Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We did it

I am doing the happy dance!  We finally, after almost 10 years of being married and renting houses, bought a house.  This has been a stressful journey to land on "the" house we wanted to raise our family in.  The closing process was an up and down process and we thought that at the last moment this would fall apart but we kept praising God in the good and the bad and God provided.  We got the keys last week and we moved in over the weekend.  Well, the hubby and kids did while I was away at the WOWSummit, which I will tell you all the amazing details about that later.  It was an awesome feeling to come home to our home.  It is the perfect house for our family.  Has a huge side yard with a tree house already installed.  2 Screened patios, one of which we will turn into a garden of some sort.  The house is on a cul-de-sac so my boys can ride their bikes without the stress of oncoming traffic.  We have already made friends with some kids who play in our backyard.  Each one of my boys have their own room to design and make their own.  This really is an amazing blessing for our family.

Now, comes the fun part of this.  I get to decorate this house however I want without having to restore it to original condition.  If I want to paint the walls I can.  Yay!  I am looking for a theme though.  So that is where you all come in.

Do you have any themes for your house?  Maybe your kitchen is decorated with fun stuff.  I would love to read all the different options and the creativity there is out there!  Any advice for a new homeowner??

Monday, November 10, 2014

Boogie Wipes Spin Kindness

(Disclosure:  I received products as part of an ambassador program.  All opinion shared are my own.)

If you have been following my blog you will know by now that I am a huge fan of Boogie Wipes.  Even though my kids are a bit older, with my youngest being 6, I still use them and my kids still love them.  This quarter I received more Boogie Wipes products and I absolutely am loving their newest product, the pop up tub!  It is bright and fun and very convenient.  The wipes are easier to get out of this tub that in the package.  I love that it is refillable, so you can use whichever scent you want.

Also included in this quarters package is the Dreft All Purpose Wipes.  These are a great addition to your cleaning supplies if you have little ones.  Since they love putting everything in their mouths, why not make sure that it is safe for them as well as clean.  The scent of these are amazing!!

I also received the Dreft to go Stain Remover sticks.  These are great to throw in the diaper bags, purses, car, etc.  Having three boys I know how much food and dirt can get on clothes while you are out.  You can't really throw them in the washer while you are out so why not keep these handy.

Of course, I received some amazing Kandoo products as well!  My son uses the Kandoo Detangler every morning.  He has really thick hair that is a mess when he wakes up and so he sprays a little bit of the detangler in his hair so that he can brush it easily.  The Kandoo for hair, body and hands bottles are amazing.  They are great for children who are learning about personal hygiene.  The fun foam colors make it exciting for children to use.

Being Kind:

As part of being an ambassador, I get to try these products for free and get to share them with others.  They have started something new this quarter.  SpinKindess is a new site that allows people to share how they have shared kindness with others and how other people have shared kindness with them.  I love this idea because it allows the world to know that there are still great people out in the world.  There is a giveaway for those who want to win a bunch of amazing products from SpinKindess.

Being a parent of three boys, I am working on teaching them to be kind to others.  It can be as simple as suggesting to one of the boys to hold the door open for someone when we go to the store, or as big as mowing someone else's yard just to be kind to a neighbor.  The biggest thing I am trying to teach my boys about being kind is to do something for someone without the expectation of having something done in return.  I have them practice with each other and I find that it is working.  My oldest will read a book to his little brother, and my middle son will help my youngest with his homework.  We just moved into a new neighborhood and we are looking for fun ways to be kind to our new neighbors.  It doesn't have to be an extravagant event.  A little bit goes a long way!

We at the Boogie Wipe Team #LetsBoogie are having our own giveaway that I am excited to share with you.  Just enter below on the rafflecopter form.

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Manic Drive VIP giveaway

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

I have an awesome giveaway that I am excited to share with you all today.  Manic Drive had put out an amazing CD called VIP.  This CD is awesome.  My children sing to the songs when they come on the radio so I surprised them when I popped it into my car cd player.  My kids really enjoyed what they were hearing.  They found a few new favorite songs.  Manic Drive has fun upbeat songs and I love that they are a Christian band so the music is safe for little ears and has a great message in all the songs.  As a children's church leader we are always looking for fun music to play while we are playing games and we have found this cd is just perfect.

About the band:
Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio.  manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting.  They are uniquely equipped to do so.  The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God's call on their lives.  Their life experiences, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

Find them on their YouTube Channel to get a taste of their music.  Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Enter to win!  One super lucky reader of mine will win their very own copy of the Manic Drive VIP cd.
*Please note that if you have been given the chance to review this cd or if you have won this cd on another giveaway your are not eligible to win from me.

