Time for a Lifestyle Change with Atkins Weight Loss Program!

As I continue in my weight loss journey I’ve made all kinds of changes in my workouts and now it’s time for a total complete diet/lifestyle change! I’m so excited that starting in November {just a few days away} I will be starting the Atkins 40 diet/weight-loss program, and I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am about this!

Not the familiar with Atkins? Well let me tell you all about it:

First and for most, Atkins is 100% FREE – there is no cost to do the program. Atkins offers an online community, resource center, recipes, tools and meal plans at Atkins.com

Did you know that Atkins is the original and leading low-carb weight loss program? The Atkins diet is designed to flip the bodies metabolic switch from burning carbs to burn fat! Who doesn’t want that?

That metabolic switch is flipped by protein intake and healthy fat intake as well as keeping carbs low.

Why lower carbs? When eating carbohydrates in excess it raises blood levels of saturated fat and triglycerides and lowers the good (HDL) cholesterol. When left uncorrected these increased levels can lead to type two diabetes.

What’s the Atkins 40?

Basically, instead of doing the regular Atkins program that is broken down into phases where you start the program with 20 grams of net carbs a day, the Atkins 40 has a program entry point of 40 grams of net carbs a day, this means I can eat from all the food groups starting on day one of the program all while still enjoying weight loss success on a fat burning metabolism! Yes!!

What to expect with the Atkins 40?

  • Lots of vegetables (in fact more than the USDA recommends!)
  • Proteins including meat, fish, poultry and plant-based proteins
  • Healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts
  • Dairy including whole Greek yogurt and cheeses
  • A variety of fruits and whole grains

Wow, that doesn’t sound like I will be depriving myself of anything!

Why am I so excited about the Atkins 40 {other than the things that I’ve listed above}?

I love carbs but they do not love me. They taste good for a minutes but then they make me feel sluggish for the rest of the day and in the long run cause me gain weight (who wants that!) by starting the Atkins 40 I’m saying enough is enough! I’m sick of it! I want to take my health (and body) to whole new level!

Something that I really love about The Atkins program is that it’s broken down into small meals a day rather than the traditional breakfast, lunch, dinner. I absolutely love this. I’ll tell you a secret, I have very bad eating habit, I do not eat breakfast. I know that I should, I know that my body needs it, I know! However, for some reason I allow myself to ignore what I know is right and continue day after day not eating breakfast. I’m so excited that with Atkins I have to eat breakfast to get the fuel I need so that I can burn the fat and lose weight. Atkins is definitely the push that I need!! In additions to my pitfalls…remember above when I mentioned how excess carbohydrates lowers the good cholesterol? Well wouldn’t you know, about three days ago my husband got lab results back and we have found out that my husband in fact has high cholesterol. So he too is really excited about doing Atkins with me!!

Atkins.com has an awesome printable/pdf Carb Counter to make counting carbs easy!

There is an Atkins App!!

Within the app you will find all kinds of great stuff including:

  • Food Search – Get nutritional information on grocery items, restaurant meals, and over 1,600 delicious Atkins recipes and products. Search by keyword or scan the UPC label.
  • Progress – Keep up with your weight loss goals by tracking net carbs consumed each day based on your Atkins Phase, plus track your weight and how close you are to reaching your goal.
  • Daily Plan – Follow the optional recommended daily meal plan or create your own custom low-carb plan for each day based on your Atkins Phase. Add Atkins products, your choice of over 1,600 low-carb recipes, or add foods on your own.
  • Phases – Discover all the delicious foods acceptable in each Phase and create your daily plan based on your carb range.
  • Dining Out – Find a restaurant with menu items in your selected carb range. Search for restaurants based on meal type, name and location.

Atkins has a number of different products to help you achieve your weight loss goal and success! These can all be found in your local grocery store!

I’m so excited about all the great things that The Atkins 40 offers, like, more vegetables and less added sugars. Protein and healthy fats! I can’t wait to start a brand new low-carb lifestyle!

Lastly, I love that Atkins allows you to lose weight, feel great, all while you get to enjoy a healthy foods! No depriving yourself with tastelessness!

Keep an eye out for all my Atkins updates! I cannot wait to see my eating and body change! What about you? Ready to give Atkins a try?

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Lebert Equalizer {Review & Giveaway}

LEBERT_FITNESS_LOGO_FINAL_websiteOne of the most common questions I get is “what is your favorite piece of in home equipment?”

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Are you familiar with these? If you answered no then you absolutely need to be introduced!LFEB

Not that long ago I was searching for a piece of in-home workout equipment that was effective yet challenging, fun and easy to store. Very quickly, I found myself on the Lebert Fitness website…and I was hooked! So, imagine excitement when I was given Pink Equalizer Bar, the buddy system and the stretching straps for Marc Lebert (founder of Lebert Fitness) to try out and tell you guys all about! EEK! I’m still as thrilled as I was the day it all arrived!

Each one of these pieces are amazing! Let me break it down and tell you about each one!

The Stretch Straps:

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The Stretch Straps are safe and will help you not overdo your stretches. The Strap is designed to improve the crucial overall elements of your stretching regime. These fantastic little straps help you get awesome deep streches! They perfect to use during your starter and finisher workouts! I also love using my Stretch Straps for difficult yoga poses! Along with the Straps you get a instructional DVD and a Stretch Strap Poster with 12 different stretches! Since my days are often busy and hectic I love the poster!

My favorite Stretches are the:

  • Lying Butterfly
  • Hip Knot
  • Lying Double Leg Hamstring
  • Lying Double Adductor
  • Lying Quadriep

These five stretches have helped me immensely with chronic pain from a childhood hip and knee injury.  The Strap is excellent to use after a run or hardcore leg day!

The Buddy System:

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I’ve mentioned many times in the past that one of mine and my husbands favorite things to do together is workout! We love working out together but it’s hard to find something that we can do together!  The Buddy System is just what we have been looking for! The Buddy System allows 2 people to work together and create dynamic and variable resistance with hundreds of exercise! We are able to have a full hard-core excellent work out together! Along with the Buddy System you get an instructional DVD

Here some of our favorite Buddy System Workouts:

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The Equalizer Bars:

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Oh be still my heart these bars are awesome! I’m not going to lie I am not good at pull-ups, I never have been and I truly never thought I would be I just don’t my body just doesn’t do it. But with the equalizer bars I can get all the same affects that my husband getting with his pull-up bar with the equalizer bars in fact he now prefers the equalizer over his pull-up bar now! With the equalizer bars you can do awesome elevated push-ups! Get a killer ab workout! Work your arms like crazy! And the best part the bars take up a tiny bit of room!

I really love the equalizer bars and the entire Lebert fitness equipment line can easily thrown in the back of my car and take it to someone’s house and let them see what it can do! One of my BIG 2015 goals is to become an in-home personal trainer! Let me tell you the Lebert system will be going to every single clients house guaranteed!

My Favorite Equalizer Workouts:

Lebert also has some awesome workout DVDs!
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 I’m beyond excited to announce that I have partnered with Lebert Fitness to giveaway a set of Equalizer bars to one lucky reader! The winner gets to pick the color {Pink, Yellow or Green!} AWESOME right?!? Click below to enter! 

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Homeschool in the Woods Knights Lap Pak {Review & Giveaway}

I was provided with this Lap Pak from Homeschool in the Woods in exchange for my honest review and thoughts. See my full disclosure policy.

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Remember last month when I did a Homeschool in the Woods Lap Pak review and giveaway? {Although the giveaway is over you can read the review here} Ever since then I have been absolutely in love with Homeschool in the Woods and they’re a Lap Pak!

I’m beyond thrilled that Jaron {from Homeschool in the Woods} and I have teamed up again!! To bring you the KNIGHTS Lap Pak! The awesome family at Homeschool in the Woods graciously sent me the Knights Lap Pak! Thank you!

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The Kinights Lap Pak is a bit different from the 20th Century in America Pak because it is geared to the younger age: kindergarten through second-grade, where as the 20th Century Lap Pak was for 3rd to 8th grade!

What does this mean? The booklet is a little bit smaller than the 20th Century which is great for my kindergartners, and there is more coloring, cutting and gluing, again perfect for my little ones!

So let’s jump in! I want to tell you all about the Knights Lap Pak!

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The booklet is 24 pages and absolutely wonderful!  It is written from the perspective of one of the Knights thus making it really come alive for the kids! Within the booklet the sections are broken into small chunks perfect for kindergarten through third grade!

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Some of the sections included in the Knights Lap Pak:

  • Dawn of the Knights
  • What is the “Knight” ?
  • Becoming a Kight
  • Tournaments
  • A Knights Armor
  • The Code of Chivalry

And so much more!

