Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Family Christian $25 giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received the book mentioned below in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

About two years ago, I got my oldest son an Action Bible for his birthday.  He read the entire thing within a year and we were so proud of him for doing so.  He knows so much about the Bible, it can impress everyone!  A few months ago while walking around a thrift store book section, I stumbled across another Action Bible.  I bought it for my middle son and he has been reading it everyday.  My youngest son has wanted one, and I have been searching endlessly for one on sale so that he could have one of his own.  Then God provided!  He always does.  I was given the opportunity to receive one for review!  I literally shout "Yes!" when I got the email saying I was one of the bloggers chosen for this. My boys are into comic books and cartoon strips so they all love this.  The Action Bible is full of stories from the Bible put into comic strip.  The artwork in this Bible amazes me.  Every page is so full of colorful details.  Some of the images are a little graphic but I think they are okay if you talk with your children about it.  The books, chapters, and verses are not listed in this like Bible form but these go through the Bible in story like form.  

About the book:
The Action Bible presents 215 fast-faced narratives in chronological order, making ti easier to follow the Bible's historical flow and reinforcing the build-up to its thrilling climax.  The stories in The Action Bible communicate clearly and forcefully to contemporary readers.  This compelling blend of clear writing plus dramatic imagery offers an appeal that crosses all age boundaries.

You can purchase The Action Bible at Family Christian stores and online.

Now comes the fun part.  One of my lucky readers will receive a $25 certificate to Family Christian so you can purchase this for yourself or get another awesome product from their site.  Just enter below on the rafflecopter form!

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The Berenstain Bears Giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received this book thanks to FlyBy Propeller for the purpose of my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

I grew up reading some of The Berenstain Bears books and I'm glad that I get to share them with my kids as well.  We have a few of their books in our home library.  The newest one I just added is the Please & Thank You Book.  As parents, my husband and I have taught our children to say please and thank you.  For the most part they do it naturally and there are other times when they need a gentle reminder.  This book is great for littler children learning about saying please and thank you and having good manners.  The hardcover makes this a great book for toddlers and young preschoolers.  The story is short and simple and older children would read through it too quickly and be bored.  I read this book to my nephews when they come over and I am okay with them grabbing this book and looking at it for themselves because I know they can't rip it.  

About this book:
The cherished Bear family is coming to a new generation of toddler and preschool readers.  Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962 and the Bear family celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012!  Here the charming and lovable Bear family is once again introducing children to the typical issues and questions that they face every day.  In the Berenstain Bears' Please & Thank You Book, little readers are introduced to the importance of manners, through gently reminders given to Brother, Sister, and Honey as they await their milk and cookies.  The short story and all loved characters provide toddlers a perfect introduction to valuable life lessons and routines.

Win It!
One lucky reader of mine will will a copy of this book for your family.  Just enter below on the rafflecopter form.  Note that if you have reviewed this or won this off another blog you are not eligible to win this prize.

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Maty's All Natural Cough Syrup

(Disclosure:  I received these products at the Mom's Meet WowSummit.  All opinions shared are my own.)

When I was at the Mom's Meet WowSummit, I was given the opportunity to try some amazing products that are healthy for my family.  A couple of the representatives were from Maty's.  While there, I was dealing with a cough that wouldn't go away.  When they gave me a bottle of the All Natural Cough Syrup for the Whole Family I went back to my hotel room and tried a dose.  I will be honest I was a little nervous to try it.  The consistency is a little thick and the flavor was a bit strong but I didn't cough for the rest of the afternoon.  I took another dose before we went to bed and I didn't wake up coughing at all.  For the first time in a few weeks I was able to get a full night's sleep.  Now, fast forward a few months, our whole family got sick.  I'm talking fevers, cough, sore throats.  It went through all my boys as well as myself, (again).  This time I kicked it when it first started.  I started taking this as soon as I noticed I was getting sick and I didn't have to deal with the nagging cough.  I gave my kids the All Natural Cough Syrup for Children.  They did not like the taste, but I had them take it every few hours as directed and within a few days they didn't have the nagging cough anymore. I definitely recommend this product to all families!

About Maty's: (Taken from their website)

Maty's Healthy Products is a family-owned and operated company dedicated to promoting holistic health and wellness with natural, safe and effective all-natural health products.
As a leading manufacturer of all-natural health products, Maty's provides a safe alternative to traditional medications with no side effects or drug interactions.  We steer clear of artificial preservatives, color additives and artificial sweeteners: no corn, dairy, wheat, soy or yeast is added.  All products are made gluten free and are manufactured in the USA using socially responsible practices.

Check their Where to Buy section for products near you and while you are there check out their other amazing products!  

Veggie Tales Noah's Ark giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received this movie thanks to Grace Hill Media for the purpose of my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

My kids grew up watching VeggieTales.  We have probably seen every episode there has been.  We love the values that they teach throughout the movies and the humor each episode has.  We were given the opportunity to watch the new VeggieTales Noah's Ark.  My kids were excited when I opened the package.  Even my 9 year old was eager to watch it.  When it first started the theme song, my oldest said, "Well, this is different".  The theme song, while the words are the same the intro scene is different.  It shows pictures from videos past.  Larry looks different.  More like a cucumber than a pickle.  My kids were able to notice that right away.  Noah's Ark is a fun movie that had my kids laughing.  This movie teaches on the lesson on Trusting God.  You might not know why your are going through your situation but if you learn to trust God, you can enjoy the adventure.  Great movie, great values.  My kids loved the silly song that is in the middle of the movie by Larry.  It made them giggle.

