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
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

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! 

Montel Williams Launching New Line of Products

Disclaimer:  Products in this post were provided to me as compensation for this posting.  I was not paid to write this post
I am a busy mom always on the go.  It is nothing for me to have several things to do each day.  Between going to work, practices, tutoring and all the stuff in between I don't have time for much else.
That is why I need dependable products in my home!  We use to have a washer that wouldn't go into the spin/rinse or any cycle on its own.  I would have to wait there and when I heard a click manually move it to the next phase.  Needless to say when my hubby finally caved and got us a new one I did a little happy dance!  I didn't have time to do that each time the clothing needed to be washed.  Say came be said when I make dinner, I don't have time (Or patience) to work with faulty items that sometimes do what they are suppose to.
I want something that gets the job done right the first time!  And that is why I am in love with Montel Williams new line of Products!
After years of seeking out effective and innovative healthy living and wellness products for his own health, Montel Williams has developed and launched his own product line—Living Well with Montel Products. The categories in the line include fitness, nutraceuticals and housewares, with a kitchen line of small appliances consisting of a personal blender, a pressure cooker, a 3-in-1 multi cooker, a microwave cooker, a frozen dessert maker, and a smokeless portable grill. 

I personally was able to review the 


From soups to pot roast, the Living Well with MontelTM 6 Quart Pressure Cooker will be the most valuable addition to your kitchen.
• 12 preset cooking options: Soup/Stew, Canning, Slow Cooker, Beans/Lentils, Fish/Vegetables, Steam, Chicken, Meat and Keep Warm
• Stainless steel house with non-stick, double coated, aluminum 6 quart cooking pot
• Unique displacement pressure release system
• Programmable and Easy-to-Read LED Display
• Includes Ladle, Spatula, Measuring Cup, Steam
Tray, and Recipe Book with Montel’s Secret Family recipes too
• 1000W

And if you didn't realize for the start of my post what I lack let me remind you........ TIME.
This pressure cookers cuts my cooking time in half (Sometimes even more).  It is super easy to use, and have so many different features!  I mean how many devices in your home can can jars, cook soup and then steam some veggies??  This one device can take the place of several.  I am so feeling the extra kitchen space I now have since I was able to get rid of several items and replace it with this one.

As I mentioned this is only one of the items being offered in the new Montel Williams line.  To see them all check out my link below:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fill their baskets with a treat then can enjoy over and over again Zondervan books

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
Every Easter I get my boys a basket full of candy and cringe as they munch away on it.  Countless hours at the dentist makes me more aware of just how much sugar they come in contact with.   Plus if we are going to be 100% honest I hate that "Easter" has become about candy and gifts in my house.  Easter should be a day of celebration, a day that we remind ourselves of the gift Christ freely gave us.

I don't see my hubby and kiddos going for a gift-less Easter (Or Christmas for that matter) anytime soon though.  So this year when I fill my boys baskets I want to make sure to give them gifts that count.  Ones that helps them to understand the true meaning of Easter.  Ones that remind them that no bunny's gift can ever compare to the one Jesus gave them.
Thanks to Zondervan books I can do just that, I can give them a gift that reminds them of Jesus's love and reminds them of the real reason we celebrate this time of the year

They have a huge collection of books, and the two I plan to feature today are only 2 of many!

The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker And Activity Book

The Berenstain Bears come to life with puzzles, activity pages, and reusable stickers in the newest Berenstain Bears sticker and activity book The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book. Celebrate Easter and the joy and fun of springtime with the Bear family and their Bear Country friends and neighbors.

The Berenstain Bears love their pets Little Lady, Gracie, Swish, and Cutsie. So when Preacher Brown holds a special Blessing of the Pets service on Sunday, the Bear family joins in. But what starts as a peaceful gathering of Bear Country neighbors and their animal friends ends up needing a little heavenly intervention!