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Friday, April 07, 2017

Once Upon A Time Holy Bible and Storybook Bible Review #FlyBy #OnceUponATimeBible

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



I love innovative Bibles. I admire the way Bibles are made to capture the imagination of a child and keep them interested. I was a bit skeptical about a Bible named the "Once Upon A Time Holy Bible" because I'm not one who wants anyone to think the Bible is a fairy tale. So when I received my copy, the first thing I noticed was the tag at the bottom. It says, "The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time." Suddenly, I was more interested in peeking inside. Wow! The illustrations are beautiful! And--get this--it's a Bible. A real, live NIrV edition of the Bible. But various stories have been encapsulated into a picture book quality story. 
 


Check out this page about Isaac and Rebekah. One of my favorite stories--since my daughter's name is Rebekah (like the Bible, with a KAH instead of a CCA). The illustrations rival any princess story you may have seen from Disney or anyone else. The story is written to engage while still presenting the Biblical truth. These stories are interspersed throughout both he Old and New Testament. 


I was happy to learn that this Bible is available where books are sold





In addition, I also received the Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible (with the same great tagline at the bottom). But since this is written in a storybook format, each Biblical story starts out "Once Upon A Time..." and ends with "Happily Ever After." These stories are not only captivating in their words, but also in the illustrations. Look at the picture below to see how beautiful the illustrations are. This Storybook Bible is available at Sam's Club or wherever books are sold



From the publisher: 
        With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.
        The art will captivate Disney lovers with similar looking characters and color palettes
        Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story!
        What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.
If you are looking for a wonderful new addition to your storybooks or a new Bible to engage your child, I recommend the Once Upon A Time Holy BIble and the Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible. 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

When We Last Spoke - Book and DVD Review and Giveaway

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




What a fun and whimsical story. I truly enjoyed getting to know Juliet and Evangeline better. Talk about family differences--wow! For as close as my sister and I are, it was hard to imagine growing so far apart from her as these sisters did. I truly wasn't sure what to expect as Juliet cooks up her plan to get her sister home. I really thought it would backfire and never work. But finding out all the things that happened was so much fun. 


Learning how they ended up with their grandparents was painfully difficult. The girls didn't really realize what was happening, but I knew. And many of their memories with their grandparents paralleled my own life experience. It brought back some very precious memories to me as well. One of my favorite things was meeting the characters of their small town. Small town magnifies the quirks of others and this was no exception.

About When We Last Spoke (from the back cover):
Humor, heartbreak, and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness in Fireside, Texas.Meet Juliet Cranbourne, local radio personality and owner of a whimsical kitchen gadget store, and her sister Evangeline, a fruit tree geneticist who works for Oregon State University.When a rift due to their orphaned past affects their sisterhood, Juliet convinces Evangeline to come home for Christmas and choose headstones to honor grandparents Walt(a tenderhearted, good looking rancher) and Ruby (a blue-ribbon fiddler, fabulous cook, and expert in the art of making family feel loved).  As they cruise through Fireside in Ruby's Thunderbird, Juliet hopes that healing memories will somehow smooth rough roads ahead.Does the tremendous love that marked Walt and Ruby's lives still have the power to renew their sisterhood and help them find their place in the world?



About the author:
Marci Henna was born in Austin, Texas and lived as a child in Kenya, East Africa with the Wakamba tribe where her parents managed a medical research station. She later moved to the Hill Country ranch which has been in the family since the 1800's and currently lives in Austin.






Preview the trailer here: 



Would you like to win a copy of the book? One of my readers will receive a free book and a preview DVD like I did. 


Guidelines:
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  • Winner is subject to eligibility verification
  • Winner must reside in the US 

In addition, Marci will be giving away a FREE Kindle version of the book from February 20-24 on Amazon.



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 on the same blog, 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.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

I'm Going to Give You A Bear Hug Review and Giveaway

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



Do you ever run across a children's book that makes you so happy you paused to read it? That's how I feel about the book "I'm going to give you a Bear Hug!" It's absolutely precious. The words and rhymes will attract even the smallest readers and the illustrations absolutely finish the book to perfection. My 15 year old immediately noticed the child's teddy bear on each page doing something different. And if a teenage boy can enjoy a children's book, you know it's going to be a winner to the smaller ones, too. 

This book is sure to become one of the treasured bedtime books in homes everywhere. I know it would have been one we read over and over in our house. While my children are older, we all appreciate good children's literature and each of us have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. 

One of my readers will get to read this book as a gift from the publisher to you. Please see below to enter for your chance to win a copy. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:
I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a sweet loving bedtime story book that is also sure to become a Valentine’s Day favorite for little ones who enjoy celebrating a day full of hugs and kisses from loved ones. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug will be available in hardcover for $16.99 in retail stores nationwide and online on December 27, 2016.
About the Author:
Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are grown now.


About the Illustrator:
Tim Warnes has been illustrating children's books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children's illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he's not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.  Visit Tim at www.chapmanandwarnes.com

Would you like a chance to win a copy for your home? Please enter below, remembering these simple rules:
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  • 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.
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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.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Beginner's Bible Review and Giveaway

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


My family loves the Zondervan Beginner's Bible. We have owned several copies over time and have loved those books until the pages were tattered and the covers were worn. Having owned this Bible previously, the first thing I noticed when I opened this copy was the pictures. The colors and pictures are revised and updated. They are so much more vibrant that they were in the previous version. As far as I can tell, the stories remained the same, but the updating done to this version of the Bible will help it continue to be a premiere Bible for young children.

The stories found in The Beginner's Bible are well selected to give young children an overview of the Bible while giving them some of the most well known and loved stories from the Bible. If you take a peek at the video below, I think you'll see what I mean. I'm so excited to have a new and updated copy of this Bible...especially now that my children are a little older and treat books with care. I expect this copy of the Beginner's Bible to last us for many years to come.




From the Publisher about the Bible:
The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come. Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to- read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner's Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction. 


Who would like to win a copy of The Beginner's Bible?

Please use the entry form below to enter for your chance to win a copy of The Beginner's Bible.
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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.

Monday, December 19, 2016

When Jesus was a Green Eyed Brunette Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.




I work part-time in a job that started as a "Holiday Seasonal" position. I happen to work for a toy company and Christmas is the busiest time of the year. Working with customers day in and day out, I become a little jaded against people by this point in the year. Everyone wants something, I deal with lots of impatience and anger each day, and I have trouble finding the "Peace that Passes Understanding" and keeping compassion in my heart.

This book absolutely gob-smacked me. I was floored by revelation after revelation from the Holy Spirit of how God moves and works in us today. The book is written quite humbly by Max Davis and he shows us that each and every one of us can sometimes forget the depth of love that Jesus has for us in His heart. These are short chapters and I took to reading them as a sort of devotional. One each day to meditate on and hold me through until the next day. Something to focus on when I was dealing with angry people who were putting me in a position where I was about to not show the love of Christ.

I am loving this book and hope you will consider giving it a read. It is worth the time. I also have a copy to give away (see below). Have a very Merry Christmas and let Christ rule in your hearts all year round!


From the Publisher:
About the Book:When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette weaves heartwarming and miraculous stories of Jesus showing up in ordinary people, revealing that He knows us and is fully present in our everyday circumstances, especially in our difficulties. Those hurting and weary from worn-out religion are longing for a fresh touch from the living Jesus. Best-selling author Max Davis challenges us to do more than simply receive God’s grace—we need to allow grace to soften, change, and shape us. As you read this book you will laugh, cry, and come face-to- face with the living Jesus, much like Davis did, when he found Him living in a green-eyed brunette. As Davis puts it, “Jesus is very much alive today and still does incredible things—sometimes supernatural things—through us!”

About the Author:Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today and Publishers Weekly and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide. He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.

The Givewaway

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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. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Scrape-A-Round for Easier Ice Scraping Windows

Disclosure: I will be receiving a Scrape-A-Round to try in exchange for this promotion. 


I don't know about where you live, but winter has hit the Midwest yesterday and today with a vengence. We're ice covered followed by snow and bitter temps. My teenage son has to park his car outside and weather conditions like these make it almost impossible to scrape the windows well enough to see. When I saw the Scrape-A-Round and watched the video of it in action, I knew I had to get a set for my son, my husband and myself. 

From the manufacturer: 
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Multi functional, remove the cap and it doubles as a funnel. 
This scrapes windows frost and ice free in half the time!
Makes the perfect gift for the Holidays! 
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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/

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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!
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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!
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