Friday, November 16, 2018

Fizzy Magic Bath Bombs - Review and Giveaway


Bath bombs aren't necessarily a new thing but they've gained in popularity these last few years.  Adults and children alike are fans of the soaps that dissolve in water.  

Fizzy Magic is a company dedicated to kids' bath bombs for boys and girls ages 4 to 9.  Unlike some others on the market, Fizzy Magic uses pure and safe ingredients.  They are also formulated with skin softening properties and pleasant scents.  


Each Fizzy Magic bath bomb has a clue to the surprise inside.  For instance, a clue might read "I belong in a flock."  The child can take a guess, and they will see if it's right when the bath bomb fizzles in the water.  For that particular clue, it would be a little toy sheep.

Each Fizzy Magic bath bomb has a specific color and scent.  The water will turn that color when the bath bomb is placed in it.  The color does not stain or leave residue.  Some of the bath bomb fragrances are Lemon Lime, Tropical Rain, Blackberry Vanilla, and Cucumber Pear.  The scents are created using essential oils.  


There are currently three Bath Bomb collections - Farm, Safari, and Sea Life.  The bath bombs can be purchased individually or you can purchase a themed box.  I received a Farm box collection and it included 5 Jumbo Bath Fizzies (one puck and four rounds), 5 Fun Fact cards, a carrying bag, and a 'Goodnight Lily' printed book.

After your child is done taking a bath, you can read them an online Fizzy Magic story online.  Each short story with pictures are written and illustrated to promote good behaviors, build collaborative relationships and to help discover the positive aspects of our differences.  There are currently eight stories available.


There are so many things I love about Fizzy Magic.  For one, the ingredients are not harmful to a child.  For another, they create cool colors in the tub and smell good.  Thirdly, kids receive a neat small animal toy once the bath bomb has dissolved.  Additionally, kids can guess what the animal is before using the product by reading a clue.  To top it off, stories can be read online and a percent of the proceeds are given to Graham's Foundation, dedicated to preemies.  Oh, and they're made in the USA!

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Check It Out: Savings.com Twelve Days of Giveaways - Banana Republic #SDC12Days

Win a gift card from Banana Republic!

Savings.com 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 Banana Republic.

Banana Republic itself has been around for 40 years, but its acquisition by Gap Inc. in 1983 boosted its transformation into a household brand. Nowadays, Banana Republic is a place where anyone can find contemporary, timeless designs that are still affordable for a huge amount of people.  Shop at Banana Republic and get a 25% discount on your next purchase when you sign up with your email.
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Stella & Dot: 25% Off Personalized Jewelry


Stella & Dot launched the perfect promotion just in time for holiday shopping! Running through November 19th, Stella & Dot is offering 25% Off all Engravables, Charms, Chains and Covet Initials. Whether they're buying a gift for others or for yourself, you can make it personal at a savvy price.

• Offer: Take 25% Off Stella & Dot Personalized Jewelry.  Offer will be automatically deducted at checkout.  No code required.

• End Date: 11/19/2018


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Ellie Claire Art Journals - Review

We're not really in a day and age of writing down our thoughts and ideas anymore.  Written diaries, journals, and similar mementos give way to other forms of electronic media.  Although I'm okay with today's fast-paced world, I still want to have real and authentic moments that include hand-written letters and notes.

When I was younger, in my grade school and teen years, I'd write faithfully in journals.  I still have them, tucked away in a cedar chest.  From time to time I'll get the journals out and read them, reminiscing and remembering times past.  I don't write daily in a journal anymore, but still jot down memories from time to time and like to have journals on hand for those occasions.  I recently received three Ellie Clair Art Journals for review and they've gotten me excited about journaling more often.

Illuminate Your Story Journal

Use this almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible's collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.


The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal

Create your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.

Faith & Lettering Journal

With guides, instructions, and tutorials, this is a fun and inspiring way to create beauty with words. It is the perfect place for journalers to practice Bible journaling, lettering quotes and verses, or decorating a page with original thoughts and plans. Exploring your God-given creativity has never been so rewarding.

My Review:

All three of these journals have high-quality binding and paper.  The embellishments and designs of the journals are spectacular.  I've used gel pens and colored pencils with no bleeding through the pages.  I don't know if markers will cause bleeding because I don't want to personally risk it.  Although I've been using these journals to jot down faith-based notations, I've learned a little bit about how to create flourishes, establish beautiful lettering, and invoke illustrations.  In other words, these journals aren't just blank pages to write in.  They're an introduction on how to be more purposeful in your ways of writing.  All three Ellie Claire Art Journals have different teaching applications and are unique in their own way, but all three are excellent, exemplary journals.

I received products for review from Worthy Publishing.  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, November 15, 2018

Check It Out: Savings.com Twelve Days of Giveaways - GAP #SDC12Days

Win a gift card from GAP!

Savings.com 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 GAP.

Gap has clothing for everyone, including men, women, girls, boys, and even toddlers! It also carries maternity sizes for those special months, as well as a special line of intimate apparel. No matter whom in your household you're shopping for, you can get the right clothes at the ideal price at Gap.

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Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women - Review and Giveaway

Book Overview:

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women is a topical devotional that uses the inspiring stories of girls and women in the Bible—such as Ruth, Esther, Mary, and Abigail—to encourage faith and confidence as well as provide insight into topics like relationships, inner beauty, and chasing your dreams.

Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse about a biblical girl or woman, as well as journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. With honest, poignant, and sometimes humorous text, every page will speak to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. Perfect for everyday use, Beloved will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance. Gift givers will love this highly designed book featuring a beautiful, foiled cover, two-color interior pages, and a ribbon marker.

My Review:

My family is a household rooted in Christian beliefs and faith.  I believe it's important to teach children at an early age the core values and beliefs that revolve around Christianity.  Giving them the tools helps them to grow and mature in a religion of love, mercy, and grace.  Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women is a wonderful resource to get ladies interested, and keep them interested, in the life applications of God's word.

This devotional covers the stories of several women in the Bible, highlighting both their heartaches and their high points.  It is meant to be read a day at a time, and it covers an entire year.  Each day  has a scripture and where it can be found in the Bible.  Then, of course, there's a devotional.  Along with that are lined spaces to write down your own thoughts and feelings.  A red ribbon marker keeps the page of where you're at.

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women is eye-opening and allows young women to look more into their own heart towards God.  The daily devotions help to understand the Bible more clearly and learn how to apply it in everyday life.  It helps young women tackle the issues they're facing, while learning how precious they are to God!





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Check It Out: #SamsClub3M Giveaway


From now until Friday, November 16th at 11:59 PM ET, Savings.com 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 Savings.com 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 Savings.com! 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.

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

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

Win a gift card from Macy's!

Savings.com 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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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Get Your Christmas Card Fix at Minted


I am getting in the full swing of Christmas by buying gifts, purchasing wrapping supplies, and getting ready to order Christmas cards.  I will be ordering gifts and stationery from Minted.com, a company that offers exceptional photo cards, art, and home decor.  There are so many option of holiday cards from Minted that it's going to be hard for me to decide which one to choose. 

One of my favorite tasks when planning for Christmas is picking out Christmas cards that reflect my family's personality. I don't just rush out and buy a box. I want cards that are memorable and special to those receiving them.

With Minted by your side, commemorating every holiday and momentous occasion is a cinch! They offer perfect party invitations for every occasion and memorable personalized photo gifts like notebooks and calendars.

I've been browsing through the holiday cards that Minted has to offer and here are some of my favorites:


This one appeals to me because the truck on front is something my husband would drive, and it reflects his personality.  Along with other ways to customize the card to my liking, there's six color options of the truck to choose from.  


I'm attracted to this Let Nature Sing card because the background has a religious undertone and I can include a family photo on the front.


I love the bold beautiful font on this card.  And, of course, the fact that I can add a family photo is a plus.


This card suits my large family.  I'd be able to include individual pics of all six kids and our three pets.

Do any of these cards stand out to you?
Do you have a favorite holiday card from Minted? 
If you need some inspiration on what to do for your Christmas cards, check out these unique holiday card ideas.

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BLU Notebooks - Blueprint Paper Notebook Review

It's not real often that I need to make a blueprint but, once in a while, there's a project that requires mapping and drawing out details.  The BLU Notebook is great for just that.  

The BLU Notebook is the first ever sketching journal made from pages that have the look and feel of traditional blueprint paper.  The BLU notebook features a rich blue colored page with a 10:1” grid within a finer 2:1" grid. The grid provides for multiple scaling options and is not so overpowering as to distract from your designs.


To achieve the blueprint look, the company recommends using BLU with opaque white or bright colored gel/paint pens.  A  Sakura White Gelly Roll 10 Bold Gel Pen is included with your
The BLU Notebook is acid-free and there are 50 pages in each one.  The sheets lay flat and there's perforations so you can tear a page out.  The paper quality is superior.  BLU Notebooks give you the opportunity to sketch our your ideas and map out your plans.

 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, November 11, 2018

Create Your Me Movement: An Empowering Guided Journal for Girls - Review

Author: Patricia Wooster
Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781631064937
Published: August 21, 2018

Book Overview:

The teen years can be confusing and frustrating, especially for girls trying to develop their own voice and identity. With the Create Your Me Movement, teen girls finally have a guided journal designed just for them.

This collection of 52 weekly exercises and writing prompts guides you through recording your goals and standards, and determining ways to reach them. The guidance from author and teen advocate Patricia Wooster comes from four major categories: Play, Spirit, Strength, and Purpose.

With these journaling assignments, you will take the principles behind starting a social movement—advocacy, patience, developing relationships, and managing time and resources—and apply them to your everyday life, fostering a sense of identity, confidence, and assurance in who you truly are.

The perfect gift for the forward-thinking teen girl in your life, the Create Your Me Movement is an action-oriented tool dedicated to helping young women navigate their teen years and express themselves in a voice all their own.


My Review:

When I was younger, in my grade school and teen years, I'd write faithfully in journals.  I still have them, tucked away in a cedar chest.  From time to time I'll get the journals out and read them, reminiscing and remembering times past.  I don't write daily in a journal anymore, but still jot down memories from time to time.  

It's not exactly a blank journal, but the Create Your Me Movement: An Empowering Guided Journal for Girls is a guided journal with prompts and quotes.  The goal of this journal is to inspire girls to develop their purpose, ignite their spirit, and encourage them to play.  

There are four sections that focus on specific areas:
Play - activities that bring you happiness
Spirituality - your connection to the world around you
Strength - your courage to handle challenges
Purpose - what gives your life meaning

The journal includes weekly activities that ask you to identify your talents and personality traits.  There are also quizzes included.  Each weekly activity asks you to identify a beautiful thing and includes a Weekly #Hashtag.  Your Weekly #Hashtag is your mantra or inspiring chant for the week.
Each weeks' pages look the same.  On the left is an inspiring or uplifting quote.  On the right is a large circle with a prompt.  For instance, you may be asked to create an official playlist of the songs that bring you joy or remind you of your childhood.  Another example of a prompt is to write down when you've been told you couldn't achieve something but conquered it anyway.  The journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special.
The journal pages are high-quality and the prompts are thought-provoking.  There's an elastic band that keeps the journal closed.


My 12 year old granddaughter, Rahjae, has written several times in this guided journal.  She says she likes it better than traditional blank journal and that she'll keep it for a long time.  Of course Rahjae won't let me see what's in her journal.  But I'm glad to see her writing her thoughts and life experiences to reflect upon any time she wants and to progress forward in her goals.   


I received product for review from Quarto.  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.