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Noah A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy (Book Review & Giveaway)




Noah by author Mark Ludy is an exceptionally beautiful picture book! I was truly in awe at the amazing imagery and detail put into each and every page. The intricate details have been a delight to gaze upon again and again and make this Biblical retelling come alive! There are no words or verses other than Methuselah welcomes his grandson, Noah on the very first page.


As the story begins, we get a feel of the area and people Noah may have lived near and how he wasn’t very young in age. We see that God calls him to do this amazing task of building the Ark. The illustrations shows the feelings in the faces and body actions of the characters extremely well. We see how constructing as well as gathering animals as well as nurturing them may have been. We see Noah’s family grow ensuring that most of this certainly didn’t happen in a short amount of time either. From the call, being obedient, and a wait through the storm it ends with God’s delivering promise to not just Noah but us all.


An additional bonus is that the author made it a bit for fun for children studying the pictures to find a little mouse named Squeakers on each and every page in the book. It’s actually not as easy you would think to find the mouse but the challenge was welcomed by my nearly four year old son and 6 1/2 year old daughter.


As a parent, I would like to point out this this book could be scary or confusing to younger children. This is a pretty accurate book so there;s obviously shady people depicted and some images of the rain coming down to flood the earth and of the people not living for God outside of the ark drinking wine and partying. There’s nothing explicit or violent. Just use wisdom and be ready to explain and answer questions.This book gives a pretty accurate portrayal and I applaud it for that.


Overall, this book has been a joy and real blessing to share with my children when retelling the story of Noah. I think it would be a welcome addition to any home or church class.


markludyMark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The FarmerThe Flower Man, The GrumpWhen I Was  a Boy I DreamedWhen I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Get Connected:Mark’s website: | Official NOAH website

Interested in Purchasing?  Noah: A Wordless Picture Book is available in hardcover as well as e-reader format. Pricing ranges from $7.99 and $15.00 on

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Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates

logoTime was when Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.

5lbcleanbox“It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe,” Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. “I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'”

Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.

…In 1972, the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch.

“It was a difficult decision, especially for George,” Mrs. Cavanaugh said. “He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy – and could compete with – those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates.”

Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh’s candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence….Ask chocolate aficionados. They will direct those seeking the best chocolates to the popular Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Candies.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength Review & Giveaway


We’re all stronger than we think, and we often discover our inner strength and resilience when a problem arises. The 101 empowering and uplifting stories in this collection by people who have overcome challenges, solved problems, or changed their lives will help you find your own inner strength, resilience, and remind you to think positive, count your blessings, and use the power that you have within you.

My Thoughts…

We all have a story to share and no story is stronger than one of conquering over our weakness. It’s a hard lesson when we realize that often life isn’t all we expect it to be. We are human and with our humanity comes happiness but sorrow as well in some shape or form. Everyone’s challenge is just a bit different. In Chicken Soup: Find Your Inner Strength there are numerous stories of all kinds that are shared that give hope in moving forward and not letting our challenges defeat us.

There are stories of in this book that can empower, encourage, and prompt us to bravely keep standing despite what is thrown our way. In doing so, we are encouraging others to keep going on as well. Each story shared is roughly about 3-4 pages each. There’s a title followed by a quote that goes with the story at hand. These stories are shared and written by and from every day average people just like you and I. There are ten chapters with about 10 stories each. The chapter titles are:

  • Overcoming Self Destructive Behavior
  • Fighting Health Challenges
  • Powering Through Loss
  • Moving Past Disabilities
  • Accepting New Normal
  • Accepting What Makes You Different
  • Learning to Reach Out
  • Rising to the Challenge
  • Pursuing Your Dream
  • Taking Back Your Life

This book is sure to inspire and keep you hooked in reading story after story. There are 101 stories but at only a few pages each, one can easily read this book in a couple of days if not sooner. I like this book a lot because it’s a reminder that we aren’t alone and how together we are made stronger as well! I would certainly recommend this title!

Interested in Purchasing?  Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength: 101 Empowering Stories of Resilience, Positive Thinking, and Overcoming Challenges can be found at at right now for $8.89 Kindle format & $12.29 for a paperback copy as well as at other retailers!

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Adventure Bible, NKJV {Book Review}


The Adventure Bible, NKJV by Lawerence O. Richards is a great choice for children ages 8-12 years old eager to learn and grow in the Word. This Bible does a great job of drawing children in with its colorfully well done jungle and safari theme illustrations! The features are many and really everything you really could want in creating a welcoming introduction to the Word. Children have to make the choice of coming to God as well as growing in their journey with Him on their own, and I think presenting them with the right tools such as this is key.


Among the first few pages of this Bible is a section that instructs the reader how to use the Bible. It goes into detail from how the table of contents is like a map and the concordance in the back helps you find verses by a specific theme of word. It continues on teach kids in how the Bible is broken down into books, chapters, verse and so on. I really like that this section is included in guiding children how to navigate the Bible!


This Bible has many fantastic features which are found all throughout that helps children understand and grasp what will be read. The Book introductions give a powerful first look into what’s covered.

P1160634There are many sections which I will explain. Words to Treasure highlights Bible verses that would be good to memorize. There’s Did You Know section which includes fascinating facts and further details into the verses. Life in Bible times features illustrations and articles from what kinda of food was eaten, how houses were built, and so forth. People in Bible Times is a short but close up snippet of the people talked about in the Bible. And last but now least Let’s Live It is a section that provides many hands-on activities for children to apply what is being read in their own lives.


This Bible is well thought out. Since it’s hard cover it’s likely to withstand a lot of use and last for quite some time. Amongst all the features is a How to know you a Christian page, reading plans, how to pray, full color maps, and much more. I can’t say enough good things about this Bible. It would make a wonderful gift and I would recommend it for any child, church, or Christian school.

Interested in Purchasing?  Adventure Bible, NKJVcan be purchased right now on for 21.59 as of this posting. It is also available at other known retailers!

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Dino Construction Company: WRECKER! T-Rex Skid Loader!


The Dino Construction Company got it right when it came to designing a line of toys that would get kids that like Dinosaurs pretty excited. These part construction and part dinosaur toys have been a huge hit with both my six year old daughter and nearly 4 year old son. Each is built tough being able to scoop, dig, pour, tread over dirt or sand, and withstand a lot of rough and tumble play.

There’s no need for batteries just pure imagination and creative play. My kids didn’t even look for buttons to turn on our to make it work. They figured it out and were pretty thrilled with the maneuverability. The Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader features an opening and closing mouth, the neck can move up and down, the tail can not just move up and down but also swivel from side to side! On the front of dinosaur, there’s a seat as well as steering wheel where a child can place an action figure or whatever they desire to pretend the dinosaur is being driven and controlled. One of my kids favorite features is the Dino Track treads. Seeing the marks left behind in the dirt and sand has been a winning feature!


We’ve had this dinosaur for over a month and my son plays with it nearly every day! It hasn’t gotten old and when friends are over they love bringing this dinosaur as well as another in the series out to play with! The durability is awesome. The generous size make maneuvering the dinosaur frustration free! The only con might be sharing. This is one fun toy! My kids have played with the T-Rex indoors as well as outside. It’s pretty easy to keep clean too.


There’s no doubt at all that the entire vehicle line from the Dino Construction Company will do nothing less than impress both boys and girls whom are into that sorta thing. It’s truly unique when you can take two general interest that many kids love like dinosaurs and construction vehicles put them together and make one amazing toy! Just be warned, once your kids have one, there’s a good chance they are going to want to collect the others and who could blame them? These toys are truly a must for indoor or especially outdoor play!


Interesting in Purchasing? Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader is one of 4 Dino Construction Company toys and retails for $39.99. The others are Spike the Anklyosaurus Steam Roller, Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader and T-Top the Triceratops Bulldozer.  Any of these would make a great gift this Holiday Season!

You can find these fantastic toys on  as well as at Educational Insights. The Dino’s are 20% off today only at the Educational Insights website! These are great toys for both boys as well as girls ages 3 and up.

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Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review + Giveaway



The Old Factory’s hand-poured soy wax candles are certainly something special! I used to think I’d never light another candle in my home that was scented but I was wrong. My husband and I in the past have had some pretty severe allergic reactions to scented candles which include excessive sneezing and bad headaches but not with these! These candles have been a joy to light up and enjoy since each burns so cleanly.


The Winter Wonderland set I received includes the themed scents of Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, & First Snow. These scents are amazing and do the season justice. The Hot Cocoa is certainly my favorite because you know girls love their chocolate. The scents fill up the room but aren’t overpowering. Subtle but sustaining for the time left lit. These fragrance certainly get me excited for the upcoming season and will most certainly be lit during get- tog-ethers and when participating in Winter indoor activities.

Each of the many themed and scented sets comes with three 2 ounces candles. The candles are in little glass jars with twist top lids. I imagine after the candles have fully burned all the way down, the jars can be easily recycled or used for something else around the house. The size actually makes storing these out of the way easy. I will admit that the candles at first glance seemed very small but I’ve lit them many times and you can hardly tell! The wick is self-trimming and the candles burn very evenly. The company says each will burn for 20 hours and that’s could amount of use for any small sized candle.

I love the old fashion text and coloring of all the labeling. The said design adds a little flair and would be perfect set aside in country themed areas of the home. These candles are all hand-poured in USA using natural soy wax and premium fragrance oil. I’ve come across quite a few people that have given up candles altogether that I’ve going to be sure to tell about these! If purchased through there’s the option for gift-wrapping meaning you can order these for a friend of family member and make the gift that much more special and completely by-pass having to have them sent to you for wrapping first!


I’m 100% satisfied with Old Factory Candles and it’s nice to know that if I wasn’t the company would give me a full refund. I highly recommend these to everyone!

Interested in Purchasing?   Old Factory Candle Gift Set can be purchased on for 25.00. Gift wrapping is available at an additional small cost too.

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