Friday, November 20, 2020

CrossTimber Products REVIEW

 Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I am more than excited to share with you my review about the AMAZING products created by CrossTimber.  I received a coupon to redeem for a free product of my choice from a list and I chose to review the 8x10 Plaque print.  I also received, for free, 30 pages (for ages 3-12) of AmazingName Print Activity Sheets.  As a bonus I was also sent a link to download the activity pages so that I can print more and use again later.

CrossTimber is an amazing company producing lots of fun and scriptural products.  The products are made in the USA by John and Katie Dehnart.  They are an amazing couple currently with 3 kids. The products include name meaning plaques, coffee mugs, and music boxes to name just a few and are focused around the meaning of your name. I love that they also include scripture related to your name meaning.  If you want to know the meaning of your name ahead of time you simply contact them and they will tell you.  They also create and distribute FREE name meaning cards by your request, see their website for more information on this.

I have reviewed for this company before and because I like their name meaning gifts so much I have also purchased quite a few products on my own.  Since I already had name meaning prints for the kids, I chose to get the two name option and got an 8x10 Plaque print with mine and my husband's name meanings on it.  He was delighted when he saw it.  There are a LOT of backgrounds to choose from so take your time browsing through their options.  You are also able to purchase your choice of frame if you wish. Other customizations available include a customized message, and the opportunity to add name meaning bookmarks, namecards, greeting cards, and even a special message on the back of your plaque.

Be sure you check out all the options for your name plaque.
You can even get it with only the name

Be sure to click on "Multi-Name Plaques" from top menu
to see all of the categories to choose from

The quality of the paper for the plaque is a thicker glossy paper and the print quality is also nice. The activity sheets I received are printed on both sides.  I am glad that I also received a digital copy of the set so I can print individual pages with blank backs if I choose.  Little Bug just LOVES to complete the pages.  They include mazes made out of the letters of her name, mazes that include her name in them, a desk name card, letter scramble with letters of her name, pictures with her name incorporated within the picture, number crossword puzzles, challenging coloring pages, crossword puzzles, word searches, and name handwriting pages with both print and cursive. There are also discount coupons and codes on several pages!

Mazes, coloring pages, crossword puzzles and so much more!!

I have had the pleasure to also have connection with this company in the past and their customer service is wonderful.  I love their heart and their story (check it out on their website).  During our first review with the Amazing Name personalized cartoon, we were contacted afterward and agreed to send in video of Little Bug and she was featured in one of their ads.  Enjoy this fun ad below that is now another special keepsake for our family!

I give CrossTimber two thumbs up.  We are pleased with the 8x10 Plaque print and the AmazingName Print Activity Sheets. You can connect with with CrossTimber on FACEBOOK and PINTEREST.  Be sure to check out the reviews of my fellow Crew members who also reviewed the NameCards and Name Bookmarks by clicking on the graphic link below.

Name Cards, Bookcards, Activity Sheets & Plaque Personalised Gifts {CrossTimber Reviews}

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Faith Journeys Bible Study REVIEW

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. 

I'm always up for a good bible study so I was excited to get the chance to review Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Romans Bundle and Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Philippians by Julie Polanco from Julie Naturally.  I received both of these studies in PDF digital form via a download link.  Both Bible studies are currently available as digital downloads.

Romans Bible Study Bundle

Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Romans Bundle (97 pages) includes an 8-week study guide, printable scripture memory cards, and themed coloring pages (one for each week). It was easy to download the file and print out the pages.  I chose to bind my study guides. I printed out the memory cards separately, laminated them, then cut them into cards that I can carry with me and use as bookmarks while I am catching up on my reading.  Taping them to the bathroom mirror works well too!!  The coloring pages are included in the study guide and are also sent as a separate file to also be downloaded.  I did not bind these as I hope to either laminate or at least post these in different areas of the house (once I color all of them).

Sample prayer card from Romans bundle

In addition to the PDF download files, you are set up with an account on Julie's website for you to access the videos associated with the Romans bundle Bible study.  There is one video for each week that you watch first.  The videos are approximately 10-12 minutes each.  Each week covers 2 chapters from the book of Romans. There are 6 days of lessons each week and a lesson can be easily completed in about 15-20 minutes.  I tend to spend more time on questions but they are still easily completed in less than 30 minutes.  Romans is such a good book and Julie does a good job in covering it.  Having the scripture memory cards is great and I really liked that I could carry them with me and place them on my bathroom mirror for reminders. Another bonus was the art pages.  Coloring always relaxes the mind.

Romans study sample page

There are a lot of reflective and contemplative questions throughout the study that I thoroughly enjoyed.  The only issue I had was that the videos were a little foggy and pixelated at times. Not sure if that was my computer/internet or not, but I didn't have trouble with other videos from other sites so I'm not sure what the problem was.

Sample art page from Romans study

Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Philippians (45) pages is a 4-week study and does not include any video component (I wonder if there might be video added in the future since the welcome page mentions audiovisuals).  There are scripture memory cards for each week and the study follows the same format as that of the Romans Bible study.  Six lessons per week, approximately 15-20 minute completion time, and bonus art pages.

Philippians scripture memory cards

Philippians Bible study sample page

Philippians sample art page

All Biblical quotes are from the 1984 NIV translation and Julie also used the Moody Bible Commentary and other notes when she compiled this study.  I do recommend Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Romans Bundle and Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Philippians by Julie Polanco as I like how she covered the material and best of all I was able to complete my daily lessons in less than 30 minutes and it was still power-packed!

You can connect with Julie Naturally on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, and YOUTUBE.  Also, be sure to click on the graphic link below to see what my fellow Crew members have to say about this Bible study series.


New Babies on the Homestead


So exciting, new babies on the homestead!  Midnight hatched her first egg the other day.  Updates to follow.

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