Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Zonderkidz March and April 2017 Releases - Great Easter Basket Gifts For Kids!

Zonderkidz has some AMAZING new releases for kids of all ages!  These books and Bibles would make great additions to your child's Easter basket!  SO make sure you run out to the store or jump on Amazon and snap them up!!!  Let's dive in!

Ready, Set, Find Easter - We have the Ready, Set, Find Christmas book and love it, so I knew this one would be a hit! Its a board book, so it's perfect for little hands!  Each page has a very small part of the Easter story on it (just 2 or 3 sentences), a cute illustration, and a group of objects for you to find in the picture!  So great for little minds!

9780310757696, Ready, Set, Find Easter

Princess Prayers  - My girls just love Zondervan's princess collection!  And this book is a great addition!  Its a board book, so it's perfect for your littles! But the beautiful illustrations and simple, rhyming prayers make it perfect for young readers as well!

9780310758693, Princess Prayers, Jeanna Young

The Berenstain Bears: Friendship Blessings Collection - We love everything Berenstain Bears in our house!  The stories on fun and sweet and always teach a good moral.  These collections are always our favorite because they contain several books! This collection contains 5 books about friendship: Perfect Fishing Spot, Reap The Harvest, Faithful Friends, Kindness Counts, and God Made You Special.

9780310753384, The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection, Jan & Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Pets - We have 2 doggies, so this one caught my eye immediately.  It tells the story of pets blessing at the Bears' church. Everyone eagerly brought their animals.  The cubs were able to learn about lots of different kinds of pets.

9780310748823, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets, Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book - These activity books are another hit at our house and this one is no exception!  A perfect Easter basket gift (or give it to them early so they can work on it Easter week)! The book contains 50 reusable stickers and lots of Easter-related activities, like counting activities, mazes, coloring, and word searches!

9780310753810, The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book, Jan & Mike Berenstain

The Beginner's Bible Activity Book - As I mentioned, activity books are a big hit over here! This one is 63 pages! The activities start with creation and go all the way through the Bible!!!  A great way to cover the Bible with your kids!!!

9780310759799, The Beginner’s Bible Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book - Again, this coloring book starts in creation and goes all the way through the Bible.  Use this in conjunction with The Beginner's Bible as a great devotional for your kids!!!

9780310759553, The Beginner’s Bible Coloring Book

Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible - At first I wasn't sure about this Storybook Bible.  "Once upon a time" makes it seem like the Bible is a fairy tale.  But then I read the rest of the title: "The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time."  - Well, that's true!

This book reminds me of the Bible storybooks I had as a kid.  Great, kid-friendly illustrations, simple stories, etc.  I really enjoy the illustrations in this one!  SO colorful and lovely!  Any little one would love this!!!

9780310757924, Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible, Omar Aranda

Once Upon A Time Holy Bible - Have a kid who is a little too old for a storybook Bible but still young enough for a little more whimsy?  Try this! Its the best of BOTH worlds!  A full Bible, but with several illustrations complete with Bible storybook stories!

9780310757900, NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible, Hardcover

The Legend Of The Sand Dollar - This book isn't new, but it's been newly illustrated!  And This lovely Easter story uses the sand dollar to illustrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.  And the new illustrations are just lovely!!!

9780310749806, The Legend of the Sand Dollar, Newly Illustrated Edition : An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter, Chris Auer

Love Letters From God: Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart - We have a couple of these Love Letters from God books and really enjoy them.  The kids love reading the stories and then pulling the flap up to reveal the love letter.  And the illustrations are just lovely!  They look like paper dolls!  Very unique!  Any little girl would enjoy this book!
9780310753285, Love Letters from God : Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart, Glenys Nellist

The Bible Explorer's Guide: 1000 Amazing Facts and Photos - I'm gonna be completely honest.  I wanted to keep this for myself!  Haha!  I love books like this!  Its full of interesting Biblical and historical facts and jam-packed with great photos! Go through this book with your elementary-age child and learn together!!!

9780310758105, The Bible Explorer’s Guide : 1,000 Amazing Facts and Photos, Nancy I. Sanders

Promises For You Coloring Devotional - Coloring and Bible journaling are all the rage right now!  I love to do both!  This 60-day devotional is perfect for your preteen or teen!  Part of the FaithGirlz series, each day has a small devotional, a Bible verse, and a page to color!

9780310761198, Faithgirlz Promises for You Coloring Devotional : 60 Days Discovering God’s Hope and Love

I received these books, free of charge, from Zondervan Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Quarto Publishing Children's Books Review

I discovered Quarto Knows a year or two ago, and since then I've just been in love!  As a mom of three littles, I'm always looking for new creative and educational books.  And Quarto Knows delivers!  So today I'd like to share some of their amazing books!

Animal Babies Do The Strangest Things

This book is so precious!  And full of interesting facts!  For example, did you know that baby koalas ride on their mommies' backs, while baby alligators ride in their mommies' jaws!?! Colorful illustrations and a minimal amount of words (just a couple of sentences per page) also make it perfect for little ones!

ABC Yoga -

This book is perfect for exercising with your little one!  I used it with my 6 year old and she just loved it!!! It uses the alphabet to teach little ones yoga poses (using animal names). So creative, colorful, and fun for you and your little ones!

A Walk On The Wild Side -

As a homeschooling mama, I love this book!!!  Its a great introduction to animals AND habitats!  The book is broken up 7 sections: Farm Animals, Ocean And Island Animals, Jungle Animals, Grassland Animals, Woodland Animals, and Animals AT Home!Each section begins with a little intro about that habitat.  Then there are lots of fun illustrations and interesting facts about the animals in that habitat!  So cute, creative, and educational!!!

"Little People, BIG DREAMS" Series -

As a mom of little girls, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!!  I received the Maya Angelou book and the Amelia Earhart book and they're wonderful!  Simple enough for beginning readers, they are the perfect introduction into the world of biographies!  I love that the Earhart book teaches little girls to reach for the stars and not give up!  And I love how the Angelou book teaches that EVERYONE has a voice and you can express yourself through the written word!  Wonderful, beautiful books!!!

Adventures In Lettering -

My oldest is very creative!  She loves arts and crafts, so this book is perfect for her!  Its full of great information, explaining different types of creative lettering.  There's lots of room to practice and really get creative!  This is great for the mind and the body!And this book is perfect for a parent-child activity!  Get in there and participate with them!  They'll love that!!!

I received these books, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.

Zonderkidz February Releases - Great Books For Kids!!!

Zonderkidz has some GREAT books releasing this month and I wanted to share some with you!  The first one is AH-MAZING!  The Jesus Storybook Bible is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month!  Can you believe it!?!  If you don't own this book, you need it!  Even if you don't have kids!  The stories are so beautifully written and the illustrations are so unique and colorful!  I NEVER make it through reading one of the stories without choking up!  That's how good this book is!  And just in time for the 10th anniversary, ZOnderkidz has released The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition!  This book is a beautiful robin's egg blue!  Perfect for boys or girls!  And now that I think of it, its the PERFECT EASTER GIFT!!!!!

Another FANTASTIC Easter gift - from both the writer AND the illustrator of The Jesus Storybook Bible, is Found: Psalm 23!  Sally Lloyd Jones and Jago have teamed up again for this precious board book retelling the story of Psalm 23! It breaks the entire Psalm down into easily understandable phrases.  And the illustrations are out of this world!!!!

Another great new release is Angels In The Bible For Little Ones. My little ones love the Bible story board books!  We have several of them and they're alway big hits!  This one tells the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Elijah, Daniel, Mary, The Shepherds at the Birth of Jesus, Jesus and the Children, the Angel at the Tomb, and John's Vision of Heaven.  The stories are simple and the illustrations are colorful.  And I love that the stories cover many duties of angels in the Bible: protecting God's people, providing for God's people, delivering messages to God's people, rejoicing and praising God, worshipping alongside us in Heaven!

We have book The Plans I Have For You and really like it.  Its all about how God has a special plan for each of us.  Now Zonderkidz has a study Bible to go with it!  The Plans I Have For You Holy Bible includes:
"God's Big Plans" pages - pages about different Bible characters and the big plans God had for them!
"Promise Prayers" pages - to help kids pray for God's fulfillment of His plans for them.
Highlighted verses - including God's promises and uplifting verses

Last, but not least, is the Investigator's Holy Bible!  This is a great Bible for little kids!  Especially if, like mine, they love playing "spy" or "investigator."  This Bible has:
Evidence - Bible book introductions to answer questions like what kind of book it is, who wrote it...
Breakthrough - answers questions kids might ask like, "What is Pentecost?"
Scene - Describes places related to the passage
Witness - Explains the meaning behind biblical names
Detective - Detective - Quiz on what they learned from the passage
Case Closed - Explores how the event of a Bible story relate to kids

These books and Bibles are all great additions to your child's library!  I plan on giving them as birthday gifts and Easter basket gifts!!!

I received these books, free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Zondervan Christmas Books for Kids

We You guys!  Its almost November!  I can't believe it!  I'm usually ready MONTHS in advance!  But I still have presents to buy and I haven't gotten a thing for the hubby yet!  LOL! I can't wait to decorate!  We usually pull the tree out right before or right after Thanksgiving!  ANd I collect nativities, so I pull all those out!  And one thing that we have TONS of - CHRISTMAS BOOKS!  With three little kids, we have lots of Christmas books!  I just can't get enough!  So when Zonderkidz asked me me to review several of their latest Christmas titles, I jumped at the chance!  Let's see what's new for this year:

1.) Ready, Set, Find Christmas

I'll start with one of my favorites!  This board book is so precious!  The illustrations are just adorable!

And every page has just a few short sentences (telling the story of the first Christmas) along with several hidden objects for your child to find!

2.) Goodnight Manger

Another adorable board book, this one tells a cute and unique side of the first Christmas story.  With all those animals and visitors, it must've been hard for baby Jesus to sleep!  

This cute book rhymes its way through the predicament Mary must've found herself in - trying to get her crying Baby to sleep!

3.) The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel

We love a good Berenstain Bears book!  They're always so sweet and have a good message.  In this one, the kids are trying to decide what type of snowman to make.  They decide instead to make a snow angel.  

