Homeschooling Mommy Encouragement Giveaway!

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Feb 112014

Being a homeschooling mom can be tough. For example, this morning the Bugs didn’t want to do the entirety of her math assignment. She tried convincing me that she only needed to do the front page of her work, or she would be doing two lessons. There was crying, wailing and gnashing of teeth on her part. This afternoon is also her turn to go to Grandma’s house to hang out (on Tuesdays, Grandma comes and takes one of the girls typically out to eat and over to her house to hang out). So, she was told that unless she did all of her assigned work, and stopped carrying on, she would have to call Grandma and tell her that Beans was going to be going to with her today instead so she could stay home and finish her assignments. Her math work was done in record time, no more complaining and it was all done correctly instead of her usual “I was in a hurry” mistakes. Yeah, homeschooling is just like parenting is, it isn’t for wimps, but it is so worth it.

The Ultimate Homeschooling Mommy Encouragement Giveaway!

How would you like to win a prize package full of encouragement just for you? This giveaway is brought to you by the Great Waters Press Launch team for Hal and Melanie Young’s wonderful new book, My Beloved and My Friend! (Created for Home is not affiliated with any of the providers of these prizes). All you have to do is go to the Rafflecopter form (if it isn’t automatically showing up, click the hyperlink for it) and fill it out! Simple as that!

While you are here, what is the best resource that you have found to gain encouragement as a homeschooling mom?

For this giveaway, we have a sweet collection of prizes sure to inspire and rejuvenate Homeschooling Moms!

Molly Green Membership from The Old Schoolhouse
Schoolhouse Expo Ticket from The Old Schoolhouse
2014 Annual Print Edition of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine from The Old Schoolhouse
Your Child’s Profession of Faith from Grace and Truth Books
31 Days in Psalm 37 form Doorposts
Seasons At Home Magazine One Year Subscription from A Joyous Home
Training and Correcting Hearts with Scripture from The Character Corner
Learning to Treasure God’s Word: A study of Psalm 119 from The Character Corner

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The Painted Table, a Litfuse Review, AND Chance to Win a Painted Table for Yourself

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Jan 072014

I was provided a copy of The Painted Table by Suzanne Field through Litfuse for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

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The Painted Table looked like an interesting book when the opportunity came up for me to review it. it is the story about a family and an heirloom Norwegian table. A story of pain, mental illness, emotional abuse, and healing.

Safee inherits her mother’s antique Norwegian table. She remembers when it first came to them in a beautiful natural wood. However, the state the table is in when she first gets it (against her wishes) is anything but of beauty. It has layer upon layer of paint plastered upon it, and is an ebeneezer to the emotional crippling she received as a child. Yet, with the persistence of her husband, she starts the process of restoring the table to it’s natural beauty and in the process finds peace and healing over her past.

This book is a hard read. Especially for anyone who has suffered through abuse as a child, or seen the ravages of mental illness close hand. However, this book is well worth the difficulty in reading. Suzanne Field takes the reader on a journey that brought me to tears as memories of my upbringing came to the surface, I so identified with Saffee as she went off to college and learned to have a life of her own that wasn’t controlled by her mother. I also identified with her mother’s upbringing which is how the book starts. It wasn’t ideal either and while the first half of the book seems a bit choppy in moving through time, those parts are desperately needed to see how and why everyone turned out the way they did. By the end of the book, I was a blubbering mess as I realized how similar I was to Saffee in regards to my emotions and how I reacted to things. And as she learned a better way of living, I found myself cheering her on to a life of normalcy and of breaking the patterns set by the generations before her. (I too am breaking patterns that were set for me in previous generations, and it is hard, and this book doesn’t sugar coat it at all).

This review, is honestly, very hard for me to write. This book impacted me so profoundly that I am having a very difficult time seperating myself from the review. Just suffice it to say, I think that everyone needs to read this book, especially counselors and pastors. This is a good book to give to someone struggling with the abuse and mental illness that they grew up with or have in their family. It shows a shining example of how with faith and a great support system, we can overcome the pain of the past in story form. Stories teach sometimes better than a lecture can and are less threatening. This book is terrific for that.

You can connect with Suzanne Field on FACEBOOK

And to feel free to PURCHASE your own copy of this book.

Suzanne Field is celebrating her novel The Painted Table with a beautiful hand-painted table giveaway!


One winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 18th. Winner will be announced January 20th on Thomas Nelson’s Facebook Page.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by the TNZ Facebook Page on the 20th to see if you won.

About the book: A beautiful heirloom ingrained with family memory has become a totem of a life Saffee would rather forget—a childhood disrupted by her mother’s mental illness.
Saffee does not want the table. By the time she inherits the object of her mother’s obsession, the surface is thick with haphazard layers of paint, and heavy with unsettling memories.

After a childhood spent watching her mother slide steadily into insanity, painting and re-painting the ancient table, Saffee has come to fear that seeds of psychosis may lie dormant within her. But as an adult with a family of her own, Saffee must confront her mother’s torment if she wants to defend herself against it.

Traversing four generations over the course of a century, The Painted Table is an epic portrait of inherited memory, proclivity, and guilt. It is a sprawling narrative affirmation that a family artifact—like a family member—can bear the marks of one’s entire past . . . as well as intimations of one’s redemption.

About the author: Suzanne Field, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, has taught English as a Second Language in China, Ukraine, and Hawaii. She has also been a magazine editor and home-school teacher. She and her husband have five children and divide their time between Kansas and Hawaii where she is a tutor and mentor.

May 102013

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This year for Mother’s Day they are offering some very good sales (they also typically have great pricing) and you can get your mom a magazine that correlates with her interests for a great price! I got a subscription to Paula Deen’s magazine and I can’t wait to get my first issue and see how I can make her yummy down home recipes fit our lifestyle.

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I have the opportunity to give away one $10.00 gift code to to one of my readers! You can use it to get a totally free magazine or reduce the price of one that exceeds $10.00. Use it for yourself or send a subscription as a gift. To enter, just leave a comment telling me what magazine grabs your attention the most. Giveaway ends on Tuesday May 14 at 9:00 p.m. central time. will be used to choose the winner. The winner will have until Thursday May 16 to email me back with their acceptance of the prize or another winner will be chosen.

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Mar 012013

You have no idea excited my children were to open this up when it came in the mail on Tuesday:


About The Little House That Stood:
When the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses, they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue! Larry builds with hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation – following the wise plans from the Master Builder’s Handbook! Will the Little Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses – and their lives – on solid ground? Find out in this parable that shows kids when they follow God’s blueprints, then can stand strong when the storms come!

Bugs and Beans absolutely fell in love with this video. In fact, after it was over the first time, they immediately watched it again and threw a fit when I said they couldn’t watch it a third time right away. In fact, they are begging to watch it again as I write this review up!

I really liked this Veggie Tale myself. The story was great about how we need to build our lives on the foundation of God and was presented in a wonderful engaging way and wasn’t preachy. The characters are relateable to my girls (and even to ahem, us adults) and were fun. The soundtrack was also excellent. The second story on the disc tells the story about what happened before Humpty Dumpty cracked in “The Good Egg of Gooseville.” I actually liked that very fractured fairy tale better than the main story on the disc.

Veggie Tales, The Little House that Stood is a great addition to your Veggie Tales library, or a good place to start one!

To get more of your Veggies, feel free to find them on the WEB, FACEBOOK, TWITTER and go WATCH THE VIDEO TRAILER!

I have been given a copy of Veggie Tales, The Little House that Stood for a giveaway on my blog! To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below! (Giveaway ends on 3/8/2013 at midnight. Winner will be notified on 3/9/2013 and will have 48 hours to respond to their email to provide me with a mailing address or an alternate winner will be chosen. Prize is shipped by Propeller Marketing, open to United States Residents.)

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I was given a copy of Veggie Tales, The Little House that Stood through Propeller Marketing for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received. They are also providing a copy for this giveaway.

And check out my other giveaways this week of Woolzies Dryer Balls and John Eldridge’s The Utter Relief of Holiness!

Mar 012013

Our second review and giveaway for today is for The Utter Relief of Holiness by John Eldridge.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I requested this book for review. My husband loves his other works, and what I have read of him has always challenged me, and this book was no exception.

In The Utter Relief of Holiness John Eldridge discusses how we are not holy ourselves, how we will never be totally holy, though that is something we should still strive for. We are to rest in the holiness of Christ and pursue to be like Him in all that we do and aspire to become. WE also learn that truly pursuing holiness is for us personally to become more Christ-like and that it is a heart matter. It isn’t to show how much better we are than others for what we believe, an exterior set of rules to follow along and check off. We are to make our hearts align with Christ and go from there.

This book is can be a tough read at times. You see, I love rules. I thrive with guidelines. This book seeks to find the heart of the law (or rule) and urges you to seek to follow that instead of just following rules. It all comes down to intent. Why are you following this rule or that? Is it to fit in, to make sure you are good, to not hurt anyone? Or is it because the intent of the rule brings us closer to Christ? This applies to so many things from what we wear, what we watch, what we say.

Learn more about John Eldridge and his resources on his WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER and YOU TUBE channels.

If you want to be challenged in your relationship with Christ and even with others, enter to win a copy of The Utter Relief of Holiness by leaving me a comment below (tell me why you want the book, if you’ve read any of John Eldridge’s other books or just say HI!) Winner will be chosen using Prize is furnished by Propeller Marketing and will be shipped by them. Giveaway opens today (March 1, 2013 and goes until midnight March 8, 2013) Winner will be emailed on March 9 and will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address or an alternate winner will be chosen. Open to residents in the United States.

I was given a copy of the above book for the purposes of this review, all opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received. I was also provided with the opportunity to host a giveaway, prize fulfillment will come from Propeller Marketing, Created for Home is not responsible for shipping the prize or for winner’s failure to reply to the winning email to provide their mailing address.

And check out my other two giveaways this week for Woolzies Dryer Balls and Veggie Tales; The Little House that Stood!