Sunday, November 19, 2017

Creative Journaling


 A Creative Journey to Peace

In our loud and busy lives, it’s easy to miss the life-giving breeze of peace. That’s what this interactive journal is for. It’s about slowing down and taking time to pursue and embrace peace. It’s about welcoming the call to be a peacemaker. It’s about finding a peace rooted in faith rather than circumstances and living out that miracle every day. This is an invitation to create, write, doodle, and draw your way into the deep, lasting peace of God.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
—Galatians 5:22–23

My Musings
Upon first glance you might think that this is just another adult coloring book. It's not. When it arrived in the mail, and I saw how small the box was that it was packaged in, I thought to myself, is this the right book? When I opened it though, I was pleasantly surprised. It's small size is perfect for toting around and keeping up with on busy days. You could bring it with you and doodle in it while waiting at the doctor's office, at a coffee shop or while riding public transportation to work.

It may be small but it is sturdy since it is a hardcover, not floppy and flimsy like a coloring book.It still provides plenty of room to transpose your thoughts, doodle in the margins and color around the quote or scripture of the day, all of which revolve around the theme of peace. I appreciate the simplicity of the books design and the challenge of seeking peace, through God, by taking time out to reflect on Him and His Word for 30 days. 

Sometimes though it felt like someone just typed in the word "peace" on Google and printed out what they found without putting too much thought into it- but scripture is powerful in and of itself and stands on it's own anyway. Overall this would make a great gift!

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Jord Wooden Watches (Review and Giveaway)

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Spruce up your style with a gorgeous hand-crafted wood timepiece. Consider a wood watch when shopping for your loved one this holiday season. JORD is run by artists, designers, and marketers who value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. They make watches for people who don't just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go. The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time. 

When you order a watch from JORD, you know you are receiving not only a wood timepiece, but a masterpiece. 

When I received my box in the mail, I was impressed with it's size. Knowing that the watch wouldn't take up much room in a package, I knew right away that they took pride in carefully packaging this item. My watch came in this beautiful wooden box which looks nice next to my wooden jewelry box and multi-toned wooden bowl I have on my dresser. 

The packaging is begging to be given as a gift to someone special. Wrapped around a cozy pillow, this watch is ready to make someone's face light up. The rustic, shabby chic feel of this watch and it's presentation is what has me sold. 

To be honest with you, I can't remember the last time I glanced at someone and saw a wood watch on their wrist. This type of watch is sure to be a conversation piece and is perfect for someone who likes to do things a little bit differently, myself included. With this watch on my right hand and my blue diamond wedding ring on my left, I certainly am breaking the rules of tradition. Who said white diamonds and gold watches have to be the norm anyways? I like to break out of the mold once in a while, and this wood watch is a perfect way to showcase my uniqueness.

As a teenager, I was not much of a watch wearer. I always depended on my friends for the time of day, and this was well before cell phones. Even now, I don't carry a cell phone with me at all times so I'm usually asking around to find out what the time is. Now that I found the perfect watch, I won't have to stress out about not knowing the time anymore. What makes the JORD watch unique, and a selling point for me, is that when you order, you are able to give them the size of your wrist to ensure a perfect fit. I love that. And don't worry, if you don't know your wrist size, they have an easy printable measurement tool to help you out.

The Ladies Wood Watch fits comfortably on my wrist and feels great. Not only is it comfortable but stylish as well.My husband is a woodworker by trade so having this watch makes me feel right at home. I love the different styles of wood on the face and the band, the texture, and everything about it. 

My watch also came with an oil to rub on your watch and instructions on how to care for it. I was highly impressed with this company and recommend considering a JORD watch for a gift this upcoming holiday season.

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Disclaimer: I received the above product in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Everyday Watercolor (Review)

Everyday Watercolor by Jenna Rainey is a unique and creative way to teach painting with watercolors. 

This book includes thirty days of projects that will increase your watercolor skills. No, we are not talking about color by number kits but becoming comfortable with the brush, colors and techniques involved in watercolor painting. 

This tutorial style book has a "learn to draw" type feel to it. Rainey takes you through, step by step, teaching you how to paint using watercolors. She makes watercolor painting seem so simple yet elegant with easy to follow instructions and projects. She includes flowers, deserts scenes and so much more. 

The one issue I have with this book is that in order to see what the finished picture is for the day, you need to thumb through to the end of the tutorial. It would have been nice to see what you will be working on before you get started. I guess that sort of thing is personal preference. Like when you are putting together a puzzle. My husband and oldest son are the type who like to hide the box so they don't know what the finished product will be. They like the suspense of it all. Trying to figure out what the picture is while they are putting it together. I, on the other hand, am the complete opposite. Show me what I can accomplish, then I enjoy attempting to reach a particular goal.

Overall, this book is a wonderful tool for the beginning artist. Both adults and children wanting to learn how to create art using watercolors can gain a plethora of skills by going through the thirty lessons in this book. If you have been wanting to try expanding your art skills and have yet to master watercolors, then this book would be a great place to start. 

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions stated here are my own.

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Nursing Bra For Mama

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Schooling with a Newborn and Toddler

Schooling with a Newborn and Toddler: Our Week In Review

Homeschooling with a newborn and a toddler in the house is quite the adventure. This week I really put my foot down as far as putting them both on a schedule. When the baby was first born I kind of let things slide a bit but now we are getting back into the groove. The baby is finally on a good eat, wake, sleep schedule. This means I feed him, give him a bit of a wake time then put him down for a nap. His naps alternate between sleeping in the swing and the bassinet. He has fallen into this schedule quite well which does wonders to help him sleep longer stretches at night. 

