Ellie Claire 365-Devotional Journal ~ REVIEW


Just the other day I was scrolling down my bookshelves filled with all my different journals from over the years.  Each one represents a period of time in my life that I not only wrote about, but doodled and even painted about.  Just looking at the different art work or color on the spines take me back to when I held it in my hands daily and poured my heart into them.  I have many blank journals that I've filled, but some of my most prized ones are my devotional journals.  Mainly because my spiritual connection to God is very important to me and it inspires me even more creatively when I pair scripture with my art or writing.  Recently I was able to add 3 gorgeous devotional journals to my collection from Ellie Claire.  And I can't wait to tell you about each of them.


Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women ~ REVIEW

I safely can say I'm the Queen of journals and devotionals, my daughter not so much.  We have done mother-daughter devotionals and some as a family.  But, as a young woman of 19 she hasn't found one in this new stage of life that suits her.  She isn't a little girl and even teenage devos just aren't covering the stage where she's at personally.  A lot of older devotionals are focused around motherhood or balancing work and school, so you can understand my excitement when I opened a package recently and discovered the beautiful Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women from Zondervan.  It's geared for ages 12-18, but it works perfectly for Mahala in her season of life.  Not kidish or brightly colored, it has a young woman's heart in mind.  Relationships with friends and family, dreams, struggles and big life decisions.


Ellie Claire Art Journals ~ REVIEW

I have been a journal loving girl since before I knew it was even a thing.  I thought I was just a hoarder of thoughts just like I was with knick-knacks and barbie dolls.  As I grew older it turned into a place I came to often to reflect, vent and day dream about the future.   And as an adult I recorded my gratitude, daily musings, prayer requests and miracles.  I always kept Bible study notes from sermons, but it wasn't until I was introduced to Bible journaling that I saw it in a whole new light.  A light of color, paint, illustrating and creativity galore.  It was a way for me to combine a few of my favorite loves....journaling, creating and Bible study.

Recently I was able to take a look at 3 amazing Ellie Claire Art Journals.  I was wowed from the first moment I opened the box, all three are hardback and have the most gorgeous covers ever.  One of my absolute favorite features of all three of them is that they all lay flat, because of the special spine.  This makes it super easy to doodle, write and complete 2 page spreads.  Let me tell you a little more about each of them and how I have been using my Ellie Claire Art Journals.

Hillsong Kids Can You Believe It? REVIEW

Are you looking for something to motivate your kiddos in the morning while you finish up that last drop of coffee or tidy up the homeschool room for the next science experiment?  Take a look at what I found.  This sweet DVD is what I'm considering a stocking stuffer must have this year.  Hillsong believes that teaching children to love God and others takes place in both the home and in the church.  Which is why they seek to partner with parents and with church pastors and leaders, equipping them with great resources.  This DVD features music videos featuring popular songs by Hillsong Kids along with some fun commentary.  Hillsong Kids presents Jesus Christ and His Church in a relevant way, creating moments and scenarios which kids can relate to and never forget.


 “Can You Believe It!? – Songs of Truth” is both a question and a challenge… a statement of gratitude to a loving God and an invitation to explore the very foundations of faith. Classic songs like “My Best Friend”, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” and “What A Beautiful Name” join brand new declarations of faith such as “As The World Shakes” & “Heaven Is Our Home”. We pray that this collection of fun and vibrant songs, help children around the world to declare biblical truths about God’s love and grace for them.

Get your very own copy from this Link Here!

 Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this product in exchange for this review and post.


Day by Day Through the Gospel of John~ Review

Let me be honest, I literally wanted to get this book just so I could see how someone could truly take a year and devote it totally to the book of John.  This book wowed me with each of it's 365 devotions that progressively worked through the Gospel of John.  

Each day started with verses from John and followed with a portion of a study or sermon from Biblical teachers and writers like Charles Spurgeon and Alexander Maclaren as well as George MacDonald, John Wesley, Charles Finney, Catherine Booth and many many more.
I have tons of different devotionals that a cycle through depending on what season in life I find myself in.  This one was definitely different then others I have read before.  I usually go for a lighter, encouraging, mother's heart, down in the trenches type or one that is more soul searching and thought provoking.  This one I felt gave me the depth in a devotional that I was craving around this time of the year.  I know this will be one I reach for time and time again.  Even though the passages were fairly short it did require a lot of contemplation and investment.  I have highlighted and even researched further from some of my daily reads just to grasp it even deeper.  This is a meaty devotional and a must have for anyone who enjoys an in-depth study of God's word.


