Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My favorite thing

We are on our 2nd week of our Summer blogging challenge and the topic this week is "My Favorite Thing".   Now I know that everyone has at least one thing that is their favorite.  A lipstick, book, drink, bag?   Something you can't leave home without it.  I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours ;)

Having kids, there are always moments that you want to remember forever.  They grow up too fast.  They do amazingly cute things.  They get more and more handsome.  My favorite thing to keep around with me is my camera.

I love taking my camera just about everywhere we go.  I get to capture so many memories no matter where we are.  I love taking pictures not only of my kids but of nature. 
Smokey mountains

pretty yellow flower

simply amazing


I am not the best photographer out there but it is my hobby and I love doing so!

So what about you?  What is your favorite thing?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ZURU Bunch O Balloons deal

(Disclosure:  The link provided below is a referral link.  I will get credit if your purchase the item.  Thank you for your support.)

It's hot outside!  Mom, we are bored!  Are you looking for something fun to entertain your children as summer is in full swing?  New TopCashBack members, (If you have an account, get your parents, spouse, in-laws, etc to sign up for an account) can get the Zuru Bunch O Balloons FREE after cash back!  How awesome is that.  I have personally used these balloons before and they are super duper quick to fill and release.  They are small enough for even the little ones to pick up and throw.  

Here is how to get it free:

purchase the 3 pack for $6.63 online at Walmart.  You can choose in store pick up which is free.  If you choose to have it delivered to your house, the rebate you get back should cover that as well.

That's all.  Then within 21 days you will receive $7.50 in your TopCashBack account for you to get back via your checking account or Paypal account. Or if you want a 3% bonus (which equates to $7.72), you can choose your reward via Amazon gift card or American Express reward card.  

So what are you waiting for?  Go online and buy it and let your children have a blast.  Don't forget to pick up all the little balloon pieces after their done.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Inspirational People

(Disclosure: I will be compensated for this post, all opinions are my own regardless of that.)

In a time when there is so much hate in this world, it is more important now than ever to focus on the good stuff.  The inspirational stuff.  Everyone should take a moment and think about someone who has inspired them in any way.  I will tell you about a lady that inspires me:

At my previous church, my pastor's wife really inspires me to be the best wife, mom, and woman of God that I could be.  She encouraged me when I felt like I was failing.  She loved me with her kind words and actions.  She spent time with me and my children.  At a church where there is many, she makes time for everyone.  She helped me study the Bible.  Even though I have moved far away from her, distance does not matter.  She still checks up on me.  I am inspired to find a young lady to encourage along her parenting journey as I had a mentor.

Born This Way is going into its second season and it premiers Tuesday July 26th on A & E Network.  This show chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down Syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society's expectations.  The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.

Click here to meet Rachel.  She is one of the beautiful ladies featured on Born This Way!

Watch the trailer:

Giveaway:  To help promote inspirational people, I am having a giveaway for a $25 Target Gift Card.  Enter on the rafflecopter form!

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Who inspires you?

Hometown Tourist Challenge

Have you ever just wanted to just drive away to find somewhere new to explore?  You don't have to go far.  You could be a Hometown Tourist.  There are so many places in your own cities to explore that you probably didn't know existed.  This summer, I challenge all of my readers to be a tourist in your own hometown.  Get in the car and find a new local place to eat, shop, and explore.  It could be a park, a lake, a museum.  Just get up and go!

This challenge is kinda easy for me at this time.  We recently moved from Florida to Michigan. ( I know, let me hear it…..WHY????)  My husband got a job promotion which made us relocate cross country, so we are literally exploring new places to shop, eat, and play.

While driving around, ok, getting lost, we found an amazing library that is huge.  My kids spent hours there just reading the books.  We have found local restaurants that are just as good as big chain places.

We, just yesterday found a free park that offers a ton of nature paths, creeks, and a splash pad for the kids.  We spent all day there!  It is literally within 10 minutes of our home and had I not searched for parks, I would not of found it.

Find beautiful, nature filled hiking paths.

Look for creeks with fish in it to enjoy the peacefulness.

So, now it is your turn!  Tell me one place that you recently found in your hometown that you did not know was there.  What is the best place for you to go to in your city?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

NIrV, Kids' Quest Study Bible,

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

How many times has your child come to you asking a question about the Bible that you just didn't know the answer to?   I know my boys have too many times to count.  Well the Kids' Quest Study Bible is just the right resource for you.  This book includes over 500 questions and answers throughout the Bible.  Since this book is written in the NIRV, it is easier for young kids to understand what they are reading.  The questions are throughout the Bible so they can read some of the Bible and come across a question.  The cover is very appealing to the eye.  This would be perfect for any 3rd-5th grader.

About the Bible:

How come people lived so long back then?  Why did God allow the flood? Is Jesus real?
Kids have LOTS of question about the Bible and God.  The NIrV Kids' Question Study Bible is a great resource for kids eager to learn more.

Features include:
*Over 500 questions and answers for kids
*Book introductions help explain what each book of the Bible is about
*A dictionary and subject guide help kids find what they're looking for
*Fresh, colorful design makes the Bible fun to look at and use
*The complete NIrV translation, the steppingstone to the NIV!

Isn't it exciting to discover the world, ask how things work, and learn about God and the Bible?  With a bright, colorful design, reading an fusing the Bible is fun.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hamburger Press from Cave Tools

(Disclosure:  I received this product in return for my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.)

If you are like me, you have made hamburger patties by mixing some ingredients together, balling up the meat, and then trying to flatten them, only to have them shrivel up and be a lot smaller than the bun. I found the solution!  The Cave Tools Silicone Hamburger Press  is amazingly easy to use with perfectly squared burgers.  I mixed up my ground turkey with an egg and some hamburger seasoning.  I put it in the top of this container even though the directions said to do it on the bottom.  It just seemed like it would spill over that way.  I put the meat mixture into the container and spread it evenly in the squares giving us equal sized burgers.  It has the dimpler on the press, (which I never knew I needed to do!)  The burgers were nice and juicy and tasty!  The silicone is easy to remove the patties from and it was easy to clean up with soapy water and a sponge. 

Save 15% now when you purchase it from Amazon using the code:  LZEN8T4G at checkout!  It'll be perfect for father's day!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hope Unfolding

(Disclosure:  I received this book from Blogging for Books in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.)

Beautiful cover to the book.  Beautiful, encouraging words inside.  In Becky Thompson's book, Hope Unfolding, is amazing truth for moms.  This book encourages us that as moms, we are not alone in this motherhood journey.  There are other moms out there feeling the exact way we do in this very moment, even if we don't think so.  In a world where there is so much criticism for what we do, or don't do, we need mom friends to help us through, and while I was reading this book, I really felt like I was listening to a friend in her journey.  This book would make a great gift for new moms, experienced moms, grand moms, etc.  Every woman who is or wants to be a mom.

About this book:

God's love, plans, and promises for you are forever unfolding.

I get it, Momma.  I totally get it.  
Everyday you wake up and try your very best.  You love, give, and pour out your lie for the ones who call you Momma.  But no matter how much you offer, there are still days you feel as though you come up short.  You worry,  Am I loving these babies enough?  Is this ever going to get easier?  WHy does it seem like I am the only one who cannot balance it all?

Sometimes, we just need hope (and maybe a long uninterrupted nap).  We need someone to help tune our hearts to the voice of the Father and to remind us that He has not forgotten about us.  In Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson is a friend who reminds you that you aren't alone, and that God is still writing your story.  She guides you to encounter the Truth of God's presence that not only fuels you with strength, but also a fresh confidence.  And beyond gaining faith that tomorrow could be different, you find hope and purpose where you are standing today.