Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Motivate Your Child Action Plan with #Review

I recently received this book, Motivate Your Child Action Plan, for review. I had read the book that goes with it last year when it released and totally agreed with the purpose and the spirit of the authors. They knew families and they knew how to help make changes in other people's lives. So when the opportunity arose to work with them again for the action plan, I jumped at the chance. And I am so glad I did.



This book takes the companion book and gives the parents plans to work through when difficulties arise. Hence the name, Action Plan. And it really is a book about taking action. There are guidelines and questions, tips on recognizing problems and what actually lies at the heart of the matter. This is not a cure the symptoms book but a cure the source plan. These are practical and down to earth steps that make a lot of sense. Even if you aren't struggling with issues right now, this is a book that will stay on your shelf til your children are adults. And then you can use it for the grandchildren:)

One of the steps that really hit me came in Chapter 8. This talks about not just praying FOR your children, but praying WITH your children. The spiritual connection is so much more than just praying they are okay throughout the day. But rather showing them how the Spirit works in their everyday lives. I also felt that the coaching subject was right on. Believe me, dealing with teenagers, it comes into play a lot. Coaching and not just focusing on wrong actions bringing consequences works wonders with your children.

This is an excellent book to give new parents, parents who have several children or to put in your church library. I would urge you to buy a copy along with the companion book, Motivate Your Child. These are excellent parenting tools that are easy on the eyes and very simple to use.






**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When Grace Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer With #Review

When Grace Sings (WaterBrook Press, March 2015)


When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?
Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.
But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.
Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.


MY REVIEW-I recently had the opportunity to review this new book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. She is one of my favorite authors and I have read all of her previous books. She has a knack for making even Amish books interesting:) This one is a little bit different and I found myself somewhat confused at times, just because there are soo many characters to keep track of and how they are all related. Still, it was a good book to read and I enjoyed it.

There are not really two main characters like in your typical fiction book but rather several. Some of whom are related in distant ways which makes for a fun storyline. Alexa is part owner of a bed and breakfast and probably my favorite character. Her strength of spirit is amazing. I also had a good laugh or two over her guests. They are quite funny and Briley is a hoot. Their first meeting you want to slap him but once you get to know him, you realize he isn't that bad. The Amish culture is very well played out and I felt like I learned some about them. An excellent book from Kim Sawyer!





**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.**

Kids Academy Apps Are Great! #MomBuzz #FREEKidsApp

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media Blogger Network. All views & opinions expressed below are my own and are not influenced in anyway.

Kids Academy

Educational Apps for Children

I don't know about you all, but when it comes to finding fun apps for the kids that are also educational, it can be a bit difficult. Too many times they just want the fun games that don't help with learning or cause them to think. That is why I am such a big fan of the Kids Academy Apps. They are both educational AND great fun for the kids!

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Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game Educational Books & Free Songs

This app here is one of our favorites. The graphics are really bright and easy to look at so the kids enjoy playing around with it. And the fun of it is that they don't even realize they are learning at the same time! This one here allows the child to learn not only recognition of the numbers, but also how to write them. This is done through tracing games and also through simple math. The math problems might be a bit hard for a little one though so please make sure they are able to do it without getting frustrated. I know for a 5 or 6 year old it should be no problem at all but I think for any younger than that it might be too much. Overall though this is a fun game with snazzy music that plays while the kids enjoy the learning.

Download Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game

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Bugs, Shapes and Robots Face Paint for Toddlers

FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)

Kids Academy has plenty of fun apps for children. And this Bugs, Shapes and Robots is one of their best. It is great fun but I love how it teaches at the same time. You start out tracing shapes and collecting fireflies as you go. The child goes from squares to circles and triangles and then ends up tracing robots! It all comes together to build a square face with circle eyes and a triangle nose. There is some room for error allowed but if they mess up too bad it asks them to try again. Excellent for toddlers to learn their shapes on!! If you have children who are young enough to play this, you definitely want to get it. Great for traveling or flying!

Download Bugs, Shapes, and Robots





**DISCLOSURE: All thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spring into Summer with new Colors from SinfulColors!

If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you know how much I am a fan of SinfulColors. When I saw their new line, I was super excited! Not only are they spring inspired, but also lots of fun ways to change up the colors and designs. I don't have a giveaway this time but next time there will be one for sure. Check out the new colors below!!



For my review I received Petal Be The Day, Prized Plume, Standing Bloom Only, Why Not and Thimbleberry. Catch the theme there? Totally spring with flowers in bloom galore! It would be hard to decide on a favorite. I really liked the Thimbleberry and Petal Be The Day. But they all were nicely named and most of them went into my keep bin. One of them didn't make it but it was just because of how light it is. Take a look and see how I mixed and matched colors to get some different styles.

