A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cool Down with Starbucks {A Giveaway Hop Event} #TastyTreats2018 #giveaway

Thanks for stopping at our Tasty Treats giveaway; the hop is hosted by 
Savings in Seconds.  This event runs through July 2, 2018.  Please hop to all of the linked blogs for more chances to win!


Summertime has arrived! 

Do you have a favorite summer treat? For my kids, it's all about the ice cream! They don't care where its from or what kind as long as it's cold and sweet. They especially love hearing the jingle of the ice cream truck coming down our street. 

For me, nothing can beat my favorite Starbucks frappucinos. They have that great coffee flavor I love... but that chill to cool me down in the hot summer sun! Yum!

Today in celebration of the Tasty Treats giveaway hop, one lucky reader is going to win a Starbucks gift card. Enter using the giveaway form below:

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Make a Splash with Alex & Me on Blu-ray! {A Giveaway Hop Event}

Welcome to the Make A Splash Giveaway Hop hosted by MamatheFox .
From Now through June 30th, hop along to all participating blogs for the chance to win a variety of fantastic prizes. There is no limit to how many you can win so be sure to enter them all!


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.

We've been seeing a lot of rainy days so far this summer. Yuck! We had such great plans of spending so much time outdoors, and now we're having to rethink our ideas! What do we do when the rainy weather keeps us stuck inside!? For us, we love a good movie day and are always looking for great family friendly movies that we can enjoy TOGETHER!

We also love a good sports movie. They always seem to have the best messages--- messages that I want to teach my own children, whether they choose to participate in sports or not.

So, today I am excited to share with you a fantastic new sports movie that your family is sure to fall in love with- Alex & Me:

Teenager Reagan Willis (Agudong) has one dream – to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother, Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes! 
An Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion with a penchant for goal scoring, Alex Morgan is one of the top soccer players on the planet, currently playing forward for the United States Women's National Team and the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League. Away from the field, Morgan is also an accomplished author of “The Kicks” series, a collection of chapter books filled with wonderful messages of empowerment for young girls. The first The Kicks book, “Saving the Team,” debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Fun, right? We couldn't wait to dive in, and it certainly lived up to our expectations. It had everything we love about a good sports movie--- a positive message, a fantastic underdog rising to victory tale, etc. But it also has that little bit of fantasy that makes for a fantastic kids movie. A poster coming to life? How fun is that? 

For those who are already fans of Alex Morgan, chances are this is going to be a must see movie. But what if you aren't the slightest bit familiar with her? Will the movie even make sense? To be honest, I know nothing at all about sports. I don't know teams, I don't know players, I don't know what is in season and what is not. Alex Morgan? No idea who she was before watching the movie... and honestly, it really didn't matter. The story very much stands alone without any prior knowledge on her or even soccer!

Overall, we really enjoyed this movie. It is packed full of fun and friendship... just as a good movie should be! Ready to experience it for yourself? Alex & Me will be available on Blu-ray (SRP $24.98), DVD (SRP $19.98) and Digital (SRP $14.99) on June 19.
Buy Alex & Me here: https://gowatchit.com/watch/movies/alex-me-671289

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

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3 Winners! Pizzer Time Subscription Box Giveaway! $165 TRV!

Who loves pizza!?

Silly question, right? I mean, who doesn't love pizza! Keeping reading this post for a chance to win an amazing pizza prize--- open to select states only! 

Sponsored By: Pizzer Time

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

*3 Winners* Will Receive:

a Pizzer Time Subscription Box with Extras!! 

($165 TRV Giveaway)

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About Pizzer Time:
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Pumping Moms, Free Your Hands with Simple Wishes {+ A Giveaway Hop Event} #HelloSummer

Welcome to the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by Review Wire Media and Chatty Patty's Place! From now through June 29th, hop along to all participating blogs for a variety of fantastic giveaways you can win!


***This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simple Wishes. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own.

Motherhood--- the busiest job in the world!

As moms, there is always something to be done, isn't there?

We have messes to clean, piles of laundry, meals to prepare... a mother's work is never done! And for the breastfeeding mom who has to pump!? Oh yes, that's even more true! While I breastfed both of my children for 3+ years, I must admit I only ever pumped once... and let me tell you, it was tough! I was very thankful that I never truly needed to pump, but that one experience certainly gave me a HUGE amount of respect for the mothers who did! What dedication! Pumping moms are true rock stars!

And they're rock stars that still have lots of other things to get done. Today, I'm excited to share a product that gives them the flexibility to pump hand free so that they can be the total multitaskers that us moms so often have to be- Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra:

The Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra gives moms the valuable gift of time by freeing up their hands for other tasks or allowing them to simply relax while using their breast pump. The patented design is adjustable in size, using high quality Velcro, to sustain a perfect fit over time as a nursing mother’s size changes. Straps and 1” Center Panel included to help achieve the perfect fit !

Oh, think of the things you can accomplish with hands free pumping! You can:

  • Catch up on work!
  • Read a book!
  • Paint your nails!
  • Fold your laundry!
  • Have craft time! 
  • Chop veggies!
  • Eat a snack!
  • Clip coupons!
  • Journal!
  • Browse Facebook/Instagram!

Oh, the possibilities are endless! Whether it's about getting things done that NEED to be done, or finding that spare moment to enjoy the things you love, this pumping bra is GENIUS!

Take a look at some of the wonderful features created to make pumping easier for mamas everywhere:

  • Fully adjustable. As nursing moms we all know that our bodies are constantly changing during our time nursing... even throughout the day we find that our size can fluctuate! That can certainly make finding the right bra size more difficult! The Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra comes with a 10" adjustable Velcro back panel that helps to ensure the perfect fit! You can also change the straps to fit your needs as seen in the video above.
  • Customizable. The bustier style bra has a zip in center panel the the front that allows for 1" of side to side movement so that you can get the perfect position of your pump flanges. Need more room? You can also purchase ans connect more panels to fit your unique needs. No two bodies are made exactly the same, so I love that this helps to create a bra that works perfect for absolutely everyone! 
  • Compatible with All Major Brands. Just like no two bodies are made the same, all breastpumps are a little different as well, but this bra works will all of the major pump brands to include: Medela, Philips AVENT, Lansinoh, Bellema, Evenflo, and Spectra Baby! 
  • No Mess. The bra offers a four-way layering system that offers a reliable, tight seal of breast shields and flanges... which means you don't have to worry about it creating a mess! And it's machine washable too, so there's no special hand washing routine that you have to do! 

Sounds pretty great, right? You can learn more and shop at the links below:

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Elevate Your Summer Style with Bracelets from Lizzy James #ad

***This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lizzy James. All thoughts are 100% my own.

What do you think of when you think of summer fashion?

Maybe you think of beachwear--- cute swimsuits and covers that are perfect for lounging in the sun.
Maybe you are a simple kind of girl when it comes to fashion--- nothing can beat the classic denim jeans and simple tank top.
Maybe you love a loose fitting sundress--- light, airy and oh so pretty!
Maybe you like to keep up with the trends--- rompers and jumpsuits? Yes, please!

Whatever your preferred summer look, we all know that no outfit is ever complete without the proper accessories! In the summertime, for me nothing can beat a big hat (for sun protection!) and a cute bracelet or two! Bracelets can be a fun way to add some color and texture to even the simplest of looks! And I recently discovered a favorite new brand of bracelet that I am thrilled to share with all of you- Lizzy James:

With passion in every piece, Lizzy James creates jewelry that is not only fashionable and comfortable, but also versatile and affordable. Proudly handmade in the USA.

Local artisans? Made in the USA? That all sounds great, but what are they actually like? How is the style? How is the quality? I was recently given the chance to choose a bracelet for myself to try out. Let me tell you, that is a tough choice! There are so many beautiful options to choose from that it was hard to narrow down! Ultimately, I ended up going with the Mini Addison Braided Leather Wrap in Goldplate. To me, braids go with summer like peanut butter with jelly so I really enjoyed that fun style! Once I decided on the style, I then had the chance to choose the perfect color. There are 50+ leather colors to choose from and all are absolutely gorgeous! You can keep it simple with a black, brown or grey or choose from a variety of fun colors to match your personal tastes. I ended up going with a metallic teal. I thought this was a fun color, perfect for summer, but one that also goes well with a lot of my personal wardrobe. I loved the way it looked with the gold too!

