Ting's Mom

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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Monday, November 17, 2014

Kids in the Kitchen: Bonbon Cookies

I promised my kids we could do a little baking this weekend, and then I completely forgot to plan something. When Ting brought it up Saturday afternoon I started digging through my recipe books for something we could make without having to make an extra trip to the store.

I landed on a recipe card from a subscription collection I used to get. The recipe for Bonbon Cookies looked pretty simple and I already had everything we needed.

Kids in the Kitchen: Bonbon Cookies | #tingcooks #bugcooks #cookingwithkids #justlikefamily

As always, I pre-measured all the ingredients before we got started. When it was just Ting helping me cook I would let her help, but I don't dare let Bug loose with a full container of flour (or anything else, ha).

Kids in the Kitchen: Bonbon Cookies | #tingcooks #bugcooks #cookingwithkids #justlikefamily

This recipe is super simple - just dump everything in the bowl and turn on the mixer. Then you take the dough and make small balls and put them on the cookie sheet. I noticed we weren't making much progress with getting cookies on the sheet, and then realized that Bug was eating every clump of dough I gave him!

Kids in the Kitchen: Bonbon Cookies | #tingcooks #bugcooks #cookingwithkids #justlikefamily

The recipe is supposed to make three dozen cookies, but we got just under two dozen from our batch. That seems to be what happens when you let kids make dough balls.

After some time in the oven and some cooling off, I poured the icing over them and then let the kids get crazy with some sprinkles. I'm pretty sure there were enough sprinkles on the counter to ice a whole other batch of cookies. But oh well!

Kids in the Kitchen: Bonbon Cookies | #tingcooks #bugcooks #cookingwithkids #justlikefamily

The kids were proud of their cookies and they taste pretty good too!

Bonbon Cookies
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract 2 1/3 cup flour

1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tsp milk

Mix the butter, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add flour and mix into a dough. Form small dough balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 20ish minutes.

Pour icing over the top of cooled cookies.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Saving Christmas {Giveaway}

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Saving Christmas | #savingchristmas #giveaway #sponsored #tingsmom
I'm the first to admit - I've spent recent years really frustrated with all the "hype" that Christmas has become. Stores put out their displays right after Labor Day, sales begin on Thanksgiving Day, and all the people in the world begin fighting over whether or not we can even use the word Christmas anymore. There is so much going on it can be easy to lose the Christmas spirit and the whole reason we have Christmas to begin with.
It's people like me that Kirk Cameron's new movie, Saving Christmas, was made for. Last week I got to participate in a teleconference with Kirk and listen to his heart behind this movie. The passion he has for reminding everyone of the meaning behind all things Christmas is truly inspiring. Then over the weekend, I put the kids down for a nap and was able to watch a pre-release screening of the movie.
The movie wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In the movie Kirk's brother-in-law feels a lot how I feel about Christmas. But Kirk takes him on a journey that shows the meaning behind everything that we celebrate during the season.
The nativity. The trees. The presents. Even Santa.
All the "things" that we use to celebrate Christmas actually got their start through people who loved God so very much. Each "thing" that symbolizes Christmas to so many of us also symbolizes Jesus and the true reason for the season.
Saving Christmas opens tomorrow, November 14, in select theaters and only runs for two weeks. I encourage you to find a theater near you and make a trip to go check it out. I promise you will leave there feeling much less 'bah humbug' about the upcoming Christmas season.
Here's a little movie preview for you, and then scroll on down for your chance to win a Saving Christmas prize pack!

Use the widget below to get entered. The winner will be notified on Tuesday, November 18. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Horsey Games

Earlier in the year I told you all about Ting getting to participate in the Little Mulerider class at our local university. Since the class was held at the brand new, and very high class, rodeo facility, Ting had questions about what they usually do in that arena.

This past weekend was the annual SAU collegiate rodeo, and I decided to take my kids to their first rodeo. I tried to explain them then what we were going to see, but neither of them really understood. I finally just told them they would have to wait and see when we got there.

It was going to be a chilly night, so we bundled up in our most comfy duds (I got to wear my boots again) and we headed to the rodeo! We had great seats - although I'm not sure there is a bad seat in he new arena - and the kids were immediately in awe by all the cowboys and cowgirls that were milling around with their horses.

The Horse Games {SAU Rodeo} | #rodeo #tingsmom #justlikefamily

We were there for the finals night and they kicked it off with an amazing tribute to our country and the men and women who have served to protect our freedoms. One of the members of the SAU rodeo team is a soldier who has recently returned from protecting us. Nothing like kicking off a rodeo by bringing everyone to tears.

The Horse Games {SAU Rodeo} | #rodeo #tingsmom #justlikefamily

But once that was complete, the events began. With each event I explained to the kids what was going on. They were so fascinated with all that was going on. Ting had lots of questions, and Bug just kept pointing at saying "look, mama". I expected soft-hearted Ting to be concerned about all the animals, but the only thing that upset her was the women's goat roping. In fact, all the dangerous 8-second events seemed to be a favorite for my kids.

The Horse Games {SAU Rodeo} | #rodeo #tingsmom #justlikefamily

All night I kept asking my kids if they were having fun. I was always met with huge smiles and furious nods of the head. We stayed until the end, and even then the kids wanted to stick around and make sure nothing else was going to happen!

As we were headed home, Bug asked "When do we get to go back to the horsey games?"

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