Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rasmus and the Vagabond ~ Book Review & GIVEAWAY


I don't know anyone around my age who doesn't recall the wonderful adventures of Pippi Longstocking.  I wanted to be that freckle faced girl with the crazy outfits and wiry braids.  She was carefree and curious!  I had no idea that author, Astrid Lindgren, had also written Rasmus and the Vagabond, another classic literature story of a boy with the same heart for adventure, freedom, and the warmth of being loved. 

After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Reassume dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?
This 180 page, soft cover book is the perfect story for anyone age 8 and up.  Sure, places of advertisement may say ages 8-12, but I enjoyed the adventurous spirit, warmth, and hope-filled ending just like a middle school girl....and I'm, well, a lot older than 12.  This would be the perfect addition to any home library and as a gift for any child.  Don't worry if your child is not able to read it on his own!  Cuddle up on the couch and read to your kids, filling the words with excitement and life with your voice!  

Make your purchase at any of these great locations:

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One lucky winner will receive a copy of their own Rasmus and the Vagabond.  All entries must be received by midnight EST on Friday, February 19, 2015.  Entrants must be 18 or older to enter.   This giveaway is not connected to any social media site.  The winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond.  If I don't hear back from you then I'll pick another winner, so mark your calendar and keep an eye out!  Get started now on Rafflecopter...


 

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Nourished ~ Book Review & GIVEAWAY


I've taken a new stand on life, lately.  I'm eating much healthier and I'm exercising more.  I've even taken up jogging!  I never thought that at the age of 45 I would be jogging around my neighborhood and preparing for my black belt test in karate next month.  So, when I saw the word Nourished come through in an e-mail, it really caught my eye.  I suppose that's what I have been doing.  Nourishing my body with healthy food and exercise.  I've even been praying more and reading my Bible.  Still, things sort of felt imbalanced.  Stress, in a few areas, is still a big factor in my daily life and causes me to stumble on the walk that I know God has called me to take.  I needed nourishment in my soul; nourishment in my heart; nourishment in how I balance my life.

Along came Nourished by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph.  Becky and her daughter, Rachel, use humor, raw life stories, research, and a lifetime of wisdom to break down the ten most common stressors women face today.  I could relate to  all of them, some painfully more than others.  This mother-daughter duo are opposites in many ways and they share their hearts with honesty and vulnerability.  There is no candy coating here....they go right to the stuff that most of us would never share, never mind in a book for millions to read!  But, you'll laugh and cry right along with them, because you'll relate.  You'll relate to their struggles, their discoveries, and their desires.
My plan was to read this book, cover to cover, and write this review with a complete picture.  Yeah, that didn't happen.  I got through Chapter 7, At Home In Our Own Skin, and I put it down.  I stopped.  I mulled it over, meditating on the words I had just read.  For personal reasons, I quickly realized that I needed to read that one again.  I wanted to go back and nourish my soul with the healing words and inspiration.  After I did, I decided to go back to Chapter 5 and re-read Home Sweet Un-cluttered Home.  So, here I am , after traveling back again to 3 Chapters total now.  I'm moving forward into Chapter 8, finally!  Yes, I will finish the book, eventually.  But, I'm enjoying the journey and I don't mind stepping back.  Life is not a race and sometimes I need to have a second helping of some nourishing goodness.

You can purchase your own copy of Nourished at these locations:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com


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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.”
 One lucky winner will receive a copy of their own Nourished.  All entries must be received by midnight EST on Friday, February 13, 2015.  Entrants must be 18 or older to enter.   This giveaway is not connected to any social media site.  The winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond.  If I don't hear back from you then I'll pick another winner, so mark your calendar and keep an eye out!  Get started now on Rafflecopter...

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Chocolate Covered Bacon Protein Shake (THM Deep S or FP)

I'm doing another THM Fuel Cycle this week and I decided that my Day 1 would have a theme....decadence.  So, for breakfast, I had Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting.  Yeah, you read that correctly.  For lunch, I was going to make myself a chocolate protein shake, but then I got a buzz for bacon.  So, this is what I ended up creating....

Chocolate Covered Bacon Protein Shake

To make this a Deep S for my Day 1, I added 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (solid).  But, if you want to keep this an FP then omit that.  Simple!  Um, yeah, I'll be having this as an FP on Day 4.

So, let's get down to business.  You'll notice that I put ranges for some measurements in the recipe.  Well, that's because I didn't really measure anything.  Make it to your taste and the consistency you like.  Gather your ingredients....

1 - 1.5 Cups of Almond Milk
1 scoop protein powder (I use a zero carb creamy vanilla one)
1/2 - 1 Cup cottage cheese - stick with 0% - 2% if this is an FP - omit if you don't like cottage cheese
2 Tbsp bacon crumbles
1 - 2 Tbsp coconut oil (solid)
splash of vanilla extrat
splash of maple extract - optional if you like that maple bacon flavor
pinch of salt
6-10 ice cubes (I make almond milk ice cubes so it doesn't get watered down)
1 - 2 Tbsp unsweeteened cocoa powder
2 squares broken up 85% or higher dark chocolate (use THM Skinny Chocolate if you have it)
sweetener to taste

Blend it all up and sprinkle a bit of bacon crumbles on top.  Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Love Letter from God ~ Book Review & GIVEAWAY

When I first became a Christian, a friend told me that the Bible was like a love letter from God.  In it, were all of His blessings, His promises, and His gifts.  It was the details of His love for us and it held all of the guidance we needed to live like Him and for Him.

When I was given the opportunity to read and review this children's book, A Love Letter from God by P.K. Hallinan, I jumped on it.  It brought back the memories of those beautiful words my friend shared with me about the Bible.  Ideals Books is one of my favorite publishers of children's stories.  I've never read a book from them that wasn't awesome and I knew this would be just as pleasing. 

