Monday, August 31, 2015

Trade-In your iPhone for Cash

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"Make way for the new Apple iPhones by trading in your old iPhone to Gazelle! Apple's next-generation phones are expected to be unveiled next week and have faster processing, more RAM, and integrate the Force Touch technology found in the Apple Watch and some MacBook models.

So out with the old, in with the new, as they say! Trade-in your old iPhone at Gazelle — they'll even pay you cash for it!"

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Social Butterfly Sunday #13

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Hey all!  We were back to homeschool this week so I am a little behind on commenting and pinning on your article's from last week, but I will be busy the next few days catching up on all of that.  Hope you all are doing well and thanks for stopping by :)
This week's Featured Post is...

P is for Preschooler
Thanks to Self-Publishing School  for being this week's Sponsor!
#SocialButterflySunday #linky

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School Clothing Savings

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I am going to be honest.  I usually buy my children's clothing at the store brand new and I am an avid Kohls shopper with all the fantastic coupons and deals they offer.  My oldest son has grown almost 3 sizes since Christmas last year though, so I started thinking about consignment clothing.  I then stumbled upon these exciting and discounted deals, and I had to share them with you all :)
Here is how to get $50 worth of clothes for free!:
1. Sign up using my affiliate link.  This will get you $15 off.
2. Click on the Collections tab and then Create a New Collection.  If you add a few items and name it, this will give you an additional $10 off. (Now your balance will be $25)
3. Fill up your cart to at least $50.
4. Use promo code #schoolasummer to get 50% off your order (bringing your total to your $25 balance) and you also get free shipping!
I did this and ordered 6 shirts for my oldest son and only spent $0.53!  This actually works! 
I'm not sure how long these deals will be available though so try to use them soon!  Schoola is also a phenmoneal company because 40% of the profits funds school programs for children.
This is another awesome way to get great savings on children's clothing:
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Have you heard about It's like a consignment shop online with children's clothes! Sign up above and get $20 off your first purchase!
Shop at thredUP and save up to 90% on like-new styles from brands you love: J.Crew, Anthropologie, Mini Boden, Crewcuts, Kate Spade New York, and more (25,000 more, but who’s counting).
P.S. If you join through my link, I'll get a $20 store credit also!
The shipping on this is $5.99 (unless you spend $70 or more, then it is free) but I bought two shirts and a pair of jeans (with the tags still on them!) and spent less than $7! (including the $5.99 shipping)
I hope you all have a wonderful back to school season and wishing an amazing school year for you and your children!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Social Butterfly Sunday #12

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Wow, where did this summer go?  Tomorrow starts our first day back to homeschool and I have a Pre-K and a First Grader this year!  I am very excited for all the fun things we will learn this year.  I hope you and your family have had a fantastic summer vacation, and wish you all the best of luck in your homeschool or back to school events!  Thanks for stopping by today and I can't wait to see what you all will share!
This week's sponsor is Vocalpoint and SHEBA, and how making the #SwitchtoSHEBA will give your kitty quality ingredients to eat.  Check out my article on how much my kitty loved this food!
The Featured Post this week is...
Old Friends and New What to Read Wednesday (Classes by Beth)
Congratulations to Beth at Classes by Beth for her Old Friends and New (What to Read Wednesday) Link Party.  Beth offers wonderful articles and tips on her site to help students learn in a fun way. 

#SocialButterflySunday #linky

Friday, August 21, 2015

Switch to SHEBA

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and SHEBA. All opinions are my own.
"Did you know that SHEBA cat food has no fillers and meat is always the first ingredient on their cat food? This means that your kitty is getting more protein and less fillers. We don’t need to be carb loading our kitties with fillers! Switch to SHEBA!"
I am excited to tell you all why to #SwitchtoSHEBA today!  Here is exactly how our adventure played out in pictures below:
Our puppy was not too happy that the package that arrived at the door was not for her.

I love that this says to "Stop Carb-Loading our Kitty."  Our pets are like family and I want to make sure they eat well like we do.

We started to get her attention from her nap when a bowl was introduced to her.

The kit contained four samples of kitty food for her to try, a cute bowl and some awesome coupons so I can go get her some more!

The proof is in the pudding, or actually the cat food in this case!  Watch the video above on how much my kitty loved the SHEBA cat food!  I believe my kitty loved the food because of the quality ingredients.
Thanks to Vocalpoint and SHEBA for sponsoring today's post!


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Social Butterfly Sunday #11

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Welcome to Weeek #11 of Social Butterfly Sunday!  Hope you all are having a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by :)
Free Sample!
Poise Free Sample
I am so excited that my blog is offering it's first free sample!  Thanks to Poise for sponsoring this free sample through Linqia.


Blue Manor eBook Curriculum Giveaway
There's a giveaway going on also!  One winner will receive their choice of either pre-K, Kindergarten or 1st Grade level eBook curriculum from Blue Manor Education.
This week's Featured Post is...
Joy Thief and Link Up
Congratulations to Jann Cobb for her Joy Thief and Link Up!

#SocialButterflySunday #linky

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Blue Manor eBook Curriculum Review & Giveaway Expired ($39.99 value!)

Blue Manor eBook Preschool Review & Giveaway

I was sponsored by Blue Manor to review their Christian Preschool Curriculum and am excited to share my experience as well as an awesome giveaway!  All opinions are mine alone.  For more information please read my full disclosure.  This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking the links.  Thanks for supporting my site!

Hey all!  We are getting ready to jump back into homeschool for the year after a fun and busy summer off.  I am so honored to be able to share this review on a curriculum from a wonderful company.  With it being Back to School time, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway, and am thankful for Blue Manor Education for sponsoring the giveaway!

I had the privilege of reviewing Blue Manor 1st Grade eBook Curriculum a few months ago, and I can't tell you happy I am that I get to tell you about their Christian Preschool Curriculum!  I love their Missions Statement which is, "Let us raise sons and daughters whose legacies honor our families and glorify God."  I  am proud to say that I will be using both the Blue Manor 1st Grade eBook Curriculum and Blue Manor Preschool eBook Set this year for my four year old and six year old sons.

Blue Manor Education Phonics Reader Review

Blue Manor Preschool eBook Set is a Christian Preschool Curriculum set that includes 23 individual eBooks and a teaching manual for teachers or parents.  There is also a Bonus Pack that includes a 3 month premium membership at Splash Math, Chess Kid, and Lesson Trek, plus 3 free lessons from See The Light Art. The combined value of this Bonus Pack is $81! 

Blue Manor Education
Children can enjoy this curriculum on a tablet by themselves
Blue Manor Education
learning together with a parent, teacher or sibling on the computer! 
Some of the eBooks in the Blue Manor Preschool eBook Set include Biblical stories, teaching about Manners and Responsibility, Readers and Phonics, and also Weather, Money, Shapes, Colors and More!  Blue Manor recommends teaching students at this age 3-5 days a week, and 2-3 short lessons each day that are less than 30 minutes.  I think that this is a great idea because their attention spans at this age don't last longer than that, and it becomes a frustration for both child and adult if a parent or teacher tries to push for more than this. 

Blue Manor Education Video
There is attention to detail in this curriculum and a compassion for a child's learning.  There are colorful pictures and fun stories that catch a child's interest.   The curriculum is easy to teach and it allows child and teacher, or child and parent to enjoy the learning together.  It is amazing to see the "light bulb" go off when I see my sons grasp a concept!  That is one of my favorite parts of homeschooling is being able to see that, and have them want to learn more. 

I would highly recommend this Blue Manor Preschool eBook Set to anyone who is a preschool or pre-K teacher, or a homeschool parent with a child that is 3-6 years old.  I am excited to use this curriculum this year with G, my four year old. 

Blue Manor Education
Thank you to Blue Manor for sponsoring today's post and giveaway, and for giving me such a fantastic curriculum to use this year for my sons!

Blue Manor has graciously offered Raising Samuels Homeschool readers a 50% sale on the Preschool curriculum set.   Use Code BACK2HS50PREK . Offer ends August 31, 2015.

Blue Manor eBook Preschool Review & Giveaway


We’re giving away 1 Curriculum Set of your choice (PreK, Kindergarten, or 1st grade) worth $39.99.  The winner will be selected on August 24, 2015 (Our first day back to school!)  Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway :) 

Congratulations to Anne E. who won the Kindergarten curriculum!  Anne has been emailed with the information and I am excited for how many of you entered the giveaway! Don't go too far; more giveaways are coming soon!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

War Room by: Chris Fabry (Book Review)

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Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
War Room is an extraordinary book about living a life in today's world.  To the outside world, everything looks perfect for a married couple named Tony and Elizabeth Jordan.  Their struggles run deep though to problems in their marriage, home and family.  There are real life situations presented including temptation and deception, but there is the best solution presented.
Elizabeth meets Miss Clara, an older woman who calls herself a prayer warrior and shows Elizabeth her War Room.  The War Room is Miss Clara's favorite spot in her home, where she goes to pray for others and herself and talk to God.  Elizabeth soon discovers the power of faith, prayer and the belief that God can do mighty things in our lives once we invite Him in.  She even creates her own War Room!
This book brings about emotions that many people can relate to.  It is told from the perspective of the three main characters mentioned, including the husband, Tony.  Tony does the biggest turn around in this story, thanks to the power of prayer.  There are many parts that are down right funny, and other parts where my heart was pumping in anticipation to see what would happen next.  There are unexpected twists and a powerful message delivered at the end of the book.
I very much enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it.  The book also has some color pictures of the film it is based on, so you get more of a visualization of who the characters are and what they look like.  This book can be appreciated by anyone, especially those going through a hard time in their lives.  It offers hope and encouragement, and the understanding that you are not going through things alone.
I had heard the term, payer warrior at my old church and it is no joke. The full title of this book, is War Room: Prayer is a Powerful Weapon.  Prayer is powerful, and it is a weapon against the devil.  When we pray, we show God the faith that not only do we believe in Him, but also that we want His will done in our lives.  Speaking from experience, prayer has saved my life and my family in so many ways.  I thank God everyday for the ways He has changed my life.
To find out more information on this book or other titles available, please check out Tyndale House Publishers.
I was so excited about reading this book because it is based on a Motion Picture by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick, who co-wrote amazing Christian films such as Fireproof, Courageous, and Facing the Giants.  The movie stars Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore. If the movie is anything like the book (and I think it will be from seeing the movie trailer), people are in for an eye-opening journey that will leave you with a tear in your eye and cheering for joy!
 To see more on the movie, go to
War Room movie trailer
Click here to check out the official movie trailer!  Out in theatres August 28, 2015!
#warroommovie #bookreviews #TyndaleHouse #Christian

Monday, August 10, 2015

Free Sample: Poise Thin-Shaped Pads

Disclosure: Thank you to Poise for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try recycling my unused period pads!

Poise Free Sample
I believe Poise has done an amazing job making it's products more feminine, chic and comfortable.  When I was pregnant with my boys, as with many pregnant women I encountered Light Bladder Leakage (LBL).  Any sneeze or laughing too hard, especially within in those later months of pregnancy had me in search of what to do.  I sometimes had to use thin period pads so that I could stay dry.  It is wonderful that Poise has made it comfortable for women to feel confident and stylish while experiencing LBL. 
I easily found Poise Thin-Shaped Pads at my local grocery store, Publix.  They were not on sale, but it was still a great price for $5.49 for 20 pads.  If you request a free sample below, the sample also comes with a $2 off coupon to try a Poise  product!
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• "Women deserve the best options for managing LBL so Poise brand has introduced new Poise Thin-Shape pads, which are up to 40% thinner than original Poise brand pads and are made specifically for bladder leaks with the trusted absorbency of Poise brand.
• Designed to move with your body, new Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads*† to help you take care of leaks with confidence.

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  • One in three women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) – little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise. 
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, childbirth and weight gain are just a few LBL contributors.
Just as no two women are alike, there's no single reason that LBL happens. Some of the most common things that lead to uninvited leaks include:
• Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
• Being overweight
• Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease
• Bladder or urinary tract infections
• Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)
Women deserve the best options for managing LBL. Whether you leak a little when you laugh, or sometimes have a sudden urge to go, Poise gives you one less thing to worry about any time of day or night. Our pads and liners are specifically designed for LBL, which makes them an easy choice for the 1 in 3 women with light bladder leaks.
Stay fresh and confident with Poise® pads and liners. They're designed specifically for Light Bladder Leakage (LBL), which make them an easy choice for the 1 in 3 women who experiences LBL.

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Poise Free Sample
So, what did I do with those unused period pads?  Well, being a homeschool Mom I found it very easy to make them into a tangible way to teach sight words!


#Poise #RecycleYourPeriodPad

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Social Butterfly Sunday #10

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Hey everyone and welcome to the tenth week of Social Butterfly Sunday!  I am finally caught up and everyone should have a comment and their article pinned to the Social Butterfly Sunday Pinterest Board.  Hope you all are having a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by :)
Featured Post from Last Week:

Congratulations to Sarah at Creative Bugger for her Free Pirates Pre-K Printable Pack.

Current Giveaway:

Parenting is Heart Work (Book Review and Giveaway)
Amazing companies to check out:

Disclosure: Over the next 30 days, I will be reviewing Science4Us is an engaging, elementary science curriculum that teaches science using a fun, interactive approach. If you have your own blog and would like to review Science4Us, check out their homeschool review program. Make sure to come back and read my full review.
I was given a free product or sample because I'm a Klout influencer.  I am under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.
These chips were amazing with some hummus!  Healthy and delicious! @eatpastachips #endlessPASTAbilities #Kloutperks


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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Parenting is Heart Work (Book Review & Giveaway)

