Welcome!!!!! Giveaways!!!

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*GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*

Welcome to The Better Mom!  Friends, I am elated that this day has finally come.  We have an INCREDIBLE week of giveaways and posts planned so you won't want to miss a single day!  As we begin our journey let me begin by introducing myself and the new site, thebettermom.com.

Like you, I am a mom.  I have four beautiful children (9, 7, 4, and 2) and five more (by miscarriage) waiting for me in heaven.  My husband is a pastor, my best friend, and the biggest cheerleader for thebettermom.com   The Lord has blessed us with 13 years of marriage and ministry so far!  Our hope and desire is to spend our lives trying our best to follow hard after God, and to inspire others to do the same.  We know, as you do, that is often a lot easier said than done.  This is true in marriage, ministry and in the pursuit of being a mom.  This is why we need each other.

This mission that God has called us to as moms was never meant to be lived out alone.  Years ago I envisioned a place where moms could share their strengths, recognize their weaknesses and grow together.  I wanted one site, addressing many different topics and issues that moms face regardless of their circumstances.  It would be a place for moms to be, new moms, struggling moms, and great moms.  A place for each mom, in their own, helping all of us striving to be better moms!

Today that idea and dream is birthed.  Here at thebettermom.com we believe God has placed a high-calling on our lives as we raise children who will impact the world.  As moms we wear many hats!  But ultimately, all we do is meant for the glory of God.  We are praying that God will use thebettermom.com to inspire moms all over the world to not just be moms, but to be better moms!  It is my prayer that we would learn together, seek God's wisdom together (James 1:5), and walk in greater obedience to God's Word together.  May we "spur one another on towards love and good deeds." (Hebrew 10:24)

So take some time to look around, meet our lovely contributors, and introduce yourself.  We are so glad you are here and we can't wait to get to know you!!

"Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him." -Psalm 127:3

Now on to the giveaways!!

Anyone who knows me, knows that when I find something I REALLY like I want to shout it from the rooftops... even if it just a chapstick.. probably a little dramatic, but nonetheless, it is true. :)  So I had to include a few of my favorite things for our first day of week-long giveaways!

I Will Carry You by Angie Smith

Why this book means so much to me...

After losing five children, early and late-term miscarriages, I wasn't sure what to feel.  Hope turning to grief over and over again, with no answers, wears on the soul.  I had danced that sacred dance of grief and joy too many times.  A dear friend gave me this book and God has used it to bring healing to my heart and soul.  Author, Angie Smith is such a wonderful woman of God and I am honored to give her book away.  Her story of losing her beautiful Audrey will move you and change you.  You can visit her at www.angiesmithonline.com.

BritButtons

Every mom needs a lovely pair of earrings.  Well these darling things are just waiting to be discovered!

I LOVE these earrings!  Every pair has a scripture and a story to go along with it.  BritButtons is giving away a set of four pairs of earrings!!!!

Visit her and read her story here and "like" BritButtons on facebook.

Vera Bradley

What mom doesn't want a cute bag??  and how about a wallet to go with it?  And maybe we should make it Vera Bradley??  I just looove Vera Bradley.  It is a great company and their purses, totes, and wallets are perfect for any mom!  Introducing Safari Sunset West Coast Tote and Accordion Wallet ($98 value)!  Visit www.verabradley.com to see all of their awesome products, and visit them on Facebook.

 

Arbonne Energy Drinks (fizzy tabs :))

Every mom needs a "pick me up"!  :)  Arbonne is an incredible company, with natural products made from herbs and botanicals.  They have an energy drink that is to die for and is GOOD FOR YOU!  Yes an energy drink that is good and good for you!  So everyday 1:00pm rolls around and I am sipping my energy drink!  Thank you Lord!  For more info go to www.Arbonne.com and email Lori McCloud, DM with Arbonne at mccloud6901@yahoo.com.

One of you will win all of "My Favorite Things!"

To Enter:

  • Leave a comment

Extra Entries:

  • "Subscribe" to The Better Mom (top right hand corner ;))
  • "Follow" The Better Mom on Twitter.
  • Post about this giveaway on your blog.
  • Follow Vera Bradley on Twitter and tell them hi and that we sent you. :)
  • Visit BritButtons and tell us which pair you like.
  • Share this giveaway any way you want to via social media (email, twitter, facebook, etc. etc.

P.S. We would love for you to "like" us on facebook too! :)  (you just don't get an entry because of a new rule from facebook, but we hope you will "like" us just because you really do :))

Make sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do.

Giveaway Ends Friday August 12th at 11:59 p.m.

Good "Luck" friends!

Ruth Schwenk

Ruth Schwenk is the creator of The Better Mom, and along with her husband, the creator of For the Family. She is a pastor’s wife, mom of four energetic kids, a lover of coffee, and dreamer of big dreams. She loves leading, speaking, and blogging. Ruth is the co-author of Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off and two forthcoming books with Zondervan. A graduate of The Moody Bible Institute, Ruth and her husband have been in full-time local church ministry for over fifteen years.