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Giveaways 4/30

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Glee Gum Candy Kit Giveaway!

The giveaway goes live at 7pm Central Time 4/30 and it ends at 11pm on 5/14 Central Time.
It is open to Continental US residents ages 18+
One winner will receive the Make Your Own Candy Kit of their choice!
You can enter, too!!!
If the giveaway form fails to show, click the words Entry Form. A new tab will open.

Glee Gum Candy Kit Giveaway Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Sponsored by Glee Gum

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Glee Gum Kit Giveaway

Innovative activity kits with sweet results. As educational toys, the Make Your Own Candy Kits are designed to connect, create, and captivate!

  • Make your own chewing gum
  • Make your own chocolate
  • Make your own gummies
  • Fun & easy to make on the stove or with a microwave.
  • Everything you need is included.
  • Natural ingredients.
  • Great gifts for kids
    (ages 8 and up)!

Emilee from Deals of Sweetness had a lot of fun making gummies with their three kids. See what they thought in her Glee Gum Make Your Own Gummies Kit Review.

About the prize: One winner will receive a Make your Own Candy Kit of their choice (Chocolate, Gummies or Gum).

About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 4/30 at 7pm and ends on 5/14 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to Continental US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 
Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness and Pea of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate their review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Giveaways 4/29

Beyond Grilled Cheese – Enter for a chance to win a Rachael Ray Sandwich Grill & Press! http://woobox.com/r66z95/7l24fu

Enter to #win a @ParkLaneJewelry Reveal Necklace  http://woobox.com/t5aawo/7l2hd4

Root to Tail R2T Kitchens Cookware by Kenmore Win the 14 Piece Stainless Cooking Set http://woobox.com/mgtqb7/6rgik2

Garmin Heart Rate Monitor Giveaway! http://wp.me/p4cT5O-mW

Spring into #NewTraditions w/ Farberware and ENTER TO WIN 1 of 3 cookware prizes! http://bit.ly/1ibxaGE

Win An Island Princess Hawaii Gift Tower of Aloha – For Mother’s Day!! http://woobox.com/efqzh7/7l2pz0

Threadz Purse Kit Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-mH

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-mo

win a #PS4 from #OrangeOnions! Visit http://goo.gl/WLlTsF

Nature’s Sleep GIVEAWAY http://wp.me/p4cT5O-mr

Life is good. Coffee Giveaway! http://wp.me/p4cT5O-me

Puritan’s Pride Giveaway! http://wp.me/p4cT5O-m4

Trango & Tenaya Giveaways http://woobox.com/dhdq4v/7l33pd

 

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Looking Towards Retirement & Taxes

Is there a scarier word in the English language than ‘taxes’? Every April 15th it strikes fear in the hearts of millions of people. As the wife of an independent contractor, I tackle them each year with my stack of receipts. While we’re still a long way from retirement, every year is a step closer.

Having seen my retired, 60+ year old mother struggle with her taxes, it makes me wonder what a family without a 401k does at the retirement age. Mom has a pension, thank God, & a great accountant. But, what about those of us that don’t?

Fortunately, there’s a wealth of information available such as at www.aag.com. They’ve provided consumers with a fabulous infographic with 5 tips. Tax laws change every year so I will take all the help I can get!

Some of these points I hadn’t even considered. Diversifying income was one of them. I was pleased that they suggest turning to a tax professional after retirement. Personally, I felt better knowing that my mom’s taxes are done that way. I’ll definitely take their advice on that front. When we get to that point, I’ll turn to a tax specialist to help me.

Reverse mortgages are also mentioned. Before my dad passed, mom took this option. Not only did it relieve her stress when neither of them were working anymore, but according to AAG, it was a smart move! Most of us have seen the reverse mortgage commercials & it really can be a God-send to seniors. Just make sure that the company you or your family uses is credible! Do your homework & don’t pick the first one just because a celebrity endorses it.

Maximizing tax returns is obviously something that we all want & even need. Places such as AAG (American Advisors Group) are tremendous allies. I highly recommend visiting their site if you or a loved one is near retirement age. Government changes, setbacks, & laws affect us all & the more we know, the better we can protect ourselves.

