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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

From our house to yours--Happy Thanksgiving!



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas Love Letters From God-Book Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. 


We have a family tradition of a Christmas book basket. When the kids were little, we added a new book for each of them each year until we had one story for each day until Christmas. While it's true that "the kids" are older now and these picture, pop up and board books are far beneath their reading ability, I still like to bring out the book basket each Christmas season. 

When I read about this book, I knew it would be a terrific addition to our basket. I wasn't disappointed either! I'm absolutely in love with this book and since mine are older, I'm going to take it with me to a friend's house so I can read it with her little one. I love the illustrations which are so vibrantly colored and incredibly engaging. And the story makes the birth of Jesus much more real. Plus, the love letters themselves. It really makes the book. The letters REALLY open up so you can read them. 

From the publisher: 
CHRISTMAS LOVE LETTERS from God:
Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.
Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.



Now for the GIVEAWAY: 
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.




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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Groupon Coupons for Extra Savings during the Holidays (and year round)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



I believe everyone has heard of Groupon by now. If not, it's a terrific savings site where you can purchase vouchers for dining, places, events or buy discounted goods. But did you know there is also an entire Groupon Coupon section on the site? It was something I "think" I knew, but I hadn't seriously looked into the coupons until now. 

For me, I'm still all about saving money year round, but especially at the holidays where expenses increase. Some of the things I need (for both gifts and because we have growing children) is new socks, underwear, shirts, etc. Sean loves Hanes brand socks. He would prefer to wear nothing else. His favorite socks have become hard to find in stores, but I can get them online. Well, how excited was I to discover there are Hanes Groupon Coupons for both in store purchases and online orders. If I want to run to the Hanes store, I'm covered. If I choose to shop online, still get a discount. Savings (and socks and underwear) are in the bag!

I also find excellent deals for both home use and gifts at Overstock.com. Did you know that Groupon Coupons has more than 50 Coupons available for Overstock.com? Looking for a very specific sort of deal? I like to click on the "sales" option in the coupons so I can easily find coupons to use for Bath Fixtures or Coffee and Coffee Accessories (those make great gifts for coffee lovers). 

Remember, the next time you go shopping either in store or online, check out Groupon Coupons for discount offers. 


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gifts for Grandparents at GrandBox and reader savings offer

Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary GrandBox in exchange for this post with a review to follow.


With the holidays fast approaching, I've been looking for new and unique gifts to give to the grandparents. I want something that is more useful than classic dust collectors. So when presented with the opportunity to learn more about the GrandBox, I must admit I wanted to know more. I'm looking forward to sending one to one of our grandparents as a special holiday surprise. 




From the manufacturer about the GrandBox: 
It's hard to buy gifts for grandma and grandpa. What do you buy for someone who has everything or limited space? 
GrandBox is the original monthly subscription box customized and curated specifically for seniors 65 and up. It's the perfect gift to bring a smile to the older loved ones in your life. 
GrandBox, the subscription box for the ones who cared about you. Order yours now for the Holiday Season! http://www.mygrandbox.com/

My readers get to save!
GrandBox perfect Holiday Gift for your loved ones! Save on your first purchase!
http://usfamilyguide.com/coupons.php?bid=13139&dealid=3064

Friday, November 04, 2016

All natural cleaning - pretty amazing results

Friday is still pretty busy for me since our high school team is ranked #1 in the state and we are in playoffs. I spend my afternoon cooking and taking food to school so we can feed a gaggle of hungry high school band students. 

Recently, I had several major spills and boil-overs in my oven. It was looking like this:


Today before lunch, I sprinkled half a box of baking soda all over the bottom of the oven, then dribbled vinegar over the baking soda. I let it bubble and foam, and let it sit for an hour while Sean and I had lunch. 

Came home and used paper towels and a pot scraper (the kind used to clean baking stoneware). For very little effort, here was my result:


It's not perfect, but for fast cleaning and no chemicals, I'm impressed. I only spent 15-20 minutes and got this far. I intend to do a second round on the stubborn spots, but I'm thrilled it will no longer smell like burned food each time I cook. 

I have been trying to use less chemicals in our home and think this might be a winner! 


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Deal seeker? Try Groupon Goods

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Who here is a deal seeker? (Me--frantically waving hand in the air!) I like nice things, but my husband insists I am allergic to paying retail. Since I seem to want nice things at a nice (aka discounted) price, I have to find some alternate places to shop. Online has become a place I turn to because I can find good deals on my time and never have to leave the house.

Groupon Goods is one of the places I regularly look at for things I'm shopping for. I love how everything on the site has been discounted. Recently, I've been keeping an eye out for all sort of electronics. Nathan keeps talking about needing a new computer. Our church is needing some new TVs and will also need the mounting hardware to put on a wall. Andrew and Rebekah are both talking about needing new headphones. So I headed into Groupon Goods to see what I could find. 




Check out these two computers I am keeping an eye on for Nathan. He's doing more and more on his computer and his is old enough that he might be right that a new one is around the corner for us. 

Check out this deal I found for our church. I couldn't believe the mounting hardware was so inexpensive!


Here was a great deal I found on headphones for the other two kids.


If you are looking for great bargains on items, be sure to check out Groupon Goods. I also recommend following the Groupon Facebook Page for articles giving tips and tricks to get the most out of your Groupons and Groupon Goods items. 

And let me know what deals you find! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Afters CD - Live On Forever - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received this CD in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Have you heard any of the songs from The Afters newest CD? It's titled Live On Forever and the music is engaging, toe-tapping and shower sing along worthy. I hadn't read all the information about the CD before listening to it. I wanted to listen on my own and not be swayed by the cover blurbs. But the song 'Battles' spoke to me so strongly in my current season of life. I've had a big transition summer with my oldest going to college and my younger two moving from middle to high school and elementary to middle school. With change, there's a lot of adjustments and sometimes, battles to make sure my son's special needs are taken into account. I sometimes get bogged down in the idea that my battles are hard and I can't go on.

But then, I heard these lyrics:
Time after time you're my refuge,You heal every scar you're guarding my heart.Your promise, the hope that I cling to,My rescue, my friend you come rushing in.
And surround me on every sideYour love is my armor I fear no evil.Darkness runs from your lightSo I won't be afraid, I won't be afraid

I knew God was speaking to me. You can watch the video below and hear for yourself. After listening, I then read the information about the album. It's incredible.



About Live On Forever:
It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.
 Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.
 But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.
 Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.
 Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.
 Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”
 “We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’” 

Would you like the opportunity to win a copy of the CD for yourself? Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form. Good luck!




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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Biggest Story DVD and CD - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received these items in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



Do you love a well done Bible story? I know I do. Sometimes seeing a TV show is more beneficial to me for learning. Sometimes, I prefer an audio story. And sometimes, I prefer a book. I have previously reviewed the book The Biggest Story (spoiler alert - my daughter and I loved it!) and I am so excited to share with you now that I had the opporutnity to see the DVD and to hear the audio CD.

Both the DVD and CD are as masterfully done as the book. Incredible graphics in the DVD and the CD follows suit with quality recordings. The Bible stories are presented in a way that just makes sense to me. My daughter and son and I all loved the DVD and the CD as well. I can't tell you how alive the Bible has come for her by watching and listening and reading this set.

Keep reading for your chance to win a copy of the DVD and CD.


ABOUT THE DVD AND CD:
The Animated Short Film: Featuring beautifully animated illustrations adapted from the book, The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film will captivate children and parents alike as they see how all the classic stories in the Bible connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.
The Audio Book: This audio book of The Biggest Story—written and narrated also by the best-selling author Kevin DeYoung—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI,
husband to Trisha, and father to seven children.

You can purchase the DVD or purchase the CD at Amazon and other retailers.



GIVEAWAY!
Please enter below using the Giveaway Tools Form. Remember, only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor (Propeller / FlyBy Promotions) in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible 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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Family Fare Supermarket Labor Day Sales - and a Giveaway!

Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards from Family Fare in exchange for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




If you remember, I was able to participate in the grand re-opening of several stores that are now part of the Family Fare Supermarket chain. There was a lot of activities that came with the grand opening and it was really exciting and fun to participate in.

