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Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken

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Address: Various (follow via Facebook)
Phone: (650) 333-6052
Website: http://seoulfulfc.com/

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I passed by the Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken truck on the way to lunch and decided to try it out today.  It’s a sister truck to Hiyaaa! (Vietnamese Food Truck).

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The Order: Rice & Slaw Combo (Dark Meat)

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Coleslaw had mild vinaigrette with cut-up jalapeno mixed in with shredded cabbage and cilantro.  Fried chicken (thigh and drumstick) was nicely breaded/fried and tasted deliciously sweet (ordered with the sweet soy glaze).  Sweet, sushi-type, short-grained Calrose rice lined the bottom of the takeout box.

This was a good and basic fried chicken combo platter.  I have to go back and try the Seoulful Sandwich and the Garlic Fries for a more comprehensive review.

- Norm

Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [n]
Highchairs/Boosters [n]
Stroller Access [sidewalk]

Other reviews of Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken:
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Written by Joyce and Norm

November 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Growing Up Social

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51D5KwBDGAL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World
Written by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane
Published by Northfield Publishing
New Edition edition (September 1, 2014)
240 pages
Website | Book Trailer

Is technology bringing your family closer together, or is it driving your family farther apart? – Introduction

Wow! If I was to answer honestly, I think I would be scared of that answer. The truth is, while there are so many wonderful things about technology, there are also so many not-so-wonderful things about it as well. I am so glad to read this book that addresses the issues of how we can help our kids grow up in this generation that is so dependent on screens for entertainment, for education, for friendships, and more. It is not all bad, of course, but there needs to be balance and limits. My favorite things in the book are the Parent Resources and the Discussion Guides for every chapter.

GUS-1250More than straight A’s, strong moral character will predict your child’s success as he or she grows into an adult. – p.31

Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane share stories from their own life and the experience they have with their kids and screens. They will guide readers in making positive changes to help families become “social” again in this “social” media world. Chapman and Pellicane share the five A+ skills that every child needs to develop to be relational: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. There is a Screen-Safe Family Pledge which I think is super important for all families to have, especially in this time of cyberbullying and how fast things go viral.

There is a lot of food for thought in Growing Up Social. I think it can also help lots of parents figure out how and when to spend their time online or in front a screen.

ABOUT GARY CHAPMAN
PastedGraphic-2Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.

ABOUT ARLENE PELLICANE
PastedGraphic-1 Arlene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at ArlenePellicane.com.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a copy of the book Growing Up Social. Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 26th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing about social media and this generation. For extra entries, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

- Joyce

Other reviews of Growing Up Social:
amazon.com
goodreads
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com
Family Christian

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Noah: A Wordless Picture Book

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Giveaway info at the end of post.
noahenNoah: A Wordless Picture Book
by Mark Lundy
Released October 24, 2014!!
Published by Plough Publishing House
64 pages
Age Range: 2-18 years
Mark’s Website | NOAH website

ABOUT NOAH
A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?

This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God – and a formidable engineering challenge.

Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you’ll never read this story in the same way again.

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ABOUT MARK LUNDY
Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The Farmer, The Flower Man, The Grump, When I Was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Melody (age 7)
What the book is about: It is about God sending for Noah in a dream and telling him to build the ark because there is going to be a flood.
Like: I like that it describes Noah’s experience in pictures.
Dislike: The part where he had a boy because I don’t understand that part, and the part where he was crying.
Recommend: I recommend this to anyone who has a good eye for details because you will notice things fast in the pictures.

Emily (age 5)
What the book is about: The Noah book is about building an ark!
Like: That God told Noah to build the ark, and the flood.
Dislike: I did not like the people saying, ‘Hey, why are you building an ark? There isn’t a flood!”
Recommend: My friends Becca and Bella will like the book.

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Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
Noah is a wordless book about the story of Noah and the ark. It’s not just a cutesy story of animals lining up two-by-two to enter the ark, it has a pretty accurate depiction of the darkness that occurs once the Lord shut the door of the ark. It was not just the sprinkling of rain that we get here in California during the drought. It was a harsh downpour that was a demonstration of God’s anger. I have to admit that the beginning was a little confusing to me. I think there should be a page at the beginning that gives parents an overview of the story and pictures. The pictures are fantastic as well. It will draw any reader into discovering more of Noah’s story in the Word. It definitely piqued my interest to re-read the passage in Genesis about Noah since we are so used to hearing the storybook Bible stories. Although my girls like the book, I would recommend it to kids who are a little older than mine. It would definitely depend on your kids and if they are okay with seeing the destruction that the flood caused, but be prepared to have discussions for kids who want to dig deeper.

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Bonus: Squeakers the mouse is hidden on every page!

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of the Noah wordless book. Giveaway ends Saturday, November 22nd. (Giveaway open to US and Canada residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing what character you think should have their story in a wordless picture book or your child’s fave Bible story. For extra entries, tweet about the book, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

- Joyce

Other reviews of Noah:
Amazon.com

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

November 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

The Ramen Bar

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Address: 101 California St., San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 684-1570
Website: http://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/san-francisco-bay-area/ramen-bar

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On a cloudy morning, I went with a few co-workers to Michael Mina’s The Ramen Bar at 101 California.  There was a line going out of the door and seating inside and outside was full.  We ended up sitting at the actual ramen bar in front of the open kitchen.  This was great because it gave us a chance to view the production line and how the food was made.  The food came within 5 minutes of ordering/seating.  Take-out and online ordering is also available.

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I ordered the Chasu Miso-Butter Hokkaido which is braised pork, garlic, sweet corn, and a soy-cured egg over a rich/bold, flavorful broth.  The pork was tender, broth was flavorful, and soy-cured egg was AMAZING!  The ramen bowl was a good-sized portion.

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I also ordered a Hong Kong Milk Tea with boba from the Tea Tails menu.  “Tea Tails are brewed using the finest of LaMill Teas.  Milk Teas are steeped directly in milk for a velvety and smooth treat.”  There was a fair amount of ice (maybe too much) and a decent amount of boba.  Flavor was average.

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For dessert, I ordered the Green Tea Parfait which was white chocolate-green tea mousse, huckleberry jam, and green tea croutons.  The mousse was smooth and rich.  Since white chocolate is involved, I’m automatically a sucker for it.  The huckleberry jam was tart and pairs wonderfully with the mousse.  The croutons were surprisingly tasty and not rock-hard.

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All-in-all, the Ramen Bar was great.  The prices might not be too appealing though (maybe because the association to Michael Mina).

- Norm

Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [?]
Highchairs/Boosters [y]
Stroller Access [might be tight]

Other reviews of The Ramen Bar:
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SFGate
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bites & bourbon

Written by Joyce and Norm

October 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Overrated

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BookCover-2DOverrated
Written by Eugene Cho
Published by David C. Cook
Reprint edition released September 1, 2014
240 pages
Book Trailer | Website | Twitter: #OverratedBook

I was trying to figure out how I was going to put into words what this book is about. Since middle school, I was bitten by the volunteering bug. I was in service clubs since 6th grade, and have done lots of service projects with those clubs and through church. I have packed shoeboxes, passed out brown bag lunches to the homeless, served meals, provided care at a battered women’s shelter, and other similar things. I was a bit afraid to start reading Overrated because what if, by the end of the book, I am going to hear God telling me to sell all my belongings and go save all the children in all the world? No, that is not what God challenges us with through Eugene Cho’s book…not specifically anyway. I think this quote from the first chapter sums it up nicely:

“However, this wasn’t just about starting something. It wasn’t just about doing something. There was more…God was challenging us not just to ‘change the world'; He was inviting us to change. You see, it’s easier to talk about wanting to change the world; to talk about the need to change this and change that; to start this movement and start that organization. But if I’m honest, we don’t always do it, and we don’t always want to think that we, ourselves, have to change in the process.” – pg. 25

God does mighty things. He can do them without us. Yes, he is all-powerful, remember? He doesn’t want us to change the world, He wants us to change. When we change, we can change the world. Cho is very authentic in his book, and even talks about his struggles with letting go of his worldly possession to serve the Lord.

ABOUT OVERRATED
We all want to change the world, but as pastor Eugene Cho found out, it takes more than just desire. It takes action. In this personal confession he encourages readers to discover a practical discipleship that begins with the recognition that changing the world starts with changing ourselves.

Many people today talk about justice, but are they living justly? They want to change the world, but are they being changed themselves? Eugene Cho shares his story, a messy, painful story of being more in love with the ideas behind the actions than counting the cost and being a world-changer in action. Because everyone loves justice and compassion, but few have taken it upon themselves to truly live it out in their own lives. Cho is still on that journey to discover what it means, and invites readers to join him.

ABOUT EUGENE CHO
Eugene is the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages, a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. He is the founder and senior pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational church in Seattle, Washington. Eugene and his wife, Minhee, have three children.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a copy of the book Overrated. Giveaway ends Tuesday, October 14th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing about justice or your thoughts of this generation being overrated. For extra entries, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

- Joyce

Other reviews of Overrated:
amazon.com
goodreads
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

October 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

The Cure for the “Perfect” Life

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cureforperfectThe Cure for the “Perfect” Life: 12 Ways to Stop Trying Harder and Start Living Braver
Written by Kathi Lipp by Cheri Gregory
Published by Harvest House Publishers
Released August 1, 2014
256 pages
FREE 1st Chapter of the book
Website | Facebook | Fun Freebies | 5-Day Devotional
Proverbs 31 is giving away 10 copies. – Ends 9/22

In Kathi and Cheri’s new book, The Cure for the “Perfect” Life, they share the 4 P-Bullies that make it hard for us to live bravely: Perfectionism, People-pleasing, Performancism, and Procrastination. If I am honest (and I usually am, or at least I try to be), I will say that I have dealt with all the P-bullies…sometimes one or another, sometimes all at once, at one point in my life, and even now. Whew! There! I said it.

