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A Great Gift Idea – EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

A while back, I received this Star Wars wall decor from EntertainArt. EntertainArt offers exclusive, limited edition and ready-to-hang wall decor from some of the most popular movies, comics and TV shows.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

EntertainArt has growing selection of officially licensed and exclusive designs. So when you purchase a wall hanging from them you can be sure it’s authentic.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

I found this to be high quality wall decor. The canvas is wrapped around a solid wood frame.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

See all the detail on the canvas? It really is a high quality canvas.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

As you can see, the picture on the canvas wraps all the way around the sides. This canvas looks awesome hanging on the wall.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

My husband loved this Star Wars wall decor. I gave it to my teenage son, though, to hang in his room. He was so excited to get it. He is a huge Star Wars fan. I like that while he thinks it’s cool now, it can go with him when he moves out on his own. It looks great in his room, and will look equally great in a living room, family room, or media room.

 

Head on over and check out all the available designs on EntertainArt. They make great gifts!

 

 

*Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.” My opinions are my own.

Review: Online Biblical Hebrew Course From Israel Institute of Biblical Studies

 

I recently had the opportunity to take a few Biblical Hebrew classes from Israel Institute of Biblical Studies. I have had an interest in learning Biblical Hebrew for a few years now. I had learned a few words in Hebrew on my own, but this was my first experience taking a class.

 

 

All the classes are online. There are 30 classes in this course, done over 9 months. There are many different times that the classes are held, all Monday – Friday. You get to chose which class you would like to attend. Class size is small, so we get plenty of chances to answer questions and ask questions. The teacher calls on each student to answer questions.

There is a white board that is used during class. The students are also able to write on the board during class using a pen tool on the screen that you direct with your computer mouse. We have used it to mark letters, to write letters, etc. I like that there is so much student participation. The instructors that I have had have been very encouraging when a student answers a question wrong. Encouraging them, putting the slide up where the student can see the answer to the question, and leading the student to find the answer.

 

Biblical Hebrew Online Class Review

 

 

 

I was asked to write this review after taking two classes. It has now been 6 weeks since our class started. One week class was cancelled for Israel Independence Day. I missed a class one day for family reasons. One week the teacher emailed ahead of time to let us know we would be having a sub for class that week. The sub was just as knowledgeable as our regular teacher. He picked up right where she left off, so I think when we have class next week we will be able to move on seamlessly.

A computer, and a microphone are mandatory for the classes. A webcam can be used, but I don’t have one right now. During class, you can see the teacher, and the students live on camera on one side of the screen. If a student doesn’t have a webcam, you can still see their name, and hear them. It has been so cool to be in class with people from around the world. The classes are conducted in English, so all attendees speak English. Unless we are speaking Hebrew. lol

 

I like that I had the option to receive text message reminders for class, as well as the email reminders that are sent automatically. I receive both.

Each class is recorded and a couple of days after the live class I receive an email with a link to the recording. This was great for the class that I had to miss. I can view it later and not get behind. It’s also great for reviewing what was covered in class while doing the homework. Yes, there is homework! The amount of time spent doing it has varied.

 

I like that passages of scriptures are used from the very 1st lesson. No, you can’t read it at first, but the instructor reads it aloud while you follow along. The instructor also had us find the letters we were learning in the passages.

Here are a few pages that I have worked on in the book. The pictures in the book are exact replicas of the slides used in the online lessons.

 

Biblical Hebrew Online Class Review

 

You learn how to read and write Biblical Hebrew, as well as how to write the transliterations of the Hebrew words. Ignore my handwriting. I have bad handwriting in English, so it goes that I will have bad handwriting in Hebrew. lol

 

Biblical Hebrew Online Class Review

 

I like that there is plenty of room on the pages to take notes. The book comes in physical form, as well as PDF. I loaded the PDF onto my phone. That way I can study even if I am not home.

 

Biblical Hebrew Online Class Review

 

I honestly have seen no cons to these online classes. Everything has gone smoothly, the instructors have been awesome, and the web interface has worked very well for each class. The teacher emails regularly, and we are encouraged to email her with any questions, or problems.

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in these classes. I have learned a lot and look forward to taking more classes in the future.

 

For more information about these online Hebrew classes, visit Israel Institute of Biblical Studies.

 

 

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Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

I recently received this Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Print Digital Camera to try out. It is such a fun camera! Let me tell you why.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

But first, lets cover the basics. The Snap Touch camera comes with everything you see below. The camera itself, a magnetic lens cover, owners manual, wrist strap, usb cord, and 10 sheets of premium ZINK Paper.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

The ZINK Paper makes peel, off, sticky backed photos. Without any ink! That’s right, there is no ink in the camera. The prints come out of the camera dry to the touch. They are smudge proof, water resistant, and tear resistant photos.  As soon as I received my camera, I purchased a package of the ZINK paper so I could take lots of pictures.

