Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PreSchool Bible Learning Cards {Product Review!} :)

About Bible Learning Cards:

List Price: $14.99 per set|Format:Each set has 20 different 5" by 7" cards

Vicky has been a children's book illustrator and a Christian for many years. When a friend suggested the idea of creating Bible verse cards, she thought here was a chance to use her art to share the Good Word.

She selected verses that speak to children and to parents and created three sets of cards, 1 for young preschool children and two for elementary school children.

There are three boxes of Bible Learning Cards for three overlapping age groups. The age groups are, Preschool Bible Learning Cards-ages 0-5, Children’s Bible Learning Cards, ages 4-11, and Courage & Comfort Bible Learning Cards for ages 6-13. We picked topics and scenarios that children go through all the time. The cards are color coded, so parents and children can find verses to guide them in their friendships, their faith issues and helping them through their fears. These cards are adorable and applicable to kids lives.

Not surprisingly, parents say they enjoy the cards and say they feel their faith grow, along with their children's!

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105

Our Review:
If you noticed by the pictures-- I love doing Bible activities and reading at the breakfast table. Their little minds are ripe and ready to learn, yet still waking up to hold still and listen. If I don't take the time these little kiddos are wanting to "look at the back of the cereal box!". 

The Bible Learning Cards where a great addition and change up from our usual Bible reading. The art work is ADORABLE- so cute. Each card comes with a scripture and a simple application. We liked to take a little more time on one picture and discuss what was taking place. Hadassah my almost 5 year old loved explaining each card. She is a smart little cookie.

The Bible Cards come with a ring to attach all the cards- Thankfully! Or they would have been all over my house. The card stock is durable and glossy. I am positive these delightful cards will be around for quite awhile. 

The only downfall: I liked them so much, I would rather had them in a book! 

You can purchase yours from Amazon or from Words2Remember.Com 

Overall a wonderful Preschool/ Homeschool addition. Thank you www.words2remember4kids.com

Company Bio:
Words2remember4kids is based on the idea of getting children and parents to learn encouraging, comforting and classic Bible verses through illustrations and discussion starters on large flash cards. These cards are great for every day use around the house and in the car. We are a small company, with Vicky Enright as the illustrator, and Kristen Smith, who has her Masters of Divinity who helps with the verses and discussion starters. Our company is located in the Boston area.
Website: http://www.words2remember4kids.com/

Priscilla listening in, but not yet allowed to play with the cards!
 In Christ,

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace by Susan B. Mead {Book Review!}

I wanted to review this devotional book for Susan because I know the Lord is working in my heart through grief. I am learning how to dance with Him. Truly be in step with my Savior. 

After my dad passed away last year, all I wanted to do was die. Not suicidal in thoughts, but I had a long for heaven and Jesus like never before. 
I want to know if my dad was with Christ. 
I want to run to Jesus (and my Daddy) on grass greener than I have ever seen. 
I am hurting now and I have to let it come and go.  

Even my brother died 10 years ago this September. My heart is crushed writing those words. Ten years. It feels like yesterday, but at the same time so long ago.

Words cannot describe how they are missed.

One thing I have learned. Everyone grieves differently. Yet I have no doubt,  I have to see opportunities and circumstances with God's heart. Susan shares personal moments where God met her after the death of her own beloved son. There is Grace to move forward.

Dance with Jesus: from Grief to Grace is not a solution for your grief to "go away". It is not a "how to" book, it simply is about a mother learning through scripture how God spoke to her.
I am thankful for this devotional book. Thank you Susan for opening your heart.

I fully recommend this devotional to anyone who has lost a loved one.

About Dance with Jesus:
Grief hits each one of us and can come from so many difference directions…
Have you lost someone dear to you? A brother, sister, parent, grandparent, family member, friend or a child? A relationship? A body part to cancer or an accident? Do you want to experience the joy of moving from broken to blessed? From GRIEF TO GRACE? Do you want God to take your hand and teach you how to dance…with Jesus? Yes?
Then devour the words in Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace! Expect to laugh through the tears and experience a deepening of your faith.

About Susan B. Mead:
Susan B Mead is a woman in AWE of God and how much He loves each one of us. Her desire - share stories of hope so we can see God's hand at work in our lives. Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace was written as her answer to "what does God want you to do right now?" in the Experiencing God Bible Study.
Susan spent 22+ years with Johnson & Johnson prior to losing her youngest son. She realized that things get broken, discarded or replaced, yet people matter. She chose to retire early to make time for the people who matter most to her, including you, a dear reader.
Susan's credentials include BS, MT(ASCP), MBA and IFOC Sr. Ordained Chaplain. She holds certification from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for Individual Grief, Group Grief and Grief following Trauma.

To learn more about Susan and her writing, visit her at . . .

Author Website: www.SusanBMead.com
Book Website: www.DanceWithJesus.com
Twitter: @susanbmead
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsusanbmead
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC78rFDV420LtJDNWkit9-vA
LinkedIn: SusanMead1
Amazon: Amazon.com/author/susanbmead

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Friday, May 1, 2015

.. and 500 posts later

What a joy and blessing it is to write my 500th post.
after our first theater experience!

Seven years ago, (honestly) I was quite nervous to post my first blog. What would people think of me? Was I drawing too much attention to myself? I did not want to be a blogger who just expressed her opinion and vent them on to everyone else.

Also am an over achiever and I did not want to fill my plate with one more thing. I don't like to fail. I can be too dedicated at times. Then.. what about my grammar? :/ yikes. I am going to really expose myself.

I took the family journal approach. I wanted to glorify God with whatever words I typed. I am sure I have failed. Over the years I have shared some really raw moments: birth, death, homeschool fall out, public school, moves...Moments when I was mad at God, moments when I elated with His provisions! There were times when I thought I was done blogging. I have met new friends and found that people just like to read about our family. Maybe someday we can own TV show? ;)

the first photo on our blog, 7 years ago
I have also shared recipes and found while I couldn't make money on my blog (like many others), I could receive products, movies, and books for my family to enjoy.

If you choose to blog, you have to be patient with yourself. Don't worry if there are months between posts or if you post something every day.

If I am going to blog about anything; I want to always be thankful and see ALL of God's blessings in my life. Hence the name: The Buckout's Blessings

Cheers to 500 more?!

Well..the messy bed, crying baby, dirty kitchen, and perhaps a little makeup first!
At least I had a tootsie roll and coffee. ;)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Our First Girlie Weekend! (didn't quite go as planned, but we learned) ;)

(disclaimer: we had a wonderful time. so blessed for these special moments... i am learning as a mom! this post might be a little long, but it is all for the family journal/blog)

There was MUCH anticipation for this weekend night away with my girlies.
Hadassah had been counting down the days to what she called the "Girlie Hotel".

The Plan:
I smile typing those words. How simple it seemed. lol.

Sean encouraged me at first to leave Priscilla. She is now 14 months old and still nursing throughout the day/ once at night.  Oh.. the thought was too hard! Even the girls didn't want her to miss out. I would be fine, right?

But... I realized real quick that it might have been a better plan. (Or not- Because God wanted me to be reminded to be DEPENDENT on HIM alone.  Boy, is she a handful!)

We got out of the house at a great time. Lydia practically did all the packing - snack food and all. The suitcase was neatly open on the bed for my additions. 
Sean loaded up the Priscilla's bedding and we were off! 
The only two items we forgot: Jessa's Book to sign (not that big of deal) and a noise maker to sleep with (of course we used an app instead).

We had a such an exhausting week, I knew it was going to be all about my attitude and how I approached this weekend. I am spoiled with my husband around. Even the fact that he speaks peace into my life. He encourages me often that all will work out great.

Priscilla decided to only sleep maybe 30 minutes the entire day.  A stop at Chick-fil-A was in order to get out her leftover energy. 
Oh my goodness. 
Maybe I was just tired, but I was dumb founded when ordering. The place was packed and I slightly panicked because my husband always does the ordering. I mean ALWAYS. Ha! I was pathetic. Really.  

"Uhhh.. how many nuggets? What is the price difference? Is it cheaper to get an adult meal? What kind of milk to I get them? Uhh...."

I just decided to forgo my own food till maybe before we left.
I kept looking over my shoulder at the menu while the girls were eating. I think some Moms were wondering what in the world I was doing because they were in my line of sight! Oh. well.

We made it to the Bins and my girls were ready to find craft supplies or whatever treasures presented themselves. Potty breaks taken care of and already two poopie diapers changed in the front seat, we were ready to go. I was only able to keep Priscilla content for a few minutes in the front of the cart while shopping (aka "digging"). What baby wants to sit for a fifth hour? On the back she went via Ergo. She shoved, pushed and was pretty vocal. By the end, she was screaming. 

This is were it started to hit me. I should have went without the baby. I really felt overwhelmed inside.  Even Dad usually manages baby at the Bins!! What is next?  Dinner and find the reserved hotel. We could make it.

The girls were thrilled with their new hat purchases and said it was one of the best "Bin" trips ever. I was a little flustered, sweaty and felt the headache coming on- yet happy to see them smile. I had to appear strong and not falling apart for their sake.

Found our next stop. Panda Express :)  This time it is the drive thru- I can manage.

Lydia ended up laughing at me because "it took me FOREVER" to order. Lol. I guess I was asking the lady lots of questions about how much food I needed to feed two young girls and myself. ;) Once again, Sean usually does all the ordering!!

I really didn't want to bring dessert to the hotel. That meant one more stop.. and I didn't think I could take it. Then I heard Sean say before we left. "Get a coffee and relax" Weeks before I promised the girls Krispie Kremes.

Then it happened. Sean called. I folded. I became weak. I can hardly ever lie to my husband about how I am truly feeling.

Somebody call the "WHAAAM...bulance." I cried for a few moments while I changed Priscilla in the front seat, baking in the hot sun. Did I mention I had a headache? Well, that had gotten worse. I apologized to the girls for my emotions getting the best of me. I really wanted this to be a fun trip for them and I.

Thank the Lord for my GPS on my cheap smartphone. We made it to the hotel and had a lovely dinner of Panda Express with donuts for dessert! Swimming was fun and refreshing. Priscilla and I both enjoyed the hot tub too. :)

Priscilla crashed while the girls and I was a new episode of the Duggars on TLC. We prayed and I knew tomorrow would prove once again for my trust to be in the Lord.

Once again, when we got to the Southern Womans Show I realized next time it will be a "big girl" event only. We managed to get the two stroller through crowds of people, get one free sample for Hadassah who had no interest in the event- whatsoever-, and find the main stage.

I really wanted to post a cute picture of my girls with Jessa, but this is as good as it gets (on the left). We had to wait an hour watching a Goodwill Fashion show (while I stood nursing!!!). It was pretty interesting and thankfully Lydia had her phone so Hadassah could busy herself.

There were so many people! Oh, my goodness. The "meet in greet" line went out a back door! We like 19 kids and Counting, but not enough to wait with two toddlers in a line that long! Elizabeth, Lydia and I could have handled it but shortly after she was on stage, we left. We pretty much knew her question and answer time was going to be things we have heard before.

We came. We saw. We left.

Ben and Jessa did walk in about 10 ft from us. The girls thought that was pretty cool. I felt bad, it was the entire reason we came.

My girls are genuinely sweet to me. They are so flexible and encouraging. We talked about it a lot on the way home about things we would do differently and the fun we did have. I know this was the first trip of many to come. Lydia turns 13 next month.. we have some time.

Priscilla did not ruin anything. My perspective needed a little adjusting and the Lord showed me that. No matter what I was "feeling" it was all about enjoying the time with them. Embracing and loving them, no matter how weak I felt.

Last year this trip would have been financially impossible and that is amazing. I am thankful. God is good!

Have you ever taken a weekend trip with your daughters? Where did you go?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Making Memories

Don't we look cute? Fifteen years of marriage last month. Sure do love him and all my beautiful babies. 

What a restful little piece of heaven our river trips have been. It is perfect, only about 5 minutes from our house. It is now nicknamed "Treasure Beach" because we always find some sort of treasure. We have also made it our mission to pick up whatever trash the weekenders leave behind. We love making small campfires and watching the kids.

All parents should find that little "escape place" as a family. A quiet spot away from home, away from the mess, away from screens... a spot that doesn't cost money.  Don't you agree?

I don't want to miss out before they are grown. Sean and I were reminding ourselves, these are the memories we are creating for them.

And please don't assume we have some perfect life. Evenings like these we find rest because there has been fighting. There has been stress. Yet, the open air allows us to breath and enjoy all God has blessed us with. And yes, we come home to lots of showers and sand, but it is all worth it.

How can I not enjoy these lovies?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easy@Home Pregnancy Test Strips {Product Review!!} :D

Everyone has been wondering if there will be a Buckout Baby #8, so how convenient this review was for me!!!

Easy@Home are great pregnancy tests. Perfect because there is a ton (20 tests) in one box!
Many moms want to take more than one test at a time or even over a period of a few weeks. :)

They are very reasonable priced at ONLY

(Although there are no cups included it is very easy to find a substitute!)

and the reveal...
NOT Pregnant.
(FYI- The faint line on the far left is where the strip attaches.)
I have plenty of tests left ;)

About Easy@Home One Step HCG Pregnancy Test Strips:
Detects the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which appears in urine very early in pregnancy. Regardless of the technical language, this test works just like most other pregnancy tests out there. It measures the levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine. This hormone is produced by the cells of the embryo that will later form the placenta. The level of HCG starts to increase from its basal level of less than 5 mIU/mL directly after implantation, and doubles about each 48 hours during the first weeks of pregnancy.

- All tests FDA approved and over 99.8% accuracy
- Easy to use
- Will work 5 days before your missed period
- Earliest detection, greatest sensitivity level - 25 mIU/mL

Keeping it real,
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmc55430fdfdac11fc3771a9b94e2bb854

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shine Bright Kids, "Whatever Wanda" {Book Review & Giveaway!}

We loved receiving Whatever Wanda in the mail last week! What a treat to own ALL 3 in the Shine Bright Kids series. This time they are touching on the "bad attitude" (is what my 3 and 4 year old called it) of Wanda. Mordecai loved finding the star on each page again! 

Both Hadassah and Mordecai understood she was not being very happy and thankful about her circumstances. 

As always Christy Ziglar did a wonderful job illustrating, captivating those little ones attention!
If you don't own all three it would be a wonderful Easter present for those Lovies in your life. 

PLUS, I am giving one copy of "Whatever Wanda" 
away FREE on my blog!
Just enter the Rafflcopter below. 

Giveaway will end on EASTER so spread the word!!!

Hope you had a wonderful Palm Sunday!!

About the Book
This new book, Whatever Wanda, is the third title in the Shine Bright Kids series! The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with the tools to teach the importance of making good choices. The series explores such topics as: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance. Wanda is in serious need of an attitude adjustment! She doesn’t want to accompany her family to the Rubber Duck Days Festival, and once there, she won’t participate in any of the events or join in with her friends. Soon Wanda receives some helpful advice and learns that: “Sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually is. Being positive is a choice that makes everything better, not to mention, a whole lot more fun!”

About the Author:
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins, and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy, her husband, and their twins live in Atlanta, Georgia.

About the Illustrator:
Paige Billin-Frye lives with her husband in Washington, D.C., where she gardens and grows food in her city yard. She has illustrated numerous children’s books and works in a studio over a neighborhood hardware store. Coincidentally, Paige has amassed a collection of rubber duckies of all sizes across the years.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


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