20 December, 2016

Junie B. Jones First Ever MUSICAL Edition! + Audio Book


I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Junie B. Jones The Musical is a hit! Listen to the full cast album and the audiobook of Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!).

 Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here's the worst thing of all: When Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard…she can’t! Is it possible that Junie B. needs glasses?

This special audiobook edition of Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!) contains all the songs from Junie B. Jones The Musical. The musical is adapted from the books Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at Last!)Junie B. Jones, Boss of LunchJunie B. Jones, One-Man Band; and Top Secret Personal Beeswax, A Journal by Junie B. (and Me), by Barbara Park. © 2001, 2001, 2002, 2002, 2003 by Barbara Park.

*My Review*

I remember "Junie B. Jones" from when my oldest daughter was little. She started reading at 2.5 yrs old, and by the time she was 4 she was reading the "Junie B. Jones" books (& understanding them).

She's 13 now, and obviously too old for this, but I thought her little sisters would enjoy this two(2) CD set. This Set is 1.5 hrs long.

This is an adorable CD set, and I can't wait to listen to the audio book with the littles. Hopefully they will love Junie B. Jones as much as their older sister did!

I recommend this book to any child in your life who likes to read/listen to books & who loves music! 

It would make a perfect Christmas stocking stuffer.

Song list:

1. Top Secret Personal Beeswax

2. Lucille, Camille, Chenille

3. You Can Be My Friend
4. Time to Make a Drawing
5. You Need Glasses
6. Show and Tell
7. Now I See
8. Lunch Box
9. Gladys Gutzman, Queen of Snacks
10. Kickball Tournament
11. Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show
12. When Life Gives You Lemons
13. Kickball Tournament (Reprise)
14. When Life Gives You Lemons (Reprise)
15. Writing Down the Story of My Life

Music from JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL – CAST ALBUM, Lyrics by Marcy Heisler and Music by Zina Goldrich
(p) 2016 Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, Administered by Next Decade Entertainment, Inc.; 
Copyright © 2005 Marcyworks (ASCAP) and Zinaworks (ASCAP) Administered by Next Decade Entertainment, Inc. Junie B. Jones® The Musical was originally produced by Theatreworks/USA.
All Rights Reserved Used by Permission
Executive Producer: Monica Corton
Co-Executive Producers:  Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler
Produced by Dan Rudin
Recorded and Mixed by Dan Rudin
Assistant Engineer: Jarad Clements
Ensemble Vocal Contractor: Lori Casteel
Orchestra Contractor: Chris McDonald
Orchestrator: David Weinstein
Copyist: Casteel Music Services
Recorded at Dan Rudin Recording & Production, Nashville TN
Junie B. Jones: Lori Casteel
Lucille/Bobby Jean: Erica Aubrey
Herb: Scott Baker
Lenny/Camille: Galen Fott
May: Sarah Bailey
Mommy: Shelean Newman
Sheldon: David Wise
Jose/Chenille: Chris Lee
Grace: Emily Webb
Daddy: Garris Wimmer
Mr. Scary: Shane McConnell
David Weinstein – conductor
Steve Kummer - piano, keyboards
Craig Nelson/Duncan Mullins - bass
Paul Brannon - guitars
Scott Williamson - drum set
Steve Patrick - trumpet
Jeff Bailey/Mike Haynes - trumpet
Barry Green - trombone
Mark Douthit - tenor and baritone sax
David Davidson, David Angell -violin
Anthony LaMarchina – cello

Audiobook Production Credits:

Junie B. Jones First Ever MUSICAL Edition!

Executive Producer: Orli Moscowitz

Junie B. Jones First Grader (at last!)
Executive Producer: Laura Wilson
Producer and Director: Louis Milgrom
Original Music: Louis Milgrom

Michèle Phoenix’s ‘Of Stillness and Storm’ Bookworm On-the-Go Prize Pack

A tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry—don't miss Michèle Phoenix's new intimate and bold release, Of Stillness and Storm. It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. When a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again, the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past might be too much. Will it be the family's undoing?

Take Michèle's new book with you on your winter vacation and enter to win her Bookworm On-the-Go Prize Pack (because you can't take a stack of books with you when you travel).


