Monday, February 1, 2016

"Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids" Review & GIVEAWAY! (2/10) #JesusTodayKids #FlyBy

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About Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you.  Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children's hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.  Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.  Adapted from the ECPA 2013 Christian Book of the Year-winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures.  It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.  

Hardcover: 368 pages
Age Range: 6-10 years 
About Sarah Young: 
Sarah Young's devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals.  With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.  Sarah's writings include Jesus CallingJesus TodayJesus LivesDear JesusJesus Calling for Little OnesJesus Calling Bible StorybookJesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence -- each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ.  Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years.  They currently live in the United States.  

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My Review:
I was pretty excited for the opportunity to review Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids.  I've read the Jesus Calling devotional and was curious how the Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids was worded for kids.  The kids and I have done devotions together every night since they were toddlers, so I was also curious to see what they thought of one that sounded like Jesus was actually talking to them.

I'm happy to report that the Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids has been a big hit!  It seems like the kids listen closer than they've listened to any other devotions.  They also seem to want to discuss the devotion after it's been read more than ever.  It's been very neat and I look forward going through the next 140 days with them too!

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids!  It's a great devotional for elementary-aged kids!

Buy it!
The hardcover copy of "Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids" can be purchased at amazon.com for $13.80.  It's also available for Kindle.


GIVEAWAY!
One lucky reader is going to win a copy of "Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids" !

To enter to win leave a comment below. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address with the comment, so I can contact you if you're the winner.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray Giveaway!! (Ends 2/10) #Girlz4Life

**Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.**



There are few things as important in life as your friends. No matter how old you are, your friends are there to help you when you’re down, support you when you make mistakes, and be your rock when the going gets tough.
The new movie, LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE, is all about friendship, trusting yourself and standing up for what’s right no matter what the cost. All set to an awesome rock soundtrack you’re going to love! Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea as they learn that fame isn’t important, it’s your friends that count!
LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE brings to life (in animated form) the LEGO construction based toy LEGO® Friends. LEGO ® Friends invites girls into a universe, Heartlake city, and inspires them to use their imagination to build and role play their own stories with fun-loving relatable characters


About the Girls 4 Life Blu-Ray:
True Friendship in the Glamorous World of Pop!
Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about friendship, fame and pop star fun in Heartlake City.
The girls’ friendships are tested when mega pop star Livi comes to Heartlake City. When our friends’ hit song “Girlz” is stolen by Livi’s manager, it’s time for a cunning plan.
As the girls try to tell Livi the truth about her latest hit single, they all learn that fame isn’t everything and sometimes friendship is the most precious thing in the world.
Own LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on digital HD 1/19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 2/2
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GIVEAWAY!
One lucky reader is going to win a copy of the Girls 4 Life Blu-Ray!

To enter to win leave a comment telling me what friendship means to you. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address with the comment, so I can contact you if you're the winner.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

"The Plans I Have For You" Devotional & Journal Review & GIVEAWAY! (1/31) #PlansIHave #FlyBy

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About The Plans I Have For You Devotional
The devotional is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children's book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love, and joy, and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.  

Hardcover; 160 pages
Age Range: 8-12 years

About The Plans I Have For You Journal:
The journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place. 

Stationery; 208 pages 
Age Range: 11-14 years 

 About author Amy Parker:
Amy Parker has sold more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults.  She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son.  Two of these collaborations are recipients of Christian retailing's Best Awards, and she has also won three Mom's Choice Awards.  But Amy's greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan. 

About illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton:
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter.  Her passion for children's books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s.  Growing up in a musical family who love to sing, Vanessa's illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody.  Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes. 

My Review:
I love the idea of "The Plans I Have for You" Devotional and Journal.  I like that the Devotional highlights verses with a little bit more writings about God's plans for children as they grow older and closer to Him.  The journal takes the devotional further and helps children think deeper, write, and even doodle, about their thoughts on the subjects discussed in the devotional.

The kids and I have never done a 90-day devotional before.  We usually do yearly devotionals together.  I like that if we miss a day doing devotions, we can just pick up where we left off, instead of missing a day in the devotional.  On the other hand, I feel like this devotional was meant for children to read on their own and not necessarily with a parent.  The devotions are short and the deeper thinking comes with the journal that is meant just for them.

As much as I enjoy the devotional and the journal, I think I'd change the layout a little.  I'd love for it to say "Day 1" and so on.  It was hard to see where one day ended and the other started at times.  I think it would be neat to do the same in the journal and have the journal run more closely with the devotional.  In looking through the journal it's hard to see where the days' thoughts line up. Maybe they aren't suppose to but, personally, I'd like it better if they did.  (Each 'Sector' lines up with the devotional though.) 

Buy it!
The Plans I Have For You Devotional can be purchased for $14.99 from Zondervan, while the Journal is $12.99.  Click on the following links to go to the site and purchase them: DevotionalJournal

GIVEAWAY!

