Friday, July 20, 2018

Zoup!: Summer is for Chillin' - Review

Logan with his Zoup! sandwich and soup

Summer is finally here, and Zoup! is celebrating the season with fun new and returning menu items along with the introduction of Family Meals. The fast casual restaurant is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Since opening its very first restaurant in Southfield in 1998, the brand has grown to almost 100 locations and continues to innovate its menu of award-winning soups and made-to-order salads and sandwiches.

Chicken Toscana sandwich

Luckily, there's a Zoup! located in my city.  I frequent the eatery every couple of months with family.  The owners of the local franchise are super friendly, the place is always clean, and the food is delicious.  Logan and I ate at Zoup! earlier in the week and tried some of their new menu items.


Simply Gazpacho chilled soup has made a comeback, along with the newly introduced Avozpacho soup.  Simply Gazpacho features an assortment of fresh vegetables in a spicy tomato broth with cilantro, while the new Avozpacho also includes the best fresh vegetables served in avocado puree with roasted jalapeƱos. Both are topped off with sour cream and scallions for a zesty finish. 

Zoup! gives consumers the opportunity to try samples of their soups before purchasing, so people can decide what suits their palate.  I tried a sample of the Simply Gazpacho soup, and I liken it to what a liquid salsa would taste like.  Very summery and fresh.  I ordered a bowl of the Avozpacho soup and enjoyed it as well.  There was no sour cream added to the top (which I would have liked) but it was otherwise delicious.  Both chilled soups are perfect for summertime weather.

Avozpacho soup

Also back this year is the fan-favorite MTB sandwich.  I'd never had it before, but now see why it's a favorite after trying it this time around.  The sandwich comes piled with sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette on stone-baked ciabatta bread.  Logan ordered it as part of the Try Two Combo.  He wasn't real interested in sharing his food but I got a hold of his sandwich and had a few bites.  


Although we haven't went this route yet, Zoup! is also introducing the Family Meal, a new regular menu offering that combines delicious gourmet soup with the restaurant’s salads, sandwiches or Power Bowls for a full, filling meal to feed two, four or six hungry friends or family members.

Zoup!’s new Family Meal packages are available in the following sizes (prices may vary by location):

·         Feed 2 ($21.95): One quart of soup with two hunks of bread; one whole salad, sandwich or Power Bowl; four mini cookies.

·         Feed 4 ($43.95): Two quarts of soup with four hunks of bread; two whole salads, sandwiches or Power Bowls; eight mini cookies.

·         Feed 6 ($65.95): Three quarts of soup with six hunks of bread; three whole salads, sandwiches or Power Bowls; 12 mini cookies.
Throughout the summer, guests can enjoy these new offerings and have the opportunity to enter Zoup!’s “20 Years of Ladling Love Sweepstakes” to win a trip for two to Las Vegas. Enter by texting a weekly code word that can be found in the restaurant or in the InsiderZ email, which provides news and other special offers, including a “buy a bowl, get one free” deal just for signing up.

Have you ever eaten at Zoup!?
What's your favorite soup from there?
Which if the two chilled soups would you like best - Avozpacho or Simply Gazpacho?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

My Experience at Lost Island Water Park




As I often do, I went to my "home away from home" last weekend and drove up to Iowa to see my bestie.  To celebrate her daughter's birthday, we decided to take a trip with four kids to Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo, IA.  All in all, it was a good time.

I won't go into each and every detail of the park.  If you want all that, the park's website has tons of info.

Good impression #1:  The park isn't so huge that you feel overwhelmed.  But there's a lot of water slides and areas for adults and kids.  The water attractions and the park itself were very clean.


Azra, Greely, and Kaylyn

Bad Impression #1:  There are two bathrooms on the grounds.  The one I went into had poor upkeep.  There was no hand dryers or paper towels.  Water was everywhere.  Toilets were clogged, and the overall furnishings were outdated.

Good impression #2:  The lifeguards were super vigilant.  Their eyes were always scanning the water and it was obvious they were alert.  Their routines and behavior showed it.  All lifeguards everywhere should take heed.

