Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Have you ever tried Torani syrups? You can also use them to make flavored teas, Italian sodas, smoothies, and even cocktails! There are over 120 flavors of Torani syrup and there are Regular and Sugar-Free varieties.
I engourage you to enter the Torani Holiday Cheers Contest! Torani wants to know how you use their syrups to turn your everyday coffee (and recipes) into an everyday treat! Be sure to send your holiday recipe creations to HolidayCheersContest@torani.com - don't forget to snap a pic, blog about it and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Be sure to tag Torani at @Torani and #Torani. Starting November 12th you’ll have the chance to win special Mr. Coffee prizes along with your favorite Torani Syrups each week! This contest runs till December 9th so we want to see all the recipes you have incorporating Torani.
This is a sponsored post for shespeaks and Torani. The opinions are mine.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Purex PLUS OXI works on over 101 different stains. (I didn't know there were that many stains around) There are three different stain-fighting enzymes in each bottle to work against the different types of stains. You can use this as a pretreater on stains also by just rubbing a little bit on the stain and letting it sit for five minutes. One less bottle to buy in the laundry aisle. A win for everyone!!
Now for the fun part!! I am a PUREX INSIDER and am giving away TWO COUPONS FOR A FREE BOTTLE OF PUREX PLUS OXI (maximum value $6.00). I will pick two winners and mail them each one coupon! To enter, just leave a comment saying what item of clothing in your house could use some Purex PLUS OXI. This contest ends DECEMBER 7th at midnight. I will contact winners by email, so please leave a way to get in touch!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
It's cold and rainy here in the Midwest. Tomorrow is Halloween and I am afraid our trick-or-treating is going to get rained out. It's supposed to be the coldest Halloween in 10 years. I have a Captain America and Thor who will be really sad if it is raining tomorrow evening. With all this cold weather it makes me think of winter and Christmas and what I am going to do about our Photo Christmas Cards this year. Because my oldest daughter got married in June, do I leave her and her husband out of the card all together, or do I include them in the picture and sign their names also? What to do? This is our family picture from her wedding and I LOVE it (except for the alien face on my one son, but if you know him, you totally understand!). So I might just use this picture. Or we could take a new one over Thanksgiving break because she and and her husband will be here.
Either way, I am going to check out Shutterfly! They have an awesome new collection of merry and bright colors with a modern feel! They also feature religious and scripture based cards which I love.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
All that being said, it is a little difficult for me to read a book like A Sudden Glory. I am a fixer and after reading a chapter, I immediately go into fix-it mode. When sometimes I need to just step back and let God work in my life. I know. Easier said than done!
There are a lot of scary things going on in the world. Am I safe?
Why do babies die? It's so unfair! They didn't even get a chance to live.
How am I supposed to pray? Some people want me to pray out loud, but I'm kind of embarrassed to do that.
How am I supposed to know what is true and what is a lie?
In this incredible devotion book by Sandra Byrd, she answers questions like these and more! Each daily devotion starts with a great question, a short paragraph with an answer, then scripture to back up what was just taught, and a challenge for the day. This would be a great gift for any tween girl in your life.
What exactly is a tween girl? Well according to Wikipedia, a tween is a preadolescent, that is, the stage between middle childhood and adolescence in human development, in the range of 10 to 12 years old.
*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my review. The opinions are mine.*
Sunday, September 16, 2012
So when ModernMom offered a toothbrush for me to try out I was way excited. I love to take care of my teeth and hope they stick around for a long while. Here is the lowdown on the toothbrush I tried out:
~Oral-B uses clinically proven technology that pulsates to break up plaque and then oscillates & rotates to sweep the plaque away!
~The round brush design (much like what they use at the dentist's office) surrounds each tooth for precise cleaning!
~The brush stops pulsating if you are brushing too hard. What technology!
All in all, I thought the PRECISION 1000 cleaned my teeth very well. I loved how it hugged each tooth as I brushed it. My back teeth have never felt cleaner since I started using this brush.
The one thing I would warn everyone is to make sure their lips are shut before they turn the toothbrush on. If not, watch out for toothpaste spray! Also this toothbrush comes with a charger that will need to sit somewhere on your bathroom counter which may be a drawback to some. I go to the dentist in a couple weeks and cannot wait to see if this cuts down the time they have to scrape the plaque off my teeth. If so, I will be happy!!
I was provided this toothbrush by ModernMom in exchange for my review. The opinions are mine.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
*After trying the candy, my boys love the UNREAL 41 candy covered chocolate pieces! And the whole family loved the UNREAL 77 chocolate peanut butter cups. I guess I will have to add these to my next grocery list!
Did you know that you can get a coupon for a free UNREAL candy bar (up to a $1.19 value) from CVS? All you have to do is enter your CVS Extra Care Card number and they will email your coupon to you. Easy Peasy!!
*I am a BzzAgent and was able to try UNREAL candy in exchange for my review*
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I just start with a cup of ice in my handy Brew Over Ice tumbler. Then I grab an iced coffee K-cup. I make the 8 oz size so it's not too strong for me. Then I add Splenda and creamer, stir, and enjoy!! How easy is that?
Did you know that Green Mountain Coffee is offering $2.00 off all their Brew Over Ice K-Cups, plus you will receive a FREE TUMBLER with the purchase of any Brew Over Ice K-Cup Box!! Simply use the code QUENCH-COLD for this special offer on any of their Brew Over Ice flavors. These K-Cups are also available at Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond if you don't want to wait to try them.
*I am A BzzAgent and received a sample of Brew Over Ice K-Cups to try out and then review*
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
You can win a trip for four to The Bahamas and a professional photo shoot so you can remember your vacation forever! All you need to do is upload your favorite photo with a caption based on the theme of the week. You can enter at any point during the 5 week sweepstakes.
WEEK 2: GREAT OUTDOORS
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
~Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games
Are you as excited about the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as I am? I have many fond memories of watching the olympics we recorded on our VHS player over and over again. I love watching the athletes compete, I love watching the medal ceremonies, and I love getting a little choked up listening to our National Anthem.
Shawn Johnson is no stranger to the Olympics. She has won Olympic gold and silver medal in woman's gymnastics. In her new book, Winning Balance, she informs readers all about her journey to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Being a girl from the Midwest myself, I loved hearing about how she became "famous" almost overnight and how she and her parents (she is an only child) handled this new fame. She has an amazing competitive spirit, but she also has a healthy sense of balance in her life. She knew she would not be a gymnast forever. It is amazing the intense training she put her body through over the years!
If you are looking for a good inspirational story for yourself or young girls in your life, I highly recommend this book. The last chapter in the book talks about her desire to train and ear a spot on the 2012 women's gymnastics team. Ironically this week, she gracefully announced her retirement due to a knee injury. She retires with three world titles, four Olympic medals, and one Dancing with the Stars trophy. Not bad for a twenty year old girl from Iowa!
You can check out a video by Shawn Johnson all about her new book here.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I am giving away 2 sets of coupons! Included will be:
FREE one box of POST Honey Bunches of Oats (up to $4.49)
FREE one bottle of any flavor Torani Syrup (up to $8.00)
and other surprise coupons I will throw in!
Just leave a comment to enter, and make sure I have a way to get in touch with you if you win. Contest ends May 31st. I will contact winners.
Seriously, the National Pork Board has a new campaign called Be Inspired. You can check out their website for inspiration all about pork. They have all sorts of pork recipes for you to try out and tell you exactly how to cook your pork so you don't end up with dry crispy meat.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I am a big fan of Honey Bunches of Oats. As a middle aged woman with high cholesterol, I am always looking for yummy cereals that have nutritious value in them also. So when I learned about Honey Bunches of Oats, I just had to share my knowledge!
It tastes so good, it's easy to forget it's also good for you!!
10 grams Whole Grain*
6 grams sugar*
Provides 9 essential vitamins and minerals
Brings together 4 nutritious grains (wheat, oat, corn, and rice) into crispy flakes and even more of the crunchy granola bunches everyone loves!
~0g Trans Fat
~0g Saturated Fat
So if you are looking for a great new cereal to try, get to the store and buy a box of Post Honey Bunches of Oats!
*I was provided with a free sample of cereal in exchange for my review. All opinions are mine.*
Here are some things I've learned about SOBE:
*There are over 25 flavors to choose from!
*They do not use artificial sweeteners!
*They have a zero calorie selection!
*You can find a great selection of flavors at the Kroger family of stores!
So I am so excited to stay hydrated this summer with SOBE. We had a very mild winter here in the Midwest, so we are bracing for a hot and humid summer. I plan on taking SOBE with me everywhere I go!
I am a BzzAgent and was provided a free sample and coupons in exchange for telling my friends about SOBE.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I have been a long time fan of Beth Moore, although I have never heard her speak in person. This is on my bucket list of things I want to do in the future. But until then, I will have to settle with watching her on videos, listening to her on the radio, and reading her books!
So I was so excited to read this re-released book by Beth Moore, a Heart Like His. This book offers 52 chapters about the life of David. There are also discussion questions for each chapter at the end of the book.
The Bible identifies David as "a man after God's own heart", yet this book is filled with the problems, dilemmas, enemies, mess-ups, wrong choices, and failures in David's life. I often-times wonder if God thinks of me as "a wife after God's own heart", or "a mother after God's own heart", or "a friend after God's own heart". And the answer that echoes in the back of my mind is "No. You are not loving enough, kind enough, respectful enough, friendly enough...." And the list could go on and on.
After reading this book and all the scripture verses included, I realize that one day I, like David, will be perfect in God's eyes. In the meantime I can focus on my own heart and attitude and be the best I can be today!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. The opinions are mine.*
Saturday, May 12, 2012
So after reading this book, I am even more convinced that I need to love! I am more convinced that I need to love like God. And I am more convinced I cannot do this on my own.
"The world can make you think that love can be picked up at a garage sale or enveloped in a Hallmark card. But the kind of love that God created & demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice & presence. It's a love that operated more like a sign language than being spoken outright. What I learned about the brand of love Jesus offers is that it's more about presence than undertaking a project. It's a brand of love that doesn't just think about good things, or agree with them, or talk about them."
~Bob Goff, Love Does, page 9
The life stories and lessons Bob shares in this book are great examples of love. It is so easy to be cynical in today's world, but reading each chapter is a reminder of the hope and promise the love of God offers.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. The opinions are mine.*
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
My favorite laundry detergent, Purex, has launched a new campaign called Let's Be Honest! You can see several videos from this series at the Purex website. You can watch the videos as well as enter to win free Purex for a year! That would make any day involving dirty laundry much better! As a Purex Insider, I love sharing about this great company. I hope to give away some Purex coupons in the near future, so come back soon!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
In honor of Earth Day this weekend, you can make a real difference by joining the Tide COLDWATER and shespeaks Take A Load Off the energy grid and the environment by washing clothes in cold water.
Tide and Future Friendly have launched the Take A Load Off sweepstakes to encourage cold water washing. Make the promise to switch to washing in cold water on the Future Friendly Facebook page and you'll be entered to win a High Efficiency Washer and Dryer and a one-year supply of Tide Coldwater! You can enter once per day to increase your chances of winning. A new winner will be picked each week through May 13th.
Did you know that when doing laundry, heating water can account for up to 80 percent of the energy used per wash load in the U.S.? If one household switched to washing in cold for one year, they would save enough energy to watch TV for 1,363 hours! Making the switch to washing in cold is an easy change to make with Tide Coldwater, which is specially formulated to get clothes clean in cold water.
Take A Load Off Sweepstakes info:
You can enter the sweepstakes now through May 13th by going here. You can enter once per day to increase your chances of winning. They will pick a new winner each week through May 13th. The prize is a Maytag® Bravos XL® HE Top Load Washer and Dryer and a one year supply of Tide Coldwater! I would love for one of my readers to win!!
This contest was passed along to me through shespeaks of which I am a proud member of!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
*AND they taste good!*
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I love it when God brings two totally different people together. I see this in many different relationships, marriages, and friendships. It has been said before that opposites attract, and I am a firm believer in this fact. That is the premise of Neta Jackson’s newest book. The two main characters that are introduced in this story, Kathryn and Avis, are polar opposites; yet their paths keep intersecting and bringing them together at various places. It is through their story we learn God always has a plan. His plan doesn’t always look like we think it should, which is hard to comprehend when times are tough.
Near the end of the book, Avis has her defining moment when she realizes God has used Kathryn in her life in ways she would never have thought or dreamed.
"Oh God! Forgive me for judging that girl. Your Word says that all the parts of Your body are important. And that we need each other! I didn’t realize it, but You did, my Father. You knew I needed Kathryn, that she was the one You were going to use."
My hope and prayer is that my eyes would be open to God’s working in my life through people around me.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
You may or may not know that I am a Pure insider. What exactly does this mean? It means I get to try out the newest Purex products, give my opinions back to the company (which I love to do!), I get to tell my friends about Purex products, I get coupons to give away to my friends (you want to be my friend now, don't you!), and I get to post reviews and host giveaways on my blog! All of these are things I love to do.