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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 5 Love Languages for Men - Review and #Giveaway #5LL4MEN





I'm honored to have a guest co-writer for today's review. My husband, Sean, is reading The 5 Love Languages for Men and agreed to give some insight and commentary into this review. I'm so very blessed to have a helpmate like him. Just think, you could win a copy of this book--see the entry form below. It's a book worth trying to win!

Sean & I were introduced to the book, The 5 Love Languages, 20+ years ago when we were first married. It revolutionized our marriage and we tell people it saved us from a divorce before there was ever any trouble. Turns out, I'm an Acts of Service kind of girl...Sean's a Words of Affirmation sort of guy. So I was spending all day showing how much I loved him, when he just wanted to hear something affirming like, "Thank you. I appreciate your help." He was complimenting me and thanking me, when I just wanted him to load the dishwasher. Once we learned to 'speak' each other's Love Language, our marriage was refreshed because we both felt loved in the way that means the most to us.

And now some thoughts from Sean:
The book is well organized and will really resonate with men. Not only do you learn what your wife's love language is, you will then be given instructions on how to speak that language to her, and speak it fluently. I really like the updated stories in this edition and the pictures are fantastic. It really drives the point home in a visual way. The tips given are practical, realistic and easy to do . Even if you've read The 5 Love Languages before, it is worth your time to get this new edition. You and your wife (and your marriage) will not regret it.

From the publisher:
At the heart of every man is a desire to master what matters. Getting a compliment at work or on the court is nice, but nothing beats hearing your spouse say, “You make me feel loved.” If you haven’t heard that in a while or feel like you are not bringing your A-game into your relationship, this books is for you. The 5 Love Languages has sold 10 MILLION COPIES because it is simple, practical, and effective. In this edition, Gary Chapman speaks straight to men about the rewards of speaking their wife’s love language. You’ll learn each language, how to identify your wife’s, and how to speak it clearly. Packed with helpful illustrations and creative pointers, these pages will rouse your inner champion and empower you to master the art of love.

Giveaway Time!

Enter below to win a copy of The 5 Love Languages for Men book. Open to the US and Canada. Best wishes!




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.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge



Today is Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days leading up to Easter weekend. It is meant to be a season of greater reflection and many churches include fasting and prayer as a part of Lent. You give up something and reflect on God instead. It is also meant to mimic the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert and was tempted; and during that time, Jesus fully relied on God.

40 Bags in 40 Days

Many people give up something during Lent. They give up TV or chocolate or caffeine. Some give up trips to Starbucks. There are lots of options, but this year, a group of friends and I have gone in together to have a 40 bags in 40 days challenge. We are working to remove 40 bags of 'stuff' from our homes during Lent. We did not put sizes onto the bags--that's up to you. We were discussing how often we no longer own our stuff--our stuff owns us. What better way to start bringing back some control than by making a purposeful effort to decrease the stuff we have hanging around. 

We are tracking with a very scientific method...tally marks on a whiteboard. I thought it was such a wonderful idea that I wanted to invite all of you to join with us. Who wants to try the 40 bags in 40 days challenge? Join in and let me know in the comments how it is going for you. I'll be posting some updates as we go, but I'm excited to work on decreasing the 'stuff' in my own home. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

British Soccer Camp and #Free #Gifts -- Nationwide Camps

Disclosure: My daughter will receive a week of camp in exchange for this promotional post and my review after camp. 



Are your kids into soccer? My boys did soccer and Andrew went all the way into middle school. He ended up moving away from soccer when he got into all of his indoor percussion groups. But our Rebekah really seems to love soccer. She's the 'runt' of her team but is a scrapper! I think having two older brothers makes her a little more feisty than people expect. Her coach gave her the nickname "Small but Mighty."

She's not ready for select soccer--and might not ever be--but we like to find soccer camps for her to improve her skills, get exercise, and make friends. That's why I'm excited to learn about British Soccer Camp. They have camps all over the country and even our mid-sized city has seven camps. 

