New York Times Best Selling Author David Baldacci Giveaway (ends 12/14/14)



My husband and I have not started Christmas shopping yet for our kids. Usually we’re done by the end of October! Due to several unexpected car repairs and other expenses we simply haven’t had the funds to do any Christmas shopping. HOPEFULLY SOON!

We’ve had our kids make up a “wish list”. Our son never really wants anything – literally! Even as a little boy he never really wanted anything. This year he wants a movie camera. The two he showed me were $900 and $1,500. Yikes! No way! I hope he has other ideas.

Our daughter on the other hand has a list a mile long. She normally does.

One of the items on her “wish list” are books. That’s great. I love that she wants books to read, but she’s not telling me what title or what author! She needs to narrow that down because there are millions of books available and I want to make sure I get ones she’ll actually read.

I received to review two books from New York Times Best Selling Author David Baldacci to review – The Escape and The Finisher. Since my daughter was asking for books for Christmas, and I’d like to encourage my son to read more books, I gave them each a book. I gave my daughter The Finisher and my son The Escape.

Books are not only great gifts they are also good to have on hand for cold, wintery days where going outside is not an option. Our daughter especially can’t be out in the cold. She has a condition called Raynaud’s Disease where the cold causes her blood vessels to spasm. Her hands LITERALLY turn pure white – actual white – when she’s cold. She complains of being cold even in 60 degree temperatures. Needless to say when it’s cold outside our daughter stays indoors. That is why book are great because at least she’ll have something to do and she won’t be bored.

As of this writing neigher of my kids have finished the books yet, but I know my daughter is more than half way through so she must like the book. I asked her what her thoughts are and she said it’s “good”. She asked if there were more books in the series.

My son has read several pages in the book. Maybe what could translate into a chapter or two. He’s not much of a reader. When I asked him his thoughts he just shrugged his shoulders and said “It’s alright”.

My daughter said she’d read The Escape when she’s done with The Finisher, even if my son it’s done reading it yet.

Here is some information about both David Baldacci, as well as information about the author himself.


About The Escape (Book 3: John Puller series) 

A prison unlike any other. Military discipline rules. Its security systems are unmatched. None of its prisoners dream of escaping. They know it’s impossible . . . until now.

John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason. His inexplicable escape from the country’s most-secure prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance of capturing Robert alive, and so Puller is ordered to bring in his brother to face justice.

But Puller quickly discovers that his brother is pursued by others who don’t want him to survive. At the same time, Puller is pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with Veronica Knox, an agent who may have an agenda of her own.

They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are Knox’s allegiances unclear, but there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction. It becomes clear that someone out there doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strengths as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother—or himself.


About The Finisher (Ages 10+)

Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but a forest filled with danger and death. And she always believed it – until the night she saw Quentin Herms run away.

Vega knows Quentin dididn’tust leave, he was chased. And he left behind a trail of clues that point to a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wormwood. To follow the clues will attract the attention of influential people willing to kill to keep their secrets. To stay safe, Vega just needs to keep her head down and her mouth shut. There’s only one problem – Vega Jane is not the kind of girl who walks away from a fight.

Master storyteller David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable heroine who must think fast, hit hard, and defy all odds to uncover the truth.


About the Author

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print; several have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org. You can also check out David Baldacci on Facebook.

Have you read any David Baldacci books? If so, which one?


Scholastic and Grand Central Publishing would like to give a lucky reader BOTH books AND a $25 Visa gift card that can be used to purchase some gifts for the holiday season (perhaps more books?).

David Baldacci’s books are great gift options for everyone on your list!

  • Copy of The Escape,
  • Copy of The Finisher
  • PLUS a $25 Visa gift card for holiday purchases!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize?

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*I received free book samples in order to do this review/post. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Happy 50th Anniversary Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! (Giveaway ends 12/6/14)



Did you know that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the longest running and highest rated holiday special of all time? That’s right! Rudolph, the most beloved red-nosed reindeer, is celebrating his 50th Anniversary this year.

For me and my family, it’s not really the Christmas season without watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

I’ve been enjoying this beloved holiday classic since I was a very little girl. I honestly can’t remember the first time I saw it. All I know is that as soon as it aired on television the holiday season “officially” begun (in my eyes that is).

My dad wasn’t a big fan of the show. He didn’t really like any holiday programming. I think a lot of that had to do with him being raised in an orphanage when he was a little boy. His Christmas was nothing like the Christmases I experienced growing up. I have nothing but happy memories where as I’m sure my dad didn’t have any happy memories. So watching holiday shows like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer didn’t see to phase him much. In fact he grumbled when my mom would tell him to let me watch Rudolph. She knew how much I loved it. The moment it was over he would change the channel.

Even though my dad didn’t enjoy the show, it still brings back happy memories from when I was a child. I would love to sit there and watch it while enjoying a candy cane. Afterwards mom would make me some hot chocolate.

I’m lucky that I married someone who also loves Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as much as I do. Whenever it’s on TV we have to watch it. We even have it on Blu-ray and DVD so we can watch it a few times during the holiday season (and usually do). We even have A LOT of decorations around our home based on the holiday special including stuffed animals, ornaments, snow globes and figurines.


One of our Rudolph plush toys (we have a few) and a Hermie and Cornelius animated toy.


Some of our Rudolph and friends plush figures.

My husband has a plush Bumble that he loves. It sits on our bed. Once I caught him fast asleep with Bumble in his arms. LOL!


You’d think he’d be embarrassed by this photo – but he’s not. My husband is just a big kid at heart. :-)

This year, in celebration of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer‘s 50th Anniversary many places are having special Rudolph related tie-ins and promotions. For example, the U.S. postal service has issued special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps this year (I need to get some!). There is a collector’s edition DVD available, them park and in-mall entertainment, a stage musical and even a special social media campaign called #ShineBright that celebrates uniqueness in association with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Rudolph Stamps

We also have special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books, compliments of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. The books are from Square Fish which is an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. They released six new Rudolph themed books including the first graphic novel that stars Rudolph and all his friends, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys by Brendan Deneen.

In addition to this book there is also a beautiful copy of the classic storybook and a My Reader edition specifically made for young readers.

I love the slide-and-find book. I have never seen one done this way before. I have seen pop-up books (there is also a new Rudolph pop-up book). Children can slide these little built in “doors” back and forth to reveal what is behind it. It’s really cute.

Here is some more information about the new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story – Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition for ages 4-8

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Slide and Find – Board Book for ages 2-4

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Life-the-Flap – Board Book for ages 2-4

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph Saves the Day -Paperback picture book for ages 3-7

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: My Reader – Level 2 Paperback Reader for ages 5-7

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys – Middle-Grade Graphic Novel for ages 7-12

I LOVE the classic book. That is a keeper. I hope to share that book with my grandchildren, and God willing, grandchildren some day. I know some special little children who I am going to give the other books to.

These would make GREAT holiday gifts. The classic book would also make a great gift for an adult who loves the show. It’s a “keepsake” type of book.

If you would like to learn more about the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group you ca visit their Official Website. You can also follow Macmillan Kids on Twitter. The official hashtag is #Rudolph50.

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has generously offered to give a lucky reader all of the new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell about your favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer memory or character from the show.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. I also received compensation, however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – in theaters November 21, 2014

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lions Gate. I received a book, products, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
Mockingjay Part 1 Poster

Several years ago my daughter was begging me for a series of books from an author Suzanne Collins. I knew nothing of the books or the author so I was reluctant to purchase books I knew nothing about (just in case they were not age appropriate). After learning that all her friends were reading a book called The Hunger Games I figured it was OK for her to read the book so I picked her up a copy.

My daughter was so into the book that she read it in a matter of a couple of days and begged me to get her the second one in the series.

About the same time we learned that the book was coming to theaters are a feature film by the same name, The Hunger Games. My daughter was so excited. The day the movie came out she went to see it with her friends.

Admittedly I had no interest in the book or the film.

One day I saw the DVD in the store and bought it as a gift for our daughter. She watched it several times back to back. I knew there had to be something about the movie to make my daughter such a huge fan. So one day when everyone was at work and school I popped the movie into the DVD to watch it. I was hooked! I didn’t think it would have been that good. I even picked up my daughter’s copy of the book and read that too (I wish I had read the book first). Before I knew it I was also excited when we learned that the next book in the series was also coming out as a feature film. As soon as that film was available on DVD I purchased it as well because I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Katniss and her friends.

We do have the second book in the trilogy but I haven’t read it yet (my daughter did).

On November 21, 2014 the first part of the last book in the trilogy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, comes to theaters.

Thanks to Mom Central I received a copy of the book, Mockingjay, as well as a few more copies to give out to friends.

Mockingjay Part 2

I started to read the book the same day it arrived. I couldn’t wait to dive into it.

I invited over a couple of friends and a neighbor for an afternoon of The Hunger Games. I picked up some “grown up” snacks (crackers, fancy cheeses, cheese spread), fruits and tea biscuits, coffee, tea and wine.

We watched both films, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire back to back. Thank goodness The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is on Netflix because I couldn’t track down our copy. I wanted to make sure that we saw BOTH films in sequence.

