Friday, December 2, 2016

Ready, Set, Find Christmas #bookreview

 My one year old loves to look at books. He is touch on them too so only board books for now until he learns to be a gentle reader. With the holiday season upon us we've been pulling from our themed books and Ready, Set, Find Christmas is a new book that has been a hit. It is a hidden picture type style with big tabs on the end of each page making it easy for little fingers to turn. There is the nativity story that unfolds as the book progresses. The bright pictures were a joy to look at and my youngest has loved sitting on my lap as I point out where the items are.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Royal Christmas to Remember #bookreview

 What if all those pretty princesses little girls were obsessed with had some true character. Giving, lifting people up, sweet spirits...those are the qualities I want for my children. A Royal Christmas to Remember by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson is just the sort of tale to help children think outside of themselves this Christmas.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Some Things I learned During Vacation! #disneyvacation

 Disney vacations take a lot of planning. Even if you plan out everything there will be some hitches and some times you have to go with the flow. I did a lot of research for our fall trip. I booked our meals and fast passes. I bought ponchos and comfortable shoes. Still things were not perfect the whole trip. Here are some things I learned.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bible Journaling Kit Review & Giveaway! #BibleJournalingKit #FlyBy

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Bible Journaling is the newest trend when it comes to daily devotions. I have to admit I'm a big fan. I love how I can personalize each verse with my own thoughts and doodles. I've been hesitant to do too much because I didn't have quite the right tools until I received the Bible Journaling Kit. The colored pencils included in this kit are creamy and glide on the paper. They are also very bright which makes them a fresh pop of color on the pages. The black pen is bold but doesn't bleed through the pages. The stickers are an interesting touch. Not sure that I will use a bunch of them but I like the idea of them. I've used this kit when studying my bible and in my journal that I keep for reflecting what I'm reading and have learned. Overall I'm pleased with it. The case works great for keeping everything together and the strap keeps it right where you can easily find it. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon #bookreview

 You know a book is going to be good when you find yourself saying you'll put it down in just one more chapter. That is exactly how it was reading Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon. This book has suspense, mystery and murder. It keeps you guessing through almost the whole book. The teen characters are typical but their life situations are not.  It was a different sort of story because of the murder, not what you expect in a teen book but Langdon did a great job of keeping it perfect for for the age level while not losing the edgy darkness of the story line. This story was well written with with very developed characters.  Willow was a likable character and you will root for her to find love again with her best friend.  If you are looking for a great gift for the teen girl in your life - this book is it!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook

 My little guy is 6 and he wants to be a baker when he grows up. He loves helping in the kitchen but I am sometimes at a loss figuring out recipes that he can help with. I was so excited to receive The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with An Adult  because it is designed for little hands with Mom or Dad's help.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes #bookreview

 Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm is such a unique Christmas book. Written for little ones in a graphic novel style it is such a fun book. Our little mouse gets into mischief as she plans Christmas cupcakes for Santa. She tries hard to get them done but a big dragon comes along and messes up her plans!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ace Collins’ ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ Giveaway

Make this upcoming Christmas holiday a Christ-filled season of joy and wonder with the help of Ace Collins' new devotional, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the Christmas season with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas. Download a free sampler of the book by clicking here.

Join Ace's Christmas festivities by entering to win the Magic of Christmas Prize Pack. Create new traditions this holiday season with your family and friends with the goodies included in the giveaway.


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 21. The winner will be announced November 22 on the Litfuse blog.


Want to learn more? Check out my review of this book here!!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book by Robin Mead

 As December is creeping around the corner I can't wait to sit by the twinkling lights of my tree and open my new holiday coloring book. I know it will be a relaxing time coloring in the whimsical holiday pictures. A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book by Robin Mead features churches, trees, doves, carolers and churches all waiting to be filled with your inspiration. In the back of the book you'll find some pages that are meant to be colored and cut out to make gift tags. I just love that addition to this book!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Great Spruce #giveaway

 The Great Spruce is a delightful book that is perfect for the holiday season. The tale is one of a little boy with his grandfather. The boy listens to his grandfather tell him all about their special spruce tree. They climb it and decorate it. Then one day it gets transplanted and little Alec learns all about transplanting trees.

I love the beautiful illustrations that Rebecca Gibbon adds to John Duvall's story. I felt like I could smell that beautiful big spruce right through the pages. I loved the sweet relationship of grandparent and grandson. This is a wonderful winter tale.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Christmas Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist

 Have you seen the Love Letters from God books from Glenys Nellist? There is a new book in the series that is centered around the birth of Jesus. Christmas Love Letters Bible Stories shares the stories of how Jesus came to be. Each story has a scripture reference and a sweet love letter from God that is a lift-flap letter on the page.

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Million Fish ... more or less #bookreview

 Who doesn't love a good fish tale? Author Patricia C. McKissack takes us on a fish tale straight from the bayou in A Million Fish ... more or less. This is a fresh look on an old classic. With so many animals - a turkey, snake, gator and more joining in the hilarious journey of catching a million ... or so  fish. Dena Schutzer illustrates this book with vibrant colors making the story jump on the pages. This is a really a fun story!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hard Candy Christmas

 Have you started your holiday shopping? I actually am behind this year because we have been on vacation. Typically I have most of it done by the third week of November but this year I have 7 presents bought - that's it! The one thing I know I can get and find easily at is Hard Candy gifts for all the ladies in my life. I  know I love receiving gifts of beauty and they do too!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel #holiday

 I have a special book to share with you today. I hope you will consider adding this to your 25 days of Christmas books or holiday book bin because this has become a fast favorite of mine. The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel starts out with the cubs and a normal snow day. They go outside to enjoy the special weather event. While outside, they decide to make a snow-bear but not just any snow-bear and snow-angel-bear. They have a delightful time building it and when it is time to come inside Mama Bear tells them about the different types of Angels. Angels of warning and Angels of protection and so on. I loved this because when I was a little girl I often wondered about Angels. We hear of them mentioned in bible stories or someone thanking their guardian angel but I did not realize there were different kinds as a child. This is a pretty simple explanation but that simplicity is perfect for little children. Giving them clear information but in a small digestible amount.

Of course I always love our bear family and this book was a wonderful addition to that collection. It is party of their Living Lights - A Faith Story series which includes biblical teachings and scripture in the stories.


In the newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, the cubs discover there’s more to angels than wings and flowing white robes!
It is almost Christmas and there is finally snow in Bear Country. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are ready for some winter fun! But when they can’t decide what kind of snowbear to build, Honey Bear’s snow angel gives the older cubs a great idea. Soon the cubs have built a Christmas snow angel. Later, as they warm up with some hot cocoa, Mama and Papa give the cubs a little lesson about some very special angels and the work they do for God.

 Be sure to watch this short preview of the book:

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Planning for Gilmore Girls!

I hope you have a plan for perhaps the biggest reboot in history coming to Netflix on November 25th. I have been binge watching the entire series again so it will fresh and up to date in my head!

Here are a few tips I think will help for November 25th!

Plan your Menu - Lorelai would have a crazy menu which I think would include pizza, burgers, chinese and of course ice cream. So figure your takeout out now! I plan on doing Chinese and ice cream myself.

Watch Now - 7 seasons and 153 episodes means you have some catching up to do if you have never experienced all that is Gilmore. Or if your like me you could be watching for your fourth time.

Pick your man! Is it going to be Dean, Jess or Logan? Perhaps you'll go with someone new? Pick a team.  I am team Logan only because he seems the most logical.

Get some tissues - With the passing of Edward Herrmann we know that the Patriarch will be greatly missed. I imagine there will be some tears as he is remembered as Richard Gilmore.

Stay off Social Media - If you don't want spoilers I suggest you watch that day or stay off all social media. I think this will be something people will want to talk about.

Lastly watch the awesome trailer! It looks like it is going to be amazing. did not received product, press or compensation to facilitate this review. This post may contain affiliate links. We only give our honest opinions of products. This post is in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 concerning the use, endorsements or testimonials in advertising.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - A Countdown To Christmas #bookreview

 The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: A Countdown to Christmas by Ace Collins is the devotional everyone should be reading this holiday season. It is designed to be started on December 1st and read through until December 31st. Each day has a brief devotion with scripture reference, a hymn with history of that hymn and then an action activity. The two activities can be either feeding the one you love or pampering the one you love. So there are lots of neat recipes littered through out the book.

 I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Honestly the hymn studies are just amazing. I've learned so much. That is it this book is packed. Thats what I like about it everything is in one place and it is easy to grab and read then come back and do a recipe. If you plan ahead you could even do some of the recipes that day!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Little Elephant Who Wants To Fall Asleep #bookreview & Giveaway

 Do you have trouble getting your children to wind down for the night and fall asleep. I know we do in our house. Our baby never wants to really go to sleep and fights it the whole way. Our six year old is getting better and the big kids never want to sleep either. I was curious about this idea/book from Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin. It is a book that is read in a special way to encourage your child to fall asleep. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

A Night Of Great Joy by Mary Engelbreit #bookreview

 What could be sweeter than a Mary Engelbreit book to tell the story of Jesus' birth? That is exactly what A Night Of Great Joy does. This book features a group of adorable kids who are doing the Christmas story play. They are dressed up as all the main characters as the book narrates the play. It is such a cute concept and sure to be a wonderful addition to your holiday book reading - as it is for our family. The best part is all the art work from Mary Engelbreit, she has a way with whimsical and depicting kids and this book is a prime example of her talent!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

October Boxycharm

 Well it was bound to happen. This month's box was a dud for me. The liquid bronzer is neat but you can barely see it even on my pale skin. The shadow trio is basically the same shades in the palette I got last month, I really wish they had given us some other colors. Maybe plums or greens? I can only use so many bronzy neutral brown shades. The lip paint is a deep plum which looks nice but I haven't even opened it yet. Paints tend to be dry so I'm hesitant. The thing I'm most excited to try is the hair product. I love treatments for blow drying. Hopefully Novembers box will go back to great again!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Goodnight Manger #bookreview

 Goodnight Manger by Laura Sassi is a sweet bedtime book about the most precious child to be born. This board book takes a humorous approach as baby Jesus is tired but the manger is just too loud and too busy with all the animals and visitors. Mama Mary suggest singing a song which sets things to a more peaceful tone and then at last baby Jesus can sleep.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Wrecking Ball Apples Recipe from Dinotrux!

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sara Lovell's "The Skeleton Band" Video! #Halloween

Enjoy this wonderful song "The Skeleton Band" perfect for Halloween by Sara Lovell!

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

DinoTrux Pumpkin Carving Templates!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Kwik Stix & Giveaway!

 We have been long time fans of Kwik Stix - which are solid tempura paint sticks. The beauty of these gems is that they dry in 90 seconds so they are perfect for little artist. They eliminate the mess of cups, water and brushes. We have used them on a variety of projects from wood to ceramic and now even on our pumpkins! I love that I can just give them to my five year old and I really don't need to supervise at all because there is little to no mess. The only thing I do at the end is match the caps on the sticks because he doesn't clean them up - yet.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

#WhatULuv LUVS Party!! #sponsored

 What could be more fun than having your friends over for a party? Last Saturday I partnered with Luvs to host a #WhatULuv party. Logan and I planned a menu which included yummy veggies and dip, buffalo chicken dip, pepperoni and cheese tray and cookies for the Mommies. The Mommies had a chance to kick back and chat while the little ones played and enjoyed themselves.

What's In A Name? #review

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews

 One of the first bible verses I learned when I got saved was Proverbs 22:1 - A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. When I first learned this I thought it referred to an actual meaning of a name rather than character. Of course as I grew I learned what the real meaning (character) was. However this verse has always been special to me. When it came to naming my kids it was something that struck with me. Some names have some negative connotations. Like Lucifer often brings thoughts to satan and Jezebel would be another some people would avoid because of her role in the bible. Picking a name for my children was hard because I took this verse and applied it. I wanted a name my children would love when they grew old and would have fond thoughts of. 

CrossTimber is in the name business with their Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse. They actually offer a variety of personalized Name Meaning products including mugs, two sizes of plaques ( 5x7, 8x10) and music boxes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nightmare Before Christmas in Select Regal Cinemas - 10/28-10/31!!!

I know my kids are going to go crazy when they see this! This movie is one of their favorites. It is dark and perfect for Halloween - in fact we watch it every year on Halloween. The thing that makes is a favorite is the fantastic soundtrack. Those are some great songs!

A Healthier Way to Make Hot Wings - At Home

My cousin Steve shared on facebook how their family revamped traditional deep fried hot wings to a healthier choice. I was intrigued because we love hot wings! Making them at home is tedious when having to deal with the hot oil so we rarely ever make them.  His way eliminates that step and makes them an overall better choice. I asked his permission to share and all the pictures are credited to Steve as well. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fresh Fall Looks with Hard Candy

The weather is finally changing here in New Jersey. We've had a cold front move in and I've pulled out my boots, sock and warm sweaters. The warm colors have me changing my beauty routine. I'm getting ready to darken my hair to go along with the deeper hues and warm looks. I've brought out my browns and earthy greens. That has me reaching for neutral shadows for my eyes to complete the look. Hard Candy Top Ten Satin Eyeshadow available at Walmart is a perfect set of creamy shadows that blend beautifully.