Monday, August 22, 2016

bible giveaway.


This bible is so neat!! It is perfect for young readers (ok, and adults...I found it very useful)

The bible contains color codes verses. The colors are broken down into the following categories...

NAVY: sin, evil
RED: Jesus
ORANGE: washed clean from sin, new life
GREEN: growth in your new life as a Christian and your faith walk.
BLUE: prayer, praise
PURPLE: heaven

I find this system so ideal for new Christians and youth!

Want a chance to win a copy? {US residents only}

Leave a comment telling me how old you were when you received your first bible?

As always a HUGE thanks to Tommy Nelson Mommy for sponsoring this giveaway!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

uniqhia shoelace.


Oh my goodness, I received Uniqhia Shoelaces for free in exchange for an honest review...I am just wondering where these have been all my life. These are a heaven sent when it comes to children! 

I have a 7 year old, who can tie his shoes. The problem is they almost always come un-tied...causing his laces to drag on the ground and become frayed. I put these laces on his shoes first, and I'm sooooooooo glad I did! He loves them, and I love them. I no longer have to wait 5 hours for him to tie his shoes every 30 minutes...he can slip his shoes on in a matter of seconds!  

Would you ever try these? 

Friday, August 19, 2016



My kids started back to school this week.

That means our whole house is up and at 'em by 7 am. (all except Lyla who I still seem to  have to drag out of bed my 9am) 

Let me tell you, we had an average bedtime of midnight this summer...7 am is rough.

I've gone back to making lunches daily, and breakfast, and needing to clean the kitchen 3 times before noon.

We went from staying in out PJ's and living in our having to look like humans...instead of walking dead extras.

I do more laundry when school starts.

I cook more meals.

I spend on average 15-20 mins a day in the car rider line. (I loathe the care rider line)

The hustle and bustle is back, and the chilled laid backness that summer brings is gone until next May. #imisssummeralready

The stress during this season of change and busy, can cause some to lose sleep. We have a constant to-do list, chores that never end, schedules that are filled to the brim. These reasons can cause our minds to race...I don't know about you...but my mind decided right before bedtime is a great time to think of everything under the sun. 

Did you know that according to National Sleep Foundation, women are already 2 times more likely to have difficulty falling and staying asleep? 

Natrol can help with this.

Natrol Melatonin is 100% drug-free, non-habit forming option

How does the change of back to school effect you?

Is your sleep effected by schedule change?

Would you try Natrol? How about with a coupon

Monday, August 15, 2016


Road trips, vacations, getaways...they are good for the soul. I love getting away...I don 't have to do the laundry...cook 3 meals a day...clean the kitchen 1.5 million times before 10's soooooooooo nice. 

This summer we went a few small road trips instead of one big long vacation. preferred this...I felt like we got to do and experience more. We cheered on the Cardinals, explored waterfalls, escaped the heat, visited the coolest small town in America, and more. Being outdoors and away from busy and wifi was the best part about our recent trip. Being in nature makes you feel alive and refreshed! 

Next on my list of places to see The Indiana Dunes. Have you ever been here? 
I have not. It looks like a paradise for adventure lovers. You can go biking, kayaking, hiking, fishing, paddling,relax on the beaches, and more! There are a wide variety of B&B's, motels, and hotels to stay at. 

There is also an Outdoor Adventure Trail and a 3 Dune challenge...I have quite a few family members that would love these activities. 

Have you ever been to the Indiana Dunes

Would this type of vacation appeal to you?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

oceloTM No-Scratch Scrub Sponges + how to get rid of soap scum.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiveItASparkle #CollectiveBias


Soap scum, it creeps in out of nowhere. I have a simple, affordable, and very time tested solution. 

Hydrogen Peroxide.

Hydrogen Peroxide is my friend for many reasons...removing soap scum is the number one reason I love it so. 

To treat soap scum you'll need:

a spray bottle
hydrogen peroxide 
a good sponge - I stress a GOOD sponge.

NOTE: I used oceloTM No-Scratch Scrub Sponges...they offer a double sided side for really getting the tough job done and the other side for the easier jobs. The best part about oceloTM No-Scratch Scrub Sponges, is that they don't scratch (hence the title). This is key if you are cleaning marble, tile, stone, or granite surfaces. I like the durability of oceloTM No-Scratch Scrub Sponges. I feel like I can put a little muscle into the chore at task with these sponges and they won't fall apart on me. 

FIRST: locate the areas soap scum might build up. ON THE KITCHEN SINK ... think on the faucet, behind the faucet where the countertop meets the grout, under the top edge of the sink, around the drains. THEN: Mix in a spray bottle a solution of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. ( You could use straight Hydrogen peroxide if the job looks tough ) NEXT: spray your solution on the area of soap the hydrogen peroxide go to work and bubble up! LAST: use your oceloTM No-Scratch Scrub Sponge and wipe away the bubbles. Use the soft side on the grout ( CAREFUL! too much scrubbing can cause grout to come up ). Use the non-scratch side and a little elbow grease to clean the sink and the drain. Finally, rinse with water and dry. 

(my grout is tan NOT white...that is soap scum being removed)

( notice the color different between the drains) (eww.) 


The same, above, tutorial comes in handy when dealing with the shower. You can use the scrub side of the oceloTM No-Scratch Scrub Sponges to clean the tile and the softer side to clean the grout. Remember, be gentle on the grout. 

Be sure to head to your local Target and pick up oceloTM No-Scratch Scrub Sponges! Target offers a 4 pack of sponges in teal, lemon, mango, and can pick the four pack up $3.99! What a deal!! The 2 pack option will cost you $2.39. 

Currently, you can save $0.50 on one ocelo Scrub Sponge Multi-pack.

Also, available from AUG. 14th-20th...spend $50 in Target's cleaning department and you'll receive a $15 gift card to Target to spend at a later time. I love to get these little gift cards through out the year and set them aside for Christmas...last year I had almost $100 worth! 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

cake decorating.


I received THIS cake decorating kit free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of the neatest cake decor kit is have seen! It comes with 24 different tops to choose and decorate with. The piping bag is strong and durable. This kit comes in a handy case so you don't loss all your pieces...or they don't get smashed...that seems to be what happens to mine most of the time. 

Overall, I would highly recommend this product. It would make a great present for any baker! 

Would you ever try something like this? 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016



Maybe it was because I was an art major...or maybe it's because I'm weird...but I love a new set of markers...or pens...or anything office supply related. 

I was able to receive and review a box of Super Markers Twin-Tip Broad-Liner Marker Set-100 Unique Colors-No Duplicates-Bold Bullet Point & Bold Chisel Tip Markers with 100 Vibrant and Bold Colors via Tomoson...I am in love with these much so...that I hid them and I refuse to allow my daughters to find them...or use them...they are all mine. I love that they come in a wide variety of colors...bright vibrant colors...and I love the option of a thick tip or a thin tip! 

You can pick up this HUGE box for under $30...this would make a great gift for any artsy person, teacher, or office supply lover like myself!