ESV Family Devotional Bible Review and Giveaway

I received this product free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

The ESV Family Devotional Bible is a hardbound colorful Bible.  It retells 130 key stories from the Bible with full color illustrations for each story, as well as placed within the Bible text where it is found.  The stories are simplified and easy for children of all ages to understand.

The ESV Family Devotional Bible is designed to help families read and apply God’s Word together. This full-color edition features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered devotions related to key Bible stories—guiding families through the entirety of God’s Word over the course of a year. Each devotion also includes discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading, helping families develop a habit of reading the Bible together and applying its truth to all of life.

My family is really enjoying this Bible. Each of the stories is 1 to 1 1/2 pages long. The perfect story length for young children! Each story also has 3 discussion questions at the end. I’m not sure who’s enjoying these questions more. Me or the kids! They listen better to the story because they want to answer the questions at the end. And I love hearing their answers. It’s always interesting to me how they can hear things in a Bible story that I never thought of.

I’ve been using this Bible for our evening devotions and it has really helped to enrich this time together and to introduce the kids to Bible Stories that you don’t find in Kid’s Story Bibles. (Like Abraham rescuing Lot when he was captured by enemy armies).

Each story has an accompanying picture, so the kids gather close so they can inspect the picture while I’m reading. This also helps to keep their attention on the devotion.

I especially like that the stories are placed in context among the verses. This makes it so easy for me to look at the actual text and answer any questions the kids have about the story.

This is an awesome Family Devotional Bible!

To find out more about this Bible or to purchase it you can go to Amazon, or visit Crossway Books on Facebook or Twitter. (Note, they sent me links to their giveaway which has already ended – enter my giveaway below for a chance to win an ESV Family Devotional Bible)

Enter below to win your very own copy of this great ESV Family Devotional Bible to share with your family.


League and the Lantern – Review and Giveaway

I received this book free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

Brian Wells is a concerned dad who couldn’t find quality entertainment for his kids. He has worked and produced 15 TV movies for major networks, and this is his first book.

The League and the Lantern is the first book in a new adventure series for middle-school readers. It all starts when a dangerous organization invades Jake Herndon’s seventh-grade sleepover. He escapes along with two new classmates, Lucy and TJ, only to face a 48-hour fight for survival on the streets of Chicago. The kids unravel a mystery dating back to the Civil War, and an incredible secret about Jake’s family. Along the way they learn unexpected lessons about courage, family and friendship.


Not only is this book fun for kids to read, it has 140 key vocabulary words hidden in the story and includes several historic sites on their adventures through Chicago.

The author also does a buy one – give one campaign to get books into the hands of kids who cannot afford their own copies.

My oldest isn’t quite to middle school so instead of reading it herself, I’ve been reading it to all the kids in the evenings. They are all loving the story (even the 3yr old is paying attention).

The story is fun, entertaining, and appropriate for kids. As a mom, I always enjoy giving my kids books that have family friendly content.

You can go to their website League & Lantern to purchase your own copy.

You can also visit them on facebook, twitter, instagram, and youtube.

And, I get to give away one copy! Enter below for your chance to win.


Under the Sea – Review


The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Themes of underwater fun and sparkling fish grace the interior of this wonderful children’s Bible. The outside is covered in foil and sparkle. The interior has color inserts featuring whimsical underwater scenes with themes of God’s care and love for each of us and all of creation. You can learn more at Zondervan’s website.

My 7yr old daughter loves this Bible! The NIrV (New International Readers Version) is just the right reading level for her to read. This Bible has easy to find chapters, clear headings throughout the chapters, and makes reading fun. Ever since we got the Bible she’s been reading devotions to us in the evenings. Pretty awesome!

There are some super cute pictures on the inside, and she loves how sparkly and fun the cover is. Plus this reading level is just right for her. (she’s in 2nd grade) And the layout makes it easy for her to find books, chapters, and verses.

As an added bonus. I get to give away a copy of this Bible! So, enter below and tell me in the comments who you want to win this Under the Sea Holy Bible for.

Buy Now at these major retailers: Barnes & Noble and Family Christian Stores

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I received this book free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

Healthy Baby Home Party Opportunity


What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?

Seventh Generation’s home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, Plum Organics and Zarbee’s Naturals.

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by end of March if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • 1,900 FREE Party Kits will be distributed in this round.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the “Healthy Baby Home Party Application” offer.

This is a sponsored post.