From the promoter:
British Soccer Camp is the most popular camp in North America - 150,000 campers! With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert's right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!

Enroll your child in a British Soccer Camp today and receive a Free British Soccer Jersey - Sign up during Early Registration and we will immediately ship you a great looking British Soccer Jersey! PLUS - enter code FMG15 and we will include a bonus Challenger water bottle.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When things don't feel right - #SensoryBlogHop


Welcome to this month's Sensory Bloggers Blog Hop. It's that day I focus on something from the archives of our family's journey with autism and sensory issues. This month, I am here to talk about when things just don't feel right...and I don't mean feelings. Let's talk clothes. If you have a sensory child (with or without autism), you know what I mean.

The tag is poking me--scratching me--hurting me. There have been times when a tag in a shirt (God bless the tagless shirt makers) appears to be causing more pain and suffering than it would be if we broke an arm. You'd think the kid was being tortured to death...because of a measly little tag.

If tags weren't bad enough, think about how jeans feel to a kid who doesn't like stiff or anything that would rub in funny places on your skin. It took us a REALLY long time to desensitize Nathan to jeans. They couldn't be new. I had to get a 'worn out' (or well worn) pair for him because then it moved more like clothes are 'supposed' to move. Underwear can be another really big issue. Thankfully, in our home, it wasn't a big deal. But I have one friend who just told me her daughter would only wear new underwear fresh from the package and insisted on changing each time she used the restroom. This friend would stay up ironing washed underwear to get it to appear new and put back into a package. It took some time to break that particular habit.

Back in the days when we didn't know Nathan had autism or sensory issues, we had a lot of questions. Why won't this kid wear these socks (seam felt funny or hurt)? Why won't he wear anything that isn't athletic/swishy pants? Come on--can't you just put on the coat? (No, because if it's too thick it rubs funny on his arms and he can't stand the change in sensation.) Fast forward to today--he wears almost anything...well, at least for short times. He mainly wears athletic pants and jeans--even new ones...but he prefers I wash them first. He will tolerate shirts with tags, but prefers tagless tshirts. But, please don't cut the tag unless you can do it well...he doesn't like how the remnants poke him in the neck where you cut it out. You have to get really good with scissors to cut a tag. Good luck.

How about you? Can you relate to any of the clothing feel issues?


Saturday, February 07, 2015

LushDecor.com Gift Card Giveaway

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How would you describe your decorating style? Do you prefer inexpensive...or if money was no object, would you get the most lush and beautiful things you could find? Lush Decor is here to show all of us that you can have pretty things without paying the extreme (not-pretty) price. With a wide range of options, you can have the style you want at a price you can afford. 

Lush Decor is all about inspired living. The founder and CEO Jenny Zhu created the company with a her desire to offer affordable and stylish furnishings for the everyday person who wanted a beautifully decorated home. Lush Decor offers a wide range of designs and styles to create your own look. Lush Decor is designed for life as they want you to enjoy their products today, tomorrow and for years to come. Lush Decor is helping to define the future of home textiles. Tammie's Reviews is waiting to receive the curtains she ordered for her review which will be coming very soon to http://tpankuch.com/

Onto The Sweepstakes Rules~
  • One reader will win a $200 LushDecor.com Gift Card.
  • This is open to the U.S. only
  • This Sweepstakes will end on 2/20/2014 at 7 p.m.
  • All entries will be verified
  • Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond or another will be chosen. pankuch1605@hotmail.com is the email it will come from.
  • Must be 18+ to enter
  • Void where prohibited by law
  • Full terms and conditions are the entry form below
Enter below and Good Luck to you!


Disclosure- Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com.

Friday, February 06, 2015

RoadMap Genesis - Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was allowed to preview this movie in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was given.



If I say Genesis--you say _____. How would you fill in that sentence. I would have said Creation...but then as I think about this question, there's Moses, Noah, 10 Commandments, plus Creation plus even more. This question is the starting point of the documentary movie RoadMap Genesis. The interviews are incredible. It shows how each person interviewed applies the book of Genesis to their own life. I was absolutely stopped in my tracks by filmmaker Nolan Lebovitz's statement that everything about how to live, life and morality is wrapped up in Genesis. The more I thought on that, the more I agreed. 

