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Portraits of Integrity: Real People Who Demonstrated Godly Character (Volume 2)

Marilyn Boyer

Price: $1.99

If the book merely contained narratives from such giants of history I think my family would still be greatly encouraged, but these authors spent as much space in the book on lesser known or unknown actors in history. These characters come from around the world, not just the United States. You’ll learn about the Russian peasant woman, Darya Efimova whose steadfast loyalty to her master moved the hearts of the communists taking over Russia. You’ll read of Kate Gibson on the American Frontier as she reaches out in love and hospitality to some poor, Native American children on a cold Christmas Eve. Neither of us had ever heard of the “Black Baron”, General Pyotr Wrangel who led thousands of Russian people to safety across the Black Sea during the Russian Civil War. Each of these lesser known characters along with the greater known such as Sergeant York and Nate Saint inspired us to seek godly character while also providing a captivating read.
All of the stories in the book are snapshots of godly character that will inspire and teach at the same time. Each chapter begins with a character theme and a memory verse and ends with a series of study questions, both about the facts of the story and about the lessons learned regarding each character trait. I had only made it through a few stories before my wife claimed the book as her own resource for teaching our children! As we worked through the stories in the book, both of us were drawn into the narratives and came away richer with each reading. This is a book that will teach young and old, but will be particularly helpful to anyone eager to raise young people with godly character.
We highly recommend Portaits of Integrity, Volume 2 as a great way to be inspired and inspire those you love to seek after the higher ground of godly character founded in the teachings of the Bible.

DavidEthell

Volume II of Portraits of Integrity brings your family another double dose of inspiration for greatness. Highlighting some prominent heroes from various periods of history, this book introduces you to:

–Nate Saint, the missionary pilot who, with four other brave men, gave his life in the effort to bring the Gospel to the Auca Indians of South America

–World War I hero, Sergeant Alvin York who single-handedly captured thirty-eight enemy machine guns and 132 prisoners

–Nathan Hale, George Washington’s daring young spy who boldly entered British territory on a mission and when caught and about to be hung, spoke his last words: “I only regret that I have but one lift to lose for my country.”

– Captain Eddie Simpson, the World War II pilot who, having survived the crash of his plane behind enemy lines then declined to escape, choosing instead to sacrifice his life for those of French Resistance fighters, delaying the advancing Germans long enough to make their escape

And much more!

Portraits of Integrity, Volume II is another exciting collection of true stories that will inspire your family members to strive for the heights of worthy character!

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House Mommy’s Boredom Busters – 201 Fun Things to Do With Kids!

Karen Chapuis

Price: 99 cents

Too many kids are glued to the TV (the NY Daily News reported children 2-11 watch an average of 3.5 hours per day.) Others are addicted to video games. I was excited to see this compilation of alternatives – fun things any adult can do with any child – boy or girl, special needs, from toddlers on up. The book offers a great mix of ideas, from games, to outdoor adventures, to baking together. Most require few, if any, supplies; supplies you do need can be found around the typical household. The author – a stay-at-home mom who was formerly kindergarten teacher – offers just the right amount of information to get you going. I enjoyed the writing style – light, breezy and sprinkled with funny comments.
Some of the suggested activities can be done by the child alone, some can be guided, and others can be a shared experience. I can’t wait to try some of the creative ideas, and will be giving this ebook as a gift to some struggling parents I know.

DZ

“If you’re looking for fun and educational ways to keep kids happy and engaged – without having to rely on computers or electronic gadgets – then this little guide is for you!” – House Mommy

If you’re like me, you may not always want to have the kids in front of the TV or computer for hours at a time just to keep them busy. But it isn’t easy…

As a former kindergarten teacher and current stay-at-home mom, I know just how difficult it can be to find fun things to do to keep them occupied (without driving you crazy!)

That’s why I’m always on the lookout for fun, tech-free things to do with my boys. And because it’s getting more challenging as they get older – especially considering how addictive video games and computers can be – I decided to compile a list of fun ideas that could help keep them busy.

As a “mommy blogger,” I try to share useful ideas at my site, HouseMommy.com. But as my list kept growing over the months, I realized it would be more helpful to people if I were to organize, explain and share these activities in a little ebook – “House Mommy’s Boredom Busters”…

From toddlers to teens – and everyone in between!

I’ve included a variety of ideas for boys and girls of all ages, grouped by season for year-round fun. While there is an emphasis on outdoor activities, you’ll find dozens of fun things to do indoors on those cold, rainy days as well. Many of the ideas also include links to useful websites for additional information.

While this ebook is obviously written from the perspective of a stay-at-home mom, it’s for anyone who is looking for a few fun boredom busters that kids will enjoy. Perfect for moms and dads, grandparents, friends and babysitters (and a great gift idea, too!)

You can choose to do an activity with your child, or simply help them get started on something of their own. I realize that not every idea is suitable for every child. But based on my years of teaching and being a stay-at-home mom, I’ve learned you only need a few good ideas you can count onto keep kids happy, busy and engaged for hours at a time whenever boredom rears its ugly head.

What better way to spend your time?

You don’t have to spend much money to have fun with children. All that matters is that you’re willing to give them a little of your time and attention.This collection is based on what has worked for me – as both a teacher and a parent. Whatever activities you decide to do, I hope they help you to better enjoy the time you spend together, while creating special memories that last a lifetime…

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The Sweet Little Book of Cupcakes

Nicholas Peruzzi

Price: 99 cents (Kindle), $4.95 (NOOK)

I am an avid cook who also loves to bake. This gift that someone gave me is amazing! I have made most of the recipes so far and they have all turned out GREAT! My favorite is the Red Velvet which has gotten rave reviews from my family and friends. I now give this little jewel out to friends as a little thank you or as a hostess gift, all the time. I can’t wait to go to Sweet in Boston when I visit there one day. Their website looks amazing and I feel like I have had alot of their cupcakes already!! “Sweet cookbook!!”

The Cupcake Queen

Cupcakes are the passion at Sweet Cupcakes, a Boston-based boutique cupcakery cited as serving up ‘’Boston’s Best Cupcakes 2009” by The Improper Bostonian . . . and not without reason. Its cupcakes are like little pieces of heaven with delicious dollops of frosting, fillings, and a variety of flavors, from cappuccino to pumpkin ginger. Now The Sweet Little Book of Cupcakes reveals Sweet Cupcakes’ secrets, from baking techniques and decorating tips to recipes for cakes, frostings, fillings, drizzles, and toppings!

Contents: Introduction. It’s Elementary. Meet the Sweet Treats—Finished Cupcake Creations: Perennial Favorites, Spring Cupcakes in Bloom, Summertime Cupcakes, Autumnal Cupcakes to Fall For, Winter Warmers, Holidays—Celebrate with Cupcakes! Decorating Ideas and Special Occasions. Sweet’s Master Cupcake Recipes. Frosting: It’s Tops! Cupcake Fillings.

Note: Recipes for each element—from cake to frosting to filling—of every finished Cupcake Creation can be found toward the back of the e-book. The instructions for each Creation contain page links to the recipes you need, making navigation quick and simple! If you’re feeling creative, you can also skip straight to the cupcake component recipes and use them to concoct your own perfect cupcake.

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Crochet Pattern for tablets, ereaders and cell phones

Alicia Miranda

Price: 99 cents

I usually have bad luck with Kindle patterns. My luck changed with this purchase because the author gives good directions, and includes photos to help you along.

Michelle Strait

More than just a pattern, is a complete step by step tutorial on how to crochet a handmade cover for your tablets, e-readers, or cell phones. Perfect for Beginners level and get awesome ideas and techniques for you experts. Have lots of images to help you easily follow through the pattern.

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Cake Pop Creations: 25 Fun & Delicious Recipes

Melanie Trenton

Price: FREE

Wow so many cakepops so little time. The instructions and recipes were so easy to follow, I felt like I might be able to make them too. Loved the photography made the Pops jump off the page. Fun for parents, kids and kids at heart, parties, special occasions I am awed by the authors imagination. I plan to share this little gem with everyone, just loved it.

Linda L. Strother

Cake pops are popping up everywhere. You will see these tasty morsels at weddings, showers, parties, or just as a fun filled dessert at home. With a little creativity, your cake balls and cake pops can run the gambit of fun and frivolous to truly elegant.

Popular with moms & dads as well as artistic foodies, cake pop cooking is made for the creative cook. In her book Cake Pop Creations, author Melanie Trenton presents 25 recipes that can be prepared for all types of occasions. From her Sinfully Decadent Chocolate Cake Pops to Blueberry Ribbon Cake Pops, she presents a wide variety of recipes and designs to please every foodie at heart. And it’s not just for the artisans- be sure to check out her Kid-Approved Fun Pops chapter with favorites such as Piggy Pops, Tea Time, and Pretty Kitty pops.

Please note these recipes are considered comfort food recipes and not to be confused with low calorie, low carb, vegetarian or vegan.
Cake pop creations are exciting and fun. Pick up these fun and easy recipes to get started with these fun & creative recipes.

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Millionomics: My Journey to Gaining Financial Freedom

Shiv Verma

Price: FREE

Were it not for Verma’s personal story of how his financial model worked successfully for him, this book would be less impressive. There are no magic tricks, no sudden wealth promises, no easy way to live high and end up with lots of money. The simple truth is that Shiv Verma is reassuring us that if we spend with forethought, cut costs wherever we can, share costs (carpool, marketing in places that hold the best substantial bargains, etc), maintain credit card use (but restrict the number of cards to two) and always pay more than the monthly bill (these are ways to assure good credit), save on utility usage, shop smart, and always commit a portion of the paycheck to savings, AND commit to keeping a running ledger on our income and expenses, then we will not only survive – we will thrive!
If all this sounds too good to be true, then you very much need to read this enormously helpful book. We, as Americans, spend too much money, live beyond our means, use credit cards and loans unwisely, purchase major items we do not need – items that other less expensive alternatives could provide our needs in that direction. The financial model Shiv Verma presents is common sense: it just requires what he terms `commit force’. His book is rich in graphic charts that enhance the concepts he addresses. His presentation is warm, sound, informed, experienced and very much what we all need to know and practice in order to have the life and future we truly wish. Highly recommended for all readers no matter age or income bracket or frustrating current situation.

Grady Harp

Read what readers of the book are saying in their reviews to know why this book may be a great read for you! It is the true story of a common man’s journey to becoming a millionaire after his arrival in the United States—the story of a man who started from ground up to gain financial freedom in a new land. This book is short and practical volume about living well and saving smartly.

Shiv Verma illustrates how to create a successful financial model based on simple and educated decisions. The model for financial freedom that worked! This book walks the reader through a model based loosely on the lessons Shiv’s father taught him before he passed away. Shiv explains how he modified and replicated his father’s model into something he now calls the “smart savings model” and shows how it can be recreated in a variety of environments. By maintaining the strong and adaptable system of “smart savings” and finding your own personal “commit force,” you can be on the path to achieving financial freedom sooner than you expected and learn how to make money.
Millionomics is an easy to read book that can be finished in a single sitting. Readers of all ages, regardless of where they stand financially or what their goals are, will leave with a new perspective on how to save more money without sacrificing a high quality of life. Shiv teaches readers how to set practical goals and prepare for the unexpected events that throw life off course at times. He takes you on a year-by-year journey and uses his own life and spending as a concrete example of how he became a millionaire by simply saving. This book proves that with planning and conscious spending, wealth is not an unattainable goal!

Millionomics is not like any other personal finance book that are fluffs. Millionomics brings to you the true story in the most practical but captivating and engaging style. A worth book at the price point for your getting the most insightful information on financial management and financial planning of your personal finances to attain long-term financial freedom!

With this book you can identify your “commit force” and start your journey today. There are no tricks or gimmicks, no magic, no shortcuts here—just an easy to follow concept and some inspiration. You will learn how to save wiser, spend more consciously, and invest smartly. Are you ready for a change?

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Cooking Without Measuring: Taste and Approximate Yourself to a Great Dish

Rachel Wizenfeld

Price: FREE

This book tells you a lot about cooking without measuring, obviously, but also feels like a chat with an old friend. You get the author’s memories, insights, and jokes too…I think everyone should read this, even if they are married to their measuring spoons!

Hannah Halberstam

Kiss your cookbooks goodbye and turn your kitchen-time into fun-time that’s all about creating great flavors without the fuss! Cooking Without Measuring teaches you to rely on your own taste and experience to cook creative, delicious meals without being bound to cookbooks and measuring spoons. Packed with sensible, practical tips, coaching advice and “non-recipes,” Cooking Without Measuring is like your personal cheerleader in the kitchen, giving you the confidence to taste and approximate yourself to a great dish – without measuring.
Book includes:
Comprehensive no-measure guide, tips and advice
25 Non-Recipes, with many variations and ideas to change things up
An Eyeball Proportion Chart
Additional No-Measure Resources including books, websites and blogs
and much more!

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The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin

Stan Spencer

Price: FREE

I have never read a book that is so light, yet comprehensive in the same breath. Dr. Spencer lays out a road map for health practices that is not only attainable but spans a breadth of health practices such as diet, exercise and sleep that form a complete guide to true health and well-being.
His clean writing style parallels his approach to healthy living and his message translates clearly to readers from all walks of life in that his direction can be practical for anyone who reads the book. This is the kind of book that you will want to send a copy to everyone you care about. Wonderful job.

GoodLuckTina

This book isn’t about the latest celebrity diet, wonder food, or miracle supplement. It’s about creating a personalized weight loss plan—your own easiest path to naturally thin. While you can lose weight with almost any diet, keeping the weight off is much more difficult, requiring permanent changes in eating and exercise habits. This book provides a science-based approach for making those changes in a way that works best for you, without wasting time, money, or effort.

Dr. Spencer explains why we gain weight and why the fat lost by dieting almost always comes back. He then presents an array of practical weight loss tools for controlling emotional eating, calming cravings, boosting metabolism, and improving nutrition and exercise. In the final chapter he has you create a natural weight loss plan based on your unique set of needs, abilities, and preferences. Simple recipes are provided for weight loss foods that reduce cravings and prolong satisfaction.

What this book offers is a solid approach to weight loss—self-directed, gradual, and lasting—in contrast to the quick but fleeting weight loss offered by most one-size-fits-all diet plans.

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