Since then, I've been regularly shopping at Family Fare and I love the "Yes Card" that helps me earn fuel discounts and other savings. I've even learned some excellent tips about using your Yes Card to the fullest advantage. Did you know Family Fare has online coupons that can load directly to your Yes Card? The weekly ad is also found online to help with creating your grocery list. I prefer to shop the sales and stock up when I can. And each Friday, there is a coupon for a free item that you can load to your card for your next visit.

I don't know about you, but I'm excited to have a whole bunch of people visiting this weekend and we will be doing a big grill out night over the weekend. I ran to Family Fare to stock up using the Labor Day ad to maximize my savings. I'm so excited about the menu I created for this cook-out.


Look at all those beautiful ears of corn. I picked up plenty since it was only $3 for 10 ears. What a bargain. In fact, our family was so excited, we had to have some of the ears with dinner because we couldn't wait.


Then I found the seedless watermelon. Why buy just one for the company and the cook-out? Instead, I bought two so we could eat one during the week and another one this weekend. And be sure to check out that price! At only $2.77 each, you can see why I got extras.

   

From there, I had to get the pop we need to get through the long weekend. And you know it's fun when you have Pepsi drinkers, Coke drinkers and Dr. Pepper drinkers. It's usually impossible to get all brands on sale--but not this week! All varieties of Pepsi, Coke and Dr. Pepper/7Up are on sale this week. Four 12-packs for $8.88 (limit 4, must purchase 4). I was able to mix and match my four packs to what my guests and I all want.



Like Busch's Baked Beans? Give the Our Family
variety a try. They are delicious!
Finally, I stopped to get the burgers I want to grill. Check out these pre-made patties. Don't they look amazing? More farm fresh beef being delivered to the store. Premade patties for my convenience, but farm fresh for the taste.


And while you are in the meat department, make sure you check out the Tender Ridge Angus cuts of beef. Certified tender, these meats will be delicious!


I think we've got a great cook-out put together. Fresh hamburgers from the grill, corn, baked beans and watermelon along with all our favorite varieties of pop. It will be a tasty time.

And now for the giveaway

Three lucky winners will each receive a $25 gift card from Family Fare. Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form.

Entry-Form

Good luck to everyone!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Family Fare Supermarket Grand Opening in Omaha - with GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: I was asked to attend and post about the grand opening in exchange for a gift card. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



Eight supermarkets (formerly Bag and Save or No Frills) are having a Grand Re-Opening in the Omaha Area this week. 

The stores celebrating their Grand Re-Opening are located at: 
  • 5110 S. 108th Street Omaha NE 68137 
  • 14444 W. Center Road Omaha NE 68144 
  • 2650 N. 90th Street Omaha NE 68134 
  • 3003 N. 108th Street Omaha NE 68164 
  • 3026 S. 24th Street Omaha NE 68108 
  • 1801 Valley View Dr. Council Bluffs IA 51503
  • 7402 N. 30th Street Omaha NE 68112 
  • 1510 Harlan Dr. Bellevue NE 68005


I was thrilled to attend celebrations yesterday and found lots of great deals in the store. To take full advantage of all the specials, make sure you sign up for your Yes Card. This loyalty rewards card earns you fuel discounts as well as savings in the store. 



Be sure to keep reading for your chance to WIN a $25 Family Fare Gift Card!

I especially love the meat and that for the Omaha stores, it is locally sources from Schuyler, Nebraska.




Grand Opening Events still going on all week:
Thursday July 21, 2016
• Grand Prize! A trip to the 2017 Pro Football Championship! (all 14 stores)
• First Prize! FREE Groceries for a year! (all 14 stores)
• Daily Prize! (3) $100 VISA gift cards (all 14 stores)
• Demos/Samples
     • 8 new stores only, demos throughout the store, PromoWorks
• Surprise and; Delight
     • All 14 stores, Master of Ceremonies, gifts and high value coupons
• Rib Fest
     • All 14 stores, Deli promotion
• Bridgeford Bass Pro Fishing Team Appearance
     • 5110 S. 108th Street (11am – 2pm), outside in the parking lot
• Kretschmar Country Concert (Cole Porter Band)
     • 14444 W. Center Road (3pm – 7pm), outside in the parking lot
• Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
     • 2650 N. 90th Street (11am – 2pm), outside in the parking lot
     • 3003 N. 108th Street (3pm – 6pm), outside in the parking lot


