Sunday, November 16, 2014

Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World

About the book:

-209 pages
-Parent Resources
-Discussion Guides for every chapter (perfect for a bible study!)

Is technology bringing your family closer together or driving you farther apart?

Children today are no longer playing hide-and-seek outside or curling up with a good book—instead they’ve been introduced to a world of constant digital entertainment through television, video games, and mobile devices. And while technology has the potential to add value to our lives and families, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.

In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the necessary tools to make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.

•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world
•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy
•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships—only you can.

Check out the book trailer here!

Here’s the official website

About the authors:

Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit

Arelene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at

How many of you can relate??

Monday, October 13, 2014

Talk to Santa

Gather up your family and friends from around the world! Through the magic of the internet and Santa's Elves, you can visit with Santa Claus without having to leave your home! Schedule a live conference call with Santa Claus at! You, your family and friends in up to four other locations will experience the magic of talking LIVE with Santa! After your video conference with Santa you can share the recorded call with your other friends and relatives, bringing smiles to their faces. You will be amazed at what Santa knows about you! is a proud sponsor of Toys for Tots. For each call made to Santa Claus, We donate 15% of the net revenue to the Toys for Tots program.

PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands Review

PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands Review

PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands are durable latex bands that work to strengthen muscles through resistance training. They come in a set of Light, Medium, Heavy, and X-Heavy colored bands in a nice little nylon storage pouch.

PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands Review

These loop bands work for everything from physical therapy exercises to intense resistance training.They are great for squats, lunges, arm and leg workouts, and stretching exercises. I did have to do some online searching to find some ideas on what workouts to use these for, and my favorite one was the side-to-side exercise. Boy, does it really work your hip and thigh muscles! I also enjoy using these bands for arm stretching and toning.

PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands Review
The Light and Medium bands are enough for me at this time, and I can't imagine even being able to use X-Heavy! But it's nice to have all the different resistance levels in this set. They are snap-resistant and heavy-duty, plus they're lightweight and easy to throw in your gym bag.

My only recommendation is to include maybe a card or booklet with some examples of different exercises that can be done with these bands. However, PhantomFit does include a free download of some great workout music with your purchase, so that is a nice bonus.

  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hunting in Bruges by E.J. Stevens

Hunting in Bruges by E.J. Stevens
(Hunters’ Guild #1)
Release date: November 11th 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges.

Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters’ Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there’s no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.

On second thought, maybe Bruges isn’t so bad after all.

With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters’ Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled  streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city’s scenic canals.  With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.

Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions–but some secrets are best left buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles to unearth the truth about an 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Give Them the World with Little Passports

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Give Them the World with Little Passports
The excitement of holiday gift giving doesn't have to end with the last unwrapped package! Why not treat your little ones to a trip around the USA or around the world this holiday season. Beginning with a box full of expedition materials, Little Passports will take your children on a learning adventure to two new states (USA edition) or a new country (World edition) every month, in which they travel along with Sam and Sofia, exploring cultures and gathering important geographic knowledge along the way. Whether you sign up for a month-to-month plan or a year subscription, your kids will love to run to the mailbox to see where Little Passports will take them on this month's journey! Simply sign up for a monthly plan ($11.95/month) or a one year subscription ($10.95/month) and let the adventure begin!

Here's just a peek at what the Little Passports World edition can bring to your door:

Explore the Little Passports World Edition

Travel suitcase and letter from globetrotting characters Sam and Sofia
World wall map
Fun stickers, an activity sheet, and access to online games…and so much more!

International Day of the Girl on October 11

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As International Day of the Girl on October 11 approaches, Plan International USA  is sharing stories about girls around the world participating in our Because I am a Girl programs. Learn more about International Day of the Girl and how you can help give girls access to the tools they need to live a better life today.

After emerging from a ravaging civil war marked by horrific cases of violence, rape, and human rights violations, development indicators listed Sierra Leone as one of the worst places in the world both socially and economically. Although the country has since achieved relative national stability, violence against girls has become so ingrained that, for many girls, it’s a way of life. Until now.

Supported by the Because I am a Girl program, Plan International’s Girl Power project works with the government in Sierra Leone to protect girls from falling through the cracks in a country rocked by violence, laying the groundwork necessary for them to become strong leaders in the community.

Programs are in place to give girls essential financial literacy abilities, teach valuable leadership skills, and to support groups to protect girls from child marriage and early pregnancy, which swiftly limits their future opportunities.

Through Girl Power, girls and young women in Sierra Leone can now take control of their own futures and truly ignite change in their families and communities. And for young girls, an opportunity is all they need.

Friday, October 10, 2014


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