March 31, 2013

(A) Bit of Fun - Happy Monday!

This Happy Monday falls on April Fool's Day! I hate surprises - so generally I really, really dislike April Fool's day :) So I've decided to try and celebrate humor instead of dreading it this year!

I'm also posting this a day early in order to say - woohoo, Go Duke! So, in honor of the Duke-Louisville game today...(Yes, I am a Duke Fan. Yes, I went to Duke for Grad school. Yes, I love Duke Basketball - don't hate me!) little Duke fan having some Cardinal for dinner :P

My husband is much funnier than I am - so the credit for this bit of humor goes all to him! 

Now it wasn't easy shooting the masterpiece - and A wasn't necessarily "happy" being the star of the photo shoot! Some of the most humorous photos were the out-takes :) Definitely not being nice to the poor cardinal....

Share something funny this week! Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out the other posts. If you like some blogs, please take the time to follow them. Thanks for stopping by Happy Monday!

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March 30, 2013

Working Mom ~ Book Review

Working Mom: Survival Guide
by Suzanne Riss & Teresa Palagano
144 pp.

To a certain extent, this book is perfect for a working mom. It has great "sound bites." Lists, statistics, short and sweet bits of information to make you think. It starts with advice on being a pregnant working woman, how to tell your boss you are pregnant, how to deal with going back to work, successfully pumping at work and even handles what to do with teenagers. It gives many, many lists on how to deal with being a parent in relation to our lives in the "office."

As a working mom, it definitely made me feel like I wasn't alone! In 2011 women outnumbered men in the workplace for the first time ever. There are a lot of us out there navigating working and being a mom. The best advice I took from the book? Be in the moment, Be happy, make lots of mom connections, navigate the best balance of work and home that you can - and then enjoy life as it happens, find time for yourself, multi-task less when you are with your kids, good enough is ok, make peace with change.

On a side note, I also discovered that only 13% of working moms surveyed for this book still nursed between 1-2 years of age. I was feeling a bit guilty for only making it to 15 months - but this made me feel a bit better :) Pumping is hard work!

It's a fast read, great tips, nothing earth shattering, but it is nice to know there are other moms out there just like you! You will make it - it may not be easy, but you aren't alone!

March 29, 2013

A to Z blogging Challenge

Just wanted to let everyone know about this fun challenge I've signed up for!

For the month of April I'll be blogging the alphabet :) Come join!

I figured it might be fitting since my little guy sings it all the time. I'm sure the alphabet song will be in my head every day!

I can't believe April is just days away...

March 27, 2013

Inspire Powerful Action Monthly Blog Hop & Giveaway

As you may know, I've been trying to do things to spread some happiness in the world - today it's bringing you this blog hop! I've started celebrating happiness on my Monday Blog Hop and now I've found some other amazing bloggers to join with to Inspire Powerful Action! I love the blogs of each of the hosts and co-hosts and hope you will check them out :)

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We have some great giveaways this month for some of our participants.  The hosts and co-hosts of this hop have joined together to offer you one and two month ad space(s), promotional services for a month and a FREE copy of the new book "If You Plant a Seed, It Will Grow! which will come with the additional copy of the 2013 Online Resource Guide - Everything You Ever Needed to Know to Make Your Online Business Succeed!" 

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My Son is a PuzzleMaster

Every mom thinks their kid is the most amazing, most brilliant, most awesome child on the face of the earth :) Right? Especially when they are in the mode of "firsts" - every new thing is amazing! First step, word, any new skill...he must be a genius!

But really, kids are amazing. Little sponges. Now, A might not be the most advanced verbally - though his vocabulary has grown exponentially in the last month - but one thing he seems to really enjoy is puzzles (thanks to the McKays for starting his puzzle collection)!

He can concentrate for a crazy amount of time on puzzles (thanks to grandma for endless hours of fun!). I am amazed that he is able to put together puzzle after puzzle. He's mastered the 12 piece and is currently making great headway on 24 piece puzzles. Now that he has full access to hi room during naps - I often find his bed covered in puzzle pieces!

