Thursday, August 27, 2015

petsaclogo-233A new line of adorable backpack has arrived on the market recently.   The PetSac is a new kind of pet that converts rapidly into a backpack just by pulling the tail and taking the backpack out of the body of the animal.    The PetSac backpack is perfect for school, sleepover, and travel.   They are especially made for children ages 3 and up.

PS15118PK-Box-800-800x800We received Catpuccino the kitten which has snow white fur and big blue eyes.    Originally thinking of my daughter I requested that the backpack be of floral pattern.  However, when I received the PetSac I decided it would be a wonderful surprise for a child in poverty during Christmas time when we make special boxes for children in other countries.   Consequently, my daughter is extremely excited to be able to put this furry friend into the Christmas box she plans to make for a kid of her age.

The PetSac pets are made of cuddly-soft premium plus materials.   The dimension of the backpack are 14” H x 11” W x 5” D.   The backpack itself is made of lightweight and durable rip stop nylon which is apparently used in parachutes.   This kind of material can be wiped clean if it becomes dirty.  The backpack contains up to 777 cubic inches of storage space and offers two zippered compartments.    The shoulder straps are adjustable depending of the height of the child.  

I didn’t know what to expect when we received ours.  I was surprise and delighted to see how it was made. The stuff animal is perfect to sleep with and the fact that it contains a backpack inside it is just fabulous.   I can already imagine a little girl playing with it and discovering the backpack at the same time.   How perfect it will be for her to be able to put her belonging in this out-of-the-ordinary backpack that can quickly transformer as a stuffed toy to sleep with.     I almost wish my daughter can be present when this child opens up her Christmas box.   


There are nine animals which you can choose from:

  • Blitz the Monkey
  • Beans the Bear
  • Rocky the Tiger
  • Tug the Pug
  • Shu Shu the Panda
  • Catpuccino the Kitten
  • Roary the Lion Cub
  • Buddy the Pup
  • Spike the Dalmatian

Pattern available are floral, camo, polka-dot,paws, plaid, and jungle.  Depending of your choice of animal you will get a variety of backgrounds to pick (not all the patterns are offered for each animal). 


PetSac can be purchased at a store near you for the price of 19.99$ US.   They are also available directly from the website at

Disclaimer: I received a PetSac for review purposes from KidStuff PR and PetSac. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Did you know that K’Nex has released a new line of building kit specifically designed for girls.   Called the mighty makers these kits will encourage your girl to build fun things to play with.  There are six set available at this point in time.

  • Home Designer
  • Going Green
  • Deep Sea Dive
  • Inventor’s Clubhouse
  • Up, Up and Away
  • Fun on the Ferris Wheel

For the purpose of this review, I have received the Going Green Building Set.

pTRUCA1-21235113dtAbout the set

Reduce, reuse and rebuild with Zoe and Roland in the Going Green™ Building Set. Zoe isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. She is always out in the garden helping her mom or hiking in search of new and different plants she has never seen before! Help Zoe build a garden, a green house and a flower box. Using the included tool accessories, help Zoe grow a large garden full of plants and flowers in the Going Green™ Building Set from Mighty Makers™. Most models can be built one at a time.


  • Includes 127 K'NEX parts and pieces
  • Create a garden with Zoe and her hedgehog, Roland
  • Accessories include gardening tools, flowers, foliage, graphic panels and more
  • Includes instructions for three different botany themed builds
  • Mighty Makers™ Card challenges builder to explore additional botany concepts
  • Ages 7+

My Thoughts

The Mighty Makers building set is as sturdy as the regular K’Nex set already on the market.   The only thing I would say that would be different is the colors of the part included in the set – with bright pink, green, turquoise, and yellow.   This particular set will allow your child to build a greenhouse where plants could grow before being planted in a garden.  The set also comes with a young lady and an hedgehog – Zoe & Roland.   Also included in the box there is some information about plant classification as your child learn about botany.


The set is definitively adorable. It contains over 127 pieces that can be put together to create three different botany themed builds.   Additional building graphics are available to download as well.

Part of me if delighted to find set with pastel colors in it as well as something more geared toward girls.   My girl enjoys building with the regular K’Nex set we own at home but having one set that has a character, an animal and pastel colors will bring even more creativity in her life.

Each set has different characters in it which makes it easy to collect in order to have all of them.  The set vary in prices depending of the size of the box.   These sets would make a great birthday or Christmas gift.  The Mighty Makers building sets from K’Nex are available for purchase at your favorite toy store, even on and






Disclaimer: I have received the above mentioned products for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

_225_350_Book.1532.coverSeven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness
Written by Eric Metaxas
Published at Thomas Nelson

About the book

In Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas presents seven exquisitely crafted short portraits of widely known—but not well understood—Christian men, each of whom uniquely showcases a commitment to live by certain virtues in the truth of the gospel.

Written in a beautiful and engaging style, Seven Men addresses what it means (or should mean) to be a man today, at a time when media and popular culture present images of masculinity that are not the picture presented in Scripture and historic civil life. What does it take to be a true exemplar as a father, brother, husband, leader, coach, counselor, change agent, and wise man? What does it mean to stand for honesty, courage, and charity, especially at times when the culture and the world run counter to those values?

Each of the seven biographies represents the life of a man who experienced the struggles and challenges to be strong in the face of forces and circumstances that would have destroyed the resolve of lesser men. Each of the seven men profiled—George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson—call the reader to a more elevated walk and lifestyle, one that embodies the gospel in the world around us.

My Thoughts

This book contains a mini biography for the seven men highlighted.   Each of them is regarded as strong example for many people.    The seven men presented in this book are George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles W. Colson.  

I will admit that I was familiar with the story of four of these men.  I knew about the Pope because I was raised catholic and he was Pope during my growing up years.   Back in the 1980s when he visited Canada, I was part of the dance group who did a presentation at the Montreal stadium.    William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer were the three other men whom I have discovered their story and impact in more recent years.

Nevertheless, this book is an inspiration for the reader who takes the time to read it.   I had more trouble with the section on George Washington because I find it doesn’t really impact a Canadian.  However I have learned a great deal about his courage and dedication during the war years.    As I read about these seven men, I almost wished that there were comprehension  questions as well as challenges for the reader.   Why?   Well I can see me asking my teenage son to read about a specific man and answer the questions as part of his literature studies.   Besides reading about strong men of faith is always useful for a teenager – whether boy or girl. 

The author will also release a book title Seven Women which includes Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks.   I look forward to read this title as well.

Seven Men is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even and


The book is also available on Kindle.


Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Nelson for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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