IMG_5706 IMG_5707 IMG_5705Something that I love about this Lap Pak is that there was very little prep time for me! I just went ahead and printed out all the activities for all three children (I included my fourth grade son as well! He LOVED it and had a great time!)

Once again Homeschool in the Woods went all out with their beautiful hand drawn illustrations! Like the other Lap Pak this is a very flexible program! We can do what we want when we want to do it. There were some days when we would only do 1 or 2 sections, where as two days ago we ended up doing 4 sections!

The Lap Pak is perfect for those low-key when just hanging out at home no coops or outings! It is perfect days when you have sick little ones too! Now that we’re coming into that season where he want to stay more indoors this study is absolutely perfect!

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How long do it take to complete?

We decided to do this Lap Pak over a two-week period. We did not work on the study all 14 days however we did it most days and did little bits and pieces at a time! It could easily be broken down into a month study or longer if that is what you prefer.

Like I mentioned above this Lap Pak requires quite a bit of cutting, coloring and gluing which my kids loved, even though my middle son is not big on coloring he had a great time with it and really enjoyed the coloring…he even asked to do more!{thank you so much Homeschool in the Woods!}

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During the course of the study, while the kids were working on their activities, I would read some books that we got from the library (we pretty much got any book we can find about Knights!) For my older son we checked out some of the Magic Treehouse books about Knights for him! They were great and he loved them.

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I absolutely adore this Lap Pak and my children love it so much at this is definitely going to be one that we do every single year and go over again and again throughout this year!

I’m not gonna let you go home empty-handed! Remember above when I mentioned that I’ve partnered again with  Homeschool in the Woods? Well guess what I am again giving away a Homeschool in the Woods Lap Pak of your choice! How cool is that!

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I’m so excited to be partnering with Homeschool in the Woods for an AWESOME giveaway! The winner will get to pick their favorite downloadable Lap Pak! {choose from 20th Century (grades 3-8), Knights orBenjamin Franklin (both – grades K-2)

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Zoku Quick Pop Maker {Review & Giveaway}

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Do your kids love Popsicles? Do you? We sure do! Have you bought Popsicles recently…ugh…what in the heck are all those ingredients? I would prefer to make my own popsicles but it takes FOREVER. On hot days you can’t really make popsicles on a whim…or can you? Let me introduce you to the amazing Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker! I {and my littles} were beyond excited to get and try out this awesome little gem!

The Triple Quick Pop Maker is AWESOME!

This amazing little set comes with:

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1 Freezer Quick Pop Maker

6 individual popsicle sticks

6 drip guards

1 Super Tool – a handy-dandy little knob that helps you pop the Popsicles out

The best part your Popsicles will be done in less than 10 minutes!

Please note that you only make three Popsicles at time this, but you can easily make six different Popsicles on one freeze!

So, how does this handy-dandy little guy work?

After receiving your initial package you put unit itself in the freezer for about 24 hours {we have a deep-freeze freezer so it didn’t have to stay in for quite 24 hours – I made our first batch of Popsicles after the maker had been in the deep-freeze freezer for 12 hours}

After that initial 24 freeze you just put the Triple Quick Pop Maker back in the freezer once you are done making popsicles and it’s ready to go whenever you want to use it!

Step by Step Popsicle making:

  • Take the Quick Pop Maker out of the freezer
  • Pour ingredients in the Quick Pop Maker up to the fill line

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  • Add Popsicle Sticks

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  • Wait 7-10 minutes
  • Using the provided handle, twist until the Popsicle is loosened and can come out {It will be difficult to turn and if you are like me you will think its going to break..it WILL NOT, the handles have a release}

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  • Once the Popsicles are loosened leave them in the Quick Pop Maker and pop on the drip trays
  • Eat em up!

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The possibilities for Popsicles with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker are absolutely endless!

Since receiving hours I have probably made it least 10 different combinations some of our absolute favorites are:

Chocolate Milk Popsicles: {litterly pour chocolate milk in the unit, ridiculously easy and my kids love them!

Green Smoothie Popsicles: Every morning my husband and I have green smoothie…spinach cucumber apple ect. Inevitably there is always a cup or two left over, and the kids love when I make the leftovers into Green Popsicles! They’re having a fun eating Popsicles for breakfast and mommy very happy because they are getting all those fruits and vegetables for breakfast! AWESOME!

The kids also love the two and three toned Popsicles that I’ve made for them! This is super easy to achieve, all you do is add your first liquid into the popsicle maker with the popsicle stick let it sit, I usually set the timer for five minutes. Once the timer rings I add the next color and let it sit for five minutes…so on and so forth until you have filled up to the fill line! Like I mentioned before the possibilities are endless!

Homemade Greek Yogurt & Fruit Popsicles:

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I want to share one of our all time favorite recipes! All you need is Greek Yogurt, Fruit, blender and a Zoku Quick Pop Maker!

For Six Popsicles:

Add

2.5 cups fruit {I used frozen}

1 cup Greek Yogart

to your blender and blend until smooth. If too thick add a little bit of water! Once blended pour into the Quick Pop Maker up to the fill line and let sit for 7-10 minutes!

My husband and I love that the Zoku Quick Pop Maker isn’t just for kids! We make them for ourselves all the time!

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Are you intrigued? Do you want one?

Zoku has a ton of other AWESOME goodies Check out their entire collection HERE!

I’m so excited to announce that I have partnered with Zoku and one luck reader will win a Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker in their color choice! 

 

Buy it HERE!

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Fall Harvest Celebration Giveaway!

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Fall is in full swing and I love it! Fall is my most favorite time of year, being surrounded by beautiful color changing trees, pumpkins, corn mazes, and the coziness of an evening fire is music to my ears and comfort to my heart! For our family there is nothing quite like cuddling under a blanket in front of the fire-place with hot cocoa in hand while reading fun books! It’s a seasonal tradition for our family!
Are you wanting to add to your book shelf? Well, guess what?! Right now Tommy Nelson has some really great children’s books on sale right now showcasing the beautiful fall harvest season. Now is the time to stock up! Visit the FaithGateway online store and have a look at these wonderful books!
 

I’m so excited to have partnered with Tommy Nelson once again! One lucky reader with win a copy of Good Night, Little Pumpkin The Pumpkin Patch Parable AND A Pumpkin Prayer How about that?!

 Good Night, Little Pumpkin:

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Beautifully illustrated by Claire Keay! Follow along as Sleepy little Milo, in his oversized pumpkin costume, is making the rounds at the harvest party with his friends. It’s time to go home, but he wants to enjoy every game at the fall fair before the night is over! Crunching leaves, crisp breezes, mountains of sweets—celebrate the abundance of the harvest season through this bedtime book for children. Charming illustrations and a sweet story are perfect for young hearts.

This is a great alternative to scary books, this fun harvest-themed book is sure to be a perennial favorite.

The Pumpkin Patch Parable:

Timeless story about God’s love for His children.

Written by Liz Curtis Higgs this charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God’s transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light. Beautifully created as a way to share the Good News with her own precious children each harvest season . . . and now with children everywhere.

A Pumpkin Prayer:

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Little ones will delight in the wonders of this special time of year and learn to be thankful to God for His blessings.

Colorful pumpkins, crunching leaves, crisp breezes—celebrate the abundance of the harvest season through charming illustrations and sweet rhymes that are perfect for young hearts. Families will want to look for other titles in the new Time to Pray series including An “I Love You” Prayer.

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Brave Girls Bible Stories {Review & Giveaway}

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I have got a treat for you! Let me introduce you to Tommy Nelson’s new book called Brave Girls!!

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Do you have a daughter? Yes? Then Brave Girls is for you! We want our daughters to learn from a very young age to live bravely and boldly in their faith! Our precious little girls need to know that God created them for a special purpose! I want my daughter to know that she is a gift from God and I know you do too!

When I received my package with Brave Girls in it my daughter was sitting next to me when I opened it and from that moment she is carried around this book, looked at the pictures, had me read every single story to her and even slept with this book! She loves it so much! She loves the fact that this is focused on girls, having brothers she is used to hearing all about Sampson, Joshua,  David and  Noah Brave Girls is totally different and we couldn’t be more thrilled!!!

Who are the Brave Girls? They are five adorable girls with different personalities, who take us through a journey of the wonderful women of the bible!

Meet the Brave Girls:

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Want to find out which Brave girl your daughter is most like? Take the Quiz NOW!  My Daughter was a 50/50 Hope and Glory…I was Faith 🙂

These adorable girls introduce us to 30 different women of the Bible and help us learn about their character and how God created them for a purpose and used them for his glory!

Who are the women of the bible that you’ll find in Brave Girls?

Here are a few!

