Oct 042016
 

befriendI accepted the offer to review this book gladly, thinking that friendship and belonging were definitely topics that were relevant to my life.  For the past month I’ve been struggling to read it.  I’ve picked it up and started dozens of times.  I read one page.  And another page.  And another.

It just didn’t ever “click”.  I never got “hooked”.  Never felt like I wanted to read on, rather than just put the book down.

In the end, that’s my review and confession.  I didn’t read all of it, or even most of it.  It was dull, and it did not speak to me.  To mis-quote someone pithier than myself:

I could not read it in a box

I could not read it with a fox

I could not read it here, or there

I could not read it anywhere…

I received a copy of the book free from the Ravu Collective / BuzzPlant for review purposes.  As always, my opinions are solely my own, and no other person has any say in what I write in my reviews, nor am I compensated for them.  I also received a second copy of the book with which to conduct a giveaway, but because of these special circumstances, I have simply given away both copies of the book locally, and called it day.

Aug 132016
 

QK_ravuit_buttonAs far as inspirational people go, they don’t come much “bigger” than this little girl:  Phiona Mutesi.

As the book points out, calling Phiona “the ultimate underdog:

To be African is to be an underdog to the world.  To be Ugandan is to be an underdog in Africa.  To be from Katwe is to be an underdog in Uganda.  To be a girl is to be an underdog Katwe.

The story is truly amazing, and a hard one to tell to an American audience, since the conditions of Phiona’s life are truly so far from anything that we can actually imagine as “daily life”.

Somehow, though, the book didn’t “wow” me.  Having heard about the story, I kept reading because I wanted to know… But I didn’t keep reading because I was captivated by the story as it was being told to me.  Only the last quarter of the book or so actually kept me turning pages and not wanting to put it down.

The video trailer for the upcoming Disney movie gives you an idea of just how much “feels” there are to this story.  And maybe the movie will have an easier time of holding out attention while it paints the picture for us.

You can find out more about Phiona, and the amazing ministry that first reached out to her, at this special website put together by Sports Outreach.

I received a copy of the book free from the Ravu Collective / BuzzPlant for review purposes.  As always, my opinions are solely my own, and no other person has any say in what I write in my reviews, nor am I compensated for them.

Jul 092016
 

unnamedAmazon is having huge savings for “Prime Day” on July 12th – and the deals have already started!

Since being a good steward means getting what we need for as little as possible, keep your eyes out for deals on the things you would be buying anyway.

And what’s more, if you’re NOT a Prime member, you can use a 30-day Free Trial to take advantage of all these great deals!! Check it out:

Happy Amazon Prime Day July 12 – Exclusive Deals for Prime Members – Start Free 30-Day Trial
Full disclosure: If you click through my links to Amazon, As For My House receives a tiny commission on any purchase you make, without you paying any extra.  It’s the money that pays to keep the blog online, and your clicks are very much appreciated!

Jun 142016
 

artherlightWe are a game-playing family, so I was excited to hear about a new Massive Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is a Biblical allegory story!

Meet The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance.

I let my son be the one to build a character and enter the world, and “Arty” was born.  He had the fun of choosing a gender, customizing his appearance, and picking a name (within their funny steampunk guidelines).  Then he was off into the world.

There is an introductory episode, which can be played for free to try out the game.  This has tutorial quests, teaching you about the way that the game is played, the important characters that will be part of your life, and the setup of the city where you will be based, as well as the overall story-line.  This part of the game may not be particularly enthralling, since you haven’t gotten into the meat of the adventure yet – but hang in there!

artherlight 2Once you unlock (purchase) Episode 1, you can really dive into the fun.

You receive quests that help guide you on your overarching goal to restore the Great Engine, which will defeat the evil Lucky and disperse the sinister fog.

Your mysterious guide through the entire game is The Scarlet Man – none other than a representation of Christ!

One of the fun things about a MMORPG is that you are playing live, online, in real time, with other people.  You can coordinate a group with real-life friends, or just team up with others your meet in the game.

As a parent, I appreciate the emails that are sent out periodically (triggered by where your child is in the game), allowing me to understand what he is encountering, and make sure he’s making the Biblical connections.

Episode 1 is based on the story of Abraham and Sarah, and additional content is being developed that continues following the Biblical narrative.

My son had this to say:

I really like that you can chat with other players – get help when you need it, and help them.  It’s really fun to play – not too hard (frustrating), and not too easy (boring).  My favorite part is unlocking new areas and exploring, and I like fighting the Automatons.

I would definitely recommend this game to other parents looking for a way to turn “screen time” into something more valuable.

Disclosure:I received a complementary sample of the content of The Aetherlight from BuzzPlant in the hope that I would mention it on my website and/or in social media. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers. I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Nov 222015
 


…and by that I definitely don’t mean that it’s “modest” in the sense of “small”, because this is a GREAT SALE on MODEST CLOTHING!

Deborah & Co. is a company that has been listed in my sidebar for quite some time, and someone we trust as a provider of modest clothing for women (including maternity) and girls.

Here’s what’s happening on Black Friday (and the weekend):

  • Storewide 20% off coupon
  • Free scarf on all orders of $50 or more!
  • We will be releasing a new modest (higher neck) cami with lace at the bottom for Black Friday!

Skip the stress of going out to shop on Friday, but don’t miss out on this opportunity to get more for your money.  It’s just good stewardship, right?  ;)

Jun 232014
 

renaissance hatIt’s always fun when we have the opportunity to review a costume from AntyimeCostumes.com. They have a great selection, and my kids enjoy dress-up at any time of year.

