Sunday, November 30, 2014

Love With Food Subscription Box *Review #giftguide2014 #Free Sample Box!!



Love With Food is the all natural snack subscription box that is fighting hunger in America!

When you subscribe, you receive a monthly box of healthy snacks, and Love With Food gives money to a local feed bank to provide food for those in need. Your gift this holiday season is multiplied!


 
 
Founder Aihui Ong started Love With Food (lovewithfood.com) as a means of expressing love to our close ones, while enabling people to discover healthy snacks easily. Love With Food snack boxes gives you three box options-Tasting, Deluxe and Gluten-Free. Each box is marked by a seasonal theme, determining the new, surprise organic or all-natural hard-to-find snacks delivered to your door each month. This month's theme was Baby, it's cold outside! Once you discover what you like, you can buy in bulk and stock up your pantry for school lunchboxes and work snacks. For every box sold, a meal is donated to a food bank in the U.S.  To date, Love With Food has generated funding for over 320,000 meals, and counting.



I received the deluxe box for review. The photo above is just half of what the box contained. These were great snacks! Sometimes natural subscription boxes contain some snacks my kids deem 'weird', but not in Love With Food, they enjoyed them all! I really loved how they included an information brochure on the collection we received, so we knew exactly what was in the subscription box and with what company. That way if the kids really enjoyed a particular snack we could look them up online and order in bulk.



There were 10 companies represented in this one subscription box! That is fantastic. Often we have reviewed subscription boxes where there are only a hand full of snacks to sample. I appreciated the size of this box very much. Some companies we were able to sample were Fruit Bliss, Jers Chocolates, Dick and Jane Education, Laiki Crackers.

One of my favorites was Fruit Bliss and their Dried Mini Figs!

The holidays are perfect time to begin spreading community spirit through the gift of food and with Love With Food’s subscription it will last throughout the year.  Instead of sending flowers or fruit or the same gift basket as last year, send something new and exciting.  For a very reasonable price of $10 per month for a Tasting Box, $17 per month for a Deluxe Box or $24.50 per month for a Gluten Free Box, not only will Love With Food send a sampling of healthy, rewarding snacks to a family member or friend or even yourself, this incredible gift subscription is a gift that keeps on giving. What better way to enjoy the holidays.
 
Get a FREE box to try Love with Food by clicking on the link below
 
Be sure and let me know you are trying it and let me know your thoughts once you get your box. I just know you will love it!

Be sure to find Love With Food on these social media sites:
Twitter @LovewithFood
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas *Review







Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas with writings from some of our favorites including Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Annie Dillard, C. S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, and more. We have 100 review copies available for the book, released by Plough Publishing; you can sign up to review the book below. The Book

 Though Christians the world over make yearly preparations for Lent, there's a conspicuous lack of good books for that other great spiritual season: Advent. All the same, this four-week period leading up to Christmas is making a comeback as growing numbers reject shopping-mall frenzy and examine the deeper meaning of the season. Ecumenical in scope, these fifty devotions invite the reader to contemplate the great themes of Christmas and the significance that the coming of Jesus has for each of us--not only during Advent, but every day. Whether sampled at leisure or used on a daily basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase "holiday preparations" new depth and meaning. Includes writings by John Donne, Meister Eckhart, Dorothy Day, T. S. Eliot, Gustavo Gutierrez, Eberhard Arnold, G. M. Hopkins, Martin Luther, Edith Stein, Thomas Aquinas, Dorothee Soelle, Philip Yancey, and others. From Publishers Weekly: It's hard to go wrong with writers such as these. . . . Born of obvious passion and graced with superb writing, this collection is a welcome--even necessary--addition.

One of the best devotionals I have read for the season. Many of these readings had me in tears. Wow what a way to get into the true spirit of Christmas and to look forward to the Cross and resurrection!
This is a collection of the best of the best when it comes to insightful, Christian authors. A beautiful lineup. I plan to use this devotional each Christmas. It even is great for other times of the year as well. Very thought provoking and reflective. Much more than a little one page blurb on remembering Christmas!


Get your copy on Amazon HERE






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Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop with National Geographic *Review & Giveaway




Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop hosted by Planet Weidknect and Leah Say's Views
Each blog is kicking off the Christmas holiday with prizes of $25 minimum value.




Life's weird sometimes! Here's a chance for Weird But True fans to keep their own personal diary about the weird and wacky world around them. For inspiration, there's a Weird But True fact a day, plus a daily place for kids to report on all the WBT stuff they observe and experience on their own 24/7. It's a year's worth of fun to enjoy, record, and remember! 

I love how you can write in your own thoughts on each day, like a real journal. But nothing overwhelming for your 'non writing' kids! There is a journal page for each day of the year.


