Sunday, June 10, 2018

Zubits Magnetic Shoe Closures

I am so excited to tell you about Zubits magnetic shoe closures -- a truly amazing invention! 

"Never tie laces again!"

* My son, Elijah (12 years old), is an avid boot wearer. He hates shoelaces so much that he has literally worn his winter boots for over a year and a half -- even through the hottest days of summer. 

We've unsuccessfully tried other no-tie solutions with Elijah in the past including weaving his shoelaces 80's style. Elijah's reaction when he tried the Zubits was: "Oh my goodness -- these actually work and they're so cool!" He was quick to show his Zubits off to all his friends (and the winter boots have been sent into storage!).

The only time the Zubits didn't stay closed for Elijah was when he jumped off the swings at the park, but it was just a simple click to close them up again!

* My husband, Ernie, had a stroke at the age of 33 and is permanently disabled. He has great days where he is capable of impressive martial arts moves and long distances runs, but he also has days where he can barely walk straight, never mind tie his own shoes. Zubits proved effective for both the good and the bad days. 

Ernie put the Zubits through rigorous testing -- biking, jogging, martial arts, and working out at the gym. I'm pleased to say that the Zubits were amazing.  

Here are my three stars and a wish for Zubits!

Ease of Use -- Once Zubits are installed they are super easy to use. Not only are you saving time putting your shoes on and taking them off, but there are no laces to trip over! An added bonus is your shoes can be magnetically stuck to one another in the closet so -- no more missing shoes either!

Long Lasting -- Zubits can be put on a new pair of shoes once your current shoes are worn out. As someone who wants everything I buy to last forever, I am so pleased that Zubits will last for shoe after shoe after shoe.

Strength --  Zubits hold up under all circumstances thanks to the super strong magnets. Your shoes will be securely and comfortably fastened during all sorts of activities.  

My wish for Zubits is that they were cheaper so we could have a set for every shoe in the house! But, Zubits does have a special offer right now where if you buy 3 or more Zubits you can get $10 off!

Check out Zubits to purchase some Zubits of your own. The website also has videos, tips and tricks, and a FAQ section. 

Win it: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader will win a pair of Zubits! (The winner can pick the size and colour of Zubits they like best.)

Disclosure: I was given two pairs of Zubits in exchange for my honest opinion. 
~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Words of Encouragement

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter -- celebrating the resurrection of Jesus!

How amazing is it to think that God loved us while we were imperfect. We don't need to be "good" or "good enough" to be worthy of God's love or to earn salvation. Salvation is a free gift from God and all we need to do is accept His free gift! What a blessing. 

Please don't hesitate to ask questions if you would like to learn more about Jesus, the Bible, or the Christian faith! I might not be able to answer all your questions, but I love the Lord...

Check out: my favourite Easter story from 8 years ago: 

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Saturday, March 17, 2018

"Paul, Apostle of Christ" Movie Giveaway

"Paul, Apostle of Christ" is a movie that tells the Biblical story of the life of Paul. Releasing nationwide on Friday, March 23, "Paul, Apostle of Christ" is a faith filled movie that is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Jim Caviezel ("Passion of the Christ" and "Person of Interest") and James Faulkner ("Downton Abbey") lead the cast in this movie. While I don't know James Faulkner very well, I have always enjoyed Jim Caviezel's performances -- especially in the science fiction movie "Frequency".

The plot: Paul is imprisoned in Rome by Emperor Nero and sentenced to death. Luke, his devoted friend, hopes to write a book that details Paul's tumultuous journeys and the message of Jesus Christ.

Although I haven't yet seen the movie myself, it looks like it will tell a powerful story of redemption, mercy and grace. Paul's imprisonment always serves to remind us to persevere in the midst of persecution -- a theme that is increasingly necessary in the world at large.

Of course this movie will have some fictional aspects to flesh it out into a movie length, but thankfully, the makers of the movie have strived to tell a story that honours the Biblical account. Check out the following video for a discussion of Biblical accuracy in the movie:

The story of Saul-turned-Paul is such an amazing example of the transformational work of Jesus Christ. When we consider that Paul could go from a man who hated and killed Christians to the writer of many New Testament books, this should give us pause. Surely God can forgive sinners such as us, if he forgave Paul his past sins. What a blessing to know that God's grace and mercy are for us all.

"Paul, Apostle of Christ" is in theaters March 23 and will be a great movie to watch in the weeks building up to Easter.

Check out:

"Paul, Apostle of Christ" Official Website to find a theater and to learn more about the cast and the storyline. There are also photos and videos hidden on the website if you click the menu in the upper left corner.

"Paul, Apostle of Christ" Facebook Page has photos, quotes, and videos.

