Thursday, March 23, 2017

Great Mother's Day Devotionals *Review

Never too early to start thinking about blessing the Moms in your life! Broadstreet Publishing has three new devotionals that would be perfect to help Moms stay in the Word.  Each of these is unique and inspirational.

Dated, 365 day devotional. Jump in right where you are on the date, and no worries if you miss a few. They are not connected and not necessary to feel behind! Mom's don't need that stress for sure. Written by Mom Kendra Smiley, the devotional is easy to fit into your daily schedule. One small page per day, includes a scripture verse, a short word of encouragement or story, and a question. Something extra from the story to get you thinking and applying it to your own life.
Kendra lives on a farm in Il, and uses some of her experiences from that to help share encouragement. She encourages you to be the best mom you can be!

Quiet Times for Busy Moms is broken down into 52 weekly studies. Choose a day of the week and this can be your devotion that day. Refresh it on a day later in the week. Each week begins with a scripture verse, many focused on children, or being a parent.
There is then a short story to go along with the scripture verse. The author Vicki Kuyper includes a written prayer you can read or recite. Finally there is a "Tip  to try" to have you take what you have learned and apply it to your life.

Release expectations, embrace imperfection, and connect to God's superpower. We don't have to be a Super Mom when we serve a Super God! This book has 14 chapters, and not designed with the daily, or weekly devotion. It would still work well for a devotional on how to ignite with God's superpower. Four steps include
Give up on measuring up
Get connected
Charge Up
Ignite with God's Superpower

Author Maggie Combs had three little boys in three years, and desires for discouraged moms to be freed from the prevalent expectations of society.
With her own personal stories, and humor, Maggie helps you realize that God really is the one to rely on.

All three of these books are available at Broadstreet Publishing.

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Found Psalm 23 by Sally Lloyd-Jones *Review

From the creators of the Jesus Storybook Bible is a board book Found based on Psalm 23 for toddlers! It is absolutely gorgeous and inspirational for my little one. Psalm 23 is full of such promise and I love being able to share it with my toddler at her level. She can learn what shepherd does through the gorgeous illustrations by Jago (one of my favorites).

The cover itself depicts the love the shepherd has for that little sheep. I love how I can give the analogy then to my daughter about Jesus being the shepherd and we are the sheep. How he loves us each so  much, he will find us if we get lost.

The book is very simply written.
He feeds me.
He guides me.
I won't be afraid. Because my shepherd knows where I am

It takes the entire Psalm 23 and breaks it down into easy to understand sentences.

One of my very favorite board books ever!! My daughter wanted to make sure there were plenty of pictures!!

Be sure to stop by Zondervan and pick up a copy for this Easter!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Creating a Masterpiece Art Program *Review

Creating a Masterpiece

Creating a Masterpiece offers a Monthly Plan to an array of online, fine arts lessons for all ages. Sharon Hofer is an energetic, inspiring artist, and she walks you through the fine art projects step by step. The program is divided into grouping for beginners through a level 5 art. You get complete access to all of the lessons, making it versatile for each of your homeschool students regardless of any art experience.

Creating a Masterpiece
The beginner level is short and simple. The art project can be done in about an hour, and is perfect for kids to get started creating real art work. This isn't an arts and craft program, but an art program. The results will be work the kids will be excited to display.
We chose to begin at the beginner level as we are typically arts and crafts type of homeschoolers and haven't focused a whole lot on art.

Even at the beginner level you are introduced to art medium that you don't typically use like India Ink, Oil Pastels, Charcoal, and Gouache. The only one we had on hand was watercolor so we went ahead and bought the oil pastels as well. The lessons each tell you in the title what medium you will be using, as well as the beginning of the video tells you every supply that you will need.

Our first lesson in Oil Pastel was a Winter Cabin. Both my 12 year old daughter and I tackled this one. We only had water color paper, so we made due with what we had on hand. I would like to try it again with the correct paper as it will blend the pastels much better.

She taught us perspective, and how to do the foreground and background. Combining different colors for effect, as well as how to draw tree limbs simply, were other things we learned on this project.

The next ones the kids did was African Sunset with water colors. These are water colors that come in a tube, not those ones you dip in the yellow container with a paint brush.
Here our watercolor paper worked wonderfully.

The projects beyond the beginner level are three-seven lessons each. We did not go beyond the beginner lessons, but will be trying some of the level 1 later this spring. I think we would probably do several lessons in one day, and surely get the project done in one week.

There are several ways to choose the art project you want to do. You can do them in any order. There is a chart on the main page with what type of art medium you use, so you can go by what you already have on hand, or what you would like to learn.

You can also go by level. Thirdly there is a photo of each art piece so you could go seasonally or with a theme if you chose. So many ways to organize it, there are so many you can do!!

Here are a couple of photos for examples of the higher level projects.

Creating a Masterpiece

Creating a Masterpiece

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