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Saturday, December 28, 2013

All-In 2 Night by Lynn Burgess Book Review

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 1:10 PM 0 comments
Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

If  you're like me, you probably don't have enough time in the day to spend quality time with your kids or maybe you're kids are too busy for you! Whatever the reason, there's now a great solution: All-In 2 Night by Lynn Burgess.

Most families spend more time in front of the computer, television, video game, or cell phone than together. Lynn's book brings family's back together for 40 weeks, one night a week, ten to twenty minutes with great family together activities. Some of the activities include love languages, listening for God, self-esteem, the fruits of the spirit and many more.

I know my family has grown apart due to technology, but just spending 1 night a week focused on "family" has brought us closer together.

This is the perfect family "activity" book for parents with kids ages 2-10. If you're family has drifted apart, All-In 2 Night by Lynn Burgess is the glue that will bring it back together. 

You can pick up a copy at Amazon, B&N and other online stores. Be sure to check out All-In 2 Night  on FB

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Liz Tames a Dragon (and her Anger) Book Review

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 3:36 PM 1 comments
Disclosure: I received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

Kids get angry and sometimes have a hard time controlling their anger. With most kids it's frustration that leads to anger. Other times it can be a variety of more serious issues. Whatever the reason for their anger Author Stephanie Painter has written a wonderful children's book that will help any child conquer their anger.

In Liz Tames a Dragon, Liz gets so anger she turns into a dragon, but once she learns how to tame the dragon and her anger she returns to normal. My grandson gets angry a lot and I was so thankful Stephanie contacted me. Liz Tames a Dragon is the perfect book for any child who has an inner dragon and also a great parenting tool. As a parent, I'd recommend this book to any parent whose child has anger issues(which is a normal emotion). 

This book couldn't have come at a better time for me and my grandson. After the death of my youngest daughter, my grandson had a lot of anger and Liz Tames a Dragon showed him how to tame his persona; dragon.

Included also is an Activity Guide for Parents and Child Therapists by Marlo Carney Zarzaur, Ed.D., includes art, games and activities that will help kids learn how to verbalize their emotions and recognize physical cues of anger.

We give Liz Tames a Dragon (and her Anger)  two thumbs up and 5 stars!

Liz Tames a Dragon (and her Anger)  written by Stephanie Painter and illustrated by artist Jeanne Seagle is available for $13.95 at Bright Kids Books.

Anger is a normal emotion, but one that can be difficult to learn to control. The picture book Liz Tames A Dragon (and her anger) will help children find healthy ways to manage their angry feelings. In the story, Liz finds that sharing life with a sister isn't always easy. She becomes so angry that her anger morphs her into a fire-breathing dragon. Liz is certain that her sister has cast a magic spell until she realizes only she has the power to tame this dragon. Watercolor illustrations by artist Jeanne Seagle capture the character’s anger, confusion, and cooperative actions that lead to peacemaking.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Friend Jesus Book Review and Giveaway- #sponsored #giveaway #tommynelsonmommy

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:50 AM 31 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

As a Christian parent and grandparent, I want my children and grandson to know Jesus. My grandson is almost a pre-teen and to me Jesus is the most important person in his life right now. He's getting to the point where peer pressure is starting and without Jesus, he would be lost.

My Friend Jesus by Kathryn Slattery takes kids on a personal journey with Jesus. My grandson has a lot of Christian books in his collection, but this book in my opinion is the most important book he'll ever read. My Friend Jesus is 5 stars and two thumbs up in this grandma's book.

For  ages 5-10 My Friend Jesus helps parents share the Good News with their children and lead them to a lifetime relationship with Christ. This wonderful book also Invites children to know how much God loves them in words they can understand.

My Friend Jesus is available from Thomas Nelson for $12.99 or you can enter to win a copy on the Rafflecopter below.


Jesus can be your friend and Savior. 
All Christian parents want their children to come to a relationship with Jesus. My Friend Jesus is written in fresh, clear language that children can understand and is appropriate for all denominations. The book not only tells the gospel story about Jesus, but also, in the most natural, gentle way, introduces children to a personal relationship with Him. A prayer at the end of the book guides children into that life-changing friendship with Jesus. This is the book author Kathryn Slattery wishes she had when her own children were young—which is the reason she wrote it! 
Originally published as The Gospel for Kids, this book sold more than 100,000 copies. This new book will feature beautiful new art and lightly edited text. 
“It’s one of the best books of Jesus for young people I have encountered.”  —Madeleine L’Engle, Newberry Medal–winning author of the bestselling children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time 
“Kathryn Slattery has told the story so simply, briefly, cutting right to the essentials, managing to mix the profoundest truth with humor, talking to children without talking down to them. The Gospel for Kids goes on our grandparent bookshelf with great anticipation.”  —Elizabeth and John Sherrill, coauthors of bestselling inspirational classics The Hiding Place and The Cross and the Switchblade 
“A magnificent piece of writing, making the Gospel so plain and at the same time losing none of its beauty. The book is very attractive for adults also.”  —Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of the international bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking and founder of Guideposts magazine
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Lobo's Howliday $100 Book Blast

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 12:00 AM 1 comments
About the Book ~ *New Release*
Lobo's Howliday by C.L. Murphy
Title: Lobo's Howliday (The Adventures of Lovable Lobo) Author: C.L. Murphy Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2013 Publisher: Independent - Peanut Butter Prose Number of pages: 32 Recommended age: 3+      


It's almost Christmas and Santa finds himself in quite the predicament due to unintended consequences as a result of trying something new. Lobo, and his raven sidekick, Roxy, travel to the North Pole to help the jolly ole' one and are guided by the Arctic animals. The colors of the season delight along the way and make for a howling good holiday. Can you howl Ho Ho Ho?  

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"The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo's Howliday is a children's book written by C.L. Murphy. Lobo and his friend Roxy, the raven, are surprised when an owl comes to see Lobo with a special delivery. Within the bag is Arty, an Arctic mouse who has an urgent request from Santa. Santa needs Lobo's help this year, and the three of them set off for the North Pole. Along the way, they meet an Arctic fox, who lets them stay the night in his den and a polar bear who transports them across icy water. An Arctic wolf accompanies them for the rest of the journey to Santa's Village, where an Arctic hare is waiting for them. Santa has updated his method of delivering gifts on Christmas, but he's got a problem that Lobo can help him with. I was spellbound reading The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo's Howliday. C.L. Murphy's artwork is simply amazing. Each page is filled with images you can get lost in: lush green forests, sparkling night skies, snowy expanses, and the animals have personality and incredible appeal. If you're lacking in Christmas spirit this year, no matter what your age, spending some time with Lobo, Roxy, and Arty will soon change your attitude. Lobo's Howliday is also a great way to introduce a child to the Northern Lights, the Arctic, and the amazing animals that live there (see if you can find the Orca!). I've already recommended The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo's Howliday to friends who have children or grandchildren. It's a very special book." ~ 5 Star Review, Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite


Available for 99 cents!


 Lobo's Howliday will be available as a FREE download on Dec. 18th only. 

About the Author: C.L. Murphy

C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo. While new to the children's book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She's had the pleasure of working as an artist in residence, creating cartoons and painting murals with the children at local elementary schools. She adores the wonder and curiosity of young children. For years, she filed picture book ideas away, until the reality of the empty nest syndrome sunk in and she decided to bring her favorite one to fruition. She based the character, Lovable Lobo, on something very dear to her heart, a real wolf that she's raised for the last 13 years. She's felt the need to protect him his entire life, primarily due to the preconceived notions that wolves are to be feared. She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life. She was that little girl who brought home the strays asking "Can we please keep it?" At an early age she realized her connection with animals by training a wild bluejay to appear on command to take food from her hand. Check out her book series and discover that you, too, will find Lobo lovable.

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Prize: $100 iTunes gift card (or PayPal cash prize) + a Wolf stuffie Contest runs: December 16, 2013 to January 14, 2014, 11:59 pm, 2013 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, C.L. Murphy and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

NCV Bible in a Year Review and Giveaway #tommynelsonmommy #review #giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 3:29 AM 13 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

My grandson collects Bibles and the Bible in a Year is by far one of the best we've found so far. This Bible also offers 16 pages of color inserts that allow for personalization and reinforce biblical knowledge. Features include: presentation page, Bible timeline, My Favorite Bible Verses, How Do I Pray?Why Should I Read the Bible?, How Do I Forgive?, Bible Verses to Know, and more!
My grandson has special needs and loves the color inserts. He enjoys sitting down and reading this one everyday.


Kids can read through the entire Bible in one year! 
Our children need to make every day God’s day, and nothing will help them do that more than reading His Word. The unique Bible in a Year with New Century Version® text guides kids to easily read through the entire Bible in 365 days. The simple-to-understand language is divided into daily portions that include selections from both the Old and New Testaments, as well as Psalms and Proverbs.
If your child only has one Bible then this is the one they need to have. You can purchase a copy for $19.99 at Thomas Nelson or win  a copy on the Rafflecopter below.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

“TJ Put Your Phone Away” Children's Book Review- #review #kidlit

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:40 AM 1 comments
Disclosure: I received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

As a grandparent and writer, I love discovering great kid lit especially in my own backyard. TJ Put Your Phone Away is written by two local teachers physical education teacher Blake Gilchrist, and his wife, Erin, who co-authored and illustrated their new children’s book.

TJ Put Your Phone Away tells the story of a middle school kid who misses life because he's glued to his cell phone. Parent's can relate to this book as well. Kids today seem to be glues to their cell phone and parents can learn a valuable lesson as well.. My grandson loves this book and we give it two thumbs up and five stars.

You can read the Gilchrists' story here. Also, be sure to check out TJ Put Your Phone Away FB page.

 T.J. Put Your Phone Away is a MUST HAVE for a family in 2013. The authors of the book say... "It's for people, like us, overwhelmingly consumed with our handheld devices, social media, and communications via internet, that we often forget human interaction and what it's like to live off-screen." -Erin Gilchrist Ph.D. "The small lessons that can be taught to a child about manners, paying attention to the people you love, the respect of personal interactions, and the importance of relationships, are lessons that we all need to be reminded of, no matter the age." -Blake Gilchrist Follow TJ on twitter: @TJPhoneAway

You can purchase TJ Put Your Phone Away on Amazon for $6.99.

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My Story: Joseph and My Story: David Review and Giveaway- #giveaway #sponsored #tommynelsonmommy

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 5:51 AM 6 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy of both books for review. However, all opinions are my own.

Kids love stickers and these cute My Story books comes with a “Sticker Journal”. and 64 themed stickers so your little one can make up there own story at the end of the book. Each delightful book tells the story of of Joseph and David in a first person perspective so kids can understand these Bible heroes.
My grandson loves to sit down and read their story and create his own story at the end which keeps him occupied and entertained while telling a wonderful Bible story. Your child will be fascinated as well.


A whole new way for kids to learn about their favorite Bible heroes!
Kids are accustomed to hearing stories about their favorite Bible heroes—but what about from the perspective of the heroes themselves? In this My Story series from Make Believe Ideas, heroes come to life as they tell kids their life stories from a first-person perspective. At the end of each book is a “Sticker Journal”. Kids can place these 64 story-themed stickers into the stories, adding another element of fun!

My Story: Joseph by Fiona Boon, Nadine Wickenden

With his coat of many colors and abundant faith, Joseph is a favorite character of many children. In My Story: Joseph, the hero chronicles his amazing life that children treasure from the Bible. Kids will learn from Joseph’s story to always trust God, no matter what the circumstance, because He will see them through. 

My Story: David by Fiona Boon, Nadine Wickenden

Children have long heard the story of David and Goliath, but they’ve never heard it straight from the young hero’s mouth. In My Story: David, the young shepherd with enormous faith tells kids about his decision to fight the Philistine soldier mocking the tribes of Israel. Children will learn that trust in God helps them to do great things, no matter their size!

Each book is priced at $4.99 and is available at Thomas Nelson or you can win the set by entering the Rafflecopter below.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jesus Calling® for Kids—Deluxe Edition-Review and Giveaway- #sponsored #tommymommy #giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:43 AM 54 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.
When it comes to daily devotions for kids, Jesus Calling® for Kids has to be one of the best I've found so far. Parent's along with their kids share the same daily devotion which is a plus for me. I think it's a great idea parents can share these wonderful devotions with their kids. My grandson and I sit day every night and read one of the many devotions.
Another plus is the leathersoft cover.


With devotionals written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child's heart, Jesus Calling® for Kids is now available in deluxe leathersoft package.

 Based on Sarah Young’s renowned bestseller Jesus Calling, this is a wonderful devotional for children. The scripture and themes correspond with the daily reading in the adult version, so parents and kids can share spiritual time together.
This deluxe version features a rich blue and orange leathersoft hardcover with the iconic bird in center stage. It’s a beautiful package that parents and grandparents will be proud to give children year-round.
It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers, and now young readers, with His presence and His peace in ever-deeper measure.

If you only choose one devotional for your child this holiday season, be sure to add Jesus Calling® for Kids—Deluxe Edition in your child's stocking. You can purchase for $14.99 or win a copy on the rafflecopter below.

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