Sunday, September 14, 2014

Slave Again by Alana Terry {Book Spotlight & Giveaway}

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Earlier this year, I reviewed a book called "The Beloved Daughter," written by Alana Terry. I am so excited to be able to share Alana Terry's newest release. I just received this book to read and review, so be on the look out for that post in the near future. And now, for the spotlight!

Special Time-Sensitive Giveaway! The first 25 readers who enter the giveaway below will receive a free audiobook from award-winning author Alana Terry. She's also giving away a $100 amazon card, a hundred free audio downloads, and a free ebook to anyone who signs up! 

About Slave Again: After escaping a North Korean prison camp, Mee-Kyong is hustled over the border and sold into the Chinese underworld. She vows to survive, but sheer determination and willpower won’t save her this time. Is she fated to remain a slave forever?

Slave Again is a Christian suspense novel from award-winning author Alana Terry, whose debut novel, The Beloved Daughter, won awards from Women of Faith, Grace Awards, The Book Club Network, and Readers' Favorite.

NEW BOOK RELEASE: Slave Again by Alana Terry is hot off the press, and both the ebook and paperback are at a steep (30-60%) discount!! Prices will go up soon, so grab your copy today.

 Slave Again book trailer (contains one mildly violent image)

About the Author: Alana is passionate about human-rights issues in North Korea and has devoted her writing to raise both awareness and funds to help North Korean refugees find freedom and safety. You can learn more about her work with Liberty in North Korea at alanaterry.com/link.

Check out Slave Again now before the price goes up, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #93:Banana Boats

Time for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen
(A weekly linky to share what you and your children have created in the kitchen.)

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The linky is at the bottom.

This week's Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen went well with both our Letter of the Week "B" and our science topic with My Father's World, which was River. I had never heard of banana boats before, but I am sure we will make them again. YUM!

Ingredients:

Bananas
Chocolate Chips (we used mini)
Mini Marshmallow

You will also need a knife and aluminum foil.


A quick look at how to make the Banana Boats:


All ready to make their own.




All wrapped up and ready to bake in a 350 degree oven. It took 10 minutes for them to get hot enough to melt the chips and marshmallows. Be careful, the banana is HOT.


Scooping out the yumminess.




Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?

I'd love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. This is a weekly linky.

I am linking up to:
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Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Try a New Recipe Tuesday at Home to Four Kiddos
The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane
Friday Food Frenzy at Close to Home
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Foodie Friends Friday at Robyn'sView
Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home
Find a New Recipe Friday at Almost Supermom

And here is my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pampers #BabyGotMoves Giveaway

Welcome to the

Pampers #BabyGotMoves Giveaway 

You have got to check out all the fun products you could win in this giveaway! I don't know about you, but I love to see my little ones happy and dancing. Check out the post below from Pink Ninja Blogger to find out what dancing has to do with Pampers and this giveaway!

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Pampers #BabyGotMoves Giveaway

I am thrilled to be able to join in with this giveaway, hosted by: Pink Ninja Blogger
Sponsored by: Pampers

A dry baby = a happy baby and a happy baby = a happy family. Therefore, when baby wakes up dry, it’s party time! To celebrate, Pampers is asking parents to show off their baby’s morning dance routine by uploading videos to Instagram and Facebook using hashtag #BabyGotMoves. Uploaded videos have the chance to appear in a shareable compilation video created by Pampers at the close of the initiative.

Pampers Baby Dry diapers aim to keep baby dry ALL night, up to 12 hours. Parents from near and far will cheer as we all know how precious every moment is sleep is after having a baby. Pampers understands the importance of staying dry and a happy family … so do we! ;)

For additional information on Pampers, special offers, and their #BabyGotMoves campaign follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

GIVEAWAY!!

