Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Love is a choice by Lynn G. Robbins {Written by Emilee}

There has been a lot going on in my life this past month and that is why I've been away from the blog. The main reason is that I had our third child. I'm sure I will welcome her to the blog in the next few weeks with some lovely photos. I just need some time to get situated with my new addition.

I'm so sorry to those who follow Sweetly Made (Just for you). I'm trying to keep up. Moreover, my sisters Cassie and Tiffany will be doing a few of the reviews to help out. Thank goodness!

Today, I wanted to share a very special book that I'm sure everyone should purchase and read. It is called,

Love is a choice
by Lynn G. Robbins


About:

We all know that actions speak louder than words. We may say “I love you,” but do our actions back up that claim? Elder Lynn G. Robbins teaches us that love is more than a feeling — it is a commitment, a promise to be responsible, respectful, and responsive to the needs and experiences of other. And like any other action we undertake, perfecting the act of love requires a lifetime of practice and good choices.
As Elder Robbins teaches, the daily choices we make in our marriages and families are what shape lasting love. He helps us to recognize the role that our agency plays in developing forgiveness, patience, kindness, responsibility, and other virtuous traits. We come to see that as we actively try to do things differently, Christ helps us to be the people He wants us to be — people like Him.
Whether you're engaged to be married, a newlywed, or someone with decades of marriage under your belt, this counsel from an inspired leader will help you develop more Christlike love for those around you. As you draw closer to the Savior through your daily choices and actions, His love will fill your home.

About the author:

Lynn G. Robbins was sustained to the Presidency of the Seventy on April 5, 2014. He became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on april 1, 2000. Prior to that, he was a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for three years. Elder Robbins served a full-time mission in Argentina and later served as president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission.
Elder Robbins received his bachelor's degree from Utah State University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management. He was one of the founders of Franklin Quest (later Franklin Covey). Elder Robbins and his wife, Jan, are the parents of seven children and eighteen grandchildren.

In my opinion:

Love is a choice had a profound and insightful perspective on marriage. The main focus was on responsibility of each partner and how one can improve the situation and be happy. It was also about changing oneself and not trying to change your spouse. This book was exactly what I needed to read and I'm sure each of us would agree as well. We aren't perfect people but we are always striving to become better as Heavenly Father has asked us to do. 

Of course, Jesus Christ was our perfect example on how to treat others with kindness. Robbins also had a section on a variety of attributes and what the Lord's way was vs the wrong way. So, if you think your spouse is the cause of your problems, think again and go through the list for yourself. We can only change ourselves. We are 100% responsible for our actions.

Is happiness a choice? Absolutely! Robbins said, "We have far more control over happiness than we sometimes think we do. How we see life's glass-half-full or half-empty- is primarily a choice. It is a matter of attitude more than of circumstance, as we discover in the story of Nephi, Laman, and Lemuel in the Book of Mormon."

Overall, I definitely recommend Love is a choice not only to improve yourself but also to make your marriage and family stronger in the end. I'm grateful I took the time to read this book because there were a lot of insightful advice on love and self reliance.
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Go to School by Caryl Hart and Leonie Lord {Written by Emilee}

I know school is out for most kids but why not get all of the Back to School gifts before summer comes and goes. School will be back in session before you know it. I have the perfect gift for you and your little ones. It is a book called,

Whiffy Wilson
The Wolf who wouldn't go to school
by Caryl Hart and Leonie Lord


About:

There was a Wolf called Wilson
Who couldn’t count to ten.
He wouldn’t learn to write his name.
He never used a pen.

And so begins the story of Whiffy Wilson, a little wolf who refuses to go to school because he thinks it will be boring. Instead, Whiffy prefers to spend his days playing, watching TV, and staying up late. “Who wants to read and write?” he grumps. But when his best friend Dotty takes him along to class with her one day, Whiffy discovers that school is not the boring, stuffy place he thought it would be. This endearing story, told with humorous illustrations and infectious rhyme, will be an instant favorite among children who are preparing for their first day of school and may be feeling just a bit like Whiffy. (Ages 3–5) 

In my opinion:
Whiffy Wilson The Wolf who wouldn't go to school is perfect for Preschool and Kindergartners. It is a story about a wolf who refuses to go to school until his friend, Dotty encouraged him to go with her. We all need a friend like Dotty who is supportive and encouraging. She made it fun for Wilson and he ended up having a great day that he even wanted to go the next day. I loved this story. The illustrations are fabulous too, simple and cute. Overall, I enjoyed reading this story and know it would be a great addition to your library.

Check out this website for more information on how to order yours today.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring into Science DVD Review & Giveaway {Written by Emilee}


Spring is in the air!  To celebrate, NCircle Entertainment is offering one of Sweetly Made (Just for you) readers a chance to win a “Spring into Science” DVD giveaway, featuring some of our most popular science-oriented brands.  

The package includes four new NCircle Entertainment DVDs from Sid the Science Kid, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Octonauts and Dino Dan.  The SRP for the complete package is $45.00.  

Are you excited? Well, I sure am.

"SPRING INTO SCIENCE”DVDS 

Dino Dan: Swimming with Dinosaurs!

(SRP $9.99)

Dino Dan fans, it’s time to join Trek and learn about some of the coolest dinosaurs yet! Dive into dino adventures in the water on the new DVD Swimming with Dinosaurs!

In my opinion:

My son really liked Dino Dan which wasn't exactly my favorite of 

the four DVDs that I watched. But, it wasn't about me watching 

them. It was all about my son because children are the ones that

 can tell us if they enjoyed it or not. However, after thinking about 

what I learned, I wasn't ready to make this one of my least favorite

 DVDs. 

Junior dinosaur expert Trek Henderson has a great 

imagination. He taught us about dinosaurs such as the 

Plesiosaurus, Archelon and Deinoslichlis. There were eight

 episodes included so plenty of dino adventures to see. I do 

recommend this DVD since I could see how much my son loved it. 

It was educational, entertaining and neat to learn about giant

 prehistoric marine reptiles.

Sid the Science Kid: Encyclopedia of Discovery 

(SRP $9.99)


Sid the Science Kid inspires children to ask questions about how the world works, embracing every child’s natural passion for fun and discovery.  Explore 26 exciting topics with Sid and is friends in this Encyclopedia of Discovery!
·         26 mini-episodes (never-before-seen)
·         Bonus episode: Get Up and Move!

In my opinion:

The Sid the Science Kid: Encyclopedia of Discovery included 26 episodes which actually were quite entertaining. I love that the entire show is located in a school setting. It definitely is perfect for Preschool and Kindergarten aged children. They learn about math, exploration, science, astronomy and time from Teacher Susie. It made school look fun so I'm grateful for this DVD to help prepare my son for Kindergarten. It was also filled with exciting topics such as the difference between primary and secondary colors. I definitely recommend this DVD for your young children to learn and discover.
Discover & Investigate with the Cat in the Hat 


(SRP $14.99)




Season 1 of Cat in the Hat is now on DVD! Discover and investigate with the Cat in the Hat, Sally, and Nick as they are whisked off on extraordinary voyages of scientific discovery.  Hop on the thinga-ma-jigger and let’s explore!
·     Season 1, Volume 2

In my opinion:

I'm actually a huge fan of The Cat in the Hat so it was fun to watch the Season 1, Volume 2 DVD. There were so many episodes. We obviously had to watch it over a few days but I never got tired of listening to Martin Short's voice of the Cat in the Hat. He even had a lovely singing voice. 

I loved the adventures and discoveries. I loved that my son was learning about bats, penguins, hibernation (the song has now stuck in my head), cows and other animals. Again, this was another educational children's DVD so I appreciated NCircle entertainment and definitely recommend their variety of kid shows. I obviously have my favorites but overall, I am impressed with what I've seen. I feel that some kid shows aren't as educational and appropriate but I've never come across one from NCircle entertainment that hasn't educated my son.
Octonauts: Crocodiles & Crabs!


(SRP $9.99)

Sound the octo-alert and join the Octonauts above and below the waves! Help them rescue a gigantic saltwater crocodile, learn about hermit crabs and their shells, and explore a sunken pirate ship with slime eels. Enjoy these adventures and more now on their new DVD Crocodiles & Crabs!
http://www.amazon.com/Octonauts-Crocodiles-Crabs/dp/B00U1GQPF2

In my opinion:

This was my favorite DVD by far. I loved the Octonauts. I loved the Octonaut team. All of the characters were so adorable. I loved that we were able to learn more about underwater sea creatures.  In this DVD, we learned about crocodiles, crabs, eels, shrimp and enemones. The octonauts are always ready for an adventure as they explore, rescue and protect their habitats. They were great examples of helping others and working together. I loved that I came away from watching this DVD with a good feeling. I knew I wasn't wasting my time but was actually learning. That is really important to me because I want my kids to be educated while they sit and watch. Of course, I recommend any of the Octonauts DVDs. 

One of Sweetly Made (Just for you) readers will win a prize package including all four of these spectacular DVDs.

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY?


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing by Lee Gant {Written by Emilee}

I'm excited to introduce another fun knitting book called,
Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing
by Lee Gant


About:

With two knitting needles and countless skeins of yarn, master knitter, teacher and nationally known knitwear designer Lee Gant made her way out of enormous grief and loss to become a true good in the world. Knitting teaches us that mistakes can be undone -- and that knitting can and does trigger tremendous change in one’s life or even -- as in Lee Gant’s case -- save it.

There are at least 78 million knitters and crocheters worldwide (including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Kate Middleton, Dakota Fanning, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and a host of other celebrities … including Ryan Gosling & David Arquette - yes, many men pick up needles!), who attest to the healing values of knitting. Recent studies have shown that knitting truly heals body, mind and soul. Betsan Corkhill, a physiotherapist who founded Stitchlinks, on organization that promotes knitting as a therapeutic health tool, reveals that knitting can help:
• Manage panic attacks, anxiety, and asthma
• Reduce stress by occupying the mind 
• Block pain through “distraction”
• Enhance the feeling of belonging
• Offer purpose and structure
• Increase self-esteem by through the act of giving
• Rekindle anticipation and excitement, motivation and confidence

In this deeply inspiring book, Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing (Viva Editions, May 2015), Gant explores how knitting changed her life and offers us many comforting stories of miraculous changes in knitting circles everywhere with real-life stories of how knitting and crocheting can calm, restore and renew. The transformations and triumphs of all who have made their journey while holding two sticks and a skein of yarn inspires, amuses and even brings a tear or two.

As an employee of three different yarn stores, a teacher of countless knitting classes, and a volunteer with at-risk youth, Gant has had the opportunity to gather diverse stories and candidly shares how her life changed because two women invited her into their yarn store when her life was at its bleakest. Today, Lee Gant admits that she still has anxieties, but now, when she falters, “I know how to get back on track. I knit.”

     
About the author:

Based in Santa Rosa, CA, Lee Gant is one of the top knitters in the United States and has been featured on PBS, NPR, and in many magazines. She has knitted pieces for world-renowned designer Melissa Leapman, and can be seen in Vogue, Knitter's, and Knit 'N Style. Her designs have been featured in many books, including 60 Quick Baby Knits, Knitting 2013 Day-to-Day Calendar, Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 2, and Garter Stitch Baby
Gant is part of a very active knitting community on social media: her Facebook page reached 92,000 people in one week. Gant travels internationally on the knitting circuit and is a well-known authority who is also writing knitting pattern books.


"Lee Gant brings us stories from the edge of suffering, marked by addiction, violence and grief. Why venture into this terrain? On the other side we experience the tangible feel of yarn, hands moving with knitting needles and the comfort of a shared passion. Love in Every Stitch demonstrates Gant's deep love for the craft of knitting, how knitting offered a healing balm in her recovery, as well as helping countless others. As someone who believes in the potency of the arts, Gant offers another view through her testimony to knitting's therapeutic powers, so simple yet profound."  —Adriana Marchione, expressive arts therapist and teacher, creator of When the Fall Comes, a film on love, loss and art. 

"Another lovely story of hope and inspiration. The benefits of knitting and crocheting are seen every day. More and more people turn to these skills to help them deal with so many upheavals in life. Thank goodness we have those to fall back on when everything else seems to go against us."  —Bouncing Back

In my opinion:

Love in Every Stitch was the perfect book to read while I am currently facing difficult challenges with my daughter. I was actually in the hospital with my daughter when I began reading this incredible book by Lee Gant. Of course, it made me miss knitting but I wasn't about to bring my knitting supplies to the hospital with all the yucky germs.

This book was a compilation of stories about healing. There were several stories that were similar to my own circumstances that I felt were healing for me. It was an uplifting and inspiring book. I definitely believe in the healing part of knitting and we can find true friendships through knitting. Sometimes the best part about knitting is doing it for charities. Recently, I chose a family to make a few Christmas stockings for. I'm working on a pattern book and wanted professional photos of recent and new patterns. So, it is a little selfish on my part because I'm doing it for me but then again I'm sharing my talent with a new friend I found through a facebook group geared toward parents with special needs children. You never know who you meet as you knit and we can all gain some healing from reading Gant's short stories and experiences. I definitely recommend this book to anyone even if you don't know how to knit. If you do knit, then you must read it. It definitely made me appreciate the art of knitting even more.


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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BIBB Magazine Giveaway - Win 56 Gifts for Mom, Baby & Child


It's time for the Best In Baby Biz (& Kids) Spring / Summer Issue Giveaway! Now is the season of baby showers and new spring /summer products and we rounded up 56 top gifts for mom, baby and child.  One lucky reader will win everything they see in the catalog section!  View the BIBB Magazine Spring/Summer Issue here and to skip right to the catalog section on page 81 click here.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

LOVE INSPIRED SERIES Book Review & Giveaway {Written by Emilee}

I'm happy to introduce to all of you the upcoming Love Inspired Series.
Give the gift of Love Inspired books this Mother's Day!





6 new heartwarming and inspirational reads are available every month!
Love Inspired books offer wholesome, faith-based entertainment for women that nourishes the soul as it affirms the values of devotion, hope and love. Books are available online and in-store.

Love Inspired readers believe hearts can heal. Inspired stories show that faith, forgiveness and hope have the power to lift spirits and change lives-always.
About the books:

The Love Inspired product line is a series of 6 books that are released every month & only have a shelf-life of one month. These are perfect gifts for Mother's Day!
In my opinion:
I was thrilled when Propeller contacted me to review the Love Inspired product line. I read Bachelor to the Rescue by Lorraine Beatty. It was definitely heartwarming and inspiring. Sometimes it can be hard to find a clean romantic novel but Love Inspired pulled through. 
Bachelor to the Rescue was about a young widow named Lainie who struggles to survive and to protect her daughters. She seeks help from Shaw McKinney who may or may not have been involved in her husband's death. Only time will tell that she will be able to forgive him and accept his help. Does Shaw give up his bachelor life to make Lainie apart of his life or will he remain a bachelor? It was definitely worth reading to find out. I loved reading it and I'm pretty sure you could read it in one sitting. However, I have two young children so it took me some time to finish. Such a perfect gift to give your mother. I'm excited to read the other five books. I definitely recommend that you all check out the Love Inspired product line. You won't be disappointed.

One of my fabulous readers will win a set of six Love Inspired books.
HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY? 

"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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

When Calls The Heart Season Promotion & Giveaway {Written by Emilee}

I'm happy to be apart of the 
When Calls The Heart Season Promotion & Giveaway.

I had exclusive access to watch the When Calls The Heart Season 2 Premiere — which airs on April 25th on Hallmark  and let me tell you, it was sooooo good. Also, Sweetly Made (Just for you) will have 1 set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD ($60 value!!) to give away to one lucky reader. I'm super jealous!!! These DVD’s were supplied by Word Films
Giveaways valid in US & Canada only.





About the series:




The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.



Be sure to watch the trailer…..
In my opinion:

Wow! If you haven't watched any of When Calls the Heart episodes, you will be hooked especially when you watch The Season 2 Premeire. It was amazing and packed with more characters as well as more adventures, heartbreak and excitement. It has seriously become one of my favorite shows to watch. And it worked out so well that I was able to watch it ahead of time because we don't have the Hallmark channel so I was especially excited to be apart of the Promotion and giveaway.

I still adore Elizabeth & Jack's relationship. They are super cute together. I love all of the characters especially the newer ones. It brought more depth to the show. Now, I won't be able to go into detail about the Season Two premeire but it was full of new adventures, romances and challenges. I know you will all enjoy it so be sure to watch the trailer above as well as the Premeire on April 25th. I definitely recommend When Calls the Heart. Such a good, clean wholesome movie for the entire family.


#FaithTV & #Hearties 


NOW ONTO THE GIVEAWAY...

One of my lucky readers will win the entire set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD. Wahoo! 


HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY?







"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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
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