Wednesday, March 31, 2010

All About Reading - What Am I?

What Am I? – a collection of short stories.

Written by Marie Rippel and Renée LaTulippe
All About Reading Level 2 Vol 1.

Here’s come a new reader from the owners of the All About Spelling Program. This reader is the second book of the Beehive Reader Books.

I haven’t got the opportunity to review the All About Spelling Program or the Beehive Reader 1. I understand that What Am I? could be coordinated with the first 14 steps in All About Spelling Level 2. However, it can be used without the All About Spelling program as well. The book contains interesting stories that will catch the imagination of the kids who read it as well as wonderful drawings that accompanied the stories.   I particularly like the fact that the book is hard cover which is such a blessing when you have multiple children in a house.

As soon as our copy came in the house, my oldest son, who is 8, sat down with it and read it cover to cover in one sitting. Mind you, this book is quite easy for him to read but he loved the illustrations. The stories are very fun to read and cute to look at. The details in the illustration are quite stunning and demonstrate that color is not always a priority in book. All the stories are interesting but the one we particularly like is the one that gave the title of the book – What Am I? I was reading the clues and the kids were trying to find the answers. It was quite interesting to see them trying to figure out the clues and yell the answer to me.   I am looking forward to let my other kids read this wonderful little book when they will be more fluent in their reading.   

This new reading program is in the works as I write this. It could be used as a stand-alone program but in the end it will perfectly follow the All About Spelling program. From what I understand, the All About Reading program will include decoding skills, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and tons of reading practice. Coming winter of 2010, All About Reading- Level 1 will be a comprehensive multisensory reading program. From the quality of the book I have in my hands, I suspect that the kids would like to pick it up over and over again.

Book 1 of the Beehive Reader is titled Cobweb the Cat. It can be purchased at All About Spelling for 19.95$US.

Book 2 of the Beehive Reader is titled What Am I? It will be officially released on April 1st.

This review was possible because I received a copy of Who Am I? from All About Reading through the TOS Homeschool Crew.

The Voice - New Testament

The Voice – New Testament

Published at Thomas Nelson

About the book
The Voice™ is the product of the best minds in this emerging generation of Christian leaders. Together they are helping young people fall in love with the Scriptures. Instead of confining God's Word in the framework of biblical criticism, The Voice™ highlights the beauty of God's communication to His people. In The Voice™, the voice of God is heard as clearly as when He first revealed His truth. This is the first-ever complete New Testament in The Voice™ translation. Writers include Chris Seay, Lauren Winner, Brian McLaren, Greg Garrett, David B. Capes, and others.

Features include:
  • Bronze, highlighted text
  • Screenplay-like format, ideal for public readings and group studies
  • Devotional commentary
  • Book introductions

My Thoughts
This version of the New Testament is interesting in various ways.

It is easier to identify the person who speaks as the text is written as though you would read a play. In fact, this version of the bible would make it easier to put together a skit on a sermon based on the New Testament scriptures. Nothing is better to understand something than making it fun to see and comprehend don’t you think?

The heart of The Voice is to retell the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet remain true to the original manuscripts. And from what I have seen and read, I think the authors have done a wonderful job in doing so. While reading The Voice,it reminded me of the Message version mixed with the NIV.

Also incorporated in the text you will see some italics words which indicates words not directly tied to a dynamic translation of the original language. They are meant to help the reader to better understand the text. I think it is always good to know which words were added to help the comprehension of the original scripture and knowing that the italic words do so helps a lot.

The reader will also come upon outlined boxes that expand on the theme read in the page. I particularly like this as it gives the reader more information and clarify the context or what is happening. For example, in Matthew 1 the author, Matthew, gives the genealogy of Jesus. One of the outlined boxes in that section explains would give more details on some people part of the genealogy of Jesus.

However, to advertize that this version brings beauty, tradition and the future church is too much. I don’t agree that the future of the church should stand on such a version of the New Testament. The church should stand and continue to pursue the old version of the bible. This version is a breath of fresh air when you want to get a different perspective for a time period but not for the future. Yes The Voice is beautiful and creative. It somewhat held on tradition as well. But I don’t see the future church being strong on such a version of the scriptures.

This version of the New Testament is interesting but I would use it as a read through the New Testament in one year. I wouldn’t give this to a new believer as I think it is important to be immersed in a better-known version like the NIV, NLT or KJV at the beginning of your walk with God. The Voice would be a nice graduation gift or birthday celebration gift for someone who has been following the Lord for a while.

This review was possible because I received a copy of The Voice from Thomas Nelson.

The Voice is available everywhere even at and

Monday, March 29, 2010

2010 Schoolhouse Planner

2010 Schoolhouse Planner

Published at TOS

Watch out homeschoolers because the TOS Schoolhouse Planner is just around the corner!

This wonderful ebook is put together by a multitude of people wrote on a variety of subjects to encourage and nurture whoever would read it. The articles, resource lists and recipes are divided in months going from July to June. Theses covers subjects like Bible, Arts, Involvements of dads in the homeschool, Reading, Maths, Manners, History, Languages, Electronic Devices, Health, Writing, Notebooking, Geography, Logic and so much more. The recipes I’ve seen so far look so yummy that I am hoping to try new recipes every week in the coming year!

But the Schoolhouse Planner is not only about articles, recipes and resource lists. The main part of this 2010 Schoolhouse Planner is to give homeschoolers like you and me a multitude of forms and instructions to help you manage your homeschool better. Being effective for next year is one of my main objectives. This year I did better than the previous years but with more kids and more subjects coming I need to become better at tracking and following up on the projects we do. In this ebook you will find many documents that will help you to do so. From curriculum form to grocery list, you will find something that will be helpful. You can see that the people behind this Schoolhouse Planner have thought about a lot of different documents to help homeschoolers to manage their home, school and much more. In fact, I’ve counted twenty-eight NEW reports/documents that you can use in your daily lives. I also discovered a wonderful section for preschoolers which I intend to use with my daughter next year. Have a special page for her will help me to keep in mind that she wants to be involved in our school time.

The Schoolhouse Planner is well thought and everyone will find something that they can use. But part of me still think that this would be much more wonderful to convert this paperwork into a computerize system that will make the life of homeschoolers even more easily to do. It is feasible – I can see a database giving the opportunity of the user to print the documents that they need when they need to. And I find it would be easier to put it together for the purpose of tracking the school year. Both my husband and I have a degree in computer sciences and can see how this could be done. Nevertheless, the 2010 Schoolhouse Planner is simply fantastic and I think you will be able to learn something new from it.

