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Friday, May 18, 2018

Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home {A Smile Brilliant Coupon + Giveaway}

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Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.-Mother Teresa
Share your smile with the world. It's a symbol of friendship and peace. -Christie Brinkley
Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.- Connie Stevens

Smiles. People sure do have a lot to say about them,don't they? Even the songs let us know that we're 'never fully dressed without a smile'.

But for many of us, sharing those smiles that people speak so highly of is a little bit intimidating. It's not because we aren't happy people. No, it's that we're just not confident with our smiles! I'll be honest, I'm among that crowd too.

To put it simply--- I love my coffee. And when I was younger? I lived on Diet Coke. We all have our vices, right? Unfortunately those vices can leave us with teeth that are less than pearly whites. The perfectionist that I am, I really struggle with that. And I know I'm not alone. Just take a look at the toothpaste aisle at your local grocery store and you can see just how much of a demand there are for products just like that. (And yes, I'll admit, I've tried many of them myself!)

But do you know what the #1 dentist recommended tooth whitening method is? Custom fitted whitening trays. These custom trays allow for a more complete coverage than general whitening trays provide, as each of our teeth are as unique to us as our fingerprints. Still, most dentists charge $500+ for this service. Now, as much as I would love whiter teeth, I simply don't have $500 lying around! Most of us probably don't either!

Enter Smile Brilliant!




They offer custom fit trays and at home teeth whitening for a fraction of the cost--- 70% less than the dentists charge! Even better? They arrive 5 times faster too.

How does it work? When you purchase the system, you are sent everything you needed to get started: impression trays, catalyst and base pastes (to create the molds), professional whitening and sensitivity gels and prepaid shipping envelope to send in your impressions.



When this arrives, you blend the pastes and create your impressions. There will be tips included to help you get the best impression possible, and they even include extra pastes just in case you mess up. They offer fantastic customer service as well, allowing you to email photos before sending if you're uncertain if your impressions will do the job. Once your impressions are created, you put them in the mail and your new custom trays will be mailed back to you!

To whiten, apply a thin layer of whitening gel to your trays and wear for 45 minutes to 3 hours--- depending on your sensitivity. Brush, and use the sensitivity gel. Easy enough, right? The is the same professional strength whitening that you can experience at the dentist, but from the comfort of your own home and at a better price! What's not to love about that? Many people have seen amazing results from this system, and now you can join them too!
All of my readers can take 20% off their Smile Brilliant purchase with the coupon code
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Enter to Win Daphne & Velma- New Movie Coming May 22! #DaphneVelma

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Scooby Dooby Doo... where are you!?

Since it's introduction in 1969, Scooby Doo has delighted and entertained generation after generation. My mom watched it. I watched it. My children watch it. There aren't many shows that can stand the test of time quite like that are there? But if you think about it, Scooby Doo has everything that good quality entertainment should have. It's got adventure and mystery. It's got friendship. It's got laughs. And yeah, it even has some romance between Fred and Daphne. It gives us fun characters to fall in love with, and creative villains that just keep on coming!

Yes, it's no wonder Scooby Doo is a classic that continues to entertain! Which is why today I am excited to share an all new Scooby movie featuring my personal favorite members of the Scooby Gang, 'Daphne and Velma':



Jinkies! Your favorite mystery solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature length movie!


State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state - lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the next victims? Get ready for thrills and laughs as we follow the first adventures of Mystery Inc.’s fierce female duo. 


The film stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney's "Descendants: Wicked World") and Sarah Gilman (ABC's “Last Man Standing”), and is produced by Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions. Daphne & Velma will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98 for the DVD and $24.98 for the Blu-ray

Sounds fun, right? I know my kids and I are looking forward to seeing this fun movie from a time before Mystery Inc! Are you? Great news, the wait is almost over! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Daphne & Velma on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2018.

Want to start the fun before then? Help Daphne & Velma solve their latest case by helping them decrypt the footage! Dial the knob and meters to just the right position to unlock the footage and move to the next challenge. 





And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy of the Bluray for themselves! Enter using the giveaway form below:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

5 Simple(-ish) Ways Make Extra Money

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With summer quickly approaching, we all have big plans, don't we? We want to have grand summer adventures- whether its traveling on an exciting vacation or right in our own backyard. But so many of those plans require MONEY! When you're on an already tight budget, that can be hard to come by! Today, I am sharing 5 simple tips to help you earn a little extra fun money!

Have a Yard Sale.
Not only is a yard sale a great way to get rid of the clutter that threatens to take over your home,it's also a great way to get a little extra spending money too! Join in with some friends or neighbors for a multi family sale--- this can encourage more visitors to come for the greater variety!

