Thursday, November 30, 2017

Celebrate Your Event with HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays - #ad Review

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.

HORMEL GATHERINGS® Honey Ham & Turkey Party Tray

Getting together with family and friends for food and company is important to me.  We host and attend gatherings quite often.  We sometimes have HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays on those occasions and set them out as appetizers. 

There are three available varieties of these convenient snack trays:

HORMEL GATHERINGS® Hard Salami & Pepperoni Party Tray 28oz
HORMEL GATHERINGS® Honey Ham & Turkey Party Tray 28oz
HORMEL GATHERINGS® Supreme Party Tray 39.7oz


Each section of food is individually sealed for freshness.  After unwrapping all the packages, all you have to do is place the food back on the tray and let guests choose what they want from there.  There's no slicing or dicing.  All the cheese, meats, and crackers taste really good and it's a convenient way to serve delicious pre-meal finger food.  I think all three varieties taste great but I'm especially prone to the Honey Ham & Turkey Party Tray.  I've served HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays during the holidays, sporting events, Small Group times, and even when our family just wanted something tasty to munch on. 

HORMEL GATHERINGS® Supreme Party Tray set out at Thanksgiving dinner

On what occasions would you set out HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays?
Which of the three is your favorite variety?

My Christmas Prayer - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

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.

Quick Overview:

New from award-winning author Amy Parker, My Christmas Prayer is a shiny, foil-embellished board book shaped like a Christmas gift that features playful puppies getting into the holiday spirit. Boys and girls will love the playful art and the simple message that Jesus is God’s gift to us.

My Review:

Christmas is a time of magic and wonderment, gingerbread and peppermint.  It's also a day dedicated to the greatest gift of all - Jesus' birth.  My Christmas Prayer is a board book tailored to children up to four years of age.  The front cover has a shiny, glittery green bow.  This book is a quick and easy read, written in rhythmic form.  Adorable animals are shown thanking God for all the joy that Christmas brings.  In a nutshell, this book is short, sweet, and perfect for the holiday season.
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One person will win a My Christmas Prayer children's board book.

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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 98


Photo by Jeremy Perkins 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 98. 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.

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
– 2 Peter 1:2

Monday, November 27, 2017

Three Tips For Getting A Great Price on Your Car

This is a sponsored post.  The opinions within this post are of my own.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

The sticker price on a car is often times not what you will actually have to pay.  If you play your cards right, you can get the price lowered.  Before heading to the dealership, arm yourself with tips and information on getting a great price on your car:

Research 

For starters, the most important tip of finding a car is performing the right research. You can’t make the right purchase without knowing the facts about the make, model and price of your car. Cars.com is a great resource to learning about your potential purchase. Their website has a huge selection of information that will provide you with everything you need to make an informed purchase. There, you will find expert reviews and videos, and car buying advice.  You can also look up vehicles for sale according to your search criteria.

Comparison Shop

Just because you see a car you like at one dealer doesn't mean you have to purchase it from there.  Take your time and visit more than one dealership.  Talk with the salespeople and get a feel for their techniques.  You'll also learn what the baseline price is for a particular brand or model, and will know where to go from there.


Educate Yourself

As I mentioned before, don't jump right into the pool when purchasing a vehicle.  Take time to learn the true value and worth of the cars you are shopping for.  There's more to buying a vehicle than just throwing down cash or signing the dotted line.  Keep in mind that that there may be rebates and financing incentives.  If you are trading in your vehicle, have an idea of what the trade-in value might be.  Know an estimated range of how much you want your monthly payments to be so you don't go in blindsided by a salesperson trying to show you vehicles that are above budget.  
  

Have you ever used Cars.com to research vehicle information?
Do you have any tips for getting a great price on a car?
What is your dream vehicle?

Pure Ice Holiday Cheer Nail Polish - Review

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.

To be honest with you, I'm pretty basic when it comes to my nails.  I've only been to the salon a couple of times for a manicure and I don't do so well with nail art so I rarely even try. I hate when nail polish chips within two days of application.  I don't want to deal with the hassle if I'm going to have to do it all over again in just a couple of days.  There, I said it.  But I do have a collection of nail polishes that have worked for me throughout the years, with Pure Ice brand being among them. 

 What makes Pure Ice stand out for me is that the polish goes on smoothly and doesn't clump.  I put on two coats for optimum coverage, and it dries quickly.  I'm able to wear the nail polish for quite a few days before there's wear of chipping or thinning.  The colors, coverage, and consistency are what make this a superior nail polish brand in my book.

model wearing the Rudolph Knows shade

Pure Ice has introduced six limited-edition shades for the holiday season.  Pure Ice presents bright, cheerful reds and vibrant forest greens paired with silver, gold and sparkling glitters for a fun, fabulous take on traditional holiday looks.  They are made in the USA and retail for $1.97 each, making them affordable as stocking stuffers! 

The six limited-edition shades include:

Peppermint Sticks
Frostette The Snow Woman
Holiday Cheer
Rudolph Knows
Yule Be Cool
Holly At Ya Girl (my fave name!)

Pure Ice Holiday nail polishes are available exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com in November and December 2017. (As of the time of this post, I wasn't able to locate the nail polishes at the Walmart online site.)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I Survived Black Friday!


When you don't feel like looking good, you put on a festive Christmas hat.  All eyes will be focused on it!

Thursday night - 5 hours shopping and 1 hour eating
Friday morning - 5 more hours shopping
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11 hours Black Friday!

Adam, George, me, Shelby, Alaina and Jessica in Wal-Mart

I'm not usually one to spend hours in stores and I definitely don't consider shopping a sport.  But I was a champ and gathered up with my peeps for some Black Friday deals.

There wasn't anything in particular I was looking for, and I'm happy with what I got.  With the exception of Menards (where I spent most of my money) it was pretty calm.  Even then, I didn't run into anything over-the-top.  

Alaina at Steak n Shake...her happy mood before the food came

Our worst experience was at Steak n Shake.  Me and Adam ordered food and it was pretty darn good.  Alaina's looked like it was noodles covered in ketchup.  It's not something I'd feed to my kids, even on a poor day.  The manager was kinda an asshole about it, so Alaina just didn't eat.

Pizza and hot dogs from Sam's Club was our Friday morning breakfast.
#ThatsHowWeRoll

We hit up:
Shopko
Kmart
Five Below
Menards
CVS
Walgreens
Kohl's
Gamemasters
Sam's Club
Wal-Mart
Bergners

I don't hit up that many stores in one year, let alone one day.  I'm now an official Black Friday Survivalist!
Shelby and Alaina held my purse hostage.  Guess they thought I'd leave them otherwise.

Did you go shopping on Black Friday?  Find any good deals?

New Hot Hair Care Line Drops at Target This Christmas Eve - Giveaway

I received no product or compensation for this post.  This post is in partnership with PR firm.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Get ready to “drop the mic” on the beauty aisles at Target stores this December. The Doux® (pronounced The Do) is a “new school” modern hair care system with an “old school edge.” With packaging that is bold and bright and product titles inspired by 90’s hip hop, The Doux is poised to kill it with those seeking a way to smoothing curly, kinky, and wavy hair into both, curly or straight styles.

Created by Maya Smith, a 25-year celebrity stylist and International Curl Master, The Doux was first launched in Europe in 2011 in response to her passion for helping people master the hair they were born with. STRAIGHT, NATURAL, CURLY, or RELAXED, according to The Doux, if you grew it, it’s ALL GOOD. “I was living in Germany at the time, had my own salon there and my specialty was helping clients to transition to a relaxer-free lifestyle. I’m obsessed with people maximizing the potential of the hair they were born with. Mastering curls is my passion and purpose,” explains Smith.

The people felt her passion through her products. The Doux blew up overseas so much so that it caught the attention of media in the USA. “Once we started getting press in the states the demand for The Doux was incredible. I had to return to the states and see this vision through,” Maya Smith explains. In 2014, Maya opened The DOUX Salon™ in Macon Georgia’s historic Downtown district and started selling her professional grade products at her salons and on-line.

Fast-forward three years and a lot of work and dedication, The Doux will arrive in Target stores, on Christmas Eve; no easy feat for an indie brand. “We are so excited to bring The Doux to the masses. It’s 20 years in the making. We listened to 20 years of feedback from actual clients from Minneapolis to Morocco. We listened to what people wanted, a salon grade, high quality product that delivered on its promises. Helping people to manage and maintain their natural hair and celebrate their own bold, unique style is what the last 25 years of my professional life has been about,” Maya Smith shares.

The Doux also redesigned its packaging, with the intention to disrupt the category. It’s bold with bright colors, which is the opposite of the more subdued look you see on the shelves currently. “I’m a fan of 90’s rap so I wanted to incorporate lyrics and titles in the packaging,” adds Smith. With titles such as Bonita Afro Balm, Mousse Def, Sucka Free, Fresh Rinse, and The Light, The Doux will most definitely catch the eyes of Millennials and Gen X’ers alike.

The Products: 

Shampoo and Conditioner

*SUCKA FREE™ Moisturizing Shampoo
*FRESH RINSE™ Conditioner

Sulphate & Paraben-free Shampoo and Conditioning Duo with Shea Butter & Sea Silk. A gentle cleansing system for thick, dry, or color-treated hair. Ultra-hydrating conditioner has amazing slip for easy detangling. Sea silk smooths the cuticle, leaving hair frizz-free and full of body. MSRP: $12.99 each.

Stylers:

*BONITA AFRO BALM™ Shine Enhancing Texture Cream Delivers shine and manageability for pixies, Afro's, tapered cuts, and twist/braid/coil sets. Certified organic botanicals, alcohol & paraben free. MSRP: $15.99.

*MOUSSE DEF™  Texture Foam Non-flaking mousse gives definition to curly styles without stiffness, cloudiness, or crunch. Soy proteins and natural humectants make this humidity-resistant styling aid ideal for thermal styling as well. MSRP: $14.99

*THE LIGHT™ Shine Mist Preserves color and protects hair from heat styling. Reduces drying time and delivers weightless shine to finished looks. Adds natural luster to natural styles. Infused with Black Cacao, Passion Fruit, and Palm Oil. MSRP: $14.99.

Win It!

One person will win The Doux Sucka Free Moisturizing Shampoo and The Doux Mousse Def Texture Foam.

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Five More November Winners

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

The new winner of the Christmas Coloring Books giveaway is #57, MichelleCat.

The winner of the Nielsen-Massey Vanillas & McCrea's Candies giveaway is #59, Kristen.

The winner of the Zebra by Popcornopolis giveaway is #3, Katie Amanda.

The winner of the I'm Not A Scaredy-Cat children's book giveaway is #41, minibea12.

The winner of the ESV Illuminated Bible giveaway is #4, Debijot.

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

Make Your Own Chocolate Kit - Review

I received product for review from Glee Gum.  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.

From the makers of Glee Gum are the Make Your Own Candy Kits. The three different ones available are Chocolate, Chewing Gum, and Gummies. The gum kit uses natural chicle. The chocolate kit includes organic cocoa butter from Costa Rica, and the gummies kit contains carrageenan made from seaweed from the Philippines. We chose the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit and the all the kids agree the chocolates made are pretty darn delicious.
all included pieces in the kit

Some kits for kids can be more pain than play.  Sometimes, the instructions are hard to follow or there's so many components that you give up by the time you've finished what you wanted to create.  The Make Your Own Chocolate Kit wasn't one of those.  It took about 45 minutes from start to finish, and some of that was waiting time.

