Friday, February 28, 2014

Asia: It's People and History (Giveaway and review)

 
About the Book:
Our family just happens to know quite a bit about Asian countries and cultures because both of my children are Asian.  They were adopted from South Korea so we attend the Asian festival in Tulsa every year.  We also have many friends from several different Asian countries.  Although we know a lot it was still fun to learn more.  We had fun exploring Vietnam but Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, and Iran are all countries that are included in this unit study.

Each country study starts off with a story and then some discussion questions. Next, is the Let's Talk about...(whatever country you are studying).  This goes over the history of the country, what life is like for Christians, and then a fun activity like a puzzle or mapping.

Each unit is pretty short but packed with a lot of information.  Since my children are in 6th and 8th grades we went to the library and found several books that went along with each unit so we could extend the study.

 

About the author:
 
The author is Bonnie Rose Husdon, she writes for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® and SchoolHouseTeachers.com as a curriculum creator and editorial assistant. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by and meet the star of her children’s series at Exploring with Jake (http://writebonnierose.wordpress.com/), look through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window (http://lookingoutthe1040window.wordpress.com/).


What is the 10/40 window?

The 10/40 Window is a geographical area of the world roughly between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The significance of this area is that it is home to over 4.5 billion people, over 8,000 different people groups, and some of the largest groups of unreached people in the entire world. More than 80% of the world’s poorest people live in the 10/40 window. It is an area that many people are taking intentional steps to pray for and reach out to the people who live there. You can read an excellent description of the significance of the 10/40 Window on JoshuaProject.net (HYPERLINK to this page, please: http://www.joshuaproject.net/10-40-window.php)
 




 
Format: e-book
Age Range: 8-12
Price: $6.95
You can buy this book on Amazon at the below link or here http://www.theoldschoolhouse.com/product/asia-its-people-and-history/ Smashwords

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GIVEAWAY!
 I get to giveaway 2 PDF copies of the bookTo enter, simply leave a comment as to which country you’d like to see included in Volume 2 of Asia:  Its People and Its History.

I plan on using a random number generator to choose the winner. The giveaway closes on midnight on 3/7/14


**REVIEW SPECIAL**

The Schoolhouse Store is offering my readers 25% off through 3/15/14 PROMO CODE: 02asia14!
 
 
Thanks for reading,

Monday, February 03, 2014

Unstoppable-a movie review and giveaway

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Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?  If you've ever cried out to God asking this question or quietly wondered why? This would be a great movie for you to watch, it's bold and will help you gird up the very foundation of your faith.
 
It starts out very sad so if you have young children or children that are very sensitive you might not want them to watch it with you.  Makenzie (my 13 year old) watched with me and really liked it, but I know Kylan (my 12 year old) would have been so upset that he wouldn't have been able to finish it.  The movie starts off talking about the death of a child and WHY did this happen? Kirk Cameron visually documents his journey to find out "Why bad things happen to good people."


Here's a trailer if you haven't had the opportunity to see it yet.
 

 
About the DVD:
ABOUT UNSTOPPABLE


Inspired by the death of Cameron’s close friend
 who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on an inspiring and
 hope-filled visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith:
“Where is God in the midst of tragedy and
suffering?”

Going back to the beginning—literally—Kirk investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives … and our eternities. UNSTOPPABLE will prompt audiences to consider the role that pain and suffering has in our lives, as they affirm their personal views on faith, and encourage conversation starters about God, suffering, and hope. 

In theaters for only two weeknights
  (Sept 24th and Oct 3th, 2013), 
UNSTOPPABLE: A Live Event with Kirk
  Cameron sold a staggering 260,000 tickets and reached a theatrical gross of over $3.2 million dollars. In just two nights this independent project sent a loud message – audiences want thought-provoking and meaningful entertainment.   

Kirk Cameron is best known for his memorable role as “Mike Seaver,” a cultural icon of the 80's, with his mullet hairstyle, cool glasses, and wisecracking comebacks. More recently he enjoyed much success with the No. 1 grossing inspirational film of 2008, Fireproof, and his recent documentary, Monumental. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, were on-screen sweethearts during their Growing Pains years and are the founders of Camp Firefly, where terminally and seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat (www.CampFirefly.com). Together, Kirk and
 Chelsea live in California with their six children.