 

NG Kids Funny Fill-Ins:  My Ancient EgyptMy Backyard Adventure, My Safari Adventure, My Inside Earth Adventure  ($4.99 each)

Filled with color pages, great photos, fun facts and laugh-out-loud illustrations, these four books are sure to provide hours of entertainment at home, at school, or on those long Christmas Day trips to Grandma's 
house!  Each book contains over 20 activities and, once completed, make one big story about a cool backyard adventure, an exciting safari, a trip inside Earth or exploring Ancient Egypt.

These are hilarious! I love to play these with the kids. Perfect stocking stuffer.

 

Attention shark-crazy kids! Rule the ocean in this shark-tastic sticker and activity book that is packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, shark facts, and more. My 7 year old just loves stickers and learning. These books are great for entertaining in these cold winter months ahead.



 
An exciting interactive title chock-full of the fiercest, most powerful, and most fun dinosaurs. Perfect for dino-loving kids, this book brings National Geographic Kids signature content to a sticker and activity book format that is packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games and drawing activities, all with a prehistoric theme. 
Super fun book, this is perfect for the holiday gift giving season.


 


Enter to win the complete set
$47
USA only
 
 








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Friday, November 21, 2014

44 Animals of the Bible *Review



 
Nancy Pelander Johnson
Illustrated by Lloyd R. Hight


One of the latest from Master Books, 44 Animals of the Bible gives your family a look at some of the great wonders found in the Bible. From Ants to Whales and everywhere in between, you can learn about each specific animal, along with a Bible reference of where that animal was found.
I think the number could have easily been doubled when I noticed some missing ones like the Donkey and Raven. Keeping the book to a reasonable size though, there is a good selection of animals included.


The illustrations are very helpful for animals we may not recognize as easily such as the pygarg or the gier.

It was fun for the kids to look up the Bible references for each animal, and even use our concordance to see if they are mentioned any other times. The Bible references are from the New King James version unless otherwise noted.

I did struggle with the Whale. It mentions the story of Jonah, and that he was swallowed by a whale, also known as a big fish. That was mentioned in the writing, but the quote from the scripture should read big fish, and instead it reads whale. I would have liked them to stay true to the scripture quote rather than inserting a different word, especially since it is not specifically noted that they changed the word in that passage. A small, perhaps insignificant thing to some I am sure, but just wanted to make note that you always want to check resources validity to that of the true word of God.


My kids are definitely animal lovers and they have really loved reading this book and discovering all of the animals that were around during Bible times, especially the ones that are still familiar today!

Be sure to check out the Moms of Master Books Facebook party for this book on November 24th! Click HERE to enter to win this and other books during the party!



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The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way *Review #Zondervan





The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way 3 books in 1 hardcover collection for only $9.99

 "Now in a convenient 3 stories in one collection, young readers will learn from the Berenstain Bears just how important it is to serve and love one another. Written in level one of the I Can Read standards, this bind-up of stories from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights I Can Read series is sure to please young, emergent readers as well as parents and grandparents looking for good quality reading that will help practice early reading skills as well as teach lessons about serving and caring for others. Included in this collection are the following titles: Faith Gets Us Through Have No Fear, God Is Near Piggy Bank Blessings"

The Berenstain Bears are reaching young kids with the love of Christ. I love how they have this series that includes a scripture verse at the end to show where they get the theme from. The Berenstain Bears have always been a great example for young children, and now they can read the stories for themselves in this I Can Read series! 3 books in 1 for more snuggle and reading time!!

Great gift giving idea to teach morals, reading, and so much more. Be sure to check out other great readers at Zonderkidz!






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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Silver Dolphin Books in Collaboration with Smithsonian *Review & Giveaway #giftguide2014



When I say Smithsonian.. what comes to mind? Is it the great museum, perhaps you have had the blessing of visiting? The movies that showcase the great museum? I think of quality, educational, and fun! I haven't had the opportunity to visit the museum, but I know their name is very well recognized!


Through a unique collaboration between Silver Dolphin Books and the curators of this legendary museum, curious kids who are fascinated with the world around them can dive into their favorite subjects -- dinosaurs, oceans, flight and space -- with four interactive, fact-filled books and box sets. 


Perfect for the 8 and older crowd:
Smithsonian Discover: Flight  and Smithsonian Discover: Space. These books, geared for ages 8 and up, come with fun and engaging activities such as paper airplanes to fold in Flight and glow-in-the-dark star and planet stickers in SpaceEach title also includes a set of fact cards and a large fold-out poster. These deluxe, concealed spiral-bound, hardcovers are affordably priced at $16.95. 

 
 
Cards of each planet in a plastic protector

 
Specific information on each planet

 
Easy to use tabs for finding the information you are seeking.

 
Actual pages for folding into a variety of airplanes



 
Cards full of information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Just right for those 6 and older:
Smithsonian Young Explorers: Dinosaurs and Smithsonian Young Explorers: Oceans.  These playful and informative activity sets each contain a 32-page illustrated book, a poster and a 130 piece puzzle all in a handy snap shut case ($18.95 each). Each set provides the ultimate introduction to the fascinating world of dinosaurs and oceans, including the cutest sea creatures, the smallest dinosaurs, the science of the ocean movement, how the mystery of the plates of the Stegosaurus was solved and everything in between!







Beautiful collection for the younger set. The puzzle is made of strong, quality pieces. The fact book contains fact of each of the animals on the puzzle. I love how it comes with a poster of the actual puzzle. The brilliant colors and high definition illustration make this a very attractive puzzle. The Dinosaur one is just as awesome!

Enter to win this complete collection!!
 
Both the Smithsonian Discover Space and Flight
and
Both Smithsonian Young Explorers Oceans and Dinosaurs
 
Over $70 value!
Great for your Holiday Gift Giving!
 
Ends Dec 4
US Only
 
 
 
 






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AON Box Speakers from The Ultimate Green Store *Review & Giveaway #giftguide2014





Planet-friendly shopping at it's finest, The Ultimate Green Store.com offers a huge selection of both practical, beautiful and cool eco gifts as well as organic holiday decor. To get ready for the holidays, visit their Home department where you can find high quality glassware made from recycled wine bottles, non-toxic kitchenware, organic table linens and beautiful serving pieces made from sustainable bamboo. Refresh for guests with organic cotton bedding and towels. They have a huge selection of wonderful non-toxic toys, and cool bento lunch boxes for kids, a substantial baby department, organic pajamas and robes and even things like solar charging backpacks and messenger bags (what man wouldn't love that!). Written up by the Huffington Post as one of the best places to shop for the holidays, there is something green and great for everyone on your list!
 
Check out these AON Box Speakers. The Box that Rocks!
 
 
 
 
The speakers are made from 100% renewable resources. They come flat in the box, and you simply assemble them into a pyramid with the tabs, and Voila.. speakers! They do not have batteries, they run off the power of the devise you use them on.  They are compatible with all iPod®, Mp3 players, multimedia cell phones, portable DVD players and portable gaming devices that use a standard 3.5mm audio frequency jack.
 
How about easy, portable speakers to take to the park, in your car, to the beach and more. Super light weight to throw in your purse or bag.
The AON Box speakers come in 4 designs; Island Style, Scrolls and Sculls, Video Game, and Haute Pink.

Fantastic Gift for the holiday season! You can't go wrong with a new set of speakers!
 

Enter to win $25 Gift Card from The Ultimate Green Store!
Ends Dec 4th
US Only
 
 
 


Contestants may only win one contest within a 45 day period. If a duplicate winner is selected, the host of the contest will be asked to select an alternate winner.
 
 


 
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Ragamuffin Farm Natural Skin Care Products *Review #giftguide2014


I had the privilege of meeting Sara and Kathryn from Ragamuffin Farm at a local craft fair. Their business truly is a family affair, with the kids getting involved and making soaps, lotions, lotion bars, and lip balms. Train them while they are young I figure!

And what better way to train than in naturally made products. I have an instant gratitude for those who make goat milk soap, having made it for years myself. I refuse to buy soap at the store ever again, and was so thankful to have found Ragamuffin Farm!



I purchased several bars from them, and she also gave me some for review. In addition I was able to try their goat milk lotion.. something that always intrigues me.

You can order from them online, and get this.. they even make local deliveries. Now that is service!
As a homeschool family, they are often on the go in Kentucky and may just be in your area. If not, they are happy to ship the items to you as well.

I tried our soap for several weeks before wanting to write the review. I really think longevity in a bar of soap is something to blog about, and the only way to find that out is, well, time!
Ragamuffin soaps are a nice, solid, hard bar of soap that will indeed last for a very long time!!

Made with a hot process, the soaps are ready to use just as soon as they are made. I used a cold process that made my soaps take 6 weeks to cure. The hot process is perfect for this booming business to keep the soap making going.

Not only does the bar last long, the fragrance does as well. I started with Patchouli, a scent you either really love, or really hate. I happen to really love it. Great smell with essential oils!
Additional scents include; Apple Cider, Bandits Blend, Baby Bar, Calm Down, Chocolate, Honey and Oat, Chocolate Mint, Lemon and Sage, Rosemary and Mint and many more!! Just the names scream NATURAL!!

Ragamuffin Farm soaps are just $1 per ounce approx. I find that to be an excellent price for natural, great quality, goat milk soaps.

Soaps are Palm Oil Free!!

Not a fan of goat milk? They also have a Hippie Bar that is vegan. Just as solid and hearty, without the goat milk addition.



The lotion is a nice, thick lotion that soaks in great and lasts for a long time. I never did quite figure out making lotions when I was living on the farm. I really love the softness that the goat milk gives. The lavender scent is just enough without being over bearing!
Be sure to check out the lotion and the other products Ragamuffin Farm makes!



Find them on Facebook Ragamuffin Farm
Twitter @Ragamuffinfarm



Be watching for a Ragamuffin Farm giveaway in January when we offer a look at things made in our home state!





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