Tracie Long Longevity Series: Staying Power DVD

Staying Power DVD SRV $14.98
Tracie Long Longevity Series: Staying Power DVD 

Coming Tuesday, April 8, 2014 

As previously mentioned at Loving Heart Designs - I am reviewing all three Tracie Long "Longevity" Series DVDs. Staying Power is the second DVD in this new series from Shelter Island. 

Staying Power features medium to high-powered cardio using the medicine ball along with hi-rep light weight conditioning. Staying Power combines these two together to work your shoulders, core, hips, glutes, inner and outer thighs. Your heart gets pumping, you break a good sweat and it helps you get more fit and trim.
Are you ready to workout? Well, I tried Staying Power for the first time on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. I enjoyed learning the new cardio exercises. I used a Medicine Ball for the first time too.(8 lbs) If you have not worked out in a few months and are a beginner with weight and cardio training I recommend that you watch the DVD then perform without the weights until you get the routine memorized.

Tracie Long "Longevity" Series - Staying Power DVD
Tracie Long is a wonderful fitness teacher and instructor. She is real. She actually sweats along with you. Yes, I will use Tracie Long "Longevity" Series DVDs as part of my workout regularly. I hope you will too! Remember to go at your own pace. Don't Quit! Pause. Stop. Have fun!

Tracie Long "Longevity" Series - Staying Power is geared for women ages 35 and up. Step Forward is 50 minutes long and includes 3 bonus custom chapters: Go Strapless(22 minutes), Lean and Mean(12 minutes), and Belly, Bust and Butt(12 minutes).

Also, read about the first workout DVD from Tracie Long "Longevity" Series - Defining Shape  from Loving Heart Designs.

About Tracie Long
Tracie Long (Mathewes), founder of “Tracie Long Fitness” has spent more than 25 years in the fitness industry. At 44 years old, Long shows no signs of slowing down. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina, Long is a certified fitness trainer. She became famous working for The Firm, one of the most successful fitness franchises in history. Today, Tracie and her husband, John own and manage Tracie Long Fitness, a Charleston, South Carolina fitness studio.

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Wordless Wednesday: Summer

 Wordless Wednesday: Summer

Summer- New Wilson Soccer Ball(Ages 8 -12)  & Skechers Sneakers

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Drawing with Mark: We All SCREAM for ICE CREAM! & HAPPY TAILS DVD

Drawing With Mark: We All Scream for Ice Cream! & Happy Tails DVD

Drawing With Mark DVD's SRV $14.98

Drawing with Mark: We All SCREAM for ICE CREAM! & HAPPY TAILS DVD

Bonus: Draw Along Booklet - Mark's Practice Guide

Bonus: Draw Along Booklet - Practice drawing Twinkle Mouse!

Attention: FREE Drawing Lessons at Drawing With Mark online! These free downloadable PDF sheets are a great idea for birthday parties or one-on-one drawing lessons with your children. Just pop in the DVD and pull out one of the printed lesson sheets! It makes the lesson more exciting! 

Free Drawing Lesson PDF Sheets:
  • Let's Draw a cute Cat!
  • Let's Draw a cute Dog!
  • Let's Draw an Ice Cream cone!
  • Let's Draw an Ice Cream truck!

Drawing With Mark would love to see your artwork too. Share you children's artwork or letters at the Magical Attic!

Why not, check out the FREE YouTube video of Drawing With Mark: Learn to Draw Saturn!

Look for Drawing with Mark DVD's at your local Michael's and other online stores where available. (Amazon)

Social Media: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Youtube!

My Thoughts

Drawing can be so much fun! If you or your child has an interest in drawing then why not give "Drawing with Mark" DVD's a chance to spike your creativity. The lessons are fun and easy to follow for both youngsters and adults.

My daughter and I have enjoyed learning to draw from Drawing With Mark: "We All Scream for Ice Cream!" and "Happy Tails" from Drawing With Mark on DVD. These episodes take us to a local animal shelter, The Buddy Dog Humane Society. We get to meet a friend furry friends and then it's back to the attic for a drawing lesson. Do not forget that you can print out free lesson sheets online that can be distributed to your child or children before you begin your DVD lessons.  Enjoy!

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Drawing With Mark: Reach for the Stars! and A Day with the Dinosaurs DVD

Learn to Draw With Mark!

