Just Saying { 90 Devotions for tween girls}

Write ‘Em, Draw “Em, Hide ‘Em in your Heart

by Carol McAdams Moore

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Just Saying is not a typical devotional that I’ve looked through and bought. This one is interactive, it has the young girls really thinking and journaling what they have read in the bible. Carol includes prompts to get the juices flowing. While it is marketed for girls ages 8-12 I really thing even girls through 8th grade would enjoy this. It would be a great family time where you could read the scripture for that day and then set your girls off to journal, then you could discuss what they thought or discuss then journal. Just Saying is a great devotional and it also is a wonderful keepsake.

Each devotional is a 2 page spread and  is short, sweet, and created just for girls. The devotional includes relevant topics, quotes, scripture, doodles, journal prompts, list, puzzles, quizzes, fill in prayers and so much more. Each of these help your girls really explore the bible more in-depth and applying what the bible says into their day-to-day life.  Just Saying has girls following Jesus footsteps and helps them become closer to God.

thank you blogging for books and zondervankidz for sending us this sweet devotional for review. We are enjoying it very much!

The Feasts

How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics

by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina


The Feasts is a wonderful book for cradle Catholics, new Catholics, RCIA candidates and non Catholics who ask you so many questions about the Catholic faith and our liturgical calendar. This book explores the history, traditions and meanings behind holidays both favorite and long forgotten. This book is book 3 in a series, book 1: The Mass and book 2: The Church are both just as wonderful and a gold mine of information. You will want to have the whole trilogy, or as my girls pointed out it’s 3 books just like the trinity is 3. :)

The first 5 chapters gets into the feasts from where they began to the reasons behind them. Chapter 3 The Feasts that Jesus kept was one of my favorites. Chapter 4 and 5 are about the history behind how the calendar got developed and terms of the times, this is great for historical buffs and people who really enjoy history of the biblical times.  Chapter 6 is devoted to Sunday and really makes you see Mass in a whole new light.

After chapter 6 they get more into feasts, from Easter, Christmas, Pentecost, Epiphany to Divine Mercy, Blessed Virgin Mary and All Saints-Other Saints and Souls. They also have chapters on Holy Angels, Feasts of the Church Fasts, and the Sacred Paschal Triduum. I love that the Season of Advent has its own chapter that is separate from Christmas. I do wish they had put that right before Christmas (chapter 8, instead of making it chapter 20. No biggie though)

My husband and I went through RCIA as a married couple with a 3-year-old. I had never been baptized, I attended a Methodist church for many years in my 20’s but never got baptized. I was baptized while holding our 3-year-old daughter (who is now a 14-year-old). I learned many things about the Catholic Church and Faith in RCIA however I learned more reading these 3 books. I really think these 3 books need to be required reading for all RCIA candidates!  I know I will still get this one (as well as the other 2) down and read through them. I plan to read this one at the start of each feast or a few days before. This book is a real treasure and I’m so happy to have it on my bookshelf.

Thank you Blogging for Books and Image books for sending me The Feasts for review. 

Catholicism: A Journey To The Heart of The Faith

Fr. Robert Barron
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Catholicism is a wonderful book for new Catholics, cradle Catholics or those friends and family members that are wanting to know all about Catholicism.  Did you know this book is based on the film series? I didn’t this would be a wonderful bible study for any catholic church group. Each chapter of the book aligns with the DVD series.
Catholicism: A Journey To The Heart of The Faith has devoted a chapter each to The Mass and Mary. The chapters dives deep into the steps, symbols and meaning of mass. He also spends a whole chapter telling the reader all about Mary the mother of God. This is the best book about the catholic faith. I loved how much I learned from it, I thought I knew this stuff already but he taught me so much! This book isn’t just a history book about the Catholic Church and Faith it is about the theological writings and each chapter fully discusses and has you discovering so much about Catholicism.
This book is not the what Catholics do and why but more the meanings behind why mass is they way it is. Why many women are important in the catholic faith (ie: Mary, St Therese just to name a few). Catholicism A Journey to the Heart of the faith documents the foundations, traditions, works, trials and history of the Catholic Church all over the world.
Fr. Robert Barron has done a wonderful job and explaining the catholic faith, history, teachings and traditions to every one who reads this book. I really hope I can talk my Women’s Faith group do use this (along with the DVD’s) as a bible study group next year. This book would be a wonderful book for any person that is Confirmed this year or any time.
I’m so glad to have this book in my Catholic Faith library. I know this is one that I will reference many times in my life.
You can purchase this book here.

