Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Orkin Bug Wisdom and Kids Backyard Explorers Bug Kit #Giveaway!

Around our house most of the children like the bugs. But there happens to be one who does not:) Needless to say she gets teased and razzed about it quite a bit. That is why I had to laugh when I was offered the chance to host this giveaway here by Orkin. One of my readers will win their very own Backyard Explorers Bug Kit!!

At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.
Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!
The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit!

This giveaway will end 7/29. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA ONLY!!

Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rope of Sand by C.F. Dunn With #Review

This third volume, set in rural Maine's deep winter, follows the developing relationship between British historian, Emma D'Eresby, and American surgeon, Matthew Lynes. Emma unravels Matthew's alarming past and begins to comprehend how very different her future might be with a man whose identity must never be revealed.

Emma nervously meets Matthew's family. She encounters his seventy-year-old son, Henry, and learns how unique the family really is. As Christmas approaches, it is clear that Emma is not welcomed by all: what does Matthew's great-granddaughter have against her, and what might his sinister psychiatrist granddaughter, Maggie, be prepared to do?

Bound by their faith, Matthew and Emma have accepted that they must wait to be together until his wife dies. Very reluctantly, Emma meets Ellen--an elderly woman with a core of steel--and learns how living with Matthew will mean concealment and lies. How can they have a life together?

MY THOUGHTS-I had really high hopes for this book. The plot sounded interesting from the back cover and who could resist that! Not me! So I requested it for review and finished it last week. I have to say though, I was not very pleased with the book. Part of it was me not understanding the concept that was at work here and other things really bothered me as a Christian. Please bear with me as I go through this because I hate having to do this to a book. And realize, these are my opinions so if the book sounds like something you would like, read my concerns and then go for it!!

To start off there is an opener which catches you up on what has happened previously. I hadn't read any of the previous books and even with the opener I was somewhat lost at first. We see Emma who is studying a journal that somehow is connected to a surgeon, Matthew. After she is attacked and left for dead one night Matthew saves her. She finds out that in reality Matthew is from the Civil War era and had a wound which should have killed him but instead he survived. Now he lives a very guarded life because of his secret and while Emma loves him, she can't get past his guard. So she returns home not realizing he will follow her. While there at her house an argument ensues and in the debate, she finds out that Matthew is also married! His wife is bed-ridden and will soon die but after the affair she had in the past, she isn't sure what to do. Emma realizes though that she loves Matthew so much that she will go home with him for Christmas and see how things progress.

Now, I almost just put the book up at that point. We have a woman who has had an affair with a man, getting ready to do it again and not sure whether she should continue. Um, hello people! That should be a big stop sign right there. At the first hint of him being married she should have run as far as possible. There were also some strange things such as her meeting a man who she thought was Matthew's father because of his age and yet it turns out to be his son. We also have the whole thing of him living all these years. Just not my cup of tea I guess. Then further in the book we meet his sister who has no issues at all with Matthew and Emma loving each other, even while his wife is alive. She basically says that the wife will die at some time so however the cookie falls. Sorry, but not exactly what I wanted to hear. The book goes on and we meet many strange people and different reasons why the two of them should be together and some for them not to be. There was also several instances of language(Words I was not expecting in a Christian book at all) and parts that were too in detail for me. As in sexually. The overall feel of this book made me think of a dark gothic style of writing and while I didn't enjoy it, others might like that type of book. Not my cup of tea but it could be yours!!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Who Do You Want to Be? Back-to-School with Warby Parker

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

College is one of the few opportunities where you get to create your identity. Who do you want to be? Small town kid sampling life in the big city? Shy, self-conscious bookworm trying to get through the year? This is your time to step up and take charge of how the world sees you, not to mention how you affect the world, and if you wear glasses, you should look into Warby Parker

Warby Parker is a globally-minded, trend-setting eyewear company that is changing the way the world sees glasses. Their ultra-hip eyewear is popping up on celebrity Instagram feeds and getting noticed in fashion circles. (Check out the Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker Collaboration.) Warby Parker frames are sourced from sustainable materials and manufactured by family companies. For every pair purchased (and they are all absolutely affordable), they give a pair of their own eyeglasses to VisionSpring, a a charity that trains people in low-income communities around the world to conduct eye exams and set up businesses selling glasses for a few bucks a piece. They have already donated over a million pairs. And,they have a Home Try-On program where you pick five styles online that you like, they send them to you, you try them on, pick out your favorite for purchase online and return your samples… the entire home-try-on program is FREE! Warby Parker cares about eyewear, cares about the planet and cares about you.

