Friday, December 14, 2018

Perfect Gift for the Middle-Grade Reader: "The Christmasaurus," by Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher
Ages 8–12 (middle grade)

Once upon a time -- long, long ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth -- an egg rolled away from its mother and landed in the ocean, where it froze solid and stayed peacefully for thousands of years. Then one day Santa and his elves discover the frozen egg, and Santa sits on it to see if it will hatch. But he can’t guess what’s inside ... a dinosaur!

Meanwhile, a young boy named William Trundle has only ever wished for one thing for Christmas: a dinosaur! So when Santa accidentally gives William the real Christmasaurus instead of a stuffed replica, it’s the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER! Until an evil man known as the Hunter decides a dinosaur will be the perfect addition to his collection.

THE CHRISTMASAURUS was first published in the UK, where it was then optioned for a movie and debuted as a stage play in London last fall.

“A satisfying feel-good Christmas caper.”

About the author: TOM FLETCHER (@TomFletcher | YouTube: tommcflytwitter | Instagram) is an award-winning songwriter, as well as a children’s author, YouTube star, daddy, and McFly band member. He has over one million followers on social media and his viral videos have been featured on Good Morning America. His picture book, There’s a Monster in Your Book, published in September 2017. His first middle-grade novel, The Christmasaurus, combines his love of Christmas and his love of dinosaurs. Tom is married to the author Giovanna Fletcher, and they have two children.

My thoughts: This is the perfect gift for a middle-grade reader. It combines two of kids' favorite themes -- Christmas and dinosaurs -- what genius! It also keeps children's attention with plenty of fun illustrations by Shane Devries and lots of CAPITAL LETTERS! There's also plenty of humor and funny made-up words, like "dinosawesome"! And the book's not over when the story's over because there's an interactive "Elves' Songbook" at the end, along with "Tom's Top 10 Things About  Christmas" (some of them may surprise you!). This magical book will entertain kids all year round!

Watch the book trailer!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through this link.

Monday, December 10, 2018

"Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero" Marches onto Blu-ray, DVD & Digital on December 11! Celebrate with This Giveaway for a Sgt. Stubby Prize Pack!

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
On Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital December 11, 2018

Based on the Real-Life Story of the First and Most Decorated War Dog in American History, This Inspiring Film Features the Voices of Logan Lerman and Helena Bonham Carter

With the “War to End all Wars” looming, the life of Army “doughboy” Robert Conroy is forever changed when a little stray dog with a stubby tail wanders into a training camp in New Haven, Conn. Conroy gives his new friend a meal, a name, a family and the chance to embark on an adventure that would define a century.

SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO depicts the little-known true story of the unbreakable bond between a young soldier and a stray dog on the brink of America’s entry into World War I. For his valorous feats, Stubby is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army and the most decorated dog in American history. He is also widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. The delightful animated film shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest places.

Based on an incredible true story, the heartwarming, family-friendly animated adventure, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO deploys on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand December 11, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Featuring an all-star voice cast, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO has been lauded by critics and received the Dove Foundation’s “All Ages” Seal of Approval and Parents’ Choice Gold Award, making it an ideal holiday gift that the whole family can enjoy.

SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO was directed by award-winning documentarian Richard Lanni and features the voices of Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & The Olympians) and Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter films).

MPAA Rating: PG for War Action and Some Thematic Elements

Watch the Trailer!

The SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO Blu-ray and DVD both include a digital copy along with a behind-the-scenes featurette with cast interviews, a documentary short about the real Sgt. Stubby, never-before-seen production art and a historic photo gallery of the early 20th century world as depicted in the film.

Special Features:

“The Making of a Hero” Featurette with Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Cast Interviews
“Real to Reel” The True Story of Sgt. Stubby
“Animating History” The Art of Sgt. Stubby
Historical Image Gallery
Spanish Subtitles « Closed Captioning « Descriptive Audio

The true story of Sgt. Stubby has resonated with audiences of all ages, including parents, educators, animal lovers, military supporters and history buffs alike. The film has been selected as an official project of the United States World War I Centennial Commission and its French counterpart, La Mission du Centenaire 1914-18; additional endorsements and educational partners include the American Legion, the Connecticut State Library, the National Infantry Museum Foundation, the National World War I Museum & Memorial and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.

Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations. As part of the film’s theatrical release, Fun Academy partnered with more than 90 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states – including the Humane Society of the United States and the Westminster Kennel Club – to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.

About the Real-Life Stubby: Before he was a hero, Stubby was homeless, unwanted, unwashed and unloved, scrounging for scraps on the streets until he was taken in by Private First Class Robert Conroy of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th “Yankee” Division.

In France, Stubby saw frontline action in four offensives and 17 battles. He found wounded soldiers, saved an entire company by alerting the men to don gas masks and even caught a German spy. After the recapture of Château-Thierry, the women of the town made him an embroidered jacket that would serve as Stubby’s uniform and display his numerous awards throughout the rest of his career.

Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Stubby and Conroy toured the country leading victory parades and met three sitting U.S. presidents, among other honors.

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One lucky winner will receive the Sgt. Stubby Prize Pack featured above! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 31, 2018.

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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Big News! "Smallfoot" Is Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD: Enter to Win a Blu-ray Combo Pack!

An animated adventure for all ages, with fun new music by Zendaya & Common and featuring an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti (Channing Tatum) finds something he thought didn’t exist -- a human! News of the “smallfoot,” Percy (James Corden), throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village. This is an epic story about friendship and courage!

Worlds will collide when Smallfoot arrives on Digital (December 4) and Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD (December 11).

Smallfoot Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

* Yeti Set Go Sing-Along – Sing-Along, fun facts and much more!
* “Super Soozie” Mini Movie – Custom animation featuring the yeti toddler, Soozie
* Migo in The Secret of the Yeti Stones – Featurette featuring Channing Tatum
* Yeti or Not, Here They Come! Imagining Smallfoot – The making of Smallfoot
* Nial Horran “Finally Free” Music Video
* Cyn “Moment of Truth” Music Video
* “Wonderful Life: In 28 Languages, Sung Around the World” Music Video
* Theatrical promos

Smallfoot Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

* Yeti or Not, Here They Come! Imagining Smallfoot

This is such a cute movie. I love the "twist" in that the Yeti are seeking proof of human existence rather than the other way around. With a clever plot, cute characters, and catchy songs, Smallfoot makes a great holiday gift and will be enjoyed all year round!


One lucky winner will receive a Blu-ray combo pack of Smallfoot! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie as a thank-you for sharing this information. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Shinesty: Holiday Clothes for the Whole Family That Make a Fun and Bold Statement!

Have you got an upcoming holiday party where you want to shine? Are you taking family photos that you'll treasure forever? Do you love to dress up in fun clothing for the holidays? Then head on over to Shinesty, where you're sure to find something for everyone! Their clothes are truly stand-out worthy, and you can get holiday clothing for the whole family, including your pets! Get matching clothing for that perfectly coordinated family photo or give everyone a unique look.

Shinesty also has swimwear, pajamas, underwear, hats, socks, ties ... I could go on and on! And the fun doesn't stop with the winter holidays because they can outfit you for just about any holiday, including Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, and more! So, celebrate the holidays with fun new holiday clothes for your family. One of my sons is getting a fantastic snowflake tie for Christmas, and his girlfriend will be receiving a matching snowflake wrap dress. They're going to love them! Visit today.

Disclosure: I received some complimentary holiday clothing from Shinesty as a thank-you for sharing their clothing.

Children Will Be Inspired to "Fly High" and Be a Good Friend with Michael Dotsikas's Benjamin Birdie Books!

If you're looking for a beautiful picture book series for someone special this holiday season, I highly recommend the Benjamin Birdie series by Michael Dotsikas! These books have it all -- gorgeous illustrations by Morgan Spicer, rhyming verse to hold children's interest, and lessons about friendship, diversity, and becoming who we are meant to be. At the end of each book, readers are introduced to the unique tree-dwelling animals that help Benjamin Birdie, like a tarsier and a kinkajou! Read on to learn more about these enchanting books and pick up copies for all the children on your gift list!

