Your Chance to Win a Copy of the Book “Success for Teens”


Win a free book



Two years ago I had the privilege of speaking to my son’s sixth-grade class. It was their graduation ceremony from elementary school.

I shared lots of ideas with the kids and their parents. And when the speech was over, I presented each of them with a book called Success for Teens. The book is by the good people at the Success Foundation. You can learn about them here.

Here’s a list of the chapters in the book:

One: Little Things Matter

Two: Attitude is Everything

Three: Use the Moment

Four: Everything Starts with Small Steps

Five: There’s No Such Thing as Failure

Six: Habits are Powerful

Seven: You’re Always Learning

Eight: Make Your Dreams Come True

All the kids + their teachers + the principal received a book. I still have some boxed up at home. They are not doing anyone any good sitting in my basement, so I’m giving away five copies*.

It’s a great paperback book and makes a nice gift – whether it’s for a student moving into middle-school or high school; or a young person graduating from high school – the principles covered in the book are timeless and very helpful.


enter to win a free book

Your Chance to Win One of Five Copies

To enter the random drawing for the book, all you have to do is leave a quick comment below. And, please, be sure to provide a valid email address so I can contact you if you’re one of the lucky winners.

Entries need to be made by 11:59 EST Sunday, May 11th.

The winners will be drawn sometime on Monday (May 12th) and announced here on the blog on Tuesday, May 13th.

Thanks and good luck to you!


*U.S. shipping addresses only

Freebie Friday Book Giveaway: “Success for Teens”

Success for Teens Giveaway


Let’s face it:  the pre-teen and teenage years can be tough for kids (and their parents).

Bodies are changing.  Hormones are raging. It’s a crazy time.

What if you could find a resource that really spoke to your son or daughter?  In a language that made sense to him or her?

“Success for Teens” is the answer.

I first became aware of the book as I was listening to a Success Magazine CD on my way to work.  Darren Hardy, publisher of Success interviewed John Fleming, the director of the Success Foundation.  Mr. Fleming gave a high-level overview of each of the book’s chapters.

I was impressed.  And had to find out more.

After getting a hold of the book and reading it, I wanted to share it – with kids, teachers, and parents.

While the book is obviously geared toward teenagers, the topics covered are timeless.  You can be 15 or 50 and still come away with some great information.

It’s never too late to learn.  (Click here to tweet that little nugget of truth.)

Here are the awesome chapter titles:

  • Little Things Matter
  • Attitude is Everything
  • Use the Moment
  • Everything Starts with Small Steps
  • There’s No Such Thing as Failure
  • Habits are Powerful
  • You’re Always Learning
  • Make Your Dreams Come True

Doesn’t that sound like a book that would be great for your kids?  Or someone you know?

During a presentation I gave at my son’s sixth grade graduation ceremony (last year), I quoted many of the passages in the book.

It is FULL of good stuff!

Here’s the thing.  I’m not a professional speaker, but I am very comfortable speaking in front of groups.

Even though I’m not a pro, I know when a presentation is going well.  Such was the case that evening.

The kids and audience were engaged.

Students were hearing the message.  Parents were excited to hear it too.

At the end of the evening, while the cake and punch were being enjoyed, I stood at the side of the room and gave away books – and refrigerator magnets that said “Make Good Choices”.

I gave away almost a hundred copies that night.  Every sixth-grader, the sixth grade teachers, the principal and vice principal.  They all got a book.

That’s how strongly I feel about this book.  Yes – it’s that good.

It’s Time for a Giveaway!

The first Friday of each month is Freebie Friday here at  I missed last week because my wife and I were totally engulfed in another graduation.  Nate, our 18 year-old, graduated from high school.  {A bittersweet moment, but that’s for another post.}

His commencement services were June 2.  His open house was June 9.  It was a flurry of crazy-busy activity.

My blog suffered.  Nothing got published that week.

Turning a Negative into a Positive

I was all set to give a way five (5) copies of the book.  Since I missed the first Friday, and since I am so excited to share this fantastic resource with you, I’ve decided to double the deal.

I’m giving away ten (10) free copies of Success for Teens.  (Click here to tweet that.)

