Friday, November 27, 2015

Bluffer's Guide To Cycling

You may THINK you know everything about cycling, (especially if you've got Dutch blood running through your veins), but I am confident that The Bluffer's Guide To Cycling by Rob Ainsley will still help fill in the gaps of your cycling knowledge! This witty little book will leave you wondering how you ever called yourself a cyclist before acquiring this guide. Know a bike enthusiast? Planning on attending the Tour De France in July 2016? Then this book is a must-have. Buy as a stocking filler, or just to keep on your bedside stand. Order your copy before The Bluffer's 50% Off Sale ends on Monday!

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The Bluffer's Guides are a part of Thrift Schooling's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Bluffers for providing Thrift Schooling the book mentioned in this post. 
All opinions stated here are my own.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


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Bluffer's Guide To Hiking

If you are planning on hiking in Europe anytime soon, or at least want to pretend that you are, then The Bluffer's Guide To Hiking by Simon Whaley would be right up your alley! As with any Bluffer's Guide, you can instantly acquire knowledge about your favorite topic by reading this compact yet jam packed guide.

Learn the correct terminology when speaking about geocaching. Apparently there is more to this hobby than meets the eye so you better know the rules and etiquette that goes along with it before you pull out your GPS and start digging!

Find out which gear would best suit your needs from footwear to backpacks.

Learn how to effectively communicate with other hikers you may pass by. 

Find out the tricks of the trade in a fun and witty fashion. 

This book is the perfect stocking stuffer, coffee table book, bedside read, bathroom companion, you name it! 

This exhilarating and hilarious read is one that hikers from all kind of backgrounds would enjoy. Whether you are a day hiker, weekend hiker or this is what you spend the bulk of your holiday doing, you will certainly not be able to put this book down once you begin!


The Bluffer's Guides are a part of Thrift Schooling's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Disclaimer: Thanks to for providing me with the above title in exchange for this review. 
All opinions stated here are my own.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Bluffer's Guide To Cats

Just in case you are stuck sitting next to Aunt Nelda, the crazy cat lady, at your holiday dinner table- be sure to brush up on all your cat facts ahead of time. From body language to cat folklore, The Bluffer's Guide To Cats by Vicki Halls can help you learn facts about cats that you've always wanted to know, and things you never knew you needed to know! 

Maybe you're flying home for the holidays and want to impress your seatmate. For four hours straight. This book can totally help you out. If you aren't in need of a cat crash course (because you know everything about cats already or are allergic to even the thought of them,) then pick a few up for stocking stuffers! Get some as gifts for your cat crazed boss, friend, uncle, or neighbor. Even the the lady who feeds the cats behind the dumpsters would get a kick out of this. I guarantee there will be at least one fact in the book that she doesn't know! 

The humorous approach to this book will certainly leave you laughing out loud. Of course, mixed in with the humor you will find piles of cat facts that any cat lover can easily absorb.


The Bluffer's Guides are a part of Thrift Schooling's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Disclaimer: Thanks to for providing me with the above title in exchange for this review. 
All opinions stated here are my own.

Read And Share 5 Minute Bible Stories {Book Review}

This book is huge! I was not expecting it to be so big but was pleasantly surprised when I received a large package on my doorstep. The Read And Share 5 Minute Bible Stories book by Thomas Nelson Publishers is a hardcover book with a padded cover that is easy to wipe down just in case there is an accidental spill that occurs. Stories are taken from the beloved Read and Share stories for older readers and readjusted with bright and colorful pictures for little ones. 

Meant to be read as a devotion by parents to children, your child will learn about Bible figures such as Noah, Joseph, David, Paul, and Jesus in a way that is easy to understand. When our children were little, under the age of five, we loved to read Bible devotions such as these to our kids. We now read the actual Bible in the mornings and memorize scripture at night as a family but there was a time where they simply weren't ready for that. This would have been a perfect addition to our devotional time! This book includes stories that are short and sweet which is great since little ones usually have a short attention span. 

This book encourages scripture memorization, even at a young age! There are quick and easy activities throughout the book suggested as well so the parent and child and interact with the story and make the message memorable.

Disclaimer: Thanks to the Book Look Bloggers Program for providing this book for the purpose of this review. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

God Gave Us Sleep {Book Review}

God Gave Us Sleep, by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a part of a sweet series featuring Little Cub, an adorable polar bear! Included in this series is: God Gave Us You, God Gave Us Two, God Gave Us Heaven, God Gave Us Christmas, and more!

“Little Cub!” Mama called. “Time for bed.”

Little Cub is having so much fun building an igloo with her friends that she doesn’t want to stop for bedtime! Who needs sleep when there’s fun to be had? Mama patiently answers her child’s questions as she puts her to bed, explaining the importance of daily rhythms of work, play, and rest. As they talk through the fears that come with nighttime—and work through Little Cub’s endless stalling tactics—our favorite bear learns to realize that God gave us sleep as a vital gift.

“God gave us rest so we have energy for our day, and patience to enjoy it. And so we have quiet time to listen to him.”

This charming addition to the best-selling God Gave Us series, with its Arctic characters and relevant message, will help all little ones prepare for a peaceful night’s rest. - See more at:
We already own God Gave Us Christmas and pull it out each Christmas season to enjoy together as a family. This new book in the series, God Gave Us Sleep, is an excellent story written to help children who struggle with their daily bedtime routine. Normally, I'm not a fan of books where children ask their parents for a drink or a story right before bed and the parents give in. It tends to give my kids bad ideas that they wouldn't have thought of already. But, we are pretty strict when it comes to bedtime and don't allow any funny business so even if they did give it a try, it wouldn't last long in our house!

