Same Kind of Different As Me movie release #ad #SameKindMovieL3 #giveaway

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My children don’t usually realize how blessed they are.  Sometimes I wonder if I’ve allowed them to grow up too soft, ill prepared for hardships they might face in the world.  We’re not wealthy or living in the lap of luxury, but we definitely have a comfortable, content life. My husband and I have tried to demonstrate a life of service and faith, but sometimes I wonder….is it enough? Can we make a difference, not just in the lives of our own children, but for the whole of God’s kingdom?  In the movie Same Kind of Different As Me (releases Oct. 20),  an unforgettable true story of forgiveness, love, and friendship celebrates what happens when faith becomes action.  The tremendous talent for this movie includes names like Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, and Jon Voight. [Read more…]

Add CUJO smart firewall to your home network #ad @BestBuy @cujounited #CUJO

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My friends kept telling me that the easiest part of having kids was the birth experience, and they were right.  Many aspects of parenting have gotten easier. My kids can get ready for school without assistance, and they can fend for themselves if I don’t feel like cooking supper.  In some ways, though, they need my protection more than ever.  Their online presence has newly surfaced, thanks to cell phones and laptops and 1-to-1 device ratios at school.  My children are curious about Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and texting their friends.  How do I protect them from online danger?  The Cujo smart firewall has my back.  [Read more…]

National Geographic Has Gift-Worthy Books for Kids

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For years, I tucked a $20 bill inside a great book for my nieces and nephews on gift-giving occasions.  My children usually request a title or two for their own gifts.  You don’t have to be a language arts teacher, or even a bookworm, to find fabulous gift-worthy books!

Many of my students have told me that they received a book from a relative as a gift, and it became a favorite.  Wouldn’t it be an honor to be the one to gift that beloved book? [Read more…]

Super Hero Kids Contest #Giveaway with David C Cook

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My kids are HUGE into fandoms.  They love talking about characters from games and books.  Sometimes they also role play, a fun game of pretend that I remember playing as a child.  My son is a big fan of comic books in particular, and he really enjoys drawing.  The Super Hero Kids contest is perfect for him!

Does your child love comic books and super heroes?  If so, here’s a chance for you to make your child’s dream come true.  He (or she!) could be illustrated as a super hero!  This contest is in partnership with the Action Storybook Bible which my children LOVE to listen to in the car.  I bought it for around $20 a couple of years ago, and they listen to it all the time.  It’s been a fun way to learn about Bible stories, and it’s very different than the typical Sunday School class story!  [Read more…]

SingleCare FREE service helps you find the best prices on medical care #ad

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My mom did a great job raising two kids on her own. It wasn’t easy to be a single mom in a foreign country, but she worked her fingers to the bone to provide for our little trio. At the time, I didn’t realize how much she must have worried when we fell ill with one sickness or another. You see, my dad held the family’s health insurance, and that luxury went away with the divorce.  That’s why I’m really excited to share SingleCare with you today. Who hasn’t worried about health care costs at some point in their adult lives?  Have you lived the balancing act of figuring out provider networks, deductibles, or coverage limitations? You NEED to know about your SingleCare option.

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On-Trend Denim to Start School #Crazy8Denim Paypal #giveaway


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It was a February afternoon when my son reminded me about the night’s choral performance at school.  No problem, I said.  Since we didn’t have time to run home before the concert, I’d packed a bag with his required clothes — a solid color shirt and denim jeans.  We stopped at a restaurant to eat supper and I sent him to the bathroom to change into his outfit.  Except there was a big problem — his clothes were too small!   [Read more…]

Brand names and your back to school shopping budget


You guys already know about my love for office supplies.  The fact is, I’m kind of a snob when it comes to pens and paper.  Some store brands miss the mark in terms of quality and durability.  My desk usually contains familiar brand names that are sure to stand up to grading papers.  Here are a few ways you can stick to brand names without compromising your back to school budget.
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The Questions Kids Ask! Mily Miss Questions DVD from NCircle Entertainment

When my daughter was very young, she came into the living room when I was watching TV.  I rarely watch television by myself, so I guess it caught her by surprise.  She saw that I was watching the news and asked, “Are you pretending to be a daddy?”  HA!  In one of my favorite commercials, a dad sits with his daughter at a diner.  She asks one random question after another, until she finally stumps him with, “Where do babies come from?”  It makes me smile because that’s just how kids are.  They ask questions to help develop their understanding of the world.  NCircle Entertainment sent us a review copy of the new show Mily Miss Questions. Opinions shared are mine.  I watched it with the kids to see what Mily (pronounced “Milly”) would come up with!

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5 FREE Ways We Have Summer Fun

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Summer is my favorite season because I get to enjoy 10 weeks off with my kids!  After the first week, though, our togetherness starts to make me a little weary.  It’s challenging to find activities that are engaging for the kids yet won’t break the bank.  Here are some ways we find summer fun for free!  [Read more…]

The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd #giveaway ends 7/23 US – from the author of @Coffee__Crumbs

Disclosure: I received this book from the Tommy Mommy program. Opinions shared are mine.
When I was pregnant, a friend of mine told me that pregnancy was the easiest part of motherhood. The hard part, she said, was raising a family. At that time, I couldn’t see past my fear of the pain of childbirth. Two kids, 13 years, and 60 pounds later, I completely understand what she meant!  Motherhood means that you google weird things like, “Does broccoli make your pee smell funny?” and “What does ringworm look like?”  Motherhood means that you stay up all night listening to your child breathe, wondering if it sounds tight or wet.  Motherhood means that your heart breaks every time someone else looks at your child with disdain or pity.  Why didn’t anyone tell me those things when I was pregnant?  I think that’s what my friend meant when she said the hard part was coming later.  [Read more…]

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