Letters from Paul videos are narrated readings of Scriptures by James Faulkner, the actor who depicts Paul in the movie.

Win it: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader (US only) will win movie tickets for two to see the movie "Paul, Apostle of Christ" in theaters! (2 Fandango discount code tickets).

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Disclosure: I wrote this post as a featured contributor of Collide Media Group: "Paul, Apostle of Christ" Influencer Program. Thanks to Collide Media Group, Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. and LEV3L,  I received two Fandango movie tickets 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 ~❀~

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Wonder" the Movie

My family and I recently watched the movie "Wonder" and were blown away by this great family friendly movie with a message for everyone: choose kind.

My kids (11 and 14) had never read the book (despite my offering) and so they went into watching the movie with very little information. In fact, my husband and I were pre-screening it to see if it would be okay for them to watch, when they spontaneously came into the family room and joined us moments after it started.

I read the book "Wonder" a couple of years ago and so I was interested to see what the movie would be like. This movie has excellent acting by a great cast. I love the imaginative spin they had throughout the movie (reminiscent of "Ramona and Beezus"). Like the book, the movie focuses on the point of view of various characters and tells a story beyond what you might think at 'face value'.

If you're looking for a great movie for your family to watch together, consider this one.

If you're wondering if it's right for your kids --  check out the Wonder review on Kids in Mind for specifics (and some mild spoilers).

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

"The House on Foster Hill" by Jaime Jo Wright is a Christian murder mystery that tells the story of two young women at two different times in history: Ivy's story is set in the early 1900's; Kaine's story is set in the present day.

Kaine's husband died two years ago in an accident that she insists was no accident. In an attempt to start over, Kaine impulsively purchases an old house that has some family history. As Kaine uncovers the history of the house she sees how circumstances in the past eerily mirror her own life.

"When the house's dark history 
comes back with a vengeance, 
Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization 
she has nowhere left to hide." 

Over a hundred years earlier, Ivy is struggling to find meaning in life while recovering from her brother's death and a broken heart. A mysterious murder on the Foster Hill property leaves Ivy looking for answers...

I found Ivy to be a more compelling character and thought her storyline was more intriguing than the present day storyline. I might have prefered it if the novel were written predominantly in the past. That being said, I did find it interesting to see how Ivy and Kaine's stories intertwined.  

This novel is a mystery that incorporates elements of romance -- both in the present timeline and in the past. Although it deals with some mature themes, the novel isn't graphic and there is no foul language. Some of the Christian conversations at the beginning of the novel felt a bit contrived, but overall a strong message of hope comes through. If you're a fan of historical mystery, but like it to be mild, this novel may be one for you.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." 

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Operation Christmas Child!

Samaritan's Purse has a program called Operation Christmas Child. This is a great opportunity for you (and your children!) to participate in an act of service that shows the love of God!

Samaritan's Purse ensures that children all over the world (who might otherwise not receive anything) receive this special gift. The shoeboxes are sent to more than 100 countries to bless children regardless of their race, religion, or gender. 

“My favorite items in my shoebox were school supplies. 
They were really important to me because 
it meant I could go to school.”

Luis, Panama
Check out the website's Packing Ideas for more quotes from children who have been blessed and, of course, to get some more packing ideas!
Consider adding a "Let's Be Friends!" page where you can write a short letter and identify on the map where you're from!

Here's a checklist my kids and I have made. Feel free to leave a comment if you think we should add anything to the list!

School Supplies
stuffed animal
pencil crayons
musical instruments
card games
face cloth

note books

soccer ball and pump
school books


jump rope/Chinese rope



For Girls
sewing kit
kitchen spoons
hair clips
hair elastics

capybaras ~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Friday, October 6, 2017

SketchyDez Custom Character Design Giveaway

Have you ever thought of a cartoon character you wish existed? Do you know a birthday girl or boy who would love to be drawn in the style of their favourite character? Maybe you would like to see your favourite character in casual clothes, in a unique pose or holding a certain accessory?

SketchyDez is a 13 year old artist who specializes in creating art of custom cartoon characters or art of beloved characters in different clothes or poses.

Check out:
Some of the themes that SketchyDez specializes in:

My Little Pony Equestria Girls
Mario Characters and Princesses
Super Heroes
Tinkerbell / fairies
Harley Quinn / Poison Ivy

Buy it: Visit SketchyDez Etsy Shop to order custom artwork. Click on the Custom Cartoon Character listing and then browse through by clicking the arrow to see more examples.

Win it: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader will win a custom work of art. An American or Canadian winner will win a hardcopy of the art or a digital copy of the art. An International winner will win a digital copy of the art only.

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Please note that SketchyDez has the right to refuse custom requests (even the request of the giveaway winner!) and she does not do creepy or inappropriate themes. This is at her discretion.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~
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