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Summer Writing Curriculum


Do your children participate in any summer education programs/curriculums to help keep them sharp and possibly get ahead before the next school year?  My youngest son, who will be in the 5th grade next year in public school, has always struggled with writing.  How happy are we to be using a summer writing program to reinforce our writing skills with Time4Writing. With the guidance of an online tutor, who is a certified teacher, we will be taking one of their eight-week online writing courses.

Come visit in a few weeks for a progress report.

8 In Reviews & Giveaways Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

I love magazines.  I’ve had my share of subscriptions — health, diet, family, gossip.  I have past issues of magazines that I love, so that I can refer to them from time to time.  Although the internet has made it possible for one to receive lots of information via the world wide web, there is just something about turning the pages of a Food magazine and looking at amazing recipes, or clipping coupons from the latest subscription of your frugal favorite.

I was so excited to receive a $10 coupon code to and immediately headed over to pick a prize for myself. There were so many choices, some I’ve listed here:

Cooking with Paula Deen
Martha Stewart Living
Parenting Early Years
Parenting School Years
Weight Watchers
Working Mother
Southern Living
Food Network
Real Simple
Southern Lady
Crochet Today
Tea Time
Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
Entertain Decorate Celebrate
Taste of South
Creative Machine Embroidery
Just Cross Stitch
Quilter’s Newsletter
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly
Creative Knitting
Quilter’s World
Sew News
Crochet World
Creating Keepsakes
Card Maker

I chose Good Housekeeping, because it has a little bit of everything.  Wouldn’t a magazine subscription make the perfect gift for yourself or that special mom in your life?

I am excited to offer one of my readers a FREE subscription from worth $10!

To enter, just fill out the form below.  It’s a piece of cake!  A winner will be picked on Wednesday, May 15th and announced on the form below.

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This Is Our Time: {DVD Review & Giveaway}

With two young children at home, I am always looking for good, wholesome movies with a Christian message.  I love it when we can watch a movie as a family and come away uplifted, with a renewed sense of focus and purpose.

I was excited for the opportunity to review This is Our Time by Pure Flix.  This movie was released on DVD on April 16th, and is available nationwide at Family Christian Stores.

A little bit about the movie:

The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and Alé (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God.  “What they all come to learn is that it never really was their time,” Arnold said. “It always was, always is, God’s time.”

I watched the movie with my husband and 13yo daughter.  We all thought it was very good. It starts out a little slow, but by the middle of the movie it picks up pace.  We loved the Christian and often times moving message of trusting in God even when you do not understand or cannot see the road ahead.  I would highly recommend this film to families, and especially young adults who are trying to figure out their purpose in life.

For more information about this movie, visit Christian Cinema or watch the trailer here.

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The Giveaway!

I am excited to be able to give a copy of this DVD to one amazing follower.  Here’s how you can enter:

  1.  Leave a comment telling me what types of movies your family enjoys.  (MANDATORY ENTRY).
  2. Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me how you do.  (One additional entry).
  3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment letting me know you did. (One additional entry).

This giveaway will remain open until 10PM (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, May 7th. A winner will be drawn using and the winner will be notified via email.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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Lessons My Mother Taught Me @ Five Minutes For Faith

As Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself reflecting on all of the lessons I’ve learned both from my own mother as well as examples of Godly women that the Lord has placed in my life.  Although I did not grow up in a Christian home, I learned so many valuable lessons from my mother, lessons such as:

Always be true to yourself.  My mother always told me to be me, and no one else.  It sounds pretty basic, but as I became a Christian, I have realized the value of walking in my own identity and who God created me to me.  Being true to myself means being true to the person God created me to be.  I don’t have to be like anyone else.

Treat others as you would want to be treated.  I learned from a very early age that if I wanted others to be nice, I had to be nice.  This is another truth that although I learned in a non-Christian home, was tucked away in God’s Word. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

There are other lesson, but I will save those for another time.

Over the course of the next few weeks, through Mother’s Day, my fabulous team of writers over at 5 Minutes for Faith, will be sharing their hearts on lessons they’ve learned from their own mothers.  This is not a series just for moms, but it’s a series for the heart of every women who needs to be encouraged — whether a mom, a mom-in-waiting, or someone struggling in a relationship with a mom.  We are all called to lead other women through Godly examples.

I hope you will join us over the course of the next few weeks.  Oh, and there just might be some fabulous giveaways along the way!  Will you head over to 5 Minutes for Faith and check on my intro post?  And be sure visit over the next few weeks.  You don’t want to miss your chance to perhaps win a prize!

*This post is part of a challenge to blog every weekday in the month of April.  You can read more about it here.

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Show & Tell Faith: {Product Review}

I love to wear jewelry and clothing with a Christian message.  Whenever I wear my faith, I not only get the chance to share about good quality products, but I get the opportunity to share Jesus with others!  A while back as I was surfing the web, I stumbled upon Show & Tell Faith and instantly fell in love with the messages of faith displayed on their beautiful jewelry.

After contacting the owner about their products, I was excited to receive the “Jesus Loves Me” necklace for review! 

I gifted this beautiful necklace to my 12 year old daughter, who instantly fell in love with it. The 18 inch chain is just big enough for a small neck. If I were to order one for myself, I would definately order the 24 inch chain.  The clasp was a little hard to open at first, but once it releases, it’s easier the next time.  When my daughter put the necklace on, we both began singing “Jesus Loves Me”.

Overall, I am very pleased with the necklace and would definately consider ordering jewelry from Show & Tell Faith for myself, as well as for gifts.

About the Company

Show & Tell Faith was started by two Christian friends who wanted to create a way for Christian women of all ages to share what they believe and reflect their faith through spiritual message jewelry.  Their jewelry allows Christian women who delight in God’s Word to share {and wear} their faith, hopefully causing open discussion about God’s Word and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They offer a variety of styles, sharing truth through Scripture and who we are in Christ in a fun, trendy and affordable way.

To see more of their beautiful jewelry, visit their shop, follow their blog, or follow them on Facebook.

Do you like to wear your faith?  Share about how you do in the comments below.

*I received a free necklace in exchange for my honest review of this product.  All opinions expressed are my own.