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Oh, The Places You'll Go! Back to School Giveaway Hop #Back2School2017

It's that time of year again.  Time to rise and shine and get the kiddos off to school.

What are your back to school essentials?
   Pencils?
       Crayons?
           Markers?
              Paper?
Here is a listing of back to school essentials.  Many thanks to my teacher friends for helping me compile this list.
 *#2 pencils, at least one box
   *Box of crayons:  8 jumbo- Pre-K thru 1; 16/24 Grades 1 - up
   *Folders in different colors, one for each subject
   *Notebook paper
   *Notebook or journal 
   *Backpack
The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island are back with another fab giveaway hop!  This time over 125 blogs have joined forces to present some wonderful back to school prizes.

We finished our back to school shopping on Tax Free Weekend and saved lots of money on all our back to school essentials.  What about you?

To help offset some of the costs of sending the kiddos back to school Three Boys and an Old Lady has a $25 Walmart gift card up for grabs.
* * * G I V E A W A Y * * *  One lucky Th…
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When I was a little girl, I always admired this collection of Precious Moments figurines my grandma had on top of the dresser in her bedroom.  She had collected those figurines over the years and had amassed quite a collection. I'll never forget my grandma's collection of Precious Moments figurines and know she would have loved the Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories.
Book Description

Share beloved Bible stories with your little one!

Snuggle up close and imagine the animals entering Noah’s boat two by two, David standing before Goliath with just a slingshot, or Jesus blessing the children. These Bible stories will capture young hearts as they learn about God’s great love.

With classic Precious Moments® illustrations, simple Bible verses, favorite Bible stories, and fun rhymes, Little Book of Bible Stories will help introduce the power of God’s Word to your precious children. 

The folks at Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me the Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stori…

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