Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jesus Is The Good News DVD Review & Giveaway (#WhatsInTheBible, #HowlingHornGiftGuide)




About the product
*Approx. 66 minutes

Let VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible to your kinds in this groundbreaking fast-paced and fun-filled DVD series, Includes two 25 minute episodes: God's Perfect timing - Buck Denver and crew learn about 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time & The Messiah Has Come! Learn about the life and ministry of Jesus, how He died for us and rose again to launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us!

Here is a trailer:




My thoughts

Recently, I have been cleaning up my media. I am tired of the messages the popular shows are sending to its viewers. As a mother, I want my children to learn uplifting and inspiring messages. I don't want to teach them to have clean language, to have virtue, to love others, and then let them watch shows that promote the complete opposite. Another thing my husband and I have started doing is keeping the Sabbath day holy. We feel that if our children want to watch something, then it should be about the scriptures!

In my household, we love VeggieTales. So you can guess how excited I was to learn that Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales, started up a new DVD series. And yes I do know that I am a little slow in hearing about What's In The Bible DVD series. But, at least, it is never to late to start watching these cute episodes!

When Monkey saw Jesus Is The Good News, he was so excited to watch it. I was glad because it meant that I would get the chance to snuggle with my little boy. What's in the Bible does not disappoint! I enjoyed watching the two episodes as much as Monkey. I loved how Monkey was able to learn about Jesus. Plus, the biggest benefit was simply the peaceful feeling that was in our home. It is comforting to know that my son is being exposed to good messages and will know the Bible stories in a short amount of time. And all week long, he wanted to watch this DVD again.

What's In The Bible? DVD series will enhance any lesson you teach your children. You can read the Bible stories, do activities, and watch these episodes to solidify the concepts or values you are teaching your children. Be sure to check these DVDs out and get some because you won't be disappointed. And, these would be a perfect gift for Christmas because it would help your family and other families remember what Christmas is all about!

Giveaway
*Chance to win a copy of Jesus Is The Good News DVD
*open to anyone 18 and older who lives in the USA or Canada
*winner has 48 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is picked



"Disclosure (in accordance with the 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 receive 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.”
 

Friday, November 21, 2014

We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards Review & Giveaway (#wechoosevirtues, #HowlingHornGiftGuide)

 
About the product

The Parenting Cards are the family or Homeschool version of our Teacher Cards. They are by-far the most valuable part of our system for creating a culture of character in your home. These full color, delightfully illustrated cards are loaded with helpful tips on introducing and demonstrating the 12 Virtues. They include the name of our featured "Virtue Kid" with an inspiring story, a Virtue users challenge, "What to say after 'I'm sorry'", the Virtue catchphrase, antonyms for the Virtue, and a Bible memory verse...all to help you Simply Inspire Character that Lasts!   

These Cards can be reused year after year and are included in the Homeschool and Family Kits.

How to use this tool: 

  • With only seconds of prep time, and only 10 minutes of teaching Virtues each day, you will be surprised how fast your whole family will learn to choose and use Virtue! 
  • Simply choose one of 13 Parenting Cards to work on each week. The order you teach them in is up to you.  
  • Use the demonstrations listed on the back to help your children get some practice using the Virtue. Look for opportunities to reinforce this Virtue all week long in everyday life moments as well as books, Bible stories, and crafts. 
  • When you have finished with each card, start over again and build a deeper understanding. 
  • Note: If you have older kids, allow them to teach Virtues to the younger ones. It is simply inspiring to see! 

My thoughts

I have been working on a learning board for my kiddos for the last few months. I have been just planning on what I want to teach my kiddos and how I can encourage secular and religious values. And when I saw these We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards I just knew exactly how I could use them: on my learning board. I am going to laminate them and put a virtue up once a week (or longer if needed) so Monkey can learn about virtues.

Here are the virtues: kind, perseverant, gentle, content, patient, diligent, helpful, obedient, attentive, honest, forgiving, and self-controlled. The last card is the parenting card that provides teaching tips and fun ideas.

