3/28/2014

Big Book of Kids’ Birthday Cakes by Pamela Clark

Big Book of Kids' Birthday Cakes

BIG BOOK OF KIDS' BIRTHDAY CAKES 

A Collection of New & Favorite Recipes

by Pamela Clark 

Publisher: Sterling
Published: April 2014
352 pages
ISBN: 1-4549-1187-5
ISBN13: 9781454911876
$24.95 US/$26.95 Canadian
Flexibound/all in color
8 1/4 X 11




CAKES THAT CREATE MEMORIES


"The Big Book of Kids' Birthday Cakes" by Pamela Clark is a magical cookbook! It offers a unique collection featuring: Best-Ever Classics, Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Playtime, and the popular Numbers cakes. You can bake up cupcakes, pop-cakes, and much more. Both kids and adults will love these creative and cute designs!




Giant Donut(Playtime pages 296-297)
From the Playtime collection you can create the 12-inch Giant Donut cake. It is a strawberry jam filled cake frosted with pink icing and sprinkled with yellow and pink Twizzlers. 



Castle for a Princess(Fantasy pages 72-73)
The Fantasy Collection features a fairy-tale "Castle for a Princess" cake that would be a sweet idea for any birthday, slumber or tea party! This pretty-in-pink cake is decorated with waffle ice-cream cones & wafer cones, candy jewelry, lollipops, sugar cubes, vanilla cream cookies and more.


Creepy Crawly Spider(Animals pages 164-165)
If you need a idea for a camping or field trip, summer break or sporting event gathering for the gang, why not consider the "Creepy Crawls Spider" from the Animals collection? This green, purple and  black fanged critter is super cool. 
 

Recipes and Information

If you want to create your own cakes, you can choose from the following recipe mixes: gluten-free butter cake, gluten-free carrot cake, basic butter cake, carrot cake, quick chocolate cake, dark chocolate mud cake, and white chocolate mud cake. Each recipe is equivalent to one 15-ounce package of cake mix. And, make you own icing with basic butter cream/Vienna cream, glace icing, fluffy mock cream, royal icing, or fluffy frosting. If you prefer, you can purchase a ready-made white icing. You can make your own flavor by adding any extract to the butter cream or ready-made white icing.
 
There is a pans & equipment section which shares suggestions with descriptions for various cake pans, piping bags, cutters, tins and so on. There are "step-by-step" tips with photos for cake baking such as rolling out ready-made icing, leveling cakes, covering round or square cake boards, making paper piping bags, making frosting, coloring frosting, and so much more.

At the end of the cookbook, you will find a glossary, conversion chart and full sized cake patterns.

Your child or teenager will love browsing the many colorful pages of the "Big Book of Kids' Birthday Cakes" by Pamela Clark. Do not wait until a birthday to bake up one of these delightful and fun cakes. Every day offers something special to celebrate. What a truly marvelous cookbook! Go make some yummy memories with the ones you love!



ABOUT THE Author:     
Pamela Clark has a passion for food that is reflected in her role as head of a world-famous test kitchen. The team develops and tastes recipes for magazines and cookbooks. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

You can connect with Pamela Clark at Australian Women's Weekly on Goodreads. She has a many more cookbooks to explore.  


Note: Under the "cake" instructions on most of the recipes you are referred to page 345 for the listing on "mixing the cakes". It is actually listed on page 342. Even with this mistake, I am still recommending the book. It gets 4.5 stars out of 5.(They will make note of it for further revisions.)


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Janet Coffield
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com/
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a complimentary copy of "Big Book of Kids' Birthday Cakes" by Pamela Clark through Sterling Publishing Company.

Reprinted with permission from Big Book of Kids’ Birthday Cakes © 2014 Sterling, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Crespel and Dean Wilmot.

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3/27/2014

New Projects! Epic Rubber Band Crafts by Colleen Dorsey


New Projects! Epic Rubber Band Crafts by Colleen Dorsey 

Product Code: DO5472
ISBN: 978-1-57421-914-2
Pages: 48
Size: 8.5" x 10.875" x .1772", Soft Cover


Colleen Dorsey's first book, Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry, was released in October 2013 by Design Originals, an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing. The small independent publisher sold an astonishing 500,000 copies in just three months, placing the title on Amazon's Top 100 list and making it a Publishers Weekly trade paperback best seller. Dorsey's new book promises to repeat that stellar performance, with more never-before-seen projects for the Rainbow Loom.