The camera comes in four fun colors, as well as black, and white. All have the rainbow stripe on the front.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

The magnetic lens cover is easy to remove. It would be nice if it had some kind of strap on it to keep it from being lost, though.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

The back of the camera opens easily to replace the photo paper.  You can see the openings on the bottom of the camera for a tripod, a micro sd card, and the usb charging cord. The cord also allows you to transfer pictures to your computer. The camera is blue tooth capable. There is an app to download on your phone so you can share pictures.

 

Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

You access all the great features of this camera on the touch screen. You can take videos, create photobooth layouts, and add digital filters. You can customize your photos with stickers and borders. There is even a border to make your pictures look like the original Polaroid instant pictures. For added fun, there is a selfie mirror! You can see it in the pictures above. It is the small round circle next to the flash. Yes, it’s small. It is big enough, though, for you to see if you are in the picture.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

Now how about some photos! All the photos in the pictures below were taken with the Polaroid Snap Touch camera.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

As you can see, the pictures tend to curl a little. I don’t find it to be that big of deal, though. I printed about a dozen or so pictures, and only had one print with a white strip on the side.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

I have found the colors to be consistent from picture to picture. I find it amazing how this thin piece of paper contains all ink to print pictures! It’s so cool!

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

I took these pictures at a family gathering. Everyone loved this camera! Even the adults were gathering around the camera to watch it print. lol It was the hit of our gathering.

 

The Polaroid Snap Touch is a fun, and highly functional camera. There are so many uses for it. Everyday pictures and videos, parties, family gatherings, etc. Group events, schools, homeschool co-ops, and much more. Kids will love having their pictures right away! The ability to turn the picture into a stick would be great for school projects, reports, etc. Or even a photo wall!

 

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

How would you like to win a Polaroid Snap Touch camera?!

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Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

I, like most people, like to display family pictures. Sometimes, you have a great picture that deserves to be set apart from the rest. That’s what I love about photo canvas prints. They make the great pictures extra special. I was recently able to order a photo canvas print from the Canvas Factory to review.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

The Canvas Factory has a simple mission – to make online photo printing easy and affordable for everyone. I found their website very easy to use. I simply uploaded my picture, then chose the size & shape I wanted. You can upload pictures from your computer, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox or Flickr. They accept png, jpg, gif, bmp, & tif files. They make it really easy to do!

 

There are many options to choose from. Photo canvas prints come in several different sizes in square, rectangular, and panoramic pictures. I chose the 16×20 portrait size.You can also choose how you want the edges finished, as well. I chose to wrap the picture around the sides.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

I was really excited when my photo canvas print was delivered! It came wrapped in plastic and packaged in cardboard. The front of the package had overlapping flaps, so be careful when cutting the tape because your canvas print is right underneath it.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

My photo canvas print is awesome! The 16×20 size is perfect for hanging in any room. This picture is a picture of the actual photo canvas print hanging on the wall.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

The printing on the cavas is very well done. Here’s a close up of the canvas print. Up close, you can see the canvas. The weave is so close, that when you stand back a few feet to look at the canvas, you can’t see the weave.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

I had a great experience ordering my photo canvas print. The ordering process was very smooth. They have a fast turn around. I ordered it one day, and it shipped the next.

 

The only con that I experienced is that there is no way to edit your pictures on the website. I recommend enlarging your pictures and checking them for imperfections before uploading to the website. This is especially important if you are using an older picture, like I did. My picture was scanned into the computer. There was a white spot on my picture that wasn’t supposed to be there, but was not noticeable unless it was enlarged. So there was a white spot on my print. After receiving my print, I checked the picture on my computer, and when enlarged, the white spot is there. This was totally my fault, not the company’s. We were able to touch up the white spot so it is not noticeable in the print now. So check your pictures, especially your older, scanned pictures, before uploading.

My photo canvas hanging on the wall:

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

These photo canvas’s made great gifts, too! I had this one made to give my mother for Mother’s Day. It came out so great I didn’t want to wait to give it to her. She loves it! She’s been showing it to everyone that comes in the house, telling them how much she loves it.

 

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Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

The winner of this giveaway will receive a code to enter when ordering their 16×20 print from Canvas Factory. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Don’t forget to read the terms and conditions on the form!

 

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*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.” My opinions are my own.

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.

 

 

*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.” My opinions are my own.

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