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Somewhat Simple’s “Life According to Me” e-book {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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My four-year-old misses the cut-off to start kindergarten in the fall by just 10 days, and it’s killing me!  We checked in to the school district about having him tested to start early, but we haven’t heard very positive outcomes from other parents who have tried in previous years.  When I figure, though, that I’ll be having a baby just weeks after school starts, that we’ll be visiting family for the entire month of January, and that we’re moving to another country in March, I guess that it really isn’t the worst thing to wait another year before sending him off to school.  (Plus, I think I would really miss him if he were gone for a full school day all week long!)

I do plan to homeschool him this next year for kindergarten, in hopes of him starting right into first grade next year.  I’ve taught elementary school before and have lots of resources and materials, and my little guy is a bright kid who is pretty far ahead in reading and math already.  One area, though, that I know is going to require some extra assistance this next year?  His writing.

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I came across the Somewhat Simple website through (what else??) Pinterest, and I’ve been hooked since I discovered them six months ago.  I added the site to my Google Reader page and have loved seeing lots of great ideas throughout the week.  They have lots of posts under categories such as Projects, Food, Home & Garden, Seasons & Holidays, Lifestyle, and Promotions, and I love browsing through the ads on their main webpage to find other sites with similar interests and content.

By the way, if you had been following Dandy Giveaway using Google Reader (which is no longer available as of the beginning of this month — boo hoo!), take a look at following us through Bloglovin’ or Feedly instead, along with keeping up through Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  We don’t want you to miss out on our great giveaways and reviews!

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Somewhat Simple offers a 30-page e-book entitled “Life According to Me” that will be perfect for my son to use in the upcoming months to spark some interest on his writing!  The fun colors and easy-to-read font make it perfect for young budding writers, and the topics for each day give a little more direction to those who would otherwise “have nothing to write about”.  The pages include questions and prompts about being kind, watching TV, surprises, hobbies, getting dressed, and more!  The open-ended nature of these questions make this book applicable for most school-age writers and also make for some great pre-writing for preschoolers.  Neither the colors nor the daily topics are too gender-specific, so this would be perfect for either boys or girls.  There are also sections for them to write notes to a parent/family member and then for that person to write back.

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And, a few of my favorite things:  (1) Life According to Me is only $5.95!!  (2) This e-book is sent electronically, meaning that you can print out the pages that you need/want and not worry about the others!  You also can print a number of pages for multiple children or for multiple books for the same child!  (3) The e-book pages can be printed using your color printer.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve bought e-books to download, only to find that it really is necessary to have them sent off to a printer in order to get quality pages.

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Enter below to win a download of Life According to Me from Somewhat Simple — we’ll have TWO winners!

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**This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted  no later than the morning of Saturday, July 27th,  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 Somewhat Simple, but all opinions are  strictly my own.

 

Days Like These {Book Review}

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I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned before that I love to read blogs — I follow probably 40 blogs through Google Reader, and I’m searching endlessly for a good substitute once Google Reader is gone this summer!  I love that I can read a “magazine” of sorts all about the things that are interesting to me, and I love that “normal” people can share their knowledge, skills, and/or everyday life through writing.

The book Days Like These became available for review, and I knew immediately that I wanted to read it.  The book description explains, “When Kristian wanted to show his wife Rachel how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning millions of hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday.  Social media is often seen as trivial and self-absorbed, but this heartfelt and moving tribute by a young Australian father of two in the midst of a battle with cancer, drew attention to a much larger story we all wanted to know more about and an ordeal so many families face alone.”

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This book is basically a compilation of the entries Kristian made to his blog during his two-year fight with cancer, which makes it unique because it captures emotions and feelings that were present during the events while they happened, rather than those remembered after one looks back.  While the YouTube video was watched by millions who flocked to his blog to learn about his experiences, Kristian’s writing remains very down-to-earth and honest from the first entry to the very sad last entry.

I also loved that this book and the blog was written from a man’s point of view, and more specifically from a husband and father of two boys.  While I certainly recognize that men have feelings and emotions, it’s not always common to see those publicly displayed.  This medium for writing allows readers to feel Kristian’s pain and sadness while also rejoicing in reaching another milestone and spending another day alive with family.  He is also very religious and comments on the strength that he draws from knowing that God knows and is in control of all things.

If you’re looking for a good read for yourself or for a special father in your life, I would highly recommend taking a look at this book!

**I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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