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Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women is a beautiful collection of scripture and reflections directed at young girls, 13 and older. It is the perfect book for young ladies that face modern-day problems with grace and modesty. Each day includes a quote from scripture followed by a reflection. After reading the reflection, the reader has an ample area to journal thoughts and feelings.

As a junior high teacher, I see the need for young girls to need a daily reminder that they are loved by someone bigger than themselves. With Christmas upon us, the Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women would make a thoughtful and unique gift.

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Official Description

Each day features an easy-to- read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and
journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. The book tackles tough
topics girls face, from bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while
showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight.
There is no specific author. It will be listed as Zondervan.
$14.99, Hardcover, For ages 13 & up

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XOXO

Danielle

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Let the Children Come

Let The Little Children Come aims to provide effective gospel tracts and evangelism tools and resources for children.
It is the hope that these tools and resources will help you in conveying the powerful gospel message to children. These gospel tracts are all specially designed to capture and hold the attention of children, while not distracting them from the core message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Wonderful tools to use in Sunday School, VBS, and outreach programs.  Easy for children to understand and talk about to their friends!

What are tracts?
Tracts are fun, small books that have images that appear to move when a piece of plastic hoovers over the image. They are so fun and eye-catching. Gospel tracts are focused on the wonderful stories from the Bible.

If you have a weekly group of kids that you meet with at church, each pack can be divided and used for several weeks. Each package includes several tracts and two bracelets that represent salvation. These packs or individual goodies are a great way to teach kids about the Gospel.

They also make stocking stuffers. Head over to Let the Little Children Come to buy yours now!
If you’re interested in a certain tract, check the links below!
These are my favorite!

XOXO
Danielle

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. All opinions are my own.
Giveaways, Reviews

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Tyler Perry’s Higher is Waiting was released today,  November 14, 2017! I had just added it to my reading list when my copy arrived. Being from the South, I was intrigued by Perry’s memories of life in New Orleans. Higher Is Waiting journeys through Tyler Perry’s life while describing his relationship with God.

Each chapter offers reflections, Bible verses, and positive reinforcements. It is refreshing to read about a highlighted Hollywood mastermind that shares his spiritual journey.

Official Description

An intimate book of inspiration by one of the great cultural icons of our time
Higher Is Waiting is a spiritual guidebook, a collection of teachings culled from the experiences of a lifetime, meant to inspire readers to climb higher in their own lives and pull themselves up to a better, more fulfilling place. In this intimate book, Tyler Perry writes of how his faith has sustained him in hard times, centered him in good times, and enriched his life.
Beginning with his earliest memories of growing up a shy boy in New Orleans, Perry recalls the moments of grace and beauty in a childhood marked by brutality, deprivation, and fear. With tenderness he sketches portraits of the people who sustained him and taught him indelible lessons about integrity, trust in God, and the power of forgiveness: his aunt Mae, who cared for her grandfather, who was born a slave, and sewed quilts that told a story of generations; Mr. Butler, a blind man of remarkable dignity and elegance, who sold penny candies on a street corner; and his beloved mother, Maxine, who endured abuse, financial hardship, and the daily injustices of growing up in the Jim Crow South yet whose fierce love for her son burned bright and never dimmed. Perry writes of how he nurtured his dreams and discovered solace in nature, and of his resolute determination to reach ever higher.
Perry vividly and movingly describes his growing awareness of God’s presence in his life, how he learned to tune in to His voice, to persevere through hard times, and to choose faith over fear. Here he is: the devoted son, the loving father, the steadfast friend, the naturalist, the philanthropist, the creative spirit—a man whose life lessons and insights into scripture are a gift offered with generosity, humility, and love.
In celebration of this great release, I will be hosting a giveaway! Please share on social media!
The giveaway is for 1 copy of Tyler Perry’s Higher Is Waiting.
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Lionsgate’s The Gospel of Luke was released on October 17, 2017, and has been intriguing audiences in the past weeks. The narration of the Luke’s perspective on the events surrounding Jesus’ life, has been praised by  religious scholars. The movie paints a beautiful picture of the Gospel of Luke. Though not rated, the 205 minute film, is suitable for the whole family.

I highly recommend this beautiful film that will captivate your family for years to come. I think it’s a great movie to watch during the seasons of Advent and Lent when our focus should be turned even more to Jesus and His life.

