Monday, May 31, 2010

Read and Share: The Jesus Series Life and Miracles DVD Review

I review for BookSneeze

I was given the opportunity to review The Jesus Series DVD Read and Share Bible by BookSneeze (formerly Thomas Nelson Book Review).  

Found on Thomas Nelson product page:  

Take a wonder-filled journey with Jesus and His disciples.
Animated straight from the pages of the popular Read and Share® Bible, The Jesus Series introduces children to the life of Christ. Unlike the 3-minute, bite-size story format of the Read and Share® DVD BibleVolumes 1-4, this DVD is an uninterrupted half-hour presentation of Jesus' ministry along the shores of Lake Galilee and the villages near Nazareth. Children will see Jesus call His disciples, feed 5,000 people, heal the sick, teach about God’s kingdom and introduce the Lord’s Supper.
This DVD completes The Jesus Series by presenting the life of Christ in a way that little ones can understand and build a solid foundation on.

I have been searching for an accurate Kid's Bible and thought that perhaps, if I got a DVD, the kids would take a bit more interest in the Bible stories and we could use it as a video for family movie night.  I knew Baby Bean and maybe Peanut wouldn't be ready for this, but its always nice to have something that the babies can grow into.  

We got this 30 min animated DVD on a cold, rainy afternoon and was a wonderful thing to watch while the kids ate their lunch.  Immediately, the boys were hooked!  Bubbie seemed very interested in the stories and even commented "Momma, I hear God's voice!" which made me chuckle to myself.  The stories seemed pretty accurate and walked through several New Testament stories, such as Jesus calling his disciples and feeding the 5,000.  Bubbie also remembered several of the other stories that he had learned about in Bible class or VBS last year.  Peanut kept saying "Momma, JESUS! JESUS!"  but that was about all he got from the DVD.

Not only is this a DVD for the whole family to enjoy, but it can also be put into your disc drive on your computer and you can print out coloring pages and other teaching aids that go along with the stories!  What a wonderful way to really bring the stories alive!  

I like having Biblically based DVD and shows for my children to watch and I feel very comfortable allowing my kids to watch this without me sitting in the same room.  The pictures are clear and colorful and I know this movie allowed the Bible to come alive for Bubbie in a small way!  

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thank You Mom Reunion Contest

I am very blessed to live in the same town as my Mom.  I don't know what I would do without her (and my Dad) sometimes.  Now..... I am a realist and one day we will probably be in separate towns, but for now, I am loving the opportunity for my children to grow up with involvement from their grandparents.  

P&G is having a contest for all of those children that live quite a distance away from their Mothers.  Its called "Thank You Mom Reunion" and its a contest!  The contest is to help reunite Moms and their children for special family moments that they might normally miss- like birthdays and graduations.  This contest will bring together 105 mothers/children!

I know, if I lived away from my mother and someone was offering the opportunity to win a travel voucher so that I could spend time with my Mother, I would jump on it, which is why I am passing along the information!

In order to win one of the 105 (15 a mo for 10 mos) reunions, you must 100 word essay describing why you'd like to be reunited with your Mother.  Consumers will vote!  The winners will also win a portable digital video camera in order to capture the sweet and special moments!

I don't know if there is anything quite like watching your mother playing with your children.  I have enjoyed seeing a different side to my mother.  She is much more laid back with my kids than she ever was with us.  My mother focuses on making memories with all her grandchildren.  

The contest began on May 6th, but you still have plenty of time to enter, so go here now!

*I received no compensation for this post, but by posting this I am eligible to win one of 10 gift cards with monetary value.  

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Winners of the Bottle of all Oxi-Active Giveaway!

Well, we have a winner... or should I say, two winners!  I used my friend, the good ole trusty True Random Generator and got this for the first winner......

Cristin, from Day by Day, won the first bottle!  

Now for the second winner....

Drum roll, please......

The second winner of the bottle of all Oxi-Active laundry detergent is......  Jana, from Sidetrack'd!

Congrats to the two winners!  
A big thank you to all who entered and made this giveaway a success!  

And, a huge thank you to the folks at all and to MomSelect!  

More giveaways happening soon, so check back!  

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

all Oxi-Active Laundry Detergent Review and Giveaway

When I was recently given the opportunity to review the new all Oxi-Active Laundry detergent and I jumped on it!  What mother wouldn't want to try a detergent offering to make the chore of laundry a tad bit easier?!

I received the detergent and immediately used it on the laundry that evening!  I tend to spray "stain remover" on all my stained laundry and then let it sit until I get to the washing.  Since the all Oxi Active laundry detergent claimed to "Contain innovative all Oxi-Active Stainlifters" I decided to put it to the test.... my three son's clothes!

We have all sorts of stains on a daily basis- blood, food, snot, spit up, grass- you name it- we get it just about every day and if not every day, at least once a week!  I typically have the most trouble with food stains.  If we don't use a bib, especially on the baby, and the clothing sits for a day or two, I have to REALLY work at getting those stains out.  It usually requires a wash or two and several applications of a separate stain remover.  I began to wash ALL my laundry with this new detergent and have been VERY pleased.  It did not get out a tough stain on a baby onesie the first time, but everything else (even blood from Peanut's busted lip) came out without any work or stain remover.


  • Delivers 2-in-1 advanced cleaning power
  • Vibrant whites and bright colors
  • Safe for both traditional and high efficiency washing machines
  • Cleans better than the leading Oxi liquid detergent on tough stains like: 
Grass- Blood- Wine- Grape Juice- Coffee with milk- Chocolate Ice Cream 

I have always loved all detergent.  Although, I don't have a favorite and am not partial to any brand.  I tend to go buy how much laundry detergent I can get for the price... and I am pleasantly surprised that this detergent is at about my price point for a bottle of detergent (without a coupon!).


  • 50 oz (28 loads)- $4.49 average retail price
  • 100 oz (56 loads)- $7.99 average retail price
  • 150 oz (84 loads)- $10.99 average retail price
  • 172 oz (96 loads)- $13.49 average retail price

New all Oxi-Active laundry detergent delivers 2-in-1 advanced cleaning power and cleans better than the leading Oxi liquid detergent on tough stains like grass.  Containing innovative all Oxi-Active Stainlifters, all Oxi-Active is the most powerful all product on the market.  

Oh and all my couponing friends, you can go here and read all about this new detergent and sign up to receive coupons!!  

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Now comes the fun part!  The fine folks at MomSelect not only sent me a full size bottle of all Oxi-Active laundry detergent, but they also want to give you an opportunity to get one as well!  I have two bottles of detergent to give away!!  All you gotta do is comment!  I will pick two winners on Sunday, May 16th!  

If you would like to increase your chances of winning, you can favorite my review blog (on the side bar), follow me on Twitter and/or blog/tweet/change your Facebook status telling everyone about the contest going on here.  Make sure for each extra entry you do, to come back here and comment- telling me what you did with the link!  Good Luck!  

I was given a full sized bottle of all Oxi-Active laundry detergent and a fact sheet with details about all Oxi-Active in exchange for my review.  All opinions in this blog post are my own.