Never Ever Give Up

by Eric Rees

contributor Jenna Glatzer


Have a big huge box of tissues ready, because your going to ugly cry during Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring story of Jessie and her Joy Jars . Jessie was just like any other 12 year old, except she was fighting the biggest fight of her life. She had brain cancer, and while most adults would be spiraling into a sadness or depression not Jessie. Jessie was thinking of all the other kids that also were fighting their own personal battle with cancer or were sick in the hospital. She created Joy Jars, and brought so many smiles to so many sick kids. Jessie is a tween hero with the biggest heart of gold!



Thinking I’m not sure I want to read a book about a child battling cancer? I know I thought the same thing after it arrived. I’m so glad I read it. This book will change you and stay with you. I really mean it when I say a tiny bit of  Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) will stay with you forever. I can’t even imagine what her parents went through, no child and parent should have to experience this. Jessie’s dad Eric writes the sweetest notes to her on facebook. Jessie was a strong girl through from beginning to end.

Her joy jars have made so many kids happy and maybe forget if even for a second just how sick they are. They are filled with toys and activities. Jessie created 3,000 jars herself in her 10 month battle and her family, friends want to carry on her mission. They have been able to fill 80,000 jars so far and even you can help with a contribution so they can get the supplies to fill and create more Joy Jars. You can request one for a child or hospital also.

Jessie’s bright smile and motto of Never Ever Give Up really is a heartwarming, touching story that you have to add to your must read list! Want to find out more about this pint sized hero (yes she is a true hero), hop on over to the Jessie Rees Foundation.

thank you Handlebar for allowing me to review this book!

The Remaining

by Travis Thrasher


You can get The Foreboding: The Prologue to The Remaining for free through Amazon

The Remaining is based on the book of Revelations however this is a novel and movie so it’s very loosely based. Travis Thrasher wrote with full detail and the book is very vivid. Even if you don’t see the film you will be able to visualize what he is writing even with out the big screen. The movie is supposed to be out right now, but I’m not sure if it was a word wide release or small screen release since I haven’t seen it listed around me.

If you are a fan of dystopian books and christian then The Remaining is for you. While this is the end of the world so no dystopia world will exist it will remind you of those books. Since there is always a war raging on that makes the world like none other. This is the rapture and God is here to take his followers. This book is a bit scary and I would label it is a thriller for sure!  This book is for adults however high schooler’s would enjoy this one also.

Follow 6 friends from college that are gathering for a wedding! The wedding should be a happy joyous time that is full of fun, cheer and making memories. Memories will be made however I think it might be more like nightmares. The bride to be actual saw this coming, however she never put 2 and 2 together and thought it was night terrors. However all her dreams are about to become true and it will be terrifying.

What follows next is 2 days of non stop terror, and only the faithful followers of God will go to heaven the rest will be left behind and live a life of h*** on earth. This book is a page turner, edge of your seat and really gets under your skin. The perfect good vs evil book that doesn’t have vampires, werewolves or zombies (don’t get me wrong I read those also). This is one scary book that I enjoyed a lot

thank you Tyndale and Travis Thrasher allowing me to review The Remaining. I enjoyed it very much and hope to see the movie sometime. 


The Word Among Us

The Word Among Us is a wonderful magazine that should be (and might be) in all Catholic homes. It not only includes the daily mass readings but also articles to read along with daily meditations. The Prayers for the Liturgy and Daily Meditations are a wonderful way to end your daily mass readings or for some quiet reflection/journal time.


The Word Among Us is small magazine that is easy to place in your purse, tote bag, or briefcase making it so simple to find the time to do your daily mass readings. Take it with you where ever you go so you can read when ever you have some down time through out the day. I enjoy reading  my Word Among Us while waiting for my kids to get out of school, or in the morning while the house is quiet before the hustle and bustle of the day beginnings. The Word Among Us is great for older kids to follow along during mass and have seen many older folks using it also. My youngest loves to read the mass readings while they are being read aloud. I think she gets more out of the mass when reading and listening at the same time.

My favorite part is the Daily Meditations, they  are a way to bring the daily mass readings into present day, adding additional readings if you would like to further your reflection/meditation for the day. Word Among Us makes it easy for me to highlight and add thoughts to the mass readings that I can later add to my journal. You can also find a calendar on the last page that list all the readings for a easy to locate if you would like to use your bible for the readings. The Order of Mass is also include and easy to locate with the all red pages. This is great for new Catholics to follow along and learn all the prayers and order of mass. I wish I had this when I was going through RCIA or right after my baptism, if you know anyone going through RCIA think of getting A Word Among Us as a gift!

The Readings included in each issue are ones I might not find elsewhere, they are informative and not long in length making them a great quick read. The readings are divided into 3 in the front, then the Daily Meditations, Mass Readings and Order of Mass, than 3 more articles. The articles deepen your faith and understand of your Catholic Faith. All in all I LOVE this magazine and plan to keep this subscription going. This magazine also makes a wonderful give to Catholic both young and old, Confirmation teens to RCIA adults, and teens.


thank you Tiber River for sending me a year subscription of A Word Among Us, I love this subscription and will keep it going even after my year subscription ends! This is one review that the whole family can read and enjoy, and get so much out of! 

Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from our Tuscan Kitchen

by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

Host of Cooking Channel tv show Extra Virgin

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I love cooking shows, cookbooks and Italian food! I’ve watched their tv show Extra Virgin and really enjoy it, the recipes seem so easy to make and yummy. The family seems to really love being in the heart of the home the kitchen! So when I saw this cookbook for review through blogging for books I jumped and waiting for it to arrive. I had the front door open the minute the ups truck pulled up to the house! :)

I have made many of the recipes since getting the cookbook, and some have been made a few times. The recipes use simple ingredients, ones that don’t have you searching through many stores. Everything I’ve made so far uses ingredients that mostly are already in my pantry, fridge and freezer. The have made a big time Risotto lover out of us! Oh my stars I can never go back to plain old rice, Risotto is so yummy!!! The pictures of some of the recipes are beautiful and show you that you don’t need a expensive, hard to find ingredient to make a yummy dish that your family will love.

I have so many pages dog eared already and many pages have stains from me cooking and reading, which is exactly what they say in the introduction that they want to of their book. The book is divided into sections just like any cookbook however this book is one that I have almost every single recipe dog eared. I love the Tuscan Kitchen Essentials pages where Gabriele Corcos talks about all this favorite ingredients he uses.

They include recipes ranging from simple homemade pasta to white bean and pancetta bruschetta, minestrone to hunters chicken. They cover all the bases and all types of meals. They even include a very simple 3 ingredient vegetable stock recipe, that is just to easy and tasty not to make. Forget buying it now you can have homemade veggie stock in 3 hours using 3 veggies and water!

Some of our favorites and new permanent menu items: Sausage and Asparagus Risotto, “Fake” Sauce, Red Sauce, Pici All”Aglione, Pasta and Bean Soup, Minestrone, Super Tuscan Burger, Sausage and Beans, Beef Stew with Polenta, Tuscan Bread {along with the bread starter}, see I love this book. There are a whole lot more recipe wise that we love but it would be like listing almost the whole book! :)

thank you so much Blogging for books, Crown Publishing, and Clarkson Potter for sending me this book for review! It’s my go to cookbook!

