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Friday, August 01, 2014

Share a Blessing Postcards and Stickers from Thomas Nelson

by Diane Estrella

share a blessingWith over 1,000 adorable stickers and 24 postcards, girls can personalize their messages with unique style and flair!

A sticker-lover’s dream, this Share a Blessing sticker book contains over 1,000 of fun stickers like flowers, letters, owls, and cupcakes that girls can use to add a unique statement to their journals, letters, notebooks, bookmarks, and more!

For an extra-special touch, girls can cut out one of twenty-four postcards that include inspirational quotes and scriptures, making their message truly special. Each postcard has an encouraging message for kids to share!

A general market edition is available from Make Believe Ideas titled Sticker Chic. This edition differs from Share a Blessing in cover design, as well as postcards that do not contain inspirational content.

Features & Benefits:

  • 24 postcards that girls can send to friends
  • Postcards include uplifting Christian messages and notes
  • Handy fastener keeps cards and stickers conveniently together in one place
  • Over 1,000 super-cute stickers girls can use wherever they want
  • Distribution rights: All sales channels in U. S.

Get more information on the book here.

Check out the flipbook here too!

My Review

I don’t care how old you are; stickers are a LOT of fun.

With e-mail and instant messaging now, who has the time for postcards, right? WRONG!

I LOVE receiving snail mail. It shows me that the person who sent it to me, really took the time to send me something special. They went out of their way to make my day with a note. Nothing is more fun than opening up my mailbox and finding something other than bills and junk mail inside.

The Share a Blessing postcard pack is filled with 24 cards and TONS of stickers to decorate them with. These postcards would be great “thinking of you” cards, invitations for an event, or to use as thank-you’s. They are sturdy and can be mailed or handed out to friends and loved ones. My favorite stickers are the letter stickers. What message will I write out to send and you??? Hmm.

These would be great with a little supervision, for girls as young as 4 or 5 up to any age. A great crafting project or just for fun. Girls will LOOK for occasions to use and send out these little bits of encouragement and delight.

Buy it Here

Tommy Nelson sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Tommy Nelson.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Little Man Eco-Freindly #Giveaway

by Diane Estrella

Little Man Giveaway

Green Scene MomThese adorable products are designed especially for little boys to encourage imaginative play, inspire healthy eating and simple mealtimes, and cover the basic essentials. Check out Green Scene Mom’s favorite products for little rambunctious boys to use and enjoy as they explore the world around them. Moms will also love these companies for encouraging eco-friendly lifestyles through their innovative product designs.

Green Scene Mom - Alex Toys GiveawayAlex Toys’ Busy Fire Truck is a new twist to a classic wood toy! Baby will love playing with 8 fun colorful activities on every side of the Busy Fire Truck! Actives include rolling wheels, a curvy bead maze, a mirror, turning picture tiles, a spinning gear, a movable ladder and a discovery wheel. Includes a pop-up feature too. For ages 10+ mos. For more information, visit alextoys.com.

Green Scene Mom - Pacific Baby GiveawayPacific Baby thermal bottles keep liquids hot or cold for up to ten hours. These high quality bottles are versatile to use from birth to 5 years old and make feeding and drinking simple during outings and while traveling.

The wide neck offers greater visibility and the inner scale simplifies measuring out formula. The bottle nipples come in three speeds and are naturally shaped. Just add handles and a spout to transform this bottle into a sippy cup for older kids. For more information, visit pacificbabyworld.com.

Green Scene Mom - pediped Giveawaypediped’s adorable shoes are perfect for going on summer adventures! These stylish shoes fit comfortably and ensure healthy foot development. They are available in more than 140 designs for boys and girls.

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made pediped the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide. pediped has also received many awards for their innovative footwear designs. For more information, visit pediped.com.

Green Scene Mom - BreathableBaby GiveawayBreathableBaby is a child product safety company dedicated to breathable innovations that address parents’ concern for baby’s safety inside the crib.

