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Star Wars #ForceFriday Game Giveaway

Star Wars #ForceFriday Game Giveaway!

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Star Wars #ForceFriday Wonderforge Giveaway Sept 4 - 6

Today is #ForceFriday in honor of the upcoming Star Wars film!  And what better way to celebrate than with a fun new Star Wars game that the whole family will love?   This giveaway is just for the weekend – so get in quick!

If you would like a chance to win the NEW Star Wars: The Force Awakens™ Star Destroyer Strike Game, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Learning Resources giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from September 4 through September 6, 2015 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

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Christmas Pets & Kisses Romance Short Story Collection PREORDER

The Christmas Wish – Michele Shriver
Ashley McLaughlin is struggling to move on from her husband’s infidelity. Brennan wants to make amends for his transgression. Their young daughter, Hayley, has only one wish for Christmas- for her family to be together again. When Hayley suffers a head injury after a fall from her horse, will it help her get her wish? Or do the wounds from Brennan’s betrayal run too deep for Ashley to forgive?



“That stupid horse,” I hear my mother say. “You had to go and get her that stupid horse, as if that might somehow assuage your guilt, and now here we are. Watching our daughter lay unconscious in the hospital.”
Assuage. I don’t know what that word means, but it doesn’t matter. I can tell my mom is angry at my dad, like she always seems to be these days, and now she’s blaming him for buying me Thunder. And even worse, blaming Thunder for me being here, just because I fell off of him and hurt my head.
I’m not sure what my dad’s supposed to feel guilty about, either. Maybe moving out and leaving my mom and me alone? I miss the way things were when we used to be a family, the three of us. We were happy, and I thought we were the perfect family. I even asked my parents for a baby brother or sister for Christmas last year. I didn’t get my wish. Instead, my mom got mad at my dad and my dad moved to an apartment in the city, where I only seem once a week. And I got Thunder.
Yeah, I’ve always wanted a horse and I love Thunder. I think he’s the best horse ever, and the prettiest, even after what happened today. But I’d trade him in a minute to have things back to the way they used to be.
I don’t even care about a baby brother or sister anymore. I only have one wish for Christmas. I want my dad to come home. I want my family to be together again.
“Sheesh, Ashley, can you let it rest for even a minute?” my dad wants to know. “Does everything always have to be a fight with you?”
It never used to be like that. She used to smile. She used to be happy. Then she started crying a lot, and my dad left, and she cried even more. Now she doesn’t cry as much, but she always seems angry, especially with my dad.
“I don’t know, Brennan, you tell me,” she snaps. “After all, you’re the reason we’re here.”
“Yes, I know. It’s always my fault.” He gives that sigh that I’m so used to hearing, like he’s just tired and frustrated. “Everything’s my fault, and I’m sick of it. That counseling you’re getting sure doesn’t seem to be helping much. You’re still hostile all the time.”
“And gee, why might that be?”
“Just stop it, okay?” he says. “You hate me, I get that. I messed up, and I’m sorry. But that shouldn’t matter right now. What matters is Hayley, and her getting better.”
I’m glad he says that, that he seems to be thinking about me. Sometimes, since he left, I’ve wondered if he’s mad at me, or if he just doesn’t care about me as much. I worry he’ll find a new family and forget about me. That happened to a friend of mine from school. Her parents got divorced, and now her father has a new family that he sees every day, and she only sees him every two weeks.
I don’t want that to happen to me, and I don’t want them to fight anymore. I’m so sick of them fighting. They used to love each other. Why are they so angry now?
“Stop it, both of you!” I say as I snap my eyes open. “Why do you always have to yell at each other? Why can’t you ever be nice anymore?”
“Hayley, honey, you’re awake,” my mother says as she turns around and rushes to the bed. “Oh my God, Brennan. She’s awake!”

Chapter One

For a moment, Ashley McLaughlin forgot her anger at her husband and hurried to their daughter’s bedside. Relief washed over her as she looked into Hayley’s eyes—eyes so much like Brennan’s—and tried to gauge any lasting effects from the fall. As if she’d know what to look for? She ran a collectibles boutique and tea room. Head injuries were far from her sphere of knowledge.
“I’ll go get her doctor,” Brennan said, before rushing out into the hallway.
Ashley squeezed her daughter’s hand. “Are you okay, honey?”
“My head hurts,” Hayley said.
“I’m sure. You took a hard fall.” And scared all of us to death in the process. Ashley doubted she’d ever forget the fear she’d felt when she went outside to look for Hayley just in time to see her thrown from her horse. As scary as it was, though, she was thankful she had been there and able to respond right away. Maybe there was such a thing as a mother’s intuition that led her outside at that precise moment. “Didn’t I tell you to always wear a helmet when you ride?”
“Yes. I’m sorry, Mommy.” Hayley’s voice came out in a whisper and cut through Ashley’s heart. She hadn’t meant to scold.
“It’s okay, honey. I’m not mad at you. I’ve just been worried about you. We all have.”
The door opened, and Brennan returned with the young ER doctor. “I hear our patient’s awake,” he said, moving toward the bed. “Hayley, I’m Dr. Radcliffe. Let’s see how you’re doing, okay?”
Ashley watched as the doctor conducted an examination of Hayley’s vision, hearing and reflexes. He nodded a few times, and she wondered if that might be an encouraging sign. “I’m going to ask you a few questions now. Can you tell me how old you are, Hayley?”
“Nine,” she answered.
“And what grade are you in?”
The questions went on, and Hayley seemed to answer them just fine. Dr. Radcliffe had a great bedside manner and seemed to be a natural with kids. Ashley wondered if he had any children of his own. She noticed he was wearing a wedding ring.
“Do you want to tell me what happened?” Dr. Radcliffe ashed Hayley.
“She fell off her horse,” Ashley supplied. Hadn’t they already been over all of that?
The doctor turned in Ashley’s direction and nodded. “Yes, but I want to hear it from Hayley. I want to see how much she remembers. It can give us an idea how her brain is functioning, especially her memory.”
It made sense, and even if the doctor’s words weren’t harsh, Ashley chastised herself for interfering. Just because she was stressed and angry right now, that was no reason to take it out on Hayley’s doctor. “Of course, I’m sorry,” she said, backing away.
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Snuggly Night’s Sleep with the Swanling Sleep Sack!

Getting little ones to sleep peacefully and comfortably in their own bed can be a challenge at times!  I don’t know about the baby (or toddler!) in your life, but mine have always liked to be snuggled up close and that is no different with our little nephew.  This little bundle of sweetness likes to be cozy and is definitely a sleep sack kind of guy, but when you have a sheet on the mattress, plus the sleep sack you can have issues with it getting too warm and he wakes up, or in the event of a diaper fail, double the stuff to clean!  I recently received the Swanling Slumber Sleeper sleep sack 3-in-1 safe sleep solution in exchange for my honest opinion.

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We love the Back to School Fashion Finds from FabKids!

Back to school time doesn’t just mean school supplies need to be purchased, it also means back to school clothes!  This year it feels like the girls went through major growth spurts and I need to find affordable back to school fashion ideas for them!  That is why I LOVE FabKids for our back to school fashion finds!  With outfits that feature interchangeable pieces and shoes for prices that fit any budget – you will love all the styles and fun you can get with the clothes for kids from FabKids!

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Back to School Lovable Labels – FREE Shipping (& a giveaway!)

School is starting for us next week and that means getting all of our school supplies ready – including labeling them!  Our favorite way to label school supplies is with Lovable Labels!  Lovable Labels makes a great variety of back to school and family fun labels for pretty much anything you could think of – even special labels for inside of shoes!

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Both Miss LadyBug and Miss Goose have their own packs of Lovable Labels personalized labels for labeling their backpacks, lunchboxes, pencil boxes, folders and more!  We especially love the Press n’Stick clothing dot labels because I can easily and clearly label their coats, hats and the extra clothes that we send to school for those unexpectedly disasters (last year was an entire container of milk being spilled on Miss Goose during snack time!).

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Our other favorite product from Lovable Labels for back-to-school are the mini-metal tags!  These super cute tags are great for labeling backpacks or gym bags or even as a zipper pull on a coat!

So why am I telling you all this?  Right now Lovable Labels is offering FREE SHIPPING (yahoo!) on Back to School packs through the end of September and I urge you to snatch up this great deal right now!

You get a ton in the Lovable Labels back to school packs:

  • 12 Shoe Labels
  • 80 Slimline Labels (these are perfect for notebooks!)
  • 15 Sticker Labels
  • 60 Press n’ Stick Clothing DOTS
  • 2 Mini-Metal Tags
  • 12 Square Labels (lunchboxes, thermos and pretty much everything!!)

So don’t miss this great sale going on now!



If you would like a chance to win a set of Lovable Labels enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Lovable Labels giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from August 28 through September 11, 2015 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

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Banish Boo Boos with Hyland’s 4 Kids Bumps n Bruises

I am certain my house leads the nation in bumps and bruises some weeks, fortunately I had the chance to connect with Hyland’s 4 Kids to share with you about the new pain relief stick and can (hopefully!) help you get through tears quicker, too! The last year, I swear Miss LadyBug has been going for a record number of boo boos and bumps on any given day.  She gets to taking and BAM! Walks into the door jamb.  Running to catch her sister?  She’ll find the sidewalk crack and wipe out.  And with her broken foot, she’s also been prone to having the Velcro on her cast rub her other leg and cause her some pain.  Most of the time she bounces back pretty well, but a few of these bumps turn to bruises, or are just plain irritating (like when she forgets her leg warmers and the cast rubs her leg!) so we were happy to learn about the newest (and coolest, in my opinion!) product from Hyland’s.

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Stay Hydrated with Drip Drop Hydration Powder Packets!

Common wisdom (and medical science!) says that we should drink about eight glasses of water each day to stay hydrated and healthy.  The thing is, I do not get a lot of thirst triggers.  Not because I am drinking other things (I don’t for the most part), I just tend to not drink enough during the day and then experience dehydration symptoms later.  Even worse, my youngest daughter seems to have inherited this little trait and I feel like we’re always playing water catch up for her trying to keep her hydrated.  The thing is, it’s not like we always have electrolyte drinks on us all the time or Pedialyte – and some are just plain expensive.  Fortunately we received Drip Drop hydration powder packs, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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