Monday, May 21, 2018

Review: The Circle Maker:Devotions for Kids by:Mark Batterson

 The Circle Maker Devotions for Kids
**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:
Based on the New York Times bestselling The Circle Maker and Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker Devotions for Kids encourages kids ages 8 and up to pray circles around their biggest dreams.

Boys and girls will learn the story of Honi the Circle Maker, who drew a circle in the sand and didn’t budge from it until God answered a seemingly impossible prayer. Kids are encouraged to be brave and bold in their prayers and dreams just like Honi, and to see how God answers prayers in big and small ways. Featuring 100 inspiring messages and a beautifully designed interior, this devotional makes a perfect gift for young readers.

My Review:
 The Circle Maker series is a fantastic read. It has helped me so much especially with my children and really driving home the correct prayers to pray over them. My preteen will now get to take advantage of using this devotional to help him each day with the world around him and just his daily walk with God. In my personal opinion it will teach him to be a better "him".

 There are 100 daily devotions in this edition. A teaching lesson based on Scripture. A prayer and an area to write down thoughts about what he has read and learned. Teaching my son to pray better more effective prayers will help him now and for the rest of his life. so this book is a fantastic investment into the lives of our children. Helping them grown one step at a time.

Review: You Can Stay Home With Your Kids! By:Erin Odom

 You Can Stay Home with Your Kids!: 100 Tips, Tricks, and Ways to Make It Work on a Budget
**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:
Investing your life in your family brings you joy, and doing it on a single income doesn’t need to stress you out! Join Erin Odom as she shows you how you can live frugally—and thrive—while you raise your kids at home in You Can Stay Home with Your Kids!

From the moment you discovered you were going to be a mom, you envisioned spending each day with your kids, guiding, teaching, and loving them. But diapers, wipes, shoes, and braces are expensive! Though it may feel impossible to manage on one income, Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker blog is here to show you that, through God’s grace, staying at home with your kids isn’t just doable; it’s doable while living the good life. Your kids are young only once—you don’t have to miss out just because money is tight.

Erin shares 100 tips, tricks, and simple ways that she has provided the good life on a budget for her family—and you can do the same!

Sections include topics like:

making and sticking to a budget
side income ideas
inexpensive ways to do birthday parties
educational and enrichment activities for little ones that won’t break the bank
date ideas and other ways to connect with your spouse without spending a lot
planning for holidays
and much more!
Experience the freedom, flexibility, and joy that come with being a hands-on mom and spending every day guiding, enjoying, and nurturing your kids, while still providing a lifestyle you can be proud of.

My Review:
 I learned most of these in my 21 years of raising my babies. But Erin Odom has put them all in one place for young mothers trying to get it all done. You can stay home with your children you may just have to give up certain things along the way that are mere luxuries that you can do without and won't miss.

 We have always used second hand stores, and extremely clearanced sales for clothing ourselves and our children. For myself, its hard to find clothes that fit--so many times I will go several years before buying anything for myself. So we try to take real good care of the things we do buy new. Our kids are usually given hand me downs from others, as well. This has helped us tremendously.

 I'm still reading this great wealth of knowledge but she has tips on any and everything that could be applied to our daily lives. So if you are really wanting to make the leap at becoming a stay at home mom this book is a great book to reference to see just how doable it really is.

Review: Begin Again by:Leeana Tankersley

 Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest
**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 happens when life begins to trip us up and failure starts creeping in? Many of us just keep on doing the same thing, hoping for different results. Some of us look for escape, to find a way out of the mess we feel that we've created. But neither enduring nor escaping is ultimately what we need.

The answer is to allow ourselves to begin again, every day, in every part of our lives. Through engaging, lyrical prose, Leeana Tankersley shows women how to forgive themselves, develop new and healthier patterns of living, and do away with resentment and regret. Her life-giving words will free women who are feeling stuck and allow them to clear out the debris to make room for what God wants to do in their lives. To begin again is to open the window, even a crack, to let the breeze of grace come in. It is a call to stop running from our fears. To take one small step toward becoming the brave women we were made to be.

My Review:
 As you grown older, you realize that your life has definitely not turned out like you had planned. If we are being honest with ourselves, I personally believe that a majority of us can say just that. God knows this for us way before we do and thats why we are to rely on Him during this difficult time of discovery and heartache but also a change in our direction or way of thinking.

 God teaches us to forgive way beyond our wildest expectations. Forgive Him, forgive others, and finally forgive ourselves. It is a struggle sometimes to even keep looking up to Him because we are so depressed over what could of been.

 The author takes us through her own journey and others' journey, as well. to a place of meeting Jesus in the middle and letting Him sort it all out. A great encouragement to women on this life's plane. Inspiring and helpful words that can teach us.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Review & Giveaway: At-Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?


**Disclosure**This product was provided to me free of charge for my honest review from the sponsor. All opinions are my own.

About the Product:

The #1 dentist recommended teeth whitening method is using custom-fitted whitening trays. Our trays ensure that every angle of every tooth (regardless of whether your teeth are straight or not) receives even and consistent coverage of our professional strength whitening gel.

Smile Brilliant offers custom-fitted whitening trays for 70% less and up to 5x faster. The average U.S. dentist charges $500+ for the exact same service.

My Review:

 I am not one to really visit the dentist as I should. As I got older and obtained dental insurance I would say that it has been easier to take care of my teeth properly. Therefore, I am a very nervous person when it comes to visiting the dentist. But I am slowly trying to remedy this situation. I do use whitening strips that you can purchase at your local store.

 The regular strips whiten but not to the magnitude that I need and the professional teeth whitening strips cause me a great deal of pain so I just stick to my dental cleanings at the dentist office and the whitening strips for in between cleanings. So teeth whitening trays are a little intimidating to me, but when I was presented with this review opportunity I felt well I now have the opportunity to give it a try.

 I drink both coffee and herbal tea. I also eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Just these items alone can really do a number on your teeth and overall appearance. I am also over the age of 40, so age has definitely taken its toll on my appearance, as well. So with all that being said, this made the opportunity to do something about my smile of even greater importance.

 So the process is pretty simple, all the instructions come in the kit. You make your forms on the trays provided and send them back in to the company and within a few weeks you are provided with your custom fitted trays. You are provided with all the items you need to make this experience an even greater success.

 I also thought that Smile Brilliant's customer service was also fantastic. If you have an problems or issues they are just an email or phone call away. My results are a tiny bit better than they were before and I hope that from here on out they just get better and better. I have to be careful because I don't want to overdo it. Doing this can become somewhat addictive and with my teeth sensitivity, it could become an issue. But I don't have to worry because smile brilliant gives me some sensible tips that actually help with that.

 My before and afters are featured below!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: Nighty Night and Good Night by:Smith/Nawrocki

 Nighty Night and Good Night
About the Book:
Nighty Night and Good Night is the first book in a series of bedtime books by multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist Michael W. Smith and VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki. In Nighty Night and Good Night, the stuffed animal band the Nighty Nights are called upon to help their friend Ben try to fall to sleep. This cute and sleepy adventure leads Lamby, Bear, and Sleepy Puppy to discover that a classic lullaby might just do the trick.

This book includes a link that allows readers to listen to Michael W. Smith sing the same lullaby that helps put Ben to sleep.

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.

The cover of Nighty Night and Good Night includes an adorable image of the Nighty Nights and a title that shines with foil.

My Review:
 A sweet book about a little boy by the name of Ben that is having trouble falling asleep one night. He has a few sweet fluffy friends to help keep him company while he figures out the best way to get some sweet shut eye.

 Co written by the brilliant Michael W. Smith, we are introduced to a lullaby written by him in this sweet, little story. A brilliant idea for a baby shower gift. I plan on passing this on to my church for the nursery located there. A very good bedtime story book that is God based.

 Ben knows he is safe and secure in God's arms and soon falls fast asleep to this sweet lullaby.

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

Review: Ready or Not by:Moser/Fankhauser

 Ready or Not: Leaning into Life in Our Twenties
About the Book:
Discerning a calling is a messy undertaking. You are already involved in many good things now, even as you are being called to many good things in your future. The good life―good work, good relationships, good citizenship, good faith―is to be enjoyed now and pursued on every horizon. We are living out the Kingdom of God even as we seek it.

Ready or Not is a much-needed resource for young people on exploring the complexity of vocation in empowering, not prescriptive, ways. After exploring four foundational questions for emerging adulthood―Who is God? Who am I? How have I been shaped? What are my contexts?―you will work through interactive chapters covering the contours of adulthood, including: spirituality, family, community, and work.

Explore the full depths of your twenties with bravery and vulnerability! With insight into life skills, personal growth, and spirituality, Ready or Not will set you on a faithful trajectory for a good and meaningful life.

My Review:
 When a young person takes that finally step into adulthood, it can be downright terrifying for the young person and the said parents of that young person. So many new adventures and trials. So many unanswered questions. The fear of the unknown comes to mind. We as parents have to help them at least in the beginning to navigate priorities and to let the weaker of these fall by the wayside--as they should and to teach our kids the difference.

 Ready or Not is not just a self help advice book it is a book to share with that young adult to help them navigate and search out what the Lord has for them. Most of us do not know or comprehend that He has placed a calling on us and this is a good book to use to get down to the bottom of it. There are tons of information in the book but also some homework sections, as well to help with the process.

 A great book for navigating young adulthood.

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