A Modern Day Fairy Tale: October 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Welcome a Cure with Carpet One {A Thanks A Latte Giveaway Hop Giveaway}

Welcome to the Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop, hosted by hosted by MamatheFox.com

From now through October 31, hop along to all participating blogs for a chance to win some amazing prizes.


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

As most of us probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

And for most of us, this is a cause that hits very close to home. Did you know that there is a woman diagnosed with breast cancer every TWO minutes! That's astounding, isn't it? Is it any wonder that so many of us have been impacted in one way or another by this disease.

For me, I have had many women in my family diagnosed, none closer than my mom. I can tell you that as a daughter that is a terrifying phone call to receive, but thankfully due to a routine self exam, hers was caught early and I am very happy to say she is now cancer free. Still, it was definitely a very scary time and one that too many of us can relate to--- be it our moms, our grandmas, our aunts, our best friends or even ourselves.

Every 2 minutes. Something has to change!

Every year starting in October, Carpet One Floor & Home does their part to help with their collection of Pink Ribbon Welcome A Cure welcome mats, which support breast cancer research. For each $24.99 ($34.99 CDN) mat sold, 25 percent of the proceeds directly support the five-star rated Breast Cancer Research Fund. To date, the company has raised almost $1 million from mat sales.

What is the Breast Cancer Research Fund and Carpet One?

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world's most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. This year, we invested $45 million in the work of more than 200 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness, BCRF remains one of the nation's most fiscally responsible charities. We are the only breast cancer organization with an "A+" from CharityWatch, and have been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 12 times since 2002. Join us at www.bcrfcure.org.

Carpet One Floor & Home (http://www.CarpetOne.com) is North America’s leading floor covering retailer, with 1,000 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Carpet One Floor & Home stores are known for a broad selection of carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, and area rugs, including exclusive brands like Bigelow and Lees. They offer a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor merchandising system that simplifies the shopping experience and The Beautiful GuaranteeTM, which guarantees that the customer will be 100% happy with their floor.

I have had the chance to receive these stunning mats for the last few years and I must say, they just keep getting better and better. The 2017 pink ribbon mat collection features 18 designs, (http://bit.ly/2vxB0Zu) including interior design experts Melissa Davis and Lisa Mende, who pull from their personal experience to create dramatic, impactful mats that fit any home decor. In addition, graphic design artist Justin Niederkorn, a senior designer for an international non-profit agency, tapped his artistic talent and love for the women in his life, to create a mat that graphically tells the important story of a breast exam. Mikayla Chandler, a Savannah College of Art & Design advertising and illustration sophomore, created a powerful image of lines that seem almost inter-connected, and resemble the shape of a breast, swoop of a cup and wisps of hair. The two graphic designers have created edgy and thought-provoking artwork that add to the fashionable and functional collection.

While I have loved the mats from previous years, I have to say this year's collection may just be the best yet. Absolutely every one of this is just as gorgeous as the next. I love them all, but none more than this super fun 'Hello Gorgeous' mat. Isn't it gorgeous!? I actually decided to use this in my kitchen so I could see it each and every day! That's really the great thing about these mats, they work well both indoors AND outdoors and hold up very well. The mats I have in years past STILL look great. They are made to last. Most importantly, they give that little bit of a reminder about the importance of breast cancer awareness and self exams. And if you ask me, that's a pretty important message...right?

Mats are available in participating Carpet One Floor& Home stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. Want more info or ready to support the cause with your purchase? You can shop these beautiful rugs here: http://www.carpetone.com/welcome-a-cure

And one very lucky reader is going to win their choice of the 6 rugs above. Enter using the giveaway form below:

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Keep it Sweet: Healthy Ice Cream Swaps to Try With Your Family

Just because summer has passed, doesn't mean that we have to give up our favorite dessert -- ice cream. Considering that 90% of American households regularly indulge in a sweet frozen treat, there's no such thing as a specific season holding you back from enjoying a dessert you love.

But, eating all this ice cream is not the best for anyone's diet. We're not just talking about your children, but you as well. Unfortunately, only less than 5% of adults are active for more than 30 minutes every day, and only one-third of all adults get the recommended amount of physical activity every week. So, what do you do?