THE SET TO REVIEW



THIMBLEBERRY



THIMBLEBERRY ON NAILS



WHY NOT



WHY NOT ON NAILS



PETAL BE THE DAY



PETAL BE THE DAY ON NAILS




PRIZED PLUME



PRIZED PLUME ON NAILS



STANDING BLOOM ONLY




STANDING BLOOM ONLY ON NAILS



THIMBLEBERRY ON BOTTOM AND PETAL BE THE DAY OVER IT





WHY NOT ON BOTTOM AND STANDING BLOOM ONLY ON TOP






As you can see, the colors came out great. My favorite was the pink with the purple glitter on top. These are great to use as party favors, in gift baskets, for teenage girls, or just to splurge on yourself:) I know when I go to buy nail polish, these are the ones I choose.

Be sure to check out SinfulColors on the following social media sites.








**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.**

Using Music For Recovery from Addiction #RecoveryMusic @RecoveryUnplugd

Did you know that music has a special ability? Music has many definitions for different people and I know for some it can be energizing, for some it brings back memories while for others it can be healing. On a personal level, I find it to be many of these things. How often do you feel down and pop in a CD, only to be renewed and brought up? Or the times where you feel like doing something you shouldn't and the melodies playing in your ear buds keeps you from it? Today I want to tell you about a program, Recovery Unplugged, that I found to be quite intriguing. You could call it a recovery from addiction program, or even a drug rehab therapy system. But for me, I think I would call it something like medicine through music.



This program is based not just on talk-therapy, but is specialized for each individual. After much research and time spent browsing their website, I was encouraged by the system I found in place. Music is special to me and I have seen it work many times before. I attend church and that is a place where I see things happen. Melodies can be soothing and gentle while calming a person and other times I have seen it encourage and rouse the spirit. For myself I feel as though music speaks to the body and the spirit. It can be a drug of sorts and it can heal. Using it as a treatment for patients is something I hadn't thought about in depth but after doing the research for this, I totally stand behind it. This drug treatment center uses not only music and live performances to help clients but also writing lyrics and recording songs! I couldn't believe when I saw the work and all the effort that goes into a program like this.



What about for you? What does music mean to you personally? Is it your lifeline to hang on to or is it something you pop in when you need encouragement and relaxation? I would love to hear your thoughts below so go ahead and leave me a comment!!


*Disclosure* I received compensation from Recovery Unplugged for this sponsored post, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.


**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, May 15, 2015

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Today!!! #FCblogger

*Disclosure* I received an appreciation certificate in exchange for this post. All thoughts are 100% mine. 

Well, today is a day that I am really standing behind. Does anyone know what day it is? Oh, sorry about that, I did put it in the title didn't I? :) Today just happens to be Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Personally in my life I know a few men who are members of law enforcement. And I daily thank the Lord they are working where they do. Though at times it can be scary, I am appreciative for all our men and women in uniform. So today it the day to go out and thank them. It could be someone you know, or maybe as you go to dinner tonight you drop off some pizzas at the local fire station. Or one of my favorites would be to get together a gift basket to take over. Check out some ideas below for goodies I would put in my basket:)



First off, you can't make it up without a basket. Your options are endless on this so choose wisely. For me, I would do a smaller size basket because our town is relatively small. But for those who have a larger fire station or police department, just pick up a larger one.



And now comes the fun part! Fill your basket with whatever catches your fancy. I would add in several movies, some snacks or baked goods, as well as some Gospel literature. Throw in enough copies of the movie so that the guys can all take one home with them, or do some different ones so they can pick and choose.



I know some of you probably think this sounds somewhat girly, but our men in uniform really need our support and appreciation. There are several movies that would be great for this basket. Fireproof is one you could use for the local fire department. While Courageous is great for any department.



There are also book options for you to include. Many of these brave men and women fight their own battles and could use some encouragement. Check out the Law Enforcement Bible I found! I never knew they had one of these but looking at purchasing some for the guys at our local department.



I know there are also books made from the Courageous and Fireproof films so those might be a good option. Once you have added your products, bake up some cookies or breads and nicely wrap them up to put in the basket. I do this around Christmas time and people always love home baked goodies. If you don't want to go that route, you can always purchase from a store.

So, what do you think? This is a great time to share the Gospel through literature or movies and the law enforcement members will enjoy being appreciated.

Leave a comment below if you have done anything like this, or what you would put in the basket.

*Note, all the products shown can be purchased through the Family Christian website. Be sure to check them out for all your appreciation needs.*



**DISCLOSURE: All thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dermaflage #Giveaway! Fill and Conceal Scars

FILL AND CONCEAL SKIN CANCER SCARS WITH DERMAFLAGE:
 A SECOND SKIN COSMETIC DEVELOPED BY HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS  MAKEUP ARTISTS


Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
More than 3.5 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are diagnosed in the United States every year
The worst thing about skin cancer is that left untreated, it can kill you. A secondary concern is worrying about the scar one may be left with after treatment.  Patients won't know how bad it will be until the doctor starts cutting and learns just what the cancer is like. This is particularly nerve wracking when the cancer is on the face. The good news is that now there is Dermaflage, the first at home cosmetic that functions as a second skin to fully cover skin cancer scars on the face and body.

WHAT IS DERMAFLAGE?
The recessed nature of these imperfections cannot be effectively hidden using makeup, leaving expensive and often ineffective medical procedures as the only viable option. Far superior to traditional cosmetics and concealers, Dermaflage fills and conceals the recessed area. Used improperly, makeup can look cakey and does not effectively fill the sunken areas of the skin. Dermaflage is translucent to let your natural pigment come through, flexible so that it moves with the skin, water proof and lasts all day.


ATTRIBUTES
·         Invented by a Special Effects makeup pro – used by TV/movie stars
·         3D silicone scar filler that fills and conceals instantly
·         Non-irritating, non-allergenic 3-step application
·         Non-invasive – no injections, no pain
·         Dermatologist & clinically tested
·         Matches your skin tone
·         Can be applied to skin cancer scars on the face and body
·         Lasts up to 36 hours- even while swimming or showering



FROM THE EXPERTS
Kim Greene, veteran beauty and special effects makeup artist with over 50 Department Head Film and Television credits. “I use Dermafage personally to conceal a Mohs scar above my lip from having skin cancer. As a professional makeup artist in film and TV it's a staple in my kit to use on my actors to conceal scars including those caused by skin cancer removal. The Dermaflage is nearly invisible. I also use it to create realistic makeup special effects since it mimics skin so well."

Dr. Carl Soderstrom, Illinois Board Certified Dermatologist “Silicone in skin products is amazing. I have been using Dermflage for a couple of years now and the results are unbelievable. Scars can be covered cosmetically and concealed for hours and days-instantly. What I like the most is chicken pox scars, acne scars, and post trauma or surgical scars that are depressed can be filled to perfection. Color matching is easy, and most of all, patients love it. I have seen no adverse reactions in my patients.”


HOW TO USE DERMAFLAGE
Step 1: Prime
Step 2: Apply
Step 3: Texture

GENERAL MAKEUP TIPS WITH DERMAFLAGE

·         Don’t ever apply liquid foundation over the top of Dermaflage
·         Always use less Dermaflage than you think you’ll need
·         Mineral based powders work best with Dermaflage

Retail Price: $50.00 for a starter kit. Multiple applications. 


Silicone Arts Labs is a product innovation company in the cosmetics and medical industries. Their largest product, Dermaflage, is a scar and wrinkle concealer that uses silicone to replicate the unique tone and texture of user’s skin — vastly outperforming other solutions on the market today. The company’s innovation engine is based on the combination of the science of facial prosthetics and the art of Hollywood special effects. Their breakthrough cosmetic products empower and inspire their customers to feel more confident.


THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS!!
One winner will receive a set of the new Dermaflage conceal products. This is for USA ONLY! Giveaway will end 6/1 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. I am not responsible for prizes being received. I will do everything in my power to make sure the company follows through but they are responsible for the prize.

Heroes of the City Giveaway #HeroKids 3 Winners #MomBuzz - Ends 5/21

Hey all, remember the Heroes of the City post this past week and I mentioned there would be a giveaway? Well, here it is!! There will be 3 winners and you do not want to miss this:) Check it out!
Giveaway Heroes of the City

Giveaway Lady has joined up with other awesome bloggers from Mom Buzz Media to bring you this awesome giveaway!
About the Sponsor
Heroes of the City is an animated TV-series about rescue vehicles in a small town where everybody gets to be a hero! You will find over 6 hours of full episodes with great stories for the little ones. The TV-series contains a lot of warmth and teaches the importance of friendship and what we can achieve by helping each other.


On the YouTube Channel you will find 6 hours of entertainment for the younger children. The videos are high quality and are suitable for children 2-6 years.


The YouTube channel is available in 18 different languages!  


Giveaway Time!


Enter the Giveaway below for your chance to win one of 3 Heroes of the City Prize Packs!

US Residents only please, Ends 5/21


Disclaimer: The sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.  Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond otherwise forfeiting their prize.  US Residents only please, Ends 5/21/15 at 11:59 pm,.





**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, May 11, 2015

Heroes of the City Review + Upcoming Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Been a busy weekend here and just now catching up on things. Had friends visiting and with the holiday some stuff got pushed to the back. But this review here for Heroes of the City is one I was excited to tell you all about. And the upcoming giveaway will be later this week:) Don't forget to come back and check it out!



Did you know there is a Youtube channel for Heroes of the City?  I knew that there was a program called Heroes of the City and that it was a fun show about fire trucks and police cars, basically our heroes. But when I actually saw their channel on Youtube, I knew that this program was so much more than that. Talk about a fun place where your children can watch episode after episode of fun cartoons and talking cars with no need to worry about what they are viewing! I loved being able to preview some of these and actually found my foot tapping to the music and enjoying the episodes.

These are animated and supposed to be for pre-school ages but I know that even older ages might enjoy them. On their channel you can view non-stop episodes or watch music videos, pick which season you want to see, and so on. Believe me, the kids and grandchildren will love this.



Heroes of the City are an animated TV-series for preschool children about rescue vehicles in a small town where everybody gets to be a hero! The TV-series contains a lot of warmth and teaches the importance of friendship and what we can achieve by helping each other.

On the city's heroes YouTube Channel you will find 6 hours of entertainment for the younger children. The videos are high quality and are suitable for children 2-6 years. The YouTube channel is available in 18 different languages.





This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media.  All opinions expressed above are my own.


**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.**

A New Series from Colleen Coble | ‘The Inn at Ocean’s Edge’ Tour, Giveaway, and Party



Claire's visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.

In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year---and until now, Claire didn't even know she had ever been missing.

But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents' best efforts to keep them forgotten.

Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances---at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.

With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire's very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone-maybe everyone-is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

MY REVIEW-This book for me was a little different. I normally love Colleen Coble's books and enjoy reading them quite often. This series has been somewhat different from her normal ones but this third novel was very different. I loved the mystery aspect of it and the it definitely has a fair amount of twists and turns along the way. Claire is the main character along with Luke. They are pretty sweet together but I had some difficulty with Claire at first. Her attitude was a bit off-putting. One of my favorite characters in the whole book was Kate. Very fleshed out character that I fell in love with while reading. She is stubborn and quite exasperating at times but I liked how she was portrayed. As I said above, the mystery is very well done. You find out bits and pieces as you progress through the story but man alive! When you actually find out what happened at the end, it is amazing. Wonderfully done suspense!


THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light. Colleen Coble's new book, The Inn at Ocean's Edge, is a must-read for mystery and suspense readers. As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.




Celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!






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One grand prize winner will receive:



Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!






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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!



  • A Kindle Fire

  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise

  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession

  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge




**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.**

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Side By Side By Jana Kelley With #Review

Side by Side (New Hope Publishers, April 2015)


In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia’s life collides with that of another young woman.
A young Christian American mother, Mia finds more than one dark secret on the streets of Khartoum. She finds Halimah, a young, upper-class Arab student with a bright future in her family’s business whose risky and secretive decision has put her life in danger. What happens when the path of a young mother intersects with that of a spunky Sudanese student? God transforms them both . . . forever.
Part of New Hope® Publishers’ contemporary missional fiction line, Side by Side opens the reader’s eyes to the life of Muslims in Sudan as well as some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as pray for the salvation of those who persecute.


MY REVIEW-When I first got this in, I was just kind of so-so about reading it. I have read my fair share of biographies and they tend to be slower paced and I hate to say it, some aren't that interesting. But after opening and reading the first chapter, I was hooked on this one! And then to find out, it isn't a biography at all? Only a novel loosely based on real life events:) Ahh me, yes this is the life of a book reviewer.

I found this book to be fascinating and an eye opening experience. I have friends who are missionaries, I know what they go through and have heard their stories. But this was different. Seeing it through the eyes of a mother with little children, her daily struggles and wanting to give up, made me realize what it is really like for people on the mission field. It shows in clear detail how she struggles with the dress differences, taking care of three youngsters and wanting to reach out to the women around her.

This is a very upfront look at the Islamic religion. There were some things in here that were hard to read and it is detailed. But I think it is good for us in America to see how our lives are different from other areas. My daily troubles really seem so small compared to what the women in Sudan are going through. It really opened my eyes and made me thankful. As I said above, this is not a true story but is based on true events. Still, it is an excellent book.




**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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