ICB Golden Princess Sparkle Bible - Review

The ICB (International Children's Bible) Golden Princess Sparkle Bible is by Tommy Nelson and published by Thomas Nelson. This book is a beautiful sturdy hardback. The yellow sparkle "Holy Bible" cover is really pretty and age appropriate for it's targeted ages: 6-10 and the translation is written at an approximate 3rd grade reading level.

The Bible follows the International Children's Bible translation, one which parents should be aware of the translation differences. For example in this version, the very first verse in Genesis—'...God created the heavens and the earth'—is translated as '...God created the sky and the earth.' Which does give an entire different meaning and as a 'simplifying for younger minds' is arguably necessary. These slight differences pop up here and there and simply should be taken note of.

Verses which can be beneficial to remember or hold special meaning are highlighted in light gray and important or difficult repeated words are in bold lettering. These words and their meanings can be found at the back in a short dictionary. There are also sections at the end with helpful tidbits like 'Where Do I Find It?', 'What God Promises About' and 'Memory Verses for My Life'. Each of these is easy to use and practical for the age group. At the bottom of the pages in the Bible, words or phrases which might need a bit more background are very briefly explained.

One of the nicest aspects of this Bible are the illustrations. Twenty-four very bright and colorful illustrations are placed in groups of four throughout the Bible. They are centered around the more popular stories such as the Creation, David and Goliath, Walking on Water and such. They are kid appropriate while still holding a bit of the traditional Bible feel. 

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Review: 10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms

10 Minutes in the Word:Psalms is a new devotional out by Zondervan. This devotional is a way of reading through the Psalms in 45 days. This study takes a mere 10 minutes per day. Have you every wanted to read through the entire Bible? And didn't make it? Have you ever felt that you should read and enjoy the Psalms but you just can't get into it because it isn't a story--its poetry? Maybe this is just me but when I saw this little tiny book promising that I would enjoy reading the Psalms in just 10 minutes per day I jumped at it.

This one is formatted slightly differently, because there are so many Psalms
The book is a perfect size, of good quality, and the prayers and thought-notes are very helpful.I definitely recommend this book. 

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Advice for coping with Ill health

Dealing with a knock to your health isn’t easy. It’s hard not feeling on top of your game. When you feel weak and tired and unable to do things for yourself, it can start to feel very lonely. It can also drain your confidence. If you’re unsure of what to do when dealing with ill health, then fear not, as you’ll find some valuable advice below. Learn more about coping with ill health below.

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Get medical help

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you seek medical help for your problems. Getting the right diagnosis and treatment is important, and if your symptoms aren’t improving at all then perhaps your doctor can help. Don’t be afraid of getting help, as once you get a diagnosis you can start valuable treatment. There are ways of coping with a scary diagnosis, that can help you face whatever it is you’re dealing with.


Rest is important when you’re covering from an illness, but that’s easier said than done when you’ve got a family to look after or work commitments. However, learning to rest will help you recover quicker and also be a good way to show you that you need to slow down once you’ve recovered. Get plenty of sleep, relax and don’t do anything too strenuous.

Ask friends and family for help

While you might be battling with an illness, life still carries on around you. From cleaning your home to looking after the kids, there are still jobs that need doing - and this is where your friends and family come in. Look to them for support and see if they can help you with household chores and childcare while you recover. It can be difficult to ask for help when you’re struggling, but those who love you will want to do what they can to help you out.

Take control of your financial situation

Your finances can be affected by illness, especially if you’re unable to work during the time that you’re recovering. If your illness has been caused by work, you might be able to get some legal help to pay for your loss of earnings and any treatment you might have needed. Make sure you seek legal advice if you are suffering vicious cancer mesothelioma, as this is a serious condition and could be as the result of your employer’s negligence. Having the right insurance in place can help you to manage your finances during tough times, and it always helps to have some savings behind you too.

Coping with ill health is difficult, but it’s important that you focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle to see things through. Make sure you’re not sabotaging your health by eating a good diet, getting plenty of exercise and making sure that you see your doctor for checkups on time. Your health is important, so make sure you do what you can to stay healthy to help prevent conditions that could take you a long time to recover from.


How to enjoy your backyard after summer has passed?

It’s really not all that difficult to enjoy your yard when the sun is beating down. Add a comfortable chair, throw in a BBQ, and you’ll be living the summer dream! Alas, that period doesn’t last too long. For the most part, we can only look out of the window at our yard, waiting for spring to return - and sometimes, we don’t even do that. But what if there was a way to make the most of your yard all the year round? Well, maybe there is. Take a look at some of our useful tips below, and you can make the most of your green space even once summer has left us.

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Looking for Birds

You might retreat to the warmth of your home during fall and winter, but not all animals do! While some hibernate for the winter, others carry on searching for food. Yet, of course, it’s much more difficult when the weather has turned so much colder! You can help those birds, and other creatures make it through the season unscathed by putting out food in a bird feeder. You’ll be doing a good thing...and also giving yourself something to look at from the cosy interior!

A Fire Pit

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be in our yard and be warm, no matter what time of the year it was? Well, you can. It’s called a fire pit! Add one of these to your outdoor space, and you’ll be able to sit outside and look at the stars, even the temperatures are plummeting. They’re easy to have installed and maintain. Instead of curling up in front of the TV every night, you’ll be able to sit in front of a roaring fire under a million stars. Sounds pretty good, right!

Hot and Cold

The Scandinavians do a lot of things right. During the winter, they take ice baths and then warm up in the sauna. It’s a great way to get the blood flowing! And if you have a pool, you can do a version of this yourself. Pool heaters allow you to keep the water temperature high even when the air temperature is freezing. There’s nothing quite like taking a warm swim when the surrounding air is so cold! If you don’t have a swimming pool, look at adding a jacuzzi. They’re a great way to spend a Friday evening with some friends when it’s too cold to venture out!

A Wonderland

You can do things to make your yard look good, too. One of the best - not to mention magical - ways is to add lighting. They work well at all times of the year, but especially so during fall and winter, when the night is oh so dark.

Early Morning Coffee

And then there’s the old favorite: a steaming cup of coffee on a cold morning. Set up a comfortable outdoor seating area, and you’ll be able to start your day in the cool outdoors. It’s a great way to get a dose of outdoors, no matter the time of year.

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