Tapestry of Grace: Spring Unit Celebration (plus a curriculum giveaway!)

Tapestry of Grace Spring unit celebration

I can’t express to you how wonderful it has been to switch our history/literature curriculum to Tapestry of Grace this year, and to be a part of our Tapestry of Grace Fellowship Group!  We have just completed our 2nd unit celebration of the year.  We did one last fall which was focused on The Roaring Twenties.  This time we expanded even more with the time period being the 1930s – 1960s in 6 different countries that we have recently studied: Israel, India, China, Cuba, Germany, and the southern U.S.

**Be sure to read to the bottom of the post to enter to win a full year of Tapestry of Grace Curriculum!

Everyone was encouraged to dress from one of the countries and/or the time period. My family was dressed from the 1950s. I made poodle skirts for myself and 3 of my girls. My oldest daughter wanted a car-hop costume, so I made one for her. It was easy for the boys–jeans and a t-shirt, and we got (borrowed) a couple of black leather jackets.  So fun!

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The food was almost all catered and was so yummy!  Here is what we had:

Red Roasted Pepper Hummus
GF Crackers
GF Popcorn Chips

Dal Shorba  (Soup)
Chicken Tikka Marsala
GF Naan
GF Chana Masala

Vegetable Eggrolls
Chicken Fried Rice
White Rice

Cuban sandwiches
Congri ( Black beans and rice)
Yellow Plantains

Southern USA:
Crispy Fried Chicken (Spicy & Reg)
Collard Greens
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Hoppin John (Black-eyed peas and rice)
Fresh Fruit

German Chocolate Cupcakes
Mock Black Forest Cake  (Chocolate cake with cherry filling, whipped creme frosting, topped with chocolate shavings)
Carrot Cake

The decorations were amazing!  The big room we were in was divided into 6 areas, with each representing a different country.  Don’t you love this?


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Southern U.S.A.

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Cuba:  (The cigars are Twix!)

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After dinner each student group did a presentation:

Acting out the “Pledge of Allegiance:”

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Reciting “I Have a Dream” speech and sharing their own dreams:

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Sharing some Chinese words and inventions:

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Singing “This Land is Your Land:”

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The high schoolers acted out a scene they wrote based on “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  We had folk singing, Cuban cha-cha dancing, Cuban drum music, a presentation about missionary work in India, recitation of the Hebrew alphabet, and a presentation about Deitrich Bonhoeffer.

During dinner, a slideshow was playing on the big screen and CDs of each country’s music was playing over the sound system.

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My kids loved sitting on the floor to eat!

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If this Tapestry of Grace post interests you for your homeschool, you can enter to win a full year of curriculum (about $150 worth)!  And, if you win, I’ll win too!

So, please put my name Gena Mayo as your Sponsor in the comment field  for the giveaway entry!

You can enter if you are not yet in Tapestry’s database as a customer (meaning, you have never made a Lampstand Press purchase).

To enter add this FREE ticket to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout, where you will need to create an account at their store.
At checkout, ENTRANTS should look for the “comments” section. There, type in your SPONSOR’s name: Gena Mayo.  (You won’t be making a purchase, just signing up to win the curriculum!)

The drawing will take place on April 1, and there will be Three Winners!

Giveaway: “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” Digital HD


What a fun giveaway today!

Have you enjoyed The Hobbit movies? Today’s giveaway is of
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Digital HD release.

The final installment of The Hobbit is here! Warner Bros. is proud to bring you the Digital release of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies! Mouse over the Interactive map of Middle-Earth and take the quiz to find out what is your Middle-Earth weapon of choice!

• Are you Battle Ready? Take the quiz to uncover your Middle-Earth Weapon of choice!
• Mouse over the Interactive Map to learn fun facts about Middle-Earth.
• Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the film home today!


About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Digital:
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.


Own it on Digital HD 

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Official Trailer:


The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Digital Download Coupon for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Giveaway open to the U.S. and Canada.  The winner will be chosen on March 31 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.
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Giveaway: Kevin’s Quality Clothes Pins – 3 Winners!


Welcome to the giveaway of Kevin’s Quality Clothes Pins, with 3 winners!


30 Clothes Pins – Handmade, heavy duty, made of left over hard wood end pieces from the manufacturing of guitars.

How Many Winners:

Three Winners Of 30 Clothes Pins Each!


March 12th 12am EST – March 21st 12am EST


Get 10% Off New Orders from March 12th to the 22nd.  Enter this code at checkoutBYG10TOTAL3

This giveaway is being sponsored by:
Hilary & Kevin Jones of The Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter.

Website – http://ladyandthecarpenter.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ladyandthecarpenter
Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/519938320/creating-a-clothespin-you-can-love

Who Can Enter:

Anyone 18 of years or older, and residents of the USA…

Winner Notification:

The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent.
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(Disclosure: I am working with other bloggers to promote this giveaway.)

Giveaway: 4 Oz. Bottle Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil (with ebook)





Today’s giveaway is for a 4oz bottle of Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil + the Ebook 53 Uses for Tea Tree Oil!  It’s a $24.99 value.

I am a novice when it comes to essential oils.  I’ve attended a couple of seminars and read some on the subject, but I only own a few.  The only one I’ve used much at all is Tea Tree Oil!  I first got it when I heard it could be useful in getting a tick to unattach.  We had had an incident where a tick attached itself to my baby’s head.  Oh, yes, I freaked out.  I bought some Tea Tree Oil soon after that, but have never needed it for that reason.

I did mix up a batch of the oil with some water and put it in a spray bottle to use as a disinfectant when my son was playing football.  Tea Tree Oil is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, so it’s great whenever germs need to be killed.  I would spray it inside my son’s football helmet after practices and games after he would wipe it out with baby wipes.

I love the book 53 Uses for Tea Tree Oil because I have discovered so many more ways to use it!  Many of the recipes only use a few drops, so one bottle goes a long way.  There are recipes for shampoo, oven cleaner, facial scrubs, and so much more!  Visit the Apothecary Extracts website.


See below on the graphic for more details on the Tea Tree Oil you’ll be entering to win.  Once again, I am wishing I could enter as well!



Giveaway starts on March 9th and ends on the 15th. US only.

Giveaway: One set of Crystal Wash Laundry Balls



Today I have a giveaway for one set of Crystal Wash laundry balls, worth $49.99!

These are non-toxic, eco-friendly, sensitive skin safe laundry detergent alternatives.  Why are they great?  You can do 1,000 Loads of Laundry with No Detergents, No Chemicals, No Dyes, and No Perfumes!  They have Bio Ceramics inside made from minerals of the earth that have antibacterial and anti-oxidating properties.  Cool!

I know with all the laundry we do around here at my home, it would really be wonderful to have an easier way to do all the cleaning.  The Before & After results are amazing!

You can save a lot of money, as well as wash your clothes in a “green” way with these revolutionary Crystal Wash laundry balls.  See more (including a video) at the Crystal Wash website.

The giveaway runs from March 3-March 6.



*No purchase required, open to U.S residents who are 18 years or older only, void where prohibited. One winner will be announced March 6th, 2015 11:59pm CST via email, please check your spam folder! Winner will have 24 hours to respond, if said winner has not responded within the 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen by random. Frugal Mama and The Sprout and other participants of this giveaway are not responsible for unfulfilled shipments by the sponsor.

(Disclosure: I am working with other bloggers to promote this giveaway.)

Giveaway: LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray



Welcome to the LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray Giveaway!

Lego fans wait no more! LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is here along with an awesome Bizarro name-generator app and exclusive Digital Trading Cards.

Input your name into the LEGO Bizarro Name Generator below to reveal your Bizarro alter-ego.

Then enter on the Rafflecopter to win a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack + with Batzarro LEGO minifigure of LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League.

About LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League
Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.


• Jen-Crush-Zarro-Mecca! Type in your name to reveal your Bizarro alter-ego – If you don’t like your name, press the refresh button or try again!
• Share your name from the app using the Twitter & Facebook share buttons.  #JusticeLeague  #BizarroLeague
• Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the Bizarro League home today!





Each household is only eligible to win LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) Blu-ray with Batzarro LEGO minifigure of LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  U.S. and Canada only. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.  Contest ends Tuesday March 3, 2015.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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Disclaimer: I am working with Warner Home Video.  I didn’t receive any of these LEGO items.

Giveaway: Margaux and May Organic Swaddle Blankets (8 winners!)


Welcome to the Margaux and May organic swaddle blanket giveaway!

Organic muslin blanket 3 copyMargaux and May, is a baby product company who is steering away from the cliché baby animals, blues and pinks you generally see when you think “newborn”. Instead, they are putting Mom first, with more “grown up” designs leaning towards style and sophistication. And, you can see that, with the bold print on the twin-set of the organic swaddle blankets we are giving away to our readers.

These blankets are incredibly soft and generously sized at 120cm x 120 cm/47″ x 47″, which are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) as being made from 100% organic cotton. Not to mention, they are hand-woven by experienced artisans; with a practice dating back to the Bangladesh of Medieval Times.

The swaddles are also vegan, meaning no animal products are used in the making of these blankets.Organic muslin blanket 7

Likewise, Margaux and May, have our seal of approval on the natural and recycled packaging they use to deliver these luxurious blankets to the world in.

And, we know you also want to try them out for yourself!

Giveaway Time

We are giving away, to 8 lucky readers, an organic twin swaddle set retailed at $29.99 each. Perfect for the arrival of a beautiful bambino, or as a gift to a friend or family member.

This giveaway starts at 6PM EST on Sunday February the 15th, and ends at 6PM on Wednesday the 25th of February at 6PM EST. It is open to the USA and Canada only.

However, if outside of these countries you can still purchase 100% Organic Muslin Swaddle Blankets from Amazon. Confidently, Margaux and May, offer a no questions asked money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with the product you will receive a full refund.

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**Willy B Mum and I Choose Joy! are not responsible for fulfilling sponsored prize obligations; prizes will be shipped directly from the brand. If you are a winner you must respond to your notification email within 48 hours or we will choose another winner.

“23 Blast” DVD Giveaway

23 Blast movie review

 Welcome to another movie giveaway today.  Have you heard about 23 Blast?  It’s based on a true story.
As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) is a local hero both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town, but in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach, and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.  Rated PG-13 / 1h 42m
My Review:
This was another great family movie!  I will say first, though, that some of the themes are a bit intense, so it’s best for older kids.  There was no bad language, but the PG-13 rating is for teen drinking.
It was a very inspirational movie.  I love how people overcome the difficulties that they are faced with.  Travis had a sudden infection (menangitis) that caused blindness, and even though he went through the typical depression, he overcame his trial.  I loved the therapist character who pushed him to deal with his blindness and got him back to school and to take care of himeself.  I loved the coach who took a chance and allowed him to play football again.  I loved the “love” story, and the way Travis encouraged his best friend to do better than he was.  And, I loved that the real Travis was in the movie, too!  You’ll have to watch until the end to see who he is!
See the 23 Blast Trailer HERE
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Check out the 23 BLAST BOWL Official Website — 1 Grand Prize Winner Will Receive: 5 23 BLAST DVD’s, an Autographed football from TONY DUNGY, Super Bowl Winning Coach and All Pro Dad National Spokesman, a pizza party for 8-10 guests, and awesome memorabilia from the film! It’s a great opportunity for a small group gathering. You can also find all sorts of conversation starters, discussion guides, and other free resources!
More info about the 23 BLAST BOWL HERE
Now, enter the giveaway to win your own copy of 23 Blast on the Rafflecopter app below.
Giveaways are only valid in US & Canada.
 Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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See the Light’s “God’s Surprise” Art Set Giveaway!

Guess what? See the Light’s most popular set: God’s Special Surprise is on sale for the month of February.

Have the life of Moses come alive for your family!

We are looking for a winner for the best selling Art DVD, God's Special Surprise!


GOD’S Special Surprise DELUXE GIFT SET is on special during the month of February!

Families will thrill to the love and faith required of a mother desperate to save her baby boy from certain death. Children and adults will admire the bravery of a sister who dared to speak-up to a powerful princess. It’s the dramatic story of baby Moses, God’s Special Surprise to the Israelites, brought to life through art and sound. This story builds the faith of children and encourages obedience to the Word of God.


  • DVD w/ 285 minutes of content
  • black light
  • fluorescent pencils
  • fluorescent chalk

The regular price: $29.99.

During the month of February you can purchase God’s Special Surprise $25.00 + FREE SHIPPING in the USA.

Coupon Code to use: STL

See the Light wants (1) family to have their very own God’s Special Surprise Deluxe Gift Set. We will be picking a random winner on February 9th at 12a. All entries will be verified.


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.


(Disclosure: I am an affiliate of See the Light, and this post contains affiliate links.

Giveaway: Subscription to “Dear Magazine”


Oh, I’m so excited about this giveaway of a Dear Magazine subscription today!

