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Monday, November 30, 2015

Brave Enough by Nicole Unice Book Review

Brave Enough: Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free 
by Nicole Unice

Book Description

Is fear holding you back from becoming your best self? Does it add stress to your day and keep you up at night? What could be different if you let go and started living brave today?

Bravery doesn’t have to mean cliff diving out of your comfort zone. Life is about being brave enough―for yourself, for God, for your tasks, and for your calling―right where He’s placed you. A brave-enough life is one lived fully and confidently, with your shoulders relaxed and free from the weight of responsibility and the burden of trying too hard.

Nicole Unice, author of She’s Got Issues, wants that life to become a reality for you. She challenges you to get real about where you are right now―the places where you feel too scared to change, too tired to endure, or too worried to let go. Through personal stories and practical application, Nicole will lead you on a journey to harness all of your misspent doubts, concerns, and fears―and discover what God is saying about who you can be. Don’t miss the companion Brave Enough DVD Group Experience (UPC 031809201381)!

About the Author

Nicole Unice is a fresh voice for the next generation. Part bible teacher, part ministry leader, part busy mom-Nicole has the uncanny ability to relate to people in all ages and stages of life with her "keeping it real" approach to ordering a life around God's word.

Nicole's teaching reaches wide, both as a writer and speaker. Her first book, She's Got Issues, released May 2012 and speaks to a fundamental question of faith: is Being a Christian supposed to change me? The book is followed by a DVD Group Experience, a six-week journey of interviews, questions and teaching around the book.

Nicole's invitations to speak have taken her across the country to conferences and women's retreats, big and small. Her heart belongs to Hope Church, where she serves as a ministry associate, directing a full-time residency program called Praxis and supporting the mission and vision of Hope. You can catch her podcasting every Tuesday with senior pastor David Dwight, where they spend 15 minutes talking about "God's truth and modern life" and laughing about all kinds of other things. David and Nicole have co-authored a new book called "Start Here: Beginning a Relationship with Jesus", which releases in April 2014.

Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and her masters in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She loves creating a space for ministry and spiritual formation in the everyday rhythms of life with her awesome husband Dave, their three young children, and a mischievous puppy named Shep. Nicole is known for making friends in all corners of the world-especially via social media. So connect with her on her Facebook page or via Twitter-and hopefully face to face at one of her upcoming events.

My Review:
Brave Enough by Nicole Unice is an amazing book! Living brave isn't an easy thing to do but being able to do so is so amazing. Fear holds you back from becoming your best self but this book will take you through a journey to harness all of your misspent doubts, concerns, and fears and discover what God is saying about who you can be. If you're ready to become who God wants you to become then this book is for you. Chapter by chapter you will learn to become braver in your day to life. I absolutely love how much this book has helped me!

You can find Brave Enough by Nicole Unice on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

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Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

Lay It Down by Bill Tell Book Review

Lay It Down: Living in the Freedom of the Gospel
by Bill Tell  (Author)

Book Description

Call it burnout, a spiritual breakdown, or a personal crisis, the toll of Bill Tell’s decades of successful ministry finally caught up with him. Incapacitated and depressed, he found that the road to recovery began at the cross. To his delight, healing opened new freedoms as he embraced the gospel in new ways.

Lay It Down: Living in the Freedom of the Gospel is a bold declaration of the overwhelming grace of God. More than merely saving us in our sin, by grace God delivers us from it, making us new creations and treating us accordingly―no matter what. For a generation of Christians who have learned a gospel of performance and striving, Lay It Down offers the good news of the grace that is already ours in Christ.

My Review:
Lay It Down: Living in the Freedom of the Gospel by Bill Tell is a wonderful book! God delivers us from our sins making us new creations and treating us accordingly. That's not really easy to comprehend but it's a fantastic thing that God does for us. We continually beat our selves up for our sins even after we've been forgiven. In Lay It Down: Living in the Freedom of the Gospel by Bill Tell we learn to truly lay it down and heal which opens up new freedoms and helps us embrace the gospel in new ways. I absolutely love this book and found it to be extremely helpful!

