Disclosure: I received this item in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

Great devotional for girls #ad

As our girls get older, we enjoy watching them make their faith, their own.  One common struggle though is finding devotionals for them.   It seems there are an abundance of them for younger kids and college-age girls.  But very few that are actually for their age range 13-18.  It can be a hard age range to cover.  Some girls in that age group are immature and just want to play and have fun.  Others are sincere about their faith and longing to go deeper in God’s word.  Still others are dealing with complex issues like teenage pregnancy, abusive parents and more.  Writing content for that age group is quite challenging, at least in my opinion.  Finally though, we have a great devotional for girls called Adored.

Help young women tackle the issues they’re facing, while learning how precious they are to God! Each daily entry features a Scripture verse; relevant devotion on topics including bullying, social media, friendships, and dating; journaling space for reflection; and real-world applications to help them find God in their hearts and lives. Ages 13 and up.

In an ever-changing world, we can be certain of one thing: we are beloved by God. Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women tackles tough topics girls face, from bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight.

Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. With honest, poignant, and sometimes humorous text, every page will speak to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. Perfect for everyday use, Adored will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance. Gift givers will love this highly designed book featuring a beautiful, foiled cover, two-color interior pages, and a ribbon marker.”

Order a copy for your girls today!

 

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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Our February Brick Loot Box recently arrived at our door and the kids were super excited to see the theme for the month was “Become a Hero!”. It was filled with fun superhero sets and accessories.

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-EXCLUSIVE Dark Knight Custom LEGO Kit

-Demon Star Kit

-Comic Book Tile Pack

-Brick Popper

-Red Archer LEGO Minifigure

My 10-year-old immediately grabbed the Batman kit and he had it together in no time.

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The kids thought it was really cool and liked how big it was.  MY 10-year-old said since it was hollow inside, it would make a great secret hiding place for little treasures 🙂

My 8-year-old decided to tackle the Demon Star (with a little help from me!).

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During the construction of this set, we got to try out the Brick Popper tool and let me tell you, it is awesome!  No more struggling to get small legos separated!  The popper makes it so easy.  I wish I had known about these sooner!  The shipped turned out really neat and N was pretty proud of himself!  My 5-year-old had a blast “flying” the ship around the house.

The boys also thought the comic book tiles were pretty awesome.  They have a couple of canvas comic book prints in their room and they thought these little tiles looked like them.

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This month’s Brick Loot Box was a big hit! The kids get so excited to see what the monthly theme is and they had so much fun creating their own superhero models!

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Brick Loot is a fantastic service for all lovers of building sets. Subscriptions range in price from $23 to $27 a month. Mudpies and Tiaras readers will get 10% off one and three month subscriptions when you use the code mudpies. You can also purchase individual pieces at BrickLoot.com (at great prices!) and add some new, fun pieces to your kids’ collection.  One lucky reader will win the April Brick Loot Box!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

 

Disclsoure: I received these books for free to facilitate this review.  This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are my own.

Common Core standards snuck up on teachers and parents alike, making difficult topics such as math and science sometimes even harder to teach.
While homeschool parents are not required to follow Common Core, they may want to coordinate their lesson plans with the school systems’ With that in mind, The Everything Parent’s Guide to Common Core Math guides offer parents a helping hand with a difficult topic.

Common Core Math for parents #ad
The Everything Guide by Jim Brennan covers Common Core Math K-5. In the 304-page book, Brennan covers math skills from counting in Pre-K to algebra skills in fifth.
In the guide for sixth through eighth grade, Jamie Sirois and Adam Wiggins offer help to parents in ratios, geometry, statistics and probability, and algebraic functions.
Either book could be a help to parents; both homeschoolers who want to align their work with the testing conducted by their public-school counterparts, and parents of public school students who want to do well in Common Core classes.

As a homeschooling family we have found these to be a valuable resource, but even if your kids are attending public school or private school you will still appreciate these books!