By the way:  if you’re a teacher or the leader of a youth organization, you can get free copies for your class or group.  Simply visit the Success Foundation site for details.

Success for Teens books


Here’s How to Win

There are only a three hoops to jump through in order to get your name into the hopper.

1. Leave a comment below.  Be sure to provide your email address so I can get in contact with you if you’re selected in the random drawing.

2  Tell me how a book like this might help you and/or your kids.

3.  Tweet one of the tweets shown above.


That’s it!  Easy-squeezy!


I will accept names up until Sunday night at midnight (June 16, 2013).  Then, by the middle of next week, I’ll pick the lucky winner.

Good luck to you!



*U.S. mailing addresses only.

**Make sure you provide a valid e-mail address.


Your Public Library–Still a Great Place to Belong


Ahhh, the Smell of a Good Book

We’ve become so electronically-minded that we often forget about our public library system.  That’s a shame.

I have a library card and use it almost EVERY week.

A lot of times, I’ll be surfing the web and come across a new book or an author that I want to check out.  Most of the time, I click over to and see what’s up.

I usually do the “look inside” and read a few chapters of the book that I’m investigating.  I also check the ratings and reviews.  If it’s something I want to pursue, then I log into my local public library and reserve the book.

Easy, huh?

The local branch of my library is just two minutes from home.  It’s close to our favorite grocery store, so it’s really a no-brainer to stop there on the way home.

Reading is Fundamental.  Yes:  I’m a Bookworm.

Truth be told, I’m a bookworm.  I’ve been one for a long, long time.

Books have been my BFF since I learned to read.  Most kids are so sick of school when it ends in the Spring, they want to get as far away from it as possible.

Crazy me:  I signed up for a summer reading program right after school ended between third and fourth grade.

The Daniel Boone series and Wide Horizons were two of my very favorite books.


Book Give Away Coming Soon!

Speaking of books, I’ll be giving away a copy of this one in just a few days.  Moms and dads need all the help we can get.  This book offers some good advice.  I will be shipping off the freebie to a lucky winner during the first week of March.

Stay tuned.

Now…get friendly with your local library.  You’ll become good friends too!

Your turn:  Do you have a library card?  Do you use it? Leave a comment below!

Happy New Year!

Hey bloggers!

A new year and a new decade.  Can you believe it?

January’s Freebie Friday is set for the 15th.  Not quite sure what the giveaway item(s) will be yet.  I think it would be appropriate to give away something(s) that had the “new”, “clean” and “de-clutter” theme.  Stay tuned for more info.

Hey… and the blog are up and running.  Check them out and let me know what you think.  I’m not giving up this blog (no way!).  I just wanted to create something new for the new year.  The goal:  a site that features artist and craftspeople interviews and the best craft-related info on the web.

Freebie Friday Winner Announced

Hey Bloggers!

Are you on the edge of your seat?  Waiting and wondering?  Who won the free book?

It’s official.  The Freebie Friday book goes to:

Secret Cake
Secret Cake added her name to the mailing list and left a comment on the blog post to make her eligible. Her name was picked out of the hat over the weekend and voila, she’s the winner.
I’ll be in touch with her to get her mailing address and the book will be on its way.
Keep checking back…there will be another giveaway in January 2010.  Wow…2010.  That sounds different, doesn’t it?  Time flies.  Make the most of it!

Freebie Friday! – and – New Tissue Holder in the Shop

Hey bloggers!

HAPPY FRIDAY! It’s such a good feeling to know we’ve made it through another week. However….I guess that means that we’re getting closer to the big day. Christmas is just a few days away. Are you ready? Is the tree trimmed? Do you have all your presents bought and wrapped? The Crafty Dad house is abuzz with activity these days. My wife (bless her heart) is the official gift-buyer and wrapper. Although I did help accompany her on a gift-buying trip a few weeks ago. It was a lot of fun. Always good to have some ‘alone’ time…even if it’s spent at the mall.

We made a trip to Shipshewana a couple weekends ago and I found some really great fabric for tissue holders. I finally had a minute (after making a dozen bumble bee tissue holders — thank you Kimberly for the great order!) to whip up a new design. I think it’s going to be a big hit. Here’s a sneak peek:

Let me know what you think. You can get a better view by visiting my shop.

Hey…it’s Friday. And not just ANY Friday. It’s Freebie Friday. It’s the last day to sign up for the book giveaway I blogged about here.

Don’t waste another minute: sign up now.

Best of luck to you.

It’s the Bee’s Knees

I’ve been working with an Etsy customer for the past several days on a special order of twelve (12) tissue holders. I shared the sample with her last night and she approved! Excited? Yes…I’m very excited to start on her order.

Here’s what she ordered:

Twelve Tissue Holders Comin’ Up!

Okay. Gotta run. Busy day ahead. Hey: don’t forget to sign up for my Freebie Friday book giveaway.

Hope you have a great day,

December’s "Freebie Friday" Announcement

Freebie Friday Coming Up!

The December “Freebie Friday” will be another book (yes…I like books…and I hope you do too). This is a brand new copy of Eduardo Xol’s Home Sense — simple solutions to enhance where and how you live. Photography by Doug Myers. The ISBN is 978-0-06-124976-1 for those of you that might be interested. Eduardo is the designer from ABC’s hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Some photos of the inside of this beautifully-photographed book.
[Click on the image to get a better view.]
So…how do you enter? It’s easy:
STEP 1. Make sure you’re signed up by using the form over on the right-hand sidebar of my blog. I just need your name and your email address. That keeps you in the running for the Freebie Friday giveaways;
STEP 2. Leave a comment on this post.
The fine print:
The deadline for the drawing is midnight EST on Friday, December 18, 2009.
The winner will be drawn over the weekend of December 19 and 20.
The winner will be announced on Monday, December 21st.
Since it’s the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ everyone is invited to join in the fun. Whether you live in the US, Canada or anywhere else in the world. Sign up. And Good Luck!

Speaking of books. What are you reading these days. I recently re-joined the Good Cook Club and got four books for $1.00 each. And..I bit the bullet and bought a fifth book for 1/2 price. (‘Cuz I’m a sucker for a good deal.) Here’s what has my attention:

Currently on my night stand.
  • Alton Brown’s Good Eats [ISBN: 978-1-58479-795-1]
  • Diane Phillips: Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever [ISBN: 978-0-8118-6657-6]
  • The Deen Brothers: Ya’ll Come Eat [ISBN: 978-0-696-23397-5]
  • Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten): Back to Basics Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients [ISBN: 978-1-4000-5435-0]
  • Elizabeth Yarnell: Glorious One-Pot Meals [ISBN: 978-1-60751-581-4]
  • The Ellie Krieger book, The Food You Crave [ISBN: 978-1-60085-021-9] was a gift from my wife. (Thanks Honey..I love it!) She bought it at the Cleveland Clinic when she was there a few weeks ago for a follow-up visit with the neurologist (for the horrible headaches and sharp pains in the right side of her head.)
In between the One-Pot Meal book and the Food Network magazine is Bon Appetit.
I also subscribe to Food Networks magazine. Mmm, mmm, good.
I guess you might say that food is on my mind these days (every day people, EVERY day!). But… honestly…my wife will be going back to her five-days-a-week work schedule after the Holidays. So…one of my New Year’s resolutions is to help with dinner. It’s tough for us to figure out what we’re going to have for dinner some nights. I thought some fresh ideas might get me in the mood for helping out. We’ll see how it goes.
Hope you have a good week. Remember: do something crafty!
P.S. Sorry about all the different photo formats. I was having fun with Picnik today.

Book Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the book giveaway is (drum-roll please…..)


Number three (3) was picked out of the hat. And number three (3) belongs to Harbor Hon.

Seasons at Seven Gates Farm

I’ll be sending her an email message asking for her mailing address so I can get this great book on its way.

Thanks for playing.

There will be more giveaways in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

Book Giveaway

I’ll be drawing the winning name for the book giveaway later this weekend.

Was planning on doing it yesterday, but had to take my wife to the eye doctor to have a cyst removed.  Ouch!

She’s doing okay, but the pirate eye patch makes it tough to do things.

I will keep you posted.

Have a good day.

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