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Review: The New Astronomy Book by Danny R. Faulkner

The New Astronomy Book by Danny R FaulknerSpecial thanks to MasterBooks for providing a copy for review purposes.

Book Description:

The universe is an amazing declaration of the glory and power of God! Beautiful and breathtaking in its scale, the vast expanse of the universe is one that we struggle to study, understand, or even comprehend in terms of its purpose and size. Now take an incredible look at the mysteries and marvels of space in The New Astronomy Book!

Danny R FaulknerAbout the Author:

Dr. Danny R. Faulkner has a B.S. (Math), M.S. (Physics), M.A. and Ph.D. (Astronomy, Indiana University). He is Full Professor at the University of South Carolina — Lancaster, where he teaches physics and astronomy. He has published about two dozen papers in various astronomy and astrophysics journals. He is also the author of Universe by Design. You can read more about Dr. Faulkner at his USC Lancaster faculty page.

The New Astronomy Book 1

Book Details:

Series: Wonders of Creation
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Master Books (September 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0890518343
ISBN-13: 978-0890518342
Retail Price: $16.99
Digital version also available

The New Astronomy Book Moms of MasterBooks Review

My Thoughts:

We had the original version of The Astronomy Book in our home library already, so I was eager to see how this updated version compared to it. The first thing that I noticed is that there is a completely different author for this book. The next thing that I noticed is that it has been updated to include the 3 levels of learning that you find in all the newer books in the Wonders of Creation series. Obviously, some of the data has been updated as there have been changes in astronomy since the publishing of the original book such as Pluto no longer being classified as a planet.

If you’re not familiar with the layout of the new Wonders of Creations series, it’s laid out in a manner that helps the student/reader cover the material according to their learning level. It has different color backgrounds for the different levels: level one – off-white background, level two – purple background, and level three – blue gridded background. It’s a quick and easy way to identify the knowledge level that goes from basic to upper level learning concepts. Everything is presented from a Biblical worldview where God is the creator of the universe.

Each topic has a quick look at the words/concepts that will be covered in the upcoming chapter. Throughout the chapters, there are little notes on the history of the race to space as well as people who have influenced the world.

I like that this book can be tailored to all ages and easy be turned into the basis for a unit study in astronomy. Because this is presented from a Biblical worldview, you’ll look into Biblical history as well as study what the Bible says about various aspects of astronomy. Full color images, charts, and graphics make the study come to life for readers. For those who enjoy studying the constellations, the book even includes images of the night sky for the four different seasons. Finally, the book includes a beautiful pull-out poster featuring our solar system.

The New Astronomy Book is a beautiful upgrade from the previous version, and I definitely recommend adding it to your collection even if you already have the old version.

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Review: Your Family in Pictures by Me Ra Koh

Your Family in Pictures by Me Ra KohSpecial thanks to BloggingforBooks for providing a copy of this book for review purposes.

Book Description:

What parent doesn’t want to capture the perfectly imperfect joy of family life through photos? From holidays and vacations to portraits and shared moments, celebrated photographer (and mom) Me Ra Koh not only helps moms and dads take better photos, but inspires them to discover photography as a way to connect with, cherish, and celebrate their family. With forty beautiful “photo recipes” anyone can follow—with any camera—preserving your family’s story has never been easier!

Me Ra KohAbout the Author:

Me Ra Koh is the leading photography expert and educator to moms with cameras. She hosts the Disney Junior TV show Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh, and also writes a weekly column for Disney’s Babble.com, A Focused Life, in which she inspires parents to not only photograph their kids but live their best life. She is the author of the national bestselling series Your Baby in Pictures and Your Child in Pictures, is the former photography expert for The Nate Berkus Show, and is proud to be one of a select group of SONY Artisans of Imagery. Her writing, photography and photo recipes have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifetime Television, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, as well as in the New York Times, Parenting, Yahoo Shine, American Baby, Popular Photography, and CLICK. Her instructional DVDs Refuse to Say Cheese and Beyond the Green Box won the prestigious national Gold Seal Award from National Parenting Publication Awards. Me Ra is a sought after, inspirational keynote speaker who brings empowerment, humor and tears to all her audiences. Her CONFIDENCE Photography Workshops for Women have sold out for six years. Follow her at www.merakoh.com and @merakoh.

Book Details:

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books (August 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0823086208
ISBN-13: 978-0823086207
Retail Price: $19.99

My Thoughts:

Your Family in Pictures is a beautiful book that helps moms, dads, grandparents, kids… create memorable family photos. Me Ra Koh walks readers through the process of creating beautiful photos step-by-step. She starts out with the basics to help set the stage for a successful shoot whether completely staged or relaxed. She then dives into how to take photos for different events including everyday photos, holidays, family portraits, tweens/teens, and family vacations and travel. Each section is then further broken down into more specific events or settings.

