Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It's a campout! #PopSecretForts


Once upon a time...
There was a tired mom of 4. Some days it was all she could to pull her tired tookus outta bed and slide into her uniform of leggings, knee high socks and the comfiest shirts you could find. UNTIL one day...she set the laundry aside. Left the mess on the floor, loaded up the kids and they headed out the door. To what to their mystical eyes did appear? Why Target of course, and they shed a few tears. Up to the isle with movie in hand. To the popcorn and goodies then back to their van.


I am going to share a little *POP* secret with you! Whenever I see this blue box it brings me right back to my childhood. Popcorn and movies, snuggles on the couch and of course special surprises in the bowls. My kids are HUGELY into fort making and currently have spoken nonstop about how they want to go camping. Every now and then an idea comes to the ol' noggin and today was one of them! We made a couch tent!


I removed the handle from the broom...stuck it into the couch and covered it with a quilt! The kids LOVED it!! OH and of course we had to have a bonfire...so...


A family favorite...we use licorice for wood, mix in Pop Secret and then throw in random candies for the flames! Since we had a theme my big picked out Tale Spin {please tell me the song is stuck in YOUR head now too!} and we had ourselves a good ol' fashioned couch fort party!



What is YOUR favorite way to build a fort? Pop Secret is your perfect snack companion on trips into the uncharted reaches of your imagination. Popcorn fight anyone?!

Pop Secret knows that fun, like popcorn, is better when it’s shared. Send Pop Secret your pillow fort stories and pictures on Facebook. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. They might just share a little something back! OH and while you are there get a $1 coupon towards your next Pop Secret purchase!







The moral of this story. Play more...chores can wait! Gotta love a last minute "Staycation"! I can't wait to see your forts!


Thank you Pop Secret for sponsoring our "camp out" and for the super rad snacks! Although this post was sponsored the love for this popcorn is all my own!




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Love Letter From God...Book Review and Giveaway


Well this picture MAY just be a spoiler alert...cutest book ever! My soon-to-be two year old can't get enough. She loved poking her fingers through the holes as we turned the pages and the rhyming made her giggle with glee. The drawings are bright, fun and capture you and truly I cannot say enough good things about this book!

The authors intent is to write a "personal letter to your child" as if it were from God. It takes you through the park, the playground, fields and even the beach. "I love you, My child! What more can I say? To Me, you are perfect in every way!"


I am excited because not only are you able to WIN this book for a child you love...but for the month of January, every book from Ideals Books with the word "love" in the title will be 20% off! Be sure to search "LOVE2015" for a complete list of books.


To enter you must be a U.S. or Canada resident...winner will be drawn on Monday January 12th, 2015.

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Everlasting memories



I have this friend. She taught me that each day is a gift. Draw close to the Lord in your heartaches, your happy tears and your every breath. Her life verse Psalms 18:2 - The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the thorn of my salvation, my stronghold. We found out earlier this year that my friend had inoperable, stage 4 stomach cancer. She went to be with our heavenly Father yesterday. Our hearts go out to her parents and her sweet daughter.

With her loss I am reminded at how short our time is. But reminded that there are no tears in heaven. Do not take your days for granted. Make everlasting memories with those that matter the most to you. Wake up and thank God for another day. Remember to praise HIM in the hardships and reflect in all the good that is, that was and is to come.

When you are having a bad day...just cuddle. Eat that cheeseburger you're craving...send flowers to that friend you have been praying for. Smile more and treat those around you with kindness. 
Dive head first into the word. Draw closer to HIM. Surround yourself with everything you love. Call a friend and tell them you love them. If you see something that reminds you of someone, get it. Send it. Package it with care, just so they know you are there. Keep change in your car and dollar bills in your pocket. Do not be greedy, but share. Pass along to someone you don't know just to let them know...they are important. They are loved. They are not alone.
Laugh at the hiccups and take pictures so you can laugh again later. Breath in life. Exhale negativity. Be perfectly imperfect, just the way God made you. Accept a helping hand. Return favors and show gratitude. 
Try new things, make friends wherever you go. Open a book...then read it. Do something because it's messy. Then clean it up the next day. Lay on the floor and color. Wear clothing that is comfortable and don't take yourself too seriously.
Step out of your comfort zone. Wear that red lipstick you have always wanted to try...but never found the courage to. Take a deep breath, then exhale. Compliment others, for they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Pay it forward every Friday. Change the world around you and change your attitude.
Surround yourself with love and leave a legacy that will be remembered for generations beyond the short years you lived. You are sitting in a field by a trickling stream. You are watching down upon us and you are smiling. You were loved beyond comparison. You taught us compassion and taught us to be fearless. You made us smile and although today we are crying. You live on within us. Forever and always. Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Rest in peace my friend. You are greatly and deeply missed. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Susie's Hope - a Tail of compassion

Susie's law. Ever heard of it? I hadn't either until I had the opportunity to watch the movie and let me tell you I cried like a baby. I am REALLY passionate about animals. If I didn't have a fear of being bitten, I think I would have been a vet. (true story, I was attacked by a black lab in High School and he almost tore through my arm...while I was wearing a Winter jacket!) The commercials that come on TV about neglected animals that have people like Alanis Morissette on them suck me in every time. I immediately run over to one of my cats and snuggle them, apologizing for being the evil big person who accidentally caught their tail in the dishwasher when I was opening it. Animals cannot speak for themselves and its so sad. I am super glad that there are wonderful people in the world like Donna.


You see Donna recovered from a horrific incident and then saved the life of Susie. She created and had a law passed on behalf of other animals, like Susie. Who cannot speak or defend themselves. Her organization is phenomenal and she is a light for these animals. I pray her light always shines.

A move was made called Susie's Hope. It talks about both of their stories and you will be in tears. My daughter has been begging me to let her watch it, but a few scenes are too intense for her young heart (8). I loved it, well...hated seeing what had happened but loved the outcome! AND you get to own it for yourself too! As always, you must be a U.S. or Canada resident to win. I wanted very much to post the trailer for the movie here, but it's not letting me SO! Go HERE to peruse the website and watch the movie trailer! But don't forget to enter!

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Awaken Love - The song

Not sure if you remember but Kyle Idleman is my ALL TIME favorite devotional author. I have done 2 if his studies (my favorite was Not a Fan...truly. Self check!) so when Awaken Love - The Song came along written by him AND his wife Desirae you can guarantee I was all over it. The book goes through 6 weeks of divided up devotions. It is a book meant to help you grow in your relationship with your spouse and with God.


I just love how they used Song of Solomon throughout as ever since I was a child I would read and reread it over and over and over again. It is a love story written FOR us to memorize and incorporate into our own marriages. Let God take hold of your passion for your husband. Let your husband help you to take hold of your passion for GOD.


I am really excited for you to be able to get your hands on a copy yourself! ESPECIALLY if you have never read any of his books. I cannot recommend them enough. He speaks at a level that resonates in our generation. Must be a US or Canada resident to win. The movie came out September 26th and here is a preview for you...


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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Friday, November 21, 2014

Scornament time with Apronista and Britches & Boots - Holiday Swap


GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS?!! Oh yes, my friends! It is not only Friday but the start of our Scarf/Ornament swap! This year I have partnered up with my dear sweet friend Shawnee over at The Apronista Blog She is one incredibly amazing women and I sure hope I get her for MY swap partner!!

Christmas is my favorite holiday. The lights, the chill in the air. Mistletoe hung and stockings stuffed. Seriously bundle me up and call me toasty. I LOVE it!! We will be shutting down the sign ups on 11/30 and you MUST MAIL your package to your partner no later than December 5th. Please do not sign up if you cannot make this happen as it is simply un-jingle bell like, yo!

You can make or you can buy! You can put extra's in your package if you feel like it or you don't have to! I LOVE tinsel and I love wrapping and seriously let's have some fun! SO...who's with us?! Use the hashtag #Scornamentswap2014 to link up your pretty packages, shopping and whatever else!! We would LOVE to see them and get more ideas too!! Don't forget to follow SHAWNEE and MYSELF on Instagram!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Growing up Social - book review and giveaway


Gone are the days of drinking from the hose. Running around getting scraped up knees and dirty toes. Digging in the dirt and making mud pies. Coming home from school and never wanting to come back indoors. Instead, children come home kick off their shoes. Run to the cupboard to grab a snack, jump over the back of the couch. Grab their gaming system all while turning on the television and tuning each other out. Is television all BAD? No. I don't think so...but I have definitely noticed my children are relying on screens more and more. This has to stop.


I was asked to read and review the book by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane called "Growing up social - Raising relational kids in a screen driven world". First off Gary is the author of The 5 Love Languages...as silly as it sounds I felt like HE was the one to be able to help tackle my little problem. My kids have Leapsters. We limit the amount of time they can use it and we do have a television. I think our problem is too much T.V. I am working harder to have it turned off and let them be "forced" to use their imaginations. Step outside of the "box" and find ways to cure the boredom. This book was eye opening for me. I was relieved that a lot of the recommendations in this book we are ALREADY doing. Can I get a big ol' THANK YOU LORD! 


I want my kids to experience the world around them. I want them to take the time to smell the roses, roll in the mud, splash in the puddles and catch snowflakes on their tongues. I refuse to take distractions with us to the store to "keep them busy". Instead, I want them to feel how heavy a bag of flour is. If it drops on the floor...clean up on isle 2 will come across the speakers and I will urge them to help clean it up. This Summer we will drink from the hoses more, we will lay out in the backyard and look up at the stars and we will take drives with the windows down feeling the breeze between our fingertips.


My children need to learn from me. They need to have conversations and learn that making mistakes is OK. I want them to know that I am there for them. I want to kiss their boo boo's. Scoop them up and laugh with them. They need to know that they are more important than all the distractions. I loved this book. I think it shows insight into my own life. I have been trying to put down the cell phone more. Be present and be there.

But...now your turn to read and take notes! YOU get a chance to win a copy of Growing up Social! You must be a U.S. or Canada resident to win. Winner will be drawn on Friday November 21st.

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
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