Thursday, December 7, 2017

Family Honor Plate Review

We haven't had the opportunity to paint our plate just yet. We are saving it for a Christmas break activity. I just love the whole concept of using this plate. I love that the fruits of the spirit are listed on it too. You get everything you need to decorate the plate and make it special. We may not have started using the plate for meals yet, but this hasn't stopped us from using the conversation cards. 

About the Plate


Step #1: Mom & Dad- BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE MODEL
The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children.  This is how our children learn what character (Christ's Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us. 

Step #2: BE ON THE LOOKOUT
Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.



Step #3: CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER

Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE.  This is when you:

·Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).

·Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.




About the Cards

Every question is followed up with "Why?" to take everyone's answers to a deeper more intimate level.  That's where the magic is and the real conversation starts. So now when even a simple question such as..."What is your favorite dessert?" for example, rather than someone answering "Apple Pie" and then moving on to the next person, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit." Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies and she gave the best hugs when we walked in the door." 

Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships.  When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.



One thing I love about these cards is that they are open-ended questions. No short "yes" or "no" answers from our family. Kids don't always like to give details so I'm really enjoying the answers I get.




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This is such a great gift for any family! If you need just one family Christmas gift...I found one for you! Check out the online store to purchase your own Family Honor Plate set!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Devotional for Young Women + Giveaway


About Adored 365-Day Devotional
Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day's message. This book tackles tough topics young girls face, From bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God's sight. This devotional is recommended for ages 13 and up.


I must say that I love that this devotional is numbered by days and not dates. I am so hard on myself if I start reading January 1st and then I can't get back to it until January 3rd or even later. I won't have that hanging over my head since it is just labeled as Day 1, Day 2, etc. It removes the pressure! I read so many different things that I sometimes forget to go back and read the next day because I'm reading something else. 

I am actually going to wrap up my copy of this devotional for my daughter. It will be a Christmas gift to her. I read the first few days and I believe she will get a lot out of these devotionals. I'm so excited to give it to her. She loves to read and wake up early so I am trying to instill the importance of having that quiet time with the Lord to start her day.

You can purchase a copy of this hardcover book on the CBD website.

You can take a look inside the book at Zondervan. This even includes a FREE 7 DAY download!

Enter to win a copy of this devotional right here!

GIVEAWAY TIME
“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  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. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Illuminated Bible Review + Giveaway


The ESV Illuminated Bible is one of the most beautifully illustrated bibles I have ever laid my eyes on.


About the Bible
The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible's single-column text settings and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs. This bible invites it's readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's Word.


Dana Tanamachi is an American hand-lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend. She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, and more.


This would be an amazing gift for someone special in your life.


Check out their website.
Purchase on Amazon.
Win one on my blog!

GIVEAWAY TIME
“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Glee Gum Pops


Tis the season to fill our pillowcases and pumpkins with delicious sweets. If you're trying to stay away from too much sugar then this option is for you and your neighborhood kiddos! 

A spook-tacular treat: no scary ingredients!





Trick-or-treaters will SCREAM for the world’s first & only 100% natural gum pops— hard candy lollipops with yummy, natural bubblegum centers.

Each bag of Glee Gum Pops comes packed with 15 pops in a mix of three delicious flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and Juicy Orange. Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and vegan, these pops are made without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. They’re certified kosher by the International Kosher Council, too. And, like the rest of the Glee Gum line, the gum centers get their great chewy texture from chicle, a tree sap harvested sustainably to help conserve the rainforest. An eek-o-friendly alternative to conventional Halloween candy!

Not intended for children under 3 years old.

My kiddos loved all the flavors. My favorite flavor is the green apple! You can purchase Glee Gum products on Amazon.com, but if you want these awesome Halloween pops check out their website. Try Glee Gum's sugar free gum too.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Jeremy Camp The Answer CD Review+Giveaway


God totally hooked me up and prepared me for this review. Weeks before I found out about this opportunity my dear friends had planned on going to this concert. It is so awesome that he was doing The Answer tour in my city the week I needed to get this blog post done. Below are a few of the pictures I took.
It was such an anointed time.