Friday July 22, 2016
• Grand Prize! A trip to the 2017 Pro Football Championship!(all 14 stores)
• First Prize! FREE Groceries for a year! (all 14 stores)
• Daily Prize! (2) $200 Living Well gift package (all 14 stores)
• Demos/Samples
     • 8 new stores only, demo throughout the store, PromoWorks
• Surprise and Delight
     • All 14 stores, Master of Ceremonies, gifts and high value coupons
• Cookies BBQ Sauce Grill Wagon w/ Smithfield Meats
     • 3003 N. 108th Street (11am – 6:30pm), outside in the parking lot
• Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
     • 1801 Valley View Dr. (11am – 2pm), outside in the parking lot
     • 7402 N. 30th Street (3pm – 6pm), outside in the parking lot

Check out the awesome deal on delicious grapes!


Saturday January 23, 2016
• Grand Prize! A trip to the 2017 Pro Football Championship! (all 14 stores)
• First Prize! FREE Groceries for a year! (all 14 stores)
• Daily Prize! (2) $200 Private Label summer gift wagon (all 14 stores)
• Demos/Samples
     • 8 new stores, demo throughout the store, PromoWorks
• Surprise and Delight
     • All 14 stores, Master of Ceremonies, gifts and high value coupons
• Cookies BBQ Sauce Grill Wagon w/ Smithfield Meats
     • 3003 N. 108th Street (11am – 6:30pm), outside in the parking lot
• Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
     • 14444 W. Center Road (11am – 2pm), outside in parking lot
     • 5110 S. 108th Street (3pm – 6pm), outside in the parking lot





Would you like to win a $25 Gift Card to Family Fare Supermarkets? 
Enter using the Giveaway Tools Form below. 







For more chances to win Family Fare Supermarkets gift cards, check out:
Hostess At Heart – 2 win $50 gift card, ends 7/23
Kissing the Frog - 1 wins $25 gift card, ends 7/25
The Gastronom - 1 wins $100 gift card, ends 7/30
Family Fun in Omaha – 4 win $25 gift card, ends 7/31
Midwest Mammas – 2 win $50 gift card, ends 7/31
Mom Saves Money - 2 win $50 gift card, ends 8/1
An Apel A Day - 1 wins $100 gift card, ends 8/4
Liv, Laugh, Love – 4 win $25 gift card, ends 8/4

Family Fare Supermarket Grand Opening in Omaha - with GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: I was asked to attend and post about the grand opening in exchange for a gift card. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



Eight supermarkets (formerly Bag and Save or No Frills) are having a Grand Re-Opening in the Omaha Area this week. 

The stores celebrating their Grand Re-Opening are located at: 
  • 5110 S. 108th Street Omaha NE 68137 
  • 14444 W. Center Road Omaha NE 68144 
  • 2650 N. 90th Street Omaha NE 68134 
  • 3003 N. 108th Street Omaha NE 68164 
  • 3026 S. 24th Street Omaha NE 68108 
  • 1801 Valley View Dr. Council Bluffs IA 51503
  • 7402 N. 30th Street Omaha NE 68112 
  • 1510 Harlan Dr. Bellevue NE 68005


I was thrilled to attend celebrations yesterday and found lots of great deals in the store. To take full advantage of all the specials, make sure you sign up for your Yes Card. This loyalty rewards card earns you fuel discounts as well as savings in the store. 



Be sure to keep reading for your chance to WIN a $25 Family Fare Gift Card!

I especially love the meat and that for the Omaha stores, it is locally sources from Schuyler, Nebraska.




