Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thank You Crimson Cord #TellMeYours

It's Thanksgiving Week and I am so inspired by my husbands spoken word video he created to thank the many people who have helped shape him in the man he is.  :)   

He also entered this in a contest!  :)  Feel free to share and like it!  :)

Hope it encourages you to say THANK-YOU  to the ones who impacted you!   


The Legend of St. Nicholas Book Review and Giveaway



In The Legend of St. Nicholas, the new artwork, created by Marley and Me illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, captivates audiences and tells the story of a young man named Nicholas, who was moved by the plight of the poor and needy. Nicholas spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve to remind people of the greatest Gift of all, Jesus Christ. This gentle Christmas book introduces the original St. Nicholas and offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves. The final pages in the book include fun Father Christmas traditions in other lands.


My Review:

As a christian parent it is so easy to get caught up in the worlds view of Christmas.  Every where you look is Santa Claus.   I have always enjoyed the history behind St. Nick and this story not only captures the true meaning of Christmas it also inspires kids to take a look around and fill a need rather then receiving.  

My seven and three year old loved hearing the history behind a boy named Nick and how he made a difference with the money he had.   Since we do not do Santa in our house this helped them understand how Santa was created but them helped them focus on Jesus- the TRUE reason for Christmas.  

I encourage all parents to read this book but when you finish sit down and talk about how you can reach people in your community.   Do you kids really need a million things under the tree or can you use some of that money to pay for a homeless child to be off the streets for a month?   Can you help stock your local food pantry?   Can you organize your own coat drive?    

You will want to give this book to any child this Christmas season so make sure to enter the giveaway below.  

Thanks Zondervan for supplying this book in exchange for an honest review and supplying a book to one winner.  All opinions are 100% mine and I was not paid for this review.   

Time to enter the giveaway below using the easy rafflecopter form.   Please let me know if you have any questions!  


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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 Kemosabe 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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Southwest Beverages has an AMAZING

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 

or online. Fundraising info is here: http://southwestbeverages.3dcartstores.com/Program-


 
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