We like to call him the PuzzleMaster - maybe he will grow up and be the next Will Shortz? :) I can only hope! What amazing things are your kids doing? Please share :)

March 25, 2013

Spring Into Green - Mother's Organic Giveaway

Welcome to the Spring Into Green Mothers Organic Giveaway!

I've teamed up with Eco-Crazy Mom and an amazing group of bloggers to celebrate the grand opening of the Mothers Organic store, and bring you the chance to win a fantastic prize pack valued at $375.00!
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Come check out the Mothers Organic Grand Opening March 25, 2013!

The Mothers Organic motto is simple: happy shopping for the everyday eco-mama. Why? Because we've all been there before. Confused by labels and not knowing which products were safe for our kids. Overwhelmed with information. That's why eco mama Kelly McKnight and her husband created Mothers Organic. They wanted to make it easy for moms to find a variety of safe, tried and true eco-friendly products in one convenient place. Every product at Mothers Organic has been hand picked and carefully reviewed by Kelly and her team of eco mamas with the belief that if it's not good enough for their family, it's certainly not good enough for yours. Finally, a place where moms can shop with confidence - we invite you to give it a try!
Shop their amazing selection of stainless steel baby bottles and sippy cups. Check out their line of Melissa & Doug puzzles and toys for babies and toddlers. Stock up on your nursery layette - complete with swaddle blankets and bunting. At Mothers Organic you'll find a great selection of natural bath and skin care, organic apparel, health care essentials and much more.
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March 24, 2013

Happy Monday - Happy Spring

I love spring.
I love the slight breeze, and the smell of blooming flowers.
I love the colors on the landscape, the sunny days and smell of barbeque.
I love blue skies and time for gardening.
I love the spirit of renewal and starting a new season with a fresh slate.
I love growing plants and little seedlings.
I love blooming lavender and even hockey playoffs :)
I love watching my son enough being outdoors - and learning how to weed the garden!

This year spring is even more of a season of new beginnings. The little guy started half day pre-school. Mommy was a nervous wreck. A loves it. Every morning he is chomping at the bit to get dressed and  go to "school!" He grabs his "backpack" and is ready to go! Before I'm even ready he's out the door begging to get in the car. I had to bribe him to take this picture - he was mad at me for not opening the door fast enough! It makes me so happy that he loves school and is so adaptable! (Everyone at school loves his hats, of course!)

Life keeps changing, every season brings new excitement when you have a toddler :) What's your favorite part of spring? Any big changes in your life? I hope you enjoy the Spring! I'd love to hear what makes you happy this spring - Grab the button, link up (or just comment if you don't blog) and check out the other posts. Please take the time to follow the other blogs and comment on them! Thanks for stopping by for week 11 of Happy Monday! Don't forget to stop by next Monday and celebrate some humor that makes you happy (appropriate for April Fool's day?)

March 23, 2013

The Hobbit ~ Giveaway!

Guess what just came out on DVD??? Yep, from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

I'm a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan - so I am very excited! This epic adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an amazing quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

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March 22, 2013

It's World Water Day

Today is World Water Day. 

Today is a day to think about that fact that 783 million people, or 11% of the world’s population, do not have safe water to drink. 

Today is a day to think about what water means to you, your family, your life. It is a day to do something for those that need clean water to be able to live.

The United Nations established March 22nd as World Water Day to bring attention to water issues around the world - but water is just the beginning.

The lack of water coupled with poor sanitation, results in 2,000 children dying every day

International non-profit organization WaterAid helps the world’s poorest people to plan, build and manage their own safe water supplies and to improve their sanitation and hygiene. These basic services transform lives.

Water is just the beginning of the road out of poverty.  Hours spent carrying water can instead be spent with family, tending crops, raising livestock or starting a business.  Simple changes to sanitation and hygiene practices save thousands of babies’ lives and keep children in school. WaterAid’s new short video, Water is just the Beginning,  explores the ways safe water changes lives.

There are many things you can do to help. 
  • Join the World Water Day Google+ Hangout at 1.30 pm EST TODAY (March 22) – WaterAid and other water organizations will be discussing the world water crisis and solutions in a celebration moderated by YouTube star Justine Ezarik.
  • Make a donation: WaterAid has brought clean water to 17.5 million people- but they need your help to achieve their aim of helping 1.4 million more people this year.
  • Follow WaterAid America on Twitter and Facebook and share their posts on the #20ways that water is just the beginning of the road out of poverty.

I want to live in a world where everyone has access to clean water, don't you?

I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

March 21, 2013

It's Spring!

I've set some lofty goals this year. Looking back, I'm not sure what came over me :) But, today is the first day of Spring - so a time for renewal, happiness, warmer weather, more sunlight...good things!

1) Couch to 5k - My husband and I decided to get ready for a 5k. This weekend was supposed to be that 5k...well, not gonna happen. I have to give kudos to my husband however, he did do a 20+ mile trek, so I consider him to be successful! A three week illness derailed me. But I'm getting back into training as of this week and re-scheduling the race for late April. Minor set-back here!

2) 40 bags 40 days - What is the definition of a bag exactly? :) No, but really, I feel like I've done a pretty good job of organizing the garage, the closets, the bathrooms and making a sizeable donation to Goodwill! I'm not doing a great job of quatinfying my 40 bags, but I've made great progress organizing my life and getting "stuff" out of the house, so I am considering this a success!

3) Donate 52 hours - haven't actually volunteered yet, but I've done quite a bit of research and have some great ideas!

4) 21 day Meditation Challenge - As part of the Inspiring Moms Network, I took on a meditation challenge. Though it has put me to sleep a few nights, it has also been relaxing. I have not been able to do it every day...but it has been very inspiring when I have managed to do it :)

Wish me luck to keep up for the rest of the year! :)

March 19, 2013

He's growing up too quickly!!

We removed the side of his crib this weekend. He is now sleeping in his "big boy" bed. How did he get so big?? Cue the tears...

This week is also his first week at pre-school. I'm having a tough time letting him go! Luckily he happily agreed that I could come with him to no more worries :)

March 17, 2013

Happy Monday - Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's one of my favorite holidays, being a good Irish girl.

I hope everyone had some fun :) It always makes me think of my family, corned beef and cabbage, four leaf clovers, leprechauns and the color green.

My parents got the little guy a "Mr. Lucky" t-shirt and made a clover "hat" with him. We went for a very green hike - for SoCal anyway! A was a wee bit afraid of the lizards, but enjoyed himself anyway. We enjoyed the great outdoors - did some gardening, ate some pizza and enjoyed each other's company. What could be better - it made me so happy!

In case you were wondering, I always dress the little guy in green for St. Patrick's day. Here is his first St. Patrick's day! So much has changed...

Oh, and I, of course, wore my Family Reunion t-shirt from 1990. I was totally embarrassed to wear it back then...but now, I'm happy I kept it for 23 years (eek!). Hopefully I'll never wear it out. What family traditions do you have? Am I crazy to love St. Patrick's day so much? Hope you had a wonderful one!

Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out the other posts. If you like some blogs, please take the time to follow them. Thanks for stopping by for week 10 of Happy Monday!

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Make sure to join us next week for Happy Monday! I'll be writing about Spring - a season that always makes me happy :) 

March 14, 2013

My Middle Name

I love my middle name.

It starts with A.

This is unrelated to my son A's name.

It is my mother's middle name.

It is beautiful and connects me to my mother.

If I ever have a daughter, I would love to give her this middle name.

I love the connection from one generation to another.

It makes me happy.