 

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Giveaways 4/28

Olay Giveaway http://is.gd/PQ039w

Scrubbing Bubbles Giveaway http://is.gd/ZLCABl

Spring Into Books Giveaway! http://wp.me/p4cT5O-l4

The Amazing Spiderman 2 Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-lc

Spring into #NewTraditions w/ Farberware and ENTER TO WIN 1 of 3 cookware prizes! http://bit.ly/1ibxaGE

Win a $500 Pottery Barn Shopping Spree! http://woobox.com/e3y47s/79xso5

Balance Bar Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-lm

win a #PS4 from #OrangeOnions! Visit http://goo.gl/WLlTsF

Win $500 shopping spree at SleepBamboo.com ! http://woobox.com/7mdh77/6vd5mc

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Growing a Green Planet Giveaway Event http://wp.me/p4cT5O-lK

Puritan’s Pride Giveaway! http://wp.me/p4cT5O-m4

Life is good. Coffee Giveaway! http://wp.me/p4cT5O-me

Coach Bag Giveaway http://is.gd/J4P1UT

Loud, Fast, Sideways Giveaway http://woobox.com/ub6fia/7g96wh

Garmin Heart Rate Monitor Giveaway! http://wp.me/p4cT5O-mW

Threadz Purse Kit Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-mH

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-mo

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Giveaways 4/27

Win $500 of Light Elegance Products! http://woobox.com/87nqwr/7im2r4

Win 1 Ct. Ea. Round Ziamond Diamond Look Stud Earrings 14K Yellow Gold, Value $195. http://woobox.com/wwguja/7g93yy

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Clarisonic Best Skin of Your Life Sweepstakes! Grand prize: $750+ worth of Clarisonic products! http://bit.ly/1h0VeqD

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Win a @waterford bowl designed Monique Lhuillier http://woobox.com/nn5auk/7ilqkk

WIN! Brie Baker & 2 Brie Mixes! http://woobox.com/4mc82n/7ilq19

XBOX One Giveaway! http://woobox.com/anxwhm/7ilo3a

Enter for your chance to win a NEW RYOBI 40V-X String Trimmer and Edger Attachment! http://woobox.com/n5c2jy/78bqdl

Blue Steels Is Giving Away $300 Dollars Worth Of Jewelry!  http://woobox.com/3ut79o/7ik8db

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Win $100 Amazon Gift Card Plus A Kindle Fire HDX http://wp.me/p4cT5O-kD

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Win a HP Slate 7-inch Tablet http://woobox.com/8zh2mt/7ijph6

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The Red Sea Rules: Robert J. Morgan

_225_350_Book.1203.coverOne of the Old Testament’s most often told & a beloved Bible story is of the parting of the Red Sea. Upon leaving Egypt, the Israelites found themselves up against the sea with no foreseeable way to cross it. Showing His power & love for His people, God parted the Sea so that they could safely cross.

Robert J. Morgan revisited this story during a flight to New York. Turning to Exodus 14 while pondering a family crisis, he felt the leading of the Holy Spirit to write some notes about the Israelites’ Exodus. As a result, this book was formed.

Compiling 10 long-term rules to follow, Mr. Morgan shows that if the Lord led us into something then He will lead us out again. Each Red Sea Rule can be applied to any situation that one may be in. Written in plain-speak without judgment, his list provides practical, comforting advice.

This is a fresh, new take on the frequently repeated Exodus story. Readers will find Mr. Morgan’s perspective not only enlightening, but also very relevant to today’s world.

‘The Red Sea Rules’ is not a lengthy book, but great books needn’t be lengthy. His writing style is much a like man telling you how he was able to overcome an adversity with the Lord’s help. At no time is he condescending & it was very refreshing to see a chapter regarding messes we got ourselves into. Not often will one find a piece like this that openly admits that we habitually ‘did-this-to-ourselves’. I was grateful to see that.

Because of its uplifting approach & guidance from a personal level, I give it a 5 star rating. Find more info via www.redsearules.com & via the publisher, Thomas Nelson. I was provided an eBook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Giveaways 4/26

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Win a HP Slate 7-inch Tablet http://woobox.com/8zh2mt/7ijph6

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Spring Into Books Giveaway! http://wp.me/p4cT5O-l4

The Amazing Spiderman 2 Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-lc

Balance Bar Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-lm

Euro-Pro Ninja Kitchen System Pulse Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-lB

Win the 14 Piece Stainless Cooking Set http://woobox.com/mgtqb7/6rgik2

Win a #coach handbag! http://woobox.com/63wedh/7iia8d

Growing a Green Planet Giveaway Event http://wp.me/p4cT5O-lK

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Giveaway http://woobox.com/uqs83r/7ia7wo

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Threadz Purse Kit Giveaway http://wp.me/p4cT5O-mH

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win a #PS4 from #OrangeOnions! http://goo.gl/WLlTsF

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This Week in Homeschooling 4/21-4/25

I can’t believe how close we are to the end of the year & impending junior high. Wow. It really did fly.

This week we worked 4 full days due to the Easter Holiday. We finally, officially began writing our 9/11 report. Other than a few grammatical errors, he did pretty well. I’m hoping to have that assignment in the bag by Friday of the coming week.

In Language Arts, we’re doing a unit on King Midas & the Golden Touch. Actually, it’s a poetry unit. For a writing assignment, he’s doing a humorous poem. We read a lot of poems by children’s poet, Ken Nesbitt. He really enjoyed Mr. Nesbitt’s work. As a whole, the unit is a quick one & we won’t be spending a ton of time on it, but it’s fresh & fun.

Thank God he has a knack for algebra. He’s flown right through this math unit with near perfect scores. Personally, I took Algebra 1 twice (mostly because my mom won’t accept a C as a final grade). But, nonetheless, he’s flourished with this. Every day, he’s gone to the web group for math & seems to do well ‘on the spot’ answering questions, too.

For science, we’re doing the 2nd part of the forces in motion unit. My Aunt has been working with a nearby library & is planning science days for it. As a retired biochemist, that’s right up her alley & she’s volunteered to include him in these activities. I think it’s a great idea plus he & I will get a little break from one another.

We had no other social studies classes this week so that we could focus on the research paper. Next week, we begin a unit on World War 1. That ought to grab his attention. For Bible, we’ve been using Dr. Kathy Stewart’s study on Hebrews. He’s learned quite a bit & retained enough to give Dad a replay at the end of the day. If you have kids in this age group or for yourself, give this study a go- it’s fantastic!

So, next week looks like it’ll be a lot of writing plus we’re doing a science experiment. We might as well finish the year busy.

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Mercy Like Sunlight: Liz Curtis Higgs

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I’ve read a number of works from Liz Curtis Higgs & she never fails to impress me. ‘Mercy Like Sunlight’ is no exception. Truly, it is one of her finest works.
Jake Stauros is the pastor of Calvary Fellowship. Calvary is a varied bunch, not just an ordinary congregation. Jake’s goal is to make a difference in this community for Christ. While he thought he knew just about everyone, he was taken aback when he met Mary Margaret Delaney.
Dubbed ‘Mad Mary’, she was a crazy-haired, mumbling misfit in town. No one seemed to know too much about her & that was fine by them. When she & Jake literally ran into one another, an unlikely friendship is formed. Jake’s desire is to show her Christ’s love. Mary’s desire is to simply die & be rid of her pain.
Flowing with God’s love, Jake is about to invade her space in a major way. Whether or not she’s ready, he isn’t sure, but he’s sure going to try. Can Christ’s grace show Mary Margaret how to live again?
Liz Curtis Higgs has crafted a story of unconditional love & redemption. Jake’s character is everything we should be in order to ‘love our neighbors as ourselves.’ In fact, Jake is the epitome of what every pastor should be- more concerned with people than opinion, more determined to show love than fill seats.
Mary is a flawed woman with a deep well of sin & regret. Any woman who has suffered can relate to her story. Both she & Jake have undeniably similar characteristics to Biblical, New Testament characters. I was happy when our author noted at the book’s end that Mary was based on Mary Magdalene. Reactions that she receives from the townspeople shouldn’t surprise us in our world. How many of us would run to minister to someone with a frightening or disturbing exterior?
But, this story of redemption will move the hearts of readers as it did mine. I had to call my mom & aunt after I’d finished it to tell them it’s a ‘must-read’. Take my advice: read this one. It’s a perfect 5 star novel from a very talented & blessed author.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
Pic belongs to the author & publisher http://www.waterbrookmultnomah.com