There is so much that happens in the book of Genesis and Nolan Lebovitz isn't shy about going after the tough questions. Creation vs. Evolution - not excluded. Morality issues and sin, you'll learn about it here. Noah and the flood, he's talked about, too. There is so much in this short movie. I can't wait to get my own copy because I think every time you see it you will find a new nugget to take away. 
See the trailer here:


From the producer: 
Roadmap Genesis is a film documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis is a roadmap containing guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life that will help our society lift itself out of its current decline and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment.
When Filmmaker Nolan Lebovitz found himself at a crossroads in his life, he knew he had to choose between continuing to make the Hollywood suspense thrillers that were his livelihood and trying to make the world a better place for his new young family. After much struggle, he found his answer in the Book of Genesis.
He decided to combine his love of the Book of Genesis with his passion for filmmaking and set out to travel the United States, interviewing clergy and public figures in order to build an undeniable argument about the continued importance of the Book of Genesis as guiding force in our Judeo-Christian country.
Roadmap Genesis invites Americans of all faiths to engage in a dialogue about the relevance of the Bible in the modern age. Through interviews ranging from Gov. Mike Huckabee of Fox News Channel to Rabbi David Wolpe, from Alan Dershowitz to the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, from Erick Stakelbeck of the Christian Broadcasting Network to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and many, many more, Nolan explores the rules that God has set forth to help us maintain a successful and working society.
Now for the giveaway!

Please enter using the Giveaway Tools link below. 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.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Performs at Holland Center Feb 20




I don't know about you, but I fell in love with Ladysmith Black Mambazo back in high school when we were working in choir on a capella songs for competition. They had it going on then and they still do today. Since then, they have gained popularity (and a place in pop culture with their Lion King appearance). And with their concert coming to Omaha on February 20, I learned a little more about the group that fascinates and inspires me. 

Full ticket information below, but if you are interested in seeing Ladysmith Black Mambazo live, tickets are available at Ticket Omaha for their show on February 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Here is a video of Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing at YouTube headquarters. 

Check out this information from their press release. I've always been impressed by the group, but this goes beyond amazing for one group to accomplish so much.
The South African a cappella vocal group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has been performing worldwide for more than 50 years. A young farmer, Joseph Shabalala, formed the group in the early 1960s. The name comes from his hometown, Ladysmith; Black being a reference to the oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo, the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. The group sings from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s discography includes more than 50 recordings; 15 albums have earned Grammy Award® nominations, and several have won – including their first worldwide release, Shaka Zulu, which won a Grammy® in 1988. Their 2014 release, Always With Us, is a tribute to the group and Shabalala family matriarch, Nellie Shabalala, Joseph Shabalala's wife who passed away in 2002. The collection of songs are recordings Nellie made with her church choir; Ladysmith Black Mambazo added their voices to the recordings.
The group has collaborated with many artists, starting first with Paul Simon on his Graceland album in 1986. Others they’ve worked with include Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris and Melissa Etheridge. They’re included on film soundtracks for Disney’s The Lion King, Part II, Coming To America, A Dry White Season, Cry The Beloved Country and Invictus. The film documentary, On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the Story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was nominated for an Academy Award. They have appeared on Broadway and have been nominated for Tony Awards®.
The title the group holds most dear is that of "South Africa's Cultural Ambassadors to the World. This honor was bestowed upon the group by the late Nelsen Mandela and they dedicate themselves to sing for peace around the world. 

Performance information:
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Holland Performing Arts Center
1200 Douglas Street - Omaha
Tickets start at $20 and available at Ticket Omaha

Hope to see you there! (And a word to the wise, the group meets fans and signs autographs after the show!)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Favorite Winter Character Day

Rebekah's school had "Dress as Your Favorite Winter Character Day" today. Rebekah originally wanted to be one of the scores of Elsa's or Anna's but we don't have those costumes yet (hint for a birthday gift--tee hee). Instead, she went as Frosty the Snowman complete with a bubble pipe. 


