Friday, June 24, 2016

FlyOver America - Mall Of America Giveaway

Looking for something fun and amazing to do with the family this summer? Whether you're going to the Mall of America for vacation or if you've visiting for the day, be sure to check out FlyOver America. When they contacted me to offer my readers a giveaway, I couldn't resist!

If you go to the MoA, you definitely have to swing by the Nickelodeon Universe, which is where FlyOver America is located. They're new as of this spring! So, ok, you might be wondering, "what in the world is FlyOver America?" I'm so glad you wondered that! You can find out more on their site, but here's a little teaser:

FlyOver America uses the latest in flight ride technology to give you a truly bird's eye view of America’s most awe-inspiring sights. You will sit in a suspended chair, your feet dangling, in front of a gigantic spherical screen. Special effects including wind, mist and scents, combined with the chair’s motion, will make you feel like you’re truly soaring.

When I visited their site, they have a trailer you can watch to give you a taste of what the ride is like! I have to admit, FlyOver America is probably the only way I'll see much of our country. We don't travel much, and this gives the rider the chance to see our beautiful America in a unique way!

If you visit them at the Mall, they're open 7 days a week, Mon- Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10:30am-7:30pm. The ride itself lasts about 10 minutes, but there's also a 10 minute line wait (approx), and 10 minutes for pre-boarding.

Now, you have the opportunity to win 2 tickets from me, but...BUT you also have the chance to win a fabulous prize package from FlyOver America! First, here's what they're giving away on their Facebook giveaway for a staycation:
  • A FlyOver America Fan Pack (2 tickets, t-shirts, hats, Howie bears, souvenir photo package and magnets)
  • A night at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in a superior guest room
  • A dinner for two at the Hard Rock Cafe and fan pack
  • A one night stay and 4 passes to Waterpark of America
Entering for the contest is easy - all you need to do is post a photo via this link highlighting how you celebrate Fourth of July.

So, while you get prepared to enter THAT giveaway, be sure to enter MY giveaway for two tickets to try out this adventure! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, June 20, 2016

Traces Of Guilt By Dee Henderson

Traces of Guilt (Evie Blackwell Cold Case Series #1)

by Dee Henderson

ISBN: 0764218867

Publisher: Bethany House

I honestly can't begin to tell you how much I love Dee Henderson as an author. When Family Christian offered this book for review, I couldn't type fast enough to do get on the list! I started reading Dee's books years ago, and became enthralled with her writing! For me, Dee is an author who puts me on the edge of my seat, and occasionally skimming the book I'm reading just to know certain things. Don't harass me! lol I can't handle the suspense sometimes! 

I adore her characters, and she writes them with such strength. Even the victims have so much depth and realness to them. For Traces of Guilt, the read is introduced to a large cast. Not every author has the ability to develop a large group of people in one novel, yet Dee does it seamlessly! I'm glad it's a series, because I'm already invested in Evie!

Here's the synopsis of the book:

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police Detective...mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job. 

Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he's sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have. 

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection...possibly to a third cold case. Evie's determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

Dee's books are the kind where I go to bed thinking about the characters and what they might face in the next chapters I read. I go through my day, and imagine what the ending might be like. Each of the Thane men brings a great quality to the story. They each have their own investment in their intertwining story lines, yet care deeply about how what they are doing affects everyone else.

I really appreciate the strong women characters in this book of Evie and Ann. Even the Thane boys' mom is well loved for her kindness and wisdom. Evie makes quite the entrance into her storyline! Ann is an amazing strength to everyone in this book, and I love that quality in people. She knows what everyone needs. I'd have to say the same about Gabriel Thane. He definitely makes a great sheriff, and I think it's great how the torch was passed on to him by his father.

They tackle a really tough subject in this story, and I appreciate that Dee Henderson doesn't shy away from what evil goes on in our world, but shows there's a God who overcomes, and that there are also people in the world who will help pick up the pieces.

Once again, Dee Henderson has written a novel that will have a forever home on my bookshelf! You can read an excerpt and get sucked in just like I did!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Kohl's Cares Summer Collection

Summer is here in just a couple of days, and if you're like me, you have got a lot of birthdays coming up, maybe even a lot of baby showers. I've already been to a one year celebration of a baby who'd been born prematurely a year ago. Kohl's Cares asked me to share about their program this summer, and sent me a couple of their books, and their adorable stuffed animals!

These are available through June 25th. That's SEVEN days folks!

I'm excited to be taking this collection I was sent to Peru, and donating them to the children's care home, giving them to the children who are living outside one of the hospitals, or taking them to the outreach center. I'm so excited to share with the kids there!

The pieces are priced at just $5 each, with 100 percent of the net profit supporting children’s health initiatives nationwide.
  • Penguin on Vacation book, Penguin's Big Adventure book and penguin soft toy
  • Board Book Set and clownfish soft toy
  • Found book and bear soft toy
  • Stormy Night book and dinosaur soft toy 

To date, Kohl's has raised nearly $300 million through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community. These tailored programs provide vital resources to families at no cost and include topics such as injury prevention, asthma awareness, dental care, and fitness. A complete list of hospital partners is available online.

What programs do you like to be part of that give back to communities?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

NKJV Teen Study Bible Giveaway

My youngest son just turned 13, and I wanted him to have a Bible that wouldn't be a hand-me-down, was durable, and one that would engage him. When Zondervan offered this teen study bible for review, I could NOT pass it up!

This Teen Study Bible is the New King James Version. Teens are bombarded by the world, and to have a Bible they can turn to, to help them dive into the Word, and to find answers is so vital! Personally I really like the NKJV, and I appreciate that we can read the same version of the Bible together.

So, what are the highlights in this Bible?

Firs there's the "To The Point" helps teens understand that the Bible speaks to issues they might be having. It gives the scripture references that relate to the issue, and explain it.

The "Instant Access" section deals with life instances that happen on a regular basis. We're all going through something, and to know that the Bible discusses it, can be extremely comforting. There's also circles that have scripture that really stand out in that book or chapter of the Bible.

Does your teen like trivia? If so, the Q&A sections will really appeal to them. They can test their knowledge of the Bible!

At the beginning of every book of the Bible is an introduction to it. They can see how it could relate to their lives, and explains key events that happen through the book.

Sometimes it's hard to know what to believe and how it applies to their lives. What do Christians believe? These are the spots to learn about it. There are cross references to other scripture that support the content of the "We Believe" sections. At the bottom of each section is the guide to the next one to read.

The "Dear Jordan" pages are great to help with advice for life questions that our teens might have. Jordan answers with references to Bible characters. I love this because teens can see that the Bible isn't some old fuddy duddy book that has no correlation to them and this century.

If your teen is looking to read through the Bible, there's a study that they can check off as they read. I like that there's something called the Bible Truth Index and Teen Life Index. Your teen can look up specific words or phrases and read about them. I do wish there was a more comprehensive Index at the back. I really appreciate those in my Bibles.

If you've been looking for a Bible for your teen, this one would be exceptional! Now you have the chance to win it! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pete's Dragon Official Trailer

I'm really looking forward to the summer movies coming out, but the one my heart is set on is Disney's reimagined Pete's Dragon. That being said, hopefully the newest trailer will do the same for you!

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.

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PETE’S DRAGON flies into theatres everywhere on August 12th!

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