But let's talk size! For many of us, purchasing bracelets can be a little risky. Personally, I have very small wrists- childlike even. I have struggled with finding bracelets that fit me well and did not fall off. On the other end, I have had friends who have struggled to find bracelets to fit their larger wrists. All Lizzy James bracelets come with options of Tiny to XXXLarge! That means that no matter our size, we can ALL enjoy these beautiful pieces! 

When my bracelet arrived in the mail, I was very impressed with the quality. I knew this was a piece that I would want to wear often so I was glad to see that it was one that would last--- even around kids! In fact, I have found that since it's arrival, I have worn this bracelet every single day! It's my new go to! 

Not loving the braided style? This is just one of many great styles available! Some are braided, some are not. Some have fun charms, some do not. Some can even be worn as a necklace! Wear them on their own or stack with multiple colors and styles for a super fun summer look! These truly are very versatile piece that I cannot get enough of. 

Want to see more great styles? Check it all out and connect at the links below:

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And right now you can save! Use the exclusive code RANDIKAYE and save 25% on all jewelry and accessories! And your order ships free too! 

Take a look around Lizzy James. What styles are your favorite?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

100 Days of Bible Journaling: Days 57-63

Day 57: Why Do You Doubt?

Doubt. We all do it, don't we? We may not ever doubt that God exists, but that idea that He's got it all handled? Well, that many of us struggle with. We want to put our trust fully to God and hand it all over, but we start to doubt. We start to sink. We wonder about all the what ifs that could go wrong instead of trusting God to make it all work out. I know I do. This is something that I constantly struggle with...

For this page, I wanted to give myself a reminder to stop the what ifs that have a tendency to drag me down... to say goodbye to doubts and just trust in God always. I loved the brighter colors on this page, and how the yellow really popped. Sometimes however in journaling when you use letter stickers you come across the issue of letters running out. It's moments like these you have to get creative and make letters out of other letters...or numbers as the case may be!

Day 58: God's Peace is Perfect

Peace has been a recurring theme in this journal (one of several recurring topics), but I love that because... well, I need the reminder. I need those verses that remind me that in the middle of the storm, there is peace to be found in God. And that peace truly is the perfect peace.

For this page, I really wanted to use that idea of peace in the storm--- lots of blues to represent the rain, and of course some raindrops too. I loved the way this page turned out and I know it is one that i will visit time and time again.

Day 59: You Are Saved By Faith

Have you ever read through all those Old Testament rules they had to follow? Like really, truly read through.. not just skimmed (as it can be so easy to do). My goodness, it's quite the list. I read through again recently and found myself thanking God for Jesus' sacrifice, because there certainly is no way that I could have ever lived up to them. Thank God it is by FAITH, not by works we are saved or none of us would meet the guidelines.

For this page, I wasn't quite sure where to begin. Sometimes when I start a page, I have an exact idea of where I want to go...other times I browse through my die cuts, stickers, etc until inspiration hits. This was one of the latter. I found this 'free in my faith' die cut and I loved that idea. It is through faith we are saved. It is through faith we are free. After that, I found a cute little butterfly and went from there. I often do full page spreads, but for this one, I decided to try something a little different with just some small artwork and plenty of additional blank space so I can add in journaling.

Day 60: Jesus's Rest Is The Best

 Rest is another theme that has been repeated a few times throughout this journal. We get it, right? It's good to rest. It's good to relax. It's good to find time to ourselves to decompress. Rest is good. But I never really stopped to consider that not all rest is equal. Sure, we can go to a spa and we might find some great relaxation. We might vacation at the beach and escape reality for a bit. Those are great. But the rest we find in Jesus? It has a way of transforming. We don't have to escape to the spa or beach, He has the power to give us complete and total rest no matter where we are. Yes, His rest in indeed the best!

For this page, I decided to keep it fairly simple--- a simple aqua background and allowing the words to really speak for themselves. I love the look of the red and aqua together (a favorite color combination) and just the simplicity of it all.

Day 61: God Provides Every Need

I once went to a Christian event with my mom as a child, and heard a lady speak on this very topic. God provides every need. I don't remember the full details of her message or why she had begun praying for it to begin with, but whatever it was--- she found herself feeling down and deep in prayer over the little things... like her desperate need for new underwear. A pretty basic necessity, right? But some that many still put off buying for themselves due to great needs like food and bills. If the old stained and worn ones still do the job, they can wait, right? Still, she found herself praying about it. And you know what happened immediately after she said amen? God answered. Her mother called to let her know she'd caught a great sale and had picked her up a ton of new underwear cheap. Now, is that God's timing or what? For whatever reason, this message has always stuck out to me throughout the years... the reminder that God will always provide our NEEDS. The wants, he may not, but the needs, He has us covered!

For this page, I was struck with this idea that God was the ultimate provider and so I went with that. I created a bold background using the credit card method and used some very simple lettering and stamps for this great message. It's not a fancy page by any means, but such a powerful message! God provides!

Day 62: Adventure in God's Word

Do you ever feel like life is this grand adventure...and you're trying to find your way through the wilderness of it all without a map to guide you! Yes, me too. Life is confusing, it's messy, it doesn't make much sense. I find myself all turned around and don't know where to go. But the Bible tells us we DO have the perfect map--- God's word!! We just have to seek it out and allow it to lead us through our lives as God has intended.

For this page, I initially wanted to do something with maps and incorporate the word 'adventure'... but I realized I had done something very similar on a recent page during this challenge. Instead, I decided to focus on the Bible... I found this great die cut and decided to use it to share that simple message--- let the Bible lead us. Seek God's word and it will lead the way!

Day 63: Set Your Mind Above

There are a lot of distractions in this world, aren't there? We try so hard to follow God, but then things of this world pop up and take our attention away. We've all been there, right? We SHOULD be reading the Bible, but... we have to catch up on that latest episode of (insert favorite show here). Those distractions can keep us from giving our all to God. We have to remember to keep God as the #1 focus in our lives. That doesn't mean we cannot enjoy other things, be it that favorite TV show or catching up with friends via social media... but we must remember where our focus lies and not let these distractions keep us from that.

For this page, I loved this script sticker that states simply 'Lift Up Your Eyes'. What a great reminder to keep our eyes on the prize--- Jesus, that is! Initially I had wanted to incorporate a glasses die cut into this page because well... I love glasses! Unfortunately, it just didn't seem to work. Instead I went with this super cute ribbon clip that featured glasses! Fun, right?

Want to join in the journaling fun? Pick up your copy of '100 Days of Bible Promises' below:

Dinner for Dinos: A Kids Book Review

**Book received for consideration. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own.
Kids love Dinos!

Okay, I don't know if it's ALL kids, but I remember being intrigued by them when I was a kid (thanks in large part to movies like the original Jurassic Park and Land Before Time). Likewise, my own children have fallen in love with them too. They're fun, they're exciting... they're a timeless!

So, why not use dinos to teach and encourage kids about the things that matter... like eating well! Today, I'm sharing a new children's board book that does just that 'Dinner for Dinos':

Dinner doesn’t have to be a disaster - just ask the dinos! Your kiddos will love this silly story about a rambunctious crew of dinosaurs who are making mealtime extra fun while learning how to grow up healthy and strong by eating all sorts of yummy foods. 
Mealtime can be challenging with little ones, and Dinner for Dinos is a fun, exciting way to show your kids that eating healthy foods to grow big and strong doesn’t have to be yucky or scary. 
“My mom says those who eat good foods Will grow up big and strong. I’m eating all the greens I can To make my tail grow long!”
Children everywhere will love joining goofy Stego, Bronto, Raptor, and Rex as they help make dinner, say their prayers, and clean their plates, making mealtime the best part of the day!

Raise your hand if you have a child who is a picky eater!

I have been lucky with my own children that they eat very well, but it seems like most of my mommy friends experience this with at least one of their own children. It is a common struggle among parents. Try as we may to tell our children to eat their veggies, it goes in one ear and right out the other. Ah, parenting... BUT when we approach it with fun, it's more likely to sink in! That's just what this book does! It uses something that kids love- dinosaurs- and creates a fun story that they can fall in love with. It makes shopping and cooking fun. It makes eating veggies to grow big and strong sound more appealing. It even shows proper mealtime manners in saying their prayers and not burping at the table! As a mom, I appreciate the message. As a kid, my daughter just loved the fun characters, the illustrations and the fabulous rhymes. It's easy to follow and remember. And yes, if you watch closely, there's even a short arm t-rex joke in the illustrations- always a big hit in my home!!

If you have a picky eater who loves dinos... or just a kid who loves dinos, this is an absolute must see! My family loved it, and I'm sure yours will too! 'Dinner for Dinos' is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers.