Friday, August 1, 2014

Friends and Heroes Giveaway Sponsored by Friends and Heroes Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Friends and Heroes Giveaway Sponsored by Friends and Heroes

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Friends and Heroes Giveaway
Friends and Heroes award-winning adventures and Bible stories on DVD accompanied by an exciting, cross-curricular Homeschool Unit Study – easy-to-use, hands-on, attractively designed, colorful and FUN! The material is highly adaptable and may be easily incorporated with your other homeschooling activities to provide two to four weeks of learning. Ideal for students 7 to 11 years of age.
Emilee at Pea of Sweetness has been using the Friends and Heroes Homeschool Unit 1 with her two oldest children. Bible lessons are an important part of their homeschool, and she was excited to incorporate the Friends and Heroes Homeschool Curriculum into their homeschool curriculum. See what they thought in her full Friends and Heroes Bible homeschool curriculum review.

Special Promotion!

Friends and Heroes is currently running their BIG Summer Promotion! This promotion includes:
  • 20% off all Friends and Heroes Homeschool Resources
  • 10% off all Friends and Heroes resources with curriculum for churches and schools
  • 10% off all Friends and Heroes Home and Family Collections
This is a fantastic promotion that they only run twice a year, so you definitely don't want to miss it! Check out the Friends and Heroes Promotion now! This offer runs through August 15, 2014.


Would you like the chance to win a Friends and Heroes Homeschool Unit Study? One winner will receive the Friends and Heroes Homeschool Unit Study #1! The Friends and Heroes Homeschool Unit Study #1 includes:
  • Friends and Heroes DVD Episode 1- Long Journey - which serves as stimulus material for cross-curricular studies
  • All teacher and student's materials - included on CD-ROM - printable and reusable
  • Learner-centered, self-guided Unit Study manuals
  • Teacher's Guide - with learning goals, background details, answer keys, internet links
  • Certificates of Achievement and binder covers
Unit Study #1 covers:
  • History/Geography: The Romans; Roman Trade; Roman money; Roman import and exports
  • Creative writing: Journal writing; Written expression and narration; Copy writing
  • Bible study: Daniel and the lions' den and Jesus and the miraculous catch of fish; The Early Church
  • Science: Silver; Sand and cement; Greek and Roman discoveries
  • Crafts: Sculpture; Paper weaving; Pottery
  • Discipleship: Trusting others; Pride; Worries
This giveaway begins on 7/31 and ends on 8/14 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from both Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness received free product in exchange for an honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Snap Decision by:Nathan Whitaker

Snap Decision

"Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes"

About the Book:
Sometimes the truth hits hard.

Chase Clark just upped his game. As an eighth grader, he scores the chance to play on the varsity football team with his best friend, Tripp. But when a hard hit takes Tripp down, Chase is the only one who knows what really happened. And telling could have serious consequences. Making the right call won t be easy. Neither will the consequences he ll face, both with the guys on the team and with the school. What s the game plan when doing right might means everything else goes very wrong?"

About the Author:
Nathan Whitaker is the coauthor of seven New York Times bestsellers, including Quiet Strength, which he co-wrote with Tony Dungy. He lives in Florida. For additional information, please visit

My Review:
 Football wasn't just a game to Chase and Tripp, it was their life. And getting on the varsity team at school was their dream, and since achieving that dream they feel unstoppable. But the unthinkable happens and they feel that they may lose their grip on that said dream. All of a sudden Tripp gets hurt and it feels that everything that they have worked so hard for may be disintegrating right in front of them as they hopelessly stand by and watch in amazement.

 As a result of the accident that occurred, Tripp finds himself battling headaches and has a real hard time concentrating.He starts failing at school because of this and visits to the doctor prove to be a waste of time because they insist he is fine. The boys usual have a strong bond as friends, but the bond they have seems to be under fire as they fight and argue constantly. Soon everything seems to be in question their friendship, their involvement in school and on the team. This book is geared for middle schoolers and I think the author has properly conveyed what it is like in the world of 8th graders.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

Review: My Learn to Read Bible by:Tracy Harrast

 My Learn to Read Bible: Stories in Words and Pictures
"Zondervan provided me with a free copy for review purposes"

About the Book:
The Bible Just For Beginning Readers

Designed especially for children ages 4-7 who are just learning to read, the My Learn to Read Bible shows little ones that God s Word speaks to them too! Incorporating the rebus method, this storybook Bible uses special icons to help children discover new words and gain reading confidence. Based on the easy to read New International Reader s Version, the simple text is paired with charming illustrations that bring the Bible to life. Each story ends with a special lesson to help little hearts draw closer to God. It s the perfect resource to help young ones grow in both heart and mind!"

About the Author:
Christine M. Schneider grew up in Colorado and graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the University of Kansas. Christy owns Yellow Pencil Studio, Inc., an illustration and design studio. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her husband and daughter.

My Review:
 My son loves this book! And I have to admit, that you will find various members of our family at any given time reading through this book as well. It is a great book filled with selected Bible stories that are sure to enrich and encourage your child. But that's not all, each story is written in picture form---which I think adds to how truly great the book really is.At the beginning of the book the author and illustrator provide you with two pages filled to the brim with the different pictures included in the book and under each picture there is a one word meaning to help us in reading it to them.

 The book is designed for beginning readers ages 4-7 that are just learning how to read. The rebus method is used so that it makes it easier for them to read and understand. The book is based on the New International Readers version of the Bible and it is amazing to watch those little eyes explore as they start to read all the Bible stories that they have grown to love and now they can read themselves. A delightful way to help new readers learn even more!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

Review: My Happy Pumpkin by:Crystal Bowman

 My Happy Pumpkin: God's Love Shining Through Me
About the Book:
Small children will eagerly open this pumpkin-shaped board book to discover the delightful story and colorful illustrations, by artist Claudine Gevry. Using sing-song rhyme, author Crystal Bowman describes a fun fall tradition carving a pumpkin face. But she adds a twist that helps preschoolers grasp the concept of God s life-changing love for them. Just like we scoop out all the slop found inside a pumpkin, God makes us clean on the inside too."

About the Author:
Crystal Bowman loves writing books for kids. Her books come in all shapes and sizes and many of them have become best sellers. Whether her stories are written in playful rhythm and rhyme, or short sentences for beginning readers, she tries to make them so enjoyable that kids will want to read them over and over again. "But the most important part," she says, "is to teach children that God loves them and cares about them very much."

You can find Claudine diving the oceans with Technicolor fish, camel riding in the Sahara, trekking in a jungle populated with wild monkeys, or exploring the African savanna in search of huge elephants. Although adventurous, she sometimes gets scared when coming upon a giant spider or other scary beasts. At that time she heads back to the comfort of her studio, where she draws all the wonderful things she saw and dreams of her next visit to faraway lands.

My Review:
 If you are looking for a bright, special, sweet children's book that will teach your young children ages 2-4 the love of Jesus then look for books written by this special lady, Crystal Bowman. I have read and reviewed her books before and I even own a few, my children love them so much. So much so that they are sweetly loved with tattered edges and all. She has a heart for teaching children about God's love and it shows in her writing. If I can only be half the writer she is then I will be utterly amazed.

 This book takes the art of carving a pumpkin and compares it to how our Heavenly Father scoops all the yucky, nasty sin out of our lives to rid us of all of that and make us a new creature in Him. Its a poem style read with rhyming prose included. It also has rich, full color illustrations that are breathtakingly beautiful.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.

Review: Debt-Proof Living by:Mary Hunt

Cover Art
About the Book:
Your fool-proof guide to paying off debt, planning for the future, and breaking free of our debt-loving culture.

About the Author:
Mary Hunt is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 23 books, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle debt. She is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living, a highly regarded and popular consumer organization consisting of an interactive website, monthly newsletter and personal finance tools. Hunt's books have sold more than one million copies, and her syndicated daily newspaper column is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Everyday Cheapskate readers nationwide. She speaks widely on consumer finance topics and has appeared on shows such as The Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in Southern California.

My Review:
 Since 2008, we as a country has been under some heavy jeopardy regarding our debt and how to remain out of it. The book Debt-Proof Living: How To Get Out of Debt&Stay That Way, has been updated and released again to update us on our current status in this country and to hopefully shed some light on how to live debt free in a world that seems debt controlled at best. Mary Hunt had found herself, many years ago, under a mountain of debt and she shares with us how to be debt free and stay that way.

 The author states in the book..."we need to see money not as power or prestige but as provision--God's provision for our physical and material needs." It is hard to stay out of debt these days, we have to charge groceries to our credit cards just to feed our kids sometimes---that's just terrible. The author outlines many things to help us get real with our debt situation and she shows us how to get rid of it and stay rid of it, in a manageable way. God doesn't want us to be in debt, its not healthy. You should be covering your credit card debt each month instead of letting it carry over month to month.

 The author gives advice on many money situations you may find yourself in such as credit card debt, mortgage debt, student loan debt--she has all your bases covered. The main part of her book that I was interested in was the part on paying your mortgage off early. I decided that I am going to pay some extra on my payment each month to try and get the principal paid off sooner. Great book, Great tips!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.

Nordic Naturals Giveaway Sponsored by Nordic Naturals Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Nordic Naturals Giveaway Sponsored by Nordic Naturals

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Nordic Naturals Giveaway
At Nordic Naturals they believe that omega oils are essential to life. By correcting the global omega-3 deficiency, they give each generation what they need to grow healthy and strong. Through science and innovation, they are committed to delivering the world's safest, most effective omega oils.
With Back to School you can support a child in need! For every bottle sold they will donate a backpack full of supplies!
Emilee at Deals of Sweetness knows the importance of omega oils for their children as well as the importance of pure sources and in a form children will take! Of course, Vitamin C is also important and great for immunity support! Check out her full Nordic Naturals children's supplements review and learn more about their Bottles to Backpacks campaign.
Would you like to try these great supplements? One winner will receive a bottle of Ultimate Omega Junior and Vitamin C Gummies! This giveaway begins on 7/29 and ends on 8/4 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness and Pea of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate her review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Twice A Slave by:Tippit/Willis

 Twice a Slave
About the Book:
Sammy Tippit and Randy Willis tell the raw-boned epic, based on their own ancestors, that gives American history a new face and a fresh voice.

When the son of a Cherokee slave determines to find his purpose and discover his identity, he becomes a slave a second time. This fictional account of the life of Joseph Willis is rooted in early American history and filled with drama: a forbidden romance, faith molded by tragedies, and the courage to forgive. A half-English/half-Cherokee slave changes the course of Louisiana history when a fresh wind blows across his heart.

About the Author:
Sammy Tippit is the author of 13 non-fiction books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has pioneered evangelism in some of the most difficult regions of the world. He's married to Debara "Tex" Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren. Tippit's ancestors worked with Joseph Willis to form some of the first Evangelical and Baptist churches in Louisiana.    

Randy Willis is the fourth great-grandson of Joseph Willis and his foremost historian. Randy Willis is single and is the father of three sons and four grandchildren.  "Twice a Slave" is dedicated to each of them by name.

My Review:
 Agerton Willis fell in love with Ahyoka, they got married and together had Joseph. Seems like a simple, happy, God fearing family, right? Well it would except for the fact that Agerton fell in love with an Indian, a slave Indian. Marriage to a slave or even a person of a different race was illegal but the two of them didn't let that stop them. They found a small church and happily joined into their union. They were truly in love and within one year, their precious Joseph was born.

 Joseph Willis can do anything that a Cherokee or a white man could possibly do, he is no different than the next guy. Joseph led a great life, he loved his neighbors and he loved God. As Joseph gets older things in his life start getting harder for him, and the teasing that use to be so easily ignored has now become brutal for him. Before long, the Torys and the Patriots factor into the equation and not only does he have to battle the locals, the war begins to rage around him. As a result Joseph develops a hard outer layer from growing so bitter about how he is treated by others, but his faith grows with each ill word.

 This book is a riveting read! I loved every single solitary page of it. It was an amazing story involving a real family with God's threads running through each generation, that I found fascinating! If you would like to purchase this great book, you can do so here.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.