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Reasons Why You Rock Review & *Giveaway*

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I rock! I've always known I was awesome, but this book helps me to remember that! I love this book/journal. I love the size of the book, it is perfect. There are amazing quotes and stories throughout the book, one of my favorites being "If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it." (Margaret Fuller) Kathy writes like she is talking to you, having a conversation with you. And she is! This book was made for me, made for you! You will not be disappointed!!!
Product Description: Reasons Why YOU ROCK! unlocks the tremendous wealth of personal greatness that already exists within us. Being connected with this greatness improves our health, enhances our relationships and gives us the passion to succeed in all aspects of our lives, from business to pleasure. Fourteen chapters offer inspiring quotes, compelling stories, and the opportunity to reflect on a variety of ways we can be great, and each chapter includes a page for attaching special notes and mementos about…

In The Morning *Giveaway*

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Product Description: In the Morning takes you on a 12 hour journey from the dark "night" to "daybreak." A breakthrough is awaiting you on the other side! Brace yourself for the ride of your life! You will take an hour by hour journey through the "night," until the "morning!" Each hour will bring new challenges like fear, doubt and anger, as well as new gifts and blessings such as joy, peace, faith and hope. You will learn how to fully receive the promises of God from the process of waiting and realize that the purpose of the darkness is not to destroy you but to transform you. The journey is not easy and your faith will be tried but if you can endure one more "night," you will walk into a new life! Unlike any other, this book chronicles the most important hours the world has ever witnessed; in Jesus Christ's last 12 hours, a fresh perspective of the journey He took to Calvary is documented. You will see not only how every step and e…

Show Me How Review & *Giveaway*

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I am in love with this book, and I am so grateful that the author, Vivian Kirkfield, was nice enough to send me a copy for review! This book has come in to my life at a perfect time, at the perfect age of my boys. Some days I am at a wits end on what to "do" with them. This book is a great resource to give me ideas! There are places in the book for notes, which I think would be a good spot to write about the memory of you doing the activity with your child, so you can look back at it, and remember. I just love this book, and want to do everything in it right now today!! But I have to pace myself, and the kids! But this is so much fun! Great book! Can't wait for more in the series!
Product Description: 1st in the new Positive Parental Participation series, this reality-based program helps parents of preschoolers build self-esteem, develop pre-literacy skills and create a life-long parent-child bond. "Using this book with children will not only help build their self-est…

Kathryn The Grape

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Kathryn The Grape by Kathryn Cloward is a great children’s book. Callan wanted to me to read it again and again, and by about the fifth time he was telling me the story. The illustrations are amazing, and the words are simple enough for a child to understand and comprehend what the story is about. I love a kids book that “teaches” something, as well as tells a story. Very nice book!
About the book: Poof! Just Like Magic! That's how easy it is to fall in love with Kathryn the Grape and her magical butterfly friend, Maggie! These inspiring characters teach that each of us has our own magic within. As your children read along, they will discover their own inner strength and fearlessness, learn about making new friends, and learn the importance of helping others. Kathryn the Grape takes the reader on a journey of discovery and spreads the message that everyone is magical!
About the author: As the original Kathryn the Grape, Kathryn Cloward embraced the childhood nickname given to her by…

The Club No One Wanted To Join *Giveaway*

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About The Book: It has been the public's perception that Madoff investors were all extremely wealthy and all belonged to exclusive clubs. This perception has been reinforced by the media and the powers that be. The truth is, with very few exceptions, such as Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Picower and Stanley Chais-most were average, small time investors. They did not belong to exclusive private clubs or any other fancy clubs. They lived an average American life; they worked hard, contributed to society and saved for their retirement years. But in the end that was not enough. No one, it turns out, could protect them from the worst financial criminal in history, Bernard L. Madoff. As a result, they were all thrown tragically into one club none of them ever expected to join: the "club" of victims. This is their story. It is the first book of its kind about the Madoff Ponzi scheme, in which twenty nine Madoff investors band together to tell their story without an intermediary, di…

Sonset Review & *Giveaway*

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Sonset: A Memoir Of Family Dysfunction by G.H. Larrivee Jr. is the personal journey of a man and his relationship with his father, and that same man’s relationship as a father to his son. Being a daughter and not a son, I can still identify with the troubles of child to father. My relationship with both my real father and my step-father are complicated. This book is not put together to be a number one best-seller. It is a story of truth, from one person’s side. A story that the author wanted to tell. There are grammatical errors and mis-spellings…but if you put that aside and see the story for what it is, then you will enjoy this read, though it might be hard to read (emotionally) for some. I am sure a lot of people can relate to most of the things in the book.
About The Book: "You won’t let my mommy come home!” Thus began the journey that took me back through generations of family dysfunction that in hindsight, never really needed to happen. There are stories of abandonment and a…

