Ann-Marie Murrell: My Favorite Christmas Gift Ideas
If you’d like to spend your money on some wonderful Christian-created gifts this year, here are a few lovely ideas!
From our Christian actor friends Jim and Jenn Gotzen-Chandler, we love their Beauty Bangle ($30) and everything it represents. From Jenn and Jim: “The #Beauty Bangle by Divine Beauty ™️ Jewelry is a fun, easy to wear piece that speaks life’s value to you. “I am valuable. Magnificent Masterpiece. Beautiful. Made by God.“ “Body and soul, I am marvelously made!” Psalm 139:14. Each order comes with a free gift, an inspirational pop song by Beckah Shae called Magnificent Masterpiece.”
Order your Beauty Bangle here: https://www.thefarmerandthebelle.net/product/beauty-bangle/
Our PolitiChicks contributor Jenny Kefauver wrote all about Belvedere Delectable’s HERE so you already have a head-start about wonderful Stephanie Whitmore’s awesome company. This season she’s offering a gorgeous sampling of some of her scrumptious creations along with a hand-crafted ‘Believe’ ornament. From her website:
This year’s ornament is designed with “Believe” based on Stephanie’s quote of believing all things are possible. Each year’s ornament will be used to raise funds to help those in need.
Elegantly gifted wrapped, BD has put together a sampling of their newest products in 1oz containers of (Smokey Sweet Heat, Bacon Jam and Horseradish Dijon) that will be included along with your ornament.
Proceeds from this sale are being donated to provide one shelter and one family a holiday meal prepared and served by Belvedere Delectable’s.
Order yours (and more) HERE: https://www.belvederedelectables.com/online-store/HANDCRAFTED-ORNAMENT-GIFT-SET-p158955044
Bear Creek Smokehouse
If you want to sample (or gift) some of THE BEST TEXAS MEATS you can possibly put in your mouth, you’d better order this fast because they’re going to run out fast. Bear Creek Smokehouse is in my neck-o-the-woods in East Texas is one of my favorite places and seriously y’all–their meat is delicious. Here’s what you get in their Sampler box, $70 (order HERE: https://www.bearcreeksmokehouse.com/gift-boxes/bear-cub-sampler.html):
Hands down, this is our best selling gift box! The Bear Cub Sampler is a great way to sample an abundant assortment of what our Smokehouse has to offer. We include a tender Smoked Fryer Chicken, one pound of our Peppered Pork Tenderloin, half a pound of our sliced Smoked Pork Loin, a one pound round of red rind Cheddar Cheese and to top it all off, we include a jar of our Bear Necessities. The Bear Cub Sampler makes a great gift for clients, family, or friends.
COFFEE TABLE BOOK:
Melania Trump: Elegance in the White House by L. D. Hicks ($27 Amazon, order HERE)
This is a beautiful coffee table-style book that (finally!) features the style and elegance of America’s most beautiful and fashionable First Lady, Melania Trump. From the author:
“Melania Trump’s journey from a communist upbringing to becoming First Lady gives her a perspective on true freedom that most people from western Europe and the United States take for granted. This book details in photographs and commentary the spectacular journey of a woman who brings elegance back to the White House. Fashion-forward and sophisticated, but also incredibly approachable and humble—her personal staff is less than half the size of the previous two First Ladies—Mrs. Trump is a political and cultural icon whose impact on history will surely be momentous.”
Holiday Recipes for a Family Affair by Kathy Garver, Scot Weaver. (Order HERE on Amazon, $34.95 hardcover)
Our friend Kathy Garver has written several books about Hollywood and cooking. Her latest is her first Christmas cookbook with co-author Scot Weaver. And after eating one of her dark chocolate bars this October, I can promise–you are going to LOVE her recipes!
“Kathy Garver “Cissy” from TV’s classic Family Affair and writer/producer Scot Weaver have assembled some of their favorite holiday recipes and put them in menu form to help take the stress out of those favorite occasions and allow you to have courage in the kitchen!”
FUN MYSTERY BOOK:
From our own Dr. Fred Eichelman, Mrs. Hudson’s Cat is an excellent old-fashioned mystery featuring Sherlock Holmes and all your favorites. From Dr. Eichelman: “Mrs. Hudson’s Cat is a combination of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, the team of two female detectives, a tale of a cat, terrorism that threatens to bring down an empire and Christmas. This was supposed to be released for last Christmas, however it came out Christmas day. So now seems like a good time to recommend it. The book is on Amazon and reviews have been tops. In addition to the book there is also an audio version narrated by Kathy Garver who has won awards for her readings. You will also love the art work of Robin Medford and the models for Martha Louise Hudson and Irene Adler, Caroline Munro and Ann-Marie Murrell. It must be added that I am the model for Tuck the Cat.”
FAMILY PRAYER BOOK:
As the Communications Director for our dear Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, Kimberly Willingham Hubbard is one of the reasons he is so well-known and beloved throughout Planet Earth (and/or in some circles hated). But in addition to juggling Washington, D.C. politics, beautiful Kimberly is also a strong Christian mother and source of inspiration to many throughout social media.
So we were all thrilled when she released her first book entitled, Crowned in Promise: 100 Prayers for Your Children (order HERE on Amazon).
Parenting can often be a stressful endeavor as we seek to manage the responsibility while loving and nurturing our children. Much of the stress we feel is due to doubt. Are we doing this right? Will our kids grow up to be good people? Are we giving them what they need to succeed in life?
Along the way, it can be easy to forget who uniquely designed our children, God the Father. It is by His grace these treasures came to us and it’s only by His grace we will see them grow to maturity and wholeness.
Children are precious gifts from the LORD. He has given and entrusted parents with such beautiful treasures here on earth to nurture, protect, and teach.
In this prayer book, you will discover a hundred promises to pray over the lives of your little ones.
Claim these promises over your children before bedtime, as they sleep, or go off to school each day. It is so very important to ensure our children are covered and crowned in prayer!
May this book of prayers serve as a guide and resource for you as you lift your little, mighty warrior up to the LORD.
CHILDREN & FAMILY ACTIVITIES BOOK:
From Christian author Cathy D. Dudley, this one is for children and families entitled Faith, Family and Fun. ($14.99 Amazon, order HERE):
“It’s Fun Family Nights with a focus on Jesus! This delightful book was designed to help families have a better connection with God ~ through faith in Jesus. There’s a unique lesson for every month of the year plus two holiday bonuses for Easter and Christmas. The lessons are ready to go with little or no preparation. And the charming caricature illustrations can be reproduced as coloring pages. Each lesson begins with a real-life situation pictured in a caricature drawing. The brief story immediately captures children’s attention – as they too have moved to a new city, had a sleepover with cousins, or experienced the delight of a lost dog coming home. The lesson then takes a spiritual twist … becomes sprinkled with scripture and prayer … and concludes with some fun activities to support families in growing in faith together. Faith, Family, & Fun leads to special family memories. These memories are particularly meaningful because they’re based on what really matters: the gospel. Children will notice and soon be asking when they can have another family night. Now this is something to celebrate!”
FUN CHILDREN’S BOOK
Last (but certainly not least) is from my dear friend Dreama Denver, widow of Bob Denver (‘Gilligan’ from Gilligan’s Island). Her new book, Four Bears in a Box, is available HERE on Amazon.
Dreama told me the idea for this book came to Bob in a dream and this year she made that dream come true. And the illustrations (by Ashley Belote) are epic, old-school cartoons that parents will enjoy as much as kids:
Dreama Denver, wife of late TV icon and Gilligan’s Island star Bob Denver shares for the first time an original story inspired by Bob and their son Colin, who suffers from autism. With their shared theatre backgrounds, Bob and Dreama would read stories to him every evening, using their acting backgrounds to reach through to Colin and bring the book’s characters to life. Now, Dreama’s Four Bears In A Box gives you the chance to touch the lives of the little ones in your life and take them on a magical journey of imagination and pure joy!