Bible Journaling Kit Review & Giveaway

 

Bible journaling is very popular right now. So I am pleased to be able to bring you a review and giveaway for this Bible Journaling Kit from Ellie Claire, a division of Worthy Publishing Group.

 

Bible Journaling Kit

 

In case you have never heard about Bible journaling, this is where you journal, draw, and color your thoughts, dreams, and prayers right on the pages of your Bible. This is a much more meaningful way to highlight your favorite verses.

 

Bible Journaling Kit

 

You can journal with pens or colored pencils you already own, in the Bible you already own. Bible journaling kits, like this one, and special journal Bibles make it easier, though. Journal Bibles have a blank column on every page just for drawing and journaling.

 

Bible journaling is for men, women, boys, and girls of all ages. If you like highlighting and taking notes in your Bible, you will love Bible journaling. If drawing or doodling something helps you remember what you have read or learned, then you will love Bible journaling as well.

 

Bible Journaling Kit Review & Giveaway

 

This Bible Journaling Kit includes:

  • 4 sheets of word stickers
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers
  • 8 colored pencil twists
  • 1 journaling pen
  • 1 pouch with adjustable strap 
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

That’s everything you need to begin journaling in your own Bible.

 

Bible Journaling Kit

 

All of the supplies in the kit fit inside the pouch. The pouch has an adjustable strap so it fits on all sizes of Bibles. It has Phillipians 4:8 on the front and is a great way to keep all your journaling supplies handy and ready to use.

 

Bible Journaling Kit

 

This is a great Bible journaling kit. The contents are all good quality. It comes in a great looking box that would make a great gift.

 

The Bible Journaling Kit is available from these sources:

Barnes & NobleAmazon, Books-A-Million and Christian Book Distributors

 

Bible Journaling Kit

 

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As part of this promotion, they are going to be hosting their own giveaway and are going to be giving away 5 kits.

Enter below to win my giveaway and visit the Bible Journaling Kit Giveaway for another chance to win 1 of 5 kits. As a bonus, there are also free downloads of several coloring pages for you to print!

 

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Chara Games – Commissioned Board Game – Review

 

 

We love playing games as a family, so I was excited to receive Commissioned from Chara Games to review.

 

Commissioned is a historically accurate, Christian strategy board game. You don’t have to be a Christian to play and enjoy Commissioned, though! Commissioned presents the Biblical information, which is the first 150 years of church history, from a historical viewpoint. You do not need to know anything about Christianity or the history of the early church to play.

 

Commissioned {Chara Games}

 

We’ve been playing this board game as a family. Commissioned is for 2-6 players and recommended for ages 14 and up. I think the high minimum age is because it is a strategy game. If you have a younger teen that likes to play strategy games, I think they could play this game as well. Or an adult and a younger than 14 could play together as a team. That way the whole family could play together. There are a lot of little pieces, though, so younger than 3 shouldn’t play.

 

Chara Games Commissioned Board Game Review

 

Commissioned, which takes about an hour to play, is played in rounds on a two sided game board. Players act as one of 6 Apostles of the early Christian Church, each with its own large playing board.

 

Chara Games Commissioned Board Game Review

 

There are 5 scenario cards to choose from. One of these is selected before the game begins. Each scenario is different, with different goals to be completed in each game. Because of this, the 2 sided game board, and the trial cards that are played during the game, no 2 games are the same.

 

Chara Games Commissioned Board Game Review

 

There is an over sized 12 page rule book with instructions and plenty of pictures that explains how to play the game. I like that a 12 page over sized Commissioned Theme Appendix is included with the game. It explains some of the historical background of the game, the people, places, and events depicted in the game. It has pictures of all of the Trial and Faith cards. It explains each of these cards with the history behind what is on the card. Some have Bible verses to help explain it.

 

Chara Games Commissioned Board Game Review

 

 

Commissioned is little complicated to learn. However, after watching the how to play video on the website, which is 24 minutes long, and playing a couple of times with the rule book in hand, we had learned how to play. Here’s a short overview video that explains a little of the church history behind the board game, and a little about the game play.

 

 

Players take turns as the group’s elder, passing around a staff, and must make decisions affecting the team. Faith Cards are drawn & played, Trial Cards are chosen and completed, the books of the New Testament collected, church members added, new churches planted, and persecution overcome.

 

Chara Games Commissioned Board Game Review

 

Game play continues in rounds until the scenario card victory conditions are met, before the Trial Deck runs out. If the Trial cards run out before the conditions are met, or 5 churches are extinguished, the game is over. Commissioned is a collaborative game, everyone wins and loses as a team.

