06 December, 2017

SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium in Ft. Worth Texas | Ridgemar Mall

*Disclaimer* I received free admission for myself and my family in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

I recently signed up to visit SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium. I had NO idea it was in the Ridgemar Mall in Ft. Worth. I'm not sure where I thought it was, but I didn't think it would be there. lol

Anyway, We drove over to the mall and we were greeted right away by employees. I told the guy who I was, and he let us back. We did pay $10 + tax for 4 tokens so we could feed the animals.

After that was taken care of, we started on our way through the aquarium. The first thing we saw were caiman alligators. Being from SW Louisiana, Alligators hold a special place in my heart...no matter WHERE they are from. I used to hold "baby" gators, about the size in this picture all the time when I lived at home in Louisiana.

 

We made our way to the other exhibits after I got over being excited about the alligators. We saw Iguanas, Capybaras, & Parakeets. There was an employee by the Capabra pin. I was only joking when I said I wanted to go and play with them...but they let me! Another lady went in with me, told me the rules and where to sit. There are three brothers. Alvin, Simon, & Theodore. They are 2 months old and absolutely ADORABLE!!

I learned so much about these babies. They are extremely curious. They saw the lady come in and thought she had their bottles (They are weening them off of the bottle). She's like their momma to them. They were climbing all over her, it was too cute. I got to pet all three of them.


There were so many awesome creatures, from fish to snakes & lizards, to my favorites....the rays! As an aspiring Marine Biology student, naturally the rays and sharks (and other fish) were my favorites. I used one of my tokens to feed the rays, I even touched the raw fish to feed them! I loved every min of it. My heart is happiest when I'm around Marine animals & the ocean.

Below are more photos. I have more, but those are on my personal FB page.





After we got home, I decided to call and see about applying to work in the marine part of the aquarium...and after talking with the lady for a few mins and telling her about wanting to become a Marine Biologist, she asked if I'd be interested in interviewing to become a volunteer intern! Naturally I said "YES!!" I meet with her very soon to go over everything and talk more about it. Doors are opening up and I cannot be more thankful. 



05 December, 2017

New CD from Kutless | Alpha/Omega

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. 



*My Review*
I absolutely LOVE Kutless. I remember listening to them when I was a teen. Before listening to the CD, I knew all but 2-3 of the songs, but I never knew they were the ones who sang them! My all time favorite song on the CD is "Your Love Awakens Me".

My 8yr old loves "Strong Tower" and "Your Love Awakens Me". It makes my heart happy to hear her sing these songs.

About Kutless:
Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits "Strong Tower,” "What Faith Can Do" and "Carry Me To The Cross.”

After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers.
“We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to communicate a message of hope to people who may not listen otherwise. We are still recording and performing because we really do believe it makes a difference. We hear stories all the time from people who share with us how a concert or a song has radically impacted their life, and it’s these types of testimonies that keep us going year after year.”


In 2012, Kutless formed EOTA Ministries (End of The Age) to expand their evangelistic outreach around the globe. EOTA is the non-profit arm that aids Kutless in hosting large, free outreach concerts and events. In 2015, they partnered with other organizations to bring concerts to Kiev, Ukraine and other cities for six events - the largest of their kind in that country. The next year, Kutless returned to 11 cities in Ukraine as well as in Belarus, a communist country, where more than 100,000 heard the Gospel and over 40,000 commitments to Christ.
With their upcoming album ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core - rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”
Landing page to buy/stream the record: http://smarturl.it/kutles

Video link:



27 November, 2017

Zoono Hand Sanitizer

*Disclaimer* This post is sponsored by Shoplet & Zoono hand sanitizer. I am not paid for this post, but I did receive a pack of six (6) sample bottles in exchange for my honest opinion.


I can always count on Shoplet to have the latest in all things related to Cleaning, Medical, Office supplies, Office furniture and more! Recently I was sent six (6) little bottles of Zoono hand sanitizer.

Zoono is unlike any other hand sanitizer I've ever used before. Unlike traditional sanitizer Zoono is not alcohol based, it's water based! It is supposed to be fragrance free, but I found that it still has a slight scent to it.

We have been sick later, so I gave each of our girls a bottle to keep near/with them, my husband I have a bottle with us, and I keep the 6th bottle in my car for my riders (lyft driver) to use if they wish.

