Monday, November 30, 2015

Win or Lose, I Love You Book Review

Win or Lose, I Love You! by Lysa Terkeurst is an adorable story about Max and Lulu and their competitions with their forest friends. It's a book about friendship, competition, playing fair, and losing and winning gracefully. My boys loved this book! The illustrations were so cute and engaging and the writing was easy for my boys to follow. 

Lysa takes a deep topic and makes it understandable for young children. I felt like the whole book had so many wonderful talking and teaching points. I loved being able to talk with my boys about what it means to play fair and how to handle emotions when things don't go their way. The verses at the end were wonderful and a perfect end to this precious book. We will read it again and again! 

I highly recommend "Win or Lose, I Love You!" to parents, grandparents, preschools, and churches. It's great for kids age 2-5. I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers, but the opinions are my own. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Grandma Was Right After All! Review

I just love John Rosemond's parenting books! I have read almost all of them and couldn't wait to read this one when I saw that had come out. I have potty trained both of my boys by the time they were 2 with "Toilet Training Without Tantrums" and have been a huge fan every since.

Grandma Was Right After All! is a great, quick read. It goes through common phrases that our grandmothers might have said. They align perfectly with Rosamond's no-nonsense style of parenting. I appreciate that each section was broken down into easy-to-read paragraphs.  It takes what can sometimes be overwhelming material and makes it easy to follow and comprehend.

I'm a big fan of Rosemond and recommend his books to all of my friends. Grandma Was Right After All! is no exception and I highly recommend it. I don't agree with all of his assessments of our country, but I take the big picture and appreciate his "old school" insight into parenting.

I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Jesus Calling For Little Ones Review

I loved Jesus Calling and when I saw that Sarah Young had written a devotional for young children, I knew I had to get it. It's perfect for 2-4 year olds. My boys love this book and ask me to read it to them all the time. Each page is a separate truth that helps little ones understand just how much Jesus loves them. The illustrations are so pretty and the verses and truths are perfect ways to open the door to talk with your preschoolers about Jesus. My boys couldn't believe that God knows how many hairs are on their heads! I love that it is a board book and can withstand their play. I recommend this book to anyone with a pre-schooler. Great for churches, parents, grandparents, and babysitters. My 4 year old likes to "read" it to himself when we get into the car. Thank you to Book Look Bloggers for letting me have a free review copy.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Prayers for Your Children: 90 Days of Heartfelt Prayers for Children of Any Age Book Review

This book is a wonderful tool to encourage parents to pray for their children. I was wanting to pray for my boys more and came across this book. It has been so encouraging and beautiful to be able to lift my children up in prayer. I love them so much and want so much for them. Prayers for Your Children has been the perfect jumpstart for me to pray more often for them. I highly recommend this book for all parents and grandparents who want to develop a deeper prayer life with their husband or wife to pray for their children or grandchildren.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Scary Close by Donald Miller Review

I love Donald Miller's writing and was excited to be able to read his new book! It takes a look at relationships and intimacy and Miller shares how he has grown in these areas. His style is so effortless and authentic. I felt like I was reading his journal and so many times I found myself saying, "Me too!" I highly recommend this book because it is easy to read but packs deep insights into personal relationships. Pick it up today! You will love it.

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. My opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Home is Where my People Are Review

Such a cute memoir! Perfect beach read this summer. Sophie Hudson has such a fun way of sharing her story and her book "Home is Where My People Are" is a quick, uplifting read. She shares her story from growing up to present day. I love how she weaves her faith into each chapter. I laughed at her Southern stories and was encouraged by her uplifting story.

I recommend this to women who are looking for a fun summer read, to be encouraged in your faith, and want a great laugh!

