Ting's Mom

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas Ornaments

This year I am once again participating in the Arkansas Women Bloggers Handmade Ornament Exchange. We signed up a while back and were sent our recipients a few weeks ago. The point is that we have to make an ornament and sent it to our fellow blogger.

I'm not exactly crafty, so I typically turn to Pinterest to find some inspiration. This year I found these cute candy ornaments. I think I also saw it posted on Facebook several times. It seemed simple enough, and seemed like something I could get my kids involved in. After all, my blog is all about my kids!

We borrowed some cookie cutters from my mom, purchased all the other supplies we needed, and go to work. Ting was a master at opening her candy and getting it layered into her assigned cutters. Bug was pretty slow at opening his candy, and was more interested in trying to eat them. I did end up giving him the cinnamon candy as a deterrent.

Christmas Ornaments | #arwb #ornamentexchange #christmas #kidprojects

The point was to place the hard candies inside the cookie cutters. The cookie cutters had been sprayed with cooking oil and then placed on parchment paper.

We got our cookie cutters all filled and into the oven at 350. We had to cook for about nine minutes to get everything melted together. Once it was out we used a toothpick to create holes in the top of each ornament for the string to hang it on the tree.

Christmas Ornaments | #arwb #ornamentexchange #christmas #kidprojects

Once everything was cooled off, I VERY CAREFULLY took them out of the cutters and then wiped all the oil off of them. I also sprayed them with a few coats of acrylic sealer. But I'm not showing you our finished product!

I wrapped them in a ton of bubble wrap, placed them into a bubble mailer, and then mailed them to my fellow blogger. You'll have to come back on December 15 to see where our ornaments ended up, and also to see what ornaments I get surprised with.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

UE Boom Wireless Speaker {Verizon}

I'm required to disclose a sponsored partnership between this site and Verizon. I have been compensated in exchange for this post in the form of payment, product or experiences.


Have I told you how much I love music? I would be perfectly happy if I had music playing in the background 24/7. 

Two of the places I love music the most just happen to be two of the hardest places to have it: the bathroom and out by the pool. And then Verizon introduced me to the UE Boom speaker. Not only did it arrive in my favorite purple color, but this little tube has some serious sound.

UE Boom {Verizon} | #sponsored #connectedlife

Since it's not pool weather, we decided to test out our UE Boom in the bathroom. We typically turn the music on our phones and place it by the sink. First problem is that you can't actually hear it while you are in the shower, and the second is that water gets our phone. Neither of these are a problem with the UE Boom.

The UE Boom connects to your device via bluetooth up to 50 feet away. That means we can tuck our phone safely away in the other room and still have our music while we are getting ready each morning. Plus the UE Boom is water and stain resistant, so when the kids get water splashing all over the place it's not the end of the world. And the sound? Well, we can hear this speaker all over our house!

UE Boom {Verizon} | #sponsored #connectedlife

I am really excited about taking the UE Boom out to the pool next summer. We'll be able to put the speaker right by the pool and keep our phone far enough away to stay protected from both the water and the sun. I know the UE Boom is going to be loud enough to carry all over the fun of the pool.

Now my speaker came in the bright purple, but you can get it other colors as well. Just browse the Verizon website to check it out.

Tell me, do you love music as much as we do?


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Pictures

Last year I totally flaked on Christmas pictures for my kids. I didn't even do Christmas cards last year. This year I decided to get on it sooner than later.

I scheduled the kids' pictures in mid-November thinking it would still be fairly warm outside. Instead, it was in the mid-thirties. But my kids are troopers and did a great job.

Christmas Pictures | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

A big thanks to Jag & Dyl's Photography for the pictures, and to Four Monkeys Boutique for their outfits.

Here's a little preview pic of the kids.

Christmas Pictures | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

I also had some head shots done that day, so we had a little impromptu mom and kids session since I was actually wearing makeup, ha

Christmas Pictures | #tingsmom #justlikefamily





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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jesus is the Good News! {Giveaway}

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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
I grew up in church. I learned about the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I learned that they were the first four books in the New Testament, and that they were sometimes called "The Good News". And that's about it. I never really learned anything else about them.
A few weeks ago I introduced you to the What's in the Bible? DVD series that my kids and I loved so much. So I'm really excited to tell you about another DVD in that series: Jesus is the Good News!
Jesus is the Good News | #JesusGoodNews #giveaway #WhatsInTheBible

As soon as my kids found out we had another DVD they insisted that we watch it. I am SO glad I took the time to sit down and watch this with them. I learned more about Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in one hour that I've learned in 35 years.
In Jesus is the Good News! Buck Denver and the gang explore the first four books of the New Testament. They tell all about the authors of the book, which book came first, where the authors got their stories, and the reason behind the writing of the books. The gang teaches us new songs, makes jokes that are hilarious for the parents in the audience, and do an amazing job of teaching kids about the Bible.