Do you have a daughter or granddaughter (or niece or friend!) who is aged 13-21? Then this magazine is for her! It comes to you from one of my favorite companies Home Educating Family (HEDUA). I have used their Well Planned Day planners and calendars for years, as well as enjoying their homeschool magazine Home Educating Family. Now, I’m excited to have a magazine just for my daughters!

Here’s a little about the magazine:

Every young woman is dear. But not every young woman realizes this truth. Jenny Keliher has a passion to encourage young women to discover that they are dear. She wants to “show young women that they are dear in every sense of the word and in every area of their lives.”

So, who is Jenny? Daughter of Well Planned Gal Rebecca Keliher, Jenny is a young woman who has been taught to chase her passions and use her talents to God’s glory.

In an effort to reach teenagers world-wide with the message that they are dear to God, Jenny has created Dear Magazine. This beautiful product combines Jenny’s heart for the Lord with her love for literature, baking, and design.

Designed for young women ranging in age from thirteen to twenty-one, Dear covers everything from faith to fashion, from relationships to entertainment. But nothing about these topics fits the societal norm. Instead, each article reminds young women that everything they do should reflect the dear woman God has created them to be.

In each issue of Dear, young women will find much to challenge them and spark their interest, such as:
– the biography of a historical hero, beginning with Amy Carmichael
– women’s awareness topics
– do-it-yourself sections
– recipes
– fashion tips
– spiritual growth encouragement
– encouragement and advice for growing in maturity
– discussions on relationships with friends and family
– entertainment suggestions


See a Preview of Dear Magazine here:

Before you enter the giveaway below, I have 3 things for you to do:

  1. Go pick up a FREEBIE!  Planning Software, an issue of Family Magazine, and High School Helps ebook!
  2. See if you could use a 2014-2015 planner or calendar–they’re on clearance right now, 50% off!  I just ordered a 4-year High School planner for my son since we realized he is doing a few classes this year that are high school level!

             3. Pre-order next year’s planners since they are 20% off only until March 31!





(Disclosure: I am an affiliate of HEDUA and this post contains affiliate links.)

Giveaway: Pillowcase Cover from Orkin


You’ll LOVE playing Orkin’s “Bed Bug Feud” Blog App:

• Think you have what it takes to make it on the leaderboard? Play the Bed Bug Feud and beat the clock to be crowned the Bed Bug Champion!


Giveaway: 1 CleanRest Pillow Encasement (pillowcase cover) (retail value $20.00)


At Orkin, they use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your needs. To learn more about their pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

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Orkin YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/OrkinVideo

Each household is only eligible to win (1) CleanRest Pillow Encasement via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Giveaway open to U.S. Only. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.  Winner will be chosen on February 4, 2014 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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Disclosure: I am working with Orkin LLC and will be receiving a pillowcase as well.


Review/ Giveaway “The Identical” DVD

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I’m so thrilled to give a review on a family movie today–along with a giveaway!  The movie is “The Identical” and stars actors such as Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano, Blake Rayne, and Ray Liotta.

When the movie first arrived, I wasn’t sure if my family would enjoy it or not, so I decided to watch it on a Thursday night, rather than on our typical weekend movie night.

I popped it in the DVD player, and it wasn’t long before the whole family was sitting around!  I also planned on stopping it after 45 minutes and finishing it the next day, but we were so drawn into the story, we watched it all right then.

The story really gripped at me. Poverty and the Great Depression leads a couple to give up one of their twin babies to an infertile couple.  Oh, the tears flowed!  The boys grew up apart, and both had great musical talent.  I don’t want to give away the story.  But it is heart-wrenching as well as heart-warming.

I loved the history portrayed as we travel from the 1930s to the 1970s.  I loved the music.  I loved the marriage relationships.  I loved the focus on God.

Even my husband and oldest son gave it a thumbs-up, and they are strong critics of movies which could be thought of as “B” movies!

Rated PG, approx. 107 minutes.

Visit The Identical official website.

Watch The Identical trailer here:


Check out this special offer from Family Christian —>
Purchasing the DVD from this link comes with The Identity Series DVD.

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Yay–a giveaway!  Enter on the Rafflecopter app to win a copy of “The Identical” DVD.  The giveaway will end Sunday January 18!

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. US and Canada only.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post and this post contains affiliate links.

T-Tapp Giveaway: Prize Pack (Book, 4 DVDs, 2 CDs)

T-Tapp Prize Pack (book and DVDs)

I am so excited to offer this awesome T-Tapp giveaway today!  It’s a T-Tapp Prize pack including the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes by Teresa Tapp, 4 DVDs, and 2 CDs.   T-Tapp is an exercise program, and it’s the only one I enjoy doing!  I have been doing various T-Tapp workouts for about 4 years (off and on), and am back to being consistent with it.

What I love about T-Tapp is that it is such a focused type of exercising that “less is more.”  You are not just exercising one muscle at a time, but at least 5 muscles at a time with every exercise–so you get more benefit in less time.  I won’t lie to you– it’s not easy!  The Basic Workout is 15 minutes of hard work.  But I can do it for 15 minutes!

Here is what you get in the Prize Pack:

  • The book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes by Teresa Tapp (explains everything about the T-Tapp technique and why it works so well, gives detailed instructions for the Basic Workout and the Total Workout, and explains the God Made/Man Made way of eating).  The book also includes the coupon in the back to get 30% off your next order at T-Tapp and is signed by Teresa Tapp!
  • The DVD Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, which comes in the book.  It has 3 special exercises on it such as Hoedowns (to balance blood sugar in 3 minutes) and Organs in Place/ Half Frogs (to get a flatter stomach).
  • The DVD Yes You Can With T-Tapp Instructional Seminar (Teresa gives a live seminar; there are exercises included on it.)
  • CRT Body Brushing with 4 Special Exercises to Target Trim Inches and Reduce Cellulite.  (Body brushing is skin exercise to help tighten your skin as you lose weight)
  • Barefoot Basic+ 30-Minute Clinic Workout (You can learn the Basic Workout using DVD and the book.)
  • Radio Interview CD with Teresa Tapp
  • The Truth About Cellulite CD

Win 4 incredible DVDs!:


If you purchase the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes in January for $16.95, you’ll also get a bonus DVD Healthy Hormones: Brain-Body Fitness Documentary DVD (Retail $24.95):


Or get the Basic Workout Plus DVD and start getting fit and fabulous in 15 minutes!  It’s only $35.95 in January and comes with 3 bonus items: Barefoot Basic Plus DVD (Retail $29.95),
Basic Plus Tempo DVD (Retail $29.95), and Yes You Can with T-Tapp DVD (Retail $19.95)

Enter to win the T-Tapp Prize Pack on the Rafflecopter App below.  Winner must be 18+ years and live in continental U.S.  The winner will be chosen on Wednesday January 14, 2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(Disclosure: All items for the Prize Pack were purchased by myself because I love T-Tapp and want to share it with others!  This post contains affiliate links.)

Sale and Giveaway of Motivated Moms Planners

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If you have read my blog for a while, you may remember me sharing about the Motivated Moms planners in the past.

This planner is just incredible!  It’s just what a busy woman needs!  What you’ll find is a planner that tells you what to do every day.  There are the basics (clean kitchen sink, read to children, take medications, vacuum living room), but also the exotic chores we never seem to get to (change furnace filter, clean ceiling fan, clean freezer compartment in fridge, pull dead leaves off of houseplants).  If you follow it each day, you’ll get your spring cleaning spread throughout the whole year!  I love that!

Motivated Moms Planner

There are two different ways to use this planner–through an ebook format or an app.  In the past I have used the ebook format, printed mine out, and made a cute cover for it! There are lots of versions of this planner (different sizes, with or without Bible reading, etc.).

But lately I’ve been using it in app format.  There are so many different ways to customize it for what will be most useful for you.  When you make customizations, they will carry over when you renew it the next year!  It’s available for iOS devices (Motivated Moms) and Android.

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The BIG SALE of the year is from December 31, 2014- January 2, 2015.  The ebooks are $2 off (so $6), no coupon code required!

The normal price is $1.99 for the app and includes 2 months of tasks and server access. The app will be on sale for 99¢. A year subscription is normally $7.99 but it will be on sale for $5.99.


But I also have a giveaway with 3 Winners!  You choose which ebook or app you’d like!  Enter below on the Rafflecopter app.  (If you purchase the ebook during the sale and then win it, you’ll get a refund.  An app purchase can’t be refunded, though.) The winners will be chosen on Sunday January 11, 2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.


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Giveaway: bobble SPORT Reusable Water Bottle

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 10.38.30 PMWelcome to our week-long, bobble SPORT reusable water bottle giveaway, that we are co-hosting with a wonderful group of mommy bloggers from across the United States.


