Review/Giveaway: Old Fashioned books and DVD

Old Fashioned DVD & books giveaway

Wow–what a great giveaway today! The winner will receive the Old Fashioned movie on DVD as well as Old Fashioned, the novel by Rene Gutteridge and The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance by Ginger Kolbaba.

You can read a detailed review of the movie at this post.  But if you don’t click over there, let me just tell you that my husband and 2 teen sons enjoyed this movie.  It’s not prudish and it’s not a “preachy” movie.  It isn’t what I expected, and I bet it will surprise you, too! It’s rated PG-13.

Today’s review is of the 2 books that are both based on the screenplay written by Rik Swartzwelder.

Old Fashioned is a novelization that Rene Gutteridge wrote.  It was very enjoyable to read!  I haven’t read a “romance” novel in decades, and this one was refreshing. I had already watched the movie, so it was fun to see more details filled in with the book. There were some parts of the plot that the movie even left out. (I wonder if they had been filmed, but then cut during the editing stage?) Just like the movie, the book deals with some adult themes, so it’s not appropriate for kids.  Teens need to start thinking about these issues, however. I think it’s important for them to see the 2 main characters and how the bad choices they made in the past still affect them today. But also how God’s grace can wash over a repentant soul and restore it. It’s a beautiful story of redemption!

Old Fashioned is a paper-back book, 303 pages long. It’s published by Tyndale House.

“Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town….and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance.  But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.  Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love.  They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old fashioned” courtship?”

The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance by Ginger Kolbaba is a non-fiction book also inspired by Rik Swartzwelder’s story. The book opens with a “Note” from Rik where he explains why he wrote the Old Fashioned screenplay in the first place and how it all started to come together. The book is written in a devotional format, with 40 days of readings. Each “Day” begins with a quote (sometimes from the movie), about 3 pages explaining an aspect of living the “old fashioned” life of purity and following God’s ways, a Bible verse, some questions to answer in a journal, and a prayer.  It would be a wonderful book for teens or older singles to read through to understand more about what God wants for us, why it’s best, and how to actually do it since it is so against the flow of our society today!

The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance is paper-back, 222 pages. It has several appendices that are quite helpful: discussion starters that could be used in a small group and a list of resources for further study.

“Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic.  In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced!  So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way?  Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow.  But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.  Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it.  Regardless of your past mistakes, where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime!  As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way.  And before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.”
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Official Website – http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com
 
 
Twitter: @OldFashionedVow  #OLDFASHIONEDMOVIE
 
 Now the giveaway! One blessed person will win the Old Fashioned DVD, novel, and devotional book. Giveaways are only valid in US & Canada. Enter on the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be chosen on July 8 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.
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 products 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. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” This post contains affiliate links.

Review/ Giveaway: Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Another wonderful children’s book is here for a review and giveaway today  .  This one is Jesus Calling for Little Ones by Sarah Young, illustrated by Antonia Woodward.

It’s a “Jesus Calling” book, which means that it comes from the adult book Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence
(which I have written about here).  These devotions are so special because they are written as if Jesus were speaking directly to you.


I have also reviewed (and love!) Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids, which has shortened versions of the devotions that are in the adult book.

What’s special about Jesus Calling for Little Ones is that it’s written for toddlers.  There are 13 “devotions” to read to your child.  Each one is on 2 pages, with beautiful illustrations, a 4-5 line saying of words Jesus could be saying to your child, and a verse of Scripture.

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One thing I really liked was that there is a specific phrase for each devotion that is in red. If you are reading to a baby or younger toddler who can only handle a few words per page, these are already picked out for you! You’ll read, “I created everything,” “I know everything about you,” and “I am everywhere!”

Jesus Calling for Little Ones

I’m happy to have a copy of this board book to give away. Enter on the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be chosen on July 8 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to write this honest review.

Giveaway: WildSmiles Braces- Design Your Smile

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If you’re like me, you have a child in braces, or about to get them! I was so happy to find out about WildSmiles Braces, because I know my daughter will love these when she needs braces in the next year or so.

What are WildSmiles Braces?

They are 6 specially designed brackets (click over to see how neat they are!) that you get on your upper teeth (the ones that show the most) and are available in a variety of fun shapes including Stars, Hearts, Sports Balls, Footballs, Flowers and Super-Diamonds®!  

It helps make braces a little more fun for your kids!  You can mix and match the shapes. WildSmiles are low profile stainless steel braces. They offer a more comfortable feel than other aesthetic braces like clear ceramic brackets.  WildSmiles braces work the same as traditional braces. The only thing that makes them different is that the part that attaches to your tooth is in a cool shape. WildSmiles are made to the highest government regulations and standards in strength, quality, and aesthetics.

If you need braces then you can have WildSmiles. Since WildSmiles work the same as conventional treatment, there is no need to worry. Simply tell your orthodontist that you want WildSmiles. You can also order WildSmiles on their web site and they will ship them to your doctors office!

WildSmiles Braces® were developed and patented by Dr. Clarke Stevens who has always had a keen desire to make orthodontics a positive experience for patients and their families. He leads his office team to provide excellent orthodontics in a fresh and fun environment where everyone, be it patient or staff, is number one!

Have some fun designing your smile here!

You can win a set–worth $150!  Enter on the rafflecopter below. Winner will be chosen on July 12, 2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(This is a sponsored post. The prize of a set of WildSmiles Braces will be sent by the company.)

Summer Blessing Giveaway: 31 Gifts, Essential Oils, Bible Study!

Summer is in full swing! For some of us, it may mean park days and lazy days at the pool. For some of us it may be work as normal. Whatever your situation is, we want to bless you this summer!
Woman to Woman Ministries has teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you the Summer Blessing Giveaway!

Are you excited for this great giveaway?  I am!  One blessed lady will receive:

Jewell by Thirty One Paris Purse in color of your choice $78 value

Jewell by Thirty One All About the Benjamins wallet in color of your choice $48 value

The Quiet Fight Among Women online course donated by Angie Tolpin $36 value

Essential Oil gift certificate donated by A Mama’s Story $15 value

Lilla Rose Freestyle Tiara Flexiclip donated by A Delightful Glow $13 value

 

 

Please stop by and support all of our participating bloggers:

Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US residents only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated by Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. By entering this giveaway, you agree to release Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Jenifer Metzger and all participating bloggers of all liability. Winning entry will be verified. Contest ends at 12:01am EST on June 28, 2015. Winner is randomly chosen by Rafflecopter and will be emailed.

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Caribbean Cruise Giveaway!

 

Welcome to the Caribbean Cruise Giveaway!

Little Passports is partnering with Princess Cruises to give away over $4500 in prizes, including a family cruise to the Caribbean!

ENTER THE CARIBBEAN SAIL AWAY SWEEPSTAKES today!

One Grand Prize winner will enjoy: A 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise for a family of four on Princess Cruises, embarking and disembarking from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
$750 airline voucher
$500 worth of merchandise from DiscoveryStore.com and
A 12-Month Little Passports subscription

Additionally, Five Runners up will each receive:
A $50 gift certificate to DiscoveryStore.com.

The Sweepstakes for the Caribbean Cruise Giveaway ends on June 30th, so be sure to enter soon!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Caribbean Sail Away Sweepstakes begins 06/01/15 at 8:00 AM (PT), and ends 06/30/15 at 11:00 PM (PT). To enter, you must be a legal resident of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia and be at least 21 years of age at time of entry. Void outside the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited. See official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure at www.littlepassports.com/sweepstakes. Sponsored by: Little Passports, 222 Sutter Street, Suite 750, San Francisco, CA 94108.

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Review/ Giveaway: Hillsong United Empires CD

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I have recently had the privilege to listen to the new Hillsong United Empires CD.  On this album you’ll find over an hour’s worth of music in 12 songs. I really love some of Hillsong’s past songs, so I was excited to listen to Empires.  If you aren’t familiar with Hillsong, they sing Christian worship music.

About Hillsong United:
UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connect with churches, individuals and ultimately connect people everywhere with God. UNITED serve in church as a part of the wider Hillsong Worship and Creative team when they are home. When on tour, they are accompanied by the whole Hillsong team’s support and prayers that their ministry would arrest hearts and point people to Jesus, impacting individuals, local youth groups and local churches.

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My Review:

I didn’t like this album as much as I expected I would.  It just didn’t “wow” me.  I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of people, though, because it is well-written and well-performed. There are 12 songs, some sung by a man and others by a woman. The music is calming, almost ethereal at times.  My son said it sounded “symphonic.” Many of the songs have repeating motifs that remind me of Philip Glass.  There were two songs I liked more than the others: “Rule” and “Captain.”  I think this album will especially appeal to the older generations.

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Twitter: @HillsongUnited
 
Instagram: @HillsongUnited
 
 
Check them out on tour this summer: http://outcrytour.com/
Here’s a video of their performance on the TODAY show in case you missed it last month:  https://vimeo.com/123986301
 
Official website: http://smarturl.it/Empires

Enter to win Hillsong United Empires CD on the Rafflecopter app below. The giveaway goes from now until June 6, 2015.  Giveaways are valid in US & Canada only.
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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.
(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, through random choice from Rafflecopter app, and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.)

Review/ Giveaway: “Daddy Loves You So Much!”

Daddy Loves You So Much

What a precious book to review for you today! Daddy Loves You So Much is a padded board book for babies and toddlers.  It’s published by Tommy Nelson and illustrated by Jo Parry.

I think this book is just perfect for Father’s Day!  It reminds me of my husband with his little boys and girls.  Each of the 10 pages features a different father and child animal pair with a 4-line rhyme.  We talk about the Daddy who loves, cares, teaches, and makes laugh.  The book is funny and clever, and I really love the illustrations.

I’m always on the look-out for books that honor fathers and show them involved with and loving their kids. This book does just that!

Purchase it here: Daddy Loves You So Much

Enter the Giveaway on the Rafflecopter app below.  Contest ends on June 1, 2015 and winner has 24 hours to respond to my email.
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(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.)

Homeschoolers: Did you get your coupon code yet?

Build Your Bundle 2015

Yay– the Build Your Bundle homeschool curriculum sale has been extended by one day!  Now ends June 2, 2015. Don’t miss out!

Get the Character Bundle for only $19.
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Get the Fine Arts Bundle for only $29.
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Get the Unit Studies Bundle for only $19.
Love Unit Studies? This Bundle is awesome - 89% off!
And the Special Needs Bundle for only $10!
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Giveaway & Coupon Code for “Build Your Bundle” Homeschool Curriculum Sale

The BIGGEST Sale of the Year has been EXTENDED ONE DAY!
Do you remember the Build Your Bundle homeschool curriculum sale last year? Well this year it’s even better!

**Sale extended one day–ends June 2!

There are 200 homeschool curriculum items bundled into specific categories and all offered for a very low price. One Bundle is only $10, and 5 Bundles are only $12!

The sale dates are May 25-June 2.  See this post for the details!

Here is some of what you will be seeing in the sale:

Bundles for:
Preschool-Kindergarten
1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
Middle School
High School
Charlotte Mason
Notebooking
Copywork
Unit Studies
Just for Boys
Just for Girls
Character Bundle
Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
Fine Arts
Special Needs Bundle
Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

Some of the awesome publishers are:
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Prices for the bundles start at only $10!

(There is no giveaway or coupon code anymore at present.  But if one becomes available, I’ll put it on this page!)

 

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.)

Review/ Giveaway Christy Nockels “Let it be Jesus” album

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Today’s review and giveaway is for Christy Nockels’ brand new album Let It Be Jesus.
I’ve been listening to the downloads of the songs for the last week and really like this album.  Many of the songs have words directly from Scripture.  It’s a mixture of songs I can use for praise and worship and for simply enjoying listening to Christian music.  It’s a live album, so you’ll hear the clapping of the audience, but it’s still very well produced.  There are 11 great songs on Let It Be Jesus.  See it on iTunes. And you can win it for yourself–see below for the giveaway!
About Christy:
As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997.  She’s seen first hand music sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way. A pastor’s kid, who was born in Fort Worth and raised in Oklahoma, she grew up singing in church. She met her husband, Nathan, in 1993 at the Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, Co. They recorded an independent record with fellow worship leader Charlie Hall under the name Sons & Daughters that led to an invitation from Louie Giglio to participate in the first Passion conference in Austin. Christy’s voice gained a national platform when she and Nathan formed the duo Watermark, recording four acclaimed albums before that musical season ended, paving the way for Christy’s solo career. In 2008, the couple moved to Atlanta to become part of Passion City Church where she serves on the worship team with sixstepsrecords labelmates Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill. The following year, Nockels released her acclaimed solo debut, Life Light Up and spent much of the next two years touring with Tomlin and Passion.
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Giveaway:

The album officially releases on April 28!  The giveaway is for the album download.  The winner will receive a unique code in order to download the album for free. Winner will be chosen on May 6, 2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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 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.

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.

Review: “Conscious Box “

Welcome to a fun review today– about a Conscious Box subscription. Each month you get

  • Hand-selected food, bath, beauty and home products
  • All-Natural and GMO-free
  • Ships FREE!

I just received my Conscious Box this week and was so excited to open it up and see what was included.  Why?  Because each month you get different products!  Some are full-sized, some are samples.  And there are 3 different types of boxes to choose from: Classic, Vegan, or Gluten-Free.

Here’s what my box had in it:

Sparkling Apple drink and protein bar

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Facial Moisturizer and Shampoo

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Herbal Bath Tea and Coconut Oil

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A coupon book

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Herbal supplement lozenges, laundry detergent, immunity booster supplements

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I love how each monthly Conscious Box has new items in it.  There is such a variety, too.  You can choose gluten-free or vegan, or just the classic like I got.

The Conscious Box mission is to help connect sustainable brands with like-minded consumers, and to aid all subscribers on their way to healthier living.

A monthly Conscious Box subscription is less than $20/month. You can use the coupon code “FREETRIAL” to receive your first box free-only pay shipping.

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(Disclosure: I received a complimentary box in order write an honest review.  I am an affiliate for Conscious Box, and this post contains affiliate links.)

 

Giveaway: A Pair of Prescription Eyeglasses from Firmoo

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Do you wear glasses?  I do every night before bed and have loved the new glasses I recently got from Firmoo.  (See my Firmoo review here.)

Today you can enter to win a pair of glasses for yourself!  If you are the winner, you’ll need to get the prescription information from your eye doctor to fill in the order.  Then you just pick your frames from this page.  One neat thing you can do is upload a picture of yourself so you can “try on” the frames to see how they look with your face.  Or, you can use one of the photographs they provide.  Then, just wait for your frames to arrive.

By the way, there is a great 50% off sale going on right now to get 2 pairs of frames sitewide. Use code EASTER50

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Firmoo is an online eyeglasses website.  They have so many different styles of prescription glasses for men and women, as well as some neat sunglasses (you can get those with prescription as well.)  See here for my sunglasses review.

The winner will get one pair of Firmoo glasses with free shipping to US from this page. Glasses include the frames, standard 1.50 index single vision lenses. Upgraded lenses and add-ons will be charged an extra fee.

Enter to win on the Rafflecopter app below.  The winner will be chosen on April 18, 2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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Giveaway: The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies Blu-Ray DVD

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Welcome to the Blu-Ray Giveaway of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies!

The final installment of The Hobbit is here! Warner Bros. is proud to bring you the Blu-Ray release of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies!

• Are you Brave like Bilbo? Take the quiz to find out if you have the bravery it takes to journey through Middle Earth!

• 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 Blu-Ray:
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.

Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers

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Own it on Blu-ray NOW!


Giveaway open to the U.S. and Canada. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.  Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Blu-ray 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.  The winner will be chosen on April 11, 2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.
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Tapestry of Grace: Spring Unit Celebration (plus a curriculum giveaway!)

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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:

Israel:
Red Roasted Pepper Hummus
GF Crackers
GF Popcorn Chips

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

China:
Vegetable Eggrolls
Chicken Fried Rice
White Rice

Cuba:
Cuban sandwiches
Congri ( Black beans and rice)
Yellow Plantains

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

Germany:
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?

India:

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Israel:

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Southern U.S.A.

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China:

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Germany:

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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

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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.

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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!

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

What:   

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!

When:

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

Discount:

Get 10% Off New Orders from March 12th to the 22nd.  Enter this code at checkout– BYG10TOTAL3

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)

 

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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.

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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!

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

Giveaway: One set of Crystal Wash Laundry Balls

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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.

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Details:

*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.

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Giveaway: LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray

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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!

 

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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!)

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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.