Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rapture Fashions Earrings review & giveaway


silver leaf
Rapture Fashions is a wonderful find.  Jen's entrepreneurship is inspiring.  She took something that she loved, shopping, and turned it into a business.  Her story is one that every one of us can relate to.  

When I was sent the above "Spicy" earrings, I was surprised by how lightweight they were.  They look as if they would be heavy and drag the ear lobe down, but they aren't and don't :)  They are comfortable and stylish.  But also of exceptional quality.  They are lead and nickel safe so anyone can wear them with confidence.

Head on over to Rapture Fashions to browse the selection of handbags, tops, dresses and other accessories. I am sure you will like what you see....

Jen has offered 6, yes that's right, SIX $5.00 gift certificates to my followers AND one pair of these "Spicy" earrings.

For ONE entry for this giveaway you MUST:
1. Be a follower of this blog (For One Another)
2. Visit Rapture Fashions and comment on one item you will use a $5.00 gift certificate towards the purchase of.

Optional entries:
1.  Follow For One Another on Facebook
2.  Send a friend and they follow For One Another...have them comment that you sent them
3.  Contact Jen at Rapture Fashions and schedule an Internet party (send me an invite to your party: clemay62 at rocketmail dot com)  then comment the date of the party.

For example:  clemay62 at rocketmail dot com      "Cindy"

Six winners will receive a $5.00 gift certificate towards a purchase from Rapture Fashions
One winner will receive the "Spicy" earrings pictured above.

Winners will be drawn at random on October 6, 2010 and notified via email.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address.

*Rapture Fashions sent a complimentary pair of earrings for review & giveaway.  All opinions are my own

Monday, September 27, 2010

Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater Review & Giveaway


If you've read my blog before you know that I love Dave Ramsey and have followed his "Baby Steps" to enjoy financial freedom in my life.  This is what Dave Ramsey has to say about this book: 
 "Amie Streater....delivers a powerful message of common sense and Biblical wisdom that today's churchgoers desperately need".  That's all I need to give this book a recommended read!  BUT I did decide that I'd better read it for myself so I can give an honest review :)

This books comes at you with a direct, no-nonsense, I've been there approach.  Amie Streater had it all.....but couldn't afford it all.  She finally took control of her money instead of it controlling her and shares what she learned with a world in need of learning..  In this book she outlines 7 myths that we all fall prey to.  Even as Christians, we have a wrong concept of money and it's purpose in our lives.  
As the title says, this book shares what God has to say about money, which is much more than just the usual "tithing" we hear about.  She uses many scriptures and offers prayers at the end of each chapter to help the reader make the necessary changes.
I especially liked the important points she outlines at the end of each chapter.  What she calls "God's Way" is a quick overview of what to remember for the chapter just read.  After that is a section called, "Solution Steps".  She doesn't leave you hanging with the problem, but gives you tools to move toward correcting that problem.  Solution Steps is just that....steps to help you solve the problems you have in the area the chapter discusses.  

Sound like a book you need?  Well, I will offer this complimentary copy I received to review to one of my followers.  

To enter this giveaway simply become a follower and comment why you feel you need this book AND please tell me the your follower name.  If you are already a follower, just leave a comment.   Please be sure to leave an email address with your comment.

I will randomly pick a winner Monday, October 4, 2010 

* I received a complimentary copy for review purposes only.  Opinions expressed are my own.

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

Can I just say that I love Max Lucado?  Ok, so I've never met him....let me clarify....I love his writing.  I have read every book he has written and receive his email devotional.  His writing style touches my soul.  I've yet to tire of reading his writings.  He truly is an artist who paints a picture with words.  His view on the ordinary is extraordinary. He makes me look at the simple things in life with a new mindset.  Nothing is simple, because God is a part of it all.
I was not dissapointed when I was given the privilege to preview a copy of his newest book "Outlive Your Life".  I will never look at the first 12 chapters of the book of Acts the same way.  Max uses these chapters to show us how to get the most out of the life God has blessed us with.  Each chapter in this book,  16 in all, give valuable lessons using  anecdotes and stories with theology and practical application in Max's well-beloved style.
This book could be used in a group study as there is a "Discussion and Action Guide" in the back.
Each chapter comes outlined with discussion questions and actions to live it out.  
You truly can "Outlive Your Life" if you use some of the ideas in this book.

Sorry readers, this book is going in my own library!  No giveaway this time :)  If you want your own copy then click the box below to order from 
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own

Code Triage by Candace Calvert

I am normally not a fan of "hospital dramas", but this book involves much more than physical healing.  Each character carries a deep emotional pain that needs to be healed.   The spiritual elements are limited to references of praying and needing to trust God. 

I did not know this was book 3 in a series until I read some other reviews about it.  I was a little confused when unknown people were mentioned in the end.  So it is a stand alone.  BUT I know I want to get my hands on the first 2 in the series.  
This book is a light-entertaining read.  I recommend it to those who are casual readers looking for a good drama.     

*I was provided a complimentary copy by Tyndale for review purposes only

If you'd like to purchase your own copy, click the Amazon link to the left :)     

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Church History ABC's

I was excited when Crossway books sent me The Church History ABC's to review.  Having 5 children, I've read my share of children's books.  I don't consider myself an expert, but I've had plenty of experience ;)

From Augustine to Zwingli (do you know who Zwingli is?) Stephen J. Nichols tells of 26 men and women from Church History.  He uses teaching tools to aid in remembering each one.  For instance:  L is for lollipop, lute, and Martin Luther, larger-than-life Reformer.   Or this one:  C is for catfish, castle, and John Calvin, champion Reformer.  Notice all the letters that go together?  The person's description also begins with the same letter.  Brilliant memory tool!

There were 12 people I had never  heard of!  (shameful, I know)  That just shows the lack of instruction in the history of the church.  Or maybe it just shows my own ignorance. :)  The history of the Church is loaded with lessons to learn.  People who made a difference for God.  These are better heroes for our children than the Saturday morning cartoons characters or movie stars!

There's plenty in here for adults too!  Little tidbits throughout to give you a chuckle.  Like, Charles Spurgeon standing on a cigar box.  Or Patrick's page is green and has a leprechaun sitting on a pot of gold.  Do you want to learn more about one of the people?  Just flip to the back few pages for more info on each person.  

Ned Bustard's illustrations are a collage of cartoon drawings and photos which can  lead to questions and more discussion.  

I tend to disagree with the age recommendations of ages 3 - 6.  The average 3 year old would get bored, in my opinion.  I would say this book is better suited to 6 - 10 year olds.  Very easy reading for a 10 year old, but full of wonderful information they could easily understand on their own. 

I highly recommend this book for your library. Or you could buy one for your church library! That is where this copy is going.  I plan on having this be required reading this year in our church's Kid's club....yes, it's that good!

Want your own copy?  Click below to order from Amazon:

Monday, September 13, 2010

NachoMamaTees T-Shirt review and giveaway

Thank you to all who entered!

My son thinks dressing up is wearing a clean t-shirt and jeans.  When I had the opportunity to choose a t-shirt to review from Nachomamatees  I used their search engine to find this one:
Oh yea, that's what I'm talking about ;)

I have a hard time sizing when buying clothes online.  He is a men's small and this fit perfectly.  

I was quite impressed with the quality.  It is not of chain-store quality, but much thicker and softer. None of the design has worn or faded with washing.  We only lined dried it as it is 100% cotton.  
Nachomamatees has many designs to choose from. There are different categories to choose from.  Check these out:  Funny, Movie, Vintage or you can even design your own!
Here are a few of my favorites:

Nachomamatees are reasonably priced.  From $14.44 - 18.76  Buy the daily t-shirt special for only $6.99!

Head on over to Nachomamatees website and find the shirt you like best, tell me which one you chose and you will be entered into a drawing to win your choice of either a 
mystery t-shirt or a $15.00 Gift Card compliments of Nachomamatees.
*there are some offensive shirts, so browse with caution
Please do not enter if  you have won a shirt from Nachomamatees or Crazy Dog or have been sent a shirt for promotional purposes in the last 90 days.

You must be a follower of my blog to qualify for the giveaway.  So be sure to become a follower.

Optional entries:
     *If you were referred here by a friend or other blog/website, please comment about who sent you and you will have another entry in the giveaway as well as one entry for whoever sent you

  • Become a fan on Facebook (Nachomamatees is owned by Crazy Dog)
  • Post a comment on the Facebook page telling them what your favorite tee is or asking them a question about the shirts 
  • Post a comment on, or "Mark as Favorite" one of their Flickr photos.
  • "Like" or "Share" one of the products on their website.  The buttons for these are on all product detail pages, above the main image.

Winner will be drawn at random on September  21st and notified via contact information left in comment.  You will have 48 hours to respond to receive giveaway

*Disclaimer:  I received a t-shirt for review purposes only.  The comments made are my own.  

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Educational Product Review and Giveaway from Hands of a Child


Have you ever heard of lapbooks?  If you haven't then you've just discovered  the thing that will turn your homeschool day from drudgery of textbooks to an exciting adventure! If you have an hands-on, crafty-type child lapbooks will bring a smile to their sweet face.

I discovered lapbooks around 6 years ago.  Hands of a Child (HOAC) had a free Lapbook Project Pack on butterflies. At that time my 6 year old daughter just LOVED butterflies.  So we studied butterflies and I fell in love with lapbooking :)  Lapbooks are basically taking the information you learn, breaking it down into categories, recording the info on shaped "mini" books and organizing all  into a folded file folder.  Sounds complicated, but it really isn't.
Here is our Butterfly lapbook:  (HOAC has updated their  Lapbook Project Pack on butterflies since we made ours)

HOAC has come up with a huge line of more than 200 Lapbook Project Packs for every subject imaginable.  The Arts, Science, Government, Geography, History, Holidays, Language Arts, Literature, Math, Science, Social Studies and MORE.  These Project Packs come in many varieties: printed book, ebook  CD, and printed book/CD combo. Each Project Pack includes instructions for making the file folder that will hold all the mini books. There is also information or questions to put into your mini books.  Project Packs also include background information on the topic, recommended resources list (like books and/or websites), and templates for the mini books. The only other things you will need to make your lapbook is  a colored file folder, colored paper for copying the mini-book templates,  glue, and scissors.
They also provide "Kit Packs" .  For those without access to a copier, or you just don't want to take the time to copy the templates,  " Kit Packs provide all the graphics for the unit 
printed on multiple colors of paper ready to be used by your student. Just fill in their answers, cut and fold. No copying needed" (quoted from HOAC website)
I have used lapbooks for my students from ages 6 - teen.  We did a study on the Iditarod one year.  We used lapbooks to record what we had learned.   I had a 16 year old, 14 year old, 10 year old and 6 year old all making one.  Each one was unique in it's own way.  We absolutely love going back and looking over our lapbooks.  It's a great review and a wonderful way to show others what you've learned.  
HOAC has done an amazing job putting together their website.  It is easy to navigate.  You can see samples before you buy.  They have broken down their Project Packs into subjects and grade levels. If you still can't find what you are looking for, the search engine will help.  But still can't find what you want, they offer a service to custom make a Project Pack on a subject of your choice.  

Over the years I have become a "lapbook queen" even to the point of making up my own.  Here is one that my son did for his grammar lessons:

This was a wonderful review tool

If lapbooking sounds like something you'd like to try, then HOAC is the place to start.  You have the chance to win one of HOAC'S Project Packs.  They are offering a free download of their World Cultures Project Pack.  An $18.00 value free for one of my followers.  

I am having a follower blitz! 

