Monday, December 8, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set {Review and Giveaway!!}

*Many thanks to Old Factory Candles and*

Loved doing this review for my readers! Since I don't spend much time leisurely shopping, this was a perfect gift to get in the mail. I love candles, especially in the winter when the house is closed up more. 
I received three, 2 ounce soy wax candles. Old factory has 12 different varieties listed below. :)
I chose Fall Harvest perfect for the Thanksgiving season. It included Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry and Autumn Leaves. I was a little surprised at the size of candle (these are not Yankee Candles), but it makes perfect sense ~ you can always have a variety of fragrances for seasons and different areas of the home. Also each 2 ounce candle burns 20 hours! I was thankful the fragrance was not overpowering whatsoever. It was actually refreshing- no headaches! My favorite was Autumn Leaves.

Old Factory Candles come in a very cute rustic box, which is perfect for gift giving (guy or gal). Overall I have been very pleased with the candles and loved every fragrance. I hope to purchase the Happy Holidays trio before Christmas! 

You can purchase your set directly and read more reviews from Amazon here:

About Old Factory Candles: 
Amazon exclusive, these candle gift sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. Hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Our Simple Crazy Life (or maybe better titled) Exhausted Mom

I wanted to write a "real" blog. I love doing product reviews, but they are not the sole purpose of my blog. I started this blog to just capture family moments in replace of my family journal. Yes, I used to actually write down happening and thoughts. That was when I had two kids and my house actually got quiet from time to time.

Today, I type very weary. A cold has been passing through everyone and last night I was burning up with a fever. I awoke with every joint and muscle sore. I felt for those woman whom deal with fibromyalgia. I am a very "get up and go" person and this cold knocked me down. Then I read Kara's blog about jealousy and knew I no place to complain.

So, our crazy life. Yesterday (probably because I was getting sick) I was not in the best of moods. I was miffed that my living circumstance we confined to 1100 sq ft and a dad whom works from home.  Nine people here all. day. long. Boy, did I screw up. My actions were not of such of repeating. I function better in cleanliness and I am always looking for ways to organize.

Kids have been in a funk even since before our vacation and chore effort was lacking. In such a little space, one can't let things go messy for very long. Then on top of "encouraging" kids to get their work down, the little ones need my attention and love. Even Hadassah just wants me to "teach" her. I felt an overwhelming guilt of exhaustion from being spread so thin! Thankfully to my rescue, Sean had a family meeting that night and today has gone so much better.

He woke everyone up at 7:30, had bible time and made sure everyone was doing their morning routine. Then everyone didn't have specific chores till before lunch. Everyone helped pick up the house in the morning and  to the school work they went. I was amazed how quiet the house was.. I just wish I wasn't feeling so gross.  Thank you my love!

I day dream from time to time what it would be like to have all my kids in school and my husband at work. I think I would go crazy from the quiet. I can't imagine life as such. But as Sean said many would think the same about me. They would go crazy in my circumstances... lol.

All is well with my soul. I love my kids. I love my husband. and yes, I love my small home.

Life in pictures...

homemade as ramen gets. noodles and chicken from scratch!

matching jammies for the winter

logs from a neighbor friend :) cheap playset

when the kids get ahold of a camera, i find chicken feet on my computer

jack the wonder dog! lydia made a coat for him and our neighbors chihuahua

amazing fall gift before the winter zap. the largest one yet to bloom.
thank you sean!

yes, the kids did a chicken photo shoot. i have about 20 different pictures of these "pets"
mr and mrs miller and jazelle in the center ;)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Clearasil Daily Clear® Oil-Free Daily Face Wash & Ultra Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash {Family Product Review!}

Many thanks- “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of InfluenceCentral for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

About a month ago, I kindly asked my eldest two children if they would be willing to be my guinea pigs for a blog review. In a polite way I told them it was Clearasil® and its purpose. They were willing- Of course they were more concerned of me posting pictures of their faces on my blog! :) They are sweet kids.

