Sunday, April 24, 2016

Under the Sea Holy Bible NIRV

This sparkly fun Bible contains the complete text -Genesis to Revelation-of the New International Readers Version and is perfect for kids. Sparkling fish grace the exterior while inside whimsical underwater illustrations surround ignorant Bible themes to help kids dive deep into God's Word.
Published by Zonderkids.
This Bible is available for purchase  Amazon

My Take:
This Bible is hard back, with a beautiful colorful underwater cover. Some of the fish even sparkle. Written in easy for kids to read text, it contains the entire Bible not just a story book form of the Bible.
There were not many under sea inserts, but it does contain three brightly colored inserts with things like: Famous children of the Bible, A,B,C' s of salvation, Love passage for kids, The Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments for Kids. There's a dictionary in the back and a page containing listed great Bible stories.
Overall, this is a pretty cut and dry simple Bible. Not much fluff. No added interior sparkles. Nice if you are looking for a plain Bible with a pretty cover and not a lot of distractions on the inside. It's is geared towards children ages 8-10 or maybe older if the child struggles with reading (although an older child may not appreciate the undersea look).

I received this Bible from book look in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

Will Fleeing the Scottish Highlands Only Leave Her in More Danger?
April, 2016
Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she’s never felt good enough–not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping those threatening her life.
Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, yet the last thing he needs is the distraction of the newly introduced Lady Rowena. He has enough on his plate

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My Intentional Mondays (on Tuesday)

Ok... So I know... It's not Monday, but life has been so crazy lately that I am just going to go ahead and write this - Monday or not!
Wedding plans are in full swing, I guess you could say. Really, at this point, I feel more like I am running a rat race in a maze and getting nowhere fast, even though I am going at full speed! There is still so much to do, and so little time. But I am sure it will all come together.

Along with all that, I have been hemming and altering prom dresses like crazy - seven to be exact, and three bridesmaids dresses, and a class night dress. So we are talking busy!!!!

I am so thankful for my morning quiet times that keeps me sane and able to handle all the day brings. I am looking forward to seeing my parents soon and many other family members. There is joy with the anticipation. The house is bursting at the seams with decorations, dresses, gifts and much more. Excitement is in the air.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fast Freddy by Lee Ann Mancini (Children's Book)

Multiple award-winning book series helps to build a strong, foundational relationship with Jesus, while teaching love, and compassion for others!

Fast Freddy is one of the sea kids that live in the “coralhood.” Fast Freddy overcomes the ridicule of being different (half shark, half octopus) from the other kids in his new school. Once they find out he can swim fast like a shark, they ask him to join the swim team. They realize he is a great kid and are happy that he helps them win the championship for the first time. He comes from behind overcoming Marcus who is a formidable threat on team Barracudas. His octopus arms wave in victory as he crosses the finish line! Freddy receives the MVP award, but says a prayer of thanks to Jesus for being different and having new friends.   

Lee Ann Mancini and Dan Sharp have created an underwater world that explodes with color, drawing the children into the captivating story.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I'm Not Afraid by Lee Ann Mancini (Children's book)

Multiple award-winning book series helps to build a strong, foundational relationship with Jesus, while teaching love, and compassion for others!

I'm Not Afraid is a book about sea kids that live in the “coralhood.” Two friends go to the Undersea Amusement Park together. While excitement is in the air, so is fear. 

Lee Ann helps children understand they need to trust Jesus when they are afraid. 

Lee Ann Mancini and Dan Sharp have created an underwater world that explodes with color, drawing the children into the captivating story.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Season to Wed Blog Tour and Giveaway

They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.
April 5 - 18Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk
Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.
Ten years after what she thought was her almost-wedding, Hope Prentiss discovers that the ceremony counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. After spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce . . . or a real wedding of her own.
A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Uneven Exchange by S.K. Derban Blog Tour Including GIVEAWAY

Uneven ExchangeLike fire and ice, Alexandra Callet's life runs hot and cold. At the age of thirty-three, Alexandra owns a stunning home and a successful interior design company. But she is in love with her business partner, Jake Taylor, and he doesn't even seem to realize she's a woman. She should be on top of the world, but instead she feels dragged down by the void in her heart. Hoping for answers, she decides a trip to Mexico might soothe her soul.