Pandle review and giveaway

Founded in February 2015 by Brooklyn native, Jason Yakubovich, the New York City based startup Pandle Inc. provides the world with a germ- and worry-free experience in public spaces. From public transportation, to fitness centers, to hospitals, the company’s innovative product is the simple solution to fighting off germs and avoiding sickness transmitted through contaminated surfaces.

Pandle is a wearable, reusable silicone handle with an integrated nanosilver solution that prevents the growth of germs on the device. By inserting the hand into the device before touching public surfaces, the user avoids coming in contact with germs while also improving grip through the unique rubber blend of the product.

Pandle was originally created for public transportation and is therefore exactly sized to cover standard subway poles. However, it can be used for any surface that may be tainted with germs. With its ultra-light and foldable design Pandle easily fits into every pocket and is ready to use in just a second.

IMG_20160109_223421853The only public transportation near me is the city bus so I obviously don’t use this for public transportation, however, it is pretty handy for when I’m out and about with the kids. Things like opening bathroom doors (my kids LOVE public restrooms) or gripping other surfaces like stair handrails that have had many many people touching them. These are sized for a subway pole so they’re the perfect size for gripping things that you encounter on the go. And my kids think they’re awesome!

I love the bright colors and they fold up so tiny – I actually “lost” mine in my purse the first time I dropped in in there. Whoops!

Pandle is currently available for $6.99 on the company’s website  and at selected shops throughout New York City. It comes in two different sizes and five different colors (black, green, blue, red, purple). For more information please visit their website at You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Or to see the Pandle in action check out their YouTube videos.


Pandle sent me one of every color of Pandle which is pretty awesome! This giveaway is for one Pandle. Winner chooses the color. I received this product free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.


Billion Dollar Brows Review

rvXvZKSfRhSxSLhSCrh6_billiondollarbrows3 A big thanks to Billion Dollar Brows for letting me test these awesome products! I was super excited to try out the Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit and the 60 Seconds To Beautiful Brows Kit. I just don’t have time for tweezing or waxing but I still want some shaping and beautiful eyebrows. So I just couldn’t wait to try these out! UzzQwNOTuy0T28A2xuN8_billiondollarbrowskit The 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows kit really does only take 60 seconds. It’s super easy. Use the brush to brush on some brow powder and then use the curly end of the brush to blend the powder into your brows. Now, my hair is brown which means that my brows are brown. So, this darkened my eyebrows a tad but didn’t do a ton for me. Just for comparison I tried this out on my 7yr old who has blond hair and really light brows that you can barely see. I brushed a little on and then blended it and it was perfect. You could see her eyebrow way better but I hadn’t really changed the color of her brows (they were a little darker but not a dark brown or anything shocking). With dark brows this product didn’t do a ton for me, but if you have lighter or thin brows you’ll probably love this. In just 60 seconds you can have more noticeable and highlighted brows. IVy9v6QEQSWdWaVsIuI9_billiondollarbrows2 The product I really loved was the Best Sellers Kit. And I figured out pretty quickly why these are best sellers. They’re awesome! I started with the brow duo pencil and highlighted my brow bone – the first time I tried this I highlighted a bit too much, but I used the blending brush and fixed it, so no problem. I love how the highlighter let me shape my brow a little big and let me make my eye area a little bigger. Really, I just love how it opened up and lightened my eye. Next, I used the universal brow pencil and darkened the brow areas that I wanted a little darker. I used the curly end of the brush to blend the color evenly into my brow. Then, I used the blending brush and blended my highlights so they’re just the way I want them. I also applied eye shadow and blended the top of my eye shadow into the highlight area for a finished look. Last, I applied the brow gel to my eyebrows. True to the description, this stuff does not flake after wearing. And, it did a great job of smoothing down any stray hairs and keeping my brow looking just the way I want it. This is a truly awesome product and I’m so happy with my results!

I received this product free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 – review and giveaway

UnknownI definitely earned “mommy points” for this product test. We got to watch a pre-release copy of Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9. My kids loved it.

I actually surprised them. I told them we had a new movie to watch but didn’t tell them what it was. When they figured out that it was Buck Denver they were so excited! We ended up watching it twice just because they liked it so much.

Take a look at the trailer here.

If you’re not familiar with Buck Denver, this is from VeggieTales creator PHIL VISCHER! Kids will enjoy Buck Denver’s latest adventure with his friends from What’s In the Bible? and parents will appreciate the humorous nods to Star Wars and Star Trek.  More importantly, Phil Vischer’s gifted teaching delivers a clear message to kids and adults about God’s love and purpose for our lives.  Galaxy Buck communicates important Biblical truths that will add to everyone’s faith foundation, whether a life-long Christian or a new creation in Christ.

