Pick Up “More Than Just ‘The Talk'” If You’re Dreading The Sex Talk – Great Gift for Parents, Ministers, Grandparents, and More

This "sex talk" post was brought to you by Family Christian.  All opinions are mine. 

Our kids are fairly young – 6, 4, and 1, so I figured that we had a few more years to worry about the "sex talk."  I should have known better, though, because my boys have noticed a LOT in their short lives and have asked many questions that have definitely made us squirm.  There is no better time to fully equip ourselves for the ongoing "talk" that needs to happen.  Kids are literally bombarded with confusing messages and images and they need to have a safe place to go with their questions.  It is so important that their parents or guardians are the ones they are going to, or they might get the wrong messages and information.

MoreThanJustTheTalk Jonathan McKee

I gave the book More Than Just "The Talk" by Jonathan McKee, to my youth minister husband to read first.  He was excited because he had been following McKee for years and had actually considered purchasing this book for his ministry and for his role as father to our three boys.  He provided the following discussion about the book:

More Than Just "The Talk" by Jonathan McKee, is an excellent tool for parents and ministers of toddlers to teenagers. This book provides readers with encouragement and the tools to engage in meaningful conversations with their kids about sex. As a full-time youth minister for over a decade, and parent of 3, I thought I was ready to have conversations about sex with my kids. It turns out I was wrong. There are so many factors and intricacies of the sexual culture our kids are growing up in, that I feel I need help. Not only that, but everything about our sexual culture is changing. That’s where this book comes in. The premise of the book, is that there is more to successful parenting than just giving your children “the talk.” Successful parenting requires a lifelong conversation with your children about sex, and acute awareness of the environment your children are living in.

The great thing about what Jonathan does in this book, is that he breaks down each factor and corresponding tool into chapters. He’s not afraid to go into detail about some of the gruesome facts, and awkward conversation terms, that parents are afraid to hear about. And after giving us all the honest truths about our children he helps us stay calm, and gives us a Godly plan, based on scripture, about how to address our concerns without “freaking out.” He wants us to turn “overreaction” into “interaction.” I have followed Jonathan’s ministry research for the last 10 years of my ministry, and this book is one of his best works. I can’t wait to put these new tools into practice with my own kids and with the students in my ministry.


This is an absolutely great gift for parents or guardians with children of any age.  It can never be too early to start thinking about the lifelong discussion and trust that needs to happen between parents and their children.  We can shield them from the oversexualized world, but we can prepare them.  Head over to Family Christian online store, or find a store near you to pick up a copy.  It's a great investment for parenting success!

Family Christian is also giving one lucky reader a $10 appreciation certificate to go towards the purchase of this book, that has a retail value of $13.  Giveaway closes on April 12th, 2015.


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My Dream Come True – “The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep” (birth through 5 years)

I am participating in a book review campaign with One2One Network. I received this book from Harper Collins for the purposes of reviewing it. I have not received compensation. All opinions stated are my own.


As a mother of two, there's something I'm addicted to that I don't get enough…..good sleep.  If you've read my blog at all, you know that the Captain, age 4, still wakes up in the middle of the night and comes into our room to sleep on the floor.  Sometimes he wakes us up, sometimes he doesn't.  He has always been a horrible sleeper, so this is the best it has been and it's still not good.  As a first time mom, I didn't even CONSIDER that my darling angel wouldn't be an awesome sleeper.  I remember reading another sleep book or two when he was a few months old.  I was exhausted, hubby was exhausted, and the Captain was…..well, he was Captain Fussybuckets!  We tried a lot of things with him and some worked, some didn't.  I really, really wish I had "The Happiest Guide to Great Sleep" book by Dr. Harvey Karp BEFORE the Captain was born.

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“Find Me If You Can!” Personalized Book from Bammco

Captain Fussybuckets, like any other kid, loves to see pictures of himself.  He also loves “Search & Find” books and games, so the personalized book – “Find Me If You Can!” from Bammco is PERFECT!  These sweet books have hundreds of pictures of kids throughout the book, and a picture of the Captain on each page.  It’s tricky and fun to try to find his picture on each page, but he has had a lot of fun looking for himself.


And what’s great is that Baby D loves to search for “Bubba,” too!  It’s always fun to see who finds the picture of the Captain first.


I love that it comes in a sturdy, hard cover and the pages are bright and heavy duty.  The only thing that I would change about this book is the spiral binding.  Baby D leaned on a page while getting up and it ripped at the binding.  🙁  It’s easily fixable, but I just want everyone to be aware that they have to be really careful with little ones.

Ordering your own book is easy…just log on to Bammco.net and upload the picture you’d like to use, type in the child’s first name, and you’re all set!  A book with one uploaded image is $29.99.  You can get up to five uploaded images in one book, with each extra image costing $5.  This would make a great activity AND keepsake for the future!

From now until December 21st, use code “buckethead” for 10% off of your order!

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Photo A Day May 16 – “What You’re Reading” #photoadaymay

“The Bully Vaccine” book free on Kindle – May 14 and 15

"The Bully Vaccine" is the newest book from author Jen Hancock.  You may remember my review of her book, "The Humanist Approach to Happiness:  Practical Wisdom" from back in October.  Well now, Jen Hancock is back with a guide for helping parents "innoculate" their kids against bullies and other people that are obnoxious and petty.  And the more parents that read this book, the more kids that are prepared to deal with bullies!

I haven't read the book, but it is getting good reviews and Jen has used the techniques in her book to help her own son deal with bullies.  If you want to read it for FREE, you can do so by ordering it for your Kindle on May 14th and 15th through Amazon.  Don't have a Kindle?  You can also buy the paperback on Amazon for only $7.99!