Small Spaces by Katherine Arden~ REVIEW

This one was rough for Kaden to get through.  I forget sometimes that just because he can read it doesn't mean developmentally he can handle it.  For a typical child this would have been super cool to read especially this time of the year.  I was the main reader and improvised when the spots seemed to scary.  Through the whole book Kaden was latched on to me and if I came to a stopping place he begged for just one more chapter. :)  Down bellow I have a fun little scarecrow craft with jars.  We decided to make them a little less scary then the ones in the story. :)


Healing Songs of Worship

There is a song from Kari Jobe that I run to when life is too much to handle....Do You have a song that speaks volumes of relief to your heart when it is in need?  I'm so Blessed to know that we are not alone….we can get through any struggle with the Lord.

When I walk through deep waters
I know that you will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow


Cooking Healthy Can Be Messy.....

I am nearing 90 days of healthy eating and things are pretty normal around here now.  No more running around trying to figure out what this spice is for, what I'm substituting for carbs or even which oil to use with whatever I'm cooking.  It's all just a way of life now....when I make my coffee I get out the Collagen and coconut oil without even thinking...it's just Life now.  I'm at 29lbs lost now and I hate to say it, but it's just easy living....dieting is hard, but healthy eating isn't.  It's just feeding your body what it needs to run optimally and giving it the components needed to successfully repair and nourish itself.


The Life Giving Parent ~ REVIEW

The Life Giving Parent by Clay and Sally Clarkson is considered the third book in the "Life Giving" trilogy.  I have read the other two and dearly love them.  I have learned so much from all three of these books and like to use the practical applications that's shared in each of them in my home.

Clay is the main writer in this book, so it has a slightly different feel to it than the previous Life Giving books.  He writes like a theologian, but Sally provides softness and that Mom connection with her "Sally's Life Giving Momoirs".  It was insightful exploring the eight key principles they shared, which they called the―heartbeats of lifegiving parenting―to shed light on what it means to create a home where your children will experience the living God in your family.  This has been my goal as a Mother since day one.  I strive to assemble a home that shines with God's love and smells a little like fresh cookies and Christmas morning. 
Take a quick look inside at all the treasures....

 Part I: Heartbeats of Parental Life Giving
2. Numbering Your Child's Days
3. Nurturing Your Child's Spirit
4. Guarding Your Child's Heart
5. Renewing Your Child's Mind
6. Strengthening Your Child's Faith
7. Shaping Your Child's Will
8. Cultivating Your Child's Character
9. Forming Your Child's Imagination

Part II: Living as a Life Giving Parent
10.  One Life to Give
Epilogue: Our Life Giving Parent Story

Being a parent with a special needs child and two other typical children there needs to be a balance.  Each child is  a unique gift.  The eight “heartbeats” in this book were both inspirational and instructional, I had a notebook filled with ideas and creative suggestions that I took away from reading. This would make an excellent gift for a new family or a family with teenagers.  I have one out of the house and I still gleaned some gems to strengthen that relationship.  Homeschool families, newlyweds and expectant parents could benefit for any of the three books in this wonderful series.  
 ***Thank you to the Tyndale Blog Network for this copy of the Lifegiving Parent in exchange for my honest review.


Heirloom Audio ~ REVIEW


Once again Heirloom Audio brings us an amazing, inspirational historical adventure.  St. Bartholomew's Eve is based on the literary adventures of G.A. Henty and is a full audio drama that is sure to capture your attention and hearts like it has ours. Heirloom Audio is a company that strives to bring your family true stories that show bravery, honesty, integrity, courage, and loyalty.  It's always exciting to add to our learning experience and these CDs are the perfect way to truly enhance our history time.


Brinkman Adventures ~ REVIEW

As you may know we love books here in this house, but we equally love audio dramas.  We have been long time fans of the Brinkman Adventures and have been enjoying their latest offering of suspense and adventure,  Season 6: Underground Rising.  Several weeks ago we received the digital version and enjoyed it both during morning time and during lunch.  Sometimes Kaden gets a little board with plain audio books, audio dramas are more immersing.  You can hear them breaking glass, shuffling their feet and the crackling fire sounds makes you feel as though you are right there.  It's like IMAX for your ears with History, drama and Christian inspiration.