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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.

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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.

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{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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What We Believe Curriculum (and a Giveaway)

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One of the things that we want for each of our kids is to have a strong foundation and understanding of the Christian faith. Several years ago we were introduced to Apologia’s What We Believe series, and it has been a perfect fit for our girls and prompted some great talks along the way. The curriculum has quickly become a favorite and earned a permanent spot on our homeschool shelves.

Biblical Worldview Curriculum

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  • Who is God (And Can I Really Know Him?) introduces the concept of worldview while laying the foundational truths upon which the evangelical Christian worldview is built.
  • Who Am I (And What Am I Doing Here?) focuses on having a Biblical (and healthy!!) self-image and understanding how God sees them *Laurianna’s favorite
  • Who is My Neighbor (And Why Does He Need Me?) encourages kids to be a blessing to those around them – at home, in their community – and understand how they have gifts that can be used to help others.
  • What On Earth Can I Do helps children understand what it means to be stewards of all the blessings we have from God and how we can put him first in all that we do.

    Each of the books in the series has a textbook, notebooking journal (or junior version), coloring book, and an audio CD available and can be purchased individually. The textbook is non-consumable, so you only need to purchase additional notebooking journals for the next child to use the book (samples of the books are available from the Apologia website).

    How We’re Using the Series


    The books in the What We Believe series is written in a style that our girls love. They include fun stories, go-along activities, and notebooking pages to work on with each lesson. Because the books are written at a fifth to sixth grade level, we waited until our girls were in the fifth grade so they could work more independently on each level.

    Our girls work through three lessons each week. When we have our weekly meeting, we review the lessons and talk about what they are studying. In addition to the main text, they work through the go-along notebooking journal and complete the questions and activities. The journals are something that I am holding on to, because I love re-reading their thoughts and answers and seeing their hearts (just makes me smile).

    Although the books are recommended for ages 6 to 14, we personally like the 5th to 6th grade range for starting the series (if working independently). For our girls this has meant that they take more time to answer the questions (rather than coming up with simple answers) and really ‘dig in’ to the study – which is exactly what we want! There are junior journaling notebooks for younger children as well if you choose to work through the series as a family and have children younger than 5th grade.  Recommended ages for the series are 6 to 14 (younger ages may require more adult assistance).

    See the What We Believe FAQ’s here.

      Win a Set for Your Family

    Apologia has graciously offered one of my readers one the four books in the series along with a notebooking journal (or junior journal)! Just follow the directions in the widget below to enter. Giveaway is open until Monday December 8th at midnight to those with a US mailing address.

    Be sure to follow Apologia Educational Ministries Inc. on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+.

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    Apologia Nativity Shoppe

    Psst!! All of the audiobooks in the What We Believe series are on sale until December 11th as a part of the Apologia Nativity Shoppe. Be sure to stop by and see the specials they have to celebrate Christmas!

    Note: We have purchased all of the What We Believe series on our own, without compensation or request to review. Apologia is offering this giveaway to my readers.

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