Child Training Bible Review & Giveaway

When we found out we were expecting our first child, my husband and I discussed all of the things we wanted to teach our child… one thing we didn’t discuss was discipline. It’s not really something you think about when you have a baby, it’s not really necessary at that point! As our family has grown, we knew that as they needed more discipline and training that we wanted to do so in a way that glorified God and taught them right from wrong biblically. I wanted to use our bible to help teach our children when they did something wrong or needed to learn why something they did wasn’t right or Christ-like.

I was incredibly excited to come across the Child Training Bible, an incredible resource made by a homeschooling mom named Mindy Dunn. As a mother of five children she wanted to raise her children and train them up using scripture. Just like us, she tried many different ways to utilize her bible in a way to teach and discipline, but found that directly using her bible over outward sources was the best way. So she created a system that anyone could use to create their own training bible.

All you do is head over to Mindy’s website and order the chart set HERE. You can order one set, or order larger quantities for your group (and receive a discount depending on how many you purchase). The sets include a training bible key, three tabbing charts, and a set of instructions. Then, you will have to purchase a set of highlighters, tabs and the bible you hope to use.

You can click the images below to order your highlighters and tabs.

I chose to use my Message bible for this, though I will say it was a little harder to find what I needed to highlight because of the way the Message bible is laid out compared to your typical bible. I may end up redoing it in my NIV bible at a later point, but for now this is working just fine!

We’ve started using this whenever we find a need to teach or discipline our children, some of the biggest issues we come across with our children are fighting, lying and tattling. They aren’t always very excited about this, but we’ve found that when we use the word of God to help teach them, they listen more and care more about what we are saying. Especially Boogie… she was incredibly upset the first time we did this with her. She was constantly hitting and scratching Bubby, it’s such a competition with them and that’s how she was reacting to his behavior. So I sat her down and we went over the verses on fighting and had her do some copywork and then write a prayer in her journal. She was ANGRY, she was upset, and then when she finally finished she realized why her mommy was having her do all of this.

Using scripture teaches our children not just what WE want them to know, but what God wants them to know… and I think that makes a world of difference. I saw my child’s heart soften as she copied her bible verses, and I saw my child write a prayer that asked God to help soften her heart towards her brother.

If you have ever desired an easier way to find the scriptures you need to help teach your child, this resource is the way to go. It’s also a great resource to use for your bible curriculum, we’ve really been able to utilize this during our bible studies!

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Mindy has graciously offered up a chart set to giveaway to one of my readers! Just fill out the widget below, entries will be verified.

The Beginner’s Bible Review & Giveaway!

Now that Boogie is an excellent little reader (and she really really loves it!), I’ve been on the hunt for a book or curriculum to use for her Bible lessons. When I came across The Beginner’s Bible I knew that it would be perfect for her…. the book is a bible for little ones, with simple to read stories that go in the correct order that’s in a typical Bible. Boogie LOVES it.

There are some bigger words that she needs help with, but otherwise she can do this daily reading on her own, then discuss what she learned with me after!

The illustrations are bright, colorful and vivid, any child would enjoy glancing through the pictures even if they can’t read. These illustrations are fresh and new, but the book itself was originally released in 1989 and has been a popular book for many children ever since.

The Beginner’s Bible has a great website with games and activities for kids including printables of all sorts and videos to watch. You’ll also find some great resources for parents and teachers that coincide with each story in this bible. You can find that website HERE. Be sure to enter for a chance to win your own copy of this great bible, or head on over to Amazon to purchase! It’s currently on sale for $12.88!

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My Mother’s Quilts Devotional Review and Contest

Quilts have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve always had some type of homemade quilt on my bed. My mom is an amazing quilter, I have quilts she made me as a child and now my children have received quilts made by her as well. She creates these beautiful blankets with bright colors and designs, and I love that she hand quilts them, she puts so much love and devotion into her craft.

Because of this love of quilting from my mom, and my love of her beautiful quilts, I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this new devotional by Ramona RichardsMy Mother’s Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith


Richards, an award-winning editor, author, speaker and devotional contributer, took the stories of the family quilts her mother owned and documented them to create this beautiful devotional. This book has short little devotions with bible verses and prayer starters to go along with each story/lesson and gorgeous photos of the quilts that these stories are about. One of my favorite things about this devotional is seeing these beautiful quilts that I’m reading about.

This devotional would be a great gift for the quilter or quilt-lover in your life, you can purchase it HERE for $11! Continue reading to learn about a contest to win a beautiful quilt and more!

Win one of the quilts featured in #MyMothersQuilts by Ramona Richards. Also up for grabs: loads of other prizes including quilting hand warmers, coloring books, and 25 signed copies of Ramona’s book. Winners will be emailed after the contest ends on June 30, 2016. Click the image to get started!

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Disclaimer: I received this book free in return for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions and statements are my own.

I See Me! My Very Own Name – 15th Anniversary Edition Book Review

I’ve done several reviews of the I See Me! Books and I can promise you that I have yet to be disappointed with their books. The quality is incredible and I love that you can have them personalized for your child. I See Me! is celebrating their 15th anniversary of their very first book! My Very Own Name is a super sweet book that helps your child learn to spell their name and recognize the letters of their name. It’s full of beautiful illustrations of animals and nature that share your child’s name and celebrate them at the end of the book.