This DVD is actually the tenth in a series of teaching the Bible. I'm determined to get my hands on the rest of this series. I'm pretty sure both my kids and myself could benefit from watching the entire series.
Jesus is the Good News | #JesusGoodNews #giveaway #WhatsInTheBible

I'm excited about collecting all the DVD's in the What's in the Bible? series, and I'm really excited that my new friends at Fly By Promotions is giving one of my readers a copy of Jesus is the Good News! as well. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.
If you've been here before, you know the drill. Use the widget below to enter as much as you like. A winner will be selected on November 26 and I'll email them. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Tooth Fairy {finally} Came!!

Clearly I know nothing about the business of losing teeth. Way back a month ago, I posted that Ting had her first loose tooth and that I expected it to fall out that week. So why haven't I posted about it? Well, the thing just didn't want to fall out!

Not only has that tooth been wiggling around in Ting's month, but the one next to it had started doing the wiggly dance as well. Ting has been pushing them around with her teeth, my mom made a tooth pillow, and we've all got excited (and then got over it) about the first tooth coming out.

Then on Sunday I noticed that both of the wiggly teeth had teeth behind them. Not just a little view, but actual teeth clearly making their home in her mouth. After church Hubby and I hit up the Google about this tooth thing and discovered that the baby teeth probably needed to come on out.

One announcement that I was going to call the dentist on Monday morning and Ting grabbed a towel and headed to the bathroom. About thirty minutes later she walked up to me and presented me with a tooth. She pulled her first tooth!

The Tooth Fairy Came | #tingsmom #kidstuff #justlikefamily #toothfairy

We got her all cleaned up, washed her mouth out with salt water, and built up the excitement of the Tooth Fairy making her first trip to our house that night. But Ting wasn't finished.

She stayed in the bathroom for a while and then brought me another tooth. My brave girl pulled both her wiggly teeth!

The Tooth Fairy Came | #tingsmom #kidstuff #justlikefamily #toothfairy

So Sunday night we placed the teeth in the tooth pillow and finally convinced her she had to go to sleep for the Tooth Fairy to actually come. I think the Tooth Fairy was feeling pretty generous that night, or maybe she was just really impressed with a five year old that pulled two teeth in one day. Either way, Ting was excited with her loot.

The Tooth Fairy Came | #tingsmom #kidstuff #justlikefamily #toothfairy

This child of mine is growing up way too fast.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Great Makeup Purge

I'm Karen, and I have a problem - I'm a makeup junkie.

Since I have been old enough to browse the makeup section on my own, I've had a problem of buying new makeup all. the. time. The result is that I always have a ton of makeup on hand, and nothing that I love enough to stay loyal to it more than a season.

The Great Makeup Purge | #beauty #makeup #tingsmom

These past few months I've really been working on my makeup/beauty product addiction and trying to downsize to those products that I actually use. I've also come to realize that I am no longer 16 years old. I'm 35 and I've past those days when I can just grab anything off the shelf and make it work. It's time to spend a few bucks towards quality products that actually work for me.

A few weeks ago I dumped all my makeup out (see above picture) and started sorting through it piece by piece. I ended up throwing away more than I kept! I ended up with products that are worth the money I spent on them, and products that I love enough to use them every single day - for more than a month.

The Great Makeup Purge | #beauty #makeup #tingsmom

So what are some of my favorites that I've made a part of my permanent routine?

Bare Minerals is a new foundation for me. I've spent years trying to find that perfect foundation for my skin, but I think I've finally found it. It took a while for the salon to find a good match for me (I have a really weird skin tone) but I am in love with how this foundation feels, and how it looks.

The Great Makeup Purge | #beauty #makeup #tingsmom

If you had told me 15 years ago that I would be in love with Avon makeup, I would probably have laughed at you. But it turns out Avon has some great products and I love them. I use eye primer, eye shadow, eye liner, and blush from Avon. (and no, I don't sell it)

The Great Makeup Purge | #beauty #makeup #tingsmom

I ended up with several of these small tubes of Clinique mascara from different promotions and it is my hands-down favorite. I'm not sure if it is the actual product, or the brush that I love so much. When I run out of all my trial sizes, this will be a beauty splurge for me.

The Great Makeup Purge | #beauty #makeup #tingsmom

This L'Oreal lipstick goes on super smooth and stays on longer than any other lipstick I've tried. I jump around with colors, but I stick to this brand.

The Great Makeup Purge | #beauty #makeup #tingsmom


What about you? Have you changed your makeup routine as you start getting older? What are some of our favorite products?



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