Scripture Stickies – Review

Hi friends! Another article of mine has been published at The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. You can find it in full here, and I’ve included an excerpt and a couple pictures below.

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When I was a kid I loved memorizing Bible verses. It was so easy back then. But now, with my busy schedule, I rarely memorize any new verses. I know that I should get back in the habit, and I also really want to help my girls get into a routine of hiding God’s word in their hearts. What a blessing that Julie and Gregorio have developed Scripture Stickies to help me do just that.

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Scripture Stickies are packs of bible verses printed on strips of paper that have sticky strips on the back so you can put them wherever is convenient (and then take them down when you’re done without harming the surface they were stuck to). There are Scripture Stickies packs available for a variety of subjects.

scripture-stickiesThey’re quite plain, just a verse printed on paper that has sticky strips on the back, which lets everyone customize them as much or little as you want. Some may like them best just the way they are, no frills. For myself, I have some sheer paint sticks that are perfect for adding color. My ten year old enjoys taking a sparkly gel pen and adding patterns to hers, and my seven year old decorated hers with stars and flowers and such.

My girls really enjoyed each selecting one verse from the Kids Study Packs to decorate and put on our fridge. The verses in these packs for kids are great basics for them to begin memorizing, and include plenty of room on each strip for my girls to add their own embellishments. When the verses have been memorized, my girls can move them to another location such as a closet door, or notebook where they can continue to review them while working on memorizing the next verse that they choose.

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to try these nifty Scripture Stickies packs. Now it’s a cinch to have Bible verses in my house and car for me and my family to read and memorize. I can definitely see myself buying more once we’ve used all the ones I have.

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Sing-Along Board Book Review

A few weeks ago Zonderkidz sent me a free copy of Jesus Loves Me! A Sing-Along Book  illustrated by Gynux to review.

Jesus Loves Me! a Sing-Along Board Book for ages 2-6 - I LOVE the illustrations, such a sweet book, and precious verses of the song I never knew! | Review of free copy by Running With Spears #jesuslovesme #zonderkidz #boardbook

I asked for the book because the whimsical cover art made me smile, and I was NOT disappointed with the gorgeous illustrations throughout. The fun scenes with happy woodland creatures are just the best. The padded cover and sturdy pages are perfect for little hands to hold (and they’re great for withstanding baby rough-handling, too). The book has the first three verses of Jesus Loves Me,  which was fun to read. I’d actually never heard the other verses and they’re very sweet. The third verse is my new favorite and I’m sad that I went my whole life up until now not knowing it.

Jesus Loves Me! a Sing-Along Board Book for ages 2-6 - I LOVE the illustrations, such a sweet book, and precious verses of the song I never knew! | Review of free copy by Running With Spears #jesuslovesme #zonderkidz #boardbook

The last page of the book includes simple sheet-music for Jesus Loves Me, and my nine year old was able to sit down at the piano with it and plink out the song. It was a fun surprise.

My itty-bitties and I love looking at this darling book and singing together. We couldn’t be happier with it. 🙂

Books I Love – Lunar Chronicles!

Hi friends! Today I want to share one of my favorite books, well series actually, that I’ve read lately. It’s called The Lunar Chronicles and if you enjoy YA fantasy with a touch of sci-fi, you should check it out.

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The first book is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella called Cinder, in which Cinderella is a cyborg. I know, it sounds a little strange and I was a bit unsure about it at first, but the book totally sucked me in! Marissa Meyer’s writing is so gripping that I couldn’t put it down. In the following books in the series we meet creative new versions of Little Red Riding Hood (and the Big Bad Wolf), Rapunzel, Snow White, and the Evil Queen. There’s adventure, magic, cool tech, and romance, (but no cringe-worthy bedroom scenes or anything).

The picture above is actually of a graphic novel that came out recently about Iko, an android and friend of Cinder’s, that takes us on an adventure she has that isn’t in the other books.

I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just add that this is totally a five star series for me! If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear what you think! 🙂

My Newest Favorite Things

‘Ello poppets. I wanted to share with you all a few things that I am in love with these days!

First up are gorgeous artist-created mugs from Society6.

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This Gilmore Girls one is from Evie Seo, but there are soooo many different types of mugs that I love! Including bookish ones, and ones specifically for writers. 🙂

createexplorereadI’ve also found some awesome bookish shops on Etsy! One of my new favorites is CreateExploreRead. This Books Are Calling  mini art print is one of my favorites from her shop. She also has a bunch of bookmarks and stickers and so forth,

and some notebooks that I’m seriously drooling over.

I also just discovered Book Lovers Coffee and it looks so delicious. I’m dying to try some.

Oh, and did you know that bookish candles was a thing?!? I just got one from Novelly Yours Candles inspired by one of my newest favorite books, Fangirl. It’s pumpkin, chocolate and coffee scented and SOOO perfect. It’s also one of the cutest things ever!

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Last but not least, I thought I was an always coffee never tea kind of gal, until my husband started buying fruit infused loose leaf teas from HEB, and oh my goodness they’re so good! I’ve actually been having a cup of tea in the afternoon lately and loving it. Who am I?!?

What neat things have you discovered lately that you just love?