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Just learned of Basket of Care

If you know me, you know I help when I can...
I have not worked with this company before, but when I read their story, I just had to share..
Maybe you or someone you know might benefit from it?

Imagine two women touched by cancer, each on their own very similar—but separate—missions. When a mutual friend brings them together, magic happens. Carol Taylor is a breast cancer survivor. During her post treatment slump, Carol carried a basket of items that she needed around the house with her. Now in remission, she was making her own baskets for cancer patients going through the same thing she went through. Joni Aldrich is a cancer widow, author and speaker, who started her business—Basket of Care—after sending a basket to a friend who was unemployed, but needed some practical items for his upcoming cancer treatment. Now we walk the same path together.
Let us take the worry out of this very special giving. Instead of a poinsettia or fruitcake, why not send a Basket of Care? These baskets are lovingly designed by a cancer survivor, and chock full of items that will lend comfort. We specialize in cancer baskets, but can adjust the design for any need. Care baskets include such items as warm blankets, angels, slipper socks, hope messages, note cards, books by author and speaker Joni Aldrich, and journals. Or what about a “Day at the Beach” or “Day at the Zoo” basket for a child who is ill? A Basket of Care is just the way to say, “I care” over the holidays.

***** This is not a sponsored post. As I said, I have not worked with them, but when I read what they were about, I wanted to share with you. *****

Movie news... Just a few fun things :)

Calling all movie lovers:

Just a couple quick announcements:
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Everyone thinks their father is strange, but it doesn’t get any stranger than when Mr. Popper inherits six penguins and turns his home into a penguin habitat. It may be unconventional, but the experience brings Mr. Popper closer to his children. In this feature, we'll examine dads in movies that do strange things and go to extreme lengths to be better dads, leading them to have a better relationship with their children. We'll include dads such as Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in The Tooth Fairy, and Tim Allen in The Santa Clause.

Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol) stars in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download December 6th. The whole family will be full of laughs watching Mr. Popper, a driven businessman, inherit six adorable and mischievous penguins. As Mr. Popper quickly gets attached to his winged roommates, his life quickly unravels: the deal he’s long been working on with a formidable socialite, Mrs. Van Gundy (Angela Lansbury), is derailed and Popper almost lands in jail. While Popper’s penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - they teach him valuable lessons about family – human and otherwise!

Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire

After a divorce leaves him only being to see his three children once a week, Daniel (Robin Williams) sees that his ex-wife has put out an ad for a nanny. Using his skills as a voice-over actor, along his brother’s make-up and costume artistry, he answers the ad as ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ – a British nanny and housekeeper. Acting in disguise as the children’s nanny, Daniel is able to see them every day and spend time with them. Through his alter ego, Daniel is able to better himself, and ultimately ends up being able to spend time with his children as himself.

  1. Tim Allen in The Santa Clause

As Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) attempts to spend Christmas Eve with his son, they hear noise on the roof and go to investigate. The noise turns out to be Santa Claus, and through a series of mishaps Scott reluctantly becomes Santa. Naturally, his ex-wife and her new psychiatrist husband think that Scott is completely insane and succeed in revoking his custody of their son. However, with the help of the elves in the North Pole, Scott is able to convince his ex and her husband that he is, in fact, Santa Claus and is, in turn, able to spend Christmas with his son.

  1. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in The Tooth Fairy

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in The Tooth Fairy as Derek, a minor league hockey player who is dating a single mother (Ashley Judd) of two young children. Unfortunately, Derek is callous towards children and steals the dollar left under his girlfriend’s daughter’s pillow for a tooth she lost. For this, he is sentenced to two weeks of duty as a tooth fairy. Through his success and hilarious failures as a tooth fairy, Derek learns the importance and value of helping children (and adults) fulfill their dreams.

  1. Jim Carrey in Mr. Popper’s Penguins

The uptight businessman Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) is given six penguins after his father’s death. He intends to give them away, until he discovers that his children love the penguins. Through the penguins, Mr. Popper and his children are brought together and grow very close. After the penguins lay three eggs and only two of them hatch, Mr. Popper becomes obsessed with the un-hatched egg, and when he can’t save it he gives all of the penguins to the zoo. After realizing that he let his children down, he steals the penguins back and regains his children’s love and respect.

