Monday, October 26, 2015

Popular Purple pencil sharpener review and giveaway








We've used so many different pencil sharpeners over the past 11 years of homeschooling and I have to admit that none of them were that great until we found ClassroomFriendlysupplies.com  You might remember my review of the Firehouse red pencil sharpener a couple of years ago.  That one is still going strong, we love it and use it almost every day!  They just sent me a purple sharpener to try out and it's a beauty and I'm giving it away to one lucky reader. I wish I'd found this sharpener when my kids were in kindergarten because we would have saved a bundle on sharpeners over the past 11 years.  This one is $24.99 for one but they do offer discounts and specials if you buy 3 or more (great idea for teachers).


Here's the purple sharpener!  Isn't it pretty, I love the color.



It comes with a little tool to attach it to your desk or table



Here are my pencils before I used the sharpener


I love that you can press the two black things together and pull it out and the pencil will self sharpen, you can actually do it with one hand.  It has a nice sized drawer to catch all your shavings.




Leave a comment telling me what color of sharpener you'd like to see in future.  Be sure to go to www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com and see what other colors they have available!
I  draw my winner on November 1st, 2015
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith, Hope and Love review and giveaway


 About the Bible:

Today's teen girl needs reassurance that no issue is too big for God.  The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, will do just that.  This Bible is packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussions about the realities of life.  This Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love.  It is as sincere about a teen girl's walk with God as they are, helping them discover his will for all areas of their life, including relating to their family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.  
Features:
  • DAILY READINGS by popular Christian female authors including Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer), Annie DownsChristine Caine, Nicole WeiderElsa Kok ColopyCrystal KirgissBekah Hamrick MartinDenise Van Eck, and more
  • CHARACTER PROFILES of women in the Bible
  • BOOK INTRODUCTIONS for each book of the Bible
  • HIGHLIGHTED PROMISES OF GOD are verses worth remembering
  • A CONCORDANCE for help in finding verses
  • The bestselling NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV) of the Bible 



My Thoughts:


First thing when we opened the package we noticed that the Bible was a beautiful color and looked like something that would appeal to a wide range of styles.  It's not too girly but has some pops of orange and pink to brighten it up.  Makenzie was excited because this shade of aqua is one of her favorite colors right now.  I was excited because she opened it up and started reading it and looking up her favorite verses and then she realized there were daily readings by popular Christian female authors.  One of her all time favorite movies is Soul Surfers that tells about Bethany Hamilton's teen years and struggels after her arm was bitten off by a great white shark.  We saw the movie on a mommy-daughter date and it really touched her. From that point we've followed Bethany on Instagram, Facebook and cheered for and her husband on the Amazing Race.  So that was a HUGE bonus for Kenzie!



As I was looking through the thing that I liked a lot was the Book Introductions for each book of the Bible.  Look at my pic below and you can see the intro for Exodus.  It gives you a brief introduction to the book and tells when it happened, who is in the book, verses you might recognize and what's it about.  I really liked that idea and might borrow it for some of my own quiet time.  Another neat feature is the Character profiles of women in the Bible, I think this makes it easier for our teen girls to relate to the Biblical woman.  My favorite women in the Bible when I was a teen were Sarah and Esther and I read their stories over and over.  I'm still fascinated by Esther to this day and love movies and books about her. You know that question about if you could meet anyone from the past and have lunch with them?  Yep, you guessed it I'd always pick Esther!


GIVEAWAY TIME: Please leave a comment with your favorite female bible character and I'll pick a winner by October 30th, 2015








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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Finding Noah movie review



Synopsis:

For over 2,000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah's Ark.  Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Mount Ararat.  Located in Eastern Turkey, Agri Dagh or "The Painful Mountain" is the tallest mountain in the region and lies in the very center of a centuries old, geo-politically unstable hot spot.  With constant threats of deadly rock slides, hidden crevasses, and glacial ice falls, the Kurdish Rebel held mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation.  

Join director/producer Brent Baum and the FINDING NOAH film crew as they follow an expedition of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat's desolate summit.  There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question:  did Noah and his Ark actually exist?  

Shot in never-before filmed locations in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth.  Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, FINDING NOAH is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation.  



Sharing from my heart:

Even though this was more of a documentary type film I still found it fascinating to watch.  Typically I don't get into documentaries, I'm bored easily but this was so interesting.  Growing up as a child I learned about Noah's Ark in Sunday school class (probably like most of you), well I've always wanted to see it and it's been a mystery that has kept my interest for years and years.  Anytime I hear news of Noah's Ark I always listen in of hopes that they found it.  I know it's out there but just want to see it with my own eyes.  I don't want to give anything away before you see the film but I think you'll find it fascinating because there were several harrowing moments that you won't want to miss.  It's only showing for one night in about 640 theaters so save October 8th, 2015!


Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR 
Runtime: 116 minutes 
Release Date (ONE NIGHT ONLY): October 8

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About Nichole Nordeman: Nichole Nordeman was born on January 3, 1972 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a Contemporary Christian r...