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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Unmasking: New Album from Nichole Nordeman {A Review & Giveaway} #FlyBy

Do you have a theme song?

You know...a song that defines your life, how you live or how you want to live? A song that feels as though it could have been written by you?

Back when I was in high school, I discovered a song that was just that for me- Nichole Nordeman's Legacy:


I want to leave a legacy, how will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to you enough
To make a mark on things? I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who blessed your name
Unapologetically and leave that kind of legacy

It took hearing the song only one time for it to become and instant favorite, and after all these years its STILL a favorite. I have come to be a fan of Nichole Nordeman's other music as well, so naturally when I heard about her new album 'The Unmaking' I could not wait to get my hands on it!

About the new album The Unmaking:
"Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die.  Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter.  Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous.  Before we make, we must unmake."  Nichole Nordeman 


About Nichole Nordeman:
Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow/EMI CMG, with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million.  A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story.  Her best-known songs include "Holy", "Legacy", "Brave", "This Mystery", "Why", and "What If".  She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.  

If you're already a Nichole Nordeman fan, you will not be disappointed! If you've not yet had the chance to experience her music, this will be a great introduction! These songs were every bit as wonderful as the hits I had fallen in love with over the years. In fact, the only real downfall is that are JUST six songs! But each of those songs is truly as beautiful as the next.

I loved the message of the title song, The Unmaking- to be broken down to be built back up. As a Plumb fan, I loved their collaboration on Not To Us. Love Your More was perfection...like I said, each song was as beautiful as the next. But perhaps my absolute favorite song on the album was the final song, Slow Down. They always say to save the best for last, and this album certainly did that! This song beautifully expresses the thought of every mother...wish for time to just slow down:

Slow down
Won't you stay here a minute more
I know you want to walk through the door
But it's all too fast
Let's make it last a little while
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know that I am
But do you think you can somehow
Slow down

Yes, this is truly a song that all of us mothers will adore, but the entire album is great for mothers and non mothers alike. If you're a Christian music fan, this is certainly one to add to your collection!

The Unmasking is available to purchase now.

Keep up to date with Nichole Nordeman at the links below:





And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy for themselves. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Vampire Diaries: The Complete 6th Season & The Originals:The Complete 2nd Season- Now on DVD & Bluray {+A Giveaway}


Welcome to the End of Summer Hop Event
Hosted by LeahSay's Views & Planet Weidknecht
September 1st-15th

We're celebrating the end of summer with a giveaway hop event! Enter my giveaway then hop along to enter more great giveaways valued at $25 +!!

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Summer ending and warmer fall weather is on the way! With cool weather keeping us inside, there is no greater time to catch up on some of our favorite shows! One show that I happen to love binge watching is The Vampire Diaries! This CW hit is...well, it's a little bit addictive! As is it's spin-off The Originals! And just in time for fall binge watching- new seasons have come to DVD! Check it out:


About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season
The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.
Own The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015 .
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel
The Vampire Diaries on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thevampirediaries 
The Vampire Diaries on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cwtvd
About The Originals The Complete Second Season 

As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.
Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes And Much More!
The Originals on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cworiginals 
Ask The Originals on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cworiginals

And to get you in the spirit of the show, check out this fun, 'Could You Be a Supernatural Being?' Quiz



And throw a great viewing party with this super fun recipe book:



To celebrate the release, one very lucky reader is going to have the chance to win either The Vampire Diaries Season 6 or The Originals Season 2 (Chosen at Random). 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

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sleep Well with SwaddleSure by HALO {A #2Cool4Drool Giveaway}


Welcome to the Too Cool for Drool Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Mommy Island & The Kids Did It
From August 31-September 14, hop along to participating bloggers to find great giveaways all about BABY, with prizes valued at $15+!!
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If you've been following for long, you probably already know that we are big HALO fans in my home! Even in the hospital, we had my daughter swaddled and comfy in her HALO Sleepsack Swaddle. As she grew, a regular Sleepsack became a staple. These products were wonderful in helping our little miss stay warm and comfortable and most importantly, sleeping safely!

Today, I'm excited to share with you an all new product from HALO... the SwaddleSure by HALO!




At a price of $14.99, the SwaddleSure™ adjustable swaddle pouch is designed to compete with the SwaddleMe brand. Unlike SwaddleMe, the SwaddleSure™ by HALO is designated as hip-healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, making it safer and more secure for baby. 

