Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 2016: Update from Us!


I know I haven't updated in quite some time.  When you have four kids with special needs life keeps you busy.  Not to mention not having internet at home for almost a year.  Thankfully, things are now looking up and I'm happy to say I'm back.

What We've Been Up To:

Last month, Mimi had surgery on both her feet to correct her toe-walking.  She's been in casts ever since.  In a few weeks, the casts come off and she'll be placed into orthotics for a while.  In the meantime, she's going to therapy several times a week, gaining strength so she can relearn how to walk once her casts are removed.  So far so good.  

I'm really proud of Mimi.  She's fought hard to come through this surgery and get back going.  She's excited for the opportunities this will allow for her life and so am I.  We're both looking forward to some field trips this fall when the weather cools off and she's got some experience and healing behind her.  

Win, Laycie and Jack are all doing great.  Win's earning rewards for a PS3 which he's excited for.  Laycie is working on earning a 3DS by completing her schoolwork and chores without complaint.  Jack is learning so much every day.  He can tell you dinosaur names and what they eat.  He is now recognizing words.  But his absolute favorite thing is fishing.  This boy loves to fish!  He can name the lures and is learning to throw his line like a pro!  He'll be out fishing his Daddy in no time!

What's Coming Up:

I said a while back that I was planning to change our blog name but I've since decided to keep it since we have a well established blog and so many followers.  So we will remain Luv'N Lambert Life though I may alter it a bit in the future.

We now have internet at home so this allows me to get back to blogging and sharing in groups, among other things.  I'm so excited about that because I have dearly missed everyone!

I have several book launches that I'm participating in over the next few months.  I'm so excited to share those with you all.  In fact, my first will be coming up very soon so keep an eye out. 

I have some plans for developing some special things for Luv'N Lambert Life.  I'd like to develop some printables and maybe some images to share.  I'd also like to create a few series posts to share with you guys.  All in good time though.  

For now, bare with me as I get back on track and back to sharing online.  I hope all of you are well and am praying for each of you.  

God bless, 
Dana

Here are some pics of us lately:












Best Party Book Ever! From Invites to Overnights and Everything In Between {BookLook Bloggers Review}


Best Party Book Ever! From Invites to Overnight and Everything In Between is a guide for party planning for whichever kind of party your daughter may wish to have.  This book is jammed packed with ideas for girls to have the best party ever!  This book is full of colorful images, creative ideas, stylish choices and so much more!

Best Party Book Ever! was written for girls who are looking for a fun filled party planner.  Whether you're planning a birthday bash or a sleepover, you're sure to find the perfect ideas in this book.  Your daughter will love the imagery and ideas found within this 160 page book.

We were happy to add this one to our book collection and will be using it for many years to come.  This book was written with ages 8-12 in mind but it can be adapted for girls of any age.  My girls love the ideas and are always looking forward to having a sleepover or party so they can put the fun to use.

You can purchase your own copy of Best Party Book Ever! From Invites to Overnight and Everything In Between on Amazon.com for $11.63.  This is one you'll want to add to your bookshelf if you're a Mother of girls, Grandmother or Aunt!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible: Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden {Booklook Bloggers Review}




Hardcover: $24.99

Do you love to garden or simply grow plants?  Have you been looking for a bible and devotional that encourages you in your love of gardening as well as helps you to grow your Faith in God?  NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible: Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden does just that.

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible is a hardback bible filled with God's word both as a Bible and as an inspirational devotional and study for Gardeners.  This Bible is 1568 pages long.  Each page has the New International Version of the Bible included but it goes even farther than that.  Each section breaks down the Bible to show how God's Garden and His life skills relate to you.  This Bible blooms with the knowledge of life, encouraging growth for all.

In our home, my Mother is the gardener.  As soon as I saw this Bible, I knew I would be passing it onto her.  And so I did.  She absolutely loves it.  I find her reading it throughout the day.  She enjoys the relation of her favorite past time to God's Word.  She loves seeking answers to the questions provided within through each chapter and bible verse.  This Bible has become one of her favorites and is one she will continue to use for many years to come.

I completely recommend NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible: Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden to gardeners everywhere.  This Bible will be a blessing to you.  You can purchase your own copy of NIV God's Word for Gardeners for $24.99 at Amazon.com.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame by Heather Davis Nelson {Propeller Review}





Let's face it.  We've all dealt with shame at some point in our lives.  Shame of a hurtful past, of an addiction, of career failure, parenting challenges: the list could go on and on.  Having dealt with shame, most of us have wondered how to overcome and let go of the hurt, pain and well depressive qualities it often brings on. 

In Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame, Heather Davis Nelson helps challenge us to learn how to deal with this traumatic emotion.  Unashamed is a devotional that reaches out to the reader to help them relate and realize that we are all equal in our emotion of shame and that we can all overcome this emotion to become happier and stronger individuals in time no matter what your shame is.  

Unashamed is a 192 page paperback devotional published by Crossway.  It contains an Introduction, 9 chapters, a Conclusion, two Appendixes, a general and a scriptural index as well.  Each chapter begins with a quote or a scriptural reference relating to the chapter itself.  Each chapter then breaks down into subtitles discussing different levels of shame and how to heal them.  The chapters end with a reflection and discussion that can be used as a journal entry if you're completing the study alone, as a point of discussion if you're working through this book with your spouse, or a reflection and discussion if you are working through this book with your book club or church group.  

Unashamed gets you thinking and helps you to heal your emotional wounds.  It's a wonderfully written book that could be used in many ways and should be recommended for every one to read.  You can purchase Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame by Heather Davis Nelson online at Amazon or in your local bookstore.





Disclaimer:
I received a free copy of this product from Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way for this review.  All opinions I have expressed are my own.  Affiliate links are included within this post. I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC Regulations.

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? by Hannah C. Hall {Propeller Review}




Written by Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated by Bill Bolton


Would a Worm Go on a Walk? is an adorable children's book written by Hannah C. Hall.  From beginning to end this book leaves you and your child intrigued.  The illustrations are hilariously captivating for all ages.

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? is a biblical based book from Worthy Kids/Ideals.  Through the book children are challenged with silly questions and the reasons these things couldn't happen.  But the most important lesson of all is that God made each of us unique, special and perfect in our own right.  
My children loved this book.  We've read it over and over since receiving our review copy.  They adore the illustrations and the silly story line.  But  most of all, they love the ending and so do I.  This book is about accepting who you are and that God doesn't make mistakes in our individual creation.  I recommend Would a Worm Go on a Walk? for all families.

To purchase Would a Worm Go on a Walk? by Hannah C. Hall for your little one visit Shop Better Books online.  This book is 32 pages long and recommended for ages 4-7 but could be read aloud to a younger child and I personally found my older children enjoyed this story as well.  This is one I promise you won't want to miss!



Disclaimer:
I received a free copy of this product from Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way for this review.  All opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC Regulations.


My Mother's Quilts by Ramona Richards {Propeller Review}


Written by Ramona Richards

Ramona Richards was left a wonderful legacy by her Mother.  Her Mother, a master quilter, left behind a collection of quilts that contained much more than just beauty.  They were a part of history, a link to the past and a piece of her treasured heart.  These quilts were much more than cloth.  They were woven pieces of love.

As time passed, Ramona Richards decided to write a devotional like no other, sharing the stories of her Mother's quilts, the love behind the stitches and the legacy and faith her Mother left behind.  My Mother's Quilts is the result of a love of a Mother willing to pass on her memories and love.  It is a devotional that will touch deep into your heart.

My Mother's Quilts contains a multitude of devotionals each centered around 13 different quilts that belonged to Ramona's Mother and also her Grandmother.  Each chapter begins with a picture of the quilt along with it's name.  It is followed with scripture and then continues to share the quilt's story.  The chapters each end with a prayer starter for you to meditate on throughout your day.  

This book is written in full color format, sharing multiple pictures of the quilts themselves, helping to bring their stories to life.  It's 240 pages in length and small enough to fit in your bag or be carried by hand, yet large enough that it's not a struggle to read through.  It's a hardback book with a gorgeous book jacket. 

When I received this review item, I had no idea what was in store for me.  Immediately, I began reading through the devotions and I was so touched by them that I new right away I wanted to pass this book on to my Mother who has struggled spiritually since losing her Mother several years ago.  This book touched her heart and is one she has deeply enjoyed reading as well.  Mother and Daughter alike, My Mother's Quilts is the perfect devotional for each of you!

My Mother's Quilts by Ramona Richards is available in bookstores and online.  It is listed on Amazon for $14.26 for the hardcover book.  This is definitely one devotional you do not want to miss out on!

To learn more about Ramona Richards and read an excerpt from My Mother's Quilts, please visit http://ramonarichards.com.



Disclaimer:
I received a free copy of this product from Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way for this review.  All opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC Regulations.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bible Belles: Esther The Belle of Patience {Propeller Review}




Written by Erin Weidemann

Bible Belles is a wonderful book series written to speak to the hearts of young girls and teach them about magnificent women of the Bible.  This series reaches out to teach your children the struggles these women went through, showing their strengths and the gifts they carried to get them through their trials.  Bible Belles shows young girls how to persevere and become triumphant simply by following God's direction.

In Esther The Belle of Patience, Rooney Cruz is upset when one of her teammates places an I in TEAM.  This particular teammate seems to be all about herself, not thinking of the team that works hard to play together.  Rooney wants to talk with her coach about it but she's not sure how to approach the subject at hand.  

Mari, Rooney's gaurdian angel who teaches her all about God's provisions and wisdom, shows up just in time to help Rooney work through her anguish in expressing her feelings about her teammate.  Mari shows Rooney the story of Esther, the Queen who faced the serious challenge of saving her people and herself from death.  Through this story, Rooney learns patience and to find the right timing when she has something important to get through.  In the end, Rooney finds the right time to talk with her coach about her teammate and when she does, she feels a lot better about herself and helping her team become a team again.

I read this story with my youngest daughter several times and she really enjoyed hearing all about Rooney, Mari and Esther.  She learned a lot about being patient and listening for God's guidance in things she needs to make happen.  This is definitely a book we will be reading again and again.  I will also be adding more Bible Belle stories to our book list as soon as I can.

This series of books is wonderful.  I often try to add in books about strong biblical woman for my daughters into our reading curriculum and Bible Belles has made that easy for me to do.  I look forward to teaching my girls more through this series as we go.

You can purchase Bible Belles: Esther The Belle of Patience online through the Bible Belles website!  The price for Esther The Belle of Patience is listed at $14.99.  It's well worth the price!

Don't forget to check out the wonderful Freebies section of the website as well for bonus materials to use with the books!




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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin {A Propeller Review}

None Like Him

By Jen Wilkin




Jen Wilkin is an every day woman, just like all of us. She's a Mom, a wife, a writer and so much more. Jen never thought she'd be writing a book about the Lord but she has and oh what a book it is!

None Like Him: 10Ways God is Different From Us (and why that's a good thing) explains to the reader how wonderful God is in so many ways. Jen explains how God is so different than us yet we are still created to be like Him in so many aspects. She shows how God is everything good in life and how we should be thankful to be His children.

Throughout the chapters of None Like Him, Jen shows us how to be more like God. She shows us how mighty, how loving, how merciful and gracious God truly is. She brings forth an abundance of joy through her writing and helps to rekindle a flame that sometimes dims as we go through our day to day life. 

Each chapter of this book discusses a different attribute of God and teaches you how to learn from that attribute to become more like Him in your own life. Jen focuses on the particular elements of God and teaches us how to bring them out of ourselves to better us personally. She teaches how to use these attributes for the best of our well-being.

None Like Him contains 10 chapters and is 163 pages in length. Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote from various authors who inspire like Jen herself. There are various subheadings throughout the chapters to focus on each attribute in more detail. Related scriptures are also shared throughout the text.

The end of every chapter contains related Bible verses for meditating. There are also questions to reflect upon the readings for the chapter. Each chapter also ends with a prayer that helps us to strengthen and build a better relationship with God.

None Like Him would make a great personal devotional. It would also make a great study for a women's group at church. The book is small but packed with valuable lessons that anyone could grow from.

None Like Him: 10 Ways God IsDifferent From Us (and why that's a good thing) by Jen Wilkins is available for $11.69 in paperback or $8.57 on Kindle. You can find this book online at Amazon

This is a Crossway Books publication.  You can find more information about this and other Crossway Books on Facebook!

Propeller/FlyBy Promotions has graciously agreed to provide one lucky winner with their own copy of None Like Him.  Enter to win this wonderful book simply by commenting on this blog post.   Tell me why you feel you need this book and I will choose one lucky person to share a copy with.  This giveaway will end on Monday, May 16, 2016!



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