Thursday, October 20, 2016

Christmas Review & Giveaway on November 20, 2016 - Christmas Love Letters from God

I was recently invited by ZonderKidz to review a new book in the Love Letters from God series by Glenys Nellist . . . this time, Christmas Love Letters from God. I'm happy to say it is a delight and I'm thrilled to be able to also make one available for giveaway!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Your Thanksgiving Inventory . . .

Thanksgiving is just around the corner . . . so today, this post about being thankful is for you and is for fun! Are we truly thankful people? Do we get so "caught up" in the busyness of life we don't spend time "taking inventory" about all of God's many, many blessings in our lives?  Take a moment to watch this skit about "Your Thanksgiving Inventory" from the skitguys - it is sure to bring a smile to your face . . .

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Christmas Review & Giveaway - NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

I think giving a Bible as a Christmas gift is not only a great idea, but it makes for a truly meaningful gift which they will use every day. And, if the person on your gift list is someone who enjoys coloring . . . especially a teen or adult who has taken up coloring, the NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, which Zondervan sent me for review, makes the perfect gift!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Few Thoughts About the Upcoming Election . . .

As a person, daughter, sister, wife, mom, mother-in-law and grandma I find this election cycle so very disappointing and discouraging. Both parties put up candidates who are utterly flawed and who seem to be completely lacking in character. One has a person who has said many despicable things about women, people from other countries/faiths and anyone who speaks up against him. The other appears to be able to be "bought" and seems to be unable to tell the truth and take responsibility for her bad choices. Both completely lack character. Neither are people I can hold up before my grandsons as "good examples" - as I would like to be able to do with the president of our country.

Both parties spew hate - one says the other party is her “enemy” and calls those who vote for their opponent "deplorable" . . . while I did not vote for him in the primaries, I know and love people who did and they are absolutely NOT deplorable. The other calls people names, mocks them, seems unable/unwilling to show self-control and basically acts like a school-yard bully to anyone who says something he does not like. After the election in November, one of these people will be president – how will they possibly be the president for all the people, when they have both alienated about half the country with their hate? Will this hate impact my grandsons? If so, how? I want them to be people who are characterized and motivated by love for others and grace, not hate.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Christmas Review & Giveaway - Pelican Puppet from Folkmanis

One of the many things I love about Folkmanis puppets is the variety of puppets they offer - and they continue to release new puppets every year! Who would have thought a pelican would make a fun puppet, but after seeing Folkmanis' Pelican Puppet, I have to say, this is a great puppet! It is plush, surprising and fun . . . and I'm very happy to say, it is part of my 2016 Christmas Giveaways!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Phantom of the Opera - Coming to a Theater Near You!

Do you have a favorite opera? One where you find yourself singing the songs and story captures your attention? I have personally never been a big opera "fan", but I have enjoyed a few operas . . . in the movie versions!

So, when I was recently invited to write about an opera - one I've seen and enjoyed, and offered review tickets as well, I was happy to write about it for you today. What is this opera, you ask? The Phantom of the Opera.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Christmas Review & Giveaway on November 12, 2016 - The Bot That Scott Built

I initially reviewed and held a giveaway for The Bot That Scott Built last month, but since the winner did not get their address to me so the book could be sent, I decided to add it to my Christmas giveaways - it is a fun book for any child, but especially those who like robots, to find under the tree! So, today I'm sharing my review with you again as you have another opportunity to win this fun book!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Praying for the Ones We Love!

This week I'm praying through Psalm 55:16-23 for my children/grandchildren. This is a truly powerful passage; take a look . . . 
As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.
He rescues me unharmed
 from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.

God, who is enthroned from of old, 
who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God.
                                        My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant. His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.                                       Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay;  the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days.  But as for me, I trust in you.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Christmas Giveaway - November 10, 2016 - Jump Ship! CardVentures Game

When my children were young they enjoyed reading the, "choose-your-own-ending" type books. They were fun because not only did they get to read a fun story, but depending on the choices they made as they read it, each time they read the book, the story could be entirely different.

This, "choose-your-own-ending" idea is the basis for a new set of card games from GameWright, which I was invited to review!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

grandma's cookbook - Butternut Squash Bread!

The other day my daughter-in-law gave me a beautiful butternut squash, so I decided to look for a recipe I could use it in to make bread in my bread machine. After looking at several, I settled on one, which I have to say made the most amazing bread!!! My grandsons gave it big thumbs up!!! 

So, today I'm happy to share it with you - along with the few changes I made to the recipe. You'll find the recipe at this link and I changed it in the following ways . . . 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Christmas Review & Giveaway - November 8, 2016 - The Lord's Prayer book

I was recently invited by Zonderkidz to review one of their new releases - The Lord's Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness by Rick Warren. While I have reviewed no shortage of children's books on the Lord's Prayer over the years, I liked the photo of the cover and decided to check it out. I'm oh so glad I did! It is excellent, and while geared for children, adults will get much out of it as well. I'm very happy to share it with you today . . . 

Friday, October 7, 2016

grandma's cookbook - Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies

I was browsing on Pinterest this morning and found what looks like a fun, simple and most important - tasty recipe for mini pumpkin pies . . . made in muffin pans with sugar cookie crusts! Now, doesn't this just sound delicious?!

You'll find the directions and ingredients at this link - although I think I'd skip the cream cheese and instead of canned pumpkin use pumpkin pie filling. Either way, these little mini-pies look like a fun project to make with grandchildren and then give to neighbors, shut-ins or take to a family event! 

Or, just enjoy together, of course!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Christmas Review & Giveaway - November 6, 2016 - Sniffing Rabbit Puppet from Folkmanis

A couple days ago a box arrived at my house with several beautiful, soft, snuggly, plush puppets from Folkmanis . . . most of which will be giveaways or go to my grandson's school classes! So, today I'm delighted to start my review of these with you by reviewing their Sniffing Rabbit Hand Puppet/Plush. . . and announcing a giveaway for it as well!