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 31. The winner will be announced January 3 on Michèle's blog.


A tale of troubled love | what will Lauren choose?

I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

"I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing."

It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream---reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family's undoing.
At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren's past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while re-engaging with the past. It's thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.
Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gzxgeq

*My Review*
"Of Stillness And Storm" by Michele Phoenix was a hard book to read. There is much loss and despair in this book, but also a hint of hope and love that goes beyond the failures of men. 

This book is about relationships & is told in the first person voice of Lauren. 

Lauren, Sam and Ryan are a family of three living in Nepal. While Sam brings God’s word to remote villages, Lauren and Sam struggle to survive the power outages, unrest, pollution and more while in Kathmandu. 

If you like heart-wrenching stories, then you may just like this one. I will say that while it was tough to read and I did enjoy it this book isn't for everyone.

Have you read "Of Stillness & Storm" or any other book by Michelle Phoenix?

About the author:

Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle Phoenix is a consultant, writer and speaker with a heart for Third Culture Kids. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own advocacy venture under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, Marvel movies and paths to healing.

19 December, 2016

The Beginner’s Bible Is The Perfect Gift For Any Child

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. The winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come. Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner's Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction.

*My Review*

I’ve seen this Beginner's Bible around before, but I never bought a copy because my oldest was so advanced in reading, we skipped the children's Bibles and we straight to a regular NIV. 

I have to say I am SUPER excited to have been given the chance to review this one. The back of the Bible says this is geared for ages 4-8, which is perfect because I have a 5 & 7 yr old.

We have a few Bible like devotionals for children, but not a Bible that has both Old & New Testament. I love how this Beginners Bible is just like a "grown up" Bible in the sense that it is in the same order from Genesis all the way to Revelation. 

The only difference in this and a "grown up" Bible is...that it's written in a way that littles can understand what it is being read & the font is fairly large.

This Bible is absolutely gorgeous and is hardcover. It would make a great gift for any little one in your life! It's never too early to introduce children to the Bible & start their love for Jesus at a young age!

To Be entered into the giveaway to win a copy of this Beginner's Bible, just leave me a comment telling me the age(s) of your littles and if you've ever heard of this Bible before! 

Social Corner:

Official website:  www.TheBeginnersBible.com

Trailer / book trailer (if applicable): http://bit.ly/2aZoqnN

Link to Amazon (reviews appreciated): 

16 December, 2016

Travel back in time to Civil War-era Chattanooga

I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis.

With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner's daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter's forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gCb1pb

*My Review*
Now that I am older, I appreciate all things from the Civil war-era & thankfully so does my 13 yr old. When I signed up to review this book, I also had her in mind to read it after me. 

Civil War-era novels have become a favorite of mine.

This was my first time reading anything by Cynthia L Simmons, & I must say that this book does not disappoint! "Pursuing Gold" is filled with drama and hardship

This book is about two friends partnering up to save a bank, but it's not all that easy as they have their ups and downs in the story such as learning to trust each other and above all Jesus. They deal with counterfeit money among other things. I don't want to say too much, so if you like Civil War-era books, then you will most def want to read this one! 

About the Author:

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over thirty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. She's a columnist for Leading Hearts Magazine and she directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today's crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, Struggles, and Triumphs was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the Year. She co-founded Homeschool Answers and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio.

Loving People Like God Does | Less Of Us, & More of Jesus

I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

*About The Book*
When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette weaves heartwarming and miraculous stories of

Jesus showing up in ordinary people, revealing that He knows us and is fully present in our

everyday circumstances, especially in our difficulties. Those hurting and weary from worn-out

religion are longing for a fresh touch from the living Jesus. Best-selling author Max Davis

challenges us to do more than simply receive God’s grace—we need to allow grace to soften,

change, and shape us. As you read this book you will laugh, cry, and come face-to- face with the

living Jesus, much like Davis did, when he found Him living in a green-eyed brunette. As Davis

puts it, “Jesus is very much alive today and still does incredible things—sometimes supernatural

things—through us!”

*My Review*
I admit the title of this book "When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette" peaked my interest. I couldn't wait for the book to arrive so I could dive in a read it. I absolutely loved reading all of the different stories in this non-fiction book.

