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Iron Man War Machine Limited Edition Print Giveaway

Giveaway will run from November 22 through December 6 at 11 PM (CST).
Choice Collectibles Iron Man War Machine Nov 22 - Dec 6

Iron Man War Machine Limited Edition Print Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Choice Collectibles

Hosted by: Savory Savings

We have another great holiday gift guide giveaway – this time a limited edition print from Choice Collectibles. This stunning Iron Man War Machine print is handsomely matted and ready to be hung in any room of the house. With just 250 in circulation, this is a rare and wonderful gift for any superhero fans in your life!

Enter with the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a Choice Collectibles giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from November 22 through December 6, 2015 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!

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Holiday Spectacular Giveaway

Start Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 11/22/15

End Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 12/15/15

This giveaway will be valid in the Continental United States Only and entrants must be

18+ years of age to join. There will be 3 winners in this giveaway with a combined prize package value of $700.00

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to bring you a Holiday Giveaway that you will enjoy to enter. There will be three

lucky winners that will win a great gift package as shown below.

Grand Prize Package:

1 – 6 pc Ergo Chef/Michael Simon Knife Set with Bamboo Wall Magnet Strip

1 – Snowflake Snackers Choice Gift Box

1 – Snowman with Birdhouse Christmas Inflatable 

1 – Green & 1 Ruby Splash Corinthian 27″ Windchimes

2 – Vintage Christmas Pillow Cases from Avon

2 – Annin Merry Christmas and Ho Ho Santa 3′ x 5′ Holiday Flags

2 – R2F Telescopic Rod and Reel Fishing Combo w/Tackle 

1 – Fruiti Freeze Machine

1 – Country Bob’s Assorted Sauce Gift Box

Second Place Prize Package: 

1 – Park & Sun Badminton Set

1 – Smart Touch Wine Opener

1 – Snowflake Snack Assortment

1 – Country Bob’s Assorted Sauce Gift Box

1 – Buy American 3′ x 5′ Holiday Flag

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1 – Snowflake Snack Assortment

1 – Country Bob’s Assorted Sauces Gift Box

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Best Of Luck To Everyone!

This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States only.Entrants must be

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of affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This

giveaway will end at 12:00 AM (EST) 12/15/15.

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Thanksgiving Resources for Kids from PBS LearningMedia

PBS_LM_logoWith Thanksgiving almost here, PBS LearningMedia has sent along some great resources to enhance learning for the Holiday.

· Crash Course with John Green: Colonizing America

John Green teaches you about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States. He covers the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island. What were the English doing in America, anyway? Lots of stuff. In Virginia, the colonists were largely there to make money. In Maryland, the idea was to create a colony for Catholics who wanted to be serfs of the Lords Baltimore. In Massachusetts, the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America to find a place where they could freely persecute those who didn’t share their beliefs. But there was a healthy profit motive in Massachusetts as well. Profits were thin at first, and so were the colonists. Trouble growing food and trouble with the natives kept the early colonies from success.

· Thanksgiving Vocabulary Word Search

Learn the vocabulary of Thanksgiving with this fun word search from All About the Holidays

All About the Holidays: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day for us to remember what we’re thankful for. Uncover the history behind this holiday!


· Thanksgiving History
Throughout history, people have given thanks – sometimes in joyful celebration, often in solemn, even prayerful, ceremony. The United States, over hundreds of years, has come to observe a national holiday for giving thanks: Thanksgiving. This set of primary resources containing images and documents provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher’s Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

· Federal Holiday: Thanksgiving

In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for tradition and sharing. People gather with family and friends on the fourth Thursday in November to enjoy a traditional meal and to give thanks for life’s many blessings.

· Activate Turkey Power! | Wild Kratts

Chris, Martin, and the gang check out a wild turkey close up and learn about its special characteristics. Aviva programs a new creature power disk with turkey powers, and the Wild Kratts kids encourage Martin and Chris to activate their new creature powers!

All info, links, & pics belong ONLY to PBS LearningMedia.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Fluffeez

Gift cards are the gifts that can’t go wrong. Never the wrong size, color, or taste- they work for every occasion. Now, I don’t know about you, but I always feel bad about simply handing over a card. This is especially true at Christmas. My boys are getting older, too old for toys, so the two oldest always ask for gift cards. Greeting cards aren’t their style & can get pricey. This year, I’m utilizing Fluffeez. I can give my older kids their cherished gift cards & still feel like I gave them a present.
These little guys are cute as can be! I love their big, beautiful eyes. In my opinion, this is the perfect way to give gift cards. If you have kids in the military or away at school, they can easily put Fluffeez anywhere in their dorm or apartment. They’ll stay with them long after that money is spent.
With the number of Fluffeez choices, you can easily give one for each night of Hannukah. Add one to each stocking. Don’t forget your mail carrier, teachers, beauticians- anyone who touches your heart. The more the merrier because there’s free shipping on orders over $35. Each Fluffeez is about $4.99. Want to sweeten the deal for yourself? When you pick your Fluffeez, go to ‘Your Cart’ & you can purchase a gift card to some amazing retailers (like Outback & Macy’s) right there! No need to switch sites, order a card, have another charge, etc. Both the gift card & Fluffeez purchased at the same time in one swoop!
Fluffeez_Puppy11Right now, Fluffeez are only available on-line through their website. I’m confident that will change as these little guys catch on. Coming soon, they’ll be available for specific occasions & holidays. For now, the original Flufeez are perfect. The Penguin & Puppy are just two adorable examples.
Whether you’re recipient is male or female- Fluffeez will work. As cute as they are, you almost forget they’re holding the gift card in their little pouches. Supplies will be limited for the holidays so don’t wait!! Visit them at

**Pics belong to Fluffeez

I received the aforementioned product(s) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Guest Post: 5 Ways to Give Thanks for Educators

Students today enjoy instruction from the greatest generation of teachers, principals, and superintendents ever. Today’s educators have accomplished record-setting high school graduation rates, more students succeeding in a more rigorous curriculum, and steadily improving test scores, while at the same time achieving high parent satisfaction and strong student-teacher relationships.

That is a lot for one group to do!

November is a month for giving thanks—here are some tips on how you can thank the educators in your lives this month:

1. Volunteer to visit the classroom to help with projects

2. Help your child with homework

3. Make sure your child gets enough sleep

4. Teach and promote manners and respect at home

5. Send a bouquet of sanitizing wipes

How else do you give thanks for educators?

About the author

Dr. Richard DuFour, EdD was a public school educator for thirty-four years, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent and earning Illinois’ highest award as both principal and superintendent. In his latest book ‘In Praise of American Educators’, Dr. DuFour highlights all that educators have accomplished and gives them ideas on what more they can do.

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The Bones of Odin: David Leadbeater

Book #1 in the ‘Matt Drake’ series.
Matt Drake is no stranger to risky situations. When he left the military & started doing photography, it appeared that he’d left danger behind him. He had no idea how wrong he was.
Covering a fashion show should-be been a cake assignment. Designer superstar, Abel Frey, has organized his show around an amazing archaeological find. Odin, better known as Thor’s dad, is the keystone of Norse Mythology. Recently, his shield was discovered. Shrouded in mystery & covered in runic designs, it’s a stunning piece. Legend says that it is the most important item of the Nine Pieces of Odin. These 9 pieces are said to be scattered, but once assembled, lead to the Tomb of the Gods (as in Zeus, Odin, etc.). That discovery will launch the Day of Reckoning.
As Matt’s camera snaps away, an elaborate heist takes place. The old SAS Officer in him kicks in. Granted, the shield is an incredible find, but he’s shocked that such a brazen crime has taken place. A direct threat uttered to MAtt by one of the armed men launches Matt headfirst into the craziest adventure he’s ever had.
Knowing little of Norse Mythology & knowing even less of why these people need the 9 Pieces, Matt will need every bit of training he’s ever had. Death & danger are around every turn. Not knowing who to trust, it seems every major country wants in on Odin’s treasures. Blurred lines between ‘good’ guys & ‘bad’ guys don’t make it easier either. It’s a true race against time to find the pieces before the wrong hands solve the mystery.
Matt Drake, part Indiana Jones & part James Bond, is the action figure that would be expected in a novel such as this one. Carrying an immense amount of emotional baggage with him, he struggles between being a military man & a civilian. Cynical & edgy, we still want him to win. His ‘team’ a NY cop who’s fallen from grace & a computer genius with a penchant for hard rock music keep Matt grounded. Both these supporting characters are well crafted & add tremendous human depth to Matt, who would otherwise come off as a human who believes he’s The Terminator.
While the author & I obviously disagree on theology, if one looks at the Odin story as simply a part of mythology without reading too much into it, it’s a very unique & original plot. Admittedly, my knowledge of Thor is limited to the ‘Avengers’ movies. Vikings are a fascinating civilization. However, I intellectually part ways with the author when he refers to Jesus as a ‘tale’ based on Odin. Jesus is neither a ‘tale’ nor ‘based’ on anyone.
That being said, David Leadbeater is a gifted author. ‘Bones’ is a great debut for this series- gripping and non-stop action. He skillfully weaves history-some legend, some factual-  throughout without it being out-of-place or boring. I plan on reading on provided that Christianity isn’t disparaged. If read in context, it’s a 4 star novel.

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Roasted in Christmas River: Meg Muldoon

Jack Daniels isn’t usually expected to be the main fare at Thanksgiving dinner. However, he is, if Jack Daniels happens to be the name of a specific turkey.
A local Christmas River family received Jack Daniels as a gift to insure that the family had dinner this year. Without Jack, they’d have no turkey dinner. As his name implies though, Jack has a wild side & tends to bust loose from his pen. Everyone initially assumes that was the case when Jack turns up missing. A closer look reveals that Jack didn’t fly the coop on his own this time.

Even though Cinnamon & Daniel are expecting a house full of guests this year, they can’t help but feel for the needy family. Typical of Cin, she dies headfirst into this Thanksgiving mystery. Between fulfilling major pie orders at her shop, cooking a feast, & trying to exhale, she assists her Sheriff husband in piecing together the clues. Along the way, she gains a new perspective on helping others & the value of family.

‘Roasted’ is a fabulous addition to the Christmas River series. This installment focuses more on the residents of Christmas River rather than just Cinnamon’s family. More or less, we see that, despite its festive name, it has the same issues that plaque every town in America. It was good to see Daniel take a more active role in crime solving & his wife taking a backseat per se. She’s never far away from the scene, but he does most of the policing duties.
This installment showed a lot of heart & character depth. The plot was great with bits of humor & mystery working together. Of them all so far, this has become my favorite. I give it 5 stars.