A Modern Day Fairy Tale: April 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn't Quit {A Book Review & Giveaway}


**I received a copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own.

Are you a quitter? 

Let's be honest.... how many projects have you started that remain unfinished? Maybe you bought all the supplies for a fantastic Pinterest project or five that you just had to do, but lay half finished collecting dust? Or maybe you're guilty of starting a book and giving up half through. Or setting a goal for fitness or weight and giving up when the going got tough. Maybe you start writing a story and leave it unfinished halfway through.

I've never really considered myself a quitter... but when I actually think about it...wow, I quit a lot! We have a little bit of that in us, don't we? We like it when things are easy, but when things get tough it's just so much easier to bail out than stick with it. Am I right?

Yes we know that 'quitters never get ahead' and all those cliches out there... but when you're in the midst of it, it's hard to remember that and keep pushing through.

Does this sound like you? If so, 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn't Quit is a must read:


Have you ever gotten to the place where you just couldn’t take it anymore?
 
Dreams. Programs. Jobs. Relationships. There are so many different areas where we feel like calling it quits.
 
It’s time for an honest conversation on how not to give in to the temptation to give up.
 
Nicki Koziarz is a woman who has thrown in the towel a time or two. In fact, she’s quit just about everything in her life. But with God’s help, she’s discovered a few habits that have helped her and others conquer the choice to quit.
 
5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit will enable you to:

  • Evaluate the internal personal struggles that make you want to quit.
  • Cultivate consistent habits to help you progress toward your goals.
  • Receive a fresh dose of perspective from the Bible that will help you develop perseverance. 
You are not made to quit! Join Nicki as she identifies five habits to help you keep going no matter what struggles may come your way.

If you've ever felt the desire to give up, if you have goals you set that never were reached, if you have piles of projects that were started but never completed- this book is for you. Nicki Koziarz uses a beautiful mix of real life stories and Biblical truths to help you quit your quitting ways! She herself admits to being a quitter so you won't be made to feel as though you're being lectured...personally, when I read these types of books this is something that is important to me. I prefer reading a book by a peer who has struggled the same struggles and learned from them, rather than someone who only wants to tell me how I've done wrong. This one certainly does that!

5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn't Quit is available to purchase now.

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

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired By Alice's Adventures {A Review}


**I received a copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own.

It's no secret by now that I love adult coloring books, is it? 

Love might not be strong enough...perhaps a little bit obsessed is more accurate!!

There truly is something about that simple act of coloring that can take you right back to your childhood. Don't we all need a little bit of that? A break from bills? A break from stresses? A break for adulting...for just at a few minutes at least! For so many of us, that is just what these coloring books provide! What better way to escape the real world for a bit than to escape to Wonderland?

Today, I'm excited to share with you a fabulous new coloring book that will allow you to do just that, Wonderland-A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice's Adventures by Amily Shen:



Follow the White Rabbit into this imaginative coloring book inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings by acclaimed artist Amily Shen. Meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter's tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts in this evocative tale that invites you into a strange and beautiful new world of coloring.

When I was a kid choosing coloring books usually meant going with a character I loved... like Disney princesses for example! For my own kids, it's the same. My daughter usually reaches for princesses or Minnie Mouse where my son goes for Thomas or Minions. Why should that change as we grow up? With this coloring book, we don't have to. Alice in Wonderland is one of those stories that people of all ages love! Both my kids and myself enjoy the old Disney cartoon...even my husband enjoys it! It's a timeless story of magic and whimsy that truly is reflected beautifully in this coloring book! 

When I sit down to color, I find I often have two different extremes that I go to. When I don't have a ton of time or when my hands are bothering me (as they often do), I want something that is a little more simple... basic details that are beautiful but a little easier on me as a colorer. At other times I have a little more time to devote to it and really want to get into those finer details that many adult coloring books are known for. I felt that this coloring book had a pretty good balance of both rolled into one. Some pages are more intricate while others were a little more simple.

