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    Send inspiration with Hope In A Box

    Everyone has a friend or loved one struggling through a challenge of some sort or another. Everyone also has a time he or she faces struggles and sadness themselves.

    Whatever the case may be, Hope In A Box can provide support and inspiration and serve as a reminder to those in crisis that God is with them through the suffering. The key is to Hang On Pray Everyday.

    Hope In A Box is a creation of Romans 12 LLC, a Christian family business "focused on spreading H.O.P.E. (Hang On Pray Everyday). The unique products and gift boxes help encourage a struggling someone special (including oneself) stay strong in faith or find faith that has been lost or misplaced.

    I received delivery of Hope In A Box free for review. My special gift came beautifully packaged:

    hope in a box 

    Inside was a...

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    Celebrate! As Gordmans turns 100, shoppers get the gift of savings

    Gordmans stores—the super spot for name brand apparel for all ages, accessories, footwear, gifts, designer fragrances, fashion jewelry, accent furniture, home fashions and more at savings up to 60 percent off department and specialty store prices—hits the century mark this year. Rather than receiving gifts on the momentous occasion, Gordmans is giving the gift of savings to its customers.

    The savings are nothing new, I admit, as Gordmans always offers steep discounts on everything the retailer carries. It does mean new apparel, accessories and more for less money, though. And just in time for fall.


    In celebration of its 100th birthday, Gordmans offered me a $100 gift card to spruce up our fall wardrobes. I had never been in Gordmans before, so my husband and I were...

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    Brief book review: The Grandest Love

    A grandfather writes on "Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection."

    the grandest love review

    (click graphic to access publisher website)

    Disclosure: I received this book free for review; opinions are my own.


    ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE tablet: A super tool for Intel's Family Skill Swap and more

    Chances are your grandchildren know a whole lot more than you. At least about some high-tech gadgets and games and such.

    You know a whole lot more than them, though, on other skills. Things like handicrafts and cooking crafts, playing musical instruments and more.

    Considering the wealth of knowledge on their part and yours—albeit in different areas—how cool might it be to swap some of that knowledge, share those skills? Intel encourages grandparents to do exactly that by inviting a favorite youngster to swap skills between the generations.

    Intel created an invitation for such swapping, something they call a Family Skill Swap. It looks like this:

    Intel Family Skill Swap 

    Click on that graphic for a PDF version you can print and pass along to a grandchild or two...

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    Brief book reviews: Holiday tales in The Love Letter Book Series for children

    Colorful holiday offerings from a fun, Christian-based series for kids, written by Soraya Diase Coffelt and illustrated by Tea Seroya.

    love letters book series books for kids

    Disclosure: I received these books free for review; opinions are my own.


    New Centrum┬« VitaMints┬«: Essential vitamins you enjoy like a mint

    I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness.

    Centrum Vitamints

    Many years ago I had a T-shirt with a big message on the front that read: "Different is good!" I don't recall where I got the shirt, and I certainly don't recall what band or brand created the shirt or the slogan.

    I do recall that it fit perfectly with my philosophy then and...

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