The Kindness Elves Christmas Tradition + Giveaway

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“Sprinkle Kindness wherever you go”  ~The Kindness Elves

Tis the Season! and the kids have been busy coming up with their wish lists for Christmas.  On their lists are the typical “wants” like a Nintendo Switch and L.O.L Surprise Dolls, “needs” like clothes and good books, and things like “something for my brother” or “something for my sister,” that warms our hearts & puts a smile on our faces.

As our family prepares for the Christmas Season, we have decided to come up with a new tradition…A Kindness List, with the purpose of teaching the kids to focus not only on themselves but on other people as well.  To help inspire us along the way, we will be using The Kindness Elves!

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The Kindness Elves was started in 2013 by Mom Anna of The Imagination Tree.  The elves encourage kids to carry out acts of kindness to friends, family, neighbors…just about anyone!  Earlier this year, I bought the Kindness Elves Set and Storybook (because story time is a favorite around here).  I still can’t get over how cute the little elves are and with many options to choose from, you can be sure to find the right ones.  Isn’t their elf house adorable?  It has a working mail box for sending and receiving Elf Mail.

Just recently, we received the Kindness Elves Accessories Pack, that includes 50 wonderful Acts of Kindness cards, a Little Book of Big Kindnesses memory book, postcards, stickers and a bottle of magic sprinkles.  This is such a fun tool to have and I cannot wait to get started with these.  You can also find a Family Bundle Pack and a Classroom Bundle Pack on the Kindness Elves website.

I’m looking forward to sharing our Kindness List with you in the weeks to come.  To get things started, this is our first act of kindness this month.  Rebekah decided to draw a thank you picture for our school crossing guard and we gave it to him this morning.  He was so sweet and said, “I’m going to keep this forever.”  🙂

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Who would like a Kindness Elves set of their own?  We have just the opportunity for you!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – I’m teaming up with Anna at The Imagination Tree to give one lucky reader a Kindness Elves set.  To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite Christmas tradition is, what tradition you hope to start or ideas you would write on a Kindness List.  For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at 11pm PST.

The giveaway is now closed and the winner is….

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Start your own Holiday Traditions with the Kindness Elves this year!

 

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{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.

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} Christmas Love Letters From God

‘Tis the Season for giveaways and I have another one for you.

This one is a book by Glenys Nellist, called Christmas Love Letters From God.

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Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.

Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.

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GIVEAWAY – I have a chance for you to win a copy of Christmas Love Letters from God.  To enter, just leave a comment…What are you looking forward to the most about Christmas? 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 3, 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.

“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.

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!

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Operation Christmas Child – Where did our shoeboxes go?

In 2013, 9,985,210 gift-filled shoeboxes were lovingly packed and provided to children around the world through Operation Christmas Child.  I first heard about this ministry in 1995 and have been participating in it ever since.  I always look forward to packing a shoebox for a young boy and girl.  My kids also help and we make it a family tradition each year.

Here are the four shoeboxes that we packed last year.
We packed for two boys and two girls.IMG_7079The kids dropping off our shoeboxes at church.IMG_7165 Our church had a goal to pack 500 shoeboxes…

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Last month, we found out where our shoeboxes were delivered to.  Each shoebox had a unique barcode on the label.  We received an email with a tracking notice that told us the country where our shoebox gifts were received.  They were delivered to Panama and Mongolia!  =) Click the country name to learn more about the work of Operation Christmas Child there.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Ornament Making Parties

One of the fun things that our church does year-round is host parties for the kids in the community.  Back in December, I took Micah to the ornament making party.  There were six projects for the kids to make, a hot cocoa bar and yummy treats for everyone.  Our church also hosted a Ladies Ornament Making Night and I attended that as well.  It was fun to get away for a couple of hours, make crafts and fellowship with other women from church.

Here is Micah making a snowflake out of white pipe cleaners.IMG_7388

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Another fun Christmas decoration…festive garland!
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Here are a couple of the ornaments that I made at the Ladies Night Out.IMG_7378 IMG_7370

We had our share of treats too!IMG_7375 IMG_7376

I’m looking forward to our next community party…Valentine Making Party!