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

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Working It Out

What is your struggle? Your personality trait that you wish you could change? Is it anger? That's mine. Always has been. I've prayed over my anger too many times to count. Anger is my go-to feeling. I want that to change. I've done studies on anger and calming techniques before but I haven't found anything that has been really helpful. I'm so glad I found The Anger Workbook.

I expected this to be a Bible study format and I suppose it could be used as one but honestly it works great as a private study. It is very interactive, not just a bunch of reading, but instead it has sections of reading followed by questions that will really help you delve into your personal anger issues. The very first chapter blew me away. I've been aware of my anger issue for some time but chapter 1 points out a list of anger issues that we normally wouldn't consider. Due to that in depth list, I would encourage everyone to take a look at this workbook, even if you don't consider yourself an angry person. I'm ready to take deep breaths and work my way through this whole workbook. I hope I will be a better person for it.

The Bible verses used throughout the lessons give a peace and sense of calm to the subject. Only God can deliver us from these sins that plague us but we are to always be seeking Him and His will for our lives. That can only happen if we constantly seek His plan for us. His plans always embrace the fruits of the Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. No anger in that list!

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

Down & Dirty

 Let's face it, kids are messy! I have one child who doesn't like to be dirty at all but that doesn't keep him from doing ninja and Jedi moves around on the ground. Can anyone say mud and grass stains? The other child isn't much for being on the ground but she seems to be unaware of food and marker messes on her clothes. In short, I need stain fighters! Do I have time to stand over my washing machine humming and treating stains?! I have a long to-do list every single day that never quite seems to get finished but I can't afford to buy my kids new clothes every time they put a stain on something. Enter the solution! New Purex plus Oxi with Zout Stain Removers!

The newest Purex product has the same low price tag and great scents that you love and it offers even more! Purex with Oxi is strong enough to be used as a pretreat agent for those super tough stains and it still works as your detergent! What I love is that the formula is so strong, it took away the messes my kids made without pretreating! Purex plus Oxi is hypoallergenic and works in traditional and HE washers!
In additon to great products Purex LOVES to do giveaways! Right now you can head HERE to enter to win ! This is a great giveaway because the grand prize is $1000 but in addition 250 winners will receive $25 each! Just in time for Christmas! So there's that HUGE giveaway and then there is this one.....I have 3 FREE Purex plus Oxi coupons to giveaway to 1 lucky reader! So one reader will receive all 3 coupons. I've got 2 super easy entries for you. 1. Use this link here to enter the giveaway from Purex. Come back and comment below to let me know you entered. Be sure to leave me your email address. 2. Go to Twitter and Tweet "I want to win a free bottle of #Purex from @247mama! " And come back and leave me a link to your tweet in the comments (with your email addy please). Ends at 12:01am CST on 11/15. I will choose 1 winner on 11/15!

Purex provided me with a sample of Purex plus Oxi so I could review them. However all opinions expressed here are my own. Google

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Delve Into Another Time & Place

The Imagination Station 8 Battle for Cannibal Island and The Imagination Station 9 Escape to the Hiding Place are Apple's newest favorite books! Let's face it, this girl reads 10-15 books a week (at least). I can't preview them all. I can't read as many as she does. Well I guess I could if I didn't have to cook....or clean.....or teach them....... right. So I depend on the recommendations of friends, reviews I see online, and books from trusted sources like Adventures in Odyssey.

I know the books from AiO will be subjects that I don't mind without any material that is inappropriate. She practically CONSUMED these books when they arrived. She had them both read in two days and she hasn't stopped talking about them! Here is a little of what she had to say:

Me: What was the most interesting thing in the books?

Apple: "Well the one about the cannibal king the most interesting thing was when Tooki shot his arrow into the water. In the other book, I liked when the woman took the kids to help them."

Me: What was one thing you didn't like in the books?

Apple: "In the cannibal book, I did not like when the 2 prisoners almost got out! In the other book, I didn't like that they had to be patrolled and certain people could not go out at night."

