The Great Carp Escape and a giveaway!

unnamedThe Great Carp Escape is a beautiful children’s story with a deep message reminding us just how deep God’s love is for us and all living creatures.  Written by Irish Beth Maddock and based on a true story the illustrator transports the readers  to a small beach front in Canada with allegorical images of geese, weeping willow, evergreen, waves, and carp!  Your child will enjoy reading of the adventures of this dynamic sibling pair and the habits of the ocean life found along the shoreline.  Swimming, snorkling, and even clam fishing; the story quickly develops into a lifelong lesson that  Beth, Paul  (the siblings), and your own child will never forget as the children take a walk with dad.  Stumbling upon what has been defined as the ugliest fish ever seen (the carp) by Beth, their dad explains  that beauty is more then skin deep.  Our creator loves each and everyone of us and designed us with love; including the CARP.  “God thinks this fish is wonderful!”  Smiling, he added, “God thinks you’re wonderful too!”   This is my ultimate favorite line in the book.  There is so much relief in this single line, to know that above everything else that my creator thinks I am wonderful!  ” That means I am wonderfully made!” my almost teenage daughter exclaimed as I read that line aloud.  This brought a huge smile to her face and joy to her heart.  As a teenager this is a big message to receive, when everything around you seems so awkward and out of place and you question your sole purpose for belonging.  We too can find the beauty not just in this strange fish with spiny fins and large scales but every living creature if only we look through our Father’s eyes.

This is sure to be a family favorite and  will change how ya’ll view the world around you!

 

 

Thank you to Irish Beth Maddock for allowing me the opportunity to review The Great Carp Escape with a complimentary copy and allowing me to express my honest opinion.

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Disney’s Cinderella- a Timeless Classic

Cinderella is a timeless tale that has been retold over and over again.  In the newest live action version by Disney Pictures the magic remains the same.  Although, you will find some differences in the new version.  This film is rated PG and is the perfect family night movie.  There is enough magic to delight even the smallest of movie goers.  My son, whom is 5 enjoyed the movie, just as much as my daughter, whom is 10.

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The story begins when Ella is just a young girl living in a beautiful country home with her kind and loving parents. She has a happy and wonderful childhood. One day, her mother gets very sick and dies. This leaves Ella and her father alone. They are all right for a few years, until her father gets lonely and decides to marry a woman (Cate Blanchett) with two daughters. After they get married, Ella’s father goes to travel for a few months. Her new stepmother begins to treat Ella badly. She moves Ella to the attic and makes her do all of the household chores. Ella soon gets news that her father has died on his journey. Her stepmother now treats her as a maid, instead of a family member. One day while riding a horse in the woods, Ella meets the prince (Richard Madden) and they get along right away. Shortly after, she hears that there will be a royal ball and everyone is invited to attend. Her stepmother forbids her, but someone steps in to help her just in time.

Does she attend the ball? Does she see the prince again? Who steps in to help her?
I’m sure you know the answer to all of these questions, but I have to keep the suspense up somehow.
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I give this movie two thumbs up! The cinematography is absolutely beautiful and every detail is accounted for.  The most magical part is when Cinderella is being transformed from rags to a beautiful gown,  It was odd to me that Bruno was eliminated from the movie and the songs that I learned to love when I was child were also omitted.  Some of the original songs played during the ending credits.  All in all the movie is beautiful and remains a true classic.  This is a must see!

I Can Learn the Bible and so can you!

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Check out this new devotional just for kids!  I Can Learn the Bible by Holly Hawkins  is a 52 week devotional for kids ages 4-8 that helps children grow in their personal relationship with Christ through scripture reading, memory verses, and prayer.  Each week your child will learn a new Bible verse and where to find it in the Bible.  Your child will also learn how to incorporate scripture into their daily lives.  I really enjoy reading this devotional with my children each week and learning together just how God works through us.

Each new day and each new verse will reinforce to young readers that “God’s Word is FOR ME and TO ME, it is IN ME and working THROUGH ME, and just like His love, it goes on and on forever!

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Snug as a Bug and Cozy as a Bear…

Your sweet bumpkin will feel super comfy and safe in the Baby More Co baby wrap.  The material is incredibly soft, strong, and safe for your baby’s skin and the environment.  The Baby More Co baby wrap comes in three popular colors: black, oxford blue, and pink.  This is a must have item for new mom’s!  I wish I had one when my munchkins were younger.  You can keep baby close to your heart while you are doing household chores, taking a walk, or while dealing with big brother or big sister’s tantrums.  The best part is you can get things done and not neglect what matters most…your precious newborn. The baby wrap also provides more opportunity to bond with your precious one, as you are able to hold, touch, and feel your lil one. It is so easy to put on and comes with a cute cartoon illustration if you run into a snag when dressing your self in the wrap.   Baby More Co offers a double back guarantee if you find yourself not satisfied.  Double Back Guarantee!!!

Try it our for yourself and get it here…Amazon


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Fingerprint Christmas Ornament

One of our family traditions is making and giving Christmas ornaments to our family.  It is such a nice way to capture the essence of the year.  My daughter loves painting the inside of the clear balls and making pretty swirls.  We have made this ornament for about 8 years now.  After realizing that our family had enough to fill a whole tree, we decided to try something new.

This year we made fingerprint Christmas ornaments.  They are so much fun and easy for children of all ages.

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What you will need:

self hardening clay- We used Crayola (takes a few days to harden at room temperature.)

straw to make hole

yarn

letter stamps

rolling pin

wax paper

cookie cutter (shape of your choice)

black crayon

glitter spray

silver sharpie

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Roll out a ball of clay with the rolling pin on wax paper.