According to the website Ban The Bottle;

  • Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year3.
  • The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.

And, what about chlorine?

Chlorine was originally used in our water to combat water-borne illnesses, however we must remember it is a chemical, and absorbing it may not be such a good idea.

So What Can We Do ?

Using reusable water bottles is a HUGE step in the right direction. Fill up your bottle with water from a tap, and if you do not like the taste of your water or you are worried about impurities, try it with a filter; no matter what, this is going to be a better option than participating in the single-use plastic water bottle epidemic, which also contributes to littering and damaging our planet, but that is a whole other article.

Or, better yet, use a bottle that has a filter built-in….

Replaceable water filter

Replaceable water filter

Introducing the bobble SPORT

The new bobble SPORT bottle is a hydrated water filtration system which uses a replaceable carbon filter, in effect removing chlorine and impurities from standard tap water. Each filter astoundingly equates to drinking 300 single-serve bottles of water!

As the name suggests, the bobble SPORT is perfect for a busy on-the-go lifestyle, use it at the gym, or fit it perfectly into your stroller cup holder.

It has a molded in-grip feature, comes in seven pretty colors, is made in the USA, is dishwasher safe, and has a carry cap lid so you do not lose it. It is also free of BPA, Pthalates and PVC – love that!

By drinking just under four, 22 ounce water filled bobble SPORT a day, you will easily hit the suggested 8 cup a day minimum of water!

Giveaway Time


First place winner will win a prize package which retails for $75, including a bobble hoodie, a bobble sports top, a bobble gym bag and a bobble SPORT bottle.

While, 2 additional winners will win a bobble SPORT bottle, valued at $12.

Otherwise, through December the 31st, bobble is offering 20% off on their website, using the code GIVEFUN.

If you are one of the winners, bobble will send out the prize to you direct from their warehouse.

This giveaway starts at midnight on Sunday December the 14th, ending on Sunday December the 21st at midnight EST. It is open to the USA only.

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Review/ Giveaway: Christmas Art Lesson DVD from See the Light

Christmas Art Lesson DVD Giveaway

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know how much we LOVE the See the Light art instruction DVDs here at our home. We don’t have professional art instruction outside the home, so this is how I help my kids grow in their art skills. And, it’s fun!

So, this week we started their Christmas DVD. It’s called The Gift of Love. There are 3 art projects on it, and we have only done the first so far. It’s called Creative Lettering and uses mostly simple art supplies– printer paper, ruler, #2 pencil, colored pencils, plus a box of Extreme Colored Pencils (fluorescent) and a black light (can be purchased from See the Light).

The DVD contains 143 minutes of content: the Christmas story is told with narration and chalk art, Creative Lettering lesson (33 minutes), Drawing lesson with colored pencils (37 minutes), and Chalk-art lesson (19 minutes).  The most fun is using the black art to see something that they added that can’t be seen without the special lighting!  The art lessons are best for ages 6 and up.

See below what my kids (ages 8, 9, and 11) accomplished! And then enter below to win a copy of See the Light’s The Gift of Love DVD for yourself!

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Now through December 15th you can get 20% off ART PROJECTS SET (9 DVDs of Art lessons for ages 10 and up–but I’ve used it for younger kids, too) + 20 % off on everything else on the same order + FREE SHIPPING in the USA  Coupon code: BLACKCYBER

And now a GIVEAWAY!

Someone will win The Gift of Love art lesson DVD. The winner will be chosen on December 13 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.  Enter through the Rafflecopter app below.

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Review “VeggieTales in the House” & Netflix Gift Card Giveaway!

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We started watching Netflix about a year ago.  Since then our kids have started watching TV shows; they had never watched TV before that.  Last weekend, though, my husband stopped to look at the My Little Pony episode that they younger kids were watching and said it was full of bad attitudes and he didn’t want them watching it anymore.  Thank goodness for VeggieTales in the House.

We have watched the first five episodes and are happy to say that kids will not get bad attitudes from this show!