One evening Logan and Adam helped me make chocolates with the kit. Each ingredient was packaged and labelled individually. Included in the kit was organic cocoa butter, cocoa powder, confectioner's sugar, starter crystals, a temperature indicator. paper candy liners, instructions, and a story about chocolate. Also included were three natural cocoa beans to crack open and taste the natural flavor of. I have to say that we weren't thrilled with the taste of cocoa beans in their natural state, but it gave a learning experience of where chocolate comes from.


The chocolate had the option to be made from the stovetop or microwave. We chose the microwave. I won't go into detail about each individual step, but it was a lot easier to make than I thought it would be. There was no confusion about the directions and the steps mostly consisted of mixing, stirring, and microwaving.


mixing the ingredients together

After the chocolate was ready, we poured some into the individual cups. The cups were somewhat flimsy so we had to be careful not to overfill. Once that task was complete, the chocolate cups were set in the fridge to chill.  After they set, each family member took a taste.  I won't deny that I wasn't wary at first of how it would taste. I've eaten candies from kits before and they were substandard. I was wowed at how well the chocolate tasted.  Everyone else also savored the semi-sweet chocolate.  We had a fun time making our own chocolates, and I enjoyed the educational aspect that was tied in with it.
finished chocolates

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 97


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 97. 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.

Here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving full of blessings, happiness, quality time, and lots of food!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wordful Wednesday - International Flight

Jason wearing his "big boy" backpack

When Jason and I traveled to Ecuador in September for a mission trip, it was his first time ever on a plane and a first for both of us flying internationally.  

Jason enjoyed the entire experience and was as giddy as a goat.  I had to practically fight him to get a window seat at least once.  

Avianca airlines

The entire experience went quite smoothly for me and Jason.  I even got expedited a couple of times through security.  Seems I don't come off as dangerous!

A couple others didn't have quite the luck.  They were a guy and a gal in their 50s who must have had "shady" written all over their forehead.  Their bags were rummaged through on more than one occasion.  

FYI:  Don't pack a lot of water bottles in one suitcase.  They can be suspected as bombs and you will have to go through a big ole' rigamaroo to prove otherwise.  


Because it was our first international flight, me and Jason were introduced to some of the things offered on some airlines.  We were kept entertained with screens on the front of our seats.  We could play games, listen to music (mostly Spanish) or even watch a movie.  I watched the newer Power Rangers movie.  (Was pretty good, by the way)

If we didn't want to go that route, we could pull up a map of our flight and see where our airplane was located.  We could also check out the current altitude, air temperature, and wind speed.

breakfast of fruit, a roll, and ham and cheese crepes

We had a total of four meals served during our flights.  They came out as mini versions of TV dinners.  It wasn't enough to fill you up, but did curb any cravings.  And the food wasn't half bad either.


Have you ever traveled internationally by plane?

Give Back this Season with Go Organically - Giveaway

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Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it. For many people, the season of gratitude is a great reminder to give back to those in need—whether it be by donating to a food drive, volunteering at a soup kitchen or giving money to a favorite charity. For parents like us, this season offers the perfect opportunity to teach kids about the importance of giving back to one’s community. And there’s no better way to do it than as a family! Here are a few family-driven ways to embrace this “teachable moment” and set a great example by instilling the spirit of giving in kids. After all, kindness counts!

Donating Goods

Make donating goods a family affair! Here’s how to get the whole crew involved:

·         Food Drives: Have kids go through cupboards with you to identify canned goods and boxed items that your family can donate to your local food drive. Ask older kids to check expiration dates to ensure freshness, and give younger kids the job of sorting or placing items in boxes. Or take a trip to the grocery store together and let kids help pick out items to buy and donate. By loading items onto the grocery belt and helping to bag and deliver goods, they’ll feel like an important part of the process.

·         Clothing Donations: Donating clothing is a win-win. You get to eliminate clutter and help those in need at the same time. Plus, you’re keeping items out of landfills by giving them a second life! Have kids play “fit model” by trying on clothing and seeing what no longer fits. They can also help sort, fold and bag clothing, and/or accompany you to the drop-off site.

