Sitara Collections $100 GC Giveaway #2014HGG


As a mom I know I don't always take the time to reward myself as much as I did in my younger years. Think about a mom in your life...maybe your sister, mother, best friend, cousin or even your niece...wouldn't you love to put a smile on their face this holiday season? I feel great joy in being the one to give a gift that makes one smile (even if it's just a hug or a phone call!) Sitara gifts are so unique and they are definitely a gift that would get me smiling! The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to think of great gifts to get your friends and family (and pick out something nice for yourself too!). Wouldn't it be great to win a $100 gift card from Sitara Collections to start off that holiday shopping!? At Sitara Collections you can buy handcrafted jewelry and handcrafted gifts online, and I don't know about you but I love shopping online! Now is your chance to enter to win a $100 gift card from Sitara Collections to spend on their amazing jewelry and gifts just in … [Read more...]

He Moves…You Move… +GIVEAWAY!


We received a copy of the Audio Adrenaline CD from Family Christian to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are our own. You, you're scared to take a step, afraid to see what's next So you wait 'til you think it's safe to move. You tend to think too much, You need to open up your heart to see where He is leading. These lyrics really spoke to me. The Audio Adrenaline  Kings & Queens CD could not have come at a more perfect time in my life. You see, when my husband was given a job offer in another state not only was I scared to take a step, afraid to see what's next, but I was so afraid to move. After much prayer and consideration we realized that God's plans are for the good (we already knew that) and that this job would be better for our family, so he accepted the job. Within days of accepting the job we had someone we know offer to buy our house. Wow, it was all happening so fast, but we were excited (there were some nerves thrown in there as well). We were … [Read more...]

Stylin for the Holidays and Back-to-School with Gymboree


We received free product to facilitate this post. We only give honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. I can remember being so excited to put my new school clothes off and show them off to all of my friends. I would beg my parents to allow me to wear my clothing early because I couldn't contain the excitement! My boys aren't near as excited as I was, however they do look forward to wearing their new duds. Since we have 7 in our family and our children are homeschooling this year I decided to cut back a bit on our back-to-school shopping. With that being said, I didn't want my boys to be disappointed. You see, the more kids I have the more I seem to figure out the trick of stretching a dollar. How do I do it? I shop stores like Gymboree! Why Gymboree? Because their uniforms come with the Play Proof by Nanotex that resists wrinkles, releases stains in the wash, is breathe easy and they look new with less washing! Call me crazy, but I get excited when I hear about a … [Read more...]

Hold Up…That’s Not Working. Change of Plans…

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That's exactly what I was saying a couple of weeks ago as we were going along our homeschool journey. While my older boys were doing completely fine (they are doing their schooling online through Sycamore Academy), I was questioned whether I had chosen the right curriculum for my 1st grader. Also, I had yet to start my preschooler on anything because I had spent so much time stressing about other stuff going on in my life and just trying to get into a good routine was becoming hard. Don't worry, I believe I have it all figured out now. I had thought I should do one curriculum in the beginning, but went with something totally different. Now, I am sure I should have chosen the other curriculum, and even though I'll be out money from the first curriculum purchase, I have decided that it is better to switch now than to wait...or keep wondering. So, this week we will be ordering a new curriculum for our 1st grader and if all goes well we should be starting it very soon. (I'm … [Read more...]

Forget the Fussing Over Snaps and Zippers


We received free product to facilitate this review. We only give honest opinions and all opinions expressed are our own. I can remember the times of fussing with zippers and buttons when trying to get my little ones out the door. I wish I could say that getting 5 children together and out the door on time is's not. We have a pretty good routine down now, and many of our older children help with our younger ones, which makes things go even smoother, however that wasn't always the case. We received a cute little vest from MagnaMini for review. I must say that not only does my 4 year old love this vest, but he wants to wear it around like it's his super hero cape or something! Yeah, he really loves it! What is MagnaMini? MagnaMini was invented by a mother who was inspired when the effects of Parkinson's disease prevented her husband from buttoning his shirt. She was determined to find something that would help her husband remain independent, and so she invented a … [Read more...]

These Cameras Make Great Holiday Gifts #GoProatBestBuy


The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free  If you've been reading my blog long, you know that I have a real love for photography. I don't claim to be a professional, but I do love to take photos of anything and everything that I can. My kids often run when they see me lift my camera in their direction. It's funny though because they will take photos with their iPods all day long! They are always snapping pics of each other, the ceiling, their cousins, even bugs! When I heard about the new GoPro cameras and accessories at Best Buy I got a little excited! I'm not going to lie, anytime a new camera comes out, I HAVE TO check it out. If you are like me, you hadn't heard of the GoPro until just now, so for those of you who have never heard of it, I'm going to school you a little now... There are several options, but let's start by talking about the GoPro HERO4 Black: This is the most … [Read more...]

Time to Stock up on Jeans


Thanks to Kohl's for providing gift card for us to purchase products for this post. All opinions expressed are our own. It's no secret that boys are rough and tough and that definitely applies to their clothing! Our boys are so tough on their jeans that it's about impossible to pass them done. (Which really stinks given the fact that we have 5 boys!) I don't have to cry about it though because I can get products at a great price at Kohl's and I'm never disappointed! I love shopping their sales and the Kohl's Cash is always an added bonus (and it sure does keep me coming back! Don't tell my husband that Kohl's isn't really paying me to shop! I totally see it that way when they give me Kohl's Cash at the register!) So, I went to Kohl's armed with a coupon and I left with a pair of jeans for every one of my boys (including my husband)...that's 6 pairs of jeans! That's not all I got though! I also got my husband a couple of nice polo shirts to wear to work that I found on the clearance … [Read more...]

Super Soft Fair Trade PACT Clothing Just in Time for Fall


We received free product to facilitate this review. We only give honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. Are you ready for Fall? The leaves will soon be changing and the weather will be getting cooler. Not only am I interested in staying warm, but I want to be comfy in super soft organic cotton clothing. PACT released a new line of Fair Trade certified clothing with super cute patterns just in time for Fall! The new line has 78 different items that include products for young and old. I received a super cute and oh-so soft pair of print leggings and a soft t-shirt for myself. I must say, I absolutely LOVE my leggings and if I could, I would never take them off! I kid you not, they are so comfortable and I get compliments every time I wear them! My husband has been sporting his comfy (and soft!)  t-shirt. The first time he wore it I asked him what his thoughts were and he just kept saying it was softer than most of his other t-shirts. (Yay!) Other products offered … [Read more...]