And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Do You Have A Daughter?

I have been hearing about the book  Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson for some time now. I haven't read it...... Mostly because I'm not a huge fan of Dr. Dobson. I've read other books of his with great expectation and been totally disappointed. When I got a copy of Bringing Up Girls I was hesitant but decided it wouldn't hurt to read it. I am SO glad I did.

Bringing Up Girls is a MUST for anyone with daughters. This book is a fantastic resource. Get out your highlighters moms and dads because you are going to need them! Mostly this is a book that draws in lots of information from lots of different sources and points you back to those sources for more info. It also includes a lot of information that is just common sense but don't we all need a reminder sometimes? This book is valid whether your daughter is 6 months old or 16 years old. Even if you have a son, you might want to read this book to get more insight into the girls he may end up dating or marrying. The book covers the most important topics about girls including teaching them to be ladies, modesty, dating, technology, culture and so much more. The information comes from primarily Christian resources and looks at the world of our daughters in today's society. Dr. Dobson doesn't simply reiterate what we already know, he doesn't harp on us to make our daughter's into Laura Ingalls Wilder, and he doesn't leave us wondering what to do next. He presents valid, timely information and gives us suggestions on what to do next.

 This is a long book but so worth your time. I will be getting my hands on a copy of Bringing Up Boys next! Hubby and I need all the sound, Biblical advice we can get in this world we are raising our children in. If I had one thing to criticize it would be his lack of information for homeschoolers. While he does praise homeschooling (twice I think) he presents a majority of the information for the perspective of children that are raised in public schools and daycares. I would like to have seen a page or two dedicated to those of us that school our children at home. I think there are some valid topics to cover there like temperments when spending all your time in the family unit, socialization, and family dynamics.

I received this book from Tyndale Media for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Beauty and the Babe

Apple is growing and maturing everyday. It scares me to death! I struggle with my own self image so I really worry about giving her a great self image. When I saw The Lily Series: The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue, I was immediately intrigued. I love books for my daughter that have Biblical messages to help her cope with real life. Now I've seen this book recommended for 7-12 and 8-13. I want to say I'm really glad I read it before handing it to Apple.

She just turned 7 and is very mature for her age but I don't think she's quite ready for this book yet. It may be in 6 months or in a year but for right now I will hold this one back from her. The information in it is wonderful! I love the way the book is presented. It is written in language designed just for young girls. The chapters are broken down to deal with individual parts of your body like skin, hands and feet, and even clothes. I love, love, love that there is a whole chapter about our bodies being temples and how to treat them that way!

This is a terrific resource if you have a daughter in her tween years. The reason I will hold it back is because some of the chapters focus on the beginning of puberty and she just isn't there yet. We haven't had some of the important heart to hearts on that subject yet. However I will tuck this book away and it will be one of the first that I give her on these subjects. This book really is fantastic on teaching young girls how to be feminine and care for their bodies while using scripture to back up the ideas. In a world that wants to steal our little girls minds and bodies, it is refreshing to find a resource to help protect them and their girliness.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Terrific Parenting Resource

Hello, I'm an avoider. I avoid feelings, any kind of feelings. Sigh...... I have to change this for the sake of my kids. Milan and Kay Yerkovich really know what they are talking about. I can't tell you how many times I thought they were talking directly to me in How We Love Our Kids. They hit the nail on the head several times. I can see how my avoiding feelings has already been affecting Apple and Speedy. God has already been talking to me in this area in the last few years and this resource just affirmed it. I don't want my children to grow up to be avoiders too so I will be adjusting my behavior and embracing my feelings more and considering their feelings much more.

Even if you aren't an "avoider" I encourage you to read this book. You may be a victim, a pleaser, a controller, or a vacillator. Maybe you are none of those. Maybe you are just right but the sections that follow those 5 parenting styles cover styles of children and resources for growing closer to your kids. Every parent needs those. Even if your "child" is a teenager, this resource will be invaluable for you. From a Biblical standpoint, the Yerkovichs give us guidance on improving our relationships with our children. This isn't a 10 step program, it's not a miracle solution, it's real people information. Things that we all struggle with are laid out simply and presented with solutions to try.

