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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Countdown To Christmas Has Begun {A Look at Dayspring's Annual Christmas Preview}

** Products received for consideration. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."

Okay, okay... if you're one of those people who start reading that and think it's much too soon... well, you might want to bookmark this post and come back later when you're in holiday mode, because today's post is ALL about Christmas!

This post is for:
  • The Christmas obsessed.
  • The ones already counting down the days.
  • The ones who've already started their holiday shopping.
  • The ones who've started pinning must try recipes for the holidays.
  • The ones already planning their decor. 
  • The ones who are secretly still watching Christmas movies.
  • And for the ones listening to the music too.
  • The ones who get excited at the first signs of Christmas growing nearer.
You know who you are... and this is a post just for YOU!

Those who know me know that I am most certainly in the Christmas obsessed category. In fact, some might argue that I'm the queen of Christmas obsessed. I'm counting down the days, I'm planning ahead... I am READY for Christmas to arrive!

And so, I am SUPER excited to announce that Dayspring's Annual Christmas Preview is now LIVE. Every year in September they give us just a peak of the amazing Christmas goodies to come this year. And every year I look forward to seeing it with excited anticipation.

You see, I may have boxes and boxes filled to the brim with holiday decor but the ones I reach for every single time are those from Dayspring. What better way is there to remind us the true reason we celebrate than with decorations that celebrate the birth of Christ!? I could not wait to see and share just a small collection with all of you! Take a look:

First up, the Glory to God – Porcelain Christmas Ornament. I instantly fell in love with this. The colors are fantastic and that gold gives them just the right amount of shine! I personally love to put together themed Christmas trees with new color schemes each year and I instantly loved the idea of this blue, red and gold... very pretty! I'm thinking this would look fabulous with some cranberry garland too, right!?



Then comes the Christmas Countdown. When you're already counting down the days, a countdown is a MUST! I love this simple design and that we can write our own days so if we wanted to put it up say...now... we'd be all set to do so! This will definitely become a favorite in my Christmas anticipating household!



What's Christmas without cards? And no one does religious cards quite like Dayspring, am I right!? I loved the O Come Let Us Adore Him – Boxed Cards. This simple design was stunning, and that lettering? I cannot get enough! These are a great way to share your faith through the holiday season.

 

Speaking of sharing your faith- how about this Jesus is the Reason – Christmas Door Banner. This goes over the door to share a great message with anyone who comes to your home. You can use this in place of a traditional wreath on the door, OR you can hang the wreath over. This is a great one for church decorating too! A simple fun way to bring in the message!


You know what they say, save the best for last and I've certainly done that with this AMAZING NEW Christmas Hurricane Trio. If you've shopped Dayspring Christmas decor, you know their nativity hurricane is a classic. I've talked about it here on A Modern Day Fairy Tale in past years and it's been on my personal wishlist for awhile too... but this one might just be even more spectacular! It is GORGEOUS! It has that gorgeous nativity silhouette look that I loved about the other, but with a stunning gold and the addition of names of Jesus on one side and Bible verses on the others. Pictures cannot do these justice. From tablescapes to mantel displays, these are going to be a great focal point for your holiday decor and I for one cannot wait to set it up!




These are just a few of the amazing new products available in Dayspring's Christmas Preview! Head on over to check them all out and let me know YOUR personal favorites. 


A Very Thankful Prayer {A Kids Book Review + Giveaway}

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

Fall means a lot of things to a lot of people.

For some it means football. For some it means baking. For some it means pumpkin spice everything. For some it means traditions- trips to the apple orchard, etc. It seems fall, more than any other season has all of these things that we associate with the entire season.

Like giving thanks.

Sure, Thanksgiving may be the day of thanks, but I don't know about you but as soon as those leaves begin to change my mindset seems to focus even more in that direction than it is throughout the year. Being thankful is something that is talked about in the Bible often. We are told to be thankful ALL the time, not just when things are going good. That can be tough for some of us, right? But that's why I try to teach my kids this at a very early age. Anytime my children are given a gift or receive a compliment they are reminded to say thank you. Every single time. To me, it is that important. We live in a world that likes to take things for granted and I don't want that for my kids. I want them to be thankful for what they have, and to give that thanks to God.

Today, I am excited to share with you a book that celebrates that thankful heart: A Very Thankful Prayer.



Every day I wake up with a happy, thankful heart.

From watching the leaves fall to picking pumpkins from the patch, from sharing a Thanksgiving meal with loved ones to learning how to give—there’s so much to be thankful for! Join these adorable animals as they say a prayer of thanks to God, who gives us every good thing.

This adorable little book is perfect to teach toddlers and preschoolers all about being thankful. It truly encompasses everything that so many of us love about fall- we see the colored leaves, pumpkin patches, apple picking, bonfires and of course, Thanksgiving too. All of these great things that are specific for fall, but mixed in with things likes friends and family that we can be thankful for all throughout the year. It is beautifully written in a way that kids can enjoy and short enough that it makes for the perfect bedtime tale to be read over and over again. I am absolutely loving this book at the fall season kicks off and cannot wait to read it as we go!

If you're looking for a great fall book, this one is a must see. It is available to purchase now.

And they are giving you a chance to win a copy for yourself. Head on over here to enter. 

What ways have you found to help teach kids about being thankful through fall and beyond? 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Moms- Snack on the Go with Perfect Bar {A #MomsMeet Review}


I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links


Hey moms--- do you ever feel like you're always on the go? 

With extracurricular activities and work schedules... sometimes it can seem like for many families today we spend more time on the road than at home. Whew, that can be exhausting. Is it any wonder that we so often find ourselves running through the drive through or stopping at the convenience store for an extra bit of energy to get us through these busy days.

Let's be honest, if you're trying to eat better... these are not the best places to do so! So, what's a mama to do?

For me, it's all about keeping a well stocked purse! As moms, we're used to keeping out bags stocked for the kids, but we have to make sure to do the same for US too. When we take better care of us, we'll be better equipped to care for the kids too. In addition to our other essentials like lipstick, our cell phones, wallets and a planner... why not also add a grown up snack too.

For healthy snacking on the go, is there anything more perfect than Perfect Bar? 

So, what is Perfect Bar? 


Perfect Bars are refrigerated protein bars made with delicious nut betters with only organic honey as a binder. But don't let the refrigerated part scare you... they can stay fresh for a week outside the fridge. These delicious bards are creamy and smooth, and absolutely delicious. And they're good for you too. Each full size bar is packed with up to 17g of whole food protein. No wheat or soy in these tasty treats. Minis offer 5g. Packed with protein, these are certainly sure to keep you going. They also contain 20+ nutrient dense superfoods- for instance kale, apple and spinach- all excelent sources of vitamins and minerals. They are non GMO, gluten free, soy free, kosher and as an added bonus- made in the USA.



But the real question of course is... how do they taste?



I must admit I'm a bit of a picky eater. I have tried MANY protein bars in the past and have found very few that I actually enjoyed. These were some of those few! They were delicious and surprisingly filling too! Even my kids loved them too- and as we know kids can be a little picky too! These truly are delicious and something that I can feel much better about snacking on.



Perfect Bars are available in more than 12,000 fridges nationwide. Minis are only available online at PerfectBar.com or in select retailers. To find a store near you, visit: perfectbar.com/where-to-buy

Find out more and connect at the links below:

Perfectbar.com
facebook.com/perfectbar.co 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Crafty Celebrations: DIY Ideas For Your Child’s Birthday Party

No one child is alike, but they all have one thing in common:

They all love their birthday parties.

When this magical time of the year rolls around, your child likely buzzes with excitement. Turning another year older is a big deal, and the perfect party will help them celebrate the beginning of another revolution around the sun. And this all starts with choosing the right decorations and activities.

If you are tired of the same store-bought decorations that ultimately sit in storage, it’s time to shake it up. These crafty ideas will help you capture your child’s personality while giving them a party they will never forget.

  • Creative Chalkboard Art: You may have noticed this trend popping up at weddings and baby showers, but you can also use it for a child’s birthday party. Decorate an a-frame board to place outside of your home, welcoming guests before they even enter the door. You can also use smaller chalkboards to point out where to place the presents, to declare your child’s age, or to display fun facts about your the birthday kid.

  • Confetti-Filled Balloons: These colorful orbs are a birthday party staple, but there are ways to make them less standard. Take white balloons and fill them with colorful confetti before blowing them up. Add helium and watch these fun features float the the ceiling. Add strings so your child’s friends can take them home at the end.

  • Homemade Temporary Tattoos: Rather than buying tattoos from the store, you can make your own with several different methods. Generally, 1.5 x 1.5 inch tattoos are perfect for kids, since they fit well on cheeks and hands. You and your child can either make these themed tattoos ahead of time, or you can make it a party craft.

  • Funky Cake Toppers: The possibilities for DIY cake toppers are seemingly endless. You can attach tissue paper flowers, paper letters, cute cutout shapes, or even a photo of your child’s face to a stick, then just stick it in the cake. This simple craft can make even the simplest cake look lovely.

