The Jesus Calling Devotional Bible puts readers in touch with God and His answers for their life situations. Missionary Sarah Young had been journaling her prayers for years when she began "listening" for what Jesus was saying to her within the words of Scripture. In this Bible, 260 scenarios pose life struggles to which Sarah Young gives answers from her Savior—words that Jesus has lovingly laid on her heart—words that have comforted and inspired Sarah and many others around the world.
260 scenarios with devotions by Sarah Young
Hundreds of inspiring scriptures highlighted throughout the text
New King James Version® (NKJV) in paragraph format
FROM THE PUBLISHER: Creating with God by Sarah Jobe is a boldly truthful, sometimes funny, and deeply spiritual account of where babies come from and where babies take us. Jobe reads the Bible through the lens of her back-to-back pregnancies and finds that God shows up in pregnancy when we least expect it. Weaving together biblical reflections, her own story, and the stories of the moms around her, Jobe reveals the ways in which pregnancy is at the heart of God's work in the world. She invites her reads to see the image of Jesus in pregnant women, feel God abiding in the work of pregnancy, and to consider the ways that pregnancy can train us in the very practices we need to live a life of faith.
You could win a copy of Creating with God.
Open to Canadian and USA address only.
Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite pregnancy book along with an email address (or way to contact you) if you win.
That's it! If you want to Tweet it or Facebook the link or otherwise share it for this giveaway, that's great - just leave another comment telling me that you did so and you'll get another entry. Contest closes December 1 at midnight. I'll draw a winner using Random.org. Good luck!
It came in a long, flat packing box and once we got started setting it up, it came together very quickly. It's lightweight, easily pulled apart and gracious, did the tinies have fun drawing and decorating on it.
Almost every toy we own was piled inside and the imagination fun began.
If you've been daunted -like I am - by the prices of other playhouses, this is an eco-friendly option for considerably less.
Theo Presents is centered around the adventures and teachings of the main character, Theo, a student of Godʼs Word. Theo lives in a cozy corner of a quaint English village, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and entertains many guests, including two mice, Belfry and Luther.
The animation series of Theo guides children and adults through a careful study of systematic theology. Theo discusses doctrines about sin, Godʼs character, the Bible, salvation and godly living with easy-to-understand illustrations that make children want to learn more about the Christian faith.
Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite kids' movie along with an email address (or a way to contact you) if you win.
That's it! If you want to Tweet it or Facebook the link or otherwise share it for this giveaway, that's great - just leave another comment telling me that you did so and you'll get another entry. Contest closes 1 December at midnight. I'll draw a winner using Random.org. Good luck!
The nice thing about cleaning is the immediate result. You can step back at the end and say, well, look at that! It wasn't clean before and now it is. I actually accomplished something today.
I prefer to either make my own cleaning products or use natural ones. One that I have grown to quite like is Green Works.
Green Works surfactants are made from renewable resources (think corn and coconut)—meeting the sustainability criteria of the NPA Standard. Green Works surfactants—which are ingredients that help make a product foam up and remove dirt—are derived from corn, coconut and other renewable resources. They work just as well as a conventional petroleum-based surfactant but have the added eco-friendly bonus of being a renewable resource.
Green Works solvents come from corn. The ethanol solvent used in Green Works products comes from a popular summer vegetable: corn. This natural solvent helps both in cleaning and to help bind together the cleaner.
The fantastic fragrance in Green Works products are thanks to essential oils—remember “natural” and “sustainable” are both criteria for the NPA Standard. Essential oils, such as lemon and lavender, are a renewable resource and also perform double duty by helping both to clean and give Green Works products a fresh, natural scent.
Green Works buffers are all naturally derived, too—and have never been suspected to risk human health or the environment, meeting the “safe” criteria of the NPA Standard. Green Works buffers, which help keep the PH of a product stable to optimal cleaning, are all derived naturally. Some that are commonly used in Green Works products include boric acid (a weak acid that is found in most fruits and plants) and potassium carbonate (a water-soluble white salt).
Last but not least, Green Works products have not been tested on animals during the formula development process, meeting the responsible criteria of the NPA Standard.
All Green Works natural cleansers are made from ingredients derived from coconuts and lemon oil.
The products are biodegradable, non‐allergenic, packaged in bottles that can be recycled and not
tested on animals. The line includes the following natural cleaning products for use in the home,
kitchen and bathroom:
Available across in Canada in grocery, drug and mass retailers.
You could win a free 3-hour home cleaning session from a household cleaning professional using Green Works products.
I know. BRILLIANT.
Open to Canadian address only.
Just leave a comment on this post telling me the household chore that you don't mind doing along with an email address or way to contact you if you win.
That's it! If you want to Tweet it or Facebook the link or otherwise share it for this giveaway, that's great - just leave another comment telling me that you did so and you'll get another entry. Contest closes 31 October at midnight. I'll draw a winner using Random.org. Good luck!
SAVE THE DATE FOR FREE MOVIES! October 22nd is Community Day at Cineplex. Join us on the morning of Saturday, October 22nd at all Cineplex Entertainment theatres for Community Day in support of Starlight Children's Foundation. Doors open at 8:30AM with a great selection of FREE movies beginning at 9:00AM. Plus, enjoy a regular popcorn, regular fountain drink and selected candy for only 2 DOLLARS each with 100% of the proceeds donated to Starlight Children's Foundation! For more information, please visit:
About Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada:
For more than 20 years Starlight Children’s Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries. Through a broad array of in-patient, out-patient and online resources, Starlight works hard to support seriously ill children and their families from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment and beyond. Whether it’s a trip to the zoo, a toy-filled playroom or an exciting sporting event, Starlight’s mission is to bring fun, joy and giggles right where they are needed the most!
Would you like to tickets to the Roll Play Live Animal Party concert tour? It's featuring live music from Canadian Children's Music Group of the Year, Splash n' Boots!
Based on the TV series, the Roll Play Live Animal Party will inspire kids to sing and dance along to their favourite music from Roll Play, including musical hits written by well-known Canadian artists such as Broken Social Scene, The Guess Who and Kardinal Offishall. As well, fan favourites like Alice the Elephant, Felix the Frog, Dolly the Dolphin, Frank the Crab, Lola the Mermaid, DJ Robot, Jippy Dog, Furry the Flying Squirrel and a jungle of others will join in the fun.
They are about to embark on an 11-city cross-Canada tour with Treehouse LIVE entitled "Roll Play Live Animal Party" (based on Treehouse TV's award-winning show "Roll Play") from October 12 -- November 13.
In addition, they have just released their highly-anticipated second full-length DVD "Act 2" available at www.splashnboots.com
To celebrate the tour and help you get moving, I am giving away 4 tickets to one of the Roll Play Live Animal Party Shows as well as a Roll Play DVD and CD and Splash'N Boots' new DVD, "ACT 2".
Open to Canadian mailing addresses. You are responsible for getting yourself to the concert closest to you, parking and all of that stuff.
Just leave a comment on this post telling me what your music your kids like to listen to these days.
That's it! If you want to Tweet it or Facebook the link or otherwise share it for this giveaway, that's great - just leave another comment telling me that you did so and you'll get another entry. Contest closes 12 October at midnight. I'll draw a winner using Random.org. Good luck!
I switched our cleaning supplies in our house to a natural methods - like vinegar, baking soda and Borax - a few years ago. I have a tendency towards psoriasis and when I come in contact with bleach, my skin goes crazy. So I've used "free" detergents for laundry for years now.
So I was interested to try out the MagicEra Washing Ball. Well, interested and a bit skeptical. But I used it on a few loads of the tinies' laundry and it did work very well - every thing came out clean and soft.
The Magic Washing Ball is considered environmentally friendly as well as budget friendly - in fact, according to the company, comparing to other chemical detergents, washing balls can save up to 90% of laundry budget; these washing balls are good up to 1000 loads. (If the laundry is somewhat heavy, the balls can be used with one spoon of baking soda.)
You can pick them up for $29.99 at London Drugs and a few other retailers.
