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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Artsy Olive Review


There is so much gift giving in the month of December. I like to give gifts to people that I would love to have myself. This past December I ordered a framed personalized artwork from Artsy Olive. It was so hard to choose the perfect artwork but when I finally decided on my favorite one for Christmas I was so excited when it came. The pictures here and on the website does not do the artwork justice. I was so very pleased with the one I chose.

Artsy Olive offers so many choices of personalized artwork with several frame choices. There is artwork for holidays, baby showers, anniversaries, friendship, or anything you can think of. One of the best things about the artwork is you can use the same frame for multiple artwork pieces. Making this the perfect gift that you can keep adding to. I think it would be fun to have a different print for every holiday or season. I think being able to just change out the print would make it very easy to store the extra ones in an envelope or folder without taking up a lot of space if they were in their own frame.

Once I chose the 7.7 X 7.7 Sleigh Ride I wanted to personalize it for my mom and my stepdad. After adding the names it would add it to my cart but I could not check out. I emailed Artsy Olive and they responded immediately and took care of the issue. Their website is very user-friendly and personalizing the prints are very easy.


If you are looking for a great gift idea or even something for yourself Artsy Olive has a lot to choose from that would please anyone.

Disclaimer: I received a coupon code to order a 7.7X7.7 print free of charge in order to write my review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received. 


Friday, January 4, 2019

Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible Review


I think it is very important that kids start reading in a real Bible instead of just Bible storybook when they are young. But they are still kids and I think it is a good idea to keep their reading time something they enjoy. One way to do that is by giving them Bibles that are pleasing to look at and that they will be proud of. We just recently received the new Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible from Thomas Nelson. It is so pretty and fun that any young girl would love to own it.

The Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is a hardcover Bible with "Mermaid Sequin" on the cover. This Bible comes in pink and blue and is written in the International Children's Bible Translation for kids in ages 6-10. This translation is written so that children as young as the third-grade can read it and understand what they are reading about.

The "Mermaid Sequins" are multi-colored when swiped downward. When you rub them so that they all move upward there is a shiny silver heart in the center of the colored sequins. The size of the Bible is perfect for little hands even though it is a full Bible. There are boldface words throughout the text to indicate that those words are included in the dictionary and concordance. There are also colorful illustrated pages that are pleasing to look at. They include a Bible timeline, maps, lined pages for the child to write their favorite verses, and articles to help children learn how to live for Christ.  

With a new year just beginning it is the perfect time to encourage your kids to start reading their own Bible. The new Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is the perfect Bible choice to start with.



Disclaimer: I received a copy of the Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible from Front Gate Media in order to write this review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  

Friday, December 7, 2018

Teen Girl Devotional Review #hsreviews #devotions #DevotionsForYoungWomen #Beloved #books #reading #bookstagram #christianity #faith


Zondervan
This year has gone by so fast and with the calendar year almost over so is the Homeschool Review Crew year. Even with the Crew year closing, Beloved: 365 Devotions For Young Women from Zondervan will last all next year.
Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women
Beloved is a 384-page hardback book a little over 5"X7".  It has 365 daily devotionals geared toward young women. Each daily devotional has a scripture verse at the top of the page printed in red with a devotional printed in black underneath. At the bottom of each page are a few lines where you can take notes or write your thoughts and prayers. The margins of each page are pink with a red flower pattern that is very pretty.

The scriptures used throughout the book are all about the women of the Bible. Deborah, Rahab, Naomi, Hannah, Esther, Martha, and Mary are just a few of the women we look at but there are also devotionals for a wife of noble character, the woman at the well, queen of Sheba, and the Proverbs 31 woman, and many more. After reading the scripture the devotional text talks about what is going on and what young women can do to either apply those traits to their own lives or why they should try to keep those things from entering their minds and hearts. They look at women's accomplishments and their sins.

The front of the book discusses the wife of noble character and then there are a few other days that discuss the "ideal woman". The devotions look at this character and talk about her qualities we can apply to our lives even if we aren't' married. Later in the book, we see the relationship between Naomi and her daughter-in-law and how we should have good relationships with our in-laws, teachers, and bosses. The end of the book looks at Galatians 3:28 and discusses how even though we are all different and are in different situations in our lives we can all one in Jesus.

Since my girls are older they have been using Beloved on their own. We actually have two copies, one for Delaney and one for Alaina. They have added this to the daily devotions they already do every morning. It only takes a couple of minutes for them to read through the verse and the text. Even though they only take a few minutes a day to read there are some great topics that make it easy to remember. I like how these devotionals show my teens how they can apply things they read about in their own lives even if they aren't in the exact situation the Bible woman was in.



Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women
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Studying the devotions in Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women every day will help any young woman gain wisdom and inspiration from them. It will also help them to keep God in the forefront of their minds and hopefully will remember those scriptures when they need them. 
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Monday, December 3, 2018

Beloved Teen Devotional Review #beloved & #FlyBy


Before my kids could even read I started having them sit down with their picture Bible to think about the story that was there and to pray by themselves. As soon as they learned to read I had them read a page in a very easy beginner Bible. I wanted them to get in the habit of taking time out of their day to spend in God's word and prayer. We recently received Beloved 365 Devotionals For Young Women for one of my girls to use.

This hardcover devotional obviously has 365 daily devotionals. Each page has colorful flowers going down the sides. The Bible verse is in reddish print and the encouraging devotional is directly under it typed in black. There are also lines at the bottom where you can write your thoughts or take notes.

These devotions are geared to females. They discuss girls and women of the Bible that you can gain wisdom and inspiration from. Studying these women will help you keep God in the forefront of your mind. The Bible verses chosen are about Abigail, Ruth, Tamar, Elizabeth, and other women. After reading the verse the devotional talks about what is going on in the text and how we can relate it to our lives. Beloved is geared for young women, but any women can be encouraged by reading them.

I really like this devotional because it is showing my girls women that they can look up to and learn from how they lived and maybe they can use them as an example for their own lives. I think sometimes we miss what these women did in the Bible because we are more focused on the story not on the individual women.






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Friday, November 16, 2018

Ellie Clair Journals Review #ellieclairegifts #journaling#handlettering

I have always encouraged my kids to keep an art or writing journal. Some of them have kept the habit up for years and years and some of them never write in one. Ellie Claire has three new beautiful journals out that would make wonderful gifts for your loved ones that like to draw, write, or color. And they may inspire some people to start keeping a journal even if they never have. We received all three journals and they are all hardbound and very pretty. The binding is a bit different and makes these journals more unique. The spine is a thick fabric with the front and back has embossed hardboard covers. All three journals will lay completely flat to make writing and lettering easier. The paper is very high quality and will not bleed through.

The Illustrated Word is an illuminated Bible coloring journal. The cover is embossed vine design. It has lined pages for journaling with a colored image in the corner. It has coloring pages of images and some of them are just squiggles. There are also some that contain a scripture with its reference.




The Faith & Lettering Journal comes in a floral and pink cover. The added eyelets and fabric piece on the side makes it look like a scrapbook and it can also hold your pens. This journal was created by Krystal Whitten a graphic design artist who has a passion for hand lettering. She hopes this journal will inspire you to reignite your devotional time and help you imprint Scripture on your heart. Krystal is also the creator of The Lettering Prayer Journal and wants you to slow down and make time to focus on Scripture.

This journal is a little different than most I've seen. It has pages for hand-lettering practice, Bible journaling, sermon sketch note-taking, and places to just write. Some of these pages are lined, some have a faint grid or dots to help you perfect your writing. Words of encouragement, thanksgiving, and Scripture are throughout the journal allowing you to copy the hand-lettering the exact same way.



Illuminate Your Story Journal is also hardbound with a fabric spine with added eyelets and fabric to make it very attractive and to hold your pens. This one also has an elastic ribbon coming out of the back cover to wrap around the front cover to keep it closed. The simple lettering design of the cover gives the journal a peaceful feel.  I was surprised to find the History of Illuminating Letters in the front. There is also an article on The Process and a list of supplies needed to create your own lettering. This journal has pages divided into blocks to teach you how to create letters. There are letters to copy, a design to add to them, and graphics, vines, and squiggles to intertwine each letter. There are also some pages set up the same way but you draw birds, flowers, and squiggles. Lined journal pages are throughout the book and they each have a quote on the top.


When we were asked if we would like to review the new Ellie Claire journals we were given the option to of any of them or all three. I decided to take all three partly because I wouldn't be able to decide which one to get and I'm glad I did. They all far exceeded my expectations and my girls were already claiming the one they wanted as soon as we opened the package.

Journals always make for great presents for people who love to write, but these journals would also make a great gift for people that don't already journal often. The designs and variety of pages are not as overwhelming as a blank journal. People who already journal will love to practice their lettering and fill these pages with their thoughts.