There are 80 pages to color, and all of them are absolutely beautiful. The pages are high quality and thick, which is a quality I personally look for in my coloring books. I cannot speak to how the pages do with bleeding markers, as I tend to prefer using colored pencils myself, but they seem as though they would do okay! Throughout these pages, you will find all of these fantastical creatures that we all know and love from Alice in Wonderland. But more than just coloring pages, it tells the story too... it's not a detailed story but rather a shortened and paraphrased snippet, but together with the images truly works to retell this amazing tale!

Wonderland is available to purchase now.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bible Journaling for Autism Awareness Month #DifferentNotLess

One of the things that I love most about Bible journaling is that it truly gives me the chance to show how I apply certain Bible verses to my life. Yes, some of my entries are more vague- just made to look pretty more than any interpretation of any kind... but others depict what I'm feeling as I'm journaling. Like the pages I've done for my son.

Today, in honor of Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to share a few of those pages with all of you.



For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11

When your child receives a diagnosis of autism, there is a lot of uncertainty that can come along with that. Will my child ever speak? Will he communicate? Will he be able to live on his own? Will he marry and have a family of his own? There are no guarantees... but this verse serves as a reminder that God has plans for us and for our children that our greater than any of those that we may have had.

This was one of the very first pages I did in my Bible and one that I come back to often! It may be very simple, but it's a verse that meant a lot to me in regards to my son, and that simplicity was all that I needed!



As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.- John 9:1-3

This may be one of my absolute pages I've done in my journaling Bible yet... because it means so much to me in many ways. This page is ALL my son. First up, it's science! My son loves science, so the idea of gold (AU) for autism acceptance (as an alternative to blue which is the color of Autism Speaks- an organization that we as an autism family do NOT support) was just so fitting, and I wanted to incorporate that into this page. So, I created this page referencing the periodic table of elements in a fun way, as a reminder that God is awesome, and that again, this is all just part of his plan and how he created my son to be. I added in some gold puzzle pieces to bring the autism in even more and just used lots and lots of gold (one of my favorite colors to journal with anyway). It perfectly captured my son and my views on this particular verse. I love it!


These are just a few pages that I've done personally, but here are a few more verses that you may find useful, both for autism and other special needs.

But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”- Romans 9:20

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. -Psalm 139: 13-14
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. -Proverbs 3:5 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. -1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Celebrate Your Super Mom with a LovePop Giveaway #OtherMother #sp


Welcome to the Super Mom Giveaway Hop hosted by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island

It's almost Mother's Day!! We're celebrating with a giveaway hop! Every participating blogger is offering a fantastic prize valued at $15+ that is perfect for the mom in your life- including you!! Hop along and enter them all.

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 Have you been searching for the right Mother's Day Card for your mom, but just can't seem to find the one that is special enough for the special woman that she is? Let's be honest, there may be a lot of great cards on the market, but they just don't have the wow factor that moms deserve.

For that, LovePop cards is just what you need!


Take a look at what sets LovePop apart from other cards on the market:

A Lovepop is more than a card. The intricate 3D paper sculptures are designed by naval engineers on cutting edge software and then hand-crafted in the Asian art form of sliceform kirigami.

Whether it’s to thank your aunt for never telling your parents about that one time, or appreciating your teacher for never giving up on you; send a LovePop card that is as unique as the story you share with your “Other Mother”. 

What we offer:

  • Each piece of paper art is hand-assembled for impeccable finish craftsmanship
  • Add a personalized, hand written message 
  • Add custom inserts into your cards to create that little bit of creative flair needed to fit the moment
  • Create an entirely custom card to suit any occasion
  • Order online 
  • International Shipping

These beautiful cards truly are a work of art that every mom in your life will love!

And it's not just your real moms, LovePop wants to honor the Other Mothers in your life too- the women who have inspired and taught you, brought you encouragement and been there when you needed them.



Share the story of YOUR Other Mother hereEVERY Other Mother submission will receive a special Love Pop card sent to their Other Mother. Pretty amazing, right? And to show their thanks to every mother this year, 3 lucky submissions will be selected to have a Love Pop gift basket sent to them! All it takes is a few minutes to share their story and remind them how much they mean to you!!

Do you have a mother in your life that would love a LovePop card? Take a look around and let me know what card you would love to send. And don't forget to go here and nominate your Other Mother so that they can get their FREE LovePop too!!




And I am giving one very lucky reader the chance to receive TWO LovePop Cards to send to someone special in their life!! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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, April 25, 2016

Mommy Scene Spring Baby Shower Faves Giveaway

We are excited to help announce the second annual Mommy Scene 2016 Spring Baby Shower Faves featuring a wide variety of baby shower gift ideas; mom-favorites, best sellers, and basic must-haves for families! Whether you are a seasoned mom or a brand new mom, these products can help make life easier, more Eco-friendly, and some of them are just plain adorable!
2016 Spring Baby Shower Faves - Mommy Scene and Green Scene Mom
Check out the Spring Baby Shower Faves full details here ». Many of the "Fave" brands are offering a prize in what's possibly our biggest giveaway of the year! Enter to win one of the FIVE Gift Collections featured below!

Gift Collection 1 - Baby Shower Faves

Faves Gift Collection 1

Gift Collection 1 Prizes:

  • Mama Strut Maternity Support System
  • See Kai Run Smaller Steps
  • Refresh-a-Baby Bottle Top
  • Psi Bands Nausea Relief Band
  • Pello Luxe Floor Pillow
  • Baby Eco Squeak Wash (Soap Free)
  • timi & leslie Marcelle 7 Piece Designer Diaper Bag Set
  • Pacific Baby Natural Toddler Feeding Spoons
  • Baby Bump Ball
  • Poli Sippy Cup

Gift Collection 2 - Baby Shower Faves

Faves Gift Collection 2

Gift Collection 2 Prizes:

  • Matimati Baby Bamboo Washcloths
  • Smoothly Divine Tee-shirt Nursing Bra from Melinda G Nursing Bras
  • Momma's Jewels Sterling Silver Teething Necklace
  • Withings Home Baby Monitor
  • Pacific Baby Natural Feeding Bowl & Cup
  • Covered Goods Nursing Cover
  • Milkies Milk-Saver
  • Stoh Lunch Tote by Milkdot
  • Handsocks Baby Mittens
  • Diaper 911 Diaper Changing Kit
  • Mindful Soap Shea and Avocado Body Cream

Gift Collection 3 - Baby Shower Faves

Faves Gift Collection 3

Gift Collection 3 Prizes:

  • Cezara Belly Support Panty
  • DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag
  • organicKidz Thermal Stainless Steel Food Container
  • Crane Bumblebee Cool Mist Humidifier
  • LullaBelay Car Seat Strap System
  • Goodnight Little Me Giftset
  • BabySpa Lullaby Pampering Cologne
  • Doodle Pants
  • Halo SleepSack Swaddle
  • MAM Bottle Brush
  • Portable Easy Seat
  • Matimati Baby Bandana Bibs
  • Ubbi World Fashion Diaper Pail

Gift Collection 4 - Baby Shower Faves

Faves Gift Collection 4

Gift Collection 4 Prizes:

  • Back Buddy Support Pillow
  • My Early Steps
  • Pearhead Baby Memory Book
  • Cozy Sun & Bug Cover
  • 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottle
  • Revelae Kids Cozy Sleeper & Blanket Pouch
  • Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten - Glow in the Dark
  • Beachfront Baby Sling
  • Babee Talk Eco-Teether Crib Rail Cover
  • BabySpa Calming Eczema Relief Cream
  • Mama Strut Postpartum Care System

Gift Collection 5 - Baby Shower Faves

Faves Gift Collection 5

Gift Collection 5 Prizes:

  • Yummi Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches
  • UnderBib Baby bodysuit
  • The Baby Pallet
  • Blooming Baby Bath
  • BabySpa Soothing Face Cream
  • #BabyLove: My Social Life Book
  • Baby Elephant Ears
  • See Kai Run Smaller Crib Booties
  • Breganwood Pale Rose Koala Hooded Towel
  • Wristy Buddy teething wristband
  • NogginStik Developmental Rattle

Enter for the chance to win one of these FIVE Gift Collections!

This giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. FIVE winners (1 for each gift collection) will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on May 31st, 2016. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Celebrate Your Other Mother with LovePop Cards #sp #OtherMother



Mother's Day is almost here and naturally we're all thinking about how we can honor the most important woman in our lives- our mothers! We celebrate everything they have done for us through cards, gifts or a phone call to let them know we are thinking of them on this day. Honoring your mother on Mother's Day is wonderful of course, but what about those 'Other Mothers' in your life? Why don't we honor them too?

So, what is an Other Mother?

Maybe it’s a step mother or mother-in-law who doesn’t fit that simple definition of mom, but she has been a wonderful addition to your life, and you never quite stopped to tell her.


If you’re a mom, maybe it’s the village of women helping you to raise your children – the new mom friends in the neighborhood who pick up the kids when you can’t or the old friends who pour you that second glass of wine.


Or maybe it’s a teacher who has taken countless children under her wing, who is a surrogate mom to so many she doesn’t even realize her impact.

An other mother can be truly any woman who has made a positive impact on your life. A woman who has been there for you when you needed her, who has been a friend, a mentor, an inspiration. She is a woman who did not birth you, but plays a huge part in your life nonetheless.

Do you have an Other Mother in your life?

Personally, I am lucky enough to have two.




First up is my mom's best friend, Diane. My mom first met her when my oldest sister was in preschool with her son. Nearly 30 years ago. They quickly became friends and throughout our childhood, we were always together. She would take care of us on days when we were sick and my own mom had to work. We would all go shopping together. We took family day trips together. When I was 18 years old and Diane moved out of state back to her own hometown, not only did we help them pack and move, but I actually went and stayed with her for several months. Looking back at my childhood, her home truly was another home to me and my sisters. And as a grown up, I have found that while I am very much like my own mom, I have certainly learned a lot and picked up traits from her as well. When I have big news, she is among the first on my list to call. She truly has been like a another mother to me throughout my life and I consider her not to be my mom's best friend, but a member of our family. Words cannot explain how much she means to me and how blessed I am to call her my other mother.




The next is my mother in law Lisa. Now, I know that many people don't have great relationships with their in laws, but I've been blessed with some pretty great ones. You see, when my husband and I were first engaged and married, there were a lot of people in our lives that didn't approve. They felt we were jumping in too quickly and didn't know each other well enough- after all, we hadn't met in person but a few weeks before becoming engaged and just months before being married. Still, from the beginning, my MIL welcomed me into the family with open arms. She accepted me as one of her own and made me feel right at home. With my social anxiety, I actually have a really difficult time feeling comfortable with most people- even those I've known for years- so this truly is saying something. We bonded over our mutual loves of yard sales, coupons, vintage Pyrex and Hoarders. She has been a constant source of love and encouragement who has truly made such a difference in my life. I am so lucky to have such an amazing mother in law whom I can also call a friend.

While these other mothers will never replace or compete with the relationship I have with my actual mother, they are relationships that I treasure and that have impacted my life for the better. These are women I admire and love, and who deserve a little recognition too.



Want to recognize the Other Mother in your life? LovePop cards wants to help!


Share the story of YOUR Other Mother here. EVERY Other Mother submission will receive a special Love Pop card sent to their Other Mother. Pretty amazing, right? And to show their thanks to every mother this year, 3 lucky submissions will be selected to have a Love Pop gift basket sent to them! All it takes is a few minutes to share their story and remind them how much they mean to you!!