You can find Lay It Down by Bill Tell on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

Piglet Bo Is Not Scared! by Geert De Kockere Book Review

Piglet Bo Is Not Scared!
by Geert De Kockere (Author), Tineke Van Hemeldonck (Illustrator)

Book Description

Piglet Bo insists that he is not scared. Not scared of anything and not scared of anyone. And if you think he seems scared, well, you’re misunderstanding the situation. Really, Piglet Bo can’t go into the dark cave because he doesn’t want to disturb the bats. And he can’t go into the deep pit because he’s pretty sure the termites are having a birthday party and it would be rude to show up without a gift. But what are those shadows lurking on each page? How long can Piglet Bo’s excuses last?

Geert De Kockere’s whimsical story will capture the hearts of children and adults alike. This playful tale of a pig who just can’t admit he’s afraid is sure to get kids laughing out loud. Tineke Van Hemeldonck’s uniquely evocative mixed-media illustrations bring Piglet Bo Is Not Scared! to life and give it an imaginative, quirky feel. This charming story is for ages three and up.

About the Author

Geert De Kockere studied to become a teacher but instead became a professional journalist, working for the Flemish newspaper De Standaard (The Standard). Currently, he is the editor of Buitenbeen, a nature magazine for Flanders and the Netherlands. He has written many children’s books, including several collections of poems, and has won a variety of book prizes for his work. He lives in Kempen, Belgium.

About the Illustrator

Tineke Van Hemeldonck studied graphic design, specializing in illustration, at Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg in Hasselt. She has done all kinds of graphic design work and has illustrated several children’s books. She currently resides in Bunsbeek, Belgium.

My Review:
Piglet Bo Is Not Scared! by Geert De Kockere is the perfect book for kids for kids 3 and up! My daughters love this book. We have another Piglet Bo book so my kids were thrilled to read this one. Piglet Bo isn't scared of the dark cave, he just doesn't want to disturb the bats. This playful tale of a pig who just can’t admit he’s afraid is adorably cute and gave my kids a few laughs. By the end of the book Piglet Bo is finally ready to admit that maybe, just maybe he's a tiny bit scared. Such a fun book! My kids also enjoyed finding the wolf shadow hiding on each page. The illustration are fun and match the story perfectly!

You can find Piglet Bo Is Not Scared! by Geert De Kockere on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

The Daring Prince Dashing by Marilou Reeder Book Review

The Daring Prince Dashing
by Marilou Reeder (Author), Karl West (Illustrator)

Book Description

Prince Dashing is daring and will stop at nothing to find a new friend!

Prince Dashing bathes with crocodiles, eats while dangling upside down from the tallest trees, and toasts s’mores by dragon’s breath.

The night of the royal ice cream social, he meets a girl as adventurous as he is. But at the stroke of bedtime, the girl hurries off, leaving behind her mysterious stick. In his usual daring way, Dashing ventures out to search for the stick’s owner. He gallops by groups of thugs, tromps past toothy crocodiles, and eventually stumbles into the zoo. Will he ever find his friend?

Follow Dashing and one equally daring girl in this humorous tale of fearless fun and friendship.

About the Author

Marilou T. Reeder received a Barbara Karlin Grant letter of merit in 2009. In 2010, she was awarded the SCBWI Pocono Mountain Retreat author scholarship, for writers who show exceptional promise. When she is not writing for children, she keeps busy with freelance business and technical writing. She currently resides in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

About the Illustrator

Karl West is a freelance illustrator, doodler, and full-time coffee drinker. He produces both traditional and digital work from his studio in Dorset, England.

My Review:
The Daring Prince Dashing by Marilou Reeder is an adorable book! My kids absolutely love this book. The illustration are incredibly fun and match the words on the page perfectly. This humorous tale is the perfect book to read to kids. Prince Dashing meets a girl who leaves behind her mysterious stick at the stroke of midnight so Prince Dashing sets off to find her. On his search he's led to the zoo where he goes on an incredible adventure and eventually finds the girl he's been searching for. She's every bit as adventurous as he is and the two begin a most adventurous friendship. 

My family and I love this book!