Kirk Cameron said:

"It's easy to get excited about your faith when things are going well in your life. But when your whole world comes crashing down on you, the questions start: 'Where is God when I need him most? Why do bad things happen to good people?' UNSTOPPABLE is a journey, based on a true story, that has become the most personal and transparent project I have ever made regarding my faith. Together, in hundreds of theaters across America, we will discover with our eyes wide open, that life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt."


About Provident Films: 
 

Provident Films, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, produces, markets, and distributes faith-based films. The company is part of Nashville-based Provident Music Group, which has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades.  Films from the company have included Courageous, October Baby, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants. More info is available at ProvidentFilms.org.
 
 
 
To find out more click on any of the links below

To purchase your own copy of Unstoppable click here.

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UNSTOPPABLE on Twitter

I'm very excited to have a copy of the documentary to give away to one of my readers!  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
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Thanks for reading,



"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
 

Monday, January 20, 2014

A new start for a new year!

 
 
My friend Keri has been talking to me for several months about this new product that she has been taking and selling.  After doing my research on it I decided that I would try it and see if it's something that might help me with my health.  At first I thought I would just use the weight loss product called Plexus Slim but the more I learn about the other products it makes me want to invest in them too.
 
So, here's my new website in case you're interested in looking around www.myplexusslim.com/justwedeminute
ambassador# 208157
 
I'll start off with the Plexus Slim or the Pink Drink as most of us like to call it. I'm a typical mom and usually put my kids ahead of me, I do everything I can for them. This year I decided to make myself a priority and take care of my health so I'm around for them for many, many years.  It all started with Plexus Slim.  This is what it looks like.
 

It's a long skinny pack that you add to a water bottle and shake, shake, shake until it's mixed well.  It tastes like pomegranate and cherry.  It's sweetened with Stevia and has a pleasant taste that I enjoy.  Right off I noticed that my energy level went up and that I seemed happier!  Both of those are great so I kept taking it and after a couple of weeks lost 7 lbs and 17 inches.  The 17 inches is all over my body including my neck, calves, waist, etc. so it was a lot of body parts.

Here's a great video about Plexus Slim!



Next time I'll talk about the Accelerator+
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for reading,

Friday, December 20, 2013

Plexus

 
 
Ok friends and family, I'm starting a new journey with Plexus.  Can't wait to share all of the great things that it has been helping my family with.  First of all most people think it's a weight loss company but that's simply not true.  It's a health and wellness company! I'm so happy to have found something that's helping me with a lot of my "issues" since my hysterectomy in 2001.
 
Go ahead and take a look at my website and over the next couple of months I'll start sharing all the different products that we have available for you and for your health!
 
and my ambassador # is 208157
 
 
Thanks for reading,

Thursday, November 28, 2013

My Little Pony-Party of One app review

 
  If you don't know who My Little Pony is then you must have been living in another country for quite some time.  My teenager played with My Little Pony when she was young and her brother even liked to play (not sure he would admit to that now though).  I was taken back into the world of Pinkie Pie and her friends in this interactive educational app.  Although, I don't personally have pre-schoolers anymore I do know that they would love this app and would have fun learning to read while using it.
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In case you were wondering who PlayDate Digital was here's a little blurb about them (taken from their website).
 
 
PlayDate Digital Inc. is an emergent publisher of high-quality, interactive, mobile educational software for children. PlayDate Digital's products nurture children's emerging literacy and creativity skills by turning digital screens into engaging experiences. Designed in collaboration with leading preschool education experts from insights gleaned from years of extensive research, PlayDate Digital content is built in partnership with some of the world's most trusted global brands for kids and developed and published for iOS and Android devices.
 
For more info click on any of the following links:

 Website: http://playdatedigital.com/products/
Platform: iPhone/iPad
Cost: $2.99
Ages: preschool & elementary




 
 
 
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I love that you can track your child's goals and reading progress throughout the story.
 
My Little Pony: Party of One is based on a popular My Little Pony episode.  It follows the character Pinkie Pie as she tries unsuccessfully to invite her pony friends to her birthday party.
 
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The sight words had pictures to go with the word which significantly helps your child remember the words.
 
