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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley Review

I was asked to review this book and received it free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.  

I was very excited when I found out I was chosen to review Kelly Pulleys Magnificent Tales Tresury of Bible Stories. Published by David C Cook. You may also recognize Kelly from The Beginners Bible of which he also illustrated. 

When I received the book I was surprised by how thick it was. I was very pleased with its appearance. My family and I began browsing through it right away.  My children really liked the pictures and were very curious. We started reading it immediately. I wasn't used to rhyming where reading the bible was concerned but my children liked it. I was glad that this book covered most of the bible stories all the way to Jesus and his resurrection. But it left out creation.  Other than that I was pleased with it and would definitely recommend this book to others. 

You can get yours here at www.davidccook.com

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Moms'Night Out Review

I have to admit I was ecstatic when I found out I was going to be able to review this book. I was hearing about it all over social media for months. What is Moms' Night Out you ask? Well it's one of the funniest books I've read in awhile. If you're a mom you've been there, you know, craving a night out with your friends? That means finding a babysitter for your kids right? Dad perhaps? What could possibly go wrong?        

Moms' Night Out is a 279 page novelization of the movie by Tricia Goyer (an author of over forty books) published by B&H Books. But don't let the page number intimidate you. It's a fast read because it is so action packed it's hard to put it down. You can really relate to these moms in some way or another. It is based on the movie Moms'Night Out. A depicted comedy that tells the story of three frazzled moms, their husbands, a sister in law, a missing baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang and a cabbie all come together. 

The movie stars Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Sean Asten (Lord of the Rings) In select theaters now. 

Moms' Night Out and Other Things I Miss by Kerri Pomarolli

This book of devotionals was inspired by the movie. It will definitely make you laugh. So true and down to earth you will certainly discover that you are not alone in this zoo called "motherhood". Read them to brighten your day and make you feel like you can do this. With chapters titled "Mirror, Mirror in my car" and "Princess Mentality "you are sure to find something you can relate to. I really enjoyed this book and go back to it on occasion to have a good laugh at these realistic scenarios. 

I received these books for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

More Than A Memory -The Candace Kate Story

I feel very fortunate to be a part of this launch. I was able to review this book for free in exchange for a review. In 2003 The Fileccia family felt God speaking to them. He was speaking to them about a little girl way over in China who needed a forever home. They didnt know what to expect they only know that she was blind. Xing Dan Nang was 8 years old. This book was written from Nancys journals she kept while caring for Candace. Once they met they know there was something more. It wasn't just blindness. The challenges were many. Learning difficulties, bonding issues, weight loss all came in the picture but all of that was no match for her diagnosis of Batten's disease. But yet God had a plan for this little girl and she got her wish of a forever family after being turned away several times. This story is a bit difficult to read during all of the sorrow this family had gone through. This review is one of the hardest ones Iv'e had to write. No one has a guarantee on life. We don't know how long we will be here. Candance touched many lives in her short time on this earth. Though its a story of heartache and suffering there is also God's hand on it all and you can find some joy. Nancy is co-owner of A Journey Through Learning that she started with her best friend Paula. It began while caring for Candace in her long and frequent hospital stays. These lapbooks are wonderful and have been a delight to our family. Get your copy here: : http://candacekatestory.com/purchase1.html Kindle: http://amzn.to/1iOPEi1

Monday, November 4, 2013

See The Light Review

See The Light Drawing Children To Him Art Projects with Pat Knepley is a DVD based art instruction. I received mine free of charge in return I was to write and honest review. Here is our take on the program.  

When I became aware that I was chosen to review this product I was excited. My daughter loves to draw and I thought it would be great for her to learn how to use oil pastels. We have never tried them before. I thought oil (like the paint) would be messy for a child to use but I was mistaken. They were just like crayons for the most part. The DVD we got to review was Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. It said ages 10+. My daughter is 7 so I was a bit concerned that it would be too difficult for her to do. We watched the DVD in parts. It had for parts approximately 25 minutes long. You are to do the segment along with the DVD.

What I thought: I enjoyed watching the DVD. Pat is very good at explaining all the techniques. Her voice was not irritating. And she tells you its ok when you make a mistake and what to do to correct it.

What my kids thought: She liked the drawing part but it was hard to keep her attention during the DVD. I think it was a bit too long for her. Other than that she enjoyed doing the project and had minimal tears.

All in all I think it is a great program I would definately try the other DVDs in the future if given the chance. You can order yours here: www.SeeTheLightShine.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September?? Already!!!!!

I can't believe that it is already September. Is this year going by fast or what? Some of you have started school and some (like me) haven't. Just keeping it real folks. The move we had to do unexpectedly a few months ago has really taken a toll on me and my family. I just can't seem to get it together. But I will eventually with God's help. Prayers appreciated.

Here is my latest article I wrote for A Moment With M.O.M.

http://amomentwithmom.com/homeschooling/homeschooling-approach-unschooling/   I hope you find it helpful in your homeschooling journey.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Overcoming my fear

Most who know me are aware of my bout with anxiety. It comes and goes when it pleases and I really love it when it is gone. But some days it comes back like a vengeance with absolutely no warning. Those days I am bound to my bed, my room with the door shut and normal everyday things become very difficult to bear. Sometimes I can't even leave the house. I don't want to talk to anyone nor be talked to and it spirals from there. This past year has been very challenging for us. Finances, unexpected move to name some. I don't take any meds for it. After awhile it seems to me that it's a mindset too. I often don't do things in anticipation of having an anxiety attack. I'll make excuses to myself. One of my biggest problems is driving. I really dislike driving on freeways, especially here in Southern California.

Last January I was put to the test. My husband forgot something he needed for work and he was almost an hour away from home. So your's truly, with the kids in tow went on a trek through downtown L.A, Hollywood, Universal City and 3 freeways to take it to him. I wasn't crippled with fear. All I did was pray and said"Lord take the wheel" and you know what? He did!! I didn't even get lost once. Since then I have gotten a lot better with driving. Sure I have my days just like everyone else but its such an improvement compared to before.

Then just a few weeks ago there was a family get together four hours away. We were all planning to go but something came up and my husband was going to have to work. It was important for us to be there so I said to myself "why don't I just drive there myself with the kids?" this is something I have never done in my entire life. So with my husbands blessing me and the kids headed out on our journey through LA,over the mountains and through the valley to my brothers house. And we survived!!! I overcame my fear and survived!!