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A GREAT girly party theme!

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Oh my daughter just had the most fun little party! I loved it because the whole party was so simple to setup and the girls had a fantastic time, really without me lifting a finger.

It all started when we got a chance to do a House Party American Girl Crafts® Party.

If you are not familiar with House Party, I recommend you take a peek at their website. They basically match up people and companies and then you throw a party with your House Party Box. Very cool, I know.

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Scrapping Stuff we got to play with!

Anyway, this House Party was amazing. We invited a bunch of little girls and their moms to come and do American Girl Crafts® . Specifically, we did scrapbooking, using the Scrap & Stuff books and all sorts of extra add-ins from the American Girl Crafts® .

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Table was super easy, with Scrap & Stuff Books as place settings and spots for girls AG dolls:)

We setup to have girls bring their AG dolls if they wanted and did a pink girly theme. My daughter likes to be different, so she incorporated a bunch of blue. Haha. But, I let her set it all up how she wanted. That was fun. Now that she is older (and had help from her older sister), she was able to feel like she ran the party.

I’m not a control freak, btw. Maybe a little bit. This was fun though.

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Because EVERYTHING we needed to do the crafts came in the Party Pack, we did not need to schedule activities. The girls came and bypassed the food…

WHAT?

Seriously, they bypassed the food and threw themselves into doing their books. They barely moved the entire time aside from going to get more embellishments, stickers, tapes, stamps, idea papers and such.

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It was fun to see how differently each girl worked and designed. They were all so creative!

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Some of the Moms stayed and we got to visit, while the girls got to show us everything they were doing. It was truly an easy and enjoyable mother and daughter time.

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I don’t always write about any House Parties I do, but this is a keeper, mainly because the party would be easy to recreate without a party pack.

The American Girl Crafts® are available at many stores and you would just need to gather up supplies, like embellishments and stickers and some of the little extras like envelopes. You could get the Scrap & Stuff books and follow the same theme. The Scrap & Stuff travel size books are reasonable and are very easy to use.

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We found more American Girl Craft items at our Michaels

Take a look at the American Girl Crafts®  you can get ideas there and buy in store or on the site. Pick and choose your “add-ins” and throw a great party!

 

Hunt for devils dragon

Whether you need a few end of Summer adventures for your child to read or you are already planning for the school year, I think the Adventures In Odyssey (AIO) Imagination Station Chapter Books are great to have around.

My daughter has read quite a few and I think the storylines are well thought out and exciting for kids. All the ones we have read send kids throughout time on some sort of adventure.

We just read the Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon, #11. It has about 144 pages and is a 5.5 x 8 paperback book that retails at $4.99 (sometimes you can find them cheaper, too–the sets on Amazon give a discount).

In the Hunt For The Devil’s Dragon, cousins travel back to Libya in the 13th century to battle dragons, make friends, figure out a secret and fight evil. My daughter just loved the book and read it all in one sitting.

The whole series is written from a Christian world view, so you will find Christian theology throughout the story. I do not find them preachy, by the way. While the stories are fictional, they do have historical context, so I like to find a time period that goes along with the history we are studying in homeschool and add these books in as a fun thing for my 3rd grader.

Here’s my link if you want to check some out:

*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book and I have included my affiliate link.

Tyndale Rewards Program

July 28, 2013

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Have you heard about the Tyndale Rewards program?

I heard about it, but never did check it out. Now that I took a look, I’m sorry I didn’t sign up earlier!

The program is SUPER simple to participate in and has no drawbacks that I see!

You pretty much can earn points by doing certain things (easy stuff) and then you redeem points for FREE books and Bibles. On top of that, as a member of the Tyndale Rewards program, you’ll have access to inspiring literature, Bibles, special promotional offers, and much more.

You’ll even get a free gift on your birthday, and opportunities to share personal recommendations and feedback concerning Tyndale products (already a blogger? You can do this also!). The more participation you have with the program, the more points you earn—and points translate into free stuff!

I just got a bunch of points tonight and some of the free books look very good.

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Bottom line:

The Tyndale Rewards program is a great way to get free books and Bibles that you can keep for yourself or give to friends and family. Your journey to earning free faith-based products is here! 

You can also refer your friends and earn points for that. In this post today, I’m sharing my Tyndale Rewards link so I can get points if you sign up.

To refer your friends and earn points, first sign up for free. Then click the “Earn Points” tab get your code from the “Invite a Friend to Join” section.

There is no cap on the amount of points you can generate through referring friends to signup.

To redeem your points: log in to your account on TyndaleRewards.com to see how many points you have collected in your account. Next, browse the product available for redemption. If you find a product you like and you have accumulated enough points, click the “Redeem” button.

Your Points will never expire! Have fun!

Sign up through my Tyndale Rewards link here.

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Motor Oil Matters Oil Change Checklist

Motor Oil Matters Oil Change Checklist

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I grew up with a Dad who did most of his own work on the cars and when I got to driving age, some dinner table conversations revolved around Dad tips.

“Don’t ever drive with the car registering hot.”

“Check your tire pressure especially before a trip.”

“Keep your gas above half, so the old crummy gas isn’t dragged through your engine,”

 “Learn what kind of oil your car needs and how to read the dipstick.”

“Don’t go into shady auto places.”

Yes, those are just a few of my Dad’s tips. Haha! I love that guy. I always did use each bit of information sometime as I grew up.

I like knowing how to take care of my car. I want to be an educated consumer and I don’t want to have to trust someone who may be taking advantage of me and my money when I get auto work done.

Even with changing the oil. A cheaper “deal” may be more expensive, because you may not be getting quality motor oil and the type needed for your car. All Motor oil is NOT the same or equal. Your auto manual will list what type oil you should use.

This new MOM program tells you much of what you should know when you get an oil change.

MOM, a new consumer education and industry watchdog program by the American Petroleum Institute, was founded to stress the benefits of quality licensed motor oils and call onto the carpet those who engage in deceptive practices.

This Summer alone, I have gone on several driving trips by myself with the kids and I am always relieved when I pull into my destination with no troubles. Of course, doing routine maintenance helps ensure fewer surprises! In fact, AAA expects between the major summer holidays of Memorial Day and Labor Day to aid over eight million motorists, and cautions drivers that auto maintenance is key to avoiding summertime travel breakdowns.

The experts at Motor Oil Matters (MOM) want to offer you a $50 gift card toward your next oil change! (US residents only)

 

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What questions should you ask at your next oil change? MOM has provided this checklist. Take a look and even print it out to take with you on your next oil change. An empowered consumer is a SMART consumer.

Here are a few links that you may find helpful:

Motor Oil Matters website, Facebook Page and Twitter.

“The Motor Oil Matters information and a gift card for me for an oil change and a gift card for a reader has been provided by Motor Oil Matters.”