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Thank you to Medtronic for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to give back to my community!

We all want to make a difference in the communities that we live in. We also usually have an excuse for why we aren’t doing it right now. Often it’s a shortage of time or money. Sometimes it’s because we compare the things others are doing and think that what we would do wouldn’t make enough of an impact. It’s important to remember that we all have something valuable to give. Sometimes it is something tangible we give to others and other times it’s the way we inspire others that is the  greater gift.

Medtronic has selected 10 honorees from around the world, each of whom has overcome a life-changing medical challenge, such as heart disease, scoliosis or diabetes, and has realized the true brevity of life. These people had every excuse to give up, leave their troubles at the hospital and try to return to their lives before their crisis. But they didn’t. They realized that they have been granted a second opportunity to live each day to the fullest.  Each of these honorees has contributed their best lesson for overcoming excuses and giving back.

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Embrace What’s Difficult – Samantha Peterson

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One of the lessons that impacted me as I read through this was from Samantha Peterson. Her lesson, Embrace What’s Difficult, stuck out to me because so often we push away the things that don’t come easily to us. It is when we embrace difficulties that we become stronger people and inspire those around us. In the process we all become stronger.  You can read the stories behind all the honorees lessons here.

There are little ways we can all give back and make a difference, starting now. I have so many great friends with generous hearts and big ideas. I know some of you could do something amazing and Medtronic wants to help you. We are partnering to give one lucky reader $100 to make a difference in their community.  Wanna Win? Read on for details.

How do you give back to your community?

Just tell me in a comment below and win a $100 Visa gift card to give back in your community. You are free to use the money to benefit your community any way you choose. Enter now – Giveaway ends 12/30 11:59pm!
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Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers & a Shaggy Chic Giveaway!!

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Pet lovers, as well as gift givers looking for unique holiday gifts, can put their paws in the air and celebrate with these fun holiday tees from Shaggy Chic Apparel! In addition to getting a purr-fect gift, you can feel good about making a purchase that benefits Don’t Forget to Feed Me, a Fort Worth-based non-profit pet food bank.

Shaggy Chic offers tees that have a touch of modern sass and spunk that cannot be purchased at department retailers including two new fan favorites for the holidays…the Yule Dog and Purr Rum Pum Pum Pum cat t-shirts. Tees are priced at $24.95 On Sale now 16.25! for women’s and adult unisex shirts, while youth sizes are priced at $18.72 On Sale now $12.17.

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Shaggy Chic Apparel even has designs designed by a 10-year-old child from Texas, called the  ‘Kid POV Collection’. Lauren Arnold has really shown the pure innocence and fun of animals through her eyes. New shirts from her are being added to the collection monthly. Take a peek at Lauren’s paw-some designs here.
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Want to make your gift pawsitively purr-fect and fun?

Shaggy Chic will add and extra special touch by offering free gift wrapping upon request during online checkout. Packages are wrapped in high-quality, animal-themed paper prior to being securely packaged for shipping. Perfect for those family members far away or just another great way to delegate something on that holiday list. We can all use an extra set of paws , right? 😉

In addition to individual tees, Shaggy Chic Apparel offers a T-shirt-of-the-month Club. Each month, subscribers will receive a new tee. There are two plans: a six-month subscription and a twelve-month subscription. ( We are going to giveaway a 6 month subscription so keep reading!!)

An important goal of Shaggy Chic is to give back to the animal rescue community with a portion of t-shirt sales going back to non-profits. This year, the online boutique is thrilled to partner with Don’t Forget to Feed Me, whose mission is to supply pet food to local food pantries in support of pet owners. By providing pet food for those in need during challenging financial times, they offer an option to surrendering – or worse, abandoning – a family pet. Don’t Forget to Feed Me helps to ensure that no pet owner ever has to make the decision between stay…or go. For more information on this amazing non-profit, visit click here.

GIVEAWAY Time!!!

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Shaggy Chic Apparel would like to offer one lucky reader a 6-month subscription to their T-shirt-of-the-month Club (valued at $125)!! The Club is available in both youth and adult sizes. Giveaway will end at 11:59pm 12/14/14.

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To order one-of-a-kind shirts now visit www.ShaggyChicApparel.com

**I was offered product or payment for the purposes of this review. As always, all opinions are 100%my own.

Giving the Gift of Manhood & WIN Old Spice Prize Pack!

**disclosure: This post and giveaway were made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.**

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Old Spice is a tradition passed down from father to son and now to grandson. We’ve experienced this having a teenager and now a soon to be tween-age son always questioning if it is “deodorant day”. I have to say it is so different having sons that require “freshening up” versus  the sweet smelling days of babyhood. Whether our teen is coming from working out or just a long day of work, I am ever so thankful we passed down the love of good hygiene and Old Spice!

Seeing the boys grow up is definitely bittersweet for this mama. I know it makes them thrilled to get a gift of “Old Spice manhood”. I guess, it  is sort of a rite of passage as they grow up.  Mom and Dad typically have different emotions attached to this. Old Spice recognized that and found a way to put a humorous spin on it. Have you seen “DadSong” yet??? “Dadsong” humorously illustrates how moms and dads react differently when their sons start using Old Spice and officially enter manhood. This campaign was born out of a true insight with moms wanting their little boys to stay young forever and dads being proud and relieved when their sons grow up.

This holiday season, giving the gift of manhood couldn’t be easier with OldSpice Re-fresh Body Spray, featuring the brand’s innovative and first-in-category Re-fresh Technology, which eliminates the need for guys to overspray or reapply throughout the day. With Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray, “One Spray Lasts All Day.” This is especially important for those new to body spray or those teens who are trying to impress.

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GIVEAWAY & Coupon Savings

Old Spice has a great giveaway for one lucky reader and some great coupons to help everyone save!  In the spirit of the holiday season, Old Spice offered special savings on Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray in the P&G brandSaver® in newspapers across the U.S. on Sunday, Nov. 30, as well as for download on Coupons.com for redemption at retailers nationwide- Be sure to take those with you to maximize your holiday savings!

Wanna Win?? ENTER THE GIVEAWAY :

This is perfect for the young man in your life! Here are the awesome things that will be arriving in the “Old Spice Holiday Smellcome to Manhood” kit:

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· Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray – The gift that keeps on giving, one spray at a time. Be among the first to enjoy new Old Spice Timber – the best way to get that lumberjacky smell without working at a local tree lot.

· Old Spice T-Shirt – The manliest chest tattoo on the planet without the regret when you turn 60.

· Old Spice Branded Earbuds – Silence mom’s singing in the car. You’re welcome.

· Bear Paws Meat Tool – Cutlery your dad, his friend Dave and Uncle John will be impressed with when you’re given the reins to carve the holiday bird.

· Duct Tape – Fix anything on the planet, except holiday lights, where only half the strand works.

· Art of Manliness Book – Full of wisdom and New Year’s Resolutions.

· “Scent Responsibly” Instructions – Nothing will earn you grandma’s fruitcake faster than overspraying. Thanks to Old Spice Re-fresh technology – where one spray lasts all day – you can smell like a man and not a middle school locker room.

· Smellcome to Manhood Certificate – A made-up diploma for the inside of your locker or to add to your LinkedIn profile.

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For more information on Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray, visit the Old Spice website. For more information on muscles, lasers,nachos and jet skis, visit Twitter, Facebook , YouTube, and Instagram.

Buck Denver Asks….Why Do We Call It Christmas? DVD review and GIVEAWAY!!

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Cutting down trees? Hanging stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus’ birthday?  More than you’d think! 
Join VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along with intrepid newsman Buck Denver and all his friends on an amazing journey into the world’s most popular holiday! Sure, you know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas? Don’t miss the whimsical, educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties as BuckDenver Asks … Why Do We Call It Christmas?

The littles and I watched this over the weekend and I have to say this is one kids dvd that is truly entertaining for all ages. It was witty. There was historical education offered in a way that wasn’t boring and would make it memorable for everyone watching. It was a dvd I would want to share & lucky for us I am getting to give one away to one of you!

GIVEAWAY!!

Just enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win your own copy of Buck Denver asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas?  (giveaway ends 11:59pm 11/29/2014)

& for more Buck Denver fun follow on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.

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**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. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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.

Growing Up Social Book Review and Giveaway!

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It’s no surprise to anyone when I say we are a VERY social family, both online and offline. We LOVE our social media. Both our careers depend on it. All of our kids do a majority of their homework online, communicate with other and teachers online. On busy weeks, I even order and have our groceries delivered through an online delivery service. It seems we’ve become quite accustomed to our online life. In fact, our younger children have never known life to be any different.

While our kids may not have ever known a life before screen time, most parents have. Teaching our children proper social skills both online and offline is new parenting territory. Navigating between face time and face to face time can be confusing for kids( and even some adults!). Anybody else need a little help with knowing how to model and teach this?

Don’t misunderstand I am not a technology hater by any stretch of the imagination. I’m all for utilizing technology to help us be more efficient and I love how it allows us to stay connected, even across the world. I just realize how easy it is to allow ourselves,  as well as our kids, to engage in mindless screen time.  I was excited to have the opportunity to review the book “Growing Up Social” by authors Gary Chapman and Arelene Pellicane recently.  Gary Chapman is the author of another one of my all time favorite books The 5 Love Languages, so I knew this would be an excellent book.

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In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane give parents the necessary tools to access the screen time in your home and make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you discover how to make sure your home doesn’t suffer from an over dependence on screens. You’ll also learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.

•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world
•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy
•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

Equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships the way a parent can.

About the authors:

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Gary Chapman– author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.

Arelene Pellicane

Arelene Pellicane– is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at ArlenePellicane.com.

How many of you can relate??

Growing Up Social Book Giveaway!!

If this sounds like a book you would be interested in – today is your lucky day!! We are giving away a copy of “Growing Up Social” to one lucky reader enter below for your chance to win!

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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.”