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

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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

Glow in the New Year Giveaway from FINCHNWREN (ends 1/15/18)

Happy New Year, darling ones!

We hope that your new year started out with a smile.  It’s time for our last holiday FINCHNWREN giveaway of the season….some goodies to help you start out 2018 with a glow!

 

 

This time, Finch and I have assembled some things to help you glow on the inside AND the outside.  Since starting out a new year can be a time of setting up some new habits for yourself, we’re giving away two books:

  • Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, & Endorphin Levels by Loretta Graziano Bruening, PhD.  I’m not a mental health professional so I can’t speak to whether this actually works.  But I do know that the Bible says, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is…” (Proverbs 23:7, NASB)  Our thoughts can be so powerful in shaping our lives and our experiences.
  • Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life With Everything You Have by Annie F. Downs.  Downs has written a creative, lovely book about how we can win over the fears that plague us and live courageously.

Then, a couple of goodies for your face and body!

  • Sephora Collection Mini Lip Gloss in clear for a gorgeous shine on your lips
  • Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt to use in the shower for exfoliating your winter skin!

How to enter:

Simply click on the pink “Enter Here!” link below, to enter via Giveaway Tools.  One winner will be selected and will win all four items after the giveaway closes on 1/15/18.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren and Finch

Merry Christmas from FINCHNWREN to you ~ Giveaway #3 (Ends 1/4/18)

Welcome back for another FINCHNWREN Christmas giveaway!

 

This time, Finch and I are giving away some fun beauty goodies for someone to glam up the holiday with!  Don’t you love playing around with new colors for your beauty routine?  I have to admit, I am a recent convert to eyeliner!

This giveaway collection includes some of our favorite brands and products.  One winner will receive:

  • Tarte “lights, camera, lashes!” Mascara Mini
  • Smashbox “Always Sharp” Lip Liner in Nude Light
  • Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Eye Shadow in Magic Mushroom
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner Mini in Blacquer 42
  • Ulta Nail Collection Mini in Aubergine Queen
  • Sephora Glossy Gloss to Go Mini in Candy Necklace

 

You know the drill!  Just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below.  You’ll be taken to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you can enter to win.  Giveaway closes 1/4/17.

Enter here!

Best wishes!

Enjoy!  –Wren & Finch

 

A “Merry Christmas from FINCHNWREN to You” Giveaway #2 (Ends 12/27/17)

Hello again, friends!

Welcome back to another “Merry Christmas from FINCHNWREN to You” giveaway!  My sister Finch and I are so excited to share some fun giveaways with you all.  Today, we have something  Christmas-y and something for the New Year for one special reader!

 

 

First, something Christmas-y!

I love Christmas ornaments.  And I love bunnies!  So when I saw this little Lauren Conrad wool and sparkly bunny ornament, my heart was smitten.  (She even has a crown!)

 

And then, something for the New Year!

Bless the Lord, O My Soul is the title of this combination Bible journal, coloring book, and daily devotional.  It is a softcover book with gold-edged pages.  The pages have psalms printed out (one for each day of the year) with coloring pages tucked in here and there.  Each page also has lines for journaling and reflection, where the reader can jot down thoughts about the psalm and what it has meant to him or her that day.

The title is taken from one of my most favorite psalms; Psalm 103, which begins like this:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”  (Psalm 103:1-5, NASB)

And to enter the giveaway…

just click on the pink Enter here! link below, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form.  Giveaway closes 12/27/17.  One winner will be selected from all entries.  Best wishes, and Merry Christmas!

Enter here!

Enjoy!  –Wren

Merry Christmas from FINCHNWREN to you! ~Giveaway #1 (ends 12/20/17)

Merry Christmas a little early!

My sister Finch and I so appreciate each and every one of you.  Thank you for reading our posts, entering our giveaways, commenting, and following us here on the blog and on social media.  We know that there are lots of life activities and responsibilities that require your time.  So when you take a few moments to visit us we don’t take it lightly!

Because we appreciate you so much, we’re hosting a Merry Christmas series of giveaways this month where we’ll be giving away a cool bag, neat makeup, books and other goodies.  Here is today’s!

 

 

 

One winner will receive this Henri Bendel tote bag.  It’s sturdy, sewn plastic with the Henri Bendel logo and stripes featured prominently on the front of the bag.  It comes with its own paper shopping bag.

Just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form.  You can enter in a variety of ways.  Giveaway closes on 12/20/17, and one winner will be selected then.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

“Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer” Review & Giveaway

Do you ever feel as though you need a new way to approach prayer?  Author Jeannie Blackmer did, and out of that came her new book Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer.  The BlogAbout Blogger Network generously sent me not only a copy to read and review myself, but one to give away to a reader!

 

 

So, about prayer…

What does prayer look like for you?  I’m a morning person, and I’ve always thrived on an early morning quiet time when I can have some time in the Bible and in prayer (along with a cup of coffee, of course!).  That was a great way for me to start my day when I was single and working, and it’s just as good for me as a wife and mom.  Especially as a homeschool mom; having that time of peace, God’s Word, and time with Him helps me to stay on track and get going in the right direction each day.  (And, I hope, staying the course throughout that day!)

Our family has been through a lot in the past few years, including job challenges, surgeries, and most recently, the chemotherapy treatments I had following my May 1 surgery.  And I noticed recently that my prayers had just been knocked down to the bare bones.  It’s not that I WASN’T thankful for God and His character, and His love.  But I was urgently pleading and asking for the help I so desperately needed without focusing on thankfulness, praise, and worship.  It looked a lot like, “help, help, HELP!”

 

Author Jeannie Blackmer

And about Talking to Jesus…

Also recently, I was given this meaningful book,  Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer.  Something that author Jeanne Blackmer experienced when her children became teens was that she desperately needed to find a way to pray deeply for them…to change the focus and perhaps the nature of her prayers.  Blackmer was inspired as she looked through Scriptures and found other parents coming to Jesus with their needs about their children…their loved ones…and themselves.  Out of this, the wonderful Talking to Jesus was birthed and written.  In 21 chapters, we meet 21 different people or groups of people who encountered Jesus (plus a few preceding and closing chapters).  While staying faithful to the Scripture accounts, Blackmer has written about what the characters might have been thinking or feeling as they ministered (the disciples); as they came to Jesus with a huge request (like the Canaanite woman, or Jairus, or the woman who’d bled for 12 years), or as they lived and struggled (the blind men or the scribe).  I loved this!  I am a person who loves and finds meaning in story, and by adding story to the lives of these real Biblical men, women, and children, Blackmer is able to take us into what the characters might have experienced….and help us to see how those feelings aren’t so (if at all) different from our own.  Here’s a sampling of some of the Biblical characters whose experiences with Jesus are explored here:

  • The Centurion
  • The Paralytic and His Friends
  • The Ruler (a.k.a. Jairus)
  • The Bleeding Woman
  • The Disciples (in various situations)
  • The Blind Men
  • and more!

Blackmer concludes each chapter with three very good–and very impactful–sections.  First, there is her Personal Response portion, where she talks more about what we can glean ourselves from the Bible account, and some specific things she noticed.  She concludes these sections with gentle encouragements and exhortations for the reader.  Second, there is a Reflection segment, which includes pertinent Bible verses (with both the verse itself and its address printed out); further nuggets from the Word of God that will draw the reader closer into the arms of God.  And third, is a place for the reader’s own Observations.  Here are spots where we can write about our responses to Jesus’ experiences and invitations, or prayers for the ways we’d like to move forward.

 

What this book has meant to me

So I mentioned earlier that my prayer life had been, for quite a few months, in sort of a crisis mode place.  I knew that I needed the help that only God could give me.  And I was definitely desperate enough to ask, and keep asking, for it.  During my chemotherapy journey there were a lot of moments of amazing provision…and absolute hilarity…and faith and trust.  But there were also fear and pain, which kept driving me to God for His help.

I’m so thankful that we’re past the chemo now.  I am feeling better and more energetic every month.  But I’ve noticed that there can be more to my prayer times now.  After all, I’m in a relationship with God; and any relationship has got to be about more than the things one person needs from the other.  Reading and working through Talking to Jesus has been a rich, lovely experience that has opened my eyes to some wonderful things, like who God is; how He loves me; and how readily He stands to be in relationship with me.

As I read Talking to Jesus, I was encouraged to place my own name–and myself–in one of the stories.  You can probably guess which one was deeply meaningful to me!  It was Blackmer’s chapter on The Bleeding Woman.  The woman who was desperate–really desperate–for healing.  She believed that Jesus might be the one who could help her.  And He did!  She reached out and touched his garment.  Not even his hand or his leg…but the fabric of his robe.  And He noticed!  He turned, and asked who had touched Him…and, knowing she’d been found out, she came forward.

As an “unclean” person, she shouldn’t have even have been in a crowd of people in Israel.  Her very presence or accidental touch of another person would have transferred (albeit temporarily) her uncleanness to that person.  And yet Jesus didn’t say, “Get away, you’re dirty, you’re going to taint us.”

He called her “Daughter.”  Beloved girl child.  Wanted.

And then, He told her that her faith had healed her!

What an incredible moment.  I’ve loved it for years, ever since a favorite pastor taught on Jairus (and his own desperation) and the bleeding woman.  But never, in all those years, did I see until I read Blackmer’s retelling, how very deeply Jesus loved and valued the bleeding woman.  And how very deeply He loves and values us.

Wow!  What a moment.  And what a book.

 

And your chance to win!

The BlogAbout Blogger Network has given me a copy of Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer to share with one reader!  Let me tell you, whether you use this book in a devotional fashion, or just read it in huge chunks, you will be blessed and encouraged.  Just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below, and you’ll be taken to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you can enter to win this for yourself.  Giveaway closes December 18, 2017.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

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