Don't Forget the Christmas Kisses!

Echo Ridge Box Set
Christmas Kisses_ is a collection from five bestselling and
award-winning authors.
Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these
inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the
fire and listen to Christmas carols.
***PRE-ORDER NOW FOR ONLY $.99***
Release Date: November 3rd
AMAZON * BARNES AND NOBLE  * KOBO * ITUNES * SMASHWORDS
ADD IT TO GOODREADS
WIN AMAZING BOOKS BY EACH OF THE AUTHORS. ENTER BELOW TO WIN – NINE
DIFFERENT BOOKS WILL BE GIVEN TO NINE LUCKY WINNERS.
CHRISTMAS MAKEOVER BY CAMI CHECKETTS AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she’s
loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks.
Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high
school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a
fast dribble when he’s near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship
picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy’s
Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she’s fallen for her
best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with
Drew or if she’s stuck in buddy-status for life.
www.camichecketts.com * https://www.facebook.com/CamiCheckettsAuthor
THE CANDY COUNTER HEIRESS BY LUCY MCCONNELL AMAZON BESTSELLING &
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth’s; but
someday can’t come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a
national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands
hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself
capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes
computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business. Reese
wanted to shake things up, but she wasn’t planning on her heart getting
caught in the mix by Andy’s stolen kisses. If she can hold it together
until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company
and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid
plans can melt like chocolate.
https://lucymcconnell.wordpress.com/ *
https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDymock?fref=ts
SODA FOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BY CONNIE E. SOKOL AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father’s
old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton
Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York,
hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic
connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first
plan. However, it’s not just their different approaches that cause
sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store
before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will
the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds,
or will they lead to the beginning of love?
www.conniesokol.com * https://www.facebook.com/8basics?_rdr=p
ONE WINTER NIGHT BY HEATHER TULLIS AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would
solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma’s house adds an
unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn’t have
all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler’s family has owned their land for nearly a hundred
years–long before the neighbors were there. There’s no way she’s giving
up the animal therapy business she’s been struggling to make profitable.
She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together
is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be
more than friends?
http://heathertullis.com/ * https://www.facebook.com/HeatherTullisBooks
HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS BY RACHELLE J. CHRISTENSEN AMAZON BESTSELLING &
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas–its promises of good tidings and hope
for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth’s Hope Tree.
Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter’s faith in
the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the
handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth’s old fashioned soda
fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life
of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile
soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes
everything. Anika isn’t sure who she can trust or if hope is worth
nurturing–especially at Christmas when it’s easy to enjoy a kiss and
believe love can last longer than the season.
www.facebook.com/rachellechristensenauthor *
http://rachellechristensen.com/
CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN!

Don’t Forget the Christmas Kisses!

Echo Ridge Box Set

Christmas Kisses_ is a collection from five bestselling and
award-winning authors.
Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these
inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the
fire and listen to Christmas carols.

***PRE-ORDER NOW FOR ONLY $.99***
Release Date: November 3rd
AMAZON * BARNES AND NOBLE  * KOBO * ITUNES * SMASHWORDS
ADD IT TO GOODREADS

WIN AMAZING BOOKS BY EACH OF THE AUTHORS. ENTER BELOW TO WIN – NINE
DIFFERENT BOOKS WILL BE GIVEN TO NINE LUCKY WINNERS.

CHRISTMAS MAKEOVER BY CAMI CHECKETTS AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she’s
loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks.
Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high
school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a
fast dribble when he’s near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship
picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy’s
Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she’s fallen for her
best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with
Drew or if she’s stuck in buddy-status for life.
www.camichecketts.com * https://www.facebook.com/CamiCheckettsAuthor

THE CANDY COUNTER HEIRESS BY LUCY MCCONNELL AMAZON BESTSELLING &
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth’s; but
someday can’t come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a
national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands
hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself
capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes
computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business. Reese
wanted to shake things up, but she wasn’t planning on her heart getting
caught in the mix by Andy’s stolen kisses. If she can hold it together
until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company
and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid
plans can melt like chocolate.
https://lucymcconnell.wordpress.com/ *
https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDymock?fref=ts

SODA FOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BY CONNIE E. SOKOL AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father’s
old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton
Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York,
hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic
connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first
plan. However, it’s not just their different approaches that cause
sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store
before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will
the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds,
or will they lead to the beginning of love?
www.conniesokol.com * https://www.facebook.com/8basics?_rdr=p

ONE WINTER NIGHT BY HEATHER TULLIS AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would
solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma’s house adds an
unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn’t have
all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler’s family has owned their land for nearly a hundred
years–long before the neighbors were there. There’s no way she’s giving
up the animal therapy business she’s been struggling to make profitable.
She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together
is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be
more than friends?
http://heathertullis.com/ * https://www.facebook.com/HeatherTullisBooks

HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS BY RACHELLE J. CHRISTENSEN AMAZON BESTSELLING &
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas–its promises of good tidings and hope
for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth’s Hope Tree.
Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter’s faith in
the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the
handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth’s old fashioned soda
fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life
of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile
soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes
everything. Anika isn’t sure who she can trust or if hope is worth
nurturing–especially at Christmas when it’s easy to enjoy a kiss and
believe love can last longer than the season.
www.facebook.com/rachellechristensenauthor *
http://rachellechristensen.com/

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN!

Got my Christmas Kisses? .99 and Prizes!

Echo Ridge Box Set

“If you’re just getting set in back to school and want a simple recipe for easy meal-making, try this great crockpot recipe! It’s from my friend, and one of the authors of the Christmas Kisses anthology, Christina Dymock. Check out the recipe for Molasses Roast below, and info on the pre-order prizes and discount deal with the anthology!”

While you are checking the pantry for the ingredients to Christina’s recipe, I’d like to let you know about a new release, _Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology, which is now up for preorder at the special price of just 99 CENTS. The set includes five wonderful romances all based around Kenworth’s Department Store at Christmas time. By pre-ordering the book now, you lock in the discount price and guarantee deliver of the book on November 3rd. Keep reading for a sneak peek at each book in the set and I hope you have a wonderful start to the new school year.

Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and
award-winning authors.
Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these
inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the
fire and listen to Christmas carols.

***PRE-ORDER NOW FOR ONLY $.99***

AMAZON * BARNES AND NOBLE * KOBO * ITUNES * SMASHWORDS
ADD IT TO GOODREADS

WIN AMAZING BOOKS BY EACH OF THE AUTHORS. ENTER BELOW TO WIN – NINE
DIFFERENT BOOKS WILL BE GIVEN TO NINE LUCKY WINNERS.

Slow Cooked Molasses Roast
Serves 6
The first time I made this roast, I ended up eating a good portion while
standing over the slow cooker with a fork. Do not be afraid of the
molasses, it creates a gorgeous color and takes the meat to a deep
flavor that will have your family hovering around the kitchen in
anticipation. I serve it alone or on toasted bread.
Ingredients
1 (3-4 pound) pork roast
½ cup molasses
½ cup pickle juice
1 tablespoon Grey Poupon
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon cilantro
1 teaspoon red pepper

Directions
Place the roast in a slow cooker.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the molasses, pickle juice, grey poupon,
onion powder, cumin, cilantro, and red pepper. Pour over the meat and
turn the meat several times to coat well. Cover and cook on low for 6-8
hours or until the roast is cooked through.

Slow Cooked Molasass Roast (11)

_CHRISTMAS MAKEOVER_ BY CAMI CHECKETTS AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she’s
loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks.
Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high
school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a
fast dribble when he’s near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship
picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy’s
Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she’s fallen for her
best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with
Drew or if she’s stuck in buddy-status for life.
www.camichecketts.com * https://www.facebook.com/CamiCheckettsAuthor

_THE CANDY COUNTER HEIRESS_ BY LUCY MCCONNELL AMAZON BESTSELLING & AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth’s; but
someday can’t come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a
national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands
hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself
capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes
computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business. Reese
wanted to shake things up, but she wasn’t planning on her heart getting
caught in the mix by Andy’s stolen kisses. If she can hold it together
until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company
and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid
plans can melt like chocolate.
https://lucymcconnell.wordpress.com/ *
https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDymock?fref=ts

_SODA FOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS_ BY CONNIE E. SOKOL AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father’s
old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton
Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York,
hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic
connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first
plan. However, it’s not just their different approaches that cause
sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store
before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will
the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds,
or will they lead to the beginning of love?
www.conniesokol.com * https://www.facebook.com/8basics?_rdr=p

_ONE WINTER NIGHT_ BY HEATHER TULLIS AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would
solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma’s house adds an
unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn’t have
all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler’s family has owned their land for nearly a hundred
years–long before the neighbors were there. There’s no way she’s giving
up the animal therapy business she’s been struggling to make profitable.
She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together
is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be
more than friends?
http://heathertullis.com/ * https://www.facebook.com/HeatherTullisBooks

_HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS_ BY RACHELLE J. CHRISTENSEN AMAZON BESTSELLING & AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas–its promises of good tidings and hope
for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth’s Hope Tree.
Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter’s faith in
the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the
handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth’s old fashioned soda
fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life
of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile
soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes
everything. Anika isn’t sure who she can trust or if hope is worth
nurturing–especially at Christmas when it’s easy to enjoy a kiss and
believe love can last longer than the season.
www.facebook.com/rachellechristensenauthor *
http://rachellechristensen.com/

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

Back to Basics at Back-to-School Time

For me, fall feels like a time of renewal. I know the leaves will start to turn color and the grass will die off, but school starts in the fall and that is a time of new beginnings. For great information on Getting Back to the Basics at Back-to-school time, check out the article below written by Connie Sokol.

Crazy that Christmas is also just around the corner. I’m so thrilled this holiday season to be part of Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology, which is now up for preorder at the special price of just 99 cents. The set includes five wonderful romances all based around Kenworth’s Department Store at Christmas time. By pre-ordering the book now, you lock in the discount price and guarantee deliver of the book on November 3rd.
***Pre-order now for only $.99***
 
Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.
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Get back to basics at back-to-school time by Connie Sokol
Back to school–it’s that magical time of year (for children or for parents?) When you make a few quick changes to routine, purpose and appreciation, the summer-to-fall transition can be smoother and happier.
De-stress one system
Rather than overhaul your home before school starts (was that even a goal?) organize fall one system at a time. Consider the one that bothers you most — kids’ lunches, entry way coming and going, school papers — and tackle that one first. For example, school papers can be contained in folders, magazine holders, trays, clipboards, etc.
Use the system that works best for you. I’ve used all of them and found a fit combining three: kids put to-do homework in a folder, graded homework in a tray and long-term project information in their clipboard. This may seem complex, but for whatever reason it works!
Find your focus
If you have children heading back to school, they’re going to experience mental and emotional growth (we hope). Happily, you get to, too. Consider what helps you experience “joyful contribution,” meaning, something small or big that helps you feel creative, fulfilled or joyful.
For example, on a small level of this a few years ago, my daughters and I loved tmake flower cookies: chocolate chip cookie dough pressed in a flower mold, then baked with a lollipop stick and tied with a bow. We would take these to friends and neighbors, and it absolutely brought us joy (and licking the bowl was joyful too …).
As you decide on something joyful, perhaps a medium-level adventure would include going back to school too, like a friend of mine. She is a mom doing an online program so that with little children at home, it’s more doable for her schedule. In this way, she can continue progressing toward her ultimate educational goal of receiving a college degree.
If it resonates, something on a larger scale might be a purposeful project. A few years ago, a friend of mine noticed that in the neighborhood the kids played on a solitary large rock. While fine, she wanted them to have something more interesting and that allowed more children to gather and play. She partnered with another friend, involved the community, garnered donations, and after several months had created a beautiful and functional play area. Later she shared that on a city celebration day, she looked over at the children all playing happily on the play area and felt a surge of joy.
Notch up marital appreciation
In his excellent book “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work,” Dr. John Gottman shares a simple but powerful appreciation exercise. Using a list of character traits (he has a list of about 70, but you can create your own) have each spouse choose three positive traits of the other spouse. Jot down experiences where those traits were observed. Each spouse then takes a turn sharing a trait of the other spouse and sharing the related experience. This takes perhaps five to 10 minutes tops, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
If you like, expand that exercise to your family. We did this a few nights ago, with each child drawing a sibling’s name and then sharing three great qualities about that sibling, and one related experience. Despite the teenage boys’ obvious I’d-rather-get-my-wisdom-teeth-pulled response, they actually shared positive comments to the other person’s just as obvious delight.
Enjoy this back-to-school time by “attending” to three different but joy-giving areas.
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1009&sid=31130823
Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she’s loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he’s near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy’s Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she’s fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she’s stuck in buddy-status for life.
www.camichecketts.com * https://www.facebook.com/CamiCheckettsAuthor
The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth’s; but someday can’t come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business.  Reese wanted to shake things up, but she wasn’t planning on her heart getting caught in the mix by Andy’s stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can melt like chocolate.
https://lucymcconnell.wordpress.com/ * https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDymock?fref=ts
Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father’s old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However, it’s not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead to the beginning of love?
www.conniesokol.com * https://www.facebook.com/8basics?_rdr=p
Christmas Makeover by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma’s house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn’t have all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler’s family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years–long before the neighbors were there. There’s no way she’s giving up the animal therapy business she’s been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?
http://heathertullis.com/ * https://www.facebook.com/HeatherTullisBooks
Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas–its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth’s Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter’s faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth’s old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn’t sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing–especially at Christmas when it’s easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season.
www.facebook.com/rachellechristensenauthor
http://rachellechristensen.com/
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THANK YOU-Education Week!

IMG_6360 A huge THANK YOU to all who attended BYU-Education Week in Provo this past week. With about 25,000 women attending hundreds of classes, it’s a privilege to speak there.
I have to share that personally, I was unsure how it would go for me this year. Beforehand life was a bit crazy, it was also the first week of school, and I had been feeling doubts about my ability to share what would be useful and resonating with women. It’s been 15 years of speaking at this conference and I’m thinking, they’ve heard enough from me (my kids would agree).
But what amazed me once again is how we are all positive catalysts for each other. No matter what two mites we bring to a class, a conversation, or a connection, it sparks another connection, and then another, and before you know it, you have the truth or peace or mojo you are looking for.
During the week, one lady shared that she had a deep quIMG_6332 estion in her mind. Then one of the quotes I shared led her to read that entire article/talk. Beautifully, in the text of it was her answer! I hadn’t given that to her, but had simply been a hand on the marathon road holding out the water cup like so many of us do. And she took it, and drank it, and drank some more, and was filled.
Then an adult daughter emailed me after the week and shared how my conversation with her mother had been helpful in spring-boarding her desire to embrace her current situation, recognize the need for transition, and find her motivation to do it. Ironically, the entire conversation was due to this daughter’s assertively asking me for a few minutes after class and all of us talking, simply from love and concern for her mother. That started a ball rolling that is now on its way.
Lastly, another woman emailed me that some thoughts shared in class about parenting had helped her. She had come from out of state and now back home with her four children. Various class thoughts had provided a shift in attitude and ideas that she said, “will stay with me forever and have really changed my parenting for the better.” This good woman made the time and the Herculean effort to come from a far away state, choreograph that time away,  listen with intent to learn, and then begin applying it right away.
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That’s the beautiful, life-changing connections we create with each other. How grateful I am to have been a small but for me meaningful part of that Education Week conference. Each of these interactions have blessed my life, and have given me renewed confidence (that each of them likely didn’t realize I was needing). Most especially in the fact that even though I only have a little to share, that’s okay because an infinite more is created by the act of sharing.
Love you ladies!!
Hugs,
Connie
p.s. Be sure to listen to this week’s Living Room show. CLICK HERE. You don’t want to miss it. Promise!

"What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know" SALE and Studio 5 TODAY!

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Got children going back to school? Want to prepare and connect with them, especially on the tough topics?
Enjoy the tips and solutions in What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know: 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters.  My friend and bestselling co-author, Rachelle J. Christensen and I are offering the book for a limited time only at a discount price:
TODAY ONLY: $.99 for ebook and $9.99 for print!! 
http://www.amazon.com/What-Every-Grader-Needs-Know/dp/0692423303/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1440045025&sr=8-2&keywords=what+every+6th+grader+needs+to+know
An Amazon bestseller, this book contains:
*10 top questions from real 6th grade girls
*Time-tested answers and value-based solutions
*Conversation starters and suggestions
*Role plays to prepare your daughter for difficult situations
*Facts and truths to help her make informed choices
*Fun ideas and information for simple, connected conversations
Enjoy a simple way to better prepare your daughter for school, and create connection in the process.
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Also, my Studio 5 segment is airing today!  11 am MST on KSL Channel 5. We are talking about the “3 Top Concerns For Kids Going Back To School.” Be sure you check it out by CLICKING HERE.
Best,
Connie

“What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know” SALE and Studio 5 TODAY!

10-secrets-to-connect
Got children going back to school? Want to prepare and connect with them, especially on the tough topics?
Enjoy the tips and solutions in What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know: 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters.  My friend and bestselling co-author, Rachelle J. Christensen and I are offering the book for a limited time only at a discount price:
TODAY ONLY: $.99 for ebook and $9.99 for print!! 
http://www.amazon.com/What-Every-Grader-Needs-Know/dp/0692423303/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1440045025&sr=8-2&keywords=what+every+6th+grader+needs+to+know
An Amazon bestseller, this book contains:
*10 top questions from real 6th grade girls
*Time-tested answers and value-based solutions
*Conversation starters and suggestions
*Role plays to prepare your daughter for difficult situations
*Facts and truths to help her make informed choices
*Fun ideas and information for simple, connected conversations
Enjoy a simple way to better prepare your daughter for school, and create connection in the process.
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Also, my Studio 5 segment is airing today!  11 am MST on KSL Channel 5. We are talking about the “3 Top Concerns For Kids Going Back To School.” Be sure you check it out by CLICKING HERE.
Best,
Connie

Education Week Schedule and Scripture Strip Sale!

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Education Week at Brigham Young University has begun and I would love to see you all there! The theme this year comes from Hebrews 6:18-19, “Hope an Anchor of the Soul.” And as in year’s past, it has proven to be an enlightening and uplifting week. This year I will be speaking about living with joy and purpose. Each day is a new topic and I would love to meet you if you will be attending. The schedule (with topics) is listed below. My classes will run from 12:30 to 1:25 each day in room 3108 of the Jesse Knight Building (JKB).

We Are Women of God: Living with Joy and Purpose as a Woman, Wife, and Mother
3108 Jesse Knight Building (JKB), 12:30–1:25 p.m.

Tuesday Holy Habits: Coping with Trials, Tribulations, and Tragedies
Wednesday Joy in Womanhood: Divine Identity and Daily Self-Worth
Thursday Effectively Connecting with Your Children: Teen, Tween, and In-Between
Friday Fit and Fabulous: Bringing Out Mother and Daughter’s Real Beauty, Inside and Out

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Also, don’t miss our sale on Scripture Strips! A special 2 for $15.00 deal will run for this week only, in celebration of Education Week. Perfect for daily scripture discussion! Choose one and chat about it, then store it in your favorite jar. At mealtimes, for game starters, or a fun FHE boost, use a year’s worth of scripture strips anytime for a dose of scripture power. 2 for $15.00 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. Simply enter 1 at checkout and we will send 2 your way! Enter 2 and we will send you 4, etc… CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

 

Back to School Shopping Tips

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The time has come, back to school, and shopping is usually a task that has to be crossed off the list. Before you let it ruin the end of summer, CLICK HERE for 6 tips to make the process more enjoyable for everyone.

p.s. Be sure you are joining us in The Living Room. Our online radio show. The newest episode, “Post-it Notes from God” will help you recognize the Divine in your life. A tender reminder that God is aware of all of us, always.

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"Love Them When they're Unlovable"

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“Part of divine parenting is stressful day-to-day mothering. No matter how patient and loving a woman is there will be those times in every mother’s life when she has had it.
President Harold B. Lee shares the experience of babysitting his grandson one night, but at a BYU football game. The little five-year-old began to be restless and with merry looks from his fellow apostles, President Lee felt some pressure to have the evening go well.
After the boy fussed and was disobedient, President Lee tried to make him behave but his grandson turned around and punched him in the face. President Lee wanted to take him out and spank him, as he felt that was what he deserved.
But then he remembered something his daughter would say:…
CLICK HERE to read more and gain insight to love your children when they are unlovable.
p.s. Be sure you are tuning in to The Living Room podcasts. You will love them!
p.s.s. If you live in Utah, join my Living Room co-hosts and me for the new movie “Once I Was A Beehive”, previewing this week. CLICK HERE for details.
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