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Last week, I shared with you my review of the new VeggieTales movie, Celery Night Fever.  We all loved it and my kids have watched it several times in the last week.  Now I’m excited to tell you about a great opportunity to view this awesome new movie and to enter to win a Veggie Tales birthday party for your child, complete with a visit from Bob and Larry!

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How to enter:

1. Attend the premiere at your local Christian Family store on August 2nd or 3rd.

2. Take a picture of your child or grandchild enjoying the event.

3. Post the picture on Instagram with the hashtag, #CeleryNightFever

It’s that easy!  And here’s what you could win:

Grand Prize:
A VeggieTales Birthday Party Kit for your child and 50 of their closest friends, and a Kobo Arc Tablet preloaded with VeggieTales videos.

Party kit includes:

-A special “in-person” visit from Bob and Larry
-Celery Night Fever DVD
-VeggieTales Celery Night Fever large party poster signed by VeggieTales originator, Mike Nawrocki
-Partyware: Posters, invitations, balloons, coloring pages, crayons, cups, plates, plasticware and party -favors for up to 50 kids
-Suggestions on how party-goers can live out the message from Celery Night Fever

First Prizes:
Five lucky winners will receive Kobo Arc tablets preloaded with VeggieTales videos.

I know my kids would LOVE it!  Check out FamilyChristian.com to find a location near you.  And right now, when you pre-buy your copy of Celery Night Fever, you can get it for only $12.97 PLUS you get a free copy of Free copy of VeggieTales: God Loves You Very Much DVD!

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

I’m a big family of Karen Kingsbury.  I loved her Baxter Family series and “Let Me Hold You Longer” is one of the sweetest children’s books I’ve ever read. So I was super excited to get the chance to review a copy of her new book, “The Family of Jesus”.  The first half of the book blends scripture with fiction to give the reader an idea of what life was like for Joseph, Mary, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth.  The second half of the book is made up of a six week Bible study with each week focusing on one of the characters.  Each of the weekly studies is broken up into 5 days where the reader can learn more and dig deeper into each of the family member’s lives and relationships.  Each week then ends with a Group Discussion session.

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I’m a big history buff and have always wondered what it must have been like for these people during Jesus’s time.  As a mother, I’ve thought about what Mary went through and this book gave me an idea of the emotions and feelings both Mary and Joseph may have experienced.  I honestly had never given that much thought to Zechariah and Elizabeth before, other than the little the Bible says about them as parents of John the Baptist.  ”The Family of Jesus” made me think more about the familial relationships and how Elizabeth was probably a huge help to Mary.  She would have taught Mary so much, from giving birth to what it was like to lose a son.  It was also interesting to read and think about the sibling relationship that James would have had with Jesus.  The book made me think about the sacrifices John made in order to fulfill his job as predecessor to the Savior. I think the book does a really good job of giving insight into these important people’s lives while still retaining biblical accuracy.

I found the book really interesting and engaging.  It helped me to think about things I never had before and to gain a better understanding of each of the six family members.  I really liked the fact that there was a study guide at the end.  This makes “The Family of Jesus” a great book for small groups or Bible studies.

“The Family of Jesus” is available at FamilyChristian.com and at Family Christian stores.  One lucky reader will win a copy of “The Family of Jesus”!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I frequently receive shoes from Umi for review purposes.  No compensation was received for sharing this fun giveaway!

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Umi, Tea Collection and Mabel’s Labels have partnered together to send kids back to school in style!  You can enter their fun sweeps right here on our blog.  What’s up for grabs? 3 Grand Prizes: Each winner will receive a $100 Umi Gift Card, Tea Collection Wardrobe Set ($149 value), and 2 Mabel’s Labels Big Kaboodle™ Combos ($96 value)!   Good luck!

 

 

 

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

It’s hard to believe but Little Miss will be turning 2 in a few months.  She is growing up so fast.  She is anxious to keep up with her brothers and wants to be a big girl.  I know it’s a matter of time before she’s done with her crib.  While that’s a little sad (our crib has been in pretty much continuous use for over 13 years!), the idea of setting up a big girl bed for her is nice.  We decided to go ahead and set up a bed for her so she can start getting used to it.  I was excited to find bedding that would go with her new room.  Beyond Bedding has a great selection of baby and kids’ bedding.  When I saw the Pink French Toile Children’s 4 piece Twin Bedding, I knew it would be perfect!

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It is so pretty!  This vintage French toile and gingham is 100% cotton so it’s nice and soft. It comes with a comforter, bed skirt, pillow sham and valance. The pink is a nice soft shade that goes perfectly with Little Miss’s room.  I love the combination of the two patterns.

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The curtains are the perfect compliment to the bedding and the tab top will allow me to use a pretty decorative rod.

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The set is high quality so I know it will last.  Little Miss certainly seems to love it!

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Beyond Bedding carries bedding for infants through teens and offers $7.95 flat rate shipping to the U.S. You can even order custom teen and toddler bedding!  They are regularly releasing new bedding designs so make sure to check them out! You can also follow Beyond Bedding on Facebook and Twitter to see all the latest styles!

Ten lucky winners will each receive a child’s or teen’s bedding set of their choice!!
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Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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We are big Veggie Tales fans so I was excited to hear about the new VeggieTales dvd, Celery Night Fever!

Synopsis:

Veggie pals Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus have a big job to do…save their beloved Celery Park from being destroyed! Laura and Junior plan a fundraising concert with the formerly famous Groovy Brothers, but the bandmates refuse to play together because of an old grudge. All hope of saving the park seems lost until the group remembers that God forgives without question, so why can’t they do the same? Will the band reunite to save Celery Park? Find out in this fun, music-filled VeggieTales adventure! Featuring Terry Crews as the voice of “Bruce Onion”

My Take:

My kids were excited to find the DVD waiting for us when we got home from vacation and they couldn’t wait to watch it.  We settled in together to watch it after dinner.  We all really enjoyed it!  In fact, I think it is one of my favorites.  I loved the message of friendship and forgiveness.  This is something we stress in our home, both with the kids’ friends and amongst themselves.  Celery Night Fever did a great job of reinforcing this in a fun way.  The DVD includes 6 new songs and as usual, they were really catchy and fun.  The 70′s theme was neat and my hubby and I both found ourselves getting into the songs.  That’s one of the things I love about VeggieTales, it’s fun for adults and kids.  The boys especially like d the new Silly Song with Larry, “Perfect Puppy”.  Little Miss is obsessed with dogs so she loved it!

Celery Night Fever is a great family movie with a great message! It will be released August 5th.  You can pre-order it now and get fun recipes, crafts and activities related to Celery Night Fever now by visiting www.veggietales.com.

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda