Saturday, April 29, 2017

Birthday Month Giveaway on May 27, 2017 - Caring For Your Lion

I was recently invited by Sterling Children's Books to review a new title they were releasing . . . Caring for Your Lion. It looked and sounded cute, so I said, "Yes!". It arrived yesterday, when my three-year old grandson was hear and we ended up reading it about five times . . . in a row . . . with a great deal of laughing from my grandson! I'm very happy to share this book with you today!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Generations Quest . . . Launches in Three Days on May 1, 2017!

In three days, on May 1, 2017, Generations Quest will be launched! Today I'm very happy to share with you a "sneak peek" of sorts to let you know what Generations Quest is all about and how it will help the "generations" in your family and church!

Birthday Month Giveaway on May 25, 2017 - The Gadget Inventor Handbook

My grandsons love to build things with Legos. They love science and science projects tend to get their attention. They get excited about the idea of making things like robots and cook gadgets, so when I saw Sterling Children's Books was releasing a new book about building "gadgets", I knew I had to ask if it was available for review. Happily it was . . . and another copy is available for giveaway as well!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Birthday Month Giveaway on May 26, 2017 - Loon Plush Puppet

Over the years I've had the opportunity to review (and giveaway) many truly beautiful puppets from Folkmanis. They make the most amazing, plush, creative and lovely puppets you will find anywhere. Each year they add more creatures to their extensive line of puppets - and often send me some for review. This year, one of the puppets they sent is their new Loon puppet, and today I'm delighted to share it with you - and announce a giveaway as well!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Birthday Month Giveaway on May 23, 2017 - Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep

Ever since my grandsons were babies, they have enjoyed having books read to them - and now as they learn to read, they enjoy reading for themselves, too. So, when I was invited to review Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep, I was happy to say, "Yes!"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Sweet Love

Yesterday when my three-year old grandson was at my house, he watched Pooh's Heffalump Movie. In the movie, Lumpy's mom rescues Roo and calls Roo, "Love". My grandson decided I should call him my, "Sweet Love"

Of course I'm very happy to do this as he absolutely is my, Sweet Love! I am a very, very happy and thankful grandma!

Birthday Month Giveaway on May 22, 2017 - Monopoly Game: Pokémon Johto Edition

My grandsons enjoy playing Monopoly and they enjoy collecting Pokemon cards, so a combination of Monopoly and Pokemon is sure to be a hit! When I saw USAopoly had just such a game, I asked them if it was available for review - they said it was, and another is available for me to give away as well! So, today I'm happy to let you know about this game from USAopoly - and their Super Mario Chess game as well.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Celestron FirstScope Telescope & a Birthday Month Giveaway of Their EclipSmart Deluxe Solar Observing & Imaging Kit on May 29, 2017

My grandsons are into science. They love science projects, they love to talk about sciency things, they enjoy watching science shows; basically they are extremely interested in all things science. 

One area of science which they find extremely interesting is space. My eight-year old grandson things it would be amazing to be able to travel to Mars. But, short of doing this he loves the opportunity to star-gaze. So, when I had the opportunity to receive and review a telescope from Celestron, I knew my grandsons were going to be thrilled!

Celestron sent me their FirstScope Telescope - a perfect first telescope - to try with my grandsons and then let you know all about it. I am still waiting for the opportunity to use it with my grandsons as pretty much every weekend they have been at my house since it arrived, it has been cloudy or someone has been sick. But, since I do not want to wait any longer to let you know about this telescope, I'm going to write about it today and then again when I can share with you what happens when my grandsons are able to give it a try.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Birthday Month Giveaway on May 21, 2017 - Big Little Hippo

One thing we all experience as grandparents and parents is how our grandchildren go through times when they are impatient to grow up; times when they do not want to be "little". This is the idea behind a new book from Sterling Children's Books, which they set me to review.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Your Grandchildren Will See Themselves As You Do!

Yesterday I shared a link to a clip from the final session at a grandparenting conference where I spoke last May - today I'm sharing one more clip with you. In this clip I share how our grandchildren will see themselves the way we see them . . . do you see them as gifts from the hand of God, for whom you are ever so thankful?

You will find this clip at the following link - please share it with the grandparents you know!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Help Your Grandchildren Learn to Look for God's "Fingerprints" In Their Lives!

Almost a year ago I was the closing speaker at a grandparenting conference outside of Minneapolis, MN. I spoke for the Legacy Coalition about passing faith to our grandchildren and want to share with you a couple "clips" from my presentation - today and tomorrow. 

In this clip I talk about what it means to help our grandchildren learn to watch for and see God's "fingerprints" in their lives. You will find it at this link. Please share this with the grandparents you know.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Generations Quest - Official Launch on May 1, 2017!

For the past month I've been talking about Generations Quest and today I'm happy to announce our official launch will be on May 1, 2017! Generations Quest is a resource which will allow the generations in your family - grandparents, parents and children of all ages - to connect together as they read the Bible together each day! 

How will this work, you ask? Each day there is a specific verse or two for children, parents and grandparents to read and a question to think about. Then at least twice a month grandparents will connect with their grandchildren - in person, over the phone or using tech - to talk about what they all have been reading and learning. Parents are welcome to do the same as often as they like - even daily at meals, perhaps.

There is one thing which God has promised will accomplish what He has planed for it to accomplish and this one thing is His Word. So, if we are able to get our families to read God's Word, then we will be equipping the children we love to stand against the things in this world which will side-track and derail their lives. Generations Quest will give you the tools you need to do this - no matter the age of your grandchildren or their location.

So, stay tuned! May 1st will be the official launch!

Birthday Month Giveaway on May 17, 2017 - Elly and the Smelly Sneaker

I was recently invited to review a book with a new "take" on the old fairy tale of Cinderella - with a bit of baseball thrown in! Sounded fun, so today I'm happy to share with what I think of Elly and the Smelly Sneaker.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Favorite Flower & Reminders of How God Treasures Our Prayers!


Everywhere I look I can see one of my favorite flowers blooming . . . this flower is bright, sunny and a lovely shade of yellow . . . and it is known as the Dandelion!

I know. Your reaction is likely similar to my grandson Josiah's reaction. He told me Dandelions are weeds, not flowers, but I told him I still loved them anyway! Within minutes of hearing this conversation, my grandson Caleb brought me a handful of these yellow flower-weeds!

I am certain I'll be receiving many, many more handfuls of Dandelions throughout the summer!