Friday, July 18, 2014

Lil' Troops US Army Military Action Figures (With a Give Away!) #LilTeammates

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Lil' Troops Series One Military Action Figures
  • Series One Includes Five Choices - Fully Licensed by the U.S. Army
  • Vinyl Figures are 3" Tall  and Posable - Arms, Heads, and Hips Move
  • Each Comes With Small Accessories So These are For Ages 4 and Older
  • Choose The Desert Trooper, Infantryman, Rescue Pilot, Recon Scout or Urban Trooper
  • Sales Benefit the U.S. Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs.
  • Available at ToysRUs.com, AAFES Exchange Stores, and Online
  • See Them All, Learn More,. and Register Your Figures at www.LilTroops.com
  • MSRP is $7.99 but Will Vary by Retailer
  • Lil' Troops Has Their Own Facebook Page
Have you seen the Lil' Troops Action Figures?  These collectible three inch vinyl collectibles were recently released and greeted with great enthusiasm!

Created with Licence from the U.S. Army these little guys are dressed in authentic looking uniforms and have special accessories that correlate with their jobs.

The first series includes five different figures.  Collect The Desert Trooper, The Infantryman, The Rescue Pilot, The Recon Scout and The Urban Trooper to own the full set.

A purchase includes the toy and its accessories as well as a "personnel file".  This is an information sheet that will teach the buyer a little bit about what an actual soldier would do on the job.

Here are the Recon Scout and the urban Trooper.

Lil Troops Figures
Once they are removed from the packaging the arms will move up and down, the heads turn left to right, and the legs can turn, too.

Take a look at the photo below and see the accessories that come with the figures.

Lil Troops Figures
The caps do not come off, but they have a small hole in the underside of the bill.  This is where the binoculars attach.  Once they are in place in front of the eyes, the arm can be lifted into position.  There is also a small hole on the back for storing accessories not in use.

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Another great reason to purchase Lil' Troops figures - you can help real soldiers.  A portion of every Lil' Troops sale is donated to the U.S. Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

Do you know somebody who would love a Lil'Troops figure?  Maybe a child who loves to play with Army men, an active or retired serviceman, or a military buff.  If so, you might be glad to know that this review also has a giveaway opportunity!  The company  has allowed me to offer you a chance to win some Lil' Troops for yourself!  One lucky reader will win two of these little guys for themselves.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home (With GiveAway!) #ChickenSoupSoul

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Home Sweet Home
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home
  • 101 Stories About Hearth, Happiness, and Hard Work
  • Compiled by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark
  • Reader Submitted Short Stories Divided Into Ten Chapters
  • Paperback and eBook Editions Available
  • 384 Pages - English Language
  • Released 5/27/14 by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publisher's Suggested Price for Paperback $14.95
  • Available at Bookstores, Amazon and Barnes and Noble Online
  • Find Chicken Soup for the Soul on Facebook and on Twitter
I have owned quite a few homes and rented several, too.  The houses I have owned (including where I live now) have always been total renovations. I have lived in many cities in many states.  The fact that I have been in my current residence for more than a decade is pretty amazing!  

Because of all I have been through I know a lot about the excitement of buying, the mixed emotions of selling, the fun (and stress!) of renovation, and everything that goes with relocating.  I've even had to stay in my parents' home for short periods during construction or waiting for closings.  That is always a little bit weird. . . being a grown adult person but also being the child.  While it was a huge help, it is not something I want to do again any time soon!

Anyone who has ever owned a home knows how much goes in to the upkeep and there are always stories - some are even funny in hindsight.  We have friends who laugh about the time the plumbing backed up in the middle of a party, another tells of the tree that came down two days before their daughter planned to get married in the back yard!  We had neighbors who found a raccoon family had moved in under their back porch, and others with bats in the attic. 

Of course, the most important stories of all are the ones that happen with people.  The holidays, the family dinners, the games, the laughs, the fights, and the love.  What really makes a home is the life that happens under the roof.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home shares stores about all of this, and more.  There are ten chapters,
  1. On the Move
  2. Buying and Selling
  3. Dreams Can Come True
  4. Remodeling, Redecorating, Repairing
  5. Through the Generations
  6. You CAN go Home Again
  7. Unwanted Guests
  8. Do-It Yourself Disasters
  9. Downsizing and Retiring
  10. What Makes a Home
With the usual mix of laughter, sentiment, and smiles this book makes a great housewarming gift or something fun for a newlywed couple.  The stories are only a few pages long so they make for a good and quick pick me up. 

Would you like to try to win a copy for yourself or someone you know?  I am hosting a giveaway for one paperback copy.  if you would like to try your luck please use the form below to enter.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

#Ragamuffin - A DVD About Rich Mullins (And a Give Away!) @RichMullinsFilm

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Ragamuffin - Based on the Life of Rich Mullins
Ragamuffin DVD
I had not heard of Rich Mullins before I watched this movie, but his story is interesting.  He was a talented but tormented man.  Although he had a successful Christian music career in the late 1980's and early 90's he was not comfortable with the lifestyle.  another struggle he faced was the confusion that came from feeling a strong Christian conviction at the same time he was struggling with depression and darkness.  According to the movie, he also had a difficult relationship with his father which bothered him all of his life.

I think a lot of people deal with the problems that Rich Mullins faced but we don't live in the spotlight so it can play out a bit differently.  It seems that Rich made the classic mistake of believing that if a person were a "good" Christian it meant every day would be sunshine and lollipops and that sin would go away.

Unfortunately, as humans, we will always be flawed and broken - but that is precisely what the Gospel tells us!  Jesus came and endured the Passion because of our brokenness which he took upon himself.  Of course, this is not a free pass to skip down a path of debauchery - but it is why we can lay our weary souls at the foot of the cross where he will take up our pain as his own.

Rich Mullins does come to this realization with the help of a man named Brennan Manning who preaches what he calls "the Ragamuffin Gospel".  This does not quite line up with what I believe, but it is a popular ministry which has helped many people.

Here is a trailer for the DVD:



Learn about Rich Mullins' humble beginnings on a farm, his early days of singing in small venues, the way he is discovered by Nashville producers and how is hired to write for and open shows for Amy Grant.  The story goes on to show how he begins his own recording career and becomes a headline act.  It also tells how none of this fills the lonely place inside of him - but it was interesting to see how he made sure to keep his lifestyle humble and how he preferred places like Wichita or a Navajo Reservation to Nashville.  there are also Special Features which include deleted scenes, some information about the making of the film, audio commentary, and a special message from Dave Mullins, Rich's brother.

The DVD has just been released and the soundtrack will be in stores on July 22nd.  Fans of Christian music will want to own this one which features Jars Of Clay, Derek Webb, Sidewalk Prophets, Audrey Assad, Leigh Nash and more! As a bonus, the CD will include two NEW, original, never-before heard songs from Rich Mullins that were recorded in the early 1970's.

I am happy to be hosting a giveaway for a copy of this DVD.  Use the form below to enter.
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