Monday, July 27, 2015

Passport 2 Purity (P2P) Review

One of the most needed and sometimes the most awkward and daunting conversations you can have your child is about "the birds and the bees" and encouraging them to remain pure until marriage. It's not a subject parents are typically comfortable talking about with our children but it is SO important and such a vital step in their growth. Passport 2 Purity GetAway Kit makes having this talk not only do-able but also fun for you and your child. It is a "no pressure", relaxed, yet engaging and informative time together.
Passport 2 Purity Getaway Kit is actually created so that you can take your child and "getaway" for a weekend together and go through the material.  However, I fully believe you could use this material in any type of setting and it is not just limited to actually going somewhere together.  My husband is a Student Minister for K-12th graders right now and we could see easily adapting this to fit into our Wednesday night lessons when we cover the topic of purity & waiting for marriage to have sex. Having children ages 10, 11, and 14 this is a topic that is important to us as a family.  Given today's cultural view of living together, sex before marriage, homosexuality now being legal, views on relationships, etc. this topic of purity is one we certainly need to help our kids understand and grasp from a Biblical perspective.  

About Passport 2 Purity:  Your child begins the journey into adolescence in a world of sexting, bullying, online stalking and moral defiance.  Innocence is under attack, and you cannot win the battle with a single awkward talk or a strict set of rules.  The primary defense for your child is a strong relationship with you and with God.  FamilyLife developed  Passport2Purity (P2P) to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare him or her for the turbulent years ahead.  Through the shared listening experience, object lessons and guided conversations of a P2P weekend getaway, you can set your son or daughter on a journey of moral integrity - and strengthen the bond between you.  It is designed to be used by a mother and daughter or a father and son when the child is a preteen.  It is suggested that the materials be completed over a weekend away from home, as the child may be more open to discussing the topics away from his or her normal environment.  If this isn't possible, the material can be completed over a period of four or five weeks.

As a parent, I loved how easy Passport 2 Purity makes it to cover this vital topic with our children.  While the idea is to "getaway", the focus is to leave behind the normal routines, their distractions (cell phones, computers, friends, etc.) and make this become a personal time between you and your child to not only educate them but help you bond with them too.  

The only additional thing you will need is something to play the CD's on for each session.  If you used it as a weekend getaway, you will listen to a couple of sessions each day, have your child complete the travel journal along the way, and there are even some little projects each day. There is  also one project that is designed gender specific.  Saturday afternoon is designed for you to not do any "lessons" but do something fun and engaging with your child. Something they enjoy, something they like, or something that speaks to their love language.  On a side note, remember that this afternoon is supposed to about your child and their interests so even if it's not something you enjoy, do it for your child and do it with a smile and joy together!  Saturday night you'll do session 5 together and another project.  At the completion of that lesson, you get to take them out for a celebratory meal and you have the option to even give them a gift to commemorate their decision to remain pure until marriage.  

The discussions and material don't end just because your "getaway weekend" is over.  When you come home, there are even 25 devotionals for your child to continue to do in the days to come.  Hopefully this getaway weekend and the Passport 2 Purity materials will be a starting point for a new relationship with your child.  One where they know they can come to you in the tough times, with the hard questions, and you will be there for them.  If you don't know the answers, be honest, and tell them you'll find out the answers together.  Being a parent of a teenager is tough and keeping open communication lines and a close relationship with them can be an even bigger challenge but Passport 2 Purity helps equip your relationship to be the best it can be and to make learning about and understanding "the birds and the bees" easy for you both.  

This is material that we will be using not only in our home with our own children but also with our Student Ministry as well each year.  This material does require a little preparation on your part but the end result is SO worth it!  

The Passport 2 Purity Getaway Kit contains the following materials: 
Tour Guide (for the parent)
Travel Journal  (for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions)
(8) CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s:
Session 1: Beginning the Journey – Challenges, Traps, and Choices
Session 2: Running With The Herd – Friendships and Peer Pressure
Session 3: Ready For An Upgrade? – Changes in Him, Changes in Her
Session 4: Destination: Lé Pure – Setting Boundaries
Session 5: Crossing The Date Line – Seeing Dating Differently

Want to purchase the kit? 
You can use the promo code PASSPORT to receive a 25% discount on the Passport 2 Purity Getaway Kit 3rd Edition through 8/31/15.

Get more information on social media by visiting the Family Life website and following them on Facebook and Twitter.  Dennis Rainey and Barbara Rainey are also on Twitter if you would like to follow them too.  

Disclaimer:  I was given the above mentioned materials for review purposes only from FlyBy Promotions. The opinions expressed here reflect my own personal thoughts and opinions and your results and experiences may vary from mine.  No monetary compensation was received in exchange for this post.  
  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ripley's Attractions - Gatlinburg, TN


We are in full-time ministry and mission work and we are going "home" in August to visit family and friends for the first time in 15 months.  To say we are looking forward to that trip would be an understatement.  One of the other big highlights of our trip back home is that we are taking our kids to Gatlinburg, TN too!  David & I honeymooned in Gatlinburg and we went back when Abbey was 2 years old (she is 14 now) and our kids have never seen the mountains or experienced all the fun attractions in Gatlinburg.  

On our honeymoon, we went through Ripley's Haunted Adventure (think haunted house) and we were the only people that were going through it at the time so all the crazy, scary stuff happened to us.  Y'all, I was scared out of my mind!  It was an awesome haunted house though for those of you who like scary things.  I'm really excited that we will get to take our kids to visit to visit all the wonderful Ripley's attractions in Gatlinburg while we are there in August.  

You can also visit Ripley's 8 Gatlinburg Attractions! Experience 8 unique attractions including Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the 85,000 sq ft Aquarium of the Smokies, a 5D Moving Theater, be scared at the bone-chilling Haunted Adventure, find your way through the mind-bending Marvelous Mirror Maze, and enjoy two fully themed mini-golf courses!

I'm really excited to offer all my readers the chance to SAVE $3 Off Adult and $2 Off Child Admission to all of Ripley's Attractions in Tennessee. Use Online Promo Code: USFAMILYGUIDE.  (Tickets must be purchased online).

I can't wait to share all about your family's experiences in Gatlinburg, TN at the Ripley's attractions with you later this summer and I hope you will take time to visit all the fun in Gatlinburg too!  

Disclaimer:  This blog post is sponsored by USFamilyGuide.com.  I am receiving complimentary tickets to Ripley's attractions in Gatlinburg, TN for this blog post.  The opinions expressed here are my own and reflect my own personal thoughts and experiences.  Your results and experiences may vary from mine.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pampers UnderJams (#ConquerBedwetting)

Isn't it amazing how different our own children can be?  With our girls, bedwetting wasn't that big of an issue but when our son came along, I seriously thought he would never stop wetting the bed.  We even talked to the pediatrician about it because he was still wetting the bed at 6 and 7 years old!  With all 3 of our children, we proudly used Pampers diapers (no offense to cloth-diapering mommas) because I loved the convenience of disposable diapers and how absorbent they were.  So, it was only natural for us to choose Pampers UnderJams to help our son feel confident at night while sleeping and help prevent him wetting the bed.  Wyatt's bedwetting was so bad that he didn't like to stay at other people's houses because he was embarrassed to still be wearing UnderJams at night to keep the bed dry.  The bedwetting struggle was real in our house y'all!
Thankfully, we were able to share with Wyatt that he was not alone in the bedwetting struggle. In fact, more boys than girls are affected by this and 7-10% of children still wet the bed at age 7.  One of the keys to his success in not wetting the bed was for us to develop some good habits and routines to help him. One of our main goals was for him to not feel ashamed or embarrassed by his struggle with bedwetting. We started limiting his liquid intake after 7:00pm. That way, he wasn't filling up on juices and water right before bed.  We also made sure he went to the potty right before bed and we woke him up and made him go potty again before we went to bed (we are night owls so we typically go to bed around midnight), and we would wake him up early in the morning to go potty again. Of course, every night he wore Pamper's UnderJams!  I tend to be a "one-stop" Mom because of our busy schedule so I always bought UnderJams at Walmart because I could get groceries, hygiene products, stuff for the house, etc. in one stop.  
Pampers UnderJams offer night wear leakage protection that features a night lock ultra-absorbent core.  It contains ComfortWear quiet, cloth-like materials for privacy and a low waist so only your child knows you are wearing them under their pajamas.  Best of all, Pampers UnderJams are extremely affordable so you can not only provide your child the night time protection they need but you can also know you are getting your money's worth too.  

At PampersUnderJams.com, you can learn more about bedwetting, watch videos and read articles with helpful insights from Moms who are leading pediatricians who have dealt with their own children suffering from bedwetting. Pampers UnderJams is a wonderful way to give your child the confidence they need to make it through the bedwetting stage and provide them the nighttime protection they deserve.  

What is your experience, advice, or thoughts on bedwetting???

Disclaimer:  This is a compensated review as I am a blogger with Acorn Influence.  The opinions expressed here are my own and reflect our own experiences.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Patience Brewster: Inspiring Family Heirlooms and Traditions


I come from a family that has graciously passed down many things to me throughout my life.  Some of them were tangible items and some of them were traits and traditions.  Now that I am a Mom, I want to create some of those same type heirlooms and traditions with my own children.  Patience Brewster is a small one artist company that creates ornaments, gifts, and textiles from start to finish.   They help families create or continue family heirlooms and traditions too.  I'm excited to share with you how you can use Patience Brewster products in the home to create or continue family heirlooms and traditions.  
One of our family's biggest holiday traditions is that each child gets special Christmas ornaments each year.  When I was growing up, my parents, my maternal grandmother, and 2 of my aunts all gave me a special ornament each Christmas.  When I got married, I had enough ornaments that had been given to me over the years that at our first Christmas together, we filled a 6 1/2 foot Christmas tree with ornaments that had been given to me throughout the years!  Today, we continue on with that same tradition with our children.  We give them an ornament each year, their maternal grandparents give them an ornament, and their Aunt/Uncle give them one too.  We love the heirlooms and memories they are being given each year.  

Patience Brewster has a beautiful line of Christmas ornaments that make it easy to choose just the right ornament for that special someone.  All of their ornaments are handmade and hand-painted ensuring the utmost quality and detail.  Their designs and products cannot be found anywhere else so you know you can truly give a one of a kind ornament and fill a tree with beautiful, unique designs.  They offer mini ornaments, glass ornaments, tin ornaments, exclusive ornaments, and more!  They have a "12 Days of Christmas" collection where you can get "8 maids a milking" and "5 golden rings" for your tree.  They even have an ornament collection for all of Santa's reindeer!  Our 11 year old is really into mermaids and I love that they have several mermaid designs.  They also have ornament stands so you can display them easily too.  Patience Brewster Christmas ornaments will be cherished ornaments and gifts for years to come. 
The love of cooking and women gathering together in the kitchen to cook is another tradition that has been handed down in my family.  I can remember being a small girl and standing in a kitchen chair pulled up to the kitchen counter to "help" my Gran-Dot (my maternal grandmother) cook and bake.  She let me crack eggs into her Kitchenaid Stand Mixer and taught me how to make delicious recipes like Sour Cream Pound Cake, Chicken Divan, Homemade Peach Cobbler, and much more!  Today, I still find myself enjoying being in the kitchen.  I make weekly meal plans for our family and most every meal is homecooked at our house.  

Patience Brewster offers beautiful products for the home too!  One of my absolute favorite pieces in the entire Patience Brewster product line is the Turtle Cake Plate with Cover.  We tend to keep a homemade cake or pie in our kitchen weekly and this would be the perfect display and holder for our yummy desserts.  The intricately detailed turtle makes me smile every time I see it online and I love the whimsical nature of this beautiful piece.  My Mother has always enjoyed collecting salt and pepper shakers. She has quite a few to say the least but I already found several from Patience Brewster that I know she would thrill to have also. Patience Brewster offers incredibly beautiful pieces for your table, table runners, framed art, furniture, and more to make sure that your home has gorgeous and unique designs throughout.  
One of the things my Mom taught me that I want to pass down to my children is the importance of handwritten notes.  With the age of technology, where we tend to send emails and texts often before we pick up the phone and call someone, we are seeing less and less handwritten correspondence.  I have to admit, I use texts and emails daily too but I still make sure to send handwritten thank you notes and cards to others.  How refreshing is it it to open the mailbox and find a handwritten card mixed into your bills or junk mail?  We are trying to teach our children to send handwritten get well soon cards, sympathy cards, thinking of you cards, or thank you notes to friends and family when appropriate.  

Patience Brewster has a line of stationary that keeps the same intricately detailed artistry found in their other products.  They have Everyday Card Sampler packs, Boxed Notes, Correspondence Notes, and specialty holiday cards.  They also have a line of journals too.  