The answer's easy: make healthy ice cream! Luckily enough, there are some easy and simple ice cream swaps that can save you calories, fat, and carbohydrates while not giving up on that frozen flavor you love. Here are some ideas to try out.

Healthy Ice Cream Recipes

Before you go and swap out ice cream toppings, think of your base first. Easy recipes include:
Dairy-free chocolate peanut butter ice cream

This one is so simple. All you need is some frozen bananas, a splash of chocolate soy milk, and a dollop of peanut butter. Blend it all together, leave it in the freezer overnight, and you can even eat it for breakfast.

Fruit ice cream

The best part about this one is that as long as you use frozen bananas and greek yogurt, you can swap out any fruit flavor you'd like. An easy recipe to follow is a full frozen banana, a third of a cup of greek yogurt, and a half a cup of frozen berries. Blend then serve immediately.

Healthy topping swaps

Now that you have two ice cream bases to work with, here are some healthy swaps to consider.

Instead of hot fudge, choose chocolate syrup
We know how important chocolate is for an ice cream sundae, but hot fudge is full of unnecessary fat. Chocolate syrup will give you that chocolate flavor without worry.

Instead of cookie crumbles, choose sprinkles
Get rid of added sugar and carbs with easy sprinkles. A dash is all you need for a colorful sundae.
Instead of peanut butter sauce, choose chopped peanuts
Add crunch to your cup and eliminate fat by using chopped peanuts as a topping instead of peanut butter. You can even get creative by chopping whatever nuts you already have in your home: walnuts, cashews, and almonds all work.
Instead of gummy candies, try marshmellows
You'll still get the gummy feeling, without the additional calories by putting a couple mini marshmallows on your sundae. Or, you can even go one extra step by toasting them beforehand and making your own s'mores sundae.

With these easy swaps, you won't have an excuse not to fill up on these sweet treats. So try some, and let us know what you like the best!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Look Your Best For Fall with These Beauty Tips {+A Lipsense Review}

Fall has arrived! And I am LOVING it. I've made my list of the fall treats I want to bake this year, I'm counting down days until the first trip to the apple orchard, and of course I've already had my fair share of my favorite Starbucks fall drinks... you know, the essentials.

As the weather changes, our beauty routine tends to change too...or at least it should!
Today I'm sharing a few beauty tips to keep you looking your best this fall!

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. As much as I love the fall weather, it can wreak havoc to the skin, so a good moisturizer is a MUST. 
  • Don't forget those lips while you're at it. Chapped lips can put a real damper on your beauty routine and make your lipsticks harder to apply too. Get them fall ready with a simple exfoliater. And use a great moisturizing gloss like Lipsense Glossy Gloss too. I tend to wear mine even when I'm not in the mood for color, just for that extra moisture. 
  • Sunscreen is still important. Protect that skin longterm! We may not think about it as much in the fall when its cooler, but the sun can still cause damage all through the year. I like using a face cream and/or foundation with SPF included so I don't have to think about it. 
  • Go bold. Generally speaking, I love a very simple make-up look for my every day. Foundation, mascara and lip color... that's pretty much it unless I need some concealer on any given day. I love a very natural look. I still love that for fall, but I also feel you can go a little bolder too. Facewise, I keep it the same- maybe a little bronzer as blush... but I bring in the fun with my lip color. A deep red or purple looks fantastic for fall and looks great on an otherwise natural face. If you've got the skills, a great ombre lip is very much on trend for fall. 
  • Bring on the brown. Brown is kind of the essential fall color isn't it? A great brown lip is always ideal for fall. Go for a bolder brown if you're brave or keep it light and more neutral... either way you cannot go wrong. 

As you can see, when it comes to beauty for me personally, it's all about the skin and the lips. Taking proper care of your skin helps you look and feel beautiful- no makeup required... and the lips. Well, lips are just FUN! And for me, nothing is better than Lipsense.

I first tried Lipsense just a few short months ago, and immediately fell in love. I must admit, as much as I had always loved lip color in theory... I hated it in practice. It always wore off before I even got to where I was going and was a hassle to constantly have to reapply. Lipsense takes care of that.

So, what is Lipsense?

It is a non-wax lip color that actually stays put. It's kiss proof, smear proof, rub proof, waterproof... just about everything proof! It can last anywhere from 4-18 HOURS! Pretty amazing, right? And it really works. There have been many nights where I have forgotten to take off my lip color and have woken up the next morning with color still in place. Crazy!

Lipsense is certainly not your typical lip color, and so it applies a little differently too. I think of it as more of a lip system really. Apply 3 thin layers of color allowing to dry between, then top with your Glossy Gloss (or Lipsense Gloss of choice- I happen to love the glitter glosses). It takes just a few minutes longer to apply, but the end results are so worth it.

To get started, you'll want a Starter Kit. This includes one color, one gloss and Oops Remover. While it is strongly recommended to have Oops on hand, you can get away without it if you'd prefer. It's great for those accidental slips as you're working (like I said--- it STAYS), but you can also use something like Neutrogena beauty bar for removal. As far as the colors and gloss, you MUST have both for it to work. You can wear the gloss on its own, but the color requires a gloss. Trust me, your lips will stick together and it just won't be pretty. After you have your initial color and gloss, you can purchase additional colors and glosses on their own.

Aside from the long lasting color, the other thing I love about Lipsense is the versatility. Not only do you have LOTS of colors and glosses to choose from (36 regular colors and more limited releases), you can mix and match to create your own unique colors. As I mentioned above, I love a deep purple for fall--- like Lexie Beary. On my pale skin however, it comes out super dark... darker than I am comfortable with. Add a little Bombshell on top, or even as the 1st and 3rd layers (Lexie Beary as the 2nd), and it tones it down so I still get that bold lip, but it works better for me.

Ready to become a Lipsense fan? Head over to Redgate Beauty to learn more. She has a fabulous selection of colors and glosses to choose from so you're sure to find your perfect shade. There are also some AMAZING beauty tips over there that are definitely worth checking out. You can connect at the links below:

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Have you tried Lipsense yet? What colors are your favorites- or which would you most like to try? 

Get Back to Comfort FAST with #MonistatCure {+ Visa Gift Card Giveaway} #sponsored

This post has been sponsored by MONISTAT®. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Okay ladies, today we're going to be talking about a not so fun topic... yeast infections.

Yikes, embarrassing right?

Let's be honest, it's not something most of us really want to talk about, let alone deal with! But before you skip over this post for something a little more pleasant, let's get real: they are EXTREMELY common. So common in fact that 3 out of 4 women will experience at least one in their life. So, it seems to me that maybe it's something we SHOULD be talking about!  So, what causes them? There are many possible causes including:

  • antibiotics
  • pregnancy
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • weak immune system
  • poor eating habits (lots of sugary foods)
  • hormonal imbalance near your period
  • stress
  • lack of sleep

Now some of those we may be able to avoid, but there are just too many causes to try and avoid them altogether. We can try probiotics, better diets, etc... but still some people are just more prone to yeast infections. So, when we can't avoid them, we should at least be equipped with the tools to treat them FAST.

For that, MONISTAT® comes to the rescue! When the first signs of a yeast infection pop up---itching, burning, and abnormal discharge--- we don't want to wait around.  MONISTAT® offers a variety of products to cure the uncomfortable issue so you can be back to your best self! We all know that as women our needs and preferences vary greatly, but MONISTAT® has you covered regardless. They offer a variety of strengths- 1 day, 3 day or 7 day to best fit your needs. They also offer different forms such as Ovule®, cream or suppositories, to meet those specific needs.

But why choose MONISTAT®?

MONISTAT® relieves symptoms four times faster and works on more strains of yeast than the leading prescription and results in less drug resistance and fewer drug interactions than the leading prescription pill. Sounds like a good enough reason to me... truly, you had more at 'relieves faster'... we don't have time to let those uncomfortable symptoms hold us back, am I right? Is it any wonder that  MONISTAT® is the #1 doctor recommended OTC brand?  It has been in use for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections for over 40 years.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Teething Is Scary...This Giveaway Can Help {A #Hallohop Giveaway Hop}

No tricks here; it's all treats in the Hallohop Giveaway hop! This event is hosted by Savings in Seconds. The participating bloggers have a ghoulishly good time in store for their readers, so enter all of the giveaways linked below!


**Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

Halloween is here, and of course we all know that Halloween is all about the scares!

I don't know about you, but I cannot think of anything scarier to a new mama than the teething baby! Dracula has nothing on the screams and cries that come with that, am I right!? 