I received this book for free for in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Publishers.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe World  by Susie Davis is such a good read! It's relatable, intense, authentic, uplifting, and heartfelt. Susie Davis went through a very traumatic event as a young person and she shares how that event shaped her for better and for worse. She shares her true feelings about how God is still good even in the midst of pain and suffering. It's an incredible story and has so many amazing teaching points. I loved the chance to read it and walked away with with a renewed sense of God's goodness even in the midst of suffering. Susie's style of writing is so relatable and I felt so encouraged by her story.

I highly recommend this book to any woman struggling with fear. Fear can be so multi faceted and "Unafraid" speaks to so many different parts of them. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Savor Book Review

I love Shauna Niequist's books and her devotional is no different. Each day is a short devotional with a Bible verse and a few questions. Every few days she includes one of her awesome recipes. The questions at the end of the devo are my favorite. They are very thought provoking and it gives me time to process the verse and the phase of life I am in currently. I love her style of writing and the stories she tells that makes you feel like you can relate to everything she says. Her honesty and authenticity are very refreshing and a welcome start to my day! I recommend this book to busy moms, college girls, foodies, and book clubs. It would be a great devo to read and each month get together and make on of the recipes and talk about your favorite question, verse, or story.

I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers. My opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden is a must read for new gardeners! My four year old son and I have been wanting to start a garden and when I saw this book up for review on Blogging for Books I just knew I had to get it. And it did not disappoint! I learned everything I need to know to plant an awesome vegetable garden. The book is chock full of great advice and information including garden maps and a list of every vegetable with information on how to best grow each variety. The author gives great advice on soils, compost, where to plant, how to plant, and when to harvest.

I can't recommend this book enough! Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. I will have it with me year-round as I am growing my first crop of veggies.

I received this book for free from Blogging For Books. These opinions are my own. 

The Wholehearted Wife Review

The Wholehearted Wife by Erin, Greg, and Gary Smalley is such a great read! I loved the 10 keys to a more loving relationship because they were authentic, Biblical, and easy to apply to your life. This book took me a while to read because each chapter was so full of great ideas, questions, quotes, and stories. I loved going through the book with my husband and asking him different questions from The Wholehearted Wife. I do wish that Erin was the only writer only because she was so good she didn't need the other two :) I really appreciated her perspective on so many issues and was thankful to have read her book!

I recommend The Wholehearted Wife to anyone who is married, counselors, and pastors. It's a great read for yourself or to recommend to others.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bunny's First Spring

Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by David Mcphail is just beautiful. I love the way Lloyd-Jones writes in The Jesus Storybook Bible and knew this book would be written with the same captivating language. 

Bunny watches the seasons change and worries about winter. But in a lovely parallel it shows that just as seasons change and things live and die, God will always have the "final Spring." All things will be made new by Him and I can thank this book for helping me to show my preschool son this incredible truth. I was amazed that a 3 year old could grasp these concepts on his own, but he really understood what the bunny was feeling. It was such a neat conversation to have with him. The illustrations are beautiful and add to the book!

I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Review

Are you constantly wishing your home was cleaner and more organized? Do you struggle to keep things tidy once you do get your house organized? I feel like this all the time! I would get so discouraged by my lack of organizational skills and my house would stay in a state of disarray. When I saw The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as a choice for a book I could review, I was so excited. I just moved and knew it would be the perfect time to get my new house in order. Let me just say, I loved this book! The KonMari method really does work and it's so simple! The book itself is a very quick read and you learn so much! I had a few favorite take aways:
-ask yourself "Does this spark joy?" for every item you pick up. It was a really freeing question for me and enabled me to give away or throw away bags of clothes, papers, toys, and other household items.
- Tackle your house all at once. Don't take things slowly, but rather pull out all of your clothes at one time, papers, etc and go through each item. It seems overwhelming, but it was actually really empowering.

It was interesting reading a book about organization from another culture's perspective. Some parts made it neat to learn about new ways to organize, but some parts such as the size of Japenese closets did not translate very well into American standards. So, for things that's didn't quite translate I just took what I could from those points and moved on.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to make a change in their home life. It's an encouraging and informative read!