Pampers has partnered with Pink Ninja Blogger and a few awesome bloggers and would like to give one lucky reader the chance to win a #BabyGotMoves Prize Pack, ARV $100

To help your baby show off their moves, the prize pack will include the following items:

· Homedics Jam Plus Wireless Bluetooth Speaker · Baby Einstein Octoplush · Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Get Movin' Music Player · The Baby Hustle: An Interactive Book with Wiggles and Giggles! · Pampers Sensitive Wipes · Pampers Baby Dry Diapers  

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years or older.
Giveaway runs:
 Friday, September 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM EST to Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST
Enter using the easy Giveaway Tools below.
Good luck!
 
 
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Giveaway Tools) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mommy's Bliss Sweet Dreams Giveaway

As a mom who has had seven babies, I can relate to having a baby who is keeping me up at night for one reason or another. I have to tell you, I wish I had known about these Mommy's Bliss products when my kiddos were littler. I don't have any little ones anymore, but I hope this can be of help to you, as my reader. 

Continue reading to find out what Conservamom has to say about these products and to enter the giveaway!

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Welcome to the Sweet Dreams Giveaway

Sponsored by Mommy's Bliss
Hosted by Conservamom

For parents getting their little one's to sleep can be a bit hard at times, from over tired to tummy troubles, babies can sometimes have a hard time going to bed. Thankfully the wonderful people at Mommy's Bliss developed a fantastic gift pack that will help your little one grab some much needed rest time. With this fantastic set your little ones can be on their ways to some much needed rest to help them grow healthy and strong. Here is a great slide show giving you the 10 Steps to Help your Baby Sleep Better

 
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With 3 easy steps you can begin a routine with your little one to get them to bed.

Step 1: Use the Sweet Slumber 3in 1 Baby Wash..This delicious Lavender scented baby wash will give your little one a relaxing bath filled with the most amazing scent, getting them ready for the fun Massage Ahead.

Step 2: Massage Cream: Studies show a soft sweet baby rub will give your little one a relaxing feel and get them ready for slumber.

Step 3: Sweet Slumber mist that
Mommy’s Bliss® Sweet Slumber Mist creates a calm and familiar bedroom environment that prepares baby for a good night sleep. - See more at: http://www.mommysbliss.com/store/products/sweet-slumber-mist/#sthash.481el96P.dpuf
creates a sweet slumber environment for your little one's bed time.

Have a little one with colic? You also get two different types of gripe water (Which is fantastic or babies that aren't feeling too well)

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Mommy's Bliss was started by a Mother who knew the issues babies go through and wanted to help parents through her back ground in nursing and parenting expertise. This amazing line was started by a mom for parents to use with their little ones. Natural and perfect for your little ones.

To purchase these fantastic products you can head over to the Mommy's Bliss page and try out this amazing line of products. One lucky winner will get the chance to win this gorgeous gift set to help give their little one sweet dreams.
Giveaway ends on 9/29 at 11:59pm 
Open to US only. 
Head below for your chance to win!

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Our Sweet Slumber baby bedtime routine relaxes your little one for a good night's sleep. Try our natural products for your baby. They're made without any parabens, sulfates or harsh chemicals… so you can rest easy, too. Getting your baby to sleep is as easy as 1-2-3. Create a baby or newborn bedtime routine. 1. Sweet Slumber Baby Wash 2. Sweet Slumber Massage Cream 3. Sweet Slumber Mist Let your little one know it's time for bed. Our Sweet Slumber products are designed to naturally soothe your child and help your baby sleep.
- See more at: http://www.mommysbliss.com/sweet-slumber-family/#sthash.ef3YC1lL.dpuf

sweet slumber

Our Sweet Slumber baby bedtime routine relaxes your little one for a good night's sleep. Try our natural products for your baby. They're made without any parabens, sulfates or harsh chemicals… so you can rest easy, too. Getting your baby to sleep is as easy as 1-2-3. Create a baby or newborn bedtime routine. 1. Sweet Slumber Baby Wash 2. Sweet Slumber Massage Cream 3. Sweet Slumber Mist Let your little one know it's time for bed. Our Sweet Slumber products are designed to naturally soothe your child and help your baby sleep.
- See more at: http://www.mommysbliss.com/sweet-slumber-family/#sthash.ef3YC1lL.dpuf
   

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #13: September 11, 2014

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I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around September 11th from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook. 

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts. Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here is my Throwback Thursday post:

Originally posted September 14, 2012
Alphabet Matching Sun Activity



Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Shecki at Greatly Blessed shared her post, Katie's New Leg.



To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

If you would like to help spread the news:

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Happy Throwback Thursday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: September 10, 2014 (w/linky)- Sleepy Time


Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Entertaining Christian Audio Drama with Under Drake's Flag {A TOS Review}

Recently, I have been interested in having the children listen to more radio dramas. My husband grew up listening to old episodes of different Radio Theater productions and my older children used to listen to some fun dramas on our Christian radio station. I really do think the younger children have been missing out. I love that children have to use their imaginations when listening to radio theater productions, just as they do when reading books. Needless to say, we were all thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review Under Drake's Flag from Heirloom Audio Productions through the Schoolhouse Review Crew.


I have to admit, I had never heard of G.A. Henty before, though I did remember learning about Sir Francis Drake. How well do you know your history? Do you remember learning about Sir Francis Drake? Do you remember what he is known for? Though the tale told here is fiction and based on the book by G.A. Henty, Sir Francis Drake and his journeys are not. It is an adventure-filled story suitable for ages 6 and up, though Hannah (age 4 years old) also seems to be enjoying it.


We received the 2-CD set that comes with a study guide along with the prayer of Sir Francis Drake printed on the case, found underneath the study guide. Additionally, we were given access to the longer, more comprehensive PDF version of the guide. I will be talking about these guides toward the end of the review. First I would like to focus on the program itself. 

The narrator of this story is someone playing the part of G.A. Henty himself, though he goes by the name of Mr. George. He is relating this story to two boys named Ned and Gerald who are supposed to be working on an essay about Sir Francis Drake, though Ned would much rather be at a cricket match. Coincidentally, his story is focused on two young men who also go by the names Ned and Gerald. 

At the start of Mr. George's tale, Ned Hawkshaw lives in a small fishing village in England with his mother. It is the late 1500s and he, along with many other men in the village, dream of sailing the seas with Captain Francis Drake. After Ned saves an old man who was about to perish due to a shipwreck during a fierce storm, he finds himself face to face with the famous captain himself, who extends a future invitation to join him on his journeys. Though Ned is ecstatic to hear this news, we see his selfless character shine through as he decides to stay with his mother. However, to his surprise, when the letter does come from Captain Drake, his mother allows him to go with her blessing, giving him his inheritance of his father's baselard dagger, which he was to receive when he became a man. 

Thus starts his "swashbuckling" adventure. Over the course of two hours we "watch" as Ned and Gerald grow from innocent little boys who duck and cover when their ship is saluted from shore, to men who refuse to renounce their Christian faith even in the darkest of times. Along the way, our two heroes learn about the rigors of sailing on a real-life "pirate" ship.  They swab the deck, practice saying "aye, sir!" and spend two days adrift at sea without food or water because one of their "mates" let them loose.  They take part in battles against the Spanish armada, find themselves shipwrecked, and having to survive in the jungle. As they find themselves in each new situation, they put into practice the lessons they learned from Captain Drake, and that is what this story is realty about.

Captain Drake lived his life by the "Holy Scriptures."  He fully believed in "Love thine enemy."  He repeatedly showed mercy to his enemies if they surrendered.  Before battle, he reminds all of his men, "Harm no one who is unarmed and NEVER lay a hand on any woman."  The first time Ned and Gerald hear this speech it is used as the basis for a conversation about some of what being a follower of Christ is all about.  These instructions are repeated many times throughout the story as a subtle, but brilliantly thought out, reminder of one of this radio theater drama's key plots.

The other is staying true to yourself and your beliefs no matter what the cost and trusting that God can deliver you.  This point is a little over the heads of the younger listeners, but it's okay if they don't grasp it now and I wouldn't beat them over the head with it.  Trust me, they are getting it at least a little bit.  

When Ned sees someone drowning, he doesn't think "Is she English or Spanish?"  He jumps in and tries to save her. When his captain is hurt, he leaves untold riches behind to tend to him and help get him to safety. When he is getting ready to lead his troops into battle, he gives the same speech he heard Captain Drake give many times before.  And when Ned and Gerald are arrested for heresy, they both stand firm on the rock that is their belief and refuse to submit to the false teachings even after torture and the threat of death.

Back in the day (wow I feel old now) people used to listen to radio theater programs all the time and after using this wonderful 2 disc set, I can see why.  The chance to bring a story to life, but still being able to use ones imagination is wonderful. And this story is wonderfully brought to life with all the different elements. The score is first rate with wonderful orchestration to set the mood. The music does not overshadow the dialogue, which is full of emotion, and the sound effects are wonderful. While listening to the CD, I felt like I was right in the midst of the action. 
The majority of the times that we listened to Under Drake's Flag, we were driving in the van, headed on one of our outings that seems to take forever because of living in such a rural community. The children would ask for us to put the CD in while in the van, they even asked for me to bring it into the house for them to listen to during rest time.
 

This has definitely become one of our favorite stories to listen to, full of action and adventure. Amelia has even said that she wished it was a movie to watch. I can understand her thought process, seeing as they are used to being able to see the story, but this is why I want them to be exposed to more radio dramas, so they can realize they don't always need a movie or television show to be entertained. In fact, I was thrilled to find out that there is a new adventure slated to be released toward the end of the year titled "In Freedom's Cause."

A quick warning to parents of young children, there may be some scenes that are a bit intense, which is another reason I am glad this is not a movie. I think it would be harder for my girls to sit and watch a person battling with a shark, some of the battle scenes, and the scenes about the inquisition. So, use your discretion as to whether you feel your child, even at 6 years old, is ready for such topics.

I would be remiss not to mention the study guides that come with this CD set. At first, I didn't think we would be using it as the children are quite young. However, the day I brought the CD's into the house to be listened to during rest time, I decided to ask the children some of the questions to see how much they have been retaining. I was quite pleased by their responses, though they did get tired of me pausing the disc after every scene. After several times of doing this, I decided they had impressed me enough that I could just let them listen. 

The study guide that comes with the CD set is smaller, made to fit  in the CD case, with fewer questions and vocabulary words, though all three parts are present as they are on the longer PDF study guide we also received. The three parts are: Listening Well (the questions I asked the children, the answers to which can be found by listening to the story), Thinking Further (these questions I left for a later time, as they are meant to help the listener delve deeper, draw conclusions, and even speculate), and Defining Words (a list of some vocabulary words heard in the scene that can be looked up and studied if desired). I love that both have the appearance of antique paper, discolored and worn at the edges. You know, those little details that make the product special.

Here's a look at the Study Guide that comes in the CD case:


And here's a look at the PDF version:


In addition to the study guide questions to help fully understand the story, there are Bible Studies at the end of the guides. It appears that the same questions are asked, and Scripture are shared. Personally, I think the larger guide is laid out in a more study-able fashion, but that is personal preference.


Here is a little bit from the girls about the audio drama.
Tabitha: I like how he met Donna Anna. And I also like the part when Ned and Gerald save the Spanish sailors. They are brave and very good at swimming. 

Amelia: I like the part where Donna Anna saw someone she knew. The CD is cool because it is with two boys named Ned and Gerald who doesn't do any wrong to any man.

All in all, I am loving Under Drake's Flag and I know the girls are enjoying it as well. It is a tale full of godly, Biblical principles, so hard to find these days. Definitely a product I highly recommend.

This 2-CD set is available for $29.95. 

You can also check out Under Drake's Flag on Facebook.

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