This is an impressive book (*and I read LOTS of books so I'm not often impressed). It is one that I recommend to all parents! I did disagree with a few of their statements but for the most part I can see where they are coming from. This isn't a book that will beat you up either. It is simply here to help you improve. And we can all use a little improvement! As stated in the book "Your kids will benefit and so will you."

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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Wanna take a trip to the Grand Canyon?

I have never been to the Grand Canyon. You're shocked, I know! It's one place that has always fascinated me and I'd love to take my kids on a trip there. But.....well funds are limited and whenever we do get to take a trip we usually head straight for the beach. So...... how can I teach my kids about such a monumental place? Well I can look up all sorts of information on it but most of it comes from a secular viewpoint and throws out lots of confusing information.

Enter.....Awesome Science: Episode 1: Explore the Grand Canyon with Noah Justice. This isn't a book, it isn't a website, and it isn't secular! This is a 30 minute DVD program with a Christian creation theme that will teach your kids everything they want to know about the Grand Canyon. Sound boring, because let me tell you it is anything but! Noah Justice is a kid, a cool kids with an awesome hat, who is going to walk them around the Grand Canyon step by step. He gives tons of information on the Grand Canyon and example after example of the evidence to support the Biblical view.

Maybe you are thinking that your kids don't usually learn much for a DVD program. They will with this one. There is a study guide that goes right along with the DVD to reinforce the things they have learned and to help you go back over any information they may have missed. It really is fantastic. We've been breaking it down, watching it in short segments, and my kids keep begging for more!

I'd recommend this series (other titles are available) for any Biblical homeschoolers. I think it is geared to elementary aged kids although some middle school children might find the information valuable. I was very impressed with every aspect. I do wish the study guide had some simple coloring pages or something similar for PreK and K kids.

I received this DVD from New Leaf Publishing for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bacon, Corn, and Catfish, Oh My!

I am a Southern girl through and through and I LOVE to cook so I was so excited to find this cookbook. So many cookbooks, especially those from television chefs, include ingredients that we just can't find in our neck of the woods. This cookbook is fantastic because in the whole thing I only saw one or two ingredients that I wouldn't find at the local grocery store. Tammy Algood is from Nashville (woohoo for another Tennessean!) and she has done a wonderful job putting together all sorts of recipes for us.

The recipes are catergorized, easy to follow, and don't involve too many steps. Many of her recipes are similiar to ones I've used my whole life but I'm excited to try some of her variations. I think my favorite catergory is salads. Now usually the dessert section is the one I use again and again in cookbooks but y'all it's already been 90 degrees here and it's only April 4. It is going to be a scorcher of a year and I am NOT planning on turning on my oven unless I don't have any other choice. Salads are great for you, don't involve loads of planning or ingredients, and they are cool (like temperature cool but also awesome).

The first recipe I plan on trying is the BLT Layered Salad on page 57 because let's face it, we all love BLTs! Especially when I can run to the Farmer's Market and get fresh tomatos all summer long! I was planning to do my own garden again this year but it's just going to be too hot! I'm also looking forward to making the Applesauce Griddle Cakes (pg 237) for my kids. I could go on and on with a list of fantastic recipes but you need to go ahead and check out this cookbook for yourself. To my friends that aren't confident in the kitchen: most of these recipes are super simple. I know you can do it!

Not only is Farm Fresh Southern Cooking full of recipes but she has included many suggestions of the best places to get farm fresh ingredients. She includes little stories of her trips to these different places, she tells you the best things you can get there, and then she gives you all of their contact information! Really she's done everything but go buy it all for you! If you're not Southern I'm so sorry to hear that but you will love this food too! And I'd imagine most of these ingredients are available in your location. Enjoy!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”