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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Children's Book Review and Giveaway: It Will be Ok by Lysa TerKeurst, Illus. by Natalia Moore




Tommy Nelson brings us another wonderful children's book,
that helps parents to deal with our children's emotions!



it will be ok cover


Synopsis:

In the end, it will be okay because God is always with us.
Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid?  
Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances—and they don’t like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids’ faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and kind, children will also learn to trust God. 
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 Review: 

This book is aimed at kids ages 4-8, and is great for early readers. The book really helps kids know that God will be with them through every stop as they grow, no matter what happens, or how scared they area. It is an adorable story- very similar to a fable, and one that will entrance young children. I was thrilled to see how Fox and Seed stayed friends, even after seed changed into a tree- that is a VERY valuable lesson for kids to learn before tweenhood and peer pressure kicks in- to remember the person inside is still the same, though their outside may change. The book is very nuanced, and will definitely spur quite a few parent/child conversations while teaching the one constant- God is ALWAYS with us! Miss Grace and I highly recommend this book!




About the Author:

Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued. She isn't shy about admitting what a mess she can be. But she's been learning God's lessons and sharing them on her blog (www.LysaTerKeurst.com) and in her books. Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.

About the Illustrator:

Natalia was born in Ormskirk, which is famous for gingerbread!. That might explain her need to have a gingerbread man with a cup of tea in the afternoon! She grew up in Torbay, but now lives in Kingsbridge, South Devon! She enjoys painting, baking, gardening and watching classic cartoons with some homemade popcorn with her dog Meeko and her rabbit, Oswald. She also has a terrapin named Terry. They are all future children's picture book stars in the making! her grandfather was her favorite art teacher and influence! She always knew she would be an Illustrator!  Check out her artwork on www.advocate-art.com



Giveaway:

One BTHM reader will win their own copy of this lovely book!


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Essio: How to Reinvent YOUR Shower This Fall!


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Essio, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


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ESSIO is the greatest thing to happen to showers since running water itself!

 It clips onto any shower and diffuses 100% organic essential oils into the shower water,at the perfect rate, tp rejuvenating the mind and body, and turn your shower into an at-home spa!
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Numerous studies have shown that essential oils improve stress levels and produce calming effects on users, in addition to their positive effect on skin tone, the immune and circulatory systems. This is why they are used in so many products, when you are at a spa! With the new Essio, essential oil is slowly diffused using their patented technology into the water stream, so you get a consistent aroma experience throughout your whole shower.

The result is that Essio leaves the mind relaxed, the body refreshed, and the skin softer without leaving any oily residue in the hair! Those are things anyone can love!

The Essio Aromatherapy Diffuser starter kit comes with everything you need to get started- the shower attachment, clip and 3 essential oil pods!

My kit came with these oil pods-
Breathe (yellow/clearing)- Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lemon and Eucalyptus
Passion (pink/ passion)- Lavender, Citrus, Palmarosa, Clove, Pachouli, and Cinnamon
Unwind (green/ unwind)- Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Pettigrain, Lavender Patouchi,  and Vetiver

You can also purchase 3 other blends: Clear (for sharp focus), Night (calming), and Wisdom (enlightening),  Essio's essential oils are 100% USDA-certified organic and there are no synthetics or harsh chemicals used whatsoever!

The Essio system is extremely easy to install, even a child could do it (if they could reach the shower head! LOL). It took literally 2 minutes from start to finish to have the system ready to go, and best part? NO tools required! And because of the ease of installation, you can take it from shower to shower, if you need to- Which can make it a great traveling companion too!  

The attachment arm clips onto the standard shower pipe that is in most showers. Don't worry that it seems too short- the pod holder pulls OUT and down, so your pod is in the water stream!
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You unsnap the top of the oil pod and remove it. This then activates the pod. You then just snap it into place on the Essio swing arm, and extend over the shower head into the water, instantly creating aroma, as the oil comes down into the water stream. 

