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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Build Up Their Imagination This Christmas with Magformers #HolidayGiftGuide

**Product received for review. All thoughts are my own.

My son loves to build. From as early as I can remember he was stacking and constructing. As a mom, this is something I want to encourage. It can be such a great thing for expanding their imaginations and helping them bring those imaginations to life in whatever they are building.

Still, they can only have so many blocks, right? This year with the holidays approaching I wanted to find something a little different! Something that would still encourage building and imagination, but something unlike other construction sets that he already had. During that search, I found Magformers:

Magformers® Mission Statement
MAGFORMERS® is the industry leader in magnetic building toys for children. We believe it is vital for children to develop through creativity and our patented, ‘always attracting’ magnetic technology delivers a unique constructional play experience. It is MAGFORMERS® commitment to providing a high quality, reliable product that inspires the creators of the future.

Magformers® Competitive Advantage

Here at MAGFORMERS® we pride ourselves in the quality of our product and the play experience it delivers. Each shape contains rotating Rare Earth Neodymium magnets, the strongest of their kind for guaranteed connectivity. Every magnet is kept safe and secure in Sonic welded, BPA free, HQABS plastic. This process of manufacturing ensures each magnet is encapsulated with the utmost security, providing a safe, long lasting play experience.

Now, right away just with the addition of magnets, I was intrigued. If there is another thing that my son has always loved, it's science and that includes the science of magnetism. So, these now combined two of his loves in a unique toy unlike any he had. At 9 years old, I knew that he would still love these, but I also loved that they were something that were safe for my 3 year old to play along with too. The pieces are large enough for little hands to grab, but still small enough to store easily, which us moms know can be just as important! I could not help but think these would be a great option too for the little builders that love to build, but maybe have issues with fine motor skills that make other construction toys more difficult.

Most importantly, I love all of the fun styles available. My son personally loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set that he received... a fun way to build with characters he loved. But aside from favorite character like TMNT or Shimmer and Shine, there are vehicles, there are dinos, there are general building sets that allow the imagination to shine. There are even sets that incorporate gears and hi tech features like lights to make the perfect sets for every STEM kid (and some that my son would certainly love to add to his collection). There truly is a little something for EVERY child to love and enjoy.

If you have a child who loves to build, this is one toy they would love to find under the tree this year!

You can see everything Magformers has to offer and connect at the links below:

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Do you have a builder on your list? Which set would they most love?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Easy DIY Candy Cane Reindeer

Every year when Christmas rolls around, I- like many of you I'm sure- find myself on the search for fun Christmas treats. I browse my many cookbooks, I search Pinterest, I have lists and lists of ideas. But if I were to be honest... the likelihood of me actually accomplishing any of these aside from just one or two? It's small. My dreams are bigger than my talents, my resources and my time. As much as I want to go all out, I have to be realistic! Still, there is one fun treat that I've made time and time again, and one that I remember loving as a child when they were made for me. Chances are you've seen them yourself, but if you're looking for a fun treat ANYONE can accomplish, this is certainly it!

Candy Cane Rudolph

  • Candy Cane
  • Pom Poms
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Hot Glue
  1. Craft antlers out of your pipe cleaner. Wrap around the hook of the candy cane a few times to attach. (I suggest using a little hot glue to hold in place.)
  2. Now add the googly eyes! This can be a little tricky since they tend to be larger than your candy cane, but just put a blob of hot glue right to the candy cane, and stick them on carefully and quickly!
  3. Finally add your nose to the end of the hook of the candy cane with hot glue.

This craft/treat truly is incredibly easy, and kids love it. It's perfect for class parties or to surprise your little ones with at home! And they're inexpensive too! You cannot go wrong!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Snorg Tees for the Nerd on Your List {A #SantasComingtoTown Giveaway Hop Event}

giveaway hop
Welcome to the 2nd Annual Santa's Coming to Town Giveaway Hop hosted by Karen’s Got Mail & Capturing the Moment! I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share some awesome giveaways with our readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs listed below and enter some fabulous giveaways, all of which are worth a minimum of $25!


**Product received for review. All thoughts are my own.

Confession: I really don't like shopping for my husband!

Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like spoiling him or anything like that...I do! I just never know what to get him! Mostly, he's the type of person who if he wants something, he jut gets it. If he doesn't, that typically means its out of my budget anyway. That makes it really tough to shop for something he loves but doesn't always have.

Earlier this year, I was introduce to Snorg Tees for my son. In cased you missed it, here's a little bit about the company:

Here at SnorgTees, we specialize in pop-culture inspired, random, and all around funny t-shirt designs. We started this company in 2004 out of our basement, and faked everybody into thinking that we own an actual business. We've even shipped a shirt to NASA. That means space. So, technically, we're a universal company.

As I said, I was first introduced through their children's tees that were perfect for my nerdy son... but I must admit, my husband's a bit of nerd too. He loves clever tees showing off some of his favorite fandoms too. I knew Snorg Tees would be a great fit, so I went back to find just the right tee for his list. I found that in their 'We're Going Hunting' tee.

Now, here's something you might not know about my husband and I--- we LOVE Supernatural. We often joke that despite our many, many differences (we're polar opposites in fact), Supernatural is our one common ground. Several times throughout the year, we find ourselves once again binge watching the series all the way through. We even say that our song is Carry On My Wayward Son for this very reason. Needless to say, it's a big deal in our family. So when I saw this shirt, I knew it was a must for him. It even featured one of his favorite characters...'Baby'! (For you non-fans, that's the car!) And I was right, he loved it!

But this is just one of many fun and clever tees Snorg Tees has to offer! No matter what your husband's fandom, there is sure a tee that he will love. And it's not just for the men on your list, they offer great tees for kids and women too! You can check them all out and connect at the links below:

Shop Online.
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And one lucky reader is going to win the tee of their choice. 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.   Disclosure: Karen’s Got Mail, Capturing the Moment and the Santa's Coming to Town Giveaway Hop participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway.

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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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.

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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

Looking for more great journaling gifts? You can also grab select previous kits for just $15! Or check out these amazing BOGO deals, buy select Illustrated Faith get another FREE! Mix and match to stock up on your favorites!

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


 I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

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
stores. Their full line of pies and meals are available at: Target, Walmart, Whole
Foods Market, Sprouts, Meijer, Publix, The Fresh Market, Kroger, Natural Grocers,
Earth Fare, Fresh Thyme, Raley’s, Winco, Ralph’s, Harris Teeter, Hyvee, HEB, Jewel,
Hannaford, Shaw’s, Market Basket, along with many Natural Food Stores & Coops.

You can find out more and stay connected at the links below:

Visit the Website
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And Blake's is giving one very lucky winner the chance to win a super cute Blake's tote bag and t-shirt! 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. 
MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

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

Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop
Hosted By  Planet Weidknecht 
and Leah Says Views

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)

From ANYPRO, A Customer Orientated Enterprise
• 99% positive feedback for customer service
• This product is backed with 365 days warranty so your satisfactory is guaranteed. Email us at support@anyproglobal.com if you need any help.

Smart Humidification Technology
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.

Leakage & Crush Resistance 
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.