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September 13, 2017

GIVEAWAY & Visiting Ohio?

I feel like high school is the time when you make the closest friends as a kid, and some of them stick with you until you're an adult. I had a friend who was my go-to person all throughout middle and high school, and when she left the state for college I was crushed, but thankfully she only went one state away to Ohio. 

When my husband and I were dating, I still remained close to this friend, so we made a trip out to Columbus to visit her and see the campus where she went to college (Cedarville FYI) and it was beautiful.  Cedarville looks like a quaint city full of charm. It was a perfect fit for her, so I can see why she chose this, and then why she stayed in Ohio after college. 

While in Ohio, we toured the campus and buildings, ate at some local restaurants [see giveaway at the bottom], took photos on an old train track, did some shopping and, of course, spent some QT with our friend. Good memories!

So sometimes it can be hard if a friend relocates, or if you yourself have to relocate and leave people and places behind, but it's so much easier if you have someone to help you with that transition. Sooo....If you are looking for a change and are looking to relocate to Ohio, head on over to HER Realtors to get started on your search!

WIN IT: One reader will win a $25 Gift card to a Max & Erma's restaurant (a local, and chain)


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August 31, 2017

Gift Ideas Gallore!

So I recently came across a site called Uncommon Goods, which has some really unique gift ideas, but if you're not in the market for a gift, they have home decor/fashion/culinary items and more for yourself. Why not? 

As the Summer turns to Fall, holiday shopping season is not that far away. It's never too early to start thinking of ideas for the people on your shopping list. And if you don't celebrate Christmas, then consider this a great place to find an assortment of anniversary gifts and personalized gifts.  
Below is a little information about this company.

"Founded in 1999 and 
headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items, and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. We run all our operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. We make it our mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what we sell is made by hand. Most of the jewelry products, home décor and table top items we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way."

I was particularly interested in the gifts for book lovers, like the "Novel Teas," which combines two loves of mine: books and tea! Each tea bag has a quote from a famous novel. It can't get any better than that. They also have a wide assortment of bookends from cats to elephants, to demolition equipment, to bicycles, so you can find one that suits your likes and personal style. They have so many fun and unique gift ideas, I'd definitely check it out when making your holiday shopping lists!

And what makes this company even greater is their customer service, and that they give back to the community! First, UncommonGoods has been awarded for outstanding customer service every year since 2007. In 2015, they

achieved the BizRate Platinum Circle of Excellence award, their highest achievement level yet. Second,  as an independently-owned business, they have the freedom to support causes they believe in and to impact the world in a positive way. With every purchase you make, they donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice. Since they started the Better to Give program 12 years ago, they’ve donated over $1Million to charities around the world!

August 20, 2017

Fault Lines by Thomas Locke


August 17, 2017

Unleashed - Movie Review

In UNLEASHED, a cosmic event turns Emma's dog and cat into two perfect guys, forcing her to reconsider her outlook on dating, hilariously work out her trust issues, and ultimately learn to love herself. 



I have to admit, I'm #teamcat in my life, haha. We have two cats and a dog, and the reason we do is because my husband is a dog-person, and I am a cat-person, and when we married, it wouldnt have been fair to have just one or the other. We decided it would be neither or both from the get go. So first we adopted the cats. It was supposed to be just one, but they were buy one get one free from the rescue, so we ended up with to. Woo hoo! Next came our black lab, who was also a rescue, so animals have a special place in our hearts!

I expected to like this movie, but from the get go, I thought it was pretty rediculous. People turning into animals, humans acting like animals. Both "animals" trying to win the heart of their owner, all the while knowing how it would end. I won't spoil it, but you could see it coming. :) The acting was just so-so. I also didn't love the cursing seemingly tossed in. I thought this was a family-friendly movie, but I wouldn't have let my kids watch this because of the profanity. It was a funny movie, so it did have that going for it. :)

Thanks to Tethergroup for a chance to pre-sceen this movie!

August 03, 2017

Nicole Nordeman's The Unmaking!

About the new album The Unmaking:
"Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die.  Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter.  Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous.  Before we make, we must unmake."  Nichole Nordeman 

About Nichole Nordeman:
Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow/EMI CMG, with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million.  A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story.  Her best-known songs include "Holy", "Legacy", "Brave", "This Mystery", "Why", and "What If".  She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.  


Let me just say I LOVED this album. I listened to her remake of U2's "Beautiful Day" song over and over and over. I couldn't get enough of it. Her album was very serene and relaxing. I shared snippits of the song on my snapchat and instagram stories and people were loving it too, so hopefully other people went out and bought this amazing album!!!

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

July 19, 2017

What I found at TJMaxx!

So, for those of you who know me, you know I'm a beauty junkie. I love all things beauty and makeup related. If you didn't know that; you do now :-P. Because makeup can be so expensive I'm always on the hunt for deals or sales, and recently learned that TJMaxx gets a steady stream of highend, drugstore, and knock off cosmetics hitting their shelves. You never know what you'll find, but you may just luck out. See what deals I found at this TJMaxx:

July 11, 2017

Is it really a wrinkle eraser???

Erase wrinkles and fine lines? yes please!

This is what I've heard about this makeup line from Revlon. I've heard that their primers fill in lines so they are invisible, and the makeup sits perfectly on top to make skin look youthful and smooth. See the results for yourself here:

July 05, 2017

Exciting News!!!

So, I have exciting news to share with everyone. As of last month, we adopted our youngest son. Woo hoo!!! It was about a year and a half in the making, but it's official. Because I had adoption on the brain, I thought I would share our oldest son's adoption story. So if you're interested in hearing about why we adopted, and how Braeden's adoption came to be, just watch this:

June 14, 2017

Beauty Freebies

I recently received the Joyal Beauty Age Defy Serum through Tomoson sampling page. Here's some information about this product:

It is professionally formulated to visibly fade brown spots, freckles, sun spots, acne scars, Uneven skin tone. It is based on multiple effective ingredients that provide synergetic effects, exfoliate and penetrate skin more effectively.- Fade/Remove Age Spots/Brown Spots, Freckles, sun spots, Acne Scars,uneven skin tone.Prevent future skin dark spots production. - Reduce skin damage from sun exposure - Botanical extracts provide a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins.

I've only just received this, so I can't speak to it's claims and if it does all it says it does, but I plan to try it out this month. 

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I also received the Earthen Skincare Peel, through the Tomoson site. About this #instapeel...

Created as a natural alternative to glycolic acid peels and dermabrasion, InstantPeel’s combination of proteins and enzymes naturally and gently peels away dead skin cells impurities. But unlike most chemical skin peels and facial scrubs, InstantPeelTM is sensitization-tested and proven safe for even the most delicate skin.

The proof is right at your fingertips: InstantPeel is so easy to use. The skin peel action starts within seconds of application.
  • InstantPeel works best when used in the shower. Let your face steam for five minutes so that skin is moist and supple.
  • Open the InstantPeel packet and squeeze a small amount at a time onto your fingertips. As you massage InstantPeel onto your face and neck, individual peels of dead skin will emerge. There’s no need to rub, as with facial scrubs, and there’s no irritation or burning so often associated with glycolic acid peels, chemical skin peels or dermabrasion.
  • Continue to massage in InstantPeel until the dead skin peeling ceases. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. In just 7 minutes, you’ve revealed your skin’s natural vibrancy and youthful glow.
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I've also found a handful of beauty samples through sampling pages. I recently got a sample of the YSL black opium fragrence, along with some shampoo samples, and more. You just have to look around  to find them! Why pay money to try new products you aren't yet sure about....look for samples!

May 24, 2017

Glasses as accessories?

People talk about all sorts of accessories when it comes to enhancing a look, but you rarely hear about people adding eyeglasses to their look, but why not? So I recently had a chance to collab with eyeglasses online and try out a pair of their glasses. I am not a prescription eyeglass wearer, so I opted for something that would be strictly an accessory and it worked out really well!

My husband has been on the hunt for a pair of fashion glasses for a few months now, but everything he was finding was tinted or prescription. It's very hard to find clear glasses outside of Halloween time, but thankfully this site had many options to choose from, including clear glasses, prescription, and prescription sunglasses. 

So if you're like me and want to add some glasses to your accessory repertoire, then check them out at and I even have a special coupon code for you to get 50% off . Use code GSHOT50 to get 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses(sale frames excluded).

Happy Shopping!!!

May 23, 2017

Bluetooth Headphone Review

If you're looking for a bluetooth headset, check these out:

I got them at a discount via the Tomoson review site, but I've been wearing them at the gym and when I'm doing housework while listening to videos, but don't want to be tethered to my phone.  They are on the bulky side, as you can see in the photo. It's like a square box sticking out of your ear, but I like that I can pause the music and adjust the volume from the earpiece. I've used it for the past 2 weeks and haven't had to charge it yet, so thats another plus!

GIVEAWAY: Mandisa - Out of the Dark

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called 'Out Of The Dark' because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!

There is one song on this album that starts with voicmails friends and family left for Mandisa during her dark time to encourage her. I don't know if they were the actual voicemails or recreations, but her friends never left her, and neither did God.  

WIN IT: One readers will win this album

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