March 12, 2013

Mommy & Me

The little guy and I had some fun while daddy was off on an adventure :)

Once we got over the worst of our awful colds - we really enjoyed ourselves! He is talking up a storm these days, so conversation is getting very interesting..."No wanna" is my fvorite new addition to our conversations...

Highlights from the week?

Relaxing like daddy - while watching Peter Pan :)

His first popsicle

A pony ride (thank you grandma & grandpa!)

Reading Thomas books and face painting! he did it himself....

Glad to have this time to spend with my favorite 2 year old! I can't believe how fast he's growing up!!

March 10, 2013

Happy Monday - Something Small

Last week, as I was reading through all the amazing posts that everyone linked up, I was sitting there on my couch smiling. I saw a beautiful photo of a brand new baby girl, families playing scrabble and gardening together, brothers enjoying playing outdoors, smiling baby twin cousins. I read about grand plans for living a healthier life, finding time to spend time with your spouse, and even toilet seat covers. 

The something small that makes me happy? These Happy Monday Posts. It may not be big, but it really lifts my spirits every week. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It is reminds me that there are so many other amazing people out there and how lucky I am to see a small part of your lives!

I love the small moments in life - the smiles, the kisses, the hugs, the time to play. Please continue to share your moments - it always make the week better :)

What's something small that makes you happy? 

Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. If you like some blogs, please take the time to follow them. 

Thanks for stopping by for week 8 of Happy Monday!

Crazy Casa K, Happy Blog

Make sure to join us next week for Happy Monday! I'll be writing about St. Patrick's Day ~ as a good Irish girl, that day always makes me happy!

March 9, 2013

Two Kisses for Maddy

Two Kisses for Maddy
by Matthew Logelin
Grand Central Publishing, 2012

Though not a parenting book - I added it to my list this year as I think that there is always something to learn from memoirs. I am amazed at the strength of the author.  It's taken me awhile to write about this book, it's not an easy one to review! Only read if you are prepared to cry, a lot. I also laughed and smiled and was moved. It is an amazing story - one I hope no one has to go through.

It's the story of a man, who loses his wife and become a father within the span of just over a day. It is the story of a normal person - though a moving write - which makes it all the more heartbreaking, it could happen to anyone. His voice is real, he doesn't cover up his faults, his emotions, his pain. It is all the better for being so real.

I actually started this book a few chapters in because I didn't want to read the beginning. It made me too sad. I know, weird, but true. I went back and read them later, but for some reason I couldn't start at the happy beginning, knowing what was to come. Too emotional, I didn't want to know that happy part that was just going to lead to pain.

It was amazing to me that he took a step each day, he reached out, he started a blog, he supported others, he took his daughter to Paris, India, Nepal. He showed his daughter the world and tried to capture his wife's spirit. This book captured my heart, I hope you'll take the time to read it.

March 7, 2013

What I've Been Reading

I tend to read a lot - and I love to share good books! I decided I didn't have the time to write a post about each book, nor was I sure you would be interested :) So I decided I'd periodically write a post here about what I've been reading with links to my longer reviews on GoodReads. Click on the title for the full review, click on the cover if you want to purchase (or pre-order).

The Spark: a mother's story of nurturing genius
by Kristine Barnett
April 2013, 272 pages, Random House

autistic geniusThis is one of those books that stays with you. It is the story of a woman with a genius son who is also autistic. But what really struck me is how amazing Kristine Barnett is. My heart broke for her, I rooted her, I was amazed and stunned by her strength. I know it is the story she wrote about her son - but for me it is the story of a determined and formidable mother. Not only did she have an autistic son, she had another son with grave health issues, she had a stroke at a young age, she  I can only hope that I could face adversity with as much strength as her. I flew through this book - read it in just under a day. It was a book of dedication, triumph, hope and of the love of a mother. I highly recommend it!

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

immigration, families of immigrantsWhen I read the back of the book - I was intrigued. A young woman, lost in life due to her struggle with cancer, encounters a family of immigrants on a bus. She connects with them and finds common ground with the "invisible girls." It's an uplifting journey for the family and the author, though ultimately leaves a bit to be desired. At the end of the day, I understand that there is a huge issue of immigrants and people that are lost in the system. I wound up loving this struggling family and rooting for them. The ending was bittersweet and the story a little disjointed, but in the end, uplifting. I'm glad I read it and have a new appreciation for the struggling families among us.

The Adventurer's Guide to a Happy Life: 63 Simple Tips to Add Happiness To Your Life Each and Every Day by Matt Mosteller
January 2013, Premier Digital Publishing

happy living, matt mostellerQuick, yet inspiring, read. I highly recommend reading this book. It's got some great advice. I want to give it to my husband to read next - since he is the adventurer right now! It is also a great connection to make between physical and mental ways to add happiness. Some of my favorite advice?
"Add some Seuss to your life" - positive belief can make a difference. 
"Do the Unexpected" - You always need to challenge yourself! 
"Get in the Game Everyday" - Stick to it, be dedicated, you can't win it if you aren't in it!
It's a fun, positive read. Quick, memorable and with some great photos too :) Enjoy!

Heart Like Mine
Amy Hartvany
March 2013, Washington Square Press

heart like mineThe best thing about this book is that you root for every single character. The author sets up a lovely intertwined story that slowly brings you along as you learn to care about all the slightly flawed, yet connectable, characters. It is the story of a mother's love, a daughter's journey, a woman's transformation. It is real and sad and happy all at once. A daughter loses her mother, but finds the strength to perservere. I don't want to give away too much, but it was a fast, enjoyable and well worth the read. The author has a great way of making you care about the characters even when they get frustrating!

Amazon links are my affiliate links. Thank you to NetGalley for providing these books for review. All opinions are my own. 

March 6, 2013

No Kid Should Go Hungry

It's been a whirlwind week for me. We're visiting daycares - he's getting ready to go to part-time pre-school! I know he's going to have a great time, but it's a little stressful. Maybe more for me than for him! For some reason packing his lunch is stressing me out more than anything! As I researched good, healthy lunches to pack for my little guy, I also found out that my stresses pale in comparison to others.

One in five kids in the US struggle with hunger. No child should grow up hungry. I can't even imagine sending my child to school hungry, yet so many kids do. No Kid Hungry, a non-profit that brings attention childhood hunger, is building awareness of this issue  by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

childhood hungerThe No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. 

This week is National School Breakfast Week - Join No Kid Hungry to make a difference.

I wrote this post as a part of the Global Team of 200, a specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrated on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health. All information used with permission.

March 5, 2013

2013 Declutter Challenge - 40 bags 40 days

I've been meaning to write about this for awhile, but I've been too busy ~ getting rid of clutter :)

We've been a family of three for two years now, and that has brought amazing clutter into our lives! I realize that kids need stuff - but it seems to multiple like crazy! Like it has a mind of it's own. After reading Simplicity Parenting, I've also been trying to cut back on unnecessary stuff in A's life. 

Not only that, but my parents retired recently and have de-cluttered their garage. This is good for them - but - not so great for me. They have brought me multitudes of boxes that they so nicely stored in their garage over the they are in mine!

clutter free, declutter
1)Boxes from my parents, 2) my closet in need of attention and 3) boxes ready to donate!

So the 40 Bags 40 Challenge started on Feb. 13, so we're on day 18. So far I've worked on the boxes in the garage and in A's closet. I have 5 boxes ready to donate, 5 boxes in the trash and 1 of recycled paper. That's I'm one week behind, but trying to catch up! This week I'll be working on my closet and the garage! Check out the challenge yourself and help keep me motivated. My husband will appreciate it... :)

March 3, 2013

Happy Monday - Happy Family

Cousins make me happy!

Though we may live very far away, I am so grateful that A has two cousins in his life. I have eleven and love every one of them. Some of my best summer vacation memories are of blissfully enjoying life with one cousin or another. Over the past year, we've been lucky enough to see A's cousins three times - which is quite a feat considering they live across the country.