Drawing with Mark! DVD SRV: $14.98

Drawing with Mark: Reach for the Stars! and A Day with the Dinosaurs DVD Series

Let's join along with Mark Marderosian as we spend a day at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.  Mr. Marderosian begins the first episode teaching us about the planets, stars and outer space! You can learn to draw a friendly astronaut and the planets. The bonus segment teaches how to draw a space ship. The second episode takes us back to the Museum of Science where we learn some dinosaur facts and then we head back to the attic to draw a Pterodactyl and Tyrannosaur Rex dinosaur.

Each of the two Drawing with Mark episodes are about thirty minutes long. They gear the programs for ages 5 and up but it's great fun for the entire family. Each episode ends with a reading list guide. One of the coolest things is you can stop each lesson so your youngster can catch up if they miss something. With each special field trip your child learns new facts about the topic of each program.

Also, check out the free YouTube video of Drawing With Mark: Learn to Draw Saturn.

Samples of Drawing with Mark by Summer & Mom
I enjoyed drawing right along with my daughter, Summer. The Drawing with Mark DVD's are a great way to spend more time with her. They are educational and a great idea for home study mini-programs!

Bonus: Draw Along Booklet - Mark's Practice Guide

Bonus: Draw Along Booklet - Practice drawing Twinkle Mouse!

There are extra drawing lessons online at Drawing With Mark to download for free!

Look for Drawing with Mark DVD's at your local Michael's!

Social Media: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Youtube!

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Wordless Wednesday: Valentine's Day Weekend

 Wordless Wednesday: Valentine's Day

Red Roses - Valentine's Day 2014

Getting Ready for Date Night
Valentine's Day 2014

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February is Heart Disease Awareness Month, Why Not Keep Your Child's Lunch Heart Healthy with PlanetBox?

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month, Why Not Keep Your Child’s Lunch Heart Healthy with PlanetBox? 

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month.  The Mayo Clinic's top two recommendations for a heart healthy diet are:

                  -Control your portion size

                  -Eat more fruits and veggies

And that's exactly what packing your lunch in a PlanetBox® will help you do!
Now how do we control portion size?

The easiest way to reduce portion size is to pack your lunch in a Planet Box® lunch box.  The small, segmented containers in their bento box design are the best way to pack delicious, portion-sized meals on the go, all while being health and environmentally conscious.

How do we encourage your child to eat more fruits and veggies?

Adding lots of fruits and vegetables to your diet will help your child have a healthy heart .They keep you feeling full for longer than processed food so you won't even feel the need to eat loads.They are also low calorie and contain fiber. Planet Box® lunchboxes encourage diverse additions of fruits and vegetables to your meals with plenty of segmented containers to add everything from snap peas to raspberries.

Fun Fact: Apples are a great heart healthy snack, because they contain flavonoids. Flavonoids promote heart health by reducing platelet adhesion in arteries, lowering cholesterol, and relaxing and dilating arteries
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About Planet Box:

Packing a healthy lunch that your child will actually eat is a sore subject for many parents.  How do you pack a lunch that is nutritionally sound, diverse, and appealing to your little one? How do you protect your children from the harmful effects of plastic but keep food from “touching”? We introduce you to the Planet Box®.

Fortunately, PlanetBox® has streamlined this daunting morning task of packing your child’s lunch. Lunch can be packed into a functional, eco-friendly line of lunch boxes that are appealing, simple to pack, easy to wash and safe from the harmful effects of plastic.

The bento-box style of PlanetBox lunchboxes was inspired by co-founders Robert Miros, an engineer and industrial designer, and his wife Caroline, a children’s health educator.  They craved something that was one piece, but had separate compartments to keep foods neat and fresh.  It needed to be easy to open and close—especially for little fingers—as well as easy to clean.  They wanted it to be durable enough to last for years to come, but still modern and stylish to stay fresh and current.

This spring, start a new trend with a lunch box that keeps food fresh and your children excited to sit down for their mid-day meal.

Camille Schmidt
BigPicture PR
San Francisco - New York

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In A Heartbeat CD by Laura Doherty

In a Heartbeat by Laura Doherty 


Released FEBRUARY 2014




"Laura's warm, sunny, friendly voice is reminiscent of Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin and The Waifs." -- Parents' Choice Gold Award review of Laura Doherty's Kids in the City

"One of the best artists making music for the preschoolers in your life." -- Stefan Shepherd, Zooglobble.com

CHICAGO -- With Parents' Choice Gold and Silver Awards for her first two children's albums in her hip pocket, independent musician Laura Doherty releases her third kids' CD, In a Heartbeat, today!  Featured guest artist is Glenn Kotche of Wilco. (Laura Doherty Music, $15.00, for ages 0 - 6, run time 34 minutes.)

A collection of cozy, upbeat songs to warm the hearts of all ages, In a Heartbeat is perfect for Valentine's Day.  The album finds its genesis in the love Laura Doherty feels for both the Westchester County, NY region where she grew up and her "adopted hometown" of Chicago, where she's resided for most of the past two decades.  Half the songs on In a Heartbeat were written in New York and half in Chicago, with Laura taking inspiration from the lush, rolling hills of the Hudson Valley as well as Chicago's vibrant, urban energy.

Known for her warm, engaging style, Laura Doherty has a remarkable ear for a catchy melody, a passion for creating sweet, folk-inspired songs, and a one-of-a-kind ability to connect with children that earned her the moniker "Chicago's pop sweetheart for kids" from AAA Living MagazineTime Out NY Kids declared Laura's 2009 Parents' Choice Gold and Nappa Gold Award-winning Kids in the City to be one of that year's "Top 10 Kids' Albums."  Time Out Chicago gave 4 stars to her 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Award-winning Shining Like a Star and rated Laura as one of Chicago's Top 4 Children's Artists (with Justin Roberts, Ella Jenkins, and Ralph Covert).

Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats!

# # #

MAR. 1 - World Cafe Live,  PHILADELPHIA, PA  Buy Tix: HERE
MAR. 23 - KDHX The Stage  -  ST. LOUIS, MO
Mar. 30 - High Noon Saloon  -  MADISON, WI
June 17-20  - LEXINGTON, KY   
(12 Lexington libraries in 4 days!)
...more dates coming soon

Youtube: Heartbeat by Laura Doherty

 My Thoughts

I love sharing new and not-so-new artist with my readers, especially for the whole family.  Music is like the air we breathe - a necessity! Plus, I think our children are trying grow up too quickly. I want them to have fun and enjoy being a kid. Having mom and dad sing songs together can create wonderful memories and great bonding times together.

Laura Doherty is another wonderful children's recording artist that has poured her heart into every song. You may be familiar with her previous recordings: Shining Like A Star and Kids in the City.  In a Heartbeat was released just before Valentine's Day 2014 and features her acoustic folk-pop talent along with some jazz-blues mix. In A Heartbeat has thirteen fun songs that touch on the topics of growing up, shyness, love and more. (34 minutes) She is joined by several big talented Chicago musicians: Cat Tager, Rob Newhouse, Andrew Wilkins and Glenn Kotche. She has performed hundreds of concerts at festivals and venues. She is an award winning producer, too. 

In A Heartbeat Song List:

1. I'm a Little Fish
2. Bicycle
3. Jazzasarus(concert characters)
4. Heartbeat
5. Butterfly
6. Drum Kit
7. Domingo the Flamingo (concert characters)
8. It's OK To Be Shy
9. Breakfast Gives Me Energy
10. Electric Guitar
11. Woolly Woolly Bear
12. Paper Moon
13. See Ya Later Alligator

Please take time to watch the YouTube video posted above of Laura Doherty as she sings her newest song, Heartbeat. Heartbeat is a fun song with a great rhythm that will have you singing and humming it all day long.

If you love concerts, then check out her schedule! If there's not a concert in your area, check out iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.com to purchase your own copy of In A Heartbeat CD online today! MP3's are .99 cents each at Music makes great gifts, too!

Laura  Doherty Band Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & YouTube.

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American Heroes #4 CD by Jonathan Sprout

American Heroes #4 by Jonathan Sprout CD  SRV $12.97

 Grammy® Nominee Jonathan Sprout’s Latest AMERICAN HEROES #4
The Award-Winning (15 So Far) Series Continues

Just arrived... Tuesday, February 11th, 2014!

(Southampton, PA )  Look!  Up in the sky!  It’s a bird! It’s a plane!  It’s … Samantha Smith.  Who?  Not all heroes are Superman. Most are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  Many are known the world over but many live down the street quietly doing something great.
But all have accomplished things that deserve to be celebrated, praised – and set to music.  This is where Jonathan Sprout shines.  

