Sunday, October 23, 2016

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood {Review}

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions—an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:

—Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations

In addition to the devotions, these beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!


The keyword in the title is JOYFUL. What mother doesn't hope to provide more joy within their home? Each of these 40 devotions challenge us mothers towards living a more joyful life.


The author digs deep. Causing you, on day one, to look at yourself. At who you are. So often we are so focused on our kids, our family, that taking the time to stop, and focus on ourselves, not in a selfish way but in a way that God can minister to us.

Each devotion begins with a scripture. The author then expounds on the scripture leaving us with challenging thoughts or ideas and then concludes with a prayer.

Then the fun begins. It has been said that coloring can be relaxing, therapeutic even. Each day, opposite the devotion, you are presented in a cute coloring page. The coloring pages
are seemingly hand drawn which definitely gives this book it's character! Color while you rehearse the scripture or pray about what the Lord wants to speak to you that day.

Overall I find this book to be just what the doctor ordered for many mothers. It would make a great gift for yourself or any mother wanting to rekindle the joy in her life.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

One Small Donkey (Review)

Snuggle up in front of a warm, cozy fire this Christmas and teach your tiny tot that though he is small, he too can do big things for God with the sweet board book, One Small Donkey

This story follows a donkey who feels inadequate as he sees large horses prancing about. He wishes he were quicker and not as slow when his master calls for him. He trudges through and makes his way to Bethlehem. His reward? Witnessing the birth of an ever so special gift, God's son.

This book presents the story of Jesus' birth in a way that a young child can understand. The pictures throughout the book are bright and creative and the cover sparkles with gold. Any young child would be thrilled to open this book on Christmas morning!

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers. All opinions stated here are my own.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Berenstain Bears Christmas Fun Sticker and Activity Book By Jan and Mike Berenstain {Review}

Yes, another Christmas review, but bear with me because there is bound to be at least one kid on your Christmas list that will light up over this!

The Berenstain Bears Christmas Fun Sticker and Activity Book

Taking a long trip to Grandma's house and need something to keep the little ones entertained? Planning a dinner out at a restaurant and fear that your kids will become restless? This activity book is written for children ages four through eight, and rightly so. Some activities are certainly geared towards writers such as the crossword puzzles, word searches and fill in the blanks. Some of the other activities would be fun for the older bunch but also doable for four and five year olds, like the dot-to-dot puzzles, coloring pages and patterns. The stickers, of course are perfect for all the ages within this range. I appreciate the variety, the vibrant colors and of course the lovable Bear family that we all know and love. This would make an adorable gift that won't disappoint!

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers. All opinions stated here are my own. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ready, Set, Find Christmas {Review}

Pre-readers and young learners tend to be drawn to books where they have to look for hidden objects. I know mine always were at that age. Whenever we read one it seems like they thought they were getting away with something since it wasn't a book that technically was "read." Little did they know, this type of book was preparing them for basic reading skills down the road. The concept of searching is an integral aspect of reading, whether kids realize it or not. Seeking phonetic clues, trying to figure out the meaning of a homophone by reading it in context or looking at punctuation to get the feel of a sentence. Seek and find books are a great way to encourage kids to excited about books, and Ready, Set, Find Christmas is perfect for the holiday season. 

The story follows Mary and Joseph as they prepare for the birth of God's Son. There are five sections in this book, each with a cute colorful tab providing easy access for little hands. Each section includes a portion of the Christmas story beginning with Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem and finishing off with the wise men finding Jesus. Every section has eight items for young ones to look for. I am impressed with the quality of the pages as well as the illustrations. Another book that would make a great Christmas gift!

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Acorn Treat

Fall is in full color around here. We just returned from a gorgeous four hour hike to a waterfall in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was unreal being surrounded by the yellow, red and orange trees towering over us while hiking along a rushing creek. 

Of course, we are a homeschooling family. 


So we don't say that the leaves are "changing color" since clearly leaves don't change. They simply lose their chlorophyll revealing the color that was there all along. Hmm- A spiritual metaphor, maybe? 

We having been keeping busy this fall, pumpkin picking, baking with pumpkins and enjoying the cooler weather. 

 I also let the kids pick out one, fun fall themed treat to create off Pinterest. 
This fall they picked these cute acorn treats. Only three ingredients are needed. Hershey Kisses, Mini Nutter Butters and Mini Chocolate Chips.

Simply twist the Nutter Butters in half, use the side with the peanut butter on it to attach to the Kiss. Melt some of the Mini Chocolate Chips and use as a glue to glue a Mini Chocolate Chip, "stem" on the top. And you are done! The kids loved making these, but loved eating them even more!

Find the recipe they used, here.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Night Voyage {Review}

Be whisked away on a journey that I am certain you have never experienced before. Daria Song brings the concept of adult coloring books to a whole new level in her book, The Night Voyage. Following a young girl who is left alone on her birthday with a pile of gifts to ease her mind, you will be entertained by her sense of adventure,generosity and playfulness. Taking her faithful cat along for the ride, she embarks on a mission of kindness when the conductor of her toy train comes to life.

This book will provide you with hours of fun. The index of the book provides you with a picture index of the coloring pages found within the book. Each page is so beautifully created, allowing you to let your own imagination go wild as you color between the lines. I am impressed with the quality of this book from cover to cover and am convinced that you will be too!

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Taming The Ink Beast

Have you ever found the perfect online printable only to remember you are almost out of ink? Your printer technically still works and you know that the “low ink” warning will give you a few more decent pages. You Read More At Our Homeschool Forum.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury {Review}

Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury is more than what I was expecting in a bedtime storybook. What I didn't realize was that this book is a bedtime devotional, which is an added bonus. While reading to your child at night is an excellent habit to instill in your young one, establishing a Bible reading routine is even more important. I appreciate how this book includes a a presentation page for those who want to give this book as a gift.

It is well laid out with a complete table of contents listing the thirty devotionals. You are then greeted by an introduction for the parents explaining the importance of establishing a bedtime routine. Before you get to the meat of the book you will find two pages where you can write your own prayers for your child. 

Each night you will have about five minutes of material to share with your child. Each devotional starts out with a short Bible verse and a simple, down to earth explanation that a child could relate to. The next page shares a whimsical poem either that relates to the topic. If a Bible character is mentioned in the poem, such as Noah or Moses, then the following page will encourage the child to read all about that character in the Bible, references included. After that, you will find another entertaining poem for children with a prayer that your child can pray on the opposite page. The final page of each devotional includes a "Bedtime Treasure." This includes a concluding statement, thought provoking question and prayer. 

I appreciate how well thought out this devotional is. It engages young children in the truths found in the Bible in a way that they can understand. It also provides a routine so that each and every night they know what to expect, great for little ones and their parents to enjoy together!

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