On Nov. 26, VeggieTales, the most popular faith-based children’s entertainment brand, unveiled a brand-new Netflix original series for kids, VeggieTales In the HouseThe all-new series marks the first time in the 21-year history of VeggieTales that Bob, Larry and the veggie crew venture off the countertop for exciting new adventures, while remaining true to the values-driven storytelling that has long made VeggieTales such a beloved part of childhood.  The first five 22-minute episodes will be available for Netflix members in the US, Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France to watch instantly. “There’s a whole world that’s been right under our noses this whole time, and we can’t wait to see it,” said VeggieTales star Bob the Tomato. Echoed Larry the Cucumber: “The sweet potatoes are so excited, they don’t even know where to starch!”
In VeggieTales In the House, the veggies will take on a new, refreshed look as DreamWorks Animation puts its creative muscle behind the beloved faith-based brand.  VeggieTales creator Big Idea became part of DreamWorks in 2012 as part of the studio’s acquisition of Classic Media“We’re excited to give the beloved VeggieTales a brand new adventure,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content, Netflix.  “For many of our 53 million members worldwide, this will be the first time they’ve been introduced to the world’s most entertaining vegetables.  We hope many more families become fans of this wholesome preschool series.”
In each 22-minute episode of VeggieTales In the House, two separate 11-minute stories impart important life lessons, designed to please both young viewers and longtime fans of the VeggieTales brand. Every episode also includes brand-new songs and, of course, the famous closing phrase that has been at the heart of VeggieTales from the beginning: “God made you special, and He loves you very much.”

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There are definitely some different things about the new VeggieTales.  First of all, they look different and the animation style is different.  It didn’t take us too long to get used to that, though.  Bob and Larry’s voices sound the same.  But Petunia and Junior sound very different.  I didn’t like that!
But, I love the values that are taught.  Kids learn to be honest, to be obedient (and not to hide it when they do something wrong), to be kind, and to be responsible, etc.  There is still a Bible verse in every episode as there was with past VeggieTales movies, but now it is woven into the story.  I am glad to have found a TV show that my kids can now watch without us hesitating!
And now you can win a 3-month Netflix Gift Card!  Enter below on the Rafflecopter.  Winner will be chosen on 12/13 /14 (love that date!) and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.  US and Canada only.  See other details on the disclaimer below.

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Review/ Giveaway “What’s in the Bible? Vol. 10 Jesus is the Good News!” DVD

I’m so excited to review (and host a Giveaway!) of the DVD “What’s in the Bible? Vol. 10 Jesus is the Good News!”  This is another Buck Denver DVD from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer!

The whole “What’s in the Bible” DVD series was created to explain the Bible to kids.  This particular DVD (volume 10) has 2 25-minute episodes called God’s Perfect Timing (where kids learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at the perfect time) and The Messiah Has Come! (where kids learn about Jesus’ life and ministry).  The whole run of the DVD is about 66 minutes long.

It begins with basic Christian beliefs and a review of what happened in the Old Testament, all taught by puppets!  Then, we learn what had to happen to make it easier for the news about Jesus to spread around the world–communication and transportation.  We learn about Alexander the Great and his conquests, and how he had spread the Greek language and culture into Europe and Asia. During the next 200 years, the Roman empire took over Alexander’s empire and they expanded even more.  And they built roads!

What was happening to the Jews during those 400 years between testaments? They were ruled by different empires.  We learn about Jewish History.  They broke into four groups: the Pharisees, the Saducess, the Zealots, and the Essenes.

Then we begin to learn about the New Testament, and what books are in it.  We get some great details (even some things I didn’t know!) about the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

I love Phil’s description of how we need to understand the Old and New Testaments together.  We don’t get the whole story if we don’t understand both.  The gospel is fully explained by him.  It might be a bit over young kids’ heads, but I love how he says it in various ways to try to make sure everyone understands sin, and Jesus’ redemptive power.

In the 2nd episode, we learn all about the life of Jesus! The birth of John the Baptist, Jesus’ birth, the geneology of Jesus, his baptism, miracles, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension.


Check out the trailer here!

And now for the Giveaway of the DVD “What’s in the Bible? Vol. 10 Jesus is the Good News!”

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. US & Canada only.

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How We Use Kindle Books in Our Home/ plus Kindle Giveaway!

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Are you excited about winning a Kindle?  Be sure to read to the end of the post to learn how to enter the giveaway!

But before you do, let me share how we use Kindle books in our home.  I don’t own a Kindle, but you don’t need one in order to read Kindle books!  I have the Kindle app on my phone, tablet, and computer, so it’s so easy just to read them or print from there!

Often, Amazon offers Kindle books for free or very discounted.  Usually, the ebook version is cheaper than the physical book version.  I try to get them inexpensively and then they are always available.  I have devotional books, blogging books, and homeschooling books.  We also use them for literature in our homeschool.

