Goodreads: " Jay Dee Christmas" and on Amazon : " Jay Dee Christmas"
I was given a copy for review. All opinions are my very own.
Written by Jay Dee & Illustrated by Darren Geers " The Night Before The Night Before Christmas" is an unusual take on the hours before Christmas Eve. I must admit that at first when I was going to read the book I thought yes another Christmas book about Santa and Elves. Well there is nothing wrong with that and it's truly all cute & fun but you see I believe Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus. So I was a tiny bit sad at first realizing how many books are made for kids at Christmas time that does not point them to the truth. I must admit at first I was a little judgmental of this book. Well as I read the book first to myself before I read to other kids, I went on a journey of one little Elf named Elfie. I cried as the simple yet surprising story happy married Santas' workshop into the true meaning of the night and that's it's all about the Saviours birth! Jesus was brought to this lovely book to be the center star! It made me cry a tear for real as I sat and realized finally a childrens story book that is fun, cute yet points in a simple yet profound way back to the true meaning of Christmas. In a day where the world is becoming all about ME ME & at holidays it's become so consumer driven it is fantastic to see a book of this grand message! You & your kids will be impressed with the vibrant illustrations & a real on time message so needed today! This will be a book you will want to give as a gift and keep one to pass down for generations to come. This story is good for any time of the year.
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Goodreads: " Jay Dee Christmas" and on Amazon : " Jay Dee Christmas"
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I have found an amazing supplement. I had already been using Turmeric so when I was asked to do this review of these Turmeric capsules I was excited. You see I am Braca 2 Positive. You can read my story HERE to learn more about it. I am very high risk for all female cancers. I have heard Turmeric can help protect against cancer.I am on a new journey to find ways to be pro active & live a healthier life style. That's how I learned about the wonderful benefits of Turmeric. Turmeric is actually curcumin. Turmeric helps to fight free radicals in your body. Not only that it does a whole lot more. It is the most studied herb to date and they are still finding new facts all the time of what Turmeric can do! Matter of fact even the product details I shared from the product source is not fully saying all this marvelous product can do. I have been taking my Turmeric before bed and it has ended my night time hot flashes & helps me have a deeper sleep. Part of the reason why is I think it is helping to balance hormones. It also helps in detoxifying the liver which is very important. It helps boost your immune system. It helps balance my blood sugar. This list can go on and on. I love the fact this is pure & so very good for me. Even my teens are taking it. They too have seen results in better health.
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Today is my last day as a 30' something. It's emotional. It's been a LONG hard decade yet also blessed! It hit me hard today. My husband laughed & chuckled at me but it really is my last day in my 30's tomorrow at 10:30 am I turn 40! To me it is a big deal. I will be pondering my 30's today and remembering all I have learned. I am truly wiser with Gods help than I was at 30. I have lost almost all my closest loved ones minus my husband & 2 kids in my 30's. I lost my mom,my mother in law,my big brother, uncle, all aunts but one that acknowledge me, all my beloved step grandparents that was all the grandparents I had left and 2 of my own babies. I also lost some very dear friends all of these loved ones died an early death. So much hurt and struggle I even was at divorce foot steps 2 times in my 30's YET I also saw so many blessings too.I made new friends in my 30's. I have had many an adventure in my 30's. I grew in new ways with Abba in my 30's and learned to become more dependent upon him & I learned that NO MAN or person can ever fill my hurts and needs as good as GOD can. I learned in my 30's true obedience to Christ and what that looks like, I fell in love with Yeshua Jesus even more so in my 30's has he truly has walked with me in valley of the shadow of death ( Psalm 23:4). He has also been with me as I found out in my 30's I am Brca2 with a unique mutation within the Braca2 category, and must have surgeries in the new coming year to prolong my life. I got to help in a research study for Braca people in my 30's to pave the way for future people with Braca.
I am so happy in all my failures in my 30's God didn't give up on me and welcomed me home each time. ( I failed a lot) I learned what true mercy was. I now try to give that same to others who wrong me. I have had to survive so many things not mentioned in this writing yet God was with me in it all.
I moved to a city I adore in my 30's and am now proud to call this place home. I have learned many things in my 30's new skills & hobbies. I learned to dance more even in the mist of life's battles I can truly joyfully dance. I love to dance and plan to dance even more. I have learned to let my creativity in dance and other gifted areas flow in what God made me to be!
My son grew up in my 30's and is now a competent bright young man who is going to college & also working a part time job of which in only 4 months he became manager. He truly shines for Jesus in all his does .I am so proud of him! My little baby girl grew up from a small child to a now beautiful high school student in my 30's. As I enter tomorrow my 40's I wish my baby I lost 2 Mays ago was going to be with me yet Asher was his name.
Gods will was done. I enter with 2 almost fully grow lovely people whom I have been proud to be their mom. I enter my 40's with my marriage in tact it has now lasted 10 years something that at the times of divorces foots steps I thought I would never see,, yet God didn't give up on us when we almost did!
As I write this I am crying thinking back on all that has happen in the last decade. All the pain... all the good too & all the memories. I enter my 40's knowing me better & the God that made me. I do not fear of aging because God has blessed me with a youthful look & has been gracious to me. Everywhere I go with my kids people think we are all siblings that has been an encouragement as I age gracefully lol. Tomorrow is just a regular day no major plans are made for my big 40. I will just be living life as always with my sweet little family. I enter my 40's tomorrow kinda of sad to say goodbye to the Suzie of the 30's ( but not sad to say goodbye to all the pain) yet very happy to say hello to the new Suzie of the 40's and can't wait to meet her. Who will she be and what will she become? What has God got in store for me in my 40's? I am excited for whats in store in life. I think I grew up in my 30's finally .I thought I was grown in my 20's but it was not a pretty sight & life was such a struggle. I will think private thoughts and celebrate God & me and our relationship. Tomorrow I will happily dance to a tune and celebrate my life as I set sail for the next decade of my life. ( God willing) After todays pondering and looking back no more looking back only looking at today and to what is and what will be.
I needed a Christmas wreath for my front door. I did not want to spend a lot of money & wanted to be frugal. I wanted to have fun making a holiday wreath and not just buy one. So I went to the local Dollar Tree and bought a one dollar wire wreath & 2 packs of garland for a grand total of $3. I used old odd & ends ornaments I was about to toss out if I had not figured out to use them on this wreath. I used scrap ribbon for my hanger.
This project only took minutes to make. I looped the garland to make it thicker and then weaved each loop through the wire. That's pretty much it. I would bend a tiny piece on the inside to hook it in place. each loop facing the outer edges I would give a light twist to shape it. Before I knew it the wreath was full. Next I simply hot glued on the ornaments. This wreath is not a perfect one but I like to call my glorious sloppy fun wreath. It looks great & was so much fun to make. Any one can make one of these.
This wreath ends up being a really good size 17 X 17 !!! It looks great on my front door.
I just wanted to share with you today some ornaments we have made so far this year. We plan to make more with felt. I did not need patterns I just free handed. First up I made stuffed owls. I used cut up plastic bags folded up to stuff inside the owls. They are so cute & pudgy!
I made what I call cookie bears. I used only circles and one heart to make this. This one is not stuffed but only one layer to look like a cookie. For all these just use hot glue to make.
This is one of a bunch of Popsicle stick snow men we made years ago and used felt to decorate. I just wanted to show you an example for inspiration. Felt is so amazing & easy to work with and create so many things. At only .34 cents or so a sheet you can't beat that for frugal homemade ornaments.
I received this product for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Are you looking for a family game for the whole family that will keep all entertained? I was given a Perplexus Warp puzzle maze to review and I am so happy! The teens loved playing this. They had a mixture of frustration with utter excitement as they tried to figure it out! They still have yet to figure it out due to we had to quit to have dinner. But once they do figure it out the teens can then time each other to see who can reach the end first so the fun will never stop. I myself have given a try at this maze & it's got me truly hooked.
What a great boredom buster!
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I found this recipe on CafeMom this week, thankfully. I had no idea I could make a cake in the slow cooker or crock pot which ever you prefer to call it, until this week. I am simply amazed. This is really great for any time of the year but I am specifically enjoying it this Thanksgiving & Christmas season. I love pumpkin pie but wanted a new twist to it. My family is in love with this! I would love to share it with you below. This is a great cake to enjoy for easy hostessing & entertaining as well.
Crock Pot Pumpkin Pie Cake
1 box spice cake mix
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup water
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
Whipped cream, for serving
Caramel sauce, for serving
In a large bowl, combine the dry cake mix, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, sour cream, water and pumpkin. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes on medium speed.
Spray the crock of a 6-quart slow cooker with non-stick spray. Add the cake batter to the slow cooker and cover.
Cook on low heat for 2 hours or until the cake has pulled away from the sides and a butter knife comes out clean when inserted in the center.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Place a large serving platter or tray over the top of the crock and carefully flip upside down so that the cake falls out onto the tray. Be sure to use oven mitts, as the crock will be hot. Let cool completely.
To serve, top the cake with whipped cream & carmel
I was actually taking a moment to watch tv this Saturday. I was watching IonLifes Down Right Domestic. It was the first time I had ever seen it and I learned a few things. I wrote them down for you and me to use at will! It is 10 don'ts in decorating. I will be adding my own commentary to each one.
Every one likes to be heard. I also do not know of a person who doesn't like to get packages in the mail. Well with being a member of Influenster I have had the privilege to do both, be heard and get fabulous things at the door for free. I am part of a product review community in many realms but I have to say out of all of them Influenster has been my favorite. It really does build community not only between brands & the consumer but between the bloggers too. Anyone can join Influenster and become a member even if you do not have a blog.
As a member you get invited to join campaigns in which you get items for free from top brand companies to simple share in your experiences with the products. You will get whats called a campaign VoxBox. You will profrom certain tasks in your dash board as you test the products to share your findings. Kind of like a product investigator! How fun is that! The companies are watching & listening to what you say so your helping in shaping the consumer world. Your friends are listening too and we all do play a part in spreading either negative news about products or positive that can harm or enhance a business as we all know, so being an Influenster is important and it's not just getting free stuff! In my collage photos I am highlighting only just some of the product Brand testing fun I have had over the last few years. There was to many photos to flash back but I couldn't share them all. But this gives you the idea of the range of items I have been blessed to receive through Influenster.com. Not only have I gotten products to try out I have also won prizes after earning badges at various times for the sharing I did! It was always the sweet frosting on the cake of victory.
My journey with Influenster has been eclectic but examples include: I have been able to cook with special items, was encouraged through a product to have a special date night at home with my husband that encouraged us to be closer and take time for each other. I created a homemade purse sized first aid kit with VoxBox items once before, that to this day I never leave home without. I have tried out beauty & hair products that I feel truly enhanced my appearance and of course boosted my confidence. I passed along fabulous coupons to friends and so much more. It has been an adventure and I feel good about trying new things and telling my experience. It has grown my confidence in myself & my voice and was the very first platform that gave me a chance in the product review world! Why don't you join me in the fun and await your own VoxBox!
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Ok ladies you know I love to share blessings. Well not only do I do product reviews for my blog I also test products for companies such as McCormick in the back ground that you never see on the blog. Some people say wow I would love to do something like that. Well you can. I am giving you my friends an invitation to join me as a product tester for McCormick brand! You will get free product testing invites from time to time to help in product development. You will also earn Amazon gift cards! This program is free to join and you report directly to the McCormick company ( this is not a scam) On top of that at the end of the fast survey you do online after testing the product you get entered to win more free gift cards. So your earning money & a cool free product where the company WILL listen to what you have to say. This is an important job! So come help me shape the brands we love & enjoy ladies! I would love for you to join me in the fun. I really enjoy doing this and I think you will too. I will list instructions below.
I was given this product to review. All opinions are my own.
You know I love to find great products to talk about. Well today I have Kozandrew's Glow Chalk. This is a liquid chalk marker for dry ease boards and really any non porous surfaces. This product comes packaged well from Amazon. To my surprise these came within 48 hours of ordering with the standard shipping option. I was pleasantry pleased.
These are great to use on windows. The glow chalk can be wiped away easy with a cloth or paper towel. With Thanksgiving right around the corner we wanted to leave a message for all to see on our sliding glass door. Drawing on the door is so much fun for kids, teens & adults.
I love the chisel tip. They are comfortable in my hand while using. I do suggest pressing the tip down patiently for a minute to active the flow of the resin but once you do that ( the tips are white once you see color seeping in the tip your done) you do not need to press that long ever again. Besides windows & dry erase boards other surfaces you can use these on are fluorescent light boards,black marker boards,advertising boards,whiteboards,plastics,mirrors,ceramics. Just remember not to use on actual chalk boards!
To see more of this product visit Kozandrew Kreative online.
Perfect for writing your ATTENTION GRABBING messages.
Glow chalk earns my Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval.
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I love frugal home decor. I love DIY home decor. I found a new blog friend Bonnie who really inspires me to do what I love to do in thrifty crafting and I just had to host her as a guest writer. I hope you get as inspired by her as I do! You really could make a deer silhouette in any color for any season of the year not just Christmas!
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Fall has arrived, and cooler weather has come with it. Whether or not you know it, your warm house is an open invitation to unwanted guests looking for a cozy winter vacation: rodents. Each fall, rodents migrate from their outdoor “summer home” to the warmth, food and shelter of their “winter timeshare” – your house!
Being human has its perks, like having a cozy house to enjoy during the winter, but imagine having to survive as a mouse? Try your luck by playing “Mouse in a House” – a choose-your-own-adventure game that puts you in the shoes of a rodent looking to survive the upcoming harsh winter season – try your best to stay alive and see how long you last!
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I just love trash to treasure ideas. I love taking trash and making it into something fabulous to use. I also really enjoy Hometalk.com. I was recently asked to curate a board showing 16 new uses for old boxes. I would love to introduce you to my board that features some of my personal projects as well as others! Just click below.