Showing posts with label give aways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label give aways. Show all posts

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Woodcarver: Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Paloma who tweeted about this movie!  Look for more giveaways in the future.

Thanks for stopping by,  

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Woodcarver: A Family Movie Review and Giveaway!

One great thing about being a blogger is the opportunity to try new products and share them with my readers. Little Guy and I just finished a neat curriculum (Who Am I?) which featured a master woodcarver. How fitting it was to have a chance to see a new movie called The Woodcarver. He was excited just reading the cover.






About the Movie:
Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.




I loved everything about this movie. The message, the choice of characters, the conflicts, and the suspense level captivated me during the entire movie. I enjoyed Little Guy's commentary on the parallels between the movie and the story we read. He decided the dad in this movie was worse than the father our Bible studyAlthough it is rated P.G., there wasn't anything in it that Little Guy could not handle. This is a terrific family film that has a great ending.


How can you win a copy of The Woodcarver for yourself?


  • Tweet this post.


  • Visit Christian Cinema and tell me about a movie from their site that you have enjoyed.

  • Like Christian Cinema on Facebook 


  • Subscribe to my blog.


  • Follow me on this blog or twitter @accidentallyhs, I promise not to overtweet you!

  • For each entry that you do, leave a separate comment. You can enter up to 6 times. This giveaway will end next Thursday, March 15th. If you can't wait to see it, it is available now at Christian Cinema for only $10.92.




    Thanks for stopping by,   




     



    On a side note...
    And now to satisfy the ever increasing need of the government to control our free speech:
    "Disclosure of material Connection: I recieved the movie listed above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and beli8eve would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in advertising."

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    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Winner................Is it You????

    The winner of the Shunning DVD is Christine. Christine, I am not a mind reader, please send me your contact information so the nice lady at Propeller can send you your prize. Congratulations!!! You are going to love this movie.
    Please click on the email button to the right and shoot me an email with your contact information.
    For those who didn't win......Christine has 48 hours to respond or I will shun her and move onto the next winner.

    Thanks for entering, and look for more great give aways of Christian products here.

    ~Terri

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    Friday, September 16, 2011

    The Shunning: A Movie Review and Giveaway

    Years ago, before homeschooling, career, and chaos, I had the luxury of endless reading. There was enough time to enjoy Christian fiction, and stay up late reading. I particularly enjoyed fiction by Beverly Lewis. One book, The Shunning, I recall clearly. I remember scrambling to order the sequel from my local library. It is part of a series, Heritage of Lancaster County.

    Beverly Lewis has tremendous insight into the Amish community. She answers frequently asked questions on her web site:

    Were you raised Amish? 

    I grew up an Assembly of God minister's daughter in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania—literally, on the second pew! However, my keen interest in Plain culture comes from a close family connection to Old Order Mennonites. My maternal grandmother—Ada Ranck Buchwalter—left the Mennonite community when she married. Many of Ada's family members were Mennonites, so I had Plain relatives on Mother's side.

    I am interested in knowing more about your Plain heritage. How much experience do you have with that lifestyle? 

    I have lived with Old Order Amish on two separate occasions, while doing continued research on The Heritage of Lancaster County trilogy (The Shunning and subsequent sequels). My connection to the Plain community comes from my mother's Old Order Mennonite heritage. Growing up, I was surrounded by Mother's family at reunions and church gatherings. I remember going to water baptisms and all of us singing without any musical instruments—the rich four-part harmony of voices—happily watching relatives and friends being completely immersed in the Susquehanna River, just as I was baptized later at the age of 12.

    What, if any, has the reaction been from the Amish community to your books? 

    I have received a lot of mail from Amish people. (Some who have been shunned.) Many ask, "How do you know so much about our tradition and culture?" Others from the New Order Amish have requested that I portray their communities, as well, such as Ohio, Indiana, and other states.
    My thoughts on  Beverly Lewis' the Shunning

    Years later, her book, The Shunning was turned into a movie. A good movie. 

    I am not what you would consider a movie buff, much to the Gman's disappointment. He loves the rare times when I sit still with him for a movie. He even jumped at the chance to watch a chick flick with me. I loved it. Because I had read the book and he hadn't, I knew the secrets. He kept asking me questions about what happens next and I replied in the manner of one who is surrounded by men.
    "If I tell you, I'll have to kill you!"
    I won't give away any of the ending, but this movie will have you waiting for the sequel or reading Lewis' books if you haven't already.
    Beverly Lewis' The Shunning - About the Movie
    Before she succumbs to cancer, the dying wish of Laura Mayfield-Bennett is to be reunited with the daughter she never knew. Unfortunately, that daughter, Katie Lapp, is a member of the Amish order. Katie is about to be married, but uneasy about the path ahead.  Now she discovers the secret her parents have kept from her: she's adopted. 
    The film is based on the celebrated first novel of the best-selling "The Heritage of Lancaster County" book series from author Beverly Lewis. Stars Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield.


    Visit the movie website or visit them on Facebook here to find out more about this great movie.

    If The Shunning sounds like a movie you would enjoy, I am happy to offer you a chance to win your own copy. Just leave me a comment below saying you would like to win. For extra entries, leave additional comments telling me you shared this link in any of the following ways:

    • Tweet it using the following tweet: I entered to win The Shunning DVD here http://bit.ly/p7mKuT
    • Share this on Facebook.
    • Follow The Shunning on Facebook.
    • Subscribe to my blog.
    • Follow me on this blog or twitter @accidentallyhs, I promise not to overtweet you!

    This giveaway is open to all U.S. residents. I will be drawing a winner next Thursday, September 22.

    If you don't win, don't worry. The Shunning DVD is available to purchase for $16.99 from Amazon.

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Terri G.

    On a side note...
    And now to satisfy the ever increasing need of the government to control our free speech:
    "Disclosure of material Connection: I recieved the movie listed above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and beli8eve would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in advertising."

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    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    Winner, late dinner and the good news

    If you forgot to enter the giveaway for the Magdalena: Through Her Eyes, I'm sorry, you snooze, you lose. It's probably the best thing I've given away on my blog, so far. I'm looking forward to watching this awesome movie again with the Gman.


    In the last few weeks, I have been very fortunate to win some blog giveaways. Look forward to some upcoming photos of Little Guy sporting his gift. I promise I won't bore you with the photos of his new Land's End clothes.

    Who else has been blessed this week?


    I am happy to announce the winner, nickandkatherine.  He/she/they have 48 hours to contact me. If you know Nick or Katherine, be a friend and let them know. My hope is for the winner to get their DVD before Easter. By the comments, it sounds like he/she/they will get the most out of it. I'd love to hold a discussion with a teen group after the movie.



    Thanks for stopping by,


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    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    A review and giveaway: Magdalena: Through Her Eyes

    I watched Magdalena: Through Her Eyes yesterday morning, in place of my Bible reading.

    All I can say is "Wow!"

    Well, that's not really true, I am never short of words.

    This isn't just a movie about the life of Jesus. This is about the effect of Jesus on a life.

    I can relate.

    This fabulous film is produced by Campus Crusade for Christ. You cannot watch this movie and be unaffected. Through the viewpoint of Mary Magdalena and others you see so many faces of Jesus and the way he treated women.

    Some facts about the film.
    • Written, directed and produced by women for women. Visit the original movie website for the full story.
    • Filming began in 2006.
    • Premiered at the United Nations, March 2007, for the International Day of the Woman.
    • Shown in more than 42 countries to date.
    • Over 70 languages available and counting. Call 1-800-432-1997 for information on other languages.
    This isn't just a movie. It is a tool.