Teething is definitely tough, both on babies AND their parents too. But it doesn't have to be. When it comes to easing teething pain naturally, I can never recommend Baltic Amber Teething necklaces enough. They truly saved us during Finley's teething days. 
 Amber contains succinic acid which is a natural pain reliever and healing agent. When worn, the amber will warm and the succinic acid will be absorbed into the skin, resulting in a natural pain relieving effect. Sounds a little cooky, right? I'm not going to lie...it really does sound a bit crazy...BUT I'm telling you, it really worked!

Finley started wearing her necklace at the very first signs of teething- just 3 months old! Right away we certainly noticed less drool, but we also noticed a change in her mood. And aside from a moment here or there, she really has handled teething quite well!
But there are always many questions about teething necklaces: 
How long does baby wear it? Is it a choking hazard? What kind works best? Where do you buy them? These are a few of the many questions we've been asked, so I will try to address them as best as I can from OUR experience.

  • How long can baby wear it? Finley wore hers 24/7. Personally, we co-sleep so Finley was always right next to me and never unsupervised. She had also been wearing it for so long that she never messed with it. Still, if you don't co-sleep or are just not comfortable leaving it around the neck overnight, you can also use it around the ankle under jammies. Honestly, we didn't even take it off at bath time!
  • Is it a choking hazard? First of all, let's just be clear that these necklaces are made to be worn, not chewed on. Still, we all know that if it can reach their mouth, it WILL go in the mouth, right? For that, a proper fit is key. The necklace should be loose enough that it's not a choker (at minimum two adult fingers width), but not loose enough that it could reach baby's mouth. They are also designed with safety in mind. Each bead is individually knotted so that should the necklace break, only one bead comes loose. If caught on something, the clasp will also break apart, so as not to choke baby as well. I cannot and will not say that there is absolutely no risk, but when used properly and responsibly, the risk is very small.
  • What kind works best? First and foremost, be sure that you are buying genuine amber...otherwise it's just going to look pretty. Aside from that, I have heard that raw is best and that the lighter the better...others will say it really doesn't matter. I went with the lightest color my store had to offer in raw beads, but if you prefer something else, get what you like!
  • Where do you buy them? Personally we bought Finley's at our local natural parenting/cloth diaper store. If you have such a store in your area, I highly suggest checking there first. This will allow you to see the necklaces in person and try them on for sizing BEFORE buying. If that's not an option, you can find online as well. Again, just be sure to purchase from a trusted retailer as there are a lot of fakes out there!

Today, I'm giving one very lucky reader the chance to win a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace for themselves. Enter using the giveaway form below:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Treat Yourself This Halloween with $5 Jewelry From Paparazzi {A #Halloween2017 Giveaway}

Welcome to the Howl-O-Ween Hop, hosted by  The Kids Did It &  The Mommy Island.

Now through October 25th, hop along and treat yourself with these amazing giveaways! After you enter my giveaway, hop along to other participating bloggers for more amazing prizes.


Halloween is all about the treats, right!?

I don't know about you, but as a mom, I love treating my kids at Halloween. We don't have candy all the time in our household, but it's nice to have those special occasions to celebrate with fun treats that all kids love.

But as moms, we need to be able to treat ourselves too. So often we focus on treating everyone else, we forget about ourselves!

One of the things that made me fall in love with Paparazzi was that I could treat myself to a piece of jewelry- just for me- without feeling any guilt over it. At just $5 retail price, it's as cheap as a cup of coffee but lasts much longer! And the styles are fantastic. From simple to bold, there is a little bit of something for every style...and they are all STILL just $5! Can you think of a better treat this Halloween?

Want to learn more and treat yourself? Visit the links below:

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And one very lucky reader will win 2 pieces for themselves. Enter using the giveaway form below:

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Flash Easy Popsicle Stick Puppet {A Kids Craft}

Did you know that Season 4 of The Flash premiers tonight!?

The Flash is a favorite superhero in my house, so we've been looking forward to this for months. To celebrate, we decided to create a fun little kids craft to get us in the spirit!

