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Friday, December 2, 2016

Enjoy a Tennessee Christmas with Amy Grant {A #TennesseeChristmas Giveaway} #flyby

Christmas music is my favorite! Every year I count down the days until it is acceptable to start listening! (And okay, admittedly, sometimes I don't even wait that long!) When I was a teenager, I worked at an amusement park called Holiday World, where as the name suggests, each sections is divided into a different holiday. (If you're older and from the midwest, you may have known it as Santa Claus Land.) I loved those days that I was scheduled to work in the Christmas section, so that I could hear my favorite Christmas tunes right in the middle of summer.

So, every year as the holidays draw near I get excited to add more holiday music to my collection. Today I'm excited to share with you my newest addition: Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas!

One of the things that I love most about Christmas music is the feeling of warmth they so often bring... and no album better accomplishes that than this one. If you're looking for an upbeat- Jingle Bells & Deck the Halls type of album, this one may not be what you are looking for, but if you're looking for something slow and heartfelt... you can't get any better. This whole album just feels like family. That statement in and of itself may not make much sense, but if you listen you'll understand just what I mean. This is perhaps most evident in two of my favorites from the album- Baby Its Cold Outside and Christmas Don't Be Late.

Baby It's Cold Outside happens to be my favorite non-Christian Christmas song, so I always enjoy hearing various versions and this was certainly a great one. Amy was joined by her husband Vince Gill. Their voices blend beautifully and I loved hearing them together. Christmas Don't Be Late happens to be my husband's favorite song, but what set this one apart was both the commentary of Amy reflecting on Christmases past, and her daughters joining in. As I said, this truly felt like a family album and I so enjoyed experiencing it.

Another song that perfect reflects that is the beautiful To Be Together.

Beautiful, right? Isn't this truly what Christmas is all about. Time together with family! Do you have video of surprising your family for the holidays? Feel free to share via social using the hashtag #TNChristmasSurprise! 

Tennessee Christmas is available to purchase now.

And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy for themselves. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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The Gift of Bible Journaling {+ A Dayspring Deal} #IllustratedFaith #DaySpring #IF_tistheseason #Biblejournaling

**I received this kit as a member of Dayspring's Illustrated Faith Launch Team. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are my own. 

When I first started Bible journaling, I honestly thought that this was going to a a fun little hobby for me. Nothing more, nothing less. I already had a relationship with God, and while I was excited to have a new way to express it, I don't think I realized what a true impact it would bring on that relationship or my faith. I did not truly know just what a gift I was being handed.

With this season of gifts in the air and the end of the year drawing near, I cannot help but reflect upon that, and today I wanted to share some of those gifts that it has given to me and why I am so passionate about sharing it with others:

The Gift of Worship.

As I said, I would never have imagined I could use help in this area, I've always loved to worship. Still, is there ever such thing as too much? Journaling gave me an all new creative outlet that I didn't know I was missing.

The Gift of Faith.

I've been a Christian for a long and I've always considered myself as someone who had a strong faith, so I was really surprised at just how much journaling impacted my faith. With each page, I found my relationship with God growing stronger.

The Gift of Peace.

Journaling for me is such a stress relief. I can color and draw, pray and sometimes even cry... and leave it all on those pages. In this year, this is perhaps the greatest gift I could have asked for.

The Gift of Sharing. 

I've never been one to shy away from talking about Jesus both here on my blog and in my personal life, but in the past I've never really been sure where to begin. How do I bring up that conversation, what do I have to offer to it? With journaling, I have something to share that I'm passionate about.

The Gift of Friendship.

Perhaps one of the greatest and most unexpected gifts that journaling has brought me personally is the gift of friendship. Soon after I started, I came across a new group just starting- a Bible journaling happy mail group. This was a group of women whose sole goal was to bless others. And while it may have started with that intention, it has in time become so much more than that. This group of Christian women that I have been blessed to co-admin through this past year truly have become wonderful friends. I can depend on them to bounce journaling ideas off of, to pray for one another and to strengthen our faiths together. They are proof that God can take something as small as a Facebook group and truly use it to impact lives, and for that I am very thankful.

With all of these gifts that Bible journaling has brought me, I cannot think of a greater gift to give this Christmas season. It is a gift with purpose, a gift that means something. It is a gift that may just be what someone on your list has been needing.

Today, I'm excited to share with you a deal that makes giving the gift of journaling a little easier. Through December 4th, you can grab 2 December Illustrated Faith Kits- Tis the Season- for just $40! Amazing, right? That's one kit for you, and one for a friend!

In case you missed it, here's a look at what you can find inside:

Prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus as Melody invites you to dive deeper into some really meaningful words during this 25-day Advent devotional.  Focusing on four special words—Hope...Love...Joy...Peace, Melody gives 25 daily prompts (along with Scripture), in hopes that you will connect with these four words, the prompts, and other details within the verse.  "May each day of this journey help build our collective excitement about the coming of Christmas day and the celebration of the Messiah!"  —Melody

Product Details:

1 devotional booklet (25 prompts with Scripture)
1 stamp pad
1 clear stamp collection with 1 sheet of cut-outs enclosed
1 roll of washi tape
1 package of 3 Scripture sharables
1 sticker
1 bow clip

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Are you a Bible journaler? What gifts has journaling given you? Who on your list would love the gift of Bible journaling this Christmas?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stuff Your Stocking...& Your Tummies with Blake's Pot Pies {A Giveaway Hop Event}

Welcome to the Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop!

Brought to you by: MamatheFox

Join us as we get ready for the 2016 holiday season with this fun giveaway hop. Each stop has a prize that is sure to please. At this bottom of this page you will find a clickable form with other blogs hosting their own giveaway. If you cannot see a form look for a small blue button which will provide you with the clickable list of blogs. Come back daily to increase your chances of winning! Good luck


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Do you ever feel like during this holiday season you are constantly moving, moving, moving? From festivities to errands, there just doesn't seem to be a moment to sit and relax. Even when we have time at home, it seems we have more to do. We're wrapping presents, we're helping kids write Santa letters. Never mind the every day tasks like homework and of course, cooking dinner!

During this time of year more than ever, I am on the hunt for meals that are delicious for my family... but that are quick and easy too! Of course we all know that nothing can be quicker for dinner than a freezer meal... but I know personally I still want to feed my family meals I can feel good about. Do such meals exist? Freezer meals that are quick and simple to fit my busy schedule, but still containing REAL wholesome ingredients too?

Yes, they do! And today I would like to introduce you all to one such meal: Blake's Pot Pies-

• Blake’s Turkey and Beef Pot Pies are made from scratch in small batches, and
use only the finest organic and all-natural ingredients.
• Blake’s Heirloom Family Recipes are made by wonderful people, not machines,
and feature hormone-free and antibiotic-free chicken, turkey or beef, garden
vegetables, potatoes and a flaky pie crust. .
• Blake’s Turkey Pot Pie and Beef Pot Pie are dairy free and soy free and like
all of their meals they do not contain trans fats or artificial colors, flavors, or
• An 8 oz. Blake’s Pot Pie retails for $3.99. 

That all sounds great, right? But of course the real question remains--- how do they taste?

Now, I cannot speak to this from personal taste testing because as a vegetarian, well... these aren't going to fit my needs... but my meat loving family? They LOVED them! Pot pies happen to be one of my son's favorites so naturally he couldn't wait to dig in...and it did not disappoint. He ate every last bit! We were able to experience not only the turkey and beef pot pies, but several other varieties as well, and none were left untouched in my house. Even my slightly pickier eater- my 3 year old- enjoyed them! I'd say they were a definite hit!

And for me, I loved that if I couldn't make them a homemade pot pie from scratch myself, I knew that they were still eating something I could feel good about feeding them. I could focus my energy and time crossing off my never-ending to do list, without sacrificing quality meals to do so! Throughout the busy holiday season and beyond, these will definitely find their way into my kitchen again!

Ready to shop? Blake’s Turkey Pot Pie and Beef Pot Pie are currently available at Meijer and Publix
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You can find out more and stay connected at the links below:

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Fight Winter Sniffles with a New Humidifier from Anypro {A Review & Giveaway}

Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop
Hosted By  Planet Weidknecht 
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From now through December 14, hop along to all participating bloggers to enter to win lots of great prizes perfect for the holidays and beyond! Good luck!


