Friday, June 24, 2016

Anchored Press Planner + Giveaway!

Do you like to have a written calendar instead of trying to keep up with your schedule and your family's plans on  your phone?  So many people now do everything on their phones.  While this may be handy for some, I still like to write things on a calendar and plan out the upcoming events of the month.

I was excited for the opportunity to review this beautiful planner.  I loved the box packaging before I even saw the planner!  Who wouldn't like to see this message on the package in the mail?

Let me tell you a bit about the Anchored Press Planner. I received the 2016 planner and am glad to be able to use it the rest of the year.  There are so many neat features of this planner:

  • Daily pages + combined weekend pages
  • Daily page includes: an hourly scheduler (6am-8pm), top 4 to-do list, dinner plan & a place to meet with God everyday
  • Daily Bible verses & inspired devotions
  • Mid-week prayer over your children
  • A weekly spot to thank God for your blessings
  • Monthly designated page for prayer requests
  • Family goal planning page
  • Family memory making prompts
  • Family go-to dinner page
  • 2016 yearly calendar and holiday pages
  • 12 two-page monthly views

Sample page
I liked that besides just being a planner to help you be organized there are also very short devotionals included.  These are quick thoughts to read, and they have already been beneficial to me as I've been using this planner.  According to the website, the Anchored Press Planner was "designed for women looking for a way to stay organized and anchored in God's Word."

Does this sound like a planner  you would enjoy using? Enter the giveaway before June 30!!

Because of the positive response to this planner in 2016, new color choices will be offered in 2017. The 2017 calendar will be available beginning in late August.  Also the 2016 planner is available right now at a 40% discount.

Don't forget to go to this link to enter the giveaway.

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Have a day of blessings!

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!  We've been on vacation this week and got home today. We had such a great time. We couldn't decide for a while where to go on vacation. I didn't want to be too many hours in the car.  Then we finally found a place about a week ago.  I guess i will do a separate post on the days of our vacation but we had a wonderful time!  It was so fun being together in a new place and having new memories together!

This week I am thankful for....

~ my husband having vacation time at work and his boss being agreeable to him being off. Also I'm thankful for the love he has for his two boys and me. I loved seeing them interact this week at the pool and being silly in our cabin.

~ my big boy fisherman. He made a fishing pole for me so I could fish with him at the catch and release pond. It was so fun to do that together and see him in action as a fisherman

~ my baby boy having fun with his new experiences on vacation. He loved being outside so much and also climbing up and down the steps to our cabin. Also he went swimming for he first time.

~ safe travels.

~  my online orders arriving before we left. I had ordered a car seat for Titus, two Shutterfly books, a swimsuit, YL essential oils, and a Father's Day gift. I was glad it all came before we left.

~ getting to see my Dad last weekend.

(I typed most of this on our way home Thursday and internet at home messed up so I couldn't post it last night.)

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thankful Thursday

We have had a very busy week. Caleb is doing an art camp each morning from 9--12.  I've stayed in town and done errands instead of driving home so it's made for some long days compared to our regular days at home.  Plus we've helped at the book sale and went to it today.  I'm thankful we could do these things and enjoy them.

This week I am thankful for...

~  my husband taking care of things and being so helpful to me every day with whatever needs to be done.

~ Caleb enjoying his art camp. I have not seen all of his paintings so I am really looking forward to his art show tomorrow!  The ones I've seen are very nice.

~ Titus being our cheerful boy while we've had a different schedule and away from home this week.  He's been in a good mood as we've driven around and been in and out of the car more than normal.

~ my Mom coming on Monday. She stayed at home with Titus so Caleb and I could volunteer at the set up for the book sale.  It worked out nicely, and I was glad she could come.  She stayed overnight too and that was fun too to have her along the next day.

~ figuring out a plan and place for our vacation! I wasn't sure where we would go and was so glad to figure it all out!!

~ fun books I found for Titus at the book sale.  Caleb found some for himself too.  It was so fun to browse because there are SO many tables of books for sale.

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, June 13, 2016

DVD: Theo God's Grace

I received a DVD called Theo Volume 2 God's Grace for my review.  Have you ever heard of the Theo series?  I had not!  I was impressed though and really liked what I saw!

This DVD has three episodes:  Armor of God, Redemption, New Birth.  These are wonderful little lessons approximately 10 minutes in length each.  I am glad to be introduced to these!  We watched these together; my son (age 11) liked them too.  They are appropriate for families and children.  The lessons are easy to understand and have great application for Christian living.  I can tell that the lessons are thought out with real life application that children will understand and be able to apply.

My favorite was the Armor of God one.  It really made me think with the example it gave at the beginning of how athletes would not go into a game without the right equipment.  Christians have certain "equipment" they need each day to be prepared for battle.  All three of the lessons were great and I found application in each one as an adult.

Click to find out more about the Theo God's Grace DVD at FishFlix.

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I was sent this DVD by for my review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Psalm on Sunday

Psalm 103:8--12
 8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

This passage was on my scripture writings this week.  (I have been writing scriptures this year using plans from this site if you would like to check it out. A new one is posted each month.)

As I was writing this verse the attributes of the Lord in verses 8-10 stuck out to me.
slow to anger
abounding in love

I got to thinking that since those qualities describe Him, shouldn't they also describe me since I am a Christian?  It made me think..... Am I compassionate to others?  Am I slow to anger?  Do I forgive others instead of holding grudges against them?

Something to think about as we begin a new week.  Thanks for stopping by!

I am linking this week with Spiritual Sundays.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

We have had another enjoyable week of summer.  I totally love having Caleb at home.  He's so helpful, and it's just good to have him here. I feel so blessed by my boys!

This week I am thankful for...
~ an enjoyable anniversary day last Thursday with my husband as we celebrated 15 years.  The boys stayed at my Mom's while we went out for a while.  It rained basically all day too!  We ate Mexican food and enjoyed being together.

~ Caleb enjoying baking/cooking.  One of his chores he chose is to cook supper.  He loves cooking!  Also this week he's baked zucchini bread from zucchini we got from a man at church.  And he made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies which are soooooo good!  He cooked them the perfect length of time.  They are nearly gone!

~ Titus saying new words and doing new things.   It is funny to hear him try to say new phrases to copy us.  Some of the things he's been saying are getting clearer now too.

~ getting the next Shutterfly book ordered.  I'd hoped to make it to 6 months for Titus but I had too many pictures for the twenty pages to get past two months!  Oh well!  I've started on the next one.  And I got one made of the boys with Daddy for Father's Day.

~ our little town.  This week I've been thankful several times for the things here....our little library, grocery store, dollar stores.

~ learning and trying new uses for my essential oils.

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Owlegories Volume 3 and Giveaway!

I'm excited to share Owlegories with you today.  I had never heard of this and was excited to receive this DVD for review.  Keep reading for more information, to read my personal thoughts, and to find out how to enter a giveaway!

Information about Owlegories:
Owlegories is a new animated series and interactive digital app that teaches kids about God through the amazing things found in nature and revealed in God’s word! You can tell a lot about artists by what they create. That is the premise behind Owlegories, the animated series. Owlegories explores the nature of God as the creator of the universe through this new, fun-filled, animated series.

Owlegories Vol. 3 - The Fire, The Duck, The Seasons.
Owlegories follows a group of student owls as they travel on adventures learning about nature, faith, and God. Each lesson focuses on an element of nature that helps teach children about the nature of God and the truths found in His Word. In Owlegories Vol. 3, families learn about the refining fire, the greatest gift, and God’s sovereignty!

Here is a link to our blog post about the announcement:

Episode 1: The Fire:ut pure gold and discover three ways God is like fire. Recap presented by Ben Stuart, the Executive Director of Breakaway Ministries. The KEY VERSE is Hebrews 12:28-29! Episode 2: The Duck: The class travels to the swampland to meet Professor Owlester’s old college roommate, Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson. They learn the importance of working together and discover three great gifts given to us all by God. Recap presented by Silas “Uncle Si” Robertson from Duck Dynasty. The KEY VERSE is 1 Peter 4:10 Episode 3: Seasons: Our young explorers go on a high-tech adventure through a souped-up seasonal simulator where they learn three things followers of Christ can learn from the seasons. Recap presented by celebrity photographer and entrepreneur Jeremy Cowart. The KEY VERSE is Ecclesiastes 3:1 Here is a little video introduction.  Aren't the owls fun little characters?

My thoughts:
I was impressed with this video.  I was very particular about the videos my son could watch when he was little (I still am for that matter!)  This one would have qualified.

I'm so glad I was introduced to Owlegories.  These little owls and their professor owl are a cute cast that teach valuable lessons.  One thing in particular that I liked was that these episodes were not on typical "bible stories" we normally see on children's videos.  They are lessons about creation that teach about God.  After the segment with the owl, another segment is a couple of minutes long reviews what the owls learned. I liked the approach.

If you think this sounds like something your child would enjoy, you can go to this site and enter for a giveaway for 1 of 10 DVDs of this episode.  Enter today; giveaway ends June 15!

I think this is a great teaching tool for parents and see it being used in a church setting as well, like for a children's time or Sunday School class.  I liked the length of each episode and how each one had a theme for the owls to learn about.

You definitely need to check out Owlegories.  Don't forget to click here for the giveaway!

Visit the Owlegories website and use coupon code FRONT20 for a 20 % off discount on your order.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to FrontGate Media and Owlegories for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Selection of winners are chosen by random.organd require no purchase to enter.  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.

Have a day of blessings!