Category Archives: Family

David and Goliath

Being a Christian is a big part of our family.  We say prayers before dinner and bedtime.  We go to church regularly, and my son attends Sunday School.  We also read a Children’s Bible story each night before bed.  We try to instill in our children how important God is in our life, so whenever there is an opportunity to share more about Him, we do.

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We were overjoyed to receive a Christian Children’s Movie (https://www.fishflix.com/) to review.  My kids, like every other kid in the world, love movies.  They could not wait to see a movie that talked about God (they’re hard to come by).  So tonight, we popped some popcorn and sat down to watch Superbook: A Giant Adventure (https://www.fishflix.com/superbook-a-giant-adventure-david-and-goliath-dvd-christian-movies.html).

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From the very beginning, my kids (6 and 3), were hooked!  The story was easy to follow and completely relatable.  The characters were fun to watch, and they incorporated God into it without being pushy.  I liked that the movie was only 25 minutes long.  It was long enough for the kids to sit down, relax, and learn a Bible story, but not too long that I was worried about them watching too much television.  Another great thing about the DVD was it came with a family discussion guide complete with Bible passages.  It was easy to sit and talk with the kids about what the message from the movie was and how we can use it in our day to day life.

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Overall I would highly suggest the Christian Children’s films from http://www.fishflix.com.  They have a wide variety of movies for all ages and interests.  You won’t be disappointed!

Eating in the Middle

One of my main mantras in life is, “Everything in moderation.”  I try to eat healthy as often as I can, but let’s be honest, I love food.  I have learned over the years, that as soon as I restrict myself or tell myself I cannot have something, I end up eating more than I ever have.  I love this cookbook for just that reason.

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Eating in the Middle gives you healthy recipes, and recipes that are “better for you.”  It teaches you how to eat in balance.  I also love this cookbook because of the wide variety of foods.  It has everything from pancakes, to salsa, to meatballs, and brownies.  Most of the recipes include ingredients you can find in your own kitchen.  Nothing too exotic or hard to find.  I look forward to trying even more of the recipes, but the Greek Yogurt Pancakes were delicious.  Even my kids loved them!

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

Meet the New You

Self improvement is something I am really interested in.  Whether it be physically, mentally, or spiritually,  I am always trying to become a better person for myself, my husband, my kids, and for God.  Sometimes I just feel like I’m in a rut and do not know how to get out.  I feel like I need to start over.  I came across a great book that teaches you to do just that in only 21 days.

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Meet the New You by Elisa Pulliam, is a 21-Day plan for embracing fresh attitudes and focused habits for real life change.  Each day you are required to dig a little deeper and question yourself a little more.  It begins with a short story that is very relatable.  I love how she incorporates God and what is best in God’s eyes.  The author has added in Bible verses throughout each day’s chapter so you can further your reading if you choose to.  After the story comes the action part.  The book is very much like a workbook.  It has you answer questions about yourself and your journey.  For example, Day 2’s focus was how you divide your time throughout the day.  One of the question’s at the end was, “Could you be making better use of your time? If so, explain your thoughts.”  The day ends with a short prayer.

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I really liked the format of the book.  Very easy to understand and follow along with.  It only took about 10 minutes out of my day to complete, which is nice when you’re looking for something quick to do.  I chose not to write in the book and write my answers in a notebook.  I figured this way I can read the book over and over while keeping the question portion clean.  I highly recommend this book if you are looking for an easy, worthwhile way to improve yourself mentally and spiritually.

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

 

The Play-Along Bible

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

Every night I read my two children stories before bed.  I let each of them choose a book and then I read them a Christian story or some Bible verses.  Sometimes they pay attention, sometimes they get bored.  I’m always looking for a fun way to make learning about Jesus fun.

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The Play-Along Bible does just that! Each page is a very short Bible story, explained in kid language, so they actually understand the story.  After each line there is an action they are supposed to act out.  For example, “pretend to eat,” “hands together to pray,” or “cheer hooray.”

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My kids cannot wait to finish each line of the story so they can participate and do whatever action they’re supposed to do.  The Play-Along Bible has really helped them become more excited about God and truly understand what the Bible is all about.  I highly recommend this book to anyone with children.  It’s great for kids of all ages, from 1-13.  The colors are vibrant, and the stories are upbeat.  I cannot say enough great things about this book!

Prayer Points

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

As I have talked about numerous times on my blog, reading God’s Word is very important to me.  I do not take enough time out of my day to read, pray, or reflect.  Sometimes I struggle to find just the right prayer to help me get through what I am currently dealing with.  Prayer Points has come in handy for many of these occasions.

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The book is about praying God’s promises at your point of need.  It is broken up into categories such as death, feeling on edge, loneliness, perfectionism, sleeplessness, etc.  The back contains an index where you can easily find any topic you need.  Each section is then broken down into what the problem is, what God’s promise is (using scripture), a prayer that will help you let go and give to God, and then a short exercise to help you through the issue.  It is super helpful and easy to understand.

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I like how small it is, so I can carry it in my purse.  I highly recommend Prayer Points to anyone who needs guidance with prayer or some support to get through life’s curveballs.

5 in 5

Cooking is something I do because I have to, not because I want to.  I just don’t have that passion for cooking that some people have.  It could be because I’m always in a hurry when dinnertime comes.  I was very intrigued when I heard of the book, “5 in 5.”

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5 in 5 is a cookbook of 165 recipes.  Each recipe includes 5 fresh ingredients and 5 minutes of heat.  Most of the recipes include ingredients that I already have in my fridge and pantry.  The book is divided by seasons; spring, summer, fall, winter, and holidays.  I would have preferred it to be divided by meal type, but there is an index as well.  My favorite recipe was the Glazed Carrots with Pecans & Nutmeg.  Ingredients included olive oil, carrots, salt, pepper, unsalted butter, pecans, brown sugar, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and parsley.  It was very easy to make and tasted delicious! Even my kids liked it!

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If you are looking for a new cookbook made with real food, you must get this book.  Easy to make, simple ingredients, and delicious meals.

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

If You’re Happy And You Know It

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For some reason happiness does not come easy for me.  For some reason I just focus on negative aspects of my life rather than positive ones.  The Instant Happy Journal has changed that for me slowly but surely.

Every night I do a journal entry and it helps me narrow in on what went well for the day.  I wake up positive and happy.  Each day has a different exercise. It could be to write a list, answer a question, or reflect on a quote.  I REALLY enjoy this journal and I’m not a writer at all.

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If you are looking for a little pick me up or something to refocus your mentality to happiness, you should try this journal. They would make really great gifts for the holidays as well!

“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

God For The Rest Of Us

I had the opportunity to review God For The Rest Of Us by Vince Antonucci.

God For The Rest Of Us is a book for people, who in my mind, are not overtly religious.  The author is a pastor who helps people on the Las Vegas strip.  The book relays his many accounts with atheists, druggies, skeptics, and sinners.  It’s a very uplifting book that shows how God really is for every single person.  No matter your past, God is there for you.

Thresholds

I had the opportunity to review Thresholds by Sherre Hirsch.  It is a book on how to thrive through life’s transitions to live fearlessly and regret-free.

I found this book to be very uplifting. She really gives you some real life ways to apply the methods. They are nothing too crazy or out there, just methods you forgot about it. I liked that she said there is “no magic pill” for happiness. Some people believe if they’re not always in a great mood, they should go see a doctor and get medicated. Turning to prayer and your inner peace is much better for the body.  I found the book to be a fast read and very enjoyable. Living with no regrets isn’t easy, but much more manageable through the ways of this book.

Pina Shakeology Coloda

I really LOVE pina coladas and on this hot day I just had to have one.  I’ve been meaning to try this recipe and it tastes as good as it sounds!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple/mango chunks
  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 container of Oikos Triple Zero Coconut Crème greek yogurt
  • 12oz water

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Blend all ingredients and enjoy!  Even my mom thought it was amazing!

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