A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

From Halloween to Every Day- Dress Up with Just Pretend Kids {A Review + Giveaway}

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

Halloween is almost here! What is your favorite part of the day?

For me, it has to be seeing all of the kids dressed in their costumes! Isn't there something so fun about having the chance to dress up and pretend to be something different for the night. I remember loving that as a child myself, but now as a parent I enjoy experiencing that through my children. I love seeing what they choose to dress up as each year. And it's not just my children, but I love seeing what clever idea we see as we are out trick or treating as well.

Of course, for my daughter, dressing up isn't reserved for Halloween night. Playing dress up is one of her absolute favorite things throughout the year. She has quite the imagination and loves putting on fancy dresses and taking on a new character with each outfit change. For her, nothing can beat a good ol' fashioned game of dress up!

From Halloween to everyday play, Just Pretend Kids is one of our favorites. 

We were first introduced to Just Pretend back when my daughter was just being introduced to dress up- around a year old! Even then, she was drawn to pretty things and loved wearing her sweet matching tutu and fairy wings. In fact, that just might be where her fascination with dress up began. But what set them apart from other dress up clothes?

The details and quality!

These were not just like every other dress up set. Many of these are quite simple in both design and quality. They serve their purpose but these aren't dresses built to last or to be worn outside of the home. Why couldn't dress up clothes feature the same high quality and style that we love in every day wear? That was just what Just Pretend provided. We could see this in those simple pieces she had early on, but we discovered this even moreso recently when we had the chance to review their Enchanted Sea Princess dress!

First and foremost, how stunning is this dress? From the sleeves to the skirt, every last detail is absolute perfection! For my daughter, it has everything she loves. There is glitter. There is sequins. There is tulle. It sparkles and shines. Not only does she look like a mermaid princess as she wears it, but she feels like one too.

Another thing that sets it apart is that it fits her perfectly. Many princess dresses we have found tend to come in just one size. At just 3 years old, these tend to swim on my daughter. This dress came in 3 sizes- small (4), medium (6), and large (8) so we could choose the size that worked best for my little princess! They still have some stretch and give to them, so they can still last a little bit longer but if you want a dress that fits a bit better, these are ideal. From birthday parties to Halloween to every day dress up, Just Pretend truly cannot be beat.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Toilet Paper Roll Frankenstein {A Monstrously Fun Halloween Kids Craft}

Less than a week before Halloween... how about one more craft before the day arrives!? This time we're going to make a fun monster craft your little ones are sure to love-

Toilet Paper Roll Frankenstein 

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Green Paint
  • Permanent Marker
  • Google-y Eyes
  • Glue

  1. First up, make sure all toilet paper bits are removed from the toilet paper roll to get it ready to paint. Choose a green paint of your choice. I went with a darker green, but use whatever you have! Paint the roll entirely. Allow to dry. (Speed up the process with a blow dryer!)
  2. Now, glue the eyes on. You may find you need to flatten the side they will go on slightly for them to stick. You can use school glue if your little ones are doing the project on their own, or help them with a hot glue gun if you'd like a faster result. Allow to dry.
  3. Now draw on the face. Give him some hair, add a mouth, give him some scars. Make him as friendly or as spooky as you want. You can also get creative with this step with additional supplies if you wish- use construction paper to cut and glue hair or mouth... use what you have on hand, or even paint if you'd prefer!

That's it! This super simple craft is incredibly easy for kids of all ages, and a fun addition to your holiday decor!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family {A Book Review & Giveaway}

I love being a mother.

Truly, there is nothing greater in this world. But that doesn't mean it's always easy! In fact, sometimes it's downright HARD. So often I found myself questioning if I'm doing this whole parenting thing right! I want to raise my children to be good people, but how do I do that?

The good news is, we DO have a guidebook for everything life sends our way. The Bible. But how does the Bible teach us about parenting? How do we apply the principles taught to our parenting? With Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, we can better figure that out-

What is your calling as a parent?

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.

Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.

If you are a Christian parent, this book is a must read. I've read many parenting books throughout the years and many are really great, but many take on a more secular worldview. That is not to say that we cannot learn from those other books as well, but as a Christian mom, I also want to be certain that I am parenting my children that not only glorifies God, but brings them closer to Him as well. That is just what this book provides. It helps us to take the principles that we learn in the Bible and apply them to our parenting. It offers practical advice, but keeps the focus on God, as parenting should be.

