Friday, May 29, 2015

Dance or Gymnastics...that is the question?

Lately Olivia has been changing her mind in what sport or extra activity she wants to do next fall. She has been talking for years of doing gymnastics but after a few things happening at school she has decided to not do it and may make the decision to go back to doing dance. I can't tell you how much this excites me because it only means that maybe I can get Olivia into doing the competitions as well. I think that she would be awesome at it and for the social activity then she would be getting her social activity here alone. I am only torn between which studio to put her in. We had her in Crystal's Elite Dance Studio and honestly I enjoyed them teaching Olivia while we had her there. Then there is a new studio in town as well. So it's going to be down to decision making time come the end of summer beginning of fall.

She told me that she really wants to do ballet, tap, clogging and hip hop so this might be a perfect activity for her to stay active and to stay busy. I am hoping and secretly praying that she picks dance so that I can be a dance mom again and I can show my support for dance! I loved dancing when I was younger and miss my days of competition and all that fun. So this would be an amazing way for her to enjoy herself and have fun and meet new people again!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hillsong United's Empires Album Review & Giveaway!


Have I ever told any of you that I love listening to Hillsong and Hillsong United? We first started listening to Hillsong back in 1998 and we fell in love with the songs that they sang. We fell in love with several and even tried to sing them in our church for the youth group, but at the time we just weren't allowed to. It was too risky. Too contemporary for the Southern Baptist Church that we belonged to. But now a days, we go to a Church of God of Prophecy church and we worship the Lord with songs sung and written by Hillsong United! We listen to them in the car, have their albums and even have many of their DVD's. Yes, we are that obsessed with them and their praise and worship music. This new album by Hillsong United is no different! Empires is an amazing album and it hasn't left my CD player in the 4Runner or in my MacBook Pro. Some of my favorite songs off this album has to be Here Now, Say the Word, When I Lost My Heart To You, and Even When It Hurts. I have listened to those songs over and over because they have meaning to me in some way or another. Here are all the songs that are on the album:

  1. Here Now (Madness)
  2. Say The Word
  3. Heart Like Heaven
  4. Touch The Sky
  5. Street called Mercy
  6. When I Lost My Heart to You (Hallelujah)
  7. Even When It Hurts
  8. Prince of Peace
  9. Empires
  10. Rule
  11. Captain
  12. Closer than You Know
I have to say that I think this is an album in which I will be sharing with many people who love Hillsong United as well. I'm even more excited to know that they are going to be in Greensboro, NC on July 27th this year! I hope that I can go see them on tour this summer! Also check out their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


"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.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

I am going to be giving away to 1 lucky reader the same Album that I got to review!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

PLUMB New Album Review & Giveaway

 
Listening to music lately has been my outlet. I have had so much stress and so much going on with other things that honestly I just don't know how I even make it through the day sometimes. But after listening to PLUMB's new album, "Exhale" this past weekend, it got me through the most difficult time of my life. Olivia for the past 2 weeks has been sick and honestly it's been hard on us. In between ER trips and Dr visits I don't know how we could ever get through it all. I put the new album into my CD player on my laptop and listened to it and loved it!! I love the song that PLUMB does "Need You Now" and this album is just as good if not better than her last album.

Here are the songs that you will find on the album:

1. Exhale
2. Lord I'm Ready
3. Smoke
4. Resurrection
5. Great Is Our God
6. My True Love
7. Broken Places
8. Faithful
9. Champion
10. Sleep Will Be Sweet
11. When You Walk Into The Room
12. Restored
This album is amazing and I highly recommend getting it to listen to and worship to as well. Check out PLUMB's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their Website to learn more about this amazing album!!! Be sure to preorder this album on iTunes!!!


"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.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”





Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Olivia!


