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Little Book of Grandma’s Love

Title: Little Book of Grandma’s Love
Author: Jean Fischer
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4002-1199-9

“God, thank You for giving us arms
To wrap around each other.
Whenever I hug my grandma tight,
I show her how much I love her!” the rhyme, Thank You, God, states in the Precious Moments Little Book of Grandma’s Love by Jean Fischer.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old who like short poems and Bible verses about grandmothers. With no scary scenes, the rhymes are by the author and other writers with some referencing the International Children’s Bible. Full-color iconic drawings grace the pages of little children and grandmoms doing various activities.

The four to eight lined poems and prayers are about the matriarch, including topics of riding bikes, working in a garden, playing games, learning, pretending, drawing, swimming, walking, reading the Bible, eating ice cream, thanking God, and more. With the majority of the rhymes being by Fischer, there are also ones of a traditional British folk song and Leroy Freeman Jackson, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hood. Bible verses are written out from Genesis, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and I John.

~ Why ~
This is a charming way to honor and remember grandmothers through poems and prayers. Being a fan of the Precious Moments illustrations, I like seeing them again as an adult. I greatly appreciate that the book contains the love of God and how to love and appreciate grandmas.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not approve of this book. Beginner readers may have trouble with the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
While the designs are well known and cute in this book, the wording may not be understandable to a preschooler.

~ Want ~
If you are old enough to remember the darling Precious Moments illustrations, you will enjoy reading this book of poems and prayers that focus on grandmoms and how important they are in our lives. It would be a thoughtful gift for that mom in your life who can read it to her grandchildren.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2Gm9bG4

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Click-a-Brick Rainforest Rascals Building Blocks

CREATE GREEN ANIMALS WITH 3D BLOCKS

~ What ~
Made from food-grade ABS plastic to create animals, this box of 30 pieces are building blocks for young ones ages 4 to 10 years old. Approximately ¾-inch  square with a ¼-inch added tab on one corner, the light/dark greens and orange colored pieces can be stacked, making different animal creatures. Enclosed are also a locking tool, 2 eyes, and a handy drawstring storage bag. A building ideas booklet and gift box are included.

~ Why ~
Having 3 grandchildren who live out of state, I like to have plenty of educational toys for them to play with when they visit. I appreciate how this set can be made into creative animals such as a chameleon, frog, snake, and turtle. The eyes and enclosed manual offer 4 projects that can stimulate their creativity.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not care for the design in the pieces as they are not as durable as Legos. Others may not like the smallness of the blocks, but they are not as small as individual Legos. Several of the projects in the book may be too complicated for younger ones.

~ Wish ~
I wish more shapes could be incorporated into this set to make it more challenging for older children.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a different type of building block set, this one with green animals in mind is a nice option that young and old will enjoy playing and creating.

Thanks to Click-A-Brick and KeepMeClub for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#Click-A-Brick #KeepMeClub #ForestRascals #BuildingBlocks

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ProCIV Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

16-PACK OF WASHABLE CLEANING PADS

~ What ~
Made of bamboo, this set of 16 reusable pads are for removing mascara, lipstick, or other makeup on the eyes, nose, lips, and face. Measuring 3.15 inches in diameter, the round fabric discs come in 5 each of blue and green and 6 in white. They arrive in a drawstring laundry bag in a lovely gift box, ready for gifting.

~ Why ~
I hate wasting money by using disposable cotton balls or pads to remove my makeup. When I use wash-cloths, they get the dirt off my face but are hard to clean daily. I like how these round pads do the job without too much effort. It is great they can be put in their bag and machine washed.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the smallness of the round pads, but I found they work well for not only my face but to wipe my dog’s eyes, rub wax onto a small area, or blot when painting. Others may feel they are a hassle as they have to be cleaned whenever used. I noticed that when the pads are wet, they fold or scrunch up easily so one has to be careful in how they wipe away the dirt.

~ Wish ~
Since I use one for my eyes (one side for each eye when cleaning), I wish they were a little larger and thicker as I have to use a 2nd pad for the rest of my face. Including instructions would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of 16 bamboo cleaning pads, this is a viable option.

Thanks for ProCIV for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyDoris #ProCIV #ReusableBambooMakeupPads

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Click-A-Brick Mighty Machines

MAKE ALL KINDS OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINES

~ What ~
Made from ABS plastic, this box of 100 pieces are building blocks for young ones ages 5 to 10 years old. Approximately ¾-inch square with a ¼-inch added tab on one corner, the mostly yellow, white, and black colored pieces can be stacked, making different vehicles or machines. Enclosed are also a locking tool and a handy drawstring storage bag. A building ideas booklet and gift box are included.

~ Why ~
Having grandchildren who live out of state, I always need to have creative toys for them to play with when they visit us. I like how this set can be made into machines that can be put together with no tools required. The enclosed manual offers 10 projects that include an airplane, fighter jet, spaceship, helicopter, digger, crane, robot transformer, and more that stimulate their creativity.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not care for the design in the pieces as they are not as durable as Legos. Others may not like the smallness of the blocks; but they are not as small as individual Legos. Several of the projects in the book may be too complicated for younger ones.

~ Wish ~
I wish more shapes could be incorporated into this set to make it more challenging for older children.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a different type of building block set, this one with construction vehicles in mind is a nice option that young and old will enjoy playing and creating.

Thanks to Click-A-Brick and KeepMeClub for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#Click-A-Brick #KeepMeClub #BuildingBlocks #ConstructionBricks

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Prayers for You

Title: Prayers for You
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-7512-5

Prayers for You is a beautiful celebration of the fact that God wants you to talk to Him every day, all the time,” the book states in its introduction.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-forty-four pages, this small hardbound targets those who want a source of written prayers. Using the Contemporary English Version of the Holy Bible, the ESV, KJV, NABRE, NASB, NCV, NIV, NKJV, NLT, and The Voice are used. With a presentation page and introduction, the book includes an attached blue ribbon marker.

Using colored photographs, patterns, and design, mostly dark blue or white writing of prayers cover both sides of the pages. The prayers may be written out Bible verses or quoted prayers by famous individuals such as Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Horatius Bonar, Fanny Crosby, Francois Fenelon, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Brother Lawrence, Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, St. Teresa of Avila, and Hammer William Webb-Peploe to name a few.

~ Why ~
I like prayers that focus on God and what He has done for us, not what we want or need from Him, and this book mostly does that. The prayers with the blue color theme are short and to the point, usually only on one page. 

One example I enjoyed is by Alistair Begg: Prayer is an acknowledgment that our need of God’s help is not partial but total.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus may not be interested in this book. Others may think the contents are not in depth and are too short, with few being anonymous. Some may want to pray to God their own way and not need a book like this.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included a ribbon marker. I prefer using the King James Version Bible. It would be helpful at the end to include a list of quoted people and page numbers.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a thoughtful gift for someone who wants to focus on praying or read other people’s prayers, this would make a nice choice.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2Izsy17

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Yintilocn Magic Glass Water

EFFERVESCENT WINDOW CLEANER TABLETS

~ What ~
Arriving in 20 individual packets, these small compact tablets dissolve in water to make a multipurpose solution that can be used as automobile windshield wiper fluid or household window/glass cleaner. Coming in a resealable bag, there is also separate instructions in English.

~ Why ~
Being able to make a window glass cleaner whenever necessary, these tablets are easy to use by adding to half to one gallon of water. I used them with under a gallon and put in a spray bottle to clean my house windows. Similar to the more expensive Windex brand, they did make the window squeak and shine without leaving any residue or streaks.

~ Why Not ~
Some will find putting the tabs into their vehicle’s wiper water solution daunting, worrying that it may not dissolve fully. Others may prefer premixed cleaning solutions or glass spray foams. Since I used them for a window cleaner in the house, next time I will break the tablet in half as I did not use too much water and the solution should have been more diluted.

~ Wish ~
I like the concept of being able to use tablets at any time by adding to water as they are more cost effective, but I wish that the instructions stated gallons instead of liters for easy mixing. Putting English instructions on each package would be ideal as the extra insert could get lost

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to clean glass without having to buy large bottles of solution, this may be a good idea if you have limited storage space and want to save a few bucks.

Thanks for Yintlilocn for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyHuiyanAn #Yintlilocn #magicglasscleaner #magicglasswater

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From Me to You (Daughter)

Title: From Me To You
Authors: Mark & Susan Merrill
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-7572-8

“It provides a way for you to share positive words of encouragement your daughter can read over and over,” Mark and Susan Merrill write in the introduction of their book, From Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your Daughter.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page small hardbound targets parents looking for a new way to communicate with their children by sharing a journal. Geared toward understanding through written conversations, children ages five to fifteen years old may benefit, although any aged reader may find it interesting and creative.

After instructions to parents that can be torn out of the book (it mentions to do this, but one page would remove the first question), included are over one-hundred questions for a parent and daughter to randomly answer in their own words. The question is on the left side of the page with a spot for the parent to answer, and the corresponding page is for the child to fill out. It is suggested for the parent to write their experiences, memories, or encouragements and put the book on the daughter’s pillow for him to read, ponder, and respond. The process is meant to promote dialogue through one’s point of view, listening, and even laughter.

~ Why ~
This is an ideal way for a parent and his or her daughter can get to know one another without talking. I like the concept to share without judging via a different way to learn about one another.

Here are some of the questions asked to both the parent and child:
When I get scared about something it is usually …
The best thing you ever did for me was …
Have you ever been bulled? If so, what did you do about it?
What do you think heaven will be like?
What three things can I pray about for you this year?

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to journal may not want to spend the time and effort with this book as it is shared with one another. Depending on the child’s maturity level, young ones may not understand some of the concepts while older ones may feel embarrassed answering them. There are no questions about God and only one each I could find about Heaven and praying. I found some of the questions hard to answer by an adult who may not want to tell their child the answer, but I think the book is centered around the child, not the parent, so could be circumvented.

~ Wish ~
I wish a suggested age was listed online to make sure the book would be appropriate for a specific group. A few of the questions may not be able to be answered in the limited space given. Having lines to write on might be considered for some writers. Attaching a ribbon marker would be helpful so the child would know where the parent last wrote. I wish there were questions about God and how important it is to believe and trust in Him.

~ Want ~
Knowing some children love journaling and being asked questions about their day, what they think, and how they feel, this would be a fun parent/daughter project both would enjoy as they learn more about each other.

Thanks to Harvest House for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2UlVNLZ

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From Me to You (Son)

Title: From Me To You
Authors: Mark & Susan Merrill
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-7570-4

“It provides a way for you to share positive words of encouragement your son can read over and over,” Mark and Susan Merrill write in the introduction of their book, From Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your Son.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-four-page small hardbound targets parents looking for a new way to communicate with their children by sharing a journal. Geared toward understanding through written conversations, children ages five to fifteen years old may benefit, although any aged reader may find it interesting and creative.

After instructions to parents that can be torn out of the book (it mentions to do this, but one page would remove the first question), included are almost one-hundred-and-fifty questions for a parent and son to randomly answer in their own words. The question is on the left side of the page with a spot for the parent to answer, and the corresponding page is for the child to fill out. It is suggested for the parent to write their experiences, memories, or encouragements and put the book on the son’s pillow for him to read, ponder, and respond. The process is meant to promote dialogue through one’s point of view, listening, and even laughter.

~ Why ~
This is an ideal way for a parent and his or her son can get to know one another without talking. I like the concept to share without judging via a different way to learn about one another.

Here are some of the questions asked to both the parent and child:
My best friends are … and I like them because …
I was really proud of you when you …
My favorite picture of us is … because …
What do you think heaven will be like?
Who is the meanest kid at school? Who is the nicest? Who needs a friend?

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to journal may not want to spend the time and effort with this book as it is shared with one another. Depending on the child’s maturity level, young ones may not understand some of the concepts while older ones may feel embarrassed answering them. There are no questions about God and only one I could find about Heaven. I found some of the questions hard to answer by an adult who may not want to tell their child the answer, but I think the book is centered around the child, not the parent, so could be circumvented.

~ Wish ~
I wish a suggested age was listed online to make sure the book would be appropriate for a specific group. A few of the questions may not be able to be answered in the limited space given. Having lines to write on might be considered for some writers. Attaching a ribbon marker would be helpful so the child would know where the parent last wrote. I wish there were questions about God and how important it is to believe and trust in Him.

~ Want ~
Knowing some children love journaling and being asked questions about their day, what they think, and how they feel, this would be a fun parent/son project both would enjoy as they learn more about each other.

Thanks to Harvest House for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2CYJTNs

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God’s Words to Dream On

Title: God’s Words to Dream On
Author: Diane Stortz
Illustrator: Diane Le Feyer
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0935-4

“Send your child off to dreamland with a peaceful bedtime routine,” the instructional tips begin in Diane Stortz’s children’s book, God’s Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-twenty-four pages, this small hardbound with a glittery cover is targeted toward children ages four to eight years old. With no extremely scary scenes, it contains fifty-two short Biblical devotions to read at bedtime. An ownership page, table of contents, and letter to parents are at the beginning of the book, while the ending has routine and reading tips plus the author’s biography. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the ICB and NLT are referenced. A purple satin marker is attached.

Focusing on the twenty-six stories in both the Old and New Testaments, each devotion is four pages long. Beginning with a title and the Bible reference, a short verse to dream on is written out, followed by a rewritten version of an iconic story. Each devotion includes a highlighted bedtime blessing and sleep-time prayer. Colorful, engaging illustrations cover the pages.

~Why ~
Having a six-year-old granddaughter who has been asking about the Bible, I enjoyed how abbreviated the stories were for those with short attention spans as they look at the illustrations.  I appreciated the colorful illustrations that did not depict much negativity, even when the topics tended to include violence or death.

One of my favorite reads was the chapter titled Isaac and Rebecca about God arranging Isaac to find his wife through his servant. After listing Genesis 24 with the words of “He will guide us forever” from Psalm 48:14, the story explains how Rebecca, a distant relative of Isaac, gave the servant and camels water to drink and learned how God guided the servant to her. The blessing is that God will always be with you, and the prayer thanks Him for guiding our lives.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like a book that is about Him to share with young ones. Others may find the stories being simplified, often omitting key facts that avoid sin, eternal salvation, and eternity. Due to the complicated three and four syllable words, it may be frustrating for beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
Since many of the stories are not complete in their telling, I wish sin and its consequences were mentioned more often and that it contained more regarding salvation in Christ instead of stating to simply love God to get to Heaven.

~ Want ~
If you know a young child who wants to learn about the stories in the Bible that are rudimentary told, this would be a nice first read about God’s Word. Though the stories are short, they may spark an interest in young children while keeping them from being awake up all night.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2KaQ7zU

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3 Bees & Me Animal Bath Toys

TAKING A ZOO BATH

~ What ~
Made of colorful non-toxic hard foam, this bath set contains 18 floatable cut-outs that look like a variety of animals. Targeted for ages 3 years old and older, all items arrive with a blue drawstring storage pouch with 2 suction cups in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
When our little grandkids come to visit, we always have bath time with a fun collection of toys. I like the bright colors of the foam animals that are flat, ranging from 2 to 8 inches by over 0.5 inches thick. The creatures include a bear, deer, elephant, fox, giraffe, hedgehog, kangaroo, koala, liger, lion, monkey, owl, panda, penguin, squirrel, tiger, whale, and zebra. It is helpful all the toys fit in the mesh bag and can drain while the 2 suction cups hold it to a bathroom wall.

~ Why Not ~
Some may be concerned the cut-outs will bend or tear, but they are thick and sturdy. Others may be concerned mold and mildew can collect on them, but they could be washed by soaking in detergent and air drying.

~ Wish ~
I wish cleaning instructions were added to stave off potential bacteria. It would be helpful if a photograph of the bag were shown on the Amazon page. I think the designs could be printed on both sides of the cut-outs. It would be cool if they could be used as sponges too.

~ Want ~
If you have young ones who like to play in the tub with cute animals, this may be a fun way to keep them occupied.

Thanks for 3 Bees & Me for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#3Bees&Me #SponsoredKeepMeClub #AnimalBathTime #18FoamBathAnimals

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