Friday, December 19, 2014

Fun Learning App Called Splash Math! #FreeMathApp #MomBuzz




Splash Math Grades 1 to 5 app is a collection of fun and interactive math problems aligned to Common Core Standards. The app reinforces math concepts with self-paced and adaptive practice anytime, anywhere (works on iPad, laptops and desktops).



MY REVIEW-How many of you have trouble getting your young ones interested in  learning? I remember when I was little, and even now as an adult, math was the subject I hated. I could tolerate language arts and spelling, history and science were my favorites but math I was never good at and I felt like I failed miserably. You know how it is, one minute of trying to figure out a math problem turns into 10 minutes because everyone is staring at you! If I had been able to use this app here, I might have looked at math a little differently:) Who says school has to be boring?? It definitely isn't with this app! The characters are fun and entertaining for children to interact with. Games make it feel like you aren't doing school yet at the same time they are learning important math concepts. You can't get any better than that. Great for a home-schooling family or someone who may need a bit of extra help in their learning. This is for grades 1 through 5 so you have a range of different problems. Excellent program!!


Prequel to the successful Splash Math Series Grades 1 to 5 - Splash Math Kindergarten app allows kids to get started with Math practice in fun way. Ideal for kids 3-6 years in age, it’s a superb math game for kids in preschool and kindergarten. 



MY REVIEW-This app is a little different than the other one I reviewed. It is for preschool or kindergarten aged children. Still super fun and I love how they have games which interest the child into learning and they don't even realize it! I also like that you can have separate accounts if you have more than one child doing the same program. They continue on their own level and you don't have to worry about messing up your other child's progress. Again, great for the family who teaches at home or for those getting their children ready for school. Let them have fun and enjoy!


Join the 8 million+ users! Download Splash Math on iTunes! Get SplashMath for Grades 1-5 Get SplashMath for Pre-K

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2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide PenGems #Review & #Giveaway! #PENGEMS


2014 ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

PENGEMS WRITING DEVICES




As someone who writes almost every day, I am constantly watching for new writing utensils, snazzy pens, etc. You have to admit, some of the pencils and pens out there are just plain boring! Who wants to pick up a pen that is just a black ole plastic pen?? Not me! I prefer a pen such as this one here. PenGems makes pens stylish and lasting. You can't go wrong with one of these babies!



Now I have reviewed PenGems before and thoroughly enjoyed them. This time I was sent two different colors, and yes, one was kept as a gift:) I used one for my review but the only difference between the one that I used and the one I kept is that one is a stylus. This one I reviewed here is not the stylus. I did take pics of the other one so you can see it. For some reason in the pictures it kept showing up almost blue instead of purple. But this is a very rich shade of purple.



PenGems makes a pen that urges you to carry it around. It literally jumps up to be thrown in your purse, kept in your datebook, stashed in your writing desk or even used for writing school assignments or reports! Never again feel like you have to carry around a dull or plain pen.



The sparkle this one brings lights up your purse. I absolutely love the diamonds inside the pen. The gem on the top is cute but it is the ones inside that I adore. They really do make it sparkle. Bright and shiny;) The pen itself is a good quality pen and I am still using the ones I was sent earlier this year. They work excellent and you can also buy the ink refills so your pen sticks around even longer. This isn't one you get done with and throw away. It is an investment if you think of it that way.



Personally this is probably my favorite pen that I own. Cute and stylish, works well and refillable, you can't go wrong. And my dear friends, one of you will win your very own set of PenGems!! You get to choose color and style so you could keep one for yourself and give one as a gift, or you could keep both of them:) These would really make excellent gifts for someone who uses a pen all the time.


WHO IS THIS FOR??
This would be great first of all as a stocking stuffer. Almost everyone uses pens and these stick right down in a stocking quite well:) The other person I would give this to is anyone who writes every week. This could be a student, mother, business woman, or even a man. The colors aren't all feminine and I know a guy or two who would love one of these:)

THE GIVEAWAY!