Patience Brewster has many other great products lines including figurines, purses, jewelry, hats and headbands, and more. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member, you should check out Patience Brewster. You can also learn more about Patience Brewster or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.  




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

EDUCENTS

As a homeschooling Mom, I am always looking for educational bargains.  That is why, I am a huge fan of Educents.  They are passionate about education and bringing you the educational products you love at prices you can afford.  We are already beginning to think about curriculum and materials for homeschooling next school year, and I have found some amazing deals and savings through Educents.  If you haven't checked them out before or if it's been awhile since you visited their site, I highly encourage you to check out Educents. Need some convincing...look at some of the great deals they offer on their site:

Melissa & Doug - Fold & Go Castle


Brain Quest Workbooks (all grades)

Nature Science Kits ($16.00 per kit) 




The Young Scientist Club: Family Science Games




......and there is MANY more deals on their website too!  
NEW TO EDUCENTS???  Create your own account now and start shopping and saving!  

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Grace of God DVD GIVEAWAY

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

 We were really happy to get another Christian film to review as a family.  We love building our Christian DVD library and being able to share great family-friendly entertainment with others too.  Grace of God actually has a pretty interesting plot.  Without giving too much away (because I want you to have a reason to actually watch this movie), let me just tell you....Imagine an atheist detective being hired to find out who stole $30,000 from a church safe!  Of course, throughout the course of his investigation he is interviewing mostly Christian church members which brings about some quite interesting "investigative conversations".

So does the detective learn enough about God through his investigative reporting to decide to believe in God or does the situation of someone stealing money from a church safe further solidify his atheist beliefs?  Who stole the money from the church safe?   All these questions...and more....can only be answered by watching Grace of God.

Our kids (ages 9, 11, & 14) really enjoyed this movie.  The 9 year old thought it was a little "boring" because there isn't a whole lot of action in the movie since it's mostly dialogue between people but there is quite a bit of mystery and unknowns, a little romance, and great conversations about atheist vs. christianity which makes it a really great movie to watch.

Grace of God is 99 minutes long and it does not have a movie rating but I would recommend it for older kids to adults.  You can purchase Grace of God at Walmart too!  Best of all, I have a copy of Grace of God on DVD to give to one of my followers. For your chance to WIN, enter on the form below:


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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the above mentioned DVD for review purposes only from FlyBy Promotions. No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here are my own and reflect my own personal thoughts and opinions.  Your experiences and results may vary from mine.  FlyBy Promotions is responsible for providing the prize for this giveaway as well as prize fulfillment of this giveaway.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season GIVEAWAY

Easter time is upon us and while most of the world wants to focus on Easter pictures, the Easter bunny, Easter baskets, egg hunts, etc. sometimes we get so caught up in all the world places emphasis on at Easter that we forget the true meaning of Easter.  Don't get me wrong, when our kids were younger, we did all of those things but we always made the true focus of Easter about what is supposed to be about...Jesus! That's one reason we were happy to see the book Easter Stories:  Classic Tales for the Holy Season arrive at our house.  
About the Book:  Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season.  Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages.  Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.  Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde as well as many you've never heard before.  
While I really enjoyed reading these short stories, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical that our children would enjoy them the way I was.  Having done mission work in Russia and Siberia, one of my favorite stories was "The Case of Rachoff" written by Karl Josef Friedrich.  We decided to use this book as the start of our homeschooling each morning.  I would read a story (or a portion of a story if they were longer) and then we would discuss it as a family.  Much to my surprise, the kids were immediately captivated by these stories and when we would read a portion of the story, their suspense would be so great for the next day to come so they could hear the continuation of the stories.  Two of their favorites were "The Church of the Washing Feet" and "A Dust Rag for Easter Eggs".  

Scattered throughout this 373 page book are beautiful illustrations of original woodcuts.  These pages are so intricately designed it feels like you could almost reach down and feel the texture.  This book could be used not only at Easter time but all throughout the year as the stories are beautiful reminders of our Christian faith.  

Easter Stories:  Classic Tales for the Holy Season is available for purchase through various retailers.  I am blessed to be able to give one of my readers their very own copy of this wonderful book!  For your chance to win, simply enter on the form below:
HAPPY EASTER & GOOD LUCK!!!!
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