Christian Children's books, Faith, Children's Books

Well written Children’s Books

I just got an email about this and wanted to share~ we have some of these and they are very well written and discuss issues important to children with a Christian perspective. Things like, why does Dad not have a job to why should people have faith. Here are some:

Select Seasons of Faith picture books are just $5 each. That’s 50% off! Choose from the following titles for your little valentine:

  • The King’s Daughter
  • The Red Boat
  • The Prize Cake
  • Saying Farewell
  • Race with Midnight
  • Braving the Storm
  • Seventy Times Seven
  • You Can’t Come In

Sale ends February 14, 2013! Online: www.shopcbh.org

Just a solid series of books. The illustrators vary, but they are usually cute. This would be a real heart gift! 

You may also want to look into their devotional magazine for kids, called Keys for Kids.

My daughter loves these. They do ask for a donation, but they also offer a free subscription (one per family).

*I am actually not an affiliate, I just like these:)

CBH Ministries

CBH Ministries

Ryken's Bible Handbook, Leland Ryken, Philip Ryken, Bible as literature, Bible Reference

A great addition to a home library.

Leland Ryken, Philip Ryken, James Wilhoit , Hardcover, 672 pages, Trim Size 5 1/4 x 8

One of the fun things for me in reviewing faith based books is finding out things my husband knows and never mentions! Yes, my husband went to Wheaton and I love asking his opinion.

When I received this book my husband picked it up and mentioned that Philip Ryken is currently the President of Wheaton College.

I found it interesting, that one of the authors of this Bible Handbook is the president of Wheaton. (although, psst, he was not yet when this book published)

I became curious about Ryken’s history. Turns out, Ryken’s father is Christian literary scholar and Wheaton professor, Leland Ryken, and Philip Ryken graduated from Wheaton College with a double major in English literature and philosophy. He also received a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1992, and a Ph.D. in historical theology from Oxford in 1995.

After learning all this about the authors, I understand better why they would write such a Bible handbook, a Biblical reference that looks at each individual book in the Bible as literature, while also looking at the Bible as a whole, complex piece of literature full of literary genres, from the poetry of the psalms to the story parables.

This is a reference book that is extremely detailed, yet somehow fun to read! The reference goes through each book of the Bible, all 66. It is very easy to pick it up as you are studying a particular book of the Bible and just glean a little bit more about what you are reading. You also can just read the entire book as a book, it is so fascinating. I like how the authors break everything down into bits of information.

The beginning portion looks at how the Bible functions as a whole piece of literature. What the main storylines and themes are. You’ll look at the big characters. For example, God is the chief protagonist. (no surprise there, right?)

The main section is where you will go through the Bible book by book. For example, in looking at the Book of Esther, you will see an explanation on how Esther is a unified narrative, with a single main plot.

You will see the structure and unity of the story in (of) the Book of Esther. Little sidebar extras mention the “numbers” that are important in the story of Esther (i.e. 10 banquets). You get a rundown of the key places and characters, key doctrines and themes, tips for teaching the book, a quick overall overview and a lesson in what a “Hero” story is. As you finish up, there is a portion that describes the “Contribution of this Book to the Bible’s Story of Salvation in Christ.” This is a great bit of wrap-up, I think. Finally there is a bit on applying the book and some quotes that offer other’s perspectives on this book. In about eight pages, you can learn so much about what to look for in the book of Esther.

This is done for each book of the Bible. Some are, understandably much longer than the Book of Esther, yet still not ever boring.

In the back, you’ll find a one year Bible reading plan and about 15 pages of colorful maps.

I really recommend adding this book to your library. Five stars from me.

 

*I received a copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

 

 

Weight Watchers Diary Day 7

February 6, 2013
food, cake, family birthday, butternut squash, snacks

The past few days have been a weird mix of doing well and totally failing!

 

Weight Watchers Diary — Login Day 7

Well, I have been doing pretty awful on my Weight Watchers challenge. I have been relying on the Weight Watchers mobile app, and that just isn’t helping me stay on track. It did not help that in the past few days, we had the SuperBowl and a family birthday.. Those two events ruined my plans to be cautious with eating.

On the bright side, prior to the SuperBowl and making a (fantastic) Ina Garten Carrot Cake, I did make a really good roasted butternut squash and parsnip casserole. It was very low in points due to the vegetables, and I was proud I tried parsnips.

Overall, though, once you have an IPA, your food budget is pretty shot. The day after, I also talked to a friend who uses a FitBit and swears that is a great item, so I am going to look into that. I need to increase activity. I know I cannot just count on reducing calories to get fit again. I am in my {ahem} 40’s, and accidental calories really count these days.

So, to help succeed the rest of this week, I plan to

  • login to the Weight Watchers online–no use counting on the app, I need more support, maybe some chat?
  • add some activity. Anything is something
  • think about going to a WW meeting. I’m not super thrilled with this online stuff. I like the recipes and knowing the points and serving sizes but that’s not stopping me from overindulging.
  • Read up on the FitBit

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

“I received a trial of the Weight Watchers 360 program to facilitate this review.” “People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.”