Grand Opening Events still going on all week:
Thursday July 21, 2016
• Grand Prize! A trip to the 2017 Pro Football Championship! (all 14 stores)
• First Prize! FREE Groceries for a year! (all 14 stores)
• Daily Prize! (3) $100 VISA gift cards (all 14 stores)
• Demos/Samples
     • 8 new stores only, demos throughout the store, PromoWorks
• Surprise and; Delight
     • All 14 stores, Master of Ceremonies, gifts and high value coupons
• Rib Fest
     • All 14 stores, Deli promotion
• Bridgeford Bass Pro Fishing Team Appearance
     • 5110 S. 108th Street (11am – 2pm), outside in the parking lot
• Kretschmar Country Concert (Cole Porter Band)
     • 14444 W. Center Road (3pm – 7pm), outside in the parking lot
• Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
     • 2650 N. 90th Street (11am – 2pm), outside in the parking lot
     • 3003 N. 108th Street (3pm – 6pm), outside in the parking lot


Friday July 22, 2016
• Grand Prize! A trip to the 2017 Pro Football Championship!(all 14 stores)
• First Prize! FREE Groceries for a year! (all 14 stores)
• Daily Prize! (2) $200 Living Well gift package (all 14 stores)
• Demos/Samples
     • 8 new stores only, demo throughout the store, PromoWorks
• Surprise and Delight
     • All 14 stores, Master of Ceremonies, gifts and high value coupons
• Cookies BBQ Sauce Grill Wagon w/ Smithfield Meats
     • 3003 N. 108th Street (11am – 6:30pm), outside in the parking lot
• Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
     • 1801 Valley View Dr. (11am – 2pm), outside in the parking lot
     • 7402 N. 30th Street (3pm – 6pm), outside in the parking lot

Check out the awesome deal on delicious grapes!


Saturday January 23, 2016
• Grand Prize! A trip to the 2017 Pro Football Championship! (all 14 stores)
• First Prize! FREE Groceries for a year! (all 14 stores)
• Daily Prize! (2) $200 Private Label summer gift wagon (all 14 stores)
• Demos/Samples
     • 8 new stores, demo throughout the store, PromoWorks
• Surprise and Delight
     • All 14 stores, Master of Ceremonies, gifts and high value coupons
• Cookies BBQ Sauce Grill Wagon w/ Smithfield Meats
     • 3003 N. 108th Street (11am – 6:30pm), outside in the parking lot
• Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
     • 14444 W. Center Road (11am – 2pm), outside in parking lot
     • 5110 S. 108th Street (3pm – 6pm), outside in the parking lot





Would you like to win a $25 Gift Card to Family Fare Supermarkets? 
Enter using the Giveaway Tools Form below. 







For more chances to win Family Fare Supermarkets gift cards, check out:
Hostess At Heart – 2 win $50 gift card, ends 7/23
Mom Saves Money - 2 win $50 gift card, ends 8/1

Family Fun in Omaha – 4 win $25 gift card, ends 7/31
Midwest Mammas – 2 win $50 gift card, ends 7/31
Liv, Laugh, Love – 4 win $25 gift card, ends 8/4

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Life We Never Expected Book Review and Giveaway - Ends 7/17

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



I love the book "The Life We Never Expected" (keep reading to find out how to win your own copy).  I have a 14 year old son with an autism spectrum disorder. He's a funny, engaging and genuinely sweet young man. But 9 years ago when he was diagnosed, I had to deal with living a new sort of life. Just the title of the book resonated so deeply with me that I had to get a copy. I appreciate the way Andrew and Rachel Wilson provide comfort and hope for parents in the midst of their own struggles having a child with special needs. 

I also really appreciated and loved the end of the book when they talk a little about how to support a family with a special needs child. It is a good reminder that extended family and close friends also experience some grief and need some reassurance and hope.

There are different cycles in the book. And each one has something written by either Andrew or Rachel sharing a portion of the cycle. They see the cycle as: 
Weeping
Worshiping
Waiting
Witnessing
And Breathe

Each of the cycles resonated with something in my past or something I'm experiencing now. Whether you have a child with special needs, or are a family memer or friend of someone with special needs, this book is an amazing Christian look at living the life we never expected with joy and hope. 

ABOUT THE LIFE WE NEVER EXPECTED:
What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.

GIVEAWAY TIME:
Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form 
Rules of the giveaway:
  • Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  
  • If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  
  • Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
  • Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada


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. 

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