Right down to buttons and boots. I think she looked totally darling. 



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas 2015


God Bless You and Yours on Christmas and throughout the New Year. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Must be Dressed to Be Our Guest #BATBsurprise




Immediately following our #BATBsurprise reveal, Rebekah started plotting to go see Belle. It goes without saying that her wardrobe for this evening will be the yellow ball gown. In discussing this vs. her Belle's Christmas dress, she came to the conclusion that the yellow gown was the only real choice. 

"Oh, no!" Rebekah suddenly exclaimed. "Mom, you have to go online and find a pair of long yellow gloves to go with my Belle dress." At this, I'll tell you the dad and the teenaged brother both rolled their eyes. But, the princess in my home knows the right buttons to push and while I told her the classic cop out 'we'll see,' I started hunting online. 

And check out what I found. 

I surprised Rebekah with them at dinner, so all evening she wandered around dancing in her dress up dresses with gloves. 

And here is a preview of our big night (tonight) where we will be guests of Belle. 



TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
Beauty and the Beast Broadway Production will be at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16 St.
Performances: Friday, December 19 - 8:00 p.m.
          Saturday, December 20 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
          Sunday, December 21 - 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Omaha

Monday, December 15, 2014

Target and Cartwheel give you Purex Savings


Purex and Target had teamed up during back to school season with an offer for a discount. Well, good news for fans of savings everywhere. They are back, with a new savings offer, just in time for the holidays. 

About the Savings Deal
It's the season of giving, and your Purex knows that my family and friends will love this fantastic coupon offerNow through the December 27th, get 25% off any Purex detergent at Target stores with a #Cartwheel coupon!

Use this link to download a coupon and be one step closer to awesome savings

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Big Reveal #BATBsurprise - Broadway Omaha

Disclosure: I was provided tickets to the show in exchange for posting my reveal. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



Before I tell you what the #BATBsurprise is all about, I have to back up and give you a little history lesson to lead up to this event.

When my parents had their 50th Anniversary, we went as a big extended family to DisneyWorld. My parents, my whole family and my sister's family. We spent an amazing fun-filled week at all the parks. While we were there, each child got to do something really special. It wasn't really planned out like this, but sometimes life sends good things your way and where better to have special events than at the Happiest Place on Earth?!?


Andrew got to go with his uncle to DisneyQuest where they ate way too much junk food and spent the night making more and more complex roller-coasters where you then ride a simulator to experience your coaster. I think the goal became to see who could get who sick first...but any way you slice it, they had a blast. Then Nathan got accepted into Jedi Training school and fought Darth Vader on stage--totally awesome to watch. And little Miss Rebekah hadn't had anything yet. Costume note - her suitcase was filled with more princess dresses than clothes - she had a princess dress for every day of our visit. At Disney Studios, she was wearing her Belle yellow ball gown because we were going to go see Beauty and the Beast live on stage. A delightful operator at one of the rides made a call and found out that Belle had invited Rebekah to be her guest at the show. We had reserved seating in the front for the family. Belle even waved at Rebekah. Wow - what an honor. The highlight of Disney for Rebekah.


Fast forward to the present day. I got a message from Omaha Performing Arts letting me know that there was a chance our family would be invited to blog about and see Beauty and the Beast (the Broadway touring production). I sort of giggled to myself that Belle remembered us. Then it looked like it wouldn't happen and I let it go. Then, I got the magical email. It's true, Belle wants US to see her again. This time, we get to see the whole show, not just the shortened version from the parks. I was asked to video tape Rebekah's reaction when we told her.





Here's the video of the big reveal:





TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
Beauty and the Beast Broadway Production will be at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16 St.
Performances: Friday, December 19 - 8:00 p.m.
          Saturday, December 20 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
          Sunday, December 21 - 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Omaha








Thursday, December 04, 2014

Lumo Project #JohnOnNetflix Review

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to preview this movie in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.



I had the opportunity to preview an incredible movie of the Gospel of John. I would call this a ground-breaking movie. I've seen other Biblical films, but none have grabbed me quite as much as this one. It was what I consider to be the best portrayal of the Bible and the time period. 

With my theatrical background, I have to say that the sets and scenes were so realistic I couldn't figure how they cut modern roads out of Jerusalem. And the use of light to highlight Jesus in different points was really inspiring. But my favorite part was the children. It's the way I truly picture Jesus with the children--almost a Pied Piper. He interacts with the adults, but keeps patting the children and then turns to embrace and laugh with them. 

Be sure to check out the Lumo Project and take time to watch The Gospel of John.  

About the film:
FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.
A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.
The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Please be sure to check out the social media links and give a follow:
Official Website: http://www.lumoproject.com

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker - Book #Giveaway

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.




What a sweet book. That's the best word I can come up with...well, maybe I should say it's a precious and sweet book. It's refreshing to read a book that is not a how to manual or that is designed to point out my shortcomings. Amy Julia Becker shares questions and answers that come up in 'small talk' conversations. And she has a child with Down Syndrome and I have a child with autism. While our struggles are different, they are also very much the same. I felt very connected to her and some of her struggles.  It's a beautiful read of the ups and downs of parenting and the little questions kids ask that have so much deeper meaning. I found the book to be refreshing and poignant...and very precious and sweet. 
From the Publisher: Every day, one of Amy Julie Becker’s children says something that prompts her to think about life in a new way. “Mom, does Santa love me?” William asks, after his mother explains the meaning of Christmas…In a chat with her dad about the children who died in the Sandy Hook shootings, Penny asks, “Did they go to heaven?” …”You was a jerk, Mommy?” asks Marilee one morning in the car.These conversations deepen Amy Julia’s relationships with her children, but they also refine her understanding of what she believes and what God is doing in her own life.In Small Talk, Amy Julia draws from the wisdom and curiosity of those young voices to reflect on beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles. As she moves through the basic questions her kids posed when they were very young to the more intellectual questions of later childhood, she invites us to learn from our own day-to-day conversations with the children in our lives.This eloquent parenting memoir is about the big questions little hearts ask, the thoughts their words provoke, and the laughter and soul-searching their honesty brings—to adult and child alike.
Be sure to check out the official Small Talk Website for more information.

About the author:

Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.



Be sure to check out the book trailer:




Would you like to win a copy of the book Small Talk? 

Please enter below using the Giveaway Tools form. Good luck!



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Limit one winner per person or household
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway
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Giveaway ends on 12/9 at 11:59 pm

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

SportsChocolate.com 1 lb Chocolate Stadium #Giveaway

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Do you love chocolate? I know I do. I would eat some with every meal if I could get away with it. And I love decorative chocolates. I've had some different varieties and shapes--but never a sporting themed chocolate. I'm excited to be a part of this giveaway and hope you find some fun chocolates to try, too. Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win one for yourself...or to share with a friend.


SportsChocolates.com™, a division of Better World Brands has created the #1 Fan Chocolate Collection™ and Gaming Chocolates Collection™. Both include our custom chocolate stadiums and arenas and replica chocolate gaming pieces. Made from 100% Premium milk chocolate, many include complimentary chocolate accessories like foil wrapped sports balls and casino chips. Packaging choices include beautiful imprinted tins, glass jars and wood canisters, finished with hand tied ribbon and bows. All products are manufactured in the USA [except the wood canisters] under the strict guidance of our Chocolatier – Monsieur Petit. Each is shipped from our New Jersey production facility directly to the recipient with your personal message card.


