Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oriental Trading will get your ready for Halloween or Harvest Parties!

The fact is Halloween is 23 days away and if you are like me and doing another community event less days to that event!   I have my idea for a costume, we have ordered more Oriental trading items because candy is not needed at every place and is too expensive!   

Here in my town we have fun with the Witches Walk/Trunk or Treat with our families.   I have the privilege of helping with the planning and organization of the event.  This year thanks to Oriental Trading we have these two new games, Jack O' Lantern Disk Game, and the Monster Bean Bag Toss to add to all the fun on the levee. 

With the new games we needed some cool prizes to go along with them.  I picked out yo-yo's, notebooks, kazoos, and ball puzzles.    These monster yo-yo's are adorable to look at and seemed to work well.  

I am always looking for more doodle notebooks and these are just the right size.  Kids will enjoy the goofy eyes on these fun notebooks.    

I kept the monster theme and found these crazy looking ball puzzles that will keep your child occupied for awhile.   Why not say not to handing candy out this year and find some great alternatives from Oriental Trading.  

My son wants to master the Kazoo!   He thought it was broken at first because he is not familiar with how they work.  I hope parents don't get mad when their child won't stop playing their new musical instrument.  :)

My kids were super excited to get there hands on the game and are looking forward to our community event to play these games again.  The Jack O' Lantern Disk Game is a big hit.   It did however fall over a few times.  I will be finding a way to anchor it in better with the wooden dowel.  

The bean bag toss was adorable but I wish they were a thicker plastic or tin like a normal tin can.   They seemed just fine when my kids played but I am nervous that they might crack or break with some stronger and bigger kids throwing the bean bags.  

Oriental Trading has a giveaway going on right now!  Enter to win $250 in Halloween products of your choice from Oriental Trading. Plus, we’re giving away a $25 Oriental Trading gift card every day! Click HERE

Thank you Oriental Trading for sending me these items free of charge in exchange for a review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.   

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ever wonder why they called him the “Good” Samaritan? Find out why in this level 2 I Can Read, written in the tradition of the popular Adventure Bible.

Jewish people and the Samaritans were enemies … they would never have considered helping one another. So what happens when a Jew is robbed, and left on the side of the road to die? Who stops to help? Read as Jesus tells a remarkable story about a man who serves his neighbor as God would want. Perfect for beginning readers ages 4-8, learning Bible stories on their own.

My Review:
This is a great level 2 "I Can Read" book that is only $2.79 on Zondervan!  A level 2 "I Can Read' book means it is a "high interest story for developing readers" and "engaging stories, longer sentences, and language play for developing readers."    A huge THANK YOU to Zondervan for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  
The pictures are great in this easy to read story.   I like this Biblical story because it can lead to many great discussions, from what is a Samaritan to deep level self analyze of how you would act in a similar situation.  
I really enjoyed that story didn't just jump into the story of the Samaritan but rather had many great nuggets of truth in the beginning from Jesus.   My favorite line to discuss before the actual Samaritan story is found on page 7, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul.  Love him with all your strength and all your mind." 
Overall I love these "I Can Read" stories and the price is perfect as we get geared up for Christmas shopping!  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Review- "Say and Pray Bible"

Curl up together and experience the Bible in a fresh, new way. Young children will enjoy pointing to and naming objects on each page for early learning. Most important, they’ll discover favorite, age-appropriate Bible stories, with Scripture verses and short prayers that also hide God’s Word in young hearts.

My Review:
This board book is fantastic for toddlers.   I love all the bright pictures but my favorite feature is the labels on the pictures.  This book has Biblical truths and stories as well as words kids can start to learn for vocabulary.  

I also like how each page has a scripture as well as prayer and sentence or two for a short story.   Each one is short to keep the attention of your little one.   I would use this as a nightly story time and only do one story per night.  

This book would be a great first bible story for little ones under 3.  

Thanks Booklook for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  

Book Review: "Kid- Sized Devotions"

Based on the bestselling The Beginner’s Bible brand, The Beginner’s Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions is perfect for children 6 and under. The simple connections to scripture make the content relevant and understandable for young readers, while the colorful illustrations are sure to be a delight. Each of the 365 devotions has a theme to which the Scripture, story, and art relate. It’s the perfect starting point for children as they develop a stronger relationship with God, to cuddle-up with parents or enjoy at church or daycare.

My Review:
We sure have been big fans of The Beginner's Bible products this year!   This 365 day devotional is for six years old and younger.   The daily devotions are very short, only take a couple minutes to read!  So we have been pairing up one devotional to one story from one of the Beginners Bibles at night before bed. 

I have been allowing my 8 year old to read this devotional out loud to her brother on occasion too.  These short devotionals can be used as a great addition to bible time.   Some nights I try to find ways to ask more questions as well with it.  

I enjoy how each page includes scripture, short paragraph, bubble for main idea, and prayer at the bottom.  If you are looking to add something very quick to a bedtime routine this is a great option.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Review and GIVEAWAY- "The Purpose Driven Life for Kids"

Based on the New York Times bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life, this 365-day devotional The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids, offers inspiration for children 9-12. Most children at this age form their foundational thoughts about God and their place in the world.

Thank you Zondervan for sending me this book to review and for sponsoring a giveaway for this same book!  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine. 

My Review:
I remember several years ago I read the adult "Purpose Driven Life"  with my husband.   He was at the time only my boyfriend but we made it important to start a good foundation with devotionals being a big part of who we are.   Now that we have been married for 9 years and have two children we are always trying to find new ways to encourage them in their relationship with their Daddy God.   This kids version is geared for 9- 12 year olds.   My daughter just had her 8th birthday and she really wants to read this book and so far she has been doing just fine.  I imagine as she continues there might be more questions to answer for her.   

I started to read the book as well because sometimes kids books can speak volumes to me.   I realized I need to keep reading it when I read day two of "The Purpose Drive Life for Kids" when it asked a question that I have asked my self.   Seriously though when you read in 1 Chronicles the long list of names that keep going I always say God why do I need to know all these names.   This devotional reminded me that God Honors heritage and his followers and it is awesome to think about how all these names were so important to the nation of Isreal. 

Each page of this devotional only takes a few minutes which makes doing a daily devotional simple.   Getting my kids to read their bible and do a devotional is so vital to me as a mom.   I hope they grow to love doing it as I never want it to become a chore for them my prayer is for them to want to do it all the time. 

This devotional is only $15.99 on Zondervan.  I recommend this for your kids or even yourself!     

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