Table Talkers ~ Giveaway!

I am thrilled to share a new eBook with you, Table Talkers, written by Erin from In Between Laundry.

I was recently sent this eBook to review and was a bit nervous because mealtime around our house is a bit chaotic thanks to a special someone who detests eating in general. Our little precious Krash is our meal time trouble maker and often brings me to the point of almost tears. IMG_3812_thumb1 PacMan is the exact opposite, loves and eats everything! Ladybug is a good mix-some nights rejecting like K and some nights embracing new foods like P. The idea of adding fun to this time of the day seemed about as possible as, hmmm…pigs flying, and more. You know, it seemed virtually impossible.image_thumb2
But, we gave it a go and I printed out the wonderful cards to keep handy at the table and I read through them to choose a few that I thought might be worth a shot for my 2, 5, and 9 year old.

Thankfully the night we first tried a Table Talker idea, we were eating a meal that Krash liked, so it was a relative good-mood evening. We started out with a game that has since become a family favorite. Someone has to think of a movie/tv show that we are all familiar with {example Nemo}. Then the person gives a 1 word hint {example: fish}. We each get a turn to guess based on just the one word clue. If nobody gets it, the person gives a second clue {example: ocean}. I was AMAZED with how many we got with just 1 word! For example I thought of the movie Robots and my clue word was “dishes” and Pac got it right away!

Want to read more, and enter to win your own copy

Or why don’t you just head over to buy your own copy for just $2.99!  I promise, it is worth every penny!  My kiddos have asked for Table Talkers every night at dinner since we began, and I do believe we have established a new family tradition thanks to this simple eBook!

Ps-I am trying out Rafflecopter for the giveaway entries, hoping it will make things very easy to enter, head on over and give it a try! This giveaway ends 10/15/11.

Boca Beth Giveaway!


Boca Beth brings Spanish to life for your children! We were sent several Boca Beth items to review, including: Mi Casa/My House Coloring Books, the Boca puppet, 2 egg shakers, My First Songs in Spanish CD, Sing Praise For Children CD, and I Like Animals DVD.

From the moment I opened the package, the puppet and egg shakers went straight into Ladybug’s hands and have been favorites ever since!  Boca the puppet has turned into a little friend, you can even see Ladybug using Boca to color and help her clean up her markers!

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Read more about what we thought and enter to win the 

Boca Beth Beginner Backpack {2 winners}!

Weekly Homeschool Planner Giveaway!

It’s no big secret that one of my best friends is Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations.  I met her online years ago and our friendship went from blog comments, to emails, to phone calls, to visits!  This is one thing I am most thankful that God has given me through blogging-true friendship with Jolanthe and a few others!  Here is us cheesing while at Relevant last year!


I tell you all of that so you know upfront that I am TOTALLY biased and think anything she creates is simply wonderful.  I feel I must disclose this in a huge way!  So, now that you know that, I am honored to host a giveaway for my friend and her wonderful Weekly Homeschool Planner, even though I don’t even use it myself!  The only reason I don’t use hers is because I created my own {just for myself}.  We do many of the same things and even talked a lot as she was creating the planner. 

I am excited to be able to host a giveaway for you and bless one of my readers with a copy of her wonderful planner!


Read more and enter to win!!!!

HUGE Montessori Print Shop Giveaway!


As you have probably noticed, my blog has taken a turn in a more Montessori focused direction. “Why?” you ask…because my beliefs are largely based in the Montessori Method. I did an internship at a wonderful Montessori School while in college and fell in love. I read many of the books, studied the method. I wanted to go to school the extra year to become certified to teach Montessori but I needed to begin working so I stuck with the public school system. My heart never left Montessori though!

Although we do not have a full Montessori based homeschool, many of my ideas stem from Montessori. When I found Montessori Print Shop, I fell in love. When they signed on to be a blog sponsor and allow me to host this AMAZING giveaway I was thrilled! This is probably my all time favorite giveaway and I am still in shock that I get to be a part of blessing someone with this gift that Montessori Print Shop is giving one of you.

Here’s a small glimpse into the other files I now own, {and one of you will too}!

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Now for the fun part, the HUGE giveaway!!!!

Montessori Print Shop is giving away a Deluxe Montessori CD Rom Collection – at this time it has 997 pdf files: 993 printable Montessori materials and 4 Primary Teaching Manuals. Most materials include beautiful photographic images that provide the children with real-life, concrete images, and information about the world around them.


Go here and read more and enter to win!

This Giveaway is open for anyone! Contest ends September 10, 2011.

