VeggieTales: Noah’s Ark {Giveaway}

We’ve been watching VeggieTales’ newest movie, Noah’s Ark, on repeat at our house for the past couple of weeks, and they sent us a couple of DVDs and Bobs to share with you guys!

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Ali loves this movie because she gets all the humor (or most of it – but they always put those nuggets in there for us parents.)

Noah loves this movie because he can read the title, since it’s the one word in the universe that he can read.

And I love the movie because the main character (Shem) is voiced by Wayne Brady, and it brings back fond memories of our pre-kid days when we used to watch hours of “Whose Line is it Anyway?”. Every time the movie starts, I have a strong urge to find Whose Line on Netflix and binge watch it all night long.

(Except that I don’t do anything all night long. But we’ve already discussed that.)

Obviously, the movie has been a huge hit in our house, and has even inspired some rather artistic diary entries by Ali.

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Which, in turn, inspired me to use this as an opportunity to let her have a fun day of school centered around the movie – and slip in a writing project at the end.

Because that’s what us homeschool Moms do. We exploit fun and turn it into school.

Ali and I just studied about how to write a book report in her English curriculum, so I explained to her that she could, in the same way, write a movie report. I sat her down in front of the movie, gave her some paper and a pen to take notes on the things that she wanted to write about, and then after the movie, we discussed her findings and constructed a movie report together. She then wrote it out for you guys.

So, I give you, Ali’s very first Movie Review.

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Giant squids and honeymoons and Easter Egg Hunts. If uppity movie reviewers would just finish their reviews with “I like this movie because it is funny!”, the world would be a better place.

If you’d like to win one of the two DVDs and Bobs that I have to give away, simply comment on this post! You have until March 18 to enter, and the two winners will be emailed and announced on my Giveaway Winners Page on March 19.

Best of luck!

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of Noah’s Ark to review and enjoy, but Ali’s opinions are her own – as are mine.

It’s Time To Visit Thomas. {Giveaway!}

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Visiting Thomas the Train has been a long-standing tradition in our household, starting in the ancient year of 2009.

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Each Spring, Day Out With Thomas rolls into the station in Calera, Alabama, and we highly anticipate our drive out to visit him.

Ali was a hipster before hipsters were cool (which is actually the definition of a hipster, right?), so she was a female Thomas Fangirl long before she had a brother to blame it on.

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Noah adopted his sister’s love, compounded by the natural attraction between boys and trains, making him quite obsessed.

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I draw at least a dozen trains a week for him, along with tracks and smoke. And with many of them, he asks when we’ll be visiting Thomas again.

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Because Thomas is his happy place.

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I mean seriously – on our last visit, his life had never been better than this moment.

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NEVER, I tell you.

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And Ali, despite her older, more sophisticated ways, still has a special place in her heart for Thomas, as well.

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A girl never forgets her first love.

This year, Thomas will be rolling up into Calera April 10-19. We’re already counting down the days until our visit, and Thomas graciously offered tickets for one of you as well!

I have a family four-pack of tickets to give away for Sunday, April 19th at 3:00, worth $84!

(And by the way – if you’re not from around here, I don’t have tickets for you, but you can check the Day Out With Thomas schedule to see when he’s coming your way.)

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Along with a 25 minute train ride aboard one of the vintage rail cars being pulled by Thomas himself, you will get to meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy checking out all of the trains at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, and take part in all sorts of Thomas and Friends fun including putt-putt golf, a jumpstation, a bubble station, temporary tattoos, storytelling, videos, live music, and more.

(You need to get there about an hour early to get your tickets, enjoy the other activities, and be ready when they call for you to board.)

To enter, simply comment on the post and tell me which is your kid’s favorite Thomas and Friends character (besides Thomas. I promise – he won’t get jealous.)

This giveaway is open until Wednesday, March 11, and I will email and post the winner on my Giveaway Winner’s Page on March 12.

Best of luck!

Disclosure: I was given a four-pack of tickets for our family to go visit Thomas, also. But no worries – all opinions are my own (or my kid’s, in this case), and we would have been going to see Thomas either way. Because he’s awesome like that.

Work of Worth: Pretty Things Changing Lives {Giveaway}

Third World Entrepreneurial Philanthropy. It sounds all big-wordish and heady, but it’s one of my favorite concepts that has been made easier due to the internet age. In short, it means freedom.

Freedom for women enslaved in sex trafficking.

Freedom for families who have no way to support their children.

Freedom from work that exploits, mistreats, and abuses.

Freedom from having to decide whether to starve or sell a child.

The particular form of Entrepreneurial Philanthropy that I’m referring to is when a company opens up in an impoverished area with the intent of employing people who need a chance to find those freedoms. They are committed to paying fair wages, treating their employees with dignity, and transforming lives.

The way the internet greatly aids this cause is by connecting these organizations with the Western Market through e-commerce. Never before has it been as easy as it is now to buy artisan products from Africa, India, and anywhere else in the world. The opportunity to be able to purchase these beautiful and unique items while helping provide freedom to people who desperately need it is truly a gift. And it is a gift I try to utilize any chance I get.

There’s a brand new organization providing the valuable service of connecting us with freedom-bringing products: Work of Worth International.

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Work of Worth carries beautiful artisan products from organizations that they have thoroughly vetted to ensure that they are truly offering hope and freedom to their employees. They have a particular focus on groups working with employees who have found escape from sex trafficking, as well as groups who focus on preemptive sustainable employment so that families are not faced with the choice of feeding someone or selling them.

Work of Worth’s headquarters are based in Birmingham, so I was able to go to their launch event last month for a sneak peek at the beautiful products they’re carrying. I bought jewelry for myself, a very special journal for Ali (she obviously carries it everywhere), and a t-shirt for Chris.

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I have LOVED my jewelry, and find myself constantly admiring the exquisite craftsmanship of it, shocked this amazing bracelet only cost $10!

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I was also privileged with the opportunity to go through all of their collection and recommend my own mini-collection of Work of Worth items. It was difficult to narrow it down, but I pushed through – just for you.

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Decopalm Journal, $15; Grecian Goddess Necklace, $20; Rings of Hope Bracelet, $15; Sari Hobo Bag, $30

These pieces are just fabulous. They are all luxurious, gorgeous statement pieces that can go with anything. And any of them would make stand-out Christmas gifts (it’s just around the corner, ladies!), or simply gifts for yourself. Because hey – why not buy for yourself when you have the excuse that it’s helping someone else?

As an added bonus, though, I’m buying something for you. Just in time for the cooler weather, one of you will receive one of these stunning Sari Infinity Scarves. All you have to do to enter is check out Work of Worth’s Shop and come back and tell me your favorite find.

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You have until Thursday, October 30 to enter. A winner will be chosen and announced on my giveaway winner’s page on Friday, October 31. Best of luck, and I can’t wait to hear which items are your favorite!

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way to write this post. Opinions are my own, I made purchases of my own products, and I’m paying for the giveaway item. I am simply in love what Work of Worth is doing.