If you're interested in more information about it, here is the website.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for my review. I was sent the product for free to review but my opinions are my own.
A day at the spray park with my older tinies and one of my little nieces.
Given how long it took for summer to arrive here in the Lower Mainland, we have jumped in, cannon ball style straight into the deep end of summer fun. Every day, we are outside and when its time to go in for bedtime, my inner voice is echoing the tinies moans of "awwwww, Mum? Already?" and then once they're sleeping, I'm on our back deck, exhausted, counting new freckles.
We spend our days swimming usually. My five year old learned how to swim this summer and the sight of her in her goggles - well, it just makes me shout with laughter.
My nearly-three-year-old is absolutely fearless in the water and flings himself in, belly flop, coming up sputtering and laughing. And Evelynn is usually along for the ride.
This has been my favourite summer so far because the tinies are really able to run and play and swim. The pool is the best baby sitter I ever met in my life because they jump in with their life jackets on and swim until they are wrinkled and even then, they'd stay in forever if I let them.
And then there is the summer garden suppers! I despise cooking in the heat and so we end up eating a lot of garden suppers, sandwiches of cucumbers and tomato with a bit of cream cheese, carrots, grilled corn on the cob. We have been making blueberry and peach crisps lately as well and oh, gracious, summer just shows off on those days.
There is a new resource called Healthy Families BC that the province of BC has launched to help families eat healthy and live well. This online community which is hosted on the Healthy Families website, blog, Twitter (@healthyfamilybc) andFacebook Pagelooks to help BC citizens make the informed and positive lifestyle choices. Healthy Families BC offers everything from healthy recipes to dietitians blogging.
To celebrate Healthy Families BC and help you get moving, I have a $250 Lululemon gift card to give away!
Open to Canadian mailing addresses.
Just leave a comment on this post telling me what your family does to keep active during the summer.
That's it! If you want to Tweet it or Facebook the link or otherwise share it for this giveaway, that's great - just leave another comment telling me that you did so and you'll get another entry. Contest closes 26 August at midnight. I'll draw a winner using Random.org. Good luck!
****** One of my favourite books this past year was "The Help." I know it's not every one's cup of tea but I truly loved it. I missed the characters when it was over, felt sad when it slid down the return chute at the library and then promptly bought it just to read it over again.
I'm headed to the advance screening tonight with my sister. The movie opens on August 10th.
If you do go to see the movie next week, you can tweet your thoughts using the hashtag: #TheHelpMovie #Canada
To celebrate the release, I have a movie prize pack to give away.
The prize pack includes:
·THE HELP hand held novelty fan
·THE HELP nail file
·THE HELP bookmark
Open to Canadian and USA mailing addresses. Just leave a comment on this post telling me the last movie you saw (and liked). Thats it! If you want to Tweet it or Facebook the link for this giveaway out, that's great - just leave another comment telling me that you did so and you'll get another entry. Contest closes 15 August at midnight. I'll draw a winner using Random.org. Good luck!
When Evelynn was born, the kind folks at Organically Grown sent us a baby gift of an organic onesie for her.
Here it is:
People, I am in love.
It's incredibly soft and fits like a dream. Is that set not absolutely adorable? I want one for every age as she grows out of them. *sigh*
The company itself is very inspiring, the kind of place that you want to support. (Here's their About Us page.) They have great items for everyone in your family - and yes, I am covering this in particular for Joe. It's also more affordable than most other organic clothiers I've seen.
Brian has a patch at our community garden for growing vegetables. He enjoys the work quite a lot and it's been a lot of fun for the tinies as well as a great learning experience. I quite like to make sure that the tinies are eating vegetables, especially after our Whole Food Challenge, so this was a great way to do it.
I don't know if anyone else has noticed but kids love to dip. So we always are making dips of some sort for the raw veggies like buzzing up hummus in the food processor. I was sent a large box of Ranch dressing from Hidden Valley Ranch and it was a BIG HIT here, especially with Joe. Joe adores "dipping" and now calls the Hidden Valley Ranch "the Vegetable Dip." We gave away a few of the bottles to friends and family and everyone was absolutely thrilled.
We've all been thrilled with them. Nature Clean is a Canadian company and this line is thankfully sulphate, paraben and phthalates-free.
We tried out the 2-in-1 Shampoo in Berry Blast. Annie in particular loved this one as she's learning how to wash her own hair and so it was a great experience for her.
Toothpaste for kids (100% natural) - this one was fluoride free and uses natural fruit flavouring. I like it because it does give the tinies something fun like Franklin on the outside while everything on the inside is natural.
Natural Wipes - These are alcohol and chlorine free. They are safe and gentle for Evelynn and Joseph - much better than any of the other ones I've tried to be honest. I'll be buying them from now on.
If you spot them at your local shops, give them a try!
*No money was exchanged for this review. I was sent the products for free but all opinions are my own.
Publishers Summary: An entertaining, touching memoir of life with an alcoholic father who secretly works for the CIA, a dark pilgrimage through the valley of depression and addiction, and finding a faith to redeem, and a strength to forgive. At the age of sixteen, Ian Morgan Cron was told that his stockbroker father actually worked for the CIA. The story of this world-rocking discovery is the stepping-off point into a fascinating exploration of one mans alternately heartbreaking and humorous journey to faith and spiritual growth. Born into a family of privilege and power, Ians life is populated with colorful people and stories including the account of an alcoholic father who takes his family on a wild roller-coaster ride through wealth and poverty and back again. Includes tales of a nearly blind English nanny who teaches him what love means, a famous New York radio personality who saves his life, a simple carpenter who leads him to faith in Jesus, and his own personal journey from addiction to twenty-three years of sobriety. Believers and seekers alike will be moved by how Ian uncovers and honors what is sacred in his story, how he discovers God in the struggle to find redemption, and how the mysterious movement and presence of God is woven throughout the adventure of his life.
My Review: Excellent, excellent book. I like to read memoirs quite a bit but this is one of my favourites so far. It's funny, sad and universal in its longings. The book is beautiful but last three or four chapters in particular tell such a gorgeous, God-breathed story of redemption that it takes it from being a good book to being a great book. I liked Ian and his voice is crisp and funny, self-deprecating and full of pathos without being sappy. He writes without a lot of sentimentality but with tremendous feeling - a hard line to walk.
And the writing - the writing is fantastic. Even the most mundane things are infused with a different view: for instance, he describes feeling suffocated as "having a dry-cleaner bag over his mouth" and it just locks into your mind and you get it. He does that throughout the book. He's relatable and yet a fresh writer. And the story is beautiful and sad.
Open to Canadian and USA mailing addresses. Just leave a comment on this post telling me the last memoir you read (and liked). Thats it! If you want to Tweet it or Facebook the link for this giveaway out, that's great - just leave another comment telling me that you did so and you'll get another entry.
Contest closes July 20 at midnight. I'll draw a winner using Random.org.
Now you can earn Air Miles Reward Miles while shopping for your kids (and their friends' birthday party gifts - not that I'm bitter....).
You will now receive 1 Air Mile Reward Mile for every $20 spent at Babies R Us or Toys R Us in B.C. and Alberta. Bonus offers will come up now and again, of course.
One lucky winner will receive a head start on their summer shopping – AIR MILES and Toys”R”Us are offering Emerging Mummy Reviews readers the chance to win one $100 Toys R Us gift card and 250 bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles.
To enter to win:
Leave a comment on this post. That's it, nothing fancy. Please include an email address so that I can easily contact you if you are a winner.
Contest closes on June 13, 2011 at midnight. I'll draw the winner using Random.org. Only for Canadian addresses.
This giveaway will include one double pass to the advanced promo screening of Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer good for Saturday June 4 at 10 am at Silver City Metropolis theatre in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Based on the best-selling books by Megan McDonald
Judy Moody (Jordana Beatty) is about to begin what she believes will be the best summer ever. But that was before she found out that her mom (Janet Varney) and dad (Kristoffer Winters) were heading to California and her Aunt Awful (Heather Graham) was coming to stay. Not to mention, her two best friends—Rocky (Garrett Ryan) and Amy (Taylar Hender)—were going splitsville on her, for the whole entire summer! Will she be stuck entertaining her little brother Stink (Parris Mosteller)? Stink, who has Bigfoot on the brain? Just when summer is starting to look Bor-ing with a capital B!, Judy, with a little help from Aunt Opal, comes up with the most thrill-a-delic plan ever. She challenges her friends to a thrill-point race for the most mega-rare, NOT bummer summer ever. Can her pal Frank “Eats Paste” Pearl (Preston Bailey) help save summer? The race is on! All she has to do is…learn to walk a tightrope, surf a monster wave, ride the scream monster—no hands, natch—at the local theme park, make it all the way through an Evil Creature Double Feature and survive…a poop picnic! Add in a few thrills and chills, a treasure hunt for Judy’s teacher Mr. Todd (Jaleel White), a midnight stakeout in the backyard, a runaway ice-cream truck and a chase scene with a dash of Bigfoot. What have you got? The Judy Moodiest summer ever!"
Opens nationwide June 10, 2011.
This giveaway will include one double pass to the advanced promo screening of Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer good for Saturday June 4 at 10 am at Silver City Metropolis theatre in Burnaby, British Columbia.
To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. That's it! I'll draw a winner using Random.org.
Contest closes 1 June 2011.
Disclosure: I received no compensation for posting this giveaway.
Publisher Summary: Women comprise at least half the world and usually more than half the church. But so often Christian teaching for women either fails to move beyond a discussion of roles or assumes a particular economic situation or stage of life. This shuts a lot of women out from contributing to God's kingdom as they were designed to do. Furthermore, the plight of women in the Majority World demands a Christian response, a holistic embrace of all that God calls women and men to be in his world. The strongest voices speaking into women's lives in the twenty-first century are Islam and Feminism--systems that reside at opposite ends of the spectrum. Does the church's message for women stake out the middle ground or lead the way to something much better? Is that message strong enough to withstand the worst realities women suffer in this broken world? Carolyn Custis James unpacks three transformative themes the Bible presents that invest the lives ofeverywoman and girl with cosmic significance thatnothingcan destroy. These new images of what can be in Christ come with a blazing call for them to join their brothers in advancing God's gracious kingdom on earth. Carolyn offers readers a positive, kingdom approach to the changes, challenges, and opportunities facing women throughout the world today.
Most of you know that the issues of women in the church is of particular interest and passion for me. It's something I've written about at Emerging Mummy often. So I was a bit nervous when I received the book for review.
But by the time I was finished the first chapter, I was nearly standing on my couch, waving my little charismatic white hankie and shrieking "Preach, sister!"
For instance (from page 40-41):
"Instead of addressing the wide range of questions and situations women are facing today, we focus mainly on marriage and motherhood, and that within a two-parent, single-income family. We overlook all the other seasons of a woman's life - which impacts every girl and adult woman, and excludes entirely women whose lives follow a different path."
It was equal parts inspiration and challenge. Myself, I felt convicted at how narrowly I had been looking at the issues for women in the church (my view being decidedly western and particularly north American). This book helped to open my eyes and my heart.
My interest and focus in social justice has primarily followed a feminine projection - my work with Mercy Ministries as well as other advocacy, giving and time for other ministries has focused almost entirely on women and children. And yet, I felt like this book was eye-opening, challenging, sobering and inspiring.
I'd like to hear what Idelette or Rachel have to say about this book.
Fortunately, better reviews were also done by two of my other favourites: Megan and Nish. So you can also check there if you aren't quite sure.
Highly recommend. Especially if you have been discouraged by the tone of the debate regarding women in church/leadership/the home/the world lately. It will broaden your views in the best ways possible without degenerating into nit-picky text-proofing.
I have one copy to give away, courtesy of Zondervan. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. That's it (I'm not too into making things complicated these days.) I'll draw a winner using Random.org. Contest closes: 1 June 2011 Shipping: USA or Canadian addresses only please. ** Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review purposes as well as one for giveaway. I am paying for shipping to the winner and no monetary compensation was exchanged.