Thursday, May 30, 2019

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 173

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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 173.  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.

"There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved."
–Acts 4:12

Monday, May 27, 2019

Word Slam Family - Game Review

Game Overview:

Word Slam Family has all the fast-paced fun wordplay of the original hit game, but in a streamlined, compact format. This version includes 100 story word cards and 100 answer cards, with a total of 600 answer terms in four difficulty levels. It includes easier, family-friendly answer words suitable for families and groups with kids ages 10 and up. In this version, the die and timer is replaced by an app. Instead of using card holders, the two box halves are used as screens between the teams and the answer cards are played behind the screens. This game can be played both as an expansion to the base game and as a stand-alone game.

RETAIL PRICE:$14.95 ◾
# OF PLAYERS:3+ ◾
SUGGESTED AGE:10 and up ◾
PLAYING TIME:45 minutes





My Review:

When my kids come back to visit we usually get out games to play.  I love the quality time and friendly competition.  Adam came back from TN to visit a couple weeks ago and we broke out Word Slam Family.  It was a first for us all to play the game, but not the last time.  I've played it with some of the other kids as well.  

Word Slam Family is an offshoot of Word Slam, but I've never played that game before.  It took a short time for me to understand the instructions but the game was fun to play once we got the hang of it.  I liken the game to charades but with words instead of actions.

Game play consists of two teams and each one competes to guess the same answer first.  There are seven categories to play from:
Animals, Plants, Creatures
Travel, Outdoors, History
Food & Drink
Movies, Music, Literature
Web & Social Media
Science, Technology, Religion
Emotions 

The categories help players focus on what subject the word may be based upon.  The only downside that I personally didn't like is that players have to use their own stopwatch or phone to keep time.  I'm somewhat "old school" and would have preferred a timer be included with the game.  Other than that, Word Slam Family has been a fun game for the family.

Adam

I received game for review from Thames & Kosmos.  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, May 25, 2019

Sign Up Your Kids to Skate for Free

my wheels

I grew up roller skating a lot as a pre-teen.  I absolutely loved it.  Although I'm not as agile as I once was, I still enjoy skating from time to time.  I even played roller derby for a stint.

With school being out soon, you may be trying to come up with activities to entertain your kids this summer.  Well, guess what!  You can take them skating...for free!  It's fun and is great exercise.

Kids Skate Free is a service utilized by skating centers to provide children with a fun and healthy activity for free. Register your children to receive two free roller skating passes every week of the year.  So, that means they can skate even during the school year!


I received no product or compensation for this post.  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.

Minute Maid Frozen Novelties - Giveaway


Goodness now comes frozen! When you put good in, you get good out – with juice and with families. That’s why Minute Maid® Frozen Novelties are made with real fruit juice and exploding with refreshing fruit flavor. It’s the perfect treat to be shared with the whole family – just like it has for generations. 

Minute Maid Frozen Juice Bars flavors:
Orange 
Cherry
Grape

Minute Maid Soft Frozen Cups flavors:
Lemon
Strawberry
Cherry
Orange



Minute Maid Soft Frozen Tubes flavors:
Lemon
Raspberry


Win It!

Five people will each win seven free product coupons for Minute Maid Frozen Novelties.

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

I received product from J&J Snack Foods.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
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Nectar Sleep Memorial Day Sale



Soak up to $275 in savings during the Nectar Sleep Memorial Day Mattress Sale.  Includes free shipping and a 365-night trial, and two free pillows.  Sale ends 5/28/19.

Nectar’s unique combination of memory foams and tech-forward materials hits the mattress sweet spot: medium-firm.

CRAFTED FROM PREMIUM MATERIALS

QUILTED GEL MEMORY FOAM + COOLING COVER
Contours to your body while providing loft and increased air circulation.

GEL MEMORY FOAM
Distributes your weight evenly, offering cool, contouring support.

ADAPTIVE HI CORE MEMORY FOAM
Supports your body and provides crucial mattress rebound and bounce.

BREATHABLE BASE LAYER
Offers a stable foundation while reinforcing the upper contouring and support layers.

Sleeping on a Nectar is even easier with financing available from 0% APR and flexible monthly payments.

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15% Off Wedding Orders at Minted



Bring your dream wedding to life with completely customizable and unique designs from a community of independent artists.  Minted is offering 15% off wedding orders and 25% off save the dates with promo code MEMORIAL19. These offers are available through Tuesday, May 28th.

This post contains affiliate links.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 172

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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 172.  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.

Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.
–Deuteronomy 7:9

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Make Noise For These May Winners

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

The winners of the Auntie Anne's At-Home Baking Kits giveaway are:
#48, Meghan
#81, slb3334
#73, susan1215
#89, ElecticZebra
#117, AEKZ2
#50, Gloria's Bits and Pieces.

The winner of the Sparks in Love book giveaway is #8, Angela Saver.

The winner of the Christmas lounge pants giveaway is #49, Laura.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Keep an eye out for active and upcoming giveaways.  They're always listed at the top left hand side of my blog, and there's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Wordful Wednesday - Zoo Animals

Malayan Sun Bear

Just like most every other tourist that visits a zoo, I took a ton of pictures of the animals when I went to the St. Louis Zoo with my son last week.





Answer to the age-old question: Does a bear poo in the zoo?!

This King Penguin had serious attitude.  His voice could be heard above any other penguin.  If translated, I'm pretty sure he was cussing.

What's your favorite zoo animal?

Friday, May 17, 2019

Turning the Tables to Get Your Opinions and Advice

I'm pretty good at giving my opinion.  I do it quite a bit on my blog.  But, sometimes, a girl's gotta get some feedback for herself.  There's a few things that I'd like to get your tips and advice for.  Without further ado....

I can deal with the freckles.  Those come out like mushrooms when it's sunny.  It's the redness and bumps that drive me bat crap crazy.

I got the results of my biopsy back for my face.  Good news: It's not cancer or lupus.  Bad News:  It's a skin condition that I can't spell and it still irritates the hell out of me.  In short, my skin hates my skin and wants to attack it.  I've been prescribed meds and creams.  Up until real recently, I haven't noticed any improvements but I think the Hydrocortisone cream is helping.  

I'm not allergic to anything that I know of and I actually take good care of my face by washing it and removing makeup every day.   Some days are worse than others.  Today I don't feel so hideous.  Two days ago I was crying because I hated the way I look.

My question:  Do you have any tried-and-true creams, moisturizers, washes, or makeup that conceals, cleans, heals?
The inside of a Light Box

The biopsy also showed that the skin condition on my elbows is psoriasis.  My elbows are downright ugly and redder than my face.  To help with the face and elbows, I've started Light Box Therapy.  It's like a stand-up tanning bed (or so I'm told...never personally been tanning) but with special lights that radiate ultra-strong rays.  I have to go to the doctor three times a week and stand in the Box for 45 seconds at a time.  I haven't necessarily seen results yet but I'm going to give it a go for the full five weeks.

My questions:  Have you ever had Light Box Therapy?  Pros and cons?  Was it beneficial?  
Have any tips on how to prevent psoriasis flare-ups?

In other news, Jason and I are signing the closing papers to move in our new house May 28th.  We are on a tight spending budget for the next couple of months because of that.  Our current couch is in pretty good condition but stinks to high heaven from pet odors (two cats and a dog).  We've tried several sprays and deodorizers.  They work short-term but the smell always comes back.

My question:  Do you know of a product or home remedy that will get rid of pet odors from furniture? (Getting rid of my pets is not an option!)
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And, last but not least, I've been officially blogging for 10 years!  I've come a long way since back in the day.  (and still have a lot to learn)  I absolutely appreciate each and every one who has been a part of my blog following.  I love the comments and interactions.

My questions:  Do you think blogging is becoming a dying art?  
What keeps you coming to my blog?  Is there something you'd change?

Thanks for helping a girl out!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Organic Whole Fruit Frozen Novelties - Giveaway

Some say you can't have it all, but Whole Fruit has set out to prove them wrong. The results? Whole Fruit Organic Frozen Novelties. It tastes so flavorful that you won't believe it was frozen. Each bite bursts with the intense taste of fruit. Go ahead, indulge in the wholesomeness of organic Whole Fruit.

Gluten free
No HFCS
Non GMO
USDA Organic
60 calories per serving
Organic Fruit Bars Flavors:
Mango
Strawberry
Black Cherry
Blueberry Pomegranate

Organic Juice Tubes Flavors:
Blueberry & Cherry
Grape, Strawberry & Cherry
Strawberry & Grape



Win It!

Seven people will each win seven free product coupons for Organic Whole Fruit Frozen Novelties.

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

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What to Wear for Graduation This Spring According to SwampButt Underwear

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Graduation season stretches from mid-May through June and will test the patience, mettle and deodorant of graduates, faculty, staff and spectators. Most graduates will wear the traditional cap and gown for the ceremony. But what about underneath? Is it possible to look reasonably well dressed after spending hours below a black polyester heat trap named ‘graduation robe’? The makers of SwampButt Underwear believe that it is, even after wearing the most poorly planned garment since the fig leaf. No surprise they recommend SwampButt Underwear for graduates and those in attendance.