Neither of them have very intense acne, but just the beginning stages. We had two products to choose from Clearasil Daily Clear® Oil-Free Daily Face Wash & Ultra Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash. Both Elijah and Lydia (13 and 12 years) tried out both face washes for about a month.

Clearasil Daily Clear® Oil-Free Daily Face Wash is dermatologist tested and is formulated to give clearer skin within 12 hours. Both Elijah and Lydia preferred the Clearasil Gel over the Face Wash which is also dermatologist tested, but made with a moisturizer and promotes clearer skin over a process of four weeks. They found (for their skin) the best results we achieved using the Ultra Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash at most 2 times a week.
The gel was their favorite because it really did clear up all their red patches!

Our kids are not in sports, but Clearasil Daily Clear® Oil-Free Daily Face Wash definitely would be good choice for those teens in a constant busy life style. For them personally, it was a good reminder to keep up on personal hygiene! Lydia loved having her own special face wash. What girls don't? I know it will benefit her all the more when she is wearing make up, but that is for later! ;)

You can find more about all of Clearasil products on their official website. They have a skin care guide (#upyourgame), information on what causes acne, and special offers.

Would you like to try Clearasil® Daily Clear® or Clearasil Ultra® for FREE? 
Click here for a rebate up to $8.99!!

Many thanks to Clearasil and Influence Central for this opportunity! :D

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lumo Project~ The Gospel of John {Movie Review!}

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.— John 1:1
So blessed to review Lumo Project~ The Gospel of John (the first of four films). I am trying to cram 3 weeks of school in before Christmas break and this was the perfect opportunity for the kids to watch The Gospel of John. :) Beyond the review being perfect timing- I absolutely LOVED this movie. It is the most captivating biblical film we have watched in a very long time. They filmed beautiful scenery and kept the characters ethnicity true to the time. Honestly, we didn't finish it in one sitting, but we have never sat down and read the entire book of John at one time either! :) Even the little toddlers had lots of questions.

The Lumo Project is presenting the Gospel of John on Netflix. ...yay! Use this movie to encourage and your family to stay in the word. Especially if you need a visual.

You can see the preview on their official website: Click on "Video" 

The entire movie, as I said is narrated word for word in Biblical text! Viewers can choose between versions and languages. What an opportunity for the gospel to be spread!!!

Please take the time..
Through the Lumo Project and Netflix the gospel can reach many! 

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The Gospel of John will join the Netflix library and become
instantly accessible to the 36 million subscribers in North America!

About the film:
The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.
This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 

A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.
The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.
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In Him,

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Small Talk by Amy Julie Becker {Book Review & Giveaway!}

After reading this book, the first word that comes to mind- precious. 

Amy Becker captivates the essence of what many parents long to never forgot- simple words from their children. Those simple conversations dear to our hearts. Especially, when you realize having children are God's gift to change you. Gods gift to draw you closer to Him. 

She is not writing a book on "how to" parent, but it definitely helped me to take time to listen to my little toddlers. As Jesus said, "for is such is the kingdom of heaven." They are little joys and how much we can delight with them in their child like faith. 

Julie is a mother of three, one with down syndrome. I am very excited to pass along my book to dear friend whom as experienced such a blessing.

You can hear her heart regarding Small Talk in the video below. OR read excerpts/purchase Small Talk from Zondervan.

Again, worth the read! I get to offer you a FREE copy!! :D Too, it would be a great gift for a new parent or us "seasoned" with little ones.

Giveaway will end on December 1st, please spread the word! Enter below :D

About the book: Softcover / 230 pages
Every day, one of Amy Julie Becker’s children says something that prompts her to think about life in a new way. “Mom, does Santa love me?” William asks, after his mother explains the meaning of Christmas…In a chat with her dad about the children who died in the Sandy Hook shootings, Penny asks, “Did they go to heaven?” …”You was a jerk, Mommy?” asks Marilee one morning in the car.
These conversations deepen Amy Julia’s relationships with her children, but they also refine her understanding of what she believes and what God is doing in her own life.

In Small Talk, Amy Julia draws from the wisdom and curiosity of those young voices to reflect on beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles. As she moves through the basic questions her kids posed when they were very young to the more intellectual questions of later childhood, she invites us to learn from our own day-to-day conversations with the children in our lives.
This eloquent parenting memoir is about the big questions little hearts ask, the thoughts their words provoke, and the laughter and soul-searching their honesty brings—to adult and child alike.

About the author:
Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for, the New York Times Motherlode blog,, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.
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Winner has 48 hours to respond before new winner will be chosen.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas {Movie Review & Giveaway!!}

"Join me, and my family, and together let’s put Christ back into Christmas. We’ll dive head first into all of the joy, the dancing, the celebration, the feasting, the imagination and traditions that glorify the true reason for the season.” - Kirk Cameron

About the movie:
This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.” KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is an engaging story that provides a biblical basis for our time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season. So take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in… and let’s put Christ back in Christmas! KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is in theaters for a limited engagement beginning November 14 for two weeks only!

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Our Thoughts and Review:
My family and I had the privilege of pre release viewing of Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas this past weekend. Completely fun to watch a pre release movie~ Thank you Provident Films!

Why I can't say I loved the film, I can say I loved that it was about Jesus. 

If you already love Christmas traditions (or did at one time) like setting up the Nativity, lighting Christmas the tree, lots of presents, family get togethers, or taking pictures with Santa; this movie is for you and your family! A healthy reminder not to become a Christmas Humbug. An especially good movie if you desire to rejoice in the birth of Jesus at Christmas, but find yourself frustrated by the materialism of the season.

My kids even had a few good laughs and learned more how "Jesus should be celebrated in Christmas".

Kirk speaks out how Jesus is intertwined when celebrating Christmas in regards to the Nativity, Christmas Tree, presents and even Santa Claus. 

From the time our kids were little we have focused Christmas being "a day" we celebrate Jesus' birthday, even making a birthday cake. 
We have not taken the Santa route. Personally I felt I would be lying to my kids. Lydia was always terrified of the men dressed as Santa in Walmart! lol. Literally though (poor baby girl), we had to avoid the man in the red suite ringing a bell.
We also chose to give our kids only three gifts because that is how many Jesus was given. We may not even have a tree this year just because of space.

Christmas will look different for every family. I wish this was more of a topic within the movie. 
Too, what about the poor and broken? or giving to the needy?  

While I think it is important to celebrate Jesus, I just could not relate to the festivities as Kirk desired his audience too. 

It is important to respect those Believers whom celebrate Christmas in this way though--- and for this I give the movie credit. 

Not all Christians who chose to have a Christmas Tree or teach their children about Santa are serving pagans gods.

One of the books he recommended reading (via tele conference with bloggers!) was There Really is a Santa Claus - History of Saint Nicholas & Christmas Holiday Traditions

Here is the movie trailer! :)

Saving Christmas is a wonderful defense of Christmas traditions and is quite educational. Candy and I also enjoyed some good laughs. I pray that God will use it to His glory.” - Kirk Cameron

Saving Christmas releases this FRIDAY for a limited time!!!  Find a showing in your town here.

I also have a Saving Christmas Giveaway Loot which includes:

  • A SIGNED Saving Christmas movie poster (by Kirk Cameron), 
  • The soundtrack to the film (including Building 429, Steven Curtis Chapman, Matt Maher and more) 
  • A car air freshener (they smell like Christmas trees!)
Giveaway will end in ONE WEEK!

Jesus is the Reason for the Season ;)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The day after Halloween 2014

The girls are at a birthday party.
Dad is on a date with the littles.
The boys are watching Star Wars.
Baby is sleeping.
And I am going to get cozy on my bed with my bible.
I will take a "quiet house" with the sounds of light sabers and the dishwasher.

Can you hear the line from Pride and Prejudice? "God, has been good to us Mr. Bennet."
.. indeed He has.

I love the fall.
I love that it actually is chilly this year. I low 50 degrees ;)

I love knowing I am imperfect, yet God is perfect.
We don't have everything, but we have Jesus.
Have a blessed beautiful fall weekend friends.

Last week from our first bonfire of the season..
(bonfires at the buckouts)


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