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DESCRIPTION
Following The Gospel of John and The Gospel of Mark comes the third installment in the renowned Gospel film series, The Gospel of Luke, arriving on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand October 17 from Lionsgate. The third book of The New Testament comes to life for the first time with a truly unique, word-for-word adaptation that uses the gospel narrative as its script. Shot on location in Morocco with consultation from expert theologians and biblical scholars, and produced by the Lumo Project, The Gospel series was given the Dove Faith Friendly Seal for 12+.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
The Gospel of Luke, more than any other, fits the category of ancient biography. Luke, as “narrator” of events, sees Jesus as the “Savior” of all people, always on the side of the needy and the deprived. Narrated in the NIV by British actor Richard E. Grant and in the KJV by Sir Derek Jacobi, this epic production — featuring specially constructed sets and the authentic countryside of Morocco — has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story.

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I’d love to hear what you thought of the film. Also, what Advent and Lent traditions do you celebrate? Comment below!

XOXO

Danielle

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Lionsgate. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Giveaways, Happiness Project, Reviews

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In today’s society women and young ladies are bombarded with negative body images along with images of scantly clad women that most strive to recreate. Unfortunately, we often forget that fitness is not just to look great in the mirror, but it is a reflection of how we treat ourselves and our bodies as temples.

We should be nourishing our souls, minds, and bodies with positivism. Michelle at Faithful Workouts has developed a wonderful fitness system that supports one’s soul, mind, and body. Faithful & Fit is a membership based at home system that features uplifting and spiritual articles on a weekly basis.

Watch a detailed review HERE!

Features

  • Weekly motivational e-mails featuring scripture and inspirational articles
  • Variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced workout videos
  • Weekly meal plans
  • Weekly grocery lists
  • Monthly challenges
  • Facebook support group

To celebrate this wonderful program that will support thousands of women and young ladies, I am hosting a giveaway for a FREE one year membership.*

And if you’re not lucky enough to win, then try a FREE 14-day trial.

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I received a complimentary one year membership to Faithful & Fit in order to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Is the Bible true?

Patterns of Evidence was originally released in 2015 and explores the credibility of the Bible with commentary by several Christian scholars.

The quality of the production was of the highest and offered a very intriguing perspective of several stories from the Bible. The documentary takes the audience on a 12- year journey, using animations, with well-known archaeologists: Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl.

While some may not agree with filmmaker Timothy Mahoney, Patterns of Evidence will intrigue viewers on both sides of the debate about the Bible’s credibility. There were some debatable and not covered in great detail opinions about the Exodus, but overall the documentary is a great addition to your wealth of information or a great school assignment for students to study various perspectives.

If you’re interested in purchasing or viewing the documentary, watch the following trailer or visit the website. For less than $3, you can watch it on Amazon or Vudu!

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Recently, I have been working on improving my morning self-care routine that normally consists of me hitting snooze so many times that I throw on a little make-up and head out the door–late, of course! HSI sent me a professional flat iron so that I could review it. The HSI Professional 1″ Flat Iron has made it so easy to straighten or curl my hair each morning in less than 10 minutes.

The ceramic heat plates warm within seconds; you can adjust the temperature from 140-450 degrees Fahrenheit. The iron is so sleek that your hair, no matter how nappy, will not get snagged while straitening or curling.

If it couldn’t get any better, you will receive a curling glove and velvet storage bag–perfect when getting ready at the gym and needing to throw it into your bag still warm.

I only have one complaint–the temperature and on/off buttons are located between the two ceramic plates making it difficult to make adjustments while warm.

Check out this wonderful product with the link below!

Glider Ceramic Flat Iron

Or on Amazon

XOXO

Danielle

Reviews

Bath Bombs are all the craze right now, so I was super excited to try Cute & Young Bath Bombs with a discount.

Cute & Young did a fabulous job with the packaging of the 6 bath bombs. Each bath bomb comes individually wrapped and labeled. Each scent is described in an additional brochure.

Sweet Dreams 

Blend of Lavender, Chamomile, Sunflower & Sandalwood Oil, it produces a relaxing & calming effect, and helps in release of natural melatonin for better sleep.

Lush Life 

Blend of Black Pepper & Eucalyptus Oil offer warming & stimulating effect that invigorates your senses & prepares you for a wonderful evening

Get Lucky 

Blend of Sweet Orange Oil & Bergamot Oil

Don’t Worry 

Blend of Peppermint oil, Rosemary Oil & Juniper Oil

Feeling Good 

Let the blend of Palmarosa, Rose & Ylang Ylang Oil uplift your mood.

Fix You 

Blend of Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Rosemary & Eucalyptus Oil works like an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory agent, helps prevent infections & bacterial growth, and helps overcome depression

Unfortunately, all the bath bombs smell alike to me. All have an overpowering scent of Ylang Ylang, which is great for anxiety, but not necessarily what I want to smell every time I bathe. It could be that the bath bombs need to be separated to ensure the integrity of each scent.  But for a going price under $20 for 6 bath bombs, you can’t beat it!

They would make great gifts for Mother’s Day, birthdays, and Christmas!

Get them here amazon.com/gp/product/B01N5A39SM

Happy Shopping!

XOXO
Danielle

 

***I received this product using a discount to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

Reviews, Teacherisms

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I love music. I love all types of music–alternative, rock, country, Broadway showstoppers, the list goes on. I believe that music has the power to uplift and motivate the human spirit. I also use it to connect with my students on a more personal basis; if I know the latest and greatest hits, then it opens the avenue to deeper conversations about the history of songs and importance of monitoring what we watch and listen to. While teaching middle school American History can be challenging, it is also very rewarding when you make a difference in a child’s day or even better, future choices.

On the first day of school, I always greet my new kiddos with a bucket of candy and fun music. I want students to have a desire to come to school and own their education, so sometimes we have to let our hair down in the classroom.

I use two different types of music in my classroom. The first type is relaxing and used during tests. The kids have come to expect a nice, calm tune to be played during an exam. I always ask the students for their input on the volume. Sometimes they beg to have “music with words,” but during a test this is not recommended. Below are some great Pandora stations that play relaxing, test-taking music.

Spa Suite Radio

Instrumental Christmas Music

On the other hand, I like to make Fridays a special day in my class. We start the day with some upbeat music while the students complete their class starters. Of course, the music is turned off when we start class discussions, but as soon as we resume group work, I let the music continue. The following are some great Pandora stations. As always, monitor the lyrics.

Radio for Kids Radio

Tween Radio

Schoolhouse Rocks Radio

Family Road Trip Radio

This year I will be kicking it up a notch on Fridays with a LED Party Light! I will be using  my new Disco light for our fun music on Fridays, birthdays, and other occasions that deserve celebration. The light has a lifespan of more than 10,000 hours, so that’s a lot of partying! But my favorite feature is that it has the ability to sync to music and strobe following the beat. Remember to be sure no one in your class is sensitive to strobe lights.

How do you use music in your classroom?

***I was provided this product to provide an honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. Another words, I will receive a compensation if you make a purchase using my link.***

Recipes, Reviews

 

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As an aspiring cook, I love…no, obsess over all things kitchen-gadget related. After seeing a demonstration of a vegetable slicer, I decided it was going on my wish list. The Deluxe Cook V-Blade Vegetable Slicer is everything an at-home chef needs with several options for all your cooking needs.

I decided to test the V-Blade while creating a simple side dish for an easy Sunday dinner. The V-Blade was easy to assemble and use right out of the box, though i do recommend washing it!

It comes with four cutting plates that cut the following:

1.5mm Julienne

3.5mm Julienne

1.5mm slices

3.5mm slices (as seen in my video review)

My one complaint is that the slicer does NOT include a detailed manual on how to assemble, use, and clean. The majority of the directions are located directly on the box. It only took me about 5 minutes to master the art of using the vegetable slicer. By the way, the box warns only to use the slicer on vegetables and fruits. I was hoping to slice some cheese, but I did not attempt after reading the directions.

I had no trouble slicing the zucchini and squash, but my tomato was slightly too big for the hand guard making it more difficult for slicing. I would think that Roma tomatoes would slice perfectly!

If you’d like to see the Deluxe Cook V-Blade in action, checkout my video review below. Also, keep reading for the scrumptious recipe!

 

Zucchini, Squash, & Tomato Dish

1 Squash

1 Zucchini

1 Large Tomato

1/4 pound of fresh Mozzarella

2 Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning

4 Tablespoons of Olive oil or Avocado oil

  1. Using the Deluxe Cook V-Blade, slice the squash, zucchini, and tomato into 3.5mm slices.
  2. Arrange the slice in a glass baking dish, alternating between the three veggies.
  3. Between each group of squash, zucchini, and tomato, include a slice of fresh Mozzarella.
  4. Coat the vegetables and cheese with the olive or avocado oil.
  5. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
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