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My family and I enjoy reading good books. We receive free books and in return review them. Here are publishers and public relations that I review for Robert Rose, Inc., Schiffer Publishing and Ulysses, First Wild Card Tours, Hachette Book Group/Book Blog(FaithWords), Thomas Nelson/BookSneeze and Tyndale House Publishers. You can read book reviews, sign up to win giveaways and much more on GAhome2mom or Loving Heart Designs blogs.

We have been homeschooling since 1989. We are interested in reviewing educational books, CD's, DVD's, games, toys and more. If you have a product that you would like us to review and/or would like us to host a giveaway of your product, please contact us today. (Email with PR request to the following: GAhome2mom at gahome2mom/gmail/com)

You can learn more about us on my profile. My daughters are ages from 9 to 31 years old. My six grandchildren range from 3 years to 11 years old. I have three step-children as well. (20's)

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Children's Holiday Gift Guide: Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas by DK Simoneau and David Radman



Santa's Night Before Christams
Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas



 Coming October 1, 2014 - Amazon




Santa's Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right! Night Before Christmas 

by  DK Simoneau and David Radman
Illustrator: Brad Cornelius
ISBN: 978-1-933302-18-8
Library of Congress Control Number: 2014935580
Binding: Trade Cloth – Hardcover
Pages: 32
Price: $18.95
Season: Fall/Holiday 2014
Publication Date: October 2014



Here's a new Christmas holiday book for the whole family to enjoy -  Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas by DK Simoneau and David Radman. This beautifully illustrated story takes place in the North Pole with Santa on a very cold Christmas Eve night. Immediately, strange occurrences begin to happen to Santa. You can't wait to turn the page to see what happens next. It's an adorable and fun story that your audience is sure to enjoy! 

As a home school parent, I believe that reading is of supreme importance to help facilitate the joy of learning as well as bonding with my children. I loved reading aloud to all my children; especially in the early years. I believe they enjoyed it as well.  I long for the opportunity to share the love of books with my grandchildren, too.

Bring a smile to a child's face this holiday season! Read aloud to a child!  Listen to them read aloud! If you're a parent, grandparent, teacher, scout leader, or childcare worker then I highly recommend sharing this fun and whimsical story with them. Consider making this book part of your current or new holiday tradition.

Happy Holidays,
Janet Coffield & Family




DK Simoneau is the award winning author of We’re Having A Tuesday, a book helping children of divorce cope with shared custody living arrangements.   She has offered advice on divorced parenting in numerous publications and on various programs, including the CBS Early Show.  She enjoys writing stories that help children express their feelings or inspire them to dream and use their zany, whimsical imaginations. She enjoys traveling, dancing, and sharing time with her own 2 kids in Lakewood, Colorado.



David Radman began writing children’s stories as a single father, when his two daughters were very young. His love of being a dad inspired him to share his creativity through the magic of storytelling. He enjoys playing hockey, spending time with family, and continues to write stories he hopes to be able to share in the future. David lives in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife, two children, and three stepchildren.



Brad Cornelius was born and raised near Chicago, spending his free time learning to draw and watching lots of cartoons. Brad, his wife Melissa and their two greyhounds, are currently exploring the country in a vintage Airstream trailer. This is his second collaboration with DK Simoneau.


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Available at www.purplesantasuit.com, Pre-order now from Amazon, on sale Wednesday, October 01, 2014.

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com/
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a free complimentary copy of "Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas" by DK Simoneau and David Radman through AC Publications Group.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to School Giveaways & More

Welcome,

Well, I see there are a  few followers at GAhome2mom. I appreciate it! ♥

I wanted to give you the heads-up on current and upcoming giveaways at Loving Heart Designs. Please, check out the Collector's Edition of The Boxcar Children on DVD for the whole family to enjoy! And, September 2, 2014 you can sign up to win a copy of The Princess Problem by Rebecca C. Hains PHD and  Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good from the Mitford Series by Jan Karon.

And, if you haven't already done so, please sign up at Loving Heart Designs to stay in touch with upcoming reviews and giveaways. 

Thank you,
~GAhome2mom
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Jan Karon's The Mitford Series Continues

The Mitford Series Continues
Later this month, I will be posting a review and contest for Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Mitford Series #10 by Jan Karon. I hope you will sign up by email so you will know when the contest will be featured at Loving Heart Designs.

Thank you,
Janet Coffield




167447: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Mitford Series #10 Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Mitford Series #10
By Jan Karon / Putnam Adult

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanaugh returns with his wife, Cynthia from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors.
While he is glad to be a t home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he lost his passion.
His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion--for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner--and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley's brother Sammy, still enraged by his mother's abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim's prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings Bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.

44871X: Mitford Years Series, 1-9 Mitford Years Series, 1-9
By Jan Karon / Penguin Putnam Inc.


118176: Jan Karon"s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader
By Edited by Martha McIntosh / Penguin Putnam Inc.

This paperback edition of Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader with its four-color format and colorful photos and illustrations of recipes and scenes from the Mitford stories will thrill Mitford fans. It has over 150 recipes revolving around food from each of the Mitford books. You'll find Sadie Baxter's Apple Pie, Puny's Gazpacho, and Emma's Pork Roast. Also included are Jan's special recipes along with her mother's and grandmother's famous biscuits. If your mouth has ever watered as you read some of the eating scenes in the Mitford books, now you can satisfy your cravings by making your favorite character's dishes yourself.


