Review : Custom Art

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Their ordering process is amazingly easy!  My design arrived super fast!  

But, I wanted to tell you my favorite part!  You can order extra designs to keep in the same frame and rotate them!  I had no idea until my design arrived and there was a note in the box!  When trying to decide what I wanted and who it was going to be for, I thought about the Christmas ones but then thought about what I would do with it during the rest of the year!  Solution, get a different design for the rest of the year!  Yay!

I really think these are well made, they are gorgeous and seem like quality work!  I look forward to ordering something else from them in the future!  Maybe a Christmas design for Anna to rotate around for the holidays!!

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NOTE : I received a complimentary product so that I could write an honest review about the ordering process as well as the quality of their products.  I highly recommend them!!

Book Review : Love Does for Kids

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Our family loves Bob Goff!  Love Does is a book that inspires one to act their love out.  Bob is a storyteller extraordinaire!  He can weave a tale like few authors I know.

This time around, Bob partnered with his daughter Lindesy to write a similar book to Love Does, but for kids.

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When this book arrived in my house, before I could even touch it, my 14 year old took off with it!  That is saying a lot.  It was not just once that he was found reading it on the couch – but multiple times.  He gives it a raving review!  Eli said it was easy to read and fun to read.

This book is a great read-aloud for families or a perfect gift for a pre-teen aged person.  It is broken into 46 short readings, that would be ideal for devotions.

Each story is an example that Bob Goff uses to demonstrate how we can all live out a life that shows love to others.  Our family has thoroughly enjoyed the stories Bob shares through his experiences.

I highly recommend any books by Bob, but think this one is a great one to share with the family or would be a great gift for a child in your life!

NOTE : I received a copy of Love Does for Kids in exchange for an honest review.


A FEW YEARS AGO, BOB WROTE A BOOK CALLED LOVE DOES.
THEN, HE GAVE AWAY ALL THE PROFITS TO HELP CHANGE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD. TODAY, LOVE DOES LIVES ON AS AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO HELPING KIDS IN CONFLICT AREAS.

Review : (in)courage Devotional Bible

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There is something about pretty things.  I enjoy them maybe a little more than just something plain.  Pretty is fun!

This Bible : (in) Courage is an organization that knows something about truth and pretty!  Just about everything they put out from greeting cards, to devotions, to graphics – its all pretty!

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First, I love the linen feel to the cover.  It is in the photo below, a nice teal green.

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The colors throughout coordinate with that teal, as well as some peaches, roses and yellows – the colors are very pleasing and calming!

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This is a devotion Bible, with 52 devotions throughout the pages.  There are themes to the devotions and those are : brokenness, togetherness, grace, leadership, friendship, hope, hospitality, gratitude, second chances, and brave.

I love that there is space at the bottom of the pages to write notes, I am a note writer in my Bible!  I would love that space to fill up with ideas and points from studies and sermons!!

It really is a beautiful Bible and I look forward to using it in my quiet time!

NOTE : I received a copy of the (in)courage Devotional Bible at no cost, in exchange for my honest thoughts!

 

Texas Brigades Supports Leadership and Conservation

– by Jacob Cole

Natural Resources are vital to the well-being of everyone, regardless of what they believe. From clothing and the food they eat, to the home that they live in, nearly every product can be traced back to a natural origin. Many people aren’t aware of this, especially the majority of today’s teenagers. Texas Brigades is trying to remedy this by educating teenagers about the importance of wildlife conservation.

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Texas Brigades was founded by a man who had a passion for education. In 1993, Dr. Dale Rollins founded the first summer camp, Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade. Intending to educate teenagers about wildlife conservation and ethics, Texas Brigades also equips those teens to be better public speakers, leaders, and critical thinkers. Since 1993, additional camps and programs have been formed by volunteers with Texas Brigades, who share Dr. Rollins’ dream. Whether interested in freshwater fish, deer, quail, livestock, or marine life, there is a Texas Brigades Summer Camp for everyone.

Over the past four years, I have attended many of the different summer camps offered by Texas Brigades, learning about habitat management, wildlife biology, and many other subjects. The reason that I believe Texas Brigades is so successful is simple: their motto is, “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.” Throughout the weeklong camps, the cadets get to participate in nearly every exercise mentioned at camp, from electro-fishing to participating in a helicopter demonstration; we participate in techniques that real wildlife biologists and managers use.

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Texas Brigades’ vision is “Conservation leaders in every community.” The way that they encourage cadets to share their experiences is to offer some great incentives. If cadets report ten outreach activities within 4 months of attending camp, they are eligible for an “early bird” trip that corresponds to the Texas Brigades Summer Camp they attended. For example, the cadets of North Texas Buckskin Brigade get to go on a deer hunting trip, and the cadets of Bass Brigade get to go on a fishing trip. Outreach activities include speeches, presenting tri-fold displays, attending or assisting with workshops, and other advocacy opportunities. After “early bird” submissions, cadets should continue to speak to their community about conservation and how camp inspired them. These activities along with the “early bird” activities give way to other Texas Brigades incentives; college scholarships and opportunities to be leaders among your peers. With the submission of an application and Book of Accomplishments (record book), cadets who did the most quality activities are invited back as Assistant Leaders to help the team with the next year’s camp. College scholarships are awarded to many of these leaders each year.

If you are reading all of this and you are thinking that it seems like something you would be interested in, then I encourage you to visit the Texas Brigades website at www.texasbrigades.org. I have grown as a leader because of this organization’s Summer Camps Program, and I have really fallen in love with learning about our natural resources and how they impact me.

Book Review : Hope Your Heart Needs

Sitting in a comfy chair with a warm cup of tea or coffee are my ideal morning times.  They rarely exist in my reality though.  Instead its out of bed by 5:30, showered & dressed by 5:45, turning on lights in the living room and kitchen and meeting the kids at the table by 6:00 for morning devotion time.  Regardless of how my reality lines up with my ideal, the book Hope Your Heart Needs is a perfect devotion book to snuggle up with in the morning to read with your cup of hot _______(fill in the blank).

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I have adored this sweet devotion book, and since my reality is a bit crazy, many nights I read a devotion before bed, allowing me to contemplate Holley’s words as I fell asleep.

Holley Gerth always writes truth.  This is my favorite thing about her, she does not say what you want to hear, or what she wants to say, she shares God’s word straight to you.  I love this book of encouraging devotions that are exactly what she says they are : reminders of how God cares for us.

As Christmas shopping season is almost here, depending on who you are, this book would make a great Christmas gift for a reader, or a Jesus lover!  It is a book full of truths, its adorable and it will inspire its reader and remind them of who they are!!

NOTE : I received a copy of Hope Your Heart Needs in exchange for an honest review from Revell Publishers.