~ Coming April 2014 ~

"Epic Rubber Band Crafts" by Colleen Dorsey features fifteen never-before-seen super cool projects for girls and boys. You can make cellphone covers, Fashionista wristlet straps, wrapped Glow-in-the-Dark Bracelets, Glam Beaded Curtains, Penguins, Robots, Swords, Vine Bracelets and many more.  This new book features hundreds of step-by-step color photos, kid-friendly instructions, easy-to-follow numbered diagrams, sidebars, tips, tricks and more.

If this is your first rodeo, do not fret! You can begin with learning the basics which teaches you what tools and materials you will need, create a basic bracelet pattern, understanding the diagrams and great tips and tricks. "Epic Rubber Band Crafts" will have your kids spending hours creating fun accessories to show off to their friends wherever they go.

Coming this summer to Design Originals, "Rubber Band Jewelry All Grown Up" by Colleen Dorsey and  "Hooked on Rubber Band Jewelry" by Elizabeth M. Kollmar.


Product Code:
DO5472
ISBN:
978-1-57421-914-2
Pages:
0
Size:
8.5" x 10.875" x .1772"
Product Form:
Soft Cover
- See more at: http://www.foxchapelpublishing.com/epic-rubber-band-crafts#sthash.HFNIz2Ig.dpuf
Design Originals



ABOUT DESIGN ORIGINALS:
Design Originals crafts information for a hands-on world. We publish trendsetting how-to books about Zentangle®, parachute cord crafting, sewing, quilting, needlecrafts, paper arts, scrapbooking, memory crafts, altered art, jewelry making, and much more. Now an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing, our books are full of creative ideas by innovative artists

Fox Chapel Publishing


Design Originals has many more craft books for the craft lover in your family. They even have e-booklets that can be downloaded for quicker access to the projects you want to create. You can purchase a copy of Epic Rubber Band Crafts at Design Originals online. Why not, check out the other books they sale today!


Contest Time: (Rafflecopter Form - Begins 03/27/2014)

Winner is Dina.
 
This contest is sponsored by Design Originals, an Imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing. They will be responsible for prize shipment to our winner at Loving Heart Designs.


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Janet Coffield
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Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a complimentary copy of NEW Projects! Epic Rubber Band Crafts by Colleen Dorsey from Design Originals, an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing. Thank you to our sponsor for providing content and images or this posting.

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3/26/2014

Worldess Wednesday:Auto Salvage & Scrap Yard

Wordless Wednesday: Cox Auto Salvage

Cox Auto Salvage & Scrap Metal

Discount for "Pull Your Own Part"!





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3/25/2014

The Loomy Awards sponsored by The Originial Loom Boom Contest!


The Loom Boom


The Loomy Awards
The Original Loom Boom * Made in USA

The Loomy Awards are sponsored by The Original Loom Boom, a first-of-its kind product intended to organize, display, transport and share your loom bracelet creations. Winners will be chosen from four categories: Best Bracelet, Coolest Charm, Wackiest Wearable, and Best Loom Boom. Three winners will each receive a $250 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card! Plus, all winners will receive a special edition of The Original Loom Boom! Entries can be submitted on The Original Loom Boom’s Facebook page beginning on March 30, 2014, and winners will be announced on a live web award show April 30, 2014.  


Social Media: The Loom Boom can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLoomBoom and Twitter.


Contest Time: One lucky reader will win their very own "The Original Loom Boom!" To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form that is provided below.  Thanks to our sponsors. This contest is open to continental USA only. Sorry, No PO Boxes.

Congratulations to Dina. She won the Loom Boom giveaway! :)

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Janet Coffield
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3/22/2014

Basketry: Basic Techniques Explained Step by Step Caterina Hernandez and Eva Pascual

Schiffer Publishing, LTD.
Basketry by Hernandez & Pascual SRV $34.99

 

Basketry: Basic Techniques Explained Step by Step

Caterina Hernandez and Eva Pascual

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 474 | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764344718 | Binding: hard cover  

 

Many years ago while living in coastal Maine, I recall driving by and seeing several of the locals selling homemade baskets at craft fairs and right outside their homes in their garages. I applaud them for their creativity and passion for the art of basketry. I have always wanted to learn how ever since. I regret that I did not purchase a few baskets too.


You can learn how to make our own baskets with step by step instructions with "Basketry: Basic Techniques Explained Step by Step" from authors Caterina Hernandez and Eva Pascual. They begin teaching us about the materials and tools we will need to complete five projects: a plaited palm pannier, a willow snail cage, a willow and cane basket, a coiled bread basket and a chestnut strip "desca". You may choose from over ten materials to create your project using grass, leaves, shrubs and trees. There is a list of tools for cutting, sewing, shaping, measuring, splitting and more. There are easy-to-follow techniques with suggestions for adaptation and simplification in dealing with particular woods for the base, handles, coiling and more.  Included are over four hundred and seventy-four beautiful photo images along with text descriptions for each material and tips. In conclusion, you will find a helpful glossary followed by a beautiful gallery of projects by contemporary artists.  I found  "Basketry: Basic Techniques Explained Step by Step" to be a wonderful resource that is both inspirational and educational.

 

Schiffer Publishing, LTD. has over 5,000 nonfictional titles to browse and choose from. You can get an inside view of Basketry: Basic Techniques Explained Step by Step  by Caterina Hernandez and Eva Pascual. And, you can download the current spring and summer catalogs for free from Schiffer Publishing, LTD. 

 

Social Media: Schiffer Publishing on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. 

 

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Janet Coffield
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com/
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a complimentary copy of "Basketry: Basic Techniques Explained Step by Step" by Hernandez and Pascual through Schiffer Publishing, LTD/Elizabeth Knauss. Bookmark and Share

3/21/2014

Safe Kids Worldwide #fundraising


www.safekids.org

Drew Barrymore, Kelsey Grammer, Kate Hudson, GWEN STeFANI, Sharon Stone, Mark Wahlberg, and more Support safe kids Day 2014
Nationwide Events to Celebrate Kids, Prevent Injuries and Save Lives

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2014) – Safe Kids Worldwide announced today that annual Safe Kids Day events will be held around the country throughout April. These events will bring together families, celebrities and donors to raise awareness and funds to prevent childhood injuries, the number one killer of kids in the United States.

Numerous celebrities and athletes are joining the effort as Safe Kids Day Celebrity Heroes:

Tom Arnold & Ashley Groussman
Neal & Ruve McDonough
Nigel & Cristen Barker
Alysia & Louis MontaƱo
Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman
Piers Morgan & Celia Walden
Garcelle Beauvais
Bill & Giuliana Rancic
James & Linda Caan
Pete Sampras & Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Tina Charles
Jamie-Lynn Sigler & Cutter Dykstra
Michelle & Michael Chiklis
Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
Kevin & Brandi Garnett
Sharon Stone
Kelsey Grammer & Kayte Walsh
Leonor Varela
Matthew Hatchette
Mark & Rhea Wahlberg
Kate Hudson
Vanna White
Larry & Shawn King
Noelle & Dick Wolf
Chef Josie Smith-Malave


Two national Safe Kids Day fundraising events will be held on Saturday, April 5 at The Lot in Los Angeles and on Saturday, April 12 at the Highline Stages in New York City, in addition to local events held in more than 100 communities across the country.

“Many people are surprised to learn that preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child. We’re honored to be supported by our celebrity heroes and sponsors, who are so dedicated to helping us reach our goal of preventing injuries and saving lives.”

Every year, a million families around the world lose a child to a preventable injury. Millions more children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. Too many families don’t have access to the information they need to keep their children safe from tragedies such as drowning, car crashes, fires and falls. Safe Kids Worldwide provides resources to families and communities to protect children.

The 2014 Safe Kids Day campaign fundraising goal is $1 million. Proceeds from Safe Kids Day support local, state and national injury prevention efforts of Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Day is presented by Children’s TYLENOL® with support from the General Motors Foundation, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, American Airlines, Tyco and others. To learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide and Safe Kids Day, please visit safekids.org.

About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the United States and in 23 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 55 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at safekids.org.



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3/20/2014

Why Happiness Matters By Henry S. Miller

Why Happiness Matters
By Henry S. Miller

Although some would have you think otherwise, the uniquely human pursuit of happiness is not merely some frivolous idle-time activity for the fortunate few. Far from it. Instead, it is a serious pursuit—a duty and responsibility for each of us.

