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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Finley Grace, 4 Years.

Oooh, where does the time go!? It seems as though it were just yesterday that we were welcoming this sweet girl into our lives and suddenly she's 4 years old. She's a girly girl who loves all things pink and sparkles, but who has learned to appreciate a good potty joke from her brother. She loves Barbies and lipstick and dinos... twirling and singing and glitter. Here is a look at what Miss Finley is up to at 4 years old.

1. What is your favorite color?

2. What is your favorite toy?
Pumpkin (Palace Pets Toy), but her tail is missing. (She's also a big Barbie fan!)

3. What is your favorite fruit?
Um, vegetables. And all kinds of stuff. And grapes.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Doc McStuffins

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?

6. What is your favorite outfit?
A fashion dress. And a married dress. 
7. What is your favorite game?
Um, I think... princesses. 

8. What is your favorite snack?

9. What is your favorite animal?
A kitty.

10. What is your favorite song?
Let It Go.

11. What is your favorite book?
Uh Oh Bunny

12. Who is your best friend?

13. What is your favorite sport?
Um, baseball.

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?

15. What is your favorite drink?
Orange Juice.

16. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas... and Church Day! 

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?
Minnie Mouse... and Mommy.

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?
Pizza and orange juice. And actually, chocolate milk. Homemade chocolate milk. (as she sings a song about chocolate milk)

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A mommy. But I'm growing up right now. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Wheels on the Bus {A Back To School Kids Craft}

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it's back to school we go!

And what better way to celebrate than with a fun back to school inspired craft!? This simple craft is inspired by a favorite song around our house- The Wheels on the Bus!

DIY Popsicle Stick School Bus

  • 3 Large Craft Sticks
  • 5 Typical Size Craft Sticks
  • 2 Wooden Circles
  • Paint (black and yellow)
  • Glue

  1. Paint your sticks. We will need 3 of the larger sticks for the body of the bus and 4 regular sticks for the windows painted yellow. The remaining stick and the wheels will be painted black. Allow to dry.
  2. One dried, flip the large sticks over. Apply glue to bottom of the three yellow smaller sticks and use this to create the windows and hold the bus together. Allow to dry, then flip over and add the final yellow stick to the top. 
  3. Add the wheels. If you don't have the wooden circles, you can just use black construction paper or whatever you have on hand. 
  4. Finally, we added a black stick to give it a finished school bus look. Alternately, you can instead paint on your child's school, their name, etc.

That's it! This super fun craft is perfect for back to school, or for any Wheels on the Bus fan! They will have so much fun crafting and singing along with the finished project!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Score the Best Freebies On Your Birthday

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This month is birthday month in my house! Both of my children and myself all celebrate our birthdays in August! That's a lot of celebration in one month--- and can be a lot of money too! Thankfully, come August 1, my inbox starts filling up with deals and freebies just for our birthdays! Did you know that many companies offer their reward members and/or subscribers freebies on their special days? Here are just some that I have found:

  • Coldstone Creamery. One of my favorites. They will send a coupon for a BOGO ice cream creation just for you! Yum!
  • Applebees. Sign up to get a free treat on your birthday. 
  • Barnes & Noble. This one is just for the kids. Sign up for their kids club and get a coupon for a free treat on your kids birthdays. 
  • Toys R Us. Another great kid freebie, sign up for the birthday club to get a free gift (coupon) every year. You can also go in store for a free balloon, crown and recognition on their special day too! 
  • Starbucks. Get your coffee fix for free on your birthday when you sign up for the rewards club! This is one freebie I can get behind!
  • Sephora. Become a Beauty Insider and get a free gift on your birthday. 
  • Papa Johns. Papa Rewards members will get 10 free bonus points to be used once during their birthday month. These can be combined with your existing points or be used towards a free side! 
  • Denny's. Stop by Denny's on your birthday and show your ID for a free Grand Slam. 
  • IHOP. Join the Pancake Revolution for a free meal on your birthday and throughout the year too! 
  • Victoria's Secret. Angel Card holders get a free gift (value of $10) on their birthdays. 
  • Steak 'n Shake. Join the eClub to get a freebie on your birthday! 
  • Redbox. Play Pass members will get a free DVD rental on their birthdays! 
These are just a few of the many great freebies and deals companies offer to help you celebrate your birthday! Know of more? Leave your favorites in the comments. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Look Cool for Back To School with Paparazzi {A School Days Giveway Hop Event} #SchoolDays2017

Welcome to the School Days giveaway hop! This event runs from August 16 through August 30. After you enter my giveaway, visit the other linked blogs below for more chances to win. This hop is hosted by
Savings in Seconds, who is giving away a 1-year membership to Faithful Workouts!


When I was a preteen and teen, my favorite part of the back to school shopping was naturally the clothes shopping.  Now, being on a very limited income with three kids to shop for, we didn't usually get a whole lot but we'd at least always get that one outfit for back to school. I for one loved searching for just the right look to get the year started off right!

Right down to the accessories!! Whether it's for the teen or college student heading back to school, the teacher who wants to look professional and put together or the mom who just doesn't want to wear yoga pants in the car lane- the right accessories have a way of taking any outfit to the next level! But when you're on a tight budget- that can be tough.

This is what I am so excited to have found Paparazzi!

So, what is Paparazzi?

We offer adorable and affordable jewelry that everyone can enjoy. Everything is just $5! Rings? $5! Bracelets? $5! Earrings? $5! Necklaces? You got it, still just $5... and our necklaces even include matching earrings! Everything is lead and nickel free! From simple pendants to extravagant statement pieces- we have a little something for everyone! As a consultant, I must admit that it's tough not to keep each and every piece! Take a look at a few of my favorites in stock as of this posting! Can you believe they are just $5 each!?

Want to experience Paparazzi for yourself? Connect at the links below:

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And one very lucky reader is going to win three pieces! 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.

Enjoy Back to School with a Fandango Giveaway { #rwm #backtoschool }

Welcome to the Back to School Giveaway Hop

From now through August 30, hop along to all participating bloggers to enter all their great giveaways! Good luck and happy hopping!


School is back in session! Well, for many of us anyway! Moms, give yourself a pat on the back. You survived! You survived the bug bites! You survived trips to the grocery store with all the children in tow. You survived the summer boredom. Maybe you even survived a family vacation. Whatever it is, you made it!!

Of course it won't be long before things pick back up with fall activities but well- let's think positive shall we!? We have at least a few week to recoup and have some US time- at least if you happen to have all school aged children. So... what are you going to do with this new found time? Why not a trip to the theater!?

Now I love a good family movie as much as the next mama (maybe more!) but sometimes it's nice to go out on your own or with a couple girlfriends and enjoy something a little more grown up. Maybe a horror film you've been dying to see or the latest romance!?

And so as part of this back to school giveaway hop, one very lucky reader is going to win a $25 Fandango gift card!! 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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Altar Egos on DVD September 5 {A Review + Giveaway} #AltarEgosL3

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


Tradition can be a great thing! There are many traditions within my own family that I love... especially at the holiday time. Still, there's something to be said about mixing things up too. While there are important traditions that need not be changed- particularly in the church- there are other areas that it's okay to mix up a little bit. I once had a chat with a preacher and was told that in many churches there were arguments over such things as the wall or carpet colors. Now, that seems a little silly to me, right?

So often we get stuck in our old ways that any change, even the smallest, seems like a catastrophe. Today I want to share with you a new movie that explores just that within the church- Altar Egos:

Desperate to see their church grow, Pastor John (Robert Amaya, MOM’S NIGHT OUT, COURAGEOUS) and wife Betsy (Erin Bethea, FIREPROOF) do the unthinkable and change their church Christmas pageant. Flabbergasted, elderly choir director Mary Margaret (Sallie Wanchisn) leads the choir to boycott. Facing termination, Pastor John resorts to disguising himself as an old man to bridge the generation gap, win over Mary, and lead the choir back to the church. When he discovers that the wounds run deeper than he first suspected, Pastor John must learn to love the unlovable or risk the ruin of his church and family. Also stars Victoria Jackson (SNL).

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If you're looking for a fast paced drama, this probably isn't going to be it. But if you're in the mood for a good clean movie that you can watch with the family without worries of what they will see or hear, this is a great choice. And let me tell you, it's packed full of laughs. I must admit that I have found that with many Christian films such as this, they lean a bit more on the cheesy side... and this is no exception. Still, I must admit I'd prefer a little cheesy humor over some of the other things we see in the TV and movies these days! Especially for holiday movies! The upped cheese factor only lends to make holiday movies all that much better, and while this would be a great movie to watch year round, it DOES take place over Christmas. There is humor, there is romance and of course there are great messages. It proves as a prime example on loving the unlovable- something I think we as Christians really should focus on! We also see those examples of the clash of tradition and new ideas that is so relevant in our churches today from a fun perspective.

If you're looking for a positive movie to laugh along with, Altar Egos is worth checking out. ALTAR EGOS will release on DVD nationwide on Tuesday, 9/5/17. You can find out more by visiting their website here.

And one very lucky winner is going to win a copy 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.

Mickey and the Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines on DVD TODAY!

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

M-I-C-K-E-Y. M-O-U-S-E.

If you sang that out loud as you read, chances are you have a little one that loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. In our household, we've been Mickey fans for many, many years now. My son fell in love with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at just a few years old and would watch it over and over again. When my daughter came around, she shared that love. It truly is an adorable show that kids cannot help but love and sing along with.

And today, they are BACK with an all new DVD! Check it out:

Mickey and the Roadster Racers are back with more fast-paced adventures on wheels!

Join your favorite characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy  – and their high-speed transforming Roadsters as they compete in thrilling races stretching from Hot Dog Hills to Hawaii…and all the way to London, England!  You’ll meet the world’s greatest spy, zoom through the skies in a revved up hot-air balloon race, and even return the Queen’s stolen Royal Ruby!  It’s all about great friendship, teamwork, a little competition and humorous high-spirited adventures!

If you're little ones loved previous Roadster Racers episodes, they are naturally going to fall in love all over again with this new DVD. Haven't yet seen those? No problem! This will stand all on its own. Little ones will love the fast paced adventures that Mickey and friends take us on. These always happen to be my son's favorite Mickey stories. Sure, he's older than their target preschool audience, but he still loves it. It has all the fun, all the learning, all the music that we have come to love and expect from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but with a fun car theme that I know MY boy loves... and my girl too!

If you have a Mickey fan in your house, this is one DVD they are going to want to add to their collection. It is available on DVD TODAY!

Have even more fun with the Roadster Friends with these fun activities too!

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