I See Me! Personalized Book Review

As most of my readers know, I have not and will not disclose my children’s given names on the internet, you know my baby as Bird. Well, I don’t personalize their books with their nicknames so I will not be sharing the inside pages of our personalized book or dedication page. So I will be using stock photos.


One of the things I love about the I See Me! company is that they allow you to include a dedication page in their books. You can add a photo, a short little pre-written message and a birth date for your child. I think that adds a special little touch to your books.


Here you can see that the animals have been spelling out Aiden’s name, the elephant introduces the “E”! You can see the book in it’s entirety HERE.


Then at the end of the book the animals all celebrate the birth of the baby, Aiden. I think the illustrations are so pretty and colorful for this book. It’s one your children will love to read over and over again! Mine sure do! Boogie and Bubby want copies of their own!

Be sure to head over to I See Me! to purchase your child their own copy of the My Very Own Name book, and keep an eye out for the giveaway on my blog this weekend – among all the other amazing products I will have, you will also have the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

24 Books of Christmas

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 Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone it’s time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS! (And if you’re a Mustard Seed Kid that also means birthdays!) We celebrate Christmas in many different ways but one of my personal favorites is a tradition that J and I started two years ago. We choose 24 books to read starting on December 1st and every night until Christmas Eve. It’s a joy to read so many wonderful books to our children and as a book lover it just makes my heart swoon!

So, here are our top 24 books to read for Christmas!

1. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsbury


This is one of our all time favorites, we like to read this one and then watch the movie with some hot cocoa!

2. One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham61WSArywilL

This is an AMAZING book. If I had put these in order of my favorites… this would be number one for sure! The illustrations are just gorgeous, Richard Jesse Watson did a fantastic job bringing Mrs. Graham’s book to life. It’s also always fun to read a story that’s based near your hometown!This is a longer book, we never read this entire book in one night, but I promise you won’t regret adding this one to your list!

3. Alabaster’s Song by Max Lucado


Alabaster’s Song is one of my mom’s favorite Christmas books. I remember her reading this to us and she did so with Alabaster’s lisp! His lisp makes this a little harder to read, but it’s such a cute book. There’s even an animated movie based on this book now!

4. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston


This is another Christmas story that is based in our Blue Ridge mountains!

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss


I’m pretty sure you can’t have a Christmas book list without including Mr. Grinch! Our kids not only love the book, but they also enjoy watching both the live action and animated movies adapted from this book.

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz


We have the board book version of this book, and I must say it’s very well loved! My mom purchased this one for my kiddos, she’s a big Snoopy fan.

7. My First Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore


We purchased this version of The Night Before Christmas at Babies R Us before Boogie’s first Christmas. It’s a touch and feel book with lots of sparkly stars and fun touch and feel pages. This is my absolute favorite version, it’s great for our little ones and they really enjoy it!

8. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado


You really can’t go wrong with any of Max Lucado’s books, especially his Christmas children’s books. This is one of my all time favorites.

9. Wake Up, Santa Claus by Marcus Pfister


This is a fun little book that our kids enjoy. We do like to read a lot of Christian based Christmas books, but this is a fun Santa story that any kid would enjoy.

10. How the Reindeer Got Their Antlers by Geraldine McCaughrean


Another fun book that we enjoy reading!

11. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski


LOVE the illustrations in this book. It’s also a little lengthy but a great book! This one has also been adapted as a movie!

12. Are You Grumpy, Santa? by Gregg & Evan Spiridellis


Boogie giggles through this entire book, she says it’s “so silly!”

13. The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans


Another of my favorites, and this one is illustrated with some gorgeous paintings by Jacob Collins. Truly exquisite work he did for this book. And the story is pretty great as well!

14. Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh & J. Otto Seibold


Who doesn’t love Olive? We love reading about her many adventures and this one is super fun for the holidays!

15. Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado


Didn’t I tell you I like Max Lucado’s books? This is another fantastic one!

16. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett


Follow a young girl named Teeka as she tries to get the reindeer ready to fly for Christmas Eve… this book is adorable and my kids laugh at how stubborn those silly reindeer are! Poor Teeka!

17. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman


This is a precious book, Mortimer searches for a warm and safe place to sleep and ends up discovering the true meaning of Christmas in the process. Love love love this book!

18. A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel


Bad Kitty is at it again! Who doesn’t love reading about the outrageous antics of Bad Kitty? We sure do!

19. Mary’s First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr.


Once again, another book with some pretty amazing illustrations. I love this story!

20. One Christmas Dawn by Candice F. Ransom


Another sweet story based in the mountains of NC! 

21. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt


We like the original Stinky Face book, so of course this one had to be on our list as well!

22. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman


This one is by the same authors of the Mortimer book above. This is a cute one that we always include in our Christmas countdown!

23. The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister


I try to save this one for Christmas Eve, this is a great one about Jesus’ birth! And this author also wrote Rainbow Fish!

24. The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland


This one is so fun! That little mouse goes on a wild ride with Santa! 

Thanks for checking out our 24 Books of Christmas list! I enjoyed creating it to share with you! Be sure to pin and share this, and please subscribe so you can stay up to date with us! God bless and Merry Christmas!