Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review: Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He's the Favorite

 Every child would like to believe they are the favorite. Most Moms will tell you that all her children are her favorites. This story is such a tale. Mr. Fuzzbuster was the first pet and fancied himself at the top. Over time his owner acquires more pets and they all think they are her favorite. So Lily answers their question!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hullabaloo Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two Review & Giveaway #spons

 We love Hullabaloo! Such a fun group with some really fantastic music. We recently received their latest album Best of Hullabaloo Volume Two for review. This includes songs from four of their albums from 2010-2015. It is a great way to get a feel for all their sounds with a wonderful sampling.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

ABC Monsters Vol 5 Review & Giveaway #sponsored

 We have been loving the series ABC Monsters. In the all new volume 5 - Rainy Day Raffle in Capitol Castle we explore the letters Q, R, S, T, U.  This year we have a kindergartener in our homeschool. I've been having him watch these DVDs as a supplement to his phonics lessons. It is a great way to add a fun element to our school time without always being stuck at the computer or in a workbook. He likes the cute stories and adventures finding the ABC Monsters.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Book Review: Amish Wanderer by Laura V. Hilton #ad #blogtour

 Amish fiction has really evolved these past few years. It is not simply finding love. The characters now have more depth and heart than ever before. I love this evolution and it has really drawn me to the genre more than ever. I was excited to participate in the Amish Wanderer by Laura V. Hilton.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Couple Devotionals - List to Love By Wives and Husbands! #WIN #sponsored

 Marriage is a work in process. Even after being married for 17 years I'm still learning and growing. Yes, some things come easier but it is not easy. It is giving 100% of yourself to another person without expecting anything in return. Of course if your both doing that then your going to have a wonderful relationship.

I've been reading Lists To Love By for Busy Wives as my February Devotional. This is an easy read that packs a heartfelt punch. There are many reminders for me - an old married lady- as well as some new ideas. I'm going to give my husband Lists To Love By for Busy Husbands as part of his Valentine's Day gift. I think this is a wonderful set to help us renew our hearts and love for each other this romantic season.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Time For Kids: Presidents Of The United States #ad #giveaway

President's Day is on February 20th this year and it is just around the corner. Naturally this week I'll be pulling out my books on the Presidents and giving our Kindergartener a bit of a look at the 45 Presidents we've had. I recently received Time For Kids: Presidents Of The United States and this has been a perfect resource for the holiday.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Favorite Things - January!

 It has been awhile since I did a favorite things post but I have a few things that are new to me that I'm loving! These are going to be beauty, household and random things I love, a little bit of everything!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

NOPE! by Drew Sheneman #Giveaway #sponsored

 I have a wonderful book to share with you today. NOPE! - A Tale of First Flight by Drew Sheneman is a book of little words that uses amazing illustrations to tell the story of a little birds first flight. The baby is determined not to take that first flight and is scared of all that could happen. This hysterical look at little ones learning to fly can be used to help our kids when they are facing something new such as going to school for the first time.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Powerpuff Girls Tiara Trouble Giveaway! #ad

 Girls! I have a new release you will love! The Powerpuff Girls Tiara Trouble. Now admittedly my boys are not crazy about these girls but I love their cuteness! These crime fighters are perfect for all of us girls that want something a little special for ourselves.

Kari Jobe - The Garden CD - Giveaway #ad

 Kari Jobe introduced her new album - The Garden - this past friday. This album is born of the heart from some life changing heart-aching moments in the Jobe family. She shares in the introduction of this album about the loss of her sister's child. Our family went through the same situation almost 17 years ago and I still think of my niece that I didn't get to hold. My child was the next born after the loss of our niece and it was a scary time for us - we had seen that pregnancy and life is fragile and precious with no guarantees. It is something special that she shared this personal story with us and I'm sure that Jobe's prayer is that this helps someone in a similar situation.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

To Sauce or Not To Sauce - featuring Bertolli Organic Sauce + Giveaway! #spons

In my Italian home growing up we called any type of sauce with meat gravy and if it was meat-less it was sauce. This debate has circled the internet for some time but one thing I never see a discussion on is how to dress the spaghetti! Do you have a special way to 'dress' your pasta?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

When We Last Spoke Book Review & Giveaway #ad #WhenWeLastSpoke #FlyBy

When We Last Spoke was such a delightful read. The story takes you from present and dives into the past. Sharing the time when two little girls came to live with their grandparents. Written from the one sister's perspective it is a sweet tale of love between family. I loved the parts set in the past, I feel like everyone could relate to having grandparents like Juliet and Evangeline did. Their lives were filled with events and food, things that stick out to a young child. I personally loved the great-grandmother in this story - her antics were things I could see my family sitting around reminiscing about at the dinner table.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Favorite Products 2016 - miscellaneous

 Here are a few hair, body and face things that I've been loving all of 2016.


