A FINCHNWREN Beauty Giveaway ~ Ulta Eyes & Lips! (Ends 6/27)

Welcome to a new FINCHNWREN Beauty Giveaway!

 

 

Today, we’re giving away an Ulta beauty trio for eyes and lips!  One winner will receive:

  • Ulta Beauty full-sized Maximum Lashes Defining and Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black
  • Ulta Beauty Matte Lipstick mini in Mulberry
  • Ulta Beauty Color Rush Lip Gloss mini in Olivia

You can wear the lipstick alone if you’re looking for that matte look, or pair it with the gloss for a shinier evening look.  And the mascara is fabulous for adding emphasis to a day or night eye look!

How to enter

Simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below to visit the Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways.  One winner will be selected after the giveaway closes on 6/27/18.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

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“Courageous Women of the Bible” ~ A Review & Giveaway (Ends 6/20/18)

Hello friends!

I have a lovely new book to tell you about!  The BlogAbout Blogger Network was kind enough to send me not only a copy of LaTan Roland Murphy’s newest book, Courageous Women of the Bible, to review; but a copy for one reader to win as well!  (You’ll be able to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.)  This beautiful (inside and out—I just love its cover as much as the book’s insides) book is something that women will find inspiring, courage-producing, and uplifting, whether they are single, married, mothers of young children, moms of older kiddos, or retired…or any other life stage a woman might be in.  Whatever your life experiences are in this stage of your journey, you’ll find something here to relate to.

 

 

Courageous Women of the Bible

What are you experiencing in your life today?  Are you in a smooth patch of life, or are you facing challenges with your job, an illness, your relationships, your parenting, or even on a larger scale in your nation?  All of us have faced some of these and some of us may have even faced them all.  When we face life struggles, sometimes we can drum up the courage to meet them head-on.  Yet other times, we wonder how on earth we will possibly endure them.  What if I told you that courage can look a little different than we might imagine?  What if all we have to do, to be courageous, is to set our feet toward obedience?

Author LaTan Roland Murphy knew that she–and we–all need courage.  So she wrote a book about courage and how we can have it.  She delves into the lives of 11 women of the Bible who faced a variety of circumstances that demanded courage: everything from leading a nation; to giving unsparingly; or defeating an enemy; to believing in miracles when all hope seemed lost; and stepping into leadership when the actual leader wouldn’t do it.  And that’s just a few.

In Courageous Women of the Bible, you’ll have the opportunity to meet:

  • Deborah
  • The woman with the issue of blood
  • Jael
  • Bathsheba
  • The Samaritan woman
  • Jochebed
  • and 5 others!

In each chapter, the author describes a Biblical woman and what’s happening in her life that demands courage.  She includes the Bible passages that inform us of these women and each one’s state of affairs.  Then, LaTan pulls out for our edification the particular character qualities, choices, strengths, and evidences of faith that these women exemplify.  She introduces us to these gals and describes them so richly that, by the end of each chapter, we feel as though we might actually know them—or recognize them if they were to step across our paths.  Lastly, each chapter ends with a courage quest, a list of 5 questions designed to help us identify our own need for each type of courage and help us to embrace and build it in our own lives.

LaTan has also included a journaling chapter at the very end of the book, to give readers the opportunity to mine their thoughts and emotions for the things God would like to show them–and do in them–through the experiences of the Biblical women of each passage.

My impressions of Courageous Women of the Bible

I have to say that God used this book in my life in a somewhat curious yet fascinating way.  I received it while my teen son and I were wrapping up the end of his 10th grade homeschool year.  And the last 6 weeks of the year (the last part of April and May) were so packed and, at times, exhausting.  (You know the drill:  finals, finishing courses, end-of-the-year projects/papers, teacher appreciation days, drama performances, art shows, final coop classes, etc.)  I had this lovely book sitting on my bedside table.  I wanted to read it.  I had made it 4 chapters in and loved what I’d already read.  Yet, I could *not* find a moment to delve further.

This is one of those moments when I get to say, looking back, “But God!”

