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.

Experts Only: When To Step Back From DIY And Leave It To The Professionals

If you’re part of a busy, family home; there will always be issues that crop up that need sorting out and fixing 
as soon as possible, especially when you all need to get on with things as usual. 
Often, it might be tempting to try and resolve a problem yourself or ask a family member to fix it, to save time 
and money. However, there are some areas of the house that should be left to qualified professionals, so that
 nobody is putting themselves at risk and no further damage is caused. Maybe you’re trained in a specific area
 of household repair, in which case; go right ahead! But, if like most average families, non of you have the expertise
 to do an impeccable job (which is what’s needed); it’s time to find out who the best folks for the task are. 
The following are some areas in your home to think twice about, before taking on the work yourself!

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The Water Works

Ask yourself if you know how to switch the water off in your home, and if you don’t, then learn how to quickly.
 If you’ve called a professional in for a burst water pipe repair job in your home; you don’t want to spend the time
 it takes them to arrive, worrying about the water spilling out into your house. Similarly with any plumbing issue around
 your house, if you can turn the water off as soon as possible yourself, you’ll save your home from severe water 
damage and the money it will cost to rectify it. Plumbers and qualified repair people are the only way to ensure 
that your home is watertight and functioning properly. So, learn your basics and call in for help whenever you need it;
 it’ll be worth the investment for your house and your peace of mind.

The Structural Side

The building and structure of your home, whether it’s the walls, roof, or flooring, are not worth the dangerous risks 
of doing the building work yourself when you’re unsure of what you’re doing. It’s always smarter to call your partner 
off the roof and back down the ladder, and ring a qualified team to come and assess the situation, before giving you a
 quote and completing the renovation job properly. Never put you and your family at risk from unsafe building work, 
as it’s not going to be worth it. Know when to spend your money on a professional job, and ensure that your whole 
family live in a comfortable, safe environment.

The Electrical Wiring

You will have already taught your kids all about the danger of electricity, so it’s time to listen to your own advice 
and steer clear of faulty wires and anything that might give you a shock. When a fuse has gone or switched off in 
your home; they can be pretty simple to replace, and it might just be a matter of flicking a switch back on. 
Therefore, it’s always worth having a torch and batteries to utilize. However, if the problem is more serious, and the 
house needs any rewiring or new wires added; you’ll need to call an electrician. If you leave electrical issues 
untreated, it can bring danger into your home. You may have to spend some money and effort in the right electrics company, but the 
safety of your family will come first, so it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Moms- Here's How You Can Get Moving More!

As moms, we’re great at keeping tabs on our children's health. We feed them healthy food, 
make sure they get plenty of exercise and impose strict bedtimes so they’re getting 
enough sleep. We limit sugary snacks and make healthy swaps so that their little 
bodies have everything they need. However, we might not be so good at looking after 
ourselves. This is counter productive because of course, we need to be healthy and 
energetic in order to look after our families to the best of our ability, but we can often 
feel like we simply don’t get the time or have the energy to hit the gym or workout. 

However there are ways around this, and one of the best things you can do is get active 
WITH your kids. Not only is this a great time to bond and have fun but you set a good 
example to them. Here are a few family friendly activities you can do which will keep your 
kids fit as well as yourself.

Bike rides
Once your kids are old enough to ride a bike, even if it’s only with stabilisers then this 
is a great opportunity to get out having fun. Biking is fantastic exercise, it tones the lower
 body and improves cardiovascular endurance. You could research biking routes around your 
area or head down to the local park. Chances are it will make you feel nostalgic about your 
own childhood if you’ve not rode a bike in some time, but it’s true what they say- you won't 
forget! Hop on your bike and enjoy time spent with the kids taking in the views and fresh air.

Educational walks
Walking is one of the best activities you can do- it’s accessible, free and something that
 people at most fitness levels can do. Just make sure you have a supportive pair of walking 
shoes, sore feet can be corrected with insoles such as Biopods It goes to 
show that exercise doesn't have to be all about going for the burn, and a nice walk can be
 relaxing and a chance to chat to your children in different surroundings. Do you have woods,
 rivers, canals or beaches close to where you live? Check out some trails and go on walks 
or hikes together. You could print out some activity sheets from Pinterest and look out for
 different plants, animals or minibeasts together. It’s a fun way to learn and stay active at the
 same time. You could take some binoculars and go bird watching, or even bring a couple of 
small teddy bears and have a teddy bears picnic in the woods or somewhere scenic.

