Thursday, July 30, 2015

What to Know Before You Go, Developing the Heart and Soul of a Missionary by Don H. Staheli {Written by Tiffany}

Today, I wanted to share a wonderful book called,

What to Know Before You Go, Developing the Heart and Soul of a Missionary
by Don H. Staheli



About:

Missionaries need to begin their exciting time of service with as much personal preparation as possible. How can they create a spiritual foundation that will help them stand strong when times are difficult? What do they need to know even before they enter the Missionary Training Center?
In What to Know Before You Go, Don H. Staheli, a former mission president, provides answers to questions such as these. Each short chapter includes a great tidbit of loving advice and spiritual counsel (the sort you would get if you were sitting across the table from your own mission president), as well as a true, inspirational experience shared by a full-time elder or sister missionary.
The Lord is hastening the work of salvation. He needs missionaries who know not only how to do missionary work but how to be missionaries. This insightful book will help you start off on the right foot as you work to develop the heart, mind, and soul of a missionary.

About the author:

Don H. Staheli holds a bachelor's degree in history and master's degrees in international management and social work. He has assisted thousands of people in his work as a licensed psychotherapist and trainer, and is currently a full-time administrator. He is the author of the best-selling children's book The Story of the Walnut Tree. Don and his wife, Cyndy, have five children and six grandchildren and live in Bountiful, Utah.

In my opinion:

I reviewed “What to Know Before You Go, Developing the Heart and Soul of a Missionary” by Don H. Staheli.   I was excited about this book because I have a sixteen-year-old son who is preparing for a mission when he graduates from high school. I want to help him in every way as his mother to prepare for his goal of missionary work. This book teaches ways to create a spiritual foundation that will help missionaries stand strong even when times are difficult. Each chapter includes counsel to prepare our future missionaries. For instance, one chapter is titled “Testimony,” and includes ways to strengthen our testimonies in able to teach others the gospel. What I love most about this book is the section at the end of each chapter called “In Their Own Words.” These are true accounts written by full-time missionaries. They emphasize what the chapter teaches with personal stories of real experiences. Even though I’m not the one planning to go out and serve a full-time mission, this book motivated me to become a better example to those around me. I recommend this book to anyone who is planning to serve a mission, whether full-time or simply as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Christmas Stocking Patterns Vol. 1 {Written by Emilee}

As Christmas in July is coming to a close next week, I wanted to share some pretty exciting news!  

I wrote a short Christmas Stocking Patterns book with 10 new designs for one to knit. I absolutely love to knit so this was the perfect project for me and only me. 

I decided to choose a family that had a lot of kids. I asked for their names and favorite Christmas characters. I took their suggestions and designed a stocking for each person. I wanted to go through a publishing company but was denied so I went through a graphic designer to put it all together. I chose Vivi from all-in-art-design and she was the perfect fit for me. She put up with my demands and was very easy to work with.

Now, my next step is to find a printing company that is fairly cheap to print a few books for me to sell. 


So, here it is...my Christmas Stocking Patterns Vol. 1- 10 designs to knit book. Wahoo!!!


About:

Christmas Stocking Pattern Vol. 1 is a 21 page downloadable e-Book with 10 different Christmas stocking designs to knit. It includes four different basic instructions and a color chart for each pattern as well as an alphabet number graph and abbreviations. 

Skill level: Beginner (Letter to Santa), Intermediate (all the rest) and Advanced (Christmas Vacation).

The e-Book includes the following patterns:
Advent Calendar, Christmas Vacation, Letter to Santa, Jack in the box, Penguins, Polar Bears, Santa, Santa Claus 2, Stars & Snowflakes and Trains.






This is my first pattern book and was designed with a family in mind. Eight of the stockings were "sweetly made" just for them. Each child gave me a suggestion such as "Polar Bears" and I created the design. I have already started Vol. 2 but it won't be out till 2016.

You can find this knitting pattern book in my Etsy shop so be sure to check it out.


Also, one last announcement is I have 16 spots left for Christmas stockings this year so be sure to sign up before it is too late. Thanks in advance.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wholesale Halloween Costumes {Written by Emilee}

I love to plan ahead especially for big holidays like Halloween. I know...I know...it is still July but before you know it Fall will be here and I'll be super happy. After all, it is my favorite season. Sure Summer is fun but right now I can't really go anywhere and I don't live near a beach so I welcome the Fall with open arms.