Donate Plasma.
Did you know that you are PAID to donate plasma!? Now there are some health requirements that you must meet to be eligible, but if you are a healthy adult, you can donate a few times a week for extra money, and it helps other people too. Win/win! Many make several hundred dollars a month just by donating plasma! Awesome, right? Check with your local donation center for more details.

Try Out Dealspotr.
There are many websites out there that allow you to earn extra money---some through surveys, some through cash back offers, referring friends, etc... but my favorite (the one I've had most success from) is Dealspotr. You earn points by posting and validating deals from all your favorite stores. These points can then be redeemed for Amazon gift cards. If you are an Influencer, you can upgrade your account (no cost) and can then cash out via Paypal instead.

Sell on Ebay.
Like having a yard sale, selling online can be a great way to get rid of the clutter and make extra money. Generally speaking, if you have the right type of products, you can get more than you would at a yard sale, but does take a little bit more work--- taking photos, writing accurate, detailed descriptions, shipping, etc. Many people have found success in finding deals at thrift stores, yard sales and even clearance sales and reselling on eBay for profit as well.

Get Paid To Grocery Shop.
Do you enjoy grocery shopping? Why not get paid to do it? New grocery delivery services are popping up left and right, and shoppers are needed for these services. You can create your own schedule, so this can again be a great supplemental income. Personally I use Shipt (as a customer), but check your local area to see what's available.

What ways have you found to help supplement your family income? One of these? Something different? Let us know ALL about it in the comments below.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

100 Days of Bible Journaling: Days 29-35

Another week of this journaling challenge has passed and I find myself falling more in love with journaling and my Bible every day... and I already loved both to start! Take a look at this week's journaling pages:




Day 29: Be Strong!

People often tell me I'm a strong person. Sometimes it's referring to being a military wife. Sometimes it's in reference to raising an autistic child. And even other times just dealing with my own health issues. But let me tell you, no matter the intention, I must admit that I don't often feel strong. Often I feel as though I am just barely holding it together. It is not by my own strength that I remain standing, but by God's strength that I get through.

For this post I couldn't resist bringing in a little more Disney--- this time with Brave! I have said before that I am far from an artist, and this page is perhaps proof of that, but it was such a perfect fit for these verses that I had to step out of my comfort zone and just be brave!




Day 30: Confess and Be Healed

Do you ever hold onto everything you've done in the past? You feel as though the things you have done- whatever they may be- leave you unworthy of forgiveness. We know that God forgives us... but we have a hard time wrapping our minds around this idea.

For this page, I couldn't help but think of the song Mended by Matthew West:

When you see broken beyond repairI see healing beyond beliefYou're not too far goneYou're one step away from home
When you see nothing but damaged goodsI see something good in the makingI'm not finished yet, noWhen you see wounded, I see mended

Such beautiful words, aren't they? I love the message behind this song, and find it's one that I listen to often when I need that reminder that even in my brokenness, God intends to use it and me for His goodness. I played around with layering die cuts, but really kept this look fairly simple.



Day 31: God's Plans For You

We all know that verse,"For I know the plans I have for you...". I'm a planner though and so often I find myself making my own plans. Sometimes they work out, but more often than not... they just don't seem to work out. It can be so hard to wait on God to work out the plans He has for us, but if there is anything that I have learned in my life, it is that those plans are most certainly worth the wait!

For this page, I wanted that simple reminder to wait for His timing and His plans, not my own. The translation in the journal also read 'I have GOOD plans for you'.I loved that version. He doesn't just have plans for us, he has GOOD plans. I wanted to be sure to include that and emphasize that GOOD.


Day 32: Living God's Way in This World

Being a Christian in this world isn't easy and it's far from popular. But the Bible reminds us that it's not going to be easy and that we are supposed to stand out from the non-Christians in the world.

For this page, I started with something completely different in mind.I had a tip in that read 'You cannot influence the world by trying to be part of it'. But as I was reading, I was reminded about a song from my teen years from Krystal Meyers, Anticonformity:

They conform, un-individualityAnd they conform, forget about varietyYeah, they conform, they don't know what they believeThey conform, they conform, they conform
So I'm anticonformityI don't try too hard to beI'm not what you think you seeInside, I've made a changeAnd I'll never be the same, no way

First of all, can we just take a moment to consider that I walk into a room 5 times before remembering why and have been known to forget I'm cooking... but I recalled this song that I haven't heard in a good 10 years! Whew! That aside, it's a fantastic message isn't it? I remember listening to it as a teen and falling in love. When everyone struggles so hard to just fit in, it's intimidating to stand out for any reason. And so, as I worked on this page, I found my focus shifting to this song and I decided to go a different route. I created a washi background and added a little alien sticker that I'd been looking forward to using too. (I LOVE aliens!) The green piece offers some extra space for journaling--- after the photo!


Day 33: Do Not Be Silent

I'm not a loud person. I don't speak much.  I remember talking to a friend of mine at our graduation rehearsal, and a girl sitting behind us turned around and commented, 'Oh my goodness, I'd never heard you speak!' I went to a small school, and had been in school with the same people from preschool through then (aside from a few years of homeschool) so I'd known these people for YEARS. But like I said, I'm quiet and I only tend to speak around those I'm comfortable with and when I have something to add to a conversation (though my husband would argue otherwise). So speaking up? That's a tough one for me. I think for me, social media has given me a voice that I might not have in real life which I am very thankful for, but I pray that should the opportunity arise, God can give me the voice to spread His word in person too.

For this page, I wanted BOLD. I felt the message called for it. As you have seen through these previous pages, I often find inspiration through music and this is another great example of that with TobyMac's Speak Life:

So speak life, speak lifeTo the deadest darkest nightSpeak life, speak lifeWhen the sun won’t shine and you don’t know whyLook into the eyes of the broken heartedWatch them come alive as soon as you speak hopeYou speak love, you speakYou speak life

This is a great song that reminds us the power of our words and the power of sharing God's message, so it really was the perfect fit for this day.


Day 34: Christ Died For You

This is the greatest promise of all, isn't it? While we were still sinners- imperfect, flawed- Christ gave His life so that we may live. Now listen, I've been a Christian for many, many years... and every time that I stop to consider this, I still stand in disbelief. What an amazing love that is!

For this page (on the right), I must admit I really struggled to come up with how I wanted to portray this powerful message. I mean, what could I do that would really show the true magnitude of this sacrifice. In the end, I decided to focus on the love. I created a cross (though imperfect) using the credit card method and added a simple reminder that I am loved.
Day 35: Christ Is In You

Another powerful message to round out this week--- Christ is in each and every one of us. When we struggle, when we feel alone, we need this reminder that that same power lives in each and every one of us.

For this page, I wanted to focus a bit on the holy spirit and once again incorporated some music. This time a simple line from my favorite song, Hillsong United's 'Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)'... "Spirit Lead Me". I tried a new technique I'd been wanting to try with which I placed watercolors (actually watered down acrylics) onto this Illustrated Faith script sticker and used a straw to blow it in all directions for this cool result. These stickers do not allow the paint to stick, so it was really fun to try and I was very happy with the results. I will be sharing more about this technique soon.

Are you enjoying following along on my journey? Do you want to start yourself? There is no bad time to start! You can purchase your own copy of the 100 Days of Bible Promises journal at Dayspring! (Use code IFSHIPSFREE for free shipping.)

Enter to Win a Graco Mackenzie 5-in-1 Upholstered Convertible Crib!! ($199 Value)

With a new baby scheduled to arrive later this month, today over at Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Janessa is sharing her review of the Graco Mackenzie 5-in-1 Upholstered Convertible Crib along with the Graco Premium Foam Mattress in a Box. If you're looking for an affordable crib and mattress solution for your new baby, this looks like a great choice!

Graco Mackenzie 5-in-1 Upholstered Convertible Crib Description

Showcasing rich upholstery for a luxurious look and feel, the Graco Mackenzie 5-in-1 Upholstered Convertible Crib will add style to any baby's room. This crib combines an arched headboard with a reversible upholstered panel, giving it a transitional design with a modern touch. The plush upholstered panel offers versatility with a wood option on the reverse side. With its three-position adjustable mattress support base, this crib will convert to a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed (with or without a footboard) to accommodate your child's growth. You can purchase the Graco Full-Size Crib Conversion Kit separately.

At a price point of just $199, this crib is a steal! You can purchase this crib at Walmart.

The Graco Mackenzie 5-in-1 Convertible Crib is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and is rigorously tested to meet or exceed all applicable Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety standards to ensure the safest sleeping environment for your child. Made with high-quality New Zealand pine and composites, the Graco Mackenzie is available in multiple non-toxic finishes, including white, black, espresso, and pebble gray.




Description of the Graco Premium Foam Mattress in a Box

Designed to fit any standard/full-size crib and toddler bed, the Graco Premium Foam Mattress ships compressed in a lightweight box that makes it easy for anyone to carry. Once the box is opened and the mattress is removed from its packaging, you will be amazed to see the foam mattress begin to expand right before your eyes. This Graco mattress is made from high-quality, breathable foam that maximizes airflow for your child and will help them get the rest that they need. The Graco Premium Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress also features a water-resistant lining to help keep your baby clean and dry. The Graco Premium Foam Mattress is made with anti-static and anti-microbial materials and is free of phthalates and lead for your child’s safety and your peace of mind. The Graco Premium Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress meets Federal flammability standards and includes a 6-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. At a price point of about $50, this is probably one of the most affordable crib mattresses I've found! You can find it at Walmart.




Could you use a new crib and mattress? I've teamed up with Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Storkcraft to give one of our readers their own Graco Premium Foam Mattress in Box and the Graco Mackenzie 5-in-1 Upholstered Convertible Crib, in your choice of color!

If you'd like a chance to win, just enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!

Disclosures: Storkcraft is responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, or Twitter. For questions about this giveaway, please contact Thrifty Nifty Mommy.

Win a Forever My Girl BluRay {Come What May Giveaway Hop Event}




Welcome to the Come What May Hop  hosted by MamatheFox!
From now through the 31st, hop along to all participating blogs to enter some amazing prizes! There is no limit to how many you can win so hop along and enter them all!


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Do you love a good romance movie?

I know I do! There's just something about getting swept away in the romance of it all. It remind us of falling in love ourselves... or gives us something to look forward to if we've not yet had that experience.

What do you love about romance movies? What are some of your personal favorites?

Today, I'm excited to share with you once again a beautiful love story that has recently been released to DVD, Forever My Girl:



Forever My Girl tells the story of country music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.

Ready to experience this sweet movie for yourself? It is now available to purchase on BluRay and DVD, as well as digital video.



And one lucky reader is going to win a copy for themselves, enter using the giveaway form below:




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Find Rest {A Devotional Review + Giveaway Hop Event}



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Each giveaway has a value of a minimum of $15, however some are worth much more. Be sure to enter to win all of them because there is no limit to how many you can win. GOOD LUCK!

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Rest.

To be honest, these days I'm not even sure I know what that word means anymore. I feel as though I do anything BUT rest. From the moment I wake to the moment I go to bed, there is always something to do... Even as I lay down to sleep I find myself not resting, but worrying about everything that I need to do the next day.

Still, the Bible tells us often to rest. 'Be Still', 'He will give you rest'... even God himself rested on that seventh day. So why is it still so hard to actually do it? Why do we struggle with the constant need to be going? Why do we have this idea that if we take the time to rest, we are being lazy?

The reality is- we NEED rest! We need time to spend with God, with our families. We need time to reflect and grow. We need time to breathe. If you are struggling to find rest, I am excited to share a new devotional that might just help, 'Find Rest: A Women's Devotional for Lasting Peace in a Busy Life '-



Are you worn out and overwhelmed by your never-ending to-do list? Multitasking. Taking care of family and friends. Driving car pool. Running errands. Filling out paperwork. Meeting deadlines at work. In today’s do-it-all world, women are busier and more tired than ever juggling the roles of mom, executive, volunteer, student, wife, friend, and everything in between. We’ve all been there – feeling frenzied and desperate as we try to keep it all together. Some days it feels like we’re managing everything well, but more often than not, it feels like everything is managing us. It is easy to become emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to experience a life of peace and find rest for your soul – even with life’s demands.

First and foremost, can we just talk about the beauty of this book? The beautiful floral watercolors are carried throughout the book, coordinating beautifully with the rose gold page edges. Now, I'm a visual person which is perhaps why Bible journaling has offered such an appeal to me. Likewise, these illustrations have helped to draw me in and supported that idea of calmness, peace and rest as I flipped through the pages.



This devotional is a 60 day devotional created just for women and the busy lives we lead. Each devotion starts with a verse on the subject of rest (or relevant to it) and is about two pages of reading that perfectly combines biblical stories with more modern tales. At the end we are given some questions to reflect over what we have read and how it applies to us. There is also a small space to write notes or answer these questions as well--- though if you're like me and tend to get a little wordy, you might find separate notebook to be beneficial. Finally each day ends with a quote ranging from Christian writers to more mainstream voices.

I must admit I have not worked through all 60 days, but I am loving what I have read so far. I feel like in the busy-ness that seems to be the norm these days, we all need that little reminder to just stop and rest. This book is much needed for so many of us. Ready to take the time to rest? 'Find Rest' is available to purchase at your favorite Christian book retailers:



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




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