Thursday, November 19, 2015

Baby Strong Workout {Written by Emilee}

Okay moms…can you relate to this? New moms may have every

 intention to hit the gym, attend a class, go for a run, or pop in a 

DVD and workout at home...but things don't always work out this 

way with a new baby. 

 Baby Strong Workout is the solution for every new mom to feel

 good again...and by only using mom + baby! 

Baby Strong Workout is a fun, effective and inexpensive 

workout option that helps moms of all sizes, shapes and fitness 

levels feel strong, healthy, happy and confident. 

  • Deck of workout cards held together with a teething ring link
  • Includes individual exercise cards and a series of pre-made workouts (do one-off exercises, put together your own workout or try the pre-made ones)
  • Baby Safe: chew, drool and baby-friendly material used for cards
  • Text and photo instructions included for each exercise
  • Follow pre-made workouts or customize your own
  • Workout with ONLY mom + baby!
  • No gym, no classes, no special equipment
  • Created for moms of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels
  • Helps moms feel strong, healthy, happy, and confident
  • Fun, effective, and inexpensive workout for moms
  • Mommy Care + Baby Care
  • No Tears. No Guilt.

In my opinion:

The Baby Strong Workout cards came at the right time in my life. I have a five month old and have been trying to get motivated to exercise. Life is pretty busy for me because I also have a two year old with disabilities and an active five year old boy. So, time is pretty important. What do I do with my time? How do I give enough time to each child? What can I do for myself as well because if I can't take care of me then I won't be able to take care of others. So, these cards were a great idea. First, they were bound with a teething ring which was hilarious. The only problem I had was it was hard to move the cards up and around the ring. So, I suggest a different ring. There was a "getting started" page where it explains the order of the cards. The cards are organized by focus: upper, lower, core, and total body. At the end are pre-made workouts. I found that was very useful especially the "pre-made workout" area. The only change I would make is the pre-made workout cards. They list several different workouts which you can find easily in the stack of cards. However, I don't want to take the time to try and find each workout. I would rather have each workout card in the same area. For example: Total Body Circuit Workout lists Baby Hinge, Serve the Baby, Pendulum Lunge, Chair Taps, Wall Sit Wall Angel, Tummy Twist, Reverse Lunge Kick and Chair Squat Side-to-Side Press Up. Then I have to look for each individual workout in the stack of cards. There are circles provided on the side with numbers. However, I would rather have each card there. Overall, I thought the cards provided some fun exercises that one can do with their child. My daughter loved the exercises. Plus, it gave us a bonding experience. She was smiling the entire time. She smiles a lot anyway but I could tell she was enjoying the time she had with me while I exercised for myself. I definitely recommend ordering your own set of Baby Strong Workout cards. Super fun!
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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Rare Nativity by Sam Beeson, Photographs by Terral Cochran, Nina Cochran Written by Emilee}

Are you looking for a new unexpected twist to the 12 Days of Christmas? Or, do you want to add to your Christmas book collection?

Check out...

A Rare Nativity

by Sam Beeson

We've all heard the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," and we've all seen the traditional Christmas creche. Now, author Sam Beeson and photographers Nina and Terral Cochran combine these two classic Christmas icons to create A Rare Nativity.
Upon reading the first lines of the book, it's clear the narrator holds a bitter grudge as he sends his enemy crude and discarded gifts:
On the first night of Christmas I gave my enemy a briar from a tanglewood tree.
On the second night of Christmas I gave my enemy two broken eggs.
Night after night the "gifts" pile up - shards of glass, rusty nails, gnarled twigs, and more. What the narrator's enemy decides to do with each of these odious gifts is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. The photographic creation of the rare nativity at the end of the book is both a work of art and a wonder to behold.
Forgiveness is something we all need to give and receive, and A Rare Nativity opens our eyes to the act of forgiveness and the true meaning of Christmas. It's a universal message to be shared with readers of all ages. Christmas is a season for giving. Make it a forgiving season.

