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Book Giveaway: Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson

Own Your Life Book

A book that has meant so much to me and has touched my heart on so many levels is Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson. I mentioned earlier this month that it should be the first book you read this year. And I mean that.

It will challenge, encourage, and push you to be more of the woman that God created you to be. Sally shares what it means to live your life in a meaningful way, follow God in all you do, and gives practical guidance to build a life that is intentional.

Win a Copy of Own Your Life

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Sound like this is  something you need right now? I would LOVE to give one of you a copy of Own Your Life and also include a boxful of other great books from authors like Jen Hatmaker, Mary DeMuth, Crystal Paine, and Priscilla Shirer! (see note below)

If you’d like to enter to win this stash of books, just follow the directions in the widget below.

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Note: Own Your Life is a brand-new copy. All other books are in gently-used, loved condition. Some are duplicate copies, and a few may have one or two dog-eared pages or a few underlined passages. This giveaway is not sponsored by anyone, but is a book that I am personally providing to a reader.

Helping a Child Who Chews – Chewigem Sensory Jewelry

Do you have a sensory child at home that chews on things all the time? For children with sensory issues, chewing can be one area that helps them process what is going on around them. For one of our children, chewing has become enough of an issue (clothes, pencils, LEGOs), that we were looking for something safe he could have available to chew on. For us, Chewigem was a much needed help.

Chewigem Sensory Necklaces

Chewigem USA is a family run business that creates oral sensory jewelry for children – both boys and girls. Their products are designed to look more like fun jewelry, so they are more discreet.

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Products range from pendants (both discs and raindrops), dog tags, bracelets, and bangles and come in a huge variety of colors. The pieces are made from a non-toxic silicone, so they are completely safe for your kids to chew on. The clasps on the jewelry are all ‘breakaway,’ making them even safer for your family. Their pendants and bracelets can also be put in the dishwasher for cleaning (just not the cords) or washed in soapy water.

Our kids received several of the Chewigem pendants and dogtags based on what they typically chew on and how active they chew. For two of our kids (the ones that needed it the most), their necklaces have been such a help. Rather than putting a sweatshirt cord, pencil/pen, or LEGO in their mouth, the Chewigem pendants offered them a great alternative. Because of the colors and styles, they didn’t mind wearing them around the house or in public at times either (we tried to keep them at home, because I didn’t want to lose them!).

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The Chewigem dogtags were my personal favorite – not too heavy, but perfect for Kaleb, our kiddo with more sensory issues. In a typical school day I am constantly trying to redirect his chewing (usually LEGOs or his sleeves), and it has become a big issue in our school day. There have been holes in clothing and a near choking once (that wasn’t a good day). In the past he has needed constant redirection and then just a few seconds later is back to chewing or mouthing something.

Now Kaleb hangs his dog tags by his desk and puts them on almost every morning when we start school,  especially when he feels the need to chew on something. Chewigem pendants are one thing that I don’t worry about him choking on and don’t mind him chewing!

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Our other two use them from time to time, and I would much rather have them fidgeting with their Chewigem pendant than a pencil or other item. Zachary wears his while reading – helping so much keeping him on track and focused, as well as keeping the fidgeting down (win, win for me!).


Chewigem USA is a company that I definitely recommend you check out if your family has a child that chews. We have been very pleased with the products we received, and their prices range from $14.95 to $19.95 (definitely worth saving a shirt and a few pencils!). Customer service is very helpful as well and will help you find the right pendant for your child if you need any help. Be sure to visit their  FAQ page for more information. Use code gem10 and save 10 through 4-30-15.

Win a Pendant of Your Choice from Chewigem

Chewigem is giving one reader a pendant! To enter, just follow the directions in the widget below. Giveaway is open to US residents through Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at midnight.

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Note: Chewigem USA is a sponsor of this site and I received sample product for review purposes. This review is my honest opinion and all thoughts are our own.

{Giveaway} Pipsticks Sticker Subscription

When I was younger (we’re going back over 30 years here), one of my favorite things to do was buy and collect stickers in special little books. I would save up my hard-earned money to carefully pick out the latest Lisa Frank stickers by the mini-sheet. Stickers were moved from page to page depending on my mood – should I sort them by type, colors, genre? Friends and I spent hours trading stickers and going through our books. Do any of you remember those days?