When I looked at the 13 cards, I could tell that they were made with a lot of care and thought. They are designed to help the entire family become better and to look more closely at your character. And, the cards are so uplifting because they focus on "You can do it!".  The parenting card is amazing because it provides teaching tips such as teaching the virtues with a magnifying glass (helps children to understand to look at things more closely and to look for virtues in others) and butterflies and caterpillars (represents the stages of change; a caterpillar is born to change and a butterfly is strong and beautiful). I have to share this paragraph from the parenting card because it really touched me:

Words of hope spoken over your child will inspire change. Why? Your words are like pictures you paint in their minds. They begin to see, no who they are, but who they can be. Maybe no one has shown them that picture before. Set Virtue before their eyes everyday. Don't wait until you see it before you say it. It is also important not to ignore an opportunity to correct. Doing this is like saying, "I am pretending you are fine the way you are because I know you can't change." That does not instill hope, but a sense that you have given up on them. When you child's character begins to really change, they will gain genuine self-confidence and all that goes along with it...and they will fly!

Each virtue card has the following: a virtue user challenge, what to say after "I'm sorry", teachable moments, a bible verse, and a story about the kid featured on the card. Monkey has enjoyed learning about the virtue kind this week. It was so rewarding to see him try harder to help his little brother out and do things to make me happy (it was a rough week for me).

All I can say is how  much I love these cards. They truly have made me work on my virtues. I think it is great for my kids to see me work on my character so they know that I'm not "above our house laws". I definitely recommend getting these We Choose Virtues cards. I know you will be amazed at how much the atmosphere of your home will change.


Giveaway
*open to anyone 18+ who lives in the United States
*winner has 48 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is selected


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

A Revised Chapter

It has been several weeks that I have been working on the blog again. And I know some of you are wondering why am I back writing considering I wrote a post saying that I was taking a long break from the blog.

After taking some time thinking about my priorities, I decided that I just couldn't give up the blog. I hate giving up on anything that I start. I am not a quitter. If I can train and run marathons, then I can certainly find a way to fit the blog into my life. I enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts so I will continue blogging on the Howling Horn. However, I won't blog everyday and my family will come first. This will be accomplished by writing just a few posts a week instead of my 5 posts a week.

I would love to share my ideas, crafts, recipes, etc daily, but with what life has given me, I know it would just be too stressful.

So here is an update:





My precious little Roo is doing must better. His Mastocytosis is under control, and for the last several months he has developed no new symptoms! He is even sleeping through the entire night and has few digestive problems.













My adventurous Monkey is loving his preschool. He qualified for preschool services in the area I live to help with his speech. I wrote a post many months ago about despite doing all my home preschool projects and activities, Monkey wasn't speaking a lot. Anyways, he is speaking so much and he is right where he needs to be at for his age! The improvement he made over just a few months of preschool was simply astounding. The decision to send him to preschool a few times a week for a few hours was a really hard one, but I felt it was the best thing I could do for my little boy. 







I am finally able to take a rest from my yard work and gardening for a season. I had lots of fun bottling and trying new recipes out. I know next year my bottling skills will be even better. But I feel I did a pretty good job with teaching myself how to preserve food. My chickens are doing well and I am loving my fresh eggs. I am definitely going to write a post about my chickens really soon! And I am enjoying spending time with my kids. We did a week of going "park hopping" where he went to new parks everyday just to do something fun in the area we live in. I have to say that Monkey loved exploring new playgrounds!



Thanks for being so understanding while I sorted through my life. I can't wait to share some things with you especially this awesome learning board that I am creating right now for my kids. It will soon be featured in a craftin' and learning post.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quick & Easy 5 Star Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving Day a week away, I want to share some recipes in hopes to remove a little stress as you plan your feast for this day of gratitude. Plus, you will impress all of your friends and family!

Because I travel to visit family for Thanksgiving, I haven't had the privilege of preparing the main meal. I do get the chance to bake a pie because pies are easy to transport. I normally bake an apricot pie because I love bringing a pie that no one is expecting. When I was looking at the Thanksgiving Day recipes by Chef Rosenberg, I was so excited to see sweet potato pie recipe! I am definitely going to try this one out next week!

About Chef Rosenberg

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Chef Rosenberg graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1992 with a degree in culinary arts, since then he has earned critical praise throughout his 20-year career as executive chef for some of the New York metro area's top restaurants. Prior to joining NoMa Social, he was executive chef/owner for more than 10 years of F.I.S.H., Port Chester, New York, which was rated by Zagat as one of America's top seafood houses and named by Westchester Magazine as the "Best New Restaurant."








