Thursday, December 29, 2022

TeamPlanting - Natural Crystal Jewelry Review

Other than earrings, I like to wear jewelry.  I especially like the pieces that give a statement.  TeamPlanting does just that.  The company specializes in natural crystals, which helps you maintain focus, healing, and fulfillment.  Not only that, you will be directly helping the environment by planting new trees when you purchase their jewelry.  

A top fan favorite is their Original Tree of Life Chakra Bracelet.  Available in several colors, this bracelet is intended to release any toxic emotions stopping you from living your natural state of joy and vitality.  Assembled with high-quality materials, it has an adjustable drawstring to fit all wrists.  

As well, the Soothing Relaxation - Amethyst Chakra Necklace challenges your inner self to come outside and dispel negativity through the Amethyst stones' tranquil vibrations.  I'm not necessarily into the whole idea of crystals and what they represent.  It's not something I've ever delved into before.  But, I do like the jewelry that's crafted and designed by TeamPlanting.  I also like the mission that they're behind.  Via email, I received a certificate for restoring lost habitats and conserving forest in high needs.

With the certificate, I can discover the planting site via the company's TreeLocator™ and track your seedlings journey.  I also get knowledge of the wildlife species I've helped.  

Both the necklace and bracelet are constructed very well and they are very pretty.  I enjoy wearing both and receiving compliments from others.  

I received products 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.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Great Games to Gift for the Holidays

 If you're searching for some fun games to gift (or play yourself) this holiday season, here are a few suggestions:

Your Mission? Don’t Go Boom! Get the lowest score in 3 rounds by totaling up the numbers on each player's minefield cards. Watch out for Big Bad Bomb cards, they’re worth 15 points each. Explosively fun card games by Inspiration Play. Inspired by the parlor card game, Golf.

Have a BLAST - Other kids games on the market move slowly and can’t keep attention. The Don’t Go Boom card games for kids keep you and your kids guessing down to the last card. Approx. 25 mins. (2 - 6 players)


Run, seek, hide, record your living will, beg for mercy, leave creepy notes. It’s Suburbos vs the killer in this real time, riotous horror game.

FOR AGES 12+, 4-12 PLAYERS: A unique, teen-oriented game that’s active, social and exciting
REQUIREMENTS:  A front door, room to run and hide, cell phones, an adventurous spirit


Back with a brand new look, the award-winning STEM dice game uses a uniquely numbered dice system with a number of games ranging from simple to complex, covering a broad range of ages who can benefit from gameplay. At home or on the go, playing with this small-but-mighty dice set for just a few minutes a day sharpens math skills and masters essential building blocks for higher academic achievement. In total, there are 11 games to choose from! For learners 6 years old and up.

Includes 4 patent pending PlaySmart Dice, 1 travel bag, rule book with 11 math games and 20 chips


 Double Ditto is a fast paced family game that can be played with kids 8 years & up to adults. A customizable card game that allows for creativity with answers and has other players guessing the answers of competitors.

How to Play: Pick a card, read it aloud, & quickly write down two answers you think others will imagine. Laugh or cry as you discover if you were correct. Find out whose mind is in sync with yours. It may not be who you'd expect! 

What You Get: 400 category cards, a 15-second timer, score sheets, & instruction card. Play Time: 25 minutes. 

Which of these games would you most like to play?

I received products in exchange for this post.  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.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix - : #PFChristmasMIN #PureFlixVIPAmbassador #MomentumInfluencerNetwork Review and Giveaway

This is the year to celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix! With 190 movies to inspire and encourage the whole family this season, you’ll experience the difference that positive entertainment can have.  With new quality faith and family entertainment every week, celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix and be inspired and encouraged all season long.  Join now and celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix.

One movie that can be seen on Pure Flix is Welcome to Hope: A Holiday Homecoming.  I was asked to view the film and give my thoughts.   

Film Synopsis:

The residents of Hope, NY come to the aid of displaced foster children after St. Jerome's Home for Children has a fire right before Christmas, and many families find the foster children complete their homes.

My Review:

A fire in a foster home leaves many children without a place to stay.  The fact that it's around the holidays adds stress.  Two children in particular are a focal point of this film, a brother and sister who are placed in the home of someone who isn't too keen on children.  It's entertaining to watch how they react to each other.  The oldest child, a girl, doesn't believe she will ever be adopted by a family and has struggles with how to handle it.  First of all, have your Kleenex ready.  Secondly, this is a movie that brings hope and love in circumstances that may otherwise fail.  I recommend it as a good movie to watch during the holiday season.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Sweet Dreams, Lil Paw - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

 Book Overview:

Author: Bruce Dierking

Publication Date: 12/1/22

Page count: 24

Format: Board Book

Price: $9.99

Publisher: Circle D Publishing LLC

ISBN: 979-8986096407

Synopsis: It is hard being the youngest and smallest one in the family. Especially when your bedtime comes first, and you are feeling sad and afraid. Lil is just a pup, but she’s got big dreams, and nothing is going to hold her back! Sweet Dreams, Lil Paw is the first book in the Power Paws series, a collection of children’s stories designed to grow with its readers from birth to age 10 by evolving in complexity and maturity to track with a child’s intellectual and emotional growth and reading abilities.

My Review:

I have a grandson that will soon be five months old.  He has two fur brothers that aren't that far off in age.  Sweet Dreams, Lil Paw is perfect for Emmett because it's a board book with a cute message that features pups.

This board books tells of a pup named Lil.  She is a breed of water dogs and her family has quite the accolades of being good in the water.  Lil is still a pup and somewhat afraid she won't fit in.  But, in her dreams, she is big, powerful, and brave.  She is not afraid of anything.  And, hopefully someday, her dreams will become a reality.

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I received book 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.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Halloween Weekend at Woodyz Acres

Charli looking ever so creepy

I know, I know...We're almost to Christmas and I'm just now posting about Halloween.  Merry Everything!

Halloween Weekend at Woodyz Acres was a success.  Several peopled dressed up and decorated their campers for an influx of trick-or-treaters.  Over 300 kids came by to get candy.  Later in the evening was a costume contest.  Being ever-so-sly, I chose to go for the Most Boring Costume category.  And I won!  (only because I was the only one competing in that category.)

blonde wig, some tattoos, and a Halloween dress made up my costume

lots and lots of candy to give away

As an addition to this year's festivities, several people also helped put together a wooded trail full of Halloween scenes and decorations.  My friend, Casey, made the best caramel apple funnel cakes and sno-cones for friends.

Coco the rat chihuhua has taken a liking to me this year.  

It was also the same weekend that Jason and I decided to sell our camper and call it quits at Woodyz Acres  I absolutely love the place and the people there but money is tight right now and we just can't swing monthly camper/rent payments.  We plan on still going there from time to time, but will stay with friends in their camper or rent a cabin.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Bethlehem Barn - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

Book Overview:

Laugh and learn with a child in your life with this light-hearted, fun retelling of the classic Christmas Eve story.

Ancient legends tell us that for one hour on Christmas Eve, animals are given the gift of speech. If we could have heard the animals on that very first Christmas Eve, what do you think they would have said?

Donkey, Cow, Sheep, Chicken, and Bird are having a typical winter night in the barn.  That is, until Cow finds something in her food trough.  Astonishment turns into awe when Bird reveals that it's a human baby.  And not just any human baby, it's baby Jesus, the people's Savior!

All the animals are humbled--the baby Jesus, in their barn! A frenzy follows, while the animals do everything they can to make Him comfortable, warm, and safe.

With soft, beautiful artwork and a delightful animal cast, Bethlehem Barn is a light-hearted, fun retelling of that very first Christmas that will charm children and adults alike.

About the Author:

Debra Westgate-Silva has worked in public education for many years and in child advocacy and welfare. Her work has been published in Highlights children's magazine and Teaching Tolerance. She loves reading, writing, cooking (and eating!), traveling and, above all else, spending time with her family. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, and one of her most treasured traditions is baking a birthday cake each year for baby Jesus. She lives in Bristol, Rhode Island, with her husband and two sons. Please visit her website at to send her a message. She also loves to hear from her readers!

My Review:

Most of us know the story of Jesus birth, being born in a manger.  Bethlehem Barn, a hardcover book for children, tells the story from the animals point-of-view.  At first, the animals are put off by their area being in disarray.  The chicken's eggs were gone and the cow's food was missing.  What was it that caused such a ruckus?

After several attempts of proclaiming what happened, a bird was able to get the animals attention and let them know it was Jesus in the manger and His mother was asleep nearby.  Once all the animals recognized what was going on, they took it upon themselves to make the place comfortable for Jesus and his mother.  Donkey even came to the realization that he played an important part in bringing Jesus and his parents to the barn.

This book is perfect to read during the holidays to remind us the 'Reason for the Season'.  The story is told in a way that shows what the animals might have been thinking during the birth of Jesus.  It also shows the animals being humbled and in awe, knowing they were in the presence of glory.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Creating Christmas Craft Decor


As I mentioned a couple posts ago while doing Thanksgiving decor, I don't consider myself a crafty person.  I can barely draw a stick figure.  But, with my sister's help, I've been able to make quite a few holiday decorations that don't look so bad.

We've moved on from Thanksgiving/Autumn decor to making stuff for Christmas.  I've been a busy little elf, going over to her house and creating projects with her endless supply of supplies.

It's been a lot of fun putting my imagination and creativity to use, seeing what I can come up with.  By the time it's over with my house is going to look like Christmas overkill.

Even their cat, Puddy, likes to play along.