Thursday, April 23, 2015

When Calls the Heart Season Premier and Season 1 DVD collection Giveaway (ENDS 5/3)


 
 
OK, the season premier we have all been waiting for is HERE!
Tune into the Hallmark Channel this Saturday for the 2 hour special!
 
About the series:
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.
 
 
 
The second season of When Calls the Heart is highly anticipated!  When we last saw Jack and Elizabeth, they had shared their first kiss.  Of course, things are still not set in stone, but their relationship has progressed beyond friendship, but they still remain proper and sweet to each other.  As this season begins, Elizabeth receives a telegram to return home to her mother who is ill.  Jack escorts her home and meets the family, but as Elizabeth fits right in to her former life, Jack does not.  Not only that, a former beau, Charles, shows up and starts to pay a great deal of attention to her.  Meanwhile, back in Coal Valley, a trial to clear Noah Stanton's name is underway.  The results will leave you astounded!  This 2 hour special is full of mystery, secrets, love triangles and new beginnings!  This season is one not to be missed!  Be sure to tune in to the premier on the Hallmark Channel this Saturday.
 
GIVEAWAY:
When Calls the Heart Season 1 on DVD
 
Open to valid addresses in US and Canada only.
 
To ENTER:
1. Answer this question-  Who is your favorite character(s) on When Calls the Heart and why?
2. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.
 
Giveaway ends: SUNDAY, May 3 at midnight.
 
 
 
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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Missional Women- Free App!!

Missional Women


Have you ever wanted to learn more about how to impact your world for Christ?
What are resources that help you in that journey?

Recently, the Missional Women blog hosted by Laura Krokos launched a new FREE App that has many resources available that will help you in your mission to reach the world for Christ.

Missional Women's photo.
The app has a lot of different parts.  When you tap on Blog you will get a screen with these titles: Ministry, God's Word, Relationships, World and Life.  Under each of these topics are about 10 blog posts.  There is also an Audio Bible reading plan or just an online Bible.  There are resources for Discipleship along with a link to subscribe to the Ministry Resource Library, free wall paper and lockscreens, videos, free printables, discipleship material and how to start a relationship with God.

One of the parts of the app that I really like are the challenges.  There are two challenges: Prayer and Evangelism.  Each have 31 days of different prompts.  I started the Prayer challenge and was thanking God for being the Creator.  The Evangelism challenge has a lot of great spiritual conversation prompts. 

Here is an example of one of the videos that shows Laura sharing the barriers and how to break through them when sharing the Gospel. 
 
 
Be sure to check out the app store on your digital device to download this great resource for free!
 
I am excited to see how this ministry will help women to engage in the culture and make a deep impact for Christ!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom DVD Review


My Review:  In Plain Sight is a documentary of the many men and women who are helping those who have been trapped in the sex trafficking industry by no choice of their own.  They are rescuing young women and men who want to find freedom.  It is  interesting to note that the cities where these abolitionists are working are major cities that are considered "normal" yet this dark side of sex trafficking is drowning the victims and they need help.  This documentary shows how the love of the body of Christ can transform young women who have no hope.  They give a new life to these young women so they can learn to live a better life and use the skills that will give them the confidence to move beyond this tragic life.  There is hope and there is freedom for these victims! 
 
Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant

 
IN PLAIN SIGHT
STORIES OF HOPE AND FREEDOM
 
RELEASING TO VIDEO January 13th 2015
 
Nashville, Tennessee- Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant, In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom features six modern-day abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking across America. Premieres are scheduled around the nation in during January 2015.  Journeying to six US cities, the documentary opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street "in plain sight". Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home.
 
“Most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that thousands of women and children are enslaved within their own communities,” said David Trotter, co-executive producer. “This isn’t limited to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. We’re talking about cities across America – from Sacramento to Little Rock to Baltimore – where the unthinkable is happening.”
 
“The reality is that children are being ravaged day in and day out. If you have a heart beating on the inside of you, I don’t understand how this couldn’t be important to you,” said Natalie Grant, narrator and co-executive producer.
 
With a focus on educating the American public and motivating people to take action, the campaign centers around three resources to be released by Word Entertainment. The DVD, music album, and 31 Day Devotional & Group Study Guide will be available in stores nationwide on December 23rd, 2014. 
 
To learn more and watch the trailer, visit www.Wordfilms.com or www.inplainsightfilm.com.
 
Synopsis:  In Plain Sight is an inspiring documentary featuring the work of six female abolitionists as they fight against sex trafficking in the United States. Journeying to six US cities, the film opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street ‘in plain sight.’  Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home founded by one of the featured abolitionists.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review from Edify Media, Inc.  All opinions are my own.*

 
 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dressing Your Truth- One Year Later

Hi Friends!  I can't believe it's been one year since I discovered Dressing Your Truth!  I really love this program and all that I have learned and continue to learn about myself and also how dressing in a way that enhances my true beauty on the inside. 


Why I would choose Dressing Your Truth:

*Community!
*Confidence
*Less stress in shopping
*Comfortable
*Enjoying life
*Feeling good on the inside and outside
*Great online store for every type
*Monthly classes and online club nights
*FUN!

As you can see Dressing Your Truth offers a lot of good benefits.  A friend of mine (who is a different type) has also chosen Dressing Your Truth and she looks fabulous!!  It's so fun to see how this course can bring so many different people together and there is a lot of sharing and caring too.

Right now, the Dressing Your Truth is $99!  There is also a 20% off sale at the Dressing Your Truth store as well.  So, read my story and see if Dressing Your Truth could be a choice for you.  I'm glad I chose and there is NO going back!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

More Than Happy (The Wisdom of Amish Parenting) by Serena B. Miller with Paul Stutzman


More than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena B Miller with Paul Stutzman is unique look into the lives of Amish families interviewed by an Englisch (English) friend, Serena.  The author has taken great care in sharing the truths and uncertainties that Amish parents face when raising their children.  The Amish are group of Americans who choose to live without electricity, drive horse and buggy, live mostly on farms, and form strong family relationships.  They are Christian and like all communities have certain rules they follow (some more strict than others).  But above all, they love God and rear their children in a way that draws them close to God too.  As stated by the author, "It is a culture that is intentionally designed to spend time together, help each other and build a sense of purpose together.  That has a profound impact on the way they raise their children."  This book gives a glimpse into how the Amish view family, community, discipline, work, technology and faith.  And after each section, the author gives a few Amish parenting tips for the Non-Amish.

I was very fascinated in reading this book.  I lived in Pennsylvania for a few years when I was younger and I was exposed to the Amish.  I just noticed that they dressed different and drove horse and buggy.  I knew they didn't use electricity and that they lived on big farms.  In reading this book it brought me back to my memories and I also in the depths of my heart wish to live a simple life like the Amish.  Reading this book was like having a conversation with the author.  She spent a lot of time with her Amish friends and asked a lot of relevant questions that parents of today have such as why are Amish children so content?  The stories from the Amish families are interesting, endearing and a breath of fresh air.  I was encouraged and inspired to practice more the of Amish way of living.  I recommend this book for parents to gain a new perspective on how to raise children in a very ungodly world to serve and honor Jesus.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Howard Books for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Monday, February 2, 2015

Team Us: Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater Book Review + Giveaway!


Team Us: Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater is a series of short chapters designed for couples to read together or separate that address some practical areas of life where working together as a team is imperative.  The author's easygoing writing style and true stories as a good combination for enjoyable reading.  The author includes many stories not only of her own, but others who had similar situations.  And her husband contributes several ideas from a male perspective.  Each chapter ended with some questions to discuss with your partner.

This is a quick and easy read.  I really like that Ashleigh is so real.  She doesn't paint a perfect marriage, but an attainable way to achieve teamwork within marriage through ups and downs.  She showed how working together is the right choice.  Teamwork takes effort, but is worth it.

Check out Ashleigh's blog HERE for more video interviews. 



"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
 
GIVEAWAY:
*Leave a comment on my blog with email address
*US and Canada only
*Giveaway ends Sunday, February 8.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Home Management Binder for 2015


Last year I thought I started off on the right foot but I was too overwhelmed and not very organized.  I was using something that wasn't working for me.  I started researching again and found something that was fun to put together and helped me feel more organized than I have felt in years.  Here's a little video of my Home Management Binder: 

 


If you want to "copy" my idea, go right ahead.  It's not really my idea, but I added a lot of stuff that is "me."  Here are the links to the posts that contain all the printables that I have put in my binder.  Enjoy!


Links:
*Organizing Home Life- a tutorial on the blog showed how to make a notebook
*52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge- Home Storage Solutions 101
*52 Week Money Challenge- This is my personal schedule that I made going from $52 -$1 by December)

Other:  
*Pulling Yourself Together- Clean Mama (I don't see it available at the moment)
*I Used to be so Organized- The Confident Mom




I also use this Daily Planner from Homemaker's Friend.  This is my first time using it and I saw it recommended by Club 31 Woman and Christin Slade.

And I'm still using the Mind Organization for Moms Program that I started in May 2014.

All of these combined is making for my year to start off much more smoothly and keep organized.  I hope you can find some things that will work for you!

Blessings, Shonda