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!


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. 

Ornaments with Love! Gift Guide Spotlight!

One thing that I am a big fan of is personalized things for my home especially Christmas Ornaments! When I was little my Grandma would make a special Ornament for each of her grandchildren for her tree. Although the ornaments she made was just a colored bulb with our name and birth date on it, it meant a lot to us kids to have one because we knew they were made with love by Grandma. Over the past few years I wanted to start getting personalized ornaments for my families tree and Ornaments with Love is a wonderful place to get them!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Carved Solutions! Giving Thanks Spotlight!

One thing that I absolutely love to do is cook and bake. But one thing that I was missing was a good cutting board. I am picky when it comes to the types of products I use while cooking my food for my family. Now thanks to Carved Solutions I have a wonderful and beautiful cutting board. In my opinion it's almost to pretty to use.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pixtagram Magnet! Giving Thanks Spotlight!

Have you ever wished you could do something with your instagram photos other then just see them online? I know that I have taken some fun pictures through instagram but had no way to do anything with them. That problem is now a thing of the past thanks to pixtagram. With pixtagram you can take your photos from instagram and have them turned into magnets.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Emerson Creek Pottery! Giving Thanks Spotlight!

One thing that I love to do for the Holiday's is bake. I bake for my children, family and friends and everyone seems to have a different thing I make as their favorite. So when the Holiday's come around I usually spend days on end in the kitchen making everyone's favorites. But as long as everyone leaves happy because they got their favorites is all the thanks I need. I love to see everyone happy and enjoying their favorite baked treats.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3D Deco Light

Well I don't know about you, but I was super excited when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came back. I grew up on them and I am happy that my boys can experience the "heroes in a half shell" too. I asked Bean, my oldest, which was his favorite turtle and it was, hands down, Donatello because he gets to use the bo as his weapon of choice.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Giving Thanks Event ~ Value $600+

It is time for Giving Thanks!

Now is the time when friends and families get together to give thanks for all the wonderful things they've been given throughout the year. We Three Moms (Anderson's Angels, The Joy of Mama Joyner and The More The Merrier), are so very thankful for our families and everything we have, we've joined with over 100 other wonderful bloggers, to bring you another huge giveaway event! One winner will take home all of the prizes we've managed to put together (it's almost $600 in prizes!) for The Giving Thanks Giveaway!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Avengers:Age of Ultron ~ Sneak Peek

If you are like my family you can't wait for the new Avengers to come. Well here is a little sneak peek to fuel your fire for wanting to see it even more!!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Power of Faith

Just How Powerful is Faith?

Faith is the one thing that strengthens people above all else. It gives the weak the will to fight, the down-trodden a way to seek a way back to the light and the lost a way to find their shepherd once more. It's the one thing that can help so many people in this world to cultivate an environment where one person really reaches out and helps another. The faith that there is a greater purpose above all else is something that can provide answers and comfort where conventional science fails to do so.

To understand how powerful the simple idea of faith is, it's imperative that you first understand why people need to believe in something higher than themselves.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Steven Curtis Chapman: Glorious Unfolding CD

I was sent the items mentioned below for free in exchange for my personal and honest review. 

As a mother of four young children I worry about what their little ears are hearing. I know that my husband and I can monitor what they hear within our house but not so much while were in the car. Luckily we have some great local Christian Radio stations around us that help.

I love hearing my children sing their favorite songs and recently they have been singing more Christian songs that they hear at church. I love when were driving down the road and a song comes on and the boys yell "oh I know this song from church" and start belting it out. Makes this mamas heart fill with joy and happiness!

Safer Swimming with iSwimband

If you have children then I am sure you are aware of the danger there is anytime there is a pool around. Children seem to be drawn to water like a moth to a light at least I know mine are. I do not worry to much about the boys being around water because they have had swimming lessons and are comfortable with swimming on their own. However Sweet Pea loves to be in the water but does not know how to swim yet without assistance. 

Vtech: Innotab3 Plus Review

Recently Sweet Pea and the boys got the opportunity to review the InnoTab3 Plus. The Innotab 3 Plus is an educational tablet for children ages 3-9. The Vtech Innotab 3 Plus tablet offers access to more than 800 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate cartridges, software and apps that can be purchased and downloaded from the Vtech's learning lodge app store online.

My absence

I am so sorry for my absence lately! 

There is so much going on right now that is taking up my time. First off I had to go and have several tests done after I fell and got a concussion "happy to say that I am doing better now and tests came back OK".   With the kids back in school now school nights are filled with homework. Plus the older three have church on Wednesday nights and I go to a ladies bible study on Monday nights. We are trying to get our house all packed up for a upcoming move. 

So please be patient with me as I try to play catch up with things right now. My faith, family and health come first with me before work so please just be patient and stick around as great stuff is in the works. 

I have lots of great stuff coming up for you in the next couple months with a Big Giveaway Event and the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Help Your Child Succeed

Are your kids struggling with school? Is it a  nightly struggle to get them to do their homework. Do you have a hard time getting them up in the morning and off to school because they dread going? Maybe all they need is a little help in reinforcing the skills that they are struggling with. That is where K5 Learning can help; K5 Learning is an online after-school study program for children in kindergarten through grade 5. They focus on building "reading, math and study skills" that will last a lifetime. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Bakers Helper

If you love to bake cookies as much as I do then I am sure you have ran into the problem of them sticking the to pan. No matter how good of a baker you are sometimes your cookies and pans have a mind of their own at least mine do. But now that I have discovered my new "baking helper" a Silicone Baking Mat I no longer have anything I bake getting stuck to my pan.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spooky & Bright: 101 Halloween Ideas

With Halloween right around the corner I thought you all may enjoy a fun Halloween giveaway. I am giving away a Country Living Spooky & Bright: 101 Halloween Ideas (Country Living (Hearst)) . So if you like to decorate for Halloween then this book is for you. Not only are there decorating ideas but also some tasty recipes as well. Several of the templates for the projects showed in the book are also included. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fitness Friday: Let's Get This Started (Baked Salisbury Steak)

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I know it's been awhile since I have done a Fitness Friday post but I took the summer to spend time outside with my family. So while the weather was nice out I am sure you all did the same got outside and exercised in one form or another. Now that the weather is starting to cool off and we all know what's around the bend I figured now is a good time to start encouraging each other on our goals to a healthier self. I will be teaming up Danielle from "We Have It All" again on this great journey and we hope you will join us as well.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Song In Theaters Soon...

A upcoming movie that I am really looking forward to comes out in theaters tomorrow 9/26/2014. The Song was inspired by the Song of Solomon and is a music-driven romantic drama about things we all purse in life love and meaning.

Movie Summary: Aspiring singer and songwriter Jed King is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father when he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival.  Jed meets the vineyard owner's daughter, Rose, and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose "The Song," which becomes a breakout hit. Sudden;y thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart.

This is a movie that I feel Jake and I will really both enjoy. I am hoping that Jake and I can sneak away one evening and go see this movie. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Snack Attack Relief

One thing that I have a love for is potato chips. I remember as a child when family would come to Florida to visit from Ohio they would bring Snyder of Berlin BBQ Chips with them. Now when we go to Florida to visit my mom we take the chips with us because a ham or bologna sandwich just isn't the same without them. 

Recently I got the opportunity to receive some of Snyder's wonderful chips to review. Snyder's has recently updated their packaging of their bags. I as most who are use to Snyder's chips are use to their bag being blue and silver. But I must say I am a fan of the new packaging that displays unique locations throughout Pennsylvania on the back of their 2.75oz bags of chips.  The barn photo seen front and center on each package reminds consumers of the barns seen doting the landscape throughout the Berlin, PA area.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

National Guacamole Day

Print your $1.00 Off Coupon Here

Some ideas to #GuacitForward
  • Compliment a stranger
  • Hold the elevator door a little longer
  • Text a long-lost friend with "Remember when we . . "
  • Put a grocery cart away for an elderly shopper or a mom with her hands full
  • Everyone in your family donate one item from their room
  • Cook a meal for someone
  • Donate to your favorite charity
  • Give blood

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chunky Monkey Brownies

Recently I was sitting here looking at bananas that need to be used up and I wanted to do something with them other then banana bread. So I came up with the idea of adding them to my brownies to make Chunky Monkey Brownie. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our Upcoming Minnie 1st Birthday

It's hard to believe that Angel will be 1 very soon and it's time to start thinking about her party. I have already decided on a Minnie Mouse themed party for her. We have her dress for the party and some of the party supplies all ready to go for her first birthday. I know her sister and brothers are getting excited for Angels' upcoming birthday. I on the other hand am sad that my baby girl is growing up faster then i'd like.