 

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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When I think of idol worship, I tend to picture statues or other stone creations.  I’ve heard many stories of people bowing down to these types of idols in hopes of a better life.  However, after reading No Other Gods, by Kelly Minter, I have an entirely different perspective.

Kelly talks about how an idol is not just a statue made of wood or metal.  If that were the case, it would be much easier to identify and therefore avoid.  Idol worship can be much more subtle.  An idol is anything that takes up room in our hearts and lives in place of God.  These can be things like alcohol, money, fame or even good things like a spouse or children.  God desires to be first in our lives and when we put other things before him, even unintentionally, we edge Him out.  This really made me think about my own idols and how they can distract me from what’s truly important. Like Kelly, I realized that at times I worshiped God but gave my time and energy to idols.

As a mom to six kids I realize that there can be a stigma about large families.  I realized that sometimes I worry too much about what others think when my relationship with God and what He thinks are most important.  When I put too much of my energy and thought into getting approval from others, I leave less room for Him.

I really enjoyed Kelly’s writing style.  Her mix of insightful thoughts and ideas along with her personal anecdotes and stories really allowed me to identify with her.  One story in particular, summed up the idea of the book for me.  She describes watching a young child pray as a tempting breakfast sat in front of her.  She watched as the little girl kept one hand in the praying position while the other hand grabbed bites of bacon.  The story made me smile but it also painted a very clear picture of how we sometimes split our affection between God and worldly desires.

Kelly talks about what drives up to idols.  One big factor is the desire to be loved.  She uses the story of Rachel and Leah to illustrate her point.  I have read the story of these two sisters many times but Kelly put a new twist on it for me.  I realized that I have been both Rachel and Leah at times in my life.  Sometimes desperately wanting to be loved and other times not being satisfied with all that I had. Both of these can push us to take our eyes off my true God and pursue false Gods.

I really enjoyed Kelly’s writing style.  I appreciated her honesty and her use of humor made her very relate-able.  She really helped open to my eyes to the idols that are taking up space in my life that belongs to God. I underlined great points and things that spoke to me throughout the entire book.  It can be painful to give up and turn away from idols but as Kelly reminded me, God will always provide so much more than what we give up.

You can purchase No Other Gods at Family Christian Stores. I also encourage you to check out the reviews of two of Kelly Minter’s other books, The Fitting Room at Living on Love and Cents and Wherever the River Runs over at Heavenly Savings.

Four lucky readers will each receive a copy of Kelly’s book, Wherever the River Runs!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure:  I received a copy of The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
With four kids at home, I don’t get many trips (alone) to bookstores or libraries.  I love reading, but cannot tell you what books are topping the charts at the moment.  I depend on finding reviews on other blogs, my husband picking them out, my mom passing one over to me etc. to find my next read.  When I was contacted about reviewing The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow, my jaw about hit the floor.
I was reading that description and when I got to the end and saw it was a true story….I had to read it.  I also need to be honest.  I read this book cover to cover in one day.  Once I started…I truly could not put it down.
After reading this, I feel like I know Minka.  I felt the shock when she learned she was pregnant, I felt the pain when she was birthing her beautiful daughter, I felt the longing over the years.  I shed tears over missed moments, letters composed, letters saved, memories made and memories forgotten.  The Waiting is beautiful, it’s timeless and a must read.  You need to hear this story.  You need to experience the love of a mother for her children.  You need to see the bravery in giving up a baby for adoption.  The resilience of one woman against a lifetime of odds stacked against her.  It is her story to tell…and tell it she does.  Please read this book just as soon as you can.
You can watch an interview with Minka and her daughter that was on the Today Show, but please grab your Kleenex first.
Also, you can watch a video trailer for The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow on You Tube.

What do you think?  Are you intrigued?  I am absolutely thrilled to share that FIVE of our readers will win a copy of The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow!  Please enter below.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen