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Friday, June 24, 2016

Anchored in God {An Anchored Press Planner Review & Giveaway} #AnchoredInGod

Can I make a confession?

I have the worst memory.

Oh, I know a lot of people say this, but it's 100% true. If I don't write things down I'm constantly forgetting them. I've often joked that I need to invest in mass supply of post its so that I can keep myself on track. I walk into a room and I forget what I was looking for. I put clothes in the dryer and forget to turn it on. I forget to pay a bill... or pay the same bill twice! Lately, this has become even more true. I have to have my lists and my calender's or I am completely lost.

Needless to say, I am always on the hunt for great planners. I've explored several over the last few years, and have even really liked some of them. But today I have to share with you my new favorite: the Anchored Press Planner.

This planner doesn't just help you plan your day... it helps you to remember where to focus your thoughts. It helps to plan for your family, but also to grow spiritually and document it all. The owner Deana created this planner to help women get anchored in God’s word and stay organized.  You can read more about her and the company here:http://www.anchoredpress.com/pages/about
Take a look at what you can expect to find inside:

  • Daily pages + combined weekend pages
  • Daily page includes: an hourly scheduler (6am-8pm), top 4 to-do list, dinner plan & a place to meet with God everyday
  • Daily Bible verses & inspired devotions
  • Mid-week prayer over your children
  • A weekly spot to thank God for your blessings
  • Monthly designated page for prayer requests
  • Family goal planning page
  • Family memory making prompts
  • Family go-to dinner page
  • 2016 yearly calendar and holiday pages
  • 12 two-page monthly views

This planner is seriously amazing! First and foremost, just taking a look at the cover! The gorgeous design is just my style- pink, navy and gold...a favorite color scheme of mine. And I love the nautical look too. When I first opened it up, the pages immediately fell to a line from my favorite song- Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). I had not yet even seen the actual planner pages, but I was already in love. The planner pages themselves, also fantastic! They truly thought of everything! I personally need a monthly overview AND a more in depth weekly view. I like to be able too see things at a glance, then flip to that particular day and get the specifics. This is just what Anchored Press offers. I have my monthly overview and to do list for that month. Then each day has its own page with a detailed schedule from 6am to 8 pm to you not only know WHAT you have planned but when that is too. You're then given a spot for your top 4 priorities list so that you can easily see your important to dos for that specific day- maybe its calling someone or paying a bill. You'll also find a spot to share what you're having for dinner that night, again keeping you organized and on track! That covers your day to day plans, but the 'other stuff' is what really sets this planner apart. Each day you are given a Bible verse and brief devotion to read, and a space to list your prays or reflections for the day. So often with our busy daily schedules it can be easy to forget the importance of reading scriptures or prayer, and this planner helps us to keep that in focus!

Ready to start being better organized and strengthening your relationship with God. The 2016 planners are currently 40% off- an amazing deal with 7 months left to enjoy them! Check them out at the links below:

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The 2017 Planners will be available in August! And here's some even better news! Thanks to this year’s success, there will be an expanded product line!  2 formats, more color options and a separate prayer journal.  One of the planners has 52 devotionals, 1 for each week written by some amazing women of God such as Christine Caine and Jenni Catron! I personally cannot wait to see them all!

Ready for the REALLY amazing news? They are giving away 10 PLANNERS!!! Enter using the form below:

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Get Started with Bible Journaling with a Mega Dayspring Illustrated Faith Giveaway! #BibleJournaling #IllustratedFaith

**This giveaway is from Dayspring.com, I'm only sharing the love! Post contains affiliate links.

As you all know, Bible journaling is one of my absolute favorite things! And when it comes to supplies, nothing can beat Illustrated Faith! These products are perfectly designed with Bible journaling in mind, and are just absolutely gorgeous! Take a look at a few of my personal pages created with Illustrated Faith products!

Whether you are new to Bible journaling just wanting to get started, or have been doing it for awhile and want to add to your collection, Illustrated Faith is the way to go! And Dayspring is having an amazing giveaway to help you get started! The winner will receive a Leather ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (a $130 value)! Also included in this giveaway is the Genesis Kit, filled with oodles of Illustrated Faith goodies AND a $100 gift code to use on DaySpring.com!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Refresh Your Summer Pantry & Stay Hydrated with BODYARMOR {+ Coupon} #ad

**A huge thank you to BODYARMOR for sponsoring today's post. All thoughts are my own.

Hello, Summer!

Summer is here and the kids are out of school, which as a mom means we have to be prepared for anything summer throws at us! When you have a growing boy in your home, that means you need a fully stocked pantry! Stocking a pantry fit for a child should be pretty easy! I mean, kids are pretty opinionated about all the treats they want and love at the grocery store, right? But we want our kids to be strong and healthy...so there truly is no better time than summertime to make over the pantry to give kids those nutritious (but still delicious) options to keep them energized and healthy throughout the summer heat.

Instead of potato chips, we can stock up on nuts, veggie chips...or even a healthier baked chip if still desired. Rather than candy and sugary treats, we can stock up on fresh fruits like grapes, apples, watermelon. Even dried fruit can make an excellent alternative. Raisins, yogurts, fresh veggies...the healthy snack options are endless...and with a little imagination can be just as fun as those not-so-good for them treats too.

But perhaps the most important part of keeping kids healthy during the summer is keeping them well hydrated! Now, while my kids actually do enjoy and drink water with no problems, there are times when they just want something with a little more flavor. So, how can we give kids the flavor they crave while still making sure to avoid sugary drinks and helping in hydration?

BODYARMOR to the rescue!

So, what is BODYARMOR?

·       BODYARMOR is a premium sports drink with more potassium packed electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins. BODYARMOR has natural flavors, natural sweeteners and no artificial colors, unlike traditional sports drinks. It’s a GREAT choice for young athletes especially, who don’t need all the extra sodium in their diets or the artificial ingredients that come from drinking other sports drinks on the market.

·       BODYARMOR comes in 8-great tasting flavors: fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry banana, tropical punch, lemon lime, mixed berry, grape and blackout berry.

·       Many of today’s top athletes choose BODYARMOR as their sports drink of choice, including: Mike Trout, Andrew Luck, James Harden, Buster Posey, Richard Sherman, Dez Bryant, Skylar Diggins and Sydney LeRoux

A sports drink that helps kids stay hydrated but is more natural and better for them? Sounds pretty amazing, right? But I know you're probably all wondering...how does it taste?

The answer is simply-delicious! I'll be honest, typically speaking, I don't drink sports drinks. I've just never been a huge fan of the flavor. But I decided to try a little sip of my son's BODYARMOR and I was pleasantly surprised. I tried the Orange Mango. It didn't taste like a flavored drinks as other sports drinks I'd tried in the past...I could instead tell that the flavors were the real deal! Delicious!

But more importantly, the kids love them too. We have spent the last few days a camp, and let me tell you it is HOT. 90 plus degrees and we are outside from 8 am to 4 pm. In this extreme heat, staying hydrated could not be more important. BODYARMOR has been a lifesaver! Both of my kids have been enjoying the great flavors! They've not yet tried one they didn't love. But for me, I'm loving that I know they are staying hydrated well without the added sugar, dyes and artificial flavors of other sports drinks!

From summer to camp to sports to zoo trips...even playing in our own backyard, BODYARMOR is the perfect addition to our pantry for keeping my kids healthy and hydrated all summer long.

Ready to makeover your pantry? Find BODYARMOR at your local Marsh, Meijer or Target, and be sure to download this coupon to help you save! You can learn more and connect at the links below:

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Celebrate Summer Cloth with a Smarti Pants Giveaway! {A Giveaway Hop}

Welcome to the "Summer Cloth Diaper" Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from 
Mommy's Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama's Baby Cupcakes. This is the 5th Annual "Summer Cloth Diaper" giveaway hop. Each blog has cloth diaper friendly items and has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner and after visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other blogs to see what they have to offer for you!

Be sure to enter the Grand Prize here


When it comes to cloth diapering, there truly is no greater time for cloth than summertime!!

Whether it's letting that fluffy bottom show and styling outfits to coordinate and show them off... or hanging your diapers out in the sun and admiring the rainbow of beautiful colors... there is just something about summer cloth that is just so FUN!

Perhaps that why its bittersweet to say that this will be our final summer in cloth as my daughter very quickly transitions into the potty training stage. But...I'm enjoying these final days of cloth while they last and am so glad to have this final summer.

What better way to celebrate than with a fun summer cloth giveaway!? I am giving one VERY lucky reader the chance to win 2 Smarti Pants Cloth Diapers. These diapers may not be a commonly known brand, but they happen to be a favorite in our stash. Check out these details from their website:

Smartipants™ diapers are both easy to use and easy to care for. Just place the absorbent insert into either side of the sleeve, and it will stay snugly in place until you remove the diaper from your baby. Once the diaper is removed, there's no need to take out the insert -- it comes out in the wash! 

All of our diapers are proudly made in the USA!

Smart for your baby: Smartipants™ diapers feature our Leak-Guard Technology, keeping moisture contained, and your baby dry. Our diapers are made with “breathable” fibers and are free from any chemicals or irritants. Smartipants™ reusable diapers are designed to grow with your baby from newborn to toddler, babies 7lbs - 35lbs.

Smart for your wallet: Instead of requiring 7,000 disposable diapers, the average baby needs only 24 reusable diapers, resulting in a net savings of nearly $3,000.00! In addition, Smartipants™ are not only the most advanced reusable diapers on the market, they are also the most affordable! Our products are all produced in our own local manufacturing facilities, and we are able to pass on those savings to you!

Smart for your environment: Every year our country contributes roughly 3.4 million tons of disposable diaper waste into landfills. Using reusable diapers not only reduces the amount of solid waste, it also reduces the amount of harmful chemicals, oils, and trees required to produce them!

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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.Mama's Baby Cupcakes, Mommy's Favorite Things and the "Summer Cloth Diaper" participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Moms, Say YES to Gerber Lil' Beanies: The Perfect Toddler Snack #GerberWinWin #ad

Shopping with a Toddler.

If you read these words and feel an instant sense of dread...you might be a toddler mom!

Before children, I used to love going to the store. I would browse for hours, just killing time. But after kids? Forget it! You want to get in, get done, and get out! And when you do so successfully, you feel like you deserve a cape, because surely this is a feat that only a Super Mom can pull off, am I right?

Typically, my kids are pretty good kids, not greedy in the least... but as soon as we step into the store, it's like they've been bit by the 'I want it' bug!

"Mommy, I want a toy!"
"Mommy, I want chocolate!"
"Mommy, I want candy!"
"Mommy, I want chips!"

Surely, this isn't just MY kids right? I mean I get it, inside my head as I'm walking through my Target store, I'm seeing a whole lot of wants myself. Kids just verbalize what we're all thinking! I cannot tell you how many times in one shopping trip I find myself saying NO! I don't always want to be that 'No Mom', but I also don't want to give into my children's every whim and every craving for not so good for them foods.

So, when we were looking through the baby section at our local Target store, I was thrilled to stumble upon a snack that I could actually feel GOOD about saying yes to, Gerber® Lil’ Beanies(TM)!

So, what makes Lil' Beanies (TM) a win/win choice for moms and kids alike?

For kids, it's all about the flavor and fun! At first glance, these look very much like a cheesy puff snack that kids are so often drawn to but that are often packed full on unpronounceable ingredients--- not an ideal healthy kids snack! But they don't just look appealing, they taste great too! The come in two delicious flavors: original and white cheddar & broccoli. My daughter could not stop going back for more of either!

Win #1: They look great and taste great so kids actually WANT to eat them and will ask for them again and again!

But for myself as a mom, it's also a snack that I can feel great about feeding my children too! Lil' Beanies (TM) is the first bean based snack in the baby aisle. It is made from the goodness of navy beans to deliver 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value), 1 gram of fiber and 10% Daily Value of Vitamin E per serving. Gerber® Lil’ Beanies(TM) Snack is baked, not made with genetically engineered (GM) ingredients, and is naturally flavored!

Win # 2: They are a healthier, more natural alternative to other salty kids' snacks that I as a mom feel confident in feeding my children!

Gerber Lil' Beanies (TM) truly are a delicious, nutritious treat, your little ones will love it for its taste and you’ll love it for its nutrition. It's a win/win for everyone! Now, you can browse Target from open to close, and not feel like you're saying no to everything. Just walk through the baby aisle--- your kids will see the snack they love and think that they're the ones getting what they want when you finally say yes!

Go ahead mamas, spoil your kids with this win/win snack...and wear that cape proudly. You deserve it. 

Need a fun snack for your little one? Check out the Original Lil' Beanies and White Cheddar & Broccoli, and come back and tell me which one YOUR little one would love!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q Grilling Season Trends {A Recipe & Giveaway} #GrillingWithStubbs

**I have received coupons in consideration for this post. All thoughts are my own.

Summer has arrived, and for many of us, that means its time to break out the grill! Food has such a great way of bringing people together, so what better way to spend those beautiful summer days than with family and friends around the grill for a delicious meal!

Now, for some people when you think about the grill, its all about the burger...but for the grillmaster in my house- my husband, it's all about the smoke! Give him a smoker and some ribs and he's in heaven! But first, you have to find just the right sauce to get that perfect flavor!

In my household, Stubb's has become a go-to favorite. Stubb’s sauces, marinades and rubs are a great way to add flavor to all kinds of grilled meats and vegetables for holiday cookouts. Not only do they taste great and bring every recipe to the next level- they are also a food I can feel great about feeding my family! Stubb’s get its bold flavors from real ingredients, with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. It contains no high fructose corn syrup, the No. 1 ingredient in most national BBQ sauce brands. Pretty amazing, right?

My husband isn't the only one that loves a good smoked meat! Americans are craving more and more heat, and smoking is the hottest new trend in backyard grilling. Check out this original recipe from Stubb's for a dish that combines the two in a can't be beat meal!!

Jezebel Ribs (A Stubb's Original Recipe)

2 tablespoons all-purpose seasoning salt
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seed
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons paprika
1 cup Jezebel Sauce (see below; make half the recipe)
1/4 cup Stubb’s Original Wing Sauce, or equal parts Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce and hot sauce
Two (2- to 3-pound) racks of baby back ribs
Cooking Instructions
In a small bowl, combine the seasoning salt, sugar, coriander, ground mustard, mustard seed, poultry seasoning, and paprika. In another bowl, combine the Jezebel Sauce and wing sauce and refrigerate until ready to use.
If your ribs have a membrane, pull it off from the underside of the ribs (Tip: Once you’ve loosened a corner of the membrane, grab it with a paper towel and pull; the paper towel keeps it from slipping out of your fingers. Removing the membrane makes ribs easier to eat and allows more spice and smoke flavor to penetrate the ribs.) Blot each rack of ribs with a paper towel to dry. Season the ribs on all sides with the spice rub mixture and pat it in with your fingers. Leave the ribs at room temperature for up to 1 hour if you’re planning to grill them soon. Or refrigerate them up to overnight, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap; bring them to room temperature before grilling.
Prepare a grill for indirect cooking. For a charcoal grill, when the coals are ashed over, rake or spread them out in one part of the grill so the food can cook to the side and not directly over the coals. (For a gas grill, fire up the burners on one part of the grill, so the food can cook to the side of the heat but not directly over it.) Cover the grill and bring it to between 250 and 275 degrees F.
Cook the ribs bone side down, over indirect heat, with the grill lid closed, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until the meat just starts to shrink back from the ends of the bones. (Don’t overcook; meat should shrink back less than 1/4 inch.) To ensure even cooking, set an oven thermometer next to the ribs, also over indirect heat. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, baste the ribs with the sauce mixture every 10 minutes. Set the rib racks on a baking sheet and cover with foil; let them rest for 10 to 20 minutes, then slice and serve.
Jezebel Sauce
(makes 2 cups; use 1 cup for Wicked Jezebel Ribs above, and serve the rest with cream cheese and crackers)
1 cup pineapple preserves
2/3 cup apple jelly
5 tablespoons Creole mustard or whole-grain brown mustard
5 tablespoons prepared horseradish
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients; cover and chill. For best results let the flavors meld overnight. Jezebel Sauce will keep refrigerated at least 4 weeks

Backyard cooks can try ALL of 2016’s top Bar-B-Q trends with tips from national barbecue expert Rocky Stubblefield of Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q. Let's see what he has to say about this Smoky Heat trend:
  • Get just the right amount of heat to suit your taste by mixing in your favorite hot sauce with Stubb’s Original or Sticky Sweet Bar-B-Q Sauce, then heat together in a pan, adding hot sauce to taste. Throw in a little finely chopped onion for some extra tang and texture.
  • For smoking meats on a charcoal grill, use hardwood chunks, or on a gas grill, use wood chips. Soak wood chunks in water for 1 hour, or chips for 30 minutes, then drain before using. Burn two wood chunks for each hour of smoking, and 1 cup of wood chips for an hour or less of smoking. Try a variety of wood – hickory, mesquite or applewood – to experiment with flavors.
This is just one of the hot trends this grilling season! More trends and recipes are available at www.stubbs.com or on Facebook at stubbsbbqsauce!

In celebration of grilling season and these fun grilling trends, Stubb's has put together an amazing giveaway! One lucky person will receive a prize pack including Branded grilling spatula, Stubb’s T-shirt, Stubb’s Apron, Stubb’s hat and (10) coupons for free products (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $100). Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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My Mother's Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith {A Review & Contest} #MyMothersQuilts #FlyBy

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

Isn't it amazing how a quilt can tell a story? How it brings us back to a place in time or fills our hearts with memories of the one who took the time to make it? In my home, we have various quilts made by loved ones, and I love how when I'm looking at one of these or snuggled up inside I am instantly reminded of the love that went into each stitch.

In my son's room, he has a Thomas the Tank Engine quilt made for him by his Great Grandma. He sleeps with this quilt every night, and I know that even long after he has outgrown this Thomas phase (should that EVER happen), it will serve as a beautiful reminder of those years when Thomas was his world. Likewise my daughter has a princess quilt made in love by that same great grandmother. Just a few of the couple quilts made by her in our home that we love and use daily. Perhaps my favorite quilt in our home though is a stunning quilt made for my husband by HIS great grandmother. He has had it for many years and the edges have started to fray...and yet it remains a favorite. I never got to meet this grandmother, but I love having this little piece of my husband's family history in our home.

These quilts all tell stories of family love, but some quilts tell other stories. Maybe its made of baby clothes or the clothing of a loved one that has passed. One of the quilts that is beloved by my extended family is the very last quilt that my great grandmother made. Now, my great grandma was the ideal grandma--- she was always working on some type of quilting or crochet project and she was amazing at it. But this particular quilt shows a bittersweet story. It starts out looking much like her typical quilts- tight, perfect stitches... but as it continues on, those stitches become looser and less perfect. As her health declined, the stitches declined. While some might say that this quilt was imperfect compared to the ones that came before, I cannot help but think its beautiful. It may not be as perfect...but it serves as a beautiful, bittersweet reminder of her life and her final years, and her love throughout it all. It is those stories that make for the most beautiful quilts, not the perfect stitches.

Do you have stories like these for the quilts in your family? Perhaps you're a quilter stitching your own family memories. Today, I'm excited to share a book that I'm certain you will love, My Mother's Quilts by Ramona Richards:

A quilt is love that serves a purpose.

Inspired by thirty famiy heirloom quilts, each devotion depicts the enduring legacy of faith, family and tradition. Rich, personal, sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, each reading provides a lesson and encouragement from the faithful women who crafted the quilts.

Full-color photographs of each quilt show the style and artistry of each beautiful work. The quilts, sewn by several generations over more than one-hundred years, are as unique and lovely as the hands that created them. The oldest was buried during the Civil War to keep it safe and the author's mother created the newest in the last years of her life.
About the Author:

Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother’s stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother’s Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at ramonarichards.com.

Now, I'm not a quilter by any means. I've made one simple baby quilt for 4-H many years ago and that's about the extent of it. I don't know the names of various quilt styles or the first thing about creating one. I am just an admirer of their beauty and the stories behind them. This book made me fall even more in love with them. With each page I turned, I was drawn in by the beautiful photos, but more importantly the beautiful stories behind them. It is a reminder of the things in life that matter. When you pass along a quilt with such history, you're not just passing along a blanket--- you're passing down a legacy of love. A legacy of faith. A legacy of memories. Whether you're a quilter, a collector or just looking for some touching stories of family, this book of devotions is one to read! You can purchase your copy here.

To celebrate this beautiful book, there is an amazing contest! Check it out:


Win one of the quilts featured in #MyMothersQuilts by Ramona Richards. Also up for grabs: loads of other prizes including quilting hand warmers, coloring books, and 25 signed copies of Ramona’s book. Winners will be emailed after the contest ends on June 30, 2016. Click the image to get started!