Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Litfuse Publicity: God’s Crime Scene for Kids by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace

Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

crime1About the Book:

Hone your reasoning skills as you investigate evidence in the universe to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation.
In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.
In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

crime2About the authors:

J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of “Cold-Case Christianity: God’s Crime Scene,” “Forensic Faith,” and “Cold-Case Christianity for Kids.” He has a master’s degree in theology and is the founder of Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.

Find out more about J. Warner and Susie Wallace here.

My Opinion:

This is a fantastic book for children using a ‘real-life’ mystery, Detective Jeffries helps the children in his Junior Detective’s Academy to prove God’s existence. The book has a lot of pictures which is great for visual learners and CSI assignments in the margins have children digging into the Word for clues and answers. There are detective definitions, a tool for their ‘bag’, and digging deeper areas in little boxes in the margins. Visit Cold Case Christianity for Kids to view videos and print off pages to make a detective notebook that goes along with the book. Even I enjoyed this book and it gave me more ideas on how to talk to my children when they ask about God.


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FlyBy Promotions: Lumo Project The Gospel of John

About the film:


A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.


The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine.

My Opinion:

The Lumo Project is onto something and it’s something great – bringing the Bible to life using the Bible and historic areas in Morocco to make it real as could possibly be.  Even though when I accepted this review I knew that the Bible was going to be used as the text and used word for word, I still wasn’t prepared for what I was going to see and hear as I began watching this film.  I could follow along in my own Bible or just chose to watch – I did follow along at some points just to make sure because I’m a bit OCD like that!  I can assure you that the NIV Bible I used and the narrator were word for word correct, I can’t wait to watch the King James Version as well.  Even my children, were wanting to watch but it was their bed time so I promised them we’d find it on Netflix to watch so we can all enjoy it.

I got the feeling of actually being there as John recounts the story of Christ in his own words – be there at the Wedding in Cana as Jesus changes the water into wine, be there as He calls His disciples, and continue on the journey all the way to the not so very end – I say that because it’s not the end, is it – until we get to our Heavenly reward.  What I appreciated as well was that the actors playing the parts weren’t drop-dead gorgeous celebrities, they were regular people and what I can envision Jesus, His family, His disciples, the Pharisee looking like back in that time.  The actors do speak but the narrator blocks their voices out except at a few moments where some of the actors languages break through, which makes for great symbolism and I liked it.  I will be urging others to watch The Gospel of John on Netflix and you can chose the KJV or the NIV which makes it great for those who want a more traditional sounding narration or a more modern English sounding one.

Please check out the Lumo Project on social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Also, please watch on Netflix – let’s keep this streaming!

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Tomoson Review: Orblue Propresser Garlic Press

About the Propresser Garlic Press:
1. ENJOY AN UNPRECEDENTED 200% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – I am so confident you’re going to love your Propresser Garlic Press I’m offering it with a ridiculous double guarantee. If you have ANY problems with your Propresser Garlic Press FOR THE LIFETIME OF THE PRODUCT simply let me know and I will refund every penny of your purchase AND send you a brand new unit free of charge.

2. QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON – Unlike many of the garlic pressers on the market that are made from cheap zinc alloy, your Propresser Garlic Press is fashioned from 100% stainless steel. It won’t rust, won’t weaken at the joint, and won’t break. We’ve meticulously designed the Propresser Garlic Press to serve you for years and decades to come.

3. DESIGNED WITH EASE OF USE IN MIND – Hold the Propresser Garlic Press in your hand. Note the thickness of the handles and how comfortably your fingers wrap around them. With a clove of garlic nestled in the basket the handles are the ideal distance apart to maximize leverage. Gently squeeze the handles together. You’ll be delighted at how easily, how effortlessly your Propresser Garlic Press produces perfectly minced garlic.

4. CLEANUP IS A BREEZE – Now you can enjoy the flavor and health benefits of garlic instantly without the hassle of messy cleanup. Simply flip up the Propresser Garlic Press’s basket, rinse it under your faucet, and you’re done!

5. A BEAUTIFUL ADDITION TO YOUR KITCHEN – When you first remove the Propresser Garlic Press from its box marvel at the way light dances over the stainless steel handles and glides over the curves of its ergonomic design. This is no mere utensil – this is a handsome complement to your kitchen’s décor.

When Quality and Convenience Count, Nothing But Propresser Will Do!

Here are 5 Reasons You’re Going to LOVE Your Propresser Garlic Press
1. It easily minces garlic in one press! (No more sore palms or aching fingers like you get with other garlic presses)
2. Large capacity basket! (Press good sized cloves … even if you leave the peels on)
3. No more stinky “garlic hands”! (Easy to use and even easier to clean so you won’t have to worry about smelling like garlic cloves all day)
4. Heavy duty, quality construction! (BUT it weighs in at a svelte 9.3 oz so ANYONE can use it effortlessly)
5. Backed by an INSANE Double Guarantee! (Order yours now because you literally RISK NOTHING!)
Order your own Propresser Garlic Press today. Use it in your kitchen to effortlessly press garlic and add loads of flavor to your favorite dishes.
Once you’ve seen for yourself how handsome is the Propresser Garlic Press, how easy it is to use, how quickly you can clean it, we’re confident you’ll have LOADS MORE than 5 reasons to love it!

And if you order today we have a special bonus just for you: The FREE eBook “Home Chef” is a 70-page kitchen management book that reveals how to create your ideal kitchen, great tips if you want to initiate a Chef career and much more. It’s yours FREE just for ordering the Propresser Garlic Press.


You can purchase the garlic press here:


Find out more about the Orblue company.


My Opinion:


I was sent this garlic press from Orblue to try out and given my honest opinion, I’m a garlic enthusiastic but I rarely use it because I hate having to peel it and then chop it by hand. This is where the Propresser Garlic Press comes into play in my kitchen – not only do I not have to peel the garlic before putting it in the press it is easy to use to get all the garlic out of the peel – no waste! This was easy enough for even my 8 year old son to use and help me in preparing dinner, great for some of his Cub Scouts requirements. With it being stainless steel it shouldn’t rust, but I’ve only had it three days so the verdict is still out on that, but it’s so beautiful to have in my kitchen drawer. While it was supposed to be easy to clean, just rinse and let it dry – I did have to do a little more than just rinse. I had to flip it all open and sort of rube the inside and outside of the basket where some of the garlic got stuck tight, this wasn’t a big deal and it was still quicker than what I go through to clean my vegetable chopped so all in all I was good with it. I am very much impressed with this press and it’s quality and the ability for quick clean up as well as my children being able to help me prepare dishes for meals.



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


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Lilla Rose review – Consultant Jennifer

I didn’t use to enjoy girly hair stuffs but in recent years that has changed, when I need to be able to quickly put up my hair (what busy mom hasn’t needed a time for a quick pony tail?) I used to reach for the plastic claw or a scrunchie but now I reach for my Lilla Rose product.  Lilla Rose Independent Consultant Jennifer sent me my choice of a beautiful Flexi.

I did a simple twist and the Flexi slides under my hair and I lock it in place by sliding the bar under the other loop.  It’s so easy to use and there are some styling as well as sizing ideas on the site.  I chose the small Music Lover Flexi which sells for $14.00 and it looks lovely in my hair (if I do say so myself).  There are many sizes and styles to chose from – so watching the sizing video will really help you in getting the correct fit (if you don’t then your Flexi may not work for your hair type).  I’ve got several on my mental wish list like the Rich Multi-Cluster Copper and the Sea Inspired Dolphin.

You may be wondering if these really stay put – yes, they do.  I drive in my van with the windows down since we have no a/c and my Flexi stays in place all day (minus my layers which don’t go that far back).  I can even take a nap and it’s comfy – since there are no claws poking the back of my head and it stays in place.  I’ve even slept all night after forgetting it and did not wake up and my hair looked almost like it did when I fell asleep.  Lilla Rose also offers hair sticks, o-rings, bobby pins and more.  They also offer badge clips for those ladies who have a job or some reason for needing a badge but don’t like the utilitarian style – I’d like to get my mom the Lovely Circle Stone clip as she has numerous badges in her career as an ANP.

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Crew Review: Zane Education

Vendor Name:  Zane Education

Vendor ContactZane Education Contact Us page

Name of Product:  Zane Educational Videos

Price:  Basic free membership; Gold Membership $17.99 per month or $197.89 a year; Silver Membership $12.99 per month or $142.89; Bronze Membership $8.99 a month or $98.89 a year; Topic Taster $5.00 per month.  The Gold membership is your best value

Age/Grade Range:  all ages/grades

Zane Education provides “visual learning – on demand subtitled videos, quizzes, study tools, lesson plans” as well as The Missing Piece – which helps students to learn effectively while improving their reading and literacy skills and helping them to not be left behind.  On their frequently asked question area about whether or not the videos contain religious teachings or messages the response is that they do not convey any religious or spiritual beliefs but use videos to support educational facts as outlined in K12 curriculum.

That being said, I really like the fact that there are a wide range of subjects covered such as:

  • Art – Ancient Greece through the 20th Century as well as other areas
  • Biology
  • Biological sciences (there is an area on evolution and natural selection)
  • Geography
  • Elementary World Geography
  • Health
  • History, including elementary
  • Library Skills
  • Literature
  • Math
  • and much more!

We have been using Zane to compliment what we’ve been learning or what the child’s interest is.  It does a wonderful job in filling in the gaps or adding to our current history and science curricula.  I’ll be continuing to use this website to add another exciting feature to our school days – although mine still prefer I read their lessons to them.  My 6 year old especially like the body videos which showed how the nervous system and other systems of our bodies work in a way that was easy for him to understand.  The Getting Started and User Guides can be downloaded for free by visiting Zane Education here.

I barely scratched the surface in watching these videos as there are over 1,500 videos spanning 400 topics with included lesson plans, quizzes and more.  While I am a home educator, Zane Education can be used by families who just want to add a little more education to their child’s learning experience – and since it’s aligned with National and State standards for grades K through 12 – it’ll work for just about any child in public, private, virtual school or home schooled!  With the subtitles and closed captioning it can help those who struggle to read, while improving those skills without them realizing it.

When I first started out with this, I was very excited, because I was thinking these would be videos like other on demand video sites – but they aren’t.  They reminded more of a slide show that I would have been subjected to in the schools I attended, although the sound quality was much better but some videos still appeared to be less modern – which is both a good and bad thing, good because there were no skimpy clothing; bad because most children may not be able to relate to the older style of dress that appears in some videos.  This did not bother my 6 and 7 year old however my 10 year old was not as enthused about the videos – I did enjoy learning from them myself even with the sense of nostalgia.

Overall, I liked being able to have videos that are easy to access and available for my children without me having to worry about content as much as I have to with regards to T.V. and I think the quizzes are a good thing but even I struggled with some of the questions because you much pay very good attention to what you are watching and in the body area you have to watch all the videos before you can take the quiz – so if you don’t remember everything you won’t score well.  There are downloads of the lesson plans for each video and those can be printed if you desire to do so, along with study helps such as a dictionary, encyclopedia and a thesaurus.   Thankfully there are levels for each income level even if the smaller memberships limit they each have something that will work for families who want a little something extra for their students.

You can find Zane Education on Facebook.

If you want to order – now through the end of August 2012 you can receive 35% off any membership order of Bronze, Silver or Gold by using the following, case sensitive code at check out:  ZE555HSM

**Disclaimer:  As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.


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The Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski and Illustrated by A.E. Macha

About the Bible (from New Growth Press) :

It is easy to forget Jesus in the midst of frantic schedules, family squabbles, and conflicting priorities. But the truth is that he is the hero of every story, including these ordinary ones. This is why Marty Machowski puts God’s plan of salvation in Christ on continuous display in The Gospel Story Bible. The easy-to-read storybook introduces your family to many captivating people, places, and events from the Bible’s Old and New Testaments, showing how each one ultimately points to Jesus.

As you share these Bible stories together, you and your family will meet Jesus and learn a new, life-changing way of recognizing Christ as the hero of every story. Vibrant illustrations by A. E. Macha, child-friendly discussion questions, and Scripture references accompany each narrative to help you lead your family in exploring the Bible. You will be delighted to discover how easily even a young child can understand the original text of a story that he or she has already come to love. Ideal as a storybook for your preschooler, a devotional for your grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer, or an introduction for the new one, The Gospel Story Bible is also a companion to Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and the forthcoming Gospel Story Sunday School curriculum.

