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Friday, May 29, 2015

A Camping We Will Go with Mabel's Label's Camp Pack #ICCAMPMABEL, #IC #AD @Mabelhood


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mabel’s Labels. I received a voucher to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


When I was a teenager, the highlight of my summer was going to camp each year! Oh what an experience those camp days were. The excitement, the adventure, the friendships. To this day, some of my closest friends are those who shared in that common camp experience. I love looking back and reminiscing about those fun times through the many photographs of those summer days. But as a grown up one thing that sticks out to me in those photos is the mess that was our room. I suppose when you put that many teenage girls in one room, with all those clothes- messes are inevitable. Still, it is truly a wonder that we all managed to come home with everything we left with!!

This year, my son is attending summer camp for the very first time... and while it's only day camp this year... I know my son. If he is able to lose something, it will be lost. Thankfully, I found the perfect solution in the Camp Label Pack from Mabel's Labels. This limited edition pack is designed to label anything and everything that your little one take to camp to keep them from getting left behind. They are ideal for clothes swim gear, backpacks, shoes, toiletries and more... if it goes in the suitcase, there is likely a label for it!


I could not wait to get them started! Designing could not have been easier! In fact, the hardest part was choosing the perfect design! There was truly a unique design to fit every child's style. Rockets? Trains? It was a tough decision, but we ultimately decided to go with a classic camping theme- perfect for Scout camp!! Once the design was chosen, it was time to customize with my son's information. We opted to keep these simple with just his name, but you can add room numbers, phone numbers, etc to suit your needs best. The whole process took just 5-10 minutes, tops! Super simple!





After placing our order, I was pleased to find that our labels came very quickly! I still wouldn't suggest waiting until the last minute to order, of course... but I know I can get a little impatient when waiting for something to come in the mail, so I certainly appreciated that. I was also impressed with the high quality! These labels aren't just cute stickers- these award winning customizable products are laundry, dishwasher and microwave safe and 100% guaranteed. They are certain to withstand all of the fun adventures ahead at camp!



Inside our package we found a variety of stickers that were perfect for all camp needs. There were also postcards for easy letters to home. But perhaps my absolutely favorite part were the included dog tags! These are perfect for attaching to luggage, sleeping bags- even shoes! Even long after camp is over these will come in handy for many, many purposes!! As a former camper myself, I only wish I'd have had these during my own camp days!!

With Mabel's Labels I can truly send my little guy and his stuff off to camp and know that he's going to come back with all that he left with! To see more great products for camp and everyday, join the Mabelhood community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Sign up to receive newsletters, a fun and reliable source for all things mom-related!

And as moms, we love to save money on the things our kids need, right? Mabel's Labels if giving you the chance to do just that! You
 can receive a coupon by completing social media sharing options from the contest tool below. From May 22-June 22, 2015, they are offering a chance to receive 15%-50% or free item coupons! By signing up for the Mabel’s Labels Newsletter and completing one additional social share, you will be given a one-time use coupon code. Go to Mabelslabels.com to find out which discount you received!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

What Can You Buy For Just $10? {A Family Christian Giveaway- 3 Winners} #FCBlogger

I absolutely love being a Family Christian blogger.

Not only do I love this company personally, but I love having the opportunity to bring you so many great giveaways. If you've been following long, you've seen these giveaways for books and music and even appreciation certificates pop up often. And perhaps the most common prize is the $10 Family Christian Appreciation Certificate!

But did you ever wonder, 'What can you really buy with JUST $10?'

Believe me, I get it. $10 really doesn't sound like much! In many stores, finding something fantastic for $10 and under can be rather challenging. When I received my first $10 certificate, I wondered the same- what am I going to be able to get with THIS?

Boy, was I in for a surprise! The reality is- at Family Christian, $10 goes a LONG way! Take a look at just a few of the MANY examples of just what $10 can buy:

Veggie Tales DVDs.

Now, at regular price, most Veggie Tales DVDs range from $10-$15, which could still lead to an inexpensive/free DVD, but personally I love waiting for the sales! A variety of Veggie titles can often be found for just $6.97... and some even lower at just $5!! Amazing!

Books, Books, Books.


Who doesn't love books? I know my family certainly does... and Family Christian offers many great selections for every member of the family for $10 and under! I personally love picking up books for my kids like Veggie Tales, Berenstain Bears, etc. For the older readers there are great selections like a book from the 'Be Your Own Duck Commander series or two from Imagination Station series!


Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories.

$10 bracelets and umbrellas? Yes, please!! I love these fun, inexpensive finds. There are many great jewelry options at just $10 and below. How stylish are these?




Look out for sales and you can often find great tees to share your faith for under $10 as well!

Home Decor.

One of my favorite things to shop for at Family Christian is the adorable home decor... and while much of it IS over $10, there are several selections still available- fun plaques, decorative spatulas, cups, wind-chimes... so many options! And with frequent sales, that $10 can often be stretched even further!!



Clearance.

The clearance section is another favorite of mine to truly stretch my $10 as far as possible. You can often find home decor, holiday goodies, jewelry and so much more for 50-75% off retail!! There is always something fun to be found!!



$5 Deals.

Everytime you go in the store, you are going to find a super awesome display of $5 Deals. This can include CDs, DVDs, Bibles, Books, Cups and more! I absolutely love these deals! In the past I have purchased Veggie Tales DVDs, Chris Tomlin's Burning Lights, Francesca Battestelli's Christmas album and so much more!!



As you can see, while $10 may not sound like much... at Family Christian, the possibilities are endless!! So, the next time you see a $10 Appreciation Certificate giveaway and you're not sure if it's worth the time to enter- consider this! These are just a few of the many ways to spend! You can see everything Family Christian has to offer and connect at the links below:

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FamilyChristian 
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Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyChristian?ref=bookmarks 
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And to celebrate all the great buys for $10 and under, Family Christian is giving THREE lucky readers a $10 Savings Pass! (These can be used like cash in store and online... and unlike Appreciation Certificates, can be used with coupons!) 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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Video from Michael W Smith: #SkySpillsOver {+CD Giveaway} #FlyBy

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

You cannot be a Christian fan without also being a Michael W. Smith fan, right? For years, he has been one of the greatest names in Christian music with too many fantastic songs to name! Earlier this month, he released his newest album Sovereign, and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it!

But today, it's all about the newest single, Sky Spills Over... and the fantastic new video that was just released today! Here's what MWS himself had to save about the song and video.

"I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.  It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.  My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.  But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video.  This video was a lot of fun to make.  I hope people enjoy it!"


And I'm very excited to share it with you today!




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How 
fantastic is this video!? I for one absolutely LOVE it!! It has me even MORE excited to see what the rest of the album has in store for me!!


And guess what? To celebrate the new video, one very lucky reader is going to win a copy of the album for themselves! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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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.

Make Mealtime Fun with Silikids {A Review & Giveaway}

**Product received for review. All thoughts are my own.


Have you heard of SiliKids- the innovative line of children's silicone kitchenware?


I was first introduced to this wonderful company last summer when I was given the chance to review the SiliKids drinking glasses- an eco friendly alternative to traditional plastic cups! These adorable glasses quickly became a favorite in our home, and at nearly a year later are one of the firsts that my son reaches for! You can read my original review on these glasses here, but here is a quick reminder on the benefits of silicone:






  • Silicone is made from silicon (an element found in sand, quartz and rock). It is the second most abundant element on earth. It does not react with food or drinks, produce hazardous fumes or transmit taste to food. It's hypoallergenic and does not promote growth of bacteria or fungus.
  • Silicone is nontoxic and does not contain bisphenol-A, lead, PVC and phthalates.
  • It's durable so it will last for many years...and when the time comes, it can even be recycled too!!




    As I said, we were already fans of the SiliKids brand for their drinking glasses, but did you know that they offer much more? Bowls, place-mats, bibs... so many great options! So, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to try out two new products- the Silispoon and Siliskin Bags.




    First up, the Silispoons:


    The perfect eating utensil for young children starting to eat solid foods. Silispoon features a textured handle to stimulate tactile experience and a wide spatula style head to make it easy to scoop up food. This fun easy to grip spoon is certain to encourage independent eating habits. Available as a 2 pack with Graze and Haze spoons and with two different textures in the set.


    First up, I could not get over how FUN these were!! This fun design not only served a great purpose (making them easy to hold and use), but also made them absolutely adorable! I wanted to use them myself and my kids were in complete agreement! They loved them! The vibrant colors, the fun textures, the ease of use... what was not to love? They were truly ideal for little hands learning how to eat!


