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The Family Review February 2015

Contents ... February Edition

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Featured Reviews ... Page 11 / 12 Review Request Form ... Page 13 Editor’s Desk ... Page 14 Devotional ... Page 14 Featured Reviews ... Page 15/16

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DON WINN, AUTHOR OF THE BOOK evdreams and a mask and cape. He dreams SUPERHERO ... REVIEW #3086 night that he is an amazing hero. He can r What is yourand favorite hobby? any villain the whole city relies on him someone he can call on for help. This story is about how a dad can be the real hero to his son. It also helps Working on my books takes up most of my how everyone can be a hero to someone else.

time right now. I considered writing a hobby when I first started about 20 years ago, but it’s much more than that to me now. Whenever I do have spare time, I have many interests, including building museum-quality model ships and airplanes.

How do you relax?

Well, the best way I’ve found to relax is reclining in my easy chair with the inevitable cat scan followed by purr therapy.


The one-of-a-kind Cardiff travel headrest provides comfort and support for a child asleep in a moving vehicle. By attaching to your vehicle’s existing headrest with a simple, universal mount, the Travel Headrest provides lateral support to keep a child’s head and body upright; comfortably aligned in the seat as they sleep. It is a thoughtfully designed, intelligent and simple solution to a problem that, until now has been a pain in the neck for kids and parents everywhere. It allows for 14 fully adjustable settings to meet the height and comfort needs of users of all sizes.

The Travel Headrest is a revolutionary new device that provides support and comfort for children and adults sleeping in cars. Its unique design can accommodate users of all sizes age 4 and 5 and up. By attaching to your vehicle’s existing headrest with a simple, universal mount, the Travel Headrest provides lateral support to keep the user’s head and body upright and comfortably aligned in the seat as they sleep. It is a thoughtfully designed, intelligent and simple solution to a problem that, until now, has been a pain in the neck for kids and travelers everywhere.

Cardiff Travel Headrest Company Name: Cardiff Product Price: $49.99 Suggested Ages: 4+ SEE THE REVIEW HERE:


The award winning brackitz 100 Piece Architect set (ages 3 to 103) is a clear choice for the little builders and architects in your life. This 100 piece toy architect set is the perfect educational toy allowing for a greater building experience and will provide countless hours of fun! With brackitz building block connector set your child will learn measurement, angles, proportions and basic physics all while building with their imaginations. All materials have been safety certified for the European EN71 and/or United States Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Made in the USA. Affordable – Choose from sets including 50, 100 and 200 pieces, with prices ranging from $29.95 - $99.95. Build Up AND Out – Brackitz can be used to construct innumerable creations; the one-of-a-kind connectors can interlock at different angles and directions and allow children to build circles, corners and bendable masterpieces. Durable - While traditional stacking blocks collapse under pressure, Brackitz allow children to build structures as big as they are without falling over. You can even move them around the house and your pets can roam free without causing a falling mess. Safe - Brackitz have been tested and are compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Commission for ages 3+.

Product Name: Brackitz : The Architect Set Company Name: Brackitz Product Price: $59.99 Suggested Ages: 3+ WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:

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Sam Brielle Linda Laura Taylor

LAUGHTER ... IS GOOD MEDICINE Jesus, Moses, and an old man go golfing. The first one to tee off is Moses. He smashes the ball and it is heading right for the water hazard before the green. Moses raises his club, the water parts, and the ball makes it to the green. Jesus gets up to swing, cranks it out, and it is headed for the water hazard.


Jesus closes his eyes and prays. The ball skips across the water and lands on the green two feet from the hole. The old man’s turn comes and he drives the ball. The ball looks like it is going to drop directly into the water. A fish jumps from the water hazard swallowing the ball, as an eagle drops from the sky, grabbing the fish. As the eagle flies over the green, a bolt of lightning strikes the eagle, making it drop the fish. As the fish hits the green, it spits out the ball and the ball falls into the hole, making a hole in one. Jesus looks at Moses and says, “I really think I’m leaving Dad at home next time!”ny Bone ... Page 7

THE UNKNOWN WORLD THIS MONTH WE LOOK AT THE LITTLE ISLAND OF BORNEO Borneo is a little island that sits off a small country called Brunei. Located on the N Coast and surrounded by Malaysia. King Hassanal Bolkiah is the ruler of Brunei, and his family has ruled the country for the past six centuries. Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest island of Asia, boasting its land mass of 743,330 square kilometres. The island is divided among three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia to the south. Brunei has nine mountain peaks that range from 775 feet to 3,772 feet in height, which offer many forest reserves for the hiker and adventurer. When coming for s visit, you can catch a baseball game at Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium or visit the Malay Technology Museum. It is best to visit the country between October and February, because the rest of the year is very hot and humid.