Thank you,
Janet Coffield (GAhome2mom)
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com/ 
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day
Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. 
~I Corinthians 13:4-7

Thank you,
 Janet & Family
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Why Happiness Matters by Henry S. Miller


Why Happiness Matters
By Henry S. Miller

Although some would have you think otherwise, the uniquely human pursuit of happiness is not merely some frivolous idle-time activity for the fortunate few. Far from it. Instead, it is a serious pursuit—a duty and responsibility for each of us.

As the progress—or lack thereof—of human evolution has demonstrated, being in a positive, optimistic, and happy frame of mind seems to be what allows some humans to be more successful than others in obtaining life’s essentials: food, shelter, social support, even a mate. So it has always been and so it continues today. And if you still doubt the seriousness of pursuing a happier life, consider your loved ones. Fulfilling the duty of being happy benefits not just yourself but also those closest to you.

The Benefits
Most of the benefits of living a happier life are familiar, yet they are powerful and seemingly endless—and they far outweigh the costs and work needed to achieve this state. Nonetheless, many in our societies often try to diminish the idea of simple, lasting happiness, instead extolling the thrill of peak pleasures and magnificent accomplishments. As a rejoinder to them and a reminder to us all, here is a consensus of what researchers around the world (including those cited in the Suggested Readings list in the Appendix) have proven to result from simply being happy, especially when compared to unhappy, sad or depressed people:

• Success. Overall, happy people are more successful across multiple major domains of life including work, social relationships, income, and health. In addition, the relationship between happiness and success seems to be reciprocal: not only can individual success—whether in love or at work—contribute to feelings of happiness, but happiness also results in more success. In this way, happiness becomes an even more worthwhile pursuit, both as a desirable end in and of itself and as a means to achieve other significant life goals.

• Personally. Happy people more frequently exhibit characteristics such as being strikingly energetic, decisive, and flexible. They are more creative, more helpful to those in need, more self-confident, more forgiving, more charitable, more sociable, and more loving. Compared to unhappy people, happier people are more trusting, more loving, and more responsive. They have greater self-control, can tolerate frustration better, are less likely to be abusive, are more lenient, and demonstrate enhanced coping skills.

• Socially. Happy people have more friends, richer social interactions, correspondingly stronger social support, and experience longer and more satisfying marriages.

• Work. In addition to bringing all their positive personal attributes to work, happy people have been proven to be more likely to perform better, achieve greater productivity and deliver a higher quality work product. They tend to receive a higher income as a result.

• Physical health. Happy people experience less pain, are often in better health, are more active with more energy and even, not surprisingly, live longer. They have lower stress levels and stronger immune systems that fight disease more effectively. By comparison, stressed and depressed people are more vulnerable to various illnesses.

• Mental health. Happy individuals construe daily situations and major life events in relatively more positive and more adaptive ways that seem to reinforce their happiness. They are also less likely to exaggerate any criticism, however slight, that they may receive, as opposed to unhappy individuals who react to life experiences in negative ways that only reinforce their unhappiness.

What’s at Stake
Take your pursuit of a happier and more fulfilling life seriously—it is a worthy goal especially in times of uncertainty and strife. Your success in striving to thrive is a precious gift that benefits not only yourself but also all those around you as well as the world at large—benefits that can’t be overestimated.

Trust and believe that you are worthy enough to prioritize and focus your time and energy on living a happier life. First and foremost, you owe it to yourself to try to be as happy as you can. You also owe it to those around you: your spouse, your parents, your children, your friends and acquaintances and coworkers and colleagues. If you question or doubt the seriousness of this pursuit or tend to trivialize the value of being happier, just ask any spouse or significant other what it’s like to live with an unhappy and unfulfilled partner. Ask a parent about the pain suffered by all if a child is unhappy. Or ask a child what it’s like to be raised by an unhappy, unfulfilled, angry, and bitter parent. Ask a supervisor what it’s like to try to work with unhappy, frustrated, and unmotivated employees. Then ask a worker about working for an unhappy manager. Or ask an unhappy and probably friendless acquaintance about the worthiness of happiness as a goal. Think carefully about the impact of choosing to live a happier life. Realize that because happiness has been demonstrated to be contagious, your individual happiness can affect not only you and those closest to you but also those living nearby. Individual happiness matters much more—and can have a much more extensive impact—than ever realized before.

Finally, recall your childhood: groups of young children playing together, exploring, curious about everything, giggling in wide-eyed wonderment. Compare that picture to a group of typical adults commuting in cars or trains or buses or subways: dull faces gazing unseeingly straight ahead, emotionless. What have they lost? When did they lose it? And can they get it back?
Remember that one day, you will be sitting on that proverbial rocking chair on some front porch or veranda, maybe overlooking the ocean, and a stranger will sit down beside you and politely ask: “So, what did you do in your life?”

What will you say?
The stakes are high. The price of unhappiness is steep. And life is short.

[Excerpted from the book The Serious Pursuit of Happiness: Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive]
 
About Henry S. Miller…
Henry S. Miller is the author of The Serious Pursuit of Happiness:  Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive and Inspiration for the Pursuit of Happiness:  Wisdom to Guide your Journey to a Better Life. He is also the creator of the online membership program Get SERIOUS About Your Happiness:  20 Transformational Tools for Turbulent Times. As President of The Henry Miller Group (www.millergroup.com), he is a speaker, trainer, and consultant helping organizations improve engagement, performance, and productivity specifically by increasing employee well being. In prior careers, Henry was a Senior Consultant for the Tom Peters Company training and coaching senior management teams worldwide in leadership and his initial career in corporate America was with IBM. 

 

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