After we watched both films (and chatted a lot about the movies and “mom stuff”) I surprised each of them with a copy of the book Mockingjay, which is the third and final book in the series. They were psyched! No one knew what was going to happen next to Katniss or what happened to Peeta. Personally that is one thing I was super curious about – Peeta.

A few of the ladies started to flip through the book but I asked that they wait to read it so we can all start on the book together (although I cheated – I did start to read it).

I showed the trailer to my guests (via my computer) to get them excited about the book an the upcoming movie. Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.


We were going to get together again and discuss the book and share our thoughts this weekend, but I was invited at the last minute to go to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and couldn’t set something up. I feel bad about that too.

The movie opens on the 21st and we had planned to go and see it together (a few of us – not everyone could make it). Instead of seeing the film opening weekend (which would be a nightmare – the theater will be packed) we are going to plan a little impromptu get together next Saturday morning (I have plans in the afternoon) to discuss the book (we all finished reading it as far as I know). Hopefully we can meet up at the mall and go see the film the following weekend.

I’m done reading the book. I was going to pace myself a little better but I had to see how it ended. I was surprised at the ending – sort of. I THINK I kind of felt it would end the way it did, but I wasn’t 100% sure.

Some might this the book and movies series are for teens and ‘tweens. They are not. Plenty of grown ups enjoy them just as much as the younger crowd does.

I really like Katniss. I like how she is fiercely loyal and protecting of her family and friends and how she stands up for others.

A great book and a glass of wine with friends.

A great book and a glass of wine with friends.

She’s a hero, and she’s a strong women (emotionally and physically) but she doesn’t apply that label to herself. She doesn’t see herself as a hero. She’s just Katniss. She’s the same humble, down to Earth girl she’s always been. I like that quality about her. She didn’t let the games or all the corruption get the best of her.

This is all evident the third book in the series which is probably the most action packed out of all of them. I also like that we see more of Gale in this book then we have in the past.

I also like the “sci-fi” aspect to the series. I find it fascinating, although the idea of having the different districts doesn’t sound too appealing.

If you would like to learn more about the film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I please visit the official website. Part II should be released this time next year.

Have you read all three books in the series? Have you seen both films? Are you looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Spruce up any room with Disney’s Poster-A-Page book series (including Star Wars!)



I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan. I fell in love with the movie franchise the very first time I saw Star Wars in the movie theater when I was a young girl (yes… I’m THAT old – LOL). I even had Star Wars toys when I was a young girl. I was also very jealous of my cousin when he got an AT-AT toy for Christmas, the one that I wanted. By the way… I still want an AT-AT toy.

I have seen all six movies in the franchise about a dozen times each – if not more. I’m also super excited to see the newest Star Wars film which is set to be released in theaters December 2015. Eeek! I cant’ wait!

My kids still go to the pediatrican. There is a post in the pediatrican’s office that I would LOVE to have.

Star Wars Poster

Sorry that the picture is not so great.

I love that poster!

Thanks to Time Home Entertainment Inc., one of the biggest movie franchises of all time is now available as part of Disney’s Poster-A-Page book series. Disney is behind the new Stars Wars film.

Star Wars Poster-A-Page: The Skywalker Saga (Episodes I-VI) boasts more than a hundred glossy, full-color images from Star Wars movies filled with noble Jedi Knights, fearsome creatures, and cruel villains, along with characters such as evil Darth Vader, wise old Yoda, idealistic Luke Skywalker, and lovable Chewbacca.

I received one of these books to review. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I love the mini and full size posters in this book. Many of them are from the classic (original) Star Wars films.

The book is pictured above. Here are the large posters you’ll find inside the book as well as some of the mini posters.




I want to tear out a few of the mini posters to hang up. My husband wants to keep the book in tact because he thinks it’s cool to look at. So right now we’re in “limbo” when it comes to using the posters and mini posters or just enjoying it as a regular picture book.

Disney Poster-A-Page series has several books available including popular characters, stories, and memorable moments in a unique visual format. This series is targeted towards children ages 4-12, however younger children and not-so-young children (adults) can enjoy them too.

Other books in the series include…

MARVEL Poster-A-Page: Avengers Assemble in Action brings to life the most powerful superhero team in the world! Including Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and the Black Widow, this book has all of the favorite Marvel characters showing off their skills and fearlessness.

Disney Frozen Poster-A-Page: Magical Moments relives the magic of the second highest grossing Disney movie of all time. With wintry scenes and cherished characters, this book follows Anna and Kristoff as they encounter Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman, in their epic journey to find Elsa.

