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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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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. 

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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.


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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

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 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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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Easter Round-up from Zonderkidz

 March is National Reading Month

Zonderkidz Easter 2014 Roundup

On Sunday, April 20th, 2014, Easter presents itself along with all the beautiful signs of spring. Have you thought of what special gifts to share this holiday with the children ages 8 to teens in your family? Let me share with you some wonderful fiction and nonfictional book ideas for gift giving this Easter from the Zonderkidz.



714477: NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions: 365 Days of Adventure NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions: 365 Days of Adventure
By Robin Schmitt / ZonderKidz

Grab your spyglass and compass and set sail for adventure! Like a map that leads to great treasure, the NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions takes kids on a thrilling, enriching quest. This yearlong devotional is filled with exciting fictional stories about kids finding adventure in the real world. Each devotional entry ends with a short special feature, like "Words to Treasure," "People in Bible Times," "Live It!" or "Did You Know?" Boys and girls will learn more about God and the Bible, and be inspired to live a life of faith--the greatest adventure of all! It's a perfect companion to the bestselling Bible for kids, the NIV Adventure Bible. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.





NIV Sequin Bible Blue Sparkle
By Zondervan

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1152
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 031073097X
ISBN-13: 9780310730972
Availability: Available to ship on or about 03/13/14.
Email me when this product is available.
Text Color: Red Letter

Publisher's Description

This fun and attractive Sequin Bible includes the complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) with a cover design that is full of sparkle and shine. Girls can express their style wherever they go!





730861: NIV Young Women of Faith Bible, Hardcover, Printed Caseside NIV Young Women of Faith Bible, Hardcover, Printed Caseside
By Susie Shellenberger / ZonderKidz


Popular study Bible for girls 8 and up, now available in the updated NIV.
Designed to encourage girls ages 8 and up to develop a habit of studying God's Word, this Bible is filled with engaging features to help them learn more about themselves and their relationship with God. Weekly studies and many of the side notes are linked to the women's study Bible, the NIV Women of Faith Study Bible, allowing mothers and daughters to share God's Word together.

Features include:
  • Weekly Bible studies apply biblical truths to life
  • Side notes address difficult passages and offer historical and cultural insights
  • Journal captures other girls' experiences or struggles along with space for the user to record their own
  • "I Believe" statements of faith and foundational beliefs
  • "Memory Challenges" are verses worth remembering
  • "If I Were There . . ." include Bible stories that place the reader in the Bible character's situation
Susie Shellenberger is a fulltime speaker and has written 51 books. She has a monthly magazine for teen girls called SUSIE Mag. She lives in Colorado and enjoys cuddling with her mini-Schnauzer, Obie.





744222: NIV Bible for Teens, Blue NIV Bible for Teens, Blue
By Zondervan / Zondervan

Measuring less than an inch thick, this Bible is easy to take with you any place you go... school, church, wherever! Features:
  • Presentation page
  • Words of Christ in red
  • 8 pages of full-color maps
  • Extra-thin edition---less than one inch thick
  • Easy to read, 8.5 font size
  • Ribbon marker





0726005: NIV The Jesus Bible: Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible, Hardcover, Printed NIV The Jesus Bible: Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible, Hardcover, Printed
By Zondervan


An all new full-featured Bible for kids ages 9-12 that focuses on Jesus and how his teachings apply to everyday life.
Jesus isn't just found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. His presence can be felt throughout the whole Bible, even at the beginning in Genesis. The Jesus Bible contains the complete New International Version (NIV) with daily study helps that point you to Jesus and show how he fulfilled the prophecies for the Messiah found in the Old Testament.

Features:
  • Presentation page for personalization and gift giving
  • Book introductions explain where Jesus appears in each book of the Bible
  • 365 devotions revolve around the “sightings” of Jesus in the Old Testament and his life and teachings in the New Testament
  • Application notes to help kids apply Jesus’ teachings to real life today
  • Hundreds of clues highlight the promises/prophesies made about Jesus in the Old Testament and the fulfillments in the New Testament
  • Index of the Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Christ




Fictional Reading


#1: The Ether: Vero Rising
By Laurice Elehwany Molinari / ZonderKidz

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)
ISBN: 0310735556
ISBN-13: 9780310735557
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 9-12
Series: Ether

Publisher's Description


While living a seemingly ordinary life, a 12-year-old boy discovers his true identity of a guardian angel and must begin his intense training under the guidance of the archangels while still living his suburban life.





742944: Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek
By Jill Osborne / Zondervan

In book one of Jill Osborne's new series, Riley Mae Hart becomes the new spokesgirl for the Swiftriver Shoe Company's outdoor sport collection. But being in the spotlight isn't all it's cracked up to be, and Riley Mae learns tough but valuable lessons about family, friendship, and what it means to be a godly young woman.





744696: All In: Student Edition: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life All In: Student Edition: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life
By Mark Batterson & Parker Batterson / Zondervan

The Gospel costs nothing, but demands everything. In this student edition of All In, bestselling author and pastor Mark Batterson explores the fact that if Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all. Through stories and examples, Mark shows readers how to go all in when it comes to their faith---because no matter your age, it's time to ante up.





742531: Gods at War, Student Edition: The Battle for Your Heart That Will Define Your Life Gods at War, Student Edition: The Battle for Your Heart That Will Define Your Life
By Kyle Idleman / Zondervan

In this student edition of gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps us recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus Christ is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else like money or popularity. While these pursuits may not be the 'graven images' of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you're struggling with, the fear you're dealing with, the lack of purpose you're living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.


Thanks to Zonderkidz, we are having an Easter Round-up Giveaway! Check out Loving Heart Designs for more information!


Thank you,
Janet Coffield
http://gahome2mom.blogspot.com
Disclaimer: I received free copies of the Easter Round-up 2014 books through Zonderkidz for this review posting. Product content, links and images provided through Christianbook.com and Zondervan.

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