If you are in the market for a new hand sanitizer, I recommend that you check out Zoono & make the switch today!! I know I'm glad I did.




Battle For Texas | San Antonio, Texas

*Disclaimer* This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & Battle for Texas. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive free admission for myself and my family in exchange for an honest reveiw.




JOURNEY BACK IN TIME IN THIS COMPLETELY IMMERSIVE ADVENTURE!
Showcasing the world's most historically significant Alamo artifacts and connecting them through heart-racing multimedia re-enactments to the past they left behind.

OVER 250 ARTIFACTS TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Bowie, Travis, Crockett, Sequin and Santa Anna. They're all represented in this incredible collection of many never-before-seen artifacts. This unforgettable, curated exhibition provides views with an in-depth perspective on the stirring story of the Battle of the Alamo. You'll come away inspired by the historic battle and beaming with Texas pride .

EXPERIENCE THE REAL STORY OF THE ALAMO TOLD LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
Experience the daily lives of early Texas settlers, the tensions leading up to the Texas Revolution, and the climactic battle in which the Alamo defenders sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.
$5 Child Admission Battle For Texas: The Experience - Make it a family day! Special $5 child ticket (plus tax & fee) with the purchase of one adult ticket at Battle For Texas: The Experience. Must present coupon 

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Austin Zoo | Austin, Tx. {{Helping Animals since 1990}}

*Disclaimer* This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & the Austin Zoo. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive free passes for myself and my family in exchange for an honest opinion. 


Introducing: Homeschool Nature Series & Winter Workshop

We are excited to announce two new education programs coming to Austin Zoo!

The Homeschool Nature Series will have kids learning about biology and participating in exciting labs! Programs are designed for kids aged 7-13 years old.

The Winter Workshop is fun for the entire family! Join us this holiday season to make animal treats and human sweets! 

Come visit us!
For More Information visit: https://austinzoo.org/


22 November, 2017

SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium | Ft Worth, Texas

*Disclaimer* This post is sponsored by U.S Family Guide & SeaQuest Aquarium. I am not paid for this post, but I will received free admission for myself and my family in exchange for an honest review.


SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium offers a completely interactive, hands-on learning experience for the entire family. Designed as a 'Quest of Edutainment', visitors to SeaQuest will journey through realistically themed exhibits where they will connect with the animals through various hands on encounters such as feeding sharks, stingrays, capaybara, giant sulcata tortoises, large exotic birds species, and thousands of other creatures along the way. Anyone in search of a more daring experience can enjoy walk-in bird aviaries, feeding caiman alligators or snorkeling in their giant snorkel tank filled with reef sharks, stingrays and hundreds of other tropical fish. Sea Quest Interactive Aquarium also offers an exclusive private event venue, which is ideal for school field trips, birthday parties, and private events. Explore, discover and learn more about the world we live in, as well as create lasting memories for the entire family and kids of all ages at SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums. 

seaquestaquariums.com


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14 November, 2017

God’s Big Plans For Me Storybook Bible | Rick Warren

*Disclaimer*  This post is sponsored by Flyby Promotions. I received this book free in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible illustrates the 40 foundational principles written in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. With child-friendly language, engaging illustrations, and a chronological approach, Pastor Warren introduces each Bible story with a theme that aligns with one of his foundational principles. He wraps up the stories with a closing thought targeted to early readers. The colorful illustrations and narrative tone bring these beloved Bible stories to life for readers young and old. God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible has foil decoration on the cover.


Want to purchase a copy for a child in your life? Click the link below! 

http://info.zondervan.com/rick-warren-childrens-books/

*My Review*
I love getting new books for my girls (all three)! It’s even better when they are Bible stories. In “God’s Big Plans For me”, there are fourty (40) stories from the Bible. I like that Rick Warren chose 40 stories, since the number “40” is an important number in the Bible. The stories start with Genesis 1 & ends with Revelation.

This Bible Storybook is geared towards early readers. It would be a great way to do family devotions so that little ones can understand, or in a Church library!

My 7 yr old loves reading the stories to my 6 yr old and myself and then we talk about what she read and what we learned for it.

06 November, 2017

Enchant Christmas Giveaway!

It’s time friends!!! Today I’m launching the giveaway for the Enchant Christmas that is coming to Arlington, Texas!

