Giveaway: Bethlehem Books $100 Gift Card!

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Are you ready for an awesome giveaway?  As a homeschooler, I believe you can never have too many good books!  Bethlehem Books is just the company to keep you in good books!  Of course, you don’t have to be a homeschooler to use these books!  Anyone can benefit from them!  Would you like the chance to win a $100 gift card for yourself and then one for your friend, too?  That’s what we’re giving away today!  Be sure to tell your friends about it….then if they win, and you don’t, maybe they’ll share with you. But first, let me tell you a little more about Bethlehem Books.


About Our Sponsor

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FOR THOSE of you who don’t know us—Bethlehem Books is a small, home grown publishing company dedicated to restoring to children and families a treasury of wholesome, character-building literature. We are more than just a business. Our work springs from the heart of the Bethlehem Community of Benedictine Oblates, a lay group of families and single people which began in 1971.
Years of educating our children at home had acquainted us with libraries and second-hand stores and had shown us a wealth of good children’s literature published during the last fifty years. To our pleased surprise this appreciation has developed into an actual “rescue mission” of reprinting a few of these good books which rest on solid moral values of a Christian Culture.
We publish tried and true historical fiction, adventure tales, biographies, and family stories which help children and young adults expand their imagination and understand the past. Over the years, we have watched many good books disappear from library shelves. In 1994 we launched our book apostolate to help remedy this situation. So far we have published over eighty books and are looking forward to reprinting many more.

The Prizes

Bethlehem books prizes

One $100 gift certificate for any combination of Bethlehem Books print and eBooks, plus a $100 gift certificate to give away.

Keep: $100 Gift Certificate for any combination of Bethlehem Books (Print & eBooks)

Share: $100 Gift Certificate for any combination of Bethlehem Books (Print & eBooks)

How to Enter

The Giveaway will open up on 4/15/14 12:01 am EST and Close on 4/18/14 at 11:59 pm EST.

Complete the mandatory entries on the Rafflecopter below.

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No Bake Bird’s Nest Cookies – Great for Easter AND Spring

Chocolate Bird's Nest Cookies

My friend Holly loves to cook.  She thrives on making treats that are adorably cute, as well as tasty!  I asked her if she’d start letting me share some of her creations with you and she said yes!  She brought these to our church’s Easter Party they had for the kids.  They were soooo cuate!

No Bake Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies


  • 1 (12 oz) bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 (12 oz) bag of butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips
  • 1 (12 oz) bag chow mien noodlesI
  • M&Ms or Jelly Beans


  1. Melt chocolate chips and other chips in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in chow mien noodles.
  3. Spray muffin tins lightly with Pam.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls into a greased muffin tin and mold into nest shapes.
  5. Let them sit until firm.  (You can put in the refrigerator to speed it up).
  6. Place eggs and/or Peeps on top.

Please note.  You make large cookies in regular size muffin tins or smaller ones in the small muffin tins.  The ones pictured are the smaller muffin tins.  If you use the larger ones, you could use Peeps in them for a bird on top.

Holly’s note:  If the chocolate seizes up while melting, you can just add a bit of shortening to it.

Bird's Nest Cookies for Easter

101 Kids Easter Gift Ideas – Candy Free!

Do you have very man Kids Easter Gift Ideas?   I must be honest, Easter baskets are one of those “traditions” that changes for us from year to year.  The main thing we do for our children is provide the candy that goes into the plastic eggs and then we let them find them along with my sister’s 7 kids.  We sometimes provide bigger prizes that they can pick from and other times we don’t.  For the years that we actually put a few things into their baskets, I’ve learned to keep it simple and consumable if at all possible.  Of course, it’s not always possible and sometime we just buy something for temporary enjoyment.  If you do that, it’s totally OK to get rid of it later, I promise!  Especially after their interest has worn out on it.   (Talking to myself here, lol).  My favorite thing to do, is a big family gift, like a croquet set…or something we can all get enjoyment out of, but I’m not that great at coming up with those ideas.  For now, though, I’ve come up with a list of mostly very inexpensive kids Easter gift ideas.  Here they are, in no specific order!


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101 Kids Easter Gift Ideas

101 Kids Easter Gift Ideas

  1. Sidewalk Chalk
  2. I-tunes Credit
  3. Google Play Credit
  4. Bubbles
  5. Board Game
  6. Jump Rope
  7. Ball
  8. Jacks
  9. Card Games
  10. Homemade Coupons from Mom & Dad
  11. Baby Doll
  12. Doll Clothes
  13. Matchbox Car
  14. T-shirt
  15. Dress
  16. New Shoes
  17. DVD
  18. Gift Card
  19. Cup of their own
  20. Beach Towel
  21. Boomerang
  22. Plastic zoo animals
  23. Plastic Army Men
  24. Dress up Clothes
  25. Dress up Shoes
  26. Character Plates (for littles) [like Dora, Strawberry Shortcake, etc.]
  27. Character Silverware (for littles)
  28. Scissors
  29. Paint
  30. Construction Paper
  31. Stationery
  32. Stickers
  33. Paint by Number
  34. Activity Book (like dot to dot)
  35. Coloring Book
  36. Paint with Water Book
  37. Kite
  38. Lip gloss
  39. Nail Polish
  40. Toy gun
  41. Swimsuit
  42. Tickets (to a movie, ball game, theme park, etc.)
  43. Framed Picture of Mommy & Child
  44. Book
  45. Sunglasses
  46. Gardening Supplies
  47. Beach Ball
  48. Badminton Set
  49. Volleyball
  50. Basketball (and goal, too?!)
  51. Croquet (a family gift?!)
  52. Flip Flops
  53. Baseball cap
  54. Sun hat (for girls)
  55. Hair brush
  56. Hair bows
  57. Socks
  58. sunglasses
  59. Beach Toys
  60. Frisbee
  61. Stainless Steel Water Bottle
  62. Jewelry
  63. Legos
  64. Watering Can
  65. Scrapbook with printed pictures
  66. Bible
  67. Butterfly Net
  68. Fish Net
  69. Crocs
  70. Silly Bands
  71. Play Doh
  72. Play Doh Toys (Kit)
  73. Stuffed Bunny
  74. Puppets
  75. Band Aids (I know this sounds weird, but my kids LOVE having their own!)
  76. stencils and colored pencils
  77. harmonica
  78. tamborine
  79. Band in a Box
  80. toy model (plane or car)
  81. Barbie
  82. Chia Pet
  83. Markers
  84. Bath Crayons
  85. Electric Toothbrush
  86. Slinky
  87. Apron
  88. Bath Toys
  89. Puzzle
  90. Yo-Yo
  91. My Little Pony
  92. Tractor
  93. Jewelry
  94. Makeup Kit
  95. Tools
  96. Play Phone
  97. Flashlight
  98. Pop Up Tent
  99. Play Food
  100. Bedroom Decor
  101. Craft Kit (from craft store)

If you decide you want to purchase one (or some) of these items, and you happen to have a Kmart newarby, grab this Kmart coupon for $3 off of a $10 purchase!  Happy shopping!