With that said...I was able to review a beautifully made costume for my daughter Elizabeth. If you are new to Sweetly Made (Just for you), I'll give a short intro of my daughter's condition. She has epilepsy (seizures) and Microcephaly (meaning a small head). So, she is very much developmentally delayed. She is now two years old and can't sit up, walk, talk, and any other thing a two year old can do. But, she is the sweetest girl ever and we love her so much.

Anyway, I decided since my other daughter, Olivia is going to be a ladybird (oh I mean ladybug) that Elizabeth should be one as well. Ladybird is the common word for ladybug in England and since I'm married to a Brit, I say it from time to time. So, I chose the darling Little Lady Bug Romper costume. Isn't she cute?




About:

Little Lady Bug Romper Toddler Costume

Your girl will be the cutest little bug in your neighborhood in this Little Lady Bug Toddler Costume for girls. The Little Lady Bug outfit includes a red romper with big black spots, pair of wings, and a head piece with bug antennae. The Little Lady Bug costume is available in one standard size suitable for toddler girls in sizes 2 to 4T. This is one of the cutest Halloween costumes for toddler girls you'll find anywhere and we stand behind our price against any of the competition. Add even more to the cuteness factor of this Little Lady Bug outfit with a Snuganimals Make-Up Kit Assortment to get that just right look. A Playful Pumpkin Tote Bag is the ideal choice to storing loads of candy and treats on Halloween and a 6 inch Glow Stick allows drivers to see your little bug at night.

In my opinion:

I love shopping early for Halloween costumes. It gives me a chance to breath when October comes around. Plus, I didn't have to take all of my kids into a store and stress out. Three kids is way different than two. 

Also, I love checking out Wholesale Halloween Costumes on my computer. I get to take my time and usually can find what I'm looking for. In this case, I wanted a ladybug to match my other daughter's costume which used to be Elizabeth's costume. It was super easy to navigate their website and I had the right amount of choices so it wasn't too overwhelming. Plus, I wanted something soft and easy to put on my daughter. 


I came with the Polka dot body, wings and a headband. The body felt like a thicker piece of felt and tied in the back. It was easy to get on. It wasn't super soft but it will work. I was most impressed with the headband because it actually fit my daughter's head. And it was soft and seemed to stay on. All I had to get were the black tights and black undershirt which I had already. I actually used a button down sweater which you can't even tell. Overall, I was pretty happy with the choice I made and know she will make an adorable ladybug. Also, the price was just right and they always have sales. The price for this costume was $16.09 instead of $26.99. What a steal! 


I know Halloween isn't here yet but it always is better to be prepared than stressing at the last minute. So, I recommend that you Like WHC on Facebook  and check out their website. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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The Way Back to Heaven, The Parable of the Crystal Stairs,” by S. Michael Wilcox {Written by Tiffany}

Do you need a powerful and profound book to read this summer?
Then check out...
The Way Back to Heaven, The Parable of the Crystal Stairs
by S. Michael Wilcox 


About:

Our earliest scripture tells the story of those who thought they could build a structure high enough to get to heaven, and of the consequences of that mistaken belief. In contrast, the prophet Jacob dreamed of a ladder sent down from heaven by God, with rungs—steps—that we could ascend to return to Him. In The Way Back to Heaven: The Parable of the Crystal Stairs, award-winning author S. Michael Wilcox helps us discern the "stairs of man" from the "stairs of God." Using the metaphor of a beautiful crystal stairway, he shows us the difference between a focus on "being and becoming" and "believing and doing" in our life's journey. While we may think we know the steps we'll need to take, the author suggests some unexpected—even counterintuitive—yet essential stairs each of us will encounter as we make our way back to our Father in Heaven.

About the author:

S. Michael Wilcox received his PhD from the University of Colorado and taught for many years at the LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah. He has spoken to packed crowds at BYU Education Week and has hosted tours to the Holy Land and to Church history sites. He has served in a variety of callings, including as bishop and counselor in a stake presidency. He has written many articles and books, including House of Glory, Sunset, 10 Great Souls I Want to Meet in Heaven, and Finding Hope. He and his late wife, Laurie, are the parents of five children.


In my opinion:

I am reviewing “The Way Back to Heaven, The Parable of the Crystal Stairs,” by S. Michael Wilcox. Since I personally love parables, I naturally liked the author’s presentation of the way back to our Heavenly Father compared to a staircase. The “staircase” is provided through our Father’s plan of happiness and the Savior’s atonement and sacrifice. I enjoyed the example of the Stair builder, that we can make it up that staircase and go back into the presence of our Heavenly Father. Wilcox included several experiences (personal and spiritual) to highlight his points. I appreciated his personal stories. This book enabled me to think of gospel principles and was easy to relate to through the parables. I recommend this book.  
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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Saturday, July 18, 2015

When Calls The Heart-Trials of the Heart {Written by Emilee}

If you didn't know...I am a huge fan of the tv series
When Calls the Heart.


I was privileged to receive a copy of Season 2, episode 1. Wahoo! I also was able to view this episode before it aired on tv which I am grateful for. But, now I have a copy which I can watch over and over again.

And, now you can get your copy too.

About:

“A TERRIFIC SERIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY” -Dove Foundation

“ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND VERY ENTERTAINING” -Movie Guide


When Calls The Heart
“Trials of the Heart”
In Stores May 26th

From the Television Series inspired by the writings of Janette Oke

Nashville , Tennessee- When Calls the Heart, Executive Produced by Michael Landon Jr. and inspired by the best-selling books by Janette Oke, tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young woman of privilege, working as a teacher in a prairie town in the Western Frontier.   The local Mounty Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing), is beginning to doubt that his station entitles him to court the high society teacher, and Elizabeth’s father is against the relationship all together.   .

When Calls the Heart- “Trials of the Heart” is a feature length film from the episodes of the When Calls the Heart television series.  Season two of the When Calls the Heart television series debuted on the Hallmark Channel to more than 2 million viewers.   Distributed by Word Entertainment, previous DVD’s are available to purchase in Christian Retail.

Synopsis-  Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is an independent, strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home – and romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack – in the small frontier town of Coal Valley. But when she learns that her mother has taken ill, she returns to Hamilton, her hometown, with Jack as her escort. Once in the comparably opulent Hamilton, Elizabeth and Jack are confounded by Jack's ne'er-do-well brother and Elizabeth's former suitor, Charles Kensington. But it is Elizabeth's father, William, who drives a wedge between them when he suggests to Jack that Charles would be a better match for his well-bred daughter.

Michael Landon Jr. – Executive Producer:  Michael Landon Jr., son of the late television legend Michael Landon, has been in the film business for over 25 years.  With two of the highest rated films in the history of the Hallmark channel, and several top ten releases targeted to the Christian market, Michael has become known for creating heartfelt, inspiring films that connect to the family.  He has developed and/or produced, directed, and written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and others.

 Brian Bird- Executive Producer : Brian Bird is co-founder with partner Michael Landon, Jr., of Believe Pictures, a film and television production company.  He was co-executive producer and writer on the successful television series, Touched by an Angel.  Adding to Brian’s success, he had also written and produced episodes of Evening Shade, Step by Step and The Family Man.  Most recently, Bird wrote and produced Gametime, a two-hour television pilot for NBC, The Shunning, inspired by the novel by best-selling author Beverly Lewis, for the Hallmark Channel, and Not Easily Broken, adapted from the novel by T.D. Jakes and released theatrically by Sony/TriStar.


About Word Entertainment:  A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

In my opinion:
I always love the first episode in a new season because it feels like a new chapter in a book. There was more drama and more excitement around every corner. Also, I loved that new characters joined the cast of When Calls the Heart- Trials of the Heart because it makes the show entertaining.

This episode introduced Elizabeth's family as well as a past suitor named Charles. I'm still a Jack fan and hope that Elizabeth is smart enough to hold onto their relationship. Although, I'm starting to think that she is a little flirt and is going to stir up trouble. I'm sure she will follow her heart and end up with Jack but it does worry me. I'm not a huge fan of her dad because it seems that he doesn't want to give Jack the time of day. He is stuck on Charles and wants Elizabeth to end up with him. Yikes! I hope he realizes the importance of Elizabeth's happiness. I'm lucky to have a father who supports me in every decision I make. I know it isn't real life but it made me realize I'm super grateful for my dad.

Overall, I loved this episode and look forward to seeing the rest of the episodes in Season two. I've seen bits and pieces since I am now a mother of three children. However, I love where the show is going and will continue to watch each episode to find out what happens. I definitely recommend When Calls the Heart because it is clean, wholesome and family friendly. It is time that we see more shows like this one instead of the garbage that is on tv.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray Giveaway {Written by Emilee}

Scooby-Doo Where Are You?


Everyone’s favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! To help them solve the case the Scooby gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery Inc. adventure!

One person will win a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD with UltraViolet copy of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery.

Giveaway open to the U.S. and Canada

About:

Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and Kiss's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!


 
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The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.  Discloser: We are working with Warner Home Entertainment, or that Warner Home Entertainment supplied these materials to you if required by local law.

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Crafting Kits for All Ages {Written by Cassie}

Have you run out of ways to entertain your children with this summer? If so, check out these fun crafting kits for all ages...

First, I would like to introduce a kit for those children who love to create things with paper...



 Bird Origami will have you folding paper like a duck takes to water. You won't have to wing it when you follow the detailed, illustrated instructions to flush out twenty popular species, including mallards, hummingbirds, sparrows, seagulls, and finches. Specially designed paper makes these beauties realistic! Field guide information introduces each species, from crows to cardinals, from pelicans to geese. The bluebird of happiness will be singing from your fingers in no time!

About the Author:

Seth Friedman is an internationally known origami artist from Brooklyn, New York. He has shown his original origami sculptures, and presented on the topic of origami in the United States, Canada, France and Japan. Best known for his sculptures of birds, he also makes every living creature of interest the subject of his folding.
My Opinion:
This book contains diagrams for 20 origami birds for the more experienced folder. The book comes with 100 sheets of specially designed thin paper. You may also read about the varieties of birds on each of the pages. Another interesting feature of the book are the photographic instructions for the birds, as well as standard diagrams. The overall design quality of the book is very high. I introduced the Bird Origami book to my eighteen year old son, who  used to enjoy origami. He  tried one of the birds from the book and said the paper was just right and the instructions were easy to read.  This is a perfect book for someone who loves birds and has experience with origami.
Next, do you have a child who is crafty with yarn?
Pom Pom Pals:



Pom-pom Pals: Pets contains everything that budding crafters need to create the most adorable fuzzy friends you’ve ever seen. This complete kit and detailed book of instructions comes with an easy-to-use pom-pom maker, four colors of yarn, felt, ribbon, and ready-made mini pom-poms—everything kids ages 7 and up will need to make a dog, cat, rabbit, and guinea pig. The full-color simple step-by-step instruction book contains extra project ideas and instructions to make even more adorable pom-pom animals, plus fascinating facts about each creature. Once kids have created their new pom-pom friends, they can personalize their pets and sign the included adoption certificate to become the official owners of the cutest pets on the planet.
Includes:

* 48-page book with step-by-step instructions

* Pom-pom maker
* 4 colors of yarn (18 yards each)
* 3 pieces of colored felt 
* 15 ready-made mini pom-poms 
* Decorative ribbon
* Adoption certificate


In my Opinion:
The Pom-Pom Pals Pet kit comes with everything needed to make a dog, cat and other pets. It is an easy-to-use pom-pom maker, four colors of yarn, felt, ribbon, and ready-made mini pom-poms. The full-color simple step-by-step instruction book contains extra project ideas and instructions as well as an adoption certificate for the pets. I made the orange kitten with my daughter. This was a great activity to make on a rainy summer day. The instructions were easy to read, and we enjoyed reading about the fascinating facts about the animals inside the colorful book.  It does take time to make each pom pom but the results are great! My seven year old enjoyed the one on one time and she now has  a new cuddly pet to play with. There is also a Pom-Pom Pals Farm kit that is fun too.



Lastly, do you have a child who needs a challenge? Try...

Disney Classic Crochet:



If you wish upon a star for a whole cast of crochet classic Disney characters, you're in luck. Disney Classic Crochet includes everything necessary to begin creating beloved Disney characters from Mickey to Minnie, Jiminy Cricket to Bambi, and even Chip and Dale. With a paperback book complete with photos and step-by-step instructions, this kit includes five colors of yarn, felt, a crochet hook, a needle, embroidery thread, and even stuffing. Providing enough materials to assemble two adorable characters (Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck), the kit offers complete instructions for twelve huggable Disney critters. 

About the Author:

Megan Kreiner grew up on Long Island, New York, in a household where art and art projects were a daily part of life. Coming from a long line of knitters and crocheters, she learned the craft at an early age from her grandmother, her aunt, and her mother. As of 2012, her MK Crochet pattern line has been published and featured in books and various crochet and knitting magazines. Inspired by her early love of Disney movies, Megan also pursued a career in the feature animation industry in Los Angeles, California, and currently works as an animator. She lives in Altadena, CA.
In my opinion:

In my opinion this is a really nice box set. It includes a  pattern book, 1 crochet hook, five colors of yarn, three colors of felt, stuffing, embroidery floss and a tapestry needle.The book also contains step by step patterns to make: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Chip n' Dale, Dumbo, Bambi, Lady, Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket. The book contains clear instructions and 80 full colored photographs. The instructions are detailed but I don't think that this is a project for most beginners. It uses techniques that crocheters with a bit more experience would feel comfortable with. I highly recommend this charming kit for anyone who loves Disney and loves crocheting.


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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