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Posted: February 11, 2010
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I recently read “Love Your Heart” by Tim McGraw (yes, the country singer!), writer Tom Douglas, and illustrated by Abigail Marble.   I would recommend this book is a must-read for father’s to read to their 3-7 year old daughters.  Katie’s charming personality resonated with me; she’s a girl everyone could learn a lesson about positivity from, and the father is quite an example of what a father should be too.

This book explores Katie’s journey for the perfect talent for her upcoming talent show.  Now I won’t spoil the surprise, but Katie will win your heart with her actions. 

My favorite part? When the father (who looks and acts a lot like Tim McGraw…) tells Katie to ask God what she should do.  I am so excited to have God back in children’s books!

The illustrations alone kept my nearly-3-year-old daughter captivated.  I would recommend this as a special gift for any rambunctious little girl.  Love Your Heart hardcover book is on Amazon.com for $11.99 + free shipping (Reg. $16.99) PLUS you can add the first book Tim wrote about Katie, called “My Little Girl” for only $6.80, just marked down from $16.99. That’s $18.35 for both, plus free shipping.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted: November 16, 2009
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To My Family:

I love snowy Christmas mornings.

I love the lights in December. I love the music (my husband lets me start blasting it officially the day after Thanksgiving, but if I had my way it would be playing already!). I love decorating my house, particularly our $40 Walmart fake Christmas tree we bought when we were first married and it was the only thing we could afford for Christmas that first year. We still have the same tree. I love the Christmas movies. I love “secret santa” giving. I love getting (I am not going to lie to sound humble!) . I love shopping for: my daughters, my husband, my brothers, my sisters, nieces, nephews, the sick, the needy, my dad’s dog, well anyone. I love the thrill of finding a great deal and thinking “wow this is exactly what Jack wants!”.

I love love love Christmas.

I love saying “Merry Christmas” instead of  “Happy Holidays”. I love having various nativity sets all over my house. I love going to Christmas Pagents. I love hearing about Baby Jesus and reading the Christmas story straight from the scriptures.

I can get a little carried away with things, and one is Christmas. I am already begging my husband to get our lights up on our house! Well, the reason for this post is that on ABC Family right now “A Dennis the Menace Christmas” is playing at 9:00 MST tonight, and I won’t be posting deals because I’ll be watching it with a big bowl of popcorn. I love ABC’s 25 days of Christmas.

Have a happy thanksgiving, get some cuckoo deals on Black Friday, but most of all have a Merry Christmas.

Side note about cuckoo deal shopping in December: If you find deals that you don’t need, but they are free or you can afford them, make sure to scoop them up and donate them to a local charity or church; these deals are greatly appreciated all year, but if you can’t afford it all year, remember that you can really make a difference in how other people’s Christmas’s go with a simple gift.

February 11, 2010
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