Other issues though that were addressed, that I appreciated, were waking up cranky and nightmares. Scripture was included to help Little Cub not be afraid that he was going to have nightmares and Mama Bear encouraged him that the Lord wants him to have sweet dreams. Nightmares aren't usually an issue with my kids but they can be on occasion, so this book could be helpful in that area. Now, one issue that IS a problem in our house with one child in particular, is waking up cranky! It happens, obviously, when he hasn't had a good night's sleep. This book addresses that as well which I know could help my child because they will now (hopefully) realize that they are not the only one who struggles with waking up cranky due to a lack of sleep.

This is an adorable book with beautiful images and has characters that my children are already familiar with. It is written in a fun and engaging way that is sure to become a part of your daily routine if bedtime is a struggle in your home!

Disclaimer: Thanks to the Blogging For Books Program 
for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for this review.

NKJV Study Bible For Kids

The New King James Version Study Bible For Kids by Thomas Nelson Publishing, is a sturdy, hardback, solid, Bible.

Geared towards children 8 to 12, this Bible is in full-color. In addition to the complete Old and New Testament, it includes marginal notes including biblical facts and themes that are applicable to a child's daily life.

The full color interior includes these features: 

Behind the Scenes: Book Introductions for each Book of the Bible 
Spotlight: Gods story from Genesis to Revelation 
Epic Ideas: Topics that relate to a kid's world  
Action!: Helpful, interesting, and day-to-day life topics 
Starring Roles: Personality profiles of leading Bible characters 
In Focus: Highlighted words with easy to understand definitions Location: Maps and Charts Topical Index, Dictionary/Concordance

The reason I chose this particular Bible was for my second grade son to use. His primary use is to bring it to church and follow along when the pastor is quoting scriptures. I look forward to the day that he can sit and read the Bible, on his own. Right now he can read children's story Bibles that are geared towards his age and he does a great job. I still wanted him to have a full sized, real Bible that he can follow along in, I really believe he will be reading it on his own soon enough! 

Unfortunately, the full sized Bible I gave him last year for Christmas fell apart in less than nine months! He was pretty disappointed. We used it daily in our homeschool and he weekly brought it to church, but honestly I expected it to last much longer than that! So a new Bible was in order. This particular Bible, as mentioned before, is geared towards kids. It replaced his old one and he loves the colors and themes. He was pretty disappointed though that it didn't have Jesus' words in red like the adult Bibles that we have. 

He enjoys thumbing through it and likes to try reading what he can! The theme of this Bible likens the word of God to a movie which I can see being captivating for younger children but in my opinion it seems slightly disrespectful to the Lord and his word. 

Disclaimer: Thanks to the Book Look Blogging Program for providing me with a copy of this Bible for the purpose of this review. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

AMP Kit for the Creative Child

Blow your kids away this Christmas with a kit to create their own speaker amplifier. This amazing gift is one that your child can create themselves and then use to listen to their own music!

EEME kits are an awesome idea if you are shopping for a child in the 7-12 age range. Project Amp is geared specifically towards kids 10 and older but there are plenty of other kits available if your child is a bit younger.

If you want to get your child something that they can enjoy creating and enjoy using then Project Amp is the perfect gift. 


This project teaches how amplifiers work, how sound waves work, direct current versus alternating current, capacitors as sound filters and more. The final project is 12.5" x 6.5" x 6.5" and has two 4" speaker drivers. These speakers are no wimpy creation but meant to be loud! When you order Project Amp, you will receive the kit in the mail and have access to the lessons online that will guide you through the project. This project should take about 4-6 hours to complete. Forget about the toy that your child gets bored with in five minutes, this is so much more meaningful. It teaches, engages and creates a sense of accomplishment in your child's life. Now your child will have something to do over Christmas break!

My kids have tried two EEME kits so far and we are about to get started on our third. We went through the first two projects together as a family. We watched the online lessons and learned, together, how to create the projects. Now, my one son (under the age of ten) asks to do the projects during his free time! These kits are great for children who like to create and don't mind a challenge.

Project Amp is a part of Thrift Schooling's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Fun Stocking Stuffer Idea: reCAP Mason Jar Lids

Mason Jars. If you have one, you have dozens. Whether you can produce, meat or jellies, they are a neccesity to have on hand. But, once the goodness that you spent hours canning has been consumed, you are left with shelves upon shelves, or boxes upon boxes full of unused jars. 

At this point, you can choose to leave them in your basement for the next over-abundance of harvested goods or, you can get creative! reCAP can help! They provide a variety of different lids that can fit perfectly on your wide mouth or regular sized mason jars.

In our home, we have both the flip lid and the pour top. You can read my review here. My daughter used the flip lid cap for a few weeks when she had it filled with her favorite candy. It helped prevent the candy from spilling everywhere and provided easy access to her special treats!

The pour top lid is great for sauces, dips and drinks. 

Usually when I can something, I try to fit what I need for a single serving in one jar. But that is not always the case. If I have a salsa, for example, I am not going to use it all in one sitting. Having a plastic lid that doesn't get old and rusty like the metal ones is useful and easier to get on and off! I also like the variety of colors which can help you organize, visually what you have in your cupboard. And, for the fun of it, they even have a glow in the dark lid!

These lids make perfect stocking stuffers. The packaging is attractive which makes it seem like the perfect gift.

This would also be a perfect gift for a grab-bag type Christmas party. Everyone would be fighting over this gift, for sure!

Pick yours up now for as low as $7 at

reCAP is a part of Thrift Schooling's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide