Samuel L Collins DVD {Review & Giveaway}

If you’ve been around Happy Brown House very long, it is probably no surprise that we are very discerning about the media we let into our home. We preview everything before letting Jonah watch, including movies we might have seen prior to parenthood. While that may sound a little overbearing to some, we are serious about guarding his mind, eyes, and ears from things not appropriate for little guys. We believe that part of our job as parents is to be the diligent gatekeeper from the things of this world while they are still young. By the way, it never fails, the times that we’ve been lax about this have been the times that we have had to stop a movie for one reason or another.

At times, this has proven to be very frustrating for us as parents. It seems like everyone has an agenda and little things get slipped in even though they might be geared for the younger crowd…I’m sure you probably know what I’m talking about.

Imagine my excitement when I found the Samuel L. Collins and the Search for Biblical Truths DVD series, full of adventure and God’s Word!

Samuel L Collins booth

I first heard about Samuel L. Collins when I was at the Teach Them Diligently Convention. After talking with Kristi (Samuel’s mom and supporting actress), I just knew my little guy would be interested in the DVD series. Jonah often pretends to be a secret agent/spy, so I knew this would be right up his alley.

What is it?

Samuel L. Collins and the Search for Biblical Truths is a DVD series designed for children ages 6-12. In each episode, you follow Samuel and his family around the globe. He learns a different Christian principle based upon his Bible verse for the day. We got to review the Samuel L. Collins Singapore Adventure. This adventure focuses on integrity. In the DVD, Samuel finds some money a woman drops and he is faced with the dilemma of what to do with the money. Should he keep it? Should he give it back?

Review

Jonah thoroughly enjoyed the DVD. While he is a little younger than the suggested age of 6, he is one smart cookie. He followed the storyline and could answer questions easily about what happened. Jonah liked the intro music and danced to it in his goofy four-year-old way. As he watched, he provided commentary about Samuel’s dilemma. When Samuel asked what he should do, Jonah spoke to the TV and told Samuel he should give it back. A day or two later, he referenced Samuel L. Collins in conversation and pretended that he was on an adventure like Samuel, too…complete with binoculars and spy watch.

spy JonahAll in all, I was pleased with this DVD series. It appealed to my little guy’s sense of adventure and gave us an opportunity to discuss a real-life dilemma of what to do when we find money. We talked about integrity and the Bible verses Samuel L. Collins uses to guide him in his adventure.

I think it speaks volumes that Jonah was pretending he was Samuel L. Collins. Honestly, I’m pretty excited that he was. What a great role model! The DVD shows Samuel L. Collins spending time reading his Bible, praying, and acting with integrity.

The DVD is interactive. There are cipher codes to help Samuel figure out. There are instructions on geocaching to go on your own treasure hunting adventure as a family.

Giveaway

Samuel L. Collins wants to take one of you on an adventure, too! You can enter below to win a Samuel L. Collins Singapore DVD.

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Disclosure: I was provided a free DVD for the purpose of an honest review. I received no other compensation from this post. I only promote products I believe in and believe in blogging with integrity.

An “I Love You” Prayer Review {Giveaway}

We got a belated Valentine in the mail from Tommy Nelson and I’m so glad we did!

An “I Love You” Prayer is the second book in the Time to Pray series by Amy Parker. It is a sweet book with charming illustrations! The board book is shaped like a heart. (I kinda love that…it’s the little things, I tell ya!) The rhyming text is sweet and says a thank you to God for the many ways He shows us His love–a rainbow, homes, fields to explore, etc. (You can take a sneak peak at the book here!)

Our thoughts:

Jonah loved it! We’ve read it over and over, as we do with most of our Tommy Nelson books. We give this one two thumbs up! Jonah’s favorite character in the book is the dog. :)

An Extension:

As we were reading An “I Love You” Prayer, I asked Jonah what he would thank God for. He was precious…and came up with some hilarious things, too! He started listing a long list of people in our lives. Which got me thinking, we should tell these people that we are thinking about them and thankful for them!

So, we rolled up our sleeves…er, Jonah took off his shirt…and we got to work making something special to send to loved ones.

First, we got a red piece of paper. I took a recycled toilet paper and bent it so it would be the shape of a heart. Then, Jonah dipped it in the white paint and stamped hearts all over his paper. After it was dry, we used it to make a card to send in the mail…complete with a hug! (Two handprints on the end of a piece of ribbon~Easy Peasy!)

Would you like to win An “I Love You” Prayer?

Tommy Nelson want to give one to a lucky reader!

To enter: Leave a comment sharing how your kids (or you) would fill in the blank

“God’s love is like ____.”

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Giveaway will end Sunday, March 4th at midnight. U.S. residents only, please.

Disclosure: All thoughts from this review are my own. I received a free product in exchange for an honest review, but that did not influence my review. I genuinely like it!

Hermie, a Common Caterpillar (Review & Giveaway)

Hi! Remember me? I’m that blogger that had high hopes of posting with a newborn {insert maniacal laugh}. Said newborn has rocked our world a little bit more than I had expected (in a good way, I promise we’re ok)….which means it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. BUT, I have something time-sensitive to tell you about and giveaway…so here I am typing with my right hand while holding Asher with my left :)

Have you met Hermie yet? Hermie is a little caterpillar designed by Max Lucado to help kids know that God loves and God listens. I love that. I want my kids to know that God loves them and listens to them. I’ll do whatever it takes to get them to understand those truths and root them deep in their hearts early. Here’s Max Lucado telling a little more about Hermie…

Hermie has been around for a while, but somehow, we had totally missed the stories until now. I mean, I guess I had seen him while perusing Lifeway, but never really checked him out until now. Hermie has had some changes recently and Tommy Nelson sent me a preview (and a giveaway for you, too!)

So what’s new with Hermie? Well, for starters, he’s got a new look…in my opinion, he’s much cuter! The classic Hermie, a Common Caterpillar has been turned into a Level 2 Reader (be still my teacher heart!) AND they’ve introduced “Little Hermie” board books for the younger kids, ages 0-4. I love that no matter the age of your kids, there is a Hermie book for you!

We loved all 3 books Tommy Nelson sent us to preview! I have a feeling Thank You, God, For Loving Me and Thank You, God, For Blessing Me will be favorites when Asher is a little older.

If you’d like to take a sneak peek at the books, view the digital flipbooks:

And because Tommy Nelson loves you, they want to give away ALL 3 books to one winner!

Want to win ALL 3 Hermie books? Leave a comment below! I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, Oct. 5th. Good Luck!

The Crippled Lamb (Review & Giveaway!)

Sometimes we just feel left out, don’t we?

I know I’ve had my fair share of disappointments (well into adulthood) when it comes to feeling left out of things that I think I should be included in. It’s hard. It hurts. It makes you want to crawl under the covers and sulk for a while.

While we haven’t had an issue come up with Jonah feeling left out yet, I know it is coming…sooner or later. It’s bound to happen. And when it does, I’m so glad I can help remind Jonah of the promise of something better~God’s purpose for him. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado (and his three daughters) is a beautiful book addressing the very same thing.

The Crippled Lamb tells the story of a little lamb who is different, who is left out and left behind. But one starry night, he learns a lesson that is true for us all: “Don’t be sad…God has a special place for those who feel left out.” And what a job God has in store for this little lamb!

While The Crippled Lamb is a message of God’s individual purpose for each of us, it also is a perfect addition to your Christmas book collection (Yes, I just said Christmas…in August.) For all of you plan-ahead types, this would a great book to go ahead and purchase and tuck away for December reading fun. (We have a Christmas book basket that sits under our tree every year and this book is being added this year!)

Tommy Nelson, one of my absolute favorite companies, wanted to give you the chance to preview some of the story and beautifully illustrated pages. You can do so here at the Flipbook. (note: not all of the pages are available to view online…that would ruin the surprise!) And….they also wanted to give one away to one of YOU!

Want to win your own copy of The Crippled Lamb?

To Enter: Simply leave a comment below telling me how you encourage a child that feels left out OR tell me your favorite Bible verse you to turn to for a source of encouragement on those days you just feel like crawling under the covers and sulking.

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Double Giveaway Alert

That’s right there are TWO chances to win something from my etsy shop, Stitches by Sara, on the same day!

You can enter to win at Pennies & Blessings or at The Southern Institute. Go enter both to double your chances! You know you’ve been crushing on a coffee cozy….

Stitches By Sara Collage

Both of these blogs are run by friends that I met through the blogging world, but have also met in real life last year at Relevant. Since then, our friendships have grown and we talk often, even collaborating on a few online projects. (You’ll see more from Jenny at The Southern Institute here at the Happy Brown House sometime soon…she’ll be sharing a tutorial for me whenever little brother arrives to give me a few days to relax and get settled in after childbirth. Yay!)

So, what are you waiting for? Go enter!

Winner of the Rebecca St. James Giveaway!

Just wanted to let you know the winner of the Rebecca St. James CD Giveaway is….

LeAnna who blogs at Thoughts and Whatnots!

Thanks to all who entered! I wish I could send one to all of you!

And for the record, my “back in the day” wasn’t that long ago either…I’m only 30! Some of your answers were cracking me up and made me think of songs I hadn’t remembered in a while!

Rebecca St. James CD (Review & Giveaway!)

I’m so excited about this review and giveaway!

I’m a Rebecca St. James fan from waaaay back and it’s been quite a while since she’s had anything new come out. This is her first studio project since 2005! And I’m telling you, it’s been so worth the wait!


I Will Praise You by Rebecca St. James

Her newest CD “I Will Praise You” is a new collection of worship songs she terms “her most personal recording to date.” And I’ll be honest, from the opening notes of track one, I was hooked. Even Jonah was asking if I could turn it on and sang along with the lyrics…he’s usually not a fan of “Mommy’s music.” It’s hard to pick a favorite song from the CD. I loved every one of them and had the CD set to replay over and over. The opening song and title track, “I Will Praise You” is catchy and makes me want to dance around my living room with my hands up in praise. I also really like the song, “In A Moment” which talks about the glorious returning of our Savior. All in all, I feel like it’s a more mellow CD than her previous ones and maybe a bit more “grown up”….which I appreciate since I’ve “grown up” since the last time I listened to her music and don’t rock out as much as I used to. (I know, I know, I’m totally getting old.)

You can preview the CD and share it with your friends and family too by visiting the Listening Party.

You can find Rebecca St. James on her Website or on Facebook.

You can also find it on Amazon and preview it there, too.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Giveaway ends Friday, April 8, 2011 at Midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Open to U.S. residents only. Sorry to the international friends!