Showing posts from November, 2013 and Operation Smile

It's about that time of year again, college students, where you start to study for finals (right??? yes, you should be doing that!). It's also that time of the year where your parents are buying you Christmas gifts, leaving their pocketbooks a little less full to buy your books for next semester. What to do... Well, one way to help lower the costs of buying book is to NOT buy them. No, I'm not saying that you shouldn't get the books, but why BUY when you can RENT from ? You save 40%-90% off of bookstore prices (which, I remember, are expensive!). They offer FREE shipping BOTH ways (there isn't much of a better perk than that). You don't have to return the books in pristine conditions - you can highlight in the books even! There's flexible rental periods. And donates to Operation Smile with each rented textbook (a business with a heart!). Also, if you're looking to MAKE cash, check out RentBack ,

Son of God theatrical trailer (and GIVEAWAY)

Not only is Noah coming to theaters, but more importantly, Son of God is coming! Son of God is theatrical version of The Bible series from  Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.  Again, I am thrilled to bring to you a trailer showing a movie I'm very excited to see. I think it is so important for the Word of God to be heard and seen in many avenues; film is another that has been used for years and continues to show how amazing Christ is as our Lord and Savior. GIVEAWAY:  I have a copy of  “A Story of Christmas and All of Us”, special edition, full color book chronicling the journey of Mary and Joseph, the appearance of the shepherds, and the story of the wise men that I get to share with one of you! What a beautiful book to give at this time of the year when we honor the birth of Jesus Christ. HOW TO ENTER: Mandatory (one entry per comment): Tell me what movie you are excited to see in theaters and will you go see Son of God. One entry per person. Winner will be announced on Tue

easy peasy DIY catapult

This morning we had a 10am late start for school due to icy conditions. Squirt asked me to "make the bwown fing [brown thing] that Hawley Quinn [Harley Quinn is the Joker's girlfriend in Batman stuff sometimes] has." Um...what? He showed me a picture in a Lego Batman book of Harley Quinn using a catapult to launch a pie at Batman and Robin. He loves when I make things. I've been working on a sling for when he wants to be King David. I made one the other day but it doesn't work well. I'm thinking Christmas gift via Etsy. The catapult was as easy as searching "DIY catapult" on Google. Here's the website I used. Moose had fun but he really just wanted to eat the marshmallows. And yes, we did eat some but folks, it was 8:30am! I plan to make some more for partial Christmas gifts. I think these could be hours of fun!

Noah starring Russell Crowe (coming soon)

I hadn't even heard that a Noah film was in the works and yet, here's the trailer! Woohoo! Doesn't Russell Crowe look good for  500 years old ? And his sons are awfully young to take wives... I'm willing to overlook some obvious mistakes (??) in the Hollywood movie if it brings God's word to the people.

Church Rescue - National Geographic Channel (TV show review & GIVEAWAY)

I've had such a wonderful response to my last post, I almost feel badly typing a review about something as trivial as a tv show, but Church Rescue premieres tonight (November 11 10PM EPT) on the National Geographic Channel. Following the awesome ratings of The Bible miniseries and Duck Dynasty, faith-filled shows seem to be popping up or in the works. Church Rescue follows the Church Hoppers group that goes to help churches "become an effective tool in the community" (quoting from a flyer I received). While I disagree with the terminology of this (I don't believe churches are a "tool" but a place for corporate worship of the Lord), I agree that sometimes churches need a little help when the finances aren't there to have a really nice church building (like the one I enjoy where we live) or an effective sermon (where one tends to blab on without actually making a point), or other situations I'm not aware of! "In 2012, Reuters reported that bank

I could just scream!!

Usually I've made peace with most things autism-related (besides any vaccine-related comments, ugh). But sometimes it's the small things that Moose can't do that just frustrate me to no end! For example: getting him to look me in the eye when he talks is like getting a tooth pulled without Novocain, getting him to pay attention to you when there are mirrors or reflective surfaces around (he loves to look at himself and watch himself talk), getting him to obey the first time (which goes for both kids), getting him to respond to his own name, getting him to stop repeating (which is his echolalia where he repeats movie/tv scripts over and over and over and over and over....). All small things but they just add up. Tonight, I was trying to get him to learn how to take his temperature the normal way (in the mouth vs. under his arm). We have one of those temporal thermometers but I've never been impressed with the accuracy of it. I showed him how to lift his tongue, I'

The One Year Book of Amish Peace by Tricia Goyer (devotional review)

I've read several Amish pieces of fiction (usually romance) in the past several years. I've enjoyed learning about the Plain people, their faith, their customs, and their peaceful way of living. Much of their lives speaks to me, so I thought that I would enjoy reviewing a sample of The One Year Book of Amish Peace by Tricia Goyer.  The following is from Goyer's website:  Tricia Goyer has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts,Thriving Family, Proverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine. Goyer’s fiction and non-fiction books have won awards from the American Christian Fiction Writers and Mt. Hermon Writers’ Conference. She is also a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. Tricia has authored several books on family and parenting, as well a