Book Review: Alabaster

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About the Book:

Maryam is stuck in an abusive marriage, living with her in-laws in a conservative, toxically religious village. A few years back, her father was given a jar of priceless perfume by a dying leper and it seemed as if their fortunes would improve, but then Maryam’s father contracted leprosy and was exiled from the village. Maryam and her siblings, Eleazar and Marta, experience the shame and ostracism this brings. The precious jar that was meant to bring them freedom has only brought destruction. But rumors abound concerning a new doctor; perhaps hope is on the horizon…

 

Alabaster brings a first-century Middle Eastern village and its culture to life for modern-day readers.

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit:http://www.kregel.com/fiction/alabaster/

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Silver Dollar City

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Over Spring Break, my family took a road trip to Missouri.  We spent one beautiful, fun-filled day at Silver Dollar City.  If you have not visited Silver Dollar City before, it is a must see place to visit.  It has it all!  Rides, food, crafts, shows, and countless attractions to keep you entertained all day long.

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Upon entering the park we stopped to rent a stroller.  The attendant asked if the stroller was for the baby or my 3 year old.  I said I wish they had one for the baby, it was mostly for all of my stuff.  He said they did have a couple of infant strollers and we were lucky enough to get one.  It worked out amazing.  My 6 month old was able to nap while we walked around, and we could put some of our bags in it.

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Our first stop was at Marvel Cave.  We arrived 10 minutes before the first tour and decided to try it out.  We had absolutely no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  This hour long walking tour has you hiking 500 feet below the surface.  You will climb just under 600 stairs.  It is very strenuous, especially with a 6 month old baby attached to your body, but it is well worth it.  The cave is spectacular, and the guide is very knowledgeable.  We were even “lucky” enough to see some bats.  If my 63 year old mother-in-law, husband, 7 year old, 3 year old, and myself with a 6 month old can do it, so can you.  My kids talk about how neat this experience was every day.

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This is the year for Food and Crafts at Silver Dollar City.  They have over 200 new food items this year, with something for everyone.  Some of the food items are normal such as chicken tenders, peanut brittle, and pizza; while others are a little different like mason jar sundaes and pork belly fries.  They had quite a few slushy stations throughout the park, and that’s where my kids headed to.  They have food stations and restaurants throughout the entire park.  We tried cinnamon rolls from Eve & Delilah’s Bakery, and they were just mouth-watering delicious.  We packed a picnic lunch for lunch, and ate it there.  It’s really nice they allow food to be brought in.  We could not leave without trying the kettle corn, which tasted just as amazing as it smelt.

Silver Dollar City has over 40 rides and attractions.  Some of my family’s favorites were Happy Frogs, Royal Tea Party, the Steam Engine, and the Magnificent Wave Carousel.  My kids even went on their first rollercoaster.

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One of my family’s absolute favorite parts of visiting Silver Dollar City was seeing all of the real life crafters.  They watched a Blacksmith make a bottle opener right before their own eyes.  They were just in awe.  They enjoyed asking him questions and seeing how things really were made in the 1800’s.

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Silver Dollar City has some very exciting new festivals and events this year, including

FESTIVAL OF WONDER (April 6 – 30)

The all-new festival presents amazing acts of curiosity and larger-than-life performances, all billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience:”

  • NEW: The Earth Harp Collective, featuring the world’s largest playable stringed instrument, plays music on 75-foot strings stretched the length of Red Gold Heritage Hall as well as on a “drum cloud” and other unique musical instruments.
  • NEW: The Flamenco Kings, the world’s foremost flamenco dancers, are seven brothers whose stunning performances combine flamenco, tap, music, martial arts and acrobatics.
  • NEW: Balancing Wonders present gravity-defying performers in an extraordinary balancing show.
  • NEW: Speed Painter Dan Dunn takes performance art to top speed, a talent showcased on stages from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to a Super Bowl pregame show.
  • NEW: Glass “Armonica” showcases melodic sounds from one of the world’s largest instruments made of glassware.
  • NEW: Shows present Harp & Hang Drum music, and Melodies on Air with incredible wind instruments such as 4-ft. pan flutes and clay whistles.
  • New foods for the Festival of Wonder take an outrageous turn as well, including Curious Kabobs with shark or alligator on a stick, Fry Breads from Cajun Shrimp to Nutella S’mores, the World of Bacon with Bacon Cannoli and Chocolate Covered Bacon, plus new Bodacious Brownies and Blended Beverages.

