Month: February 2015

Becoming A Spiritually Healthy Family by Michelle Anthony

Litfuse Book Tour

We all want the best for our children and our family. We want to watch our family grow in love and God. Life can get so busy that sometimes we step away from these values and beliefs. Becoming A Spiritually Healthy Family by Michelle Anthony brings family and God back into the forefront.


About Becoming A Spiritually Healthy Family

We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we as parents pursue the more, the better that life offers over the pursuit of Jesus we fall into dangerous parenting habits. In Becoming A Spiritually Healthy Family, Michelle Anthony breaks down six of the most common dysfunctional parenting styles that we may fall into because of habit, lack of attention or oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but unsure of how to do this practical guide is for you! This guide includes scripture passages, reflection questions and real life family examples.

My Thoughts

“This is the way God intended His family to respond to one another. God knew families would suffer loss and pain, and that no family would have the perfect life they anticipated. His provision was that we would, in His name, fill in the gaps for each other. No one family can provide for its needs in the powerful ways that the family of God can!” (Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, 123).

This is the perfect resource guide for busy families. The moment I picked up this book I could not put it down. I found so much of myself and those around me in the parenting styles Michelle highlights. Michelle breaks down parenting styles into six of the most common ones: the double minded parent, can’t say no parent, driver parent, micro manager parent, criticizing parent and the absentee parent. Instead of throwing blame at parents for their parenting styles she visits why we have come to this route of parenting style and how it can affect our family life and children. She then gives real examples from not only her own life but those around her. She ties in Bible scriptures breaking them down to help us see the bigger picture. At the end of each chapter she allows room for us to complete discussion questions and assessments.

It can be hard to guide our children in our faith – I am not going to lie I find this hard! I take them to our Church and try to teach them moral lessons but I know I can and should be doing more. I loved the real examples Michelle gives us – ideas that I would never have even thought of on my own! The passage that I started this section with is one of my favourite from the book. It truly exemplifies what God asks us to do when he says we are part of his Kingdom and one family.

You can purchase a copy of the book here. For more reviews you can visit the Litfuse Blog tour page.

Rating: 5/5

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About Michelle Anthony

Michelle is the Vice President of the Learning Resources and Family Ministry Architect at David C. Cook. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, Dreaming of More for the Next Generation, A Theology of Family Ministry and The Big God Story. She has over twenty-five years of church ministry experience as a children’s and family pastor. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Happy (early) Valentine’s Day #WW w/linky


Wishing you a very Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!


Here is some of what we have been up to:


Lots of crafts!



What special activities or outings do you have planned for this weekend?

Make sure you link up below so that I can visit you!


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The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer


The Dandelion Field is a story of strength, overcoming obstacles and finding faith.


About The Dandelion Field

After Raine’s Dad walks out on them, Ginevieve Lightly never lives in one place too long – a rambling lifestyle that defines her daughter’s youth. When their car dies in Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises Raine that they can stay until she finishes her senior year of high school. Gin will do anything to make sure her daughter has a bright future – a future that is compromised when Raine reveals she is pregnant.

Dan has only ever called Banister Falls home. After losing his best friend in a tragic accident, Dan devotes himself to fighting fires, rescuing the helpless and guiding Cody Bennett, his best friend’s son. This was always an easy job until Cody said “The baby is mine.”

Knowing gossip of the pregnancy will erupt sooner or later because of the small town nature, Gin’s reflex is to run. But with each passing day Gin finds herself rooted to this small town unable to leave and she falls more and more in love with Dan. Dan works hard to show her not all men are the same and not all men will run when the smoke starts.

As Gin and Dan do their best to guide the two young teenagers they discover that romance can bloom in the rockiest of situations.

My Thoughts

I fell in love with this book as it resonated strongly with me. I was a young Mother who also went through some of the same things Raine was forced to go through in her pregnancy. Those initial reactions Raine faced of anger, feeling the need to hide and facing negativity from others is difficult to overcome. When she turns to those she needs the most, Gin would do anything for her daughter. Gin sees an opportunity to protect her daughter from the terrible things that happened to herself when she was pregnant as a teen with Raine.

