Friday, April 18, 2014

Random Five on Friday~~Good Friday 2014 Edition

  
Five random thoughts on Easter. . .

1.  I am learning that sacrificial love doesn't have to be for only family members. 

2.  I am amazed and surprised and asking God this question a lot lately: "Seriously?" 

3.  I am learning that obedience brings joy indescribable. 

4.  I am learning that being alive and living are two different things. 

5.  I am so, so grateful for my Savior's love, and His model of true love.  

May you know the peace that passes all understand on this Easter weekend! 
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Beauty Captured~~4/14/14






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Friday, April 11, 2014

Random Five on Friday ~04/11/14

 Five Random Confessions about Me: 

1) I don't preheat the oven. 

2) I only rinse out the coffee pot with hot water and I don't use soap in it. 

3)  I go to bed with my makeup on. 

4)  I love Cops and Beyond Scared Straight and 48 Hours (but hate violent crime dramas.)

5) I love reading People Magazine and watching stupid celebrity news shows (but for the record, I don't do either). 

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Curiosity Quest (A Review)



   Curiosity Quest
       


     Don’t you love educational DVDs that your children actually want to watch? Me, too! I encourage you to read on to learn about these DVDs from Curiosity Quest. We were chosen to review six of their episodes: DVD Combo Pack—Produce (Mushrooms, Cranberries, and Orange Packing) and DVD Combo Pack—Sea Swimmers (Sea Turtle Rescue, Penguins, and Salmon).

Oranges, Cranberries, Mushrooms, Curiosity Quest
Sea Turtles, Penguins, Salmon, Curiosity Quest
      The unique premise of these live action DVDs is that viewers and fans can submit questions about things they are curious.   Curiosity Quest host Joel Greene begins each episode with one of those questions, and the entire episode is dedicated to answering it. Here's an example:
Mushrooms, Curiosity Quest
       Be it visiting a mushroom factory or wading in an Alaskan stream to learn about salmon, a very demonstrative and charismatic Joel Green makes each episode extremely interesting for kids of all ages. He is so charming and funny and we loved him and his child-like curiosity about the subject matter.

          Woven throughout each episode are on-camera interviews with kids (Joel is the interviewer) with unscripted answers.  My daughter loved these interjections because they were so cute and candid. 

Another part of each episode are mini-breaks called Fun Facts.  These are read by either kids (usually one of the ones previously interviewed) or by one of the adults featured in the episode.  These are “Did-you-know?”-type facts like, “Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow in water.” 
Cranberries, Curiosity Quest
      My 5th grader’s favorite Curiosity Quest episode was, by far, the Sea TurtleRescue.   She is a marine biologist at heart, so this was not a total surprise, but it was the employees at the rescue center to which we were introduced in this episode who drew Abbey in and made her fall in love with the turtles who were patients there.   She has such a heart for animals that are “special” and need extra attention, and the thankless work these wonderful employees and volunteers do at the Sea Turtle Rescue really touched my child’s heart.  

Please note: This episode did briefly reference evolution, but as we have a great grasp on our creation beliefs, this was not a problem for us.  Just an FYI. 
Sea Turtles, Curiosity Quest

Sea Turtles, Curiosity Quest


     If you’re lucky, you can catch Curiosity Quest on your local PBS stations, but for most areas of the US and overseas, the distribution is still limited.  We were bummed to learn that we were not in a state that aired them, but check your local listings.

     Geared for ages 7 to 14 (note: as an adult, I enjoyed them very much), there are episodes in the Curiosity Quest Store such as Breadmaking, Rescue Dogs, Go Karts, Firefighter Training, Karate, and so much more! In addition, there is a series of episodes called Curiosity Quest Goes Green with episodes focused on “green” topics like Fishing for Energy, Multi-family Recycling, Green Surfboards, and Green Your Home. 
Bottom Line    
     I really hope that you'll give Curiosity Quest more than just a passing glance.  It's a whole lot of fun, and a great way to break up a long school day or even to pull out on a rainy weekend.  The
amount of topics available to choose from  ensures you will find something your students can relate to, and will thus learn from.  

     The combo DVDs we received are $24.95 each, or you may want to check out their monthly membership option for $19.99.  Membership includes combo pack DVDs with two
episodes per DVD, and is the best value! 




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Friday, April 4, 2014

Random Five on Friday~~4/4/14


 1.  It's been a tough week emotionally, as we said goodbye to our tenth foster baby (she was adopted). We were so blessed to be a small part of her precious life. 





2.  I started back exercising yesterday.  It hurt, but I'm going to keep on keeping on. I MUST feel better. 

3.  I started a sugar-busters diet this week as well.  So far, I've blown it every day, but I won't give up on that one either.  

4.  I am keeping my awesome 2-year old grandson for the weekend while his mama goes to a women's retreat and his daddy goes to coach baseball. I am looking forward to some sweet cuddles with my favorite little boy. 



5.  My youngest child who has loathed reading most of her little life, has decided she wants to try to read Harry Potter.   I am hopeful but doubtful. We'll see how that goes . . . .

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Diary of a Real Payne Book 2: Church Camp Chaos {A Review}

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As a Christian parent, I am constantly on the lookout for age-appropriate reads for my 5th grader.  Most books are either over her head with fantasy-type subject matter, too mature for her young mind, or too simple for her deep mind.  So we were thrilled to find the Diary of a Real Payne series from author Annie Tipton and publisher Barbour Publishing.  We reviewed the first installment HERE, and we have been anxiously awaiting the release this second one, and were excited to be chosen to review an advanced copy!

My daughter (age 10) and I read Diary of a Real Payne Book 2: Church Camp Chaos together, and it did not disappoint.  E.J. Payne and her huge imagination are at again, combining hilarious diary entries and daydreaming moments with her real life.  In this installment, we find E.J. growing up, celebrating birthdays, dealing with her annoying little brother, scratching her way through chicken pox, making treehouses with her pastor dad, and having a blast with her best friend Macy at church camp. 

But there is also an ongoing mystery throughout this story.  As E.J.'s parents start acting weird with hushed conversations and attending secret "meetings," E.J. is left wondering what is going on.  She takes the reader on the hunt for clues, and my daughter enjoyed trying to figure it out before the final chapter.  

E.J. also has to deal with the real life drama of the possibility of her best friend Macy moving away.  We loved how beautiful their relationship is and how true friendship is celebrated. Author Annie Tipton does such a great job of allowing the reader to really invest in the characters and keep the story moving forward in a perfect pace.  



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Diary of a Real Payne Book 2: Church Camp Chaos is very affordable at only $5.99, so scoot over to Barbour Publishing's website and pick up a copy today! I highly recommend this read for ages 6 to 96! :)




Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and no other compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Scripture and a Snapshot ~~03/30/14




But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. ~Luke 18:16
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