Saturday, February 22, 2014

Handmade Cards












Rings!

Inspired by the wonderful and talented Amy Cornwell: Wrap Button Rings


Inspired by My Beads

Bracelets!

Button Bracelets: Very easy to make and wear
Inspired by Disney Family



Button & Leather Bracelets: These are even easier and can be made with hemp or twine as well.  The combinations of buttons and string are endless to fit your needs and personality.


Suede and Gold Bracelet:  The juxtaposition of the bright, hard metal and the soft, muted suede makes this piece not only versatile but unique.
Inspired by Fashion Diva Design's 26 DIY Summer Inspiration Ideas

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Well, hello, 2014!

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I looked back at blog posts and realized it took me TWO years to complete my 2012 goals.  That's okay, right?

Here is what I want to accomplish in 2014:
(1) Read 52 books (that can include cook books, craft books, novels, non-fiction, etc. as long as I read them front to back)
(2) Vacate the "fat girl" role: I no longer want to be overweight. Standard BMI calculators indicate I should be 153 pounds to be out of "overweight" range.  I'm not in a hurry, but I sure want this.  Small changes will be key.
(3) Incorporate more organic and free-range food into my diet.  By the end of the year, I hope that at least 25% of my groceries are such.
(4) Make more home-made gifts.  They are unique and special, plus, crafting is a great way to exercise creativity and is a bit therapeutic!

What are your goals?

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Holistic Honey Body Lotion - Review & Giveaway



Made From Earth is a company dedicated to bringing their customers the best the organic market can offer in face treatments, body lotions, hair, bath and lip balms.  Their products are free from toxic ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Parabens, and Petrochemicals and Phthalates.  They are made with all natural fragrances and colors.

There are many incredible products on their website, including Rooibos Tea Facial Scrub, and Green Tea Toxin Cleanser, Olive Night Creme.

Their line of body lotions are specified for your skin type including Lavender Calm Lotion w/ Jojoba  for normal skin, Organic Aloe & Jojoba Creme Therapy for dry skin, and  Holistic Honey Body Lotion for sensitive skin.

I have sensitive skin so I was very interested in the Holistic Honey Body Lotion.  I was excited because most products for sensitive skin are devoid of any great smells so I feel like I'm missing out!  But this lotion was amazing.  It was sweet with hints of vanilla cake (and all natural!).  The lotion was amazing--it was in between a lotion and a cream given the way it felt on the skin.  It seemed to absorb better into my skin than any other lotion I've used.  It created a feeling of well conditioned skin that lasted a full 24 hours.

What a great product!  I'm so happy I found it and I highly recommend it for anyone with sensitive skin who is looking for a quality skin moisturizer.  

Now you can win your very own bottle!

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What I Wish I Knew at 18 - Book Review & Giveaway

From the Website:

About the Book: What I Wish I Knew at 18

Life Lessons for the Road Ahead by Dennis Trittin

What I Wish I Knew at 18 is an engaging, comprehensive, and conversational book written to help young adults achieve success in life. It provides practical, road-tested wisdom in essential life arenas as life perspective, character, relationships and communication, spiritual life, handling adversity, personal productivity, college academics, career selection and advancement, love and marriage, and managing finances. Through illustration, instruction, and reflective questions, the book reveals 109 success pointers that auger a soaring launch into adulthood. Unique in scope, universal in its message, and timely in its wisdom, What I Wish I Knew at 18 is designed to serve as an invaluable life coach.

Although conversationally written to graduates, What I Wish I Knew at 18 also is destined to become the definitive parenting guide to preparing children for fulfilling and thriving adulthood. Its comprehensive focus on both deeper subjects (character, relationships, purpose) and key decision areas (career, marriage, finances) provides parents a never before seen vision for successful preparation at this critical milestone. Parents will not only know all the essential bases to cover, but also the desired outcomes for their children in key areas of life. Children who embody the success principles and values captured in this book are well equipped to reach their full potential and positively impact the world.

My Notes: I read this book before giving it to a very special 18 year old for her birthday.  I was a bit cynical prior to reading it, thinking: "How much wisdom could man in his 50s instill to a girl not even 20?"  Well, I was impressed and happily wrong.  So many of the lessons Trittin are trying to instill are Christian based that we hope our children learn, absorb, and follow.   For example: Cultivate a Servant Heart, Choose Reconciliation over Grudges, Don't Define Success by Riches, etc.
Though this book is aimed at teenagers, it really can be read, enjoyed, and valued by anyone of any age.  It can be your go-to book on your nightstand because reading it once will not be enough.  It offers great reminders for the things that we know are true and right.

I was thankful to be given this book to review and now you have your chance to read it to.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

OraMD - Review & Giveaway


 I was happy to review this ALL NATURAL product and pleasantly surprised with the results!  Here are the reasons why I was so excited to try this product:
  • 100% Natural botanical oil - Only three simple ingredients:
    • peppermint (anti-bacterial)
    • spearmint (anti-inflammatory)
    • almond oil (a simple base)
    • No GMOs
    • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (I've read too many articles citing that this can be a cause of canker sores as well as other dangers)
  • It's Vegan and NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
  • Creates a very healthy mouth!
  • It's more cost effective than regular oral hygiene routines
  • It's an all-in-one product and so easy to carry in your purse    

I'm sure I had a concern that was common for most people considering this product.  Does it really work?  How can just 2-3 drops really clean my entire mouth?  Those are fair questions!
But, the verdict is, that it does work!  Those 2-3 drops are very effective.  Just drip onto your toothbrush and go to town.  You get the clean, fresh feeling that you would with any drug store toothpaste.

Something AMAZING that I found with this product is that it actually helped the healing of my canker sores.  Which makes sense because of the healing properties of the natural oils it is made of.

Want to try it for yourself?  Here's your chance!

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The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out OraMD and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge.  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports called 1) “The 6 Hidden Dangers In Toothpaste” and 2) “Why The FDA Requires A Warning Label On Your Toothpaste.”  That’s a total value of over $40.00!

  

VeggieTales: The Little House That Stood - Review & Giveaway


Greetings Readers!  I am happy to bring you this review and giveaway for the newest VeggieTales flick, The Little House that Stood.

"About The Little House That Stood
When the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses, they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue! Larry builds with hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation - following the wise plans from the Master Builder's Handbook! Will the Little Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses - and their lives - on solid ground? Find out in this parable that shows kids when they follow God's blueprints, then can stand strong when the storms come! "

What an adorable movie, like all of the VeggieTales movies are.  Our sweet, loveable characters help us learn about making good choices.  This show is well-written, has an incredible meaning, is educational, entertaining, and appropriate for all viewers.  What more could one ask for?
In addition to the endearing retelling of The Three Little Pigs, there is a portrayal of Humpty Dumpty which encourages its viewers learn about lending a hand when someone is in need.

And in case we needed more help making this special movie even more impactful, there is a Parent's Discussion Guide which helps parents lead their children into thinking more deeply and considering their own behavior and emotions and refers to passages in the Bible that can reiterate Godly behavior.

I'm so thankful for movies like VeggieTales that are safe and wholesome for our children!  And I'm thankful that I am able to share this movie with you as well!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, November 16, 2012

ShowerPill Review & Giveaway

"Not a pill, not a shower and definitely not a baby wipe...
It's the hygiene supplement to maintain your freshness while you lead an active, busy lifestyle."



The ShowerPill was created for moms on-the go as it is basically a “Shower” in a wipe for when you just need to freshen up.  It was created by former athletes that remembered being in high school and not showering after PE or football practice because of the fears of getting naked in front of their immature peers.  They sought to create a solution that was made for athletes, but perfect for everyone.  It consists of a premium wipe that feels sort of like a wash cloth, not the baby wipes people are accustomed to, kills 99.9% of all germs without alcohol and is infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.  It is a mothers dream comes true because it will keep you and your family fresh and decrease the chance of getting nasty skin infections like MRSA.

My review: Awesome!  Awesome!  Awesome!  They are the perfect convenience for the busy lifestyle.  Whether you're a mom, an athlete, a gym lover, or just a workaholic with a hectic schedule, these can come in handy at any time.  Woke up late for work?  You're covered!  Have the motivation to fit in a work-out midday?  You'll be fine!  That cutie finally caught your eye, but you've been sweating from dancing all night?  Remember the secret weapon in your purse, the ShowerPill!
I'm not the only one who loves these things!  I checked out Amazon.com and every single review is 5 stars!  Everyone agrees that they are convenient and effective:
"These large, durable 9x8 inch premium moistened antibacterial body wipes have the versatility to kill germs found on the dirtiest linebacker yet be gentle enough for women. Superior quality and thickness guarantee that it will clean your entire body in one single-use without tearing or losing its form. ShowerPill's alcohol-free formula is proven to kill more than 99.99% of common germs, including Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Escherichia Coli (E Coli), to reduce the chance of infection. Infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to leave skin feeling clean and moisturized with no sticky residue."

Enter here for your chance to try them yourself!

 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Father of Lights - DVD Review & Giveaway

"Religious spirit is more concerned with what we look like than what we really are."

Jake Deere, Dallas, Texas



I am so pleased to be sharing with my readers Father of Lights,a memorizing documentary by Darren Wilson seeking to display the heart of God.  This 98 minute film moves through visions of the impossible.  Wilson, on a personal journey to film God and understand His character, introduces viewers to individuals receiving God's love in surprising places.  A pastor touches the heart of a young woman in the middle of a booming dance club amidst half naked, gyrating ladies.  A Chicago Christian brings a leader of the Latino Kings to tears while beginning a personal relationship with God.  A former drug addict shares the love and power of Jesus across the world by healing the physically pained.  These and others moments in the film can only be understood as miracles.

Wilson mentions several times in the documentary the love of God.  He expresses frustration in those that preach a God of hate.  In coming into contact with demonstrator in Venice Beach, Wilson asks him if he may be more effective if his approach was loving instead of rebuking.  Though the demonstrator holding the sign something similar to "God hates fags", he felt as if his approach was, in fact, loving.  What this moment captures is the belief that instilling fear in others will bring them to God, when others, such as Greg Boyd from the Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, believe in AGAPE love.  God is not angry.  As Wilson states, "The truth, as you will see vibrantly in this film, is that He is the most loving, compassionate, and wonderful Father you can imagine."

I am thankful for this film.  I am thankful for bringing me back to the Holiness which is God.  I am thankful for the reminder of His intense, flawless, and enduring love.  I am, again, humbled by His gift of grace--that I am His child and He is my Father and I do not need to earn it.  At the end of this film, I cried.  No.  I sobbed.  I was refreshed and renewed.  I was reminded.  I was brought Home.

"Your love is a light filling my eyes"
Jesus Culture

Interested?  Purchase your own copy via Wanderlust or Amazon OR win your very own copy here!



Monday, September 17, 2012

Colonial Candles

 

Hey Blogger Friends,
The darling at Pink Dandy Chatter is hosting an exciting giveaway for a set of autumn inspired Colonial Candles.  I would highly recommend ya'll head over there and enter or purchase them yourself.  See you there!




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Glass Etching Giveaway & How-To

Win free personalized glass etching here:


Win! Win! Win!

Also learn how to do it yourself at their great website:

Glass Etching by Cream (I've tried this by myself without any tutorials and it's hard...WATCH the tutorial!)

Via Sandblasting

Via Hydroflouric Acid

Engraving (Multiple methods of engraving)