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Friday, February 5, 2016

Celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month with Van's {An XOXO Giveaway Hop}

XOXO Giveaway Hop

Hosted By:

Life in a House of Testosterone

Deliciously Savvy

Heartbeats~ Soul Stains

Welcome to the XOXO Giveaway Hop! We've come together with a bunch of other blogs to bring you all a bunch of fun and cool giveaways.... This is a great way to find lots of giveaways to enter all in ONE place! Each blog will have their own giveaways with prizes ranging from $15 on up. Hop all around and enter to win as many giveaways as you choose.... lots of fun.


**Coupons received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.
We all have heard a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if you ask me, it's also one of the most delicious too! What other meal in the day is it acceptable to choose between both savory or sweet--- for your entree!?  Yes, breakfast is pretty amazing! That is why there is a month to celebrate its awesomeness. That's right, February is National Hot Breakfast Month!

What better way to celebrate than with a delicious breakfast staple like waffles from Van's:


 Van’s fiber- and whole-grain-rich Gluten Free Ancient Grains Waffles are made from a mix of nutritious whole grains including brown rice, millet, teff, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum and quinoa. Gluten Free Ancient Grains Waffles have 32 grams of whole grains – and 6 grams of fiber – per serving. Egg- and dairy-free, this waffle is a deliciously nutritious way to start the day. 
·      Van’s Power Grains Waffles are the first nationally available high protein waffles. Each serving, made with cracked red wheat and steel cut oats, offers 10 full grams of protein – more than an egg.  Like all of Van’s products, Power Grains are made with high-quality ingredients and frozen for freshness so they don’t contain preservatives.

We love Van's Waffles in my home! They're delicious, high quality and a food I can feel great about feeding my family. Mostly, we keep it simple with butter and syrup, but I love that there are many options to take those already delicious waffles to the next level. Like this simple addition of peanut butter and banana- yum!!

You can find this and more fun waffle ideas from Van's! You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter.

I want to know... how do you enjoy your hot breakfasts? Share your fun waffle ideas in the comments below!

And in celebration on National Hot Breakfast Month, Van's is giving one lucky reader the chance to win 5 FREE product coupons! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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
Disclosure: Deliciously Savvy, Heartbeats~ Soul Stains & Life in a House of Testosterone and all the other blogs participating in the XOXO Giveaway are not responsible for the fullfillment of prizes. Each blog will list the sponsor/blog responsible for each individual giveaway on their giveaway form/post. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. are not affiliated with these giveawys.

Care Bears & Cousins Season 2 Coming to Netflix February 5 #ShareYourCare

Did you grow up loving Care Bears? 

These lovable, huggable bears are hard not to love... and with their new Netflix show- Care Bears & Cousins- they've become loved once again by a whole new generation of kids! If your little one has already fallen in love with these sweet bears, they will be thrilled to learn that they are returning February 5 with an all new season!!! Check it out:

With phenomenal fan support, “Care Bears & Cousins,an American Greetings Entertainment  Netflix Original Series, premieres Season 2 on February 5, 2016.  www.Netflix.com/CareBears
The whole huggable gang of Cousins from the Forest of Feelings is back with six more episodes to share.  For more than 30 years, these kind-hearted, huggable friends have taught the importance of caring for others and sharing special feelings wherever they go!
“Fans of all ages have been rainbow-terrific to follow our adventures on Netflix, states Brave Heart Lion.  “We are thrilled to continue to share and care with everyone in 2016!”  

Awesome, right? Haven't fallen in love yet? There's still time before the premier to get caught up with season one! And for even more fun- Build A Bear Workshop has introduced a new line of Care Bear Build a Bears!! Now, your little ones can snuggle with their favorite characters while they catch up on their show! Fun!!
Stay up to date with all things Care Bears at the links below:
Twitter and Instagram: @CareBearsFriend
Will your little ones be watching Care Bears & Cousins on February 5? Share their favorite Care Bear in the comments below.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mommy Scene Be Mine Giveaway

We are very excited to share with you an awesome "Be Mine" Valentine's Day Giveaway sponsored by Mommy Scene and filled with lots of amazing natural products and fun stuff for families!

Be Mine Gift Set

Bun Maternity Classic Black Cozy Nursing Hoodie + Cozy Nursing Tee
Wythe and Berry Organic Vegan Creams - Lavender & Chamomile + Lemon & Eucalyptus
La Magie Nail Polish - 1 peel off pink polish + 2 pink wash offs + 1 color lock top coat
Sudsy Dough Moldable Soap - 12 oz. fragrance of choice
Pure Hazelwood necklaces, 1 adult size and 1 child size
Jack N' Jill Bunny Gift Kit
Baby Bump Bundle - Lollacup Straw Sippy Cup
GroVia Hybrid Trial Kit - 1 Hybrid Shell with Hook & Loop Closure + 1 No-Prep Cloth Soaker Pad + 3 Disposable BioSoakers
Revelae Kids Discovery Box style of choice

This giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. One winner will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on Feb. 14th, 2016. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

Strengthen Your Marriage this Valentine's Day with a War Room Gift Basket #FCBlogger

** A huge thanks to Family Christian for sponsoring today's post. All thoughts are my own.

When we think of movies ideal for Valentine's Day, chances are a ton of movies come to mind. Romantic comedies, epic love stories... stories where two people meet and fall in love, presumably living happily ever after. The credits roll before we have the chance to see what happens next. We don't see the ups and downs that love and marriages can bring. We only see the the happy, not the reality. That's why I love movies that show a more realistic look at love and marriage... that show that marriage can be great and worth fighting for, but that it doesn't always come as easily as we see in the movies. Movies like War Room:

Filled with heart, humor, and wit, “War Room” follows Tony and Elizabeth, a couple who seemingly have it all---good jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream home. But their appearances are deceiving: Tony relishes in his professional success and flirts with temptation, while Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. Their marriage is on the verge of crumbling until their lives take an unexpected turn. When Elizabeth meets Miss Clara, she challenges Elizabeth to create a battle plan of prayer for her family by establishing a “war room.” This new film from the Kendrick brothers is a vivid reminder that prayer is powerful weapon. 

If you haven't had the chance to watch this movie, I have to say it is a must watch. Honestly, I am not a person that has to own most movies. Aside from those for my kids, for the most part, I am perfectly content to rent a movie just once. War Room was one of the exceptions, a movie that I just had to own so that I could watch again and again. It has such a powerful message for all of us, but especially for married couples!

Let's be honest, marriage is not always going to be easy. Life throws obstacles in our way that test and challenge even the seemingly perfect relationships. If we want our marriages to survive those rough times, we need to fight using the most powerful weapon we have- the power of prayer!

This Valentine's Day, I wanted to take a look beyond those typical, cheesy romantic gifts like candy and flowers and instead take a look at some gifts that truly can take your marriage to another level. To do so, I went to my local Family Christian store to put together a gift basket centered around War Room. Take a look:

1. War Room DVD. No War Room gift basket would not be complete without the movie that started it all.
2. War Room Soundtrack. I love movie soundtracks- especially Christian films such as this! This CD is the perfect addition to to your War Room themed basket.

3. Burlap Basket. I love gifts that are as practical as they are beautiful, and this basket is just that! Not only is the message of the whole gift kept right down to the basket it's displayed in, but it's handy for storage too!
4. Prayer Wall Sign. There are many great home decor items inspired by War Room, but this happened to be my favorite. I love the idea of seeing this reminder every day to pray big!

5. Pray Big Tumbler. When creating gift baskets, I think it's important to have a good mix of fun and practical. This adorable cup is definitely one of the fun items in this basket!
6. War Room Books. Again there are many books that would be perfect for this gift basket. Personally, I chose perhaps the two most popular- The Battle Plan for Prayer and Fervent. These are both wonderful books that really can help us- both men and women- take our prayer lives to the next level.
7. Prayer Aids. Sometimes we need a little extra motivation and supports to keep our prayers on track. When I say prayer aids, this is just what I mean- products that help make prayer easier and keep us motivated. There are many options available, but for this basket I included a beautiful prayer journal, prayer cards, and perpetual calendar. Other options could include a prayer shawl, rosary beads, etc.

This gift basket may not be your typical Valentine's Day gift. There are no cheesy puns. There are no goofy singing animals. There are no roses or sweets. No fancy jewelry at all. But let's be honest, what usually happens to those gifts? Those cheesy seasonal gifts often end up boxed away if you're a keeper like myself- or they find their way to your yard sale/donate piles. Roses and candy? They don't last more than a few days. Fancy jewelry? Well, personally, mine sits in a jewelry box, only to be brought out for special occasions. Of course, there is nothing wrong with ANY of these gifts, but wouldn't you rather have a gift that has the power to change your marriage? If we take these gifts an the messages from War Room and apply them to our lives and our marriages, they will be better for it. Not just for a day or two but for a lifetime together.

So, this year I encourage you all to think outside the box of chocolates. Pray for your spouse. Pray with your spouse. Use your most powerful weapon and fight for your marriage through prayer.

You can find all these great products and many more to enrich your prayer life and your marriage at Family Christian. See it all and connect at the links below:

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Have you seen War Room? What lessons did you learn from the movie? How do you pray for your marriage and your spouse? 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fall in Love with Learning with Smithsonian Readers {A #LoveIsInTheAir Giveaway Hop}

love is in the air
Welcome to the Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop hosted by Karen’s Got Mail! I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share some awesome giveaways with my readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs listed below and enter some fabulous giveaways, all of which are worth a minimum of $25!


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

When I was a kid, I loved to learn new things. I loved reading. I loved doing science experiments. I loved finding new projects that helped bring learning to life. As a mom, the love of learning is something that I definitely wanted to pass along to my children. The best way to do so? Make learning more fun! Rather than sitting them in front of a book or drilling facts into their heads, I want to do whatever I can to make learning a more interactive experience.

For that, we have found the Smithsonian Books from Silver Dolphin Books! They offer a large variety of books that make learning a truly hands on experience!

There are magnetic books that teach about topics like the solar system or the jungle. Sticker books about animals and wildlife. They even offer fun Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know cards that offer fun facts about a variety of topics divided into grade levels. My children now have several of these fantastic interactive books from Smithsonian and there is not one that they have not absolutely loved!

Today, I'm excited to share with you their newest addition: the Smithsonian Readers:

Smithsonian Readers: Early Adventures Level 1(ages 4 and up) lays the groundwork with simple sentence structure and familiar content, divided into six 32-page topics: Vehicles, Reptiles, Outer Space, Animal Habitats, Insects, and Safari Animals. Full-color photographs highlight concepts in the text, while multiple-choice quizzes emphasize comprehension. A glossary of terms and 36 illustrated fact cards inspire further exploration of young readers’ favorite subjects.

Smithsonian Readers: Seriously Amazing Level 2 (ages 5 and up) builds on the skills developed by the Level 1 reader by introducing varied sentence patterns and more advanced vocabulary, such as contractions, possessives, compound sentences, and three-syllable words. Children can also explore new areas of interest with sections on Nighttime Animals, Sea Life, Dinosaurs, the Solar System, Baby Animals, and the Human Body.

Smithsonian Readers: World of Wonder Level 3 (ages 5 and up) engages burgeoning readers with more detailed content about the world around them: Ancient Egypt, Wild Weather, Rain Forest Animals, the United States, the Planet, and Sharks. The Level 3 reader features additional resources to underline concepts and teach new skills, such as maps, diagrams, and illustrations, as well as more complex spelling patterns and longer sentences.

Smithsonian Readers: Endless Explorations Level 4 (ages 6 and up) combines the knowledge of the first three levels, urging children to apply their newfound skills with subjects designed to challenge them: Predators, Space Exploration, Natural Disasters, World Wonders, Ocean Habitats, and Flight. Fewer photographs encourage readers to focus on the text for information, while pronunciation guides familiarize them with the more complex vocabulary.

Each title in the Smithsonian Readers series features six 32-page sections on high-interest topics, colorful illustrations, multiple-choice quizzes, a glossary, and 36 removable fact cards for additional, on-the-go learning, making these leveled readers the perfect gift for beginning or reluctant readers who are fascinated by history, science, and the world around them.
Whether you're looking for some fun interactive books to add to your homeschool curriculum, or are looking for ways to supplement your child's public/private school education at home, these fun books are going to be a must have addition to your at home library!! 
You can see everything available from Silver Dolphin Books and Smithsonian Institute and connect at the links below:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SilverDolphin, @SilverDolphin

And one very lucky reader is going to win a set of 4 Smithsonian Readers for themselves. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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 Karen’s Got Mail and the Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway.

Give a Unique Valentine's Gift with Couple Tees from Awesome Best Friends Tees {A #HugsAndKisses Giveaway Hop}

Welcome to the Hugs and Kisses Giveaway Hop
February 2-16, 2016

Visit all of the participating bloggers listed below and enter to win sweet prizes on each blog!


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

You might be surprised to learn that- although I love romance and all things feminine, I'm actually not much of a fan of typical Valentine's Day gifts.

Flowers? Pretty, but ultimately, they don't last... it's like throwing money in the trash.
Chocolate? Honestly, I'm not a huge chocolate fan, and again with the cost of special holiday chocolate, it's just not worth it to me.
Jewelry? Okay, I do like jewelry, but not the fancy stuff...and my jewelry box is already overflowing! I can do without more.

Instead, if I'm going to get a gift, I prefer something that I can use long after the holidays are over. But that doesn't mean it can't be romantic- in a fun sort of way. That is just what I found in the couples tees from Awesome Best Friends Tees. Take a look:

Now, anyone who knows me well knows that Boy Meets World is my favorite show of all time. I'm known to quote it at random moments. I've even been accused of naming my Shaun after the show (and my Finnie after Feeney too). Those are just rumors of course, but the truth is I do believe it is one of the absolute best shows ever on television. And my husband, believe it or not, would agree with me! He bought me the entire series for Christmas this passed year, but he rather enjoyed it himself too.

So, when I saw the The Cory To My Topanga/The Topanga To My Cory Best Friends Couples Shirts... well, I knew it would be perfect for my husband and I!

I'll be honest, I'm not usually much of a t-shirt person. On other people, they're great, but on myself I'm not usually a fan! But these tees are so much fun that they have changed my mind!! I love this fun message paying tribute to one of the greatest TV romances of all time, while expressing my own love for my husband and his for me! Aside from style, they're also very comfortable! They feel wonderful on, which as a busy mom is ideal for me! These are quality tees too that I feel will last a long time.... a far cry from a box of chocolates or bouquet of roses!

Couple shirts not your cup of tee? Awesome Best Friends Tees has plenty of options for everyone. In addition to couples tees ranging from Boy Meets World to Harry Potter, they also offer tees perfect for you and your best friend, or just single tees too! You are sure to find a style that suits your personality no matter what your interests may be!

You can see all the styles available and connect with Awesome Best Friends Tees at the links below:

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Follow on Pinterest.
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And one very lucky reader is going to win a tee of their choosing! 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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bible Journaling with Freckled Fawn {A Subscription Box Review & Giveaway} #LOVEGiveaways

We Love Giveaways Giveaway Hop

 Thank you for stopping by the We Love Giveaways giveaway hop hosted by The Anti-June Cleaver and Our Piece of Earth. It's almost Valentine's Day so what better way to spread than love then a fun giveaway hop? We have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a bunch of great prizes that are sure to appeal to everyone. As always, after you have entered a giveaway visit the linky at the bottom of each post to visit the other blogs for more great prizes.


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

One of the questions I am asked most often about Bible journaling is: What supplies do you use?

The answer to that is a long one... I use a little bit of everything! I started out with the basics- colored pencils and some micron pens. But as I became more comfortable in my journaling, I started adding more supplies like paints, stamps, and ink. One of my favorite journaling supplies lately is embellishments! Stickers, die cuts, etc. that are often used for scrap-booking or paper crafts can be really great additions to Bible journaling- especially for those like myself who are not artists! Each time I go to the craft store, I find myself browsing these fun embellishments and while I see so many that I love, I often find myself going to the same styles, the same designs over and over again. Let's be honest, that can be a little boring! One of the things I love most about Bible journaling is that it is a fun way to get creative and step outside of my comfort zone, but if I was always going to buy the same supplies- how is that going to make me think outside the box?

Enter Freckled Fawn with their fantastic monthly OHDEERME Embellishment Kit Club!

Each month, these fun kits feature a variety of embelishments that are ideal for projects like scrapbook, card making, planners... and yes, even Bible journaling!

I was lucky enough to receive January's Capture Kit to try out for myself. The kit was packed full! Take a look:

Inside I found:

+ A roll of phrase washi tape
+ A set of 3 large camera clips
+ A set of felt alphabet die cuts
+ A sheet of dimensional rhinestone stickers
+ A set of colored cork numbers
+ A set of camera wood chips
+ A set of two vellum washi stickers
+ A set of transparency hearts (Lili Niclass for Freckled Fawn)
+ A set of flair badges (RUKristin for Freckled Fawn)
FREE | A doodle scallop pouch

As I said, packed full... and it was all fantastic! As a photography hobbyist, this particular kit was right up my alley and I could not wait to get started creating!

First up, I knew I had to go with the photography theme, so I came up with this idea of 'Focus on Jesus' for Hebrew 12:1-2-

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

For this page, I used the felt letters to spell out my message of the page, using a scrapbook safe glue. I also added a camera wood chip to the message as well. I absolutely love these letters, they are thin enough that they don't add too much bulk to my pages, but give a nice vibrant color and are ideal for someone like myself for whom lettering is a struggle. Next, I used the was washi stickers to add in some fun colors and prints too. I loved how these offered different thicknesses and different styles, but coordinated together beautifully too. The finishing touch was the camera paper clip. I love the added pop of fun and color this added, but also love that it can be moved and used wherever I need it to mark pages as I'm working. I loved how this page turned out, and must say it might be one of my favorites so far!

Next up, I knew these hearts would be ideal for a verse about love... which of course, the Bible is full of! I decided to go with 1 Peter 4:8-

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Now, when it comes to Bible journaling, some people think its okay to cover words and use their journaling Bible strictly as an art Bible. Others prefer to have all the words visible. I tend to be of this second opinion for myself, which is why I loved these tranparency hearts! They gave my pages a ton of color, but still allow me to read through them as well! Absolutely perfect for Bible journaling! I loved these so much they I decided to do a simple two page spread using these hearts and the felt letters to simply spell out 'love'. A simple entry, but I loved the results:

I loved the cork numbers included in this kit and knew I wanted to use them somewhere, but it took me a little time to figure out just where they would make sense. My initial thought was 1 Corinthians ('And these 3 remain...') but unfortunately I had already journaled that passage, so it took a little more thought....
After some thought I came up with a fantastic verse (one of my son's favorites) about forgiveness, Matthew 18:22-

"No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!

For my other two projects, I made a point to stick strictly with the items from the kit to really show you just how much you can do with it, but for this final page, I did use some inks and stamps already in my collection to add a little more color to the background and to add a few words. I again used the felt letters (a favorite in this kit!) and scrapbook safe glue. The dimensional stickers were a fun way to frame my message and give a little something extra to this page too. The cork seven was definitely the highlight here though. I love again how it gave more pattern and more texture to my page.

Overall, I have to say these pages have been some of my favorite to create! They are still 100% my style but there were many items included that I might not have picked up myself! I've never used paperclips in my journaling. I've never purchased any embellishments that required glue. But because these were delivered directly to my my mailbox, I was inspired to use my imagination and think outside of the box.

Each month a new kit is available, meaning more inspiration delivered right to you! Of course, you can purchase kits individually if you'd prefer, but you'll save by subscribing... and that's not the ONLY benefit of joining the club! Subscriber's will also receive:
+ Access to the Subscriber Shop
+ A $5 discount on previous kits
+ A discount on add-on embellishments during subscriber shop hours (the longer you subscribe, the better the discount!)
+ A $1.50 flat-rate shipping on orders during subscriber shop hours
+ Eligible for the monthly Subscriber Surprise
+ Special discounts and offers

Whether it's for Bible journaling, scrapbooking, a planner or more- if you are looking for monthly fun and inspiration, Freckled Fawn is a must see! Not interested in a full kit? Check out their shop for individual goodies too! You see everything they have to offer and connect at the links below:

Shop the Website.
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Follow in Instagram.

And as part of the We Love Giveaways Giveaway Hop Event, one lucky reader is going to win the January Capture Embelishment Kit like I received! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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 The Anti-June Cleaver, Our Piece of Earthand the rest of the bloggers participating in the Natural New Year giveaway hop are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.