One winner will receive a set of two PenGems. You get to decide the color and the style. So if you want one stylus and one pen you are free to do that. Or if you want two pens, you can do that as well. The giveaway will end 1/3/15 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked. USA ONLY!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Songs in the Key of Happy From the Goodman Revival Trio! W/#Giveaway #FCblogger

I received a copy of this CD in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts are 100% mine. This post may contain affiliate links. 



Goodman Revival may be a newly-formed trio, but each of its members is a seasoned Christian music veteran. Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes and Johnny Minick have joined together to perform and record, capturing the musical styles and heritage that have endeared them to countless people around the world. 

Known for their legacy as part of the legendary Happy Goodman Family, in addition to their own national awards and familiarity among the Gaither HOMECOMING family of artists, these three individuals have put their signature twist on some of gospel music’s timeless hits and Goodman classics with their recording debut, Songs In The Key Of Happy. 

Track Listing: 

What A Happy Time
Eyes Of Jesus
Until You’ve Known The Love
I’ll Be Alright
The Sweetest Song I Know
This Is Just What Heaven Means To Me
It Happened
Settle The Score
Who Am I
I Don’t Want To Get Adjusted
I Hold A Clear Title To A Mansion
I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey
Look For Me



MY REVIEW-Do any of you remember listening to the Happy Goodman family group from way back? I wasn't around when they were singing obviously, but I have heard their music and listened to their songs for a bit now. I enjoy some good rousing southern Gospel music that makes you think of the old days. That is exactly what this new cd here, Songs in the Key of Happy, does. I felt like I was listening to an old timey radio station:)

The trio is a new one but comprised of familiar faces. I found myself humming along to the songs and even singing with a few that I recognized. Some are toe tapping tunes while others are relaxing and comforting. I hadn't expected to enjoy the CD as much as I did as I prefer some of the newer groups I am familiar with. I was pleasantly surprised though and played the CD more than once on my trip:) It is definitely a trip down memory lane as you listen to the lyrics and harmony found on this album. I would urge you to pick this up in your local book store when it comes out in January! And if you enter, you just might win a copy here!

The CD releases January 15th but you can pre-order it online now. Make sure to check it out on the Family Christian Website.

This giveaway will end 1/1/15. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA ONLY! Family Christian Stores will be mailing out your prize.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chapel Springs Revival Book #Review by Ane Mulligan




ABOUT BOOK: Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski. It's impossible not to, what with Claire's zany antics and Patsy's self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds.  
During an early morning discussion at Dees 'n' Doughs bakery with their ladies group, all Chapel Springs entrepreneurs, attention is drawn to the slackened tourist trade. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to address the town's revitalization in hopes of drawing back the tourists. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages. 

Claire, a pottery artist, stumbles through life with her foot in her mouth. When she became a Christian, she thought life and her marriage would be included in the new creation part. But her thighs are just as big and her husband, Joel, is as ornery as ever. She's become nothing more than a sheet-changer, a towel-folder, a pancake-flipper. Her life is humdrum and she's tired of being taken for granted. 

Patsy has plans for her empty nest, plans that include a cruise ship. However, her husband, Nathan, continues to work long hours, and he's not talking about slowing down. In fact, he's not talking much at all. She's asleep long before he comes home each night. At first she thought it was just because of tax season, but now she's not so sure. Something other than work seems to keep him late at the office every night. With the lines of communication closed, she'll have to find another way to reach him. 

With their marriages as much in need of restoration as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.


MY THOUGHTS-When I first picked up this book I wasn't sure what to expect. I had never heard of this author or this book but after reading it I was pleasantly surprised. It is a fun and entertaining book in which I found myself totally immersed. The characters are very funny and it was like a little town I would love to live in. Quaint and yet so sweet!

There are two women who are the main characters but there are a whole ton of secondary people, including the husbands. Boy these two are fun!! Claire and Patsy are best friends whose husbands are best friends. They talk about anything and everything together, as well as owning an art business together. They are the epitome of a small town friendship. I love how the women all have a morning coffee at the donut shop and chat about things in life. That is how they get the idea to spruce up Chapel Springs. But the revival doesn't just pertain to the town itself, but also to the people inside.

