Monday, April 17, 2017

Ripley's Wacky 123 & ODDphabet *Review

Ripley's First Board Books

Two fun and zany board books geared for ages 3 and up.

Both books feature highly engaging illustrations by Ripley cartoonist John Graziano, who also illustrates the daily Ripley's Believe It or Not! cartoon. Ripley's Believe It or Not! ODDphabet and Wacky 1-2-3 make learning letters and numbers tons of fun! From a painting elephant to singing mice, and everything in between, each quirky character is based on a true Ripley's-verified story.

Jellyfish was her favorite animal in the ODDphabet book. So fun! There are common animals like the E is for elephant, though this elephant paints. Then there are unique animals like B for Blob Fish.

Engaging photo's and rhyming text, this is a fun way to get a variety in an ABC book.

Wacky 123 counts from 1 to 12. Pointing to each object you can practice counting on each page. Counting penguin sweaters, goats in trees, and a frog with 6 legs??? That was an odd one.

Check out these two fun board book on Amazon!

Imprint: Ripley Publishing
Publication date: March 7, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-60991-170-6 ODDphabet
           978-1-60991-181-2 Wacky 1-2-3 
Pages: 26
Price: $6.99 US / $8.95 Canada (each book)
Trim size: 6 x 6 inches

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Welcome to College *Review

Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey (Kregel, March 2017)

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than "What will you do with your life?"
In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It's critical that students know how to handle college before they're in the thick of it.
Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:
-How do you grow spiritually?
-How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
-Is all truth relative?
-Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
-As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?
Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow's book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.
My Thoughts
As a mom with 2 kids in college, and graduating the third from homeschool this year, I wish I would have had this book for the first 2! This is an excellent resource for students heading out into the secular college world. Even Christian schools aren't what some hope that they will be. It is the world, either way. This book gives awesome insight into some topics that you don't really think about until you are in the midst of them. This is a great graduation gift idea!
This is a big book, even if your soon to be college child reads a chapter a week, they can focus on each chapter along with the parent. I read much of the book, and I do find it helpful for the parent to read it as well, just to get the scope of what the college student may be entering into. Especially if the college student is the first in the family to experience college. I wish I had this book when I went to college 25 years ago! It really is an excellent reference and a 'go to' for suggestions on how to deal with college life from a biblical perspective.

About the author:
Jonathan Morrow (DMin, MDiv) is the author of several books including "Questioning the Bible" and he speaks nationally on biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school and college students. Jonathan is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith.
Find out more about Jonathan at

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Monday, April 10, 2017

More Pocket Letters #Snailmail

I had a chance this weekend to make a few more pocket letters. This one was based on tigers for a friend whose favorite animal is tigers.

This one was based on a Print and Pray Shop at Illustrated Faith I Know This Much is True

This one too was built off of a Print and Pray from Illustrated Faith called Everyday Blessings which they no longer have.

So fun to make, and I hope that each of my pen pals that receive them love them as much as I do. I had so much fun making each one!!

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