Thursday, November 15, 2018

Check It Out: #SamsClub3M Giveaway

From now until Friday, November 16th at 11:59 PM ET, is having a #SamsClub3M Giveaway where ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Sam’s Club Gift Card.

Enter the giveaway by heading to the Sam's Club page on and submitting your email address on the form at the top of the page.  The winners will be chosen and notified on Monday (11/19) via the email address they used to enter.  Good luck!

Get all the best coupons for Sam’s Club at! They have coupons ranging from cash back on purchases, to heaving discounts on select items, so check in every time you shop at Sam’s to get the best deals possible.

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Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Ugly Christmas Sweater - @TVStoreOnline Review

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 tshirt or memorabilia featuring one of your favorite shows or movies.  With Christmas coming up, be sure to check out TV Store Online for ugly Christmas sweaters.    

Like much of the general masses, I've jumped on the ugly Christmas sweater bandwagon.  In fact, our entire family will be wearing one when we get together Christmas Eve.

There's a ton of ugly Christmas sweaters at TV Store Online.  I finally settled on the Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Ugly Christmas Sweater.  I like the Grateful Dead okay enough as a whole, but like their dancing bears concept more than anything.  

Officially licensed, this sweater is made of  60% Cotton / 40% Acrylic material.  I ordered size XL (what I normally wear) and it fits great.  The entire sweater, front and back, has a holiday pattern with the Dancing Bears and the Steal Your Face logo.  Any fan of the band will easily recognize the iconic symbols.  I think this sweater is more on the "cute and cool" side but I'll be wearing it a lot this holiday season.

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.

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 148

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

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 148.  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.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
–Philippians 1:6

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

4th Annual Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop - Rocketbook Giveaway

Welcome to the 4th Annual Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island.  Several blogs are participating.  By visiting each one, you have a chance to win some really cool prizes.  For my giveaway, one winner will receive a Rocket Everlast notebook.

The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook provides a classic pen and paper experience that is built for the digital age. Although it feels like a traditional notebook, the Everlast works with any pen from the Pilot Frixion line and is endlessly reusable and connected to all of your favorite cloud services. It works with any pen from the Pilot Frixion line and with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) features, the Rocketbook allows users to transcribe and search handwritten notes right in the Rocketbook App. Rocketbook brings everyone on your holiday list into the digital era and helps them stay organized and efficient without wasting paper.

Use the Rocketbook app to scan your notes into editable documents and automatically save them to your favorite cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, to name a few.  Rocketbook allows users to document their notes and illustrations in an efficient and environmentally-friendly way.

Win It!

One person will win a Rocketbook Everlast notebook . (ARV $34)

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Check It Out: Twelve Days of Giveaways - Macy's #SDC12Days

Win a gift card from Macy's! is excited to announce that their 12 Days of Giveaways are back! Every weekday from Monday, November 5th – Tuesday, November 20th, they’ll be giving away one prize, with a value of at least $250, from one of their partner stores.  Today's giveaway is for a chance to win a $250 gift card to Macy's.

When you want an extensive selection of fine everyday items such as mattresses, shoes, bedding, luggage, glassware, and all things fashion, shop at Macy’s to find something special. This high-end department store is sure to have what you’re looking for.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

My Life Lately - Beanies and Conferences

It's been a short while since I've updated y'all on my spectacular life.  Okay, so it's a normal life.  But go along with me anyhow:

My mom's 70th birthday would have been on the 9th.  Me, Shelby, and Rahjae went to the graveyard to pay a visit.  Exactly a week before that was my father's 86th birthday.  He's not buried nearby so I didn't go to his grave.  It should go without saying but here's my words of wisdom:  Don't be so busy this day and age that you don't spend quality time with the ones you love.  They're here only for a short while.  Taking flowers to a grave isn't the same.
Just because I can and it's cute, here's a picture of Trader Jimmy loving up on Rahjae.  Trader is the most chill cat ever. 
Halloween I had over 200 trick-or-treaters.  That's about 80 more than the average.  I had cute bags made up with chocolates and other goodies, only to run out at 6:30 pm.  Logan ran to the nearby store and purchased four more bags of candy, only to have it gone in no time.  My friend made one last run and purchased five more bags.  As you can guess, it took less than an hour for that to be gone.  Looks like I'm going to have to start a savings account to finance next year's Halloween candy haul.
For the first time since I've worked as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher, we were given permission to wear a costume for Halloween.  Sadly, I was the only one to dress up in full costume.  #NoShameInMyGame

Soft Kitty made her appearance and had a talk with Sidney about his lack of costuming.
Rise - Women's Conference 2018

Last weekend I attended our church's annual Women's Conference.  Had over 800 gals in attendance.  It was the best one yet, as far as speakers and activities are concerned.  Tracy Strawberry (wife of baseball player, Darryl Strawberry) was the main guest speaker.  Wow, was she powerful and inspirational!  I could've listened to her speak for hours.  I purchased one of her books "The Imperfect Marriage" and she was kind enough to autograph it for me.  Tracy is one of the kindest and most humble ladies I've ever met.
Hate is a strong word so I'll say that I abhor cold weather.  Winter is never greeted with a grin.  Our first snow was just a few days ago.  I don't feel like we've truly experienced Fall yet.  The one and only good thing about the cold is that I can break out my beanies and start wearing them.  Keeps me from having to do my hair.
Donning a beanie at Women's conference

In fact I went to a new doctor the other day, wearing a beanie.  She asked if it was cold outside.  My answer: "Nope, just don't like to comb my hair."  #RealTruth

Before they closed for the season, I was able to get one last run into the local orchard to purchase some apples.  Me and Allyson had a snack of sliced apples, crushed peanuts and caramel sauce.  She posted it to FB and, next thing I know, my co-workers are hounding me about bringing some in to work. Since they wouldn't shut up Being the nice gal I am, I obliged.
What's been up with you lately?
What did you do for Halloween?

ABC Mindful Me - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

Author: Christiane Engel
Format: Board book, 36 Pages
ISBN: 9781633225107
Publisher: Walter Foster Jr.
Published: March 6, 2018

Book Overview:

Pairing simplified mindfulness principles with each letter of the alphabet, ABC Mindful Me features colorful illustrations of children and animals, as well as playful rhymes to explain each concept to toddlers (and their parents!).

A fun read for the entire family, ABC Mindful Me is not only perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs, but also for introducing them to key mindfulness tenants which promote physical and mental wellness, proper breathing, compassion, gratitude, and kindness. 

These key concepts will help to grow young readers' concentration, listening skills, and ability to manage emotions, stress, and anxiety.

My Review:

There's all sorts of ABC books out there, but this has to be one of my favorites.  ABC Mindful Me is a hardcover book with illustrations of children doing things for others, and doing things to make them more mindful.  Each letter of the alphabet is recognized.  For instance, W is for Walk and Q is for Quiet.  Along with the illustrations and words are short descriptions told in rhythmic form.  As an example, Kindness shows a girl helping a cat out of a tree with the narration "Do a kind thing. Help someone who's in trouble - Happiness that is shared counts for double!"

ABC Mindful Me is a board book from front to back, so it should last for years.  To accompany the ABCs, there's also a short narration on the definition of mindfulness.  If you'd like to take a hands-on approach with this book, there's short instructions and descriptions about Emotion Rocks, Mandala Art, Nature Art, and a Thankfulness Tree.

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One person will win an ABC Mindful Me children's book.

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