 

Chara Games Commissioned Board Game Review

 

While learning to play the game, it seemed complicated and overwhelming. Once we learned all the rules, it wasn’t complicated at all. Commissioned is a great family strategy board game that I’m sure we will be playing many more times.

 

To see what other homeschool families have to say about Commissioned, click the graphic below.

Commissioned {Chara Games}

 

Chara Games has a new game coming soon, 3 Seeds, that looks like a lot of fun.

Commissioned {Chara Games}

3 Seeds is a light strategic card game. I will be receiving it soon to play with my family. Be sure to keep an eye out of that review!

 

Commissioned {Chara Games}

 

 

 

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PLAYMOBIL Children’s Hospital Playroom

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Having a child in the hospital is very difficult. My son spent a lot of time in the hospital. It’s not just hard and stressful for the parent, but for the child, also. Having a great playroom to visit during a hospital stay goes a long way towards the mental and emotional well being of a child.

 

Check out this great PLAYMOBIL Children’s Hospital Playroom!

 

(Hackensack, NJ) September 14, 2016 The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, together with PLAYMOBIL, a leading toy manufacturer since 1974, held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony today to dedicate the new PLAYMOBIL Playroom. The playroom, dedicated to pediatric patients, is fully equipped with playsets, a life-sized PLAYMOBIL character and themed backdrops from PLAYMOBIL.

 

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital as patients, families and team members joined with PLAYMOBIL USA members to dedicate the new play area in the outpatient area of the children’s hospital.

Playmobil Children's Hospital

The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC along with PLAYMOBIL USA dedicated the PLAYMOBIL Playroom fully equipped with playsets, a life-sized PLAYMOBIL character and themed backdrops from PLAYMOBIL. Pictured from left to right: Theresa Valentino, director, Development, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Robert B. Budelman, III, executive director, Individual Giving, HackensackUMC Foundation; Sarah Person, marketing manager, PLAYMOBIL USA; Colleen Kearney RN, MSN, APN, NE-BC administrative director, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Mark Cohen, vice president of Sales and Marketing, PLAYMOBIL USA; Rosemarie “Ro” Sorce, vice chairwoman of the HackensackUMC Board of Governors and member of HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees; Stephen Percy, M.D., acting chairman, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; and Jon M. Fitzgerald, president, chief development officer, HackensackUMC Foundation.

 

“The PLAYMOBIL Playroom will truly be a special place where our pediatric patients can play in a nice bright, vibrant atmosphere and not dwell on their medical procedures,” said Stephen Percy, M.D., acting chairman, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.

“We are so thankful to PLAYMOBIL for the very generous donation of the play sets, life-size PLAYMOBIL figure and the colorful backdrops. It is a wonderful gift for our patients and their families to enjoy,” said Jon M. Fitzgerald, president, chief development officer, HackensackUMC Foundation.

“Our hope is that while the children are here at Hackensack University Medical Center, they have a chance to just be kids, have some fun here in this wonderful new playroom, and use their imaginations. After all, a little ‘PLAY’ goes a long way,” said Mark Cohen, vice president of Sales and Marketing for PLAYMOBIL USA.

PLAYMOBIL, Germany’s largest toy manufacturer, has been producing and distributing toys since 1974. Now PLAYMOBIL has a new Furnished Children’s Hospital (MSRP $79.99).

 

 

PLAYMOBIL now has a Children’s Hospital Playset for ages 4-10. After seeing this in person, I think that there is value in this playset for outside the stated age range. For those kids that have to be in the hospital a lot, for their siblings, and for special need kids that have to be in the hospital a lot. There are a lot of small pieces, so use great caution if using with or demonstrating for kids under 4. Removing the smaller pieces and only using the people and beds would work for 3 year olds, I think.

playmobil childrens hospital

The playset includes nurses, doctors, exam rooms and tons of other accessories. The operating room is fully equipped with an adjustable table, tilting lights, and lots of medical instruments. The children’s ward and baby room can be reached by using the functioning elevator. There are 291 pieces included in this playset! There are so many pieces, and so many things to do within the playset, that it will keep kids occupied for hours.

 

playmobil childrens hospital

 

My son would have loved this playset. My other kids would have loved it, too. It would have helped all of them deal with what has happening to my son. For kids, play is therapy. Kids use play to work through what is happening in their lives. I think this Children’s Hospital Playset would have helped ease my son’s nerves before procedures. We explained everything to him, but having this playset to show him what was going to happen would have helped immensely.

Visit the PLAYMOBIL website for more information about the Children’s Hospital Playset.

 

The PLAYMOBIL Children’s Hospital Playset is also available on Amazon.

There is also a Helipad available for the Children’s Hospital Playset.

Another great addition to this playset would be the Child in a Wheelchair set.

 

 

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Magformers Neon Rainbow Set Review & Giveaway

 

Have I got a great toy for you today! This magnetic building set is awesome! The Magformers Neon 26-PC Rainbow Set was created so kids can construct a variety of bright neon-colored creations that will challenge their minds and imaginations.

 

The Magformers have the strongest Rare Earth Neodymium magnets. Magformers creations have the unique ability to transform from a flat 2D design into incredible 3D structures that stay together.

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Simply follow along with the included idea booklet and kids will never be bored again thanks to the dozens of different shapes they can build!

 

These pictures are all things my family (and I!) built. I have been keeping this building set on my desk. My family would stop and build something new when they walked by. Some would build several different things every day.

 

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This set of Magformers contains neon colored squares and triangles that are ideal for little fingers to hold. The 26 piece set is the perfect toy for building the ‘magic ball’ houses, towers and much more. This building set is great fun for the whole family!

 

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There are 18 squares and 8 triangles in the set.

 

Neon Magformers Review Giveaway

 

Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the Magformers click. Just give this set to your kids & see what their imaginations will create!

 

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In the picture above, my son laid out all the pieces to make a ball. If you very carefully pick up the center square, you can slowly pull the pieces up and the ball will form itself! It takes some practice doing that, but soon you will be able to get a ball that looks like the picture below. Or you can just put the pieces together one at a time to get the ball. That’s how I do it. lol

 

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When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. This is the easiest storing building set we have ever had! All the pieces stack together and stay together!

 

Neon Magformers Review Giveaway

 

The MSRP for the Magformers is $49.99 Visit the Magformers website for more information. Magformers are also available on Amazon.

 

Magformers Neon Rainbow Set Review & Giveaway

 

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Big Fat Notebook Series for Students Review & Giveaway

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I love to review homeschool curriculum. The books I’m going to tell you about now aren’t just for homeschoolers! They are for all students, no matter where they go to school.

 

The Big Fat Notebook series of books are study guides for middle school students that focuses on the five core subjects. The Big Fat Notebook series makes studying cool. These books deliver everything a student needs to know to ace Math, Science, English Language Arts, World History, and American History.

 

 

 

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They also provide a model for teaching students how to effectively write and organize notes of their own – an important skill they’ll take into their high school years and beyond

 

Big Fat Notebook Series for Students Review & Giveaway

 

The pages of the Big Fat Notebook are colorful and easy to read. Here are a few sample pages. After reading a section, there are questions for the student to answer. The answers are on the next page, not visible when doing the questions, making it easy for the student to check their answers.

 

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The drawings in the Big Fat Notebooks not only illustrate the lesson, but are fun to look at.

 

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I like that the books give examples while covering the material. I think that makes it easier for the student to remember the material.

 

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The Big Fat Notebooks retail for $14.95 each. I think that is a great price for the size and quality of the books. The books are available on Amazon, the pictures below are linked. Simply click on the pictures for more information about a book, or to purchase.

 

Big Fat Notebook Science Big Fat Notebook English Big Fat Notebook American History

Big Fat Notebook World History Big Fat Notebook Math

 

The Big Fat Notebook series of books are for middle school students. In my opinion, these books could also be used in upper elementary school, either read by the student or read aloud to the student. I also can see value in using these books with a high school student that needs a refresher, or needs remedial work. So don’t rule these books out if your kids aren’t in middle school.

 

Enter to win a complete 5 book set of Big Fat Notebook!

 

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BODYARMOR A Different Kind of Sports Drink Review

Over the years our kids have participated in several different sports.  They have all requested sports drinks to have for practices and games. I was happy to receive this 6 pack of BODYARMOR sports drinks to review so my son could try them.

 

BODYARMOR is a premium sports drink with potassium-packed electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins and contains natural flavors, natural sweeteners and no artificial colors, unlike traditional sports drinks. It’s low in sodium which makes it a great choice for young athletes who don’t need all the extra sodium that is in other sports drinks.