When you sit down with your child to read A Love Letter from God, you will be immersed in a beautiful story of love from our Father.  Oh, what would he say to your little one if He wrote her a letter?

You are perfect in every way!
Your heart is a partial reflection of Me!
I'll lead you and feed you wherever you go!
I'll love you forever through all eternity!



The pages are thick and tear resistant - perfect for little hands.  Illustrator Laura Watson brings each page to life with bursting color and artwork that seems to be hand-brushed upon each page.  See the little cutouts that peek into other pages.  How fun!

This book is the perfect addition to your child's library collection, as a baby shower gift, a special story for the children's ministry at church, for a special birthday boy or girl, or for anyone, of any age, who needs to be reminded of how greatly they are loved.  At only $12.99, you can't go wrong here.  To make it even sweeter, you will receive 20% off ALL books with the word Love in the title when you shop at Ideal Books during the month of January.  Just use LOVE2015 to search for all the books for this offer and use LOVE2015 as your promotional code when you check out.  Click HERE to get searching.

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 One lucky winner will receive a copy of their own A Love Letter from God.  All entries must be received by midnight EST on Friday, January 16, 2015.  Entrants must be 18 or older to enter.   This giveaway is not connected to any social media site.  The winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond.  If I don't hear back from you then I'll pick another winner, so mark your calendar and keep an eye out!  Get started now on Rafflecopter...a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wisdomantics Interactive DVD Board Game Review & GIVEAWAY

Wisdomantics!  This might be the most unique game my family has ever played.  

Wisdomantics–New King James Version (NKJV) is an interactive DVD board game for players of various faiths who desire to gain the vast wisdom of King Solomon. Wisdomantics-NKJV  utilizes the proverbs of Solomon and blends chance, knowledge and strategy to create a fun experience while you learn! 

For 2-4 players and ages 12+, this game is perfect for families with teens, youth group gatherings, and adult game nights! The game comes with 2 DVDs with 400 multiple choice questions.  The DVD has a timer for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd attempts and grades your response.  If you answer correctly, King Solomon appears and quotes the proverb.  Players strategize by using specialty cards that do things like detain opponents and provide protection (blessing cards).  As you navigate the board, collect colored tiles to build Solomon's temple.  Be the first one to build your temple and you win!  Here is a cool video on how the game is played...

This innovative game is a great value at only $29.95.  Click HERE to buy it now.  I am looking forward to sharing this with my son's youth group leaders and bringing it to our next game night we have monthly with a group of friends.

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 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.”

 One lucky winner will receive a copy of their own Wisdomantics Interactive DVD Board Game.  All entries must be received by midnight EST on Friday, December 26, 2014.  Entrants must be 18 or older to enter.   This giveaway is not connected to any social media site.  The winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond.  If I don't hear back from you then I'll pick another winner, so mark your calendar and keep an eye out!  Get started now on Rafflecopter... a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, December 5, 2014

Lumo Project The Gospel of John Movie Review

Jesus is the Word of God made human.

This is John's account.  The Book of John points us to the miracles and the teachings of our Savior.

Here is a small snippet of what The Lumo Project is, taken from their website.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. 
The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionize the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

I had the opportunity to watch the full length film, The Gospel of John, from The Lumo Project.  I wasn't sure exactly what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised.   Being a multi-language film, I was able to choose between NIV, KJV, and Spanish.  I chose NIV.  I could have sat with my Bible opened and followed right along!  It was word for word, no fillers and fancies.  Just the beautiful Word of God.  But, as I listened, I was taken on a visual journey through the account of the Book of John.  The scenery was amazing and I really got a sense of the true time.  As silly as it may seem, I was happy to see Jesus portrayed as an average looking man, with dark hair and brown eyes.  Where do these other modern day films get the idea that Jesus had light brown hair and blue eyes and belonged on the cover of GQ?

Do you have any idea how easy it is going to be for YOU to see this film?  Go to Netflix.  Shabam!  There it is starting December 1, 2014.  Pop the popcorn and gather the family.  This is something for all to see.

Get in on all the talk and info for this life-giving film.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Susie's Hope DVD Movie Review & GIVEAWAY

Ah, sweet Susie!  This is such a precious story.  I have to be honest.  I am not a dog lover.  Hey, don't judge me.  But, this movie really caught my eye and I am SO glad I watched it.  I mean, look at that sweet puppy on the cover!  I wanted to know her story.

Here is a bit about the movie:  Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. 

Here is a bit about Susie's story and her heroism:   Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and even the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

Please, take three minutes and watch this video that tells about how Susie has impacted the lives of many and how her story changed the laws for animal abusers.

Now, let's talk about the movie.  It was a great family movie, with good acting and an engaging story line.  The actors were believable, which can be a hard thing to accomplish.  I really felt like they were telling and living their own stories.  I came away from watching this movie with a little more compassion for dogs, especially at-risk dogs like pit bulls.  Take a peek at this trailer and you will want to watch it for sure.
 

I hope you will take a moment and visit the Susie's Hope website.  You'll get tons more information there about her story, her cause, and how you can be a part of her mission.  You can purchase the DVD there for $24.99 and support this non-profit organization, Susie's Hope.

"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.”

 One lucky winner will receive a copy of their own Susie's Hope DVD.  All entries must be received by midnight EST on Thursday, December 11, 2014.  Entrants must be 18 or older to enter.   This giveaway is not connected to any social media site.  The winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond.  If I don't hear back from you then I'll pick another winner, so mark your calendar and keep an eye out!  Get started now on Rafflecopter...
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