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Using a cookie cutter press down on clay and cut excess off around the cookie cutter.  Remove cookie cutter.  Using the end of a straw make a hole for the ribbon/yarn for hanging purposes.

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Have your child press their thumbprint on the clay.

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Using a letter stamp press the initials of your child’s name on the ornament above the fingerprint.

Lay out the ornaments on wax paper to dry.  This will take between three and five days.  Once the clay hardens  you take a black crayon and lightly color over the thumbprint.  This makes it easier to see the lines in the fingerprint.  Spray the ornament with silver glitter spray.  Let topside dry; flip and spray underside with glitter spray.  Write the year with silver sharpie on backside of ornament.  Thread ribbon or yarn through hole for hanging.  And voila’!  You have yourself a timeless piece that you can hang on your tree year after year.

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Pink Plush Tween Bible

This is such a beautiful Bible designed for your tween girl.  The cover of the Bible is very eye catching in bright fuchsia pink and super soft to the touch.  This is such a fun design with features that include the words of Christ in red, an easy-to-read font size, and a hard cover under the main flap.  This Bible is written in the New International Version in God’s word, including the Old and New Testaments.  There are no devotional pages included and very few footnotes.  This is a great Bible for your tween daughter to read on a daily basis and to use during Bible Studies.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from booklook bloggers and the review is of my own honest opinion.

Sideways Cross Necklace: Christian Symbolism or just another fashion trend with an endless meaning?

A few years ago I purchased a sideways cross necklace. My sister asked me one day what it meant. She said the sideways cross didn’t sit with her the right way. That was the first time I thought that it could have an alternate meaning. I started to research online, I mean I don’t want to wear something that goes against my faith. I found as there is no definite meaning behind the necklace, other than being a fashion statement.  I decided to take my research to the Bible.  The Good Book has never failed me before and is filled with answers to every question I can think of.  As I scanned through some of my favorite verses in the Bible I came across John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  God loved us..you and me so much that he sacrificed his son Jesus.  Jesus was sent to earth, born of a virgin, and marked with a promise for us.  What is this promise, you ask?  That Jesus would die and be  crucified on the cross to save you and me from our sins and to give us eternal life. In John 19:30, ” When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”  Jesus’ last words while on the cross were, “It is finished!”  These words translate to the Greek word ‘tetelestai’ which means “paid in full.”  Understanding what Jesus meant when he declared, “it is finished,” is very important.  What is finished?  Jesus completed the works of his father, God Almighty, which ended at the cross.  The eternal debt of sin was paid in full by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  The cross is a symbolism of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the body of Jesus Christ.  But why wear a cross turned on it’s side?  Because as Christians we are to take up the cross and share the gospel of Christ.  For Jesus commanded us to be cross bearers.   He said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” Luke 9:24-25.

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I wear my sideways cross necklace not because it is a fashion trend worn by Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus.  I wear it because it symbolizes hope and sacrificial love of my God Almighty.  It reflects God’s promise to me and for me.  It is also a reminder of the works that I should be doing for Jesus while I am living in my temporary home.  I shall take up my cross and follow Jesus.

For more inspirational and God focused posts please follow this link to Woman to Woman Ministries where you can read more from other Christian and faith based bloggers like me.


2 Little P’s

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Doesn’t that just make you want to say, “awwww!”  2 Little P’s is an amazing shop on Etsy that creates beautiful hand stamped jewelry, leather cuffs, and handcrafted art jewelry.  Each piece is created by hand, which means that each piece is unique and no two are ever the same.    Cathy, is the artist and shop owner and she has two little peas of her own that she treasures.  In fact, it was her two precious girls that inspired the artist inside of her to create beautiful jewelry that can be treasured for all time.

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I absolutely adore the personalized pieces.  There is something special about the connection and the emotional expression that these pieces display.  The hand stamped sterling silver infinity necklace is absolutely stunning.   This necklace is perfect for moms and grandmothers.  Cathy crafted a custom piece for me with the names of my children and their birthstones.    What a beautiful piece! I cried when I opened the box.  This gift is such a special way for me to carry my babies with me each and every day.   I love how delicate the necklace is.  Cathy can personalize a custom piece with any name, special phrase, date, or bible verse. 


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This hand stamped sterling silver washer charm necklace from 2 Little P’s will warm your heart and nurture your soul.  It is suspended from an 18 inch sterling silver ball chain, and features a sterling silver washer charm along with two Swarovski birthstone crystals to complete the look.  It is a limited edition 2 Little P’s original. 

Another very unique piece that is offered in this shop is the  fingerprint charm bracelet.  Another beautiful heirloom piece.  After placing your order, Cathy will send you a kit that will help you capture your child’s fingerprint.  Send the prints back to her and she will customize a charm bracelet that is unique to you and your family.

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So if you are looking for a gift for someone special that screams I LOVE YOU!  This is it!  Order here:

STOREFRONT: https://www.2littlePs.co,
ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/shop/2littlePs
ARTFIRE: http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/2littlePs

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!  I will be posting a giveaway hosted by 2 Little P’s.  You will have the opportunity to enter and win a customized Sterling Silver Infinity Necklace of your very own.

God’s Greatest Gift- a book review

What is God’s greatest gift?  This is the question children ponder while being entertained by the beautiful images and lyrical words of God’s Greatest Gift, by Deborah Burch.  Deborah is inspired as an author by her dreams.  Her stories begin as poems written on paper and rewritten for children to enjoy.  God’ Greatest Gift is beautifully written for children ages 2-5.  Your child will be reminded of God’s enduring love with the turn of every page.  There are beautiful gifts all around us, but the greatest gift is..well I can’t spoil the book.  You will just have to read it, to find out!  Get your copy on Amazon.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash and the review is of my own honest opinion.