Willie’s Redneck Time Machine Book Review {with Giveaway}

{Disclaimer: I received copies {review & giveaway} of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}978-1-4143-9813-6

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a few good shows on TV that I know my kids can watch {when allowed} that are wholesome and worth watching. We have found that type of entertainment in Duck Dynasty and my kids adore the show. So…needless to say that when Willie’s Redneck Time Machine by John Luke Robertson came out my oldest was itching to read it.

In this book you become Willie. You are creating the story around the choices that you make at the end of each chapter. You could go back in time to the year 1990 or ahead to 2319, find yourself face to face with prehistoric creatures, and then, all of a sudden, back in the warehouse you started at.

It’s a wild ride and my kiddo really enjoyed it. For school, my munchkin is supposed to have reading time at home for homework. This book was great for that time since it was a new story each time. No reason to be bored when you are the one controlling the adventure.

I have to say that I was not entertained by the book, but my kiddo loved it. This is definitely geared towards the 8-12 kids demographic and would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season. The best think is there are 4 books in this series total.

Now, here’s your chance to win a copy of Willie’s Redneck Time Machine for your kiddo. I have ONE copy to give away. Like I said…this would make a wonderful holiday gift, and what better gift, than a free one. All you have to do is enter below.

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Shake Your VeggieTales at Family Christian Stores October 31{Contest}

{Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Family Christian.  All thoughts and opinions are my own}

For anyone that knows me, it’s no surprise to them that I love VeggieTales, for both myself and my kids.  Yes, I know…they are meant for kids, but come on, who doesn’t like Larry, Bob, and even Junior.  They are so fun to watch and the shows are filled with values that I want to instill in my children.

I will even let you in a on a little secret…I was listening to the VeggieTales Christmas CD long before I had kids.  Yup, I’ve been a fan for a very, very long time. 

Image from Family Christian
Image from Family Christian

I wanted to take the time to share with you about Family Christian‘s nationwide event, Dress Like a Veggie, coming up on October 31.

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On October 31 ALL Family Christian stores will be participating in the Dress Like a Veggie event.  I know…sounds like fun doesn’t it?  You can bring your kiddos into the store dressed like their favorite veggie {it doesn’t have to be a certain VeggieTale character} and they will received a small goodie bag.  Don’t worry parents, these are non-edible items so breathe easy if your kiddos have allergies.

Once your kids are all dressed up and looking adorable in their veggie costumes make sure that you snap a pic {at Family Christian store near you} and post it to Twitter and Instagram so that you can enter the Family Christian Dress Like a Veggie Contest.

Top prize {1 Winner} is a $250 Family Christian gift card, with 5 runner up prizes of $50 Family Christian appreciation gift certificate. 

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You know…Christmas is coming pretty quickly and I know that those gift cards could go a long way for the kiddos. Hey, maybe even get them some new VeggieTales items for under the tree.

So I know you are wondering…what do I need to do to enter the contest?  Well here you go…..

  • You must have at least ONE child dressed like a veggie.  Remember, like I said earlier, just a veggie.  It doesn’t have to be a VeggieTales character.

  • Snap a pic of your cutie in your local Family Christian store during the event.

  • Upload it to Twitter and/or Instagram.

  • Here’s the important part….You must tag @FamilyChristian and use the hashtag #FCVeggies in your post.  These are a must!!!!!

If you are in need of some inspiration for your child’s costume, Family Christian has created a Pinterest board to help give you some ideas.  I am sure you can find some veggie that your kids might want to be from the inspiration there.

This sounds like it’s going to be a fun event.  I wish I could go and take my kiddos, but the closest Family Christian store to me is a couple hours away.  So, go shake your VeggieTales and then report back to me how the event was so that I can live vicariously through you.

If you are not sure if there is a location near you, Family Christian has a Store Locator on their website.

Let’s chat….Which veggie do you think your kiddos will want to dress up as?


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The Lord is for Me {with Link-up}

So we can say with confidence, the Lord is my helper. So I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Hebrew 13:6

The Lord is for me {with Linkup}

My thoughts today are short, sweet, and to the point.  Sometimes that’s just what we need.

Where do we put our faith? Do we put it in people and things around us?

Most of the people in society do just that. Their faith and security is put in the people around them and the things they can obtain. We are so concerned with the house we have, thinking it will keep us safe. We are so concerned with the money we have, thinking it will buy us safety and friends.

The funny part is…people and material possessions will always fail you.

They will not be there when times get hard.

It’s not about what you can collect in material things.

So, what happens when we see that times are changing and that things are getting tough? We have a tendency to fear losing things that are of very little relevance.

If we put our faith and security in the right place, God, there is no reason to fear.

He is always there for us. He will always be there for us until the end of eternity.

There is only one thing in this entire world that that is a continuous and sure thing…God. The world is ever changing and doesn’t look like it will be getting more secure anytime soon so please put your faith in the one, true hope, God.

The Lord will never leave my side.  He will never forsake me.  When times get hard, He will carry me and never fail me.  I have no reason to fear ANYTHING as long as I have the Lord on my side.

Always remember…The Lord is for ME!!! 

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Take a peak at my co-host thoughts.  But first, link up a post of yours…or more.  :)

A Look at the Book

Worshipful Living

Raising Sticky Hands to Heaven

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The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr

0449819930Have you ever wanted to know all there is to know about herbs? I have and I found the best book ever for it. The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr is a comprehensive book with a plethora of information on everything you need to know about herbs.  Things like how to grow them, harvest them, and use them.

