Thursday, January 29, 2015

How young is too young?

How young is too young to leave a child home by themselves?


Here's my dilemma.  My oldest, who is almost 10, was sick.  He was throwing up all day.  I had to go pick up my other son from school.  I told him and his youngest brother, (who is also home sick) to get ready to go pick up their brother.  They walked around the house miserably sick, I grabbed a throw-up bucket and their shoes and they got in the car.  We had to make a few stops for some sickness then went on our way.  My son asked me why I couldn't leave him home alone while I made this trip.  It got me thinking,  How old should he be before leaving him?  I know it is more of a maturity thing as well as age and I told him probably middle school.  This is a 30 minute round trip and I know he would have been okay if I left him but the thought still made me nervous.

So, here is my question.  If you have left your child home alone, how old were they?  If you have not, when do you think you would?

Purex Power Shot Giveaway

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





I love being a Purex Insider.  Throughout the year I get the wonderful opportunity to try out new products and they have kicked off this year to a great start.  I was chosen to try the new Purex PowerShot Detergent.  This is a wonderful idea.  Simply open the lid and turn upside down.  It automatically pours a pre-measured load of detergent.  When you flip it back over it fills up for the next load.  If your load is heavy duty and you need a second load just repeat the step.  This makes measuring laundry detergent pretty easy.  I will admit that I normally pour too much detergent into the washer. I kind of just fill the cup and pour.  So the pre-measured amounts will save me a lot of money!  Also, there have been many times where I drop the cap into the washer as I am pouring the detergent in, so this is great for that reason too.  My clothes came out out nice and clean with a fresh fragrance on them.  


About the product:

Purex PowerShot Detergent Measures for you!

The new Purex Powershot is a super-concentrated liquid detergent with auto-dosing technology that provides a no-mess, mo-guesswork solution to laundry care.  It's easy to use, too!  Just Flip, Dose and Done!

Comes in Mountain Breeze and Linens & Lillies scents.

Win it!

Two lucky readers will each win one coupon for them to try the product themselves.  Just enter below on the rafflecopter form.

*If you have received this product as a part of the Purex Insiders promotion please do not enter.  Let's share this great product with new consumers!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SlimQuick Pure

(Disclosure:  I will receive this product in return for this post.  All information shared here was given to me to share with my readers.)


SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies are sweet and juicy mixed berry flavored and are all-natural and free of artificial colors.  In fact, they are such a treat you won't believe they are actually helping you lose weight! SLIMQUICK Pure is a ground-breaking formula that's designed to help women lost 3 times the weight in 13 weeks.  It's exclusive natural extract is so potent, it makes SLIMQUICK Pure the most effective female weight loss supplement.

SLIMQUICK Pure has isolated the fat burning components in green tea that speed up your metabolism better than any unhealthy chemical ingredient.  SLIMQUICK Pure with BioPure Green Tea allows for three times the absorption of fat burning agents called catechins, and you can lose three times the weight.  Guaranteed.  That's right, lose weight or your money back.

*A clinical study has shown that overweigh women using SLIMQUICK Pure's key ingredient, along with a 1350 calorie diet, lost 25 pounds vs 8 pounds with diet alone in just 13 weeks.  Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

Limited time offer, save $5 on SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies



In This House We Will Giggle review

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


I have to laugh at the timing of the arrival of this book.  In This House We Will Giggle came on the day I was having a rough time with my kids.  I checked my mail, and opened the package, laughed, and then said not in my house we don't and then cried.  As I started reading it, I felt like the author was speaking my life.  There was lots of yelling and arguing in my house.  This book has given fun suggestions to make your family have joy.  There are 12 virtues that this book covers so you can focus on one a month, which is what I plan to do.  This is a very practical, advice filled book with personal stories included.  I recommend this book to all parents out there!

About the book:

What do indoor picnics and funny face contests have to do with loving Jesus?  More than you realize!

As a mom in the throes of parenting, Courtney DeFeo believes that instilling virtues in children starts with laughter, not lecture.  That perspective propelled her to create this idea-packed book, in which she offers motivating reflections, real-life stories, and a sandbox full of inventive ways to help you turn your kids' hearts toward God.

Each chapter focuses on one virtue that is key for developing your child's character.  Along with insights into how this virtue plays out in the nitty-gritty of life, Courtney includes a memory verse, activity ideas, and discussions questions to reinforce that virtue throughout the month.  Here you'll find a full year of ways to draw your children closer to God through delightful antics like Family Olympics, One Fancy Feast, and Light 'Em Up.

In This House, We Will Giggle shows you how to capture the hearts of your children through fun-so that they experience the goodness of Christ, the joy of following Him, and the difference they can make in the lives of other.  (Water balloons not included.)

Canyon Bakehouse

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



Back in November, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Moms Meet WOW Summit where I got to meet a lot of great companies that strive to make families healthier.  One of the representatives I met was from Canyon Bakehouse.  While at the table there, I got to try a few of the different variety of products that they offer.  Shortly after getting home, they reached out to me and they asked if I would be interested in doing a blog review!  Of course I said yes!  I was not expecting the amazing package that they sent me!  I could not wait to try everything.  My boys loved the Cinnamon Raisin bread.  They ate it right out of the bag, and they also loved it toasted with jelly.  Normally, every Saturday morning my husband and I will cook bacon and eggs for family breakfast.  Week days are so busy so we try to take the time to make family time.  So the Saturday after receiving this package, we made our normal eggs and bacon and I added the Cranberry Crunch Muffin to go with it.  This was a perfect addition to our breakfast and the whole family enjoyed it!


About the Company: (all information can be found on their website.)

In 2007, co-founder Christi Skow was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  That's when Canyon Bakehouse began their mission to make a healthy line of bread products.  In late 2009, Canyon Bakehouse was founded.  Now, they are in 7,500 stores throughout the United States!

What makes their bread different than other Gluten free breads?

* Taste- the #1 reason why people love our products is taste and texture
* Healthy- 100% whole grain, All Natural Ingredients.  We use Organic Agave Syrup for a sweetener, an all natural, low glycemic sweetener.  We use Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
*Free of Gluten, All Nuts, Soy, Dairy and Casein

These products can sit on your shelf for 5-6 days and still taste fresh or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

Where can I purchase these products?

Canyon Bakehouse has conveniently put a store locator on their website so that all you have to do is enter your zip code and they will list the stores around you with their products.  Their are 4 stores within a 10 minute driving from me that carry these products!

Win your own products!!
Canyon Bakehouse is going to send 2 lucky people the same package that I received!  That is awesome for you all.  All you have to do is enter below.  No entry is mandatory but the more you do the better your chances.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, January 16, 2015

Plush Bible Collection

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


As a children's church leader, I am always on the lookout for products that I could use as rewards or gifts.  I have found the perfect gift for girls going into middle school.  The Plush Bible Collection is perfect for any older girl.  The outside plush is not too plush.  I love the sparkly cover.  There is no pictures in this bible and the pages are really thin so my thoughts are that this Bible is geared towards upper elementary/middle school girls.  The NIrV is an easy to read translation of the Bible.  This Bible does not have any study guides, commentary, or concordance.  It is just the text of the Bible and a small dictionary in the back, which makes it thin and easy to carry around.

About the Bible:
The Plush Bible Collection, NIrV uses a similar size and readability as the popular Thinline Bible, now available in the New International Reader's Version (NIrV).  This Bible has a soft plush cover, designed especially for kids.  The NIrV is based on the NIV translation and is written at a third-grade reading level-perfect for children learning to read.

Thanks to BookLook Blogger program for this opportunity to review this Bible.

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.


Win it! Enter on the rafflecopter form below:

  a Rafflecopter giveaway