  • Fun Party Crowns: Your child will already feel like royalty at their party, but that doesn’t mean their guests can’t too. Start the party by encouraging every child to make their own unique crown. Either provide stencils or pre-bought crowns, and then scatter the table with all sorts of glitter, stickers, markers, and other craft supplies.

While the specifics of these crafts will vary based on the age of your child and their party theme, they will surely have a blast when they see these decorations and activities. If your child is old enough, they may even want to be involved in the planning.

The bottom line is to express your child’s personality and create a memorable experience for all of their friends. Even if it doesn’t play out perfectly, your child will still be overjoyed. And that’s what matters.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Make It A September to Remember with Paparazzi {A Giveaway Hop}



Welcome to the September to Remember Giveaway Hop hosted by
MamatheFox and the co-hosts; The Kids Did It, and The Mommy Island.  From now through the end of the month, hop along to all participating blogs for a chance to win some amazing prizes.

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Oooh, I just love Fall!

It's such a great time of the year... the weather is cooling, but not so cold that you have to be bundled up. The leaves begin to change creating beauty all around. The baking, oohh... all the delicious flavors and their accompanying scents of fall! And of course, who could forget the fall fashions!

This year- my first fall with Paparazzi- I must admit I'm even more excited about fall Fashion. After all, you cannot complete any outfit without the proper accessories! And there is so much great happening with Paparazzi this fall! Where to begin!?

First, for those new to Paparazzi, here's what all the excitement is about:

  • Everything is just $5- it's fashionable jewelry that is affordable to every budget! Our necklaces also include matching earrings, making them even more budget friendly. 
  • Everything is lead and nickel free!
  • Everything is limited and we have new items released every single week day. There is literally always something new to shop! 

Now onto the new, the fall colors! I am just LOVING the fall color palette this year. We are seeing some traditional fall colors of course, but also these stunning selections:


Gorgeous, right!? These are already beginning to make their appearance and we'll see even more as the season goes on! I mean just take a look at these pieces currently in my inventory (as of this posting).






Can you believe these are just $5!?



Paparazzi will always be known for their $5 jewelry, but what about those who want something a little fancier? Each year at convention Paparazzi has the Zi Collection- a fancier more expensive collection that has until now only been available to those consultants who attended. But not anymore! On October 2, they will be releasing 20 Zi Collection Necklaces to EVERYONE! These pieces are heavier and more blingy, so will cost $25, but when you compare to similar styles elsewhere!? Still a steal! These will be ideal for fancier events such as weddings or the holidays! Take a look at 10 of these amazing pieces:



I for one love them, and cannot wait to offer these along with our usual $5 jewelry! Like I said, there is a LOT to be excited about with Paparazzi this fall!

Want to see more? Check out the links below:

Shop My Website.
Join My Group.


Want to learn more about joining my team before the busy holiday season? Kits start at just $99 for 35 pieces of jewelry, and you'll earn 45% profit... OR just buy your own Christmas gifts 45% off! Send me an email at randi@amoderndayfairytale.net if you'd like to chat. Or click the website link above.

And I am giving one very lucky reader the chance to win 2 pieces of Paparazzi 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.
http://www.MamatheFox.com">MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Let's Keep It Going {Daypring #EncouragementDare}

The Dayspring Encouragement Dare is coming to a close!



All this week I have so loved following along with fellow participants to see how they are spreading the encouragement around. There truly are so many great ways to spread encouragement around and you never know just how much it can mean to someone.

Have you ever been out and about and gotten a compliment on the outfit you were wearing that day? Worked hard on a project and received a job well done? Have you ever gone to grab your morning cup of coffee and found the car in front of you had paid for your drink?

Isn't it amazing what those simple acts of kindness can do to turn your whole day around?

A few weeks ago, we took our family out to eat at my husband's favorite restaurant. My husband had just gotten back from a month of military training- we were celebrating but admittedly exhausted. During our meal, my daughter decided to give a show singing 'This Little Light of Mine' for anyone around. And they loved it... just her in her childlike innocence offered encouragement to the families around us. They thanked her for the show and let us know how much they appreciated it. We thought that was that.

But as we were checking out our waitress came up to us with two to go boxes. The couple sitting next to us had so enjoyed the show that they bought dessert for both of our children as a thank you. It wasn't something they had to do, but it was something that we very much appreciated. They were encouraged by our daughter, and in turn turned around and offered us encouragement too. That's the thing about encouragement.... it's contagious! When you make someone's day with your encouragement, they want to pass it along.

And so, while the official dare may be coming to a close... I want to challenge all of you to keep it going! Keep on encouraging. Keep on paying it forward. Let's make encouragement week last all throughout the year!



Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. -1 Thessalonians 5:11

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Baby Safety Tips from MAM + Giveaway #NationalBabySafetyMonth



September is #NationalBabySafetyMonth, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of baby safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products. For the past 40 years MAM’s top priority has been the development of products for the well-being, safety and health of babies that make life easier for parents and allow them to focus on the joy of family. Check out some recommendations & Tips from MAM to help raise awareness of key things we can all do to protect our babies:
  • Strap in for Safety. Did you know that falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in children ages 0 to 19? Daily about 8,000 children in the US visit the emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. This September, JPMA is focusing on strap safety! Safety belts and straps should always be used when available, whether it’s on the go, in the car, and even at home. Visit www.babysafetymonth.org to learn more about how to create a safe environment for your child!
  • Always place baby to sleep on their backs. A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that about 2 in 10 babies are placed to sleep in incorrect positions that greatly increase the risk of SIDS. Babies should *always* be placed to sleep on their backs. Placing babies to sleep on their sides is just as dangerous as placing babies to sleep on their stomachs, since they are likely to roll over on to their stomachs while sleeping.
  • Consider pacifier usage when placing baby down for sleep and remember that the pacifier may not be reinserted once baby falls asleep.Pacifier use is shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. MAM supports the AAP published guidelines for pacifier usage.Read more here if you’re interested in more information about pacifiers and how they reduce the risk of SIDS
  • Before placing a pacifier in baby’s mouth, check to see if there is any damage or signs of weakness. Pull the nipple in all directions and throw away the pacifier at the first sign of damage or weakness. Pay extra attention to your child’s pacifier as teeth emerge, which can occur as early as 1 month. Be sure to replace your baby’s pacifier frequently – once a month or every two months.
  • Always monitor your baby’s body temperature. Your baby could be too hot if you notice sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash and rapid breathing. One of the best ways to ensure your baby can regulate their body temperature while they’re asleep is to dress them in natural fibers like cotton, bamboo and merino.
  • ErgoPouch is a great choice when it comes to correctly dressing your baby for sleep. The correct, tog (warmth)-rated swaddle or wearable sleep bag/suit will allow you to not use blankets, which can place babies at risk of SIDS. You can see the complete ergoPouch collection at www.ergopouch.com.
  • Ensure that your baby’s crib meets CPSC standards and that everything in your nursery is free of harmful chemicals and toxins. Check that the crib of your choice is not on the CPSC recall list, here . Just as important is ensuring that your baby’s crib is placed away from (1) windows, where drafts and sunlight can put your baby at risk, and (2) drapes/blinds, which are strangulation hazards. Micuna_Usa offer a collection of safe, stylish cribs made of sustainable materials like solid Beech Wood. Check out their wide variety of cribs.
  • Place baby to sleep on a firm mattress covered by a fitted sheet that meets current safety standards. Remove ALL soft objects from the crib: bumper pads, blankets, pillows and stuffed toys. A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that almost 15% of babies are placed on non-recommended sleep surfaces each night while over 90% of babies have loose, soft objects in their cribs that pose suffocation risks. Please make sure to carefully check your baby’s sleep environment for these dangers to protect their safety.Looking for a great, breathable crib mattress? Newton Baby make Greenguard Gold Certified breathable, washable and recyclable crib mattresses that are specially designed for baby’s health, safety and comfort. The innovative design allows air to flow freely for optimal breathability and temperature regulation.
  • The SIDS institute says give your baby plenty of interactive tummy time. This should never be in a bed, a good place for this is on the floor. Never leave baby on their stomach unattended. Play with baby as he/she does baby push-ups. Gathre offers a great selection of wipeable, waterproof bonded leather mats -- functional pieces that appeal to the modern mom's personal aesthetic.

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit www.mambaby.com.

Stay social with MAM on:
Facebook: facebook.com/MAMbabyUSA Twitter: @MAMBABY Pinterest: Pinterest.com/MAMUSA Instagram: mam_usa
 



Now for the Best part! One lucky winner will have the chance to win a $50 MAM gift pack filled with some amazing goodies from this amazing line of products. Just head below for your chance to win. Giveaway is open to US &CAN and ends on 9/28 at 11:59pmEST. Must be 18+ to enter. Good luck!!!  
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