Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Preschool Bible Learning Cards A Review

"It's Bible time kids!"

I love getting my kids together in the mornings for Bible time! The kids love to grab a special blanket or pillow and their Bibles and maybe some coloring depending on the age of the child and his/her attention span.

 With five kids and such a span of ages (14 months to 12 years right now) it can sometimes be difficult to find ways to engage my little children in a way that my older child will not become easily bored. With that in mind, I was so excited to have the chance to review a set of Bible cards for my preschool aged children with the CWA Review Crew!

Words2remember4kids is based on the idea of getting children and parents to learn encouraging, comforting and classic Bible verses through illustrations and discussion starters on large flash cards. These cards are great for every day use around the house and in the car. 

Their website says these Bible verse cards will get young preschoolers "off to a good start as a member of the family, as a friend, and in their walk with God."

My thoughts:
The cards are made of a durable material and have holes punched in them to insert a child safe ring (included) to keep the cards together when they are out of the box.
The pictures on the cards are really wonderfully done. I found there was often plenty in each picture to make a whole discussion with my little kids based on the picture and scripture to talk about a way to grow closer to God.
The color coding is a great help and makes it easy to use to find the different cards that have different themes. The themes in this pack were Learning, Loving, Growing, and Playing!

About the company:

Vicky has been a children's book illustrator and a Christian for many years. When a friend suggested the idea of creating Bible verse cards, she thought here was a chance to use her art to share the Good Word.
She selected verses that speak to children and to parents and created three sets of cards, 1 for young preschool children and two for elementary school children.

They are a small company, with Vicky Enright as the illustrator, and Kristen Smith, who has her Masters of Divinity who helps with the verses and discussion starters. Their company is located in the Boston area.


Watch this cute video to learn more!

Purchase your own set here!


Bible Learning Cards
List Price: $14.99 per set|Format:Each set has 20 different 5" by 7" cards

I received a free box of preschool cards in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Year! New You! Amazing Time To Join My Oil Journey!

It's a brand new year and I've never been more excited to begin again! I started using essential oils back in July of 2014 when I joined doTERRA as a wholesale member. I had attended a couple of classes led by my cousin and when I finally took the plunge into helping my family with natural alternatives, I've never looked back!

We have been using doTERRA essential oils for nearly everything that we come in contact with on a daily basis! It's absolutely unreal how many times in ONE day I think, "there's got to be an oil for that!" Allergies, colds, coughs, stuffy noses, cuts, scrapes, bees stings, yeast infections, ear infections, mood swings,sleeplessness, teething, healing scars, wrinkles, weight loss, growing pains, aches and pains, etc.!  You name it, I'll look it up in my Modern Essentials Book and find the answer NATURALLY!

These oils have been such a POWERFUL way of helping my family naturally at home without rushing off to our doctor and paying all those CO-PAYS!
Why am I blogging about this? I can't help but NOT share how amazing these oils are!
 They offer REAL, SAFE, TESTED, NATURAL help!

Watch this video and learn more about these "Gifts of the Earth".


 We can trust their QUALITY and their SAFETY because the company has the MOST rigorous standards of testing in the WORLD!

DoTERRA calls them CPTG essential oils, or Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

NOW has never been a better time to join me on this amazing journey!


 (You might be asking.)

The best place to start using CPTG essential oils is to become a wholesale member and sign up with a kit. I started with the Family Physicians Kit for $150. It came with 10 5 ml bottles of oils to get started along with my wholesale membership PLUS a FREE bottle of Slim and Sassy, (which I can no longer live without!).
Watch this video on becoming a wholesale member (or Wellness Advocate).

What you will then need is some fractionated coconut oil, and a diffuser! The best way to get started using these oils is with the Home Essentials Kit.

If you enroll in the next THREE DAYS, (by January 6th, 2015) you will be eligible for the FREE bottle of Frankincense + 100 PV for $100 worth of FREE OILS!


 PV means Product Value. When you buy oils they are given a product value equal to the amount of the wholesale oil. Other products like diffusers have a different product value but you still earn points when you buy them!