This book has every herb listed that I can think of. It’s like an herb course in a book. So amazing and so indispensable.

At the front of the book, before you get to the herbs, there is a section that talks about herb basics, preparations, different projects for your kitchen or garden and even what the specialty herbs are. It makes a get compliment to the herbal encyclopedia that the rest of the book is.

The herb entries contain all the info that you would ever need to know. The entries have the herbs category, origin, type, height, other names, how to grow, season, and safety that you might need to be on the look out for. Plus, there is a picture of each herb so you know exactly what your herb should look like.

What rounds out this book and, I think is the best part aside from all the herbal information, are a few recipes that use the herbs listed.  Who doesn’t want to be able to use the herbs they grow in every aspect of their lives.

It’s a basic book that I think beginners and advanced herbalist can both use. I can’t tell enough just how much I love this book and I can’t wait to start growing my own.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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MO Beef Pasture to Plate Tour

MO Beef: Inside the Industry #MoPasturetoPlate Tour

MO Beef Pasture to Plate Tour

Being a country girl I have to say that cows fascinate me.  I have cows as neighbors right across the street from me and loved being around them as a child.  They are such sweet animals and oh so tasty.   Yup, I am a carnivore.  So…when I was invited on the MO Beef Council’s Pasture to Plate tour I was so excited.

Over the course of 2.5 days the we (the attendants of the tour) were taken to various places across Missouri so that we could get a behind the scenes look at the beef industry in Missouri.

I want to start off by give my extreme thanks to all the places that opened their doors and welcomed us with open arms.  Each stop was a wonderful experience and filled with so much information that I came home with a new found respect for the beef industry.

Thanks goes out to:

Now, there was so much to learn about the beef industry that I never knew or was otherwise misinformed on.  (Thanks mainstream media)  During the course of the tour, we visited 2 calf-cow farms, a pharmaceutical company, the biggest stockyard in the nation, one of the best feeding lots (interesting fact: Circle A’s feed lot is built upon an old runway) and talked with the 4 largest beef company in the nation.

It was amazing to have the inside look at the beef industry.  I never realized how regulated the beef industry is.  I bet you would never guess how much oversight there is either…  I find this highly comforting since, being a mother, I am feeding beef to my family.

Having a family and using beef in our meals is the main reason that I wanted to know more about the industry.  You can never know too much about what you are putting into your body and what you are feeding to your family.  You can’t rely on mainstream media to give you correct information either since all they have been doing is playing on the fears of the public.

If you know nothing about the life cycle of the beef that ends up on your table the info-graphic below will give you a little bit of insight.

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Click on image for full size

I know that over the course of the years, we, the public, have been told that beef is evil.  It’s full of hormones, antibiotics, and even eating red meat will make your health decline.  The funny part, after seeing the other side of the industry, is that all of these things are not true.

I want to spend this time to address some of the misconceptions that we have all come to know about beef and to put your mind at ease.  I know that I have found some relief after going on this trip.

  • Beef is FULL of hormones—The actuality of it is….No, they are not.  Yes, there are some operations that use growth promotants and others that chose not too.  But, the beef you are getting don’t have those hormones left in them.  They are implanted with a small pellet that is put under the skin in their ear and will slowly release (over the course of 100-120 days) the promotant that will help the cow to build more muscle and have less fat, which creates a leaner product for the consumer.  By the time the beef goes to harvest, the pellet has worn off.  So, there is no extra hormones in the beef that you are putting on your plate.

Fact: Cabbage has more estrogen than Beef

  • Beef is FULL of antibiotics—Again…not the case.  All off the people that we talked to ONLY use antibiotics when they are absolutely necessary.  I wouldn’t want to be using antibiotics all the time…they are expensive.  We were allowed to see a SMALL bottle of antibiotics and it cost $89.50.  Oh, and that’s not covered by insurance, so I can just imagine the cost and the expense on the producer if they just used them willy-nilly.   Now, the cows are given vaccines which help keep them healthy, but they are not randomly given antibiotics.


  •  Beef are treated inhumanly—Well, apparently these cows were not informed that they were being treated badly.  They had no problems coming up to us when we were around them.  From the start of the tour (Crooked Creek) where the cows came when called and allowed us to pet them {yes, pet them} to Circle Circle A Feeders where they were sneaking up on us from behind.  I wouldn’t think that cows that were put into inhuman conditions would be so friendly with people.  My thoughts are that they would be running away from us if they were so mistreated.  All of the producers care about their cows.  Yes, they are a commodity, but they are also their product, and they are working to put out the best product.  Stressed cows from living inhumanly are not the best product.

These three points are just a small amount of information that stood out to me.  I really wanted to know about the misconceptions that are begin thrown around and what the truth is.  Please take a minute and visit one of the other attendees website, The Cubicle Chick, to find out 6 facts that stood out on the tour for her.

This is just part one of what I wanted to talk about.  In part two, I want to share about the nutrition of beef and how beef relates to your family.  Look forward to some great information and a link to some fabulous recipes.

I wanted to say thank you one more time to all the places that allowed us to be nosy for the sake of education.  I also wanted to say thank you to the MO Beef Council for offering me the opportunity to learn more about the beef industry.  Thank you Mark, Davin, Beth and Taylor.  It was a lot of fun and very educational.

{Disclaimer: As an attendee of the MO Beef #MOPasturetoPlate tour, I received an all expense paid trip to learn more about the MO Beef industry.  I was not compensated for this post nor was I even required to write a post.}


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