Sunday, November 06, 2011

And the winners are...

For the Jeremy Riddle "Furious" CD...
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Paula Droddy

Cat O. is the winner of the "Cooper and Me" book. Luckily for her, no one else commented on the book post, so she was automatically the big winner!

And, for "The Christmas Lodge" DVD...
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Jill P.

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaways this time around! Stay tuned for more Christian media reviews. I've got a book, a CD, and a digital album that will also be coming with giveaways soon!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

DVD Giveaway: The Christmas Lodge

Thomas Kinkade Presents: Christmas Lodge [DVD]
Nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than a snowy family-friendly movie, right? Grab your blankets and hot chocolate for a lovely heart-warming story.

Thomas Kinkade presents Christmas Lodge: a place where a heart-warming past and loving future meet for one remarkable group of people. During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary (Erin Karpluk) finds herself at the now- dilapidated lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up. She becomes determined to restore the building to its former glory. Inspired by her grandfather and guided by her grandmother in heaven, Mary throws herself into the project, and during the process finds herself drawn to Jack (Michael Shanks), a handsome man who loves the lodge as much as she does. Historically unlucky in love, this chance encounter allows Mary to renew her faith in life and discover her one true love. For an uplifting story about the importance of faith, family and the true holiday spirit, go to the Christmas Lodge.

And, finally for the giveaway! Leave me a comment either on the last movie you watched (and liked) OR your favorite Christmas movie. I will choose a winner at random on Sunday, November 6th!!!

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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."

Book Giveaway: Cooper and Me

Here's a cute book that I've been asked to review that was illustrated by 11-year-old Alexa Peters and co-written with her mother, Monique Peters. Cooper and Me tells the story of a young girl who is nervous as her first day of school approaches. She is frightened about leaving home and doesn't want to go without her best friend, her dog Cooper. Fortunately her mother finds the perfect solution to help the little girl overcome her fears – a small replica of her beloved pet she can take to school with her.


If you are interested in winning a copy of this story for your family's library, just leave me a comment on one of your favorite books from your childhood (or one of your child's favorite stories). I will be choosing a winner this Sunday, November 6th!!!

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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."

CD Giveaway: Jeremy Riddle "Furious"

Here's another Christian album that I've been listening to lately. I didn't have a great impression of this album to begin with, but I just don't think I liked the slow song "Fall Afresh" on the first track. The second track "Furious" is much more exciting to listen to!

“These songs are a reflection of being part of something bigger than just me,” Jeremy says. “Through some significant growth in understanding and living out humility from a very independent place, I’ve shifted into a place where I can’t even claim this record is completely inspired by me. There are so many elements of the album that could never have flowed from me had I not been connected to people walking out life with me.”


If you would the chance to win a copy for yourself, just leave me a comment and tell me what you have been listening to lately. I will be choosing a winner on Sunday, November the 6th!!!

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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."

Giveaways Galore!!!

Okay, so I'll admit I'm a little late in reviewing some more books, movies, and CDs. Stay tuned for several posts--each will include giveaways!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another giveaway: Beverly Lewis' The Shunning DVD

Update: Jessica Carlin was the winner!!!


I actually really enjoyed this movie...it was clean enough for the whole family to watch together. And, it was a good way to bring up the topic of adoption and telling the truth to your children too.

Beverly Lewis' The Shunning

Before she succumbs to cancer, the dying wish of Laura Mayfield-Bennett is to be reunited with the daughter she never knew. Unfortunately, that daughter, Katie Lapp, is a member of the Amish order. Katie is about to be married, but uneasy about the path ahead. Now she discovers the secret her parents have kept from her: she's adopted.

The film is based on the celebrated first novel of the best-selling "The Heritage of Lancaster County" book series from author Beverly Lewis. Stars Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield.

The Author: Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Lewis to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with "The Shunning," which has sold more than one million copies. In 2007, Lewis' "The Brethren" was honored with a Christy Award.

Lewis has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Lewis lives with her husband, David, in Colorado.

Now, here's your chance to get a copy for your family. All you have to do is leave me a comment to tell me the last movie your family watched together. If you would like a second chance to win, like "The Shunning" on Facebook and come back to leave me a second comment. Good luck!!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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 255Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Melissa...you're the winner of the Ginny Owens CD!!!


