VeggieTales Celery Night Fever – Review

Since 1993 VeggieTales has been helping children discover that God made them special and that He loves them very much. I remember singing some of the songs from VeggieTales at Missionettes Camp, they were silly, fun, and had a good message. To this day if I hear the name VeggieTales I automatically think of the song, “Oh, Where is My Hairbrush?” When I heard that VeggieTales was coming out with a new video, I was so excited to watch it with AJ. If you haven’t heard of VeggieTales head over to their website to learn more about them.

Veggie Tales Celery Night Fever was just released. Here is a little about the video.

Veggie pals Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus have a big job to do…save their beloved Celery Park from being destroyed! Laura and Junior plan a fundraising concert with the formerly famous Groovy Brothers, but the bandmates refuse to play together because of an old grudge. All  hope of saving the park seems lost until the group remembers that God forgives without question, so why can’t they do the same? Will the band reunite to save Celery Park? Find out in this fun, music-filled VeggieTales adventure.

 The video is all about forgiveness and friendship. It is full of memorable VeggieTales characters like Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, and even features the voice talents of Terry Crews as the new antagonist, Bruce Onion. Veggie Tales Celery Night Fever lives up to the fun filled stories you have come to expect from VeggieTales. The message of forgiveness is brilliantly woven throughout the video accompanied by silly songs, and real life applications.

The DVD also has a few great bonus features. AJ’s favorite were the 2 singalongs. This DVD comes with the new silly song, “Perfect Puppy.”

While geared more for the younger crowd, my 11 year old loved the video and is already planning to watch it again tomorrow. If you are looking for an easy way to teach forgivness in your home, this new VeggieTales video may be the answer for you. Would you like to win a copy of Veggie Tales Celery Night Fever? Enter the Rafflecopter below. 




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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Even though there are so many channels available on television, my family still sticks to about 10 good family friendly channels. One of our go to channels is the Hallmark channel. It seems like we really enjoy most of the shows on that channel including a new show, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Signed, Sealed, Delivered was created and Executive Produced by Martha Williamson, who also created Touched By An AngelTouched By An Angel has been a favorite of mine since I was younger and I love to watch it and hare the heart touching series with my little girl today.

I was given the opportunity to preview the May 25th episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

About the show:

The new original series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group’s leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people’s lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.
The show aires SUNDAYS, 8/7c on Hallmark. This incredible series even incorporates scripture in its themes and in the conversations between characters.  In FACT, The American Bible Society has built a Bible study to go with the series.
What did I think?
I thought the show was great. In fact I plan on making time to watch the few episodes that I missed. I think it is a family friendly show that I can watch with my 11 year old and not have to worry about what a character may say or do. I was able to relate to the characters and saw a gimps of what television use to be like. I look forward to watching more episodes, and while it is hard to say if I will enjoy a show after watching only a few episodes, if the rest of the episodes are as good as the few I have seen, then Signed, Sealed, Delivered will be a new Sunday tradition at our house. 
I think the Bible Study is wonderful. After watching a great show, you then have the opportunity to dig deeper into the lessons and morals displayed on the show. You can sign up for the FREE Bible study here. It is only available for a week after the original air date, so don’t miss out!  
Find out more about the show by visiting the following:
Facebook of the Creator  Martha Williamson.
Watch a preview on YouTube
I hope your family has the opportunity to check out this new show. 

The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith

I grew up reading The Berenstain Bears books and have passed the tradition down to my little girl. When I found out they had a new book, The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith, by Mike Berenstain I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review it. *I was given a free copy of the book from Zondervan in exchange for this review.*

Brother and Sister Bear’s friend Ferdy Factual loves science. Brother and Sister like science too. But when Ferdy tells Brother and Sister he doesn’t believe God created the world, the bear cubs don’t know what to think. What does it really mean to have “faith” in something you can’t see?

Through the book the bear cubs learn about faith and learn a little about the Bible too. The book is a full color soft cover book geared for kids ages 4 to 8. The story leaves the child with enough information to think about what faith means to them, but refrains from coming of in a preachy tone.

What did we think?

I personally feel a good book shouldn’t have an age limit. Even though AJ is 10 she really enjoyed The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith. The illustrations are fun, life like, and really add to the story. Mike Berenstain  has kept the same fun inquisitive characters that his parents wrote about for many years. The story was cute and too the point ending in the realization that faith is, “trusting in his (God’s) love.” Aside from a few oddly written sentences, I feel the book is perfect. It helps to explain a hard to understand subject in a kid friendly way. Anyone who enjoys reading other books in the Berenstain Bears series will not be disappointed in this new title.

You can purchase the book here for only $3.99.

Why I Give An Activity Book – Review & Giveaway

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G is for Giving!

I recently was able to review a book and activity book written by Corine Hyman, Ph.D. The book is, Why We Give  Gifts at Christmas Time.

From the back of the book:

“Why do we give gifts to each other at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ birthday? This is a question that everyone has wondered at least once in their life. However, few have been able to come up with an answer. Join Evelyn and her friends as they discover the reason why we give gifts at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ birthday.”

