He Numbered the Pores on My Face

I saw this title and laughed. Well, laughed inside my head. I thought, "Wow, what a funny title!" And then I wondered what was on her face, and evidently, it's a facial mask. With cucumbers on her eyes. (This book is supposed to be for teenagers but then I realized in half a year I... Continue Reading →

Strong

I must confess - I underestimated this book. I thought I wouldn't be interested in reading about these men. But, as usual, I got swept away in the stories...in the reading about these courageous, self-giving, compassionate men. by Melody, age 12 *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *Strong: How God... Continue Reading →

Teen to Teen Academic Planner

It's hard to find good planners out there, and when I looked inside this planner, it included some of the elements that make a great planner and help me get organized for the school year. by Melody, age 12 *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *Teen to Teen Academic Planner... Continue Reading →

Post-Trip Tips

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. We may add to this list, but here are some super quick thoughts we had from our recent trip. Some items are more specific to an international trip to the city like Hong Kong and less specific to...say our time in the Australian... Continue Reading →

Pre-Trip Tips

*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. We may add to this list, but here are some super quick thoughts we had from our recent trip. Some items are more specific to an international trip to the city like Hong Kong and less specific to...say our time in the Australian... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading 2019: Barnes and Noble

[Note: This is a repost of an old post with slight updates.] And so it begins… We enjoy our park playdates and mini-road trips and vacations and bike rides and Vacation Bible School during the summer months, but we’re also super chill and bookworm-ish (read: nerdy), so we enjoy all the different summer reading programs.... Continue Reading →

Empowered

by Melody, age 12 Whenever we read about other people's lives (I'm talking about famous, well-known people in history or the news), we always think "Oh, wow!" Or "How can I become like them? But in reality, these women were human, after all, and it was their strong faith and beliefs that made them brave to... Continue Reading →

Kid Power Volunteer

If you're a middle schooler looking for a volunteer opportunity, the libraries are looking for kids going into 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to help other kids spin the wheel and stamp the board for the Summer Reading Program. (Keep reading for details!) In Castro Valley, the orientation dates and times are Wednesday, May 29th,... Continue Reading →

What Am I Feeling?

Have you ever not known what to do with your emotions? Or with other people's emotions? This book, What Am I Feeling? describes how we can give each of our feelings a name, and how we can take control of our feelings. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *What Am I Feeling?... Continue Reading →

A Look Back at Winter

These "A Look Back" posts are probably more for me than it is for your enjoyment but hopefully they will spark a reflection spirit in us to review what has happened last month and reset ourselves for the next month. I'll try to share a little snippet of life in the previous month. I don't... Continue Reading →

GraceFull

Has anyone ever given you something you didn't deserve? Maybe someone treated you to a yummy dessert just because you're friends. Maybe someone finished a book and passed it on to you to read. God showers grace on all of us and we read more about it in this new book GraceFull. *Note: This post... Continue Reading →

And Social Justice For All

Anyone can make a difference - if you're young or old. Don't wait! Start today! *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. *And Social Justice for All: Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools to Make a Difference in God's World by Lisa Van Engen  Released: February 26, 2019 Publisher: Kregel Publications Page... Continue Reading →

A Life of Lovely

Have you ever felt like you were just broken? Like things were just wrong in your life and you didn't know how to fix it? In this book, A Life Of Lovely, Annie F. Downs explains how to look for lovely even in the midst of hurt. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read... Continue Reading →

The Silent Noisy Night

Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright We can agree that when babies are sleeping, it can be nice and peaceful. We talk in whispered voices and walk quietly so the baby doesn't wake. But we can also agree that a newborn's arrival is a cause for celebration. Family and friends call... Continue Reading →

Ellie Claire Art Journals

Can we just say, "WOW?" When these arrived, we were amazed by how gorgeous these books are! We were very impressed by the quality of the last books we got that were from Museum of the Bible so we shouldn't have been surprised. Read on and take a look at some of the pages of... Continue Reading →

Who Sang the First Song?

Who sang the first song? That's a great question! This book talks all about songs. Yes, regular songs, but not only regular songs with music from instruments and words from our lips. There are wind songs, there are hooting songs, but the best song of all is...well, you'll see. Kids will also enjoy the beautiful... Continue Reading →

Seek-and-Circle Bible Battles

We love Where's Waldo? books and the Hidden Pictures feature in Highlights for Kids, and our favorite part of the local newspaper is the Spot the Differences, so it's no surprise that we love this new book where we have to find a list of hidden items! *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read... Continue Reading →

The Winter War (The Prince Warriors)

A secret crest appeared. They are transported to a different world. There are a chosen few who know. They must be ready. Once they arrive, they receive gifts to complete a mysterious mission. The Winter War is book 4 in a series called The Prince Warriors. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy... Continue Reading →

Community Preparedness Fair

Did you know that in California, in the United States, and all over the world, there are chances of wildfires, earthquakes, and many more terrifying (natural) disasters? Are you prepared? We went to the Community Preparedness Fair to learn more about how we can be prepared. How can you be prepared? This free preparedness fair... Continue Reading →

Journey to Jericho

Another adventure abounds as Mary and Peter and their dog Hank find themselves in Jericho! "With limited time to solve the secret of the scroll, Peter and Mary join Israelite spies on a reconnaissance mission to Jericho; sneak Rahab to safety; and ultimately face the scheming man in black as the walls of the city... Continue Reading →

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