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Thursday, April 16, 2015

A New Kind of Streaming {gMovies Giveaway}

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.

It seems like these days everyone is streaming their entertainment. In fact, we ditched cable three years ago and love being able to watch what we want, when we want through streaming services. We subscribe to the most popular streaming service, and our kids love being able to watch "their" shows on the tablet that we let them use.

Well, today I want to tell you about a whole new streaming service that is available out there. It's called gMovies, and it is unlimited streaming of faith-based movies and television shows. It is operated by UP TV, and includes over 300 titles that are suitable for families and kids because they are faith based.

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Since we received a six month trial subscription, I downloaded the app onto the kids' tablet, and then got everything set up on my laptop as well. My kids have watched several episodes of The Sugar Creek Gang, and loved it. Ting said she's putting Davey and Goliath next on her list. I have also enjoyed several movies in the gMovies selection, and look forward to checking out more.

Once our trial is over, the subscription is only $4.99 a month to continue the service.

So guess what? I've got some good news, and I've even got some great news.

Right now, every reader of my blog can get a free two week trial of gMovies. Just click on this link to head over to gMovies. Once you are there you will create an account and click on watch now. Then put this code into the promotion code box, and click on check: FREETRIAL46

But even bigger news is that one winner will receive a SIX MONTH trial for gMovies. So use the widget below to get entered, and good luck to everyone!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Musings

Life is so monotonous right now. But warm weather is coming, the pollen is slowly washing away, and life is so close to getting busy again. But in the meantime...

The kids planted the garden this year. My grandpa has managed the garden for many years, but claimed he was giving it up this year. He prepped it at the end of last season so that it would be easy to get it started this year. We took the kids to Atwoods and let them pick out some seed packets, and then they planted them early last week. We've got carrots, green beans, pumpkins, and watermelon planted.

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My grandpa came by Saturday and planted some tomatoes and peppers, and he and Ting added two strawberry plants. If anything grows, I'll be impressed.

Last week we also ordered Ting's robe, hat, and diploma for kindergarten graduation. What?

Ting is getting ready to start her first season of volleyball. Her team has had a couple practices, and Hubby has been working with her in the yard. She's actually pretty good, and she really enjoys herself. We all got out in the yard over the weekend and practiced together. I've told my husband several times that I never played volleyball growing up - I proved it this weekend!

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Easter! I never posted Easter pics, did I? Well, here you go.

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This weekend I also made my first night cream using my essential oils. I've heard lots of stories about possible results, but I want to see for myself. I took some "before" pics, so we shall see,

When this posts, I'll be on my way to the zoo. It is supposed to storm, but we are taking to the annual class trip to the zoo - rain or shine. I'm sure to have some great stories about that for next week.

Have a great week everyone. I promise things are going to get more exciting here on the blog again real soon.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Adventures of Pajama Girl {giveaway}

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.

I love fun dreams! I remember when Ting first started having dreams and she would get so freaked out by them. She would wake up crying and upset about the "movie" she saw while she was asleep. But then she got older and her dreams became cool for her. She frequently wakes up in the mornings and tells me about the dream she had that night.

Not only does this book take the fun concept of dreams, it also uses that dream to teach a very important lesson - don't steal. When the Cupcake Queen is so upset about all the sprinkles being stolen, Pajama Girl sets out to find them. They discover that the sprinkles were stolen by someone who was upset about not getting to lead the parade. 

Not only do kids learn that stealing is bad, they also get to learn about forgiveness. Not only does the Cupcake Queen show great forgiveness, she also does something nice for the girl who stole the sprinkles. That's a lesson everyone could stand to learn over and over.

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The Book:
A cute, illustrated story about a girl's imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie's cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

The Author:
Sandra Hagee Parker lives in San Antonio with her husband, Ryan, and their daughters, Olivia and Elliana - the original pajama girls. A practicing attorney, Sandy is also a part of the music ministry at Cornerstone Church where she and her husband are leaders. When not working or writing, Sandy enjoys traveling with her family and mastering the art of making Pancakes a la Pajama Girl with her two girls.
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The Giveaway:
One of my readers will win their own copy of The Adventures of Pajama Girl. Just use the widget below to get entered. The giveaway will end on April 14, and the winner will be notified via email.

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bug's Birthday Party {Photo Dump}

Bug turned three on Saturday, so we were able to have his party on his actual birthday. He had been asking for a Mickey Mouse party for a few months, and what Bug wants - mommy makes happen!

We had the party at our church and invited all our family and some of Bug's friends. I ordered most of the supplies from Walmart, and then made a few things on my own. I got all my inspiration from Pinterest - trust me, there's no real creativity in my brain, ha!

Also, a lady from our church made the cake. Isn't it cute? The best part - it was egg-free, so Bug was able to enjoy it despite his allergies.

We all had a great time, and Bug said he party was "real fun.". That's code for awesome in three year-old speak.

So, now for a picture dump!!

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

And Then He Turned Three

Today I woke up with a three year-old boy. It seems so hard to imagine that Bug has been in our lives for three years now. He came into this world as a beautiful little boy that stole my heart the moment I first saw him.

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Today he is a blond haired, blue eyed, live wire. He literally jumps out of bed each morning and goes wide open until the moment he runs and dives into bed at night. He runs, jumps, rolls, and climbs everywhere he goes, and I'm not sure he every goes more than 30 seconds without making a sound. But he's my favorite little boy in the whole wide world, and it makes me so happy that God chose me to be his mommy.

So, what is going on in three year-old Bug world?

He's 3' 2" tall, and still weighs 33 lbs. He hasn't actually gained any weight since he was nine months old, he just keeps getting taller and taller. He wears a size 3T in shirts and shorts, but needs a 4T in pants for the length. However, we have to cinch the waist of all his shorts and pants - he can actually still wear an 18 month in the waist. He wears a size 9 shoes, and loves, loves, loves his "boots like daddy."

He loves Mickey Mouse, and expects Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to be on the TV every morning when he wakes up (we're having a Mickey Mouse party today). He also loves the Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, and Hot Wheels. He has recently become interested in Paw Patrol.

three year old boy

Each morning he eats Poptarts and a glass of chocolate milk. His favorite food is pancakes, and we have even found an egg-free pancake recipe he likes. He also likes chicken nuggets and fried fish.

His favorite color is blue, and we have successfully taught him to like the Texas Longhorns.

He has recently entered the "terrible three's" and has become quite a handful at times, but he is still the sweetest little boy I've ever known. At night he crawls up with his daddy and they talk about who-knows-what, and it just melts my heart every time.

He has really started growing up on us in recent weeks and has been seeking a little more independence with routine things around the house. He likes to try to dress himself, and is so proud that he can buckle his own car seat.

I consider myself the luckiest girl on earth to get to be his mommy, and I'm looking forward to see what this next year brings us.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Whatever Wanda {Giveaway}

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.

Now I know that none of the kids at your house ever have an attitude problem, right? (I'll just sit here while you laugh at me for a minute, haha!)

It seems the older my kids get the worse their attitudes get at times. I get the eye rolls, the drop-dead looks, and the head shakes. Even trying to get them to pose for pictures is frequently met with these looks...

kid with attitude

So I'm loving books like Whatever Wanda. In this book, Wanda has a horrible attitude and does not want to spend the day hanging out with her family and friends at the local festival. Her bad attitude basically results in her having a yucky day.

But luckily she gets a little attitude adjustment before the day is completely ruined, and she figures out that with a better attitude her day suddenly gets much better. The overall message of this book is to teach kids to have a good attitude about things and things will be more positive for them.

I enjoyed this book myself, and I enjoyed reading it to my kids. Even Bug enjoyed looking for Wanda's star on each page as we read through the book. This is definitely a book we will pull out in the future to help with some of those attitude adjustments that tend to be needed around here.

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Whatever Wanda:
32 pages
Wanda is in serious need of an attitude adjustment! She doesn't want ot accompany her family to the Rubber Duck Days Festival, and one there, she won't participate in any of the events or join in with her friends. Soon Wanda receives some helpful advice and learns that:

"Sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually is. Being positive is a choice that makes everything better, not to mention, a whole lot more fun!"

About the Author:
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins, and niece of legendary motivator and the world's original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy, her husband, and their twins live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Win the Book:
One winner will receive a copy of Whatever Wanda. I'm doing a simple entry this time - just your email address. By entering your email address, you will be subscribe to receive notifications as soon as future childrens' book giveaways go live on Ting's Mom. You can cancel at any time.

This giveaway closes Monday, April 6 at 5pm CST. One winner will be selected and will be notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to confirm prize. Failure to confirm prize within 48 hours will result in forfeiture of prize.

Good luck!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oils I Tried in March

Since I'm a newbie at this oil thing, I'm still doing a ton of research. Every time something comes up at our house, I start researching. Every time I hear about a new-to-me oil, I research. 

On top of my research, I am also experimenting. So, I have decided that at the end of each month I will bring you a bit about the oils I tried that month, what I used them for, and the results I got. So without further delay...

I got my starter kit the first week of March. It includes the Everyday Oils and a diffuser. I'm not going to bore you with the details of that kid. You can search Young Living Essential Oils on Google and find a million posts about that kit. I will tell you, however, that my favorite oils from that kit have been Purification, Lemon, and Lavender.

I use the Lavender on the bottom of my feet almost daily. This is probably one of the most versatile oils, so I just rub it all over my feet! On top of its use for a gazillion symptoms, it also helps me sleep so much better.

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These above are the oils I ordered and tried in March, in addition to my starter oils. Yes, Purification and Lemon were also in my starter kit - but did I mention that they are some of my favorites?

Purification is what I diffuse almost daily. It helps to clean our air and smells great. I also add a drop to each load in the washer to clean our clothes a little better. I also added a few drops to a bath I soaked in one night and it made my skin super soft.

Lemon is another favorite that I have already re-ordered. I put both Lemon and Grapefruit in my water. I do two drops of each, twice a day. I suffer from chronic gallbladder pain, and I have noticed that my pain is much less frequent since I started drinking this. This combination also seems to have ran off my sweet tooth, and I find myself snacking much less in the afternoons.

Progessence Plus is one of the oils I was most excited about when I signed up with Young Living. Since taking steps to end my baby-making days back in 2013, I have had a lot of problems with my hormones. I started researching all my symptoms and found that they were signs of low progesterone. I just started using this oil a week ago, but I am hopeful for good results. I'll have to update again later.

Valor is another I ordered, and somehow didn't get it in the picture. I also suffer from chronic pain as a result of Degenerative Disc Disease and Scoliosis. Valor is often called "chiropractor in a bottle" so I've been using this on the bottoms of my feet and across my lower back. My pain is still there, but it does seem to not be as severe all the time.

And finally this month, I ordered R.C. I haven't actually used this one yet, but I'm going to say that is a good thing. R.C. is used to fight allergies, colds, flu - mostly respiratory issues. After Hubby's pneumonia ordeal, I decided this would be a good oil to have in my bag. Hopefully I never need it, but if I do I'll let you know how it goes.

So those are my oils for March. If you have any questions, or suggestions for uses, put them in the comments and I'll reply. If you've been on the fence about oils and you're ready to sign up, you can click here to get started, or you can always click the Young Living graphic on my sidebar.

You can also find a collection of past and future posts about my oil journey at the Essential Oils tab at the top of the blog.

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