Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bumblebean Holiday Giveaway


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 This year we're participating in an awesome Bumblebean Holiday Giveaway that we'd love to share with you all! Bumblebean is the destination for unique brands for moms and kids. They've put together a special holiday giveaway and scavenger hunt for parents to learn more about these great brands. You will have the chance to win one of three Bumblebean bundles with up to 35 prizes in each prize pack! They'll be giving away over $5,000 worth of top baby and kids items. You're invited to be part of this amazing holiday giveaway and join in the Bumblebean fun!

How it Works

  • Giveaway will run from November 20th - December 20th.
  • Entering is easy, just click the button below to go to the entry page with full instructions.
  • 3 lucky winners will receive a bundle prize pack with 35+ hand-selected items!
  • You may also enter the "find the bean" scavenger hunt to earn extra chances to win! 3x a week we will hide the Holiday bean on Bumblebean.com. Visit this entry page on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the new CLUE to find the hidden Holiday bean! When you find the bean, make sure to enter your answer (the link to the web page you found the bean on) in the form below to earn your extra chances to win. Clues will also be posted on Facebook so make sure to like Bumblebean.
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • Click on the button below to enter and see all the cool prizes! Check them out!
 

REMEMBER, the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! The entry page link is below. LIKE Bumblebean on Facebook to see updates and who wins!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Keeping Outdoor Toys Safe During the Winter


Outdoor play is a great way for children to burn off excess energy and get a bit of fresh air. Running around with a ball, riding a bike or playing with a skipping rope are all fantastic exercise and there's never been such a good choice of outdoor toys for kids. When the cold weather sets in, however, you'll need to find ways to keep the toys in good condition.
Storage
If it's possible to keep items indoors, that's ideal. Larger toys, such as bikes, may not fit in your house, but a shed or lean-to can be purchased quite inexpensively. Small toys that are generally used outside can be kept in a box with drainage holes, such as a crate, allowing you to carry the box out to the garden or park so that the contents can still be accessed easily. It's a good idea to allow children to carry on playing outdoors throughout the cold weather as long as they are well wrapped up and it's safe to do so; portable storage for their favorite small outdoor toys makes this easier to arrange.
Covers
Some outdoor toys for kids, such as swings, slides or trampolines, are too big to bring indoors. When this is the case, it's often possible to buy covers that will protect them from the worst ravages of winter. If your toys don't have a purpose-built cover that can be readily obtained, a piece of plastic sheeting will generally be just as good; these can be held in place with some heavy-duty tape or clamps. If you are certain that a toy won't be used for several months, it is sometimes more convenient to dismantle it so that it can be stored in a shed before being safely reassembled, rust-free, once the warmer weather returns.
A well-made outdoor toy will last for years and provide endless hours of exercise and entertainment for your children, which is why it's worth taking a little extra time and trouble to protect them from unnecessary damage due to cold and damp weather. Correct storage or covers will help to prevent an expensive bill for replacements and, more importantly, will ensure your children aren't disappointed by the loss of a treasured pastime. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Southwest Beverages, Sippity and Kemosa Review






Southwest Beverages manufactures and sells premium quality gourmet flavored dry mix beverages under the brand names, Sippity®-hot cocoa mix and Kemosabe®-gourmet coffee. All of our products are ready-to-serve, easily dissolvable, 99.9 % caffeine and 100 % gluten free and contain all the ingredients necessary for you to simply add water, microwave and then experience Comfort In A Cup®. Our Sippity Lite® and Kemosabe Lite® products offer the same great taste and full body aroma as our regular products but with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving.

Sippity® Hot Cocoa Mix
"Our Sippity® and Sippity Lite® hot cocoa mix products are designed to provide you with instant Comfort In A Cup® gratification. Each of our gourmet blended flavors will warm your heart and hands and soothe your mind on those inclement days when you are seeking some sweet relief. "Susan Jenkins, Founder



Kemosabe® Gourmet Coffee
"Whether it's friends around the kitchen table, students up late studying for exams, or cowboys gathered around a campfire, coffee has always been a magnet for the gathering of trusted friends. This is why we named our brand Kemosabe" - 'Trusted Friend'."Bob Jenkins, Founder


My Review:
Thank you Southwest Beverages for sending me samples to conduct an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  The samples that were sent to me include: 



I am a fan of staying warm so sipping on a hot drink always puts me in my happy place.   When my package arrived and as soon as I broke the seal of the box my senses were on high alert to the sweet smells of each flavor.   I could really smell the peppermint the most!   

I left the box on the counter and while I was at work the next day my husband and our church intern started the taste testing without me!   They ended up creating a great recipe for a very creamy and flavorful cup!   Here is my Sippity Creation recipe:


Recipe 
1/2- half in half
1/2- milk
pour in french press
heat it for 2 min in french press
froth it with the french press plunger

Very simple!   Trust me if you do not have a french press then it is time you invest in one!   :)  I know that recipe is going to add many more calories instead of just using water but the flavor is fantastic and worth it.  Sippity and Kemosa is caffeine free and gluten free.  Overall the selection of different flavors are unique and tasty and the price per cup is very fair!   Stay warm this winter with a warm cup from Southwest Beverages!   :)

Visit www.southwestbeverages.com to learn more or to shop and
download their amazing eBook of food and beverage recipes the whole family will enjoy! You can even submit your own recipe here.


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fundraising program, too! For churches, sports teams, schools, and any other organization 

that wants to raise money, Sippity® and Kemosabe® are high quality products people LOVE. 

The unique fundraising program requires no up-front costs and ordering is easy via email 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

My daughter's Journal...


So my daughter read me her journal and I immediately took a picture.   It sure is one I don't want to forget.  Her words of wisdom are so present that this mom is grinning from ear to ear and very proud.   I keep praying God would continue to give my daughter boldness to share her faith.   

In the words of my sweet 7 year old, "God is stronger then Batman...If God is not in your heart then you should pray to God."

Yes, you need HIM!   The one true king, the maker of heaven and earth!   He loves you and is waiting for you to talk to him! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Beauty Of Believing 365 Devotions That Will Change Your Life- Book Review



Are you ready to blossom?
Faith is like a flower. In order to grow, it needs soil, water, and sun—food for the spirit. That’s just what this devotional is. Spiritual food to help your faith grow strong and beautiful.
Featuring 365 days of wisdom from your favorite Faithgirlz! authors, as well as quotes and questions from real girls like you, this devotional offers pages of inspiration on everything from navigating friendships, to taming the tongue, to trusting God in everything, big and small. Growing up can be tough, but Jesus is guiding you every step of the way.
Beauty of Believing combines the talents of Faithgirlz! authors Tasha K. Douglas, Mona Hodgson, Kristi Holl, Lois Walfred Johnson, Allia Zobel Nolan, and Nancy Rue, and their words of wisdom will help your faith bloom and flourish as you grow into the girl God wants you to be.
My Review:
This year devotion is sure to spark an interest with your daughter.   I enjoy the short yet effective and thought provoking devotionals.   Each devo starts with a a short intro on what the topic of the day, a memory verse, the devotional and the a more to explore and girl talk that will have girls thinking about a wide variety of questions.   The last section God Talk is all about prayer.   I enjoy the simple format that includes a great practice to get them in the habit of a daily devotional.  
Thanks Zondervan for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  I was very blessed to receive this book and was able to pass it on to a youth girl from my church!  :) 

About the Book Contributors:
Nancy N. Rue 
Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

Allia Zobel Nolan 
Former senior editor at Reader’s Digest, Allia Zobel Nolan is the bestselling author of over 160 books for children and adults. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Desmond, and their two cats.

Lois Walfrid Johnson 
Friend of families Lois Walfrid Johnson is a speaker, teacher of writing, and former instructor for Writer's Digest School. She is the author of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning series Let’s-Talk-About-It; Stories for Kids, the best-selling Adventures in Northwoods novels, the Riverboat Adventures series and the Viking Quest series. Readers from more than 40 countries have written to say, "I love your books. I can't put them down." Lois and her husband are the parents of three married children.

Kristi Holl 
Kristi Holl is an award-winning author of dozens of middle-grade novels and six devotionals for girls. As a writing instructor with a background in elementary education, Kristi's books are on many recommended reading lists and have been nominated for numerous Children's Choice Awards. Kristi is married and has three grown daughters. She lives in San Antonio, TX. Visit wwwkristiholl.com to learn more. 

Mona Hodgson 
Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 30 children's books and also writes 19th century historical fiction. In addition to writing and speaking, Mona likes to read mysteries and love stories, hike Arizona, travel to Africa, play table games, and play Wii Tennis. She lives in central Arizona where she spies roadrunners, quail, cottontail rabbits, and even an occasional skunk in her yard.

Tasha K Douglas 
Tasha K. Douglas is a daughter of the Father, a wife, and a mother of four. A believer in the transformative power of stories, Tasha communicates the message of the Father’s love to women and girls, whom she calls sisterfriends. A native Texan, Tasha and her family live near Dallas.
 
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