Monday, September 29, 2014

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Game- Inspiring Fun and Creativity! #InfinityHeroes

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

My boys love their superheroes! When we first heard that a new 2.0 version of Disney Infinity Games was coming out featuring their favorite MARVEL characters, of course they wanted it. We already have the first version of Disney Infinity, so I wasn't 100% sure if we needed the new set or not. But you know how convincing kids can be, and so I decided we'd give it a try. Needless to say, they were happy little campers. I think my older teenage sons were just as excited about receiving the game, but of course being cool teens, they didn't vocalize it quite as much as the younger two. There has, however, been a lot of volunteering to "help" their little brothers with their Disney Infinity game, but they're not fooling me. My big boys are superhero fans through and through, and we all know you're never too old for Disney! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

If You Could Travel Anywhere, Where Would You Go? #GetGoing

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Over the years, my family has been blessed to travel together a lot, both within the US and beyond it's borders. The best place we've all traveled together has been to Melbourne, Australia. We've actually been there twice, and have loved every minute of it. The kids talk about going back all the time, and I pray that we will be able to in the future.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? From August 20 through October 1, 2014, Jif To Go® is celebrating life on-the-go by asking fans to share a picture of how they get going in the #GetGoing photo promotion. Fans can enter each week for a chance to win $1,000 to use for their next adventure.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

What does your PhD Look Like?

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation. #MC

When I say PhD, I don't mean a college degree. I mean, what does your Perfect Hair Day look like?
Does it take some time to get the perfect look you love or are you using the right products that make your perfect hair day easy to achieve?
My teenage daughter Arah and I both enjoy salon hair treatments, cuts and color. We use heat to style our hair almost everyday between the blow dryer and flat iron. As you can imagine, without the right products our hair can get damaged over time resulting in frizzy hair and split ends. I don't know about you, but I prefer for my style to last. For the last several weeks, we've been using Living Proof products for the first time ever- PhD shampoo, conditioner, 5-in-1 Styling Treatment, and the restore mask treatment. Speaking for myself, I have fallen in love with them. Speaking for my daughter, she says that her hair has never felt so soft and she's loving her gorgeous beachy waves.

Monday, September 22, 2014

How to Make a WWE Action Figure Toy Title Belt {With a Video Tutorial}

My boys love the WWE. It's one of those things that I'm not sure when or where it began, but before I knew it we were watching Smackdown and RAW and WWE Network...
And right along with them, I've learned more about professional wrestlers than I ever wanted to know.
That really has nothing to do with this post, but I'm just keeping it real here. Need WWE facts? Well, my brain is now a wealth of knowledge thanks to being schooled by my third grader.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nerd Day Costume Ideas for Homecoming Week!

Nerds are so cute!
It's homecoming at my kids high school, so they've put together a few really fun costumes for Spirit Week.
If you're looking for a quick and easy costume, you can never go wrong being a nerd. And let's admit it, nerds are so much cooler now than they used to be!

To create a nerd look, there are a few things to look for, and almost all of them can be found very inexpensively at a local thrift store, if not already in your home...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer {Weekend Reads}

Have I ever mentioned in all the book reviews I've written here on the blog how much I love intelligent characters? I mean, it's great when the hero in the novel is smart and the heroine can actually carry on a conversation. Novels that are mostly internal dialogue or that are based on lack of communication just don't really do it for me. Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer is exactly what I love in a book.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Chalkboard Map Pallet Art {DIY}

Right now we're working on a big building revision at my church, and part of that is a giant map installation created from reclaimed wood. It's going to be amazing. As part of the creative team there, we've been working on logistics and what-not to get it going.
I put together a mini prototype version as an example of what our final product will look like using pallet wood, foamboard, and chalkboard paint. I figured I'd share it here with you in case you should ever be so inclined to create something similar. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears {Weekend Reads}

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears is the first in her Unexpected Brides series. There is a prequel novella called Love by the Letter, which takes place 18 years prior. A Bride for Keeps is stand alone from this novella, but I do recommend reading Love by the Letter because it's a sweet and easy read, and it introduces the readers to each of the beloved characters.
A Bride for Keeps is historical Christian fiction. It's in the mail-order bride genre, which isn't really a typical setting for me to read, but I've found that the "marriage of convenience" storyline is pretty interesting. If you've read the book or seen the movie Love Comes Softly by Janette Oake, then you're familiar with these plots.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bulletproof Picasso: New Music from Train #BulletproofPicasso #O2O

I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

When you hear favorite songs like Hey Soul Sister, Drops Of Jupiter, and even Calling All Angels by the Grammy winning band Train, it's hard not to tap your foot and sing along. If you're a fan like I am, then I'm guessing you'll also be as excited as I was to hear that their 7th studio album Bulletproof Picasso is being released on September 16th!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Choosing and Purchasing New Furniture- My Sauder Experience

I haven't purchased a new piece of furniture for my home in a very long time. Why? Because I usually keep myself on a strict budget and of course being a DIYer I like to "just see what I can come up with". However, my front room has been in need of a serious makeover for years, so when I had the opportunity to choose and purchase a brand new piece of furniture from Sauder I was so excited! I knew I wouldn't have to adjust, paint, fix, or do anything to my new furniture, simply choose it, order it, assemble it, and enjoy it.

Although I do like to be thrifty, I also know that when purchasing a new piece of furniture, I don't want to skimp on style but, I do still want to be budget conscious. Thankfully, the Sauder experience is just right for my goals.

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