Monday, March 30, 2015

Easy@Home Pregnancy Test Strips {Product Review!!} :D

Everyone has been wondering if there will be a Buckout Baby #8, so how convenient this review was for me!!!

Easy@Home are great pregnancy tests. Perfect because there is a ton (20 tests) in one box!
Many moms want to take more than one test at a time or even over a period of a few weeks. :)

They are very reasonable priced at ONLY

(Although there are no cups included it is very easy to find a substitute!)

and the reveal...
NOT Pregnant.
(FYI- The faint line on the far left is where the strip attaches.)
I have plenty of tests left ;)

About Easy@Home One Step HCG Pregnancy Test Strips:
Detects the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which appears in urine very early in pregnancy. Regardless of the technical language, this test works just like most other pregnancy tests out there. It measures the levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine. This hormone is produced by the cells of the embryo that will later form the placenta. The level of HCG starts to increase from its basal level of less than 5 mIU/mL directly after implantation, and doubles about each 48 hours during the first weeks of pregnancy.

- All tests FDA approved and over 99.8% accuracy
- Easy to use
- Will work 5 days before your missed period
- Earliest detection, greatest sensitivity level - 25 mIU/mL

Keeping it real,
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmc55430fdfdac11fc3771a9b94e2bb854

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shine Bright Kids, "Whatever Wanda" {Book Review & Giveaway!}

We loved receiving Whatever Wanda in the mail last week! What a treat to own ALL 3 in the Shine Bright Kids series. This time they are touching on the "bad attitude" (is what my 3 and 4 year old called it) of Wanda. Mordecai loved finding the star on each page again! 

Both Hadassah and Mordecai understood she was not being very happy and thankful about her circumstances. 

As always Christy Ziglar did a wonderful job illustrating, captivating those little ones attention!
If you don't own all three it would be a wonderful Easter present for those Lovies in your life. 

PLUS, I am giving one copy of "Whatever Wanda" 
away FREE on my blog!
Just enter the Rafflcopter below. 

Giveaway will end on EASTER so spread the word!!!

Hope you had a wonderful Palm Sunday!!

About the Book
This new book, Whatever Wanda, is the third title in the Shine Bright Kids series! The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with the tools to teach the importance of making good choices. The series explores such topics as: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance. Wanda is in serious need of an attitude adjustment! She doesn’t want to accompany her family to the Rubber Duck Days Festival, and once there, she won’t participate in any of the events or join in with her friends. Soon Wanda receives some helpful advice and learns that: “Sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually is. Being positive is a choice that makes everything better, not to mention, a whole lot more fun!”

About the Author:
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins, and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy, her husband, and their twins live in Atlanta, Georgia.

About the Illustrator:
Paige Billin-Frye lives with her husband in Washington, D.C., where she gardens and grows food in her city yard. She has illustrated numerous children’s books and works in a studio over a neighborhood hardware store. Coincidentally, Paige has amassed a collection of rubber duckies of all sizes across the years.

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. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Using Harsh Words

After an orthodontist appointment last week I swung into the grocery store with three of my kids. I loaded up the car and proceeded to return my cart.

Then it happened- Cursing, yelling and name calling.

What appeared to be a young Grandmother (walking with them was a mother/girl with an infant) proceeded to grab her grandchild's arm whom was maybe only 6 years old.

What caught me off guard was the little boy. As his wrist was being pulled along he didn't say a word, but quietly looked ME straight in the eye. Literally. Not even as embarrassment, but a blank hurting stare.

I felt stunned.

Granted we all have heard the Mom or Dad chewing kids out while shopping at the grocery store. Dropping the f-bomb or calling them obscenities named for a donkey. We politely ignore it with our head down or roll our eyes and push our cart away.  Yet, this was different.

Elizabeth heard the commotion and we got in the van. I watched in grief. She shoved him in the car, yelling other choice words. I wanted her to see me watching. I did stare and I hoped she noticed. I wanted to help him. There was nothing I could do. Grandma shut the SUV door and lit a cigarette while her daughter got in the back with the infant.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:6

My heart broke and was angry at the same time. I can only imagine this is the life this boy comes home to every day after school.

Then I looked at my own heart. The sad reality is I face the same issues everyday. God has been schooling me in my tone and the very harsh words I use with my own children. 

This Grandmother's sin is no different than mine.

The gift God has given me is grace. Redemption in Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts me of wrong and turns my heart to repentance.

I have taken the advice of a schooled mother to gently get down to my child's level and speak to them with a soft, firm, corrective tone. It is amazing when put to practice.

Recently, as a family we listened to a bible study on anger. Four points given when correcting children: "CALF" Calm. Attentive. Loving. Firm.
Talk about convicting when your children are sitting in the room with you!

We need to be aware how anger can consume our home if we are not careful.

A soft answer turns away wrath, the Proverbs say. Wrath in myself and even bitterness in my child or teenager.

"Parents can often see their own shortcomings and failures in the sinful behavior of their children! When parents realize that their children have inherited their own even natures, this should make them very patient and wise in disciplining their children...
Let all your dealings with the children be done in love. Angry words, sharp reproof and impatient answers are infectious. Love demands self- sacrifice. It takes time, attention and perseverance to train our children in God's ways."  -Raising Your Children for Christ, Andrew Murray

There was nothing I could do for that little boy. All I could do was pray.
God help me to see those eyes in my own children when I am tempted to tear them down.

When was the last time you yelled at your child? Did you feel justified? What are they learning from you? Have you tried to use a soft assertive voice? Why not try?