I also liked that they story was interactive and you could click on a highlighted character and then they would do something or make a noise.  Very fun app for younger children, especially those that love My Little Pony.
 
other reviews
 
Thanks for reading,
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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Sparkle Box-children's book review



About the book:

Sam is so excited about Christmas! He's thinking about what to put on his Christmas list, anticipating holiday parties and puzzling over one very mysterious gift – a sparkly box sitting on the mantel above the fireplace. Written by Jill Hardie and brought to life by the rich illustrations of Christine Kornacki, The Sparkle Box is a heartfelt Christmas story that celebrates the beauty and excitement of the Christmas season, while gently bringing the true meaning of Christmas into focus through a story that features a powerful Christmas tradition. Children and adults of all ages will be captivated by The Sparkle Box and forever changed when they discover the Sparkle Box is a gift that honors Jesus on his birthday. Readers moved to adopt this faith-centered Christmas tradition in their homes can put a Sparkle Box, included with the book, under their own Christmas tree.

https://www.facebook.com/thesparkleboxbook
 
 
https://twitter.com/jill_hardie/
 
Can be purchased at Ideals.com for $19.99 by clicking here
 
 
 


About the author:

 
 
Author Jill Hardie, her husband, and their two children began the tradition of placing a Sparkle Box for Jesus under their Christmas tree approximately seven years ago. The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they experienced profound peace and happiness. It's Jill's hope that The Sparkle Box book will ignite a new Christmas tradition that helps center Christmas in the true joy of the season. 
        
"There are many traditions that help us remember the remarkable and beautiful story of the birth of Jesus. My hope is that The Sparkle Box will help us remember Jesus as he is today – in the present. It encourages us to ask the question, 'What gift can we give Jesus on His birthday that will bring Him joy?'
Jesus taught us that whenever we do something for someone in need, we do it for Him. I think loving and caring for each other in His name is the greatest gift we could give to honor Jesus on His birthday."

You can contact Jill Hardie at info@thesparklebox.com

About the Illustrator:

At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming café in New Haven, Connecticut.





My opinion:

As parents to my children my husband and I have tried to balance out giving to others within our family.  Sometimes we've found it harder to help or give than other times.  When Makenzie was 9 she decided to start a blog and ministry called Punky Monkey Missions.  She felt the Lord was leading her to help others in any way possible, she started by sewing tiny clothes for the popular WebKinz.  Next, she learned to crochet so she set out to help keep the homeless in our community warm with a handmade scarf and hat.  After a while she wanted to include helping others by donating to their adoptions or blessing them with money for their mission work.  If we would have had this book back then our Sparkle box  would have been stuffed full of papers telling all of the ways Kenzie has helped others.  Kylan even got on board and wanted to help!  I'm so proud of my kids for giving freely of their time, money and energy to help others.  That's exactly what The Sparkle Box is all about!  As you read through the story you learn that a Sparkle box is included for your own family and as you continue reading you learn how you can help others and fill your box up and that is your gift to Jesus.  This is a story that is sure to be loved by everyone and might just become a holiday tradition in your family.

 
 
 
Thanks for reading,

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Happy 13th Gotcha Day Makenzie!

Thirteen years ago Kevin and I woke up in LA and anxiously awaited Makenzie's arrival from South Korea.  Our life was about to change forever and we didn't have a clue how to be parents.  We were so thankful that we were finally getting our precious little one that we had prayed for, for EIGHT years!  If you know someone struggling with infertility, adoption or maybe they are just longing for a child of their own please encourage them.  Adoption was a wonderful option for our family, it's not for everyone though.  I can't imagine our life without adoption.  Not only did adoption bless us with 2 beautiful children but we've made so many lifelong friendships, it has opened up a whole new world to us.  We didn't know anything about Korea when we first started the process of adopting and now we could probably write a travel book or at least a brochure, we cook Korean food, listen to Korean music and now my friend Mika has me watching Korean Drama's. Below is a picture of Mika and I with our sweet girls.  Both of our families have become more than best friends, we're family now!
 
 
1st Gotcha day-Nov 14th, 2000
 
 
Enjoy some of our first moments as parents!
 
 
 
and Makenzie and our friend Jared on their 1 year birthday or Tol Birthday.
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To read more about our "Gotcha Days" in the past click on the year
 
2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
Thanks for reading,