As for the toddler, he is all over the place. The funny thing is though, when I put him in the pack-n-play for play time, he loves it. And, this week I have had him having playtime in his highchair too. I was shocked when today he hung out in his highchair for over an hour playing with Play-doh while his siblings sat nearby playing Settlers of Catan. I definitely need to use the highchair more often when I need him contained and entertained for a bit! 

This week was quite productive. We are trudging through and I plan to finish my boys up by Christmas so they can begin their new grade level in January. We school year round so this method has been working well for us. They are almost done with their work for the year and are pretty motivated to get it all done so they can enjoy the holidays without extra work hanging over their heads! We are almost done with Apologia's Chemistry and Physics book and I can't wait to begin their Astronomy book in January. It will be a new change of pace in our science and I look forward to the new direction. I was surprised that my seven year old pushed through over the summer and has already moved on into second grade! I was thinking about holding her off until the boys started their new grade but she was ready now, so I figured, why not?

We tried out a new homeschool co-op in our area this week and the kids are begging to return next month. They already knew most of the kids in the group from other homeschool events and activities in the area but having the opportunity to be a part of an official group got them excited. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, they participated in a show and tell sharing what they were thankful for. They made cookies for the local fire department and created blessing rocks to hide around town for unsuspecting people to find! Of course they also had plenty of playtime with their friends, which is always a plus.

We have another busy week ahead of us and look forward to sharing it with you next Friday!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Healtop (Review)

Purchasing from Healtop makes you feel like you've just stepped into a natural foods store, without leaving the comfort of your own home. When their Infant Package arrived in the mail, it smelled glorious. All wrapped up in  a cute package, I felt like I had just received a special gift, which I did!

Upon opening the cute gift box, I found the following baby friendly products inside:

Herbal baby powder, natural diaper cream, natural vitamin c, clean (herbal cleaner of rooms) and baby colic natural supplement. Of these five items, the most useful one for me has been the Natural Baby Powder. It helps tremendously during diaper changes and helps keep my little one happy.

The colic natural supplement is great as well. This remedy works a bit different than gripe water or other natural remedies because it only takes one drop in order for it to work it's magic. And, yes, it works wonders. My baby is quite gassy at times and one drop of this herbal remedy works quickly. Of course, when I give my baby something, I want to know what it is made of. I was surprised to find that all that was listed on the side of the bottle as far as active ingredients was; essential oils. Well, that surprised me since most parents, especially ones who give their babies herbal supplements would like to know specifically which essential oils are used. I looked on the Healtop website and found a list of ingredients, all listed by their scientific name, again, I want to know what I am giving my child so I looked them up. After a bit of searching I found that this supplement is made up of different forms of  fennel, anise, and peppermint. Once I figured out that the ingredients were harmless, I felt better.

 I also had to utilize the website to figure out how much of the Vitamin C to use. The label is completely written in Hebrew so I felt at a loss at first glance. I know that Vitamin C is wonderful for boosting the immune system and probably completely safe for my baby but I would have liked to have been able to read the label myself instead of searching for the instructions on the website.

Overall, I have been pleased with the products themselves and would order from Healtop in the future. The prices are competitive and fair and the products do actually work! In addition to the infants package, they also have a Teenagers Package, Moms Package, an Toddlers Package and Moms Over 45 Package.

Disclaimer: I received the above products for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Grow Your Own Avocado Tree (Avoseedo Review)

I have one window in my home that gets decent light. I mean, enough light to place plants in and they will actually grow. All the other windows on any other side of the house are just a lost cause. But the good side, the best side, has one perfectly placed window. 

We sure get our mileage out of it. Last time I checked, we had eleven plants absorbing the sun's rays through it each and every day. Yes, eleven. Some hanging, several on the window sill and some on a table we slid as close as we could to maximize our efforts. Soon to join the club is this little guy.

Yes, that is an avocado seed. And I am working on sprouting it right now. Actually, my kids are. I had my Avoseedo sprouting kit sitting on the counter next to some avocados that were in the process of ripening. Once they were ripened, my kids whipped up some guacamole. I heard them slicing and dicing in the kitchen and when I came back in I saw a bowl of water on the counter with a peeled avocado seed resting in it. 

They said they hoped I didn't mind! They read the instructions and did exactly what it said. I was impressed. I didn't give them a hard time about it since I know they are excited to see this seed grow into a tree. We've tried it before but to no avail. Of course, we didn't peel the seed nor did we have an Avoseedo at the time either!

AvoSeedo is an avocado tree germinator with a bowl that makes it easy for everyone to grow their own plant at home from a simple avocado pit.

Have you ever tried to sprout an avocado seed before? It is not easy. Let me tell you of the times we have had seed after seed sitting around our house. Sitting in water. Waiting for germination. I always hated throwing the seed out but when the water would get all full of mildew, I was done. I would throw it away and hope for the best the next time around.

Now I don't need to sit around with my fingers crossed. The Avoseedo has the process down to a science. 

The perks?

- It is easy to use for all ages, (my nine and ten year kids figured it out!) 

- The clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively

-Made for durability from recyclable, non-toxic materials

-Reusable for other vegetables like lettuce, celery, carrot tops!

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Disclaimer: I received the above product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.