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Giveaway: Ginny Owens' new CD


A three-time Dove Award winner, including the Gospel Music Association’s 2000 New Artist of the Year recipient, and multiple ASCAP Award winner, Ginny Owens has sold nearly one million albums. A top performer on the Christian radio charts with hits like “If You Want Me To,” “Free” and “I Wanna Be Moved,” among others, Owens’ music has impacted mainstream audiences at Lilith Fair, the Sundance Film Festival and the White House. Her music has received widespread film and television placement, including songs on the popular WB series’ “Roswell” and “Felicity.” Owens was featured on national television, including NBC’s “Today” and CNN, for her contribution to help rebuild New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Born and raised in Jackson, Miss., Owens was discovering melodies on the piano almost before she could complete a sentence. Songs began to emerge from her fingers as the vision began to leave her eyes and by the age of three. A degenerative eye condition left Owens completely blind. Despite her physical challenge, Owens pursued a music career. Songs provide a window into a world Owens can’t see and an outlet for her to express her thoughts and dreams. Owens’ unique musical style and inspirational lyrics continue to appeal to Christian and mainstream audiences alike.

In 2005 Owens launched The Fingerprint Initiative, a hands-on, non-profit organization designed to “bring hope to the world, one project and one touch at a time.” The organization has partnered with and raised money for groups such as Compassion International, International Justice Mission and Habitat for Humanity.

I enjoyed these new songs, especially track #5 "Joined at the Heart". Now, if you want a copy for yourself, leave me a comment on this post. For a second entry, like her facebook page (link below), come back, and leave me a second comment. I'll end this giveaway at the beginning of next week, so get your entries in before it's too late!

Website: http://ginnyowensmusic.com/

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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."

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

And the winner is...

So, I just have to say that I am very sorry for forgetting about my giveaway. I PROMISE I will do better the next time to close the comments and pick a number sooner!!! Speaking of more giveaways...I think I'll have a couple more in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

And the winner is...
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Congrats, Tanya!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Giveaway: I’m All In CD from Robert Pierre


So, a while back I was asked to review this CD, and I've been listening to it ever since it came in the mail. It's catchy and upbeat, youthful, and yet full of worshipful lyrics. Several of the songs make me want to get up and dance with my kiddos.
Really, who could blame me?!

For Robert, I’m All In is more than the name of his third studio album, due July 26 (yes, that's today!). It has become Robert’s life motto as he responds to God’s calling to live fully committed to Him. In addition to writing and recording I’m All In and playing on a summer tour, Robert also leads regular Sunday morning worship at his 800-member Orlando, FL church. And he’s done it all as a high school senior. That's awesome!!!

Creating I’m All In was a powerfully personal experience for Robert, who teamed with veteran songwriter Jason Ingram (Tenth Avenue North, Sanctus Real, Bebo Norman) and legendary producer Matt Bronleewe (Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman) on the album.

So, now here's how to enter my giveaway:
Leave me a comment saying you'd like to win his CD.

Bonus entry: Go like his Facebook page, come back and leave me a comment on which song was your favorite.

Entries will be open until sometime later this week, and winner will be chosen at random.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the 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'm back...

Sorry it's been a while since I posted. Between the move and summer, it's just something I've neglected. But, be watching our blog for further posts...I've been asked to review a CD and possibly a few more things in the future. That means that I will probably be hosting a give-away...and you know how much I LOVE free stuff...especially when it's good! :)

And, I'll promise to come back and update what's been going on in our lives over the past few months when I get a chance too.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Benjamin's First Haircut

Not off to a good start. Check out how long his hair was on the top (and it had gotten equally long on the back of his neck...oops!).

A little smile from Benjamin after we were done. It only took about 15 minutes and cost $5--that was my probably my favorite part!

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Benjamin giggling at lunch that day made up for all the tears he shed during the haircut.

Who me?

Benjamin did a sneak-attack on Gabrielle one night while she was laying on the floor...I'm sure that was only the first time for some hair pulling in our family.

Who me? :)

Taking off with the ceiling fan/light remote.

Beautiful azalea bush...

...and my beautiful daughter too!

My handsome boys

After church last weekend...isn't our azalea bush beautiful?!

Who-hoo...daddy's letting me play!!!

My two dudes...rockin' it on the guitar together.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Our rainbow cookies that we made for her friends at school.

Having a great time swinging.

Wheeeee!!!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

New car seats

Gabrielle in her new booster seat.
Doesn't she look like she's 12? My pretty girl!

Which means that Benjamin gets to move from the carrier to Gabrielle's old car seat. There was a little crack in the styrofoam a few months ago (from carelessly taking it in and out of the car), and I'm glad I just called Graco and they sent a new one for only $10...awesome! Just goes to prove that it's always worth it to take a chance. You never know until you ask! :)

And, of course, we had to get some crazy face-pictures!