Max Davis is a master at telling stories of real Christians living everyday lives while experiencing extraordinary encounters with Jesus. 

List price: $15.99

208 pgs.

About the Author:
Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today
and Publishers Weekly and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds
degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and
organizations worldwide. He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell
Springs, Louisiana.

15 December, 2016

AdoramaPix Does It Again With These GORGEOUS Greeting Cards!

This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & AdoramaPix. I am not paid for this post, but I did receive a FREE 12Pk of 5x5 cards in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

I ordered my Christmas Cards pretty late, but I had a hard time finding a design that I liked, I have used AdoramaPix several times in the past, so I know that their products are exceptional. I ordered a 12 pack of cards. 

Below you will find the card that I made. I blocked out our last name & first names for privacy reasons. 
These pictures do not do these cards justice. 

I seriously had the hardest time picking what I wanted, like I usually do when I order from them. I wanted something that was simple, but still elegant at the same time. I went with "Joyeux Noel" which is French for "Merry Christmas".

I chose the 5x5 flat bracket trim, classic linen cards. These cards are $15.36 for a 12 Pk. I also chose to expedited service($12.30) + Express shipping($23.00). I ordered my cards on the 12th, they were supposed to arrive on the 14th...but there was a flight delay so they arrived today, 15, Dec. Which is still fine. 

It's SUPER easy to create & order cards! Keep reading & I'll show you exactly how to do it!

This is what the AdoramaPix Website home looks like.

To order your own cards you first click on "Cards" in the menu at the top of their page.

Next, you click on "Start your Card" to be taken to a bunch of premade templates, 
or the option to make your own.

Next, you will click "Select" on the "Build Your Own"card selection. From there you will be able to add a photo, select the shape & size of your card.

After you click on the option to make a blank card & pick the size, trim & the paper you want to be used, you click on "personalize" and will be taken to another page where you can add a photo, change the shape/size, add a backdrop, stickers, masks, frames & even text.

There you have it! Once you have the card front and back just the way you like it, you hit the "Continue" button. You will review your card to make sure any spelling on the card is correct. After you review that everything is correct, you add it to your cart.

12 December, 2016

A Fun & Unique Way To Memorize Scripture

I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

*My Review*
ScriptureDoodle & Scripture Doodle:God's Promises by April Knight are so much fun and more meaningful than any "adult" coloring book I've had(and I've have several)! When I saw ScriptureDoodle & ScriptureDoodle:God's Promises, I thought they were both super awesome ideas and couldn't wait for my books to arrive. 

Once my books arrived, I was a bit imitated by some of the designs in the book...but there really isn't any need to feel that way! April gives you step-by-step instructions, examples & encouragement. I'm not one to "doodle" much anymore...and I am for sure not an artist, So, I let my 13 yr old do the doodling...& we both read the devotional prompts together. 

ScriptureDoodle & Scripture Doodle:God's Promises are a super fun & unique way to memorize scripture. I have noticed that the pages are somewhat thin, so I wouldn't recommend using markers or gel pens in this book. These books would make a great gift for someone special in your life!

With inspiring exercises and prompts, this unique interactive guide introduces readers to a creative connection between Bible study, artistic expression, and worship.

Often, in the busyness of life, Christians forget that God created them to enjoy creativity. With guided instruction and completed examples, this beautiful book invites readers to draw closer to God through their own art.

More than a coloring book, ScriptureDoodle is a combination of Bible study, creative expression, and artistic community with artwork shared online at #scripturedoodle.  

Exploring topics such as being generous, finding rest, and facing grief, ScriptureDoodlegives the heart the creative space it needs. This book stimulates the reader's imagination and helps integrate God's Word into everyday life.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gUdlHF

Some of the most incredible stories in the Bible are of God's promises and faithfulness to His children.

ScriptureDoodle God's Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God's Word in all circumstances.

This unique blend of Bible study and creative expression provides the opportunity to connect with God as Creator in a new, life-changing way.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gUhyLR

About the author:

April Knight is a worship artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Knight's work includes live worship painting and leading ScriptureDoodle workshops online and at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally. Her family of four is her greatest joy, along with serving alongside her husband at their local church.