Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DVD Review: Theo: Teaching Children God's Love

Our family had the pleasure of being introduced to a new-to-us animated series called Theo. There are several titles. We watched Theo: Teaching Children God's Word.

The DVD is organized into four brief videos that highlight Bible stories. Theo is a kindly old sage who interacts with two mischief making mice, Luther and Belfry, that live in his country cottage. The writing is clever and the 2D animation is well done and reminded me of the Adventures in Odyssey series.  The DVD also comes with a helpful study guide.

Our children enjoyed the DVD and were eager to watch all the episodes!

There are also some very interesting Special Features on the DVD. I enjoyed being introduced to the creator of the series and learning how the animation was done. Kids who are interested in animating can get a very informative introduction!

Theo is produced by Whitestone Media. Thanks to FishFlix.com for sending a sample of Theo Volume 1 - God's Love DVD in exchange for an honest review.  You can get this and many other Christian Movies at FishFlix.com.

To sample Theo for yourself download the free episode Good News at http://www.theopresents.com/products/good-news. There are also free coloring pages available.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Menus4Moms.com is Awesome!

  I tried Menus4Moms. I loved it! No more slaving over finding 1000's of recipes on the internet and writing down all the ingredients to buy! Menus4Moms provides tasty menus for you to fix for your family. You just print the menu you want, shop for the ingredients, then cook the food! And, each week, the menus are conveniently sent to your email. What I like best is that they take all of the work and guesswork out of dinner planning. They provide a list of menus that you can choose from, and you can pick and choose which meals you want to prepare and they provide a shopping list of all the ingredients needed for all the meals! I also liked it, because the meals were simple enough that I could change them a little to make them my own, etc. They also have all the ingredients organized, so you know what ingredient is for which meal/day.
  The other thing I really like about it is that you can choose from the "Busy Mom Menu" or the "Frugal Mom Menu." I can relate to both of those types! They also have a "Gluten and Casein free" menu. I would've liked to have tried that menu, but was too frugal to to pay the small charge for that one.;-) If it's anything like the others, it has many yummy dinner ideas on that one, too!
  All of the menus have pictures to go along with the meals. The "Frugal-Mom" menu even has the prices you can expect to spend for each item/dinner. What I really like about it, is that all of the menus, don't just have one item for each day. Most days have at least a main dish and a side dish and some days have dessert.;-)
  There are also cooking tips, menu planning tips, a blog, and much, much more! This is a great site and a wonderful deal for anyone wanting help in planning meals. This would also be a great gift idea to give someone! I encourage you to try Menus4Moms. You won't be disappointed!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Second Chances follow Failing - Whole 30

The bad news is, I failed the first day of Whole30, eating some chocolate. Granted, it was 72% dark, but it was still off limits. The good news is, I can start over!:-) Better to have to start over on the first day, than the 17th! LOL! I had a bad headache today and realized that when you go "cold turkey" off sugar (when you are used to eating a good amount everyday), your body feels like it's having a hangover! Yuck! You can have Madjool dates, but you are not supposed to use them to feed the "sugar dragon." However, after feeling sick all day and finally realizing what was going on, I are a date and felt a little relief. Then, I ate another date and felt almost back to normal.;-) So far, I've done good today. We'll see how long it takes me to conquer the first day!;-)

The reason I am doing the Whole30, is to do a healthy cleanse of my body, while nursing my 6mo. old. This program fits the bill, I just need to DO IT!!!:-)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Whole30 Adventure!

Thanks Steph! I've read your recent posts http://californiafreemans.blogspot.com/2014/03/weighty-issues-how-whole-30-am-i-doing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FziDl+%28california+freemans%29#.Uys3ntxWrnY on Whole30 and decided that this is what I need to do for my health, so I can be a healthy wife and mother...and, glorify God with my body. Essentially, Whole30 is just a basic way to rid one's body of all the bad food put in it and cleaning it out with all good food! I see it as a healthy way to cleanse my body, while still nursing Annie Grace. I have many friends who are reading and doing Trim Healthy Mama, which is a Whole Food approach to eating healthy, in general. I would like to do THM, but I think that Whole30 will give me the jump start I need first!

