Archive for November, 2011

Earn a Christmas Bonus – Shop Early and Often

Christmas Bonus Program!

We love our loyal customers. And this year we want to give you a Christmas Bonus!Beauty and the Beast 2017 live streaming film online

Every dollar you spend between October 1 and November 30 goes toward your total bonus. (Don’t worry! We have been keeping track. But if you are curious, you can log into your account and view your order history to calculate for yourself what you have earned.)

You don’t have to remember anything or sign up for anything, just use the coupon we send you on December 5 before the end of the year.

Spend $250; $Get $25
Spend $350 – $499; Get $35
Spend $500 – $749; Get $50
Spend $750 – $999; Get $75
Spend $1000+; Get $100
Example:
Mary spends $315.24 between October 1 and November 30. On December 5, Mary will get an email from us with a $35 coupon for her to use on Nest Entertainment between December 5 and December 31.


Coupons valid from December 5, 2011 to December 31, 2011. Some products and exclusions may apply. Some manufactures do not accept coupons. Totals based on registered customer number. Total qualifying amount does not include taxes and shipping fees.

 

Who is Nest Honoring?

These are some photos from all of us here at NEST – people close to us who have served our great nation. God Bless!

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Who is Francis Chan?

Francis Chan’s mother gave her life to have him. When he was nine, his stepmother died in a car accident. Only three years later, his father died of cancer. He was left with his second stepmother along with his older sister, older brother and much younger sister.

Francis Chan is no stranger to tragedy, and passionately teaches out of his own personal testimony and overcoming life in Jesus Christ. Through the pain that life gave him, he overcame and is now a pastor, international speaker, church planter, and is the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and his most recent release, Erasing Hell, co-authored with Preston Sprinkle.

His heart of compassion landed him as a board member of World Impact and Children’s Hunger Fund. He works tirelessly with organizations which rescue sex slaves in foreign countries. A personal conviction of sacrifice has led Francis Chan to give away about 90 percent of his income, and he has donated all of his book royalties, which total about $500,000 to various charities.

He is an extraordinarily engaging communicator, in his early 40s, and reaching a new generation of evangelicals. He has not abandoned orthodoxy to reach this new generation; he remains solidly within the historic Christian tradition.

Chan Facts (from his website: http://www.francischan.org/):

Francis Chan is the best-selling author of books, Crazy Love and Forgotten God, and the host of the BASIC.series. He has also written the children’s books Halfway Herbert, The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village and Ronnie Wilson’s Gift. Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Eternity Bible College.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Master’s College and a Master of Divinity degree from Master’s Seminary.He regularly speaks at major events and national and international conferences.

Francis now lives in Northern California with his wife, Lisa, and their four daughters and one son.

Working It Out Part III: The Butterfly Stage

We’ve all seen the Biggest Loser, most of us walking away inspired to get fit and live a healthier life style. Abby Rike’s story is no different; she talks of being cut off from the family and support she had left in her life only to be pushed to her body’s limit and to the point of injury. But her injury didn’t stop her – she kept going in the competition until she was cut and sent home. Even then, Abby never gave up – she kept working out and eating healthy. With help from trainers and nutritionists to lose the weight, she lost 100 lbs in the end!download movie The Visit now

She could not have done it alone though – and she is the first to tell you this. Despite being cut off from communication with the outside world, letters from family and friends along with the rare, but occasional allowed phone calls gave Abby the wings she needed to break from her cocoon and fly again. Her support from the other contestants got her through in between these much needed communications with her family.

And upon returning home, her family and friends support meant more to her than ever. All of this is meant to inspire and motivate all of us – reminding us that we can do it too! We can become healthier and find ourselves again!

But I wonder – can we all REALLY do what Abby did? She lost 100 lbs in a short time frame. She was given the chance to leave her home and lifestyle to do nothing but work out with amazing trainers all day. And even after going home, she opted to not go back to work being offered the chance to work out with some amazing trainers that donated their time to her. This would not be the case for the majority of us –Abby Rike was truly blessed with this opportunity.

While I’m not saying what she did is impossible – I am a strong believer that through Christ we can do anything – but, Abby’s circumstances were one in a million.

