Book Reviews – A Fruitful Home and Head Heart Hands

Thanks to 10ofthose.com for sending over copies of two new resources for me to review – one aimed at Christian parents, A Fruitful Home, and one aimed at teenagers, Head Heart Hands.

A fruitful home

I get sent lots of books, and I try to provide honest reviews of them.  So occasionally I come across some books that I just don’t get along with or click with.  We all have our own styles of writing that we enjoy, and personally I just didn’t click with Ann Benton’s style of writing.

Writing from the perspective of a grandparent who was parenting in the 1970’s means that some of the examples and viewpoints are maybe slightly outdated, despite Ann herself referring to how damaging this can be!  The language used is quite formal, so instead of feeling like I had a friend or mentor journeying with me and providing advice, it felt more like an instructional manual that I was trying hard to understand.  There were many references to traditional literature and stories, such as The Wind in the Willows and Mansfield Park, which I found quite alienating as I am not familiar with and don’t enjoy those classics.

If you click with that kind of writing then please do buy this book – there is a lot of wisdom and advice inside to help you set up the culture of your house and really start to think and consider whether our parenting is gospel focused or not.  The book is available for only £4.99 from 10ofthose.com. 

Head HEart Hands

Head Heart Hands is a new collection of bible study resources aimed at young people and teenagers.  In three volumes, they split up the book of Matthew into manageable chunks, highlighting the themes and the big picture of the book.  There are anecdotes mixed with insightful questions and space to write answers.  There are simple prayer suggestions in response to each study, and 40 studies in total in each book.  There’s plenty of blank space and pages for own notes and sketches, as well as pleasant artwork illustrating each study.

These books would be ideal for a young person who wants to start being more independent in their own bible study, or to use as a group together.   The set of three books is £12.99 (multi-buy discounts are available if buying for a group!).

 

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Are We There Yet? An Easter Book Review

Disclaimer – I received a free copy of this book from 10ofthose.com to review, but all opinions are my own. 

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I love love love that there are so many great resources out there to equip up to use every opportunity to connect those around us with the gospel.  With Easter coming, I am sure you are all thinking about how to use this time of the year to share the message of the cross.  In kids work, toddlers groups, your local school, there are loads of kids that we can connect with, and I want to tell you about a new book which I think will help you in this.

are we nearly there yet cover“Are we nearly there yet?” is a short booklet style book, but with a strong card cover so its doesn’t just feel like a throw away pamphlet as some books like this can.  The front cover design is modern and eye catching, and because the title isn’t really “in your face” Christian, I think it would work really well as a giveaway in non-Christian environments, such as schools.

The story itself follows a narrative of a family in a car, and the familiar question of “Are we nearly there yet?”.  Whilst they are waiting to get to Granny’s for Easter, their parents tell them the Easter story, and all the way through they see the disciples asking similar the question of “Are we nearly there yet? When will you be king?”.  The pages go through the familiar Easter sequences – palm Sunday, Garden of Gethsemane, the crucifixion and the stone rolled away at the tomb, but not just in a plain story telling way which the kids will be all too familiar with.

The illustrations and use of speech bubbles throughout the book is very good and engaging for kids.  I would probably say that this book would be useable for 2 years up to mid primary age (maybe 8) as it could be read to children, or they can read by themselves.

At the end of the book, there are included some ideas for taking it further, discussion with the children and playing through the story too.  These would be useful for parents, toddler group leaders or teachers if they wanted to include it in their pre-Easter activities.

All in all, this a very well thought out book, and one that will work well as a giveaway instead of chocolate this Easter (who needs more chocolate!!).  10ofthose.com sells the books individually for £3.50 if you want to grab one for your family, or if you are planning to give them away then you can take advantage of their offer of a box of 50 for £50 (RRP £175!!!!).

