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September 18, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Fandango Giftcard



ABOUT Little Women:

Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends.
From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.

Coming to Theaters Nationwide on Friday, 9/28/18!!!
Watch the Trailer Here:


WIN: $25 Fandango Giftcard!!!

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September 17, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Healed by Grace DVD




ABOUT

Jesse is approaching her 15th birthday and the only gift she desires is a horse. Unbeknownst to Jesse, her mother Brandy is in the throes of a cancer diagnosis which has Jesse’s father jumping through unexpected obstacles.  He signs Jesse up for summer camp, but when summer camp falls through he decides to have her stay with her estranged grandfather, an old gruff horse trainer named Gauff. Gauff, still recovering from the death of a special horse named Grace, now faces the challenges of teen negotiation. Gauff finds he must swallow his pride and ask his daughter Brandy for forgiveness.  A humorous and inspiring story of how God’s grace works in mysterious ways.

I personally love a good animal movie that will move me to tears, and this was no exception.
Available on DVD on Sep. 18
Watch a clip here:

WIN IT: HEALED BY GRACE combo pack

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July 04, 2018

Thank A Teacher


Create and upload a teacher thank-you for a chance to win a $10,000 classroom makeover, $1,000 for you and your teacher and even have your thank-you note featured on a box of Crayola crayons!

Here's our thank-you to our favorite teacher....dad [also an educator by profession] :)


Ten grand prize packs will be awarded, inclusive of:
  • $10,000 classroom makeover for the teacher
  • One year supply of Crayola products for the school
  • $1,000 scholarship for the student
  • $1,000 gift card for both the teacher and school 
  • Free CreatEd seminar for the school
In addition to the grand prizes, one lucky entrant will have his or her thank you note featured on a special pack of Crayola crayons this holiday. In addition, a weekly sweepstakes will run concurrently with the contest, offering entrants a chance to win $500 gift cards for themselves and their teachers.  The contest and sweepstakes will run through August 25, 2018.

For official rules, visit www.Crayola.com/ThankATeacher

May 23, 2018

Bargain Shopping

As many of you know, I love a good bargain or a good deal. I am often searching through dollar stores, thrift stores, yard sales and drugstores looking for the newest and greatest deals. Sometimes it's the purse I can't live without, or the cosmetic item that's all the rage and I found it "almost free," but most of the time it's an article of clothing that I found for such a good deal I could not pass it up, or else it would haunt me. Do you know what I'm talking about?

I recently learned about a site called Apparel candy. This site carries fragrences, wholesale shade sunglasses, clothing, accessories and purses. All of my favorite things in one place! It's a site that in bulk (as in 6 in a lot etc) OR individually for steep discounts. The perfumes are around $6 individually or $3 if you buy more than 6. They have tops for $7, sweaters for $12 etc. I especially liked this loose-fit poncho/wrap that I stumbled across while browsing the site. They have wallets, clutches, mini backpacks, purses, fanny packs and more. The wholesale shades are divided up into style and if they are polarized or not. Find exactly what you want, no guessing! No matter your style, I think you could find something to suit your tastes!

They also have categories if you're looking for deals, made in the USA, plus size, best sellers etc, so it's easy to locate just what you're searching for. Some sites make it confusing to find what you are looking for, but this was simple.

Another thing that I liked is that there is a pop up coupon notification, and once you click on it, it offers you a discount depending on the number of social actions you do. For example, if you like them on facebook it's 3% off, if you like on FB and follow on Twitter they'll give you 5% off, and for three social follows/shares you get 7% off. So their prices are low to begin with, and then they offer a steeper discount on top of that. JACKPOT!

Happy Shopping ;-).

March 21, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Gray Felt Letter Board

I don't know about those of you reading this, but I've been on the hunt for one of those felt letter boards, but all I could find was black. I don't use black anywhere in my house except the office (which let's admit it, thats my husband's room to use as he chooses), so black just wouldn't do. I was thrilled when I came across this gray felt letter board on amazon! Let me tell you a little bit about their product:

They use only the best quality materials to the highest quality standards, including sturdy wood frame and elegant gray felt board, suitable for any office or home decor. They are ready to be hung on a wall or surface, so they could be used to advertise sales in a shop, menu in a restaurant etc. It's great for all occasions - daily use, wedding, holiday, anniversaries and more. Add your favorite quote or verse to personalize any space. The other thing that's nice is that it comes with 2 canvas bags to keep apart the letters from the numbers and signs. And Finally, they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so what's to lose?

Want to try it for yourself? The creators generously gave me THREE 50% off codes to offer as giveaway prizes!

WIN IT: 50% off code for this felt letter board (3 winners!)

HOW TO ENTER: 
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March 16, 2018

Thompson Tees

My husband writes...

I have been suffering from hyperhidrosis since I was in middle school. Over the years I have tried dozens of deodorants, taken medication, had Botox injections, and even had surgery to decrease my sweating. After all of those interventions, I still sweat. Living with hyperhidrosis has really affected my lifestyle over the years, to the point where I would isolate myself in order to hide my sweat stains. When I heard about Thompson Tee, I was of course skeptical, but I knew I had nothing to lose. After approximately one month of wearing the Thomson Tee undershirts, I am 100% in awe of this technology. I have worn my undershirts on days where I was exerting myself a lot at work and guess what...there were no sweat stains. I kid you not. When I got home I took off my sweater, which was dry. My undershirt was slightly damp in the underarms; however, it never made its way on to the fabric of my sweater. I have washed them with no problems and they have held up well. I had the chance to wear the slim fit and the original fit. My preference was the slim fit. I liked the way it hugged my body and was a little more discrete as opposed to the original fit. I would love to see Thompson Tee develop an undershirt with the Hydro-Shield in the back of the shirt as well. After my surgery a few years ago, some of my sweating moved from my underarms to my back. 

Overall, I give this company 5 out of 5 stars. They have developed a great product and it actually works. I promise you it is worth your money. It will boost your self-confidence and give you the freedom to wear clothes you would never think of wearing. It will actually save you money in the long run by not ruining expensive shirts. 

To learn more visit their website: www.thompsontee.com

March 13, 2018

GIVEAWAY - PAUL: Apostle of Christ

About:
PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.
Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.
Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.
Watch the Trailer here:

My thoughts:
From just watching the trailer and other clips available on the LEV3L site, this looks like a very well done movie. It is so realistic, informative and entertaining. I think this moving would pull me in within the first minute. Sometimes Christian films can be cheesy and predictable, but this one looks intense, dramatic and real! It shows the characters as real people with imperfections, real struggles, real emotions. As mentioned in a clip, people aren't born with halos; we're all human, just as Paul was!
Release date: 3/23/18

WIN IT: 2 FREE Fandango discount codes (i.e. free movie tickets), redeemable for PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST


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March 05, 2018

The Sea Before Us - by Sarah Sundin

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin's practiced pen with this powerful new series.


My Thoughts: I received this book free to review, but I've always enjoyed Sarah Sundin's historical fiction books, and this was no exception. Of course the ending is predictable (as with most romantic fiction novels), but I enjoy them none the less. I really felt like I was in the war with the characters, and as if they were my friends. I cared about the outcome of the battle, the war, and their relationships. Well done Sarah!

February 08, 2018

Shao Makeup Mirror Review

We recently moved as many of you know. If you'e interested in seeing the house tour, it's up on my youtube channel, but because we moved, our space changed. Because our space changed some of our furniture had to change. Because of this I got rid of my old vanity and switched to a desk, which had more room to work, get ready etc, but it was lacking a mirror. So I started searching for a great lighted mirror that I could stand on my desk to get ready. I came across this Shao trifold vanity mirror an decided to give it a try.

It has the ability to plug into a usb port, or take batteries for cordless use. It also has a 2x and 3x magnafication which is great for detailed makeup artistry. I also like that the whole thing swivels and tilts up or down depending on your height. It's has some very helpful qualities.

Find out my thoughts on this Shao trifold lighted mirror below:



I received this at a discount to review from Tomoson, a review program. I hope you enjoy!

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aws/cart/add.html?ASIN.1=B0771S1N2J&Quantity.1=1


January 29, 2018

Lash Growth Serums

So I've been eyeing the lash growth serums on the market for awhile now. They make your lashes longer, but I wasnt sure how they worked exactly. I did some research and it seems that your lashes have a natural growth cycle where they grow for so many weeks and then they "shed" so that new lashes can grow. These serums extend the growth cycle so they don't shed as soon, making them grow longer. It's an amazing concept.

So around my birthday last year I decided to buy one that had good reviews called Grande Lash. I tried it from halloween through the first week of December and my lashes looked AMAZING...HOWEVER...it's very pricy. It's $65 for one tube of this serum. Because of this high price tag I wanted to see if there were more affordable options out there, and I found these below...

You do have to be careful with off brand items that you use on your eyes, as you don't want to injure your eyes. Some lash serums have been known to cause discoloration in your eyes if you get them in your eyes, so be sure to follow the directions to a tee! Apply a thin layer along the lash line on clean skin. I'm still testing these out, so stay tuned!

Find the possible dupes here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077F4V767
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077YLD9K2


I did receive these at a discount to review.

January 24, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Turbotax Code to do 2017 Taxes

Do Your Taxes w/TurboTax® This Year. File Online With Confidence.

#1 Rated Tax Software · Free State Filing · No Tax Knowledge Required

...offers one of the simplest ways to file a tax return

We've been using TurboTax for the past few years and plan to continue doing so because it makes filing taxes easier. I wouldn't say it makes them "easy" because ours were very complicated, but it was such a huge help. Since we had a failed adoption in 2012 and then a successful finalized adoption in 2013 we had the adoption tax credit to figure out for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Without the help of Turbotax we would be lost.

We are happy to say we have new adoption expenses in 2016 and 2017 for the adoption of our youngest son!!! 


What I like about TurboTax is that with just a click you can get explanations of what tax words mean, or in which situations you would quality. It leads you to answers instead of having to scour the web for them. It's a click away. I also appreciated that they cover EVERYTHING. They lead you through income and can even pull up records from employers (not all, but many). They ask about your investments, your loans, your deductions etc. You just keep pressing on until you're done.


New this year is TurboTax Live, which gives consumers on-demand access to personalized chat, phone, or video-based tax advice from a credentialed tax expert (CPAs, Enrolled Agents, or Practicing Attorneys) who can also review, sign and file the customer’s return.

...and now 2 of my readers will have a chance to file their taxes with Turbotax this year.  Each code below is good for one free federal + state preparation and e-file. See below...

WIN IT: 2 readers will each win a Turbotax Premier code to do their 2017 Taxes!!!!


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