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April 23, 2014


Introducing a faith based animation that retells the story of Jesus with animated animals, mainly birds.  

The brand is called IESODO which means "the way of Jesus". 

The people involved in this series includes Eric S. Rollman who was the President of Production for Marvel, Colin Brady whose credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bug's Life, Brian E. Ray whose credits consist of Muppet Babies, and Erin Bethea (Fireproof, Amazing Love) as Maggie.

Watch the trailer below:

My 16 month old son and I watched these films, and I was really impressed. It reminded me so much of the movie, Rio, among others. It was so well done, and definitely appropriate for young eyes. My son laughed at parts and of course lost interest, as most 16 month olds do, but I really enjoyed it. I'm sure other kids will too!

IESODO DVD SPECIFICATIONS, So you can get it for yourself!!!!

Believe:                                   Love:                                      Faith:
DVD Price: $14.99                 DVD Price: $14.99                 DVD Price: $14.99
Available Now                        Available Now                        Street Date: 03/18/14
Run Time: 50 mins                  Run Time: 50 mins                  Run Time: 50mins
UPC: 602537531844              UPC: 602537619399              UPC: 602537711116

Samples were received, the opinions expressed here are solely my own.

CRITICAL CONDITION Kindle HDX Giveaway from Richard Mabry!

Dr. Frasier couldn’t save the gunshot victim on her front lawn. Now she’s fighting for her own life.
It began as a quiet dinner party honoring Dr. Shannon Frasier’s colleague, but became a nightmare when a man was shot on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar episode a decade ago. Then a midnight call from her sister, Megan, causes Shannon to fear that her sister is on drugs again.
Her “almost-fiancĂ©” Dr. Mark Gilbert’s support only adds to Shannon’s feelings of guilt, since she can’t bring herself to fully commit to him. She turns for help to her pastor-father, only to learn that he’s just been diagnosed with leukemia.
Shannon thought it couldn’t get any worse. Then the late-night, threatening phone calls begin, the rough voice asking, “What did he say before he died?”
With everything around her in a critical state, simply staying alive will require all the resources and focus Shannon has.
My thoughts:
I have been a big fan of Richard Mabry's books since I read his Code Blue book series a year or so back. I stumbled on them by mistake when looking for medical mystery novels. I am so glad I came across his books because I've enjoyed all of the books I've read by him. He  has a medical background, but doesn't use lofty language that a layperson can't comprehend. He makes his novels deep, suspenseful and keep you on the edge of your seat. I'd recommend them for anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel!

Richard Mabry's latest medical suspense, Critical Condition, is receiving high praise. USA TODAY says, "Mabry combines his medical expertise with a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat."

Richard is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Critical Condition by Richard Mabry
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 11th. Winner will be announced May 13th on Richard's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Richard's blog on May 13th to see if you won.

GIVEAWAY: God's Amazing World Book

If you are looking for a book to help explain the creation story to your children, look no further. My 16 month old doesn't quite get the story yet, but he really enjoys this book. 

The two children are chatting about the world around them and they go through day 1, day 2 etc. 

It is beautifully illustrated and kids will enjoy it!

God's Amazing World! This is A light-hearted story of two children understanding from one another how God created the world.

WIN IT: One reader will win a copy of this book for themselves!

Leave a comment telling me your favorite children's book!

Deadline to Enter: April 30th, 2014.

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April 14, 2014

Huggies Little Movers Slip Ons - Way to go Huggies!!!

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

My son took his first step on his first birthday, and now at 16 months is confidently walking and cruising everywhere, but with more movement came more diaper leakage so I was thrilled when asked to try out Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers. This product is designed for standing/newly walking babies, and not for potty training. I know I originally was a bit confused on if these were for potty training or just for moving babies, so I wanted to share with other moms and my readers. These slip on diapers are made with stretchy sides that don't need adjusting, so I could stop "changing" my son and start "dressing" him, or allowing him to dress himself. He loves when he  learns new things; he feels like such a big boy.

We have been trying to teach him to pull his socks off, pull his pants up etc, and now we tell him to pull his diaper up and he does. It isn't always 100% successful, but he tries so hard! He gets so proud of himself that usually results in some very silly faces like this one!

At first I was worried about how to take the diapers off, especially those filled with the unspeakable messes only a toddler can make, but thankfully these come with tabs that allow you to remove the diaper and roll it up for disposal, so there's no need to slide them off when they are messy. The last thing any mom wants to do is slide a messy diaper down the kicking legs of a toddler, only to make an even bigger mess. 

I was also concerned about how long these diapers would last when compared to our previous brands, but I was pleasantly surprised. My son usually goes about 5-8 hours in a diaper, and he's worn his Huggies Little Movers Slip-Ons overnight (for him, this is 10pm until 9am), and he hasn't leaked through yet. I can't say the same for the diapers we were previously using, so I've been converted!

I would definitely recommend this product to other moms of mobile kids. I don't think that children need these as much when they aren't crawling or walking, but once they start moving they need a diaper that can bend and move with them, providing give & take while still providing the ultimate in leak protection.

If you would like to try them for yourself, here is a link to a $1 off coupon on any package of Huggies Slip On Diapers: 
Note: you will be required to register with prior to obtaining the coupon!

Thank you Mom Central Consulting and Huggies for the Huggies samples and this opportunity!

April 11, 2014

#EggoYourWay Contest

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eggo with One2One Network. All opinions and ideas are my own. 

Eggo has whipped up a #EggoYourWay recipe contest, and you're invited to spread the word! After all, you're never too old to play with your food. 

Eggo Waffles aren't just for breakfast. One of my favorite dishes was inspired by a local park - Knobels. They have a restaurant on site that serves Chicken and Waffles with gravy. It is delicious!!!

Love Eggos, enter your your unique and delish #EggoYourWay recipe and you could win $10,000, $2500 or a year’s supply of waffles!  Eight finalists will be selected by the Eggo Recipe Experts and the prizes are:
1 – $10,000 check for the grand prize winner
2 – $2500 check to two first prize winners
8 – eight finalists will win 24 Eggo product coupons for a year’s supply of Eggos (well, except in our house…  24 packages of Eggos won’t last very long with my kids…  but still an awesome prize!)
You can submit as many Eggo Waffle recipes as you’d like!

Enter here!  GOOD LUCK!

April 08, 2014

Educational App!!!

iPhone Screenshot 1

Preschool Kids Games & Kid' Puzzles for curious girls and boys: Learn Interactive ABC Alphabet Phonics tracing with educational app based on Montessori match letter quiz and logical math game for toddler, kindergarten children iPad free by Kids Academy.

iPhone Screenshot 3

While I am not the type of parent to hand my phone over to my son, I do appreciate that there are educational apps out there so that if my child is using my phone for entertainment, he's learning something useful. 

They offer three main screens to show letters and corresponding items (B-Bee, Bridge, Building etc), on another screen it teaches kids to trace letters, and finally a page for numbers.

So while I like what this app has to offer, the ad for more workbooks popped up several times while I was using this app, and I'm not sure kids would know what to do with this. I also saw "over arrows" but couldn't get them to do anything, so that was confusing. Perhaps it's user error, or maybe it's an app issue, I'm not sure.

Download from itunes today!!!

April 06, 2014

Philips Avent Products

Philips AVENT Natural Bottle:
·         Wide, breast-shaped nipple makes it easy for baby to latch-on
·         Unique comfort 'petals' inside the nipple increase softness and flexibility without collapse
·         Advanced anti-colic system with innovative twin valve allows air into the bottle – not baby’s tummy
·         Now available in Elephant, Monkey and Flower designs

Philips AVENT Free Flow Pacifier
·         Pacifier shield’s six air holes minimize skin irritation
·         Flat, symmetrical nipple promotes natural oral development

Philips Avent makes some great baby products, and while our son is now too old to test these out himself, we are hoping to add some little ones to our family in the next few years, so I'm sure they'll come in handy!

Thanks to Philips Avent for these samples!

Blog Book Tour: What Follows After by Dan Walsh

What Follows After

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE Dan Walsh's novels? Every single book of his that I've started, I couldn't put down, and What Follows After was no exception. What is this book about, you ask? The book description is below:

In October 1962, Colt Harrison and his little brother, Timmy, hatched a plan. They would run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt's house in Savannah, Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents got back together. But things go terribly, terribly wrong. Colt's mother and father must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their broken marriage. 

The novel starts with a man who received a lake house from someone's will, but it obviously has bad memories, but the reader doesn't know why. As the story unfolds we learn about Timmy and Colt's decision to runwaway from home and all that resulted from that decision. I really felt for the kids who just wanted to see their parents get back together. So often kids are the ones who are hurt by parents' decision to split up. They don't understand. I also could empathize for Gina and Scott when their son went missing. I know I've only been a mom for 15 months, but I can only imagine the sheer terror a parent feels when their child goes missing. This book was so full of emotion, suspense, highs and lows, and I loved it! 

Many thanks to Baker Publishing for an advanced copy of this book to review!

March 25, 2014

GIVEAWAY: $50 Lowe's Giftcard

About American Dream Builders

The American Dream Home is something everyone fantasizes about. Whether it’s a new closet, a larger family room, or simply a place to put all your stuff, there’s always something we want to change about where we live!
What if you could make your home into your Dream Home?
AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS – a new show on NBC airing on Sunday at 8/7c – and Lowe’s want to make your dream a reality
Hosted by famed interior designer and best-selling author, Nate Berkus, AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS follows the nation’s top 12 designers and home builders as they compete to be crowned the Ultimate Dream Builder and take home a $250,000 cash prize. It’s the home competition that will change everything!

From the producers of Survivor and The Bachelor, don’t miss AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS, Sundays at 8/7c, only on NBC.

You can enter for a chance to win $100,000 in products and services from Lowe’s and a consultation with the winner of American Dream Builders!

Enter for a chance to win your dream renovation at
You will have the opportunity to earn 5 bonus entries when you “Dream It Yourself”! Upload a photo and description of a home project you are working on and EARN 5 BONUS SWEEPSTAKES ENTRIES.
Finally, follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win more prizes from American Dream Builders and Lowe’s!

WIN IT: $50 Lowe's Gift Card 

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(Each household is only eligible to win One (1) $50 Lowe's Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification)

Information and Giveaway item were provided by Partners Hub. I received no compensation for this post.

March of Dimes Ebay Campaign - Create a collection to get a donation!!!!

Together with March of Dimes, we celebrate the potential in all. We believe everyone is born to be something great. Help eBay reach their goal of raising $25,000 for March of Dimes this month by creating 25,000 eBay collections. We are looking to our community to curate boards “for a cause,” and for every collection created, eBay will donate $1 to March of Dimes!

It takes a few minutes to create a collection, and it's for a good cause. How many of use spend hours perusing ebay for cute outfits, shoes, jewelry and more? Why not put this "window shopping" to good use and create a collection which will garner a donation to March of Dimes???

There’s also a sweepstakes for you! Everyone who curates a collection with the #ImBornTo hashtag meeting entry requirements will be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 prize.
One (1) Grand Prize: An eBay Collection shopping spree valuedat $5,000. Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $5,000. Prize funds to be awarded as a transfer to the winner's PayPal account. (see official rules)

Full instructions on how to curate a collection can be found here:

For each Collection you create during the month of March, eBay will donate $1.00 to the March of Dimes® (up to $25,000 to be donated in total). The maximum dollar amount that will be donated by eBay through this Sweepstakes is $25,000.
A Collection consists of six (6) or more eBay products and the title must start with with the hashtag #ImBornTo. Create #imbornto collections to be inspirational.

Examples of collection titles:
#imbornto play in the big leagues
#imbornto be a mom
#imbornto be a race car driver
#imbornto feed the world my cuisine
#imbornto be a farmer of organic food
#imbornto be a vegetarian
#imbornto be a home designer
#ImBornTo be a fashion designer#ImBornTo drive classic cars
#ImBornTo photograph memories.

#ImBornTo photograph memories.
#ImBornTo photograph memories.

Online sweepstakes entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM PT on March 31, 2014 in order to be eligible.

March 24, 2014

Phantom of the Opera Comes to the Academy of Music MARCH 19 – APRIL 12

PHANTOM plays at the Academy of Music March 19 – April 12, as part of BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA, presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is impressive to say the least. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story behind the show, it is based on the novel Le Fantome de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux. It tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
While I knew the music from this show, I had never seen it before. Although I was not a fan of the dark theme of this show, it was incredibly well done. The staging and effects alone are enough to impress, not to mention the skill of the actors/singers on stage. The main scene wall rotates around the stage and accounts for most of the various settings, and it was immensely impressive. At one point the phantom and Christine are climbing down from the top of this set, and stairs just appear from inside the wall as they are walking down. It reminded me of something out of an Indiana Jones movie. Not only was the stage set impressive, but also the chandelier, comprised of over 6,000 beads, 632 strands, and weighing in at 1 ton. Staging, lighting, and the pyrotechnic effects were amazing. Sparks were flying during this show, both literal, and figuratively speaking. It was an impressive show!
For more information on this production, or upcoming performances please visit:

Many thanks to Kimmel Center for providing me with the opportunity to attend this show, for review, but all opinions are my own.

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