18.12.14

Wisdomantics

The following is a review (and giveaway!) of the Wisdomantics game, a FlyBy Promotions BOARD GAME Outreach.

Wisdomantics

As a little girl, each time I asked my Grandmother what she wanted, whether it was for her birthday, Christmas, or another occasion, she would reply "I want the wisdom of Solomon." I can remember one time suggesting slippers as an alternative; I certainly couldn't give her wisdom. 


While we can't give our children wisdom, we can guide them to search the Scriptures and help them apply knowledge from lessons they learn. Wisdomantics is a new type of game that combines the familiarity of a traditional style board game with components using our television or computer, DVD player, and remote control.  


Two to four players play the game Wisdomantics. 


Our tv is stuck in widescreen, so the arrows didn't line up with the questions. I was the only one confused by this. 


After correctly answering a question (multiple choice fill in the blanks for verses related to wisdom), the correct verse is displayed and read to us. Joseph was the first to notice that on either screen the chapter and verse was displayed, but not the book the verses were from. 


My son read the entire two page instructions enclosed, but was confused. The DVD summarizes rules in 4 steps on one screen, which was easy to understand. A revised shorter version of the instructions have recently been shared with us.


There are a few challenges built into the game. The leading player may end up in the "detention chambers" even though they have all the correct answers. Someone who has memorized Scripture has a natural advantage as answers are based on verses. 

There are additional highlights, too. Praying for each other is even built into the game, so is sharing praise reports. A correct answer is followed by a shout of "hallelujah!" This one of a kind game even provides opportunities for authenticity and relationship-building.


Learning the wisdom of King Solomon is powerful AND fun!

About the game:
For 2-4 players, ages 12+
Wisdomantics–New King James Version (NKJV) is an interactive DVD board game for players of various faiths who desire to gain the vast wisdom of King Solomon. Wisdomantics-NKJV utilizes the proverbs of Solomon and blends chance, knowledge and strategy to create a fun experience while you learn! The game’s intent is to bring individuals together to learn how to cope with numerous situations in a fun and relaxed environment. Inside the box you’ll find 2 interactive DVDs with 400 questions, score cards, blessing cards, and more!

Watch a How-To on playing Wisdomantics here!

Be sure to check out this official website.

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If you're game for gaming with Wisdomantics, then please enter below for a chance to sin your very own game of #Wisdomantics

As a part of the very FIRST of its kind: a FlyBy Promotions BOARD GAME Outreach, I get to hold a giveaway! 

Winner will be notified on 12/26/14 and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

To enter, simply leave a comment below answering: What is your favorite family game?
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The Virtual Refrigerator


My kids helped me plan and prepare for a few ornament activities with some other local homeschooling friends. This was one of them. Joseph helped me with the samples for the kids much younger than him, and we both laughed while tracing his hand as it is now too big to fit on a piece of construction paper folded in half. 

We finally finished decorating our tree, and Emily found this similar reindeer that she made years ago with a footprint too. The back size of it is showing. She has grown so much but still needs her fingers to grow more so she can more easily reach between eight keys on the piano. 



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Jennifer


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Jennifer

17.12.14

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

My son and I have been having fun with this free website: www.buildyoursnowman.com
It works easily on a laptop and an iPad. 






16.12.14

The Twelve Days of Christmas with IEW

Some of our favorite homeschool resources are from IEW, and among our favorites are also some that they have freely shared. Recently the TOS Schoolhouse review crew voted for our favorites from all of the reviews that we completed over the past year. IEW's Fix It! Grammar was the top choice for both of my daughters, and I know that using it helped them with their ACT test which they took for the first time this fall.

Each year IEW offers a gift each day during the actual 12 days of Christmas. Every day, Dec. 26 to Jan. 6, they post a new totally free gift,everything from audio talks, product downloads and on the final day, they have a special gift that we will be shipping to those who request it.They are also offering an additional gift of a $50 certificate to one of my blog readers to use in their store. To sign up, just enter through this link: 
 
The gifts for the 12 Days are incredible, even shipping two products directly to people for day 12. I'm so excited about all the wonderful IEW things that people will have completely free.

IEW will randomly pick a winner on the 22nd and email them the $50 gift certificate. Please share the drawing with your friends.

Disclaimer: No compensation was provided for this post. IEW is providing the gift certificate to one of my blog readers. This post does not contain affiliate links.
Jennifer





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15.12.14

Completing a Weeva Tapestry

I am a Weeva Storyteller Ambassador. All opinions are my own. 





What do you think? Have you started a Weeva tapestry of your own? It is still completely free to use. (They monitize only when people order their beautiful and affordable completed books.) 

I changed my original plan and decided our unique gift of a keepsake book with Weeva would be a collection of special family recipes. I can't show off our finished book yet as we are still adding to it.

Recipes passed down in our family often have special memories attached go them. Scroll through my blog and you'll see Granny's divinity that has to be made when the weather is just right, homemade hot cocoa mix that makes a sweet gift, and many more. My sisters and I each had different favorite meals that even into adulthood our parents made when we visited them. Just as stories are shared around a dinner table, our stories are being collected to pass on in our Weeva book. 

With Weeva, you work together with family and friends to collect your favorite stories in an online tapestry. Once collected, you can print your stories in an art-quality book for yourself or someone else. The photos and stories are private. Only people who are invited can see and add to the content. 


Disclaimer: I am a Weeva ambassador. A completed book is being provided to this blogger by Weeva. 
Jennifer


13.12.14

Scripture & A Snapshot

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 2:1-2 

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Family Movie Night

The following is a sponsored post including affiliate links for Family Christian.

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Saturday night is family movie night most weeks at our house. We take turns choosing movies that we hear about or that friends recommend. 

When the Game Stands Tall is on our list of movies that we want to watch. We first heard of it in the preview accompanying another movie. It is based on a real team, the De La Salle High School Spartans, and their legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur who took them from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak. Have you seen it? It is now available on Blu-Ray or DVD from Family Christian. 

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Jennifer

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11.12.14

Our Cozy Holiday Kitchen (and Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe)

The following is a sponsored post including affiliate links for Family Christian.

Does your entire house change as you decorate for Christmas? We visited my aunt and uncle this week, and their house always inspires me with how everything looks just right. This year their tree was decorated perfectly, a task we haven't completed at our house yet. We just got a real Christmas tree this weekend, and only have lights on it so far. It even makes the living room smell like Christmas. 



We will decorate it soon, sharing memories as we take our special ornaments from the storage boxes one by one. My husband saved some of the wonderful smelling greenery when he trimmed it, and I'm planning to either make a wreath for our front door or a pretty centerpiece for our dining room table. You can't go wrong with greenery and pine cones, which there plenty of here. 

Our house is far from having "everything in its place" but it is turning into a Christmas wonderland. Our kitchen is filling up with extra ingredients for everyone's favorite recipes that we just make this time of year. Crunchy party mix, creamy pralines, layered peppermint bark, and rich cocoa mix are a few of our plans. My son's special request is that we make my sister-in-law's "puppy chow" recipe. We might even try homemade chocolate covered cherries again. Every year we add more to our list of favorites. 

My 15 year old daughter is our family bread baker. We have given homemade bread to friends and loved ones before, sometimes with a jar of our homemade jelly. These bread pans would add a lovely touch to the gift as well as something that could be used again and again. Right now kitchen gifts from Family Christian are 40% (12/5-12/24).

40% off, kitchen items, gifts, kitchen,Hot cocoa is one of our yearly mixes to prepare and share. This year we changed things up a little with a hot cocoa bar. All that is missing are the candy canes that I forgot to grab while we were shopping. Do you have a favorite mug?

Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

Our cocoa isn't exactly a typical recipe. We pour everything into a really big mixing bowl, mix it up, then taste test in hot water. If it is not sweet enough, add more powdered sugar, not creamy enough means more powdered milk or creamer. Sometimes we add marshmallows to the mix, but I prefer it without so usually just have them available for the kids. Mix: large container dry hot cocoa (not cocoa powder), one box confectioner's sugar, one 18oz container dry coffee creamer, and 2 cups of dry powdered milk. 

Once you get the ingredients just the way your family likes it, three heaping tablespoons of dry hot cocoa mix stirred into hot water makes the perfect mug of hot cocoa. You can add marshmallows, a candycane stirrer or crushed peppermint sprinkles, or whipped cream. The mix can be shared in a mason jar decorated with a pretty ribbon or in any other pretty container.
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8.12.14

Christmas Music

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Christmas decorations are filling our home, and so is Christmas music. Our new Christmas cd this year is Unto UsAaron Shust's very first Christmas was recorded in Prague with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and is now available at Family Christian Bookstore.

Aaron Shust CD

The words sung are beautiful. The orchestra music accompanying Aaron Shust is equally fabulous. The title song features the names of Jesus. 





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Jennifer

7.12.14

Scripture & A Snapshot


Christmas Bible verses
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  
Matthew 1:23

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6.12.14

Gospel of John

The following is a review for FlyBy Promotions. 

Now available on Netflix, this 2 1/2 hour film is offered in the King James version, New International version, and in Spanish. It is unlike any movie of the Bible I've seen before, as the words are straight from the Bible, dramatized with actors and scenery that look as if it is straight from Bible times. Miracles from the Bible are acted out as verses are read. 

About the film:
FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.
A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.
The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionize the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.
This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Official Website: http://www.lumoproject.com

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Disclaimer: A sneak peek of this movie was provided by FlyBy Promotions for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided. 
Jennifer
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