February 20, 2019
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.
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.
February 04, 2019
My Favorite New Accessory | A Unique Wood Watch by JORD
If you know me you know that I get on certain creative kicks from time to time. When I was in college it was all about art and drawing. When I graduated it became cake decorating. After that I moved on to nail art, and now fashion and beauty are my passions, and I've recently gotten into accessorizing, especially with watches. In 2017 I asked for 3 different watches for Christmas if that tells you anything. After all I had to have one in every type of metal to match my jewelry, right? Recently someone asked me if I had tried wooden watches, and I hadn't. At first I was thinking they would look rustic or like a camping accessory, but I was wrong!
I discovered a brand called Jord (pronounced Yode). They are based in St. Louis, where they are constantly developing new designs. The watches are are a sophisticated mix of natural, and largely re-claimed materials, combined with quality movements and components. They are made to fit your wrist, so they're customized watches for you. They come in a variety of colors from golden to deep brown, black to red with all types of watch faces. I was really impressed with what I saw, and when I got mine in person I was even more impressed.
I received the Frankie watch, made with zebra wood which has a light yellow-brown color and a large circle face. When I ordered it, they had me measure my wrist so it could be made to fit me specifically, and it fits me perfectly! The watch face is a bit larger than I typically wear, but I like that it's a statement piece. People will notice this watch! I picked this color combination because I feel it will match almost anything. It's versatile, but still eye-catching.
These are also excellent gift ideas. They can be customized; you can pick the face plate and the wristband combination you would like. You can order it to size the recipient perfectly. In addition, many of their watches are able to be engraved and personalized. I think that this would make a great gift for dads, moms, husbands, sons etc. They have a one year guarantee, free worldwide shipping and can be returned or exchanged, which always makes online shopping less stressful. I would LOVE to receive one of these for a gift. There were so many other styles I wanted to try, but whittled it down to only one.
...and if you've been dying to try one, here's your change!
WIN IT: One reader will $100 off their next purchase at JORD! Everyone who enters will receive 10% off just for trying!
HOW TO ENTER: www.jordwatches.com/g/
(giveaway runs for 4 weeks from the date of this post)
Wooden Wrist Watch
January 09, 2019
Many people are unfamiliar with the stories of the Bible and how they fit together into the grand narrative of God’s Word. God gave us the Bible to reveal great truth about himself and about our lives, and he wants to draw us into the ongoing story of what he is doing in the world. The CSB Day-by-Day Chronological Bible features a clear narrative approach to the Bible, arranging the complete text into a fresh chronological reading plan with daily readings guided by Dr. George Guthrie.
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November 30, 2018
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My son has been obsessed with polar animals lately - penguins, arctic fox, polar bears, seals etc, so he will be thrilled to open this on Christmas morning! It's a gift I know he'll look forward to reading.
November 16, 2018
I've been a big fan of Crayola products ever since I was a kid, so I was thrilled to take part in this year's holiday campaign with Crayola.
My kids had a chance to try out 2 of their hot holiday gift items. Now, I'm an artist at heart, so I am thrilled that my kids enjoy art and creating as much as I do. We can spend hours coloring or doing crafts, so I knew they would love these Crayola items.
First they tried the ultimate light board. It allows kids to draw or trace on a clear board with special "glow" markers, turn the lights off, and see their creation glow. They loved being able to trace their favorite cartoon characters or draw silly robots and bring them to life when the lights went out.
The second item was the color chemistry lab set. We've had tons of fun with this. We've made multiple volcanoes (first with fizzy tabs and water, secondly with vinegar and baking soda), painted pictures with saltwater, watched wooden pencils "bend" in a cup of water and much much more. These gifts encourage the imagination and provide hours of fun! Check out some of their gifts below:
November 01, 2018
October 31, 2018
What is "THE FIELD"?
Created in Ireland, the Field toy helps inspire real world, screen-free, and imaginative play. This must-have field toy is free of batteries and features lush green grass, hedging, traditional wooden farm gates, farm animals, a tractor, and more! Creative play is proven to have intellectual, emotional and social benefits, and The Field toy is the perfect way to help boys and girls ages 3+ get away from the screens and use their own ingenuity to develop a farm world right in front of their eyes. Available in either 26” x 17” or 12” x 17”.
When this arrived my kids were literally jumping with joy, and so was I. When my kids get excited about non-electronic toys and games I am one happy momma. In today's society so much revolves around screens, so I love toys that make my kids want to step away from that and use their imagination. My oldest son loves animals so he loved creating a farm, making a corral for his animals, and "mowing" the grass with his little tractor. My daughter was happy join in the fun! My two year old son was also intrigued by this faux grass toy. He just wanted to touch it. :)
October 15, 2018
Head on over and see details on how to enter in the video below:
July 04, 2018
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!
- $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
May 23, 2018
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 ;-).
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