Jesus Sees Us – Review and coupon code #JesusSeesUs

Jesus Sees Us was created by two moms of preschool aged children that were looking for an engaging and relatable way to introduce their children to Jesus and their faith. I think they accomplished that! Jesus can be hard for a child to grasp when He is just a concept, but Maureen and Kelly have created a way to make Jesus tangible.



The set includes a doll, that has a warm and loving face, with a soft body and molded head that mirrors the image of Jesus in the book.

The book, in hardcover, has beautiful multicultural pictures depicting biblical stories of Jesus with Scripture reference and correlating lessons on how we can model our behavior like Jesus today. I can’t say enough about how much both my grandson and myself loved the pictures. They are bright, positive, and definitely include a wonderful mix of skin tones, which I think is so awesome! I would love to see a similar book to go with the doll that is a board book in the future.

The recommended age is 2 to 6. My grandson is younger than the recommended age (he is 9 months old), but just having the doll to show him Jesus when we talk about Jesus is great. In this picture I was saying “give Jesus love” and he did :) I do think the ages of 2 to 6 is right on the mark though. This book is GREAT to read to your child or grandchild.

This set would make a great gift for many occasions, including Easter, Christmas, Baptism, or birthday! Would also be a great gift for grandparents to buy when visiting their grandchild, what could be more special than sharing your faith with your grandchild!

Check out Jesus See Us here

Visit their website – JesusSeesUs.com
You can order Jesus Sees Us from their website or by clicking the Amazon link below. Either way make sure you enter the coupon code JSBLOG10 for $10 off! This set would make a great Easter gift, so order today!

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Easter Stories – Review and Giveaway Ends March 30, 2015

Easter is right around the corner, I can barely believe how quickly time passes. Holy Week begins, this Sunday, March 29. Holy Week is a time of prayer, reflection, and a time to share with our families as we anticipate the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.

I was given the opportunity to read Easter Stories, a collection of classic tales for the Holy Season. These stories were brought together because of their significant messages for the Holy Season. If Easter is more to you than eggs and a bunny, this is a lesson filled collection to read and share with your family. The stories come in different lengths, so you can pick one that fits the time allowed. I would suggest reading the stories before reading them to your children and grandchildren to judge age appropriateness and understanding of a particular story.

The stories compel conversation. They make you think and question. The stories, no doubt, will give your family an evening of conversation like no other (especially if you have debaters in the house). Conversation is good, questioning is good, because that is how we grow, as people, and in our faith. Some of these stories may have you question how this can be an Easter story, while others will ring true through and through. Some you may enjoy more than others, but I think that is usually the way with collections. Just think about the radio, you probably don’t like every song on a station, even though a station usually has a particular genre. The book is the same, they are all Easter stories, but each may affect you differently, raise questions, or firm up your beliefs. I think that is what makes it a great book to read out loud! Everyone can take away something different, everyone can share their own perspective, each people can share a little of their faith.

A few of the authors included are C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Groudge, Anton Chekhov, Alan Paton, and John Masefield.

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Redwork embroidery, A Bear and His Honey

My latest design, available for free in my craftsy shop. A Grumpy Old Bear. I created this because of my Hubby. He is just 37, but has been doing dialysis for almost 3 years now. He current does home hemo-dialysis with me as his dialysis “tech”. Our children tend to bring him food while he is on dialysis (he seems to always have the munchies when on dialysis), so I’m always telling them “Don’t feed the bear”. We love him very much, even when he is a grumpy old bear.

Our dream is to have a small cabin in the woods and this will be hanging on the wall there.

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Teens and Time Management By Leslie Josel – Review


Time is hard to manage, even for adults, but especially for teens. Managing time is a learned habit, we aren’t just born knowing how. Teaching the skills of managing time, generally, falls on the parents. Teens and Time Management is a great resource for parents!

It is a short book, but it is filled with practical suggestions from someone who has been there. Leslie started her journey when her son was just 5 years old and struggling with ADHD and executive function. She read articles, did research, went to conferences and spoke to experts. I can completely relate to the “researcher” in her because when we deal with issues that is exactly how I respond, with research and lots of it.

Leslie is the perfect combination of researcher, teacher, and organizer that lead her down the path to helping others for 11 years. This book combines the advice she gives to parents, teachers, and students on how to manage time.

One of my favorite parts of the book, not only helps with teaching teens time management, but it also helped me have a better relationship with my adult teenage daughter. I don’t want to give it away, but make sure you read page 18! It is a great idea to use with all your children, no matter their age.

The book also touches upon how music, food, procrastination, all of which can affect how our teens manage time and perform in school. There is a great section on helping out teens start out the day on the right foot, which is so important for a successful day.

With so much technology today, cell phones, facebook, twitter, there is a great section that addresses media distraction. It also offers suggestion for media distraction plugins to help your teen gain control of their need for media. Leslie also offers a section on her favorite resources.

I think this is a great book for parents and teachers to read to help their teens through today and also prepare for the future.

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To order Leslie’s book please visit her website or click on the picture above to order from amazon.

Official information about the book….