15 Great Indoor Activities for Kids

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15 Great Indoor Activities for KidsWhen the temperatures drop and the sunset comes early, it gets harder and harder to entertain restless kids. Rather than turning on a movie, or setting them up to play computer games all evening, encourage these great activities to get your kids moving! Dance: In First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, she encourages parents and children to get up and dance! Not only can you learn valuable moves on the dance floor, but merely dancing around for an hour can burn upwards of 200 calories! Take a leaf out of Michelle's book and get up and dance!
Pass a Balloon: Blow up a large balloon and tell your kids to keep it off the ground. This can provide about 30 minutes of entertainment, but if you incorporate a competition, a reward, or bonus points, it can last much longer.Scavenger Hunt: A great way to keep kids entertained indoors is to create a scavenger hunt. Hide a number of items around your home, and give each child a li…

Swallow Review & *Giveaway*

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I was very intrigued to be able to read Swallow by Tonya Plank. I had never heard of Globus Sensate, the sensation of a ball in your throat, so I knew right away I would be interested in this story. It is actually kind of a comedy, and my goodness, the cast of characters is something else! Very unique and different, and a wonderful story that was a pleasure to read! I can't wait to read more by Tonya!
About the book: Sophie Hegel is a shy New York lawyer who hails from small-town Florence, Arizona, known not for the Renaissance but for housing a large prison. She's just graduated from Yale Law School and landed her first job when, one evening, during dinner with her fiancé, she feels a fist-like ball form at the base of her throat. A form of the psychological condition Globus Sensate, this "fist-ball" wreaks havoc on her life, causing her difficulty eating, speaking, and eventually even breathing. With a cast of characters that includes a pornographer father, a sister…

Bite You In The Butt

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Guest Post by Jeni!
Where we live is like the border between country life and city life. So it was no surprise to our animal loving neighbors that we got chickens. Hens and roosters. Loud, crowing, ground scratching, chickens. And my husband thought it would be a great responsibility builder for our boys, then ages 7, 8, and 9, to care for these precious creatures. Well, one of these so-called precious creatures decided he didn't like anybody. He would constantly peck and chase the hand and body that fed him. The oldest of the three, Jimmy, was trying to get the rooster to go back in his pen.
It might be good to point out here that boys feel a duty to aggravate things. Some boys feel this duty anyway, and Jimmy was a prime example. He would chase the chickens so he could pick them up. He thought it was funny....
Until, one day, Mr. Meanie (the rooster) decided he had enough of this. He hid when it was time to go to the coop. We were leaving the house to go somewhere when all of a sud…

Playful Planet DVD Review & *Giveaway*

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Award winning (Parent's Choice Approved, "Dr. Toy "Best Green Product," and Preferred Choice by Creative Child Magazine) Storyland Yoga is a wonderful way for families to enjoy “organic” time together. The video connects kids and nature while providing them with the benefits of yoga: health, clarity, and calmness. Get ready to play – the planet-friendly way!
Storyland Yoga is a fun-filled adventure that infuses children with an eco-conscious message. Two unique stories, Save the Whale and Condor Trek, engage a child's imagination through storytelling. Kid's learn yoga postures by becoming part of the story and imitating animals. Yoga is great exercise and helps to calm children, giving them greater focus and increased clarity. By connecting with nature and gaining respect for their own health and well being, children become empowered to create solutions for the health and sustainability of our planet. Storyland Yoga is equally fun for parents and family memb…

Love

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Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom"! Please follow along through Christmas day as each post shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND BEST OF ALL ... there's also a giveaway!!!! Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a PEARL NECKLACE, BRACELET AND EARRINGS!  Pearls - a tangible reminder of God's grace to us all.

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Love
by Lauraine Snelling


When asked to write a Christmas message, one of my first thoughts was Do I climb up on my soapbox regarding changing the words in Christmas songs, using only holiday, etc. I thought about it and decided no. After all, they’re only words and what difference does a word make---really make after all?

Then I kept on thinking. If they’re only words… But we as writers know the power of words, as do readers. When the wrong word is used, it jars, while the right word can be most powe…

Atlas Shrugged *Giveaway*

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Product Description: At last, Ayn Rand's masterpiece is available to her millions of loyal readers in trade paperback. With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, "Who is John Galt?", Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers. Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder - and rebirth - of man's spirit. Atlas Shrugged is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club.
Two lucky readers could win a copy of …

Merry Christmas!!!

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An Unforgettable Gift

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Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom"! Please follow along through Christmas day as each post shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND BEST OF ALL ... there's also a giveaway!!!! Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a PEARL NECKLACE, BRACELET AND EARRINGS!  Pearls - a tangible reminder of God's grace to us all.

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An Unforgettable Gift
by Karen O'Connor


On Christmas morning, 1912, in Paducah, Kentucky, fourteen-year-old Charlie Flowers and his three brothers and two sisters huddled in their beds, fully dressed, trying to keep warm as the wind howled outside their small frame house.