About the author:

Sam Beeson gives himself annual writing assignments. In 2005, he wrote a poem a day. In 2007, he wrote about his wife every day. In 2015, each day he wrote a handwritten letter to someone new. Sam teaches high school English and loves reading the journals of his ancestors.
In my opinion:

This book was very unexpected as I flipped through the pages. However, it was remarkable how it all came together to create a lovely Bethlehem. It wasn't your typical 12 days to Christmas book. It was deep and beautifully written. This book was about forgiveness and the true meaning of Christmas. Honestly, I felt that it should have a cd of the author reading the story as well as some short Christmas songs. Overall, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy to share with your family. It could even be read during Family Home Evening or as one of the 24 books you use to countdown to Christmas. It was a spectacular story and should be shared with everyone. 

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.


The Knitter's Book of Knowledge by Debbie Bliss {Written by Emilee}

What if there was a way to have a world-class knitter at your beck and call for your every knitting need?  

Here is the perfect book for all of your unanswered knitting questions...

The Knitter's Book of Knowledge 
by Debbie Bliss


Debbie Bliss is one of the world's most respected knitwear designers, authors, and teachers—and The Knitter's Book of Knowledge (Lark Crafts, October 2015) is the distillation of her decades of experience into a single, indispensable reference. With easy-to-understand and fully illustrated step-by-step guides, this detailed reference offers information on everything from needles and yarns to tensioning and casting on, from basic stitches to buttonholes and beading, from cabling and entrelac to finishing embellishments. It's the ultimate guide for beginners and experienced knitters alike!

This essential addition to every knitter’s shelf includes:
·        Information on popular types, weights, and fibers of yarn.
·        Tips on understanding the language and terminology of written patterns.
·        Shaping techniques that range in trickiness and produce various results.
·        A variety of methods for color and texture embellishments.
·        Instructions for designing your own knits.
·        Troubleshooting when you’ve made an error.

About the author:

Debbie Bliss is one of the foremost designers and authors of hand-knitting patterns in the UK, the US, Europe, and Asia. As well as publishing her own Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, she is the author of bestselling knitting pattern books, including The Ultimate Book of Baby Knits (Quadrille), The Knitter’s Year (Trafalgar Square Books), and Knits for You and Your Home (Trafalgar Square Books), which was the winner of Best Book 2013 at the British Knitting Awards. Learn more about her at her website,, and on Twitter (@debbieblissnews), Facebook (Debbie Bliss), and Instagram (debbieblissknits).  

In my opinion:

I feel that all knitters should have this book-The Knitter's Book of Knowledge by Debbie Bliss. She has compiled a ton of information about knitting so your unanswered questions will be answered. It is pretty much the best book out there and I've reviewed a ton of knitting books. It is also priced right for all of the information that is included. There is information about yarn, needles, and other things, first steps, understanding knitting, shaping, knitting in the round, knitting texture, color knitting, embellished knitting, finishing, designing knits and troubleshooting. I'm pretty sure she didn't leave anything out. It was designed beautifully from front to back. 

I went immediately to the index and had questions about cable knitting. I would love to create a Christmas stocking with cables. Of course, there were a few pages on cables, crosses and twists so I was quite pleased. There were pictures too so that definitely helped me out. Overall, I highly recommend The Knitter's Book of Knowledge. It is full of surprises and you will be impressed with the step by step instructions on a variety of methods.

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.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Mini Dinosaurs books {Written by Emilee}

Today, I'm excited to introduce the Mini Dinosaurs series. There are four different dinosaur shaped books. Each book talks about the specific dinosaur so you and your little one can enjoy reading and learning together. These books can be found at Barron's Educational books.


Our Mini Dinosaurs series features adorable books die-cut in the shape of the dinosaur depicted in that story. Each board book is jam-packed with interesting facts, and every page is complemented by full-color illustrations that are handsomely rendered in a naturalistic style that will captivate kids (Mom and Dad, too). 

