Saturday, February 28, 2015

Max Lucado - Treasury of Bedtime Prayers - #Fcblogger #BeforeAmen

Bedtime is a peaceful time for winding your little ones down and off to sleep. What better way to end your day by reading a bedtime story to send your children off to sleep.

Max Lucado's Treasury of Bedtime Prayers is a beautiful padded hardcover book with 160 pages of prayers, poems, and verses. The prayers are written in a rhyming type fashion which makes them catchy and easy to memorize. Lisa Alderson completes the collection with her beautiful art illustrations throughout the book which is soothing to they eyes.

The introduction letter in the beginning of the book by Max Lucado and his wife Denalyn Lucado go over the importance of teaching prayer to children.

Here are the contents in the book:

Good Morning, God
God, You Are Great!
My Family and Friends
In My Play and Through My Day
My Mealtime Prayers
God Takes Care of Me
Teach Me, God
Prayers for Special Days
Thank You, God!
Good Night, God

My daughter and son simply loved this treasury of prayers and we read them anytime (not just at bedtime). If you are looking into introducing your children to the act of prayer this book makes teaching the power of prayer with children easy. With introductory stories and 20 all new prayers by the Lucado's that are for today's young reader this is sure to be your new bedtime/anytime classic for years to come!

This book would be a great gift for anytime but Easter is coming up and this would make a great gift to include in your Easter baskets! Find Max Lucado's "Treasury of Bedtime Prayers" at Family Christian for only $13.99 (sale ongoing) clicking here

*Disclosure - Thanks to Family Christian for the opportunity to review, the review is my own honest opinion. Prayer images from Max Lucado's Pinterest Board

Saturday, February 21, 2015

ECU Women's Basketball #ECUWomensBasketball #Girlscouts

The family had fun at the Women's ECU Basketball game last Saturday. They were invited thanks to the girls being in the Girl Scouts.

My daughter Laney (the lil girl in the middle) learned a dance from the ECU Dancers and was able to perform at the half time show with over 100 Girl scouts from around our area!

I unfortunately missed this event but a local news photographer snapped this great shot of them and I had to share! Yay for ECU Women's Basketball winning the game against South Florida! 65-64

You can read the winning article here.

Thanks to the Daily Reflector for taking this picture!

The Advocate - Randy Singer #BookReview #Giveaway

Follow what law and legal representation was like in biblical times with Randy Singer's Christian historical fiction Advocate: He Defied an Empire & Inspired a Faith. At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young "assessore" raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, "Offer to release Barabbas."

 The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths--Roman crucifixion. Three decades later, Theophilus has proven himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He has survived the insane rule of Caligula and has weathered the cruel tyrant's quest to control the woman he loves. He has endured the mindless violence of the gladiator games and the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials.

 Now he must face another evil Caesar, defending the man Paul in Nero's deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution? The advocate's first trial altered the course of history. His last will change the fate of an empire.

My Review:
 If you like Historical fiction novels, you will be delighted with "The Advocate". The story is rich in history, taking Randy Singer over five years to write, because the historical research that went into writing this novel was very accurate and precise. This is the first novel I've read by Randy Singer and I was new to stories with a legal perspective.

Extremely descriptive in Roman history we follow the fictional character Theophilus, as a teen, all the way to maturity, to his witnessing of Jesus' crucifixion, and his battle as an Advocate for Paul to prevent his future execution.

The story will make you appreciate your freedom to believe in your own faith. Faith in God was persecuted by the Romans back in these times leading  many innocents to torture and crucifixion.  

The tortures in this book are quite explicit in nature, true to the times of crucifixion. If you are one to get queasy prepare yourself for reading these. There was nothing pretty about the crucifixions, it was ultimate torture and that is how people were prosecuted during those times. 

If your looking for a historical legal thriller rich in history "The Advocate" is your book. I highly recommend reading this story.

About the Author:

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. His first novel, Directed Verdict, won the Christy award for the best Christian suspense novel. Recently, Randy was a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children.

Visit his website at

You can find "The Advocate" at Family Christian, Amazon, and other popular stores that carry books.

Would you like to win a copy of "The Advocate" for yourself? Giveaway ends 2/28/15 

Enter below! Be sure to leave a valid e-mail address in your comment (s) below. I give the winner 48 hours to reply to my e-mail before choosing another. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Family Christian. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  **Book cover image from the Family Christian website. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

DynaPro Exercise Ball Review/Givaway - 2/16 #Giveaway #Review

This is a Guest Post Review written by Everything Home Life
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DISCLAIMER: I received this product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As I'm entering my third trimester of my pregnancy journey, I can't stress enough how important it is to stay healthy and to be physically active. This pregnancy, I've struggled since my first trimester with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). Most have never heard of this and some may experience it late in their third trimester. I've been going through extensive physical therapy as well as chiropractic treatment since I was 7 weeks pregnant to strengthen my core and pelvic muscles. Among the many exercises I do daily, having an exercise ball has helped a lot. In this review, I will outline the following points:
  • Choosing the right exercise ball and alternative uses
  • Product overview of the DynaPro Direct Exercise Ball
  • Advantages, disadvantages & my personal experience with this product
The right size exercise ball depends on your height. The shorter you are, the smaller the ball diameter size. Generally an exercise ball is the right fit for you if you can sit on the ball with your feet flat on the ground and have your pelvis, shoulders, and ears in a vertical line (not leaning in any direction). There are so many exercises and benefits to using an exercise ball while pregnant. These are fantastic for strengthening your core and pelvic muscles to get you ready for labor and delivery. Not only are these exercise balls great for prenatal daily use, but they're also used in yoga, pilates, and home gyms as well as an aid in pregnancy labor and delivery. DynaPro Direct Exercise Ball Product Overview
  • Made from durable, professional grade PVC Construction
  • Anti-Burst Capacity of up to 2000 lbs
  • Beginner to Expert skill levels
  • Perfect for Physical Therapy, Yoga, Pilates & more
  • Comes in two attractive colors: Pink & Silver
  • Comes with pump and two plugs
Exercise Ball Inflation Image Advantages, Disadvantages & my personal experience with DynaPro Exercise Ball When I got my DynaPro exercise ball I was initially disappointed with the packaging. The package itself was beat up and the contents were falling out. Obviously not the greatest first impression. However, once I put together everything and pumped up the exercise ball, I was very pleased. DynaPro Exercise Ball Packaging Image

 I love the way this ball feels grippy as its made with a durable, professional grade PVC so I'm not afraid of it slipping from underneath me whether I'm on hardwood flooring or carpet. I liked the fact that this ball came with its own pump and an extra plug making it convenient for me as I did not have a pump and would have to go purchase one. This exercise ball comes in one size, which means it was a little big for me as I'm barely 5'2. Although this didn't stop me from being able to do all the exercises I needed, plus my husband could use it as well. This product comes with instructions on how to blow up the ball with the given pump but there are no other instructions or other information about this particular exercise ball. Overall, I had a great experience with the DynaPro exercise ball and would recommend it to anyone looking for a durable, professional, multi-use exercise ball.

Now for the Giveaway!!

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ONE lucky winner will receive a DynaPro Direct Exercise Ball
Open to U.S only
Must be 18+ to Enter
Giveaway will end on 2/17 12:00AM EST and Winner will be notified via e-mail

Disclaimer: This giveaway is not endorsed, affiliated or associated with any social media networks. Winner will be randomly selected by Giveaway Tool Winner Selection. Winner's name, email address & shipping information will be sent to sponsor for prize fulfillment. Sponsor is solely responsible for shipment of the prize. Everything Home Life and any other blogs promoting this giveaway is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

If you have any questions concerning this giveaway, please contact Everything Home Life directly @ EverythingHomeLife (at) gmail (dot) com.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Thunder: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles) Book 1 - Book Review/Giveaway #bookreview

In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.

With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.

My Review:

This is the first novel in an all new series by Bonnie S. Calhoun. "Thunder: is considered a dystopian novel. What does dystopia mean?  Here's what I found from Wikipedia on the subject:
A  dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, or anti-utopia) is a community or society that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is literally translated as "not-good place", an antonym of utopia.

Think more end of the world, the end of time and a story unraveling from a tragedy. This type of literature may not be for everyone but it did perk my interest and I'm here to tell you my thoughts on this novel!

When first reading you learn a lot about the main characters Selah and Bodhi. You will enjoy following them along their journey in this book, its a hard one to put down! Has the feel of a lot of the Young Adult fiction that is out now, think Hunger Games and Divergent. We are 150 years after the "Time of Sorrows" on the East Coast in the United States. The earth was attacked by nuclear war which resulted in major weather implications of catastrophic measures (volcanoes/tsunamis). 

Selah is almost an adult and will have to find her mission in life, is it to be married to one she does not wish to be with or set forth on another mission? When she discovers a "Lander" named Bodhi everything changes, her life is thrown into chaos upon her discovery and her journey begins. You will be enthralled by Thunder and craving for more as do I! I can't wait for the next book in the series, I'm hoping for all of my unanswered questions to be revealed. Who are the Landers? We will hopefully find out much more in the 2nd Stone Braid Chronicles Book "Lightning", later on Fall of 2015! You can purchase this great new book at Family Christian.


  • About the Author:

    Bonnie S. Calhoun teaches workshops on Facebook, Twitter, HTML, and social media at writers conferences. In her everyday life she is a seamstress and clothing designer. Bonnie and her husband live in a log home in upstate New York with a dog and two cats who think she's wait staff. Thunder is her first YA novel. Learn more at

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    I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”