Interested in getting a copy of the brand new 2010 Schoolhouse Planner?   Simply go to this page and purchase it from TOS.   For 28$ it is a good resource to have to help you track all your activities during your school year.

Math Galaxy  

When I first accessed the Math Galaxy programs, my first reaction was not the greatest. The whole things was yelling 1980s all over the programming and for someone who has reviewed other programs which were developed more in this generation of programming, I was a little bit taken by surprised. My first thought was “How in the world can I review this with objectivity?” After the moment of surprise was passed, I took the plunge and check them out.

“But what is Math Galaxy?” you might wonder… Math Galaxy offers many mathematical programs for homeschoolers or for student to help them in their journey in the world of mathematics. Think as though you would have your own personal tutor for grades K to 12 in mathematics. The best part of it is that the students can go through the problems as their own pace. No need to try to catch up to anyone else. It’s you and the computer only!

Allow me to present you the various products that Math Galaxy offers.

Math Galaxy Whole Numbers Fun is a comprehensive math tutorial that covers all of whole number operations plus Time, Money, and the sections of Length, Area, Volume, Pictographs, Bar Graphs and Probability appropriate for grades 1 to 4. It also includes the whole number sections of the Word Jumbles, Riddles, and Bridge the Swamp games and the Labyrinth mazes.

Math Galaxy Fractions Fun is a comprehensive fractions tutorial with explanations, practice and games that cover fraction operations and concepts, including equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, reducing fractions, improper fractions, prime factors, greatest common factor, least common multiple, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, word problems, plus geometry, graphs and probability appropriate for grade 5. It also includes the fraction sections of the Word Jumbles, Riddles, and Bridge the Swamp games and the Labyrinth mazes.

Math Galaxy Decimals, Proportions, % Fun is a comprehensive tutorial for sixth-grade math that is like having an interactive textbook and your own private tutor, with explanations, practice and games that cover decimals, ratios and proportions, and percents concepts and operations, plus geometry, graphs, data analysis and probability appropriate for grade 6. It also includes the decimal sections of the Word Jumbles, Riddles, and Bridge the Swamp games and the Labyrinth mazes.

Math Galaxy Word Problems Fun provides, in a game setting that's like a cross between monopoly and maze searches, a range of problems covering the core of elementary and middle school math: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, multi-step problems, ratios & proportions, percents, negative numbers, time, length, area, volume, weight, angles and graphs & tables along with other higher-order skills woven throughout the exercises.

Math Galaxy Pre-Algebra Fun is a comprehensive tutorial for middle school math that is like having an interactive textbook and your own private tutor, with explanations, practice and games

Algebra Fundamentals includes all of the algebra topics, with an unlimited number of problems. It also includes the Labyrinth mazes.

Also available are the worksheet generators which permit you to product riddles and worksheets for many topics. The Whole Numbers Worksheet Generator includes all of the whole numbers printable riddles and printable worksheets topics, with an unlimited number of problems and 500 riddles. The Fractions Worksheet Generator includes all of the fraction printable riddles and printable worksheets topics, with an unlimited number of problems and 500 riddles. The Decimals, Proportions, % Worksheet Generator includes all of the decimals, ratio & proportions, and percents printable riddles and printable worksheets topics, with an unlimited number of problems and 500 riddles. And finally, the Algebra Worksheet Generator includes all of the algebra printable riddles and printable worksheets topics, with an unlimited number of problems and 500 riddles.

Math Galaxy also has two ebooks based on two of their worksheet generator sofwares. The Math Galaxy Whole Number Riddles is an eBook in pdf format that contains 130 of the 500 printable riddles and worksheets that are in The Whole Numbers Worksheet Generator software and the Math Galaxy Fraction Riddles is an eBook in pdf format that contains 215 of the 500 printable riddles and worksheets that are in The Fractions Worksheet Generator software for those who would prefer an eBook.

So as I said, once my first reaction was passed and the software installed, I asked my son, Alexandre, who is in grade 3 to product test them. I wasn’t sure how he would react to them since he has been exposed to other type of mathematics software in the past. Well, imagine my surprise when he said he loved it. He particularly enjoyed the Math Galaxy Word Problems Fun which brings him in a game type of screen. To advance in the game, the student has to resolve mathematical problems. He is having a blast everytime he goes to the PC.

For us having programs that also teach our kids something is a priority. And when you get a mathematical software that keep their attention because of the games or challenges that is found in it, I think it is a bonus.

The other documents that I particularly liked were the riddles. It is a fun way to resolve a riddle by including mathematical notions. I had printed some fractions riddles and my son was challenged to find the answer to the question at the top of the sheet. He loved doing it. So much that he wants me to print more of them.

I have learn a lesson while reviewing the MathGalaxy products. Don’t judge the quality of the product by its package. The goal of MathGalaxy is to provide students a foundation for analytical thinking in the modern world and for higher-level math and science. From what I have experience, they are helping the student to have fun with mathematics. If only I was introduced to this kind of thinking when I was younger – especially in high school – maybe I wouldn’t have struggled so much with maths then.

So if you student is having trouble with certain mathematical concept, I would suggest that you give MathGalaxy a chance and look into their products. You might be surprised by the simple programming but the quality of the lessons is worth it. Attached to these products is a 30-day money-back guarantee. Oh and don’t forget to install the Java plugin to do the exercises.

System Requirements: Windows 98 or later or Mac OS X.
(Both Windows and Mac OS X versions are in the downloaded zip file.)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Expedition Ireland - Download N Go Unit Study

Expedition Ireland – Download N Go Unit Study

Published at TOS

You know what I received via e-mail on March 17th – that is St. Patrick’s Day? I got the new Download N Go Unit Study titled Expedition Ireland. How cool is that? Pretty neat don’t you think?

When my husband’s maternal grand-father died, we drove in Northern Ontario to go to the funeral. We stayed at his uncle’s house (father’s side). There we learned that apparently there was some Irish blood in the family as his great-grand-mother (or was it the great-great-grand-mother – I don’t remember anymore) was Irish. So we learned something we didn’t know that week-end and now I am quite interested in knowing more about Ireland.

So imagine my delight when I saw that I was going to review Expedition Ireland this month. So I am off to explore Ireland, a country where the color green is definitively predominant!

This unit study will cover various aspects of homeschooling by including geography, history, language, legends, music, arts, sciences and so much more. A wonderful list of books is suggested at the beginning of the study and there is many choices since sometimes libraries don’t have all the possibilities of books on their shelves. Again the study is packed with interesting activities for the kids to do and complete a lapbook while learning more about Ireland. I particularly liked the video with the pictures from Ireland and the traditional music accompanying it. I also enjoyed reading more about the type of food that Irish people enjoy. And with some recipes suggested I look forward to discover and taste the culinary food of this country. I am certain that my kids would love this too as they love to cook with us when we do recipes.

