Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wherever the River Runs -- book review and GIVEAWAY

I have added a book to my list of favorites! I recently heard a lot about Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten people Renewed My Hope in the Gospel by several of my favorite bloggers, so when the opportunity came to get a chance to read and review it for free on behalf of FlyBy, I was ecstatic! And this book DID NOT DISAPPOINT. I loved it. LOVED IT! I found myself laughing out loud while reading it, crying while reading it, and underlining nearly every other page. This book spoke to me in a way that left me heartbroken when I was done. Heartbroken in the I-must-act way. I loved her message, her writing style and look forward to seeing the future impact on my life. Seriously. It's that good of a book!

The basic premise of the book is that Kelly goes to Brazil and spends time getting to know people who live in the jungle, realizes that some of the things she takes for granted are things they could only dream about and it makes her questions her problems. It's a book about making you take a look at some of our First World Problems and asks you to be open to what God might actually want you to be doing with your life. It might not be what you expect/what is expected!

Here are a few lines that stood out to me:
"Brazil is a little like Texas this way in that when you're within its border it has a habit of ceaselessly reminding you that this is so." --I literally laughed out loud at this one, because as a non-Texan living in Texas, I'm confronted with this exact reality every day!

"... that prickly discomfort you try to ignore as best you can." --This was both a laugh-out-loud situation and a gut-check!

"I suppose that we watch for what we long for, and we wait for what we believe in. And if the object of our belief and longing is our Savior, well, then our waiting and watching will never be in vain."--Amen!

And here's the best part for YOU: I have the opportunity to give you a free copy of this book! Simply leave a comment on this blog post and you'll be entered into a random drawing. The contest will close midnight on August 10th, so comment NOW!

"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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

BzzAgent Kit: Let's Imagine Elmo

I recently received a free Let's Imagine Elmo from BzzAgent and the boys love it! It's a plush Elmo that comes with three different "hats" that you place on his head to change his character. Each version of Elmo plays a different interactive game with you. So, he'll have you playing a version of Simon Says with tickling his belly, bouncing him, and then squeezing his nose or he'll have you squeeze his nose over and over and count to 20 with you. The hats actually stick down into his eyes so Elmo knows which hat he is wearing and some of the games are more entertaining than others. G (22 months) had no problem taking the hats off, but putting them back in place is a bit of a firmer push than he can muster. The belly isn't very squishy, but I wouldn't expect it to be. A (46 months) has no problem following the games as they are supposed to be played.

My only two complaints about this toy are that he seems to not want to do anything unless he has a hat on. There's no "hat-less" setting. He just keeps telling you to put a hat on him. That seems strange. Also, maybe it's just the one we got, but his nose is nearly impossible to squeeze correctly. It's like his nose is broken and the part you're supposed to squeeze moves around inside the orange blob that is his nose. I keep saying "Elmo must have a deviated septum" to A. He doesn't think it's funny.

Anyways, I'd recommend it for your 3ish-year old and I have three $10 off coupons if you're interested!

They immediately wanted me to open him up.
Cowboy Elmo
Captain Elmo
Prince Elmo
Trying like the dickens to squeeze his nose.
showing the hole to receive the hats