The Vertical Self Review

February 5, 2013

The Vertical Self by Mark Sayers

The Vertical Self by Mark Sayers

When I read about this book, through Tommy Nelson and Booksneeze, it sounded fantastic. The theme of the book seemed to be about sifting through our misguided media driven culture to find our true self in Christ.

However, when I received this book for review, I had trouble getting into it. The prose seemed too wordy, almost verbose and I found my mind wandering while reading. I was surprised as I rarely do that. So, I put the book aside for awhile. I got it out again, and read a few more chapters several months later. I thought some of the author’s examination of our media driven culture to be interesting and I agree that we, individually are more controlled by imagery in the media than we suspect, yet, I still felt the book was lacking cohesiveness to me. I figured it might be written with a really specific audience in mind and I was not that audience.

I did feel that the information given was good and reflected biblical truth, yet it just was too dry for me. I ultimately did not even finish this book and donated it to our church library.

*BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

 

Weight Watchers Diary Day 2

January 31, 2013
weight watchers 360 app

Getting used to planning what I will eat

 

Weight Watchers Dairy — Login Day 2

Well, today was my true kick –off day! I was ready, after trying out the Weight Watchers 360 and the app last night. So far today, I am doing super well.

At 8 am, I was a bit shocked to realize my “bit” of milk in my coffee was actually a ¼ cup of milk and worth 1 point. I often have about 4 cups of coffee throughout the day, so there’s a cup of milk. I had a few light bulb moments like this as the day went on.

I did sit each time, while eating. I KNOW this will help me, because I am bad about eating little bits while fixing the kids meals. This way, nothing goes in my mouth unless I am sitting (except water/coffee!) I do better choosing all or nothing goals like this.

I had one frustration today.  I hate to be a Debbie Downer but I want to be brutally honest so others can see this from all angles. My frustration was with the barcode scanner. Many of my foods were not recognized by the scanner.

I have used My Fitness Pal before and I liked that scanner. For now, I figure it may be user error and I will keep at it, but I want to be able to scan and enter bar codes, not figure out every detail of a food myself. Even for some Natura Cabernet Sauvingnon…I could not find any calorie information even on the Natura website. I have not asked for help on the forum, so I should probably do that.

I guess my biggest wish right now would be that I could scan everything more easily. I’m about to make some homemade chili and I want my true calories not what someone else thinks may be in this. Hmmmm. This will take a bit of time.

But, nevertheless, I sit here today knowing I have eaten less and been more aware of my intake. I also did some cleaning, so a grabbed 1 extra weight watchers point for that. Tomorrow I hit the new Kinnect exercise video I got for Christmas.

I also got some things at the store to try a new recipe. This was a featured recipe on the app and is only 1 point!

weight watchers 360

weight watchers featured recipe

Another plus is that my children are watching and becoming more aware of portion sizes. I have always taught them that, but it is true that they learn what they see me do…not always the same as what I say.

“I received a trial of the WW online program to facilitate my review.” “People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.”

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Weight Watchers Diary

January 30, 2013
weight watchers online community profile

all set up!

So…my blog is looking so empty lately! I made a decision back in late Fall to pay attention to mainly the holidays and my family, rather than mess around with the blog.

I do love sharing things when I hear about great educational tools, or super deals, or a neat new organic product…but my family was missing me. So, I had a fantastic holiday season, and posted all my opinions and deals on facebook, then sat back and wondered what I wanted to do with this blog. Honestly, I am still not sure. BUT, I do want to share more about healthy living, from organic eating, to making sure our children are protected from environmental toxins, to just being fit through exercise. So, I will be making sure that things I post on the site are worthy for that end goal.

I also want to take care of myself better. And I have zero discipline apparently. Enter Weight Watchers.

Weight Watchers Login, Day 1 (1/30/13)

Put starting off all day. I wanted to start when I felt rested, relaxed.  To start on a day when I had already eaten perfectly and exercised. Finally, at about 8 pm, I just grabbed computer and started, no really good time to do this.

When I first logged on to Weight Watchers (WW) online, my browser made it impossible to upload a photo for my profile. This made me so frustrated. I actually thought about crying for a minute. Then, I got a grip and I changed from Firefox to Chrome and got a picture uploaded. I hate looking at those grey shadow boxes.

Well, that done, I logged in all my personal information, weight, and got all set up. A mediator for the site welcomed me, which was nice, but I still felt overwhelmed. There were so many places to begin!

I began to read some of the stories and articles. I watched a few “how to” videos on how to use the point system. I really liked the portions of the site that gave me great big visuals. (lame, I know) but I felt more relaxed choosing to add a new “routine card” to my file than reading about routines. I immediately chose three routines that I know I need:

  • To eat breakfast
  • To eat at a table (yes, I like to eat and blog) GASP
  • To eat free of distractions, Yes, no more eating while I feed the kids or clean the kitchen.

The first goal the site gave me for actual target weight loss is to lose 9 pounds at a rate of ½ to 2 pounds per week. Not sure why the site chose that, I’m sure I will figure this out as I go.

After all that, I uploaded the Weight Watchers mobile app and the barcode scanning app. You can download lite versions of these free, by the way.

I wanted to share about this on the blog, in the hopes that someone finds it at least interesting, if not helpful. I did get a free three month subscription to the online Weight Watchers tools in return for posting once in a while. I plan to post very often, mainly in dairy, journal form, because this is easy for me.

So, let me know if you are on any similar healthy journeys, whether eating organic or starting an exercise program or losing weight with a particular program. If you’re on Weight Watchers, comment and I’ll look for you in the online community.

Well, let me know if anyone has any questions about how this all works as I go, I am excited. I just decided this because there is actually a group doing this: my goal is to lose 26 pounds by July 4th.

*I received a complimentary 3 month subscription to Weight Watchers Online. “People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.”

 

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Ick! I absolutely hate the fact that I get cold sores. Over time, I have learned that I have all kinds of triggers. For example, I tend to get them when I am tired and stressed out or sick, sometimes even just because the weather is bad or I get too much sun.

I am usually on alert for cold sores in winter. I can feel a little tingling and shortly after get that awful little sore. Left untreated it can be miserable and last for about two weeks.

I do use Abreva® and I have found that when I first feel that teeny tingle on my lip, that if I put Abreva® on right away, I can often stop a full blown cold sore from forming. If I am out of Abreva®  and wait a day or so, I will still get a bit cold sore, although the Abreva® can speed up the time it takes to heal. Sometimes, like for Holiday parties, that is super helpful.

Did you know that Abreva® is the only over-the-counter medication approved by the FDA that is proven to shorten healing time of a cold sore?

I do think Abreva®  is a good thing to stock in your medicine cabinet. Find out more about cold sore medicine here on the Abreva®  website.

What exactly IS a cold sore? Here is some information from Abreva® :

  • “A cold sore is a blister that forms on or around the lips and is usually caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1).[i] HSV-1 usually affects the lips or mouth but can spread to the eyes or genitals.[ii]
  • Most cold sore sufferers aren’t exactly sure when they first encountered the virus because HSV-1 is usually contracted early in childhood. [iii]
  • While it’s likely that up to 90% of adults have been infected by the cold sore virus, not everyone gets cold sore outbreaks.8 Actually, only 20%-40% of people will experience cold sores.8
  • About 80 millionAmericans suffer from cold sores, which can be unsightly and sometimes painful.[iv]
  • If left untreated a cold sore typically goes through 5 stages during its 7-10 day course, and sometimes it can hang around up to 2 weeks.[v]

You probably already know that HSV-1 is as easy to spread as it is tough to fight. The virus that causes cold sores is very contagious, so avoid close personal contact such as kissing or sharing utensils during an outbreak.9 So it goes without saying: keep the virus to yourself.”

Other tips?

Well, you can also get a prescription that helps, but that is a hassle. You need to show your doctor a cold sore, usually. You can ask your doctor about that. I also use a tea tree based lip butter, and find that helps too. I also make sure to not use lipsticks while I have a cold sore. I will use my finger or a q-tip to apply a bit of lipstick. If I get a cold sore and know my lipstick touched it, I do need to throw out that lipstick.

Want to stock up your medicine cabinet? Enter here to win a $25 Amazon Gift Code! To enter, leave me a comment telling me what winter colds your family gets!

(Ends January 9, 2013)


[i] Abreva website.  Retrieved October 23, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/what-are-cold-sores.aspx
[ii] Abreva website.  Retrieved October 23, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/cold-sore-myths.aspx
[iii] Abreva website.  Retrieved November 8, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/cream/spreading-cold-sores
[iv] US Census Data 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2012. http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/
[v] Abreva website.  Retrieved October 23, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/stages-of-a-cold-sore.aspx  

 

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Do you need some last minute help for your child’s wish list this year? If your children love Scooby-Doo, try going straight to the source and have your children visit the new Warner Bros. “Scooby Mystery Workshop” site where they can customize their own holiday gift list!

The site offers Scooby-Doo games, toys, costumes, and fun bedding kids can check off into their wish list to help Mom and Dad solve the holiday shopping mystery.

scooby doo

Scooby Doo Mystery Workshop

Once their favorite Scooby-Doo items are selected, kids can print or email the list to a parent. The site also provides additional fun for your child, such as helping The Gang pick out gifts for each other through an interactive poll, competing to win fun prizes, or playing games with Scooby-Doo and Shaggy. Check out the Scooby-Doo Mystery Workshop site here.

 

 

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