Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: "Love Idol"

The paper back book "Love Idol" written by Jennifer Dukes Lee addresses issues that many women face. The non- fiction book contains 13 chapters and also includes a discussion guide. Jennifer Dukes Lee also uses quotes in the beginning of every chapter. For example, in Chapter 1, she quotes Brennan Manning "Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion."


Do you ever feel a long and deep desire to be valued, respected.....loved? Are you always working hard to gain people's approval? Does everyone know who you really are or do you always find yourself wanting people to think you have it all together? 

This book is a must read for very woman that finds her value in anything else but the Lord. In this book "Love Idol", Jennifer Dukes Lee talks about her struggles with feeling the need to seek approval from those around her. 

If you, like so many of us spend so much energy and time in trying to make people love us. And for someone to think we are amazing. We are constantly seeking people's approval- in our social circles, at work, church. Many of us live in this constant fear that if people really find out who we are we will not be loved or respected any longer. We walk around with this facade of having everything in order and life is perfect. This desire could often turn into an idol. But we should only be concerned with what God sees and thinks of us. There is freedom and having a true connection with the Lord and realizing how wonderfully we are made. 

I have been given this product free of charge for review purposes. 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Progresso Makeover

Have you heard of Progresso? I'm sure that you have. They have 40 delicious soups under 100 calories or less per serving. On a side note, my favorite is the chicken noodle. :)

Progreeso is having a "make-oh-ver" contest. 3 out of 6 finalists will win the ultimate make over experience. Will you please vote. Contest will end April 10, 2014.

Each winner will receive the following:

1) A head-to-toe makeover
2) $1,000 Gift Card
3) 4 day/ 3 night hotel accommodations
4) 2 tickets to a taping of E! Fashion Police

Friday, March 7, 2014

Product Review "See The Light: The Easter Story"

Magento Commerce

Product Review "See The Light: The Easter Story:"

See The Light Shine consists of a team of Christians. The ARTISTS provide "specialties that include teaching a large variety of techniques, art history, chalk artistry, performance art, gospel chalk art (with black light), crafts, creative lettering, and more; MUSICIANS whose talents include songwriting, musical performance, arranging, and producing."

In this DVD Bible Story Crossmaker Easter Story and Art Lesson, Heidi Shorts (See The Light artist) teaches on the art of Creative Lettering. (28 minutes) Gloria Kohlmann (chalk artist and commentary) draws her interpretation of the Easter story. See The Light Art Teacher Pat Knepley provides students with a step-by-step drawing lesson using chalk pastels. At the end of the lesson, the student is able to create her own black light reveal. (32 minutes) And "Jim Pence gives a tutorial in water colors as young artists discover The Joy of Art." (25 minutes) As a bonus, "REVEL in the original contemporary music per- formed by “Breathing Room” recording artists Jan Roper and Kevin Dukes while watching Gloria Kohlmann draw her remarkable art expression of the Easter Story." The story is for children 3 years old and older and the art lessons are for 6 years old and older.

THE CROSSMAKER story starts with an older man "grandpa" telling a group of children a Bible story of a boy named Dominic. Dominic was asked by his father to deliver crosses. The young boy is not thrilled to comply. He is embarrassed and is concerned because his friends will ridicule him. His father shares that the crosses are going to be for three men. Two were criminals and the third.... we know He was not. (16 minutes)

Cost of DVD

Our Homeschool Experience:

My daughter and I loved watching the story of the little boy named Dominic. Watching him go through struggles with feelings of embarrassment and concern for what others think is a daily issue for some of us. We also loved watching Gloria's interpretation of the Easter Story. And we loved the usage of Scripture during the art lessons.

I loved the utilization of mixed media. For example, my daughter learned about Creative Lettering, water colors, and using chalk pastels. The step-by-step instructions were easy to follow. The website included all of the information needed to find out what supplies would be used for each project. The "big reveal" was pretty awesome to see.

My daughter's big reveal
One of the techniques that we learned was how to use tissue or a cloth to control the shade of a color. By using a tissue, you are able to pull some of the pastel making a softer shade. By using a light a dark version of the same color, one may make the illusion of a rocky surface. We also learned how to lift a piece of paper when using water colors to make the colors blend.

My daughter and I love, love, love The See the Light Bible Stories collection. 

"The SEE THE LIGHT team is dedicated to bringing scripture and biblical principles to viewers in a fresh, engaging way. . . and promising to teach some exciting art skills along the way!"

I have been given this product free of charge for review purposes. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Asia Its People and History

About "Asia Its People and History":

"Asia Its People and History" is a sixteen week course for children from ages 8-12 years old. The program briefly introduces children to the following six nations in Asia: Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. Each section focuses on the history of each nation, stories that interest the reader, discussions, and activities.

The e-book includes pictures of where the countries would be found in Asia and of certain locations in that particular country. "Asia and Its People and History" also includes: printable copies of activities. In these activities, you will find a crossword puzzle, a mosaic puzzle activity, unscramble facts activity, and many other ideas on how to make the study of the countries fun for the kids. You will also find Scripture. The course encourages the child to pray for the individuals in these countries that are not saved.

Note from the author.

"I pray that the course does much more than that, however. I pray that through meeting just a few of our brothers and sisters who live in cities and villages with names that are hard to pronounce that your children feel more connected with those who are suffering for their faith in Christ. Through stories and activities, we’ll meet the people of Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. We’ll get to know the children of these lands and hear about their experiences. Most of all, we’ll pray for them and their families. Won’t you join us?"

E-Book cost $6.95

Our Homeschool Experience:

"Asia Its People and History" provided an opportunity for my 8 year old to be introduced to Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. Since we had already learned about China, I decided to reintroduce this Asian country as a review. "Asia Its People and History" was a bit different from what we had already learned which made the experience more educational. We read a story about two fictitious characters and their experiences during the Boxer Rebellion. Even though two fictitious characters were used in the story to engage the children, the story did include non fiction individuals such as Dr. Eleanor Chestnut. "Dr. Chestnut was a real missionary doctor who served for years in rural China, giving endlessly of herself in order to serve the people God had called her to." The doctor died on October 28, 1905, when a building was burned by a mob.

The discussion questions lead us to do some research on the Internet. Even though the program provided information about the Boxer Rebellion, we still did some research and learned about this group of individuals that did not want foreigners or Christians in China.  

We also learned about the different dynasties that ruled China and their contribution to items we currently use. For example, the Tang dynasty invented fireworks.  The Song dynasty invented paper money, weapons that used explosives, and porcelain.

"The Dai Lu people have something called the Water Throwing Festival. There is an old legend that has caused the people to believe that they should splash water on each other, in this special festival, to try to wash away their sins. Then, during the new year, they try to do as many good things as they can so they won’t be punished after they die." This festival opened a door for my 8 year old and I to discuss the meaning behind the death of Jesus. Our sins are not washed away by us splashing water on ourselves. Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection 3 days later is what saves us once we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

In the first picture, my daughter drew the country of China and its flag. In the second picture she drew an angel and the following sentence:" Please help the Chinese be Christians."

We loved the suggested activities such as the prayer reminders. The activity was to make something to help my daughter  remember to pray for those in China that do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Another suggested activity was to write about the story she had just read, draw or create a project based on the stories, or raise funds to help a ministry serving in China.

I also used You Tube as one of the activities. While my daughter was completing the assignments, I had Chinese traditional music playing in the background.

Now that you have read my review about "Asia Its People and History," what countries would you like to see in volume 2?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Does Fame and Fortune Equal Happiness?

Just a few days ago, people were posting all over Facebook the early and tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 46 year old was found dead by a friend on his bathroom floor apartment with a syringe still in his arm. The death has yet to be determined but it appears to be a drug overdose. 

In May 2013, it was reported that the actor had been undergoing drug treatment. Apparently, he had been battling drug issues since his early twenty's. 

Now, this situation leaves some baffled. Unable to comprehend why someone with so much fame and fortune would be addicted to drugs to the point that it killed him.

So my question is..... "Does fame and fortune bring you happiness?" My obvious answer is "no." Fame and fortune does not fill that hole that we are so desperately trying to satisfy. We desire something....someone. We seek and we seek and we seek to no avail. We get involved in unhealthy relationships. We get involved in drugs and alcohol. We get involved in gangs. We get involved in dysfunction. And the emptiness is still there. 

We ask ourselves how do we fill this hole in our being. The emptiness will only be filled by the Creator. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11
New International Version (NIV)
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Romans 8:7
New International Version (NIV)
7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

Romans 1:19-20 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

I understand the desire to fill the emptiness with other things besides God. I understand the feeling of emptiness and sadness. I understand the wanting to satisfy this hunger with anything and anyone. But the reality is that the only one that is capable of filling the emptiness in you and me is the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Please google the word Laminin. This will explain everything to you. 

The Ultimate Book of Kids Concoctions: Cotton Clay

I purchased the book The Ultimate Book of Kids Concoctions years ago when I was an elementary school teacher. The other day it was pretty cold so I did not want to take the girls outside. I took out the book and started looking for fun hands on activities for the girls and I to make. I came across a really easy make your own clay recipe.

The ingredients are:
3 cups cotton balls
2 cups water
2/3 cup flour

My almost 8 year old made a snowman.

My 3 year old made an alligator. 

My house is not the cleanest place any more. But I'm having fun with my girls. I want them to remember us having fun and building memories. I want them to look back one day and remember the "fun messes" and not me placing them in front of the TV or sending them outside because I wanted to keep my house clean.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Jeremy Camp: I Still Believe A Memoir

I Still Believe is a memoir of Jeremy's "extraordinary story behind his lyrics-from his impoverished childhood, difficult, teenage years, and spiritual awakening to the tragic passing of Melissa and the heart-wrenching spiritual journey that followed, a journey that reignited Jeremy's faith, inspired some of his most beloved songs, and paved the way for a second chance at love."

The paper back book is broken down into 19 chapters. In the middle of the book, there are personal pictures of Jeremy. Some of the pictures are of Jeremy as a baby. In others, he is with his siblings and friends. Others of him with Melissa (1st wife) and some with Adrienne (current wife) and their children.

Jeremy Camp talks about growing up in an impoverished childhood. Although he was raised in a Christian home, his father was an alcoholic. He also discusses his struggle with the loss of his first wife to ovarian cancer. Jeremy also discusses his feelings of bitterness when Melissa past. He shares how the songs "Breaking My Fall" and "There Will Be a Day" came about.

In spite of all of the sadness, the book has Scripture in it. For example, in one of the chapters, Jeremy's mom is given liver to eat for her and her family. They had been eating liver for a while and she began to grumble. The verse that pops in her head is found in Deuteronomy "I'm providing for you. I am doing this to test you and to know what's in your heart and to humble you. Then, when you come into the land of plenty, you won't forget Me."

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jeremy's story of pain, bitterness, and healing. It was refreshing to have a famous Christian singer be transparent, open, honest, and real about his struggles.

I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with life. This book provides Scriptures and is very encouraging.

I received this book free of charge from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.