Benjamin Birdie's First Flight
by Michael Dotsikas
Illustrated by Morgan Spicer

Benjamin Birdie wants to fly like all the other birds, like he was meant to! But his mama tells him he isn’t quite ready yet. Benjamin doesn’t listen and tries to give flying a go, but falls all the way down from the top of the tree to the forest floor. Now Benjamin Birdie must ask for help from all of the other tree-dwellers to get back to the top of the tree. Charming rhymes and colorful illustrations bring this story about friendship to life and teach the importance of coming together to help someone in need. Children will learn about different exotic animals, what makes each of them special and how each of their unique qualities help get Benjamin back home to his nest!


Benjamin Birdie and the Tree-Dwellers
by Michael Dotsikas
Illustrated by Morgan Spicer

After an unsuccessful first flight, Benjamin Birdie is still anxious to fly high in the sky like all the other birds. With his wings now grown stronger, and support from his mom, Benjamin is ready to give flying another try. Nervously leaping from his nest, he stumbles at first, but recovers just in time after hearing the encouraging voices of all his tree-dwelling friends cheering him on! Benjamin's newfound flying skills inspire his friends to follow their own dreams and attempt things once thought they couldn't do. Join Benjamin Birdie and his tree-dwelling friends as they learn to believe in themselves, all while seeing just how important it is to be there for a friend when they're not feeling sure of themselves. Sometimes a friend is all you need to find confidence and courage to soar to new, spectacular heights!


An Interview with Author Michael Dotsikas:

Where did you get the idea for the Benjamin Birdie story?
When my children were very young, we found a small robin’s nest in one of the trees in our backyard and noticed that one of the hatchlings had fallen out of its nest and was laying on the ground helpless. As I placed the hatchling back in its nest, my children asked what would have happened to the little bird if we weren’t around and how would it have gotten back to its nest. From that came the inspiration for Benjamin Birdie’s story.

How can Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight translate to real-life experiences children and parents may face?
On a daily basis, we are all faced with challenges in our lives; some small, some big. We can overcome a lot of these challenges if we are kind to one another and respect our differences -- just like the animals in Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight.

Benjamin Birdie’s story is very relevant in today’s world. We currently live in divisive times. Politics continue to divide our nation, including families, friends and media outlets. Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight teaches us that we could overcome divisiveness and contention with one simple attribute -- kindness.

The animals in Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight represent humanity -- different species of animals co-existing in this one tree. The tree represents our earth, or our nation, or our community. Similar to the different animals in the book, we come from different nationalities and cultures, have varying characteristics, and have different values and belief systems. What we can learn from Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight is that even with our differences, we can still peacefully co-exist by displaying kindness and compassion towards one another and by helping each other in times of need. These behaviors will allow us to achieve anything we set our minds to -- success, love, peace, and ultimately happiness. A kind world is a beautiful world.

If you could be any of the animal characters in Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight, who would you be?
That is a tough question because I love all the animals in the book. They each have their own special characteristics that make each of them lovable in their own unique way.

What is the first section you visit when you go to the zoo?
I don’t have any one favorite section, but I must admit that I love trying to find all the different bird species in the aviaries.

What message are you hoping to send by sharing information about endangered species in the book?
I did a lot of research for Benjamin Birdie’s story, choosing animals that are endangered or threatened so that I could raise awareness on this very important subject. Our earth is filled with a remarkable array of unique animals which all play an important role in our existence. We need to respect these amazing creatures by putting an end to illegal poaching and by stopping the deterioration of their ecosystems and territories that was brought on by humans. I want our children, grandchildren, and future generations to appreciate the vast species of animals and learn about what makes each animal unique, beautiful, and interesting.

How can readers contribute to the cause of saving endangered species?
They can read up on endangered species and also visit and research the websites of some wonderful organizations that are bringing awareness to the plight of these amazing animals. Some include:

World Wildlife Fund:
Defenders of Wildlife/Protecting Native Animals and their Habitats:
International Fund for Animal Welfare:

What do you want children to remember from Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight?
I want children (and adults) to remember that when we’re kind to one another we can accomplish great things that will fulfill and enrich our lives. Being humble and kind is the best way to live our lives and have the greatest impact on humanity.

About the Author

I live in Manorville, New York, with my wife, Dina, our blended family of five amazing children and two precious pups. I was born in Greece and immigrated to the United States with my family when I was four. In addition to my passion for creating stories for children, I run a computer consulting company that I founded in 1995. I love nature, especially the outdoors on warm sunny days and stargazing on clear evening skies. Traveling and spending time with family and friends are favorite pastimes. Visit

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of these books to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through this link. 

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Is Coming to Theaters on December 10 and 16, Plus Enter to Win the Soundtrack on CD!

After 39 years… Emmet Otter returns with a splash!

November 2nd marked the world premiere release of the soundtrack from the beloved Jim Henson produced TV special, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. The show first aired on December 17, 1977 on HBO and has re-aired numerous times since. Fans have been asking for a release of the soundtrack for many years, which features songs by the legendary Paul Williams, whose other magical partnerships with Jim Henson resulted in the song “Rainbow Connection.” First-week sales have exceeded all expectations, and this little muppet is now enjoying a ride up the sales charts!

And that’s not all!

Fathom Events is bringing Emmet Otter to theaters this month! Jim Henson’s Holiday Special will run in over 500 theaters on Dec 10th and Dec 16th. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas will be paired with a Fraggle Rock Christmas special to reach the equivalent of a feature-length film.

Movie Theater Info:

CLICK HERE to see if Jim Henson's Holiday Special is playing near you!

Details about the Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Soundtrack:
Artist: Paul Williams
Title: Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
Config: CD
Item No: VSD00011
UPC: 888072065093
MSLP: 14.98
Release Date: 11/2/2018
Record Label: Varèse Sarabande
Genres: Holiday, Soundtrack, Children’s, Nostalgia

Track Listing:
1. The Bathing Suit That Grandma Wore
2. Jam Session
3. Ain’t No Hole in the Washtub
4. When the River Meets the Sea
5. Bar-B-Que (Jug Band)
6. Carrots the Dancing Horse
7. Bar-B-Que (Yancy Woodchuck)
8. Dancing Rabbit Act
9. Squirrel Acrobatic Act
10. Our World
11. Brothers
12. Riverbottom Nightmare Band
13. Our World-Brothers
14. Our World-Brothers Club Reprise
15. When the River Meets the Sea Reprise
16. Born in a Trunk (Bonus Track)

Visual Soundtrack:

Purchase at:
Barnes and Noble
Emmet Otter LP – available only at your favorite indie record store, which you can easily locate here:


To celebrate the release of Jim Henson's Holiday Special at theaters, one lucky winner will receive Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas on CD! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM on December 17, 2018.

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (December 8-14, 2018)

Let's celebrate a fun month of holidays by entering some giveaways! Check this page each day to see what new prizes have been added to the linky below, as well as to my right sidebar. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it in the linky. Don't forget to post this page on your social media accounts, too. Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

GIVEAWAY: A Charlie Brown Christmas ~ Snoopy Doghouse Edition CD!

One of my all-time favorite Christmas shows is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Who can resist Charlie Brown’s efforts to give purpose to a scraggly little tree or Linus’s speech explaining the real meaning of Christmas? And the music by Vince Guaraldi was the perfect choice to set the mood for this delightful Christmas classic. The TV soundtrack has been 4x Platinum as of 2017, and it was even voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007! Featuring the familiar jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas is the second highest selling jazz album of all time behind Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue.

Now you can enjoy this music courtesy of a special Snoopy Doghouse Edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas on CD! This deluxe package includes the remastered CD of one of the most popular and beloved holiday albums of all-time, A Charlie Brown Christmas, with 3 bonus tracks not on the original 1965 recording, a 20-page booklet, plus -- the highlight of the package -- Snoopy's colorfully decorated doghouse and cut-out replicas of the PEANUTS gang!

Details of the A Charlie Brown Christmas ~ Snoopy Doghouse Edition CD:

Artist: Vince Guaraldi
Title: A Charlie Brown Christmas [Doghouse Edition]
Config: CD
Item No: FAN-34760-02
UPC: 888072347601
MSLP: $14.98
Release Date: 10/22/2013
Record Label: Fantasy Records
Genres: Holiday, Jazz, Soundtrack, Children’s, Nostalgia

Track Listing:
1. O Tannenbaum
2. What Child Is This
3. My Little Drum
4. Linus And Lucy
5. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
6. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)
7. Skating
8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
9. Christmas Is Coming
10. Für Elise
11. The Christmas Song
12. Greensleeves
13. Great Pumpkin Waltz
14. Thanksgiving Theme

Find the Charlie Brown CD at:
Stores: Just about any store you walk into!

