Unwrap the Christmas Savings Sale

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This Sale ends on the 14th, so you can shop now and get your gifts ordered early!
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Homeschool: Change Things Up


Have you noticed that when the seasons change, your children seem to get antsy?  Mine changed their attitudes with the weather.  Kids want to go out and play or seem to get bored with their studies.  I could understand their challenge, because I also felt restless and lost my interest in their studies.

With Thanksgiving coming soon, I found it was a great idea to change things up in my homeschool.  We usually did school with textbooks, so I decided to try something different for a while.  Before the holiday was a good time to try Unit Studies, instead.  Many years we did a unit study on Thanksgiving.  There are lots of ways to find Thanksgiving Unit Studies.  You can just google it and copy someone’s plan online.  These can also be adapted to the age of your children and your desires.

Creating your own Thanksgiving Unit Study is easy, too.  In a unit study, you want to develop your theme across most of the subjects that you teach.  You could start with History and go from there: literature, art, music, Bible, geography, and composition.  We always added cooking, of course.  Doesn’t your mind just start spinning with ideas?

When the children were little, they enjoyed dressing up as pilgrims for Thanksgiving.  That didn’t last long, though.  It’s really wonderful to include a service project into your unit plan.  I’m sure your community or church will have some type of “Giving” project to participate in.  Children who start young with service will be the ones serving others as they grow older.  I think this was always my favorite part of the holidays.

Here are some you can check out: (I haven’t used any of these, myself)

Free unit studies from Free Homeschool Deals

Education World

Blessed Beyond A Doubt

The Modest Mom

Homeschooling in Detroit

I hope you have a wonderful time with your children learning about Thanksgiving.  I think this type of unit will not only teach your children about Thanksgiving, but will also help them to be more thankful.

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Kindle Paperwhite & Family Friendly Books Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win the Kindle Paperwhite (or a $100 Amazon Gift Card) and Family Friendly Books Giveaway!

15 Books!

Some lucky reader is going to have a very nice Christmas!

Sponsors have committed to delivering all prizes by Christmas barring any unforeseen circumstances. Bloggers not responsible for any delays.
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About the prizes

The Kindle Paperwhite

First there is a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers $119.99 value. There are many features and I encourage you to check out the link. NOTE: Amazon is in no way affiliated with this giveaway.

If you do not need a Kindle Paperwhite you may choose to receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card instead.

The Books

Here is the list of books you receive if you are the winner. Please be sure to click on the link and check them out. To the best of my knowledge all books as family friendly. Everyone one of these authors would appreciate if you do happen to read their book if you would leave an honest review.


The Lives We Lead by Alexandra Egi $6.99 Kindle Edition

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis $8.63 Kindle edition

52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid byJonathan McKee, Jonathan R. McKee $9.99 Kindle Edition

A Baxter Family Christmas (The Baxter Family Book 1) by Karen Kingsbury $10.99 Kindle Edition

Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have Toby Melanie Cullen and Shae Irving $9.50 Kindle Edition

Paperback or Softcover

Control Your Clutter by Theresa Smith $8.99 Paperback (Use code 6DB55RJM to get $1.00 off only through this link.)

(other formats of the above book are available on Amazon.com)

How to Grow Herbs and Microgreens for Health or Profit by Meredith Green $9.99 Paperback (Use code VSS329NS to get 20% off only through this link)
(other formats of the above book are available on Amazon.com)

(un)Natural Mom: Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids by Hettie Brittz $16.99 Softcover


I have not read every single one of these books but I have been assured that they are all suitable for families.
This giveaway will certainly provide a lucky winner with wonderful Christmas Gifts!  Enter today!


Some of the authors above will be providing their own books.
The Kindle Paperwhite and the rest of the books will be provided by Hints and Tips Blog.
Be sure to visit all of the participating bloggers. Many of these bloggers have contributed to
the cost of the prize. Please be considerate and like, follow and subscribe so that we can
bring you more giveaways like this.

And now for the very best part-the giveaway!

Giveaway details:

Giveaway dates: 11/5/16 1 am CST – 12/1/16 11:59 pm. CST

Open to entrants in the United States, 18+.
One set of entries per person.

Prize: One winner will receive the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers $119.99 value. The same winner will also receive one copy of each book listed in the giveaway in the format mentioned. ($169.53 value) The winner will have the option to choose a $100 Amazon gift card in place of the Kindle Paperwhite. Total value approx. $289.52

Please read the rules here before entering. If you won a giveaway SPONSORED by Hints and Tips Blog in the last 60 days you are not eligible to win this particular giveaway.


Disclaimer: None of the other blogs that posted this giveaway are responsible for issuing the prizes. Hints and Tips Blog will be issuing many of the prizes listed above. Some of the individual authors will be providing their own books. Not all authors listed are associated with this giveaway. None of the social media platforms are affiliated with this giveaway in any way. Amazon is not associated with this giveaway in any way. If you would like to sponsor a giveaway like this, email ideas@hintsandtipsblog.com and I will respond within 48 hours.

PediSpa Deluxe Review/Giveaway

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PediSpa Deluxe At-Home Exfoliation Kit by Viatek Consumer Products. By using the PediSpa Deluxe you can safely and painlessly remove Calluses without the
daily discomfort caused by them.

The PediSpa Deluxe is perfect to take care of calluses, grind cuticles and dry skin
 around your nails, smooth and shape tips of nails, smooth and shape tops of your
nails and buff your nails to a shine.  Want healthier feet?  You’ll want to win this.
PediSpa Deluxe Main Unit

The PediSpa Deluxe spinning roller head quickly and easily buffs away rough,
callused skin. It’s washable head and cleaning brush provides for great results time after time.


 2 – Exfoliating attachments
 5 – Manicure attachments for cuticle removal, buffing, shaping, and smoothing nails
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Make the PediSpa Deluxe your go to Foot Exfoliation Kit, Go from dry cracked skin to smooth
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Mastocytosis Tests Begin


Doctors appointments seem to come in clusters, or maybe it’s just that we usually have appointments every six months.  This week we’re all going to the dentist and allergy doctor.  Our son had a cavity that needed filling, which he handled very well.  He seems to have a family problem: he’s not easily numbed for dental work.  I know this is an issue for three of us, and is common with Ehlers Danlos patients.  Even though he hasn’t been diagnosed, he has a few signs of the syndrome.

Today was my appointment with the allergist.  Since they discovered my Mast Cell disorder, I’ve been taking the treatment for this.  Now, the doctor thinks I might have Mastocytosis.  He ordered blood tests for a tryptase lab.  He sent me over to the hospital lab and now I’ll be waiting up to two weeks for the results.  I’ve been reading about this disorder, and I do have most of the symptoms.  There are many different types or levels of Mastocytosis.

Next appointment is the pain management doctor.  I’ll be glad to report that I’m off of Topamax.  My pain levels are pretty decent right now, so I’m thankful.  Every little or big thing that is good brings great joy.  When you’re all too used to flares of pain, these lower levels of pain are unbelievably appreciated.  It’s great to be able to thank God in my prayers for less pain, instead of the usual begging for relief.  I never know what a day will bring, but must trust God.

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop #106 & Giveaway

Welcome to 

Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop #106 & Giveaway

Today we welcome November and the beginning of the holiday season.  I keep seeing reminders that it’s time to start planning ahead.  There will be trips to plan, meals to cook, cookies to bake, and presents to purchase.  

This blog hop will last all the month of November!  There is a Giveaway, too!

During the month of November, I hope you’ll come every week and link up your favorite posts.  You may enter as many as you would like.  Giveaways and linky parties are always welcome.  I only ask that we keep the links G-rated.  This is a family-friendly blog, so I say no to profanity, etc….

So, link up and enter the Giveaway.  Share the post with your friends, by using the social media below: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Google+

Let’s get …..Together on Tuesdays 🙂

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Check out the Giveaway! Here’s something great to hang on your tree! Tom Brady ornament from Hallmark!  


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Marigold Thermal Laminator Giveaway

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This unit can be used with a variety of pouch sizes, up to 9″ wide and with its quick five minute warm up time you are laminating in no time. Thanks to three separate temperature settings: cold, three mil, and five mil all your projects are professional looking.

great gift idea for the DIY enthusiast, crafter, and family record keeper on your gift list. See the complete review of this 2016 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Item HERE.

Now thanks to this great sponsor three lucky readers have a chance to enjoy using this thermal laminator for their craft projects, photographs, documents, notices, ID cards, recipes, reusable menus, DIY luggage tags, and much more for free. Just enter on the widget below.

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Giveaway Dates
November 4, 2016 at 12:01 am EST through November 27, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST

Giveaway Prize
Three lucky readers will win a
 Marigold 9″ Pouch Thermal 2-Roller Laminating Machine

I would like to give a big shout out to all the blogs participating in this giveaway! I couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for bringing this promotion to your readers.

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Add your giveaway and get it shared on 11 blogs. 

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