TBR

Hey friends! I can’t believe summer is already coming to a close! I wanted to read a lot  more over the summer than I actually did. I’m hoping this fall I can read some of these books that are just a small portion of my current TBR (to-be-read) pile. What are you reading these days? Have you read a great book lately, or are there any books you’re excited to read soon? If you’d like to talk books, I’m pretty active on Instagram, sharing book pics and such, and I’d love to connect with you there. 🙂

Kwik Stix now at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs!

Hey friends! 😀

If you’ve been around awhile you’ve probably seen me talk about Kwik Stix! They’re the perfect smash-up of paint and markers and great for kids who love to create art, and moms who like to not have a giant mess to clean up afterward!  These are a huge hit with my girls and I just found out that they are now available at all  BJ’s Wholesale Clubs!

We’ve tried and loooved classic Kwik Stix, Metalix, Neons, and Thin Stix! Last October my girls decorated their pumpkins with them. We used the Thin Stix to create custom wooden blocks. I’ve used them for  Bible Art Journaling, and my girls use them for their random art projects all the time! 🙂

Here are a few pics, and you can search “Kwik Stix” on my page to read more about how we’ve used them!

Kwik Stix! The perfect smash-up of paint and markers!  These are a huge hit! Now available at all  BJ’s Wholesale Clubs!  | Review of free product by Running With Spears #kidsart #messfreeart

Kwik Stix! The perfect smash-up of paint and markers!  These are a huge hit! Now available at all  BJ’s Wholesale Clubs!  | Review of free product by Running With Spears #kidsart #messfreeart

Kwik Stix! The perfect smash-up of paint and markers!  These are a huge hit! Now available at all  BJ’s Wholesale Clubs!  | Review of free product by Running With Spears #kidsart #messfreeart

Kwik Stix! The perfect smash-up of paint and markers!  These are a huge hit! Now available at all  BJ’s Wholesale Clubs!  | Review of free product by Running With Spears #kidsart #messfreeart

Book Review – Bible for Tween Girls

Hello friends! My ten year old, Evergreen, was just asking for a more grown up Bible than the princess themed one we gave her when she was five, so I was thrilled when Zonderkidz sent me a free copy of the NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible to review. This beautiful hardcover Bible with 52 Verses To Color is perfect for her! 

My ten year old wanted a more grown up Bible than the princess themed one we gave her when she was five, so I was thrilled when Zonderkidz sent me a free copy of the NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible to review. This beautiful hardcover Bible with 52 Verses To Color is perfect for her! | Running With Spears #zonderkidz #faithgirlz #tweenbibles

This is a full-text Bible on normal thin Bible paper with regular sized margins, not a journaling Bible, but inter-dispersed throughout are sets of a few black and white verses with illustrations on thick paper for you to color in. The coloring pages are plenty thick enough for no bleeding or tearing to occur when colored with colored pencils. This is a great Bible for tween girls. The only thing I don’t love is the translation. NIV isn’t my favorite, I wish it was NLT instead, but I know lots of people love NIV. It’s a very nice Bible in any case, and Evergreen has started coloring a few of the pages. She loves it, and has been reading it every morning and is excited to take it with her to church and everything. Thanks Zonderkidz!

My ten year old wanted a more grown up Bible than the princess themed one we gave her when she was five, so I was thrilled when Zonderkidz sent me a free copy of the NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible to review. This beautiful hardcover Bible with 52 Verses To Color is perfect for her! | Running With Spears #zonderkidz #faithgirlz #tweenbibles

 

Book Review – Brave Beauty

Hey friends! My ten year old has just reached the age where she’s wanting to do devotionals on her own, so I was thrilled to receive a free copy of Brave Beauty Finding The Fearless You from Zonderkidz to review. 

My ten year old has just reached the age where she's wanting to do devotionals on her own, so I was thrilled to receive a free copy of Brave Beauty Finding The Fearless You from Zonderkidz to review.  | Running With Spears #faithgirlz #tweendevotionals #zonderkidz

This lovely devotional book by Lynn Cowell has 100 “mini-chapters” for girls ages eight through twelve. My daughter, Evergreen, has been reading this book every day for about a week now and really enjoying it. 🙂

The book is divided into three sections: I Am Loved, I Am Brave,  and I Am Confident.  Through these sections, short daily snippets help tweens establish their self-worth on who they are in Christ and what God thinks of them, and to live boldly for Him. Probably at least half the chapters include either a thought provoking question with space for them to write answers, or a little multiple choice questionnaire, helping to engage the reader. Each mini-chapter also ends with a brief prayer to help the reader take what they’ve just learned and respond to God about it.

My ten year old says she definitely plans to continue using this book, and I’m really excited to hear that. She says that so far it’s all stuff she already knows, but the more she can have messages of grounding her confidence in Christ the better, so I’m excited that she’s enjoying the book. She says she recommends it to other girls, which is high praise, and I’d recommend it as well! 🙂

My ten year old has just reached the age where she's wanting to do devotionals on her own, so I was thrilled to receive a free copy of Brave Beauty Finding The Fearless You from Zonderkidz to review.  | Running With Spears #faithgirlz #tweendevotionals #zonderkidz

 

Book Review – If You’re Happy And You Know It

Hey friends! My littles have been LOVING all the great board books we’ve received free in exchange for reviews this summer from Zonderkidz, and If You’re Happy And You Know It is no exception! 

This adorable board book illustrated by Barbara Szepesi Szucs has the words to the classic children's song, "If You're Happy And You Know It" paired with wonderfully whimsical pictures of animals playing together at a playground. My littles LOOVE it!  | Review of free book by Running With Spears #zonderkidz #boardbook #booksforbabiesThis adorable board book illustrated by Barbara Szepesi Szucs has the words to the classic children’s song, “If You’re Happy And You Know It” paired with wonderfully whimsical pictures of animals playing together at a playground. My three year old and one year old both LOOOVE it! Even my seven year old often shows up when I’m reading/singing it and joins in the song! The only downside to this book is that it’s nearly impossible to get my sweeties to stop begging ” MORE! MORE!” once I start.

My one year old loves for me to snuggle her in my lap while I sing and she points to all the things on the pages. My three year old loves to grab the book and “read” it while she sings. And my ten year old enjoys getting in on the fun by playing the song on the piano using the music on the last page!

This cute sing-along book is a huge hit! We’ve been thoroughly enjoying it! Thanks Zonderkidz! 😀

This adorable board book illustrated by Barbara Szepesi Szucs has the words to the classic children's song, "If You're Happy And You Know It" paired with wonderfully whimsical pictures of animals playing together at a playground. My littles LOOVE it!  | Review of free book by Running With Spears #zonderkidz #boardbook #booksforbabies

This adorable board book illustrated by Barbara Szepesi Szucs has the words to the classic children's song, "If You're Happy And You Know It" paired with wonderfully whimsical pictures of animals playing together at a playground. My littles LOOVE it!  | Review of free book by Running With Spears #zonderkidz #boardbook #booksforbabies