As for her closing notes: I was a little shocked by them! Her message throughout the book was inspirational and caring – her tone very quiet and subdued. The last few pages however, became very ‘preach-ey’ and passionate about her views and beliefs. Not once throughout the book does she preach or push her beliefs – but it seems like she was waiting until the very end to throw it at you as a last note.

So I caution you, if you have not read this book, to be prepared for the last few pages. Some of you will agree, others will not, but it is clear that she wanted her voice as a Christian heard.

Working It Out Part II – The Cocoon Stage

Cocoons vs. Caves

It’s hard for me remember that a cocoon is protection. It’s often used as a metaphor as a place of hiding or retreat, which would probably be more accurately described as a cave. But a cocoon is an envelope of security – a protective lining. I get an image of God holding us in the palm of His hand – cocooning us from the weight of the world.

But when we decide to build our own cocoons, our own protection from the world, we will fail. Even our best attempts at creating a sanctuary will crumble and expose our raw wounds. In this section of Working it Out, Abby Rike shows us the cocoon she built around herself and how God gave her the grace to realize that her own strength was not enough to get her through the rest of her life without her family.

I had to come to grips with the fact that my cocoon was not the safe place. The cocoon was the suffocating place, the place where my vicious cycle continued and I asked, Why is there no light? Why am I stuck here? without every actually finding an answer. The coon was tight and uncomfortable, not safe and inviting – a trap, not a haven. And the more I wrapped myself in layers and layer of protective coating, the harder it was to emerge from that false sense of security. It was not until later that I realized a cocoon is not a sweet escape from life. It is the absence of life.” – Abby Rike, Working it Out

It’s so hard to trust in anything or anyone when we are so badly wounded and disoriented. Our instinct is to tuck the problem into our hearts and try to ignore the pain, while it eats us from the inside out.

If we could just remember what we are called to do in Proverbs 3:5-6:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

I learned something from Abby in this section. I create a cocoon around myself all the time – from big issues to little issues and everything in-between.  I have been under the assumption that healing happens all at one time – that I will have an epiphany and will immediately be able to let go of my problems. But I think maybe the healing process comes off as it goes on – one layer at a time. It starts in the heart, maybe as a small whisper, then moves outward, encompassing anything in its path.

5 Homeschool Methods You Should Consider

The middle of July seems like an odd time to start thinking about school, but not if you are a homeschooling parent that is in the process of deciding which teaching method to use in the fall.  Although homeschooling is not a new concept, the different methods that can be used to teach have drastically increased since the beginning of homeschooling. With each homeschooling method, there are potential pros and cons. Many of the differences in homeschooling methods boil down to differences in how you view education, how much you want to be involved in teaching, the amount of structure your child needs, and what you want them to learn.
We have compiled a small list of methods to get you started on your research and thought process, while you still have time to decide and choose the best method for you.

The Classical Home Schooling Method:

Based on the philosophy of education used in ancient Greece and in Europe during the Middle Ages, this is a rigorous style of education that views education in three phases. These stages correspond to the development of a child’s ability to reason.  One example of this method is the Memoria Press curriculum, which is designed to be accessible to homeschool families who have no familiarity with the subject being taught. This method works well if you are looking for structure and want to be fairly involved as a teacher.

Computer-Based Home Schooling Method:

As this type of home schooling method is becoming more popular, there are increasing varieties of how students use the computer for their home schooling. Some computer-based curriculums have the curriculum on CDs or DVDs, such as Switched-On Schoolhouse.  This method works  best if you need to find a way to not be involved so much in the day-to-day process of your child’s education, though you would be available to give help and general guidance, and if you have a child who likes being able to work at his own pace and use the computer.

Literature-Based Home Schooling Method:

Rather than use textbooks, this can be rather dry and uninteresting to many children, literature-based curriculums use “living books”. Students read historical fiction, first-person accounts and books written by people with a passion for their subject. This is a good method to choose if you value having your child love to read and if you want to be involved in the day-to-day process of your child’s education. By reading these living books, he or she will love to read!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The Unschooling/ Relaxed Method:

In the unschooling approach, the parent offers support, resources and encouragement, and the child leads the way in learning. In this home school method, the belief is that the child will learn best if he is interested and self-motivated.  This is a good method if you want your child to have the freedom to follow their own interests, and if you have enough confidence in the process of learning that you don’t mind if not all of your child’s learning can be documented by a written test.