Parenting is Heart Work (Book Review & Giveaway)
Disclosure: As a Member for the Parent Training Center Blogger Launch Team, I received a copy of this product in exchange for my honest review and promotion.  This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking the links.  Thank you for supporting my site!
Parenting is Heart Work is by: Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller.  I have had the privilege of reading and reviewing two of their other books, Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent's Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told (review on this book can be found here) and the corresponding workbook to this book, Motivate Your Child Action Plan. (review on this book can be found here.)
Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller have an outstanding compassion and understanding of how the heart works to motivate not only a child, but also the parent.  When you say the title aloud, it sounds like "Parenting is hard work."  I don't believe this play on words was a coincidence.  Parenting is hard work.  With the techniques of these amazing authors, parenting becomes about connecting with a child's heart.  This then establishes a respectful relationship, where both child and parent learn what works best for their family.
Parenting is Heart Work is a book that can be read individually, or as a group discussion with other parents.  There is a reader's guide at the end of the book that can be broken down into a ten or thirteen week study.  Each chapter opens up with a Biblical story and how it can be applied to parenting.  It also gives examples of many relatable scenarios we run into as parents today, and how to solve them from a Biblical perspective.  The chapter then closes in  a prayer. 
The first chapter opens up with 1 Samuel, a book in the Bible I can relate to and hence the reason for my blog name!  The flow of the book is understandable and is almost like having a close friend there to give advice.  There is scripture quoted throughout the book, and reading the scriptures and the prayers, just brought about a sense of peace with parenting. 
I would highly recommend reading Parenting is Heart Work to anyone who is a parent or who is getting ready to become a parent.  These books by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller have improved my parenting skills, and also my marriage.  It is hard starting out as parents, because both adults come from two different sets of how their parents parented.  Marriage is team work, and parenting also has to be a team effort. 
Reading these books, my husband noticed a change in the way I was relating to my sons, and so he changed his parenting skills to mimic mine.  We are relating to our sons' hearts and not just correcting or disciplining without explanation.  It is important for children to know why they are being corrected, because it then establishes them as responsible adults later in life.  Relating to their hearts and their individual ways of learning also shows them how much we love and care about them.  Parenting is Heart Work is full of practical and wonderful parenting techniques that will last for a lifetime.

Heart Parenting Giveaway
We are back with another great giveaway from the folks at the National Center for Biblical Parenting. This one is for the parents and includes a great little camera, as well as a $50 Amazon gift card! Here's what your church could win:

Parenting Is Heart Work ($15 value)

This foundational parenting book starts with a study of the 750 times the word “heart” is used in the Bible. That changes everything. God’s Word reveals new insight into strategies for change in a person’s life.

Concordia University’s Family Ministry Program requires that every student read Parenting is Heart Work. Dr. Ben Freudenburg says, “This is our go-to book for parenting. It’s biblical practical approach is powerful.”

Parenting Is Heart Work Training Manual ($50 value)

The Heart Work Training Manual with Audio Sessions is designed to help you integrate key success principles into your family. Answer the questions in the lesson, look up the scriptures, reflect on the teaching, and watch yourself make significant changes in the ways you relate. When parents change, children change. You’ll love the difference.

Canon Powershot ELPH 170 IS ($150 value) 

High quality still images and video are practically effortless with the slim and stylish new PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera. The ideal tool for capturing everything from daily fun to special occasions, it's equipped with a powerful 12x Optical Zoom for maximum versatility, plus Intelligent IS to make images clear and almost shake-free even at high zoom lengths. Sharp, high-resolution imaging is fast and easy thanks to the 20.0 Megapixel* sensor and DIGIC 4+ Image Processor. Beautiful 720p HD video is as simple as pressing a button, while Smart AUTO intelligently selects just the right camera settings based on predefined shooting situations, so all different types of shots come out perfectly.

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This giveaway is open to residents of the U. S. only.  Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no away associated with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.  Entrants to this giveaway will be added to the email list for the National Center of Biblical Parenting.

Free Download: How to Help Kids Accept No for an Answer

Teaching Children to Accept No as an Answer (downloadable PDF)
Everyone has to learn to live within limits and it’s best when children learn it young. Accepting no as an answer teaches children the valuable heart-quality of contentment. Children have many manipulative techniques to challenge a no answer including, whining, badgering, and arguing. If you see these bad habits in your kids, this session will show you exactly what to do to bring about the change both you and your kids need.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Story Behind The Honest Company

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In case you're not familiar with The Honest Company, their story, and their products, it's my honor to enlighten you. 
Honest was founded by actress and business woman, Jessica Alba, and Christopher Gavigan, former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World (a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks). They both strongly believe that every person deserves products that are unquestionably safe, eco–friendly, convenient, affordable, and beautiful
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Born out of their frustration to find such products readily available, they decided to join forces and create their own under the name, The Honest Company. 
The Honest Company's goal it to deliver the best family essentials to your doorstep; to simplify your life and bring more delight to your every day. Their product offerings are vast and include things like stylish, eco-friendly diapers; organic infant formula and feeding supplies; premium non–toxic personal care and home cleaning essentials; vitamins, baby gear, and more.
At their core, Honest's underlying philosophy is: Together we can make it better.
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