Me: Why do you think other kids should read these books?

Apple: "Because they are very good and they tell us a little about how people communicate and how other people might have lived."

An extra bonus to these particular books is that they are gender neutral. They have a female and a male lead. So when Speedy is ready (which won't be long! He's doing great!), he will be happy to read these as well. I love that the books present situations where the characters are all able to express their faith. In order for our kids to be comfortable presenting their faith, they need as many examples of others doing so as possible. Although these are clearly fictional situations they can gain confidence in speaking up about their love for Jesus!

We are now on the lookout for books 1-7 in this series and #10 will release in January 2013!

I received these books for the purpose of review from the Tyndale Blog Network. All opinions are my own.

Just in Time for Dress Up! #BICMarkIt

It's that time of year again when the costumes run amok and creativity is truly appreciated. Just in time, a BIC Mark-It kit arrived complete with everything that Apple & Speedy & I needed to make a FUN mask!
The highlight of course is the HUGE 36 pack of BIC Mark-It permanent markers. (Side note: Homeschool Moms LOVE awesome markers! I can make crafts, signs, worksheet pages, calendars, reminders, EVERYTHING with them! And now I have an awesome marker in every color! WOO!) 

Apple was excited about all the pretty ribbons so we HAD to make sure to use a little of each color.
Mark- It markers as far as the eye can see.....

Both Apple & Speedy could hardly contain their excitement at a new craft. They really do LOVE to do crafts and projects and bless their hearts I am just not the best at doing them. 

Apple our artist started things off after they had an intense discussion about their artistic vision for the mask. They had so many creative ideas! I think we could do a new mask every week for a year and they wouldn't run out of ideas or excitement. 

The mask is starting to take shape after I added some stellar feathers over the eyes! Did I mention that this is my costume? The kids informed me that this is what I am to wear while they are busy portraying a girl detective and Pre Vizsla.

So we used the ribbon as "hair" and we covered the ends with more beautiful feathers. 

Had to add sequins and a lot more color!

Apple modeling for us.

                                                       Speedy had to model too! It's a little scarier on someone than it looked laying on the table!! So what will you and your kids be for dress up this year? If you are making your own costume or props, check out BIC Mark-It permanent markers. They are available in every color you could want or need. They also work great for pumpkins! Check it out!

Source: via Edie on Pinterest
Source: via Edie on Pinterest

I received free samples of BIC Mark-It Permanent Markers from Smiley360 and BIC.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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One of my sweet children is a STRONG WILLED CHILD. When that child was very young everyone insisted I read THE book on strong willed children. When I read THE book, I was completely disappointed. While the author did a great job describing strong willed children, I didn't feel like anything in the book helped me interact with that child in a better way. I had searched out that book expecting a miracle. I was very forlorn.

If you have a SWC (strong willed child), you know that life can be difficult. Life can be insane. Life can be gloomy and hard to handle. However as my SWC has grown, I have learned to ride the roller coaster with more flexibility. I've learned to recognize SOME of the ordeals as simply SWC syndrome. As I began reading You Can't Make Me [But I Can Be Persuaded] by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, I was reminded of THE SWC book that I had read years ago. I even commented to a friend that this book was not helpful, it was just another description of the child that I already know is in fact a SWC. I'm so glad I kept going!

While these 10 chapters aren't going to provide you a miracle, Tobias does have some wonderful insight into the inner workings of the mind of a SWC. She had one herself and openly proclaims she was one! She also had a child that was not a SWC. That is the dynamic of our house. One that is a SWC and one that is stubborn but compliant. One people pleaser, one who could care less what everyone else thinks. One classic thinker and one who lives way, way, way outside the box. Tobias, in the later chapters, gives some sturdy advice on making it through the day with your SWC and on nurturing your relationship with your SWC. She even provides a handy checklist in the back to keep on hand for a reminder on particularly rough days.

