Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: She Laughs by:Miljavac

 She Laughs: Choosing Faith over Fear
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
SHE LAUGHS! In the face of. . .Poverty. Grief. Brokenness. Disaster. Hopeless Situations. Life’s Struggles.
And you can too!

Join CA Miljavac on a journey of joy.

She believes with all her heart that laughter is a gift, providing a sliver of distraction from whatever struggle you might be facing. . .relief when you need rescuing. . .hope in the midst of hardship.

Though her life has been dotted with disaster, it’s through laughter that she found the strength and courage to persevere. . .joy for the journey. And she’ll help you discover all the ways laughter can carry you through your very own painful situations.

In ten laugh-till-you-cry chapters, Miljavac shares how laughter has been an essential and valuable part of her own healing, plus hilarious true stories will help you get started on the path to a life of peace and joy.

My Review: 

 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Psalm 31:25

This verse is my all-time favorite verse in the Bible. I try to live this out as much as humanly possible. Life isnt the easiest on the face of this planet, but I try really hard to rest in the fact that God's got this. It is very difficult at times not to react to certain situations, especially if you are a hot head like I am, but God is slowly teaching me how I should be. Its not easy, but with His help we can accomplish anything. We are but a vapor, so recognizing that has helped me realize that number one its not all about me and number two I desperately need Him to survive anything here on this earth.

 The author has a quirky way of looking at fear and she helps us through her own experiences fight this demon and put it to rest once and for all. I enjoyed the way she handles it and I will definitely be using some of her tried and trues when worry and fear start to contain me.

Review: Raising the Challenging Child by:Buckwalter

 Raising the Challenging Child
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
What's the worst you've ever faced as a parent? An all-out tantrum at the mall? A son who won't take out his earbuds to listen to you? A daughter who's failing at school and won't do her homework? A teen who constantly breaks curfew? A call from the police? Whatever you're dealing with, Raising the Challenging Child will help.

Building on their work at Chaddock, a nonprofit organization that has worked with some of the most challenging kids in the nation for more than 150 years, the authors empower frustrated parents with practical tips and real-life examples on how to

- minimize behavioral meltdowns
- reduce conflict
- increase cooperation
- promote healthy attachment
- improve family relationships

The strategies they share work both for the child who is going through a difficult phase brought on by life disruption or trauma, and for the child who faces chronic struggles. Parents, teachers, and those who work with children and youth will find positive, practical steps they can start taking today in order to understand and address the baffling behavior of the child under their care.

My Review:
 Well, let me tell you what having a child that challenges you at every turn is NOT easy. Ever! Parents have a hard enough time these days without their children not cooperating. The generation we are living with these days is beyond "out of control". Our kids are subjected to things we never were at that age and it makes this mama very sad. My boys see things and hear things and learn about things that I never want them to see, especially at their age. To me, they should be left along to experience being children.

 With all that being said, you have to see that they have so many things being thrown at them on a daily basis, it can be hard for them to decipher what is real and what isn't. Its our jobs as parents to clear the clutter and show them whats important in life. Raising the Challenging Child, will show you many ways to approach a child that well, challenges you at every turn. This book will be able to help no matter the situation. The authors have tried to think about this from every angle.

 And as a parent I welcome this. We need something like this as a virtual guidebook to help our kiddos today before its too late.

Review: Still: 7 Ways to Find Calm in the Chaos by:Donnelly

Still: 7 Ways to Find Calm in the Chaos
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Do you worry a lot? Is it common for you to dread upcoming events? Does pressure or stress trigger outbursts of anger, isolation, depression, or feelings of failure? Do you have a hard time finishing what you start? Do you find it impossible to work in the middle of chaos? Do you wonder if God is really going to come through for you in difficult times?

In Still, Jenny Donnelly teaches you how to experience true, life-giving rest even in the midst of chaos. While most of us think of rest as something we do, Jenny shares how rest is a place from which we live and work. Sharing her own personal story of struggling with life's pressures and spiritual exhaustion, she introduces you to the source of peace and rest: Jesus. She shows you the steps to take to access rest anytime, anyplace, under any conditions. And she reveals how operating from a place of stillness powers your identity, creativity, relationships, and so much more.

If you've been stressed and anxious, operating on autopilot as life whizzes by, it's time you discovered the resting place God designed for you.

My Review:
 I have always been a worrier. As a child, I would get tummy aches worried about if my parents could pay the phone bills. I grew up not 'dirt poor" but extremely close to it. I have carried that anxiety and worry over into adulthood. I have several diagnosis' that coincide with a worrier. So to say its deep in my bones would be an understatement. I would say that is who I am. Jesus is trying to teach me every day to not be so quick to react out of my fear.

 Because worry and fear are basically the same coin only they have two different sides. Sometimes, I succeed and sometimes I don't. But God has never left my side even in my fear and worry and He has assured me that He never will. He is my constant and the ONLY thing I can count on in this life. I know that to my core.

 Fear and worry can quickly transpire over into the spiritual side of us. Very commonly, we are saying that we don't trust God with our fears so to work through these things are incredibly difficult. But the great thing about God is He made us so He knows how we work and how we think. He never gives up on us even in the midst of doubt and fear.

 The author of Still, comes along beside us and shows us how easy it is to be still and let God work these things out. He has come to my side many times and said, "Hey, why are you worried about this?" "Its not going to happen like you think it is." And He will be right. Its hard to trust anyone but God tells us in His word that if we just let Him carry our burdens.