In Diplodocus, children discover that this gentle, giant dinosaur had shorter front legs than back legs, five-toed feet, and a thumb claw that it probably used to fight off enemies. Perfectly sized for little hands, this book is a fun, exciting, and interesting way to introduce children to this perennially popular subject. (Ages 2–5) 
 In Stegasaurus, children meet a dinosaur that may have been slow, but its spiked tail helped it fend off predators. Perfectly sized for little hands, this book is a fun, exciting, and interesting way to introduce children to this perennially popular subject. (Ages 2–5) 

In Triceratops, children learn that being big doesn't always mean you're slow.This huge dinosaur with the three-horned-head was really fast and agile. Perfectly sized for little hands, this book is a fun, exciting, and interesting way to introduce children to this perennially popular subject. (Ages 2–5) 

In Tyrannosaurus, kids learn the many things that made Tyrannosaurus Rex such a great hunter: he walked on two legs, had forward pointing eyes, and ran fast too! Perfectly sized for little hands, this book is a fun, exciting, and interesting way to introduce children to this perennially popular subject. (Ages 2–5) 

In my opinion:

Overall, I was pretty impressed with how much I learned about each dinosaur. Each book was the perfect size to fit inside your purse while you are at a doctor's appointment, in church or at other appointments where you need your child to sit for a minute. I loved the shape of each book. These books are perfect to put inside a Christmas stocking. I highly recommend the Mini Dinosaur books as your child will learn about four different dinosaurs. Get ready to explore!

Check out Barron's Fall/Winter 2015 catalog {HERE}.

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.


Miracle Maker DVD {Written by Emilee}

Now that Halloween is out the is almost Christmas. Get your Christmas shopping done early by ordering the Miracle Maker on DVD. It is fabulous! I absolutely loved it!


The Miracle Maker is coming!" If any town is in need of a miracle, it’s Woodhaven, a tiny town hanging on the edge of the American frontier. It’s nearly Christmas, but it’s hardly a season of celebration. Work is scarce, money is tight, love is lagging, and spirits are down. Maybe the Miracle Maker can turn things around. The town anxiously waits for someone magnificent who can change their lives. But the ragged traveller who appears isn’t what anyone expects—except for one small silent boy and a precocious little girl. It seems this man can barely take care of himself, let alone fulfill the dreams of others. But miracles can come in all shapes and sizes—and sometimes from unexpected places. Your entire family will love this Christmas tale of hope, love, and miracles.

In my opinion:

This was an outstanding film perfect for Christmas. I loved getting to know each character in this small town. I wanted to live among them. The people needed a miracle and when one gentleman named Matthew arrived, they thought he was the miracle maker. He didn't have much to offer except rocks. He was a hard worker and did all he could to help the people in Woodhaven. There were many things the townspeople needed and the miracle maker made it happen for them. He taught the town to believe.

There were many characters I enjoyed watching. Lilly was stuck in her home due to an accident. Her father thought he was protecting her but he was only hurting her from being with the one she loved. Gabriel's mother was ill but her character made me laugh. Will she ever leave her bed or will she stay there forever? Jenny and Elias own a store that is suffering. Will they be able to pay their rent and continue to sell supplies or will they struggle to meet ends meat? Overall, it was a powerful and touching story and I enjoyed it. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone. We can create our own miracles and become miracle makers in our communities.

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.


DVD REVIEW: When Calls The Heart-Follow Your Heart {Written by Emilee}

I was priviledged to review another When Calls the Heart episode. I just love that show!!! It is one of my favorite television series so I get a little excited when it arrives in my mailbox. Ok, I get way excited!!!



When Calls The Heart

“Follow Your Heart”

Available Now

From the Television Series inspired by the writings of Janette Oke
Nashville , Tennessee- When Calls the Heart, 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.   In the season finale' Jack distracts himself with work while he and Elizabeth try to decide their future.    Elizabeth's doubts take a new turn when she realizes the danger Jack faces each day as a mounty in the wild Canadian frontier.
When Calls the Heart- “Heart and Soul” 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  From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, “a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love” (Common Sense Media). While Jack and Elizabeth’s relationship has cooled following their arguments in Hamilton, Jack is hot on the trail of a counterfeiter right in Hope Valley! When he finds the culprit, a two-fisted brawl ensues as Jack apprehends the man. Seeing Jack in danger prompts Elizabeth to confront her feelings and seek him out… but she inadvertently sets Rip, Jack’s dog, loose at the same time. As a violent storm bears down on Hope Valley, Jack and Elizabeth search for Rip and take shelter in an old mineshaft together. But the storm won’t be escaped so easily, and the unstable shaft begins to collapse…
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:

When Calls The Heart-Follow Your Heart episode was slightly disappointing in the beginning. Everything was going wrong for several characters and I felt so sad for them. I love a happy ending. I love when things go right but sometimes there are challenges we must fight through to get to the happily ever after. 

