Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ONCE UPON A TIME HOLY BIBLE and ONCE UPON A TIME STORYBOOK BIBLE

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review


With Easter just around the corner now is the perfect time to start shopping for little ones Easter baskets.  I always put candy into their basket, but this year I also want to get gifts that will remind my boys the true meaning of Easter.  And that it isn't a day to find eggs and eat candy.  It is a day to celebrate and remember the remarkable gift that Christ gave us so many Easters ago.

That is why I am excited to be putting the Once upon a Time Holy Bible and Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible into my boys baskets this year.
And I know they are going to be a huge hit with all kiddos and here is why:

With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story. 
 The art will captivate Disney lovers with similar looking characters and color palettes 
  Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story! 
 What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.


I am excited we have a few "themed" children Bible in our home and they are always a hit with my boys!  It gets them excited to read the Bible.  

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time.” The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible, beautifully illustrated with fantastical artwork by Omar Aranda. Each captivating story is told in a way that will get children excited about reading the tales of real heroes of the Bible.

The NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible highlights six great stories from the Bible on 24 full-color inserts. Each story is told on four pages in full-color, illustrated splendor, and contains the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV).

Cooking with my boys Moore's Marinades & Sauces style

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

My boys love to be in the kitchen with me.  I got them "kid friendly" kitchen tools so they can help me chop, mix and blend!  My kids just like doing grown up things, I personally love the bonding time.  Years from now I hope my boys look back on the time they spent with me in the kitchen and smile.  

Here is the thing though about cooking with kids, the recipes need to be on the easy side.  I am talking 6-7 steps top.  If I have a recipe that is 20+ steps my kids loose interest.  I do like my homemade sauces and glazes, but those aren't recipes to make with the boys.
That is why I love Moore's Marinades and Sauces.  I get that great homemade taste without all the extra steps.  And the boys like just being able to pour the sauce on and go to the next step!

If you never tried Moore's products you don't know what you are missing!!  They have a huge selection of sauces and Marinades to choose from.  And there is so many recipes you can try the possibilities are limitless. 

Now this is not my recipe, it is directly from the Moore's page, but it is so good I just have to share it with you!!  I just want to make sure I give Moore's Marinades and Sauces the full credit for the recipe
Classic Buffalo Wing Recipes

Ingredients

1 cup Moore’s Original Marinade
1 cup Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce
1 pound fresh or frozen chicken wings; if frozen, thaw
 

Instructions

1. Pour Moore’s Original Marinade over meat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
2. Grill wings until cooked throughout. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.
3. In a large bowl, pour Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing sauce over wings and toss until thoroughly mixed.


And if Buffalo isn't your thing just try their bbq sauce!  Super easy recipe!  And with just 3 steps my boys can help the entire time!  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Let's Be Real

Disclaimer:  I was given the book in this post for review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own
A few years ago my life was turned upside down.  I entered into a deep depression.  Though I don't want to get into what got me there, I do want to say I was stuck.  It had gotten so bad that I stopped sleeping.  And if anyone has ever lacked sleep you will understand when I tell you being sleep deprived brought out my crazy.  But each night I would lay awake and just worry and drive myself crazy with "what ifs" and thoughts like "you aren't good enough, your life is going no where."
Satan started to lead me down a very dark path. 
It was around July 17th of that year that I decided no more and I took a hold of my life.   
The worse part is I was all smiles on the outside!  If someone would ask me 'how are you?' my instant response was "GREAT!!  I am doing GREAT!"  And with each fake smile and each false GREAT that I proclaimed a small part of me shriveled up.  I was determined that no one saw the weakness I had.  Determined to fake fine.  Determined to hide the truth, to hide the real.  I know this all happened around July 17th because my parents were away for my moms birthday.  And the 17th happens to be her birthday.  They were away the day I really did decide I couldn't do life like this anymore.  The worse day of my life, and strangely enough also the best.  It was the day I hit rock bottom and my depression/Satan almost won.  But it was also the day God reminded me just how strong I was.  The day God reminded me that it is okay to be weak and that in my weakness he will shine.  I called my dad at 5am (during his vacation!) and at that point I was up for almost 48hours.  
For the first time in a long time I got real.  I told my dad I wasn't okay and it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do.  Most people think pretending to be okay and faking fine makes them strong.  Admitting a weakness and exposing yourself takes more courage and truthfully without God I couldn't have done it.

From that day on I was determined to never fake fine again.  I still have not perfected the art of being real, but each day I get a bit closer.  And by letting go and letting God the journey of life isn't so bad anymore!   

The reason I am sharing this with all of you is because maybe you are in a similar situation.  Maybe you to are hurting on the inside, but smiling on the outside.  Maybe you like me have spent so long faking fine that you don't even know how to get back to real.  I don't have all the answers and truthfully I am not that great of a motivational speaker.  But I can tell you giving it up to God is step one.  Because nothing you do in life with be successful without him at the helm.  
And listen to others, you are not alone.  Let my testimony above be proof.  Life is messy and we all go through stuff.  Don't be ashamed  
Even famous people go through lifes bang ups just look at
 Natasha Bure's new book Let's be Real!  

With her spunky, artful, and unashamed attitude, Natasha Bure pushes back and gets real. Whether it’s acne, boyfriends, faith, stress, or having fun with girlfriends, Natasha shares her views on personal experiences, and shares insightful ways she’s approached road-blocks. To be put simply, no matter what you face, always be honest and real.
I love that this book deals with everyday situations where we tend to lie to ourselves and fake fine.





Thank You, God, for Grandpa

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review
My boys ADORE my dad.  To them he is Batman, Superman and Cyborg all mixed into to one.  With a dash of Thor and a whole lot of the Hulk.  
My dad is their hero.  And even though sometimes I get a bit jealous that they think he is cooler than me, I have to admit I couldn't of hand picked a better hero for them.

And my dad became my hero the day he told my boys that Jesus was his hero.  I felt real pride as my boys nodded their heads and   agreed that Jesus was their hero as well.  My dad may never know this, but my boys look up to him so much.  And in a world that seems to be pushing God out, in a generation where kids think God isn't cool, my dad made the choice easy for my boys. Because if PopPop loves Jesus he must be cool! 

When we saw the book Thank You, God, for Grandpa my boys DEMANDED we get it for my dad!

Thank You, God, for Grandpas,For Pops and Papas too,For Granddads, Gramps, and Grandpappies— They’re great, grand gifts from You! No matter what you call him, there is nothing like the love between a grandpa and his grandchild! With whimsical rhymes and charming illustrations, Thank You, God, for Grandpa encourages little ones to treasure God’s special gift of grandfathers. Grandpas and their grandchildren alike will love this heartwarming story that celebrates their sweet relationship. Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 800,000 copies, including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

The book is very short, but so sweet!  There is so much loved packed into the pages and the cute pictures had my boys entranced.  The pages are colorful and beautifully done.  It is a super easy read, my 6 year old  reads it and only needs a little bit of help from me.  It is a board book so it was easy for their little hands to hold and keep open.  And it really does showcase the greatness that is Grandpa's!  Playing catch, telling stories, icecream, learning about Jesus and so much more!
My boys can't wait to take it to my dads house and read it with him
To learn more or purchase your own copy see my link below:
Thank you, God, For Grandpa

Spring into Spring in fashion this year with Salley Hansen and Rimmel London!

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.
I LOVE WINTER!  There I said, I know a lot of people hate the cold, but I LOVE IT!  Each year I dread Spring, because it is a warning sign that summer is almost here 😓

The only saving grace about the summer months is I do have a bunch of cute dresses and a few pretty hats....  Okay and my summer shoe collection does kinda rock.  But still I hate summer!  

So instead of focusing on the fact that I am about to do my yearly melting I try instead to focus on the clothing and of course the fact I get to chance up my makeup!  

Salley Hansen and Rimmel London are just the pick me up I needed this year!  They both have come out with some pretty awesome products for Spring this year
MAGNIF’EYE YOUR EYE-LOOKS
ALL-IN-ONE PALETTE FOR NATURAL TO KNOCK-OUT EYE-LOOKS
Rimmel Introduces New Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Palette:
12-Pan All-in-One Eyeshadow, Liner & Highlighter Kit

Get ready to take your eye-look from day to night! Rimmel introduces new Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Palette, a twelve-pan all-in-one pressed eyeshadow, liner and highlighter kit. Now it’s easy to create endless contoured eye-looks, just like a beauty pro.

Rimmel has put everything you need for multi-dimensional eye looks in one handy kit. A spectrum of stay-true shades with a soft, double-ended applicator.
The line-up is a mix of twelve high-shimmer and matte shadows, which offers the perfect complementary colour range for infinite creations. Sculpt, shade and define your eyes to create day to night, and nude to daring looks. The beautifully blendable, ultra-smooth powder can be used on the lid, in the crease of the eye and as a liner to enhance and magnif’eye your eye color and shape. The non-crease, non-fade formula has serious staying power for eyes with lasting impact.

With three on-trend shade combos to choose from, there’s a kit for every Rimmel girl!
I choose the 
Keep Calm & Wear Gold 

It offers a molten mix of gold and copper hues with pale taupes to highlight and rich coffee and grey blue colors to define. Ideal for an edgy-elegant daytime eye. Or build-up the drama to create shimmering party looks.


And not one to be upstaged Salley Hansen is offering several new shades in their gel polish line
 BOHEMIAN BLOOMS: SALLY HANSEN LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION MIRACLE GEL™ “FESTIVAL FLORAL” COLLECTION

Get festival-ready with these new Miracle Gel™ shades for Spring 2017

Take your dreamy aesthetic to your nails! This Spring, the prettiest finishing touch to your wardrobe is a playful, floral manicure you can do at home. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is the revolutionary #1 no light gel system that is more chip-resistant than regular nail polish – it’s the next best thing to a salon gel manicure! Keep nails free-spirited with these eight festival-inspired shades.

The “Festival Floral” color collection:

Lilac Insomniac (new shade) – You won’t lose sleep over this taupe-tinged violet shade

Make Me Mauve (new shade) – Dance the night away in this deep, bright mauve

I don't know about you, but with some cute colors on my nails and a fresh new look on my eyes even I am ready to face the melting time of the year!