You can find The Daring Prince Dashing by Marilou Reeder on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids by Kim Chamberlain Book Review

The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids: 365 Amazing, Fabulous, and Fun Word Puzzles 
by Kim Chamberlain (Author), Jon Chamberlain (Illustrator)

Book Description

Our brains are an amazing organ! And just like our bodies, our brain functions best when it’s put to work. So get ready to give your brain a full workout each day with The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids! Inside, you’ll find 365 word puzzles and games to keep your mind active and in great shape! Have fun with your family and friends as you learn about acronyms, anagrams, definitions, parts of speech, rhyming words, syllables, word structure, and more with these fun puzzles. From Alphabet Teasers and Mini Word Sudoku puzzles, to Speed Words and Word Store games, even doing one puzzle a day will help you to learn new words, spell better, problem solve with ease, and have better concentration.

With ten levels of puzzles—ranging from easiest to most challenging—and an answer key at the end to check your work, this book is sure to help keep your brain active and will help increase your understanding of and love for all kinds of words! So impress your family and friends by how quickly you can solve word puzzles and with how many words you’ve learned, too!

This is a fabulous word puzzles book with over 400 various puzzles ranging from easy to difficult. Parents and teachers will like this as an educational way to keep kids occupied and learning important words and phrases. The graphics throughout make it kid-friendly and lessen the emphasis on learning, which should pull kids in.

About the Author

Kim Chamberlain has been writing and creating activities, games, and puzzles since childhood. The author of Five-Minute Brain Workout as well as communication skills and activity books, she has a master’s in linguistics. She worked with teenagers for many years and is a volunteer reader/writer for college students. She is an award-winning international professional speaker and was founding president of a professional speaker’s association chapter. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with her husband, Jon, their two children, and their pet lizard.

About the Illustrator

Jon Chamberlain has been drawing for a long time, collaborating with his wife on several book projects and for his own enjoyment. He worked exclusively in inks and watercolor until recently, when he acquired a drawing tablet and consequently relearned how to create digitally. He is a professional IT geek, comic book aficionado, and collector of old science fiction novels. He resides in Wellington, New Zealand.

My Review:
The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids by Kim Chamberlain is awesome! As a homeschooling mom I love anything that challenges my kids. I love that there's ten levels of puzzles so kids can start out at an easy level and progress. I've been using this in the mornings as a warm up to get our day started and my daughter loves it! With 365 puzzles throughout the book it will keep her busy all year long. The illustrations are cute and help keep the book kids friendly. I also love that the back of the book includes answers just in case kids get stuck. The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids by Kim Chamberlain is such a fun book!

You can find The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids by Kim Chamberlain on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

To learn more about the author click HERE!

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

Don't Lick the Minivan by Leanne Shirtliffe Book Review

Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids 
by Leanne Shirtliffe  (Author)

Book Description

As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia’s sin city. But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic wrap, Shirtliffe manages to keep her babies alive for a year with help from a Coca-Cola deliveryman, several waitresses, and a bra factory. Then she and her husband return home to the isolation of North American suburbia.

In Don’t Lick the Minivan, Shirtliffe captures the bizarre aspects of parenting in her edgy, honest voice. She explores the hazards of everyday life with children such as:

The birthday party where neighborhood kids took home skin rashes from the second-hand face paint she applied.
The time she discovered her twins carving their names into her minivan’s paint with rocks.
The funeral she officiated for “Stripper Barbie.”
The horror of glitter.
And much more!

Shirtliffe eventually realizes that even if she can’t teach her kids how to tie their shoelaces, she’s a good enough mom. At least good enough to start saving for her twins’ therapy fund. And possibly her own. Shirtliffe’s memoir might not replace a therapist, but it is a lot cheaper.

About the Author

Leanne Shirtliffe is an award-winning humor blogger. She writes funny stuff for the Huffington Post, Nickelodeon’s NickMom.com, and the Calgary Herald. When she’s not stopping her twins from licking frozen flagpoles, she teaches English to teenagers who are slightly less hormonal than she is. She lives with her husband, their kids, and dust bunnies in Calgary, Alberta.