You know I've gotten sun when the freckles on my face pop out like mushrooms.

Bad impression #2:  There are five eateries located within the park.  Of these, we went to three.  At the first one, they were out of souvenir cups and one of the smoothie flavors.  At the second one they were out of several foods.  The last eatery is where we did lunch.  

I don't expect to get a gourmet meal at a water park but I felt quite jipped for the price I paid.  I purchased a cheeseburger and fries for $10.25.  The fries were cold and the bun on the burger was super dry.  The meat itself was burnt.  Super not impressed.


Good impression #3:  There was plenty of seating.  Most people were crowded in one area but I'm not quite sure why because there were places to sit all throughout the park.   

Good impression #4:  Free parking!  Free tubes!  Free life jackets!

"Hello.  My name is Timmy.  Do not be alarmed if you notice me swimming in the park.  I am testing the vigilance of our lifeguards."  Love this!

It cost a little over $30 for each admission ticket.  I didn't think that was bad at all, considering the place is accommodating for kids of all ages and it can be an all-day event.


Have you been to a water park this summer?
What's your favorite aspect of a water park?  Mine is the Lazy River where I can take a tube and drift along.

Benji & The Giant Kite - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Have you ever wanted one thing – just one thing – more than anything else in the world? A toy? A new bike? A computer game? Did you imagine that this one possession would make you incredibly happy – forever? For Benji that one thing is an enormous orange kite. In BENJI & THE GIANT KITE, Alan C. Fox tells the enchanting story of a young boy who learns that possessing something is not quite as meaningful as letting it go.

BENJI & THE GIANT KITE is Alan C. Fox’s second book for children.  It is illustrated by Eefje Juijl, a graduate of the School of the Arts Utrech, who is based in The Netherlands.

My Review:

I had the opportunity to read author, Alan C. Fox's, first book a few months ago.  Benji & The 24 Pound Banana Squash was an entertaining and fanciful book for children, so I was rather happy to see that Alan authored another book.

The story tells of a boy named Benji who likes kites and uses his allowance to buy them.  He's lost many kites on the beach.  One day he is in need of another kite and works to earn money for it.  He was happy and used the orange kite quite a bit.  Then one day he decides to let the kite go and fix the moment in his memory.

Benji & The Giant Kite is an adorable hardback book for preschool children.  It doesn't take long to read.  I like that Benji decides to preserve the moment in his memory and realizes that possessions aren't everything.  I also like that the story shows Benji working for an allowance to get what he wants.  

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Precious Moments Promotion: 2 for 1 Ornaments


It’s Christmas in July and Precious Moments is celebrating by giving away a free gift with their newest promotion. From now until July 31st, you will get a FREE 2017 dated holiday ornament with the purchase of the 2018 dated holiday ornament! This is a great opportunity to either start your collection with two new ornaments for the price of one, OR just take advantage of this once-in-a-blue-moon deal from PreciousMoments.com.

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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 131

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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 131.  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.

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
–1 Timothy 6:17

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Patio Table Confessionals

I moved into my current home two years ago.  The favorite "room" for me and the kids to gather and talk is the screened-in back porch.  It has a patio table much like the one pictured, and several chairs surrounding it.  That table has been dubbed "The Confessional".  I've spent many, many nights sitting at that table these last two years, talking and listening to my kids.

As many of you know, my kids aren't "kids" anymore.  They range in age from 16 to 24.  It's during those ages that it can be hard to know what's going on in their lives or what their feelings are.  That's where "The Confessional" comes in.

I don't know quite how it started but it became an unwritten rule that meaningful, deep-rooted talks could be done at that table.  I've heard about Allyson's adventure aspirations and Adam's parties with friends.  I've seen Logan's heart break over a breakup and Shelby's anger over mistreatment.  Some things I've found out have darn near caused my jaw to hit the floor.  I've learned more about my six kids' lives, dreams, wishes, and wants more over that table than I have at any other time.  Sometimes, it's just one kid out there.  Other times, it could be three or even all six.  When we're out there, we listen and give advice.  We talk of our experiences regarding the same situations.  We even talk of things that they wouldn't normally feel comfortable talking to me about. 

That space and place has become our sanctuary.  A bonding time.  A way to cry, talk, yell, and heal.  I love bonding over patio table confessionals.

As you can see from the looks on Shelby and George's faces, it's not always all seriousness at the patio table!

Do you have a special place that your kids feel comfortable talking and venting?

How to Host an Ice Cream Social - Go Organically Fruit Snacks Giveaway

National Ice Cream Day was July 15th.  You may have missed out on it but can still enjoy ice cream any other day of the year. (I sure do!)  Go Ogranically has some creative ideas on how to host an amazing ice cream social:


Host an Ice Cream Social

Set the Scene

Once you've picked a date and sent out invites, it's time to assemble everything you need for your party.

The setup: Summertime is the perfect excuse to be carefree, so keep things simple! Do a buffet-style setup with bowls, spoons, napkins, toppings, etc., so kids can make their own sundaes in an assembly line fashion. Add paper tablecloths and balloons in cheery, pastel colors to mimic an old fashioned ice cream parlor. Display a chalk board to welcome guests and announce the day's flavors.

The ice cream: Stick to classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry since they'll serve as a great base for all the toppings you'll have on hand. Consider adding one carton of a popular "fun" flavor like chocolate chip cookie dough or cookies 'n cream, but don't feel the need to overdo it with options. If you're hosting the party outside, keep your ice cream cartons in an ice-filled cooler to prevent them from melting.

The toppings: Fill colorful little bowls with kid-approved toppings like chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles, crushed peanut butter cups and, of course, Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Don't forget the chocolate syrup and whipped cream!

Put Together a "Sweet" Playlist

Set the mood by creating a playful music soundtrack themed around sweets and treats, with a mix of nostalgic, kid-friendly songs. Suggestions to get you started:

 "Ice Cream Man" by Tom Waits
"Peppermint Twist" by Joey Dee & The Starliters
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by Marvin Gaye
"Tutti Fruitti" by Little Richie
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops
"Blueberry Hill' by Fats Domino
"I Love Rocky Road" by Weird Al Yankovic
"Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles
"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond

Play a "Cool" Game

Delight little ones by adding an ice cream-themed game to the agenda. We love "Pin the Cherry on the Sundae"—a riff on the classic party game "Pin the Tail on the Donkey."

Draw a picture of a large ice cream sundae on a poster board, or simply print out an oversize photo.
Give each kid a construction paper cherry with double-sided tape on the back.  One by one you'll blindfold each guest, spin them around, and instruct them to place the cherry as close to the top of the sundae as they can.  The guest who places the cherry closest is the winner and gets to make their sundae first. YUM!

Be sure to follow Go Organically on Facebook for more family-friendly ideas!  Made with real fruit, Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks are gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and a  great choice for your on-the-go life.

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IHOP Deal: 60¢ Short Stack Today


Celebrate 60 years of pancakin’ with a 60¢ short stack on Tuesday, July 17th at IHOP.  Offer is valid for dine-in only from the hours of 7 am to 7 pm.

My Mighty Magnet - Magnetic Photo Cables Review



I like to display pictures in my home, showing special memories, people, or events.  My Mighty Magnet is a perfect way for me to do that, without putting holes in the walls or changing out frames.

Each My Mighty Magnet comes with a 57" inch cable and nine strong, mighty magnets.  The cable can be hung vertically or horizontally, and has a loop on top and a weight on the bottom.  My Mighty Magnet can be hung with a command hook so they don't damage walls.  I have mine looped and hung on a window rod in my living room.

There are over 60 different designs of gems for My Mighty Magnet.  I received the clear gem set.  Designs range from black buttons and basketballs to emojis and hearts.  I've hung nine photos on My Mighty Magnet.  They've stayed on great so far.  All you have to do is place a photo or whatever you want to hang at the part of the cable you want it to be, then take one of the mighty magnets and place it there.  I love that I can display special photos in a prominent place and easily change them out when I get the inclination.  

My Mighty Magnets can be used virtually anywhere! From hanging up your pictures and holiday cards at home to decluttering your office at work, these photo cables are an essential part of any room.
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.

