Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Operation Christmas Child!

Samaritan's Purse has a program called Operation Christmas Child. This is a great opportunity for you (and your children!) to participate in an act of service that shows the love of God!

Samaritan's Purse ensures that children all over the world (who might otherwise not receive anything) receive this special gift. The shoeboxes are sent to more than 100 countries to bless children regardless of their race, religion, or gender. 

“My favorite items in my shoebox were school supplies. 
They were really important to me because 
it meant I could go to school.”

Luis, Panama
Check out the website's Packing Ideas for more quotes from children who have been blessed and, of course, to get some more packing ideas!
Consider adding a "Let's Be Friends!" page where you can write a short letter and identify on the map where you're from!

Here's a checklist my kids and I have made. Feel free to leave a comment if you think we should add anything to the list!

School Supplies
stuffed animal
pencil crayons
musical instruments
card games
face cloth

note books

soccer ball and pump
school books


jump rope/Chinese rope



For Girls
sewing kit
kitchen spoons
hair clips
hair elastics

capybaras ~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Friday, October 6, 2017

SketchyDez Custom Character Design Giveaway

Have you ever thought of a cartoon character you wish existed? Do you know a birthday girl or boy who would love to be drawn in the style of their favourite character? Maybe you would like to see your favourite character in casual clothes, in a unique pose or holding a certain accessory?

SketchyDez is a 13 year old artist who specializes in creating art of custom cartoon characters or art of beloved characters in different clothes or poses.

Check out:
Some of the themes that SketchyDez specializes in:

My Little Pony Equestria Girls
Mario Characters and Princesses
Super Heroes
Tinkerbell / fairies
Harley Quinn / Poison Ivy

Buy it: Visit SketchyDez Etsy Shop to order custom artwork. Click on the Custom Cartoon Character listing and then browse through by clicking the arrow to see more examples.

Win it: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader will win a custom work of art. An American or Canadian winner will win a hardcopy of the art or a digital copy of the art. An International winner will win a digital copy of the art only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note that SketchyDez has the right to refuse custom requests (even the request of the giveaway winner!) and she does not do creepy or inappropriate themes. This is at her discretion.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

"Same Kind of Different as Me" Movie Giveaway

"Same Kind of Different as Me" is an uplifting movie that is based on a true story. Releasing nationwide on Friday, October, 20, 2017 "Same Kind of Different as Me" is a heartwarming movie that is recommended for ages 13 and up.


Greg Kinnear (least known for "Stuck on You"), Renee Zellweger (who portrayed Beatrix Potter in "Miss Potter"), and Djimon Hounsou (voice of Drago in "How to Train Your Dragon" 2 and 3) lead the cast in this movie. With excellent acting and strong emotions, "Same Kind of Different as Me" is sure to make an impression on you.

In "Same Kind of Different as Me" Debbie Hall, a woman with a heart of gold, has a dream about a homeless man that she feels compelled to find and befriend. Ron, her husband, is a self-absorbed art dealer who is on the verge of leaving their marriage. Can Ron and Debbie find this mysterious homeless man and if so, what kind of a difference will it make?

Thanks to an invitation by the Pure Flix team, my husband and I were able to pre-screen the movie "Same Kind of Different as Me". We loved that the movie leaves you with such a strong sense of hope. Throughout the movie Ron, Debbie and Denver make a difference in the lives of one another and in the lives of the people around them. Hopefully this movie will inspire you to make a difference, however small it may seem at first, in the life of another person.

Check out:

"Same Kind of Different as Me" Official Film Site has videos, information about the movie and cast as well as more inspiration for making a difference in the lives of others!

"Same Kind of Different as Me" Official Film Blog has excerpts from the book of the same name as well as posts on topics such as: the immeasurable worth of each person and keys to a healthy relationship.

"Same Kind of Different as Me" Facebook Page has photos, interviews and behind-the-scenes clips. Check out interviews with the real Ron Hall!

Buy it: Visit "Same Kind of Different as Me" Official Film Site to buy tickets for the movie and get more information.

Win it: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader (US only) will win movie tickets for two to see the movie "Same Kind of Different as Me" in theaters! (2 Fandango discount code tickets).

Disclosure: Thanks to LEV3L and Pure Flix, I received two Fandango movie tickets in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Here comes the Solar Eclipse!

On Monday, August 21st there will be a solar eclipse in North America! Depending on where you live, it may be a total solar eclipse (like the one last seen in the United States in 1918!) or it could be a partial solar eclipse.

Eclipse America is a great source of information (like the above image)
You can put your zip code in to see when the solar eclipse or partial solar eclipse will be in your neighbourhood.


An easy way to "see" the solar eclipse is to view its shadow through a pinhole made in cardboard. Last solar eclipse my kids and I experimented with cereal boxes and various sizes of holes. My kids even constructed a mechanism to hold the cardboard out of tinker toys so it could be held steady while we traced the image of the eclipsed sun onto another paper.

Check out for information on How to Watch Solar Eclipses (and how not to watch solar eclipses!).

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Friday, August 4, 2017

"All Saints" Movie Giveaway

I love movies that are inspiring -- even more so when the movie is based on a true story. "All Saints" is just that -- an inspiring movie based on a true story! Releasing nationwide on Friday, August 25, 2017, "All Saints" looks to be a feel good movie (recommended age is 10 and up).

John Corbett is known for starring in some great movies including: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Ramona and Beezus" (where he plays one of the best dads ever).

In "All Saints" John Corbett plays salesman-turned-pastor, Michael Spurlock, who is told his first assignment as pastor is to shut down his small church.

Michael, his congregation, and a group of Karen refugees from Burma sponsored by his church are faced with a decision -- will they risk it all and rise to the challenge to provide hope for their community?

"All Saints" is sure to be a movie with a great message. I'm looking forward to seeing it and supporting a quality, Christian movie. I hope it will challenge Christians to step out in faith and make a difference in the lives of others and in the lives of their communities.

Check out:

"All Saints" Official Film Site has some amazing resources including: Refugee Information, Discussion Guides and clips from the movie.

"All Saints" Facebook Page has photos, interviews (including one with the real Michael Spurlock) and behind-the-scenes clips!

Buy it: Visit "All Saints" Official Film Site to buy tickets for the movie and get more information.

Win it: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader (US only) will win movie tickets for two to see the movie "All Saints" in theaters! (2 Fandango discount code tickets).

Disclosure: As a featured contributor of Sony's ALL SAINTS Influencer Program, I received the value of two movie tickets in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer -- To Do List

To inspire my kids (ages 11 and 13) during the summer, I created a Summer -- To Do List.

It's broken down into categories: Be Healthy, Read and Learn, Make the World a Better Place, Be Social, Explore and Create, and Help Your Family.

I have my kids make a goal for themselves for the week and I add a Mom's challenge for the week ie: drink 3 or more bottles of water each day.

I've offered different goals ie: check off two things in each category in the week for a PRIZE! Maybe it's a family movie night at home with popcorn or going to the local swimming pool or ice cream sundaes! Things we'd likely do anyways, but it's so much more fun to call them prizes.

I put the paper in a page protector and have my kids write on it with a dry erase marker. If you leave the marker on the page protector for too long it will turn bumpy, but it's still useable.

If you want a free copy of this Summer To Do List, you can e-mail me at: sowingdandelions(at)yahoo(dot)ca  but put the actual @ and . in the e-mail address! I'll even make a few changes for you if you want to personalize it more.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Friday, July 14, 2017

"When Calls the Heart" Season 3

When Calls the Heart is a rare gem of quality family entertainment.

When Calls the Heart is produced by Michael Landon Jr. and based on the book series by Christian author, Janette Oke. This series is set in the early 1900s in western Canada and features enduring characters and rich storylines.

Season 3 brings the storyline back to the coal mining town and focuses less on the big city of Hamilton. Fans of the show were glad to see a return to the small town simplicity of season 1. The mystery continues from season 2, as do rivalries between key characters. New mysteries and new characters are also introduced in season 3 (including one character played by Brooke Shields).

Season 3 starts off with a special New Year's Eve episode that I can see becoming a lovely tradition for our family to watch each year! This episode shows how the residents of this small town in western Canada celebrate New Year's Eve and anticipate all that the future has in store for them. I'm being intentionally vague so as not to give spoilers, but there might be a New Year's Eve kiss by a couple of lovebirds.

This boxset contains both When Calls the Heart episodes as they aired on the Hallmark channel as well as movie length versions of the episodes so you can choose how you would like to view them. You can even keep one set of DVDs for yourself and give the other set of DVDs to a friend -- although you'll have to decide who gets to keep the case.

My family continues to rely on When Calls the Heart for quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. We typically watch an episode on a Sunday night with a bowl of popcorn and cuddles on the couch. So few shows these days are appropriate for young viewers and also enjoyable for adults. This show meets both requirements with flying colours!

Check out: Fish Flix for When Calls the Heart DVDs as well as other Christian Movies that your family is sure to enjoy!

Buy It: When Calls the Heart Season 3
For those who act quickly -- there is a SALE on When Calls the Heart DVDs and even a When Calls the Heart Season 1-3 Combo Deal !!!

Also, for those Hearties who love to colour, there is a When Calls the Heart Colouring Book ! How fun would that be?!

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for free in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers.
~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~
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