Why not invest £50 into your world this Easter and use some of these ideas:

  • Buy a box to give to your kids class teacher to give out to the whole class
  • Buy a box and go round your neighbourhood and give to kids at their doorsteps
  • Bless your church’s kids ministry by buying a box so they can give them out free to anyone who comes into church over the Easter period.
  • Take a box down to your local library and ask if they will give them away to any children who come in over lent/Easter

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New PJ’s from the Pyjama Factory

DISCLAIMER: I was sent free items by the company mentioned in exchange for providing a review of them here.  All opinions are my own. 

With the arrival of the warm spring weather, it has got me thinking about spring cleaning, updating our wardrobes and when I can turn the heating off!!  So when Pyjama Factory asked if I would like to review some new pyjamas for my family I was over the moon!  I immediately thought of getting myself some nice shorter PJ’s than the ones I have been living in over the past 4 months, and so I treated myself to these lovely panda themed ones:

They fit me really nicely (I ordered size 12-14 and thought they might be a bit tight, as I am more on the size 14 side of that!) and I love the cute panda design on them.  The shorts aren’t too skimpy either.  The material feels soft and better quality than you might get at some cheaper high street shops.  This set was only £12.99, so worth investing in for the warmer summer nights that are coming (yey!!!).  See gallery at the bottom of this post for more pictures of them.

You can buy these ones here from size 8 up to 22.

 

I also got some new PJ’s for the boys, as they are constantly growing!  I kept with long sleeved pyjamas for the moment, as its still a bit chilly at night.  There was such a huge selection on the website that it was hard to decide!!  There were lots for older boys, with flossing and gamer themed designs.  But I chose Hey Duggee for my littlest and a funny face design for my eldest:

My littlest one has a really skinny waist, and so we really struggle to find pyjama bottoms in his size that will stay up!  Unfortunately these were no exception, but that is a challenge only we face!!

Our eldest loved his funny face ones and they fit him perfectly.   There were also some great “Birthday Pyjamas” with number on, which I thought was a lovely idea similar to Christmas eve PJ’s that would help grow the excitement for their big days.

Sam’s blue funny face PJ’s were £8.99 and you can buy them here.

Reuben’s Hey Duggee PJ’s were £7.99 and you can buy them here.

Overall, for the price I thought the quality of the pyjamas was good, and it was nice to be able to browse through a large collection of designs, rather than the limited selection you might find on the high street.  I was really impressed with the selection of items for older boys, as sometimes that can start to be a problem when they hit 8-10years and want something less character based.  Shipping is free if you spend over £20 (which is easily done if you are shopping for all your family!!).

So go and have a scroll through the www.pyjamas.com website and see what you like. (And see below for some more pictures of the items we ordered)

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Three Fab Books for February

I am so thankful to be sent some great resources for parents to read through and review on your behalf.  This month I want to share three books that I’ve been asked to review, my honest opinion on them, and who should read them.  Lets begin!!!

Lessons I learned from My Little Girl

lessons i learned from my little girlHave you ever realised something new about God from something your child has done?  I am a firm believer that becoming a parent helps you understand the father-heart of God in a more real way, and that is what Dai Hankey is trying to capture in this beautiful coffee table book.  Full of beautiful illustrations, endearing stories of his daughter and perfect parallels drawn into parts of God’s character and story, this book is a delight to read.  Each of the 8 chapters takes only 5-10 minutes to read, and so is perfect for a coffee break.

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This book would be a lovely gift to give an expectant or new parent, and with its gospel themes it would be ideal for those who are on the fringe of church or non-Christians to point them to God in that new season.

Buy it here for £7.99 from Christian Focus Publishing

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Idols of a mother’s Heart

idols of a mothers heartHave you ever wondered why motherhood is so hard and why it brings out the worst in us sometimes?  It’s because God is trying to sanctify us and make us more like Jesus.  This book explores how idolatry is something that really manifests itself in motherhood and how we can recognise and deal with that. The book is split into three sections – the first one setting the scene and getting you up to speed on idolatry in the bible (I found this quite a dull section to be honest, as I was already aware of what it was), the second section identifying what idols might be prevalent for mothers, and the last section helping you deal with those.

This book has been one I have had a love hate relationship with.  I have enjoyed reading some chapters, and others not so much.  But each chapter is finished with some questions to ponder over and a well thought out prayer that captures the heart of that chapter.  I have been forced to look at myself and what things might have taken the place of God in my heart as a mother, and just in general.  It is a necessary but not easy read, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to properly check their hearts are in the right place during this season of life.

Buy it here for £7.99 from Christian Focus Publishing

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Raising Kids in a You Can Do It World

raising kids in a you can do it worldI have loved this series of books as they are short, snappy and to the point, whilst dealing in a biblical way with some of the biggest issues we face as parents in our current world.  This one particularly deals with our over positive world, where you are told you can achieve anything and everything, and yet we have to balance that with what the bible teaches us about sin and needing a saviour.

I love the way that each chapter only takes 5 minutes to read – it is bitesize and perfect for parents to be able to digest in the time they have spare.  There are 8 different “signposts” on how to approach and deal with this world in a biblical way, and all are very practical such as “Thrill them with the gospel”, “team up with a faithful church” and “teach them God is awesome”.  I was left feeling equipped and as if actually this wasn’t a big problem anymore, as I am already doing lots of the things suggested in the book to give my children the tools to deal with the world we are in.  For the sake of a couple a quid (yup, the book is really that cheap!) it is worth investing in and preparing yourself, even if you only have young children, so that they have the best foundation to take on this current world from.

Buy it here for £2.99 from 10ofthose.com

DISCLAIMER: I was sent free copies of these books by the publishers for my honest review.  I have received no payment for doing this, and all opinions stated here are my own. 

 

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Book Review – Raising Kids in the Way of Grace

raising kids in the way of graceOk, so I’ll be honest here.  I didn’t get this book to start off with.  It took me a while to understand the authors way of writing, and although it says you can read it in one sitting, I was struggling just to get through a page before I was confused or distracted.

But I persevered.  I knew that this was a book that I wanted to dig deeper into, and so I managed to find a few half an hour slots where I could read a bit more, and soon the nuggets of pure gold started coming out.

As a parent, I often struggle with this internal battle of loving my kids but them being so annoying and rude and naughty that I just don’t know what to do with them!!  I look to the bible and I see verses about how a child should not be “disobedient or wild” and that you “shouldn’t spare the rod”, but also that the gospel is one of second chances, and I just can’t weigh up the right thing to do.  This book has really helped to clarify that.  It has helped to clarify my role as a parent, as mouth-piece of God in their lives, a role model and it has reminded me that parenting is a spiritual battle I need to prepare for.

There is lots of wisdom and advice in this book that I haven’t even begun to digest yet.  On the back cover it says “Short enough to read in one sitting but packed with biblical wisdom, you’ll want to keep this little book handy to dip into for advice, encouragement and support on your parenting journey”.  I agree that this is a book I will be coming back to again and again until I fully grasp how to parent with grace.

This book isn’t quite as easy a read as “Parenting Kids in a Screen-Saturated World” which I absolutely loved.  But I guess its not as simple or easily applicable as that.  You have to mull over the things taught in this book and really get to grips with the biblical principles behind it.  So despite not being a fan to start off with, I am falling in love with this.  So far my favourite line is this:

“Parents are God’s moral ambassadors.  Our role is to fill the time delay between human disobedience and diving consequences.  In parental discipline, we’re making the long term consequences of God’s spiritual rule more immediately felt.”  

Available at the bargain price of £2.99 over on the 10ofthose.com website, there really is no cheaper way to invest in your parenting.  What is there to lose?!   Like me, you might just find a really valuable resource for the rest of your parenting years.