 You earn points by making purchases while enrolled in LRP, our Loyalty Rewards Program. You begin at a 10% of your purchases and after one year of being in the LRP program you can begin earning as much as 30% back on EVERY purchase! It's like saving as much as 55% off RETAIL prices!



Watch this video, it explains why this program is so awesome and what you need to do to save money, BIG TIME! In only a few short months I have already earned $100 in FREE products just for ordering oils I needed anyway!


If you have read this far then I can tell you are very excited about using NATURAL alternatives to health care in the New Year!
All you need to do is click this link and sign up TODAY!

With a 200 PV order BEFORE January 15th will earn you a FREE Frankincense ($93 retail value) and when you place your first LRP order for THE NEXT MONTH you will AUTOMATICALLY  receive an ADDITIONAL 100 PV in your account! That means you're getting $100 worth of FREE oils just for signing up! You must message me for the special code to take advantage of this EXTRA 100 PV upon sign up though! Just leave a COMMENT BELOW and I will get in touch with you ASAP!

What are YOU waiting for?
 Now has never been a better time to get started on a NEW YEAR with a NEW YOU!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Behind the Badge

"We all have a role to play and joy awaits each one of us. The Lord appoints and anoints as He chooses and we should delight in our individual callings."- Patti Tingen, A God For All Seasons.

It's the Christmas season and we are busy getting ready for the holidays. 

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care.

My husband took all the older kids out on his birthday on the "great Christmas tree hunt" while I stayed back with the baby.

(Here is my husband with four of the kids when we started cutting our own Christmas tree at a nearby Christmas tree farm in 2008.)

It's a tradition we started because we didn't have the extra money to buy a tree one year, so we cut one down in the woods behind our house on my parent's property. Now we can't imagine buying a tree when cutting our own has turned out to be quite a lot of fun!
(Here is our "second chance clan"all ready for Christmas.)

So our tree is up inside. I made a wreath from its trimmings and hubby hung it on the front door. He hung lights on our growing fur tree outside. Every year the tree grows and we need to buy more lights for it. It looks magical in the evening when the moon shines high above and is then reflected by the crisp, white snow. Magical indeed. I love that tree!

Our kids are growing too. All seven of them, each with different talents and gifts and abilities. There's never a dull day here homeschooling these precious kiddos for sure! (I love it when they try to help each other too!- They don't know they are actually learning MORE by teaching their siblings!)

(My oldest daughter, age 7 helping her younger sister, age, almost 5)

With all the busyness of this most wonderful time of the year though my heart is very heavy.
Two police officers were executed in New York for simply doing the job they signed up to do, to protect and serve. My heart is broken for the families having to get through the holidays without their beloved officer. It's so hard to understand. I watched the wife of one of these officers sobbing on t.v. and my heart was with her. I may not know her personally, but I know her. Every time the phone rings in the middle of the night and my husband puts on his uniform, I pray. We are sisters in these moments.
(May these officers lives not be forgotten. R.I.P. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos)

I don't write about my husband's job on my blog usually. It is his chosen profession and his calling. I have supported him through 21 years of marriage while he worked as a military policeman and then as a small municipal officer, to where he is currently serving as a Maine State Trooper. We've been through a lot together. I know what it feels like to have officers show up at my door and not know whether my husband was going to survive.

(This is the car accident my husband survived in 2006
with thankfully only a broken arm and leg and cuts and scrapes.)

I've pushed him in a wheelchair and cared for him while he recovered from a terrible car crash while on duty nearly nine years ago. He has also seen me through seven c-sections, several knee surgeries, an appendectomy, and a tubal reversal. He is my rock. He keeps me going when I want to quit. All the while he, himself works tirelessly to provide for our growing family as he puts on his blue uniform and performs the often thankless job of protecting and serving in our State. He usually works Christmas on call too. Thankfully this year he was able to get the day off. We are so excited to be able to have him home with us for Christmas!

 So as we celebrate the birth of our Savior and prepare to ring in the New Year let us remember the fallen as well as the officers out there working around the clock to protect us so we can sleep in Heavenly peace. They are NOT monsters, and hateful people. Many of these officers are like my own husband, just trying to come home safe to their wife and kids at the end of each shift. Just trying to carve out a little peace, a little hope, and spread little more love than hate.