Patsy gets the idea her husband may be having an affair. There was something brought up here I didn't really care for but it was all done in fun and kind of humorous. One of my favorite parts is when Claire and Patsy go into the spa on a scouting trip. They are hilarious! It also bugged me that the one woman worries over her husband having an affair and yet the first time this handsome wealthy man comes to town, both married women about have a cat-fight over him. Believe me, everything turns out quite funny, but kind of irked me that they did this. Both women figure out what is going on with their husbands after a bit of worrying.

If you want a fun and amusing book to drop into, then this is one to pick up. Absolutely loved it!!


**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Monday, December 15, 2014

Killing Lions by John & Sam Eldredge. Must-Read for Men!! W/#Giveaway #FCblogger

Do you ever feel that boys and young men are hard to connect with? Like the things they are facing and the trials or temptations are something that you may never really understand? Especially as a female it is hard to comprehend the struggles that a young man faces in this world today. We often try to see things through their eyes and yet often fail. That is where a book like this comes in handy. It is for the young man to read for himself, and maybe even with a father figure, to discuss and see guidelines, wisdom from one father to his son and how others have handled situations that arise. I found Killing Lions to be intriguing in how it was written from the perspective of a son who is searching for answers on how to live life. He goes to his father and talks over the phone and thus this book was brought to life.



I literally had to steal this book from my dad who picked it up the minute it came in. He has a penchant for taking books that deal with issues like this for young men. After all, he has two boys himself and no matter what is learned, there is always more out there. This book covers everything a young man will encounter from the time he leaves college to getting a job, finding his true value, dating and relationships, finances, etc. This truly is a book that would be good to give any young man or even the father of a young man. It is all about helping your boys become the men they were destined to be.

This is written in a unique format. The son talks and it is written in italics and when the father speaks it is in regular type. That way you see what the father is asking, the wisdom h imparts and how he brings certain issues up. This is all done in a loving but honest manner. Again, this would make an awesome gift for the holidays! Purchase a copy and sign it to your son, then read and discuss it together!! There is nothing more important than how they grow up to become men.

"You're going to be okay. You're going to find your way. You are not alone."

"I believe you young men are the warrior generation that this world needs."


THE GIVEAWAY
One winner will receive their own copy of Killing Lions by John and Sam Eldredge. USA ONLY!! Giveaway ends 12/30 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide SinfulColors Nail Polish #Review!

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
SINFULCOLORS NAIL POLISH



Hello all! I apologize on being away from the blog for a bit. Things have been hectic here and I took a trip for the weekend and barely had a minute of down time. So I am back now and finishing up the products I have for my 2014 gift guide. There are still plenty of products to win, giveaways to enter and lots of fun items to learn about. Today I bring you SinfulColors Nail Polish. This is a company I love featuring on my blog as I am sure you can tell:) The products are excellent quality and these would work great as stocking stuffers.

We're not just dreaming of a snow white Christmas - it includes a dash of silver, purple, green, a mélange of gorgeous blues, hints of gold and stunning glitter. These must-have holiday hues from SinfulColors are perfect stocking stuffers and are a sure-fire way to up your mistletoe appeal.  

Dreamy shades and illuminating textures mean there's something for everyone on the list this season.  Hot metallics, flakes of dazzling glitter, sea shades swashed with silver, gushes of gold, opalescent twists in red and green and the most coveted shades of blue-from cerulean to indigo to cobalt.  Add to the list a powerful purple, the snowiest white and the perfect reds which all create a collection designed to boost your holiday spirit.

