Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yuletide Ice Cube Fair

(Disclosure:  I received this book in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

My boys are huge Veggie Tale fans!  Anything Veggie Tale they see, they want.  I am perfectly okay with them wanting books and movies that have values and a good meaning behind it.  The new Veggie Tale book Yuletide Ice Cube Fair is a really good book that I read to my son the other night.  This book is super cute.  It is appealing to the eye wit hall the color and details.  The storyline of this book is heart-felt.  It teaches the real meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it.  The book is easy for little ones to read, especially with the rhyming lines.  My first grader read this with little help from his second grade brother.

About the book:
It's that wonderful time of year again-the Yuletide Ice Cube Fair!  It's a time of festivity and fun as Veggies gather to eat snow cones, slurp slushies, and ice skate on the frozen pond.  But the greatest part of all is the Ice Cube Carving Contest!  The Veggies are trying to outdo each other in effort to win the grand prize.  But the smalls of all these ice entries is truly the most grand-a carving done by Junior Asparagus.  It is a tiny stable with a shepherd on one knee.  Young readers discover that it's not what's biggest or best that's most important on Christmas-it's Jesus.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Audio Adreniline CD Giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received this cd in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

I remember listening to Audio Adrenaline as a teenager in youth group.  I love that they are still around making new songs.  When the opportunity arose for me to review their new cd, Kings & Queens, I jumped on it.  I opened it up and pushed play in my car.  Three of the songs on this cd, I have heard on the radio:

He Moves, You Move
Kings & Queens

After listening to the whole album, I found a few more songs on their that I believe should be on the radio too.  I love the song 20:17 (Raise the Banner).  As a children's church leader, I can see my children singing this song in front of the adult service.
I love adding music to our library that are great for my own children to be able to listen to.  The message in the songs are great.  Audio Adrenaline again impresses me with their music.  What I love even more is that this cd comes with the lyrics included.

About this cd:
With a new perspective and vision, Kings & Queens brings a revamped dimension of sound in Audio Adrenaline.  Kevin Max of dcTalk takes the mic and founding member Will McGinniss is on bass, while Dave Ghazarian of Superchick, Jared Byers of Bleach and singer-songwriter Jason Walker round out the band.  Former front man and co-founder Mark Stuart contributed to many of the songs for the new album titled Kings & Queens.

This talented group of like-mired musicians shares a common goal:  to be the voice for orphans in Haiti and around the world  To that end, the lead single, "Kings & Queens," is an orphan anthem that celebrates the transformation God can bring about.

Track Listing:
He Moves You Move
Kings & Queens
King of the Comebacks
Change My Name
20:17 (Raise the Banner)
Fire Never Sleeps
I Climb the Mountain
The Answer

You can purchase this awesome cd on the Family Christian website.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Thirty One Giveaway

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I have seen so many ladies everywhere I go, with a super cute bag from Thirty One.  I have wanted one for a while, but just have never gotten one for some crazy reason.  Well, Thirty One consultant Kody, reached out to me asking if I would like to review one on my blog.  Of course I said yes!  I eagerly waited, (like a child waiting for Christmas), for the mailman to bring my package.  When I received the bag, I immediately opened it up to see what it looked like.  I love the black stripes on my All Day Organizing Tote.  As a children's church leader, I have a lot of things that I need to bring to church every Sunday in order to do my lessons.  I used to carry a bunch of plastic bags with everything in them to get it back and forth.  Now, I can put everything I need into this bag and easily carry it.  This bag is so roomy.  I love the little zipper pouch that is attached to the inside of this bag.  It is great for little items like pens, and papers.

Now, Kody did something amazing.  She sent me the Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote to give away to one of my lucky readers!  Isn't that awesome!  I love this bag!  It looks like it would be a great diaper bag or something.  It has open top pockets around the bag for easy accessibility to your smaller items like your phone, or keys.  In order to be entered to win this amazing bag, just enter below on the rafflecopter form!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Good Dad

(Disclosure:  I received this book in order to facilitate my review.  All opinion shared are my own.)

I know that the title of this book is called The Good Dad, but I decided to give it a read for myself.  I was simply amazed in this book.  I found it to be an easy read.  I like that this isn't a how-to book, but rather  Jim Daly uses his own stories and advice as lessons to be learned.  Those types of books tend to be the best ones in my opinion because of the life stories.  This book is great for dads, new and old.  Everyone can learn something from it.  There are questions throughout this book to make you think and  dig deep inside of your own parenting style and how you were parented.

About this book:
Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, is an expert in fatherhood-in part because his own "fathers" failed him so badly.  His biological dad was an alcoholic.  His stepfather deserted him.  his foster father accused Jim of trying to kill him.  All were out of Jim's life by the time he turned 13.
Isn't it odd-and reminiscent of the hand of God-that the director of the leading organization on family turned out to be a guy whose own background as a kid and son were pretty messed up?  Or could it be that successful parenting is discovered not in the perfect, peaceful household but in the midst of battles and messy situations, where God must constantly be called to the scene?
That is the mystery unraveled in this book.  Using his own expertise, humor and inexhaustible wealth of stories, Jim will show you that God can make you a good dad, a great dad, in spite of the way you've grown up and in spite of the mistakes you've made.  Maybe even because of them.
It's not about becoming a perfect father.  It's about trying to become a better father, each and every day. It's about building relationships with your children through love, grace, patience, and fun-and helping them grown into the men and women they're meant to be.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hero DVD giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received this movie in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

I just watched a really good father son movie!  Every Boy Needs a Hero is a movie that families can watch together and bond.  I love the value of the importance of fathers that this movie instills.  I know that there are circumstances that make it impossible for fathers to be in the picture, but every boy needs a positive male role model in their lives, whether it be a coach, a teacher, an uncle, etc.  This movie shows that importance and encourages dads to get involved in their children's lives!  It also is based off of baseball which is America's favorite sport!  This is a movie we will be watching for movie night one Friday.  My husband and sons will all love it.

Watch the trailer:

About this movie:
From the producers of Alone Yet Not Alone, comes a heartfelt movie about legendary small town baseball coach, Joe Finn, who after taking his shot as a scout for the big leagues returns home to discover the damage he's done by leaving his family behind.  Now on a quest to rebuild his relationship with his son David, Joe forms a new baseball league to reinvigorate the underdog little league team his son had been coaching.  Together, as father and son, they try to put away their differences and help bring their ragtag team of ball players, "The Gappers", to victory.

This movie is scheduled to be released Tuesday, September 16th!

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Summer reading with Scholastic

(Disclosure:  I received these books below in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

Summer is full of outside time, swimming, and having fun.  Summer is also a great time to keep your children encouraged in reading.  Scholastic has plenty of great books to choose from for children of any age.  Boys and girls will have a tough time choosing just one book.  There are chapter books for the more advanced readers and simple board books for those who are just learning to read.  There is something for every reading level.  Some of the books that my boys have enjoyed include:

Magic School Bus Series:

My children really enjoyed reading The Magic School Bus.  They love watching the shows at school and when they received these books, they were excited.  They like reading the adventures that the teacher takes the children on.  I love how these books are educational.  They aren't just books to fill time, but there is some knowledge being learned.  The books are full of colorful pictures with informational tidbits throughout the pages.

The Mighty Robots Series:

My son really loves the Mighty Robot Series.  He finished all the books that we received within a week.  There is some positive aspects to the storyline. These were an easy read for him.  He is in the 2nd grade and read these with no help from me or my husband.  He loves the comic book feel to it.  He has been asking for me to get him the rest of the series, which I have no problem doing for him.

Fly Guy

  My oldest son fell in love with the Fly Guy series when he was in kindergarden.  He is now in the 4th grade and was ecstatic when we received A Pet for Fly Guy.  He had to be the first one to read this book.  I love the cute adventure that Buzz goes on with Fly Guy.  In this book Fly Guy goes on a search to find a pet for himself and gets sad when none of them work out but in the end he realizes that he already has a perfect match.  All of my kids love this book!

What's New? The Zoo

My kids love the history in this book.  The love the pictures.  This book is full of facts and the pictures on the pages are eye catching.  My children love animals and this book just fed their love.

Lego Ninjago Techno Strike!

My boys love all things Lego, so getting the Lego Ninjago book was like Christmas for them.  They have read this book almost every day for a week when we got it and now they take turns reading it for their reading responses for school.  My children love the pictures in this book and they have the Lego characters to go with the story so they like to act it out after they read it.  This book is great for any Lego fan!

Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer is a really cute book.  It is an older brother teaching a younger brother about some of the rules to enjoy summer.  My kids giggled at some of the rules.  The pictures in this book are cute and eye-catching. This book is a fun book for my kids to read together.  

Lego Chima Danger in the Outlands

This is another favorite of my boys, simply because it is a Lego book.  They love the Chima product line and loved reading this book.  This is another book that they read over and over.  They loved reading about the quest to save the Legend Beast from the Outlands.  My youngest son likes it when his older brothers read him this book.

Super Silly School Poems

This book was probably up their on the favorite list for my kids.  They love the different poems in this book.  They laughed at quite a few of them.  They even learned some homework excuses that they are eager to try!

Where's My Homework?

This is another cute back to school book that we received.  When a kid loses his homework, he has quite an imagination when it comes to looking for it.  My kids thought this book was silly.  The pictures draw the kids into the book with all the detailed work.

Surrounded By Sharks

Surrounded By Sharks is a good fiction chapter book geared for older kids.  My oldest really wasn't into this book and he is 9, so it is probably better for teens.  I read it.  It is a good little suspense book that isn't too bad.

Tony Baloney: Buddy Trouble

This is a really cute book about Tony.  His school is having a "Books and Buddies" event at their school that he is excited to go to.  After being asked to clean up with his sister, they argue and the event was taken away from them by momma and poppa.  Can they work it out so they can go?  My kids liked this book.  It is geared towards the younger kids who are learning to read.

Fly Guy Presents Firefighters:

Fly Guy Presents Firefighters is another favorite of my kids.  My middle son absolutely loves firefighters, so he loved the tour that Fly Guy goes on in this book.  He loved learning about different aspects of firefighters, and loved that Fly Guy is a part of it!

  I really enjoy watching my sons reading books, especially when I see them reading to each other!  Twice a year Scholastic comes to my son's school and holds a book fair and we let them each pick out a book to add to our home library.  They love it.  It is awesome to see that they have a love for reading.

What is your child's favorite book?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fresh Baby Summer Food Safety

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I have found myself spending a lot of time with my toddler nephew.  Of course as an aunt, I want the best for him, just like I do my own children.  When I heard of the Fresh Baby Summer Food Safety Program, I wanted to learn more about it.  Here is some information that I received:  Fresh Baby supports parents with simple and natural solutions to reducing a child's risk of obesity by promoting the development of healthy eating habits from the first bite of solid foods.  The recipes included in the books, newsletter and online were developed to be convenient for anyone, no matter their income or location.  With research concluding that children's eating preferences are establish by age 3, it is clear that parents play a crucial role in getting their children off to the right start.  

Here are some of the items that I received from Fresh Baby:

I love the storage pouch.  It was so easy to just toss this in the diaper bag on the go!

Children's and Adult Reusable Water Bottles
These fold flat for easy transport!  Definitely a plus!

This has to be my favorite item!  I love the looks of this, and I love how easy it is to keep snacks with me as I go place to place with him.

These are super helpful.  I love blending up some fruits and veggies for smoothies and recipes and these bags make it easy to measure and store!

All of these products have made it easier for me to make sure that, when my nephew is in my care he is eating healthy.  These products are very reasonably priced so you could make up some great baby shower presents with a few of these items!

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