  1. Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation

In a misguided effort to bond with his wife and children, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) takes his family on a cross-country road trip to visit the fictional amusement park, Walley World. Along the way, Clark encounters numerous crazy obstacles (including being stranded in the desert, a dead Aunt Edna, and Walley World being closed for repairs), but through his determination (and mild psychotic break) he is able to eventually provide his family with the quintessential – albeit slightly unorthodox – American Vacation.

***** I just read these emails and wanted to share with you. Hope you are having a great weekend! *****

Modern Family on DVD is a For Sure Laugh #HolidayGiftGuide

I will admit, Modern Family isn't a show that I watch on a regular basis, but the times I do watch, I catch myself cracking up! You know, LOL... but really OUT LOUD!!!
Even when they show clips of the show before the different actors appear on talk shows, it is just that funny. When they won all sorts of awards (how many did the end up with? All of them?) I knew that it was because the deserved it. You know how sometimes a movie gets all the recognition, but ends up being a dud? This is not the case with this television show...
I am sure you wonder why I think it is THAT funny, but I am not a regular watcher...
Well, truthfully, I have another show that I watch at that time...

Anyways... If you love TV on DVD or know someone who does...
This is a great set to add!!!!!

America's favorite extended family is back for even more laughs when Modern Family: The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 20th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Packed with tons of exclusive features and never-before-seen footage, Modern Family: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD will satisfy even the most diehard fans. Each set includes all 24 episodes of the critically acclaimed hit plus deleted family interviews, extended and deleted scenes, a hilarious gag reel, a music video and much more. The ARP for Blu-ray is $49.99 and DVD is $39.99 respectively.
The Pritchett clan has Jay sitting at the head, a true guys' guy experiencing a bit of mid-life crisis, has remarried a much younger wife, Gloria, whose passion and loyalty is matched by her 11-year-old son, Manny, a boy wise beyond his years. Blending together into this new family has quite the learning curve with some culture clashes, a few awkward misunderstandings, and plenty of sweet victories along the way
Jay's grown daughter, Claire, has her own family. Claire and Phil are the proud parents of three kids with whom they want that open, healthy, honest relationship. It's not always easy, especially when you have a teenage daughter who's growing up a little fast, a too-smart-for-her-own-good middle daughter and a scatterbrained boy. On top of that, Phil wants to be the "cool dad," while Claire is just trying her best to run a tight ship, determined not to let her kids have the rebellious childhood she had.
Claire's brother and Jay's grown son, Mitchell, adopted a Vietnamese baby with his partner of five years, Cameron. Opposites attract in this household, with Cameron having a wonderfully big personality and maybe a flare for the dramatic, whereas Mitchell is the more serious of the two. They balance each other out and are doting fathers trying to do their best as new parents.
All of these three families are unique unto themselves, and together they give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted embrace of the modern family.
"Modern Family" stars Ed O'Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, SofĂ­a Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex and Rico Rodriguez as Manny. The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Levitan Lloyd Productions. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are executive producers/creators.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


Black Friday Specials with Fox Connect

You know we watch plenty of movies in this house...
When the boys come to visit, they have to pick a different one to watch each night as they get ready for bed...

So, if your DVD/Blu Ray collection gets plenty of use...
Why not take advantage of these great deals?! has tons of great savings today!!!!
This includes:

Full TV Seasons starting at $8
From the delightfully twisted creative minds behind Family Guy comes American Dad, the animated tour de force featuring CIA operative Stan Smith, his outrageous family, and Roger, the alcoholic extra-terrestrial who lives with them! Follow the adventures of the Smiths from the California desert where Stan's wife Francine relieves her wild youth at the Burning Man Festival to Saudi Arabia, where the entire family is sentenced to death by the Vice and Virtue Police! Whether it's rigging elections, erasing memories, chasing sleazy strip clubs, or staging "bum fights," it's all in a day's work for Stan, and it's all here in the side-splittingly hilarious first 13 episodes of American Dad!

New releases on DVD starting at $10
ACADEMY AWARD® Winners Reese Witherspoon* and Christoph Waltz** join Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) for this epic tale of forbidden love based on Sara Gruen’s acclaimed best seller. Against all odds, a veterinary student (Pattinson) and a beautiful circus performer from a bygone era (Witherspoon), meet and fall in love through their shared compassion for a special elephant. But their secret romance incurs the wrath of her dangerously volatile husband (Waltz)

Blu Ray starting at $6
Patrick Swayze stars in this sexy, "violent tough-guy thriller" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) from the producer of Die Hard and The Matrix. Co-starring Ben Gazzara (The Thomas Crown Affair), Kelly Lynch (Charlie's Angels) and Sam Elliott (We Were Soldiers), Road House delivers no-holds-barred action that pushes the envelope for high-octane thrills! Swayze is Dalton, a legendary bouncer who comes to Jasper, Missouri, for a special purpose: to restore order at the notorious Double Deuce bar. In one spectacular fight after another, Dalton rids the bar of thugs and henchmen. But when he runs afoul of a ruthless crime boss (Gazzara) who controls the town, the stage is set for a blistering showdown that'll leave only one man standing!

DVD starting at $4
Heroic Hugh Jackman “breathes the fire into Wolverine” (Miami Herald) — with a vengeance! This pulse-pounding action thriller sinks razor-sharp adamantium claws into the mysterious origins of Logan/Wolverine: his epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed/Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), and the ominous Weapon X program that unleashes his primal fury. Along the way, Wolverine also encounters legendary new mutants, including Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Gambit (Taylor Kitsch). You’ll go “berserker” for this deeper, darker, more-spectacular-than-ever chapter of the X-Men saga!

Head on over to FOXCONNECT.COM and order a few gifts at great prices!!!!

***** This is not a sponsored post, I just enjoy watching movies and have worked with Fox in the past... Just wanted to pass along these savings to you. *****

Hickory Farms Brings Back Memories - #HolidayGiftGuide

Many of the memories from my childhood involve my Nana.
She was more than just my "grandmother," she honestly was my best friend.

One thing that still reminds me of her? To this day... Gift baskets with cheese and sausage around the holidays. My uncle would get one every year with his job. Then, he would bring it and give it to her. It would be full of a wonderful variety of cheeses and sausages and it all just tasted so special.

So, when I saw the chance to possibly host a review of Hickory Farms, I jumped at it!
The nostalgia of it all... Yes, we do eat cheeses and sausage, but it is just different opening a gift basket with it in there... I will tell you, we normally dig in and devour everything when we get treats like this, but truthfully, I have been a bit more reserved on this one... I guess to keep that feeling and those memories around a bit longer.

You know, when I think of sausage and cheese, I always think of Hickory Farms, but until this opportunity, I never really knew much ABOUT the company. For instance, did you know that they have been around since 1951? Tried and true, this is the good stuff... The way companies come and go so fast these days, it seems harder and harder to find one that is constant, such as Hickory Farms! Also, I had no clue that they worked with the No Kid Hungry Campaign. I was lucky (although I feel that the right word might need to be honored) that the gift basket I was sent for review also contributes to that campaign. With each purchase of the Party Planner Gift Basket, a $5 donation is made for the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Finally, (and if you know me, you know how much I love our military...) They send select boxes with FREE shipping to APO and FPO addresses.... There are still so many companies that say they will not ship to an APO/FPO, so this really made me smile!!!!

This holiday season, why not create memories for you and your loved ones...
Whether you send a gift basket to a loved one that can not be "home for the holidays" or you order one to have around your house for guests... Hickory Farms has you covered...

One more thing... Don't go thinking that they only do Sausage and Cheese... They have so much more than that!!!! Just click over to their site and look at the drop down menu on "shop by category" they have "sausage/cheese, fruit, nuts, sweets" and more!!!!

Remember, with Black Friday Savings, you can save more - $3, 3 day shipping!!!
What are you waiting for?
Head on over now!!!!

Here is the basket we have been enjoying:
Description from the Hickory Farms site:
Purchase Our Signature Party Planner holiday gift basket, and you will be giving a flavorful array of our savory gourmet sausage and smooth, creamy cheeses with all the trimmings. By purchasing these food gift baskets, you'll also be helping to provide funding for summer meal programs, emergency food assistance, nutrition education and long-term solutions for families in need. For every Party Planner holiday gift basket sold, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to the No Kid Hungry Campaign®. To learn more, visit Expires 1/31/12. Maximum donation: $500,000. Net Wt. 2.8 lbs.

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Hickory Farms and received a product sample to facilitate my review.

Hit Entertainment Friends and Family DVD - #HolidayGiftGuide

I have to tell you about a MUST HAVE DVD for your library...
Hit Entertainment released on November 8, 2011 the Friends and Family DVD.
This DVD has all of the characters we love:
Thomas and Friends, Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder, Barney, Fireman Sam, Kipper, Roary the Racing Car and Timmy Time!!!!
You get 99 minutes of entertainment for your little one!!!
Love it!!!!
Just another great gift idea for you from Hit Entertainment!


Enjoy quality time with friends and family with these warm-hearted tales. Share birthday surprises with Thomas and the Percival Twins, while Angelina and Polly choreograph a special show for their parents. Then join Bob the Builder and Barney as they show their friends how to be the best big brother and sister they can be. Siblings, friends and parents alike will delight in these stories celebrating love, friendship and fun!


  • Thomas & Friends - "Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon"
  • Fireman Sam - "Danger By The Double"
  • Bob the Builder -"Dizzy In Charge"
  • Barney - "Big Brother Rusty"
  • Angelina Ballerina - "Angelina and Polly's Two-Hour Show"
  • Kipper - "Cousins"
  • Roary the Racing Car - "Zizzy Spectacular"
  • Timmy Time - "Timmy's New Friend" (DVD Only)

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Steam Team Collection #HolidayGiftGuide

Just in time to go under the tree!!!
Hit Entertainment does it again!
You can now purchase the 4 DVD Set, Thomas and Friends The Steam Team!

I am so in love with all of the Thomas Episodes on DVD, there are some times that he isn't on and that is all Broxton wants to watch! So, that is when the DVD is a help to us!!!

The Steam Team consists of 4 DVD's

Splish, Splash, Splosh:
(46 minutes)
Even when it's wet outside you can still have plenty of fun, especially when you share your adventures with Thomas and Friends. Grab your galoshes and join your favorite engines as they prepare for rainy-day visits, sudsy spills, snowy situations and more in these stories from the Island of Sodor.

The Lion of Sodor:
(48 minutes)
Join Thomas as he roars down the tracks with his most special delivery yet, the Lion of Sodor. But can the other engines convince Thomas in time that his special delivery is not a real lion? Hop on board and learn the importance of listening to others in these lionhearted tales.

Creaky Cranky:
(50 minutes)
Crank up the fun as the Island of Sodor prepares for the Spring Party. There are engines to mend and decorations to deliver, and Thomas is on the fast track to finish in time. But when there's too much heavy lifting to do, Thomas realizes it takes a team of friends to reach his true destination.

Thomas and the Runaway Kite:
(48 minutes)
High-flying fun waits ahead with your favorite engine friends! Get ready to rescue buzzy bees, catch a a runaway kite and unwrap the biggest present of all. Thomas is on track to reach new heights in these exciting railway adventures.

I love the messages of friendship throughout all of the Thomas Shows...
If you have a young one that loves Thomas, I know they will love having this to add to their collection!!!!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


Timmy Time - Go Kart Timmy DVD #HolidayGiftGuide

Okay, I admit it....
The more I watch these Timmy Time shows, the more I start to see why it is so amusing for kids... There, I said it. It is actually a bit humorous... and geared at children 2-5 years old, can you beat it? It makes them laugh and there is no harm....

Timmy Time has a new DVD out... Go Kart Timmy...
So, if you have a young one in that age group...
You might want to keep this in mind for a great gift/stocking stuffer!!!!


