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Book review (and Kindle sale price): A Perfect Word for Every Occasion by Liz Duckworth

I recently had the chance to read A Perfect Word for Every Occasion by Liz Duckworth (subtitle: Ideal for: Letters, Receiving Lines, Facebook, Emails, Thank You Notes, Condolences). This nonfiction book was published this September by Bethany House.

About this book (from the back cover):

“Have you ever wondered just what to say at a funeral, to a friend whose spouse is fighting cancer, or to someone going through a breakup?

The right words don’t always come easily. Sometimes we’re so afraid to say the wrong thing that we say nothing at all or resort to cliches. But with a little help you can share the perfect message that will draw you nearer to friends and loved ones.

This book offers examples and guidelines for things to say, lines to write, and Scripture verses to share. Full of encouraging messages organized by category–sympathy, thank-yous, congratulations, etc.–it will help you save time while strengthening your relationships. You will find the right words for formats old and new: Facebook messages, emails, cards, texting, receiving lines, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, funerals, and more. You’ll even discover what not to say.

A Perfect Word for Every Occasion is a trustworthy resource for words to bless the ones you love.”

Final Verdict:

You’d think, being a pastor’s wife, that I would know the right thing to say in difficult situations. However, that’s actually an area in which I really struggle. I really enjoyed the insight this book gave into how to determine the perfect thing to write or say in lots of different scenarios. The author doesn’t intend for you to copy and paste her exact sentiments, as that would be a bit insincere. Rather, she offers suggestions to get you started in creatively responding to any situation, happy or sad. There are also appropriate Scripture passages and quotes that you might use in written correspondence, and the sections on what NOT to say are helpful! The chapter titles are as follows, and since I can’t imagine anyone who won’t find him/herself in one of these situations, I think I can safely recommend this book to anyone:

Words for the Grieving; Words of Gratitude; Words for the Sick and Suffering; Words for Birthdays; Words for Weddings and Engagements; Words of Encouragement;Words for Celebrations; Words for Events and Activities; Words of Truth and Love; Words for a Changing World.

If you’d like to check out A Perfect Word for Every Occasion it is currently on sale for $9.39 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $12.99) If you prefer a hard copy it’s currently on sale for $11.97. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

The featured product for this review was provided to me at no cost by Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own. If you’d like to sign up to receive review copies from Bethany House, visit www.bethanyhouse.com/bookreviewers.

Add comment September 29, 2012

Review and giveaway: MIA AND THE MIGOO, a new family film from Entertainment One (3 winners!)

I recently had the opportunity to watch MIA AND THE MIGOO, a new family film from Entertainment One.

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s what it’s about:
From the distributors of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells, comes MIA AND THE MIGOO, the gorgeous second feature from renowned French animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd.  A fable-like journey of a young girl who must overcome her fears on a quest to find her father and save the world from destruction, MIA AND THE MIGOO was created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation.  A stunning work of art, breathtaking to behold, with backgrounds that invoke Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, it also features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, James Woods and Wallace Shawn.  Entertainment One has released this highly–acclaimed, magical eco-fable to both blu-ray and DVD.

Following a premonition, Mia sets out on a cross continental journey, though mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a construction site on a remote tropical lake.  In the middle of the lake stands the ancient Tree of Life, watched over by innocent, bumbling forest spirits called the Migoo, who grow and change shape as they please, morphing from small childlike beings to petulant giants.  The Migoo have been disrupting the construction to protect this sacred site – and now together with Mia they join in a fight to find Mia’s father and save the Tree, with the future of life on Earth hanging in the balance.

Here’s the cast:

  • John DiMaggio (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Little Fockers, Bee Movie)
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, For Colored Girls, Sister Act)
  • Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Married to the Mob, Cutthroat Island)
  • Wallace Shawn (Toys Story 1, 2, 3, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc.)
  • James Woods (Once Upon a Time in America, The Virgin Suicides, Casino )

Here are my thoughts:

This was a really beautiful movie, visually. Most of the film looks like it takes place in an impressionist painting, and the official description that says it invokes Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne is spot-on. As for the plot, I had the same experience as I do when I watch the films of Hayao Miyaziki: periods of complete comprehension followed by moments of….”Huh? What just happened? How odd.” I believe this movie was first released in another language (French maybe?) which could explain a lot. There was a bit of language that would probably be fine for older kids, but not for my younger girls; also, they left the room to play when the plot got more violent near the end. (But they still requested to watch it again the next day. They called it “the movie about the girl who is trying to find her father.”) I think I’ll save it to rewatch when they’re older. I’ll recommend this for children older than mine, so 6 and up.

You can purchase MIA AND THE MIGOO on Amazon for $14.99, or stream it via instant video for $3.99.

Entertainment One is letting me give a copy of MIA AND THE MIGOO to three of you! Here’s how to win.

Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know what your favorite family movie is. (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to thriftychristy.com)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 7 entries. Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday October 8. I will choose a winner on Tuesday October 9 using random.org and will contact them via email. Giveaway open to US readers only. Delivery of your prize will be coordinated by Entertainment One.

109 comments September 29, 2012

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Thanks, Hip2Save!

Add comment September 29, 2012

Giveaway: win a Chuggington Traintastic Adventures prize pack (ARV $45) from Kidtoons Movies, plus BOGO ticket offer!

October’s Kidtoons movie is Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures.

Here’s what it’s about:

Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures
Join the Chuggington crew for six fun-filled adventures in Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures! Watch as Brewster tests a speedy new invention, Koko’s stunt training saves the day, Wilson gets stuck on the track lift and everybody competes in a big chug-of-war! Young trainees will learn to ride the rails of life alongside their Chuggington pals in this upbeat and fun episodic feature.

For a fun activity before or after taking your kids to see this movie there are free printable coloring sheets available here and here.

PLUS, this month Kidtoons has a special offer: a BOGO coupon good at any of the participating Kidtoons theaters nationwide! (One coupon per family.)

Kidtoons movies can be seen in Knoxville at the Carmike Wynnsong 16. The great thing about Kidtoons movies is that everyone there is with a child, so you don’t have to worry about keeping your kids quiet (relatively speaking, of course.)

 

I’m so excited that Kidtoons is letting me give a Chuggington Prize Pack (retail value $45) to one of you! It includes the following, and would make a fantastic Christmas present!

  • 1 Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures DVD
  • 1 Chuggington: Wash Time For Wilson Play-A-Sound Book
  • 1 Chuggington: Wilson and the Paint Wagon Leapfrog Storybook
  • 1 Chuggington: Carry Along Activity Traveler Set
  • 1 Chuggington: Placement
  • 1 Chugginton: Trading Card
  • 1 Chuggington: Map

Here’s how to win.

Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know if you’ve ever been to a Kidtoons movie. (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to thriftychristy.com)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 7 entries. Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday October 29. I will choose a winner on Tuesday October 30 using random.org and will contact them via email. Giveaway open to US readers only. Delivery of your prize will be coordinated by Kidtoons.

708 comments September 28, 2012

Library book review and Kindle sale: Unspoken, by Sarah Rees Brennan

I just finished reading Unspoken, by Sarah Rees Brennan. I got it from the Blount County Public Library, so if you’d like to read it to free, head there, and if you’d like to read it on your Kindle for almost-half-off, head here.

Unspoken is a YA novel, and a REALLY good one. Here’s the plot summary from Amazon:

Kami Glass is in love with someone she’s never met—a boy she’s talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. . . . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets—and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.

This book reminded me of Veronica Mars, Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, and a little of The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a good almost-Halloween book – but not actually scary.

I could write a lengthy review about how much I loved this book, but I’ll link instead to the review that persuaded me to read it, here. Read that if you need convincing. 🙂

Finally, a warning: this book has a cliffhanger ending that I found to be terribly sad, and the next book in this series doesn’t come out for another year or so. If that bothers you, then put it on your to-read list and wait to start it until you can read Unspoken and its sequel back-to-back.

 

Add comment September 27, 2012

Disney on Ice Giveaway, Week Four: enter to win a set of four tickets to see Disney on Ice (FB only)

Want to win passes to Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy October 17-21 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum? I have a giveaway happening  now on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page so head over there and enter!

If you’d like to go ahead and order tickets without waiting on a giveaway, you can use the discount code MOM5 for $5 off the $25 and $17 tickets (valid for all Thurs – Sun performances.) You can also purchase rinkside tickets for $45 and VIP tickets for $35. Also, don’t forget that there is a special show time on Friday morning, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. (Fall Break for Knox County).

Fine print: 🙂

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday October 1. I will choose a winner on Tuesday October 2 using random.org and will contact them via email. Giveaway open to US readers only. You must be 18 or older to enter. Passes will be mailed to the winner, and I cannot be held liable for any delivery failure on the part of the U.S. Mail. I received passes to Disney on Ice for my family plus additional passes from Feld Entertainment to give away to my readers. Feld Entertainment and The Walt Disney company are neither sponsors nor endorsers of this promotion. All opinions are my own.

Add comment September 27, 2012

Get an Apple iPhone Charging Cable for just $.80 with FREE Shipping

If you have an iPhone and could use another USB Charging Cable, right now you can get a USB Apple iPhone Charging Cable for just $.80 with FREE Shipping!  (Reg $24.99) We are always needing more charging cords in my house. I’m no techie, but I would think this could be used for iPad/iPod too, right?

Don’t forget that Amazon Prices can go up at any time.

Thanks, Time2Save Workshops!

Add comment September 25, 2012

The winner of the third giveaway for Disney on Ice tickets is…

The winner of my third giveaway of Disney on Ice passes is Amber Williams. Amber, I’ve sent you an email, so check your inbox.

Thanks to all who entered! There will be two more giveaways happening soon, so if you didn’t win, you have two more chances!

Add comment September 25, 2012

Ripley’s attractions offer free admission for teacher appreciation days 2012

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

September 22 – 23 are Teacher Appreciation Days at Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg, and all teachers receive free admission (plus one guest, at least that’s how it worked last year. Call first to verify!!)

Here’s more info on Teacher Appreciation Days.

My mother-in-law is a teacher and we went last year. It was fantastic!

Also, did you know that all Gatlinburg Ripley’s Attractions offer a homeschool rate? To receive the homeschool rate you must present a homeschool group membership card or an attendance record for each student. Here in Blount County one that would qualify is the Blount Home Education Association.

The Ripley’s homeschool rate is valid for the homeschool student(s) and accompanying parent(s). In addition to the homeschool rate, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers a monthly program designed for homeschoolers.

Add comment September 21, 2012

Disney on Ice Giveaway Number Three: enter to win a set of four tickets to see Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy is coming October 17-21 to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Are you getting excited?

Don’t forget, tickets for opening night on October 17 are just $14! (excludes rinkside and VIP)

Also, there is a special show on Friday morning, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. That week is Fall Break for Knox County, so you might enjoy taking your kids to a Disney on Ice show as part of a fun stay-cation week!

Here’s the entire show schedule:

October 17 at 7 p.m.

October 18 at 7 p.m.

October 19 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

October 20 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.

October 21 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

If you’d like to go ahead and order tickets without waiting on a giveaway, you can use the discount code MOM5 for $5 off the $25 and $17 tickets (valid for all Thurs – Sun performances.) You can also purchase rinkside tickets for $45 and VIP tickets for $35.

Here’s some additional info on this year’s show:

Audiences will be amazed by the life-sized Cars characters Mater, Lightning McQueen, Sally, Flo and Ramone speeding and zooming around the frozen highway. While on a road trip from Radiator Springs, the Cars characters try to re-energize Mickey Mouses cherry red roadster that breaks down. The coolest cars on the ice, with working eyes, zip around the rink to a favorite tune from the Disney/Pixar hit movie.

Audiences dive to an enchanted world hidden deep below the waters surface in The Little Mermaid as Ariel falls in love with Prince Eric and trades her beautiful voice for human legs! Along with friends Flounder and Sebastian and a host of colorful sea creatures, Ariel has a party under the sea and finds true love.

The Lion King will take audiences on an adventure in the African Pride Lands with the guidance of the wise Rafiki and help from best friends Timon and Pumbaa. After a run-in with his evil uncle Scar, Simba adopts the motto of Hakuna Matata and goes on to regain his role as king with faithful Nala.

Springtime comes to life on the ice with an explosion of color in Tinker Bell. Everyones favorite fairy and all of her new Pixie Hollow friends tinker and flutter about preparing to bring spring to the mainland. Vidia, the fast-flying fairy, throws Tink off track, but with a little bit of pixie dust and a lot tinker magic, Tinker Bell, Iridessa, Silvermist, Rosetta and Fawn get the job done!

The lovely folks at Feld Entertainment are allowing me to give some passes away to you! These passes must be exchanged for tickets at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum box office, and are good for all reserved seating tickets except for front row and VIP tickets.

This giveaway will be structured a little differently than last year’s, at the request of the Disney on Ice folks. I’m giving away a set of four passes on five different occasions during five different weeks. There are two giveaways left after this one, and I’ll keep you posted on when they will happen.

Here’s how to win the set of four passes for this week. I’m using Rafflecopter for the giveaway this time, which is new to me. Let me know if you like it, or if you’d rather just enter a giveaway by leaving comments. (Which may be easier to do on your phone.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All rights are reserved to Disney On Ice/Feld Entertainment

I received passes to Disney on Ice for my family plus additional passes from Feld Entertainment to give away to my readers. Feld Entertainment and The Walt Disney company are neither sponsors nor endorsers of this promotion. All opinions are my own.

 

17 comments September 21, 2012

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