We leave a candle glowing blue in our window each night to remember the fallen and those who currently protect and serve our great country nationwide.

 How will you show your support to your local police and stop the spread of violence and hate?

 Thank you to all our officers who put on the badge each day to protect and serve our great country!

May you have a blessed Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A God For All Seasons by Patti Tingen A Review

With Winter upon us I am pleased to know a few moms like me who love to read AND talk about the books they've read. We love to share books we have enjoyed that are shaping our lives! Winter in Maine is taking on new meaning for me...


We read fiction and non-fiction and learn and grow from each book chosen and discussed. Before our next book club meeting begins and since we are now in a new season of Winter, I was pleased to be chosen to review this book for CWA, A God For All Seasons by Patti Tingen.

Hope for all seasons. Encouragement for all times. Love from God for all year. “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT) 

ISBN: 978-1621417705| List Price: $13.95|Format: Softcover | Page Count: 110

My Thoughts on this book:

I really loved this book. It is a quick read but jam-packed with wonderful words of wisdom from Patti as she shares her life's lessons in different seasons while weaving scripture though out.
The book begins in Winter with December and coincidentally that is right where I am at in the calendar month! What I liked about this book was it isn't just another book about the "seasons of life". As I read along with the author she not only describes the different seasons of life but she walks you through each MONTH of the seasons bringing hope and inspiring her readers to keep looking for God every day no matter what season He is bringing you through! In Winter's darkest days, "Hope, renew, and wait on the Lord". In the Spring she encourages the reader to "change, plant, and trust". In Summer, we should "give, celebrate, and rest". In Autumn, we should practice "harvest, believe, and thank".

I think this is a wonderful little book every woman should read to inspire and reflect on life, no matter what season they are experiencing right now!


About the author:

Patti Tingen is an award-winning author and speaker. She also serves as an elder at her church and is involved in various ministries including prayer and teaching. Patti’s nonfiction inspirational books have offered hope and encouragement to many. Her book, A God for All Seasons: Inspiration and Reflection for All Times, won the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal for Christian Non-Fiction. Patti’s prayer is that her words of personal experience, humor and testimony will continue to bless and inspire others. Patti lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her husband Doug and their cat Braveheart. Please visit http://pattitingen-author.blogspot.com/ to learn more.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Winter Wellness, Holiday Joy and a Giveaway!

I don't know where you live, but here at Dirigo Christian Homeschool, Winter is HERE!
With Winter we also have colds! And with NINE people living under one roof, it means colds can linger on seemingly FOREVER as it is passed from one child to the next!

Here is a picture of my new beautiful wooden oil box! I leave this right on my kitchen table because we use this ALL THE TIME!

I'm so thankful I have my Family Physicians Kit with its Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils to help us knock out these colds and viruses before they completely set us back for weeks!
You can purchase your own HERE and get started this week for only $150 plus S+H!

Getting the OnGuard in my kit was well worth the price. Now THAT is purely an amazing essential oil blend! A friend of mine I gave a sample to explained to me after she sampled it, this needs to be on the news! That stuff is amazing!"

WHY ESSENTIAL OILS? They have been used for thousands of years and have many health benefits! You can diffuse them, apply them topically or take them internally.
Our December 2014 special is also amazing. I love doTERRA!
Below is this month's promotion. Buy 200 PV (Product Value) and get a FREE bottle of Frankincense ($93 Retail Value). It's like Wise Men bringing us good gifts like they brought to baby Jesus! DoTERRA is so WISE, because they know the secret, "when in doubt, use Frank!" (Frankincense works on most issues. If you don't know which oil to use, use your Frankincense!

Click below for the December2014 Promotion

Giveaway Alert!

I am giving away FIVE FREE trial size bottles of this amazing Holiday Joy oil blend!
You can place a few drops in your diffuser to make your whole house smell like Christmas! No diffuser? No problem! Just rub a drop of the oil on your lamps (before turning them on!). When they heat up the bulbs emit the wonderful Holiday Joy fragrance!
Join in on the Giveaway fun today!