**Product received for consideration. All throughts are 100% my own.

Tis the season to be... sniffling?

Okay, that may not be how the song goes, but it's true isn't it!? Along with all of the great things that the holiday and winter season brings, it also brings along those inevitable winter colds. We've already had our fair share around here!

To fight these colds I am always looking for the best, more natural remedies to fit my families needs and keep them feeling well. Perhaps one of the most frequent tips that I both hear and give is to use a humidifier. There are many great models out there to choose from to fit your personal needs, but today I want to share with you a new one I just discovered that perfectly fits mine: Anypro 3.5L Ultrasonic Anti-mold Cool Mist Humidifier.

Allow Anypro to keep the air moisturized with our 3.5L cool mist humidifier. This compact and powerful humidifier is applied with smart features that provides perfect coverage in dry areas of your home and office, which effectively humidify the air in rooms up to 538 sq ft (50m²)

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Ultrasonic humidifier typically runs 20 to 36 hours of continuous operation (depending on mist control setting)

Adjustable Humidity Control
Adjust vapor output to level you want with the dial knob control. Humidify anywhere you desire with the 360 degrees adjustable mist spray.

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The deep groove base design is featured in preventing easy leakage which is also tested for crushing resistance

Antibacterial Material
Antibacterial material is used inside water tank and the base to suppress mold growth. Good tap water or distilled water works perfect for better anti-mold effect. 

Variable Night Lights
Choose light from 6 soft colors to enhance your mood: red, purple, blue, green, yellow , pink. 

For Optimal Use: 
• Distilled water or good tap water works perfect for anti-mold effect. We recommend cleaning once a week for better maintenance
• Please align the center of "Anypro" LOGO and Power indicator in a straight line for easily reseat. 
Sounds pretty great, right? While Anypro may be a new name in the world of Home, Health and Personal Care, it's easy to see why people are already falling in love! I loved that I no longer have to worry about mold or that my children will burn themselves on the steam of our previous humidifier. I love that we can control the level of humidity to best suit our current needs. I loved that it has nightlights! My son is afraid of the dark, so this is a great choice for him... providing him both comfort and helping him breathe better. And with different colors to choose from? Even more fun for a child's room too! But my favorite part is not even mentioned in these features at all! 

If using a humidifier is tip #1, using essential oils is most certainly tip #2! Oils such as Eucalyptus and Peppermint or Fir Needle and Spearmint (a kid friendly alternative) do wonders for helping my family to breathe better in winter months. But, did you know that adding oils to your typical humidifier can degrade the filter and destroy the motor? While some may have used it with no issues, it is strongly discouraged! And while you still cannot add oils directly to the tank in this humidifier either, it DOES feature a handy aroma drawer right next to where the steam comes out that allows you to add essential oils, allowing you combine the feel good properties of BOTH natural solutions!

With its lights, it's cool mist and the ability to add oils, this certainly is the perfect humidifier for my family! You can check it out and purchase your own here.

AND one very lucky reader is going to win one for themselves! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DIY Christmas Finger Puppets {A Christmas Craft}

One of my daughter's favorite songs in this world is the 'Finger Family' song. We all know this one, right?

Mommy finger, mommy finger
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am
How do you do?

It's an adorable song, and if you search around YouTube, you'll find there are TONS of versions out there for kids to enjoy. Name a favorite character and you can probably find the song to fit! My Finley is always going around singing one of these, or making up her own version based on whatever she has on hand.

For this holiday season, I wanted to create something super special for her, and given her love of finger families, what could be better than some Christmas themed finger puppets? We are still working on more characters to add to the collection, but for now I wanted to introduce our first two friends and share how you can make these super simple finger puppets for your little ones too.

DIY Christmas Finger Puppets

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Floss & Needle
  • Small Pom Poms
  • Googly Eyes
  • Hot Glue
  1. First up, decide who you want to make. We completely made these characters on our own, no patterns, so for our first attempt, we went with a simple reindeer. This to me is probably the easiest to create. A snowman is a close second. After you've decided who you're going with, gather your supplies needed to bring him to life. 
  2. Cut your felt. For the reindeer, a simple finger shape will do the trick.  You could do the same for a snowman as well, but we decided to give him a slightly rounder bottom. Be certain that you are cutting large enough for your finger (or child's finger) to go inside- keeping in mind that you will lose some room with the sewing. Use your first side as a pattern for the second one. (Or create one on paper first.) Go ahead and cut some for your accessories as well--- antlers for reindeer, scarf for snowman, etc. 
  3. Start sewing. I'm a big fan of the whip stitch for these felt projects, but use whatever you are most comfortable with. If you're not great at sewing, you could probably even hot glue or fabric glue the whole project, though I personally love the sewn look. On your reindeer, be certain to add the felt antlers at the top as you sew. (I switched to a classic stitch to sew these on, then back to whip stitch.) 
  4. Now it's time for the finishing touches. Add on your pom pom noses and googly eyes for the face. On your snowman, give him a scarf, or maybe a few buttons with puffy paint, if desired. 
  5. Give them to your children to enjoy! Create fun stories or sing songs!

As you all know, when I'm working on craft projects, I look for two primary features. First they must be easy. While this may take a little more effort than previous crafts I've shared, it is still exceptionally easy... even for someone just learning to sew. The second is that they must be budget friendly, and this one certainly is that. You can pick up individual pieces of felt for 20-30 cents. The same goes for the thread. You can also buy in bundles for often cheaper deals if you plan to use more for future projects, and use craft store coupons to bring the price even lower. I purchased my googly eyes and pom poms both at my local Dollar Tree, so altogether this project didn't even hit $5! A simple, inexpensive project that bring such joy! Definitely a win in my book!

Make Winter Travels Easier with Scrape-A-Round {+ a Deal}

Aww, winter. You get up, get yourself dressed, head out the door to go on about your day... and suddenly realize you have to scrape the ice off your windows. Oh boy, what a way to start the day, am I right? Can't there be a better solution than your every day ice scraper?

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Give Sweet Dreams When You Buy Jammies with @Carter's #GivingTuesday!

Carter's Giving Tuesday Pajama Program

Did you know that today (November 29th) is #GivingTuesday? I have part­nered with Bloggin' Mamas and Carter’s to pro­mote Giv­ing Tues­day, a pro-social move­ment that encour­ages man­u­fac­tur­ers and oth­er par­tic­i­pants to sup­port char­i­ta­ble giv­ing on the first Tues­day after Thanks­giv­ing. This year marks Carter’s first Pajama Program for Giving Tuesday. For every Carter’s paja­ma pur­chased online today at www.Carters.com or at one of Carter’s 650+ retail stores, Carter’s will donate one of America’s favorite jam­mies to chil­dren in need, up to 100,000 pairs.

With the craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the attitude of 'get, get, get', it can be really easy to forget that the holiday season truly IS all about giving, not getting. I love that we have this day as things are settling down to remember this and give back. And I love to see great brands like Carter's participating! Carter's Jammies are a favorite in my home, and I love that through this program, that love can be passed along to other children who may not be able to otherwise!

With close to 900 styles, including 1-piece, 2-piece, 4-piece, and gown options in cotton, flannel and fleece in sizes newborn to 12 years, parents and gift-givers are sure to find the perfect PJs for the little ones on their holiday gift lists.

As I said, Carter's have been a staple in my household for the last 9 years. Any mom can tell you that Carter's PJs aren't just super comfortable or cute, they are also made to last! We've had both PJs and clothing alike that have been passed through cousin after cousin and still look great! It's truly no wonder that so many moms choose Carter's not just for their kids, but to gift as well. To me, that quality makes this program that much better!

Spread The Word!

Give more sweet dreams to children in need and more jammies for every little one today! #carterssweetdreams

Help @Carters give back on #GivingTuesday Buy a pair of pj's & they will donate a pair to a child in need (up to 100K). #carterssweetdreams pic.twitter.com/0DACo2Nupr
— Bloggin' Mamas (@blogginmamas) November 29, 2016

Disclosure: I am sharing this as part of a Bloggin' Mamas Social Good campaign. I am receiving a Carter's gift card as a thank you for supporting this worthy cause. All opinions expressed are my own.