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family is available to purchase now.

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

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Decorate with Intention and Save with Dayspring's Home Decor Sale! #Dayspring

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Decorating With Intention.

I use that phrase a lot, but what does it mean?

For me, decorating with intention is all about decorating my home with the intention of bring Glory to God. Throughout my home, you'll find beautiful wall art featuring scriptures or positive messages. There are crosses, messages of love, hope and faith. Part of this is for me. When I see these messages throughout the day, I find myself encouraged and uplifted. They serve as a daily reminder to me to give thanks and trust in God.

But I also do it for my kids. I want THEM to be surrounded by these messages too so that they might take them in and remember them as they go out in the world where the influences are not so Godly. Still, sometimes I find myself wondering--- are they even paying attention?

A few days ago, my son showed me that yes, he truly is, and that my decorating with intention IS making a difference. He came to me and he stated, "My sister is beautiful because God created her...and everything beautiful begins with God." Such a sweet statement that it nearly brought tears to my eyes. But where did it come from? For years, the first thing you see as you walk into our home is a gorgeous lawn sign that I'd gotten from Dayspring several years ago boasting one of my personal favorite scriptures, "Everything beautiful begins with God." We'd recently had to move the sign due to plumbing work, and my son took notice of it. With just that simple statement, I realized that my decorating with intention is paying off and he IS paying attention. Now more than ever I will strive to continue doing so and encourage all of you to consider doing the same!

And what better way to start than with a sale!?

From now until October 31st, you can save up to 70% off of the GORGEOUS Daily Grace Collection! Just take a look at some of these gorgeous pieces!

My personal favorite is the Live a Grateful Life - Divided Serving Dish. This will be amazing for entertaining this holiday season and throughout the year, but I also love that it can be used in more great ways throughout the house... use it to hold change and keys in your entryway, or as a fun jewelry tray... the possibilities are endless! It's regularly $26, but during the sale you can get it for just $10!!! Amazing right?

Not quite your style? You can also save on great pieces from the Salt & Light Collection, so be sure to check those out too!

But, the savings don't stop there! As great as these prices are already, you can save EVEN MORE! Use the code SHINEHISLIGHT at checkout to save $20 off your purchase of $60 AND get free shipping! This is a great time to give your kitchen/dining room a beautiful makeover to start decorating with intention, or stock up on holiday gifts at GREAT prices! What are you waiting for!? Start shopping now!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Start Getting Fit NOW with an Empower Fitness Giveaway!

At this time of year, when we think about starting a new workout routine, so often we say to ourselves, 'Eh, it's the holidays. I'll start in the new year!'

Sound like you? I must admit, I find myself thinking the same. Still, I know myself, and while when I say this I DO have every intention of sticking to that... I also know that the longer I put things off, the less likely they are to actually get done! Once the holidays pass, I'll just keep finding another excuse. I think perhaps if we were honest with ourselves, many of us are probably the same in that way.

The reality is, if you really want to get it done, it's best to start NOW.
Last week, I shared a review on the awesome Boxing Boot Camp from Empower Fitness. In case you missed it, here's a recap:

Strengthen your entire body, release everyday stress and improve your self confidence. Fight to be fit by packing cardio and total body toning into one punch with this authentic, boxing-inspired workout. Featured in over two-dozen media outlets including the WPIX 11 NEWS, SHAPE Magazine, Fit Bottomed Girls, and All You Magazine, Boxing Boot Camp has been praised for its efficient, effective interval program.

Empower & Striking Beauties joined forces to deliver a knockout fitness system unlike any other. Get into the zone with professional female boxer, Jaime "the Hurricane" Clampitt, for 12 heart pumping rounds as you harness the power of your body and learn to throw punches and combinations.

The 12 Rounds Workout combined with the Empower Boxing Boot Camp will have you jumping rope and using the medicine ball in ways you’ve never dreamed of. Get ring ready and work your entire body with this empowered fitness solution!

This work out set truly does make working out something you can actually look forward to doing! Why put it off!? This is just one of their many great products that will make you want to start working out! You can see them all and connect at the links below:

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart’s ‘Life Creative’ Giveaway and Facebook Party

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

Before having kids, I always considering myself a very creative person. I was always writing a new story or poem. When I wasn't writing I was spending time working on scrapbooks or other fun projects. I felt most myself when I was using that creative energy to create something.

Then motherhood happened. I still had that desire to be creative but suddenly I found myself feeling like I didn't even have the time to do the things I NEEDED to do, let alone the things that I desired to do. With so much to do, how was I supposed to have the time to work on my creative passions?

Do you ever find yourself feeling this way? If so, I have just the book for you: Life Creative-


About the book: 

Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom (Kregel, September 2016)

What was God thinking when He created you creative and then gave you children?

Creative moms often feel as though they must lay their passions down. But God had something special in mind for the creative woman during this intense season of mothering.

In this Pinterest age of handcrafted children's parties, Instagram photos of beautifully decorated homes, and blogs filled with poetry and prose, it is clear that we are in the midst of a brand new artistic renaissance. Not one born in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but rather in kitchens, nurseries, and living rooms around the world. Mothers, working in the cracks and crevices of each hectic day, are adorning the world with their gifts, and they're showing all of us the beauty of this Life Creative.

In this book, you'll learn:

-Why the world needs your art
-How this Life Creative begins at home
-When art can turn a profit
-Your part in this modern day Renaissance

Life Creative paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood. Women like home decorator Melissa Michaels and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard, author Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb, and many more.

If you're a creative mom who is looking for ways to embrace your creativity again...or even trying to find ways not to let it go- this is a great book for you! It is a great reminder that we don't have to let those parts of us go because we now have children, but instead we can use those creative talents that God blessed us with to our advantages. I think sometimes as mom we tend to put our needs and our passions on the back burner- I know I certainly do- but this book reminded me that that's not always the best option and NOT letting go of our creative pursuits can make us better mothers.

If you're in need of a little reminder yourself, this is a must read!

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2bDsqfz

Is there room for creativity and children in a mother's life? Learn how to balance home, art, and family in Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart's new book, Life Creative. In this Pinterest age of handcrafted children’s parties, Instagram photos of beautifully decorated homes, and blogs filled with poetry and prose, it is clear that we are in the midst of a brand new artistic renaissance. Life Creative paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood.

Join Wendy, Kelli, and other moms in celebrating the beauty of being a creative mom by entering to win the Called to Be Creative Giveaway (details below) and by attending their author chat party on October 27!


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 10/27. The winner will be announced at the Life Creative Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Wendy, Kelli, and other creative moms, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bible Journaling for Girls of ALL Ages {NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition Review}

**Book received for review, all thoughts are my own.

It's no secret by now that I absolutely, positively love Bible journaling! Since starting a year ago, I have added multiple journaling Bibles to my collection, and my craft supply collection has quadrupled. I just love it!

But I don't just love journaling myself, but I love introducing Bible journaling to others as well. It has been such a faith building experience for myself that I want to help others find that creative worship outlet as well. Young and old, Bible journaling is the perfect way for anyone to enjoy their time with God. I even introduced my 9 year old to journaling and found it was something that we could enjoy together.

When we bought my son's Bible, I must say the selection of Bibles available was fairly slim. They didn't have any at all geared towards kids--- male or female! We opted to go with a simple brown leather instead. These days, we are seeing more and more varieties and styles that are perfect for EVERYONE! Today, I'm excited to introduce you to one such Bible: The NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition:

The NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition is the perfect way to apply Scripture to your everyday life. Designed with the thoughtful writer in mind, a whimsical cover and journaling lines inspire reflection in God’s Word. This Bible contains the full text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features include:

Lines on each page for journaling and notes Thick paper perfect for any writing utensil A presentation page for gift giving A “How to Use This Bible” page to get started on the right foot Ribbon marker The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV)

Seriously, how cute is this Bible? There are a few colors available, but for this review, I received the pink which features a fun floral design on the front. These fun colors and patterns are much more appealing to many younger girls than what more traditional Bibles might. I know they say never judge a book by its cover, but I must admit, if I'm given options, I'm always going to reach for the 'pretty' one myself, and a journaling Bible should be no different. Inside is just like any other single column journaling Bible. Unlike other Bibles aimed at girls that might have sections that pertain to their age group, this one is strictly the Word with space in the margins for notes or artwork. This makes it much more versatile. I can gift this to a niece or a young girl at church, or I can use it myself. I may be 29 years old, but I still love pink and fun colors too and would most certainly see no problem in using this myself!

Young or old, this fun journaling Bible will make the perfect gift for any girl in your life! It is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers.