Stories of encouragement that will warm your holidays

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Looking for wonderful stories to warm up the cold November evenings? Stories of encouragement can be so uplifting during the busy days of the holiday season. These are just the ticket!

I got the Prayer Box for free with Tyndale Rewards - you can earn FREE books, too!  Sign up with my referral link: You can also earn FREE books with the Tyndale House rewards program. I signed up and did a few of the easy submissions (twitter, surveys, and birthday club sign-up) — within a few minutes, I had enough points to redeem for a copy of The Prayer Box! I had a copy of this book this summer but my sister borrowed it, so I got another one. I plan to send it to my grandmother who really loves Christian fiction. Getting books for free is like winning the lottery for me! After you sign up, just click “Earn Points” to find these easy entries. Then click “Browse” to see how you can spend your points. Do you see any books on the Tyndale Rewards site that you’d like to read? [Read more…]

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One of the biggest budget busters in the Savings in Seconds house is wasted food.  I always have the best of intentions when going in with my shopping list; that boneless chicken breast or 3-lb bag of fresh peppers truly does have a place on my meal plan.  As the week goes on, however, there are days when the meal doesn’t get prepared or the leftovers get stashed in the fridge just a little too long.  The next dilemma we usually face is trying to find a plastic container and its lid.  I really do think they run and hide, giggling in the back of the cabinet, because we never seem to find one!  I’ve wanted a Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System for ages because I’ve heard that they really help to save time and money.   [Read more…]

Sequels that you can read as standalone novels

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There are times when I pick up the second book, or even third, in a series and just have to read it.  Usually it’s because the second book is free on Kindle that day or some other odd situation. That’s sometimes a problem when the first book provides a strong background that doesn’t transfer to the second installment.  Some sequels work as standalone novels, though. These titles work for those days when you just want a new book and don’t have the first one available!  [Read more…]

HoHoHo Hop with NCircle Holiday DVDs #giftguide

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Don’t you hate when the only holiday movies showing on TV are for older kids or adults? As you might expect, NCircle Entertainment has exactly what your little ones want to watch over the holidays.   I especially love NCircle titles because I don’t have to worry about bad language or inappropriate scenes.  Instead, the videos offer an educational perspective that is so very kid-friendly.  One lucky reader will win all 4 of these DVDs!  [Read more…]

LG OLED Holiday Gifts at Best Buy Make the Season Bright

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A few weeks ago, our TVs stopped working. We pay our bills online and hadn’t read the letters sent from the cable company informing us that cable access would only be provided through a box for each individual TV. You can imagine the arguments that ensued when each member of the family wanted to justify their show preference to dominate the one television that worked! My sweet husband went to bed early several nights because his beloved bedroom television no longer aired his favorite show, Oak Island. He’s a hardworking man and easily earned this one little pleasure; TV gives him a chance to unwind. This year, he absolutely deserves the LG OLED TV from Best Buy. [Read more…]

Brieftons InstantVeg Spiralizer giveaway #giftguide

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Welcome to the Winning For Thanksgiving giveaway hop! This event is hosted by MamaNYC  so you know it’s sure to be fabulous.  The event runs from November 18 through November 28.  That means you have plenty of days to get your daily entries in for extra chances to win!!  Be sure to visit all of the giveaways linked at the bottom of the post.  Our sponsor for this event is Brieftons. One lucky reader will win an InstantVeg Spiralizer (retail value $59.99)

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Stand Together Challenge — Fight Human Trafficking

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A few days ago, I felt such a heavy burden on my heart for the men and women who live in war-torn countries such as Uganda and Israel.  My heart cried out for the parents in China who were forced to limit their families, choosing between one child or the other.  I’m so very fortunate to live in the United States where it might not be perfect, but at least I have freedom.  This Thanksgiving, it’s one of the things for which I’m so very thankful. However, war and corruption aren’t the only factors limiting the rights of innocent individuals.  In many parts of the world, families suffer because of the impact of human trafficking. This November, let’s work together with Family Christian to bring awareness to the cause and fight this monstrous action!

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Thanksgiving Feast Without the Fuss

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Our family is separated by hundreds of miles, so the holidays usually mean that someone has to travel.  Our family Thanksgivings don’t last just one day; they’re more of a weeklong celebration.  That becomes quite expensive for the hosts!!!  It’s not unusual for our family to spend more than $300 on just the Thanksgiving meal when we host a gathering.  Then we have another 3 or 4 days of feeding and hosting everyone on top of that.  Ouch!  There’s no rule that says we have to spend that much; it’s just that everyone has their own special requests and expectations.  Thanksgiving dinner has become somewhat of a religion in our culture.  Some families sensationalized the holiday so much that mothers and grandmothers slave for hours, even days, in the kitchen to prepare the meal their family expects.  No one wants to see a disappointed guest on Thanksgiving.  If you’ve become accustomed to this tradition in your family, give mom and grandma a break. Buca di Beppo is ready to do all the work — and even the dishes!  This year, give the family a Buca Style Thanksgiving Feast.  You can enjoy all of the holiday favorites by just lifting your phone.  Everyone can get what they want, and the hostess can sit back and enjoy! 

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Natulo Diapers for the Fluff Mamas! #giveaway Merry #fluffmas

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Welcome to the FluffMas Giveaway Hop! This event is hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network who love to bring you festive fluffy prizes. Be sure to hop around to them all!

Our prize is donated by Natulo, who is giving one lucky winner 2 Drybees diapers! [Read more…]

Maggie and Mary’s will POP your Christmas! #giftguide

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Enter to win a $25 gift card to Maggie and Mary's!

Although we like to make food from scratch when we can, our schedule just doesn’t allow for it most of the time.  When we do buy pre-packaged foods, we look for wholesome, small batch products that taste like they were made with care.  It’s always nice to have a few ready-to-prepare food items for those last-minute potlucks around the holidays.  It’s also important to have a few extra gifts on hand for those moments when we need to give the hostess a little something, or we want to tuck a little something extra into a gift basket.  In October, I told you about Maggie and Mary’s soups.  They have a whole assortment of items for everyone on your holiday list!  Whether you’re stuffing a stocking or gifting to the entire department at work, this is a one-stop shop.  [Read more…]