28 November, 2016

{{Book Review}} The Remnant | In the year 2069, the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn’t show up, as some expected.


*Disclaimer*
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
In the year 2069, the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn’t show up, as some expected. Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters, and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth’s population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capital of Carthage, Tunisia. Blamed for igniting the war, religion, and religious books are banned. Citizens who will not renounce their religion are sent to work camps. Grant Cochrin, imprisoned in a bleak petroleum camp in what was once North Dakota, leads his family and friends to escape and embark on a long, dangerous quest for a Christian community. Their resource in this journey? A cherished page was torn from the now banished Bible—a remnant of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount handed down from Grant’s grandparents. What if there were an Apocalypse and Jesus didn’t return? What if the survivors found themselves living in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where religion is forbidden and all religious texts have been destroyed? In The Remnant, award-winning author Monte Wolverton tells the tale of a band of concentration camp escapees who trek through the lawless American wilderness on a quest for authentic Christianity, only to come face to face with an unthinkable dilemma. The Remnant is a fast-paced story punctuated with dry satire, memorable characters and hard questions about religious institutions.


*My Review*
I don't usually real dystopian books, but the signup email for this book peaked my interest. When the book arrived, I was excited and started reading it that night. Sadly I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. There was overuse of backstory did nothing more than stall the plot. The characters were very well developed, but I had such a hard time feeling connected to them. The ending leaves me to believe there may be a possible sequel. 

Just because I didn't enjoy the book, doesn't mean my readers won't. 

To purchase a copy of this book, click HERE.



About the Author:



Monte Wolverton is an award-winning author and syndicated editorial cartoonist. He is associate editor of CWR magazine. He is an ordained minister and holds an MA from Goddard College in Vermont. Along with his wife, Kaye, he makes his home in southwest Washington State.


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{{Book Review}} Charlie the Tramp + Giveaway!


*Disclaimer*
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.

About the Book:
Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”

An American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition.
 Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.

*My Review*
I remember my Mamie(gma) reading this to me as a child. I had forgotten all about about this book until I recently received an email to be a part of the book tour. After seeing the title, I was flooded with very fond memories of my childhood with my grandma. 

Little Charlie is a beaver who doesn't want to continue on with his family's tradition, he would rather just tramp around. His family lets him go off and experience all there is to being a tramp, like sleeping outside & carrying around sticks with little bundles tied to them. Charlie can't resist the urge to build a beautiful dam while he was out doing what tramps do best.

I definitely 100% recommend this book. It is a wonderful children's classic from the 1960's. This book will be treasured in our family for years to come.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s picture books about a badger named Frances and other animal characters that have a lot in common with children we know – bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmit Otter’s Jug-band Christmas.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America’s favorite children’s book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban’s books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children’s literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences.

Plough editor Sam Hine says, “As a parent of young children I’ve rarely found new books of this quality. So, like many other parents, I find myself returning to the books of my own childhood. Among these Charlie the Tramp was a hands-down favorite. We’re thrilled to acquire the rights to this timeless classic and make it available to a third generation.”



26 November, 2016

We went back for more! (+ discount code for special offer inside)


Last weekend my family and I went to Medieval Times(for the first time) & had a great time. So much so that we went back tonight for the second time. I promise you it's worth every penny you pay! Medieval Times is currently offering a special discount until 2/28/2017! The current special is; Adults $36.95 and children (12 and under) $29.95 with the code MT3629. Click HERE to be taken to the link to receive the discount.

Once thing I believe I forgot to mention last week is that they do a "knighting" ceremony. This is where you sign up for a birthday package and can have the "King" announce the birthday person(doesn't have to be a child) as a "Knight" or "Princess" they do this 2x's for each show & if you pay, they will also announce their bday during the show as well.

We were given early access because we had (my husband's) granny with us & we "rented" one of their wheelchairs(free to use, but it is first come, first serve & they hold your ID until you return the wheelchair). I absolutely love that they do this. If they didn't, granny wouldn't have been able to enjoy the show with us & we wouldn't have been able to make more memories with her.

I honestly can't even tell you our servers name last week, but she was good. However, our server(Joseph)tonight was awesome! Arianna would say something crazy & without skipping a beat he would have some comeback that had us laughing. Joseph was even kind enough to take a picture with Arianna for me to use on the blog. Of course, it did come out a little blurry(I was shaky from not feeling well). Yes, my teen is wearing her crown upside down AND backward....*sigh* she was also cheering for one of the other teams(*cough* green *cough*). What can I say...she IS my daughter after all & I probably would have done the same thing if we had not been cheering for the Black & White knight.

Once again, the food was delish. I didn't eat much because I am still not feeling well...and after tonight I'm sure my throat will hurt even more than it did before(it was worth it). Tomato soup, Garlic bread,corn on the cob, roasted chicken, lemon pound cake & coffee. For drinks, they have water, Pepsi, & unsweetened tea.

I didn't take as many photos as I did last week because I actually wanted to watch the show itself and not through my iPad screen. I took a few before the show of granny & Arianna with some of the members of the cast. I hope I didn't bore you too much with all of the words.  If you have made it this far, please continue to read so that you can see the photos from tonight. 

Have you ever been to Medieval Times(either here in Texas or one of their other locations)? Comment below & let me know!

(Arianna & are awesome server Joseph)

(Arianna, Granny, Falconer & Falcon)


(Arianna, Granny, & the King)





21 November, 2016

{{Location Review}} Medieval Times in Dallas, Texas | AMAZING Food & Entertainment!


SPECIAL OFFER:
Adults $36.95 and children (12 and under) $29.95 with the code MT3629 through 2/28/17. click HERE to be taken to this offer! 



Last week I posted about going to Medieval Times in Dallas, Tx(you can see that post here). I mistakenly said my husband had been there before, but I found out that he, in fact, had never been...but had always wanted to go. We had no idea what to expect. I was under the impression that you could choose the knight you wanted to choose for, but we were not able to.

Anyway, we arrived about 75 mins early. When reaching the front walkway, we were greeted by a guy who asked for the last name. Once I gave him the name our reservation was under he told us to go to the right. We had to wait in line for about 10-15 mins, and then we were greeted by another guy who asked how many in our party. After tell him the number in our party & the lady that I was told to ask for, he directed us to the counter to get our table cards. After getting our cards we were directed to wait in line and were given red & yellow crowns(my middle daughter was given a sticker that said "I rule! It's my birthday), meaning we were cheering for the red & yellow knight...which is fine. I just like the blue knight for the fleur de lis' on him.

After the crowns, we went into an area where they have a green screen. I didn't want to be in the picture, so my husband and two girls took a photo(they bring it to you later in the show and ask if you want to purchase it). After all that we entered the bar/gift shop. We bought my middle daughter a princess headpiece(I'm not sure what the technical name for it is) & then began our wait for the doors to open. We were able to use this time to get photos of our two younger girls & my husband with "King" Don Carlos, the falconer, and one of the trumpeters.

Once the doors were open, everyone with VIP lanyards went in first and then after they were inside, everyone with general admission was allowed to go in and sit. We were told which way to go for red & yellow and once we got to that section, we were told where our table was and we moved as far down in the row as we could. We were greeted by our serving wench, who was a super sweet girl. She got our drinks and asked if anyone in our row was celebrating a birthday, to which we said "yes".

We dined on;
Tomato Bisque soup
Garlic Bread
Roasted Chicken
Corn on the cob
Lemon Pound Cake
two rounds of Pepsi
and we had the option of coffee, but I declined.


The food was amazing. So amazing in fact that I was stuffed and couldn't eat everything. You are offered a to-go box to bring your food home with you. The reason we were asked if we were celebrating a birthday was because our server put a single candle in my middle daughter's pound cake & we all "cheered" for her bday.

The show was awesome as well. The horses were so gorgeous. I love that they put a net down so that debris can't fly into the crowd and hurt someone. It was an awesome experience and I am so grateful that we were able to go. We will def be back again soon. 

I also want to mention that they DO have wheelchairs to rent(free of charge), but you need to get there early because they are available on a first come, first serve basis. Below there will be a few photos & videos from our night!












*Disclaimer*
This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & Medieval Times. I received a 4-pack of tickets + Goody bag in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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16 November, 2016

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - Dallas, Texas



I decided to check my email before bed and had an email in my inbox saying we were selected to visit Medieval Times for a dinner & show here in Dallas! I am SO excited! My Husband has been before, but I nor the kids have ever been. This email is PERFECT because my middle daughter's bday is Friday & we are hoping to visit this weekend for her bday. Keep an eye out next week for my review of our visit!

Their current special is; Adults $36.95 and children (12 and under) $29.95 (which is a great special if you look at their regular prices) with the code MT3629 through 2/28/17. To get this offer click HERE to be taken to their website!

Have you ever been to Medieval Times? Have you ever wanted to go? I'm also giving away a 4-pack of tickets!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 


Which knight would you cheer for(click on their name to be taken to a short vine video of each knight)?! I think they are all cool, but I like the blue knight(at least right now). Why? Uhh...bc he has a bunch of Fleur De Lis' on him! We'll see come this weekend who I choose! 