Jonathan Sprout

 American Heroes #4 is Jonathan’s fourth musical commemoration of the words and deeds of some of the best among us. If you think history can’t be fun, take a look and listen to the ten heroes children will meet:  26th President of the United States?  That’s Teddy Roosevelt and he’s here.  Have you heard of green eggs and ham?  You have if you are Sam I Am – or Dr. Seuss.  Wild hair and E=mc²?  Albert Einstein – you’re a genius.  America’s first great Latin baseball superstar and humanitarian?  Roberto Clemente, of course.  Seen any magical movies that tickle your child and the child in you?  Thank Walt Disney.  Do you live in Pennsylvania – or know where it is?  That would be William Penn’s doing.  The first black woman to serve as a presidential advisor?  Not Condoleeza Rice – Mary McLeod Bethune.  When girls don the green scouting uniform and sash do they think of Juliette Gordon Low?  They should.  Who can we thank when we breathe pure air and drink clean water?  We can start with Rachel Carson.  Which brings us to Samantha Smith.  A ten year old girl who wrote to, and later visited, the leader of the Soviet Union in pursuit of peace.  Now that’s powerful.

American Heroes #4 has a big, bold sound – pop, rock, Latin and gospel rhythms; strong, vibrant lead vocals; full, expressive background vocals. The remarkable choices of instrumentation and production make a statement: this CD is a party about HEROES!  It is so chock full of whimsy, humor and funny touches woven throughout (such as the gimcracks, gewgaws and vaudeville sounds of “Dr. Seuss”) that you discover something new every time you listen.  Jonathan does a staggering amount of research for each song making history not only come alive for children, he makes it sing!

American Heroes #3 was nominated for a Grammy® Award.  The first three CD's in the series have won a total of 15 awards including Parents’ Choice, NAPPA, Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, Dove, iParenting Media, Creative Child, Dr. Toy, Mom’s Choice and Family Choice.  This is Jonathan’s tenth recording.

Jonathan has performed more than 5,000 concerts and songwriting workshops for children.  His recordings and concerts have earned critical acclaim as groundbreaking entries in the field of educational children’s music.

My Thoughts

Track List: 

1. Unstoppable (Juliette Gordon Low)
2. Come with Me! (William Penn)
3. E=mc2 (Albert Einstein)
4. Hall of Fame (Roberto Clemente)
5. Man in the Arena (Theodore Roosevelt)
6. Through the Eyes of a Child (Walt Disney)
7. Powerful (Samantha Smith)
8. Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel)
9. Interconnected(Rachel Carson)
10. Heads, Hearts, and Hands (Mary McLeod Bethune)
11. I See a Hero

You can subscribe to Jonathan Sprouts mailing list to receive a newsletter that shares free song samples and concert information. Jonathan Sprout's website shares various links: book a concert, parent/teacher resources, photo gallery, song writing workshops and more. 

You can purchase his music from Amazon, CDBaby.com, Kidzmusic.com and Songs for Teaching

My Thoughts

It's fun to sing songs with Jonathan Sprout! His newest release is called American Heroes #4. He sings songs about heroes like Walt Disney, Dr. Seuss, Theodore Roosevelt, Juliette Gordon Low, Albert Einstein, Rachel Carson and many others. American Heroes #4 will have your kids dancing and singing.

One of my favorite songs is Unstoppable about one of my heroes, Juliette Gordon Low.  She is the creator of Girls Scouts of USA. When I was a young girl I was in the Girls Scouts as a Brownie.  I also grew up in Georgia, the same state that she is from. 

I am sure you will pick your favorite heroes from American Heroes #4. If your child is unfamiliar with some of the heroes it offers as a great learning opportunity. I think it could be time to visit the local library! American Heroes #4 is a great addition to our home-school library. 
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Origami Rose (Jo Nakashima)

Origami Rose  by Jo Nakashima

Happy Valentine's Day



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Learning Muliplication Tables Online

School House Rock

Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication - My Hero, Zero Music Video(YouTube)

School House Rock Season 1 Multiplication Episode 2 - Elementary My Dear
Counting by Two's(YouTube)

Counting by FIVES(YouTube)

Multiplication Tables 2 to 10

If you have helpful links for learning multiplication, please share those in the comment section below.

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Wordless Wednesday: Birthday Girl

 Wordless Wednesday: Birthday Girl

Happy 18th Birthday, Tara!!!

