Veggie Tales: “The Little Drummer Boy” {giveaway}

Looking for a last minute movie to watch this Christmas season? Veggie Tales “The Little Drummer Boy” is a great one to watch as a family. When it seems you have nothing to bring… What gift can you give the King? In this Veggie-version of a holiday classic, Junior Asparagus stars as The Little Drummer Boy, a lonely child who fins the true meaning of Christmas when he stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus. A story of hope, love, and forgiveness, this timeless tale will warm the hearts of children everywhere! The DVD includes the new Silly Song “The 8 Polish Foods of Christmas”, watch it… Also featuring a new cut of the classic song “The Little Drummer Boy” by Dove and Grammy award winning artists Bebe and Cece Winans. Other extra features on the DVD: Trailer for VeggieTales’ spring 2012 new release, Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men Little Drummer Boy music video Visit a drum factory with Junior Behind the music of The Little Drummer Bot Family Activity – Make your own drum Singalong songs Can’t wait to see if you won this giveaway? You can purchase The Little Drummer Boy at Walmart, Target, or….

Top Ten Tuesday: What I Love About Christmas
EXTRAS , REVIEWS / December 12, 2011

There is so much going on this time of year….always. It seems no matter how much you plan in advance, there is always something that comes up where the entire month of December seems so rushed. So, I took time yesterday to sit back with a cup of hot tea and make a list of my favorite things about this season.         1. Teaching my children the real meaning of Christmas. It’s amazing at what they pick up at such a young age….and how they teach you a few things about the season as well. 2. Our Advent Calendar. Thanks to OhAmanda for the amazing Truth in the Tinsel Advent E-book. (click image to find out more!) 3. Baking cookies with my boys 4. Adopting a child or family for Christmas. My son had such a great time picking out items for his adopted child. He has no idea who this little boy is. All he knows is that he is the same age as he and he won’t have much for Christmas. His tender, sweet, generous heart encourages me. 5. Christmas books & movies 6. Listening to Christmas carols 7. The smell of my Christmas candles….

Creative Kristi Designs {giveaway}
EXTRAS , GIVEAWAYS , REVIEWS / December 11, 2011

Notice anything new around here? Yep, I have a new “do”…all thanks to Creative Kristi Designs! I’m loving it, aren’t you? I still have the same “look” but the theme, layout, and header are all new. She is an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. graphic designer. I mean… Take a look at her work . Isn’t she fabulous? Creative Kristi Designs specializes in detail oriented, professional & fun blog & site design at a very affordable price. Formally established in February 2011 the business has grown leaps and bounds in just a few short months. Kristi is a work from home mom who designs blogs while folding laundry & homeschooling her two little ones. With a quick turnaround and a very hands on approach after the installation Kristi is known for her unique design experience. This giveaway is for a Blog Pick-me-up ($100 value). This package includes: Custom Header Custom coordinating background Custom Blog Button (with Grab code box) Custom Social Media Buttons (RSS, Email, twitter, facebook & Pinterest only-other buttons are extra) Post signature If WordPress self-hosted (.org): Premium Headway Theme installed (SEO optimized) Color coordination of blog elements not designed (navigation, Post titles, date, sidebars titles, footer, etc.) WOWWWW! All this could…

ICE! Featuring Dreamworks Merry Madagascar {review and giveaway}

This past Monday we had the opportunity to go to ICE! featuring Dreamworks Merry Madagascar at Opryland. Oh my goodness, were my boys excited {and I will say I had a hard time sleeping the night before as well}. We have lived here 5 years and haven’t been until this year. We are a pretty frugal family so the prices were a bit high for us to attend each year. However, if you go to a local Wendy’s or K-mart in the Nashville area, you can pick up coupons for your family. This definitely helps the wallet when buying your ICE! tickets. ICE! is open from November 18, 2011 through January 3, 2012 at the Gaylord Opryland Events Center. Gaylord Opryland’s popular ICE! event is returning this year with an all-new theme! Our ICE! artisans will be bringing DreamWorks Animation’s Merry Madagascar to Nashville in the form of 2 million pounds of larger-than-life colorful ice sculptures and incredible 20-foot-tall ice slides! Relive the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar. ICE! is hand carved by 40 artisans from Harbin China who will be arriving in…

Little Card Company {giveaway}
EXTRAS , GIVEAWAYS / November 29, 2011

Such a great giveaway, especially for this time of year! I’m excited to have teamed up with Little Card Company to bring you a fun giveaway. The Little Card Company was founded in 2010 by three moms on a mission to provide high-quality photo cards with fabulous, fun designs to other Christian moms just like themselves. Each one-of-a-kind, customizable card includes a faith-based element, allowing customers to create an amazing piece to share their joys in life and the Lord. Check out the new 2011 Christmas Collection and find the perfect card to help you Spread the JOY of Christ this Christmas! We ordered our Christmas cards from Little Card Company and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how they turned out! I cannot wait to order our adoption announcements from them. What do I love about Little Card Company? It’s owned by 3 moms – who better to own a card company than three moms? The designs are super cute – AND there are so many to choose from. The prices are affordable. The site is easy to navigate and you can create your card in just minutes – literally. Here’s more fun stuff… Receive a 10% off your order of…

The Bible Bee & Family Discipleship Convention {giveaway}

The Bible Bee is a a family discipleship program that encourages and equips parents to disciple their children in the Word of God. As part of this, youth from 7 – 18 years of age can participate at local Bible memorization contests held across the country using their preference of 5 Bible translations. The 300 top-scoring contestants from across the nation are invited to the National Competition which will be held November 17-19 in Nashville. The top winners will be awarded more than $260,000 in prizes and scholarships. Everyone is invited to attend the 2011 National Competition and Family Discipleship Convention from November 17th- 19th. Activities for the entire family include sessions with speakers such as Kirk Cameron, Phil Vischer, John Stonestreet, Brett Harris, Doug Phillips, Voddie Baucham, Susan Heck, art classes with Timothy Botts, extensive family fun activities, an exhibition hall of ministry booths, a hymn sing with Greg Wilbur and Nathan Clark George, and the Sweet Sleep Pillow Project to benefit orphans overseas. You won’t believe how much your family gets to do with a simple wristband–record a CD in the Bible Bee Recording Studio, make pillows for orphans, play in a large family fun room, listen to…

Heaven Is For Real *for kids* {giveaway}

We have all heard of the book Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, Deluxe Edition {and if you haven’t heard of it, be ready for a book that will send chills up your spine and tears streaming down your face}. It’s an amazing book….but there is something even better! Heaven Is For Real *for kids*. Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message…Jesus really, really loves children. During an emergency operation at 3 years old, Colton Burpo had an experience that few people have in this life: he was able to see Jesus and visit heaven. As he began to share with his parents, they were certain he could not know such intricate and biblically accurate details about heaven without having witnessed them firsthand. Colton now shares his experience with children so they, too, can have the comfort, joy, and wonder of knowing that heaven is indeed for real and that Jesus really, really loves them. This book…. ages 4-8 New York Times Best Selling book (over 2 million copies in 6 months), now adapted in a hardcover, illustrated version. Written by a child,…

Creative Kristi {rave}
EXTRAS / November 3, 2011

I have had the chance to get to know one of the most adorable, talented designers out there in the blogosphere. Kristi from Creative Kristi is simply amazing. We have been exchanging emails and Skype message for about 4 or 5 months now and just recently I’ve had the chance to work with her. Oh my goodness – she’s a great designer! She has lots of freebies, blog tutorials, and more goodies all over her blog. Just this week she re-designed our adoption blog – Subtracting By Adding – and we just LOVE how it turned out! Her blog design services are perfect – Creative Kristi Designs – she will do just what you have in mind, and is very affordable too! Whether its a new business card design, blog button, or a complete blog makeover, Kristi can totally do it. Her turn around time is quite quick as well {that is perfect for an impatient one like me who cannot wait to see new designs}. I’ll definitely be back to have her help with more projects I have coming up. Thank you Kristi for the amazing job!