First Half of July Winners

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

The winners of The Dating Project DVD giveaway are #1, Brandi Swanson and #20, Ken Ohl.

The winner of the Go to Sleep, Sheep! children's book giveaway is #65, Kerry P.

The winner of the God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers children's book giveaway is #24, Marilyn.

The winner of the Saving Each Other paperback book giveaway is #30, Sand.

The winner of the Hotel Transylvania DVDs giveaway is #97, Tammy Iler.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to enter the other currently active giveaways I've got going on, listed at the top left hand side of this blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Easy and Fun Outdoor Obstacle Activities for Kids

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Being a parent of six kids, I sometimes had to entertain them in inexpensive ways when they were younger.  I'd set up different obstacles, using everyday items, and keep them busy outdoors.  Here are just a few ideas for obstacles that I've used throughout the years:

Obstacle #1:  Use a mini golf club to put a golf ball into a hula hoop.

Obstacle #2:  Throw a frisbee into a pool of water.

Obstacle #3:  Use a croquet set and weave a croquet ball in and out of the stakes.

Obstacle #4:  Throw a hula hoop over a bucket.

Obstacle #5:  Using a long piece of wood and standing it up, stack four pieces of wood on top of it.

Obstacle #6:  Dump a mixed variety of puzzle pieces out of a basket and sort the pieces to finish one puzzle.

Obstacle #7:  Set up a table and set several glasses filled with water on top of it.  Try to knock down the glasses of water with a tennis ball inside a pair of pantyhose tied to your waist.

example of obstacle #7

With a few objects that can be found almost anywhere, an obstacle course can be set up quickly and made into a fun past time for kids.  Or even adults, for that matter.

What ideas do you have for fun outdoor obstacles for kids?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Natren Probiotics - Review and Giveaway

a variety of Natren Probiotics for the entire family

Whether they're sharing an ice cream cone with the dog or eating gum off the sidewalk, kids can get into "uh oh" situations that can lead to digestive upset or illness. After all, kids will be kids, but isn't that what makes being a kid so much fun? Fortunately, Natren has them covered! Natren Probiotics has a line especially for children, and their products are proven to help reduce occasional digestive upset and support your kids' natural defenses. So kids can have fun while keeping their tummies happy and trouble-free.  Natren is acclaimed by the medical world as an outstanding probiotic product for toddlers and growing children.

Good bacteria, known as probiotics, can help eliminate the bad bacteria that cause stomach distress.  Probiotics support a child's health by creating the proper balance between good and bad bacteria in their digestive tract.  Research has shown that good bacteria can alleviate occasional digestive distress while supporting a child's natural defenses.  When kids feel good, they do amazing things!

For those who are unfamiliar with probiotics and its benefits, countless clinical studies have shown a balanced gut to be directly or indirectly helpful in broad health conditions and specific digestive conditions ranging from skin problems and fatigue to heartburn and indigestion.

Natren, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical grade quality probiotics.  In addition to providing probiotics for toddlers and children, they also offer them for women, men, and pets.  One system that they carry is the Healthy Start System that is suitable for adults and children age 8 and older.  Powder probiotic options are available for younger children.

The Healthy Start System is a box containing three bottles, each one with a different, gentle serving of one probiotic super strain.  Natren keeps each bacteria species in the Healthy Start System® in separate bottles to guarantee probiotic product potency.  A 30-day supply is available for $51.95.

The Healthy Start System contains three powerful strains that support relief from occasional gas, bloating and indigestion.  It also helps with regularity, proper nutrient absorption, and digestion of complex carbohydrates and proteins.

With the Healthy Start System, you are to take one pill from each bottle once a day.  They may be taken all together.  Or Step 1 can be taken in the morning, Step 2 at noon, and Step 3 in the evening.  It is recommended to take the capsules before meals to optimize digestion and take them at least two hours apart from herbs, garlic and prescription medication.  It is also recommended that you take the capsules with unchilled, filtered (chlorine free) water.  That's because the chlorine and fluoride in tap water can harm the beneficial bacteria in the probiotics.  

Natren is different in other probiotic companies in that they package their products in dark glass bottles with tin lids to protect them from harmful light and moisture.  The products are shipped in thermally controlled boxes to keep them cool and extend their lives so they have guaranteed potency through the printed expiration date.  Natrene recommends that their probiotics be refrigerated to keep them at max potency.

I've had digestive issues since I was a junior in high school.  My gut has hated me most of my life.  I do take a prescription pill that has alleviated some symptoms but I also take OTC probiotics. By taking the three capsules daily in the Healthy Start System, I've noticed that I'm more "regular" and I'm not near as bloated.  

I won't make any medical claims regarding the probiotic capsules and I can't guarantee they'll solve your problems.  I recommend seeing a medical doctor or specialist if you have digestive issues or medical problems.  What I can say is that I'll continue taking Natren Probiotics because I've seen a positive change in how my digestive system works.  
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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 130

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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 130.  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.

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
–1 Timothy 2:8

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Scandic Beauty - Skincare Products Review


I know the reality of it, I'm not getting any younger.  Wrinkles and under eye circles, along with lackluster skin, are starting to catch up with me.  I don't believe any product can completely reverse the signs of aging but there are some out there that I've found to be beneficial in giving my skin a more youthful, radiant look.  Recently I've been using a couple skincare products from Scandic Beauty.

First there's the Ren/Pure Pre-Serum.  It's formulated to hydrate, protect, and firm.  Hyaluronic Acid, honey, botanical stem cells and 'heavy water' deliver deep moisture replenishment to rejuvenate, calm and gently exfoliate.  Then there's the Ung/Young Line Smoothing Serum, formulated to restore, firm, and revitalize.  The power of four potent peptides provides immediate and long-term firming and reduction of wrinkles.  It also provides the naturally soothing effects of Chamomile, Lavender and Orange peel oils, along with a plethora of botanicals to nourish the skin back to health and youthfulness.


As part of a daily skincare routine, I first apply the Ren/Pure Pre-Serum to my face after it's been cleansed, then I put on the Ung/Young Line Smoothing Serum.  The two-step process creates better results than using just one product or the other.  The Ung/Young Line Smoothing Serum has a dropper, and it's recommended to apply 5 to 7 drops of the serum to cleansed face and neck.  You can also use the Ren/Pure Pre-Serum as a spritzer after applying makeup.  

I've had no skin reactions from either product but the company does advise that the ingredients are very potent.  It's recommended that the Ung/Young Line Smoothing Serum be used only once a day for the first week to test for any skin adversity.  


Having been introduced to Scandic Beauty, I'm pretty impressed with the results.  Scandic Beauty is not the Fountain of Youth, but their skincare products have been favorable and I've noticed some improvement on my face.  

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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Fireworks and Swimsuits

Randomly random ramblings have a spot at Random Tuesday Thoughts, hosted by Stacy Uncorked.
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I went swimming and sun bathing for the first time the other day.  My bestie came down from Iowa to visit with her parents.  Parents happen to have an amazing pool.  Don't think I didn't jump in the vehicle as soon as I got the invite.  Don't have to ask me twice!
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yard sale swim suit

Speaking of swimming, I purchased two swimsuits online from Rosegal.  I also bought a bunch of shirts.  It was my first time shopping from there.  The clothes fit okay but the swimsuits were horrible fits.  As one would have it, the swimsuits are non-refundable.  
(I understand the reason why I can't return them.  But they still had the clear sticky tape in the crotch. Oh well.)

I ended up giving them to a friend.  Not long after, I found a brand new two-piece swimsuit at a yard sale for only $3. And it fits like a champ!
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Jason and I made a huge purchase last week.  We sprung for a Serta memory foam mattress.  I hate spending that much money but the mattress we'd been using was over ten years old and was way past its prime.  We also purchased an adjustable frame.  Which means the head and feet can be raised up or down via remote, according to preference.  

Jason and I don't share the same preferences.  See the problem there?!  
Sometimes working opposite shifts has its advantages.  He can have the head raised when he's in bed and I can raise the feet halfway to the ceiling when I'm sleeping.
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Jason and Allyson
(Take note of the bowl in Allyson's lap: grapes soaked in vodka and sprinkled with dry Jell-O mix. 
I may have had a few...and then a few more.)

We celebrated 4th of July with a private company affair, thanks to Allyson and her mom.  Both work for Kohl's, and the company blocked off their parking lot for employees and family.  We could see the fireworks perfectly from where we were at without being in the throng of madness at the riverfront.

Kohl's was also kind enough to feed us, and even include a Blue Bunny ice cream cart.  
Hope Allyson and her mom work there next year too!

Logan watching fireworks
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Juliann and Emma

Emma turns 16 years old in two days and Logan turns 20 in five days.  #AllTheFeels

Emma's bio mom hosted a Sweet 16 party for Emma on Saturday and we attended.  It's only been the last couple of years that all parents from all sides of this crazy blended family can come together and celebrate the kids, all in one place.  We don't have to do a party here and a party there.  You don't even know how much this means to me.  Life's too short to be petty or malicious.  Besides, it cuts on costs!!


For her 16th birthday, Emma's aunt paid for her to get her hair cut and colored.  Emma's never had her hair colored before.  I'm in love with it!  Think she'd find it weird if I went with the same shade of red?!
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My son-in-law and my son

With the kids being older, I take every opportunity I can to spend quality time with them.  I'm glad they don't require my constant care and attention anymore but I want my bond with them to remain strong.  I got my three kids, husband, and son-in-law together the other day for lunch at El Rancherito, a Mexican restaurant.  It's the simple things....
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How did you spend 4th of July?
Been swimming yet this year?
What's your randomness?

God's Blessings Day by Day - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

God’s Blessing Day by Day is a trustworthy devotional compiled by renowned pastors and church leaders. Edited by Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, this devotional is the perfect way to introduce your children and grandchildren to a legacy of faith.

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 early on helps them to grow and mature in a religion of love, mercy, and grace.

The God's Blessings Day by Day devotional is a great resource to get kids interested, and keep them interested, in the life applications of God's word.  Each page of the book is intended to be read one page a day, for a total of 52 weeks.  The words are written in a way that capture children's attention.  The illustrations and working are age appropriate, without deviating from the Scripture.  A white ribbon bookmark keeps place of the page you're on.

  In this devotion are valuable lessons on such topics as thankfulness, obedience, trusting God, being kind, loving others, and many more. This book will teach young children the value and joy of spending time with God every day.

Children are impressionable, and instilling words and lessons about Jesus at a young age will help instill a stronger spiritual approach when they get older.  This hardback book is a 52-week devotional that will engage children and captivate them to act out the deeds, rather than just hear about them. Each day contains a verse, a devotion, a prayer, and a truth about God.  A pastor or church authority from different denominations around the country are in charge of each week. For instance, week 12's devotions are from Pastor Jeff Crook of Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Georgia.  God's Blessings Day by Day is a great way to instill the love and works of Jesus to your child.
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Frisbee Sonic - Frisbee Disc Review


I always encourage my kids to play outdoors.  I believe that they need the physical exercise to promote a strong and healthy mind and body.  Wham-O, the toy company that has been producing some of the most trusted toys in the market for 70 years, has reinvented the way the Frisbee® and all other discs will fly in the future.  The new Frisbee Sonic encourages physical activity involving skill and exercise.  


The Sonic a completely unique Frisbee® experience.  According to the company, it actually works better than the traditional Frisbee®. The square-like, sine wave shape mimics many things in nature. The alternating twists and turns of the design resemble a bird in flight as it spins through the air.  It is available in two colors - red and green.

I have a large back yard and have been using it this summer as an area to play outdoor games with my older kids.  Me and Logan have especially taken advantage of the nice weather to get outside and throw the Frisbee Sonic back and forth.  It's amazing how something so simple can be so much fun.  With the right throw and aim, the Frisbee® Sonic flies far.  It can be thrown using different hand variations to give the speed, direction, and distance you want.  It has an easy-to-grip contour.  Logan's better at throwing and catching but I enjoy the time to bond and get some exercise.