About the movie:

A Lesson in Trusting God!  Noah and his family along with a zoo full of animals take an adventure aboard an orange slice ark.  After 40 days and nights of rain, everyone's faith has been tested, and they're ready to jump ship.  Will they chart a new course, or will they remember to trust God's promises?  Grab your umbrellas and find out in this VeggieTales retelling of the beloved Bible story!

This dvd comes out March 3rd, but you can pre-order it now.

Win it!
Along with my own dvd to watch, I was sent an extra one to giveaway to one of my super lucky readers!  Just enter below on the rafflecopter form for a chance to win!

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Quaker Popped

(Disclosure:  I received this product from Bzzagent for the purpose of my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

With three boys in my house, I am always hearing, "Mom, I'm hungry".  These kids eat non stop.  With them always wanting something to snack on, I am worried about what they are eating and I try to stop all the junk food they like to eat.  When I was accepted into the Bzzagent Campaign for Quaker Popped Rice Crisps, I figured these would be a great option for them.  I was sent three flavors to try: Sour Cream & Onion, Caramel Corn, and Cheddar Cheese.  My children really loved all these flavors, but they loved the Cheddar Cheese the most.  I personally liked the Sour Cream & Onion.  All of these were flavorful but not overwhelming with flavor.  They are light and crispy.  These are a great after school snack that I am okay with giving to my children.

Some facts about the product:

13g of whole grain per 30g serving
130 calories per serving
Made with popped whole grain brown rice
Look for specially marked packages for Gluten Free options

In addition to the flavors I was sent there is: Apple Cinnamon, BBQ, Chocolate, Kettle Corn, Ranch, Sea Salt and Black Pepper, and Sweet Chili.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love, Sex, & Dating Giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received this product from Family Christian Bloggers.  All opinions shared are my own.)

I have 3 boys.  Which means in a few years, I will have 3 teenage boys.  Yes, I will probably be going crazy with grocery bills, testosterone, and dating.  It is hard to picture my babies growing up but it is a reality that will happen faster than I want.  I, as a parent, want to be sure that we give our children all the resources and teaching that we can to help them to become the men of God that they are called to be.  A part of them growing up is talking with them about love, sex, and dating.  Teenagers and young adults are going through such a different time with the world.  I can only imagine how much more different it will be when my kids start dating.  Now, I know that my oldest is only 9, but having age appropriate conversations about love and such is important to start now.  When I was given the opportunity to read Andy Stanley's The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating I was excited to get this.  I opened the package and began to start reading this book.  While, I would not have my 9 year old read this book, I am learning so much and agree with what I am reading.  We are in a time, where people are younger and younger when they first have sex.  That thought sickens me.  Teenagers having babies is normal now, and I do not want my children thinking that it's okay for that to happen.  This book helps teach that your actions have consequences.  Andy Stanley helps teach men and women to be "the person the person you are looking for is looking for."  He helps you to not to look for the right person, but to be the right person.   This book is great for a small group discussion.  It includes study questions to help you think about each of the topics.  This would be great for a high school youth group, a singles ministry and even married groups.

About this book:

Single?  Looking for the "right person"?  Thinking that if you met the "right person" everything would turn out "right"?  Think again.

In The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating, Andy Stanley explores the challenges, assumptions, and land mines associated with dating in the 21st century.  Best of all, he offers the most practical and uncensored advice you will ever hear on this topic.  Not for the faint of heart, The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating challenges single Christ followers to step up and set a new standard for this generation!
If you don't want a marriage like the majority of marriages, says Stanley, then stop dating like the majority of daters.

* Part One:  "The Right Person" Myth - 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
* Part Two:  Gentleman's Club- 1 Peter 3:7
* Part Three:  Designer Sex- 1 Corinthians 6:18
* Part Four:  If I Were You- Proverbs 14:8

In the New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating, pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley provides practical, biblical, uncensored advice to anyone who is dating or thinking about marriage.  Stanley outlines the triumphs and tragedies of dating in the twenty-first century.

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Once A Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional

(Disclosure:  I received tho book from Booklook Bloggers.  Opinions shared here are my own.)

I love all sorts of devotionals.  I have parenting devotions, marriage devotions, women devotions and more.  I love all kinds of resources that can help me be a better parent, wife, and person.  The devotional Once a Day Nurturing Great Kids is a good resource for parents.  It gives you great insight through short devotions.  I really like that they are dated with the dates of the month and it goes all the way through the end of the year.  Each devotion starts with a Bible verse, has some commentary about that topic and ends with a parenting principle and points to ponder.  The Parenting Principle is just a quote, like today's was: If you made a list of all your blessings, they would be as numerous as the stars. This quote really makes you stop and think about everything that God has given you.  Sometimes we focus on all the negative things that's going on but if you count your blessings, you will see how amazing your life really is.  The Points to Ponder are simple questions for you to ask yourself.  One of the questions for today is Do your children see you recognizing God's blessings and giving Him thanks?  That's a great question.  Kids learn from example so if they see you giving praise to God then, they will be likely to follow in your footsteps.  This book is a great devotion for parents of all stages!

About the book:
We strive to do what is best for our family, but there are many differing opinions on how to be a good parent.  Truly successful parenting begins with focusing on God and making Him the center of all we do.  The Once A Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional helps you to bring God into your parenting by providing 365 daily devotionals written specifically for parents who are seeking to build a stronger relationship with their kids and put God first in their family.  These devotionals will inspire you as a parent to embrace the role that God has given you, while also equipping you with the tools you need to be a strong Christian role model for your children.