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Amazing Plants by Design!

Amazing Plants by Design!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bundle Sale!!


Are your kids ahead of the game this semester? Are you looking for some additional activities to keep them learning until you break for summer? Then check these deals out now! 

HUGE BUNDLES! 50% off ALREADY DISCOUNTED PRICES!! This makes them up to 80% off the original bundle prices!! 


Happy Lapbooking!  :-)

Amazing Plants by Design - FREE Sample!



I've been waiting for this for a long time - Amazing Plants by Design has been published by Knowledge Box Central!  The beautiful watercolor illustrations were done by the very talented Sheri McKeon.  The book is available on Kindle and in PDF format, but you may want the print copy of this one to really enjoy the illustrations!

Why do yucca plants need yucca moths?  What kind of plant can eat a bug?  When John and Sarah go on a nature walk with Grandma, they learn that plants - just like animals - have design and purpose.  With its relevant message and beautiful watercolor illustrations, this is an excellent resource to introduce children to intelligent design.  Come find out in Amazing Plants by Design by Debra Haagen!  Illustrations by Sheri McKeon. 
Download a FREE sample of this fun book and its beautiful illustrations:  Click here.

Also see the Mini-Lapbook:


Or save money with the bundle (eBook only):


Happy Reading!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Flyby Review: The Identical DVD

We recently had the opportunity to review the delightful family movie The Identical, starring Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, and newcomer Blake Rayne.  I may have been interested in this movie for different reasons from many people.  It is about identical twins separated at birth.  One was adopted.  Since I was adopted, this story of the adopted twin unraveling his history was fascinating to me.

The music and the storyline are probably of more interest to most people.  Everyone is looking for a place and a purpose in life.  The Identical tells the story of one man searching for his own identity and purpose, needing redemption and meaning even though he was raised in a good family.  It is a great family movie with an original story.

The only thing that confused me was the similarity to the Elvis Presley story.  The singer looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis, and discovered his music similarly to Elvis, but the story is not about Elvis at all.  In fact, Elvis Presley and the Beatles are mentioned in the film as being other popular musicians of the time period.  Upon further research, we found that Blake Rayne was an Elvis impersonator before doing this, his first movie.  We also discovered that Elvis did indeed have an identical twin brother - Jesse Garon Presley - who was stillborn 35 minutes before Elvis's birth.  Perhaps that inspired this story.

If you are looking for a family-friendly movie for Friday night, pop some popcorn and pop in The Identical DVD.  January, being the birth month of Elvis and many other great people (me!), is a great time for this activity!  (Elvis and Jesse Presley would have been 80 on January 8.)

Another tidbit from my research that I found interesting, though entirely unimportant, is that Blake Rayne is 40 years old.  He looks very young in the movie and pulls off being a teenager and young adult with the 46-year-old Ashley Judd as his mother very well!!

In honor of Elvis's 80th birthday, what is your favorite Elvis song?  Leave a comment here or on Facebook by January 19, and one lucky person will win a copy of The Identical DVD!


About the film:Rated PG / Approx. 107 minutes
The Identical, starring Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, and Blake Rayne is a redemptive movie about a young man, the son of a preacher, who rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks on a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success, failure and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals who he really us. The Identical is a captivating story about a family restored and a life discovered that lifts your soul and warms your heart.
The DVD that we’d like to send you contains over 85 minutes of bonus content including “Making The Identical,” Behind the Scenes, and Deleted Scenes!
 
Click here for the official website! 
Click here to view and share the trailer! 
Check out this special offer from Family Christian —> http://www.familychristian.com/catalog/product/view/id/291528/ Purchasing the DVD from this link comes with The Identity Series DVD (more info on THE IDENTICAL website)

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.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year and Two Freebies from Knowledge@Kindle!


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New Items on Kindle:
Start the New Year with some fun new lapbooks on Kindle for 2015!
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Have you seen the movie?  Read the book and complete our Mini-Lapbook with your students and learn together about the power of a positive attitude! 
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Books by New Author Melissa Noll:
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by Melissa Noll
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More Ancient Egypt
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by Melissa Noll
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From Cyndi Kinney
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Two Freebies this Week!

