Monday, June 6, 2016

Phil Wickham: Children of God CD reivew #FlyBy #ChildrenOfGod

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I love a good worship album, and I am always on the hunt to add new music to my growing collection for praise and worship. Phil Wickham was not someone I was familiar with prior to this review of his Children of God CD but that did not scare me away and it should not you either! When I popped it in my disc drive on my laptop I was immediately met with fantastic instrumentals and his voice is mellow but demands to be heard. It was not super intense but made me feel like praising God along with him. You are surely not to be disappointed.

 Powerful, uplifting and soothing all in one. The song that caught my eye as soon as I opened it was Starmaker. Our new MOPS theme for the Fall is We are the Starry Eyed, so I cannot wait to use this track on our first night of MOPS. As it is in Heaven was my second favorite, my hubby enjoyed listening to this with me and is now our newest addition to the car collection as we call it. Our local christian radio station doesn't reach that far and we have to resort to CD's instead, this is at the front of our stack. I love how soothing it is and it calms me when I am stressed. I am definitely going to be searching for some more Phil Wickham soon. 

Phil Wickham “Children of God”  CD

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Thursday, June 2, 2016


Pin It Now!  I do not know about you, but I often struggle to find quality inspirational, feel good shows and movies to watch. I may have found the answer I have been looking for...

I would like to introduce you to Feeln, a streaming service that offers, Hallmark movies and other inspirational and heartfelt shows and movies including their new series called THE ELEVENTH. This show was released on their streaming service in May but you can watch all the episodes including the first one which is the one I got to review.

 Feeln launched its original series “The Eleventh” which stars a trifecta of TV legends including Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch, Dancing With The Stars), Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Roots, Up), Cloris Leachman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Malcolm In The Middle), and newcomer Ren Harris.
“The Eleventh” focuses on a young girl’s journey to getting to know her estranged grandmother in order to bring closure to the past and unite her family.  The series has heart-warming themes of family, forgiveness, healing, and love.

 With just this one episode I was hooked and cannot wait to catch up with the next few episodes when I get to unlock my subscription to Feeln. I also cannot wait to explore what else Feeln has to offer and hope there are some Hallmark movies I may have missed.

It is refreshing to be able to pull up shows and movies with a click of my mouse and not worry about the content that I will be viewing or worry if my family is sitting with me that I will have to worry about what they may see. I do not have to screen anything ahead of time either, all of it is family friendly!
To watch full episodes of ‘The Eleventh’ on Feeln go to the link below

I know that you will be hooked just like I was, who doesn't love a good mystery, right?? I am sure you will find some more shows and movies
that you would like to view as well.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Wise Guys Book Review #FlyBy #giveaway #WiseGuys

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 Are you surrounded by a house full of men like myself? How do they gain their wisdom as they age into adulthood? Sometimes the wisdom and the influence does not come from within their home, they sometimes have to seek guidance from Men from their outside world, for my middle son this has been in the form a friendship from an unlikely source. My 17 soon to be 18 year old son's best friend is his mentor from down the street who just so happens to be 65 years old. I thank God for him everyday. You see my husband has some mental health issues that have prevented my husband and sons' father to be the role model that he should be for his sons. This saddens me sometimes but then I look at all of the outside influence my kids can get from Men that they look up to and whom I can trust to make a good influence on them to help guide them into Faithful, Godly men!

    So when I got the opportunity to review, Wise Guys, unlocking the hidden wisdom from the men around you I knew this would be the perfect book for my middle son for his Graduation from High School(homeschool).

