8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids by Dr. Todd Cartmell

“I love my child, but parenting is hard.”

This statement is so true.  If you feel this way like I often do, I would like to introduce you to the book, 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids by Dr. Todd Cartmell.  I also have a discount code that I will give you at the end of this post for 50% off the retail price.  =)

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About the book:

Whether you find parenting intuitive or impossible, we could all use a hand here and there. Let child psychologist and father Todd Cartmell walk you through the nuts and bolts of healthy, effective parenting.

Using examples from his home and 20 years of professional practice, Todd gives eight essential and practical tools to help you:

  • Maintain a healthy relationship with your child
  • Develop a nurturing home culture
  • Correct behavior in lasting ways

Designed for busy parents, 8 Simple Tools breaks each tool into five short chapters that include a summary tip and application questions. Use even half of the tools in your parenting, and your family dynamics will thrive. Your relationship with your child will be built on love and trust, providing you with fertile ground for planting God’s wisdom in their heart, and ultimately, seeing them flourish.

The tools are Talking, Listening, Influencing, Connecting, Teaching, Encouraging, Correcting and Leading.

About the Author – http://www.8simpletools.com/author/

Dr. Todd Cartmell’s FB: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Todd-Cartmell-193405444025914/

I just started reading this book and am learning so much from it so far.  Each chapter is only a few pages long and ends with a practical tip and a follow-up thought or action to consider.  This is a great book for both moms and dads, single parents, Grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.  At the end, there is a Summary of Tips section that lists all of the tips from each Tool and a Notes section where you can find the verses and other resources that the author references throughout the book.

The 8simpletools.com website is packed full of information.  They also have two assessments that you can take, the Effective Parenting Assessment (how effective is your parenting?) and the Parenting Strengths Assessment (what are your parenting strengths?) After taking the Effective Parenting Assessment, it gave me two action steps to help me create a stronger sense of family connection.  The assessments are fast and easy to take.

Receive 50% off the retail price of 8 Simple Tools from Moody Publishers with Discount Code – GREATKIDS16.  This discount code is valid through May 15, 2016.

Plus, for a limited time with every purchase, receive access to download the Hearts At Home “Essential Workshop Collection For Parents” for free.  To receive access to the free downloads, fill out the form on this page.

Thanks to FlyBy for including me on this promotion!

{Giveaway} Under the Sea (Children’s) Bible

When I was in high school, I wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up.  Can anyone else relate?  I love marine life, especially mammals like dolphins and orca whales.  During our honeymoon, my husband even surprised me with a “swim with the dolphins” experience in Hawaii.  It was amazing!  Visiting aquariums is also one of my favorite activities and I never get tired of them.  I really, really like (LOVE) this one…

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I also love reading the bible.  So imagine my excitement when Zondervan came out with the The Under the Sea Holy Bible, in the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV).  

About The Under The Sea Holy Bible – It is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Themes of underwater fun and sparkling fish grace the interior of this wonderful children’s Bible. The outside is covered in foil and sparkle. The interior has color inserts featuring whimsical underwater scenes with themes of God’s care and love for each of us and all of creation.

The NIrV is a great edition for young children, because it contains words that are easier to read and understand.  Sometimes shorter words and shorter sentences are used as well.  Eye-catching, colorful inserts are scattered throughout this bible, with lessons on prayer, love, the Ten Commandments and other themes.  I also appreciate that the Under the Sea bible is in hardcover.:)

To Learn More: http://www.zondervan.com/under-the-sea-holy-bible-nirv

Purchase the Under the Sea Bible at these retailers:

Barnes & Noble | Walmart | Family Christian Stores

***The giveaway is closed.  The winner of The Under the Sea Bible is Cynthia!  Congratulations!***

GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a copy of The Under the Sea Holy Bible to one lucky reader!  To enter, leave a comment. Do you have a favorite bible story or do you have a favorite under the sea animal?  For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 12th at 11pm PST. (Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.)

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Tea Collection! Save 25% off Sale Styles

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Just wanted to share that one of my favorite Children’s clothing brands is having a sale!