Our daughter, Tara, has been sick with Gerd. She could not have chocolate cake and ice cream this year. She opted for Cheese Cake. We wanted to take her the Mayflower to eat fish like we did last year, but she is not eating anything much lately. She said she had a good birthday despite her illness.

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Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures DVD

Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures  SRP:$12.98

hop on board for all-new adventures with little nutbrown hare in this dove-approved dvd for the whole family!

guess how much i love you: 
friendship adventures

Street Date: February 18, 2013
SRP: $12.98


From the importance of friendship to embracing differences in one another, young home viewers will learn valuable life lessons -- and have fun doing it - in the whimsical, all-new DVD from Entertainment One, GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: FRIENDSHIP ADVENTURES. 

Across seven charming, colorfully-animated episodes inspired by Sam McBratney's best-selling book and produced by Australia's SLR Productions, join Little Nutbrown hare, his father and all his forest friends - fun-loving Field Mouse, mischievous Little Grey Squirrel, tricky Little Redwood Fox and Little White Owl -- as they explore the grassy fields, mossy forests, lazy rivers and sunny green valleys all around them.  Episodes, which can also be seen on Disney Junior, include "Favorite Thing", "Fly Away Home", "Follow Me", "I Promise", "All Fall Down", "New Friend" and "Leaf Shade".


Type: DVD
Catalog #:  EOE-DV-7640
Running Time: 96 mins.
Rating: NR
Genre:  Animation/Kids
Aspect Ratio: 16 x 9 (1.78:1)
Audio:  2.0 Dolby Digital
Language: English with SDH Subtitles

For the latest breaking news on GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU and other releases, follow Entertainment One on Twitter: http://twitter.com/eOneHomeVideo


My Thoughts

Guess How Much I Love You springs from best-selling books by Sam McBratney. They are beautifully illustrated by Anita Jeram. The main characters are Little Nutbrown Hare, his father - Big Nutbrown Hare and many of their woodland friends. The series teaches valuable life lessons that deal with friendship, sharing, tolerance, promise keeping, taking responsibility, forgiveness and more.

And the NEW Guess How Much I Love You ~ The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare:  Friendship Adventures DVD features seven charming episodes: (Shown on Disney Junior)

  • Favorite Thing
  • Fly Away Home
  • Follow Me
  • I Promise
  • All Fall Down
  • New Friend
  • Leaf Shade

Of the seven episodes featured we like "Favorite Thing", "Leaf Shade" and "All Fall Down". "Favorite Thing" shares the importance of taking care of things that we borrow from our friends.  "Leaf Shade" focuses on the important lesson of sharing. And, "All Fall Down" teaches that's it is okay to be different. (tolerance)

I love how each episode ends with the "Guess How Much I Love You" question between Big Nutbrown Hare and his son, Little Nutbrown Hare.

All of the episodes offer wonderful lessons that are highly important for healthy growth in childhood. Guess How Much I Love You is my top pick for this years children's programming.

Contest Winners Pending: Erin, Tiffani & Collin

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A Christian Writer's World ~~ Characters who grip your heart: THE MONUMENTS MEN - movie - One Free Movie Poster

A Christian Writer's World ~~ Characters who grip your heart: THE MONUMENTS MEN - movie - One Free Movie Poster: My Review:  I hadn’t heard about the Monuments Men until my friend Cara Putman wrote the novel Shadowed by Grace. I featured her with...

Free Movie Poster Giveaway at A Christian Writer's World! 



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Learn to Draw with Mark! Review

"Drawing with Mark" DVD SRV $14.98

Street Date ... Friday, March 11, 2014 

Let's take a field trip with professional illustrator, Mark Marderosian to Woods Hole Science Aquarium NOAA in Woods Hole, MA.the oldest aquarium in the United States of America. While visiting we can learn about many different kinds of fish and sea life.

On the "Drawing with Mark" DVD, you will find two episodes that are approximately thirty minutes long and takes place in The Magical Attic.

In "Something Fishy!", we begin by learning how to draw a sea star and a school of fish. The second episode features, "A Day at the Aquarium!" where we meet harbor seals, LuSeal and Bumper, and Stumpy the turtle. We learn to draw them and to add special touches to the backgrounds.

