Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Wonderful World of Disney - Epcot

Epcot is the second Disney park to open up in Florida. It opened on October 1, 1982. Epcot encompasses 300 acres, that is more than double the size of the Magic Kingdom. Epcot is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

Epcot's Spaceship Earth as you are entering the park.

Epcot is divided into 2 main sections, Future World and the World Showcase.

Spaceship Earth taken from the World Showcase.

Future World

Future World is comprised of several pavilions. They are:
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Innoventions East
  • Innoventions West
  • Universe of Energy
  • Mission: Space
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • The Land
  • Imagination!
World Showcase

The World Showcase houses 11 different countries that you can go and explore. All of them have places to eat, shop, and relax. Some of the countries even have attractions you can ride. Some of the countries have a movie  you can watch to learn more about that country.

The countries represented in the World Showcase are:
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dare U 2 Open This Book by Carol McAdams Moore - A Review

Note: Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes all opinions are my own. 

Dare U 2 Open This Book is a unique 90 day devotional for boys. In this devotional book your child is encouraged to write and draw in the book. In case you are wondering, it is all not just fun and games. Each of these devotionals cover 2 pages. Over the 2 pages, your child will discover what the Bible says about a certain topic.

Each devotion starts with a Bible verse. Then you have some kind of activity to dig deeper into what the verse means. Sometimes you have to read more than the verse for further study. all of that is contained in the first part of the devotion and that is called " Seriously? Let Me See That!"

Once you have finished that section, you can move onto the next section called, "What if...". In this section, you apply what you have learned in the first section.

Karen Says:

I am very impressed with the unique devotional book for boys. I really think it would be fun for kids to do. I like how it makes the kids think for themselves.

If you are in search of a devotional book for boys with a different twist, then check this one out. By the way they have another one just like this for girls called, Just Sayin'.

Wizzy Gizmo -Who created Everything? Audio Drama - A Review

Have you heard about Wizzy Gizmo? In case you are wondering, Wizzy Gizmo has nothing to do with the movie Gremlins.

Wizzy Gizmo is actually a company that was started by Justin Cummins and Chris Del Aguila. They have produced a series of Bible books for kids, Bible audio dramas, Bible flashcards and more. These resources are great for Sunday School, Children's church and home schools and help parents and teachers “Equip children for life by exploring God’s Word.”

As part of this review I got to choose what product I wanted to review from Wizzy Gizmo. This was actually a hard decision, but in the end I chose to review the audio drama. Our family is a big fan of audio dramas and books on Cd so this was just up our alley.

Audio Drama
Who Created Everything? is an audio drama that is taken right out of Genesis Chapter 1.

I will tell you right upfront that we absolutely love the Adventures in Odyssey series, so much so that we usually compare everything to them. We have listened to several audio dramas over the years and we have heard some good ones and some really bad ones. I must say I was very impressed with this one. This is one of the good ones.

This audio drama was a big hit with our family and it passed our inspection. When we finished listening to the Cd the first time, I wanted to hear more. I was left wishing they had another Cd ready so that I could hear another installment. I would have bought it right then, no questions asked. I guess I will just have to wait, but I do wish they would hurry and come out with another audio drama soon.

Some things I liked about Who Created Everything?
  • Pete the bird.
  • It held everyone's attention, even the adults.
  • They put things in the story as a teaser for the next installment.
  • It went into more details about creation than most other books/media usually does.
  • It explained things simply where a child could really understand it.
To see what others are saying about other Wizzy Gizmo products be sure and go here.

Important Information:

Digital download - $9.99
Cd - $14.99

Where can I find Wizzy Gizmo?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Goals for the week of October 27, 2014

This past week was a good one, we had our ups and downs but it was good. Here is what I was able to get done on my goals this past week.
  1. Continue working on going through stuff in our bedroom.
  2. Finish reading A Robertson Family Christmas.
  3. Work on a couple of new craft ideas. This is going to be using puzzle pieces.
  4. Write a post for the Mickey Moms website.
As you can see, I was able to get most of it crossed off my list. This next week is going to be another busy week.

Here are my goals for this week.
  1. Work on a couple of new craft ideas. This is going to be using puzzle pieces. ( I want to finish these up this week)
  2. Work on an Ebook that I wanted to produce.
  3. Finish reading Andi Under Pressure by Amanda Flower to the kids.
  4. Get caught up on some stuff around the house.
If I can accomplish this we are doing good around here.

How about you, What is on your goal list for this week?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Our Presidents Rock! by Juliette Turner - A Review

Note: Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes all opinions are my own.

Our Presidents Rock! is a great book for anyone wanting a good book on all the presidents of the United States. Each president has about 7 pages each filled with information about the president and his presidency.