In prayer, humble. In service, loyal. In battle, invincible!

The Green Knight

Unquestioned master of weapons with a temper known as the dragon’s claw.

The Yellow Knight

Well-versed in the arts of chivalry, yet in an attack, he is the lion uncaged!

The Red Knight

Called the “lion’s heart” in many a battle. Set him at liberty, and paralyze the enemy!
Defeat and regret are the reward of challengers to the point of the Red & Yellow Knight’s lance!

The Blue Knight

Renowned as a champion of the defenseless!


Here are some fun facts about Medieval Times!



* All Knights begin their training as Squires - just as they did in the Middle Ages - learning horse care, sword fighting, and weaponry. It takes a minimum of six months of training to become a Knight.




* Knights perform with real metal weapons and wear authentic armor. During battle scenes, real titanium swords create sparks.


* Every shield must be repainted after every show.

* When jousting, the Knights charge at speeds of approximately 15 to 20 miles per hour and reach an impact velocity speed of about 30 to 40 miles per hour.

* Each year, 25 foals are born at Chapel Creek Ranch, where they spend two years training.

* Our horses enjoy retirement at the ranch after 15 to 20 years of performing.

* 125,000 gallons of soup are served each year.

* 400,000 gallons of Pepsi are consumed each year.

* Each arena is filled with about 4,455 cubic feet of sand - about the load of 10 dump trucks.

* Medieval Times is the #1 breeder of pure Spanish horses in North America.
(More information about our horses: http://www.medievaltimes.com/about-the-show/the-horses.html)


*Disclaimer*
This post is sponsored by U.S Family Guide & Medieval Times. I will receive a family 4 pack for myself and my family, a goody bag & a 4 pack to give away in exchange for my honest review.

15 November, 2016

Fancy Nancy The Musical




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{{Book Review}} The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith


The Radical Book for Kids is a fun-filled explorer’s guide to the Bible, church history, and life for boys and girls age 8 and up. Along with examining some of the most exciting realities in the universe, the handbook is vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas. Deep truths are communicated to elementary and middle-school aged kids while stimulating their curiosity and sense of adventure within a gospel-centered framework.
This power-packed book is “radical” in more ways than you might think! It is “radical” in the sense of the original meaning of the word, “going to the root or origin.” The Radical Book for Kids will take children on a fascinating journey into the ancient roots of the Christian faith. But it’s also “radical” in the more modern sense of being revolutionary. Kids read about men and women who learned to trust Jesus and stand for him—displaying radical faith—even when everything seemed against them.
But The Radical Book for Kids is also “radical”—meaning fun or cool—in the eyes of a child. Kids read about ancient weapons (and how to make one), learn about jewels, create pottery, discover ancient languages, use secret codes, locate stars, tell time using the sun, play a board game that’s 3,000 years old—and more.
Check out the table of contents, skip around, or read straight through. However a child chooses to explore it, The Radical Book for Kids will open new vistas for their imagination and help to make straight paths for their feet.

*My Review*

After reading through "The Radical Book for Kids", I have found that this book is different than any other children's book that I have read. I have three children(13, 7, & 5). This book goes deep into the context of the Bible & is an amazing book that helps you understand your life and the life of those the Bible was written for.

This book would be great in a church library. I wouldn't say this book is Just a children's book,it is a great resource for any age.
The chapters aren't very long, each one is about 2-5 pages. You will learn something in the pages of this book, whether you have only 5 minutes or the whole afternoon!

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to further their child's(or their own) knowledge of the Bible. It would make a great gift!

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2eDeVM4
About the author:
Champ Thornton grew up in the Carolinas. He is presently an associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. Beginning in 2003, he pastored in South Carolina and later served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. Champ is also the author of God's Love: A Bible Storybook, and of Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children.


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*Disclaimer*
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

14 November, 2016

{{Book Review}} Blessings Of Unity | God’s Best for Our Marriages #AllForJesus #FlyBy



Many movements in today's society have combined to create an atmosphere that at best teaches married couples very little about how to find happiness together, and at worst threatens to destroy the sanctity with which God intends his children to approach that union. Self-centeredness and misinformation have led many away from walking in the Spirit and loving their spouses in Christlike ways, disqualifying them from the blessings that God has in store for his unified children. The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts:

    1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit, and
    2) Learning and applying the concept of unity.
Unity is achieved when a man and woman strive for agreement with God by processing His Will on every decision and in every issue. Through Biblically-centered discussions of discord, division, unity, discipleship, and prayer, and through exploring Biblical examples of unity, Richard Case offers husbands and wives practical and spiritual advice for working together in unity in the Spirit so that they can more perfectly present themselves to God for his divine approval.

*My Review*
This is a quick read that is full of information. "The Blessings of Unity" is a very in-depth look at marriage keeping unity in your marriage. The book starts off with a quiz for each spouse to take and then compare answers & evaluate their unity level stands and where they need work.

Each chapter is outlined, with a list of numbered points as well as scripture for references. I recommend this book to all married or engaged couples.



*Disclaimer*
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own

{{Book Review}} Doodletopia Fairies | Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies





An interactive doodle book of fairies and other fantasy characters from the best-selling art instruction author whose books have sold more than six million copies, pairing illustration tips with drawing, designing, coloring, and crafting activities. 


For years, Christopher Hart has given readers the tools and techniques needed to learn how to draw and cartoon. With the Doodletopia series, Hart offers us a chance to practice and perfect our artistic skills. For this latest title, Hart returns to the lush, gorgeous, and mystical subject of fairies. Doodletopia: Fairies provides aspiring fantasy artists and fairy fans with activities to stimulate their creativity. After covering the basics of rendering these characters, Hart sets us loose to interact with the book's many exercises and challenges. Pairing the informative content for which Hart is beloved with myriad opportunities for creative expression, Doodletopia: Fairies offers aspiring artists the next level of interactive art instruction.


*My Review*
My 13 yr old daughter LOVES drawing. She likes drawing Chibi & Manga characters but also loves fairies. Christopher Hart is a favorite author in our house, not just a fav of my 13 yr old, but my 6 yr old and myself as well.

When I saw this book up for review I had to grab it to add to her doodletopia book collection! This book is really neat. Christopher does a really great job at showing you how to draw. He encourages you to practice being able to sketch so that you can doodle from your imagination. 

There are several pages throughout the book where you can finish the drawings that Christopher has started. I would suggest using any Doodletopia book by Christopher Hart if you have a child in your life who likes drawing, or if you yourself are into art.

*Disclaimer*
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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12 November, 2016

3DLIGHTFX | Deco Night Lights



Let's try posting this again now that I have my internet back. Posting from an iPhone just doesn't work for me. Night lights aren't only for a child's room! They are great in bathrooms, in the Kitchen & dark hallways! I love that these night lights are cool to the touch, cordless, battery operated and even includes a crack sticker. I think my favorite one is the football! What is your fav one?



3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they're also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man's cave or office! 

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*Disclaimer*
This post is sponsored by U.S Family Guide & 3DLightFX. I will receive a FREE 3DLightFX night light in exchange for my honest review.

09 November, 2016

{{Taco Tuesday}} ALDI's BBQ CHICKEN BACON TACOS


I'm not usually a fan of tacos, but these things were AMAZING. At the bottom of the page, you will find a shopping list for Aldi's with approx prices(tax not included).


*What You Need*

4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  1. 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  2. 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
    Salt & Pepper, To taste
  3. Bacon bits(As much as you would like!)
  4. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  5. 4 green onions,chopped 
  6. Taco size Tortillas(corn or flour) 
  7. Yields: 12 Tacos
  8. Barbecue sauce (use as much or little as you like)


*What You Do:

In a large skillet(I used my cast iron skillet), cook chicken until it is white on both sides over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir chicken until no longer pink and thoroughly cooked.

If you would like, you can warm tortillas in the microwave. Put a tortilla on a plate. Add a few pieces of cooked chicken, bacon bits & cheese. Top with green onions and desired amount of barbecue sauce. Repeat with all tortillas and fillings.

Serve tacos warm and enjoy! Do you like tacos? What all do you put on yours?
*Shopping LIst*
Boneless skinless chicken breasts - $5.99(3Lb bag)
  1. Small yellow onion, diced - $0.69/3Lbs
  2. garlic, minced(Had at home
    Salt & Pepper, To taste(Had at home)
  3. Bacon bits(As much as you would like!) - $1.29(2.5 Ozs)
  4. Shredded cheddar cheese - $2.99(16 oz pack)
  5.  Green onions,chopped - $.59(5.5 oz pack)
  6. Barbecue sauce(We used Sweet Baby Ray's) - $2.39 (28 oz bottle)
  7. Taco size Tortillas(corn or flour) 1.39 (80 Count)

    Total: $9.95(depending on the ingredients you have at home + Tax)