Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Logan Made It on the Jim Fannin Show!

Up until a few days ago, I had no clue who Jim Fannin was.  And I'm still not super familiar with him.  But I'm going to throw out the Mom Brag card and let y'all know that Logan was given the opportunity to speak with Jim on his popular podcast.

For those not in the know, Jim Fannin is known as America's Zone Coach.  Jim has guided the careers of the world’s best professional athletes from 10 sports and business executives from 50 industries for more than 40 years.  In addition, he has coached individuals, families, relationships and students in simplifying and balancing their lives.  If you want to book Jim for a 1-hour session, you'll be out of pocket to the tune of $950! (I'd spend that money on something else, but that's just me.)

Logan's Jr. High Track coach (who has followed him throughout his school career) is a friend of a friend of a friend of Jim, and hooked Logan up with being on the Jim Fannin Show podcast.  Logan's segment starts at the 51:33 mark, and the talk lasts for about 15 minutes.  They go over Logan's running career, his goals for running in college, and motivational techniques for achieving those goals.  He even told Logan he wanted to do a follow-up interview in the near future.  Pretty cool, if I do say so myself!

In other news, Adam was pulled over and ticketed the other night for Unlawful Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.  I'll talk about that later....

Jim Fannin image courtesy of Facebook

Have you ever heard of Jim Fannin?
Would you pay $950 an hour to be coached by an expert?

Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose - Book Review and Giveaway

Book Overview:

*Sadie Robertson, bestselling author and star of Dancing with the Stars, has an important message for her generation: you don’t have to be held back by fear, anxiety, or loneliness anymore. In Live Fearless, Sadie takes you on a thrilling personal journey toward power, passion, and purpose as you live at the center of who God created you to be! 

*Despite being more connected than any prior generation via technology and social media, today’s young people often feel more isolated and anxious than ever before. As they come of age in an uncertain world full of scary headlines and mixed messages, Sadie’s story of overcoming fear and anxiety offers hope. Through personal stories, practical insights, and creative solutions, Sadie marks a path toward freedom from fear, anxiety, and comparison.

*Written for teens by a teenager who has trekked through these relatable struggles, Live Fearless shows readers how God’s plans begin with freedom and only get better from there. Sadie equips young people to walk a very personal and powerful journey with God, to learn to answer life’s questions with faith instead of fear, to live without limitations, and to relinquish the effort it takes to try to control the world around them. This timeless and crucial message benefits from Sadie’s fresh, vibrant delivery, and young people will be drawn to her authenticity and relatability throughout the book. 

My Review:

You'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't know the Duck Dynasty celebrities.  They're famous for the family-themed television show about duck calls, country living, and Christian beliefs.  Although I'm not a devoted fan of Duck Dynasty, I've watched their shows from time to time and admire that they stand firm in their religious beliefs.  

A hardback book written for tweens and teens, Live Fearless is mostly written by Sadie Robertson, one of the daughters in Duck Dynasty.  I'm smitten with her compassion, kindness, and genuine attitude.  I was surprised to find that she has suffered from fear and anxiety, beings that she seems to have it all.  

Sadie Robertson is wise beyond her years, but writes in a way that's relatable to teenagers.  She speaks of personal fears and qualms, and her devotion to family and God.  She gives practical advice to young adults on how to manage stressors, stand strong in faith, and be of Godly character.  I'm very comfortable with letting my teen daughters read this book.  

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I received book for review from Tommy Nelson.  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.

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Today: Receive Free Cone at DQ - #FreeConeDay

DQ® Fans, come get your first taste of summer on the first day of spring.  Stop by Free Cone Day today, March 20th, at a participating DQ® for one free small vanilla cone made with their world-famous soft serve.

*Free small vanilla cone at participating non-mall U.S. locations.
Not valid in Canada. All day, limit one per person. While supplies last.

Monday, March 19, 2018

This I Know: Trusting Your Unknown Future to a Known God - Bible Study Book Review and Giveaway

About This I Know:

In This I Know, Laura leads women through a 6-week Bible study focused on biblical truths about the trustworthy characteristics of God, helping them see how better knowing God leads to a life free from anxiety and fear and allows them to step confidently into an unknown future. The study also helps women better understand how we can grow in both our factual and experiential knowledge of God, the only kind of knowledge that can give true power.

 Each week is broken into a detailed introduction, followed by six daily studies, with five including Scripture passages, teaching from Dingman, interactive questions, prayer related to the study, a space to write a prayer, and a journaling prompt. The sixth day serves as a day of reflection and an opportunity to review what was learned that week, with helpful questions to journal and think through an action plan.

Week 1: A Known God: How we can grow in both our factual knowledge of God and our experiential knowledge—the only knowledge that can give true power

Week 2: What Do you Really Believe?: How to move from thought to action in our beliefs

Week 3: Cornerstone: What foundation is our life built on?

Week 4: Our Eyes are on You: What to do when we’re staring into the unknown, facing giants and enemies too powerful for us.

Week 5: Regardless, You are Good: How do we respond when our unknown becomes the known we feared?

Week 6: I Will Remember: The significance of remembering in our relationship with God and our experience with fear and anxiety. Remembering what God has done changes our view of everything

About Laura Dingman:

Laura Dingman spends most of her time creating and leading worship experiences that help connect people with the story of God. She has served in vocational ministry as the Creative Arts Director at The Creek, a large church in Indianapolis, for over a decade. She loves to show people where their story intersects with God’s story. She is the author of Life Rhythms: Learning to Live in God-Centered Time and I Am Found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek with God and Others.

My Review:

I'll be honest, I'm not very good at reading the Bible in and of itself.  As much as I would like to, I find it hard to focus and understand what's going on within the scripture.  That's why I rely a lot on devotionals and Bible studies.

One Bible study book that I've been using is This I Know: Trusting Your Unknown Future to a Known God.  It has been a valuable resource for scripture, insight, prayer, and praise.  Taking half an hour to an hour each day and reading each day's lessons has brought me a lot of clarity.  I've also learned so much about myself and what God wants from me.

This book has so much more than lessons.  There's scripture to read, prayer and journaling prompts, and questions to ponder.  There's room on the pages to write your responses.  I'm going to keep this Bible study book to reflect upon in the future and during times of struggle.

This book will be most helpful if you take the time to read it, write in it, meditate on it, and pray over it.  Don't just skim the pages; Put them to use and apply what you've learned to your life.

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I received book for review from Moody Publishers.  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.

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His Risk - Book Review

About the Book:

An undercover English DEA agent will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.
Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother's illness can bring him back to Hart County. Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he's finally found.

Alice shouldn't like-or want-Calvin. He's English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can't help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he's worthy of her, she's torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.
When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can't help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she's lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

About the Author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

Enter to win a copy of His Risk. Five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced March 28 on the Litfuse blog!

My Review:

I like reading fiction books about the Amish community, and His Risk did not disappoint.  It takes the Amish and combines it with the world of the English.

This novel is about a guy named Calvin Fisher who is an undercover DEA agent.  No one knows this, and it brings about danger.  Calvin is involved with The Kings, a gang who deals with dope.  Calvin's brother gets cancer and Calvin goes there to help care for his sibling.  Alice, an Amish girl, lives across the road and the two meet.  Bad things start happening at Horse Cave, the Amish community.  Calvin and Alice work together to find out who's at the bottom of it all.

His Risk is a little different than the usual Amish genre that I'm accustomed to.  There wasn't a whole lot of suspense or surprise, but the characters are intriguing and the overall story is good.

Pitch Perfect 3 - #PitchPerfect3 Blu-ray Review


Filled with all-new musical performances,a hilarious gag reel,never-before-seen deleted footage and more, the exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus features make Pitch Perfect 3 a must-own film.

Now graduated from college, realizing it takes more than acappella to get by, all the Bellas return in the final chapter in the beloved series. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there are no job prospects for making music with only your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for a European USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Oscar®nomineeAnna Kendrick(Pitch Perfectseries,Up in the Air)Rebel Wilson(Pitch Perfect series, How to be Single), Hailee Steinfeld(True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfectseries)Anna Camp(Pitch Perfectseries, The Help), Hana Mae Lee(Pitch Perfectseries, TV’s “The Patriot”), Ester Dean(Pitch Perfectseries), Alexis Knapp(Pitch Perfectseries), Chrissie Fit(Pitch Perfectseries), Kelley Jakle(Pitch Perfectseries, 42), Shelley Regner(Pitch Perfectseries), Elizabeth Banks(Pitch Perfectseries, Hunger Gamesseries)and John Michael Higgins(Pitch Perfectseries, TV’s “Great News”)all return and are joined by all-new cast members including John Lithgow (Netflix’s “The Crown,”), Ruby Rose(John Wick: Chapter 2, Amazon’s “Orange is the New Black”)and award-winning producer/musician DJ Khaled.

My Review:

I'm just going to throw this out there, I've never watched the first two Pitch Perfect films.  There's no particular reason why, but I'm definitely going to watch them now that I've seen the third and final movie.  Even my husband, who I had to coerce to watch this movie with me, was glad he viewed Pitch Perfect 3.  We both laughed...a lot.

I'm a big fan of Rebel Wilson and totally want to meet her someday.  She plays Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect 3.  Although I think she's funnier in some of her other films, she cracked me up in this one too.  There is some vulgarity and crude humor in this film, so I would exercise caution in letting young children or tweens watch it.  The overall theme is of friendship, solidarity, and girl power.  I found most of the music to be catchy and even found myself singing some of the songs afterwards.  There's quite a bit of bonus material in the Blu-ray and I recommend taking time to watch it, especially the deleted scenes and gag reel.

Have you watched any of the Pitch Perfect films?

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.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Rimmel London Breathable Foundation and Concealer - Review

I'm by no means a beauty expert and couldn't even tell you how to create a perfect smoky eye. I could definitely use pointers on correct makeup application. I do, however, wear makeup almost every day. I've tried many, many brands and shades. Although I'm not qualified to explain how to flawlessly apply makeup, I think I'm fairly well-versed in which brands are worth the buy.  I've been a fan of Rimmel London for a while now and was excited to try their new Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation and Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Concealer.

The foundation formula is to be the lightest long-lasting formula available on the mass market. This special formula builds and blends with ease to ensure a flawless canvas with every application.  Available in 16 skin-true shades, the foundation has SPF 18 and a built-in ergonomic cushion applicator.
The concealer is available in six skin-true shades and minimizes imperfections.  It has a cushion applicator and is sweat resistant. 

The overall coverage I get from the concealer and foundation is good.  I'm quite fond of the cushion applicators because I feel like I get more even coverage.  Although I'm still not much of a makeup artist, I like the feel and look of these two Rimmel London beauty products.

What kind of makeup do you usually wear?  Are you familiar with Rimmel London?
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.