    Next up, the Siliskin Bags:

    These translucent silicone sandwich/snack bags make it easy to see what’s inside! Silibags feature an embedded closure to keep the bag sealed shut. A gusseted bottom allows the bag to stand up for easy snacking and the bag can be written on with washable markers. The Siliskin® Bag isompletely dishwasher and microwave safe and can be boiled to sterilize. Available as a 2 pack.

    Now, when it comes to snacking on the go, we have tried a little bit of everything. Metal, glass or plastic containers serve their purpose but tend to be bulky and inconvenient on the go. Disposable snack bags are not only not an eco-friendly option, but they also get rather costly! Cloth snack bags worked well and offered more flexibility, but we found them to be rather difficult to clean. The Siliskin Bags were just the solution we were looking for! They were flexible enough to toss into my bag without taking up too much room, but much easier to clean than a cloth snack bags. Aside from that, they are also safe to use in the microwave, freezer, etc... making them incredibly versatile! I have found these to be ideal for both snacking on the go and at home, as well as a fun addition to my son's lunchbox- and since I can write on them as well, I can leave him fun lunchbox notes!! These are truly a fun addition to any kids' kitchenware collection!

    We were already Silikids fans in this house, but these products proved to be yet another reason to love them! You can see everything Silikids has to offer and connect at the links below:

    Visit the Website.
    Like on Facebook.
    Follow on Twitter.

    And one very lucky reader is going to have the chance to win a set of Siliskin Bags 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.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Hillsong United EMPIRES: A Music Review & Giveaway #FlyBy #Empires


    Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.



    Do you have a favorite part of church services? For some it's the sermon itself. Or perhaps communion or even the fellowship with fellow believers before and after the service. Personally, my favorite part of any church service has always been the worship music. What a great excuse to get up out of your seat, celebrate and sing to the Lord. If a church service doesn't offer great music, chances are I'm not going to get very much out of it.

    My love of worship music doesn't end when I leave a church building though. I love it at home, in the car, wherever I am. It's such a fantastic way to connect with God as I go on about my day. For those like myself who love worship music, chances are you're very familiar with Hillsong UNITED and their amazing music. But just in case, here's a little more info:

    About Hillsong United:

    UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connect with churches, individuals and ultimately connect people everywhere with God. UNITED serve in church as a part of the wider Hillsong Worship and Creative team when they are home. When on tour, they are accompanied by the whole Hillsong team’s support and prayers that their ministry would arrest hearts and point people to Jesus, impacting individuals, local youth groups and local churches.

    Sounds awesome, right? I think so too, so I was thrilled to have the chance to review their new album EMPIRES.

    Now, in my opinion worship music tends to fall in one of two categories. There are those songs that make you get up and dance, praise the Lord and get loud about it (think 'Trading My Sorrows') and there are those that will bring you to goosebumps each and every time with their soulful sound and powerful words that move you deeply (think 'Here I Am to Worship' or 'Amazing Grace'). For me, this album most certainly fit into the second category. It was absolutely beautiful. 


    If you've already heard their song, 'Touch The Sky', you might already agree. Take a look at just a snippet of these lyrics:


    Find me here at Your feet again
    Everything I am, reaching out, I surrender
    Come sweep me up in Your love again
    And my soul will dance
    On the wings of forever

    My heart beating, my soul breathing
    I found my life when I laid it down
    Upward falling, spirit soaring
    I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground

    Absolutely beautiful. Listen for yourself on this video of their recent Good Morning America appearance:

    Hillsong UNITED - Touch The Sky - Live on Today Show from Post Production on Vimeo.


    While this has certainly remained my favorite on the album (so far), the rest of the album is just as inspiring!! I have found myself wanting to listen over and over again! But don't just take my word for it. EMPIRES is available to purchase now!

    Stay up to date with Hillsong UNITED and connect at the links below:

    Visit the Website.

    Check Out The Tour.
    Like on Facebook.

    Twitter: 
    @HillsongUnited
    Instagram: 
    @HillsongUnited


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




    Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.




    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, May 25, 2015

    Never Say No: A Book Review & Blog Tour

    **I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group. All thoughts are 100% my own.




    Never Say No.


    If someone gave you this piece of parenting advice, what would you think? Chances are you'd think they were pretty crazy, right? I mean, that sounds like awful advice. Never say no? How will our kids learn boundaries? How will they learn how to overcome challenges? How will they learn that they are not the center of the universe? Never say no sounds like just the advice that would lead to a generation of spoiled kids who always get their way. Not the advice of parents raising Godly children who put others before themselves.

    And yet, when asked the question, "How did you raise your kids?" this is just the answer that Mark and Jan Foreman- parents of Switchfoot's Jon and Tim Foreman- gave. And this is the topic they discuss in their new book, Never Say No.

    About the book:
     

    The question Mark and Jan Foreman are most often asked is: How did you raise your kids?
    Mark and Jan Foreman’s adult sons Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot have influenced their world not only by a successful music career but also through their positive impact on communities around the globe. The Foreman parents instilled in their sons a belief that they could make a difference by living beyond themselves.

    This powerful book gives readers an inside look at the process. It begins with both parent and child finding their identity in God. It then explores practical ways to encourage holistic learning while cultivating specific gifts, nurturing creativity in a media-saturated culture, and balancing structure with individual choice. Never Say No inspires readers to raise children to live in the wonder of life by loving others well. Parents will find encouragement for their own parenting journey as they guide their kids to live out God’s purpose in radical ways.


    About the author: 
    Jan and Mark Foreman live in the San Diego area, where Mark is lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus, and holds advanced degrees in Theology, Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Pastoral Care. Jan is a gifted teacher, artist, and she also facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children both locally and in developing countries. Together they love surfing, sailing, travel and especially being with their family.

    If you hadn't figured out from the description, this is not a book about not setting boundaries for your children. It is not a book about giving them every little thing they ask for. It's not a guide to raising children who never hear the word no. Instead, its a book that encourages us to never say no to encouraging our children. To raise children who have passion, interests and who believe that they can accomplish anything. To raise children who are about more than themselves.


    This is truly a wonderful book for all parents to read featuring great inspiration for raising big picture kids, questions to ponder and so much more. But beyond that, it is also a truly wonderful story about a family. Though I took a lot away from it to inspire my parenting, more than anything I felt it was a wonderful glimpse into the life of this family. It was less of a how-to, and more of a how-we-did. Inspiring, entertaining and truly a great read for all parents.

    Purchase a copy of Never Say No here: http://bit.ly/1PL7VrW

    Want more reviews? Check them out here as part of the Litfuse Blog Tour!

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    DIY Gluten Free Aromatherapy Play Dough



    What kid doesn't love Playdoh? I know my oldest son certainly did! I knew my daughter would be a huge fan as well. There was just one little problem- Playdoh contains gluten! My daughter is gluten free due to worsening eczema, so we did not want to take any chances with Playdoh, so I set out to find a GF play dough recipe that would work for us.

    The good news is there are many great recipes out there. The bad news is that many require expensive gluten free flours. Thankfully I found a super simple cornstarch play dough that is gluten free and inexpensive. And to make it even more of a sensory experience, I decided to make it an aromatherapy dough!

    Want to create your own? Here's what you'll do:

    Ingredients:


    • 1 Cup Cornstarch
    • 1 lb Baking Soda
    • 1 Cup Water
    • 1/8 tsp Oil (I used grapeseed, but olive or whatever you have on hand will work!)
    • Food Coloring (optional)
    • Essential Oil of Choice (optional)


    1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot.
    2. Cook over medium heat until it becomes mealy. Stir constantly to avoid sticking/burning.
    3. Remove from heat, cover with damp cloth and let cool. (You may notice that parts will begin losing the color, don't worry, it will come back as it's kneaded and played with.)
    4. Knead well.
    5. Store in airtight container when not in use.

    Notes:

    • If your child has a tendency to eat the play dough, I would refrain from adding the essential oils. There are many great options for oils to try, but I love calming oils like Lavender, Vetiver, Sandalwood or a child safe calming blend. A little bit goes along way. Check out this site for more information on safe oil usage!
    • This is not as firm as typical store bought Playdoh. It gets crumbly and very messy! It cleans up easily, but be sure not to play on the carpet! If you have an outdoor table, this would be ideal for outdoor play as well.
    • Warning: May color hands! We added A LOT of food coloring for the more vibrant shade and found our hands ended up tinted after as well. It's a good idea to wear older clothes just in case!!




    While I originally opted to make this for my gluten sensitive daughter, I have found it to be just as wonderful for my sensory seeking son with autism. A perfect all around sensory experience! For even more sensory fun, pick up some little plastic animals or other fun toys to hide in the dough and let them explore!!