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September 12, 2014

Nowhere To Turn by Lynette Eason

The day Danielle Harding takes her 11-year-old son, Simon, and flees from her abusive husband, is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe--but in reality, the danger has just begun. When Kurt was alive, he took something important to a mysterious person. That person wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long . . .

While the romantic plot is predictable, as they are in most Christian fiction novels, the relationship between the mother and son is very touching. She flees her husband, trying to keep her son safe, but doesn't know that danger is following them. It's a good suspense novel, with many twists and turns that keep you turning the page.

A copy of this book was provided for this review, but the opinions expressed are solely my own.

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September 04, 2014

GIVEAWAY: The Identical Soundtrack (moving coming out September 5!!!)

About the film: 

The IDENTICAL tells the compelling story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. DREXEL HEMSLEY becomes an iconic 50’s rock ’n’ roll star, while RYAN WADE (Blake Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd) are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent’s vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend (Seth Green). Encouraged by his wife (Erin Cottrell) and employer (Joe Pantoliano), Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path - performing the legendary music of Drecel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country. As the brothers destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin which leads him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family, and his own identity.

This movie looks really good. I'm looking forward to seeing it when it comes out on DVD. With anywhere from 2-4 kids at any given time, due to being foster parents, it's hard to find sitters to go see a movie in theaters. Believe me, if I could, I would :-P.

View the Trailer Here: 

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GIVEAWAY: Can't find a spice? Try the Spicy Shelf!

Anyone who’s spent time searching for that one needed spice – knowing it’s there but unable to find it among the clutter of tins and bottles – will want Spicy Shelf™, the new solution that nearly doubles useable storage space while also making every spice in the cabinet easily visible. Guaranteed to fit any size cupboard or pantry, there’s no complicated installation – simply use existing shelf pins or the included freestanding legs.
I think this is a really useful item to have. It didn't happen to fit in our cabinets because we don't have a "just spices" cabinet so we have to fit all our food goods in one cabinet, but I hope they do in our next home. If not for spices, I have enough make up and nail polish to fill these shelves EASILY, but again, no counter space to stack these. I also love the idea of organizing spools of thread on these shelves, or art supplies. I could also see organizing my cake decorating tools with these. The possibilities are endless!

You can buy it here, with $5 off, or enter to win one. To buy, use Promo Code --  SPICE5  (that is a 5 not a S)

WIN IT: set of 2 Spicy Shelves

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September 03, 2014

PhantomFit Resistance Bands

PhantomFit Resistance bands are the best solution because they:
- Are perfect for physical therapy exercises all the way to intense workouts
- Works flawlessly for arm, ankle, and leg workouts
- Are separated by resistance level to meet your needs 
- Are extremely durable and long-lasting
- Are lightweight and portable

What's Included?
- 1 Blue "Light" Band
- 1 Red "Medium" Band
- 1 Green "Heavy" Band
- 1 Black "X-Heavy" Band

I got these in the mail about a week ago and started using them right away. What is nice about these is that you can easily tuck them next to the recliner to take our while watching TV, or tuck in your bag to use on your walk during water breaks or whatnot. I started on the medium resistance and just put them around my wrists and pulled apart and felt it in my upper arms right away, so I look forward to using these more and see what results I can achieve. I wish they came with some instructions or some pictures showing different ways to use these resistance bands. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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September 02, 2014

Giveaway: Party Time with Cascade Platinum

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

I love to host get-together's, whether it's at my home, or hosting in someone else's home. I often find myself browsing sites like Pinterest for fun crafty party ideas. Recently I co-hosted my mom's 60th birthday party which was a bit stressful but fun. I was able to come up with some neat party ideas like the "memory jar" which I loved, and my mom did too.

For her party we purchased a cake, but we made all sorts of fun foods like caramel popcorn, chocolate popcorn, chocolate chip cookie bars, bacon wrapped hotdogs, baked beans and more, but the disadvantage of hosting parties would have to be cleaning up the dishes afterwards. Especially dishes like baked beans and mac n cheese (see photos...what a mess!). Thankfully I had some Cascade Platinum to help with this. 

Cascade Platinum is designed to achieve a clean so powerful it helps to keep the dishwasher sparkling, while also delivering immaculately clean dishes each and every time (no-prewash needed!!!). It even powers through 24-hour stuck-on food! Don’t worry about food left on the dishes damaging your machine or pipes. Few people know that there is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers – but there is! That disposal works exactly like the disposal in your sink. This is something I learned recently.

With two little kids at home, we make a LOT of dishes, so it's nice to know I no longer have to pre-wash everything and worry about every little scrap of food making it into the trash or the sink disposal. If it saves me time, that makes me a happy momma!

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August 27, 2014

Buying Gift Cards at Meijer Before You Shop and #SaveX2

This post, information, and giveaway is sponsored by Tatu Digital Media.

If you are like me, you are always looking to make your dollar stretch as far as it can, and I know many of you do this for back to school shopping. Sometimes that means cutting coupons, sometimes it means shopping during sales, other times it means leaving something on the shelf you really really want, but just did not need, or didn't need at that price. Sometimes it means waiting until the SPCA is having a Buy One Get One Free deal on cats....hence the reason we have two!

We currently have an almost 2 yr old son, and a 3 month old daughter, and some people think it's sad that they don't get "new" clothing, but I say when you live within walking distance of a good will store, why buy brand new when you can find great clothing for cheap?!?! Do we buy gifts brand new...yes. Do we buy undergarments brand new....yes. But why do we need to buy pjs and shirts/shorts, or even jackets brand new. Kids grow out of things faster than they can wear them so most clothing looks brand new. 

Another thing we like to do is purchase giftcards when there are deals. Especially around the holidays many restaurants offer bonus giftcards or coupons/vouchers with the purchase of $25/$50/$100 dollars in giftcards. We do this and use them all year long. This is why I was thrilled to learn about these exciting Meijer deals below:

Buying gift cards at your local Meijer BEFORE you shop, dine or hit the town can not only save you money, but also earn you extra credit card rewards. Now through 9/6 (or 9/10 in Chicago, Indiana and Ohio), savvy shoppers can double dip on savings when they purchase gift select gift cards.

Here’s How:
 Promotional Offer: Get a $5 coupon toward your next shopping order when you buy

$50 in gift cards from: Unos, Cold Stone, The Children’s Place, Lane Bryant and Catherine’s, Steak and Shake, Express and Darden Restaurant Card.
 Earn Credit Card Rewards: By using your favorite rewards credit card to purchase, you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase. Some credit cards even offer increased rewards for purchases made at grocery.

Let's see how you can save $7.50 when you purchase $50 in participating gift cards:
 $5 off: When you buy two $50 cards (in two SEPARATE transactions). Be sure to use your mPerks card, and make note of the expiration date on your coupons!
 $1.50 back: If you earn 3% back on grocery purchases through your credit card

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August 26, 2014

GIVEAWAY: EnvyDerm Liquid Eyeliner

EnvyDerm liquid eyeliner highlights:

What it is:
An all day wear flake and fade-proof liquid eyeliner to nourish and help repair the look of your eyelashes. 

What it's used for:
EnvyDerm Eyelash Enhancement and Conditioning Liquid Eyeliner delivers long-lasting, rich, black color as it conditions to fortify and enhance the appearance of lashes. Formulated with Hydproplant specialized Peptides, hydrolyzed keratin,works at nourishing and caring for lashes, by boosting lashes thickness and length with extended use. Organic Moroccan Argan oil,  amino acids and Panthenol  nourish and strengthen weak, brittle lashes to help prevent breakage and add shine for a luxe look. 

Formulated without: Prostaglandin, Parabens, Gluten, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrolatum, Sulfates, Phthalates, GMO’s, Triclosan, Mineral Oils, Animal Derived Products, Nanopeptide, Lanolin, DEA, Parafin.

Dermatology safety Tested.  Cruelty Free. Made in USA.

I had previously been using a lash growth serum right before using this, so I can't say I noticed a difference after a few uses, but I did like how thick the liner was. It wasn't a runny consistency, making it easier to apply. It lasted all day, which was a plus. Oftentimes my makeup will last about 6 hours before fading, and my eyes need the extra "enhancement" otherwise I start to look tired very quickly...thanks genetics :-P. I'm looking forward to using this product longer and see how my lashes improve over time.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer

  • Records steps, distance, speed, calories and time with the world's most advanced Tri-Axis technology.
  • 3 Recording Modes: Today, Split & Total -- with a split screen display for multi-data views.
  • New 3D Tri-Axis Sensor (X, Y, Z plane detection) provides superior accuracy in any position.
  • Counts up to 1 million steps with built-in memory for 30 days of activity. Also features a Clock, Calendar & Sports Timer and Auto Sleep Mode technology.

Unfortunately, I could never get this to work correctly. It came with instructions, but I found them difficult to follow, and thus, it never worked for me. I saw numbers on the screen but didn't know what I was doing, and couldn't figure out how to set it up. I was really hoping to get this working as I walk with my kids a few times a week and wanted to know how far I was walking. Perhaps it was a defective pedometer, or maybe it was user error, I'm not sure. I would still give this a try if you want a small pedometer, but I can't say how it worked.

GIVEAWAY: Bella & Bear Eyelash Curler

t's a shame for you not to have curly, dramatic lashes when this little tool does it so easily!
✓ No pinch no pain curling
✓ Non slip handle
✓ Ergonomic design, to get every lash
✓ The Eye & Mighty eyelash curler lifts and curls like no other eyelash tool. You will know that you have found "the one"
✓ The spring loaded handle means you get a lot more lift with less pressure, say goodbye to straight lashes and hello to sexy curvy eyelashes!

How To Use The Curler
✓ With eyes wide open, position the lash curler at the base of your lashes
✓ Gently squeeze and hold for 10 seconds
✓ For added drama add 1 coat of mascara for a pretty daytime look
✓ 2 coats for a dramatic look

Voila, curly, dramatic lashes!

It is amazing what a little curl and a coat of mascara can do. I've used this a few times now, and it's a bit tougher to close than my previous eyelash curler, but I like the soft feel of the grips on the handles. It curls my lashes nicely, but requires a bit of dexterity to clamp them down. All in all, I am happy with the results!

WIN IT: One reader will win an eyelash curler for themselves!!!

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