Sunday was Olivia's 11th Birthday! It's hard to believe that my baby girl is a preteen! She is growing up too quickly and it's hard to believe that in just two years she will be a teenager! Where has the time gone? I want her back to being little again! But she is growing up and she is right where she needs to be. Academically she is not where she needs to be as far as math goes. But that is a work in progress that we will continue to work on no matter what challenge is thrown in our way.

Here are a few things that we did this past weekend to celebrate her birthday. We took her to Sevierville, TN and to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park! She enjoyed becoming a Junior Ranger and enjoyed exploring the park on Sunday!!! She got to enjoy a waterpark and is looking forward to this summer where she wants to go to an outdoor waterpark with her friends and family. She got to see the Dixie Stampede (she's seen it before but actually remembered it this go round) and we took our own ketchup bottle with us. We have now officially seen it all! Olivia got to experience her first wave pool ever and can't wait to go back and enjoy it again! We stayed at Wilderness at the Smokies and we highly recommend that resort! We want to go back and spend a little more time there and even would be willing to put a year of Disney on hold and go there instead. Gasp! I know!!!

Monday we got Olivia a Cookie Cake and celebrated her birthday with the family. She loved her cake and it's all gone now except for the pandas which were on her cake. I have to say that even though the cake was very expensive it was well worth it.

For Olivia's birthday, we didn't want to get her a bunch of things that she didn't need. She had a tablet but it had stopped working and it was going to cost more to fix than to replace it. So we looked at getting her an iPad but for the price we just couldn't justify paying that amount for her. And then we couldn't put the limits on it like we wanted to. Then we looked at another Galaxy Tablet for her. But we finally decided to get her a Kindle Fire HD 7. We love the fact that we can control how much time she is allowed on the tablet and how what time it will shut off for her. Now during the week she will have access to the table from 6am to 9pm, but will only have access to videos for about 1.5 hours and then have access to apps for 2 hours. Books she has unlimited access. But once 9pm rolls around the tablet becomes ours and she has to wait for the next morning. The weekends are a little different and that is OK with us. But we are so happy we made the decision to go with the Kindle Fire HD! We know we made the right choice for Olivia and she now has to make the decision does she want to play on her fire or play outside while it's pretty out? The past two days she has gone outside and played, came back in, did her homework and then went back out to play. I believe she only got to play on her fire last night for 15 minutes before it was time to hand it back over to mommy. It was nice not having to fight for her to give it back to me at bedtime and there was no fuss about her going to bed at all. It's a miracle!

For children who have special needs or who are on the spectrum or you would like to just watch how much time they are playing on electronics, then the fire is the way to go. This is something that my iPad Mini can't do and we are so blessed we did our research before buying her an iPad mini as well. Good choice for us! Plus we bought her an otterbox like case meaning it's protected from her drops she does sometimes. Yay!



Christy Nockels "Let It Be Jesus" Album Review & Giveaway


I love listening to music especially Christian music when I am studying for my tests or for my homework. I also love listening to it when just trying to relax for a bit before bed or trying to praise Him. I have listened to Christy Nockels before and have heard her songs before with other popular song artists like Chris Tomlin. But Christy just released her own album called "Let It Be Jesus" and I have fallen in love with many of the songs on the album. Christy has a beautiful voice and it's so powerful to listen to her songs and one of my favorite songs on the album is "The Wondrous Cross." While I have heard of the song before she makes the song seem more soulful and seem just like I want to listen to it over and over and over again! Here is the song list from the new album:

  1. Freedom Song
  2. My Anchor
  3. Everything is Mine in You
  4. The Wondrous Cross
  5. Let It Be Jesus
  6. Who Can Compare
  7. Jesus, Rock of Ages
  8. If You Never
  9. Leaning On You, Jesus
  10. Find Me At The Feet Of Jesus
  11. Wonderful Name
I have found this to be such a wonderful album to listen to in the car, at home or just anywhere. You can get this album on iTunes. Also be sure to check out Christy's Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram accounts. I am also giving away a Digital Copy of this Album that I got to review as well.

"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.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”