Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Berenstain Bears and Bragging

A new addition to the bestselling Berenstain Bears' Living Lights series that teaches simple Christian truths to children.
In this newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag, Grizzly Gramps teaches Brother and Sister a valuable lesson about bragging and boasting. When he happens to overhear the cubs bickering about who can spot the most unusual cloud formations, Gramps puts a stop to the argument. He reminds them that being proud of a special talent from God is one thing, but bragging about a talent is foolish.
I thought this book was well written for children. It's easy to relate and easy to understand for kids. There are even questions for parents and children to discuss at the end of the book to tie in the Bible verse introduced on the cover of the book. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Every Girl's Fantasy

Every girl, whether young or old have dreamed about their wedding. Some Pinterest fanatics have their dream wedding boards with the inspiration they want to emulate for their wedding. Although every girl did not marry a doctor or a lawyer, we can still dream.

The Knot, the #1 resource for brides, compiled their all-time best wedding details (cakes, bouquets and centerpieces, vows, décor and more), planning advice, and ideas for celebrations big and small within this beautiful box set of four colorful mini books. Whether you’re looking for a breathtaking bouquet, an unforgettably original cake, or the perfect reading for your ceremony, these books offer hundreds of ways to make the day your own.

With more than 200 photographs and inspiration for:
Invitations * cakes * bridal bouquets in every hue * aisle and altar decorations * ceremony readings  * guidance for writing your own vows * escort cards * table settings * centerpieces * reception décor * toasts * favors * and more

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Trusting God through Change

Ever wonder whether you should or shouldn't do something? How about trying to explain choices to your children? How do you go about explaining change to children? Now you can! This book explains in a heartwarming way.

Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don't have to be afraid?

Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances-and they don't like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids' faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and kind, children will also learn to trust God.

Written by New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst, It Will Be Okay will help kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Mom's Prayers

A mom's prayers to her child is a very special thing. Everyone in the world wishes their moms would pray for them too. A mere prayer is common, unless it is prayed by someone you love.

What's more special than praying for your son? That's what this book is all about. Each prayer is characterized under a special topic. Each child is delicate, but boys especially need a mother's guidance to grow up in the right way.

This book called: A Mother's Prayers to her Son reminds me of an article I read recently about a son who had been murdered at age 20. This mother wishes that she could have seen her son one last time. For all those people out there, please remember to prayer for your son just as this mother has prayed for her son.

To My Son,
I hope you know how much I love you so.
I might embarrass you from time to time
By giving lots of love and needless kisses,
But you need to know Mom loves you so.
Before you were born I didn't know
Just how much I would love you so,
But when I looked into your eyes for the first time,
I felt my heart grow and grow.
A Mother's love is hard to explain,
Not everyone will feel the same.
Now that you are getting older I felt the need to tell you
Just how much I love you so,
Time may pass day after day or year after year,
But the love I have for you grows
nearer and dearer to my heart each day and year.
To My Son, I hope you know just how much I love you so.

Remember that Christmas is around the corner, so please pray for those around you that you love!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Andi Under Pressure

When I got this book, I was excited. This is the second book in the series and I enjoy the main character named Andi. I think she is a believable character for both boys and girls because Andi is not all girly girly. She is what our generation would call a tomboy and her best friend is a boy. 
When I started reading the first chapter, I was a little lost. It seemed to jump in the middle of camp and in my mind, I was scrambling to remember who was who in the book. For all those families who have children, try to read the first book first. I'm drawing a blank as to the title of the first book, but I think it's called: Andi Unexpected or something along those lines. You can Google it if you want. Here is a real synopsis to what the book is really about:

Twelve-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldn’t be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camp’s curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology. From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranks—missing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees he’s acting suspicious, she can’t believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal. Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polk’s dark past before danger closes the camp for good.

I liked that the book really gives characters a real feel. Children from ages 7-11 will like that they know how the characters feel and if you have a vivid reader at home, they can probably imagine themselves in the plot of the book. That's how I felt when I read the book.