Friday, August 30, 2013

CAMP (DVD Review)

Ken Matthews is a cocky young financial advisor and volunteers to be a camp counselor for kids in the foster care system to impress one of his clients.  He is assigned to Eli, a 10 year old in his eyes is the "worst camper ever."   He is not prepared to chase, be yelled at and ultimately wish the kid left camp after causing a fight with another camper.  But Ken is encouraged to stick with his camper, put away his cell phone and really try to help Eli have at least one good week where he is loved and wanted.  Ken discovers that Eli is hiding some major secrets and as Eli comes to trust Ken, Ken starts to open up and share himself with Eli and the other campers.  Ken completely changes his heart and ultimately his life by the end of this movie inspired by true events.

This movie had me choking back tears for the sad circumstances of the kids that attend this camp.  What I thought was really unique about this camp was that there was a counselor for each camper.  For one week a camper was to have the full attention of one counselor and the goal was to have FUN!  The kids came with brokenness and even though they were only there for one week, the counselors really went above and beyond to meet the needs of that child.  It was absolutely touching.  There were so many great moments in this movie that made me realize that I want to reach out more to those around me who are hurting and feel forgotten.  One person can make a difference.  You will enjoy this movie, the message and the awesome surprise at the end!

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD from Edify Media for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Healthy Lunch Box by Katie Kimball from Kitchen Stewardship Book Review with Great Deals!

The Healthy Lunch Box eBook by KitchenStewardship
It's that lunches!  Whether you are packing lunches to go or need lunches at home, this is the book for you to trade out the same old PB&J for healthy lunches that don't even require a sandwich.
Katie is never without great ideas for helping you make healthy choices.  She begins the book with 10 secrets to successful lunch packing.  She has recipes for Meats & Mains, Side & Salads, Breads & Not-Breads, Dips & Dressings, and Snacks & Sweets.  The tips and suggestions are not only interesting, but creative and fun!  Parents will look forward to putting together these healthy alternatives knowing that their children will benefit from the good choices and the kids will look forward to trying yummy food that will entice them to ask for more. 

Some recipes I would like to try:
*Creamed Cauliflower
*Mexi Bean Dip

Tried these:
*Rice and Veggie Muffins- YUMMY!
*Classic Granola Bars- Let them sit and they are good as gold!
*Stovetop Cinnamon Rice Pudding- A Winner!!
Katie's new ebook is absolutely fantastic.  I can't wait to start making healthy and delicious lunches for my kids!!  Check out the great deals this week as you consider purchasing this ebook. 
* 35% off through Thursday night (8/29)
* coupon inside the book for 50% off the companion eBook, "The Healthy Breakfast: Cereal-free Secrets to Starting the Morning with Real Food" which will come out later this year.
* TEN bonuses with the premium package!
* 45 recipes, over 100 links to more resources
* five pages just of "what to pack" ideas
* coupons embedded for other cool lunch and green products
* 20 winners for over $700 in back-to-school prizes
 Get your copy today!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin {Romantic Getaway Giveaway, Facebook party and Blog Tour}

Sarah Sundin is celebrating the release of her latest novel, On Distant Shores, with a Romantic Weekend Getaway giveaway!

  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple's getaway)
  • With Every Letter and On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the "On Distant Shores" Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.

So grab your copy of On Distant Shores and join Sarah on the evening of September 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


My review:
On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin is the second book in Wings of the Nightingale series about flight nurses in WW II.  Georgie Taylor is a respectable and faithful southern woman working far away from her doting family and anxious fiancĂ©.  She loves her work and enjoys the fellowship with her new friends but is insecure about her duties as a flight nurse.  She meets Hutch, a quiet and handsome non-commissioned pharmacist with impeccable knowledge in his field, but is given very little respect.  And he has a concerned fiancĂ©e waiting for him back home.  Georgie and Hutch meet and eventually after broken relationships and betrayal from their former loves become bonded in a secret friendship. Their paths cross off and on, but when Hutch becomes bitter, Georgie pulls away.  Can Georgie and Hutch push beyond the pressures of war and blossom a love that God planned for them?
This second novel is just as enticing with the combination of romance and war.  I fell in love with Georgie and Hutch.  They were very different in personality and character, but uniquely alike in their dreams and purpose.  Georgie was absolutely charming, but with a strong backbone despite some weaknesses that she eventually overcame.  I felt sorry for Hutch who seemed to constantly be trampled by commanding officers and just could never quite achieve what he was striving to do by pursuing the Pharmacy Corps.  Sarah gives fascinating facts about flight nursing, the army pharmacy and the protocol of love relationships between ranks.  All this combines to form an enjoyable historical romance.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Hens for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Artisan Nut Thins from Blue Diamond Review

Artisan Nut Thins are no guilt, flavorful, crunchy and healthy crackers!  Each of the flavors I tried (Sesame Seeds, Multi-Seeds and Flax Seeds) were made with brown rice and almonds.  And all were wheat and gluten free.  I really enjoyed the flavor of each of these.  And I loved the crunch along with the great health benefits.  These artisan-baked crackers are 130 calories per serving (13 crackers) and paired with meats, cheeses or fruits they taste fabulous and on their own they are amazing too!  Check out Blue Diamond for more information on these savvy new crackers that will spice up any gathering or offer a quick and enjoyable snack.

Thanks to Naturally Savvy for sending me a complimentary sample of these products for review.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Back 2 School Survival Guide by Susan Heid from The Confident Mom Review and Discount

It's time for BACK to SCHOOL!!  I was a teacher for many years and I love the beginning of the school year, but now the tables have turned and I will be starting school (at home) with my son this year.  I love the routine, new habits, comforting food and sense of excitement that Fall brings.  But for many, the beginning of the school year is daunting.

Susan Heid has a wonderful resource just for you!  It's the Back to School Survival Guide 2013.

This 80 page ebook is filled with practical suggestions for getting your school year started right including schedule changes, basic morning/afternoon/evening/bedtime routines, homework hints and tips, preparing for school, family priorities, teaching responsibility, school lunches and more!

There are also 48 pages of printables:
      Student Planner
      Master Family Planner
      Routine Checklists
      School Information Sheet
      Schedule Adjustment Worksheet
      Countdown Maze
      My Favorites Lunch Planning Worksheet
      Grocery Planner
      Family Fun Worksheet
      Family Meeting Agenda
      School Goals Worksheet
      Classmate Contact Sheet
      Important Dates At-A-Glance Sheet
      Lunchbox Notes, Jokes, and Quotes
      Note to Teacher Form 

Susan's step by step suggestions for back to school success are practical, doable and obtainable.  The best part that really made it a personal planner is filling in your own action steps after each survival tip.  Susan doesn't just tell you what to do, she encourages you to take action.  That makes for a very successful and enjoyable school year for you and your children.

I felt like I could confidently make a purposeful and meaningful plan for my school year with this survival guide.  I know that when I have a plan and I have written down schedules, routines, and the family knows what to expect, the chance for a prosperous and thriving school year is available to me and my family.

This guide is adaptable for both families that send kids to school and those that homeschool.

Starting the new school year can be joyful, fun and organized.  Get your Back 2 School Survival Guide today!!

Regular price: $10
Discount code for $2 off: SCHOOLMOM
Expires: 8/10/13

Get your Back 2 School Survival Guide today!!