It makes me happy that A will grow up knowing his cousins! His younger cousin definitely made an impression on him - he is always saying her name :) They are just a few months apart. I hope his older cousin can give him some pointers when he gets older! Though I wish we lived closer, I am happy that we're able to see them as often as we do. I am also happy to have my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in my life! I married into a great family!

Not sure if he'll have more cousins one day - regardless - he is so lucky to have the cousin's that he has! You guys are awesome :)

Anyone in particular in your family that makes you happy? Link up any post that makes you happy - the sky's the limit (or just comment if you don't blog)! Grab the button, link up and check out some other posts. If you like some blogs, take the time to follow them. Thanks for stopping by for week 7 of Happy Monday!

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You are Your Child's First Teacher

You are Your Child's First Teacher: What Parents Can Do with and for Their Children from Birth to Age Six, 3rd edition
by Rahima Bladwin Dancy
322 pp., Ten Speed Press, 2012

Somehow, when I starting my "Parenting Book" challenge - I didn't realize how much I would get out of each book. I know, that sounds absurd - why else would I read books except if I thought they were worth reading. But I didn't realize how intriguing and valuable the information would turn out to be.

The book I've been reading - for quite some time now - is "You Are Your Child's First Teacher" by Rahima Baldwin Dancy. I bought it thinking it would be another perspective to help me understand some of the educational philosophies I was interested in, such as Waldorf and Montessori, and it was, but it is also so much more. Every chapter has references to even more books to read - help me now!

Some of the ideas were perhaps a little out there for me, but in general, it really clicked!

My takeaways from the book:
1. Let your child be a child! Keep it unstructured until they are more mature.
2. Pay attention to your own emotions - the environment we create emotionally is of utmost importance.
3. Work toward a daily rhythm that works for the whole family.
4. Allow plenty of time for creative free play as well as musical and artistic play.
5. It's OK to have unstructured play time - good, in fact!
6. Limit over stimulation - read Simplicity Parenting (check) and Failure to Connect (on the list!)
7. Encourage the use of childlike toys that encourage imaginative play.
8. The keys to discipline are imitation and repetition - set limits and enforce them consistently.
9. Bring up your child in a warm, loving environment, this is the best thing we can do.
10. Love your child - they have a basic goodness that we should celebrate, enjoy it now!

There is so much more to this book - it goes in depth into so many ideas, down to the detail of toys and books that might be good for your child. I will definitely keep it as a reference - there are so many great ideas and suggestions. 4/5 stars!

March 2, 2013

Act Locally, Influence Globally #pcweek2013

Sometimes I forget that I spent two years of my life volunteering. That Peace Corps was considered serving others. I gained so much from the experience, sometimes I feel like I gained more than I gave. I know that I tried to work with the community to work on positive change - but I often feel like I was changed more than them...

I am also starting to feel a bit guilty, as I have not volunteered in quite some time. I figure two straight years built me up a bank of good will - but it's long since run out :). I am a part of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls. As such, I bring attention on my blog to important issues. However, I'm starting to feel the need to give more of my time, and to set a good example for my son.

Last year, I donated money to local organizations every month. I acted locally in order to support a better global community. This year, I plan to do the same, but with my time.

I pledge to donate 52 hours this year. Just one hour a week.

If I can do it - a working mom with a 2 year old - you can do it too :) Any ideas on where to start? Good place to volunteer with kids? Great programs to support?

March 1, 2013

The Bible Series Premiere 3/3/13! ~Giveaway

Where will YOU be 3.3.13? 

Need something new to watch? A great new mini-series is premiering on the History channel this Sunday! From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation shown. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family! 

Check out the Bible Series Blog App below to learn more - and the best part...we are giving away a $15 Walmart gift card in conjunction with this app! Enter below!

The giveaway ends 3/15/13 at midnight. No P.O. boxes please.

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