Monday, November 24, 2014

Parenting Unchained Giveaway

Sound, biblical parenting help and advice are sometimes hard to find. That being said, you needn't look any further than Parenting Unchained. I cannot convey how much I enjoy this practical parenting resource. Look for an upcoming review but for now... enter the GIVEAWAY!! 
 

Parenting Unchained Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway


To celebrate the release of Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents, we are joining other memebers of the Launch Team in a wonderful giveaway filled with a Kindle Paperwhite, $25 Amazon Gift Card and several biblical parenting products! A value of more than $300!


Here's what you could win: 

Kindle Paperwhite 6" eReader ($119 value)  


Unlike tablets, Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver a superior reading experience:

  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand—over 30% lighter than iPad mini
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Built-in light—read without eyestrain

Your Kindle comes loaded with 2 biblical parenting books right at the start: 

Parenting Unchained Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)


In Parenting Unchained – Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents, Dr. James D. Dempsey reveals the ten most destructive lies about parenting. He writes from the heart about the way these lies infected his own parenting, and illuminates the Bible's powerful truths that counter each lie. Both Biblical and practical, each section ends with home activities to help parents take immediate steps to develop their kids' character--character that lasts when they leave home. 

Home Improvement Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)


This book contains eight principles every family needs written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. You'll learn practical, handon ideas for helping your kids deal with their anger, constructive ways to end discipline times, and keys that will help children change their hearts, not just their behavior. Turansky and Miller offer tried and true strategies in a refreshingly new family-friendly format. This is the parenting book you can read to your kids. 

$25 Amazon Gift Card 


Buy even more books for your new Kindle!

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide ($39.85 value) 


The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age. 


The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. Each lesson contains advice from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller in a 5 minute audio tip and then offers teaching, an assignment, a Bible verse, and a prayer to help you apply each idea or strategy in your family. The tips are available to you as MP3 downloads and access to them comes in the workbook.

The Family Toolbox ($99.95 value)


The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.


As your family works through the lessons, teens learn 16 Life Success Principles and parents learn valuable tools.

Philippians in 28 Weeks Digital ($18.95 value)


It is easier to share the Word of God when it is etched upon your heart. Philippians in 28 Weeks™ is a delightful and painless way to commit the entire book of Philippians to memory. This streamlined approach uses memory cards carefully constructed to present Philippians thought-by-thought, copywork versesjournal questionsweekly reflections,recitation charts to test your retention, and an optional tracking tool called “The Log.”


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Growing Up Social Book Review PLUS Giveaway




My thoughts

Raising relational kids in a screen-driven world is hard. Everywhere you look kids and teens seem to have lost their faces. We only ever see the tops of their heads as they text, scroll, tweet and watch their hand-held screens. They walk on sidewalks, ride in cars and eat meals with their heads down. What can the parents if these kids do to get them back into our world? How can we pull the reigns and set healthy boundaries for screen time? Dr. Gary Chapman (author of The Five Love Languages) and Arlene Pellicane have authored the book Growing Up Social with those parents in mind and offer a plethora of helpful ideas.

The television set of the past used to be a large piece of furniture, planted smack-dab in the middle of the living room and family life. Parents knew which kids were good for kids and which weren’t. As gatekeepers, they were in full control of every program watched in the home. Then televisions became more compact and affordable. Families began having more than one television set, making it more difficult to monitor what children were watching.

Fast-forward to today: Technology has given us instant information and entertainment on televisions, personal computers, tablets, and smart phones. We no longer have one television to gather around as a family. The family televisions of the past is now multiplied in every family member’s pocket, purse, or backpack. And even though television wasn’t necessarily wholesome then, it’s certainly more vulgar, sexual and violent now.

Dr. Chapman couldn’t have got it more right!! Kids today have entirely too much access and freedom when it comes to electronics. Dr. Chapman and Mrs. Pellicane go on to explain the effects on children and teens who spend too much time in front of screens. They are in fact made anti-social by social media! After pin-pointing the problem, they offer possible solutions for children of all types, all of which center around healthy boundaries and set rules.

The book also teaches you how to teach the five A+ skills that all children need to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology and attention.

Included in the back of the book are a quiz to see if your child has too much screen time, social development guides for ages and stages, as well as some great group discussion questions.

A couple of my take-aways

Getting kids into the habit of saying “I get to” instead of I have to. They get to go to church. They get to do school work. They get to fold their clean laundry.

When we see parents learn to handle our own anger in a healthier manner, we will be in a position to guide our children into processing their own anger. I used to be a yeller, which resulted in my children yelling at each other when they got upset. It wasn’t until I Iearned how to correctly express my anger that I was able to get my kids to stop yelling.

This is a wonderful resource for any parent.



About the book

Children today are no longer playing hide-and-seek outside or curling up with a good book—instead they’ve been introduced to a world of constant digital entertainment through television, video games, and mobile devices. And while technology has the potential to add value to our lives and families, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.

In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the necessary tools to make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.

•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world
•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy
•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships—only you can.

About the authors

Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.

Arlene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at ArlenePellicane.com.
 
 
Growing Up Social retails for $15.99 and is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Family Christian and other retailers.
 
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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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Snake Oil ~ Super Fun Family Game {a Crew Review}

 
 
Tuesday night in our home is usually game night. Most of the time we wait for the little ones to get to bed so we can concentrate on the game, especially if the game of choice requires a bit more concentration or strategic thinking. Recently we were blessed to be asked to review Snake Oil ($19.99) from Out of the Box Games. (We received the physical game.)
 
Snake Oil is recommended for ages 10 and up but I believe any reading child can play the game. You need at least 3 people and up to 10 can play. It’s super easy to learn to play and each game can take from 20-40 minutes depending on the house rules. Does your family have “house rules” for certain games? We sure do. I love to see the look on a guest’s face when they discover some of the crazy “rules”.
 
When we heard of the game, my first questioning thought was the title- Snake Oil? What on earth does that mean, right? Well, lucky for you I know what the title means now and I’d be happy to share with you. J
 
Snake oil was originally an ointment used for sore muscles. Over time it began to be produced commercially which meant the government had to do some quality checks on it. Turns out there was no actual snake oil in the product! From that the term Snake Oil Salesman was born and refers to anyone making false, outlandish claims about their product.
 
What’s that got to do with the game? Well, everything!
 
What’s included?
336 Word Cards
28 Customer Cards (they’re double-sided so you actually have 56 Customers)
 
How do you play?
Everyone is dealt six Word Cards. One player must be the Customer, so that person takes a Customer Card. The Customer chooses from either side of the card which type of Customer they want to be. The other players combine two Word Cards from their hand to create an item for the Customer.
The “salesmen” must now give pitches to the Customer and whichever the Customer likes more, that person gets the Customer Card. The person to the left is the new Customer and the game continues on.
You can play for a set number of rounds, a time frame, until someone gets a certain number of Customer Cards or just until you’re all tired of playing!
The person with the most Customer Cards in the end wins. We played each of the different ways several times.
 
Here’s an example from of one of our games:
Julia was the Customer. Oscar and I were the salesmen.
Julia chose a card that had Kindergartener and Billionaire as choices. She picked Kindergartener.
Oscar and I chose two cards from our hands to try to create a product that the Kindergartener would want and gave a pitch about our product. They went something like this…
Oscar: I have a sleep pillow. Whenever those grownups try to make you take a nap, you just whip this thing out and THEY take the nap!!
Me: I have an insect cannon. Just load the ants, beetles, lady bugs or spiders into this tiny cannon and launch them!!
Julia ended up choosing the sleep pillow so Oscar got the Customer Card that round.
 
Simple and fun!
We all enjoyed the game. It really gets you thinking and your creative juices flowing to try and create the perfect product for the Customer. It also created a lot of laughs. At one point I was laughing so hard my sides hurt!
 
I totally recommend Snake Oil to any family looking for a simple, fun game!
 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids {a Family Christian Review}


Jesus Calling by Sarah Young 365 Devotions for Kids

About the book
Based on her original best-selling book, Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives. In Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, the devotions are written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child's heart.

Recommended for kids ages 8-12 and is available from Family Christian for $15.99

What I thought
Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids is definitely one of the cutest devotional I’ve ever seen for kids. I simply adore the design of the cover and pages. The devotions themselves are not frilly, sugar-coated or the usual short story with questions at the end. They remind me of what one might find in an adult devotional. Each one is simple yet meaningful with Scripture verses for added reading.

From the Introduction: When your friends want to talk to you, they call you on the phone, send an e-mail, or type out a text message. But when your very best Friend-Jesus-wants to talk, He connects straight to your heart. In this hurry up world, though, too many people don’t ever hear Jesus calling. I have found that you must first learn to: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 45:10).

Author Sarah Young invites the children to take time out daily to connect with God. She encourages not just reading but talking (praying), listening and keeping a prayer journal too.
This would make a great gift for the upcoming Christmas season. I highly recommend it!!

Upcoming Sale!

Normally, this devotional is $15.99 BUT starting November 14th ALL the Jesus Calling books will be 50% off, making this devotional only $7.99!!!

A Twitter Party~ WITH AWESOME PRIZES!!

Family Christian is hosting a Twitter party that will take place on November 14th from 1-2 pm (EST) and will use the hashtag #JesusCalling .  There will be PRIZES! 
5 participants will win the beautiful Jesus Calling - 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition: Enjoying Peace in His Presence and a $50 Appreciation Certificate. 

5 participants will each win $50 Appreciation certificates for a total of 10 prizes during the party!

Don't miss it!!

Stay in touch with all Family Christian has to offer by connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Many thanks to Family Christian Stores. My 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.

Saving Christmas Movie Review & Prize Pack Giveaway

 

About the movie
This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.” KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is an engaging story that provides a biblical basis for our time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season. So take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in… and let’s put Christ back in Christmas!

 KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is in theaters for a limited engagement beginning November 14 for two weeks only!
 
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What I thought

My two older ones and I gathered around the computer to watch our first Christmas movie of the season and were not disappointed. Saving Christmas is a wonderful movie about family, tradition and most importantly, Christ.
I've had my doubts over the years of whether or not we should have a tree, put lights up on the garage, host (or attend) parties and even give gifts to the kids. I was conflicted by all the commercializing of Christmas. Was I feeding into it by purchasing gifts? Was I acting more like a pagan than a Christian at Christmas time? These questions and so much more are soundly answered in Saving Christmas. The movie is primarily about Kirk and his brother-in-law, who is having a hard time with Christmas.
 
He's convinced that parties are wrong. Trees are wrong. Nativities are wrong. Santa Clause is WRONG.
 
Kirk helps his brother see the biblical founding of each of these things. I know what you're thinking... um, Santa and Christmas trees aren't in the Bible. And you're right. BUT when you hear Kirk explain how these ideas did originate from God and His Word, well, what you've believed about them your entire life will be challenged.

I highly recommend this family film to anyone wanting to understand just a little bit more about why we do what we do at Christmas time.

Stay connected with Kirk and Saving Christmas via Facebook , Twitter, and the Official Website.

 
Now for the Giveaway! What's in the Prize Pack?
 

 
A SIGNED Saving Christmas movie poster (by Kirk Cameron)
 
The soundtrack to the film
 
A car air freshener (they smell like Christmas trees)
 

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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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 Family Christian Christmas Gift Guide + $25 Giveaway



I was in Wal-Mart the other day and saw a sign that said, “50 days until Christmas!”

Can I be transparent?

That annoys me.

Those signs were deliberately put there to make people feel pressure to buy things. Buy this! Buy that! I can’t stand it!! Don’t get me wrong… love all things Christmas- the real Christmas. I do give/make gifts for family and close friends but I don’t buy things just because it’s Christmas and we are supposed to.

As children we are told that giving is better than getting. But as children that can be sometimes hard to understand. As adults, most of us totally get it. I would rather give my friend the gift of something she’s been wanting for a while, but unable to get, than purchase something for myself any day!

Christmas is also an especially wonderful time to spread the Gospel. Saying Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays may seem taboo or politically incorrect these days but it comes with an opportunity to explain why we still say it. Don’t fit in with the crowd. Be bold! If you are His, a child of the King, you hold the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven... don’t hide them!!

I’ve put together a list of a few items I would be happy to give to some of people I love this Season.


Everything you see in the above picture is available at Family Christian Stores and Online.

Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times is the favored bedtime book around our house and would be a great gift for children ages 2-9. It retails for $19.99 but there's always a coupon to be found with Family Christian Stores!!
 
 
Max, my three year old, calls it his Jesus Book. He and Caroline, my two year old, like it because of the beautiful pictures and short stories. I like it so much because it sticks to Bible truths and presents these truths in terms they can understand. They have learned so much from the Jesus Book!  
 
 
While we're on the subject of little ones, this is another great find. The Little People Nativity retails for $42.99 but is currently on sale for $29.99 and will be 50% off (making it just $21.49) November 26-28. This would make a great gift for kids ages 1-5.
 
 
Both my toddlers love playing with this. I may end up purchasing another one so the fighting over the horse cart and baby Jesus will stop! As with all Fisher Price toys, the Little People Nativity is well made. It comes with Joseph, Mary, Jesus, an angel, three wise men, the stable, two donkeys, a cart, camel, sheep, cow and a hay bale. Where the angel sits there is a button that when pushed plays Away in a Manger. They've gotten hours of fun out of this kid friendly Nativity!
 
 
For Such a Time as This: Stories of Women from the Bible - Retold for Girls is a Bible storybook for girls that tells of the lives of 40 biblical women from both the Old and New Testament. It is recommended for girls ages 6 to 10 but I say it's also a great choice to snuggle up with your 4 or 5 year old princess and share. My 12 year old girl enjoys it too. So really, I'd recommend it for girls 4-12. It retails for $14.99.
 
 
Both the pictures and stories in this 256 page book are beautiful.
 
 
At the end of each of the stories is a He, Me, She section. The He section focuses on God and highlights which of His characteristics were revealed in the story. The Me part challenges the girl to incorporate that characteristic into her own life. And the She section is written for parents and has a Scripture-based prayer to pray over their daughter. We just started reading through this and it's lovely. I look forward to sharing more of His story with her through this beautiful book.
 
 
Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids is recommended for kids ages 8-12 and retails for $15.99. HOWEVER,  all of the Jesus Calling books are 50% off from now until December4th! 
 
 
The 365 devotions in this cute little book are dated so you can start at whatever time of the year it is received. One reason I really like this book for kids is because it keeps things real and personal. It is written in an "I", "Me", "Mine" format instead of a "You" and "Your" tone. The book encourages a deeper relationship with Jesus through not just reading but talking (praying) and listening too.
 
 
 Holy Ghost is the amazing story of a group of people who decide to make a film based solely on the Holy Spirit's guidance. This movie truly is soul stirring. I wish I could give a copy of this film to everyone I know. It retails for $19.99 and is not rated. I watched it with my big kids (12 and15) and they really enjoyed (and more importantly, understood) it. I would recommend it for anyone ages 12 and up.
 
God's Not Dead is rated PG and is recommended for those 12 and older. It retails for $24.99 but is currently on sale for $17.99. From the box:
College freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words "God Is Dead" on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future.
 
Sounds amazing right? It is!!
 
 
Grace Filled Marriage: The Missing Piece. the Place to Start. is a great gift for any married couple in your life (maybe even your own marriage?). This was a great read. When it comes to grace, we tend to give it least to our spouse. Why is that? Whether you've been married 10 minutes or 10 years, this book offers a great deal of good, Biblical advice for us all. And you know what? A little grace goes a long way. You will be amazed at the outcome when you implement the teachings of Grace Filled Marriage into your life!!

Family Christian has graciously offered a $25 Appreciation Certificate* to my readers via giveaway.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Foodsaver Giveaway!! {$79 value}

FoodSaver Tips And Giveaway-Nov.10th-16th, 2014 by FoodStorageMoms.com

We have some FoodSaver tips and a GIVEAWAY today!

I love my FoodSaver! We use it to shrink wrap individual meal size servings of the meats I buy in bulk.
Have you been wanting a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer?

Today is a sponsored post by FoodSaver® and we are so grateful to be able to share this giveaway with our readers! You can use FoodSaver bags, FoodSaver containers and mason jars to preserve your food for the pantry or freezer.

This FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer FM2000 comes complete with the following:
 
3 - Quart Bags
2 - Gallon Bags
1 - 11'' x 10' Roll
1 - Accessory Hose
 
A quote from the FoodSaver website "The FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealing System keeps food fresh up to 5x longer and saves up to $2700 per year based on buying in bulk, on sale and preventing waste. Form and function combine with a sleek, compact design and easy-to-use manual operation to preserve a variety of foods."

Tips

Use mason jars to make your breakfast meals, salads for a week, buy food in bulk and put in smaller FoodSaver bags or mason jars to store and save $$$$! Please share how you would use this awesome giveaway if your name is chosen as the winner.

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Terms & Conditions:

This FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer FM2000 Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Nov. 10th at 5:00 am (MST) and ends on Sunday, Nov. 16th, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let's be prepared for the unexpected!