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Monday, January 24, 2011

True Treasures Review

Where is the place you go to ‘get away from it all”.  That place that you KNOW no one would dare to follow and intrude?  My place is the bathroom (not very exciting, I know), but it is my place of solitude. But I like to have a few items with me….a hot bath, cool drink of water, a light snack and a good read.   I had all but the good read….what to use to complete this wonderful getaway! 



(rewind 20 years)
I remember when I first began home education.  I just HAD to have that magazine to tell me what to do.  How else was I to know what this thing called homeschooling is supposed to look like?  As the hard days turned into harder weeks, rolling into “what have I gotten myself into” months…I was so discouraged.  MY home school looked NOTHING, not even close, to what those “perfect” families did in THAT magazine!  I began to honestly open up to others to find out what I was doing wrong.  Come to find out, those perfect little families don’t exist!  The articles I read were about days that happen….oh, when Venus lines up correctly with Mars! Everyone I talked with had very similar difficulties I did.  WHEW!  I’m not a total screw up!
I got rid of those “this is what a day should look like” magazine and vowed to NEVER pick one up again.


(back to present)
So I'm checking my email and I open up one from a group called Gabby Moms  looking for mom bloggers to "gab" about a mom's life!  I like to gab about my kids, home schooling, home making, marriage and all!  I love to blog, review items....
Sounds nice, fun…sure why not?  

Then I get this beautiful magazine wrapped in a pretty bow called True Treasures to review
…..OH. NOOOOO….my palms start to sweat, my mouth goes dry, my stomach gets queasy and I feel a migraine coming on...... A magazine with a frilly bow?…are you kidding me?  Not another one of THOSE magazines!  But because I already said I would do this, I WILL do this. 


 Ready?….  (not really)

hot bath (check)
cool drink (check)
light snack (check)
good read…???? 

Ok, ok, I’ll take True Treasures into my place of solitude.

AHHH….so relaxing

Wait a minute…..  

As I read it seems that these ladies have been peeking in on my life!   I could have written most every one of them!  From the very first one by Mrs. Lorrie Flem about how God is continually molding us into his image to the very last by Cindy Rushton where she confesses about a life that takes control because of busyness.  As I turn the pages (and into a prune) I mumble, “uh-huh, oh-yea, been there, done/said that, wish I did that better” and on and on.  These ladies write reality.  They don’t paint this perfect picture of  their lives, but open up with honesty and vunerability that is rare.  I was actually encouraged, instead of feeling like I had totally missed the boat….

What I liked the most is that each article describes what life “should/could” be, but doesn’t leave you wondering “how?”.  Whether it be home making, parenting, marriage, home schooling, you are given practical ways to improve.  To be all that you can be (no, it’s not the army ) 

So what is True Treasures?
It is a compilation of the “best of the best” from 10 years of TEACH magazine.
Are you now asking:  "What is TEACH magazine?"  
Click on over to their website: www.HomemakingWithTEACH.com to find out.


You can purchase True Treasures here.  Use this coupon code GabbyMoms to receive $4.00 off the purchase price until May 31, 2011.  This would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift (hint, hint, wink, wink)


I've just read some other Gabby Mom reviews of True Treasures and two are offering a giveaway!  If you'd like a chance to win True Treasures click here and another here.

Did you know that TEACH stands for : To Encourage And Challenge Homemakers?  I had never read anything from TEACH before True Treasures….I would say that they have succeeded in fulfilling their name!  

At the beginning of 2011 TEACH magazine has changed it's name to Eternal Encouragement.

I received this product for honest review from TEACH Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program.  All opinions expressed are solely my own.



25 comments:

  1. Hi there! I am a Gabby Mom too! Looking forward to getting to know you better!

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  2. I know what you mean... I avoid "how to" books too and the thought of following someone else's rules make me sweat as well. Eternal Encouragement is a great new name! This book is encouraging and inspiring! Great review!

    Tina
    (fellow Gabby Mom)

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  3. Hi! Great reveiew too! I am now following you as well. Blessings, a fellow Gabby Mom

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  4. Good review! Enjoyed reading it. ~Fellow Gabby Mom

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  5. I completely agree...I found the book so encouraging!

    Fellow Gabby Mom,
    Kara

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  6. Cute review, now I'm a new follower also :0) Looooved this book!

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  7. The bathroom is also my place of solitude! I am a fellow Gabby Mom and a new follower! I love to find new Christian homeschooling friends!

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  8. GREAT review!!! EXACTLY what we were looking for! You sucked me in (which isn't easy to do with a book that I am already quite familiar with)! Nice job! I am so glad you are in our program!

    MacKenzie
    Head Mama of The Gabby Moms

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  9. Fellow bath reader chiming in. Loved your review. So enjoyable to read. Looking forward to "knowing" you better over the year!

    Blessings, paisley

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  10. Love your tub lead-in! Great review.

    fellow Gabby Mom

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  11. Love your review & your writing style! I'm a new follower & looking forward to getting to know you through Gabby Moms.
    P.S. I thought the bathroom was EVERY mama's place of solitude =)

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  12. Hi Cindy,

    I am so new to blogging... didn't even have friend connect until today. Just set it up and I am following you!

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  13. Thank you for coming over to my website and becoming a new follower! Looking forward to getting to know you and the other Gabby Moms better this year!

    Julieanne
    http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

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  14. LOVED readng your review. I'm enjoying meeting fellow Gabby Moms and getting a glimpse into your world. Hope we can all continue to encourage one another!

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  15. oh dear one, lovely posting! I thoroughly enjoyed the book myself and will read it once more I'm sure :) Thank you for posting at my blog, I too am following you as well :)

    blessings!

    mrs A

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  16. Great Review!! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm a new Follower and a Fellow Gabby Mom!
    http://alittlesugar-n-spice.blogspot.com/2011/01/gabby-moms-january-mission-true.html

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  17. I also read in the tub :) So relaxing! Glad to get to know you better!
    Carie (a fellow Gabby Mom)

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  18. I can totally relate... my area is the tub too!! Great review. Following as a fellow Gabby Mom

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  19. Awesome review and love your graphics~Thanks for stopping by Telln' It! Have a blessed day! Whhoot!

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  20. Great review! I'm glad someone else didn't have an initially positive response to this review. I'm following you.

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  21. I love how TEACH (yes, I know they've changed their name, but it will take a little time to get use to it. lol!) encourages without making you feel guilty. The writers are real people living real lives. ;)

    ~Heather, your fellow Gabby Mom

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  22. Great post, I totally enjoyed reading! Congrats on winning too :o) Fellow GabbyMom Erica

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  23. Congrats on winning 2nd place in the contest Cindy!

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  24. Other than being Gabby Moms, we seem to have much in common! I'd like to go sneak in a hot bath right now!

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