CLOSED Chicken Soup for the Soul Contry Music Giveaway

Today I am flat out excited to be sharing with you a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book; Chicken Soup for the Soul Country Music.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge country music fan. I love the lyrics, I love putting myself in the shoes of the person in the song and I cry listening to some songs by country music artists because it just touches me deeper than any other genre of music.

Ever wonder what the story is behind country songs like “I Hope You Dance” or maybe “The Thunder Rolls”? I have always wondered and now I have been able to read the inspirational stories behind these two songs and many other country music favorites.

When chosen to review for Chicken Soup for the Soul I was able to host a few giveaways and so I decided that I would host a giveaway for Chicken Soup for the Soul Country Music because it is one of my favorite Chicken Soup for the Soul books thus far, hopefully it can be yours too.

The Giveaway

One person from the US will be randomly chosen to win Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music: The Inspirational Stories behind 101 of Your Favorite Country Songs

Entering is pretty easy, as with all of my giveaways you can simply just leave one comment and/or complete all of the optional entry options listed below.

If you won this or win this on another blog – you can’t win here and the sponsor will let me know and have me randomly choose another winner.

Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on October 2, 2011

Winners will be chosen using & Announced live on Site in addition to having an email sent to them directly.

Winners will have 72 hours to respond to my initial email or else another person will be chosen.

HOW TO ENTER: Complete any or all of the following:

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Have fun and good luck!

Disclosure: I received this book for free.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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The Number Genious, K Monster & Miss Director

My daughter is beyond her years in intelligence and knows so much. This girl has great comprehension and so she reads books made for adults and has learned a ton of facts along the road. What does a big sister do with all of these random facts? Well of course she instills these facts into her brothers who just love playing school with sissy.

My son, Aj, the one in the grey Nike shirt is all about numbers. Ki has taught him multiplication, addition and now they are working on division. The boy is brilliant with numbers, just like me and just like his sister. Aj has a new favorite number and it is the number Pi which is something like 3.14….. I don’t know all of it but it’s a super long decimal from what my memory recalls.

K is all about animal facts. For instance at age three he knows the largest cat is the Lion, now I don’t know if this fact is true but don’t tell him that because he is convinced of it.  K is called the “K monster” which stuck last Halloween when he went as the K monster and growled & snarled at everyone instead of saying trick or treat. Which, was rather comical! He is a monkey by nature and a boy by birth.

Ki is all about direction, she enjoys being in charge and all too often enjoys it way more than I care for her to enjoy. She is constantly stepping on my toes so to speak trying to mother her brothers and me half of the time. Ki is happiest when she is teaching someone else something new, directing a “film” then having me record it with the Flip or doing similar tasks. Ki is a go getter and someone who is extremely compassionate and almost more aware of others feelings being hurt than her own feelings and emotional issues at times.

Me? Well I am quite clearly a mix of all three of my children wrapped into one person and I simply sit back, relax and enjoy the parenting ride before it’s too late and they are adults. Some day I know I will miss these moments.

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Disney Dumbo 70th Anniversary Activities for The Family

Today DUMBO was released as a 2-Disc Blu-ray Hi-Def & DVD Combo Pack and to celebrate I wanted to share with you some fun activities you can download for you and the children!

Download Printable Activities!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life & My Dog’s Life

Ki and I have been busy reading Chicken Soup for the Soul My Cats Life and must admit this book is simply amazing. The reason we started with My Cat’s Life is because we own two cats and after moving have my mom’s two cats, which means four outdoor cats at the moment. We are cat lovers, to some extent, at least the kids are.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Feline Family Members has been full of heart warming and funny stories about the feline pets. From a story where a cat showed up for his own funeral to a story of a cat helping someone overcome addiction and smile.  Ki and I have simply enjoyed this book and can’t wait to finish so we can move onto Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Canine Companions.

Check out more information about Chicken Soup for the Soul My Cat’s Life.

  Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Canine Companions is surely to be full of heart warming stories for those who love their canines.  We are looking forward to reading more into this book about companionship, adventures with furry friends and much more!

It’s a dog’s life. This collection of 101 new stories focuses on all the memorable ages and stages of our lovable canines’ lives. Starting in puppyhood and covering a range of middle and senior years to the twilight and end when our dear friends leave us, this book captures the entire experience of living through the natural life cycle with our dogs. All dog lovers will laugh, cry, and recognize themselves and their furry friends in these heartwarming and inspiring stories of puppy antics, teenage rebellion, adapting to an aging dog and, finally, having to say goodbye.

Check out more information about Chicken Soup for the Soul My Dog’s Life.

Purchase your very own copy of My Dog’s Life and/or My Cat’s Life from Chicken Soup for the Soul on today for yourself or someone you love.

Disclosure: I received these books for free. All opinions are based on my own experiences with the books.

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Worrier by Nature: Aj Missing Too Much School? #parenting

Aj started kindergarten this year and he has done amazing there. Finally able to spell his name and each week on Friday he brings home a school folder with the weeks work and school/teacher notices in it. The work is amazing, Aj is surely showing off his intellect. The only problem that Aj seems to have is that he is extremely shy, but other than that he is rocking kindergarten.

I am a worrier by nature so of course I worried forever before he entered school and here he is showing me he is able to be independent and do well at school. I worried about other health and emotional/behavioral issues he has had all of his life yet he seems to be getting better as he gets older. There is still a hint of aggression which I don’t like but it’s no where near what it used to be.

Aj has always been my child who lives in the pediatricians or specialists offices. So far he has had to be late or get picked up early a few times for ENT appointment, counseling and pediatric visits.  I hate to see him missing school, especially since it took him a few days to really settle in and no longer cry when I leave him at school.

I worry that they will keep him back if he misses too much time, which really isn’t fair to him because he is smart. Come October he is going to have to miss a full week for tonsils & adenoids getting removed and I just get so frustrated about this. It’s like every time this poor kid gets settled in and starts to get used to one thing he has to go to get surgery done on something.

In the past he has been home with me so there was no missing school issues, but now that he is in school that is his priority, he needs to be in attendance yet he also needs his t&a removed because it’s causing sleep apnea which could be what is causing many of his emotional/behavior type issues from the lack of sleep all of his life. It’s a necessary procedure and not something we want to wait for. We obviously have the option to do it during the next school vacation which would be Thanksgiving or Christmas break but in all honesty this is causing sleep apnea, which is not okay and he doesn’t sleep well. His sleep is important for healthy brain and how he does on a day to day living basis. I wish to see him sleeping better and as soon as possible and so it’s scheduled for beginning of October.

I wonder if the school will start to give me a hard time? I feel once your kid is in public school they are in control but that shouldn’t be the case … parents should always be in control and should be able to actively communicate what’s going on with the school so they are aware it’s not bad parenting, or a lack of me thinking school is important. I am worrying again, about things outside of my control.

For example today Aj is out of school, after his pre-op appointment with the pediatrician we noticed he was itching like crazy and his face seemed to be breaking out in hives. We walked to soccer yesterday which meant him and Ki were walking in tall grassy areas so I wondered if he has poison ivy or something. The pediatrician said it’s hard to say, it’s definitely an allergic reaction to something so give him benadryl .. well benadryl puts him to sleep sooo he has to stay home because he can’t be in school itching with something we don’t even know if it’s contagious & he can’t be on benadryl passing out in school. If it’s not one thing – it’s another – I swear!

Do you worry a lot about your children? I hope it’s not just me.

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