Friday, October 14, 2016


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

EQtainment sent me a party package along with Tryazon.  While this looks like it is geared toward teaching younger children, my children are a little bit older and they like this.  I love the questions that really get them thinking.  The board game: Q's Race to the Top is a fun way to get the kids thinking about manners and social skills, while being a little competitive.  With 3 boys there is always competition, so why not make it useful.  The little tin is perfect to ask questions on the go.  The questions consist of:
You, Q, and Do questions which help promote the following:
-social and emotional skills
-feeling identification
-creative thinking
-coordination and balance

With these questions there is no right or wrong answers.  It is truly helping the kids to expand their thinking.  I really love this game and the value that this brings to the kids.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

With All Due Respect

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

I have 3 boys.  One of which is pre-teen age and respect is a virtue that we are working on.  Reading this book, With All Due Respect, I gained some helpful wisdom to be able to implement within my family.  This book has helped with the respect level between my kids and I.  This book is recommended to be read by all parents who want happier, healthier relationships with their children as they are moving through the tough tween/teenage years.  I love that this book starts with making is look at ourselves before we try working on our children.  Each day starts with a Bible verse to help us get some of God's word in us and ends with "What about You?" questions and then a "Pray with us" prayer.  

About the book:
With All Due Respect is a handbook for parents navigating the difficulties of the tween and teen years.  Roesner and Hitchcock helps parents identify what successful, relationships look like and give easy to follow lessons in enforcing rules, communicating lovingly, resetting relationships, overcoming fears and exhaustion, and handling rebellion.  Each day features a story every mom can relate to, down to earth questions to think about and a prayer to launch an action plan.  As a result, the reader gains new skills and perspective, greater strength, and an ability to live out faith daily as never before.  With All Due Respect is for all parents seeking not only to connect more deeply with and positively impact their teens and tweens, but also to grow more deeply in faith through the process.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Unlikely Champion

(Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.)

At our local high school here in Michigan, there was a student who has Down Syndrome.  He is the water boy for the football team.  His mother has cancer.  So this high school team wanted to do something amazing for the family.  During one of the Friday football games, the two teams that were playing had planned for the young man to run a touch down for the game.  It was an amazing surprise to the mom who was in tears as her some became the Unlikely Champion of the game.  The news channels did a great job portraying the event and I know that as I was watching the news story, I was crying because that was a real-life story of an Unlikely Champion.

There is another story that portrays an Unlikely Champion and that is the story of Phiona.  In the new movie from Disney, QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the inspiring true story of Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi.  Phiona was a young girl living in the slums of Katwe, Uganda.  One day she stumbles upon Katende and a group of children playing chess in a makeshift church.  Through the guidance of Katende and the game of chess, Phiona is encouraged to believe in herself.  Eventually, she finds herself not only competing in local chess matches, but winning in international competitions.  Robert and Phiona's story celebrates the notion that champions can come from the most unlikely places.

Check out this heartwarming featurette:

Tell me:  Who is an unlikely champion in your life or community?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Live On Forever by The Afters CD

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

I love Christian music.  It is what is usually on my radio overtime you turn it on.  I love the message that the songs bring.  I love that my kids love to listen to it too.  The Afters is one of my favorite bands and every time one of their songs comes on the radio, I can hear a small voice in the back seat singing the songs word for word.  It brings joy to my heart to hear that!  Our favorite song from this album is Battles.  It encourages us to let God fight our battles with us.  After reading the story about what happened in the lives of the band members during the 2 years it took to make this album, I cried.  No one is immune to life battles, and this band still pushed through after everything they went through.  This makes me like this band more and helps me to relate to them more than them just being another band on the radio.

Check out the Battles video below:

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The Biggest Story DVD/CD

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

I received The Biggest Story DVD and Audio set for review.  I put the audio cd into my car for my kids to listen to on the way to school.  They were quiet!  They listened to the stories and when it was over they all said "that was good".  My oldest said that he could picture what was going on as he was listening and that is why I love audio disks.  A few days later, I put on the dvd.  Same story but this time they had artwork to look at as it was being narrated.  This even caught my eye.  I intended on putting it on and walking away to do some household chores, but I had to sit down and watch it.  It was very nicely done.  Perfect for kids of all ages and grown ups alike!

About the set:

The Animated Short Film:  Featuring beautifully animated illustrations adapted from the book, The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film will captivate children and parents alike as they see how all the classic stories in the Bible connect to Scripture's overarching message about God's glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.

The Audio Book:  This audio book of The Biggest Story-written and narrated also by the best-selling author Kevin DeYoung-leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Today's Moment of Truth

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

I love devotionals.  They help me to get my day started in God's word.  I especially love the ones that make me think.  Today's Moment of Truth is a devotional where I had to re-read a few of the devotions to really understand what was being said.  It encouraged me to get in my Bible and did deeper to see if I could make sense out of the devotion.  The devotions themselves are not long in reading.  There are 180 of devotions to get you through a few months.  If you are looking for one that will get you thinking and is more deeper than other devotions, this one is for you!

About the book:

Why do you believe what you believe?  How can you know your faith is credible?
Many Christians today struggle to answer these questions.  Though you may know what you believe, the why and how behind the thought can be complex, confusing, and even mysterious.

In Today's Moment of Truth, bestselling author Lee Strobel articulates in 180 easy-to-read devotions the reasons why Christians believe what they believe.  Combining his expertise in apologetics with his journalistic approach to parsing out the details, this devotional will leave you deeply encouraged and well-informed.  Topics range from scientific discoveries to theological explanations, and each devotion is followed by a brief reflection and prayer for meditation.
The time has come to walk confidently in your faith.  Today's Moment of Truth, co-written by Mark Mittelberg, will be an invaluable tool as you grow in your understanding of and faith in Christ.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Greater releases 8/26

(Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  All opinions, though, are my own.)

As we start another school year, we face many hurdles in our lives that may hinder reaching our goals and dreams.  This year, my oldest son starts middle school.  His elementary years were tough for him.  My goal for him this year is simply for success!  Success in his friendships.  Success in his academics.  Success in his extracurricular activities.  How are we going to reach this goal?  By pushing onward.  Our family has found an amazing Bible verse to use this school year and I want to share it with you all. 1 Corinthians 9:24: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.   

These are the ways that we are encouraging him:

**We want him to do everything to the best that he can so that he can be successful and overcome every obstacle that he is faced with.  
**We want good christian friends for him to surround himself with so he is encouraged to do what is right always.
**We want him to find an elective or extra-curricular activity that he desires to do and help him to learn it and enjoy it.

There is an amazing movie that comes out August 26th that is a true story about being achieving a goal in life and overcoming obstacles.  That movie is called Greater. 

Greater is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth.  Brandon had one dream- to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Unfortunately, Brandon was a clumsy player who lacked the physical prowess to make the team.  He was written off by coaches and teased by his fellow teammates.  Undeterred, Brandon continued to show-up for practice.  He woke up before anyone else and worked harder than anyone else, until his determination paid off.  Not only was he given an opportunity to walk-on and play football-he became one of the greatest players on the field, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts.  Greater comes out August 26th.  Here is the trailer:

Tell me a goal that you have this school year either for yourself or your child.