Friday, February 23, 2018

One Heck Of A Bouquet


Between my regularly scheduled off days and sick time, I've missed work nine days in a row.  Luckily, I had the time accrued and it doesn't count against me.

Coming back in to work last night, I was greeted with a Get Well bouquet....a broccoli bouquet with baby's breath, to be exact. 

I love to eat broccoli - raw, steamed, microwaved, or otherwise.  So, the 9-1-1 gang knew just the thing to get my spirits up when they presented me with this creative sentiment. 

Chalk one up for creativity!

Celebrate National Cherry Month with Welch's Fruit Snacks - Review and Giveaway


Did you know February is National Cherry Month?  

In celebration, I'd like to introduce you to Welch's Cherry Fruit 'n Yogurt Fruit Snacks. Made with real fruit and surrounded by creamy yogurt for a melt in your mouth taste, Welch's Cherry Fruit 'n Yogurt are uniquely delicious and perfect for the whole family to enjoy while celebrating National Cherry Month.

My kids, all teens and above, are pros at raiding my pantry.  They're always on the prowl for a snack, and I keep a variety on hand.  From time to time I purchase Welch's Fruit Snacks.  And now we're excited to have recently tried Welch's Cherry Fruit 'n Yogurt fruit snacks.  They're convenient pre-packaged snacks that can be taken right out of the box and eaten immediately.  These snacks come in eight packages to a box, with approximately 20 fruit 'n yogurt bites in each pouch.  They're packed with delicious flavor and soft texture. They're perfect to pack in a lunchbox or to eat as an after-school snack.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 110

I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 110.  If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

I'm on day ten of battling the flu and its effects.  Went back to the doctor yesterday and he said the blood work showed low levels in platelets and white blood cells, meaning an additional viral infection in addition to the flu and pneumonia.  I'm starting this year off great!  Prayers appreciated.

John 11:4 
When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

Monday, February 19, 2018

Baby Magic: Keeping Up with the Baby Boom - Giveaway


Have you been keeping up with the celebrity baby boom this year? As Kylie Jenner announced her secret pregnancy and delivery, and Chrissy Teigen, and Jessie James Decker are all expecting – Baby Magic wanted to make sure you have all the product they will be stocking their diaper bags with!

Baby Magic Original Baby Lotion – This original baby lotion has been the go-to hyper allergenic product for many years. The nourishing baby lotion is perfect for babies with sensitive skin. After all, no one enjoys a screaming baby with irritated skin!


Baby Magic Calming Baby Bath - This baby wash is perfect before bed time and nap time; This gentle baby bath product is one of the only products in the market containing pure lavender and chamomile extracts.

Baby Magic Calming Baby Lotion - Baby Magic Lavender and Chamomile Calming Baby Lotion is a rich and creamy baby lotion enhanced with Vitamins and Aloe formulated with real Lavender and Chamomile extracts to calm your baby. When bedtime is near, a tender massage with our Calming Baby Lotion will help your baby sleep while keeping skin moisturized all through the night.


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THE STAR - DVD Review

From the studio that brought you MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN & CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself.

AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR arrives for the first time on Digital on February 6 and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital February 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The heartwarming animated comedy follows a small but brave donkey named Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”), who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth (voiced by Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”), a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, Friends From College), a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels voiced by Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told.

Rounding out the all-star voice cast including Gina Rodriguez (“Jane The Virgin”) as Mary, Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Joseph, Grammy® Award-Winner Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames  (Mission Impossible) as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias (Coco, Ferdinand) as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”) as Edith the cow, Emmy® and Tony® Award-Winner Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) as King Herod.


Bonus Materials Include:

 Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends: In this all new song, sing along with your favorite characters including Bo, Dave, Ruth and the unforgettable camels
"Life Is Good" Dance-Along: Shake your tail feathers and move your hooves in this fun dance along
Lyric Sing-Along Videos: Enjoy the eclectic and inspiring music of THE STAR with these colorful lyric videos that allow you to sing along with your favorite recording artists
“The Star” by Mariah Carey
“Can You See” by Fifth Harmony
“Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini
“We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin
“Life Is Good” by A Great Big World
Sweet and Sparkly Stars: Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round
Star Mason Jar Votives: Let the light of THE STAR shine with this simple yet stunning craft
Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day
An All-Star Cast: Meet the stars of the film and explore the exciting voice cast who bring these amazing characters to life

THE STAR has a run time of approximately 86 minutes and is rated PG: for some thematic elements.

My Review:

I watched THE STAR with my daughter and son-in-law when it was first released to theater.  And now, I own the film on DVD and watched it with my teen son last night.  To speak of the film, it's one that families can watch together to get a glimpse of Jesus' birth.  THE STAR features expressive animation of animals who follow Mary and Joseph on the journey that changed their lives.  Although the film sometimes sways from the true telling of the real story, it stays mostly on course from the beginning of Mary being told by an angel that she was pregnant to the birth of Christ in a manger.  After viewing the film on DVD, Logan and I watched a few of the lyric videos that's included as part of the bonus material.  I'd recommend THE STAR as a delightful family film that brings visualization to an epic birth.

I received DVD for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Short Vacay at the Hotel Hospital


Fingers (and toes) crossed, I may be on my way back to "normal". 

I had mentioned a few days ago that I had an illness and it turned out to be Influenza B (aka, The Nasty Flu Bug).  I went to the walk-in clinic on Valentine's Day and was given a cough suppressant with codeine.  My body hated it as much as the flu.

My husband purchased a lovely card and Ghiradelli chocolates as a V-Day gift for me.  I got him...nothing.  It wasn't for lack of want; It was for lack of any energy.  But, hey, I did manage to whisk him away to a walk-in clinic for about two hours and let him sit with me while I was diagnosed.  Love at its finest!

Valentine's gifts from hubby

The next day was Jason's birthday.  Again, there was very little good about it on his part.  I was still sicker than a dog.  He went to church that night and, once home, his two oldest daughters brought over pizza and cookies.  Not one to let him have time in the limelight, I started profusely vomiting and peeing all over myself.  More than once.

I managed to lay down for a few hours before waking up to start the whole process all over again.  We headed into the ER at 2:45 am and it was shortly determined that I'd be admitted.  My body had taken on pneumonia, on top of the flu.  

Jake and the Neverland Pirates room....that's how I roll

Maybe it's because I act like a kid, but I was admitted to the pediatrics unit and that's where I spent Friday and Saturday night.  Ironically enough, I had booked a suite a week ago at a local Holiday Inn for me and Jason to stay in on Friday night as part of a staycay getaway.  As I'm sure you can deduce, that didn't happen.  Kicker:  Non-refundable!  

Sooo, a couple who are friends with my sister were able to enjoy a free night at the suite, courtesy of us.  Bright lining:  At least someone got to enjoy it.
Get-well bouquet from my sister and niece

My oxygen levels kept dropping dangerously low and it was a huge concern.  I also had spots on my chest that were of some concern.  Dr. ordered a CT scan to rule out a blood clot.  That's when I had a mini meltdown.  I'd done been stuck by so many needles and drugged with so many inhalers, steroids and antibiotics that I was getting downright drained.  My husband was a beast and became my super support system.  To the rescue, once again!

The doctor wanted to keep me admitted again tonight but wasn't absolutely against me going home.  After deciding I'd feel better in my own bed, I'm now back at my abode trying to get on the mend.  I've got a whole arsenal of meds and supplies.

I'm off work for the next few days and have orders not to overexert myself.  Now my concern is Jason.  He's been coming down with an illness and I fear it's similar to what I have.  If you're the praying kind, it'd be much appreciated.

Visit from my sisters
I can't claim to be one of those people who look cutesy when they're in a hospital.  It is what it is.

I've noticed that some of you, my readers, have been down with the flu bug this year as well.  Been keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.  #ItsNoJoke

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 109

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I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 109.  If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

I would appreciate prayers for myself.  I've been down for the last four days with Influenza B (aka, the flu).  If you've had it, I'm sure I don't need to tell you how miserable it is.  I think I'm back on the upswing but I've had a reaction to the cough syrup with codeine and it's made me quite ill.  I just wanna feel normal again.  Thanks in advance.

1 Corinthians 9:23 
I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.