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The Illuminated Bible Review: Art Journaling Edition

November 28, 2017 By · 41 Comments

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I’ve been using my bible a lot lately, I blame it on my love for God and my Small Group every week. Going through my little bible though meant writing everything I wanted to remember in a notebook even when I felt God was talking to me, only one problem with that….there are no spaces except the tiny ones on the side of my pages. Do you go through this too? I found the cure to that though when I was asked to take a peek at the new Illuminated Bible.

How We Made the ESV Illuminated Bible from Crossway on Vimeo.

What’s the Illuminated Bible? I’m so glad you asked. This is a beautiful bible with gold trim on the pages. It features a 9 point type and two color printing on the pages. It has wide margins which makes taking notes so much easier.

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The Night Knights Review

November 24, 2017 By · No Comments

Hi everyone, been a while due to being sick. But I wanted to bring you a cute little book and characters for it that is perfect for your little preschoolers. Nicoli loves reading but sometimes he gets scared at night, as I’m sure some of you deal with too. The little Night Knights characters are a boy and a girl knight (Sir and Lady Sleep-a-lot) and they like to guard your kids and go out on patrol in their rooms or walk the house ensuring the safety. They also like to goof around a bit.
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3 Ways to Spend Quality Time Together Outdoors

August 9, 2017 By · No Comments


Enjoy those summer days with your kids, whether they are in school or about to go back to school. Those summer days can quickly come to an end as they get busy with their own lives, get ready to graduate and/or eventually move away. You want to capture and freeze those times when you get it. I know you are probably thinking you have all the time in the world. I know, I was you at one point. Make the most out of them.

I’m the mom to five, so trust me when I say I am going through all these phases all at once. I just had my oldest join the military, move away and comes to visit whenever he can. I also have a Senior in high school, she gets to come home after lunch so we use that time wisely. I also have two others in school and one at home. This means my time can be all over the place, but it also means I can make sure each one gets that valuable time they need with me.

This week we picked one day to go to the park. You’ll see in the photos that we had a good time. Continue to read to find out 3 ways you can spend quality time outdoors with your family.

  1.  Go for a Walk– Every day I either walk with one of the kids to the mail box or to the store. The store is across the street and we normally need something anyways. This gives me time to talk with them and learn how things are going. It also tells my child that they are important and I want to hear about their life. Now that school is back in session that is so important to make sure they know you care.
  2. Picnic at the Park– My Senior and I knew we wanted to take Nicoli (he’s 4) to the park one afternoon, so we made a date. I prepared a quick lunch, nothing heavy since we knew he’d want to play hard. Make sure to bring things that are on-the-go and light if you are walking. So in our lunch was sandwiches, applesauce, grapes, water (mom) and both of them got Danimals on the go snacks. Nicoli is currently obsessed after seeing them on tv he thinks Bongo is going to jump out of them.

    While preparing for the park you also want to make sure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather. If it looks like it will rain make sure to bring a light jacket just in case. If it looks hot you don’t want them in a sweater.  Always make sure to touch the playground equipment before allowing them to go on them. Just because they are plastic does NOT mean they won’t heat up (they will). Finally, keep them hydrated, even if the sun is behind clouds it can be hotter than you anticipate.

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Leap Movie in Theaters August 25th

July 20, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post allowing you to know a fun, family movie is coming to theaters soon.

Have you seen the previews for Leap! the movie coming out on August 25th?  Below this you will find a brand NEW trailer from The Weinstein Company’s  LEAP!, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song from the soundtrack, “Cut To The Feeling.”

Have you ever had a passion for doing something? Ever think you weren’t good enough but still wanted it badly? This will be a movie of inspiration, desire and an amazing belief in oneself.
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Teach Your Kids Coding with Ozobot Evo

June 19, 2017 By · 2 Comments

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For those that may not know, I have a 13 yr old daughter that absolutely loves STEM and everything to do with Coding. In fact, when her school announces the Fall camps for it she gets excited and is one of the first ones to sign up.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when I was asked if I’d like to test out the STEM Learning & Educational Toy Product called Ozobot Evo carried by Best Buy  I said yes.

Ozobot STEM Learning & Educational Toys Product Seeding

STEM for those that may not realize stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and STEM products encourage kids to develop core skills in these areas. Best Buy carries products from basic learning games to advanced toys designed to stimulate a child’s mind in the STEM areas, helping to develop logic and problem-solving skills.

Before we get into what’s in the Ozobot Bit Starter Pack box let me just tell you as soon as it came Bella couldn’t wait to try it out. Yes, it says 6+ but it just means + ha ha. Once you get the box open (I struggled a bit) inside looks like a little locker. Your manuals and board are in the door that drops down.  Your markers, Evo (evo skin), and the usb cord are all in the doors that look like a locker. This is so cute, maybe I’m just missing school.


 It doesn’t take long to set up, you do have to go to your app store to download the Ozobot Evo app and once you do that you can start playing. Immediately Bella wanted to go to the website to see what she could code. When your phone is logged into the game it’ll even let you know when Evo (Eva for us) is done recharging.

Have the kids draw their colored circles and colored lines with the markers on paper so Evo can explore. Each color will make him do something different. Make sure they read to find out what he will do. Evo has optical sensors at the bottom of him which helps him know what to do. The neat thing is watching him scan the area to find the next color before they slingshot him.  There are actually 20 activities are included with this Ozobot 2.0 Bit starter pack, more are downloadable from the Ozobot app for even more fun.

There are actually 20 activities are included with this Ozobot 2.0 Bit starter pack, more are downloadable from the Ozobot app for even more fun. We hope you enjoy the video and have a ton of fun coding with your little Evo.  The Starter pack is $59.99 and for ages 6+. Oh, one more favorite part of mine is that they can play against others if they meet other kids with them.

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