No One Will See Underneath, Right?

Do not think that wearing a robe means it does not matter what is worn underneath. Throughout the day graduates will take photos with friends, family members, and classmates.  There are parties to attend with friends before and after the ritual. For those without any friends, maybe going out with family?  Regardless, it’s going to get hot and the urge to doff the giant black pole-less tent of a sauna named ‘robe’ will be too hard to resist. So, plan for the robe-less part of graduation day. Wear SwampButt Underwear Made in the USA style sweat wicking underwear to prevent sticking to chairs, bleachers, benches, stools, vinyl restaurant booths, car seats or any other surface where new grads may park their collective rear ends.

The Garment of Choice for European Monks

The graduation gown evolved (probably) from the monks who wore heavy head to toe gowns and hoods to keep out the cold of northern Europe.  These are completely unsuitable for American outdoor ceremonies in early summer or late spring. Think there is nothing hotter or more uncomfortable? Keep reading.


What If It Rains?

Graduation ceremonies occur outdoors at stadiums to accommodate larger crowds of well-wishers and loved ones. But if it rains, graduates’ and ‘immediate family only’ are relegated to the gym or some other exhibition building. Some are air conditioned, but most are not. “Most of these gyms are too big to cool. Not because it isn’t needed but because it’s too expensive,” said SwampButt Underwear spokesperson and frequent guest for lunch Nick Heraldson. “So, people who really love you will sit and suffer in a gym built right after World War 2 with high windows and those chains that open them that no one knows how to work. The higher up in the gym the worse it is.”  All the while, student/graduates swelter away. Students will sit on the floor of the gym in a metal folding chair, fanning themselves with the program while the dean/principal/student body president/local politician/hired outside speaker drones on about how ‘you are our future’ over a ‘hot’ mike that is too garbled for anyone to understand. “At this point, you will be so uncomfortable you will stop trying to listen,” Heraldson predicted.

Stuck to a Metal Chair

Those wearing traditional cotton underwear will sit and sweat and stink during the ceremonial rite of passage. But those who plan ahead, and wear SwampButt Underwear will be cooler and less likely to stick to their chair when they stand up. “There is no coming back from standing at graduation with the chair sticking to your soggy bottom,” Heraldson said sternly. “Your fellow classmates will remember it forever and remind you of it at every opportunity.” 


About SwampButt Underwear

SwampButt Underwear™ is underwear for guys who sweat a lot and disdain visible butt sweat. Along with most other on line clothing vendors, SwampButt Underwear offers exchanges of unopened packages but will not accept those that have been opened. SwampButt Underwear is trademarked in the U.S. and other countries.

SwampButt Underwear will not make commencement less boring but it will keep wearers dryer. 

Discount Code

Use the coupon code 2019 at checkout for a 20% discount on the purchase of the black, made in the USA Swampbutt Underwear.  Offer is valid through to June 19, 2019.

I will be receiving product in exchange for this post.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 171

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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 171.  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.

"For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost."
–Luke 19:10

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wordful Wednesday - Mother/Son Day Trip





Because my kids are older, I don't get a whole lot of quality time with them.  But the stars aligned and Logan and I were able to take a day trip to St. Louis on Monday.  We spent several hours at the St. Louis Zoo, then dined at Olive Garden.


Just like most every other zoo visitor, I took an umpteen amount of pics of the animals.  I'll post them on a different Wordful Wednesday.  

The weather was perfect and I enjoyed spending the day with Logan.

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo from Olive Garden
It was oh-so-amazing!



What's your favorite zoo animal?
Are you lucky enough to have an Olive Garden where you live?  I'm not, so I take the chance when I can.

Many More May Winners

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

The winners of the PhillySwirl Frozen Novelties giveaway are:
#1, Maryann D.
#36, Carolsue
#10, Christa
#42, Angela Saver.

The winners of the SuperPretzel Soft Pretzels giveaway are:
#26, Monique S.
#5, Kim Avery
#24, lildevilgirl22.

The winner of the We Are the Gardeners children's book giveaway is #1, Kim Avery.

The winner of The Craft of Faith subscription box giveaway is #2, Nancy Bowers.

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

Check It Out: Savings.com #SamsSummerSavings Giveaway

Win a Sam's Gift of Membership gift card!

Savings.com is having another giveaway!  This time, they're away 5 Sam’s Gift of Membership gift cards to promote the member savings found at Sam's Club on grilling essentials from Tyson.  Giveaway ends on Monday, May 20th at 11:59 PM PT.

While you’re waiting to find out if you’ve won, check out all the Grilling Essentials from Tyson, available at Sam’s Club.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

$1 Printable Milani Cosmetics Coupon - #MilaniAtWalgreens #MilaniCosmetics #ad


If you like cosmetics as much as I do, you'll be excited to know you can get a printable coupon available for $1 off any one Milani Cosmetics item.  Print it out and redeem at your local Walgreens store before 5/31/19.

I've already printed the coupon and plan to use it on the Milani Rose Powder Blush Palette, Flowers of Love.  I'm needing more blush and I really like the colors in this palette.  The colors can be worn alone or blended together.



I received compensation for this post. The opinions within this post are of my own. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services. Your opinions and results may differ.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 170

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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 170.  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.

"It's not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart."
–Mark 7:15

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Auntie Anne's At-Home Baking Kits - Giveaway


Every time I go to our local mall, it's inevitable that I will buy something from Auntie Anne's. The deliciousness of their pretzels and sweet taste of their lemonade is heavenly.

There's no need to stress if you're not able to get to your local Auntie Anne's often. That's because you can purchase Auntie Anne's At-Home Baking Kits to make your own pretzel dogs, pocket sandwiches, and pretzels from home.  The snacking kits gives consumers the taste of Auntie Anne's delectable pretzels.


At Home kits include:

Auntie Anne's Classic Soft Frozen Pretzels - 5ct
Auntie Anne's Classic All Beef Frozen Pretzel Dogs - 4ct
Auntie Anne's Pretzel Sandwiches - 2ct
Auntie Anne's Frozen Pretzel Nuggets

The Auntie Anne's Frozen Pretzels are available through select retailers.  Products are not for sale at Auntie Anne's franchised locations.  For a very short time, our local Hy-Vee was carrying Auntie Anne's frozen pretzel products but I haven't seen them in stock lately.



Win It!

Seven people will each win seven free product coupons for Auntie Anne's frozen pretzel snack kits.

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

I received product in exchange for this post.  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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First Winners for May

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

The winner of the God, I Know You're There children's book giveaway is #8, wen budro.

The winner of The Adventures of Jurassic Pet DVD giveaway is #9, Angela Saver.

The winners of the Patio Burritos free product coupons giveaway are:
#11, Jan Lee
#64, starzine
#40, Carolsue.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out and enter all current giveaways, posted 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.

Refresh Your Sink for Spring and Summer with Softsoap® Décor Collection®


Tidying up is one of the most recent trends meant to spark joy by cleansing the home of unnecessary clutter, but the tasks of re-organizing a closet or entire bathroom vanity can be extremely daunting and time consuming. What if you could make your home more joyful with tasks that take little to no time?

The Décor Collection® from Softsoap® brings joy to the sink by adding a pop of bright color to the room and refreshing scents to washing your hands. The collection consists of five lavish scents, each with unique and modern packaging that allows consumers to customize the space around the sinks in their home. The fresh scents are all perfect for spring and summer and are sure to brighten your day. They also make a great Mother’s Day gift!

To further support the notion that the Décor Collection® from Softsoap® can bring joy into the home, the Softsoap® brand conducted a survey to discover where Americans find joy in the home and where they want to see more of it. The finds all support that the small conscious decision to use the Softsoap® Décor Collection® can make the time spent at the sink each week more joyful.

Softsoap® Survey Results:

·         71% of Americans find joy in washing their hands and 93% say that a pleasing scented hand soap brings them joy.* The Softsoap® Décor Collection® features five scents that entice the senses sparking small moments of happiness by beautifying your sink.

·         79% of Americans wish they can bring more joy into their homes.*

·         86% of Americans agree that decorating their home brings them joy.* The Softsoap® Décor Collection® allows consumers to decorate the sink in any room of the home.

·         69% of Americans wish they could add more joy to their bathroom.* Making the small decision to purchase Softsoap® and add it to the sink, can add a pop of color to the bathroom.

·         Softsoap®’s Décor Collection® can help make the time consumers spend at the sink each week more joyful.

*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from Toluna. Total sample size was 875 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between March 18 - March 21, 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all U.S. adults aged 22-55.

Softsoap® Décor Collection® scents:

Peony & Plum
Jasmine & Mint
Wild Basil & Lime
Orchid & Coconut Milk
Shea & Cocoa Butter

Which of these five scents would you most like to try?

I received products in exchange for this post.  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.