Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I Have Faith by: Davin Whitehurst


About the Book:

Title: I Have Faith
Author: Davin Whitehurst
Publisher: Childlike Faith Publishing
Pages: 26
Genre:  Children
Are you ready to get your child excited about faith? “I Have Faith” puts your child right in the footsteps of Danny as he begins to learn about faith. Danny and his older brother have been wanting a dog, but both know their parents don’t think they are ready for a dog. When Danny’s mom begins teaching him what the bible says about faith, he puts his faith into action. After praying and releasing his faith for a dog, doubt and even his best friend keep telling him that he will never get a dog. Over time Danny never loses his faith in the promises of God and finds that God is faithful and that faith works. Come along on this journey that is a real life event that took place in the author’s life as a child.
This book has great illustrations that support a wonderful story about finding faith in God. As you are teaching your child about principals in the bible; this book will help you teach faith. What a wonderful experience it is when we can see our children begin to develop their faith in God, and grow from a tiny mustard seed to a firmly planted tree. The back of the book has a parent/child discussion which will help children gain understanding in faith and some scriptures that Danny’s mom used to get him excited about faith.

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Book Excerpt:
“Hi! My name is Danny.” This is how I learned to trust God and believe His word.
It’s called faith, and you have faith too.

I Have Faith is an excellent book to help show children what it takes to have faith.  It is believing but also acting on that belief.  There are discussion questions at the end of the book to help parents take the next step in teaching what faith is; as well as a page with scripture verses to help build faith.  I will put this book in my classroom library to allow my students to read it also.

About the Author

Davin Whitehurst lives in the beautiful high desert of Southern Arizona with his wife and son. He is releasing his first book "I have Faith" in May of 2016 but has so many more that are in the making. The motivation behind the books are deeply rooted from in his own past. He is a living testimony of Proverbs 22:6. Growing up in Southwest Kansas and in a Christian household, he was trained up in the way he should go. By the time he became a teenager, Davin turned away from God and left church. Fast forward into his late twenties and God brought him back with a powerful calling. He and his family have been faithfully serving at Seed of Abraham Christian Center International for over seven years now. Proof that when we teach our children the way they should go. When they get older, they know where to turn and will not depart from God. Davin wants each book written to be a resource that parents have to help train their children in the way they should go. He writes stories in a simple way that will be fun and practical for every child. He wants children to get excited about faith and the things of God.

His latest release is the children’s book, I Have Faith.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Time to reveal the final products


Well it's time to reveal what these.......

became these......

Yep last night was FNSi and I was busy sewing.  These two items I completed.  I made another walker bag for my dad, and a throw for my mom.  They both went together pretty quickly.
I just have to show ya some fabric. I just couldn't resist.  It was calling my name. hehehehehe

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

I Can Be Kind by Amie Carlson

Giveaway with this post read to the end to find out how to enter.


Scripture teaches us to love our neighbors by treating them with kindness and respect. One aspect of kindness includes manners. Parents are looking for fun, creative ways to teach their children polite behavior in a society where rudeness is often the status quo. We believe I Can Be Kind is a great resource for parents, grandparents, and Sunday school teachers as they seek to develop these behaviors in their children.

When I agreed to review this book,  I didn't realize it was a flip-flap book.  I was pleasantly surprised and delighted upon receiving the book.  Young children love flip books and this one is bound to delight them.  However, the pages are thin so wouldn't take much to rip the pages.  The message on each page is excellent and very well presented.  A Bible verse on every page to go along with the manner presented.  Manners are a good thing to teach young children and the Bible is the best book to use.  The illustrations are big, bright, and bold.  My copy will go in the classroom library for sure.

I have a copy of this book to giveaway to one of my readers.  Please leave a comment telling me who you'd share this book with.  Be sure to leave a way of contact.  I'll leave this giveaway open until Sat. July 30th.  Please open to US residents only thanks. 

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for my honest review by Tyndle House Publishing

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Coming this Friday night!


Well it's been about 4 months since I've been able to participate.  I am so excited to get to my machine again.  Care to join us sewing?  Sign up it open WW here.  Don't know what Friday night Sew-In is get the details here.  I'm excited cause I pulled out a project that my daughter and I started 6+ years ago.
We started a rag quilt.  120 flannel square I SPY.  x 3 that is 360 squares we cut sewed X's and got 6 of the 12 rows sewed together. Now I've finished it.  It went together pretty fast.  Sewing the other 60 squares together then sewing the 12 rows together.  However, it too four long nights setting with the scissors and snipping.  I have a blister or two.....

However, proud to say it is all snipped and ready for laundry to help the fraying process..

After first laundry it looks like this.... and oops I spotted a square that snipped got missed on one side. Quickly fixed that problem.

Now be on the look out for what these will become......

Can't wait to show it off come Saturday. 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

When Calls the Heart: Season 3 it's here....

Their back, Jack still with his dry humor and Elizabeth with her fiesty wit and charm, with old faces as well as new ones.  Season 3 of When Calls the Heart has yet to disappoint the Hearties.  It you aren't are Hearty yet,  Go ahead watch one episode and I'm sure you'll have no Heart Question after that you'll get pulled right in.   There's still mysteries to solve, drama that happens and romance to keep you coming back.  It's good clean romanceThis is a very much a family friendly series to be enjoyed by all ages. There's never a dull moment just when you think you know what will happen a new twist is introduced to keep you on your toes.  There's always suspense as well as giggles in every episode.  When Calls the Heart is very Heart Warming for sure.

  When Calls the Heart It Begins with Heart

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), Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) and Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) star in When Calls The Heart: It Begins With Heart, an especially romantic film originally broadcast under the title, A New Year's Kiss.
In the days before the big New Year's Eve celebration, Hope Valley sees some unpredictable resolutions. For instance, Abigail sets out to catch whoever's been stealing from her kitchen – and finds herself in charge of two orphans in the process.

Elizabeth resolves to take charge of Jack's dog, Rip, in an attempt to remedy Rip's apparent jealousy of their relationship. Rosemary is determined to win a San Francisco Herald essay contest about a "real frontier family"... and has to pose as Lee's wife when a reporter from the paper shows up. And Bill Avery tries his best to convince Jack that he's not the one who should be behind bars for counterfeiting.

Meanwhile, two visitors in town ponder sticking around and causing trouble for both Jack and Pastor Frank!

When Calls the Heart Troubled Hearts

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).

Big revelations are in store for Hope Valley as Elizabeth moves into her own rowhouse, dismaying Jack, who has been planning to build a new home for the both of them. Rosemary discovers that Lee has taken out a loan and worries that he is in financial difficulties. And Jesse, the young drifter who works in Abigail’s kitchen, has information that could ruin Pastor Frank’s good standing in Hope Valley, and begins his plan to extort the pastor with an old “Wanted” poster…

When Calls the Heart Heart of a Hero

New arrivals bring excitement, love and danger to Hope Valley. Pastor Frank has been reinstated following the revelation of his criminal past, but the arrival of his old cohorts, the Garrison Gang, are making life — and his relationship with Abigail — very tense. Bill Avery has his own debt to settle with Jake Garrison, and Jack intends to stay Bill’s hand from killing the man. Meanwhile, Lee’s foot injury brings a pretty nurse, Faith Carter from Hamilton… and soon after, her possessive fiancé. And Jack rises to the defense of new settlers on Gowen’s land when Gowen abruptly raises their rent. 

A copy of these DVDs were provided in exchange for my honest review by....
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Friday, July 15, 2016

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander with giveaway

Win a copy of this book read to end of post to find out how.


New book, but same old song and message.  However, that doesn't make the message any less important.  It is still a beautiful message.  A message that all children need to be taught.  God has made all things.  My favorite part.  They quote scripture from the KJV.  This book will go into my classroom library for sure. 

I found a few versions of this song on utube...
I love Hayley's voice.  The first minute is just a chit chat with the MC, but she does a lovely job singing this song. 

This utube has beautiful pictures to watch as you listen to the song.

About the book:
First published by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848, this favorite hymn has become a mainstay of churches and Sunday school classes everywhere. Here artist Katy Hudson brings new joy to the words with her fresh and bright watercolor style. Readers can join in the fun as they follow two little girls and their brother on a day filled with the discovery of “all things bright and beautiful.”