    You can use it for a small group Bible study, an outreach, or for personal Bible time. Included with the movie is a study guide and links to several resources to ehance this movie.
    The website Magdalaea Today includes:
    I'm not going to retell the story. You know the story, but just like reading the Word of God, you can discover new things each time. The film's directors have done a fantastic job of re-creating the moment. There were so many underlying issues that the story deals with; self-righteousness, prejudice, hatred, being ashamed of the Gospel, faith, and pride are a few.

    If this sounds like a movie, you would love to share with others, this is a perfect time. Especially, if you know someone who only thinks of Jesus at Christmas or Easter. This isn't just a chick flick. When Random watched it, he was glued to it. 

    I am giving away one Dvd of the movie, Reflections of Hope Bible Study, "Women's Ministry Leader" event marketing materials to one blessed reader. I will choose a winner on Saturday, April 16th. There are a few things to do to enter. 

    First Entry:
    In the comments, tell me you would like to win. 

    For additional entries, you can share this on Twitter, by email, on Facebook or on your blog. Because I believe that you wouldn't lie to me to try to win a movie about Jesus, I'm going to trust you. You don't need to share the link with me. Just let me know you did it. 

    For an extra entry, in the comments, suggest a great way to use the movie.  Hosting a ladies movie night is my thought. And if I do, you can be sure I'll blog about it.

    As always, read the fine print:

    “Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or
    services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it
    on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally
    and believe will be good for my readers. 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.”

    Thanks for stopping by,
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    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Giveaway: Rebecca St. James: I Will Praise You


    This giveaway is closed, click here for more chances to win.



    I am pleased to host another review and giveaway on my blog. This one isn't just for homeschool Mamas. This is for anyone who likes praise music.

    Today is the release date of Rebecca St. James' new worship CD, I Will Praise You!

    I popped in the CD and cranked it, throughout my whole house. One of the side benefits to being married to an electrician. My kids woke up to it as I listened and tackled my laundry pile. Is there a better way to start the day than by praising God, with someone who can actually sing? 

    I've always been a fan of Rebecca St. James. These aren't like your traditional Sunday hymns, these are upbeat worship songs. Her new worship CD doesn't disappoint me. One of my pet peeves about some Christian artists is just who are they singing about?, I am not questioning whether these songs are to her King or her boyfriend. She is truly praising God! 



    The only song that took a minute for me to get used to was her rendition of Matt Redman's "You never let go." I love that song and at first it was odd listening to it sung by a female vocalist. It seems, she picks up the tempo a bit.

    Because everyone has different tastes in music, don't take my word for it. Check out these links for more information about this CD and Rebecca St. James:
    Would you love to win a copy of I Will Praise You, just in time for Easter?  

    It's easy to enter:

    In the comment section, leave a comment telling me what your go to song is for worship, or the one that comforts you most. Make sure you include a way for me to contact you. For extra entires, you can do the following:
    • Tweet this giveaway using this code and leave a comment letting me know you did it. http://bit.ly/gxAbcc I entered to win Rebecca St. James I Will Praise You. @accidentallyhs #giveaway #Christian
    • Go to http://rsjames.com/listeningparty and let me know which song you loved.
    • Leave a comment just telling me that you love Christian music.
    I will choose a winner Saturday, April 9th. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.


    As always, read the fine print:

    “Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or
    services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it
    on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally
    and believe will be good for my readers. 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.”

    Thanks for stopping by,





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    Friday, April 1, 2011

    Winner, and I'm not fooling


    Last week I reviewed "The Crossmaker". Since today is National Atheists Day, the day I promised to announce the winner, here are the results:

    Why do I call it National Atheists Day? My dear friend Sabie Baby used to have this bumper sticker on her car until she bought her awesomely cool Honda CRV.

    image credit Henry Brant & Co.

    Back to the giveaway, the winner is Stacie Frost, she's no fool.



    Thanks to all who entered. If you didn't win, don't cry, you can always visit See The Light and buy one for yourself.
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    Friday, March 25, 2011

    "The Crossmaker" DVD giveaway and review

    Last Christmas, my boys had a chance to try out "See the Light'"' Christmas art lessons. Now just in time for Easter, we had a chance to try their new art lessons, "The Crossmaker".


    This DVD is an art lesson focused around the Easter Story. It includes a beautifully told account of the Easter Story from a child's eyes, using artwork. As we watched the movie together, my boys were glued. The story combined artwork, old fashioned story telling and the Gospel message. I appreciated the Gospel presented with such simple truth.

    After the movie, the boys completed the first art lesson together, as they followed along with the teacher. Since we have such a variety of ages, we needed to pause it to let Little Guy catch up. The older boys had to show some patience, hence the looks in the picture below. In between the technique, the teacher offered great little hints to improve their artwork. This lesson required only drawing paper, plain and colored pencils. For a more dramatic effect, a black light bulb was used in the art lesson. This Dvd also has Easter themed lessons in chalk and watercolors. We are hoping to use these as Easter cards.



    See The Light is a new company that has been putting out Bible focused art lessons. They have been adding new titles frequently, so check their web site to see what they offer. For the Crossmaker, they offer lesson supplements. These are perfect for planning a complete Sunday School lesson. The bonus features includes a short video called "Know the Light". This explains to children the plan of Salvation.

    I am pleased to offer one of my blog readers a chance to win their own copy of The Crossmaker. This drawing closes on Nation Atheists Day, my sister-in-law's birthday, or a.k.a. Friday, April 1st at noon. I want the winner to have plenty of time to enjoy this Dvd before Easter. This give away is for U.S. addresses only.


    By the way, even if you aren't homeschooling, your family will enjoy this Dvd. I plan on showing the story part to my Sunday School class. The art lesson were used with my boys who are 6, 13 and 15, which was a good fit.


    You have up to eight ways to enter. I will be using Random.org to draw a winner. Follow the directions below and leave me a comment letting me know each way you entered:
    1. Tell me who in your family would enjoy this most, nicknames are o.k. with me.
    2. Follow Accidentally Homeschooling or let me know that you already do.
    3. Follow me accidentallyhs on twitter. 
    4. Tweet about this giveaway using this link http://bit.ly/hk7nM0.
    5. Subscribe in the box below.
    6. Like See the Light on Facebook www.facebook.com/SeeTheLightShineArt 
    7. Follow See the Light on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/SeeTheLightArt
    8. Visit the website of See the Light Shine and tell me which of their products interests you.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of these of the products mentioned for free in hopes that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255:Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.

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    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    Winner Announced: "The Brotherhood"


    Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway
    for the Jerry B. Jenkins' novel, The Brotherhood.
    And the winner is...
    Congratulations to Becky from Our Peaceful Home
    She will be bringing even more peace to her home with a thoughtful gift for her hubby. 
    Now I feel so very Valentine-ish. How lovely of Becky to think of him.
    You can look forward to more give aways soon 
    and tomorrow's Valentine's Day post about
     "The Birds and the Bees, homeschool style."

    If you don't want to miss the next giveaway, enter your email address:


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    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    Help Wanted! Are you a blogger looking to try something new?

    Review Giveaway!

    No hoops to jump through on this blog to win...well maybe a few. If you have a blog, and you have school-aged kids, yes, I know those are some big hoops to jump through, then you are a winner.  But statistically, chances are you may have both. I want to share with you a chance to write your own review.

    Maybe you have never done a curriculum review on a blog. Let's face it we all have reviewed curriculum at one point in our parenting. Just bring up the words Saxon math at the playground, and I can assure you, you will hear some reviews from homeschool moms and traditional school parents.


    Jennifer over at Time4learning is looking to join with up to 15 bloggers for a review. 
    Time4Learning is an online homeschool curriculum that offers a complete curriculum in language arts and math for grades pre-k through eighth. They also offer science, social studies and art as a bonus.

    I arranged a Time4Learning Review Giveaway for my blogger friends who are interested in writing an honest review in exchange for a FREE 30 day trial. This free trial is good for up to 4 students. If you are interested, fill out this form to get started.

    You can read my review of this fantastic program if you are wondering what Paperboy and I thought about it.

    If you are going to try this or have any questions, leave me a comment, I'll do my best to answer them.


    I welcome reader comments with open arms. I also understand if you aren't the commenting or hugging type of person, you can drop me an email at accidentallyhomeschooling@gmail.com.

    Monday, February 7, 2011

    Blog Tour: The Brotherhood. A review and a give away!



    The Brotherhood, A Precinct 11 Novel is a new book in a series by the popular author Jerry B. Jenkins of Left Behind fame. Jenkins has authored 175 books and of those, 20 have made it to the New York Times best sellers list. 

    The Story

    Boone Drake appears to be "all set". Perfect life, pretty wife, son and the beginnings of a promising career define him. That is until he has a Book of Job day. When the dust settles, the remains are sparse. Guilt, bitterness and unbelief rule his thoughts. He does have a few advantages; a persistent pastor and at least the job he loves, for now. When that is put on the line, he realizes what little he really has. After some plot twists and text messages from his faithful pastor, his life begins to change. His trust in God and God's ability to change people is literally put to the test as meets a viscous gang leader whose fame is in his many brutal kills.

    My Opinion

    I have always been a Jenkins fan and a lover of old police shows. I welcomed this novel, it grabbed me right away with the action and kept me on the edge. The details of the police 'brotherhood' and the streets of Chicago were fascinating to me. This is quick read with strong modern Christian characters and realistic action. My son, who also loved the Left Behind series is anxious to start reading this one. I have to warn you, Jenkins does leave you hanging at the end. No spoilers here, but I am looking forward to Jenkins' next in the precinct 11 series The Betrayal.


     I came away with this

    I enjoy fiction, especially Christian fiction with characters that have qualities in their lives that I lack. In the Brotherhood, Pastor Sosa, was inspiring. He didn't claim to have all of the answers, he didn't try to fix everything, yet he had a passion for sharing the word of God, faithfully.  His text messaging of Bible verses was a little outside of the box for me, but brilliant. When I am trying to encourage someone, I often use my own words to help. This is nice, but it is not the same as the Word of God. For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ~Hebrews 4:12. After reading The Brotherhood, I was challenged to share more of God's word and less of me.

    Are you interested?

    Are you a fan of clean police dramas? Would you like to win a copy of this book? Tyndale has given me a certificate for a free copy of this book to give to one of my readers. I am sorry that it is for U.S. readers only  and sorry Dad, you cannot enter. I'm just following the rules.

    Here's the unavoidable rules and since it's for a book about a police officer, I will be enforcing them.

    The required one: Leave a comment on my blog, letting me know that you would like to win.


    The extra entries: Share, tweet or email this review to your friends and let me know how you did it in the comments section for each entry. Make sure you leave a way for me to find you. Subscribing to my blog by feedburner below will get you another entry. It's also a great way never to miss this blog. Just let me know you did in an additional comment.

    I will be picking a winner on February 13th.

    More rules, I have to follow:
    I participated and received this copy of the Brotherhood from Tyndale press for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not paid for this review.
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    Thursday, December 30, 2010

    Thrifty Thursday: Winners of the Best Book

    Winning things instead of buying them is thrifty. I am happy to announce the two winners of the best book in the world giveaway. 

    Before I tell you who the winners are, I have to tell you why I am so excited to give these Bibles away.

    I collect Bibles. I don't believe in hoarding them. I love to give them out. The most important thing for a new Christian to own is a Bible. I truly believe if I had not bought a Bible the day before I came to Jesus, I would have long drifted away from Him. I share my story in my very first blog post.

    Now when I meet a new Christian or if I am witnessing to an unbeliever, one of the first things I ask them is: "Do you have a Bible?" I don't want anyone following me (ahem, following my blog is o.k.) or my words, I want them to understand who God is by His powerful Word. I believe regularly reading God's word fortifies a Christan against false doctrines, worldliness and selfishness. It's like I tell my preschool Sunday school class while flexing my muscles, "The Word of God makes you a strong Christian who can fight the Devil." 

    I have been passing out Bibles randomly for years. Just last month, God was faithful to show me, it is not in vain. Two ladies at Laser tag(because that's where boy moms hang out) and I were talking. One reminded me years ago about the Bible promise book I had given her. I had forgotten about it. The other friend piped up. "You gave me a Bible, too!" That was last summer. I bet those books aren't collecting dust. I have been watching those ladies grow in Christ. How cool is that? 

    If you didn't win, don't be disappointed, pick up the Bible you already own. If you did win, please pass it on, it's too good to sit on a shelf. If you have some Bibles collecting dust, pass them on. You never know how much you are blessing someone.

    Now for the Journey Bible:



    The winning comment is:

    Michelle said...




    My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:10-14 and I like it in The Message version:

    This is God's Word on the subject: "As soon as Babylon's seventy years are up and not a day before, I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. "When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. "When you come looking for me, you'll find me. "Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." God's Decree. "I'll turn things around for you. I'll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you"—God's Decree—"bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it."

    For the awesomely stylish slimline red leather Bible:
    the winning comment is:


    momma24 said...




    My favorite verse is John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Someone showed me that verse when we were going through our miscarriages and the Truth speaks to me every time I read it. I also love Psalm 115:3, "Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him." Of course there is also Psalm Psalm 56:8 "Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?" Love that one, too! ;-D

    I will be in touch with the winners, congratulations! Being a thrifty person, I will mail them media rate. Look for more fun giveaways next year!



    I welcome reader comments with open arms. I also understand if you aren't the commenting or hugging type of person, you can drop me an email at accidentallyhomeschooling@gmail.com.

    Friday, December 10, 2010

    Giveaway Winner Announced: See The Light


    Great News! The winner of the See The Light Dvd has been chosen using the ever-cool Random Number Generator. Congratulations to Shirley. She has been contacted and is thrilled. 
    Staying up late and entering blog contests, is not always a bad idea. She will now See The Light with her family!

    If you didn't win, do not be discouraged. 
    SSSHHH.........I have some inside secret blog information. A sister-in-thrift and homeschooling blogger is working on this same give away. As soon as it is posted, I will pass on the info to you. 


    Have a Great Weekend! 


    Tuesday, December 7, 2010

    The Gift of Love: A giveaway and review- Closed

    This giveaway is closed, be sure to check back often for more great contests!


    I was given a chance to review a new Christmas Dvd. The Gift of Love is a Christmas story and art lessons. What a great way to blend home school art and Christmas together. I know each year when I am choosing gifts for my family, I like to sneak in few educational things. This Dvd would make a great gift. I can even recommended this gift for an unbelieving family, as there is a bonus feature of a beautiful, clear 7 minute gospel presentation. I cannot think of a nicer thing than to spend time with our loved ones creating real Christmas art in this busy season. This will be one our new traditions.



    It begins with a ten minute video illustrated by a chalk drawing. This Biblically sound movie is enhanced by an artist drawing different portions of the nativity. I appreciated the soft background music. After the movie celebrating the birth of Jesus, there are three art lessons that would be appropriate for ages 6 and up. My personal favorite is the Creative Lettering with Heidi Shorts. I enjoyed the way she blended history, art and the Bible. It is clear that each of the instructors have a heart for God as they teach. The second lesson captivated my hubby as he was walking by. 


    This Dvd alone is available for $14.99. It also has a bonus pack for 24.99 that includes a black-light, which is used in the lessons(you do not have to have it, but the effect is cool). The Gift of Love Deluxe pack has the Dvd, the black-light and the fluorescent crayons used in the lessons. It is available directly from See the Light Art.


    See The Light Drawing Children to Him is a company that even has an online art club. I am not familiar with it, but from the quality of this Dvd, I expect more Christ honoring lessons. Here is a little more about the company from their website:


    Other DVD components include a creative and dramatic presentation of the plan of salvation called “Know the Light” and an immersive and worshipful multi-sensory segment featuring original music called “Celebrate the Light,“ making the DVD perfect for co-viewing with parent or teacher and child. Featured online are downloadable drawing lessons and an exclusive art club, where children will be exposed to various art techniques. The creativity continues as draw-along printouts extend the fun and learning beyond the DVD. This series is appropriate not just for families at home but also as supplementary curriculum in churches and schools.




    I am pleased to offer one of my blog readers a chance to win their own copy of The Gift of Love. This drawing closes Friday, December 10th. I want the winner to have time to enjoy this Dvd before Christmas. This give away is for U.S. addresses only.
    You have six ways to enter. Follow directions below and leave me a comment letting me know:

    1. Tell me who in your family would enjoy this most. 
    2. Follow Accidentally Homeschooling or let me know that you already do.
    3. Follow me accidentallyhs on twitter 
    4. Like See the Light on Facebook www.facebook.com/SeeTheLightShineArt 
    5. Follow See the light on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/SeeTheLightArt
    6. Visit the website of See the Light Shine and tell me which of their products interests you.

    I will choose the winner on Friday night by the ever cool random number generator. 


    I received this product free of charge from See the Light Shine Art in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to give a positive review. 




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    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Contests | TerriBlackstock.com

    I am feeling lucky. I was drooling over my friend's Ipad and I realized it would be perfect for me. It is like an Itouch in large print!
    I'm hoping to win one since it's not in the budget. Click below if you want to win one for me.

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    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    I am listening to...

    I have been spending time listening to old homeschooling workshop cassette tapes from Masshope. I am thankful my van has a tape player. Each ride, I feel like I get a little shot in the arm of encouragement. I don't always agree doctrinally with the speakers, but I admire them. They are the true pioneers in the homeschooling movement. They are deeply committed to strengthening the family. I feel as if I can't hear enough of them now. Maybe because I have finally transitioned from being committed for the year to being committed for the duration. I know it sounds weird for a homeschool support group leader to say that. I had always admired those who knew they were going to homeschool before they even had kids. I being the accidental homeschooler, am in awe at these parents. Random, my 12 year old asked me if there was such thing as home high? What do you mean son? He really had no idea there was an option to be homeschooled through high school. Wow, I guess we had never shared our vision beyond making it through each school year. I let him know that his brother was going to be in high school at home next year. I also told him he could apply for enrollment and perhaps we will accept him into our elite home high(just kidding). 


    School House Expo
    These 11 year-old cassettes led me to cave in and sign up for the Homeschool Expo from the Old Schoolhouse. They are offering mp3s from a variety of speakers and free downloads. I hope to hear more of these workshops, if I can figure out how to load it on my iPod. If not my computer will have to do. One very appealing bonus to sign up for the expo was it included a guide to writing comic strips which my boys will love. 

    About the expo, I won't really be there because like my commitment to homeschooling, I waited too long to decide. I'll be listening to the workshops after the fact. If you are interested there is an incentive to sign up by midnight Tuesday.


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    Tuesday, April 27, 2010

    SpellQuizzer Winner!

    Congratulations to the winner of SpellQuizzer!

    SpellQuizzer is such an excellent program. If you missed my review click here.
    I am having a great time entering in the weekly spelling words with my own silly sentences. Today's theme was Bible scriptures as many of the words fit easily into Bible quotes. My son is not ready for the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee yet, but he is practicing his words consistently and listening to the Bible in his mother's not so soothing voice. 
    Life is good! 



    Shirley has won a copy of Spellquizzer.  I just know her children will be thanking me. 
    Please do not mourn if you did not win. You can be a temporary winner and try it free for 30 days at this link. If you haven't had a chance to check out this easy to use program, please do. It is so versatile. I plan on using it to enter word roots and science vocabulary words next year. If you use Spell to Write and Read or Spelling Power, this program is perfect for you. 



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