Me Ra Koh gives you the tools that you need to create great photos including tips for each type of event. She then gives specifics for each type of photo by talking about when to take the photo, prep for the photo (this includes recommended settings and tips for camera settings for both P&S and DSLR users), composition ideas, and how to best capture the photo. Finally, she gives an example of the photo shoot being described and includes the settings that she used on her camera to get that shot.

I personally really enjoyed the section on teens because it gave me some ideas for some photo shoots with my daughter. I can’t wait to try out some new techniques with her. I loved that this book is filled with stunning images with the camera settings to help get the creative juices flowing.

If you’re looking for a nice book to not only help you become a better people photographer but also give you lots of creative ideas, you’ll want to check out this book.

Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. A positive review is not required nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.

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Review: Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws


Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws

Remember when you were young at drank everything through straws without a care in the world? Those were the days. Now we know that using plastic in our every day lives isn’t the best of ideas due to as the nasty chemicals that can be leached into our foods. What is a family to do when they like using straws for things like smoothies and milkshakes?

That is something that I’ve been working on at our house. While we could go without straws, the fact of the matter is that we like using them for certain drinks. I recently received this really nice set of stainless steel straws from Eco at Heart. The set includes 5 straws, a cleaning tool, and a smoothie ebook.

Eco at Heart

The Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Straws (affiliate link) are 18/8 grade stainless steel which means we won’t have to worry about them rusting or bending. They are dishwasher safe, but to get them truly clean, I recommend washing them by hand immediately after use. They are 8.5″ long and 3/8″ wide which means they work wonderfully for thick drinks like smoothies and milkshakes. (See picture above for a comparison with a traditional plastic straw.)

These straws do take some getting used to as they have a different feel when drinking. They get really cold with cold drinks which makes sense since they are stainless steel. They are easy to clean if you clean them immediately after use. If they sit for a little while, you’ll probably need to allow them to soak for a little while before cleaning.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Review: Back40 Your Essential Seed Vault

Back40 Organic Seed Vault
Growing your own food is an important skill to master. It’s a great way to cut down on food costs, and it helps you know how your food is being grown. With so many companies going with gmo seeds and nasty fertilizers, it’s getting harder and harder to find the nutrient dense, delicious fruits and veggies of days gone by. Growing your own garden helps put at least some of that great food on your table. Not to mention, there is something to be said about food that has been grown by the work of your own hands.

This year, we’ve been messing around with a few different growing techniques given that we’re in a new location and now have lots of horse manure at our disposal. I strongly believe that it’s critical to learn different techniques before you absolutely need those skills. Eventually, I would like to be able to grow most of our fruits and veggies, so the trial and error procedures that we’re going through right now will help us be more successful in the future.

Enter in the Back40 Your Essential Seed Vault…. The Essential Seed Vault contains 16 varieties of non hybrid, non gmo, certified organic seeds (22,000 seeds) in resealable mylar envelopes inside a hermetically sealed waterproof 1 gallon can.

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Peas
  3. Lettuce
  4. Onion
  5. Beets
  6. Slicing Tomatoes
  7. Winter Squash
  8. Spinach
  9. Swiss Chard
  10. Radish
  11. Carrot
  12. Sweet Pepper
  13. Zucchini Squash
  14. Cucumber
  15. Bush Bean
  16. Cabbage

The Back40 Your Survival Seed Vault (affiliate link) is supposed to have a shelf life around 4 years. In other words, the seeds should be viable for at least 4 years. The seed vault also comes with a growing guide to help make the most out of the seeds.

I’m impressed with the variety of vegetable seeds that are included in this set as it gives us a good start to our seed stores. We’ll also be adding some herbs and fruit seeds.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Goodbye, Gram!

Gram

Early Sunday morning, Gram went to meet her Heavenly Father. Nearly 3 years ago, we said goodbye to G’pa. Because Gram and Gramps had been married for 71 years at the time, we weren’t sure how much time we would have with Gram after Gramps passing. We were blessed with nearly 3 additional years with Gram. She had the opportunity to enhance the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with her sweet spirit even with the ups and downs of various health issues.

We’re rejoicing in her long life and the fact that she’ll no longer be suffering. She will be dearly missed by all, but we’re thankful that we have the comfort of knowing that she was a Christian.

My mother-in-law called Gram her little bird and says that she has flown away to be with Jesus. No more sorrow. No more pain. She’s safe in the arms of Jesus.

Prayers are appreciated for the family during the grieving process.

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