It was a desperate time for the family. Earlier that year the children's father had died. And their mother had not found work. The coal had run out and there was little money––none for gifts. Their scrawny tree with decoratio…

Peace And Plenty Review & *Giveaway*

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Peace And Plenty by Sarah Ban Breathnach is quite an interesting book. Who hasn’t had money troubles at some point in their life? I know I have had my share. This book is a comfort to those in a time of need. I loved all the little quotes from newspapers and magazines from yesteryear. The book does tend to get a little long, but the writing is impeccable and the ideas and thoughts in this book relate to everyone, at some point and time in their lives.
About The Book: “When money is plentiful, this is a man's world. When money is scarce, it is a woman's world." Unearthed in a 1932 Ladies Home Journal, this quote is the call to arms that begins Peace And Plenty, Sarah Ban Breathnach's answer to the world's - and her own personal - financial crisis. As only Ban Breathnach can, she culls together this compendium of advice, deeply personal anecdotes, and excerpts from magazines, books, and newspapers - particularly those of the Great Depression - to inspire readers who …

Just give me Christmas this year!

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Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom"! Please follow along through Christmas day as each post shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND BEST OF ALL ... there's also a giveaway!!!! Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a PEARL NECKLACE, BRACELET AND EARRINGS!  Pearls - a tangible reminder of God's grace to us all.

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All I Want for Christmas…
Is to be able to have Christmas this Year
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Melissa Mashburn

This is a simple request, isn’t it? In the previous years, we had great big bountiful Christmases with our family. Gifts, goodies and general Christmas cheer but this year it was different. The year before has been chock full of disappointments, failing businesses and severe cutbacks for our family. 

Sitting with my husband one night we hammered out the bare minimum that we could spend that year for Christmas and…

Jungle Warfare *Giveaway*

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Product Description: Jungle Warfare provides a field manual for the Christian in sales: a guide for certain victory in uncertain times. Could a WWII Basic Field Manual on Jungle Warfare have any words of wisdom for sales and business professionals today? Yes - and it may even provide more. Christopher A. Cunningham has taken a prized family gift: his grandfather's Jungle Warfare manual, and adapted its rules of engagement to fit the basic needs of the Christian sales person who is on the front lines of business every day. The parallels are obvious: Stay fit. Keep your wits about you. Know your enemy. Serve your leader well. In today's unsure business climate, those who find a way to keep their faith intact while pushing through the difficulties of market downturns are the ones who will be rewarded. This book is about fighting the good fight and finding inspiration even while crawling through enemy territory.
Win a copy of this book! Here's how:
1. Follow my blog. 2. What is you…

What’s the best thing about Christmas?

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Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom"! Please follow along through Christmas day as each post shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND BEST OF ALL ... there's also a giveaway!!!! Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a PEARL NECKLACE, BRACELET AND EARRINGS!  Pearls - a tangible reminder of God's grace to us all.

~~~ What’s the best thing about Christmas?
by Maureen Lang


The answer to that question will undoubtedly be different depending on the age and the faith of the person being asked. Most children will say it’s all about the gifts. Adults, even if they secretly still enjoy the gifts, will probably strive to sound more mature and say the holiday is all about friends and family. Still others might say it’s about tradition, or memories or the music or even the special food we connect to this time of year. The sc…

Simple Times *Giveaway*

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Product Description: America's most delightfully unconventional hostess and the bestselling author of I Like You delivers a new book that will forever change the world of crafting. According to Amy Sedaris, it's often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. In her new book, SIMPLE TIMES, she sets the record straight. Demonstrating that crafting is one of life's more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Sedaris shows that anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters. You will discover how to make popular crafts, such as: crab-claw roach clips, tinfoil balls, and crepe-paper moccasins, and learn how to: get inspired (Spend time at a Renaissance Fair; Buy fruit, let it get old, and see what shapes it turns into); remember which kind of glue to use with which material (Tacky with Furry, Gummy with Gritty, Paste with Prickly, and always Gloppy with Sandy); create your own craft room …

EO Products Review & Giveaway

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EO Products are personal care products that are organic and naturally made. I got a chance to review the line they are putting out in Target stores, and I am in love. This stuff is great! I think I am particularly in love with the hand sanitizing gel. I am a sanitizer junkie. Ok, ok, I am a germaphobe. So I am always using hand sanitizer, and this stuff is great. Quick drying, none of that alcohol-y smell and feeling. Amazing!
"EO Products is a leading manufacturer of natural and organic body care products that are great for you and the earth. EO stands for the purest Essential Oils. These concentrated healing and fragrant plant essences are in each and every one of our Organic and Natural Bath, Skin and Hair Care Products. We offer the finest collection of Body Lotions, Shampoos, Conditioners and Shower Gels. Our high quality Body Care Products bring you the best of what nature has to offer."
Check out their website HERE, and look for these items at your local Target!
One luc…

Good News

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Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom"! Please follow along through Christmas day as each post shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND BEST OF ALL ... there's also a giveaway!!!! Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a PEARL NECKLACE, BRACELET AND EARRINGS!  Pearls - a tangible reminder of God's grace to us all.

~~~ Good News!
by Deb Kalmbach


The first Christmas card of the season arrived in my mailbox way back in August. How could anyone be that organized? Then I noticed my friend, Nita, had sent me a card I had written to her more than 20 years ago!

Memories rushed back as I read the words penned in my familiar handwriting. It was Christmas, 1991, and my world had unraveled. I could almost pretend everything was all right at this most wonderful time of the year—but not that year.

My husband Randy’s drinking p…