NKJV Early Readers Bible, Book Review

Help your kids get excited about learning God's Word! The NKJV Early Readers Bible offers the respected New King James Version® translation and 192 pages of helpful maps, charts, articles, study tools, and more. It's the perfect first full-text Bible for children ages 7 to 10, and it comes in a fun, shiny foil cover they will love.
The NKJV Early Readers Bible offers tons of extra resources to help your children understand what they are reading, at a very affordable price. Your kids will love the shiny foil cover, and the text is printed in a large-print type, so it's easier for them to read. This engaging Bible also includes 192 pages of helpful maps, charts, articles, and study tools such as:
  • Book introductions
  • Illustrated word list
  • Reading plans
  • Scripture memorization plans
  • Important prayers from men and women in the Bible
  • Teaching articles
  • Full-color illustrated biblical and secular timeline
  • Informative charts and graphs
  • Maps, concordance, and more
  • Full-color presentation and record pages
This Bible is a wonderful first Bible for early readers to help them know God, understand His Word, hide it in their hearts, and build important Christian character traits in their lives.
My Thoughts: Bibles can be pretty intimidating for early readers, and getting a good mix of easy/fun to read and consistent with the original version can be hard. So I was interested in reviewing this Early Readers Bible to see if it passed the test, when it was offered to me by the publisher so I could do so. First of all I love the pink glittery cover (although it might scare off some boys). The print is big and easy to read and there is a good amount of illustrations and diagrams to further illustrate things. The latter is great for kids who might get hung up without it. Overall a great book for readers 7+. 

Trying Teasia Coffee + Giveaway

You might have heard of Teasia. They're a well known brand that offers a huge variety of teas, known for being high quality. I've actually shared about their k-cup variety pack before which my family loves, so I was very excited when Teasia contacted me about their latest product.  

I was sent three different varieties of their whole bean coffee to try out. 

Costa RicaCoffee from the interior mountains of Costa Rica are known to be relatively heavy-bodied with a complex and fragrant aroma. It is grown in high altitutes and has a lively taste with high acidity.

Smooth body with high acidity - chocolate flavor is highlighted with caramelized sugars with surprising hints of tangerine and cantaloupe.

Panama Boquete - The area of Panama where these coffee trees grow has the ideal growing climate - increased precipitation and shade protection. Due to the humid conditions and ample shade, the coffee beans develop at a slower pace making them much more flavorful.

 Crisply acidic with a light slighty earthy body and fruit flavors such as cherry, peach, and orange with an undertone of cinnamon.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe - Known as some of the highest quality Arabica coffee beans in the world, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is known for its high quality unique fragrance and distinctive flavor.

Bright acidity with an exotic flavor of spice and herbs and clear floral notes.

Trying each of them, I was absolutely impressed. The quality is superb, and I honestly can't pick a favorite blend. I'm not the only one who thinks that either. On the amazon listings for their coffee there is nothing but good reviews, and happy customers. 

Now time for the Giveaway! 

Teasia is offering prizes for two lucky readers. 

Prize 1: Teasia Mug + two 8 oz single origin roasted coffee beans (Brazil Fazenda, Colombia Huila)

Prize 2: Three 8 oz single origin roasted coffee beans (Brazil Fazenda, Colombia Huila and El Salvador)

To enter use the rafflecopter 
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You can check out all their flavors and order from amazon HERE

Continental U.S. Entrants Only Please, One winner per residence please. Does not qualify for entrants who has already won a Teasia giveaway.

The Hundred Story Home, Book Review

The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard 

Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, wife, mother of four daughters, and volunteer at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center when an unlikely meeting with formerly homeless author Denver Moore changed the course of her life. Inspired by Denver’s challenge to do more than serve in this soup kitchen, Kathy quit her job to take on what seemed like an unimaginable task in her second half of life—to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless. 
Woven together in this motivational story of a call to social action is Kathy’s personal journey to define the meaning of home and her own struggle with faith, family, and fulfillment. Reading this book will not only make you believe you can change the world, it will also end up changing you. 
"Kathy Izard tells two compelling stories in one: About her journey toward fulfilling her life's purpose and about Charlotte's journey to finally treating its chronically homeless with compassion and dignity. Each has twists and turns, each has a happy ending.” —Taylor Batten, Editorial Page Editor, The Charlotte Observer

My Thoughts: I was offered this book by the publisher so I could review it, and I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover (yes I know the saying not to judge a book by it's cover). What was inside was even better. This is an honest autobiography about personal grown and success of a professional, who found themselves lacking purpose. Her transformation is inspiring and amazing. A great read for anyone going through a spiritual crisis. 

Reasons to Consider an Airtrack

It seems like most kids activities are now indoors. First it was televisions taking up all their time, then mindless computer games and handheld game systems with a bunch of kinds all together at one home. Now they don't even have to be physically together to play the games with streaming sites like twitch. All of this makes getting kids outdoors a harder task than it has ever been but there are some things they really do like to do. 

One of those such activities is gymnastics. However this can often be a pretty expensive activity to undertake and seems like something that you can only do at a facility. Of course this makes it a little harder to do until you realize there really are alternatives out there. One of which that kids and even older people too can have a lot of fun with is air track tumble track. You don't need to set aside a huge area that takes up your whole home because this can be placed outdoors to use and brought inside at the end of the day or use. That on top of the fact that having one of these air track tumble tracks doesn't require a lot of assembly so you won't have any worries about calling customer service or google searching because it isn't coming together correctly. Or worse yet losing a screw. 

Still though you're probably asking, what is the cost of one of these air tracks. Being in sports like gymnastics and cheerleading is already expensive enough so it's hard to budget extra for something like this (even though your house will quickly become the popular place). You might have already looked into airtrack prices and I can tell you that I've seen a few really expensive ones but not all are like that. Wholesale Air Tracks is incredibly reasonable and has great quality to offer in addition to more variety than I even thought was possible for systems like these. It makes me envious of anyone who has these because I remember the type of mats I used previously (and still use for practicing more difficult yoga) and these are just so much more comfortable.

Before jumping all in like I want to do you can and should learn all about gymnastics air track and see why they are such a good option and a great way to get kids moving throughout the summer and really the year all together. Plus save money in the long run.

What Blooms From Dust, Book Review

What Blooms From Dust by James Markert 

"The closer he got, the brighter that red became. It was a rose—a rose that had no earthly business growing there, right in the middle of all that dust."
Just as Jeremiah Goodbye is set to meet his fate in the electric chair, he is given a second chance at life. With the flip of a coin, he decides to return to his home town of Nowhere, Oklahoma, to settle the score with his twin brother Josiah. But upon his escape, he enters a world he doesn’t recognize—one that has been overtaken by the Dust Bowl. And the gift he once relied on to guide him is as unrecognizable as the path back to Nowhere.
On his journey home, he accidentally rescues a young boy, and the pair arrive at their destination where they are greeted by darkened skies and fearful townspeople who have finally begun to let the past few years of hardship bury them under the weight of all that dust. Unlikely heroes, Jeremiah and his new companion, Peter Cotton, try to protect the residents of Nowhere from themselves, but Jeremiah must face his nightmares and free himself from the guilt of his past and the secrets that destroyed his family.
Filled with mystery and magic, this exquisite novel from award-winning author James Markert is a story of finding hope in the midst of darkness and discovering the beauty of unexpected kindness.

My Thoughts: First of all I have to start by saying that I was given this book by the publisher so I could review it but that doesn't effect my opinion in any way. I was immediately interested in reading this book because eI love historical fiction and the dust bowl is one of those moments I love to learn about. This story has so much going for it and really is a memorable read. The characters Markert makes are well made and the whole store is beautifully woven together. 
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