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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Best Summer Day Camps in Atlanta 2016

It is never too early to begin planning for summer activities for your kids!  Check out my picks for fun day camps in the metro Atlanta area: 

The Actor's Scene has some fantastic camps for kids ages 4- 18! Little ones can attend Frozen or Star Wars camp, while older kids can make a movie, or the new Sketch Comedy camp.   (My daughter took acting classes here several years ago, and loved both the instructors and the experience she gained.)

Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Summer Camp offers non-competitive day camps for ages 2 and up.  No auditions required.  Classes held at Buckhead Centre, Powers Ferry Centre, and Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre throughout the summer.

Atlanta Hawks Summer Basketball Camp is where participants receive professional instruction from qualified coaches in a fun environment.  Kids of all skill levels get the opportunity of a lifetime to learn from the pros!  Camps are offered at locations around town.

Builder Bunch LEGO Lover Camp is for the LEGO lover in your life! They offer LEGO day camps all over town, where kids learn to build bridges, trains, catapults, and more while competing with other campers to complete missions.

Camp Pine Acres Girl Scout Day Camp features weekly camps such as Frozen in Summer, Colonial Times, Aquatic Juniors, Road Trippin' USA and others.  This camp is located at Lake Allatoona.

Challenge Island is S.T.E.A.M based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and offers camps and other opportunities for elementary-aged kids.  Keep checking their website for Atlanta summer camp information (none posted as of 2/8/16)

Chastain Horse Park Summer Camp teaches kids horsemanship skills - everything from grooming to riding.  Programs for kids from ages 4-14.

Circus Summer Day Camp is offered to kids ages 5 through teens, and is offered in Dunwoody, Decatur and at YMCA locations in Marietta and Norcross.  Kids get an introduction to circus skills, performing arts, visual arts and exercise.  All skill levels welcome!

Club SciKidz offers a variety of programs for kids ages 4-15.  Choose from fun camp programs like Culinary Arts, Extreme Science, Master Minecraft Coder, CSI, 3D Printing and many more! Several locations to choose from, too.

Elachee Nature Center Summer Camp is a 1440 acre woodland setting that allows kids to explore and play in the great outdoors! They offer camps for preschool through middle school, and a Counselor-in-training program, too.  (My son really likes visiting this Nature Center - so much to see and explore there!) 

Emagination Computer Camp at Georgia Tech is aimed at kids 8-17.  They can choose from programs like Coding, Video Game Design, Making Apps, RC cars and robots, Create in Minecraft and others!

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Day Camps are for kids ages 2 - 13.  Some of the fun day camps session they offer include Garden Earth Naturalist, American Girl: Exploring the Past with Dolls, Civil War Camp, Prehistoric Georgia, Camper vs. Wild, Cream of the Crop Farm Camp, Wildlife Forensics, and Celts & Vikings.  (We really enjoy the Gwinnett EHC - they have fantastic programs throughout the school year, too)

Imagine That! Summer Camp is offered at locations around the metro Atlanta area. S.T.E.A.M based programs include Coding, Robotics, Sewing, LEGO MINDSTORMS, Minecraft and Programming. This camp is for kids who are ages 5-14.

Junior Zookeeper Day Camp is where kids ages 8 and up learn to feed, train, groom, clean and care for the animals at the North Georgia Zoo.  Crafts, pony rides, feeding baby animals and more are some of the highlights of this fun zoo camp!

Junior TreeKeepers Day Camp offers kids adventures every day.  They will explore the outdoors, bike the Atlanta Beltline, and take field trips to local attractions.  Located in Inman Park, this camp is for kids who are rising 1st graders to rising 6th graders.

Kid Chess Day Camp is held at various Marietta locations and in Cumming.  Kids get lots of time playing chess including Bughouse Chess, Blintz Chess, and Blindfolded Chess.  They have the opportunity to play top instructors, too.  Kids can improve their skills drastically in just one week of Chess Camp.

Lake Lanier Islands Summer Sailing Camp  is a great place for kids 8-13 to learn about sailing, boat safety plus games, swimming and lots of fun in the water!

Margaret Mitchell House Summer Camp is perfect for the child who loves writing! Check out there Mystery in the City Day Camp, Poetry & Performance, Write On: The Essentials and several other day camp options.

Metro Atlanta YMCA Day Camps feature more camps than I can share here! On the various YMCA pages, I saw options for cowboy/cowgirl camp, games camp, olympics camp, sports camp, and many more day and half day camps for kids! The YMCA does a great job with day camps - I have fond memories of the one I attended as a child in Florida!

Midtown International Schools Summer Day Camps offers programs that change weekly.  They have day camps for kids who are rising kindergarteners through rising 8th graders.  Some of the weekly day camps for 2016 include Egyptology, Robotics, Volcanos, Film and Video Production and several others.

Play By Play Sports Broadcasting Camp If you have a budding sports journalist at your house, then this camp will be their dream come true!  This camp will be in Atlanta July 18-22, and will be held at Emory University.  For kids 10-18.

Play! Music and Art Camps give kids several camp options  - art, music, video game design, comics and manga and a few more.   Most camps are for elementary aged kids.

SeaVentures H20 Swim Camp offers weekly camps for kids 5 - 12.  Each week there is a new camp theme.  Day camp themes include Olympics, Pirates, Hawaiian, Ocean, and Water Safety.

School of Rock East Cobb has fun choices like build your own guitar, performance and song writing camps for kids ages 7-17.  They have a half-day camp for kids 4-7, too.

Train Summer Camp at the Southeastern Railway Museum   as of February 2016, camp information is not listed, but last year,  kids learned about the history of railroads,  did railroad-related crafts and activities and rode on a train! Keep checking their link for the 2016 summer camp registration form.

WinShape Camps offer an incredible Christian-based daycamp.  Kids have worship time, bible study, sports, singing, and more each day of this week long day camp. On the final day, parents get to attend and, after seeing what the kids learned all week, there is a family picnic with the campers.  David attended this camp several summers ago and it was an awesome experience for him!  In fact, the picture at the top of this post is of David on his final day of Camp WinShape in Dacula, Ga.

Over the years, both of my kids have attended summer day camps.  One or the other has done dance camp, comedy camp, golf camp, drama camp, church camp, volleyball camp, cheerleading camp,and a few others. They have each learned something special at every camp they attended, they made new friends and discovered new interests.  The memories made at camp will be with my kids forever. Summer camp is a great way to let your kids try something new, and meet new kids that they wouldn't necessarily meet at school or regular activities. It's such a great experience for them to have!

I hope that this list has given you some good ideas for day camps for your kids this summer.  Don't you feel lucky to live in metro Atlanta, where we have so many options for summer camp? I sure do. It doesn't matter if you live in Cobb, Gwinnett, Henry, or Forsyth.  There are camps all around the metro area!  And even better, there are camps for just about every interest you can think of. Seriously, the ones on this list are just the tip of the iceberg!

I know it seems rather early to be thinking about summer; after all, it's February - we just had snow flurries this week! Some camps are already open for registration though, and others will be starting registration in the weeks to come. There are half-day camps for littles, all day camps for elementary and older kids, plus sleepaway camps, here and outside the Atlanta area.   So many choices!

This is the perfect time to start looking at all of the camp options available, and then narrow down the choices with your kid(s).  Many camps will offer an early-registration incentive in the form of a dollar amount off, or a percentage off camp tuition. Some camps offer discounts for members, or residents of a county or city.  These discounts are a great reason to choose your summer camp early and then go ahead and register!  Some camps also offer scholarships, tuition assitance or payment plans.  You need to apply early if you want to take advantage of these.  Another good reason to start your camp search now, right?

Please visit my Atlanta Summer Camp Guide for more summer camps in the metro Atlanta area. There are even a few listed there that are outside Georgia, and some overnight and sleepaway camps, too.  It's a great place to search for the perfect camp for your kids this summer!

I'd appreciate it very much if you please share this post with your friends who may be looking for Atlanta Summer Camps in 2016.  It's easy, just use the Facebook and Twitter buttons below! 


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Giveaway: Super Bowl Party Food Ideas from Boulder Organic!


Planning a Super Bowl get-together? Check out these hearty recipes that start with Boulder Organic! soups....


Boulder Organic! soups are always organic, always gluten-free, and always non-gmo.  And they taste fantastic!  Did you know you can also use these soups to create amazing recipes to wow your Super Bowl party guests?

Green Chile Pulled Pork

Ingredients:
- 2 lbs. pork shoulder roast
- 1 tub Boulder Organic! Green Chile Corn Chowder

Place a 2 lb. pork shoulder roast in a slow cooker, add one tub of the Green Chile Corn Chowder on top (add a dash of salt if desired). Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Pull apart and enjoy!


Chicken Vegetable Chili Nachos

Ingredients:
- 1 tub Boulder Organic! Chicken Vegetable Chili
- 1 bag tortilla chips
- 1-2 cups finely shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 1 cup of your favorite salsa
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1 jar pickled jalapenos, drained (if you like the spice!)
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup fresh cilantro

Preheat broiler, place top rack about 6 inches from top. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread tortilla chips over baking sheet. Heat Chicken Vegetable Chili in saucepan until slightly reduced and thickened. Pour chili over the top of tortilla chips. Add cheese to the top of chili (as much as you like!). Place baking sheet on top rack and broil 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Top nachos with salsa, sour cream, avocado, jalapenos, and cilantro as desired.


Don't these recipes sound so good?   In my area, only The Fresh Market stores carry Boulder Organic! soups. You can check here to see which stores carry them in your town.   These tasty soups are found in the refrigerated section of the store, and come in the following varieties:


·         Butternut Squash with Sage

·         Roasted Tomato Basil

·         Red Lentil Dahl

·         Garden Minestrone

·         Cuban Black Bean

·         Green Chile Corn Chowder

·         Potato Leek

·         Golden Quinoa and Kale

·         Chicken Quinoa & Kale

·         Chicken Vegetable Chili


My favorite varieties for a quick meal?  Definitely the Chicken Quinoa & Kale and the Butternut Squash with Sage.   Yum!

Boulder Organic! would like to give one of you free coupons for their soup to recreate these recipes.

Just leave a comment below this post telling me your favorite Super Bowl snacks. (be sure to include your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you are the winner)  I'll use random.org to draw a winner from your comments next week!

Sponsor will mail coupons directly to the winner.  Open to US residents only.  Contest ends 2/12/16.

Thanks for stopping by - and please share my post with your friends using the buttons below this post for Facebook, Twitter, etc!

Disclaimer: I received the recipes and information about these products, as well as coupons for free products in order to try them for this post.  All opinions given are my own, and no other compensation was received.  

If you still need some party food ideas, I have other tasty party recipes from earlier posts here  and here


Monday, February 1, 2016

Giveaway: Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids #JesusTodayKids #FlyBy

Hi friends! I have another sweet giveaway for you this week.  It's perfect for your 6-10 year olds, and will give you a great opportunity for family devotional time and discussion.



Jesus is the Friend who is always with you!  Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children's hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.

Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.  Adapted from the ECPA 2013 Christian Book of the Year-winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures.  It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.

This book of devotions is small enough to keep on a bedside table (or coffee table), and it's colorful and attention-grabbing. Your kids will enjoy reading this book, which reminds them that Jesus will never let them down, never leave them alone. He loves us more than we can ever comprehend and He is always with us!

Hardcover: 368 pages
Age Range: 6-10 years 

About Sarah Young: 

Sarah Young's devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals.  With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.  Sarah's writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today, Jesus Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence -- each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ.  Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years.  They currently live in the United States.

I'm happy to be able to share this devotional with you, and to give one away to one lucky reader! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and please make sure you do the mandatory entry first - if you don't, none of the other entries will count!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Super Bowl Party? Let Pollo Tropical Cater!

Can you believe Super Bowl time is almost here? Are you having friends over for the big game this year?  Let Pollo Tropical help you out with their delicious food! 

    Game day favorites from Pollo Tropical include:


  • 50 Tropical wings with Pineapple Rum sauce for $35.50
  • 4 lbs. of Mojo Pork for $38 and a dozen sugar-cane rolls for $2.50 – perfect for homemade sliders when you add their Guava BBQ sauce.
  • Island wrap platter for 20 people for $63 – including the Chicken Caesar and Chicken Quesadilla wraps.
  • Fresh brewed mango iced tea, lemonade, fruit punch and PowerAde gallons for just $4.99.
  • FREE Sauce – all of Pollo Tropical’s signature sauces are complimentary! 


Call 1.866.769.7696 to place your catering order and use the code word “Football” to get 15% off!!


** I received no compensation for this post, just sharing information from one of our favorite places to eat! **

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Perfect Resort close to Disney World!

Looking for the perfect resort in the Orlando area? Find out more about Terra Verde Resort in Kissimmee!




When planning our trip to Disney, my sister-in-law Lia and I started looking online for rental houses last winter, because we needed a large house.  One with a master bedroom downstairs for my Aunt, and we also wanted a pool for the kids to enjoy.  Of course we also needed to be close to the parks.  We wanted to find and book a place early on so we'd know how much to budget for our lodging costs in Florida.

We both searched sites like VRBO, Hotels.comFlipKey, and HomeAway.  Lia found the perfect home for us in a really nice gated resort community, called Terra Verde.   It was a little out of our budget, but my brother talked with the owner and was able to negotiate a better deal for our stay.  (It never hurts to ask - the worst that can happen is they say no!) 

Surprisingly, a house cost us much less than each of us getting hotel rooms, especially since we split the cost between us all. Rental homes with private pools are as cheap as $95 a night, sometimes less! Larger homes cost more, but we still paid less than $200 a night - so less than $50 per night per family!

My Aunt, David & I arrived mid-day Wednesday at the resort.  We had to show our confirmation email to the security guard at the front gate.  He gave us a card to use to open the gates when we re-entered the resort, and we headed to the club house to check in.  The staff there were very nice, and offered us a folder full of information about the area, and our rental.

Aunt Anne & David in front of our rental house.

We got to the house and it was on a very quiet street.  The three of us took our bags inside and settled in for the next week.  We had a great kitchen, so we took alot of our own food for several dinners, plus breakfasts and snacks while at the parks.


That first day, we made a quick trip to Walmart for things like coffee creamer, almond milk, eggs, etc.   It was about 10 minutes away - very convenient!

I chose a bedroom upstairs with a queen size bed.  David chose one with bunk beds.  Aunt Anne had the master bedroom downstairs. There were 7 bedrooms in all, so plenty of room for our group! This house was a perfect fit for our large group (consisting of four families).  Later that night Lia, her friend Jennifer, my four nieces and nephews, and Jennifer's daughter arrived at the house.  The kids all picked their rooms for the stay, as did Lia and Jennifer.  Since there are two master suites - one upstairs, one downstairs - this house is perfect for multiple families.

I took so many pictures on this vacation - over 1000! - but not many of the house itself.  Sorry the kitchen one above is so blurry.  But there are a few from the resort that I'll include here.



This was the view from my bedroom the first morning - what a gorgeous sunrise, right?

Like I mentioned before, we had a private (small) pool in the backyard.  David was out there every single day - he loves to swim!  There was a safety fence between the house and the pool to keep little ones safe. 


The garage of our house was converted to a game room - there was a pool table, air hockey and a comfy couch to sit on.  Upstairs in one of the boys' rooms there was a Wii game system with a few games for the kids to play.  The boys rooms were decorated with a Cars or Sponge Bob theme. The girls room was princess themed.  Our kids loved the house!

I also took David to the resort's pool several times while we are there. He LOVED it!  They had a huge pool, a hot tub, a poolside bar, and more outside.  Inside the clubhouse there is a nice lobby with seating, a gym, and a little arcade.  They had events for guests to participate in throughout the week, as well.



Being in secure, gated community (with a security guard on duty at the gate) made us all feel safe on our trip.  Everyone working there was so nice, and very helpful.  Sometimes you don't know if an area you will be staying in is "good" when you are going on vacation.  We never felt unsafe at all here!  It was in a nice part of town, close to everything we needed.

Takeout/Delivery menus were in the folder provided by the resort, so one night we ordered in Chinese food.  The rest of the time we either cooked, or picked something up on our way home from the parks.  The kitchen was stocked with most every thing we needed to cook meals.

We had plenty of towels for the bathrooms and the pool.  Our house had a laundry room, so we brought our own detergent and dryer sheets.  We also brought dishwashing tablets, spray cleaner for the kitchen, paper towels and toilet paper.  (There were a few rolls of toilet paper provided, but no paper towels.)  The house was also stocked with hotel-sized soaps in each of the three and a half bathroooms.

Our house was located just a few miles off Hwy 192 which has restaurants, shops, attractions and more! So much to do, and just a few minutes away.  We were about 12 minutes from the entrance to the WDW parks.  It was an easy drive, and traffic wasn't bad at all, even though there was construction right outside the resort. (I am sure that is probably finished by now!)  One of our favorite places we found: Abracadabra Ice Cream!

We had such a wonderful time on this vacation, and I'm happy to share information about our rental home and the resort with y'all.  I am not receive any compensation for sharing it - just wanted to hopefully help someone else who is planning a trip to the area!

If you plan to visit the Atlantic Coast for some beach time, please check out my review of Ormond Beach's Coral Sands Inn.

I also have a review of Orange City, which is halfway between Orlando & Daytona Beach.  It is a nice place to stay if you are doing a day at the parks and a day at the beach!

We will definitely look for a home in Terra Verde on our next Disney Youth Education Series trip in 2017.  It will probably just be three of us next time, so we won't need a home this large.  Luckily, they also have townhomes and smaller homes in Terra Verde.

Have you ever rented a house on vacation? Which do you prefer: house or hotel? Let me know by leaving a comment below this post! Thanks for stopping by!












Saturday, January 23, 2016

Giveaway: LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on Blu-Ray

**Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.**

True Friendship in the Glamorous World of Pop!



There are few things as important in life as your friends. No matter how old you are, your friends are there to help you when you’re down, support you when you make mistakes, and be your rock when the going gets tough.

The new movie, LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE, is all about friendship, trusting yourself and standing up for what’s right no matter what the cost. All set to an awesome rock soundtrack you’re going to love! Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea as they learn that fame isn’t important, it’s your friends that count!

LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE brings to life (in animated form) the LEGO construction based toy LEGO® Friends. LEGO ® Friends invites girls into a universe, Heartlake city, and inspires them to use their imagination to build and role play their own stories with fun-loving relatable characters.

Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about friendship, fame and pop star fun in Heartlake City.

The girls’ friendships are tested when mega pop star Livi comes to Heartlake City. When our friends’ hit song “Girlz” is stolen by Livi’s manager, it’s time for a cunning plan.

As the girls try to tell Livi the truth about her latest hit single, they all learn that fame isn’t everything and sometimes friendship is the most precious thing in the world.

Own LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on digital HD 1/19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 2/2

Also be sure to visit the official L2M website to stay updated with all things L2M!



• Grab your pop star microphone because it’s sing-along night! Click the play button to watch the special sing-along music video for Girlz by L2M.
• Listen to the song High Tops by L2M and click to watch the “Meet L2M” video that introduces the next girl-pop power sensation.
• Download the “Girlz 4 Life” Activity Pack and to unlock your inner pop star! Kit includes Selfie props, a “Spot the Difference” game, making the Band DIY pop star instruments, Friendship Card and more!
• Click on LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE Blu-ray Combo Pack for a link where the film can be purchased!

Time for another giveaway!  Enter below via Rafflecopter to win your own copy of this 
Blu-Ray!
Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Giveaway: Captive DVD #CaptiveMovie #FlyBy


“A Powerful Story of Faith Over Fear.” - Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation

Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith, Captive is an "amazing, inspiring" drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kata Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life for guidance. Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as "powerful."

Living in metro Atlanta, I vividly remember the day this event happened.  I sat glued to my living room tv as the events played out live.  Brian Nichols, on trial for rape, escaped from a deputy in the Fulton County courthouse downtown.   He killed several people, including the judge presiding over his trial. Local news ran on tv all day, as the police desperately tried to find Nichols.  I remember thinking he was surely out of state by the end of the day - why on earth would he still be in the metro area, right? Well, everyone was surprised the next morning, when he was found in Duluth, GA. (only about 15 miles from us).  As the story of the evening unfolded, and we learned about the girl he held hostage for hours in her apartment, it became obvious that it was a miracle she was still alive!  This story stayed with me for years. I read Ashley Smith's book several years ago, and now I've seen this movie.   It is definitely not for children - it is very intense and has content that is for adults only. When I got this DVD in the mail and realized what it was about; I was not sure how I'd feel watching it, it brought back that day and how scary and sad it was.  Afterwards, I was glad I did.  It's inspiring and has a good message.   ~ Aimee 



This DVD was released on January 5, 2016, and it is 96 minutes long.  It's rated PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse)

There are over 30 minutes of bonus content on this DVD including Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and The Purpose Driven Life.  Also included with this DVD is a Digital HD copy that can be instantly streamed and downloaded.

And now I get to give away a copy of this DVD to one of you!

All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter widget below.  There is always a mandatory entry, so be sure to do that first, then enter using any other optional entries that you would like to as well!

Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by and enter.  I appreciate you!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

CD Giveaway~Passion Salvation's Tide is Rising #PassionSTIR #FlyBy

It's a New Year - time for some great new Music!



Looking for some inspirational music for your commute, or while taking the kids to activities? Check out the newest album Salvation's Tide Is Rising (releasing on January 29, 2016) from the Passion Conference and sixstepsrecords/Capitol CMG.  Rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8, Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation.

From its start in 1995, the Passion Movement has had a singular mission--calling students from campuses across the nation and around the world to live for what matters most. This yearly conference uses live worship music and teaching to encourage young people to live for the glory of God. In 1998, Passion decided to document the musical portion of the annual conferences via live worship recordings -- raw, in-your-face praise songs with an alternative edge.

This brand new Passion album contains new studio recordings from best-selling artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill.  It features new songs written specifically for Passion 2016.

Track List:
1.  Salvation's Tide is Rising - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
2.  My Victory - Passion featuring Crowder
3.  Remember - Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
4.  God & God Alone - Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
5.  Simple Pursuit - Passion featuring Melodie Malone
6.  I Turn to Christ - Passion featuring Matt Redman
7.  Your Grace Amazes Me - Passion featuring Christy Nockels
8.  All We Sinners - Passion featuring Crowder
9.  Surrender - Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
10. Good Good Father - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill

About The Passion Movement:
The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louis Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God.  From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others.  Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.

I have to tell y'all - this music is amazing!  I have been listening to this awesome worship music for the last three days while David works on his school assignments and I am doing housework, or working on things for the blog. It's also nice for driving! One of my favorite songs is Good Good Father, and Passion's version is so good. My Victory and I Turn to Christ are also among my favorites here.  Some of these songs we already knew from church, so it's great to turn this on in the car and sing along. This CD will not disappoint! You can find it on iTunes here.

I'm excited to give away a copy of the CD to one of you! There are easy entry opportunities via the rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Giveaway/Review: The Plans I Have for You Devotional & Journal #FlyBy #PlansIHave



Hey y'all! I sure hope the New Year is off to a fantastic start for you and your family!

Now that the holidays are behind us, it's time to get back to our routines.  One thing we're working on this year is for my son and I to be better at taking time for reading devotionals, our Bibles, and journaling.  (gratitude, prayers) We tend to become distracted and get bogged down with school, family stuff, and just plain old busy-ness, and forget to spend enough time with God.  Today I get to tell you about a really cool kids devotional and coordinating journal that encourages kids, sharing that God has a plan and a purpose for each us, and inspiring them to learn more about that purpose! It makes me so happy that these two books will make it easy and fun for David to spend time with God every day.

I appreciate how these books speak to the child reading them.  They reach out and ask questions, inviting them to respond, pray and learn about God's plan for them. I especially love the colorful and whimsical illustrations in the devotional, and the thought-provoking questions found in the journal. These will be outstanding additions to David's library, and I can't wait for him to dive into these two books! Here are a few pics from the books, and then some more information from the publisher.




About The Plans I Have For You Devotional:
The devotional is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children's book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love, and joy, and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.

Hardcover; 160 pages
Age Range: 8-12 years

About The Plans I Have For You Journal:
The journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place.

Stationery; 208 pages
Age Range: 11-14 years


About author Amy Parker:
Amy Parker has sold more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults.  She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son.  Two of these collaborations are recipients of Christian retailing's Best Awards, and she has also won three Mom's Choice Awards.  But Amy's greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.



About illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton:
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter.  Her passion for children's books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s.  Growing up in a musical family who love to sing, Vanessa's illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody.  Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.


Zonderkidz is sponsoring a giveaway of both of these books to one of my readers! Y'all know I love being able to share things with you that I think you will love too. Well, these books are a treasure!

So, you know the routine - I use rafflecopter for my giveaways, and I like to give you a few options to enter.  Of course, you only have to complete the mandatory entry to be eligible to win, but some of you (like me!) want to have more than one entry in a good giveaway!  So enter below (if you don't see the giveaway automatically, you may need to click the link) and I'll be drawing a winner next week!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Trim Healthy Mama products available!

Trim Healthy Mama has three new products out! Read Pearl's announcement below:

"A tad excited!!! Announcing three new Trim Healthy Mama products.
Organic Oolong tea (which I am sipping on now and finding it hard not to brag on the flavor and quality of this stuff... I guess I just did).
And...
To go packets of your favorite sweeteners! We've had hundreds of requests for these and they're finally here. Now you can take packets of Super Sweet Blend and Gentle Sweet with you! My purse is currently full of them because I love a squeeze of lemon and some sweetener in my water wherever I go (especially sparkling water) but great for tea and coffee too!
Also...
Doonk spoons and Pure Stevia Extract have been turned back on."

Visit this page to order yours! So excited to try the THM Oolong tea - it supposedly revs up your metabolism....vrooom vroom!  I have been able to find it at Big Lots occasionally, but I am on my last box of tea bags so I'll be ordering from THM soon! 

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