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Each pod will last around 4 - 5 showers on average, but you can get more by tilting the device up and saving for later. This is very easy to do, and again, because it is SO easy to install, you can even take the arm, with the pod attached off, and lay it in the box upright, to keep any oil from spilling, until you're ready to use it again. This is a key point, as the oils ARE strong, and if you have anyone in the family with asthma or allergies, removing it when not in use may be needed. 

The Passion oil is very enliving and the Unwind is definitely calming- Miss Grace loved it, which she should as it has some of her favorite scents in it. Due to family allergies to Eucalyptus, we didn't try the breathe oil.

If you are looking for an unique green (the whole kit is made from fully recyclable materials!) and beneficial gift to add to your holiday buying list, you may want to consider this wonderful kit! It is an unique gift that allows the recipient to turn their shower into a personal spa!
The Essio kit, and additional pods, are currently offered on Essio website and are also available in select spas and retailers across the USA (check their website for locations). Pod replacements come in packs of four and eight. Sign up for their newsletter and you can get $5 off your first order too!

Giveaway:

5 lucky winners, will EACH win their own Essio Starter kit! Click HERE to enter!
The sweepstakes runs from 10/1 to 10/23, so don't delay in entering!


Bonus Sweeps:

Have an Essio? Snap a picture (or take a video) of your Essio and share on your favorite Social network, using hastag #essioshower and tell why you love your Essio, you'll be automatically entered to win a trip for 2 to the Bahamas!

Children's Book Review- The Legend of St Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated Richard Cowdrey


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Booklook Bloggers, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


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Yup, Christmas is a comin'- 85 days to go!

I've got some great St. Nick/ Santa Claus books to share with you this season,
starting with this one!

The Legend of St Nicholas cover



Synopsis:

The Legend of St. Nicholas comes from Marley and Me illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, and captivates audiences , while telling the story of a young man named Nicholas, who was moved by the plight of the poor and needy. Nicholas spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve to remind people of the greatest Gift of all, Jesus Christ. This gentle Christmas book introduces the original St. Nicholas and offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves. The final pages in the book include fun Father Christmas traditions in other lands.

The Legend of St Nicholas sample page

Review:

This is a 'modern' retelling of the legend of St Nicholas, telling a tale of a young Nick in 1940/50, listening to Santa telling a story of St. Nick as a young Victorian child, and how he came to share his riches with his best friends, giving them comfort, joy and happiness. The experience changed young St Nick, and that was how he spent every year on Jesus's birth- giving to those in need. For the 'modern' Nick, it is a reminder to think of others, which he does as he is shopping for presents for his siblings. He find joy in using the rest of his money to buy presents for kids who didn't have any. This is a lovely book as you can see, from above, and perfect to start the holiday season with, to remind kids of the importance of why we give to others.

Note:
This is an updated version of the book from the same author, from 2007, with illustrations by a different illustrator..

About the Author
Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of over 400 books and still can’t believe she gets to write for a living, helping children of all ages grow spiritually. She and her husband, Joe, both write from rural Ohio, where they’re blessed with three children and a variety of horses, dogs, and cats.
About the Illustrator
Richard Cowdrey’s favorite things to draw and paint are the things that reflect the awesomeness of God and His creation. From vast landscapes to the littlest bug on a leaf, Richard marvels at the beauty in the details. Richard's bestselling children's books include Bad DogMarley and A Very Marley Christmas.

Be Sure to Tune into Gracepoint for a GREAT Mystery!


I so LOVED the book Broadchurch, that I wanted
to share that the book has been made into a 10 part American TV series,
that debuts on Fox TOMORROW night, Oct 2!

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This new series is an expansion of the BBC series, which was based on the original book, and the tale is now set in Northern California, It will have new characters, new suspects and a diverging new story line, that will also end, like the book, when secrets are revealed and the killer is caught.

Synopsis:
When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small northern California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case turns neighbor against neighbor and sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy's family into further turmoil and upends the lives of the town's residents.

Leading the investigation is Detective EMMETT CARVER (David Tennant, who played the same character in the BBC version of “Broadchurch,” ), who has just arrived in Gracepoint to fill a high position in the town's police force. That job previously had been promised to Detective ELLIE MILLER (Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”), who, in light of the tragedy, must put any resentment aside and work the case with her prickly new boss. Det. Miller must break the news of the crime to her doting husband, JOE (Josh Hamilton, “American Horror Story”), and her son, TOM (newcomer Jack Irvine), who was the best friend of the murder victim, DANNY SOLANO (guest star Nikolas Filipovic, “Falling Skies”).

Danny is survived by his grieving parents, MARK (Michael Peña, “End of Watch”) and BETH SOLANO (Virginia Kull, “Boardwalk Empire”), and his rebellious older sister, CHLOE (newcomer Madalyn Horcher), who has an older boyfriend, DEAN IVERSON (Kendrick Sampson, “The Vampire Diaries”), unbeknownst to her parents. 

All of Gracepoint is pulled into the investigation, including JACK REINHOLD (Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Nick Nolte, “Luck”), a private man who runs the kayak rental service on the beach, as well as the local wildlife observation program, for which Danny volunteered; and SUSAN WRIGHT (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”), a mysterious woman, who lives in the RV park near the coast, with her dog.

The town's minister, PAUL COATES (Kevin Rankin, “Justified”), becomes the de facto spokesperson for the community as the media descends on Gracepoint. Danny's death also impacts tourism, with the decline in visitors felt most harshly by hotel owner GEMMA FISHER (Sarah-Jane Potts, “Kinky Boots,”), a vivacious Brit with secrets of her own. Also touched by Danny's death is Mark's apprentice at his plumbing company, VINCE NOVIK (Stephen Louis Grush, “Lucky 7”).

The investigation is followed closely by the town's local newspaper reporter, OWEN BURKE (Kevin Zegers, “Transamerica”), who is Det. Miller's nephew. Owen's ambition is fueled by San Francisco Globe reporter RENEE CLEMONS (Jessica Lucas, “Cloverfield”), who has a history with Det. Carver and sets up camp in Gracepoint to cover the case. 

The riveting crime series carves a powerfully dark wake through the town of Gracepoint with a startling conclusion, as the detectives piece together what happened on the night of Danny's death.


See- it keeps the best of the book and brings American touches and a new slant to the tale!

So set the DVR if you're not going to be home tomorrow night, and be sure to catch Gracepoint!

Halloween Picture Book Giveaway!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this giveaway, free of charge, from Sourcebooks, for giveaway purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Today, I've got THREE adorable Halloween picture books to giveaway to celebrate FALL Ya'll, and the first of October!


These books are perfect for a spooky holiday story-time for mom and her little monsters. The giveaway books include:


 Happy Halloween Sesame Street 
written by Lillian Jaine and illustrated by Ernie Kwiat

Synopsis:
It’ Halloween night, and Count von Count is dozing off in front of his fireplace. Suddenly, he hears someone knocking at his castle door, but when he opens the door, nobody’s there! Could it be a spooky Halloween spirit playing a trick on him, or is it something less sinister? Join Count, Elmo, and all of the Sesame friends as they celebrate Halloween!



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  A Halloween Scare 
written by Eric James and illustrated by Marina Del Ray

Synopsis:

It’s Halloween night, and creatures and critters from near and far are starting to gather outside the front door. And now here comes a whole army of monsters, on broomsticks, buses, and bikes, all clamoring in the darkness. What is it they want? Are they coming for you?This humorous, creative story is the perfect Halloween adventure for children and parents to share. 



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   Pumpkin Time
written by Erzsi Deák and illustrated by Doug Cushman

Synopsis:
The day the cows strolled down Main Street in fancy hats...Evy didn't notice.
What was Evy doing?
Evy is so focused on watching her garden grow that she misses all the silliness going on around her—pigs DANCING, donkeys FLYING, and sheep HAVING A PICNIC.
But after Evy's spent all year taking care of her garden, everyone's invited to pumpkin time!


Aren't all these books adorable sounding?

Giveaway:

One very lucky BTHM reader will win ALL 3 of these adorable books in time for Halloween!

Great Deals for YOU!