And here’s the thing…I know I am not alone. Especially in this digital age where we don’t just compare ourselves to others in our surrounding community, but to millions around the world, it is important for us to examine ourselves and how each of these P-bullies are keeping us from living braver. Wit1 John 4-18a by Annemarieh one click, we can see what the “perfect” home looks like, there’s a glimpse of the super-mom who does it all, and of course, there are the never-ending events that we are “asked” to help out with, or we attend anyway so we don’t let someone down. We look “around” us (at the Pinterest boards, blog posts, Instagram photos), and we think that we are not enough, that we don’t have it all together…these are all lies that the P-bullies would like us to believe….would like me to believe.

To start digging ourselves out of this “Try-Harder Living” hole that we have put ourselves in, Kathi and Cheri help us discover our “Rebel” type (Expressive, Analytic, Driver and Amiable), and they present 12 cures for the “Perfect” life. Through humor and real life stories from Kathi, Cheri, and other women, we are given Tiny Acts of Rebellion and Tips for Each Rebel Type, which will help us to combat the P-bullies.

You can get the above printable, along with other fun freebies, like A Verse A Day For Braver Living from The Cure for the Perfect Life website. I love the verses because we sometimes need those reminders that we don’t need to be perfect, and we can live out our lives for Him just as we are. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes progress. We don’t need to be perfect, we are already fearfully and wonderfully made!

kathilippABOUT KATHI LIPP
Kathi Lipp is the author of The Husband Project, The Me Project, The Get Yourself Organized Project, 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids, and several other books. Kathi’s articles have appeared in dozens of magazines, and she is a frequent guest on Focus on the Family radio and TV. She and her husband Roger are parents of four young adults in San Jose, California. Kathi shares her story at retreats, conferences, and women’s events across the United States. Connect with her at www.KathiLipp.com, on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Pinterest.

ABOUT CHERI GREGORYcherigregory
Cheri Gregory is a Certified Personality Trainer; contributor to multiple books, including Wired That Way and 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids; and frequent speaker for MOPS groups, women’s retreats, parent workshops, and educational conferences. She is also a high school English teacher. Cheri has been “wife of my youth” to Daniel (her opposite personality), a pastor, for over a quarter-of-a-century; they have two college-aged kids (who are also opposites). Connect with her at www.CheriGregory.com, on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Pinterest.

You can buy the book HERE, and you can read about the time I met Kathi HERE. :)

- Joyce

Other reviews of The Cure for the “Perfect” Life:
amazon.com
goodreads
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com
FamilyChristian
Blogger Reviews

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

September 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Dolphin Tale 2 (Curriculum Review)

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Giveaway info at the end of post.

dolphin-tale-poster-artDolphin Tale 2
Released September 12, 2014
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#DolphinTale2 #HomeschoolDay2014 #WinterHasHope

I had not watched Dolphin Tale when I was given the opportunity to review the curriculum for Dolphin Tale 2, but it just so happens that we saw a copy of Dolphin Tale at the library that same week. The girls wanted to watch it as soon as we got home since their favorite animal right now is the dolphin. Remember, we went to Sea World this summer. :)

ABOUT DOLPHIN TALE
It is a sweet story, inspired by a true story, of a boy named Sawyer who helps rescue an injured dolphin who is named Winter. Sawyer’s mom (Ashley Judd) was not too fond of him spending so much time away from school at the marine center, but realized the positive impact it was having on Sawyer as he was going through a difficult time. After Winter loses her tail, her life is in danger, but with the help of Sawyer, marine rescue doctor Clay (Harry Connick Jr.), his daughter Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), and an army doctor (Morgan Freeman) who specializes in prosthetics, Winter becomes whole again. It is a story of friendship, determination, and strength.

ABOUT DOLPHIN TALE 2
I haven’t watched Dolphin Tale 2, but I am looking forward to seeing it soon! I have read some reviews of it, and it is about Winter losing her surrogate mother, Panama. Because of USDA regulations, Winter cannot be housed alone, as dolphins have to be paired with another dolphin, so the team at Clearwater Marine Hospital are in search of finding a companion for Winter. Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, who has been an inspiration to many after losing an arm in a shark attack, make an appearance in this film.

DOLPHIN TALE 2 CURRICULUM
I was excited when I saw there was a curriculum for this film. I was even more excited when I saw what was included in this free curriculum!!! Even if you don’t homeschool, I HIGHLY recommend checking out this resource. It is free to join Homeschool Movie Club. It is amazing, and the girls kept asking to do more of the activities.

IMG_9397Each day’s lesson has a short video and a PDF of printables.
Lesson 1: Get To Know Dolphins (anatomy and physical science)
Lesson 2: A Day In The Life Of Dolphins (reading comprehension)
Lesson 3: Dolphins In The Ocean (geography)
Lesson 4: Aquarium Life (composition and art)
Lesson 5: Dolphins and Us (vocabulary and math)

And if you are in Classical Conversations like we are (or even if you’re not), you will be thrilled to know that there is also a curriculum designed specifically for CC! It is a 77-page PDF with lessons on the following subjects: Biology, Physical Science, Geography, Language, Math, Literature, History, Art, and Bible.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a Dolphin Tale promo pack. It includes a Dolphin Tale 2 t-shirt and sunglasses. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 23rd. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

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For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing about dolphins or marine life or Dolphin Tale. For extra entries, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

- Joyce

“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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

September 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

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