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Mum on a Mission Reviews Goodies from 10ofthose.com

10ofthose review

I was so over the moon when 10ofthose.com got in touch with me to ask if you would like to review some of their products! I love that their heart is to get resources out to as many people as they can and as affordably as they can, and there are often some great bargains to be found on their website.  Today I am reviewing three products, so check out what I think below:

Raising Kids in a screen-Saturated world

raising kids bookThis is one of the books that 10ofthose.com have published in a series called “raising kids”.  They aim to be quick and easy to read, whilst equipping us as parents to deal with some pretty big topics in the parenting world right now.  I was able to read this book in a few days of snatched 10 minutes.  The chapters are really short so you can read it in chunks, so if you read it cover to cover it would probably only take half an hour or so.  The aim of the book is not to tell you exactly what you should do in regards to the issue, but to discuss it within a biblical context, get you thinking about it and provide you with a few tips and principles on how to deal with it.  I love that it hasn’t gone for the “ALL TECHNOLOGY IS EVIL” approach, but has accepted we are in a changing world, where we are parenting kids who are digital natives.

Definitely worth a read, and at only £2.99 (with heavy discounts if you order more for your mum friends at church!) it won’t cost you much either (buy it online here).  For those of you with babies or toddler, read it and prepare yourself for the future.  For those of you with older children or teenagers who feel like they are already failing in this arena, then read it as it will help you figure out a plan to get back in charge.  Other books in the series include Raising Kids in the way of grace, in a you can do it world, and in a hyper-sexualised world.  

Devotional Dippers

devotional dippersLots of you mums got REALLY excited out there when I showed you the Devotional Dippers!  This little tube brings lots of fun and will help to initiate bible related discussions with your kids.  There are little cardboard sticks inside it with a big idea, a bible verse to read, a question to think about and something to pray about too.  They are idea for younger kids who want to explore things but don’t have a great attention span!  Also great for family discussions, and for those with kids who have just got their first “proper” bible to help them start looking up passages and verses in them.

There are three different packs – Prayer, God and Key Bible Words.  They are £5.99 each or £12.00 for all three packs (buy them here).  Each contain 40 sticks, so if you did a weekly family devotional it would last you almost a whole year!!

I recorded a video review of this product too, so if you want to see the it up close then do watch that here.

ESV Scripture Journals

love joy peace journalsMy final lovely product to review was less parenting based, and more bible journaling themed.  This set of three scripture journals are really lovely.  They have a bible verse at the top of each page on the theme – either love, joy or peace.  The pages are a lovely thickness and cream coloured with lines in them for writing.  I actually sent one of these as a present to a friend and she loved it.  If you want somewhere to use as a prayer diary, to explore these three themes, or just to start doing some bible journaling before getting yourself a proper journaling bible then these are perfect.

The RRP is £14.97 for the pack of three, but you can get them all for just a fiver over at 10ofthose.com!!!  What a bargain!! Why not buy a pack and give a couple away to friends who might like them?

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Mum on a Mission Reviews “The Prayer Experiment Notebook”


prayer experiment notebook

I won a copy of “The Prayer Experiment Notebook”, and after asking my followers if they would like a review of it, the overwhelming answer was YES!!!  So here is my honest opinion as to what the book is like.

first impressions

prayer experiment notebookMy first impression of the book from the cover was that it looked fun and engaging for kids.  Even the title is quite engaging, with the idea that prayer can be experimental.  The designers have done a great job on this and it certainly made me want to read more.

Who’s It by then?

Inside the front cover is a section that probably only parents will read – the “about the authors” section!  But I wanted to read it to see what experience and background the authors were coming from as they wrote this book.  It was fascinating to read part of the story of it coming together, and the co-authors have a wealth of knowledge that they have put together, both in their full time jobs and in their blogging and writing. All in all, I felt in very safe hands reading the rest of the book and knew it would come from a great place of wanting to help children connect with God more.

what’s good about it?

