Kids' NIV Visual Study Bible Review

I was trying to read the Bible all the way through this year.  I even had a planner that gave me which passages to read each day.  I was doing so well for a while.  Then it happened.  I missed one day, and then two and then. . . . . you know how it happens.  I need to begin reading the Bible again.  I would love it even more if my kids would start reading the Bible.  I'll tell you, I feel so much better when reading the Bible is part of my daily habits.  It makes my life better.  It makes me a better person.  Although my kids might not get as much out of it as I do, I would still like for them to read it.

A couple months ago, I mentioned something about reading the Bible to my daughter. She told me it was "too hard" to read the Bible.  I know what she means!  I mean I'm sure we've all hit spots in the Bible that were just too hard to read or too hard to comprehend.  I've got to tell you, I think that's what my issue was when I fell out of my habit last time.  I was going through some pretty harsh perimenopause hormones and trying to read Chronicles was making my blood pressure rise.  I wanted to keep doing it in the given order, though! Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

Knowing how my daughter felt about reading the Bible, I JUMPED at the chance to review this Kids' NIV Visual Study Bible.

**We received this Bible for free from Zondervan and Handlebar publishing in order to review it.  All opinions are 100% ours.**

The Bible we received is a hard cover book, which of course makes it more durable for tweens and teens.  It begins with a Table of Contents, but it also has an alphabetical list of the books of the Bible on the next page.  That makes it easier to find the book and the page number if you need to search for a specific book of the Bible.

Each book of the Bible has a colorful heading and gives this information:

Project 333 Days 1 - 7 #project333 #minimalism

It's been 7 full days since I began Project333 now.  I'm currently on day 8.  I've already had some switch out of things that I decided wouldn't work.  The peach and gold necklace and gold stud earrings, which I still hadn't even bought anyway, are now gone out of the rotation.  And a black bead necklace and earrings got pulled in.

Although having only so many clothes to choose from should be making my life easier, I think I'm going to be bored pretty quickly.  I'm already feeling the boredom set in and we're only on day 8. Hmmmphh!

Here is how the first 7 days went:

Day 1:

Day 2:
Day 3:

Day 4: Never made it out of my cleaning clothes. . .

 Day 5:  I actually ended up taking the sleeveless shirt off and not wearing it.  Didn't need it.  I was just playing around.
Day 6:
Day 7:

Have you ever tried this challenge or any other clothing or closet minimalism challenge?

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Easy Bathroom Upgrades Worth Trying

A nice bathroom is important to many homeowners, however, there’s no denying that many people have trouble getting their bathroom to look the way they desire. A full remodel isn’t always in the budget, and they may not know where to start.
You’ll be glad to know there are small steps to take that’ll have your bathroom looking better than ever. It doesn’t take a lot of skill, but determination and knowledge. Come up with a short list of updates you want to make and start tackling them one at a time.  Check out these easy bathroom upgrades worth trying.


It’s as simple as replacing your old towels. Go shopping and pick out a brand new color for your bath. Make sure they’re plush and comfortable. Select a few hand towels, including fancier ones for special times of the year or important guests. Display your towels on a shelf or keep them in a cabinet. New towels are a small change that’ll make you feel better about your bathroom and how it looks.


Assess the vanity and decide what you want to change. It’s possible you only want to exchange the countertop and faucet. If this is the case, then grab some paint and makeover the cabinets with one of your favorite colors. It’s a quick project that’s easily done over a weekend. If you don’t care for the entire unit, then this is the time to replace it and select a more stylish vanity. Replacing your vanity and hardware will transform your bathroom and give it the facelift you’re looking to achieve. 

Accessories & Décor

Go shopping for a new soap dispenser and decorate your bathroom with more modern touches. This includes paying attention to your walls. Hang Posters or pictures that catch the eye and make a statement. Consider decorating with a theme to help you decide what to include in your overall design. You’ll be happy with the turnout if you keep it simple and clutter free.

My Husband Has an Addiction to Buying Fake Potted Plants

When he brought the first few home, I thought it was fine.  A little weird, but fine.  He thought maybe some plants would spruce up our deck and make it feel more inviting and homey.  I think he actually went searching for fake plants on Craig's List and Let Go.  The first time he came home with the plants, he came home with maybe 5 large ones and 2 small palm-looking thingies.  The funny thing is, after he bought the first few, he found some on the side of the road.  "How funny is that?" he said.

"They were just sitting on the side of the road! And it's exactly what I was looking for!"

He wanted plants that wouldn't die.  He bought 7 pots of real plants last year and only 5 of our pots survived.  Mind you, not ALL of the trees inside the remaining 5 pots survived.  Most of the pots had 2 trees each. So, we've probably killed at least 6 of the 14 original plants.  Those plants were supposedly fool-proof.  There was NO WAY we could kill them.  They were supposed to practically take care of themselves.  .  .  .  .  until.  they.  met. us. .  .  . Bom, bom, bom. . . .the plant killers.  (I do have a couple small house plants that have survived since late Winter, thank you very much!)