Tea Collection Private Sample Sale!!!

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I have a very special offer for my readers!  If you are a fan of Tea Collection, like I am, you’re going to love this!

Tea Collection is having a Private Sample Sale on Past Collections, beginning today, April 27th through Wednesday, April 29th.  You will have exclusive access to styles up to 60% off!

To start shopping, click on the link or banner below and you will be directed to the sale site.

Tea’s Secret Sample Sale: Get styles from past collections up to 60% off!

gMovies Review & Giveaway! {free 2 week trial & 6 month membership}

After we decided to cancel our satellite service provider in early 2012, we began to watch many more television programs and movies online.  It’s amazing how many shows you can watch online the next day or through on-demand Internet streaming media providers, like Netflix and Amazon Prime.  It’s so convenient, as long as you have a device to watch it on and available wifi.

I am always looking for wholesome, family/kid friendly programs for my family to watch. Then I found out about gMovies from Flyby Promotions and it was just what my family and I needed.  If you haven’t heard of gMovies yet, let me introduce it to you.

gMovies offers instant access to almost 300 faith friendly feature films of every genre, in addition to animated stories, television series and biblical documentaries. Always available on your computer or mobile device, gMovies also includes the bible-based animated series “Pahappahooey Island;” teen drama “Much Ado About Middle School” starring Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Amanda Waters; and the “Left Behind” drama series starring Kirk Cameron and based on the New York Times bestselling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 1.31.19 PMThe website is easy to navigate and you can search for movies alphabetically, by category or most watched.  I am a fan of Candace Cameron-Bure, so the first movie I watched was “Finding Normal,” and I thought it was pretty good with some hilarious scenes.Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 9.41.23 PM

They have a good selection of kid shows too.  My kids love watching “Hoop Dogz.”Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 9.42.35 PM

gMovies is operated by UP, America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, so rest assured that you are being offered the very best in faith conscious entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to UP for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” UP is the only television network to be so honored.

Join over 2 million people who are already enjoying gMovies on a monthly basis!
·  Instant access to over 300 hundreds Christian movies and TV shows with new titles added monthly
·  The whole family can enjoy a variety of entertainment including Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Thrillers and more
·  Stream from iPad, Android, or your PC
·  Only $4.99/month
·  No contract; cancel anytime
·  Powered by UP, American’s favorite TV network for uplifting entertainment

Thanks to gMovies, they are giving all of my readers a Two-Week Free Trial!  So, if you would like to check gMovies out, here’s a wonderful opportunity.
1)To begin your two-week free trial, click here.
2) enter code: FREETRIAL89
FYI: The video player on the gMovies website is Adobe Flash Player based. You will just want to ensure that the web browser you are using to access is able to run the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. Also, to maintain the highest quality stream, please ensure your internet download speed is at least 3.0 Mbps.

GIVEAWAY – I am also giving away a FREE 6 month subscription to one lucky reader!  To enter, comment below with your favorite family friendly or faith friendly show/movie.  Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 26th at 11pm EST.

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.”

Easter Stories Book Review & Giveaway

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Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season

By C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Goudge, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and others

I’m thrilled with this opportunity to introduce this book to you.  After having our two kids, Easter took on a whole other meaning.  It was no longer just about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and heading to church on Easter Sunday, bright and early with hearts full of praise that Jesus Christ had risen!  After our children were born, my thoughts about Easter were consumed with finding the perfect Community Egg Hunt to take my children to or planning one of our own in the backyard, filling baskets with treats, chocolate bunnies and dyeing hard-boiled eggs.  With the busyness of making Easter fun for the kids, taking time to reflect on what the season is really about is important and good for the soul.  Easter Stories is a wonderful collection of 26 short stories that helps me focus on the true meaning of Easter.  I haven’t read the entire book yet, but it’s been good reading a story whenever I can.  Easter Stories will be treasured on my bookshelf for many years.  You will also have the opportunity to win a copy of this book by entering the giveaway below.

About the Book:   Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of Easter Stories.  Giveaway ends on Tuesday, March 31st at 11pm PST.  To enter, leave a comment about your favorite Easter tradition or memory.

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.”

Manic Drive CD Review & Giveaway

“Five-One!, please!”  This is the song that my seven-year old requests over and over again in the car.  “Five-One” refers to cd #5 in my cd changer and song #1 from the Christian band Manic Drives latest album, VIP.  The song is called, “Electric”, and I have to put it on repeat, because my son will seriously ask to hear it played again and again.

