Sunday, July 18, 2010

Wanderin' In the Desert~ What's in the Bible? (DVD Review)

"Wanderin' in the Desert"  is the 3rd volume of Phil Vischer's (Creator of Veggie Tales) new series What's in the Bible (With Buck Denver). Being great fans of Veggie Tales, we were happy to have the chance to preview this series. 

Just a little background on the series to date. 
The first two DVD's in the series cover some foundations (What IS the Bible?" , "Who WROTE the Bible?" and some Basic Biblical vocabulary, as well as giving kids the "Big picture"  of, well... What's in the Bible! (Genesis and Exodus, to be precise) The Volume that I was sent to actually review was volume 3, which continues on through Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy~ to finish out the Pentateuch. The plan is to have 13 DVDs in the series that will walk the younger generation through every book of the Bible, to give them a general overview of the entire Bible. (Each DVD retails for $14.99)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Making the internet "work" for you

Hey, I figured I ought to send out a post about some of the money-saving aspects of the internet that I have benefited from. Some of these programs DO have referral benefits(Signified with a **) , so if you haven't signed up, I'd really appreciate it if you used my referral links. Others are just great ideas~ So, here goes:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Book Review~ Somewhere to Belong

Somewhere to BelongHere's another Bethany House Christian Fiction review. This time it is a novel by Judith Miller : Somewhere to Belong : Daughters of Amana #1

This was a pleasant read that I could recommend on more than one basis~
  • Historically: I learned about  the Amana colonies, a religious colony/commune similar in some ways to the Amish, but very different in others~ (Ever heard of Amana Radar Ranges? So, they don't show up in this book, but there is history here)
  • Relationally: There are a number of great lessons to be drawn from this book, from parent/young adult to "seasoned" marital/emotional bonds
  • Character-building: Again, some great action/consequence type lessons with themes like honesty and responsibility.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Menu Monday~ Pizza, Quiche with Rice crust, Popcorn Chicken (links)u let's see what we're going to think about eating this week~

Monday~ Salad and Pizza (Using leftover crust I made on Saturday, topped with onions and zucchini)
Tuesday~ Quiche with a rice crust ~I made something along these lines a couple of weeks ago, but with different "fillings', and it was YUMMY! I used advice on this website for cooking the rice a little more quickly that the typical 50 minutes.
Wednesday~ Didn't get to this one the last time, so I think I'll plan for it again! Popcorn Chicken
Thursday~ Pork Tenderloin and rice
Friday~ Taco "Something"... either "traveling" or pasta, we'll see what we feel like.

We've been enjoying fresh cherries, watermelon, and some delicious plums that my daughter and I have dubbed Plumbanapples because they have flavors reminiscent of those three fruits~ And Youngest son has declared a need for carrots by his continual snacking on them! :) (Not a bad thing)

Be sure to check out Organizing Junkie for hundreds of other families' menu plans for this week if you are looking for some inspiration. :)


Thursday, July 8, 2010

CSN Stores Giveaway~ We have a winner!

 First~  thank you all for entering my give-away, and I'm happy to say that most of the entries followed through the two-step mandatory entry process. :)  There were only a couple that I would have had to disqualify if they were chosen by, but thankfully, that scenario didn't come up! :)

SO....... I am delighted to announce that the winning number, picked by was number 17, which corresponds to Beverly's entry telling me what she would like to apply that $40 certificate towards.

Beverly, I am sending you an email to get contact info. Please reply within 48 hours, and CONGRATULATIONS!


Friday, July 2, 2010

CSN Stores~ $40 Gift Card Giveaway~ How DeLIGHTful! :)

Now this is fun! I have won a few little giveaways over the past couple of years, so it is really nice to be able to offer one to my readers! :)

The folks at CSN stores (There are over 200 different stores! WOW!)  have an incredible number of items and options to browse through, and their prices seem reasonable as well(in fact, some of them are most excellent!). I was checking out their solar lights , since our neighbors have installed some great lighting in their landscape.
Solar+Charged+FlashlightLook at this fun little item that caught my eye ~  could be great for camping! I mean... wouldn't the kids get a kick out of a solar charged flashlight? (It claims to hold a charge for 3 hours... I wonder if that would be just about right? )