Take a look at my first published book!
Click on image for more information.
Click HERE to purchase.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Flyby Review: Impact

Impact:  Great Leadership Changes Everything, by Tim Irwin, PH.D., takes a thought-provoking look at what makes good leadership.  What makes people follow certain leaders?  How can they lead well?  Once they reach the top, how can they keep from being corrupted by power and plummeting from their pinnacle?  There are many things that affect leadership, but the most important thing is the strength of your inner core.  How can you make sure you have what it takes to pass the tests that will surely come?

Tim Irwin is an organizational psychologist and management consultant who has worked with many leaders and has studied what made them successful or unsuccessful.  His unique insight can help anyone who wants to know that he or she is making an impact in his or her sphere of influence.

Impact contains principles that are not specifically from any particular religious worldview, but which I certainly believe are consistent with my Christian worldview.

While this book was written with primarily business leaders in mind, I think it is very applicable to stay-at-home moms and homeschoolers as well, whether they are leaders in a co-op, a carpool, a church group, or just their own families.  Sometimes I wish I saw more of these principles of leadership in my non-business world.  In addition, I think it is a very valuable book to read as a mother.  The core character that Tim Irwin talks about being necessary for good leadership is one that can start very young.  We are responsible for giving our children the background and tools they need to be the great leaders of the future.

Would you like to win a free copy of Impact:  Great Leadership Changes Everything?  If so, leave a comment here or on my Facebook page.  I will draw for a random winner on May 1.


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.



IMPACT: Great Leadership Changes Everything
For more than 25 years, organizational psychologist and management consultant Dr. Tim Irwin has worked with thousands of leaders in well-known global companies. He knows most leaders work for recognition and advancement and they want more challenge and responsibility. He’s also found this to be true: Most of us want to make a positive difference through our work and to have our lives count for something more than simply making a living. We want to make an impact.


About the author:
Dr. Tim Irwin, the author of the New York Times best-selling book Impact: Great Leadership Changes Everything, has been a confidante to thousands of global leaders. He is a favorite guest of Hugh Hewitt and is being featured on a number of Christian radio programs. Irwin sees one central issue anytime a leader “derails”—he believes they have a defect in their “core”, which Irwin says goes beyond the overused term “character”. His new book, Impact, addresses this and gives actionable ways leaders can protect themselves, and better serve their organizations—especially crucial for those of us who serve in ministry and are walking a Christian walk.


Stay Connected: 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Resurrection Cookies

These are a fantastic activity for tonight.  Have a blessed Resurrection Day!  :-)



Friday, April 18, 2014

Flyby Review: The Amazing Spiderman 2 Discussion Guide



I've got some real super-hero fanatics around my house.  My son had the "Captain America" movie banner as his computer wallpaper for a year before the movie came out.  They race home from Scouts and soccer practice every Tuesday night to watch Agents of Shield.  And of course, we are breathlessly waiting for The Amazing Spiderman 2 to hit the theaters!

One thing I've always enjoyed about the traditional comic book super-heroes is that most of them are good (though imaginary) role models.  Existing in comic books instead of in the real world, they are able to consistently make the right choices in the epic fight of good against evil.  While not religious in any of the stories, they are generally "good" and believe that those who have the power to help others also have the responsibility to do so.  Even as the super-heroes in many of the modern movies have become more "human" and acknowledged more of a "dark side," Peter Parker has remained a pretty good guy.  In the Amazing Spiderman 2, however, he will face his greatest challenge!

This cosmic fight of good against evil, where good must always win in the end, leads to some good discussions with students.  If, for instance, you were bitten by a genetically altered spider in a high-tech science lab and then discovered that you possessed super powers and the ability to swing from building to building on webs you produced (this is THE DREAM for every third-grade boy I know), how would you behave?  Would you use your new-found abilities to help others, or would you spend your days swinging around town on webs?  Does great power come with great responsibility?

To my youngest son's great disappointment, no spiders around our house in North Carolina seem to have the ability to impart super powers.  Not once has he woken up with the ability to spin a web, fly, have super strength or super speed, or any other super ability, despite his greatest expectations.  He does, however, have talents of his own, as do all of my children.  Whether they talk, sing, play guitar, play soccer, or have a black-belt in karate, how can they use these talents to help others?  Do they have a responsibility to use their talents for others, or for God?  What makes a great leader?

These are the questions we have been discussing this week, led by The Amazing Spiderman 2 Discussion Guide.  The discussion guide covers several key points about the characters in the movie (none of them are spoilers if you are already familiar with the comic books and/or the first movie).  It brings up quotes from the movie, discusses how the heroes and villains handle different situations, and lists applicable Bible verses.  This has been a great way to use the excitement over the upcoming movie to inspire discussions about character and selfless actions in our house.  I highly recommend the discussion guide for anyone with children who plans to see The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Flyby Promotions provided us with a fun prize pack including The Amazing Spiderman 2 Discussion Guide, an Amazing Spiderman 2 t-shirt, a Spiderman mask, and a phone case.  I have another prize pack to give away on my blog!  Simply comment on this post or on my Facebook page by April 30 to enter the drawing.  I'd love to hear ways that you have incorporated super-hero stories into your own homeschool or family discussions!

Download the free Amazing Spiderman 2 Discussion Guide from http://differentdrummer.com/tasm2/TASM2_bible.pdf!






Official website for the moviewww.theamazingspiderman.com/  


Watch the Trailer!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification."

April Showers and FREEBIE


Dandelion Dust Designs' April Showers is the perfect kit for scrapping fun in the spring rain!  Find it exclusively at ScrapTakeout.


Plus, download the paper stacker from Mediafire.  PU only.


Happy Scrapping!  :-)

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this kit in exchange for layout.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Kits from Dandelion Dust Designs


It's just about that time again: time to go Berry Picking!  Our berries are coming in a little late here in NC this year because of the weather, but we are eagerly awaiting our friends at the berry farm to let us know they are open for business!  Dandelion Dust Designs just released a great kit and matching alpha for all those berry picking pictures.  I used them to scrap some of my pictures from last year.



Find the Berry Sweet kit and Berry Sweet Alpha exclusively at ScrapTakeout!



Download free QPs from Mediafire!  Click images to go to downloads.  PU only.



Happy Berry-Picking!  :-)

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this kit in exchange for layouts.





Thursday, April 10, 2014

One More Freebie from Share the Memories

Here is one more freebie from Share the Memories:


Download this patriotic freebie from My Memories.

Available until April 20th.

USE THIS CODE: STMMMS79285

Use This Code: STMMMS79285 
to get $10 off My Memories Suite Software! (in the US and Canada)

Happy Scrapping!  :-)