Friday, November 4, 2016

The Chronological Word Truth Life Bible: In the Beginning

This is a pretty interesting concept. I'm sure many of you have heard of The Story, right? It's a bible as told as one continuous story from beginning to end. No verse numbers, just one seamless story.

I didn't like it.

This is similar, but but better. Allow me to explain.

First off, it's a slightly different version. Now, this book isn't word for word and specific version that I've found, but it's more like an actual novel. The story is basically the NIV bible, put into paragraphs. This book is, not a summary of what the bible says, but a simpler way of putting it. It's very easy to understand.

The author left in the verse numbers, but they're not throughout the text as is the case in the regular bible. They're at the beginning of each section. For example:
See the upper right corner? There's where this particular section is in the bible.

Now, I tried to use this book in my bible study to see how well I could do, and it didn't go as well as I'd hoped. Since you don't know where one verse stops and the next begins, it makes it difficult for in depth study.

I don't agree with everything in the introduction sections (for example, I don't agree that the NIV is a more accurate translation than KJV; I believe ESV and KJV are much better than NIV), but all in all, it's a pretty good book.

I think this would be a great introductory bible for people new to reading the bible, but I would not use it as the end source for bible study.

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Charming Voodoo Review

It's always difficult to review a mystery without giving away the plot. This is the description from the back of the book:

Bubble. . . bubble. . .
Whispering Falls is abuzz with the new housing development and new shops popping up all over the magical village.
Cures and trouble. . .
A Magical Cure’s owner, June Heal’s intuition is on high alert and she just can’t shake that something bad is about to happen.
Magic stirs . . .
It must be the upcoming All Hallow’s Eve celebration that has love in the air. Or maybe it’s because there are several more citizens in Whispering Falls.
And trouble doubles . . .
 June’s intuition is far from wrong after she stumbles upon new town resident Patch Burr who is lying dead in the middle of his pumpkin patch.

For those that have never read the series: It's a murder mystery set in a small magical village in Kentucky. Shop owner June Heal is our amateur detective. This is definitely a fun series with quirky, likeable characters.

Whispering Falls is changing. There are lots of new shops popping up, and a new housing development. Mrs. Kappes has introduced a lot of new characters in this book. I like how she's adding new people to keep the storyline fresh, but the part of me that doesn't like change (at all) is whining like a baby. lol!

Anyhow, whenever I read (or watch) a murder mystery, I try right at the very beginning to pick the victim and the murderer. Even before I've been properly introduced to them. Sometimes I'm right, but more often I'm not. lol! Well, it was easy to pick the murder victim, since it said on the back who it was. (Fyi, the info on the back is wrong. It's Patty, not Patch who's murdered.) But I was completely fooled by the murderer. Mrs. Kappes has a way of shifting focus to each suspect in a way that makes you think that there's no way they didn't do it, then she pulls the real murderer out of nowhere and ties all the clues together at the end. I love being fooled by surprise endings!

This book is definitely one to pick up, if you like mysteries. It's a fun, easy read that will have you guessing to the very end.

I was provided a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

My First Review in a Long Time!

I know I said my first review was going to be another book, but I just got the Happy Planner Recipe Organizer at Hobby Lobby today, and I just had to show everyone! <3

K, I really hate starting out my reviews on a negative note, but I don't care for the cover.
It's boring, and I don't care for red. So... no love there. However, the cover is easily replaced, so that's really not a big deal for me.

When you first open the front cover, you're greeted by these Market Lists. There's 10 of them.
Next page.
Belongs to ME! XD

K, on to the real stuff. lol!

The next 3 pages are dedicated to cooking terms. Now, I'm not a professional chef by any stretch of the imagination. I know some of these terms, but some (such as deglaze and truss) I'd never heard of before. So whenever I'm ready to try something new, I'll know what the recipe is talking about. XD

There are 8 dividers, categorized as follows:
Family Favorites
Main Dishes
Slow Cooker
Healthy Fare
Quick & Easy
I will definitely be changing some of the dividers. For example, I love the Family Favorites and Slow Cooker. And I'll keep Main Dishes and Desserts. But I'll change the others. Breakfast, Soups & Stews, and Appetizers will be three of my changes.
These are the insides of the first two divider tabs. I love, LOVE these pages.
On the side of each recipe is a, sort of, features-at-a-glance section. I love this because if it's something I don't make very often and can't remember how long it takes, I don't have to peruse the recipe and add up the cooking time. It's right there for me. Also, if it goes in the oven, the temp is right there, so I can preheat my oven. This is definitely convenient for me. There's also a star rating at the bottom of each page:
We like this recipe. A lot. :)

The Happy Planner uses the discbound system, meaning that you can remove the pages and reinsert them. I love this feature. It makes it incredibly convenient in so many ways.
The Divider tabs are color coded.
 And so are the top corners of the recipe pages.
That way, if you remove a page for whatever reason, it's much easier and quicker to find it's correct location.

There's room in this organizer for 192 recipes. That's plenty for me! lol! I don't even have half that many. So I'll be able to add new recipes for a long time.

Bottom line: I really like this recipe organizer. I can't wait to transfer all my recipes over and start using it. It's going to make cooking so much more fun for me! :)

Do you have any of the Happy Planners? How do you like it?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Day for my Blog!

I used to review books, oh, all the time. I've gotten out of it because I wanted to focus more on homeschooling and whatnot. But I've missed book reviewing. It's fun for me to read a new creation and offer my opinion of it. I love that I can do so without the feeling that I have to say something positive. While I never tear down a book (ever), I don't always leave positive reviews. If I don't like a book, I say so. But I try to do so in a kind way.

That said, I'm pretty easy to please. I've only not liked one or two books I've reviewed. And I've reviewed quite a few.

My next review will be of A Charming Voodoo by Tonya Kappes, and will be posted on October 16th. Tonya Kappes is one of my favorite authors! Her mystery books are fun and engaging. I hope to see you here!

Btw... if you're an author and want an honest review of your book, please feel free to email me. I can offer you a link to my Amazon reviews so you can see how I've reviewed before. :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FREE Printable: Vocab Sheet

I had trouble finding a vocabulary worksheet that my son liked. There were a few out there, but they weren't fun. So I decided to make one. If you like it, feel free to click the image below to download it. :)