Monday, December 8, 2014

Susie's Hope giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received this movie in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)


I just was given the wonderful opportunity to watch a heartfelt movie.  Susie's Hope is a great movie that is based on a true story.  It made me tear up quite a few times and I giggled a little.  This is a good movie to watch as a family.  My oldest son has asked to watch it a few times and I have no problem with him watching it.  There is nothing that is questionable in this movie.  This movie brings to light the real life issues of animal abuse.  While watching this movie, I learned that some states have very relaxed animal cruelty laws and that is sad.  I think abusers should be punished harsher.  We have an amazing dog named Cosmo and I could never even imagine anyone hurting him or another innocent animal.  This movie broke my heart but also gave me hope.  Check out the trailer below:





About the Movie:

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie's Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers.  Susie's Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead.  Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame to the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna rescues the battered animal and accepts her as family.  Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

That's How We Roll giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received the products below in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)



A few weeks ago I was excited to go to the Mom's Meet Wowsummit.  During this summit I learned so much about being healthy and making better choices for my family.  I also was able to try out some different food and snack options to feed my kids.  One of the products that we tried were the Party-Tizers.  These are chips you can feel good about eating.  There are 5 different flavors: Veggie, Fiesta Bean, Super Grains, Sea Salt, and Sour Cream and Onion.  I was able to try all but the sour cream and onion.  My favorite of the 4 that I did try was the Fiesta Bean.  Use a little hummus or spinach dip and voila!  A yummy snack you can enjoy!  These chips are Non-GMO, Gluten Free and made in a nut-free environment so everyone can enjoy these!


Next, I was able to try the Mrs. Thinsters Cookie Thins.  These are simply amazing.  They are crunchy and thin so all you get is flavor in every bite.  The 3 flavors are Chocolate chip, Brownie Batter, and Cake Batter.  My kids and I went through these bags quickly.  They are probably the best cookies I have tasted!  These are also Non-GMO, No artificial flavors, No corn syrup.  You can finally feel good about giving your kids cookies as a snack.  My favorite flavor is the Brownie Batter.

Now, the very generous people at That's How We Roll are letting me give 3, yes you read that right, 3 winners a prize pack!  How awesome is that.  Just enter below on the rafflecopter form.  Nothing is mandatory but the more you do the more entries you get!!  Now, If you also went to the WowSummit and you received these for your own review, please don't enter.  Let's share the goodies!


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Elf on the Shelf


Ok…I jumped on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon last year!  I had seen it a going for a few years now and my boys were asking why we didn't have an elf "visit" our house.  So, I talked my husband into doing it.  We started it last December.  I sucked at it.  There were a few nights where she, Candy, stayed put because I was too tired to come up with a creative place for her.  I would fall asleep on the couch waiting for the boys to fall asleep and then just go to bed.  I would wake up to the boys upset because Candy didn't move.  I had to come up with a bunch of different excuses as to why she didn't move.  Well this year, I plan on being better with it.  She came out last night because we finally bought a Christmas tree.  Now, I have 20+ days to come up with creativeness without cheating and looking on Pinterest.  Let's see how that goes.

What is the most creative thing you have down with your elf?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Your Family in Pictures

(Disclosure:   I received this book in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)


I have a love for photography.  I love taking my children's pictures and nature pictures.  Everything that I can learn from, I take advantage of.  Your Family in Pictures is a great, simple resource that I was given the opportunity to review.  This book gave tips on posing, lighting, and more.  I love that this book encourages everyone no matter their experience level of photography to get the most amazing photos that they can get.  You can use the camera on the phone, a point and shoot, or a dslr camera to take great pictures.  This books is very helpful!  Great addition to my library!

About this book:

What parent does't want to capture the perfectly imperfect joy of family life through photos?  From holidays and vacations to portraits and shared moments, celebrated photographer (and mom) Me Ra Koh not only helps moms and dads take better photo, but inspires them to discover photography as a way to connect, cherish, and celebrate their family.  with forty beautiful "photo recipes" anyone can follow-with any camera-preserving your family's story at has never been easier!


Inseperable

(Disclosure:  I received this book in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)


Having read a few books in the InScribed Bible Study series, I think Inseparable is probably my favorite.  I have learned so much about who I am in Christ by reading this book.  This study goes through the book of Romans.  Now, one thing I really love about this book, is that Ashley Linne, included to Bible text within the chapters.  Being a busy mom, I have a lot to carry around and this makes it simple and I can take this book with me and do a bible study with the scripture references right there with me.  I love that!  I have underlined and wrote on most of the pages within this study because this really hits home with me.  This is a great study that I would love to do with a group of moms!

About this book:

As women, we are constantly on a search for self-worth.  In today's world, it can be easy to measure our significance by what we do for others rather than out of a deep-rooted sense of identity.

Based on the book of Romans, Inseparable aims to give an overview of our identity in Christ from the grand narrative of Scripture as a whole.  Throughout this book, guided Bible study sections will lead readers to discover truths in Scripture for themselves and challenge them to apply those truths to their everyday thought processes and choices.  Readers are encouraged to look to Christ for approval, identity, and significance rather than themselves or the world around them.  Readers will be enables to live confidently and securely in today's culture, ready to face life's challenges with strength and courage.




Just RISE UP!

(Disclosure:  I received this book in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)


I was given the opportunity to review a few more books from the inScribed Series.  These are amazing bible studies for women that I recommend to everyone.  Just RISE UP! is a wonderful addition to this series.  Just RISE UP! encourages women to stand up and not be ashamed of being a Christian.  I absolutely love the journal prompts that you can find all throughout this book.  I had to stop reading it so I can purchase a little journal so that I can continue with this book.  The journal prompts encourage you to dig deep within yourself.  Which I love.  Sometimes I just scratch the surface in my thoughts but having this book has made me think more!  I don't want to just get by.  I don't want my children to just get by.  I want us to Rise Up and the only way I can encourage my boys to do so is if I start with myself.

About this Book:

It is common to look at our faith as something that just "is".  It's not strong, nor is it weak; it's simply a part of us.  But faith is something we desire to strengthen.  It is a vital relationship with our Lord that should be nurtured, celebrated, and shouted from the rooftops as the most incredible gift we will ever receive.

Just RISE UP! is a call to do just that.  This invigorating study motivates women to do life differently by making Jesus famous in all aspects of life.  Many have the itch to make a difference with their lives but don't know how.  By living a life of praise, with a humble posture and a Kingdom perspective, women will step into their life purpose.  With Just RISE UP! readers will evaluate their present stance before the Lord and because excited to RISE UP! and take their place in the Kingdom to make the name of Jesus renowned.

Features include:
* Snippets of conversations with Sarah's readers
* Journaling prompts to help the reader dig deeper
* Questions to facilitate dialogue



Barren Among the Fruitful

(Disclosure:  I received this book in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)


Barren Among the Fruitful is a different type of devotional for women.  If you are struggling with infertility, this book is a very encouraging read.  I love how this book is inspiring through the times of difficulty and gives hope that you can continue on.  I personally do not have any experience with this topic, but I can see how much of a blessing this devotion could be for someone who is.  While reading this book I found myself in tears feeling so blessed to have my children.

About this Book:
The problem of infertility has reached epidemic levels in our society.  It is projected that 40% of women currently 25 and younger will have difficulty conceiving a child or reaching a live birth.

Amanda Hope Haley had married David, the man of her dreams, and earned her master's degree from Harvard.  She and David purchased their first home and settled down to start a family.  All her hopes and dreams were coming true according to plan-until the family didn't happen.  After spending seven years begging God for a child, Amanda discovered that God gives only one hope: Jesus.  Amanda having a baby wasn't to be her happy ending.  Finding wholeness by hoping only in God was her happy ending!

Using Amanda's personal stories, and the stories of other women who have struggled to have children, Barren Among the Fruitful surrounds those women struggling with infertility or miscarriage with a sense of community while providing honest facts.  It leads women from confusion to understanding.  Each chapter is titled with a well-meaning, but sometimes thoughtless comments Amanda was offered during her seven year struggle with infertility.

Features include:
* Personal stories from women who have struggled with infertility or miscarriage
* An honest look at the problem of infertility
* Questions for individual thought or group discussion