May 22, 2015

Princess for a day, why not?

I remember the days of proms and formals fondly. When you're in high school you live for events like these. While I wasn't super close to people at my high school I had a strong group of friends from church that I loved attending these functions with. I know that I always liked the chance to get my hair and nails done and find a dress to make me feel like a princess for the night. Normally I was a simple person, jeans and t-shirts, nothing fussy, but on dance nights, I went all out. Pictures below are from my high school proms [this was before the day of digital cameras and we had to use....gasp...FILM :-P]. 

My mom and I would go to at least a dozen stores before we found a prom dress that we both liked. Of course it had to be conservative enough to please my mom, and bold enough (in color) to meet with my approval. I loved the bold reds and blues. Although the fashions have certainly changed since I was in high school, I don't think that desire to look amazing has changed. As you can see below I still like to pretend I'm a princess from time to time. 

Back when I was in school the fashion was a-line dresses with spaghetti straps in solid colors. Now a days anything goes. The dresses with cutouts and floral prints seem to be all the rage, but then there are stunning elegant dresses like the ones below...

I realize I sound like an 80 year old woman now, but I'm only 31, but I can already see how the fashions are moving with the time. Sometimes more skin doesn't mean sexier. I've seen lace covered sleeved dresses that are so much more sexy than a mini dress with a small amount of fabric.  The dresses above are classy, sexy and elegant without being revealing or skimpy.

So if you are in the market for a gown, prom dress, wedding dress etc, head on over to beformal. The dresses pictured above come from this shop. It's is an online site selling wedding dresses, prom dresses, homecoming dresses, holiday dresses, etc. They have a wide variety of dresses in all shapes, colors, lengths and patterns. I think there's something for everyone!

GIVEAWAY: Children's Miracle Network & $25 Walmart GC Giveaway

Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. To show support for the organization and the one in 10 kids in North America who are treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year, Walmart and Pampers have teamed up to donate $200,000 in the month of June. If you'd like to find out more or donate, visit to do so.

While I don't have a personal experience with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, I have had foster children that relied on the NICU, and its experienced staff to thrive in the world. Great medical care can make all the difference. 

What does CMNH do?
·         Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year
·         One in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year
·         Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms
·         Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children
·         U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012

Here is Riley from Indiana's story:
Arriving three and a half months before her due date, Riley must have known she had important work to do in this world and was eager to get started.

Weighing a mere 1 pound 10 ounces, Riley’s future was uncertain from the beginning. Her parents had to wait an excruciating three weeks before they could hold their daughter for the first time. After heart surgery and 90 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, baby Riley was finally able to go home.

Today, Riley is living a full and healthy life. But she hasn’t forgotten the hospital that made it all possible — and even inspired her name. To show her appreciation, Riley has shared her story at 120 Dance Marathon events, inspiring local students to raise needed funds for her hospital, including support for the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center, pediatric cancer research and a program that helps relieve and prevent patient suffering. She loves giving other kids the chance to get better..

Please share your journey with CMNH in the comments, if you have one, or know someone who does!

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THE LION KING comes to Philadelphia

The Lion King's Broadway show hit the Philadelphia stage this week, and I'm so glad I got to experience it. Many of you are familiar with Disney's movie, The Lion King and it's popular tunes. The Broadway version follows the same storyline with a few added scores, but it is not only for children, but adults of all ages.

Sitting in our seats I was surrounded by people of all ages, all cheering, laughing, and I saw a few dabbing at their eyes when the mood of the show grew sad. The costumes and make up are amazing, but amazing isn't a strong enough word. Stunning. Impressive. Awe-Inspiring.

The show begins with "animals" stomping down the aisles toward the stage. When I say "animals" I mean people dressed as animals, but you don't know how true to life they are until you see this show. They had animals that stood ceiling high and "birds" flying through the air. It's a truely impressive show and I think everyone should see it!

In Philadelphia, THE LION KING will play  at the Academy of Music, Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm, matinees Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm. Additional weekday matinees are scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 2:00 pm and Thursday, June 11 at 1:00 pm.

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Anyone who has known me for more than a few years knows that one of my biggest physial concerns is the dark blue circles below my eyes. No, I'm not tired all the time; it's genetic. As a kid I was always told by my teachers that I looked tired. Or people would ask me if I was feeling well. It got old real fast. I was thrilled when I was allowed to start wearing makeup in middle school to cover these circles. This is why I'm always looking for beauty products that will make my skin look healthier and younger, but also dimish the bags. I can't wait to try this organic eye serum and anti-wrinkle moisturizer products!

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Live Infinitely Fruit Infused Water Bottles are a ton of fun. When I first got it, I experienced some leaking after I screwed the top and bottom back on, but that could have been user error. After using it a few more times I didn't have this issue. When I contacted the company about the leaking problem they promptly sent me a replacement in case there was a problem. I'm very pleased with my bottle and enjoy my fruity water. It makes me feel healthy!


I received this bottle for review but opinions expressed are 100% my own.

May 18, 2015

Motivate Your Child Action Plan (MYCAP) by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN

You will learn:
• How to build a strong conscience to strengthen internal motivation
• How faith changes kids in practical, down-to-earth ways
• Ways to help self-focused kids think of others
• A strategy to help kids who tend to blame, rationalize, or defend 
• Ways to use consequences for heart change
• Specific heart-based strategies to develop responsibility and initiative

Check out the Book Trailer Here:

I've been reading this for the past week now, and it's such an eye opening book. Sure you hear all the time what you should be doing to raise good kids, but they break it down into simple things you can do. The focus is to parent your child's heart. Every behavior or problem your child is dealing with comes down to the heart. The first step is to pray for your child's heart. Pray, pray, pray! From there the book goes through many things you can do to help your child.

My son is getting mad when we don't respond to his request/question immediately he gets upset and reacts by screaming, spitting and throwing things. So when I examine the behavior the central theme is "impatience." The book breaks it down into step we can take to help him deal with this central emotion or heart issue, so we started having him count to 10 or 20 after he asked mom or dad to do something. The goal is that he will start doing this without being asked and we can prevent the immediate melt downs when we can't respond right away.

It's already making me think about how I parent and how I need to prayerfully make changes in our life to help our son progress through these difficult times. 

Received a copy of this book for review, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

May 12, 2015

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I've been trying this for two weeks, and have not noticed much difference yet. I dont generally have sensitive skin, but some creams make me get more acne, some make my skin feel tighter, and some sting. Unfortunately this cream did stings  the sensitive skin near my eyes a few times, but they were usually after a rough make up removal so skin was vulnerable. It comes in a very cheap, generic looking bottle, and I'm not convinced it's worth it yet! I got it at steep discount, but This opinion is 100% my own.

May 10, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Pink Zebra

Fragrances touch all of our senses, evoking memories and stimulating our moods. The aroma of cookies baking in the oven brings to mind happy times spent in the kitchen surrounded by family and friends. A folded basket of warm, fresh laundry implies clean and pure. Fragrance is what Pink Zebra is all about and what we enjoy bringing to you. Pink Zebra Sprinkles are a unique scented wax melt that is available in over 50 different scents – combining different scents together allows you to make your own custom blend. 

A friend of mine is a consultant for Pink Zebra, which is located not far from me in Lancaster PA. What is Pink Zebra you ask? It's a brand that offers home fragrances in the form of sprinkles, wax, candles, lotions, soaks and reed differs. And before you think, oh it's just another candle company, think again. I got a sample of their cinnamon raisin cookie sprinkles, and my entire kitchen smelled like I was on a baking frenzy all afternoon. I'm not normally a "scent" person, but I liked what I smelled with Pink Zebra.

Sprinkles can be used in warmers, in closets, in candles, in trash cans, and so many other ways.

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Fatal Trauma by Richard Mabry, M.D.

About this Book:
When Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson are held at the mercy of a dangerous gunman, the lives of every emergency room patient are at stake. At the end of the evening three men are dead. One of them is a police officer who couldn't be saved despite Mark's best efforts. The other two are members of the feared Zeta drug cartel.

Though the standoff is over, the killing is not, because when the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor.

At the height of the conflict, three questions remain: Who is the shooter? Who will the next victim be? And can Mark prove his innocence before the gun turns on him?

My Thoughts:
Richard Mabry's books never cease to amaze me. Within a matter of pages I was pulled in as the doctors deal with a hospital being held ransom by gunpoint because they want the hospital staff to save their friend, and we later find out that there's more to it. It turns out the shooter is a member of the drug cartel, and they seek revenge on all the hospital staff involved in trying to save his friend. The people you think are bad, aren't always and vice versa. In the midst of trying to stay alive, a romance and spiritual enlightenment are taking place. The book is fast paced, captivating and completely engrossing. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more by Mabry. 

May 09, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Vespiral Slicer makes Veggies FUN!

Vespiral slicer makes vegetables fun! It's a slicer that lets you essentially make long strands/strings of vegetables, like pasta. If you are having a problem getting your child to eat their veggies, you may want to try this. I tried it with zucchini tonight, and it looked like thick pasta. While I haven't tried it on my two year old, I can't wait to!

I received this product for review but opinion expressed it completely my own.

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I won't do this when I'm a mom...or so I thought! Happy Mother's Day!

What I said before I became a parent over 2 years ago...

1. I will never use a sound machine because babies need to get used to all noises and surroundings. I don't want them to become dependent on a white noise machine or they won't fall asleep without it.

2. I will not use a swing to put my baby to sleep. They should e able to adjust to sleeping on their back, so we can put them down when we are visiting family or friends. We don't want to bring a swing with us everywhere.

3. I won't be one of those parents who posts a million photos of their child on social media and floods the newsfeeds. Those parents are so annoying. They think their kid is the cutest, funniest etc.

4. I won't let the animals near my child. They could hurt the baby, and the fur would get on everything, not to mention those dog kisses (yuck). It's just not sanitary.

5. I won't work my schedule around my child's. The child needs to adapt to my schedule. Some parents will schedule everything around nap tim and bed time, and that's just rediculous.

.....AND THEN I BECAME A MOM....and this all went down the drain.

1. I quickly learned that sound machines are life savers and keep your child from waking at every little sound. 

2. I learned that the swing is a sleep saver. My son would wake up every two hours, but the swing would lull him back to sleep for another few hours. This saved me from many sleepless nights. 

3. To the third point, Yes, I was one of those parents who couldn't take enough photos of her son, and gladly shared them with the world.

4. I learned that our animals are amazing with children and our dog was even protective of our son when we first brought him home. She wouldn't let the cats near him for the first few weeks, but now they're all buddies. I was worried unnecesarily. Braeden and our dog, Millie, are best friends as you can see.

5...and Finally I learned that sometimes you do need to work your schedule around your child's needs. I learned that having a cranky toddler who missed his nap is not enjoyable, and makes for a very ugly rest of the day. Sometimes the child's need for sleep is more important than having a social life. 

What I'm trying to say is that many of the things you think you know about being a parent change when you actually become one. Cut yourself some slack! 

Happy Mother's Day to all you mommies or mommies to be!

April 29, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Dial Kids and Dial Baby wash

Dial is excited to announce its entry into the babies’ personal care with Dial® Baby Body & Hair Wash developed with pediatric dermatologists for babies’ perfect skin. It gently removes environmental dirt for a head to toe clean. 

Also introducing Dial® Kids Foaming Hand Wash developed with pediatric dermatologists that makes hand washing fun for all ages! 

While my son has really bad eczema and can't use many soaps on his body, he LOVES to wash his hands, as you can see from the happy expression on his little face. He asks to wash his hands every time he's in the bathroom, or when mom goes to the bathroom, or dad, or pretty much any human. :-P

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