My Opinion:

If you’re a Christian parent, then you know the importance of making sure your children have a great understanding of the Bible and it doesn’t start when they are old enough to read the Bible on their own, no it starts from the moment they are born.  If you’re gung-ho about about you can even start while they are in the womb – regardless the goal of all Christian parents should be that their children know the Bible, memorize it’s Word and accept Christ as their Savior.  Enter The Gospel Story Bible.

Using the ESV Bible, English Standard Version, this story Bible is anything but stories.  The Word of God comes to life in vivid detail, good enough for a young child and great enough for an adult who needs to recall a certain detail of that one story that may have been forgotten like, who was that fourth person in the fiery furnace (yes there were 4).

Each story is short, so it can be easily read as a bedtime story or as a morning devotion, with only one page of reading it can be read in as little as five minutes.  Each story give the Scripture location so that the whole story and surrounding Scriptures can be read for the older child or adult.  Also included are “Let’s Talk About It!” questions, such as “Who is the fourth man?”.   This will aid in using this as a family devotion and an educational aid in your family’s or church’s teachings.

**I was provided a copy of this Bible from B&B Media Group, in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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Chex Mix Bars – Giveaway closed

I was given two boxes of Chex Mix Bars in Turtle flavor, creamy caramel, chocolate, pretzels, chex pieces and peanuts to make one indulgent snack. This was sponsored by MyBlogSpark and the best part is yet to come….keep reading!

Each bar has less than 150 calories and contains 8 grams of whole grains (recommended daily serving is 48 grams). They are a filling to snack and I was able to enjoy them without running my blood sugar up – so that’s a good thing for diabetics. I won’t say that’s true for all diabetics though but for me these were a good snack option. They are also void of any artificial sweetners, another plus since I get sick from artificial sweetners.

I want to share the yummy snack with my readers so MyBlogSpark is going to send three of my great readers two of their own boxes! That’s right, three people who read my blog will recieve two of their own boxes to share or hoard (LOL) with their family and friends. So how do you get a chance to win?

In order to enter, answer the following question:

“How do you unwind after a long day?” It doesn’t have to be food related – just tell me how do you relax? For me it’s reading a good book.

Make sure to leave me your email so I can contact you for your mailing address if you win so MyBlogSpark can mail your boxes to you! U.S. residents only and remember to answer the question and leave me an email or some way to contact you if you win!

Contest ends at noon EST on July 31st.


Next Generation: New Testament

I recieved Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament ( from Thomas Nelson, on 3 MP3 CDs. There is over 23 hours of dramatic audios of the Bible. There is an all star cast reading this, such as Annasohphia Robb, Corbin Bleu, Emily Osment and others.

I wasn’t sure how I would like this since I am not big on today’s Hollywood actresses or actors even the ones that claim Christianity, but I thought it would be neat for the children. I was very impressed and am praying that by doing this that there hearts are more open to the Lord, if they weren’t before.

My children were very intuned to this as we listened to it while we cleaned and I sewed. The dramatic pace of the CDs made it enjoyable and the children were able to understand the stories as they were portrayed. I didn’t get the sense that any Biblical truths were compromised in the dramatic reading of Scriptures either. The version used is called the ICB New Testament. I have no knowledge of this version of the Bible, but like I said I didn’t hear anything that I would say misconstrued the Word of God and it was written.

There are sound effects which aren’t overpowering and do not take over the performance being read. You can definitely hear and understand what is being read. That is a good thing when you have children who if not kept occupied will loose interest very quickly.

There is a 40 day listening plan, which would come in handy if you are not doing a review and I will likely use this during our school time according to the 40 day plan. The soundtrack is done by an award winning composer and there over 100 actors.

I would definitely recommend this set of CDs to accompany your Bible studies or even for a child or teen who would like to understand more Biblical truths.

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Restarting an old blog

Welcome, I am re-opening this blog for the sole purpose of posting reviews. While my homeschool curriculum reviews will still be posted at all other reviews will be posted here in there entirety. I will add links on my homeschool blogger blog but they will not be published in their full at that site.

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