About the artist:
Katy Hudson was raised in Middlesbrough, England, and started her career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls. Her parents quickly encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead. The idea stuck, and after earning a degree in illustration, Katy is now a freelance illustrator. Katy works at a desk in a studio within Old London Library and likes to tap dance in her spare time.

Jacketed hardcover
Page count: 32
Reading age: 4-7
Category: juvenile fiction/Christian
Retail price: $15.99

Now for the giveaway FlyBy Promotions is awarding my blog with a free book to giveaway to one of my bloggers.  So here's your chance to try to win a copy of the beautifully illustrated song kids all ages will love to read.  Leave a comment telling me who you'd like to share this book with if you win it.  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you are a winner.  I've had people that don't leave contact information so I've had to choose another winner.  I'll draw a winner on Saturday, July 23. 

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
A copy of this book was provided in exchange for my honest review by....
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Pirate and the Firefly by Tara McClary Reeeves & Amanda Jenkins


About “The Pirate and the Firefly”
Oliver loves pretending to be a pirate, but learns that blindly following others doesn't leave him with a good feeling inside.

In this Scripture adventure, kids join Oliver as he rights the wrongs done by his so-called Pirate friends. Through it all, Captain Oliver learns that following God's way is the true way to wisdom!

Based on Scripture from Psalm 1, "The Pirate and the Firefly" aims to address the felt needs of children ages 4 to 8 including courage, confidence, friendship and more with biblical truths about God.

This is a beautiful book that teaches character values in more ways than one.  I love that it uses scripture to address doing what it right vs making wrong choices.    Teaching children to stand up for what is right.  This book will definitely find it's way into my classroom library this fall.   The book even has a page for parents to connect and use as a springboard with questions. The illustrations are  colorful and eye appealing as well. 
You can take a look inside this lovely book here.

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Amanda Jenkins is passionate about communicating biblical truths to kids in a way they can understand and connect with. Amanda lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, Dallas, and their four young children. She is also the daughter-in-law of Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the best- selling Left Behind series.

Tara Mcclary reeves is the author of Don’t Tell That to Beasley and one of her joys and privileges as a parent is daily pointing her two teens and toddler to Jesus. She is thrilled Amanda Jenkins agreed to join her on The Knight and the Firefly and is prayerful their collaboration will equip parents and children to focus and depend upon the Lord. Tara and her husband, Lee, live in Davidson, North Carolina with their 13-year- old twins, Caroline and Daniel, and 14-month-old Harrison. She blogs at www.rememberyourraisin.com.

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for my honest review by...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder


This book is an absolutely WOWZER! if there is such a word.  I was very stunned and drawn in right from the start by just taking a picture walk.  The illustrations are so detailed.  You think they are real.  They come alive.  They make the story.  As an adult the whole way through reading the book, I was going back and reliving my childhood.  There is a warm, nostalgic mood through out this book.  It is an amazing book.   Beautiful in message and illustration.  Just take a picture walk and see for yourself watch the book trailer below.    

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Alaskan author Lissa Schroeder has released a delightful new book for children, parents, and grandparents that paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house.
Beautifully written—and stunningly illustrated by Doron Ben-Ami—Gramma Darling offers a taste of childhood. Seen through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder…from an attic brimming with treasures to running through the fields at twilight catching fireflies. Readers will laugh and share in the adventures of the child’s world: the baby birds, the gardening, the stormy days, and bedtime baths. And through it all, in the background, is Gramma Darling and her laughter, providing nurturing, protection and unconditional love. Most importantly, we get a glimpse into her wisdom—her genuine genius for simply loving—that inspires wholehearted lifetime devotion.
This is a book that will appeal to children, but it will also leave parents, grandparents and caretakers feeling uplifted and looking for ways to spend quality time with the little ones in their own lives.
 About the author:
Lissa Schroeder is a gifted teacher, an engaging public speaker, and a licensed minister. She has taught all over Alaska at retreats, conferences, home school workshops, and more. A born storyteller, she paints vivid emotional pictures that are inspiring and hopeful, that make your heart soar and leave you smiling. Mostly, she has raised three amazing kids, homeschooling from preschool to med school. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband of 25 years and their youngest son, where she owns and runs a home school curriculum store.
A copy of this book was provided by Bostick Communications and the author in exchange for my honest review.
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Cool Kid... series by Barbara Gilmour


Cool Kind Kid® Proactively Fights the Bullying Epidemic 

Bullying is the Number 2 Epidemic in the US.  Cool Kind Kid has Proactive, Social Skills and Anti-Bullying Solutions for Parents, Educators, and Children.  

You Can be a Cool Kind Kid Picture Book, first in a series of 5, begins with Tanner Wants to be COOL. Raising a Cool Kind Kid is written from a poem with colorful illustrations and tips for being a Cool Kind Kid for kids, and bullying prevention tips for parents or teachers to share. The Cool Kind Kid Handbook, Book 1, Be a Cool Kind Kid, is the first of 5, providing parents or teachers with many fun activities. These three books, along with the first of 3 Cool Kind Kid Flash and Game Cards, the award-winning Cool Kind Kid CD, wrist bands, and other products are also available in the first of 5 Cool Kind Kid Bullying Prevention Parent/Child Resource Kit [ages 4-9].
Social Skills that Break the Cycle of Bullying by Redefining “Cool”™

As a teacher,  I was excited to hear about this Cool Kid series.  Once I got the review copies I totally loved the series.  It really is an excellent tool.  A resource every teacher should have available to them.  This series has wonderful ideas to use in a classroom meeting.  The picture book is in graphic form and I found that kids are very apt to grab that type of book over one with lots of words on the page.  The CD was not included in my review set; however, I did go online and listen to the sample clips that are on the web site.

Redefining "Cool"™

Kids learn that they can be both cool and kind, without bullying. “Cool” is treating others with kindness and respect.

“Kind is Cool” and “Cool is Kind”™

The kind person is the cool person.
You can’t be truly cool if you are unkind.
Learn social skills to prevent bullying.

It’s “Cool” to live The Golden Rule™

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
Too many follow a different rule, "Treat others the way they
treat you." Kids who bully often follow this rule.

The “Kind” kid is the “Cool” kid, not the bully™

Bullying is the ultimate “uncool.” Social skills are the missing link
in bullying prevention.

A copy of this book was provided by Bostick Communications and the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ellie's Best Beach Vacation Ever by Elle & Marci Fair


Here's a shout out for the fourth book about Ellie the Elephant.  This one is a summer fun one.  Just what your youngster needs as you prepare for a family beach adventure.  Ellie will help with ideas of what to pack and then give ideas of what it is like to go to the beach.  The pictures thoughtout the book are photos with Ellie and her friend, Pudgy the Penguin, preparing and going on their adventure.  The book is packed with fun adventure and surprises.  A beautiful summer read.  Visit Ellie's web page here.

The fourth installment of an award-winning children’s series, The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant: Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever! follows the charming plush toy and her best friend, Pudgy the Penguin, as they enjoy a summer adventure on a wonderful beach vacation!
The excitement mounts as Ellie and Pudgy pack their beach balls and sunglasses and jump in the car for the game-filled drive to the coast.
Once they arrive, Ellie and Pudgy head straight for the beach to dig in the warm sand, swim in the sparkly blue ocean, and see lots of colorful fish. Then they head out for an afternoon packed full of fun!
Join in the adventure as these best friends share many new experiences while on their special beach vacation—traveling to a new place, trying new activities, riding bikes, enjoying a froggie lunch and sweet treats, swimming, building the biggest sandcastle ever, visiting an un-butterfly garden and much more as they spend a sunny day outside and explore this special beach town.
Mother-daughter duo Marci Fair and Elle Fair have coauthored a series of books about eleven-year-old Elle’s two favorite stuffed animals, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin.

Marci Fair is a business owner and a mother of four who has worked in real estate for over twenty years. She and her husband own several real estate businesses, some which are ranked in the US.
In addition to her professional career, Marci is the founder of Kares 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization that has served more than 24,000 children in need since 2005. She is also the author of the award-winning book “TILT: 7 Solutions to Be a Guilt-Free Working Mom,” liberating other women with her hard-won wisdom—“Balance is impossible; memories are better.”

A copy of this book was provided by Bostick Communications and the author in exchange for my honest review.

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