Author: Erin

Kroger Add Up The Saving Spark {review and $25.00 gift card giveaway}

While you’re out and about, be sure to stop at your local Kroger Family of Stores (which includes Kroger, Ralph’s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith’s, Fry’s, QFC, Baker’s, Owen’s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Pay Less Super Markets and Scott’s Food & Pharmacy) to take advantage of their “Add Up the Savings” Event and stock up on your favorite General Mills & Kimberly Clark brands From August 8 through August 21, when you buy 8 participating items from any Kroger store, you’ll receive $4 off of your purchase. Some of the great participating brands include: Cheerios, Yoplait Yogurt, Pillsbury Cookies & Biscuits, Kleenex, Huggies, Betty Crocker Brownies, Cottonelle, and Lucky Charms.

In addition to these great savings, be sure to take advantage of the special Bonus Box Tops Offers and get a jumpstart on helping the participating school of your choice this year.

All you have to do, if you haven’t already, is register at Once you register, you will automatically receive 5 Bonus Box Tops just for signing up! You will also receive custom offers for Bonus Box Tops for purchasing participating products.

These great offers are:

* Buy any 4 Box Tops products and get 10 Bonus Box Tops

* Buy any 8 Box Tops products and get 25 Bonus Box Tops

The offers you select will then load onto your Kroger Shopper Card to be redeemed once you purchase the items. It’s extra easy because there’s no clipping! Just remember to scan your Kroger Shopper Card and the Bonus Box Tops will automatically go straight the participating school of your choice.

Win it!

One lucky winner will receive a $25.00 gift card from the the Kroger Family of Stores. This giveaway is open till the 13th of August so you can take advantage of these special savings!

To Enter: Let me know if you are prepared for the school year and if not, what else do you have left to do!

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available) Please include #myblogspark

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

Giveaway running till 08/13/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. Giveaway is open to USA Only.

Disclaimer: The Kroger Family of Stores gift card, information, and giveaway were all provided by The Kroger Family of Stores, General Mills, and Kimberly Clark through MyBlogSpark.)

Crafty Friday: An Added Bow and Autumn Themed Clips

This week I made a few more alligator hair clips and this go around, I tried my hand at adding a little bow with a crystal embellishment to the top. I have to say it came out a lot better than I expected! And with that being the case, I can’t wait to try to create more!

I’m not quite ready to open an Etsy store yet for my hair accessories because I want to build up a bigger collection first but I am willing to sell a few by word of mouth or by means of my blog. If you are interested in the sets pictured below, feel free to e-mail me and we’ll set something up!

Note that these Autumn themed alligator clips are 1 3/4″ long and are covered quality grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon is treated with heat so there will not be any fraying. These sets include 2 clips for 2.50! You can contact me at ellybean (at) connected2christ dot com, if interested.

Sue Berk Designs {review and giveaway}

Inspired by Sue Berk’s daughter Rachael, who was born with arthrogryposis and spent 8 weeks in the NICU, our blankets are very soft and cozy and incorporate messages that make both baby and parent feel good.

Being pregnant with my second child, I’m so happy that I happened across Sue Berk Designs. Sue offers a variety of gifts that are perfect for the latest little bundle of joy in your life whether you are looking for something to spruce up the nursery or wrap your baby in!

I was given the opportunity to review one of Sue’s blue minky dot and satin fabric  receiving blankets for my new baby.  This blanket, approximately 28 inches by 33 inches in size,  is extremely soft to the touch and would be soothing to any babies skin.

Embroidered on my blanket is the scripture ” Angels Watching Over Me” Psalm 91:11.  Note that there are also three other scriptures to have added to whichever blanket you may purchase.

I also found that I don’t have to worry about my blanket in the wash, it was easy to dry as well and came out feeling just as cozy and warm and when it went in.

This month, Sue Berk Designs just released a brand new Coco Collection of blankets and blankies! This blankets are rich in color and feature the same scriptures as the blanket I reviewed. Blankets comes in either pink or blue and each includes an organza ribbon just perfect for gifting!

The variety of blankets, hand painted and lead free picture frames and crosses would make extremely special baby shower gifts, in my opinion! I encourage you to check these great gifts out for yourself at:

Win it!

Sue is offering one of my readers a beautiful minky receiving blanket in either pink or blue or a cross of your choice. (Please specify which you would prefer in your first comment)

To Enter: Visit Sue Berk Designs and let me know which product you really like! ( Leave the url in your entry for it to count) *USA only*

Extra Entries:

1. Visit Sue Berk on Facebook and LIKE her page. Also leave a message and let her know you are visiting from Connected2Christ so your entry will count then come back and let me know you did.

2. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

3. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

4. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

5. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

Giveaway running till 08/31/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. Giveaway is open to USA Only.

I received this product free of charge for review on my blog. No other compensation was received. The views and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Tyndale Hands-On Bible NLT {review and giveaway}

337692: NLT Hands-On Bible, Softcover NLT Hands-On Bible, Softcover

By Tyndale House

Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations. The Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. This new edition features updated tip-ins, a more portable size for kids, an attractive cover, and online parenting helps. With hundreds of fun, memorable activities and the full New Living Translation text, the Hands-On Bible is packed with activities and experiences that invite kids to crawl inside the Scriptures and “do” God’s Word!

My Thoughts

The Hands-On Bible will bring joy and delight from both boys and girls. This is one cool Bible that I wish was around when I was growing up! This Bible is more than just a Bible as it includes a huge variety of activities, crafts, fun facts, science projects,  and many more great things that are sure to get your child to engage! I love all the extra content added as I know it’ll impact kids to learn even more about the Word of God as they take each of the extra activities pertaining to the lesson to heart.  Also, this Bible would be fantastic for family Bible time, as it can get the whole family to come together in learning about our God and savior!

To this date, I have found that the New Living Translation of the Word one of the easiest to read so I praise this Bible for sticking with this version for kids.  This Bible is packed full of so much information from how to use the Bible, to understanding and living the truths told, key verses to apply and take to heart, Biblical character bios, dictionary/concordance,  full color maps, and so much more! I can’t say enough about this Bible!

The Hands-On Bible is a a wonderful gift idea for any family that has children and it’s a perfect gift all around that I’m sure will greatly be appreciated by kids of all ages.   With MYHANDSONBIBLE.COM the whole family can be involved with the Hands-On Bible. You can download free music, get family devotions, and much more.

View a free sample of the Hands-On Bible. You can find Hands-On Bible at many wonderful stores.

Win a copy: One of my readers will have a chance to win a certificate to use toward the purchase of a free Hands-On Bible (Hard Cover).

To enter, tell us what is your favorite Bible version and/or who you will be reading this Bible in your home. Please, leave your name and email in the main comment. (mandatory)

1. Add me to your blogroll or add my button.
2. Blog it, link back to this post. (2 extra)
3. Favorite my blog on Technorati
4. Subscribe by email/RSS. (2 extra)
5. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)
6. Email a friend about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

Giveaway running till 08/21/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

Disclosure: I was sent the Hands on Bible for review purposes because of my membership with the Tyndale Blog network all thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.