As moms, most of us probably already know about the many great benefits of swaddling, but here's a little recap:


The Benefits of Swaddling
After being tightly cuddled inside mom for nine months, it's no wonder that some babies enjoy being swaddled after birth. It makes them feel snug, warm and secure. Swaddling can help calm many fussy or crying babies and even help them sleep longer in the first few months of life. In fact, many cultures have been swaddling their infants for thousands of years.  Basic benefits of swaddling:
  • Swaddling is a great way to soothe and calm a fussy baby by giving him a feeling of security, similar to being in the womb.
  • A newborn cannot regulate his temperature as well as an adult, so swaddling keeps his body warm. (Just make sure that he doesn’t become overheated.)
  • Swaddling often helps a baby sleep longer because it prevents the sudden movements (startle reflex) that can cause him to wake up.
  • Swaddling can help a baby focus on breastfeeding, helping to keep his arms and legs out of the way.
  • Swaddling prevents a newborn baby from scratching himself with his nails.
I loved swaddling my children as babies, and I love that HALO has come out with this other great option to help make it easier.


SwaddleSure by HALO versus receiving blankets
  • Perfect fit – SwaddleSure has large adjustable fasteners as well as a large area for the fasteners to connect ensuring a perfect fit every time. SwaddleSure also adjusts easily as baby grows
  • Resists breakouts – unlike a receiving blanket, the SwaddleSure has patented three-point fastening system that makes it harder for baby to bust out
  • Roomier pouch design – SwaddleSure supports hip health, it does not constrain the legs but rather allows baby to put them in a natural position and move as needed. Receiving blankets can restrict movement
  • Easy access to diaper – the SwaddleSure pouch opens up on the outside making it easy to access baby’s diaper without needing to unswaddle
If you have a little one, or a little one on the way, the new SwaddleSure by HALO is certainly going to be a must try on your list! You can learn more and see all the great products to help your baby sleep safely at the links below:




And as part of the Too Cool for Drool Giveaway Hop, one very lucky reader is going to win a SwaddleSure by HALO 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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Go Green for Back to School with ECOlunchbox

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Welcome to the 1st Annual Back to School Giveaway Hop hosted by Karen’s Got Mail. I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share these giveaways with our readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs and enter some fabulous giveaways! Also, make sure to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway which features n Ultimate Back to School combo from Mabel's Labels!

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Back to school! With back to school comes back to school shopping...and with back to school shopping comes a lot of waste! Have you ever stopped to wonder if there was a greener way to send your kiddos back to school? The good news is there ARE!

Take a look at these super simple ways to go green for back to school:

Buy Used. Eliminate some excess waste by buying used where you can. Check out your local thrift stores for great used clothing, shoes and backpacks. Still have school supplies from previous years? For things like rules, scissors, etc there is no reason to buy new each and every year.

Buy Greener Options. For those things that you DO have to buy new, consider greener options like recycled pencils or organic clothing. 

Walk/Carpool/Ride the Bus. If you live close enough to your child's school, consider walking or biking to and from. If that's not an option, consider carpooling or having your child ride the bus for a more eco-friendly option!

Recycle Papers. There isn't much we can do to stop the crazy amount of papers sent home each day, but we can control what we do with the waste. Rather than tossing all those newsletters and completed homework, set aside a special bin just for recycling those papers!

Pack A Green Lunch. Perhaps one of the greatest ways we can go green for back to school is packing a green lunch... it's green in more ways than one! First and foremost, it gives us complete control over what our children eat. We can choose healthy, delicious options that we can feel great about and know that our kids will love.

We can also use eco-friendly options to pack that lunch! One of my favorites for eco-friendly lunchbox options is ECOlunchbox, and their Splash Box Kit. Take a look:

The Splash Box Kit is a plastic free lunchware set that includes a leak-proof Splash Box™ with a matching organic cotton lunch sack and bamboo spork!


The Splash Box™ lunch container has a non-toxic silicone lid which offers leak-free convenience like plastic -- without any of the chemicals commonly found in plastics! The high-quality stainless steel lunchbox bottom is designed to stack for compact storage.

Also included is a matching organic cotton Blue Water Bento lunch sack featuring a screen-printed marine animal of your choice. The lunchbag measures 10 1/2 high with a 7 by 4 1/2 inch bottom. It carries with a sturdy cord handle and closes with velcro. To top off your set, we've included a nifty bamboo spork.


Sounds pretty great, right? But they aren't just eco-friendly, they are practical and cute too! I love the simple design of the Splash Box. The vivid blue and wave design is simple enough to not be over the top, but fun enough that kids will still love it. This makes it an ideal option for kids and grown ups alike! The unique silicone lid design is super easy for little hands to grasp and open on their own, while still remaining leak free!




