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March 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Open Hands CD by Laura Story

This CD offers a great compilation of artists that coalesce their voices in order to bring honor and glory to our King. Two of my favorite songs include Death Was Arrested and You Came Running. They are faithful reminders that God is always taking our shattered lives and turning them into lives of purpose, lives of beauty. It is very similar to the story of Laura and her husband who have both endured many unforeseen obstacles in life. When everything comes "crashing to the floor," God is always there to meet us. 

The cadence of the songs have been carefully selected to avoid any loud, rocky music. I have been listening to this CD everyday and always walk away with an appreciation of how music can minister and inspire my soul. Jesus told the Pharisees that if they kept quiet then the stones would cry out. Be sure to purchase the Open Hands CD today! 

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March 12, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Country Crush Movie

Shout! Factory is releasing a new musical on DVD in the U.S.  on March 14, starring Jana Kramer, who finished in the final 4 on Dancing With the Stars last season. Here's the synopsis:

Charlie and his sister-in-law Katherine (Jana Kramer) have recently said goodbye to his older brother Cody, who has shipped out to the Middle East for another tour of duty. Katherine is facing all the love, worry and waiting that accompanies the deployment of a spouse while also being there for Charlie as he faces his own disappointments and loneliness. As Charlie decides to pursue a relationship with Nancy, and Nancy struggles with decisions about her career, Charlie sees with new eyes the importance in staying true to oneself, and begins to question his own choices. While their courtship is in turmoil, his brother’s sacrifices serves as a reminder of the price of love when it is lost.

With its themes of love, duty and strong family values, woven together with a dynamic soundtrack, this is a film that will appeal to multiple generations, and tug at the heartstrings of all families. Country Crush is sure to run away with many hearts.

This film is sold exclusively at Walmart and you can enter to win a copy below!!!

Check out some clips from the film below: 
Country Crush - Clip 2: My One And Only (HD)
Country Crush - Clip 3: Come Back (HD) -
Country Crush - Clip 5: Cody's Promise (HD)
Country Crush - Clip 6: I Love You (HD) -
Country Crush - Clip 7: Sing! (HD) -
Country Crush - Clip 8: Charlie's Date (HD)
Country Crush - Clip 10: Family (HD) -

ENTER TO WIN: Win a copy of this film for yourself!!!

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March 01, 2017

Upcycled CFA challenge

I accepted the upcycle challenge from chick-fil-a moms group to turn an empty soup bowl into something new. 

We often need better ways to store things, and I have more makeup items than I can can't so why not turn it into something useful for holding makeup brushes?

I turned it into a makeup brush holder to show off my pretty sonia.kashuk Spring 2017 brushes from target. I glued on some pink rhinestones to add a girly touch. the rhinestones were from target dollar bins too. I love how it turned out!
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February 13, 2017

GIVEAWAY: My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers DVD's

This February, celebrate the season of love with adorable family TV shows on DVD from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Three DVDs from the My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers Rescue Bots lines are being released this February as the perfect way for kids to spend Valentine’s Day with the characters they love.

Join Twilight Sparkle, everypony's favorite studious princess, and her very best friends – Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and Spike – as they explore the wondrous arctic kingdom, the Crystal Empire! Old enemies return and new friends are made in this collection of episodes that will have you exploring the Crystal Empire with magical adventure!
Episodes Include:
·         The Cutie Re-mark, Part 1
·         The Cutie Re-mark, Part 1
·         The Cutie Re-mark, Part 2
·         The Crystalling, Part 1
·         The Crystalling, Part 2
·         The Times They Are A Changeling

Sinister king cobras! Comedy festivals! Pet hotels! And a monkey on Mars?! It's all here, as Blythe and her best friends – Russell the Hedgehog, Pepper the Skunk, Zoe the Spaniel, Minka the Monkey, Sunil the Mongoose, Penny the Panda and Vinnie the Gecko – share one outrageous adventure after another in The Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars!