This 5 star meal will start with a butternut squash soup. For the main course, we have a Latin Mojo Turkey, mashed brown sugar sweet potatoes, green beans almondine and fresh baked corn bread. And last but not least, a sweet potato pie that will blow your taste buds away.


Butternut Squash Soup
 
Ingredients:
Butternut Squash Soup
  • 4 butternut squash (peeled, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks)
  • 2 Spanish onions, diced
  • 5 stalks celery, diced
  • Fresh ginger, approx. 1-inch piece, peeled
  • 1 cup butter
  • chicken stock to cover
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Place all ingredients into a large stock pot, except sugars, salt and pepper.
Add chicken stock to cover the vegetables.
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, cook until vegetables are soft, remove from heat and puree in a blender until smooth (use caution as soup is hot, cover lid of blender with a hand towel and only fill blender slightly higher than half-way)
When finished blending, pour into another pot and add sugars and adjust salt and pepper. Simmer on low until ingredients are combined.
Garnish with fresh cranberry sauce and crushed gingersnap cookies and/or pomegranate seeds.
Latin Mojo Turkey

Ingredients:
    Latin Mojo Turkey
  • 18-20 lb turkey
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups chopped garlic
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup salt
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 3 table spoons toasted cumin (grind)
  • 1 bunch chopped cilantro & stems
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Directions:
Thaw bird if frozen, remove giblets and excess fat. Mix all mojo ingredients well to dissolve salt. Pour marinade over turkey making sure to rub into bird and cavity. Place into refrigerator overnight flipping the bird over at least once to redistribute marinade. Place into a 375 degree oven for 12 minutes a pound. Reserve marinade and place into a pot and bring to a boil. Reserve as dressing for turkey when it’s done cooking. Once fully cooked, rest for ½ hour. Then carve and enjoy.

Mashed Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes

mashed brown sugar sweet potatoesIngredients:
  • 10 Sweet Potatoes
  • ½ lb brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound melted butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
Roast sweet potatoes until soft in a 375 degree oven. Remove from oven and peel when cool enough. Melt butter. Place potatoes in a mixing bowl and mix until pureed. Add butter, sugar and spices. Keep warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.

Green Beans Almondine

Ingredients:

green beans almondine
  • 6 lbs clipped French Beans
  • 3 shallots diced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Pinch of sugar
Directions: Place chicken stock, shallots and butter into a pan. Bring to a boil and add beans. Cook until just tender. Add sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste. When ready to plate the dish, toss with almonds and serve.
Corn Bread

Ingredients:
    Homemade Cornbread
  • 1 lb Butter
  • 1 quart sugar
  • 9 eggs
  • ½ quart corn meal
  • 1 ½ quarts all-purpose flour
  • ½ quart cream
  • ½ quart milk
  • ½ quart sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2.5 tablespoons baking powder
Directions: 
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
Mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs 2 at a time until smooth. Next add cream, milk and sour cream. Scrape bowl; add flour, cornmeal, and salt, baking powder until just combined. Do not over mix. Pour into a buttered hotel pan & bake for 40 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean. Cut and serve.
Sweet Potato Pie 

Ingredients:
    Sweet Potato Pie
  • 2 cups of peeled & cooked sweet potatoes
  • 2 ounces melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Jack Daniels
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of grounded cloves
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 9 inch pie crust
  • Marshmallows topping as needed
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place potatoes in a mixer with paddle attachment; add sugar, butter, eggs, Jack Daniels, salt and spices. Mix until well incorporated. Add cream and mix. Pour into pie crust and bake for 30-45 minutes or until just set. Remove and cool. Top with marshmallow topping and serve.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jex Malone Review & Giveaway (#HowlingHornGiftGuide, #giveaway)


About the book

A famous case. A missing girl. If they find her, will they be heroes? Or dead?

Bored out of her mind during a summer with her police detective father in Las Vegas, Jessica (aka "Jex") Malone starts doing what she does best--snooping. When she meets three new friends who share her passion for crime, from the geek to the fashionista, suddenly, the stifling desert days don't seem so long.

Her dad is never around, just like when her parents were married. But Jex's crew, the Drew-Ids, take the pledge of eternal secrecy and then get down to the good stuff--digging through the cold-case files in Dad's home office.

One of them, the thirteen-year-old case of Patty Matthews, is still a mystery. Finding Patty, who vanished into thin air, became such an obsession for Jex's father that it destroyed the Malones' marriage. So not only is this a big deal, it's personal.

Jex is determined to find out what really happened, and her excitement is contagious. Soon her friends are all on board and so is the missing girl's brother, the hunky Cooper Matthews.

But as they dig up more and more troubling information--more than the cops ever did--they also get the clear message that someone out there wants to prevent the truth from coming out. That somebody is also prepared to do anything, absolutely anything, to prevent it.

Jex isn't afraid; after all, she's a cop's daughter. But maybe she should be.

Laced with humor, toughness, and real CSI investigation techniques, Jex Malone could be the Nancy Drew for a new generation--but with a chilling twist. These wannabe detectives are on the brink of finding out the fate of poor missing Patty. But will they disappear without a trace, too?


About the authors

C.L. Gaber is a well-known entertainment journalist, syndicated worldwide through the New York Times Syndicate. She also interviews A-listers from Jennifer Lawrence to Robert Pattinson for theChicago Sun-Times. A movie-loving kid in Chicago, she grew up to earn a degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State. Now she lives Nevada with her husband Ron, once her high school boyfriend; her stepdaughter, Sabrina; and their dogs, Colt and Georgie.

Veteran reporter V.C. Stanley covered breaking news for the Associated Press and was an investigative reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and is now a speechwriter at the University of South Florida. She grew up riding horses and hiking the woods of her native southern Oregon before earning a journalism degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State. She is married to Doug and is mom to Nicholas. The authors of Jex Malone met on their first day of college in a journalism class and became forever friends--a friendship that, just like the Drew-Ids, proves that the new friend who shows up out of nowhere might be the best present fate can ever hand you.

My thoughts

I literally grew up on Nancy Drew books. My mom owned at least 50 Nancy Drew books, and I would borrow Nancy Drew books from my local library every week for the entire summer! So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about a new mystery book that is inspired by the wonderful Nancy Drew books. Without a moments hesitation, I knew I just had to read it.

Overall, the book was fun to read. I thought the plot was captivating, the characters intriguing, and the secret organization called "Drew-Ids" was fun. I loved how the four main characters were able to form a strong friendship despite their differences and create "The Drew-Ids" in order to solve mysteries.The book started off really well, but toward the end of the book when the mystery was getting solved, I felt that a lot of things just didn't seem really logical or practical. I was kind of wondering, "Really? Why?" However, if you just read the book to have a good entertaining book and not over think everything, then you will really enjoy the book. I tend to be critical how plots are set up, but I have to say that the authors did a pretty good job at writing their first mystery novel. I feel that these authors will probably only get better as they develop their mystery skills.

Jex Malone is a book that one will struggle putting down because you just want to know what happens next. It is definitely a smart choice for a teenage reader, and I feel even adults will enjoy it because, hey, I did :)

Giveaway
*open to anyone 18+ that lives in the United States or Canada
*Winner has 48 hours to respond to email before a new winner is randomly chosen


*Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Botanical Splash Review & Giveaway - 3 winners (#HowlingHornGiftGuide)



About the product
*information provided by Trusted Health Products

Botanical Splash

  • Decreases the appearance of spider veins and blemishes
  • Smooths the appearance of rough and scaly areas
  • Reduces the appearance of age spots, discoloration and sun spots
  • Firms and tones skin’s appearance
  • Skin feels clean and conditioned – smooth like silk
  • Can use as an underarm deodorant
  • Feels like it moisturizes deep down – say goodbye to dry skin
  • 100% pure botanical oils of almond, orange, lime, lemon, olive and avocado
  • No preservatives, parabens, petroleum-based oils, GMOs, synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, colorings, or additives of any kind


The Secret is to Feed Your Skin What it Craves…

We have discovered that certain combinations of potent plant extracts – with “living nutrients” still intact – perform unbelievably well when interacting with other living cells. The key is in the way our bodies’ living cells absorb these nutrients. This process acts like “Miracle Grow” for your skin cells and delivers stunning results while nourishing your skin just the way it likes it.

Botanical Splash’s 100% pure live ingredients are the perfect living “foods” that your skin cells need in order to be fed the nutrients they need to stay clean, moisturized and revitalized on a daily basis.

Why do we use oils in our product?

You may have been told to never put oils on your body, because oils supposedly cause breakouts or blemishes. This statement alone couldn’t be further from the truth. Sebum, the natural oil produced by your body, is a vital component in keeping your skin moist, elastic, healthy and radiant. The problem comes in when your body over-produces sebum. One of the main causes of this, as mentioned above, is the use of harsh chemical-laden skincare products that strip the natural oils from your skin. But when your skin’s oils are given what they need in order to remain in balance, the result is beautiful, young looking, glowing skin. This happens because Botanical Splash works in harmony with nature.

Botanical Splash – Body Moisturizer and Revitalizer works to help keep your body protected throughout the day and night so nature can do its work to ensure a healthy vibrant appearance. Contains NO preservatives, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients, fragrances, GMO’s, dyes or additives of any kind. Nothing works better than Botanical Splash.

Botanical Splash Directions

  • APPLY – Spray and lightly and gently spread over entire body from the neck down. A little goes a long way. Your skin may require a little more initially. Works best immediately after a shower. Do not rub in.
  • REAPPLY – For problem areas such as dry patches, age spots, sun spots, blemishes, or discolored, scaly or rough skin, continue to apply to affected area 2-3 times daily. Maximum benefits are achieved with regular, continued use.
  • THRIVE – Results are immediate for normal skin. Within 24 hours your skin should feel the softest you can ever remember. Problem areas take longer.

Care Instructions: Put the cap back on immediately after use to preserve potency. Extended exposure to air weakens the botanical oils’ effectiveness.


INGREDIENTS

almond
Almond – To moisturize, soothe and soften skin, relieve itching from dry skin and to give complexion appearance of improvement and glow.
Orange
Orange – Cleanses the skin through natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help fight acne and restore smooth appearance to skin.
Lime
Lime – Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal skin cleanser.
Lemon
Lemon – Natural cleanser, preventative for wrinkling and aging. Significantly increases the anti-oxidative potential of the skin bio surface (to help stop damage to the skin).
Olive
Olive – Cleanser and moisturizer. Has shown preventative effects for formation of skin cancer and tumors.
Avocado
Avocado – Significantly increases the soluble collagen content in the skin to enrich dry, damaged, chapped or wounded skin. Loaded with vitamins A, D and E.

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My thoughts

I have been making the switch to products that contain healthy chemicals. I don't like toxic chemicals or chemicals that have been linked to cancer and are still in beauty products. From my previous posts about Trusted Health Products (Beautiful Moisturizer, OraMD), my readers can tell how much I love their products. The ingredients used in their products are safe and are 100% pure, have no preservatives, no GMO's, no additives, and no artificial fragances.

I love the feeling of knowing exactly what I put on my body! Botanical Splash has a beautiful and soothing smell because it contains almond, orange, lemon, lime, olive, and avocado botanical oils. After my shower, I used the Botanical Splash to moisturize my skin. I wasn't to shocked to use oil on my skin because I have been using more oils to help my skin such as coconut oil. The oil was easy to spread over my body and was quickly absorbed. I made sure to concentrate on areas of my body that tend to have rough patches that never seem to get smooth.

This product is one that I want to add to my beauty routine. After several times of using the oil, my skin felt softer, smoother, and healthier. My rough patches of skin that no matter what I would use to get them smooth are finally soft! That to me speaks of how Botanical Splash is a wonderful product. The botanical oils have a soothing and relaxing smell to them. I felt that the blend of oils was simply heavenly because the oils were blended perfectly so they weren't overpowering.

 Botanical Splash is something that you must try because you won't be disappointed with the results. Trusted Health Products is doing a special offer for my readers so be sure to check it out below. And there will be a giveaway with 3 winners!

Special Offer
  
 “For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Botanical Splash and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer! Click here to get your FREE bottle now!

Giveaway
*For U.S., Canada, Europe, & Australia 
*You - or anyone in your household - may win one bottle of Botanical Splash one time only. Previous winners please do not apply.
*Winner has 48 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is selected



*Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.