Monday, July 25, 2016

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" Book Giveaway

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" written by Cecil Frances Alexander and illustrated by Kathy Hudson, is a beautiful hardcover book that is sure to bless anyone who reads it.

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" was originally a hymn published in 1848.  This hymn is one that I sang when I was in a children's choir and so this was a special book to share with my own children.

"How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well."

The illustrations by Katy Hudson are adorable and show three kids enjoying God's creation.  The children see many beautiful animals and flowers throughout the day as they play in the sun and wind.  The end of the book shows nocturnal animals as the family goes to sleep in their tent.  You can't help but feel appreciative of all that God has given us when you read this book.

This book is 'bright' and 'beautiful' and highlights the amazing creation all around us.  

Buy It:  You can buy "All Things Bright and Beautiful" on Amazon

Win it:  One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader will win a copy of the book "All Things Bright and Beautiful".

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and 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. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

   ~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Theo: God's Grace" DVD

"Theo: God's Grace" is the second DVD in the Christian animated series that highlights spiritual topics in a way that kids (and adults!) can better understand them.

The series has a Grandfatherly narrator, named Theo, who loves to sing hymns and tells stories from the Bible.  Two mice, Luther and Belfry, provide the comic relief.  The quality animation and character voice-over work are very impressive.

Themes covered in "Theo: God's Grace" include: the armor of God, redemption, and new birth.  The armor of God episode shows how Paul wrote these verses while he was a prisoner in Rome.  Seeing the context of the verses makes it so much more interesting.  The episode on redemption touches on slavery and discusses how God has paid the price for us.  The new birth episode discusses what spiritual death is and tells the story of Nicodemus meeting Jesus at night.

Each episode is approximately 10 minutes.  Ideally, watching an episode will encourage deeper heart to heart conversations with your child/children.

My one concern with "Theo: God's Grace" DVD is when Luther states: "We better shove off before we get the belt of truth".  I didn't find it funny and suspect that many kids won't 'get' a joke about spankings.

A word of warning for those with sensitive kids, some might be scared by the cat who (spoiler alert) catches and tries to eat Luther and Belfry.  My sensitive kids were fine with it, but 'scary' varies person to person.

My kids loved watching the bonus feature "From Pencil to Pixel" which shows behind the scenes animation techniques.  "Theo's Fireplace" was also a great bonus feature.  How neat to feel like a cartoon character sitting in front of a cartoon fireplace!

I would recommend Theo: God's Grace DVD for anyone who wants to introduce or reinforce key aspects of the Christian faith (all while having a lighthearted laugh).  This DVD is great for the whole family!

Check out: Fish Flix for all of the Theo DVDs as well as other Christian Movies "to inspire and entertain"!

Buy It: Theo: God's Grace DVD

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for free in exchange for an honest review on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers.
~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Strong and Kind..." By Korie Robertson with Chrys Howard

"Strong and Kind and Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed" by Korie Robertson with her mom, Chrys Howard, is a parenting book that contains encouragement and stories that will inspire you in your own parenting journey.

What Legacy Will You Pass Down To The Next Generation?

This book is not your typical parenting book because it isn't so much telling you how to parent as much as it encourages you to pick specific character traits and be intentional about instilling them in your children.

Character traits that are discussed include being: strong, kind, self-controlled, honest, compassionate, patient, joyful, loyal and humble.  Bible verses are used in discussing these virtues and personal parenting stories are shared from both Willie's childhood family and Korie's childhood family.  Noting the difference between these families remind us that there are many different ways to raise kids.  Stories from Willie and Korie's own family are also shared.
Some themes in this book include: being consistent so your kids know what's expected of them; not presenting a 'perfect' view of yourself to your kids; and letting your kids work through things on their own before interfering.

One thing that I did not agree with is the idea of holding a child to "train" them. (pg 35 and pg 61).  This was brought up as a way to teach a child to sit through a church service and was referred to as "the daddy straitjacket".
I think that not all children can handle sitting still in church.  When toys and snacks and colouring don't work, sometimes they just need a walk outside or a visit to the nursery to play for a while.  Personally I see this as a stage and not a willful act of disobedience on the part of the child and I think given time, many children, (but not necessarily all), will be capable of sitting in church.

This book made mention of Louie Zamperini which lead me to watch the movie "Unbroken" based on his experiences during World War II.  This movie is amazing.  Be sure to watch the bonus features too!

If you are a fan of Duck Dynasty and if you are a parent (or intend to be) this book is worth a read.

Ultimately this book reminds us: "Being perfect parents and raising perfect children should never be our goal.  Raising children who believe in a perfect God is." (pg 105).  How true this is -- and if we can instil in our children some of the characteristics of God along the way, all the better.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Sunday, May 22, 2016

"Snow Treasure" by Marie McSwigan

This novel is set in Nazi occupied Norway during World War II.  A group of children use sleds to smuggle their country's gold past Nazi soldiers -- ultimately saving lives by keeping this resource out of the hands of the enemy.

I 'always' enjoy books and movies based on a true story and this book is no exception.  Although it should be noted that some question the credibility of the story.

This captivating story of bravery and courage is well worth the read for anyone preteen and up.

Check out this "Snow Treasure" Novel Study by Scholastic.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Sunday, April 10, 2016

"The Lake House" by Kate Morton

This novel spans three timelines and has multiple characters which makes it a bit of a challenge to read -- especially if you read 15 minutes at a time.  I found myself asking "Who is this?" when a secondary character was brought back into the story chapters and chapters later.

That being said, it was an interesting read.  According to my past posts, "The Forgotten Garden" just may be my favourite Kate Morton book, but five years has past since then and it's all a bit of a blur.  Maybe it's time for a re-read?

Themes of "The Lake House" include: guilt, secrets, consequences and love.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Turning Double Digits -- Thankfulness

Thankfulness -- Spring Break edition

50. Opportunities for Creative Expression -- Desiree and Elijah took an art class where they each got to paint a picture of our cat, Socks and make a clay sculpture of her too!  

The kids had fun and were very pleased with their results!

51. Turning Double Digits -- Elijah has hit the big 1-0 and is now in the double digits!  We celebrated as a family on his official day, but his party with friends is still to come.  This year's theme is Big Hero 6 (and that's Hiro on Elijah's hand).

52. Scootering in a Torrential Downpour -- Elijah got a scooter for his birthday and because it's no fun to scooter alone SURPRISE -- Desiree got one too!  To make things even more fun, Ernie and I spent our future birthday money and got scooters for ourselves too. 

On our second scootering trip a man walking past us and said 

"The family that scooters together..."  :)

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Easter! Jesus is Risen!!!

Easter 2010

Elijah (age 10) reminded me that we needed to bury our toy Jesus in the backyard.  I didn't realize that this was a tradition that he wanted to keep up with, but I'm all for making memories and continuing traditions and so Jesus was buried in the back yard.  But -- He didn't stay buried!

He was buried, 
and He was raised from the dead on the third day, 
just as the Scriptures said.
1 Corinthians 15:4

Check out this funny story about the first time we buried Jesus in our yard from Easter 2010 .

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~
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