Award Winning Author Releases Latest Book:
What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management? A Parent’s Guide Through the Time Management Journey with Their Teen

Time management is a challenge for everyone, but it is a particularly daunting challenge for teens. More than 70% of teens in the US struggle with time management and the numbers are growing. Teens are busier than ever and they lack the necessary tools to manage their time.

Nationally recognized time management expert, Leslie Josel, in her new book, What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management, takes parents step-by-step through the basics of teaching teens the time management skills they need to succeed-at school, at work and in life. As she explains, time management is a skill that doesn’t come naturally to everyone-but it can be learned. Josel opens the door to the world of time management, what it really means, why it is important and why teens probably don’t “get it.”

This is a user-friendly guide full of best practice solutions for helping teens stay on top of their homework, avoid procrastination traps, get out the door in the morning with minimal conflict and manage the use of their electronics. Throughout the book, award winning author, Josel offers up the “Triple Ts’ – her tried and true Tips, Tools and Techniques- to provide support and guidance for parents looking to help their teens understand, develop and implement time management skills.

In this book, parents will learn the FIVE mindsets needed to start their teen on the journey of time management awareness; how to create a “Personal Homework Profile” to better understand how their teen tackles homework; how to help their teen create a time sense and develop “future awareness”; what FOMO is and how to manage it at home; how to kick procrastination to the curb; and so much more!

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About the book:
What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management by Leslie Josel
ISBN: 978-0-9908891-5-1
Publisher: People Tested Publications
Publish date: February 2015
Page count: 88 pages

About the author:
Leslie Josel is the founder of “Order Out of Chaos,” an organizing consulting firm specializing in student organizing and chronic disorganization, and creator of the award-winning Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management. She brings over a decade’s worth of professional experience working one-on-one with teens and their families, speaking to teachers, parent and professional groups across the country, as well as the perspective of a mother of a time-challenged teen, to create a parent’s indispensable guide through the time management journey with their teen.

Disclosure (in accordance with FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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.

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A new journey

As most of my readers know, we have been dreaming about living in a little cabin in the woods for a while now. We have set goals for making it happen, but life has happened and our cabin hasn’t. We are now aggressively working towards our cabin.

This blog goes in many directions, from reviews, to craft tutorials, to just me sharing my thoughts, to other random things. I have now created a blog that is just for our cabin. I hope you will join me there and share in our new journey.

Building our Cabin

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Building and Using a Photography Lightbox

Ever wonder how magazines take those great close up shots of food and jewelry or how people have such professional ebay and etsy pictures? The secret is using a lightbox. A lightbox can be purchased or it can be made, easily, with supplies you probably have in your house right now!

There are two kinds of photography lightboxes I have used. The first one I made using cardboard. Simply take a cardboard box, large enough for what you plan on taking pictures of (my cardboard one was about 1′ by 1′ square, which was perfect for small items like jewelry), and make sure the bottom is taped well. Cut off 3 of the “opening” flaps. So now you have a box with 4 sides (one side has the original top flap) and a bottom. The side with the remaining flap is now the base (or bottom) of you new photography light box (placing this side down and the opening towards you, will help you make more sense of this explanation). Using the imagine below of my wooden light box as a visual guide, cut an opening on the box side to the right and to the left, leaving an 1 1/2″ of the cardboard all around the perimeter, this is so the box will have support and also for attaching the fabric. On my cardboard box I left the top intact, but in my wooden box the top has an opening as well to add fabric and a light. The side openings need to be covered with a sheer fabric, I used a cheap white muslin material. Once the material is attached, cut a piece of poster board so that it will cover the base and back of your lightbox. Don’t BEND it into place, simply allow it to curve into place. This will make for better photographs. Place a light on either side of the openings and you are ready to go. For best results make sure there are no other lights on in the room except the ones on either side of your light box.

A wood box takes a little more work, but is much sturdier and works better if you want a larger box! We used what we had on hand. A piece of MDF as the base, then we used some 1″ by 2″ pieces to create the “frame” for the fabric. Then added a thin piece to the back to finish it off. This box is 2′ by 2′.

This is Hubby working on the fabric part of the project

Sadly we ended up with him in the ER. When Hubby was nail-gunning the fabric on, he hit a screw from putting together the frame work for the box, the nail hit it, and came out the side, straight through Hubby’s thumb!

With fabric on both sides and the lights in place, it is ready to use! We left the top open so I can either put more fabric and a light up there or cover it with a piece of cardboard. Notice the white poster board lining the inside. The piece I had wasn’t big enough, but for now this will have to work, eventually I want to find a larger piece that completely covers the space.

Here is a picture using the lightbox!

Now you are ready to take professional looking photographs to help your Etsy and Ebay items sell!