About the book:

It is a hard covered 16 page picture book that is full of color. The images in the book are child like and fun. It is geared for children ages 3 to 8 and gives a great message. The book has you follow Evelyn as she asks all of her friends why they give gifts at Christmas time. Each of her friends gives a reason that is then backed up by a Bible verse. The verses are written in either NIV or NCV versions.

What did I think?

I really liked the idea of the book and feel that it gives a great message. It is very well made and the illustrations are kid friendly. AJ liked the fact that she was able to read it by herself and that there were so many pictures. The story is cute, but I would stick to the recommended ages because AJ found it a bit boring. I am also a cheapskate so I found the recommended price to be a little too high for the book. Then again I couldn’t justify spending $16.95 on any book.

It is available as a Kindle ebook from Amazon. You can also get the hardcover book here. Prices on Amazon change, but at the time of this post the ebook was $4.99 and the hardcover book was $10.86.

There is an activity book that can stand alone or go with the book. It is called, Why I Give an Activity Book. The activity book is designed to help cultivate a heart of giving all of the time, not just at Christmas.

About the Activity Book:

It is a 64 page downloadable ebook that contains coloring pages, journal pages, puzzles, and gift ideas that kids can either make or help make. The coloring pages are based off of the characters from the book, Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time. On the bottom of each coloring page there is a Bible verse related to giving. There are a variety of different puzzle pages including, mazes, filling in the blank pages, word searches and more.

What did I think?

I really liked the activity book. I liked that there were such a variety of different puzzles. AJ found them fun and challenging enough to keep her interest. The gift ideas were great. So many times kids want to give but don’t have the money to buy a gift, in this activity book it gives them ideas that they can use. We made a soap ball and it turned out great! When you buy this activity book you are getting way more than a coloring book!

There are even printable memory verse cards that you can use to play memory or go-fish. I really like the fact that you can just print off a page for your child to do and that you don’t have to print out the ones that your child isn’t in to. AJ isn’t that into coloring, but she loves puzzles. I feel there is something for everyone in this book.

Both the book and the activity book are available at Corine’s website.

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Celebrate Jesus Light of the World – Review and Giveaway

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Are you looking for a way to keep Christmas focused on God? If so then the newest product I was able to review might be just for you. I received a copy of Celebrate Jesus Light of the World written by Amy Blevins from Homeschool Encouragement. It is an advent journey for families. Amy and her family have been using parts of this book and adding ideas to it for the last 10 years to help them celebrate Jesus.

This is the second product of Amy’s that I have had the pleasure of reviewing and this one did not disappoint!

Celebrate Jesus Light of the World is a 81 page ebook, with daily schedules including Bible reading, crafts, songs, copy work, and even recipes to help you and your family celebrate this Christmas season. Each day the advent activities can be completed in a relatively short amount of time with out too much reading so little ones can stay focused. She even provides a link for Christmas coloring pages that can be used.

Here is what a sample day would look like:

  1. You light a candle
  2. Pray together
  3. Read the scripture together
  4. Listen to a song/hymn (She gives a website where almost all of the songs are found for free)
  5. Do an activity

The crafts and activities included throughout the book don’t require too many supplies and most of them you probably have on hand. The best part is that there is a page that has all of the materials you will need for each day so you can plan ahead. You don’t need to do all of the activities you can pick and choose what works for your family. This point is stressed in the book, it should be a time of celebration with your family.

I love that the activities are simple yet meaningful. After the daily activities there is a section full of Christmas recipes. We made the sugar cookies and they were wonderful! Unfortunately due to my corn allergy we couldn’t try the other recipes because they call for ingredients that I haven’t found good substitutes for. They all look really good though. Some of them are; ginger cream frosting, peanut butter fudge, pie crusts, and more. She even includes a few gluten free recipes as well.

At the end of the book you will find Christmas Copywork. Like the Thanksgiving Copywork it is beautiful. Each page has a scripture verse with plenty of lined space for the verse to be copied. There are also pictures on each page. You can work on both penmanship and Bible at the same time!

How did we use it?

Since advent hasn’t started yet we didn’t use the book quite as intended yet. We will be using it starting Sunday and I can’t wait! For this review I read the book and we did a few different activities. We also listened to some songs on the website that she lists. I have to say this book is very well written. I love that she includes Bible Study questions for mom and older kids. The questions she has make you think and help you to really understand the verses. I think my favorite part is that the scripture readings are short enough to keep your child’s interest.

Here are some of the activities we tried.

  • We made the sugar cookies (they were Thanksgiving themed, but we will make Christmas ones soon.)

  • Made a pipe cleaner wreath

  • Attempted to make a paper star. (We will try again but so far ours looks a little odd.)
  • Made a paper chain.

There are a lot more activities that we can’t wait to try.

Where can you get a copy?

Amazingly this ebook is only $4.99 and you can get it here. It is available in both KJV and ESV. If you are looking for just the copywork pages those can be purchased separately too for only $1.99.

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How Do We Know God is Really There? – Review

We can’t see God so how can we know he exists. To me the easy answer would be faith, but sometimes that is a hard concept for adults let alone kids. I was recently given the opportunity to review the book How Do We Know God is Really There written by Melissa Cain Travis, illustrated by Christopher Voss, and published by Apologia. (The same company who publishes those great planners I reviewed).

A little about the book:

This book is the story of a little boy Thomas and his dad. After looking at the night sky Thomas begins to talk to his dad about God and how a friend told him that there is no proof that God is real. The book goes on with Thomas’s dad asking questions which leads to Thomas understanding that there is a God.

It is a 24 page hard cover book with a lot of illustrations. Every other page is full of vibrant colored pictures. Aside from the funny looking people, my little one enjoyed the pictures. It is available Here for $16.

I really liked how the book is written in a kid friendly tone. It does not come right out and preach at you but lets the child think for themselves and uses the science of Edwin Hubble to explain that God is real.
I read the book by myself the first time because I was not sure what to expect, but I felt that it explained things clearly and then began to read it to my 10 year old. She didn’t seem too interested so I waited a few days. The second time I read it to her she liked it but became very defensive telling me that, “Thomas’s friends are just crazy because there is a God and he did create the earth.” This book definitely brought about a good conversation. I was glad to be given the opportunity to review it.

 

The story is great the quality of the book however is another story. We have read through the book about 5 times and the pages already have small holes near the center. There are strings from the binding sticking out, and the picture is tearing off of the middle from the pages sticking together. Overall the copy that I received seems to have been put together poorly.



These are some of the holes.

I am a little mixed on if I would recommend this book or not. The story is wonderful and I feel it will bring great conversation, but the quality of the book is poor.

This is the strings coming out of the book.
 


We Choose Virtues – Review


Obedience, honesty, helpfulness and kindness are all qualities that the world needs a little more of, so when I was given the opportunity to review We Choose Virtues I was excited. It is a program geared towards kids ages 3 through 5th grade to help teach them to be:

Self-Controlled

Content

Forgiving

Patient

Kind

Perseverant

Obedient

Diligent

Helpful

Gentle

Attentive and

Honest

The best part is that there is no right or wrong way to do the program. I was given a few different things to help teach the different virtues. The first thing I received was actually a free product, the Family Character Assessment. It is a downloadable page that is a self assessment to see where your child feels they are on all of the different virtues. I figured my little one would say she was doing great on all of them but it turns out she knew where she needed help. She decided the virtues she needed to work on the most were honesty, perseverance, and obedience. I agreed with her and we started with Honesty, she likes to lie about the craziest things even when there is no way what she is saying could be true. It was nice to see that she knows what she needed to work on though. Another free resource available is a list of memory verses, heroes and truths that reinforce the virtues.

The item I feel was the most important was a set of Virtue flash cards. You get 12 cards; each has a cute picture of a child whose name starts with the first letter of the virtue. Hockey Stick Nick is the Virtue Kid that helps you to remember Honesty. On the back side of the card there is a kid friendly definition of the virtue along with a memory verse that goes along with the virtue.

Honesty says, “I am a truth teller I am not a liar, a thief or a cheater and I don’t change the truth to get my way!

The cards come in KJV, NIV or secular. It is recommended to focus on one virtue each week. We talked about each virtue each week and then picked one to focus on through out the week. My little one really liked the cards and loved how the definitions were written in words that she could understand. Some may feel that the pictures on the cards are a little too young for older kids, but my 9 year old seemed to like them a lot. The cards are $14.99 and I feel they are definitely worth the price.

I was also given a sample parent card. The parent cards tell a story about the virtue kids and give ideas to help reinforce the virtue. The parent cards are $34.99 and I will be purchasing the entire set in the future because I think they would help to grasp the virtues better, and She enjoyed the story about Airplane Betty Jane (attentiveness).

I received a downloadable coloring book as well. It is a good value at only $3, but my little one is not too into coloring, and she didn’t care for the pictures too much. I think for a younger child the coloring book would be good.

I also received a downloadable teacher’s handbook; it costs $5 and has a lot of ideas on how to learn virtues in a group setting. Even though I only have 1 little one I found some very useful ideas. If you have more than one child I think it would be useful to get. There are numerous other products available including posters, awards and goal charts. While those items may be helpful I feel that the virtues could be easily taught with just the Virtue Flash Cards and the Parent Cards. Check out the other products and more about the program here

There are also different kits available for church groups and home schools. Throughout the month of April there will be a discount code available if you would like to purchase the Home school kit. Type in Home20 before check out to receive 20% off of your home school kit. Another code that is available forever is Virtue15. It will give you 15% off any purchase through We Choose Virtues. The two discount codes can not be combined.

Overall we enjoyed using this product. I like how the virtues are backed up with verses from the Bible and really enjoy that they are written in a child friendly way. Character training is a life long lesson and we plan to continue to use these products to help us to live a better life. I have seen a change in my little one’s behavior while using the cards. I hope your family is able to enjoy this product as well.

Product at a Glance


What is it?

It is a character training program for kids.


Who is it for?


Kids age 3 through 5th grade


How much will it cost?

The flash cards are $14.99, but there are other products available including different kits.


Where can I get it?


 


 

I like it because it is kid friendly and is easy to teach!