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16 Reasons to Shop at Family Christian

16 Reasons To Shop at Family ChristianI have been going to fc stores for years.  One of the biggest things I love about them is that they are a not-for-profit business.  That means that everything over the cost of operation goes to charities.  There are various charities they support, listed below.  They are also a Christian store.  Whether you agree with Christianity or not, the good the company does for not only our society, but others around the world, makes a huge difference in many lives.

There are many great products both in the store and online.  This is gonna sound crazy, but my absolute favorite product that I’ve ever bought at Family Christian is a water bottle that pops open with the push of a button and locks so that it won’t pop open when you don’t want it to!  I went back for a long time trying to find them again and they didn’t have them in stock, but I’ve recently found them on their website so I ordered some extras.  Within two minutes I had the shipment guarantee and the notification that they had received my order.  The water bottles I ordered weren’t in their warehouse, so there was a little notification on the site (before I ordered) letting me know that it may take longer to receive.  I love that they had that easily seen!  They also sent me a guarantee within minutes of my order that covered a lot more than I ordered!


Right now there is an awesome Summer Sale of Buy 1, Get 1 50% off on ALL books, movies, and music for the entire family both online and in store!  The sale will be going on until August 25, 2016.  Also, don’t forget to check out their clearance section.  It’s always got something and is typically fabulous!

16 Reasons to Shop at Family Christian

Since 2003:
122,249 Bibles have been donated to military members and their families

More than 400,000 copies—and counting—of Dios me Ama New Testament Bibles have been given away to children in Latin America.

120,440 Bibles were delivered to Scripture Union Ghana for high school students, a program endorsed by the former First Lady of Ghana.

In 2014 and 2015:
14,208 military audio Bibles were donated through Faith Comes by Hearing.

Since 2003:
Approximately 445 adoptions have taken place through funds donated to Lifesong for Orphans, Bethany Christian Services and Show Hope.

$199,000 in donations have been given to God’s Littlest Angels (GLA) in Haiti to support orphans

In 2012: Title DVD Commercial Co-Venture raised $103K to help build an orphanage in Haiti, Little Drummer Boy Commercial Co-Venture raised $38K for GLA.

In 2011 2011 Like Dandelion Dust promotion raised $16K for GLA

195 adoptions have been funded through their own nonprofit ministry

The past two winters, our employees raised enough funds to provide firewood for every Navajo widow in Pine Dale, New Mexico

More than 100 participants joined together to do quality life improvements at St. John’s Home and Wedgewood in the Grand Rapids area.

1,350 children have been fed each year through nutrition feeding programs

More than 6,000 pairs of shoes donated to orphans and widows by Payless Shoes’ employees during our mission trips and also shipped to other various international locations

In 2015:
70,000 Barnabas Bears were donated to ministries in the U.S. and around the world

$5,400 was raised for storm clean-up in South Carolina and donated to Convoy of Hope. Approximately 12,248 lives were touched by this support.

And there are tons more that I didn’t include!  Check them out!



PajamaGirl_FlatCover   Can I just start out by saying that I love the title of this little book and the series!  It sparks such imagination.  What kind of adventure idea will this spark in my little girl’s head?  I look forward to hearing her give out all kinds of dreams and I look forward even more to joining her in acting out all sorts of wonderful little fantasies!  Oh, the magic of special pajamas!  pajamagirl_social1

While the title of the book The Adventures of Pajama Girl is a quite obvious little title, the various adventures she goes on will leave you smiling.  In this particular book, Pajama Girl is joining in the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen!  The adventure she takes to get there will leave you smiling as it takes your own imagination on it’s own ride but the story about Pajama Girl and the Cupcake Queen have your little one giddy with excitement about the story, the colors and the detail in the pictures!


To add a little sweetness to your day, when you get your copy of Pajama Girl, you also get free activity printables!  You can even get a set of them to check out here: PajamaGirl_ActivitySheets.

 About the author
Sandra Hagee Parker lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Ryan, and their daughters, Olivia and Elliana — the original pajama girls. A practicing attorney, Sandy is also a part of the music ministry at Cornerstone Church where she and her husband are leaders.

When not working or writing, Sandy enjoys traveling with her family and mastering the art of making Pancakes à la Pajama Girl with her two girls.


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The Sparkle Box


Let me start this review with a confession: I had heard of this book before.  Last year, somewhere around Christmas, I heard an interview with the author on Focus on The Family.  It really touched my heart and I’ve literally thought about it all year long.  The author’s goal seemed to truly be the lesson the book teaches: to give to others.

It is not often that I am inspired by a children’s book.  I read the book in order to do the review and had to force myself to come in and write.  Not because the task is so daunting, but because the book has me so inspired I don’t want to sit down and write.  I want to do something.  Anything.  Make bread for the shelters, donate, something!  Not simply to fill a box, but to make a difference in someone’s life.  One of my favorite scriptures, and one my husband and I remind each other of constantly is this:  “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”  Matthew 25:40 KJV. 

This book will not only teach your children the joy of helping others, but it will make you want to go out and help someone else, anyone else.  My family has taught me throughout the years to help others.  Even my little brother who seems to be on a poor attempt at running from God has reminded me through his actions to do whatever I can to help others.  When we were kids we went through a period where our Mom couldn’t afford to pay the bills, much less provide for Christmas.  That year, a man we had never heard of, came to our home with a basket of fruit and a gift for my brother and I.  I don’t remember what my brother got, but I got a curling iron gift set.  I’ve never been a girly girl, don’t even know if I ever actually used that set, but what I do know is that I hold that as one of my fondest memories.  It was a great lesson and has been a constant inspiration for me to help others throughout my life.  Granted, I don’t wish that upon anyone, but the lesson could never be the same.  The closest I’ve seen to something teaching this lesson is this book.

About The Sparkle Box 

A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas

Sam is so excited about Christmas! He’s thinking about his Christmas list, looking forward to holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift: a sparkly box sitting on the mantel. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. Sam’s mom explains that the things that they’ve been doing are, in fact, a gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him.

Author Bio

Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday.  The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace.  Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.

Illustrator Bio

At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life.  After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.

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