On To The Sweepstakes~
  • One reader will win a SportsChocolate.com 1 lb Chocolate Stadium $45.00
  • This is open to the U.S. Only
  • This will end 12/16
  • All entries will be verified
  • Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond or another will be chosen. pankuch1605@hotmail.com is the email it will come from.
  • Must be 18+ yrs of age to enter
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • Full terms and conditions are on the entry tool below


Enter Below and Good Luck to You~

Disclosure- Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Shaggy Chic T-shirt of the Month Club #Giveaway

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While I don't have pets here in my house, I'm the proud aunt of two rescue dogs. Gretchen (a Scottie) and Lovey (an Irish Greyhound/Dachshund mix). And before the girls, there was my dog-nephew, Zeus (a miniature Dachshund). He was a dog rescued from a family who abused him. I love those dogs like my own children and I find my animal inspired wardrobe keeps growing. 

If you are a pet lover and wear t-shirts, My guess is that you have a t-shirt or 2 with an animal on it. Shaggy Chic Apparel would like to introduce you to a purr-fectly fun and fashionable gift for animal lovers including the entire family … our woofalicious and kittytastic tees for pet lovers. A portion of all sales during this holiday season will benefit Don’t Forget to Feed Me, a Texas-based non-profit Pet Food Pantry.

We even have designs designed by a 10-year-old child from Texas, which we call our ‘Kid POV Collection’. Lauren Arnold has really shown and taught us the pure innocence and fun of animals through her eyes. We’re adding new shirts from her monthly. Take a peek at Lauren’s paw-some designs… http://tinyurl.com/luto9op.

Only available online at www.ShaggyChicApparel.com, you won’t find these in big, box department stores, which means gift recipients will receive a howling unique gift. Now, that’s something to bark about! In addition to individual tees, we also offer a T-Shirt-of the-Month Club in both six-month and 12-month subscriptions. Each month, subscribers will receive a new tee that has not been sold to the public as of yet. Plus, customers can opt for free gift wrapping in a fun animal motif.

Onto The Sweepstakes Rules~
  • One reader will win a 6 Month Subscription to Shaggy Chic T-Shirt of the Month Club (Retail Value $125)
  • This is open to the U.S. only
  • This Sweepstakes will end on 12/7/2014 at 7 p.m.
  • All entries will be verified
  • Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond or another will be chosen. pankuch1605@hotmail.com is the email it will come from.
  • Must be 18+ to enter
  • Void where prohibited by law
  • Full terms and conditions are the entry form below
Enter Below and Good Luck to you~


Disclosure-Coolestmommy.com was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Want to get in a Christmas Mood? Two shows for you!

Disclosure: I was provided tickets to Christmas With The King's Singers in exchange for my promotional post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


The King's Singers

What puts you in a happy holiday spirit? For me, it's the music of the season. Truly, I could sing Christmas Carols and songs all year long. And I'm pleased that my kids (even though they pretend they aren't) really are the same way. Music has been such an important part of our celebration each year, so when I was invited to attend the Christmas With The King's Singers concert on Dec. 3, I jumped at the chance.


Salem Baptist Church
But what is better than one Christmas show? TWO Christmas shows! So I'm thrilled to purchase a ticket and attend Joyful Noise: A Gospel Celebration Featuring Salem Baptist Church. Omaha Performing Arts has the best season this year--and these two shows will be a hit.

Important details for both shows:
Christmas With The King's Singers will perform on Wed., Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm at the Holland Performing Arts Center - Kiewit Hall.


Joyful Noise will perform two shows, both on Sun., Dec. 4 at 4:00 and 7:00 pm. They will also be in Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

I'll leave you with my favorite Christmas song by The King's Singers. I hope you enjoy The Little Drummer Boy. 



Monday, November 17, 2014

Growing up Social #Review & #Giveaway #growingupsocial

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.



I have to start by asking: Have you ever read the book 5 Love Languages? I did and it saved my marriage before we were even married. Sean & I both read that book. We've loaned out (and lost because they aren't returned) over a dozen copies of that book. We consider it one of the best written books regarding marriage. We were speaking different languages while dating and didn't realize that it would eventually drive a wedge between us. By both reading the book, we knew how the other person thinks and what they need to 'hear' love. Truly, it saved our marriage before we ever said, "I do."