Easy Popsicle Stick Flash Puppet

  • Popsicle stick (large)
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  1. Paint your stick. We painted most red and left a little unpainted for the face. If you prefer you can paint that a flesh color instead. Add on any little details- belt, etc- you would like to include. We kept ours very simple. Allow to dry.
  2. Next create your logo. We decided to print ours but you could easily just draw or use construction paper. 
  3. Now it's time to glue it together. Add some googly eyes around the bare part. And glue the logo into the center. 
That's it! This super simple puppet will allow your little Flash fans to play their favorite superhero throughout the show and beyond! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cat Care Made Simple with a DIY Cat Hideaway {+ A Deal on Meow Mix Simple Servings} #MeowMixatMeijer #ad #CollectiveBias

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

Before becoming a cat owner, I didn't realize just how much cats loved their solitude. I mean, I know that my father in laws cats always ran and hid when we came around, but well... my kids are just a little crazy. I think I'd hide too!

But when we adopted our cat Stella into our family, I very quickly realized that it was just a cat thing. Seemed she was finally finding a dark, quiet place to escape to. It's no wonder cats like their little secluded cat houses. Our Stella would have one in every room if she could. But that would get rather costly.... but what if you could create your own DIY cat hideaways with 2 things you probably already have in your house? Today I'm showing you how.

DIY Cat Hideaway

  • Empty Box
  • Old T-Shirt
  • Rubberband
  1. Find a box and an old t-shirt you no longer need. No particular sizes, the box just needs to be big enough for your cat, and the shirt big enough to cover the box. If you don't happen to have any old shirts, you can usually find them super cheap at your local thrift store. They don't need to be fancy!
  2. Now prep your box. Fold the flaps into the box, or just go ahead and cut those out if you'd prefer. 
  3. Put the t-shirt over the box. The neck hole will be at the opening of the box. Tuck in the sleeves. 
  4. Gather the excess from the shirt and tie in the back or use the rubberband to tie it tight.
That's it! A super simple and inexpensive cat hideaway that your cat is sure to fall in love with!

Speaking of simple, DIY projects aren't the only thing we like to keep simple for our pet! We like to keep her food simple too, so we headed to our local Meijer to pick up a delicious treat: Meow Mix Simple Servings!

Meow Mix Simple Servings is a new, single serving of delicious wet cat food in a convenient, mess-free cup. There are several great flavor options available, but our Stella enjoys a little variety so the Seafood Variety 12-pack is a great choice for her! But why Simple Servings? The answer is simple. While our pet loves her wet cat foods, we've found that she can very rarely finish a typical can before it dries out, and we typically throw out some each and every time. What a waste! With simple servings, they are single size portions... no mess, no leftover, super simple.

They are also easy to open and easy to serve... you can serve right in the container it comes in or it slides out easily- no fork or spoon required. And your pet can enjoy pieces of real seafood (or poultry) in a savory sauce. Our cat LOVES it, never a leftover left!

When it comes to pet care, this busy mom's motto is 'Keep it simple'. And just as the names suggests, Simple Servings truly does just that!

And with this MPerks offer, you can enjoy 30% off! Offer lasts from 10/8- 11/04, so be sure to stock up! Visit this link to take advantage of these savings.

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Do you like keeping things simple with your pets? How can Meow Mix Simple Servings help? 

Friday, October 6, 2017

3 Smart Strategies To Help Your Teenager Purchase Their First Vehicle

money.jpg It's no secret that buying and maintaining your own personal vehicle is a major responsibility. But for many teenagers, becoming one of the 214 million licensed drivers in the U.S. is among the greatest of achievements. Once your teenager passes their driver's test, they're bound to want to take to the open roads as soon as possible.

We all knew the kid in high school whose parents bought him or her a brand new Mercedes for their 16th Birthday. If spoiling your teen with a brand new vehicle is both out of the question and out of the budget, here are a few money-saving strategies to help your teen purchase their first vehicle.

Set Realistic Savings Goals

Ideally, your teen will have some of their own money saved up by the time they get their license. However, you can't expect them to save every penny of the money they earn from allowances and/or part time jobs. If you can afford it, consider giving them a motivation boost by offering to match their savings when it comes time for car shopping. Similarly, offering some sort of incentive if your teen sets and meets a savings goal will not only help them grow their savings faster but will teach them responsibility and help shape their mindset about the value of money.