The way the book is set up is to be able to get information fast yet reliable. This is a great way to get information into teenagers who are used to a Facebook and Twitter society.

Each president has the information broken down into these sections:
  • The Bottom Line - Here you can find a 2 sentence overview of the presidents accomplishments during his time in office.
  • What Were they Thinking? - Here you can find a quick explanation of the presidents viewpoints.
  • Why Should I Care? - Here you will find out why you should learn about and understand the policies of the past presidents.
  • Breakin' it Down - Here you will find out about the presidents life before he became president.
  • Presidency - Here you will find out about his actual time in office as President. 
  • What Has He Done for Me Lately? - Here you will see how the president's accomplishments shaped our country and influence our lives today.
  • Quick Facts - You will find all sorts of quick facts scattered all through the pages about each president.
This book has 316 pages filled with lots of information about the presidents.

Karen Says:

When I first saw this book I knew I had to look at it. As a homeschooling mom, I am always looking for books to use in our home school. Over the years, I have gotten several books on the Presidents, but none of them really made me say wow! This book is the exception. This one definitely says wow! I am not the only one in the family who thinks so. I have had a hard time keeping this book in my possession over the past week because everyone else wants to look at it and read it. Even our 20 year old has run off with it.

We have all loved reading about a few presidents. Some of the things we liked about this book is looking at the election results for each president. We like how it is simple to read and how they show a map of what states voted for who.

I liked how they have a page named Presidential Times. This page looks like a newspaper and has several little articles on it about the  president. Then there is a box that says State of the Union on this page. This box contains several stats. They are:
  • How many states at the time.
  • Population at the time.
  • What $1 was worth during the beginning and end of their presidency.
  • What the United States debt was.
This was very interesting to look at to compare different time periods of history.

I am really impressed with this book and we are going to be adding it to our home school curriculum. Juliette Turner also has another book out about the constitution called Our Constitution Rocks! I can't wait to get that book because if it is anything like this book I know our family will love it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Denette Fretz - A Review

Note: Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes all opinions are my own.
Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door, is a children's book about what it means to love your neighbor for ages 4-8. This is the author's and illustrator's 2nd book together.

In this book Conrad goes to his uncle's ranch for the summer to learn how to become a cowboy. He brings along his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit because learning to be a cowboy can be dangerous.

This first aid kit comes in very handy along the way  especially when he interacts with Imogene Louise Lathrop who is the cowgirl next door. Imogene seems to always be right there when disaster strikes and Conrad needs to use his first aid kit.

Things get really bad between Conrad and Imogene when they go to a horse auction to get a horse for Conrad. Imogene winds up getting hurt and Conrad uses his first aid kit to help Imogene. In the end Conrad learns to love his neighbor.

Karen Says:

I thought this book was really cute. It teaches a great lesson about loving your neighbor. The art work is really cute and will catch the attention of younger kids.

There was some cute details about this book that I really liked. In the front of the book, they have a page where it says Meet the Ranch Hands and it has all 5 of the major characters in the book and their names. Then at the end of the book, there is a page that is all about Vocabulary Poetical. It has some of the words that were in the story and they made poetry about the words. I thought it was kind of cute.

This is a great book for younger kids. I could see this book being read aloud to a group

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Adventure Bible for Toddlers - A review

Note: Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes all opinions are my own.

The Adventure Bible for Toddlers is the perfect little Bible story book for toddlers. It contains 10 beautifully illustrated stories from the Old and New Testaments. This is the perfect book to start reading to your kids when they are young. It gives them a great little overview of important stories from the Bible.

The stories in the Bible are:
  • The Adventure Begins ( Genesis 1)
  • Noah's Ark ( Genesis 6-9)
  • Moses' Many Adventures (Exodus)
  • Boy Verses Giant (1 Samuel 17)
  • Drooling Lions (Daniel 6)
  • Fish Food (Jonah 1-4)
  • Jesus is Born (Luke 2:1-7)
  • Jesus is Baptized (Matthew 19:13-17)
  • Jesus and the Children (Matthew 19:13-15)
  • The Adventure Continues... (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)
Karen Says:

I really liked this little Bible for toddlers. It is beautifully illustrated. Each and every page has great pictures on it. The pages of this book is the board book pages, which is perfect for little kids.

Page from the book.

I also think the author did a good job of staying close to what the Bible says about each story. This is one thing that makes my husband and I annoyed about Bible story books for children. To us, the stories better align with what the Bible says or it just isn't worth reading it to our kids. There is just to much that you have to correct afterward. This book is definitely a keeper at our house. It passes our inspection.

Even though it does say it's for toddlers, this would make a great book for beginning readers to read aloud to their parents. To me there is no better way to learn to read than reading from the Bible.


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