Photography & Adoption…2 Loves

UpdateAll Montessori At Home eBooks have been sent to those of you who purchased Angela’s book and requested John’s book as a bonus! Please email me if you did not receive your Montessori at Home Book.

The winner of the YCR, MO, and RRSP Bundle isJenni! I left you a comment below you need to email me since I don’t have your email!

I don’t talk much about adoption over here. Actually I don’t talk much about it at all. But I chat with God about it a lot. I used to think we would have adopted by now. We have been guardians {2 different times}, totally God’s plan. Now we are content with our 3 biological kiddos, and content not knowing what the future holds for us. Neither of us feel called to pursue adoption right now, but both my husband and I are completely open to God’s will in this area {and all areas actually}.

So, since we are not adopting and have no plans to adopt in the immediate future, I find myself reading adoption blogs {I am a bit of a blog stalker-if you have a blog focused on your adoption I may indeed be stalking you visiting your blog}! I spend my time praying for other families!

I met someone recently who goes to our home church in NC and she is a blog reader-totally cool! She knows someone also from my hometown and passed along their adoption information to me, we too have become fast “friends”. I am so excited about their fundraiser and have offered to help spread the word for them, the idea is simply genius and involves another love of mine-photography!

This is the beautiful family…The Braniffs.


They are in the process of adopting a daughter, Rose ~ from the DRC in Africa.

You can read their story in a few places specifically on their blog,

  • Why Adoption?
  • Broken {where they share why they are choosing to adopt from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Africa}
  • You can also read even more of the specifics of their story here where they were recently featured on Filled with Praise.

Now for my 2nd love-photography! I love my camera and I love seeing others learn how to use their cameras…I just don’t have time to teach them usually! This is where Angela steps in! She is a photographer, check out some of her beautiful work!!! Here’s a sneak peak at her beautiful daughters, photos taken by Angela, of course! These were their “back to homeschool” photos for this year!

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She wrote an eBook all about the basics of taking great pictures using your DSLR, for newbies!


This eBook is simple and to the point, with photos on almost every page to show you examples. It won’t take you long to read and will be something you can go back to and try different things out to achieve photographer-like results!!! Angela sent me a copy to peek at so I could share with you and I loved it!

Here’s the cool part…the fundraiser!!! This fundraiser really does benefit YOU and THEM without a middle {loss of money} portion. That’s why I loved this fundraiser so much! The eBook cost Angela just time to create, so there is no middle man to pay for a product! You pay for the eBook and then they receive 100% profits for their adoption costs!!!

She has priced the eBook at $25 which is very reasonable and a wonderful way to donate and get something valuable in return.

If you are strapped financially and really want to get the eBook and support them, she is offering my readers a discount of $5 – 5off – off making it only $20. Please only use this option if you need to.

Additionally, just to give you a bit more incentive, I am going to offer a giveaway of all 3 of my “for sale” items… RRSP Download Bundle, Members Only, and You Can Read.

Come back to this post and leave a comment telling me you purchased the eBook and I will enter you to win any of the 3 you don’t already own…or all 3 if you don’t own any of them! The giveaway entry option will close on September 9, 2011. I will email you if you are the winner so be sure to leave your email in your comment! If you purchased the eBook prior to reading this post, you are still free to enter. Anyone who has purchased can enter!

Finally, John Bowman is offering to GIVE anyone who purchases Angela’s eBook a FREE copy of Montessori at Home! See details here!

In a nutshell, here’s the deal…

  • Go here and purchase your eBook “Life…As You See It” here for $25 {or $20 using code- 5off }
  • Read your eBook and become a better beginner photographer.
  • Thank God for allowing you to be a small part of bringing one of his orphans home, baby Rose.
  • Come back to this post and leave me a comment if you’d like to be entered to win access to…You Can Read, Members Only, and the RRSP Download Bundle!
  • Leave me a comment, or send me an email if you purchase and would like John to send you a free copy of Montessori at Home!
  • Optional…follow along with their blog to see Rose in person when she arrives and then thank God again, and again, and again. Got it? 😉
  • Optional…share about the eBook you just bought and love and the Braniff story on your Facebook, blog or whatever! Spread the word if you feel led in your heart to do so!

Disclaimer- although I LOVE adoption and read adoption blogs and pray like crazy and donate personally, this is the first time I have used my blog to reach out to share a fundraiser. I do NOT plan to do this often…only as the Spirit leads me personally. I am fully aware that I can’t help everyone but I can help 1. I am a big believer in following the Holy Spirit where I am personally led to be a part of change and making a difference. The Holy Spirit definitely led me to feel called to share this particular story on my blog. Angela did NOT ask me to share or even know I was considering it, I shocked her with my email!