Ireland is indeed beautiful and this unit study makes me want to pack and go discover the country for real. If you recently did a study on St. Patrick’s Day or if you have relatives from Ireland or even if you just want to discover a new country, I strongly recommend Expedition Ireland.

Expedition Ireland is available at The OldSchoolhouse store for 7.95$ US

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

K*Nex Education - Giveaway!

K’Nex Education

Who doesn’t know about K’Nex. Everyone hard heard of played with this toy. But did you know that the idea came from playing with straws during a wedding? You can discover the history of this great toy by clicking here.

Now you might wonder why I am writing about K’Nex today. Well, a while back I decided to contact various companies to see if they would have a mom blogger who would use their product and then write about it. I’ve contacted many companies and got some answers – sometimes positives, sometimes negatives, sometimes nothing. I wasn’t discourage as I was trying to get new opportunities to review on my blog.

About a month or so later, I received an email from K’Nex Education saying they would love it if I could review some products and write about it. Imagine my surprise (and immense joy) to get their answer. I told them that I would be more than willing (as well as my kids) to look into the K’Nex Education products. They also told me that they could send me some giveaways as well. (Keep reading for more details on this!)

So one day, the door bell rang and I found a big box from K’Nex. The kids were jumping up and down when they saw what was in there. Fun stuff indeed! I’ve received a box of K’Nex Education for Into to Structures – Bridges, Elementary Math and Geometry, and Intro to Simple Machines –Levers and Pulleys. Here’s a little description for each of the boxes I have received.

Intro to Structures: Bridges
In this particular K’Nex Education box, the student will build 13 different bridge models. The set includes building instructions with real-life photos and key facts on each of the bridges. The models that the student builds will demonstrate the 7 key bridge types: beam, truss, arch, cantilever, suspension, cable-stayed and movable/bascule. Geared for grades 3-6.

Elementary Math and Geometry
The Elementary Math & Geometry set allows the student to construct squares, rectangles, trapezoids, rhombi, prisms, triangles, quadrilaterals, plus symmetry, and pattern and fraction models. For Grade 1-3 .

Intro to simple machines: Levers and Pulleys
Build 8 different replicas of real-world models. The set include building instructions with real-life photos and key facts for each model. Models demonstrate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers along with fixed, movable and combination pulley systems. Geared Grade 3-6.

Our Thoughts
My first observation is that the pieces seem to be made of a stronger plastic than the ones sold at regular store. But again I might be mistaken. Even though they seem stronger my oldest son was able to break two while putting one of the bridges apart. His solution was to replace the part with one from our regular sets. Oh well…

All three boxes are extremely popular with my two oldest sons and they keep asking to see if they can go build a new thing. *grin* My answer to them is that we need to do our regular schoolwork and then we can discover more about bridges, math and geometry or levers and pulleys.

When I opened the boxes I was impressed with the possibility of putting separators to keep the pieces in a proper order. Nothing gets more on my nerve than not finding a piece while you are trying to built something.
The first box we opened was the Introduction to Structures –Bridges. We learned interesting facts about the bridges we have build so far. For example, the arch type of bridges can have the arch under, over or through. I have never really thought about this before but it is true that these three types of arch bridges exist.

The second box we opened was more for Dominic as he was in the age range for this one. The Elementary Math and Geometry will bring the geometric forms to life for the kids and will certainly help them to remember their particularities. Dominic had a lot of fun to build the pyramid with some help as some pieces were difficult to put together. It is also a great teaching moment to explain to him that it is important to follow instructions and directions when building something because if you don’t you won’t have the same result.

Finally, we had to experiment with the Introduction to simple machines – levers and pulleys. So I asked my two eldest sons to work together to built me one of the models from the book. And they brought me a nice wheelbarrow as well as they hockey stick. Quite interesting.

One thing that I find sad is that the instruction book is only in English. However, they do provide the French instructions inside the box but a teacher would have to cut them and glue them themselves in the booklet to “translate” the information about the models. I think it would be better to have a booklet with both languages in it. It feels a little bit cheap not to do so.

Finally each set comes packaged in a strong plastic storage case with dividers and lockable lid. And the sets also include a teacher guide on CD.


K’Nex Education has sent me one box of each set for a giveaway. So I have three K’Nex Education to give away. Consequently, three of my readers will win one set.

This giveaway ends April 23rd, 2010 at 9 pm. The winners will be chosen using and will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail before new names are drawn. One per household, Canada only. Don’t forget to include your e-mail so I can contact you. If it’s not there and I can’t give you the good news I will have to choose someone else!

Corel Digital Studio 2010

Corel Digital Studio 2010 - Produced by Corel

About the product
It's your story to tell, so make it unforgettable with Corel Digital Studio 2010. Taking a revolutionary approach to photo editing and movie making software, this new multimedia software gives you all the applications you need in one box. And they all work together.

Organize all your digital media in one place, effortlessly edit photos, burn music and turn your video clips into movies in just minutes. Got the latest technologies? Digital Studio also supports HD video and Windows® 7. The best part is sharing your memories with the people you care about—on popular websites like Facebook™, Flickr and YouTube™, on professional-quality CDs, DVDs or high-definition AVCHDs, and on your favorite mobile device, including iPod®, iPhone® and PSP®.

Making movies, photos and DVDs is easy with Corel Digital Studio 2010. Find everything you need right here.

Corel® PaintShop Photo™ Express 2010
Photo editing and photo projects made easy

• Organize and view all your photos, videos and music in one place
• Edit photos in one click or explore More Tools to enhance pictures even further
• Create stunning photo books, photo slideshows, calendars and more in minutes
• Share photos by email, print, DVD, Flickr™, Facebook™, iPod®, iPhone® and more

Corel® VideoStudio® Express 2010
Video editing and movie making made easy

• Organize and view all your videos, photos and music in one place
• Start making movies instantly with professional movie templates
• Quickly add fun openings, titles, transitions, music and credits
• Easily fix common problems, like bad lighting or shaky video
• Edit, burn and share your HD video
• Make DVDs and CDs, upload directly to your YouTube account or convert video to iPod®, iPhone®, PSP® and other mobile devices

Corel® WinDVD® 2010
Superior DVD playback made easy

• Get the world's number one DVD player software
• Play movies in standard or high definition
• Bring the cinema experience home with Dolby® Digital Surround Sound
• Watch DVD-Video, QuickTime®, Windows Media®, M2T and M2TS formats
• Bookmark your favorite scenes so you can pick up where you left off

Corel® DVD Factory™ 2010
DVD burning and converting made easy

• Organize and view all your videos, photos and music in one place
• Back up photos, videos and music on DVD or CD for safekeeping
• Add professional-looking DVD and AVCHD menus to your movies for easy browsing
• Convert video to iPod, iPhone, PSP or other mobile devices

My Thoughts
I had the opportunity of reviewing Corel Digital Studio 2010 after I contacted them and offering my services to review some of their products. I wasn’t sure they would answer me and they did. Imagine my surprise and delight when I received Corel Digital Studio.

It took me a while to be able to play with the software. Why? It’s not the fault of the software but more because some changes occurred in the house – my husband got a new PC and I inherited his older one while my old one will go to some friends of ours. So we had three PCs to get ready. Once my “new” pc was organized, I was able to install the Corel Digital Studio 2010 on it.

Then there was the matter of finding time to play with it. You see we are homeschooling our kids and this takes priority on anything else. But finally, one day I sat down, organized all my pictures and played with the software.

When you upload your pictures on the organizer, it takes a while but since we had many years of digital photos on my PC (and we do have a backup), then it was quite normal and expected that the system will take some time to do it. But once it is done, I like the fact that I can go in and see all my pictures organized by year.

The next step was to check out the PaintShop application. And I have found something that I am quite enjoying. The PaintShop Photo Projects is simply fabulous. Our friends, Rachelle & Tyler got married back in December. Not only were we the Maîtres de Cérémonie for the evening but I also took pictures from a different point of view. I guess I was being more artsy while I took some of these pictures. I was planning to burn a CD with the pictures but when I saw the kind of projects I could do with PaintShop I decided to do a slideshow with some of the pictures for them. I had quite some fun to do so. And I was able to change the music selection with an electronic song that I know they would appreciate.   I also did a little one that I will share here with you from a past trip we made in the Canadian Rockies.

I think this is my favorite product inside this package. But mind you I feel I am more gifted with organizing photos and scrapbooking than editing videos… However, this is not the only product that you will get in Corel Digital Studio 2010.

The VideoStudio will help you enhance, edit and share your videos. You can easily drag and drop videos and incorporate them together to produce a bigger video. The DVD Factory will help you create and burn DVDs with motion menus. Finally, the WinDVD will help you to backup your photos and videos as well as organizing your digital media. You can also convert your videos for your iPod, iPhone and other mobile devices.

Corel has created a wonderful product for families who want to do more with their digital pictures and at home movies. It is a product that I am recommending to anyone who is wondering what else could be done with the photos they have. Why not create some slideshows for the grand-parents or your extended family. It could become a wonderful gift every year to show them what happened in your life during the year.

Corel Digital Studio 2010 can be purchased at any store where you can get software. But it is also available directly from Corel. For a limited time, the product is 59.99$ instead of 99.99$. Click here to purchase it.

Pull-Ups Potty Dance

Pull-Ups Potty Dance

I have been selected to promote and spread the word about the Pull Ups Potty Dance. Wonder what it is? It is quite simple; it is a new way to encourage the big kids who are starting their potty routine to learn a fun song and dance that they can do over and over again.

I have 4 kids and potty training it NOT my forte. For my first born, I didn’t have to go through it since he was going to daycare. But that changed when I decided to become a stay-at-home mom and got three more kids. And with child #2 and #3, I quickly realized that I wasn’t as gifted as my mother-in-law for this important step. Mind you my boys are all potty trained now but I must admit that it wasn’t as fast as I would have hoped…

Now with my daughter, it seems as though it would be different. She is 27months as I write this and already knows and tell us when she soiled the diapers. A few times already she peed and even pooped in the potty or the toilet. So I am quite encourage with this and plan to pursue her training. But I am not religious with it. A problem when you are potty training isn’t it. I need to remember and with homeschooling on my mind, well I tend to forget. Or I don’t have the patience to wait on her.

But my girl loves to dance on music. So the day I got my confirmation of participation to this blog tour, I uploaded the potty dance song and video and let her watched it on TV. She liked it. Quite a lot actually, even though she observed a lot at first.

The Pull-Ups Potty Dance provides kids with a fun ritual, making the process of potty training a positive and happy one for everyone. There's nothing like a bit of dancing to motivate success and make potty training something that our little ones enjoy and look forward to! Check out the Potty Dance instructional video here.

In fact, even Jessica Holmes ( and Traci Melchor ( from etalk are doing it!

To encourage my kids to use the potty or the toilet, we have set up a reward program. To encourage them to use it, we were giving little chocolates. Then when the pee process was achieve, we rewarded the 2nd step with little cards. Mind you this worked well with the boys but now I need to find something that will reward my girl – maybe some little ponies or something else. I definitively need to look into this real soon for her. The reward system worked his charm in our household and I strongly suggest everyone to try it out.

At you can download the video, the song and even the dance steps to teach your little one. You can also play a virtual game titled “So You Think You Can Potty Dance?” as well as send a note to someone else.  To have access to all these fun things to do with your Big Kid go to

Thanks to Mom Central Canada for the opportunity of blogging about the Pull-Ups Potty Dance.

I will try to put up a video of our version of the Potty Dance in a near future.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sense and Sensibility, insight edition

Sense and Sensibility – insight edition

Written by Jane Austen
Published at Bethany House

About the book
The Classic Tale of Secret Engagements, First Loves, and Two Sisters, Opposites in Every Way

Smile . . . you are about to read not only one of the classic works of English literature, but a novel filled with love, humor, and heart.

This edition of Sense and Sensibility exists to make your reading experience all the more pleasurable--offering interesting trivia, uniquely humorous insight, and meaningful inspiration.

Prudent Elinor Dashwood and her passionate sister, Marianne, will come vividly to life. Their search for love, their heartbroken anguish, their wit, and their unceasing loyalty to each other--all of it will remind you why they are two of Austen's most beloved characters.

Whether you're new to Barton Cottage or have visited often, one thing is assured: This read will delight your heart and stir your spirit.

Who is Jane Austen?
Jane Austen, daughter of a clergyman, is the beloved author of some of the most acclaimed fiction of all time. Though writing about provincial life in late-18th century England, she captured timeless themes that transcend centuries and languages. Almost as popular today as ever, Austen is undoubtedly the most influential female novelist ever.

My Thoughts
I’ve been considering getting one of Jane Austen book for a few years now but I never did so far. Yes I am honestly saying to you that I have never read one of her book before. When I had the opportunity of reviewing a new edition of Sense and Sensibility, I thought it was the perfect opportunity of revising this lack in my bookworm life.

So as many of you probably know, this is the story of two sisters and their love ones. So I won’t expand on the story per say for this review since this is apparently a classic in English literature. Being French Canadian, I had not gotten to know Jane Austen in the past. But I am now and I am glad to have read one of her book. But I must be honest to say that at times, I was having trouble to understand the old English style of writing and reading. For example, when talking about the age of someone, they would say of me one and forty instead of forty-one. So I figure that part pretty easily. But other terminology and words were harder to understand.

Well the insight edition will bring various notes throughout the reading of the book to help clarify what the reader comes upon. There are historical and cultural details and definitions from England in the early 1800s. I really like these as it helped me to picture and situate the culture of that time. There are also facts and tidbits from Austen’s life that parallel or illuminate the novel. This information was interesting but I suspect that die-hard fans of Austen would really enjoy them. The reader will also have access of references to Sense and Sensibility to today’s culture, unscientific ranking of the novel’s most frustrating characters, themes of faith drawn from the novel or Austen’s life as well as comments and asides on the book’s characters and plot.

As I said previously, I am having some issues with the way it is written – old English style- but I also believe that a person shall make the effort of reading something out of her comfort zone once in a while. And this novel is definitively out of my own comfort zone. The story is a classic brought many times on TV and movie. The author is well known around the world. It is my duty as a woman who loves to read to get exposed to this kind of writing to expand my knowledge and my taste. So I pursue the reading every night and I discover a little bit more about the Dashwood sisters and their life in the 1800s in England. I find it interesting.

Another thing that I particularly appreciate in this book is the fact that the reader will find a series of questions that are perfect of a book club.

This review was possible because I received a copy of Sense and Sensibility from Bethany House.

Sense and Sensibility, insight edition is available everywhere even on and


Recently, a new form of social networking has been launched.   Called CreationConversations this network support and believe biblical account of creation.   Come and check out this interesting site.   Here's the official annoucement that I have received in my mailbox this week.

As more people seek to connect with those who share their views and beliefs, they are finding online sites that are uniquely geared to communities of interest. Among these, has become an internet-based network for those who support and believe the biblical account of creation.

Six days, a garden, and mankind’s greatest sin – all are part of a biblical worldview found at the heart of this new online community. Thanks to thriving social media platforms, this community of believers now has the ability to network, share events, and discuss issues of interest. is a "facebook-like" online community uniquely designed to join individuals, churches, and ministries in their shared support and interest in the biblical account of creation. The site, built on the innovative Ning platform, is an excellent tool to educate as well as share information on resources. allows members to form groups, take part in forum discussions, list creation type events, set up member profile pages, and more. You are invited to join and add your voice to a real community of believers that show their commitment to biblical authority.

• Find a comprehensive calendar of creation events from all over the country. (There is nothing like it anywhere on the web.)

• Get expert answers to your creation questions. The “Ask the Experts” feature is very unique. This feature will give the average person contact with some of the top minds in this field.

• Share recommended resources, download free books and homeschool helps, read about pertinent videos, DVDs, magazines, ministries, and media.

• Network with speakers, authors, pastors, evangelists, teachers, parents, students, and other believers.

This full-featured social networking site, allows users to easily interact with each other. Whether forming ministry connections or just seeking to interact with other biblical creationists, is a thriving community which welcomes the participation of those who believe these biblical truths.

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Questions or comments please contact:

Jennifer White – Social Media Marketing Strategist –
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pistachio - The Little Boy That Woodn't

Pistachio: The Little Boy That Woodn’t

Lesson in Listening to Your Parents
Created by VeggieTales

About the DVD
Once upon a time, a lonely toymaker named Gelato decided to carve a little boy out of wood. Imagine his surprise when he learned that this little toy boy could walk… and talk… and definitively had a mind of his own!

When Pistachio tries to do things his way he lands in a “whale” of a situation! Will he decide to listen to the wisdom of a loving father in time enough to save his whole family from becoming fish food?

My Thoughts
Expect a VeggieTales that has changed. Oh! It is the same intro song but the settings have changed. You can see that the years of working on creating these characters are bringing new and improved tools. You can easily spot the differences between the characters from 10 years ago with today’s new and improved characters.

As much as the teaching lesson from this DVD is well appreciated in this family – the importance of listening to your parents – I am a bit disappointed with some things. First of all, the story has only a father and no mother in sight. I understand that many families today are single families but isn’t God ordained the family to be man-woman-children? So having a Christian company doing a DVD about listening to your parents and having a single father in it makes me wonder what is going on here. Why not creating a story where both parents are present?

You will reconnect with characters met previously in Jonah the movie like the caterpillar who plays the role of the Cricket as well as a snapshot of the whale. As you can realize this new DVD from VeggieTales is based on the popular story of Pinocchio which was previously put in animation by Disney.

My kids quite enjoyed the DVD while we watched it during a family time. In fact, my husband said “Okay kids, now you can watch this DVD every day if you want too!” He was joking obviously but we both approved the lesson that our beloved veggies were trying to pass to the kids. The graphics are fabulous as usual and the lesson will touch many children out there.

Of all the Veggie Tales Songs, there are only two silly-songs that I can’t stand and totally don’t understand… The first one is the SUV song and the other is the one included in this DVD titled “Where Have All The Staplers Gone?”. I understand that the silly songs don’t make sense anyways but honestly these two are the ones that I appreciate the less. Mind you, it can probably make others laugh so don’t take my word for it.

VeggieTales has tons of interesting activities related to Pistachio.
Coloring pages for Pistachio - Page 1 and Page 2

Download the Family Time Fun

Here’s an interview with Larry at Jesus Freak hideout!

Win a VeggieTales Cruise and set sail with Bob & Larry!  Register to win!

This review was possible because I received a copy of Pistachio: The Little Boy That Woodn’t from Graf-Martin.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Though Waters Roar

Though Waters Roar

Written by Lynn Austin
Published at Bethany House

About the book
"Thank goodness you're such a plain child. You'll have to rely on your wits."

So went the words of Grandma Bebe. And for all of my growing-up years, I scoffed at the beauty of my sister and what I saw as her meaningless existence. But my wits hadn't served me well in this instance, for here I was, in jail. And while I could have seen it as carrying on the family tradition (for Grandma Bebe landed in jail for her support of Prohibition), the truth is, my reasons for being here would probably break her heart.

So how did I end up becoming a criminal? I've been pondering that question all night. Perhaps the best way to search for an answer is to start at the very beginning.•

Who is Lynn Austin?
Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won five Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois. Visit Lynn's Web site at

My Thoughts
When it comes to historical fiction, this book will bring you through many historical events. From the saving slaves, banning alcohol and women voting, this book will lead through the life of four generations of women who stood up against many illegal activities.

I quite enjoyed reading this book and it brings you back and forth from past to present while also aging the characters with the years and events going on. The book starts during the times when black slaves would flee and be hidden in the Underground Railroad and concludes after the suffrage amendment was passed in the US. Many events happen as you grow to love Hannah, Beatrice, Lucy and Harriet.

If you like history and love historical fiction, this book is a must. You will read about how women got organized to close bars and decided to ask for the right to vote. You will also read about two wars and the damage of alcohol on a family. You will grow to love the characters and wonder what the future will bring for Harriet.

This book can also be used in a book club as a list of discussion questions can be find at the end of it.

This review was possible because I received a copy of Though Waters Roar from Bethany House.

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Turning 41 - going through the years

Today I turn 41.   And to celebrate it, I am posting a little thing that will bring you through the years and make you discover a little bit more of me.


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Friday, March 19, 2010

Chosen - The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

David C. Cook; New edition (March 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist, of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***


Focusing on ancient women’s history, critically acclaimed author Ginger Garrett creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. In addition to her writing, Garrett is a frequent radio and television guest. A native Texan, she now resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.

Visit the author's website.

Chosen, by Ginger Garrett from David C. Cook on Vimeo.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1434768015
ISBN-13: 978-1434768018



Fourth Day of the Month of Av

Year 3414 after Creation

If you have opened this, you are the chosen one.

For this book has been sealed in the tomb of the ancients of Persia, never to be opened, I pray, until G-d1 has put His finger on a new woman of destiny, a woman who will rise up and change her nation. But we will not talk of your circumstances, and the many reasons this book may have fallen into your hands. There are no mistakes with prayer. You have indeed been called. If this sounds too strange, if you must look around your room and question whether G-d’s finger has perhaps slipped, if you are not a woman with the means to change a nation, then join me on a journey. You must return with me now to a place without hope, a nation that had lost sight of G-d, a girl with nothing to offer, and no one to give it to.

I must introduce myself first as I truly am: an exiled Jew, and an orphan. My given name was Hadassah, but the oppression of exile has stripped that too from me: I am now called Esther,2 so that I may blend in with my captors. My people, the Hebrew nation, had been sent out of our homeland after a bitter defeat in battle. We were allowed to settle in the kingdom of Persia, but we were not allowed to truly prosper there. We blended in, our lives preserved, but our heritage and customs were forced underground. Our hearts, once set only on returning to Jerusalem, were set out to wither in the heat

of the Arabian sun. My cousin Mordecai rescued me when I was orphaned and we lived in the capital city of Susa, under the reign of King Xerxes.3 Mordecai had a small flock of sheep that I helped tend, and we sold their fleece in the market. If times were good, we would sell a lamb for someone’s celebration. It was always for others to celebrate. We merely survived. But Mordecai was kind and good, and I was not forced into dishonor like the other orphans I had once known. This is how my story begins, and I give you these details not for sympathy, but so you will know that I am a girl well acquainted with bitter reality. I am not given to the freedom in flights of fantasy. But how can I explain to you the setting of my story? It is most certainly far removed from your experience. For I suspect that in the future, women will know freedom. And freedom is not an easy thing to forget, even if only to entertain an orphan’s story.

But you must forget now. I was born into a world, and into this story, where even the bravest women were faceless specters. Once married, they could venture out of their homes only with veils and escorts. No one yet had freed our souls. Passion and pleasure, like freedom, were the domain of men, and even young girls knew the wishes of their hearts would always be subject to a man’s desire for wealth. A man named Pericles summed up my time so well in his famed oration: “The greatest glory of a woman is to be least talked about by men, whether they are praising you or criticizing you.” Our role was clear: We were to be objects of passion, to receive a man’s attention mutely, and to respond only with children for the estate. Even the most powerful woman of our time, the beautiful Queen Vashti, was powerless. That was my future as a girl and I dared not lift my eyes above its horizon. That is how I enter this story. But give me your hand and let us walk back now, past the crumbling walls of history, to this world forgotten but a time yet remembered. Let me tell you the story of a girl unspared, plunged into heartache and chaos, who would save a nation. My name is Esther, and I will be queen.

1 Out of respect for God, Jews write the name of God without the vowels, believing that the name of God is too holy to be written out completely by a human. God is referred to as either “G-d” or “YHVH.”

2 The name Esther is related to the Persian name of Ishtar, a pagan goddess of the stars.

3 Esther refers to the king by his Persian name. In the Hebrew texts of antiquity, he is also referred to as Ahasuerus.


Eleventh Day of Shevat

Third Year of the Reign of Xerxes

Year 3394 after Creation

Was it today that I became fully awake, or have I only now begun to dream? Today Cyrus saw me in the marketplace haggling gently with my favorite shopkeeper, Shethana, over the price of a fleece. Shethana makes the loveliest rugs—I think they are even more lovely than the ones imported from the East—and her husband is known for his skill in crafting metals of all kinds. When I turned fifteen last year, he fashioned for me a necklace with several links in the center, painted various shades of blue. He says it is an art practiced in Egypt, this inlaying of colors into metal shapes. I feel so exotic with it on and wear it almost daily. I know it is as close to adventure as Mordecai will ever allow.

But as Shethana and I haggled over the fleece, both of us smiling because she knew I would as soon give it to her, Cyrus walked by eating a flatbread he had purchased from another vendor. He grimaced when he took a bite—I think he might have gotten a very strong taste of shallot—and I laughed. He laughed back, wiping his eyes with his jacket and fanning his mouth, and then, oh then, his gaze held my eyes for a moment. Everything in my body seemed to come alive suddenly and I felt afraid, for my legs couldn’t stand as straight and steady and I couldn’t get my mouth to work. Shethana noticed right away and didn’t conceal her grin as she glanced between Cyrus and me. I should have doubled the price of her fleece right then!

Cyrus turned to walk away, and I tried to focus again on my transaction. I could not meet Shethana’s eyes now—I didn’t want to be questioned about men and marriage, for everyone knows I have no dowry. To dream of winning Cyrus would be as foolish as to run my own heart straight through. I cannot dream, for it will surely crush me. And yet I can’t stop this warm flood that sweeps over me when he is near.

I haven’t told you the best part—when Shethana bought her fleece and left, I allowed myself to close my eyes for a moment in the heat of the day, and when I opened them again, there was a little stack of flatbread in my booth. I looked in every direction but could see no one. Taking a bite, I had to spit it out and started laughing. Cyrus was right—the vendor used many bitter shallots. The flatbread was a disaster.

©2010 Cook Communications Ministries. Chosen by Ginger Garrett. Used with permission. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.

My Thoughts
The story of Esther is well known in the Bible. But have you ever stop and think about all the process behind her becoming a Queen?

I knew that it was a year long journey for her before being presented to the king but I guess I never realized the whole process behind it. It was demanding and sometimes discouraging. There was fierce competition to win the heart of the ruler, deception, death and more. There was the ever longing of the life left behind because you have been picked.

It opened my eyes to the life of Esther before she became Queen. Where she was living, what she would have been doing, could she have been in love? How was it living in a palace full of women for the king? How messages were past to her and so on.

I quite enjoyed reading Chosen. It is packed with historical tidbits and facts that keep the story interesting. If you like history just as much as I do, you will enjoy this historical novel.

Chosen – The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther is available everywhere even at and

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Inside The Revolution

Inside The Revolution: How The Followers Of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus Are Battling To Dominate The Middle East And Transform The World

Written by Joel C Rosenberg
Published at Tyndale

About the book
Inside the Revolution takes you inside the winner-take-all battle for the hearts, minds, and souls of the people of the Middle East. It includes never-before-seen profiles of the Radicals, the Reformers and the Revivalists. It explains the implications of each movement and the importance of each leader–not only through the lenses of politics and economics but through the third lens of Scripture as well. Today, wars and revolutions define the modern Middle East, and many believe the worst is yet to come.

• How real and serious is the threat of Radical Islam to American national security eight years after 9/11?
• Are there any Muslim leaders who oppose the violence of the Radicals—and is there any hope that such leaders will come to power in key countries in the Middle East?
• What is God doing in the Middle East—and is there any hope that Muslims will find faith in Jesus Christ?
• How can we as Christians help strengthen our brothers and sisters who love Jesus in the Muslim world, and how can we reach out to Muslims here at home?

Who is Joel C Rosenberg?
Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, and Epicenter, with more than one million copies in print. A communications strategist based in Washington, D.C., for over 15 years, he has worked with some of the world's most influential and provocative leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, former Israeli deputy prime minister Natan Sharansky, and former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Once a political columnist for World magazine, he now writes commentaries for National Review as well as a weekly e-mail update known as "Flash Traffic" for business and political leaders. A front-page Sunday New York Times profile called him a "force in the capital." He has also been profiled by the Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post and has been interviewed on ABC's Nightline, CNN's Headline News, Fox News Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The Rush Limbaugh Show, and The Sean Hannity Show. Visit

My Thoughts
When I requested this book to review, I had just listened to a Focus On The Family episode where Joel Rosenberg was talking about the subject of his bookwith Dr. Dobson. I was highly interested and asked Tyndale for the possibility to review it. It took me some time to read it because I needed the “digest” the information I was reading.

The book is divided in three parts. The first part is about the radicals and it gives you the history and current reality of the jihad. The second part is about the reformers of Jefferson which represents the growing number of Muslim leaders who are seeking to follow and emulate Thomas Jefferson’s teaching and example. Finally, the third part is about the followers of Christ whose numbers are rising in Muslim countries.

While reading this book, you realize that the author knows his subject because he will give you lots of background information and history. Rosenberg took the time and the energy to interview Christian leaders in the epicentre, people who were involved in the events surrounding the development of Jihad since the 70s, and observe how politics are going in the Muslim countries. He writes boldly and explains all the history and events that is shaking our world more and more every day.

This book is packed with information and I find it is hard to read rapidly. I prefer taking it a little bit at a time so I can digest and ponder on the information I read. In the first section, I was particularly troubled by the fact that some men can just decided to kill without any remorse. I find it sad that such a thing happens and I pray with all my heart that God will change their heart and they will see what they are missing.

As much as personally this book is troubling me, I know that my two brother-in-laws will quite enjoy it because both of them have said that they would love to read it when I am done.

The book is available in hardcover, softcover, and audio version. There is also a documentary on DVD and a study guide available.

This review was possible because I received a free copy of Inside The Revolution from Tyndale House Publishers.

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Kumon Publishing

Kumon Publishing

About Kumon
Kumon workbooks and learning aids introduce basic learning skills to children aged 2 and up. Subjects covered include early learning and fine motor control skills; verbal skills; and math skills.

The Kumon method is what makes our workbooks so unique and effective. This method is a proven learning system developed to help each child reach his or her full potential. Concepts are introduced in a step-by-step manner that allows the child to master each in turn without getting frustrated. Before long, children gain confidence in their abilities and are motivated to learn on their own.

Kumon Publishing has more than two decades of experience and editorial expertise in creating products that are fun and educational. Our illustrations engage and delight children, and we use only the highest quality paper and full-color printing. Kumon Publishing has established itself as one of the world’s premier educational publishers with strong brand recognition and customer loyalty.

My Thoughts
I’ve received three books from Kumon to review; Geometry & Measurements Grade 3, Word Problems Grade 3 and My Book of Coloring for my toddler.

Geometry & Measurements Grade 3
In this workbook grade 3 student will read and write fractions on a number line, identify attributes of triangles and quadrangles, identify attributes of common three-dimensional geometric objects, determine and measure the area and the perimeter of a simple geometric figure, as well as approach length, area, weight, capacity, time, temperature and money problems.

The cover of the book is quite attractive and interesting. However, I find the inside lacking in colors. It does start well with some bright colors in the first pages but then everything turns green. I think it would have been better to keep the same way of printing the pages throughout the book.

What I particularly like about this book it that there is a variety of problems for geometry and measurements. It doesn’t stop to a few exercises but gives plenty of them. It also presents the two systems that can be found – the metric one and the one used in the US. My small disappointment is that the only exercise about money is based on the American dollar. But I guess this can easily be adjusted by Canadians while the child goes through the workbook.

Word Problems Grade 3
In this workbook, the grade 3 student will cover addition, substraction, multiplication, division, and estimation word problems as well as reading bar graphs and pictographs.

Again I find the cover quite attractive. Inside, the lack of color appears after a few lessons. I wonder why workbooks for older children lack the color that is ever present in the workbooks of younger children. Personally I think it would make the lessons more interesting.

I find that word problems are always tricky and having more of them can’t be bad. When a child read too fast and missed some important data the result won’t give the proper answer. Since practicing will help the child to take the time to think about the information found in a word problem, I think it is a good idea to get various examples from different places.

This workbook contains word problems that a 3rd grader would be able to resolve.

My Book of Coloring
Young children ages 2-4 will learn how to choose the correct colors and color within the lines. I asked to review this book so I can have a cute little book for my daughter who is 27 months. And I was particularly attracted to the ladybug on top of it. What can I say I love these little creatures… but you probably know that already…

Jasmine wants to color a lot when we do school with the boys. So this book is a great addition for my little girl. The pages are very colorful and partly colored. The child will see pieces of the drawing with missing color and he/she will have to use the suggested color to complete the picture. Also included in the workbook are exercises that will help the child to follow direction like draw a line between the dot to the star without touching the butterflies.

Now that I have this book in my hand, I wonder if my daughter will totally understand the instructions right now. I might wait until the fall to give her this book in her hands. I find her a little bit young for it.

Each workbook from Kumon Publishing retails at $6.95 US and $7.95 Canadian.  They are also releasing some language arts workbooks later this year.   I look forward to discover these.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SafetyTat - just in case and a GIVEAWAY!

SafetyTat – just in case

About the Product
It can happen anywhere--at an amusement park, zoo, school field trip, or even your local shopping mall. Your attention shifts for a moment, and suddenly your child or loved one has wandered out of sight.

So put the odds in your favor for a safe return, with SafetyTat. SafetyTat is a fun and colorful kids temporary safety tattoo. We have two distinct types of child id temporary tattoos: "Original" which are customized by us with your mobile phone number and applied with water or "Quick Stick Write-on!" which are peel-and-stick tattoos shipped blank so you can write in your mobile number with the provided tattoo marking pen. When applied to the arm of your child or loved one, SafetyTat provides a highly visible form of identification that stays in place even when wet!

How the idea of SafetyTat came to be?
The idea for SafetyTat temporary child ID tattoos was born of necessity one weekend at an amusement park. On Labor Day Weekend, Baltimore Mom, Michele Welsh and her husband, there with their three small children, felt out-numbered. To stave her panic, she quickly wrote her mobile phone number on each of their arms with a ballpoint pen. As she did this, she thoughtfully explained to each of them the importance of staying close to Mommy and Daddy. She also told them that if they were separated that the number on their arm was a way to reconnect with them.

Throughout the day of fun, Michele had to rewrite the number several times as it smeared or washed off. Several parents in the park stopped her to ask if that was her number on the kids' arms. Each time, they loved the idea.

The day was a success and the idea for SafetyTat temporary child id tattoos was born.

My Thoughts
I’ve stumble a while back on SafetyTat’s website. Back them I was looking for a website to order tattoos for the kids because let’s face it kids love tattoos. In fact, my kids are tattoos’ crazy! *grin* And any time I can I get some for them.

So I stumble on this site and thought it was a great idea. I bookmarked the site so I don’t forget it for future reference. We would love to bring the kids to Walt Disney World and when I showed this site to my husband he thought it was a wonderful idea and so much secure for us who have 4 kids ages 2, 4, 6, and 8.

Not until recently did it dawn on me that I could offer them to review their products. Why I haven’t thought of this before, I don’t know but I decided to contact them as we are thinking of attending Cornerstone 2010 this summer. And their response was positive. Not only did they send me some samples but they also offered two giveaways as well as a discount for my readers. WoW! Isnt’ that fantastic? Keep reading for the giveaways and the discount.

So I’ve received two Quick stick write-on safety tattoos samplers this week. In one pack you will get six tattoos as well as 6 skin prep wipes. Also included in the pack, you will find a pen to write the emergency data on your child. Talk about being prepared. These packs can easily be place in a purse, a diaper bag, a backpack or any other bag you carry with you.

The instructions are easy to follow and you will also have some tips on what else you can do.   One of these tips is to take a photo of each child with your camera or cell phone, so you can show what they're wearing.   Duh!  Why haven't I thought of that.   When we go to a mall we don't know in the US or Canada, we take a picture of where we parked the car and which door we go in so why in the world I haven't thought about taking a picture of my kids before we go in a busy place like a zoo or museum.   One thing we do though is that we all wear the same color of shirt.

The tattoo itself is an appliqué skin-safe peel and stick (a bit like a band-aid) and is made of a micro-thin elastomer with medical grade adhesive that is hypoallergenic and skin safe. You simply apply the SafetyTat on the skin of your child and write the emergency information on the tattoo. In this age of cell phone – there is no reason someone can’t contact you if your lost child is found.   The tattoo will last up to two weeks, no water is needed to apply it and it is completely waterproof.   And to remove the SafetyTat it is as easy as removing a band-aid...  Honestly I don't think you could ask for better than this to have peace of mind while visiting a place where your child could easily get lost.

Think about it… How many times do we hear about a child that got lost? Often. This useful child id can provide ICE (In Case of Emergency) information rapidly since it is located on the arm of your kid. You can use it while at theme parks, museums, scout trips, playgrounds, airports, shopping malls, traveling, stadiums, water parks, site seeing, field trips, zoos, drop-off birthday parties and play dates, first day of school and much more.

I’m also thinking that this product is perfect for special need children. My nephew is a special need child and he wouldn’t be able to give the information if he got lost. This product would be an extra peace of mind to my sister-in-law and her husband when to go to a special place.

Anyone can use it – mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, teacher, babysitter, nanny, day care, friend, scout leader, etc.

This little product is getting rave reviews from all over the world. You can buy it in the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, Czech Republic, Singapore, South Africa and Sweden.

This review was possible because I received some samples from SafetyTat directly.

SafetyTat tattoos are available on their website –

SafetyTat has offered 2 of my readers a chance to win one sample pack of their Quick Stick Write-On!, a choice of Boy, Girl, or Multi design pack (open to the US and Canada). They also set up a special discount for my readers so you can save 10% off an order of $15 or more.

How To Enter
Go to and tell me what you like about their products. This first entry is mandatory and must be done before additional entries.

Additional Entries
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This giveaway ends April 10th, 2010 at 9 pm. The winner will be chosen using and will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail before a new name is drawn. One entry (plus mentioned additional entries) per household, US and Canada only. Don’t forget to include your e-mail so I can contact you. If it’s not there and I can’t give you the good news I will have to choose someone else!

On top of this giveaway SafetyTat is giving my readers a 10% off an order of $15 or more. Simply put the code CanadianLadybug (Attention it must be typed as seen - case sensitive!). While ordering your Safety Tats to take advantage of this rebate. Good for US and Canadian orders until March 31st, 2010.