Family Christian ~ Review

Recently, I had the opportunity to receive a $25 coupon from Family Christian to use on a product(s) of my choice. I have to admit that the hardest part of this review was deciding what to buy with the coupon. Family Christian has so many faith based products that it was hard to choose!

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Although the coupon was good in store and online, I used it online. I enjoy going to Family Christian stores; however, I am a couple hours away from the nearest one. We didn’t have any trips planned to go to the city in the near future so I used familychristian.com. At first, there was a problem with the coupon code but Family Christian was so helpful and got that all fixed. When I did place my order it was easy to navigate the website and order.

I  decided to get two movies that as a family we have wanted to see for a while; Unbroken and Beyond the Mask. Movies are something that I don’t generally buy so I thought it would be fun to get these two.

Right now Family Christian even has a summer sale going on. Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off sale on ALL Books, Movies and Music for the whole family! You can even mix and match products to get the deal, which means you don’t need to shop within the same department. Hurry though, this sale ends August 25 (it is good in store or online at familychristian.com).

Family Christian Buy 1 Get 1 50%About Family Christian

Family Christian is a Christian retailer, operating in 250 stores across the country. They are committed to helping you find, grow, share and celebrate your faith through a wide selection of Christian books, music, Bibles, DVDs, gifts and more.

When you shop with Family Christian, your purchases support their efforts to unite with ministries that are helping children and families in need around the world.

I am excited to be able to offer one reader (from Canada or the continental USA) the opportunity to receive a $25 coupon good at your local Family Christian store or online at familychristian.com. I bet you will agree that the hardest part is deciding what to get!

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Blessings,

Jennifer

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Enlivenze FlipStir Puzzle ~ Review

Imagine having a puzzle that you can work over and over again without it getting old. Now imagine that this same puzzle doesn’t have any pieces that can get lost. That is exactly what the makers of the the FlipStir Puzzles have created. The kids and I love puzzles and games, so we were excited to be able to review the FlipStir puzzle of the Statue of Liberty from Enlivenze LLC.

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The directions say to Shake. Stir. Solve. That seems fairly easy, especially when you only have 10 pieces to the puzzle. We learned that just because it sounds easy – doesn’t mean that it is. It takes a bit of patient maneuvering, to get those ten pieces into the correct order to reveal the Statue of Liberty picture. 

FlipStir puzzles are made in the USA and are designed for those 7 years of age and older. The pieces of the Level 2 puzzles, have are wavy on both sides (except the top and bottom pieces).

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How Does it Work?

Shake up the FlipStir Puzzle.

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Stir.  Use the stick to stir the pieces.

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Solve. Use the stick to move the pieces. You can also wiggle the FlipStir, tilt it, tip it, whatever it takes to solve it.

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In our house, Brock and I are the only ones who have been able to complete the Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle. It does take a bit of patience and perseverance, but it really is fun! The younger kids probably would have enjoyed the Level 1 puzzles to start with but I find the Level 2 challenging and fun.

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Blessings,

Jennifer

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Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids: Spanish ~ Review

Hola! Are your kids wanting to learn a foreign language and you don’t feel equipped to teach it? Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids may be just what you are looking for. We received the Starter Set 1 for the purpose of this review. Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids® Starter Set 1 contains:

    • DVD with videos for Levels 1-3
    • Three Parent-Teacher Guides which sets out a detailed lesson plan, with a suggested viewing schedule and a variety of fun, supplemental and hands on activities to choose from to reinforce the material taught in the videos.
    • Flashcards and Card Games for Levels 1 to 3
    • Workbooks for Levels 1-3
    • Stickers for Levels 1-3

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review
Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids was started by Kit Strauss, a suburban Maryland lawyer and mom, when she couldn’t find educational materials to teach her children a foreign language. She decided to get her kids involved to help her make fun videos that would appeal to kids while teaching them a foreign language through immersion.

More About the Starter Set 1

The first three videos (Levels 1, 2, and 3) are all on the same DVD. There is a separate Guide for Teachers and Parents for each of the three videos; Basketballs Aren’t for Breakfast, The Little Magic House (Part 1) and The Little Magic House (Part 2). The teacher’s guide is easy to follow along with.

The high quality stickers are fun to place around the house. The flashcards and game cards are also high quality (think baseball card size.) The workbooks have numerous full-color, fun activities to complete

Flight 101: Basketballs Aren’t for Breakfast

The first video, Basketballs Aren’t for Breakfast, introduced us to three brothers as they start their day with breakfast. We see that one loves to eat, one loves to read and one loves to play basketball. We are also introduced to the family’s two dogs; one who wants to eat breakfast and one who wants to sleep.

The teacher’s guide lays out how much of the video to watch with each lesson as well as additional activities to complete. Some of the additional activities include “Geography in a Jiffy,” a modified duck, duck, goose game, workbook lessons, and “Idioms in an Instant.”

The Little Magic House (Part 1)

It is now 10 am and breakfast is over. Eli and Parker are playing basketball when their neighbor Gracie comes over. From the outside, the boys’ house looks small but when they go in the house looks like a mansion.

This video introduces many new words. The teacher’s guide says to “plan to move slower than you did with Basketballs Aren’t for Breakfast and to watch it more often.”

The Little Magic House (Part 2)

This third level continues with Gracie’s visit. We are introduced to several different food and beverage names as well as a few colors in The Little Magic House (Part 2)

Each of the three levels have a colorful workbook that corresponds to that level. The answer key is in the back of each workbook to help the teacher/parent check the student’s work.

What Did We Think?

Our experience with Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids has been so much fun. The kids have enjoyed the videos. They are becoming familiar with Spanish terms and are using a few of them in conversation. The videos are funny and engaging so that even the younger kids are interested in watching.

Rebekah was the one who really wanted to learn Spanish, but I have encouraged all the kids to watch the videos with her and they are learning alongside her. Although they didn’t share her initial enthusiasm, they are learning from the videos.

If you are looking for a fun, immersion style foreign language program to use in your classroom or in your home, I would encourage you to check out Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids.

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Blessings,

JenniferCrew Disclaimer

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Canning Blueberry Pie Filling

This week, I was able to pick up two 10 pound boxes of blueberries for $19.99 each. A few weeks ago, I had bought a box from the same bulk food store and they were $31.00 so I was extremely pleased to be able to get some more blueberries at a reduced price.

I froze most of the first box, leaving out enough for us to eat fresh for a few days. The kids enjoy eating them frozen for snacks and they work well in pancakes, muffins and smoothies. I also washed and froze one of the boxes that I got yesterday. The second box I made into blueberry pie filling.

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It took most of a 10 pound box to make 7 quarts of pie filling.

This is the recipe I used; it, along with other fruit and fruit pie filling recipes, are in my Faithful Homestead Canning and Preserving: Fruits and Fruit Pie Filling ebook.

Blueberry Pie Filling

    • 6 cups sugar
    • 2¼ cup Clear Jel®
    • 7 cups water
    • ½ cup lemon juice
    • 7 quarts blueberries

Wash blueberries set aside. Mix Clear Jel®, sugar and water in large stock pot. Stir well. Cook on medium high heat until begins to thicken. (Stir well to prevent scorching.) Once it is thick and transparent add lemon juice. Boil one minute longer. Gently stir in blueberries. Ladle into prepared jars, leaving 1″ headspace, and process in water bath for 30 minutes (0-1,000 ft) 35 minutes (1,001- 3,000 ft) 40 minutes  (3,001- 6,000 ft) or 45 minutes for (6,001- 8,000 ft)

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*Be sure not to overfill jars!! It is so tempting to put too much filling in the jars but make sure you leave 1″ of headspace. Yes, I speak from experience here. You want those jars to seal!

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Blessings,

Jennifer

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I Love You Just Because ~ Review and Giveaway

As parents, we know that we love our children just because they are who God created them to be. I Love You Just Because, a sweet, rhyming book conveys that message even to small children. The artwork is cute but the story-line is priceless, that unconditional love that parents have for their children.

Author Donna Keith also has two other books featuring the same bear family I Love You All the Same and I Love You Even When.

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I Love You Just Because is a special book for any family but I think it would be especially meaningful for those families who have adopted, foster or step children. It illustrates that we truly do love each of our children just because. Children want/need to know that they are loved just because and that their parents’ love doesn’t have to be earned.

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I am excited to be able to give away one copy of I Love You Just Because.

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Blessings,

Jennifer

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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