The Essential Guide to Prayer

The Essential Guide to Prayer by Dutch Sheets is a how to book on how to pray to gain a better relationship with God.  This book is a good read.    It uses stories from his own life to relate, and really insists on how important persistence is.  Prayer needs to become a habitual practice in your life.

At the end of each section the author asks questions for you to reflect upon to gain a better understanding of your prayer life.  I really liked the real life examples, and how he tied in Bible verses throughout the book.  Overall a great read.


Wow! The Good News in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall is one of the most wonderful children’s books I have found about Adam & Eve and Jesus.  The pictures are very colorful and fun to look at.  The story rhymes and is even silly at times.  My 7 year old and 4 year old love it.  There are even verses in the back for reference if you want to connect it with the Bible.  Wow! is very easy for children to relate to and very fun to listen to.

I Always Wondered

Like many people in the world I have questions about my afterlife.  As a devout Catholic, Heaven and Hell are real places that I wonder about daily.  The book, “Answering the Toughest Questions About Heaven and Hell” by Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz does a great job deciphering what the Bible tells us about these places.  It explains whether or not Heaven and Hell even exist, what it will be like when you get there, who goes where, and countless other questions.  I enjoyed how straightforward the book was, while including scripture from the Bible.  Definitely a great read for someone interested in where they will be going once they die.

Bethany House has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.

Mary a Drawn in Bible Study

I received the most beautiful book from Tyndale House Publishers, “Mary.”  It is a bible study that requires you to write and draw as you learn about Mary and her struggles.  Each section includes scripture, questions to pray about, a prayer, a reflection, and a coloring section.  The book is more of a laid back Bible study.  It’s easily relatable and very thought provoking.  I am learning a lot about Mary as well as how to be a good person through reading and studying this book.  I would recommend it for anyone in High School and up.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.

Mott’s for Tots

Mott’s for Tots is a new organic apple juice that is actually healthy.  It has 40% less sugar than 100% apple juice.  There are no artificial flavors or sweeteners; it’s just apple juice with purified water and vitamins.  The best part is that it’s delicious.  Mott’s for Tots is kid and mom approved!

“I received a free product for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.”


Tranquility is a prayer and reflection coloring journal.  It is an absolute wonderful journal for young and old.  Each page consists of a prayer, a scripture, and an area to write or color to reflect.

The themes are easily relatable.  Some include, choosing joy, celebrating good times, random acts of kindness, etc.  I really like that the coloring aspect is not over the top.  It was very easy for me to color a page each day while reflecting upon the prayer and scripture I had just read.  Some coloring journals are very detailed and almost impossible to finish in one sitting.  This is my favorite prayer coloring journal I have found to date.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.

Silver Dollar City

Over Spring Break, my family took a road trip to Missouri.  We spent one beautiful, fun-filled day at Silver Dollar City.  If you have not visited Silver Dollar City before, it is a must see place to visit.  It has it all!  Rides, food, crafts, shows, and countless attractions to keep you entertained all day long.

Upon entering the park we stopped to rent a stroller.  The attendant asked if the stroller was for the baby or my 3 year old.  I said I wish they had one for the baby, it was mostly for all of my stuff.  He said they did have a couple of infant strollers and we were lucky enough to get one.  It worked out amazing.  My 6 month old was able to nap while we walked around, and we could put some of our bags in it.

Our first stop was at Marvel Cave.  We arrived 10 minutes before the first tour and decided to try it out.  We had absolutely no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  This hour long walking tour has you hiking 500 feet below the surface.  You will climb just under 600 stairs.  It is very strenuous, especially with a 6 month old baby attached to your body, but it is well worth it.  The cave is spectacular, and the guide is very knowledgeable.  We were even “lucky” enough to see some bats.  If my 63 year old mother-in-law, husband, 7 year old, 3 year old, and myself with a 6 month old can do it, so can you.  My kids talk about how neat this experience was every day.

This is the year for Food and Crafts at Silver Dollar City.  They have over 200 new food items this year, with something for everyone.  Some of the food items are normal such as chicken tenders, peanut brittle, and pizza; while others are a little different like mason jar sundaes and pork belly fries.  They had quite a few slushy stations throughout the park, and that’s where my kids headed to.  They have food stations and restaurants throughout the entire park.  We tried cinnamon rolls from Eve & Delilah’s Bakery, and they were just mouth-watering delicious.  We packed a picnic lunch for lunch, and ate it there.  It’s really nice they allow food to be brought in.  We could not leave without trying the kettle corn, which tasted just as amazing as it smelt.

Silver Dollar City has over 40 rides and attractions.  Some of my family’s favorites were Happy Frogs, Royal Tea Party, the Steam Engine, and the Magnificent Wave Carousel.  My kids even went on their first rollercoaster.

One of my family’s absolute favorite parts of visiting Silver Dollar City was seeing all of the real life crafters.  They watched a Blacksmith make a bottle opener right before their own eyes.  They were just in awe.  They enjoyed asking him questions and seeing how things really were made in the 1800’s.

Silver Dollar City has some very exciting new festivals and events this year, including


The all-new festival presents amazing acts of curiosity and larger-than-life performances, all billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience:”

  • NEW: The Earth Harp Collective, featuring the world’s largest playable stringed instrument, plays music on 75-foot strings stretched the length of Red Gold Heritage Hall as well as on a “drum cloud” and other unique musical instruments.
  • NEW: The Flamenco Kings, the world’s foremost flamenco dancers, are seven brothers whose stunning performances combine flamenco, tap, music, martial arts and acrobatics.
  • NEW: Balancing Wonders present gravity-defying performers in an extraordinary balancing show.
  • NEW: Speed Painter Dan Dunn takes performance art to top speed, a talent showcased on stages from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to a Super Bowl pregame show.
  • NEW: Glass “Armonica” showcases melodic sounds from one of the world’s largest instruments made of glassware.
  • NEW: Shows present Harp & Hang Drum music, and Melodies on Air with incredible wind instruments such as 4-ft. pan flutes and clay whistles.
  • New foods for the Festival of Wonder take an outrageous turn as well, including Curious Kabobs with shark or alligator on a stick, Fry Breads from Cajun Shrimp to Nutella S’mores, the World of Bacon with Bacon Cannoli and Chocolate Covered Bacon, plus new Bodacious Brownies and Blended Beverages.

We made so many memories visiting Silver Dollar City.  We will most definitely be back to visit.  It is a must see place to visit in the Midwest.



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LED Strip

These LED strips are the coolest thing I have ever bought.  It comes in a spool and you can cut the strip to fit whatever length you need.  It comes with a remote control so you can make the strip change colors more or less often, keep it on one color, or have it flash different colors.  The LED is very bright and would be great for parties.  We put ours on our patio for parties since they are also waterproof.  They are easy to hang since it just uses 3M tape.  They are easy to remove and add more strips to them as well.  These LED strips would be great for bars, kids rooms, parties, pools, anywhere you want to add a little fun.  I highly recommend them!

Wildlife Camera

This wildlife camera is perfect for what I needed it for.  I live in the country and wanted to see what kind of animals are in our backyard.  It only turns on when it senses movement, and then it takes pictures or videos.  The screen is very clear and it was very easy to set up.

I was impressed at how user friendly the camera was.  It took me about 5 minutes to figure it out.  It comes with a strap so you  can easily attach it to a tree, post, or anything really.  The camera is of high quality and made very well.  It has two hinges on the side to keep any weather elements out.  I had it outside when it was raining and it stayed nice and dry.

You can use it for a security camera since it is motion activated or for wildlife.  I like that it has color photos for day pictures and black & white photos for at nighttime.  I highly recommend this camera, it is definitely worth the money.