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Cricut EasyPress vs EasyPress 2 and Giveaway

Cricut has released a new EasyPress called EasyPress 2. So what is the difference from the EasyPress Sky version and the new EasyPress 2 Raspberry version? Let's take a look at them both and compare. 

new EasyPress 2 in box

Starting from the packaging, the EasyPress 2 doesn't look all that different except for the color change. The original EasyPress and the new EasyPress 2 both work well with the EasyPress mat, which is sold separately. 
 

EasyPress tray

Taking the new EasyPress 2 out of the box, we start to see some differences. If we look to the heat tray that the machines sit in, we can see the EasyPress 2 on the right is raised up more from the surface it is sitting on. The design of the tray has changed as well. This might have something to do with the higher heat of the EasyPress 2. The original EasyPress could heat up to 350 degrees while the EasyPress 2 heats up to 400 degrees and does it faster.

 

two easypress machines

If you look closely at the buttons on the two machines, you will see there isn't much difference. This is great because there isn't something new to learn when you upgrade from the EasyPress to the EasyPress 2. Looking real close, you will see the two buttons on the left side have changed from text on the EasyPress to icons on the EasyPress 2. The function of these two buttons from machine to machine is exactly the same. 

 

upgradeable EasyPress 2

Turning the machines around to the wire input you will notice on the EasyPress 2 there is a USB port. This port is going to be used for future updates. The original EasyPress doesn't have this ability. Note that the EasyPress 2 doesn't come with the USB cord for the upgrade, I guess Cricut assumes we all have a USB cord already.

 

close up EasyPress 2
This photo is showing a close-up of the USB port.

The EasyPress 2 states it comes with an advanced heat plate design with a ceramic coated surface. It heats up faster and heats completely and evenly from edge to edge of the heating plate surface. 

three sizes of EasyPress 2

Another huge difference is that the EasyPress 2 comes in three different sizes.  You can decide between 6x7, 9x9, or 12x10 inches. The original EasyPress came only in the 9x9 inch size. I chose the 9x9 EasyPress 2 for a side by side comparison. To me, the 6x7 size while good for small projects would take more time to use on larger projects. The 12x10 size seems a bit large to store and house on my work table. The 9x9 size seemed perfect to me since I was already used to working with this size of EasyPress. (This is starting to sound a bit like the Goldilocks and the Three  Bears)
 

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Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Review

Are you looking for a visual way to share the Bible with your children? The Spirit of God would be a perfect opportunity to mentor children in clubs, bible study, Sunday school, or family devotions. Not only will children enjoy the stories with you, but you will probably find them returning to the book on their own as well. Spirit of God is a great resource for anyone to have as a tool for sharing the gospel with children. 

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help kids understand that God’s Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today! Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations and meaningful text that showcase God’s Spirit. The unique cover shines with beautiful foil and makes it a storybook Bible you and your kids will want to read again and again. 

written by Doris Rikkers and illustrated by Fernando Juarez

ISBN 9780310749738 | Hardcover |  $17.99

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Little Women Review and Fandango Cash Giveaway

This is a sponsored post. I was provided with materials for a review and giveaway.

Whether you have read the classic Little Women or not, you will enjoy the modern day adaptation portrayed in this retelling of the story. The four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March -  grow up from childhood to womanhood. Each "little women" on her own path. As with any family they share experiences through ambitions, relationships, and tragedy. Their amazing sisterly bond is admired and understood even more by those with siblings. SImilar to the classic, Little Women is a feel-good movie. 

Little Women is a most favorite classic of my mother-in-law. I can't wait to see if she likes the movie just as much. I imagine she related to the storyline having two sisters and being raised on a farm by her mother. Stories I have heard of her childhood are parallel in many ways to Little Women. 

 

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Hiding Places CD - review and giveaway

Are you familiar with Tori Kelly? She might be a familiar name due to her appearances on Star Search, America's Most Talented Kids, and American Idol. She was born into a musical family and knew early on that she desired a career in music. Unlike many artists, Tori is a pop music artist who released a Christian album but her next release will be back to pop.

Interested in Gospel music, Tori wanted to include a track on her 2015 album Unbreakable SmileA meeting with Kirk Franklin, 12 times Grammy Award-winning gospel artist, led to an entire album, Hiding Places. Kirk performs on the first track, Masterpiece.

Song on the Album include

 

  • Masterpiece (feat. Lecrae)
  • Help Us To Love (feat. The HamilTones)
  • Sunday
  • Just As Sure (feat. Jonathan McReynolds)
  • Psalm 42
  • Questions
  • Never Alone (feat. Kirk Franklin)
  • Soul’s Anthem (It Is Well)

Buy link: https://torikelly.lnk.to/HidingPlacePc
 

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Unbroken Movie Review and Giveaway

Unbroken: Paths to Redemption
in theaters October 5, 2018

Unbroken takes you through the journey of Zamperini's young adult life with flashbacks via memories and nightmares of war and how that experience haunts him
until he learns how to forgive through the help of Christ and move forward with his life and family.

Louis Zamperini survived a lot in his military life. He was shot down, spent weeks floating at sea, and years of torture as a prisoner of war.
When he finally returns home to California, his real struggles begin. No job, married, a child, and a drinking problem.

Cynthia, Zamperini's wife, considers divorce but reaffirms her marriage through attending a 1949 Billy Graham crusade.
This same crusade is how Louis is saved and devotes his life to Christ.

 


Louis Zamperini and Billy Graham

Website: http://unbrokenthefilm.com

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Healed By Grace II - review and giveaway

This is a sponsored post. I was provided with materials for a review and giveaway.

Healed By Grace Ten Days of Grace takes the viewer through a family dynamic of healing family hurts from loss, abandonment, and current health issues. The story is wrapped around the comfort that animals tend to give us in the form of a horse facility. While this is a Christian film, the message is not heavy hitting or overpowering. God's message is gently woven into the storyline. Healed By Grace was an enjoyable heartfelt movie. While the story was believable and definitely could be related too, the acting was a bit forced at times. Not enough to damage the viewing but noticeable. Overall, Healed By Grace is a good family friendly movie especially for anyone with a horse lover involved.

Studio: Blended Planet
Genre: family/ drama
Rating: NR/ Dove Approved: All Ages (see Dove review below)

Run time: 1:32
Talent: Sean Young, Kennedy Martin, Natalie Weese, David Matthew Weese

 

More About HEALED BY GRACE 2
Jesse is approaching her 15th birthday and the only gift she desires is a horse. Unbeknownst to Jesse, her mother Brandy is in the throes of a cancer diagnosis which has Jesse’s father jumping through unexpected obstacles.  He signs Jesse up for summer camp, but when summer camp falls through he decides to have her stay with her estranged grandfather, an old gruff horse trainer named Gauff. Gauff, still recovering from the death of a special horse named Grace, now faces the challenges of teen negotiation. Gauff finds he must swallow his pride and ask his daughter Brandy for forgiveness.  A humorous and inspiring story of how God’s grace works in mysterious ways.

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Available now on digital. Available on DVD on Sep. 18.
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Giveaway :: Alex & Me DVD

Thanks to WB Home Entertainment who supplied these materials for review and giveaway.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

What a great family movie to watch right now with the World Cup competition happening in Russia. 

Get ready to fall in love with Alex & Me!

It’s an inspirational tale for the whole family!

Soccer superstar Alex Morgan scores her movie debut with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in the full-length feature film Alex & Me on Blu-ray™ & DVD June 19, 2018. Also featuring Nickelodeon star Siena Agudong (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and the upcoming Star Falls), the film follows the uplifting story of a young female athlete who learns how you need passion, determination and self-worth to make all your dreams come true.

Alex & Me will be available on Blu-ray (SRP $24.98), DVD (SRP $19.98) and Digital (SRP $14.99).

Buy Alex & Mehttps://gowatchit.com/watch/movies/alex-me-671289

 

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Giveaway :: Scratch & Create Book

I was offered a copy of a Scratch & Create book to review. I think these books can be used in two different ways. First as the scratch art and secondly using the drawing examples as coloring sheets. On the left side is the sample image and the right page is a metallic scratch page. The book contains a tool for scratching and can be stored with the book.

I found this to be a peaceful and relaxing activity. I only wish the book came with a few practice or additional sheets of the scratch material.  I was sent the Enchanted Animals version.

Enchanting floral designs emerge as you scratch away the metallic coating of twenty tear-out postcards, revealing the colorful artwork of Chilean illustrator Maya Hanisch. 

Scuff, scrape and scratch dark metallic coating away to create inspirational and decorative illustrations of rabbits and dandelions, raccoons, owls, foxes, and a whole forest of enchanting wildlife.

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Giveaway :: Real Time Pain Relief

I was offered a sample of Real Time Pain Relief for a review and giveaway. I was excited to try it out. I have heard about Hemp Oil but I was leery to try it due to the on and off again acceptance of it legally in my state. The Hemp Oil used in Real Time Pain Relief’s HEMP Oil Plus is a 100% Pure and Organic extract of Industrial Hemp, which is legal on the federal level in all 50 States. Upon my first trial of Real Time Pain Relief Topical Lotion, I noticed the light scent. It was very appealing and I have to say I would use the lotion for the scent alone - it really is pleasant. This lotion has so many good things in it that you might be familiar with: St. John's Wart is calming, Peppermint is fresh smelling, Arnica for Arthritis, Aloe Vera which is so powerful it can reduce the effects of nuclear radiation, and Witch Hazel is a natural astringent. I wanted to try it for some pain I am having as I recover from knee surgery. 

HEMP OIL PLUS ($40): is a rich cream that provides on-spot relief from pain and muscle stiffness. This homeopathic formula of Hemp Oil has a pleasant smell from Turmeric Extract, Peppermint Oil, Wasabi Extract and 100% pure and organic Hemp extract. 

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#SamsGrillAndChill Giveaway

This is a sponsored campaign by Savings.com

Savings.com is giving away ten $100 Sam's Plus Membership gift cards to help with summer grilling!

Giveaway starts on Tuesday, May 29th at 12:00 AM ET

Giveaway ends on Friday, June 15th at 11:59 PM ET

 

  • The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (6/18) via the email address they used to enter.

 

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