Here are a few of my favorites:

One thing I learned recently was that our library offers ebook check-outs.  I was trying to get a book that was very popular, and the hold time was months away.  So, I checked out the ebook version instead, and it came through Kindle!

I’ve heard so many good things about this special Kindle for kids:

So, if you haven’t tried Kindle books yet, give them a try!


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Christmas Fire Giveaway

The Crew is on hiatus from writing reviews until January. So while we have a little time on our hands, we thought we’d bless our awesome readers with a super cool Christmas Fire Giveaway! Twenty of our team members and The Old Schoolhouse have joined together to sponsor this incredible giveaway with 3 winners!

We are excited to be giving away not one, not two, but THREE Fire HD Tablets!

One person will win a Fire HD 7 Tablet, and TWO people will win a Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition (in your choice of lime green, blue or pink).

Fire HD 7 Tablet ($139 value, one winner)

Powerful, full-featured Fire HD tablet—with beautiful 7″ HD display, 2x faster quad-core processer, dual speakers with Dolby Audio, and unsurpassed reliability in its class.

Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition ($149 value, two winners)

All-new Fire HD 6 tablet—with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, Kid-Proof Case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee—up to $95 in savings


To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced at our It’s a Crew Christmas Facebook Party on Tuesday, December 16, 9PM ET.

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no away associated with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Amazon. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn. Entry into this giveaway will subscribe you to the Schoolhouse Review Crew email list.

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Nine Naturals $280+ Jackpot Giveaway!

NN_Partnership-Logos_030313-01Welcome to our week-long giveaway that we are co-hosting with a fabulous group of mommy bloggers from across the United States and Canada.

We are very excited to be giving away toxic-free goodies from Brooklyn (New York) based company Nine Naturals. Forward-thinking Nine Naturals make personal products which are smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. They craft their products using only natural and organic ingredients, which include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, body wash, sunscreen and lip balm.

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For a health conscious mother or mother-to-be, most of us are well aware as to the dangers of eating genetically modified foods and foods sprayed with pesticides. We are aware of the dangers of drinking coffee, consuming alcohol, or smoking during pregnancy, and so many other things. However, not a lot of attention is spent on the dangers of slathering disease-causing chemicals and endocrine disruptors on our bodies, which are found in most mainstream personal products. Especially, as these are used on a daily basis!

The skin is the largest organ, and it aptly absorbs whatever is put on it very quickly, traveling into the blood stream, moving around the body, and of course this can affect a fragile fetus growing inside.

So What is Available and Safe to use during pregnancy

New-Belly-ButtersmallNine Naturals are 100% plant-based products, which are free of all the nasties one wants to avoid like, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial preservatives.

All Nine Naturals products are derived from nature, there is absolutely nothing artificial in their formulas. Additionally, all the ingredients have been pre-screened to make sure that they are safe for Mom and Baby, which is very assuring. Nine Naturals also happily disclose all additives that they use, and we love that, as most companies do not tell you what they are putting in their products.

We appreciate that Nine Naturals offer an unscented body butter, as speaking from experience, at one point in my pregnancy there was a stage where I could not stomach a lot of smells! Other essential oil based fragrances that are used in Nine Natural products have been formulated to ease common pregnancy complaints like morning sickness and fatigue – so thoughtful!

screen_shot_2014-10-06_at_12.07.25_pmThe Nine Naturals website is also filled to the brim with information like their handy explanation of all ingredients used in their products which you can see HERE.

You can order Nine Naturals from their website easily. Free shipping is contributed on all USA orders of $50+, a 10% off coupon is emailed to you if you sign up for their email list, and they offer a $5 sample set to try their shampoo and conditioner (just in case you want to try it first).

Nine Naturals is caring small company, who are focused on making a mother’s pregnancy that little bit less stressful but don’t take our word for it, visit their website and check out their energy for yourself!

Giveaway Time

IMG_8700Thanks to Nine Naturals for offering this very generous prize.

One grand prize winner will win the full line of products from Nine Naturals valued at $280, including;

While, 5 additional winners will win a body balm, valued at $15.

If you are one of the winners, Nine Naturals will send out the prize to you direct from their warehouse. This giveaway starts at midnight on Wednesday November the 26th, ending on Tuesday December the 2nd at midnight EST. It is open to the USA and Canada only.

Good Luck, and thanks for stopping by I Choose Joy!

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