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Children’s Book {Giveaway} Closed

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I had the awesome opportunity to work with the author Jay Dee on a review and giveaway. I read his very first children’s book, The Night Before The Night Before Christmas. To see the review pop over to Seeing Dandy (Book Review Link).

The winner of this giveaway will win one copy of the The Night Before The Night Before Christmas.

Find out more specifics on the book

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*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of December 22nd and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Jay Dee, but all opinions are my own.

 

The Christian Mama’s Guide {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’ll admit it to everyone and anyone — I am a book mom.  I’d been reading parenting books long before I even had kids (due in part to my background in education), but I stocked up during my first pregnancy.  I read everything about pregnancy, labor, delivery, the first year, sleeping, nursing, feeding, anything under the sun related to babies.  When my second son was born, though, I can’t think of one pregnancy/infancy book that I even cracked.  By that point, of course, I was reading everything under the sun related to potty-training, preparing for a new sibling, preschools — I knew how to do the baby thing, but how the heck was I supposed to handle this rambunctious three-year-old??

I had found a couple of great books that I liked for each stage, but I remember thinking how I wished that I could just find an author of a parenting book who had an entire series devoted to parenting.  That way, I wouldn’t have to read everything but could just turn to the book geared for the next stage of life.

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Well, Erin MacPherson has solved that problem!  The Christian Mama’s Guide series includes four books that takes a reader from having a baby, baby’s first year, parenting a toddler, and through the first school years.

In her own About section on her blog, MacPherson admits that she isn’t really qualified to guide anyone about anything and then goes on to explain, “My house is a mess, my baby’s high chair is covered in sweet potato grime and I just stuffed an entire load of clean, dry laundry into a laundry basket without folding it.  The last time I attempted a craft with my kids, it ended in a tempera-paint induced meltdown (from me, not my kids).  I’m not particularly organized or style-savvy or discipline-wise.  But, I am a mom.  And a Christian.  And I love to write about life and parenting and God and every place where those three things intersect.”

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Why, then, would these books be so appealing??

These books were delightful to read because they’re clean (not raunchy or filled with too many details), written by a mom (practical applications are invaluable!), and Christian-based.  MacPherson feels like a mom from your playgroup get-togethers who has the best ideas and makes you wonder why you hadn’t thought of something so easy.  She offers lots of encouraging words for moms who are trying to do their best in this special role that can be so difficult.  She gives suggestions and tips that actually work, and her writing has a great voice that makes this series engaging and hard to put down.

The Christian Mama also has website that includes a blog she updates frequently, freebies and resources to print and use by yourself or with friends, and includes information and details about writing a book for budding authors.

And, she’s giving away The Christian Mama’s Guide series to one lucky Dandy reader!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 11th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by The Christian Mama’s Guide, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Fearless… by Eric Blehm {Book Review}

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I just finished reading the book Fearless by Eric Blehm and am completely blown away by how much this book captured my attention and has remained in my thoughts.  When I received this book to review, I honestly wasn’t sure that I’d be interested enough to really enjoy it; that thought was fleeting as soon as I started the first chapter.

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Fearless follows the life of Adam Brown, a Navy SEAL operator who served on Team SIX — the same team that was later sent to take out Osama bin Laden.  Rather that focusing heavily on military tactics and language, this book focuses on the man himself who overcame struggles with drug addictions in order to turn his life around and become an American hero.  This book was not written just for military members or military spouses; it is accessible and relatable to all.

In high school, Adam Brown stood up for the underdogs and asked the wallflowers to dance.  He admired his older brother, loved his twin sister, and showed amazing respect for his parents; he never broke his promises to them, even at the expense of jokes from his friends.  His drug addiction after high school changed all of that, though, and greatly affected these relationships as well as the direction his life was heading.  He couldn’t hold a job, would go missing for days, stole from friends and family, and later ended up in jail on 11 felony charges.  After his release from a Christian drug rehab, he met a girl named Kelley who became the support that he needed to combat this addiction and return to being an honorable man.

My favorite part of reading this book was that I knew what Adam Brown would become — I knew that Adam Brown would be successful in life and would eventually end up being ranked in the top 1% of Navy SEALs.  Even as I read through some of his darkest years and wondered how he could possibility get out of this trap, I knew that it would all work out so that he would marry, become a father, and serve our country.  I was in awe of how the military was able to give this man a second chance, and even more amazed that Kelley, his wife, had the necessary faith in God, in her decision to marry Adam, and in Adam himself to be the support he needed.

This is easily one of my absolute favorite books.  I loved the emotions I felt as Adam graduated with honors from his military courses, worked with other Navy SEALs to accomplish unthinkable missions, counseled and taught his children, lost use of his dominant eye and dominant hand, saved women and children in firefights, praised and taught others about God, and loved his wife.  I would (and already have!) highly recommend this book.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Cloud9World {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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My son turned four years old a couple of months ago, and he started going to preschool three times a week at about the same time.  I was nervous about sending him into a class with 19 other children who might have 19 different ideas about morals and values, but I wanted him to have good social experiences before he headed off into the world of kindergarten (with 30+ kids in a class…yikes!).

Cloud9World™ was created by mothers who developed a common language that helped them aid their own children during challenging times. The messages were simple, but results were incredible.

Thus, the Cloud9Kids™ collection was born. By instilling good thoughts, engendering good behavior and boosting the wearer’s self-esteem, Cloud9Kids™ products empower both children and parents to become better human beings.”

I was happy to find the Cloud9World website that helped me teach my little man through books with titles such as Responsibility, Determination, Loyalty, and Respect.  The pictures of these books are engaging and the animals are fun; I especially loved that reading these books opened the conversation about some character traits that might not come up in our small (and, admittedly, sheltered) household.

Cloud9World offers a variety of items in their shop to help parents, leaders, and teachers develop character traits in children.

Book sets

Backpack pals

Caps

Journals

and T-Shirts

Cloud9World is offering the “I Love Giving” book set to one Dandy reader!  Take a look around the Cloud9World website and then come back and enter to win!

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**The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Saturday, December 22nd, and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

**This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Cloud9World, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Heaven Changes Everything by Todd and Sonja Burpo {Book Review}

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Last summer, I was at my in-laws’ house and found myself kid-less thanks to my amazing teenage nieces and nephews who swept away my boys to play outside in the backyard for hours.  I was thumbing through a magazine when my mother-in-law recommended a book to me that was recommended to her by her mother-in-law: Heaven is for Real.  I finished the book almost in one sitting, and (while always the skeptic) was drawn to the story and the accounts by this sweet boy who was the same age as my own son at the time.

When I saw that the companion book to this one was available for review, I jumped at the opportunity.  Heaven Changes Everything is a devotional reader written in short chapters with excerpts from the first book, scriptures from the NIV Bible, and questions to extend your thinking past the chapter.  Both Todd and Sonja Burpo write from their own perspectives with clear titles correlating with the content of that chapter.

While I chose to read the book straight through (again in one sitting), I could easily see this work as a daily reader with inspiring ideas and questions to lead your thinking through the day.  The writing style is easy to follow and includes lots of real-life experiences, which was one reason I think I especially enjoyed reading the chapters written by Sonja.  Heaven Changes Everything almost reminds me of sitting down with a group of friends in a book club to discuss the first book together.  Although a companion book to Heaven is For Real, though, I didn’t find it necessary to have read the first book before reading this one.

**BookSneeze® provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, but all opinions are my own.

Share the Bounty {Book Review}

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Share the Bounty by Benita Long

Share the Bounty is a delightful book—a collection of recipes and brief passages of Christian inspiration.  The theme seems to be “home entertaining with a higher purpose”.   I cuddled up with it on the couch as soon as the kids were in bed, and read through it in an evening.  The calm and inviting introduction made me feel as if reading the book was just as much an invitation into someone’s home.

I really needed this book at this time in my life!  I often feel so much anxiety over guests coming to visit, and I try to avoid inviting others over for meals.  I feel the pressure of things needing to be perfect and myself to be entirely put-together, that I forget what a privilege it can be to invite others into my home and “share the bounty”.

The pictures were visually quaint and calming, though some of them seemed a little dated to me.  I think I would have liked a little more modern influence in the picture selection—namely more modern day décor, centerpieces, and home architecture—though these photo choices are probably very comforting to an older audience who can familiarize themselves with these styles better than I can.

The recipes were very cleanly displayed.  I could prop it up in my kitchen and read off the recipe without having to flip pages, squint, or lose my place on the page.  I enjoyed a scriptural quote or Christian passage on nearly every page.

The book is so complete and visually well-assembled as a recipe book, that it could be on display in the kitchen, instead of on a bookshelf.  I think this book would make a lovely hostess gift, or for family members around the holidays.

I was sold on the first recipe in the book.  I knew as soon as I read “Strawberry Rhubarb Bread” , I wanted to make it.  I was trying to be exotic, but couldn’t find frozen rhubarb ANYWHERE!  In a panic I threw in some bananas as a substitute.  How’s that for a Home-Ec teacher?  Embarassing.

It still turned out delicious!:

You can purchase the book HERE or find it on Amazon HERE.

*I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com (http://BookSneeze®.com) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Klutz {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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What little boy isn’t into cars, right?!  Have you ever met a toddler boy who ISN’T a little car crazy?  If you are a mother/aunt/grandma/friend of just such a toddler, you have got to see this darling activity book by Klutz.  It’s a Disney Lightning McQueen Build & Race!

Within the pages of the book are 12 sturdy cars (including Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Sally) you can punch out, as well as reusable stickers to decorate with.  When they’re ready, you snap on the included wheels, unfold this giant racetrack, and ta-da!  A little play mat perfect for a little rugrat to enjoy for hours!  I can’t WAIT to give this to “Rocket” for his birthday coming up!

 

Klutz has such a fabulous array of books geared towards boys and girls of many ages.  How great are these?!  For around $20, what a creative way to give a book, an activity, and a personalized gift at the same time!  I remember eyeing these as a little girl and just dreaming and longing about owning one!  I was a pretty crafty, hands-on kind of pre-teen, and these type of book kits were totally up my alley of what I thought was great entertainment.

              

When I excitedly showed my husband the Klutz book we got in the mail, he told me how he remembered enjoying Klutz books as a kid!  He was really into magic, like magic tricks and games, and tried out a few of Klutz’s magic books.  How great that our kids can enjoy Klutz books too!

    

One lucky winner will receive this same Disney Lightning McQueen Build & Race book!  Ka Chow!

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*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, October 12th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Klutz, but all opinions are strictly my own

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