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March 27, 2015

Friday #Giveaway Link-up - List yours or enter some!


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          March 26, 2015

          Easter Stories Book #Giveaway - Ends 4-3

          Easter Stories Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness
          Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

          Easter Stories Giveaway

          Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

          Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts. See what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness thought in her Easter Stories review.

          Would you like to win the Easter Stories paperback book? This giveaway runs through 4/3/15 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US and Canada ages 18+. Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

          Win it:  One lucky reader will win a Easter Stories paperback book. This giveaway will end April 3rd at 11:00 PM EST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If no response, a new winner will be chosen. Open to residents of the US and Canada.

          Entry Method:  Please use Giveaway Tools form to enter.

          Raising Kids to Thrive Book Review @healthychildren #raisingkidstothrive #drkenginsburg


          The now available book Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust is a great book for any stage of parenting. My kids are nine and fifteen and I found so much of the information in the book to be helpful and valuable. With having a teenage son I've found myself often wondering if I'm giving him enough...or even sometimes too much freedom. I want him to learn to do the right thing from what we show him and lead by example, but I also want him to learn how to do things on his own too. But of course as a parent I'm always going to be worried that if I give him too much freedom something may happen to him when he's out on his own. Luckily this book helps teach parents how to find a good balance between protecting and trusting our children. It also talks about expectations as parents and how to do what's best for our children without crossing the line. Yes we want them to do and have the best, but we also have to let them grow on their own too. Just because dad played football doesn't mean his son has to play football too. And sometimes forcing the subject can cause a rift between parent and child or cause them to rebel because you may force your preferences on them. We have to accept them for who they are during all stages of their lives no matter how hard that may be sometimes..especially when they make a bad choice and fail. And I have to admit as a parent sometimes it's hard to show them the unconditional love all the time instead of disciplining them when they make these mistakes. I could truly go on and on about all the things I learned while reading this book. Yes there were things I already knew in it, but there were also things that gave me that "Oh yeah, I never thought of that" moment too. So if you are a parent (or plan to become one) I would recommend this book to you for sure.

          A little bit from the book.

          Raising Kids to Thrive will help parents to raise kids who thrive for lifetime by:

          • Balancing unconditional love with high expectations.
          • Eliminate the need for helicopter or “tiger” parenting.
          • Start meaningful conversations with their children by being a sounding board, not necessarily a dictator.
          • Become a stable beacon so their children can turn to them for guidance and self-measurement.
          • Understand and accept that people are uneven and the importance of expecting growth, not perfection from children.
          • Reduce anxiety – for themselves and their kids – as they venture out on their own and move into adulthood.
          • Holding our kids to high moral standards, while also being a role model for those standards.


          Kenneth R. Ginsburg, M.D., M.S. Ed, FAAP is a specialist in adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a professor or pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He is also director of health services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. He has over 100 publications, including 30 scientific articles and 5 books including the award-winning/best-selling Building Resilience in Children and Teens (American Academy of Pediatrics). He drafted the AAP policy statement on The Power of Play and has been an expert source for several prominent parenting news articles and reports in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, TIME Magazine, ABC News, Yahoo! Parenting, NBC News and CNN. He is working with The Boys and Girls Clubs of America to incorporate resilience-building strategies into their programming. He is also honored to be working with military parents and professionals to incorporate stress reduction and resilience building strategies into the lives of our nearly 2 million military-affiliated children. His greatest privilege is to be a husband and the father of two teen-aged daughters.

          Buy it: You can purchase Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust on Amazon.