We made so many memories visiting Silver Dollar City.  We will most definitely be back to visit.  It is a must see place to visit in the Midwest.

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Zipadee-Zip

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What a great product.  My son is 6 months and had a real hard time transitioning from being swaddled.  He liked to be swaddled very tightly with his arms at his side.  I would have to double swaddle him for him to be comfortable enough.  Once he started rolling, though, the swaddle became an issue.  He would roll from his back to his tummy and then get stuck and cry in the middle of the night.  He also used a pacifier, so it would fall out in the middle of the night and he would try to wiggle to find it.  I would have to go in every hour to either give him his pacifier back or swaddle him again.  Upon receiving the Zipadee-Zip I was a little skeptical.  I decided to take my son’s pacifier away and try the Zipadee-Zip.  The first couple of nights he cried, but after that he learned to sleep without the pacifier and was very content in the Zipadee-Zip.  He can now roll over onto his tummy and roll back onto his back with this.  He’s able to move around, but still feel contained and swaddled.  It really is a great transition swaddle when they are starting to roll and wiggle.  I like that the material is lightweight.  I put a onesie or sleeper on him under this, depending upon the weather.  It has a nice zipper down the front, so it is easy to do diaper changes.  The Zipadee-Zip comes in a variety of sizes and styles.  They have excellent customer service.  I will definitely be telling my other mom friends about the Zipadee-Zip.

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y5J6FW7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

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LED Strip

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These LED strips are the coolest thing I have ever bought.  It comes in a spool and you can cut the strip to fit whatever length you need.  It comes with a remote control so you can make the strip change colors more or less often, keep it on one color, or have it flash different colors.  The LED is very bright and would be great for parties.  We put ours on our patio for parties since they are also waterproof.  They are easy to hang since it just uses 3M tape.  They are easy to remove and add more strips to them as well.  These LED strips would be great for bars, kids rooms, parties, pools, anywhere you want to add a little fun.  I highly recommend them!

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Wildlife Camera

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This wildlife camera is perfect for what I needed it for.  I live in the country and wanted to see what kind of animals are in our backyard.  It only turns on when it senses movement, and then it takes pictures or videos.  The screen is very clear and it was very easy to set up.  I was impressed at how user friendly the camera was.  It took me about 5 minutes to figure it out.  It comes with a strap so you  can easily attach it to a tree, post, or anything really.  The camera is of high quality and made very well.

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It has two hinges on the side to keep any weather elements out.  I had it outside when it was raining and it stayed nice and dry.  You can use it for a security camera since it is motion activated or for wildlife.

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I like that it has color photos for day pictures and black & white photos for at nighttime.  I highly recommend this camera, it is definitely worth the money.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JHT00PY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Book Review: Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey

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About the Book:

“The single best volume I have ever read for preparing students for how to follow Jesus and flourish as his disciple in college.”–J. P. Moreland

 

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than “What will you do with your life?” In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it.

 

Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:

  • How do you grow spiritually?
  • How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
  • Is all truth relative?
  • Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
  • As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?

 

Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.

Our Review: This is an excellent book! I have not read the First edition but this second edition is awesome! We liked that it guided young adults in difficult pathways in the real world.

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit:http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/welcome-to-college/

 

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Book Review: A Trail of Crumbs

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About the Book:

“I believed it would have been a sin to stay inside when God had sent us such fine weather. According to Pastor Ezra Anderson, sin was the reason we’d got in the dusty mess we were in. The way I saw it, that day was God’s way of letting us know He wasn’t mad at us anymore. Just maybe He’d seen fit to forgive us.”

Pearl Spence has been through more in her young life than most folks could handle. But through it all, her family has been by her side. They may not be perfect, but they love her and they all love each other, come what may. That’s one thing Pearl no longer questions.

But the end of her beautiful day signals the beginning of the end of her secure life.

Now her family is fleeing their Oklahoma wasteland. Pearl isn’t sure she’ll ever see home or happiness again. Are there any crumbs powerful enough to guide her back to the dependable life she once knew?

The strong narrative voice of Finkbeiner’s young protagonist from A Cup of Dust returns in this gritty yet hopeful sequel, sure to please her many fans.