After the “about the author” section there is also a little section explaining how the book works.  Following on from that are 14 prayer experiments to try out, as well a 6 group prayer experiments.  What’s good about it is:

  • the variety of prayer experiments that are included.  There are some that will appeal to boys, girls, different types of learners and different age groups too.  With such a variety you are sure to find something that your child will connect with that you can carry forward into their normal devotional time.
  • the book provides space for your kids to make their own notes about that experiment.inside the book  I really like the way that this book lets the kids take ownership of their own relationship with God.  Far too often we as parents buy resources and we use them, but never let the kids touch them or be involved in the planning.  This has the kids involved from the beginning, and lets them decide how to do it and have space to write about how it went.
  • children have been used in the creation of it. At the end of every prayer experiment are some reviews from other kids who have tried it out.  I think this is really great, as it shows the authors have really done their research, and the reviews are all very mixed, which gives your own kids permission to love or hate different experiments.
what’s not so good

As a mother of a five year old and a two year old, my children aren’t quite at the age where they can own their relationship with God completely.  This book is ideally aimed at 8-11 year olds, those who can write independently and want a bit more freedom to do their own thing.  I will definitely be stashing this away for when mine are a bit bigger.

inside the bookI honestly can’t think of anything else bad to say about this book!  The design of the pages inside is engaging and interesting.  There are drawing and pictures of how to do the experiments so they are easy to follow.  Everything about it is brilliant!

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Mum on a Mission reviews Messy Faith Products

messy faith review

Just before I moved house, the lovely Nicola from Messy Faith got in contact to see if I would like to try out some of her products.  I jumped at the chance, and started of my rigorous review of her kits and journaling items with a fun Facebook Live video, where you all helped me to create a page using cotton bud painting.  The stickers, cut outs and faith-abets really helped to make the page look great.  So here is my full review of all the Messy Faith products I was sent, which included:

There are four things that I really love about all these products, so I am going to talk about these in more detail – they are all original, flexible, inspirational and affordable.

Original

I love the ideas that Nicola from Messy Faith has. Her “Love Bears” kit for June is a great example, with its panda bear themes. Its these little things that help kick start your own imagination and creativity when creating a new page, and help new bible journalers come up with designs too. I loved the panda bears and couldn’t bring myself to separate them so did a whole page around them.

love bears bible page

 

Flexible

All of the products from Messy Faith aren’t prescriptive so you can use them however you like. The faith-abets are particularly flexible and you can use for any pages or phrases you want to create. This makes them the perfect addition to any grab bag or bible journaling kit.  For me, as I want to be able to create when inspiration hits, having a pack of flexible materials that are not linked to a particular theme or topic this is really helpful.

Even some of the themed resources, such as the garden or fruit of the spirit kits can be used across multiple bible verses and to add flourishes to other pages.  Here I used the stamp from the fruit of the spirit set and a sticker from the starter kit to illustrate a page about Rahab in the book of Joshua.

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Inspirational

Perhaps you are new to bible journaling or don’t just have random moments of inspiration like me!  Well Messy Faith products will be perfect for you.   The complementary products and themed stickers and cut outs will definitely help you out and give you ideas when you are stuck, and the new monthly faith kits have some devotionals you can follow through too.

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Affordable

Now, I have put this section last, but if you are a cheapskate like me this might be the most important section!!  If you are looking for the highest quality items then messy faith’s kits probably aren’t for you (head over to the extortionate Illustrated Faith products for that).  But if you like to get the most for your money, a great variety and still have enough to pay for your food bill this month, then Messy Faith is THE place for you.

The presentation of all the products is exceptional (wrapped in tissue paper and handwritten names on packages), and you can tell that Nicola puts everything into making and packaging these products.  All of the individual items are packaging in wrap to protect them and keep them all separate.  The stamps were especially good quality as were the printed faith cards and journals.

packaging

The stickers and faith-abets are sometimes printed on normal printer stickers using an inkjet style printer and as a result some of the printing isn’t quite as clear and crisp as it could be.  You also have to cut out round the words, letters and images yourself rather than them being pre-cut. But I think that is brilliant, as you get a lot more for your money (and adds something of a homemade quality).

 

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Bible journaling for me is about the heart, and not about perfection, and Nicola clearly puts her heart into all these products, from initial idea, to design, right through production and into the packaging too.   So if you are looking for some products to inspire your journaling without breaking the bank, I highly recommend a slow browse through Messy Faith’s etsy site.

 

NOTE: I was sent all of these items from Messy Faith for free to review.  All opinions on the products are my own

Tackling Head Lice Head-on

I remember the night.  I was breastfeeding my 4 month old baby in the middle of the night during the start of the Christmas holidays.  Sat in my breastfeeding chair I could feel my head itching.  I thought nothing of it – I hadn’t had head lice since I was at primary school so why should I have them now?!  Plus my son had really  short hair.  He was in nursery but surely he couldn’t have got them?

I left it two weeks until the end of the Christmas holidays thinking it was just an itch, but it just got worse and worse!  I had to find out so went out to get the comb and whatever stuff you use to treat it.  The annoying thing was that when I checked Sam’s hair he didn’t have any – he had just passed them all to my nice long hair!!  I was devastated to have to admit I had headlice as a grown up.  So now I am insistent on not ever getting them again.

Getting ahead with head lice

For all those joyful hours that the children play together and the memories they share, unfortunately the close contact and endless selfies, brings an increased risk of head lice infestation – so as parents we need to be prepared! Luckily, with the help of Ian Burgess, head lice expert, Hedrin have put together a brief guide to getting ahead of head lice.

If in doubt, check it out

Head lice expert Ian Burgess, explains, “Head lice can appear at any place and any time, so there is no need to avoid certain situations, but just be vigilant and ensure that you check your child’s hair regularly. Some parents wait until their child starts to scratch, however, not all infestations cause an itching sensation.

Firstly, to diagnose a case of head lice, you need to find them alive. Lice range in size from a full stop to a sesame seed and they remain close to the scalp, however, you will need to check all over from the back of the head to behind the ears and under the fringe.”

How to check – remember the three C’s

Comb: Use a fine toothcomb, with teeth no more than 0.3mm apart to ensure that you can trap them and ideally use a white comb so they are more visible.

Conditioner: To ensure the process is as hassle free as possible, try combing the hair when it is wet and use a conditioner as a lubricant. This will allow the comb to glide through easily without causing any fuss.

Comfort: As the process should be part of your weekly routine, make sure they are comfortable and distract your child with their favourite TV programme, this will ensure you can check for lice quickly and thoroughly.

Treat and defeat

Ian continues, “If you find lice, don’t panic, head lice are a normal part of life. You should use a non-pesticide treatment that smothers the lice instead of poisoning them. Research suggests that lice have become resistant to traditional pesticide treatments so they are less effective although most people do use a non-pesticide product these days. “Home” remedies are sometimes used by parents, such as dosing the hair in vinegar, mayonnaise and olive oil, however, none of which are clinically proven to eradicate lice. If you are unsure about what treatment to use, speak to your pharmacist.”

How to ensure the treatment is effective

• Remember, only treat if you find live lice. Your pharmacist can advise on protection options if this is what you are looking for.

• It is very important to follow the instructions on the pack and cover the full length of hair until it is saturated for the recommended time.

• Whilst ensuring the product is used thoroughly, it is important to keep it away from your child’s eyes, face and shoulders and ensure you keep the lotion away from heat sources such as hair dryers, naked flames and cigarettes.

Detect and Protect

Once you have completed the course of the treatment, you should check thoroughly to see if there are any live lice left – remember, you need to see them moving. If you do find lice, this could be a result of a failed treatment or a re-infestation. At this point, you will need to treat again and ensure that you follow the instructions carefully.

“It is likely that some of the empty eggs are left behind, as they have a strong bond with the hair and are difficult to remove, these are called nits. Previously the removal process was done by hand or using a comb on dry hair, but ultimately this may cause hair breakage. There are now products available that help loosen the bond between the nits and the hair, to allow them to slide off easily when using a suitable comb. When you are confident that you have got rid of the infestation and the remaining nits, it may be worth considering a protection product as other children are likely to still be carrying lice in their class. Ask your pharmacist for more information.”

For more information about head lice, you can download or order free resources at www.onceaweektakeapeek.co.uk. For regular tips on head lice management check out www.facebook.com/onceaweektakeapeek

The Hedrin range:

Hedrin Once spray gel (60ml £7.49, 100ml £11.99), available from Boots

Hedrin Stubborn Egg Loosening Lotion (RRP £4.99) and as a kit (RRP £7.29) from pharmacies including Boots.

Hedrin Protect & Go (120ml £4.29, 200ml £6.29, 250ml £7.29), available from Boots

Hedrin Head lice Detection Comb is available for £3.49 from pharmacies.

 

NOTE: We were sent samples of hedrin products to review, but all opinions are my own.  Facts and advice provided by Hedrin. 

 

Mum on a Mission Reviews – Holy Hope Bible Journaling Kit

holy hope journaling kit review

If you were lucky enough to catch my Facebook Live video showcasing the new Holy Hope Bible Journaling Kit, then you will already know that I am a big fan!  I love finding new things to use in my bible journaling, and this kit is the perfect start of collecting some more faith themed parts of my collection.

what’s included?

journaling kitIn the kit there is a set of clear stamps, a pink ink pad and a 22 page bible journaling companion book.  The backing card from the stamps set can also be cut out and used a tabs in your bible to mark where you have journaled that particular theme.

The book

companion book The writer of the companion book is due to change with each kit, and so every time it will have a different flavour.  The first ones is peppered with questions, space to write, black and white pictures to trace over in your journaling and interesting stories and thoughts to be get your mind going and creative juices flowing.  If you are struggling for ideas and want something to kick start you into bible journaling then this is ideal.  The topics of I am creative, chosen, enough and unique are explored this time.

The stamps

i am chosen stampsThe kit contains a set of great quality clear stamps with a variety of different designs that tie in with the themes.  There are words stamps of the topics, things like a passport, driving licence and lanyard, along with some creative ones like a paint palette, brush and pencil.  They were really easy to use and attached to my existing acrylic block when using.  Some of them didn’t stamp perfectly straight into my bible, as you need a hard surface behind it when stamping (and bible pages are quite soft really), so I did a few pages where I stamped onto a piece of paper and tore these up to stick in instead.

The extras

bible tabGood quality stamps are costly, as are bible study booklets, so its lovely to see that Holy Hope have thought how to squeeze even more value for money into their kits.  The pink ink pad is nice as it means you can get on straight away with using the kit.  But the icing on the cake for me is that they haven’t wasted the cardboard packaging in the stamp set with just plain card.  They have added cut out bible tabs with the key themes printed on them.  These can be cut out (or if you have a tab punch you can use that) and added to any pages you make.

How did I get on?

Well I had lots of fun playing around with the stamps and including them in my designs.  I used them to emboss a name label on one page, which worked well.  I used the theme of “I am chosen” to explore the story of Moses and how he was chosen by God to do something amazing.  I finished the page off with washi tape.  Its not polished or pretty but considering I did half of it on my Facebook Live video upside down!!  The second page I made was creative themed with a shaker over the top.  I loved colouring in the paint palettes in the background and using the bible tab that matched.  Finally I made a collage type page where I stamped onto paper and ripped them up to stick down on the background of colourful wrapping paper.

Where can you get one?

There are only a limited number of the Holy Hope Bible Journaling Kits available so if you want one to add to your collection or to help you start your bible journaling journey then head on straight over to Holy Hope and buy one now for £24.  There are also some great added extras that you can buy alongside it that have been created together with Messy Faith, such as phrase stickers.  I hope that once I have moved house I can help contribute writing for one of the next bible journaling kits, but in the meantime I have sure enjoyed testing out the first one!