Congrats to the only entry, Ken Ohl!

One lucky reader is going to win a copy of The Plans I Have For You Devotional AND a copy of the journal!

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Monday, November 30, 2015

"I'm Happy for You (Sort of..Not Really)" Review & GIVEAWAY! (12/9) #HydrateForTheHolidays #FLYBY

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About the book:
Our cultural obsession with comparison is undercutting relationships and sapping contentment. With disarming candor and humor, Kay Wills Wyma explores how to trade comparison for compassion and rediscover what life is all about.

It’s easy to get caught in the comparison games we play with our appearances, our kids, and our homes. Kay reminds exhausted families about tried and true remedies from the pressures of competitive living.
In her warm, relatable style, Kay confronts the comparison epidemic raging in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our social-media feeds, offering remedies along the way.

With candor and humor, I’m Happy For You (Sort Of…Not Really) explores the troubling effects of living in an excessively competitive culture—and reveals simple yet effective ways to escape the comparison trap.

About the Author:
Kay Wills Wyma is a blogger, mother of five, and the author of Cleaning House through which she has appeared on The TODAY Show, CNN, Glenn Beck, The New York Times, Focus on the Family, and more. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. Kay lives in the Dallas area with her husband, Jon, and their family.


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My Review:
When this book was offered as a review, I knew it was one that I could benefit from reading.  I have a tendency to compare myself with others constantly, instead of being content with who God made me to be.  As I'm reading I'm Happy for You I'm finding that the author hits on all the areas that I struggle with and provides ideas and insights of her own and from others.

My favorite piece of advice the author, Kay, gives is to say "I'm happy for you", to those you're comparing yourself to.  An example in my life might be when I see someone on Facebook doing some wonderful project with their kids.  I start thinking that it's something I should be doing more of and feel bad that I haven't been.  The problem is I'm putting the focus on ME instead of on them and I should let them know what an awesome idea their project was...in essence, tell them I'm happy for them!  Such a simple thing, but it makes a world of difference!  I notice that I feel a weight lifted and I'm truly happy for them!

While I haven't quite finished the book yet, I'm truly enjoying reading it!  Kay not only offers awesome advice, but makes you laugh along the way.  I'm Happy for You (Sort of...Not Really) is a great book that I highly recommend!

Buy It!
I'm Happy For You (Sort of..Not Really) is available for purchase in paperback currently for $10.77 on amazon.com.  The Kindle version is also available for $9.99.


GIVEAWAY!


Congrats to comment #6, Debby@JustBreathe!

One lucky reader is going to win a copy of I'm Happy For You (Sort of..Not Really)!

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

"When Calls the Heart" Season 2 Box Set Collector's Edition Review!

*Disclosure:  I was provided the following material to use as a giveaway.  I was not compensated in any way.  All opinions are my own.

About the When Calls the Heart Season 2 Box Set:
From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic
 adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), 
Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart,
 "a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love"
 (Common Sense Media).

Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is a strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and 

found a joba home - and a bit of unexpected romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack - in 
the small frontier town of Hope Valley. But life on the frontier can hand you many tough turns, and 
so it is for Jack and Elizabeth as they face their very different upbringings, the pressures put upon 
them by family, rival suitors and even various criminal counterfeiters and kidnappers in their quest 
to find their place in this remote and rugged land.
10 DVD Collector's Edition includes
Season 2 - 10 DVD Collector's Edition includes the following:

Disc 1: Trials of the Heart (Movie Version)
Disc 2: Heart and Soul (Movie Version)
Disc 3: Heart of the Family (Movie Version)
Disc 4: Heart and Home (Movie Version)
Disc 5: Follow your Heart (Movie Version)
Disc 6: Episodes as aired on the Hallmark Channel
Disc 7: Episodes as aired on the Hallmark Channel
Disc 8: Episodes as aired on the Hallmark Channel
Disc 9: Special Features Disc
Disc 10: Instrumental CD 
My Review:
I've already reviewed the first 5 discs of this set.  If you'd like to read them, please click on the
 following links:
Trials of the Heart
Heart and Soul
Heart of the Family
Heart and Home
Follow Your Heart

I think it's neat that this set also includes the episodes as they aired on the Hallmark Channel on top
 of the movie version!  My family doesn't have the opportunity to view them that way, as we don't
 have cable/etc.  It's always fun to see the Special Features as well, especially since my family can't
 seem to get enough of When Calls the Heart.  And to top of the Box set, there is an Instrumental 
CD so we can listen to some of the show's music when we're in the mood. ;-)

This set would make an awesome Christmas gift for any When Calls the Heart, or 'Hearties' lovers
 in your life! :-)

Buy It!
The When Calls the Heart Season 2 Box Set Collector's Edition can be purchased on amazon.com
for $49.99!!
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