Thursday, October 18, 2018

Winky Lux - 2 Purrfect Pout Lipsticks Only $25



Can Luxury Makeup Have a Drug Store Price?...

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"Fall" in Love with Softsoap Body Wash - Review


With summer behind us and cooler weather arriving, Softsoap invites you to fall in love with hydrating and relaxing body washes. 

Fall is the perfect time to rejuvenate and refresh your beauty routine with hydrating Hydra Bliss and relaxing Pure Zen. Bring the bliss of a spa experience into your shower with Hydra Bliss while the hydrating formula helps retain skin’s natural moisture to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Unwind with Pure Zen’s relaxing notes of jasmine, watermint, rosewater and lotus flower as you later your skin for a gentle clean. Sweater Weather never felt so indulgent!


Hydra Bliss Hydrating Body Wash

Cucumber Water & Mint
Coconut Water & Blueberry


Pure Zen Relaxing Body Wash

Jasmine & Watermint
Rosewater & Lotus Flower

I've used Softsoap's liquid hand soaps and body washes several times. I like the fragrances and the way my skin gets clean.  I have a favorable impression of this brand and what it has to offer.  While using these Softsoap Body Washes, I am enveloped with nice scents. The flip-top lids are easy to open, and the body wash lathers up nicely. My family likes Softsoap because it doesn't irritate our skin and it gives our bodies a nice, clean feeling. Softsoap Body Wash has a fair price point and and can be found at mass retail, drug and grocery stores nationwide.

I received products for review from Colgate-Palmolive.  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.

Precious Moments: 50% Off Already Reduced Pipka


Halloween may be around the corner, but we know you are already thinking about Christmas! This is the perfect time to start scratching off names on the Christmas gift list, and Pipka Art & Tradition Santa figurines make amazing gifts.

Whether you want to start a culturally-rich tradition of Santa figurines representing cultures around the world, bring in some old-fashion charm with a Caring Santa, wow someone with a Santa from the Reflections of Santa collection or bring back a treasured memory with the Memories Collection, you readers will find the perfect Christmas present for just about anyone in Precious Moments' selection of collectible Pipka figurines.

Promotion Details:

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50% Off Already Reduced Pipka Art & Tradition Figurines
Promo code: PIPKA50OFF
Ends: 10/31

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Royal Baby Diaper Bag Essentials - Giveaway

When packing the perfect diaper bag, everyone knows you need diapers, wipes, and an extra change of clothes. Sometimes you forget about the even more essential products that every new (or new-ish) mom – like Jana Kramer, Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood, and even The Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle – will want to have on hand.

These Baby Magic and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste products will absolutely make your lives 100% easier!

Baby Magic No-Rinse Wash (MSRP: $5.48)

·         The on-the-go solution to keeping your baby clean, fresh and smelling great

·         This self-foaming application allows you to clean your baby without using water

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (MSRP: $9.49) (even Hilaria Baldwin and Kristin Cavallari are fans!)

·         Tough on diaper rash, gentle on baby’s booty

·         Offering maximum effectiveness, without the harsh ingredients, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Maximum Strength is a fast-acting and safe solution to treat and prevent diaper rash

These products are great to carry while traveling, running to the grocery store, or heading to a playdate.


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One person will win Baby Magic No-Rinse Wash and Boudreaux's Butt Paste.

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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 144

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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 144.  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.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
–James 1:2

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Voting with a Porpoise - Children's Book Review


Book Overview:

A pod of dolphins (and their porpoise friend, Petey) is in trouble. Their reef no longer provides the food they need to survive. The pod can't figure out what to do until Petey suggests they hold an election to decide. 

2018 Parent and Teacher Choice Award winner, Voting With a Porpoise is a fun, timeless, and beautifully illustrated story that teaches children how elections and voting have the power to solve hard problems.

The authors created this book to help change the culture around elections and voting. To that end, 100 percent of the profits for Voting With a Porpoise  will be donated to 501(c)(3) non-partisan voting-related causes focused on getting more people of all backgrounds to the polls, such as Rock the Vote, Vote.org, TurboVote, and others.

My Review:

Although I don't completely agree with how politics are played out, I do think it's very important for a person to vote.  If people want to make a difference or have their voice heard, they should exercise their right to vote.  Unfortunately, too many people aren't voting for one reason or another. 

Although a person can't legally vote until they hit the age of 18, there's no reason why a child shouldn't know about the importance of voting and the concept of a democracy.  Voting with a Porpoise is a fantastic book to introduce young readers to the notion of voting.  It does not choose sides or go into politics; It simply tells a story about voting.

Voting with a Porpoise is a book for young readers that's written in rhythmic form.  It tells of a pod of dolphins and their porpoise friend.  When fish leave the reef due to climate change, one of the dolphins declares what the whole pod should do.  Not happy with just one getting the ultimate decision, they decide to take a vote.  Petey the porpoise is told he can't vote because he's not "one of them".  After an incident where Petey saves the say, the dolphins come to the conclusion that Petey could vote.  His final decision ends up being the right choice.  It's a cute, simple story but sends a powerful message about voting and being kind to others who aren't just like you.

There's a section at the back of the book that explains the differences between dolphins and porpoises.  There's also "Conversation Starters and Lesson Ideas."  For instance, there's a prompt to talk to children about what happens if they are on the losing side of a vote.

I received book for review from Smith Publicity, Inc.  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.

Check It Out: #CommCoffeeAtWalmart Giveaway

Win a Walmart gift card!

Community Coffee is giving away ten $50 Walmart gift cards in support of the Valpak Community Coffee coupon, redeemable at Walmart.

Giveaway ends on Friday, October 19th at 11:59 PM ET.  Enter the giveaway by heading to the Walmart page on Savings.com and submitting your email address on the form at the top of the page.

The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (10/21) via the email address they used to enter.  See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

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Wordful Wednesday - Jr. Year Homecoming


Emma, our last one in high school, went to her school's Homecoming dance a couple weeks ago.  She attended with her fairly new boyfriend.


Emma ate at a Mexican restaurant with a group of friends before the big event.



Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

*Ages 0-4

*There’s a great big job to do, and the trucks know how to get it done. They’ll work together! You and your little one will love Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together, a rhyming story about trucks helping each other throughout the workday. You’ll especially love the touch-and-feel elements on every spread.  

*Little ones will love to explore these tactile pages—from rubbery tires to gritty dirt—and learn from the trucks how much fun it can be to work together. With touch-and-feel elements to increase sensory development and simple rhymes to boost vocabulary, Big Trucks will help your child discover something new with every read!!


My Review:

Young children, especially boys, seem to have a fascination with big trucks.  There's plenty of them in this board book.  Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together is a story about a crane, dozer, and other trucks who work together to get a job done.  They each have a specific duty but know they work best when they unite as a team.  When the day is done they are happy with the result.

This touch-and-feel book has a few sensory elements.  For instance, they can touch a rubbery tire on one of the trucks and touch the gritty dirt of a road.  Told in rhythmic form, this is a cute short story with delightful illustrations.

Win It!

One person will win a Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together children's book.

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I received book for review from Tommy Nelson.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
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Zales: Additional 20% off Clearance


Zales has been helping couples say 'I love you' for more than 85 years. As a leader in the jewelry industry, Zales provides fine jewelry and gifts at affordable prices.

From now until November 4th, receive an additional 20% off clearance at Zales when you use code ZCLR20AFF at checkout.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hocus Pocus Giveaway Hop - Realtree Blaze Coffee Giveaway

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I'm excited for the candy, trick-or-treaters, costumes, and haunted houses.  A Hocus Pocus Giveaway Hop is perfect for Halloween too.  MamatheFox is in charge of this blog hop, and several bloggers are taking part.  After entering my giveaway, be sure to check out all the others in the linky for a chance to win what they're offering.

For my giveaway, I am offering up Realtree Blaze Coffee, 40 Count Kcups.  Packed with spicy cinnamon flavor, this medium-bodied brew is a coffee that stands out as much as its namesake camo.


Win It!

One person will win Realtree Blaze Coffee, 40 count Kcups.

*This is a Rafflecopter giveaway open to residents of the USA.*

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Help & Hope by Text: Where Families Find Answers on Substance Abuse

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About 15 years ago, I had two very close family members who struggled with drug issues.  It impacted our family tremendously.  Thankfully, they got the help needed and have been clean many years.  My half-brother, Rick, also hung himself in a jail cell after being strung out on LSD.  This was 1977, and I never got the chance to know him. 

As you know, today’s opioid epidemic is a public health emergency beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Unfortunately, the needs of parents are often neglected by mainstream care. Every day more families turn to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids desperate for help and support.

That’s why they created Help & Hope by Text, a customizable, omni-channel mobile messaging initiative that provides personalized, ongoing mobile messaging support to parents who have a child struggling with heroin and other opioids. The platform is personalized to the needs of individual families and adapts as their circumstances change through a just-in-time adaptive intervention algorithm.

In addition to tailored messaging, parents can seamlessly connect with one of the Parent Helpline Specialists through the program at any time, if and when they’re ready.

Help & Hope by Text meets parents and families where they are and, in a place where they gather and digest information – on their mobile phones. It provides personalized hand-holding when parents need help the most. To sign up and learn how the program works, just visit this page and enter your mobile phone number – or, simply text JOIN to 55753.

Don't fight this battle alone!
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A Day in a Forested Wetland - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Come along on a journey through the aquatic habitat of a forested wetland. Meet birds and bobcats, along with the beavers and beetles that call the soggy forest home. Kevin Kurtz continues his award-winning “A Day In” series, and once again delights readers with a rhythmic, nonfiction look into a typical day for the animals that live in this wet habitat.


My Review:

I'm always excited when Arbordale Publishing releases new books each season.  The company has recently released four new books, with A Day in a Forested Wetland being one of them.

The definition for wetland is land consisting of marshes or swamp.  Certain animals live in forested wetland habitats, and A Day is a Forested Wetland is an engaging book for children to discover what might go in in a forested wetland on a particular day.  Told in rhythmic form, this book is illustrated with brown bats, bobcats, beetles and other wetland creatures.  

The "For Creative Minds" section that appears after the story further teaches and educates with Beaver Dam Forested Wetland Sequencing, information on beavers and how they can change their environment, talk about the four main types of wetlands, and a large picture of wetland creatures with interesting facts.

A Day in a Forested Wetland is a Fall 2018 release by Arbordale Publishing.


Win It!

One person will win A Day in a Forested Wetland children's book.

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I received product for review from Arbordale 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.
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Ecuadane Blanket - Native Ecuadorian Blanket Review


Before you know it, the holiday season will be here. If you’re searching for thoughtful gifts for the special people in your life, Ecuadane has you covered.  

Ecuadane, a family company, centers upon discovering unusual, high quality products from all over the world, and sharing them with you.  The company consists of three sisters sharing the beauty of Ecuadorian and Danish culture through their fabrics, while celebrating the artisans who craft them.


For those who've been readers of my blog for at least a year, you probably know how near and dear Ecuador is to my heart.  I went on a week-long mission trip to Quito, Ecuador last September and it was life changing.  The people, the culture, everything...

When given the opportunity to review an authentic Native blanket from Ecuadane, I was on board!
Of the several blankets that Ecuadane offers, I received THE ANTISANA BLANKET ARROW.  It is carefully constructed with a high quality, durable blend of alpaca and synthetic materials, and manufactured in the heart of Ecuador by native OtavaleƱos living amidst the Andes Mountains and volcanoes. 

Like I mentioned before, I have a heart for Ecuador.  I purchased a blanket with alpaca wool when I was there so I'm familiar with the care of a blanket like this.  Some of the fabric does shed, and it's okay.  It's not so bad that it ruins the quality or image of the blanket.  This blanket should be brushed after it's washed and dried to maintain its appearance.  A small brush is included with the purchase of the blanket.  

I love so many things about the Antisana blanket from Ecuadane.  For starters, the southwest pattern matches my bedroom decor.  It is patterned on both sides.  For another, it's large in size.  It is Approximately 93” x 82”.  In other words, it will easily wrap around a person - or even two.  I don't have to struggle to keep one part of my body warm while another part stays cold.  This blanket isn't soft but it's not rough and itchy either.  I think it's super comfortable.  I love the quality, design and the size of the blanket.  It's easily one of my favorite blankets I've ever owned.


I received product for review from Ecuadane.  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.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

PVA's Veterans Day National Poster and Poem Contest - #PVAPosterPoem

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The Paralyzed Veterans of America’s 2018 Veterans Day National Poster and Poem Contest is now in its 15th year.  This annual event is held by the organization to showcase the artistic talents and patriotic pride of the nation’s youngest students for disabled veterans in their communities.

This year’s contest theme is “Help Our Veterans Be UnstoppABLE in Your Community.”

Participants are asked to draw a poster or write a poem showing or telling how they can help make their community more accessible for veterans who use wheelchairs.

The poster contest is open to students in grades 1-4, and the poem contest is open to students in grades 5-8. The contest is open to students living in the United States who are enrolled in public and private schools, and home-schooled students. 

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM EST Monday, October 29, 2018.  For further information about the contest, visit www.pva.org/posterpoem.


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Four More October Winners

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

The winner of the Community Coffee Company giveaway is #20, Annamarie Voss.

The winner of the NKJV Children's Outreach Bible giveaway is #7, Sue Hull.

The winner of the No Postage Necessary Blu-ray giveaway is #6, bnchile.

The winner of the Rocketbook Everlast notebook giveaway is #28, Aleksandra Nearing.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out and enter the currently active giveaways going on at my blog.  With the holiday season coming up, there's going to be lots of them.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Everybody Knows - Trivia Game Review and Giveaway


Are you a know-it-all?  Think you can answer several questions in a short amount of time?  Or would you crack under pressure?  Everybody Knows is a game that will put you to the test.  

A game for two or more players ages 12+, Everybody Knows can be played two ways.  Contents of the game include:

336 game cards
1 dry-erase score card
1 dry-erase marker
1 60-second sand timer
an instructions sheet

The child of your mother’s first cousin is who to you?
Second cousin

Which sign of the zodiac is represented by a lion?
Leo

How many arms does an octopus have?
Eight

These are just a few of the trivia questions on the game cards.  Some are rather easy and others take a tad bit more time to think about.
To play the game, the first reader draws the top card and prepares to read the ten questions on the card.  When ready, the sand timer is flipped and the first question is asked.  If answered correctly, the reader goes on to the next question.  If an answer is incorrect, play moves on to the next question.  The reader continues asking questions and recording correct answers with a check on the scorecard until the timer runs out.  When that happens, record the points for that round in the pace on the scorecard.  Play continues until every player has a chance to play five rounds (cards), and the team with the most points wins.

Alternatively, the game can be played where the team has to answer ALL 10 questions correctly before time runs out.  It's a little more challenging to play this way.

This game requires you put on your thinking caps and use your "know-it-all" knowledge.  We've played it as a family and it's super fun.

Win It!

One person will win an Everybody Knows game.

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I received product for review from Endless Games.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

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Jennie-O Oven Ready Whole Turkey - #JennieO #SwitchCircle Review


Holidays aren't the only time to enjoy delicious turkey.  JENNIE-O Turkey has been a recognized leader in the turkey industry for many years.  From the main course to your favorite snacks, find all your favorite JENNIE-O® Turkey products at the deli counter or in the grab-and-go sections.

It is possible to have a delicious turkey that turns out great every time for a simple, rewarding, and stress-free cooking experience with an OVEN READY™ Whole Turkey from JENNIE-O.  

Straight from the freezer and into the oven with no thawing required - That's where OVEN READY™ turkey gets its name.  The Oven Ready Whole Turkey comes with a gravy packet. 

To cook the turkey, preheat oven to 375°F. Remove frozen turkey from white outer package. Do not remove turkey from cooking bag. Place in a roasting pan with at least 2" high sides.  Cut six 1/2 inch slits in top of cooking bag. Pull bag up and away from bird, to release vacuum. Place pan in oven, allowing room for bag to expand without touching the oven racks or walls. Roast the turkey until a meat thermometer reaches 165°F. in the breast and 180°F. in the thigh.  It took approximately three hours for the turkey to completely cook through.  When turkey is cooked, heat gravy as directed on pouch.

Once finished, I cut up the turkey into slices and drizzled it with the gravy.  The turkey was very moist and tender, and the flavors complemented the other food.  Just because you don't spend a lot of labor in the kitchen doesn't mean you can't cook up a delicious turkey!  Try one today.

I received product for review from Jennie-O.  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, October 11, 2018

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 143


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 143.  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.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
–James 5:16

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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


Book Overview:

Join bestselling author Amy Parker and award-winning illustrator Virginia Allyn in the latest Night Night adventure through Sleepytown, where community helpers work hard so everyone can rest! Say thank you and good night to farmers, doctors, teachers, firefighters, and God, who takes care of us all. Your little ones will sleep soundly, feeling safe and loved.

Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than a million copies, including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer; Night Night, Farm; and Night Night, Train.


My Review:

As a way to settle in to sleep, Night Night, Sleepytown is a short and entertaining board book.  The story is told in rhythmic form and the illustrations feature all sorts of cute animal characters.  Readers are introduced to Sleepytown, a place where everyone helps each other and productively works during the day.  At night, each person doing their job is thanked for all they do.  

This is a darling bedtime story that parents can read quickly and children can enjoy.  It's also a perfect addition to the other books in the Night Night collection.

Win It!

One person will win a Night Night, Sleepytown children's book.

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I received book for review from Tommy Nelson.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
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Wordful Wednesday - My "Other Family" Family Reunion

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Toilet Paper Guns are fun .....until you have to pick up balled pieces of wet TP from all over the yard.

When you become part of a Small Group, you take the chance of being more than just a partner in sermon studies.  We don't just do "church" together.  We do "life" together.
Selfies in their hammock.
Also may have taken a nap in it.

Ray and Rhonda have been in our Small Group for three years now.  Their family has become my family.  If there's a birthday, we're invited.  Christmas event, we're there.  Family Reunion, count us in.

I know I'm a few days (or rather a few months late...aka July) but here are a few pics from my "Other Family" family reunion.
Oh, you want to take a family picture?  Sure, let me jump right in on it.  And please don't be mad when you have to explain to everyone and their dog who I am because they weren't aware I was a part of the family. 




It's all good and well because I expressed my "Friends Forever" love to Rhonda with my artistic sidewalk chalk abilities.