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas ~ Snoopy Doghouse Edition CD for your music collection, as well as a gift for the music lovers in your life!

P.S. The TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, airs on ABC on December 6 this year!


One lucky winner will receive a A Charlie Brown Christmas ~ Snoopy Doghouse Edition CD! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

CLICK HERE to enter to win a Green Vinyl LP of the soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas!

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GIVEAWAY: A Charlie Brown Christmas Green Vinyl LP

It wouldn't be Christmas without the classic TV show, A Charlie Brown Christmas, or the accompanying soundtrack by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. The TV show debuted in December 1965 and has aired every year since! The soundtrack was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of "Culturally, Historically, or Aesthetically Important" American Sound Records in 2012.

Now for those of you who love to listen to your music the "old-fashioned" way on a record player, you can enjoy the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas on a special LP! This remastered recording on green vinyl includes 3 bonus tracks not on the original 1965 LP plus a 20-page booklet filled with images from the program and liner notes by Vince Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang.

Details of the Green Vinyl LP edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas:
Artist: Vince Guaraldi
Title: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Config: Green Vinyl LP
Item No: F-8431
UPC: 025218843119
MSLP: $21.98
Release Date: 8/24/2009
Record Label: Fantasy Records
Genres: Holiday, Jazz, Soundtrack, Children’s, Nostalgia

Track Listing:
1. O Tannenbaum
2. What Child Is This
3. My Little Drum
4. Linus And Lucy
5. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
6. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)
7. Skating
8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
9. Christmas Is Coming
10. Für Elise
11. The Christmas Song
12. Greensleeves
13. Great Pumpkin Waltz
14. Thanksgiving Theme

Find the Charlie Brown Green Vinyl LP at:
Stores: Just about every store that sells vinyl!

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas Green Vinyl LP for your music collection, as well as a gift for the music lovers in your life!

P.S. The TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, airs on ABC on December 6 this year!


One lucky winner will receive a A Charlie Brown Christmas Green Vinyl LP! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

CLICK HERE to enter to win a CD of the soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas!

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Monday, December 03, 2018

New Growth Press’ Spirit of Giving Family Devotionals Giveaway ~ 3 Winners!

For active families, reading the Bible together can feel overwhelming. However, family Bible study doesn’t have to be complicated! With just ten minutes a day, parents have enough time to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known. 

Start off the new year resolved to study the Bible together. New Growth Press has you covered and is giving away a family devotional package every family will want to win!

In this third and final Spirit of Giving giveaway of the Christmas season, New Growth Press is giving away THREE gift boxes of family devotionals (retail value of $148 each). From December 3-8, you can enter to win one of these family devotional boxes.

Each gift box includes one copy of the following family devotionals written by Marty Machowski:

·    Listen Up: 10-Minute Family Devotions on the Parables

Children love stories, and the parables provide a wonderful opportunity to engage their imagination and help them understand and live out the good news of the kingdom of God. After teaching a parable, Jesus often said, “Whoever has ears, let him hear.” In other words, “This is important, so you better listen up,” and what could be more important than the good news of the kingdom of God? This family devotional provides a unique opportunity for parents to help their children “listen up” and hear the gospel as Jesus himself shared it.

·    Wise Up: 10-Minute Family Devotions in Proverbs

Wise Up is designed to connect the teaching of Proverbs to God’s larger story of salvation. Children will learn that Solomon’s wisdom, life, and failures all point to “something greater than Solomon”—they point to Jesus. The goal of this devotional is to present the wisdom of Proverbs against the backdrop of the gospel to show children that real wisdom comes only as we depend on Jesus for daily help and forgiveness.

·    Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

Long Story Short guides families through the Old Testament stories and is designed to cultivate honest and powerful discussion about the Bible, which is the catalyst for change in children’s lives. Through 78 Old Testament stories, Long Story Short explains God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament, focusing on the hero of Scripture and important biblical truths without being corny, confusing, or condescending. 

·    Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

Suited for children from preschool through high school, this gospel-focused book is full of ten-minute devotions to continue the gospel story that began in Long Story Short. The consistent and short structure helps children walk through the life-changing truths of the Christian faith in the New Testament—without overwhelming them. Through 78 New Testament stories, Old Story New does the hard work for moms and dads. Simple discussion questions (and answers!) for each day’s devotion help children understand and connect with Jesus’s life, death, resurrection, and the birth of the Christian church.

·    The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments

This beautifully illustrated storybook captivates young readers with the heart of the gospel. The Gospel Story Bible points to Jesus, helping families and kids identify Christ as the hero of every story. While it’s easy to forget Jesus in the midst of frantic schedules, family squabbles, and conflicting priorities, Machowski reminds families of God’s plan of salvation in Christ, which is continually on display throughout the Bible. Ideal as a storybook for your preschooler, a devotional for your grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer, or an introduction for the new one, The Gospel Story Bible is also a companion to Long Story Short and Old Story New.

In addition to these books for the entire family, the winners will also receive a new book of devotionals just for parents, and New Growth Press’ latest parenting book.

·       Parenting First Aid: Hope for the Discouraged by Marty Machowski

In this uplifting and faith-strengthening devotional book for parents, Marty Machowski encourages parents in the midst of trials. Full of Scripture, testimonies of faithful parents, and insightful meditations, Parenting First Aid equips moms and dads to run to God and trust his ability to do what they can’t. The easy-to-use format provides encouragement to turn to God in the midst of family difficulty. While God does not promise happiness and ease in parenting, all can find comfort in God and peace beyond understanding through the Scriptures and meditations found in Parenting First Aid.

·       Child Proof: Parenting by Faith, Not Formula by Julie Lowe

Every family is unique, which is why Child Proof explores the need for parents to cultivate personal and intimate care for their children as modeled in God’s individual, personal, and fatherly care to his children. This child-rearing book lays a foundation of parenting by faith and progresses by teaching readers how they can know their own kids well and raise them accordingly. By discussing particular issues moms and dads might have in family life, Lowe demonstrates how formulas aren’t the answer, and parenting with biblical wisdom is best for a proactive rather than reactive approach to parenting.

In case you don’t win the prize pack, sign-up for New Growth Press’ e-news at to receive information about their Countdown to Christmas discounts so that you can order copies. Be sure to follow them on social media as well where they will be sharing daily deals throughout the Christmas season. | |

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Customize Your Clothing for the Perfect Fit with eShakti FX!

  • Are you hard to fit?
  • Have you ever wanted to be a clothing designer?
  • Have you ever found the “almost perfect” dress (or other item) but wished you could change something about it to make it just right?
  • Do you like your clothes to be a little different from everyone else’s?
  • Do you have a modest budget for clothing?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you’ll definitely want to swing by eShakti and order clothing using their FX feature! With this amazing customization tool, you get the item of clothing you want that fits you perfectly at an extremely reasonable price. Just enter your measurements and then select the optional features. Want a round or v-cut neckline? Want long, short or no sleeves? Want a short skirt or below the knees? The FX feature lets you select a multitude of different options so you have exactly what you want! It’s fun to do because you can watch the picture on the page change as you pick different selections.

Original Design
Changed neckline

Removed sleeves
Shortened skirt

Look how I transformed the dress above by selecting different features. You can even ask eShakti to remove embroidery or pockets, or add a side zipper! By including your measurements and height, you’ll be sure the dress fits you just right. No worries if you’re short-waisted or have extra long legs or a large bust -- those are all taken into consideration when you order. And they’re willing to work with you or even offer a refund if you’re still not satisfied.

Choose from dresses, tops, skirts, jumpsuits and pants! (Not all have the FX feature, but just about everything is customizable.) I’ve ordered eShakti clothing before, and the quality was top-notch. They provide gorgeous clothing at a fabulous price! Visit and look for the red FX in a circle next to items to take advantage of this fun customization feature. My only problem with shopping at eShakti is choosing from all of the wonderful choices and combinations!

Watch this video to learn more about eShakti!

Disclosure: I will receive a gift card as a thank-you for sharing this post.