7/29/2011

Cart Buster Savings Event at Kroger Giveaway

 CART BUSTER SAVINGS EVENT

July 31st to August 17th, 2011
Have you heard? The Cart Buster Savings Event is back at the Kroger Co. Family of Stores, beginning July 31st with storewide savings in almost every department! During the savings event, summer deals are just getting started. Browse the aisles and load up your cart with everyday items from brands you already love.

Kroger Cart Buster Savings Event
  • From July 31st through August 17th save on tons of brands across more than 100 categories from General Mills, PepsiCo, Unilever, Heinz, Mars, Wrigley and Kimberly Clark.

  • Look for some of your favorite participating products like, Honey Nut Cheerios, Yoplait , Pillsbury Pepsi, Doritos, Gatorade, Smart Ones, Ore-Ida, Cottonelle, Viva, Breyer´s Ice Cream, Axe , Snickers, Pedigree and Orbit.

  • Look for big savings storewide at the Kroger Family of Stores, which includes Kroger, Ralphs, King Scoopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith´s, Fry´s, QFC, Baker´s, Owen´s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Fred Meyer, Pay Less Supermarkets and Scott´s food & Pharmacy.
 Don´t let the savings stop there! Make sure to follow the Cartbuster "Deal of the Day" beginning August 3rd and running through August 16th.* Download exclusive offers, on more of your favorite brands, directly to your shopper card, by visiting www.cartbuster.com, beginning Wednesday, August 3rd.

Remember, www.cartbuster.com is your link to all of the details, savings and the special "Deal of the Day" offers for the Cart Buster Savings Event, exclusively at the Kroger Co. Family of Stores. The Cart Buster Savings event beginning July 31st. "Deal of the Day" offers begin August 3rd.

*Please be sure to check your local Kroger Co. Family of Stores for participating dates and deals. The Deal of the Day promotion is not valid at: Fred Meyer or Food 4 Less.

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My Thoughts

Don't ya just love the great savings commercials from Kroger? It is wonderful to feel good about shopping when you can buy 10 for $10 Mix and Match products at Kroger. I hope you will take advantage of all the great savings beginning July 31st, 2011 to August 17th, 2011.

My husband and I went to go to our local Kroger to be part of the Cart Buster Savings Event. We decided to use our $25 Kroger Gift Card to make a family favorite - Low County Boil. As you can see in the photo above we purchase Olathe Sweet Corn(3/$1.00), Texas Gulf Shrimp($3.99 lb.), Polska Kielbasa($2.99), yellow onions($1.99), red and white potatoes that were on sale for .99 a pound. We spent a little more and picked up a jug of milk.

Let's Make Low Country Boil


Before heading out the door do not forget to download free digital coupons at Kroger. they have double coupons daily.!Do you have your free Kroger Plus Card? If not, sign up for a card online or while there. It is easy. Have fun shopping this week.


Giveaway:
Thanks to Kroger Co. Family & General Mills through MyBlogSpark one of our readers will win a $25 Kroger Gift Card. To enter, leave a comment telling us what you would buy with it from Krogers. Please remember to leave your name and email in your main comment. Thank you.

Check out the cool 70 Anniversary USO Reusable Bag while there too.


 Congratulations to ...


This CART BUSTER SAVINGS EVENT contest will end on Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at 11 PM EST. The winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours or another reader will be chosen.  Kroger Co. Family Stores & General Mills through MyBlogSpark will be responsible for shipping the prize. Please allow at least 3 weeks for prize processing.

~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
"Disclosure: The Kroger gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark."

Recipe: Southern Biscuits


Southern Biscuits©
What's for Supper?

Wonder what to eat for dinner tonight? Well, my family loves to eat breakfast for supper. We usually have fried eggs, grits with butter and cheddar cheese, bacon, sausage and buttered biscuits with jelly.

I thought it would be nice to share my biscuit recipe with Ya'll. I have been making biscuits ever since I was nine years old. I learned from my Granny and Mom. So the ingredient amounts are estimates since I usally just have at it. Enjoy!

~ GAhome2mom
Butter Topped Biscuits ©


Southern Biscuits by GAhome2mom

Ingredients:
  • 4 1/2 cup Self-Rising Flour(You will not need all of the SRF)
  • 1/2 cup of Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 1/4 cup of Buttermilk(or Whole Milk plus 1 TBSP of Vinegar)
  • Self-Rising Flour(for dusting)
  • 2 TBSP Melted Butter(for topping)
Instructions:

I use a large Tupperware bowl filled with sifted Self-Rising Flour. I have used this same bowl for over twenty-eight years.

Begin by making a well in the center of the bowl. Add shortening and milk mixture to the well. Start incorporating a little flour by using your hand like a spoon. Knead the Self-Rising Flour until the mixture is no longer sticky. You can add extra flour if needed by sifting it onto your dough ball. 

When the mixture is no longer sticky, start by pinching a small amount into one hand. Dusting: Apply some flour to both hands and begin rolling the ball into your hands to make the biscuit. Layer your biscuits into a well greased pan or a pan layered with a Silicon Baking Sheet.

Insert the biscuits into the preheated oven at 425.F and bake for apporimately 15 minutes or until lightly browned. You can brush the tops with melted butter once the baking procedure is complete.

Optional: I make my own buttermilk. I use 1 cup of water, 1/3 cup of powdered milk, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Suggestions: Butter your biscuit and add honey, jelly or jam. Also, you can add meats like sausage, ham or bacon to the biscuits.

Bake: 425.F for approx. 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned


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Bakers & Chefs Small Batch Biscuits

Blend dry ingredients. Add shortening. Cut in until shortening is in small pieces. Add milk and stir just until incorporated. Knead lightly. roll and cut into desired thickness and size. Bake at 425 F for 10-12 minutes.

You can find Bakers & ChefsTM Flours online at Sam's Club.


~GAhome2mom
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com/
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs does not allow photo sharing. Photos taken for this review are copyright 2011©. Thank you.

What's the Big Idea, Molly? by Valeri Gorbachev


What's the Big Idea, Molly? by Valeri Gorbachev

What's the Big Idea, Molly?
by Valeri Gorbachev

Molly and friends learn about cooperation in "What's the Big Idea, Molly?" by Valeri Gorbachev. They must pull together in order to create a special birthday gift for their friend Turtle. What a wonderful book to share at a young childs birthday party!

 My five year read part of this story to me aloud. What a thrill! This book is geared towards children ages 4 to 8.

~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Thanks to the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy for providing free books to children everywhere.

7/28/2011

New Giveaway

Young Artists Collection 3 DVD Set

New Giveaway:

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin 3 DVD Set from Scholastic Storybook Treasures(www.newkideo.com) through MyBlogSpark is up for grabs. This contest will end August 05, 2011. US residents only!

~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs often reviews products that have been provided for free. Thank you.

7/26/2011

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

INTRODUCE CHILDREN TO THE WORLD OF ART, MUSIC AND THE PERFORMING ARTS WITH THIS COLORFUL, JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF CREATION

THE YOUNG ARTISTS COLLECTION
FEATURING ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! A VIOLIN

Street Date: July 26, 2011
SRP: $24.95


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION


The perfect collection for every aspiring young artist, musician or performer, THE YOUNG ARTISTS COLLECTION is a unique, new DVD set that will have them singing, drawing and learning all summer long!  Beautifully packaged with vibrant art from the best-selling story Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, the 3-disc collection features animated adaptations from 17 award-winning and beloved books, narrated by celebrities such as Zach Braff, James Earl Jones, Mary Beth Hurt and a singing performance from Aretha Franklin.

An excellent introduction into the world of music and art plus a look at some of history’s most influential leaders, this collection features stories that have won dozens of awards including the prestigious ALA Notable Video, Andrew Carnegie and Caldecott Awards, such as: Art, I Like Me, The Dot, Ish, Norman the Doorman, Wallace’s Lists, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, Musical Max, The Star-Spangled Banner, Keeping House, Patrick, Apt. 3, John, Paul, George & Ben, Johnny Appleseed, Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain, Madam President and Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad.  The specially-priced set also includes Scholastic’s innovative read-along feature, which highlights the words as they’re read, allowing the child to follow the narrator and promote an early love of reading.

