Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ellie Claire Art Journal Review



I've always been a little intimidated by all that fancy journaling I see on Youtube and my artistic friend's bible pages. I bought myself a journaling bible just so I could be motivated to learn and start studying like all the journaling pros out there. I still haven't put ink to paper in that bible! I'm truly scared I will make a mistake and my Bible will be ruined! I jumped at the chance to check out this set of three art journals from Ellie Claire. They are all beautifully bound with thick pages as to prevent leakage from most markers. The pen loops, keepsake pocket, foil and embellishments on the cover make for long-lasting treasures. Such a gorgeous set of art journals! 

JOURNAL 1


The first journal I looked at was Illuminate Your Story. The first few pages contain information about the history of illuminated letters. It includes the different styles of lettering, the supplies you'll need, and how to use this particular journal.


                 


I included two of my favorite letters in this journal. This beautiful A and the intricate and delicate letter F. I love that it gives step by step instructions and then the blank grid for you to try it yourself. Several of the pages are adorned with inspiring quotes as well.


JOURNAL 2


This journal will ignite and inspire the bible journaling artist within you. There is plenty of space within the pages to practice and try out different styles. There are many pages to practice some basic hand-lettering techniques. This will be very valuable for me. 

I tried my hand at the tracing. I have a lot of practice ahead of me, but I found the tracing to be very enjoyable.


 I like how this journal included pages with grid and graph to practice on. There are several beautifully illustrated pages for practicing.

This journal also includes some professional tips to help improve your calligraphy.


JOURNAL 3


This journal is your coloring journal. Included in this journal, you will find full-color illustrations from the archives of the Museum of the Bible along with the line drawings for you to color yourself. You can create your own masterpieces within these pages as well.

These would make beautiful gifts for the art journaling friend who has the skills and wants to learn some new techniques, and also for the beginner who wants to start journaling and studying the word of God. Check out the links below for purchase options of all the journals reviewed above. Happy Journaling!

FAITH & LETTERING
Amazon 
Barnes & Noble 

THE ILLUSTRATED WORD
Amazon


ILLUMINATE YOUR STORY
Amazon
Barnes & Noble





Thursday, November 1, 2018

Holy Roar *Chris Tomlin Album Review + Giveaway*



Chris Tomlin is one of my favorite writers of worship music. His music expresses God's word with so much power.



About the Album
Holy Roar: 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.

About Chris Tomlin
Chris Tomlin is one of the most heralded singer-songwriters in the world who has amassed an impressive body of work. He has sold more than 8 million albums, 11.3 million digital tracks with 16 #1 singles. Chris is one of only four artists ever to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 Billion digital radio streams, others include Justin Timberlake, Pitbull, and Garth Brooks. The Grammy® winner’s list of music awards includes an American Music Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award and more. Chris’ concert tours have sold-out venues in major cities including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, The Forum in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Red Rocks in Denver, among others. This spring, Chris marked another career milestone by launching his own imprint record label, Bowyer & Bow, in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group.



This is one of my favorites on this album, along with 
"How Sweet It Is." These songs really get your mind focused on worship.

You can order your own copy of this CD on the Chris Tomlin site at this link.

GIVEAWAY TIME
“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. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  The winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Indivisible Movie Review


ABOUT THE MOVIE
INDIVISIBLE is based on the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. With a strong, faith-filled marriage, the Turners are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country. 
Fresh from seminary and basic training, Chaplain Turner and his family arrive at Fort Stewart. Yet before the Turners can even unpack their new house, Darren is deployed to Iraq. Heather is left taking care of their three young children alone...as well as serving the families of other deployed soldiers. 
Despite a desire to stay connected with their loved ones, the harsh realities of war take a daily toll over the course of the Battalion's extended deployment. Meanwhile, back home, babies are born, kids keep growing, and nerves are frayed with every late-night knock on the door. 
With deeply etched battle scars, the soldiers' long awaited homecoming is much different than any of their families anticipated. Carrying burdens the other can't comprehend, the Turners must decide if they're willing to face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage. 
From the director of The Grace Card and the studio that brought you Fireproof and War Room comes INDIVISIBLE, the story of one marriage...one family...under God. In theaters beginning October 26th, the movie stars Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Jason George, Tia Mowry, and Madeline Carroll.


This movie requires a box of tissues! Being a military spouse, I was more than willing to preview this movie and write a review. Not only because of the military and marriage theme, but because it is also based on a true story that so many of us can relate to. Indivisible really inspired me to pray more intentionally for my chaplains and their families, and all my family and friends' marriages! 


I like that they shared what it was like for the deployed spouse. They really are fighting a different battle overseas than the one the spouse back home is fighting. It was good for us to see a peek of what it can be like. It is hard on our soldiers and they don't always come home the same person.  

This is a story of grace and redemption. This is a story for every married couple, not just for military families. All marriages go through trials and tribulations. There needs to be strong communication and forgiveness. Marriage built on God's word will create a stronger foundation that will combat any challenge. We must also understand that a broken marriage is not a failed marriage. 



I recommend this movie to every married couple, but especially to my military family.

Check out the official movie website for more info about this amazing movie. 

GIVEAWAY TIME
Enter to win 2 free Fandango tickets to see INDIVISIBLE!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WHOLE HEART by Passion Music Review & Giveaway



About the Album

      Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His name.

    WHOLE HEART is the new live album from Passion—captured at Passion Conference 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

  Passion Conference 2018 was a beautiful worship experience, and the live album captures each powerful moment, allowing those who were not in attendance to experience it.

Such beautiful music to get anyone through the day!



List of Songs and Artists

01. Whole Heart (feat. Kristian Stanfill)

02. Almighty God (feat. Sean Curran)

03. God, You’re So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill & Melodie Malone)

04. Reckless Love (feat. Melodie Malone)

05. Heaven (feat. Sean Curran)

06. More Like Jesus (feat. Kristian Stanfill)

07. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (feat. Brett Younker)

08. Ghost (feat. Crowder)

09. Ever Almighty (feat. Melodie Malone)

10. Great Are You Lord (feat. Matt Redman)

11. All My Hope (feat. Crowder & Tauren Wells)

You can even find all the lyrics to these songs on their website.

I've been listening in my car. I have an hour and a half roundtrip taking my child to school. This album helps take my agitated focus off of the selfish drivers on the road. I can't be the only one who deals with this! I may growl when I get cut off, but having the presence of God in my vehicle with me changes everything. Just praising Jesus in the morning rush hour. There is no better way to take my children to school!


The digital album releases TOMORROW! You can find out more information about this album HERE.

You have an opportunity to when the CD right here!

GIVEAWAY TIME
“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.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Family Honor Plate Review

We haven't had the opportunity to paint our plate just yet. We are saving it for a Christmas break activity. I just love the whole concept of using this plate. I love that the fruits of the spirit are listed on it too. You get everything you need to decorate the plate and make it special. We may not have started using the plate for meals yet, but this hasn't stopped us from using the conversation cards. 

About the Plate


Step #1: Mom & Dad- BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE MODEL
The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children.  This is how our children learn what character (Christ's Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us. 

Step #2: BE ON THE LOOKOUT
Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.



Step #3: CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER

Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE.  This is when you:

·Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).

·Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.




About the Cards

Every question is followed up with "Why?" to take everyone's answers to a deeper more intimate level.  That's where the magic is and the real conversation starts. So now when even a simple question such as..."What is your favorite dessert?" for example, rather than someone answering "Apple Pie" and then moving on to the next person, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit." Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies and she gave the best hugs when we walked in the door." 

Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships.  When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.



One thing I love about these cards is that they are open-ended questions. No short "yes" or "no" answers from our family. Kids don't always like to give details so I'm really enjoying the answers I get.




Find out more about Michelle

This is such a great gift for any family! If you need just one family Christmas gift...I found one for you! Check out the online store to purchase your own Family Honor Plate set!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Devotional for Young Women + Giveaway


About Adored 365-Day Devotional
Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day's message. This book tackles tough topics young girls face, From bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God's sight. This devotional is recommended for ages 13 and up.


I must say that I love that this devotional is numbered by days and not dates. I am so hard on myself if I start reading January 1st and then I can't get back to it until January 3rd or even later. I won't have that hanging over my head since it is just labeled as Day 1, Day 2, etc. It removes the pressure! I read so many different things that I sometimes forget to go back and read the next day because I'm reading something else. 

I am actually going to wrap up my copy of this devotional for my daughter. It will be a Christmas gift to her. I read the first few days and I believe she will get a lot out of these devotionals. I'm so excited to give it to her. She loves to read and wake up early so I am trying to instill the importance of having that quiet time with the Lord to start her day.

You can purchase a copy of this hardcover book on the CBD website.

You can take a look inside the book at Zondervan. This even includes a FREE 7 DAY download!

Enter to win a copy of this devotional right here!

GIVEAWAY TIME
“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. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Illuminated Bible Review + Giveaway


The ESV Illuminated Bible is one of the most beautifully illustrated bibles I have ever laid my eyes on.


About the Bible
The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible's single-column text settings and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs. This bible invites it's readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's Word.


Dana Tanamachi is an American hand-lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend. She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, and more.


This would be an amazing gift for someone special in your life.


Check out their website.
Purchase on Amazon.
Win one on my blog!

GIVEAWAY TIME
“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.