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Chris Raabes New Phenomenon Book Review

The New Phenomenom

About Author Chris Raabe My name is Chris Raabe, the author of THE PHENOMENONTRILOGY. Book One, THE NEW PHENOMENON was released October 2011. Book two, ON THE RUN will be released January 15, 2013. You can look for book three in the spring/summer of 2013.I have had a number of poems and essays published by Fine Lines, a non-profit writing publication, which I also help edit when I have the time. Not only am I an author, but I also teach middle school in Omaha, Nebraska.  Along with teaching, I coach softball in the fall at a local high school and for a summer youth softball organization, so my year consists of a lot of days on the ball fields around the Omaha area. I enjoy the outdoors with my family, and in the spring you might find me working in the garden with one of my daughters.  I can’t pass up the opportunity to do a little grilling in the backyard or drown a couple worms in a small lake, hoping to hook my next lunker. I spent my youth in the Omaha area before… review and offer!

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa and Rudolph caught in the act in his or her very own is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos.

In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus or Rudolph and print it as proof… or share it via Facebook and Twitter. Last-minute shoppers can purchase Gift Cards and eGift Certificates for loved ones with children, making a great gift idea even if you don't have kids yourself.

And for even more holiday magic, is giving away 2 iPads! No purchase necessary. Enter here:

My Readers Get 25% off your entire order at Use the following Promo Code at checkout SANTA2012 to instantly save: #icaughtsanta

I did this last year with the kids and they LOVED it!!  I've even done it with the tooth fairy and the look of amazement on their faces was priceless!  E…

Dora the Explorer Let's Play Backpack Duo Game for iPad Review and Giveaway!!!

Dora the Explorer Let's Play Backpack OH MY!  This game is SO fun!  My little man LOVES it.  He loves to play with the iPad as it is....but to have something that connects to it like this backpack does, is just wonderful!  He thinks it is the best thing since sliced bread!  Be sure to pick one up for your little people!  Click on the link above to get you to Amazon! Or visit their website at

I did a video review on it!  Check it out!!!

GIVEAWAY! One of my lucky readers will win a Dora the Explorer Let's Play Backpack for iPad.  Just comment on this post that you want to win and why!  That's it!  I will do a drawing at the end of 2012!!
*By publishing this post, I was given free products as part of a promotional program with Mom Select. All opinions are my own.

Purex Baby Detergent Review and Giveaway!!

Purex Baby Detergent
Here is a liquid detergent from Purex made ESPECIALLY for babies!!!  Gentle for them and tough on stains!   Purex Baby Detergent delivers the same bright, white clean you've come to expect from Purex, yet is sensitive on baby's skin.  Plus, it has a gentle baby-inspired freshness that families will love.
The dermatologist-tested formula guarantees to remove stubborn stains without hurting delicate clothes, like those adorable little footie pajamas.
Like all Purex detergents, Purex Baby is specifically designed to ensure proper performance for all washers, from big-efficiency to traditional top-loader washing machines.
We know you want the best for your child.  Thanks to Purex that does not have to mean spending a fortune on baby-safe products.  Diapers cost enough already, so save some money on Purex Baby detergent, which costs a fraction of the leading brand, without jeopardizing quality.
Gentle on baby's Skin.  Tough on Baby's Messes. +Hypoallerg…

The Radical Question and A Radical Idea Book Review

Earlier this fall, I got the opportunity to review a David Platt book called The Radical Question, A Radical Idea.  Two books in one!  Can't get better than that!  David Platt is the best-selling author of the book Radical.
What is Jesus worth to you?  
Do you believe that Jesus is worth abandoning everything for?"In Radical, David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences. With passionate storytelling and convicting biblical analysis, Platt calls into question a host of comfortable notions that are common among Christ's followers today. Then he proposes a radical response: live the gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and ultimately world changing. My Take:
This was a very fast reading book, but there is a lot of meat in between those pages!!  It is a very…

Pixie Vacations!

I am excited to introduce you to Pixie Vacations who I hope will be your Disney Vacation Planner for years to come.  They are waiting to help you plan your next dream vacation.  Why book with Pixie Vacations?

Pixie Vacations ® wants you and your family to enjoy the Walt Disney World ® Resort for 4 days and 3 nights of magical memories. Experience and enjoy the Disney Magic when you stay at a Walt Disney World ® Resort hotel and make new memories at the Disney Theme Parks.  Enter Now:

Why book with Pixie Vacations ® instead of directly with Disney?
Why should I book with Pixie Vacations, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, instead of booking directly with Disney? There are three main advantages to using Pixie Vacations ®.

·        Concierge Level of Service·        Lowest Possible Price·        A History of Disney Knowledge equals Disney savings
"We want to plan and book the best Disney Vacation you have ever had. We are not a call center; we are past Disney Cast Members and Disney …

Safe E-Mail for Kids!

Safe E-mail for Kids! is a safe email service for kids and families. Your kids can now have a safe email account while allowing you, the parents to be aware of any correspondence your children send and receive. You supervise your children when they go outside to play. Do you know who is contacting your child inside of your home? Let us help you keep your kids safe online! Safe Email for Kids? We've got you covered! Get a Free 60 Day Trial Now! This is for US Family Guide users ONLY!@kidsemail Use promo code: US Family when registering.

That's a GREAT deal (it's already a great deal - the program is only $2.99 per month for all your kids)!!

Letters from Santa

We have a great new promotion with The Holiday Letter Shop. See the joy on your child's face when they open up their personalized letter. Even the most skeptical child will be amazed.  Or send a special message to the special someone in your life. There are a variety of packages starting at just $9.95 all include a Personalized Letter and Nice List Certificate, some also include activity books, stickers, ornaments and other extras.

I did this last year and the kids LOVED it!  Even the older ones!!!
My Readers Get 50% off your entire order at theholidaylettershopcom.  Use the following Promo Code at checkout SLUSFG to instantly save:  #theholidaylettershop

Winner of Sesame Street Live Family 4 Pack!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBYN ROBERTS FROM WWW.COOLESTMOMMY.COM!!  She is the winner of the family 4 pack of tickets to the opening night show of Sesame Street Live!!!!

Your tickets will be mailed directly to you!!  Congratulations and THANKS for reading!!!!

Hot Mama Heirloom Jewelry Review!

Hot Mama Designs is located in Boulder, Colorado.  Owners Shannon Sunderland and Sahra Cahoon adorn women and their families with inspiring designs that are created to tell stories and celebrate life.  Please visit their website for more  
As stated above, Shannon Sunderland & Sahra Cahoon form the dynamic duo of Hot Mama Designs.  Hot Mama Designs rejoices in celebrating motherhood, family and the one-of-a-kind feeling of the handmade object. Their inspiring designs are created to tell stories and celebrate life. Celebrate Family ~ Celebrate Motherhood ~ Celebrate You!
"We rejoice in the art of metalsmithing!  As artists we are intrigued by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which is (loosely translated) the beauty of things that are unpretentious and unconventional. In our mass-produced world, our jewelry celebrates the one-of-a-kind feeling of the handmade object."
GUESS WHAT????  Hot Mama Designs has offered my readers a great bonus!!!G…

Dial Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash

Dial Complete Foaming Hand Wash is all dressed up in limited edition holiday designs.  Get in the festive spirit and decorate your home for the season!

The Holiday collection features four cheerful designs:  Santa, Snowman, Candy Cane, and Holiday Scene.  Each design helps brighten up your sink with a bit of holiday cheer, both in your kitchen and the bathroom.

These decorative bottels contain Dial Complete's #1 doctor recommended antibacterial foaming hand wash.  This formula kills 99.99% of germs encountered in the household setting while still being gentle on skin.

Help keep your whole family healthy for the holidays with our patented Dial Complete formula.

For more information about Dial soap visit and like them on Facebook at


I have to say, this is perfect for the season.  I love the little bottles.  I have had a couple people mention them in my guest bathroom and they wondered where I found them.  The nice thing is they are al…

Rock the Tea!

Shopping Just Got Easier at Rock The Tea!  Girls shopping on-line store.  Rock the Tea offers crafts, dress-up clothes, make-up and jewlery for young girls. My readers Save 15% Off Your Order at -

Harlem Globetrotters 2013

Interested in going to see the Harlem Globetrotters in 2013?????
Exclusive discount on tickets for ALL Globetrotter Games.  You can save $7 Off Tickets using the promo code: USFAMILY.
Looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy?  Get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new "You Write the Rules" tour.  Your family's smiles will start before you even get to the game as the Globetrotters take kid participation to a whole NEW level.  Your family can vote at and decide rules for the game that could affect the final outcome.  With rules like double the points for every basket, and two balls in play at the same time, there's an exciting rule that every kid will enjoy.  
After the game, Globetrotter stars will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids.  The only thing better than finding an awesome event for the whole family, is getting a great deal on it.  Use the promo code "USFAMILY" when y…

Sesame Street Live and TICKET GIVEAWAY!

TICKET GIVEAWAY  I am offering a GIVEAWAY of a Family Four Pack of tickets to the opening night performance to one of MY followers!    You only need to register at the link below....there are other blogs participating, but if you are a winner, they will let me know, and I'll let YOU know!

When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby's magic wand, there's something in the air - and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!
New Play Zone Experience
Come and Play BEFORE the Show! VEE Corporation intr…

Speekee...and free month!!!

What is Speekee??  Check out the Speekee YouTube Video!!

The world's number one Spanish program for young children.  Speekee TV Spanish for Kids is designed so that children can learn Spanish in their own time and at their own pace.  Easy Spanish learning through video, without effort with the multi award-winning Speekee videos PLUS real-time 'virtual' friendships with the Speekee characters. Available only via the web, Speekee TV Spanish for Kidsis loved by children and their parents around the world. FastTrack curriculum for homeschoolers.My readers recieve ONE MONTH FREE of Speekee TV - Spanish For Kids Program - through this exclusive link.

One Call Away book review by Brenda Warner

I had the extraordinary opportunity to review One Call Away by Brenda Warner.  I was blessed to read Kurt and Brenda's book they co-wrote First Things First a couple years ago, so when I found out she had one out too, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  My kids all just rolled their eyes because there goes mom again on her football tangent.  I LOVE football and they tell me I am obsessed with it....but that is not entirely true.  The Warners story is truly an amazing or not.  Spiritually there is a lot of meat in this book that can be applied to lives facing issues....regardless of the kind of issues.

What you will find on the dust jacket:

Brenda Warner is best known as the outspoken wife of NFL superstar and Dancing with the Stars alum Kurt Warner.  But years earlier, she found herself living through any woman's nightmare: a healthy baby tragically injured in the bathtub; a sudden end to a career she loved; betrayal and divorce; poverty; public humili…

Kylie Minogue's CD The Abbey Road Sessions Review and Release Date!

(New York, NY - Sept. 6, 2012)  Pop Icon Kylie Minogue continues K25 celebration with the release of The Abbey Road Sessions in the U.S. on November 6th!  This album features 16 classic Kylie tracks, all re-imagined and re-arranged, many with a full orchestra.  It includes previously unreleased track "Flower" and a brand new Nick Cave vocal on classic duet!

This album was recorded in London's legendary Abbey Road Studios with Kylie's band as well as a full orchestra.  The album features many of Kylie's best known hits spanning her 25 year career, including "I Should Be So Lucky", Can't Get You Out Of My Head" and "Locomotion".  Others include "Confide In Me", "On A Night Like This", and "All The Lovers".  Nick Cave also re-recorded his vocal on the famous 1996 duet "Where The Wild Roses Grow" especially for the album.

Kylie is a breast cancer survivor and donates her time to the American Cancer…

Chris Mann "Roads" CD Review

Chris Mann (born May 5, 1982) is a classically trained Americansinger-songwriter fromWichita, Kansas. He came in fourth place on the second series of NBC's singing competition The Voice in 2012. He came in first place on Team Christina Aguilera and represented her in the final round. He currently resides in inLos AngelesCalifornia.
His new CD Roads has a huge assortment of songs like Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind" and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now".  He also includes great classical songs such as "Ave Maria" and "The Blowers Daughter" by Damien Rice.  "The Blowers Daughter even has an appearance from Christina Aguilera!!!  Mann also co-wrote two songs on the CD, "Coure" and "Falling".  "Coure" is based on Bach's "Air on a G String".  Very beautifully written.

Mann was honored to be on "The Voice" and picked for Christina Aguileras team!  He made it to the final roun…