Make your holiday wishes come true with these 22 radiant shades from SinfulColors for Holiday 2014:
HOLIDAY FAVES
Gilded: A transparent shimmer with gold & red          Ice Dream: Cerulean glitter with a translucent silver base
Let's Talk: Royal purple                                              Out of this World: Perfect silver with swirls of glimmer
Pine Away: Metallic glittering tree green                     Red Eye: Metallic holiday red
Snow Me White: The snowiest white                          Sugar Sugar: A candy cane, red-hot red
                   
BLUES & HINTS OF GOLD
All About You: A sheer shade glimmering with gold               Cinderella: An illuminating pastel blue
Endless Blue: A deep wave of cobalt                                      Gold Medal: The perfect metallic gold
Hottie: Clear azure blue twinkling with silver                           Ice Blue: Soft indigo exploding with silver sparkle
             Midnight Blue: The deepest blue indulgence

 

 





DECKED WITH GLITTER FLAKES
Decadent: Dazzling red metallic flakes                                          Galax-Sea: Magical green flakes                   
Holiday Rebel: Green & red flakes laced with black                      Twilight Twinkles: Brilliant flakes of gold
Unwrap Me: Decorative black & red flakes

 

       OPALESCENT TOPPERS
Bring It Sheer: Sheer icy green shimmer                                     Outta Space: Sheer red shimmer

 

PRICE/AVAILABILITY:
$1.99 each exclusively at Walgreens for Holiday 2014


I received four colors in the mail. These are from the SinfulColors holiday line and include Sugar, Sugar, Cinderella, Unwrap Me and Ice Blue.




Not only do these sound inspired by the Christmas cheer but they look it! I quickly fell in love with two of these. The Unwrap Me and Ice Blue, but the others were great as well. I felt like with these options I could easily dress up my style or leave it casual.



The thing I liked with the Unwrap Me is that it is an almost clear polish with flecks or red and green. From the bottle it looks like a black with dark red flecks.



But when you actually apply it, the color is almost clear. As you can see from the picture it looks nice like that. But, you can also add this on top of another color! I used it with two other colors, a blue and a red, and it showed up perfectly.


It is amazing how much this gives you extra room to change up your style.


These colors are rich and give the perfect holiday splash to any ensemble. Use it for a Christmas party, a date night with the hubby or even running errands around town. You will feel special and everyone who sees you will love the twinkle on your fingertips.

Make sure to follow them on their social media sites below.

SinfulColors on Facebook
SinfulColors on Twitter

WHO ARE THESE FOR? 

The SinfulColors is an excellent product to put in a stocking for any woman or girl. These are perfect for the holidays or afterwards. Soo many colors to chose from you can have fun with them all:)


WHERE CAN YOU PURCHASE THEM?
These are available to Walgreens, along with the other stores listed for only 1.99!! You can't beat that price for a quality nail polish.





**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fire Up the Romance this Holiday with @RobinLeeHatcher’s “Love Without End” Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Love Without End || A King’s Meadow Romance (Thomas Nelson, November 2014)


Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?
Chet Leonard’s life was forever changed when his 17-year-old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.
Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious 15-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King’s Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of becoming involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.
When octogenarian Anna McKenna returns to King’s Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet may discover that true love has no end.


MY REVIEW-I have been a fan of Robin Hatcher for a while now. Her books are sweet romances that feature real life situations and characters that feel like friends. This whole town is inviting and warm to the people who visit and they often end up staying. Needless to say, this book was no different than Robin's others.

This novel involves Chet and his boys, Kimberly and her daughter along with Anna McKenna, who is like a grandmother to Chet. I personally fell in love with Anna and her character. She is one of those women who is stronger than they appear from the outside and though she is older, I felt like she spoke wisdom that is relevant to the younger generation. We see her back story and what happened to her in the past which made her who she is today. Of course, she is not real but yes, I am speaking about her like she is:)

Chet is the too-good-to-be true hero of the story who helps everyone, faithful in Church and one of those strong handsome types:) Even when he has a lot on his plate he steps up to help Kimberly and her daughter Tara. Tara is at that rebellious stage where she feels like her mother is at fault for everything. I also felt drawn to Kimberly. She has a hard job taking care of Tara and at the same time trying to find a job. Her husband died and left her nothing to keep going. I also loved the interaction between Chet and his boys. They make it a priority to sit down at dinner and talk over the day and what has been going on.

This is a book that you will enjoy over and over. I am waiting anxiously to read her next one:)


THE CONTEST DETAILS!!

