Monday, November 30, 2015

Apple Watch Sport Giveaway!

slide-girlSometimes don’t we all wish we can just turn back time? Keeping up with day to day activities and responsibilities takes a heavy toll and you blink your eyes and ten years have simply disappeared -- just like that! In its place are fine lines, wrinkles, and even a few gray hairs peeking out. There is no magical way to completely stop the aging process and stay 21 forever and that is okay. Embrace who you are and your accomplishments. Growing older is a beautiful process, but I bet if you knew you could reverse the signs of aging without surgery or injections…you would be anxious to learn more…

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 First, Hydra Skin Sciences offers Allegro, a powerful new anti-aging cream developed by a team of expert scientists at some of the most prestigious laboratories in the world. This specially formulated cream helps rapidly reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that are just part of getting older. Results that had once only been possible with cosmetic surgery or painful injections is now available over-the-counter at a remarkably affordable price.  

Hydra Skin Sciences also offers Brio, an anti-aging serum for daytime and nighttime use, that has been described as a “face-lift in a box”. If you want radiant, glowing skin for life, Allegro Anti-aging Cream and Brio Day & Night Serum, is the closest to the fountain of youth as you are likely going to get!


Hydra Skin Sciences has sponsored this awesome giveaway! One super lucky winner will receive the Brio Day & Night Serum, the Allegro AntiAging Cream AND an Apple Watch sport! Total Prize package is valued at over $550!

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

ESV Bible Giveaway! - 2 Bibles & 2 Winners

TWO new giveaways just in time for Christmas! Two lucky winners will take home either a Men's Devotional Bible or a Women's Journaling Bible. Both Bibles are English Standard Versions and both are amazing books that will make great gifts for loved ones or for yourself!

Good luck, everyone! This giveaway is open to all those in the U.S. and Canada, 18+. One entry per household. This giveaway will end on November 20, 2015.


"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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Show your Support for Paris

In the wake of the tragedy in Paris yesterday, my heart goes out to the people who have suffered because of this tragedy. When something like this happens, we all want to come together and do something to help. The attack in Paris will likely be for France what 9/11 is for all Americans.

What can the average American really do to show our support of our French comrades? Several things, actually.  

French Red Cross

One of the most important things we can do in the wake of a big disaster is to donate money. Funds are always needed for a myriad of things and it's a great way to show your support. It's important to donate to a reputable organization, however, and one who is already doing work is always a great choice.

The French Red Cross has already mobilized over 300 volunteers. These are people providing rescue services for those affected by the tragedy, comfort, blood donations, and medical assistance.

Over 90% of money donated goes to the people receiving services.

Social Media Support

Not everyone can afford to send money, especially in this economy. Instead, show your support on your social media channels. It's a great comfort to know that people around the world are supporting you when you're down, even more so when something truly awful like this happens.

On Twitter, use the hashtags #PeaceForParis or #Prayer4Paris.

On Facebook, there are several options. First, you can add an overlay to your photo of the red, white and blue stripes that make up the French flag. You can use the hashtags #ParisTragedy and #PrayforParis.


Many times it is said in a trite manner, but prayer works, people! No, it won't make this horrible, horrible act go away, but it can help those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered terrible trauma and who don't know where to turn.

Pray for our friends in Paris. Pray for the American life that was lost in Paris and the two who were injured (the number that is currently being reported - may change at a later date).

Pray for healing and pray for grace. Pray for the world to come together in support. Pray for this evil among us to stop spreading and pray for peace.

Friday, November 13, 2015

ESV Men's Devotional Bible

With Christmas only weeks away, it's time to start considering what to get the important people in your life. One thing that any Christian man could use is a new Bible. I partnered with my husband (Mostly Together Dad) and FlyBy promotions to bring you an inside look of one of the newest devotional Bibles to hit the shelves - the ESV Men's Devotional Bible.

These types of Bibles are so nice, because you have everything you need in one book! Mostly Together Dad had this to say:

Men like simplicity. This Bible provides that. Everything we need is in one place and the ESV version makes the text easy to understand.

The devotions are geared to men. There are topics from each book of the Bible (365 devotions in all). Though I'm not a man, I was interested in reading a few of them myself! Topics like, "God's Purpose in Marriage" and "Help Wanted:  Must Sit on Scorpions". More importantly, though, Mostly Together found them interesting as well:

I can see this being a Bible I could read every day. There are many authors of these devotions that I already know and trust. The topics are interesting and grab my attention at first glance.
I like that they aren't dated, so if I miss a day, I don't feel like I have to "catch up" and feel pressured to either spend more time than I've got that day or just put it on a shelf and forget about it because I'm already so far behind.

The Bible comes in a hardback with a dust jacket. Mostly Together Dad has been known to be hard on his things, so I'm certainly glad for this! Available for just $25.89, the ESV Men's Devotional Bible will be a perfect addition to your shopping list.

Choosing the Right Bible for You

When you walk into a Christian bookstore, on the hunt for a new Bible, the selection can be daunting. They'll have multiple versions, Bibles for women, men, children, teens, and babies. They've got Bibles that are for studying, Bibles that include devotionals, Bibles with large print, small print, hardback and leather bound.

Whew! Are you feeling a little overwhelmed yet? 

Fear not, intrepid Bible pursuers! I'm here to help! I've got about 15 Bibles in my home (more if you include my children's) and so I've got a bit of experience in choosing one.

First things, first, you've got to choose the version you like best. Personally, I like the New International Version (NIV), the Living or New Living Translation (NTL), or the English Standard Version (ESV). I find that these are versions that are very easy to read and they make understanding the text simple. (Though, the King James version is an absolutely poetically beautiful version as well.)

With that decided, you've just weeded out three quarters of the other Bibles. Congratulations!

Now, you need to decide whether you want a soft cover or a hard cover. Either works well, I just don't recommend a paper cover - with even moderate use, it'll be destroyed in no time.

What will you be using this Bible for primarily? Are you going to take it to a Bible study, use it in your own personal study time, or are you looking for something that you can fit in your purse and travel with? These are all factors that will impact what you ultimately choose.

One option to consider is a Journaling Bible. There are many options, but one that I am loving right now is a cloth covered, ESV Journaling Bible that I was provided with in order to share my thoughts with you.

The space in the margins is more than enough to jot down your thoughts, notes on a sermon, or references that  you don't want to forget. I love that there is enough space that you can write down a lot. If you tend to use the same Bible for years and years, it can be really nice to go back over the notes or thoughts that you've had previously. For this reason, I suggest dating your notes.

As someone who struggles to write in a straight line, I very much appreciate that there are faint lines that can guide your writing. The print is rather small, which is not my favorite, but the small size allows this to be a smaller book, which I do love.

As far as "extras", the small size of this Bible does not allow for much in the way of devotions or commentary, but it does offer a 1-Year Bible reading plan, as well as the plan of salvation. There is also a short section where you can look up certain words and get a reference to those words (a concordance).

I would recommend this Bible for anyone who is also well versed in in the Bible and who needs something to go along with a stand-alone devotion. With a price of just $27.17, it won't break the bank, either.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

5 Tips for Beginning Potty Training + a GIVEAWAY!

*This post is brought to you by Acorn for Charmin and Sam's Club.

Potty training is one of those parenting milestones that every parent looks forward to with fear and dread. sells over 1,000 books dedicated to just this one topic! The thing is, it isn't an exact science and it's important to remember that all kids are different.

After potty training two of my children and while being in the process of training my third, I feel almost like an expert. There are some things that have worked well for me (and many that haven't!) I've learned a bit from books, but I've mostly learned by rolling up my sleeves and just trying different things!

These 5 tips are a great start for beginners:

Introduce them to the Idea 

If you expect your child to go from not understanding what a potty is for to using it in a weekend, you're going to be disappointed. Make a long-term potty plan. By this, I mean that you should start talking to your child about the potty, explain what it's for - and not just once! This needs to be an every day, on-going conversation. Include your child in your trips to the bathroom.

Make a big show of getting them their own potty chair or toilet seat. Let them pick one out, or surprise them with one that makes them feel like a star.

Read children's books about using the potty, watch cartoons that deal with potty training. Make it fun! The more they see it, the more they are likely to want to try it.

Wait for Signs of Readiness

You'll know when your child is ready to potty train when they are showing interest in using the potty. This can be anything from them wanting to accompany you when you go, to becoming suddenly more aware of when they are eliminating. When toddlers get to the point that they are looking for a corner to hide in and start making their "poop face", they are showing that they are aware that they need to go, they just might not be verbalizing it yet.

Don't start potty training if your child isn't ready. I promise you that it's not worth the headache or the frustration! (Take it from a mom who knows!) I tried to train my son before he was ready, for a preschool program. It took far longer than it should. There were tears - from both of us, and in the end, he started using it when he was ready. Not when I wanted him to be ready.

The fact is,  not all kids are ready at the same time. Boys can be especially slow with this. If your child is slow to potty train, try not to worry overmuch.

Be Prepared

Potty training toddlers go through a LOT of toilet paper. You'll need to choose the right kind for your child's sensitive bum. Remember - it's not uncommon for a potty training child to use the potty every half hour. That's 48 times a day (YES, even in the middle of the night!) The right toilet paper is essential. A good choice is Charmin Ultra Soft.

Not only will it be soft enough, but it's absorbent too. To make your roll go even farther, check it out at Sam's Club. They add an extra 1,000 sheets per roll, so you change it less often and your money goes farther.

Big Kid Underwear!

This is always an exciting step, but it can also be a messy one. After your child shows that he or she knows how to use the potty, introduce some "Big Kid" undies. Get ones with their favorite characters on them and tell them that they are going to use them from now on.

Your child will inevitably have an accident and this is okay! Changing out of the diaper is such an important step! Using the diaper leaves your child feeling like they have the option of using the potty OR their diapers. By making the switch to underwear, your child will feel very uncomfortable if they potty in their pants.

If your child was truly ready, it won't take long for them to decide that it's much more pleasant for them to use the potty than to go in their pants.

Accidents will Happen

Remember, potty training is a process. Accidents will happen. Some kids learn to go quickly, some take a while. Some kids will be able to wear underwear at night and some will need to wear night-time training pants. There are children who will go poop in a toilet and not pee, and others who will not want to poop anywhere but their diaper.

Every child is different. It's important to go with the flow (no pun intended!) and do what works for your child. Don't despair if it takes them a while or they aren't showing readiness. Your child won't be going to college in diapers!

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Top 10 Best Dressed Halloween Dogs

Halloween was a time of fun, laughter, and lots of candy at our house. Our kiddos loved their costumes and wore them 'till it was time for bed. After perusing Facebook, I realized that we left out a crucial member from our costume fun - Mochi, our Akita.

We had fun looking at other peoples pictures, though and these are our top ten best dressed dogs!

#1 Martini Dog

How cute is this shy dog? I love that her costume was made to compliment her "cone of shame."
Shared by Sherrie Berger
#2 BatDog

Clearly, this pint-sized hero already has at least one fan in his big Akita brother!
Shared by Sonny Brahma

#3 It's a Dog... It's a.... Horse?!

I actually thought this was a horse at first glance. Whoever came up with this costume is a genius!

Shared by COWGIRL Magazine

#4 Pug Punkin's

I'm a sucker for an adorable pug and these two sweet-faced pups are as cute as can be!

Shared by Bubblebeca Pugs

#5 Beauty and the BEAST!

Okay, I love, love, love that these two cuties costumes compliment each other!

Shared by Top Collar

#6 Doggy Devil

I don't think anyone could actually think this little cutie could ever be so evil... but he sure is cute!

Shared by Latte

#7 Doggy UFO!

If aliens are this cute, then sign me up!

Shared by William Demelo

#8 Golden Ghosts

These 5 Golden Retrievers must be very well trained to all stand so still. I'm glad they did, though, because CUTE!

Shared by I Love Golden Retrievers

#9 Well, HotDOG!

These little guys went well dressed in very appropriate hot dog costumes!

Shared by Johanna Stavrakaki

#10 Rufferee Dog

This big shaggy dog is dressed as a referee. I'm guessing he's there to make sure that Mom and Dad don't take a bit "Candy Tax!"

Shared by Lori Sternberg
 Which one is your favorite! Did you dress your pets up with your kids this year?