Pipsticks sticker subscription

The memories came flooding back to me when Pipsticks contacted me about offering a giveaway to my readers. Since I know how much I loved stickers, how much fun my kids have with them – I was sure that your kids would love to get in on a little stick fun too!

What is Pipsticks?


Who doesn’t love stickers? Any parent, teacher or pen pal knows the true power of these little gems. Stickers can motivate, silence, entertain and delight with unmatched simplicity.

Designed to tickle the imaginations of kids (and those of us who can’t quite grow up), Pipsticks brings a beautifully curated pack of stickers to your doorstep – or mailbox as it may be – every month. All stickers are selected by designers and sourced from global suppliers. Shipping is free in the US and there are sticker club subscribers around the world (sticker love knows no borders!).


Each sticker pack includes a minimum of 15 sheets of stickers, including puffy ones, sparkly ones, and sniffy ones, as well as a few crafty additions to keep you inspired and keep the little subscribers from sticking where they’re not wanted.

There are three different options for sticker lovers:

  1. Sticker subscription plan – there are two plans you can choose from: the Club or Family pack. Family packs include 3 times the sticker fun to help cut down on any sibling squabbles (or maybe that would just be my kids). Shipping is free in the US.
  2. Taster packs are perfect for those not quite ready to commit to a subscription plan.
  3. Gift a subscription or taster pack – stickers make great gifts. Let Pipsticks do the shopping for you!

Join the sticker club and have fun checking the mailbox again.

Get Inspired


If you need ideas and additional inspiration, be sure to check out Pipsticks blog for fun activities and things to create together.

Visit Pipsticks and download the FREE Pipstick sticker placemats too! There are twelve 11”x17” placemats for you to print off and keep little hands busy at dinner time – or to create a fun table for anytime!

A Giveaway for YOU!

Pipsticks is excited to give away a 3-month Gift Sticker subscription. One Pipsticks sticker pack will be delivered to the happy recipient every month for three consecutive months. The pack includes loads of different stickers (of course!) each month plus a stamped postcard and a few fun extras that will keep the creativity flowing.

To enter, just follow the directions in the widget below. Giveaway is open worldwide through Friday, January 17, 2015 at midnight.

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Speekee Spanish for Homeschoolers :: Giveaway!!

{disclaimer ~ Speekee is a blog sponsor and has offered this giveaway to my readers.}

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Is Spanish something that you’ve been wanting your kids to work on during their homeschool time? If you aren’t familiar with the language, it can be an overwhelming thought! Speekee Spanish is tailored especially for homeschool families and may be exactly what your family needs.

AND – as a bonus, Speekee is generously offering one of my readers a 6 month subscription to their site!

What is Speekee?

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Speekee is a comprehensive Spanish learning program​ for children ages 2-11 years old. The program includes games, videos, and online challenges that help children learn Spanish. The 40 videos that are the backbone of the program are targeted toward two age ranges: 2 to 6 and 7 to 11, so children can learn and work at their age level.  Speekee also offers a Fast Track program for homeschoolers.


Especially for Homeschoolers – Speekee FastTrack


Speekee FastTrack is a 40 week plan for children ages 2-8 wishing to learn Spanish. Each week the program provides video clips, worksheets, activities, and downloads to help children quickly understand and use Spanish.

Busy moms will LOVE that the lesson plans are already done and organized for you, allowing you time to simply print and go! Just follow the directions and in only 15 minutes a day your children will be on their way to learning Spanish.

See what homeschool families have said about FastTrack.


See Speekee in Action

Although Speekee is not part of our homeschool curriculum, my friend Carisa from 1+1+1=1 has been using the Fast Track 40-week homeschool Spanish program with her children and has a fabulous review on her site that I would recommend reading if you would like to see the program in action.

How Much Does Speekee Cost?

Speekee is an online subscription service, giving you access to all of the materials with your membership. Subscriptions are available on a month-to-month basis or at a discounted rate for 6 month or yearly plans. See current prices at the bottom of this page.

A basic Speekee account is free, but has limited access to videos and features. Full access to the site videos, games, and quizzes is included with site membership.

Win 6 Months of Speekee!

