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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids { A Book Review + Giveaway} #HolidayGiftGuide2017

**Book received for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

Did you know the average 4 year old asked 437 questions a day?

Okay,okay... that number might not actually be true, but as moms we get the point... kids ask a LOT of questions. But, can you blame them? They are still learning and growing... and their curious minds want to take it all in!

With their natural curiosity, it's truly a great time to inspire a love of learning in them now. That includes learning about the Bible! Today, I have the perfect devotional for kids with curious minds:

365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids is a tremendous tool for every Christian home! Through a daily devotional, questions about God, the Bible, and faith are answered in a loving way that points children to God's plan and His love. Parents will appreciate the thorough research and accuracy for this wide range of theological, historical, and faith topics. In addition to faith topics, this devotional addresses topics such as Christian traditions, the historic growth of Christianity, how to become a Christian, and what it means to be a Christian in today's world. A helpful and complete index of questions includes the following topics: time; God; God's promises; Jesus; God's Holy Spirit; the Bible; the Old Testament; the New Testament; Christianity; prayer; the Church; Christian seasons, holidays, and traditions; being a Christian here and now; and eternity. Each devotion is written so that it can be read and enjoyed on its own at any time, and many include a "Want to know more?" cross-referencing section at the bottom of the devotional for the extra-curious child who wants to learn more. At the end of the book, a special section called My Notes and Prayers offers several lined pages for the thoughtful young reader to write his or her thoughts and prayers. 

This fun devotional starts each day with a question! Some of these are qustions that are very much like ones kids would ask themselves... 'Why do we celebrate holidays?', 'Did Jesus ever do anything wrong?', 'Why did they give Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh?'. Others are some that they might have not thought of--- who are particular characters in the Bible, etc? But each question is sure to pique a child's curious mind, and is answered in a short one page devotional, with Bible verses to reference and a short prayer too. I love how short and to the point these answers are... no drawing it out with lengthy explanations--- just getting directly to the answers.

The devotional starts on January 1st, and I love that the questions are perfect for whatever time of year they are to be read in--- there are questions regarding Valentine's Day in February, Halloween in October, Christmas in December... you get the idea!

If you have a child who asks a lot of questions, this devotional is a must see! It is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers.

And you can win a copy too! Head on over her to enter to win: https://www.blessedfreebies.com/enter-to-win-365-bible-answers.html

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Invited To A Winter Wedding? Here Are 3 Tips For Attending In Style

Invited To A Winter Wedding? Here Are 3 Tips For Attending In Style

If you're preparing to attend a winter wedding this season, you're certainly not alone. While it's true that June is still the most popular month to get married, accounting for 15% of all weddings, more and more couples seem to be opting for times of year that best reflect their personality and eclectic tastes. And as a guest, you're expected to attend with certain criteria in mind. Here are just a few style tips to keep in mind if you're preparing to attend a winter wedding.

Opt For Layers and Long Sleeves

First, layers and long sleeves are your best friends during winter wedding season. You have virtually unlimited options when it comes to materials and styles, and versatile layers make it easier than ever to get and stay comfortable throughout the night, even with multiple temperature changes. If you're unsure about what temperatures to expect, checking the weather can put your mind at ease, but inquiring directly with the couple or another guest for attire suggestions can also be helpful as well. And of course, when all else fails, there's absolutely no shame in bringing a backup coat or warm layer to keep in your car, just in case the weather turns out to be chillier than you expected.

Relax The Body And Mind

Weddings are definitely intended to be enjoyable and memorable occasions for everyone involved. That being said, there's often at least a small level of stress and pressure that comes with getting ready, choosing the right gift, and having to socialize for several hours on end. To put your mind at ease, consider taking a hot bath or shower to relax before getting ready for the big event. There's a reason why the global spa and wellness industry has been growing by 12% annually since 2007: these types of activities are absolutely perfect for relaxing both the body and mind simultaneously, helping you prepare for any mental or physical pressures you may have to deal with throughout the day. You may be surprised at just how much a hot shower can rejuvenate both the body and mind.

Don't Forget The Accessories

Believe it or not, winter weddings can be the perfect opportunity to show off any new and colorful jewelry or accessories you've recently acquired over the holidays. From dazzling bracelets to shimmering belt buckles, nothing is off limits. For an extra classy look, consider wearing a gold plated watch. A "gold-plated" watch has a coating of a gold alloy over a base metal by either electro-depositing and/or a chemical process. Recommended minimum thickness should be 10 microns thick. Gold-plated watches are the perfect accessories to add a distinct level of classiness to your look without the exorbitant costs that usually come with them.

Ultimately, keeping these tips in mind can help you make the most of your time as a guest at any winter wedding this season. After relaxing with a hot bath or shower, putting on your warm and cozy layers, and accessorizing with the season's latest trends, you'll be all ready to go out and truly enjoy the winter wonderland that surrounds you.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Last Minute Shopper? Save Big with Five Back Visa Gift Card {A #5Back17 Giveaway} #ad

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tatu Digital Media. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

Tick tock, tick tock...The clock is winding down to get your holiday shopping done! Have you finished yours yet, or are you still crossing off your lists?

The way I see it, there are two main types of Christmas shoppers.

We have the early birds like myself. We tend to shop throughout the year, catching the deals when we can. If we happen to not be done by then, Black Friday is usually the finishing point in our holiday shopping season.

And then there are the last minute shoppers... the shoppers who are in the stores on Christmas Eve trying to get their gifts finished up. If you fall into this latter category, chances are you end up resigning yourself to higher prices... after all, the best sales are already passed, right?

Surely there has to be a way that you can be both a procrastinator AND still be frugal, right?

With a a Five Back Visa Gift Card, you can have the best of both! 

First and foremost, I love using gift cards for Christmas shopping! When you're in the store shopping it can be very easy to just start filling the cart and spending double or triple what you'd intended to. When you use a gift card, you can put on just what you intend to spend so you won't feel as tempted to keep adding more!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Perfect Family Gift {An I See Me Personalized Board Game Giveaway} #HolidayGiftGuide2017

Welcome the Sweet Holiday Memories Giveaway Hop
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From now through December 23rd, hop along to all participating blogs to enter family friendly giveaways valued at $15 or more! Hop along and enter them all!


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

Every year as I cross off my Christmas shopping list, I find that it looks pretty similar... the specifics may change from year to year, but the ideas are the same:

  • Toys of choice
  • Books
  • PJs
  • Bath Products with current favorite characters
  • A Family Gift.
Most of those are pretty easy. The kids always have a list of toys and books, and I can choose their PJs and bath sets (toothbrushes, etc) based on whatever interests them at the time. That family gift though... that can be a tough one! Still, I love finding some sort of activity that we can enjoy TOGETHER. Sometimes that means a movie or going to an event, but perhaps one of my favorite family gifts is a good ol' fashioned board game. 

There are many board games to choose from out there, but today I'm excited to share with you a game that is a little more unique from I See Me!- Our Family's Race Across the U.S.A. Personalized Board Game:

Our Family's Race Across the U.S.A. Personalized Board Game

Announcing a brand-new way to engage the family with your own personalized board game! Take an adventure across America as you move your piece along the game board. Personalize up to six game pieces with photos of your family member’s faces so they can “travel” from space to space. Your family’s names will also be incorporated into the game board artwork! Create lasting family memories with this uniquely personalized keepsake.

If you've followed A Modern Day Fairy Tale for long, you're probably already familiar with I See Me. They offer a wide variety of books and gifts that are personalized to each child. In the past, both of my children have gone CRAZY for these books. My son has learned about sportsmanship and being a big kid, while my daughter has had fun with custom Christmas songs and seeing her name in lights. They've both enjoyed personalized lunchboxes that were just their style. For a child, there is just something special about seeing your name in a story, right? 

But on a board game!? How absolutely cool is that!? I remember as a child when we played board games, we always went for the game piece that was 'us'. I liked to sew as a child so in Monopoly I was always the thimble. For Life we always chose our favorite color car.... you get the idea. Of course, there were always times when more than one of us wanted the same piece... this game gives each child a piece that is truly 100% uniquely their own--- featuring their face! No more arguing over who gets the best piece, right!? Kids are going to love playing this game because it's a game that no one else in the world has!

Like everything I See Me has to offer, the game is beautifully illustrated and flawlessly incorporates all the family names into the board itself as well. This truly is a family gift that is both unique and fun for kids of all ages!
Personalized Children's Books | I See Me!

Ready to take your family game night to the next level? Or need more inspiration for personalized gifts? Connect with I See Me at the links below:

Email promos/discounts and updates:  http://www.iseeme.com/preference-center.html

Keep in mind that all orders must be placed by December 17 for Christmas delivery! 

And one lucky reader is going to win the game for their own family! Enter using the giveaway form below:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Keep the Christmas Magic Alive with PackageFromSanta.com {+ Save 25% Off}

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

I love Christmas. The sights, the sounds, the smells... it's all pretty magical, isn't it?  But the most magical thing about Christmas?

Seeing it through the eyes of a child!

I have always loved Christmas and could never imagine loving it more, but after having children... it just seems to give you a whole new outlook on the season. I love watching their eyes light up at the first sight of snow. I love hearing their theories on Santa and how the magic works. I love the excitement in their eyes as they see that red suit at the local mall. And yes, I even love those early morning wake-up calls Christmas morning, anxious to see what the man in the suit has given them.

Call me crazy, but I want to keep that magic alive as long as possible!

PackageFromSanta.com helps us to do just that:

Start a new and memorable tradition this Christmas with PackageFromSanta.com, the ONLY Santa memory service that does it ALL! Personalized LETTERS, PACKAGES, CALLS and VIDEOS from SANTA! 

Do you want to see your children's face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa Claus? Of course you do! This not just a letter from Santa. It's an amazing experience - it's joy, memories, wonder and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa would know! 

I was recently given the chance to experience their Silver Package, which includes the following:

  • Personalized Letter from Santa
  • BONUS! Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • BONUS! Personalized Phone Call from Santa to a cell phone OR land line! (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Nice List Certificate
  • Autographed Santa Claus Photo
  • Autographed Rudolph Photo
  • Genuine North Pole Stamp
  • ...and so much more!
First, the whole thing was super easy to set up. You fill in your child's name, upload some photos and you're all set. They offer a variety of letter styles to choose from and even allow you to edit and customize to best fit your child. The video allows you to add their name and photo and if your kiddo has been a bit of a stinker, even allows you to put them on the naughty list--- with some encouragement to turn it around.

When the package arrived, it truly is like magic! It was addressed to them, from Santa in the North Pole. My son kept saying, 'This is a VERY special delivery!' They loved it. It was fun, it was unique, it brought the magic of the north pole straight to our mailbox.

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The Silver package is just one of the options available. They offer three different packages to fit your needs and your budgets, and lots of add ons you can purchase to make your Christmas experience even more magical too.

Even better? It also comes with a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. So, should your child not love it, you get your money back... but I'll be honest, I don't see THAT happening!

Ready to check it out? Order this holiday must-have for your child at https://www.packagefromsanta.com/ and save 25% OFF your order when you use FAMS17 at checkout.

How do you keep the magic of Christmas alive for your children? How can PackageFromSanta.com help?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Give the Gift of Fandango {A Two Turtle Doves Giveaway Hop Event} #HolidayGiftGuide2017

Welcome to the Two Turtle Dove Giveaway Hop brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers!
Each giveaway has a value of a minimum of $15, however some are worth much more. Be sure to enter to win all of them because there is no limit to how many you can win. GOOD LUCK!


When your kids are little, shopping for holiday gifts can be pretty easy! That first year or two, they don't typically have much of an opinion, so some cute little toys and even some essentials are perfect. Kids aren't picky at that age and are likely to be more interested in the box it came in anyway. Once they hit about 3-4, they really start to get their own opinions and loves... that's the really fun age, when you can see the magic through their eyes, and the toys are still relatively easy to shop for. Once they hit double digits and beyond though, it starts getting harder. For many children, this is the age where they still like toys but are maybe pickier... or start moving on from them entirely.

So, now what!? 

Of course there are still video games and collectible type things of their favorite characters, but another great gift idea for those days when kids start outgrowing toys is the gift of an experience. Treat them to an adventure that is out of the norm but suits their interest. Maybe it's an annual pass to the zoo or a science center. Maybe it's a family trip to a theme park. Or perhaps it can be as simple as a trip for them and their friends to see a great new movie!

Today's giveaway can help you with JUST that! One very lucky winner is going to win a $25 Fandango Gift Card! Gift it to the tween/teen in your life, OR use it to take a family trip to see the hottest winter films (hint: Star Wars). Enter using the giveaway form below:

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