 Worry, anxiety and fear are always going to be a part of me but with God by my side, He will show me the navigation plan to keep the sky blue and clear when it all seems so cloudy.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: Merry Christmas, Nighty Night by:Michael W. Smith

 Merry Christmas, Nighty Night
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

About the Book:
It’s so hard to fall asleep on Christmas Eve! Lucky for Cole and his sister, Rose, the Nighty Nights—created by Grammy winner Michael W. Smith and co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki—have a special Christmas song to have them dreaming and sleeping in no time.

Merry Christmas, Nighty Night follows the familiar rhythm of the classic Clement Moore poem “The Night Before Christmas” to tell this gentle, musical, and heart-warming story that captures the wonder of Christmas Eve while helping little ones settle in for a cozy “Silent Night.”

Founded by Michael W. Smith, Nurturing Steps is an infant and toddler series of children’s music and books with a simple mission to enliven a child’s journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.

This holiday padded board book sparkles with glitter.

On the night before Christmas, Cole asked from his bed,
“May I wait by the tree for my presents instead?”
“No, Cole,” his mom answered, as she handed him Bear.
Then she kissed him goodnight and helped him say prayers.

My Review:
 This is a sweet little story about the true meaning of Christmas. Cole and Rose are way too excited for Christmas morning and they just can't sleep. But Mom and Dad cant get Christmas ready for them if they are awake. So they are told the true meaning of Christmas through a special song. After the song they are finally able to drift off. The song is set to the rhythm and rhyme of the popular Christmas poem,  “The Night Before Christmas”. 

 This is a precious book and it is a board book so its really good for ages under 10.

Review: A Christmas Gift for Santa by:Elkins

 A Christmas Gift for Santa: A Bedtime Book
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
The Christmas story you haven’t read: What happens after Santa Claus delivers all the Christmas presents to boys and girls around the world?

Is there a gift waiting for Santa at the North Pole? Cuddle up with your little ones and follow the journey through Santa’s Workshop in search of Santa’s Christmas present. With bright and whimsical illustrations, this new take on the Christmas story is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday reading tradition—especially at bedtime!

Has Mrs. Claus forgotten Santa on Christmas Eve? He searches and searches their cozy North Pole home until he finds homemade gifts waiting for him next to a beautiful handwritten note. But what does it say?

This sweet Christmas book, written by J. Theron Elkins and illustrated by Ag Jatkowska, will become a holiday favorite as children cuddle up with their parents to read this wonderful story of love and gratitude before they close their eyes to go to sleep.

As his eyes slowly closed,
Once he turned off the light,
Santa whispered at last …
“Merry Christmas, sleep tight.” 

A Christmas Gift for Santa:

Is a unique take on the Christmas stories
Is an adorable holiday title about Santa Claus
Includes delightful rhyming text that the little ones in your life will want to read again and again

My Review:
 The sweetest story about Santa getting his own gift for Christmas. He searched high and low trying to find his gift, thinking he had been forgotten. But Mrs, Claus didnt forget and Santa went to bed that night a happy man. The story is a very precious bedtime store with beautiful and bright illustrations. The story is written in rhyme which was a very nice touch. The perfect story for Christmas night.

Review: A Very Fiona Christmas by:Richard Cowdrey

 A Very Fiona Christmas
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Join everyone’s favorite hippo, Fiona, and all her loveable animal friends for their first heartwarming Christmas adventure through the zoo to find the answer to the question, “What’s Christmas?” This fun and whimsical book is the perfect read-aloud for fans of Fiona (and hippos) everywhere!

A follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Fiona the Hippo picture book comes A Very Fiona Christmas!

It’s Fiona the hippo’s very first Christmas, and the zoo is sparkling with holiday spirit. When the adorable little hippo asks her friends, “What’s Christmas?” they set out to show her all the wonders and excitement of the season. With each new experience Fiona lets out a snort, wiggles her ears, and asks, “Is THIS Christmas?”

Amidst the snow, twinkling lights, mistletoe, and stockings, Fiona ends up meeting a new friend at the zoo who helps her discover the true meaning of the holiday: Love. Snuggle up with your little ones and join Fiona and her adorable animal friends for a heartwarming holiday romp through the zoo.

A Very Fiona Christmas:

Stars the one and only Fiona the hippo, the worldwide internet sensation and star of the Cincinnati Zoo, who through her spunk and fighting spirit overcame all odds when she was born six weeks premature
Features adorable art by Richard Cowdrey, illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Fiona the Hippo

Is Fiona’s first Christmas adventure and the perfect holiday book for children and Fiona fans of any age
Will delight readers with a shimmering foil and glitter cover

My Review:
 Excitement was building at the zoo as the animals that lived there could feel the anticipation and excitement draw near. Everyone there knew what Christmas was all about, everyone except Fiona. She was the sweetest little hippo baby and she was full of questions about what this "Christmas" was all about. Her friends never did tell her what it was and her Mama explained that its a feeling. Come along and watch little Fiona experience the wonder of Christmas and find out the true wonder of it all.

 My children love this story! It was a great story and introduction to Fiona. She is just precious! And we loved the illustrations, too!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review&Giveaway: Merry Christmas Llama Llama! Sponsored by: NCircle Entertainment

 Merry Christmas Llama Llama
 **Disclosure**This DVD was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the sponsor. All opinions are my own.

About the DVD:
Merry Christmas Llama Llama! - Llama Llama Springs to life in these heart-warming tales based on the award-winning book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. Celebrate the holidays with Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid Sheep, and Gilroy Goat as they give gifts, sing songs, and build snow sculptures. It's a very Merry Christmas indeed!

My Review:
Llama Llama is at it again in this new DVD Merry Christmas Llama Llama. Such a sweet collection of stories. Three different episodes to warm your heart this holiday season. Episodes include: Snow Show, Secret Santa, and Llama Llama Loves to Read.

My kiddos love this series and mom does too!

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