August 20, 2019

A new way to Travel

This post is sponsored by FlixBus

Before we had kids my husband and I wouldn't thick twice of booking a weekend getaway a few states away, or take a day trip to NYC, Baltimore or DC. We would often book last minute and take a bus service to the city so we could walk the towns without the hassle of finding parking, dealing with traffic etc. This was before GPS was huge, so relied heavily on paper instructions and maps, and traffic configurations and traffic was so frustrating. We just wanted to avoid it all, so this is why we took a bus service. Well recently a NEW bus service called FlixBus reached out to me and I wanted to share.

Flixbus is relatively new to North America, but it has become the largest bus provider in the world in terms of network reach, connecting people across 29 countries with over 350,000 daily connections in Europe and the United States. In the US alone, FlixBus connects more than 80 destinations.

When my husband and I were in Europe we relied solely on trains and bus services to get from place to place. I am so glad that more services are popping up to make travel easier and more convenient.  Back when we traveled we had to reserve online and get physical tickets, but now many offer e-tickets, like FlixBus. FlixBus has been pioneering e-tickets in Europe while competitors, legacy brands in the space, are still holding on to paper ticket transactions. 


We traveled before Alexa and Google Assistant were widely known services, but since then so many businesses are working in conjunction with these services, just like FlixBus. Riders can now research routes, check bus information and get answers to their travel questions with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.  As of 2018, riders can even purchase tickets with Google Assistant via voice control. FlixBus is the only long-distance bus provider that allows purchases through Google Assistant.
And if you are located outside of the USA, don't worry, you can still use this service in our countries, because they take other currencies beside the US dollar. FlixBus’ Google Assistant feature supports ticket purchases in four currencies: U.S. Dollar (USD), Euro (EUR), Polish Zloty (PLN) and British Pound Sterling (GBP).  FlixBus’ Google Assistant is also fluent in four languages: English, German, Polish and French).

So if you're looking for a bus service, check FlixBus to see if they have a route that works for you!

Find out more here: http://www.flixbus.com/

Want to see Hamilton in Philadelphia? $10!!!

Producer Jeffrey Seller, the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, and the Shubert Organization have announced the digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (Tuesday, August 27, 2019) in Philadelphia at the Forrest Theatre. Forty (40) tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, August 25 for tickets to the Tuesday, August 27 performance. Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.


HOW TO ENTER
  • Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app)
  • You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.
  • The lottery will open at 11:00 AM ET two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM ET the day prior to the performance.
  • Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 AM ET the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
  • No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
  • Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.
  • Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
  • Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM ET the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM ET the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
  • Lottery tickets may be picked up at the Forrest Theatre box office beginning 1 ½ hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.

ADDITIONAL RULES
Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.
Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final - no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and Telecharge.com/Hamilton for late release seats which may become available at short notice.
HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.  

For information on HAMILTON, visit:

August 03, 2019

Name Necklaces

I am generally pretty clueless to fashion trends, but I have definitely noticed a trend of people wearing name jewelry, especially jewelry where they have their name on a necklace or on a pair of large hoop earrings.  I've seen this trend on not only celebrities and Youtubers, but also people I interact with in my every day life. At first I was not a big fan, but depending on the font, size and style, this necklace trend is slowly growing on me. I would probably want one with my kids' names on it that I could layer together or with other necklaces. I think that is a really neat idea. I would have a shorter choker style with the name "Gavin," because he's my baby, a mid-length chain with "Braeden" and finally a very long chain with "Shayla," because she's my oldest and just had her 7th birthday. They grow up too fast. I think this combination could be really nice, especially since layering necklaces is all the rage right now in the world of accessorizing.

I personally really enjoy customizing jewelry and accesories to your interests, birthday and preferences. Birth stone jewelry caters to a person's interests and birthday, so why not check out get name necklace? I love sapphire and blue jewelry because I was born in September and that's my birthstone. I also have blue eyes so I just love anything that brings out the blue in them....sapphires are blue! So catering to your interests and your name are a nice touch and make you feel like these were made just for you (which they were). Also it doubles as a nametag when you go to new social scene ;-).

So if you are in the market for a new necklace check out the links and see if they have a
necklace for you.

This post was sponsored by get name necklace.

July 25, 2019

How I do my brows

Check out this video for how I do my brows...It's nothing crazy or complicated. Just a few products to get "every day brows"

June 29, 2019

Back to School with Crayola




Crayola's Take Note! features 2-in-1 Dual Ended and Erasable Highlighters, Washable Felt Tip and Gel Pens, Permanent Markers and Dry Erase Markers.  With Crayola Take Note!, capture your thoughts, notes and important things to remember in bold and vibrant colors! 

My kids received their box full of Take Note! products right after we went to see Toy Story 4, so they were inspired to try out the permanent markers to create their own "forky" which is a creature made out of a plastic spork. 

They had a blast!!!




Be Boldy You!




Shop Take Note! at national retailers and www.Crayola.com/Take-Note

June 13, 2019

GIVEAWAY: He Reads Truth Bible

The CSB He Reads Truth Bible includes robust, well-crafted theological extras to draw the reader back to Scripture, increase biblical literacy, and foster a growing affection for God and His Word. Color coded by genre, each book of the Bible features detailed book introductions, a reading plan with supplemental passages for deeper understanding, and full-color maps, charts, and timelines by the He Reads Truth team. In addition, the CSB He Reads Truth Bible features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization. This Bible invites every man to count himself as part of the He Reads Truth community of “Men in the Word of God every day.”
Features include: 66 hand-lettered key verses, 17 full-color timelines, 21 maps, 122 charts (including infographics and lists), and 4 illustrations, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, smyth-sewn binding, two colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note taking.
The CSB He Reads Truth Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.
My Thoughts:
It's a very thick and heavy bible, so if you want something compact and lightweight this is probably not for you, but I really like the artistic verses in every book. They highlight a key verse and illustrate it to make it more eye catching. I also like that they provide a guideline to read through the bible in a year, if you choose to do so. I think it offers a lot to someone looking for a little bit of everything in one Bible. It's not just a study bible, or a read in a year bible, but also appealing to read through. Great gift idea!!!

GIVEAWAY: Win CSB HE READS TRUTH BIBLES

HOW TO ENTER:
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April 15, 2019

Find the right shade for you!

This is one of my ALL time favorite foundations, and it's available at the drugstore!

I know it can be hard to shade match online, which is why I've swatched the entire line so you can see what they look like and decide:

February 27, 2019

GIVEAWAY: Turbotax!!!

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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. And then again with the adoption of our second and third children this makes filing SO much easier!!! Without the help of Turbotax we would be lost. 

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: 3 readers will each win a Turbotax Premier code to do their 2018 Taxes!!!!


HOW TO ENTER:
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February 20, 2019

THE RESTORATON SERIES : JONATHAN’S WALK

For years, Jonathan has been in prison. As a result, he has missed milestone moments with his family. He wasn’t there for his daughter’s first day of school or a thousand little experiences with his wife and as a father, he is devastated to be separated from those he loves most.‍ Jonathan has been looking forward to his release from prison for over a decade. 

So many life events have been missed and he is now ready to be with his wife and kids again. Of course, this transition isn't going to be easy. The odds are against him: with over half of prisoners returning to prison within two years, Jonathan is aware of the challenge set before him.‍ Still, he is determined to take the skills he has learned into the world outside of incarceration and stay there, helping build the community that he is part of for years to come.

Prison Fellowship presents The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk, a 5-part documentary film series following one man as he re-enters his community after 15 years in prison. It demonstrates in imagery, powerful storytelling and social interaction what it means to be human and the shared need of all people to see communities restored. 

Though America is home to only 4% of the world's population, we house more than 20% of its prisoners. Recidivism–the tendency of a criminal to reoffend—is out of control. The Restoration Series tells the story of men and women who have experienced The Academy, a revolutionary in-prison program that is combatting incarceration and recidivism head on.


My Thoughts:
I have family members and friends who have been to prison. It was a life changing experience for them. Going to jail was the shock they needed to finally turn their life around and make changes for the better! Small decisions can affect your life FOREVER. This series really shows you how one action or one choice can lead to missing out of amazing experiences like the birth of your children, seeing your kids grow up, being able to say goodbye to a loved one. Hopefully this series will make people stop and think before they make life altering decisions. If this can help keep people out of the prison system, then I think everyone should watch this!!!

 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.

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