Ting's Mom

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Six on Saturday

I've been trying to participate in the Five for Friday link-up when I can, but I'm way behind on blogging right now (like you haven't noticed, ha!). So, instead of five on Friday, I've giving you a little bonus and bringing you Six on Saturday :)

{One}
Right now I'm in love with my water glass. I've really gotten into my essential oils, and those have to be put in glass containers. A lady at work had a supply of these awesome 24oz mason jars with a stainless steel straw. Then I got on Etsy and found this purple cozy for it.

drinking glass with cozy for essential oils


{Two}
The sun finally came out in South Arkansas! I'm pretty sure it has rained the past 99 out of 100 days around here. I'm so sick of rain and cloudy skies. We even had temps in the upper 70s this week. Spring is coming!!

{Three}
Those sunny skies also brought out the yellow stuff - pollen. I hate pollen, and I'm already noticing it on my car.

{Four}
Bug is having a birthday next weekend and I've been in birthday prep mode. He's having a Mickey Mouse birthday party, and I've been pinning ideas like crazy. Here's to hoping I can actually pull most of them off.

{Five}
A few weeks ago Hubby and I booked a big vacation for the two of us. We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this summer so we wanted to do something big. We landed on the Secrets Silversands Resort in Cancun. My days are now filled with daydreams of the beach, the sand, and lazying around for a few days.



{Six}
Ting is going to play volleyball this year. We signed her up at the Boys and Girls Club and they will start in a few weeks. This will be our first adventure into organized sports and I'm pretty excited about it. We've had the parents' meeting, and our pink knee pads have arrived. Now we are waiting on uniforms and a schedule. Should be an exciting time.




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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fitbit Charge {Verizon Connected Life}

I am a Verizon Connected Life blogger. I receive products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Anyone who knows me know I'm not really an active person. I haven't always been a too-busy-to-exercise person, but that is who I am these days. A couple years ago I purchased a fitbit zip to try to motivate myself to move a little more. I challenged myself to get up from my desk and see how many steps I could get in each day. I loved my zip, but I had been eyeing the newer models for a while.

So, yea - I was pretty excited when I opened my Verizon box and a new fitbit Charge fell out. I couldn't wait to get it linked up to my account and get it on my wrist. Lucky for me, it was almost completely charged out of the box and I didn't have to wait long to get tracking.

fitbit charge verizon connected life

The fitbit charge acts as a digital pedometer. It tracks your daily steps. From your fitbit dashboard you can set a daily goal (mine is 5,000 steps), and you can also make friends and challenge them to step goals each day or week. With those steps, it also estimates how many calories you burn during the day.

In addition to the steps, the fitbit charge also tracks how many flights of stairs you go up or down each day. This is a very cool feature for me, and has me skipping the elevator at work just so I can rack up data for my daily report.

One of my favorite features of the fitbit charge is the sleep tracker. I have no idea how this thing knows when I go to sleep at night, but it has been crazy accurate about my sleep and wake-up times. It tracks how much you move during the night, as well as if you wake up any during the night. I'm one of those people who function on 5-6 hours of sleep each night. I have often wondered how I manage to do that, but after two weeks of wearing my fitbit charge I understand - I don't sleep a lot of hours, but once I go to sleep I don't wake up. I don't move either. I'm getting very good sleep each night!

When users set up their fitbit account, they have access to their dashboard. From the dashboard you can see reports for your steps, stairs, calories, sleep, and more. You can also enter your food intake each day to track how many calories you have coming in vs the calories you are burning. In addition, you can link your fitbit charge to many of the popular fitness apps that are available these days.

The fitbit charge says it has a one week battery life. However, I've been wearing mine for almost a month and have only had to charge it once. It comes with a charging cord that you plug into any usb charging device and it charges very quickly.

So, have you been on the fence about purchasing a fitbit? Why not check out the fitbit charge today!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Break 2015

I don't really understand the trend of going on big vacations during Spring Break. Growing up we never went out of town for Spring Break. That was just a week during school that we got to stay out a little later, catch up on our sleep, and do all the chores that our parents left us while they were at work. Once I got to college, Spring Break was a great way to grab some extra shifts at work.

But for my kids, Spring Break has become the time they get to head to South Louisiana and see their cousins. Last year I went along with them, but this year I stayed home with Hubby. And let me tell you, we really went wild while the kids were gone...

spring break banner

Wednesday morning I handed the kids and their suitcases over to Lollie and Pop and then I headed to work. After work I went by Walmart with the intention of getting my tires balanced and rotated. Turns out I had a really bad tire and only by the grace of God that I have not had a major blow-out with my kids in the van. So I spent a few hours at Walmart and left with two new tires.

Thursday after work I got a massage. There is a place in our town that does therapeutic massages, and she has recently added Raindrop sessions. Raindrop sessions include the essential oils that I have come to love here recently. I have to tell you - it was amazing. I left there feeling a strange mix of completely relaxed and completely energized. I will definitely do that again.

After my massage I joined a group of local ladies as a substitute in a Bunco group. This was my first Bunco experience and I had a lot of fun. I met some new people, ate some good food, and had some great laughs.

Friday after work, the hubby and I had a little date night. There is a gas station (yea, you read that right - welcome to South Arkansas) that has recently converted part of their building into a restaurant. We've been hearing good things so we checked it out. We will be back.

Saturday I was supposed to go on our annual girls' trip to the Jonquil Festival, but it rained. And rained, and rained, and rained. Instead we slept in. I did my grocery run, and then we just lazied around the house. Hubby watched a million movies and a ton of basketball. I read a book.

Sunday we attended church, and then we headed out to the lake to play with a new toy Hubby got for the boat. It was COLD and the water was really choppy. But we road around for a few hours and I got to see a lot of the lake. (I've lived here my entire life and never really been out on the local lake)

Due to a late arrival on Sunday, our kids spent the night with Lollie and Pop and then came home after school on Monday. We were so ready to see them. We figured out this week that we are some pretty boring people when our kids aren't around, haha!


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Brave Girls Devotions {Giveaway}

I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy, and I received products - mostly books - from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and no compensation is received.

Do you remember a few months ago when I introduced you to the Brave Girls? Ting and I have completed finished that book and she still begs for it most nights when we have our nighttime story. So, I was pretty ecstatic when I found out that two more Brave Girls books were headed to our house.

While the original Brave Girls book is a thick story including stories from all the women of the Bible, the devotions are smaller paperback books. Each book includes 90 devotions that are written specifically for girls.

brave girls devotions giveaway

Better Than Perfect brings stories from the women of the Bible that show that everyone is perfect in God's eyes. He made everyone exactly how He wants them, and this book encourages girls to see themselves for the perfect beauties that God made them to be.

Faithful Friends focuses on friendships that girls have in their lives. Again, it bring the women of the Bible to life to help teach these important lessons of friendship. I know that as Ting gets older friendships will become more difficult, and I hope this book will be a lasting resource for her through those times.

With Ting moving along so quickly in her reading, these books also serve as a great way for her to practice her reading each day as well. Not only do I get to hear her read, but we have a great devotion and are always led into a meaningful discussion about whatever topic we covered that night.

These Brave Girls devotions will be on our bookshelves for years to come. You can always purchase these books directly from Thomas Nelson, or you can request them wherever you typically purchase your Christian resources.

Or.... you can win a set right here!

brave girls devotions giveaway

Just use the widget below to get entered. There are lots of entry options, so do a few or do them all. I'll pick a winner Friday night. Good luck!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I Changed My Mind

I'm not a medical professional, so please don't take this post as official medical claims - they are simply my experience. Also, if you click over to Young Living to purchase, I get financial compensation.

Can we talk about essential oils for a minute? (or two) (I might get long winded)

For at least a year now I've been seeing essential oils all over my Facebook. All over my twitter. All over my Pinterest. All over my everything. I have done a very good job of putting on my blinders and ignoring all the hype. All you people can do what you want with your oily-selves, but I'm staying out of it.

But then...

Bug tested positive for multiple allergies. Among those allergies are several environmental ones that we have no control over in South Arkansas. Also we live in an old house, and let's face it - dust happens.

As for myself - anyone who knows me in real life knows I suffer from chronic back pain, frequent headaches, and some gastrointestinal issues. Plus, I'm feeling older every single day.

So I started doing my research. And I researched, and researched, and researched. I consulted Google. I read blog after blog after blog. I asked a ton of questions of several people, and then I did the unthinkable - I attended and oil party (gasp!).

And I ordered the starter kit.

peppermint essential oil

The kit arrived on Friday. Friday night I got to thinking about that ache I'd had in my lower back for a few weeks now. I got out my reference guide, and then rubbed a little Peppermint on it. Ten minutes later my back pain was gone - true story.

On Saturday we had a full day, and I ended up with one of my sugar-dust-tension headaches. When we got home, I pulled up my reference guide, and then again reached for the Peppermint. I rubbed it on my temples, behind my ears, and the back of my neck. A few minutes later I realized that my head didn't hurt anymore!

Saturday night Ting also had a belly ache. Again, my reference told me to use Peppermint. I diluted it and rubbed away. She came to me a little while later and told me her belly felt better!

So there you go, I'm a believer. I'm still doing my research and learning about all the blends and ways to use the oils. But I am so excited about all the possibilities these little bottles hold for our family.

If you are on the fence about oils, let this skeptical mommy give you a nudge - just do it already! You can click here to sign up, or you can always click on the "Young Living" logo on my side bar to get to the sign up page. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Weekend Happenings

What did you do this weekend? We had a busy day, and a lazy day - the perfect weekend!

Friday night we fried deer steak (yum) and then just hung out. We let Ting stay up extra late, and that was about it.

Saturday morning Hubby worked outside while I worked to get the house cleaned. I am constantly spot cleaning, but I rarely take a few hours and do the entire house at one time. It's a lot of work, but it feels good to have everything nice and clean.

Then the kids and I headed out on a little road trip. We have made friends with Jessica and her family, so we attended a birthday party at her house. It's about an hour and a half away, and Bug fell asleep on the way.

Now, Bug is one of those kids that you don't wake him up until he is ready to get up. But I woke him up when we got to the party. As a result, he gave everyone the stare-down and refused to play with any of the kids. Ting was so great with him. I gave them their space in hopes that it would help him warm up. But Ting stayed right by his side through the entire party.

sibling love

He did finally warm up to everyone about twenty minutes before it was time to leave. I asked him in the car how the party was and he said "I had so much fun!" I guess that's all that matters.

Saturday night I reminded everyone (multiple times) about the time change. And then went to bed without touching my clock. I got up Sunday morning and fixed breakfast. Hubby came in and asked what I was doing, and then informed me that we were supposed to leave for church in about fifteen minutes. Obviously, we didn't make it.

So we made a lazy day out of it. It rained all day. Outside of a grocery store run, we pretty much just bummed around all day.

And that was our weekend!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend {Giveaway}

I am a Tommy Nelson Mommy and get free products in exchange for my review. No further compensation is provided, and all opinions are my own.

"If we're lonely or sad,
God knows just what we need."

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend is one of the sweetest books I've read in a while for my kids. We received this book for Bug this month, and it is a perfect story for little boys.

boy reading book

Henry is a boy who has no friends. He spends his days being bored and feeling sorry for himself. Then his friends tell him they are going to get a pet for him. He spends a few pages imagining what kind of pet they will get. He thinks of everything from ten-legged goats, to cats that bark, to joke-telling beavers. His imagination is hilarious.

This his parents take him to the shelter where he finds the perfect pet for him. He and his new friend become the best of friends and everyone is happy.

It is with this story that we are also reminded that God is our best friend of all. He is always there for us, and He is always looking out for us. And when we need something, God always knows what we need and provides as necessary.

This is a great story for entertaining young children, but for also reminding them that God is always there for them.

As always, my friends at Tommy Nelson are giving away a copy of this book to one of my readers. Just use the widget to get entered and I'll contact the winner Saturday afternoon. Good luck!