 

BODYARMOR Sports Drink

 

Since the majority of sports drinks on the market are full of artificial dyes, artificial flavors, and so much sugar, I try not to buy them all the time. I have even made homemade sports drinks in the past for the kids so I could limit the ingredients that I didn’t like. That’s not always convenient though. The kids got tired of having the same flavor sports drink all the time, too.

 

BODYARMOR Sports Drink

 

My youngest son, 16, is the only one of my kids still in sports. He takes Kung Fu. He likes to have sports drinks before and after participating. I was anxious for him to try all the different flavors of BODYARMOR sports drinks.

 

BODYARMOR comes in 8-great tasting flavors: fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry banana, tropical punch, lemon lime, mixed berry, grape and blackout berry.

 

BODYARMOR Sports Drink

 

He started with the Fruit Punch flavor. And loved it! He has worked his way through most of the bottles now. He hasn’t found a flavor that he doesn’t like yet! When he opened the Tropical Punch, several people around him could smell it. It smelled good! My husband and oldest son all wanted to try it, too. So they each poured some in a cup to try. They loved it! My husband never drinks a sports drink and he said he would drink it again.

 

BODYARMOR Sports Drink

 

During the summer months, my son’s Kung Fu class meets outside. It’s gets very hot and humid here in Kentucky, and I am constantly worried about him staying hydrated. With BODYARMOR Sports Drinks, I don’t have to worry anymore!

 

BODYARMOR Sports Drinks contain 600 mgs. of potassium. I also love that they contain 200% RDI of Vitamins B1, B5, B6, B9 and B12. And 100$ RDI of Vitamins A, C, and E. You can check out the nutritional information for all the flavors on the website.

 

My son loves the taste and I love the health benefits of BODYARMOR!

BODYARMOR Sports Drink

 

I’m glad I will be able to buy BODYARMOR Sports Drink for my family at Kroger when I am doing my shopping.

 

For more information, visit the BODYARMOR website.

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If you would like to try it for your family, too, here’s a BODYARMOR Sports Drinks coupon to print!
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Trekz Titanium Headphones Review & Giveaway

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My family can go through headphones like you would not believe. Well, if you have kids, then you will believe it! They always some how manage to break the wires and rip the ear piece apart. And then, oh my!, I get “I didn’t hear you” all the time! I was happy to receive AfterShokz Trekz Titanium sport headphones. They do away with all my pet peeves about headphones. And they offer so much more!

AfterShokz

 

Trekz Titanium are wireless, open ear sport headphones that use bone conduction to transmit the audio waves  to the inner ears through the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely. These headphones are placed on your cheekbones, not in the ear canal. That means you can still hear what is going on around you, while you are listening to music, talking on your phone, etc.

Trekz headphones

 

Bone conduction is not something we hear about very often. This graphic shows the difference in how the sound waves are transmitted with bone conduction and air conduction.

 

how bone conduction works

 

The Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones come complete with User Guide,  Warranty Card,  Fitbands to adjust the head size, charging cord, ear plugs, and carrying bag. The ear plugs are for situations where it is safe for you to block out the ambient sound, such as on planes, trains, etc.

 

Trekz headphones

 

The Trekz Titanium headphones are study and well made. The headphones are flexible, so they are easy to put on. These open ear sport headphones were designed with the sports person in mind. Open ear headphones made to ensure safety, perfect for runners, cyclists, hikers and more They are lightweight and sweat resistant. Trekz headphones work via Bluetooth to connect to your cell phone or other devices. No wires to get in your way!

 

Trekz headphones

 

When I first tried them on, they felt a little weird. My family had the same first feelings. After we had them on for a couple of minutes though, we realized how comfortable they are! They fit different than any headphones you have ever tried! The band of the headphones goes behind your head, down towards the neck. Nothing goes in the ear canal. Rather the headphones sit in front of the ear on the cheekbone.

 

trekz headphones

 

The headphones transmit sound perfectly, with no distortion of any kind that I noticed. When I had them paired with my cell phone listening to music, phone calls would ring in the head phones. The headphones have a microphone so you can use them while talking on the phone. The Trekz headphones feature dual noise canceling microphones that exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech.

Charging the Trekz headphones is easy. Plug the headphones into your computer using the included cord. The headphones charge fully in 1 1/2 hours. A single charge will last for 6 hours of music and calls. You can also do a partial charge if you need the headphones quicker.

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Headphones retail for $129.99, but right now, until 9/09/2016, select Trekz headphones are on sale for $99.99!

 

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Trekz headphones

 

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