{Giveaway} Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD

 

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Any Amy Grant fans out there?  This giveaway is for her newest album, Tennessee Christmas.  You may have heard “To Be Together” playing on your local Christian radio stations.  I know KLOVE has been featuring the song this Christmas season.  🙂

I’ve been listening to Amy Grant since the 1980s, being introduced to her songs like El Shaddai and Thy Word, by my church youth leaders.  I shall be forever grateful to them for exposing me to great, uplifting, inspiring and encouraging Christian artists.  In high school, our church youth choir also performed Amy Grant’s Emmanuel/Little Town/Christmas Hymn.  It’s still one of my favorite pieces to listen to and I have fond memories of practicing and performing those songs.

Tennessee Christmas offers original songs and some old favorite Christmas classics.  I especially love To Be Together (at Christmas time).  Listen to the audio below.  =)

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GIVEAWAY – I have a chance for you to win a copy of Tennessee Christmas.  To enter, just leave a comment…Do you have a favorite Christmas song or Amy Grant song? For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 11pm PST. (This giveaway is open to US residents only.)

I’ll be hosting a few more giveaways this month, thanks to FlyBy Promotions.  Subscribe to my blog or come back often to see what new things we have for you.

Giveaway now closed.  The winner is Robin!  Congratulations! 

“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.

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Zoe Clothing Company Cyber Monday Sale

One of our family’s favorite Christian clothing companies, Zoe Clothing Company, is having a Cyber Monday Sale right now. You can get a Secret Surprise Box filled with 6 shirts (designs & sizes are random) for $17.94 + tax. That’s only $2.99 per shirt and shipping is free!

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We love wearing their apparel and also give them away as gifts too.  Get these shirts at this great price and use them as gifts this Holiday season or save them for other gifting occasions.  You can also use my referral link and get 30% off all products – http://zoeclothingcompany.refr.cc/D9GWG46.

{Giveaway} All Things Bright and Beautiful

“All things bright and beautiful,  All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.” ~Cecil Frances Alexander

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Thank you to FlyBy Promotions and Ideals Childrens Books, I am hosting another giveaway.  One of my readers will win this adorable and beautifully illustrated book, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”

About the book:  First published by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848, this favorite hymn has become a mainstay of churches and Sunday school classes everywhere. Here artist Katy Hudson brings new joy to the words with her fresh and bright watercolor style. Readers can join in the fun as they follow two little girls and their brother on a day filled with the discovery of “all things bright and beautiful.”

About the artist:  Katy Hudson was raised in Middlesbrough, England, and started her career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls. Her parents quickly encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead. The idea stuck, and after earning a degree in illustration, Katy is now a freelance illustrator. Katy works at a desk in a studio within Old London Library and likes to tap dance in her spare time.

The books is great for kids ages, 4-7 and retails for $15.99.  You can purchase the book here.

GIVEAWAY – For a chance to win a copy of All Things Bright and Beautiful, leave a comment about something that you find bright and beautiful.  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, August 1, 2016 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.”

 

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 “Motorloaf”

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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.

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.”

{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.

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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.

 

May the 4th Be With You – 50% Off Robot, Rocket, Princess and Star Sticky Labels

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Happy Star Wars Day!

May 4th celebrates the Star Wars Trilogy that has entertained thousands of fans from all over the world. In honor of May the 4th be with you, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% Off Robot, Rocket, Princess and Star Sticky Labels for one day only, on 5/4 from 10am EST until 11:59pm EST. The force is strong with this offer – don’t miss your chance to shop this great deal!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide Review & Giveaway

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in theaters on May 2nd.  Are you looking forward to seeing it?  I know I am!  Members of our household are definitely Marvel Comics fans and Spider-Man is one of our favorite characters.  My husband introduced our son (age 6) to Spider-Man at an early age and now little sis (age 2) has also joined in on the fun.  

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About Spiderman
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

 Here’s the trailer for the new movie.

There’s also a great Family Discussion Guide that you can use to spark some thought provoking conversations with your family about the movie.TASM2_bible (1) copy

The discussion guide for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great resource for families to discuss a range of important themes that include the relationship between personal choices and destiny, living a life that counts, sacrificing yourself in service to others, and the nature of power. This guide will help parents start (or continue) conversations with their children that will inspire them to think outside themselves and challenge them to live lives that matter. The conversations that will result from using this guide will reveal that even the most explosive summer blockbuster can leave lasting, positive impacts on its young viewers.

In the discussion guide, there are six sets of questions.  Each set of questions has it own topic, like “The Nature of Power” and “You Are Somebody Who Is Needed.”  There is also a bible verse/passage included that goes along with each topic.  I’m not sure if we will take our six year old to see the movie just yet (it’s rated PG-13), but I like how the discussion guide is formatted so you can still talk to your kids about each topic, even if they don’t see the movie.  It can be helpful to know who the characters are, but we can introduce the characters from the comic book version first.  I will definitely be thinking about and going over these questions with my husband.  Even if you or your kids are not really into Spider-Man, the discussion questions are great to use to get some conversations going.  And who knows?…maybe this will help turn you into a Spider-Man fan, if you aren’t one already!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!  You have the opportunity to win an AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 Prize Pack.  The prize pack includes a t-shirt, paper mask and phone case; and the Special edition: The Amazing Spiderman 2 Family Discussion Guide.

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, April 30th at 12am.  To enter, click on this link:

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Official website for the moviewww.theamazingspiderman.com/ 
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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, 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.”