LittleMissMatched Zany Sneakers

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I am not ashamed to admit that I am not the most fashion forward person. My sense of style is determined by my comfort IN clothing. A couple of my girls definitely have their own sense of style. It is fun to watch them grow and develop in this area. Sometimes it is hard to keep my eyes from popping out of my head at some of the outfits they come up with! Enter LittleMissMatched!

LittleMissMatched started with a very simple mission: Build a girls’ clothing brand that is FUN, inspires CREATIVITY, embraces individual STYLE and CELEBRATES SELF EXPRESSION.

LittleMissMatched carries girls clothing in sizes 4-12, including: pjs, socks, undies, clothing and accessories.


Our Review of LittleMissMatched Zany Sneakers

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I let my daughter pick out a pair of sneakers and she picked what I thought she would: LittleMissMatched Zany Sneakers, which retail for $39.00 and are on sale $23.99. They are pink with silver rhinestones. They are lace up so be aware in case you have a child who does not yet tie their own shoes.

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She really likes her new sneakers. She loves the pink and shiny colors! She says they are comfortable. So far they are holding up pretty well, though she is using them for going out sneakers NOT for around the farm.

To purchase your own pair of LittleMissMatched Zany Sneakers visit: www.littleMissMatched.com

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Scripture Talk – Making Bible Memory Fun through Hand Motions – And Giveaway

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We have been lax in our scripture memory of late. We usually just sit around the table or living room and quote it in a sing song voice. Sometimes we have been known to clap or march as well, especially when the children were younger. In our busy household, I am always interested in new ways to teach our children scripture. When the opportunity to review “Scripture Talk – Making Bible Memory Fun through Hand Motions” DVD came across my email. I said yes.


Scripture Talk – Making Bible Memory Fun through Hand Motions


The DVD uses fun, active hand motions, creative teaching, and visual aids to help children memorize 79 verses of Scripture (from 10 passages) and also know how to apply the Scripture to their lives. We have seen dozens of children of all ages (2 years to 18 years) use this method, and get excited about memorizing large amounts of Scripture in a short amount of time!

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Our children really like watching Scripture Talk. After a few days they were coming to me quoting scripture, or portions of scripture while doing the hand motions. Here is what each of our younger children had to say:

14 year old daughter, “I really like it. It was very encouraging. It helped me with memorizing. I like all the teachers.”

12 year old son, “It was encouraging.”

11 year old son, “I liked it. It was funny. I memorized a verse. My favorite teacher is Mr. Richard.”

8 year old daughter, “I love it. I memorized a verse. The bloopers were really funny. The teachers were awesome. My favorite teacher is Miss Kate.”

6 year old son, “I loved it. I really liked the bloopers.”

4 year old son, “I hate it.” He did grumble the most when it was time to watch it. But he also just said last night that he liked it. So he is being a flip-flop!

I liked that I could let them sit down and watch the DVD without having to worry about the content. It gave me some peace and quiet to get my work done, which is very helpful to this busy mama.

To learn more about the DVD, you can visit www.scripturetalkministries.com. On the “Media” page of their site, you can find a promo video to see sample footage of the DVD. Scripture Talk was also featured on the Duggar family’s blog – http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/scripture-talk-giveaway.html

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Crave Naturals Review

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We are please to introduce two great new products from CRAVE Naturals! These great beauty finds are sure to join your beauty routine!

 

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box_render_5-copyThe first product is the Whiplash Eyelash curler. Now I must admit I have not used an eyelash curler in about 10 years…but I used to use one all the time! Since receiving this product to review I will be using one more often! My old eyelash curler used to pull  at my lashes when I crimped them with the curler…and sometimes the lashes would stick to the pads. This curler, however, is pain free, no pinching! I did not feel any discomfort when using the product like I have in the past with other products. The curler gave nice definition to my lashes and prepped them for my mascara by adding a nice curl. I LOVE the fact that the curler comes with extra pads!! This is SO important the pads get dirty and can cause eye infection so you do need to change them periodically!

 

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The second product is the eyebrow and  eyelash kit. This is a great 4 in 2 kit! The  product works wonders for shaping and  defining brows as well as separating and  defining eyelashes! I LOVE the angled brush  for adding color to the brows for extra  definition!

 

 

 

The best thing about the crave products is that they have a LIFETIME Guarantee. This is a great attribute for beauty products!

You can view these products and all crave products at  http://www.icravenaturals.com  … they also have a 25% off coupon on their website!

 

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Turn Up Your Look for less with Tresemmé® and Dollar General

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Candle Prayers for Kids

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We have introduced the Candle Classic Bible and the accompanying handbook in the past… NOW we highlight a new Candle publication that is just as exciting!

Candle Prayers for Kids is a delightful companion book to the Candle Bible series! The bold and vibrant illustrations by Jo Parry,complement a combination of traditional and modern prayers by Claire Freedman, author of the Benjamin Bear series . This book helps bring prayer and talking to God into the life of every child.
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OUR REVIEW:
This was such a refreshing prayer book to review! I was very excited to flip through the pages and see that it really IS geared toward children! The books easy-to-use format and simplified language makes this book perfect for little minds! The author really did a great job of creating prayers just for children.
The prayers fall into all occasions… school, holidays, pets, thank you, nighttime…etc. The simple prayers are great for home, school, and church …there are so many wonderful prayers it is hard not to list them all! Anything a child might be thinking of has a prayer in this wonderful book!
Aside from the beautifully penned text and cheerful illustrations, I was also excited to see a wonderful bookplate to inscribe if giving as a gift… this always makes these types of books special!

This book and many others are carried by Kregel Publications
Visit their site and peruse all the wonderful books they have to offer!
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Blog Forward 2014 Challenge #3 by ZonePerfect

Although I have entered the Blog Forward program and received complimentary product and ZonePerfect promotional items, I am free to comment about ZonePerfect in a positive, neutral or negative fashion.

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Blog Forward 2014 Challenge #3 by ZonePerfect

You may or may not remember my earlier posts for the ZonePerfect Challenge #1 and Challenge #2. Here I am again for Challenge #3, which is:

Challenge #3: How you feel your progress has gone so far? Review the letter you wrote in the beginning of the year. How do you plan to recharge and renew the excitement you felt in the beginning of the year to get yourself through the year successfully?

A Review of My New Year’s Resolutions

You all know I don’t make resolutions so here is my “loose” list of goals for 2014:

1. Increase our income. (I *think* God is well on His way to answering this prayer…need a bit more time to be sure.)

2. Nutrition. Eat and grow more vegetables to we can freeze and can our winter supply.

3. Take our children on more field trips.

4. Get more organized as a whole family – mostly the house as it is an ongoing battle, that and getting the children to stay on task.

On to Challenge #3

How am I progressing?

  • I would say baby steps. I’m continuing to work on organization in our home and trying to teach everyone else how to contribute to that organization. This is a constant issue in our home, even with older children.
  • We have taken the children on a couple more field trips – the Young Flyers day, apple picking, berry picking – but funds are limited so we will be planning to take advantage of free museum days.
  • Nutritionally, we are doing ok, but have not been able to grow enough to can or freeze because of our commitment to our CSA members. But at least we got to eat from our garden more this year than we did last year!

My only plan is to continue focusing on 3 and 4. Especially 3, as family is important and the more we time we spend together, the more memories we will make. Children are only children for so long and we want to enjoy them as much as possible.

 

 

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Block Island Organics Sunscreen

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Welcome to the world of ORGANIC sunscreen! I Love it! We love when products are organic and this is another great find!

Block Island Organics sunscreen is a non-toxic mineral sunscreen for face & body. It provides ultra lightweight non-comedogenic, broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection. Along with all the aforementioned attributes it is also WATER RESISTANT!

We liked that the sunscreen was fragrance free and instantly absorbs into the skin. Regular sunscreens take forever to rub into the skin … but this one takes only seconds to disappear and start working! THe sunscreen is mineral based and synthetic free… which is so nice to hear in such a chemical laden market!

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The sunscreen we reviewed was the SPF 15. We found that it worked well for protection during the cooler months where face and neck were exposed. During the summer months at the beach or pool… we might opt for a stronger SPF…which Block Island DOES carry!

I must also mention that I used the sunscreen not only on my children but also on myself. I applied the sunscreen to my face as an added protection and it went on smooth and was not greasy at all. So often facial sunscreens feel heavy on the face… this one was very light. However, since I rarely wear makeup I cannot say how it would feel as an underlayer to foundation… but I am sure it would work well since it absorbs so quickly!

 

For a list of ingredients please CLICK HERE.

This is a great Organic product … please visit Block Island Organics to view this and their entire line of products. They are running a special right now … if you sin up for their newsletter you get 15% off your order!

 

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#36 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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It is hard to believe we are inching closer and closer to a year for participating in the Saturday Top Five Laughs posts. But here we are joining The Mommyhood Chronicles on week #36 (for us)! Most of them will be compliments of Jr., our four year old.

5. “That smells yummy”, Jr. exclaimed as his 11-year-old brother made him some hot chocolate. A boy after my own heart!

4. Jr. went potty one day this week and announced, “I made a cow patty!”

3. You all know I get up at 2am most mornings to do two paper routes. On one particular morning, the children kept coming in and out of our room (hubby must have been otherwise occupied or else that usually does not occur) and I was getting a little exasperated. So the next time Jr. came in I gave him a look. My older girls call it my “dragon” look and Jr. simply looked at me and said, “Mommy, you look creepy.”

2. It is fly season. Living on a farm we are overrun with flies. After the first year here, we finally succumbed to those ugly sticky fly paper that hang from the ceiling. We have never hung one in our bedroom before but had to this week due to the amount of flies camping out in there. Hubby hung it by the light fixture, which happens to be over our six year old and four year old’s bed. Our six year old tells us, “I have nightmares about that fly trap falling on me.” Guess that would be freaky, if it happened, but it is held by a tack so it is pretty secure. Hubby knocked his head on it today, which was a close call. Good thing his hair is cut in pretty much a buzz cut! I just thought it was kind of funny that he said he had nightmares about it. I have not heard him waking up, just so you know!

1. Today I hear this high pitched screaming, then gobble-gobbles. I listen for a while and realize one or two of the younger children were doing the screaming in order to get the turkeys to gobble! Wish I could have recorded it, but it did not last very long, nor did I think of it until now. Turkeys are rather interesting to observe and listen to.

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GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Review and Giveaway

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

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Did you know that….

“According to a GoodNites® brand study, it’s estimated that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the United States suffer from nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting”

More than 40% of parents find it frustrating and feel that bedwetting can be “trained” out of a child.

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Accidents happen – even for big kids once in a while. I dealt with a similar issue when I was a child. I used to sleep so tight and I never realized that I had an accident. My daughter has the same problem. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by, it’s not her fault.

Well, thankfully GoodNites® developed a product called TRU-FIT*. They are undies with a plastic liner that you put a disposable insert in. The starter pack comes with 2 pair of machine washable underwear and 5 disposable inserts for boy or girls. GoodNites* TRU-FIT* are available at retailers nationwide.

“87% of Moms that tried the product said that TRU-FIT* will make their kids more confident.”

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We received the girls with a purple pair and a purple striped pair of underwear. They are cute and fit my daughter well. They do give her more confidence and that make this Momma feel much better too.  I will admit the inserts are a bit long and are tough to get into the underwear. Once they are on your child, just make sure they are not all bunched up in the front or back. That can be uncomfortable for your child. We have found these are working well for us. I do make sure my daughter uses the bathroom before she goes to bed each night also.

Giving your child support is the main thing if they have an accident. They don’t even realize this is happening.  This is not something that can be “trained” out of them. The child is already probably feeling bad about themselves and need you, as the parent, to let them know that this is okay and you will get through it together.

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The Desire by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

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The Desire by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

The Desire by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is the third book in The Restoration Series. It is about a young couple who has deals with infertility. This is a Christian fiction novel. The book also deals with crisis pregnancy, single motherhood, showing compassion and generosity as believers. It is a nice story.

I was naughty and did not write my thoughts down right after I read the book a month ago, which is when it is freshest for me. So I am relying on my daughter’s thoughts since she just read the book over the weekend.

My 15-year-old daughter, B, says the book made her really think about the issue of humility and trusting God, which were spiritual themes in the book. She said both of these issues are areas she needs to work on personally.

B said she really liked the characters. She thought they were very well fleshed out and developed. She said she was proud of Christina (single woman facing a crisis pregnancy) for not choosing to have an abortion. She loved Michele’s development both as a wife and daughter of Christ. B said Michele’s parents, Marilyn and Jim were amazing people, as were the rest of her family. I have to agree. They portrayed what a Christian family should be like. B thought the contrast between the beginning and end chapters were beautiful.

B also loved going to Africa with Allan and Ray. B has always wanted to go to Africa since reading missionary stories and having a close personal friend serving as a missionary in Zambia. All in all, she really enjoyed The Desire.

We both really want to read the first two books of the series and we cannot wait for the sequel to this one to find out more about Christina’s journey and that of Michele’s brother, Doug. I missed the fact there was a children’s lesson book, but B said she wants to read that as well.

I think this book has lessons in it, not just women or couples struggling with infertility, but lessons for everyone.

 

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