Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV

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Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV
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Released: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Pages: 1152
For Ages: 6 – 10 years
WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | #UnderThe Sea

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Melody (age 9)
What the book is about: It’s about the Bible. Giggle. What’d you think?
Like: I like that it has inserts about key verses and themes.
Dislike: It can be a little longer (have more inserts) and have some activities.
What I learned: I learned about the Bible.
Recommend: I recommend it to everyone.

Emily (age 6)
What the book is about: It is the Holy Bible.
Like: It has fun pictures in it, and it’s fun.
Dislike: There’s not anything I don’t like.
What I learned: I learned how the Bible is important because you can learn about Jesus and his disciples.
Recommend: I recommend this for everybody!

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Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
This is unrelated to the actual content of the Bible, but the first thing I noticed about this Bible was that it is fairly lightweight. The font does not look much smaller in size than in other bibles, but it does look like the spacing between lines are tighter than in other children’s bibles we own. From an educator’s point-of-view, this may not be the best fit for younger kiddos who are still learning to read. They need bigger font with more spacing. From a mom’s point-of-view, the weight does make it easier to carry around if you are bringing the bible to Sunday School or Bible club. I like the theme, and it is something most children will be drawn to. The inserts are a wonderful resource for children who are learning about the foundational truths of the Bible.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Under the Sea Holy Bible. Giveaway ends Monday, April 11th. (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 your first Bible, what version/translation you enjoy reading from, or just say “Howdy”. 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:
Amazon | goodreads | Barnes and Noble | Zondervan | Christianbook | Walmart

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loved + blessed

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Creator: Jamila Jackson
Founded: 2001
WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram#LovedAndBlessed

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If you poke around the Internet for a little while, you will most likely stumble upon an ad for a subscription box. Subscription boxes are kits that are sent out periodically with goodies filled with fun stuff to unbox. There are subscription boxes for all kinds of things: clothes, kids’ crafts, meals, makeup, and pretty much anything else you can think of. So why not a subscription box of encouragement?

You will see hints of encouragement even when the box is delivered.

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Loved+Blessed has two options: Shop allows you just purchase a box of your choice (or other products) and Join allows you order boxes by months. Each month, you will receive a box in the mail with lots of things to encourage you or a friend, if you are gifting the box  or items.

And there’s more encouragement as soon as you open the box and lift the lid!

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Each month, the box of encouragement includes:

  • a mini poster
  • a repositionable sticker for your mirror, laptop, or tablet
  • a pocket/purse-sized Scripture card
  • a removable keepsake theme card
  • a special gift of encouragement

The special gift of encouragement is different each month and can be jewelry, prayer accessories, stationary, journals, home decor and more!

Each month you can receive a different theme box to give you or a friend encouragement and hope for the month. I received the Beauty Box, and below are the lovely item inside!

  • a theme card affixed to the inside lid
  • a mini poster
  • a reminder sticker
  • a Scripture card
  • a loved + blessed silicone bracelet
  • a prayer journal
  • a compact mirror with a special message inside

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Giveaway
This giveaway is a little different. You will need to go to their GIVEAWAY page to enter to receive a 12-month subscription to loved + blessed boxes. Giveaway ends Friday, April 1st. Let us know if you have entered and we will cheer you on! Make sure to share with your friends so they can enter to win. TWEET about it or copy and paste “Enter to win a 12-month subscription to loved+blessed from @jamiladanielle1 http://wp.me/poWed-JP #flyby #lovedandblessed

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

The Legend of the Easter Robin

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The Legend of the Easter Robin
Author: Dandi Daley Mackall
Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey
Released: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 32
For Ages: 4-8 years
WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Youtube | #EasterRobin

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Melody (age 9)
What the book is about: It’s about a girl named Tressa. She learns about the story of the Easter robin and the meaning of it.
Like: I liked the story.
Dislike: Nothing.
What I learned: I learned that you should not doubt God’s creation.
Recommend: I recommend it for everyone.

Emily (age 6)
What the book is about: It’s about a girl. Her grandma teaches her a lesson. She learns about robin’s eggs.
Like: I like that her grandmother tells her stories.
Dislike: I don’t like the part where the eggs are broken.
What I learned: I learned the story of how the robin and Jesus are connected.
Recommend: I recommend this for everyone! Everyone should read this book. I’m going to read it again because it’s good.

Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
This is a sweet story of how some robins protect their young before they hatch. The girl in the story learn to trust in God’s compassion for his creation as she awaits the arrival of the baby birds in the nest outside the window. Gran knew enough to be faithful in God’s plans. While they wait, she teaches Tressa how to make Easter birds (oschter-foggel) and tells Tressa of a legend of how the robin became red-breasted because of its compassion for someone in pain.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Legend of the Easter Robin. Giveaway ends Saturday, March 5th. (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 a story of compassion, your favorite bird, or just say “Howdy”. 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:
Amazon | goodreads | Barnes and Noble | Zondervan | Christianbook

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids

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Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids
Author: Sarah Young
Released: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Pages: 368
For Ages: 6-10
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Melody (age 8)
What the book is about: Jesus teaching us
Like: I like that it teaches you about Jesus.
Dislike: It doesn’t have 365 devotions because I want to learn 365 days.
What I learned: I learned that God is always with you.
Recommend: All kids

Emily (age 6)
What the book is about: The book is about Jesus. He is the narrator of the book.
Like: I like that it has a verse and you get to use the Bible.
Dislike: Nothing.
What I learned: That Jesus is good.
Recommend: My friend Bella

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Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
We used Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids a few years ago and the girls really enjoyed it. I like that this devotional shows up how Jesus really is our Friend. He is always with us. The daily devotions are based on Scripture and are written as if Jesus is speaking to us. From the Scriptures we know He loves us, He is good, and He has great plans for us. These truths are evident in the verses and words throughout the book. Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids is adapted from the grown-up version of the book and uses words that children will understand.

About Sarah Young
Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today, Jesus Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence – each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids. Giveaway ends Saturday, March 5th. (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 you have been learning from Jesus today, your favorite devotional, or just say “Howdy”. 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:
Amazon | goodreads | Family Christian | Barnes and Noble

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Captive DVD

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Captive
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Studio: Paramount
Run Time: 96 minutes + 30 minutes of bonus content
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse)
Social Media: Website | FB | Twitter | #CaptiveMovie | Book

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Captive is a movie based on a true story of two people headed down the wrong path. Two strangers who would not have crossed paths with one another in every day life meet in the strangest of circumstances. Ashley Smith (Kate Mara), a mom whose life is turned upside down by loss and addiction, and Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) a fugitive accused of crimes he denies and now on the run after killing several people. Confused and full of despair, they meet when Brian takes Ashley hostage in her own apartment. They are both trying to grab onto the last bit of hope in their own lives. Miracles upon miracles happen through the seven hours they were together. If it were just a made-up story, none of it would make any sense. Ashley should not even be alive. But this story is a story based on real events. God’s hand was at work in the midst of brokenness and darkness. What a powerful image of how He works! He uses those we would call unworthy to show purpose and love.

There is also bonus content that shows some behind-the-scenes of the movie filming, as well as sharing the story of the real Ashley Smith and where she is today.

(for more videos –> http://captivemovieresources.com/videos)

 

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of the Captive DVD. Giveaway ends Sunday, February 1st. (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 about a purpose-driven life, movies based on true stories, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the movie, 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:
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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

The Plans I Have For You Devotional + Journal

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Journal

Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Released: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Pages: 160 (devo) / 208 (journal)
For Ages: 8-12 yrs (devo) / 11-14 yrs (journal)
Devo | JournalFacebook | Twitter | #PlanIHave

 

Melody (age 8)
What the book is about: It’s about the plans God has for you.
Like: It tells you to do things God has planned for you in your life.
Dislike: Nothing.
Recommend: Kids

Emily (age 6)
What the book is about: It’s about God. It tells you about when you grow up.
Like: You’ll be strong…but not like God…He is really powerful.
Dislike: I didn’t like the long passages.
Recommend: I recommend it to my friends Bella and Becca.

Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
The devotional is 90 days. It is illustrated and colorful with creative drawings. This devotional gets kids thinking about the plans God has for them. There are a few long pages, but each day’s devotion is short and sweet. It points to the future and faith. It reminds kids that God has a plan and purpose for each one of us. While we have other devotionals that are “meatier” and dig a bit deeper into the Word, this one is perfect for us to end our day. There are no days listed, so you are free to read as many or as few pages as you like and reflect on the thoughts on God’s plan for us or connects us to a story of God’s plans for one of the people in the Bible. The journal has prompts to guide kids in their thinking of what their talents may be. We are all different, but we can work together to better the world around us. You know I love a good journal. (There is also a picture book for younger kids.)

About Amy Parker (author)
Amy Parker has sold more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults. She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations are recipients of Christian retailing’s Best Awards, and she has also won three Mom’s Choice Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.

About Vanessa Brantley-Newton (illustrator)
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter. Her passion for children’s books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Growing up in a musical family who love to sing, Vanessa’s illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Plans I Have For You Devotional and The Plans I Have For You Journal. Giveaway ends Saturday, January 30th. (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 plans God has for you this year, your favorite devotional, or just say “Howdy”. 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:
Amazon (devotional) | Amazon (journal) | goodreads | Family Christian | Christian Book

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids

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Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids
Author: Sami Cone
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Baker Books
Pages: 208
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram#UncommonKids

 

 

 

It must be confusing to grow up as a kid nowadays. The Internet, media, and all the things have so many messages of who they want our kids (and us!) to be. If a young person is not rooted in good values, it would not take too much to challenge their thinking of what is good and what is not-so-good. Selfishness, holding grudges, being prideful, impatience, and ungratefulness come so naturally for most of us (both kids and adults!), and it would be easy to give into a negative attitude at times when we don’t get our way. It would go against the norm to raise uncommon kids. This is what Sami Cone talks about in her new book, Raising Uncommon Kids.

“What you do has far more impact on your children than what you say.” – Sami Cone

What does it mean to be an uncommon kid? This is a kid who shows gentleness, forgiveness, patience, gratitude, humility, and more! Does such a kid (or even adult) exist? Probably not! As humans, we will never be perfect, but we can work for improvement and progress in how can we demonstrate unconditional love to those around us. Sami discusses twelve characteristics found in Colossians 3:12-17. Each chapter holds stories of Sami’s experience with one of the characteristics, and it ends with practical ways for us to guide our children in living out what love is to the world.

“Uncommon kids are not those who have been removed from the world but rather those who have been exposed to the world but choose God’s kingdom instead.” – Sami Cone

Two areas Sami writes about in the book that I would love to work on are gentleness and patience (what parent doesn’t!). I’m usually about the business of logic and productivity, so you can imagine how things can be around here since children usually aren’t all too logical or productive most of the time, mine aren’t anyhow. I do love their out-of-the-box thinking and creative ways, but some moments call for making sense and getting things done. You see? :p I need to work on this. As a parent, I am a main model of these characteristics and values to my children.

“It’s not enough to expose your children to how others live around them; it’s up to you as their parent to partner with them to discover ways they can lend a hand.” – Sami Cone

 

About the Author

Sami Cone is a (video) blogger, radio host & TV correspondent mentoring others to live their dream life on less and pursue their passions. As a frugal expert, she is equally comfortable sharing advice on screen as she is offering smart money-saving tips and how-to advice on her blog.

– Joyce

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“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.”