Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review: Growing Up Social

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When I was given the opportunity to review Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen Driven World, I jumped at the opportunity.  I knew that everything I have ever read by Gary Chapman has been amazing (Five Love Languages, Desperate Marriages, etc)  and I was confident this latest work would not disappoint.  Even though I knew my schedule was crazy this time of year, I committed to reading the book and posting a review.



When the book arrived, I was somewhat concerned when I saw the cover.  Yes, I know it's easier to create boundaries with technology and focus when children are young but my baby is almost sixteen and these were "little kids" on the cover.  After reading, I will admit that yes, some strategies would be easier to implement if you started fresh with young children but the over-saturation of technology in our world is a problem for everyone, adults like myself included.  

As a read, my toes were stepped on several times when I realized how 'tied to my tech' I have become over the years.  Yes, I am often guilty of preferring to fire off an email or a quick text when a phone call or even a personal visit would be a much better form of contact.  Now, don't get me wrong, the authors do not recommend a totally tech-free lifestyle.  Christian parents simply need to find a balanced use of technology while still encouraging conversation, empathy and respect. 

The book offers encouragement for all parents and strategies for reclaiming family time among a digital era.  Like I said before, my child is already well into her teen years, so we will modify some of the suggestions in the book, but couldn't we all do with a little less screen time? In the book, they refer to the "thrills of our digital world" and compare them to a dangerous drug....  Facebook before rolling out of bed - Grabbing the phone the second it makes a noise - Just one more level of this game - I'll do that task as soon as a I find one more crock-pot recipe to Pin --- Any of those sound familiar?

About the book: 

Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World Paperback – September 1, 2014 by Gary Chapman & Arlene Pellicane 


In this digital age, children are spending more and more time interacting with a screen rather than a parent. Technology has the potential to add value to our families, but it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child's emotional growth. In Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World, you'll learn how to take back your home from an over-dependence on screens. Discover the five A+ skills needed to give your child the relational edge in a screen-driven world: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. Today's screens aren't just in our living rooms; they are in our pockets. Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. Constant entertainment is not the goal of childhood. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships; only you can.
Growing Up Social will help you:
  • Equip your child to be relational rich in a digital world
  • Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
  • Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
  • Read what's working for the screen savvy family down the street
  • Prepare your child to succeed down the road in relationships and life
  • Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing; New Edition edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802411231

I recommend this book to parents of children of any age, grandparents and even other family members who can learn from this practical guide to helping young people in this digital age.  Help our youth be part of this world without being consumed by the things of this world.  

BE BLESSED ~~Janet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Saving Christmas: Movie Review and Giveaway

In the full spirit of disclosure, this post may contain affiliate links, which means I may get a commission (Maybe even enough to buy a cup of coffee, but probably not one at Starbucks!).  I only recommend products from companies that I use or already love myself, so I know you'll be in good hands.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  




Who doesn't love a great Christmas movie?  Add to that a movie with wholesome Christian values and starring Kirk Cameron, I'm in....   I mean, come on, if you are a "young" lady anywhere near my age, you probably had posters of the guy on your bedroom wall and waited eagerly for the next issue of Teen Beat or Bop just to see his smile.  But I digress, although Kirk Cameron plays a major role in the making of this movie, this movie is not about him or Santa or reindeer, but about the real reason for Christmas, Jesus Christ.

Saving Christmas will be enjoyed by all parts of your family. There is music and dancing and some pretty funny parts along the way but the true message shines through.... Jesus is the Reason for the Season.  How refreshing to find a movie that the whole family can enjoy and know that they will leave the theaters knowing a little more about Christmas, why we celebrate the way we do, and who we celebrate, all while having a great time.  


Saving Christmas opens in theaters Friday, November 14th.  The only "bad part" about this movie is that it will be a limited release in only 400 theaters across the county and will only play for two weeks. (Insert sad face here) Although this will make it difficult for some people to see it in the theater, I believe this movie is worth the effort.  More details about theaters can be found on the movie website Saving Christmas.com

And now for the fun part, a giveaway....  

One lucky person will win a Saving Christmas Prize Pack, including a movie poster signed by Kirk Cameron, a soundtrack CD and a car air freshener (that smells like a Christmas tree). Giveaway ends Sunday November 23, 2014 and is open to residents of the US and Canada.  


"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.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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BE BLESSED ~~Janet

Monday, November 3, 2014

Giving Thanks Giveaway Nov 2014

In the full spirit of disclosure, this post may contain affiliate links, which means I may get a commission (Maybe even enough to buy a cup of coffee, but probably not one at Starbucks!).  I only recommend products from companies that I use or already love myself, so I know you'll be in good hands.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  

It is time for Giving Thanks!

Now is the time when friends and families get together to give thanks for all the wonderful things they've been given throughout the year. We Three Moms (Anderson's Angels, The Joy of Mama Joyner and The More The Merrier), are so very thankful for our families and everything we have, we've joined with over 100 other wonderful bloggers, to bring you another huge giveaway event! One winner will take home all of the prizes we've managed to put together (it's almost $600 in prizes!) for The Giving Thanks Giveaway!
Giving Thanks Prize Collage
We've gathered prizes for the whole family! Here is a list of our Sponsors & the prizes ~
Giant Microbes - ornament set - $24.95
King Arthur Flour - baking set -$45.80
Misto - 1 stainless steel Misto - $14.99
Meal Measure - 1 Meal Measure - $12.98
Pixtagram - 3 sets of 10 magnets - $36
Chef's Planet - 1 Flavor Enhancer - $45
SoapBox Soaps - 1 Autumn Bundle Set - $23.80
Emerson Creek Pottery - Blue Crab Pie Plate - $31
DK Books - 2 Books - $20
Game Chef - Rollick & Been There Done That Games - $49.98
Lille Rabbagast - Monkey Toys - $20
Rollors - Rollors Game - $50
Zike Bike - Z100 - $249

It's exciting isn't it? Come enter to win! You never know, you may be the ONE to win every single prize!

 

DIsclosure: Anderson’s Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner, The More The Merrier, and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that result from the use of any of these products. 

BE BLESSED ~~Janet

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dress Like a Veggie at Family Christian Bowling Green, KY

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On October 31st, Family Christian Stores across the country will be hosting a Dress Like a Veggie Event.  Visit the store in Bowling Green, KY or any other Family Christian store to participate.  

The Family Christian Store in Bowling Green, Kentucky is located at 2425 Scottsville Rd.  

To participate in the event: 
bring your child or children to the store 
dressed as a Veggie. 

Children are not limited to the VeggieTales veggies for costumes.  For ideas, visit the Family Christian "Dress Like the VeggieTales" Pinterest Board.  

All children who visit the store on October 31st will receive non-edible treats, so no one has to worry about allergy issues.

When you visit Family Christian Stores, Print this Coupon to take with you to save 40% off one item.  You can also use the coupon on the website.

Now for the fun part, one lucky Veggie parent will win a $250 Family Christian gift card!!
Five $50 appreciation certificates will also be awarded.

To enter the contest:
Visit Family Christian Store on October 31
Take a photo of your child(ren) dressed as a Veggie in the store
Share the photo on Twitter and/or Instagram
Tag @FamilyChristian and Use Hashtag #FCVeggies

I'm not sure I can convince my baby (now almost 16) to dress up like a Veggie, but what fun we would have had with this type of event when she was younger.  Just how exactly does one create the head for Junior Asparagus?  On second thought, maybe it would be easier to dress as one of the French Peas.......

BE BLESSED ~~Janet

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Giveaway: $125 Target Gift Card & Elph Band {Ends 10/31}

In the full spirit of disclosure, this post may contain affiliate links, which means I may get a commission (Maybe even enough to buy a cup of coffee, but probably not one at Starbucks!).  I only recommend products from companies that I use or already love myself, so I know you'll be in good hands.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  



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Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event! 

Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and fantastic group of amazing bloggers 
(including KY Klips) have come together to bring you this event. 

 Hosted by: Mom Powered Media 

Sponsored by: ELPH Band 

 The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or drug allergies your child may have. Whether you're traveling to a theme park, zoo, park, a crowded festival or even the mall, the ELPH Band can help find your child in the event he/she gets separated from you. It only takes one second for a child to disappear out of your site. ElphBand_Call 

ElphBand_Phone The ELPH band is a non-toxic, durable, silicone wristband. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification with clear instructions directly on the band. It's easy to use with options to dial in or scan the QR code. ELPH Band does not put personal information, such as the child's name or phone number where people can see it when it isn't needed. What does ELPH stand for? Easy Lookup to Phone Home If your child get's separated from you, all your child needs to do is show an adult his/her ELPH band. That adult can then call the 800# or scan the QR code to get in touch with you to reunite your child with you! It's that simple! Once the QR code is scanned on a smartphone, a screen similar to the one below will pop up
for them to get in touch with you.
To set up your ELPH band you will register it on a computer, or by scanning the QR code yourself and setting it up via your smartphone. Just a few simple questions and you will be registered. Once completed, you will get a text and email alert letting you know the account profile is active, and to verify the information has been entered correctly. 

 ELPH Bands are available in 3 sizes: Toddler (up to 5.75 inches), Child (up to 6.5 inches), and Adult (up to 7.5 inches). They are also available in two colors, Navy or Pink. 

Buy it: ELPH Bands are $19.99 each and they come with 1 year of service. You can purchase here. After 1 year of service, you can renew your service with ELPH Band.

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Now for the Giveaway! 
TWO Lucky Readers will win an ELPH band of their choice, 
as well as a $125 Target Gift Card. 

In addition to winning an ELPH band, winners will receive a gift card to one of my favorite shopping destinations.... Target!! 



Giveaway is open to US Residents, void where prohibited. Must be 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends October 31st, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.
Disclosure: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions about this event or would like to see your event hosted by Mom Powered Media, please email Darci@MomPoweredMedia.com


BE BLESSED ~~Janet