Friday, September 23, 2016

The Berenstain Bears Book Of Prayers Review


 About the Book

This new prayer book for toddlers features Mama and Papa Bear, Brother, Sister, and Honey. Nearly 50 simple rhyming prayers cover a typical day and the typical worries of a young child. From waking in the morning to going to sleep at night, from thanking God for a meal to praying for His comfort when afraid, the prayers will help little ones see that any moment is a good moment to talk to God. With its soft padded cover and convenient size, the book is the perfect way to teach children about prayer and the ways God cares for us each day. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This is a such a cute and fun board book! I love it because kids can actually use it and not tear it up. It includes very short little prayers for different situations such as before bed, when you are sad, when you have done something wrong, etc. I think parents should review the book before giving to their kids and also to emphasis what the prayers say. This is definitely one you could use in a lot of ways with kiddos but it is also important that kids understand that they can pray whatever they want to God not just go by a book. But that is the parents job in teaching this. This is a nice addition to your children's library. 
Five stars. 

"I received this book from Worthy Publishing for free in exchange for an honest review."

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens Book Review


 About the Book

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I can't stop staring at this cover. It is stunning! Colleen always has lovely covers but this one really grabs me. Anyway, cover aside, this story was great! I am loving Colleen's suspense and this book captured my attention right away. You have a crazy stalker, an evil man, an escapee from prison, and of course- murder. Not to mention two children and the sweetest lady who has no problem telling people her opinion. Now Drake wasn't my favorite at first, I had to warm up to him and get to know him better throughout the book. 
Of course there is a marvelous setting, and good secondary characters that tie this novel together. Solid ending and good story telling make this a five star book.

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Some of My Favorite Fall Reads for Children


Celebrate the harvest season with the bestselling Precious Moments characters. Full of the beloved artwork and timeless messages of gratitude, Happy Harvest is a sweet reminder to enjoy every season together.


Thankful, by bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli, combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives. Spinelli exhibits her endearing storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.


 "Adventurous Lil Pup is bummed that hibernating season will soon be coming to the Great North Woods. Why should so many of his friends have to go in for the winter and leave Lil Pup without pals? Mama reminds her little wolf that not all animals hibernate, and how he can be grateful for the beautiful autumn season - for jumping in leaf piles, eating apple treats, and celebrating the wonders of fall with his forest friends"

This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Against All Grain Celebrations Cookbook Review


 About the Book

From the two-time New York Times best-selling author ofthe Against All Grain series, comes 125 recipes for grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free comfort food recipes for holidays and special occasions.

When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, it's the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions they worry about most. In Celebrations, best-selling author Danielle Walker provides recipes and menus for twelve special occasions, from a child's birthday party and baby shower, to a backyard barbeque, romantic Valentine's Day dinner for two, and even a Halloween party. Of course, Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, New Year's Eve party, and Easter/Passover brunch are also covered--along with suggestions for beverages and cocktails and the all-important desserts. Nearly every recipe is photographed, and food and party images shot on location provide beautiful and creative entertaining ideas. Delicious and easy-to-prepare dishes encourage the whole family to get into the kitchen and create lasting memories--no matter what the occasion. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

So the past few years of my life I have been struggling with different food allergies and it is hard to find anything without dairy in it! Though in the past year I have noticed more things being made available in the store; but still it is hard especially when you are cooking for other people who don't have any problems. This book is great in that it shows you how to still have a great celebration without all the stuff you can't eat-yay! Not only is this a great idea book for me with cooking, but I can share it with my friends and family who I know struggle with different food issues. Great book!

Five stars. 

"I received this book from Blogging For Books for free in exchange for an honest review."


Sunday, September 11, 2016

This Road We Traveled Book Review


About the Book

Drama, Adventure, and Family Struggles Abound as Three Generations Head West on the Oregon Trail
When Tabitha Brown's son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son's concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.
The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha's faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family's survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn't know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life--and the greater part she had to play in history.
With her signature attention to detail and epic style, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled will inspire the pioneer in all of us. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I just have to say that I adore this cover, it is stunning! As for the pages inside, they are equally as brilliant. Jane Kirkpatrick has such a talent for writing about past lives in our history. I love how she sets the scenes in this story and she did a wonderful job writing from three different perspectives. Unforgettable real life characters that I felt like I got to know. The pace moved good and I didn't feel like I was overwhelmed with fact. Overall very well done. 
Jane's stories are very historical and not fluffy easy reads. (Which is why I love them!) But if you struggle with historical reads this might not be a book for you. On the flip side if you are a history lover and want to learn more about the Oregon Trail, pick this book up!!

Five stars!

"I received this book from Revell for free in exchange for an honest review."

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