This latest was the Renaissance Peasant Boy Costume.

Ummm, that’s R.T. not wearing the hat correctly.  (And their stock photo of the costume if you do get it all on your child at once)

Wolf and I have a substantial investment in our Renaissance Faire costumes, which we have been building up for decades.  Kids, though, grow so fast that it just doesn’t make sense.

renaissance boyIf you’re not crafty (like me!), these inexpensive, cute, and comfortable costumes are a great way to go.

You can find Anytime Costumes on all the usual social media outlets these days.  Give them a follow to find out about sales and new arrivals:

Google+

Twitter

Disclosure: I received one or more complimentary products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my website and/or in social media. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers. I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

May 172014
 

91mBtG8xw+L._SL1500_How about an exciting, child-friendly adventure story with a Christian heart?

While this book wouldn’t have made it onto my list of nominees for best-written thing I’ve read this year, my kids really enjoyed it.

It can be lonely growing up outside the woods of New England during the 1890′s, especially with Christmas on the way. All that Christopher really wants is a friend. However, that’s not very likely, because the only neighbor his age comes from a wealthy family, and the two have never been allowed to associate. That all changes on the day that Samuel Hopkin comes up missing. Christopher volunteers to help, but things go wrong and he suddenly finds himself caught up in the same impossible situation. Relying on the survival skills he’s honed while exploring the Falmouth Woods, Christopher keeps his eyes fixed on God as he tries to find a way for them both to escape. But will they be able to do it in time?

The plot was exciting and suspenseful, without ever being too scary or disturbing.  The kids looked forward to reading a chapter each night, to find out what would happen next.

The Christian message came through loud and clear.  More than just morality, this was truly an inspirational message of faith.

Highly recommended…  And looking forward to reading more from Mr. Edwards!

Apr 192014
 

File-The-Pile_detailA belated congratulations to the winner of our Organization Giveaway:

Jane M.

The prize consists of both the PANIC No More filing system, and the adorable File the Pile filing box, for a total value of $41.

Don’t panic when the snail mail comes in! Just pull out a recycling bin for the items you don’t need and file the rest into this easy, color-coded filing system. Comes with 25 color-coded folders, 25 peel and stick file labels, 6 labeled tabs and hanging file folders, and instructions.

April 2014 Customer smEven if you didn’t win, there are still plenty of goodies available!

Clever Container has a fabulous promotion running through the end of April – the versatile Lights Out is available for just $12 with your purchase of $50 or more.

PLUS, I am running several special sales just for my customers.  Be sure to visit Organizing With Tiffany on Facebook to be advised of all the opportunities.  (Click “Like”, then hover over that Like and click to “Get Notifications”, or Facebook may decide not to show things to you).

Congratulations again to Jane, and Happy Organizing to all!

Mar 242014
 

Spring BreakOkay, it’s getting CRAZY with the discounts on top of giveaways on top of offers…  I wanted to bring everything together for you, so you don’t miss out!

Here’s a quick rundown, with details below:

  1. Free Car Hooks GWP

  2. Mystery Hostess credit drawing

  3. $20 Clever Cash referral bonus

  4. 10% off March orders

  5. Blog Giveaway

Okay, now here’s the breakdown:

car hook1.  Clever Container is offering all customers a set of these clever Car Hooks (see photo) FREE with any purchase of $50 or more during March.

2.  If you are on Facebook, be sure to check out the Mystery Hostess Online Launch party event!

Even if you are not on Facebook, you can select that party during checkout from the online store, and you will be entered to win.

One guest will be named the party’s “hostess”, and will earn some wonderful gifts and rewards (depending on the party sales).  The party ends at midnight on March 30th!

3.  Do you know anyone who enjoys organizing?  Or someone who could use a little extra cash?

Clever Container is a young company, with less than 2500 consultants nationwide – so we have a wide open market!

If you refer someone to me who joins the Clever Container team, I will thank you with $25 in Clever Cash (gift certificate)!

4.  To help give everyone the opportunity to try out Clever Container products, I am offering a special sale:

10% off any order over $25, until midnight on March 30th.  

This absolutely DOES STACK with other offers!  A $50 order will receive free Car Hooks from the company, 10% off from me, and will provide you with extra entries into both the Blog Giveaway and the Mystery Hostess drawing!

5.  I am personally giving away some great products here on the blog.  The prize consists of both the PANIC No More filing system, and the adorable File the Pile filing box.  This prize has a total value of $41.

Just use the Rafflecoptor form, below, to enter!  This also ends at midnight on March 30th.

Organizing just got fun!  Good luck!

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Mar 102014
 

File-The-Pile_detailAs if the free gifts in my last post (HERE) weren’t enough, I decided that I would just plain give away some Clever Container products, to help people see just how fabulous they are!

You can enter with the Rafflecoptor form right here on the blog. There are lots of ways to enter – something for everyone.

PANIC-No-More_list The prize consists of both the PANIC No More filing system, and the adorable File the Pile filing box.  This prize has a total value of $41.

Don’t panic when the snail mail comes in! Just pull out a recycling bin for the items you don’t need and file the rest into this easy, color-coded filing system. Comes with 25 color-coded folders, 25 peel and stick file labels, 6 labeled tabs and hanging file folders, and instructions.

car hookAny purchase you make through the Mystery Hostess Online Launch party will earn you:

  • TEN entries into this giveaway, AND
  • Entries into the party’s drawing for the Hostess gifts (amount depending on order size), AND
  • Any order of $50 or more will also earn the free set of car hooks! (Through the end of March)

Organizing just got fun! Good luck!

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