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And the Five Winners are:

1. Stephanie Olmsted
2. Jamie Applewhite
3.Melissa Derks
4. Kim Ruiz
5. Jenn Mc

CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for entering my giveaway and for joining the essential oil conversation! Your Holiday Joy is on its way!

Missed an opportunity to enter?
This Giveaway has now ended but you can try out my doTERRA Wellness Survey for Free over here!

and purchase your own essentials oils here, www.mydoterra.com/singoverme

Using Essential Oils on C-Section Scars

I was first introduced to essential oils after the birth of my seventh baby last Christmas.
My cousin had begun using them to fight off colds and heal from allergies. She gave me a sample of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, and Digestzen (and a cute little pair of baby shoes too!).

 I fell in love with the Lemon right away and began using it in my water. I liked the Lavender too but I wasn't sure how to apply it to my baby or was it really even safe? I had no use for the Digestzen (so I thought) and it smelled weird (probably the Anise in it).

I attended one of my cousin's classes on making over your medicine cabinet and thought it would be wonderful to use all natural products instead of OTC drugs that had unknown side effects.

 But everything seemed so EXPENSIVE! So I didn't buy anything and waited. I went to another one of my cousin's classes. It was a "make and take" your own hand soap. It was fun and cost me only $4 to come out and enjoy the essential oils and learn a bit more about why they were so amazing!

I eventually signed on as a Wellness Advocate in July of 2014 only to enjoy the lower priced Family Physicians Kit and get the FREE bottle of Slim and Sassy. (This also included my annual $35 membership fee.)

(Family Physicians Kit)

(Includes a FREE bottle of Slim and Sassy, $32.67 value)

 It cost $150 (plus shipping and taxes) and was worth every penny! I immediately began to do more research on my own and learned about so many more health benefits from using essential oils. It seemed endless the possibilities and the uses of these amazing oils and what they can do for a body, especially one like mine that has been through seven, yes SEVEN C-sections and an appendectomy AND a tubal reversal! 
We began applying  the ten oils and learned how to use them! We put the On Guard to the bottoms of our feet, Digestzen on upset tummies, Lavender on cuts and scrapes, Peppermint for nausea on car rides, Lemon in my water, Oregano for viruses, Maleleuca for a yeast infection and household cleaning, but the Deep Blue! Now that stuff is AMAZING! It really sold me after I applied it to a hurting wrist and it took the pain away in less than 5 MINUTES! 
I started my own Facebook Page to save all my research and invited everyone I knew to join along with me!I never intended to sell doTERRA, but I couldn't help sharing! 

Why should I keep this to myself?!

Ta da!!!!

I got a FREE bottle of Immortelle for purchasing 200 PV (product value) on my LRP (Loyalty Rewards Program, super way to save on oils!) back in early September. I thought, "well, I'm 40 now, I'm going to need help with wrinkles! I'll jump on the deal of the FREE bottle!)
Then I read somewhere on one of the Facebook groups I follow that someone uses this for their c-section scar. I thought, "I'll have to try it!"
So I did!

I read that many dilute their Immortelle to make it last longer. 

So I did dilute my bottle of Immortelle with FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil) to make two bottles. So I am not even using full strength Immortelle although I believe it to be nearly as effective as full strength.

After less than two weeks, I noticed much of the redness had disappeared in my top c-section scar. (I have two c-section scars from 8 surgeries). My lower scar had become less lumpy and less sensitive and in general, after 10 years, looked less "angry". I was healing! Literally healing my scars! I can't believe it! I thought I had to just live with these forever, but now I know I don't! I can actually heal from my surgeries! This stuff is incredible and a true gift from God in my opinion!

With less sensitivity I may even begin doing this massage technique, although the video below is kind of hard to watch the whole thing!

How to Properly Massage a Scar.

If you would like to know where to purchase this amazing essential oil and help your c-section scar, go to my website to order. I am not a medical professional and I make NO claims that this WILL work for you, but it has worked for me. Your order will come straight to your home and arrive in only 2-5 business days! If you have been wondering how you'll ever get back to normal after your c-section, you might want to give this amazing essential oil blend a try!

Here is some more helpful information on some of the other uses of lovely Immortelle!

If you would like to know how to SAVE on Retail prices (Please don't ever pay RETAIL!) and join me in purchasing at wholesale, leave me a message in the comments and an email where I can contact you. It's simple and very easy to buy at wholesale and will SAVE YOU MONEY right up front!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

When Chicks Hatch by Heather Randall A Review

ASIN: B00OZQP3OS| List Price: $2.99 kindle (on Amazon) or $10 print (on author website)|Format: Softcover or Kindle |

I write reviews for Christian Women Affiliate and when I saw that our very own Heather Randall, the CEO of the company was offering up her own book for review, I jumped at the chance to deviate from Day Planners and historical fiction to a good "chick book"! I was not disappointed!

"She had prayed for it in secret, exposing her loneliness only to God. She knew God had heard her, just as he’d heard every other prayer, whether it was a silent prayer from her heart or spoken out loud. Could it be that a door was opening and her life would soon be moving at a faster pace with love front and center?"

This is just one of the heart cries of the five women in this book who come to realize that life has ups and downs. No one is perfect. But there is a God who forgives and when we walk in God's amazing grace, we can find hope once we break free of our shells and cast our cares on Him.

In When Chicks Hatch we meet Nicky, who finds out her boss is having an affair. Sydney, a college student, who gets involved with a married man and lies about it and has to pay the consequences for her actions. Then there's Alexis who's marriage is falling apart and has no happy ending in sight. Alexis' sister, Kristen, a nurse, who has always had guy friends but has she pushed them all away leaving her to be alone the rest of her life? And don't forget the "princess", Jennifer who desires one thing that her husband hasn't been able to give her but maybe her friend can?

At first this book was a little hard to follow because of the five different story lines. But I quickly found it amusing as I learned to follow the lives of these five different women as their stories began to slowly intersect. I won't give away much but I was in tears near the end. The author has written this book so beautifully that you feel so much love for the characters that you wanted to hate in the beginning of the book. There are a lot of life lessons learned in this book. One of my favorite lines comes from the mother of Sydney, Mrs. Flannery.

“You'll learn. It takes time to kill the flesh, honey. It's kind of like those candles your father used to put on Mitchell's cake--the ones that relight when you think they're out. You've got to keep huffing and puffing and maybe even use the help of water before it's over, but eventually it's over, and that candle can't be lit even if you try
-Mrs. Flannery”
― Heather Randall, When Chicks Hatch

That line really drove home the lesson for me about how we don't change overnight. As much as we would love to see others make a 180 in their life or see a 180 in our own life, it takes time to see the results we want. Often God has a bigger plan and the answers to our prayers may not be at all what we were expecting!

If you like a fairly quick read and a good, clean, Christian, chick book, full of twists and turns and want a greater sense of how God works out every last detail of your own life for His greater purpose, you might want to pick up a copy of this book! Better yet, download a copy, now!

About the author:

Heather Randall began her writing career with baby steps, literally. In 2003 she started blogging about her mommy adventures and connecting with like-minded women online. During this time she was also preparing the final bits of a novel that had been written with pen and paper. A friend typed it all up properly for her and, at last, in 2011 When Chicks Hatch was published.

In 2013 He paved the way for her to purchase Christian Women Affiliate.

She now serves as the CEO of Christian Women Affiliate, LLC and all of its divisions including the CWA Radio Network and The CWA Review Crew. She especially enjoys serving fellow writers through her company. Heather still leaves time for God to fill her up with stories and she is currently working on a second novel.

Heather's hobbies include spending time with family, writing, reading, creating and trading mail art, homeschooling and blogging. Heather and her husband, four children, Mom, three cats, a dog, and a frog all reside in Oklahoma.

Website: http://www.heatherrandall.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherRandallBooks

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Instagram: instagram.com/cwaheather

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11475687-when-chicks-hatch?ref=atw

I received a free Kindle download of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.