Raine’s pregnancy is only one small part of this story. Through Raine’s pregnancy we are introduced to Gin’s past and the hurt she has had to overcome when her boyfriend left her and family abandoned her. Gin finds it hard to believe in others and to trust. It was incredible to be able to watch her character grow and trust again all because of Dan. Dan also benefits from his relationship with Gin as he finds himself, forgives himself for his past and moves into the future.

A fantastic story of forgiveness, healing and moving forward. It does not disappoint! You can find more reviews on the Litfuse blog tour page here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Rating: 5/5


About the Author

Kathryn Springer is a USA Today best-selling author. She grew up in Wisconsin where her parents published a weekly newspaper. It is the time she spent with her parents writing and reading that gave her a deep passion for both areas. Kathryn has written nineteen books and close to two million copies sold.

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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DIY Moisturizing Facial Scrub


I love winter – the snow, the variety of outdoor activities and just the natural beauty of the season. The only thing I don’t love is the how dry my skin becomes in the winter. It is a constant battle to keep my skin moisturized and looking healthy.

My eczema forces me to be extra careful with the products that I put on my face. There is nothing worse than using a new scrub and instantly my cheeks turn red and look raw. This moisturizing facial scrub uses products that you can easily find in your pantry including my favourite item – coconut oil!


You will need:

  • 3 tbsp of coconut oil.
  • 3 1/2 tsp of baking soda



  • Measure out the 3 tbsp of coconut oil.
  • Melt the coconut oil into its liquid form if not already in this state.


  • Add 3 1/2 tsp of baking soda into the coconut oil and mix thoroughly.


  • Pour mixture into a small mason jar and secure tightly.


You only need a small amount each time to cover your face. Rub the facial scrub into your skin in gentle, circular motions.

I like to leave the facial scrub on for at least three to five minutes to allow it to absorb and achieve maximum results.

Remove the facial scrub with a warm cloth. You will need to use a cloth to remove the facial scrub because of the coconut oil.

Do you have a favourite homemade facial scrub? Maybe a special ingredient that you like to use? I loved using the baking soda as it wasn’t as harsh on my skin as sugar and other ingredients can be.

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I Love Toopy and Binoo Valentine’s Day DVD Giveaway


Toopy, Toopy, Binoo, Binoo

Toopy and Binoo!


Hands up if those lyrics are played almost non stop in your home?!

Although almost seven years separate our children both of our boys have always loved Toopy and Binoo. So much so that when we brought our puppy home eight years ago she was lovingly named Toopy!

Toopy and Binoo are the adorable stars in this series. You just can’t help fall in love with these two, who love each other with all their hearts and are always up for fun and adventure. Toopy is the witty and engaging mouse while Binoo, his best friend in the whole entire world, is the silent cat. When Toopy has lost something or when he can’t figure something out it is always Binoo who helps him find his way.

toopy-and-binooI Love Toopy has a total of fifteen heartwarming episodes for a total running time of seventy-five minutes.

The episodes include:

  • Duckling (The Best Of)
  • Baby Toopy
  • Worm Circus
  • The Big Race
  • Gone Fishin
  • Space House
  • Little Red Binoo
  • Jungle Toopy
  • Super Toopy
  • Magic Mirror
  • Toopy Goes bananas (our personal favourite!)
  • Camp Out
  • Storm in a Bottle
  • Space House
  • Bubbles


The second DVD, I Love Binoo also comes with fifteen episodes and a running time of seventy five minutes.

The episodes included are:

  • Pet Palace
  • Binoo’s Birthday
  • Sparkle Binoo
  • Toopy’s Surprise
  • Binoo’s Letter
  • Magic Whoosher
  • Superball
  • Funny Bunny
  • The Castle
  • The Big Blue
  • The Lost Bear
  • Where’s Binoo?
  • Invisible World
  • Egghead
  • Toopy’s Present

Although we thought we had seen all the Toopy and Binoo episodes that were out there we were pleasantly surprised to find new ones on these DVDs! Our youngest son brought his DVDs to daycare so that all of his friends could watch their favourite show together! It was so sweet!

kaboom! Entertainment is giving one of my readers the chance to win their copies of I Love Toopy and I Love Binoo! Canadian residents can enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of each DVD in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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