Monday, August 23, 2010


If you are looking for an AMAZING FAMILY DAY next summer ... head to Langhorn, PA for some SESAME STREET MAGIC!

There is wet fun for the hot days and dry fun for the days that water just isn't on the schedule!
This year is SESAME PLACE's 30th birthday so the daily parade is definitely a must see!
These are my favorite "boys" on the planet... the middle shirtless one was enjoying his 5th birthday with all the friends of Sesame Street. And because of the 30th celebration, I had him convinced that THAT BIG CAKE was for him and ELMO made it! :)
SESAME PLACE is easy to get to. Simple to plan for. And unforgettable even for us OLD people. Just look at that smile... it is well worth the visit!
Hope you will find the time to enjoy, too!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

'Between God and Me' by Vicki Courtney - A BOOK REVIEW

This is my new favorite book for my daughter and I to read together! I am also a 5th & 6th grade ministry leader and found so much info in this mag/book pertinent to tweens - both BOY and GIRL...and with just a little bit of tweaking, the boys never knew it came form a "girl magazine."

In a world of songs that promote immoral behavior, stores that advertise small swatches of fabric as appropriate clothing and magazines aimed at children preaching the "if it feels good, do it" message, we as mothers NEED Vicki Courtney's support.

Vicki leads the young women of today using the gentle guidance of TRUTH. If you have a tween girl in your home or one close to your heart, this will be the best $13 you EVER spend!

With games, quizzes and journalling spaces on topics such as "Lies to Wise," "R U Following the Right Crowd?" and "Generosity vs. Geed" this journey through Proverbs will have you and your daughter connecting on a level most likely deeper than before.

These are critical character-building years and Vicki Courtney can "bring it home' like no one else I have read.

I have worked with teens for years and Vicki has a way of bringing the information and sparking the heart in such a gentle way, teens will open up and discover as much about themselves as they will the Bible.

Head to AMAZON and get your copy now. Mine is too dog-eared and worn to offer a borrow.


Friday, August 20, 2010

MobiGo - A VTech REVIEW

I love VTech toys...and so do my kids. So when VTech contacts me to do a review, they know they are going to get a "YES!" from this Mommy Blogger.

The MobiGo is our NEW favorite toy! The screen is so clear, like a TV, no pixels here! It slides open like a cell phone to reveal a QWERTY keyboard and the sounds are clear - it is just one of the best toys we have.

The games are inexpensive and now, as of mid-July, Vtech offers downloadable games right from their website.
Take the guided tour here: MOBIGO

My son's best friend was drawn to this game like a we let him borrow it for a couple days - he was addicted. Of course, VTech had sent it to me before it was even available in stores so his mom was chomping at the bit for its release date.

We were leaving for a LONG trip in the car and needed the MobiGo back...the hesitant hand-off was like watching a tear-jerker movie live. Shaky hands, painful grimace on one side and a joyous boy reunited with a favorite toy on the other side.

Our young BFF now has his own MobiGo and even bought  my son a NASCAR game for his birthday! Everyone is thrilled. I LOVE VTECH!

I was given a MobiGo by VTech for my review. I was allowed to keep the product, but the opinion I am sharing remains my own.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

AMISH PROVERBS - Book Review & Contest!

A couple  months ago I reviewed an amazing book, The Choice by Suzannne Woods Fisher. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was THRILLED when LitFuse contacted me to review Suzanne's next book, AMISH PROVERBS!

I live in Amish Country, PA so I am well aware of the wisdom of my "plain" neighbors. Their lives are amazingly simple and their faith is pure and unshaken. I have often thought that a day on the farm with no electricity or phones may just be a blessing compared to my world of cheer practice, iPods, emails and Facebook. Did I say, "may be..." I am sure it WOULD be!

Some of my favorites in this book..
"Don't believe everything you think."
"It is better to give others a piece of your heart than a piece of your mind."
"A child can read a parent's character before he can read the alphabet."
"A truly happy person is one whi can enjoy the scenery of a detour."

Each section of the book has beautiful photographs of Amish lifestyle and a short poignant story followed by short proverbs from the Amish culture. This is a book you could leave around and pick up when you need a "pick me up." With sections such as Work Ethic, Children and Family, Handling Adveristy and many more, there is no stone is a soul's refresher course in living the RIGHT way!

Suzanne's Amish Proverbs just hit the shelves. To celebrate she's giving away a KINDLE and throwing a party! Let the fun begin. See below for info and links.
Find out more about the book, Suzanne and the blog tour here.
Enter Suzanne Woods Fisher's Simple Wisdom KINDLE Giveaway!

Simple Wisdom giveaway=

One Grand Prize winner will receive a Kindle preloaded with Suzanne Woods Fisher titles. The Prize Pack (valued at over $205.00) includes:

* A brand new KINDLE, Free 3G, 6", Latest Generation

* Amish Peace by Suzanne Woods Fisher

* The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

To enter, simply click on the icons below to fill out the entry form, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest.

Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on September 1st.

Sweet Kindle Giveaway 

Join Suzanne for a Wrap-up Party on September 1st!

She’ll be announcing the winner of the Simple Wisdom KINDLE Giveaway, chatting with readers, and giving away copies of Amish Proverbs and The Choice! Be sure to join us on Wednesday , September 1st at 8PM EST at Suzanne’s Author Page

Be sure to check out the blog tour here or purchase a copy of Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life!