Inspirational Gifts to Strengthen Your Faith

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Inspirational Gifts

Being a Christian is never easy, and in all truth, it's becoming increasingly difficult.  Not as difficult as Bible times for sure, but with modern technology and worldly skepticism, it sometimes is hard to have faith.  I am sure a large percentage of Christians do face a battle with their lack of faith sometimes.  With so many people trying to disprove the Bible and spreading the "do what you want because you only live once" message, it is hard.  Lots of modern day Christians and people from the Bible have struggled with their faith.  Even close friends of Jesus had trouble believing!  My personal advice is to not shove those feelings of doubt down, but to surround yourself with knowledgeable people to talk to, read the Bible, and explore positive works from faithful Christians.  It does me a world of good to change the radio to a Christian station and pray.  The Bible tells us to pray all of the time.  With so many distractions, I think inspirational gifts and artwork in the home also help keep your mind focused on what's really important.

Home Decor/DIY

I love little reminders and Bible verse art, like this one below from Mission to Save.  It's a free printable, too, so it's easy to print and frame.

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Whether you have a wall of crosses or a few displayed throughout the house, they are great reminders of Jesus' sacrifice for us.  This Cross Framed on Burlap from Dukes & Duchesses is classy and would make a beautiful gift:

Inspirational GiftsJoshua 24:15 is a very popular Bible verse for families.  This DIY personalized house picture from Mission to Save is great, because it is made on vellum which is then laid over a picture of a house.  So sentimental and teaches children from a very young age how important faith and Christianity is to their parents.

Inspirational Gifts

I am a sucker for Christmas themed decorations, year-round.  This could be an ornament, wall hanging, or it could sit on a shelf as a daily reminder of the birth of Jesus.  Find out how to make it at Equipping Godly Women.

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DIY Jewelry

These wire and bead cross pendants are beautiful and unique.  See the instructions at Dukes & Duchesses!

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Inspirational Gifts

I think it's also important to get your hands on books, CDs, and DVDs from people who have done their research, devoted their lives to God, and have a strong Christian faith.  A new DVD that has just come out is Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.  Many of the world's most prominent archeologists and historians have said that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  This skepticism can be contagious and easy to follow and many people, including Christians, have labeled the whole book as "fiction."  Fimmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the question "Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archeologists get it wrong?"  He has documented his journey across the globe, looking for answers.  This DVD contains in-depth archeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt.  The goal of this documentary is to communicate TRUTH of the Bible and help believers to strengthen their faith.

Kevin Sorbo narrates the documentary, which also includes interviews with leading archeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. This DVD researches the stories of Moses, Joshua, Jericho, Joseph, the Israelites, Egyptian kings, and more.  Timothy Mahoney has really examined his own faith and religion in this film, and we can all benefit from his journeys!

Purchase Patterns of Evidence: Exodus at the POE website or Amazon.  Check out a preview here:



Inspirational Gifts

There is nothing more refreshing to me than new music.  TobyMac has been around the Christian music scene for years, and his music continues to appeal to all ages and have an uplifting message.  "This Is Not A Test" comes out on August 7th and does not disappoint.  The Captain's favorite song is "Beyond Me" and is a great song about having faith!

You gave me the stars put them out of my reach

Called me to waters a little too deep

Oh, I've never been so aware of my need

You keep on making me see

It's way beyond me

Anything that I got the strength to do

In over my head keeps me countin' on You

I'm leaving the sweet spot, sure shot

Tradin' it all for the plans You got

Is it so crazy to believe

TobyMac's songs get you thinking, dancing, and praising God and that's just what we need!  This CD is a great start to your day or a pick-me-up anytime.  There are so many different thoughts and sounds enveloped in TobyMac's latest release, and it would be a fantastic inspirational gift!


I love how no two songs sound alike.  "Fall," "Like A Match," Undeniable," and more songs are all well written, well thought out, and performed by TobyMac and the musicians so, so well.  The boys and I really enjoyed listening to this album on our road trip yesterday.  We are all big TobyMac fans and I think you will be, too.  Learn more about TobyMac and preview his newest release on his website.

Pre-order this album on iTunes and receive four songs instantly and also, make sure enter to win the #FEELIT Sweepstakes!