 The package will include 4 tickets for a lucky family to attend the sneak preview of Enchant Christmas on Tuesday, November 21, 7-9pm.

All you have to do is is follow the steps in the rafflecopter below. *NOTE* giveaway starts at midnight and ends on 11/10/2017 at midnight. Winner will be contacted on 11/11/2017 & will have 24 hrs to respond before a new winner is selected.

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14 October, 2017

Mystery Tackle Box | Happy Fishing

*Disclaimer*
This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & Mystery Tackle Box. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive a free mystery tackle box in exchange for my honest opinion. 



Mystery Tackle Box is the #1 fishing tackle subscription service offering anglers and fishing enthusiasts a fun and affordable way to discover new fishing lures, learn new techniques and catch more fish! If you, or someone you love, enjoys fishing, get them a Mystery Tackle Box Subscription today. You'll enjoy a monthly box full of new and innovative fishing lures and products, content on how to use everything, plus stickers and special offers. Visit http://mtbfish.com/holidaygiftUSFAM to learn more!




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11 October, 2017

The Harlem GlobeTrotters 2017-2018 Tour | 25% off Code inside!!

*Disclaimer* This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & the Harlem Globetrotters. I am not paid for this post, but I will received free tickets for my family and I to see them in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

SAVE 25% for ALL Harlem Globetrotters Games with promo code FUNFAM http://harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets



*We saw the Globe Trotters about 2 yrs ago in Houston. It was our first time seeing them (my husband saw them when he was younger). They were so much fun to watch. I can't wait to see them again now that my two younger girls are a bit older1!*

With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson and Hoops Green - the Harlem Globetrotters' show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Their 2018 World Tour will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

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05 October, 2017

Jeremy Camp's | The Answer + Giveaway! #TheAnswer and #FlyBy



I grew up listening to Jeremy Camp & have always loved his music. His newest CD is just as amazing as all of his other music. My daughter (who has HFA) absolutely LOVES the song "The Answer". She often has me play it on repeat. It's so sweet to hear her singing along with the song.




Check out these must see videos!


If you want to purchase a copy of his CD you can do that here, but before you do that...why not enter for a chance to WIN a FREE copy of the CD?!

Comment below what your favorite Jeremy Camp song is!



28 September, 2017

Enchant Christmas Makes Its U.S. Debut at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas



A World of Wonder Awaits at Enchant with its World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze,

Texas’ Largest Outdoor Christmas Tree, and more!

ARLINGTON, Texas (September 25, 2017) – The Lone Star State is about to get a whole lot
brighter with the United States debut of Enchant Christmas, a truly magical event which
includes brilliantly illuminated sculptures that create the perfect atmosphere for a holiday
evening adventure like no one has ever experienced before.


Wander through the world’s largest light maze and help Santa find his missing reindeer, explore
the local vendors and food trucks, or sit back with your favorite holiday drink and enjoy live
entertainment. Enchant is a truly magical winter event that’s perfect for big groups, family fun
or special date night.


Based upon the delightful children’s story “The Adventures of Enchant: The Great Search,”
written by Leanne Johnston, a world of wonder awaits holiday revelers at this outdoor, strolling
winter wonderland. Incredible features include:

* World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze
*Texas’ Largest Outdoor Christmas Tree, standing at 100 ft.
* 300,000 square feet of holiday entertainment
* More than two million twinkling lights
* Santa’s Palace
* Skating Pond
* Kids’ Play Area
* Live Music and Entertainment
* More than 20 Food Trucks
* Unique Christmas Market with 85 Vendors including the Christkindl Market Lane
* The Enchant Events Hall, perfect for private holiday get-togethers
* Free Parking




WHERE:
Lot F at Globe Life Park
1000 Ballpark Way (on the corners of Copeland Road and AT&T Way)
Arlington, Texas 76011

WHEN:
In collaboration with the Texas Rangers and Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Enchant
Christmas illuminates the Texas skies November 24 through December 31, 2017. Hours of
operation are 5:00pm-11:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed December 24 and Mondays
(with the exception of December 18 and 25).

TICKETS:
On sale Thursday, October 12, 2017, tickets are $29.95 for adults, $21.95 for children ages 5 to
14, and free for children 4 and under with accompanying parent. Parking is free. Family value
packs are $79.95 for two adult tickets and two child tickets. Seniors, Military and First
Responders discounts available plus VIP all-inclusive tickets with catering.  Tickets increase $5
at the gate the day of the event, so buy in advance online and save.

For information and to purchase tickets, visit EnchantChristmas.com. Get social with Enchant
Christmas at Facebook.com/EnchantChristmas, twitter.com/Enchantxmas, and
Instagram.com/EnchantChristmas. #EnchantChristmas #ChristmasIsComing

Fill your heart with light, love and the wonderful spirit this season. Don’t miss the BIGGEST
(and brightest) event in North Texas this holiday season!
###

Enchant Christmas is produced by Vancouver-based Shine Lighting Group, Inc., a professional
Christmas light company serving Canada and the U.S. since 2010. Shine specializes in the design
and implementation of tailor-made lighting experiences for public spaces. Their passion is
crafting a visual experience that encourages interaction and creates a festive atmosphere for
guests to enjoy. For more information, visit ShineMoreLight.com.


27 September, 2017

Glory Song | Matt Redman #Flyby, #GlorySong

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 on the same blog, 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.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

About the album:
Matt Redman teamed up with several of his worship-artist friends for this album, first
releasing the track “Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard).” Tasha Cobbs
Leonard also released her own version of this song on the same day! The album also
features Kierra Sheard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham, and Kim Walker-Smith.



*My Thoughts*
I absolutely LOVE Matt Redman. I would have to say that my absolute favorite song by Matt would be "10,000 Reasons". It was my mom's favorite song, and it was the song that we played (on low) the day we took her off of the vent so she could go "home home" (Heaven).

When I received the email to review Matt's newest CD Glory Song, I jumped at the chance! It arrived a few days ago, & I love it so much. I love listening to music while I do housework, or while I'm crocheting.

I think my fav song from this CD would have to be "One day (when we all get to Heaven), I really like how they have taken "When we all get to Heaven" and have given it a makeover. It was one of my favorite hymns as a kid.

Do you like Matt Redman? Would you like a chance to WIN a copy of the CD for FREE? I'm doing a giveaway right here on the blog! Just leave a comment telling me what your favorite Matt Redman song is and you will be entered!

If you've recently won a #Flyby prize here on the blog, but still want a copy of the CD...you can purchase a copy by going here

Check out the videos below!

Gracefully Broken Top Of The Tower Live Video:



Gracefully Broken (Lyric Video):


 Gracefully Broken (Song Story):



17 September, 2017

Start Where You Are | Week-at-a-Glance Diary

*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this book free from bloggingforbooks.org 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.

In her journal Start Where You Are, Meera Lee Patel helped readers look inward to discover their dreams and navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life. This planner represents the next step in the process-- a tool both newcomers and Meera's existing audience can use to plot out the practical steps, day-by-day, week-by-week, of accomplishing those dreams. This perpetual week-at-a-glance diary features illustrations and patterns created from the existing art that adds visually vibrant inspiration and encouragement to appointments and deadlines.



*My Thoughts*
I haven't kept a diary since I was about 10...so I wasn't sure that I would actually use this book, or gift it to someone who could use it. The thing that drew me in was the galaxy-ish colors & of course the cute little elephant!

When I received this book, I actually fell in love with it & it is PERFECT for me to use for my blogging schedule, & to keep important dates etc. It's big enough to hold all my important info...yet small enough to fit in my purse so I can keep it while on the go!

Another favorite feature of mine is that this book as inspiring quotes throughout the book, as well as a page of world time zones, & international calling codes (THESE two features will come in handy), there are also pages conversions, wedding anniversaries, contacts & birthdays!

This book might be little but believe me, it is packed FULL of everything you need to keep track of your schedule!


12 September, 2017

Texas Renaissance Festival | Todd Mission, Texas

*Disclaimer*
This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & The Texas Renaissance Festival. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive free passes for myself and my family in exchange for my honest review.



The Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation's largest and most acclaimed Renaissance themed event. Established in 1974, the event attracts over half a million visitors each year to its 55-acre New Market Village and Fields of New Market Campgrounds in Todd Mission, Texas. This immersive experience features world renowned live entertainment, works by master artists and craftspeople, award winning food and drink, hand-powered rides and games, and over 100 interactive characters during its nine themed weekends from September 30 through November 26, 2017. For more information, please visit www.texrenfest.com. 




Each weekend, a different theme comes to life across the 55-acre festival grounds including:

Oktoberfest (September 30 & October 1)
1001 Dreams (October 7 & 8)
Pirate Adventure (October 14 & 15)
Roman Bacchanal (October 21 & 22)
All Hallows' Eve (October 28 & 29)
Barbarian Invasion (November 4 & 5)
Heroes and Villains (November 11 & 12)
Highland Fling (November 18 & 19)
Celtic Christmas (November 24, 25, & 26)


Texas Renaissance Festival! Kids 12 and Under Admitted Free Every Sunday!
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11 September, 2017

Barton Hill Farms | Austin, Tx.

*Disclaimer*
This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & the Barton Hill Farms. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive free passes for myself and my family in exchange for my honest review.



Join us this fall for the the 2017 Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farm. Get lost in our 5-acre corn maze, pick your favorite pumpkin, feed the farm animals, and enjoy more than 30 exciting family activities while you listen to live Texas country & bluegrass music!






Barton Hill Farms is a scenic Texas farmstead on the banks of the Colorado River near Bastrop, just 25 minutes from Austin. Open Saturdays & Sundays from September 23rd to November 5th.


05 September, 2017

I am back!



I have been quiet lately, not because I didn't have anything to post...but because things have been crazy here. we've all had our rounds of strep, and I'm still getting over my second round of strep, laryngitis, pharyngitis, sinus infection & double middle ear infection.

I have seen my fill of drs in the last week and a half to last me the rest of the year! I still plan on officially launching my new business, but between being sick and having crochet orders I haven't had much time.

My girls will be starting school next week (books finally came in)! Wish me luck! I officially have a 9th grade, 2nd grader & 1st grader.

I hope that things are well in your part of the world! If you have children, have they started school yet? what grade(s) are they in?


Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles



*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this book free from bloggingforbooks.org 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.

From a leading art instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, a complete survey of drawing as an art form covering its history, materials, and key techniques, alongside step-by-step demonstrations.

Foundations of Drawing is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the history, aesthetics, methods, and materials of the drawing medium. Throughout, clearly defined demonstrations provide easy access to the practice of drawing as well as the history and development of core drawing techniques. Richly illustrated, the book contains reproductions of the finest master drawings from the fifteenth century to the present. Unlike other drawing instruction books that focus on step-by-step lessons exclusively, Foundations of Drawing provides readers with the context and background to help understand just why these materials and methods are so vital for successful drawing.

*My Thoughts*
I had originally ordered this book for my 13 year old. She has become more serious about art and drawing. I figured this could help her out, but she didn't care for it. She said it was nice and teaches you things you may not know, but it's not something she is interested in.

03 September, 2017

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus #PatternsOfEvidence, #FlyBy

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”) Opinions expressed 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 Author/Filmmaker/Producer:

Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. MMG focused its business on television and video production for regional and national companies. In 2014 Tim founded "Thinking Man Films & Media" as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. 

Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International. Tim also served as the President of the board for the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM). Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS”, released in January 2015. 

The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the Biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.


About the film
• Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.

• Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.

• It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East. 

• The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.



*My Thoughts*
"Patterns of Evidence" is an incredibly informative film. I absolutely loved watching it  & found it fascinating in every way. I can't wait to share it with our pastor to put in the church library 


Watch the movie trailer. -->  www.patternsofevidence.com



Mak sure to use the code MK1 for $3 off the DVD price which retails for $19.95.


31 August, 2017

Book Review | God's Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a Real Detective

*Disclaimer* 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.

Hone your reasoning skills as you investigate evidence in the universe to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation.
In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God's existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.
In God's Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God's existence.
*My Review*

I've heard of J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace, but this is the first time reading any of their books. I received a digital copy of this book to review, & I love it! it can actually be used for my younger two girls during the school year for reading, & Bible.
The recommended age is 8-12 yrs old, but I really enjoyed reading this myself! 


About the authors:

J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of "Cold-Case Christianity: God's Crime Scene," "Forensic Faith," and "Cold-Case Christianity for Kids." He has a master's degree in theology and is the founder of ColdCaseChristianity.com. Susie has a master's degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.
Find out more about J. Warner and at http://www.coldcasechristianityforkids.com.

14 August, 2017

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!

DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?

Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!


Parents!

David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).


The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}

Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.