Fire up the romance this holiday with Robin Lee Hatcher's latest offering in the King's Meadow Romance series, Love Without EndFor two single parents with bruised hearts, it’ll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.



Celebrate love rising from the ashes of tragedy with Robin by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway.

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 One grand prize winner will receive:


  • A Kindle Fire

  • Love Without End and the rest of the King's Meadow Romance series from Robin Lee Hatcher

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 14th. Winner will be announced December 15th on Robin's blog.



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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Touching Testimony in Finding Hope Now! DVD Review + #Giveaway #FCblogger

I received a copy of this dvd in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% mine. 




In Finding Hope Now, 16-year-old Santos Delgado leaves his home and survives on the streets. Reverend Roger Minassian knows very little about street youth, but feels God’s calling to help. He must step out of his comfort zone and takes to streets ravaged by gang violence. Roger and Santos' lives intertwine as Roger learns to become a father to the fatherless and Santos struggles to find a new life.

DVD Features:


  • Hope Now Circa 1994
  • Hope Now Circa 2009
  • The Real Counselors of Hope Now
  • Awesome Premiere Night
  • Official Trailer


Have you ever watched something and found yourself moved to do more in your neighborhood? That is how I felt after viewing this film, Finding Hope Now. It is the personal testimony of the Hope Now youth program started in 1993. I found the story captivating and yet my heart was so touched by the lengths that the founder went to in his fight for the gang youth.

The story is well done and not in the way that some Christian films are. It doesn't look cheaply made or like it was done with a home video recorder. I will warn you though, this is a graphic look at how youth in America are being pulled into gangs and the crime and violence that comes with the territory. So while there is no language or anything it shows teenagers beating people up, etc. The rating is for 12 and up. This is an excellent testimonial video though and I loved how Roger Minassian went out on faith and started this program. You can find out more information on Hope Now at their website.

If anyone is interested in this video, please be sure to enter the giveaway. One winner will receive a copy of the DVD. USA ONLY! Giveaway will end 12/24. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked.

Monday, December 8, 2014

For Such A Time As This Children's Book with #Review! #FCblogger

So is everyone happily getting their Christmas shopping done? I know we have been super busy with friends visiting and sick children so shopping has taken somewhat of a back seat. But I don't want to take away from telling you all about these wonderful gifts I have found and continue to find. Today I have a book that would be great for young girls or to put in a Church library! I mean it, For Such a Time As This, was amazing.




From bestselling author Angie Smith comes her second children’s book, For Such a Time as This, a Bible storybook for girls that features 40 biblical retellings from prominent women in both the Old and New Testament. Illustrated once more by Breezy Brookshire, For Such A Time As This is the pair’s second children’s book together following the success of Audrey Bunny.

Captivating stories come to life when each woman from the Bible tells her story. From Eve to Sarah and Hagar to Mary Magdalene and more, these stories capture how God has moved from the beginning of time. With keen attention to detail and historical accuracy, these stories are specifically geared toward girls ages six to ten. At the end of each story, there is a summary with reflections and a highlighted attribute of God.

I had never heard of the author before, though she seems to be pretty popular. The thing that drew me on this book was the design. I have a little sister who loves reading Bible stories. And Esther happens to be her favorite. She has always been drawn to this Jewish queen and has watched all the movies. There aren't many books though that she is able to read. So when she saw this one, her joy was all over her face:)

This book really is amazing. The illustrations inside are intricate and full of detail. That alone would make a child sit down and look at the pictures. But the stories are wonderful as well. The author brings everything down to their level and makes it understandable for the younger mind. This would be excellent to read at bedtime as a storybook. It was a bit young for my sister but she still loved reading it. Great as a holiday gift from a parent or a grandparent. Excellent book!

Anyone ready for a giveaway? One winner will receive a $25 Family Christian Stores appreciation certificate so they can purchase this book, or anything else you would like. Believe me, they have so many good products I could spend way more money than I should there:) The giveaway will end 12/22. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked. THANKS!

Check out the Educents Holiday Gift Guide!