Propeller/FlyByPromotions is giving you the chance to win!  One winner will win the new "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" DVD and another will win the new CD from TobyMac: "This Is Not A Test."  Just enter in the corresponding Rafflecopter below!

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Adventure + Education = The Wild Kratts! New DVD Out April 14th

This Wild Kratts post was brought to you by PBS Distribution.  All opinions are mine.

The Captain and D love anything and everything about animals. There are a lot of animal shows, but the one they both love and enjoy immensely is Wild Kratts.  The Captain has been a mega fan for about two years now, and still dresses up as Chris Kratt and D is Martin Kratt, of course!  They loved their Wild Kratts birthday party a couple of years ago, and still talk about how awesome it was!

Wild Kratts partyAlong with being loads of fun, the boys have learned so much from this awesome show!  I love TV shows that actually teach something instead of being silly the whole time.  The boys have learned about extinct animals like the Tasmanian tiger, cool birds like the Peregrine Falcon, and much more.

The Captain has seen just about every episode of the Wild Kratts, but having them grouped into thematic shows is awesome!  He flipped out when we received this new DVD in the mail.  Wild Kratts:  Shark-Tastic! is available April 14th and includes four episodes, two of which are bonus episodes.  The Wild Kratts talk about great white sharks, dolphins, and other sea creatures, like a hawksbill turtle, a tiger shark, a giant pacific octopus, a bowhead whale, a manta ray, and many more!


In each episode of Wild Kratts, Chris and Martin Kratt take us on animal powered adventures.  In each episode, the Kratt Brothers are transformed into animated versions of themselves and the real life zoologists visit wild animals in their habitats and showcase key science concepts along the way.  Wild Kratts:  Shark-Tastic! contains these four episodes:  "Octopus Wildkratticus," "Tortuga Tune Up," "Speaking Dolphinese," and "Stuck on Sharks."

Wild Kratts airs weekdays on PBS KIDS.  Check your local listings and don't miss an episode!

Celebrate the Season of Advent with “God Came Near” DVD set with Max Lucado {giveaway, closed}

This post about the DVD set "God Came Near" by Max Lucado, was brought to you by Family Christian.  All opinions are mine.  

God Came Near

Christmas has taken on a new meaning for us since having kids.  There is a desire to commercialize the holiday and shower our kids with gifts, but I think there is a deeper desire to teach our kids why our family celebrate Christmas, as well.  And really, we all need as much help as we can get in teaching our kids about God, Jesus, and the Bible.  That is precisely why I wanted to watch this "God Came Near" DVD set.  Max Lucado is a smart man who knows the Bible well.  He is a pastor and author and he does a remarkable job with this DVD set.

The boys and I sat down to watch the first DVD together.  Since the boys are 6 and 3, I wasn't sure if any of it would sink in.  It IS approved for all ages, but this set is really geared for older kids and adults.  They did enjoy the setting in England's gorgeous Blockley Church.  They loved the video of the reenactments, but they did sort of zone out while Lucado spoke.  After all, they are little!  I found it fascinating though and really enjoyed it.  This series would make a fantastic study this holiday season for a small group or Bible class.

I personally really enjoyed learning new things in a setting that helped me travel back in time to what it might really be like when Jesus was born.  Max Lucado does a great job telling us all about the Advent season.  He tells a story through Simeon's eyes. What it must have been like to wait for the Messiah!  He also explores Saint Nicholas, popular Christmas traditions, stories of Joseph and Mary, and also about the hectic holiday season we have made for ourselves.

Max Lucado "God Came Near" Advent DVD

Lucado encourages us to realize that God came near to the people of the Earth as a baby born to a carpenter and his soon-to-be wife.  There was no fanfare, Jesus came without fanfare or parties, and God came near for us and continues to come near to us if we allow Him!  How inspiring and wonderful is that thought??

God Came Near DVD set

While this is the season for celebrating Jesus' birth, Lucado encourages us to imagine ourselves as the wise men who were anxiously awaiting Jesus' birth and went out seeking him through many trials.  We are to seek Jesus daily and long to be near Him.

I know that everyone will be uplifted and encouraged to make the season about Jesus this year.  It is an uplifting DVD set and might be just what you or someone you know needs in the midst of the hectic holiday season!

Purchase "God Came Near" for this season at Family Christian.

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The Boxcar Children DVD {giveaway, closed}

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The boys love to have movie night and let's be honest, so do I!  The problem for me, however, is finding good, wholesome movies that are entertaining and hold the boys' attention.  I had always heard about "The Boxcar Children" book series but sadly, had never read the books.  But, I had an idea that "The Boxcar Children" animated movie would be  good one.  And I love the fact that it is rated G and endorsed by the Dove Foundation!

We had movie night and just as I had hoped….both D, who is 3 and the Captain, who is 5, ADORED this movie.  They watch it any chance they get.  It's fun, entertaining, and gives you the warm fuzzies.  It's just an honesty terrific family movie. 

Boxcar Children


The storyline is this:  four orphaned siblings feel like they aren't wanted or loved.  They are on the run from a grandfather that they are scared of, but have never met.  They find an abandoned boxcar and make it their home.  I won't spoil the end for you, but it has a sweet, happy ending and it truly is heartwarming.  

Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors, including Academy Award Nominee Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Zach Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Joey King (Fargo), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight series), and Jadon Sand (LEGO: The Movie), this is the very first full-length, animated feature adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner's best-selling classic!

"The Boxcar Children" is now available at Walmart!  Check out the classic books at The Boxcar Chidren website!

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Enter to win a copy of "The Boxcar Children" DVD!  Enter by leaving a comment telling me if you ever read these books as a child and/or why you want to win!  

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

February Shenanigans Giveaway Hop featuring Daddy Scrubs, Funny Face Cranberries, & Organa! {closed}

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Valentine's Day is officially over and now it's time for some SHENANIGANS!  Welcome to the FEBRUARY SHENANIGANS GIVEAWAY HOP, brought to you by Planet Weidknecht and Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!!
Enter to win prizes at all the blogs below from February 15 through February 28.  Good luck!
Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, we've got three great prizes from three great companies!
Daddy Scrubs is giving away a Bag O' Books!  Prize includes "I'm the Daddy" trunk bag and sunglasses, along with seven adorable "Daddy" books.  My boys have thoroughly enjoyed reading these books with Daddy.  It's such a sweet, special way for Daddy and Son to bond, through reading!  Daddy Scrubs makes great daddy to be gifts like the Bag O' Books.  My hubby really loves the "I'm the Daddy" stickers and trunk bag, and the sunglasses, too.  It's pretty cute how Daddies are so proud to BE daddies!  Hey, even new dads need some recognition!

Funny Face Cranberries has a FUN and DELICIOUS prize package for you!  My boys LOVE Funny Face Cranberries and they have really enjoyed the awesome stuff in this package.  They now have lunchbox sizes and you can purchase their great cranberry products from the new e-store!  (and they're also giving away an iPad on their Facebook page, so check it out.)
Organa Kids has a DVD  of the new "Iris The Happy Professor" to give away, too!  My boys still watch their Organa Kids DVDs.  They're sweet, musical, educational, fun, and different because they come from all over the world.  "Iris The Happy Professor" was no different, the boys love Iris!  Professor Iris is a fun science teacher who teaches science with creativity.
Giveaway has ended and Nikki L. is the lucky winner!


The Wiggles’ Final Tour

Did you know that three of the four original Wiggles are retiring?  Yes, after this final world tour, Jeff, Murray, and Greg will be retiring and three new Wiggles will be joining Anthony as the new generation of The Wiggles!  The 2012 Summer Tour called "The Wiggles!  Celebration Tour!" will be the last time you will get to see the orginal four Wiggles sing and dance to your favorite Wiggles songs!

The Wiggles! Celebration Tour! is guaranteed to get you up and wiggling!  Their fun, interactive, and educational message is sure to entertain kids and parents alike.  Audience members are encouraged to participate by:

  • creating a fun, giant sign at home to bring to the show
  • having fun with your favorite Wiggly friend as they sing and dance through the audience
  • dress up as your favorite character
  • yelling "Wake up, Jeff!" whenever the loveable Purple Wiggle falls asleep on stage.

