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I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug // Book Review & Giveaway

I love hugs. I’m not sure I got enough of them as a child because I really miss them when I don’t have them every day. Three of my four children are non huggers. Not so much when they were little, but now that they are grown up I have to bribe them in order to get them to hug on me. Thankfully, my youngest, 13, still enjoys his mama’s hugs. Perhaps he’ll stay young forever!

While we are on the subject of hugs, I had a chance to review a book for children all about hugs.

I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug!

This has got to be one of the cutest bedtime story books ever, full of engaging rhymes that share all about different hugs  — bear hugs, cat hugs, horse hugs, whale hugs and more. It is light-hearted and a perfect prelude to bedtime prayers. Beautifully illustrated, it is sure to captivate your little one’s attention, not to mention have him/her wanting to hug on you as you read.

I’m going to give you a bear hug.
A show you how much I care hug.
A good night
Sleep tight
Way beyond compare hug.

The book is hard cover, just 32 pages and intended for ages 4-8 years. Since all of my littles are grown up, I am placing I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug in Nana’s book basket to read to my grandson when he’s visiting.

The good folks over at Fly By Promotions are offering one of my readers in the Continental U.S. a copy of this adorable book to add to your own collection. Just leave a comment below and I will pick a random winner next Saturday, February 11th.

“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.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


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Alison’s Choice DVD Review

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I was given a copy of this DVD by Front Gate Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


As a mom with two young daughters, it grieves my heart when I hear of a young woman becoming pregnant who believes their only choice is to end the life of their unborn child through abortion. My heart grieves as I think of the thousands of unborn babies who have lost their lives before they were given a chance to fully live.

In the movie Alison’s Choice, a young woman finds herself in such a situation. After telling her deadbeat boyfriend of her unplanned pregnancy, he encourages her to take care of it so that the baby doesn’t come between their relationship.

Alison drives herself to the abortion clinic and while she waits her turn, she encounters a cast of quirky characters, each with their own type of wisdom and advice — a flamboyant counselor, a suburban mom, a heart-weary receptionist, an inner city counterpart… And more than anyone else, a gentle-faced janitor with mop “eternally” in hand. The two begin to talk and it becomes very clear that he is no mere janitor, but Jesus manifest, and has come to plead for the life of her baby.

With the clock ticking precious minutes away, the janitor pours out His heart of care and compassion, reassuring Alison of his love for her and for her unborn child. What will Alison choose?

I really loved this movie. It is well made and the acting is very good. I do believe that God encounters women who are considering abortion in powerful ways, perhaps not exactly like it is portrayed in the movie. But the point is that God desires to meet every women who stands at the crossroads of making a decision for or against life and brings his light of truth — the truth that He loves them, and that He loves their unborn baby.

Alison’s Choice is a full-length feature film that seeks to answer the question, “WWJS (what would Jesus say) to a young woman planning abortion?”

To find out more about the movie, visit the website at

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Saving Money With Groupon Coupons

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


I love a great deal. If I can avoid paying full price for anything, I do. Since my husband has been disabled for the last year, we are virtually a one income family, so saving money and cutting corners in our spending is of huge importance to us. Whenever I go shopping for groceries, clothing or household items, I’m always on the look out for sales or coupons. One of the ways in which I manage to save money is by browsing the Groupon Coupons before I go shopping.

With Groupon Coupons, you can find savings in virtually any category at a variety of stores. Some of my favorite stores to find great savings are:

Bed Bath & Beyond
Payless Shoe Source

Many of the stores offer discounts, on line or in store promo codes, or provide links to special sales through Groupon Coupons. It’s worth the time and effort to browse the site before I head out the door. I always come home having saved money and for that, I’m a winner.

Have you used Groupon Coupons recently to save money? What are your favorite stores to shop at for these savings.

0 In 2017 TOS Crew Reviews/ Homeschool Product Reviews/ Homeschooling Yearly Membership // A Review

I am thrilled to be starting another year with the Homeschool Review Crew, which means more exciting homeschool products for us to try!  One of the things we’ve been doing over the last few months is supplementing our curriculum with classes from As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I’ve received another complimentary Yearly Membership to this amazing on-line treasure trove of homeschooling classes and helps.

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How We’ve Been Utilizing This Resource

As a full-time working mom who is homeschooling a middle school child, I like to have a lot of options with curriculum. Sometimes what we started with isn’t working, or there are times where we just need a change of pace or a little supplemental work here and there. Although I do not use this resource as my core curriculum, we have been benefitting so much from what we are utilizing. Some of the Middle School courses we’ve completed over the last few months include:

Language Arts
Daily Writing
Schoolhouse Spelling
Sparking The Noggin


Most recently, my son has been working through the All About The World Geography course. We have not studied much geography, so I thought this course would be a great introduction, as it introduces him to continents, capitals, landforms and biomes, major lakes and rivers, mountain ranges, political boundaries, and more. Some of the activities he’s been completing include matching, decoding puzzles, multiple choice, map work, and even an international traders’ challenge.

I print up the worksheets for him each day and after he completes them I place them in a binder I created just for this course.

One of the best things I’ve found about this resource is that I am not stuck at a certain grade level. Although my son is in 8th grade, he’s performing below grade level in Language Arts, Writing and History. We can choose to use elementary curriculum for a certain subject, while others subjects span both Elementary and Middle School levels.

Our Final Thoughts

I am very pleased with this on line treasure trove of resources. I can’t say enough about the variety and flexibility that has to offer. I love the Resource Center, where we’ve found helpful resources such as Help Charts to assist in our learning of States, Capitals and Presidents as well as the Just For Parents section which offers a wide array of helps for parents, such as dealing with emotions, teens, marriage, special needs parenting and so much more!

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You Carried Me // A Book Review

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I was recently given the opportunity to review this book by FrontGate Blogger Network. I received the book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.


You Carried Me by Melissa Ohden

About The Book

Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns that she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In You Carried Me, she details for the first time her search for her biological parents and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness.

After a decade-long search Melissa finally locates her birth father and writes to extend forgiveness, only to learn that he has died without answering her burning questions. Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. This experience transforms her attitude toward women who have had abortions, as does the miscarriage of her only son and the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues. But could anything prepare her for the day she finally meets her birth mother and hears her side of their story?

This intensely personal story of love and redemption illumines the powerful bond between mother and child that can overcome all odds.

My Thoughts

I wanted to read this book because I cannot imagine what this women must have been going through, knowing she was unwanted and literally left to die at birth. After having learned the truth, Melissa goes on an intense and often times painful journey of self discovery. Although she often got off the path, God brought her back because He had a purpose for her life.

The book itself is a very easy read. With my brain which is often in a state of overwhelm that is a good thing. I was kept interested in the story from the start, and was able to see how God’s hand was upon this woman and her search for the truth. I am thankful that God brought healing and restoration to her life.

If you want to read an inspiring and true story about someone who had to struggle through life to find the truth about her own existence, I would highly recommend You Carried Me. Here’s a peek at the book trailer.

To find out more about the book and the author:

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