Help your daughter get her head above the waves #giveaway ends 1/29

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If you were riding in the van with us this morning, you would have thought I was mother of the year.  My sweet almost-teen daughter and I were sharing beloved worship songs, listening to each other’s music and talking about old favorites like Rich Mullins.  Every once in a while, my son chimed in with his own thoughts about the songs.  Life isn’t always like that for us — it’s just that right now, my daughter’s head is above the waves of life.  It’s inevitable that more storms will bring waves crashing down upon us…..we don’t expect constant happiness.  For now, though, this is enough.  If you’re struggling with your daughter’s life waves, here are some things that might help. [Read more…]

Getting your teen into a book (and vice versa)

Disclosure: I received this CD from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine; post contains affiliate links.

Twenty years of working with teenagers has taught me this, at least……they don’t like to do anything they’re told to do. While you might understand the benefits of being a strong reader, most teenagers DON’T CARE.  If you’re telling your teen, “You should read this book” and it’s not working, try these sneaky strategies to get your teen into a book. It worked for me! [Read more…]

Lovely new devotional from Faithgirlz @BookLookBloggers


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My daughter recently attended her first teen convention. She had an absolutely amazing trip with our church, and when she came home I could see the growth in her spiritual self.  As I perused the BookLook available titles for January, she saw this lovely new devotional and asked me if I’d get it for her.  That, in itself, is a big step!  [Read more…]

We’re saying Cheers in 2017 with an Ovation Brands giveaway

Disclosure: We received a prize package from Ovation Brands. Opinions shared are mine. Cheers in 2017 to you, too!


Remember America’s most lovable bear in a coat?  He’s being featured in the new “Beary Great” Family Night promotion from the Ovation Brands® portfolio of restaurants- Ryan’s®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet®, Country Buffet®– and Furr’s Fresh Buffet® . The New Years promotion is centered on teddy bears and adventure. We’ve always been impressed with the interactive activities provided during Family Night.  Be sure to visit your local Ovation Brand restaurant every Thursday from 4p.m. to close, with activities taking place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. [Read more…]

Tri-Cities Escape Game in Bristol, TN

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Looking for a fun activity to do as a family, double date, or birthday celebration?  Find your nearest Escape Game!  This trend is taking hold all over the country. Our local version is called the Tri-Cities Escape Game, located in Bristol, TN.  We took the kids for a fun adventure in the Twister Room!   [Read more…]

#TheBeginnersBible #FlyBy #giveaway Beginner’s Bible

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.   Post contains affiliate links.

Now that my kids are grown, I find myself missing those toddler sweeties.  More kids are not an option, though…..nor do I really want to go through that phase again.  I’ve found the perfect solution, though!  My husband and I get to volunteer in the toddler class every week for Sunday School.  Oh my word, those little ones are so PRECIOUS.  I look forward to that hour in the week!  The littles love to read, read, read so I take all of my review books with them. The Beginner’s Bible is a new favorite!

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Comfortable, cozy cushions for the home

Disclosure:  I am a Brentwood Home Social Media Ambassador and received these products through that program.  Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Our human children barely had a chance to peek at the cozy cushions in the Brentwood Home Kids Space Bundle before our furry kids landed on them.  I tried telling the cat AND the dog that Brentwood Home also has products for pets, but they didn’t listen.  [Read more…]

Read and Share books are fun to read with kids @TommyNelson #giveaway

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Read and Share - Look I'm Reading Bible #giveaway

Disclosure: I received this book as a Tommy Mommy blogger. Opinions shared are mine.

Many people have asked me how my daughter was able to read from such an early age.  They look at me like I’m lying when I tell them the real truth.  Honestly, she learned to read because of the frequency of our times reading together.   I think most of her early reading developed from memorization and picture recognition. As time went on, she learned to recognize the words in place of the pictures.  That’s why Read and Share books held such an important place on our family bookshelf.  An example can be found in this Look I’m Reading Bible Storybook from Tommy Nelson. [Read more…]

Launch the new Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible in 2017 #giveaway

Airship Genesis #giveaway
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For our family, one of the most wonderful moments of 2016 was the day when my son was baptized.  He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  As we praised that decision with him, it also became clear that I need to provide him with spiritual guidance.  Now that he’s a strong reader, he can explore God’s word on his own.  A kids study Bible like the new Airship Genesis is perfect for providing him with support, yet allowing him to be an independent learner.  [Read more…]

DIY Chanukah dessert kits available from Manischewitz

Disclosure: We received three sample kits. Opinions shared are mine.

Our family celebrates Christmas each year. While we don’t go all out with bells and whistles (a Christmas tree and some fudge marked the holiday for us this year), many families do many Christmas crafts and prepare baked goods just for the holiday.  Some people opt for ways to make the traditions a bit easier on the time schedule and budget.  For instance, a gingerbread house might seem like a daunting task but a premade kit could simplify the process.  It never occurred to me that those who celebrate other holidays, such as Hanukkah, would want similar convenience kits.  For example,  Manischewitz offers fun, delicious interactive kits that make a DIY Chanukah project possible.

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