After they're done, their parents use the opportunity to teach them about some the angels that appeared in the story of the first Christmas.

4.) Berenstain Bears Christmas Fun Sticker & Activity Book

As I mentioned, we LOVE the Berenstain Bears!  And we also love activity books!  So this book is the best of both!  Filled with lots of fun Christmas activities, this makes a great gift for Saint Nicholas Day (December 6th), the beginning of Christmas week, or the trip to grandma and grandpa's house!  

There's even a Christmas tree that you get to decorate with stickers! So much fun!

5.) A Night Of Great Joy

Mary Engelbreight always delights with her precious illustrations.  This book is no exception! The book tells the story of the first Christmas, but instead of traditional illustrations, it uses illustrations of a kids' Christmas pageant.  

Adorable and precious!!!

6.) Christmas Love Letters from God

We own the original Love Letters From God book and enjoy it, so I thought we'd enjoy this one as well! The book contains seven nativity-based Bible stories, which makes it perfect to read the week of Christmas!  

And each story comes with a "love letter" from God that gives your child a little more insight into God's presence and purpose in each story.

7.) A Royal Christmas to Remember

With little girls, a princess story is always a must! We have A Royal Easter Story, so I knew we'd like this one as well.  These are sort of "modern fairytale/parables.  

The story begins with the princesses' excitement over the "outward" joys of Christmas - decorating, gifts, etc.  But when danger enters the castle, they realize that material things are not the point of the Christmas celebration.

I received these books, free of charge, from Zonderkidz, in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bible Journaling Together: The HCSB Illustrator's Notetaking Bible andthe Illustrator's Notetaking Bible for Teens

I started my Bible journaling adventure last year.  Its been amazing.  Its wonderful to really meditate on a passage or verse - or even a point from the Sunday sermon - and then illustrate it in my Bible.  I do mostly "creative lettering" and some very basic illustrations.  But sometimes I just can't think of a way to illustrate a verse.  The Illustrator's Notetaking Bible & Teen Bible are the perfect Bibles for days like that!

Great Bibles for All Ages! (Multi Bible Review)

I'll admit it.  We own LOTS of Bibles!  Study Bibles, Reference Bibles, Journaling Bibles, Children's Bibles, etc.  I can't get enough!  They each have great information to help us better understand God's Word!  And there are some FANTASTIC new Bibles that have been released recently!  Any of these Bibles would make a great gift for someone you love!  And with Christmas coming, what better gift to give than the gift of God's Word! So let me share some of them with you!

Study Bibles:

1.) American Woman's Bible: Women, Godly Virtues, and the Making of America

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Great Kids' Resources from Zonderkidz

I love when its time to review the newest books from Zonderkidz!  They have some wonderful resources for kids!

From Children's Bibles, to board books, to chapter books, to coloring books!  So much to choose from for all ages!  Here are a few of their newest:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

LuLaroe Cassie Review, Featuring Jonelle Zika (Giveaway As Well!!!)

Today I have a LuLaRoe review featuring just one piece!  One AMAZING piece!  The Cassie skirt!

I'm gonna be really honest.  I had no desire whatsoever to try the Cassie.  It's a pencil skirt and I'm chubby and short (5'2").  LOL!  I do do straight skirts.  I just don't feel comfy in them.At least, until now!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

LuLaRoe Review, Featuring Tina Moore (Giveaways As Well)

LuLaRoe feature time!  This time I'm featuring the wonderful Tina Moore!  She has a FABULOUS shop full of fun and great clothes!  Tina sent me a lovely letter, along with my review package, where she told me a little bit about her "why."  After raising two great kids, Tina's now in a new phase in her life.  And she wanted to do something for herself.  But she also wanted to do something that would allow her to give to others.  Inter LuLaRoe!  

And Tina's LuLaRoe shop is FULL OF FUN!!!  For example, this past Saturday everyone that bought a skirt or dress got a free pair of leggings! How awesome is that!!! When Tina and I discussed this review, I gave her some hints as to colors and patterns that I like and she surprised me with some fabulous items!  First up, these GORGEOUS leggings!!!

Friday, August 5, 2016

LuLaRoe Review, Featuring Fran Heard (GIVEAWAY POST)

Ladies!  Its time for another LuLaRoe review!  Woohoo!!!  The more of these clothes that I try, the more I love them!  Seriously, you guys! I've struggled with my weight for years and its been a long time since I've felt comfortable AND pretty in an outfit!  And I'm so OVER THE MOON IN LOVE with the fact that, even after I finish losing weight - which I'm currently working on - I can still wear most of the items I already have!  They're THAT versatile!  Most of the women that I know who wear LuLaRoe wear multiple sizes!

So today I'd like to introduce you to the fabulous Fran Heard of Shop LuLaRoe Fran Heard.  She has some fabulous inventory!  (And let me just say, you can NEVER know too many LuLaRoe consultants!  Why?  Well, they each sell different styles and different patterns!  You may find a skirt you love at one shop and the perfect matching skirt at another!)  Fran sent me a couple of fabulous pieces to review!  First up, these fabulous leggings!