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.

A Robertson Family Christmas by Miss Kay Robertson - A Review

 Note: I received a free copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to go stay with the Robertson family? In this fiction book written by Miss Kay Robertson with Travis Thrasher you can get a good idea what it would be like.

This book is about how the Robertson's had a contest to see who would come spend Christmas with them. Hunter's mom entered him into the contest and he won. So he was going to go down to West Monroe, Louisiana for Christmas with the Robertson's.

Hunter's mom and dad are divorced and he stays with his mom and his dad is very involved with his brother's life. His brother Carson is a big football player and his dad spends a lot of time with Carson doing football stuff. Hunter definitely comes from a broken family. Hunter's biggest dream is for his family to be one again.

Hunter is not to thrilled to be going down to West Monroe for Christmas, but he goes down there and he actually has a great time. He even learns a few things along the way.

Karen Says:

I really enjoyed this book. As many of you know, our family loves the Robertson family and I have read just about all of the books that the Robertson family writes. So this book was just up our alley.

We actually read this book as a family, a few chapters each night after dinner. I read it aloud to everyone and everyone else was just memorized by what I was reading.

Even though it was fiction, you got a feel for what it is like to spend Christmas with the Robertson's. If you are familiar with the show Duck Dynasty you will definitely see the different personalities coming out in this book.

I thought the story was going to be that Hunter was going to stay with Phil and Miss Kay, but we soon realized that Hunter was staying with Willie and Korie. Not a big deal, but I was kind of surprised to find that out. But it worked great because Hunter and John Luke were about the same age.

If you ever wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas with the Robertson's then go get a copy of this book and find out. It is an easy and enjoyable read.

If you want to read the first chapter of this book, you can go here.

If you want to win a copy of this book, you can enter below. Tyndale graciously sent me 2 copies. One for myself and one to give away to one of my readers. This give away is open to anyone in the United States. Good luck.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Our week - A trip to Ship Island and Fall Muster at Beauvoir

This week has been super busy and the weekend was even busier. Last month our family was invited to go to Ship Island to help cleanup the island, so we jumped at the chance to go. This was part of the bigger coast wide cleanup, where people volunteer to help clean up the beaches.

Ship Island Sign
 The Ship Island cleanup is an all day affair and we have to go take a ferry to get there. Since we were part of the clean up crew, we got a free ride on the ferry. For our family this is a savings of $125. We work on cleaning up a certain section of the beach and then we have lunch that we brought with us. Then after that we are able to enjoy the island for the rest of the afternoon. This year we even got a coupon for a free meal at The Shed. This is a local barbeque and blues restaurant.

Fort Massachusetts

Entrance to the fort

Part of the beach

This was our second time out to Ship Island, so we were very thankful for the opportunity to go to Ship Island for the day.

Sunday was a busy day also. We went to Sunday School and then we were off to The Shed to turn in our coupons for our free lunch, a pull pork sandwich and chips and a drink. None of us have ever eaten at The Shed before, so this was definitely a treat.

The Shed

My pulled pork sandwich with out the top on.

After The Shed, it was time to go to Beauvoir for the afternoon. It was time for the annual Fall Muster. Fall Muster is a 2 day event that recreates a Civil war battle. You can go and walk around the tents and reenactors and the highlight of the day is the actual battle.


Mr and Mrs Jefferson Davis

Some of the tents

Some of the reenactors

Some of the reenactors

The Fall Muster has been a favorite of ours to go see for several years now.

We have had a fun filled weekend and now it is time to rest up a little and catch our breath.

Weekly Goals for the Week of October 20, 2014

Boy has this past week flew by. I am amazed at how fast it has gone. It was a busy week with an even busier weekend. I must admit we are not making as much progress with my list as I would like. This is what I wanted to get done 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. (We worked on this but didn't quite finish the project.)
  4. Write a post for the Mickey Moms website. 
Well as you can see I haven't gotten much done on my list so I am going to have to just stick with this list for next week also.
  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.
Hopefully I get this list done this week.

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Our family loves pumpkin bread so much that we are known to enjoy this tasty treat all year long not just in the fall. Here is the recipe  that we have been using for some time now. I am not really sure where we even got this recipe from, but this is our tried and true recipe for pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin Bread

1 cup cooking oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups pumpkin or 1 16 oz can of pumpkin
4 eggs
nuts optional

Mix all ingredients.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Makes 3 loaves.


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