Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Buying Textbooks is a Thing of the Past



Even though the school year is coming to a end it's never to early to start thinking about how you will get your textbooks for next semester. If you are attending college then you know how expensive the textbooks are. I wish I would have known more of my options while I was in College of how to get textbooks.  I bought the majority of my books used so I could save as much money as possible. I was unaware at the time that you were able to rent your textbooks for College. Now that I know about this great option I want to share the information with everyone so they can save as well. Campus Book Rentals is a great place where you can rent your text books and return them when your done.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Girl Crush - Drama


am a big country music fan and love all the different styles out there. I will admit that I don't always like the newer stuff that comes out. Recently Little Big Town released the song "Girl Crush" and a lot of people have been complaining about the song to the point of radio stations pulling it from their playlists. People are claiming that the song is about a same sex relationship and it's NOT. People are not listening to the lyrics close enough to realize what the song is really about. When the song "I kissed a girl and liked it" came out no one threw a fit and had it removed from radio stations playlists so why "Girl Crush"??? 

My feelings on what the song means - I personally took the song being about a girl who is still in love with her ex-boyfriend or husband and is jealous of the new girl that is now with him. She has a "crush" on the new girl not because she likes her but because she has what she wants "the guy". I have posted the song below so you can hear and let me know what you think.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crunch PAK a tasty snack



One thing that my kiddos love is their fruits and veggies and I will not complain about that one bit. We like to pack a picnic and go to the zoo and parks once the weather warms up here in Ohio. I love getting the kids Crunch Pak's for our picnics and for quick snacks around the house. I love that my children would rather eat fresh fruits and veggies instead of junk food.

Friday, March 20, 2015

KIND Snacks For A Quick Healthy Pick Me Up (giveaway)


When your in a hurry and need a quick snack on the go to give you a pick me up what do you grab? Typically we all grab junk food that gives a sugar high for a bit then we hit rock bottom a few hours later. What if I told you that there was a delicious healthy option available to you and your family would you be interested? I know that I am always looking for healthy non-junk food items for my family. Now thanks to the KIND bars I have found a delicious healthy snack I am happy to give my family.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mess Free Litter Cleaning with the Neater Scooper (Giveaway)


If you have a cat then you know how much of a mess doing cat litter can be. I never used to do the cat litter in our house only Jake and Bubba did it. We tried the automatic self cleaning litter box and Diego hated it and refused to use it. So we went back to a normal litter box and Diego and was very happy once again. Everytime Bubba tried to do cat litter we would end with a big mess on the floor from him trying to get the waste into a bag for disposal. That problem is now a thing of the past for our household thanks to the Neater Scooper

Monday, March 2, 2015

Make A Splash With The Moby Bath Thermometer (Giveaway)


Do you worry about your child's bath water not being the correct temperature for their delicate skin and bodies? I know that I worry about the water temperature when giving Angel a bath because all my kids like different water temps. Bubba likes his bath water on the hotter side, Pumpkin likes his on the cooler side and Sweet Pea and Angel like theirs at a nice warm temp. Now thanks to Skip Hop's new Moby Bath Thermometer you can take the guess work out of your child's bath water.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Doc McStuffins #DisneySide Party


Recently we held Sweet Pea's 4th Birthday Party at our church. Since we live in Ohio it was to cold to be outside and our house was just to small to have kids running around inside. Our church has a very big fellowship hall in the basement which gave us enough room to set up activities and even one of our bounce houses for the kids to enjoy.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Springing Ahead Blogger Sign Ups


CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! The Springing Ahead Sign Ups Are NOW OPEN!!!

Spring Is Arriving Soon!

Kay from The More The Merrier, Courtney from Joy of Momma Joyner and myself (Trista) from Andersons Angels are super excited that Spring is QUICKLY approaching! To celebrate, we are hosting an exciting event called Springing Ahead. This will be a big group giveaway event featuring many great sponsors for items that will help you get ready for Spring. It will be a ONE WINNER Grand Prize Giveaway Event.

EVENT DETAILS:
Dates: April 22 - May 6, 2015
Price: FREE! You will get ONE LINK for free! You have the option to buy more links for $3 each.
* You can post about the event sign up to be entered into a $10 USD paypal Drawing, but this is completely optional! Everyone who posts, is entered into this drawing!
* The blogger who refers the most people to participate will receive $20 USD Paypal, so help spread the word!
Prize: Courtney, Kay and I are gathering up a great prize package for ONE WINNER
Your Part: We will send you the HTML to post and have running during the event dates. It will include all the information about the prizes and the entry form. All you have to do is post!
Hashtag: #SpringingAhead15


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Free To Be Me: becoming the young woman God created you to be


As a teenager I attended church and was active in the youth group, but the group was a "click" and you were either in or not in. Well I was never welcomed into the "click" and made some bad choices that caused the group to shun me and push me out more. I know now that the choices I made just gave me valuable life lessons that I can pass onto my own children. Do I regret the choices... YES... but because of the choices I have grown closer to the Lord.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Our Weekend at Castaway Bay #BloggingatCP & Giveaway


When the temps are below freezing and there is snow on the ground what do you do for fun? Well if you are like me and DO NOT like the cold weather AT ALL you sit inside cooped up. Which makes you go crazy because there is only so much you can do to keep 4 kids busy inside a home. Luckily for us Ohio has some great indoor water-parks within a short driving distance from our home. Even though Winter Storm Linus was on the horizon for the weekend, we didn't let it keep us from visiting Castaway Bay for their annual blogger event! Thanks to Castaway Bay for hosting us! 


There is so much to do for the kids at the Castaway Bay waterpark  and it is just the right size in my opinion for families. Some of the other indoor waterparks are very big and I do not feel comfortable letting my kids go around and play on their own. I was not super worried about my boys going off and playing in the Castaway Bay waterpark because you can easily see almost all play areas from anywhere in the park. There is also only 1 entrance and exit to the waterpark.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

See's Candies


If you are a candy lover like our family then you will want to check out See's Candies! They offer a wide variety and a wonderful selection of candies. They have just about everything you can imagine and would want to give as a gift. They offer many options from build your own candy boxes, pre-made gift boxes and gift cards.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome 2015



Welcome 2015 the new year that holds 2015+ possibilities. I am excited to see what this year has in store for my family. We are starting the year off with a fresh start and I am excited to where this start will lead us. I have decided to take a different look on my life and try to be more positive even in the worst situations. I know that the Lord will only give me what he thinks I can handle and he has also given me a very supportive and loving husband that will help me get through whatever problems arise. But I need to learn to be strong and supportive as well for when Jake needs me.

I am not big on making resolutions for myself because I think they kinda of set you up for failure, but there are a few things I would like to work harder on. 

1: I want to grow more in my faith and walk with the Lord.
2: I want to feed my family healthier foods.
3: I want to spend more quality time with my children outside.

The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful husband and 4 beautiful children and I feel that I don't spend enough quality time with them. I want to teach my children to be great godly people and I feel that I have been slacking in this area. Bubba just turned 10 at the end of November and I know now is a crucial time to make sure that I have him walking on the right path with the Lord. 

I am not sure where the new year will take my family but all I can do is put my trust in the Lord and know that he is leading our way. I hope you stick around to see where the Lord is taking us and feel free to share with me what your plans are for the new year. 

  

Monday, December 8, 2014

Newmans Own Organics! Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight & Giveaway


When I was asked to review the Newmans Own Organics, I was a bit worried that I would not be able to get my husband and boys to eat them. Most people hear the word Organic and think... no flavor. Well let me be the first to tell you that the Newmans Own Organics tastes wonderful. They have so many choices to choose from that you should be able to find something you like.

Roaming Reindeer! Holiday Gift Sponsor - Giveaway

   
 Most people you talk to have an Elf on the Shelf. Im sure im not alone when I say that I tend to forget to move the elf each night. I told my boys that the Elf on the Shelf is taking a break this year and the roaming Reindeer are coming to visit. The roaming Reindeer are brought to help Santa Claus keep track and monitor the good boys and girls. The Roaming Reindeer come with 2 reindeer and a book to explain their purpose. It tells you how Santa gets busy and can not check all the boys and girls this year so Gus and Sam decide to help him out. The reindeer will stay together until a little boy or girl would misbehave. One of the reindeer will leave at the house and report back to Santa that the kids were bad.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Baby's First Christmas Giveaway

The Christmas Season is always a special time of the year! But this year it is even more Special thanks to  new little babies! There is nothing more exciting than a Baby's First Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

World Vision Gift Giving Catalog & Giveaway


With the holiday season upon us, why not let the scarf around your neck, the ornaments on your tree, or the wooden serving spoons on your table be conversation starters. What’s the topic of the conversation? Children and families living in impoverished communities and solving the challenges they are facing, such as access to food, clean water, education, and more.

How can a simple clothing accessory, tree decor or table decoration contribute to this dialog? Easy when you the (gift-giver) make a holiday donation through World Vision’s Maximum Impact Fund, the gift is used where it’s most needed, tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. With just a donation of $25 or more the donor (gift-giver) receives a free gift (a few are listed below) to wear, carry, use or give to a loved one.  Most of the Maximum Impact Fund items available in the catalog are made by micro-enterprising artisans around the world and the sale proceeds directly benefit their communities.



Friday, November 28, 2014

Meal Measure! Giving Thanks Spotlight



One thing that Jake has been trying to do is lose weight and get himself into shape. But we quickly realized that this is not the easiest of tasks to do. If you have ever tried to lose weight then you know how hard it can be. You exercise and watch what you eat but it is hard to watch portion control. Living in America we have grown up eating bigger portions then what is truly needed for our bodies to be healthy.

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DK Books! Giving Thanks Spotlight!



One thing that I love is books about nutrition and health. I love reading and learning about ways that I can easily make my family healthier. I also love adding new books to my kids library and I must say they have a lot of books. But I do not feel that having to many books is a bad thing for kids. Recently I received to great books from DK Books to add to my collection and the kids.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kidzbop Toothbrushes! Gift Guide Spotlight!


Do you have a hard time finding stocking stuffers for your kids? I know that this is one thing I struggle with every year. I hate filling the kids' stocking's with candy and cheap toys that will break quickly. I remember growing up that my Grandma would always get me a new toothbrush and toothpaste for my stocking. Yes that may seem weird to some but good dental hygiene should be a gift we give to all children.