As the progress—or lack thereof—of human evolution has demonstrated, being in a positive, optimistic, and happy frame of mind seems to be what allows some humans to be more successful than others in obtaining life’s essentials: food, shelter, social support, even a mate. So it has always been and so it continues today. And if you still doubt the seriousness of pursuing a happier life, consider your loved ones. Fulfilling the duty of being happy benefits not just yourself but also those closest to you.

The Benefits
Most of the benefits of living a happier life are familiar, yet they are powerful and seemingly endless—and they far outweigh the costs and work needed to achieve this state. Nonetheless, many in our societies often try to diminish the idea of simple, lasting happiness, instead extolling the thrill of peak pleasures and magnificent accomplishments. As a rejoinder to them and a reminder to us all, here is a consensus of what researchers around the world (including those cited in the Suggested Readings list in the Appendix) have proven to result from simply being happy, especially when compared to unhappy, sad or depressed people:

• Success. Overall, happy people are more successful across multiple major domains of life including work, social relationships, income, and health. In addition, the relationship between happiness and success seems to be reciprocal: not only can individual success—whether in love or at work—contribute to feelings of happiness, but happiness also results in more success. In this way, happiness becomes an even more worthwhile pursuit, both as a desirable end in and of itself and as a means to achieve other significant life goals.

• Personally. Happy people more frequently exhibit characteristics such as being strikingly energetic, decisive, and flexible. They are more creative, more helpful to those in need, more self-confident, more forgiving, more charitable, more sociable, and more loving. Compared to unhappy people, happier people are more trusting, more loving, and more responsive. They have greater self-control, can tolerate frustration better, are less likely to be abusive, are more lenient, and demonstrate enhanced coping skills.

• Socially. Happy people have more friends, richer social interactions, correspondingly stronger social support, and experience longer and more satisfying marriages.

• Work. In addition to bringing all their positive personal attributes to work, happy people have been proven to be more likely to perform better, achieve greater productivity and deliver a higher quality work product. They tend to receive a higher income as a result.

• Physical health. Happy people experience less pain, are often in better health, are more active with more energy and even, not surprisingly, live longer. They have lower stress levels and stronger immune systems that fight disease more effectively. By comparison, stressed and depressed people are more vulnerable to various illnesses.

• Mental health. Happy individuals construe daily situations and major life events in relatively more positive and more adaptive ways that seem to reinforce their happiness. They are also less likely to exaggerate any criticism, however slight, that they may receive, as opposed to unhappy individuals who react to life experiences in negative ways that only reinforce their unhappiness.

What’s at Stake
Take your pursuit of a happier and more fulfilling life seriously—it is a worthy goal especially in times of uncertainty and strife. Your success in striving to thrive is a precious gift that benefits not only yourself but also all those around you as well as the world at large—benefits that can’t be overestimated.

Trust and believe that you are worthy enough to prioritize and focus your time and energy on living a happier life. First and foremost, you owe it to yourself to try to be as happy as you can. You also owe it to those around you: your spouse, your parents, your children, your friends and acquaintances and coworkers and colleagues. If you question or doubt the seriousness of this pursuit or tend to trivialize the value of being happier, just ask any spouse or significant other what it’s like to live with an unhappy and unfulfilled partner. Ask a parent about the pain suffered by all if a child is unhappy. Or ask a child what it’s like to be raised by an unhappy, unfulfilled, angry, and bitter parent. Ask a supervisor what it’s like to try to work with unhappy, frustrated, and unmotivated employees. Then ask a worker about working for an unhappy manager. Or ask an unhappy and probably friendless acquaintance about the worthiness of happiness as a goal. Think carefully about the impact of choosing to live a happier life. Realize that because happiness has been demonstrated to be contagious, your individual happiness can affect not only you and those closest to you but also those living nearby. Individual happiness matters much more—and can have a much more extensive impact—than ever realized before.

Finally, recall your childhood: groups of young children playing together, exploring, curious about everything, giggling in wide-eyed wonderment. Compare that picture to a group of typical adults commuting in cars or trains or buses or subways: dull faces gazing unseeingly straight ahead, emotionless. What have they lost? When did they lose it? And can they get it back?
Remember that one day, you will be sitting on that proverbial rocking chair on some front porch or veranda, maybe overlooking the ocean, and a stranger will sit down beside you and politely ask: “So, what did you do in your life?”

What will you say?
The stakes are high. The price of unhappiness is steep. And life is short.

[Excerpted from the book The Serious Pursuit of Happiness: Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive]
 
About Henry S. Miller…
Henry S. Miller is the author of The Serious Pursuit of Happiness:  Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive and Inspiration for the Pursuit of Happiness:  Wisdom to Guide your Journey to a Better Life. He is also the creator of the online membership program Get SERIOUS About Your Happiness:  20 Transformational Tools for Turbulent Times. As President of The Henry Miller Group (www.millergroup.com), he is a speaker, trainer, and consultant helping organizations improve engagement, performance, and productivity specifically by increasing employee well being. In prior careers, Henry was a Senior Consultant for the Tom Peters Company training and coaching senior management teams worldwide in leadership and his initial career in corporate America was with IBM. 

 

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3/19/2014

Wordless Wednesday: Take a Daughter Shopping Day

Wordless Wednesday: Take A Daughter Shopping Day


Summer is wondering when it's her turn to shop! lol


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3/18/2014

Hey, Did you know that Charlie Brown is BACK?

Toot Toot!!! Listen up! The 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studio's upcoming film PEANUTS has been released! 

Welcome Back, Charlie Brown!


Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang are back!!!!

For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz's timeless "Peanuts" comic strip will be making their big-screen debut; like they've never been seen before in a CG-Animated Feature film in 3D.



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3/15/2014

Easter Round-up Giveaway from Zonderkidz

 March is National Reading Month

Zonderkidz Easter 2014 Roundup
On Sunday, April 20th, 2014, Easter presents itself along with all the beautiful signs of creation for this spring. Have you thought of what special gifts to share this holiday with the children ages 8 to teens in your family? Let me share with you some wonderful fiction and non-fictional book ideas for gift giving this Easter from Zonderkidz.

To learn more about each book, visit the links provided. Happy Easter!



714477: NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions: 365 Days of Adventure NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions: 365 Days of Adventure
By Robin Schmitt / ZonderKidz

Grab your spyglass and compass and set sail for adventure! Like a map that leads to great treasure, the NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions takes kids on a thrilling, enriching quest. This yearlong devotional is filled with exciting fictional stories about kids finding adventure in the real world. Each devotional entry ends with a short special feature, like "Words to Treasure," "People in Bible Times," "Live It!" or "Did You Know?" Boys and girls will learn more about God and the Bible, and be inspired to live a life of faith--the greatest adventure of all! It's a perfect companion to the bestselling Bible for kids, the NIV Adventure Bible. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.





NIV Sequin Bible Blue Sparkle
By Zondervan

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1152
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 031073097X
ISBN-13: 9780310730972
Availability: Available to ship on or about 03/13/14.
Email me when this product is available.
Text Color: Red Letter

Publisher's Description

This fun and attractive Sequin Bible includes the complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) with a cover design that is full of sparkle and shine. Girls can express their style wherever they go!





730861: NIV Young Women of Faith Bible, Hardcover, Printed Caseside NIV Young Women of Faith Bible, Hardcover, Printed Caseside
By Susie Shellenberger / ZonderKidz


Popular study Bible for girls 8 and up, now available in the updated NIV.
Designed to encourage girls ages 8 and up to develop a habit of studying God's Word, this Bible is filled with engaging features to help them learn more about themselves and their relationship with God. Weekly studies and many of the side notes are linked to the women's study Bible, the NIV Women of Faith Study Bible, allowing mothers and daughters to share God's Word together.

Features include:
  • Weekly Bible studies apply biblical truths to life
  • Side notes address difficult passages and offer historical and cultural insights
  • Journal captures other girls' experiences or struggles along with space for the user to record their own
  • "I Believe" statements of faith and foundational beliefs
  • "Memory Challenges" are verses worth remembering
  • "If I Were There . . ." include Bible stories that place the reader in the Bible character's situation
Susie Shellenberger is a fulltime speaker and has written 51 books. She has a monthly magazine for teen girls called SUSIE Mag. She lives in Colorado and enjoys cuddling with her mini-Schnauzer, Obie.





744222: NIV Bible for Teens, Blue NIV Bible for Teens, Blue
By Zondervan / Zondervan

Measuring less than an inch thick, this Bible is easy to take with you any place you go... school, church, wherever! Features:
  • Presentation page
  • Words of Christ in red
  • 8 pages of full-color maps
  • Extra-thin edition---less than one inch thick
  • Easy to read, 8.5 font size
  • Ribbon marker





0726005: NIV The Jesus Bible: Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible, Hardcover, Printed NIV The Jesus Bible: Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible, Hardcover, Printed
By Zondervan


An all new full-featured Bible for kids ages 9-12 that focuses on Jesus and how his teachings apply to everyday life.
Jesus isn't just found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. His presence can be felt throughout the whole Bible, even at the beginning in Genesis. The Jesus Bible contains the complete New International Version (NIV) with daily study helps that point you to Jesus and show how he fulfilled the prophecies for the Messiah found in the Old Testament.

Features:
  • Presentation page for personalization and gift giving
  • Book introductions explain where Jesus appears in each book of the Bible
  • 365 devotions revolve around the “sightings” of Jesus in the Old Testament and his life and teachings in the New Testament
  • Application notes to help kids apply Jesus’ teachings to real life today
  • Hundreds of clues highlight the promises/prophesies made about Jesus in the Old Testament and the fulfillments in the New Testament
  • Index of the Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Christ




Fictional Reading

Ages 8 to 12


#1: The Ether: Vero Rising
By Laurice Elehwany Molinari / ZonderKidz

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)
ISBN: 0310735556
ISBN-13: 9780310735557
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 9-12
Series: Ether

Publisher's Description


While living a seemingly ordinary life, a 12-year-old boy discovers his true identity of a guardian angel and must begin his intense training under the guidance of the archangels while still living his suburban life.




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742944: Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek
By Jill Osborne / Zondervan

In book one of Jill Osborne's new series, Riley Mae Hart becomes the new spokesgirl for the Swiftriver Shoe Company's outdoor sport collection. But being in the spotlight isn't all it's cracked up to be, and Riley Mae learns tough but valuable lessons about family, friendship, and what it means to be a godly young woman.




TEENS

744696: All In: Student Edition: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life All In: Student Edition: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life
By Mark Batterson & Parker Batterson / Zondervan

The Gospel costs nothing, but demands everything. In this student edition of All In, bestselling author and pastor Mark Batterson explores the fact that if Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all. Through stories and examples, Mark shows readers how to go all in when it comes to their faith---because no matter your age, it's time to ante up.





742531: Gods at War, Student Edition: The Battle for Your Heart That Will Define Your Life Gods at War, Student Edition: The Battle for Your Heart That Will Define Your Life
By Kyle Idleman / Zondervan

In this student edition of gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps us recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus Christ is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else like money or popularity. While these pursuits may not be the 'graven images' of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you're struggling with, the fear you're dealing with, the lack of purpose you're living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.


Thanks to Zonderkidz, we are having an Easter Roundup Giveaway! Please use the Rafflecopter Form to register for a chance to win wonderful prizes! Thank you!

The Easter Round-up Giveaway will be split into two age-appropriate categories: Ages 8-12 and Teens. Please tell us which category, male or female and which books you want to win from the Easter Round-up 2014! (Please, leave your main comment in the "post a comment" form below as a mandatory entry.) 



Ages 8 to 12


*Adventure Bible Book of Devotions  written by Robin Schmitt
*The Ether: Vero Rising by Laurice E. Molinari
Or
*Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek by Jill Osborne
*The Sequin Bible NIV  (Blue flower)
Or
*The Jesus Bible NIV  (Hardcover) 9780310726005
(winners will receive the devotional and a fiction title and Bible of their choice)

Teens

*All In Student Edition by Mark & Parker Batterson 
*Gods at War Student Edition by Kyle Idleman 
*Young Women of Faith Bible, NIV (Hardcover) 
Or 
*NIV Bible for Teens (Blue) 
(winners will receive both nonfiction books and a Bible of their choice)
Winners Pending! Thank you! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
This Easter Round-up Giveaway ends Monday, March 31, 2014. The winner has 48 hrs to reply with their name, address, and other requested information. Please note that the sponsor is responsible for shipping your prize. Please allow amply time for shipment and processing. Loving Heart Designs is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged products. (No PO Box, USA only)

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com/
Disclaimer: I was extremely blessed to received free copies of the Easter Roundup 2014 books through Zonderkidz for this review posting. Product content, links and images provided through Christianbook.com and Zondervan.