If you are like us, you may still be wanting to have a little holiday fun before starting all the educational stuff again.  So while you are taking those candy canes off the tree, why not learn about "The Legend of the Candy Cane" with our FREE Mini-Lapbook?  Then set some healthy New Year's Resolutions with our New Year's Resolutions Mini-Lapbook!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Flyby Review: Awaken Love - The Song

Have you ever read the book of the Song of Solomon with your spouse?  Or do you avoid it like the plague?  Who on earth decided that book should be part of the Bible, anyway??!!

Believe it or not, God wants us to have a good relationship with our spouse, sexually and otherwise.  He created it all!  In Awaken Love - The Song, Kyle and Desirae Idleman take couples through the Song of Solomon together.  Why was Solomon's beloved insecure?  Have you ever felt that way?  What did Solomon do to calm her vulnerability and to become intimate with her?  No, the devotional is not X-rated, but it is for married couples. The information contained in it is not exactly earth-shattering, but studying it together can help you and your spouse become more intimate and awaken the love in your marriage.  I highly recommend the couple's devotional Awaken Love - The Song, by Kyle and Desirae Idleman.

The Song Couple’s Devotional is a 6-week book for couples that can help awaken love in their marriage. With daily relationship insights and prayer points drawn from the Song of Solomon, this devotional will help couples grow in their relationship with God and one another. 

Inspired by the Song of Solomon, The Song is both a full-length movie and resource for churches to explore God’s plan for relationships, love and marriage.

About the author:


Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth-largest church in America. Author of the award-winning and bestselling book, not a fan., and presenter of eight of City on a Hill’s curriculum series, he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife DesiRae have four children.
 Thanks for reading and have a great day!

"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.”

Flyby Review: Susie's Hope

This month I had the privilege of reviewing the DVD Susie's Hope.  This movie, based on a true story, tells the powerful story of Donna Lawrence, who survived a vicious pit-bull attack, and Susie, a part-pit-bull who survived an attack by a human, who found healing in each other.  Susie's former master had beaten her, poured lighter fluid on her, and set her on fire.  Donna, with the help of her husband and her best friend, sought and achieved stricter punishments for animal abusers in the state of North Carolina.  The ensuing law was aptly named "Susie's Law." 

For the most part, I enjoyed Susie's Hope.  The story is compelling and emotional.  The actors did an excellent job of portraying their characters.  I liked the way parts of the action were shown through Susie's eyes.  Animal lovers are sure to enjoy finding this DVD in their stocking.  There were parts I found hard to swallow, and it is hard to say how much they were based on truth and how much was changed for dramatic effect.  There were places where it seemed our protagonist was placing the love of animals above her human relationships and her marriage.  Thankfully, her husband was a strong and compassionate man, but I had a hard time seeing the marriage take second place as if this behavior was condoned.  If this is the way it really happened, I do not say this in judgement of any of the characters.  I cannot imagine surviving the kind of attack that Donna Lawrence experienced, and I'm sure the road to healing was not an easy one.  I also say this as an avid dog lover myself with two excessively spoiled pooches of my own!

The film is not rated, but I would caution parents to view it first before sharing it with children.  I am allowing my children to see it, but the portrayal of the abuse Susie suffered and of Donna's attack - while not overly graphic in the movie - could be disturbing for children.  There was no excessive use of bad language or anything inappropriate in the movie, and the message that God gave us dominion over the animals with the expectation that we will be good stewards of what He has given us is a good one for any age.

Of course, you may enter here to win your own copy of the Susie's Hope DVD! Simply leave a comment here or on my Facebook page to enter the drawing, which will be held on Tuesday, December 16.  Tell me your favorite pet anecdote, or just say "hi"!

Here is some more information about Susie's Hope:

About the movie: Run time 105 minutes
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

Watch and share the  Susie’s Hope  trailer  here !

About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!


Check out and share Susie’s Hero Dog Award Video here!

This website  is a GREAT resource for all things Susie / Susie’s Hope related

Thanks for reading!

"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.”