Disney Junior Poster-A-Page: Let’s Play features the lovable characters from one of the highest rated children’s TV series, including six-year-old Doc McStuffins; Mickey Mouse and his clubhouse friends Goofy, Donald, Minnie, Daisy, and Pluto; and Jake and his Never Land Pirates crew.

Sofia the First: Practice Makes Princess includes sweet images of Sofia, her family and friends, as well as lots of wisdom from the Princess herself. 

Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Moments serves up the royal treatment with illustrations from some of Disney’s most beloved princesses, including Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel, Ariel, Mulan, Tiana, Aurora, Jasmine, Merida, and Pocahontas.

I was also sent to review the Disney Junior Poster-a-Page: Let’s Play book. I brought that one into work with me. We care for young children (newborn to age 16 – most are under 8). I know that a lot of the characters in the book – Sophia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffins and Mickey Mouse & Friends – are all recognizable by the little ones. Not only does it give them something fun to look at the images add a lot of fun and whimsy to our room.

Here is the book as well as some of the posts and mini posters we put around the room.









So cute!

We put the posters and pictures up on Friday. We didn’t have any children during the morning when I work. I’m not sure if there were any kids in the afternoon so I am not sure how the kids reacted to the images. I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough when I go back to work.

The kids normally point out the Mickey and Minnie Mouse poster we have and the Clifford the Big Red Dog poster. I KNOW they are going to love all these fun, colorful and adorable posters and mini posters that adorn our room.

Look for these fun books on Amazon and other places where books are sold.

These would make wonderful gifts for the holiday season.

Another Poster-A-Page book from the series.

Another Poster-A-Page book from the series.


*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Book Review: My Very, Very, Busy Day!


My Very Very Busy Day

Not too long ago we took our dog to Banfield Pet Hospital for the first for a regular check up and to receive his heart worm preventative medicine.

While we were waiting I saw an adorable book on the counter where the receptionist sits. The children’s book is from Banfield Pet Hospital. It’s titled “My Very, Very, Busy Day!”

This is a super adorable book that is mean to not only entertain children but also to educate them on what it means to be a responsible pet owner. The book also touches upon the importance of pet receiving regular preventative veterinary care, just like why we were at Banfield Pet Hospital that day – getting our dog Espn preventative health care.

Contributing to the forward in the book is Quvenzhané Wallis. She’s a pet lover and star of the upcoming musical movie “Annie.” In the forward Quvenzhané shared her love of animals, including her two dogs, Sammie and Shuga. She also aspires to be a veterinarian one day.

I also thought about being a veterinarian because I love animals so much. I just couldn’t get past the gross stuff like surgery. LOL!

“My Very, Very Busy Day” follows a day in the life of four-legged friends, Captain Noodles, a feisty, energetic dog, and Kitty, a wise cat, as they keep very, very busy eating, sleeping, playing, getting a bath – and most importantly – receiving a very important six month check-up at the veterinarian. The book also includes Banfield’s “Best Friend Promise,” which lists the responsibilities of pet ownership and asks readers to sign, signifying their understanding of what is needed to keep pets healthy and happy.

I have a copy of the book that was sent to me to review. Not only is it a cute story book (with an important message) the illustrations are absolutely adorable. I LOVE all the creatures seen in the book (not just dogs and cats).

“My Very, Very Busy Day!” is available at Banfield Pet Hospital locations nationwide for a suggested donation price of $10.00. The proceeds will go to Banfield Charitable Trust to help provide preventive care to pets in need. Talk about a “win-win” situation – your family get a delightful book about animals that teaches pet responsibility to children and pets in need get preventative healthcare.

To find a Banfield Pet Hospital near you please visit Banfield.com.

To read more about my experience with Banfield Pet Hospital use the search box on my site (upper right side) and do a search for Banfield.

Banfield Pet Hospital Book


*I received a free copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Create a new family tradition with The Good Deed Manger (giveaway ends 11/22/14)



The holiday season is upon us. Many people have already begun to make plans to visit family and friends, decided on who is hosting family gatherings and asking their children what they want Santa to bring them Christmas morning.

Sadly I think the holiday season has got way too “commercial”. I think a lot of people will agree with me. I mean seriously, our local grocery store had Christmas candy and decorations on the SAME shelves as the Halloween candy. How awful is that? Not only that, what happened to Thanksgiving? Sigh…

I think the real reason behind the holiday has become “lost” behind power shopping at the mall and waiting online for hours for the “must have” toy of the season. Sadly, your child won’t really remember that toy that you searched all over town for and waited on a long line to purchase. What they will remember is the quality time and great memories you made together as a family.

I honestly can’t remember any of the toys I received for Christmas except one. It was a Ballerina Barbie I received when I was about 9 or 10 years old. The only reason why I remember it was because my mom was in the hospital that Christmas. I was not allowed to visit her in the hospital (she was in intensive care) but she did call me on the phone on Christmas Eve to wish me a Merry Christmas. She let me unwrap one toy while I was on the phone with her. It was that Barbie doll. That is why I can remember that specific toy.

When I think about Christmases from my past I can only remember the things my family did together that was special, like how my great-grandparents would come over Christmas morning for a big breakfast and how excited I was when my father would retrieve our giant light up Santa and Frosty from the attic, which means it was time to decorate. I also remember how we did the “Elf on a Shelf” thing long before it became popular like it is today.

Our now almost 18 year old daughter with Frosty at her great-grandparent's house.

Our now almost 18 year old daughter with Frosty at her great-grandparent’s house.

I place a lot of sentimental value on certain items in my possession. My family now owns the giant light up Santa and Frosty, which we display every year (even though Frosty has seen better days). I also have my Elf from when I was a young girl and many ornaments and holiday décor that belonged to my parents. I cherish these items.

I have the manager that belonged to my mom and dad too. It’s very old. The bottom of some of the figures have prices on them such as .30 cents and .50 cents. They are VERY old pieces that were imported from Italy. They are all in great shape, even for being about 60+ years old.

We also have my mother in law’s manager that we also display. It’s not as old as mine but it has sentimental value to my husband.

Jesus is the reason for the season so it’s very important for us to celebrate his birth with a nativity, along wit more traditional holiday décor. It’s a reminder of what the holiday season is all about. It’s not so much about getting gifts as it is giving to others and good will towards others. It’s a reminder that we need to think of others and be kind and giving whenever possible

There is a wonderful new product available that will help families teach their children about the real reason for the season and how it’s not all about getting gifts. It’s called The Good Deed Manger.


The Good Deed Manger is a book and plush toy set. It comes with a book, a plush donkey, a manger, “hay” and a cute baby Jesus.

The beautifully illustrated book is about a donkey named Jordan. Jordan lives in Bethlehem. He comes across the pregnant Mary and Joseph and invites them to stay in the stable with him and his animal friends.

Jordan doesn’t want the baby to come into the world with no place cozy and comfy to sleep so Jordan and his friends gather up all the hay they can find to make a comfortable bed for the newborn baby. When Jesus is born the manger is full of hay. Jordan’s selfless act of  kindness does not go unnoticed. Baby Jesus is so happy that Jordan and friends were kind to him and repay their kindness with a smile.

The purpose of the book is to teach children about doing for others during the holiday season and not focus on the toys and tech items they want Santa to bring them from their wish list.

To teach and encourage children to do good for others, The Good Deed Manger set comes with an empty manger with felt “hay” strands. Baby Jesus can not arrive into this world on Christmas day to an empty manger. In order to add hay to the manger to make it comfortable a child needs to do a good deed. For each good deed a child does they are given a piece of “hay” to place in the manger. The idea behind this is to encourage children to do many good deeds before Christmas day so that the manger is filled with “hay”. Then on Christmas morning before your child awakes place the plush baby Jesus into the manger so your child can see they created a comfortable place for baby Jesus.


Although this is geared towards younger children I personally feel that the entire family can take part in this. It’s a beautiful activity for the whole family. Not only does it remind us to do good for others, but it also means that others are benefiting from the good deeds your family does.

Good deeds don’t have to be huge. They can be simple things like shoveling the walkway for an elderly neighbor, or donating a toy to a children’s charity. Even doing a siblings chores for them without being asked could be considered a good deed. All deeds would qualify for a piece of “hay” – big or small.

I LOVE this idea. It’s a wonderful idea that can become a family tradition. It’s also a great way for families to work together and create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

The book is beautifully illustrated. I LOVE the donkey and baby Jesus. They are very well made. I can see the donkey quickly becoming a family favorite (baby Jesus shouldn’t make his appearance until Christmas morning). They is made out of thick felt so the set can be reused over and over again for many years to come.





The Good Deed Manger can be purchased as a complete set for $39.99. You can also purchase  book, mange and donkey separately.

For more information or to make a purchase visit www.TheGoodDeedManger.com. You can also connect with The Good Deed Manger on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

One lucky reader will win the complete The Good Deed Manger set (book, donkey and manger) compliments of the wonderful people from The Good Deeds Manager.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen a random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you want to win The Good Deed Manger?

For extra entries you can the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the extra entries won’t qualify. I do check.

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