Saturday, August 30, 2014

CM550DX_1_LScanNCut CM550DX
From Brother Canada

I recently receive an amazing product to review.   This post is essentially to present you the product itself.  In about a month or so I will blog once more about it and present some of the projects I have done with it.

Presenting the Brother ScanNCut CM550DX!

What it is:

ScanNCut is the world's first home and hobby cutting machine with a built-in scanner. It can create outline cutting designs from a hand drawn sketch, original art, or something you saw in a magazine, without the use of a PC. It includes 702 built-in designs, 140 quilting designs, 5 built-in fonts and a built-in 300 dpi colour scanner. The scanner itself will allow you to create sharp and highly personalized shapes for your projects.  Once you choose your design or scan in the image, photo or hand drawn sketch, ScanNcut will precisely cut the shapes or outlines you want. It can cut paper, fabric or plastic at the press of a button- all perfectly. The only thing limiting you is your imagination.

To expand your possibilities, please visit https://scanncutcanvas.brother.com/

The machine is very light and easy to transport.  A lady at our church organize a monthly get-together for women who wants to do some crafting.  It would be easy to bring this machine and use it to make cards and scrapbook pages while being in fellowship with other crafty women.  And don’t forget that this stand-alone machine doesn’t need a computer or software to work.   It will automatically converts your scanned images into a cut data from which you can work.  You can also use the ScanNCut to create intricate designs with easy by using the draw function.

Here’s the information sheet for the ScanNCut machine.

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Brother has three models of ScanNCut available – depending of your budget.

CM 100DM Red – 500 Built-in Designs, 100 built-in quilt patterns, 5 fonts, standard mat 12x12, low tack adhesive mat 12x12, standard cut blade, standard cut blade holder, deep cut blade, deep cut blade holder,  high tack adhesive fabric support sheet (2 pcs), iron-on fabric appliqué contact sheet (2 pieces), simple spatula, stylus.   Price 399$

CM250 Purple – 600 Built-in Designs, 100 built-in quilt patterns, 5 fonts, standard mat 12x12, additional standard mat 12x12, low tack adhesive mat 12x12, standard cut blade, standard cut blade holder, deep cut blade, deep cut blade holder,  color pen set (6 pens), erase pen set (2 pens), pen holder, high tack adhesive fabric support sheet (2 pcs), iron-on fabric appliqué contact sheet (2 pieces), simple spatula, stylus.   Price 449$

CM550DX Light Blue – 700 Built-in Designs, 100 built-in quilt patterns, 5 fonts, standard mat 12x12, additional standard mat 12x12, low tack adhesive mat 12x12, standard cut blade, standard cut blade holder, deep cut blade, deep cut blade holder,  color pen set (6 pens), erase pen set (2 pens), pen holder, 50 appliqué patterns on a CD, Cut Up This Book, high tack adhesive fabric support sheet (2 pcs), iron-on fabric appliqué contact sheet (2 pieces), simple spatula, stylus.   Price 499$

On top of this amazing machine, Brother has put together ScanNCutCanvas which is a cloud-based web application that gives you the ability to easily convert .svg files to .fcm image tracing and processing overlapping patterns.   It allows you to expand your craftwork by importing projects that you have created or edited with ScanNCutCanvas into your ScanNCut cutting machine.  The best part is that it is free!

This ScanNCut machine will allow you to do a multitude of projects like artistic journal, fancy boxes, cards, table setting name cards, banners, beverage tumbler, calendar, lampshades, photo stands, pop-up cards,appliqué tote bag and more.   The possibilities are unending!

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More project can be found on the official website of ScanNCut

The Brother ScanNCut is available at amazon.com.

 

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Disclaimer: Thanks to Brother Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

_225_350_Book.1260.coverThe Case for Faith Student Edition – A Journalist Investigates the Thoughest Objections to Christianity
Written by Lee Strobel and Jane Vogel
Published at Zondervan

About the book

Is Faith Possible in Today’s World? It’s not easy to believe in Christianity when there is pain all around you and issues that defy easy explanation. Unless there are answers to the questions you face. Lee Strobel knows how important it is to find answers that ring true. With his background as an award-winning journalist, asking tough questions has been his business. And while his search for the truth convinced Lee that Jesus is real, it also confronted him with some particularly knotty, gut-level questions about Christianity you’ve likely asked as well: Why is there suffering? Doesn’t science disprove miracles? What about hell---and the millions who’ve never heard of Jesus? Is God unjust? They’re the kinds of conundrums that can block---and have blocked---people’s faith. But those questions don’t have to block yours. Join Lee in a fascinating journey of discovery. You’ll gain powerful insights that will reshape your understanding of the Bible. And you’ll read true stories about people whose experiences demonstrate that faith in Jesus not only makes excellent sense, it makes a life-changing difference as well.

My Thoughts

This Student Edition of The Case for Faith will give the most important notions found in the original edition to your teenager in order to make him/her realize that faith is possible in our world today.   Lee Strobel has taken the time to present the important questions of: Why is there suffering?,  Doesn’t science disprove miracles?,  What about hell – and the millions who’ve never heard of Jesus, as well as Is God unjust? – in a format that any student of middle and high school can read.   

Not only will you see how Strobel himself have decided to find the answers of his own questions but you will read amazing testimonies from a friend of his as well as Ravi Zacharias.    I believe strongly that learning other people testimonies are very powerful when you discover their own struggles.  

I have read this book in 2 days – mind you I am a fast reader.   The main reason why I requested this title is because I want my 8th grader (and eventually his siblings as well) to go through this book during the school year.    This little book will answer questions he might have about his own faith that he has not formulated to us.  It will also give him a solid base on how to speak with people who can disagree with his own faith.   While reading this book, I have gained new insights that have deepened my own faith (and I want to read the full book!). 

If your teen is struggling with his/her faith, this little book will provide the guidance in reshaping their understanding of the Bible.   I would suggest that the parent read the book as well in order to talk about it with your child if he/she wants to discuss what has been said in a specific chapter of the book.

The Case for Faith Student Edition is available for purchase at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.

  

It is also available on Kindle.

  

Disclaimer: Thanks to Zondervan for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

6301717National Geographic Kids Cookbook – A Year-Round FUN Food Adventure
Published at National Geographic Kids

About the book

Join Barton Seaver—master chef and National Geographic Explorer—on a year-round culinary adventure as he explores what it takes to create the ultimate dish. Barton provides mouthwatering recipes, the ins and outs of healthy eating, awesome crafts and activities, and food-focused challenges, proving once and for all that cooking can be a blast. Follow along as he teaches you to plant a kitchen garden, host a dinner party for your friends, and pack the perfect school lunch. Other highlights include ways to play with your food, festive holiday meals, snow day snacks, and family cooking competitions. With fascinating sidebars, profiles on real people, and cool facts, the National Geographic Kids Cookbookwill have you ruling the kitchen in no time!

My Thoughts

I love it when my kids have an interest in doing something in the kitchen.  I am not just saying that because they do their chores like doing the dishes but they also enjoy making food.   And they love new cookbooks!  So when I got the opportunity to review the upcoming new cookbook from National Geographic Kids I couldn’t pass this up.    And I am delighted to see that the book is very colorful, packed with fun recipes and the kids will definitively learn a thing or two with it.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • Cooking tools
  • Kitchen safety
  • Cooking Techniques
  • January – New Year’s Party, cuisine scene: Southern United States, healthy eating, snow day snacks, challenge: play with your food, kitchen skill: how to use a knife.
  • February – Valentine’s Day Dinner, science of sweet, kitchen skill: seasoning with salt, edible weather report, green scene: make a 3-D valentine, challenge: soup off.
  • March – International Feast, people profile: George Washington Carver, green scene: grow an indoor herb garden, kitchen skill: blanching vegetables, challenge: what’s your green tally?
  • April – Egg-stravaganza!, edible weather report, breakfast block party, green scene: food for your garden, challenge: fruit salad face-off.
  • May – editble treats, kitchen skills: how to measure, green scene: make a birdbath, people profile: Sam Kass, challenge: farmers market name game.
  • June – grilling 101, dinner time, green scene: ocean alert, challenge: protein power-up, people profile: Dune Lankard and Forrest Pritchard
  • July – plan a picnic, edile weather report, kitchen skill: cleaning up as you go, green scene: green summer adventures, challenge: family chef competition, goin’ veggie.
  • August – heritage recipes, understanding heritage, truth about food waste, green scene: water, water everywhere, people profile: Sandra Postel, challenge: family recipe book
  • September – lunch, anatomy of a sandwich, scheduling September, people profile: Alice Waters, green scene: make a reusable lunch bag, share your food, challenge: pack your lunch
  • October – spooky pizza party, scary snacks, edible weather report, challenge: witches’ toenail trail mix
  • November – harvest feast, volunteering, green scene: create a green Thanksgiving, cuisine scene: Mitsitam restaurant, challenge: leftovers bonanza
  • December – holiday celebration, cuisine scene: a cultural melting pot, green scene: Earth-friendly holidays, challenge: start a cooking club, people profile: Haile Thomas
  • Resources, thematic Index, Recipe Index.

As you can see not only will they learn recipes to make but they also have a monthly challenge, kitchen skills to learn and will discover people who have influenced the food world.    This book is the first book for junior chefs with Barton Seaver.    Your junior chef will also learn new ways to play with the food, weird-but-true food facts, as well as activities and challenge to do.

The photos included in this book are stunning, the meal presented in order to get your stomach growling, and the information included in this book is definitively informative.  With a child who keep saying he wants to be a chef, this book is definitively a blessings.   As soon as he saw it he said:  “What is this book?”   I look forward to see what he will make based on the things included in the book.

Whether your child is already involved in the cooking time at home or has not helped yet, I think this book would be a great challenge for any child interested in doing more in the kitchen.

National Geographic Kids Cookbook is available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.

  

Disclaimer: Thanks to MM Publicity for sending me the above mentioned title for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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