MANDATORY:  Go to Hands of a Child website and tell me which Project Pack looks most interesting AND follow via GFC. = 
2 entries

Other ways to enter:
Contact  anyone and everyone whom you think would want to win this great educational product. If they come, comment that you sent them and follow you get 10 entries, they get 2.  If you came from a Linky, give me the Linky site so that blogger can get credit for sending you. 

Like on Facebook = 2 entries

Be sure to leave your contact information in EACH comment

On September 22nd, I'll draw a winner.  So refer as many friends as possible for many chances to win!

*Disclaimer:  I was not compensated by Hands Of  a Child or anyone else for this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Being Warned, Receiving a Reward

*picture courtesy of Faith Nault

This is a picture from my daughter's wedding on June 5th.  Isn't it beautiful?  But it's beautiful for more than the occasion and the flowers, but the OPEN Bible!  An open Bible is a read Bible, the best to have.  

Psalm 19:7-10 reads:

 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;

         The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
         The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
         The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

 More to be desired are they than gold,

 Yea, than much fine gold; 
 Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
 And in keeping them there is great reward. 

Look at what God's Word is called in these verses and what it does!  It is POWERFUL! I really desire God and His word more than gold?  Do I really think it is sweeter than honey?  If I do, then I will receive a great reward.    A reward much better than gold or sweeter than eternity with HIM.  

Monday, September 6, 2010

No Girls Allowed Devotional from Tyndale House Publishers Review

Finally a devotional for boys

This devotional is perfect for the boy who is not one that likes to read. Each reading is precise and makes a specific point.  There are 60  two-page spreads that include a verse to read, then a short story to reinforce the scripture verse and a two or three sentence prayer. The stories are in themes that pertain to a boys life.  Here are a few examples:  bullying, controlling your temper, being a good friend, working hard, loving others and many more.  The author uses things that are familiar to boys like, transformers, Sponge Bob, video games, sports heroes and the like.  
The next 2 pages include fun activities like:  secret codes, crosswords,  and word searches.  There is a section called "Things to do", which gives examples of how to do what you just learned. Then there are more verses that correspond with the lesson learned and some quotes from famous people.   
All in all a very thought provoking and encouraging devotional.

*Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes only.  The comments are my own.

Nuts About Granola Review & Giveaway


I enjoy granola, but don't buy it very often.  I have attempted to make my own, and although tasty, not really worth the effort involved.  When I first heard about Nuts About Granola I was intrigued by the name so I surfed over to their website to find out more!  To find out that this company is a mother/daughter venture surely impressed me.  I am always amazed with the entrepreneurial spirit. They have an inspiring story of how it all began.   All batches of their granola is mixed by hand in their home in York, PA.  An American made product!!!!  Their website is simple and easy. Not a lot of hype, just the facts, please.  They offer lists of ingredients and nutrition information for every product.   So you know what you are buying.

I received a single pack of their Jungle Fever flavor.  

I was so excited when I received my bag of Jungle Fever.  Then I read that it contained coconut I said "oh great!"  I dislike coconut very much.  Well, I promised I would try it and review it.  With trepidation, I opened the bag, took a handful and popped some into my mouth.    My taste buds were pleasantly surprised. So I ate a little more.   Each mouthful offered different flavors.  First, oat, then nuts, then lemon, then cinnamon.  WOW....very nice indeed. There was not an overwhelming coconut flavor (thankfully).  I was going to try it with milk next, but it was addicting and before I knew it I had the 2 oz single bag devoured.

The price is right also.  For a 2 oz SINGLES bag, only $1.50.  But I would recommend  the 13 oz bag for $5.99, 'cuz 2 ounces is a tease. ;)  You will definitely want more!

Sarah at Nuts About Granola is offering a $10.00 e-gift certificate to one of you!

To enter you MUST:
Visit Nuts About Granola and comment about their website AND become a follower of this blog if you do not already follow.

If you came across this site because of a referral, please comment who referred you and not only will they be entered to win, but you will also get an additional entry.

Winner will be randomly selected on September 14th and contacted via email.  Winner must respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen.

*Disclaimer:  Nuts About Granola sent me a free sample of their product.  No other compensation was given to me for this review.  This is strictly my own opinion after sampling this product

Go here for another great giveaway ending 9/22

Friday, September 3, 2010

"I Spy" Quilt

Good news!  I received my 200 squares for my "I Spy" quilt.   Here is only half of the squares I will be using.

Now to decide what I'm going to do with them all. 
Either this disappearing 9 patch

OR a 4 patch like this:
*credit goes to Quiltville for this one

I'm leaning towards the 4 patch.  I like the variety here.

Stayed tuned as I continue with this project :)

This newbie quilter is entering into another quilt adventure.

I think this is a wonderful idea.   20 quilters will swap 4" squares to make a quilt.  We still need 10 quilters to make this happen.  So if you're a seasoned quilter,  or just always wanted to make a quilt.  Head on over to :

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Glines' Lost Arts Review and Giveaway


Here is the "about us" section of the website:
We are a homeschooling family of 11,..... well, with two of the children married that makes 13..... that has enjoyed living and learning together for 26 years! All of the products we sell have come about as we have explored and investigated God's creation around us and endeavored to learn more about how things were done in the past. These "LOST ARTS"....soap making, quilts, natural butters and skin products, felted wool, etc....are so integral to our past and we want to preserve them. We hope you enjoy our natural products and also see the value of using today's knowledge to preserve the knowledge of the past. Let us know what you think!

I must start this review with a confession.  I have known the owner of Glines' Lost Arts for 40 years.  She's my best friend.  So that will either 'taint' my review OR I will not only be able to review the products but the integrity of the company :)  Misty, the owner, is not into this for the money making opportunity (the low prices reflect that), but to offer healthy, all natural products.  Plus, I think she's a wanna-be chemist/scientist!

Everything you will find at is of superb quality using only the most natural ingredients available.  And to think that Misty, the owner, has designed and  "invented" each and every product in her own home.   She has a knack for mixing ingredients, knowing just what to combine with what to come up with a unique product.  For example, the MSM body butter.  A body butter that not only makes your skin smooth and silky, BUT it soothes sore muscles.  BRILLIANT.  Every time I talk with her she is coming up with a new product.  
I have tried Pure Moisture Body and Hair Oil Treatment.  You'd have to buy 5 different products at your local store to do what this ONE product does.  Plus, that junk you'd buy elsewhere has ingredients that could actually damage your skin and hair.   
This product is great as a pre-shower oil treatment for your hair, an after-shower body oil, a make-up remover, a baby oil, and even an all-natural hair de-frizzer!   Yes, it really does all that!  I especially like that it is a hair de-frizzzer and make-up remover.
The lip balm is non greasy and lasts and lasts.  With 7 fruity flavors or 9 non-fruity flavors to choose from.  Don't forget, these are all hand made at home!  (Can you tell that just amazes me?)
Those are just a couple of items from her Skin Care section.  She also has handmade soaps, items especially for children, soy candles, pet products, household cleaning products and natural fiber clothing products.
If you live in the area, you can even book a candle making party, mineral make-up party or even have Misty make favors for your party or wedding. 
I could go on and on with all the great stuff offered. Did I say everything is hand made at her home?  ;)  

*Disclaimer:  I have not been compensated in any way by Glines' Lost Arts to post this review.  The opinions above are solely my own.

Glines' Lost Arts is offering a $15.00 certificate to one of my followers


Head on over to and comment on what product you would buy if you win.  =  1 entry
If you are not currently a follower, sign up to follow me, comment that you are a new follower, not only will I follow you back, but you will get another entry in this giveaway.  = 1 more entry
If you have been referred by someone/someplace, let me know who/where.  If you can give contact information about who sent you that will be an entry for them and another for you = yet 1 more  entry.


Winner will randomly be selected at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 8, 2010.  Winner will be contacted via contact information provided and will have 48 hours to reply back.  US residents only, please

For another great giveaway ending 9/14 click here