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No Longer a Slumdog – Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis – Review and Giveaway #NoLongerASlumdog

No Longer a Slumdog by Dr. K.P. Yohannan is a book about the amazing hope and changed lives of children, families, and communities in Asia. Unicef states that…”over 1 billion children are severely deprived of at least one of the essential goods and services they require to survive, grow and develop. Millions of children are severely deprived of nutrition, water, sanitation facilities, access to basic health-care services, adequate shelter, education and information.” (source)


Most of us could never imagine living in such poverty that we would abandon our children, but it is the heartbreak parents are “almost forced to make”. Just in India, there are 11 million children that have been abandoned. The lives these children are then left to live is heartbreaking. Thankfully there is hope for many of these children (and hopefully one day for ALL of these children) through the GFA Bridge of Hope centers.

One thing I was very surprised to learn is that because of their birth, most people in India have no hope of a better life. We often take for granted our lives in the U.S. In our country, we can be born into the poorest family, live in the worst town, and still grow up to be an amazing person with a bright future. That just isn’t true in India. Dalits or Untouchables are the lowest rung on the ladder (there is a section in the beginning of the book that explains important terms and concepts, I found this to be very helpful!). When a child is born to a Dalit, they too are a Dalit with no hope or opportunity to move up the ladder to a better future. Because this is how it has always been, they don’t know any different, they don’t know that God values them just as much as the Brahmin, the highest caste. That is where GFA Bridge of Hope centers differ from the many other groups that work to help children, they not only feed them, educate them, and love them, they also teach them about God. They give them hope, faith, and a brighter future. Many of the children helped by the Bridge of Hope, share their new found faith in God with their families, which gives them hope as well. The stories of faith are touching and something wonderful to read during this Easter season.

“God knows. He hears. He sees their pain. And He has brought us to the point at which we can, by His grace, help do something about it.” (No Longer a Slumdog book quote)

The book impacted me so much, that I’m sponsoring a child through them. One of my favorite parts is that 100% of my monthly donation is sent to the mission field, nothing is kept for administration costs.

The book taught me so much and opened my eyes to things I didn’t realize were occurring. It is a book that I just want to pass along. The author, Dr. K.P. Yohannan feels the same way, that is why he is giving away this book to anyone who wants to read it. And I highly recommend that you do!

Everyone can receive a free copy of this book! Shipped free too! The cost is nothing, but time to fill out a simple form.

The author is also the founder and international director for Gospel of Asia. He has authored more than 200 books, including the international bestseller, Revolution in World Missions. He is on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters and his Road to Reality radio program airs on more than 900 stations worldwide. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.

Where to find out more –
Gospel of Asia website – http://www.gfa.org/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gospelforasia
Twitter – https://twitter.com/gospelforasia
Official Hashtag – #NoLongerASlumdog

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Free Small House Plans!

Hubby and I go back and forth on almost a daily basis on what to do about our future housing options. Tonight I have been looking at FREE! small house plans and thought I would share the exciting site I found.

The small House Catalog – There are a handful of small houses available and many more coming this year!

Do you know of any other websites that offer free small house plans?

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Really cool Tiny House website

It has long been my dream to live a simpler life. I’m in the process of downsizing, but sadly we will never be able to live in something this small with all of Hubby’s dialysis equipment. This site is awesome. It is one of the best I have seen with sharing everything, right down to approximately how many nails it took to build! Even if this isn’t the life for you, it is fun to look at all the pictures!

Check out Tiny House Giant Journey!

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Berenstain Bears’ Please and Thank you Book – Review and Giveaway

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I grew up reading The Berenstain Bears’ books, in fact I still have many from my childhood and from my children’s as well (pictured are a few above). My favorite one growing up was The Berenstain Bears’ and the Messy Room. I still have it somewhere, packed away, I believe, in a book of keepsakes! The original creators, writers, and artists of these amazing books, Stan and Jan Berenstain have both passed away in the past several years. Thankfully, even though we have lost very talented people, the books continue on. Their son, Mike Berenstain, is writing and drawing a new generation of Berenstain Bears’ books.

I was so excited when given the opportunity to read and review this new book! This is the first time I have ever seen a Berenstain Bears’ board book. In June, a little miracle came to be, in the form of my very first grandson and I was so excited to be able to read this book to him. That makes three generations, in this house, enjoying the many years of these books.

This board book is about manners, especially about saying please and thank you. It is written so that younger readers can learn through a short and to the point story, which is perfect for those “toddler” attention spans :) So join Mama Bear as she gently reminds Brother, Sister, and Honey bear of the importance of manners. Papa Bear is a good example of good manners when he asks for a cookie and then he also encourages the younger bears to continue with their good manners.

The drawings by Mike will remind you of those done by his parents! As you can see by the picture below, the toddler books only differ in the words, by size and amount, making them perfect for the little one in your life.

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This is me, Nana, reading to my precious 8 month-old grandson.

He had fun just looking through the book himself too :)

To purchase this book – click here The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Book or visit your local bookstore.

To find out more about The Berenstain Bears’ books – visit The Official Berenstain Bears Website.

To keep up-to-date, check out The Berenstain Bears blog!

To win a copy please enter below! – Giveaway ends Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Disclosure (in accordance with 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 review a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

This blog post contains affiliate links, if a purchase of the book is made using the affiliate link included in this post, My Simple Walk receives a small percentage of the purchase. Thank you for supporting this website.

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