Category Archives: Family

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!

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.

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

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

FESTIVAL OF WONDER (April 6 – 30)

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.

 

Life After Heaven

This Lenten season has taken on a whole new experience for myself.  I’m really beginning to dive deeper into scripture and my prayer life.  Heaven and the afterlife have always been something that intrigued me.  Life After Heaven by Steven R. Musick really spoke to me.

The book begins by explaining a young man’s childhood and how alone he felt.  He was always put to the side, never the center of attention.  It wasn’t until he joined the Navy, did he finally stand out and feel appreciated.  He was making great strides, and was even asked to try out for the SEALs.  While in training he received a fatal injection for swine flu and ended up dying.  He met Jesus, and loved being in Heaven.  Jesus informed him he was not able to stay yet and went back to Earth.  He then, for many years, battled horrific side effects including trouble breathing.  He ended up going to Church and being healed by Jesus.  The story continues on, but I cannot say enough good things about this book.

It is a page turner.  I read the entire book in two days; I could not put it down.  I love how throughout the book the author provides stories of how Jesus and Heaven are really a part of our every day life.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Angels

Angels%203D%20for%20LPI am a Catholic and believe 100% in angels.  I have raised my children to know that they each have a guardian angel that watches over them.  So many questions arise when I think of angels or when I speak about them to my children.

 

Angels, by Jack Graham, has been a great resource in helping me understand what role angels play in my own faith.   He provides many examples of how they protect, give strength, and show companionship whenever we are in need.  The book also shares exactly where in scripture angels are referred to and what their roles are.  If you truly want to know about the spiritual side of angels, this is a must read.

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

Gratitude

Gratitude is something I need to work on every single day of my life.  It is something I need to practice and set time aside to do.  With the book, Gratitude, A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal, I can do just that.

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Each morning or evening, I can sit down and devote myself to  becoming a more gracious person.  This particular journal is set up with a short prayer, Bible verse, space to reflect, and an area to color and express creativity while focusing on gratitude.  The journal prompts are simple, and give lots of room to dig deep into your soul.  The drawings to color are simple and mindless so you can really concentrate on the true task at hand.  I really like this journal and would recommend it to anyone who needs a little more gratitude in their lives.

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

Punderdome, The Card Game

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Looking for a new game to play at your next social gathering?  Look no further!  Punderdome, the card game is an easy to teach, easy to learn, and easy to play game for anyone over twelve.  All you need to play is the little box that contains everything, and three or more people.  You also need to prepare yourself to laugh and have a good time.

Inside the box are 200 different play cards with words or phrases.  Simply pick two cards, create a pun, and whoever creates the most terrible pun wins!  For example, draw “religion” and “fighting” and you can say “All Catholics do is argue with each other.”  The more people play the more fun it is.  I like how small the game itself is.  It’s great to throw in your bag for travel and parties.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

God Bless America

9780735289741As this Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches it is only fitting I review a patriotic book.  God Bless America, A Patriotic Coloring Book, is a great book to slow down, relax, and express creativity as you color your way through history.

Each coloring page has a story to go along with it.  For example, a page with an army jet fighter & parachute people, also has the Pledge of Allegiance and the history behind the Pledge of Allegiance.  Some of the pages includes quotes from past presidents and influential leaders of our history.  I really like how thick each page is, so I can use many forms of color including marker to express my creativity.  This coloring book would be great for history buffs or anyone looking to relax and learn a little bit about our country.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”