Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Year of Happy Living Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World By Alli Worthington

disclaimer:  i was given the book in this post for the purpose of review.  i was not paid to write this review

How would your life be different if you were just a bit happier every day for a year? What would you do to enjoy life just a little more day by day? Take your first step toward increased happiness with The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World by Alli Worthington.
You do your best to live life well—you work hard to be present in the moment, take care of the people in your life, knock it out of the park at work and home. And yet somehow, you still have days (perhaps more than you'd like to admit) where you're simultaneously stressed and bored, and you wonder if you even know how to be happy. Is happiness a worthy goal? Does happiness matter to God, or does He only care about holier things?
Alli Worthington gets it. As a wife, mother of five boys, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, she knows a thing or two about being busy, stressed, and happy in the midst of a crazy world! Over the years, she's seen how happiness gets a bad rap in Christian circles, and now she is standing up to shout the good news from the roof (or the internet, as the case may be): You are allowed to be happy! Yes, you! You can be happy right now!
Get rid of the common Christian misconception that happiness is somehow not holy, and grasp God’s intention for His children—that happiness and holiness can coexist for a beautiful life.
Join Alli for The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World and find the roots of your happiest life yet! With 100 inspirational devotions, beautiful art, and journaling pages throughout, this gorgeous devotional offers practical ways to make your life happier day by day.
Don’t miss the great big beautiful adventure God has for you right in your own life. Let this be The Year of Living Happy!

I love this book!  A year ago I got a huge wake up call, I was trying too hard to achieve my next goal.  If I could just buy this or do this I had myself convinced I would be happy.  Then I got into a car wreck and had a miscarriage.  In that moment when I hit bottom I realized my life was wonderful already.  I just sad it took something so sad to make me realize it.
  I have a great family and all I needed.  But "living happy" isn't a choice you make one day and than ta-da it is like that forever.  It is a choice you need to make every single day.  I love that this book promotes that in every single page.  Happiness is something we can achieve and this book deliveries a small piece of it in each page.  And the author doesn't just want you to read this book, she challenges you to reflect on it and even write your own notes.  A great book that I suggest for everyone! 

Colorful Holidays by Crayola

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

There was always 3 things I could count on every Christmas when I was a kid
1) I was getting some type of bath product
2) My brother, sister and I were getting a together gift
3) There was always a Crayola product under the tree for me

I always look forward to these 3 things and as a mom it is something I carried over into my adult life.  My boys always get a together gift, they always get bath stuff and they always get something from Crayola!  This year my boys are going to love the new products being offered by crayola, even I have to admit they out done themselves this time:

Scribble Scrubbie Pets
Scribble Scubbie Pets

Color, Rinse, Re-Pet! Crayola® Scribble Scrubbie™ Pets! are adorable, colorable and washable pet figures that little would-be groomers can customize again and again! Choose a pooch or get smitten with a kitten and color with the 6 included Scribble Scrubbie™ Washable Markers. And when you’re ready for something new, pop ‘em in the Scrub Tub to get cleaned up. Create new colorful coats as often as you like! There are 4 Scribble Scrubbie™ Pets inside and additional expansion packs (sold separately) for a total of 12 adorable pet characters. Collect them all!

Ultimate Light Board

Put your art in Lights! With the Crayola® Ultimate Light Board you can create amazing art and display it in a big, bold way. Just draw your masterpiece directly on to the Light Board surface and turn it on. Watch your designs shine! The bright LEDs built into the frame make the inks from the included Gel FX Markers really glow! The removable back panel makes tracing images a snap. And when you’re ready, just wipe the screen clean for unlimited creativity 

The thing I love most about Crayola is that it gives my boys a chance to be creative.  My oldest loves telling stories and he loves to draw his characters.   My youngest just loves art, sometimes if I take him somewhere (Like the zoo, a show or even something like feeding the ducks at a local pond)  he can't wait to get home and draw what he saw.  Thanks to products that Crayola offers my kids can express themselves in this way.  Crayola offers timeless products that will always be enjoyed!
These are only 2 of the many items being offered this holiday season by Crayola. 