Episodes Include:
·         Heart Of Parkness
·         Standup Stinker
·         The Secret Recipe
·         A Night At The Pawza
·         Sue Syndrome

When a mysterious iceberg is spotted off the coast of Griffin Rock, it brings both danger and the interest of an old nemesis. On a nature hike, the Rescue Bots team will have to battle escaped snakes. And when the Burns family is stranded at sea by a swarm of jellyfish, the Bots must control miniature souvenir replicas of themselves. Enjoy these adventures and more in Transformers Rescue Bots: Protect and Explore!

Episodes Include:
·         Tip of the Iceberg
·         Buddy System
·         No Place Like Dome
·         Thieves Like Us
·         The New Recruits

WIN IT: One person will win a copy of ALL THREE DVD's

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GIVEAWAY: Turbotax Premier Code for 2016 taxes

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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.

This year TurboTax has a new way to file: Self Employed! TTSE allows small business owners and freelance/ contract workers to uncover deductible expenses like travel and entertainment to lighten the tax bill and file their 1099 as simply as possible. Such a great help to small business owners!

...and now 2 of my readers will have a chance to file their taxes with Turbotax this year.  Each Premier 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 2016 Taxes!!!!

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February 03, 2017

GIVEAWAY: OId Orchard Juice Vouchers

To give consumers a peek into where their favorite juice comes from, Old Orchard has launched a new video following the journey of an Old Orchard juice bottle down the production line, to the grocery store and all the way to your kitchen table. The video offers a unique view of the company who has become a leader and innovator in the juice category over the past two decades.

By sharing the news of the celebration, sharing our The Journey of an Old Orchard Juice Bottle video and sharing the contest that allows you the chance to win 8,000 prizes in their Bottle Bash Sweepstakes

Old Orchard will be giving away two FREE truckloads of juice - one truckload to its fans and one truckload donated to local food pantries. WOO HOO!

WIN IT: One reader will win 5 Vouchers for Old Orchard beverage

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January 23, 2017

Tutorial: Duochrome eye makeup, using Makeup geek shadows

Hi Guys!

It's been awhile since I posted a makeup tutorial on here, so I wanted to show you how I got today's creation. It's a multi-duochrome shadow look. I used 6 duochrome shadows from Makeup Geek, as well as some of their mattes, along with almay brown liquid liner, loreal feline mascara and ardell fashion lashes. I hope you enjoy, and as usual, please visit my other videos on my YT channel:

January 18, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Spartan Race

While I'm not a race enthusiast, I really admire those who are able to commit to training and competing in races. It must be so personally satisfying to complete a Spartan Race. I have two little ones at home (sometimes more) a,d there are days when showing is my personal goal. I'm sure other moms out there can relate, but I wanted to tell you a bit about the Spartan races for those of you who are thinking of signing up for one!

Spartan Sprint (3+ miles of obstacle racing, 20+ obstacles), the Super Spartan (8+ miles, 25+ obstacles), the Spartan Beast (13+ miles, 30+ obstacles), and the Ultra Beast (26+ miles, 60+ obstacles – one of two marathon obstacle courses along with Mudderthon). The obstacles themselves also vary from race to raceThere are actually three new & different kinds for 2017; an Elite pass, an Open pass & a Trifecta pass.

WIN IT: free race code good for any US Spartan Race


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January 09, 2017

Review of Corazonas Heartbars

Corazonas Heartbars are now a staple item in our pantry. What are they, you ask?

Corazonas© HEARTBAR™ philosophy is that food should be both delicious and good for you, life should be fun! That's why they've created a thoughtful mix of tasty, heart-healthy ingredients that help lower cholesterol while creating a convenient snack that is truly good and good for you.

What makes a Corazonas HEARTBAR both delicious and nutritious?
·         NON-GMO Ingredients
·         Contains Plant Sterols, which helps to lower (LDL) bad cholesterol*
·         Excellent Source of Whole Grains
·         Shelf Stable and small in size which is perfect for grab-n-go snacking

A few months ago Corazonas sent us some oatmeal squares to sample and review.  After doing some research on the company, looking over the ingredients (which are healthy and words that I can pronounce by the way), and tasting them…I decided I just had to get my hands on more.  I immediately purchased several more boxes on their website.  They were offering free shipping on orders over $100 or more so I decided why not?  I have tasted many of their flavors including orange cranberry, dark chocolate cherry, oatmeal raisin, banana walnut, apple cinnamon, and white chocolate macadamia.  My top picks would have to be the oatmeal raisin, apple cinnamon and dark chocolate cherry.  The ingredients are all natural and the squares are a great on-the-go snack item.  I take them to work, the gym, and with me when I am running errands.  My four-year-old son loves eating them as a bedtime snack.  They are really tasty and not as bland as other oatmeal bars I have tried in the past.  Overall I would give them 3.5 stars out of 4.  My one reservation is that they are on the dry side.  This is a great company with a great product.  Check out their website and see what great offers they have going on.  We are a frugal family and decided to stock up on lots of their clearance items.  Oh, did I mention they also sell mini oatmeal squares too? 

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December 23, 2016

ATOM: Movie Ticketing Ap (and discount code)

There is a new movie ticketing app called Atom Tickets. They reached out to me to see if I wanted to check it out, especially with the release of Disney’s MOANA in theaters everywhere as of November 23rd. My oldest son had NEVER been to a movie theater, so we thought it would be fun to try out this ap and take him to see MOANA and spread the word about how this ap makes going to the movies with a family a fun and seamless process and it allows you to use an exclusive discount at check-out in-app (using a promo code below).
With Atom Tickets, families can buy movie tickets to the latest premieres straight from their phone and even pre-order their favorite movie treats at select theaters. They’ve eliminated ever waiting in line with the kids as you simply scan your QR code at tablets upon arriving to the theater and pick up pre-prepared snacks at the Atom Express Lane. Pick your seats and change them at any time using the reserve seating feature and even send your husband/wife a screenshot of his ticket so he/she can come in separately after parking the car. Going to the movies has never been easier and in just a couple easy steps families can book tickets, order concessions, choose seats and skip the lines at their next movie.

My son had a BLAST at his first movie theater experience.

Use this code: MELINDA  to get $4 off each ticket through the new year!!!

December 19, 2016

Bake It Better!

 During this time of year you hear a lot about people wanting to help others, and I personally enjoy making meals/desserts for families who just added a little one to their family, or people who are recovering from surgery etc., so what better way to help this time of year than to bake for a cause! 

Bake up a treat of your choice using Miss Jones baking mix and/or frosting, and they will donate $1 to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Just use the hashtag #betterwithmissjones on Instagram or Facebook, or visit their website for more info at creativity is the secret ingredient! 

So that's what I did. I received this box of goodies from Miss Jones Baking Company to come up with something tasty!

I used the Miss Jones Baking Company's organic sugar cookie mix to create a sugar cookie crusted chocolate peanut butter pie. Doesn't that sound delicious? :) I'll link the recipe below in case anyone is interested! Miss Jones cookie mix is certified organic, non-GMO, plant-based, responsibly sourced, and contains no artificial colors of flavors.

In our home, we love chocolate and peanut butter and any combination of the two. My son also loves helping me in the kitchen, so he was happy to mix up the sugar cookie mix for my pie crust, while I got the peanut butter and chocolate layers ready. It was a team effort!

If you're reading this, please comment and share your own creations, and don't forget to enter the contest to win an incredible Grand Prize, valued at over $1,500. You can find all of the contest information at

Here are a few photos of sample Bake-it-Better Challenge entries that give you an idea of what contest entries could look like.

What would you create???

Here is the recipe if you're interested in trying it:

December 07, 2016


So I've never done a huge holiday beauty giveaway, but thought this was the year to start!

What am I giving away? I'll tell you:

I'm giving away:

NYX concealer in lavendar
Jane Iredale Brow Pencil
Maybelline Vivid Matte Lipstick
Goody Hair ties
Real techniques beauty sponges
Coastal Scent Shadows
Colourpop Eyeliner
Kevyn Aucoin matte bronzing veil
elf color correcting stick
nyx cream highlight & contour palette
urban decay shadow 

Enter to win, before it's over!

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Open to US addresses only. One winner will be chosen on 1/3/17. This giveaway is not sponsored by any of the brands listed. I'm hosting this independently!

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