A Modern Day Fairy Tale: October 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Have a Crafty Halloween!!! {A Halloween Crafts Recap}

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Whether you are going out trick or treating tonight, or staying in and buying candy tomorrow on clearance, I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween night!

Want to get a little crafty? I'm recapping some of the Halloween crafts shared here on the blog over the past 2 years! Enjoy!

Toilet Paper Roll Frankensteins







Popsicle Stick Pumpkins


Easy Handprint Spider

Lollipop Ghosts




Jack-O-Lantern Jello Cups




Diary of A Wimpy Kid Mask


Paper Plate Handprint Spider



Friday, October 28, 2016

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood {A Coloring Devotional Review}

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

From the moment we wake until our heads hit the pillow, us moms are BUSY! We're packing lunches, getting our little ones ready for school, helping with homework, paying bills, kissing booboos, wiping bottoms... it never stops. It is by far the most rewarding role that we can take on, but it is not a role that is without it's rough moments. Some days when the kids are whining over the wrong color cup, we just need a moment... a short break to collect our thoughts and get back on track.

This is just what the new book, '40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood' provides:




About the book: 

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood: Devotions and Coloring Book to Nourish Mom (Abingdon Press, August 2016)

Nourishment for a mother's soul through 40 days of devotion and . . . doodling!

Wouldn't it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions---an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:

-Self-acceptance
-Self-care
-Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations
-Generosity
-Presence
-Forgiveness

In addition to the devotions, these beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!

Now, it's no secret that I go crazy for adult coloring books, but this is so much more than that. For each of the 40 days, we are given a scripture, a brief devotional and a simple prayer, in addition to a coloring page that goes along with it. It beautifully combines the much needed time in God's word and prayer with the relaxation and coloring. Now, if you're already a coloring book fan, or have just seen them around, you might think, "Sounds awesome, but I don't have time for those intricate details!" I understand that feeling completely. As much as I love coloring, I must admit I cannot find the time to devote to it as much as I would like. But when I look inside this book, I don't get that feeling of being overwhelmed by the details. The pages are beautifully illustrated, but not over the top...I look at them and I feel that I DO have time to color them, and isn't the the point- to just take a few moments to yourself to reflect, be inspired and praise God?

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood is available now.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2dPEdIC

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

From Halloween to Every Day- Dress Up with Just Pretend Kids {A Review + Giveaway}


**Product received for review. All thoughts are 100% my own.

Halloween is almost here! What is your favorite part of the day?

For me, it has to be seeing all of the kids dressed in their costumes! Isn't there something so fun about having the chance to dress up and pretend to be something different for the night. I remember loving that as a child myself, but now as a parent I enjoy experiencing that through my children. I love seeing what they choose to dress up as each year. And it's not just my children, but I love seeing what clever idea we see as we are out trick or treating as well.

Of course, for my daughter, dressing up isn't reserved for Halloween night. Playing dress up is one of her absolute favorite things throughout the year. She has quite the imagination and loves putting on fancy dresses and taking on a new character with each outfit change. For her, nothing can beat a good ol' fashioned game of dress up!

From Halloween to everyday play, Just Pretend Kids is one of our favorites. 

We were first introduced to Just Pretend back when my daughter was just being introduced to dress up- around a year old! Even then, she was drawn to pretty things and loved wearing her sweet matching tutu and fairy wings. In fact, that just might be where her fascination with dress up began. But what set them apart from other dress up clothes?

The details and quality!

These were not just like every other dress up set. Many of these are quite simple in both design and quality. They serve their purpose but these aren't dresses built to last or to be worn outside of the home. Why couldn't dress up clothes feature the same high quality and style that we love in every day wear? That was just what Just Pretend provided. We could see this in those simple pieces she had early on, but we discovered this even moreso recently when we had the chance to review their Enchanted Sea Princess dress!






First and foremost, how stunning is this dress? From the sleeves to the skirt, every last detail is absolute perfection! For my daughter, it has everything she loves. There is glitter. There is sequins. There is tulle. It sparkles and shines. Not only does she look like a mermaid princess as she wears it, but she feels like one too.

Another thing that sets it apart is that it fits her perfectly. Many princess dresses we have found tend to come in just one size. At just 3 years old, these tend to swim on my daughter. This dress came in 3 sizes- small (4), medium (6), and large (8) so we could choose the size that worked best for my little princess! They still have some stretch and give to them, so they can still last a little bit longer but if you want a dress that fits a bit better, these are ideal. From birthday parties to Halloween to every day dress up, Just Pretend truly cannot be beat.


You can find out more and connect at the link 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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Toilet Paper Roll Frankenstein {A Monstrously Fun Halloween Kids Craft}



Less than a week before Halloween... how about one more craft before the day arrives!? This time we're going to make a fun monster craft your little ones are sure to love-

Toilet Paper Roll Frankenstein 

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Green Paint
  • Permanent Marker
  • Google-y Eyes
  • Glue


  1. First up, make sure all toilet paper bits are removed from the toilet paper roll to get it ready to paint. Choose a green paint of your choice. I went with a darker green, but use whatever you have! Paint the roll entirely. Allow to dry. (Speed up the process with a blow dryer!)
  2. Now, glue the eyes on. You may find you need to flatten the side they will go on slightly for them to stick. You can use school glue if your little ones are doing the project on their own, or help them with a hot glue gun if you'd like a faster result. Allow to dry.
  3. Now draw on the face. Give him some hair, add a mouth, give him some scars. Make him as friendly or as spooky as you want. You can also get creative with this step with additional supplies if you wish- use construction paper to cut and glue hair or mouth... use what you have on hand, or even paint if you'd prefer!


That's it! This super simple craft is incredibly easy for kids of all ages, and a fun addition to your holiday decor!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family {A Book Review & Giveaway}


I love being a mother.

Truly, there is nothing greater in this world. But that doesn't mean it's always easy! In fact, sometimes it's downright HARD. So often I found myself questioning if I'm doing this whole parenting thing right! I want to raise my children to be good people, but how do I do that?

The good news is, we DO have a guidebook for everything life sends our way. The Bible. But how does the Bible teach us about parenting? How do we apply the principles taught to our parenting? With Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, we can better figure that out-


What is your calling as a parent?

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.

Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.

If you are a Christian parent, this book is a must read. I've read many parenting books throughout the years and many are really great, but many take on a more secular worldview. That is not to say that we cannot learn from those other books as well, but as a Christian mom, I also want to be certain that I am parenting my children that not only glorifies God, but brings them closer to Him as well. That is just what this book provides. It helps us to take the principles that we learn in the Bible and apply them to our parenting. It offers practical advice, but keeps the focus on God, as parenting should be.

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family is available to purchase now.

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

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not 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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Decorate with Intention and Save with Dayspring's Home Decor Sale! #Dayspring

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Decorating With Intention.

I use that phrase a lot, but what does it mean?

For me, decorating with intention is all about decorating my home with the intention of bring Glory to God. Throughout my home, you'll find beautiful wall art featuring scriptures or positive messages. There are crosses, messages of love, hope and faith. Part of this is for me. When I see these messages throughout the day, I find myself encouraged and uplifted. They serve as a daily reminder to me to give thanks and trust in God.

But I also do it for my kids. I want THEM to be surrounded by these messages too so that they might take them in and remember them as they go out in the world where the influences are not so Godly. Still, sometimes I find myself wondering--- are they even paying attention?

A few days ago, my son showed me that yes, he truly is, and that my decorating with intention IS making a difference. He came to me and he stated, "My sister is beautiful because God created her...and everything beautiful begins with God." Such a sweet statement that it nearly brought tears to my eyes. But where did it come from? For years, the first thing you see as you walk into our home is a gorgeous lawn sign that I'd gotten from Dayspring several years ago boasting one of my personal favorite scriptures, "Everything beautiful begins with God." We'd recently had to move the sign due to plumbing work, and my son took notice of it. With just that simple statement, I realized that my decorating with intention is paying off and he IS paying attention. Now more than ever I will strive to continue doing so and encourage all of you to consider doing the same!

And what better way to start than with a sale!?

From now until October 31st, you can save up to 70% off of the GORGEOUS Daily Grace Collection! Just take a look at some of these gorgeous pieces!


My personal favorite is the Live a Grateful Life - Divided Serving Dish. This will be amazing for entertaining this holiday season and throughout the year, but I also love that it can be used in more great ways throughout the house... use it to hold change and keys in your entryway, or as a fun jewelry tray... the possibilities are endless! It's regularly $26, but during the sale you can get it for just $10!!! Amazing right?





Not quite your style? You can also save on great pieces from the Salt & Light Collection, so be sure to check those out too!

But, the savings don't stop there! As great as these prices are already, you can save EVEN MORE! Use the code SHINEHISLIGHT at checkout to save $20 off your purchase of $60 AND get free shipping! This is a great time to give your kitchen/dining room a beautiful makeover to start decorating with intention, or stock up on holiday gifts at GREAT prices! What are you waiting for!? Start shopping now!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Start Getting Fit NOW with an Empower Fitness Giveaway!


At this time of year, when we think about starting a new workout routine, so often we say to ourselves, 'Eh, it's the holidays. I'll start in the new year!'

Sound like you? I must admit, I find myself thinking the same. Still, I know myself, and while when I say this I DO have every intention of sticking to that... I also know that the longer I put things off, the less likely they are to actually get done! Once the holidays pass, I'll just keep finding another excuse. I think perhaps if we were honest with ourselves, many of us are probably the same in that way.

The reality is, if you really want to get it done, it's best to start NOW.
Last week, I shared a review on the awesome Boxing Boot Camp from Empower Fitness. In case you missed it, here's a recap:



Strengthen your entire body, release everyday stress and improve your self confidence. Fight to be fit by packing cardio and total body toning into one punch with this authentic, boxing-inspired workout. Featured in over two-dozen media outlets including the WPIX 11 NEWS, SHAPE Magazine, Fit Bottomed Girls, and All You Magazine, Boxing Boot Camp has been praised for its efficient, effective interval program.

Empower & Striking Beauties joined forces to deliver a knockout fitness system unlike any other. Get into the zone with professional female boxer, Jaime "the Hurricane" Clampitt, for 12 heart pumping rounds as you harness the power of your body and learn to throw punches and combinations.

The 12 Rounds Workout combined with the Empower Boxing Boot Camp will have you jumping rope and using the medicine ball in ways you’ve never dreamed of. Get ring ready and work your entire body with this Empower Fitness solution!


This work out set truly does make working out something you can actually look forward to doing! Why put it off!? This is just one of their many great products that will make you want to start working out! You can see them all and connect at the links below:

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And today, to help inspire you to get those fitness goals started now, Empower Fitness is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Boxing Boot Camp Set of their own! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:
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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart’s ‘Life Creative’ Giveaway and Facebook Party

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

Before having kids, I always considering myself a very creative person. I was always writing a new story or poem. When I wasn't writing I was spending time working on scrapbooks or other fun projects. I felt most myself when I was using that creative energy to create something.

Then motherhood happened. I still had that desire to be creative but suddenly I found myself feeling like I didn't even have the time to do the things I NEEDED to do, let alone the things that I desired to do. With so much to do, how was I supposed to have the time to work on my creative passions?

Do you ever find yourself feeling this way? If so, I have just the book for you: Life Creative-

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About the book: 

Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom (Kregel, September 2016)

What was God thinking when He created you creative and then gave you children?

Creative moms often feel as though they must lay their passions down. But God had something special in mind for the creative woman during this intense season of mothering.

In this Pinterest age of handcrafted children's parties, Instagram photos of beautifully decorated homes, and blogs filled with poetry and prose, it is clear that we are in the midst of a brand new artistic renaissance. Not one born in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but rather in kitchens, nurseries, and living rooms around the world. Mothers, working in the cracks and crevices of each hectic day, are adorning the world with their gifts, and they're showing all of us the beauty of this Life Creative.

In this book, you'll learn:

-Why the world needs your art
-How this Life Creative begins at home
-When art can turn a profit
-Your part in this modern day Renaissance

Life Creative paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood. Women like home decorator Melissa Michaels and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard, author Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb, and many more.


If you're a creative mom who is looking for ways to embrace your creativity again...or even trying to find ways not to let it go- this is a great book for you! It is a great reminder that we don't have to let those parts of us go because we now have children, but instead we can use those creative talents that God blessed us with to our advantages. I think sometimes as mom we tend to put our needs and our passions on the back burner- I know I certainly do- but this book reminded me that that's not always the best option and NOT letting go of our creative pursuits can make us better mothers.

If you're in need of a little reminder yourself, this is a must read!

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2bDsqfz

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Is there room for creativity and children in a mother's life? Learn how to balance home, art, and family in Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart's new book, Life Creative. In this Pinterest age of handcrafted children’s parties, Instagram photos of beautifully decorated homes, and blogs filled with poetry and prose, it is clear that we are in the midst of a brand new artistic renaissance. Life Creative paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood.

Join Wendy, Kelli, and other moms in celebrating the beauty of being a creative mom by entering to win the Called to Be Creative Giveaway (details below) and by attending their author chat party on October 27!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 10/27. The winner will be announced at the Life Creative Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Wendy, Kelli, and other creative moms, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bible Journaling for Girls of ALL Ages {NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition Review}

**Book received for review, all thoughts are my own.

It's no secret by now that I absolutely, positively love Bible journaling! Since starting a year ago, I have added multiple journaling Bibles to my collection, and my craft supply collection has quadrupled. I just love it!

But I don't just love journaling myself, but I love introducing Bible journaling to others as well. It has been such a faith building experience for myself that I want to help others find that creative worship outlet as well. Young and old, Bible journaling is the perfect way for anyone to enjoy their time with God. I even introduced my 9 year old to journaling and found it was something that we could enjoy together.

When we bought my son's Bible, I must say the selection of Bibles available was fairly slim. They didn't have any at all geared towards kids--- male or female! We opted to go with a simple brown leather instead. These days, we are seeing more and more varieties and styles that are perfect for EVERYONE! Today, I'm excited to introduce you to one such Bible: The NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition:




The NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition is the perfect way to apply Scripture to your everyday life. Designed with the thoughtful writer in mind, a whimsical cover and journaling lines inspire reflection in God’s Word. This Bible contains the full text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features include:

Lines on each page for journaling and notes Thick paper perfect for any writing utensil A presentation page for gift giving A “How to Use This Bible” page to get started on the right foot Ribbon marker The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV)


Seriously, how cute is this Bible? There are a few colors available, but for this review, I received the pink which features a fun floral design on the front. These fun colors and patterns are much more appealing to many younger girls than what more traditional Bibles might. I know they say never judge a book by its cover, but I must admit, if I'm given options, I'm always going to reach for the 'pretty' one myself, and a journaling Bible should be no different. Inside is just like any other single column journaling Bible. Unlike other Bibles aimed at girls that might have sections that pertain to their age group, this one is strictly the Word with space in the margins for notes or artwork. This makes it much more versatile. I can gift this to a niece or a young girl at church, or I can use it myself. I may be 29 years old, but I still love pink and fun colors too and would most certainly see no problem in using this myself!

Young or old, this fun journaling Bible will make the perfect gift for any girl in your life! It is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers. 

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

DIY Popsicle Stick Pumpkins {A Kids Craft}



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

DIY Popsicle Stick Pumpkin

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


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

Monday, October 17, 2016

Treat Your Little Nerd with Nerd Block Jr {A Subscription Box Review}

**Product received for review. All thoughts are 100% my own.

If you were to ask my son to describe himself in just one word, chances are he would tell you that he is a nerd. He's not just A nerd though, he is a PROUD nerd. He wears that label with pride! And in our home, being a nerd is a GOOD thing worth celebrating.

One way we can do that each month is through Nerd Block Jr!


Nerd Block Jr. is just like comic con in a box, and geared for kids aged 6-11! Similar to our classic Nerd Block and for only $13.99 a month plus shipping, Nerd Block Jr. is filled with toys and collectables from your kids favorite brands including Star Wars, Adventure Time, My Little Pony, Angry Birds, and many more! Each item is Geek Tested, Nerd Approved!


Now, perhaps you read that description and think to yourself, 'Well, most of that sounds good... but my son doesn't want My Little Pony!'. Here's the good news- there are 2 boxes! One is geared towards boys and offers great brand like Star Wars, TMNT and Marvel. One is geared towards girls and features those options that girl nerds tend to prefer like Shopkins, Disney and My Little Pony. We were lucky enough to receive both boxes in September- take a look inside-




As you can see, each box is packed FULL of nerdy goodness that kids will LOVE. But let's take a closer look inside each box, starting with the girl box:



  • Angry Birds Mash'ems
  • Minnie Mouse Shoelaces
  • Monster High Zipper Pouch
  • My Little Pony Blind Bag
  • Shopkins Matching Game
Now, technically at just three years old, my daughter is technically younger than the target audience for this box, but she loved it nonetheless! Aside from Monster High, these were all brands and characters that she already loved! It would be hard to choose just one favorite, but if I was pressed I'd say it was the My Little Pony blind bag. For whatever reason, she loves watching blind bag videos on YouTube so she loved having one of her own. The whole box is in fact much like a giant blind bag and/or mystery egg, but the surprise inside the surprise was even more exciting!

Next up, the boy box-


  • Star Wars Matching Game
  • Raving Rabbids Figure
  • Ninja Turtles Bling Bags
  • Marvel Mini Action Figures
  • Mega Man Plush

Again, these were all characters and themes that my 9 year old loved, but I have to admit, when he opened the box, he made it no further than the Mega Man plush. Not only is Mega Man one of his absolute favorite video game characters, but plush toys also happen to be a favorite of his. He already had many of his favorite gaming favorites like Mario, Luigi, Pac Man, etc, so this was the PERFECT addition to his collection. As you can see, it was love.


After some of the excitement of the plush died down a bit, he had time to dig into the rest of the box. It was love all around. It truly was everything he loved packed into a box and delivered right to our door! What a fun monthly surprise!

And as awesome as they have been in the past, starting with October's boxes, they're getting even BETTER--- they will now each include an exclusive tee...just like the adult Nerd Blocks!! Each box is valued at approximately $60, but you pay just $19.99 a month plus shipping! Awesome, right? And you can choose how many boxes you want...order month by month to choose which months you want a box here and there...or you can subscribe for 3 months, 6 months or a year and save each month! There are so many options to best fit your needs!


You can learn more and subscribe at the links below:


Visit the Website.
Like on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter.
Follow on Instagram.

Stuck on what to get the Nerd in your life this holiday season? Surprise them with a box or a subscription! It's the perfect gift for every little nerd.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Too Cute To Spook: A Ross Gift Card Giveaway



Welcome to the Too Cute To Spook Giveaway Hop hosted by On Honeysuckle Hill and MamatheFox! At each stop in this hop you can find a fun prize valued at $10 or more. Be sure to come back for your daily entries to increase you chances of winning! Good Luck

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Halloween is almost here, and everywhere we look we spy things that go bump in the night! There are a lot of fun scares to be had during this Halloween season, but you know what's REALLY scary?

Shopping for kids clothes!!!


I mean, don't get me wrong, in many ways I actually enjoy it... but the price tags? Well, now THAT'S a scream!! For little ones who grow so fast, why should we pay so much for clothes!? This is why I am always looking for ways to dress my kiddos on a budget. One great place to do that is Ross!

Ross offers designer and brand-name fashions for men, women, kids and the home at everyday savings of 20-60% compared to department stores! You can buy your kids- and the family- all new wardrobes for a fraction of the cost! Great, right?

But what's even better? A giveaway of course! I am giving one very lucky reader the chance to win a $25 Ross Gift Card! 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.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Surprise! It's a Fall Giveaway!


Happy Friday, Friends!


It's quickly approaching my favorite time of the year, so why don't we celebrate with a little giveaway! One lucky reader will win $10 Paypal cash...just because! Enter to win today!


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, October 13, 2016

DIY Gerber's Lil' Beanies Pumpkins {A #GerberWinWin Halloween Treat} #sponsored




Halloween is almost here, and everywhere we look it's candy, candy, candy! So much candy! Now, don't get me wrong- I love candy as much as the next girl, but when it comes to little ones? Well, we try to limit that as much as possible. Instead, we want to get them in the habit of making good food choices earlier on so that they are used to that as they get bigger and are able to make their own food choices. It's easier to start good habits young, then break them when they are older, right?



One treat that we personally love in our house that both tastes great and is better for little ones is Gerber's Lil' Beanies snacks.  Lil' Beanies (TM) is the first bean based snack in the baby aisle. It is made from the goodness of navy beans to deliver 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value), 1 gram of fiber and 10% Daily Value of Vitamin E per serving. Gerber® Lil’ Beanies(TM) Snack is baked, not made with genetically engineered (GM) ingredients, and is naturally flavored! The come in two delicious flavors: original and white cheddar & broccoli. Because they look similar to other cheese puff snacks, they appeal to kids as a fun treat that they WANT to eat, and they taste delicious too!




Lil' Beanies are already fun all on their own, but I wanted to do a little something to take them to the next level for Halloween, so I headed to my local Target store baby aisle to pick some up!




DIY Gerber's Lil' Beanies Pumpkins

  • One container of Gerber's Lil' Beanies
  • Orange Tissue Paper
  • Green Pipe Cleaner or Ribbon
  • Marker or Black Construction Paper (optional)

  1. Lay 2-3 pieces of the orange tissue paper on a flat surface. (You'll ideally want enough that you aren't seeing through the tissue paper.)
  2. Place your Lil' Beanies of choice in the center.
  3. Lift the sides of the tissue paper up and bring them around the container.
  4. Just above the can, tie the tissue paper closed with your pipe cleaner or ribbon.
  5. If you'd like to keep a simple pumpkin, you're done! Want to make it a little spookier? Use a black marker to draw on a Jack O' Lantern face, or use construction paper to cut out the pieces and glue on.




That's it! This super simple DIY will make these better for kids option even more fun and festive for Halloween! Kids will love the fun of the pumpkin treat, and YOU can give them a treat that you feel good about. How's that for a win/win!?

But the wins aren't over yet! You can also save money with this fantastic Ibotta offer for Lil’ Beanies. Buy one and get $1!!! How great is that!? Click here to start saving!



Have your little ones tried Lil' Beanies yet? Visit this link and let me know what flavor they'd like to find inside their pumpkin surprise!

One Small Donkey {A Christmas Kids Book Review}

**Book received for review, all thoughts are my own.


With Christmas coming up quickly, I am already on the search for great resources to help remind my little ones the true reason for the season- movies, books, games... we're always looking for unique ways to keep Christ in our Christmas. Every year, I love adding new books that do just that. This year, we have already added a super cute addition that just may become a favorite- One Small Donkey for Little Ones.



Little ones can do big things for God!

Your family will love this heartwarming Christmas story told from an unlikely perspective: a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem. Though the donkey wasn’t the biggest, fastest, or strongest of all the animals, he had an important job all the same. Adults and children alike will love the message about how God has big plans for little ones.

Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide, and her awards include an ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children’s Book. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.


This book is fantastic! First and foremost, it's a sweet little story that retells the story of that very first Christmas through the perspective of the little donkey carrying Mary on his back. It is fun and easy to read for new readers, and the perfect link for Christmas bedtime stories too. I love that it offers this fun point of view that still reminds kids that Christ is at the center of Christmas, but isn't just another retelling of the Bible stories...it has its own unique spin!

Beyond that, I love this message in it as well that little ones can do big things for God. I truly believe that this is a message that kids (and adults too) can use not just at Christmas time but throughout the year as well. If God could use a simple donkey to carry the mother of Christ to His birth, imagine what he can do with US! What a beautiful reminder!

My daughter has already fallen in love with this story and we look forward to reading it more and more as the Christmas season arrives.

One Small Donkey is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Make Working Out Fun with Empower Fitness Boxing Boot Camp {A Review}

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


I must confess, I'm not one of those people who looks forward to working out. In fact, if I were to be entirely honest, I dread it most of the time. I was never the most athletic and it just was never something that I had very much interest in. Still, as a mom, I want to set a good example for my kids. I want to model a healthy lifestyle for them. And even more I also want to be around a long time to watch them grow and keep up with them! So, I found I really just have to kind of get over that aversion to exercise and make it work. I need a workout routine that is fun and easy to follow.

I found that in the Empower Fitness Boxing Boot Camp:


Strengthen your entire body, release everyday stress and improve your self confidence. Fight to be fit by packing cardio and total body toning into one punch with this authentic, boxing-inspired workout. Featured in over two-dozen media outlets including the WPIX 11 NEWS, SHAPE Magazine, Fit Bottomed Girls, and All You Magazine, Boxing Boot Camp has been praised for its efficient, effective interval program.

Empower & Striking Beauties joined forces to deliver a knockout fitness system unlike any other. Get into the zone with professional female boxer, Jaime "the Hurricane" Clampitt, for 12 heart pumping rounds as you harness the power of your body and learn to throw punches and combinations.

The 12 Rounds Workout combined with the Empower Boxing Boot Camp will have you jumping rope and using the medicine ball in ways you’ve never dreamed of. Get ring ready and work your entire body with this empowered fitness solution!


Now, I'm not going to lie and say that I am now a boxing expert, because well... I'm not in the slightest... however, as a nonathletic person, I did feel like it was fairly easy for me to follow along. It offered workout options from beginning to intermediate to advanced so no matter what level you are on, there is a workout routine for you. Empower Boxing Boot Camp includes comfort fit jump rope, 6lb sand filled toning ball, 2lb neoprene weighted gloves (1lb each), 12 Rounds DVD, and workout guide. What I love about this set is that not only do these pieces of included equipment allow you to do the included workouts, but can be used on their own as well. You can wear the weighted gloves while walking or doing other workouts to greater your calories burned. You can use the jump rope to do simple jump roping on your own, or even getting the kids involved. The ball can be used for many additional workouts as well- some of which can be found directly on the Empower Fitness website. Once I've done the workouts included, I can mix it up and do something new, getting even more use out them. For me, this is always a definite plus- giving you more bang for your buck. In this case it also gives you various exercise options to focus on different areas of the body as needed.

Even better, you can save 50% when you use the code 25EMPBBC at checkout.

I have really enjoyed having the chance to experience this Boxing Boot Camp for myself, and hope to try other Empower Fitness products too! You can learn more and see everything they have to offer at the links below:

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And be sure to come back next week, when one lucky reader will have the chance to win a Boxing Boot Camp for themselves.