If you need a little fun to pass the time until the Wiggles come to your town, visit, specially created for preschoolers and their parents.  Parents can monitor their child's progress and have access to premium promotional offers, contest, merchandise discounts, and presale Wiggles tickets!  You can also follow the Wiggles on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook!

The USA Celebration Tour begins July 12th in San Diego, California.  I'm excited because the Wiggles will be making a couple of stops here in Texas, too!  Check out the full listing of tour dates and places!

The Celebration Tour corresponds with the release of the Wiggles' new DVD and CD, "The Wiggles Big Birthday," which will be released on July 17th: 

Preorder the Wiggles' "Big Birthday" DVD on Amazon today!

Are your kids Wiggles fans?  Are you planning on attending a concert in the Celebration tour???


Snapatoonies – the new, fun, educational DVD series for kids! {review} Shake, Rattle, & Roll Giveaway Hop!

Captain Fussybuckets and Baby D were THRILLED to get to review the "Counting Kids" DVD from Snapatoonies!  Snapatoonies is a new DVD series from Jordle Productions…two mommies who wanted to make quality educational videos for their kids!  These moms didn't know where to start, but the end result is FABULOUS and both of the boys LOVE this DVD and the catchy "Snapatoonies" theme song! 

"Counting Kids" is a super cute, fun, educational way to learn and practice numbers.  We've watched the videos quite a few times already.    This DVD is about Nathan and his friends.  He counts all of his friends and rhymes all the way from zero to ten.

The Captain has known his numbers for awhile now, but I have noticed that he is using "zero" a LOT more since he started watching the Snapatoonies "Counting Kids" DVD.  And the way Baby D is watching intently, it is sure to teach him his numbers soon!  

Here is a preview of "Counting Kids":

And here's something wonderful about Snapatoonies… can purchase either the Canadian version, with words like "colour" and the Canadian pronounciation of the letter "z" OR the US version with "color" and US words!  It's a small difference, but when young learners are absorbing everything, it's important that it's the "correct" way and great that Snapatoonies gives us the choice!

Here are the four current Snapatoonies DVDs available, with more in production!

Check out "Counting Kids" and the other available titles at the Snapatoonies website.  You can purchase this and other Snapatoonies DVDs at Amazon for around $20.  Make sure to follow Snapatoonies on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to the Snapatoonies YouTube channel.  You can also read the Snapatoonies blog.

Snapatoonies is a sponsor in the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Giveaway Hop, beginning on May 22nd!  Make sure to come back then to enter to win!



Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! is on tour NOW!

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! is on the road!  The "It's Time To Dance!" tour features a mix of classic Yo Gabba Gabba! favorites, as well as new performances.  The production features characters from the show, DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Plex, Toodee, and Captain Fussybuckets' favorite, Muno!  There is lots of singing, dancing, games, animation, and music to enjoy in this show.  Hip Hop legend Biz Markie and Leslie Hall also join the cast on stage.  The show runs just under two hours with intermission.  It's guaranteed to be an awesome show!!
If you're not familiar with Yo Gabba Gabba!, you need to check it out!  Both Captain Fussybuckets and Baby D love it.  The hubby and I weren't too sure about the show when we first watched it, but YGG! has tons of memorable, catchy, educational tunes that we all love.  And I'm not just saying that!  YGG! is not your average kids' show…the music is actually enjoyable by all ages!  The characters are cute and teach valuable lessons like "don't bite your friends," "all of our friends are different," and "keep trying, never give up!"  Captain Fussybuckets has learned from this show!
The tour is wrapping up soon, so check to see if they are coming to a city near you!  (They're coming to Texas soon!  YES!!!)  Just go to Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! to check out tour dates and ticket info!
The awesome people at Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! are offering our readers an amazing prize!  One Life With Captain Fussybuckets reader will win the NEW "Music is Awesome 3" CD and a special Yo Gabba Gabba! DVD that is only being sold on the tour called:  "KIA Motors Presents:  Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! live from Nokia Theatre, L.A."
Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below!  Good luck!!  And remember to check out Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!
The giveaway has ended and Isra is the lucky winner!