Monday, April 9, 2018

Weigl Publishers Inc. & TEKS Mastery Series | Academics' Choice Review

A Lion's World & Planets/Weigl Publishers Inc.

My older boys, ages almost 3 and 5, have really enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures in A Lion's World and Planets. These will be nice beginning reader level books for the upcoming Kindergarten year as well. The Planets book was so much fun that it inspired us to make a "Planet Mobile" by using the images in the book as a reference.

Not bad for preschoolers!

Both books come with a code that gives the reader access to six eBooks in six different languages. There is also a "Key Words" table in the back covering sight words and content words.

Mentoring Minds: TEKS Mastery Series (ELA)

Honestly, reviewing this book was a "whoops" because it is meant for 6-12 grade. Not 6 year olds. Like I said, whoops! I did look over the material myself anyways and there were a few things I did like.

I like that this guide is a spiral, flat-lying book which would be very handy for following along during lessons. Each lesson is broken up to cover vocabulary, building activities and assessments of each concept along with tips for teachers as they cover these lessons. The book really doesn't contain any exciting imagery or any way to make math more "fun" but then again this is geared towards older students. Maybe there will be something more visually stimulating available when we get to that bridge!

I received these educational products from Academics' Choice free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

How to Be a Perfect Christian | Book Review

"How to be a Perfect Christian" is written in the trademark satire style that The Babylon Bee is known for. Overall I found it entertaining and a different "perspective" on life as a Christian. As long as you keep in mind that this book is indeed satire, it's a great read to lighten up your day!

 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Finish Line Fueling | Book Review

As an avid runner, it's important to fuel our bodies well to cover all of the miles. I have been reading through "Finish Line Fueling" by Jackie Dikos, RD, CSSD, CLT and have learned so much about the complexities of fueling my body for optimum performance.

This book is full of the how to's and why's of smart fueling along with a drool-worthy recipe section divided into breakfast, lunch, dinner, pre-activity snacks, post-workout recovery, race fueling, and carb-loading meals.

I found it very interesting when she explained the causes of typical runner cravings and what our bodies are really trying to tell us! As a sweets craver, I am now being more intentional about eating more quality carbohydrate sources such as brown rice, bread and oatmeal.

One of my favorite quick-and-easy recipes included in this book is PBB Oats! It's a favorite of mine before long runs and I plan on trying it before my next marathon, too.

I received this devotional book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Indescribable: 100 Devotions For Kids About God And Science

Indescribable: 100 Devotions For Kids About God And Science by Louie Giglio has been a great devotional for my kids and I! At only 2- and 4-years-old, I was concerned that this book would be way over their heads but their attention is still drawn and they are learning about God's Creation through the creative imagery.

As a parent, I have learned so much about God's Creation and Science through exploring this with my kids! We plan on revisiting this devotional again when they are older and I know they will glean even more from it when they are elementary-aged.

Indescribable the perfect devotional to teach kids (and parents) about the connection between God's Creation and Science! This is a resource that we have enjoyed so far and will definitely put to use as we continue our homeschool journey.

I received this devotional book for free in exchange for my honest review.

HoHoHoliday Treats | Daily Goodie Box Review

'Tis the season for a HoHoHoliday Daily Goodie Box un-boxing! Daily Goodie Box sends free product samples to members and all they ask is for your honest review. Signing up is 100% free.

These products were included in December's Daily Goodie Box:


Baron Chocolatier - Chocolate Gummy Bears: These chocolate gummy bears were a fun treat that my kids and I both enjoyed! It was an interesting combination of fruity and chocolate flavors.

Lang’s Chocolates - Chocolate Covered OREO Cookies: This treat was EXTRA chocolatey and EXTRA delicious! I loved it. Very sweet and in just the right amount.

Ethical Bean - Lush Medium Dark Roast Coffee: I usually love dark roast coffee but this just wasn't for me. My husband and I didn't like the flavor.

Ezywipe - Cleansing Towels: These towels are a great product to keep in the vehicle. The key is to keep them away from kids! Not kid safe.

Herbal Zap - Party Detox Herbal Supplement: This product may be a hit for some but personally I don't need a party detox. The only "partying" I do is staying up all night with our newborn baby.

B.O.S.S Food Co. - Superfood Bars: I sampled the "RESTORE" bar and really enjoyed the flavor. So did my 2-year-old! This is a filling and nutritious snack.

Zahlers - Prenatal+DHA 300 Supplements: This prenatal vitamin seems like a great product but I need to get it approved by my midwife before trying. Overall, Zahlers seems to have a wide variety of supplements.

Tiger Balm - Pain Relieving Patch: These Tiger Balm patches are great for comforting sore muscles! My husband really likes them.

My Cup Of Cake - Belgian Chocolate Cake: This is a super quick and easy cake in a cup product, plus it's great tasting. Very light and fluffy!

Goddess Garden - Organic Sun & Skin Care: The Goddess Garden pre-sunscreen serum and sunscreen are both nice natural products. They were fine for me though they would be most useful in the summer months!

I received this Daily Goodie Box in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

ReWordAble | Game Review

Rewordable, the Uniquely Fragmented Word Game, is a fun family game that really gets you thinking! Each of the 120 cards has been selected for optimal word crafting and, by building a new word, the player earns rewards.

This game includes:
  • 120 cards with one-, two-, and three-letter sequences, selected through linguistic research, computational analysis, and extensive playtesting
  • 16 tokens add different goals, strategies, and rewards to every game
  • Nifty fold-out rules with easy to follow how-to-play diagrams
I really enjoy this game and our kids are dying to play as well. When they are just a hair older, they can join in the fun and learn while playing! We are all excited to add this one to our "game collection" at home.

I received this game from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

End of Summer Goodies | Daily Goodie Box Review

The August Daily Goodie Box is in! Time for another un-boxing. Daily Goodie Box sends free product samples to members and all they ask is for your honest review. Signing up is 100% free.

These products were included in August's Daily Goodie Box:


Balla for Men - Original Formula Body Spray: I liked the smell of this men's body spray product. The scent isn't overwhelming and my husband approved.

Hannah Max - Cookie Chips: The cinnamon cookie chips were very tasty but the bag I received was very crushed and crumbled. Overall taste was fine.

PBCrave - Flavored Peanut Butter: The chocolate chip cookie dough flavor was a GREAT snack without being overly sweet. The kids and I all loved it.

Clean Happens - All Purpose Cleaner : I could have used a full-size sample of this natural cleaner! I appreciate that it's safe for kids and pets.

Detox Water - Peachberry: The peach berry flavor is fine but this isn't a product I would use regularly.

Javazen - Organic Coffee Brew BagsI love my morning coffee but the Javazen brew bags are not a product I would use. I "brewed" the bag for a little extra time, hoping for a stronger coffee flavor, but it didn't work out. Not a fan!

Essential Oxygen - Organic Brushing Rinse: The taste and feel was much different than the typical mouthwashes I have used. Personally I didn't care for it but the organic ingredients are a plus.

Yarok - Feed Your Moisture Shampoo: I tried it this morning and Yarok had a pleasant scent. After one use it's hard to tell how it affects my hair, but it seemed like a nice product.

I received this Daily Goodie Box in exchange for my honest review.