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SpellQuizzer Software Review

SpellQuizzer is an easy to use software that helps your child learn their weekly spelling list without having to write them over and over again. Yes, I know writing them is a good way to learn spelling words and kids should spend some of their study time every week writing their words, but SpellQuizzer is another tool that families can use to aid in learning.

Each week you input that week’s spelling list and then your child can study his spelling words even when you aren’t available to dictate the words to them. We used it this week for our Bible class. My boys had to know the books of the Bible in order and be able to spell them correctly. I input they words, it just took a few minutes to set up, and then they used SpellQuizzer to practice the words. It worked great!

The SpellQuizzer website has some downloadable spelling lists that you can use over the summer for enrichment or homeschoolers could use them too. Since you create the spelling list in SpellQuizzer, it works with any spelling curriculum.

SpellQuizzer is very affordable at $29.95 and, since it is customizable it will last for years. If you’re still not sure if SpellQuizzer is for you check out their free 30 day trial. This is a great offer-you get to try it before your buy it. Go to the website, download your free trial and check it out.


Get Cooking Review and Giveaway

Get Cooking is Sam Stern’s third cookbook. That fact may not excite you. What if I told you he was only 18 years old and that he wrote his first cookbook when he was 14! The concept behind Get Cooking is rather creative. Sam teamed up with seven of his friends. Has asked each of them for their favorite main ingredient and then he set out to create recipes for them. The book has eight sections-including one for Sam.

For the main ingredient tomatoes, some of the recipes are: Lovely Tomato and Garlic Soup, Chinese Ketchup Spareribs and Baked Egg-Stuffed Tomatoes.  For the main ingredient cheese, some of the recipes are: Fresh Cream Cheese, Brilliant White Pizza and Cheese and Potato Pizza.  For the pasta, some of the recipes are:Crunchy Garlic-Breadcrumb Linguine, Angel Hair Frittata, and Good Old Macaroni and Cheese.  For vegetables, some of the recipes are:Sweet Corn Fritters, Beans and Peas with Lemon Dressing and Edgy Cumin Cauliflower. For the main ingredient meat, some of the recipes are:Glazed Ham and Pease Pudding, Crunchy Chicken Strips, and Chicken in a Paper Bag. For potatoes, some of the recipes are:Neat Potato Pancakes, Old-School Cornish Pasties, and Luscious Shepherd’s Pie. For the main ingredient chocolate, some of the recipes are:Frozen Chocolate Banana Sticks, Hot Chocolate-Fudge Pudding, and Posh Chocolate Profiteroles. For the category sweet stuff recipes include: Lemon Dessert, Baked Apple Meringues and Strawberry Sorbet.

This book is written to teens. The goal is to encourage teens to Get Cookin’. The recipe directions are well written and easy to understand. I also love that this cookbook is filled with amazing photographs. The pictures aren’t just of the food either. Since this book was created by Stern for his friends; they are featured in the photos along with the food.

Get Cookin’ is set to be released on 5/12/09 according to Amazon.com. Fear not! You can win it before you can buy it right here at Mommy Babble.
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The winner will be chosen on Monday, March 23rd at 10:00pm. Good Luck!!


Parenting Myths Book Review and Giveaway


Leslie Leyland Fields new book “Parenting is Your Highest Calling and 8 Other Myths that Trap Us in Worry and Guilt“, is an insightful look at nine myths most Christian parents believe as fact. Leslie is a writer, professor, wife and mother of six children which range from a college student to a kindergartener who lives in Kodiak, Alaska. Leslie writes with an honest transparency that is refreshing-especially in a parenting book.

Mrs. Fields does not claim to have the answers to all of our parenting struggles; she does expose the myths and thought patterns that are prevalent in Christian parenting. Fields debunks 9 parenting myths including:

  • Myth: Having Children Makes You Happy and Fulfilled
  • Myth: You Will Always Feel Unconditional Love for Your Children
  • Myth: You Represent Jesus to Your Children
  • Myth: If Parenting is Difficult, You’re Not Following the Right Plan

As the myths are exposed they are replaced with life-transforming truths that liberate readers and “break the cycle of guilt and failure” says Fields. Truths such as:

“I am not sovereign over my children-God is and He will use every aspect of my human parenting, even my sins and failures, to shape my children into who He desires them to be.”

Ultimately, Fields’ myth-busting returns parents to their families with a deeper commitment and clearer understanding of their role, restoring hope and joy to discouraged mothers and fathers. This book is an easy read, but it takes time to digest. I would suggest taking several days on each myth. Read the chapter one day, study the suggested Scriptures the next and then spend time with the reflection questions letting them marinate in your spirit for a while. This book would make a good study for a couple, parenting class, small group or women’s ministry. I know you want your own copy of “Parenting is Your Highest Calling and 8 Other Myths that Trap Us in Worry and Guilt” by Leslie Leyland Fields. You can buy it at your local bookstore or you can win it at Mom Maven. The rules for entering this giveaway are below. Mandatory to enter: Visit www.leslie-leyland-fields.com click on “books” and then “Parenting is Your Highest Calling and 8 Other Myths that Trap Us in Worry and Guilt“. Look at the 9 myths and then come back here and leave a comment telling me which myth you would like to bust. Make sure you leave a valid e-mail address so I can contact you when you win. Bonus Entries:

  • 3 entries for twittering this post and pasting the post URL in a separate comment.
  • 3 entries for stumbling up this post with a review and posting the URL in a separate post.
  • 3 entries for following this blog or subscribing to my RSS feed.

The winner will be chosen Sunday 1/25/09 at 9pm using Random.Org. Good Luck!

This has been cross posted from Mom Maven. The entries from both blogs will be combined for one drawing.