  • Sarah
  • Rebekah
  • Shiphrah, Puah, Jochebed & Miriam
  • Rahab
  • Esther
  • Huldah
  • Elizabeth
  • Mary
  • Mary & Martha
  • The Bleeding Woman
  • Rhoda
  • Lydia
  • Tabitha

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Each story opens with the name of the woman, women or title {ex. The Bleeding Woman} of what the story is going to be about, then a title and a corresponding Bible verse. Each story is between 1 to 6 pages and ends with a thought from one of the Brave Girls then closes with a prayer!

From the moment I open this book I was totally and completely in love with it, not only is it illustrated unbelievably beautiful but the front cover is bright and engaging with beautiful illustrations that my daughter is absolutely in love with! Brave Girls is so much more than just a pretty book, it’s jam-packed full with over 200 pages of encouraging, brave and strong women of the Bible helping our daughters become brave & strong women!

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Something that I LOVE about Brave Girls is that your girls learn about women of the bible that are not talked about a lot…especially to children.

Like, The Bleeding Woman (page 153) this is not a commonly discussed (with little girls) woman of the bible. But she should be in my opinion, this woman had been suffering for 12 years, ostracized, and sad. Brave Girls presents it in a way that helps young girls understand that God has a plan for EVERY SINGLE one of us, as well as teaching compassion towards others…no matter what they’re going through!

The story of the bleeding woman is titled “Healing Touch” taken from Mark 5:24–34

Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy load. I will give you rest.
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God, you are the only one who can heal us when our bodies are sick and when our hearts are worried and sad. Thank you! Amen.

But it’s not just the story of the bleeding woman, every single story in this book is presented in such a beautiful way for even your youngest daughter to understand and I love that! Teaching these little ladies no matter what the situation is, God can do anything and God can use anyone, take Rehab for instants!IMG_4710

God created all of our daughters for a purpose and Brave Girls teaches that God loves them and wants all girls to live their lives fulfilling his purpose!

If you have a little girl this is a book that you for sure want to have on your bookshelf!

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God’s Little Princess Holy Bible NKJV {Review & Giveaway}

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I remember when I was a little girl and I got my first Bible I remember being able to pick from Black brown white or pink of course I selected pink!

IMG_5268Wow Bibles have come along way for little girls take for instance this beautiful Bible that I’m sharing with you today God’s Little Princess Holy Bible I mean just have a look at this cover it sparkly and pink and has a princess crown I mean what little girl wouldn’t love this? I know my daughter does!

This beautiful little Bible is a New King James Version with more than 200 princess prayers devotion and Bible studies by the amazingly wonderful Sheila Walsh!

One thing that you’ll notice about the Bible is the pages are playing with stars and princess crowns how cute is that?

Open your Bible and you will find a letter dear Princess to your little girl!!

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There’s an index of articles including

  • Messing Up Royally {Bad Apple}
  • Princesses of Promise
  • Miracles in Egypt
  • Little Princess Rules
  • My Dad is Bigger
  • Royal Roots
  • Royal Guard
  • Princess Prayers
  • Sparkling Tiaras

And so many more!

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Throughout the Bible you will find different sections including:

  • Bible Jewels
  • Regal Relationships
  • Kingdom Living
  • Royal Heroes

One of our favorite Regal Relationships is found on {page 439 in the book of Psalms}

Royal route Psalm one “Have you ever watch the trees in the middle of the storm? Through the bend and this way, the roots buried deep in the ground anchor them and keep them standing strong. Someone tells us that we, as gods princesses, need to be like trees with strong roots. We need to grow deepen our understanding of God, his word, and his ways. This will enable us to stand strong against the bad things in this world. We grow deeper roots as we begin to trust God’s goodness and love towards us. God promises that at the right time, he will produce the fruit in our lives that will help others come to know him too. So learn and grow and stand tall in God’s love!

Wow right? I am so impressed with his Bible it is put together in such a fun and beautiful way!

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More than anything I am absolutely in love with the fact that this Bible is not a paraphrase Bible my husband and I are not big on paraphrased bibles, if we do get a paraphrased Bible like a children’s storybook, we always open up our Bible and read the actual biblical text giving them strong understanding of God’s word and what the Bible says!

God’s Little Princess Holy Bible is just a win-win in our home!

Do you have a little girl that maybe is going to be getting baptized or a birthday or maybe even Christmas this would make a beautiful special gift for the little girl in your life!

I absolutely recommend this if you have a little princess in your life this is a perfect addition to her very own library and to her faith!

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