Mark begins by teaching us the basics of drawing using the simple shapes of a circle, square and triangle. We learn to use shading, foundation lines and details to create our own special masterpieces. As a bonus, there are cute cartoons featuring Angels from the Attic friends, fun facts, trivia, a recommended book list and how to make an origami fish. Let's not forget the draw along booklet which includes: Twinkle Mouse, Mark's Drawing Guide and Coloring Sheet. 

You can download free coloring book pages at Angels from the Attic  and visit Drawing with Mark for more fun stuff to do online. Are you excited? Let's get to draw! Get your pencils, crayons, eraser and paper ready!

Something Fishy! Book List:

  • Fish School by Nancy Poydar
  • Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish by Janet Halfmann
  • Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast by Eric Ode
  • Harry Horseshoe Crab, A Tale of Crawly Creatures by Susanne Tate

A Day at the Aquarium!" Book List:

  • Sea Turtles: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series) by Kay de Silva
  • What Kind of Turtle Am I? by Donna M. Zappala
  • Sammy the Seal (I Can Read Book 1) by Syd Hoff
  • Seal Pup Grows Up Book & Toy Set : The Story of a Harbor Seal by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

You can find these books at your local library or bookstore. And, be sure to watch for more "Drawing with Mark" DVDs!

My daughter, Summer enjoys "Drawing with Mark!" DVDs.

"Drawing with Mark" DVDs are a great idea for parents that want to encourage their child to draw and be creative. It allows their imaginations to run wild and free. It is a wonderful way to jazz up a home-school art and science curriculum. If your child needs more practice then you control the remote. Pause. Rewind. Play. Have fun drawing!

Watch on YouTube "Learn to Draw Saturn! by "Drawing with Mark"

Social Media: Woods Hole Science Aquarium on Facebook.

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Wordless Wednesday: Drawing with Mark

 Wordless Wednesday: Drawing with Mark

Drawing with Mark: "Something Fishy!" & "A Day at the Aquarium!"

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Geronimo Stilton: Intrigue on the Rodent Express DVD

Geronimo Stilton: Intrigue on the Rodent Express DVD

Geronimo Stilton: Intrigue on the Rodent Express DVD SRP: $12.98
celebrate the ENOR-MOUSE 10TH anniversary of unlikely action hero, geronimo stilton, with an exciting, all-new caper-filled dvd!

geronimo stilton: intrigue on the 
rodent express and other adventures

Street Date: February 4, 2013
SRP: $12.98

As everyone's favorite mouse hero celebrates 10 years in print as part of Scholastic's hit book series, get set for more of his fabu-mouse adventures and loads of laughter with four action-packed episodes in GERONIMO STILTON: INTRIGUE ON THE RODENT EXPRESS AND OTHER ADVENTURES!

The famous New Mouse City journalist, best-selling author and editor for the big city daily, "The Rodent's Gazette", would prefer to do nothing more than to live a quiet life, yet, somehow, adventure always finds Geronimo and his pals.  With his younger sister Thea, cousin Trap, favorite nephew Benjamin and sometimes Aunt Sweetfur, Geronimo is launched into exciting capers filled with hilarious hijinks and far-flung antics that take them all around the world in search of the next big scoop!

From the lead story, "Intrigue on the Rodent Express", when the reclusive Mouseharishi grants an interview to our intrepid reporter through several additional adventures, celebrate a decade of Geronimo Stilton with this new, Dove-approved DVD perfect for the whole family! 


Geronimo Stilton, Sister Thea and Nephew Benjamin

Edizioni Piemme of Milan, Italy is the author of the best-selling children's series titled, Geronimo Stilton. Since 2004, Scholastic Corporation has published the English version of Geronimo Stilton. Who is Geronimo Stilton? He is a newspaper journalist and editor for the Rodent's Gazette in New Mouse City on Mouse Island. He along with his sister Thea, cousin Trap, nephew Benjamin and others join together to solve adventure mysteries. 

Geronimo Stilton: Intrigue on the Rodent Express is ninety-six minute DVD which features four action packed episodes: Intrigue on the Rodent Express, The Mummy With No Name, The Mask of the Rat-Jitsu, and Starring Geronimo. Each show is filled with laughter and adventure as Stilton and pals go around the world solving mysteries. It's geared towards children ages six and up.

My daughter and I enjoyed watching each of the episodes. We had a difficult time deciding which one was our favorite. We admit that we were not familiar with the Geronimo Stilton book series but do recommend it as family fun and safe viewing for all ages. Enjoy!