Prioritize Both Safety And Cost

When it comes time to do some car shopping, it's generally best to stay away from certain private sellers, such as Craigslist, where users can make up any details they want about the condition of their vehicle. Some features have become standardized over the years, such as mass backing, which became the industry flooring standard for car manufacturers around 1990. As for safety features, however, consult with a dealership in your area.

Always opt for a vehicle with at least six airbags; anti-lock brakes are also a beneficial safety feature for young drivers. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies a car's windshield as one of the primary components of a vehicle's safety restraint system, so if there is any uncertainty about the quality or strength of the windshield glass, move on to another option. Family Circle writer Rick Newman compiled this handy list of vehicle models that are ranked highly on both safety and affordability.

Consider A Hand-Me-Down

Most people think that buying a used vehicle is always a better financial option than buying a brand new vehicle. This is true in most cases, but if you feel as though your family car would make a great first vehicle for your teen, it's certainly acceptable to pass it down and purchase a new vehicle for yourself. Newman explains that this method can save money in certain situations.

"This strategy may actually save you money," writes Newman. "That's because prices for some used autos have risen steeply -- so much so that you'd pay only a few hundred dollars more for a new vehicle compared with a one- or two-year-old version of the same model. Factor in the higher rates for used-car loans, and a new set of wheels can be cheaper overall."

Ultimately, buying a car is never an easy or fast process. Take as much time as you need to help your teenager grow both their savings and their sense of responsibility. Keeping these money-saving strategies in mind is the best way to equip your child with an affordable vehicle in which they feel safe and comfortable driving for years to come.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Answer: New Album from Jeremy Camp {+ A Giveaway} #TheAnswer #FlyBy

Have you ever heard of the K-Love 30 Day Challenge?

If not, the concept is pretty simple... listen to nothing but Christian music for 30 days and see the impact that it has on your life.

Now, I've never actually taken the K-Love challenge, but back when I was in high school I made an even more extreme commitment as a New Year's Resolution. I resolved to listen to nothing but Christian music for a YEAR.

Now, I must admit when I made this resolution, people around me thought I was rather crazy. I was already a slight Christian music fan at that point, but my music collection varied from oldies to pop to country... I loved music, and I loved having a wide variety to choose from. Still, as a newly baptized Christian, this was something I felt strongly about, and despite the naysayers, I went for it.

Oh, what a year that was! Not only did I discover more and more contemporary Christian artists to fall in love with, but I truly felt closer to God than ever before. I wasn't getting inappropriate, negative messages so often found in more secular music. I was surrounding myself with the things we are told to-

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.- Philippians 4:8

Not only did I make it through that whole year listening only to Christian music, I actually continued well beyond that first year. I did gradually reintroduce a larger variety of music, but even now  years later you will find that my music collection consists primarily of Christian artists. I just find myself being brought closer to God as I listen, and is it any wonder? Even in the Bible we read frequently on the importance of music:

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God. -Psalm 147:7

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. -Psalm 98:4–5

There is such a power in music to meet us right where we are. 

One of the Christian artists that has become a favorite throughout these years is Jeremy Camp. I actually had the chance to see him perform a few years back at Winter Jam and it was a wonderful experience. If he hadn't have been a favorite before, seeing him live certainly made it so. Needless to say, I could not wait to get my hands on his newest album, The Answer.

As I said, I've been a fan of Jeremy Camp for some time. His songs are always those songs that I could listen to again and again and never tire of. Their messages have always been those I feel like so many of us need to hear. This album definitely lived up to those expectations. I loved it! The words are as beautiful and meaningful as the songs themselves...

So many questions, the world is reaching
So many hurting, so many lost
With all this thriving, who can we lean on?
Creations crying, out from the dark
I know the answer, to every question
The one solution, to every fear
I know my helper, where it comes from

Jesus, He is the answer

Oh what a powerful message this is! One that so many need to hear. Even those of us who know Christ and know these words to be true still need that reminder every once in awhile, don't we? This song and this album provides us with just that.

The Answer will be available to purchase Friday, October 6.

And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy for themselves. Enter using the giveaway form below.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It's a Spooktacular Fandango Giveaway! {A Giveaway Hop Event} #rwm #SPOOKtacular

Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by The Review Wire Media.

From now through October 17th, hop along to all participating bloggers for the chance to win some spooktacular prizes! Good luck and happy hopping!


What's your favorite scary movie?

To be honest, these days I don't watch a whole lot of scary movies, but as Halloween approaches, we find ourselves rewatching some old favorites. My top pick? Probably the Final Destination movies. Though to be honest, I prefer fun Halloween movies like Ghostbusters or Hocus Pocus instead. But truly, is there any better time of the year to scare yourself silly?

According to Box Office Mojo, the top 10 best selling horror movies of all time are:

1. The Sixth Sense
2. War of Worlds
3. I Am Legend
4. IT (2017)
5. Jaws
6. The Exorcist
7. Signs
8. Hannibal
9. Se7en
10. The Conjuring 2

Does you favorite make the list? Is there a movie you were surprised didn't make the cut?

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No matter your favorite, today's giveaway is going to give you the chance for a spooktacular Halloween trip to the theater. One lucky winner will receive a $25 Fandango gift card. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below:

Monday, October 2, 2017

Creating A Personal Budget Can Protect You From Unexpected Expenses


Creating a personal budget may not be one of the most exciting things to do. However, when you're running a family and a home, a personal budget can be just what the doctor ordered. A home budget helps your family manage debt, savings, expenses, and personal wealth.
Building a budget that works for your family and managing that budget year-round can feel intimidating. But it's more intimidating to think about the number of expenses you have to pay every month without knowing how much money you'll have left over for the kids' school supplies.
Consider the following tips to help you create, manage, and stay on track with your personal family budget.

A buffer in your budget can help you stay sane

It may be a relief to have a low utility in a given month or for your car to run well for a certain amount of time. However, you can't always guarantee that those numbers will be consistent. Consider the worst case scenario when building your budget.
By working against your highest expenses, you can give yourself some wiggle room in your budget during the times when an unexpected expense comes up. It also helps prevent the financial panic that can result from a higher utility bill when you're least expecting it.

Be realistic when creating your budget

Before you develop a budget, it's important that you look at your everyday spending and how much money you spend on personal care and dining out. Bigger expenses like mortgage, utilities, and car payments are expected by homeowners. But very few are fully aware of how much money they spend when they go out.
By analyzing your total daily expenditures, you'll have a realistic idea of how much money you'll need to put aside in each category of your budget. It would be a dream to say you'll stop eating out -- think of how much money you'd save -- but then you wouldn't have any money in your budget for the times when you really do want to go out.
"Separate fixed and discretionary spending," says Today.com. "To arrive at real tallies, analyze your credit card and checking account statements carefully."

Don't forget about your debt

Not that anyone could really forget about their debt, whether it's student loan payments or credit card bills. Your debt and whether or not you're paying it off effectively enough has a big impact on your credit score. In turn, your credit score affects your chances of being able to make the big purchases you may have been working toward with your budget in the first place.
A credit score that's between 500 to 600 is considered subprime by many banks, real estate companies, and automobile companies. Those who have a credit score between 300 and 500 are considered by these same places as deep subprime.
Creating a budget that lets you pay off just a little bit more than the minimum of your debt payment can help you increase your credit score as well as pay off your debt faster.
Building a personal budget may not be too much fun, but it can help you manage your money more efficiently. With controlled finances, you won't have to worry as much about surprise expenses or saving for your dream home. Over time, your budgeting maintenance will come naturally to you and so will your savings.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Welcome Fall with Scentsy {A WonderFALL Giveaway Hop}

Welcome the WonderFALL Giveaway Hop hosted by MamatheFox.com.
From now through October 15, hop along to all participating blogs to enter to win a variety of great prizes perfect for fall! Good luck and happy hopping!


As I step outside and feel the cooler weather around me, I am reminded that fall has finally arrived. It took a little time here in Indiana, but I'm hoping this cooler weather is here to stay finally.

I love the fall... the weather, the colors, the fashions... and of course, the scents! There's just something warm and welcoming about the scents of fall isn't there? Pumpkin, apples, spices... mmmm...amazing, right?

Photo Credit: Scentsy
So, what better way to celebrate the arrival of this wonderful fall season than with a Scentsy giveaway? One winner will win two Scentsy bars, perfect for fall! (These will be from my personal collection and may include retired scents no longer available.) Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.