This might sound crazy.  But I honestly believe that God halted my reading by using the circumstances of our very-full family life because there were two very significant–even crucial–chapters that I would need at the very end of May.  And oh, when I read them!  What refreshment, encouragement, and strength they provided.  Timing is everything, sometimes, my friends.  And God works with the seasons and events of our lives to bring strength, comfort, and yes, courage, just at the very moments when we need them.

I won’t tell you which women were so deeply meaningful to me, simply because ALL the chapters in this book are going to minister to you, and on different levels, depending on what you’re experiencing in your own life.  I do want to share some lovely quotes from the book, though, that ministered to me:

  • “When every single angle you have tried is met with a dead end, know that you, yourself, are an overcomer with God as the voice of wisdom.  God wants you to experience life and freedom—to experience all that He is.”
  • “…God had challenged Moses to use what was in his hand to perform miracles that would set the stage for God’s chosen people to be freed from four hundred years of bondage and persecution.  God asked Moses:  “What is that in your hand?”
  • “Never forget that one willing woman with a tiny ounce of faith, grit, and tenacity can do amazing things; there is nothing too big, too hard, or too impossible with God.”
  • “I wonder if the Samaritan woman felt the same sense of awe as she experienced the rushing power of heaven’s truth spoken over her empty life.”
  • “The story He is writing in your life will be way better than the one you have been working on.”
  • “Friend, God still has His pen in hand and He is writing a good story across the pages of your life.  He is in the process of answering your prayers and He’s not finished yet.”

And as wonderful as this book has been for me, I’ve even more excited that I have a copy to share with one special reader via a giveaway!  You can read a little more about Courageous Women of the Bible and its author LaTan Roland Murphy in the next section; then scroll down to the bottom to enter the giveaway!

 

About the author

LaTan Roland Murphy is a published author of books and articles as well as her own website and blog, latanmurphy.com.  She wrote Becoming a Woman of Interior Elegance and co-authored God’s Provision in Tough Times.

 

Her articles have been featured in WHOA women’s magazine and other publications as well.  She was a founder of The Colors of His Love Women’s Conference, and lives in North Carolina with her husband Joe.  She’s the mother of three adult children as well as several grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

How to enter:

Simply click the pink “Enter here!” link below, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form.  There you’ll be able to enter in a number of ways.  One winner will be selected after 6/20/18, when this giveaway closes.

Enter here!

Best wishes, my friends!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

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A Stress Relief Set Giveaway for the End of the School Year! (Ends 5/23/17)

Good morning, friends!

I can’t tell you how happy we are that it’s May.  NOT that we don’t love the school year.  But we also love finishing a school year, checking off our to-do lists, and (we’re hoping) taking a bit of a break!  This week is pretty full for us.  We have Teacher Appreciation Week at our coop (which we adore celebrating) and I’m preparing my students’ art display for the semester Art Show.  Plus regular school, plus regular coop, plus some other things…so I think it’s the perfect time for a giveaway that helps with stress relief!

 

 

I do love popping into Bath & Body Works every now and then to enjoy their newest scents in lotions, candles, and body spray.  This week, the finchnwren blog is giving away Bath & Body Works’ aromatherapy duo, Stress Relief.  It’s a eucalyptus spearmint set powered by essential oils.  This set contains a full-sized Body Lotion and Body Wash/Foam Bath.

We’ll be blessing one special reader with this set!

 

To enter:

Simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you’ll have several different ways to enter.  One winner will be selected to win, and giveaway closes on May 23, 2017.

 

Enter here!

 

Best wishes!

Enjoy!  –Wren

A Mother’s Day Giveaway for You…or Your Mom! (Ends 4/18/18)

Hello!

 

 

It’s a little early, but I wanted to get this giveaway up in time for both a winner to be selected and for some shipping time.  Today, FINCHNWREN is hosting a Mother’s Day Giveaway for you….OR for your mom!

There are three gifts in this Mother’s Day giveaway.  First, there’s a little shadow box with a sweet mom greeting!

 

The other two are some beauty goodies from Ulta:

  • Ulta Beauty Tinted Eye Primer Mini in Satin Blush.  This is a pinky shimmer eye primer that can also be used as eye shadow or a neutral-ish color for your other shadows or creams.  It contains no parabens and helps your eye shadow look great all day.
  • Ulta Beauty Lip Primer Color Enhancing Mini.  Both paraben- and sulfate-free, this lip primer helps your lipstick color to wear long and helps create a smooth foundation for your lipstick.

How to enter:

Just click on the “Enter Here!” pink link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you can enter to win in a variety of ways.  Giveaway closes on 4/18/18; one winner will be selected from all entries.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

Hair Care Goodies Giveaway! (Ends 3/21/18)

Hey, everyone!

I have a fun little giveaway to share with you today!

 

 

Is it spring where you are living?  This week we’re expecting temps in the 60-degree range!  It’s the perfect moment to take a few minutes to pamper your hair and get it ready for spring and summer.  Today, I have a set of 7 luxe beauty samples for you to try out on your hair!  (Many of these are 2-part samples with both shampoo and conditioner.)

My giveaway includes samples of:

  • Deva Curl No-Poo and One Condition
  • Surf Foam Wash Shampoo and Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner
  • Texas Tea Volumizing Shampoo and Volumizing Conditioner
  • Phyto Paris Phytokeratine Ultra-Repairing Mask
  • Alterna Haircare CC Caviar Creme Leave-In Hair Perfector
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Marula Pure Beauty Oil Light Hair Treatment and Styling Oil

One winner will receive this entire sample collection.

 

How to enter

To enter, simply click on the pink link below.  That will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form.  Giveaway closes 3/21/18.  One winner will be selected from all entries.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

Dermatologica 3-Step Regimen Mini Giveaway (Ends 2/9/18)

Good morning, everyone!

If you’re interested in trying out a new skin care regimen, FINCHNWREN’s giveaway today might be tailor-made for you!

 

This mini set of Dermatologica’s 3-step regimen contains everything you need to pamper and care for your skin each day.  This kit contains:

  • Special Cleansing Gel (1.7 oz.):  a foaming gel which is actually soap-free and appropriate for anyone to use
  • Multi-Active Toner (1.7 oz.):  a spray toner to ready skin for moisturizer application
  • Skin Smoothing Cream (0.75 oz.):  awesome for skin types from dry to combination

I don’t know about you, but I spend all winter looking for something that will keep my skin moisturized.  I feel like my skin is very dry and that I’m always applying moisture.  Dermatologica is known to be a great product line for skin that is dry like mine, oily, or just in the middle.

And one person will win this cool kit!

How to enter:

Just click on the pink “Enter Here” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools form where you can enter to win in a variety of ways.  Giveaway will close on 2/9/18, and one winner will win the kit.

Enter here!

 

Best wishes!  –Wren

Art With Your Kids! A Finchnwren Giveaway (Ends 2/3/18)

I have a super-fun new giveaway for you today…especially if you like to do art with your children or students!

 

 

Today I’m giving away a copy of Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham.  This large, softcover book is packed with tons of modern-ish art projects for you to do with children.  Kids age 14 and under will probably love the projects the most (although adults will too!).

I personally love art books and art projects, whether I do them with my son or in art class with the students I teach.  I so enjoy the way that conversation come to life, and heart issues even emerge and are shared when people are working together on a creative project.  And even if you wouldn’t call yourself an artsy person, the projects in Kid Made Modern are very accessible and many of them are easy to do.  (Others may take more work and attention!)

 

 

In Kid Made Modern, you’ll find art projects from categories like:

  • Tape (and you won’t believe the coolness of the project using masking tape)
  • Printing
  • Dye
  • Sewing (both machine- and hand-)
  • Felt
  • and more

Each of these categories features artwork from a famous  Modern artist, then offers creative projects kids can do with their parents…or with some, on their own.  Kids will be introduced to works by Anni Albers, the Eames brothers, Paul Rand, and others.

And what kinds of projects can kids do as they learn about Modern art with Kid Made Modern?  There are almost 50 projects in this book!  Here are just a few:

  • A really cool messenger bag made from duct tape
  • A pet bed
  • Painted polo shirts
  • Dip-dying
  • Woven belts

 

 

So….how to enter!

Just click on the pink link below that says “Enter here!”  You’ll be taken to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you can enter to win Kid Made Modern in a variety of ways.  One winner will be selected after the giveaway closes on 2/3/17.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren