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The Beginner’s Bible is Redesigned and Ready To Inspire a New Generation of Children #TheBeginnersBible #FlyBy #Giveaway


As a parent, I know our kids have a lot of questions and interest about God and Jesus. The Bible is a great book but it can be hard for young children to understand and read. That is why the Beginner’s Bible has been a favorite for young children and their parents since it was first released and sold over 25 million copies in 1989.

Today, it is redesigned with fresh, new art and ready to inspire a new generation of children for years to come. This colorful, kid-sized Bible is easy for my kids to read and the colorful illustrations on every page make the stories and characters of the Bible come to life for them.

It is no wonder why this Beginner’s Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children’s Nonfiction. You can learn more by watching this video trailer for the redesigned Beginners’s Bible HERE.

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Do You Feel Like You Are Failing As A Parent? You Are Not Alone!

Raising children is not for the faint of heart. Have you ever felt overwhelmed, frustrated to the point you lose your temper and yell or scream at your kids? Do you feel at your wit’s ends fighting the same battles, day after day with your children? Is it hard for you to wrap your mind around how they cannot stop doing the things that are getting them in trouble?

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No matter what you do, the same behavior is repeated again and again. Does it leave you so frustrated that you count the hours until bedtime? Do you feel guilty for sometimes not wanting to be around your kids because of how they behave? Do you feel terrible for this and feel you are a failure as a parent? Do you think you must be doing something wrong?

You don’t have to tell me the answers to these questions. If you are a parent, it is safe to say that you nodded your head in agreement to most of these things, maybe even all of them. I want to tell you, that it is okay, you are not the only one. We will fail as parents, many times.

I picked up a really good parenting book the other day. The book is titled, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principals That Can Radically Change Your Family. The author, Paul David Tripp, is the executive director for the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. More than that, he is a dad, a dad who has felt those same things.

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I will admit when I picked up the book, I expected it to be preachy and written by a man who was a “perfect” parent, who would tell me everything I was doing wrong. I could not have been more wrong. Right from the Introduction, I saw this was a parent I could relate to, one that struggled in the same ways I did. Nothing was sugar-coated, he was real and the pages are full of wisdom. It is real, he writes about situations of parents who are struggling through parenting. If you are like me, you may find their stories very familiar. Sometimes it is nice to know we are not alone.

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One of the things I think will resonate with most parents is the chapter on authority. The author says to never exercise your authority over  your child in an angry, impatient, abusive or selfish way. This means, you do not let your anger at your child’s disobedience control you so you do things you should not. For example, it means that you do not pinch, poke, slap, yank or shove your child. It also means that you do not combine your discipline with berating, condemning or demeaning talk. That means you don’t say things like; “What are you, stupid?” “I can’t believe that you’re my daughter!” and other similar phrases.

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He does not say this as a perfect parent who has never done this but as one who openly admits doing this to his son after a particularly grueling day. He admits his shortcomings but lets us know that through God’s grace we can always start new. Facts are, we will fail many times as parents and that is okay, we don’t have to feel guilty because we have that grace.

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The chapters are the 14 Gospel Principals as they apply to parenting; Calling, Grace, Law, Inability, Identity, Process, Lost, Authority, Foolishness, Character, False Gods, Control, Rest and Mercy. The author’s favorite passage in the Bible about parenting is one you might not expect. It is one of the final commandments Jesus made to his disciples.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and          make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,                teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the                age.” (Matt. 28:18-20)

There is so much in this book that is just profound and really hit home for me. You can read an excerpt HERE or listen to an audio click HERE. I hope you check it out and let me know what you think. You can also enter to win a copy below in our giveaway.

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How To Keep The People & Things You Love Most Close To You

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What are the meaningful things in your life. Maybe you are thinking about your family, your husband, your kids, your pets, your hobbies or your career. Would you like to showcase those things in a way where you could have them with you and be able to share them with others? If you think that sounds nice, a charm bracelet may just be something you would like. Did you know you can make personalized photo charms using photos of your family and pets? Some can be engraved with names and dates to make them even more special.

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Charm bracelets make beautiful gifts to celebrate anniversaries, graduations, holidays and more. Right now you can save big on charms at Soufeel. They have a sale going on where you can get up to 60% off personalized charms. Plus they have $5 off $60, $10 off $100 and $20 off $150!

I love Soufeel charms because they have such a great selection of charms and whether you want family charms, inspirational charms, charms that represent your hobby or career, you are probably going to find it on their site.

Their charms are very high quality and so detailed. All of their products are made of 100% 925 Sterling Silver. I love Soufeel charms and recently orders some personalized photo charms and others. Check out the great charms I choose.

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How To Unlock Hidden Wisdom From Wise Guys- #WiseGuys #FathersDayGift #Giveaway

Father’s Day is right around the corner and you may be struggling with a gift for the man or men in your lives. How about giving them the power to unlock hidden wisdom from the wise men around them. Kent Evans new book, Wise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom From The Men Around You, has the potential to do just that. Kent chronicles the powerful lessons he has learned from the wise men he has met over the years.

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The book is easy to read and flows well. The chapters cover a different piece of key wisdom that was learned like follow the sprinters, run don’t walk toward the things that matter. The chapters start with a “wise guy” experience  from Kent’s life. Toward the end of the chapter Kent writes about the lessons he learned and then gives the reader some questions to consider. The questions are a great way for the reader to gain insight on how this wisdom can be applied to situations in their own life.

At the end of the book, the author leaves the reader with 11 tips to help them seek out the wise men in their lives. Tips include: Be Sincere, Avoid Self-Deprecation, Do Your Homework, Be Direct, Be Less Defensive and more. This book can help men take a closer look at their own circle of wise guys and look forward to the sage bits of wisdom they may provide. Perhaps the wisdom they gain can help make them a better man.

Kent Evans is the chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of Godly Men. This is a very unique Father’s Day Gift Idea for the men you love.  This book can be purchased on Amazon.

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Great Easter Basket Treat For The Whole Family-#Giveaway

Are you looking for something that won’t cause cavities and sugar highs for your kid’s Easter basket? If so, you might want to take a look at Capture The Flag, a fun-filled space adventure that arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand March 1, 2016!

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CAPTURE THE FLAG is approved by the Dove Foundation for family audiences, the film weaves a fantastical tale of a boy, his father and grandfather who come together to protect the legacy of the original moon landing.  With reimagined animated scenes of the famed Apollo 11 mission, CAPTURE THE FLAG offer fans of all ages an entertaining take on NASA and space exploration.

Space travel runs in Mike Goldwing’s family: both his father and grandfather were astronauts. But the plucky 12-year-old’s estranged grandfather, Frank, has lived a life isolated from his family after missing out on the chance to make history as a member of the Apollo 11 crew.  However, when Mike discovers that an eccentric billionaire plans to fly to the moon, claim its vast, valuable mineral resources, and destroy the American flag planted by the Apollo 11 astronauts, the countdown to a spectacular adventure begins!  Mike, teamed with his grandfather, best friends Amy and Marty, and a clever chameleon, blasts off on an incredible moon-bound mission, determined to thwart the billionaire’s evil plan, capture the flag, and reunite his divided family.

An ideal gift for Easter, the CAPTURE THE FLAG DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, with English, French and Spanish subtitles.

 

 

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Street Date:                     March 1, 2016

SRP:                                   $29.99 U.S.

Runtime:                           97 minutes

U.S. Rating:                      PG for action, language and some thematic elements

Canadian Rating:            G

 

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The Legend of the Easter Robin #Giveaway #EasterRobin #FlyBy

Surprisingly up until last week the weather in Upstate New York has been mild. January 31st was like a spring day and we missed the snowstorms that dumped a few feet of the white stuff to areas less than 60 minutes from us. In fact, we have no snow on the ground at all. We did experience bone chilling cold temperatures of  -6 degrees Fahrenheit last weekend. It has warmed up, but nowhere near the early spring like temperatures we were having a few weeks ago.

Christmas day was so warm we had dandelions blooming but ironically, Mother Nature wants to give us a taste of winter before spring rolls in. It looks like the next 10 days will only bring us highs in the 30’s and 40’s along with some snow showers.  Oh well, it can’t last that long, at least I hope it won’t. I am eager to see the first Robin Red Breast of spring. Speaking of spring, I have a great book to share with you. The Legend of the Easter Robin is a great book that is perfect to share with your own child or any special child in your life to captivate and teach them about compassion and faith.

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In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family. Tressa spotted raccoon tracks below and a blue jay eyeing the nest. “Gran, how are we going to keep the egg safe?” “We’ll have to leave that one to the Creator,” Gran said. Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother’s house! Tressa is thrilled―and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin? As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins’ nest and learns how God cares for all creatures. Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color. And there is a very special story to hear―a tale of long ago about one small bird with a very big heart. How did the robin get its red breast? Tressa is about to find out as Gran tells her the story of the Easter robin. Brought to life with colorful, tender illustrations, The Legend of the Easter Robin makes a perfect Easter Gift!

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Joyous Christmas Stories To Leave You Renewed With Holiday Spirit! #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

The Christmas season is so busy that we often rush through it flustered, sometimes or often frustrated at our long to-do list and we miss the time to be still. You know what I mean, unwind with a cup of tea and relax, maybe read a short uplifting story. We think we have no time to do that but it can actually help us refocus and be more productive than continuing to run around like a chicken with our head cut off.  If taking a brief rest sounds good and you would like to curl up with a great book of uplifting and inspirational Christmas stories, I can recommend a great book.

Chicken Soup for the Soul, Merry Christmas is filled with 101 Joyous Holiday Stories! There is a forward by St. Nick himself!

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Inside you will find story after story of family bonding, holiday hijinks, then joy of giving, community spirit, family and religious traditions.  Some will make you laugh out loud, others will cause you to get a little teary eyed. All the stories will leave you smiling and with an eagerness to share the holidays with new ideas, a new perspective and enthusiasm for this magical time of the year.

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You will find stories from Thanksgiving through New Year’s and even  some of Hanukkah in this book that has something for everyone. We think this book is a great gift this Holiday Season so you will find it on Mommy Ramblings 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

 

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The Most Meaningful Gift Is Life-Giving #GiftCatalog #Giveaway

I don’t know if you ventured out on Black Friday or are surfing the Internet for Cyber Monday deals, but I will tell you that if you are looking for a meaningful gift, I may be able to help. In keeping with the sentiment, “It is better to give than receive.”, take a moment and check out the 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog. World Vision provides donors the opportunity to give a gift in a loved one’s name, making these the perfect presents to show family and friends love and to spread the joy of the holiday season across the world. And, as an added bonus, there’s nothing to wrap!

Donations of livestock like goats, fruit trees, soccer balls, education for girls and women and much more can be donated in a person’s name to make a truly unique and life-giving gift. When you think about the impact something like this can have on a life this gift truly is priceless.

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In addition to the gifts above, World Vision operates the Where Most Needed fund, which provides for improvements in the quality of life for struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world. Donors to this fund are eligible to receive beautiful artisan goods from Africa, India, and Southeast Asia, which make wonderful presents and stocking stuffers. Why not pledge your support and receive handcrafted gifts for yourself or a loved one, like the ones below:

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Since 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative. Last year alone, more than 822,000 people were helped through funds generated by the Catalog. To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, call 855-WV-GIFTS or click HERE!

The handcrafted gifts are gorgeous. I was lucky to recieve the African Soapstone box and it is beautiful. It is just like the one below and I would like to extend a chance for you to win the same box courtesy of World Vision. The giveaway is open to US residents and you enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good Luck!!!

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This ornate hand-carved soapstone box is etched and designed by local artisans in Kenya. Using this sustainable resource these artisans are lifting themselves and their families out of poverty. Approximate size: 2 ½” x 5 ¼” x 1 ½”

 

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Learn How To Save 40-90% On This Necessary College Expense

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Do you have kids heading to college soon? Are you or your spouse heading back to school or taking some classes? If so, I am sure you are aware of the high cost of education. Besides tuition, meals and housing, the price of textbooks can be mind-blowing. Did you know you can rent textbooks and save 40-90% off bookstore prices?

CampusBookRentals.com is your go-to source for textbook rentals, you get free shipping both ways, you can highlight the textbooks and there are flexible renting periods. With textbooks from Campus Book Rentals you can highlight like you own it!

Over one million students across nearly 6,000 campuses rent their textbooks from CampusBookRentals.  Most of us are aware that textbooks lose their value by the time you finish a course, so you will likely never recoup your purchase cost.  Renting just makes sense as you get your money’s worth upfront from college textbooks you will never use or need again. It is so easy to rent your textbooks as CBR  offers every title in new or gently used condition online.  Just search and rent right on their website.

You can feel good about renting your textbooks from Campus Book Rentals because they donate to Operation Smile for each textbook rented.  Operation Smile is an incredible organization that forever changes children’s lives through reconstructive cleft lip surgeries. The long-term improvement in quality of life for the children that receive these surgeries is almost incomprehensible.

So if you are looking to save money when sending your child or yourself to college this fall, you need to check out the savings in renting your textbooks. If you have used Campus Book Rentals and want to share how much you saved or about your experience, please leave me a comment.  I would love to see them!

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Remembering The Motherless on Mother’s Day

I wrote something 2 days ago on Facebook that received many comments and resonated with many people. I thought I would share it here today, for all the motherless on Mother’s Day.

 

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10 years ago on Mother’s Day, I lost my mother, my best friend, and life was forever changed. 364 days later I would lose my father. It was the end of an era. Yesterday on the anniversary of my Dad’s passing I saw a male and female cardinal who are nesting in our yard. The male cardinal kept flying over to where I was sitting on the porch and would sing sweetly, the female sang sweetly as she stayed clearly in my view and then they would fly back to a bush in the front yard together.

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I saw them throughout the day and it was a comfort to me and I am certain it is a sign that their spirit is still here. I am so grateful for signs like this. My two youngest children never met their grandparents, which is so sad to me. Last spring I told my youngest son, Luke, that the Swallowtail butterflies that always come in a pair every spring and summer remind me of them.

When the Swallowtails stay on the lilacs, my mother’s favorite flower or when I see them circling around my two youngest children as they play, I know it is a sign they are here. Well, he came in after that and he said, “I saw your mother in the garden.” He meant the butterfly, a preschooler’s take on it. It made me smile.

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The other sign is that we never had a pair of Eagles on our lake until after they passed away and now we have a pair of bald eagles living here. Some may say I am crazy and it is my own wishful thinking but it pulls me from the darkest moments where I have thoughts that maybe “this” is all there is, maybe Heaven and eternal life is something many have to believe because the truth of “this” being all there is and the fact we would never see our loved ones again is too painful to believe. When I see these signs it pulls me out of that thinking and gives me hope and faith that there is so much more to “this.” I love and miss you every day Mom and Dad and please keep sending signs to let us know you are near and watching over us, I need them more than you know.

After I wrote this status, I later went outside and I saw the most amazing thing as I was going back inside. I know the picture below is not the best but I am so glad that I was able to capture the moment. The male and female cardinal flew to a branch off my porch near the door I was entering to go back inside and they kissed.

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When I went out early that afternoon, I sat on the porch and the male cardinal flew right across my field of vision to land in a bush directly across the yard from where I was sitting. He looked at me, and twisted his head in all sorts of ways and then sang his beautiful song and he just stayed singing and looking at me.

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I was blown away by that and so very grateful. I hope that all of the motherless have a moment like that, one so profound it lets you know their spirit is around you. I hope it gives you comfort and peace on a day that makes you remember more than ever what you have lost. I wish you all a happy Mother’s Day and most of all I hope you see signs!


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