Radz Five Nights at Freddy's

I was given products in this post for the purpose for review.

Halloween is almost here! What better way to celebrate than with your fave characters from the extremely popular survival horror video game Five Night’s at Freddy’s turned into candy dispensers!

Super spooky and scrumptious, each Radz Twistz Five Night’s at Freddy’s character comes with a 0.7oz pack of delicious Radz candy that comes in 4 EXCLUSIVE shocking flavours - Eerie Orange, Spooky Citrus, Shock Berry Blast, and Chilling Cherry! Radz candy is gluten-free, peanut-free, and kosher certified, making it safe for all trick-or-treaters to enjoy! All Radz Twistz character tops are interchangeable so as you collect more Twistz, more options to mix and match become available making it possible to customize and create your own unique characters Who will you create?!? These make for affordable and on-trend gifts for classmates or extra special goodies for the neighbors on your block when they ring your doorbell on Halloween night.  I live in the middle of no where, so if someone ventures out to my house I better make it worth their time lol 

Retail Locations: Walmart and Target

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Bulls i Toy holiday offerings

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.

This holiday season my boys and I got to do something really special.  Through our church we got to go shopping for kids whoms family don't have a lot of money.  At first I thought my kiddos were going to be upset and want to keep the toys for themselves.  To my delight they really got into it and I had to give them a spending cap!  They really loved it, and as a mom it felt good to see my boys more interested in given than in getting.  So I started to look for other places where my boys could shop for those less fortunate.  The thing is, I'm not rich!  So I have been trying to steer my kids in a more affordable direction when we been shopping.   Thanks to Bulls I Toys we have been able to do just that.  The have super cute, affordable toys that are really in right now.  Bulls i Toy’s hot holiday line-up of goodies is affordable and on-trend. Bulls i Toy’s goal is is to pack huge amounts of fun into these small items this holiday season.  I want to highlight just a few of them below:

Twist and lock from Block 2 Bot to create your very own figure or design! Join the BLOCK party and collect all 3!

The latest break through from the Brainstem Goo Lab has arrived – Putty Tins! Get ready for hours of creative fun without the sticky residue. With five different tins of goo to collect: Pearl, Crystal Clear, Glow-In-The-Dark, Magnetic and UV-Reactive, you can bounce it, stretch it, mold it, twist it, snap it, squeeze it, and sculp it!


Through our Brainstem products, Bulls-i-Toy aims to inspire children to think creatively, indulge in curiosity and acquire knowledge through play. Skele-Tubes contain one of six different dinosaur skeletons, each from a different extinct animal. Have a blast building your skeleton and be sure to check out your creature’s fun fact sheet included inside the tube! Collect all 6!

Unicorn poo

Ooey gooey unicorn poo that feels like liquid but plays like goo!ollect all 4 magical glitter goo combos! 100% Unicorn Poo!


Take an adorable animal and pair it with a super soft plush that is shaped in a round ball, and you get Squee-Zoo-Balls! There are eight slow rise plush squishy animals to collect and love!

These toys are affordable, fun and sure to ensure hours of fun!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Jesus Calling for Christmas

I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review

Are your holidays too hectic? Take a few minutes to savor the season with this beautiful Christmas edition of Jesus Calling devotions, a perfect gift that includes 50 short selections along with festive and breathtaking imagery.

Jesus Calling® for Christmas is a compilation of 50 seasonally appropriate devotions from Sarah Young's bestselling brand. In addition to the heartwarming devotions, enjoy the Christmas story from the Bible, Old Testament prophecies about the birth of Jesus, and exquisite images.
Whether a self-purchase to enhance your observation of Advent and the birth of the Christ child or a natural gift for friends and loved ones, Jesus Calling® for Christmas will prove an annual treasure for celebrating the season

I dare you to read this book and not fall in love!  Each story put me more into the true spirit of Christmas.  They stories are short enough that I have been reading one before bed each night.  The book is also small enough that I can tuck it into my purse.  I hate when I go to the doctors and spend 20 minutes in the waiting room, now I don't mind so much seeing as it gives me time to read.
And the photos in this book are stunning!  It is truly a book that will leave you in awe.