Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Winners Are ...


Trish won The Guardian Duke giveaway, and Pamela won the Vineyard LIVE CD giveaway.  Congratulations Ladies!  Please leave a comment with your mailing address.  Comments are moderated rather than automatically posted. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

K5 Learning - Informational Review

K5 Learning
Online Reading and Math Program

Kindergarten - grade 5
888-281-2145 (toll free)
K5 Learning
510 - 4438 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6R 4R8

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Recently I was offered a 6 week trial of K5 Learning to provide a review.  Due to computer issues I was unable to access this trial, but I would like to tell you about this program that several people I know find really useful.

K5 is an online reading and math enrichment program for children ages Kindergarten through 5th grade which contains a personalized program of over 3,000 interactive multimedia tutorials and activities.

Finding Out More:

Free 14 day Trial  - no credit card required
Free Assessment 
Sample Lessons
Intro Video

As part of your free 14-day trial, your child will receive a free online reading assessment, a free online math assessment, and access to the complete K5 program including Reading, Math, Math Facts and Spelling. 

K5 students start with free online assessments in eight key reading and math skills. K5 then uses this information to personalize your child’s learning program to correspond with their skill level.  Children work through the skills independently and at their own pace.

Free parent reports regarding your child’s free reading and math assessment are available immediately.

K5 reading and math skills assessments cover:

5 Key Reading Skills:

•Phonemic Awareness  •Phonics  •Sight Words  
•Vocabulary  •Reading Comprehension 

3 Key Math Skills:

•Numbers and Operations  •Measurement Concepts  •Geometry 

That's right, this program tailors itself to your child's skills and needs.  What more can you ask?  If you think this might be a good fit for your children why not try it for free and check it out?


What Does It Cost?

Monthly subscription: $25 for first child  - $15 additional children. 

Annual subscriptions: $199 for first child  - $129 additional children.

Disclaimer:  I provided this review without compensation.  Comments, opinions, and observations are my own.  This review is informational only--I was unable to access the trial, through no fault of the company or the program.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

MIAMI VINEYARD LIVE - CD Review and Giveaway

Miami Vineyard LIVE
Vineyard Music (Released 10/18)
Hi again!  I recently received a very uplifting worship album from Vineyard Music -- a worship album recorded live from their church in Miami.  Let me tell you a bit about it.

This CD includes a group of 20+ musicians and 10+ songwriters sharing their own musical traditions of Black Gospel, Latin, Caribbean, and Anglo to create a new tradition and sound.  This CD is a fusion of Black, Anglo, Latino, Caribbean, and Cuban voices united together to worship in one voice.  Among the 2000 people that attend the Miami Vineyard Community Church, there are over a hundred singers, instrumentalists and songwriters that make up its eclectic worship ministry.  The listener will hear anthems of praise and proclamation as well as songs of intimacy and adoration -- true worship of the Living God as an expression of His Kingdom breaking in on the streets and beaches of Miami, FL.

What did we think of this CD?  We really enjoy it.  The music on this CD is unique from any other worship albums we have.  I'm not always fond of "live" albums, but the quality of the music and singing from this unique group of people was a pleasure to listen to.  I'd have a hard time picking a favorite song from this one since I really liked several songs, a lot.  If  you're looking for another worship CD with a real upbeat feel and want to try something different you might enjoy this Vineyard release.

For more information about Vineyard resources visit their website here 

You can find the Miami Vineyard LIVE page on Facebook here  

To see a video go here

You can purchase this CD here 

                          Hey, want a free copy? 

Guess what?  I have the pleasure of giving away a copy of this Miami Vineyard LIVE CD too!  I will be randomly drawing a winner from entries on March 10, 2012.  To enter this giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment here telling me you're interested.  That's it - nothing hard, nothing fancy.  Good luck to all who enter.  Blessings!

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.”

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Guardian Duke - Forgotten Castle Series - Book Review & Giveaway

The Guardian Duke
A Forgotten Castles Novel
Book Review and Giveaway

Jamie Carie
ISBN 978-14336-7322-1
$14.99 - 311 pages

When is the last time you read the first few pages of a book and knew you'd found a new favorite author?  I'm excited to tell you about this book I recently received to write this review.

Written by award-winning novelist, Jamie Carie, The Guardian Duke is a Regency-era romantic adventure where the hero and heroine have not met but know each other through written letters.

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt.  Alexandria ignores the royal assignment, believing her parents are still alive, and she follows clues that may help her find them.  Gabriel, pressured by the King, chases her across England and Ireland but manages to keep ending up one step behind.  When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

So, what jumped out at me from this book making me want more?  This story is full of rich descriptions of London and North Umberland, England in the early 19th century (1818).   There are characters ranging from a feisty young woman with missing parents and her faithful old servants to a duke who receives orders from the king.  The book starts out with the two main characters, Gabriel and Alexandria, coming from  very different worlds.  Along the way letters are exchanged periodically, but the characters do not meet.  Gabriel and Alexandria end up learning about each other and desire to eventually meet.  I'll not spoil it for you by telling you what happens when they meet, but I will tell you that you'll want to read more.  (wink, wink, nod, nod -- cliffhanger ending)  (Yes, another book follows this one and comes out in July 2012.  Watch for The Forgiven Duke, book two of the Forgotten Castles series--I'm looking forward to reading the continuing story which moves to Iceland--the Land of Fire and Ice.)  By the way, I'm  not really into romance novels, but this one is written in a fashion which catches and keeps my attention.  I look forward to reading all three books of this trilogy.

*There are also some great discussion questions included at the end of the book. 

If you'd like to find out more about the book and the author visit this link for Facebook

Click to see a Live Action Book Trailer

You can purchase this book at Amazon

Or check out One Sheet and USA Today Review to find out what others thought of this book.

***It's Giveaway Time!!***

For a chance to win a copy of this book please do the following to be
included in the random drawing to be held March 9, 2012.

1.  For one entry - leave a comment that you're interested.  (Mandatory)

For more optional entries:
2.  For another entry - leave a comment if you've read other Jamie Carie books and mention your favorite.
3.  For yet another entry - leave a comment naming your favorite Christian romance writer.
4.  If you're really excited about this book, for  one more entry - visit then come back here and leave a comment telling me another book by Jamie that you'd like to read.
5.  Finally, for 5 entries, after doing #1 share this giveaway on your blog and leave the link in a comment here. (Or share on Facebook and comment here)

Good Luck and Blessings to all who enter!

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.”

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cooper and Me and the Military Drawing Winner

Hey Jen - This one's for  you!  Watch for an e-mail to confirm your mailing address.  Congratulations!  Blessings to all who entered.

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