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January 22, 2018

Why visit Lancaster?

As many of you may know my family and I enjoy traveling to Lancaster for vacation. We've gone there the past 2 summers and have made some great memories. We love the slowed pace that life has when we're out that way. If you're wondering what else Lancaster has to offer besides farms, then just keep reading... 

 Our family really enjoys going on long drives or long walks to see the cows, farms, the Conestoga river flowing by. It's so peaceful and something we don't have much of where we live. If you're not really into farms or animals, then try stopping at a road side stand for a fresh baked soft pretzel, a bite to eat or an ice cream cone. What's not to like about stopping for food? Food is the highlight of my vacations. I don't have to make it, and it always tastes better. Those of you who are moms out there know what I'm talking about, right? ;-) 

There are cultural experiences like visiting an Amish farm, taking a buggy ride, touring a one room schoolhouse and more. We from these, but the don't usually flock to these as a family as out kids are young, but they are a great way to learn about a different culture and way of living. Summer break doesn't mean the kid's don't learn anything. There are always learning experiences. 

If you want to amp up your kids learning adventures when you visit Lancaster, try visiting a snapology location. At Snapology children will be guided through hands on activities using things they already love: LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. Great for children ages 1-14. They offer classes, camps and parties that are so fun I bet kids won't even realize they're learning. That's the best kind of learning in my opinion. My oldest son would LOVE this. I wish I'd learned about it in time to go this past Summer. There's always next year!

We also visited the Turkey Hill Experience while we were in the area. I have to be honest and say this was a let down for the adults, but the kids had a good time. My boys loved the small slide and ball pit at the very end, and of course, the endless scoops of ice cream. It's something to do, but if you ask me, I'd say skip it. There are more interesting things to see and do.

If you're into shopping, then look no further. Lancaster has several sets of outlets. They have the Tanger and Rockvalle outlets. They have store ranging from high end names like Lord & Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft to Charlotte Russe and Rue21 to home stores like L.L. Bean and more. I feel like there is a store for everyone.

I think it's a really great place to go for a family vacation. It has great food, shops, family activities and peace and quiet. That's all I ask for in a good vacation spot. What's your favorite vacation spot? Let me know below!

November 19, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Kutless Alpha/Omega Album

With their upcoming album ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and
have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core - rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”

It's a fun and upbeat album that the whole family can enjoy!

Buy the record here:
Check out the music video here:

WIN IT: One reader will win this album for themself

HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 on the same blog, 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

November 13, 2017

Holiday Glitzing and Gifting Inspiration

If you need some holiday gift ideas, or holiday shimmer and shine ideas, check out these videos for some inspiration!

Glitter Options:

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Love Green, Try this...

Japonesque Holiday Collection:

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October 23, 2017

Things you don't think about...

When we decided to adopt and become foster parents, we knew that we could get children with different ethnicities than us, and that could bring new challenges we've never had to deal with before. We quickly learned when we adopted our first son that hair and skin care for African Americans is very different. My son struggled with eczema horribly for years to the point where his face and scalp were cracking, bleeding and pussing. We saw countless dermatologists, allergists etc. We tried so many wholistic products, natural products, oils, bleech water baths (doctor prescribed; I know it sounds awful), creams, washes, balms. You name it, we probably tried it, but nothing seemed to work for more than a few weeks.

Thankfully at almost 5 years old he has mostly outgrown his eczema, but the dry scalp remains. Someone suggested using hair product with tea tree oil because they have a bacteria fighting property. I know tea tree oil is used in combatting acne, and I've had success with this myself, so why not try it on his scalp? Around the same timethat this was suggested to us a company reached out to me asking if I'd like to try their tea tree shampoo. Coincidence? I think not!

I've been using this on B for the past few weeks and we've been able to let his hair grow a bit because his scalp isn't as dry under his hair. We formerly had to buzz it every few weeks to keep the dry skin at bay. We've also added coconut oil to his daily hair care regimen, and those two together seem to be working splendidly. He keeps saying he wants to grow his hair and get braids like his sister. :)

P.S. Try their free samples program!!!

If anyone else has hair or skin product suggestions for kids who suffer from eczema, please leave them below. We are always looking for products that work!

October 09, 2017

Youtube Made me!!!

If you're anything like me, you enjoy filling your free time with Youtube videos. I'm guilty of watching the funny animal videos, the "men try it" videos which are hilarious, and of course, the beauty tutorials and reviews. Because I've spent so much time on Youtube, it has influenced some of my shopping decisions. To find out what, check out the video below:

GIVEAWAY: Jeremy Camp

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.

I've been a Jeremy Camp fan since my freshman year of college when I first discovered his music. It's energetic, beautifully written, and I never got tired of his albums. His newest, "The Answer" is no exception!  JEREMY CAMP’S “THE ANSWER” came out October 6th, and I've been listening to it non stop since it arrived!

Listen to one of the songs from this album below:

WIN IT: One of my readers will win this album for themself!!! 

 HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Birthday Freebies!!!

There are so many things you can get for free just for having a birthday, and we all have them! :-P

 Check out this video to find out some birthday freebies you may not know about:


October 04, 2017

Matt Redman's Glory Song Album

About the album:
Matt Redman teamed up with several of his worship-artist friends for this album, first
releasing the track “Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard).” Tasha Cobbs
Leonard also released her own version of this song on the same day! The album also
features Kierra Sheard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham, and Kim Walker-Smith.

Social Corner:
Gracefully Broken Top Of The Tower Live Video:
Buy Link:

My Thoughts:
I found this album to be very one-note. All the songs had the same vibe, and same intensity, so I didn't really notice one song I liked or disliked more than the others. A little too monotonous for my taste. I prefer albums with a bit of variety to them. Some faster tempo, some slower etc. If you enjoy mellow music, you would enjoy this album.

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 on the same blog, 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.

September 13, 2017

GIVEAWAY & Visiting Ohio?

I feel like high school is the time when you make the closest friends as a kid, and some of them stick with you until you're an adult. I had a friend who was my go-to person all throughout middle and high school, and when she left the state for college I was crushed, but thankfully she only went one state away to Ohio. 

When my husband and I were dating, I still remained close to this friend, so we made a trip out to Columbus to visit her and see the campus where she went to college (Cedarville FYI) and it was beautiful.  Cedarville looks like a quaint city full of charm. It was a perfect fit for her, so I can see why she chose this, and then why she stayed in Ohio after college. 

While in Ohio, we toured the campus and buildings, ate at some local restaurants [see giveaway at the bottom], took photos on an old train track, did some shopping and, of course, spent some QT with our friend. Good memories!

So sometimes it can be hard if a friend relocates, or if you yourself have to relocate and leave people and places behind, but it's so much easier if you have someone to help you with that transition. Sooo....If you are looking for a change and are looking to relocate to Ohio, head on over to HER Realtors to get started on your search!

WIN IT: One reader will win a $25 Gift card to a Max & Erma's restaurant (a local, and chain)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

August 31, 2017

Gift Ideas Gallore!

So I recently came across a site called Uncommon Goods, which has some really unique gift ideas, but if you're not in the market for a gift, they have home decor/fashion/culinary items and more for yourself. Why not? 

As the Summer turns to Fall, holiday shopping season is not that far away. It's never too early to start thinking of ideas for the people on your shopping list. And if you don't celebrate Christmas, then consider this a great place to find an assortment of anniversary gifts and personalized gifts.  
Below is a little information about this company.

"Founded in 1999 and 
headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items, and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. We run all our operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. We make it our mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what we sell is made by hand. Most of the jewelry products, home décor and table top items we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way."

I was particularly interested in the gifts for book lovers, like the "Novel Teas," which combines two loves of mine: books and tea! Each tea bag has a quote from a famous novel. It can't get any better than that. They also have a wide assortment of bookends from cats to elephants, to demolition equipment, to bicycles, so you can find one that suits your likes and personal style. They have so many fun and unique gift ideas, I'd definitely check it out when making your holiday shopping lists!

And what makes this company even greater is their customer service, and that they give back to the community! First, UncommonGoods has been awarded for outstanding customer service every year since 2007. In 2015, they

achieved the BizRate Platinum Circle of Excellence award, their highest achievement level yet. Second,  as an independently-owned business, they have the freedom to support causes they believe in and to impact the world in a positive way. With every purchase you make, they donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice. Since they started the Better to Give program 12 years ago, they’ve donated over $1Million to charities around the world!

August 20, 2017

Fault Lines by Thomas Locke


August 17, 2017

Unleashed - Movie Review

In UNLEASHED, a cosmic event turns Emma's dog and cat into two perfect guys, forcing her to reconsider her outlook on dating, hilariously work out her trust issues, and ultimately learn to love herself. 



I have to admit, I'm #teamcat in my life, haha. We have two cats and a dog, and the reason we do is because my husband is a dog-person, and I am a cat-person, and when we married, it wouldnt have been fair to have just one or the other. We decided it would be neither or both from the get go. So first we adopted the cats. It was supposed to be just one, but they were buy one get one free from the rescue, so we ended up with to. Woo hoo! Next came our black lab, who was also a rescue, so animals have a special place in our hearts!

I expected to like this movie, but from the get go, I thought it was pretty rediculous. People turning into animals, humans acting like animals. Both "animals" trying to win the heart of their owner, all the while knowing how it would end. I won't spoil it, but you could see it coming. :) The acting was just so-so. I also didn't love the cursing seemingly tossed in. I thought this was a family-friendly movie, but I wouldn't have let my kids watch this because of the profanity. It was a funny movie, so it did have that going for it. :)

Thanks to Tethergroup for a chance to pre-sceen this movie!

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