It is always wonderful to know you aren't the only one. Your child isn't the only one. I have been blessed with some wonderful people in my life who have raised a strong willed child and survived. I've been able to see those SWC as they navigate life as adults. Many of them are successful, confident, happy members of society. Oh how I pray that over my own strong willed child!

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

Monday, October 8, 2012

Staring at the Sky

Apple & Speedy are so interested in the solar system and sky right now. We went to a planetarium at the very beginning of this school year, and they have been "researching" the sky since. This is one of the things I love about homeschool the most. We have the freedom to follow a trail of interest at our leisure. I don't know many other K and 3rd graders that get to delve so deeply into the solar system. We have a nice planet poster up in our school room for a visual and we've been seeking information at the library, online, and now in this new fabulous resource we received. The Stargazer's Guide To The Night Sky by Dr. Jason Lisle is a great place for young children to start learning about God's creations in space.

"This book is written for the person who has no experience in astronomy, but wants to learn how to best enjoy the night sky." (pg 4) Doesn't that say everything you need to know? Honestly I don't know much about astronomy. This is one of those areas where I will learn beside my children. This book is a terrific place to start. Many of the heavenly bodies Dr. Lisle introduces you to can be viewed by the human eye, no telescope needed. There is even a whole chapter on the human eye to help you better understand how and why you see what you do. In case you are ready to continue your study of the sky, Dr. Listle also includes a chapter on telescopes to assist you in making the best purchase.

Apple and Speedy have basically devoured every beautiful image in the book. Many come from the Hubble Space telescope. Apple is completely intrigued by the galaxies, especially the beautiful pictures of the Whirlpool Galaxy. Speedy loves them all! He has really been studying the planets. I must admit I have sat and thumbed through the pages several times already. I am so in awe of God's magnificent creation! If you have children that are interested in the sky, the planets, the constellations, check out this guide! It would make a wonderful gift for an adult or a child, any novice sky gazer!

I received this book from New Leaf Publishing for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Educating About Christian Greats

We have some family friends that do an amazing job teaching their children about the great Christians that have lived and died to proclaim the Gospel. Some of their kids can give you short biographies on numerous martyrs and missionaries. I've searched for sometime for a book or curriculum within our homeschool budget to introduce our children to some of these great people and their amazing stories.

I was so happy to find Great for God: Missionaries Who Changed the World by David Shibley. Now I can share the stories of 23 of these people who were great for God! What a wonderful place to start! I feel like it's never enough to tell our children what to do. We encourage our children to live for God, we read them the proclamation to go out into all the world, we even have been blessed to expose them to real life missionaries that we consider family friends. It must be a constant reminder, not just a rare remark. With these small book, we can read about the missionaries a tidbit at a time. What a wonderful resource for Christian history!

So far I've only shared one of the stories with the children but they were so excited to hear it! David Livingstone was a familiar name to them and they were intrigued to hear more about his story, his life mission, his call to spread God's word. If you are looking for a resource to introduce your children to missionaries that have served God, look no further. To learn more about Great for God: Missionaries Who Changed the World, check out the information page at New Leaf Publishing. I've personally enjoyed each of the 23 stories and learned about several Christians that I had not known about before. We should always be learning and this is a great start!

I received a copy of this book for free for the purpose of this review from New Leaf Publishing. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Get rid of the Junk!

So life has been stressful and my waistline always suffers. I've been looking for ways to cut back my calories and increase my physical activity that don't require much thought or time. The kids and I have taken some walks and I've recently discover UNREAL candy! UNREAL looks just like my favorite candies BUT they are made from REAL ingredients. No junk allowed! So they are better for your body but still taste great!

I let my children try the chocolate peanut butter cups. They didn't notice any difference at all! I tried the chocolate nougat bar. I was very impressed! It had a less rich flavor than the "other" candy bars but it was very satisfying. So if you are watching the scale like I am, take a bite out of a new UNREAL candy. You won't be disappointed!

I received free samples of this product because I'm a BzzAgent! All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.