Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Afters' Newest Album *Review + Giveaway*

 

When they first visited back in 2013

We have quite a history with The Afters. They became friends with our former chaplains and did concerts on base for several years. It was always a blessing for them to come down and play their anointed music for free to our military families.

My son was so excited! This was when they returned in 2015.

My son has also joined me at several of their concerts. He loves their music as much as I do. You now know that we had to get this new album!


Where do I begin? I am loving Shadows! It's a little bit of a different sound than I'm used to hearing from these guys and we all love it. Seriously though, turn the volume up and jam out! We enjoyed all the songs on this CD. They have that much more meaning when you learn how it came about.

Here's a little history and bio regarding their new album:

"It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.
Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.
But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.
Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.
Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.
Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”
“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”









Get connected with The Afters so you know what's going on:

Official website: www.theafters.com
twitter.com/theafters
facebook.com/theafters
instagram.com/theaftersofficial

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Biggest Story + Giveaway


We popped the CD into our car stereo one day while running errands around town. My car has never been so quiet! They just listened as the story of God's grace and redemption unfolded around them. The musical composition along with the narration just holds your attention.


The animated short film features beautifully animated illustrations adapted from the book, This film will captivate children and parents alike as they see how all the classic stories in the Bible connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.


ABOUT THE STORY:
Once upon a time there lived a man and a woman. They were the happiest people on the planet.

True, they were the only people on the planet, but they were still terrifically happy.

Unfortunately, things didn’t stay happy and wonderful for long . . .
The Bible is full of exciting stories that fill children with awe and wonder. But kids need to know how all those classic stories connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung—a best-selling author and father of six—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.
With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message—how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden—will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.


You can purchase the film and audio book on Amazon.
Animated Short Film is located here
Audio Book is here

You also have the chance to win this giveaway! Keep Scrolling!

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, 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. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Monday, July 25, 2016

Lightlife Smart Dogs Review



Lightlife® Smart Dogs® offer up all the juicy flavor you love. Fire up the grill, top with your favorite condiments, and enjoy the ultimate summertime favorite.
Ingredients: 
Water, soy protein isolate, soybean oil, evaporated cane syrup, pea protein isolate, tapioca starch, salt, potassium chloride, bakers yeast extract, carrageenan, dried garlic, natural flavor (from plant sources), natural smoke flavor, xanthan gum, fermented rice flour, guar gum, oleoresin paprika (color).
Contains: Soy

We are not yet a vegetarian family, but we are slowly moving in that direction. This time we ate them with chili and cheese. It's nice to know there are some other options out there when it comes to hot dogs. My kids love hot dogs, but they are not so good for your innards. I was surprised I got a thumbs up from everyone who tried the Smart Dogs. They don't taste like hot dogs, but they are still tasty.




We had a hard time finding the Smart Patties and Tempeh, so I'll add my thoughts about those later. I still need to check our local Natural Grocers store. 

Looking at the Lightlife website I noticed they have many plant protein options. I'm very excited about trying those with my family. They also have some recipes to try out.

Stay connected with Lightlife




Thank you greenmomsmeet and lightlife for a chance to review these items.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

All Things Bright + Giveaway




How does she know this from memory? It was actually a class assignment from her 2nd grade teacher. They memorized a portion of this beautiful song/hymn by Cecil Frances Alexander.


Oh, the thrills when this book came in the mail! My daughter was ready to fill in the missing lines that they did not memorize.



This story is so beautifully illustrated by Katy Hudson. Very soft imagery that flows along with the words. The children are just so into their surroundings. They're just checking out all the wonderful things God created for us to look at and explore. 

About the Book
First published by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848, this favorite hymn has become a mainstay of churches and Sunday school classes everywhere. Here artist Katy Hudson brings new joy to the words with her fresh and bright watercolor style. Readers can join in the fun as they follow two little girls and their brother on a day filled with the discovery of “all things bright and beautiful.”

About the Artist
Katy Hudson was raised in Middlesbrough, England, and started her career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls. Her parents quickly encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead. The idea stuck, and after earning a degree in illustration, Katy is now a freelance illustrator. Katy works at a desk in a studio within Old London Library and likes to tap dance in her spare time.


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, 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. Winner is subject to eligibility verification

Protein and Hydration




Some of you may already know this, but we live in the desert. Dry, hot, and constantly thirsty! We had the opportunity to check out E-Hydrate products, and I was very impressed. There was actually something my kids could add to their water with 0 SUGAR. AND THEY LIKED IT!!!!


 Kids E-Hydrate was a hit with them. It gave their water a refreshing flavor ....they said it tasted like that particular flavor of soda, but soda it is not!!!

This was all I had left after the kids (and myself) raided the box!


Pay no attention to that middle child's face. She loved that cinnamon roll flavor! She hadn't even tasted it yet in this pic. She was still shaking the drink. She's a character!




It's not just for the kids ya know. They have products for us grown folks too! To all my friends who live at the gym...check these products out. There's a lot of you Cross-fit junkies who could probably benefit from these too. They have Natural Protein-on-the-Go drinks and so much more for you guys and gals! Check out their website for specifics on ingredients and nutrition info.

I personally liked the Chocolate one. You just have to make sure you shake it up really well.





While you're browsing their site make sure to keep up with them via social media.



Thank you greenmomsmeet and E-Hydrate for the chance to review this product. Opinions are our own.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Santa Cruz Agua Fresca



The family is finally back from all of our summer travels! Before we left we received a wonderful package in the mail. Deliciousness right here!!! It was gone before we left.


We are familiar with Santa Cruz Organic because we love their organic lemonade, which pairs nicely with my Young Living lavender essential oil. Have you had lavender lemonade before? I highly recommend it! I'm so glad we had the opportunity to try some new drinks by this company. 

Santa Cruz goes all the way back to 1972! I had no idea...I thought they were fairly new because I only started noticing their products a few years ago. That could be because that is when we switched to partaking of more organic options around then. They offer a wide range of products also. It's not just juice, people!

The Agua Fresca line is what we got to enjoy. Mango Passionfruit and Pomegranate were the flavors we tried, and let me tell you.....well, you probably already know what I'm going to say. I'll just say this, GO GET SOME!

About Agua Fresca
Made by blending organic fruit juice and fruit juice concentrate, sugar, a splash of lemon juice, and other ingredients, these delightfully distinctive drinks are reminiscent of the Agua Frescas that have long been popular throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Now, Santa Cruz Organic® makes it easy for you to enjoy an Agua Fresca at home—the perfect way to Keep on Cruzin' through your day!


We aren't big juice drinkers here, so when my hubby finished the pomegranate drink and went to the store hunting for more, I knew we found a keeper for our fridge. They really are fresh tasting!

The kids also had an opportunity to try the applesauce pouches.


They enjoyed them very much.

Check your local grocery store or natural food store for 
Santa Cruz Organics!

Thank you to greenmomsmeet for the opportunity to review this product. All opinions are our own.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bible Belles + Giveaway

My daughter loves Esther, so this was the perfect story for her. Esther is definitely one patient woman. We can all learn a little something from her life.



Bible Belle's Esther: The Belle of Patience from Bible Belles on Vimeo.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Bible Belles’ The Adventure of Rooney Cruz is an original children’s series that presents real life heroes like never before. The series highlights five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah.
We’re setting out to present women in the Bible in a way that has never been done before. We want girls to connect with them and find out what being truly beautiful is all about. We want girls to remember their names, their stories, and how special they are.

I think these books are great to teach our girls about some inspiring women of the bible. My girls can relate to what Rooney is going through with her friends. I love her little prayers! The Bible tell us in the book of Philippians to not worry about anything, but pray about everything. 

I look forward to collecting all of these Bible Belle books for my girls!

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, 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. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.