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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Review, Contest, and a Special Offer! Cooper and Me and the Winter Adventure :)

I recently reviewed a sweet little book called Cooper and Me.  I was especially impressed because it was co-written by an 11 year-old, Alexa Peters, along with her mother, Monique.  Alexa even drew the illustrations!  I received the book free as part of the propeller blogger program.  So, when propeller contacted me to review another Cooper and Me book, I was happy to do so!  

In Cooper and Me and the Winter Adventure, Cooper and his friend Bella go off on an adventure in the snow, and find themselves lost.  Cooper and Bella must then howl until another friend, Trooper, hears them and barks back.  The two lost dogs follow the sound of Trooper's barking to get back home.  This book would be a great way to teach your child what to do if he or she was ever lost.  One of my daughters wandered off once, and I was so glad she knew what to do.  The book retails for $12.99.  

Special Note:  $1 of every Winter Adventure book sold will go to advance research and treatment of pancreatic cancer, via the Lustgarten Foundation. (

Also, our friends at Cooper and Me will be offering an EXCLUSIVE DEAL FOR MY BLOG READERS:  Make any purchase of $25 or more at and get FREE SHIPPING now through December 15. 

For more information check out these links:

The contest:

Now for the giveaway! Would you like to get a free copy of Cooper and Me and the Winter Adventure? If so, just leave me a comment telling me who you'd read it with. ;) You can leave a comment either here or on my facebook page. For additional entries: 

Follow me on facebook.  (If you already follow, just leave a separate comment to let me know.)

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Subscribe to my blog via Feedburner. (See sidebar. If you already subscribe, just leave a separate comment to let me know.)

The rules: You must be 13 years old or older to enter and not live in my house. :) Please leave your e-mail address or some other way I can contact you if you win. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY for up to five entries per person. More than one person may enter per household if they are at least 13 years old. That's about it. :)

The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, December 23, 2011. The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 26, 2011 or sometime soon after.

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or servicesmentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  
"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Out of Con*text*

The other day I was at church when I got a text message from my bestest friend.  It said: Luke went out on "seizure."  Well, some of her kids seem to go through little spells where they faint a lot, but never Luke, and they've never had actual siezures.  I found the way she worded it a little odd, so I asked my husband if he thought that it meant that Luke had a seizure.  He assumed it did, but I told him I was going to text back to be sure.  He tried to tell me not to bother her, but I had to know.  So I texted:  Huh, Luke had a siezure? 

A few minutes later I my phone beeped, and I quickly grabbed it.  Here's what the text said:  No.  He was in Spelling Bee.  Suddenly it all made sense to me.  I had known about the spelling bee but had forgotten all about it.  LOL  Apparently she also sent the message to another friend who was teaching a class who actually stopped the class to pray for Luke, and who also prayed for him every time she woke up that night! 

Communication is a funny thing sometimes, and people often misinterpret each other whether via text, e-mail, facebook, and even face to face.  Thinking about that makes me appreciate my relationship with God all the more.  He knows what I mean every single time, even when I don't even know myself!
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