Recipe Card Royal Icing Recipe INGREDIENTS: 3 T Meringue Powder, 4 C Confectioners Sugar, 5T Warm Water MAKES 3 C ICING

Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 min @ low speed with a heavy duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand held mixer) If using a large countertop mixer,or for stiffer icing use 1T less water To think for pouring, add 1t water per cup of icing. Use grease free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Add 1/2 t warter at a time until you reach the correct consistency Royal Icing is used in cake and cookie decorating. This is a very handy recipe to know and to save for the next decorating project you begin.


Mom Moments ... They are only little once. We get no redos and we get no time off the clock. It is now or never, and it is no easy job. As James Dobson said, Parenting is not for whimps. This is a true statement. While there are many how to books on Parenting, there is no manual. This is because everyone has their own ideas of what is wrong and right. We have to figure most of it out on our own, because we are the only one who knows our child the way we do. One of the main steadfast rules in all parenting models is, however, consistency. This must be a factor in our every day lives and a part of every decision we make as parents. We must be consistent. Even when we blow it and make the mistakes of a lifetime, we must remain consistent. This is what brings our children security and balance in life and without it they will not know what to expect or what is expected of them. Without it we are setting them up for disaster and also setting our homes up for complete chaos. No one likes to be around child monsters... However, they are everywhere. The problem is, the parents do not see them ... they are oblivious to the monster their child has become. This is usually a sign that there is no consistency in the family structure. No one has to abuse their child, you do not even have to be one to believe in spanking a child ... but the discipline you choose must be consistent. I suggest reading books on the parenting model you have chosen and then speaking to those parents whom you admire the children they have raised and then take to heart what you read and hear and apply it. ... and then remember that love covers a multitude of sins ... Love them, Love them and ... LOVE THEM! (smile) ##

Kitchen Crax & Hax ... Keep potatoes white. Cover shredded or diced potatoes with cold water before cooking to prevent the spuds from turning that gross grayish/brown caused by the release of a starch that makes them oxidize. Slow down rotting. Store tomatoes stem end down to keep them from spoiling as quickly. This prevents air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar where the tomato once attached to the vine. Storing them at room temperature rather than in the fridge also makes them last longer. Give bananas a longer life. Keep bananas fresher, longer by wrapping the end of the bunch with plastic wrap. Better yet, separate each banana. The plastic wrap blocks ethylene gases from releasing out of the stem, consequently ripening the fruit too fast. Speed up ripening. Be a total magician and morph a banana from green to yellow or a peach from crunchy to juicy all with the help of a paper bag. When fruit is tossed into the bag, concentrated ethylene gas helps it ripen faster.

Contests ... Share the Stop The Burnout Campaign on Your Facebook Page each day for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks Card! Please let us know you have shared it, on the campaign Facebook Page! Just type in “LIKED AND SHARED!” Use the QR Code or the Shortlink Below

Save cut fruit from browning. You’ve probably heard that a little squeeze of lemon juice can keep apple slices from looking unappetizing. A mixture of one part honey to two parts water works much the same to keep fruit from browning. The citric acid and vitamin C in lemon juice as well as a peptide in honey slows down the oxidation process that causes discoloring. Prevent brown sugar from hardening. Help brown sugar stay soft and scoopable by tossing an orange peel or a slice of apple along with the sugar into an airtight container. For a quick fix, microwave brown sugar next to a small glass of water. The moisture within the microwave will help break up the block of sweetener. Avoid plastic wrap disasters. Had enough of wrangling plastic wrap? Store the roll in the fridge to store leftovers with less of a hassle. Chilling the wrap makes it easier to transport it from the roll to your bowl. Check if eggs are still edible. Gently place raw eggs in a bowl of cold water to see if they’ve gone bad. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it’s a-OK. If it floats, it has seen better days. Over time, the liquid inside eggs evaporates through the porous shell, leaving a gas bubble inside. The floatier it is, the older it is.


We cannot do it alone, but with the help of all those who see the need and respond to it, we can move forward.

La Siesta - The Rest - is a ministry to help those in ministry who are facing burnout. Statistics show that 1,500 in ministry leave each and every month in the USA due to burnout. This is now epidemic levels, yet is not seen by most as a problem, because we do not see it in our own church and do not look beyond our walls. In order to put an end to burnout, we must reach those who are growing tired and weary in well doing, and allow them to have the rest they need, in order to continue in the role God has placed them in. La Siesta - The Rest wants to provide just that. By providing 10 day all expense paid retreats, we will give them a secure and private setting, where they can relax, unwind and heal from any hurts they may have. We will provide this without charge, as many are not in a financial situation to afford them the luxury of a vacation, which is usually why they burnout. We have located a perfect property for this ministry which is turnkey and ready to roll. We are currently campaigning to raise the funds to purchase this property and hope that you will catch the vision and help us with this endeavor.

The property we have located is well priced and in a perfect, private setting for this ministry. It offers private self-contained cabins, as well as laundry facilities, a kitchen and dining room, a quiet lounge area, a heated pool and jacuzzi, tennis courts, a workout room, craft room, shuffleboard, basketball court, horseshoes, a pool table and darts, etc. And it is close to hiking trails and golf here in the sunny state of Arizona.

The majority of those in ministry report ... - They lack friendships - They are expected to have a perfect family - Their family is adversely affected by ministry - They lack alone time - They work more than 50 hours a week - They reach burnout within 5 years - They need rest

Drugs, Alcohol, and Suicide is seen most amongst lawyers, doctors and pastors. Help us help them! Together we can get it done! No one in ministry should suffer in the dark!

Packable Pails Packable Pails are durable, collapsible silicone buckets that fit easily into your suitcase or beach bag. Great for making sandcastles, collecting seashells, the backyard sandbox, serving snacks, reusable Easter basket, easy to personalize and more! Available online or at your favorite retailer. Packable Pails were created after a family trip to the beach. We had packed everything to jump off the plane and head right to the beach, except one thing............ beach toys. After purchasing a beach pail just to leave it behind after one use, the idea for Packable Pails was put into motion. Steven Greenberg of Gadget Nation and the NBC Today show host Hoda Kotb labeled Packable Pails as “GENIUS!� FROM OUR REVIEWER: Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to tote with you wherever you go. Be it in your luggage, your trunk or your beach bag - this is a perfect fit for your needs. Kids love to play in sand ... be it at the beach or in a backyard sandbox ... Now they have a pail to use anywhere they go and when they are done, you simply wash it off and collapse it and store it away till next time. It does not get any easier. They are made of silicone so they are long lasting. They come with a shovel. They come in many colors and are available both on their website and in stores. Be sure to check this one out!

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If you see someone without a smile,give them yours!

Snake Oil Ages 10 to Adult 3-10 players 5 Minutes to learn 20-30 minutes per game In the Old West, sly snake oil salesmen had the special talent of getting even the most skeptical customer to buy the most dubious product. In Snake Oil, that’s exactly what the players get to do! One player draws a card and becomes the Customer while the other players each select two Word Cards from their hands to create a product to pitch to the Customer. Laughter erupts as each player attempts to persuade the Customer that their item is the best! The Customer picks their favorite item and that player is awarded. Company Name: Out Of The Box Publishing Product Price: $24.99 Suggested Ages: 10+ www.

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From the Editor’s Desk ... Winter time ... Growing up in Washington State, I was always one who liked the snow of winter, but did not like the cold that accompanied it. Since it was impossible to separate one from the other, I suffered through the cold to enjoy the beauty of a fresh fallen snow. I guess it was a love, hate relationship. Now that I am older and have moved to Arizona, I miss the beauty of the snow I hear of, but again, I still do not miss the cold. When I hear of what the people go thru in the winter, in some areas, I shiver just thinking of it. I am not sure how people survive when it is in negative digits. I do not know that I could do it. While we have extreme temps here in Arizona, there is air conditioning everywhere you go, and it is easy to avoid being outdoors until it is cooler, so I truly think this is a perfect climate for me. Other than those few months in the monsoon season, the rest of the year is heaven on earth. Winter is my favorite time of year here, as I am out in light shirts, flip flops and maybe a jacket in the evening. I can go anywhere, anytime day or night and be comfortable. It is like vacation paradise every day here. If you are stuck in an area of the country that you feel as though winter may never end, think of relocating to a new climate and try it. we tend to remain where we are planted ... but why? Adventure is fun and we all need a bit of it in our life. Check out a new place and explore the possibilities!

DEVOTIONAL MOMENTS ... A PEEK INSIDE Psalms 148:8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Psalms 51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. Job 37:6 “For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’ Proverbs 26:1 Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.

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Reviewer: We enjoyed this one. It is easy, fun and convenient to tote along with you. Now you have a great game available everytime you visit the beach. Simply fill the bags with sand when you arrive, then when finished playing remove the sand, pack away in its handy carry pouch and you are off and running with no extra weight to carry until you refill to play again! How great is that! Comes with 8 bags to fill with sand, 4 stakes to hold it in the ground, the target cup and the playing mat. Bright colors make it easy to see even when the sun is beating down. Ours came with a blue target pad and then yellow and orange sand bags to toss. Other color choices are available. Check the website for more info. This is one you definitely want to check out and have ready for the summer fun that is just around the corner. You will love it, I am sure. It is well priced, well made, and very well a game that is meant just for beach fun in the sun! Thank you, Sand Biz! You have done well!

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Family Review Magazine FEB 2015  

The 2015, February issue of The Family Review Magazine.

Family Review Magazine FEB 2015  

The 2015, February issue of The Family Review Magazine.