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My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook by Phil A. Smouse

My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook

 "There's nothing more wonderful than being a grandparent!" Phil A. Smouse

My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook 
Written by Phil A. Smouse
Illustrated by Ela Jarzabek

My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook is written by Phil A. Smouse. Mr. Smouse is an accomplished writer, illustrator, and graphic artist. He has written over forty children and adult books, including God Calling for Kids, 365 Bible Promises for Little Hearts, I Can Read God's Word and many more. He loves to write and illustrate bible based stories for children. He and his wife live in Pennsylvania with their two children and beautiful granddaughter.

Ela Jarzabek is a talented artist and illustrator from Poland. She is a recent graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. She has been creating her own stories and illustrating them ever since she was a small child. She continues to work as a freelance illustrator.She loves creating animals and princesses.

My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook is a wonderful way to connect with the grandchild or grandchildren in your life. Each of the fifteen stories are short and easy to understand for younger children. The illustrator makes the stories come alive with the cute illustrations. The Love Note from Grandma and the Love Note from God help tie up the story with thought provoking questions that get your grandchild more involved.  The Love Note from God is a simplified version of a Bible verse to bring it all to a close.

This Bible storybook is written for ages two to five. It is a great read-a-loud for an older child like my eight year old daughter. She smiled as she read it to me. She loved the beautiful illustrations featured throughout the storybook. I look forwards to reading My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook when my grandchildren visit with me. The stories are short and to the point which allows for the shorter attention span of younger children. It only takes a few seconds to make lasting loving memories. Sharing the Love of God generation after generation is a beautiful blessing we should all want to pass on. 

Phil A. Smouse has many wonderful children's Bibles, devotionals and books that are great to share with your child or grandchild.

Social Media Connection: Facebook and Phil A. Smouse Online.

 May God Bless You,
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a free complimentary copy through Tyndale Bloggers Network at Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review of My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook by Phil A. Smouse.
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When & Why to Change Spark Plugs?

When & Why Replace Spark Plugs?

Warnings Signs to Check Spark Plugs:

1. Engine makes a rough idle sound
2. Car has trouble starting
3. Radio Interference
4. The engine misfires
5. Engine hesitation
6. Vehicles consumes high fuel
7. Poor Acceleration

First of all, what are spark plugs? Spark Plugs are important to keep your car traveling up and down the road. Spark Plugs work with the motor to provide a spark to ignite the air and fuel mixture within the cylinders.  Regularly check your spark plugs, clean and change when necessary to prevent problems with your automobiles engine. If any of the warning items listed above are happening it could cause serious problems for your vehicle down the road and major headaches.

As you know, each vehicle differs in the recommendation for when to change the spark plugs. Ford recommends changing your spark plugs every 100,000 miles. You should check your car manual for your particular make and model of car.

Many of you can head to your local auto parts shop or online to purchase spark plugs at a reasonable price and make repairs as needed without help from a car dealer or auto repair shop. It is cheaper if you can do it yourself but you will need a few tools. The auto parts dealer can help you find the exact spark plugs for your vehicle and suggests essential tools to aid in the repair like a feeler gauge. If the thought of maintaining your own car frightens you, then seek a reputable mechanic or dealership in your hometown. Seriously, it was hard for my husband to get inside of our Mercury Mountaineer to remove several of the plugs. It is not always such a tight spot for many automobiles. He successfully removed and replaced all six plugs. (Est. Cost under $6.00 each) We have noticed a savings at the gas pump already. Before the idle issues arrived we had our air filter replaced during a regular oil change but the idle and shut off have not stopped. We will have to replace the Massive Air Flow Sensor(MAF) ourselves or have it repaired at a local garage. (This is an expensive procedure of nearly $400.)

Motorcraft®  & Bosch Platinum Spark Plugs
As you can see in the images above we had previously used Motorcraft Spark Plugs
and successfully exchanged them for the Bosch Platinum +4. You can find many popular brands
like Bosch, Denso, Champion and others from most auto part stores. You may find helpful
do-it-yourself videos online from sites like YouTube or other automobile maintenance sites.

For more information, visit Auto Zone Repair Guide for Spark Plugs and Wires.

If problems still occur even after changing your spark plugs, please seek professional advice.

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Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs wanted to share this information for educational purposes only. I am not a professional mechanic or repair person.
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