The lunch sack is just the right size too! It's easy to carry on its own, and compact enough to toss into your child's backpack. Having limited kitchen space, I also love that the bag takes up little one when not in use (and the Splash Boxes stack compactly too!). But my favorite part about the lunch sack is that it is super easy to toss in the wash when your child inevitably makes a mess of it! That's a definite must in my home!



Eco-friendly, cute AND practical? Is it any wonder that ECOlunchbox has quickly become a back to school favorite in my home? You can learn more and see everything that ECOlunchbox has to offer at the links below:

Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/w0KTb



And as part of the Back To School Giveaway Hop, one very lucky winner is going to win a Splash Box Kit 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.  Karen’s Got Mail and the Back to School Giveaway Hop participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Through the Eyes of a Lion: Facing Impossible Pain, Finding Incredible Power {A Book Review & Giveaway}


"Life's tough...get a helmet."

Ah, life lessons from Boy Meets World! Those who know me know that I'll pretty much take any excuse to toss out a BMW quote, just for fun. But this one...well, this one truly is a great lesson isn't it? Life is tough. Things go wrong, our best laid plans fall apart. Jobs come and go. Tragedies happen.

As a mother, the greatest tragedy that we could ever imagine is something happening to our child. It is something that I cannot even imagine going through...something I do not even WANT to imagine going through. How does a parent go through that and make it through? How do they face that tragedy and still see the light at the end of the tunnel? How do you go through something like that and keep the faith?

Pastor Levi Lusko shares this very experience in the new book Through The Eyes of a Lion:


Do you fear life's uncertainties? As a parent who lost his young daughter, Pastor Levi Lusko has been there. More a manifesto for high-octane living than a manual for grieving, 
Through the Eyes of a Lion will help you turn your journey into a "roar story." Whether you’re currently facing adversity or want to prepare yourself for inevitable hardship, it’s time to look at the adventure of your life through Jesus’ eyes—the eyes of a Lion.

First and foremost, I must admit this was not an easy book to read. Again, as a mother, the idea of losing a child is almost unbearable, but that is just what the Luskos experienced when their daughter 5-year-old daughter Lenya left this world unexpectedly after an asthma attack days before Christmas. What should have been the most magical time of the year, turned into the most tragic. As I said, it was not an easy book to read. Many times, in the midst of the story I found myself having to put the book down and step away, wondering if I would be able to finish. But still, I read on...and I am glad that I did!

This is not just a story of tragedy. This is a story of hope, of love and of living life. It is a story about facing those impossible moments. It is not a story that says it's easy, and that we should not mourn our losses. It is not sugar coated to make us feel better. It acknowledges that life is not easy, but it encourages us not to live in fear but to instead embrace life and face those fears head on. We may never experience the loss of a child, but we will face hardships. We will struggle in our marriages, in our jobs, with our families. We will face hard times, but through Christ we can get through. We can face our fears, and roar through like a lion.

Through the Eyes of a Lion is available to purchase now at Family Christian.

Find more great Christian books and connect with Family Christian at the links below:
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Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyChristian?ref=bookmarks 
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And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy of the book 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. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Get Prescription Sunglasses Without Breaking the Bank with GlassesShop.com {+ Coupon Code}

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Let's talk sunglasses!

Since high school, I have struggled with horrible frequent migraines. Sunlight has always been one of my biggest triggers. On a particularly bright day just stepping outside can bring it on. I was told that I needed to wear sunglasses each time I went outside. For most, sunglasses are just a fun fashion accessory, but when you wear glasses, they can be a bit of an annoyance! You can wear sunglasses over your regular glasses, but finding glasses large enough to do so comfortably? Not easy! And prescription sunglasses... well, they're a great option of course, but super expensive...RIGHT? I certainly always thought so! I could never have imagined that they would actually be affordable enough to fit in my budget... so for years, I just did without.

Earlier this year, I was introduced to GlassesShop.com:

GlassesShop is an American owned and operated online retailer of eyeglasses. Since the website launch in 2004, we have delivered over a million pairs of eyeglasses while maintaining our standard of providing the highest quality at affordable prices. We are a group of eye doctors that understands your struggle with the high cost of eyeglasses. We strive to make your experience with GlassesShop.com one that is not only user-friendly but also professional and reliable. Being able to deliver superior eyeglasses at an unbeatably-low price has allowed us to help people all over the world see clearly and, in turn, has provided our team with a more rewarding experience than we could have ever anticipated. We guarantee your satisfaction.




Right away, I loved that I could find a large variety of prescription eyeglasses for a fraction of the cost that I could find at an eye doctor. Cheap glasses? That still looked great? And that you could shop for at the convenience of your home computer? Yes, please! Could they get any better?

To put it simply, YES!



Not only does GlassesShop offer cheap prescription eyeglasses, they also offer great deals on prescription sunglasses too! In addition to their wide variety of eyeglasses, they also have a pretty fantastic selection of sunglasses as well. They have prescription sunglasses, general clip-on sunglasses and even glasses with clip-ons designed just for them.




For me, that seemed like the best solution, so I went with the Jose Wayfarer with Clip-On. These gave me the sun protection of typical sunglasses, but with a few added benefits. First of all, the clip on attaches quickly and easily, making it much more convenient than switching from eyeglasses to sunglasses. But for me, it also was a fun way to try out a little something different when it came to frame shapes! I typically stick with something classic and small, so I loved mixing it up with a larger frame for more options... and I actually found that I really loved the option to have this larger frame for my everyday too! They truly are the greatest deal!





And to make it an even BETTER deal, use the code GSHOT50 to receive 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses(sale frames excluded). Wow! This deal truly is too great to pass up! If you're in need of new eyeglasses or sunglasses, GlassesShop is a must see!

Have you taken a look around GlassesShop.com? What frames do you love?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On Being A Military Family... Again!


When my husband and I first met, he had already finished his first four years in the Marine Corps, and had enlisted again. I knew from Day One that the military was THE plan. I knew that he planned to stay in the Marine Corps until he was able to retire. That was the only plan, and it was a pretty good one. Though the military life was not always easy, I adapted and became quite comfortable with it. Having married my husband less than a year after graduating high school, the military life was the only life I'd truly known as a grown up.


So, last year when my husband received the news that after 11 years, he was going to be unable to reenlist thanks to military downsizing...well, needless to say this was quite a blow! Still, we made the most of the situation we were given. We were in a place that we had come to love, where our oldest child was thriving in school and where we were a short drive away from both families. I have always been a firm believer that everything always works out according to God's plans, and though it was a stressful time, I looked forward to finding out just what exactly He had planned for our family.

The transition out of the military was not an easy one. My husband, not one to sit and feel sorry for himself, quickly found a job working part time busing tires and changing oil at a local garage. It wasn't much, but kept money coming in at least. He put forth that same effort and hard work he'd always shown in his military career, and after just a few months, he was promoted from part time entry level job to assistant manager. Things certainly seemed to be looking up. But for all the work and dedication he was putting in, he wasn't get much back in return. He worked 6 days a week, and while our family is just that short drive away, we weren't able to visit because of his busy schedule. We saw less of him as a mechanic than we did as a recruiter. Crazy! And he was making much, much less...adding more stress to an already stressful transition.

This is the part where we learned that God truly does have a sense of humor.

Just days after a serious discussion weighing our options and knowing that this job- while something he did enjoy with a company he liked- was just not going to cut it, something interesting happened. My husband got a phone call from a friend of his who had worked as a Marine Corps recruiter with him, and had gotten out under the same circumstances right around the same time. He was calling to talk to my husband about following the same path he had made- joining the Indiana National Guard as a recruiter.


If you know anything about the military, you'll probably understand why I say again that God certainly has a funny sense of humor. You see, there is a bit of- let's say friendly competition- between branches of the military. Each thinks theirs is the greatest and makes sure to let the others know. It's all in good fun, of course, but still- the idea of becoming a soldier? Oh yes, there were many a joke!

But it was also an amazing opportunity. He could go back in as a SSgt, receive the same pay and benefits he'd been receiving and still be just nine years away from retirement. NINE YEARS! It would be silly to pass up, right? As a recruiter, we would have more stability as far as moves and deployments were concerned (though not guaranteed by any means). It was as though we could get back those many things we missed about being a military family, but with less of the things that we didn't. Could we turn that down?

Simply put, absolutely not. I am proud to say that last week- on August 20th (exactly 12 years to the day he graduated boot camp and became a Marine), my husband swore in to the Indiana National Guard! We are officially a military family, once again! God truly is amazing, and I truly believe this is just what He had in mind for us.


Right now, we wait for him to officially begin as a recruiter, but already I feel as though a weight has been lifted. I see the light at the end of this stressful year... it's unexpected. It's not something I would have believed had I been told just a year ago. But it seems right. I cannot wait to see where this new adventure takes us! I am proud of my husband no matter what he does, and I am proud to yet again be a military family!

Oh, what a ride it has been..