Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Biblical Parenting Prize Giveaway -- 5 Winners!

This month I have had the opportunity to preview the new book, "The Christian Parenting Handbook, 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child’s Life" that will launch on April 29th!  It would be impossible for me to list here all the wonderful nuggets of information I learned that will be so helpful to me as a parent.  Not only are there several chapters of good ideas to help as you parent, this book will help and show you how to implement them while building a biblical parenting structure and developing strategies that will make a tremendous impact in your children's lives. (And you too!)

Biblicalparenting.org is sponsoring a contest right here on the Muses of  a Mom blog!  

Here's how it works:

Contest starts 12:00 AM on April 24th. Five prizes are being offered and five random winners will be chosen on Sunday, May 5. Deadline to enter is Midnight, CST on Saturday May 4.  You can earn many entries by using Rafflecopter below. Here are the prizes:

Set of 5 Parenting Shifts eBooks  ($49.95 value)

The 5 books include:  The Baby Adventure, Toddlers on the Move, Preschool Explorers, Elementary Foundations and Cultivating Responsibility.

Disciplemaking at Home eBook  
($16.99 value)

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide ($49.95 value)

Honor Multimedia Package 
($59.95 value)

Not only are THESE prizes awesome, I will tell you on Launch Day, April 29th how you can enter to win an iPad mini and other fantastic prizes!

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This giveaway is open to Residents of the U.S. only.
Void where prohibited. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Free Kids E-books this Week on I-Tunes

This week:  KIDS

Here are some FREE, quality books for kids on iTunes.
Each book is provided with a link to the download page; be sure to check the iOS or device requirements so you will know if you are compatible.

Go behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg's historical epic, 'Lincoln' with this exclusive interactive book. See how a crucial time in America's history was recreated and brought to the screen with beautiful photos, art, interviews, music, and compelling historical narrative. Created with Apple's unique iBooks Author app, the book will allow the audience to immerse themselves in Abraham Lincoln's most critical period as President of the United States. Download the book to view a clip from the film! Exclusive content includes a chapter by historian and author David Rubel and behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the film!

Click HERE to go to the LINCOLN download!

Second is a book I can personally recommend -- we own the print copy and my teen has read it twice.

The SUCCESS Foundation™ believes every teen needs to be directed toward a path that enables them to achieve their goals, pursue a career and become productive citizens. That's why we created SUCCESS for Teens™, a book illustrating the importance of clarifying goals, practicing the small efforts necessary for success, and accepting responsibility for one's own destiny. Organized in an easy-to-read format and sprinkled with engaging exercises, action steps and stories from real teens, SUCCESS for Teens helps teens embrace eight principles that will allow them to shape the futures they want. 

Click HERE to go to the SUCCESS FOR TEENS download!

For Moms:

This e-cookbook was created to encourage whole foods living for families, while offering ample alternatives to prepackaged meals and snacks. Within you will discover 125 healthy recipes and over 100 full color photos for quick breakfasts, on-the-go snacks, and portable lunch items. And of course, the recipes are kid-friendly (and adult-friendly!), easy, and delicious.

Click HERE to go to the RECIPES download!

Finally, a favorite for the younger crew: 

This book features the original text and full-color original Beatrix Potter art. Benjamin and his cousin Peter Rabbit go to Mr McGregor's garden, while he is away, to find the clothes Peter lost in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This enhanced book features a read-to-me audio option. Potter's many picture stories should be among the first books owned by children. Beautifully formatted for iBooks. Features - Fixed-Layout format (hardcover look and feel). - A narrator’s voice can read the text on a page. - Read the book at the zoom-level. - The words are highlighted as they are spoken.

Click HERE to go to the BENJAMIN BUNNY download!

As with all Freebies, these items may only be available for a limited time. Check your download first to make sure it is still labeled as "free." Other than when mentioned, I do not endorse any of these items; this is simply a service I wished to share to readers.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hugged by a Total Stranger

As I was entering my favorite department store the other day, I observed two gals, a store associate and a customer, hug each other fiercely as long lost friends, truly thrilled to see one another.  The scene made me smile.  The associate, seeing me, called a cheery welcome to the store.  Not resisting I replied with a chuckle, "Wow I didn't know customers got THAT kind of welcome when visiting the store. Does everyone get a hug like that?"
The customer laughed with me and said, "Well sure!" then reached out to grab me into a big, warm hug.  
The hug was fun and spontaneous, but it was genuine.  I hugged her back like she was my long lost friend too. That hug was the bright spot to what had been a cloudy day for me.

This sweet gal was someone that I never met before, nor did I know anything about other than she appeared to be close to my age; yet I could feel her genuineness from that exchange. She blessed my heart that day by her impulsive and kindly response.  

Later this scripture came to me:

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. (Romans 12:10 NKJV)

I have no idea of this person was a Christ follower, but her actions were representative of what this verse tells us:

"Be kindly affectionate"  - The Apostle Paul is charging us to be friendly, tender, warm to others, whether they are fellow believers or not.  Some of you may be terrified with this thought of hugging a total stranger in order to "be kindly affectionate", but we can certainly give a smile of appreciation and a sincere "thank you" to an employee who processed our purchase at the store, can't we?  

"in honor"  -  We are also to honor other people in addition to being kind.  This is by appreciating, considering and valuing them.  When at a restaurant, do you give your server the chance to shine by asking their opinion or maybe what they would suggest from the menu?  Instead of giving that minimum tip for their capable service, do you give more? Do you add "I appreciate you!" to the grocery clerk who checks out your order?

"giving preference to one another"  - Giving preference is choosing or selecting something before yourself.  Do you choose to go out of your way to do something or say something to someone else without thinking of yourself first, such as checking on a neighbor that you haven't seen in awhile?  Or what about sharing cold bottles of water to workers laboring outside at your house or even the house next door? 

Be careful though, because you may not even realize who is watching .  

Your kids will see you thank the associate.  And they will also hear if you complain about how long it took for her to ring up your purchase.  They will remember if you made an effort to do something for a neighbor that took time away from what you wanted to do. 

There is too much impoliteness and discourtesy in the world today. With the veil of anonymity that the Internet and social media can bring, it can provide a platform for people to berate, humiliate and vilify others unashamedly and with cowardice.  By exhibiting and teaching courtesy, your kids will learn that doing what Jesus asks of us is more important that having the world revolve around them.

While it may be quite awhile before I hug another stranger, I do plan to work harder at being kindly affectionate, honoring and giving preference to others.  That may be just the type of "hug" someone is waiting for.

Have you had an experience similar to mine?  Please share your story here or add a link to your blog post so we can read about it!