In this episode, you will find Jack and Elizabeth disagreeing about their future together. Also, Rosemary and Lee struggle with their relationship. Lee begins to show interest in Molly which really makes Rosemary upset. Will she set him straight and let him know how she really feels? I didn't like Rosemary in the beginning because she was after Jack but I think she is hilarious and a kind hearted woman. She deserves the best! Another favorite character of mine is Abigail. I hope things go well for her and she finds true love without any challenges. Of course, there were other issues and drama with some of the other characters so this episode is worth watching especially if you have been watching all of the other episodes. I definitely recommend this episode. You will be surprised at the end as well.

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.


Monday, October 26, 2015

NCircle Entertainment Fall DVD's: Houdini and ABC Monsters {Written by Emilee}

NCircle Entertainment asked me to review two of their newest DVD's. I've always been impressed with NCircle Entertainment so I was thrilled for the opportunity. Plus, they want to give away two DVD's to one lucky reader so be sure to enter the giveaway below.


 Houdini Synopsis:

Twelve year-old Harry has lived and breathed magic since his early childhood. The problem is that his hometown, Appletown, is not the best place for his natural talent to blossom.  Although he rehearses endlessly in his parent’s barn, he realizes that his dream is just that – a dream.  One day, Harry happens upon an opportunity of a lifetime--the New York mayor has announced a magic competition due to the official opening of the Statue of Liberty.  However in order to try out, one must be trained by a real magician.  Poor Harry doesn’t know a single one.  As fate would have it, Harry’s father runs into the renowned town magician, the Great Tesla and he promises to see Harry.  Despite the young boy’s lack of knowledge, Tesla sees potential in Harry and decides to give him a chance.  He invites him to his home, accompanied by his niece, Beth, and his assistant Amrold.  Will Harry have what it takes to make it as a true magician?

In my opinion:

I've been interested in magic since I went to Hollywood's Magic Castle for my twenty-first birthday. So, I definitely was interested in watching Houdini. This was a French feature length animated film about a young boy named Harry who became the greatest magician of all time. I enjoyed watching it with my five year old. It opened up the concept of magic and after watching the film, wanted to show me his own magic tricks. I was on the edge of my seat and hoping everything would work out for him. Of course, we know that he becomes a true magician but how. He goes through challenges and it didn't come easy for him. He had to work really hard to become what he dreamed of becoming. It was a well done film and I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.

ABC Monsters

ABC Monsters Synopsis

Meet the ABC Monsters!  They are big, hairy and not very scary.  The ABC Monsters are on the loose and only Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry can catch them.  Twenty-six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle.  Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet, but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped clean from every book in Capital Town, so it’s very important to make sure that all the ABC Monsters are always back in Alphabet Gardens before sundown.  This isn’t as easy as it sounds.  The ABC Monsters are curious and happy creatures so they tend to wander off from Alphabet Gardens and get lost in the process.  In each adventure, Alice and her good friends Brian and Cherry Berry must search high and low for one of the missing monsters.  Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages preschool children’s imaginations, while making learning exciting and entertaining.

In my opinion:

My five year old loved ABC Monsters. It is definitely geared toward preschool aged children. In this DVD, children will learn the letters of the alphabet. There are adventures, songs and discoveries. As a parent, I wasn't a huge fan but after watching my five year old enjoying it, it became clear that it was an educational show. ABC Monsters also helps children learn about word building and phonic skills. If a DVD helps my child learn and engages their imagination, then I definitely recommend ABC Monsters.

One of my lucky readers will receive both DVDs: Houdini and ABC Monsters. If you have won a contest on my blog in the past, please don't enter. Thank you.


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