Nederland Heritage Festival

Gabrielle on her first ride Thursday afternoon.

Riding the carousel with Nick.

Having a great time...

This was pretty much the look on Benjamin's face for the whole afternoon/evening. I'm just glad that he was content to watch and not want to be on the rides too...next year!

The ferris wheel lit up at night.

I was jealous because Gabrielle picked Nick to go on the ferris wheel with her for her first time. I got to head home with Benjamin because the wait line was about 30 minutes before they even got on the ride. At least they brought home some cotton candy! :)

The view of the carnival from "up in the sky".

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Nick and Gabrielle enjoying the ferris wheel ride.

Gabrielle with some girl friends waiting for the parade to start.

Check out ALL that candy!!!

Who needs toys?

Helping daddy sweep the leaves after he mowed.

The kiddos playing in our empty laundry baskets.

Getting a twirly-ride on the wood floor.

Could he be any happier just standing in a basket?

Really...a diaper box is all he needs!

Bounce Zone fun.

Gabrielle with her friends in one of the bounce houses.

Benjamin even enjoyed walking around!

Skipping

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Personally, I think Gabrielle does a really good job at skipping for a 3-year old. I taught some Kindergarteners who couldn't skip if their life depended on it. :)

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Another first for Benjamin

Last Friday we headed to Chick Fil-A for "Mommy & Me" time. Gabrielle and some of her friends were there creating paper-sack-lion-puppets. While they were on the floor doing that, I let Benjamin check out the slide for the first time.

Wondering whether he should get in the slide or go after some of the crayons and paper on the floor.

Standing up in the slide...and loving it!

My happy little guy is growing up!

Wrestling fun

It's been fun watching our kiddos play together more lately. Of course, a lot of their interactions have ended in wrestling with each other...cute!

Benjamin "joining" Gabrielle on the floor.

Don't know why Gabrielle was covering her mouth. Either Benjamin was checking out her teeth, or she was laughing so hard that she was trying to "hide" it.

Love this picture because they are both genuinely laughing.

Aren't they just too cute? And, they're mine! :)

Monday, March 07, 2011

Galveston day-trip

We had a great time when my parents came for a visit in February. We decided it would be fun to take a day-trip to Galveston, and had originally planned to go to Moody Gardens while we were there, but it took a lot longer to get there than we had figured. So, we ate lunch and just played on the beach...we still had lots of fun!

Getting a ride on the ferry across Galveston Bay...first time on a ferry for everyone but me. Great experience!

Trying to get a good picture with Benjamin.

Another try...

And, another try.

Final try...oh well.

Gabrielle was a little nervous about our car being on a "boat", so she initially wanted to stay in the car in her carseat.

Eventually she got out and enjoyed the foggy view.

Couldn't see much until we got a lot closer.

This lady was cracking me up...I wonder if she stands up through her moon roof often because she did it several times in the short time we were behind them.

Finally a clear view of part of the shore.

For lunch we headed to Gaido's (per recommendation from Jeremy Davis). We enjoyed some delicious seafood. And, my parents got to try some new things (not much fresh seafood in Nebraska!).

Mom trying oysters for the first time...I got these two pictures mixed up when I was loading them onto blogger and if you look at the picture above, I don't think she was very fond of them.

Dad trying oysters...

I don't think they were his favorite either. Better get this dairy farmer a steak! :)

Nick getting ready to eat some oysters...

He actually enjoys them...so he got to eat the rest of them.

I don't know what we were laughing about, but I love this picture because it shows how much fun we were having. AND, this is one of the most delicious foods I've ever eaten...their Lobster Bisque. Awesome!!!

In the front after lunch...it was too bright for Gabrielle.

Heading down to the beach...you can see how foggy it still was at that point (which I understand isn't a typical day for that area...bummer that it didn't clear off!).

Gabrielle had a blast picking up seashells!

I've always wanted to write our initials in the sand...just like in the movies!

Awe...

Walking out one of the rock-piers.

I was impressed with how well this picture came out...especially since it was super windy AND humid (guess I shouldn't have gone to all that work to straighten my hair that morning!).

Daddy and Benjamin enjoying some beach time.

I think he was tired. And honestly, I think the sound of the waves lulled him to sleep (it's the same sound we have on his sound machine in his bedroom). I'll take cuddle-time when I can get it...I'm sure he'll be "too big for that kind of stuff" sooner than I'm ready for!