Tuesday, September 30

The Christmas Story for Children



A New Christmas Book I wanted to review:

What a beautiful cover - it made me want to read this new book.   I think this telling of the Christmas story is unique.  What makes it different is that the story does not end with the birth of Jesus.   This book continues on after Jesus’ birth and tells the story of his entire life in a very simple and short way.

The authors have taken time to put together another excellent book to help us all remember the true meaning of the season.  I am always so excited to see a new book about the biggest love story of all.  


The only item that I didn't love was the artist’s portrayal of angels.  The angel that appears to Mary in this book really looks like a woman.  Yet we know that the angel Gabriel was definitely not a woman. (see Luke 1:26-27) The second time you see an angel in the story is when they appear to the shepherds.  Once again it looks like a woman, and yet the clothing she is wearing shows a huge part of HER chest.  This is a little disconcerting to me.  A little frustrating too, for with such a beautiful story and such amazing art I am not buying this for anyone.     I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

RATED:  2 Stars

Tuesday, September 23

GENERAL CONFERENCE Mastery




Here is a FUN way to really make this Conference your walk and your talk over the next 6 months.
  
Use this free printable   to help you and your family study, learn and apply those great messages!

25.General Conference Mastery by Valerie

Sunday, September 14

Get to Know PAUL




4 Stars - Great Middle Reader Book

These little chapter books are a brilliant idea for kids.  I really like the idea of bible biographies written with the intent to interest and teach children.  The book is beautifully done.  This book contains full color pages with glossy thick pages that feel slick and say high quality.  This is a series you will want for your home library.  I definitely felt like this series is a great overview for children and parents alike.
From the first chapter I liked it.  Clear, simple and easy to read.  I especially like how at the end of each chapter you get a short recap and outline of important events and people, basically a great little review.  After reading the story I feel like I understand Paul and his life a lot more.  This is such a unique way to learn about the important people in the bible.
Another loud applause for this book comes from the highlights which are boxes that highlight bible heroes.  Saying they are heroes makes you think a little more about the person and what makes a hero.   I felt I learned something – which is the whole point right?   I think it’s a great idea – get to know -  a bible character. 

I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 27

JONAH


Here is a great little Scripture insert for the Book of Jonah - 
put it in your bible or journal as you study. 
 If you put it in your Bible, simply run a glue stick along the left edge 
and put it in between the pages.



Thursday, August 21

Prelude for a Lord


4 Stars
From the first page I really liked the main character Clair.  This is a musical story about a violin of mysterious heritage surrounded by plenty of villains to keep you guessing.  Clair loves to play the violin, and so does Bayard, but a long ago meeting and a code in a strict society make their first encounter harsh.  Yet Clair and Bayard meet again and this time they are cloaked in a mystery that threatens them at almost every turn.  You will find an intriguing mystery dipping in and out of this entire story.   This book is full of great characters with strong personalities that hold true the entire story.  Not only is it a mystery but it tells a story of loyalty, friendship and the worst and best in family.  
This fresh new story holds all the key elements to keep you turning page after page.  Throw in a group of interesting friends and a shocking past and you’ve a story you’ll want to read again.  Did I mention this is a great regency historical romance, clean and well written?  After reading lots of regency stories that rate 2 and 3 stars it was nice to find one worth reading.  
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 30

School Organizer


Need an easy way to store and organize your children's school pictures, class picture, awards, programs, special drawings etc.?  

I found this good idea and made up a few more options so look here http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com  and here http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/

now......

Grab a large 3 ring binder, some cute Washi Tape for Tabbing each year, and lots of sheet protectors:) 


and print....


School Organizing Cover Page by Valerie