Monday, April 30, 2018

Forget Flowers: Give Hearts & Microbes for Mother's Day - Giveaway

Microbiology Tote Bag

She’s a mother to trillions of microbes! She gives her love and support in ways that no one else can. This Mother’s Day, treat the moms in your life to the beauty of biology with GIANTmicrobes.

To The Mother Who Loves Science, GIANTmicrobes, has a collection of humorous and educational toy viruses, diseases, human body cells, and other tiny, yet adorable plush organisms. Celebrate MOM with these gorgeous gifts from GIANTmicrobes.

GIANTmicrobes has unique gifts for your favorite mama to tell her how much you LOVE her and with the Smartest Mom Brain Cell - you can let her know how thankful you are for ALL her incredible wisdom! From Heart of Gold, Heart to Heart, Young at Heart and Brain Cell - It's the perfect gift to help express yourself when you just can’t find the right words…

Inspired by the invisible microscopic world, each microbe includes a printed card with fun, interesting, and educational facts so your mom can really explore and learn about this invisible life going on in our world today. There's also an adorable collection of other science jewelry, scarves and soap to help make for a very happy mom this year!

GIANTmicrobes is an educational gift company that develops and markets health, science and nature products. Since its founding in 2002, GIANTmicrobes has introduced more than 400 products based on microorganisms, cells, vitamins and other biological concepts - a millions times actual size!  With distribution in over 30 countries, the GIANTmicrobes brand is loved by students, scientists, teachers, health professionals & anyone with a healthy sense of humor. Humorous, educational, collectible and fun, who wouldn't want to cuddle up with E.coli or play with a stuffed waterbear and red blood cell?

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Softsoap Hydra Bliss Hand Soap - Review


Your hands put love into everything they do, from baking to gardening to caring for loved ones. However, with our busy schedules, we don’t always remember to give our hands the extra love they deserve back.  Don't neglect your hands this Spring and Summer - Softsoap Hydra Bliss is here to revive and refresh your skin after months of dry, cracked hands.  The hydrating formula retains your skin's natural moisture, leaving your hands feeling soft and smooth.

Softsoap Hydra Bliss is available in two scents:
Coconut Water & Mint
Coconut Water & Blueberry


 I've been keeping Softsoap Hydra Bliss Hand Soap in my kitchen and in my bathroom.  I'm a fan of both fragrances.  I have dry skin, so I appreciate that the soap is making my hands feel refreshed.  The hand wash gets hands clean in all sorts of dirty and sloppy messes, and easily rinses away excess food ingredients from my hands.   



I've always been a fan of Softsoap and purchase their products often. It's a brand I know to work away dirt, leave hands smelling clean, and be cost efficient. Softsoap's Hydra Bliss Hand Soap is a good fit for the brand.  It has a fair price point and can be found at mass retail, drug and grocery stores nationwide

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.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Welch's Fruit Rolls - Review and Giveaway

Kid-friendly Spring snacks, Welch’s Fruit Rolls are perfect to pack in a lunchbox or provide as an after-school treat. 

My kids, all teens and above, have no problem raiding my pantry.  They're always on the prowl for a snack, and I keep a variety on hand.  The same goes for when my nieces and nephews come over.  They know that aunt Terra's house is a place for delicious treats.

We've had the opportunity to try new Welch's Fruit Rolls a few times now, and they never last long in this household!  Featuring fruit as its first ingredient, the Fruit Rolls come in three flavors: Berry, Tropical Punch, and White Grape Strawberry.  Made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources, the Fruit Rolls are gluten free, preservative free, feature 100% DV of Vitamin C and are a good source of Vitamins A & E.

Unrolling the snack and pulling it from the backing is what makes it fun.  Welch's Fruit Rolls come in six individually wrapped packages to a box.  They're packed with delicious flavor and soft texture.
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Emma - Prom 2018



It's that time of year for tuxedos, expensive dresses, tons of pictures, and sore feet.  Yep, it's Prom!

Emma went to her school's prom last night, but not before the obligatory photos.



She's beautiful, both inside and out.  As the youngest, she'll be 16 in July.  What?!!

Have any kids or other family attending Prom this year?
What do you remember most about your Prom?

Check It Out: dealmaxx Breville Juice Fountain Plus Juice Extractor Giveaway


Enter the Breville Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor Giveaway, sponsored by dealmaxx. No purchase necessary. . Drawing May 18th.

Some of the features of this juice extractor include:

Extra-wide 3-inch feeder chute can create 8oz. cup of juice in just 5 seconds; Stainless steel cutting disc surrounded by Italian made micro mesh filter to extract up to 30% more juice and 40% more vitamins and minerals than other juicers

850-watt dual-speed motor; powerful stainless-steel cutting disc for fast results. Overload Protection LED : To prevent against unsafe operation

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Little Girl with the Big Voice - Children's Book Review

Book Overview:

Written in Wé McDonald’s own words, The Little Girl with the Big Voice is a powerful story about a girl who courageously embraces her uniqueness and discovers her true voice—overcoming personal struggles and great challenges. Wé’s story inspires kids to work to fulfill their dreams and to expand their own understanding of themselves and the world around them.


My Review:

Don't disown me, but I've never watched The Voice on television. (Gasp!)  So, I wasn't familiar with Wé McDonald until reading The Little Girl with the Big Voice which became available for purchase on April 24th, 2018.  

This hardcover book tells the story of Wé and how she loved to sing.  She was embarrassed by her squeaky voice, though, and was bullied by it.  She was also teased for her name.  To keep from being bullied herself, Wé got classmates to pick on another girl.  Until, one day, Wé realized that wasn't a nice thing to do.  

Wé continued to be bullied but became strong in her singing voice.  She started singing at the Apollo theater, and was eventually invited to audition for The Voice.  Coached by Alicia Keys, Wé learns what it is to be her true self and even became resolved not to let online bullying get the best of her.  Wé received third place in the famous singing competition and realized that her voice isn't so little.

The Little Girl with the Big Voice gives snippets into the life of Wé and shows how she becomes confident in herself.  She writes how it feels to bully and to be bullied.  She's real and authentic in her expressions.  

Included with the story, Wé also shares words to a new song 'Head Up High'.  A glossary gives the meaning to words such as Producer, Amateur, and Trembled.  Discussion questions and group activities allow the reader delve deeper into bullying, and understanding and managing anxiety.


I received book for review from Lightswitch Learning.  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.

Friday, April 27, 2018

April Winner Announcement


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

The winner of the Canvas Factory giveaway is #23, Heather G.

The winner of the Little Critter Little Blessings giveaway is #49, Cassandra D.

The winner of the Starbucks and Panera Bread gift cards giveaway is #110, Susan W.

The winner of the Real Time Pain Relief Creams giveaway is #25, Debijot.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to enter the currently active giveaways going on, all 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.

JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection - Review


Don't panic, but Mother's Day will be here in just a little over two weeks.  If you're still trying to debate on what to get your mom (or want a nice gift for yourself), might I suggest the JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection.  The satchel and wallet are available in ten color choices, and are available at HSN.

This collection is named for Joy Mangano, an American entrepreneur and inventor who regularly appears on HSN.  I don't get caught up in celebrity hoopla or buy certain products just because they have big name endorsements on them. With that said, I will buy merchandise that have that backing if I think I'll like the products themselves.



 The JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection Satchel with RFID and matching JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection with RFID are the perfect gifts for any mom. This leather satchel will not only keep mom organized with a spacious interior that holds various compartments, but also safe with built-in RFID protection. The chic matching wallet is a must and big enough to hold credit cards.  

My mom is no longer on this earth, but I'm pretty sure she'd like both the satchel and wallet.  Since I received one of both, I can say that I do.  


 The JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection Satchel with RFID is large enough to hold several contents and has a rectangular shape.  Made of lizard-embossed leather, it has a stiff feel and the satchel will unlikely tip over.  Because of how it's made, the satchel doesn't have much give or stretch but it still opens up wide enough to store all your essentials.  The goldtone hardware and metal logo plate makes it very eye-catching.  I've received several compliments on my satchel.  

A detachable flat shoulder strap is included and can be hooked on to the sides of the purse if desired.  I tend to keep the strap on my purse because I normally carry it on my shoulder.  In regards to space, there are a few sidewall and interior pockets in which to place items.

 

The JOY Luxe Leather Lizard-Embossed City Collection with RFID is a wallet that comes in the same colors as the purse.  So, both satchel and wallet can match or you can mix and match the two.  I chose to go with Olive Green for both.  

If you're like me, I wasn't sure what RFID was exactly about.  Apparently, it's protection that blocks thieves from scanning your credit cards, ID card, and passport.  I'm all about having that peace of mind!

The wallet, like the satchel, is made with lizard-embossed leather and has the goldtone hardware.  I love the roominess of the wallet and that it holds so many things.  There's slots to hold several cards on one side, and the other side can hold cash and coins.  You can zip open one side or both.  A belted snap with buckle provides full closure.  Both the satchel and the wallet are beautiful, functional, and well-made.





On Sunday, May 15th, give your mom something she will cherish. After all you still want to be her favorite, right? 

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.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Freebie: Sparkling Ice Mountain®Brand Natural Spring Water


Get a coupon by mail for one free 8-PACK of Sparkling Ice Mountain®Brand Natural Spring Water. Coupon is valid on 12 ounce cans or half-liter bottles.

Offer ends on 7/31/18 or when all coupon supplies are depleted, whichever occurs first. Coupon expires 12/31/18.  Offer is valid to residents of the USA.

I signed up to receive my coupon and I'm most excited to try the Triple Berry Flavored Sparkling Water. Which flavor do you want to try?

God Bless You & Good Night - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

God Bless You and Good Night is now available as a full-size picture book! This beloved bedtime classic has touched more than 250,000 families, and the gift edition is sweeter and more beautiful than ever before.

My Review:

A book that originally released in 2013, God Bless You & Good Night continues to be a favorite for bedtime stories.  Perfect for toddlers, this short storybook is written in rhythmic form.  It features cute illustrations of animals.  There's giraffes, polar bears, penguins, and more.  The story starts with seeing the moon so bright, goes to reading a book, and ends with getting tucked in bed.  This book is just the right length for a bedtime story and children are given a reminder of how much they are loved.


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SONIC Drive-In Announces SONIC Summer Nights


SONIC Drive-In decided to skip spring and move straight to summer this year.  Guests can come celebrate with SONIC at SONIC Summer Nights – this summer’s social evening destination that will satisfy any late-night cravings.

Guests can find half-price Floats, Shakes and Ice Cream Slushes after 8 p.m. every day at SONIC. They’re also adding new Floats so guests can pair their creamy vanilla ice cream with either Root Beer, Coke, or Fanta Orange.  (I'm partial to the Fanta Orange myself!)



It's not often that I get the pleasure of dining at SONIC Drive-In.  The nearest location is half an hour away from where I live.  But I certainly enjoy the food and available drink purchases when I do get to eat there.  Their deals and deliciousness are worth the drive.

Bring the family together at your local SONIC Drive-In for the SONIC Nights specials.

How often do you eat at SONIC Drive-In?  What's your favorite menu item?

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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 119

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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 119.  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.

1 Peter 5:8 
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
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While I was at Women's Camp last weekend, one of the speakers was a local woman who is principal of the Christian School.  She was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in June 2014.  Listening to her speak, I was amazed by her faith and comfort in God.  She was candid and admitted to being fearful, but she showed an overflow of love for Christ. 

Since her diagnosis, Susan had a camp of prayer warriors surround her.  She underwent (and continues to) many, many rounds of chemo.  She's a mother to two young boys and a wife.  Close to the onset of her diagnosis, Susan was told that the cancer was shrinking.  She was becoming a miracle.  The doctors were in awe of the regression of cancer. 

Susan came to speak at Women's Camp Saturday to tell her story.  She wanted fellow women to know the love of Christ she has, even during hard times.  She also wanted to give praise for answered prayers.

Although many of Susan's prayers had been answered, she had some devastating news to bear.  Just two days before she came to speak to us, she was told by the doctors that the cancer in her lungs had come back.  And it was triple in size from the beginning.  The cancer in the bones of her pelvis have also spread.  It's back to being a very terminal diagnosis. 

With all that said, I ask that you please, please, please keep Susan in your prayers.  If anything, she's been able to give an amazing testimony.  My heart hurts for her and her family, and I ask that you please lift her up in your words to God.  Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Secret Life of a Weight-Obsessed Woman - Book Review


Book Overview:

Do you think about food too much? Envy those "skinny bitches" and wonder how they do it? Use the needle on the scale as a measure of your self-worth? Are you "just ten pounds" away from happiness? You are not alone. Iris Ruth Pastor, too, was a weight-obsessed woman who found a way to eat all those tempting goodies--without putting on a pound. At age eighteen, she began bingeing and purging daily and didn't stop for forty-six years. 

How did she tame the triggers that led to bingeing and purging? Deal with the ravenous monster within? The Secret Life of a Weight-Obsessed Woman is Iris's story of ripping down the facade of her "perfect" life and taking steps to break free of her lover ED (Eating Disorder, not Erectile Dysfunction!). If you are grappling with anything that prevents you from operating at full throttle, Iris's bluntly honest, humorous, and inspirational story reminds us all that recovery is within our reach. In this honest, insightful, and inspiring book, Iris Ruth Pastor shares her story of recovery from a decades-long battle with bulimia. She brings a poignant and relatable honesty to this memoir, using both wisdom and humor to bring readers on the journey from despair to healing


My Review:

Although I've almost always been overweight, I've never struggled with an eating disorder.  I don't know what it's like to be obsessed with being skinny or counting calories.  But, I do know what it's like to have other struggles and thoughts consume my time and mind.

Author, Iris Ruth Pastor, puts into perspective how an eating disorder affected her for many, many years of her life.  She's very honest with how it consumed her and how the ED was a large part of who she was.  Interestingly enough, there wasn't some big moment in Iris' life that made her start bingeing and purging.  It just sort of became a part of her daily routine.  

Iris talks candidly about her secret life with ED and her recovery.  I wish there would've been more detail surrounding how the eating disorder affected those around her.  I feel like I still don't know a lot about the "whats" and "whys".  But, I appreciate Iris' resolve and candor.  She's a woman of wisdom who mentors readers and helps bring hope to people who are tackling conditions, especially ED. 

I received book for review from Smith Publicity.  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.

Night Night, Jungle - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

The remarkable bestselling Night Night series is moving into the jungle! Night Night, Jungle pairs the fun, rhyming text from bestselling author Amy Parker with the award-winning artwork of Virginia Allyn to help your kids wish their world “Night night!” From sleepy sloths to tired toucans, your little wild one will love the colorful art of cute animals settling in for bedtime. The jungle theme features fun and exciting illustrations of wild animals, inviting your children to say “Night night!” to each animal and to the loving God who made them.

My Review:

As a way to settle in to sleep, Night Night, Jungle is a short and entertaining board book.  The story is told in rhythmic form and the illustrations feature all sorts of cute jungle creatures including toucans, jaguars, and lemurs.  

The story brings in jaguars as they pounce and play just one more time before going to bed, and chameleons asking for another bedtime story.  A monkey is rocked peacefully to sleep, and readers are given a reminder that God loves all His creatures.


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Wordful Wednesday - Crossing Women's Camp

water slide that dumps you into the lake

Late last year our church was able to purchase a camp at a price that couldn't be beat.  After some cosmetics and improvements, the place is now able to be used.  I spent Friday night and part of Saturday there with about 65 other women, and I'm already wanting to go back.

I felt like I'd been transported back to my 12 year old self, being sent away to church camp.  Exploring a new world and meeting new friends.  I was waiting for someone to break out the autograph books.

But, rather than getting to stay a week, we got less than 24 hours.  That's what we get for being adults with responsibilities.


One side of the housing building was for bunkers who wanted to get an early start at bed.  Only about 20 gals opted for the 10 pm "Lights Out" option.  Which meant the other side (where I stayed) was pretty full.  Bunks were lined up in prison formation.  Us late-nighters were up till midnight, when the "room mother" shut off the lights.  

My bunk happened to be directly across from the one and only downstairs bathroom.  Which means I can say that EACH and EVERY woman had to get up and go pee at least once.  

Peaceful Scenery Selfie

Ali taking in the scenery

The scenery of the entire place was so serene and peaceful.  We spent a lot of time outdoors, walking the trails and going on a prayer hike.

Although our time was spent worshiping God and doing devotionals, there was also a lot of time for fellowship.  Campers had options to go horseback riding, play games, paint on canvas, color books, exercise, and lots more.  Like I said, just like church camp back in the day.  We even had to fight for shower time.

Our bunk house and dining hall

Fooseball and Jenga

My only complaint about the entire experience was that it didn't last long enough.  I'm voting for another one in the fall.  

Yes, us grown ass women had a bounce house!  I'm jealous I wasn't one of the girls who had the bright idea to sleep in it.  

Did you ever attend church camp as a kid?  Or as an adult?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Ain't Nobody Got Time For Blog Drama


I must not be on the up and up because I don't know the specifics but I've been reading a lot lately about blog drama.  Either readers are making snide remarks about how a blog's content isn't relatable or other blog owners are dissing about who's doing what.  I've even been reading how some bloggers are so stressed out because of all the demands and trying to keep their readers happy that it's making the rest of their life miserable.  SAY WHAT?!!

I know some bloggers stay at home and receive most of their income from blogging.  Project deadlines are expected.  But if a person is going to be so stressed out that their head starts spinning and they're spitting pea soup, I say TAKE A BREAK. 

There's thousands upon thousands of blogs out there.  Some have been here a while (I'm almost nine years in) and some fade as quickly as they come.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think a person's blog should be about what they want to write about.  It's their piece of the world.  It's not mine and I have no right to tell them what they want to talk about.

A few years ago there was a blogging community that thrived on bashing others.  It was a Mean Girl's Club.  After the popularity wore off, it died down.  Or so I thought....

I'm 41 years old with six kids, a husband, one dog, and two cats.  I also have a full-time job, on graveyard shift.  Try to tell me what I can and can't write about.

People who hide behind keyboards and take pleasure in degrading others are cowards.  It's the same people who wouldn't say it to your face.

I have no problem if someone doesn't agree with what I type.  They even have a right to tell me that.  But they better have some couth in doing it. 

In a time where women are supposedly building each other up, we ought to be actually doing it.  Everybody put on your big girl panties and play nice.  Word.

Have you been a part of blog drama?  Or heard of the absurdity?

Affinityy.com: $20 With Your FREE Membership + Cash Back

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Get Crafty for Earth Day! | Go Organically® Organic Fruit Snacks - Giveaway


In honor of Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, Go Organically Fruit Snacks wants to share some creative ideas to switch up snack time.

You know what they say: "One man's trash is another man's treasure." This rings even truer as we approach Earth Day and think of ways to teach our kids about keeping items out of landfills. For us, it's the perfect excuse to get creative and give new life to everyday objects by turning them into upcycled crafts. Check out the step-by-step instructions for making this awesome DIY dreamcatcher, then read on for additional super-simple craft ideas using household items like paper tubes, coffee cans and plastic water bottles. What better way to celebrate Mother Earth?



DIY Dreamcatcher

Originating in Native American culture, dreamcatchers are believed to offer protection to little ones by "catching" bad dreams in mid-air while they sleep. With a web-covered hoop to snare nightmares, dreamcatchers traditionally feature natural decorative accents like feathers and wooden beads. Try your hand at making your own upcycled dreamcatcher with our easy tutorial!

What You'll Need:

A piece of decorative fabric from an old shirt, shawl, scarf or table runner
Embroidery hoop
Sharp scissors
Wooden or plastic beads with a 1/8" hole or larger
Feathers and/or ribbons
Safety pins

What You'll Do:

Dig through your closets to find an interesting old T-shirt, shawl, scarf or table runner that you no longer use. Look for an eye-catching graphic or interesting material that's lacy or crocheted. Cut your fabric so that it's slightly wider than the embroidery hoop, and at least twice as tall.

Unscrew the top of your embroidery hoop and separate the two hoops. Drape your fabric over the inner hoop, lining it up so that plenty of extra fabric hangs down at the bottom.

Place the outer hoop on top and press down into place, adjusting the fabric and pulling it tight. Once you're happy with the fabric placement, tighten the top screw.

Take your scissors and cut the fabric hanging from the bottom of the hoop into long, thin, vertical strips. Trim any excess fabric from around the rest of the hoop.

String beads onto the ends of your fabric strips and knot them in place. Use safety pins to attach feathers and ribbons onto your fabric strips at random places for an eclectic effect. Loop a longer piece of ribbon through the hardware at the top and hang with pride!

Repurposed Household Items

Why toss these everyday objects when you can turn them into useful, kid-friendly crafts?

Paper Towel/Toilet Paper Tubes

Birdfeeder: Spread peanut butter on the outside of the tube using a butter knife. Roll the tube in loose birdseed, covering it completely. Slip your birdfeeder onto a tree branch, then compost tube once birds are finished snacking.

Wrapping Paper Cuffs: Prevent rolls of wrapping paper from unraveling with paper tube "cuffs." Simply slit tubes lengthwise with a pair of scissors and slip over either end of your wrapping paper roll to keep it contained.

Cord Corral: Roll up power cords and stuff them inside decorated tubes for a cute storage option that will prevent cords from tangling.

Coffee Cans

Pencil holder: Remove the lid and label from an empty coffee can. Cover the entire outside with colorful duct tape in a fun pattern. Fill with pens, pencils and highlighters for an instant desktop accessory.

Bank: Remove the label from an empty coffee can and paint the outside a bright color. Add a dollar sign with stick-on gems. Cut an opening in the lid to use as a coin slot.

Planter: To make a rustic-looking planter, wrap the outside of an empty coffee can with a sheet of burlap and glue in place. Tie a simple raffia ribbon around the center and fill with dried flowers.

Plastic Water Bottles

Sensory Bottle: Calm rowdy kiddos with a mixture of water, glitter glue and loose glitter inside a plastic water bottle. Just add the ingredients, put on the cap, and let kids shake the bottle like a snow globe for an instant dose of zen.

Bowling Pins: Fill 10 plastic water bottles with two inches of water or a bit of sand at the bottom, then put the caps back on. Arrange your "pins" on the floor and let kids roll a ball to knock 'em down.

Penguin Pal: Fill an empty clear water bottle with cotton balls, then use foam sheets or sturdy construction paper to add the wings, head and feet. Don't forget the googly eyes!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 118

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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 118.  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.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10:9-10 NIV