Outdoor games
Frisbee, football, rounders and cricket are just a few examples of simple games you could 
play at the local park or beach. Invite some members of the family and organise a game 
with teams, the competition can give you a boost and you’ll all have so much fun that it 
won’t even feel like exercise. These are the sort of things that will help you make memories 
with your children and it’s a wonderful way to get everyone moving.

In Memory

Last Friday there was a homicide in our capital city where I live, it made our calm and quiet city go into chaos.

2 police officers were killed ~Cst Costello and Cst Burns

2 civilians were killed.

No one really knows there reasons why
You can read the story here

my heart is really torn because these people have families, these people are sons and daughters and now they are gone over a senseless act of violence.

May they rest in Peace.
Our city is standing together and healing together, we appreciate your prayers over the next while as we heal together.  Last night we had a hands held over the city, so everyone met downtown and everyone joined hands, we have first res ponders join etc, it was the most beautiful sight.

This photo immediately brought a rush of tears. I can honestly say, I’ve never been so moved, so filled with emotion just from looking at a photo. I wish I could have been there to stand with everyone, to show my love and care.land. 

Post-workout nutrition tip

Working out is more than just going to the gym. It is time before and after the training that counts too, as well as our other habits. To make workout routine effective, it is of great importance to balance your diet and to adjust it to your needs. Not every physical activity requires a strict regime, but if you aim for increasing strength or endurance, what you eat before and especially after the workout plays a big role in rebuilding muscle proteins and restoring glycogen stores, which in the end speeds up recovery and stimulates muscle growth. There are good and bad food choices, so keep reading to learn more about proper post-workout eating habits you should adopt.

Why is it necessary to eat after the workout?

Intense physical activity affects your body in a way that slightly damages your muscle fibers by partially depleting glycogen stores as well as breaking down proteins. After the training session, your body keeps working hard to regrow muscle proteins and to restore glycogen, eventually building stronger muscles with better definition. If your body lacks the fuel that helps this restoring and repletion process, your workout, regardless of how intensive is it, will lack results. On the other hand, the consumption of proper nutrients after a workout will significantly increase the workout effects, and it will decrease inflammation.

What to include in a post-workout meal?

The macronutrients that are ideal as a post-workout food are proteins and carbs. Since proteins help to build the muscles and carbs are perfect for the muscle recovery, it is best to consume the two at the same time. Also, having a meal with carbs and proteins will stimulate insulin secretion which promotes glycogen synthesis. Having a well-balanced meal with a ratio of 3:1 (carbohydrates to proteins) will replenish your body, speed up the recovery and maximize workout effects. Although many people avoid fat, know that limited amounts of fat will not reduce the benefits of post-workout meal nor it will affect the absorption of nutrients.

When to eat?

Right after the workout would be ideal. As time passes, the ability of your body to recover and to rebuild proteins significantly drops. Perfect timing for a post-workout meal would be within first thirty minutes and not longer than an hour. Any delay of proper nutrient consumption may lead to decreased nutrient absorption and lower rates of glycogen synthesis. However, if you don’t manage to have a meal in such a short time, know that your body will use the benefits of your pre-workout meal, since depending on the timing, they may still apply.

What is on the post-workout menu?


Choose easily digested carbs like pasta, rice, oatmeal, potatoes and sweet potatoes, chocolate milk and fruits like banana or berries. Eggs, chicken, tuna, salmon and Greek yogurt will cover your protein deficit. If you wish a continuous protein supply to your muscles, try casein protein before bed. Over the night it will slowly digest and release amino acids into your body for around eight hours. Also, don’t hesitate to eat some healthy fats like nuts or avocado. Be creative and mix these ingredients that go well together, like oatmeal and bananas, or Greek yogurt with berries.

No time or appetite?

Neither of those can be an excuse since you have to eat. Prepare your meal before the workout and eat right after. Unpack your wholegrain bread/tuna sandwich and eat it right after showering. No one will think you’re crazy. Although you may not feel hungry, know that your body screams for nutrients, so always have a protein bar with you, or at least mix a protein shake with a fruit smoothie. Bottoms up and voila! Here is your post-workout emergency meal.


By taking care of your diet, you will be able to get more benefits from exercising. The workout itself is a good thing, but insufficient when it comes to reaching your goals of having the fabulous lean physique with perfect muscles. Aside from exercising, food counts the most, so watch what you eat and plan your meals. Since going through the trouble of workout already, you should try to make the best out of it.

Audrey Taylor was born in San Francisco, and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full - time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across Europe. Her hobbies include: home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies.

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