Jake Taylor only pretends to be a confirmed bachelor. Jake has been entranced by Alexandra's determination and exotic beauty since the moment they met, but she has no idea how he feels. He considers confessing his love, but fears

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup Including a GIVEAWAY

It's everywhere.  Lurking in corners and closets, spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere we look.  And it's not just the physical clutter that weighs us down.  Oh no, it is the stress of overbooked schedule, and the weight of a life that sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels your pain--she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower each of us to finally de-clutter

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Having a Martha Home the Mary Way by Sarah Mae

Get your home and your heart in order in just 31 days!
Sarah Mae wants to let you in on a little secret about being a good homemaker: It’s not about having a clean house. She’d never claim to be a natural, organized cleaner herself—yet, like you, she wants a beautiful space to call home, a place where people feel loved and at peace. Where people can really settle in with good food, comfy pillows, and wide-open hearts.

Is it possible to find a balance? To care for your heart—and your home—at the same time?

Journey with Sarah Mae on this easy, practical 31-day plan to get you moving and have your house looking and feeling fresh. But even more than that, you’ll

Monday, April 4, 2016

My Intentional Mondays

Wow! Can you believe it's April already? Wedding bells are in the air around here. I can hardly believe my daughter will be getting married in just a few weeks. We just had a wedding shower this past weekend. Ahhh... the bliss of young love. It's so sweet.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Salt Mines Mystery by Aaron Zook

Twelve year-old Gabe Zanadu, his brother, Alex, and dogs Thunder and Lightning face Team Test #2 in Germany’s Berchtesgaden Salt Mines. Fighting a human-trafficking ring, they must successfully negotiate the Egyptian Path of Death to free themselves, the victims and bring their captors to justice. THE SALT MINES MYSTERY Threatened in the streets of Goeppingen, Germany, Gabe and Alex Zanadu make a disastrous decision that plummets them, their dogs Thunder and Lightning, and international friends into the clutches of an evil human trafficking ring.

Who sent thugs to attack twelve-year-old Gabe in an alley?
What secret does Gabe and Alex, his fourteen-year-old brother, learn at the War Council?
Can the boys remember the sailor song clues given by the mysterious ‘G’ and survive?

Friday, April 1, 2016

A Dolphin Wish (FaithGirlz) by Natalie Grant

Natalie Grants new series Glimmer Girls is fast becoming a hit among tweens. Twin Mia and Maddie, along with their younger sister Lulu, embark on some pretty exciting adventures. Their mother is a Christian music artist and as a perk, they get to travel along with her to lots of thrilling places.

I got this book for my younger daughter who is eight. Although we did not read the first book in the series, we caught on to this one pretty quickly. Once you get familiar with the characters, it won't take long to figure it out. The parents are quite involved in their kids lives, along with a Nanny, Miss Julian, who travels along and helps care for them and takes lots of pictures.  I noticed on various occasions she used opportunities to teach them some  as well some valuable lessons.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

WildFlower - Review and Giveaway - Ended

Creatively gifted, college student Chloe Moray (portrayed by Nathalia Ramos, known for BRATZ, Arrested DevelopmentHouse of Anubis) finds solace from a difficult childhood in her extraordinary art. But when an alarming dream begins to recur nightly, Chloe starts to believe that it might be a suppressed memory and that she may have witnessed a terrible crime as a little girl. Her search for peace takes her on a journey that forces Chloe to confront her past traumas and leads her to cross paths with Josh (Cody Longo, known for NOT TODAY, Hollywood Heights, Nashville), a young man dealing with his own painful loss. Together they find in each other someone they can trust

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Amon's Adventures - A Family Easter Story

Following in the footsteps of his widely popular Advent series--"Jotham's Journey," "Bartholomew's Passage," and "Tabitha's Travels"--well-known author Arnold Ytreeide presents a captivating story to take families through the season of Lent, culminating on Easter Sunday.

Amon's Adventure: A Family Story For Easter [Paperback]
Thirteen-year-old Amon, the son of Jotham and Tabitha, enjoys playing with his friends but is also ready to join his father in the temple court where only men are allowed. Eager to be considered a man, Amon struggles to divide his time betweenhis friends and his duties to family and faith. But when Jotham is falsely accused of a terrible crime, Amon willingly sacrifices his childhood ways in order to save his father's life. Along the way, he sees the jubilant crowds that gathered on Palm Sunday, outwits the Roman soldiers that planned to kill both his father and Jesus, hears the Messiah address the angry crowds, is present during the daring betrayal of Judas Iscariot, and witnesses the ultimate sacrifice made on Good Friday.

Monday, March 28, 2016

My Intentional Mondays

Likely my favorite time of year. (although I like summer and fall too) When the world is coming alive after the dead of winter, just as the Savior came alive after his death! I am sooo thankful He did. Thankful that He loves me, thankful for His gifts.

The kids and I dyed eggs a little differently this year. We used flowers and leaves to imprint them and then dyed them in tea bags and dandelions. It was interesting and they turned out really pretty. My son thought they would camouflage really well for an Easter egg hunt, but we didn't have one. The weather was not really that nice.