One of you is going to win a 6 month membership to Speekee so your family can begin learning Spanish at home!

Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 12/22/14 at midnight. Be sure to click over to the blog to be able to see the widget if you are reading via email or RSS.

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The Word of God CD from Seeds Family Worship

The last two weeks our home has been filled with the Word of God playing throughout and hearts memorizing new verses. Can I tell you how much I love hearing voices singing along?

The Word of God from Seeds Family Worship

Seeds Family Worship recently released the CD “The Word of God” and it is FULL of songs and verses to learn together as a family. Our kids already have their favorites (and so do I). Before you think that Seeds is just your standard ‘kid music’ – let me set you straight. This is music that parents will ENJOY listening to and learning alongside your children. In our family you’ll find the albums playing all over – iPods, school room, the van, the house – literally everywhere.

Having Scripture set to music has been such an effective way for our family to learn portions of the Bible. Seeds has been a part of our family for over four years now (I can hardly believe it’s been that long!). In the past I’ve shared our thoughts on their earlier CDs, some ABC verse flashcards I created that were largely based on the verses we’ve learned through the CDs, and ways that music has helped us learn Scripture.

One of the main things that I love about Seeds are the lyrics which are directly from the Bible. Nothing watered down, but every word comes straight from God’s word.

A Peek at The Word of God CD

And the new Word of God CD? We all think that Seeds has done an amazing job. The kids and I were talking about several of the songs today and how one has a bit of an 80’s feel to it (they like that). We also love the difference in ‘tone’ between a song written specifically for boys (Act Like Men – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14) and one for girls (Woman Who Fears The Lord – Proverbs 31:30 ). Overall, the album is well-loved and is getting a lot of play time where ever we are.

Here’s a look at the songs on The Word of God album:

1. The Word of God – Hebrews 4:12
2. Your Life is Hidden – Col 3:2-3 performed by Matthew West
3. Impress Them – Deuteronomy 6:4-7
4. Jesus Christ is Lord – Philippians 2:9-11
5. Breathed Out – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 performed by Jared Anderson
6. Your Word In My Heart – Psalm 119:9-11
7. Do What It Says – James 1:22
8. Genuine – Romans 12:9-10
9. Act Like Men – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
10. A Woman Who Fears The Lord – Proverbs 31:30
11. Your Life Is Hidden – (Bonus Acoustic Version)
12. H.E.R.O. – Philippians 2:9-11 (Bonus VBS Version)


Psst – several of these songs will also be a part of the upcoming Passport to Integrity from Family Life (the makers of Passport to Purity). We may be very excited about that as well!

If you’d like to hear a little sample, be sure to watch the below video of album’s first song, The Word of God.


Feed readers can watch the full video here.

Help Plant ‘Seeds” of God’s Word Too!

Another thing that we love about the albums from Seeds Family Worship are the encouragement to SHARE and pass along their music. When you purchase any of their albums,  you will receive two identical full-length CDs - each in its own package and individually shrink wrapped. One album is for you and one to give away!  Seeds wants you to be a ‘seed planter’ and encourages you to pray about who God wants you to share this second album with.

What does that mean? The $12.98 for an album is actually TWO CDs! That alone is a great deal! Order before 9/27/14 and use the code FREESHIP during checkout, and you’ll also get free shipping!

The Power of a Song in Learning God’s Word

Years ago, when Kaleb was just 3 years old and Seeds had first appeared in our home, we were at the park playing. He stopped on a part of the playground and didn’t want to cross a ‘shaky’ bridge made of chains because he was too scared. A few attempts were made to encourage him, but he stayed put. I turned away for a bit and suddenly heard singing.

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

As he sang those words, he put one foot in front of the other and crossed the bridge – and then ran off to play. Meanwhile, I stood there bawling – because I had watched how the word of God had been implanted in his little 3-year-old heart and had been applied when needed. No prompting from me, but God’s word in action because he had listened and taken to heart those words. (Yeah, that still makes me cry thinking about it!)

THAT is what it is all about and why we are so thankful for the work that Seeds Family Worship is doing with their music. When I tell you we love the CDs, know that we’ve purchased them for Christmas gifts, handed them out to friends and family, and 100% recommend each and every song!




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