My Review:
Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids by Leanne Shirtliffe is a terrific book for moms! I love the part in this book where she found her kids carving their names in the minivan with rocks because my daughter did the exact same thing to my car. There's so many similarities in Don't Lick the Minivan by Leanne Shirtliffe to my life as a mother and I'm sure to most moms. I love books that help us mothers realize our family is normal and that most parents have the same struggles we have. This book helps me let go and focus on being a good mom and not worrying about all the little things. It has also helped me look back on moments and laugh. The parenting tips throughout the book are a hoot. What and awesome book!

You can find Don't Lick the Minivan by Leanne Shirtliffe on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

To learn more about the author click HERE!

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Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

StarPack Premium Silicone Christmas Candy Molds Review + How to Make Crayons in the Oven!


StarPack is a premium online retailer servicing customers across Asia Pacific and the US, from our head office in Australia. We are committed to providing only the highest quality products for our customers’ homes and their families.

Led by husband and wife Matt & Su, we believe in the core principles of:

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Quality materials and workmanship

Value for money

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If you have any questions or concerns relating to any of our products, just let us know and we will endeavor to respond within 24 hours. Ultimately, behind our products and websites we are just a great bunch of people excited about what we do and wanting ensure 100% 5 Star Satisfaction for our customers. We believe that’s at the heart of a successful business, so feel free to get in touch.

We truly hope you enjoy our products.




MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY CANDY AND CHOCOLATE TREATS! PERFECT FOR GIFT-GIVING, COOKIE PLATTERS, CHRISTMAS PARTIES, CUPCAKE TOPPERS AND MORE

These gorgeous Holiday Molds come in 3 Shapes - a Heart Mold, Star Mold and Christmas Tree Mold. They are perfect for making homemade chocolates, gummies, ice cubes, hard candy, frozen yoghurt treats, as well as soap molds, crayon molds, candle molds, and more!

SUPER EASY USE AND & CLEAN UP

Nothing sticks to this silicone mold, so de-molding candy and cleaning up after cooking with kids is a breeze! So easy to use, just press the bottom of the mold to pop out each shape - candies retain their shapes and StarPack's premium non-stick silicone is literally the easiest substance to clean. Simply wipe under hot water.

HIGHEST QUALITY LFGB GRADE SILICONE - TWIST TEST AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

StarPack's Silicone Candy Molds are 100% FDA Food Grade, European LFGB Grade, and BPA Free. The twist test will show there are no fillers. They are safe to use in temperatures from -40F to 600F and are freezer, oven, dishwasher and microwave safe.

FULL STARPACK WARRANTY

If you're not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply let us know and you'll be offered a FULL refund or replacement, no questions asked. Enjoy this absolutely RISK FREE purchase today by clicking the yellow 'Add to Cart button' above

My Review:
StarPack Premium Silicone Christmas Candy Molds are awesome! Everything I've made in them pops out with ease. The chocolates I made in them looked absolutely perfect and the shapes are so cute! StarPack Premium Silicone Christmas Candy Molds come with a Christmas tree mold, Star and Heart mold. 

My favorite way to use these is to freeze some lemon juice from my lemon tree and store them in a Zip Lock bag in the freezer so I'll have lemon juice all year long. I also use these to melt crayons in my oven into the mold shapes. My kids enjoy watching the crayon colors melt in the oven and then get to enjoy having fun crayon shapes to color with. We even made Christmas Tree crayons so they can gift them to their cousins for Christmas. I've included the step by step process below for making your own crayons in the oven below.

 I love that StarPack Premium Silicone Christmas Candy Molds are 100% food grade, BPA Free and safe to use in various temperatures. StarPack Premium Silicone Christmas Candy Molds are perfect!

I highly recommend StarPack Premium Silicone Christmas Candy Molds!

How to make your own crayons in the oven:

1. Remove crayon wrappers off old broken crayons you'd like to use. Of course you could use new crayons but it's a wonderful way to re-purpose old crayons. 

2. Pick colors you'd like to melt together. (My kids love mixing the colors but you could also try to do colors that are similar)

3. Bake in the oven at about 275 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. 

4. Remove them from the oven and let them cool. At this stage you can also use a toothpick or Popsicle stick to mix them or leave them at is for a multi colored crayon. 

5. Gently press the crayons out of the molds and you'll have all new crayons ready for use. 

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Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tough Cookie by Kate Louise Book Review

Tough Cookie
by Kate Louise  (Author), Grace Sandford (Illustrator)

Book Description

When this gingerbread man was baked, someone forgot to put in the ginger. He’s made of eggs and cinnamon and flour and butter and sugar, but he’s missing a key ingredient! Without ginger, the gingerbread man feels like he’s not really a gingerbread man at all! He can’t be sold in the bakery, so he lives at the back of the store. And there he causes all kinds of trouble.

This gingerbread man eats the baker’s decorating candy. He throws sprinkles across the counter and squirts frosting on the walls. It’s not long before the baker has had enough of the gingerbread man’s mischief and orders him to leave. The gingerbread man realizes he’ll have to change his ways, and the baker decides to help. He teaches the gingerbread man that his ingredients don’t make him who he is—it’s his character that defines him. So the gingerbread man begins to help the baker decorate the other gingerbread men and women. He helps prepare them and makes sure they find their way on their journey from the oven to the bakery shelf. And he always makes sure to add the ginger.

This is a story about being kind and finding happiness through helping others. Sandford’s cute illustrations accompany Louise’s sweet story, and children won’t be able to resist its delightful charm.

About the Author

Kate Louise is a YA and children’s book author. She recently graduated from university with a first-class BA (honors) degree in fine art painting. She is the author of the picture books The Upside-Down Fish and Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles. She lives with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel named Freddie in Cheshire, England.

About the Illustrator

Grace Sandford is an illustrator and designer whose clients include Palmer Hargreaves, Stew magazine, Green Android Ltd., and Paper and Apparel. She currently resides in Norwich, England.

My Review:
Tough Cookie by Kate Louise is an awesome book! I love that it teaches kids that they need to have good character and that how they treat others is what really makes them who they are. My kids love the tough little Gingerbread Man and think all his mischief causing is pretty funny. We especially love the ending of this book and that the Gingerbread Man finally finds his purpose and becomes happy with who he is, even if he is missing his ginger. The illustrations are adorable and the writing is so creative. What a fun book for the holidays! 

You can find Tough Cookie by Kate Louise on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

To learn more about the author click HERE!

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Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

The Runaway Santa by Anne Margaret Lewis Book Review


The Runaway Santa: A Christmas Adventure Story
by Anne Margaret Lewis (Author), Aaron Zenz (Illustrator)
   
 Once there was a jolly Santa who wanted to leave the North Pole on a worldwide vacation! He decides he wants to visit Mount Rushmore and see the stone faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Then he’ll ski the silky slopes of the Swiss Alps. And after that, he’ll ride an elephant in South Africa on a safari. Santa is eager for a new adventure, but Mrs. Claus isn’t so sure he’s ready just yet. Before he takes off, she’s going to make sure he’s got his rock climbing gear. And his skis, and his hat. He must be ready!

It isn’t long before Santa realizes that maybe his adventure would be more fun with a friend. Mrs. Claus is clearly an expert adventurer herself, and so the two take off together on a runaway adventure. They have a little time before Christmas, after all, and everybody needs a break sometimes!

About the Author

Anne Margaret Lewis is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than ten children’s books. She enjoys working with fun fictional characters and carefully weaving important lessons into her stories. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she lives with her husband and four children in Traverse City, Michigan.

About the Illustrator

Aaron Zenz works as an illustrator, graphic designer, multimedia designer, toy designer, graphic recorder, college instructor, fine artist, and author. He currently resides in Spring Lake, Michigan.

My Review:
The Runaway Santa by Anne Margaret Lewis is such a fun book! My kids absolutely loved this book and it definitely answers the question of what Santa doesn't when it isn't Christmas time. Santa decides to go on an adventure so Mrs. Clause makes sure to pack everything he needs. Santa realizes his adventure would be more fun with a friend so Santa invites Mrs. Clause along for the adventure. I love the illustrations on every page and found Mrs. Clause and Santa to be a very cute couple. The Runaway Santa by Anne Margaret Lewis is a wonderful book and my kids adore it!

You can find The Runaway Santa by Anne Margaret Lewis on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

To learn more about the author click HERE!

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore Book Review

The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story Hardcover
by Clement C. Moore (Author), Amanda Brack (Illustrator)

Book Description

Spread the Christmas cheer with this whimsical retelling of Clement C. Moore’s cherished poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” This new edition of the classic features the text of Moore’s original poem, illustrated with beautifully detailed LEGO brick scenes and characters.

See the colorful stockings hung by the chimney in the fanciful brick house, and look on at the visions of dancing brick sugarplums. Turn the pages to reveal Saint Nicholas with his bundle of toys and his eight trusty reindeer, and watch as he magically slides down the chimney to bring presents to the good little girls and boys before shouting, “Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!” This treasured Christmas poem in brick will quickly become the highlight of your holiday storybooks and a great new tradition for the whole family!

About the Author

Clement C. Moore was a professor at the New York City General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church. He is most well known for his poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” which helped establish the character of Santa Claus. He died in 1863.

About the Illustrator

Amanda Brack is a freelance illustrator who loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, old horror movies, and homemade smoothies. She spent most of her childhood with her brothers constructing expansive LEGO towns and fighting over the best bricks. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and is currently living near Boston, Massachusetts.

My Review:
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore is an awesome book for kids! The illustrations are so fun and match the words on the page perfectly. My kids absolutely love that The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore contains LEGO brick scenes. We love LEGOS in our house so anything LEGO is usually a hit but I have to say I love the tie in with Christmas because LEGOS are always on my kid's holiday wish lists. On each page there's a Christmas scene to remind kids of the upcoming holiday season. This is a terrific book to add to your child's holiday reading collection!

You can find The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

Good Night, Little Love By Thomas Nelson Book Review

Good Night, Little Love
By Thomas Nelson 
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

Getting ready for sleepy time has never been so sweet.

It’s time to put on pajamas, snuggle up, and look forward to all the happy adventures and togetherness that God will bring tomorrow. Help your child wind down with this imaginative lullaby with whimsical illustrations, and then drift off to sleep reassured of your unconditional love and affection.

My Review:
Good Night, Little Love By Thomas Nelson is an amazingly cute book! I love that it's a board book and that the illustrations are vibrant and beautiful. I love to read this to my kids before bed to reassure them how loved they are. It's the perfect book to end the day with and to help your little ones have sweet dreams while nestled in their warm and cozy beds. I also love that Good Night, Little Love By Thomas Nelson helps kids look forward to all the adventures that tomorrow brings. This is a terrific addition to your children's bedtime routine!

You can find Good Night, Little Love By Thomas Nelson on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Take your Holiday Baking to the Next Level with LAFAZA Vanilla Products


At LAFAZA, we learned about the vanilla trade in a different way. Two of the founders lived and worked with local vanilla farmers associations in Madagascar as Peace Corps volunteers, and the other members of the American team have spent many years working working side by side with farmers in Madagascar.

Originally named From The Field Trading Company, we established our business to create more equitable, direct trade linkages between farmers and consumers, and to do so in an environmentally sustainable way. Between multiple bases in Madagascar and our warehouse in California, we manage the entire process of bringing gourmet LAFAZA vanilla products from farmers directly to you.

LAFAZA is the Malagasy name for a beautiful tree that grows in the lush tropical forests of Madagascar. Buying LAFAZA vanilla products helps conserve forests and protect the many endemic species that call them home.


Contains only hand-selected Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans

Grown under Organic Conditions 

No preservatives or additives

Gluten Free, All-Natural, Sun-Cured

We start with premium aromatic LAFAZA vanilla that has been sun-cured and dried to remove nearly all of the moisture in the pod. The beans are then ground to a fine powder and sealed for freshness.

Pure Ground Vanilla makes a convenient and delicious addition to baked goods, spice rubs, coffee, tea, specialty drinks, smoothies, dry mixes, and can be used in many recipes as a substitute for vanilla beans or vanilla extract.


Premium Vanilla Beans

Two Grade A-1 Premium Vanilla Beans

Grown under Organic Conditions

Gluten Free, All-Natural, Sun-Cured

Environmentally Sustainable, Ethically-traded

LAFAZA  A-1 Grade Premium Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans represent the finest vanilla produced by farmers each year—the cream of the crop. These 2 whole vanilla beans are fragrant and full of seeds, with deep black coloration and moist, flexible pods.

A-1 Grade Premium Madagascar vanilla beans make a wonderful and fresh addition to baking recipes, desserts, savory dishes, and specialty beverages.

For most recipes, a single A-1 premium Madagascar vanilla bean is equivalent to 2 tablespoons of Pure Vanilla Extract, or 1 tablespoon of Pure Ground Vanilla.


Crafted using a 2-week, cold-extraction process

Made using the finest Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans

From beans grown under organic conditions

Non-GMO, All-Natural 

This Single-Fold Pure Vanilla Extract contains our signature blend of all-natural Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans. Our extracts are made using a slow, cold-extraction process, that brings out the deep flavor notes and rich aroma of our forest-grown vanilla.

LAFAZA’s Single-Fold Vanilla Extract has a full-bodied, creamy and rich flavor. It’s unique flavor signature results from using some of the highest quality vanilla beans grown each year in Madagascar. It’s a perfect addition to both sweet and savory dishes alike.

VANILLA SUGAR

We infuse Organic Cane Sugar with gourmet Vanilla Beans and Pure Ground Vanilla Powder.

This product is a wonderful addition to coffee, tea, your morning bowl of oatmeal, or any recipe you want to enhance with gourmet, all-natural vanilla flavor!

Organic Cane Sugar infused with LAFAZA Vanilla Beans and Pure Ground Vanilla Powder.

My Review:
LAFAZA Vanilla Products are wonderfully delicious! The vanilla flavor in each end every product is exquisitely wonderful. Have you ever tasted a desert that someone else made and wondered why it tastes so much better than something similar that you've made. Most recipes are pretty similar but since I've really gotten into baking I've discovered that the quality of ingredients are just as important as the ingredients. LAFAZA Vanilla Products make the difference and give anything you make that star quality making it a hit with everyone who tastes it. Their products are top quality and it's a quality that you can see, taste and smell. The vanilla smell is absolutely amazing and the taste is heavenly. 

I highly recommend LAFAZA Vanilla Products for all your holiday baking this season!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Win or Lose, I Love You! By Lysa TerKeurst Book Review

Win or Lose, I Love You!
By Lysa TerKeurst 
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

Win or lose, one thing that’s true . . . No matter what, I love you!

Competition can bring out the worst in us, but it can also be an opportunity to learn impactful life lessons. That’s why it’s so important for kids to understand how to handle winning and losing!

Join Lulu and Max as they help Bear-Bear, Goosey, Coyote and the rest of their animal friends in the Field Day contests determine who will be the leader of Lulu’s forest.

But as the animals soon find out, not everyone can win. Sore losers, unkind winners, flaring tempers, and a few tears are taking the fun straight out of Field Day!

Just like Lulu and Max help the animals navigate the ups and downs of the day, with Win or Lose, I Love You parents will be equipped to help children:

Replace the selfish characteristics of competition with an understanding of how to treat others fairly
Overcome the tendency to display poor sportsmanship by using Biblical truths to develop a Christ-like attitude
Reject the labels of winning and losing and embrace that they are loved no matter how they perform.
Win or Lose, I Love You will show your child that, no matter what, their value is tied to who they are, not how they play!

About the Author

Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes. She is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.

My Review:
Win or Lose, I Love You! By Lysa TerKeurst is an awesome book for kids! I love that this book teaches kids the Godly way to handle both winning and losing. I also love that Win or Lose, I Love You! By Lysa TerKeurst teaches both kids and parents to reject the labels of winning and losing and embrace that they are loved no matter how they perform. Building up kids self esteem and teaching them that God loves them no matter what it so important! The illustrations are beautiful and go right along with the words on the page perfectly. Such a wonderful book for kids!

You can find Win or Lose, I Love You! By Lysa TerKeurst on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other bookstores.

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Perfect for Wing Night - Moore's Marinade Review


Moore's Original Marinade was introduced over thirty years ago at a steakhouse in the small Alabama town of Jasper. The original hickory marinade, with a delightfully flavorful taste, quickly became well known throughout Alabama and the South.

All Moore's Marinade and Sauce products are made in America with the highest quality ingredients to enhance the flavor of any food you are preparing. In addition to the Original Hickory we have Moore’s Teriyaki Marinade, and three wing sauces, which each offers just the right amount of heat: our award winning Moore’s Buffalo Wing Sauce, Moore's Honey BBQ Wing Sauce and our Asian Teriyaki Wing Sauce. All of our marinades and sauces are Gluten free, Kosher and have no added MSG. Moore's Marinade has won television, radio, billboard and cook-off awards for being one of the most versatile marinades available. Today, Moore’s Marinade is found throughout our nation in grocery stores, mass retailers and restaurants.

Moore’s provides So Much Moore Flavor for any cooking occasion!


Our original award winning restaurant recipe
Versatile marinade for beef, chicken, pork, fish, vegetables & wild game
Robust hickory flavor
Sodium per serving is equal to Dale’s Low Sodium
Adds great flavor to all your favorite dishes
Makes a great jerky!
Use as an added ingredient to add flavor to your favorite recipes!
Gluten Free, Kosher, No MSG
Available in 16 oz bottles and gallon jugs


Our original marinade with a traditional teriyaki flavor
Marinade to use with fish, chicken, pork & vegetables
Traditional teriyaki flavor enhanced with sweet garlic, soy and ginger
Lightly "wash" your vegetables in our Teriyaki Marinade before grilling - adds just the right flavor for a tasty and healthy side dish!
Gluten Free, Kosher, No MSG
Available in 16 oz bottles


A new twist to our award winning wing sauce
Ready to use as sauce or dip, for wings and lots of other things!
Sweet garlic, soy and ginger
Medium heat level
Gluten Free, Kosher, No MSG
Available in 16 oz bottles


We call this our Sweet Heat sauce and it's a fan favorite!
Ready to use as sauce or dip, for wings and lots of other things!
Spicy and Sweet, Smoky and Tangy - adds a perfect balance of a spicy kick and a sweet stickiness to your dishes
Made with real honey & molasses
Medium heat level
Gluten Free, Kosher, No MSG
Available in 16 oz bottles


Our best-selling sauce!  Adds just the right amount of flavor and heat
Ready to use as sauce or dip, for wings and lots of other things!
Cayenne provides the flavor!
Medium heat level
Makes your wings fly!
Gluten Free, Kosher, No MSG
Available in 16 oz bottles


Twist on our classic flavor
Creamy texture
Mild heat (less spicy than regular buffalo sauce) – good for kids!
Combines two favorite flavors into one
Adds variety for tailgate season foods
Delicious on Veggies
Gluten Free, Kosher, No MSG
Available in 16 oz bottle




Twist on our classic flavor
Adds tang for extra taste
Mild heat (less spicy than regular buffalo sauce) – good for kids!
Combines two favorite flavors into one
Adds variety for tailgate season foods
Gluten Free, Kosher, No MSG
Available in 16 oz bottle

My Review:
Moore's Marinade's are amazingly delicious! My family and I love wings so we're always on the lookout for a delicious full flavor marinade for wing nights. I'm happy to report that Moore's Marinade's fit that description perfectly. The flavor in each marinade is terrific. I love that Moore's Marinade offer so many varieties because in my house we all like different flavors but that just makes wing night more fun because we make several batches of wings all marinated in different marinades and share our favorites with each other. The marinade coats the wings well and I also love to use Moore's Marinade on other chicken and beef dishes. They give every dish a wonderful flavor. 

I highly recommend Moore's Marinade!


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Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.