Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Walk That Didn't Work As Planned


me taking a walk on the water

About three weeks ago, my friend invited me along for a walk on a nearby trail.  It's one of the nicer places in the area to view and get lost in nature.  We came upon one of the creeks, and being the kids at heart that we are, decided to throw off our shoes and play in the water.

What's wrong, Becky? Little slippery?!

Get a grip, Becky.

I'm sure people passing by thought we'd done lost our minds.  The algae from the water made it slicker than seven eels.  We fell more than we stood.  And we laughed...a lot!  

lone shoe, waiting for its rescue

At one point, Becky lost her balance and a shoe fell out of her hand.  It took off quickly through the rushing waters.  It took a lot of maneuvers and not-so-expert skills to catch the shoe before it made it too far down the creek.



Wet from the water and sweaty from the sun...We survived!

After the stealth recovery, we decided to take the easy way and just walk along the trail.  

The next day, I purchased water socks for the both of us.  Next time we won't be so clumsy when we decide to walk the creek!

Breakthrough - Blu-ray Review

Rated: PG
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: July 16, 2019

Film Overview:

BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son, John, falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.


My Review:

When I first saw previews for Breakthrough playing in theaters, I made it clear I would not watch it with others in public.  I knew, almost without a doubt, that I'd be a crying mess and I didn't want complete strangers watching me snot all over myself.  Now that I've seen the movie on Blu-ray in the comfort of my home, I'm glad I watched it alone with a box of Kleenex.

Breakthrough is one of the better Christian films, in my opinion.  It tells of a couple whose adopted son falls through a lake.  Although he gets rescued, the prognosis for recovery is not good.  The parents, especially Joyce, use a strong dose of faith and a lot of prayer for their son.  It goes to show that miracles can, and do happen.  In addition to being a movie about faith in God, this is also a movie about a mother's devout devotion to being an advocate for her son.  She does not let doctors or nurses talk negatively in front of her son, even though he is unable to respond to them.  She works tirelessly to have the best care given to her son, John.

Breakthrough is a movie of inspiration, devotion, faith, and love.

I received product 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.

Summer Snacking with Slammers Snacks - Giveaway


Parents know that kids look forward to adventure and fun during the Summer months.  Kids also look foward to an endless assortment of home-baked cookies and sweets.  Although decadent treats and unhealthy foods are okay in moderation, there are options available that are healthier and fun at the same time.

Slammers Snacks are great for those all-day adventures, but even better because there's no crumbs.  Slammer Snacks are tasty, superfood greek yogurt snacks designed to fuel kids with organic fruits and vegetables.  They are a portable, healthy alternative to candy and can be enjoyed frozen, cold, or at room temperature.


Each flavor of Slammers organic snacks introduces kids to fruits such as mangos, acai, yumberries, kiwis, and pomegranates, and serves as a great source of essential vitamins.  Some of the flavors also come packed with seven grams of protein, perfect for active kids.

Slammers come in four squeezable pouches per box.  Some kids balk at fruits and veggies, but the packaging of Slammers is genius enough that kids want to try them.  The pouches have kid-friendly designs, with neat graphics on the front and pictures of the fruits and veggies on the back.  The way they work is that the caps twist off and the kids eat right out of the pouch.  I liken Slammers to having the same consistency of applesauce or pureed food.

All of the ingredients in Slammers come from certified organic farms and contain no added sugar or artificial ingredients.  I think Slammers are a clever way to get kids to eat the good stuff.


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Simple Addiction: Free Leggings with Order


I've made it quite clear that Simple Addiction is definitely an addiction!  I've purchased several of their leggings and graphic tees.  They fit true to size and are quite comfy.

Simple Addiction is a women's online clothing store that is committed to bring you the lowest prices on the hottest boutique items.  They sell much more than leggings and graphic tees; It's just that I have a particular obsession with those.
my life to a tee

Right now, you can receive a free pair of SA Exclusive Leggings with your first purchase by using my exclusive promo code.  This offer is valid until July 26, 2019.

I can't count the number of times I've ordered from Simple Addiction.  I've purchased many pieces for myself, and many as gifts.  If you browse their clearance section, you can find leggings as low as $4.97

two graphic tees I've purchased from Simple Addiction

one of several pair of leggings I own from SA

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Five More July Winners


A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Waiting for Chicken Smith book giveaway is #3, susan1215.

The winner of the Twist-In Treats Dog Toy giveaway is #28, Leela.

The winner of the Tropical Terry children's book giveaway is #1, aperry.

The winners of the Storm Boy Blu-ray giveaway are #17, Ken Ohl and #14, John Smith.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to enter the current active giveaways, all listed at top left hand side of the blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Celebrate Summer with Welch's Snacks - Review



Summer travel season is finally here!  Whether you're traveling near or far, keep the family happy with Welch's Fruit Snacks and Fruit Rolls 

Welch's Fruit Snacks are sure to delight your family with the delicious taste and quality that can only be Welch's. Even better, they are available in a varieties such as Tangy Fruits, Island Fruits, Berries N' Cherries, Mixed Fruit, Superfruit, Apple Orchard, and more ideal flavors for on-the-go snacking. (MSRP: 10ct Box with 0.9oz. Pouches / $2.99)

Unroll the fun this summer with Welch's Fruit Rolls! Featuring fruit as the first ingredient, Welch's Fruit Rolls are loved by kids and approved by mom. Flavors include Strawberry, Berry, and Tropical Punch. (MSRP: 6ct Box with 0.75oz roll / $2.99)
Calissa gettin' down on some Welch's Fruit Snacks while watching TV.

From time to time I purchase Welch's Fruit Snacks. They're convenient pre-packaged snacks that can be taken right out of the box and eaten immediately. They are fat-free, gluten-free, and preservative free.  These individually packaged snacks are convenient to take on a summer road trip or serve when kids want a tasty treat to eat. Welch's Fruit Rolls are also purchased quite a bit for my home.   Unrolling the snack and pulling it from the backing is what makes it fun.  Having a lot of family and friends with young kids come over, I've found that Welch's snacks are perfect to keep on hand.


Consider kid-friendly Welch's Fruit Snacks and Welch's Fruit Rolls for summer picnics, road trips, field trips, birthday parties, and more.

Do you have a between one or the other?  Do you prefer the Fruit Snacks or the Fruit Rolls?

JJ came over for a visit and was happy to munch on Welch's Fruit Snacks.

I received products for review from Welch's.  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.

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 179


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 179. 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.

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
–Ephesians 5:1