Monday, May 22, 2017

HUGE GIVEAWAY!!! (blog hop giveaway-you can win more than one!)

Would you like to win all of these amazing prizes?!





I am SO excited about this giveaway for you! I have teamed up with several wonderful businesses and artists to bring you an assortment of goodies you are going to love this summer!

. These precious bloggers (who all love Jesus!) are tearing the blog world UP with their commitment to helping women know God more, serve their families well, and be encouraged on the journey. Plus, their giveaways are AMAZING, so make sure you enter to win their giveaways, too!
Before I jump into what is up for grabs in MY giveaway, you must know about the 8 OTHER giveaways that are all happening right now. To see each gift up close, and to enter to win, visit each site to fill out the entry forms. It’s possible you could win more than ONE! When you visit each blog take a look around. This is a great list of amazing bloggers and I know you’ll love each one of them

**Click any AND ALL of these links to enter to win the incredible giveaways going on at each of these fabulous sites!**

1. Happy Home Fairy // 2. Ale & Tere // 3. The Littles and Me // 4. Erika Dawson - Faithful Moms // 5. Filled with the Word // 6. The Olive Tree Blog // 7. The Purposeful Mom // 8. Meaningful Mama // 9. Frugal Coupon Living

Without further ado, here is what is up for grabs in MY giveaway!











What do you think?!




This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my sweet international readers!). The giveaway will end at 12:00 am on Monday, May 29 (EST). A winner will be selected shortly after and notified by e-mail. If winner does not respond within 24 hours, a second winner will be chosen. Thank you for being a part of this fun giveaway!
I can't wait to see who wins! Make sure to HOP to the other blogs and make some new, inspiring friends!

**Click the links below to learn more about these amazing bloggers!**



Julie Brasington is the wife of a South Florida Worship Pastor and mom of 2 boys. She writes at Happy Home Fairy where you can find easy craft ideas, FREE printables, simple recipes, corny jokes, holiday fun, thoughts on raising kids, and encouragement for moms.
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Teresa (Tere) from Ale & Tere is married to her high school sweetheart and they have three beautiful babies. They recently moved their family from sunny South Florida to the suburbs of Nebraska and are documenting their travel experiences, parenting journey, growing faith and pieces of their everyday life. You can find Teresa with a baby on her lap, homeschooling her five year old, chasing after a mischievous pooch and drinking cold coffee (because she never gets to it in time). Teresa's hope is to encourage other moms to embrace motherhood in all of it's beautiful and chaotic splendor and to always always always point others to Christ!


Ashley is the wife of her entrepreneur husband, Philip, and mama to two sweet girls. She's also the arts and crafts lover, blocks builder, everyday celebrator, and mama encourager behind The Littles and Me—where she shares kids activities, simple ideas for family fun and encouragement for mamas. She believes in celebrating everyday moments, the power of play and spreading freshly squeezed joy along the way!

Faithful Moms - nurturing faith and faithfulness in our hearts and homes. Written by Erika Dawson
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A wife and mother after God's heart, FilledWithTheWord tends to the hearts of women of all ages and shines a bright light to the Gospel of Jesus Christ while providing encouragement to all through the sweet promises that God has for His people. Courtney can't wait to meet you right where you're at and follow along!
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Christina married a music man, who also happened to be her high school sweetheart. Together they have four children and one crazy labrador. She blogs about faith, family, travel, baking, cooking, and everyday life. She blogs at The Olive Tree.
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At The Purposeful Mom, Jenn seeks to equip women to be strengthened in their faith, teach their children truth and grace, create a peaceful home (so they can keep the urgent from crowding out the important), and live purposefully without the pressure to be perfect.
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Parenting isn’t easy, but it’s so important. Meaningful Mama is a corner of the web that inspires an intentional and creative family life. While keeping it real, Jodi provides practical activities, tips and stories that encourage moms.
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Stretching your pennies, while saving your daughters. Frugal Coupon Living is a daily lifestyle blog featuring handpicked deals for fashion, recipes, crafts, coupons and more. Behind the scenes, Ashley Langston is a DC-metro blogger on the hunt for current trends and hot deals. As seen on Dr. Phil and the Rachael Ray Show.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OREO + this time of year + giveaway!!

This post is sponsored by MILKA OREO, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
    
Man...this time of the year gets to me. I'm so ready for summer. I'm over packing lunches...signing homework folders...reading emails...making sure we leave the house on time. It's also the busiest time of year for our family. My husband has a small side business that picks up this time of year...my son kicksoff baseball...{this week alone he has 5 to 7 games!}...and my oldest daughter also jumps back into swim...add end of the year field trips...recitals...and it's a recipe for feel overwhelmed. 

Enter chocolate. 

Here's the deal. I share 99% of what I have with my children...I share space...resources...and more...there are a handful of items...I just simply don't share with them. The new MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy  Bar might have just jumped to the top of that list. Oh.my. This is sooooooooooooo good. The chocolate is so smooth...and not overpowering...the creamy middle and cookie crunch makes this whole sweet treat come together. The only problem I have is...I swear my kids have candy wrapper opening radar...they can hear it from miles away...which means...if they hear me...I just might have to share with them...

Or I could just wait until they go to sleep and hoard this loveliness all to myself. 

Please tell me I'm not the only one who hinds treats from my kids??? 

Want a chance to win a $25 gift card from Walmart??? (with the gift card you should sneak on over the Walmart and purchase a MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar! ) 

To be entered simply leave CLICK HERE and check out the IBOTTA offer on MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar...and comment telling me if you hide treats from your family members?

P.S If you visit your local Walmart (starting this week) they will be having in store demos...with lots of prizes!



   

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Homemade bread + Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth.

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







 
 
   

Homemade bread...is ah-mazing. You'd be surprised to know it's actually quite easy to make. 

I have a divine recipe that only has four ingredients and requires no kneading. 

You'll need: 

3 cups of flour 
1 packet of instant yeast 
1 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of water

All you need to do is mix these ingredients together...and cover with a towel...and let sit for at least 4 hours...but up to 24. 

Speaking of towels...I adore towels. We have a towel draw in my house. I use them for cleaning...scrubbing...covering bread...and more. My most recent towel find is the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth


The scrubbing dots on one side made it sooooooo easy to scrub of the sticky dough left in the bowl. Have you ever cleaned up yeast dough?...it can be a total pain...it is such a tough sticky mess!! Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth made this dreaded mess so simple...no need to use my nails or a knife...and I didn't ruin my towels (like in the past) by causing the dough to stick to them...the dough did not stick to this dish cloth.

The cool part about Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth is that this towel scubs but does NOT scratch. These cloths are also washable, reusable, sturdy...and are capable of washing and drying! 




See???? Squeaky clean.


Ok...now back to the bread...

Once dough has risen...place dough on parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Feel free tif top bread with fresh rosemary and sea salt before baking...this adds so much flavor! 


  

If you're interested in making this recipe be sure to pick up all your ingredients at Walmart and while you're there be sure to grab Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth to help you clean up this mess...and to cover your dough while it rises

Readers be sure to enter the Scotch-Brite™ Scrubstakes which offers you chance to win a $20,000 kitchen makeover! 



Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Day in St. Louis. { a recap.}


 

 

 

 
 

 
 


belated  birthday present // cardinals vs blue jays // getting up early...earlier than when we go to school // funny road signs // skip day! I mean take your child to work day // I'm going to teach you how to write a blog post // you have to take pictures // discovered a walkman ... "it's called a CD player...Julia...it plays CDs." // car games // naps // the arch! // why is it so cold??? // boy, I'm glad I packed our coats // jumping by the arch ... which is still closed for another year // picture taking time...scoot back...scoot back more...keep scooting...ok now I can see you //  a beautiful church // spinning around a hotel door...just like Elf // a packed lunch at ball park village // will call to get out tickets // ticket UPGRADE! // tickets behind home plate #blessed // Greg Garcia signed our tickets and glove! // the isle attend took our stroller // snacks and candy and more snacks // please don't let your baby walk the stairs...ummmm ok...so just to be clear she isn't allowed to walk?...got in trouble again by the isle attendant // pick up your coat so it's not in the isle...man she really has it our for us...this isle attendant takes her job seriously// Elisabeth cheering on her man Carpenter // peanuts! good thing Ryan isn't here // oh man...it's not lookin' good for the cards. // Jude ecstatic Wong hit a double // Wong hit a triple // walked two guys // Randal crushed the ball // extra innings // compliments about little girls behaving so nicely // Lyla talking to anyone and everyone...always making friends // is your sweater homemade? // Ahhhh man...I wanted to be on the kiss cam // the sun!!! it turned out to be a beautiful day! // the isle attendant got on us again...she's watching you // made the jumbo tron!!! // bases loaded // LET'S GO CARDINALS // Matt Carpenter for a GRAND SLAM win!!! // celebrating! // what a great game // it was a day for the books...the kind that leaves you happy...full...and grateful //  a drive home and movie watching // naps in the car and late bedtimes // 18 days until summer, goodnight prayers, sleep tight don't let the bed bugs bite...and if they bite...bite them back // 


* Later that night we edited the photos uploaded them to BlogPro and wrote our post. See Jude's edited photo below...and Elisabeth's photo is the first shown. 






Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Divatress.


This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine #Divatress #beauty #ad











I enjoy being a girl. Getting dresses up is fun...make up is fun...being fancy is fun...it's also a lot of work. I have been patiently waiting for Judy Jetson's hair salon and makeup do-er. I would love to sit in a chair and hair my hair done for me...and my makeup put on my face. The good news is Divatress exists. Divatress has a lovely selection of wigs in fact they offers thousands of wigs and hair care products. My girls and I had a grand time looking through the selection of lace front wigs. We picked out a few of our favorites and featured them above. I would never be bold enough to dye my hair aqua...but it would be fun to rock for a day or so. Divatress wigs could make that a reality...and the best part is they are quite affordable!  So whether your a busy mama who doesn't have time to fuss over your hair, a cancer patient who has lost hair due to chemo, a beautician, a salon owner, or just looking to have a little fun with your hair...Divatress and lace front wigs are just what you need!