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Our beautiful & lovely, Tara!

Our spunky Summer!

Nikon CoolPix P530

My sweetheart was so excited that he gave one of my Christmas gifts early this year. He said I needed it for Thanksgiving and my daughter Fawn's 22nd birthday next week. And, my old Nikon D50 wore out and is not worth repairing any longer. I now have a brand new Nikon CoolPix P530. I am learning how to use it and couldn't wait to take pictures of my family. I can record movies and more.

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
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Goodshop Sunday - Shop & Feel Good at the Same Time

Look Out Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here Comes Goodshop Sunday!
Goodshop Sunday (November 30th) is the New Day to Save Money on Holiday Shopping and Earn Donations for a Cause at the Same Time
18th November, San Francisco, CA - There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but where’s the holiday spirit? Goodshop Sunday (November 30th) is the day where thousands of merchants will be offering great deals and coupons AND donating a percentage of nearly every purchase back to the shopper’s favorite nonprofit or school!
Nearly 70% of online shoppers say they feel at least a little guilty that they are not donating more of the money they use to shop for gifts*. On Goodshop Sunday, feel guilty no more!
Leading up to the day, thousands of stores (including AmazonOld Navy, Target, and Kohl's) will have the best coupons and deals listed on Goodshop.com and will donate a percentage of nearly every purchase to the users’ favorite cause – for free!  In addition, on Goodshop Sunday, select retailers are offering double donations, while others are sharing exclusive deals-- so people can feel extra good about their holiday shopping!  
Passionate cause supporters nationwide are taking the #GoodshopSunday pledge - to buy 1 gift that gives back this holiday season - and spreading the word to get their friends to do the same. Photos of people forming the “hand heart” are being shared across social media-- acting as the visual confirmation of their pledge and the promise that holiday shopping can make a difference. 

The impact of buying just 1 gift that gives back can be significant. “According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend over $100 billion online on holiday shopping this year,” said Scott Garell, Goodshop CEO. With an average of 3% of our sales going to nonprofits and schools, Goodshoppers have the potential to help raise $3 billion for causes in need!”

“This is simply a no brainer,” said Goodshopper, Lisa Grander. “I always feel like I wish I could do more to help Best Friends Animal Society during the holidays -- now with every gift I buy, I can!  And, I can save money at the same time too.”

More than 110,000 causes are participating and it’s up to the shopper to select who they want to support. To bring that home – if you support the ASPCA, one sweater would raise enough to get two dogs adopted into loving homes.  If you support UNICEF, your purchase of an Xbox  could donate enough to provide therapeutic milk to fourteen malnourished children.  To date, Goodshop has raised more than $11 million for causes.

Plus, while there will be special deals on Goodshop Sunday, shoppers can find deals and donations all year long. Goodshop helps shoppers save more than just money!

Here are some sample holiday deals:
Amazon Coupon - Free shipping on purchases over $35 (1.5% donation)
Sephora Coupon - Choose 1 of 3 Holiday Deluxe Sample Bags with any $25 purchase with code (2.5% donation)
Sears Coupon - Get extra $5 off orders of $50 or more with code (2% donation)
Best Buy Coupon - Free shipping on orders $35+ (3% donation)

About Goodshop (parent company is Goodsearch, LLC)

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Goodshop makes people feel good about their online shopping. It provides the best coupons and deals at thousands of stores including
(Macy's Coupons, Lands' End Coupons, Harry & David Coupons, Pottery Barn Coupons, Staples Coupons, and Expedia Coupons) AND donates a percentage of nearly every purchase back to the shopper’s favorite charity.  The family of sites include Goodshop.com, the shopping and coupons/deals portal; the Goodshop app for iPhone & iPad; and Goodsearch.com, a Yahoo!-powered search engine. Launched in 2006, the Goodshop family of sites has raised more than $11 million for its participating causes to date.  

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
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New App from Penguin Random House: Bible Verses By Heart

Bible Verses by Heart App

Penguin, creators of the popular “Poems by Heart” app, launches “Bible Verses by Heart”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Nov 18, 2014: The Bible is the most important book for millions of Christians around the world, but it’s also a classic work of literature. Now, Penguin Random House is proud to launch Bible Verses by Heart, an app that will appeal not only to the faithful, but to those who view the Bible as literature and want to better understand the extent to which the “Good Book” permeates our culture and values.

Inspired by the successful Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics app—which has more than 30,000 active users a month, has been downloaded over 412,000 times, and is one of only six educational apps recognized as an “App Store Best of 2013”Bible Verses By Heart is a beautiful, intuitive app designed to help readers memorize key passages from the Bible. Joel Fotinos, a licensed minister and the publisher of Tarcher Books, a Penguin Random House imprint, was hugely influential in determining the app’s 20 passages, which were gathered from the Old Testament, the New Testament, as well as Psalms and Proverbs.

“We wanted Bible Verses by Heart to appeal not only to people who love the Bible and want to memorize key scriptures, but also to casual readers interested in knowing more about it—i.e., those who see the Bible referenced in literature, the news, and in popular culture, and would like a better understanding of the Bible’s verses, selections, and stories,” said Fotinos. “We narrowed down the selections to what I jokingly call “The Bible’s Greatest Hits” – meaning those passages that would have the greatest recognition and that fit within the guidelines we had set.”
Fotinos then ran the passages by a tough set of critics—a pair of nuns from a well-known Christian monastic community. The result: a collection that draws from five different translations and encompasses everything from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Genesis 1:1-2:3 to Psalm 40:1-17 (A Prayer for Help) and Judges 5:1-31 (Song of Deborah).

“Since these are poetic selections, we weren’t trying to create a ‘Cliff’s Notes’ version.  Nor did we want to choose only inspiring verses,” said Fotinos. “Rather, we picked selections that would add to a person’s Bible literacy.  When someone memorizes these passages, they gain a greater appreciation of how pervasive these verses are in our culture.  Eventually we hope to record and include more selections from the Bible to keep this project expanding and evolving.”

Bible Verses By Heart is free to download, and comes with three free passages, with 21 more available for in-app purchase. As users progress through five stages of difficulty, they are rewarded with high scores and Game Center Achievements. They also have the ability to record and share their own recitals via email and SoundCloud. The app was designed and developed by inkle, who also designed Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics.
The Bible Verses By Heart app is available for download for iPhone or iPad via iTunes. Click to read more about the Bible Verses by Heart app on iTunes:

An imprint of the Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, Tarcher is one of the premier publishers of personal growth titles, covering a broad spectrum of topics (from self-improvement and spirituality to current affairs, wellness, and creativity). Some classic bestsellers include The Artist’s Way, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and  Seven Years in Tibet. Recent New York Times bestsellers include Brainstorm by Dr. Daniel Siegel, Transcendence by Dr. Norman Rosenthal and Catification by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin. www.tarcherbooks.com

Penguin Random House (http://global.penguinrandomhouse.com/) is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs was not compensated for this press release and posted this as requested from Oleg Lyubner Public Relations.

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Top 10 Winter Event Begins in 10 Days - Manchester Merriment

Manchester Merriment in Vermont Nov 29, 2014  - January 3, 2015

The Top 10 winter event, Manchester Merriment, is back with six weeks of holiday activities in picturesque Manchester, Vermont. The series of events kick off into full swing November 29th and run through January 3rd
The Wilburton Inn is one of 15 historic and beautifully decorated inns participating in the Inn-to-Inn tours (on Saturday, December 6 and SATURDAY December 13 from 12-4 pm; $15 ticket grants access to all 15 inns). Wilburton innkeeper Melissa Levis, a former New York City kiddie rock star best known for leading her band Moey’s Music Party, will entertain guests with holiday sing-a-longs during these tours.
On Sunday, December 28 from 4-8 pm, Levis will host an interactive family music concert as part of Manchester Merriment. Infants, toddlers, and lower school children are all provided with instruments so they can actively participate in the holiday jamboree. Tickets to the concert are $15. Cookies and tea are provided. The most enthusiastic family dancer team wins a free award-winning Moey’s Music Party CD!
On Saturday, January 3, from 6:30 – 10 pm, the Wilburton Inn and Manchester Designer Outlets collaborate to host a Downton Abbey Dance Party, complete with Charleston lessons, waltzes and more. Come dressed as your favorite Downton Abbey character for a chance to win a free night in the Wilburton Inn bridal suite. Admission is $40 and includes hors d'oeuvres and desserts. The cash bar will feature Downton Abbey-themed cocktails.
Manchester Merriment is a six-week tradition in Manchester, long awaited every year. Other popular Merriment activities include the Elf Express, a whimsical holiday train ride for kids amid elves and holiday helpers; which includes a chance to meet Santa. There’s also a lighted tractor parade, wine tastings for adults, and a backroad discovery tour offering sweeping mountain vistas, an antique covered bridge and the oldest marble quarry in the US, among other Norman Rockwell-esque photo opps.
There’s fun for the whole family at the Wilburton Inn, with optional evening babysitting! The family and pet-friendly -friendly inn lets you rent a guest room, or a private 2-bedroom cottage to a 14-bedroom mansion.  RATES START AT $235 per night for 2 people and include a hearty country breakfast and tickets for two to the Holiday Open House Tour.
The Wilburton Inn sits on 30-private acres and features its own sculpture garden, pool and tennis court. For more information or to reserve your room, visit. http://www.wilburtoninn.com or call 802-362-2500.
For additional details on the six week fest known as Manchester Merriment visit http://visitmanchestervt.com/six-weeks-holiday-celebrations-across-manchester-mountains.

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
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