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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review~A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson is a good book. However, it just didn't captivate me. I currently read good humored stories like this and I almost always fall in love with one of the main characters. I couldn't help but feel like our main character Fiona was whiny and unappreciative. I struggled to find the appeal she held and her roll in the text. I did however enjoy Josiah. He carried himself very well and was a man of integrity. He alone though left me wanting our main character to have a different attitude toward life. I guess that is the great thing about reading different books you don't always agree with the main character and the actions and responses they have toward life. I also felt like the beginning and middle of the book were drawn out longer than necessary to find out more about the main character. 

I was given this book from booklookbloggers for my fair and honest review. 

Book Review~NIV Faithgirlz Bible

NIV Faithgirlz Bible is a remarkably written devotional type of bible for young ladies. The colors are vibrant and engaging. The bible itself has some wonderful sections for reflection such as the "Bring it on" sections. These allow a multiple choice answer that gives room for reflection and growth. The "Treasure This" section is wonderful because it highlights specific sections for our young girls that allow them to journal and/or memorize scripture. I have thoroughly loved going through this book with my girls and they have enjoyed the fun little extras that this book allows to keep them engaged. My girls especially enjoyed the first page of a new book in the bible. There are explanations as to who wrote it, when it was written, where it takes place, cool characters you'll meet, bad guys to watch for, the point and how it connects. This allows them to really focus their attention going into their daily devotionals. I personally enjoyed the "Oh, I get it" sections. Those allowed us as a family talk about specifics that we have read. I highly enjoy this bible and I know it will be one my girls can reflect on and use for years to come. 

I was given a copy of this bible free from booklookbloggers in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Review~Believe Student Edition

Hey beautifuls. 

I have a new review for you all! This last month I have been privileged to read the book Believe from Randy Frazee. I've been on a quest so to speak to find a greater connection to our Heavenly Father and I believed this book would help me accomplish that. I disregarded the fact that the description of the book gears the text toward teens. Diving right in I was very comfortable with the layout of the text. There are divided areas which allow one to reflect on each given passage. I thoroughly enjoyed each section and the way the book is broken up. I was able to do an extensive bible study so to speak with this book. This is by far the best bible study type of book I have encountered. I have just begun bible journaling and this book was hand in hand in helping me dissect a specific passage and look closer at the meanings lying therein. I would recommend this book to any and all interested in getting to know more about our Heavenly Father through scripture. 

Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLookbloggers in exchange for an honest review

Below is the book description given from the author

Written for teens, Believe: Student Edition is part of the national church-wide campaign led by bestselling author Randy Frazee that takes teens on a journey to become more like Jesus in their beliefs, actions, and character.

It’s one thing to know the story of the Bible. It’s another thing to live it.

From bestselling author and pastor Randy Frazee comes an exciting new all-church discipleship program inspired by the success of The Story. Introducing students and teens to the big ideas of Christian life and theology in a way that is clear and accessible, Believe: Student Edition helps them understand how to live out God’s story in their own lives. As they walk through the three big categories of faith—beliefs, practices, and virtues—they’ll begin a journey that will take them closer to the heart of Jesus and deeper into the words of Scripture.

Relevant, practical, and deeply fundamental, Believe: Student Edition is a must-read for any student serious about their faith.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps August Sneak Peek Reveal

Hey beautiful crafters! I am so sorry for my Hiatus! Seriously it has been the craziest summer for our family EVER. Actually last summer was pretty crazy too but alas I'm back and the kids start school soon and yeah so Here is a project I made using the ADORABLE Pretty Cute Stamp set called Harvest Happiness and my favorite new MIDORI! I super love this thing. Okay so here we go. 

I also filmed a video for those of you who don't use a midori or travelers notebook if you'd like to learn how I made these inserts. ;) 

Here are some close up pictures...

I just LOVE this time of year it brings out the kid in me that's for sure! Hope you liked this cutie pie trio of inserts. Please be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel as I promise to start uploading videos weekly. 


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps July release

Thanks so much for joining us for the July Release Blog Hop, where we are all sharing projects featuring the new stamps this month that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps Store.

If you came from Larissa's blog, you are in the right place. If you just stumbled across this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog

For my project for the hop, I've used the Sew Amazing stamp set. 

I've really been wanting to open up an Etsy shop for some time now. So I decided to sew up some pretty little bags and list them on both my Instagram (@Ravenb28) and on my Etsy. I had to dress them up pretty so I put this adorable tag using the Pretty Cute Stamps Sew Amazing set. The sentiments are so cute!!!


I would like to offer my own candy. My Etsy store and a flash sale will be going live on July 10th 2015. I would love to giveaway one of my small size bags to one commenter here on this post. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here on this post, follow me here on this blog and leave a way for me to reach you if you win. For an extra entry I'd love it if you follow me on Instagram (@Ravenb28) and share this giveaway. If you do please let me know so I can add in your entries. ;) 

Blog Candy directly from Pretty Cute Stamps...

Blog Candy!! There is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store available to win! All you need to do is:
1) Follow and comment on each of the blogs. 
2) For extra chances to win you can LIKE Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps mailing list. 
A random winner will be chosen on Thursday, July 9, 2015

All New Releases will be on sale through July 7, 2015, and you can save even more by purchasing the June/July 2015 Stamp Bundle. You can also pick up the SVG outlines for each of these stamps at the store!!

***Lisa will be on vacation during the release, so all orders placed between July 1-8 will be mailed out on July 9. :).

Now, you can head over to the next stop on the hop- Karla 's blog

If you get lost along the way, here's the lineup!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps Sneak Peek for July~Everyday Planner

 Hey beautiful crafters! I am soooo excited to share with you all a stamp set that Pretty Cute Stamps just released! It's part of the July releases and its called...Everyday Planner. I'm a huge planner addict and I'm addicted to my planner. I've been getting questions on Instagram @RavenB28 about how I plan out my week so I thought I would share my process a little here... 

Basically I start off with sticky notes (post its or whatever you call them) You can get these for uber cheap anywhere really. The reason I love using these is because I can move an event around or change it if I need to and I haven't written onto my planner. 

Then I take the post its off at the end of the week and I decorate. It's more functional for me and I document what we've done or what needs to be done. I basically use my planner as a giant to-do list.
It works for me and if it inspires you to try it then wonderful. But the main thing about a planner is finding a way that works for you. 

Here is my finished weekly spread. I love it. We went swimming a bunch this week and the kids played with water balloons and a slip n slide so this was fitting. 

Feel free to check out the uber adorable stamp set over at Pretty Cute Stamps. Hope you are all having a blessed week. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pen Paling along

Hey beautiful crafters. I'm back with another PenPal Stationery set. I am having so much fun making these goodies for my fun pen gals. 

Basically I just stamped the desired images from The Write Stuff Stamp set and colored them in with Prismacolor Colored Pencils. These will be going out this week to a special someone. 

Hope you beautiful crafters are having a great week!!!

Pretty paper makes things better

Pen paling. I love pen paling. There only seems to be one problem...all my pen pal partners seem to have beautiful stationery whereas I...don't. Hahaha. I don't want them to get robbed of pretty paper so I decided to use PPbNdesigns images and make special stationery for my pen pals. 

This is what it looks like...

Isn't it just so sweet?!?! Yeah I thought so too. Here is how you can make your own stationery quickly and keep it for future editing and adding in new Designs. 

1.) Go on over to PPbNdesigns and on the left hand side click on "borders and banners" Select the banner you would like to use in your project add it to your cart and download it right onto your desktop. (I normally keep a seperate area on my desktop for PPBN files) however for this I would suggest keeping it on your desktop initially. Easier to find
*Be sure you extract all the files by right clicking on the icon that has now downloaded onto your computer and select extract all. 

2.) open up a word document. 
3.) on the top select insert, picture, from file, desktop, "ppbn file" then select the JPEG of your desired image. 
4.) this being the most difficult part you will need to click on the image and using the box on the right hand bottom corner make the image the size of your preference. 

Optional: add some lines and another image to the bottom. 

5.) print out and voila you have some pretty paper. 

I reapplied the same steps to make an envelope. Super fun. 

I hope this helps some of you to create pretty paper. Please don't hesitate to write a comment or email me if you have any questions or need help with the steps.
Have a happy summer friends.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review~ God Made You Special (AND a Giveaway)

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8
If you follow my blog you know that I love the Berenstain Bears. We have books in our home that are over 35 years old that are Berenstain Bears. I am beyond grateful that Mike Berenstain has kept up the Berenstain name in creating such beautifully illustrated books that have Godly content.
Before I go any further I feel its only fair to say, I'm not a super religious person, initially I thought this book may be a little bit of a stretch outside of my comfort zone. But the message is relayed in such a beautiful way that helps kids identify that they are all individuals and that in and of itself is a wonderful gift from God. I would highly recommend this book to others and in fact we have purchased a few copies to give as gifts for our friends. I received this book through in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Here are some additional details about the book if you are interested...
In this newest 8x8 softcover title in the Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection, the Bruins join the Bear family for a cookout and bring their cousin Tommy along. It isn’t long before the cubs start up a game of baseball and Sister soon notices that Tommy doesn’t play like the rest of the group. When Sister asks about Tommy, Mama takes the opportunity to talk to Sister about how God makes each of us unique in our own way. And that we all have special gifts and talents to share with the folks around us.
About the Author
Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.
I'm so grateful to have received this wonderful book our family would like to gift it to another family. If you are interested in a chance to win this book please leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random on Saturday June 20th. Thank you all for stopping by!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Book Review~Go Ahead and Like it

Go Ahead & Like It by Jacqueline Suskin

Go ahead and like it. NO REALLY... What an ingenious little book this one is. I adore the cover and the simplicity of it but the real greatness lies within. Jam packed full of great visuals this book is definitely geared toward us crafties. Bringing back the art of lists and sharing your love in such an ingenious way is what got me from the very start. The entire book seems to be laid out like a smash book where lists are "adhered" to different pages that include images and words of the heart. All of the different fonts look so wonderful together and would be great for any art journeyers, bible journeyers or the like. I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy lists, planners, memory keeping, smash booking and different types of art journaling.
An artistic, smart self-help book that prompts and inspires readers to write lists of things they like–a simple yet profound way to collect and remember the good in daily life.
This scrapbook-style art book is an invitation to write lists of things you like: small things that bring delight, intriguing things that excite, and meaningful things that make every day special. It’s a how-to guide, writing prompt, model for self-discovery, and beautiful inspiration for daily gratitude, with poet Jacqueline Suskin’s personal lists intertwined with photographs, illustrations, and instruction. It’s a self-help book for people who might not be drawn to standard self-help, and it’s creative thinking for people who might not identify themselves as creative thinkers (What does it mean to “like” something in today’s digital age, anyways?). Above all, it presents a simple, dependable method to notice the good that’s all around us–even in a traffic jam or waiting in line–so we can inhabit our world more fully and smile more in the process.

You can read more about this book HERE or jump on over to Amazon and you can take a peek inside. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review, all opinions expressed are my own.