·         Toy Drives: Many organizations, such as Toys for Tots, collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need during the holiday season. To get your kids involved, take them to the toy store and have them pick out a gift that they think a little boy or girl their age might like. They’ll love getting to weigh in with a kid’s perspective.


Donating Time

There’s no better way for parents and kids to bond than to do some good together. Here are some of our favorite ideas for pitching in as a family:

·         Visit VolunteerMatch to locate volunteer opportunities in your area. You can filter your search by “kids” to find age-appropriate activities that all family members can participate in—from park cleanups to animal rescue efforts and more.

·         Check with your school, place of worship or community groups to see if they need any assistance with charitable programs. Is the PTA collecting toiletries for a local women’s shelter? Volunteer your family to design, print and distribute flyers to get the word out. Is your child’s scout troop visiting a nursing home for holiday caroling? Dress your spouse and kids in cute matching sweaters and attend as a family to belt out holiday tunes.

·         Don’t wait for a formally organized effort to spread kindness or lend a hand. Pay a family visit to an elderly neighbor who may be lonely, or buy a bunch of craft supplies and sit down together to make holiday cards for the troops. Welcome the new family in town by shopping for and assembling a basket of goodies. Bonus points if you include Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks.

Happy helping from all of Go Organically! Made with real fruit, their gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great choice for your on-the-go life.
Win It!

One person will win three boxes of Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks (one of each flavor).

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List of Great Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday rapidly approaching its hard to keep track of all the sales and deals out there. However, I wanted to share a few weekend offerings that will have you covered throughout the upcoming holiday season.
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Cheers to getting effortlessly glamorous hair with Cuvée Beauty’s weekend deals on cuveebeauty.com

Black Friday: Complementary 3-piece travel kit with all orders - $36 value

Saturday: Buy More, Get More –
$30 purchase, $5 off
$75 purchase, $15 off
$150 purchase, $40 off

Sunday: Complementary signature-scented candle with all orders - $20 value

Cyber Monday: All orders ship free and IG exclusive deal – 40% off Première Treatment w/promo code – 4 hours only
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Give the gift of hydrated skin this season with Josie Maran’s exclusive Black Friday deal on sephora.com

“Whip it Good Kit : $15.00 ($24.00 Value): (2) 2 oz. Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Unscented & Vanilla Pear

Also, shop online at Josie Maran on Black Friday for free shipping on every order and 25% off your order, using code SAVE25 at checkout.
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Dana’s Bakery has a full weekend of deals to satisfy any sweet tooth on danasbakery.com.

Black Friday – Sunday: Orders over $50.00 get a free 12-box of macarons

Cyber Monday: FREE box with ALL orders
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Zak! Designs

Black Friday:

Check out our Black Friday DOORBUSTER: 50% off a 7pc Confetti Salad Set! Plus, get 25% off your entire order this Black Friday! Shop now at zak.com/black_friday. Doorbuster valid 11/24/17 while supplies last - SAVE NOW!

Cyber Monday:

Ready, set, save! Our Cyber Monday sale includes an amazing doorbuster deal, a free garlic peeler with every purchase, and 25% off everything in your order. Shop now at zak.com/black_friday. Valid 11/27/17 through 11/28/2017 - SAVE NOW!
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dr. brandt skincare

Black Friday

45% OFF Needles No More® No More Baggage

Cyber Monday

Buy 1 and get 1 free: Do Not Age Triple Peptide Eye Cream ($82), Microdermabrasion ($79), Pores No More® Pore Refiner Primer ($45), Magnetight Age-Defier ($75), Do Not Age Time Defying Cream ($132), 2% Retinol Complex Serum ($69)

MIU COLOR Eco-friendly Glass Water Bottle - Review

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.

This year I started going to a fitness center and going on walks. I also have a teen son that runs several miles a day.  One thing that keeps us going is water.  We've been using MIU COLOR Eco-friendly Glass Water Bottles to take our water in when we need to stay hydrated.

There are a few things that make the MIU COLOR glass water bottles so special and handy.  I use the 18 oz large glass water bottle with a water drop design.  Logan uses the 24 oz gray 24 oz MIU Color Glass Water Bottle.  Other than size and design, there's not much of a difference between the two.

The glass bottles are mostly shatterproof, so they will unlikely break.  They are designed to take a decent beating.  Sweat and condensation on the outside of the bottles aren't a problem.  These two MIU COLOR glass water bottles have a wide-mouth opening and a silicone sleeve.  A silicone handle makes it handy for carrying, and the lids are leak-proof.  Although I haven't personally tried it, hot liquids can be placed in the bottles.  I've used the bottles to drink cold water, juice and tea.

I've found that washing them with a long handled bottle brush is best.  Due to the design of the water bottles, that's the best way to remove residue from water or other liquids.  The gray water bottle that Logan has features a 100 to 500ml measure line and a see-through area to view how much water is left.  The water drop pattern water bottles don't have that.  Both Logan and I like these water bottles!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Movies and Conferences

Stacy Uncorked keeps us entertained with her Random Tuesday Thoughts weekly linkup.  Join along if you have a bunch of randomness.
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Last Wednesday I attended a supper hosted by our church for ICOM missionaries.  The nine missions that we serve were given time to speak about their platform and a monetary donation was given to their cause.  Food was catered in by a local diner.  My favorite part was sitting next to Oscar, the guy who is the founder of Pan de Vida.  He's the one we worked for when I went on the Ecuador mission trip.  He flew in from Ecuador to Illinois to attend the event.
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My mother's birthday was a couple weeks ago.  I wanted to do like last year and have the family together for a celebration, but it was colder than a polar bear's toenails.  So Adam and I went out there for a few minutes and ate Tiramisu and a cookie, then bolted.
#MaybeNextTimeMom
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My bathroom is finally fixed.  Roto-Rooter came out and dug up all my evergreen trees in the right side of my front yard.  So, now I have a big ole' pile of dirt.  Come to find out, the clean-out wasn't located there where they thought it was so all that was done for naught.  They brought in a backhoe and went through my chimney to get to the bathroom and clear out what was causing the problem.  Of all things, it was tree roots that were compacting my toilet!  
#SmallBathroomIssues
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My oldest daughter, Shelby, is a local manager for Family Video.  She was given authorization to purchase 20 turkeys for donation.  Her and Jason went to Wally World and picked up the birds, then took them to the church.  The church had a dinner that evening and donated them to those in need.
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shirt given to all attendees

I spent a couple of days over a weekend in November attending our church's annual Women's Conference.  We had almost 650 gals there listening to speakers and worshiping to music.  On that Friday night, there were areas with crafts, food, games, karaoke, and a photo booth.  
#RockingThePhotoBoothProps
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I've mentioned before that comedy films aren't usually my thing but I had to go watch A Bad Moms Christmas with my gal pals Saturday.  The first one had me rollin' so I knew this one was gonna be just as good.  It was oh-so-raunchy but oh-so-funny.
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I'll leave you with this:


What's your randomness for the week?

One Christmas Bear - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

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.


Book Overview:

Count the joys of Christmas with Christmas Bear and his arctic friends in One Christmas Bear, the new holiday-shaped board book for toddlers and preschoolers by Anne Vittur Kennedy.

My Review:

A perfect board book for the holidays, One Christmas Bear is told in rhyme.  With cute animal illustrations, each page spread has a numeric progression.  For instance, there's two funny foxes, three rabbits jumping, and four flying eagles.  Parents reading this book to their kids can reflect on the fun things that Christmas has to offer.  They can also go over number counts and point out the number of each item or thing featured.  This book is short, sweet, and full of holiday cheer.
Win It!

One person will win a One Christmas Bear children's board book.

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