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A Lifelong Love giveaway

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

I love my husband!  I really want our marriage to be a forever marriage.  I know that it takes work to keep a marriage alive, and I believe that people give up too fast and end up getting a divorce.  There are so many resources out there to help keep a marriage together and people need to take the time to invest in their families.  One of the resources is Gary Thomas's A LifeLong Love. This book is a great read for marriages of all ages.  If you are newly married this is for you.  If you have been married for 5 years, this book is for you and if you have been married for over 50 years, this is for you.  I think that everyone can always learn something new everyday.  No one know it all.  In A LifeLong Love, you will lear practical tools to make your marriage an amazing relationship.  This book is full of real-life stories of couples own experiences.  I love the real-life stories.  It makes the book more relatable.  I love that at the end of the chapters it has a Building a LifeLong Love section which includes advice and ask questions to get you thinking about your own marriages.  I definitely recommend this book to everyone.  I think it would make for a great wedding gift to the newly wed couple.

About the book:
Discover how to live out a sacred marriage.  You believe your marriage has eternal purposes.  You long for it to reach beyond your home and encourage other.  But what does it look like to have a spiritually intentional relationship in the midst of dirty dishes, work deadlines, and car pools?  In Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas showed us that God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy.  Now, in A Lifelong Love, Thomas gives us the practical tools to craft our marriages into inspiring relationships that breathe spiritual life to others.  Whatever seasons of marriage you are in, A Lifelong Love gives you the practical help you need to infuse your marriage with a spiritual passion that will not only change you, but will change the world around you.  You can connect with the author, Gary Thomas on Facebook and Twitter.

Win it!  One lucky winner will receive a copy of this amazing book to enhance their marriage!  Good Luck.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy giveaway

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

Living with 3 boys, I have a ton of laundry.  I received the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy to test out with all my laundry.  i have to say, these are my favorite Purex Crystals so far.  As my laundry was washing, I could smell the amazing scent of these crystals.  Even behind closed doors, the scent filled my home.  My clothes smelled wonderful and I find myself sniffing them as I am folding them.  My clothes not only smelled great but they are also soft and static free.    I received the Energy scented crystals and I can't wait to try out the other 2 scents.

So, what is Purex Crystals Aromatherapy?

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy is more thank an in-wash scent booster-it's a way to express yourself and discover new joys in life.  Floral and citrus scents have been blended with aromatherapy essential oils to infuse your clothing with indulgent and refreshing aromas that revitalize your spirit.

The new new scents are:
Well Being:  brightens any mood with the happy fragrance of fresh blossoms
Energy:  helps you tackle any day with the stimulating power of citrus
Serenity:  Keeps you calm all day long with the gentle scent of water lilies

One lucky winner will receive a coupon to try this product for themselves.  Just enter below.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Holy Bible MEV giveaway

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

I love Bibles.  I have quite a few different versions of the Bible.  I think some of them are easier to read than others are.  I received the Modern English Version a few weeks ago.  This version is simple to read which is really great.  As a children's church leader, I have to be able to make my lessons easy for the children to understand and this Bible helps me quite a bit.  I love that Jesus' words are in red.  There is a small concordance in the back to help find verses on certain topics, and the maps that are in the back are great to look at to get an idea on where these events happened.  This really isn't like a study Bible, but it does have some cross referencing scriptures throughout the pages and it has a little bit of facts at the bottom of some of the pages which I like.  The Bible itself is fairly thin and light.  It is not big and bulky.  Take a look at the differences between versions:

Want one for yourself?  Enter to win one below.

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The Action Bible The Story of Creation

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

My oldest son read all the way through the Action Bible last year.  He loved it.  When I got the news that we were getting the new book: The Battle Begins, The Story of Creation I knew that he would be excited.  The illustrations in this book are simply amazing.  I love how every detail catches your eye.  The book starts out with Lucifer talking with the angel Michael.  Then it goes into God creating everything.  Next it moves on to creating Adam.  After God creates Adam, this book shows how jealous Lucifer got.  Then, Lucifer and his followers got kicked out of Heaven and cast into Hell.  Afterwards, God makes Eve. Finally it goes through the story of Adam and Eve eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge and them getting kicked out of the garden.  My fourth grader read this book fairly quick and so did my second grader.  My first grader needed a little bit of help from his older sibling.  This is a great book to add to your library at home, especially if your children love comic book type of reading.

About this book:
Even as God walked through the beauty of His new creation, and breathes life into Adam, His masterpiece, a warrior-angel, gives into his pride--and commits the ultimate betrayal. Witness Adam and Eve falling into Lucifer's trap, as the battle for eternity begins in this brilliantly presented retelling of Creation, the Fall and God's promise of redemption.

You can purchase this book at Family Christian