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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!

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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!

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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.

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!

Download Mickey And The Roadster Racers - Start Your Engines Activities

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 Summer Baby Shower Essentials {A Mommy Scene Giveaway}

Having a new baby this year? We know choosing baby gear can be overwhelming. We are excited to share Mommy Scene's Baby Shower Essentials & top picks for feeding, clothing, diapering, and setting up baby's nursery! Don't miss entering this fabulous Baby Shower Essentials Giveaway for the chance to win these must-have baby products!
Baby Shower Essentials Gift Guide Giveaway - Mommy Scene

Baby Shower Essentials Giveaway - Prize Collection

LILLEbaby COMPLETE Airflow Baby Carrier
Baby K'tan Chevron Diaper Bag
Babo Botanicals Convenient 3-in-1 Cleansing Wipes
Revelae Kids Cozy Sleeper
Yummi Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches & Cloth Snack Bags
Pacific Baby Bamboo Feeding Spoons
Baby Comfy Kit: Snot Trap Baby Comfy Nasal Aspirator - Baby Comfy Nail Deluxe Safety Clipper - Baby Comfy Hydrator - Baby Comfy Gummi Chewy Jewelry
Active Essentials Unscented Healing Baby Balm
Crane Drop Humidifier
Cover My Heart Chevron Nursing Cover
NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle
BabyIt Perineal Massage & Postpartum Comfort Gel
Tottigo Pack 'n Potty Travel Potty Seat
One Z Pillow for Nursing & Support
NOURISH by BeliBea Pumping/Nursing Bra
Snuggle Me Organic Co-Sleeping Baby Lounger
Buttons Diapers Trial Pack of Diapers (1 Cover + 3 Inserts) + Hanging Wet/Dry Bag


This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One (1) winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on 8/31/17. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Coloring as Creative Worship: A Look Inside The Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

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

Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are you've heard about the latest craze that's taking everyone by storm- it's all over the internet, it's in craft stores, it's in bargain bins, it's in the grocery store checkout lines... that's right, I'm talking about adult coloring! These books are everywhere! Every day it seems that new ones are coming out or new people are getting started. It's hard to miss. We've all also probably heard why adult coloring books are so popular-

  • They're fun!
  • They're a great stress reliever.
  • They take you back to childhood.
  • They're a creative outlet. 
  • It's something parents can enjoy with their children.
These are certainly all great reasons to fall in love with coloring all over again, but today I want to talk about one more reason that you might not have considered.

  • Adult coloring can bring us closer to God.
Wait, what? What does something like coloring have to do with God? With the right approach...everything! Colossians 3:17 says it well:

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

My own personal coloring experience began as an extension of Bible Journaling. To be entirely honest, I'm not much of an artist, so while I would have these big ideas in my head, I just didn't have the skill to put it onto paper. When I came across some Christian coloring books, I thought 'this is perfect!'. I may not be great at drawing...but I certainly could trace from these! So, I picked up a few. As I colored the pictures, I thought about the words I was coloring or the scriptures these pictures were based on. I reflected on what those words meant for me and how I could apply them to my life. I wasn't JUST coloring. I was praying. I was reflecting. I was spending time with God. I was worshiping. 

Worship doesn't have to be confined to a church setting. Worship doesn't have to be JUST music. By definition worship is merely showing reverence or adoration or honoring with religious rites.... and that means worship can be exactly what you make it! Maybe for you worship is music or dancing. Maybe it's art or serving others. Or perhaps it can be something as seemingly simple as coloring.

These days there are more and more Christian coloring books making their debuts each and every day. While those are great, as I said, my experience started with Bible journaling. And now there are many options available that allow you to color right in your Bible! Today, we're taking a look inside one of those: The Beautiful Word Coloring Bible:

With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.

 The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

 Features of this treasured Bible include:


  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker



If you've been reading long or if you've reached out about Bible journaling, chances are you've heard me talk about The Beautiful Word Bible. It is my personal go to Bible for reading, taking to church, etc. You see, I'm a very visual person so even though I prefer to have an unjournaled in Bible to read, I still loved the illustrations that The Beautiful Word provided. And honestly, that name said it all. It was beautiful. But the pictures were already colored for you. Sure, there were blank margins to do your own journaling in, but as far as the illustrations, there wasn't much to be added. The Beautiful Word Coloring Bible takes those stunning designs that I had fallen in love with, but gives us the chance to personalize them. More than any other Christian coloring book, as we color these beautiful words IN our Bible, we are truly drawn into the Word like never before.

If you're looking for a great way to creatively worship, The Beautiful Word Coloring Bible is a must see. It is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers.