Children's Books

Celebrating Women in Business with the children’s book – Neema’s Reason to Smile

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Celebrating Women in Business with the children's book

Neema’s Reason to Smile – May 1, 2018

By: Patricia Newman

The greatest gift a child can be given is education. In this book Neema dreams of going to school so that she can be financially secure one day. There is a town in Kenya where many kids are unable to attend school. Then one woman opened up the Jambo Jipya School which gave kids access to schooling despite funds for supplies or lack of parents understanding that it is important. Kids who always dreamed of school but had no access finally did now. It is an example of how dreams can be realized through community along with an inspiring story about female empowerment and global citizenship.

This book is a part of the Lightswitch Learning division of the Sussman Education Company. This means that Neema’s Reason to Smile is an engaging resource for parents and teachers who want to help their children succeed all the way around. The book is inspiring and based on a real life story

Neema's Reason to Smile

You can find the book on Amazon and begin lifting a child up today with this inspiring story.

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Children's Books, Education, Parenting

New Anti-Bullying Books: The Little Girl with the Big Voice

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New Anti-Bullying Books: The Little Girl with the Big Voice

The Little Girl with the Big Voice – Release Date April 24, 2018

by: We McDonald

We Mcdonald was a beloved contestant on the hit NBC show, The Voice. In this book she tells the story in her own words about being a girl who endured bullying. In her story she finds her voice and no matter what anyone says, she overcomes the bullying and gains success.

This book is a part of the Lightswitch Learning division of the Sussman Education Company. This means that The Little Girl with the Big Voice is an engaging resource for parents and teachers who want to help their children succeed all the way around. The book is inspiring and based on a real life story.

You can find the book on Amazon and begin lifting a child up today with this inspiring story.

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Giveaways, Healthy Living, Movies, Parenting

A Must-See Family Movie: Like Arrows Fandango Code Giveaway

I have partnered with Propeller Consulting, LLC for this feature and giveaway

Movie: Like Arrows

In select theaters May 1 and May 3

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth” -psalm 127:4

Sometimes family is not about having faith around you, but about living a life where faith is the center. In this movie we follow Charlie and Alice from the day he proposes until their 50th wedding anniversary. Through 50 years of getting it wrong, then learning how to do better a family of conflict and resentment become a family of God and eventually their faith guides each one of them to the life they are intended for.

Every Mother and Father will relate to this movie. I would definitely get a babysitter for either May 1st or May 3rd and go see Like Arrows then grab a meal because you will talk together after seeing this movie!!

We all lose our center between stages each kid enters, distractions, everyday tasks and even as partners we tend to separate and lose who we started as. We have all been there or are there now. I had the pleasure of viewing Like Arrows at home and it is a must-see family movie! In Like Arrows, this family started going to church and learn to find their center there, but this is not a movie about why you should attend church.

Like Arrows does not preach that you are wrong if you choose to have your own kind of faith. It is about recognizing you need help. It is about finding your partnership and creating a plan and allowing that plan of faith to become your families center. Talk with your kids about new family changes, not at them. Get apologies out and hand them over confidence that they have a supporting unit especially the teens in your home. It is possible to take that chaos, stop and reset. Like Arrows is about reseting and re-grounding and how to involve the entire family into the better way.

Want to go see Like Arrows on us? I have 2 Fandango codes for 1 lucky winner. The only mandate is you need to visit FamilyLifeMinistries/LikeArrows and make sure it is playing at a day and time you can make it. Remember, it is only in theaters 2 days! Make it a date night! Open to US only and 18+. Enter below. Ends April 24th and I will get codes right over to the winner in time to see the movie! Good luck!

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Legal Professionals You Might Need to Lean on for Help

Though it would be nice to go through life without ever facing any problems, it simply isn’t the case. When those issues concern your family and involve the law, you may not be able to resolve the matter on your own. This is where most individuals end up turning to legal experts for guidance. Whether you just need help getting the ball rolling, negotiating, or pleading your case before judge and jury, knowing the right lawyer to hire is of the utmost importance.

Legal Professionals You Might Need to Lean on for Help
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Traffic Lawyers

One of the most common types of lawyers you may need to rely on in your life to protect you and/or your family is a traffic attorney. If you’ve been pulled over by police due to a traffic violation, you will likely be issued a ticket. However, if the ticket cannot be easily repaid or there are significant consequences like the suspension of your license, high fines, or jail time, a traffic lawyer can help.

They are well-versed in traffic laws in your state and are best equipped to help you fight violations that you believe you were innocent of. They can also be instrumental in helping to get fines reduced, charges removed, and consequences lessened.

Personal Injury Attorneys

If you or your loved ones have been hurt in a car accident, on the job, or on someone else’s personal or commercial property at no fault of your own, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney. Legal representatives like Steve J Schwartzapfel can be a great source to turn to. They will review your case, help you file a personal injury claim, negotiate with big-time insurance companies and lawyers, and fight your case before a judge if necessary. As major injuries could result in you being out of work for a long time and high medical expenses, you may need a lawyer to help you get what you deserve so you can continue to provide for your loved ones.

Estate Attorneys

If you are planning for retirement, have fallen ill, or have an aging parent with assets, an estate attorney can help you get everything in order. They will review your assets and help you to create a plan for after you’re gone that will give your family the best fighting chance possible. This can include the preparation and execution of a will, allocating where funds and properties will go, designating a power of attorney, and more.

Divorce or Family Attorneys

You don’t enter marriage or start a family with the idea that you’ll one day separate, however, these things can happen. When emotions get the best of you, it can be difficult for you to make the most rational decisions about how you and your partner can move forward with the least amount of conflict. A divorce or family attorney can help you to sort out things like shared property and financial accounts, child custody, child and spousal support, and more. Using the law, they can be an unbiased third-party who does their best to help you get a fresh start in life.

Business Lawyers

Do you or your spouse presently have a business? Perhaps you’re thinking about starting one? If so, you may need to secure the services of a business attorney to get you off to the right start. They can help you with legalities like choosing the best business entity, drafting contracts, ensuring you’re in compliance with local and federal laws, and protecting you in the event that an employee, customer, or competitor tries to sue.

Laws are put in place to create boundaries and provide protection to the masses. That being said, the laws aren’t always easy to understand. When you and/or your family are going through a difficult time legally, it is recommended that you reach out to one of the above-mentioned legal professionals for guidance. From filing the right paperwork to negotiating fair deals and fighting your case in court, they will be your best source to get the best possible outcome. Many of them offer flexible repayment options or work on a contingency fee meaning it won’t cost you much to make sure that you and your family are well taken care of.

Gift Ideas, Mother's Day

Jewelry For Mom from Mama’s Jewelry and a Promo Code

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Most orders for mothers rings and pendants are able to be sent out within 3 to 5 days, reaching you about a week later. If you’re shopping at the last minute, Mama’s Jewelry will take care of you and ensure that you get a custom made item that looks like it took months to make! For More Information Visit:

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Should Your Teen Get a Summer Job?

Have you been toying with the idea of your teen taking on a summer job this year? On the one hand, you want them to help pitch in with various expenses, but on the other hand, are there risks you should know of? And do the pros outweigh the cons?

Should Your Teen Get a Summer Job?
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Here are the benefits, risks, and things you should know before parents and teens make this decision.

Pro: Your teen gains professional experience.

Want your teen to learn how to write a resume? Or how to present themselves during a job interview? Nothing beats real-life experience like real-life experience. Your teen’s summer job will give them a chance to use skills they will need when they are job hunting after college.

But gaining professional experience is not only limited to how to get a job. Today’s recruiters are looking for those who can communicate well, are able to collaborate, and who are adaptable. Teens with summer jobs will learn how to get along with coworkers, an ornery boss, and demanding clients. These are soft skills that attending school cannot teach.

Con: Less time for traditional summer activities.

Last year, the Atlantic reported that high school students are skipping summer jobs in favor of summer classes. Why? High school requirements have become more demanding than in years past. Combined with an increased pressure to go college, students are now using their summer days to study. If your teen gets a summer job, this will curtail their time spent studying, or engaging in other school-related activities.

Of course, a summer job or an internship can be an educational experience on its own. So you will want to weigh up the educational ramifications of where your teen can best use their time.

Pro: Real-life money lessons.

Does your teen fly through their weekly allowance? Is it hard to get them to think through purchases? Want a fast way to foster an appreciation of the value of money in your teens? Let them take a job.

In a Charles Schwab survey, the poll showed that 4 out of 10 teens do not understand how to budget. Learning how to be financially responsible is a hallmark of adulthood. The surest way to teach this lesson in a way that stays with your teen? Allow them to earn and then spend on their own to get a taste of financial consequences on a small scale.

Not only will they learn about how to save for larger expenses, but they might end up appreciating you—the parents—more when you give them some extra cash.

Pro: Gain experience related to interests.

If your teen is a serious thinker, they might be already pondering job choices and career options. A job can help them explore their interests and give them a taste of what a career in that profession might be like. Occasionally, romantic notions can put a rosy glow on a career choice. And real-life experience can provide a close look at what professionals in a certain industry face daily. This can help your teen cull out the duds and figure out what they are not interested in.

If your teen becomes sold on that career, then that summer job will pay off in other ways, too. Recruiters and companies look for individuals who have a long-standing passion in that field. The right summer jobs can provide experience for your teen’s resume that will impress future recruiters and companies.

Con: High-paying summer jobs could hurt financial aid chances.

Are you counting on government aid to help pay for college? If so, just make sure your teen does not earn above the formula for getting an EFC grant. If your teen earns too much, it could nullify their request for financial aid. Petty cash that is not calculated amounts to about $6500 a year.

Pro: Develop time management skills.

Learning how to manage their own time is a trait that many teens could use a full-fledged course in. Having a job will require them to show up at a certain time each day. They will learn to be accountable for the hours they spend at their place of employment.

Teens with summer jobs will need to learn how to juggle multiple responsibilities. Summer homework assignments will not magically disappear just because your teen is now employed. Nor will household chores.

But all of this is a good thing for teens to learn before they head off to college, where they won’t have you as their personal to-do list reminder.