From one parent to another,

Monday, March 16, 2015

Quality Source Magnetic Screen Door {Product Review!!}

I had so much fun doing this review. By far my favorite! Lol.
Last summer I was really was resisting purchasing a screen door. The are expensive!! But I really wanted the extra light and fresh air in the living room without the BUGS. 

Honestly, I was so excited to review Quality Source Magnetic Screen Door. It was perfect timing because the weather is finally changing. 

I thought I was going to be disappointed when I open the package because... well, there was not much too it, not even instructions. So I didn't mess anything up- I called on my dear hubby. How hard could it be!? The velcro is self adhesive and only took a few minutes, not seconds. ;)

Also, our doorway was a little smaller in width, so we overlapped the top a bit.

What I loved about the Magnetic Screen Door:

  • installation went quick, but recommend not installing it on a windy day! ;)
  • it actually closes on its own! there is a magnetic strip down the middle.
  • can remove it easy and store away when needed. 
  • velcro holds screen door well in place on all edges
  • the animals can come in and out (the chickens are not smart enough so it keeps them out! yay!)
  • -so far- good on the bugs, but it is really too early to tell. I am pretty sure it will keep flies out, not sure about those nasty mosquitos!

Domo approves too!

Tada! I am happy.

curiosity of children
Jack being obedient

Quality Source Photo Example

ha ha! You will NOT enter.

Sizes can fit to any door.

Like I said, the packaging through me off for a second, but overall a great screen door!
You can purchase yours on Amazon!

Keeping it real,
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"No Longer a Slumdog" by K. P. Yohannan {Review & FREE Book!}

No Longer a Slumdog is a beautiful book with harsh realities. Harsh realities that go easily ignored in the comfort of our American lifestyle. This is a must read book. It is so important for us to open our eyes and hearts to those in need. It was a joy to read how God is moving through the ministry Bridge of Hope among these children in Asia. I even read excerpts from the book to my own children. How healthy it is for them not to forget what many children go through. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for you do the same. 

This is NOT a giveaway, BUT A FREE book to spread the word!! Please the time and order the book. Let your heart be open...

About the book:
139 pgs / Forward by Francis Chan 
Those with no voice—the suffering children of Asia—tell their stories. And as you listen to them, you share their anguish and rejoice in their triumphs. The whole world seems to stop as you look on.

"You girls stay here. I’m going to get something to drink.” But after a few minutes, the train started moving again, and Mom still wasn’t back! Our hearts were racing. The train kept going faster and faster. Where was Mom? 

Hope is growing in the hearts of those who never knew such a thing existed. In this truly gripping narrative, K.P. Yohannan shares their stories— stories of lives transformed, of families learning to love, of entire communities flourishing with new life. Witness as this next great wave of transformation sweeps the nations.

About the author: K. P. Yohannan 

Dr. K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director for Gospel of Asia, has authored more than 200 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with more than 3 million copies in print. He is on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), and his Road to Reality radio program airs on more than 900 stations worldwide. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.

Gospel for Asia's mission is to share the Good News of Jesus with those who have never heard his name. We train and send national missionaries to reach out into areas where the Good News of Jesus Christ has not yet been heard. For over 30 years Gospel for Asia continues to bring aid and hope to some of the most downtrodden people in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Watch these videos and hear the stories of transformed lives on No Longer a Slumdogs Website.

Gospel for Asia's WEBSITE

Gospel for Asia's FACEBOOK

Gospel for Asia on TWITTER

K.P. Yohannan’s FACEBOOK

K.P. Yohannan’s TWITTER

Please tweet and spread the word: #freebook #nolongeraslumdog @buckoutblessing
In Christ,

Monday, March 2, 2015

When the Kids Get Ahold of the Camera...

I find these. ha ha!

Someday my house will be too quiet.
Right now it is too noisy.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Good Book {Movie Review & Giveaway!}

This is a very unique movie of its kind. I am always skeptical of the acting in Christian movies because, (lets face it) budgets are probably small and those acting maybe are not 'schooled' enough. 

Not so with The Good Book. There is one aspect of the movie that caught me by surprise, but I don't want to give it away- it makes the drama of the movie very stirring and thought provoking. There were a few scenes that hit home emotionally for me too.

The Good Book displays the truth that Gods word does not return void-

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11

While the subject matter is not geared for small children, my 8 year old on up really enjoyed the movie. Many lives can be changed by the Word of God and sadly there are those who reject it.

I encourage you to see this film, even if it means switching gears -for one night- from your usual entertainment! 

Good news, I am mailing one copy out to you! That is, if you win the Giveaway below. Spread the word. Many of these types of films don't get the attention deserved! :) Visit Faith Flix Films more movies.

About The Good Book:
Now available in stores nationwide!
Daniel (Evan Fielding) is separated from his family due to his careless mistake. Alex (BK Bomar) and his wife Marion (Apolonia Davalos) must trust God to fill the gaping hole in their lives. Sarah (Amanda Pentecost) deals with homelessness and rejection by society. Ruth (Jenn Gotzon) has no problems accepting others until she, too, is scorned. Leah (Rebecca Lines) must cope not only with her husband’s alcoholism, but now with her daughter’s lawless behavior. And Caleb (Josh Childs) encounters ultimate persecution for his faith. Each is hurting, but each finds solace in The Good Book. 

Watch the trailer here:

Giveaway will end in ONE WEEK! 

Winner has 48 hours to respond before new winner will be chosen.
"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: 'Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonial in Advertising.'"


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