 I want my boys to know where else to get influence and wisdom from, it truly is all around them they just may not always know how to find it or where to look for it.
In Wise Guys Kent talks about things that are hard for him, such as asking for directions, reading assembly instructions, and the biggest one asking for help! The first chapter starts as Kent was just 17, the same age as my Alyx. Perfect start to this book since I am giving it to him. This chapter is all about figuring yourself out, direction of career and other stuff. Each chapter has true to his life stories and directions to go through life stages, each chapter has Questions to Consider that are quite thought provoking. There are talk about lessons he learned as he edged his way through adulthood. Valuable lessons and not always learned the right or easy way. Life is tough there is no doubt about that. There is talk about Grace and Prayer and a bunch of other things but I do not want to give the book away.

A little about the book


For guys, more than ever, it’s a confusing world. Your GPS doesn’t offer any maps showing how to get to the point of wisdom — and who likes asking for directions anyway?
But there are ways to get that guidance you need. The answers may be all around you, in the form of guys you already know. Wise guys. More experienced guys. Better-traveled guys. Could there be ways to tap into their invaluable knowledge without enduring dull lectures or taking pages of notes?

Kent Evans has surrounded himself with these wise guys. They have shown him all the back roads on the way to wisdom. With a great deal of humor and an endless supply of stories, he wants to show you how to gather life-enriching truth from the guys in your own circle.

About the Author
KENT EVANS is the board chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men.  Kent has personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a life.  Today he is blessed with a solid 20-year marriage, four wonderful sons and a fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men.  He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and can be found on Twitter @manhoodjourney.

In closing, I found this book delightful as well as full of honest to goodness knowledge and helpful hints for a young man or an old man alike. You know you can teach an old dog new tricks. I am looking forward to passing this book to my son and hopefully he will share with his younger and older brothers and maybe their dad too. Or maybe I will just pick up everyone a copy of their very own, I highly recommend this book as a gift for the man in your life, Grad gift, newlywed or new dad gift or anything in between. Father's Day is coming up quick and this would be a great addition to the gift you already have planned for the special man in your life. Available in June! 
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bearing Witness Book Review #FlyBy #giveaway

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   I am just getting back into some book reviewing as our homeschooling year has ended and I finally have some free time on my hands. I like to read all sorts of genres of books but tend to stick to Christian based. This book that I am sharing with you today is one that tells Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Dicipleship, it is Bearing Witness. I was given this opportunity from FlyByPromotions.

Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship
Publisher: Plough Publishing House
Category: Christianity/History
Binding: Softcover
240 pages
  This was not an easy light hearted read by any means, this was a thought provoking condemning read.. Have you truly thought what some risk by witnessing to others? Would you risk your life to profess your faith in Jesus Christ?? Throughout our existence here on Earth many have done just that and will continue to do so, are you ready to be one of them? Bearing Witness takes you from Early Christianity through Radical Reformation and then to Early Modern Witnessings to where we are now in recent events Witnessing.

  What you may not think about is how being a follow of Christ can be a dangerous path, but at the same time it is also the most fulfilling path. There is a lengthy introduction that lays out the journey for you and then you begin the travels through Christianity. Tales of Men, Women and Children who have stood strong in their Faith and professed it others and sometimes paid a very high price for this. One thing is for sure they all their Faith was important enough to them to share it with others without worrying about the consequences.

  This book held me captive while I read it, I felt as if I was there watching as the stories, true stories unfolded right in front of me. I felt the strength of these folks as well as the anguish. It moved me and condemned me all at the same time. It got me to thinking.... Am I truly prepared to profess my Faith in Christ at any cost, or am in complacent in my life just sharing with like minded individuals or those on the fence ready to jump in and join me? I cannot wait to change my way of thinking and sharing and witnessing and step out of my comfort zone, I am also going to share this book in hopes it will get others to answer God's call as well.

  Are you ready??
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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.”

Friday, March 25, 2016

Loved + Blessed Subscription Box Review #LoveAndBlessed #FlyBy

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  Nowadays there are so many choices for subscription boxes, but I have found one that feeds my Faith!! Who doesn't like happy mail but even better happy mail with a message from GOD! The Loved + Blessed box.

  Anyone who knows me knows my favorite color is pink, so imagine my delight when a cute little pink box showed up in my mailbox. My first box was themed MASTERPIECE. This tells the message of how we are all one of God's Masterpieces.

 When you open the box the message of the month's theme is displayed on the lid of the box.  The contents of the box is covered in tissue and upon removing the tissue you are greeted with the contents. I was so excited with this box as my first as my new passion is the adult coloring books and Bible journaling.

   In my box was a box of colored pencils, a framed coloring picture, that I may just give as a gift when I am done coloring it. A sticker centered around the theme that I am going to add to my laptop. A mini poster that I am putting on my motivation wall for my weightloss journey. The last piece was a scripture card that I am using as a bookmark in my journaling Bible.

  After a rough week of bad news about family members health and a friend from school passing away, this box came at the perfect time. I should not be surprised as God's timing is perfect. He knows all. Sometimes it helps when a little box of goodness shows up just when you needed. It's like God was saying, here's a little pick me up I know you needed it!

  This would be a great gift for a friend, or your mom or daughter or anyone that you think could use a blessing. There is no commitment so you could send someone just one, or a few months and cancel when you want to. There are also options to have a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription. Boxes start at just $10 a month and $3 for shipping, if you purchase a subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months you will get a small discount!

You can order for yourself or choose the gift option, this is up to you, or spoil yourself and someone else at the same time. Each month you will be blessed by the pink box of Faith and God's message, sometimes just when you need it most. I cannot wait to share my next box with you!!
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

U.S. HISTORY DETECTIVE BOOK ONE Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2015 #hsmommas #hsreviews

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  We are knee deep in U.S. History this year with the boys so of course why not add another component to our studies. The Critical Thinking Co. has an interesting workbook series out called U.S. HISTORY DETECTIVE and we received the opportunity to review U.S. HISTORY DETECTIVE BOOK ONE Colonial Era to Reconstruction Era.

  Selling for $39.95 you can choose the paperback version, which is what we received or the e-book version. I was very impressed with the book when we got it on delivery day. At about an inch in thickness it is a substantial chunk of book. Geared for kids in grades 8 and up, this was a perfect fit for my boys in 11th and 12th even though they are at the higher end of the age range.

  The Critical Thinking Co. allows duplicating copies among your family so it is a nice perk of only having to have one for both my boys and just being able to make copies so they can both participate without having to share or work together on the same worksheet. I did have them read the pages together and then work on their own worksheets. This was an easy assignment for them to work together on, usually taking them 30 minutes or less to complete the reading and the following worksheets for the days lesson. We worked on this M,W, and F during the week so they completed 3 lessons a week. There are 9 sections with each section having 7-10 lessons pers section, so working on this 3 days a week they are moving through the sections every 3 weeks or so.

  Each lesson has some reading and maps to explore as well as timelines. My boys also enjoyed the little fun fact boxes that pop in some of the pages that give a little fact that maybe you might not know. After reading the pages there are a few worksheets to do, this is what I made copies of. The questions are different types, some are multiple choice, some require a short answer while some may need a sentence or two. The last part is a paragraph to write explaining their evidence as to what is true, this is where being the  'detective" comes in handy.

  There are some bonus activities sprinkled here and there as well, the boys favorite was the one with some fun with the dollar bill. We learned some fun about a dollar bill, but I will let you explore it on your own I do not want to ruin the surprise for you.

 The end of each section is a short review covering various things learned in the lessons in the section. This was short and sweet and to the point, covering filling in a map, completing a concept map, venn diagrams, and other simple ways to review the material.

  The boys are enjoying going through this book in conjunction with the other materials they are using in their U.S. History studies. Adding new components that fill out your year long curriculum helps to keep it fresh and fun. Sometimes no matter how fun your core curriculum is it tends to get stale especially at the half way point. Adding something like U.S. HISTORY DETECTIVE BOOK ONE to the mix helps liven it up and keep things interesting and inviting.

 There is answer key in the back of the book, I do not know about you but I do not like to leave temptation for my boys, even though they know cheating gets you know where and is a sin, I do not want to tempt them. I want them to work for their grades and be confident that they came to the answer on their own. So I take the answer keys out of the books using an exacto knife and I have a 3 ring binder with all of the answer keys for the boys books, I just divide them with tabs to keep them organized, this way it is never an issue especially when they are having a bad day and just do not feel like they can do it.

All in all my boys are enjoying this new addition to our U.S History class and I will be ordering Book Two so when we are done we can continue on with our detective work to discover the other hidden secrets of our nation.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Eat Your Science Homework Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2015 #hsreviews #hsmommas

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   Eat Your Science Homework? I was immediately intrigued. We could eat the boys' Science homework. This could be very fun. So of course I jumped at the chance, the hard part?, picking which book there is one for History, and one for Math and a couple others as well. I decided on Eat Your Science Homework Recipes for Inquiring Minds.  since we had been reviewing a lot of History lately and I wanted to give the boys a change. The boys love to cook and Taylor has been a lot more adventurous about eating new things so I thought this would be a perfect way to get him interested in some new foods.

Ann McCallum Books puts out these fun books that incorporate food and fun into learning. They are your choice of a paperback book for $7.95 or a hard covered book selling for $16.95 and are full of fun and whimsical drawings and step by step instruction with visual cues to help the younger folks. Explaining all the way how this recipe has to do with Science. Ann McCallum and Leeza Hernandez make these books fun and inviting for students to use the kitchen and foods to cook up some science, Leeza's illustrations are absolutely adorable.

  I liked how you really did not have to go in any particular order, we could pick or choose which Science Recipes we wanted to work on. So when it arrived the first thing we did was flip through the book, check out what supplies we needed for which recipes we wanted to dive right into and made our shopping list. Then we sat down and plotted out our strategy. We put all of the names of the ones we wanted to tackle written on pieces of paper and put them in a mixing bowl. How fitting right? Then we pulled them out one by one and this was to be our order that we worked on them. This helped to make it fair since the boys do not always agree.

 So first on the agenda we went over the scientific method and safety in the lab.Then we moved onto our recipe experiments. There was Atomic Popcorn Balls, Density Dressing and Veggie Sticks, Invisible Ink Snack Pockets, Loop, Whorl, and Arch Cookies, Sedimentary Pizza Lasagna, Black Hole Swallow Ups. I guarantee after doing these experiments and eating the delicious results they are sure to remember the scientific facts that go along with them. Having fun while learning not only creates fun memories for your children for years to come but they are more apt to remember what they learn while having all of this fun.

  My boys have proven to be very hands on learners so this is a wonderful addition to our classroom and Science curriculum. We have been having fun together and learning all at the same time and then we get to eat the yummy results and talk about what we learned in the process. We did the lesson and then cooked our experiment and then while we enjoyed the fruits of our scientific labor we went over the additional activities that were in my downloadable teacher's guide. We did activities such as finger printing, this included comparing our own to the rest of the family to see if there was any genetic traits among our fingerprints. My boys have been studying our genealogy so they were very interested in this, and we had done blood typing not too long ago. This kind of stuff intrigues them a lot so we enjoyed this activity thoroughly. There are vocab reviews as well, we did not focus a lot on this as they were geared for younger kids in my opinion. Eat Your Science Homework is great for elementary and middle schoolers for sure. My boys being in high school enjoyed the book and experiments but were a little too old for some of the extra activities. Despite this we did enjoy all of the experiments and I am looking forward to using this book to teach a class at my co-op in the spring maybe for 4-6 graders.  These would make a great Christmas gift for the hands on learner in your life. Be sure to click on the banner below and check out all of the crew reviews. We all had a choice of several books so maybe Science is not your thing, there is Math and U.S. History as well. Have fun eating your homework.

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