June 28, 2015

Label Daddy

I was sent labels as compensation for my post. 
My opinions are my own and no other compensation was given.



Label Daddy has a ton of different labels that you can use for just about any and everything! 


This time I ordered return address labels and we love them! We are a Yankee house, dont hate us, so I went with that theme.

Now is the time to order labels for school and camp, if you have not already. They are rugged and sturdy and they have a ton of choices. 

You can choose Disney, baseball, football, hockey, and alot of other cute kid themes.


The Old Fashioned Way Review and Giveaway


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BOOK:

Old Fashioned, Chivalry Makes a Comeback
Paperback 285 Pages


Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to run an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town... and to pursue lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love.
They say opposites attract but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences an their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?
 The book, in a strange twist, was written after the movies screenplay! It follows the movie but gets a bit more descriptive as to Clays past.

BOOK:

The Old Fashioned Way, Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance
Paperback 222 Pages
Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old-fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things The Old Fashioned Way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old-fashioned romance goes much deeper than that. Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it―for all of us. Regardless of your past experiences, where you’ve been, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime.

As you work your way through this 40-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old-fashioned way and be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.

 Each day in the book ends with a prayer and a Consider This list of things to ponder. I have yet to complete the entire 40 day journey, but am close to finishing it.  I have a new found respect for the "Old Fashioned Way". I have handed my copies of the books over to my oldest daughter and hope that she will find inspiration as well. Both books are very well written and not hard to get through.



Twitter: @OldFashionedVow





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June 27, 2015

NeoCell Beauty Burst, The easy way to get extra collagen





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  • Collagen Type 1 & 3 For Firm, Smooth Skin & Strong Hair & Nails
  • Hyaluronic Acid For Skin Hydration & Renewal
  • Vitamin C:  Collagen Enhancer
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I have been taking this now for about 2 weeks straight. Not only do they taste good, but my skin seems to be looking better! 

June 24, 2015

klip2save GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Cricut What every crafter wants and needs!


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Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home d├ęcor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine. 

There are two machines that Cricut currently offers on their site:
Cricut Explore One™ 

Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. It’s versatile, easy to use, cuts very precisely, and is also incredibly affordable. With its irresistibly low price and limitless cutting potential, the Explore One is perfect for a new or beginning crafter. Here are a few notable features of the Explore One: 

Materials – All Cricut machines can cut an unbelievable variety of materials, for example:
  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on
  • Craft materials
  • Upcycled materials
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Thick materials
Precision - Features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall. 

Smart Set® Dial - Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you're using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine's Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut. 

Images and Fonts - You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines. 

Cartridges - Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go. 

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app - All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free. 

Cricut Explore Air™

The Explore Air is the whole kit ‘n caboodle. It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:
  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you!
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.
Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is.

Until then … Happy crafting! 

June 19, 2015

20% off Mables Labels TODAY ONLY!

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20% Off Mabel's Labels Limited Edition Camp Label Pack with the Flip Flop Icon 


Did you know that today is National Flip Flop Day?! In recognition of this fun day, Mabel's Labels is giving you 20% Off Limited Edition Camp Label Packs with the Flip Flop Icon



No coupon code is required but this deal is only available through a special offer page. To access your 20% off, go to Mabel's Labels' Limited Edition Camp Label Pack special offer page today. 

Mabel's Label's camp label packs are filled with a collection of UV resistant, waterproof labels and personalized tags designed especially for everything that goes to summer camp. Identify clothes and footwear, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more with these summer essentials.


Junior Explorers

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Every month, a new mission to learn about wildlife and nature with Junior Explorers!

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Kia and Kyle, the resident Junior Explorers, accompany your child on every adventure. Together they will explore amazing places like the Arctic, Serengeti and Amazon. Junior Explorers combines all things kids love creating science kits with cool collectibles and activities and fun online games.


I did take some good pictures of the kit I was sent, but my kiddos took off with my camera before I could upload them. 
The quality of what kids get in the boxes is superior to alot of other subscription boxes for kids that I have seen. 
My kids have already sent out all of the postcards! There were 4 in the mission kit.
I am planning on getting my son a 6 month mission for his birthday next month.
This would be perfect for Grandparents to give as it would remind their grandkids of them every time they got a box!
 This is the kit we were sent.  Junior Explorers sent a new wristband, pin and two animals as well. It is missing the mini fish and the mini whale in this picture. Those are now out in the kiddie pool with the little people!
You log into Juniorexplores.com and enter your mission code. Then you start your mission, online and use the items to complete it! 
 The little activity book has a few games and such for an added activity.
There are also coordinating stickers and tattoos!

This month’s mission was to find out why the coral in the Great Barrier Reef is loosing its color.  Junior Explorers has upped its online program, and it now has more interactive aspects and is more fun than ever before.


 

Send your child on wild adventures with Junior Explorers subscription boxes! Join Now!

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June 18, 2015

Teeth Whitener

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My teeth have never really been white. They have always been off white. I did see a difference in 4 days although it was slight, I still saw it. after 3 weeks, I am using it 3 times a week and my teeth are still whiter than they were. I like this tooth whitener better than others. Mostly because I dont get the stinging burn on my gums or lips like I have with other products.

This formulation is like Goldilocks trying to find the right porridge-one that is just right. You want something that will work well but not give you the tingling and pain. 35% is just that formulation. It give a great result like what you would receive from a Dentist Professional but it is less harsh than the 44%. It is the one that is just right.

Two ways to whiten your teeth in one kit! Kit includes the Mouth Tray and Gel Use and the On-The-Go Whitening pen so that you can whiten your teeth at home or on the go.

Thick Quality Mouth Tray fits most adult mouths without the need to heat and form. Look close at our mouth trays compared to the thin trays that are offered by the competitors. You can see that these are of higher quality and secure a better fit.

Included LED light can be used to accelerate the whitening process. Gel from syringe or On-The-Go Pen can be applied to teeth before using a tanning bed and the tanning bed lights will act as an accelerator as well.

Get professional results at a fraction of the cost of in-clinic visits. These gels are filled in the USA in a certified facility and the products created and overseen by Dentists.


Package includes:
• Mouth Tray
• Syringe filled with 35% Carbamide      Peroxide Gel
• Whitening Pen
• Mint-flavored Teeth Wipe
• Vitamin and Aloe Swab
• Professional Shade Guide
• Mini LED Light






June 17, 2015

Cricut..perfect for crafters like you!

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If you’re reading this post, chances are, you’re a creative type. You like to craft, explore your creativity, and share your creations with others. And it’s for people like you that Cricut created their line of personal electronic cutting machines. 

A little known fact about Cricut is that they’ve actually been in business for over 50 years, and their primary purpose has been to develop tools that inspire creativity in people. 

Today, millions of people use Cricut’s award-winning products to create beautiful, inventive, and personal projects. 

So, what is Cricut? Cricut is actually a family of electronic cutting machines that make it possible for you to easily create amazing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Well, not totally DIY because Cricut’s incredible machine’s do a LOT of the heavy lifting. 

The two machines that Cricut offers are:
To give you loads of creative freedom and versatility, Cricut developed the Cricut Design Space™, a cloud-based software that works seamlessly with the Cricut Explore® family of machines. 

Design Space gives you access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or iPad, so you can design just about anything, anytime, and anywhere. 

Once you’ve uploaded your design (or pre-designed image) to your Cricut Explore cutting machine, you can sit back and watch it magically bring your design to life. 

There are so many interesting things you can make and do with Cricut – which we’ll be sure to cover in a future post. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, it’s best to go over each of Cricut’s machines, what they do, and how they are different. And since I’ve given you quite a bit of info already, we’ll pick up on there in next week’s post!

Until then … happy crafting! 

June 16, 2015

Old Fashioned: A review of the movie...No giveaway....YET!


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

MY NEW FAVORITE LOVE STORY!!!!

 #OLDFASHIONEDMOVIE and #FLYBY


A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.

There was not one actor I had ever seen before in this movie. I liked seeing new faces! This love story has  no sex, close to no kissing and shows that you do not have to be intimate to be intimate.

They used shoe boxes with date ideas written on paper scraps. I would never have thought of that!!
I really loved this movie and I plan on my daughter watching it soon. She is in the dating age range and I want her to know that relationships happen in many different ways.

There is also a book and a devotional titled "Old Fashioned'.















June 15, 2015

I watched SPY and it wasnt a waste of my time!


Susan Cooper is an unassuming, desk bound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner dies and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis.

Melissa McCarthy and her sense of humor made this movie. What I wasn't expecting was the way Jude Law and Jason Statham fit in. They added a sense of humor that I wasn't expecting! Statham delivers quite a few one liners that just tap into the other movies that he has played a super spy. Very funny!
50 cent makes a debut and his scenes with Miranda Hart were hilarious!

Strong language is abundant so not for younger kids. Maybe  14 and up.



June 10, 2015

Botanica Science Giveaway

Microsoft Surface 3 Giveaway

Gaiam Gives Back , Yoga for Everyone



Gaiam, a leading yoga, fitness and wellness company, recently announced a three-year partnership with the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making yoga available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to cultivate a regular practice- including at-risk youth and veterans with PTSD. With the goal of sharing and spreading the transformative benefits of yoga, the Give Back Yoga Foundation embodies Gaiam’s philosophy of providing “Yoga for Everyone.”

As part of the partnership, Gaiam is making a special financial contribution to the Give Back Yoga Foundation’s Light the Way for Heroes™ initiative, a campaign designed to provide the proper tools to veterans so they can practice and use yoga as a means of “navigating life after war” which will strengthen connections with loved ones and improve quality of life. With a goal of providing for 30,000 veterans, Gaiam and Give Back Yoga aim to empower veterans to use yoga as a means of living a peaceful, productive life.

Gaiam is also inviting their loyal online shoppers to support the cause by donating $2 specifically to Light the Way for Heroes with every purchase on Gaiam.com. The customer donations through Gaiam.com will help to provide veterans with therapeutic yoga toolkits, which offer resources including practice guides, meditation audio and Gaiam yoga mats that can help veterans experience how a personal yoga practice supports a calm and steady body and mind. 

One hundred percent of the donations collected are passed along to Give Back Yoga.

Click here to shop Gaiam and contribute $2 to Light the Way for Heroes!

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Street Moda Sale!

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June 9, 2015

My attempt at windchimes.......



I used a screwdriver to make the holes on the top and bottom of another, larger stalk to thread the twine I used to hang them. 
I also put 2 holes on the straight cut end of each of the shorter stalks for the twine.
The hardest part was threading the twine. If I had a darning needle I would have used it but since I didnt I used a toothpick.
They slid down a bit with a gust of wind, but they sounded nicer on the slant so I have left them that way.
I dont think they turned out so bad for a first try at windchimes!

June 8, 2015

Gender Reveal Party Ideas for Parents-to-Be

In the old days, parents wouldn't know the gender of their little people until the birth. Now with the miracle of ultrasound parents-to-be can find out the baby(ies) gender early in the 2nd trimester, if they are lucky enough.

Now, some parents are opting for Gender Reveal Parties. That's when you get family and friends together and you tell them all the sex of the little one at one time. And yes, it makes baby shower gifts a lot easier to buy.

Sometimes the parents-to-be are in on the gender, sometimes they are not and get to find out the same time as everyone else.

Here are a few ideas for a gender reveal party.

Those looking for a smaller-scale idea can ask a party supply store to fill a black balloon with either pink or blue confetti, and then pop with a pin at the party. 

If you are going easy on the sweets or or want something smaller, you can use cupcakes or cookies as well. Just use filler frosting in the middles of either using blue or pink frosting.

PINATA

Whether you choose to beat the crap out of it, or have it as a pull string, fill a pinata with gender specific color confetti and streamers.

Want a theme? 
The bee theme is gaining popularity! Specialty stores are now carrying bee themed products specifically for gender reveal parties. 

May I have the envelope please????

If you can handle not knowing right away, have your OB write your baby’s gender on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. Open the envelope with your guests. Or you can let a grandparent-to-be open it and share the surprise.

Are you going to have your party near a holiday? Use the holiday as an additional celebration. 

Easter

Have an Easter egg hunt with family and friends. In one egg, put a piece of paper with the gender written on it. Make sure the parents open the eggs with the kids, if kids are participating. Let one lucky guest find the egg and make the announcement!

If you have any additional ideas, or want to share your ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below! I love comments!!

June 6, 2015

Dearfoam Slippers Giveaway


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Dearfoams Spring/Summer Line Giveaway

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Prize: Pair of slippers from the Dearfoams Spring/Summer Line
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More than 60 years and a billion pairs later, people still love the exceptional comfort, style and quality provided by every pair of Dearfoams.
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Yankee Candle giveaway!

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Yankee Candle Homefront Girl Collection Giveaway

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Prize: Winners choice of large jar from the Homefront Girl Collection
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Open to: US Residents 18+
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June 5, 2015

My past decade.....


This months Blog Hop writing prompt is The Last Decade of our Life. 

Wow. I really don't even know where to start or what to say or how in depth to go! The past 10 years in my life have been full of alot of crazy, alot of fun and way more change that I ever thought would happen in my life!

2005. Wow. 10 years ago, how time seems to fly. We had a baby girl that April and I finally got my girl named Abigail Esther. After my great, great grandmother who had been murdered by a tenant in her boarding house. 

2006. The year my Aunt died and I started to loose those closest to me that I had known all my life. 

2007. While working at Mount Desert Island Hospital I told a co-worker I DID NOT want to go into the Maternity/Labor & Delivery wing because as I told her "That stuff catches!" I remember her laughing and telling me I'd be fine. HAHA!  About 5 weeks later, I found out I was pregnant. And about 2 weeks after that I found out I was having twins. When I told my co workers I was pregnant, I also told them "I told you so!"  And yes, they thought that was the funniest thing on the planet.

2008. TWINS! in Feb. Almost lost both of the twins to an RSV virus that put one of them in PICU for almost a month on a vent. Nothing more scary than seeing your baby on a breathing machine fighting for their little lives that have hardly begun. My husband was a trooper and kept me together too. He is such a blessing.
I had pneumonia and a massive infection that almost killed me from my c-section scar becoming infected with sepsis. That took 2 months of daily meds and trips to the hospital to recover from. If someone tells you c-sections are the easy way out, they lie! My cousin had a c-section 3 weeks after mine and she also got sepsis. Thank God she recovered and has a beautiful daughter that she adores more than life.
Later that year I had another massive infection that almost killed me. It was on my leg and I had a nick from shaving that became so infected, I couldn't walk and was so painful. I spent the better part of the week in the hospital and another 3 weeks going to the hospital for daily medication through a vent in my arm.

2009 to 2015

Way to much to type per year after 2008. Both my parents passed away. First my momma. Dementia and other horrors were her dealt hand in the end of life. It ripped me and my other family members, who were around her, apart. It killed my daddy. He passed away 2 years after her and I think it was because of his broken heart and spirit.  When he died, a part of me died. He was my daddy. I was closer to him than my momma. His death tore my family to shreds and it will never recover. It showed peoples true colors and what they truly were as humans. It was a black part of my life and I'm still not over the wrong doings that were done. 

My mommas twin sister died not long after. Aunt Evie was an old odd sort of woman. She never married, I don't know why. I loved her independence and her free spirit tho. Her passing, was another chapter of the older days closing. I still miss her.

But the positive side is even though we have moved 4 times since 2008, we are finally in a cute little cottage style home we love. My husband has a wonderful job he loves. And hopefully his next promotion means moving somewhere warmer. The kids are all healthy, and for once, so am I! 

And of course, I started this blog.