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/a-trail-of-crumbs/

 

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Dixie Stampede

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My two children were on Spring Break last week and we took a little road trip out to Branson, Missouri to see the sights.  We had the absolute pleasure of attending Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede dinner extraction.  It was quite an experience, one that will never be forgotten.

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Dixie Stampede is an unbelievable dinner show which includes horses, buffalo, dogs, and more.  It is a friendly rivalry between the North and the South with history, trick riding, special effects, and LOTS of fun!  Not to mention the full plate of food that is absolutely mouth watering delicious.

We arrived around 3:30 and picked up our tickets which we had already reserved.  This is a must see attraction that usually sells out, so I would definitely plan ahead and buy your tickets ahead of time.  We were instructed to come back no later than 4:15 for the preshow.  In the meantime we walked around the stables to see more than thirty beautiful horses.

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The kids loved reading each horse’s name, their favorite was “Star.”

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We entered at 4:15 and stood in line for a few minutes.  A professional photographer took a picture of our family, which was then imposed upon different backdrops and then we were able to purchase them.  The prices were very reasonable and the pictures were beautiful.  We then entered the Carriage Room for the Opening Act.

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We could sit either at the main level or go upstairs.  The kids of course wanted to go up.  The bar was open to purchase drinks and snacks including popcorn.  The Opening Act changes, but for us was a trio of brothers who sang amazing Bluegrass music.

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They really got the crowd involved and we truly enjoyed the 50 minute show.  The dinner bell then rang and we walked into the next room.

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My family was in awe when we entered the 35,000 square foot arena.  There was a real waterfall and pond, as well as seats all around.  I honestly don’t thing there was a bad seat in the house.  We found our assigned seats, which happened to be on the South side and were immediately asked what we would like to drink.

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All drinks and food were included in the ticket price.  Children 3 and under were free if they sat on an adult’s lap.  The show began minutes later, and we were absolutely blown away.

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Thirty-two horses came galloping out in the arena and were introduced as either being on the North or the South side.  We cheered for the South since that was where our seats were.  The show lasted over an hour.

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In the beginning they gave some history about what life was like back then with real covered wagons, buffalo, and “belles of the ball” singing.

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The second half of the show was dedicated to competition between the North and the South.  This included trick riding, pig races, dog races, lumberjack competitions, and help from the audience.  The finale was phenomenal.  It was all about being patriotic and the love for our country.  My 3 year old and 7 year old could not keep their eyes off of the show.  For me, it flew by.  It is definitely a must see show.

While the show was going on, you are served a 4-course dinner that does not include any silverware.  It begins with a delicious bowl of soup that you must drink since you have no spoon.  Then you are served a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecued pork loin, corn on the cob, a biscuit, and a potato.

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It was so much food I could barely finish half.  They do offer to go containers for anything you do not finish.  Dessert was an apple turnover that was to die for.  The food was absolutely delicious.

I cannot say enough great things about the Dixie Stampede.  Not only was the show jaw-dropping spectacular, but the food was incredible, and the service was great.  Both of my kids have asked every single day if we can go back to the Dixie Stampede, they had so much fun.  We will definitely go back.  It is well worth it!

https://www.dixiestampede.com/

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Abask Dust Buster

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I absolutely love the Abask handheld vacuum. VERY easy to assemble, and lasts for over 10 minutes without recharging. It comes with different attachments to get in crevices, go on carpeting, use on tile, etc.

I was pleasantly surprised it came with enough attachments so I could stand and vacuum. Most handheld cordless vacuums do not have this option. I was able to vacuum three tile bathroom floors, my large tile laundry room, and my carpeted steps and it did not even start to slow down. It comes with a bag to hold all of the attachments, which I love, and a hook so I can hang it. It’s easy to clean, easy to use, and best of all it has great suction. I HIGHLY recommend this handheld vacuum. I had a few questions for the company, and they were very quick to respond as well. Great customer service.

https://www.amazon.com/Abask-Household-Ni-CD2200MA-Accessories-Rechargeable/dp/B01N1KJ314/ref=cm_rdp_product

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Children’s Book Review: One to Ten ~ Squirrel’s Bad Day

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Carol P Roman Does it again! Her new book is an instant hit in our family! This book is full of wonderful lessons and vivid illustrations!

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About the book:

Squirrel is running along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn’t know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.

This book can be found on Amazon.com

 

 

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