Philosophy Fresh Cream Body Cream - It smells so good! It also works well too. I LOVE this scent. I'm debating buying the spray it is that good. Even my hubby comments. Prior to liking this I only wore philosophy Amazing Grace so this was a big jump for me!

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Hairspray - this stuff gives a nice light hold without feeling sticky or hard. Also no flakes if you brush it.

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark Brown Hair - if you have dark hair get this! It is the best no white powder anywhere on you hair. I keep back ups of this product it is that good!!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

A Greyhound A Groundhog - Book Review plus ideas for Groundhog Day! #ad

 February 2nd is Groundhog Day - it is such a neat holiday. I remember being in school and being so excited to see if the little furry bugger would predict a long winter or spring coming soon. I love sharing this fun day with my kids. This year we will start the day with a sweet book by Emily Jenkins.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Liquid Lip #spons

 Liquid lipsticks are a tricky product. You want it to dry nice and stay on the lips for a long time but it has to be comfortable. Well, I've found the perfect drugstore liquid lipstick from Hard Candy! Their new Velvet Mousse Liquid Lips are totally comfortable and very long wearing. They look gorgeous on the lip too!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Hot Savings with Groupon Coupon! #GrouponCoupons #ad

 This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

 I love to shop but I love saving money even more. It is a thrill for me. I was once and extreme couponer but I honestly don't have time for that anymore. It was work and I like effortless savings. I don't want to have to search tons of sites to find one gem. I want it all laid out for me in an easy fashion that is quick to use. That is why I've been enjoying using Groupon Coupons. It is so easy to just go to the site, search for what I'm looking for and either grab the code or print the coupon.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: Mitford at the Hollywood Zoo

 Fashionistas everywhere will enjoy Mitford at the Hollywood Zoo by Donald Robertson. In this book we follow Mitford the giraffe as he goes through a crazy work schedule helping hollywood's elite with their fashion emergencies. This book has clever play-on-word celebrity names modeled after our actual famous actors and actresses such as Rinoana who is a rhinoceros. Shark Whaleberg (a Whale) and Meryl Sheep (a sheep).  This definitely adds to the fun of this book. Mitford is great at problem solving and tackles each task with ease and never lets anything get him down. In the end he triumphs with a wonderful promotion and walk on the red carpet! This is just a fun book of an animal world with ours in mind. I really enjoyed the beautiful illustrations and the sweet story.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Favorite Products 2016 - MakeUp

 Back with part two of my favorite beauty products for 2016. There is no blushes listed. I almost included It Cosmetics blushes but I don't love the staying power on those. My favorite is Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit but it broke and I have been trying to use things I have. I LOVED that blush and cried the day it broke. If it didn't shatter I would have tried to fix it but there was no hope for it.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Book Review: A Season to Bee

I have a sweet book for all you fashionistas out there - A Season to Bee: A stylish book of colors by Carlos Aponte. This book might reference fashion items like high heels and catwalks but it goes so much further. It brings colors to a personal level by encouraging the reader to embrace themselves. To be bold, stylish and stay true but most of all be you. This is such an unique color book featuring bugs and bold colors along with some amazing pictures. It is really a neat book.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Book Review: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

 2017 has started with a great book in fact I dare say this will be my favorite book for the whole year! Yes I'm saying that as we begin the year and but it is just that fantastic. This book starts off with a fantastic strong character Julianne Chevalier. She has raised her younger brother and even started a career as a midwife. While that might not sound impressive you have to keep in mind that it is set in France in 1719. That was quite a feat for a women of that time. Circumstances quickly change for Julianne and she finds herself going to the New World and eventually in New Orleans.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Trailer!

I have to admit I'm getting super excited about this one. It is one of my favorite stories, hopefully I can drag the boys with me for this one.


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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theatres everywhere on March 17th, 2017!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cars 3 - Trailer

 Who is excited about Cars 3? I am! I can't wait for my littles to get excited about it because my oldest two loved the first two movies when they were little (they sure do grow up fast!) I'm sure we will be pulling out all our cars playsets and cars once my 6 year old sees this trailer!


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CARS 3 races into theatres everywhere on June 16th!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

2016 Favorite Products of the Year - FACE

 I know I'm probably the last blogger to share my favorites for last year but I took some time off to spend with my family. Sorry for the excuses but there it is! I was going to do one long postrather than breaking it up into categories but it became so long I decided to switch it up.(So forgive me for the group photo). Most of these products are things I use every single day. Some were my favorites last year and continued to be loved this year (Purity, Batiste). Also rather than using stock images I wanted to show you that I do own each of these products - they really are pretty amazing.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ordinary People Change the World series: I AM JIM HENSON #bookreview

 As a family we have been big fans of Henson's creations every Christmas we watch Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas and my husband even has collectible Dark Crystal figures. I knew my boys would be interested in Ordinary People Change the World new book - I am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album #review

 Little girls everywhere are going to squeal with this new album - Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album. Featuring songs from Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler from the hit musical. These songs are fun and filled with that spunky Junie personality.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Word of the Year

After Christmas I started praying and asking God to give me my theme for 2017. The word that kept coming to mind was content. I think it had a lot to do with the kids and the wanting of everything this holiday season. Their appetites were insatiable. More was all they wanted. I was horrified to say the least but I started to notice I had similar thoughts. Every time I went to the store I saw 'things' I wanted. Not necessarily needed but wanted. Sales beckoned me at every turn and almost every time I opened my inbox online.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Just wanted to pop on and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We've been spending family time at our house and I hope you all have the opportunity to do the same. I'll be posting my favorite things , resolutions and word for 2017 soon!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Tinyville Town Books #bookreview

Looking for a last minute gift idea? How about a fantastic book that features the people from your neighborhood and some problem solving! Tinyville Town Gets to Work! by Brian Biggs features all the towns people from Tinyville - including the Mayor, trash collectors, and Engineers. When a traffic jam comes up the town works together to build a new bridge and solve the problem. This is an adorable book! We have really enjoyed it.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Rolie Polie Guacamole - Live On The Fourth of July #review

My kids love to sing along to music and Rolie Polie Guacamole's new album is perfect for that. Songs like Mr. Sun and Row Row Row Your Boat are kid favorites. Their unique take on these songs is refreshing but not so far out that you miss that classic feeling. There are a few songs like Fire Truck that I haven't hear but my favorite from this album is Mary Had a Little Lamb - simple but updated with the addition of some silly voices it is a fun song for all. I think this album also has an important place in our kid's music education as today's youth are missing out on so many of the traditional songs. They are going to grow up without knowing titles like Itsy Bitsy Spider and I've Been Working On the Railroad - which is truly a tragedy. Recently my children and I were at the nursing home singing Christmas Carols for the residents and we saw that our children didn't know them nearly as well as the residents. One lady told me that she read, children who learn classic songs in their youth keep them through their whole life. Isn't that something fantastic? It made me rethink my children's education as far as deciding to add more songs from my youth. This album came at just the right time for me. It is enjoyable and serves a wonderful educational purpose too!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Stocking Stuffer Alert: Hard Candy Lip Stains #review

Let me tell you I LOVE these new lip crayons from Hard Candy. I was sent several colors in matte and Pulse in the Glossed Up variety (which is shiny with glitter and gorgeous!). I'm going to focus on the matte since I was sent a few different neutral colors. Let me tell you that they are long wearing. They are also very comfortable on the lip for a matte product. You do need to make sure your lips are healthy and have no flakes (just like with any matte lip) to get good coverage. They glide on and they stay a long time. In fact I love these so much that I plan to buy several more the next time I'm at Walmart! They are quick, easy and look great. I even enjoyed the glossy variety and I tend to do a more neutral matte lip for the most part - they were that nice! At $5 a pop it is affordable. If your looking for a great color to pop in your favorite gal's stocking try Stix and Stones which is a very nice nude color.