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.'"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This Little Boy and This Little Girl

My handsome little man turned three this week. Then only two days later, my little baby girl turned one year old. 

Happy 3rd Birthday Mordecai Jude!!

Mordecai's birthday began from the time he awoke. (He has been asking every day if it was his birthday yet!) 
He asked for a batman cake, but I did not feel very motivated. "How does a chocolate cake sound Mordecai?" I asked him. 
"Mommy, I want a chocolate cake with white frosting!" 
Worked for me!
I did have big brother stencil a batman symbol that I could put sprinkles on. 
It was, "Tur-de-licous"

A friend of ours gave a huge bag of toy tracks and such that we put in the attic for the occasion. He got to play with those all day. I bought him a new cape at Walmart and a new batman VHS tape at a thrift store. Let just say, I learned my lesson- next time I read the back of the tape. It was a weird episode with hallucination and ghosts. Good thing, he wasn't even interested! It was cool to unwrap though! ;)

Big sister made him awesome superman sugar cookies that he munched on throughout the day too!
He will always be my little man.

Happy 1st Birthday Priscilla June!!

I can't believe this little girl is already one. We had the joy of celebrating her birthday with our Community Group. She enjoyed self feeding her very own pumpkin bar with cream cheese. It was THM approved, so no nasty sugars!

We must have sung her the Happy Birthday song three times that day. She knew she was special.
We don't usually do gifts for the first birthday, but Hadassah and Mordecai were finding toys around the house and tapping them with white paper. They would unwrap them in delight for her!

Her gift to me- she slept through the night till 6am for the first time.

Such a big girl.. she had a busy day.

Children are a blessing. I am so thankful for the babies God has given us!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Astrid Lindgren's "RASMUS and the VAGABOND" {Book Review & Giveaway!}

It has been quite a few months since I have read to my kids out loud and I am always reminded how much I love it. It is a great way to connect with my children and slow down the pace of our household during our homeschool day.

What a treasured story Rasmus and the Vagabond is! It is a literature classic- written by the same author who wrote Pippi Longstocking. A perfect book for a Charlotte Mason approach to schooling. It has a wonderful descriptive text and kept the kids curiosity blooming. The author kept us laughing and wondering how all would conclude for Rasmus the seven year old orphaned boy. Here are a few quotes from my kiddos:

"Even if my Mom wasn't reading it I would love to read it on my own!" - Elijah, 14 years

"Yeah, I really liked this book. Oscar the Vagabond reminded me of Ernest T. (from The Andy Griffith Show) - Jason, age 8

"loved the entire book.. very happy Rasmus got what he wanted!" Elizabeth, age 10

"my all time favorite book my mom has read aloud... had a great flow to the story." Lydia, age 12

The story also had adorable illustration. It might be a little difficult for an early reader but a great read for  children just moving up to chapter books!
We would love for you to win a copy!!! Read about the Rasmus, the author Astrid, and ENTER the book giveaway below! Giveaway end in ONE WEEK!
Don't want to wait? Read more reviews and purchase it here from Amazon. 
About the Book:
After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Reassume dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?

About the author:
Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and heaps of other awards and honors.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

This Young Man.

Oh, what to do???
My son turned fourteen last month. Honestly, I was a little sad. We only have four more years!
My little "why-jaa"!!!  (how he pronounced his name as a toddler).
Yes, as every parent says... "they grow up fast".

Elijah told me tonight he is looking forward to hanging out with us again. We often laugh, tell stories, or watch movies together about one evening a week. I told Sean I better take advantage of those more moments more often. Soon he won't be asking :( or he will be too busy working or hanging out with friends. As Sean said, "if we don't plan it, we won't do it."

Boy, do I love my son.
He is a treasure beyond words.

Well, for his big 14th Birthday we went to Smithfield's BBQ (like a WAY better Southern KFC with Hushpuppies!) and the New Bern library per his request. They have more selection then our little town.
When we arrived at the library before dinner, Mordecai had just felt asleep... thus, wet his pants in the van. Sometimes I have a stash of donation clothes in the back of the van, but not this time. Bummer.

We got him content in the library and Dad reassured him "Shhh...Mommy would run to WalMart and be right back.." Trying not to announce our child's wet jeans to the public.

All ended well. They were done collecting books right when I returned. Elijah didn't even know I left. Buckout kids love their books.

To Smithfield's we went, dry undies and all!
I wish I would have brought my camera!!
It is a treat for our kids when we answer "YES, we will eat inside"

Elijah got is fill of dark meat fried chicken and he loved every minute of it. Lydia suggested a book for his birthday present (because he checked it out at the library so many times!)- Heaven by Randy Alcorn. He has already starting reading it from beginning to end...again. :)

We also bought our new sectional the day before. Talk about a cozy weekend it was...
Our new birthday tradition- the family eats out and the birthday kid picks the restaurant! I like it.

God is good.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts -100% Pure {Product Review!}

Product Description:
Dead Sea Salts are the Best Bath Salts on The Planet - Much Higher Mineral Concentration than Epsom Salt! with a High Concentration of Minerals which are Essential for Proper Skin Health and Beauty

Adovia Dead Sea Salt
 is Fine Grain for Faster Dissolving - Packaged in a Resealable Zip Lock Bag

Provides relief from Psoriasis, Eczema, and Arthritis symptoms. Formulated with over 26 essential minerals the body needs for natural soothing and relaxation.

Find Relief from Aches and Pains by Soaking in a Bath full of these Salts. Rejuvenates, exfoliates, and softens while it soothes!

Contains absolutely zero additives, colors, or scents. Higher Level of Minerals and Relief than Epsom Salts

My Review: 
My first thought when receiving Adovia Sea Salt-  you will get your moneys worth! Almost 2 lbs!! This past week I had an extremely sore neck so it came at a great time. Not only does it relieve sore muscles, but I appreciated that it did not leave the tub gritty. I often don't like bath salts for this reason. The Adovia Bath Salts dissolved quickly and was delightfully refreshing!

It is also a great salt for those DIY pinterest projects, which my daughters have been all about lately. I found this exfoliating recipe below and I am excited to try it!

1/2 cup of Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts (8 tablespoons)
4 tablespoons of Almond Oil (any carrier oil)
1 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil (as a preservative)
6-10 drops of Peppermint Oil (not mandatory, you can skip this step altogether or use any essential oil or fragrance you prefer), it's just more enjoyable because it smells amazing.

The only downfall- No instructions on the package, but with a quick internet search I found these:

"Directions for Use of Dead Sea Bath Salts 
1. To use these natural bath salts, simply pour 1 cup of salts into a bath tub that is filling with warm water or that has already been filled with warm water. 
2. Allow the salts to dissolve before getting in to the bath tub. 
3. Get into the bath tub, relax and soak for about 20 minutes. 
4. Follow-up with a warm rinse. Dip your body into a Dead Sea salt enriched bath tub every evening before retiring to bed, or at the end of a very long week at work. Use them every day or as needed. The choice is yours. One thing's for sure, regardless of how often you use these naturally soothing bath salts you'll never regret their investment thanks to the many rewards you'll discover."

- Definitely worth your money, quality and value. They can be purchased on Amazon for only $11.95! Spread the word #deadseasalts

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.”

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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