So, when you return to school this year, who would you like to be? The self-indulgent adolescent who looks as if they've stepped from the pages of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or the mindful, young adult ready to take on the world Clark Kent-style? Let Warby Parker help you choose. 

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Monday, July 14, 2014

SinfulColors Nail Polish #Review and #Giveaway!!

A New Demi-Matte Collection for Summer

Slip into summer with this sinfully luxurious new nail polish collection fromSinfulColors.  This NEW demi-matte silk texture in summer brights is a must have fashion accessory. In rich matte shades and lustrous textures, they're guaranteed to add a little sunshine to your summer style.  The SinfulColors Silk + Satin collection features sultry blues, pale banana yellow, fruity coral, even soft silver.  And, for a glamorous twist, add SinfulColors Clear Topcoat on tips, or in creative designs to add a satin shine to these stunning silk shades.

The six silky hues from the Silk + Satin SinfulColors collection clearly indicates a bright summer forecast ahead.

Matte About Blue: A matte-nificent cornflower blue
Pipaya: A soft flash of coral
Prime Purple: A delicate dose of lilac
Real Teal: A quiet mermaid green
Silver Solution: A gentle, shimmering silver
Solar Flux: A subtle touch of yellow

Racy Shades for Summer

Pedal to the medal nail polish ranks big this summer. Think racy shades in rubberized textures.  SinfulColors introduces its Full Throttle collection this summer with a starting lineup of five smoking hot hues that'll put your nails into overdrive.  The ramped-up texturized shades range from radiant red to a powerful punch of purple to fiery orange.

Here, these five race-iest colors are guaranteed to make you look like a champion, on and off the tracks!

Rain Rubber: A brilliant burnout blue
Burn Rubber: A fiery-fueled orange
Race Rubber: A powerful punch of purple
Rubber Ball: A passionate pit stop pink
Red Tired: A racy, radiant red

MY THOUGHTS-Ever since I started working with SinfulColors I have enjoyed getting their new lines as they come out. For Summer 2014 they have come out with two new lines, as shown above, and I received several of them for review. Which as always, I kept two back for giveaway. So check through my review and then enter the giveaway!

In the Silk and Satin I received Prime Purple, Solar Flux and Real Teal. These colors came out as very light and pale against the nail. My favorite would be the Solar Flux or the Prime Purple. Kind of hard to decide between them. These go on very easily and quite satiny feeling. We had a girls night and had some fun using the new colors and playing around with them. Take a look at the pictures:)
Silk + Satin Collection I received

Solar Flux

For the Full Throttle Collection, I chose the Rubber Ball, Rain Rubber and Red Tired. Can you see the color scheme there? I love the colors and the work they put into names and product. For this series, they make the polish almost feel like sandpaper. It turned out really neat though and I love it!! The Rubber Ball was definitely my favorite out of all the colors I received.

Now ladies, these are only 1.99 at most stores so please, go to your local drugstore or department store and see what they have available! I love this brand and they make quality nail polish for good prices. It also comes off easy. I hate when I put on a nail polish and then when I go to remove it I have to scrub like crazy for it to come off. Not that way with SinfulColors! These are definitely one of the best companies for nail polish. If you know someone with a birthday coming up or you just feel like getting some new polish, make sure to pick up some SinfulColors!!

For the giveaway, one of my readers will receive the two nail polish colors shown above. This is for US only. Giveaway ends 7/30. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When Calls The Heart: The Dance DVD #Review #Hearties


New miners arrive in Coal Valley to help with the final stages of reopening the mine and the town decides to celebrate with a dance at the end of the week. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton has taken a special interest in Elizabeth and she is flattered by the attention. Meanwhile, pregnant widow Carla Noonan has moved in with Abigail and Elizabeth so the women can keep and eye on her for the remainder of her pregnancy. As Elizabeth and Billy's relationship develops, Jack becomes suspicious of Billy's motives for pursuing Elizabeth so persistently.

MY THOUGHTS-For those of you who have been watching my blog, you might know about my new obsession. Okay, I guess you could call it an infatuation:) I grew up reading books by Janette Oke. So when I heard about the new movie and consequently the Hallmark series, I knew it was something I would enjoy. I just didn't know how much. When Calls the Heart is loosely based on the books and I love how the actors portray these characters I love so dearly.

This dvd, The Dance, is the third one in the set. We see a new set of miners arriving in town and one of them appears to have a "thing" for Elizabeth. From the start I didn't like him but Elizabeth didn't share my feelings. She likes him and enjoys the way he woos her with poetry and courting. And can you guess who else isn't happy in the obvious affection for Elizabeth? That would be Jack Thornton, the handsome and gentlemanly Mountie. Sorry ladies, but how in the world could Elizabeth fall for Billy(the miner) and his devious ways? Especially with Jack trying to protect her!

The romance and tension between these three doesn't make up the whole story though. We also see pregnant Carla coming to live with Abigail and Elizabeth when complications arise. There is a lot of stress between the widows and those who think they should be able to remarry and those who think it isn't right to their husbands and families. It is a tough situation to be in. One widow in particular is courted by a miner and her young son doesn't understand why his mother is forgetting his father who died. The way they work this problem out is so sweet. I really fell in love with Dewitt and the extra steps he took to ensure her son would not see him as a threat.

Needless to say there are several plots and side stories that make this film a wonderful show for the whole family. The actors and actresses do a great job and I can't say enough about them. The little quirks and smiles, stern looks and even the fight scenes are done so well. If your family likes good family films, this is for sure a keeper!! Now the girls are anxiously awaiting the next one:)

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

20 Second #Fitness #Exercise Program!

During my weight loss journey I am finding products I really love and some I don't. I guess it is that way all through life, right? Well, one of my favorite ways to exercise is this program right here, 20 Second Fitness! It sounds really easy from the start. I mean, how can you get enough of a workout in just 20 seconds? That is the thought that ran through my head when I did my dvd. But once I actually completed a workout, I saw it for the ingenious idea it really was:)

This program works on 20 second intervals. We have part specific workouts first and then a cardio workout. So like for today I did the second day. Part specific is for abs and core. So we do everything from bicycles, russian twists, and so on. Two sets of each. It is harder than it sounds, believe me. Then for cardio we did star jumps, short pants, planks and so on. The workout isn't long at all, but you will be dying by the end. At least I was when I started. They progressively get harder and longer but all they do is add 20 second sets. So you never do something for longer than 20 seconds. And I love using this in addition to my daily walk/jog.

So how is your workout going this week? Any fitness products you want to tell me about or workout programs you like? Leave a comment and let me know! I love to hear from my readers.

**DISCLOSURE: Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Ragamuffin DVD Review & #Giveaway!

RAGAMUFFIN is based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation.
An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion and conformity.

MY THOUGHTS-First off let me say I don't listen to music by Rich Mullins. I like learning about artists and the story behind them so I was interested in reviewing this dvd to see the man behind the music. And believe me, it was an interesting story to say the least.

Rich Mullins is well known for the music he has written. I mean, Amy Grant has recorded his songs and many of them I have heard of. So I am not totally unaware of him and his songs. But I had never heard about his story and what made him into the person who wrote the songs he did. The film starts off with a man going into an old church building and sitting down at the piano. We see the building looks like it hasn't been used in a while and the man looks worn down and tired. It then flashes to a radio interview talking to Rich Mullins and how he got saved. Thus starts the life story as Rich Mullins tells his tale. We see his relationship with his father and how it really fostered the way he thought about his Heavenly Father. If his father said he loved him and yet never spent time with him and was always insulting him, why should God be any different? As he grows we see his love for music even though his father thinks it is not manly to be playing the piano and singing. Then comes college as he takes off for Bible college. I don't want to tel the whole story but you get the idea. He had a rough time realizing how much God really loved him all through his growing up years and this shaped him in his later years.

I like the whole redemption story and how God pursued him even when he didn't realize it. My main problem with this film is the language. The case shows no rating on it and I am just glad we didn't sit down as a family to watch it. In the first 10 minutes there are at least 4 swear words. This is the father swearing at his son. And throughout the movie there are several more words. As a family reviewer, I would not give this film my recommendation. I saw a lot of objectionable material for children and even for families that are conservative. This deals with hard subjects and a raw look at a persons life so we also see smoking, drinking, etc. Is it something acceptable for adults? I think you need to make your own decision on it but I wanted to give a heads up as my blog is for family friendly products. If you are planning on showing it to young people, I would urge you to preview it first.

This giveaway will end 7/23. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. US ONLY!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hermosa Peak Yacon Syrup #Review #weight loss

MY REVIEW-I am sure all of you know I am dieting. Trying to lose weight, however you want to put it:) But I don't want to lose it real fast just to gain it back. No crash diets or magic pills that will make me lose the weight but starve at the same time. That is why I was excited to try the Hermosa Peak Yacon Syrup. I know, I had to double check and see what exactly Yacon Syrup was first:)

What is Yacon Syrup?
Yacon Syrup originates from the Yacon plant (pronounced yah-KON) of the Andes Mountains in Peru and has been part of the Andean diet for hundreds of years. The yacon juices are extracted from the roots of the yacon plant, then filtered and evaporated in a process very similar to the way Maple syrup is made. The Yacon plant looks similiar to a sweet potato.  

So, basically this is from a plant that looks like a sweet potato. And yes, it really does look like a potato. Roots and all:) But it has been converted into a syrup form for this product. This is something new that I had never heard of before but I was game to try it. When my bottle came in I waited to start until the next day. That way I could go from Tuesday and go for two weeks. I barely had enough syrup to finish but it was good for that period. Worked out real good. The first time I had it, I was somewhat surprised. The taste is kind of sickening sweet. Very thick and almost like molasses. The first time I had it before my breakfast and only water. Every time after that I made sure to have tea with it. Just kind of funny tasting.

As far as the results, I was impressed. After taking it for one week I had lost 1 lb. But after using it two weeks I lost 3 lbs total. This isn't all I do for losing weight obviously as I exercise and try to eat healthy overall but I think this did help quite a bit. Normally I am only losing a little bit a week but while taking this before every meal I found myself eating less and feeling so much better. It was well worth having to combat the taste when the results started piling up.

This is a product I was very interested in and I liked how well it worked. The results I had may not be for everybody but then again, you could do even better than me:) If you are looking for something to help you along in your weight loss journey, I would urge you to look at this. The product can be bought on Amazon or you can look at the Hermosa Peak webpage. .

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A KISS – Win an iPad Mini & rip-roarin’ Facebook Party!

Four Weddings and a Kiss

Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy
Maisy MacGregor’s reckless ways injured rancher Rylan Carstens, endangering his livelihood. So she signs on as his caregiver – but just until he’s well enough to run his ranch. Maisy’s tender care soon has Ryan falling hard and fast. Can these two willfull souls give up their solitary ways to embrace love?
A Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher
Molly Everton writes the most popular features in her town’s newspaper. When newcomer Jack Ludgrove is named the new editor, Molly is flabbergasted. She wants the position for herself and will do what it takes to get it. But Jack is not easily intimidated. He’s determined to change Molly’s mind about him – and win her heart too.
A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton
Katie Pearl must rebuild her ranch after the tornado, but she can’t do it on her own. Treb Rayburn is a cowboy with a serious case of wanderlust. He signs on to help Katie so he can afford a new horse. But once Treb gets to know Katie, will his desire to stay drown out the call of the open road?
Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley
Grace Davenport is a young widow in a heap of trouble. When her son asks attorney Brock Daniels to take on her case, Brock wants to say no, but then he meets the lovely Grace. As Brock and the boy work to free Grace, Brock discovers that her arrest may be the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

MY REVIEW-I just love historical stories like the ones enclosed in these pages. The hardest thing? Picking a favorite!! I just fell in love with the characters from beginning to end, and even the ones in the prologue:) I laughed from the start and found myself enjoying the tales in each novella. These are short but they are well fleshed out. And, they feature women who may not be conventional in their time but I had the surprise of liking each of them in their own way.

The book opens with a preacher bemoaning the way he had to leave a woman. He loves her but she just doesn't fit in his mold. A preachers wife is supposed to be meek, quiet, and not loud and wild thinking like Elizabeth. So out in the middle of a convention for preachers(they are having a campfire prayer time) he accidentally says something out loud. Which the other preachers hear and when he tells them his story, they open up about some of their parishioners. And boy is it a fun ride! Their stories become the novellas which make up this book. If you like a rip roaring novel filled with humor, love and God, then this book is for you!! I loved it!!


Four best-­selling romance novelists bring tales of feisty heroines, stubborn heroes, and unlikely love in the Wild West in Four Weddings and a Kiss. Don't miss the latest from the Western Brides Collection from Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton.

The authors are celebrating with a "Sweet on Love" iPad Mini Giveaway and rip-roarin' Facebook party.


One winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

  • A Bride for All Seasons and Four Weddings and a Kiss 

  • Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 8th. Winner will be announced at the Four Weddings and a Kiss Facebook Author Chat Party. Connect with Western Brides Collection authors Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton for an evening of fun book chat, western-themed trivia, and prizes. The authors will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in the collection!

    So grab your copy of Four Weddings and a Kiss and join the authors on the evening of July 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

    Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 8th!

    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Plots and Pans by Kelly Hake with #Review

    Can A Cranky Cowboy. . .
    Order dictates Tucker Carmichael’s life—his orders. On a cattle drive, a moment’s hesitation can mean the difference between life and death. The Chisholm Trail is dirty, dangerous, and no place for dainty ladies. That’s just part of why he loves it.
    . . .and A Clever Cook. . .
    Jessalyn Culpepper’s life is perfectly ordered—by men. By her father’s mandate, she was booted from their beloved ranch for lady lessons abroad. Now Jessalyn has returned home, determined to show them all that a woman can manage everything from cooking to cattle—whether they like it or not!
    . . .Stir Up More Than Trouble?
    Tucker does his level best to keep his partner’s headstrong sister out of trouble—and he’s horrified when she wants to join the cattle drive. But when they lose their chuck wagon cook, the last thing Tucker wants might be the only solution. . . .
    Will God lead two stubborn souls to love along a trail filled with their Plots and Pans?

    When I heard about this new book from author Kelly Hake, I was very interested in it. It was a historical comedy after all with cowboys and set in Texas:) Who could resist! Not me for sure. I have always enjoyed her mothers books so I knew I would like this one. I just didn't realize how much I would:)

    The two main characters are Jessalyn and Tucker. But the secondary characters were almost my favorite. Jess was sent away to a young ladies boarding school in England when she was little and an accident happened. Ever since she believes she killed her father(Not going into details so I don't give anything away). When she finally gets the message he has passed away she escapes the boarding school and heads across the ocean to come home. One of the funniest parts is when she rides up to the ranch. Tucker thinks she is a drifter looking for work and instructs him/her to go to the bunk house. Then when he can't find the drifter he gets upset. You have to read it to appreciate the humor:)

    Tucker is a great guy though a bit controlling. At the same time I often found myself taking his side in the arguments between him and Jess. She was quite bossy and wanting to take off by herself while he is trying to watch over her. 

    This is a really good book filled with humor and fun while at the same time imparting truth from Scripture. As I said above, the secondary characters were almost more sweet than Jess and Tucker. Excellent book!

    I received a copy of this book from BookFun for my review purposes. 

    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Ballet Beautiful #Fitness Workout

    This week I have been focusing on doing different workouts for specific areas along with just mixing up my fitness. Sometimes it can get boring to do the same thing every day. I wanted to tell you about the one I did yesterday. First off let me tell you about a new youtube channel called BeFit. This channel has so many workouts available I may never have to purchase another dvd in my life:) Whatever you are looking for, I am sure you can find it on there. I received the press release about it and I have since done several of them.

    The Ballet Beautiful program I did was for lean hips and outer thighs. This is an area I don't often get in my workout. I do squats and lunges but it is hard to really focus on these. Well after this workout, I felt it hard last night and then today. It hurts!! But in a good way. The teacher explains the moves in detail and slowly walks you through the program. That is one big gripe I have with most workouts, they don't give you enough time to figure things out. Not with this one! The video is about 11 minutes long so I did some walking as well but it is a good workout. Check it out along with the BeFit channel for a vast array of workouts you can do without leaving the house.

    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Madison Reed Hair Color #Giveaway!!

    Howdy all! How is everything going with everybody? We have been busy here and the weather has been moody. If weather can be that way:) Nice one minute and then stormy as all get out. Either way, it has been wreaking havoc on my hair. I get it done at the salon every three months or so. Never had it colored, other than highlights once. So when I was offered the opportunity to work with Madison Reed Hair Color, I asked if I could do a giveaway, instead of a review. And guess what? They said yes!! I was so excited!

    So if one of you is interested in coloring your hair with a wonderful brand that gives great hue, be sure to enter below. This giveaway will end 7/17. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    #Fitness Challenge!!

    Hey everyone!! I apologize about not getting this done earlier today but things have been hectic this weekend. The challenge for this week is fitness. I am going to be doing a different workout every day. Today I did my walking dvd, tomorrow I might do kick-boxing:) I will post about it every couple of days or so. Anyone interested in doing something this week? Like fitness oriented? Leave a comment and let me know.

    **DISCLOSURE: Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Men's Health Month #CrestProHealth

    Watch @TravisStorkMD share ways to keep the men in your life healthy.

    **DISCLOSURE: Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Bet On Your Baby Luv's Coupon #Giveaway!!

    How many mothers do I have reading this who watch the Bet on Your Baby program? I personally haven't seen it but I have definitely heard about it:) I don't know if you can do anything online without hearing about it. And at first I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from a show called Bet on Your Baby. But after looking it up and seeing all the fun connected with it, I can see why everyone is loving it!!


    As for me, I don't know how I would be on it. Kind of fun but at the same time I think I might not win at it. Can you imagine the excitement? Or the horror as you don't really know your child comes out for the whole world to see? I am just joking there but in reality I think it would be a lot of fun. Answering questions and trying to imagine what your child would do next or how they would respond in a situation.
    It sure looks like everyone else is having fun with it though. Seeing the pictures and video I have of parents and their children participating makes it look like the children are having just as much fun as the parents.

    So, anyone interested in a giveaway at all? One winner will receive a pack of 3 Luvs coupons. This will have to be run quickly and will last for a week. My winner has to be in by 7/5. This is US only. No PO BOXES. Prize will be sent via Fedex or USPS ground.

    Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Pack of Three Luv's Coupons via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    When Calls The Heart: A Telling Silence #Review #Hearties


     Feeling sorry for 8-year-old mute Rosaleen Sullivan, teacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), reaches out to the little girl as they share lunch. But when Elizabeth is called away and then returns, Rosaleen is missing! Meanwhile, constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) discovers evidence that Cat Montgomery may have been involved in a suspicious church fire. Could the two cases be related?

    MY REVIEW-Earlier this week we had a girl's night with a bit of a party and doing nails, eating snacks, etc. And guess what we popped in to watch? When Calls the Heart: A Telling Silence!! This is the second DVD that has been released in the TV series from Hallmark and I really love it. The movie was okay, but the series is really good. I enjoy the characters more and having the storyline is great. 

    If you remember from my review of the first one, Elizabeth Thatcher and Jack Thornton are living in the town of Coal Valley. She is a teacher, he is a Mountie. As this episode opens up we get to see Elizabeth teaching her class but one of the students sticks out in her view as little Rosaleen Sullivan doesn't talk. No matter what Elizabeth does, Rosaleen won't answer. Elizabeth takes her under her wing and tries getting into the shell that this little girl has erected. She is super sweet but just won't talk. We find out from her mother that ever since the day of the explosion that killed her husband, Rosaleen has shut down. The mother begs Elizabeth to do something and help her baby. 

    Jack in the meantime is doing some detective work on behalf of the preacher as the parson thinks that the church burned down because of an arson. And he believes it is Cat Montgomery. If you have seen the first dvd you will all remember Cat as the mother of Gabe, a student of Elizabeth's. Everyone believes she is innocent but some things just don't add up, including her whale oil can in the wreckage of the church and her whereabouts the night of the fire. One thing that got me was how the people responded to Jack doing his job. Elizabeth gets all mad at him when in reality it is his duty. There are two ways of looking at his work and one is that he suspects Cat, the other is he is trying to clear her. It just kinda irks me when people get upset over someone doing their job. 

    Again I want to say how well the acting is done. There are some funny parts in here, mainly when Jack has a hound adopt him:) Of course, calling the dog Rip was kinda cute too. There was one point I was hesitant over with how descriptive it could be for the young girls but nothing was said out of line or that even came close. As an adult you will get what is being said but very well handled. I love how the romance between Jack and Elizabeth is taken slowly. You can see they are both attracted to each other and there are times where there could have easily been a kiss but so far, not yet:) And the part in the boat? Ha!! We all laughed out loud over the smirk on his face. We also can't forget the part where he saves her life. Another part we liked was the little boy who has a crush on Elizabeth. Very sweet. Totally loved it and can't wait to get the next one! If I heard correctly, this dvd released at Walmart yesterday so if you are wanting something fun and family oriented, definitely pick this up. We really enjoyed it! Make sure to check the trailer below!!

    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Kid's Academy App #Review

    Based on the proven Montessori learning method, Kids Academy develops spelling, writing and reading skills through fascinating games!

    This app is created to make fun more educational! The app goes beyond simply great graphics and beautiful music by engaging children to learn preschool basics through intriguing game play. Toddlers will start with easy tracing by collecting fireflies in a jar and will move gradually to tracing requiring more developed fine-motor skills. 

    The basic skills in this app are foundations for reading, writing and arithmetic operations. Appropriate hints are provided to support your children as they practice and build their skills. 

    * Curriculum developed and reviewed by preschool education expert
    * Delightful animations will help your children learn letters and words in a fun and engaging way
    * Frequent repetition designed to help children learn numbers and their sequence
    * Aligned to Kindergarten Reading Foundation skills of Common Core Standards
    * Animated flashcards to teach your kids letters and words
    * A rich, exploratory environment filled with surprises
    * Funny, bright, creative artwork 
    * Your children can interact with the app at their own pace
    …and more!

    MY REVIEW-To start off, I will only be reviewing the free section of the Kid's Academy App. But what I have seen so far makes me eager to try the rest. This is an app that works great for young children learning to read, do their numbers, etc. The favorite section hands down was the part where you learn the alphabet. This area brings up the letter and then gives several instances of words that start with that letter. So if the letter is B, there is a bee, a bridge, and so on. You can click around the screen and a person will sound it out. Another section allows the child to trace the letter with stars and lines, then without the lines. One thing I noticed was this only allows the child to follow exactly what is given. So on the A, if they want to do the stick in the middle first, they can't do that. It must be done as it is shown. Great for some children while others may not care for it. There is also a section for learning/tracing numbers. As they learn these, there is a jar that is filled with fireflies. So it makes it fun, not just boring work of tracing numbers. Overall this would be great for young ones learning to read and write. Makes things fun and interesting.

    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**
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