I've needed to do this for awhile because I've gained some weight the past couple of months following the birth of our youngest child. Plus, I've had some other issues that I know can be straightened out by eating "clean." I exercise everyday routinely, so, I knew this was not my problem. A few weeks ago, I said to my son Noah, "I know that if I just give up my 'Cream and sugar with my morning cup of Joe,' and cut back on processed food and sugar, I could lose this nagging belly "pudge." I know what I need to do, I just need to do it!"

So, after reading my cousin's post last night, I decided to do some research and find out if Whole30 is right for me. After reading about all the benefits, and finding out that the whole program is free, I determined that it is just what I need right now! So, I got my husband's blessing to do it and I told my family what I would be doing. I even invited a couple of them to participate with me (I didn't have any takers).:(

Not being one to put anything this important off, I decided to plunge in with both feet! So, today is my first day to start. My only reasoning for putting it off, would've been so I could enjoy my sweet, creamy coffee longer...but, that was part of my problem in the first place! I like all the resources available on the Whole30 website to help accomplish this program, like the forums, the daily email (there is a cost associated with that, but I felt it was important), etc.

This is what my diet has consisted of thus far, today: This morning, upon rising, I drank a big glass of water with organic 100% lemon juice. This is what I do, most mornings, as it helps detoxify my liver, kidneys, etc. Then, I exercised while the children watched Curious George on PBS. For breakfast, I had my usual...two eggs cooked in Coconut Oil (extra virgin, organic, cold-pressed). My daughter Hannah said, "YOU'RE HAVING YOUR COFFEE BLACK???" Yes, I had my coffee black. I didn't get the "warm fuzzies" I usually get with my hot, sweet, creamy drink. But, it was hot and it was coffee.;-) And, it did taste kind of good with my eggs. Okay, it was awful...but, it was HOT!!! For a mid-morning snack, I had a half a grapefruit. For lunch, I had a salad with Romaine lettuce, baby peppers Balsamic Vinegar. Now, that was yummy! The funny thing was, the peppers tasted sweeter than they normally do...huh, go figure!;-) Snack consisted of a hot drink of matcha and water, YUCK (much better with milk and sugar)! For dinner, I'm going out on a date with my hubby. Chipotle has "clean" meat, so I'm planning to have a bowl with Chicken, chopped lettuce and lots of extra Cilantro, YUM!

The reason I decided to blog about this is simple. For the accountability. I know that if I am accountable to others, it will be encouraging to me and help me stay on task. So far, it's been easy...but, I know it will get harder...much harder. Also, I titled this "Whole30 Adventure," because I like to see life as an adventure...and doing the Whole30 is part of mine.:-)

Want to go on this "adventure" with me?;-) If so, here're the link to get you started: www.whole30.com

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Annie Grace is Here!

We are grateful to The Lord that Our 13th child, Annie Grace has arrived! She was born at Baylor Medical Center, McKinney on Thursday, September 19, 2013 (She was born on her due date!!!) She weighed 8 lbs, 5 oz., and was 20 1/4 in.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review of "90 Days Thru the Bible"

Love this book! If you're looking for a brief overview of the bible, this is it! It takes you from Genesis to Revelation in a concise, beautiful way. Maybe you don't have time to read through the bible or maybe you just want a short overview of different parts of the bible...whatever the case, this book is for you!

I love the overview of each section of scripture. I also love the nuggets of truth and commentary about the scripture sections covered. It is as if the writers took all the wisdom and commentaries ever written about the bible and picked out the best ones for this book!

I would recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone, young or old...those well-versed in the bible and those who are not...and it is for both old and new Christians alike.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Review of "The Daughters Walk," by Jane Kirkpatrick

This is my review of "The Daughters Walk," by Jane Kirkpatrick. This book was about the relationships in the daughters life and everything that happened because of "the walk" she and her mother chose to take.
My review for this book only got 3 out of 5 stars. I was greatly disappointed that the author didn't go into more detail of the walk, itself. I thought the book would've been more interesting and captivating had the author gone more in-depth into the actual walk. Because of that, the book didn't hold my attention as I originally thought it would.
With that said, what I loved about the book was the emphasis on relationships. Relationships are important to God and they should be important to us. The book was redeeming from a relationship viewpoint. The book caused me to reflect on the different relationships in my life and how they should be prioritized.
The other aspect of the book I liked was it clearly showed how our actions affect different people and circumstances in our lives. This was handled very well.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.