Ellie Claire Art Journals Review

I am so excited to share these gorgeous journals with you! I knew I was going to love them when I received the opportunity to check them out but when I received them, I was blown away! They are so pretty! I’m a sucker for a good journal and I love using them for my bible study time and to jot down my prayers.

I’ve looked through all three and plan to utilize them all, but the one I am currently using is The Illustrated Word : An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal. I just love this journal, it’s full of these gorgeous coloring pages, plenty of room to journal, and there are even little illustrations from the archives of the Museum of the Bible.

It is truly a beautiful journal. I’ve been using a variety of different markers, pens and colored pencils in my journal and the quality of the paper is superb. No bleeding, nothing smears, it’s perfect!

The second journal is the Illuminate Your Story Journal. Another gorgeous journal. I love that this one has a place to slide a pen on the binding and it has an elastic closure rubber band.

If you like Renaissance style lettering you’ll love this one, there is a brief history on Illuminated Letters at the front of the book and then it gives you instructions and steps on how to create them yourself! How cool is that?! What a fun way to add some art and hand lettering to your journal.

The journaling pages have little quotes here and there, the first one for instance, is from Laura Ingalls Wilder, “As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful.”

I also love that there is a keepsake pocket at the very back of the book, as well as a bookmark so that you can easily find your place! The pages on this one is also very durable and my markers don’t bleed through!

The third and last journal I have is the Faith & Lettering Journal – I think I’m most excited about diving into this one soon. I absolutely love the cover and that this one also has the spot on the binding for a pen.

In the first few pages you’ll find an introduction about faith and hand lettering and some tips on how to use this book. Throughout the book are these beautiful hand lettering pages with bible verses – they are seriously beautiful. The picture below is one of my favorites in the whole journal, it’s also one of my favorite verses!

One of my favorite aspects of this particular journal are the pages where you can practice hand lettering. There are verses you can trace and then practice doing on your own. Then there are pages with graphing paper like backgrounds where you can practice basic hand lettering. You’ll also find basic journaling pages and dotted pages to practice your writing even more.

I am also loving the style of binding that all three of these journals have. If you look closely you’ll see that the front and back covers stand out a bit and the binding is a canvas type of material. This allows the books to lay completely flat… and that is so important when you are trying to journal! Don’t you hate when your books don’t lay flat and you have to keep pushing them down as you write?!?

What do you think about these journals? Are you a fan of hand lettering? Which journal is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! And please keep an eye out for my next Ellie Claire review, I have some devotional journals you will LOVE!

You can purchase these journals on Amazon by clicking the images in this post or I’ve attached links to the titles of the books as well. You’ll find a lot more images of the inside of these journals and the prices are phenomenal! Happy journaling!

I received these journals for free in return for an honest review, all opinions and statements are my own.

Hillsong Kids – Can You Believe It DVD Review and GIVEAWAY!

Can you tell my kids were excited to check out this DVD? (Even Baby Bear! Ha!) We are a music loving family. My husband and I participate in our church’s praise band, so we are singing and playing music ALL the time. Worship is such a powerful way to connect with God, so I love that Hillsong has made music for our kids to worship with! This DVD is jam packed with some phenomenal songs that even the adults will enjoy. You’ll find “Can You Believe It” clips from Funny Man Dan, some select music videos, live in the studio clips and lyrical videos.

We’ve been using this DVD as a way to get some energy out. The kids love to dance, but they prefer dancing to videos… but we all know that YouTube has questionable ads sometimes, so I love that I can pop this DVD out and trust that the content is not only kid friendly but also showers my kids with the love of Jesus!

I’m even more excited that I get to share a copy with one of my readers! It’s easy to enter, just follow the instructions in the form below.

Hillsong Kids Can You Believe It DVD

 

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Chris Tomlin’s “Holy Roar” Album Review

One of my favorite things to review is MUSIC, we have some pretty amazing Christian artists right now. I’ve been pretty blown away by the lyrics and music that has come out lately and I feel like the Lord is really moving in a big way! Chris Tomlin does not disappoint with his new album, Holy Roar. The concept of Holy Roar is quoted as, “the freedom, the experience, the wonder of worship. It is seeing the church come together, hands lifted to God, pouring out our praise with an eternal song in our hearts. It’s every voice together, changing the way we worship.” I find that to be SO powerful.

Every song on this album is a powerful worship song that brings you closer to God as you sing, the lyrics and melodic music is exactly what you need for your time of worship. I imagine that we might end up singing some of these in my own church!

You can buy a copy of this album at most retail stores online, you can find out more HERE.

 

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Review

I think it’s pretty obvious, if you follow my blog, that I LOVE books. I’m always looking for new books to add to not only mine, but my children’s library as well. This illustrated bible was the perfect addition to our collection, the illustrations are beautiful and my kids love how the stories are told.

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings over 40 of our favorite Bible stories to life with beautiful illustrations by Fernando Juarez. Doris Rikkers is the author and she has done a wonderful job bringing these stories to life. Every page is full of color and adorable depictions of each story.

My kids are thoroughly enjoying reading through this Bible with me, I’ve even been including it with our Bible curriculum for school!

Want to learn more and check out a free sampler? Head on over to Zondervan to do so!

I received a free copy of this book in return for a review, a positive review was not required. All opinions and statements are my own.

Like Arrows Debut

I am SO excited about this movie! Alex and Stephen Kendrick have produced another amazing movie (also produced War Room and Courageous), this one in particular will only debut in specific theaters nationwide for TWO nights next month! Check for showtimes and tickets HERE.

You’ll follow the journey of Charlie and Alice into parenthood, when they start to lose those special relationships with their children because of life (i.e. work, everyday life) getting in the way, they turn to their faith when everything else has failed.

I think this is going to be a fantastic film to watch with our spouses and to show at church with small groups for bible study. This film is part of a new parenting initiative called FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ – they will provide a free online video series with a 8-session small group series! This could even be perfect for a MOPs or Mom’s group meeting study!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this new movie! Let me know what you think in the comment section below!