And now, from the same author, comes a new book called "growing up social - raising relational kids in a screen-driven world". I'll tell you the title alone was enough to grab my attention and make me have a moment of clarity. The photo on the cover about knocked me over. How often do I see this same moment playing out all over the place? And...how many times have my husband and I looked like this? The most scary moment of all...how often do my kids look like this?

So while I didn't really have time to read a book and I didn't really have an opening in my schedule for this review, I knew I needed to say yes. Sometimes, you have to make time from the urgent things of life to take care of the vital. I believe this message is vital. And I'm happy to announce that you too can win a copy of this book...keep reading to find out how. 

I want to quote the authors up front. Chapman and Pellicane write, “This is not an anti-technology book. Technology is here to stay, and we believe you can find positive ways to utilize it for your relationships.” 

I think the biggest lie of technology and social media is the illusion of real community and friendship when that person can't read your expression or tone of voice. It feels like community--and might be for periods of time off and on--but the reality is that it's not as authentic as we'd like to think it is. And we spend so much time 'connecting' through YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Vine, etc, etc, etc. that somewhere along the way, we no longer take time to talk and interact and fellowship with humans...with each other.

Below is the video trailer for the book.


Book description:
Is technology bringing your family closer together or driving you farther apart?
Children today are no longer playing hide-and-seek outside or curling up with a good book—instead they’ve been introduced to a world of constant digital entertainment through television, video games, and mobile devices. And while technology has the potential to add value to our lives and families, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.
In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the necessary tools to make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.
•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done
Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships—only you can.

I will tell you I'm loving the book. I'm not all the way finished but it's making a true impact in my own life. As the authors state so eloquently, "No phone, tablet or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships--only you can." How's that for a healthy dose of truth? 

I hope you will take time to read and apply the lessons in the book. It's a message that is so critical in today's world. 


Would you like to win a copy of Growing Up Social? 
Enter here for your chance 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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AWA Services Can Help with Donations, Junk Removal and More #Giveaway Omaha Area

Disclosure: I was provided a discount or gift card in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in a 'sea of stuff'? Think you would like to donate some furniture but don't know how to get it out of your house and to the donation site? Ever wish someone would take all of the stuff you want gone and take it to the donation center or the dump....or both....for you? 



If you have answered yes to any of these questions, I've found the place for you. AWA Services provides donation and junk removal. 

Here is their mission from their website:
Our MissionWe are dedicated to helping our community reduce waste. We are accomplishing this by teaming with local non-profit organizations.To reduce waste and to make a positive impact on the environment, we donate and recycle as much as possible.Most people understand recycling is good for the earth, but many don’t realize the various ways recycling can positively impact their own community. Check out our partners and learn how your donations make a difference in their organization.
They work with Goodwill, Cross Training Center and Heartland Hope Mission. I personally support all three of these ministries and places in my own life. I found it to be absolutely refreshing to find a company who follows the same principals that I try to follow in my own life. 

Here is a little more information about Junk Removal:
Junk RemovalAWA Services, Inc. is your full-service junk removal company. Need to clean out an attic, basement or garage? We offer junk removal services for your home or business. We donate, recycle or dispose of all items that we remove. We will haul away everything, including donations.Whether you have a garage/basement full of items or just one heavy item, we are here to help. Some of the most common items we remove are: couch, loveseat, table, recliner, tube television, hide-a-bed, mattress, box spring and miscellaneous stuff.Our fees are based on how many items you have and how much room they will take on the truck or trailer. Certain items may have dump or recycle fees.
Before Junk Removal


After Junk Removal
Be sure to visit and like them on their social media accounts
AWA Facebook Page
AWA Google+ Page
AWA Pinterest Page
AWA Main Website


If you live in the Omaha area, you can enter to win a free donation/junk removal of 80-120 cubic feet of items. (Excluding tube TVs.) To give an example of size, a couch is 50-60 cubic feet. 

Want to get started on a cleaning spree? Enter below. 

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