Archive for November, 2013

Advent starts tomorrow! Prepare using Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands (plus discount)

It’s time to get ready for the Advent season, which begins tomorrow! If you have small children, check out my review of Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands. It’s a great way to daily show your kids the true meaning of Christmas! Plus, use the coupon code listed for 20% off!

Add comment November 30, 2013

Book review and sale: Love & Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need

I recently had the chance to read Love & Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. This nonfiction book was just released November 5, 2013 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

Children need love.  Parents need respect.

It is as simple and complex as that!

When frustrated with an unresponsive child, a parent doesn’t declare, “You don’t love me.” Instead the parent asserts, “You are being disrespectful right now.” A parent needs to feel respected, especially during conflicts. When upset a child does not whine, “You don’t respect me.” Instead, a child pouts, “You don’t love me.” A child needs to feel loved, especially during disputes.

But here’s the rub: An unloved child (or teen) negatively reacts in a way that feels disrespectful to a parent. A disrespected parent negatively reacts in a way that feels unloving to the child.  This dynamic gives birth to the FAMILY CRAZY CYCLE.

So how is one to break out of this cycle? Best-selling author Emerson Eggerichs has studied the family dynamic for more than 30 years, having his Ph.D. in Child and Family Ecology. As a senior pastor for nearly two decades, Eggerichs builds on a foundation of strong biblical principles, walking the reader through an entirely new way to approach the family dynamic. For instance, God reveals ways to defuse the craziness with our children from preschooler to teen, plus how to motivate them to obey and how to deal with them when they don’t. In the Bible, God has spoken specifically to parents on how to parent. This book is about that revelation.

My Verdict:

I’ve written before about how much I like Eggerichs’s first book, Love & Respect, which discusses the relationship between husbands and wives, specifically, how wives need love and husbands need respect. Love & Respect in the Family covers some of the same ground, but this time the author analyzes the dynamic between parents and children. What struck me about this book is how Eggerichs solicited the input of his three children; he describes some of the things he personally got right – and wrong – as a parent. My favorite chapter was the one on different “pink and blue” parenting styles for daughters and sons. I also appreciate how generously the author uses scripture to back up the points he makes. My family often feels like we’re on “the Family Crazy Cycle,” especially during the holidays, and I really benefited from the advice in this book on how to break the cycle and make sure I’m showering my children with love so they can feel secure in showing me respect. Great book for parents or grandparents.

If you’d like to check out Love & Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need the Kindle version is currently on sale for $12.25 right now, which is 39% off. (Regularly $19.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the hardcover version is currently on sale for $12.89. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Add comment November 30, 2013

Get The Wizard of Oz on DVD for less than $2!

Get The Wizard of Oz on DVD for just $1.96! This would be a great stocking stuffer!

Add comment November 29, 2013

Review and giveaway: Merry Christmas, Splat… and more winter stories (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)

UPDATE: The winner is #51, Chera. Thanks to all who entered!

My daughters and I recently had the opportunity to watch a new Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD called “Merry Christmas Splat… and more winter stories.” (If you don’t know about my love for Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs, you can read more here.) This DVD happened to arrive on a day off from school, and we enjoyed the chance to get to relax and watch these sweet stories together. We’ve been a fan of Splat the Cat for a while now, and really enjoyed watching his Christmas story. Splat is ridiculously cute, and my girls love the way he’s illustrated.

Surprisingly, out of all the stories included in this collection, my children’s favorite was Snowflake Bentley, the nonfiction account of the farmer-scientist who first photographed snowflakes and discovered their composition. We are headed to the library to check out Snowflake Bentley this week!

I definitely recommend this collection of 4 winter stories to introduce you to new books and get you in the Christmas spirit!

Here are the summaries of the books included on this DVD:


MERRY CHRISTMAS, SPLAT (Written and illustrated by Rob Scotton, narrated by John Keating) Splat is trying hard to be good before Santa’s arrival so he can get all the presents he’s dreamed of on Christmas day!

FLETCHER AND THE SNOWFLAKE CHRISTMAS (By Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke, narrated by Katherine Kellgren) It’s Christmas Eve and Fletcher wonders how Santa will find his burrow through all the snow.

SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY (By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian, narrated by Sean Astin) This is the story of Willie Bentley, who loved and learned all about snowflakes.

OWL MOON (Written and narrated by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr) A girl and her father search the moonlit woods for the Great Horned Owl.

This DVD retails for $14.95, and you can get 20% off when you use coupon code NEWKIDEO20 at checkout. Also, New Kideo has a fantastic sale going on right now, so check that out too!

There’s also a fun Splat coloring sheet available here!

New Kideo is letting me give one copy of Merry Christmas, Splat… and more winter stories to one of you! Here’s how to win.

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite children’s book is. That’s it! (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to to leave your comment.)

