Saturday, December 20, 2014

Homemade Decadence - Joy the Baker

I take back everything I've ever said about a cookbook on here before. This is the perfect book for me. Joy the Baker - Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson is a delight through and through. From the witty anecdotes that dash the top of each page, to the gorgeous pictures, to the mouthwatering offerings. Yes, we will be spending much time together, Homemade Decadence. You are my new treasure. Included in this books are not only desserts (as pictured below), but breakfast foods, drinks (from cocktails to dirty chai), cakes, ice cream, blackberry pie cookies.

 Joy has had her food blog Joy the Baker for several years. I'm new to her but look forward to getting to know her through her food. I love her wit and have giggled my way through the book already.
This book was provided for review by Blogging for Books.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wisdomantics DVD board game

Sometimes when I'm offered something to review I get pretty excited about it. I thought this DVD game Wisdomantics would be fun. It was quite a disappointment. Cheesy Christian entertainment at best. There are way too many instructions and rules to follow, we lost interest after we'd each taken one turn. This is for ages 12+ but it seems a little juvenile and I would venture that younger children would enjoy this more.
The DVD with questions isn't too bad, the questions are Bible verses that you have to choose from multiple choice answers to fill in the blanks. Most people would easily be able to choose the correct answers. When you get an answer right, King Solomon raises his hands and affirms you. 
Then you pick an advancement card (which are unmarked and just by power of deduction I realized they were the advancement cards--I guess you place them with the blank side up on the board?) and it tells you how many spaces to go and how many "blessing cards" to pick up. You then get a tile to build your temple on your temple card. Pass the question card to the next player and it's their turn to take a shot at a question.
The board is set up like a Monopoly board and two of the corner spaces have Praise Report (on one) and Prayer Request (on the other). You're then supposed to offer a praise report about what God is doing in your life or offer up a prayer request. 
We didn't even make it one turn around the board as we were...bored.
You can check it out for yourself here

This was provided for review by FlyBy Promotions

Monday, December 8, 2014

Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven

Swept Away by Laura V Hilton and Cindy Loven is part of the Quilts of Love series, where every quilt has a story. This volume was a delight to read. It had me giggling alongside Sara Jane and Drew as they navigated their feelings towards each other and misread quite a few things. It ached my heart as I watched Grandma descend with her "memory problems" and as her personality changed from moment to moment (as I know happens in Alzheimer cases).
If you're looking for a sweet romance to read this winter then I suggest this one. Snuggle up with your favorite quilt, grab a cup of tea, and enjoy this clean read offered by two authors who happen to be the very best of friends.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Susie's Hope DVD

Warning: this is a tear-jerker. I started crying at the beginning and the tears really didn't let up until it was over.
If you've ever loved a fur baby then you will love this film. Based on a true story it is about love, loss, and learning to trust again. There were some scenes that may not be suitable for young children as they are quite graphic. The dog attack is re-enacted and could be quite scary. The images of the abused dog could also make one feel queasy.
Overall this was a very good film with a good message. Bad circumstances don't have to have bad outcomes. Visit the website for Susie's Hope to learn more or to donate. 
If you have young children you will want to watch this with them so you can discuss the different scenes.
About the movie: Run time 105 minutes
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

This was provided for review by FlyBy Promotions.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Books to Bully-Proof Your Kids

Dr Dan and Bli Dugi have put out a new series of children's books designed to help them stand up for themselves and not be bullied.

 The Principle Gang's first two books Don't Judge a Lizard by His Scales, and Wizard Lizard Rides the Subway are bright colorful stories that will keep your kids attention while you read. They are short stories and are easy for little ones to understand.
The first book addresses the issue of being friends with who you want to be friends with and not who people think you should be friends with and not to judge a book by its cover. The story centers around a lizard and a fly.
The second book finds our two friends again, this time taking their "No bullies allowed" message to New York City where they promote their friendship and their cause.
This is a cute series that can help kids understand each other.

 This was provided for review by PR By the Book

My Yellow Balloon

 My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge is an excellent book for teaching children how to deal with loss and grief.
Little Joey goes to a carnival and gets a yellow balloon. It's his most prized possession and they do everything together until one day when the balloon floats away.
Joey goes through the stages of grief and can't seem to get out of his slump.
There are many children who could benefit from this book, not just those who are faced with a death of someone that they love.
There are hurting children everywhere and this book can help them deal with the things that they are feeling.
Beautifully illustrated with pictures that are reminiscent of another time, this is simple to read and even has a large fold-out in the middle.
This book was provided for review by PR By the Book

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Love Without Limits by Nick Vujicic with Kanae Vujicic

I've seen clips of Nick before but I wasn't overly familiar with him. I picked this book because I thought it would be an interesting story, and it was at that, but it was not what I was expecting. This is so much more than the love story of Nick and Kanae, it's a love manual. They offer up advice for the dating couple, the engaged couple, the newly married couple, the new parents, and more. This would make a great gift for a young couple. I wasn't blown away with their love story as I thought I would be from the back cover copy, it is certain though that God directed them to each other. If you're looking for an inspirational read or are worried that you will never find love yourself then pick this up. 

This book was provided for review by Blogging for Books.