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms

by Lisa M Hendley


A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms is a wonderful resource all catholic homes should have. This book is all that I have been searching for and wanting.  It’s just what busy moms and houses have been looking for. The readings and activities are simple and fun. This is one book you will find yourself reaching for over and over.

I love that many of the saints are lesser known and not ones you might think of right off the bat. From the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, to a  virtually unknown Kateri Tekakwitha . You will have 52 saints to get you through the year. This book would be a wonderful addition to a family study. Spend the year learning about the saints. For each saint the author has included:
  • Stories: A brief biography of the saint
  • Lessons: reflections of what each saint taught her
  • Traditions: popular devotions or practices associated with each saint
  • Wisdom: a quote from the saint or about the saint
  • Scripture: Daily verses to aid in your prayers each day, inspired by the saint
  • Activities: a week-long project for you to do alone and another to do with your children
  • Family Prayer: to be shared with the family daily
  • Something to Ponder: simple questions to reflect through out the week
I have been reading this for a while now add can’t wait to start the new year doing this all over again.  I know that we will not only learn so much but enrich our faith and grow so much. This book is one that can be done out of the order in the book and once you are done start right back again.
Don’t have kids yet? This book is still a book you could get so much out of as a single person or married with out kids. The author writes in such a simple delightful way and engages the reader to  Pray and Learn with the saints.
Have friends that are asking you about Saints and why they are so important to Catholics? This book would be a wonderful introduction to them and they would learn so much about Saints.
This book is a wonderful treasure for any Catholic home and should be on every Catholic households bookshelf!

20 Things About Me

So my favorite blog Dreaming Under the Same Moon had a fun post that I got tagged in :) If you haven’t read her blog and you love books, movies, and tv head over and follow her! She has the best blog post! Thanks Rissi for your fun blog :)

Question 1: How tall are you? 

I’m a shorty, that is why I go by Gidget, got the name in middle school and it just stuck. I’m 4’11”. See I’m a short little Gidget!

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what? 

Let’s see I can talk like a cartoon duck :) does that count. OK seriously I guess being able to walk on my toes is a hidden talent since I don’t do it unless I’m alone in the house and dancing up a storm. I also took French from 6th grade through 12th so that is a hidden talent. 

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Mean people/comments. I mean just because your not talking to my face or the other person’s faces doesn’t mean it is ok. If you can’t say anything nice than don’t say anything at all still applies to the net!


Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Bullies! I don’t know why bullying has gotten out of control. Every seems to think it is ok and you know what it’s not.


Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

So many to name: Nothing Else Matters by  Scala & Kolacny Brothers (was played on the last Crisis show), Counting Stars and Love Runs In by OneRepublic, Stay with Me by Sam Smith, and lots of 80’s, 90’s and classical.

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

Hate to admit this but I don’t shop Etsy, I really need to check them out. 


Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Well it’s not doing the housework, or all my college classes homework :). I like Reading and drinking tea, and putting on some music and dancing. 


Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Doughnuts, Cookies, Cheetos, and Andes mints


Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

We have 2 dogs: Drake (border collie/chocolate lab mix) and Hope (red heeler/jack russell mix)

a sweet little bunny: Cuddles Ansel Augustus Elgort (yes he was my daughters birthday gift, can you guess who she has a major crush on?)


and 2 stray cats that live outside but we feed them and named them: Purrrrrdy Kittie, and Gingersnap


Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Oh no how can I pick: Orphan Train, Divergent series, The Fault In Our Stars, Diary of Anne Frank are the first that come to mind. But if I had to pick only 1 it would be Diary of Anne Frank, read it first in 6th grade and have read it at least a few times a year since! Still have my first edition I found at a old book store! Paid a lot for it but it was worth every penny. Would love to take my girls to the Anne Frank house (that was my favorite scene in The Fault in Our Stars, since I got to catch a glimpse of it)




Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

I only wear eyeliner and lip stain but I really love NYC Lip Stain


Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Lets see there was the time that I feel down the stairs, My sandal with the thing between the toes broke right as I was walking down the stairs. It caught on the stairs and I went a tumbling. I was laughing but man was a bruised and sore! 


Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tea! I LOVE Tea!

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Let’s see I still love Pretty in Pink (even though I watched it recently and man it is cheesy), Outsiders (man that cast was the who’s who of the 80’s), Divergent, The Fault  in our Stars (although it could have been longer and included more of the movie!) 



Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I hung out with all kinds of people in high school. I guess I manly hung out with the rockers (that had their own bands) and the artist. So while they wouldn’t let me sing I could do art very well!


Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I’d live in Maine, Natucket, Wyoming, Forks, or Ireland.


{Forks, Washington}


Question 17: PC or Mac?



Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

I’ve been married almost 18 years so no romantic gestures, unless you count that now he rinses his dish when he leaves it in the sink (yippee!) 


Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

I have a few but can’t think of anyone off the top of my head. I still think Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon and C Thomas Howell are quite handsome. 


Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Rissi  from Dreaming Under the Same Moon would be fun to hang out with, we could talk about books for hours! Nikki Pope from Journey to Josie would be fun to hang out with her kids are adorable! Nicole from Journey to Excellence would be fun we love books and tea! Amy Clark from MomAdvice , and Kristen from Dine and Dish. Those are the blogs I read regularly!

Now for the Tagging: I tag anyone who wants to do this! I’d really love to read Nikki and Nicole answers, and thank you so much Rissi for tagging me! This was so much fun!!! 

If any of you would like to participate, here are the rules!

1. Copy and paste the questions below and then answer and turn them into a blog post. Or, record a video answering these questions and upload it to your blog post.

2. At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions. (I also suggest hitting up your tagged people via social media just to let them know you tagged them to do this tag challenge.)

3. Use the title: 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag. Once you’ve hit publish, leave a comment below with the link to your post.

4. Use the hashtag #20ThingsBlogTag when sharing on social media so we can all find your awesome posts! 



The Fault In Our Stars movie vs the book

by John Green

Why are you just now reviewing the book TFIOS you ask? Well I wanted to wait till I could review the book and the movie. We bought the movie last weekend thanks to digital download and Amazon, and my daughter asking for that as part of her birthday! So now I can review them both, here’s a hint I LOVED the book way better! 

I have read this book many times and we own 2 copies that is how much we love this book! Our movie poster paperback copy is about to fall apart, it is reinforced with clear packing tape since the cover can’t handle much more.


Then we have the sliver collectors edition hardback. That one is cool has lots of neat extras!


The Fault In Our Stars book: Amazing Must Read Book! This is a love story like no other and one that I recommend everyone to read. It is a love story between Hazel and Augustus. A love story about parents whose kids have cancer and they count each and every day just like the kids. It is also about a great friendship between Isaac, Hazel and Augustus. Read the book, you will not be sorry.

A Fault In Our Stars


Now on to the movie: I’ve seen the movie a few times now, a couple of times since we bought it and we were even able to find a theater that was still showing it and so we also saw it on the big screen. I really enjoyed it  and all and cried but I did not ugly cry like I do when I read the book. It was chopped up to much, too much taken out of the book to make the movie. I mean they could have totally made this movie 2 hours and 20 mins ( like Divergent) and done this book the justice it deserved. However the cast was amazing: Ansel Elgort is the perfect Augustus, man how he could make us cry. That gas station scene big tears. That coupled with the line about his scan lighting up like a Christmas tree were 2 scenes full of tears. Shailene Woodley was a wonderful Hazel she was so likable and that scene towards the end is heartbreaking. Nat Wolff as Isaac was good and he will be in Paper Towns next year playing the lead. Isaac was not in the movie hardly at all yet he was all over the book and that was a big beef my daughter and I had.

All in all my we gives the movie 2 thumbs up and say if your a fan of the book you can’t help but love the movie. Also  the book was way better and the movie should have been longer to include a lot of the scenes they didn’t include, I agree again! 

So buy the book, buy the movie and buy some tissues! Your going to want all 3! :)