Hold on tight for more fast-action fun with your pal Timmy and his preschool classmates! Enjoy the ride as Timmy speeds off in a brand new go-kart and runs into a big, smelly problem. Then it’s off to the races at the nursery’s Sports Day, helping Otus with soccer and learning that winning isn’t everything. Surprises and laughter shift into high gear in these five delightful adventures the whole family will love!

· Go Kart Timmy” - There’s a brand new pedal go-kart in the playground, and all the animals are desperate to have a go – especially Timmy! But his eagerness behind the wheel soon leads him into trouble and he reverses into a very smelly compost heap! After cleaning the go-kart, Timmy starts to understand the importance of waiting his turn.

· Timmy On Wheels” - Timmy is having fun on the tricycle, but Ruffy does not have much luck learning how to ride it. Timmy can’t be bothered to take the time to teach him, but when he has difficulties riding a scooter himself, he soon learns that he should help others rather than ride away...

·Timmy Wants To Win” - Everyone is getting involved in Sports Day at the nursery, and Timmy is determined to win! But after missing out on first place race after race, his dreams of winning begin to falter. When he helps Yabba up after a tumble, however, Timmy is deemed the true winner of the day!

· Timmy Plays Ball” - The class is learning how to play soccer, but Timmy keeps hogging the ball! Ruffy and Paxton soon get bored, leaving Timmy to play with a not-very-athletic Otus. But after teaching Otus how to pass the ball, Timmy wins himself a new soccer partner.

· Timmy’s Train” - Timmy and his classmates are playing trains, but both he and Mittens want to be the leader! By trying to outdo each other with increasingly impressive train costumes, they attempt to win over their pals, but soon realize that it’s no good being the best-looking train if there aren’t any passengers left to play with you!

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#HolidayGiftGuide - Warner Home Video Brings You the Classics

As the holidays get closer, that means we will start to see all of the Holiday Classic Movies start to come on the television. I don't know about you, but I like the enjoyment of hitting PAUSE when I need to... and not having to worry about commercials...
That being said, I wanted to remind you that you can stock up on the classics on DVD/BluRay and then watch at your convenience. Do you have any particular movies that you just have to watch?
We used to watch whatever was on, but with Broxton getting older, I would like to start traditions. Also, so many of the new movies are NOTHING like they used to be, so I say... Keep the classics in the traditions too!
There are so many different movies to watch, it would be nice to have different movies counting down until Christmas... Or maybe certain movies to watch going to certain houses...

I wanted to share a couple of the classics that you should remember:

Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters and Jackie Vernon lend their voices to this captivating cartoon about the Snowman’s return to the children of a small town for a winter season of fun and games. But he’s lonely at night when left by himself and so the town’s children build a beautiful snowlady companion for him. Jealous of the attention given to Frosty, Jack Frost blows up a blizzard and swipes Frosty’s magical, life-giving hat. Only true love can bring Frosty back to his old, fun-loving self. Two songs that have proven to be enduring seasonal favorites highlight the soundtrack: “Frosty the Snowman” and “Winter Wonderland.”
Deck the halls with Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Jokey and all the other true blue friends in these absosmurfly charming animated specials from "The Smurfs" TV series. In "'Tis the Season To Be Smurfy", young Sassette Smurf discovers the true meaning of the season when the Smurfs befriend an elderly human couple who have no money to celebrate Christmas. Then, in "The Smurfs Christmas Special", the wicked Gargamel plots to ruin Christmas for the Smurfs and with the help of an evil stranger, he destroys the Smurf's village. But even with no Christmas decorations or holiday feast, the Smurfs still have a smurfy song in their hearts. Will Gargamel feel the Christmas spirit this year? Dash through the snow to give your family the smurfiest gift of the season.

Twas the Night Before Christmas
For some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some sour soul has angered St. Nick, calling Christmas "a fraudulent myth!" The skeptical rodent Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses "and let up a little on the wonder why." How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa's jolly return to Junctionville - and the joyous finale of this charming animated fable inspired by Clement Moore's poem.

As you start planning the who/what/when/ where's this season...
Keep these in mind as a great start of a new tradition, or a new version of an old classic!!!!