Textbook-based/Traditional Home School Method:

This homeschooling method bases its model on the traditional idea of a classroom school, with workbooks and textbooks.  Some of the most popular textbook-based curricula come from AOP and Bob Jones University.  If your desire is to have your child studying material in a similar scope and sequence as other public or private schools, then you may want to purchase curriculum that comes from a well-known publisher, such as these.  This method works well if you desire the style of a classroom school and want your child to experience that at home, and if your child is able to do well and learn through fill-in-the-blanks and quizzes.

Although this can feel like an exhausting process to think about in July, this list by no means is exhaustive in its potential methods to think about implementing for the school year.  When you have decided which method is best for you, we hope that you will visit NEST Learning. NEST Learning understands Homeschool Curriculum as part of your child’s education, and we provide Homeschool curriculum books, textbooks, workbooks, software, and complete Homeschool curriculum packages from many of the most respected Homeschool publishers including, Wordly Wise, Alpha Omega Publications, BJU Homeschool, Apologia Educational Ministries, Saxon Homeschool.

Hand-Eye Coordination as a part of Homeschool Curriculum

Hand-Eye coordination is an invaluable and necessary skill sometimes overlooked as part of homeschool curriculum. As simple as it seems, hand-eye coordination must be learned. The good news is that kid’s games and summer activities are a perfect way to disguise training. Here are our three favorite hand-eye coordination homeschool curriculum kits – easily camouflaged as just another game for a summer of fun!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

1. Joey Jump

Place a beanbag on one end of the 27.67″ inclined plane and stomp on the other end, your beanbag sails in the air for you to catch. A wonderful activity your child will practice again and again! Includes 2 bean bags and a 28″ plastic launching board. Bean bag colors may vary. Ages 2 and up.

2.  5-Peg Ring Toss

The fast-action tossing game! Toss rings onto wooden pegs. Assign points to each ring and calculate who gets the most points after 7 tosses!  Includes two sturdy plastic 10″ bases, 2 posts, 4 plastic rings and instructions. Play indoors or out! 2 to 4 players.

3.  Bean Bag Toss

These bean bag sets are perfect for your playground, carnival, or physical education programs. The backboards feature colorful animations with different sized holes for an added challenge to any game! The regular Bean Bag Toss features 3 holes with a dragon on one side and an octopus on the other and includes three bags. The large Bean Bag Toss features 6 holes with an octopus on one side only and includes six bags. Ages 4 and up.

Adding these to your homeschool curriculum is sure to enhance your child’s hand-eye coordination and bring some fun back to the classroom this summer.

Planning Your Homeschool Curriculum for Fall 2011!

While summer is in full swing across the nation, many homeschooling families are planning out what the fall school semester will look like for their children and choosing their homeschool curriculum materials. Although there is no reason to sound the alarms and call an end to summer, there is definitely a need to check your calendar and count how many weeks until school starts.

There are a few things that you’ll want to have in order before classes actually get started for the new school year. This may be a good time to clean out any clutter that has been left behind from previous years of homeschooling, or the general clutter that busy families tend to create and leave behind. Perhaps you still need to find a support group that will be a good fit for you and your homeschooling family, or some extra-curricular groups. This is even an ideal time to start streamlining some meal planning in advance while you have the time to teach older kids how to cook.

One of the biggest obstacles for you to overcome is the research and purchase of the homeschool curriculum that best suits your family’s needs. This is one of the things on your list that is best done now, while you are fresh off of the semester, than later, when your judgment is hazed by the glow of summer. Make a list of what has been successful in the past, or ask other homeschooling moms what curriculum they like best and why. Make sure that you have exhausted all of your questions and that you have asked about any additional details before making a decision on the best homeschool curriculum for you.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Switched-On Schoolhouse 2011Some of the most widely used curriculums are heavily promoted during the month of July. Alpha Omega Publishing (or AOP), is a Christian publishing company that proudly provides quality, Bible-based curricula for students in preschool through 12th grade. Their Christian curriculum choices include Switched-On Schoolhouse, LIFEPAC, Horizons, and The Weaver Curriculum. Saxon Math and Phonics is the nation’s best-selling and most thoroughly researched skills-based mathematics program for grades K-12, and Saxon curriculum has consistently been one of homeschoolers’ top choices when it comes to math curriculum. Rosetta Stone Homeschool features predefined curriculum paths for learning, so parents can be sure their students are moving forward… even if parents don’t speak the language themselves. The choices are endless, but only you can know what will be the most suitable choice for your family.

Once you are ready to purchase your homeschool curriculum materials, don’t wait! Give yourself time to order it, receive it and review it carefully before your school season begins. Not only will this allow you to check off one very major important decision on your list, it will give you more time to enjoy your friends and family, and enjoy the fun that comes with the season of summer.

“Working It Out” By Abby Rike – Our First Discussion Book

“He who learns must suffer. And in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our despair, against our own will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”

–Aeschylus (From Chapter One, “Working It Out”)


"Working It Out" by Abby Rike

Every once in a while, I become stagnant in my faith. I don’t want to learn anything – I want instant wisdom and knowledge, just shot down from Heaven. I don’t want the experiences that lead to that understanding.

I want what Evan Baxter (the main character in the movie “Evan Almighty”) wanted.  But the questions that were posed to his family were:

“If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”

But sometimes, we’re not given the chance to choose whether or not we want to learn. Sometimes we don’t get to see the Master’s plan and have the opportunity to opt out. But in every situation, we have the opportunity to choose how we are going to react.

We can curse and scream, we can become depressed, we can get angry – or we can give into what is certain to be the best outcome – listen to God. Listen knowing that what we are promised in Romans 8:28 is true:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

That’s what Abby Rike did. That’s her story – her journey. She lost everything, struggled to deal with the life she was left with, but now inspires the rest of us and shares the lessons she has learned.

FROM THE BOOK:  “In 2006, Abby Rike lost the life she knew and loved when her husband and two young children were killed in a car accident. Devastated and numb, she shut down. For nearly three years she walked through life like a spectre, present in body only. As she descended, so did her health. Fortunately, Abby was not alone. She had loving parents, supportive friends, and a faith that continued to sustain her. Little by little she found the courage to return to life.
Joining The Biggest Loser proved a catalyst for the physical and emotional changes she needed to make. In fact, against all odds Abby gained strength, courage, wisdom, and continued her steadfast relationship with God. Instead of anger, she found herself slowly but steadily healing. She lost a hundred pounds but gained hope. In this riveting book, Abby tells her story–from her joyous life before the accident to the unbearable pain that followed it and her eventual emergence as a woman reinvigorated by her faith in God. Today Abby’s resilience and positivity are a testament to the power and importance of faith in the darkest hours.”

The book is very real and raw. It’s not ‘preacher-y’ – just honest in how she dealt with her deepest, darkest struggles and the faith it took to pull her out of the depths.

She tells her story in stages: The Caterpillar, the Cocoon and the Butterfly – this is how we are going to segment our discussions. Next week we will start with Part One: The Caterpillar Stage (Chapters 1-6).

I’m looking forward to walking with each of you through the pages of the book and discovering what lessons God has for me (and hopefully you, too!).

Welcome to the Summer Book Club!

Summer Book ClubWe are excited to announce the launch of our Summer Book Club next week! With Summer right around the corner. we want everyone to get ready for a summer full of worship and stimulating conversation. So here’s how it works:watch full movie Moonlight online

Each week, we will feature a book at it’s lowest price ever! It will be on sale for that week only, then go back to regular price.

Each month, we will choose one book to focus our discussion on – acting as a virtual book club! We’ll post discussion questions, analyze and review the plot and story line, and discuss topics related to the underlying meaning of the book. And don’t worry – you’ll get your book in time; we will wait 2 weeks after the announcement of each book to begin discussions to ensure you have and are reading the book.

To find out which book we are discussing, you can check nestentertainment.com, our Facebook page, or sign up for emails.

So grab a chair, beach towel, whatever and get reading! And I’ll let you in on a secret, our first book will be Working It Out by Abby Rike – it will go on sale June 3rd.

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