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I Just Can't Take It Anymore! by Anthony DeStefano Review and #Giveaway

1/31/12

I Just Can't Take It Anymore!




Summary from the publisher:


Can a small slim book change your life?

This one can! Pairing hilarious photos of children with beautifully simple words, I Just Can't Take it Anymore will cheer up even the most discouraged people. In a lighthearted yet profound way, Anthony DeStefano, author of the bestseller, A Travel Guide to Heaven, conveys the essence of the Judeo-Christian teaching on suffering, all the while making readers laugh out loud and sigh "Aww." At once straightforward and funny and yet deeply moving, the book depicts challenges we all face: “Messy” lives, feelings of loss, abandonment, frustration, and despair. Then, step by step, DeStefano gently nudges readers into seeing the wholepicture—life with all its beauties, joys, challenges and pleasures.  If you know anyone who can use some encouraging words or just needs a reason to smile, I Just Can’t Take It Anymore! offers plenty of both.











About Bestselling Christian Author – Anthony DeStefano

The bestselling author of A Travel Guide to Heaven (Doubleday, 2003), Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, (Doubleday, 2007), and The Invisible World (Doubleday, 2011), Anthony DeStefano has a diverse background in business and media. After attending Stuyvesant High School in New York City, he graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University in Staten Island with a degree in Philosophy/Theology. He then started a successful chain of electronics retail stores in New York. During this time he also worked as a regular op-ed columnist for the Staten Island Advance.

In 2003, Anthony’s first book, A Travel Guide to Heaven, was published by Doubleday, as well as Random House Audio, Transworld Publishers in the United Kingdom and a host of other major publishing houses in Europe, Asia and South America. The book was a runaway bestseller and has been published in 16 different languages.

Anthony has received many awards and honors from religious communities throughout the world. In 2002, he was given an honorary Doctorate from the Joint Academic Commission of the National Clergy Council and the Methodist Episcopal Church for “the advancement of Christian beliefs in modern culture.” The commission is made up of outstanding Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant theologians and educators.

Today, Anthony is a successful businessman and pro-life advocate, having worked closely with the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, for twenty years. He is also a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a member of the National Religious Broadcasters Organization (NRB), the Royal Institute of Philosophy, in London, and the prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), also based in the United Kingdom.

An avid pilot, Anthony serves as a senior member of the US Air Force’s auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. He flies his own vintage, 1959 Cessna L19-E Bird-Dog, which was formerly owned by Judge William P. Clark, National Security Advisor under Ronald Reagan.

In 2010, Anthony released two children’s books for WaterBrook/Multnomah, called: This Little Prayer of Mine, and Little Star.


In February of 2012, Harvest House publishers released two new books by Anthony: I Just Can’t Take it Anymore, and the children’s Easter book, The Donkey that No One Could Ride.



My Review/Thoughts:


This book arrived at my door with perfect timing.  I've been a bit discouraged lately with my foot injury taking so long to heal.  And feeling a bit sorry for myself.  The message in this book is uplifting and encouraging.  The author acknowledges that sometimes life isn't easy.  Sometimes things can be hard (in it are examples of finances, job stress, personal relationships) and we don't understand why.  But through our struggles we can hang onto the promise that God doesn't let go of us.


The pictures in this book made me laugh and smile.  The author mixes humor with seriousness and reflection.  If this book doesn't make you smile, then you must be having a VERY bad day.  I think even the grumpiest of Scrooges would find something to smile about when reading this.  It makes a great gift for that person in your life who needs a hug and a smile!


Where to Purchase:


You can buy I Just Can't Take it Anymore!  at Amazon.



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GIVEAWAY:  


One of my lucky readers is going to win a copy of I Just Can't Take it Anymore!




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This giveaway Ends 2/14/12 at 12 Midnight EST and is open to US Residents 18 and older only. Winner will be chosen randomly, emailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or another will be drawn. This prize will be directly shipped from the sponsor.  





Disclosure:  Thank you to Anthony DeStefano for sending me a copy for the purpose of review.

Mom Blog Monday Hop (Facebook)

1/30/12
The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom




This week I am participating in the Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop from  The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time MomLuxury Living Frugal Style, and So Easy Being Green.  This is a great way to network and meet other bloggers!  I hope you'll leave your Facebook link below.  (You can also add this to your blog by clicking on the "What is a blog Hop?...Get the code here" underneath the linky list.)

Are you a Mommy blogger?
Do you blog about your kids?
Do you blog about great things for Mommies?
Do you wanna meet other Mom Bloggers?

With the announcement that Google will soon be pulling the plug on GFC, Mom Blog Monday is beginning to evolve! We will be rotating Social Media Outlets each week, featuring different ways to follow some of your favorite {and new} Mommy Blogs!
The rotation will follow this sequence: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, RSS/Email
All we ask is that you follow the 3 Co-Hosts: The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time MomLuxury Living Frugal Style, and So Easy Being Green… the first three blogs on the linky! Then follow Spot #4 which is the featured blog of the week!
We would LOVE it if you’d grab our button and put it somewhere on your blog or in a blog post! This would help us spread the word. However, you aren’t required to. Please be sure to link up to the correct Social Media of the Week and leave us a comment so we can follow you back!

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Little Angels Coloring Sheet and Valentines

1/27/12


Have you heard about the Little Angels from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment?  This is a faith-based animated series created by Roma Downey exclusively for preschoolers (you may remember her from the t.v. series "Touched by an Angel").

Well these little cuties are coming to DVD Feb. 14th.  In anticipation of the release, I'd like to share with you these two activity sheets for families and parents.  They can even be used with your church group, Sunday School Class, or daycare.  Just click on the picture, save it to your computer, and print.

Here is a cute coloring sheet with the characters:



And here is a group of 4 Valentines Cards you can print out for your preschooler to share with friends:


Stay tuned for more information about Little Angels and a fun giveaway!

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  This information was provided by Twentieth Century  Fox Home Entertainment.  All opinions are my own.

Warning: Baby Gates May Be Hazardous To Your Feet

1/26/12



You may remember my post back in December about my foot. Well, I've been wearing a walking boot for a couple of weeks now. And I am going to physical therapy. The swelling in my foot just started to go down this week, and I am now able to tolerate heat.

The MRI I had didn't show any fractures.  But the PT used a tuning fork to hold up to the bone in my big toe and the vibration caused pain.  He said that vibrations only hurt when they hit an injured bone.  So it turns out, maybe I have a bone contusion which is just as painful as a fracture.  Or there's a little fracture they missed.  I don't know.

I guess I did a "bang up" job because it has taken this long to make any progress. I'm hoping that PT will help me get back into a shoe again.

I have to say, PT ought to stand for Pain Treatment. Because it hurts. The joints and ligaments in the upper part of my foot are being treated with ultrasound therapy, heat, manipulation, and massage. While the massage didn't feel terribly painful while it was happening, the pain when I got home wasn't so much fun.

Who knew that a simple thing like slamming your foot into a metal baby gate would take so long to heal?

Wearing the boot has been a pain. It is higher than my other shoe, so I am walking unevenly and putting a lot more weight on my left foot. So my left foot is hurting as well. Going up and down stairs while carrying a 20 lb tot is a chore.

The laundry pile I showed you yesterday? Well, that isn't the half of the mess that is my house right now. But I'm okay with that. Because sometimes, you just have to let things go and focus on the things that are more important.  I'm taking care of my kids the best I can.

Why am I telling you all these details?

So that you will be extra cautious around baby gates.  And hopefully avoid what I have been through.

Wear shoes in the house.

Watch your feet while holding your little ones.

Because baby gates may be hazardous to your feet.










Wordless Wednesday: Welcome to My Mess

1/25/12

                             Yep, that's my kitchen counter somewhere under there.  Can you relate?