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 6 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 Thursday, November 21. I will choose one winner on Friday, November 22 using and will contact him or her via email. Winner must respond to me within 24 hours or I will pick a new winner. Giveaway open to US residents only.

Thanks to New Kideo (the children’s division of New Video Productions) and Scholastic for providing the DVDs for this review and giveaway. All opinions in this review are solely my own. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

137 comments November 18, 2013

Tropical Traditions Free Shipping + BOGO Coconut Oil, today only

Tropical Traditions is offering free shipping again, but the code is good today only! You can combine this code with the offers below to take advantage of some of their  BOGO deals. Tropical Traditions also offers raw honey that my family has really enjoyed, and I probably need to stock up on Omega 3 Greens, too!

Here are the sales they have going on right now:

  • BOGO Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil (16 oz.) Ends Thursday
  • BOGO Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Moisturizers
  • 40% OFF Grass-fed Bison
  • 20% OFF Organic Fair Trade Whole Bean Coffee
  • 50% OFF Benefect Botanical Hand Sanitizer

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Add comment November 18, 2013

Free Seeds Family Worship: Seeds of Praise CD, through Thanksgiving!

I am so excited to share this freebie with you! Now through Thanksgiving you can get a free download of the Seeds Family Worship Vol. 3 CD called Seeds of Praise! We are kind of obsessed with the Seeds CDs in our house: we play them every morning during breakfast and I’m also using them to teach Scripture to the children at the preschool where I work. Seeds CDs set scripture to music to make it easier for you to memorize. On this particular CD my favorite song is track #8, Mighty to Save.

Make sure you download this CD while it’s free!


Add comment November 13, 2013

Get 150 free 4×6 prints from Snapfish!

Right now you can get 150 free 4×6 prints from Snapfish! New customers only.

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Add comment November 12, 2013

Starbucks: BOGO holiday drinks PLUS free offers via text!

starbucks drink deal

Starbucks is offering Buy One Get One FREE holiday drinks on 11/14 – 11/17 from 2 – 5 p.m.! Choose from Caramel Brulee Lattes, Gingerbread Lattes or (my favorite) Peppermint Mochas, among others. We love these BOGO deals in my house because it’s a great way to get inexpensive drinks to take to my daughter’s teacher and TA to show our thanks!

Also, don’t forget that you can sign up for additional Holiday Offers from Starbucks when you text JOY to 207-57 . Last year they sent out B1G1 offers and FREE with purchase among other deals!

Thanks, Southern Savers!

Add comment November 12, 2013

Get $10 free to spend at Little River Trading Company, Dandy Lions Gifts, Bristol & Bragg, or other local businesses on Small Business Saturday

It’s time for the Fourth Annual Small Business Saturday, which will take place on November 30. It’s a little different than in previous years, in that you get $10 free to shop, instead of the $25 credit offered in previous years. Still, it’s a free $10, which is nice.

You can register your American Express card here starting November 24, and then on Nov. 30 head to a small, locally-owned business, spend $10 or more using the card you registered, and you’ll receive a $10 statement credit within a few days. (Only one credit per account – not per card – and a few other small-print details here.)

I’ve done this for the past three years and it worked like a charm. Last year I made a purchase at Bristol & Bragg Jewelers, and received my credit with no problems. Two years ago I spent $26 before tax at Little River Trading Company, and in about 48 hours I had received a $25 credit on my AmEx account. I love this because I’m supporting a local company – they get to keep my $26 – and it’s American Express that’s giving me my money back.

What qualifies something as a small business? It must be locally owned and not part of a chain. Call ahead, because a number of small businesses don’t accept AmEx, either.

Local Blount County companies that accept AmEx include Little River Trading Company, Dandy Lions Gifts, and Bristol & Bragg. What’s your favorite business to shop at on Small Business Saturday?

Add comment November 12, 2013

Fantasy of Trees Volunteers needed


The Fantasy of Trees is in need of volunteers to make this annual event (benefiting Children’s Hospital) a success. It may also count toward service hours for school or various organizations. If you or your whole family would like to volunteer please email Feel free to pass this along to any groups needing service project hours. The minimum age to volunteer is 12 years old.

Here’s a list of the Shifts for Fantasy of Trees
Wednesday, Nov 27th: 8:30 to 1:00 / 12:30 to 5:00 / 4:30 to 9:00
Thursday, Nov 28th: 2:30 to 6:00 / 5:30 to 9:00
Friday, Nov 29th: 8:30 to 1:00 / 12:30 to 5:00 / 4:30 to 9:00
Saturday, Nov 30th: 8:30 to 1:00 / 12:30 to 5:00 / 4:30 to 9:00
Sunday, Dec 1st: 11:30 to 3:00 / 2:30 to 6:00

More info available here.

Add comment November 12, 2013

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