Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Treasury of Bible Stories {Review & Giveaway}

Who doesn't love a good children's bible? We have quite a few in our collection. You see, people give them to you when you have three little boys who are eager to learn more about Jesus. So, when this new book was up for review I quickly jumped on board. Treasury of Bible Stories (by Kelly Pulley) was written for children ages 4-8. That works out perfectly since my oldest 2 boys are 4 and almost 6 (he insists I say that!).

One of my favorite features of this book is the rhyming aspect. As a young girl I loved to write poems. I only wrote poems that rhymed. I don't know why but I love when things rhyme. So, for me, this was a major score. The second wonderful thing are the beautiful illustrations. My boys are very visual learners. If they can see a picture of what I am reading they comprehend the information better. We are currently using this as our bible reading for our homeschool. They are enjoying the stories and are gaining a deeper knowledge of Jesus through this wonderful and sweet book.

Here is a little about the book:
"Featuring lyrical stories that will make you laugh, this colorful collection is perfect for reading out loud. Magnificent Tales are rhyming Bible stories with clever art and clear lessons the whole family will enjoy. The stories and illustrations are so engaging that you won’t grow tired of reading a Magnificent Tale night after night! From “The Salty Tale of Noah’s Ark” to “The Lasting Story of the Last Supper,” the rhyming tales in this book remind us that God loves His people—in the Bible and today!"

Here is a little about the author:
"Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of books in The Beginner’s Bible series and has authored and illustrated several other children’s books, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He enjoys spending time with his four grown children and his beautiful wife, Vickie, in the Nashville area."

There is also a video about the book on YouTube:

If you think your family would like a copy of Treasury of Bible Stories please let me know by commenting below. I will be giving away 1 copy to a reader. Giveaway ends on September 23, 2014. 



"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.”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dolphin Tale 2 Curriculum Review and Giveaway!

Homeschoolers made the first Dolphin Tale movie so popular that the producers decided to make another one! How exciting is that? I have the wonderful privilege of reviewing the curriculum that HomeschoolMovieClub.com has come out with. It is also part of Classical Conversations homeschool group. I don't personally use CC. I am more of a Charlotte Mason style homeschooling mama. I am currently homeschooling a 5 year old boy, a 4 year old boy, and wrestling a 19 month old boy. We love to watch movies and do fun activities. This curriculum goes well with what we are looking for.

Dolphin Tale 2 will be in theaters on September 12. Please check your local movie theater for times and go check it out. But, first I will let you know about the curriculum so you can be prepared after your family views it.

The lessons include a short video as well as some print outs that you can download. Each lesson is so organized and very well prepared. Your child will learn biology, vocabulary, art, and math.

My children enjoyed these lessons very much. Since all of mine are still "littles" the lessons were short enough to keep their attention. I really hope you go to the website and check it out.

Click here to download the FREE curriculum. Yes, FREE. You can't beat that.

Click here to see the movie website.

You can also click here to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter live! My kids loved this!

This whole curriculum is great because you can study dolphins for a couple of weeks and then end by going on a field trip to see Dolphin Tale 2 at the movie theater. Tomorrow, Friday, September 12 is Homeschool Day. Go to your local theater and check it out for yourself.

Here is another cool thing. You can enter to win some cool Dolphin Tale 2 gear.
A pair of sunglasses and a t-shirt. I also received these items and they are very cool!

To enter to win these cool prizes just leave a comment at the bottom of my page letting me know how many kids your homeschool or send to public/private school. Only one entry per person please. Winner will be announced on September 18, 2014. Here are the winner guidelines:

"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.”



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Good News About Marriage

Are you ready for some great news about marriage? Shaunti Feldhahn (along with her researcher Tally Whitehead) has written a new book. It's called "The Good News About Marriage -Debunking Discouraging Myths About Marriage And Divorce". I have the privilege of reviewing it. I love books about marriage and how to improve. This book is more of a statistical book. She compares statistics that are quoted often such as "50% of marriage end in divorce". Shaunti Feldhahn and her team did a ton of research to come up with new statistics. What we have been hearing on the news and in churches is false. I do not like to reveal information in a book I am reviewing but I will say that the "real" number of divorces isn't even close to 50%.

Here is a little info about Shaunti Feldhahn:

"Shaunti Feldhahn is the best-selling author of For Women Only and other books with sales of more than two million copies in 22 languages. With a master’s degree from Harvard, Shaunti uses her analytical skills to uncover life-changing surprises about our most important relationships. Her research has been featured on The Today Show, Focus on the Family radio, in Cosmopolitan magazine, and in the New York Times. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children and live in Atlanta." 

For more about the author please visit http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=74984

To read a chapter from "The Good News About Marriage" please go HERE.

"Divorce is not the biggest threat to marriage. Discouragement is." -Shaunti Feldhahn

Please check out this great book because it will change how you think about marriage. I was blown away by some of the findings. I found the fact that most marriages are still happy ones very enlightening. It is a wonderful, optimistic book and will encourage you greatly in your own marriage. I highly recommend that you add this to your book collection.



I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review. All opinions stated here are solely my own.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Quick Happy Homemaker "Tuesday"

I know it has been a while since I have done any blogging. It has been a bit busy. I was babysitting 2 children for 3 weeks. It was a bit hectic around here for a while. We also started school today. I homeschool so it takes up most of my time. I decided it was time to get back in the grind of doing at least one post a week.

Breakfast Time:::
Life cereal and coffee

On Today's To Do List:::
Went to the dr this morning for some complications (prayers would be appreciated)
Started school with the two older boys

Currently Reading:::
Out To Canaan by Jan Karon
Bible study with Good Morning Girls

On The TV Today:::
The Duggars comes on tonight! Yay!

