Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Uncommon movie

Synopsis:  When the students of Rosewood High lose their drama department due to budgets cuts, they decide to create their own! Equipped with unique talents, they bond together to prepare the perfect production with a modern take on the Bible’s parables. Fighting overwhelming challenges, the teens defend their privilege to worship, meet and perform.  Armed with expert legal counsel and unexpected help from Christian music’s finest, these teens realize what it means to be…UNCOMMON!

Excellent movie for teens to watch.  Uncommon would be a very inspiring movie for young people to watch as to how a group of kids in the public schools set out to make a difference.  They persevere and take a stand in the end they win.  If you are looking for a movie to help your teens take a stand then this would be an excellent show. 
Available at Walmart, Family Christian Stores

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for my review. All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Whistle Beans by VS Grenier

SugarPaw finds himself in trouble when he lets out Bonnie Whiskers pet parrot Cesar. They end up chasing Cesar all over town and in the process; Each vegetable plays an important part in helping SugarPaw and Bonnie Whiskers find Cesar. SugarPaw learns secrets about the vegetable growing in his own backyard.  Through exploring the world of vegetables with SugarPaw and Bonnie Whiskers, children gain a deeper understanding of healthy eating in a fun and silly way. “Whistle Beans” exposes children to an unexpected new way of looking at those leafy greens. While building confidence, critical thinking skills and strong whistles. Of course, SugarPaw will be up to his usually antics and will have kids laughing, too.

In Whistle Beans the author has found a fun way to teach children about eating health.  Grenier helps children learn about vegetables in a fun and exciting way.  There are fun vegetable facts ready to be learned right at your fingertips in this book.  What better way to learn than through reading a fiction book.  An excellent book for a teacher's library.


You can purchase “Whistle Beans: Another SugarPaw Adventure” through Halo Publishing’s website (, Amazon, B&N or you can purchase your autographed book from the author’s website

About the Author:
VS Grenier is an award-winning author and a Mom’s Choice Honoree, who loves spinning tales from her childhood into adventures in the World of Ink for children of all ages to enjoy. When she isn’t busy writing, playing dress-up or having tea parties with her girls, she takes long hikes in the desert with her miniature schnauzer, Taz.  
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About the Illustrator:
Kevin Scott Collier is a commercial artist/designer by profession as well as an author and illustrator of over 130 children's books. He lives in beautiful Grand Haven, a quaint port city along the Lake Michigan shoreline with his wife, Kristen and son, Jarod.

You can learn more about Kevin Scott Collier at

Whistle Beans: Another SugarPaw Adventure written by VS Grenier and illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier, publisher Halo Publishing, Int., ISBN: 978-1612443676 (paperback); Price: $10.95 (paperback); $16.99 (Hard cover) $4.95 (eBook)

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Miss Priss: On and Off the Court by: Judy Phillips

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the tween chapter book "Miss Priss: On and Off the Court" by Judy Phillips and Brenda Nichols from September 15 to 21, 2015.

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MISS PRISS: ON AND OFF THE COURT is book one in the new tween chapter series by Mom’s Choice Award winning writer-illustrator Team, ‘Brenjudy’. On and Off the Court introduces Priscilla Penelope Paxton (Miss Priss), a ten year old whose interests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. A unique coming-of-age story bound to bring giggles and enjoyment to all its readers as Miss Priss encounters and overcomes a slew of challenges, even the one that will continue to grow—self-awareness.

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About the Book

Title: Miss Priss: On and Off the Court | Author: Judy Phillips | Illustrator: Brenda Nichols | Publication Date: August 20, 2015 | Publisher: Tadpole Press ...4 Kids (a division of Smooth Sailing Press) | Pages: 230 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12  

Summary: Priscilla Penelope Paxton is a witty ten year old whose inter-ests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. Dance classes, Girl Scouts, school assignments, friends and hanging out at her family's drug store, and the local Piggly Wiggly would leave any other person with no time for any-thing else. Yet, the thrill of basketball and joining the Little Dribblers finds its way into Miss Priss' heart. Though this interest will prove to be a dream that requires overcoming the greatest of challenges; Mom’s opposition. A task that will require ingenuity, perseverance and a little help from some loved ones.

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Miss Priss "On and Off the Court" is book one in a new tweenie series.  4th, 5th and 6th graders will just love to get to know Miss Priss,  Judy Phillips has you on the edge and turning the pages waiting to see the challenges that lay ahead for Priscilla Paxton.  It was fun to see the situations she got herself into and how she got out of them.  I can't wait to see what the next book in the series holds for Priscilla.  I'm excited to share this book with the students that I teach.  Awesome book. 

About the Author: Judy Phillips

Judy PhillipsJudy Phillips is an educator with over twenty years of experience and is currently a counselor at Samuel Houston Elemen-tary School in Huntsville, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and a Master of Education degree in Coun-seling from Sam Houston State University. Phillips volunteers locally with university students through local ministries and mentor programs.

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About the Illustrator: Brenda Nichols

Brenda NicholsBrenda Nichols was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and is an educator at university level, with over twenty years of experience. She is currently the Head Women's Basketball Coach and Professor of Kinesiology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Nichols holds an Associate of Arts degree from Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, a Bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a Master's degree from The University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Nichols volunteers locally by mentoring students and through motivational speaking engagements at schools and various civic organizations.

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Miss Priss Blog Tour Schedule (2015)

September 15
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September 18
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Are we Ready for Some Sewing Fun?

Ok guys it is that time again.  We are ready for some sewing fun.  Don't know what Friday Night Sew in is all about check it out here.  I'm ready to get back to the sewing machine.  It's tomorrow night.  Let's get ready. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Biggest Story: How The Snake Crusher Brings Us Back To The Garden

Giveaway with this post read to the end.  

About the book:
Hardcover: 132 pages
Publisher: Crossway (August 31, 2015)

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung - a best-selling author and father of six - leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.  With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible's core message-how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden-will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.

 The Biggest Story is a colorful book that will take you on a adventure through the Bible.  It hits on many of the main stories in the Bible.   They are Creation, Fall of Man, Cain and Able, Noah, The Tower of Babel, Abraham, Moses, Birth of Christ, Jesus Death, and ending with a New Heaven and Earth.  Beautiful stories as well as pictures.  The illustrations are modern and captivating to say the least as well as bold and colorful.  

About Kevin DeYoung:
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan.  He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books, including Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, and Taking God At His Word.  He lives with his wife and their 6 children in Central Michigan.

How about it would you like to win a copy of this book?  I have a copy for giveaway.  Tell me in the comments Which Bible story is your favorite?  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you in case you are the winner.  I will draw a winner on Saturday Sept. 26th.  Please US and Canada residents only.  

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Monday, September 7, 2015

A Peach of a Pair by Kim Boykin

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A Peach of a Pair 2Title: A Peach of a Pair
Author: Kim Boykin
Publisher: Penguin Random House/Berkley Books
Pages: 304
Genre: Southern Women’s Fiction
“Palmetto Moon” inspired “The Huffington Post” to rave, It is always nice to discover a new talented author and Kim Boykin is quite a find. Now, she delivers a novel of a woman picking up the pieces of her life with the help of two spirited, elderly sisters in South Carolina.
April, 1953. Nettie Gilbert has cherished her time studying to be a music teacher at Columbia College in South Carolina, but as graduation approaches, she can’t wait to return to her family and her childhood sweetheart, Brooks, in Alabama. But just days before her senior recital, she gets a letter from her mama telling her that Brooks is getting married . .

 ..... to her own sister.

Devastated, Nettie drops out of school and takes a job as live-in help for two old-maid sisters, Emily and Lurleen Eldridge. Emily is fiercely protective of the ailing Lurleen, but their sisterhood has weathered many storms. And as Nettie learns more about their lives on a trip to see a faith healer halfway across the country, she’ll discover that love and forgiveness will one day lead her home.

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Kim BoykinKim Boykin was raised in her South Carolina home with two girly sisters and great parents. She had a happy, boring childhood, which sucks if you’re a writer because you have to create your own crazy. PLUS after you’re published and you’re being interviewed, it’s very appealing when the author actually lived in Crazy Town or somewhere in the general vicinity.
Almost everything she learned about writing, she learned from her grandpa, an oral storyteller, who was a master teacher of pacing and sensory detail. He held court under an old mimosa tree on the family farm, and people used to come from all around to hear him tell stories about growing up in rural Georgia and share his unique take on the world.
As a stay-at-home mom, Kim started writing, grabbing snip-its of time in the car rider line or on the bleachers at swim practice. After her kids left the nest, she started submitting her work, sold her first novel at 53, and has been writing like crazy ever since.
Thanks to the lessons she learned under that mimosa tree, her books are well reviewed and, according to RT Book Reviews, feel like they’re being told across a kitchen table. She is the author of A Peach of a Pair, Palmetto Moon and The Wisdom of Hair from Berkley/NAL/Penguin; Flirting with Forever, She’s the One, Just in Time for Christmas, Steal Me, Cowboy and Sweet Home Carolina from Tule. While her heart is always in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte and has a heart for hairstylist, librarians, and book junkies like herself.
Her latest book is the southern women’s fiction, A Peach of a Pair.
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