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3/13/2014

Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum by Cynthia Bardes

Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum




“Move over Nancy Drew! This pint-sized poodle, Pansy, is one heck of  a canine detective!” —Leslie McGuirk
 
 
 I have always been  a fan of children books especially when I began home-schooling our five daughters back in 1989. And now, my youngest child is eight years old and I have half a dozen grandchildren that I long to read to and share the love of reading.

"Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum," by Cynthia Bardes is the second of the Pansy Series. The series began with "Pansy at the Palace: A Beverly Hills Mystery." In "Pansy in Paris," Avery and her tiny toy poodle named Pansy live at the Palace Hotel in Beverly Hills. Pansy has been honored from her recent roll in a mystery where she helped capture a jewel thief.  And, now she has been summoned by Inspector Claude to Paris, France to help solve another mystery of stolen paintings from the Museum during the Dog Day at the Museum event. Who is stealing the paintings? Will Pansy and Avery sniff out the guilty party?
 
What a lovely series! "Pansy in Paris," reminds me of the stories of "Eloise," by Kay Thompson and "Madeline," by Ludwig Bemelmans. Cynthia Bardes has created a wonderful mystery series with Pansy, the toy poodle, and Avery. Each page is filled with bright and colorful artwork by illustrator, Virginia Best. 
 
What a great book to read to small children and excellent to be read-aloud or silently by young children. I hope you will inspect it! Enjoy!



Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum


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~GAhome2mom
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Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a free copy of "Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum," by Cynthia Bardes through Susannah Greenberg Public Relations.

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3/12/2014

Wordless Wednesday: North Topsail NC

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North Topsail, NC 2014



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3/11/2014

The Maison Sajou Sewing Book by Lucinda Ganderton

 
THE MAISON SAJOU SEWING BOOK SRV:$30 US

Surrey, UK—March 2014. From bed linens and tablecloths to book covers and monograms, The Maison Sajou Sewing Book (Gibbs Smith, $30.00 U.S. • Hardcover, 7 3⁄4 x 10 1⁄2 in, 192 Pages, 30 Color Photographs, 200 Illustrations, March 2014, 978-1-4236-3490-4) presents twenty embroidery projects designed to bring refined French style into your home. With straightforward step sequences, patterns, and templates, even the most novice sewer will find pleasure in the delicate embroidery of monograms, pointelle borders, and drawn threadwork.

Maison Sajou was founded in 1828 by Jacques-Simon Sajou and dominated the French embroidery market for years. The design of both packaging and goods was exquisitely detailed and elaborate, representing the best of French craftsmanship. Some years ago, many of the famed materials, from threads and ribbons to linens and silks, were brought back into production for today’s stitchers. The Maison Sajou Sewing Book celebrates this resurgence of these fine materials.

Crafters will delight in refresher projects that will sharpen their sewing skills until they are ready to tackle more intricate designs with ease. While the sophisticated design of these projects recall a time when embroidery was an everyday activity for many women, even the most intricate of projects in this book will only take hours, rather than days.


THE MAISON SAJOU SEWING BOOK - Butterfly Collection


My Thoughts 

Once the weather warms up each summer, we enjoy loading up the car and taking the kids to the coast for a day trip. It would be grand to have a new beach tote like the Summer Tote Bag with the breezy, seaside theme from the Maison Sajou Sewing Book. This tote is made from striped fabric and features nautical motifs of a red, white and black light house, a sailboat, anchor and other maritime designs. 


THE MAISON SAJOU SEWING BOOK - Butterfly Collection


The Maison Sajou Sewing Book features over twenty stunning and simplistic embroidery projects, thirty colorful photographs, two hundred illustrations in one exquisite, hardcover book that is inspired by the nineteenth century French haberdashery. There is something for every level of ability. Each exquisite design brings sophistication to simple stitch-work. The results are exquisite.  

Included is the Techniques section that shares a Basic Sewing Kit, Materials and Sewing Techniques, Embroidery, Cross-stitch, Needlepoint, Outline and Border Stitches, and Isolated Stitches."

THE MAISON SAJOU SEWING BOOK

About the Author
Lucinda Ganderton is author of The Liberty Book of Home Sewing(2011) and has written over a dozen sewing and embroidery books. She resides in Richmond, Surrey.
 

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Janet Coffield
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