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W/W - Broxton's first UGA Game

If you know me at all, personally or through my blog...
You know that we "bleed red and black."
I was so excited that Broxton finally got to go to his first UGA game...
We had so much fun and it was such a great day!!!!
Before the game, the main men in my life:
My dad, my brother, my son and my husband!!!!

It's Saturday In Athens!!!!!
The Dawgs running on the field!!!
Broxton and Mommy during the game.
We won!!!! SEC EAST CHAMPIONS!!!!!

We had such a great day!!!
Do you go to college football games?

Change it up with Jarritos!

Have you been over to check out the new exciting website at
Broxton loves it because as you click on the bottles, you hear what they have to say...
Not to mention the clinking of the glasses when the mouse gets near them!!!

Jarritos has changed up their whole site and I think it is very user friendly!
If you want a silly laugh, click on the Fuerte Vision Link...
I don't get it... but it made Broxton laugh!

We were sent several of the Jarrito's Mexican Sodas and as always, we enjoyed them...
They also sent us a Mask of one of their characters...
Marc has enjoyed wearing that playing with Broxton.
I would post a picture, but it is rather scary...
(So scary that I deleted it when I took it... Not attractive!)

So, head over to and see their new site...
Then, head to your fridge (or if you need to go buy some first, your closest store) and then enjoy a nice cold Jarritos!!!!
* Don't forget to look under your cap and upload your points!!!!

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Have you read any of the Lima Bear Books? The Cave Monster #HolidayGiftGuide

I just finished reading The Cave Monster... Part of the Lima Bear book series.
I have never read it, nor even heard of it, but I am glad I had the chance to learn!
Lima Bear is a little green bear (like a Lima bean)
He along with a couple other key characters are the base for all of the Lima Bear Books.
In The Cave Monster, Lima Bears cousin, L. Joe Bean gets captured by The Cave Monster.
Lima Bear, along with his friends, work to come up with a plan to rescue him.
The bottom line of the story?
Be there for your friends and find the courage within yourself.
At least that was what I got from it.

I though the story was cute...
The illustrations were great...
Best part?
The end.
They have a section just for parents...
It is called "extend the learning" where they give you activities to do that relate to the story... as well as conversations to have about it.

I loved that part!!!!
We will be reading more from here... I especially want to learn more about how back back got his name! :)

From the Lima Bear site:

Lima Bear® Press has a very straightforward mission: to publish children’s stories that are, engaging, imaginative, and humorous while each carries an important life message such as tolerance, honesty, courage and the like.

In the 10-book series entitled The Lima Bear Stories, as the basic characters appear and reappear, each has a distinct personality that shines through in every story. While the children have no idea what twists and turns the story may take, they come to know the characters and have a pretty good idea of how they are likely to act in different situations and settings. In essence, the children become friends with the characters. There is a form of bonding that develops. Each story carries an important overriding message (such as courage, tolerance, honesty), and we believe that this bonding creates a more profound understanding and appreciation of the message.

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#HolidayGiftGuide - World Vision #Giveaway

Have you heard of World Vision?
I hate to admit it, but I haven't... and they have been around since 1950.

Who we are
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Who we serve
We serve close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Reflecting Christ in each community

Today, You have the chance to win
Wherever we work, our prayer is that our efforts will be used by God to heal and strengthen people’s relationships with Him and with one another. We do this by demonstrating God’s unconditional love for all people through our service to the poor — which includes providing for daily needs, working to build peace and promote justice, and partnering with churches and individuals to encourage spiritual transformation.

Meeting diverse needs

The millions of people we serve include earthquake and hurricane survivors, abandoned and exploited children, survivors of famine and civil war, refugees, and children and families in communities devastated by AIDS in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Our extensive global infrastructure enables us to respond where the need is greatest, anywhere in the world.

Trusted worldwide

The excellence of World Vision’s work has earned the trust of more than 3 million donors, supporters, and volunteers; more than half a million child sponsors; thousands of churches; hundreds of corporations; and government agencies in the United States and around the world.

We are thankful to God that through these collaborative efforts, we are able to be a part of breaking the cycle of poverty for those in need in our world.

World Vision allows you to give more than you will ever really realize.

A $100 donation : A goat and two chickens
Goats nourish hungry children and families with healthy milk, cheese, and yogurt. Chickens provide fresh eggs that are rich in protein and nutrients, and extra eggs and chicks can be sold to pay for basics. A dairy goat can give up to 16 cups of milk a day....
For $48 donation: Feed a Family in of 3 in the USA
Here in the U.S., 1 in 5 children lives in poverty. Help restore hope to American families who have been struck by disaster, homelessness or job loss. Send Family Food Kits including nutritious meals like oatmeal, lentil soup or pasta, and a bean and rice casserole

For $50 donation: $550 worth of school supplies
Studies show that an education is key to overcoming poverty. But many schools in developing countries are dilapidated and lack resources, making the learning environment both unsafe and unproductive for students. Your gift of $50 will offer things like building materials and tools, teaching supplies, textbooks, toys, sporting equipment, and more. Thanks to corporate product donations, your gift will multiply 11 times to provide even more resources!

See what I mean?
You can shop from the World Vision Gift Catalog for a gift that really keeps on giving.
World Vision has 36 items that you can "give" to someone on your holiday list...
The price includes a gift to give your loved one here... and the rest goes towards helping others.

We chose the World Vision Toy Race Car.
Broxton loves playing with cars and with this, we can tell him about it when he is older...
One Lucky Winner Will Win a World Vision Race Car.

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Art of Getting By #Giveaway - Available for purchase 11-29

The Art of Teaching

Experience this Touching and Unconventional Tale of Teen Romance On Blu-ray and DVD November 29th

George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally (Emma Roberts, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, What’s Wrong with Virginia), a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

Ms. Herman (Alicia Silverstone, Clueless) can’t seem to get George (Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to do his homework or pay attention in class. She knows that he is a bright student with lots of potential, so she tries to engage him as much as she can. In this feature, we will take a look at the most memorable teachers in film that we all grew to love, but who also tried very hard to inspire their students.

Ms. Geist from Clueless

Ms. Geist (Twink Caplan) is one of Bronson Alcott High's teaching staff in 1995’s Clueless. Ms. Geist is a bit of a bleeding heart, and she tries desperately to get her stuck-up students to care about the rest of the world outside of Beverly Hills. Ms. Geist helps Cher (Alicia Silverstone) see that she can help others, and she ends up devoting her time to collecting goods for disaster relief.

Dewey Finn in School of Rock

Though not technically a teacher, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) impacts his students in School of Rock. After posing as a substitute teacher at an elite prep school, Dewey learns that his new pupils are talented musicians and decides to train them to be a rock band for an upcoming competition. He teaches them to love rock, and that there is more to life than school and grades.

Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls

Ms. Norbury, played by the hilarious Tina Fey, is the sympathetic math teacher in the 2004 hit Mean Girl. Not only is Ms. Norbury unintentionally hilarious, but she also ushers Cady (Lindsay Lohan) away from the catty Plastics and into the Mathletes, and leads all the female students in a giant confession and apology to one another, and beseeches them to stop the girl on girl hate.

John Keating in Dead Poets Society

John Keating (Robin Williams) is the radical new English teacher at the uptight Welton Academy Prep School. Through his unorthodox teaching methods, like standing on desks and tearing pages out of books, Keating is able to help his students discover and explore their true passions in life, like writing and acting, instead of succumbing to the lives their parents have prescribed for them.

Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter Series

Professor Dumbledore (portrayed by both Richard Harris and Michael Gambon) is an astounding wizard who basically knows everything about everything. As a mentor to the young hero, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Dumbledore makes him learn many difficult lessons in order to prepare him for the challenges he will face, while still managing to crack a few jokes along the way.

THE ART OF GETTING BY features stellar performances by an all-star supporting cast, including Michael Angarano (Almost Famous), Rita Wilson (Jingle All the Way), Sam Robards (American Beauty), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), and Blair Underwood (“Dirty Sexy Money”).

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