Friday, November 16, 2018

Ellie Claire Art Journals (Review)


Ellie Claire Art Journals

I was blessed with a journaling Bible and markers last year for my birthday, by a dear friend. I had no idea the popularity of Bible journaling (also called sermon note-taking), but I soon became intrigued. I saw these beautiful images people expressed of their faith in such a creative way, whether it be on their Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram pages. I wondered how could I learn to make such gorgeous artwork in my Bible.

Ellie Clair Art Journals 

I was very excited to learn about the Ellie Claire Art Journals for this reason. The three exquisite journals are embossed on the outside with amazing fonts and designs, and have a hardcover. They feel almost handmade, and you can see the work, effort, heart, and thought that went into making them. Each journal has lay-flat binding, and thick papers, so that markers don't bleed through the pages. The journals each include blank, lined writing pages. From here, they take on their own unique features.   

Ellie Claire Art Journals

Faith & Lettering Journal

 The Faith & Lettering Journal teaches the art of hand-lettering, and how this can create a peaceful quiet time for being in the Word. The author suggests about 15 minutes a day of practicing this technique. There are multiple examples of lettering and how to do it. One of the examples below shows how you start with a full outline of the scripture you are hand-lettering. It then allows you to trace that same example. There are then four spaces where you can practice. The scripture below of Ezekiel 36:26 is one of my favorites, "I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."

Faith & Lettering Journal

The overall designs in this journal on the inside and outside are beautiful. Remember that dear friend I told you about earlier? She is expecting her second baby early next year, and as soon as I saw this journal, I literally felt like it had her name on it. It reminded me of her kindness, love, and generosity she gives to everyone she meets. I had this journal serve as the card in her baby shower gift from me. I wrote how much her friendship means to me in the inside cover. She was so excited, and thankful because it gave her a reminder to get back into the Word and experience quiet time with the Lord. 

Faith & Lettering Journal

 The Illustrated Word Journal

The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal is a journal where 40 illustrations have been recreated as line drawings to color. Also included are the matching full-color illustrations from the archives of the Museum of the Bible. The picture shown below shows you the coloring page on the right as the full size page to color. In the corner on the left side of the page is the full-color illustration. Another favorite scripture of mine was found in this journal: "Be still, and know that I Am God." (Psalm 46:10)   

 The Illustrated Word Journal

Some of the illustrations from the archives are dated back to the 1300's. I loved that this showed Biblical history and what it looked like at the time. The example illustrations above and below are from The Church of England Book of Common Prayer, from 1662! I thought the coloring pages being shown with what the actual illustration are a wonderful idea. I think this allows you the creativity to either color it the same way as in the illustration, or to put your own spin on it.
 
 The Illustrated Word Journal

 Coloring pictures is definitely not just for children anymore. I know many people who would enjoy this journal, as coloring relaxes them. What greater time to be in the Word, then when you are at peace and relaxed! This journal will be difficult to gift because I think my father-in-law would enjoy this, as well as my cousin, sister-in-law and my preteen niece!

 Illuminate Your Story Journal

Illuminate Your Story Journal teaches the almost-lost art of illuminating letters. The letters were inspired by manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible's collection. It includes Insular, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance Illuminated Letters. A description of each of these periods and styles is given in the introduction of this journal. There is also a brief set of directions on how to use the journal, as well as a list of art supplies you may want to use.

Illuminate Your Story Journal

 In this journal, there are quotes from famous people in history. The example below came 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." There is a folder in the back for Keepsakes, such as keeping pictures, favorite scripture passages, or cards or notes from friends or family. The letter illustrations are colorful and exquisite, and included are some hints and tips throughout the journal to help make your lettering better.

Illuminate Your Story Journal

All three of these journals were incredible. If I had to pick a favorite though, it would be the Illuminate Your Story Journal. I felt this journal was more my personality. I adored the history of the illuminating the letters and the description given of each era. I liked that there was more direction, which I needed because I am not the greatest of artists. I will be keeping this one for myself, and I am practicing daily. I am very excited to be able to have this journal and my journaling Bible show my faith more creatively and visually, and to be able to spend that time being in the Word. If you had to pick a favorite of the three above, which would you pick? Leave me a comment to let me know! Thanks for stopping by to read my review!

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Ellie Claire Art Journals


Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Worthy Publishing  for providing these beautiful Ellie Claire Art Journals for me to review. All opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the products in exchange for this review and post. 

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Blessings,

Kelly

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hillsong Kids DVD, Can You Believe It!? (Review & Giveaway)


Hillsong Kids DVD, Can You Believe It? (Review & Giveaway)

Hillsong Kids DVD, Can You Believe It!? is a 25 minute DVD filled with kids singing worship songs, and lyric videos. The title of the DVD serves as both a challenge and a question. It invites children to learn more about God and His love, and also their faith. Hillsong believes that teaching children to love God and others takes place in both the home and church. Some of the worship songs include "My Best Friend," "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," and "What a Beautiful Name."

Hillsong Kids DVD, Can You Believe It!? (Review & Giveaway)
These guys in the DVD are so funny, and it makes it so enjoyable for children and adults to watch!

In between the music videos, are Funny Man Dan and his co-host, as they act silly and play games, like the one pictured above. This matching game included who God is and what the Bible is, and what living for God would look like. During other in-between music video segments, they would have another person with them that they would ask questions to. I thought the discussions were perfect for a child's understanding, and I think they did a great job of explaining God's love and grace.

Hillsong Kids DVD, Can You Believe It!? (Review & Giveaway)
 My sons loved the music and being able to see the kids in the music videos!

The music videos are all so cute! The videos include kids in real life situations such as being out in nature, at home, and spending time with family and friends. My sons and I very much enjoyed the videos and the songs. Each of the videos shows kids helping others, which I thought was such a positive attribute. My favorite video was children dressed and acting like their parents and staff in adult church. It had a child portrayed as the pastor, and the amount of work that goes into setting up chairs and the venue before church. It showed what it takes to setup the worship stage.  


This DVD would make a wonderful children's Biblical resource for not only parents, but also church leaders and pastors. My husband and I teach second grade boys Sunday School, and the students absolutely loved this DVD! They were singing and dancing in the classroom along with the kids in the music videos. We also play the game, Four Corners, where we  have them go around the classroom as music plays. When the music stops, they have to go to the closest corner of the classroom, where there is a name, city, or description of what we have read in our lesson that day. We have a student pick a name out, and whichever corner has that name on the label, that team of students gets points. The students asked if this DVD could be the music going forward! My family and my students adored this DVD. I hope yours will too!  

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Blessings,

Kelly

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Kerfuddle: The Exciting Word Game (Review)



Kerfuddle: The Exciting Word Game (Review)
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of  Kerfuddle: The Exciting Word Game, through Befuddled Games, as part of the Homeschool Review Crew, in exchange for a honest review. 

Autumn is probably my family’s favorite season. The weather cools down, the leaves change colors, football, holidays, food, and catching up with friends and family. We love to have the windows open and just spend time together inside as a family. One of the ways we do this, is to play board games. I was so excited to learn about Kerfuddle, and with both of my sons learning how to spell and read sight words, I thought what a fun way to do learning and family time together. 

Kerfuddle: The Exciting Word Game (Review)

Kerfuddle is a family game that can be played in as little as 15 minutes, with 2 to 6 players. It is suggested for ages 8 and older, but my 7 year old who is second grade had no trouble playing. All the pieces come in a convenient cup with a lid, which makes clean up easy, and having the lid I think is a great way to not lose any pieces. It also makes it a fantastic game to bring to a friend’s house. Each game comes with the cup, 14 Letter Cubes, Number Cube, 12 “Shake It Up” Cards, Game Mat, Sand Timer and Full Instructions. The only thing needed to play is some pens or pencils, and some paper or a notepad.

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Blessings,

Kelly

Homeschool Review Crew


-Product review by Kelly LaFollette, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November, 2018


I received a free copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.  




 

Friday, October 26, 2018

More Time Moms Family Organizer (Review)

More Time Moms Family Organizer

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the More Time Moms Family Organizer, through the Homeschool Review Crew, in exchange for a honest review.

In today’s busy world, it can be extremely difficult to keep everything on your family’s schedule organized. From school to sports, to church activities, holidays, birthdays, work, and play or lunch dates, the calendar can get filled up fast. I enjoy much of what technology has to offer, but there is something about writing everything down so it is in one location so that everyone can see it, that makes me a happy Mama. We have a central spot in the kitchen, designated for our family calendar, but the problem is there is never enough space for me to write everything in, and there is just 4 of us in my house, and a cat and a dog. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I heard about the More Time Moms Family Organizer.

To finish reading this review, please visit The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. 

Blessings,

Kelly

Homeschool Review Crew

-Product review by Kelly LaFollette, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, October, 2018


I received a free copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.