It’s time to save big!  Starting today and for one day only, March 23rd, you can shop Tea Collection’s sale at 25% off with code SPRINGSAVINGS. Shop now and save up to 65% off our Citizen Blue collection. Plus, select Italy-inspired styles have just been added to Tea’s sale. It’s the perfect time to update your little citizen’s spring wardrobe. From graphic tees to leggings, you’ll find the perfect spring outfits for your little girl. For boy, you’ll find graphic tees with jogger pants to match! For baby girl and baby boy, you’ll find adorable rompers in bright prints and graphics, and lots more!
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{Giveaway} Nathalie Grant’s Glimmer Girls Series

“Glimmer is a light that is never extinguished. And sometimes it may glimmer a little bit brighter and sometimes it may glimmer a little bit dimmer, but it never goes out.” ~Nathalie Grant

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Partnering with Faithgirlz, contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Nathalie Grant, has written two books for young girls, ages 9-12.  They are part of a two-book fiction series called Glimmer Girls.  My little girl is turning five in July and though she may be too young for this series right now, I’m always on the lookout for good books to share with other people.  When Rebekah is a little older, I look forward to reading these books with her and I know this will happen soon enough!

Nathalie Grant says, “We all have a light on the inside and depending on the day, sometimes it’s bright and sometimes it’s dim.  That is the message I wanted girls to get from this book.  You don’t always have to be shining bright, some days are going to be more difficult than others, but Jesus has put a light in you that will never go out.”   That is definitely the kind of message that I want my kids  and others to learn.  It’s the kind of message that is speaking to my heart while I type this.  =)

Thanks to Flyby Promotions, I am giving away two Glimmer Girls books to one of my readers. But first, let’s see what Nathalie Grant has to say about her books.

 

About Glimmer Girls:

In this new Glimmer Girls series, readers meet 10-year-old twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, LuLu, as they embark on international adventure and mischief thanks to their famous mom who travels all over the world singing beautiful songs and a slightly wacky and sometimes negligent nanny named Miss Twist.

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In London Art Chase, the first title in the new Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series, readers meet 10-year-old twins Mia and Maddie and their adorable little sister, LuLu. All the girls are smart, sassy, and unique in their own way, each with a special little something that adds to great family adventures. There is pure excitement in the family as the group heads to London for the first time to watch mom, famous singer Gloria Glimmer, perform. But on a day trip to the National Gallery, Maddie witnesses what she believes to be an art theft and takes her sisters and their beloved and wacky nanny Miss Julia, on a wild and crazy adventure as they follow the supposed thief to his lair. Will the Glimmer Girls save the day? And will Maddie find what makes her shine?

A DOLPHIN WISH
Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, LuLu, as they travel the country finding adventure, mystery, and sometimes mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer, and their slightly wacky nanny Miss Twist, the sisters learn lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole lot more. In A Dolphin Wish a three-night stop in the city of San Diego seems like it might be just the break the girls need—lovely weather and great sights to see. That is until they hear animal handlers at “Watery World” talking about the trouble they’ve been having keeping the animals in their habitats. Mia and her sisters cannot resist a challenge and they talk Miss Twist into another visit to the educational amusement park to search for clues as to what or who is helping the animals escape.

The giveaway is now closed.  

Congratulations to lmdevine!  You are the winner of the Glimmer Girl giveaway!

GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a copy of London Art Chase and A Dolphin Wish to one lucky reader!  To enter, leave a comment. What is your favorite book/series for young children? For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Wednesday, March 30th at 11pm PST. (Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.)

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Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey Movie

Outrageous Joy was the theme for the Women of Faith event that I attended in 1999.  This was my very first Women of Faith experience and it was quite an event!  Thousands and thousands of women coming together to worship, learn and be inspired.  I was overwhelmed with so much curiosity and excitement, because I had never been to a gathering such as this before.  It was an exhilarating weekend!

Six amazing speakers – Patsy Clairmont. Barbara Johnson. Marilyn Meberg. Luci Swindoll. Sheila Walsh. Thelma Wells.  Strangers to me in the beginning, but then welcomed into my heart as I listened to each speaker share their stories and insights.

Since then, I’ve attended a few more Women of Faith events in Southern and Northern California.  Some of the speakers  have changed over time but each gathering was always filled with so much laughter and awe-inspiring messages of God’s love.

I’m so excited to share about the Women of Faith movie, in theaters February 18 & 20 and March 3 & 5.  Whether or not you’ve been to a WOF event, this movie would be a fun “girls night out” and there are group deals too!  For tickets and to find a theater near you, visit http://www.wofincinemas.com/.

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About the film: 
Over the last nearly 20 years, Women of Faith – http://www.womenoffaith.com/ – grew to become the largest non-denominational Christian women’s conference, touching over five million lives with personal stories full of laughter and tears.  Stage events have included such inspirational and spiritual luminaries such as Campus Crusade for Christ’s Mary Graham, author & reality TV star Corie Robertson, author & popular speaker Luci Swindoll, author Sheila Walsh, and others.
The cinema event will take viewers on a journey of Women of Faith through the years, on stage and off, on their travels with World Vision, their impact on audiences, in short the way they’ve changed the world.  Partly historical, and frequently hysterical, this unique cinematic experience will be packed with some of the most popular pieces from the beloved speaking team to include Anna Trent, Thelma Wells, Mary Graham, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, Jen Hatmaker, Sandi Patty, Patsy Clairmont, Nicole Johnson, and Marilyn Meberg as well as music and performances from Christian contemporary artists that appeared on the tour.  Featuring never-before-seen interviews, outtakes, and behind the scenes footage, this event presentation will bring back memories for all those who have attended a Women of Faith weekend as well as create new memories for those experiencing it for the first time.

 

Official websitehttp://www.wofincinemas.com
Instagram: @WomenofFaith

 

Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, I’ll be seeing the movie next week with several girlfriends. Let me know if you plan to see the movie too!  Have a blessed day!

Tal-y-Tara Tea and Polo Shoppe

“Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!” ― Agatha Christie

In the Richmond District of San Francisco, you will find Tal-y-Tara Tea and Polo Shoppe, a quaint neighborhood establishment featuring their delicious “Motorloaf.”  The tea shoppe also doubles as a polo shoppe, so you will see riding apparel, tack and horse equipment, along with tea cozies and tea pots.  My mother-in-law purchased a Groupon for Tal-y-Tara, and treated my sister-in-law and I to a lovely late morning tea time.PhotoGrid_1453607420160

The Groupon was good for the Queen’s Tea service for two and included the following,

  • Pot of tea for two (We added a 2nd pot of tea.)
  • Scottish shortbread cookies
  • Classic motorloaf sandwiches
  • Choice of two homemade scones with Devonshire cream and jam
  • Two salads (We chose the Wedge Salad with bleu cheese and peppered bacon  and the Seasonal Fruit Medley with honey glaze.)
  • English trifle

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We had the first reservation of the day, at 11am.  Expect to wait a little bit for the food to come out, especially the sandwiches.  We could see the owner and his employee busily making each course, so we knew that everything coming to our table was freshly prepared.  Since there were three of us and the tea service was for two people, we just split everything into thirds.  There was definitely enough food!

The main course was the Motorloaf, a semi-sweet dark bread containing raisins and walnuts.  Read about the story of the Motorloaf here.   Tea sandwiches made from this loaf included Cream Cheese and Cucumber, Egg Salad with Capers, Cheese and Chutney, Smoked Turkey with Watercress, Black Forest Ham with Mustard, and Lox with Cream Cheese and Capers.

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The sandwiches were really good!  The sweet bread and fillings complimented each other very nicely. My favorite was the Lox with Cream Cheese and Capers sandwich.

I had to leave before the English Trifle came out, so unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it.  Be sure to make reservations and allow enough time to stay, because you can easily spend 2+ hours there.  Free street parking is also available.  If there is a LivingSocial voucher or Groupon available, you will save a significant amount on this tea service.  I believe our discount with the Groupon was 50% off.  =)

Let me know if you have a favorite spot for afternoon tea.  I am always looking to try new places.

{Giveaway} Captive Dvd

Here it is…my first giveaway of 2016!  A dvd copy of the movie, Captive.

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DVD Release Date: January 5, 2016

Runtime: 96 minutes

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse)

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About the movie:

Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith,  Captive is an “amazing, inspiring” drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kate Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again,  she turns to Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life for guidance.  Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as “powerful.”

There are over 30 minutes of bonus content on this DVD including Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and  The Purpose Driven Life.  Also included with this DVD is a Digital HD copy that can be instantly streamed and downloaded.

From the depths of desperation and helplessness, comes freedom and purpose.

I first heard about this story through K-LOVE radio, so I  was already familiar with the ending prior to watching the movie.  What I didn’t realize or perhaps had forgotten, was the role that Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, played in these two lives.  During her captivity, Ashely Smith read a chapter from the book to Brian Nichols.  My husband and I liked the movie, but we both thought these particular scenes with the book could’ve gone a little deeper.  The movie does ignite my desire to read The Purpose Driven Life again.

I thought the acting from the entire cast was excellent.  Captive also does a good job showing the events that lead up to the hostage situation, with suspenseful scenes and heart-warming conversations between Ashley and her young daughter.  You get a really good sense of where these two main characters are coming from.

Watch the trailer from Captive:

GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a dvd copy of Captive to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment. For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Monday, February 1st at 11pm PST. (Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.)


“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 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.”

2016…What lies ahead.

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Photo Credit: Jason Y. {Moss Beach, CA}

Happy 2016!

It’s a new year and new things are happening!

Except for the occasional review and giveaway, it’s been a long time since I posted anything about what my family and I have been up to.  With the encouragement of dear friends, (I hope that) things are about to change and I’ll be writing more often.  I am so thankful for these Sisters-in-Christ who “see” my gifts even when I can’t see them, because we all have gifts to share with the world, right?  Thanks for nudging me on, Ladies!

I have tons of pictures and ideas floating around in my head.  The general themes will be about, (along with the occasional giveaways)…

* Faith * Family * Fun Stuff * Favorites * Friends * Food *

Some days I’ll write about recent happenings and other days I’ll reminisce about the past.

I don’t know what lies ahead or where this journey will take me, but I am looking forward to seeing where God leads me.  =)

{giveaway} Galaxy Buck: Mission To Sector 9 DVD

I’m excited to share another giveaway from our friends over at Flyby Promotions. From VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer comes a new movie, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9.  Longing to do BIG THINGS for God, Buck Denver and his friends (familiar faces from What’s in the Bible?) travel across the galaxy to bring God’s Word to all the people in Sector 9.  Along the way, Buck meets some interesting characters and discover what God truly desires for his life.  Adults will appreciate the humorous nods to Star Wars and Star Trek (my husband noticed them right away) and there will definitely be lots of giggles from the kids.  “It’s funny!,” says my 8 year old.  ;)

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About the movie:
Buck Denver has a simple dream – to save the galaxy.  Working for the Galactic Mission Board, Buck dreams of carrying God’s love to every corner of the Milky Way!  Except he doesn’t have a starship.  Or a crew.  Or even a captain’s license.  He just needs a chance.  But when that chance comes and Buck finds himself leading a real mission into deep space, things don’t go at ALL like he imagined!  If he’s doing what God wants him to do, why is everything going wrong?  From VeggieTales® and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God with everything – even our dreams!
Run time: Approximately 40 minutes

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Galaxy Buck is available now on JellyTelly, an online streaming site featuring shows and movies to teach your kids about God, The Bible, and Faith.

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GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a dvd copy of Galaxy Buck: Mission To Sector 9 to one lucky reader!  To enter, comment below if you have a favorite VeggieTales or What’s in the Bible? movie.  For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.

Giveaway ends on Thursday, October 29th at 11pm PST.

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

{Giveaway} 90 Minutes in Heaven

90 Minutes in Heaven opened in theaters on September 11, 2015.  Has anyone seen it yet?  It’s on the top of my “must see movie in the theater” list.
Here is a trailer of the movie:
About the movie presented by Giving Films:
Rating: PG-13 (for intense accident and injury images) 
Starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy, 90 Minutes In Heaven is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies.  
 
About Giving Films:
Giving Films is passionate about sharing hope-filled movies and donating ALL of their profits to charities and ministries who serve those in need.  Beginning with their first film, 90 Minutes In Heaven, Giving Films is allowing all of us to be a part of making a difference.  Anytime you go to a Giving Films movie in theaters, visit http://www.givingfilms.com and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.  Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision.  

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 About the book:

Paperback; 245 pages

Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don’s soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he’d never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  

When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life – and death – will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it. 

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GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a copy of the book 90 Minutes in Heaven to one lucky reader!  To enter, comment below with your favorite family/faith friendly movie or let me know if you plan to see the movie.  If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think of it? Giveaway ends on Saturday, September 19th at 11pm EST.

**Go see the movie, visit http://www.givingfilms.com and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.**

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”