Educents Holiday Gift Guide

❄ Happy Holidays! ❄

The Educents team is excited to share their favorite deals and products with you this holiday season. Each staff member chose their favorite deal for the holidays and included it in this handy guide. Check out the deals, including free apps, art & craft supplies, personalized books, LEGO sets, martial arts online and so much more. They have something for everyone!





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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Movie Night with the Family at Family Christian Stores!! #FCblogger

This is a post that has affiliate links. I may receive a small percentage if you click through and purchase items. 

Hey all! Boy it has been a great weekend. My sister had a birthday, the weather is still looking good and I have this awesome deal to tell you about. I am a firm supporter of Family Christian Stores. Make no mistakes about that. I love what they stand for, the values they hold and the people I work with as a #FCblogger. It is an amazing company! And the deals they have going right now are another reason I love them.



Anyone out there a movie fan? In our family we love having family night and it can range from games, crafts, movies or outside sports. During the winter time though we love our family friendly movies. Ones like God's Not Dead, Mom's Night Out, When Calls the Heart, Rumors of Wars, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, etc.


We have a ton in our cupboard that we pull out for family night. I will get you a pic here in a minute of some that we own. I also love purchasing these as gifts. They make for wonderful presents over the holidays Who can go wrong gifting a movie like Mom's Night Out?? Believe me, this movie is a hysterical comedy.



There are so many films that can help someone in a trying time or to lighten the atmosphere, or maybe the parents can have some quiet time of their own;) Either way, I would urge you to check out the movie deals that Family Christian Stores has right now.



Until the 24th of this month, many of the titles I mentioned above are on sale. This could be half price, $5, etc. And with the coupons they often have, you might be able to get free shipping, a percentage off, and so on. Believe me, at these prices you definitely want to snatch these up.



**DISCLOSURE: All thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, December 5, 2014

Veggie Tales in the House With Netflix #Giveaway! @netflix

Hey everyone! A dreary rainy day here but at least it isn't that cold out. The weather outside is frightful but inside is a day for watching movies, reading books and enjoying a cup of something warm. That is where my company for today steps in. Have you ever wanted to sit the kids down and let them watch something family friendly while you were able to get stuff done around the house? I know I sure have. Have you ever heard of Netflix? I am sure you all have but as for me, I hadn't actually used it before. Needless to say after doing this review I was pretty impressed with the service. And of course, I got to watch Veggie Tales while doing it!



On Nov. 26, VeggieTales, the most popular faith-based children’s entertainment brand, unveils a brand-new Netflix original series for kids, VeggieTales In the HouseThe all-new series marks the first time in the 21-year history of VeggieTales that Bob, Larry and the veggie crew venture off the countertop for exciting new adventures, while remaining true to the values-driven storytelling that has long made VeggieTales such a beloved part of childhood.  The first five 22-minute episodes will be available for Netflix members in the US, Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France to watch instantly. “There’s a whole world that’s been right under our noses this whole time, and we can’t wait to see it,” said VeggieTales star Bob the Tomato. Echoed Larry the Cucumber: “The sweet potatoes are so excited, they don’t even know where to starch!”
In VeggieTales In the House, the veggies will take on a new, refreshed look as DreamWorks Animation puts its creative muscle behind the beloved faith-based brand.  VeggieTales creator Big Idea became part of DreamWorks in 2012 as part of the studio’s acquisition of Classic Media“We’re excited to give the beloved VeggieTales a brand new adventure,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content, Netflix.  “For many of our 53 million members worldwide, this will be the first time they’ve been introduced to the world’s most entertaining vegetables.  We hope many more families become fans of this wholesome preschool series.”
In each 22-minute episode of VeggieTales In the House, two separate 11-minute stories impart important life lessons, designed to please both young viewers and longtime fans of the VeggieTalesbrand. Every episode also includes brand-new songs and, of course, the famous closing phrase that has been at the heart of VeggieTales from the beginning: “God made you special, and He loves you very much.”



Now the Veggie Tales new series features them for the first time venturing outside the boundaries of the house. This premiered on the 26th of November and the series is available for streaming from Netflix. Veggie Tales is something that we don't normally watch as a family, but this time I sat down and watched these episodes for fun. Yep, you heard me right:) Who can resist the silly songs sung by dancing veggies and the important lessons included in the short episodes? These were fun and interesting and I enjoyed them more than the normal programs. My favorite one was the second part of episode 3-Trading Places. These are quite fun and I think children all over the world will love watching them.

How about you all? Have you ever used Netflix before? This streaming program works great to watch movies, tv shows, etc. I found some wonderful movies that I haven't been able to see and some other favorites. This giveaway is going to be great for those who love Netflix or those who haven't used this website at all. Did you know you have the ability to stream through your laptop, tablet, Wii, etc? That way the whole family can watch!! Anyways, back to the giveaway. One winner will receive a 3 month subscription to Netflix. You can apply this to an existing account or start a new one! Giveaway will end 12/19 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked.

"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.”

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide with Rachel Hauck! #Book #Giveaway!

2014 ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
WITH RACHEL HAUCK!!

Hi all! I hope you are enjoying my 2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide so far. I have several more items to feature along with authors who are giving away books. Today I have an author who writes some of my favorite books. Rachel Hauck is joining us and giving away four books! Yep, you heard me right.



Rachel is the author of the Royal Wedding Series(Some of my favorites) and also the Beaufort/Low Country Romance series. That last series there is one of my all time favorites!! Absolutely loved them. So when I say this author is exceptional, I know what I am talking about. And that she has offered to host this giveaway for my readers just makes her more special in my eyes.


TWO COPIES OF PRINCESS EVER AFTER


Regina Beswick is all about restoring old cars. But when Tanner Burkhardt asks her to restore an old nation, she must decide which destiny to follow. Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She is happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a local restoration shop. But the fairytale book, drawn by her great-grandma, makes her wonder if she's destined for greatness. Tanner Burhardt, Minister of Culture for Hossenberg, believes Miss Beswick is the least likely candidate to be his country's long-lost princess. It's up to him to transform the strong-willed Southern girl into a reigning royal if he wants to save his nation. As Regina and Tanner return to Hessenberg to fulfill their destinies, Regina quickly learns that someone playing princess isn't what's needed. This is a full-time role for a nation on the brink of financial destruction. Unprepared for the responsibilities of running a country, Regina must look deep into herself and trust God if she is to fulfill her true destiny.

TWO COPIES OF SPRING BRIDES


Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at three spring weddings . . . A March Bride by Rachel Hauck Susanna Truitt (Once Upon a Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She?ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna?s heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God's plan for her. An April Bride by Lenora Worth Bride-to-be Stella Carson cannot wait another day to marry soldier Marshall Henderson. But when Marshall returns home to Louisiana, it becomes clear to them both that he is not the man he used to be. With only weeks until the wedding, Stella and Marshall must choose between a marriage built on the past and faith in long-ago love or a very different future than the one Stella imagined. A May Bride by Meg Moseley Ellie Martin, a country girl living in Atlanta, has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, but she?s missing a key ingredient to her plans for the future: a groom. Then Ellie meets Gray Whitby?at a wedding of all places. But when Ellie jeopardizes her own future for the sake of her sister, Gray feels like he'll always be second to Ellie's family. Can Ellie and Gray find their own way together amidst the demands and perceptions of others, or will their romance end before it has truly begun?



YOU CAN PURCHASE RACHEL'S BOOKS ON THE FOLLOWING SITES
 

  • Amazon
  • Barnes and Noble
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  • Books a Million
  • Christian Book

  • WHO ARE THESE FOR?
    I just have to tell you here real quick, I am a bit jealous of whoever wins these books. Spring Brides is brand spanking new and I have yet to read it!! Any women who enjoys romance mixed with history, contemporary(bit of a mix there I admit) characters, faith and did I mention some love? Anyways, I think any woman would love these books. They are entertaining but full of life lessons. 

    THE GIVEAWAY!
    Rachel Hauck has offered to giveaway four books. Four winners with a book each! Prizes given first come first serve. USA ONLY!! Giveaway will end 12/18. Winners will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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