“a box of awesome things- matching game” product review

“a box of awesomethings- matching game” by wee society, product review

This cute box contains a great matching game. It is the classic game played by preschoolers, with cards that come in pairs, that help with memory activities. This game has 20 words with matching pictures on sturdy card board pieces that may be new vocabulary items for preschoolers. There is even a blank card that the child can insert their own favorite word into the game.

The cards are sturdy and colorful that will appeal to children. The back of the box indicate this game is for ages 3-103, which I found a bit misguided. This game is appropriate for children 3-6, with an adult. This is not an adult game. Would make a great gift for a preschool child.

Disclaimer: I received this game for the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Ordering Your Private World” by George MacDonald, book review

Anyone who has been around for a while will recognize the title and author of this book. Originally published in the 1990’s and revised in 2003, this book is now out again in another revised edition. George MacDonald is a very reputable author, as well as preacher and teacher. He has written many books and this is a timeless one- although the update is relevant.

All of us are given the same number of minutes in each day. How we use them is up to us, and MacDonald suggests many ways to be more productive, especially when viewed from a Christian perspective.

I read the original book many years ago and appreciated the updated version as well at the timeless lessons.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Sacred Slow” by Alicia Britt Chole, book review

“The Sacred Slow” by Alicia Britt Chole, book review

We are all plagued with instant rewards. Amazon Prime delivers within 2 days anything we could possibly want. Microwaves warm food instantly. Airplanes transport us across the globe in a matter of hours. We are often in a hurry.

But author Alicia Britt Chole challenges us to slow down. In her 52 week devotional, Chole wants us to read, meditate and take action in a thoughtful and careful manner. Each section has a heart felt lesson along with thought provoking questions and assignments. This is appropriate for small group or individual study.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Across the Blue” by Carrie Turansky, book review

“Across the Blue” by Carrie Turansky, book review

Bella is the daughter of newspaper owner. So it seems just really natural to her that her father should foster and embrace her desire to be a journalist. When her father purchases an estate in the country, she looks for new topics for her articles.

The race is on to be the first pilot to fly an air plane over the English Channel and win the prize! James Drake, with the help of his adopted father and professor, hopes to win that prize. With the fame and money, his future will be secure. When he meets Bella after a near crash landing during a test flight, he begins to think there may be more than just flying in his future.

This is a fun book to read! I learned so much about early flight and all the pieces that went into what we consider just another form of transportation. This is a good book for the romantics out there, and also those interested in English history.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“An Inconvenient Beauty” by Kristi Ann Hunter, book review

“An Inconvenient Beauty” by Kristi Ann Hunter, book review

Isabella has been the dutiful daughter and held her family together following a tragic accident which left her father crippled. Now, her uncle in London has offered her a way to make sure her family is cared for, forever. All she has to do is dress up and impress men during the season in London. This innocent behavior was to encourage men to “come calling” and then her uncle could promote his Apothecary Act. All was going according to plan.

The Duke of Riverton is ready to obtain a wife. And that is the way he is approaching this, like a business decision, with much planning and forethought. Because his father died when he was a young lad, he had to step into the role of Duke much earlier than he should have. Now that all his siblings are married, he has the luxury of finding his true love. But this is not turning out to be the logic decision he had anticipated.

This is a warm hearted story of true love, family loyalty and well intentioned decisions. I really enjoyed the book and hope that others will too.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Holiday Cookies” by Elisabet der Nederlanden, book review

“Holiday Cookies” showstopping recipes to sweeten the season, by Elisabet der Nederlanden, book review

Nothing starts the Christmas season off like cookies! On the first cold day in December, the kitchen is heated by the warm oven and the delicious smells of baking cookies warms the hearts of all in the house. This new book is just the right inspiration to get the Christmas baking started. Eight wonderful chapters share recipes for cookies and other wonderful holiday treats. There are also detailed instructions for storing, giving and decorating your baked goods. The pictures are incredible and inspiring for even a beginning baker.

This book is perfect for gift giving or keeping for yourself- to bake up a mound of mouth-watering goodness to share with family and friends.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Ten Speed Press. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Abiding Mercy” by Ruth Reid, book review


“Abiding Mercy” by Ruth Reid, An Amish Mercies Novel, book review

Faith is the 16 year old younger sister, but she works the hardest of the sisters in her parents’ restaurant. She has tried to be a good sister to Olivia, who is older. When Olivia’s long time boyfriend, Gideon, confides that Olivia is preparing to leave the Amish, Faith does not know what to do. And they her parents are hurt in a buggy accident! So much weight and responsibility now falls on Faith.

Parallel to this is a story in the Englisch world about a baby who was kidnapped during a car jacking. This baby girl, named Adriana, was from a very wealthy family. Roslyn and Brandon, the mother and father of Adriana are grief stricken at her disappearance and do all they can to help the authorities to get her back.

This is another book by the Ruth Reid who writes thoughtful books about Amish life in contemporary times. I enjoyed the book and the characters.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Start Where You Are- note cards, review

Start Where You Are- Note Cards review

I enjoy writing notes to family and friend, and these wonderful note cards make it so much fun. The front of these high quality note cards feature original art work and a saying from a popular author. Every one of the 12 unique cards is uplifting and encouraging. The envelopes are white on the outside and have a cute pink floral print on the inside.

These note cards come packaged in a heavy weight box and are perfect for gift giving or keeping for your own use.

Disclaimer: I received a box of the note cards from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Promise of Dawn” by Lauraine Snelling, book review


“The Promise of Dawn” by Lauraine Snelling, book review. Under Northern Skies #1

Norway has such limited opportunities including jobs and food. Rune and Signe Carlson decide quickly to come to America when Rune’s Uncle writes and invites the family. He will pay their passage in exchange for work on the home stead. While Rune and Signe know they will deeply miss their family, this opportunity is quite welcome.

But life in Minnesota is so different than what they imagined and dreamed about. Uncle is a hard task master, and Aunt is bedridden. But they quickly adapt to the work with the hope of earning their own land.

This follows another branch of the family from the other books by the same author, but it stands on its own. There is much detail in the day to day work on the farm, and how difficult life home steading was for these immigrants.

I am eager to read the next books in the series.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Promise of a Letter” by Kathleen Fuller, book review

“The Promise of a Letter” by Kathleen Fuller, book review

Leeanna is a non-traditional Amish woman. She does not like to cook, clean, can, or garden. And she is not very good at any of these tasks. But she is very skilled at repairing machinery. Because she is 6 feet tall and rather athletic, she can play with the boys. She skates to work and ice skates on the pond in the winter time.

Roman has never been able to please his parents. Finally, he just leaves. He is a good student and in the English world, he finishes high school and applies to college. He dreams of being an engineer. He is always drawing and designing machines and gadgets that will make everyday tasks easier.

When Roman returns to Birch Creek to attempt to repair his broken relationship with his brother, he runs into many roadblocks. But the letter his grandmother sent to him just before his death, keeps pushing him to do what is right.

This book is the first in a new series, but features many characters from previous books by Kathleen Fuller.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.

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