BreathableBaby products include breathable mesh crib liners which are designed to address the risks of suffocation and entanglement, breathable wearable blankets and blankets with moisture wicking mesh fabrics to keep your baby comfortable by reducing overheating, and breathable toys that are safer for baby to snuggle with. For more information, visit breathablebaby.com.

Green Scene Mom - Yummi Pouch GiveawayYummi Pouch makes eco-friendly snack solutions that encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Their reusable food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required.

Yummi Pouch also recently introduced cloth snack and sandwich bags, each lined with a water resistant interior and decorated with colorful prints. They’re perfect for crackers, chips, and sandwiches and also make great little storage bags for hair accessories and cosmetics. For more information, visit yummipouch.com.

Green Scene Mom - Baby Bump Bundle GiveawayBaby Bump Bundle creates care packages for moms-to-be by trimester, newborn babies, and nursing new moms. Baby Bump Bundle also offers high quality products for moms and babies individually, so you can build your own bundle or just buy an item that catches your eye! For more information, visit babybumpbundle.com.

Green Scene Mom - oogaa Giveawayoogaa designs and manufactures non-toxic feeding products for baby and young children. Their award-winning divided plate is stackable, soft, durable and easy to clean. It’s also dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven safe. oogaa’s tugboat spoon makes mealtime fun! Toot-toot… open wide, here comes the tugboat! For more information, visit oogaa.com.

Green Scene Mom - Buttons Diapers GiveawayButtons Cloth Diapers are quality, affordable, and adorable cloth diapers that are an easy to use two-in-one system. Buttons’ one-size diaper covers can snap to fit babies from 9-35 lbs, and are made of 2 layers of soft wipeable PUL with double gussets around the legs. Their snap-in diaper inserts are soft and absorbant, and come in two sizes. For more information, visit buttonsdiapers.com.

These wonderful companies have allowed us to give away an amazing gift set! One lucky mom will win these great Little Man Summer Essentials for their little guy!

Prize Gift Set – Retail Value $260

BreathableBaby buried treasure sheet, mesh blanket & toy elephant – $45.99
pediped pair of boys shoes – $35
Alex Toys Busy Fire Truck – $43.95
Pacific Baby bottle set – $50
Baby Bundle 3 item gift set – $30
Yummi Pouch Spunky snack bags & mustache dishwasher safe stickers – $15.99
oogaa silicone divided plate & silicone tugboat spoon – $16.99
Buttons Diapers diaper cover, 2 daytime inserts & 1 nighttime doubler – $24.50

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

by Diane Estrella

with every breathAbout the Book

In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston’s respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she’d hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.

Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor’s risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor’s closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.

As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of five books, including Against the Tide, which won a RITA Award, a Christy Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. With master’s degrees in history and in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at www.elizabethcamden.com.

My Review

A more apt book title, there could not be!

Admittedly, I was a tiny, wee bit nervous when I started this book. I have read all of Camden’s books and loved them all EXCEPT Into the Whirlwind. Something was just off in it and I was heartbroken. With Every Breath has totally redeemed my love for the author and this may even be her best book yet. Yippee!

Talk about a nail bitter. The banter between the main characters is entirely intoxicating. Both of them on equal footing with each other. Being the perfect prod to keep each other moving forward and always striving for more. The author was extremely clever to have Kate’s family own and run a boarding house. What better way to get a motley crew of the most powerful and interesting people in Washington D.C. together in one place and have all of the needed connections conveniently located under one roof. Even the placement of Kate’s younger brother was ingenious and opens up a whole new book idea that I hope the author will run with.

Warning…. half way through the book be prepared for a major bombshell to drop. I did hitch my breath a little and get more than a little nervous too.

Ultimately, this book is about doing what you are called to do regardless of the cost both physically and emotionally. Do we give up on our dreams because things get too hard? Too complicated….?

“You only love when it’s easy…”

Do we have the faith to truly trust in God? We do not know our futures but He does. Do we only put ourselves into His hands when we think things will go our way, or regardless…..

Buy it Here

Bethany House sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Bethany House.