For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom.  You can also link up your W/W post below.


Finding Nemo 3D Sneak Peek (Trailer)

1/24/12



Finding Nemo in Disney Digital 3D is coming to theaters in September!  This was one of my son's favorite movies when he was little.   How fun that they are going to release it in 3D!

Can you imagine seeing this come up close to your face?



My favorite character from this movie is definitely Dory!  She's a trip!



If you're as excited as I am, check out the sneak peek Trailer below.

You can also stay up to date on the Finding Nemo 3D Facebook page.


FINDING NEMO (In Disney Digital 3D™)
DISNEY•PIXAR

Genre: Animation/Comedy/Adventure
Rating: G
U.S. Release Date: September 14, 2012
Voice Talent: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Joe Ranft, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton,
Elizabeth Perkins
Director: Andrew Stanton
Co-Director: Lee Unkrich
Producer: Graham Walters
Original Story by: Andrew Stanton
Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds
Composer: Thomas Newman

Academy Award®-winning Best Animated Feature “Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen for the first time ever in thrilling Disney Digital 3D™. In this stunning underwater adventure, with memorable characters, humor and heartfelt emotion, “Finding Nemo” follows the comedic and momentous journey of an overly protective clownfish named Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould)––who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home and dumped into a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful Pacific regal blue tang, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son––who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

Notes:


· “Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.
· The film won a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy.
· At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time.
· Ellen DeGeneres won an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.
· In 2008, The American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made.




Pixar Animation Studios’ classic “Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™, introducing a new generation of family audiences to Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould), Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks) and Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres.




Disclosure:  I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.  I posted this information (press release) from Walt Disney Studios for my readers' enjoyment with permission from the PR company.




Buddha Bellies Monthly Onesie Stickers Winner

1/23/12
Thank you to everyone who entered the Buddha Bellies Monthly Onesie Sticker set giveaway!  The winner according to random.org is #12 RealtorSD.

Congratulations!





Aloha Friday: Injuries

1/20/12
blogging meme

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

So far in my 35 years of life, I have not broken anything.  Thankfully, the MRI I had did not show any hidden fractures in my foot.  I am suffering from a torn ligament and a sprain that is taking a while to heal.  The doctor is sending me to physical therapy because of all the swelling in my foot.  I think this is the worst injury I've had.  After a month of being stuck in the house and unable to do a whole lot (other than taking care of my kids and trying to do daily tasks like laundry, dishes etc), I am going stir crazy.

My Question This Week:

What is/was your worst injury?


Earth's Best Toddler Snacks and Meals Review

1/19/12


About the Company:  

Earth's Best's mission is to provide "better for baby" products with the freshest, purest ingredients.  Their Quality Promise ensures that each ingredient is tested for pesticides and potentially harmful residues.  

Our Quality Promise
  • Earth's Best organic infant formula contains no toxic chemicals or heavy metals. Ingestion may compromise long-term immune system development.
  • Earth's Best organic infant cereals provide an excellent source of iron to aid early physical and neurological development and restore the iron depletion that results after birth.
  • Earth's Best organic baby juice comes from fresh pressed, undiluted, single strength juice. We do not use juice from concentrate.
  • Earth's Best organic produce does not expose infants to the higher level of contaminants found in conventional produce. Proportionately, babies consume up to four times the fruits and vegetables that adults consume.
  • Earth's Best organic jarred fruits provide an excellent source vitamin C to aids the absorption of iron and help fight infections.




I am always in search of quality snacks and meals for my baby girl.  When I can, I try to purchase organic.  Sometimes that isn't always possible because of our budget.  Organic foods are more expensive than non-organic, and coupons for these can be hard to find.  So I usually shop places like Target or Walmart and look out for sales.  


The Attic baby is a great eater!  She already loves the Fruit and Yogurt smoothies from Earth's Best as well as the Crunchin' Grahams.  And I love that they don't have a lot of sugar, artificial colors, or preservatives.

I was very excited when Earth's Best sent me their new Pop Snax, Elmo Tomato Soup, and Elmo Vegetable Soup.



The Pop Snax come in two flavors: Sweet Potato Cinnamon and Veggie Crisps.  They are made of air popped rice and potato and fortified with iron, zinc, and six B Vitamins.   She loves both flavors, but leans toward the Sweet Potato Cinnamon more often.

 I wouldn't recommend them for babies who are in the process of teething though; they are a bit hard.  I break them up into little pieces and let her munch on them when she isn't in a lot of teething pain.

My hubby and I both have tried these and I have to say they are pretty yummy!  My hubby is not a fan of vegetables, but even he didn't mind the taste of the Veggie Crisps.  It has a subtle taste rather than a strong veggie taste.   We both wish they made these in larger bags!  The pop tops are great to throw in the diaper bag.  But be warned if your little one can pop the top off like mine can!



The soups are yummy meals stocked with organic veggies.

The Vegetable Soup has organic tomatoes, carrots, white beans, peas, celery, and fun Elmo-shaped pasta.

The Tomato Soup has organic tomatoes and the same Elmo-shaped pasta.

Baby girl favored the vegetable soup more than the tomato.  I think the tomato flavor was strong for her, since she had never tried it before.  I will have to try it again to see if she is a tomato soup fan or not.

My only complaint about the soup is that it is quite pricey and I can't seem to find it at local stores other than Giant or online in bulk.  I would love to see coupons for these!

Where to Buy:  

 I found some of their products at Target, Walmart, and Babies R Us.  You can also use their handy Store Locator.

Coupons:

Right now they are offering coupons on their site for their infant cereal and baby food jars.  Just click on the link above.


Connect:
You can follow Earth's Best on their Facebook page.

A Mile In His Shoes DVD Review and Giveaway

1/18/12

"A Mile In His Shoes" just released on DVD January 12th
Rated PG


About The Movie "A Mile In His Shoes":

Only a miracle can help baseball coach Arthur “Murph” Murphy (Dean Cain) and his losing minor league baseball team. As Murph sets out to recruit new talent for the team, he stumbles upon Mickey (Luke Schroder), a young farmer with an incredible pitcher’s arm. However, Mickey’s parents are reluctant in allowing him to join the team because he has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. Murph convinces Mickey’s parents that life in the minor league will benefit their unique son, but he doesn’t realize just how much his new recruit will help the team’s game and, more importantly, their spirit. Based on a true story, A Mile in His Shoes is an inspirational film that celebrates faith, determination and the power of friendship.















My Thoughts:

I am not a huge sports fan, but chose this movie because it sounded like an inspiring true story.  And I am a big fan of true inspirational characters.  This is a classic underdog story.  The main character, Mickey, has Asperger's syndrome. He has a great pitching arm on the farm and is recruited to play baseball by "accident."  Some of the guys on the team don't understand him, and one especially named Lefty, feels threatened by his ability.  Mickey faces many challenges but learns about true friendship and is mentored by a great coach.

This is a family-friendly film that I wouldn't mind my son watching with me.  It has great messages about friendship, how to deal with bullies, understanding differences, teamwork, determination, and faith.  The plot is pretty predictable, but I enjoyed Dean Cain and Luke Schroder's acting abilities.  Their characters were both likable and I had a lot of empathy for Mickey.  I would recommend it for older children ages 11+ due to some of the older content (kissing, socializing at parties, etc).

Connect:

You can find out more on the A Mile In His Shoes website and follow on the movie's Facebook page.


Where to Buy: Available on Amazon



Giveaway:   One of my readers will win A Mile In His Shoes on DVD!



Just use the Rafflecopter form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  If you do not do the mandatory entry, your entries will not count.



Disclosure: 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

You Could Win an iPad 2 or a Kindle Fire from Rafflecopter

1/9/12
If you've been surfing the web, you probably have stumbled upon Rafflecopter.  It's this really EASY way to run a giveaway on your blog (or if you like to enter contests, it's an easy way to enter!).  


I have used Rafflecopter many times and has definitely been a time saver!  It's easy to navigate and follow.


In celebration of a new year, Rafflecopter is having a Launch Party!  


The giveaway starts Monday 1/9/12 at 12:01 a.m. and lasts for a month. 


The prizes:  16GB Apple iPad2  and Kindle Fire


How do you enter?  Through Rafflecopter of course!


Simply enter in the Rafflecopter form below and tell them that Shelly from The Attic Girl referred you.  (extra entries are available too)


If you win the Kindle Fire, and you tell them I referred you, I can win too!  Now how cool would that be?


And also from Rafflecopter:


Suggest a Mascot Name 


You’ve seen the Rafflecopter smiley-face dude hanging around the web. The poor guy needs a name, and we want to leave it up to you to decide what his (or her?) name should be. For an additional entry, suggest a name! After the giveaway is over, we’ll go through the list of names and pick out our favorite suggestions (be creative!) and bring it to a vote on Facebook. If your name is chosen, you’ll win a Kindle Fire and be immortalized in Rafflecopter history :)




Enter below and don't forget to tell them "Shelly from The Attic Girl" sent you.


Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  My name will be thrown into the hat for the giveaway.  This giveaway is run through Rafflecopter, not me.  I get a few extra entries for blogging about it. All opinions are mine.










(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: I Got The Boot

1/4/12

Yep, I got the boot.  Needless to say, I'm keeping pretty busy taking care of baby girl and trying to walk with my new friend for a week.  I'm hoping that I will only need it that long, but won't know until my next appointment.

Ever worn one of these?

For more W/W (or not so wordless), visit Five Minutes for Mom.  You can also link up your post below.




Buddha Bellies Monthly Onesie Stickers Giveaway

One of the latest trends for mamas is dressing up your baby in a monthly onesie. It makes an adorable photo op and is a wonderful gift idea for baby showers.


However, it can be a bit expensive to purchase a onesie that is printed or stitched for every month of baby's first year. I have seen boutique type shops sell them for $50 and up! Not to mention in baby clothing, sizing can vary and these onesies might not fit when your child reaches that particular month.



The monthly onesie sticker is a more affordable option, especially for moms on a budget. I was contacted by Buddha Bellies to do a review of their onesie stickers. And I must say, I regret not having these right when baby girl was born!

Buddha Bellies has a great selection of stickers for boys and girls as well as gender-neutral. I wish I had known about their Just Born stickers too! Their shop also offers pregnancy, first holiday, big/little sister, and stickers for baby's 2nd year. (A whole set is only $8!)





I used this princess sticker for baby girl's 1st Birthday outfit. I'm biased, but I think she looks adorable! The sticker perfectly matched the colors in the tutu. Her grandparents loved it and I have had many compliments from friends as well!




(Baby girl was not very happy in this next photo because I made her wear her headband)


You should know that these are intended for photo opportunities, not all day wear, and are not made to stand up to an active baby. But they are on waterproof and "drool proof" paper so the colors do not bleed. I love the easy peel and stick convenience (and cost-effectiveness) and can't wait to use my 2nd year stickers!


Where to Buy:


You can purchase stickers online through the Buddha Bellies Etsy shop. You can also keep up to date on their latest designs on the Buddha Bellies Facebook page.




Want to win stickers for yourself?



GIVEAWAY:  One of my lucky readers is going to win 1 set of onesie stickers from Buddha Bellies!




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Visit Buddha Bellies and tell me which set you would choose.



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This giveaway Ends 1/19/12 at 12 Midnight EST and is open to US Residents 18 and older only. Winner will be chosen randomly, emailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or another will be drawn. This prize will be directly shipped from the sponsor.  


Disclosure:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free for the purpose of review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  The sponsor is responsible for shipping this prize to the giveaway winner; I will not be held liable for any lost or not received prizes.

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