Aside from being available as part of this set, ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! A VIOLIN…AND MORE STORES FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS, THE DOT…AND MORE STORIES FOR YOUNG ARTISTS and SHRINKING VIOLET…AND MORE STORIES FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS will also be available separately for $14.95srp. Visit http://www.newkideo.com for more information about this and the Scholastic Storybook Treasures collection.

PROGRAM INFORMATION


Type:  DVD/3 Discs
Catalog #:  NNVG248190
Running Time:  2 hrs., 47 minutes
Genre:  Kids’/Animation
Audio: Stereo

My Thoughts

We are a homeschool family and love adding new products to our homeschool library. The Scholastic Storybook Treasures are a great addition to any home or public library. The read-along feature is included as a bonus in Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin and a special interview with the art author/illustrator Patrick McDonnell. Also, you can view The Dot, Ish, and Amazing Grace in Spanish. This particular DVD is geared towards children ages 4 to 8.

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin ... and more stories for young musicians share six delightful stories: Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, Musical Max, The Star-Spangled Banner, Keeping House, Patrick, and Apt. 3.
"The Star Spangled Banner" is a wonderful story to share with our children. The history of it is very interesting and important to teach our students. Learn more about how a poem by Francis Scott Key became a wonderful icon for America. Listen as Arthea Franklin sings this glorious song.


The Dot ... and more stories for young artists consists of five stories: The Dot, Ish, ART, Norman the Doorman, and Wallace's Lists. Each are are perfect for opening the eyes and encouraging the lil' artist hidden inside your child.

Shrinking Violet ... and more stories for young performers has four stories: Shrinking Violet, Three Cheers for Catherine the Great!, Giraffes Can't Dance and Amazing Grace.

My daughter enjoyed watching Giraffes Can't Dance. Everyone seems to know how to dance except Gerald the giraffe. He thinks he is different. Find out how he learns to boogie too.

I do recommend this DVD set for anyone that wants to share the love of art, dance and performance in their own child.
 
Special Savings: Why not take advantage of the 20 percent discount on orders placed at NewKideo by entering the code "NKFB20" at checkout (through Aug 31).

Guess what! One of Loving Heart Designs readers has a chance to win their very own copy of  "Young Artist Collection" on DVD. (SRP $24.95) Tell us what is your favorite story is at www.newkideo.com. Remember to leave your name and email address in the main comment.This contest is open to US residents only!

Winner Announcement:#4  Coliebear said...
I like the story "Goodnight Gorilla."
lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

Winner is pending.

A special thanks to Scholastic (www.newkideo.com/www.scholastic.com) for featuring this giveaway. This contest runs from July 27th, 2011 until August 5th, 2011 at 11 PM EST. This giveaway is open to US residents only! No PO Boxes!

~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs happily received and reviewed a copy of Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin from Weston Woods(www.newkideo.com / www.scholastic.com) through Beth Blenz-Clucas of Foundry Communications. Thank you.

7/05/2011

Did I Marry the Wrong Guy? And ... by Michelle Stimpson


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:

CreateSpace (May 23, 2011)
***Special thanks to Michelle Stimpson for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Michelle Stimpson is an author, a speaker, and an educator who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jarvis Christian College in 1994. She earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002. She has had the pleasure of teaching elementary, middle, and high school as well as training adults.

In addition to her work in the field of education, Michelle ministers through writing and public speaking. Her works include the highly acclaimed Boaz Brown, Divas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), and Last Temptation. She has published several short stories for high school students through her educational publishing company, Right Track Academic Support Services, at www.wegottaread.com.

Michelle serves in the Discerning Hearts women's ministry at her home church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. She also ministers to women through her online newsletter: www.womengrowinginchrist.com.

Michelle tours annually with the Anointed Authors on Tour. She regularly speaks at special events and writing workshops sponsored churches, schools, book clubs and other great organizations.

Michelle lives near Dallas with her husband, their two teenage children, and one crazy dog.


Visit the author's website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

What wife hasn’t second-guessed herself after a heated discussion or yet another curious incident of the missing remote control? In addition to the title’s question, this book discusses those unspoken thoughts lurking in the back of even Christian women’s minds, such as:

* We’ve Grown Apart

* I’m Just Not That Into Sex

* I Miss the Thrill of Being Single

* I Love My Husband, but I’m Not In Love

* Watching My Parents Probably Messed Me Up

While these silent ponderings might seem harmless, they have the potential to create a negative undercurrent of resentment if not specifically addressed in prayer. Through this spinoff of her popular Christian fiction novel, The Good Stuff, Stimpson tackles tough questions about wifehood through this short, humorous book of wisdom for the not-so-in-love-with-my-husband days.

Product Details:

List Price: $6.99
Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (May 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1461186528
ISBN-13: 978-1461186526

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:

We Started Off Wrong

I’m sure our wedding picture could appear on posters warning romantic kids about what not to do. For starters, I was four months pregnant when we married. Stevie and I were in love, but I’d be lying if I said our unborn baby wasn’t a major factor in our decision to marry after our thirteen-month long-distance courtship.

Stevie was twenty-three, I was twenty-one. He had a child from a previous relationship, and I was still secretly reeling from a past heartbreak. We both came from so-called “broken homes.” His parents divorced when he was in middle school, mine when I was only a child, though my mother re-married when I was four. She and my step-father later divorced. Neither Stevie nor I had any kind of model for a successful marriage.

Stevie had said that he was raised in the church, but (as is turns out) we had two different working definitions of what it meant to be church-reared. He was a CME member (Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Easter), while I was the child of the church musician (attending services every Sunday, many weeknights, too). Nonetheless, we were equally yoked because we were both spiritual infants. Probably more like spiritual embryos.

But we were in love. And Stevie had super-hot legs.

The one good thing was our financial situation. I had just finished college and begun making decent money as a teacher, while Stevie worked at a plastic manufacturing company. We had very little debt. Stevie was good with money, and we both really liked seventy-nine cent burritos.

As the “bad years” came upon our marriage, a slew of regrets constantly nagged me:

I wished I’d known him better before I’d gone and gotten myself pregnant.
I wished I hadn’t gotten myself pregnant in the first place.
We shouldn’t have married just because of the baby.
We were too young—I barely even knew myself.
We didn’t have time to settle into our marriage before the baby got here.
We should have had more than thirty minutes of pre-marital counseling.
I should have checked his church attendance record.

I imagined myself writing any or all of these statements on papers requesting a divorce. Who could expect us to overcome those feats? Why didn’t anyone tell me how hard marriage could be?

To make my personal pity-party even worse, I was the first of my college friends to get married. Watching them move ahead and do all the things I wanted to do but couldn’t, thanks to my brand-spankin’-new family, didn’t help at all.

I didn’t want a divorce. I didn’t want to stay married. I just wished the whole thing had never happened.

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Granted, I wouldn’t want my daughter to marry under these circumstances. But if I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t change anything for Stevie and me because the truth is: every marriage is a foreign land. Over these years that my husband and I have been together, I’ve seen young and old, rich and poor, pregnant and non-pregnant, Christian and non-believer, childhood friends and internet-matched couples rise and fall. Sometimes the people who think they’ve got it all together don’t. Sometimes the ones who don’t have a clue figure it out together and overcome all their previous folly, by the grace of God.

Whatever shoulda, woulda, couldas you have about marrying your husband when you did, let them go. Maybe you could have done better. You definitely could have done worse. You made a decision with the information you had at the time, and that’s all anyone can do.

The beauty of a life surrendered to God is His willingness to intervene where His people fall short. If you recognize that your marriage began in a less-than-desirable state, talk to God about it. Admit your shortcomings and ask Him to make sense of your tangled mess. He has a way of un-raveling knots without breaking the string!

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Father, I repent of my willful disobedience, and I thank You for Your watchful eye where I was simply ignorant. You have preserved me and this marriage for Your purposes, and I want the testimony of Your ability to deliver us beyond our faults. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.