Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker {Review and Giveaway}

My Thoughts on Never Unfriended:

So, I was a little unsure about approaching this book. I did not want a "guide" for my friendships but life circumstances are such that I really wanted to be more sincere with those God has placed in my life.

It really surprised me that Lisa encouraged her readers to take from this book however they can. Even if this meant tearing out pages, putting them on our bathroom mirrors or SKIP through out the book to the parts that resonated within your life.

Her stories are relatable and thought provoking.

In a good way, I realized how selfish my motives have been in friendship! While, I don't feel led to pour out my heart right now (on my public blog) God really used this book to remind me "not look out for my own interests but also the interest of others" (Phil 2).

I know readers will not be disappointed in this book. I encouraged you buy it it with an open mind, even if you think your friendships are fine or buy it even if you have no true friendships at all!

My husband got a mouthful from me as I processed this book, so I know I will keep it around. I have now passed it down to my daughter. :)

OH! and YES you can WIN a copy on our blog by commenting below or on my facebook link :)

ABOUT: Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding & Keeping Lasting Friendships:
As the community manager at the website since 2010, Lisa-Jo Baker has had the chance to engage hundreds of conversations with women about friendship. Starting with that guarantee from the most faithful friend who ever lived—Jesus—this book is a step-by-step guide to friendships you can trust. It answers the questions that lurk under the surface of every friendship—What are we afraid of? What can’t we change? What can we change? And where do we start?—with personal stories and practical tips to help you make the friends, and be the friend, that lasts.

So thankful, He first LOVED us..

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The New Dad's Playbook by Benjamin Watson {Giveaway & Review!}

Yes. Please. I am so happy I can recommend this book for new dads! I won't be keeping mine because of course, Sean is not a new dad. BUT will be perfect for one of my doula clients. As a doula I have come across so many different couples and personalities! More often than not, husbands are unsure about the entire pregnancy and labor process from beginning to end. This is a perfect resource.

This book would be great for a man who isn't a big reader or IS an avid reader.

It is not heavy read, but it's a very honest reflection of how life is changing with pregnancy, birth and having a newborn.

Also, wonderful advice from a man to man.

Your man doesn't have to be "into" sports to learn from this book either!

It is written from a Christian perspective, but focuses more on pregnancy and life after baby than biblical teachings.

To have a LOOK inside or purchase a copy; you can visit Amazon here.

OR if you'd like to WIN a copy; let me know by liking, sharing this post on Facebook or commenting below. Feel free to spread the word!

ABOUT: The New Dad's Playbook; Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life 

When it comes to the unknown territory of having a baby, new dads want to get in the game but, says Super Bowl champion Benjamin Watson, "I could find clearer direction for putting together a baby swing than for taking care of a newborn child." This is every man's game plan to being the best partner and the best father, from pre-season (preparing for fatherhood) to Super Bowl (birth) to post-season (after baby is home). It helps men understand what their wives are going through physically and emotionally during and after pregnancy, allowing them to support their most important teammate. It tells men what to expect when their baby is home--and what to do when the unexpected happens. This tell-it-like-it-is book will take men from just winging it to winning it.

Children are a blessing!

"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.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Otterganics Daydream Day Cream {Product Review!} You MUST try!

About Otterganics Daydream Day Cream:

  • The best organic anti-aging cream for a dry face with sensitive skin.
  • Pure - no added water; no fillers; no synthetics; all natural; 100% organic.
  • Fresh light scent, great for sensitive or dry skin; smells like a good day.
  • FLexiBLE: Add water for your personal consistency. Start at 50/50 water + cream.
  • Packaged in a beautifully recycled glass jar; crafted in very small batches.

My Honest Thoughts:

  • The double packaging was perfect! The jar was in perfect condition. 
  • The moisturizer smells amazing. Everyone in my family (esp my husband), as commented "you smell sooo good". 
  • The sent is floral, but not overwhelming at all.
  • The cream is a bit grainy, but mixing it with a tad of water helps it spread. I prefer to mix it with a drop of Argan Oil :D
  • I use it after the shower in the morning and at night if I have removed make up.
  • Absolutly no breakouts since using.
  • I have not seen any age reduction, but that is because I have only used it for two weeks. ;)
  • My skin does feel refreshed after using.
  • Happy to have found a cream with Neroli Oil in the ingredients. See below.
  •  This cream will definitely last! A little goes a long way. My husband encouraged me to not be afraid to spend the money because I don't treat myself very often.
Fully Recommend Daydream Day Cream!

Where can you purchase yours??
Of course at here at lovely Amazon!

Keeping it real,

I received this product 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.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Once Upon A Time; Storybook Bible and Holy Bible {2 Bible Reviews!}

The Buckout family LOVED these two new bibles! I never care how many Bible I have in the house. The more the merrier! We have an on going Easter tradition of purchasing our kids Bible books, instead of a candy basket ;)

The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible is perfect for simple exposure to timeless bible stories.

While they stories don't got very in depth with Biblical details, the descriptions captivate your little audience. My children preferred more than one story because they read very quickly. 

These Bibles keep the wonder of the "Once Upon A Time.." truths from scripture and end each story with a "Happily Ever After.." application.  See picture below:

My kiddos also loved the beatuiful artwork:

I would recommend the Storybook Bible for ages younger than six.

My six year old was more engaged with the Once Upon a Time; Holy Bible and really blessed to have her own "big girl bible". This is a "regular" children bible, but story synopsis are in glossy pages throughout. The cover is also sparkly with glitter ;) Hard to see pictured, but it is at the top of Bible.

For more information you can visit their official Zondervan Websites! A perfect Easter gift :D

These Bibles are available for purchase where books are sold and/or available at Sam’s Club!

Official Website:

Why the Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible and Holy Bible??

  • With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.
  • The art will captivate Disney lovers with similar looking characters and color palettes
  • Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story!
  • What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.

The Storybook Bible utilizes even more of the captivating art style and beautiful narrative to tell the major stories of the Bible ( , and the Holy Bible ( & ( includes the full-text of the bestselling New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) translation, and highlights 6 great stories of the Bible in full-color tip-in pages.  (there will be 6 stories, and each story is told on 4 illustrated pages.)

Happy Early Resurrection Day!!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

How We Make it Work: "Kids Clothing Update" (Family of 9, 1100 sqft)

Hey all.

So I updated the clothing storage for my toddlers!

I don't know if I said this in the video, but it has really helped in NOT over purchasing.
After catching up on the laundry I am easily aware of what my three toddlers may need or not need.

Here is the short video with pictures included.  Wish I could have added music, but oh well ;)

Note: The older kids ages 10-16 still keep their clothes in their bedroom closets. AND... my apologies, I had a cold when recording. I sound a little groggy. :/

Keeping it real,

I purchased these lovely boxes on Amazon. yay for Amazon Prime!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'm going to give you a BEAR HUG! {Children's Book Review and Giveaway!}

Age Range: 4-8 years
Hardcover: 32 pages

 You can Win or purchase this book from our blog on Amazon (kindle, hardcover or Board book). How fun! :D

What is not to love about this book!? We completely recommend this special book between a mommy and his son during what we would call a "bedtime routine". (And I thought it was going to be an animal book. A pleasant surprise.) 

The pictures are big, colorful and FUN to enjoy. 
PLEASE NOTE: your child or children my ask you to read it three times in a row like mine did! So precious. lol. 

I snapped these pictures right after we got it in the mail. It was perfect for Priscilla's quiet time.  Even though the book is recommended for ages 4-8, Priscilla who is turning 3 in a few weeks LOVED her new book. When I read it aloud, my captivated audience was ages 3-6 ;)

SHARE on our Buckout Blessings Facebook page OR love on our family Instagram page OR comment below to WiN! 

Giveaway will end one week from original post. US residents only.

Grand Rapids, MI--- December 27, 2016---I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a sweet loving bedtime story book that is also sure to become a Valentine’s Day favorite for little ones who enjoy celebrating a day full of hugs and kisses from loved ones. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug will be available in hardcover for $16.99 in retail stores nationwide and online on December 27, 2016. the Author: Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are grown now. the Illustrator: Tim Warnes has been illustrating children's books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children's illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he's not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.  Visit Tim at

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children's communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit

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Let the little children come to Him!
In Christ,

"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.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Monday, January 23, 2017

#TBT (on a Monday)

Sorry, its been SO long!

Ahhh! Life does not slow down. I had a Shutterfly code to make this album and I cannot believe it has been almost 4 years since we moved "back" to our little home!

I must admit the home does fill smaller now, maybe because the kids are growing?? lol

 God is good though, and it is all temporal. I only stress when my perspective is not upward. Amen?

Well, if your interested .. here is an album of our first summer back to North Carolina.

God has so faithfully taken care of our little tribe!

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