Have you heard of Manic Drive?  To be honest, before I was given this opportunity to review the cd, I had never heard of the band.  I listen to Christian music a lot so I was excited for the chance to hear new songs from a new-to-me Christian band.  Before I get to my review, here’s a little more information about Manic Drive…

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ABOUT THE BAND:

Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

So my son is definitely a fan of the album, VIP (btw…he has listened to the entire cd), and I have to say that I am a fan too!  I am drawn to the songs’ lyrics, especially to King of Mercy and Indestructible, that remind me of God’s unfailing love and mercy.  I also like songs that combine hymns into their lyrics.  You hear glimpses of two of my favorite hymns, “Old Rugged Cross” and “How Great Thou Art” in the song, Song to Sing.  Then there’s the upbeat, I want to get up and dance songs, like Electric and VIP.  Those are fun songs to listen to and a great way to start my morning drives.  I’m sure I’ll be listening to “Five-One” in the car for awhile.  ;)

Check out Manic Drive’s VIP video:

Official Website- http://www.manicdrive.com/

YouTube Channel- http://www.youtube.com/manicdrive

Official Twitter-  http://www.twitter.com/manicdrive

Official FB- http://www.facebook.com/manicdrive

I recommend getting the album but if you want the chance to win it first, enter my giveaway…  =)

The giveaway is now closed.  The winner is Ashley!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of Manic Drive’s latest album VIP.  Giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 18th at 11pm PST.  To enter, watch the video above.  Leave a comment telling me what you thought about the song or any comment about Manic Drive.  =)

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.”

Mabel’s Labels 50% off Promos

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Mabel’s Labels is offering two great 50% off promotions! For today only, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Pirate Ship or Skull ‘n’ Crossbones Sticky Labels in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Plus, on 9/20, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Plane Sticky Labels for their second year of Talk Like a Pilot Day, created by Mabel’s Labels. Don’t miss your chance to shop these great offers!

Offer: 50% Off Pirate Ship and Skull ‘n’ Crossbones Sticky Labels | Code: TREASURE | Valid: 9/19/14 until 11:59pm EST
Offer: 50% Off Plane Sticky Labels | Code: TAKE-OFF | Valid: 9/20/14 until 11:59pm EST

{Review and Giveaway}: Treasury of Bible Stories

Treasury of Bible Stories
By: Kelly Pulley
DAVID C. COOK / 2014 / HARDCOVER
Pages: 352
Ages 4 to 8

About the book:
Featuring lyrical stories that will make you laugh, this colorful collection is perfect for reading out loud. Magnificent Tales are rhyming Bible stories with clever art and clear lessons the whole family will enjoy. The stories and illustrations are so engaging that you won’t grow tired of reading a Magnificent Tale night after night! From “The Salty Tale of Noah’s Ark” to “The Lasting Story of the Last Supper,” the rhyming tales in this book remind us that God loves His people—in the Bible and today!
About the author:

Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of books in The Beginner’s Bible series and has authored and illustrated several other children’s books, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He enjoys spending time with his four grown children and his beautiful wife, Vickie, in the Nashville area.

Our family is really enjoying our new book, Treasury of Bible Stories.  This is a wonderful collection of 20 biblical stories taken from the Old and New Testaments, told in a fun and entertainingly, rhyming way.  The illustrations are bright, lively and exciting, and will quickly capture your little one’s interest.My kids, ages 3 (Rebekah) and 7 (Micah), are delighted by the pictures and stories.  The other night, I showed Micah the Table of Contents, and I’m sure he chose the story by the picture that sparked his interest the most. It was the story about David and Goliath.  I love that there is a picture next to each story title.  It makes choosing a story fun and easy, especially for my 3 year old, who cannot read yet.

IMG_20140918_203538During the story…
Rebekah: “He has big arms!”
Micah: ” He must eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.”

IMG_20140918_203614Thanks to Flyby Promotions, I have a copy of Treasury of Bible Stories to give away to one of my readers.  This will be a nice addition to your family’s library.

Check out the video on YouTube.

The giveaway is now closed.  The winner is Cassandra!  Congratulations!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of the book,  Treasury of Bible Stories.  Giveaway ends on Friday, September 26th at 11pm PST.  To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite bible story is or your kids’ favorite bible stories.

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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.

{Giveaway}: Dolphin Tale 2

I am excited about this new movie, Dolphin Tale 2, coming to theaters on September 12, 2014.  I’ve always had a fondness for dolphins and have been fortunate enough to swim with them at Sea World and during my honeymoon in Hawaii.  I haven’t seen the first movie yet (I plan on renting it soon) but judging from the trailer below, Dolphin Tale 2 looks like an uplifting, feel-good movie that I cannot wait to take my family to.

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About the movie:
Inspired by true events, Dolphin Tale 2  continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.” This film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick Jr., Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who has been an example of courage, also appears in the film.
It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.

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Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, I have a promotional pack (DOLPHIN TALE 2 t-shirt and sunglasses) to give away to one of my readers. photo 1photo 3

To enter the GIVEAWAY, leave a comment about anything related to Dolphin Tale 2, Dolphin Tale (if you’ve seen it) or just dolphins in general.  Giveaway ends Friday, September 19th 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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

New Tea Arrivals are Here!

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Tea Collection’s New Arrivals: Bauhaus Bang!
Tea Collection’s new arrivals are here! These new styles are inspired by Germany’s early 20th century school of Bauhaus, which became famous for its radical union of art and design, and transformed everything from architecture to music. Tea Collection’s new arrivals feature bold primary colors and modern geometric shapes; fairy tale romance meets art nouveau. The perfect combination for little ones ready for fun and adventure, and perfect for back-to-school too! Go take a peek at the Tea Collection’s new arrivals today!

{Review and Giveaway}: RAGAMUFFIN: Based On The Life of Rich Mullins DVD

I grew up listening to Rich Mullin’s songs.  Some of my favorites are “Awesome God,” “Step By Step,” and “Sing Your Praise to the Lord” (recorded by Amy Grant).  Even while writing this post, I am reminiscing about my former youth group days of singing & listening to his songs and doing hand motions to the choruses.

Thanks to Flyby Promotions, I was able to watch a film based on Rich Mullin’s life, called RAGAMUFFIN.  Watching this film gave me a better insight into Mullin’s life, during his childhood days growing up on a farm, his college years, and then life in Nashville as a rising Contemporary Christian songwriter and artist.  You get a really good glimpse into Mullins’ heart, the things that he struggled with and his desire to point people to Christ our Savior.

The film is rated PG-13.  There are scenes with smoking, drunkenness and a little bit of violence, so I wouldn’t recommend watching this with younger children.  I thought the actors did a great job and I really enjoyed hearing his songs in the movie.  Make sure to watch the credits after the movie ends.  =)

4857_RagamuffinCoverNew_lgAbout the Film
RAGAMUFFIN is based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion and conformity.

About Rich Mullins
Singer and songwriter Richard Wayne “Rich” Mullins was best known for his worship song “Awesome God” which has been embraced as modern classics by many Christians.  His music has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon’s Call, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, John Tesh, and Hillsong United.  Mullins first solo hit, “Awesome God,” appeared on his third album and brought his music to a wider audience.  Rich Mullins was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) on April 29, 2014.

Here is a trailer for RAGAMUFFIN

“Rich was a gifted songwriter with an amazing heart for people. This film reminded me that what really made Rich special was how undistracted he was with the things of this world. His was a heart yearning for God.” – Michael W. Smith Singer, Songwriter
“This film captures the life of one of the most important people in the history of modern evangelicalism, a ragamuffin that our children and our grandchildren need to know about.” – Shane Claiborne Author, Activist
Church Screening Tour
Thanks to a nationwide church-screening tour from January through May 2014, RAGAMUFFIN traveled to 200 screens where it was seen by over 25,000 people at churches, college campuses and even jails.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of the DVD, RAGAMUFFIN: Based On The Life of Rich Mullins. Giveaway ends Saturday, July 19th at 11pm PST.

To enter, just leave a comment below.  Do you have any favorite songs written by Rich Mullins?  For extra entries, share this giveaway on facebook and/or twitter and leave a separate comment telling me that you’ve shared.

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.

 

Don’t Miss Out! Additional 40% Off at Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale

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This is it! Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale is going all out and marking sale items down an additional 40% off!  The sale ends on Monday (7/7). Sweet dresses, tees, onesies and more all filled with the rich colors and intricate patterns of faraway Morocco. Simply use the promo code: MORE40 when you checkout. Don’t wait, styles will sell out as the sale is almost over. Have fun shopping!