Recently, I had the joy of winning a prize pack from NuNaturals at Terry’s blog, My Journey with Candida. I do enjoy stevia as a sweetener in place of sugar and was thrilled to see the variety of products that NuNaturals offers. Here’s my haul:

Pure Liquid™ Vanilla Alcohol Free NuStevia™ Glass Bottle 2 oz

This is a truly amazing product. If you love NuNaturals NuStevia, this is a product that you must try. This is not merely a Vanilla flavored Stevia liquid like so many others on the market. This is a true Vanilla extract made from premium bean that produces a product with incomparable taste. Once you have add this to your tea or coffee, yogurt, or lemonade, you will not know how you lived without it.

NuNaturals has combined Singing Dog Vanilla with our delicious Stevia. Now you can have the delicious taste of vanilla bean extract with our amazing Stevia. Our Alcohol Free Stevia Extract contains 140 mg per ml and is in a base of vegetable glycerine.

For individuals that are sensitive to alcohol, here is a product especially for you. For everyone else, the unique sweet taste that the glycerine imparts makes this a favorite of many NuNaturals NuStevia users. The Alcohol Free Extract has a taste that is mellower than the alcohol based liquids.

NuStevia™ White Stevia™ 50 Packets

White Stevia™ Extract Powder contains the flowing agent maltodextrin, a food grade carbohydrate derived from grain. Tasteless, maltodextrin is the perfect medium to use with the extract, making it easier to measure. This form is perfect for sprinkling on cereal and yogurt as well as mixing in beverages. One quarter to three quarters of a teaspoon is the recommended serving.

White Stevia Powder contains 60% more Stevia extract than most other brands on the market. The cost to get the same sweet taste of other brands can be up to 2 1/2 times more expensive compared to NuNaturals. NuNaturals White Stevia Powder will save you money.

nunaturalsNuNaturals Nustevia Pure White Stevia Extract , 1-Ounce

Our NuStevia White Stevia Extract is our most concentrated form, and only a tiny amount is needed. This is a powder extact. This form is excellent for mixing up large batches of beverages or for recipes. The 1 oz bottle contains only the NuStevia extract. NuNaturals Pure NuStevia Extract contains absolutely no calories.

NuStevia Simple Syrup 16oz

NuStevia Simple Syrup is here! Simple syrup is traditionally used in many of your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Use NuStevia Simple Syrup in cocktails, mocktails, and coffee. Now you can make delicious low-calorie, low-carb drinks. Also great for cooking. NuStevia Simple Syrup is perfect for making any recipe or beverage healthier by replacing sugar with an easy to measure, no calorie sweetener.

NuStevia syrups are designed to maximize flavor balanced with the right level of sweetness. No refrigeration required.

NuNaturals uses our premium grade NuStevia extract from which the unpleasant aftertastes have been removed. NuNaturals NuStevia products use only the highest grades of Stevia extract that we select for purity, sweetness, and superior flavor. 385 servings per container!

NuStevia Cocoa Syrup 16oz

NuStevia Cocoa Syrup is here! Use NuStevia Cocoa Syrup on ice cream, coffee, and to make healthy chocolate milk. Also great for cooking. The rich chocolate syrup taste will instantly transport you back to the days of your childhood, without the sugar and unhealthy additives. This is a mom’s best friend! Give your kids the chocolate satisfaction they crave without the added sugar.

NuStevia syrups are designed to maximize flavor balanced with the right level of sweetness. No refrigeration required.

NuNaturals uses our premium grade NuStevia extract from which the unpleasant aftertastes have been removed. NuNaturals NuStevia products use only the highest grades of Stevia extract that we select for purity, sweetness,and superior flavor. 385 servings per container!

raw chocolate balls

I even tried one of Terry’s recipes and adapted it to my own. Yum! Although it does have a lot of calories from the nuts, it is gluten free, sugar free, and perfect for anyone that has a restrictive diet.

