Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Good Egg... ;)


A good egg...


Hatches... 

And Then Flies! 

Blessings~
(Thanks for the quote, Debra! :) )

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Epiphany~ 27th Anniversary~ 12th Day of Christmas~



This holiday season I chose to be "in the moment" 
instead of "in the Social Media" 
throughout most of our Christmas "Break,"
(Although you may have seen me on Facebook).  
I hope you missed me! :) 

Here is a look at some of our time over the past two-ish weeks:

My latest cooking gadget (7-in-one Instant Pot) is a winner!! 
I've used it many times over, and have had decent success the vast majority of the time (It's "ok" for making popcorn, 
but I think I'll stick with my stovetop stainless pot for that!). 



Christmas Eve with Friends
I know the picture is dark, but it was warm and cozy and lovely! 


SPEEDY breakfast before church
Scrambled egg and sausage crescent roll ring


Christmas photo after Christmas morning service


Stockings, Christmas Afternoon


Christmas Day (And one Christmas Eve) Gifts


Lazy days and evenings... fun times!!!


And Epiphany

Just a little late, due to... well... LIFE! :) It's a * Good * Thing. 

Blessings~


Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year, New Beginnings, New Beginner's Bible! (Review)


I don't know about you, but in our house we have always enjoyed a good storybook Bible for our children. Each of our kids has grown up with nightly Bible stories, and in fact, my youngest refused to go to sleep (no matter what the time) unless we read "Bible." 

He's a little old for our latest review, the 25th Anniversary edition of The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz, but he has a young friend with whom he is excited to share this Bible. 

This is a revamped version with updated artwork and a colorful cover. The text is simple and while not entirely an independent "Beginning Reader," it is a good version to read with a beginning reader, assisting with words that are more difficult and harder to decode, while offering confidence boosting success with a majority of easy-to-read text. 


It is never to early to begin reading stories taken from the Bible about God's love, protection, and the Good News of Jesus' Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection. Each story is treated "gently" with the young sensibilities in mind, which I definitely appreciate.


25 years ago if you purchased The Beginner's Bible you had a great Bible Storybook with colorful (if somewhat silly to the adult eye, but very popular through a child's visual filter) illustrations. In and of itself a very good thing. A quarter of a century later, however, things have changed, and multi-media is the norm. In keeping with that, The Beginner's Bible now offers both a website and an iPad app.

The webpage has a boatload of resources to enhance your child's Bible Reading experience, and includes the following: 
40 Coloring Pages 
3 Search and Find Activity Pages
6 Drawing Activity Pages (Some as simple as adding an item to the drawing, others asking the child to draw something on their own)
8 Maze Activity Pages
4 Let's Read Together Activities (Rebus Style)
1 Connect the Dots
1 Crossword Puzzle
5 Matching Activity Sheets
8 Writing Sheets (Copywork) 

The iPad app is intended mostly for children under the age of 5. The first story pack of 6 stories is free, and includes the narrated stories, coloring pages, puzzles and a game. Additional story packs are available for $1.99 each, or the complete Bible is available for $19.99. 

On looking over the Bible, some of the things my Youngest thinks his friend will particularly enjoy: 

It will be a good Bible for my friend, and I think he will like it. The pictures are colorful and the stories are a good length for reading right before bed.



Additional information: There is also a Curriculum Kit which is intended for Sunday School use, and covers 30 of the 90+ stories in the Bible. You can check out sample lessons and see if this would be a good value for your family or church.

Not So Nutty Nitty Gritty 
  • Company: Zonderkidz
  • Product: The Beginner's Bible
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Price: $16.99 (With bulk pricing available for orders of 10 Bibles or more, in case you are part of a ministry that would be interested in that)

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Blessings~
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Timberdoodle Review: Tenzi came and Card Deck

Here's another gift idea from Timberdoodle.com:


TENZI  is a fast paced tactile dice game that can be played with most ages. The TENZI Tube comes with 40 brightly colored dice, 10 each of 4 different colors (enough for 4 players). The most basic play is to roll 10 dice, with the ultimate goal of rolling ten of the same number (similar to rolling 5 of the same number in Yahtzee). It's nice to have a simple game which is good for beginners, and is great for amount/number recognition, but it doesn't stop there.

Included in the tube are rules for 6 or 7 more variations including TENZI tower ~ Stack your dice as you roll the number you're collecting, SPLITZI ~ Roll 2 sets of 5 different numbers, TIMED TENZI and more.

Once you've mastered those,  you can pick up 77 Ways to Play TENZI Game Cards to expand on the play. The cards include specific goals as well as patterns to roll and even some physical challenges (Stand on one foot while rolling the dice for example).



One of the things that I, as a mother, really appreciate is that it really can be a quick game (10 minutes?), for when you feel the need to break things up a bit in the school day, redirect a child, or fill somebody's love bucket with some fun attention, and my 9 year old enjoys playing and rolling all those dice!

TENZI is part of Timberdoodle's 2nd grade curriculum kit, which is a great age to begin playing TENZI, although it could be played with slightly younger children, and it is enjoyable for those who are older as well. Timberdoodle definitely seeks out interesting and fun educational toys to go along with their curriculum, and I value the inclusion of play in a curriculum package.


I think the combination of TENZI and 77 Ways to Play TENZI  would make a very nice gift on their own, or a really nice stocking stuffer for anyone aged 7+. It is very compact and portable, perfect to pack in a bag for family visits, road trips, and camping.

Blessings~

Friday, December 16, 2016

When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette (WHAT ???) A Review

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I just received an interesting book for review that I'm submitting for your perusal. I had not read anything by Max Davis, so I was curious to check it out. His book, When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette's  title might seem a little sacrilegious to some, but it is an encouraging and inspirational read, particularly for those who are struggling with the hypocrisy of religion, or perhaps even wondering if there is anything to the story of Jesus.

Max shares honest, sometimes raw stories from his life, and in each one, God shows up... not typically as a body-less supernatural presence, but as a supernatural presence inhabiting the heart and life of those who follow and love Him. The outworking and real-life examples of Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Max tells about his own path to the reality of Jesus, whose presence shone through the eyes of a green-eyed brunette. His call throughout the book is to return to the roots of real Christianity, not Religiosity~ to have a real relationship with Christ, and to exemplify His love, grace, and peace in our lives.

When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette was written by a man, and is not Gospel. However, there are many nuggets of truth that are intended to turn the reader back to the Gospel, the person of Christ, encourage them to walk with Him, and see where God shows up ~ sometimes in and through the most unlikely people and circumstances. 

About the Book:
When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette weaves heartwarming and miraculous stories of Jesus showing up in ordinary people, revealing that He knows us and is fully present in our everyday circumstances, especially in our difficulties. Those hurting and weary from worn-out religion are longing for a fresh touch from the living Jesus. Best-selling author Max Davis challenges us to do more than simply receive God’s grace—we need to allow grace to soften, change, and shape us. As you read this book you will laugh, cry, and come face-to-face with the living Jesus, much like Davis did, when he found Him living in a green-eyed brunette. As Davis puts it, “Jesus is very much alive today and still does incredible things—sometimes supernatural things—through us!”
List price: $15.99
208 pgs. 14 Chapters


About the Author:
Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today and Publishers Weekly and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide. He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.


Blessings~
#JesusGreenEyedBrunette #FlyBy

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Timberdoodle review: Simbrix (What is that ???)



Here at ~ Acorns ~ Nuggets of Gold~ I am always on the lookout for unique gift ideas that are also educational in nature. Often I turn to one of my favorite Homeschool vendors, Timberdoodle, to see what they have found that is new, fun and edifying for the brain cells. ;)

This year, in looking at their 4th grade Curriculum Kit (Because youngest is in 4th grade...), I discovered a STEM item that I'd not seen before:
Introducing Simbrix Expert Kit, from Nottingham, England:


What exactly ARE Simbrix? They are a two dimensional pixelated art supply, most similar to fusible beads, but they don't fall off a peg board mid-design (Hurrah! So much less frustration!). In fact, there is NO peg board. The beads are square, instead of round, and lock together to create whatever design your child thinks up or wants to illustrate from their learning. While the designs won't be permanent unless ironed, they can hold up to moderate display ~

Simbrix can be used to focus on following directions and patterns, similar to following a cross-stitch pattern, for example, and are excellent for fine motor tactile skills.

They are also simply pleasing to the eye and hand, and can be used a'la sand-table style, to create multicolor designs simply by swirling the beads into a specific shape.


The Expert Kit includes a brightly printed canvas with two plastic bags of beads in bright and pastel colorways~ with 4000 beads in total, and 17 colors, the possibilities are only limited by imagination, and unlike fusible beads, creations can be taken apart, and the beads can be used to build something new. 

We had a Tardis and an 11th Dr. Minion

A Baseball field and American Flag (Sort of)

and some Flowers, for our first attempts

Younger children will be challenged simply by putting the pieces together. Older children (And perhaps adults) may be a little finicky, as the pieces definitely have a front (Smooth and shiny) and a back with little dots. In the close up of the Flag you can tell that the pieces were put together with disregard for front and back, but it doesn't really affect the final outcome for the one who put it together. 

Just as adults and teens can be drawn into coloring with a younger child, Simbrix offers the opportunity for many levels of "play" for all ages, and may be a creative tool that would be enjoyed in your home throughout the seasons. You never know what might end up being the stand-out, unexpected gift of the year (And they were carrying this item LONG before it was found at any of our local toy stores), but Timberdoodle has offered products in the past that have been just that at our house. Maybe Simbrix will fill that spot at YOUR house this year! :)

Blessings~


Saving money with Groupon's Coupons


Disclosure this is a sponsored post~ all opinions are my own.

I'm sure most of you are familiar with Groupon and their local and travel deals. Personally, I have used Groupon to save money on a variety of things~ Starbucks and Whole Foods Gift Cards, Tech items, and other Restaurant deals. What I wasn't as aware of was the fact that Groupon also has a  Groupon Coupon section.  I am definitely about saving small change, so that it has the opportunity to add up to big change, and coupons for items I'm planning to buy (or at least investigate purchasing) anyway is a good way to do that.


Groupon offers coupons to stores with a brick and mortar presence, like Claire's (which I didn't realize even had an online presence... Nice to have the option not to brave the pre-Christmas parking lots, and still save some money when looking for stocking stuffers and the like). Some of the deals include free shipping with minimum purchase and 20% - 25% off coupon codes (some exclusions may apply). There are currently 4 promo codes and 10 "Sales" being offered on the Groupon Coupon site. 

There are also coupons for stores that are exclusively online, like the popular Kiwi Crate. I've heard more buzz this "Shopping season" about this particular store online, than many others. Pretty nifty concept, having packages with projects shipped direct to your door just like the old book clubs, only these are crates packed with supplies and projects!
While they may have started with a pre-school/early elementary emphasis, Kiwi Crate has expanded into the 9-16+ range, with "Doodle" crates for the artists, and "Tinker" crates for  those with a science and engineering bent, and Groupon Coupons can help you save a little green if this is your thing~ You know~ things like 30% off your first month's subscription, or 40% off your first box~ free shipping, etc... There are currently 15 "Coupons for Kiwi Crate~ 5 promo codes and 10 "sales." 


Chances are that if you're looking to shop an online store, Groupon Coupons probably has something to save you money. It's definitely worth a look. You can keep up with the latest from Groupon on Facebook and Twitter

Have you purchased anything from Groupon Coupons? Did you know about that part of the "Groupon Family?" I hope that this is useful information to you, as you finish up your Christmas shopping (With free shipping coupons?). :) 

Blessings~

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