's diary?  

Overall I have a happy daughter but now I am searching for a new journal for my son so he can have fun writing as well!  

Learning Philosophy Play Based vs. Montessori

Choosing the best learning philosophy for young children
When looking for a child care centre in Sydney is in no short supply.  It can be difficult to narrow the options.  Parent’s look at everything from safety, sanitation, class ratios, and learning philosophies.  After all, there is nothing more precious to us, than our littles. Without a doubt, our biggest challenge as parents is to educate our children.  And not just facts and figures, but character and overall well-being.   As far as nonacademic philosophies are concerned, there are two predominate options for early education: Montessori and Play based.
Montessori Philosophy
Montessori philosophy works off the premise that all people are curious by nature and love to learn.  The idea here is to use educators to support and guide the learning process, while allowing students to have limited control over the pace and subjects they learn. Montessori schools utilize multi-age classrooms to encourage peer based learning and social interactions.  The work is rigorous and teacher planning is meticulous, however, the students are expected to use their curiosity to learn concepts on a “life application” basis. An example of what a student might experience in a Montessori setting is to walk into a room with a selection of several different activities for the day.  They select an activity based entirely on their preference.  The student may opt to work alone or with peers.  While at the activity station, there is work to be done to achieve competency in the skill.  The child may play with the activity for as long as they like and then move on to another station.  As the child works at a station, teachers are available for guidance, but do not place time limits on the projects.
Play Based Learning
Although a relative newcomer, play based learning is quickly gaining popularity. Play based learning utilizes the act of play to learn academic, social, and emotional concepts.  The idea is to reinforce a positive outlook on the learning process and teach children the social and character values necessary for successful adulthood. Rather than logic and problem solving, play based learning aims at emotionally preparing a young brain for learning.  New research on the human brain suggests that children are better able to learn and grasp concepts, if they are emotionally competent.  By experiencing real life interactions and scenarios, students of play based learning are better able to regulate their behavior and adjust to the demands of primary school.  Some experts corroborate the claims of play based learning advocates, by proposing early education and pre-school to be a time of emotion learning.  If the emotional foundation is properly set, the capacity for academic education in the later years is optimized.  
Both philosophies utilize a child’s love of play and natural curiosity to foster a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. The main difference is in the degree of structure and weight placed on the act of play itself, however both styles are well respected. Recently, even Australia’s public school has recognized the positive effects of alternative styles of education.  In 2014, Australia implemented a progressive curriculum.  

Like most philosophies and beliefs, no two definitions are ever exactly the same, however this guide exploring the differences between Montessori and Play based philosophies should better acquaint you with their core approaches and help you to prepare interview questions for your top choices.  

Walkies! Keeping Your Dog Safe When You're Out and About

Walkies! Possibly the most exciting word in your vocabulary according to your dog. Getting out and about with Fido keeps them from getting bored and destructive, keeps them at a healthy weight and let’s face it- is good for you too! However, there are a few hazards to be aware of when you’re out of the house. Here are a few points to bear in mind about walkies to keep your dog safe and happy.

Don’t Over Exercise
All dogs are very different. Some are high energy and require long walks with lots of running to keep them happy. Others are lazier, or smaller breeds tire more quickly. So there’s no set amount of exercise every dog needs, it all depends on the individual. As most dogs are happy to exercise until they’re utterly exhausted, it’s up to you to decide what the right amount is. Too much can lead to issues such as problems with the joints, particularly in older and younger dogs.


Protect Against Fleas, Ticks and Worms
Fields, riverbeds, and woods are all awesome walkies spots where your dog can sniff and play. But these kinds of areas are prone to pests and parasites. Ticks attach to your dog’s skin and suck their blood, while they’re not painful (the creature produces a natural anesthetic) they can spread diseases such as Lyme disease so be on the lookout. Any area where slugs and snails are found can lead to heartworm if your dog decides to gobble one up. Dogs will eat just about anything so be vigilant. Check your dog over after every walk, and make sure they’re being regularly wormed and given a treatment which protects against fleas and ticks. If your dog socializes a lot with other dogs a flea treatment is essential anyway. You can find these online at places like which saves a visit to the vet. The last thing you need is them irritating your pooch and the little blighters infesting your home!

Use a Secure Lead and Collar
When you’re out in public with your dog, it’s important to keep them safe and secure. If the lead or collar breaks near a busy road, train track or other hazardous place it doesn’t bear thinking about. Don’t skimp on a lead and collar, go for good materials which you know won’t break. Using a dog harness is another good option since it’s less likely to be able to snap and doesn’t harm your dog's throat if they pull a lot. Just make sure they can’t slip it, and that it’s tightened correctly on their body. Speaking of dogs getting loose, even if you’re in a relatively safe area only ever let your dog off the lead if their recall is excellent. Due to their prey drive, it’s recommended that some breeds shouldn’t be let off the lead at all in case they attack cats, rabbits or squirrels. If you’re a new dog or puppy owner, be sure to research the breed to check if yours is one of them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Book Review: "Destined to Win" by Kris Vallotton

Book Description

Pastor and cofounder of the Bethel School of Ministry Kris Vallotton walks Christians through the profound process of discovering their true identity and experiencing the wonder of their kingdom purposes.
Christians are often told that they were born with a purpose that reaches beyond their human strivings, but most are not sure how to break past the daily struggles holding them back, much less how to fully step into their callings.
As a pastor and the cofounder of the Bethel School of Ministry, Kris Vallotton has been teaching Christians all over the world how to walk in wholeness and purpose for more than seventeen years. In Destined to Win, he passes on the lessons that will help readers discover who they really are, overcome destructive behaviors, and become equipped for their kingdom purposes.
Confronting the challenges that limit Christians—such as living shackled by past pain, fear, and unforgiveness—Vallotton offers practical solutions to the of­ten-complex problems that undermine their destinies and derail their pur­poses. With personal stories and biblical teaching, Destined to Win combines practical wisdom and profound revelation to unlock the latent potential present in each person.
My Review:
Thank you Book Look program for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.   This book drew me in quickly as author Kris describes some of his ministry mistakes and hardships.  It is easy for people in ministry to learn a lot from others in ministry.   I really enjoyed chapter four as it was discussing making your team... a team that would stick together like him and Pastor Bill Johnson.   It was refreshing to see that it took him awhile to realize they were made to work together.   You see I am a pastors wife and have been trying really hard to do the will of God and this chapter brought new clarity for me as my husband and I need to still gather our team.   I feel like we have been for some time but as soon as we start training a leader they are relocated and God calls them elsewhere.   The book does a good job of reminding the reader to focus on their identity through Christ.   Kris also does a good job or using Biblical stories in each chapter to clarify each point he is making.  It is a big change in mindset when you read this book... you have to remember that Christ is in me, therefore I can and will win cause he is Victorious!   I know that is a hard concept to grasp and some days if doesn't feel like winning but keep on praising Him because he is good! 
Overall I have enjoyed this book and think it will help people with identity issues or those who lack self-esteem.  
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