Monday, July 27, 2015

Flyby Review: Living Hope CD from Pizza Ranch


Well, I am just loving doing this review!!  One of my favorite quotes is one by C.S. Lewis:  "We don't need more people writing 'Christian books,' what we need is more Christians writing good books."  I have always thought that idea was applicable in any profession.  You do not have to be a preacher or a missionary to minister for Christ.  What God wants is Christians in every profession, being salt and light to the world.

This is the idea behind Pizza Ranch:
Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie's mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch's vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. 
Excellence in business in order to honor God - that is something we could use more of in this world!

Unfortunately, I live in North Carolina and have not had chance to sample Pizza Ranch's wares (although if I vacation in one of those areas, I will seek one out)!  What I did get a chance to sample is the album Living Hope, which was released by Pizza Ranch on June 2, 2015.  The album contains twelve songs from many of Pizza Ranch's favorite Christian artists.  Most of the songs, centering around the theme of hope, were written especially for this album!  This is just one more way for this business to reach out to the world around them, spreading hope and the Gospel.


The name "Living Hope" comes from I Peter 1:3 -
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
It has been one of my favorite verses since I sang in a group by the same name in college.  The album gets a 5-out-of-5-star rating from me, containing Michael W. Smith and some of my other favorite artists.  It's fantastic music for a family road trip or to just worship God as you are driving to work.

The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at www.pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31.

From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.:
This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch.  Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album.  Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project.  As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope.
Of course, I could not leave you without some "hope" of winning this album yourself!  Comment here or on my Facebook page with the name of your favorite Christian contemporary singer or group by August 3 for a chance to win the CD!  If you don't know any, just comment, "I don't have a favorite," and perhaps you will win and find a favorite on this album!

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Twitter:  @PizzaRanch @PRServes



YouTube Channel (features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song):  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE9lEnxuNzMyLfRyX8_tiLA

Press Release with additional information about the Living Hope CD project:  https://t.e2ma.net/message/7tnbk/7l1cgr

Songs included:

Francesca Battistelli - Future
Colton Dixon - Blind
Phil Wickham - My All in All
Ellie Holcomb - Hold Onto Hope
Passion Worship Band - Savior's Arms
Mark Schultz - Overcome the World
Kevin Max - Panic Button
Michael W. Smith - Hope of Heaven
Laura Story - Till I Met You
Bart Millard - A Little Hope
Sidewalk Prophets - What Are You Waiting For
Matthew West - Day One (Acoustic Version)

Happy listening!  :-)

"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.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Another Christmas in July FREEBIE and a Co-op Special!


How many of you are celebrating Christmas in July??  Actually, I am not.  My husband has strict rules about letting Christmas get out of December - ha ha!  But it is a fantastic time to stock up on some Christmas curriculum!  Here is this week's Kindle Freebie from Knowledge Box Central!


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And don't miss out on the co-op special going on, either!

From now until August 2nd, Knowledge Box Central will be running our CO-OP Licenses & Bundles on sale for 50% off. An even better part to this is that if a license is bought to go WITH a bundle, the license will apply to ALL products within that bundle!! That is a HUGE deal for CO-OPs wanting to use more than one of our products this year! This is not something we have ever done before and we are hoping it will be a big help to CO-OPs who enjoy our products! 
And if you are homeschooling in the Winston-Salem area, contact me if you'd like me to come teach any of these classes for your co-op!

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Happy Homeschooling!  :-)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Christmas in July FREEBIE

It's Christmas in July at Knowledge@Kindle!!!  Download Knowledge Box Central​'s Christmas freebie and share the link.  More to come!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Kindle Freebie: Joseph & His Brothers Booklet

We hope you enjoyed the Ancient History series of Kindle Freebies from Knowledge Box Central​!  Today we offer a booklet from Israel's Ancient History.  Please download and share the link!  Available free today through Saturday, June 11.




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kindle FREEBIE: Ancient Rome Mini-Lapbook

Have you gotten the last two FREEBIES from Knowledge Box Central on Kindle, the Mini-Lapbooks for Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece? This week download Ancient Rome! Download and share the link!
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Flyby Review: Old-Fashioned



Two weeks ago, I reviewed the DVD Old-Fashioned.  It was a compelling story of boy-meets-girl with a twist - the boy wants an "old-fashioned" courtship to protect both of them and to prepare for a solid marriage.  My children and I very much enjoyed the movie, as you can see in my review here.

Since then, I have been reading the accompanying novel, also titled Old-Fashioned.  Rene Gutteridge expounded on the screenplay written by Rik Swartzwelder to bring us the written story of equal quality.  Since the novel was written after the movie, she stayed pretty true to what had been done in the movie, but in novel form, she was able to offer more detail and information about the thoughts and backgrounds of the characters.  I really like the novel, and I think my daughters may read it, but I do not think it will appeal to my teenage son.  While my daughters coined this movie a "chick-flick," my teenage son did enjoy watching it, and I like the idea of using it for boys, because it shows an example of a man taking the leadership in keeping the relationship pure.  I would like it if there were a book to go along with the movie that he would like and that I could have him read, but I don't know if there is a good way to do that, as he really is probably not going to like any book about dating and relationships, period.


I think the devotional, on the other hand, can be used with boys and girls.  OK, OK, I'll admit my son doesn't really want to do a devotional about courtship with Mom, but since I have told him it is a condition of being allowed to date, he is willing to discuss such matters with me!  The Old-Fashioned Way is a good 40-day study (every good devotional is 40 days!) on how to put these ideas into practice.

And now that I've completed the second part of the review, we get to the exciting part.  Flyby Promotions is giving away the whole set, with the DVD and both books!  Comment here or on my Facebook page by Monday, July 6, to enter the drawing!
"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.”
Happy Reading!  :-)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ancient Greece Mini-Lapbook FREEBIE

Did you download Knowledge Box Central's FREEBIE on Kindle last week, the Ancient Egypt Mini-Lapbook?  Well, continue the ancient history collection this week with the Ancient Greece Mini-Lapbook FREEBIE on Kindle!



Create a smaller version of our lapbook with this product. Study the great works of the Ancient Grecian Philosophers:  Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Discover the beginning of the Olympic games, the architectural design of the mighty Parthenon, the customs, philosophy, and lifestyle of the people of Ancient Greece, and more. Create booklets to place inside the lapbook folders, and improve retention of the information being studied. Includes a Study Guide and additional resources. The Ancient Greece Lapbook is designed for students that are K-8th grade. All templates and instructions included. 

Use the coupon on the last page to download a free PDF version of the lapbook in order to print pages.

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