Joy the Jellyfish

Kristen Collier is a Christian author, a newspaper columnist, and a feature writer for magazines.  Her illustrator husband, Kevin, is also a children's book author and has illustrated over forty different children's books.  Together, they teamed up to create "Joy the Jellyfish," a story about a jellyfish who is ignored by every other creature in the Great Barrier Reef.

Joy meets Bella Beluga and they become fast friends.  Bella helps Joy realize that she is a great friend and well, you'll have to read the rest of the book to find out what happens, but it's a very sweet book that kids will love and understand….and learn from.

Check out Joy the Jellyfish online, where you can find a cast of characters, a cute video called "It's Not About Me" and some fun activity pages!

Find Joy The Jellyfish on Facebook and the book on Amazon.  And look for Joy the Jellyfish on "Tanked" on Animal Planet!

“Little Changes” – The Book That Started Our Green Lifestyle

When I heard Kristi Marsh was looking for bloggers to review her book, "Little Changes:  Tales from a Reluctant Home Eco-Momics Pioneer," I immediately emailed her.  I am not a big book reader because my time is consumed by two young children, but Kristi said she was patient and wanted me to review the book.  I am so thankful to Kristi because this is the most eye opening book I've ever read.  The vast amount of information that she put into this book is amazing.  You MUST read it.  Every American MUST read it.  What I've learned since I began reading this book is simply astounding.

Kristi Marsh was faced with breast cancer at a young age.  She talks about chemotherapy and all of the trials she faced with this diagnosis. Then, as she was recovering and trying to make better choices for her own body, she was astounded by what she found. Through lots and lots of research, she found that there is basically no regulation on any ingredients in the cosmetics made in America.  Chemicals that have no business being in our cosmetics, and chemical combinations that might not even have been tested, are there and they don't have to even be labeled appropriately.  And it doesn't stop at cosmetics.  Soaps, perfumes, shaving cream, and the lotion we slather on our kids to "protect" them likely contain yucky, unecessary stuff.  And that's just it, if there are good alternatives, why are companies still using the bad stuff?

Throughout the book, Kristi shares her journey with tackling these questions and working to make little changes in her household. She offers many suggestions on how we can make little changes to choose wiser in our lives. As she says on her website, "Everyone has a different pace; any movement forward is worth celebrating."  The book is filled with resources to help you make little changes in your life, and it does NOT have to be difficult or painful!

I could go on and on about the information I gleaned from "Little Changes," but you'd be much better off to read what Kristi has to say.  She's done the research.  She's made the little changes in her life.  She also has made it her mission to teach everyone about what she has learned.  This isn't about being a "food snob" who buys only organic produce, or a rich celebrity who has to have the top stuff, because honestly, the top stuff isn't necessarily the best stuff.  (The expensive blue spray we use to clean our windows isn't the best stuff.  It's expensive, yes, but it's not the best. Kristi has a brilliant, low cost alternative in the book! 😉  She also talks about ways to save while you're making your little changes to make your family healthier, which is always a bonus!

Enough of me going on and on about this amazing book.  You need to read it now.  Your life could possibly be changed for the better.  It will open your eyes and make you actually think about the little changes you can easily make in your life!

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We're celebrating the release of "Little Changes" with a GIVEAWAY!  Mrs. Marsh has offered a copy of the book to one of our readers, in their choice of paperback or ebook.  Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below.   GOOD LUCK!  Giveaway ends at 11:01 PM, central time on March 22, 2012.

Giveaway has ended and Surso S. is the winner!

If you can't wait, and want to get your hands on this book now, you can buy it at the Choose Wiser website or Amazon.

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Gryphon House – “The Budding Chef” cookbook

Gryphon House, Inc. is an award winning publisher of early childhood resources and great children's books!  They have a wide variety of awesome books.  Captain Fussybuckets and I were sent this cookbook to review:

The Budding Chef
This is a cookbook with extras … each recipe provides children's books that are good for a whole literacy lesson!  You can read the book(s), fix the food, and enjoy them both together!
I let the Captain pick out a recipe and he chose the Omelet in a Bag.  It was really fun to make this recipe with him!



yes, one would think there would be veggies in this, but he picked the ingredients – just cheese, ham, and egg!
Buy it:  Click here to purchase this and other fabulous books from Gryphon House Publishing.
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“English Idioms And Expressions For Everyone, Yes, Even You!” by Reza Mashayekhi

I was able to review the book:  "English Idioms And Expressions For Everyone, Yes, Even You!" by Reza Mashayekhi.  This book was written for foreigners and people learning English as a second language, but it is helpful for anyone who speaks English.  It is full of idioms and expressions in the English language.  Some of these I didn't know!


(Are you trying to remember what, exactly, an idiom is?)









an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements
Here are a few of my favorites from the book:
"Stick a fork in it!" which means "Something having been completed."
"Monday morning quarterback" which means "A person who finds fault and blames others AFTER everything has already been done."
"Dead presidents" meaning "cash" or "money"

This book is like a dictionary or any other reference book.  You can easily look up idioms and expressions that you may not know.  I have to point out that there are adult words and themes in this book, since it is a book about the English language.  It's not crude or bad, but this being a family blog, I should point that out in case you're thinking of, I don't know, buying this book for your 8 year old or something! :o)

The author, Reza Mashayekhi, was born and reared in Tehran, Iran. He later attended the University of Michigan, where he received a degree in aerospace engineering.