The Weather Outside:::
Horribly hot and humid. You can't be out there for too long. It's about 99...no kidding with a heat index of about 105. Makes me so thankful for AC.

On The Menu This Week:::
Tuesday- grilled chicken, grilled zucchini and squash, grilled mushrooms and peppers, baked beans
Wednesday- ranch chicken, mac and cheese, steamed green beans
Thursday- tacos with beans and rice
Friday- boys will have pizza...mama is going to a lady's night out at church and they will serve dinner!
Saturday- grilled burgers, chips, salad

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself:::
I will pray. I will read my bible and I will pray for healing for myself and several others who have had some bad diagnosis' lately. 

New Recipe I Want To Try:::
I got nothing here. There are so many I want to try but have no time to even think. LOL!

In The Garden:::
My tomatoes are growing like crazy. Yup...I have 4 tomatoes. LOL! They are still green and small but each day they are getting bigger. 

Photo From The Camera:::

Praying For:::
Healing for several others. 
Our country to get back to God. 
My husband as he faces the giants everyday. 



Monday, August 18, 2014

The Blessing Of Friendship (Mary Engelbreit)

Mary Engelbreit has got to be one of my favorite artists and authors. I have been collecting her books since I changed my name to Jensen (as in I got married). LOL! My MIL has collected them for years and so graciously gave me one of Mary Engelbreit's books a long time ago. After that day I have been gathering them for myself. That's why I was ecstatic when I saw that she was coming out with a new book and I get to review it. It is called The Blessing Of Friendship and let me tell you it is a blessing to me. The pictures are the sweetest and the quotes and verses from the bible are amazing. 

Here is a description of the book: 

 "The Blessings of Friendship, created by New York Times bestselling author and artist Mary Engelbreit, is a playful and poignant treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the joy of friendship. Children will learn from timeless sayings and poems what it means to be a friend - helping, encouraging, listening, sharing with, and loving one another. Colorful and whimsical illustrations bring these words to life, as children learn the value of friendship. Verses from the Bible give us instruction on putting others above ourselves, loving each other, and being kind to one another. This book will make you smile with each turn of the page, remembering old friends and new friends alike."

I am truly going to enjoy having this book to look at when I need to smile. And, it comes in one of my favorite colors...red! Also, my MIL's favorite color. I may buy her one for Christmas...ooops! Let the cat out of the bag. Pick up a copy for yourself if you are a fan of Mary Engelbreit's. If you are not a fan or don't know who she is please go get a copy anyway. You will become a fan very quickly. She makes you feel like times are more simple and sweet. 



This book was given to my by BookLook Bloggers. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 

"Treat Yourself" Book Review

Do you like cookies? I LOVE cookies! I love desserts in general. I also love pre-made desserts such as Twinkies, Oreos, and ice cream sandwiches. I just hate buying them when they are so processed. I usually stay away from these yummy treats because of the preservatives in them. Well, I have a solution. Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer is a wonderful book filled with recipes for some of your favorite classics. I love to bake so this book appealed to me right away. Then, I found it you could make homemade Thin Mints, Nutter Butters, and Honey Buns. I was sold!

I chose to make one recipe for my review though I plan to keep this book handy. The recipe I chose is for the classic Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies. I figured that my kids would love to help me with this task. 

As you can see they had a blast helping me. I loved how easy the recipes were to follow. You can read one chapter HERE. You can read more about Jennifer Steinhauer HERE. I truly feel that there are some wonderful treats yet to be made by me and my family (especially the homemade graham crackers and nilla wafers). 

Here are some pics of what I made:

As you can see they turned out okay. The taste was great but they didn't flatten out. I had all fresh ingredients so I am not sure what went wrong. I will make them again and see if maybe it was just the humidity of the day. They were all devoured! Hubby loved them and my three boys asked every second if they could have some. 

I hope you get a chance to buy a copy of this wonderful book Treat Yourself. 



I received this book from Blogging For Books for review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

A New Adventure Begins {Happenings of the Jensen Family}

Starting on Monday I will be employed. I will be babysitting two sweet little children. A boy who is 4 and a little girl who is 3. I babysat them a couple of weeks ago for a day to do a trial run and it went great. They are so precious. 

I am a little nervous to start this new adventure but I am confident that it will bless me so much. I will also be starting school with the boys in September. I have a new curriculum and I am pumped to get started. I just wanted to let my readers know about the things going on in the Jensen household. 

Both Bear (5) and Ducky (4) just attended Vacation Bible School. They learned some new bible verses and songs. They didn't move a muscle or sing one note during their final performance for us parents. But, they were adorable! Before that, Ducky had his 4th birthday. Many friends and family came to our house to celebrate with us. There were gummy worm "dirt" cupcakes, a pinata, and lots of buggy presents. It was a "bug themed" party. You know...boys and bugs go hand in hand. 

I am so thankful for all of the people who joined us on that special day. I love birthdays. They bring life to a house. They are the celebration of a person that means a lot. Life is so precious (and seems very short at times). Celebrating a person's birth once a year is the least I can do. 

We have also been finishing the bathroom remodel. It has been going on for over a year. We can only do things when we get the funding. It has been a slow process but my husband has worked so hard. There are some final touches and then I will post some pics for you. It is a dramatic difference. It is only one of three bathrooms in our house. Our next project is the master bathroom. It has the ugliest terra cotta style tiles. Blek! We are going to reconfigure the set up and get new tiles. 

We have been enjoying our summer. We have hit the beach several times, gone to the local amusement park, gone on picnics and to the pool. My boys spend a lot of time outside. The love to get dirty and and jump on the trampoline. Summers are for fun. I think we may take the boys camping in the fall. We have a KOA campground near here that has groupons. I am going to be on the lookout! 

I hope you all have had a great summer so far.