Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christmas Plans!

For the past week or so I've been posting my 2014 Christmas Give-Aways . . . and while I still have more give-aways to announce, I thought I'd pause today and talk about Christmas plans! It may seem too early to be thinking and talking about Christmas, but it actually is just two months and four days away! Just around the corner!

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters

I was recently sent a book from the Desperate Diva Diaries series, in exchange for a review with my opinion . . . since I always received books for Christmas as a child, I thought it sounded like a fun title to include in my 2014 Christmas Gift Review/Give-Away. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Scrabble Alphabet Scoop!

I love playing Scrabble on-line with my hubby, sister, and mom, so a Scrabble game which young children can enjoy is one which definitely gets my attention!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - RED HEART Medley Yarn!

When I was eight my grandma gave me a, "learn to crochet" kit for Christmas. So, after Christmas I walked down the street to her house so she could teach me to crochet. My hands would not cooperate, so being an obnoxious eight-year old, I told her, "I hate crocheting and crocheting is for old people." This did not make my grandma very happy. I never thought again about crocheting until 20 years later when I saw a cute pattern I wanted to make. So, I asked my sister to show me how to crochet - which she did - and now I crochet a lot! Occasionally my husband asks me; "Now, who did you say crocheting was for?!!!"

So, now I am a person who crochets, I love finding patterns for things I can make. A while back I was browsing on Pinterest when I found a pattern for slippers . . . which you will find at this link!

Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Dodge Dice

When I was a child my parents always gave me books for Christmas and my birthday and I also received games. I remember the year I received Go For Broke and my sister received Careers . . . we played with those over and over again! Games make wonderful gifts, so I'm very happy to share with you a few fun games which you could give to the children - or adults on your gift list . . . and announce a fun give-away as well!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Beethoven's Treasure Tail

When my children were little, the Beethoven movies came out; my family enjoyed them and found them to be family-friendly and family-enjoyable! So, when I was invited to review a new Beethoven movie in exchange for writing my opinion of the movie, I thought it sounded like fun and hoped for it to once again be family-friendly and family-friendly. I'm happy to say, it is definitely both those and makes a fun option for a stocking stuffer, gift exchange or gift this Christmas - or for a family movie night choice!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Belfry's Christmas Gift

I was recently invited to review a new book for children in exchange for my opinion of the
book . . . it sounded like a story children would enjoy, so I said,"Yes!" After reading it I am certain adults are going to enjoy it as well!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Forever Pearl Fountain Pen from Cross!

I love to write! Yes, I love to write words which make a story, Bible Adventure or blog post, but beyond writing, I love to write . . . the physical action of writing beyond just typing on a keyboard. And, when I write, I love to do so with a fountain pen. Fountain Pens bring such a delight to the act of writing . . . if they are a fountain pen which does not, "spit", "skip" or leave ink everywhere but where you want it.

Over the years I've written with a lot of different fountain pens, but my favorite "brand" is Cross. A Cross Fountain Pen glides over paper and allows you to write while experiencing the actual action of writing. I know it may be old-fashioned . . . and even more so when writing with a fountain pen, but there is such delight in writing with fountain pens.

Plus, Cross puts such attention to the detail, design, and function of their pens you can be sure the pen itself will be beautiful! So, because I love fountain pens and Cross pens in particular, I am absolutely delighted for the opportunity to let you know about one of their newer designs; the Forever Pearl Fountain Pen, and give one away in my 2014 Christmas Gift Review and Give-Away!

Monday, October 13, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - Time for a Bath!

Last year I had the opportunity to review - and give away - the delightful book; Time for a Hug, so when I was invited to review a new book by the same author, I was very happy to do so! Time for a Bath is just as delightful and is sure to be a family favorite!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

2014 Christmas Give-Away - ElectroKidz

I was recently invited to review a toy from WowWee which I think girls in particular, will enjoy . . . ElectroKidz! What is an, ElectroKidz, you ask? Well, it is a little troll with crazy hair which, "dances" to music! Like I said, it is something I think girls will enjoy in particular.

ElectroKidz come in six color and "move" varieties and are for children ages 6 and up. They also come with batteries - one set in the troll and a spare set to keep your troll dancing for some time! Josiah and Caleb helped me unbox the troll I was sent - they thought it was fun to make noises and watch the hair "dance". 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Shutterfly Freebie - October 11 & 12, 2014

As long as I posted about my Shutterfly reviews and give-away today, I thought I'd pass on a fun Freebie from them as well. Today, October 11th and tomorrow, October 12th, you can choose either free photo mailing labels (could be handy when mailing your Christmas cards), or a free photo magnet (might be a fun stocking stuffer for someone!), or a free 16x20 print (add a frame and you have a great gift!) . . . all you have to do is go to shutterfly.com, choose the one you'd like, and use the code FREEBIE when you check out. Simple enough . . . so, which one might you choose? Enjoy!


2014 Christmas Give-Away - Shutterfly Glass Photo Ornament!

Over the years I've had the opportunity to review a number of items from Shutterfly - I love things with photos of my family on them, so I'm a huge fan of Shutterfly. As I thought about this year's Christmas Gift Review I knew I wanted to include something from Shutterfly again, if items were available for review. Happily, Shutterfly made several items available for me to review - and a really great item for a give-away, too!

Friday, October 10, 2014

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Heather W is the winner in my faiThGirLz! Big Book of Quizzes  and the Best Party Book Ever! give-aways! (You'll find the reviews at this link.) Thank you Heather for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by October 17, 2014 so I can have them sent to you) and thank you Zonderkidz for sending them for me to review and for making additional copies avaialble for me to give away!

2014 Christmas Gift Review - Love Letters from God - I'm Giving One Away!

I love celebrating the "fun" of Christmas! After Thanksgiving dinner we put our tree up and then every time my three grandsons are at my house between then and Christmas, they get to open a gift (the gifts are small: matchbox cars, books, candy, ornaments, handmade crocheted hats, etc). I love making gifts, decorating, baking, reading books, watching specials . . . I love celebrating the "fun" of Christmas! 

But, as much as I love celebrating the "fun" of Christmas, I especially love celebrating the reason for Christmas! My tree decorations are a crocheted set of Nativity ornaments and my main decorations are Precious Moments Nativity set, wise men and shepherds because while I love to decorate, I want the focus to be on Jesus; it is His birthday after all! 

So, when I was sent a lovely book by Glenys Nellist from Zonderkidz entitled, Love Letters from God, I knew I had to save it for my 2014 Christmas Gift Review because Jesus is God's Love Gift to us; a book filled with "love letters" from God seems like a wonderful "fit" for Christmas!