Plus it combines two things my kids love, Whats In the Bible? and Star Trek.

If you’ve watched Veggie Tales and never seen What’s In the Bible? you need to find a copy of the first one and watch it. You’ll love it. Actually, you’re probably better off just buying the set because otherwise you’ll have an extra #1 like we do, because we bought #1 first and then purchased the set because we liked it so much.

Anyways, my 2 yr old actually calls the What’s in the Bible? series “Buck Denver”. The kids were so excited to watch a new movie with him.

The video was fun to watch for us and the kids, and it did a great job of communicating it’s message of trusting in God.

If you loved Veggie Tales and/or Whats In the Bible? you’ll love Galaxy Buck.

To find out more or pre-order your very own copy, visit the official Galaxy Buck website. Don’t want to wait for a DVD? You can watch it online at JellyTelly.

There’s lots of ways to follow Galaxy Buck.





And, just for fun, I get to give away a DVD copy of Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9, so, enter below and good luck!

I received this product free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.


Captive – Book Review and Giveaway


CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives.  When Brian Nichols – on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son – takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life.  While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.

Captive is written by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly and was previously published as Unlikely Angel.

This is a great book about hope, forgiveness, and finding your purpose even in extremely difficult circumstances. It’s amazing how God can make himself known anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. This is such a great story of how God can bring purpose and freedom through impossible circumstances.


They also have a movie, based on the book, that will be in theaters soon. The movie releases September 18th. You can find the movie trailer here.

If you like audio books, check out this audio book excerpt, read by the author Ashley Smith.

Check out their website here, and join others in sharing what held you captive, and how you found your purpose. Use #FollowYourPurpose when you share.

I have a book to giveaway! Enter below for a chance to win your own copy of CAPTIVE.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

I received this product free for purposes of my review, all opinions are my own.

Patterns of Evidence Exodus – Review and Giveaway


About Patterns of Evidence Exodus:

For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world’s most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible’s account.  This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world.  The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction.
Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?”  He decides to tackle this issue wit a deliberate scientific approach.   After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand.  The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film.   This scientific documentary’s goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.

The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.

That’s a lot of text! Watch the trailer here and you can get all the info, with pictures.

For more information you can check out their official site here. Also you can check out interviews on their blog.

You can purchase the Patterns of Evidence DVD here.

My opinion:

I enjoyed watching this movie – I would have enjoyed it more if my kid’s hadn’t needed something every 2 minutes. This movie is fully kid-safe so I attempted to watch it with them. They were bored and got kinda noisy so I ended up pausing and finishing it after they went to bed.

Documentaries are always fun to watch, I enjoy hearing opinions and research and with it being Egypt, that just made it more interesting.

The videography was good and the opinions are well thought out and well articulated. It’s definitely an interesting take on when and how the Exodus event occurred. If you have questions about how archaeology and ancient history line up with the Exodus this is a must watch.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Lashem 3-in-1 Bright Eye Give-Away + Review


Lashems 3-in-1 Eye Bright helps diminish dark circles and fine lines as it smooths the appearance of puffiness and wrinkles. This paragon free, hyperallogenic formula is PETA Certified Cruelty Free and helps to hydrate, nourish, and condition the delicate eye-area keeping you looking and feeling your best.

With 3 little kids running around, I’m pretty much always tired. So, I jumped at the chance to try and review a product that is supposed to help me look less tired.


  • This product is easy to apply – I love the consistency, it’s easy to get it right where I want it.
  • It rubs in quickly – no one wants to be rubbing around their eye for too long
  • It has no scent – I’m not a big fan of scented facial products, so I love things that don’t smell
  • It dries well – as in, it’s not sticky after it dries. The eye bright seems sticky when I start rubbing it in, but after it’s rubbed in, my skin feels smooth with no sticky residue.
  • It lightens under my eye – It does help my eyes look less tired. It’s been a busy week with lots of traveling and having something that helped me look less tired was pretty awesome.
  • It’s in a cute bottle that’s easy to store


  • The dispenser is hard to use – I’m always getting twice as much product as I can actually use at one time, the push down sticks a little so I get a lot or none.

All in all, I really like this product. It works well and it’s easy to apply.

This product is listed for $40 on their site here.

Not sure you want to buy it yet? Enter their giveaway here for a chance to win a free 3 in 1 Eye Bright.

I received this product free for purposes of my own. All opinions are my own.