A Modern Day Fairy Tale: August 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teaching Kids About The Bible Made Easy {A Who's In The Bible? DVD Review}

**Product received for review. Post contains affiliate links.

As a Christian mom, teaching my children about the Bible is very important to me. But do you know how you can tell your children something over and over again and it just seems to go in one ear and right out the other? I did not want these important lessons to be among those things. My son loves his bible storybooks, but being a visual kid, he always seems to remember better when he sees something on video. He's a big Veggie Tales fan, but of course we know that while a great show and learning tool too, they take a lot of...creative liberty that keep the shows from being all that historically accurate! So, when I heard of the What's in the Bible series, I thought it might be a great solution. For this review, I was lucky enough to receive a download of What's in the Bible Volume 10: Jesus is the Good News. Let's take a look at what this DVD is all about:

Host Buck Denver and his friends make understanding the Bible easy as they take your family through the stories in What's in the Bible? Volume 10: Jesus is the Good News! Explore the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments, and then learn about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This volume also shares the Gospel and encourages children (and parents) who don’t know Jesus to do so - and to reach out to a friend or Pastor to experience God’s saving grace. 

Sounds pretty great right? It gets better. Remember how I said my son was a big Veggie Tales fan? I was excited to see that creator Phil Vischer created this wonderful series as well. So, it had some of that same great humor...and of course the fun music that we loved from Veggie Tales! Awesome! But where Veggie Tales is very silly and seems to focus more on the moral of the story rather than the historical accuracy, What's in the Bible truly delves into the details of the bible and aims to teach children and help them understand the specifics...and it does so wonderfully! We still have the fun- puppets and cartoons, fun characters (like pirates, cowboys and news anchors) and songs, and yes even some silliness, but at its core it remains educational. Still, with the fun added in, it makes learning about the bible FUN! My son appreciates this much more than me sitting down and merely preaching at him, right? This particular volume even makes a Star Wars reference...a definite plus in my son's eyes!

Let's be honest, the Bible can be quite difficult to understand at times...even for adults! So for kids, it can be particularly tricky! This DVD series breaks it down in a way that is both entertaining and easy to understand- but again in a way that truly teaches, even as an adult that grew up in Sunday School, I feel like I learned from it! This particular volume is an introduction to the New Testament and the importance of Jesus. Now, as a child, I remembered learning about these stories and the messages, but I honestly didn't understand much of it at all... what did it all mean? how did it pertain to ME? I just couldn't make sense of it. The ideas of repentance and forgiveness can be hard concepts for adults to wrap their heads around, let alone children. I honestly feel that would this series been around when I was a child, it would have helped me to make a lot more sense of it all. I am glad that as a mom, I can share it with my child and feel confident that he is not only being entertained, but educated as well.

Whether you are a Sunday School teacher looking for a teaching aid for your students, or a mother like myself who wants to help her children grow in Christ, this is a fantastic option worth looking into. You can purchase this volume as well as the others from Family Christian. We will certainly be purchasing more ourselves!!

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Do you have a child in your life who would enjoy these DVDs? Which DVD do you most look forward to watching? What other ways have you found to teach your children about the Bible?

Disclosure: I received a free download of the episode mentioned in this post in exchange for my review. All thoughts are 100% my own. Post contains affiliate links...which means if you click and purchase these DVDs or any product from Family Christian, I will receive a small commission.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk: A Review & Giveaway {#DarkHopeBook}

Are you or the young adult fiction fan in your life looking for a good book to add to your fall reading list? If supernatural novels are your thing, then boy do I have the book for you- Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies by Monica McGurk. Let's take a look:

About Dark Hope: For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father. Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, high school. Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in her. Soon, Hope's life is filled with questions. What's behind the angry looks she gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who's responsible for sending Hope strange valentines inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this relate to the sinister business of human tracking that operates on the periphery of Hope's suburban world? And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister-and just why does he seem so familiar? In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, DARK HOPE introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of extraordinary love, vast mythological scope, and great moral urgency.

About the Author: Monica McGurk started out writing fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series under the pen name Consultant by Day. She has been recognized for her prequels and alternate versions by her fans, winning the Twific Fandom "Undiscovered Gem" award for Morning Star in 2013. Since her fan fiction days, she has left the consulting firm at which she was a senior partner and remains a full-time business executive based in Atlanta. While this is her first novel of any sort, she has been published in the business press on numerous topics.She is married and the mother of three children, for whom she creates elaborate bedtime stories that sometimes last for over a year. She has already completed her sequel to Dark Hope, which she hopes to publish soon.

My Thoughts: 

Despite having just turned 27 years old, I must confess that I still love reading young adult fiction. Perhaps it's because it's easier to find novels that aren't too 'mature' a subject, or perhaps I'm just young at heart. Whatever the reason, I still love them. Paranormal fiction has always been a particular favorite of mine as well. I'll admit it- I read and enjoyed every single Twilight book! So when I saw that this was a paranormal fiction written by an author who began as a Twilight fan fiction writer, I was intrigued and couldn't wait to dive into the story.

The first thing I noticed about the novel was that, though written and marketed as a young adult novel, it truly did not seem to be so. The main character may be a teenager, but the book deals with some mature themes like human trafficking. Though not inappropriate for an older teen audience, it is certainly something to consider before letting a younger teen read. Still, the story was told wonderfully. Not only was there this great paranormal story, but it also shed light on this very real, very human issue as well. (In fact, a portion of sales from the book support the cause...you can read more about this on Monica's Website.) These two worlds were woven together beautifully to draw the reader in...normally, I cannot say that I'd want to read a novel on human trafficking but with everything else in the story, it drew me in anyway. What a great way to educate readers on such an important topic!

Now, I don't want to give too much away, but I will say this is a great read with a little bit of everything... a great, unique story line, real issues, fantasy, a little romance, drama, action, adventure, mystery...it's all there. If you're anti-Twilight, you might be hesitant to read knowing how the author started, but they could not be more different! If I were to have to compare it to anything, I'd lean more towards Supernatural...but even then it's still completely unique.  If there's one area of paranormal type themes that I'm a little iffy about, it's probably angels...they can sometimes be a little cheesy or just...boring, I suppose...but that's certainly not the case here!

To be honest, the worst part about this book was the ending...not because it was poorly executed but because I wanted MORE! Being Book One, there were many more secrets left to be uncovered and mysteries to be solved! What happens next!? I'm dying to know! I will be waiting (im)patiently for the next installment!!

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And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy of their own! We're going to keep this one very simple- just one easy entry!! Good luck!!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Finley Grace, 12 Months.

12 Months!? Yes, our little miss officially turned a year old on August 19th...and I still don't believe it! How could she possible be so big already!? Aside from turning one, the past month has been a big one for her. Here's a bit of what Miss Fin is up to at 12 months:

  • Finley weighs 22 pounds and is 29.5 inches.
  • She is wearing 18 month clothes, and has a few 24 months that fit pretty well also.
  • She is talking up a storm! She can say mommy, daddy, bubby, Elsa and Anna...all the important people it seems. She has also started saying 'bye-bye' at times.
  • Waving is definitely coming along (in addition to the bye bye). Adorable.
  • She can point to your nose when asked...though only when she feels like it, it seems!
  • She tries to sing the opening to Frozen...it's adorable!
  • If you hadn't figured it out, Frozen is still her favorite. She seems to love it more and more every day! She's obsessed.
  • She likes Disney in general as well, and gets super excited when she sees the opening!
  • Fin is a great eater. Zucchini, blueberries, apples, carrots, broccoli, avocado...she loves it all!
  • She is still a breastfeeding champ, no end in sight! (I will let her wean herself.)
  • She is walking everywhere now, and has been for over a month now. She's got this walking thing DOWN.
  • She's also got climbing down...God help us!
  • She's a very curious and adventurous baby...into everything!
It's certainly been a big month for Finley, and while I am still in shock and disbelief, it is so much fun watching her discover the world! Isn't this age FUN (and perhaps exhausting too!)??

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wear Your Baby Anywhere with Beachfront Baby {Review & Giveaway}

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Ah, babywearing...it's a wonderful thing isn't it? There is nothing like having your little one close to you as you go on about your day to day. When I'm out and about running errands, you can pretty much assume that my daughter is strapped to my chest. I wear her EVERYWHERE. I love being able to get things done, baby in tow. But this summer, I was presented with one challenge where babywearing didn't seem ideal- swimming! I couldn't very well hop into the pool with my soft structure carrier, could I? Absolutely not! But holding a wet, slippery child in the water? Well, that wasn't a good option either. Was I supposed to just skip the water this year? My son thought not. Thankfully, I discovered that there WAS a solution to my water babywearing needs- Beachfront Baby!

What is Beachfront Baby? Let's take a look:

Beachfront Baby water baby carriers are a must have for the summer! 100% polyester jersey mesh lends breath-ability with just the right amount of stretch. The fabric feels like a lightweight, silky swimsuit which keeps it light in the water & dries very quickly. Wear baby in the shower, at the beach, at the water-park or in the pool. This especially comes in handy for keeping your hands free to play with or help older children in the water! Available in our original wrap-style carrier and our NEW ring sling style! Available in 10 fun colors & 3 sizes to fit every parent and every wardrobe!

Beachfront Baby Carriers feature both wrap carriers as well as ring slings. For this review, I received their wonderful sling in Passionberry. The first thing I noticed was how absolutely stunning the color is. I personally like for my carriers to be a cute extension of my personal style, so this fun, vibrant color was ideal. I also loved how lightweight the fabric was...even when not in the water, it was a great airy option for those super hot and humid summer days! Included with the sling was a great detailed instruction booklet. I've done MANY searches on how to properly wear a sling, and found some to be a bit confusing...this one seemed easy to follow for even the newest of sling users! A definite plus!

Now, I'll be honest, while we have other slings and have used them on occasion, typically they aren't my daughter's preferred method of being worn. However, for some reason this one is the exception. I honestly couldn't tell you the reason for this- perhaps the material is more comfortable for her or maybe she just likes the color (she's truly always been drawn to pink), but whatever the reason, she has on several occasions taken it upon herself to bring it to me to put her in! She has never done this with other carriers, so that must be saying something!

Aside from babies comfort, the other important thing is how well it works, and it works wonderfully! Now, I can comfortably keep my daughter safe in the water, while still allowing my little guy to have his fun too! (Of course, it is important to remember to practice safe babywearing always- especially in the water! If new to ring slings, I suggest practicing before taking it to the pool!) And the pool/beach isn't the only place that this awesome sling comes in handy...

Let's be honest- when you become a mother shower time becomes much more difficult. My children have never liked giving me the time to shower on my own. When my husband is home, I usually have him take over briefly, but being married to a military man means that he's not always home...sometimes for days or weeks...and this mama still needs to shower. I've tried putting them in a playpen or an entertainment station type toy, but more than anything, they just want mama! I've taken them into the shower in the past, but it wasn't easy and I found washing my hair to be an impossible task! Now, I can use my Beachfront sling and have a little more freedom to do what I need to do! Seriously, how did I survive without having this for my son!?

Whether you're making a trip to the beach or just want a more productive shower, these water carriers are a perfect addition to your babywearing collection! If you'd like to purchase one for yourself, use the code 
Modern Day for free shipping in the US (10% off shipping outside the US). This offer is good until the end of September.

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Disclosure: I received the product above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.

Give Back While You Shop with Labels for Education + Sweepstakes! {#shop #Labels4Edu #cbias}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Labels4Edu #CollectiveBias

As mothers, there is nothing more important to us than our children's education, right? We send them to school in hopes that they are getting the best education possible. For a mother of a special needs child, education is even more important. We worry not only about the general education as all parents do, but also have to worry about whether or not the school has the resources to bring out the absolute best in our special children. Unfortunately, all too often schools simply do NOT have all the funding they need. Be it arts, athletics or academics, they have to sacrifice some of those needs and wants because there just isn't enough money to go around. Of course, we would love to do something as parents, but the reality is most of us don't have that kind of money laying around either. What are we supposed to do? With the Labels for Education program, we CAN help! By simply purchasing items like cereal, soup, snacks, beverages...even school supplies- items many of us are already purchasing anyway, we can make a difference in our child's school and education!

So, what is the Labels for Education Program and how does it work?

Labels for Education is a super easy program that allows parents and community members to earn free stuff for their school. It's as simple as collecting and clipping UPSs and beverage/sauce caps and sending them to school with your child. There are over 2500 participating products ranging from food products like Campbell's soups and Post Cereals to school supplies from Bic, so there are bound to be products on all of our lists!! By sending these UPCs with your child, their school earns points which can be redeemed for arts, athletic and academic merchandise. In the 40 year history of the program, schools have earned over $114 million in merchandise! How great is that?

To show you just how easy it is to earn points, I made a little trip to my local Walgreens to find some participating products.

Again, with so many options to choose from, it wasn't hard to find! On this trip I picked up a few essentials for our household. First up, some Bic products! I am ALWAYS in need of pencils and highlighters to keep my calender organized (and pencils ALWAYS seem to disappear!). We also tend to keep a can or two of chicken soup on hand for those days when my little guy just isn't feeling well and he wants nothing more than to snuggle...they are the perfect quick meal on lazy days...he particularly likes the fun shapes!!

Just by buying these products we'd be buying anyway, my son's school can earn points to buy items they need to provide the best education possible to their students! How great is that? We don't need to be rich to show our support...we just have to shop! You can even find printable coupons on the Labels for Education website, so you can support your school for LESS!

Want to help your school even more? You don't want to miss the Labels for Education $1 Million Sweepstakes. 1000 schools will each win $1000! That's a lot of much needed equipment! I know that many of you LOVE your sweepstakes, and while you may not win for yourself, how wonderful would it be to provide your child's school with such an amazing gift? Go ahead, enter now!

If you'd like to keep up to date with all things Labels for Education, check out the links below:

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Do you collect Labels for Education for your local school? What are your favorite participating brands and products? Have you entered the sweepstakes!?

Monday, August 25, 2014

#ad Be A Hunger Hero with Champions for Kids {#HungerHeroes}

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Be honest, how many times do you go to the refrigerator, open it up to stare at the contents and quickly proclaim (or think to yourself) that there is absolutely nothing to eat. For most of us, it truly isn't that there isn't anything in the fridge, but simply nothing we want, right?

But did you know that 16 million American children live in poverty? When they open the fridge to find a snack, they truly are greeted with emptiness. They do not have reliable access to the nutritious meals that not only keep them healthy but also help them both academically and socially.

Kinda puts things into perspective a bit, doesn't it? As a child, my family never had a ton of money, but we DID always have food to eat...and for that I am quite thankful. Going hungry is something no child should have to worry about! Champions for Kids agrees. They believe that all children should have: Someone who cares; a Place to belong; Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. All children. They want to make it simple to give children the resources they need and show that helping others doesn't necessarily have to come in large doses, but rather foster a 'habit of giving'. We may not all be able to afford to give a lot at once, but if we all did just a little, those little acts of giving would add up to something big.

This is what the premise of the Hunger Heroes campaign in all about- action. By tapping into the power of giving, we can ALL be superheroes by helping to give the gift of food to those in need. And throughout the month of August, becoming a Hunger Hero to local families in need could not be easier. All you have to do is head to your local Sam's Club and purchase any of the following products:

  • Tyson Fully-Cooked Chicken Nuggets (5 lb. bag)
  • KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 oz, 12 pack)
  • CAPRI-SUN Juice Variety Pack (40 pouches)

    With your purchase, you can help Champions for Kids provide much needed nourishment to children! It's as simple as that! Simply by buying products we might have purchased otherwise, we are helping out...no extra cost to us! (And if these aren't products your family personally uses, perhaps consider donating to a local food pantry? Double the giving!)

    Want to do your part? Head to your local Sam's Club and start shopping!!

    Are YOU a Hunger Hero? How can you make a difference to those children in need in YOUR local community?

  • Goodbye Scissors... Hello Walgreens Paperless Coupons {#WalgreensPaperless #shop #cbias}

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

    Confession of the day: I HATE spending money. Okay, okay...for anyone who knows me that's actually not much of a confession. Cheapskate, frugal, thrifty...however you want to say it, I fit the bill. The less I can spend on something we need, the BETTER! So naturally, coupons have been a big part of my life. Yes, I have been that crazy lady with the huge binder overflowing with coupons. I've never bought multiple papers, but I have met up with fellow couponers and traded for what I needed. And yes, I even have a stockpile. But let's be honest couponing is a lot of work! You have to collect your inserts, clip your coupons, organize your binder, research deals, make your lists... Still, I loved the savings so I made the time! I'd wait until my son was in school so I could clip uninterrupted. And then I had my daughter.
    Suddenly, my carefully planned out coupon time was no more. My daughter required my attention and naturally took priority. I found myself getting further and further behind...and once you get behind with coupons, it can be tough to catch up! Despite my best efforts, I found myself tossing out completely unused inserts away because the expiration dates had come and gone. At one point I realized that my newspaper subscription (strictly for coupons) was no longer paying for itself, so I cancelled it and stuck with the free inserts that come in the mail each week only...and truth be told, many of them were going unused. As much as I missed that savings, I just did not have the time anymore. Even now, as my daughter is nearing a year old, I STILL don't have the time required to clip all those coupons. And when I DO find the time? Well, those little hands are just drawn to all those little paper scraps! (I suppose they look tasty!)
    Still, I also cannot bring myself to pay full price, knowing that there are ways to get them cheaper. So, what is a super busy, super thrifty mommy to do? Thankfully for me, I discovered something even better than plain ol' paper coupons- Walgreens paperless coupons!
    So, what are Walgreens paperless coupons? Unlike traditional coupons, these eCoupons can be 'clipped' to your Balance Rewards account and used towards your purchases. At checkout, you simply scan your Rewards card and the discount is applied. Super easy! And if you're like me and somehow always manage to lose those pesky cards, aside from the actual card, you can also sync your Rewards membership to the Walgreens Mobile App and scan directly from your phone, or punch in your phone number at checkout! Even easier! And still not the best part- many in store coupon programs require you to get on the computer to 'clip' right? Still easier than clipping paper coupons, but I find I often forget to do this before running to the store. (Or having to make an emergency run for toilet paper! Eeek!) With the Walgreens mobile app, you can clip right from your phone...so if you have that unplanned run to the store, you can clip right at the store! (Note: Each coupon can be used only once, and will be removed from your coupon list once redeemed.)
    Now, with the help of Walgreens paperless coupons, I can get the coupon savings I so desire on things like food or beauty or medications, without all the work. Not only am I saving money, but more importantly I am saving time. As much as I love paying less, I love that time savings even more. My daughter's first year has already flown by, and I know these next few years will go by just as quickly. I don't want to look back and wish I'd spent more time playing with my children and less time saving a few dollars. Now, I can save BOTH..as I did on a my most recent Walgreens trip where I stocked up on much needed school supplies! Walgreens Paperless Coupons gave me the same deals I could have gotten in the sales flier...no flier required!! On the money we saved on supplies, we could buy more school pants for my ever growing son!
    To learn more and connect with Walgreens, visit the links below: Visit the Website.

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    Friday, August 22, 2014

    When Life Gives You Messes...Get Viva Vantage! #sp

    Many thanks to Viva Vantage and Walmart for sponsoring today’s story and helping me clean up after my messy kids!

    When it comes to motherhood, there are a few things in life that are absolutely certain:

    • You will love your children unconditionally.
    • You will never pee in peace again.
    • Messes are inevitable.

    Am I right, or am I right? Today, we're going to be talking about that final statement...ah, the messes! They start right from the beginning don't they? Like the time you realized you've walked around all day with the spit up on yourself. Those messes only continue to grow as baby begins the fun experience of solid foods. It never fails that more food seems to make it everywhere else than in their mouths. Then there are the spills of learning to use a big kid cup (or even those leaky sippy cups). And the messes don't end with babyhood. Nope, in fact, I think they STILL continue to grow as your little one does. How many times has my now 7 year old found the last single puddle to jump into? Or attempted to make his own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? And really, does one ever learn to eat spaghetti without the mess...we've yet to see it!

    Try as we might, there's just no way to keep the messes from happening...so I've come to the realization that there's no point in trying! For kids, making the messes is part of the fun of being a kid. Instead of stressing, I try to let them enjoy it while they're little and just deal with the messes as they come. But have you ever tried cleaning peanut butter and jelly off of the table!? Let me tell you something, it's not a task for the weak. Many have tried and many have failed...paper towels that is! For the biggest messes from my little mess makers, plain ol' bargain paper towels just aren't going to get the job done. We needed something different. The solution? Viva Vantage paper towels available at Walmart!

    So, what makes these better than the rest? Simply put, they get the job done! Viva Vantage towels are made with the revolutionary V-Flex Weave, which provides stretch. That stretch is just what is needed to maximize the scrubbing power...allowing for easy cleanup on even the stickiest, slimiest messes! Their sponge-like absorbency means major spills don't stand a chance! Hello, cleaning power!

    With all that cleaning power behind me, I can tackle all the messes life throws my way!! They even make it easy enough that my son can clean up his OWN messes! Want to break up with your old paper towels and come to the Viva Vantage side? You can purchase them at your local Walmart store...or online!

    Do you have a little mess maker in your household? What is the toughest mess they make? How could Viva Vantage help YOU tackle life's messes?

    Super Awesome Lilla Rose Sale- Hurry While It Lasts!!

    Are you a Lilla Rose fan?

    If the answer is yes, then you are not going to want to miss this deal! From now until the end of the day Saturday, you can save on your Lilla Rose favorites! All new products are 10% off and all retiring products are 20% off!!! What a deal! I personally LOVE Lilla Rose and use them nearly daily! Amazing!

    Want to shop? You can shop from our lovely sponsor, Linda Menke here!

    Want the chance to win some free Lilla Rose? Check back in a few weeks for your chance!! (I promise, it's a GREAT one!)

    Managing LBL, Light Bladder Leakage, With Poise {#ad #sponsored}

    Many thanks to Poise for sponsoring today's story, and keeping women everywhere confident!

    When you're expecting, frequent trips to the bathroom are to be expected, right? We've probably all experienced that sudden urge whilst stuck in traffic (because it's always in traffic) or received that swift kick right to the bladder that had us wondering if we were going to make it in time. Some may have even had that experience where they did NOT make it in time- a sudden sneeze or laugh out loud moment. Embarrassing, sure but it's all part of the territory. We deal with it and maybe even laugh about it because we know it's only temporary...isn't it? What they failed to tell us (because frankly, who wants to talk about it!?) is that for many light bladder leakage does NOT end with pregnancy. For millions of women (one in THREE!), it is an ongoing issue, not just related to pregnancy.

    The following are common causes of Light Bladder Leakage taken straight from the Poise website:

  • Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
  • Being overweight
  • Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease
  • Bladder or urinary tract infections
  • Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)
  • Now, thankfully I've been quite lucky to not have had to deal with this post pregnancy, but I know many moms who HAVE. Why does no one tell us about this!? As moms, we have enough to worry about when we're out and about don't we? We have to make sure we remember to pack a fully stocked diaper bag, make sure the kids are occupied and behaving, run the daily household errands...worrying about our bladder turning on us? No, that should not be a part of our daily life! Some turn to feminine products to protect themselves but that's just not comfortable...and certainly doesn't make us feel like the strong, confident women we are, does it? So perhaps you use nothing at all, and merely hope for the best? But what if those little leaks DO occur? There has to be a better solution, doesn't there?

    Today, I'm happy to tell you...THERE IS with Poise Microliners. These liners are shockingly thin and feature SAM...a Super Absorbent Material designed for LBL protection that keeps you dry and comfortable as you go through your day. They are the thinnest liners for light incontinence and are designed to absorb wetness, neutralize odor and stay three times drier than period liners. Finally, you can get the protection that makes you feel more confident without feeling like you're wearing...well, a diaper! Wear what you want to wear, what makes you feel comfortable without fear of leaks!

    But of course, I don't want you to just take MY word for it...I want you to try them for yourself. And the good news is, you can! For FREE! That's right, you can head over to the Poise website and request a free sample! Be sure to check it out and see what Poise can do for your confidence when dealing with Light Bladder Leakage in your daily life!

    What are you waiting for? Request your FREE SAMPLE today!

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Going Green for Back to School {August Natural Living Blog Carnival}

    Welcome to the August 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Your School Year.
    This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are getting ready for back to school. Stop by all of the posts listed at the bottom of mine to get ideas on how you can make simple changes to make the school year more eco-friendly and natural.


    It's hard to believe it's already time to send the kids back to school! Didn't summer just begin? Here in our area, students actually returned nearly a month ago, due to a modified school year. Today we're talking about starting the school year off green. There are many ways we can do this- from using greener school supplies to essential oils to aid in studying and concentration. But perhaps the easiest way to green the school year is to take a look at your child's lunches! Personally, I prefer sending my kiddo to school with a packed lunch for a few reasons. First of all, the price. School lunches can be kinda high (for not a lot of food/food my kid prefers), but I can generally buy everything needed for a fantastic lunch a bit cheaper. Second, it gives me complete control and knowledge of what my son is eating. We are trying to eat better and really limit the amount of 'junk' when we can. By packing my son's lunch, I know just what he's getting and where it's coming from. Now that you know why I like packing a lunch, here are a few tips for keeping the lunchbox green:

    • Skip the Brown Bag. Seriously, does anyone use these anymore? Kids love fun lunchboxes with their favorite characters more than a boring old paper sack anyway! They are quite inexpensive and can be used for years to come. 
    • Ditch the Plastic Baggies Too. This is again a great way to not only BE greener, but save green too. You're literally throwing money in the garbage. Instead, consider reuseable options. You can get super cool divided lunch sets, or keep it simple with eco-friendly containers. My personal favorites are little cloth snack bags...I find them much easier to fit into smaller nooks and crannies.
    • Keep It Healthy. Kids may love those convenient little lunchables...but they really aren't the healthiest (or greenest) option. Instead consider a healthy sandwich or wrap with lots of fresh fruits and veggies. My little guy also loves yogurt in his lunch!
    • Make Your Own Lunchables. I recently heard a fabulous tip from another mommy that I thought was absolute genius. Why do kids love lunchables so much? It's the fun packaging, right? So buy one, and once the contents are gone, wash it and make your own! Your little one can get that fun packaging they desire, while you choose the healthy foods they need. It can offer a great lesson in recycling as well.
    • Keep it FUN! Just because it's good for them and eco-friendly, doesn't mean it shouldn't be fun too! Use bright colored containers, or ones featuring their favorite characters. Choose brightly colored foods, or use fun cutters to create cool shapes. Hide a note or another hidden surprise. If you make lunchtime a fun experience, they will come to love what they're eating...no junk required!
    These are just a few very simple ways to create a green lunchbox, what ideas do YOU use? What other ways have you found to keep the school year green?

    Visit Happy Mothering and to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival! Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    The Man Behind the Shave {With Gillette Flexball Razors} #SmoothSummer #shop #CollectiveBias

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SmoothSummer #CollectiveBias

    There's just something about a military man isn't there? The uniform, the muscles, the haircut and clean shave...what is it that makes women go absolutely crazy? To be entirely honest, before meeting my husband, I didn't get that whole 'man in uniform' fascination. Seriously, be it cammies, a suit or jeans and a tee, what difference did it really make? After meeting my husband, that changed. Finally I got it. I realized that it really WASN'T the uniform or the clean cut look that caused women to swoon...it was what those things stood for! Suddenly, instead of seeing merely a uniform, I saw strength, courage, devotion. I saw a man who would do whatever it took to take care of those things that were important to him- his country, his brothers in uniform and our family. A man who was willing to put his life on the line to fight for what he believed in. A man willing to work long, hard hours to provide the best life possible for his family. I found that the clean shave of a military man said a lot more about him than where he worked.
    In the military, a clean shave doesn't just look better- it's required. It's part of the uniform. For most- my husband included- that means he has to shave each and every day, no exceptions. Needless to say, a GOOD, high quality razor is an absolute must. It has to get the job done, and it has to do it well. So, we took a little trip to our local Walmart to find a shaving solution, which we found with the Gillette Flexball Razor.
    What makes the Gillette Flexball Razor a good choice for your military man? Let's take a brief look at some key features:

    • Flexball Technology. Let's get real, a man's face is not a straight line, right? This new technology responds to contours, enabling blades to pivot front to back and side to side. This allows you to reach hairs that other razors may miss, giving you the best shave possible.
    • Low Cutting Force Blades and Blade Stabilizer. The greatest technology in the world means nothing if the blades are no good, right? These new blades have a thinner and finer edge and low-resistance coating that allow them to cut hair easily with less pull and tug. The blade stabilizer maintains optimal spacing while still allowing to respond to the contours.
    • Comfort Guard and Lubrastrip. The streamlined comfort guard helps to channel any excess shaving cream, allowing the blade more contact with the skin for a closer shave, while the Lubrastrip is infused with mineral oil and lubricating polymers for a smoother, more comfortable shave.
    • Precision Trimmer. A shave wouldn't be complete without all the edges being touched up. The improved precision trimmer does just that!

    Just looking at the great features available, it's no surprise to see why Gillette is a favorite for MY military husband is it? It truly gives him that clean shave look that he requires for work! But, as many of you already know, my husband's time in the military is quickly coming to an end. After 11 long years in the service, he will be saying goodbye and entering the civilian workforce. But he won't be leaving the military behind completely. He'll be taking the skills and traits the military has taught him and applying those wherever he ends up. He will continue to work hard and do whatever it takes to provide for us. While a clean shave may no longer be requirement for him, it will certainly be an asset. It will allow him to put his best foot forward and to show his pride in himself and his work. It will allow future employees to take one look at that clean military look and be reminded of the type of man they could be hiring.

    Whether your man is in the military, on the job hunt, or just likes a clean face...Gillette Flexball Razor is a great solution. You can find out more and connect with Gillette at the links below:

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    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Finley Grace is ONE!!!

    It seems like it was just yesterday that we brought our sweet girl home from the hospital, and yet here we are on her first birthday! Where did the year go? We have been so incredibly blessed with such an amazing wonderful child! 

    As many of you may know, just one month before I became pregnant with Miss Fin, we suffered an early miscarriage. It was a pain I don't wish upon anyone. We were beyond lucky to have conceived again so quickly, and yet I recall a few instances in those late stages of pregnancy thinking I could have been done already...we could have a baby in our arms instead of in my belly. But it wouldn't have been THIS baby. While I still mourn for that loss, I have no doubts in my mind that Finley is the child God intended for us, and we do not take that for granted. She is truly the perfect addition to our little family and though she's only been here one year, we could not imagine our life without her.

    It's been a big month for Miss Finley, and I will share more about her progress later, but for now I just want to say:

    Happy Birthday, Princess!!! 

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Celebrate Your Baby Bump with Green Scene Mom {A Giveaway}

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