From real mothers to Other Mothers, LovePop has the right card for EVERY mother in your life! These cards are so much more than a typical card you'd pick up at the grocery store. They are a work of art that are sure to bring a smile to all who receive them.





Take a look at what sets LovePop apart from other cards on the market:

A Lovepop is more than a card. The intricate 3D paper sculptures are designed by naval engineers on cutting edge software and then hand-crafted in the Asian art form of sliceform kirigami.

Whether it’s to thank your aunt for never telling your parents about that one time, or appreciating your teacher for never giving up on you; send a LovePop card that is as unique as the story you share with your “Other Mother”. 

What we offer:

  • Each piece of paper art is hand-assembled for impeccable finish craftsmanship
  • Add a personalized, hand written message 
  • Add custom inserts into your cards to create that little bit of creative flair needed to fit the moment
  • Create an entirely custom card to suit any occasion
  • Order online 
  • International Shipping





Do you have a mother in your life that would love a LovePop card? Take a look around and let me know what card you would love to send. And don't forget to go here and nominate your Other Mother so that they can get their FREE LovePop too!!




Want to try LovePop for yourself? Order online for Mother's Day orders, and check back on Tuesday, April 26th for the chance to WIN!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with a Cloth Diaper Giveaway!



Happy Earth Day!


Today, we're celebrating all the great ways that we can go green and make choices that are better for the planet- a topic that I've always personally loved! There are many ways that we can live a little greener- from eating green to ditching disposable to greening your cleaning... but I have to say one of my favorite ways to go green- at least when it comes to little ones- is cloth diapering!!

I seriously love cloth diapering!
Not only is it better for the environment and the bank account, but they're crazy adorable too! While my daughter is getting closer and closer to potty training, I mist admit there's a little bid of sadness that comes with knowing our days of cloth diapers will be over before too long! (That's a sign of a true cloth addict!)

So, to celebrate Earth Day and my love of cloth, I wanted to do a special giveaway for all of you! I will personally be giving one very lucky reader TWO Smarti Pants cloth diapers!! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Go Green & Save Green: Easy Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home #EarthDay



With earth day coming up tomorrow, now is a great time to take a look around and find ways in which you can make your home and life a little more eco-friendly! Personally in my family, we still have a lot of areas where we can improve, but we've also made a lot of great progress in becoming a more green family as well. One thing I found to be a wonderful benefit for us in making these changes is that they often end up saving us money!! Here are a few changes we have made that have been better for the earth...and our pocket book!!




Green Your Laundry

I absolutely love our HE washer and dryer! They use less water and gas to run each load, saving us money on our monthly bill! I also make sure to try to only run full loads when at all possible...however, on those rare instances where I have to do a smaller load, my washer will sense the load size and adjust the water accordingly. If you don't have an HE washer, always be sure that you set the water level to the appropriate load size to avoid overusing. We also wash in cold water when possible. If you are in an area where you can hang a clothesline, this is also a great option! (I wish we could!!) Not only do you save on the gas/electric it would have taken for the dryer, the sun is also a wonderful natural stain remover. If you have to use the dryer, consider switching out your fabric softener for wool dryer balls. They speed up drying time so again you use less energy!




Switch Out Shower Heads and Faucets

Did you know that they make eco-friendly options designed to reduce water usage? I'll be honest, when we first switched I worried that the water pressure would suffer- less water/less pressure, right? But we actually love ours, and could not tell you the difference! We don't need to be in the shower any longer than we did before, but we're sending less money straight down the drain!!

Ditch Disposables

Think about how many products we buy that eventually end up in the garbage...paper towels, food storage, diapers, razors...just to name a few. For most everything disposable, there is a typically a more eco-friendly reusable option. You can switch out as much or as little as you'd like, each little bit will make a difference. For us personally, we typically use kitchen towels instead of paper and Tupperware type containers for leftovers when possible. We use cloth diapers and wipes. My husband even uses a straight razor in place of disposables. Switching to reuseable can often be a bit price-y in the beginning, but ends up saving a ton of money in the long run!




Green Your Cleaning

Vinegar and baking soda are the two primary ingredients I use for nearly all of my cleaning. They're inexpensive, nontoxic and they clean just about anything. Not only does making my own cleaners mean they are chemical free- it also means that we aren't throwing away bottle after bottle, just filling them back up!!

Open The Windows.

Obviously this is not always an option, but when it is, take advantage. Turn off the heat/air and let in the fresh air!



Reuse Shopping Bags

I'll be honest, while I have quite a nice collection of adorable, reuseable shopping bags- I also have this awful habit of forgetting them in the car...assuming they've even made it that far! So, when that happens, I save those plastic bags and use them for bathroom trashcans, so at least they are getting a bit more use!! Having a yard sale this spring? They also come in quite handy for that!!

Switch Your Light Bulbs

Sure, energy efficient Light Bulbs are more expensive, but they save you money on your power bill...and last much longer! We rarely have to switch out our bulbs- in fact, we have one lamp-used daily- that has had the same bulbs for 2 years and still going strong. Certainly worth the extra money!




These are just a few great ways that we have found to make our home a little more eco-friendly! What other ways have you found?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Be Summer Bug Ready with @TheOrkinMan {Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit Giveaway} #LearnWithOrkin

Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.

Check out these fun features you are sure to love:

• Are you prepared for mosquito season this year? Take the quiz to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.

• Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.

• Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!



About Orkin Mosquito
Are you prepared for mosquito season this year?

At Orkin, we use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

Orkin on Facebook: facebook.com/OrkinPestControl 
Ask The Orkin Man® on Twitter: twitter.com/TheOrkinMan 
Orkin YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/OrkinVideo

But, if you have a child like my son...bugs aren't all bad! We may not like mosquitos, but he does love exploring nature and finding fun and interesting bugs in the wild. To help make that more fun, Orkin is giving one lucky reader a chance to win a fantastic Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit-




The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:

2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!

2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.

2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.

2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.

Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.


Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


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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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bible Journaling: Music Edition

I love music. 

Especially Christian music. Oftentimes when I'm facing challenges I find that I don't just have my go to scriptures, but I have my go to songs too! Naturally, when I started Bible journaling I wanted to incorporate some of those favorite songs into my pages as well. In fact, some of those pages have become some of my absolute favorites!

Today, I wanted to share a few of these pages with you. Some I have shared before, others I have not. Take a look at some of my music inspired journaling:
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)


You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

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Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior



At The Cross (Love Ran Red)

At the cross
At the cross
I surrender my life
I'm in awe of You
I'm in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
And my sin washed white
I owe all to You
I owe all to You Jesus


Here I Am To Worship
Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You're my God
Altogether lovely, altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin up on that cross
I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin up on that cross



He Knows My Name
I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name oh, oh,
He knows my name oh, oh


God of Wonders

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are Holy, Holy
The universe declares your Majesty
And you are holy holy
Lord of Heaven and Earth
Lord of Heaven and Earth


Classic Hymns


Do you love journaling your favorite songs? What are some of your favorites?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Wonders of Creation: An Adult Coloring Book Review


**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.


It's no secret by now that I absolutely, positively love adult coloring books!!

And I'm certainly not the only one! Everywhere you look, adult coloring books have taken over. They are in the checkout line at the grocery store, they're on best-seller's list, they're in bargain bins. There are coloring books with intricate designs. There are coloring books based on your favorite stories. There are coloring books on faith. Those faith based coloring books tend to be some of my personal favorites. I love that not only do I get that stress relief, but that they allow me to spend time with God and worship in a creative new way that makes sense to me. So anytime I see a new Christian coloring book, I cannot wait to check it out.

Today, I'm excited to share another great one with you, Wonders of Creation:

Wonders of Creation explores the wonders of our created world though detailed black-and-white illustrations—each one ready to be filled with the hues of your imagination. From amazing Eden-esque gardens to the creatures God made that still ramble through our world, this ninety-six-page book offers hours of coloring inspiration and relaxation for any age.

I have many faith based coloring books, and within them you'll see a lot of Bible verses to color. Maybe not every page, but every few pages at least. And personally, I do love that... however, it starts to be the same ol' thing over and over again. Yes, they're beautiful, but I like to mix it up, while still making sure I have inspirational coloring books to use. Wonders of Creation is perfect for this. You're not going to find scriptures on every page. You're not even going to find spiritual images. In fact, aside from the title and the intro, the images would never portray that this IS a faith based coloring book at all. Instead of focussing on the scriptures, it instead focuses on the beauty of God's creations. From land to sea to air, it is packed full with beautiful images to truly remind us of all that God has created!

This is a high quality coloring book with lots of double sided images to keep you busy- some more intricate than others, but all absolutely beautiful. The pages are thick making them suitable for whatever type of medium you most prefer. Personally, I typically only use colored pencils, so I cannot say firsthand that markers will not bleed, but I can say that the pages are thicker than most making them less likely to.

This truly is a beautiful coloring book and a welcome addition to any coloring book collection. It is available to purchase now

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Max Lucado's Pocket Prayers {A Blog Tour & Book Review}


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

If you've read my blog long, you've probably noticed that one of my absolute favorite genres of books is Christian nonfiction. I love how the writers of this books give me a different perspective and help me to better understand what I'm reading in the Bible. They use real life examples and scriptural references to really help me to understand how these stories I read in the Bible apply to me.

One of my favorite Christian writers has been- by far- Max Lucado. I so often find myself reading his works and feeling as though they were written just for me- providing just what I needed to read at any given time. He has such a way with words that I couldn't get enough. From his children's books to his nonfiction, I've not yet read a book that I didn't fall in love with. That was something I wanted to share with others too.

So, when I heard about his series of Pocket Prayers, I was thrilled! Check it out:


About the books: 

Pocket Prayers (with various authors; Thomas Nelson, March 2016)

Bestselling author Max Lucado has teamed up with six authors to write the Pocket Prayers series for those in need of peace, renewal, rest, faith, hope, joy, direction, serenity, and courage.

Short, simple prayers are very effective, which is why each book in the series contains forty guided prayers and complementary scriptures for any situation, including for:

-Moms (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
-Grads (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
-Dads (written with Mark Mynheir)
-Military Life (written with Mark Mynheir)
-Teachers (written with blogger Jennifer Hale)
-Friends (written with Betsy St. Amant)

Purchase your copies: 
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As I said, in many ways, Max's writing has spoken to me and provided just what I needed to hear. These books are such a great 'pocket sized' way of spreading those words to others. Okay, okay...they're too big to fit into most pockets, but they are perfect for tossing into a purse for those moments you need a little extra encouragement. They aren't long reads, but truly do provide great scriptures and prayers that will be beneficial to the intended audience.

Personally, I love the book for Moms. This book is most relevant to my life, and a great gift for Mother's Day, or any day! But there truly is a book for everyone. With graduation day quickly approaching, the book for grads is ideal. End of the school year teacher gifts? Why not Pocket Prayers for Teachers is a great way of saying thank you. Dads, servicemembers and friends...there are prayers just for them too. Each book provides great encouragement that best fits each groups needs.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wildflower: A DVD Review & #WishfulThinking Giveaway



Thanks for visiting this stop in the Wishful Thinking Giveaway Hop! Our event is hosted by Savings in Seconds. The participating bloggers are linked below, ready to help your wishes come true with some fabulous prizes! Be sure to stop by and enter the Grand Prize giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Lily Nily gift card.

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**Movie received for review. All thoughts are my own.
When it comes to movies, these days I find myself leaning towards more faith based films. I don't see the need for excessive language or nudity. If my children walk into the room at the wrong moment, I don't want them to see or hear something they shouldn't. With faith based films I can be assured that this won't happen. 

But one complaint I so often her about these types of films is...well, they're just not as good. The plot lines  are perhaps a little cheesy. The budgets are clearly not what we are used to from big Hollywood films. They strive so hard to meet that standard of clean entertainment that they lack drama. They're too clean. They're unrealistic. 

Like I said, I love these kind of movies myself, but I must admit, I've seen that to be true for many of them. Yes, I want clean...but I don't want to sacrifice a great story and even a little drama for that!


Sounds like you? Wildflower just may be exactly what you are looking for! Check it out:



Creatively gifted, college student Chloe Moray (portrayed by Nathalia Ramos, known for BRATZ, Arrested DevelopmentHouse of Anubis) finds solace from a difficult childhood in her extraordinary art. But when an alarming dream begins to recur nightly, Chloe starts to believe that it might be a suppressed memory and that she may have witnessed a terrible crime as a little girl. Her search for peace takes her on a journey that forces Chloe to confront her past traumas and leads her to cross paths with Josh (Cody Longo, known for NOT TODAY, Hollywood Heights, Nashville), a young man dealing with his own painful loss. Together they find in each other someone they can trust as they seek to unlock a cold-case mystery from years before. But with the authorities blocking the way, Chloe's new-found hope is challenged in this powerful story of faith, triumph and healing.

If you love typical Lifetime movie types of movies, this will probably be right up your alley. There's drama, there's excitement and most importantly, there's mystery! It's not a fast paced filmed, but still kept me glued to my seat wanting to put all the pieces together and learn what was going to happen...and what had already happened. While it is a faith based film, it's not overly so. The messages are there but its not as in your face as others are. It weaves itself naturally into the story...and it truly is a beautiful story and a beautiful reminder that even in our darkest moments, we are not alone.

While there is no language, etc in this film, it's definitely not one to sit and watch with young children. It was given the Dove Foundation's Faith Friendly Seal of Approval with 5 out of 5 doves, recommended for ages 12 and up, but I would recommend watching first and judging whether it would be suitable for your preteen/young teen first as it could be a little much for them.

WILDFLOWER is available on DVD and VOD now and will be airing on Lifetime Movie Network in June.  


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Snacking on the Go with Yummi Pouch {A Review}

**I received complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.

My daughter is a snacker!

She's not one that likes to sit down and have a whole meal, but she is all about the snacking. She loves her grapes, she loves her apple slices, she loves her carrots, she lovers her pretzels. This girl is always wanting to snack on something. And that snacking doesn't stop when we leave the house!

Needless to say, wherever we go, it's always a good idea to take a little something along for when the snack cravings strike. And for that we need some cute snack containers. Something that is both fun and practical, and can be easily tossed into my purse or diaper bag.

For that, Yummi Pouch Cloth Sandwich Bags are perfect!  Take a look:



First and foremost, can we just talk about how cute these are? If you ask me, cute is essential when it comes to kids' products and these cannot be beat! For this review, I received the Fab collection...and they certainly are fabulous. They are adorable! Pretty and girly just like my daughter likes, but something that isn't too baby-ish so she will be able to use them for years to come in school lunches. Honestly, I'd even use them myself!! This is just one of the adorable style options available.




But as important as cute may be, they must be practical too. The good news is Yummi Pouch has that handled too. Take a look at these quick facts:


  • Sandwich bag measures 7 in. x 7 in.
  • Top zipper opening
  • BPA-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free, and lead-free nylon
  • Moisture resistant
  • Recommended wash in the dishwasher or washing machine on warm
These truly are a great additions to our children's snack and dinnerware collection. They are the perfect size for not just sandwiches, but for snacks too. They offer the convenience and portability of a plastic baggie, but are more eco-friendly and adorable. And while I tend to prefer the larger sandwich bags for more versatility, they do offer smaller snack size bags too!



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