No Bake Sugar Free Chocolate Oat Bars

1/3 cup NuStevia Cocoa Syrup

2 T. water

1 cup almond butter

3 T. peanut butter

1 and 1/2 cups uncooked instant oats

Mix together in a large bowl the water, almond butter, peanut butter, and NuStevia Cocoa Syrup. Add the oats and finish stirring everything together. Shape into balls and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tips for Encouraging Healthy Habits in Kids

by Diane Estrella

You may not think much about it now, but habits your children develop at a young age will stay with them their entire life. When you instill healthy habits, they are far more likely to stick with them and grow up to be a healthier adult. Maybe you already have a teenager who is struggling to lose weight, or perhaps you have a younger child who has no interest in physical activity. Whatever the case is, these tips will help create healthy habits.

 

Be an Example

 

Telling your child to eat healthy and exercise while you shovel in pastries sitting on the couch is not going to fly. You need to be the example. They learn from watching you, so the younger they are, the more natural healthy habits will be because they will be all they know.

 

Plan Active Activities

 

Family movie night is great for cold winter or rainy summer evenings, but family time should include activities that get you moving. I get it; movie night is cheap. However, so is packing some snacks and water and going on a Saturday morning hike, or grabbing the sleds on a winter day and going tobogganing.

 

Take Daily Walks

 

Even a small amount of activity is better than no activity at all. Going for a 20-minute walk around the block after dinner is better than plopping down on the sofa. A walk will speed up digestion and give you a chance to talk about their day, homework, upcoming sports games or dance recitals, etc.

 

Don’t Use Food as a Reward

 

Promising a stop at the ice-cream parlor, if they are good teaches them that unhealthy food choices are rewarding. It can be tempting to bribe with food, especially when you have a million things going on, you’re stressed out, and you just want them to cooperate. If you are going to use food, make it something healthy, like smoothies or fruit kabobs.

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Promote a Healthy Environment

 

A child’s surroundings can either inspire them to get active or promote laziness. If you are in a dark, cluttered, dirty house with poor air quality, you will likely want to lie around and do nothing. A clean, well-lit home with great air quality just makes you feel like moving. Get them involved with chores, and give them responsibilities that go beyond cleaning their room. Have them clean the blinds or help you clean the wall water feature. Coincidently, a water fountain actually cleans the air and promotes a healthier environment, too. You can order one online at stores like IndoorFountainPros.com.

the revealing suzanne woods fisher

Love does extraordinary things to people . . .

In a single, impulsive act, Naomi King chooses to follow her heart into unfamiliar territory, jeopardizing all that she holds dear. If anyone finds out what she’s up to, she’s in for trouble. But when it comes to Tobe Schrock, Naomi believes it’s worth it.

But it all comes crashing down when a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with an unexpected delivery for Tobe. Add a guest at the inn with a curious talent and a genealogist who is more interested in modern-day Schrocks than in old family trees, and evidence starts to mount that points to something sinister at work. Or someone.

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and romance.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace, and an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review

I think a lot of the time, when one thinks of the “Amish” lifestyle, it’s easy to box it in as simple and uncomplicated. The author shows us in this book, and the entire Inn at Eagle Hill series, that nothing is ever as simple or as clear-cut as it seems.

The Revealing was full of surprises. There were more curveballs coming at me then I could believe possible. I think the reassuring factor in all of these books was the characters’ moral compass. They always went back to acting and reacting to others with love. When you have a strong foundation in your life, no matter what comes your way, you know that God will see you through it.

“It doesn’t matter what you intended. What matters is … what is.”

Good intentions do not always translate to making good choices. Having the follow-through to see something through to the end is difficult at times for sure. Many of the characters in this story had to decide what they believed in and stick with their convictions. Knowing what’s in your heart and not being swayed from the truth can be hard. Happily, many important lessons were learned by all.

Fans of Eagle Hill, do not fret. I’m pretty sure the author has a few more adventures to see this family through. Maybe a couple of weddings… babies… a mystery or two, and hopefully lots more beautiful examples of showing unconditional love.

Buy it Here

Revell Books sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Revell.