Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Growing Up Social" by Gary Chapman Book Review & Giveaway


When I was growing up, I didn't have all the electronics that I have now or that my daughter has. I had to go outside and play with my friends until the street lights came on and we had full run on the neighborhood with all of the neighborhood kids. We could go into our friends homes and it didn't matter whose house it was the parents would let them in. But now a days it's different. Many kids now have tablets, iPods, Phones and Gaming Systems. I will admit that Olivia has a gaming system or two and has a tablet and lives on the either one or asks to use one of our computers. But it's sometimes difficult to pull her away from all that social activity from her friends.

Reading this book by Gary Chapman, "Growing Up Social" has giving me some insights into how to get around it. This book will empower you with the necessary tools to help make positive changes starting today in growing up social. Through stories, wit and wisdom, you will discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus you will learn how to teach the 5 A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. This is such a great book that I highly recommend reading it!

Here you can view the website of the book and also view the official book trailer as well! 

Now I am giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader. Follow below:




"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.”

Friday, November 14, 2014

Health Insurance

I am happy to report that starting tomorrow, November 15th we will have health insurance and I couldn't be any happier. Yes it's been almost 3 months since having health insurance and it's been a pain trying to refrain from going to the doctor and getting my prescriptions filled. But starting tomorrow I will be able to get my monthly medicines filled and will be able to go have my yearly physical done which is needed. :) I would love to see how much I have lost and such since last year. Plus I'm going to a new doctor that will be here in town compared to Fayetteville. I will miss my doctor there but driving 2 hours one way to get to an appointment is not my idea of fun and then back especially if you are sick. :( But let's just say that I am excited to be on the right track to losing weight, getting healthy and being able to take my medicines again.

I'm thankful for my husbands job and for providing for his family!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" Movie Reivew & Giveaway



Was Kirk Cameron your teenage heartthrob back in the day when he was on "Growing Pains?" He might have been mine a little but I have to say that I feel in love with him over the fact that he partnered up with Liberty University, the same school I attend now. Well he has a new movie coming out on November 14, 2014 called "Saving Christmas" and the movie was amazing! I was lucky enough to be able to view it before it came out in the theaters and it has become a new favorite Christmas movie for me. Just like any of his other movies that he's been in, this one has meaning and brings faith and hope to those who need it.

The movie, "Saving Christmas" is an engaging story about the biblical storyline of Christmas and what it truly is about. It's not about Santa but it's about Jesus and about reliving the holiday traditions that go along with the true meaning of Christmas. Sometimes we get all worked up into the commercialism of Christmas instead of looking past that and looking at the joy, the laughter, the family time and the holiday traditions that you get to relive or make with your friends and family. This is a movie that I need to take my daughter and husband to go see in the theater because it's an eye opener for us all. We all forget at times the real reason for Christmas and this movie is a reminder for us all. Kirk puts everything into perspective for everyone to understand which is something that I really enjoyed!!!

Another cool thing that I got to do last Wednesday is get to get on a Teleconference with Kirk Cameron. If you follow me on Twitter you may have realized how excited I was to listen to him and listen to him answer questions about his new movie and about his home life. I learned that he is just like any of us and yes he and his wife even homeschool their children because they felt it was the right thing to do! Just like we did with Olivia last year for 4th grade. Here is the link for the teleconference with Kirk Cameron and let me say his voice is just as dreamy as he is. I also learned that growing up he was atheist which really helped me learn more about who he was because now he is a Christian man and he loves the Lord.

The movie "Saving Christmas" comes out tomorrow, November 14, 2014 in select theaters and is out for only 2 weeks! So hopefully I will be able to get Jason to go see it while he is home one day.

Now here comes the fun part...the 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.” 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Is Adoption Right for Us?

Lately I have been praying and pondering at the thought of adoption, and not just any adoption like a pet but adopting a child. Jason and I have been praying together about what would be the right thing for us as a family and a couple to do to be able to have a child. Yes, I could have the surgery to be able to have a baby but would it be worth my health and trying to lose weight so quickly that honestly the health won. I don't think that we can risk my health to be able to try for another baby. If that wasn't the case then we would have already been pregnant but we just can't risk it right now.

Then there was the thought of IVF but we thought and prayed about that too because we don't know if it would even take. Then we would have our hearts broken again just like we did back in March and April. :( I don't want to deal with the heartbreak that we dealt with.

Then there was the talk about adoption and if it was right for us. Well after a lot of praying and such we have made the decision to start to go through the process of adoption. We would love to be able to adopt a newborn and I have a good friend who is adopting right now. So I know that it can and will happen for us. We have to of course get into our own home which we plan on doing so soon, but still we want to be able to provide for a child that either the parents couldn't take care of or wouldn't. It breaks our hearts knowing that so many people get pregnant and don't want their child or another case for that and we want to be able to open up our home and provide for that child. We want to be able to one day have a total of 3 children and know that with our love and faith we can do so.

So let the search and prayers begin as we go on this adventure to be able to bring a child or children to our home.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Manic Drive CD Review & Giveaway


 Have you ever heard of Manic Drive before? I have and they are a nice Christian group that I have been listening to for a while. I have been listening to them for a while now but I have fallen in love with them.  Manic Drive is a Canadian band who will deliver a good show that will be very memorable! I have listened to their new CD "VIP" and have found that their songs are great and very energetic! I always dance in the car to the music and you can't help but do it.

You can view their website to check out the tour dates to see them in person, or you can check out what they are up to as well. Also check out Manic Drive's youtube channel, Twitter account and Facebook Page! I have and I'm sure you will love them too!

Now here is the part where you get to play along. I am giving away 1 CD of Manic Drive's "VIP" CD to 1 Lucky Reader. Below you can check out the requirements for the 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.”


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