Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE ON SALE NOW FOR THE GIANT CENTER

Enter a world of magic with Disney on Ice newest show Passport to Adventure!!  Coming to the Hershey Giant center April 6th thur April 9th
HERSHEY, PA, FEBRUARY 3, 2017 - Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four timeless worlds in one fun-filled ice production! Celebrate the most memorable Disney tales with all your favorite characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure at the Giant Center April 6-9, 2017.


 You and your family will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to meet up with Tinker Bell. You’ll also be whisked away to Arendelle for an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite, huggable snowman Olaf, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all. Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Upbeat music, lovable characters and unforgettable moments make this an experience families will cherish forever!


Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure start at Disney on Ice can be seen at one of seven local performances at The Giant Center in Hershey beginning Thursday, Apr. 6. Show times include: Apr. 6, 7:00 p.m.; Apr. 7, 7:00 p.m.; Apr. 8, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Apr. 9, 1:00p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com, The Giant Center Box Office and www.disneyonice.com. Tickets start at $15.

We took my boys to several Disney on Ice shows, though the show only lasted a couple of hours the memories last forever!  And yes I say forever because I am 29 and still remember the shows my nanny took me to as a child!!

The shows are fun, the music is epic and the memories last a life time!   Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure is a new way to enjoy the magic of our favorite Disney characters!

Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness How Pain Reveals His Deepest Love By Charles Stanley

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


Is it possible to be broken and blessed at the same time?
Life brings so many hardships, from failed marriages to lost jobs, from health crises to broken relationships. How can we stay strong in our faith in spite of these obstacles? Trusted pastor and bestselling author Dr. Charles F. Stanley answers these questions and more in Finding God’s Blessings in Brokenness. “Affliction acts as spiritual fertilizer on a believer’s faith,” he says, and can enrich our hearts and spirit.
Perhaps you’ve already experienced circumstances so shattering that you may wonder if it’s even possible to pick up the pieces. And maybe you can’t. But God can—and the good news is He wants to reassemble the shards of your life into a wholeness that comes only from Him.


I tend to wake up in a slightly grumpy mood.  I have sleep insomnia and after a restless night that 5:30am alarm is just a bit much.  Add to that I have 50 minutes to get myself, two small boys and 3 pups all taken care of before I need to be out the door and on my way to work, yeah you have a very grumpy/over whelmed mama.

Each morning after I take my pups out I come in pour myself a glass or Orange Juice and read a little bit of my devotionals.  The reason is, it sets me straight.  It soothes my soul to dive into God's word.  It resets me and 99.9% of the time just puts in me a much better mood.
Such was the case with this book 'Finding God's Blessing in Brokenness' not only do the words bring peace, but each photo is awe inspiring!   Some days I could just open the book and stare at the photo which show case the glory of God.
Though the book is small the message is big, and it is the perfect pick me up for those mornings when I wake up feeling BLAH!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

A Spectacle of Glory: God's Light Shining through Me Every Day Hardcover by Joni Eareckson Tada (Author), Larry Libby (Contributor)

 Disclaimer  i was given this book for the purpose of review

Do you ever wonder why God created you? The Bible spells it out plainly: God created you to showcase His glory—to enjoy it, display it, and demonstrate it every day to all those you encounter. 
After nearly 50 years of living as a quadriplegic, and dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis, Joni has learned firsthand the importance of glorifying God through the toughest of situations. Through this devotional, Joni will help you discover how to put God’s glory on display—how to say no to complaining and say yes to daily following God down even the most difficult paths. Along the way, you will find great comfort and encouragement by focusing on the one who longs to lead and guide you every step of the way, every day. 
Don’t ever think your life is too ordinary, your world too small, or your work too insignificant. All of it is a stage set for you to glorify God.


This is a beautiful devotional! Each day of the devotional makes me think and pulls me closer to God.  I think anyone who is walking with God with enjoy it.  It has scripture, a devotional and a short prayer for each day.  I didn't finish it yet, but each day so far has been encouraging.  The devotions are very easy to follow and can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter where you are with your walk with God

The book itself is a nice size and easily fits into my purse. The words are also a nice size, I could see maybe an elder person having a hard time with the size, but for me they were perfect


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I Am A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is By Michele Cushatt

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
I am....  Does anyone have a hard time finishing that sentence?  I mean I can easy say I am a mom, I am a woman, I am a wife, but these are my titles.  
Who am I really?  When you peel back the layers who am I?  I cannot give you those answers, I cant even answer them about myself most days.  There is a book though that can help and it is

The day I figured out that I cannot know who I Am until I learn to see myself in the eyes of God things became clearer.  As a mom I spent a lot of time wondering can I do be doing better, am I doing a good enough job raising my boys?  Could I work more hours, could I do more activities with them?  Do we live in a nice enough house.  As a wife I wonder very similar things.  At work I worry if I am pulling my weight with the work load, at Church I worry I don't give enough of my time to help out.  I worry that I don't call my family often enough. 
 I worry constantly am I good enough?

The pressure to do more, be more has never been more intense. Online marketing. Self-help books. Movies, magazines and gym memberships. Even church attendance and social media streams have become a means of comparing ourselves to impossible standards. Am I pretty enough? Hip enough? Spiritual enough?
We fear the answer is “No.”
When a brutal bout with cancer changed how she looked, talked, and lived, Michele Cushatt embarked on a soul-deep journey to rediscover herself. The typical self-esteem strategies and positivity plans weren’t enough. Instead, she needed a new foundation, one that wouldn’t prove flimsy when faced with the onslaught of day-to-day life.
With raw personal stories, rock-solid biblical teaching, and radical truths on which to rebuild your life, I Am will help you:
• End the barrage of negative self-talk with an empowering new narrative.
• Refuse to ride the rollercoaster of others’ opinions and start believing what God’s says about you.
• Stop agonizing over past regrets and failures and make peace with God’s sovereign plan for your life.
• Leave insecurity behind as you exchange temporary fixes for an identity established on God’s unchanging affection.
I Am reminds us that our value isn’t found in our talents, achievements, relationships, or appearance. It is instead found in a God who chose us, sent us, and promised to be with us—forever.
I adore this book!  It is so powerful and is filled with Biblical Truths and relate-able stories.  I spend so much time trying to figure out who I am by people standards.  I worry about stuff that doesn't need to be worried about.  This book took me on a self discovery process that really helped me!  It is like a 60day devotional, but as I go through life I can see myself picking it up again.  10 years from now I will be in a much different place and may need to do more self examination.  If ever you need to be reminded of who you are in Christ this is the book for you!  The author was very real and raw in this book.  I can tell she put her heart and soul into the words and I feel anyone who picks up this book with benefit dearly from it 

MIRACLE MINDSET: A Mother, Her Son, and Life’s Hardest Lessons by celebrity health expert and bestselling author JJ Virgin.

Disclaimer:  I was given the book in this post for the purpose of review I was not paid to write this review all opinions are my own.
My greatest fear is something  happening to my kids.  And I am going to be honest with you, if something were to happen to them I would not be okay.  I think the me I am now would cease to exist.  I don't know how I would get through a day let alone the rest of my life.

Author JJ Virgin, lived this nightmare when her son was struck by a hit-and-run driver.  As a mom thinking of the pain she felt in that moment brings tears to my eyes.  Could you imagine someone running over your child and just driving away?  And then the doctors told her that he would not live through the night.  I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that moment must have brought.  And I have to say JJ Virgin is a very strong woman, because in the moment I would have given up she started to fight!  
Celebrity health expert and four-time New York Times bestselling author, JJ Virgin reveals how one life-altering event taught her to tap into an indomitable mindset, trust her instincts, and defy the odds, ultimately saving her son’s life…and her own. She’ll share the lessons she learned that can help you create your own resilient mindset.

In 2012, JJ Virgin was in a hospital room next to her sixteen-year-old son who was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left for dead. She was told by doctors that he wouldn’t last through the night and to let him go. With every reason to give up, JJ chose instead to invest her energy into the hope that her son would not just survive, but thrive. In Miracle Mindset, she shares the lessons that gave her the courage to overcome the worst moment of her life.

During this difficult time, she learned valuable personal lessons that helped her rebuild her life and find success and purpose in herself, her work, and teach her sons and community how to face their own obstacles and trials. Lessons like “Don’t Wish It Were Easier, Make Yourself Stronger” and “Your Limitations will Become Your Life” will lead you to your own personal power and purpose, even when the deck seems stacked against you.

With true stories from her life, her clients, and other well-known thought leaders, she can help you transform your mindset and your daily habits to endure the difficult battles that life sends your way. Insightful, personal, and completely relatable, Miracle Mindset proves that miracles are possible when you show up, remain positive, and do the work

Powerful, if I had to in one word tell you about this book it would be powerful.  Not only does JJ Virgin show true strength so do her sons.  Giving up was never an option for her and she fought every single day for her son.  She is living proof that you need to be strong, have courage and be the driving force in your own life.  I would highly recommend this book to EVERYONE   

Friday, February 10, 2017

Zonderkidz books on the month

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.
We have several book shelves in my home and they are all filled.  Brandon Jr, Quinn and I read and read and read.  My hubby is more of a TV guy so he doesn't get it, but he is starting to get a little angry that his DVD space seems to be getting smaller :)

Needless to say my boys and I are always how the hunt for the next great read.  And you just can't go wrong when shopping at Zonderkidz!  They have books for all ages and so many choices it is a book lovers dream shop.

Here is a peak at a few of the books being offered right now:
The Jesus Storybook BibleGift Editionby Sally Lloyd-JonesStorybook Bible Ages 3 and up

QUICK OVERVIEW: The Jesus Storybook Bible, with over two million copies sold, celebrates its phenomenal success with this beautiful clothbound gift edition. Written by New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, The Jesus Storybook Bible shows children that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation.

My boys LOVE this book, and I so understand why.  It takes the story of Jesus and makes it easier for them to understand.  It takes it to their level.  There is photos, and the words are easy.  My 9 year old has been reading it to my younger son and he never has to ask for help with words.  

Next up I was able to review 2 different children Bibles.  Each of them very unique in their own special way.
NIV Investigator's Holy Bible, HardcoverUncover The Truth Of The Bible
Using a detective theme, the two color NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible explains Biblical text for children ages 6–10 using easy to understand, honest language. It also has many features that explain the essentials of each book and challenging concepts.
Again I love the photos in this book that accompany the little note sections.  Through out the Investigator's Bible there is little areas that break down for the kiddos what they are reading.  The Bible has everything my Bible has, but it makes it more understandable for kids.

Last but not least I was able to review the NIV The Plans I have For You Holy Bible

The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible, in the New International Version, inspires readers of all ages to dream about their future. God has great plans for each and every one of us, and this Bible encourages children to think about the talents that make them special and helps them imagine how God may use their unique traits to make the world a better place.

So I gave this Bible to my 9 year old.  There isnt as many photos in this one, but the Bible is broken down a bit more for him to understand.  After each book of the Bible they have a little review (Title God's Big Plan or even little prayers for kiddos to enjoy) Growing up I didn't have a great connecting with God.  My parents didn't take me to Church and God wasn't talked about.  I didn't want that for my boys.  I wanted them to know God and all he has done, is doing and will do for them.  This Bible encourages my kids to dream big with it sweet notes and little prayers.

The books I reviewed are only a few of the books being offered by Zondervan.  They have so many other choices!

Strengths Based Marriage: Build a Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other's Gifts by Jimmy Evans (Author), Allan Kelsey (Author)

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 mom did not always give the best advice, in fact some of my worst mistakes happened because I followed her advice.  The one thing my mom always told my siblings and I growing up though is that a marriage takes work.
As a little girl I didn't get that and just blew it off, fast forward several years.  I now have a hubby and two amazing little boys and I get it.  The key is to understand

That is why I thought this book would be a great way to strengthen an already pretty healthy marriage.  Sadly this book missed the mark, why you may ask?
Because you need to buy a $89 test for this book to be of any value at all.  I didn't pay it, my hubby and I have the money where we can easily do that.  Other couples may not and I think charging that price for a code to take a test that should be included in the book is crazy!
Sadly this book will now be a dust collector on my shelf :(  I do feel that if they would have included the code for the rest right in the book it would have been a HUGE hit in my home.

If you have the money and do not mind paying the cost for the test please check out my link below:
Strengths Based Marriage: Build a Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other's Gifts 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Toastees by Almondina

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.
I feel like my family is always on the go lately.  We try to fit practice, work, appointments, school, homework and house work into a very small time frame.  Add to that our Church functions, dinner, grocery shopping and laundry and we pretty much have 0 time for anything else.
Sadly our diets are suffering since we tend to just grab anything when on the go.  I am guilty of not having a lot of healthy choices.  
So the past few weeks I have been trying harder to present my family with healthier choices.  Instead of soda cans I replaced them with water and single serve juices.
Instead of candy bars and chips I replaced them with granola bars and Toastees from Almondina.

Never heard of Toastees?
Almondina cookies have been on the market for over a quarter of a century. Almondina now introduces Toastees, a new snack/cookie, that is the first product introduced by the next generation of the Almondina family. Toastees are being carried coast-to-coast by stores including all Sprouts Markets, Bed Bath & Beyond, Publix, Fairway Markets, Kroger Michigan, Amazon, Almondina.com and others.
They come in 3 flavors
Cranberry Almond – the toasted goodness of premium almonds combined with the tang of dried cranberries


Sesame Almond – healthy sesame flavor with almonds making snacking or spreads equally enticing

Coconut Orange Almond – the citrus comes through with the dual nuttiness of toasted coconut and almond making this a perfect anytime snack

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Talk Yourself Happy By Kristi Watts

disclaimer:  i was given a copy of this book for the purpose of review I was not paid to write this book, all opinions are my own.


Book Description

Former cohost of The 700 Club Kristi Watts reveals the pitfalls that keep Christians from true joy and demonstrates the transformational power of speaking the words and promises of God.
How does a person bounce back after being beaten down personally, professionally, and emotionally? What impact do words, thoughts, and beliefs have in determining one’s level of happiness? Kristi Watts asked herself these questions after her marriage dissolved and she left a high-profile position as a cohost of The 700 Club. Initially excited to walk into a new season of life that she thought held the key to happiness, she soon stumbled into emotional pitfalls that left her discouraged, disappointed, and distant from God. Known as the upbeat host who was always filled with joy and laughter, she was anything but—yet she was determined to get her happy back! But how? By learning, as Kristi did, that true happiness is not simply acquired but rather cultivated.
When one’s words focus on faulty perspectives, faith is quickly derailed, but by remembering God’s blessings and verbally claiming His promises, hearts change. Using biblical principles, Talk Yourself Happy illustrates the importance of relying on God to tame our tongues and train our minds, and it exposes the hidden traps that keep Christians from living lives of happiness, empowering readers with the ultimate transformation of their hearts.
I love it when I open a book and it feels like I am reading a letter from a friend.  Such was the case with this book, the author is so relate-able that I would read 50 pages without even realize just how long I was reading!  And yes that is my way of saying it is a real page turner.
I love that the author uses situations that all of us can relate to.  And she gives us advice on how to talk ourselves into a happy place.  She reminds us that we are not alone.  I love how she reminds us to use scripture no matter what hardship we are going through.

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