This album is amazing! So much truth and power in these songs. 

He wasn't feeling well during the concert. He just kept praying for everyone regarding different circumstances and situations. We continued to praise and worship the Living God. He had breakthrough towards the very end of the night and shared that he was feeling so much better! Hallelujah!


Word of Life video




The Answer video


ABOUT THE ALBUM:

“What’s been amazing about The Answer is that all of the songs were inspired by just being present,” Camp shares. “There was no
song where I was sitting there and had this epiphany when I was writing. In every writing session, any idea literally just came in the
moment. I was praying the whole time, ‘Lord, give me opportunities to combine these things that You are doing in our hearts.”

Camp co-wrote the ten songs on the album with a plethora of well-respected songwriters, from Ed Cash and Scott Cash, Colby
Wedgeworth and Ethan Hulse, as well as Josh Silverberg and Jess Cates. Writing sessions began by just talking - no purposeful
agenda or topic was allowed. The goal was to hang out, to share what’s going on in their lives. Camp explains, “The conversations
that would come out of these writing sessions were the most incredible conversations I’ve had in a long time. I went in intentionally asking, ‘What’s God teaching you? What’s going on in your life right now?’ I wanted to have a real discussion every time, and many of these conversations turned into deep prayer times where we were literally on the floor, weeping and praying for each other. We had true holy spirit moments.”

The album’s first single, “Word Of Life,” came from one of those sessions. “I thought about the Scripture in John 6:60-68 when we
were writing this song,” he explains. “When Jesus asked His disciples if they are willing to go through what it takes to follow Him, they left because they didn’t like what Jesus was saying. But it was Peter who said, “Where else am I going to go? You have the
words of eternal life.”

Camp continues, “When things get tough our first initial reaction is to say, ‘I don’t know if I can handle this.’ I can just tell you there
is nowhere else to run. We can turn our backs on the Lord, but that’s where the problems are. There is pain and there is hurt, and Jesus literally offers peace, He offers hope and joy, and He offers the words of eternal life. This song is to encourage others to stick to the only true source of life who gives us all we need - Jesus Christ.”
 TODAY the album is available!


 Check out Jeremy Camp's website. You can listen and watch the lyric videos for each song. 

You can purchase on iTunes as well!

GIVEAWAY TIME
“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 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. USA ONLY

Monday, September 25, 2017

Matthew West ALL IN CD Review + Giveaway


I know this guy! OK, we met once for an autograph and picture during a MOPS convention a few years ago. That counts though!
What a humble human being. He sat there for over an hour saying hello and taking pictures with all the moms at that convention.

I am so excited about this new album. My son and I have been jamming out to it on our 30 min drives to and from school every day.



Choose to be ALL IN! 
Matthew launched a 6-week All In Challenge on his social media on 9/18, and each week Matthew is challenging his fans to go "All In" in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most? It's never too late to start this challenge.





One of my son's favorite songs on this album is Amen.



Maybe you just need a copy of this CD for yourself! It will be great motivation! You can buy your copy here on iTunes, or try and win a free copy first.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Nichole Nordeman CD Review + Giveaway


I remember jamming out to Nichole Nordeman as a young Christian. Brave was my jam! I had a wonderful opportunity to listen to her newest album called Every Mile Mattered. The music is so beautiful! My favorite song on the album would have to be Slow Down.


She actually has a book coming out soon that you
can preorder here.

Dear Me is another moving song I enjoyed listening to. The video below is her inspiration for writing the song.





To keep track of all things Nichole you can head to her website. The Spotify links are even there to take a listen to her new album. She has quite a powerful testimony you may want to read as well.
Links for album purchase:

GIVEAWAY TIME
“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  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. US ONLY