About Me

Im a Stay at home mother of 6 children. Myrissa is age 18, Jacub is 16, Victorea is 14, Whitnee is 10 and Kirk is 7. And working on the adoption of a 2 year old little girl. We also have quite a few kids who call us Mom and Dad. My husband is studying for the ministry. We are a very busy family. I want to make sure all you other busy moms out there get the deals I do. If you would like me to do a review and or giveaway, I'd be happy to share your product with my readers. Contact me for more information. fivelilbassintow@yahoo.com

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Brave Girls Bible Stories Book Review and Giveaway





Why not join Hope, Gracie, Glory, Faith, and Honor and they go through the Bible and see why they can be brave too. Women in the Bible were brave. God helped them become the strong, brave women that they were. Our girls can be that way too!

I am not a very brave person. I tend to hide behind my husband. But I have tried raising strong girls. I sometimes envy women I see with lots of bravery. I love Ruth and Esther's stories. Brave Girls shows you so many strong and brave women of the Bible. Some you might know and well, some you may not. But all the stories are written in a way that it is like the women are telling you their stories. This book is very easy to follow and great Mommy/daughter time.

Meet Hope
Ready for a game of football? Yeah, I know I’m a girl. And girls aren’t supposed to play football, right? Well, you haven’t seen me with my brothers. Every Saturday afternoon we’re out in the yard playing flag football with our neighbors. And if it isn’t football, it’s soccer or softball. We even have a volleyball net! I guess that’s one advantage to living on a farm outside of town—plenty of room to play hard.I actually have a girly side to me that likes to dress up and be pretty and all that stuff. But give me a pair of broken-in jeans, a T-shirt, and a good group of friends, and I’m happier than a homecoming queen.I guess you could say nothing in my life is all that fancy. Farm life just isn’t that way. But I have a terrific family. I’m the oldest, and my two younger brothers are twins my parents adopted from the Ukraine when they were two years old. I love those guys, even though they bother me sometimes. We all work together around the farm and around our church. We help out with the local charity too because we can’t get over how good God has been to us. And sharing His hope with others? Well, it beats football any day.I do admit that I have a challenge I don’t like to talk about—reading. I do okay in school for the most part. But when I read, the letters get mixed up, and sometimes it looks like another language to me. They call it dyslexia. I call it embarrassing. But I do my best to remember that God can help me tackle this challenge. And He’s where I’m learning to put my—you guessed it—hope!


Meet Glory
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be? I’m kind of torn. Half of me would want to be on a high mountain somewhere, enjoying a beautiful sunset. Or maybe the beach, look-ing out across the sparkling waters. But the other half of me would be just as wonderstruck walking down the streets of New York City with my mom and sisters, shopping for all the latest fashions! I mean, you can never have enough boots, right? Or scarves and earrings and nail polish to match? Yes, I know it might sound weird, but there is a common thread to everything I love: beauty! I love beauty wherever I see it. In this awesome world God created, in a gorgeous dress in a store window, and in the great hugs I get from my friends. I think God’s beauty is everywhere—you just have to look for it.Lately, I’ve had to look a little harder. Life at home wasn’t so pretty, and just last summer my parents got divorced. For a while, I got really mad at God and forgot about the good in the world. But then my friends from the youth group started writing me encouraging notes and inviting me over. Their love and friendship was, well, beautiful—and it got me noticing all the other amazing ways God shows His love to me. I’ve started to see how God can take even the ugly, hard things in life and turn them into something good. I’m working on forgiving my parents and praying that God will use me to encourage other girls like me. You know, God can take even the messiest of situations and use them for His glory!

Meet Honor

My friends say that wherever there’s a challenge, I’m the one to take it! Maybe that’s why I always pick up stray animals and bring them home. I love to care for my furry friends and figure out how to make them better. I’m always going to the library to find new books to help me in my animal rescue mission! In fact, I love to read books in general. Last summer I started volunteering at the library so that I could help other kids learn to love books too.But my biggest challenge lately hasn’t been at the library or with my five pets. It’s been at school. Studying has always been easy for me, and I was thrilled when the principal said I could skip a grade. But I had a really hard time fitting in with the older kids. They didn’t seem impressed with my intelligence, so at first I tried dressing and talking more like they did, even though I knew it didn’t honor God. That didn’t work either.I just ended up feeling guilty and more out-of-place than ever. Turns out they weren’t the kind of friends I needed anyway. It’s a good thing God has given me an awesome youth group. My leader and friends there have helped me remember who God says I am.So who am I, really? You could say I’m God’s girl, even though I don’t always act like it. But I am learning how to honor Him more. And one day I hope to take all the abilities God has given me and use them, maybe to become a veterinarian or zoologist or something. Whatever I do, though, one thing’s for sure: I want it all to honor God.

Meet Gracie

Let’s just say it’s all by God’s grace that I’m here. And I’m not just saying that because of my name. If it had been left up to me, I’d still be in my old home-town of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. We’re talking beautiful green hills and parks on every street corner. I was born there, and I knew everybody (and everybody knew me) . . . And then we moved. I thought life was over. I wanted my old friends and old world back, and I was pretty stubborn and loud about it.In my hometown, my family and I didn’t talk about God much. But once we moved here, we started going to this church, and there were some girls in the youth group who were . . . nice. More than nice, really. They were cool. They liked to do fun stuff and all, but they also weren’t afraid to talk about things that matter—like what we’re supposed to do with our lives. I used to ask myself that question sometimes, like when I was walking through the woods by my house or listening to my music. These girls were able to show me the answer in the Bible. I always knew there had to be a God who made all those beautiful things. Now I’m beginning to know who He is, thanks to God Himself, those girls, my church, and, yes, even my parents who moved me here. Wanna know something else kind of funny? The only time I ever sang back in Pennsylvania was in my shower at home. I loved it, but I was afraid to sing in public. Now I’m in the choir at church, and I’m singing about God to anybody who’ll listen!

And last meet Faith

Have you ever known anybody who is homes-chooled? If you haven’t, now you do! My sister and I have been homeschooled all our lives. I miss my friends, but I still love learning at home because I have more time—to finish my work, to hang out, and to think. I’ve even used that time to start reading the Bible on my own because I really want to make God happy.But to tell the truth, I tend to try to please more than just God. I want everyone to like what I do, which has made me quite a perfectionist. Even though my name is Faith, I think a better name right now would be “Worry” because I’m always worried that I’m going to disappoint someone, including myself. The only time I get away from those thoughts is when I’m painting, my favorite hobby. Fortunately, I find lots of time for that, which is starting to pay off. I’ve been asked to help the younger kids with their art projects at camp this year, and I’ve even won some local art contests!The girls in the youth group are helping me too, and I love spending time with them. They remind me that God already knows all about my mess ups and sins but loves me anyway. I guess I’m learning that my faith is not a bunch of “dos and don’ts.” It’s about a relationship with God, who knows the real me, and He is working on me to make me more like Him. That’s what real faith is all about—believing that God loves me, forgives me, and sees me as His very own work of art, no matter what!


Brave Girls is a 224 page book that speaks about 30 strong Women of the Bible. Just let your daughter read this and she won't want to put it down. Beautifully illustrated.

You can purchase this book right now for $13.59 from the Thomas Nelson website

http://www.thomasnelson.com/children/bible-storybooks/brave-girls-bible-stories



Our girls can't get enough!



It's His love that makes us strong


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Little Critters Being Thankful and We All Need Forgiveness Board Books Giveaway


Being thankful for the things that you have is a interesting concept in children. Children tend to always want everything. As adults we see that what we have is what God wants us to have. I have to say since we don't always have, at our house, we have taught thankfulness since the very start. Our youngest just turned 2 and I am very thankful that she is already starting the "tainshoo" when she gets something she wants. In our house the phrase "we can't afford it right now" is very common thing.

Little Critters Books are so great at helping teach those, well needed, lessons to our children.


Mercer Mayer is the writer and illustrator for Little Monster® and Little Critter® books. He began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966 and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Mayer currently lives in New England with his wife Gina, who co-wrote many of the popular Little Critter® books. He has four children and two grandchildren.


This 24 page board book can be purchased from Thomas Nelson for $9.99.

http://www.thomasnelson.com/being-thankful

you can also purchase the 24 page paperback for $3.99

http://www.thomasnelson.com/being-thankful-1

or from Amazon for $11.32 for paperback

http://www.amazon.com/Thankful-Little-Critter-Mercer-Paperback/dp/B00OHX7FEU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1413644635&sr=8-2&keywords=being+thankful+little+critter



I think even as adults some of us need this book! Being forgiving is not something that comes easily. Follow these Lil Critters as they learn a great life lesson in forgiving others.

Just like Mama says, “As God forgives, we must forgive each other.” Based on Matthew 6:14, Little Critter learns why forgiveness helps heal the one who does the forgiving just as much as the one who needs forgiveness.

You can purchase this book also for $9.99 from Thomas Nelson

http://www.thomasnelson.com/we-all-need-forgiveness

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Share a Blessing Sticker and Postcard Book Review and Giveaway



Are you the leader of a Missionette's or Royal Rangers group? How about a home group? This is the perfect booklet to have around. Let's show our children the great way to uplift peoples spirits. This creative little book is chuck full of 1,000 stylish stickers and 24 super cute post cards. Each postcard has an encouraging message for kids to share!


This would be great to have this kids send to friends in the hospital. Even thank you notes. My kids love to find other children who are sick and in need of a pick me up.


This has been beneficial to our 10 year old and our 14 year old. Both girls but I feel that boys might like to send them also. Why not get them involved too.


You can purchase this book from Amazon.com for $8.99

http://www.amazon.com/Share-Blessing-Thomas-Nelson/dp/0529111403/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413578608&sr=8-1&keywords=Share+a+Blessing+book

Or from Thomas Nelson.com for $9.99

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nuby Fruitsicle Popsicle Molds Review and Giveaway


Now the toddlers can be just like the big kids!


My older kids run around with the popsicles that are shaped like tubes. It is really hard for our 2 year old to use them. She can't figure out how to raise the ice with each bite. She also can't use scissors to crop off the top of the plastic as she goes along.

We have also tried the $ store frozen popsicle makers, too big. Nuby just came out with the perfect item for our toddler!


Toddler size popsicle trays! The bright colors caught her eyes the minute we pulled the tray out of the box. Each color is bright and shiny just like the rest. Boy and girls colors so they aren't too boyish or too girlie. Although, now, I can't keep my older kids out of her popsicles. I guess they never really grow up.


We have tried apple juice, white grape juice, grape Kool-Aid and even just water. Not only are these a great summer time item to have but are great for teething toddlers. We have given these to her when we find her roaming the house chomping on her fingers.

These do take a little elbow grease to get out of the spots though. I wouldn't call that a complaint, because it keeps her from getting up on a chair and getting a popsicle herself. The pull isn't too bad. I've also heard that if you run it under warm water for a second or 2 the popsicle will come right out.

The base under the frozen juice is wide and ridged so that it helps in keeping the juice from spilling out. Plus, as with all Nuby products this is BPA free. Nuby is all about keeping our kids safe.

I had all my younger nieces and nephews over this weekend and we just passed out the Nuby Fruitsicle Popsicles. If you are energetic enough you could even put pieces of real fruit in the juice. Would make a great after nap snack.

Each of the 4 slots hold 1 oz of juice. Just enough for them to enjoy. Also great if you make your own baby food. Mix and freeze.

You can purchase this through Amazons baby store for $8.98

http://babies-store.com/product/nuby-garden-fresh-fruitsicles/

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Now Gluten Free Product Review

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This Gluten Free actually tastes good! We got to make pancakes and brownies without the worry of tummy issues. My sister had to start going gluten free when she was going to the doctors regularly for pain and they couldn't figure out what the issue was. Finally she started reading about gluten allergies. She decided to go gluten free and the pains went away. It isn't always easy to find Gluten Free products. I have 3 stores within 50 miles of me that sell this product. Now is definitely a product to travel for.

Check out how perfect these pancakes turn out



Everyone loved them!



Ultimate Fluffy Pancakes

Ingredients: (Serves 4)
1 cup Living Now™ Gluten-Free Baking and Pancake Mix
1 egg (or substitute 1 tbsp applesauce + 1 tsp baking soda)
1 tsp melted butter (or substitute 1 tsp vegetable oil)
1 tsp NOW® Organic Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp sugar
1½ cups milk (or substitute 1½ cups rice milk)

Directions:
1) Place lightly oiled pan or skillet on medium heat (350°F).
2) Whisk all ingredients in large bowl until well blended.
3) Pour ¼ cup of batter into pan and cook for 3 minutes or until brown.
4) Flip the pancake and cook for 2 minutes or until pancake has browned, then serve.
Suggestion: Use NOW Real Food® Organic Maple Syrup to make these Gluten-Free
Pancakes even more delicious!

So if you have to live a Gluten Free lifestyle you should check out Now

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Now Kid Vits Children's Vitamins Review


Giving your child a daily vitamin can great increase their immune systems. There is so much junk going around these days that children's bodies have to fight off. If we can help them just a little by giving them a 1 a day, I think we should. (now this is my opinion)

This 1 a day for children has cute animal shapes


Not only are they good for your child, but they taste good too! Most children's chewables are such a great tasting product.

You can purchase these from the Bulk Apothecary for $8.49 for 150 vitamins

http://www.bulkapothecary.com/product/supplements/multiple-vitamins-and-minerals/kid-vits-berry-blast-multi-vitamin-120-chewables/?kpid=Vit-NOW-3882&gclid=CjwKEAjw2f2hBRCdg76qqNXfkCsSJABYAycPXPdwTPqs-WgNjVESfR985NXNE1kQd0p3kx27DXutfRoCnt_w_wcB

Children age 4 and up: Take 2 chewables daily with food. Children 1 -3 years of age: Take 1 or 2 chewables daily with food.

Contains no: salt, wheat, milk egg, shellfish or preservatives. Vegetarian/Vegan Product.

AAC** = Amino Acid Chelate


Why not try it out?!

Five Lil Bass In Tow was sent this product to test and post my honest review

Nuby NEW Juice Box Holder Review


Check out this super cool NEW item! I loved it from the minute I spotted it. Our little one absolutely loves to be like the big kids. I would give her the juice boxes and pouches and she would immediately squeeze, resulting in juice or milk everywhere! Such a pain. I am super stoked about Nuby coming out with this juice box holder.


You can't just drop the box in or take it out. The box fits nice and snug so the kids can't just remove it themselves. Our 2 year old LOVES this product. No more squeezed out spills..

At this moment you can only purchase from Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M4VCKXS/?tag=cheapbabycare-20

This Juice box holder is shaped like a peeling banana which is perfect so that little hands can grip the "peels".



The green base has a non slip grip to it. Just all around, no more spills.

You can toss this in the dishwashers top shelf and it will still be in perfect shape when it comes out. Just push the box back out by the hole in the bottom of the holder. Easy Peasy!


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