Disclaimer: I received three journals free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Guitar 360 Method Review #hsreviews #guitar #onlineguitarlessons #immersivelessons #guitar360method #confidencefreedomcreativity #connectingthedots #musicalconfidence


Guitar 360 Method
As any parent knows providing private music lessons for your kids can get expensive especially if you have several kids or several instruments. Guitar 360 Method is a good choice for guitar lessons. We received the Semester 1 Bundle including 5 weeks of Absolute Beginner lessons, bonus songs, and the 13 weeks of Semester 1.

Guitar 360 Method is taught by Krisz Simonfalvi. He is originally from Budapest, Hungary and started taking guitar lessons at the age of 6. He became very good at classical guitar but he didn't enjoy it. He didn't really understand the guitar and quit playing after six years. As a teenager, he began to play the electric guitar and some of the fundamentals he had learned early in life came back to him. He has been touring with bands, recording in studios, and producing music since then and he figured out everything goes back to the simplest most practical method. He began teaching lessons in 2009 and has taught students of all ages in North America and Europe. The reason he teaches is to invest in others and he has had students that have gone on to win competitions.

Guitar 360 Method
With the Semester 1 Bundle, we received Semester 1, Guitar Course for Beginners, and two bonus songs.

The Guitar Course for Beginners is a three-week course for the absolute beginner.  Week 1 teaches the student the parts of the guitar, the left hand and right hand basics, how to tune the guitar and includes practice exercises. Week 2 covers chords and strumming. Week 3 combines it all together so the student can play their first song.

Semester 1 is a 13-week course for the ambitious beginner or someone that knows how to play but just wants it all to make sense to them and give them a foundation to build on. Each week starts with Krisz explaining the goal for the week. The other lessons for the week have Krisz explaining what to do. The course teaches chords, flats, sharps, notes, articulation, scales, strumming, fingerstyle, scales, intervals, triads, and more. There are practice segments, quizzes, and ear training lessons for some weeks. Once you click on your lesson you can see the video and have access to the downloads you will need for that lesson. From this screen you can also go back to the previous lesson, the next one and see the list of lessons for the week at the bottom and there is also a commnet box. Once the student completes the lesson they can mark the completed box.

Bonus Song #1 teaches students to play the unplugged version of Don't Stop Believing by Journey. Bonus Song #2 covers the gospel song Rejoice by Israel Houghton.

We have had a guitar for several years. The girls will pick it up and pick out songs & chords and Amber can teach herself to play a song but I don't consider that learning to play the guitar. She is only learning to play songs. Being busy with school, work, and her own piano students she hasn't really had the time to commit to taking guitar lessons every week as well but adding Guitar 360 Method makes squeezing lessons in easier. She has played the guitar more than anyone else in the family so she started with the Semester 1 lessons. Alaina knows nothing about the guitar so she started with the Beginner lessons. They are both learning so much from this course. Alaina is not one musically gifted so she has to spend more time per lesson. Amber picks musical things up really quickly so she is moving right along with the program. They both think the lessons are really easy to follow along and Krisz does a very good job explaining what they need to do.
Not only is Guitar 360 Method a good choice for guitar they will be adding Keys 360 Method and Drums 360 Method in the near future.
Guitar 360 Method
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The regular price for Guitar 360 Method is $149. I have a 20% off coupon code so you can purchase the course for $119.20. 


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(in)courage Devotional Bible Review & Giveaway


A lot of times I purchase cards from Dayspring. I just recently found out that they wanted to bring their vision online to women in 2009 when they started (in) Courage. They wanted (in)courage to be a friend that comes alongside you by building an online community to help women build more meaningful relationships & to find herself. 

Now they have published CSB (in) courage Devotional Bible. This Devotional Bible includes 312 devotions including stories from 122 women and how God's story has changed their lives. This Bible offers several features:
  • Women of Courage~ There are 50 women from the Bible highlighted in a text box throughout the Bible. These boxes explain how God showed his love in each of their lives. 
  • Reflective Devotions~ There are 52 devotionals designed to help you get into God's Word each week. 
  • Book Introductions~ Each book of the Bible includes an introduction to help you see the context of the book and how it connects to our lives.
  • Theme Verses~ There are 20 Bible verses that are highlighted with a beautiful design for you to memorize or meditate on.
  • Journaling Space~ At the bottom of each Scripture page there are lines at the bottom where you can take notes or journal.

This (in)courage Bible comes in a fabric covered hardback cover. It is very durable and one thing I love about it is it has two book ribbon bookmarks. It is very beautiful and the devotionals can be a great encouragement to women. These devotionals can really help you see that other women have gone through the same things in their lives that you or your loved ones may be dealing with.




Disclaimer: I received a copy of The (in)courage Devotional Bible free of charge from FrontGate in order to write this review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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