Journal Buddies Review

As the mother of a 5th grade girl…..life is drama! Rebecca is just at that age where every girl feels like it is a competition to be the top dog and put down all other girls. Recently I had a conversation with her school principal because she had come home in tears because another little girl was ugly to her. He informed me that I was the third mother from her class he had talked to in the last month, and there are only eight girls in her class. It is just that age and how their starting to develop their brain and enter into puberty. This is the most important time to keep promoting their self esteem and worth.

Thanks to Jill Schoenberg and her incredible book Journal Buddies it has made our life a lot easier. This is a really great approach to a journaling this difficult age. The concept is that each time you journal do it with a friend or loved one. The first task in each section is to write three things about each other that you like. For example: The other day when I was Rebecca’s Journal Buddy I wrote her three things that I like about her were that she was outgoing, smart, and fun-loving.

The next part in each Journal Buddies section gives a concept word you can work with such as confidence, best, beauty, and joy. You can write something about the concept or draw a picture that represents it. You can also use craft supplies to illustrate it like scrapbooking.

Then there is a part where you can actually journal for you and your friend a memory, experience, hope or dream to motivate you in down times. Rebecca has journaled with two of her friends and her sister and I. Last night she was going back and reading one of the entries just to boost her spirits…here is the pic I caught.

Want your own empowering journal for your tween/teen? There is a boy version as well as a girl version that is specifically designed for each perspective. You can purchase one through Amazon.com. If your child is going through the drama that my little mama is….you don’t want to miss out on this one. A special thank you goes to the Family Review Network for this wonderful opportunity.

Tiny Prints Valentines Giveaway

I adore Valentine’s Day because it has just always been a great day for me. I can remember when I was young the thrill of picking out that special valentine….and hoping a little boy in class detects it’s true meaning. Each card and message was always chosen and made with such special care.

That is why I was thrilled to see all the cute cards at the tinyprints.com site. They are just the types of Valentines I would have chosen and I will share with you my girl’s picks for their classes.

Rebecca chose:

She liked it best because it was pink and looked yummy.

Regan chose:

She thought the puppy was the cutest, and all her classmates would like it.

Now you have the opportunity to choose your own Valentine’s by winning a $50 gift certificate to shop at tinyprints.com. I am excited to offer one of my readers this great opportunity to win.

To Enter:

1. Visit Tiny Prints and check out their Valentine’s Day Cards, Valentine’s Day Party Invitations and Valentine’s Photo Cards. Select your favorite card that is on eco-friendly recycled paper . Click “Save to Favorites” from the link with a heart graphic directly under “personalize.” You’ll need to enter your email address and contact information to save the card.

2. Leave a comment sharing why you selected that particular card. Use the same email address here that you used on Tiny Prints when you chose your favorite.

For additional entries:
Save another card as a favorite….everyone you save and comment back here on is another entry
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Blog about this contest and leave a comment with the URL to that post.

This giveaway ends January 30, 2009 at midnight CST.

A winner will be selected randomly from those who both saved the card as a “Favorite” on the Tiny Prints site and commented here. After this has been verified the winner will be contacted via email.
The winner will have 2 days to respond to my email. If there is no response another winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide.
If the winner has already won a different Tiny Prints contest, another winner will be chosen.
Tiny Prints is running more of these contests on other blogs. You are welcome to enter as many as you’d like, however you can only win once.
Good Luck!

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