Thursday, August 15, 2019

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 182

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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 182. 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.

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
–1 Thessalonians 2:4

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Sleepover with the Kiddos

Zoe drawing pictures inside the camper


For almost a year now my great-nieces and granddaughter have nagged asked about staying the night at my house.  It's not that I didn't want them to; It's just that I never got around to planning the actual date.  They had what we'd do all planned out, from watching The Croods movie to them sleeping in my mother's old daybed.

Gia made sure Trader Jimmy got his fair share of attention.

I finally bit the bullet and quit putting them off.  So, one evening after church, I brought Gia, Zoe, and Rahjae home with me to spend the night.  Not one of the original plans they came up with came into fruition, but we had a blast regardless.

can't go wrong with a game of UNO

Of course, I stacked up on snacks high in sugar.  We ate cupcakes, marshmallows, Fruit Roll-Ups and potato chips.  Jason grilled some meat to balance it out.  UNO, Candyland, and Hank's Twisted Challenge were games we played several times.  For the most part, the girls entertained themselves with ghost stories, Monster High dolls, and sketching pictures.

Three rambunctious girls inside this camper....Help me now!

The coolest part of the sleepover (or at least what the girls thought) was that Jason set our pop-up camper up in the yard.  It was their own little getaway house.  I ended up sleeping there with them and I'd like to say it went well but I'd be semi-sorta lying.  My mid-40s body hated me when I woke up with aches and pains from sleeping all cockeyed.  Rahjae and Zoe crammed their little bodies in the bed with me so I didn't have a lot of leg room (or head room, or elbow room). 

The girls finally got their request and it was actually quite a good time.  Next time I won't wait a year to set another sleepover date.


TVStoreOnline.com Pop Culture Themed Hoodies - Review and Giveaway


School season is in full swing and parents are in the process of purchasing new apparel for kids.  TV Store Online feeds your TV and movie obsession with its classic TV and movie shirts and memorabilia. You'd be hard pressed not to find a shirt or memorabilia featuring one of your favorite shows or movies.  I've received pajamas and sweaters from the company and have been nothing but impressed.  Whether you're shopping for back-to-school or want a new cool piece added to your wardrobe, I highly suggest TVStoreOnline.com.  The Detroit-based movie, television, and comic book apparel and costume company has been seen on Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Today Show, and The Ellen Show.


I grew up watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a tween and thought the live-action movie was pretty phenomenal.  So, I was stoked when I received a Power Rangers Costume Hoodie Sweatshirt from TVStoreOnline.com.  There's the option to choose from six colors, and I went with pink.  Officially licensed, this hoodie will have you looking like your favorite Power Ranger!  

Made of high-quality material, this hoodie will keep you warm whether you want to wear it as a hoodie or zip it all the way up to morph into your own version of a Power Ranger.  The hood resembles the mask of the official characters.  There are mesh openings at the eyes so you can still see even when your face is covered.  I ordered the hoodie in size XL which is the size I normally wear.  This one in particular was a little snug and fit more like a large.  Other than that, it's a high-quality hoodie.


TV Store Online Social Media accounts:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/TVStoreOnline
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TVStoreOnline/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tvstoreonline/


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First Winners For August


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

The winner of the I Don't Like To Eat Ants children's book giveaway is #36, dlhaley.

The winner of the Sea Glass Summer children's book giveaway is #22, Shirley.

The winner of the Slammers Snacks giveaway is #1, aperry.

The winner of the Starworld book giveaway is #1, tdk.

The winner of The Root Beer Float Challenge game giveaway is #14, Leela.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Keep entering to win!

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Musical Adventures of Grace: Winter - Book Review


Series Overview:

The Musical Adventures of Grace book series was developed by a former Physician Assistant ,Ken Korber, who made a dramatic career change to storybook author after 30 years in the healthcare industry. Today, Ken's published writings have led to the formation of The Healthy Music Project. This program uses books and characters as educational tools for building reading skills, appreciating elements of music, and advocating wellness for the general public, and with in at-risk vulnerable communities of children and adults.

Grace is the main character from the four part series "The Musical Adventures of Grace," and was inspired by his son, a cellist, about grace notes – “minor notes that are sometimes used by the orchestrato give the music more ‘color." The story follows a grace note that is transformed into a little girl who, then, goes on to make new musical friends. Throughout Grace's adventures, she, and her crew, learn about the magical things that happen when you create, play instruments, sing, and listen to all kinds of music.

another book in the series

Book Overview:

Age Range: 5 - 6 years
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (September 15, 2015)

This Winter story represents the first of four seasonal adventures where a grace note is transformed into a little girl through the magic of a holiday concert, because she wants to know where the music goes after the notes are played. In the three stories that follow, Grace meets new friends and learns more about the magical things that can be accomplished through creating, playing, and listening to all kinds of music.



My Review:

If you have a young child interested in music, The Musical Adventures of Grace book series may capture their attention.  There are four books, one for each season.  I received the Winter book.  It tells of a place called Piperstown whose people are excited to be a part of a music concert.  The orchestra was especially happy this year because a famous conductor was going to lead the concert.  Within all the joy was a sad musical note who wanted to stand out just like all the larger, more important notes.  With luck, the grace note was allowed to be played several times during the concert.  When the event was over, all the grace notes turned into a girl named Grace who happily figured out the answer to where notes go after they are played.

This is a short story with a lot of whimsy.  I wasn't sure what exactly a grace note was when reading this book so I looked up the definition.  It is an extra note added as an embellishment and not essential to the harmony or melody.  In this story, the grace notes are given as big of a role as all the other notes.  In the end, the notes magically form into a little girl.  This is the first book in the 4-part series and the girl who was formed from the music notes goes on to create more adventures in the other three books.

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.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lunch Pets - Review and Giveaway


It's time to start shopping for back-to-school supplies!  My kids are older and most are graduated but that doesn't stop me from getting excited about seeing the school supplies.  I like to see the designs and new ideas.  If your child is going to be taking lunch to school, or an extracurricular activity, you'll want to check out Lunch Pets.  These huggable, plush pals are the perfect snacking companions for a child on-the-go. From school to dance practice and everything in between, Lunch Pets are sure to keep your child smiling and their lunch tasty.


Lunch Pets are furry, machine-washable lunch bags that feature an easy open flap to securely hold food, and insulated storage to keep lunch fresh.  The Pets paws even snap together to make a handle or attach to your child's bike.  

There are four Lunch Pets styles available: 
SnackyCat (purple cat)
 Yumicorn (pink unicorn)
 HungryPup (blue puppy)
Munchosaur (green dinosaur)

(backside of Yumicorn Lunch Pet with opening showing insulated pouch)

You almost can't tell that these are lunch bags.  The cute characters look like stuffed animals, until you lift the flap and open it to see the insulated storage section to store food and drink.  Although it isn't big enough to store a large lunch, the size is appropriate for a child's snacks or small meal.  You can take the paws of the pet and clip them closed for an easy way to carry the Lunch Pets or to attach it to a bag, chair, or bike handle.  Lunch Pets are super cute and quite functional.


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