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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

**Product received for consideration. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own.

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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And today, to help inspire you to get those fitness goals started now, Empower Fitness is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Boxing Boot Camp Set of their own! 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.

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. 

Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations {A Cookbook Review}

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

With the upcoming holidays from Thanksgiving through the New Year, it's the season of celebrations. Many of those celebrations revolve around food! Now, I must admit...holiday meals are some of my favorites. Not just the food itself, but also the company that comes with it. I look forward to these celebrations each and every year.

But with so many food needs out there, it can be really hard to find delicious tasting dishes that everyone can enjoy. We need gluten free options, dairy free options, paleo options... and they have to be appealing enough so that everyone, regardless of their dietary preferences, can enjoy them as well. Where on earth are we supposed to find these recipes!?

Today, I'm happy to share with you one cookbook that will help you to do just that-  Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations:

From the two-time New York Times best-selling author of Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple, comes 125 recipes for grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free comfort food dishes for holidays and special occasions. 

When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, they worry most about the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions, fearing their fond memories will be lost along with the newly eliminated food groups. After suffering for years with a debilitating autoimmune disease and missing many of these special occasions herself, Danielle Walker has revived the joy that cooking for holidays can bring in Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations, a collection of recipes and menus for twelve special occasions throughout the year. 

Featuring a variety of birthday cakes, finger foods to serve at a baby or bridal shower, and re-creations of backyard barbecue standards like peach cobbler and corn bread, Danielle includes all of the classics. There’s a full Thanksgiving spread--complete with turkey and stuffing, creamy green bean casserole, and pies--and menus for Christmas dinner; a New Year's Eve cocktail party and Easter brunch are covered, along with suggestions for beverages and cocktails and the all-important desserts. Recipes can be mixed and matched among the various occasions, and many of the dishes are simple enough for everyday cooking. Stunning full-color photographs of every dish make browsing the pages as delightful as cooking the recipes, and beautiful party images provide approachable and creative entertaining ideas. 

Making recipes using unfamiliar ingredients can cause anxiety, and while trying a new menu on a regular weeknight leaves some room for error, the meal simply cannot fail when you have a table full of guests celebrating a special occasion. Danielle has transformed her most cherished family traditions into trustworthy recipes you can feel confident serving, whether you’re hosting a special guest with food allergies, or cooking for a crowd of regular grain-eaters.

I love this cookbook! Not only does it cover those food heavy holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but also celebrations for throughout the year. We find Thanksgiving favorites like turkey and cranberry sauce. We find holiday classics like hot cocoa and gingerbread houses. But, we also find spooky treats like mummy dogs or Easter favorites like ham. There are dishes for Father's Day, dishes for Mother's Day, dishes for summer and 4th of July barbecues. You can plan the perfect birthday party... with every turn of the page there are more grain free recipes that I for one am excited to try throughout the year!

If you are gluten or dairy free or eating a paleo diet yourself, OR if you have someone attending your events that is- this book is a must see! With these amazing recipes, no one will miss the grains at all, they'll just enjoy the delicious meals at every celebration.

Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations is available to purchase now.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

DIY Popsicle Stick Pumpkins {A Kids Craft}

If you've followed my kids' craft posts for long you've probably noticed that many of them feature popsicle sticks! They truly are an inexpensive craft supply that can be used to create so many fun projects throughout the year. Today as we prepare for Halloween and fall, I'm excited to share another such craft-

DIY Popsicle Stick Pumpkin

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Glue
  • Paint (Green, Orange)
  1. First prepare your popsicle sticks. Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes so have fun with it. You'll want two popsicle sticks for the back, these can be used at length or trimmed to your perfect pumpkin width, or use mini sticks for a thinner pumpkin. After you've determine width, paint enough orange popsicle sticks to cover it. You will also need 1-2 green for the stem (you can also use minis for this if preferred). Allow to dry.
  2. Now comes the construction. Lay your orange sticks together in your desired shape (straight across or staggered for a fun look), painted side down. Take your backing sticks and apply glue to entire length. Add to back of painted sticks.
  3. Add your stem. Keep the pumpkin face down and glue to the top, green side down so that your desire stem length is showing.
  4. If you want to stick with a classic pumpkin to go more fall then you are finished. Add a magnet to the back, ribbon for hanging or leave as is. If you'd like to give it more of a Halloween feel, use paint, wood shapes or construction paper to give your pumpkin a fun jack o lantern look!

This craft is simple, but a fun way to bring the fall and Halloween spirit into your home! And it's budget friendly too! All of my favorite kid craft qualities!