Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal



I have friend, she has been into adult coloring books before adult coloring books was a thing. So it's mainly because of her that I requested this book. And I almost immediately sent it to her instead of coloring in it myself when I got it because I knew that she would love it. It's perfect for those that love coloring and even for those of us that aren't sure if we do or not. I'm not sure if I'm into it, but this little graphic I found makes me want to continue to give it a try.



The size of the book is a perfect companion book. You know what I mean. Those books that we carry along with us or couple with our Bibles on our side tables. It's not overly big and it has a ton of great prompts for using to journal, color and just ponder.

I've got some pictures to share. I did a couple of tests to see exactly how far you can take this thing before you end up with less are and more trash. Colored pencils work great; wet watercolor pencils do alright, but be careful because you can waterlog and tear pretty quick; cheapo markers don't bleed but the mid price kind of nice ones go all the way through; ink doesn't dry quickly and thus colors the page facing, and crayons are just too big for the small details in the pictures.

Colored pencils (Fabercastle) and water color pencils (generic)


Various Media


Backside of various media

 Overall, I like it. I'm glad that I kept it for myself :) I don't know if I like colored pencils, maybe I just need to experiment with some different brands. I would totally recommend it, especially if you are already a fan of adult coloring books or creative journaling.

A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of review. I'm never required to post a positive review but I'm always glad when I can.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

365 Morning Pocket Prayers



I have a ton of these little pocket devotions and prayer books. They are cute and just the right size to carry along when you're wandering for a good place to sit and pray. This one, however, is my favorite.

The prayers have been spot on every time that I have flipped through. I'm not quite sure what is different about this book from the rest of the 365 Pocket series, but it just speaks to me. I have shared with friends and loved ones as the prayers have touched me. Even when I think, surely, I don't need prayer about this topic, they have spoken to me. Prayers have ranged from the way I drive to seeking wisdom. You can either go day by day or you can look up content based on what you are specifically looking to pray about.

It is a well crafted addition to my morning routine and I look forward to turning to it again and again through out the years.

A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishing for the purpose of review. I'm never required to say nice things about books, but I always enjoy when I can.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

And then she was 12

I think 11 was exactly the year that we needed. Very little drama, not much pain. We did a fair bit of travel, opened some new chapters and life was good. I'm expecting that 12 will be pretty awesome, too!

This year, she FINALLY started reading on her own. And just like everyone said, one day they wake up and they decide to read a novel, at or above grade level. It was awesome. And then another day, she woke up and decided that she was ready to write and she sat down at the computer and wrote a 4000 word story in one day. It needs some editing, but still she went from nothing to 4000 words! And she's been writing ever since. Little bits here and there. Creative stories for the most part. People are amazing, especially that one of mine.

Over all, eleven was good. Twelve is definitely going to hold even more adventures.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

I took it back!

We got a new computer!!! We set it up in my office. It was not convenient, because it's actually my daughter's computer and she uses it to interact with her friends, play games and goof off. It's never a good thing to have to deal with that kind of stuff when you want to sit down and get some work done. So yesterday, we moved her computer downstairs and I took my office space back. I undownloaded all her games. Removed them from the system and I took my computer back! It went from on the brink of death to exactly what I needed in the first place!! Yeah!! I'm so stinking happy!!
Who knows exactly what this will mean, but it might possibly mean more blogs! Or more productive time in my office!! Or no more waiting for the computer or dealing with huffs when I ask to use it!! One thing it definitely means is a tax deduction because my office space is now all me!!!!!

Speaking of work...I have something exciting to share with you!! This week is a birthday week at our house and in celebration, I'm offering free shipping between now and September 2, 2016 when you shop through this link

http://www.mytradesofhope.com/parties/34970

Just send me an email after you've placed your order to toh.tinap @ gmail.com and I'll PayPal you the cost of regular shipping. Contact me through that same email if you have any questions!!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful Thursday



This Thursday, I am thankful for so much!

I'm thankful for an amazing husband that makes me laugh and keeps me on the straight and narrow.

I'm thankful for a daughter that is growing up and becoming a phenomenal woman.

I'm thankful for a house full of pets that check in on me and keep me company.

I'm thankful for my new job! Seriously, I get to take my deep seated desire for the world to have clean water and do something about it! How thankful I am that I get to tell people about the conditions women live in around the world and to encourage them and provide a way for them to do something about it!! That's just mind blowing.
A little peak at my desk this morning!


What about you, what are you thankful for?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What's up with me? Well, let me tell you...

Our computer really broke, wouldn't charge, battery was busted, no access at the beginning of the year. My dad came to the rescue and fixed it! Yeah! And then it got something that made it super slow and painful to use. It was time to do something about it. Actually, it was clear it was time to do something about it last fall. I started squirreling away some funds here and there. It was slow and painful, but not nearly as slow and painful as getting on the computer and doing anything on it. It would take me an hour to write and post something, with only about ten of those minutes being utilized for the actual creation of something to write. Meaning 50 minutes of computer wrestling. UGH! I felt like my life was being sucked away every single time I had to get on the computer to do something. Well, this summer, it got worse, taking forever to turn on, going through several reboots every time. You've all heard this story before, I'm sure. Well, finally, we got enough money pulled together and bought a new computer. A fast, efficient, speedy computer.
The other day, I got on to post my latest book review. It was so lovely, my first thought was, "I miss blogging, I should go do that." And so here I am today, telling you the age old story of busted computers and the need to replace them.
I've also had something else going on in my life. I got a job! Yes, me the perpetual stay at home mom, the house wife extraordinary. I got a job. And you know that if I got a job after 15 years of housewife bliss, it must be something extraordinary. And no it wasn't a need for funds, it was a need to learn something new and to explore my purpose in a different way.
I'm a compassionate entrepreneur with Trades of Hope. If you haven't heard of them, they are amazing!! I have been a customer for the past three years or so and just loved all the things!! And finally, this past summer, I decided to take the next step and help other people find their favorite stories and pieces.
Trades of Hope is a direct sales organization that is working to empower women out of poverty. We partner with artisans in 16 different countries to market their jewelry, scarves, handbags and home decor. You can see the entire line online at http://www.mytradesofhope.com/tinapuntigam  I've really been enjoying telling people about our artisans and helping them find beautiful items to add to their collections. It's also been a lot of work.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee




The Happiness Dare is look at happiness that I'm pretty sure few of us have taken before. There are five different happiness styles that are discussed in the book as well as an assessment to be able to determine your primary style. (You can take the assessment online http://jenniferdukeslee.com/happiness-style/ )

The parts that I found most helpful were not just the styles and how they make us happy, but the downfalls within each style that we need to be aware of. Kind of like what too much of a good thing looks like for each style.

My family and I took the test. Turns out that we have two Thinkers and one Relator. That definitely explains a lot about our family dynamics :) The dare manifesto itself is a little vague in regards the nitty gritty, but the third part of the book gives very specific action steps for each of the happiness styles.

So the real question is. "Are you happier?" And the answer is "I don't know." I love knowing how to pursue my individual brand of happiness, that has been very helpful, but I'm not at a place where my overall happiness has increased. I would say that it's safe to say that will take some time and hard work. And that is one of the things this book does. It's like an exercise plan for your happiness quotient. You are not going to read this and instantly be happier (Yeah Happy Happy Joy JOY). You will, however, learn how to work at and it will make a difference if you keep at it.


This book was provided to me at no cost for the purpose of review by Tyndale Publishing.